Everest Base Camp Drive In Drive Out Trek - 17 Days - Ace the Himalaya
Everest Base Camp Drive In Drive Out Trek – 17 Days

Everest Base Camp Drive In Drive Out Trek – 17 Days

Trek to Everest Base Camp in an old fashioned way by driving to the trailhead instead of taking flights to Lukla.
  • Trip Code: ATH13534
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Very Strenuous
    This trek is best described as Alpine and suitable for those in excellent health and capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trip covers trek to very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at an altitude of up to 5,600m. You may need axes and crampons to cross the passes when there is heavy snow.
  • Max Altitude: 5,555 m/18,225 ft
  • Activity: Scenic Long drives and High Altitude Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Salleri - Jubing - Paiyun - Phakding - Namche Bazaar - Tengboche - Dingboche - Lobuche - Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep - Pheriche - Namche Bazaar - Lukla - Jubing – Salleri

  • Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, October, November, December

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic and adventure 4WD drive instead of domestic flights to and from the Lukla Airport
  • Follow Hillary and Tenzing’s footsteps the old way
  • Ample time to get acclimatized to the thin air
  • All meals included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Experience diverse cultures all the way from the foothills to the high altitude
  • Observing the Buddhist monastries
  • Splendid views of the Khumbu Icefall
  • Reaching the ultimate destination of Everest Base Camp
  • Climbing Kala Patthar at the elevation of 5,555 m

Trip Information

This splendid Everest Base Camp Drive In Drive Out Trek , which follows the footsteps of the earliest climbers and trekkers, doesn’t have the internal flights. It is a perfect fit for those who want to avoid the famous Lukla flights. Since no flights are involved and a 4WD drive is taken, we don’t have to worry about the unexpected bad weather which usually hampers the Lukla flights. As we start the trek from lower altitude than Lukla and have many days before we reach Everest Base Camp, this trek is best from acclimatization standpoint.

We start the trip from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, in a 4WD. The 4WD goes through a paved road until Salleri which is for 8 to 9 hours of the total drive. Beyond Salleri, it is dirt road until the day’s destination of Jubing which takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach. It is the starting point of our trek and we begin our journey to Everest here. In this multi-day trek, we will pass through Namche Bazaar (the Sherpa capital), Tengboche Monastery (the largest in the region), Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep and finally reach Everest Base Camp. This is the closest we get to Mt Everest without mountaineering equipment. There is an optional hike to Kala Patthar, the highest point of the trek. And then it is a downward trek all the way to Jubing and a long ride to Kathmandu.

This trek is operated only in dry seasons from October 10 to December and from January to May. It is because the road from Salleri to Jubing isn’t paved and it gets affected by the monsoon rains, making the road impossible to pass by vehicles.


  • Day 01 –  Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 02 – Drive from Kathmandu to Jubing (2,003 m) by 4WD – 12/13 hrs. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 03 – Trek to Paiyun (2,760 m) – 7 hrs. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 04 – Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 05 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5.5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 06 – Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 07 – Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 08 – Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 10 – Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 11 – Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and then Back to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) – 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 12 – Morning Hike Up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) & Descend to Pheriche (4,200 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 13 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 14 – Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 15 – Trek to Jubing (2,003 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 16 – Drive to Kathmandu (1,400 m) by 4WD – 12/13 hrs. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 17 – Transfer to the International Airport for your Final Departure.

Elevation Chart

Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Note: There will be a pre-trek meeting. During the meeting we will introduce you to your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag and cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. We will ask you to sign a legally binding trip form as well as a non-liability disclaimer.

Overnight at Hotel. No meals included.

Day 02 - Drive from Kathmandu to Jubing (2,003 m) by 4WD – 12/13 hrs

Wake up, refresh yourself and have your breakfast. We will start the 4WD drive to Jubing early in the morning. It will take us 12/13 hours depending upon the traffic and the road condition. The road until Salleri is paved in concrete. This section of the drive lasts for about 8 to 9 hours. From Salleri to Jubing, the 4WD goes through dirt road. The ride is bumpy. It lasts for about 3 to 4 hours. This particular section from Salleri to Jubing gets affected by the monsoon, so vehicles can use this part only in dry seasons. On our long drive through the Himalayan foothills, we will be greeted with splendid views.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 03 - Trek to Paiyun (2,760 m) - 7 hrs

From Jubing, it is a seven-hour walk to Paiyun. We will go down to the Dudh Koshi River. The trail is mostly ups and downs. We will see mountain peaks such as Numbur, Pikey, etc along the way.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04 - Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) - 6 hrs

We will descend down to Surkhe village, which is an hour or so behind Lukla. From Surkhe, we will take a winding trail and arrive at Choplung. This is a point where the path from Lukla meets the main Everest Base Camp trail. After a few hours of gradual walking, we will reach our destination village of Phakding.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5.5 hours

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, known as the Gateway to Everest, is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, Internet cafes and a bakery. Namche is the largest village along the entire Everest trail.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 - Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 - Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) - 5 hours

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We’ll have trekked to an altitude of 3,860 m upon reaching Tengboche. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or in the morning depending on how the trekking goes this day.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08 - Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) - 5 hours

From Tengboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time, so we avoid getting affected by the altitude.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09 - Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m) - 4 hours

This day is planned as acclimatization day. We don’t make progress towards Everest Base Camp. Instead we will take a hike to Nangkartshang peak just above Dingboche. The peak is an excellent view point. Especially of the gorgeous Ama Dablam. If weather is clear, we will get to see Ama Dablam from its summit to its feet. You can spend the afternoon strolling around the village or resting.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 - Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) - 5 hours

Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the village of Lobuche which is located at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11 - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and then Back to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) - 8 hours

This is a big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365 m, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. During spring, there will likely be expedition teams about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak Shep for the night.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12 - Morning Hike Up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) & Descend to Pheriche (4,200 m) - 7 hours

This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of the morning is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patthar, a small peak at 5,555 m. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8,848 m, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the giants such as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep and have hot breakfast, and then trek down to Pheriche.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 7 hours

Leaving the mountains behind us, our descent takes us through Pangboche and Tengboche before continuing to the town of Namche Bazaar. We arrive back to Namche in the afternoon.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 14 - Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) - 6 hours

At first we will walk down the last part which we climbed so hard on the day when we reached Namche Bazaar on the way up. Then it is an easy walk to Phakding where we will have our lunch. From this point, the trail slowly climbs towards Lukla. It is the gateway to Everest for those who choose to take flights.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 15 - Trek to Jubing (2,003 m) - 6 hrs

We will start today’s walk by descending down to Surkhe. After Surkhe, the trail goes quite steep up to Cheubas. We will walk slightly upwards for some time and then we will take a mostly downhill trail to our destination village of Jubing.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 16 - Drive to Kathmandu (1,400 m) by 4WD – 12/13 hrs

We will hop onto a 4WD for our long drive to Kathmandu. We will take the dirt road until Salleri. It is bumpy in many places, so be prepared for it. From Salleri to Kathmandu, the road is paved in concrete. Once you Kathmandu, take a long rest in your comfy hotel room.

In the evening, we host a farewell dinner in a fine restaurant.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 17 - Transfer to the International Airport for your Final Departure

The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast included.

  • The price per person for a small group journey is fixed as stated below. The price is expensive for a single person mostly because of the long drive between Kathmandu and Jubing in a private tourist vehicle. Vehicles are expensive in Nepal as they are imported with high taxes. When there is only a single person for the trip, he/she alone has to bear the transfer cost of the private vehicle between Kathmandu and Jubing. Therefore, we highly recommend at least two people for the trip, which allows us to give you a lower price per person. If there are more travelers with you, the better it is and the lower the price is. A group booking of 10 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip for one person. If your group is much larger, please contact us to discuss about the discount. There is also the option of private and tailor-made journey best suited for you, your family and friends!
    Start dates are your arrival date in Nepal where as the End dates are the returning date from Nepal
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  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
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  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
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Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle

  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (2 nights)

  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms (14 nights)

  • 4WD transfer from Kathmandu to Jubing and from Jubing to Kathmandu

  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English-speaking trekking guide

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff

  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking

  • Farewell dinner in a fine restaurant on a second last day.

  • Down jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (to be returned after the trek)

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep)

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges

  • Official expenses

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page.)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 125. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks

  • Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab.)

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)

  • Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section

The following gives you a general idea of the trekking equipment and clothing needed for this trek.

This is a porter-supported trek. Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.


  • 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek.)
  • Duffel bag (We will provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag which is yours to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; We can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat.)
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer


  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (For women)

Lower Body - Legs

    • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
    • Nylon hiking shorts
    • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
    • Water/windproof trousers
    • Casual pants



  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)


  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
  • Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

This trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

To prepare for a strenuous trek like this you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.

YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits, Nepali Sim cards etc. (if you are willing to get one)

We use standard rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around bonfire. In teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.

Substituting the accommodation or swapping from mountain guest house to Kathmandu is NOT possible. We only provide two nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu included in the package.

In case of early arrival to Kathmandu due to any sickness in the mountain or any of your own personal reason or due to bad weather and you are unable to continue the trek, you will need an extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu. We can make these arrangements for a supplemental charge.

Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing toilet. However, in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.

At most cases, you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.

All the guest houses sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself. Hand sanitizer, towel and any other personal toiletries you would need for the trek, you must bring your own.

During the trek, we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required.

In Kathmandu, USD 50 per room per night Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu but not in the mountain especially during the peak time.

Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest region trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat(rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat.

YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.

No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per litre. Higher you go it would be expensive. If you are planning to drink normal water, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must. One can purchase purification tablets or iodine in Kathmandu, Lukla or Namche.

At the lower altitude like Lukla, Phakding, Namche the guesthouses provide the facilities of hot shower. And in rest of the places (at higher elevation), warm water in the bucket will be provided for shower. For all above showers, it would cost you extra about USD 3-4 per shower. The higher you go the hot shower would be expensive.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.

During the trekking period, cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

Especially in the Everest trail, ATM would be available only in Namche and relying on it is not a better idea as you never know when things stops working. Also if you try to exchange your foreign currency, there you would be getting very less exchange rates. So changing money from Kathmandu and taking Nepalese cash is a wise idea, which we too recommend.

Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs, more maneuverable in travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas.

The drive between Kathmandu and Jubing is long and it takes about 12 to 13 hours depending on the traffic and the road condition. The driver will stop the 4WD vehicle at various points for you to have lunch and snacks, go to the restroom and relax. The road between Kathmandu and Salleri, which is about 8 to 9 hours of the total drive, is paved in concrete. However, it is a mountain road, so it won’t be as smooth as in the cities. And, the road between Salleri and Jubing, which is about 3 to 4 hours of the total drive, is dirt and it isn’t paved in concrete. This section gets bumpy, so be prepared for it. Our experienced driver will be very careful.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% non-refundable deposit payment. You can pay the rest of the balance when you arrive in Kathmandu by USD Cash, Credit cards (Master, Visa and American Express) any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of those 4% amount.)

You can clear the remainder of the money upon your arrival in Kathmandu or even before you arrive in Kathmandu. You can use USD cash, American Express, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit cards.

Cancellation notice is required, minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as cancelled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.

If you do not cancel your trip prior to 20 days due to whatsoever reasons, you must be aware that the trip you’ve already bought is completely non-refundable as per our terms and conditions. If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid. If your trip is cut short due to weather/illness/personal reasons, there is no refund for accommodations unused.

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This trek can be done only in dry seasons. So, you can book your trip from October 10 to December and from January to May. It is not possible to do this trip during the monsoon season because the rains heavily affect the section between Salleri and Jubing and no vehicles can pass through this road. But, if you want to reach Everest Base Camp in monsoon months such as June, July & September, we recommend 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with flights. Above 3,000 meters, the rains don’t affect your trek as it rains very little or doesn’t rain at all in higher altitudes.

One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C (-4 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

Monsoon – July / August Through Mid-September
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds.

During Monsoon, the average temperature is 22 degrees C (71.6 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

Autumn – End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.

The average temperature during the fall is 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

Winter- December/ January/ February
Winter start from mid December till mid February. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds. View is still good but foggy so having extra days is highly recommended during this period.

The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -20 degrees C (-4 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide is about -10°C (14°F). Our guide can provide liner or extra blanket from the lodge in the mountain if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high-altitude first-aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.

Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first-aid kit and have knowledge to use oxymeter in order to track your oxygen level just to make sure you are fit enough to continue your high altitude walk.

Guides also carry local sim cards, both Nepal Telecom and Ncell, in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.

Also we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee.

Our Company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

No vaccinations were compulsory in Himalaya however due to the adverse effect of COVID-19, the vaccination of it is mandatory to enter Nepal so you must have the valid vaccination card/document while traveling. We also do suggest, you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

• A dental check-up prior to travelling.
• That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking. This information would remain confidential with us.

Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter. They are very much aware that higher the altitude the oxygen level gets lesser so to get updated on the oxygen level of our client and to know whether they are fit enough or needs extra precautions to continue.

Guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.

It totally depends on level of your sickness. Once you are sick in higher altitude you need to rest at lower altitude and it at least need 3 days to a week for the recovery.

If you are in private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with guide depending on your health status.

If you are in a group, then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with guide and catch up the group later on.

Yes, we do have PAC but it is not necessarily required for the trek, which is around 5,000 m level. If someone requires oxygen cylinder then it can be hired from the guesthouses as we use the guesthouse that has facilities of oxygen cylinder.

If one needs PAC we will surely provide one if required and extra charge would be applicable for it.

Please note: Using oxygen in the mountain can be very expensive so please make sure you are covered with good travel insurance policies so that you can claim your emergency medical expenses.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client.

You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Also we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee.

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the super markets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc.

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. Please consult with your guide and he will update our office in Kathmandu and we can make the arrangements accordingly.

If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with your group and guide and your guide will update us accordingly.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

YES, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimum additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.

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What makes this trip different ?

Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org

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