Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek – 14 Days

Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek – 14 Days

The adventurous 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes us to the gateway of the Everest region. We explore the abundance of diverse flora and fauna in the surrounding of Lukla and Namche.
  • Trip Code: ATH8402
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Demanding
    Between Moderate to Strenuous trip at an altitude up to 4,000m with side trips to higher elevations. This is classified as ill-defined trails, away from major settlements. Considered to be harder therefore preparation for fitness and good health conditions are essential.
  • Max Altitude: 18,225ft / 5,555 m
  • Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Lukla-Monjo-Namche Bazaar-Pangboche-Dingboche-Chhukung-Lobuche-Everest Base Camp-Gorak Shep-Kalapatthar-Pheriche-Namche Bazar-Lukla

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Kathmandu Valley and the 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • A stunning and adventurous 35-minute flight between Kathmandu and Lukla
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery and get an up-close view of ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas
  • A glimpse into the life of the “mountain people” living in the heart of the Himalaya
  • Remarkable views of the Khumbu Ice fall on the slope of Mt. Everest
  • Climb Mt. Kalapatthar (18,225 feet) the view point of Everest
  • Arriving at Everest Base Camp and walking on the Khumbu glacier
  • Luxurious accommodation at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and the best guesthouses throughout the trek

Trip Information

The adventurous 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes us to the gateway of the Everest region. We explore the abundance of diverse flora and fauna in the surrounding of Lukla and Namche. The Tengboche Monastery gives visitors an up-close view of the incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. A ceremony takes place every day in the morning and at 3 p.m. afternoon in the monastery. We will be able to witness the afternoon ceremony if waited for few hours. Upon the consent of the guide, the group will be taken to observe prayer ceremonies after which we continue back on the trek. Traverse the friendly Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries, the plain of Gorakshep and the broad summit of Mt. Kalapatthar, the view point of Mt. Everest. The view from Kalapatthar includes a 360-degree panorama of the surrounding mountain peaks. Revel in the spectacular views of Mt. Everest – the roof of the world – as well as other mighty Himalayan summits like Lhotse, Nutpse, Amadablam, and Thamsherku to name a few, while walking on the Khumbu Glacier. The Everest Base Camp trip gives you a glimpse into the life of the “mountain people” living in the heart of the Himalayas. Embark on the Everest Base Camp luxury trek for one of the most memorable treks you will ever encounter.

Ace the Himalaya has created this trip to meet and exceed customer satisfaction in luxury, quality and experience. The lodging choices along the route are designed to entail the best the country has to offer. Ace has mixed together the highest standard accommodations with local flavor guaranteeing our guests sleep in the most comfortable environment available. This deluxe trip comprises of 2 nights stay in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and 11 nights stay in the best lodge along the trek. As the altitude increases, the guesthouses become rare and the basic service they provide might be the best they can offer. The services given by the hotels at Kathmandu, Namche and the hotels up in the mountains cannot be compared due to the geographical and altitudinal conditions. However, your hard days of trekking will still be perfectly complemented by a comfortable and memorable stay through the trip.

Our Everest base camp group departs every week from Kathmandu. Private treks can be arranged any time. Have a look at our selected departure dates here (link). If our set departure dates are not convenient for you, you may choose Private departures by selecting your own convenient tour date. These types of departure are best suited to couples, families, charity and small groups of friends. Customized itinerary are available as per your travel need.

NOTE: It is recommended that you should arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier before you start your trek (if you do not have a day tour of KTM scheduled). When you arrive a day earlier, you will have time to rest as well as time to buy trekking equipment if necessary. Similarly, it is best to have some extra days (1 or 2) after you have finished your trek because your flight to Kathmandu from Lukla might be cancelled or delayed due to bad weather. So all together it is recommended to have a few extra days beside the trip schedule so that you don’t miss your International Flight.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival at Kathmandu Airport (1,400 m/ 4593 ft). Overnight at a Three -Star Hotel.
  • Day 02 – Fly to Lukla (2,804 m/9,199 ft) & Trek to Manjo (2,825 m/9,268 ft) – 3.5 Hours. Overnight at Everest Summit Lodge or Yeti Mountain Home or similar class Guesthouse.
  • Day 03 – Trek to Namche Bazar (3,840 m/12,598 ft) – 5 Hours. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or Hotel Namche or similar class Guesthouse.
  • Day 04 – Namche Bazar Acclimatization Day. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or Hotel Namche or similar class Guesthouse.
  • Day 05 – Trek to Pangboche (3,930 m/12,893 ft) – 6 Hours. Overnight at Everest Summit Lodge or similar class Guesthouse.
  • Day 06 – Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m/14,271 ft) – 6 Hours. Overnight at Hotel Bright Star or similar class Guesthouse.
  • Day 07 – Trek to Chhukung (4,710 m/15,452 ft) & Trek Back to Dingboche – 4.5 Hours. Overnight at Hotel Bright Star or similar class Guesthouse.
  • Day 08 – Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m/16,108 ft) – 5 Hours. Overnight at Hotel Oxygen or similar class Guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m/17,601 ft) & Back to Gorak Shep (5,180 m/16,994 ft.) – 8 Hours. Overnight at Hotel Yeti or similar class Guesthouse.
  • Day 10 – Hike Up to Kalapatthar (5,555 m/18,225 ft) Early in the Morning & Trek Down to Pheriche – 7 Hours. Overnight at the Best Available Lodge.
  • Day 11 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,840 m/12,598 ft) – 7 Hours. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or Hotel Namche or similar class Guesthouse.
  • Day 12 – Trek to Lukla (2,804 m/9,199 ft) – 6 Hours. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or similar class Guesthouse.
  • Day 13 – Flight Back to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner. Overnight at a Three -Star Hotel.
  • Day 14 – Transfer to the Airport for Flight Departure.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1,400 m/ 4593 ft.)

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: If you arrive after 4 pm you will be briefed by our airport representative/guide about the trek on the way to hotel. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, we will host a pre-trek meeting in our office and introduce you to your trekking guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your 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. During this meeting, please clear the due balance if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

Overnight at a three-star hotel. No meals included.

Day 02 - Fly to Lukla (2,804 m/9,199 ft.) & Trek to Manjo (2,825 m/9,268 ft.) - 3.5 Hours

An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute adventurous flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla at 2,804 m/9,199 ft. On arrival at the airport, the guide will brief you and introduce our porters before our trek begins towards Manjo (2,835 m/9,268 ft.)

After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713 m/8,900 ft). The walk is easy. After passing through a small village of Ghat (2,550 m/8,366 ft), it is a short walk to Phakding and then to Manjo.

Overnight at Everest Summit Lodge or Yeti Mountain Home or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 03 -Trek to Namche Bazar (3,840 m/12,598 ft.) - 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 Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar known as the Gateway to Everest which is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail.

Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or Hotel Namche or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04 - Namche Bazar Acclimatization Day

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air pressure. In a short trek in and around Namche Bazar, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.

Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or Hotel Namche or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05: Trek to Pangboche (3,930 m/12,893 ft.) - 7 Hours

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3,930m / 12,893ft today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. A ceremony at the monastery takes place every day in the morning and at 3 pm later. If waited for few hours, we can witness the ceremony before heading towards Pangboche. From Tengboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche village.

Overnight at Everest Summit Lodge or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 - Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m/14,271 ft.) - 6 Hours

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 Hotel Bright Star or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 - Trek to Chhukung (4,710 m/15,452 ft.) & Trek Back to Dingboche - 4.5 Hours

On this day you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. We will have trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to get a marvelous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening.

Overnight at Hotel Bright Star or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08 - Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m/16,108 ft.) - 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 altitude of 4,910m / 16,018ft at Lobuche, which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude.

Overnight at Hotel Oxygen or similar class Guesthouse. Accommodation with common toilet and bathroom. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09 - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m/17,601 ft) & Back to Gorak Shep (5,180 m/16,994 ft.) - 8 Hours

This is the big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365m / 17,601ft. , the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep for the night.

Overnight at Hotel Yeti or similar class Guesthouse. Accommodation with common toilet and bathroom. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 - Hike Up to Kalapatthar (5,555 m/18,225 ft) Early in the Morning & Trek Down to Pheriche - 7 Hours

This will be another big and rewarding day of the trek. Most of morning in this day is spent climbing Mt. Kalapatthar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555m / 18,225ft. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29,028ft, 8848meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180 meters then trek down to Pangboche village.

Overnight at the Best Available Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,840 m/12,598 ft) - 7 Hours

From Pangboche, leaving mountains behind us our descent takes us through Tengboche Monastery at elevation of 3,860m / 12,664 ft before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar at 3441m / 11,289ft. We arrive back into Namche Bazaar in the afternoon.

Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or Hotel Namche or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12 - Trek to Lukla (2,804 m/9,199 ft) - 6 Hours

Finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to explore the town.

Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13 - Flight Back to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner

Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute scenic and adventurous flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu you are transferred back to our starting hotel.

If you are looking to extend the trip, you have options such as Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, and so on. Please consult with your guide or our office staff at Kathmandu.

And, at the end of the day, we host a farewell dinner program at a Nepali restaurant where you can see some cultural performance. Your trekking guide will accompany you.

Overnight at a three-star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 14 -Transfer to the Airport for Flight Departure

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

Breakfast included.

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  • The price per person for small group journey is fixed as stated below. Group discounts from 10% to 25% are available for booking of two or more than two persons. A group booking of 25 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 rate. There are also the options 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
    Check Availabile Dates:    

    See Group Discount

    No. of people Price per person
    1-1 USD 3,100
    2-2 USD 2,650
    3-6 USD 2,550
    7-12 USD 2,370
    13-18 USD 2,270
    19-24 USD 2,250
    25-30 USD 2,230
    Check Availabile Dates:
    Date (Start - End) Price (Per Person)
    Sat, 23 Jun - Fri, 6 Jul USD 3,100
    Sat, 30 Jun - Fri, 13 Jul USD 3,100
    Sat, 1 Sep - Fri, 14 Sep USD 3,100
    Sat, 8 Sep - Fri, 21 Sep USD 3,100
    Sat, 15 Sep - Fri, 28 Sep USD 3,100
    Sat, 22 Sep - Fri, 5 Oct USD 3,100
    Sat, 29 Sep - Fri, 12 Oct USD 3,100
    Sat, 6 Oct - Fri, 19 Oct USD 3,100
    Sat, 13 Oct - Fri, 26 Oct USD 3,100
    Sat, 20 Oct - Fri, 2 Nov USD 3,100
    Sat, 27 Oct - Fri, 9 Nov USD 3,100
    Sat, 3 Nov - Fri, 16 Nov USD 3,100
    Sat, 10 Nov - Fri, 23 Nov USD 3,100
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    Sat, 24 Nov - Fri, 7 Dec USD 3,100
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    Sat, 22 Dec - Fri, 4 Jan USD 3,100
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    Sat, 29 Dec - Fri, 11 Jan USD 3,100
    Sat, 29 Dec - Fri, 11 Jan USD 3,100
    Sat, 5 Jan - Fri, 18 Jan USD 3,100
    Sat, 12 Jan - Fri, 25 Jan USD 3,100
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    Sat, 15 Jun - Fri, 28 Jun USD 3,100
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    Sat, 29 Jun - Fri, 12 Jul USD 3,100
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    Sat, 14 Sep - Fri, 27 Sep USD 3,100
    Sat, 21 Sep - Fri, 4 Oct USD 3,100
    Sat, 28 Sep - Fri, 11 Oct USD 3,100
    Sat, 5 Oct - Fri, 18 Oct USD 3,100
    Sat, 12 Oct - Fri, 25 Oct USD 3,100
    Sat, 19 Oct - Fri, 1 Nov USD 3,100
    Sat, 26 Oct - Fri, 8 Nov USD 3,100
    Sat, 2 Nov - Fri, 15 Nov USD 3,100
    Sat, 9 Nov - Fri, 22 Nov USD 3,100
    Sat, 16 Nov - Fri, 29 Nov USD 3,100
    Sat, 23 Nov - Fri, 6 Dec USD 3,100
    Sat, 30 Nov - Fri, 13 Dec USD 3,100
    Sat, 7 Dec - Fri, 20 Dec USD 3,100
    Sat, 14 Dec - Fri, 27 Dec USD 3,100
    Sat, 21 Dec - Fri, 3 Jan USD 3,100
    Sat, 21 Dec - Fri, 3 Jan USD 3,100
    Sat, 28 Dec - Fri, 10 Jan USD 3,100
    Sat, 28 Dec - Fri, 10 Jan USD 3,100
  • 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.
    • nine plus 3 =
  • 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.
    • ten minus five =

Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.

  • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Highest available standard Lodges and Guesthouses accommodation during the trek. 

  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking guides.

  • 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.

  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.

  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat.

  • Sleeping bag and down jacket from ACE the Himalaya (which needs to be returned after the trek).

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency 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 a 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 $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks

  • Personal trekking Equipment

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

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on '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.

The weight limit for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights is 15 kg or 33 pounds. This is combining both the duffel bag and the daypack. If you exceed this limit, you will have to pay an additional fee. When this happens, sometimes the airline sends your bag in later flights and this can be very problematic for many reasons. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.

General

  • 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

Hand

  • 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

Feet

  • 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.)

Optional

  • 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.

Everest base camp Luxury 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 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. They are physically strong, sharp-witted and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.

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

We use standard rooms at three-star hotels in Kathmandu. Along the trekking routes, you will be accommodated at the best luxury teahouses/lodges which provide finest facilities in the mountains. We can also provide you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags on rent 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. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission.

Up until Dingboche, you will have attached toilet and bathroom. But in two locations Lobuche and Gorakshep, you will have to use common toilet and bathroom.

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 flight cancellation or 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.

Yes! The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% deposit payment. You can pay the balance of the money when you arrive in Kathmandu.

Yes! We can surely book separate rooms in Kathmandu for your portion of the trip. During the trek we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. At USD 1,000, you can get a single-room accommodation for the duration of the trip – including both Kathmandu and the mountains.

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.

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, Travelers Check, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit cards.

Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest Base Camp 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 lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

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.

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and tea houses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per littler. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. 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.

For domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu), we use Tara Air, Agni Air -popular domestic airlines.

Twin Otter and Dornier is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical issues. In such case, Ace the Himalaya can help you charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your trek or international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter and Dornier can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

If weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters are also not operated for the flights. In such cases we will reschedule your flight for next day provide you alternative trek options.

In case of emergency cancellation of flights due to weather condition at Lukla or in Kathmandu we recommend our clients to wait for some time for the weather to clear out. In case the weather fails to clear out and the flights are not likely to take place then in such cases we recommend to go for a helicopter charter. This facility can be provided if our clients are agreeing to pay the extra charges applicable for the heli ride. The helicopter takes 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared amongst the passengers. The cost must be paid by the participant, which can later be submitted for reimbursement through travel insurance company. We can help you with the necessary documents for a claim.

The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, American Express only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance.  The extra charges incurred are approximately $2,500 to $3,000 USD per helicopter (minimum USD 500 to maximum USD 3,000 per person) would be applicable to you for the helicopter charter. Usually the helicopter takes only 4 to 6 passengers at a time. Therefore whatever the cost of helicopter is, the price is divided among the group members. 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)

Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp deluxe trek.

Every trekking trip up the mighty Mt. Everest presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that forever live on in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. 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, only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C 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 17 degrees C with a maximum of 25 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season
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 positives to trekking during the monsoon months, however. 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. The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 25 degrees C during sunny days with a minimum -15 degrees C in the morning and night at areas above 4000 meters. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 18 degrees C.

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 15 degrees C with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

Regardless of time of year, trekkers should always plan accordingly and bring clothing for both cooler and warmer temps. Layering is always recommended, as are pants that can double as shorts. For a full list of clothing and materials to bring to account for various temperatures and weather changes that can occur in the Everest region, visitors should work closely with their travel provider. This will ensure that the adventure will be enjoyable no matter what the weather and that every possible scenario will be accounted for ahead of time.

The guesthouses at lower altitude facilitates heater. However, in the guesthouses in higher altitude, the rooms may not be heated. In such conditions, they have the facility of heating the dining area by providing kerosene or metal heater. USD 1 to USD 3 per person might be applicable to use this service and this is payable directly to the guesthouse.

No problem at all because the lodges mostly 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.

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 well trained for the high altitude problems and first aid. They always carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well. All our guides carry the local mobile phones and SAT phones for the emergency.

Total distance of the entire trek is about 75 miles.

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.

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!

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to 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.

In the cities, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

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.

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.

There will be proper running of both hot and cold water at most of the guesthouses. However, in some of the guesthouses, they might provide you with a hot bucket of water for shower.

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

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.

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 only.

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.

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 deg C, we can provide liner or extra blanket if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

Yes, we do have PAC but we don’t use it for Everest Base Deluxe camp trek since you only have to stay a night above 5000 meters. We will surely provide one if required.

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.

YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

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 were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with guide and catch up the group later on.

For Lukla flights you are given only 15kgs as weight limit, which is equal to 33 Pounds; this includes both your duffel bag and daypack. So please pack and prepare wisely. If you exceed your limit additional cost of USD 2 to USD 5 Per Kgs would be applicable in the airport and this amount should be paid at the airport in airlines counter itself.

No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend 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.

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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The above information is a guide and a standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can bring changes in the itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

Lukla Airport is situated on a wonderful valley surrounded by high mountains. Due to this reason, landing and taking off from Lukla is considered to be difficult and technical. The weather in the area unpredictable and is likely to change every few hours resulting in flight delays or cancellation.

Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. However, if flights are cancelled due to mountain weather conditions, to Lukla or from Lukla to Kathmandu, we will help you charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your trip and international flight connections. The extra charges incurred are approximately $2,500 to $3,000 USD per helicopter (USD 500 to USD 3,000 per person) would be applicable to you for the helicopter charter. The helicopter takes 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared amongst the passengers. The cost must be paid by the participant, which can later be submitted for reimbursement through travel insurance company. We can help you with the necessary documents for a claim. Payment for helicopter must be paid at time of service by participant. US dollars cash, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee, which goes directly to the bank.

The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m or greater, while the twin otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters are also not operated. In such case we will reschedule your flight for next day depending on the availability. If this situation keeps on getting repeated for many days then you would be provide with the alternative trek options.

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.

Donation
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.

Sponsorship
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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