Everest Base Camp Trek – 15 Days

Everest Base Camp Trek – 15 Days

Hop onto an adventurous flight to Lukla, the gateway to Everest, and embark on this challenging yet rewarding trek to the foot of Mt Everest and create lasting memories.
Go on 15 day trip for
$2,000 PP
  • Trip Code: ATH3206
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Strenuous
    Ventures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' and must be fully supported. The altitude attained is between 3,500 to 5,000m. These treks also involve several nights stay above 4,000m. These are genuine expeditions where preparation and a willingness to 'rough it' are necessary. You must have be physically fit for this trek.
  • Max Altitude: 5555 m /18220.4 ft
  • Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche Bazar - Tengboche - Lobuche - Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp - Kalapatthar - Namche Bazaar - Lukla - Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Highlights

  • Budget friendly itinerary
  • Own choices of meals
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Syangboche, the World’s Highest Airport
  • Visiting the beautiful Tengboche Monastery
  • Ama Dablam, the World’s most Beautiful Mountain
  • Island Peak and the Shinning View of Mt. Thamserku
  • Remarkable views of Khumbu Ice fall
  • Climbing Kalapatthar at elevation of 5,555 m
  • Everest Base Camp and walking on the Khumbu glacier

Trip Information

Scenic 40 minutes Himalayan flight from Kathmandu takes you to Everest Base Camp Trek’s starting point – Lukla. Lukla is a hilly, prosperous village. From its Tenzing Hillary Airport, you hike to Phakding, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal. You follow a beautiful, pine forest, trekking trail and head off to the Glaciated Dudh Kosi River and to the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. The first prominent, shining view of Mt. Thamserku (6, 608 m) impresses you as the trekking trail leads you to the Sagarmatha National Park, an Important Bird Area and the Sacred Himalayan Landscape of the World.

One-day rest at Namche Bazaar prepares you for the upcoming high altitude trekking days. Nearby Syangboche Airport offers a panoramic view of mountains. The trek from Namche to Tengboche offers the stunning view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and the world’s most beautiful mountain – Ama Dablam. Endangered Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, and multi-colored pheasants come into your views as you trek to Tengboche, a village with a viewpoint. This viewpoint offers the exceptional view of 8,000 m and 7,000 m peaks. It also has the Everest Region famous monastery’s, (Tengboche Monastery) which attracts you with its exuberant workmanship. In the peak season, 600 tourists visit this monastery every week.

Innumerable chortens, mani walls and small villages are your frequent sites. Enjoying a close – up view of Ama Dablam, you savor the delicious food in a hotel and then you trek in the fields of barley, buckwheat, and potatoes. Dingboche offers the view of the world’s three highest peaks: Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho – Oyu. They win your heart. Equally, Cholatse, Taboche, Louche West and Lobuche East peaks look awesome. The Chukkung Valley, which you visit, lies on the slopes of Lhotse and Nuptse mountains and offers you the stunning view of the Lho and Nup glaciers, as well as of Ama Dablam Mountain. Touching the skyline, this mountain dominates the Chukkung Valley with its beauty. Later, from the trekking trail, you see the Khumbu Glaciers, as well as Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur peaks. From the base camp, you see the Everest climbers, resting and preparing for Everest ascent, from Thangma Riju you see a 360-degree view of mountains, and from Kalapathar’s trekking trail, you see the vicinity of the Himalayas. Every trail of the Everest Base Camp Trek displays the mountains.

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport (1,345 m). Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 02: Fly to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2,804 m) from Kathmandu, trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 04: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 05: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 07: Day trip to Chhukung valley (4710 meters) and trek back to Dingboche. 4 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) then back to Gorakshep – 8 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 10: Hike up to Kalapatthar (5,555 m) early in the morning then trek down to Pheriche (4,200 m). 7 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 11: Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 14: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 15: Transfer to the international airport for your final flight departure.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345 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: If you happen to arrive after 4:00 pm you would be briefed about the trip by our airport representative/guide about tomorrow’s (Day 02) activities on the way to your hotel, this will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all the questions to the guide. But if you arrive earlier than 4:00 pm your pre-trip meeting would be on that very day at our office. During your pre-trip meeting, we will be introduced to your leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the 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 Hotel. No meals included

Day 02- Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) trek to Phakding (2,610 m) - 3 hours.

In the morning, you fly from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla. Upon arrival at the airport, your guide will brief you on the trek, as well as introduce you to your porters.While your Sherpas sort out and load your trekking equipments, you have time to explore Lukla. You begin your trek by descending to the Dudh Koshi River. This trek is easy and takes you to a small, Ghat village (2,550 m). A further short walk from Ghat takes you to Phakding.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast Included

 

Day 03- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5.30 hours.

We continue to trek along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. We cross this majestic river by the exciting suspension bridges, laden with prayer flags. We then reach the Sagamartha National Park then we climb steeply up, to Namche Bazaar, the Gateway to Everest, seeing the mountains. We see Namche dotted with restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchanges, internet cafes, and bakeries.

Overnight at Guesthouse. No Meals Included

Day 04- Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.

We take a rest in Namche to acclimatize with the thin air. We also hike up to Syangboche Airport, which offers the rewarding view of the Himalayas and the stunning view of the sunrise and sunset on the Khumbu peaks. 

Overnight at Guesthouse. No Meals Included

Day 05- Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m) - 5 hours.

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi River and offers the magnificent view of the mountains. It also takes you to an altitude of 3,860 m and to the Tengboche Monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. In the monastery, you will observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or in the morning, depending on the day’s trekking. 

Overnight at Guesthouse. No Meals Included

Day 06- Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) - 5.30 hours.

From Tengboche, the trekking trail drops to Dingboche, crosses exciting suspension bridges on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche, which has thousands of mani stones. The trail also takes us to the quaint, Sherpa traditional Dingboche village, which offers the exquisite view of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Walking on this trail, we take our own time to avoid the Altitude Mountain Sickness. 

Overnight at Guesthouse. No Meals Included

Day 07- Trek to Chhukung (4,710 m) and trek back to Dingboche - 4.30 hours.

Today, we enjoy another acclimatization day, then we trip to the Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to see the marvelous view of Ama Dablam and Lhotse’s massive south wall. We later return to Dingboche in the evening.

Overnight at Guesthouse. No Meals Included

Day 08- Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) - 5 hours.

Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by the stone memorials of the climbers, who have perished near the summit. The trail further climbs to Lobuche, which has a few huts, located at the foot of the giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise here due to high altitude.

Overnight at Guesthouse. No Meals Included

Day 09- Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) then back to Gorakshep (5,180 m) - 8 hours.

This is another big and difficult walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to the Everest Base Camp (5, 365 m). We are likely to see the teams of Everest Expeditions. The view of the Khumbu Icefall is spectacular. We then return to Gorakshep for to spend our nights.

Overnight at Guesthouse. No Meals Included

Day 10- Hike up to Kalapatthar (5,555 m) early in the morning and trek down to Pheriche (4,200 m) - 7 hours.

This will be difficult, but rewarding trek. Most of morning, time is spent on climbing Kalapatthar (5,555 m), a small peak. The magnificent view of Everest (8, 848 m), including Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse and Lhotse mountains can be seen clearly and perfectly. From Kalapathar, we descend to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet (5,810 m) and then descend to Pheriche. 

Overnight at Guesthouse. No Meals Included

Day 11- Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) - 5 hrs.

Seeing the great views of Everest and Ama Dablam, we head off to Tengboche, which also has the oldest and stunning monastery of the Everest Region. 

Overnight at Guesthouse. No Meals Included

Day 12- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5.30 hours.

Following up and down trail from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar, you enjoy the stunning view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. This trail also takes you to the area of the endangered Musked Deer, Himalayan Thar, and Pheasant Birds to the area of the Pine Forest, to the course of the Dudh Kosi River, and to the hills of the small villages.

Overnight at Guesthouse. No Meals Included

Day 13- Trek to Lukla (2804 meters) 6 hours.

Finally, we return to Lukla from where we have started our trek. We would also like to share our trek achievements with other trekkers, as well as we would like to explore Lukla. 

Overnight at Guesthouse. No Meals Included

Day 14- Morning flight back to Kathmandu.

Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minutes scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel. If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour you can start today. Please read our trip note about Lukla flight below. 

Overnight at Guesthouse. No Meals Included

Day 15- Transfer for your final flight departure.

The trip ends, our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast Included

  • The price per person for the Small group Journey is fixed as stated below. Group Discounts of 15% is available for booking of two or more than two person. 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!
     
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Price Includes

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

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.

  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).

  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking 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.

  • 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, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).

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

  • Official expenses.

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu. (Requires approximately USD 15 to 25 per person per day)

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner while on Trekking. (Requires approximately USD 350 to USD 400 per person for entire trekking)

  • 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 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.

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

  • 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 personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact that one should keep in mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

General

  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/You can rent one from us)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/You can rent one from us)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
  • Some people like earmuffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  •  All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal 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. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
  • Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

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 equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please 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.

We have up to 98% success rate for our Everest treks.

Everest base camp 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 tourist standard hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included (attached bathroom, toilet, shower, TV in room). 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 a bonfire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in tea houses provides essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

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. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required.

The additional cost is USD 50 per person for booking a single room in Kathmandu for two nights including the breakfast.

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, 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.

Please note that all the Food are not Included in our Everest Base Camp Trek.

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 jeep, more maneuverable in traveling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are traveling in cooler areas.

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

Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September 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 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 4,000 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 4,000 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 4,000 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.

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-days 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 per person USD 40 to USD 60 for lunch and a dinner in Kathmandu. You can allocate approximately USD 300 to 350 per person to buy meals and drinks during the entire trek.

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.

In major places (Namche Bazar, Lukla), we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the places, hot water in bucket will be provided for shower; it would cost you extra about USD 3-4 per shower.

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

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.

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.

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 camp trek since you only have to stay a night above 5,000 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 Tribhuvan 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.

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 traveling.
· 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.

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    The above information is a guide and 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 result in a change of 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
    Twin Otter 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 problems. In such case, Ace the Himalaya will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

    The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$500 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.


    It is recommended that you should arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier before you start your trek. When you arrive a day earlier, you will have time to rest as well as time to buy trekking equipment. Similarly, it is best to have some extra days after you have finished your trek because your flight to Kathmandu/Lukla might be cancelled 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.

    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