Everest Base Camp Trek 16 Days

Everest Base Camp Trek 16 Days

A great introductory teahouse trek that offers vibrant Kathmandu and its World Heritage Sites, sensational mountain views and an insight into the lives of the Sherpa people.
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  • Trip Code: ATH3994
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 16 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: 5,555 m / 18,220.4 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-Kala Patthar-Lukla-Kathmandu

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

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing in World Heritage Sites: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist Stupa at Boudha 
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla 
  • Experiencing life as the “mountain people” live in the heart of Himalaya 
  • Visiting Tengboche Monastery 
  • Remarkable views of Khumbu Ice Fall 
  • Climbing Kala Patthar at elevation of 5,555 m 
  • Everest Base Camp and walking on the Khumbu glacier 
  • The World’s Highest Mountain Everest 

Trip Information

Follow the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing to the Greatest Mountain in the world! The ultimate challenge of Everest Base Camp Trek offers breathtaking mountain panoramas. If you like to walk, this is one of the most inspiring places in the world to do it.

Our standard Everest Base Camp Trek is a great introductory lodge trek that offers sensational mountain views and an insight into the lives of the Sherpa people. After exploring the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu, we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Kumbu Sherpas, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area. We then follow the trail to famous Tengboche, located high on a ridge where a magnificent 360-degree panorama awaits. The views of Everest, the Lhotse-Nuptse Wall, Ama Dablam and Kantega dominate this peaceful and spiritual location – surely one of the most tranquil and inspiring places in the world.

While passing Buddhist monasteries, views of Everest get closer every day. This stunning trek visits Everest Base Camp (5,365 m), which is a premier goal for many adventurous walkers in the Himalayas, and Kala Patthar (5,555 m), a viewpoint recognised as the best vantage point to see Mount Everest. After trekking to the Base Camp and Kala Patthar, we return at our leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.

For the more adventurous trekkers you have the option of returning over the Cho La pass to the Gokyo valley, and then ascending Gokyo Ri. Or if you are really fit, you can attempt the summit of Island peak.

Our Everest Base Camp Group Trek departs every week from Kathmandu. Private trek can be arranged any time. View our departure dates at the Dates tab. 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 itineraries are available as per your travel needs.

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 02: Pre-Trek Meeting and Sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 03: Fly to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 06: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 08: Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m) and Hike down to Dingboche. 4 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse
  • Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and then back to Gorak Shep – 8 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 11: Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) Early in the Morning  and then Trek down to Periche (4,200 m). 7 hours. 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: Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 15: Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 16: Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure.
Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Our airport representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. 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: Either on this day or the next day, there will be a pre-trek meeting, where you are requested to bring your passport, 2 passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. In this meeting, you must clear all due balance (if you have any), sign a legally binding trip form and a non-liability disclaimer. And if you have any questions about the trip, now is the best time. We will provide you Ace the Himalaya duffel bag and a cap at the meeting. 

Overnight at Hotel. No meals included.

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

Pashupatinath:
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River.Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.It is a square two tiered pagoda temple built on a single tier pinth which is famous all over the world.

Boudhanath:
Boudhanath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.It was built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast Included)

Day 03- Fly to Lukla (2804 meters) trek to Phakding (2610 meters) 3 hours.

An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla at 2804meters. Upon arrival at the airport, your guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding at 2610meters.

After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sorts and loads our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Koshi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m) it is a short walk to Phakding.
Overnight at Guesthouse.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 04- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours.

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, 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, is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchanges, internet cafes and a bakeries. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail.
Overnight at Guesthouse.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 05- Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air, as well as a short trek where a museum is celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. Today we hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.
Overnight at Guesthouse.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 06- Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5 hours.

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860 meters 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. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the day’s trekking went.
Overnight at Guesthouse.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 07- Trek to Dingboche (4350 meters) 5.30 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 Guesthouse.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 08- Trek to Chhukung (4710 meters) and trek back to Dingboche. 4.30 hours.

Today you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. We will have a 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 Guesthouse.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 09- Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) 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 4910 meters 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 Guesthouse.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 10- Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak Shep (5180 meters). 8 hours.

This is another big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365 meters, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team 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 Guesthouse.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 11- Hike up to Kalapatthar (5555 meters) early in the morning and trek down to Periche (4200 meters). 7 hours.

This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of morning in this day is spent climbing Mt. KalaPatthar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555meters. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028 ft, 8848 meters, 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 Periche. Overnight at Guesthouse.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 12- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours.

From Periche we take a slightly different route down to Orsho, then to Pangboche village. Here is the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a ‘Yeti’, or the abominable snowman. Leaving mountains behind us, our descent takes us through Tengboche Monastery at elevation of 3860 meters before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar at 3441meters. We arrive back to Namche Bazaar in the afternoon.
Overnight at Guesthouse.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 13- Trek to Lukla (2804 meters) 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 and also giving you time to explore the town.
Overnight at Guesthouse.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 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 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast Included)

Day 15- Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. 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. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.(Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)

Day 16- 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 by private tourist vehicle

  • Standard twin-share/double accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (4 nights)

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by a private tourist vehicle

  • All your standard meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek

  • Lodge/guesthouse/teahouse accommodation during the trek in twin-shares and occasionally dormitory-style rooms (11 nights)

  • Local and licensed English-speaking trekking guide (An assistant guide will be added when the group size is 7 or more.)

  • 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

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

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

  • Free Ace the Himalaya trek duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep)

  • Monument entrance fees during the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu (Day 02)

  • Farewell dinner in a Nepali restaurant with cultural dance show on the second last day (Day 15)

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges

  • Official expenses

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner 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 and water

  • Personal trekking equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab)

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

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

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items needed 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, and personal belongings that you 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 recommended to pack items in two different bags. 

We will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave the items you don’t need for the trek at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General

  • 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag which is yours to keep)
  • Daypack
  • Down jacket (We can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

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 for cheap here.)
  • Ear-muffs (These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people)
  • A neck warmer (Another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it)

Hand

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

Core Body

  • 2 T-shirts 
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Windtopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • 2 synthetic women sports bras (No cotton)

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pairs of nylon hiking shorts (Quick drying type, not cotton)
  • 4 pairs of underwear (Stay away from cotton) 
  • 2 pairs of lightweight long underwear (Capilene or other synthetic)
  • 1 pair of soft shell pants (Synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable)
  • 2 pairs of trekking pants (Preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts)
  • 1 pair of 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 of 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 of heavyweight socks (To be worn over liner socks)
  • 1 pair of lightweight socks (A good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail)
  • 1 pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots (Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it otherwise you will get lots of blister.)
  • 1 pair of light trekking shoes or sneakers (Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu)
  • 1 pair of hiking gaiters (Good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary)
  • 1 pair of sandals 

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 one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours).
  • 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 knife 
  • 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 of 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)
  • Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player 
  • Binoculars 
  • 1 lightweight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR (Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use)
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator 
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman (Some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip) 
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos 

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 standard 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 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 a bon fire. 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 70 per person for booking a single room in Kathmandu for four nights when booking for groups of two or more than two people. For one person the trip price of USD 1800 per person already includes a single room supplement fee.

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.

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 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.

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.

In major places (Namche Bazar, Lukla), we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the places, hotel 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 though 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 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 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.

No vaccinations are compulsory fro travelling in Bhutan, 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.

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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.

     

    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