Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek – 26 Days

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek – 26 Days

If you have enough time, want to follow the original route to Everest Base Camp followed by the early explorers and want to avoid the adventurous Lukla flight, this is the one trek you definitely should do.
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  • Trip Code: ATH3237
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 26 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/18225 ft
  • Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Jiri - Junbeshi - Puiyan - Namche Bazaar - Phortse - Thanga - Gokyo Ri - Cho La Pass - Everest Base Camp - Kala Patthar - Namche Bazaar - Lukla

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

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing in the World Heritage Sites: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa
  • Following Hillary and Tenzing’s footprints
  • Get acquainted with the mountain people in the heart of Himalayas
  • Climbing Gokyo Ri at the elevation of 5,483 m
  • Crossing over the Cho La Pass at 5,300 m
  • Impressive views of the Khumbu Icefall & the Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Climbing Kala Patthar at the elevation of 5,555 m
  • The world’s highest Mt Everest
  • Visiting the Tengboche monastery
  • Scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Trip Information

Jiri to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar is a highly praised trekking route of the Everest region. It was in 1953 when two renown figures Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Nogey Sherpa had taken the same route for the Mt. Everest expedition.

After an eight hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jiri, our trek starts the following morning, by passing through the lower parts of Everest region that are relatively undeveloped compared to the northern side of the district around Namche Bazaar. This enables trekkers to experience many traditional aspects of culture and local people. The trail passes through numerous villages of different ethnic groups including Tamang, Jirel, Rai, Brahmin, Chettri and of course the Sherpa. Walking along this trek involves many ups and downs with the trail being well serviced with tea houses and good campsites in most of the villages.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345 m).Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 02 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 03 – Drive to Jiri (187 km) by local Bus – 8 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 04 – Trek to Bhandar (2,200 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 05 – Trek to Sete (2,645 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 06 – Trek to Junbensi (2,675 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 07 – Trek to Nunthala (2,440 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 08 – Trek to Kharikhola (2,020 m) -5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Trek to Puiyan (2,700 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 10 – Trek to Phakding (2,646 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 11 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 12 – Namche Bazaar acclimatization day. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 13 – Trek to Phorste Thanga (3,680 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 14 – Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 15 – Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 16 – Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and back to Gokyo – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 17 – Trek to Thangna (4,500 m) – 4 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 18 – Cross the Cho La Pass (5,300 m), then trek to Dzongla (4,710 m) – 7 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 19 – Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m ) – 4 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 20 – Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) then back to Gorak Shep – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 21 – Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) early in the morning and trek down to Pheriche (4,200 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 22 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 23 – Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 24 – Morning flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 25 – Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 26 – Transfer 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 arrive after 4:00 pm you would be briefed by our airport representative/guide about tomorrow’s (Day 02) sightseeing activities on the way to hotel and then the pre-trip meeting would be held after the sightseeing tour next day. But if you arrive earlier than 4:00 pm your pre-trip meeting would be done on that very day either at our office or at your hotel as per your requirement. During your pre-trip meeting, we will introduce you to your leader/guide once you are back from the sightseeing. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring 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 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 plinth which is famous all over the world.

Boudhanath: Boudhananath 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 your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included

Day 03 - Drive to Jiri by Public Bus (187 km) - 8 hrs

A difficult but scenic full-day public bus ride up the Sun-Koshi river valley to the town of Jiri, the trail-head of the Everest trek and our first camp.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 04 - Trek to Bhandar (2,200 m) - 6 hrs

We begin the walk with a climb to the ridge-top at 2,400 m after which the trail drops down to Shivalaya (1,800 m). After reaching Shivalaya, we make another climb to Sangbadanda (2,150 m), Kosaribas (2,500 m), then to Bhanjyang, a pass at Bhandar (2,200m). We can possibly take a detour between Sangbadanda and Bhandar to visit Thodung at 3,090 m.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 05 - Trek to Sete (2,645 m) - 6 hrs

The trail drops down to the Likhu Khloa and crosses the river at 1,580 m, and onto Kenja. Now we make the long climb to Lamjura hill. The first part of the climb is quite steep, whence it traverses to Sete, and an abandoned stupa at 2,575 m. We continue through the villages inhabited by Sherpas and have both Nepali and Sherpa names.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 06 - Trek to Junbensi (2,675 m) - 6 hrs

Trek begins with a long but gradual climb to the Lamjura pass at 3,530m. There you are rewarded with frost and often snow along the trail in winter or with blooming rhododendrons in the spring. The pass is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar, there you have a good lunch stop. From the top you descend to Tragdobuk (2,860 m), then to the pretty Sherpa village of Junbesi (2,675 m).

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 07 - Trek to Nunthala (2,440 m) - 5 hrs

We climb to a ridge at 3,080 m from where Everest slowly begins to appear before your eyes. From Junbesi the trail leads to the hospital and the airstrip at Phaplu as well as the district headquarter and a small market at Salleri. Leaving Salung, we make our way descending to the Ringmo Khola at 2,650 m followed by a small climb to Ringmo. We see an apple orchard at this spot; the Apple House offers apple juice, pie and rakshi (rice spirit). The trail from Ringmo to Namche Bazaar was built in the 1980’s and avoids many of the steep descents and ascents of the older route. Then we reach Trakshindo pass (3,071 m), then the trail drops down pass the monastery of the same name, on to Nuntala at 2,440 m.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 08- Trek to Kharikhola (2,020 m) -5 hrs

The trail continues descending to the Dudh Koshi where the trail then climbs through several Sherpa villages, terraced fields and forests to Khari Khola (2,020 m).

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 09 - Trek to Puiyan (2,700 m) - 6 hrs

We begin a day with a climb towards Puiyan through Sherpa villages and woods, passing through a narrow canyon before arriving at Puiyan.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 10 - Trek to Phakding (2,646 m) - 5 hrs

This day we continue a climb from Puiyan to a ridge at 2,800 m before a gradual ascent to the final ridge, where we climb down to Surke following the trail towards Phakding.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 11 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5.5 hrs

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

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 12 - Namche Bazaar acclimatization day

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

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 13 - Trek to Phorste Thanga (3,680 m) - 5 hrs

The trail climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking very pristine in springtime. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 14 - Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) - 5 hrs

We climb a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. We will reach Machherma by early noon.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 15 - Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) - 5.5 hrs

The trek today takes us at one of our main destinations, Gokyo (4,790 m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will do sightseeing and hiking trips around Gokyo.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 16 - Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and back to Gokyo - 5 hrs

Early in the morning, we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,483 m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt this trip – you get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. This day we have for acclimatization and after noon back to the camp.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 17 - Trek to Thangna (4,500 m) - 4 hrs

We trek to the foot of the Cho La Pass (5,300 m) for our overnight stay. Accomodation in Thangna will be very basic and in dormitory style room.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 18 - Cross the Cho La Pass (5,300 m), then trek to Dzongla (4,710 m) - 7 hrs

We start before sunrise at 4 or 5 am to reach the pass by 9 – 10 am to dodge bad weather conditions of the noontime. We cross over at an altitude of 5,300m where we could be exposed to strong winds if we crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views, then we descend to the Dzongla at noon. Accommodation in Dzongla will be very basic and in dormitory style room.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 19 - Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m ) - 4 hrs

A rather easier and shorter trekking route will take us to Lobuche after 4 hours of trekking.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 20 - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) then back to Gorak Shep - 5.5 hrs

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

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 21 - Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) early in the morning and trek down to Periche (4,200m) - 6 hrs

This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of morning, in this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patthar, a small peak (by the Himalayan standards) at 5,555 m. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29,028ft (8,848 m), 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 5,180 m then trek down to Pheriche.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 22 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5.5 hrs

From Pheriche 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 abominable snowman. Leaving mountains behind us our descent takes us through the Tengboche Monastery at an elevation of 3,860 m before continuing back to Namche Bazaar. We arrive back to Namche Bazaar in the afternoon.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 23 - Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) - 6 hrs

Finally, we return to Lukla where we started our trek, which might seem like a lifetime ago. We’ll spend some time enjoying and reflecting on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. We also have some spare time to explore the town some more.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 24 - Morning flight back to Kathmandu

On your flight back to Kathmandu as you leave Lukla, you can enjoy some last-minute glimpses of the mountains you just recently visited. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our airport representative will transfer you to your hotel from the airport.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast  Included

Day 25 - Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu

This will be a spare day in Kathmandu after the tiring trekking program. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. 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 a hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast and farewell Dinner Included

Day 26 - Transfer for your final 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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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.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.

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

  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (21 nights Trekking 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.

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

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

  • Surface transfer from Kathmandu to Jiri by Public Bus (Please let us know if you want to rent a private car/jeep with a driver).

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

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.

  • 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 whilst 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 (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 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 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.

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

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

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 a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

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 teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.

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

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

All the guest houses sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself. Hand sanitizer and a towel you must bring your own.

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

In Kathmandu, USD 45 Per Room Per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu but not in the mountain especially during the peak time.

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

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

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

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

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per littler. Higher you go it would be expensive.

If you are planning to drink normal water, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must.

One can purchase purification tablets or iodine in Kathmandu, Lukla or Namche.

At the lower altitude like Lukla, Phakding, Namche the guesthouses provide the facilities of hot shower.

And in rest of the places (at higher elevation), warm water in the bucket will be provided for shower.

For all above showers, it would cost you extra about USD 3-4 per shower. The higher you go the hot shower would be expensive.

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

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

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

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

For domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu), we use Goma Air, Tara Air and Simrik 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 to 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 no helicopters are also operated for the flights. In such case we will reschedule your flight for next day we will give you alternative trek options.

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 cost of the helicopter flight to Lukla is USD 3,000 to USD 3,500. 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)

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

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

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

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

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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, June, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek. Form July to mid September is raining season in Nepal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 deg C (14 Deg Fahrenheit), our guide can provide liner or extra blanket from the lodge in the mountain if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

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

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

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

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

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

You don’t need to submit any immunization documents to enter Nepal however if you have been immunized with diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus then that is a plus point but it’s not mandatory.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal Foundation, a non-political and non-profit social organization. We contribute our support to the remote village of Arupokhari (Gorkha, Nepal) through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates a percentage of business profits to the foundation on a yearly basis, which supports the ongoing maintenance cost required for Bhairabi Primary school, a community-based school in Arupokhari (plus few other schools in the region).

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Arupokhari Volunteer 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  Arupokhari village of Gorkha district, western Nepal.

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