Mt Everest Base Camp to Gokyo Trek – 19 Days
- Trip Code: ATH15956
- Country: Nepal
- Duration: 19 Days
- Trip Level: StrenuousVentures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' and must be fully supported. The altitude attained is between 4,000 to 5,600m. 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/18,225 ft
- Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
- Starts at: Kathmandu
- Ends at: Kathmandu
- Trip Route:
Lukla - Namche - Pangboche - Chukung - Lobuche - Everest Base Camp - Kalapatthar – Cho La Pass - Gokyo - Namche Bazar - Lukla
- Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December
- Sightseeing at important Nepalese historical sites
- Sightseeing in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath
- Scenic 35-minutes flight between Kathmandu and Lukla
- Takes you the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment
- Climb Mt. Kalapatthar (18,225 feet), the view point at Everest
- Climb Gokyo Ri at the elevation of 5,483 m
- Cross one of the three high passes of Everest- Cho-La Pass
- Visit the famous lake of Everest trail, Gokyo lake
- Arriving at Everest Base Camp and walking on the Khumbu glacier
Mt Everest Base Camp is the main highlighted or famous trekking route in Nepal. After arrival in Kathmandu and sightseeing around Kathmandu valley we take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which takes us to the gateway of the Everest region. There are many majestic rivers with exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. This trek takes you the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Mt Everest Base Camp is spectacular. The climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama – Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8,848 m, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the giants such as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. Embark on the Everest Base Camp journey for one of the most memorable treks you will ever encounter.
Ace the Himalaya has created this Mt Everest Base Camp to Gokyo trek to meet and exceed customer satisfaction in luxury, quality and experience. The lodging choices along the route are designed to entail the best the country has to offer. Ace has mixed together the highest standard accommodations with local flavour guaranteeing the sound sleep of our guests in the most comfortable environment available. This deluxe trip comprises of 4 nights stay in a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu and 14 nights stay in the best lodge along the trek. Your hard days of trekking will be perfectly complemented by a comfortable and memorable stay.
- Day 01 – Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1,400m). Overnight at Hyatt Hotel or similar class Hotel.
- Day 02 – Guided sightseeing and pre-trip meeting. Overnight at Hyatt Hotel or similar class Hotel.
- Day 03 – Fly to Lukla (2,804m) and Trek to Manjo (2,825m) 3.5 hours. Overnight at Everest Summit Lodge or Yeti Mountain Home or similar class Guesthouse.
- Day 04 – Trek to Namche Bazar (3,840m)-5 hours. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or Hotel Namche or similar class Guesthouse.
- Day 05 – Namche Bazar Acclimatization day. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or Hotel Namche Guesthouse.
- Day 06 – Trek to Pangboche (3,930m) 6 hours. Overnight at Everest Summit Lodge or similar class Guesthouse.
- Day 07 – Trek to Dingboche (4350 m) 6 hours. Overnight at Hotel Bright Star or similar class Guesthouse.
- Day 08 – Trek to Chhukung (4710m) and Back to Dingboche – 4.5 hrs. Overnight at Hotel Bright Star or similar class Guesthouse.
- Day 09 – Trek to Lobuche (4,910m) 5 hours. Overnight at Hotel Oxygen or similar class Guesthouse.
- Day 10 – Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) then Back to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) – 8 hrs. Overnight at Hotel Yeti or similar class Guesthouse.
- Day 11 – Hike up to Kalapatthar (5,555m), early in the morning and Trek down to Dzongla (4,710m) – 7 hrs. Overnight at Hotel Green Valley or similar class Guesthouse.
- Day 12 – Cross Chola Pass (5,300m) and Trek to Gokyo (4,790m)-8 hours. Overnight at Hotel Eco Himalaya or similar class Guesthouse.
- Day 13 – Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483m) and back to Gokyo- 5 hours. Overnight at Hotel Eco Himalaya or similar class Guesthouse.
- Day 14 – Trek to Dole (4,200m) – 6 hours. Overnight at Hotel Namaste or similar class Guesthouse.
- Day 15 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m) via Khumjung Village (3,780m). Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or similar class Guesthouse.
- Day 16 – Trek to Lukla (2,804m) – 6 hours. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or similar class Guesthouse.
- Day 17 – Morning flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hyatt Hotel or similar class Hotel.
- Day 18 – Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hyatt Hotel or similar class Hotel.
- Day 19 – Transfer to International Airport for Final Departure.
Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
Note: Either on Day 01 or 02 depending upon you arrival, there will be a pre-trek meeting. During the meeting we will introduce you to your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. We will also supply you with our trek duffel bag and cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. We will ask you to sign a legally binding trip form as well as a non-liability disclaimer.
Overnight at Hyatt Hotel or similar class Hotel. No meals included.
Day 02 - Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley
After a hearty breakfast, 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 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.
Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 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 King Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied pagoda temple of Nyatapola , 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 for trekking essentials.
Overnight at Hyatt Hotel or similar class Hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 03 - Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Manjo (2,825 m) – 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 2804m/9,199ft. On arrival at the airport, our guide will brief you and introduce our porters before our trek begins towards Manjo (2835 m/9,268ft.)
After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m/8,900ft). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m/8,366ft) it is a short walk to Phakding then to Manjo.
Overnight at Everest Summit Lodge or Yeti Mountain Home or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5 hours
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing the 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 (considered the ‘Gateway to Everest’) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail.
Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or Hotel Namche or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 05 - Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day
We will 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 will also hike up to Syangboche Airport and the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest-placed hotels in the world. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas including Mt Everest.
Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or Hotel Namche Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 06 - Trek to Pangboche (3,930 m) - 6 hours.
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3,930m / 12,893ft today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. From Tengboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche village.
Overnight at Everest Summit Lodge or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 07 - Trek to Dingboche (4350 m) -6 hours.
Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude.
Overnight at Hotel Bright Star or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 08 - Trek to Chhukung (4710 m) and Trek Back to Dingboche - 4.5 hours.
On this day you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. We will have trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to get a marvellous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening.
Overnight at Hotel Bright Star or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
DAY 09 - Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) - 5 hours.
Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4,910m / 16,018ft at Lobuche, which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude.
Overnight at Hotel Oxygen or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 10 - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and Back to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) - 8 hours
This is a big and difficult day to walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365 m, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. During spring, there will likely be expedition teams about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak Shep for the night.
Overnight at Hotel Yeti or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 11 - Morning Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) and Trek Down to Dzongla (4,200 m) - 7 hours
This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of the morning is spent climbing Kala Patthar, a small peak at (5,555 m). The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama – Everest, the highest point on the planet at (8,848 m), towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the giants such as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep and have hot breakfast, and then trek down to Dzongla.
Overnight at Hotel Green Valley or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 12 - Cross Cho La Pass (5,300 m) and Trek to Gokyo (4,790m) - 8 hours
Early morning, we start our trek towards Cho La Pass because at daytime it will be difficult to cross the high pass due to strong wind and possibly snow. It is a tough walk but it will be worth by beautiful natural beauty of the Himalayas. After crossing Cho La Pass we walk down towards Gokyo to spend the night there.
Overnight at Hotel Eco Himalaya or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 13 - Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and Back to Gokyo - 5 hours
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.
Overnight at Hotel Eco Himalaya or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 14 - Trek to Dole (4,200 m) – 6 hours.
Today we hike towards downward to Dole. Up to Machhermo, it is quite steep but after that it is an easy trail down to Dole.
Overnight at Hotel Namaste or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 15 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) via Khumjung (2,780 m) - 5 hours
From Dole, we descend steeply through beautiful forests of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunki Tenga. After a welcome break and a cup of tea, we cross the Dudh Kosi River and climb to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through to Shanasa, where we have the option of visiting Kunde and Khumjung villages before returning to Namche Bazaar – our stop for the night.
Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 16 - Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) - 6 hours
This is our last day of trekking as we return to Lukla where the trek began. We enjoy this time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. The afternoon is free, so you can wander about, relax and enjoy a hot shower! In the evening, have a few celebratory drinks and dance with your trek mates.
Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or similar class Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 17 - Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Enjoying the last glimpse of the mountains we have recently visited, the 35 minutes scenic flight takes us back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel.
If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.
Overnight at Hyatt Hotel or similar class Hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 18 - Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu
After exhausting climbing and trekking, this is a rest day for you. Get your body massaged, leisurely stroll around Thamel and buy souvenirs, visit Garden of Dreams for some relaxing time. This is also a spare day to use for flight back to Kathmandu in case there wasn’t a flight the day before due to bad weather.
And, in the evening we will host farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
Overnight at Hyatt Hotel or similar class Hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.
Day 19 - Transfer to the International Airport 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.\
The price per person for the Small group Journey is fixed as stated below. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The discount is subjected to increase with the number of people in your group. Bigger the group better the discount so group bookings are highly encouraged.
See Group Booking Discount
No. of people Price per person 1-1 USD 4,370 2-2 USD 3,500 3-6 USD 3,410 7-12 USD 3,150 13-18 USD 3,010 19-24 USD 2,990 25-30 USD 2,900Check Availabile Dates1: Date (Start - End) Price (Per Person)
We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
Twin-share/double accommodation in a five 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).
Highest available Lodges and Guesthouses accommodation during the trek. (We provide accommodation at Yeti Mountain Home, Everest Summit Lodge etc with attached toilet bathroom facilities)
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 Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep).
Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2).
Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
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 $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 125. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
Personal trekking Equipment.
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 on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.
In a porter 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.
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/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 duffel bag for you to keep.)
- Down Jacket (Optional/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 covers 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 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 (optional).
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 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).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- T-shirts (2).
- 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 pair’s nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 2 pair’s lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- A pair of good Goretex pant
- 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.
- 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 water proof 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 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 diarrhoea.
- 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 KTM 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Favourite 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.
Everest base camp Luxury trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.
To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.
We use twin-share/double at five-star hotels in Kathmandu. Along the trekking routes, you will be accommodated at the best luxury teahouses/lodges which provide finest facilities in the mountains. We can also provide you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags on rent if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. Up until Dingboche, you will have attached toilet and bathroom. But in three locations Lobuche, Dzongla and Gorakshep, you will have to use common toilet and bathroom.
Substituting the accommodation or swapping from mountain guest house to Kathmandu is NOT possible. We only provide four nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu included in the package.
In case of flight cancellation or early arrival to Kathmandu due to any sickness in the mountain or any of your own personal reason or due to bad weather and you are unable to continue the trek, you will need an extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu. We can make these arrangements for a supplemental charge.
Yes! The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% deposit payment. You can pay the balance of the money when you arrive in Kathmandu.
Yes! We can surely book separate rooms in Kathmandu for your portion of the trip. During the trek we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. 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 500 per person for booking a single room in Kathmandu for four nights. Single room Supplement for the entire trip is extra USD 1,800 per person.
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. 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, Travellers 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.
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.
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 manoeuvrable 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, Sita Air, Summit Air -popular domestic airlines.
Twin Otter and Dornier is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical issues. In such case, Ace the Himalaya can help you charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your trek or international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter and Dornier can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.
If weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters are also not operated for the flights. In such cases we will reschedule your flight for next day provide you alternative trek options.
In case of emergency cancellation of flights due to weather condition at Lukla or in Kathmandu we recommend our clients to wait for some time for the weather to clear out. In case the weather fails to clear out and the flights are not likely to take place then in such cases we recommend to go for a helicopter charter. This facility can be provided if our clients are agreeing to pay the extra charges applicable for the heli ride. The helicopter takes 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared amongst the passengers. The cost must be paid by the participant, which can later be submitted for reimbursement through travel insurance company. We can help you with the necessary documents for a claim.
The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, American Express only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The extra charges incurred are approximately $2,500 to $3,000 USD per helicopter (minimum USD 500 to maximum USD 3,000 per person) would be applicable to you for the helicopter charter. Usually the helicopter takes only 4 to 6 passengers at a time. Therefore whatever the cost of helicopter is, the price is divided among the group members. Any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of those 4% amount)
All the tea houses have western style flushing toilet with enough running water.
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.
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. More 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.
Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp deluxe trek.
Every trekking trip up the mighty Mt. Everest presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that forever live on in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.
Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C, only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.
Spring – March / April / May / June
Spring happen 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.
Yes, they have all received 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.
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.
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!
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.
All the guesthouses except those with attached bathroom provide proper running hot and cold water. In the guesthouses without attached bathrooms, hot water is provided in a bucket.
Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa’s and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.
Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.
Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc.
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 it is not necessarily required for the trek, which is around 3,500 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.
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 the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)
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 priorto 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.
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 call-back or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.
Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter. They are very much aware that higher the altitude the oxygen level gets lesser so to get updated on the oxygen level of our client and to know whether they are fit enough or needs extra precautions to continue.
Guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.
It totally depends on level of your sickness. Once you are sick in higher altitude you need to rest at lower altitude and it at least need 3 days to a week for the recovery.
If you are in private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with guide depending on your health status.
If you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with guide and catch up the group later on.
For Lukla flights you are given only 15kgs as weight limit, which is equal to 33 Pounds; this includes both your duffel bag and daypack. So please pack and prepare wisely. If you exceed your limit additional cost of USD 2 to USD 5 Per Kgs would be applicable in the airport and this amount should be paid at the airport in airlines counter itself.
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.
Cancellation notice is required, minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as cancelled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.
If you do not cancel your trip prior to 20 days due to whatsoever reasons, you must be aware that the trip you’ve already bought is completely non-refundable as per our terms and conditions. If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid. If your trip is cut short due to weather/illness/personal reasons, there is no refund for accommodations unused.
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