Trekking in Nepal, Peak Climbing, Mt Biking and Tours in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet
Experience the ultimate adventure, trekking and helicopter trip to Everest Base Camp, staying at the best luxury hotels of Everest region and Kathmandu.
We do not have fixed departure date for this trip. This trip can only be organized upon your request. There is an option of private and tailor-made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. We have price discounts according to the group size, the bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. We allow complete flexibility on your departure date, please choose your preferable date.
The VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek is the place to go if you intend to experience the ultimate adventure at the highest peak in the world. It welcomes you with 360-degree views of the Himalayas, picturesque landscapes, and trails that promise adventure at every turn.
Likewise, on this trek, you’ll enjoy a luxurious stay at one of Kathmandu’s top hotels. For example, the Hyatt Regency or Dwarika’s Hotel Then, from Kathmandu, you’ll have a private chopper to Lukla. In Lukla, you’ll be staying at one of the top luxury hotels in the Everest region. After that, you’ll hike the Everest trek up to Dingboche. Then you’ll be flying in a chopper from Dingboche to the Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Gokyo. After that, we’ll stop at Yeti Mountain Home Kongde for lunch and champagne. Then we fly back to Dwarika’s Resort in Dhulikhel.
We start our 10-day VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek with a beautiful helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. While on the trek, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks while lodging at opulent like Yeti Mountain Home, & Everest Summit Lodge, etc. You are welcomed by friendly Sherpas who offer you a cozy getaway in their magnificent lodges.
Along the way, in addition to the surrounding peaks, you’ll see stupas and monasteries perched on cliffs that are adorned with prayer flags, prayer wheels, and secret chanting in mani walls. As you explore the vibrant monasteries of Sherpa communities, you will enjoy a potent spiritual experience. Similar to this, you will tour the three main Kathmandu Valley UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Our 10-day VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek takes you through Sagarmatha National Park and the breathtaking Khumbu Valley, where you’ll learn about the Sherpa people’s rich culture and way of life. Professional trekking guides with extensive knowledge and familiarity with the trails are with you at all times. Their proficiency in English, depth of safety expertise, and familiarity with the Everest region enhance the journey.
Since 2006 A.D., Ace the Himalaya has planned numerous trekking and climbing expeditions in the Everest region. We provide the finest schedule we can, which includes two days in Namche and Dingboche for acclimatization. With our 24-hour on-call helicopter support in case of emergency, we prioritize mountain safety first.
Along with a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, we provide a full board meal plan. The company’s GM/CEO is in charge of managing and communicating the entire trip, which is an added advantage. You can get in touch with him or her directly before, during, and after the trip using email, phone, and social media channels.
In the shadow of Mount Everest, make memories that will last a lifetime. Come along with us on this daring adventure.
How to prepare for Everest Base Camp Trek?
Lukla Airport: Gateway to the Everest region
25 Tips to Improve Your Everest Base Camp Trekking Experience
9 Problems you might face during Everest Base Camp Trek
Teahouses in Everest Base Camp trails; Things You Need to Know
How Difficult is Everest Base Camp Trek?
Everest Base Camp Trek in November
Everest Base Camp Trek in October
Everest Base Camp Trek in September
Everest Base Camp Trek during Monsoon
Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at Hyatt Regency or Dwarika’s Hotel.
Helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 to 4 hours. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home.
Trek Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home.
Acclimatization day, and hike to Khumjung village and Hotel Everest View (3,880 m) – 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at Hotel Everest View.
Trek to Pangboche (3,930m) – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at Everest Summit Lodge.
Trek to Dingboche (4,410 m) – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at Hotel Bright Star.
Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m) – 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at Hotel Bright Star.
Helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp – Kala Patthar (landing for about 10 minutes) – Gokyo Lakes – YMH Kongde for lunch with Champagne – Lukla – Dhulikhel. Overnight at Dwarika’s Resort.
Drive from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur. World Heritage Sightseeing tour in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Accommodation at Hyatt Regency or Dwarika’s Hotel.
Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure.
Our standard itinerary might differ slightly due to unpredictable happenings and events out of our control. Factors such as flight cancellation/delay, unfavorable weather, natural calamities, newly implemented government rules, political affairs, trekkers’ health condition, etc., are possible. Evaluating the situation’s possible solutions allow the trekking to resume as much as possible based on the best alternatives. In these times, we look for your cooperation and flexibility. Read more
The entire sojourn is managed and communicated by the company’s GM/CEO
Five star hotel accommodation at Hyatt Regency or Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu for 2 nights, and 1 night in Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel under full board plan
Luxurious accommodation at Yeti Mountain Home, Everest Summit Lodge, Hotel Everest View and Hotel Bright Star, the best hotels in the Everest region under full board meal plan for 6 nights during the trek
Private Chartered Helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport
Private Chartered Helicopter tour from Dingboche to Everest Base Camp – Kala Patthar – Gokyo – YMH Kongde -Lukla and fly back to Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel
Arrangements and guidance to visit three major UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley: Pashupatinath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Boudhanath Stupa
Daily well balanced meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner, including hot and cold beverages
Bottled drinking water for the entire journey
Personal porter for each trekker. Please note that the total weight limit is 25 kg for a porter
All surface transfer in Kathmandu by our International brand vehicle
A comprehensive medicine and first aid kits for all trekkers
Welcome dinner at your preferred five star hotel – Hyatt Regency or Dwarika’s Hotel with GM/CEO and guide
Farewell dinner at Dwarika’s Hotel- Krishnarpan Restaurant
Electric blanket at the mountain lodges for each trekker
Mobile Solar panel for charging the electronic devices (for backup purposes). Oxygen bottle with a set of tested masks and regulator for trekkers.(This will be used only in case of an emergency)
Satellite phone as well as cell phone for communication en route
Unlimited bar facilities at the farewell dinner and club night out in Kathmandu
Fresh fruits and energy bars during the trek
Emergency high altitude helicopter evacuation for each client
Travel insurance for our trekking crews
Down Jacket with hood and sleeping bag with liner for each trekker on a returnable basis
Toiletries (include toilet paper, wet wipes, towel, soap and liquid hand sanitizer)
Ncell sim card for each trekker on a returnable basis
Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (which need to be returned after the trek)
VVIP after dinner party at the International level elite club in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! You will be met by our airport representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your preferred hotel. You have the option to stay at either Hyatt Regency or Dwarika’s Hotel where your deluxe room has been booked. Enjoy your welcome dinner on your arrival day at the hotel premises.
The Hyatt Regency is an iconic five star hotel in Kathmandu, renowned for its luxury hospitality with local touch. Hyatt lies closer to UNESCO World Heritage site- Boudhanath; where you can enjoy unique artworks, hospitality and views of stupa from the hotel room. Dwarika’s Hotel is a luxury heritage hotel embracing the rich cultural heritage and architectural splendor of the historical Malla period of Nepal. Dwarika’s lies just near UNESCO World Heritage site- Pashupatinath temple, where you can experience the tranquility and beauty in its wonderful atmosphere.We will collect a copy of your travel medical insurance, your passport, your Nepali visa and 2 passport sized photos for permits and documentation. Please make it ready to provide us. Enjoy your welcome dinner and have a comfortable stay at the hotel.
Today, we embark on an adventurous journey with scenic helicopter flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. You will enjoy the closest aerial views of the Himalayan giants in the comfort of a helicopter ride.
From Lukla, we commence our trek along the Dudh Koshi River on a beautiful Everest trail walking past several villages. Along the way, we were welcomed by incredible views of Mt. Khumbila and Kusum Kangaru. After walking for half an hour from Ghat village, we arrive at Phakding where we stay at luxurious Yeti Mountain Home.
It’s a peaceful and tranquil environment along the Dudh Koshi River is a perfect retreat for you. Enjoy your dinner from the extensive menu and relax in a traditionally decorated bedroom.
Enjoy breakfast in the mountains before heading to Namche Bazaar. We follow the trails that run parallel to Dudh Koshi River and then hike through pine forest. We stop for a permit check at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. From there, we continue hiking along switch backing trails where the first picturesque views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse reward you before arriving at Namche.
Namche Bazar, the historical capital town of Khumbu is the ideal acclimatization spot for trekkers. Surrounded by mountains, this horse shoe shaped village offers spectacular views of Kongde Ri in front, Khumbila to the back and Kangtega, Thamserku and Kusum Khangkuru to the east.
We have lunch at Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo en route. Likewise, we stay overnight at Yeti Mountain Home (YMH) Namche. Enjoy your dinner and sleep in a warm cozy bedroom.
Today is your acclimatization day at Namche. After having breakfast, we spend our day exploring bustling towns of Namche and hiking to Khumjung village. En route, we pay a visit to Sagarmatha National Park Museum. The museum displays a statue of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa along with information about nature, history, culture in the Everest region.
Next, we hike towards Syangboche Airport, the highest altitude airstrip in Nepal. Above the airstrip, the trail rises gently up towards hills filled with whitewashed chortens. From here, we get the best views of Kumbila, Tabuche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Khangkuru, Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. As we descend down, the trail leads to Khumjung village where you will get an insight into the rich culture and tradition of native Sherpas.
The beautiful Khumjung village is situated on the foothills of Mount Khumbila. In the background of lively old Sherpa villages of Khumbu valley, you can see the best views of magnificent Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Here, Sir Edmund Hillary established the Khumjung School along with Khunde Hospital in the 1960’s. Next, we pay a visit to the oldest Khumjung monastery where the festival of Dumje is celebrated every year. Also, there is a mysterious Yeti Scalp locked inside a box.
Up here lies Hotel Everest View, one of the highest placed hotels on the planet. Due to its unparalleled location, it’s the perfect vantage point for exploring the beautiful landscape of Everest region. This hotel epitomizes the beauty of the whole area offering the best views of Mount Everest and neighboring peaks from all rooms.
We stay overnight at Hotel Everest View. Enjoy your leisurely dinner in the setting of peace and tranquil environment. Relax in the comfort of a luxurious, warm cozy bedroom and immerse yourself in the mesmerizing beauty of the Himalayas.
Celebrate your best moments in mountains with morning breakfast enjoying the panoramic views of Himalayan giants. Then, we continue our hiking towards Pangboche. It’s a beautiful hike through trails followed by ups and downs, crossing suspension bridges along the way before reaching the small settlements of Tengboche.
Tengboche is also home to the most beloved monastery of Khumbu valley, Tengboche Monastery; where the colorful Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated every year. The cliff top settlement surrounded by rhododendron choked forest offers the best mountain views along with diverse birds and wildlife.
After having lunch at Tengboche, we continue north on beautiful trails through lush forests and cross suspension bridges over Imja Khola. Then, we begin the first ascent of the trek for an hour, that brings us to the lively traditional villages of Pangboche.
Keep your eyes open, you will spot the Everest Summit Lodge. It’s time to unwind from the tiring walk and rejuvenate you in the breathtaking beauty of Sagarmatha National Park seen from the lodge. On the plus side, you will enjoy the incredible sunset views over Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Enjoy your dinner and relax in your insulated cozy bedroom equipped with electric blankets.
Continuing up the valley, we set off on a hike leaving Pangboche. The route follows the riverbed of Imja Khola, and then along the wide yak trails. Upon walking past the intersection to Pheriche, we cross a swinging bridge and walk along the trails leading to Dingboche.
Dingboche is a lovely village nestled amid the snow capped Himalayas en route to Everest Base Camp, Ama Dablam and Island Peak. Also, it’s a perfect acclimatization spot for most trekkers. We stay at Hotel Bright Star which has beautifully decorated rooms, beautiful mountain views equipped with modern amenities. Enjoy your delicious lunch and dinner, and relax in your warm cozy bedroom.
This is your acclimatization day in Dingboche and a chance to experience the wilderness of this region. Today, we go for an acclimatization hike to Nangkartshang Peak which is the best practice to adapt the body to a low oxygen level at a higher altitude region.
It will take about 2 to 3 hours to ascend the peak. From the top, you can enjoy the most spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Kantega, Makalu along with the beautiful landscapes of Dingboche. In the evening, you are free to relax at your hotel or stroll around Dingboche village. Enjoy a delightful dinner and take a good rest.
Prepare yourself for incredible vistas of snow capped Himalayas along with large glacial lakes and icefalls as you fly by helicopter. The helicopter picks you up from Dingboche, from where you will fly towards Everest Base Camp (5,364 m). Your first view of the surrounding landscape standing at the base of the world’s highest peak is truly breathtaking.
Back in the helicopters, your flight takes you to Kalapatthar (5,555 m), the best vantage point for panoramic views of Everest and associated peaks. We spend about 5 to 10 minutes at Kala Patthar walking along the trail and indulge in the beauty of mountains. It’s not possible to shut off the helicopter engine completely at higher altitudes above 5,000 m and also there is an increasing chance of altitude sickness at such higher elevation. That’s why we don’t stay for a long time and head to Kongde via Gokyo Valley.
From here, we fly low over the pristine Gokyo lakes (4,790 m) enjoying the awe-inspiring landscape of Gokyo valley. Gokyo and associated lakes are some of the world’s highest freshwater lakes which seem otherworldly with its refreshing turquoise color.
Next, we fly to Yeti Mountain Home Kongde to have the much awaited lunch of the day overlooking the magnificent Himalayan peaks. Have your lunch with champagne to celebrate the best moments in the Himalayas. We spend about one hour at the highest altitude, overlooking the incredible mountains, snow, and the beautiful landscape of Khumbu Valley. Next, we fly back to Lukla, after that Dwarika’s Resort in Dhulikhel for our overnight stay. Enjoy your delicious dinner and relax in a comfortable cozy room.
Kickstart your day with the aroma of freshly cooked breakfast at Dwarika’s Resort. Leaving Dhulikhel, we continue back to Kathmandu in our private vehicle along the Araniko Highway.
En route, we pay a visit to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has been able to preserve the historical, cultural and religious identity in its original form. Bhaktapur Durbar Square embodies phenomenal work in architecture representing some of the finest palaces, temples and monuments during the medieval period of Nepal. Some major attractions of Durbar Square are Nyatapola Temple, 55 window palace, Golden Gate, Dattatreya Temple, Museums just to name a few.
Next, we go for a guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley that includes Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple.
Boudhanath Stupa, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu is an embodiment of rich Tibetan Buddhist Culture. The streets are colorful filled with prayer flags, monasteries, stupas and monks wearing red robes. There are wonderful spots for shopping Buddhist essentials, Thangkas, souvenirs, and dining at local eateries. Enjoy the cultural high loop and walk around Boudhanath Stupa spinning prayer wheels. Rejoice in the peaceful and vibrant atmosphere of this place.
Later, your guide will lead you to Pashupatinath Temple. Pashupatinath Temple is the holiest of all Hindu temples and an important cremation site of Hindus. The Pagoda style temple has witnessed phenomenal work in architecture, built with gold gilded roof, silver doors and rich wood carvings. One major attraction around temple complexes are wandering sadhu (ascetic yogis) in their colorful attires and body covered in ashes, who renounced their material life in pursuit of Moksha – liberation from the cycle of birth and death.
Depending upon the time, we will have lunch at the finest restaurants around Bhaktapur Durbar Square or Boudhanath Stupa, enjoying the enticing view of the surroundings and valley.
Back at Dwarika’s hotel in the afternoon. You will have a special dinner in Krishnarpan Restaurant.
Tonight, we hosted an after dinner party at the International level club in Kathmandu. It’s optional, you can revel in the night life of vibrant Kathmandu or you can rest in wonderful boutique style rooms in your preferred hotel.
Enjoy a lavish breakfast at the hotel. The 10 days long trip ends today. Our staff will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your international flight. Thank you for travelling with Ace the Himalaya. Namaste, and have a wonderful journey ahead.
Here is a list of what you might want to pack for the hike. Please take this as a starting point. You’ll need layers of warmer clothing during the winter. We provide a 75 liter duffel bag for you to use for the trek. It will be given to you during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffle bag is yours to keep. Also, you can rent sleeping bag and down jacket with us at the additional fee of USD 35 for each once you are in Kathmandu.
Note: The quantity of each article of clothing can be adjusted to suit the preferences of each participant.
Once in Nepal, if you have the time, you can purchase supplies and gear for hiking. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hub, is home to many shops where you can get a variety of reasonably priced trekking equipment.
Note: Some clothing, especially form-fitting, figure-hugging items made of elastic material (like yoga pants), may offend locals. Therefore, if you choose to wear these clothes for comfort, please make sure to wear something over them.
Ace has a reputation for successfully leading treks with knowledgeable leaders and staff taking care of all your travel needs. We are a certified sustainable travel company that also endorses the idea of giving back to the community by participating in various philanthropic activities. Here are 17 reasons why you should choose Ace the Himalaya for your next adventure!
Indeed, Nepal is entirely open. Fully immunized travelers are welcome in Nepal without restriction. Arriving travelers can obtain a visa on arrival at the Kathmandu airport as well. Please visit Covid-19 travel protocols 2022 for up-to-date information.
We suggest you look at the Nepal immigration site https://www.immigration.gov.np for the most up-to-date information.
The best course of action is to add a day or two before and after your intended trek days in case of flight delays or cancellations. It also gives you time to buy clothing equipment and gear required before your trip. Please be aware that Ace the Himalaya is not responsible for any inconveniences or missed international flights resulting from unforeseen events like airport changes, flight delays or cancellations, etc.
You can hike to EBC without a guide. A guide is there to assist you in going forward and making alternative plans and arrangements when unanticipated occurrences happen or when things get difficult. Our hiking leaders are qualified experts. When talking about their trip, our guests frequently remark on how much fun they had and how crucial their guide was to make it successful.
Our guides are fluent in English. All the guides that we assign speak and understand English. They’ll share with you the fascinating stories, traditions, and folklore of the mountains. The guides will also help you communicate with the locals since many shopkeepers and hosts of teahouses don’t speak English.
The best seasons to hike Everest Base Camp Trek are autumn (Mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). This trek is possible year-round, and we can organize it when it suits your schedule. However, we generally suggest doing this trek in the favorable seasons and keep away from rainstorm season (July and August). In cold months of January and February, the temperature can be a little harsh in the mountains. However, some prefer to travel during these months as it is less crowded given that you are well prepared with appropriate winter wear and other gears.
Due to its tendency to be localized, the weather in the Everest region is challenging to forecast. You could see rain, fog, cold, or hot and sunny weather while trekking. It is best to be equipped to handle various weather situations. In the Everest region, nighttime temperatures are significantly lower than midday temperatures. In less than a day, the temperature can change from a high of 25°C (77°F) to a low of – 20°C (-4°F). The weather and temperature ranges are typically predictable based on the month and season, even though it might be challenging to predict what each day in the mountains will bring.
Spring – March/April/May/June
Despite being the busiest season, spring is perhaps the best time to visit the Everest region. Activities assisting the expedition teams take place in Everest Base Camp. The many varieties of blossoming trees should be visible, and the sky should be clear with stunning vistas. During springtime, the average temperature is 20°C (68°F), with a high of 25°C (77°F) during clear days and a low of – 15°C (5°F) overnight above 4000 meters.
Monsoon season – July/August through Mid-September
Since it rains heavily at elevations below 3500 meters, this season isn’t exactly ideal for travel in the Everest region. While it can occasionally be dry in areas above 4000 meters, it frequently rains so therefore not many people travel during this season. Trekking during the monsoon season has some advantages, such as a greater possibility of seeing waterfalls and the best opportunity to escape crowds. During the monsoon, the average temperature is 22°C (71.6°F), with a high of 30°C (86°F) during clear days and a low of- 5°C (23°F) overnight above 4000 meters.
Autumn – End of September/October/November
In the Everest region, autumn is equally as busy as spring. It is one of the best times to go, too. While the plants and trees are not in bloom, the sky is often clear, offering breathtaking vistas from almost every viewpoint. The average temperature in autumn is 17°C (62.6°F), with a high of 20°C (68°F) during clear days and a low of – 15°C (5°F) overnight above 4000 meters.
Winter – December/January/February
Due to fewer tourists, some people like winter travel. Even while the views are still beautiful, it can be cloudy, thus adding extra days is highly advised during this time. The average temperature is 10°C (50°F), with a high of 17°C (62.6°F) during clear days and a low of – 20°C (- 4°F) overnight above 4000 meters. The teahouses provide extra blankets for warmth at night.
The temperature rating of the sleeping bags that we rent to trekkers is about -10°C (14°F). Also, our guides can obtain extra blankets if needed at the teahouses.
Yes, you can obtain a Nepal visa upon your arrival at the airport. There are kiosks in the arrival hall that you use to complete the necessary forms. The cost is USD 30 for a 15-day tourist visa, including numerous entries, or USD 50 and USD 125 for a 30-day or 90-day tourist visa including numerous entries respectively. You should carry cash (USD) with you to pay your visa fees quickly and easily, as digital payments are frequently unavailable.
Our staff will be waiting for you outside the airport terminal with our signboard (Ace the Himalaya). You will be accompanied to a hotel in a private tourist vehicle.
Our VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek 10 days cost is all-inclusive of your accommodation, meals, permits, helicopter flight, surface transfer, trekking crew, and other official expenses. You will stay at the best hotels in Kathmandu and Everest region during the trek under a full board plan. (See price includes and excludes section for more detail).
Apart from this, your major expenditure depends upon your spending habits.
Otherwise, if you like to buy souvenirs, offer tips/gratuities, or give donations to monasteries, you can bring a small amount of pocket money during the trek. (It’s optional).
Nepalese Rupees cash is preferred to a credit card while trekking in the mountain region. Exchanging your cash into Nepali Rupees in Kathmandu before the beginning of the trek is ideal. This can be accomplished at the airport, at banks, or at your hotel. Please note the hotels will exchange up to about USD 100 for each transaction only. There are ATMs up to Namche Bazaar but can be unreliable. The currency exchange rate is better in Kathmandu.
When you book, you must pay a 30% deposit to secure your itinerary. The remaining balance can be paid upon your arrival at Kathmandu or before arrival. US Dollars cash and credit cards (Visa, Master, and American Express) are accepted once in Nepal. Please note a 4% transaction fee will be added for all credit card transactions.
You can make payments via US Dollars cash or credit card (Visa, Master, and American Express). A 4% transaction fee is added if paying with a credit card. Thus, we encourage you to pay with USD cash if you are planning to pay upon your arrival in Kathmandu. We prefer you pay with larger bills (USD 50 or 100). Please note that the cash should not be older than 2009 and in good condition, as banks do not accept worn, torn, or crumpled bills.
There are ATM and money exchange facilities almost every few meters in Thamel, where you will be staying in Kathmandu. So, you can easily use your cards to cash out limited sum of money to which a minimum charge is deducted by the ATM facility itself. You can easily exchange your foreign currencies in currency exchange centers for an exact rate.
Previous trekking experience is not required if you are physically healthy and have enough passion for the trek.
Our treks have no age restrictions if members are healthy and willing. We have had families with kids as young as 5 years do the treks along this region, and our oldest adventurers have been in their late 70s.
It is safe for a female to trek alone in Nepal. Nepal is usually regarded as a safe nation for female visitors traveling alone. It is entirely safe for a solo woman to trek with Ace the Himalaya on any of our treks.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is somewhat challenging due to the altitude and long duration of the trek. It is a strenuous journey that comprises walking 5 to 8 hours a day. Find more details here: How difficult is EBC Trek?
The average walking speed for a reasonably fit person is 4 kilometers per hour. At higher elevations, it is highly recommended that you walk slowly to help with acclimatization.
For trekking, you must prepare your body to walk over uneven, hilly landscapes while carrying a backpack. Walking at an incline, jogging, cycling, and going for long-distance hikes are all good ways to exercise. You should work out for at least one hour four to five times a week for at least two months before trekking.
Participants in good physical condition should be able to complete this trek. If you are not physically active, we advise starting an exercise regimen two months before the trek that includes at least an hour of walking at an incline, running, or biking four to five times a week. Incorporating hiking into your workouts is ideal. It is advised to speak with a doctor before making travel arrangements if you have any health conditions that could affect your ability to complete the trek.
After making the deposit, one of our staff will email you for further information. We will require a copy of your passport photo page and your arrival/departure flight details. We will also provide you with additional trip information.
Travel insurance is mandatory for our hiking itineraries. We require your policy have medical evacuation coverage for the maximum elevation of your itinerary. Insurance may also cover additional costs in the event of a flight delay or cancellation caused by bad weather, medical costs, theft, loss, and damage to your items while traveling. Travel insurance can be obtained online by one of several travel insurance companies. Please note that insurance obtained from an airline at the time of booking your flight may not cover medical evacuation coverage.
You can find the necessary items to pack for the trek in the Equipment section of the trek. Gear and equipment can be bought or rented upon your arrival in Kathmandu. If you plan on buying or renting gear in Kathmandu, please allow extra time.
Yes, we do provide sleeping bags or down jackets for rental costs of USD 35 each. Do let us know before initiating the trek and we shall provide items.
We provide you with a free duffel bag of 70 to 80-liter capacity that our porters will carry. The maximum weight that porters can safely carry is 30kg, and each porter is assigned to two people.
We suggest a 30 to 40-liter capacity daypack. Wider straps and hip belts are recommended to assist you in carrying weight evenly and reduce pain.
Bring copies of your passport, insurance papers, and other essential items in your carry-on during your flight. If you need to take medications daily, keep them in your daypack with your other essential possessions. You can store other non-trekking essentials in the office of Ace the Himalaya or at the hotel in Kathmandu.
We use five-star hotels- Hyatt Regency or Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu. You will be accommodated in a heritage deluxe room for 2 nights under a full board plan during your stay. Likewise, you will stay 1 night in Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel along the journey.
We use the best hotels available in the Everest region during VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek for 10 days. You will be hosted by warm welcoming Sherpa people offering an ideal homely retreat in their beautiful lodges. En route, you will stay at Yeti Mountain Home, Everest Summit Hotel, Hotel Everest View, and Hotel Bright Star. The accommodation is a luxurious, warm cozy room equipped with electric blankets and modern amenities for a convenient stay.
In case of unforeseen circumstances such as flight cancellation, your health, or for any reason you decide to discontinue the trip and arrive early in Kathmandu then you will need extra accommodations in Kathmandu. The cost of the teahouses in the mountains is not equivalent to the cost of a hotel in Kathmandu. In such cases, we will arrange your accommodations, but you will need to pay a supplemental charge.
No. you don’t need to worry about it a lot. We provide you with all the toiletries essentials like toilet paper, wet wipes, towels, soap, and liquid hand sanitizer during the trek.
There are toilet facilities in the teahouses/lodges during the trek. Trekkers can also find private areas along the trail for emergencies.
Most of the teahouses in the mountains offer vegetarian meals. So, being a vegetarian is not a problem. Vegetarian meals are preferable to avoid food poisoning and indigestion.
Natural spring water or tap water can be found along the trek and in guesthouses but must be treated. We use Katadyn filters to purify the natural water sources to make them safe to drink. This way, it is sustainable and pocket friendly as you need not buy bottled mineral water. You must carry a water bottle that can hold both hot and cold water and a hydration pack.
If the temperature drops too low for the Katadyn filter to function properly or if any technical issues occur, it is recommended to buy boiled water from the teahouse to ensure safe drinking water as an alternative.
Yes, teahouses do provide hot boiled water for an extra charge of USD 2 to 5 per liter. The cost varies and increases at higher altitudes.
Yes. Hot showers/wash facilities are available at the hotel during the Everest Base Camp Trek. All the hotel rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water.
Yes. All the hotels provide laundry services during your stay. However, we recommend you pack enough clothes for your Everest Base Camp trek and wash them in the laundry after returning back to Kathmandu.
Yes, you can charge your equipment during the trek for an additional cost. The cost will vary but is around USD 1-5 per charge. Two pins (type C) and three pins (type D) adaptors are highly recommended. Bring these adaptors or purchase them while you are in Kathmandu.
We provide licensed trekking guides with fluent English. Our guides are certified by the Hotel Management and Tourism Center after receiving 45 days of training. Similarly, the guides receive high-altitude training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).
Our guides are well trained and certified in first aid. Throughout the journey, our guides will evaluate your condition and your oxygen level using an oximeter. Our head office receives continuous updates on your condition and location through the guides. In places without a phone signal, your situation will be updated through a satellite phone during emergencies.
We allocate one guide for groups of up to 8 participants. For groups of over 8 participants, we allot an associate guide. As per the size of the group, we may add more guides or divide them into sub-groups.
We provide one porter for every two clients. Two clients’ duffel bags will be carried by one porter. The weight limit is 30kg or 15kg for each client. For an additional cost, we can arrange for one porter to carry one participant’s duffel.
Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa, and porters. Please browse through our legal docment page to view insurance details.
We suggest you have a dental checkup before your trip and know your blood type. It is helpful if you inform us of any medical condition that is relevant so we may convey this information in the event of an emergency. Ace the Himalaya keeps your medical condition confidential unless treatment is necessary.
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.
Yes, we have access to a portable altitude chamber in case of an emergency. It is not essential to carry during the trek. Though, we can use arrange it upon request for an extra cost of USD 200.
Yes. Guesthouses at higher elevations such as Lobuche and Gorak Shep offer oxygen at an extra cost if needed. The cost of oxygen can be high so we recommend having travel insurance so they can reimburse you.
We can also provide pre-booked oxygen for an extra cost of USD 150 for 1 tank that can be carried along with you during the trek starting from Namche to higher elevations.
Altitude sickness is a possibility during the EBC trek. Air at higher elevations has less oxygen available. To avoid altitude sickness, acclimatization days and slow climbs are recommended at higher elevations. Along the trek, you’ll be assisted by our professional guides in recognizing and preventing altitude sickness.
An important piece of equipment is your trekking boots. Invest in a durable and comfortable pair, preferably with water-proof lining. Boots that provide ankle support on rough ground and have stiff soles are recommended.
Even when the sun isn’t shining, sun protection is essential. UV rays are reflected by the snow and the harshness of the sun will damage your skin before you notice it at high elevations. Therefore, proper clothing and sunblock are necessary. Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, clothes, etc. are vital for sun protection.
Notice should be provided 20 days before the trip start date in case of cancellation. The trip can be canceled for justifiable reasons. Once the trip is canceled, a fee of 30% of the trip cost is retained for administrative costs.
However, the trip amount is entirely non-refundable if the cancellation is not made before the 20 days as per our terms and conditions. For submitting a claim to your insurance company after the cancellation, we can assist with documentation such as a receipt of monies paid. Refund will not be provided for unused accommodation in case of trip cancellation caused by personal reasons/sickness/weather.
More information about our cancellation policy can be found here in Terms and Conditions page.
Tipping is expected and appreciated. You can tip your trekking guides and porters based on your satisfaction and enjoyment. We suggest you spend at least 10% of your total trek cost for tipping staff. You’ll learn more about how much to tip your group’s guides and porters during our pre-trip briefing in Kathmandu.
Yes. The guides carry local cell phones, so you can use their cell phones if necessary and reimburse them. Assuming you have brought your cell phone, you can obtain a local SIM card and use it. Our guides or representatives can help you get a local SIM card after your arrival. There is the availability of Wi-Fi at most teahouses for an additional cost. We utilize satellite telephones for emergencies.
For internet usage, the Everest region has a network “Everest Link” which can be bought for around NPR 600-800(USD 5-7) for 6GB that can be used at one destination, or you can pay NPR 2500(USD 21) for 10GB data that can be used in the regions that have access to Everest link. The purchase is valid for one device only. Some teahouses will have internet access and offer Wi-Fi hotspots for a charge. These are usually unreliable and not all teahouses will have connections, so it is recommended you purchase Everest Link or a 3G/4G SIM card to use for the duration of your trek.
If you are a solo traveler and book one of our published dates, there is no additional fee. If you sign up for a private trip or change the trip date from one of our published trip dates, you will be charged an additional fee.
Trekkers occasionally fail to complete the journey for medical or personal reasons. In this situation, be aware that we do not issue any refunds for products purchased or unused trek days. We must pay our administration staffs, guides, and porters, purchase trekking permits, and all other booked accommodations in advance, so our expenses remain the same.
If there are any, you will be allocated to a trekking group. The details of the personal data of your group members cannot be disclosed. However, feel free to contact us if you have queries about other trekkers in the group and we shall give you a general idea of the ages, nationality, and sex of your group members. Chances are you will be trekking with others unless you have booked a private trip.
You can extend your trekking trip for an additional cost. Potential arrangements will be made if we get a request from your guide. This is applicable for private or solo trips as the itinerary can be easily adjusted. The addition of extra days is bound by time when you are in a group. Therefore, discuss with your group and guide, what changes can possibly be made.
Yes, you can extend your holiday. Ace the Himalaya offers many options and alternatives for your holiday extension. For more information, you can visit our Day trips pages.
Yes, you must book your international flights. We are a local agency and do not make international flight arrangements. You can easily browse through flight tickets in airlines sites to book ones most feasible for you.
We use helicopters and international brand vehicles for VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek.
For the Kathmandu airport pick up, drop off and the surface transfer we mostly use Private Toursit vehicle like Mahendra Scorpio, and Toyota Land cruiser as means of transportation for reaching domestic airports and city sightseeing tours.
Everest region is not well upgraded with roadways and mostly relies on air transport. So, we utilize a helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport, the gateway to the Khumbu Valley. We trek up to Dingboche (4,410 m), and then take a helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp. Back in the helicopters, your flight takes you to Kalapatthar (5,555 m), the best vantage point for panoramic views of Everest and associated peaks. It’s not possible to shut off the helicopter engine completely at higher altitudes above 5,000 m. That’s why we spend a maximum of about 10 minutes there and headed to Kongde via Gokyo Valley.
From here, we fly low over the pristine Gokyo lakes (4,790 m) enjoying the awe-inspiring landscape of Gokyo valley, and then to Yeti Mountain Home, Kongde. After having our lunch with champagne overlooking the beautiful mountain scenery in Khumbu Valley, we fly back to Lukla and next to Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel.
The primary modes of air transport in the mountain regions are Helicopter, Twin Otter, and Dornier. Sometimes, due to bad weather conditions or other technical issues, flights may get canceled or delayed to and from Lukla. In general, the helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1,500 m or greater, while the Twin Otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5,000 m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If the weather is extreme and the visibility is less than 1,500 m helicopters are also not operated. In such cases, we will reschedule your flight for the next day depending on availability.
Assuming the five-passenger weight limit of 80kg and a baggage limit of 15kg each, with a captain on board, the helicopter carries 475 to 575 kg on a single helicopter flight.
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