VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek - 10 Days - Ace the Himalaya

VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek – 10 Days

Experience the ultimate adventure, trekking and helicopter trip to Everest Base Camp, staying at the best luxury hotels of Everest region and Kathmandu.
  • Trip Code: ATH40266
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Moderate
    Paths can be rough, steep and have many ups and downs with some exposure to altitude. Early in the season expect snow patches at higher altitudes. Good health conditions and level of fitness are essential. Generally we attain the altitude between 900m to 3,800m.
  • Max Altitude: 5,083 m/ 16,667 ft
  • Activity: Trekking, Helicopter Sightseeing and Cultural tour
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding- Namche Bazar - Pangboche -Dingboche - Everest Base Camp - Kala Patthar - Gokyo - Kongde - Lukla - Dhulikhel - Kathmandu

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

Trip Highlights

  • Trekking and Heli hiking to the base of the world’s tallest peak, Everest Base Camp.
  • Enjoy the incredible aerial views of the Himalayas and Gokyo Valley in the comfort of a helicopter flight.
  • Catch breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu and associated peaks.
  • Experience mouth-watering lunch with champagne overlooking panoramic Himalayan peaks at Yeti Mountain Home, Kongde.
  • Enjoy your luxurious accommodation at the best hotels in Kathmandu and Everest region.
  • Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m).
  • Revel in warm welcoming hospitality and unique culture of native Sherpas.
  • Three major UNESCO World Heritage Sites tour around Kathmandu Valley.
  • The entire sojourn is managed and communicated by the company’s GM/CEO.

Trip Information

Mount Everest is the world’s highest peak, and if you dare, there is one place you have to go for the ultimate adventure; it is none other than Everest Base Camp Trek. It’s packed with panoramic views of the Himalayas, landscaped vistas and beautiful trails that offer adventure at every turn.

Combine this adventurous journey with luxury in the Everest region!

Enjoy your luxury accommodation at Nepal’s premier hotels, Hyatt regency or Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu. Board your private helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla. Hike in the Everest trail up to Dingboche staying at the best luxury hotels in the Everest region. Take a helicopter flight from Dingboche to Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Gokyo, Yeti Mountain Home Kongde for lunch with Champagne, and fly back to Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel.

Our VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek 10 days begin with a scenic helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. During the trek, you will stay at the luxurious Yeti Mountain Home, Everest Summit Lodge, Hotel Everest View and Hotel Bright Star, while experiencing impressive views of the Himalayan peaks. You are hosted by warm welcoming Sherpa’s offering ideal homely retreat in their beautiful lodges.

Besides the surrounding peaks, you can see the cliff top monasteries and stupas decorated with prayer flags, prayer wheels and encrypted mantra in mani walls en route. You will witness powerful spiritual experience as you visit colorful monasteries of Sherpa villages. Similarly, you will explore the three major UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Our VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek 10 days is a beautiful journey of a lifetime through Sagarmatha National Park and amazing landscape of Khumbu Valley where you get acquainted with the rich culture and lifestyle of Sherpa people. You are accompanied by highly experienced, professional trekking guides who are familiar with the trails for a long time. Their English speaking ability, extensive knowledge of safety skills and Everest region adds an enriching experience during the journey.

Ace the Himalaya has been organizing various trekking and climbing trips in Everest region since 2006 A.D. We offer the best itinerary possible including two days for acclimatization in Namche and Dingboche during the trip. We prioritize mountain safety at the first place with our standby 12 hours helicopter support in case of emergency. We offer a full board meal plan along with hot and cold drinks from the extensive menu. The added bonus; all the entire sojourn is managed and communicated by the company’s GM/CEO. You have direct access to communicate with him/her via email, phone and social media platforms before, during and after the trip.
Create memories for a lifetime in the shadow of Mount Everest. Come and join this daring adventure with us.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1400 m). Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at Hyatt Regency or Dwarika’s Hotel.
  • Day 02 – Helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,804 m), and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m), (3-4 hours). Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home.
  • Day 03 – Trek Namche Bazaar (3,441 m), (5-6 hours). Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home.
  • Day 04 – Acclimatization day, and hike to Khumjung village and Hotel Everest View (3,880 m) (4-5 hours). Overnight at Hotel Everest View.
  • Day 05 – Trek to Pangboche (3,930m), (5-6 hours). Overnight at Everest Summit Lodge.
  • Day 06 – Trek to Dingboche (4350 m), (5 to 6 hours). Overnight at Hotel Bright Star.
  • Day 07 – Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m), (4-5 hours). Overnight at Hotel Bright Star.
  • Day 08 – 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.
  • Day 09 – 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.
  • Day 10 – Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure.
Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1400 m) Hyatt Regency or Dwarika’s Hotel

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.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency or Dwarika’s Hotel

Meals: Welcome dinner at the hotel

Day 02 - Helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,804 m), and Trek Phakding (2,610 m)

Flight duration: About 45 minutes
Trek duration: 3 to 4 hours

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.

Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home (YMH), Phakding
Meals: Breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, lunch and dinner at YMH Phakding.

Day 03 - Trek Namche Bazaar (3,441 m)

Trek duration: 5 to 6 hours

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.

Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home, Namche
Meals: Breakfast at YMH Phakding, lunch at Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo and dinner in Yeti Mountain Home, Namche.

Day 04 - Acclimatization day, and hike to Hotel Everest View (3,880 m)

Hike duration – 4 to 5 hours

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Everest View

Meals: Breakfast at YMH Namche, lunch and dinner at Hotel Everest View.

Day 05 - Trek to Pangboche (3,930m)

Trek duration: 5 to 6 hours

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.

Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast at Hotel Everest View, lunch in Tengboche  and dinner in Everest Summit Lodge

Day 06 - Trek to Dingboche (4350 m / 14,271ft) 5 to 6 hours.

Trek duration: 4 to 5 hours

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Bright Star.

Meals: Breakfast at Everest Summit Lodge, lunch and dinner in Hotel Bright Star.

Day 07 - Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m)

Hike duration: 4 to 5 hours

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Bright Star.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Hotel Bright Star.

Day 08 - Helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp - Kala Patthar (landing for about 10 minutes) - Gokyo Lakes - YMH Kongde for lunch with Champagne - Lukla - Dhulikhel

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 (5,365 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.

Accommodation: Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel.

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel Bright Star, lunch at Yeti Mountain Home Kongde and dinner at Dwarika’s Resort in Dhulikhel.

Day 09 - World Heritage Sightseeing tour in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple.

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.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency or Dwarika’s Hotel

Meals: Breakfast at Dwarika’s Resort in Dhulikhel, Lunch at Bhaktapur Durbar Square or Stupa View Restaurant Boudhanath and dinner in Dwarika’s Hotel – Krishnarpan Restaurant.

Day 10 - Final departure

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.

Meals: Breakfast at the hotel

  • We do not have a fixed departure date for VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek. We can organize this trip for a minimum of one person at the supplement fee of USD 5,000 on your request but minimum two people booking is highly recommended to reduce the cost. We offer group discounts for bigger groups (for 5 or more than 5 people). Even if you have larger groups, we can arrange the trip accordingly as per your requirements.

    See Group Booking Discount

    No. of people Price per person
    2-2 USD 6,700
    3-3 USD 6,100
    4-4 USD 5,000
  • 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 their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
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Price Includes

  • The entire sojourn is managed and communicated by the company's GM/CEO.

  • Experienced, qualified English speaking trekking guides to lead the entire trek (more than 12 years of guiding experience).

  • 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 (6 nights) during the trek.

  • Airport pickup and drop off to and from the airport- hotel in our International brand vehicle.

  • 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.

  • Complimentary Ace the Himalaya sun hat and duffle bags.

  • 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.

  • All our trekking guides and porters expenses regarding food, accommodation, salary and transport.

  • Permit fee for Everest Base Camp Trek, Sagarmatha National Park and Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality.

  • Trekking arrangements, local and government charges including taxes. 12 hours standby helicopter service (in case of emergency).

  • 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.

  • VVIP after dinner party at the International level elite club in Kathmandu. Official expenses

Price Does not Include

  • International flights

  • Nepal entry visa, airport departure tax and International airfares. (Nepalese Visa can be easily obtained in your home country or upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu). Follow this link to fill up online “Tourist Visa” form.

  • Medical and Travel Insurance.

  • Trekking gears and equipment.

  • Tips/ Gratuity for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected).

  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.

You should be well equipped with proper clothing and trekking gear when trekking to Everest region. 

Packing Suggestions

  • We provide you a complimentary duffel bag in Kathmandu , where you should repack the essential trekking equipment. This bag is carried by porter during the trek.
  • You can carry your own backpack (with waterproof cover) where you bring your daily essential items. For instance: money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc. It’s optional, and our porter can carry the backpack for you.
  • You can store your luggage (non trekking items) at the Hotel lockers in Kathmandu.
  • Total weight limit for a porter is 25 kg. So please pack your personal belongings and trekking equipment not exceeding the weight limit. For extra weight, please let us know at the time of booking so that we can inform you if there is any extra cost.

We advise you to bring the following items for VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek 10 days.

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat (We provide you a complimentary sunhat)
  • 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 (2)
  • 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
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Other essential important items

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport

Medicines and First Aid Kit

Please Note: Our guide will bring the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal medical kit.

  • 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)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player.
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and batteries)
  • Pee bottle for man and pee funnel for woman.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

Yes, our airport representative will pick you up at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Our team member will be waiting outside the airport terminal, displaying “Ace the Himalaya” signboard with your name on it. After meeting up, you will be taken to your preferred hotel in our private vehicle.

You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. There are electronic registration machines in Kathmandu airport which read your passport, take your photo and print out visa form for immigration purposes. Further, we suggest you bring 2 copies of passport size photos (not necessary at Kathmandu airport), but it might be needed for documentation.

You can also apply online within 15 days of your date of arrival in Nepal. For that, you require a valid passport, your hotel address and a recent digital version of passport size photo (size 1.5”x 1.5”). You can print out the confirmation receipt and show it to the Immigration officer along with visa fee in Kathmandu airport.

A15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please read this link about Tourist Visa.

Also, you can follow this link- Department of Immigration to fill up online Tourist Visa form.

Yes. Recommended. The best thing about VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek 10 days is high altitude helicopter evacuation included in trip for each client. We provide 12 hours standby helicopter service for each trekker during the trip. This means you need to have travel/health insurance that covers accidents and medical bills while trekking in the Everest region.

You will need a copy of your travel insurance for pre trek meeting. Also, you should bring a copy of your passport and 2 passport size photos (4.5 cmx3.5 cm) for Everest Base Camp Trek permits and related documentation.

There could be expenses, and it depends upon your spending habits. Well, 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 full board plan. (See price includes and excludes section for more detail).

Otherwise, if you like to buy souvenirs, offer tips/gratuity or give donations to monasteries, you can bring a small amount of pocket money during the trek. (It’s optional).

For VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek 10 days booking confirmation, you need to complete online booking form along with 30% non refundable deposit. You can pay the remaining amount  in USD cash, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express Card) at our office in Thamel on your arrival day or during pre trek meeting. Note that a 4% levy will be added as card processing fee by banks. (We are not liable for those 4% bank transaction fee).

Also, you can pay the full amount at the time of booking. Please read more details in “terms and conditions

Cancellation notice is required, a minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. The 30% deposit amount is non refundable for cancelling trip. If you do not cancel your trip prior to 20 days, the advance amount paid is completely non refundable as per our policy.

As per our terms and conditions you can postpone, change on another date and transfer your booking to another person within 20 days prior to the trip departure date, by paying an extra fee of USD 200 rather than cancelling the trip completely. If you have valid reasons for trip cancellation, we can help you with supporting documentation like receipts for monies paid for filing an insurance claim.

Most places on the trekking route don’t accept credit cards except few hotels like Yeti Mountain Home and Hotel Everest View. Though there are few ATM booths in Namche Bazaar, they are highly unreliable. So we highly recommend you to convert currencies into Nepalese Rupees or withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu before going on a trek.
Also, note that money exchangers do not accept credit cards in Nepal. Besides, few shops and hotels in Kathmandu accept credit cards for your purchases.

Well, if you are fit, healthy person and can walk up to 5 to 6 hours in a day, and then you can trek to Everest Base Camp.

We suggest you do regular physical exercise, running or jogging activities to enhance your fitness level and keep yourself in good health. To enjoy your trek to the fullest, you can start doing an hour of aerobic exercises 3 to 4 times per week for 2 to 3 months, before the trek commences. This will surely enhance your stamina and endurance required for the trek. With sheer determination, courage and mental strength, you can accomplish this trek successfully.

Note: For aspiring trekkers with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease, we highly encourage you to inform us at the time of booking or consult a doctor before the trip.

There’s no age limit for Everest Base Camp Trek. If you are physically and mentally fit, age is just a number. Until now, we have had a 5 years old young kid who comes with his family as well as an eldest trekker of age 86 years old, who conquered this adventurous trek with us.

If you are below age 18, then you should do this trek with your parents or any elder guardians. If you are trekking with your family members or need any special attention and requirements, please let us know at the time of booking.

We use five star hotel- 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 at Everest region during VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek 10 days. You will be hosted by warm welcoming Sherpa people offering 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.

Each hotel room has an en suite bathroom with hot and cold running water. Mostly, you will find western style flushing toilets in the hotels.

As much as possible, we make use of toilets available at tea houses along the trail. However, if it happens along the trails without any villages nearby, then you need to find a private spot and enjoy outdoor toilet adventure.

No. you don’t need to worry about it a lot. We provide you all the toiletries essentials like toilet paper, wet wipes, towels, soap and liquid hand sanitizer during the trek.

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 to pack enough clothes for your Everest Base Camp trek and wash them in laundry after returning back to Kathmandu.

Yes, the hotels in the Everest region provide charging facilities for electronic gadgets. Likewise, our trekking guide carries solar panel for charging electronic devices. Though the guest houses offer the charging facility, our solar power can be used for the backup purpose just in case they are running out of power.

Note:The power plugs and sockets used in Nepal are type C, D and M. The standard voltage and frequency of electricity in Nepal is 230 V and 50 Hz respectively. This means if your electronic appliances state ‘INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz’, you can recharge in every country all over the world. Otherwise, make sure you bring a universal travel adapter that is compatible for all kinds of devices.

The entire trek route has been equipped with telephone facility, internet access and 3 G connectivity since 2010. En route, our trekking guide carries both satellite phone and cell phone from which you can make an International call. Also, we provide you Ncell sim card on a returnable basis during the pre-trek meeting. So you can top up your balance and use it for communication and surfing the internet during the journey.

We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner as per your choice during the Everest Base Camp Trek. Likewise, the meal is accompanied by a choice of herbal teas, Sherpa butter tea, freshly brewed coffee and hot drinks. Usually, they provide you typical Nepali food: dal (lentils), bhat (rice) and tarkari (vegetable curry). These foods are highly nutritious and give you sufficient energy for the trek. Besides, other typical meals include delicious vegetarian foods such as pasta, noodles, French fries, boiled eggs, pancakes, omelets, toast, momo, garlic soup and many more dishes. Also, you can find meat dishes and vegan dishes on the menu. We recommend you to follow the suggestions of our trekking guide when ordering food in the tea houses.

Yes, the food provided at the hotels of the Everest region region is very safe and hygienic. Most hotels serve organic vegetables that are grown in their greenhouses.

We provide you unlimited bottled drinking water during Everest Base Camp Trek. As you sweat a lot when hiking to higher elevation you must drink plenty (4 to 5 liters) of fluid each day. (Here fluid refers to drinking water, hot drinks and soups). So make sure you are hydrated well to avoid altitude sickness and muscle cramps in the trek.

This is not a problem at all because most hotels in the Everest region serve vegetarian/vegan meals. You can choose your favorite dishes from the extensive menu.

Yes, you can book your own International flights to and from Nepal. Also, we can book your international flights at an extra cost and provide you the e-ticket by e-mail.

We use helicopter and international brand vehicle for VVIP Everest Base Camp Trek.

For Kathmandu airport pick up, drop off and surface transfer we use our international brand, probably Japanese or European brand vehicle. Moreover, it depends on group size, and we mostly use 4WD SUV as means of transportation for reaching domestic airport and city sightseeing tours.

Everest region is not well upgraded with roadways, and mostly relies on air transport. So, we utilize helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport, the gateway to the Khumbu Valley. We trek up to Dingboche (4,350 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 Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel.

The primary modes of air transport in mountain region are Helicopter, Twin Otter and Dornier. Sometimes, due to bad weather conditions or other technical issues, flights may get cancelled 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 the 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 the availability.

The following months are the best time to do Everest Base Camp Trek: March, April, May, October, November, and December. Please note that December is winter month in Nepal so, it is highly recommended to bring good winter/warm clothes.

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 flowers 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.

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 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 springtime, 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 temperature 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 starts 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 temperature 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 the outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need to 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.

Our trekking guides are highly experienced, professional and well trained to handle high altitude sickness and other conditions that may arise. Our trekking guide is equipped with all necessary medications, first aid kit and Oxygen cylinder with a set of mask and regulator. They can provide you first aid treatment in case of Acute Mountain Sickness, measure your oxygen level in blood using oximeters, and provide medicines if needed. In case of emergency there is standby helicopter service available, at first priority for your safety, 12 hours a day.

Yes, all our guides have received 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. Also, they have received high altitude first aid training and certified from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP). Please have a look at our trekking guide profile and training certificates.

Yes. The entire Ace the Himalaya’s staff is insured with travel insurance.

Well, tips/gratuity is customary in Nepal and highly appreciated. Moreover, it’s personal and a great way to show admiration for all those involved in the trek, their hard work and devotion to make your journey a pleasant one. We have seen our previous clients tipping from USD 20 – USD 1000 per person for trekking crews. In general, we suggest spending at least 5% – 15% of the trekking cost for tipping guides and porters.

Yes, all our trips are guaranteed to run, once it is booked and confirmed.

Yes, there are so many options and choices available to extend your holiday before or after the trek. For more information, read here.

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. If you are on a 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 so that we can make the arrangements properly.

Yes, recommended. As the weather of mountain region is pretty unpredictable, flights out of Everest region are sometimes delayed or cancelled due to bad weather (if visibility is lower than 1500 m for helicopter flight).

Otherwise, if everything goes as planned, you can complete this trip on time. Moreover, if you have an additional day, you can take a rest day or spend time sightseeing in Kathmandu. So, we recommend you to include an extra day as an advance preparation for worst case scenarios like bad weather, low visibility, other unforeseen reasons if any, for this trekking trip.

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The above information is a guide and a standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: Sometimes there may be slight changes in itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances that are beyond our control. For instance: last-minute change in government rules, local politics, health condition of trekkers, weather, natural disasters, flight delay/ cancellation etc. During these times, the lead trekking guide will decide the best alternative, upon considering the best interest of participants. While we do our best to minimize the effect, we are not liable for any extra cost and the inconveniences/results due to changes or delays.

What makes this trip different ?

Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

Donation
Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

Sponsorship
One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal. After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

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

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