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Everest High Passes Trekking

Everest High Passes Trekking

Everest High Passes Trekking is one of the exhilarating and adventurous trekking trails combining the high passes of Everest region namely Kongma La (5535m), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5340m). The trek allows accomplishing these three high mountain passes including visiting the Everest Base Camp, Kalapather, Gokyo Valley and it’s serene lakes. Also en-route, explore a route to the remote and untouched Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa village of Marlung, the monastery village of Thame.  It’s a classic trek completing the circuit of one of the world’s highest and famous passes. The trekking trail offers most spectacular views of the towering snow-capped mountains and the beautiful remote valleys of the Khumbu region. Plus discover the culture, tradition and lifestyles of people living in the Himalayas. Everest High Passes Trekking is ideal for those looking into a real adventure and challenging hikes as well as crossing one of the world’s highest mountain passes.

Everest High Passes Trekking begins with boarding the flight bound for Lukla from Kathmandu before finishing the day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city visiting the historical and cultural locations the day earlier. Lukla is the trek-start-point for this expedition. The trek then begins with the trail ascending the classic route to Sagarmatha National Park crossing diverse landscapes, beautiful mountain villages, Dudh Koshi River and witnessing the spectacular Himalayan panorama en-route. The trek further progress ahead and from the summit of Kongma La (5535m) on the way to Everest Base Camp, the view of Khumbu Ice Fall is stunning. Equally is the panoramic view of the Khumbu giants from Kalapathar and this hike up to Kalapathar is followed by a tough climb via Cho-La to eventually arrive at the cobalt blue lakes of Gokyo. Another stunning panorama awaits from Gokyo-Ri then trek towards next great pass, Renjo-La. A nights’ stay in the beautiful village of Marlung and follow the route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders via Nangpa-La to eventually arrive at Thame. Again follow the classic route descending down to Lukla and fly back Kathmandu wrapping up the long expedition.

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy sightseeing tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Board spectacular Trans-Himalayan scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu
  • Witness culture, tradition & lifestyles of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
  • Trek in Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site)
  • Discover numerous Buddhist monasteries and other cultural monuments.
  • Witness varieties of floras and faunas of the Khumbu region
  • Explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar (3440m), the busy Sherpa village
  • Visit the Tengboche Monastery (3860m), the biggest in Khumbu
  • Witness age-old Buddhist and Tibetan culture and traditions
  • Explore Everest Base Camp and a decent walk on the Khumbu Glacier.
  • View of world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest, at closer proximity.
  • Ascend Kala Patthar (5550m), a rocky hill for panoramic view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho oyu (8201m), Mt. Thamserku (6623m), Mt. Nuptse (7816m) etc.
  • Cross three high mountain-passes Kongma La (5535m), Cho La (5420m) & Renjo La (5340m)

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Lukla (flight- 40 min) to Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hours

Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours

Day 05 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours

Day 06 : Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) 5-6 hours

Day 07 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5-6 hours

Day 08 : Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m) 3-4 hours

Day 09 : Acclimatization, Explore Chhukung and its vicinity

Day 10 : Chhukung to Kongma La (5535m) to Lobuche (4940m) 6-7 hours

Day 11 : Lobuche to Gorekshep (5170m)-Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorekshep 8-9 hours

Day 12 : Gorekshep to Kalapather (5545m) to Lobuche (4940m) 8-9 hours

Day 13 : Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m) 4 hours

Day 14 : Dzongla to Cho La (5368m) to Thangnak (4680m) - Gokyo (4800m) 7-8 hours

Day 15 : Acclimatization- Trek to Gokyo Ri (5357m) 3-4 hours

Day 16 : Gokyo to Renjo La (5360m) to Marlung (4210m) 7-8 hours

Day 17 : Marlung to Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours

Day 18 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla 6-8 hours

Day 19 : Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 40 min

Day 20 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip flight fare.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Sagarmatha National park entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if needed
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After your arrival at Kathmandu airport, our representative greets you and drives you towards your hotel. Now it’s your choice whether to stay at hotel or stroll around the city. In the evening receive brief description about next day’s plan. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast carry out the sightseeing program of the Kathmandu City and pay visit to historical, cultural and religious UNESCO World Heritages Sites. First pay visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square and witness the historical and cultural monuments located here. Later drive towards Pashupatinath Temple, sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva located on the bank of holy river Bagmati. After lunch, pay visit to Swambhunath Temple (also known as the Monkey Temple) situated at the hill top overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. Finally visit the Boudhhanath Stupa in the evening.  Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Lukla (flight- 40 min) to Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hours

Everest High Passes Trekking Day 01: Early in the morning after breakfast, get transferred to the domestic airport and board the early morning flight to Lukla (2800m). The scenic flight over 40 minutes passes over the mountains and lands at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. After reaching Lukla, commence your first trek of the package towards Phakding for about 4 hours. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours

Everest High Passes Trekking Day 02: Today’s trail towards Namche Bazaar includes few ascend and descends with numerous cross over Dudh Koshi River. The trail provides the spectacular view of Mt. Thamserku (6608m) from Benkar Village. The trail then descends and reaches Jorsale then further walking you pass the Hillary Suspension Bridge. Again the trail ascend uphill and provides the majestic sight of mountains including Kwangde peak, Kusum Kangaru, Everest, Lhotse, Tawache. The trail halts upon reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 05 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours

Today’s day is reserved for acclimatization at Namche for better acclimatizing in the high altitude. Also commence a short hike to the Everest View Hotel which provides the panoramic view of the Everest region. Explore around Namche Bazaar, which consists of many restaurants, pubs, hotels, bakery, and cafes. A few hours of walk in Namche itself is helpful for acclimatizing. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 06 : Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) 5-6 hours

Everest High Passes Trekking Day 03: Continue your hike towards Tengboche after your breakfast and enjoy the spectacular views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku. The trail first passes through Kayangjuma and reaches Sansa, which is a major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The trail then crosses beautiful pine forest and prayer flags festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi river and reaches Phunki Tenga. After ascending through the forest for few more hours you the trail reaches Tengboche. Tenboche offers the closer picturesque views of Everest, Amadablam and Nuptse and also houses the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 07 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5-6 hours

Everest High Passes Trekking Day 04: Wake up early in the morning and witness the morning views of the snow-capped mountainsfrom Tengboche and then continue your hike towards the Dingboche which is also known as the summer valley. The trail first ascends passing through several Chortens, Mani Walls and small villages then crosses the Imja Khola and goes through the village of Pangboche (3900m). The trail descends towards Lobuche River after passing the Imja Valley and then after some continuous climb finally reaches Dingboche. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 08 : Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m) 3-4 hours

Everest High Passes Trekking Day 05: Today continue your trek with a pleasant walk following the trail via Imja river Valley with great mountains view. The trail offers the spectacular sight of Lhotse towards left and Amadablam to the right. Walking further through ‘Bibre-yak herdman place’ the trail reaches the Island Peak, one of the most popular trekking peaks. The trail reaches Chhukung after crossing some icy streams en-route for 30 minutes. Chhukung offers the majestic views of glaciers and massive mountains all around. After reaching Chhukung take a rest or hike towards rocky knoll of Chuukung-Ri commanding stunning views of Lhotse, Island peak, Amadablam, Makalu and others. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 09 : Acclimatization, Explore Chhukung and its vicinity

Today is for acclimatization before you head towards Kongma-La-Pass. Spend the day on exploring around Chhukung. Chhukung provides spectacular views towards the Island Peak. You may also climb Chhukung –Ri or the base camp of Island Peak. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 10 : Chhukung to Kongma La (5535m) to Lobuche (4940m) 6-7 hours

Everest High Passes Trekking Day 06: After breakfast continue your trek towards the highest pass of the expedition, Kongma-La-Pass. The trail is absolutely exquisite and worth walking enjoying the nature of the Khumbu region. There are two trails one that climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier another goes back to Bibre and follows a high trail above the Niyang Khola. After a few hours of walk discover the beauty of Island Peak viler and ridge of Amohu Lapcha. The trail then ascends through Niyang Khola Valleythen turns west and reaches a wide basin filled with small frozen lakes. The trail then further leads towards the Kongma La. It provides the spectacular sight of Khumbu glacier. The trek continues turning north through Khumbu Glacier and reaches Lobuche. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 11 : Lobuche to Gorekshep (5170m)-Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorekshep 8-9 hours

Everest High Passes Trekking Day 07: Begin the morning with breakfast and then trek to Gorekshep via moraine Of Khumbu Glacier while enjoying the magnificent panorama of the Khumbu region. The trail passes through the pyramid sign post and offers the view of Mt. Everest including Pumori, Mahalungur, Lingtem, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other peaks. The trail then ascends further to reach Thangma Riju which offers 360 degree panoramic view of snowy mountains. Climbing through the stream of Changri Glacier, offers the first sight of Kalapathar. The trail then heads towards the Everest Base Camp which commands majestic views of Nuptse, Khumbutse, Pumori . Overnight at Lodge.

Day 12 : Gorekshep to Kalapather (5545m) to Lobuche (4940m) 8-9 hours

Everest High Passes Trekking Day 08: Today after your breakfast continue another exciting and adventurous hike to Kalapathar and catch the breathtaking view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. En-route to Kalapathar, witness scenic Mountain views like Lingtren, Changtse, Khumbutse. As the trek proceed further, picturesque view of Mt. Everest welcomes you. Kalapathar is reached upon long and still walk for several hours. Afterwards, trek back to Gorekshep and finally climb down to Lobuche. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 13 : Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m) 4 hours

Everest High Passes Trekking Day 09: Today’s trek is short and more relaxed towards Dzongla. The trail crosses a stream and ridges then leads to Dzongla. The trail passes through CHola Lake below Cholastse and climbs up a spur then further descends steeply to a wide basin. After a steady walk and crossing the shaky bridge the trail finally reaches Dzongla. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 14 : Dzongla to Cho La (5368m) to Thangnak (4680m) - Gokyo (4800m) 7-8 hours

Everest High Passes Trekking Day 10: The trail today crosses another high passes of Everest, Chola Pass and is the toughest day of the expedition. The trail first descends to a basin across the icy streams and reaches the basin top then set-off to invade Chola. The trail then ascends through the Chola Lake, as the route gains height it offers soaring Amadablam on the south and Cholastse towards west. The Chola summit consists of prayer flag flapping in the strong wind. Thangnak is reached upon few hours of walk. Short hike from Thangnak leads to the Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier in Nepal) and then further walk leads to the village of Gokyo. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 15 : Acclimatization- Trek to Gokyo Ri (5357m) 3-4 hours

Yet another day for acclimatization in Gokyo. Explore Gokyo and climb Gokyo-Ri, the best viewpoint in the Everest Region. The hike to Gokyo-Ri takes a couple of hours and the summit commands panoramic spectacular views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Everest plus Cho Oyu Basew Camp and ye biggest glacier in the world ‘Ngazumpa Glacier’. Afterwards, descend down and return to Gokyo. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 16 : Gokyo to Renjo La (5360m) to Marlung (4210m) 7-8 hours

Everest High Passes Trekking Day 11: Today trail leaves the main trail ad takes the tail to Genjo-La via Dudh Pokhari. Renjo-La is reached upon a couple of hours of walk which provides alluring views of Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholastse. Enjoy this spectacular panorama and then descend down the icy trail to reach Lumde. The trail encounters Relama Tsho and Renjo lake and then reaches Marlung situated on the east bank of Bhotes Koshi River. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 17 : Marlung to Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours

Everest High Passes Trekking Day 12: Today’s trail first crosses the Bhotes Khosi River and then descends down to Taranga and reaches the Langmuche Khola Valley. Few hours of walk leads to Thame which houses the ancient Gompa (Monastery) and the monastery consists of three huge images of Avalokiteswara, Guru Rinpoche and Buddha Shakyamuni. The trail then reaches Samde after a few descends and crossing over a bridge. The trail further descends down to Thame Village and continues passing check-post and hydro-electricity power station to reach Phurte village. After passing through some gompas, mani stones and chortens the trail finally reaches Namche. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 18 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla 6-8 hours

Everest High Passes Trekking Day 13: After the breakfast leave behind the Namche Bazaar and head towards Lukla. Trek down the rock path and cross suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi . The trail then becomes easy and passes through the beautiful Rhododendron forest along with pine and other vegetation. Afte the continuous walk for about 6-8 hours the trail reaches Lukla. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 19 : Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 40 min

Early in the morning after breakfast board the super scenic flight towards Kathmandu from Lukla. The flight offers the glorious views of mountains and Kathmandu valley. Upon arrival in Kathmandu get escorted to the Hotel by one of our representative. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 20 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

Your trip terminates today. You are escorted to the international terminal approximately 3 hours before your flight schedule by one of our representatives. We hope you had a great time with us. Have safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Everest High Passes Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Everest Base Camp Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Everest High Passes Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Everest High Passes Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 20 days Everest High Passes Trekking is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 20 days Everest High Passes Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Everest High Passes Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Everest High Passes Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than sixteen people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Everest High Passes Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but  days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

What is the best season for Everest Base Camp trek?
The best season is from pre-monsoon springtime (February, March, April, May) and post-monsoon fall (September, October, November). December and January is the winter and is colder and June, July, August is the summer/monsoon, so rain might be an issue.
 
What kinds of clothing are required for the trek?
We suggest warm clothes that includes down jackets, thermal longs & tops, comfortable trekking shoes, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, gloves. Thamel, the main tourist hub, in Kathmandu has lots of trekking shops with both local and branded where you can also buy these clothing.
 
What kind of meals do we get during the Everest Base Camp trek? Is it organic, hygienic?
Lodges in the Everest trail serves organic and hygienic meals and mostly a typical meal includes daal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetables and egg/chicken/meat dishes. Some desserts like apple pies, pancakes can also be found. Breakfast includes porridge, muesli and toasts with peanut butter and honey.
 
Is there any mountain sickness problems?
To avoid any AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) problems our itineraries are carefully designed. AMS normally occurs from 3,600 meters/11,808 feet and above. During the trek you gently and slowly gain altitude with day’s rest for better acclimatizing. Most people will feel some affect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly light headed which is fairly common. Our experienced guide will be with you who shall advise you how to avoid AMS. Drinking more water, walking slowly, not skipping the acclimatization days is suggested to avoid AMS.
 
How fit I have to be to participate in this trek?
The trek is good for any average people who are moderately fit enough and no previous experience as such is required. Though running, swimming, hiking are recommended before your join your trek. For preparation, you should start training at least two to three months before your trek. The best will be hiking in relatively steep ascents and descents.
 
What is the maximum group-size?
The maximum group-size for this trek is 14 people as this group size makes a perfect team with the trek guide can also give attention to each individual time and again.
 
What kind of accommodation is expected while trekking?
We use lodges/teahouses which are clean and having basic facilities, and they also provide quilt or blankets. The toilets in the lodges have essential and basic facilities and always outside the room.
 
What‘s the weather will be like in the mountains?
Himalayan weathers are rather hard to predict. Generally nights are colder than the days. 
 
In winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is colder but days are beautiful with clear skies. A bit of snowfall is expected in winter.
 
In spring (Mar-Jun) 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.
 
In monsoon (Jun-Aug) the maximum temperature averages to 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 be around a comfortable 18 degrees C.
 
In autumn (Sep-Nov), 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.
 
How about my trekking guide?
We have experienced trek guides who have been in the field for a long time and know the area where you will be trekking. They are also government recognized trek guides and well trained in mountain first-aid plus friendly and helpful individuals. They are also insured during the trek.
 
Where can I store my luggage before trek?
You can store your luggage in your hotel for free. Take along the essential items for your trek and the rest can be left at the hotel, later on claim after returning back from trek.
 
Do I get to shower while on trek?
Major places like Lukla/Namche has hot shower and other areas have hot water in a bucket. The cost comes to US$3-4 per shower.
 
Can I use credit card while trekking?
In the cities like Kathmandu, yes, but during trekking only cash is accepted. Please change into Nepali rupees before heading for trek.
 
Are there ATMs in the Everest area?
ATMs are available only in Namche and Lukla but it’s service might not work or may be out of cash. So changing into rupees before trek is suggested.
 
What if I have to call home, friends, families?
Landline telephones are available in most of the villages along the trek route from which you can make international calls. Mobile phone services are available and even at the Everest Base Camp but the reception quality varies depending upon the locations. Internet facilities can be found but is expensive.
 
How about charging batteries?
Charging your cameras etc comes to about Nepali rupees 200-1000 approx.
 
Will I need insurance for Everest Base Camp trek?
While trekking in the Himalayas insurance is highly recommend covering both medical and evacuation. You should also be careful of the insurance policy while buying the insurance as some insurance companies may have special exception of evacuation from certain altitude only.
 
How about drinking water while on the trek?
Boiled water is available at the lodges. Bottled water will cost US$2 at lower places and US$4 at higher places per liter. If you have brought purifying aid you can use them in normal tap or spring water.

Important Note

Please accept that you are undertaking an adventure trip at the remote Himalayan regions where weather conditions, health and fitness of the team members or unexpected natural disasters might affect your itinerary forcing us to change the scheduled program though every effort to run the program as per the original schedule is being made. When you are traveling with us we ensure your safety plus satisfaction and with employing our best team, professional service and necessary logistics, we make sure you get the most out of your holiday. Please also note our trip leader deserves the final decision for the itinerary amendment, route change or even cancel due to extreme condition for your own safety precautions therefore please be prepared in being flexible if required.
 
In the events of cancellations/delayed during the flights in/out of Lukla: Even during the best of trek season, it’s likely for the flights in/out to Lukla from Kathmandu to get delayed or canceled. It is advisable to put one or two extra days at the trek end as back up days to cover these eventualities. If flights operated accordingly then you can explore Kathmandu Valley or go for a Chitwan Jungle Safari or visit Pokhara in these extra days.
 
Cancelation: In the event of flight cancelation, we shall reschedule your flight the following day (subject to availability). Alternatively you can fly in/out to Lukla by a chartered helicopter to start/end the trek as per the planned schedule but the helicopter expenses will be your own which comes to US$350 to US$500 per person depending upon a group-size. Coming up with travel insurance is advisable which covers flight cancelations for minimum of US$500 for a day. We shall provide all the necessary documents to you to submit with your insurance company.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 20 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Strenous

Activities: Trekking

Best Season: Feb - May and Oct - Nov

Max altitude: 5545m

Daily walking: 5 - 7 hours each day

Transportation: Private vehicles & Flights

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort in Kathmandu, Lodge/Guest house during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge to Lodge Trek

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

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