Everest Base Camp Trek Nepal is a daily hike to different destinations which eventually culminates at the base camp of Mount Everest, the place where mountaineers stay, practices and eventually attempt scaling the world’s highest mountain peak. This trek starts and finishes at the airport in the Khumbu region, where you are flown in and out, to and from Kathmandu, to the airport at Lukla.
The daily hikes first start from Lukla after you arrive at the airport there. Your trek begins immediately on landing and you head to your first destination. You will be trekking up most of the way. All the while Everest, the base camp of which you came for comes into view in the distance. Plus, the local culture and traditions seem to welcome you along the way, with the Buddhist prayer flags waving from heights, the prayer inscribed in the walls known as Mani Walls and the Chorten gates to every small and big village on the way. At the same time, various other lower snow-capped peaks appearing and disappearing along the way. You get to Namche Bazaar, the central hub of the locals known as the Sherpa who are most welcoming to their walk of life, culture and tradition. The trek takes to places such as Everest View Hotel, not only a hotel set at a vantage point from where one gets a cinematic view of Everest and the region around but also a place in history for being at the highest place in the world. Then we daily stop for the night at places such as Dingboche, Lobuche, Tengboche, Gorekshep, Kalapathar and the base camp finally. Each of these places is special in their own ways. Plus the daily hikes to the various destinations will let you into something new altogether. It might be a monastery tucked onto a ridge, or a herd of yaks being taken for pastures, or a totally different view of Everest from Kalapathar and the sunrise over it. The climax of the trek is obviously, Everest Base Camp and all that is happening there at the moment. Such an isolated but with much activities going on. Finally, you head back faster and before you can feel it, you would like to take a longer trek in the Everest Region.
There is much that one can gain by taking this Everest Base Camp Trek. The first, being the sightseeing tour of various UNESCO World Heritage sites giving you an understanding of the Nepalese culture which is a mixture of Hinduism and Buddhist faiths. More important still, is hiking in the shadows of Everest, the world tallest mountain with many years of history behind it with people’s quest from the time it was first discovered by George Everest, to be the first to be the one to set foot on its peak. Trekking to the base camp gives you an imaginative glimpse of what it was back then. Then there is the culture of the Sherpa people who have decorated the landscape with their Buddhist faith in reverence to the mighty infallible Mount Everest, so much so, any exhaustion and fatigue will slowly evaporate with being encountered with what you see, both by the rugged landscape and the tradition on display. You will have a welcoming stay, each day at the lodge with tales of exploits of others on a similar question. The best part of it all, is that, when you have completed the hike to Everest Base Camp, you feel rejuvenated physically, mentally and spiritually.
What is the food like on this trek?
Everest Region is the most advanced among the different trekking in Nepal destination, though it might not have yet been connected to the roadways in Nepal. You get all forms for food style here. Right from what the locals have to offer, traditional Nepalese foods, and also western foods. In fact, this region has a three-star hotel far before others, which is also a world heritage hotel in Everest View Hotel. So not only the food is comforting to the tummy, but also the stay at the different lodges while on the trek. In Kathmandu, you will be lodged at three-star hotels, which is on par with other hotels elsewhere on earth. Most of the lodges provide rooms on twin sharing bases with attached toilets. So, you needn’t worry about food and lodging as both are taken care of by the company where the best standards are provided to you. Plus, the Everest region is one of the most secure places to hike as the local people are most welcoming in all ways to outsiders.
Outline Trekking Itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trekking
Day 01 : Arrival at 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 : Acclimatization at Dingboche/ hike to Chhukung valley (4410m) 4-5 hours
Day 09 : Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) 5-6 hours
Day 10 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m) 5-6 hours
Day 11 : Gorak Shep to Kala Pathar (5550m) to Pheriche (4371m) 5-6 hours
Day 12 : Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6-7 hours
Day 13 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2826m) 6-7 hours
Day 14 : Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 40 min
Day 15 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination
- Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu
- Explore ancient traditional Nepali bazaars in Kathmandu, Lukla, and Namche Bazaar
- Board terrific Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flights known for mind-blowing sceneries
- Pass through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
- Visit Tengboche Monastery renowned as one of the famous monasteries in the region situated at a height of 3860m
- Visit Sir Edmund Hillary memorials.
- Explore Everest Base Camp which provides the eye-popping view of Mt. Everest
- Enjoy a splendid 360-degree panoramic view of the world’s tallest mountains that includes Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Thamserku (6623m), Mt. Nuptse (7816m) etc from Kalapathar
- Experience Tibetan-style villages where inhabitants follow different traditional ways of livings
Today, you reach Kathmandu by flight. A representative from Breakfree Adventures will be waiting to welcome you at the Tribhuwan International Airport, also known as Kathmandu Airport. He/she will then take you by private vehicle to your home away from home. If you have any time left, you can either use it to freshen up and then haunt the vicinity of your hotel to see what new. You stay the night at that hotel.
Today being your first full day in the country, you are taken on a sightseeing tour of the city to get a feel of what the country might be like from its history. You are namely taken to four historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites called Kathmandu Durbar Square; the old city square with it place, Pashupathinath Temple; a temple built in the fifth century AD to honour Lord Shiva, Swayambhunath temple; which is atop a hill dedicate to Buddhism and associated with the myths of the creation of the valley, and to Baudhanath Stupa; a stupa very important to the Buddhist faithful.
In the evening, a discussion will be held with you regarding your forthcoming trek about all that you should know about it with a representative from the company.
Today we take an early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is about 40 minutes. On the way you will get the beautiful view below of the lush green mountains and the snow-covered peaks of Everest and other to the north. On landing at the airport, with a quick hearty breakfast we begin our hike to Phakding which is a slight ascend up which take us about four hours to reach. We stay the night at a lodge here.
Today we head to Namche Bazaar the central hub of the region which should take us about 6 hours to reach. On the way, we pass through Sagarmatha National park where we get a taste of the flora and fauna of the region. Then the path goes downwards to Jorsalle Village. Just before entering our destination, we cross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. We stay the night at a lodge.
Today we do no hiking simply get to acclimatize at the altitude we are in. We take a short trip to Everest View Hotel and to return to Namche Bazaar. At Everest View Hotel, we get a cinematic view of Mount Everest and other surrounding mountain peaks. We return to Namche Bazaar where we again stay for the night.
Today, our hike takes us to Tengboche (3860 metres). We move upwards through forest and getting astonishing views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak. On enjoying the views from the trail, we reach Tengboche. Here we visit the Monastery of Tengboche famous in this region. It is situated in a beautiful place giving us a lovely view of the surrounding areas. We stay the night at a lodge here.
Today, we head to Dingboche (4410m). At first we move down through a rhododendrom wood and get to the village Pangboche and a couple of hours more up, we reach Dingboche in the Chukhung Valley. Here we stay the night at a lodge.
Again today we get to acclimatize with a short hike at the same level to Chhukung valley which gives us some great scenes of the area around. We later return to Dingboche and stay the night at a lodge.
Today, we head to Lobuche (4910m) which should take us about six hours to reach. We ascend to Khumbu Khola Valley and then descend to Duglha Village and continuing walking we get to Lobuche before sunset. We stay the night at a lodge.
Today is the climax of the trek, will be hiking to Everest Base Camp. The trail takes us along the Khumba glacier towards Gorak Shep. While on the way we are rewarded with the splendor of the area. We pass over rocky and ice-fall terrain. From Gorak Shep, we hike further to EBC, we stop for a while taking in all the wonders of it. Later we retrace our steps back to Gorak Shep where we stay the night at a lodge.
Today we take the west trail to Kalapathar early in the morning from where we can catch the sunrising over Everest giving us a totally different look of it from the black rocked vantage point. Later we begin hiking to Pheriche which is on the east side of Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep to move down to the Village of Pheriche (4371m). We stay the night here at a lodge.
Today we get return by another way to Namche Bazaar which should take us about 7 hours to reach as the way is mostly downwards making the hike easier on the legs. At Namche Bazaar, we stay the night at a lodge.
Today, we hike straight to the airport at Lukla, passing through Pakding on the way which should take us about seven hours at the maximum to reach as it is now mostly downhill. At Lukla, we stay the night in a lodge.
Today, we take the first flight back to Kathmandu. On the forty minute journey back, we will catch some of the best views ever to be had of the areas below which change as we come closer to Kathmandu. At Kathmandu, we are taken by private vehicle to our hotel. We can spend the rest of the time haunting the streets of the city doing as you please. In the Evening a farewell dinner will be held with the staff of the company at an authentic Nepali Restaurant.
As you trip is now over, a representative from the company will bid you farewell, three hours ahead of your flight our, at the airport for you check in formalities.
At Breakfree Adventures, we wish you had a wonderful time on the trip with us where we take your comfort and security into consideration.
What is Included
- Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
- Three night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
- Guided Kathmandu city tour at 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with private vehicle and guide.
- Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip flight fare.
- Domestic airport departure tax.
- All accommodations during the trek at lodges/Teahouse.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
- Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
- Trekking staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
- Sagarmatha National park permit fee.
- Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
- First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
- Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
- Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
- Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
- All government and local taxes, VAT.
What is Not Included
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos)
- International airfare and travel insurance
- Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
- Tips for guide and porters.
The best time for Everest base camp trekking are from late February to early May and from late September to early December. Everest Base Camp can be done in November-December or June-August also. But, November and December is the winter and June till August is the monsoon season. So, some compromises need to be considered during these off-seasons.
Everest Base Camp trek is an accomplishable hike for all. Only you need is physical fitness and mental preparedness to overcome Everest base camp trek difficulty level. Those with no previous trek experience can also complete this trek with some planning and training for a few weeks. Though, a previous trekking experience can be beneficial.
Hike to the Everest base camp trek is considered a relatively strenuous trek. This also doesn’t mean previous trekking or mountaineering experience are required. The attempt is to reach the base camp and not summiting the peak itself, so any technical experiences aren’t required. What you need is to be in good physical shape and able to walk for four to six hours per day over mountainous terrain with a light backpack.
Absolutely! You are recommended to get travel insurance that covers even at higher altitudes i.e. up to 6000m. The insurance policy usually doesn’t cover over 3,000 meters of altitude. So, make sure these things while purchasing travel insurance for Everest base camp and read their policy.
At higher altitudes, anyone might experience altitude sickness regardless of how you fit you are or age-difference. Those who haven’t lived at high altitudes may also suffer from altitude sickness (also called as AMS or altitude motion sickness). The best thing to do is walk slow and proper hydration altitude sickness on Everest base camp trek can be prevented.
Family-run lodges often called ‘Teahouses’ are in the Everest region. Especially the higher you go accommodation is limited, so the room may differ from a private single/double room to a bed in a dormitory. Everest base camp trek accommodation is a very basic accommodation and usually be shared shower and toilet facilities. All lodges have a communal dining hall. Though basic, these teahouses are clean and welcoming, friendly and warm resting place after a tiring day’s trek.
Lodges on the trail offer wide choices for foods and drinks. These contain typical Nepali meals to the continental dishes. Nepali dish ‘Dal Bhat’ with season vegetable and pickle. Or, go for pizza, momo, noodles, macaroni, sizzler, sandwich, burger, etc. Different types of coffee, fruit juice, and alcoholic drinks are also available. If you have booked a package tour then the company handles all costs. But if booked on service only then food prices on the Everest base camp trek cost to US$25-30 per person per day for lunch/dinner, where breakfast will be included. But on high altitude treks, avoiding alcoholic drinks is a good idea.
Bottled water can be bought or you can take along a bottle and fill the bottle with tap water with purifying tablets. These can be bought in Kathmandu before the trek. Most brands of purification tablets take just 30 minutes before you can drink. Drinking a minimum of 3 to 4 liters of water per day is recommended.
Bringing snacks and protein bars is good. Daily meal includes Dal Bhat – Nepali meal which is already high in carbohydrate. If you bring your own food, lodges may charge you an additional cost.
Yes, and trekking permit for Everest base camp includes two permits. One is for ‘Sagarmatha National Park’ which is US$30 per person. The other is ‘Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality’ Entry Permit US$20 per person. Both of the permits are already included while booking the tour so you don’t have to worry about it.
Showers are available at Lodges. Especially the higher up you go there will usually be shared bathrooms in most lodges. Hot water shower needs to be paid per person. As you go higher, the colder it gets and you may have to think for the second time for a shower. Wait just a few days until your descent. Wet wipes can be used to clean your body but in trek it might come expensive. So it is good to buy them in Kathmandu.
You can bring trekking gear from your home country. They can also be bought in Kathmandu at many trekking shops around there. But, most of the trekking gears you get here are not up to standard though are comparatively cheaper. So, it’s up to you to decide. The last option to buy them is at Namche Bazaar if you forget any trekking gears.
All the electronics can be charged in lodges with an extra cost of US$2-6 per hour. Further up you go, the price for charging increases.
Sickness depends upon its nature. For mild sickness usually descending to a lower altitude with the help and support of the guide or porter is done. For serious illness, emergency helicopter evacuation service is arranged. Our guide will be in constant contact with us and takes immediate action as per the situation. This is where travel insurance comes covering for a medical evacuation service and other medical expenses. Our guides carry first aid kit with basic medication like simple painkillers, altitude sickness tablets, bandages, balm for muscle aches and medication to treat diarrhea and vomiting. They are experienced trek guides and will take care of you if anything happens to you. Besides, there are health posts in Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Pheriche where you can get medical services.
Trekking solo trekking to the Everest base camp is actually possible. You can trek without joining a group or you can even trek without any trekking guide too. The trek is completely safe for solo trekkers. But please keep in mind that it will be safe only if you have prior experience of high altitude trek and other treks in Nepal. Otherwise, chances are a novice trekker walking alone may go through several unexpected complications.
The trail to the Everest Base Camp is among the safe trekking routes in Nepal with the least news of casualties and unforeseen happenings. There is least to no news of trekkers being theft or any unpleasant behaviors by the locals. Besides, the trails are well-marked so the least chance of getting lost.
Booking the trek with us, we shall provide our experienced trek guide and necessary porters. Hiring a trekking staff or booking with organized trek is not mandatory but doing it individually without experienced staff completely depends upon you.
If you are fit and can carry your own baggage which comes to 15 kg maximum and walking the high mountain terrains then hiring a porter isn’t necessary. Otherwise, hiring a porter is a good idea where you only have to carry your day-pack. The maximum load is 15 kgs each porter.
Everest base camp trekking trail does have luxury lodges with high-end facilities. But these luxury lodges are available only at several places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Monjo, Thame, Kongde, Pangboche, Mende, Tashinga. Beyond Namche you have to go for the basic lodges. These luxury lodges have the finest services and the best food. The cost may be high but with the services you get will make you forget the amount you’ve paid for such Everest base camp luxury trekking.
Lukla airport is located at the mountainous terrain where frequent weather changes occur every hour. Even a hint of bad weather arise flight delays in Lukla. When the weather goes worst especially during winter and monsoon, Lukla flight cancellations occurs even for days. Mental preparedness is required to face such unforeseen situations and keeping some buffer days after the trek is highly recommended.
The goal of this trek is to walk to the base camp but for those who do not wish to return back on foot, there’s an option of flying back by helicopter after attending the base camp and Kalapathar. This way, you won’t have to trek back the same way but instead fly direct back to Kathmandu on a helicopter. If you get tired or feel monotonous to walk back, you can choose this option or already pre-arrange this option as well. You will out from Gorekshep straight back to Kathmandu.
Tipping is not mandatory but let’s not forget that it has become a custom to show gratitude towards your guide and porters who made it all possible for you to finish the trek and be at the base of the world’s highest peak. You can give them a certain amount as tips for trekking Everest base camp as per your desire at the end of the trek.
Wifi on Everest base camp trek is available at most of the lodges on the EBC trail.
Everest Base Camp route is difficult due to the altitude and the uneven terrains but there’s no technically difficult parts are involved special climbing gears like ice axe, harness, and crampons are required. So, all of these aren’t required. But whilst trekking during the month of winter packing along with micro spikes for shoes and gaiters are recommended.
If you wish to quit 2 weeks long trek or those who are physically unfit to accomplish this long walk, there is an option of Everest Base Camp helicopter tour. This package allows you to fly over the Khumbu region and land at the Kala Patthar to witness the finest views of the chain of Himalayas including Mt. Everest from a closer proximity.
Taking along children for this trek is an unwise decision. But if they are old enough to trek for days at high altitudes in a cold climate, it shouldn’t a problem. Make sure, they have prior experiences of a few days hike and high altitudes.
There’s the option without taking the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. To avoid this flight, one can take a jeep or bus ride from Kathmandu to Salleri and start the trek from there. But of course, this will add extra days of the trek which will take you to Lukla then proceed further to Namche Bazaar and ultimately the base camp.
Our trek guide carries a comprehensive first aid kit with basic medication for altitude sickness, cold, diarrhea, headache, etc. All of our guides are trained on mountain wilderness medication.
Your lodge where you get a room provides a blanket. But the blanket can’t be sufficient at all times. To be on the safe side bringing along sleeping bag is suggested which we shall provide and already included in the tour cost.
You do not have to carry much cash if you have booked a full tour package from your travel company since your trek guide shall take care of your accommodation and daily meals. Besides that only a few extra costs incur like for bottled water, charging mobile phones/cameras, shower, extra tea/coffee and of course alcoholic drinks also tipping your guide and porters. So, carrying Nepalese Rupees equivalent to a few hundred USD is recommended.
ATM facilities are available only at Namche and Lukla, but depending upon them is also not suggested since sometimes they don’t work. Exchanging into Nepali rupees before the trek in Kathmandu is the best option.
Only cash is accepted during the trek and converting your currency to Nepali rupees before the trek is the best idea.
The base camp of Mt. Everest Base Camp is a moraine during fall or dead season. Climbers come and make tented camps there only in the spring. It’s risky to spend overnight at Everest base camp in such a high altitude and cold location without a proper sleeping facility. So, you need to come back to Gorak Shep for the overnight stay.
Usually it’s about 5-6 hours in most of the days. The walks must be slow and steady.
The maximum number is 15 trekkers. Yes, you can also do this trek privately with your personal guide and porter.
Your hotel where you stay in Kathmandu will store your luggage that you don’t want to take to trek without any charge. Later on, you can pick up your luggage after the trek.
Most of the villages along the trek route have landline telephones from where you can make international calls. Mobile phone services are also 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.
It’s the squat toilet facilities at the most lodges on the Everest Base Camp trial but nowadays lodges have also built western styled toilets with a number foreign trekkers increasing day by day. It’s suggested that you should take along your own toilet papers.
Packing along warm clothes is suggested for gear list for Everest base camp trek. These includes down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves. At most cases, your company already provide down jacket and sleeping bag. Besides, clothing can be purchased in Kathmandu at Thamel area as well where numerous trekking shops exists with both local and foreign brands.
Temperature Everest base camp trek depends upon the season. Temperature is normal during April toSeptember with below 05° C to 20° C morning and evening are cold while the day time is good with sunshine. It gets below minimum -10° C to maximum 15° C during the day Around October to March.
One can witness the closest view of Mt. Everest including it’s adjacent peaks and other Khumbu region mountains from Kalapathar located at 5,545 meters. It can be reached with a few hours of hike from Gorekshep.
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 Base Camp 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 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 Base Camp 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 Base Camp 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 15 days Everest Base Camp 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 15 days Everest Base Camp 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 Base Camp 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 Base Camp 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 Base Camp 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.
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.