Everest Base Camp

Following the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing to the Greatest Mountain in the world! The ultimate challenge of Everest Base Camp trek offers breathtaking mountain panoramas, if you like to walk, this is one of the most inspiring treks in the world to do it.

This Everest Base Camp trek is a great introductory lodge trek that offers sensational mountain views and an insight into the lives of the Sherpa people. After exploring the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Kumbu Sherpas, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas.

A rest day here aids acclimatisation and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area. We then follow the trail to famous Tengboche, located high on a ridge where a magnificent 360-degree panorama awaits. The views of Everest, the Lhotse-Nuptse Wall, Ama Dablam and Kantega dominate this peaceful and spiritual location – surely one of the most tranquil and inspiring treks in the world.

While passing Buddhist monasteries, views of Everest get closer every day. This stunning trek visits both,Everest Base Camp and KalaPatthar (5555m), a viewpoint recognised as the best vantage point to see Mount Everest which is a premier goal for many adventurous walkers in the Himalayas.

After trekking to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar we return at our leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.

Customised Everest Base Camp trek itineraries are available as per your travel need.

Kathmandu Weather Forecast

Price: AUD2845 per person

Duration: 16 Days

Trek Ratings: Activity 3 / Conditions 3 / Accommodation 2 / Training/Preparation 3

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December

Country Visited: Nepal

Trip Start: Kathmandu

Trip Ends: Kathmandu

Destination: Everest base camp and Kala Patthar

Trip Route: Kathmandu – Lukla – Namche Bazar – Tengboche – Lobuche – Gorak Shep – EBC – Kalapattar – Pheriche – Namche Bazaar –  Lukla

Trip Style: Guided Trekking

Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking

Max. Altitude: 5555 m /18220.4 ft

Activity Per Day: Approximately 4-6hrs walking per day

Day 01 Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport (1,345m). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 Pre-trip Meeting and sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03 Fly to Lukla (2,804m) – 35 mins. Trek to Phakding (2,610m) – 3 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 04 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m) – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 05 Namche Bazaar acclimatisation day. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 06 Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 07 Trek to Dingboche (4350m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 08 Acclimatisation trek to Nangkartshang Peak (5083m) then return to Dingboche – 4 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 09 Trek to Lobuche (4910m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 10 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) then back to Gorak Shep – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 11 Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,555m) early in the morning and trek down to Periche (4,200m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 12 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m) – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 13 Trek to Lukla (2,804m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 14 Morning flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15 Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 16 Transfer for your final flight departure.

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345 metres).
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Note: If you arrive after 4pm you would be briefed by our airport representative/guide about tomorrow’s (Day 02) sightseeing activities on the way to hotel and then the pre trip meeting would be held after the sightseeing tour next day. But if you arrive earlier than 4PM your pre trip meeting would be done on that very day either at our office or at your hotel as per your requirement. During your pre trip meeting we would introduce you to your leader/guide once you are back from the sightseeing. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, and three copies of passport-size photos.

Overnight at Hotel
No meals included

Day 02 Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River.Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.It is a square two tiered pagoda temple built on a single tier pinth which is famous all over the world.

Boudhanath: Boudhanath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.It was built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla,famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple,Bhairavnath temple,Duttatraya temple,Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel
Breakfast Included

Day 03 Fly to Lukla (2804 metres) trek to Phakding (2610 metres) 3 hours.
An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla at 2804 metres. Upon arrival at the airport, your guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding at 2610metres.

After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sorts and loads our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Koshi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m) it is a short walk to Phakding.

Overnight at Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 04 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 metres) 5.30 hours.
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar known as the Gateway to Everest, is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchanges, internet cafes and a bakeries. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail.

Overnight at Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 05 Namche Bazaar Acclimatisation day.
We will spend a day here in order to acclimatise and adjust to the thinning of the air, as well as a short trek where a museum is celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. Today we hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.

Overnight at Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 06 Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 metres) 5 hours.
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860 metres today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the day’s trekking went.

Overnight at Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 07 Trek to Dingboche (4350 metres) 5.30 hours.
From Tengboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude.

Overnight at Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 08 Acclimisation trek to Nangkartshang (5083m) and trek back to Dingboche. 4 hours.
Today you can enjoy another day for acclimatisation. We will have a trip to Nangkartshang Peak to get a marvellous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the afternoon.

Overnight at Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 09 Trek to Lobuche (4910 metres) 5 hours.
Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits.We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910 metres at Lobuche which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude.

Overnight at Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 10 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 metres) then back to Gorak Shep (5180 metres). 8 hours.
This is another big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365 metres, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak Shep for the night.

Overnight at Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 11 Hike up to Kalapatthar (5555 metres) early in the morning and trek down to Periche (4200 metres). 7 hours.
This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of morning in this day is spent climbing Mt. KalaPatthar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555metres. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028 ft, 8848 metres, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180 metres then trek down to Periche.

Overnight at Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 12 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 metres) 5.30 hours.
From Periche we take a slightly different route down to Orsho, then to Pangboche village. Here is the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a ‘Yeti’, or the abominable snowman. Leaving mountains behind us, our descent takes us through Tengboche Monastery at elevation of 3860 metres before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar at 3441metres. We arrive back to Namche Bazaar in the afternoon.

Overnight at Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 13 Trek to Lukla (2804 metres) 6 hours.
Finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago; enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part and also giving you time to explore the town.

Overnight at Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 14 Morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel.

Overnight at Hotel
Breakfast Included

Day 15 Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour you can start today. Please read our trip note about Lukla flight below. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).

Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included

Day 16 Transfer for your final flight departure.
The trip ends, our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast Included

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimise its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such case, Ace the Himalaya will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilised. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$500 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.

wdt_ID Trek/Itinerary Trek Departs Trek Price
14 Everest Base Camp: 16 Days 08/02/2020 AUD2845
18 Everest Base Camp: 16 Days 22/03/2020 AUD2845
22 Everest Base Camp: 16 Days 06/04/2020 AUD2845
26 Everest Base Camp: 16 Days 09/05/2020 AUD2845
30 Everest Base Camp: 16 Days 12/09/2020 AUD2845
34 Everest Base Camp: 16 Days 10/10/2020 AUD2845
38 Everest Base Camp: 16 Days 14/11/2020 AUD2845
42 Everest Base Camp: 16 Days 05/12/2020 AUD2845
46 Everest Base Camp: 16 Days 09/01/2021 AUD2845
50 Everest Base Camp: 16 Days 01/04/2021 AUD2845

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Cost Includes

Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (4 nights)
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (11 nights Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).
Local licensed English speaking guide.
The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
Down Jacket and sleeping bag (which need to be returned after the trek).
Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
Free duffel/kit bag, sun hat (yours to keep).
Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (Day 2).
Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (Day 15).
All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
Official expenses.

Cost Does not Include

Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)
International airfare and airport departure tax (see the international flights page)
Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General

4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary duffel bag for you to keep.)
Daypack
Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
Glacier glasses – 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hands

1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

T-shirts (2).
Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
Fleece jacket or pullover.
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.
Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important!

Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies).
Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your departure).
Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type. (make sure these are in your checked in luggage)
Water purification tablets
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
2 bandanas.

Optional

1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
Favourite snack foods, (Optional).
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

N.B. This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

What is the success rate for your trips?

We have up to 98% success rate for our Gokyo Valley to Everest Base Camp trek.

What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me?

Gokyo Valley to Everest base camp trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

We use standard rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket.The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in tea houses provides essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay deposit later or do I HAVE to pay deposit at booking/reservation?

The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and deposit payment. You can pay the balance of the money 60 days prior to your departure.

Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the Kathmandu portion of the trip? If so how much extra will this cost?

Yes! We can surely book separate rooms in Kathmandu for your portion of the trip. During the trek we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required.

Is this a guaranteed departure even if I am alone stating in the request trip?

YES all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants, we can arrange the trip for one person as well. However, additional costs may be incurred.

What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest Base Camp trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatisation – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

Is the food on the mountain prepared to international standard in terms of safety?

YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you avoid meat on the mountain and eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.

Is water provided and is there still water available at higher altitudes? Is it filtered/boiled? Readily available?

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and tea houses. Be aware that prices will increase the higher you climb. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.

What mode of transportation do you use?

Getaway Trekking is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs, more manoeuvrable in travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas.

For domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu), we use local domestic airlines.

What is the best season for this trekking?

Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December are the best time to do this trek.

What is the weather and temperature like in trekking?

Every trekking trip up the mighty Mt. Everest presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that forever live on in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C, only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March / April / May / June
Spring 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  Everest Summit climbers during this season and base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 17 degrees C with a maximum of 25 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positives to trekking during the monsoon months, however. The excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds. The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 25 degrees C during sunny days with a minimum -15 degrees C in the morning and night at areas above 4000 meters. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 18 degrees C.

Autumn – End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.

The average temperature during the fall is 15 degrees C with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

Regardless of time of year, trekkers should always plan accordingly and bring clothing for both cooler and warmer temps. Layering is always recommended, as are pants that can double as shorts. For a full list of clothing and materials to bring to account for various temperatures and weather changes that can occur in the Everest region, visitors should work closely with their travel provider. This will ensure that the adventure will be enjoyable no matter what the weather and that every possible scenario will be accounted for ahead of time.

I have special dietary requirements, is that a problem?

Meals served on the trek are basic simply meals consisting mainly of pasta, rice and vegetarian meals. Many soups are also served. You must advise us if you have any special requirements well in advance of your trek date so that we can see if the required changes can be catered for.

Do your guides have trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?

Yes, the local guides used by Getaway Trekking have all completed a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). If your trek has an Australian guide as well, then they also have Wilderness first aid qualifications.

What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?

Our guides are well trained for the high altitude problems and first aid. They always carry a first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well. All our local guides carry the local mobile phones and Australian guides will carry a SAT phone for the emergency.

Do you know about how many kilometres the trek is?

Total distance of the entire trek is about 75 kms.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment on my trip?

These facilities will be available in most of the treks in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! Portable power packs should also be carried.

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with a local mobile phone. If your family needs to get in contact with you whilst you are on the track, they should contact our office on 1300 979 088 and we will be able to make contact with our Nepal office.

Can I use credit cards?

In the cities, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency into local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. ATM machines in Kathmandu are easy and safe to use. When on the track there is access to ATM machines in Namche Bazaar.

How much spending money do I require on the trek?

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate AUD 40 – AUD 50 per day for lunch, dinners and drinks. If you are looking at purchasing hiking equipment or souvenirs you will obviously require more funds. The majority of shops will accept credit cards. When trekking, additional funds will be required if you intend to purchase bottled water, snacks, hot showers ( or water buckets) or drinks. Remember the higher you climb the more expensive these items can be. We would recommend AUD 500 – 600 would be more than adequate for these types of items.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult thing to gauge. Tipping is expected as gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. At Getaway Trekking we believe that tipping should e done as a group. As a general rule we suggest the following per trekker. AUD50 per lead guide, AUD25 per assistant guide and AUD15 per porter. The ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek. Your Australian guide will assist you with this and we recommend payments being made on the last night of your trek in Lukla as not all guides will return to Kathmandu with you.

What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?

In major treks (Namche Bazar, Lukla), we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the treks, hotel water in bucket will be provided for shower; it would cost you extra about AUD 2 – 5 per shower.

Are toilets available along the track?

In most cases you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail along the way. Please be aware there may be a small charge. You must make sure you carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer with you. Please be mindful of the disposal of toilet paper. IT DOES NOT GET FLUSHED! You will find a small bucket/bin next to the toilet for correct disposal.

Are the staff insured?

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.

Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please contact us for further information.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?

At the time of this notice,yes,  you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos. We recommend you check with Smart traveller to make sure there have not been any changes.

What immunisations will I need?

No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

  • A dental check-up prior to travelling.
  • That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Getaway Trekking at the time of your booking.