Where is Everest Base Camp?
Everest Base Camp also popularly known as EBC is in Khumbu region of the Himalaya of Nepal. Standing at an altitude of 5300m, Everest Base Camp allows the trekkers to follow the historic route to the base of the world’s highest mountain. Mount Everest, 8848m is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights and a journey to Everest Base Camp is the perfect adventure.
Which one do you suggest; Annapurna or Everest Base Camp?
Both Everest and Annapurna Base Camp Treks are the most visited destinations in Nepal for hiking and trekking. Both of the treks are unique and beautiful in their own way, their location, culture, people, lifestyles and the mountains that they are surrounded with. The thing we can suggest and guarantee is you will be amazed by both of the treks.
Everest Base Camp Trekking takes trekker to the highest elevation to Kala Patthar (5545m) and the highest point of Annapurna Base Camp is 4130m. During your Everest Base Camp Trekking you will gain altitude quickly; however during Annapurna Base Camp Trekking the trekker will gain altitude gradually. Comparatively Annapurna Base Camp is more suitable for the beginners and Everest Base Camp for those who want to challenge themselves a bit higher.
When should I plan for EBC trekking?
Autumn (September - November) is supposed to be the ideal season to visit Everest Base Camp. Similarly, spring (March – May) is also a great period to do the Everest Base Camp Trekking where many climbers will be aiming to reach highest point on Earth. Holiday time around Christmas and New Year is also good time to visit Everest Base Camp. With cold temperature, clear skies and very few trekkers on the trail (Dec- Jan) are also nice months to visit Everest Base Camp. This Trek can be done in monsoon too but the views won’t be that clear because of heavy rainfall.
What is the cost of your Everest Base Camp Trekking?
Our standard 16 Days Everest Base Camp Trekking costs USD 1450 per person if you’re a group of 2 – 6 people. Depending upon various factors such as routes, trekking days, availability, trekkers, season etc. and other various factors cost for the trip can be negotiated. Contact us for further details.
How hard Everest Base Camp Trekking can be if I’m trekking in the Himalaya for the first time?
Everest Base Camp is very doable for every enthusiast trekker who dreams of seeing the world’s highest mountain even it is their first time in the Himalaya of Nepal. All you need to do is pay great attention to your physical fitness, training programs and proper acclimatization throughout the trek to achieve what you came for. Multi day hiking, running/ walking, strength and endurance training is a must.
Trip grade is challenging but one who has enough hiking/walking experiences previously can do this trek as the trail is 100% safe and there are no technical elements to the journey; just one foot in front of the other.
What permits do I need for Everest Base Camp Trekking?
Following permits are required to do the Everest Base Camp Trekking:
- Sagarmatha National Park Permit
- Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fee
All permit and documentation fees are included in our Everest trips.
Do I need Travel Insurance for Everest Base Camp Trekking?
A big YES!! Annapurna Foothills strongly recommends you have Insurance Policy with coverage of emergency search and evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability, medical treatment etc during your Nepal Trip. The insurance must cover all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate evacuation process and medical response based on the situation.
Why Everest Base Camp Trekking with Annapurna Foothills?
Not just because we are a Nepal based local operator but our Sherpa Trekking Guides are experienced, competent, and professional and all of them have leaded groups in various parts of Himalaya of Nepal. We focus on safety, quality and value for money by providing good equipments and logistics required for your trip, things that many lower cost programs don’t facilitates with.
What is the policy on Leave No Trace?
We value and operate eco friendly trips and are highly committed to Leave No Trace. Our guides and staffs are well aware of their responsibility toward environment.
How much will I be spending on trail per day?
You won’t be spending much on trail as accommodation and 3 meals a day are included in your trip cost while booking with Annapurna Foothills. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000 - 3000) per day will be enough since you have to personally pay for items such as beverages, drinks, charging electronic devices, Wi-Fi, hot showers, souvenirs etc.
What happens in case of emergency or if I need to leave the trek beforehand?
Well, it depends upon the kinds of emergency you’re going through. If you have to leave the trip due to ill health or severe injury, we will arrange an emergency air rescue immediately which will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain search and rescue.
If you are able to walk down, one of the assistant guides will guide you down to a lower elevation where you can wait for the rest of the team or fly out to Kathmandu ahead of the group.
Even if you leave the trip beforehand, we are committed to pay the porters and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired. So, refunds for the unused days for your trip will not be given. We can provide something complementary depending upon the cases.
Do you also offer tailor - made departures?
Yes we do offer tailor made or private departures for Everest Base Camp. If our listed departure dates are not fitting your travel plans then we can organize a private or tailor made departures for you and your loved ones.
Can I hire only Guide and a Porter from you?
Yes, you can hire Trekking and Climbing Guide and Porter services from us. We can offer customizable services of Guides, Porters, Domestic Flights and Documentation for your trek.
What type of food can I expect on Everest Base Camp Trekking?
Foods during trekking can be one of your major highlights of the journey. You can get all sorts of food, from local to western dishes and the teahouses in this region provides menu to its guests where you can find wide varieties of dishes which are served fresh, warm and tastes delicious. And you don’t need to worry if you are vegan or allergic to gluten as we have the choice on menu. Basically you will have dinner and breakfast at the lodge where you stay overnight and lunch will be served on the way at the tea house.
What sort of accommodation shall I expect on this trek?
Everest Base Camp Trekking is a Tea House/ Lodge Trekking. Most of the tea houses will have twin sharing room for trekkers. Annapurna Foothills chooses tea houses which has clean, comfortable and warm rooms for our guests. It is very important to have a nice and warm room at the end of a long trekking day.
In the peak tourist season, it might be difficult to find a better accommodation due to the influx of large number of trekkers. So, if you’re planning to do the Everest Base Camp Trekking in peak seasons, let us know in advance so that we can confirm your stay in a comfortable way in the Himalaya of Nepal.
How do you deal with drinking water on Everest Base Camp Trekking?
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring water purification tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. We do not suggest drinking tap water for our guests. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water at tea houses. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
How big will be the group size?
We mainly focus on small and private groups. We take up to 12 trekkers in a group so that we can provide personal care and support to each of our members. If you have a group of more than 12 members, please contact us for amazing group discounts and customized services.
Is it safe to travel as a single women or girl?
Yes, it is totally safe to travel to Nepal and to do solo trekking as a single women or girl. We are more responsible in this aspect and we ensure all safety for solo women traveler. Upon request we can also arrange for a female trekking guide as well.
What about simple medication on the trek?
On the trek, our trekking guide will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own personal medical kit. Almost all medications required for trekking are available in Kathmandu for a fraction of the price you will pay overseas. Just get your doctor to make out a list and get them here before you leave for the trek either in Kathmandu or back home.
Do I really need a guide for EBC trek?
Well, it depends on your experiences, budget and time available. Some people go to Everest Base Camp without a licensed trekking guide and carry everything themselves as well. There are usually a lot of trekkers on Everest Base Camp Trekking trail so you would probably not be alone but easily could be as in harsh weather or in a medical emergency, you will be on your own. So consider your skill level carefully. We strongly suggest our guests to do the trek with professionals trekking guide and we believe our guides are highly experienced and for sure professionals making your safety their foremost priority.
Are there any ATMs en routes to Everest Base Camp? Can I use my credit cards there?
Although there are few ATMs available in places like Lukla and Namche Bazaar, ATMs might run out of cash or machines might not work promptly. Thus, we highly recommend getting your cash Nepalese Rupees from ATM machine or Money Exchange in Kathmandu before starting your trek.
In bigger villages like Lukla, Namche, Dingboche, Lobuche some tea houses will accept credit card payment. But not sure the payment will always be successful. We still suggest getting Nepalese Rupees from Kathmandu.
Is there Wi-Fi, hot shower, battery charger available during EBC trek?
Most of the tea Houses will have internet facility, hot shower, battery charger with a small amount of money. You can purchase internet recharge card to use internet at the tea house.
Do I need to join a group or can I do the trek solo?
There is no requirement to join a group or departure dates. We always try to be flexible with our trips for our guest’s convenience. We are open to changes on the trip details as long as the proposed itinerary or suggestions does not harm your own chances of acclimatization.
Private or Solo Trips is possible but a bit more expensive compared to joining a fixed date. We highly recommend hiring a reputable guide service for a safe and secure trekking experience. With Annapurna Foothills, there is absolutely nothing to worry about if you wish to do a private solo trip or join a departure date. We assign local professional guides, porter etc whom you could trust with your life as they are highly experienced and give first priority to your safety.
How long do I have to walk on an average per day on trek?
On average, a typical trekking day would be 5-6 hours long. The longest day can be up to 8-9 hours and 3-4 hours is the shortest day. It also depends on your walking pace. We usually start early so that you could reach the destination on time making sure that you’ve got enough time to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Khumbu region.
Can I along with my little children do the Everest Base Camp Trekking? Is there any age limit?
For sure, you can. As there’s a saying which quotes that, age is just a number and if you’re physically and mentally strong, well prepared, then there’s no age limit to do the Everest Base Camp Trekking. If you are trekking with your family members or need any special attention and requirements for the trip, we highly recommend you for scheduling a private trek with few extra days and make necessary arrangements for your convenience. The only requirement is to have good hiking/walking experiences previously.
How do I communicate with my family back in hometown when I’m on trek?
At most villages along the Everest Base Camp Trekking Trail, the tea houses will have internet facility. Most of the lodges will offer internet service. You need to purchase Internet Data Pack like recharge card EVERST LINK. You can also purchase Nepalese SIM cards (NCEL or NTC) but their coverage will be limited as we trek higher. And our climbing guide will also carry a satellite phone for emergencies with minimum cost.
What is the total walking distance of this trek approximately?
The total distance of the Classic Everest Base Camp Trekking for 16 Days is about 156 KM (97 miles) approximately including the short hiking’s which will be done in acclimatization days when you’re in Namche and in Dingbuche.
How long does it take?
Well, depending upon your interest and travel period, we can customize your trip to Everest Base Camp accordingly. Normally, the standard route will take 16 Days in total to complete the trek.
Is it true that the direct flights to Lukla have been re routed to Manthalli?
It is true that all the direct Kathmandu - Lukla flight operation has been re-routed to Manthali Airport. Is it done to avoid ATC (Air Traffic Congestion) which usually occurs during peak trekking seasons As per the Civil Aviation Association of Nepal (CAAN) decision, flights to and from Lukla airport will be operated from MANTHALI airport, Ramechhap. The Civil aviation association of Nepal (CAAN) has acquainted that there is rapid accession of traffic blockage at Kathmandu Airport and the Lukla sector is believed to be the busiest domestic flights sectors of Nepal. Flight to Lukla is one of the most occupied flights during the trekking season in Nepal and to avoid the traffic congestion and minimize the workload of TIA, they’ve drawn a conclusion i.e. all the flights to and from Lukla are rerouted from Kathmandu Airport to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap again.
In case of bad weather and our Lukla flights get cancelled or delayed, what are the possible alternatives that we will have?
If our domestic flights to or from Lukla get cancelled because of bad weather, we’ll have two major options;
- Reschedule your flight next day. Additional expenses like accommodation, food etc. need to be paid by guests.
- Other option will be a Helicopter flight which will be expensive compared to regular flights. Cost will depend upon availability, number of members and baggage weight.
Where am I supposed to leave the unwanted stuffs in Kathmandu when I’m on trek?
You can store the unwanted stuffs in the locker room at the hotel where you’ll be staying in Kathmandu. They’ll provide you a baggage tag which you’ve to keep it with you safely or you can hand over it to our guide. And after your return from trek to hotel, you can collect those stuffs by giving them the same baggage tag that they’d gave you previously.
Can I bring my medication with me?
Yes you can. But be sure to bring the prescription and its original container so that you don’t have to face any sort of hassle from custom inspection. We also suggest bringing personal first aid kit.
What is the luggage limit for porters?
Annapurna Foothills will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 25 kg of luggage (maximum 12 kg for each trekker). Porter are those staffs who not carry only your luggage but also lift your spirit to reach new heights and your affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.
What is your cancellation policy?
Regarding cancellation, if a guest voluntarily or involuntarily terminates/cancels the trip once the trip has started, no refund will be given for missed or unused services of the trip regardless of the reason i.e. sickness, or any other unfortunate events.
In case if any guests wish to cancel their trip prior to their departure for any reasons then a written application should be sent by the guests to us, two weeks prior to the trip starting date. If the cancellation is made beyond the time limit then USD 200 per person will be charged. As per our company policy, deposit amount is non- refundable and can be utilized with the timeframe of one year from the trip confirmation date.
Count me in for the trip. How do I book?
We’ll be happy to welcome you soon in Nepal and provide you our expert team to do the magnanimous Everest Base Camp Trekking in Himalaya of Nepal. Please get in touch with us asap.