• Duration:15 Nights 16 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Max. Altitude: 5545m
  • Group Size: 1 - 12
  • Activity: Hiking and Trekking
  • Pick Up: TIA Airport

About Everest Base Camp Trekking

Everest Base Camp Trek is a classic Himalayan trek that takes you to Mount Everest's foothills, the world's tallest mountain. This trek is a dream come true for many trekkers, and it offers stunning views of Everest and other nearby mountains like Lhotse and Nuptse.

One of the highlights of the trek is reaching Everest Base Camp itself. This is a significant accomplishment, and it's a fantastic feeling to stand at the base of this towering mountain. Another highlight is the nearby peak of Kala Patthar, which offers panoramic views of the Everest region. You can see the sun rise over Everest from Kala Patthar, an unforgettable sight.

In addition to the views of Everest, you'll also get to see a variety of other amazing scenery on this trek. The Khumbu Glacier is a massive glacier that flows down from Everest, and it's an impressive sight to see. You'll also pass through Sherpa villages, which offer a glimpse into the culture of these mountain people. Everest Base Camp Trek is a challenging trek, but it's also an incredibly rewarding one.

Everest Base Camp Trekking Route Overview

Our Classic Everest Base Camp Trekking begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small village in the Khumbu region of Nepal. From Lukla, the trail winds through beautiful rhododendron and magnolia forests, past Sherpa villages and monasteries, and up to the high-altitude settlements of Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche.

At each of these settlements, you will have the opportunity to acclimatize to the increasing altitude. This is important, as altitude sickness can be fatal. After Dingboche, the trek becomes more challenging, as you will hike above 5,000 meters. However, the views are also more spectacular, as you can see Mount Everest and other towering peaks up close.

The final destination of the trek is Everest Base Camp, located at an altitude of 5,364 meters. This is a truly fantastic place to visit, as you will be standing at the foot of the tallest mountain in the world. The Everest Base Camp Trek is challenging but rewarding. It is a great way to experience the beauty of the Himalayas and the culture of the Sherpa people. If you are looking for an adventure of a lifetime, the Everest Base Camp Trek is perfect.

After spending some time at Everest Base Camp (taking pictures, making videos, and enjoying the Khumbu Himalaya), we descend to Gorakshep. We hike to Kala Patthar (Black Rock) early next morning to witness the magical sunrise and the closest view of Mount Everest and Khumbu Glacier. The views will be breathtaking. We enjoy the views at Kala Patthar and capture the moments in pictures for lifetime memories. Afterwards, we retrace our steps all the way down to Lukla, mainly taking the same trail. Eventually, the high peaks that once dominated the region start disappearing behind the hills.

The Best Season for Everest Base Camp Trek

The best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). These months offer clear skies, sunny days, and stable weather, ideal trekking conditions. The views of the mountains are also spectacular during these seasons.

The summer months (June-August) are also famous for trekking to Everest Base Camp, but the weather can be more unpredictable. There is a higher chance of rain and fog during this time, which can obscure the views of the mountains.

The winter months (December-February) are the coldest time of year in the Everest region, but they can also be a great time to trek if you prepare appropriately. The trails are less crowded during this time, and you can see the mountains with fewer clouds.

Attention all adventurers!

We have a confirmed climber for Everest Base Camp Trek on November 5th, 2024!

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Iain Russell will be doing the Everest Base Camp Trek starting on November 05th, 2024. If you've dreamt of reaching EBC Trek and testing your limits, this is the opportunity you've been waiting for. This is your chance to join the challenge and conquer one of Nepal's most incredible Trek.

Calling all aspiring mountaineers!

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity! Contact us today and start planning your Everest Base Camp Trek.

Choose your own version of Everest Base Camp Trekking with your own style:

Customized Everest Base Camp Trekking - 14 Days

Tailor - Made package for those who wish to complete the entire trek in two weeks’ time.

Trip Cost: Starting from USD 1050 per person

Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking - 12 Days

Specially designed for those who have a tight time schedule or have already been to Nepal and want to escape the day tours in Kathmandu and would like to choose their own accommodation in Kathmandu and start the trek immediately.

Trip Cost Starting from USD 1190 per person 

Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Return Trek- 9 Days.

A combination of classic trekking to the foothills of the world’s highest mountain and returning back to Kathmandu on a Helicopter.

Trip Cost: Starting from USD 1895 per person 

Join Everest Base Camp Trekking - Autumn and Spring 2024 and 2025

We’ve added Everest Base Camp Trekking departure trek dates for Autumn, 2024 and Spring and Autumn, 2024. So, pick your preferable date and allow us to assist you to the foothills of the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest (8848.86m). Everest Base Camp Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our mentioned dates, then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. We have listed the price for up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for an amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Likewise, if you’re a Ma Traveler and you wish to get a departure date in any of the trekking categories, that is, in a group, or solo in a private trekking group, we can also manage that for you. Private Trips to Everest Base Camp are possible on any date/time of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with your loved ones. Single Trekkers (Solo Travelers) are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking. 

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trekking

  • Follow in the footsteps of legendary Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary to the iconic Everest Base Camp
  • Find yourself at the foothills of world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest (8848.86m) in amazement of its magnificence.
  • Witness the surreal sunrise over the mighty Mount Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse from Kalapatthar (5545m), Pardise for Photographers.
  • Acclimatize inNamche Bazaar: the beginning point and local hub for all Everest expeditions
  • Visit the beautiful monastery at Tengboche, probably the oldest monastery of Everest region with its strong spiritual connection.
  • Stand in awe as you’ll eye witness the magical mountains such as Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and other snowy giants en route.
  • Explore and experience the culture and lifestyle of local Sherpa people

 

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300 m/4,265 ft

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be staying before commencing the trip.

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Hotel

The Managing Director of our company will be there to meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your climbing equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it today. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla

We head to the domestic airport for our early morning flight to Lukla. From the twin otter plane, we will enjoy some amazing views of several of the world’s highest mountains including Cho Oyu, 8153m, Lhotse, 8516m, Gauri Shankar, 7145m, Menlungtse, 7181m, and Mount Everest. Because of Air Traffic Congestion (ATC), direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is only operated in off seasons (December - February, June - August. Usually, it takes around 40 minutes to reach Lukla.

Flying from Manthali to Lukla

Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the busiest time in Everest region because of which Lukla airport gets congested. So, during these months, all the flights to Lukla are re-routed from Manthali. Drive to Manthali from Kathmandu is somewhat 5-6 hours. Accordingly, leave for Manthali at 1:45 a.m. (approx.) on tourist vehicle. By doing so, will reach Manthali on time to catch our flight to Lukla. From Manthali, it takes around 15- 20 minutes (depending upon weather condition) to reach Lukla.

 Helicopter Option

Flying in helicopter is a unique experience that adds a touch of luxury to your journey, allowing you to enjoy the pristine beauty of Khumbu Himalaya in style. You can book your spot for a direct helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla for an additional USD 300 Dollar per Person. Do note that the price is quoted on a sharing basis of 5 people.

At Lukla, our support crew will be waiting to welcome us. After distributing our luggage among the strong Sherpa porters who will so cheerfully carry our burdens for the trip, we set out downhill into the Dudh Koshi (milk river) Valley. The trails in these parts reflect the large roll Tibetan Buddhism plays in the lives of the Sherpa people. There are many mani stones, which are large stones with Tibetan prayers chiseled into them, all along the trails. You will soon become familiar with the customary way of passing chortens, mani stones, and prayer wheels in a clockwise direction. We reach Phakdingma,  a small village beside the Dudh Kosi River. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

Today will be one of the hardest days of the trek. So, we take it slowly, giving our body a chance to acclimatize and our senses a chance to take in the sights into the heart of Khumbu. From Phakding, the trail follows Dudh Koshi valley north for 2-3 hours to Monjo, the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. There is a good view of Thamserku, 6608m. We follow the river to the Hillary Bridge, a fantastic suspension bridge that spans the deep chasm over the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi. From here, it is a tough climb to Namche. The trail continues to climb through pine forest. About half way up there, is a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt. Everest rising majestically from behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse.

Namche is a beautiful village in itself with colorful houses and lodges and prayer flags, and the setting is majestic as it is spread on the steep sides of a horse-shoe shaped valley facing the beautiful Kongde Ri Peak. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

If we are acclimatizing well, we will want to walk up a hill for spectacular viewpoint where we can see all the way up the Imja Khola Valley to where the glacial moraine begins below the towering Mt Everest, 8848 m. Other spectacular peaks vosoble from here are Taweche, 6542m, Thamserku, 6808m, Kantega, 6685 m, Ama Dablam, 6856m, Nuptse, 7896m and Lhotse, 8511m. Besides, the great bazaar with a wonderful variety of shops to visit, today gives us a chance to visit the Sherpa Cultural Centre which has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. There is also the option of a day walk to the pretty village of Khumjung where Sir Edmund Hillary built his “Schoolhouse in the Clouds” and the famed Khunde hospital. We can see the “scalp of a yeti” at Khumjung monastery.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

Today, we follow the Classic Everest Base Camp trail and enjoy one of the most scenic days of our trek. We start with a short, steep climb out of Namche up to a ridge which meanders above the Imja Khola. As we hike along, we get spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and also the beautiful Ama Dablam. We descend through rhododendron forest to Phunki Tenga near the Dudh Kosi where we will have our lunch. A suspension bridge takes us across the river and we start an ascent of about 1 hr through pine and rhododendron forest. We will likely spot some wildlife such as Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer and pheasants while passing through the forests. The trail becomes less steep after leaving the forest. We climb for another 1.5 hours through grassy meadow to reach the Tengboche monastery on the crest of a long ridge which stretches to the summit of Kantega. Sir Edmund Hillary helped to re-build this famous monastery after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. From Tengboche, the views of the Everest massif as well as all the other major peaks of the area will be totally spellbinding.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

The trail descends through a beautiful forest then crosses the Imja Khola (river) and passes through the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures where the yak graze, to Dingboche, 4400m which is the second place to stop and acclimatize. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

A second acclimatization day with optional hikes to Nagarjun Hill or Chukung village, with fine views of Ama Dablam, Makalu and other peaks, interspersed with lakes and glaciers. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

We continue our trek through the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier to Dugla. The trail switchbacks through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb, you'll see many stone cairns built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt. Everest. We continue to climb to Lobuche, 4910 m, from where you will see the awesome Mt. Pumori Peak, 7220 m closely.

NOTE: Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. To prevent altitude sickness, a good rest and plenty of water is necessary. You will crave some Chocolates or Snickers at this point. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

Today, we trek on past Gorak Shep (5130 m) to reach Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,598 ft). After celebrating our efforts and photographing this achievement, we return back to Gorak Shep.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

An early morning climb will take us to our destination peak, Kala Pattar, following the Khumbu Glacier. From Kala Pattar, we will see the sunrise and enjoy superb views of the surrounding mountains. We descend for lunch at Lobuche and continue our hike down to Pheruche. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

Gradually, we again pass through Pangboche village, the same trail we used on the way up. The trail leads down to a river. After crossing the river, we walk for an hour up through the forest and reach Tengboche. After taking a good break there, we'll walk continuously to Namche. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath toward Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla footpath leads us back to the first villages we visited two weeks ago: Gumila, Phakdingma, and Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa guides and porters and a good chance to sample some chhyang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences. The staff will be hoping for some precious and well deserved tips. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

Flying from Lukla to Kathmandu

During off season in Nepal which refers to months like December - February, June – August so travelers can enjoy direct flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. It approximately takes 40 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Lukla on a flight. From domestic airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle.

Flying from Lukla to Manthali

The flight from Lukla to Manthali is takes approximately 20 minutes. Afterwards, we drive back to Kathmandu from Manthali which usually takes 5-6 hours (hours may differ depending on traffic condition). Expect to fly from Lukla to Manthali on peak seasons: Spring (March –May) & autumn (September – November). Upon reaching Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to your hotel on a shared tourist vehicle.

 Helicopter Option

Flying in helicopter is a unique experience that adds a touch of luxury to your journey, allowing you to enjoy the pristine beauty of Khumbu Himalaya in style. You can book your spot for a direct helicopter flight from Lukla to Kathmandu for an additional USD 300 Dollar per Person. Do note that the price is quoted on a sharing basis of 5 people.

 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight.

  • Breakfast

Trip Map

Everest Base Camp Trekking map

What's Included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu: Four nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) on Twin sharing
  • Accommodation during Trek: local lodges 11 nights (With twin-share rooms, beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • All standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill's T-shirt
  • Energy Supplies: Snickers, Mars, Bounty etc. 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
  • Excess baggage charge(s) in Domestic Flights.
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (drinks, mineral water, boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

 

 

Departure Dates

FromToStatusPrice  
Start Date03 Sep, 2024End Date18 Sep, 2024AvailableUS$ 1550
Start Date10 Sep, 2024End Date25 Sep, 2024AvailableUS$ 1550
Start Date24 Sep, 2024End Date09 Oct, 2024AvailableUS$ 1550

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 


 

 

Useful Info

Cultural Perspective of Everest Base Camp Trekking

Everest Base Camp Trekking holds symbolic cultural perspectives due to its location, which the Sherpa people primarily inhabit. The Sherpas have a rich cultural heritage deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhism and mountaineering traditions:

Sherpa Culture: The Sherpa people are celebrated for their mountaineering skills and have been contributing to supporting numerous climbing expeditions in the Himalayas. Their culture highlights a harmonious relationship with nature and a deep respect for the mountains, which they consider sacred. Trekking to Everest Base Camp provides an opportunity to interact and relate with Sherpa guides, porters, and local communities, allowing climbers to gain perceptions of their unique way of life, traditions, and spiritual practices.

Religious Significance: Everest Base Camp trekking often involves passing through villages with monasteries and chortens (Buddhist shrines). Many trekkers, climbers and Sherpas participate in rituals and offer prayers for safe passage and good fortune before embarking on their treks & climbs. The spiritual aspect of the journey adds an insightful cultural element to the experience.

Sherpa Hospitality: Sherpas are known for their warm hospitality and welcoming nature. During Everest Base Camp Trekking, trekkers can stay in tea houses and lodges operated by Sherpa families. This allows for cultural exchange, as climbers can participate in conversations, share meals, and experience the Sherpa way of life.

Traditional Attire and Cuisine: During Everest Base Camp trekking, travelers may notice Sherpas dressed in their traditional attire, including distinctive clothing, jewelry, and headwear. Traditional Sherpa cuisine, such as Thukpa (noodle soup), momo (dumplings), etc., is often served in tea houses and lodges along the trekking route. Exploring these culinary traditions provides a cultural engagement experience.

Permits required for Everest Base Camp Trekking

Permits required for Everest Base Camp trekking are listed below:

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit

These two permits are mandatory for you to do the Everest Base Camp Trekking in the Khumbu region. Everest Region has established a new permission system as a result of decentralization. Accordingly, TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) Card will no longer be required. The purpose of charging an entrance fee for travelers is to maintain and sustain the innate nature surrounding Khumbu Himalaya and preserve the future of this region.

A Typical Day on Everest Base Camp Trek

Along the popular trekking trails in the Everest region, we spend our nights in Tea Houses / Lodges. Most of the teahouses in Everest region are run by Sherpa families with a pleasant smile at all times, making you feel at home away from home. They will provide modest rooms for staying overnight at their Tea Houses. Food will be delicious with a wide variety of items in lower elevations. And as you trek higher, the choices on the menu will be limited, but the food will be fresh, warm and eye appealing. During trekking, you will have dinner and breakfast at the lodge, where you will stay overnight, and lunch will be on the way with simpler menus.

We'll follow the same daily routine on a typical Everest Base Camp trekking day. (Apart from exceptions like acclimatisation days). First, we have breakfast at the same teahouse where we stayed overnight and packed our stuff, and we're all set to go. Keep your backpack as light as possible and carry the things you'll need for a day. Usually, we walk around 6-7 hours a day and stop at the destination, which means we will reach the Tea houses where we will be staying in the afternoon (mostly). We'll have our lunch at Tea Houses along the trail. We cover almost 75% of walking for the day before lunch to make the hike after lunch more effortless and more convenient.

Is Everest Base Camp Trekking the right pick for you?

Everest Base Camp, at an elevation of 5364 meters, is absolutely achievable with proper acclimatization and a positive mindset. That said, we've designed the itinerary accordingly, allowing your body to acclimate and cope with the Himalayan surrounding. We begin our hike to EBC from Lukla (2860m). We'll have eight days to reach the EBC gaining 2504 meters in total, which is very much doable. If you are in good shape and have a multi-day hiking experience, Everest Base Camp trekking is your ultimate pick in Nepal Himalayas.

Everest Base Camp Trekking Difficulty Level

Everest Base Camp Trekking is very doable for every enthusiast trekker who dreams of eye witnessing the world's tallest mountains, including Mount Everest (8848.86m) itself, even if it's their first time in the Himalayas of Nepal. Make sure to do adequate homework (physical fitness & training programs) before ticking off the Everest Base Camp Trekking from your Bucket list. The trip grade is moderately challenging, but one with enough hiking/walking experience 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.

Preparing yourself for Everest Base Camp Trekking

Physical Preparation

Strategic preparation for your Everest Base Camp Trekking is a must. If you've previous experience trekking in high altitudes, you'll have an idea (more or less) of how to prepare yourself for Everest Base Camp Trekking. And if you're a novice trekker willing to do the Everest Base Camp, you can prepare by staying in good shape. To be in good condition for your EBC trek, we highly suggest you do some training (cardiovascular workouts, improving physical endurance, weight training, and multi-day hiking) at least four months before your Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal. For further information, you can study the weather, temperature and watch videos of people who've done the Everest Base Camp trekking before.

Mental Preparation

Preparing yourself mentally plays a vital role in achieving the goal (reaching Everest Base Camp) you've set. You must be mentally prepared to hike for more than a few days in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Why Everest Base Camp Trekking with Annapurna Foothills?

"Leave Nothing but Footprints, Take Nothing but Timeless memories."

Not just because we are a Nepal-based local operator, but our Sherpa Trekking Guides are highly experienced, competent, and professional, and all of them have led groups in various parts of the Himalayas of Nepal. As much as we want you to eyewitness the magical Mountains surrounding you from all sides, we also want to confirm that its wonderful magnificence is well preserved and protected for travelers travelling to Nepal in the near future. We take great pride in being an eco-friendly trekking company. We focus on safety, quality and value for money by providing good equipment and logistics required for your trip, things that many lower-cost programs need to facilitate.

Travel Insurance is a Must !!

We, the Annapurna Foothills, strongly recommend our valuable guests doing treks at high altitudes, Peak climbing, etc., have sufficient insurance coverage. Make sure you have precise travel insurance before you leave home. Travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability, and medical treatment is recommended. Helicopter evacuation is our final emergency option, and we do recommend you have one in your insurance, as it is the only means of transport in the Nepal Himalayas.

The insurance must cover all the activities you will undertake during your stay in Nepal. There is a specific procedure to follow whilst calling for emergency evacuation. First, we will contact the insurance company hotline and get approval with your insurance, and only then helicopters are sent to the concerned call location. We can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Last Minute Booking with Annapurna Foothills

We understand there is always time to plan for a holiday which is why we accept last-minute bookings. It is best to reserve your spot for Nepal Trip ahead of time. Still, at Annapurna Foothills, we provide a precise service for last-minute bookings. Make sure you land in Kathmandu at least one day before our Classic Everest Base Camp Trekking starts. Feel free to contact us anytime and let us know your thoughts, queries or suggestions about your Nepal trip, and we'll customize your trip based on your preference and requirements.

Tipping Culture in Nepal

Tipping is a common practice in the trekking and climbing industry to show appreciation for the services provided by Guides and porters. It is essential to acknowledge their hard work, dedication, and assistance throughout your Everest Base Camp Trekking. The amount you tip is totally up to you, and it may be more or less based on your impression of service quality, the length of your trip, your budget, and your appreciation for their efforts. However, we recommend tipping at least 10% of your Total Trip Cost. Also, on a Tea house or Lodge trek, it is common to see a box for tips. It is a nice gesture to leave a tip to show appreciation for their service.

Things to Pack- Get the Right Gear for Everest Base Camp Trekking

A strategic way of packing will be keeping in mind that your stuff will be packed in two bags. One will be the daypack that you carry every day on your trek. Pack your daypack as lightly as possible by carrying only the essentials to relish your moments in the wilderness freely. Pack anything you may need each day during your hike in your daypack. Another bag will be your duffle bag carried by your Porter from the beginning of your trek till the end.

Here is the complete packing checklist for Everest Base Camp Trekking or any other similar teahouse trekking in the captivating Himalayas of Nepal.

Upper Body:

  • Warm beanie hat
  • Tubular Headwear (buff)
  • Sun Hat or Cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  • Polarized Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp (Black Diamond / Petzl) with spare batteries
  • Sunscreen with a factor of 50+
  • Upper Body (Core body):
  • 3 Light and trekking weight thermal tops
  • 3 T-shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  • 1 Down Jacket

Lower Body:

  • 2 Thermal base layers (merino or Polartec power dry)
  • 2 Pairs of trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 Heavyweight hiking trousers (windproof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  • 1 Waterproof/ Rain pants
  • 1 Fleece Pants
  • 4 Underwear (merino)

Hands:

1 Lightweight gloves or liner gloves

1 Pair of shell gloves (Gore-Tex)

Feet:

  • 3 Warm Trekking socks (smart wool)
  • 3 Pairs of liner socks
  • 2 Pairs of thick/ warm socks
  • 2 Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  • Trekking Boots (waterproof, ankle support with rigid sole)
  • Lightweight Rubber Shoes / Trainers / Trail Runner to wear at the Tea Houses

Accessories:

  • 1 Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 40 - 50 Liters
  • 2 Water bottles or camel bags, 1 litre (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • Large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • A pair of adjustable Trekking Pole
  • Camera with extra battery
  • Sleeping bag (- 15 C depending upon trips)
  • Sleeping Bag liner
  • Ear Plugs
  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Smart Trekking Watch

Personal First Aid Kit:

Please do note that our trekking guides, too, will be carrying the first aid kit with them, especially for the guests and the entire team as a whole. Still, we suggest the following items to be carried with you while trekking in the Himalaya of Nepal.

  • Personal Medication
  • Diarrhea Stopper (e.g. Imodium)
  • Paracetamol Tablets
  • Small Swiss Army knife (which has a knife, scissors and tweezers)
  • Diamox for altitude (consult your doctor about this)
  • Water Purification tablets or drops
  • Blister kit / Zinc Tape
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Dressing Gauze
  • Antibiotic Cream

FAQs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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