Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek- 12 Days

Everest Base Camp Trek is a one of the life’s wonders that you wish to do at least once in your life. The trek to the foothills of world’s highest mountain is a magical experience in the Himalaya of Nepal. The sole idea of reaching the base camp of Mount Everest is enough to attract travelers and hikers across the world to visit this destination. What comes in between is the journey through the Sherpa villages, monasteries, and the beautiful mountains following you throughout the journey.

The Trip is designed to complete the whole trek within less than 2 weeks. If you have tight time schedule, or already been to Nepal, want to escape the day tours in Kathmandu and would like to choose your own accommodation, and start the trek immediately then the Rapid Everest Base Camp 12 Days is for you.

The classic trek starts with a scenic flight to the Sherpa town of Lukla, gateway to the Khumbu region of Nepal. Gentle walk to the village of Phakding. Next day starts with the hike to Namche Bazzar, passing through the village such as Monjo, Jorsale etc. There will be two acclimatization days, one at Namche and another at Dingboche. The trail follows the village of Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep before reaching the amazing Everest Base Camp. The hike and view from Kala Patthar 5545 m is one of the major highlights of this trek. Not just the highest mountain views, this adventurous trip offers a combination of nature, changing landscapes, culture, insight into Sherpa people and community and the nicest trekking trails in the Himalaya of Nepal. 

Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • Everest Base Camp in less than 2 weeks
  • The mighty Himalayan Views
  • Sherpa culture and people
  • Amazing landscapes 
  • Hike and view from Kala Patthar 
  • Base Camp of world's highest mountain 
  • Well maintained trekking trails 

Day 1 : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2,610m/8,562ft / Dist: 8 km/ 4 hrs

Day 2 : Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,441 m/11,289ft Dist: 11 km/ 6-7 hrs

Day 3 : Acclimatization day- Hiking around Khumjung 3,790 m/12,434ft Dist: 4 km/ 3-4 hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Tengbuche,3,864 m/12,677 ft Dist: 11 km/5-6 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Dingbuche, 4,400 m/14,435 ft Dist: 10 km 5 hrs

Day 6 : Acclimatization Day- Hiking Chhkung valley or Nagerjun 4,850 m/15,912 ft Dist: 4-5 km/ 3-4 hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Lobuche,4,915 m/ 16,125ft Dist: 11 km/ 6 hrs

Day 8 : Trek to Gorak Shep (Day hike Everest Base Camp ) 5,130m/16,830ft Dist: 12 km/ 8 hrs

Day 9 : Ascent to Kala Pattar 5545 m/ 18,192 ft & descent to Pheruche 4,371 m/ 14,340 ft Dist: 15 km/ 7 hrs

Day 10 : Trek to Namche 3,441 m/11,289 ft Dist: 18 km/ 6-7 hrs

Day 11 : Trek to Lukla, 2,860 m 9,380 ft Dist: 19 km/6-7 hrs

Day 12 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu 1,300 m/4,265 ft 45 minute in the flight

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
28 November, 2019 09 December, 2019 US $1195 per person Guaranteed
11 December, 2019 22 December, 2019 US $1195 per person Guaranteed
18 December, 2019 29 December, 2019 US $1195 per person Guaranteed
25 December, 2019 05 January, 2020 US $1195 per person Guaranteed

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport for Lukla Flights 
  • Accommodation during trek ; local lodges  Eleven nights (11 breakfasts, 11  lunches, 11 dinners, and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)
  • 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 Tshirt 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes  

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Excess Baggage charge for Kathmandu -Lukla - Kathmandu flights 
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, desserts, hot and cold showers
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water and beer).

Everest Base Camp Trek Equipment and Packing List

This list is only our suggestion Everest Base Camp Trek. You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip.  Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.

Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu.   Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.   

Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients.  The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg.  That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs).  You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail. 

Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.

Clothing

It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.

Upper Body

  • 2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  • 3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  • 1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec powerstretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  • 1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  • 1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  • 1-Down parka with hood

Lower Body

  • 2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  • 1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  • 1-Light weight hiking trousers
  • 1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  • 1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  • Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  • *Under Garments

 

Feet

  • 4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  • 4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  • 2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  • *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  • *Spare laces for hiking boots
  • Snow Gaiters (optional)
  • Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)

Hands

  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Head

  • Warm beanie hat
  • Tubular Headwear (buff)
  • Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •  Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection

Accessories:

  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 20’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries

Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items):  

  • *personal medication
  •  Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  • Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  • Rehydration salt sachets
  • Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •  *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  • Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  • Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze 
  • Antibiotic cream 
  • 10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory)
  • 4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  • throat lozenges
  • Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  • Small whistle
  • Diamox (consult your doctor about this)

 

Toiletries/hygiene:

  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)

Extras/Luxuries:

  • *Lightweight reading material, journal
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  • *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  • *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  • A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter

Best Season for the Everest Base Camp Trek 

The best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek are from September to December and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views. The summer months from June to August are also beautiful, but the trek can be affected by the monsoon rains.

 

EBC is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package.   Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

 

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people.  In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to ‘god’, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn.  You will be made very welcome!  

Meals on the EBC Trek

Three meals a day are included during your Everest Base Camp Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.

Drinking Water on Everest Base Camp Trek  

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. 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.

Fitness/Health on the EBC Trek

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize. 


Local Customs You Should Know About on Classic Everest Base Camp Trek 

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.


Travel Insurance for Everest Base Camp Trek 

Annapurna Foothills Treks strongly recommends you have sufficient insurance coverage to you go into this remote area.Travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability,medical treatment is recommended.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 medical response based on your policy.

 

Flight Delay/Cancellation

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting.  In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.  

If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 12 Days

Price : US $1195 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Max. Altitude:5545m

Maximum Group Size:15 Trekkers

Activities:Hiking, Trekking

Transportation:Private Vehicles, Domestic Flights

Best Season:March - May and September- December

Permits:Sagarmatha National Park Fee, Local Fee

Domestic Airfare included:Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu

Accommodation during Trek:Local Tea House 11 Nights ( 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms

Supporter:Guide and porter

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