Everest Base Camp Trek

Duration: 16 DAYS

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Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp Trek is filled with amazing experiences. The views of many Himalayan peaks of the Khumbu region can be seen while trekking. Furthermore, exotic Sherpa Culture of Nepal is also an integral part of the trekking journey. The trekking trail coruscates through amazing mountainous landscape. It is one of the most exhilarating journeys on Earth. Join the path to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain peak. It was first ascended by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa back in 1953. Since then, it has gained tremendous amount of popularity. Go through the very heart of the Khumbu and enjoy many attractive features of the region. A wonderful trekking experience is a guarantee. Hence, there isn’t anything like the thrill the journey provides.

The Everest Base Camp Trek is Moderate

The 16-Days Everest Base Camp Trek is designed carefully. There is sufficient time for acclimatization. The trekkers and traveler’s comfort, pleasantness and safety are kept in mind. It is a moderate journey suitable for average people. No previous experience is required for this. Similarly, people who are moderately fit can do the trek. Some physical fitness programs like running, swimming and hiking are recommended to prepare for the journey. Moreover, the trek includes an average of 5 to 6 hours of hiking per day. As a matter of fact, approximately 10 to 11 kilometers of distance will be covered each day during trekking.

Unique Sherpa Culture and Tradition

The Khumbu region is a prime Sherpa settlement of Nepal. Therefore, famous Sherpa villages and settlements will be visited throughout the journey. Most of all, villages like Phakding, Monjo, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche and Gorakshep are some famous prominent villages of the trek. Close observation of unique Sherpa culture and tradition can be done. The most noteworthy aspect- the journey is filled with amazing showcases of ethnic culture and practices the likes of which is not found anywhere else in the world.

Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights

Since it is incorporated with the best highlights of the Everest region, it is quite thrilling. It starts with a cultural tour of the Kathmandu City. First of all, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu city are visited. And then the trekking journey commences. Fly to Lukla and enjoy a dramatic short flight. Since the Lukla airport is located atop a wide hill and surrounded by green hummocks, the flight there is quite spectacular!

Furthermore, the Everest Base Camp Trek also includes attributes like a visit to Kalapatthar. It is one of the most famous vantage points of the region. The entire panorama of the Mount Everest massif can be seen from here. In addition, the Everest View Hotel- the highest located hotel in the world listed in the Guinness Book of World Records is also included. Another highlight is the pious Tengboche Monastery- the spiritual centre of the Khumbu. The Sagarmatha National Park is also especially relevant. It is a UNESCO listed natural World Heritage Site.

Moreover, the Khumbu glacier and Icefall are also part of the journey. It is the highest located glacier on the planet. The Khumbu is also graced with one of the tallest mountain range on Earth. The tapestry of cerulean Himalayas blesses the region. The range contains prominent peaks like Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Tawache among others. The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most beautiful trekking experiences in the country.

The trail is also ornamented with rhododendron trees. The woodlands are home to many endangered species of animals. Himalayan Thars, the Musk Deer, Snow Leopards and Impeyan Pheasants have their home in the forests. You can catch rare glimpses of these animals while trekking.

Trek along the white rivers of the Imja and the Dudh Koshi. Enjoy Namche Bazaar- the Gateway to the high Himalayas. It is vibrant and has a lively atmosphere as you make your way to the base camp. Revel in the ever-changing terrains. The path moves from pasturelands and farms in the lower elevations, while snowy terrains and rocky landscapes are at the higher elevations. The breath-taking Himalayan culture of the people is blended beautifully with the natural landscape.

Watch our video of the exciting Everest Base Camp Trekking that provides more idea and information of what the trekking journey feels like!   

You can also opt for our Everest Base Camp Short Trek if you have less time to spend here. You can expect the best services throughout the journey. There are no problems and easy flexibility is available along with absolute conveniences. Enjoy the most memorable journey of a lifetime.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Day 02 : Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and Preparation for the Trek
  • Day 03 : Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft (Walking Distance: 8 KM) Duration: 3 hours
  • Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) (Walking Distance: 10-12 KM) Duration: 6 hours
  • Day 05 : Acclimatization Day - Hike to Everest View Hotel (Walking Distance: 3-4 KM) Duration: 3-4 Hours
  • Day 06 : Namche to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) (Walking Distance: 10-11 KM) Duration: 5 Hours
  • Day 07 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) (Walking Distance: 11-12 KM) Duration: 5 Hours
  • Day 08 : Acclimatization Day - Hike to Nagerjun and return (Walking Distance: 5-6 KM) Duration: 4-5 Hours
  • Day 09 : Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) (Walking Distance.: 11-12 KM) Duration: 5 Hours
  • Day 10 : Lobuche - Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) - Gorekshep (Distance: 14-15 KM) 8 Hours
  • Day 11 : Gorakshep - Kala Pathar (5545m/18188ft) - Pheriche (4210m) (Distance: 13-14 KM) 7 Hours
  • Day 12 : Pheriche to Namche (3440m/11283ft) (Walking Distance: 14-15 KM)Duration: 7 Hours
  • Day 13 : Namche to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) (Walking Distance: 18-19 KM) Duration: 7 Hours
  • Day 14 : Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Day 15 : Reserve day in Kathmandu
  • Day 16 : Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transport in a private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours, including all entry fees, tour guide and private transportation
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. Private bathrooms with hot showers are provided at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medicine kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Soft drinks including water
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot showers during the trek except when in Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • WiFi internet and phone call unless its free.
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu

You may arrive at Kathmandu at any time. You will be welcomed by one of our airport representative. He will help you get transferred to your hotel. Further details about the plans and programs will also be provided. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 - Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and Preparation for the Trek

The Kathmandu valley has one of the densest concentrations of heritage sites. The Kathmandu city alone holds four heritage sites that are listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List. The tour will start late in the morning and you will visit the heritage sites of the city that includes the Temple of Pashupatinath, the Bouddhanath Stupa, the Swayambhunath Temple and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. All of these sites are revered by the people of the city and the religious places are held in high regards by the Hindu and the Buddhist people. The Durbar Square of Kathmandu holds many old palaces, buildings, temples and statues from medieval times. The buildings are built in unique Nepali architecture and contain amazing wood-crafting, stone masonry, metal works and intricate carvings done on their doors and windows. Pashupatinath is considered the most sacred temple of Lord Shiva and the cremation ceremony of the Hindus can be seen along the Bagmati’s river bank. Bouddhanath is the largest Buddhist Mandala in the world and the Swayambhunath- located atop a hill, is a temple sacred to both the Hindu and the Buddhist people. The heritage sites provide good insight into Nepal’s history and it’s past. They are great carriers of the country’s cultural and religious tenor. After the tour, you will return back to the hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 03 - Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft (Walking Distance: 8 KM) Duration: 3 hours

From Kathmandu, a flight to Lukla commences the trek. The Lukla flight is one of the most dramatic short flights in the world. The Lukla Airport itself is located on a hill and contains a single runway that drops off towards its end to the deep gaping valley below. Surrounded by tall mountains and jaded hills, the airstrip at Lukla is quite fascinating and the flight is deemed as a little thrilling adventure in itself. Upon arriving at Lukla, the change in the scenery is immediately felt. The mountainous landscape becomes quite prominent and the air carries a crisp freshness to it that only Himalayan atmosphere carries. From Lukla, the trekking trail slowly moves towards the Cheplung Village. View of the sacred Mount Khumbila from the village at Cheplung is beautiful. From there, a gradual walk downwards leads to the village of Phakding. The terrain is amazing and tall hills surround the trail like giant mounds of emeralds. From Phakding, the sight of the Kusum Kangraru Mountain can be seen. The village of Phakding lies in the Dudh Koshi River valley north of Lukla and contains many guesthouses and lodges that cater to tourism and trekkers. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 04 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) (Walking Distance: 10-12 KM) Duration: 6 hours

After breakfast at Phakding, the trail further opens out to reach the celebrated mountain town of Namche Bazaar. En route to Namche, several smaller villages are crossed, like Jorsale and Monjo. Monjo lies north of Phakding and is the entry point of the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail ventures through the national park and finally arrives at Namche. Walking along the trekking route through the Sagarmatha National Park presents many virtues, like its alpine woods, small rivers and brooks and deciduous forests. Thick acreages of Pine and Cedar cover the lands and provide a pleasant atmosphere to trek through. Namche Bazaar, because of its strategic location, is the commercial hub of the Khumbu region. It is located on a mountain side and views of the Thamserku Peak and the Kongdi RI Himal from here are amazing. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 05 - Acclimatization Day - Hike to Everest View Hotel (Walking Distance: 3-4 KM) Duration: 3-4 Hours

Namche is a great place to acclimatize. The sights around Namche are spectacular and beautiful. After breakfast, you can visit the Syangboche Airstrip that lies on a hill above the town. From here, you can get panoramic view of Namche and can see amazing sights of the Himalayas as well. Further from Namche lies the Everest View Hotel. The hotel is the highest located hotel in the world and provides view of Mount Everest and many other Himalayan peaks from all of its windows. Back at Namche, you can visit the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum as well. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 06 - Namche to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) (Walking Distance: 10-11 KM) Duration: 5 Hours

An easy trail from Namche opens out towards the Dudh Koshi Valley at the settlement of Phungki Thanka. From the settlement, the views of Mount Everest are magnificent. Following the trail that marches along the right side of the Dudh Koshi River, the village of Tengboche is reached. The journey from Namche to Tengboche is filled with amazing natural scenery of rivers, hills and Himalayan peaks. The village of Tengboche is located at the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja Khola Rivers and is surrounded by tall hills that are covered in rhododendron trees. The village is also famous for Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery of the Khumbu region. The monastery is a hamlet from where the sight of Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Everest and numerous other peaks are beautiful to look at. The Tengboche Monastery is also regarded as the spiritual hub of the Khumbu region and is surrounded by forests that are inhabited by Impeyan Pheasants and eagles. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 07 - Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) (Walking Distance: 11-12 KM) Duration: 5 Hours

The trekking trail crosses the Imja River via a suspension bride and moves towards the village of Dingboche. Along the way, the village of Pangboche is passed. Dingboche is called the “Summer Valley” of the Khumbu and contains a kilometer long wall built to protect the village’s crops from the cold winds that descends down the Imja Valley. Dingboche, as the name reflects, receives more sun too. Graceful views of Lhotse, the Ama Dablam and the Island Peak from Dingboche are quite amazing. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 08 - Acclimatization Day - Hike to Nagerjun and return (Walking Distance: 5-6 KM) Duration: 4-5 Hours

Dingboche is also a great village for acclimatizing. A hike to Nagerjun is a great way to spend time at Dingboche. Nagerjun is located at the height of 5100 meters and lies just above Dingboche on a hill at the edges of the Chhukung valley. The hike is uphill and steep, and requires a bit of a strenuous energy. Walking for approximately 3-4 hours, we will reach Nagerjun from where marvelous panorama of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Kangtega (6685m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), and the Ama Dablam (6856m) can be seen. If you are lucky, you can also spot stunning sights of Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth tallest peak on a clear day. The view of the Pheriche Valley from here is also splendid. Returning back to Dingboche is also very beautiful. After finishing our lunch, we can take a rejuvenating sunbath and relax at the village. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 09 - Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) (Walking Distance.: 11-12 KM) Duration: 5 Hours

Making our way to Dhungla from Dingboche, you will come across the Trekkers Aid Post- situated at Pheriche (4210m). It is run by the Western Volunteer Doctors and assisted by The Himalayan Rescue Association. The aid post helps in the treatment of trekkers. The Chupki Lhara is then reached. It is a rock-strewn oblique from where sight of magisterial mountains can be seen. The path follows further down to the Khumbu Glacier moraine from there. The views of mountain peaks like Khumbutse, the Mahalangur Himal, Lingtren and the Pumori from the moraine are amazing. Mount Nuptse also looms up ahead once the glacier pass is crossed. We shall then check into our guesthouse at Lobuche for the night. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 10 - Lobuche - Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) - Gorekshep (Distance: 14-15 KM) 8 Hours

An anticipated day of the trip, it will commence with a slow walk. Avoiding altitude sickness, a slow walk further on from Lobuche runs alongside the sight of the world’s highest glacier- the Khumbu Glacier, to the right. Walking for about 2-3 hours from Lobuche, we will get to Gorakshep (5181m/16994ft), a tranquil location dotted with some lodges. From here, the path moves all the way to the top of the edge, finally arriving at the Everest Base Camp. Here, the sight of the Khumbu Icefall and the view of the Khumbutse and Lingtren mountains are quite heavenly. After spending some time at the base camp enjoying the sights and the environment, we shall return back to Gorakshep. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 11 - Gorakshep - Kala Pathar (5545m/18188ft) - Pheriche (4210m) (Distance: 13-14 KM) 7 Hours

An early morning hike to Kalapatthar from Gorakshep is another highlight of the trip. Kalapatthar is a famous vantage point popular for providing panoramic views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Chagatse, Lhotse and the Pumori among many other peaks. Hike to Kalapatthar is done early at dawn because the sight of the rising sun seen from the vantage point is absolutely amazing. The sun rises from amidst the Mount Everest Mountains and it changes the color of the mountains from silver to gold. After spending time at Kalapatthar, we will return to Gorakshep and walk down to Pheriche. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 12 - Pheriche to Namche (3440m/11283ft) (Walking Distance: 14-15 KM)Duration: 7 Hours

The trail follows the Imja River again all the way to Tengboche. From Tengboche, we will move down towards Phungki Thanka, pass the Kyangjuma and reach Namche. It is a relaxing hike back and the sight of the landscape and the Himalayas can be enjoyed pleasantly. The villages are also lively with people and you can observe their customs and activities as you pass through. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 13 - Namche to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) (Walking Distance: 18-19 KM) Duration: 7 Hours

The hike back to Lukla follows a trail that moves steeply downwards and crosses a suspension bridge. Chortens, prayer flags, Mani-stone walls and small Gompas line the villages and the trail. The Dudh Koshi River gushes by and adds a beautiful ambiance to the natural setting. Open plains, pine and rhododendron forests as well as snow covered peaks decorate the beautiful picturesque settings. As we reach Lukla, we can just relax. In the evening, we may celebrate the victory of accomplishing the trek as well.  Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 14 - Lukla to Kathmandu

A 30-minute flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla ends the trekking part of the journey. You can revel in the changing sights of the landscapes one last time while on the flight. After landing in the Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to the Hotel where you shall stay overnight. Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 15 - Reserve day in Kathmandu

On this day, you can proceed to relax and can have another tour of the city or go shopping at the hub of “all things-tourist” at Thamel. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 16 - Farewell

The airport representative from Nepal Hiking Team will transport you to Kathmandu International Airport around 3 hours before your scheduled flight from where you will depart. Meals: Breakfast included.

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Helen Ridgewell , 27 Rainforest Drive, Innisfail 4860, Queensland, Australia

Trying to organize an Everest Base Camp trek to celebrate my 50th birthday was a daunting task…. where to start, there were so many companies all offering a similar experience… so I picked a few, emailed them and then trusted my “gut instinct” based on their responses. From Gang’s first email I knew that Nepal Hiking Team would be my choice and I never once regretted my decision. From the moment we were picked up from the airport to when were dropped off 26 days later we felt like Ganga and his amazing team were looking after us.

My daughter, my brother and I did the 16 days EBC trek on December 1st and it was an incredible experience. The teahouses we stayed in were comfortable and the food good..We even got fruit most nights on the trek, which as a vegetarian was very much appreciated. Having lived in the tropics and at sea level for most of my life, I struggled with the cold and the altitude so was little bit slow going up the hills… the guide and porters were fantastic, at no stage making me feel like I was holding every one up, and allowing me to travel at my own pace. The other member of the group had to be taken back to Kathmandu by helicopter early on in the trek, this was organized very quickly by Ganga and our guide was excellent at monitoring our headaches ensuring they were not serious. Our 2 porters were absolutely amazing men! When we returned to Kathmandu, we asked Ganga to organize another 7 day adventure for us to Chitwan National Park and Pokhara. Everything about this trip was well organized (in a very short time frame) and the accommodation very nice. We even had the same guide for our 2 day hike up to Australia Camp, which was really nice as we had already established a great relationship with him after EBC.

Ganga, his guides and porters at Nepal Hiking Team are a fantastic organization, very professional, very friendly and very reasonably priced.

I know that when i return to Nepal for my next trek (yes…although it was hard and uncomfortable at times I loved it) I would definitely do it with the fantastic Nepal Hiking Team! Thank you so much for making my 50th celebration a memorable experience.

Shelley Evans , 31 SEAGOE GARDENS, Portadown, co Armagh, BT63 5DZ, Northern Ireland

I can’t say enough good things about the Nepal Hiking Team. My friend and I (both female 30ish!) did the Everest Base Camp Trek and had the most amazing time. Balaram met us at Kathmandu airport with flower garlands and the city tour gave us a great introduction to Nepalese culture and religions. We met Arun our guide, fellow trekkers, provided with the down jackets and sleeping bag the company loan you and then the following day set off for Lukla airport. Arun dealt with everything from airports to tea houses and food orders which let us concentrate on the absolutely stunning views, meeting new friends and breathing of course!

Arun made sure we knew daily plans and very patiently answered our repetitive questions on mountain heights and which one was which. He managed a group with varying abilities very well and always made sure we had correct amount of layers on knowing where it was especially windy and cold. Sadly I suffered from altitude sickness and needed to be airlifted from Gorakshep. Arun organized this efficiently with Ganga and the team back in Kathmandu and on arrival at the hospital Balaram was waiting to help with sorting out me and my friend. In a time that could be a bit daunting I felt exceptionally safe knowing they were there. They arranged a hotel room, picked us up the next day and even took me back to the hospital when I needed a checkup too. As we then had an extra few days before leaving Ganga and Balaram also organized a trip to Chitwan National park with very short notice that was also excellent. We were delivered back to the airport and given scarfs for good luck which ended a simply wonderful holiday (even with the altitude problems!) I can’t thank Ganga, Balaram and Arun enough and would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a hiking company in Nepal. You will have an incredible experience.

Ng Li Yang (Jerry) , Blk 441, Jurong West Ave 1, #06-720 640441 Singapore

It was an awesome experience in Nepal, in which a big part of my trip was covered in the mountain, thank to NHT. Ganga, the company manager has been engaging since my inquiry and very efficient and patient with all my queries. They are flexible to customize to my needs due to my planned itinerary besides hiking. They also made arrangement for airport pick up and Ganga met me in person in my lodge to go through the procedures and discussion.

2 days prior to the trek it was raining heavily and many flights were cancelled. We were lucky to tag along a rescue helicopter to Lukla, also thank to Ganga’s arrangement.

When we arrived at the start point, we were welcome by the friendly guide and porters. My relationship with Gurung, the guide was very good, he took care of me every single bit of the trip, as I was a slow walker in the team. He would check our conditions from time to time to ensure our well beings. Gurung and I joked around in the tea houses and we made many friends and some exchange of cultural knowledge.

I was not well when I returned from Everest Base Camp. We discussed and we decided that an evacuation was needed. Gurung visited me in the hospital and sent me back to the hotel after discharge. I had a farewell lunch with him. Ganga and Balaram, the 2 managers visited me on the 2 days and they even sent me to the hospital again for report collection. Balaram also sent me to the airport on my departure day.

I have total satisfaction and heart felt appreciation to Nepal Hiking Team. There were other companies who tried to compromise prices and quality but not NHT, who insisted on quality and care above all.

I’m back to Singapore safely. And they are keeping contact with me on some follow ups. I truly want to recommend you this company for their awesome service given the reasonable if not attractive price!

This trip was so awesome although I had some hiccups on my decent. I miss Nepal a lot, and the friendship shared.

Alice Chong , From Taiwan, But now in Los Angeles, USA

Dear Ganga,

Thank you so much for arranging my Everest Base Camp Trek. I made the EBC Trek during December with the Nepal Hiking Team Agency. As my humble testimony, I would just like to say a big thank you to Ganga and the agency’s whole team who were with me during the trek. It exceeded all of my expectations and I have never felt this welcomed, taken care of or guided anywhere else. Starting at the very first day when Ganga was present at the airport till the very end when he escorted me back, the entire experience of my time in Nepal was heightened because of Ganga’s care and profound concern for my well-being. As a solo traveler, I was given a discount for the EBC Trek package, and the initial thought process of mine was that the discount would yield some services to be of less value verses the full payment ones but how wrong I was! Later on in the trip, it became arrantly clear that every service from pre-trip information, meals, accommodations, staff, guide, transportation, porter and everything else were provided to me in their most excellent forms. Not only was that, my guide- Bhim, one of the best guides anyone could ever ask for! During the entirety of the trek, Bhim was always with me, guiding me on trails, showing me monasteries and temples, helping me communicate with the local people, arranging my meals at guesthouses, making sure that my stay was comfortable for me, carrying my heavy duffle bag when I needed some breather, always asking me if I was alright during the high altitude parts and generally making sure that I was having a good time. He is, no questions asked, the best guide I could have asked for, in all sense of words.

Because of Nepal Hiking Team, my trekking became such a success and made such a positive impression on me that Ganga and NHT have my full gratitude and appreciation. A thousand thanks to Ganga and Nepal Hiking Team!

Peter Baker , Queensland, Australia

The Nepal Hiking Team is a tightly run operation that helped me navigate the chaos and confusion of traveling in Nepal while simultaneously delivering top-notch service and personalized attention.
Before embarking on my journey, they were quick to reply to my inquiries and emails. Their website is easy to navigate and also includes an itemized packing list that saved me a massive pre-trip headache. I was also relieved to learn they could provide down jackets and sleeping bags on-location; this saved me a good amount of space in my backpack.

Upon my arrival in Kathmandu after an exhausting 30 hour journey, Hare greeted me at the airport, whisked me to the hotel, and broke down my itinerary. Two days later, following one day of rest and a second day touring Kathmandu’s major sites, I set off for Lukla. The regional airport transfers were seamless and my excellent trekking guide, Pemba Tamang, met me there. We began our Everest Base Camp Trek immediately.

Everything on the trek was going according to plan until the deadly Mount Everest avalanche on April 18th derailed my aspirations to cross some of the higher mountain passes. Despite this setback, the Nepal Hiking Team and I revamped my itinerary to include a visit to the jungles of Chitwan National Park. The company’s flexibility and understanding of my situation ensured I still had a very memorable time in Nepal.

I’d definitely recommend the Nepal Hiking Team for your Nepal travel needs.

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Upon Arrival:

Upon your arrival at any time at the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our airport representative, who will be there to welcome you and will help you get transferred to your hotel. The airport representative will also introduce you to your guide (s) and will explain further details about your plans and program. Generally, the first day of your arrival only has plans of being transferred to the hotel. As such, after checking-in at the hotel, you can relax and get your bearings. You will also be assisted on the arrangements of the trekking journey as well, like packing necessary equipments and/or renting/hiring the equipments.

Accommodation:

When you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be transferred by our airport representative to a hotel for the accommodation in the city. Our 16-days Everest Base Camp Trek package includes accommodations at a 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu. You can ask for different hotels with different stars for accommodation, but the price varies in doing so. You will spend 4 nights in the same hotel in the city- two nights during the beginning of the trek and two nights after finishing your trek and returning back to Kathmandu again. The accommodation at the hotel includes comfortable deluxe rooms and the best services.

Once you leave Kathmandu and arrive at Lukla for the commencement of the trek, you would be accommodated at the best available guesthouses throughout the entirety of the trekking journey which are based on twin-sharing basis. The accommodation at the guesthouses at Phakding, Lukla and Namche are comparatively above rudimentary, with the provided facilities of private bathrooms with hot showers.

Places other than Namche, Lukla and Phakding during the trek provide comparatively basic facilities at the accommodations, with the word “basic” indicating a general lack of grandiosity/luxury, and services focused on essentials rather than opulence. Simple wooden or cemented rooms with two beds and shared bathrooms are the norm. Twin-sharing lodge-to-lodge accommodation is provided. Hot waters are available at the guesthouses other than Namche, Lukla and Phakding as well. 

Packing for the Trek:

The hotel in Kathmandu provides the service of safety storage lockers, which you can use to store your excess luggage that aren’t needed for the trek. The basic routine of the trek includes repacking your bag-pack to suit the trekking journey, only taking the essentials and leaving behind the extra unnecessary weight at the hotel. Doing so, you would have only two baggage with you- one being the bag-pack with your equipments and clothes and the other being the hand-carry which will have your important items like wallets, cameras, and smaller trinkets. We provide complimentary duffle-bags for our customers to use for the trek as well. The baggage allowance for the Kathmandu to Lukla flight is 15 kg per person including hand-carry. During the trek, a porter is capable of carrying a maximum load of 25 kg between two people, so while repacking for the trek- this information should be kept in mind. Generally, it is advised to have bag-packs that aren’t too heavy for the trek, as this results in fewer hassles.

Meals and Drinking Water:

Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals are available at all the accommodations, both in Kathmandu and in the mountains.

Albeit not being too extensive in terms of variety, the meals are very nourishing and filling. You can choose from a number of items on the menu for your meals at the guesthouses. Because the mountain region isn’t suitable for the growth of crops and cultivation of farms, most of the foods at the accommodations are carried to their location by porters or on animal-backs. As such, seasonal vegetables make the majority of the meals, along with dishes of soup, noodles, eggs and rice. Rice is the staple food of the country and is available at all places at all times. It is also a very fulfilling and healthy trekking meal. Lunch and dinners can consist of rice and lentils with beans and soup and breakfasts generally include bread and toasts, pastas, cereal and Oatmeals and eggs. Other meals like pizza and pancakes, along with dumplings with various stuffing and meat steak and other meat items are also available.  

The stores in the mountains also sell snacks, biscuits, chocolates and drinks. In some places, you may also get fresh fruits. Drinking water isn’t included in the package. You can buy drinking water from the shops. Another option for drinking water also includes using water-purifying tablets or other methods and modes for water-purification. There are many springs and water-sources along the trekking trail and you can fill up your bottle with water and then use the purifying tablet or pumps to make it suitable to drink. The cost of a liter of bottled water in the mountain costs an estimate NRs 150, but it does vary from place to place. At the guesthouses as well, you can buy boiled drinking water.

Gluten-free meals are also available and can be arranged during the trip. People with certain food allergies can inform us about the meal-conditions and arrangements can be made accordingly.

Average Day Trekking:

Each day, you can expect five to seven hours of walking, covering about 10 to 14 km of distance. Importantly, the itineraries are flexible and can be altered by weather, the geographical condition of the place in accordance to the trekkers and the physical condition of the individual participant.

The Weather and Temperature:

Exact prediction of the weather in the mountains is difficult. Spring and autumn seasons are the best months for trekking among the four- the other two being summer and winter. Spring lasts from March to May and the autumn season takes place during September to December. The weather during spring and autumn are ideal for the trek because of the clear visibility and good average temperatures. These are the two peak trekking seasons as well, when the number of trekkers are generally high. Average temperature in the mountain during the trek in the spring ranges from 20° to 25°C during the day and drops down to around -1° to -3°C during night time. During autumn, the temperature ranges from 8° to 7°C during the day and drops down to about -10° to -12°C when the sun sets. These are only extrapolations of the average temperatures and it may vary. Summer and winter seasons are not suitable because rain usually occurs during the summer monsoon and winters can result on trekking trails being blocked due to heavy snow.

A Typical Travel Day:

The trekking day starts off with breakfast at around 7:30/8 in the morning. In the case of the day for the Kalapatthar visit, you would be waking up before sunrise and hiking to Kalapatthar for the actual sunrise view and returning back to the guesthouse for your breakfast. Then your trip starts on your own pace, where you could frequently be stopping to enjoy good views of the scenery and of the mountains and take photographs while trekking to the next stop point of the day. You will carry only a day pack containing your personal goods during the day time. The porters will be carrying the rest of your stuff. After about a 3-4 hours walk, you will stop for lunch at the teahouse at the passing village, for about 1.5 hours. Then, the trek continues again, with you walking another session for 3 to 4 hours to reach your final destination for the day. If you have extra daylight hours left, you can relax or walk around the villages or go for a short side hike as well. At around 6-7 pm, you will have dinner, talk about the day’s experiences with other members, or simply enjoy the Himalayan solitude by yourself. Then your guide will brief you for the following day’s program. Then bed time, for the next beautiful day.

Visa Requirement:

Upon arrival at the Kathmandu Airport, you can effortlessly get a Nepal Entry Visa. If you are entering Nepal through the borders of India and Tibet, you can obtain the visa from the respective Immigration Entry Points.

The cost for a multiple entry tourist visa valid for 30 days is USD 40, while one that can be used for 90 days is USD 100. A visa valid for 15 days costs USD 25. Equivalent Nepalese Currency to the USD is also accepted. Carrying 2 passport sized photos is obligatory. Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a whole free page for your visa. Free visa for up to 30 days is available for tourists from SAARC nations.

Pro Tip– Carrying the exact amount of money, either USD or equivalent Nepalese currency, and the passport along with the photograph while waiting in line for the visa is the most effective way of getting through the procedure with no hassle. In fact, doing so is recommended. Get in line with everything in hand.

Note: Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months.

International flight accessibility to Nepal:

The only international airport in Nepal is the Tribhuwan International Airport. The most suitable connecting flights from Europe are Etihad (via Abu Dhabi), Silk Air (via Singapore), and Qatar Airways (via Doha). Dragon Air fly from Hong Kong and Thai Airways take off from Bangkok. Fly to Hong Kong and connect with Nepal Airlines (NA), if you are coming from the USA, Cathay Pacific or North West. Silk Air and Dragon Air directly come to Kathmandu from Australia yet you can take a flight with Qantas to Bangkok and connect with Thai Airways if you are from Australia.

Airport tax: Airport tax is not necessary for both domestic and international flights.

Customs Formalities:

Your luggage must be cleared and confirmed via the customs upon your arrival. Individual effects are permitted and the duty on goods carried by the visitor differs according to the value and volume. It is strictly prohibited to carry narcotics, arms and ammunition.

All the tourists must fill in embarkation as well as disembarkation cards as s/he arrives and departs.

Green Channel:

If a tourist arrives with no dutiable goods, s/he can continue via the Green Channel for immediate approval, without a luggage check. While, if you have any dutiable goods, you will undergo the Red Channel process for complete customs clearance.

Currency and Foreign Exchange:

You will notice foreign exchange counters at the airport where you can exchange your money. We recommend you to change money only via banks and certified foreign exchange centers. Daily rates are confirmed by Nepal Rastra Bank- the central bank of Nepal. You will also get to see the exchange rates in daily newspapers or on the official site of the bank.

The unit of Nepalese currency is the Rupee. 1 Rupee equals to 100 paisa.

Rupee notes come in Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 500, 1000.

Travel Insurance:

Having personal travel insurance while travelling and trekking with us is mandatory. Moreover, the travel insurance must also cover the cost of helicopter rescue and emergency services in the mountains, in case of Altitude Sickness or other accidents during your trip. The insurance should at least cover an amount worth of US$100,000. A copy of your travel insurance will be collected by our representative upon your arrival here. 

High Altitude Sickness:

While trekking, anybody can suffer from altitude sickness and its symptoms. The severity and occurrence of altitude sickness depends from person to person. Altitude Sickness is also identified as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). The main early symptoms of the sickness are nausea, vomiting, insomnia, loss of appetite, persistent headache, light headedness, dizziness, confusion, weakness, fatigue, disorientation, drunken gait, lassitude, heavy legs, slightly swollen hands and face, difficulty in breathing and reduced urine discharge.

By and large, the symptoms become visible when you walk to the altitudes above 300 meters. As we climb the peak, air pressure turns thin, and as a result- the oxygen availability falls. Therefore, it is recommended to take sufficient time for acclimatization in order to get accustomed with the mountain atmosphere. You will need to consume plenty of water as well as other liquids essential to reduce AMS effects. Taking medicines for altitude sickness also helps in reducing its affects. Medicines like Diamox can be taken from the very beginning of the trek in Kathmandu, before the start of the journey. 

More importantly, you will have to rest properly at the guesthouse; and our representative will always carry a well-equipped medical box for cases of emergencies. Should you suffer from Altitude Sickness, you will be taken to the nearest guesthouse/lodge where you will rest until you become able to continue on with your trek again. If the symptoms continue and turn out to be serious, you should return back to a lower altitude setting. In the exceptional case of an emergency, you will be, without delay, airlifted to Kathmandu for advance treatment.

Everest Base Camp Trek Booking Procedure:

You will need to fill up a booking form and send a copy of your up-to-date passport to secure your booking of the trip. Besides, 20% deposit is necessary to assure your place with us, it allows us to make advanced and proper arrangements on your behalf. Deposit can be done via a bank credit or a transfer card. The remaining 80% of the fees should be paid as you arrive in Kathmandu. Need more information about booking? Check out our article, how to book your trip.

Book your holiday with assurance. We are a complete government registered travel agency and a member of TAAN, NTB, NMA, and KEEP. We assure you that your holiday is safe with us, and that your satisfaction and comfort along with your safety is guaranteed.

Please contact us now if you need further details regarding your trip. We are available for help and assistance at all times.

Important Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

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