Everest Base Camp Trek the highest mountain peak of the world, Mount Everest, stands at 8,850m. This trek goes to Everest Base Camp situated on the Khumbu Glacier. You get the opportunity to climb Kala Pattar (5,545m), the highest point on this trek for the ultimate view of Everest and the ideal place from where to capture the spirit of this mountain legend.
Experienced Sherpa guides ensure your welfare throughout the trek, providing everything possible for a safe and memorable adventure. Additional rest days are allowed for acclimatisation to lower the risks of altitude sickness.
Travelling as a small group (maximum 12), this trek is quite challenging, but at the same time is not technical in any way and as long as you have a basic level of fitness, the trek should be within the abilities of most people.
The operator is very conscious of using local guides and has a very good relationship with many of the local lodge-owners, whom he has been working with for years. Keen to provide good working conditions for the staff, the operator makes sure that porters and guides are well looked after and also ensures that the safety and health of the guests is accorded top priority. The operator ensures good clothing for porters and crew, covers food for staff members and their insurance that includes medical treatment and helicopter evacuation when necessary.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2,840m) and trek to Phakding (2,650m – 3 hours trek)
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m – 5 hours trek)
Day 5: Free day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatisation and exploration
Day 6: Trek to Deboche via Tengboche Monastery (3,790m – 6 hours trek)
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4,320m – 5 to 6 hours trek)
Day 8: Acclimatisation day at Dingboche (4,320m – 5 hours trek)
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (4,900m – 5-6 hours trek)
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp and overnight at Gorak Shep (5,120m – 6-7 hours trek)
Day 11: Trek up to Kala Pattar (5,545m) and head down toward Lobuche or Pheriche (9 hours trek)
Day 12: Trek down to Kyangjuma or Namche Bazaar
Day 13: Trek down to Phakding or Monjo
Day 14: Trek to Lukla
Day 15: – Fly Back to Kathmandu
Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure
The operator focuses on responsibility towards its staff, making sure that the guides and porters that work on the treks are well paid and have good working conditions. The operator is committed to ensuring that the benefits of tourism are spread out. To this end, locals are hired, with porters and guides coming from the areas where the trek goes.
The tour company operates tourism that fosters understanding, appreciation and conservation of the cultures and environments they visit. It operates in a socially and environmentally responsible manner and is committed to working with the clients and the people of the host destinations to ensure direct economic benefits at a community level, as well as looking at contributing to conservation of culture and the environment. With continual monitoring of its operations, the tour operator aims to operate beyond best practice guidelines, trying to set the worldwide industry benchmark for responsible tourism.
- Close up views of Mount Everest
- Insight into Sherpa culture along the way
- Tengboche Monastery and stunning views of Ama Dablam
- Rewarding trek to see the highest mountain in the world
- Altitude can be a problem – taking it slowly and taking advantage of rest days will help avoid problems
- Very cold in winter
Growing up in Singapore, Raj Tamang has had long experience in trekking and running a responsible tour operation. Preferring to be out there with his guests, Raj gives a highly personalised service, usually leading the treks himself. Committed to responsible tourism, he is keen to first ensure his own staff is treated well, as well as helping to share some of the benefits of the income that tourism brings with the local communities. He uses local staff and encourages his guests to ‘think local’.
Ideal For Whom
This trek is ideal for anyone with a good level of fitness and who would like the challenge to get up close to the world’s highest mountain. It would not be suitable for young children, as it involves going to and staying some days at high altitude and there are some very long days of walking. Anyone who has experienced problems with walking at altitude should take care, as this trek involves several days above 3,400m, when altitude problems may start.
When To Visit
The best times of the year to visit this area is in the spring and autumn, when the weather is warm, dry and fairly settled. There may be the odd showers in spring and the skies tend to be clearer in the autumn.
Winter is cold, but this can be rewarded by crisp, clear days and during the day time it gets quite warm.
The summer is not the best time of year to come, as this is when the monsoon falls and it can rain for a few hours each day. On the way up, leeches can be a bit of a nuisance too.
Things To Bring
Comfortable walking boots
Waterproof jacket – if not for rain or snow, it is useful as a windbreaker
Warm layers – ideally layers of thin fleeces that can be adjusted as required
Thermal underwear – other than during the late spring to early autumn (when it is just cold), it can be very cold at Base Camp, and cold enough from Namche in the later autumn and early spring. Temperatures can drop to -40°C at Base Camp in the winter.
Gloves, warm hat, sun hat for lower down, sun glasses, sun cream
Trekking clothes – cottons are best. Shorts are not really seen as appropriate by locals, even if some days might be warm enough further down
Water purification tablets – not essential as the lodges will boil water for you along the way, but having your own iodine tablets to purify water whenever you need it can be useful. It also saves wood being burned to heat up your drinking water.
By Air – Most people arrive by air to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
By Land – It is possible to travel overland from India by bus, arriving at the New Bus Park, Kathmandu.
Normal Payment Policy: At time of booking a non-refundable deposit of 10% is charged to your credit card in Euro equivalent by Travel To Care on behalf of the tour operator. The balance payment of the tour cost is due 60 days before departure. If booking less than 60 days before departure, the remaining amount is to be paid to the tour operator.
Additionally, a deposit of USD 500 per person is required at time of booking – cash or bank transfer.
If you fail to pay by the due date, the operator reserves the right to cancel the booking and retain your deposit.
Prices are dependent on airfares, exchange rates, fuel costs and other unforeseen circumstances. The operator reserves the right to amend the itinerary and trip costs without notice up to the day of departure.
Any additional change to the original booking will incur a fee of USD 50.
Normal Cancellation Policy: For all cancellations, the initial deposit is non-refundable. Cancellation charges are as follows:
– For cancellations made more than 60 days before departure, there is a forfeit of the deposit
– Between 60-30 days before departure, 50% of the booking cost is charged.
– Between 30 days and departure date, 100% of the booking cost is charged.
The operator will not be responsible/compensate if you leave midway, be it on your own will, due to ill health or medical emergency. The operator will give you a covering letter to help your claim through your insurance company.
A condition of the operator accepting your booking is that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance as soon as you receive confirmation. Your policy must cover overseas medical treatment and aircraft evacuation from remote areas. The operator can arrange a comprehensive cover for you.
Cancellation by the Tour Operator
If the minimum number of guests to operate is not reached, the tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour and advise you of this no later than 28 days before departure. All payments made to the tour operator will be refunded, but the tour operator will not be liable for any claims made by you or for additional costs incurred by you.
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