Short Trek To Everest Base Camp 13 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 13 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle & Domestic flight (KTM-Lukla-KTM)
  • Activity Approximately 5-6 hours walking/Hiking
  • Best Season Feb-May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size 1- 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5,555m at Kalapatthar

Highlights

  • Amazing Himalayan flight to and from Lukla
  • Beautiful landscapes in the lower Khumbu zone
  • Trekking through the Dudh Koshi River Valley
  • Explore the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar.
  • Experiencing the cultural aura of Khumjung and the Khumjung Monastery
  • Witnessing the Mt Everest View from Everest View Hotel
  • Visiting the Pangboche and Tengboche Monasteries
  • Seeing the memorials of Everest summiteers and those who lost their lives attempting to climb the mountain
  • Reaching the picturesque Everest Base Camp at 5364 meters
  • Marveling at the breathtaking views of the Everest Himalayan chain from Kalapatthar, also at 5364 meters
  • The 13-day trek is perfect for adventure seekers with limited time.
  • This rapid trek requires great physical fitness.
  • Alternative treks are available for those who need more time.
  • Professional guides and porters offer uncompromised services throughout the trek.
  • The Short Trek to Everest Base Camp provides an unforgettable trekking experience for those looking to visit one of the world's most iconic landmarks.

Short Everest Base Camp Trek 13 Days Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek is an incredibly beautiful experience, surrounded by huge mountains. The best times to visit are from March-May & and October- November.

Experience the remarkable journey with our Short Trek to Everest Base Camp. This 13-day adventure, also known as Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking, is specially designed for those with limited time but excellent physical fitness. Our itinerary ensures you can start your trip the day after arriving in Kathmandu, accommodating your tight schedule.

Your journey begins with a thrilling 35-minute flight to Lukla, offering awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan range, lush hill terraces, and picturesque waterfalls. Lukla, situated at 2,800 meters, is the Everest Base Camp trek gateway. From here, you'll explore mystical Sherpa towns, listen to their captivating tales of adventure in the Himalayas, and traverse alpine valleys, dramatic landscapes, and the Dudh Koshi River valley. Along the way, you'll encounter Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep, the last human settlement at 5,140 meters.

After a day of acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, the trek continues along a scenic trail with rocky terrain, leading you to Everest Base Camp and the majestic viewpoint of Kalapatthar via Gorakshep. This route offers both altitude adaptation and cultural exploration, providing a truly enriching. If the 13-day itinerary doesn't suit your fitness level or requires a couple of extra days. In that case, we also offer the Everest Base Camp Trek of 16 days. This extended trek allows ample time to explore the natural and cultural diversity of the Everest region. Consider our Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return to avoid retracing your steps on the downhill trail. This 12-day option allows you to hike to Everest Base Camp and then return to Lukla via a thrilling helicopter ride from Gorakshep. 

Everest Base Camp awaits as your first major hiking destination, where the thrill of standing at the base of the world's highest peak embraces you. Additionally, Kalapatthar offers an opportunity to witness the magnificence of Mount Everest, as well as other prominent peaks like Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.

At Adventure Club Trek, we provide abundant options to explore the Everest region. For novice trekkers with good health, we offer the Everest-Gokyo Valley with Renjo-La Pass trek, a 15-day adventure. If you seek rugged trails and want to explore isolated valleys and lakes, our 18-day Everest Base Camp Trek with Chola and Pass is ideal. Our professional team of guides and porters ensures an unforgettable experience, offering unparalleled services. Feel free to contact us for more detailed information about our treks. We are here to make your Everest Base Camp journey truly extraordinary.

The Booking of the trip for 2023/2024 is now open. If you want to know about the cost of the Everest base camp trek, the itinerary of the Everest base camp trek, or have any further queries, please feel free to contact us at Whats app on this number: +977-9851025658.

The Best Season to Trek Short Everest Base Camp Trek - 13 Days

Spring ( March-May) and autumn ( October- November)are The best seasons for a Short Everest Base Camp trek. During these seasons, the weather is usually clear, allowing for breathtaking views of the Himalayas. The days are warmer, but the nights can be quite cold. In spring, the temperature in Namche Bazaar (at 3440 meters) is typically around 3-9 degrees Celsius (37-48°F), while in autumn, it can drop below zero at night, but the days are pleasant for walking.
Winter brings a more adventurous experience but is colder, with temperatures often falling below zero, even during the day. Snowfall is expected in Lukla. However, trekking in December and January is a good choice if you prefer fewer crowds. The monsoon season is considered the off-season for trekking to Everest Base Camp. However, some lower-altitude treks can still be done during the monsoon.

Accommodation for 13 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

Accommodation is essential for trekkers in the Himalayas, providing a place to rest and rejuvenate after a tiring day. The 13-day Short Everest Base Camp Trek raises questions about the arrangements for staying along the trail. The trek offers various lodges and tea houses, typically featuring basic structures. These accommodations usually provide double or twin-sharing rooms with mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, or quilts. Our package includes Tea house accommodation, which offers more comfortable bedrooms and better facilities than the lodges. The type of accommodation varies as you traverse the Khumbu region.

You can expect cozy dining areas in the lower regions to have bonfires and attached bathrooms. However, as you ascend to higher elevations, the facilities won't become simpler, with standard toilets. It's worth noting that the toilets are often located outside, which can be inconvenient during cold nights. We can make arrangements if you desire a private room, but an additional fee for the entire room is required. However, this option is only available during the off-season.

Food on 13 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

All meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, will be provided throughout the trek. However, breakfast will only be served in Kathmandu. We organize welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. Breakfast and dinner will be served during the trek at tea houses or lodges, where we will stay overnight. At the same time, lunch will be provided at tea houses along the way. You can choose from cuisines such as Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian. We prioritize your well-being by ensuring that you receive nutritious meals. We give preference to locally sourced organic food and offer seasonal fruits. If you are a vegetarian, please inform us in advance so we can make suitable arrangements for your food preferences during the trek.

Drinking Water on 13 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

Adventure Club takes care of all meals during the trek but does not provide water. The recommended option is to treat the local water using chlorine, iodine tablets, or a steripen. The tea houses along the trail provide good quality water for free, but treating it before consuming it is important. If you use tablets, ensure they dissolve completely, which usually takes around 30 minutes. On most treks, you can purchase mineral water along the trail. At lower-elevation tea houses, a liter of mineral water costs approximately USD 1. However, the price can go up to $4 at higher elevations so that expenses can accumulate.

Permits Required for 13 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

To trek to Everest Base Camp, you need two permits: the Sagarmatha National Permit and the Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit.

The Sagarmatha National Permit is necessary because the trekking route passes through Sagarmatha National Park. You can get this permit from the entry gate in Monjo or the Tourist Service Center in Kathmandu. The permit cost is NPR 3000 (USD 30) for foreigners, NPR 1500 (USD 15) for SAARC countries, and NPR 100 for Nepalese. These prices do not include a 13% VAT.

The Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit is required to enter the Khumbu region. You can buy this permit in Lukla or Monjo. For foreigners, the permit costs NPR 2000 (USD 20) per person for the first four weeks and NPR 2500 (USD 25) afterward. Please note that this permit is not available in Kathmandu.

Itinerary

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A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After going through your customs formalities (visa), you will be driven to your respective hotel on Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After resting at the hotel suite, you will be called for an orientation session with your trekking guide over a welcome dinner.

 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

We catch the early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. As we fly on the first flight for Lukla, we advise you to get a packed breakfast and drive to the domestic airport. Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla takes about 40 minutes, offering a fantastic experience exploring the towering Himalayan peaks. We meet our further trip crew and, managing the stuff, commence through the magnificent trail dotted with fields, chhortens, and scattered Sherpa houses. We cross the suspension bridge above the Dudh Koshi River and reach Phakding, where we stop today's Journey. Overnight in Phakding.

Manthali to Lukla Flight (March, April, May, October, and November)

During peak seasons, such as March, April, May, October, and November, the flight to Lukla will be operated from Ramechhap/Manthali due to air traffic expansion. The Manthali/Ramechhap airport is about a 4 hours drive from Kathmandu. On this day, we wake up at 2:30 a.m., take an escorted shuttle to Manthali airport on a shared tourist vehicle, and board a 20-minute flight to Lukla.

Kathmandu to Lukla Flight (January, February, June, July, August, September, and December)

 The flight to Lukla is typically operated from Kathmandu during nonpeak seasons, which include January, February, June, July, August, September, and December. Please be aware that the decision regarding the operation of flights solely depends on the airline and is influenced by the volume of travelers during a specific month. On this day, we wake up at 5 to 6 a.m. Our staff will escort you to the domestic airport terminal in Kathmandu and board a 35-minute flight to Lukla.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,651m/ 8700ft

After breakfast, we continue our journey through the breathtaking mountain scenery and local settlements. Our first destinations are Bengkar and Monjo. In Monjo, we complete the necessary paperwork to enter Sagarmatha National Park, a vast area spanning 1148 square kilometers. Our guide takes care of this process. Moving ahead, we make a stop at Jorsalle to have lunch. After a short rest, we climb on a straightforward path toward Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is a charming Sherpa town and a busy trading hub in the Khumbu region. We are in for a treat as we catch our first glimpses of Mount Everest. We spend the night in Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,438m/11286ft

Namche Bazaar is the main center of the Khumbu region. It has many things to do, and we will spend a day getting used to the high altitude. The town has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a lively market. Our guides can show us around and help us experience the natural charm of Namche Bazaar.

We highly recommend not staying idle as we need to be acclimatized to the higher elevation of Everest Base camp successfully. For the speedy adjustment to the higher altitude, This hike offers breathtaking views of the sunrise and panoramic views of famous mountains like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and others. Another option is a day hike to Khumjung, a beautiful village with Sherpa people. While exploring Namche Bazaar, we will see the traditional Sherpa way of life and visit the Khumjung Hillary School. We will also get a chance to appreciate the plants and animals that exist at such high altitudes. We will spend the night in Namche Bazaar, preparing for the upcoming journey.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3860m/12664ft

After breakfast, we leave Namche for Tengbouche. The trail to Tengboche is rocky, descending early and then climbing up. Begin along the Dudh Koshi River, witnessing enchanting mountain sights. Advance to Phungi Thenga, passing through a lovely rhododendron forest. Moving further, arrive at Tengboche, with astonishing views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse. The stunning views of the rhododendron forests, glaciers, rivers, and monasteries along the trek are rewarding. After reaching Tengboche, visit the monastery and observe Lamas performing a prayer ceremony. Overnight in Tengbouche.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,870m/12664ft

After breakfast, we continue downwards through the lush forest of birch trees, conifers, and rhododendrons. We follow the enchanting path, which reveals breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. As we progress towards Pangboche along the Imja River and follow a scenic trail, we immerse ourselves in the splendor of this river while taking in the untarnished beauty of the Himalayas. We then head to the Imja Valley, Lobuche River, and prepare to climb up to Dingboche. We'll pass through fields protected by stone walls that protect crops like barley, potatoes, and buckwheat from the cold winds and animals. Dingboche is a tranquil and beautiful place where we will spend the night.
 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,360m/14468ft

We begin our journey after breakfast with a refreshed and acclimatized body. We begin our journey with a two-hour climb uphill. After a short break, we continue our journey, braving the challenging terrain, as we make the way to the Dugh la Pass, located at an impressive height of 4730 meters. We come across a touching sight: memorials built in memory of brave climbers that attempted to conquer Mount Everest, but tragically died during the expedition. These grave markers are often called tombstones and serve as a reminder of the sacrifices that were made in order to accomplish such an amazing feat. We continue our journey to Lobuche where we will find rest and solace. We settle down for an overnight peaceful stay in Lobuche as the day comes to a close. Overnight in Lobuche.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4940m/16,108ft

Today,  we begin our trek from Lobuche through the uphill route, often a rocky and icy trail. The close-up views of Nuptse and Pumori continually witness our epic trekking toward the Everest base camp. The sense of a hallucinogenic state prevails, but the aim of adrenaline pumps up the excitement. First, we pass the Pyramid Italian Scientific Research Center and cross the Lobuche pass at 5110 meters altitude. Reaching Gorakshep, we have a quick lunch and check-in guesthouse.
With a day pack, we hike towards the Everest Base Camp, a 4-5 hours back-and-forth trip. The glacier moraines and the rocky sections in a switchback form dominate the route to EBC. The 3.4 km route is not so long, but the subsequent lack of oxygen with the increase in elevation is a real challenge. The base camp is the base of the tallest peak in the world- Mt. Everest (8848.86 meters), where mountaineers dream of summiting this epic peak. We spent about half an hour taking group pictures, enjoying the surrounding landscape, and retracing to Gorakshep. Overnight in Gorekshep.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5,364m/17,270ft

With a pre-information on the previous day, the guesthouse owner serves tea/coffee. If not, we proceed to our dream destination in the Khumbu region, the paradise setting of Kalapatthar (5,545m/18,192ft). The distance is 1.2 kilometers from the hike, but the thin air region is equally challenging to the impressive viewpoint. The magical vistas of the Everest Himalayan chain, glaciers, and astonishing surroundings offer an awe-struck setting. Kalapatthar is also where the helicopters land from Kathmandu or Lukla if they have a landing schedule. Retracing to Gorakshep after spending about 45 minutes taking group pictures, we have breakfast and pack the stuff. The continual downhill route is faster via Lobuche and Thukla. Arriving at Pheriche, rest and relax your muscle, overnight in Porsche.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4210m/13809ft

A beautiful morning with breakfast paves the journey downhill passing various picturesque towns, populated by the spiritual Sherpa people, who run lodges and restaurants. Passing Pheriche Pass, we reach Orsho and cross a bridge to Somare. Heading gradually, we reach Pangboche, where we can explore the Pangboche Gompa. We stop for the lunch at Tengboche today after Deboche. The switchback route escorts us further via Phunki Tenga and Kyangjuma, ultimately to Namche. Overnight in Namche.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,440m/11286ft

From Namche Bazaar, we begin to trek downhill after having breakfast. We cross a couple of steel bridges that are hanged on the cliffs and decorated with prayer flags. Passing Jorsalle, we check out from the National Park check post, and head to Monjo, Bengkar, and Phakding. A gentle trail above the Dudh Koshi River follows all the way to Lukla. We enjoy a tiny trip celebration as the foothill excursion ends here. Overnight in Lukla.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,860m/9,383ft

Taking an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu of 40 minutes, we receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. It's time to release the tiredness, enjoy walking around the local market, and buy souvenirs in the afternoon. Then we meet for the farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Manthali to Lukla Flight (March, April, May, October, and November)

During peak seasons, such as March, April, May, October, and November, the flight to Lukla will be operated from Ramechhap/Manthali due to air traffic expansion. The Manthali/Ramechhap airport is about a 4 hours drive from Kathmandu. On this day, we wake up at 2:30 a.m., take an escorted shuttle to Manthali airport on a shared tourist vehicle, and board a 20-minute flight to Lukla.

Kathmandu to Lukla Flight (January, February, June, July, August, September, and December)

 The flight to Lukla is typically operated from Kathmandu during nonpeak seasons, which include January, February, June, July, August, September, and December. Please be aware that the decision regarding the operation of flights solely depends on the airline and is influenced by the volume of travelers during a specific month. On this day, we wake up at 5 to 6 a.m. Our staff will escort you to the domestic airport terminal in Kathmandu and board a 35-minute flight to Lukla.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, and Farewell Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

Our Everest Base Camp Short Trek 13 Days end here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities likejungle safari,Rafting,   Bungee jumping,and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern while traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary, but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline, and illness or injury can occur. To avoid dangerous situations, we may occasionally change the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That being said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Trip Map

Short Trek To Everest Base Camp 13 Days map

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin sharing Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Best available twin-sharing Teahouse or lodge for accommodation during the trek.
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Government-licensed, English-speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla including airport departure tax
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permits for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walk with the group to support as necessary.
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs include their salary, food, accommodation, domestic airfare, and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters in base camp Kalapathar hike.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag ( to be returned after trip completion)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Duffle bag for the trekking
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and US 125 for 90 days)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: SaturdayApril 20, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayMay 02, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1339
Start DateStart: TuesdayApril 23, 2024End DateEnd: SundayMay 05, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1339
Start DateStart: FridayApril 26, 2024End DateEnd: WednesdayMay 08, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1339
Start DateStart: MondayApril 29, 2024End DateEnd: SaturdayMay 11, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1339

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are unsuitable, we will happily create trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

Useful Info

Lukla Flight Delay Information

The weather in mountain areas can be unpredictable, affecting flights to and from Lukla. When the weather is good, the Twin Otter planes are reliable. However, flights may be delayed or canceled due to bad weather or technical issues. We can arrange a helicopter to ensure you stay on schedule in case of flight cancellations or long delays. Helicopters can fly in lower visibility than Twin Otters, meeting the Nepal Civil Aviation rules. You can pay for the helicopter flight in US dollars, credit cards, or traveler’s cheques at our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for reimbursement from your travel insurance company. The cost for the helicopter flight is $500 per person, or you can opt for a Helicopter Charter at a rate of $3000. We recommend arriving in Kathmandu one day before the trek to allow time for purchasing trekking gear and adjusting to the time difference. Additionally, allocating extra days after the tour will help minimize the risk of missing your international flight in case of any trekking difficulties or flight cancellations caused by severe weather conditions in Lukla.

Acclimatization And High-Altitude Sickness

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS) which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headaches, has Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less amount of oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomiting, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines.

A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms including shortness of breath even while taking rest. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to a lower altitude immediately.

 

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

 

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

 

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing frothy pink sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

 

First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. For expeditions that take on isolated and off-the-beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, the same goes for climbing expeditions as well.

  • A bandage in case of sprains.
  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts
  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water
  • Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.
  • Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.
  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)
  • The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
  • Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.

Note: We can add medical supplies as per the special needs of the trekkers to the first-aid kit given above.

 

Equipment And Packing List

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, appropriate adjustments can be made, to reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. The items marked with an asterisk (*) will be provided by Adventure Club Trek at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your own articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many of the trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the items imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since your pack will be carried by our porters, please remember the weight limitation is 15kg (33 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you did not send me any list of gear.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s and duffle bags.

* Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

 

Important Documents and Items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport-size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, and snacks, and purchasing your own drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc

 HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful in dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consisting of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guidebook
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

 

Experience Required

Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who can walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. On some days, we might even need to walk for 7 to 8 hours. Walking at higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking at lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude, and have strong determination, we can accomplish the trek. Exercising and jogging regularly is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Adventure Club Trek before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.

 

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept -Nov) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but a summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

 

Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visa for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist with your visa processing. After taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for the online visa within 15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90-day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

 

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first-aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expeditions or climbing treks)

All our guides are highly trained in all aspects of trekking, conversation, first-aid, and emergency evacuation. They are all very professional, knowledgeable, and passionate about the field of tourism. They are local guides and their English is sometimes limited to trek-related topics. They know how to facilitate running a smooth and safe trip whilst appreciating the beauty of the Himalayan world.

 

Porters Care

On any team, courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. At the conclusion of your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

 

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

 

Electricity, WIFI, and  Battery  Recharge

During your trek on the Everest region, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, iPads from micro-hydro power, and solar panels on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail after Namche. The only two places offering free Wi-Fi are Starbucks coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. At other places upwards, you need to pay for using internet services, which increases gradually with the altitude.

 

Communication On Trek 

On the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal, the internet service will be available at lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends from the guesthouses, but as we reach high altitude, the communication will be through the phone for safety purposes. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader at least once a day to make sure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly touch you for help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to the network before the high altitude. Upon your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card for a better network. Many places have WIFI service available at an extra cost.

 

Group Size and Team Composition 

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share with each other in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 16 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members do not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

 

Tipping 

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

FAQs

  • Q1. How difficult is 13 Days Short Everest Base Camp Trek?

    The 13-day short Everest Base Camp trek can be challenging but manageable with proper preparation. The trek involves walking for 5-6 hours daily, ascending and descending steep terrain, and dealing with high altitudes. It requires physical fitness and mental determination. Hiring an experienced guide and acclimatizing properly can help make the journey safer and more enjoyable. Overall, it's a demanding but rewarding adventure. The weather can be unpredictable, adding to the difficulty. However, with proper preparation, training, and a positive mindset, it is achievable for those who are determined and well-prepared.

  • The best season for the Everest Base Camp trek is autumn or spring. During autumn (September to November), the weather is generally clear, with stable temperatures, offering breathtaking views of the mountains. Spring (March to May) brings warmer weather and beautiful blooming rhododendrons along the trail. Both seasons provide the best conditions for a safe and enjoyable trek, making your journey to Everest Base Camp exceptional.

  • Absolutely! While our peak season trips often fill up fast, we usually have smaller groups during the quieter times. We promise that every departure is guaranteed. Once you've made the deposit, we'll ensure the trek is organized just for you. You can even choose your departure date. So don't worry; your adventure is certain to take off!

  • Yes, Adventure Club Trek's staff is fully insured, providing coverage against sickness and injuries. Our commitment to safety ensures that every team member is protected and ready to embark on thrilling adventures with peace of mind.

  • Yes, absolutely! You can do the Everest Base Camp trek with us, but you need to contact us on time, i.e., at least 2 months before the trek date. We need to know about your health history and daily lifestyle. Once we get to know about these parameters, then we can advise whether you are eligible for the trek or not. We suggest you undertake certain exercises and short-day hikes accordingly.

  • Yes, our guide speaks English, as well as other languages. They can communicate with you in various languages to help you understand and navigate your surroundings. So, the guide can assist you whether you speak English or another language.

  • You can meet the guides before you start your trek. Porters are locals who live near your trekking gateway. We can therefore contribute to their welfare. You will encounter them when you reach your trekking gateway.

  • Adventure Club Trek is a Nepal-based trekking company with competent Local Trekking Group Leaders and Guides. Our team is environmentally conscious, knowledgeable about Nepal, and empathetic towards porters and staff. Fluent in English, they undergo extensive training in Trek leadership, Guide courses, wilderness first aid, mountaineering, eco-trekking, and more. This ensures their trekking, climbing, nature conservation, first aid, and high-altitude medicine expertise. With years of trip-leading experience and dedication, they provide high-quality services, some with prior work experience in international adventure travel companies.

  • Unfortunately, we can't refund the days you didn't use. Our costs remain the same even if you finish early or stop for personal or health reasons. We have to pay our guides and porters for the time they committed.

     

  • Yes, ensure medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for the Everest Base Camp trekking. It would help to carefully choose a policy while traveling to a Himalayan country like Nepal, as some insurance companies may make special exceptions for adventure travel. If you are confused about the insurance, please inform us, and we will help you. It is usually better to arrange your insurance in your country before travel.

  • Sleeping at Everest Base Camp is generally not permitted as operating lodges are strictly prohibited. However, during the Everest Expedition Spring Season, special permits allow sleeping in tents at the base camp. If you are part of an expedition team or have connections with one, you can sleep at the base camp with approval from your guide.

  • In case of altitude sickness, the group will handle it accordingly. If the group is in a rush, one English-speaking guide will stay with the affected person. In contrast, the others continue with the assistant guide. If there's no urgency, the group can wait for a day or two for the person to adjust. Our guide carries a first aid kit with Diamox, the medication for altitude sickness. In severe cases or emergencies, we will arrange for an emergency helicopter pickup (covered by your insurance) to transport the person to a hospital in Kathmandu. They will usually be accompanied by a friend or an English-speaking guide if traveling alone.

     

  • While crampons are not typically required for trekking to Everest Base Camp, it is still important to have appropriate footwear with good traction. As you mentioned, micro-spikes can be a useful addition to your gear. Micro-spikes are smaller, lightweight traction devices that can be attached to your boots to provide extra grip on icy or snowy terrain. They are easier to use and more suitable for trekking than full crampons, generally used for technical mountaineering.
    The weather and trail conditions can vary, especially in higher altitudes, so it's always advisable to be prepared for unexpected changes. While the main trail to Everest Base Camp is mostly well-trodden and doesn't typically require crampons, there may be sections where micro-spikes can come in handy, particularly during colder months or after heavy snowfall.

     

  • Indeed, cell phone networks are available along the trail of the Everest Base Camp trek. Throughout most of the journey, hikers can expect cell phone coverage through NCell or NTC networks. Nevertheless, in specific areas, there might be no coverage at all.

  • During the Everest region trek, you'll have access to electricity for recharging your devices like phones, laptops, and iPads. This service is available at a fee and utilizes micro-hydropower and solar panels. However, it's important to note that Wi-Fi hotspots are unavailable along the trekking trail after Namche. Starbucks Coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche are the only places offering free Wi-Fi. As you ascend further, internet services are available, but they come at a cost that gradually increases with the altitude.

  • Adventure Club Trek provides a comprehensive lifetime deposit policy, affording you the valuable advantage of transferring your deposit to an alternate individual or any other trip you choose. If you deem it necessary to cancel your previously arranged tours, specific cancellation fees will apply. We cordially invite you to peruse our meticulously outlined booking terms and conditions for a comprehensive understanding of these conditions.

  • Becky
    BeckyUnited KingdomDate: December 19, 2019

    Incredible experience!

    An incredible experience completing a dream of walking the EBC trek!
    From my first enquiring e-mail to goodbye drinks, Birendra was super organized, friendly, and always available to answer any questions. It was great to meet, Birendra, our guide Sonam and our trekking companions the day before!
    Sonam was a great guide, full of encouragement and advice and answers to all my questions about Nepal! A massive thank you to the porters too, who are amazing, they make walking at 5000m + look exceptionally easy!
    The views were stunning and thanks to all the clear suggestions, my first trek at altitude was a success! Loved the teahouses, the hosts were so friendly and inviting, I have never seen so much food on offer!
    Would highly recommend Birendra and his team!

  • Teleky Gusztáv
    Teleky GusztávHungaryDate: January 14, 2019

    Amazing hiking trip at the Everest

    In November of 2018, we had an unforgettable 150 km long hike in the Everest region.
    It was my very first visit to the Himalayas. During the whole tour, we stayed in the houses of the local peoples (sherpas). It was very impressive to see how these kind-hearted people live their everyday.
    The complete trip was perfectly organized.
    I am already planning my next Himalayas trip to the Annapurna and I'm gonna surely choose the Adventure Club Treks and Expedition Ltd.

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