Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Domestic flight (KTM-Lukla-KTM) and private vehicle
  • Activity Approximately 5-6 hours Trekking/Hiking
  • Best Season Feb- May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size 2 -16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5545m/11283ft

Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights.

  • Enjoy breathtaking aerial views of the Himalayas en route to Lukla.
  • Embark on an adventure to the base of Mt. Everest Base Camp.
  • Explore the wild beauty of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest region and a cultural hub.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant Sherpa culture and traditions.
  • Hotel Everest View, the world's highest hotel, offers spectacular mountain views.
  • Experience tranquillity at Tengboche Monastery.
  • Witness the majestic Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall.
  • Trek to Hang Peak (5,083m) and Kala Patthar (5,555m) for picture-perfect views.
  • Stunning Views of Mt. Everest, Ama-Dablam, Lhotse Nuptse Thamserku Cho Oyu and more.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary & Cost 2024/025

Embark on the thrilling 14-day Everest Base Camp Trek, an unforgettable journey through the stunning Himalayan landscape and rich Sherpa culture. Traverse suspension bridges, explore hidden Buddhist monasteries, and experience the beauty of the Solu-Khumbu district in Province 1, home to Mount Everest and Sagarmatha National Park.

Everest Base Camp Trek offers breathtaking views of Everest and other majestic peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori. Immerse yourself in the Sherpa community's culture while trekking through this awe-inspiring region, known for its Tibetan-influenced traditions. The 14-day trek leads you to Everest base Camp; the highlight is reaching KalaPatthar for its stunning sunrise and panoramic vistas. Explore the diverse flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park along forest trails.

Our day typically begins around  7- 8 am, when we gather for breakfast in the teahouse (lodge) dining room. Breakfast orders are placed the night before to ensure efficiency so the teahouse owner can have them ready on time. After breakfast, we prepare our duffel bags for the porter to carry. In contrast, we carry only a day pack with essentials like water, sunscreen, and snacks. Following breakfast, we followed our guide along a familiar route, as the guide would have briefed us on the day's highlights the night before.

We continue hiking until we reach a lunch spot, usually a tiny settlement along the trail. After lunch, we resume our hike until we reach the teahouse where we'll spend the night. Upon arrival at the teahouse, we select our dinner items from the menu before unwinding with fellow travelers or journaling. The guide will provide insights into the route and landscape for the following day during or after dinner. Before retiring for the night, placing our breakfast orders for the following day is essential.

The Everest Base Camp Trek  Journey begins with a thrilling flight to Lukla and a hike to Phakding. Continue to Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche for acclimatization and scenic hikes. Proceed to Lobuche before trekking to Everest Base Camp via Gorak Shep. Descend to Pheriche, Namche, and Lukla, concluding the journey with a flight back to Kathmandu.

The 14-day Everest Base Camp Trek provides similar amenities to the 16-day option. The 16-day trek suits physically fit people with experience at high altitudes. Two alternative options allow you to avoid needing to retrace your steps to descend from Gorekshep back down into Lukla. First, a 12-day journey with an exclusive Helicopter Return is offered. There's also an 11-day trip with a Helicopter Direct Return from Gorekshep to Kathmandu. Do not miss this opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure by trekking to Everest Base Camp.

How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days?

Trekking to Everest Base Camp seems challenging, but it is achievable as it has been done by thousands of people every year from around the globe. It requires effort and determination, but most people can do it with proper planning. During the trek, you'll need to walk for about 5 to 6 hours each day. The journey typically begins around 8 am and ends by 3 pm, depending on your destination. Along the way, you'll encounter different terrain and witness stunning panoramic views. The breathtaking sights of the Everest Region make the trek worthwhile. Although trekking and hiking can be challenging, those willing to prepare and stay determined will be able to succeed.

What is the best time for Everest Base Camp Treks?

The best seasons for the Everest Base Camp trek include spring and autumn- specifically, from March to May and September to November. The weather is usually crystal clear, and the Himalayan views can be explored brilliantly. The days are warmer, and the nights are cold. In spring, the temperature of Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) will usually be around 3-9 degrees Celsius (37-48°F). In autumn, the temperature will sometimes go below zero at night, but days are fine to walk.

Winter becomes more adventurous to trek to Everest base camp as the temperature might fall below zero even during the day. The usual snowfall is expected up to Lukla. However, trekking in December and January are great seasons if you want fewer crowds. Monsoon is regarded as an off-season trek in the Khumbu region- Everest Base Camp. However, some lower-altitude treks can be done during the monsoon too.

What is the accommodation like During The Trek?

During your trip, you will stay in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. While trekking, your accommodation will be in teahouses or guesthouses along the route. The accommodations will be shared with another person of the same gender. If you prefer a private room, you can request it for an additional cost. The rooms provided by Adventure Club Trek will have attached washrooms up Namche Bazaar. However, please note that after Namche Bazaar, teahouses only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Single rooms in Kathmandu and lower-elevation trekking regions are more accessible but may be scarce at higher elevations. Teahouses at lower elevations usually have hot showers powered by gas. In comparison, those at higher elevations offer hot water for bathing. If you want a hot shower, you may need to pay an extra $3 to $5 at the teahouses. After a long day of trekking, many people find this expense worthwhile.

What is the food like on Everest Base Camp Trek?

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea houses on the way. The teahouses offer a variety of hot drinks and meals. The typical meals are omelets and toasts, boiled or fried eggs, momos, vegetarian curries, pizza, macaroni, or chow mein. The Nepali traditional Dal Bhat consists of rice, lentils, and vegetables. We recommend that trekkers avoid meat on the mountain as it is unhygienic.

Drinking water on Everest Base Camp Trek

We provide all the meals on the trek but don't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water with chlorine/iodine tablets or a sterile pen. You can get free water from tea houses and along the trail. However, you'll need to treat it. Use the tablets only if they have dissolved completely (30 minutes). Mineral water is available along most trails. Mineral water costs USD 1 per liter at tea houses at lower elevations but can be up to $4 at higher altitudes.

Electricity, WIFI, And  Battery  Recharge in Everest Region

While trekking in the Everest region, you can recharge your phones, laptops, and iPads using micro-hydropower and solar panels available by paying a bit fee. However, please note that Wi-Fi hotspots are unavailable along the trekking trail after Namche. The only establishments offering complimentary Wi-Fi are Starbucks Coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. Beyond these locations, internet services require payment, with costs increasing as you ascend altitude.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your customs formalities (visa and so on), you will be transferred to your respective Hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After resting for some time at your Hotel, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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

In the early morning, you will be driven to the domestic airport to fly to Lukla. The 40-minute flight offers splendid views of mountains till landing at Lukla (2,800m) airport, the gateway to the Everest Base Camp Trek. The air route is considered majestic as high peaks are a joy to behold from closer. In Lukla, you will have time for tea while our guide will engage himself in dividing a load of baggage to be carried by porters. Now the trekking starts through the pretty well-off Sherpa village. You will cross several tributaries down the trail. The splendid views would go on, revealing the natural beauties as you make it to the small settlement of Phakding (2,650m). Here, you have options either to take a rest go for a short hike to a nearby monastery, or just stroll around to get a feel of the land. 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/ 8700f

After breakfast, we proceed through the eye-catching trail, which includes suspension bridges, to the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. After submitting the paperwork, we head to Jorsalle and have lunch. Then we gradually climb a straightforward uphill route all the way to the horseshoe-shaped Sherpa bustling trade town of Namche Bazaar. The first view of Mount Everest and Ama Dablam offers a great impression. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

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

This day we reserve for acclimatization in Namche. For all the trekkers, it is very important to get used to the climate and situation to make the Everest Base Camp Trek successful. For the speedy adjustment to the higher altitude, we hike to Syangboche and further ascend to the Everest View Hotel, which is considered to be located at the highest place. From the hotel, we get a splendid view of the Himalayas; Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and others. After having tea or a coffee break, we gradually descend to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung, where we will have lunch. You may also visit the Khumjung Monastery. The legend has it that the monastery houses a Yeti’s scalp.


When we return to Namche, we may choose to relax or enjoy roaming the colorful town. You may visit the Sherpa museum to learn about the Sherpa culture and the history of mountaineering, or nearby Thame, a historic village. It is worth visiting the school established by Sir Edmond Hillary, the first person to climb Mt Everest. Overnight stay in Namche Bazar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

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

As soon as the journey embarks from the Namche Bazaar, we may encounter a crowd heading towards the hill ridge. Then the easy part begins through the terraced hillside and descends to the juncture. We pass Kyanjuma and head gradually through the picturesque trail till Phunki Tenga and stop for lunch. Taking a rest for a while, we hike down to the Riverside, cross it, and begin climbing straight uphill to Tengboche, a spiritually contented town. It is the biggest monastery in the region at an altitude of 3800 meters. We can visit the monastery at the time of evening prayers if you want or take a rest at the Teahouse. OVernight in Tengboche.

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

Soon after having breakfast, we begin to climb through various hamlets like Deboche, Milingo, and Pangboche. Heading further, we stop for the lunch at Somare. Then we cross a small bridge towards Orsho and head continually towards Dingboche. The route is culturally impressive with the attractions like mani walls and chhortens. Dingboche is a high-altitude town, which has got a long wall that preserves the crops from strong wind and animals. Even the glistening views of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks entice us. Overnight in Dingboche.

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

To adapt to the higher altitude, we go for a day hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m), a hill located on the edge of Chhukung valley. Getting there is quite a challenge as the trail is steep at some points. However, once you reach atop the hill, you will be awarded up-close views of Lobuche East (6,119m), Lobuche West (6,145m), Taboche Peak (6,367m), Thamserku (6,608m), Ama Dablam (6,856m), and Kangtega (6,685m). In clear weather conditions, we can also sight Mt. Makalu (8,481m), the fifth-highest mountain in the world. Many trekkers carry packed food to enjoy their lunch in this pristine view that Nagarjun Hill offers while others prefer having their lunch back at Dingboche after making a tiring excursion. After a day of admiring the mountains, we return to Dingboche. Overnight stay in Dingboche.

Alternatively, hike to Chhukung escorts to the gateway of the Island peak climbing point. The hiking becomes fruitful adjoined by the delighting Everest Himalayan peaks, returning to Dingboche and rest. 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5100m/16,732f

The slow pace of the walk begins from Dingboche after having breakfast. Climbing continually uphill for about a couple of hours, we reach Thuk La and take a rest bit. The other trail from here, the steepest part begins to cross the Dugh La Pass (4830 meters), which turns out to be the region's sparsely-dotted shrubs from lush woods in the lower altitude. There are cairns, prayer flags, and memorial monuments everywhere, honoring all the climbers and sherpas who have died attempting to climb Mt. Everest. We linger a bit longer and explore the plateau. We head towards Lobuche, enjoying the charismatic views of Mount Lingtern, Pumori, and Khumbutse. Overnight in Lobuche.

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

The journey from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,170m/16,929ft) begins with a gradual ascent after breakfast. The surrounding terrain around consists of rock and ice. While walking further, Mt. Pumori and Nuptse dominate the blue sky. Gradually walking, we reach Gorakshep, where we check in at the hotel and have lunch. The next session is to climb towards the Everest base camp heading along the glacier moraines. It takes about 4 hours to trek back and forth. The first phase is a continual uphill climb to EBC, located at 5364 meters altitude. It's time to take a group picture at a place, which is still a dream destination for several thrill-seekers around the globe, where we spend around 30-45 minutes. Exploring the dazzling scenery of the World's tallest peak, Mt. Everest, its surroundings look brilliant along with the Khumbu icefall. Then we hike down to Gorakshep. Overnight in Gorekshep.

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

The dream is set to come into reality. If you prefer to drink tea or coffee, we need to order in advance the earlier day or before going to bed. We commence the excursion from the lodge/hotel early in the morning and hike to Kalapatthar ((5,545m/18,192ft). The pleasing Himalayan sceneries of Mount Everest (8848.86 meters), Lhotse, Makalu, and the surrounding miraculous Himalayan boundaries can be explored from an incredible viewpoint. Arresting the dramatic Himalayan sceneries and the glacial zones in your lenses, hike down to Gorakshep through the same route. Having breakfast, we continue the downhill trekking; have lunch after Thokla Pass, and head further all the way to Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.

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

The downhill trekking continues from Pheriche after having breakfast. Heading through the forested region and hamlets, we follow the Imja Khola River, pass Orsho, Somare, Pangboche, and Deboche and have lunch. Then we continue the excursion via Tengboche, Phungi Tenga, and walk steadily through the lush woods ultimately the excellent town of Namche appears, enticed by the dramatic Everest peaks. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

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

These are the final steps to head downhill after having breakfast at Namche Bazaar. We check out from the National Park check post and head further passing Manjo, crossing a few still bridges, and passing Phakding, we gradually walk further and stop for lunch somewhere around Nursing and continue to the last point of the trekking- Lukla. A light celebration of the successful trekking will be a nice one with the team: overnight in Lukla.

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

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

The flight from Lukla to Manthali is a 20-minute flight. After that, it is about a 4-5-hour drive to Kathmandu. Please note that the driving hours may vary according to the highway traffic conditions. You’ll be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu on a shared tourist vehicle.

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

The flight from Lukla takes about 35 minutes. After arriving at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu via a shared tourist vehicle. 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.

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

Our Everest Base Camp Trekking 14 Days ends 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 like jungle 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

Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 Days map

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin sharing Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • The best available twin-sharing Teahouse or lodge for accommodation during the trek.
  • Full board meals with a cup of tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the tour.
  • 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.
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Assistant trek guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for two trekkers)
  • Staff costs include salary, food, accommodation, domestic airfare, Insurance, and medicine.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt and trekking map
  • Duffle bag for 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 USD$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. 
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected but not mandatory).

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: TuesdayMay 28, 2024End DateEnd: MondayJune 10, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1389
Start DateStart: FridayMay 31, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayJune 13, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1389

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will happily create our 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. It is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less 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 resting. 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 body's tissues. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen, leading 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 produces frothy pink sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are rare. All our Adventure Club Trek guides know 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, and the same goes for climbing expeditions.

  • 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 per the trekkers' special needs to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. Suppose your trek is longer or shorter than that. In that case, appropriate adjustments can be made to reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. Adventure Club Trek will provide the items marked with an asterisk (*) at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu that carry well-known brands. Since our porters will carry your pack, please remember the weight limit is 20kg (40 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you still need to send me a gear list.

* 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, two extra passport-size photos, and airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, paying for restaurants and hotels, gratuities, and snacks, and purchasing your 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 is 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 two long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and 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 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)

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 a visa for 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas and official overland entry points are issued on arrival at the international airport. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia have yet to be issued visas on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks to assist with your visa processing. After taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you must 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 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. 

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate 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 worldwide, you may Contact us for more information.

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

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days a year. These extensions are granted only at the Department of Immigration offices in Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visas, visit our visa information page.

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and 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 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 while 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; as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. After your trek, you will find they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We expect all trekkers to keep their baggage weight 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. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal, such as trekking and climbing. Suppose you are injured and unable to travel. In that case, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof that 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 need help to settle a claim.

Group Size And Team Composition 

We always form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and wise travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share in a fun-filled environment 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 does not apply. We always strive to form a team, ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Tipping 

Tipping is optional in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you can tip drivers and hotel staff. People usually welcome such generosity. When 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 to show 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.

  • Andres
    AndresColombiaDate: December 18, 2023

    Would certainly recommend!

    This is one of the most beautiful places in the world -- if you have a chance to visit it you must go to EBC. Both Birendra, the owner, and Bipin, our guide, were incredibly kind, embodying Nepal's welcoming and caring. Make sure to bring plenty of warm layers and to pack as light as possible, but would recommend this to anyone who is moderately fit.

  • Kathleen R
    Kathleen RUnited StatesDate: May 01, 2023

    An Adventure of a Lifetime!

    Traveling to Nepal was a life-changing experience! The trek was inspiring and the people we met along the way were welcoming. Birendra and his team were flawless and were always one step ahead of any challenge we faced. I truly enjoyed everywhere we stayed before, during, and after our trek. Aside from the trek, one of my favorite experiences was stopping by the Buddha Stupa in Kathmandu and getting blessed by the monks on our last day. Such a decisive moment. I’m looking forward to future adventures in Nepal!!

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