A trek to Everest Base Camp is a dream for almost all the people who love adventure walks. This historic trail that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set off on in 1953 expedition to Mt. Everest is the most popular trek in Nepal.
Spectacular mountain flight to Lukla (2859m), beautiful walking trails through alpine forests, high altitude pastures and glaciers, staying in villages set on the lap of the soaring jagged peaks, makes this trip an adventure of the highest sort.
Everest Base Camp trek also allows you get to know the Sherpa culture and their spiritual perspective on the mountains they call home.
Our slow and sensible approach with a couple of rest days in our itinerary, allows essential acclimatization, making it possible for anyone with a reasonable fitness to participate on this trip.
Along with Everest Base Camp, you also get an opportunity to climb Kalapathar (5545m), one of the the best vantage point of Mt. Everest and its surrounding mountains in the region.
• Mountain flight to Lukla
• Namche Bazaar- the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu
• Views of 4 of the 6 highest mountains- Mt. Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8510 m), Makalu (8467 m) and Ch Oyu (8201 m)
• Tyangboche monastery- a 200 year old monastery situated on a ridge surrounded by massive mountains.
• Everest Base Camp- the base for climbing expeditions from the South side.
• Kalapathar- the best vantage point of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks.
• Sagarmatha National Park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, welcome dinner
Day 2. Half day city tour
Day 3. Fly to Lukla (2830m) and trek to Benkar (2630m)
Day 4. Trek to Namche (3440m)
Day 5. Rest at Namche
Day 6. Trek to Tengboche (3870m)
Day 7. Trek to Dingboche (4420m)
Day 8. Rest at Dingboche
Day 9. Trek to Lobuche (4930m)
Day 10. Trek to Everest Base Camp (5380m) and Back to Gorak Shep (5180m)
Day 11. Ascend Kala Pathar (5545m) and back to Pheriche (4270m)
Day 12. Trek to Tengboche (3870m)
Day 13. Trek to Khumjung (3760m)
Day 14. Trek to Benkar (2630m)
Day 15. Trek to Lukla
Day 16. Fly to Kathmandu
Day 17. In Kathmandu
Day 18. Departure
A spectacular flight to Lukla begins our adventure in the Everest region. The first couple of days we trek through alpine forests along the Dudh Koshi river to reach Namche. We take a couple of days halt here to acclimatize by walking in and around Namche as acclimatization cannot be done in a hurry. A hike to Everest View Hotel, which is a 400m climb from Namche Bazaar will compliment our acclimatization and also provide us with breathtaking vistas of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks.
Our next stop is Tyangboche, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful monasteries and a photographer’s favorite place, probably because of its unrivalled backdrop, Mt. Everest with the Lhotse wall and Mt. Ama Dablam.
Following the Imja Khola from Tengboche, we ascend through Pangboche or Dingboche, where we take another stop for acclimatization. A fascinating side trip to climb Nangartsang peak (5100m) prepares us for the days ahead. You are surrounded by majestic peaks of Lhotse, Makalu, Amadablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taweche and Cholatse.
After having acclimatized at Dinboche, we proceed to Lobuche, which sits on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. From here, a roughly 3 hour hike leads us to the last settlement on the trail known as Gorak Shep. Another 2 to 2 ½ hour hike brings us to Everest Base Camp. The following day we climb Kalapathar for astonishing views of Mt. Everest and the bird’s eye view of the Khumbu Glacier.
Grading: This expedition is graded D which is equivalent to physically demanding and challenging.
Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 1 hour two to three times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.
- Trek Distance: Approx. 140 km
- Maximum altitude: 5545m (18,192ft)
- In / Out: Kathmandu
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu/ transfer to hotel
Once you reach KTM airport and finish with the immigration and custom formalities be prepared to confront the confusion outside the airport which is common in most of the south Asian countries. As you walk out of the Exit door into the passenger pick up area you will see hundreds of people with different sign boards in their hands, taxi drivers looking for fares, hotel touts looking for customers and porters trying to help with the luggage for tips. Please remain calm and do not walk out of the restricted area into the crowd straight away. Remain there and try to find the Hi On Life’s sign board. Once you spot it, walk straight to the signboard and identify yourself. From here we will take care of you.
When you arrive to your hotel you will be briefed about your activities and “do’s and don’ts” while your stay in Kathmandu. We will also collect some documents from you. Please have the following things handy when arriving.
- Travel/ Medical Insurance (photo copy)
- 3 passport size photos
- Photocopy of your passport.
Day 2 – City tour and Trek briefing
After breakfast you will be taken for a half day city tour where you will be visiting some historical temples and monuments.
Places you will visit:
Boudhanath Stupa: It is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: Commonly called Basantapur Darbar is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Durbar Square was surrounded with spectacular architecture that showed the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries, but several buildings in the Square collapsed due to a major earthquake on 25 April 2015.
After sightseeing you will be driven back to your hotel and your Group leader will give you your trek briefing and issue you your ‘trek pack’ consisting of a duffle bag, down jacket/or fleece sweater, sleeping bag, inner liner for your sleeping bag and rain poncho. Your afternoon is free for you to do your packing and purchasing your last minute items for your trek.
Day 3 – Fly to Lukla and trek to Benkar
- Flight: 30 mins
- Trek distance: 11 kms
- Trekking: 4 hours
- Elevation difference: -140m Lukla to Benkar
A very early morning wake up and transfer to the domestic airport to board our flight which is a small 17 seated Twin Otter or Dornier aircraft. The flight times can be flexible because we need clear weather both in Kathmandu and Lukla to be able to fly. So this can sometimes involve waiting in the terminal for a long time. Once we get the all clear signal we take off to our destination on a 40 min scenic mountain flight to Lukla.
After a cup of tea at Paradise Lodge in Lukla we are treading on the legendary “Everest Highway” which heads downwards through the alpine valley following the “Dudh Kosi” or Milk River (named after its milky color from glacial silt). We reach Benkar after a half a day walk and end our first day here. Benkar is situated at the bank of Dudh Kosi and the lodge that we will stay at, has a beautiful waterfall behind and an amzing view of Mt. Thamserku (6636m) right in front of you.
Day 4 – Trek to Namche (5-6 hrs)
- Distance: 10 kms
- Trekking: 6 hours
- Elevation difference: +700m
Today we have an easy walk in the morning following the Dudh Kosi crossing it several times on long suspension bridges. We reach Monjo after 2 hours walk which is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. Here we get your National Park Permits. 30 mins from here, we reach Jorsale where we stop for lunch.
After lunch we continue to trek along the Dudh Kosi for 45 mins to reach Larche Doban, which is the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and Bhote Kosi. Here we cross the famous suspension bridge which is about a hundred meters above the river and 113m long. After crossing this bridge, it is a steady climb for 1 ½ hours to reach Namche Bazaar, which is the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu region. On a clear day you get views of Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Kusum Kangru, Kwangde and Taweche on the way to Namche.
Day 5 – Rest and acclimatization
- Distance- Hike to Everest view hotel and back: 6 kms
- Trekking : 3 hours
- Elevation difference: +400m & – 400m
As we will have gained about 700m that day, it demands a rest and acclimatization day for the following day. In the morning we will hike to Everest View Hotel where you will have breathtaking views over Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Peak 38, Taweche and Cholatse towards the North, and Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega and Kusum Kanguru to the East. Towards your west the 5 km ridge called the Skyline ridge which is the summit ridge of Mt Kwangde rises majestically along with Teng Kang Poche, Pachermo and Tengi Regi Taw. We will enjoy this fascinating view with warm drinks and biscuits.
You will be back at lunchtime and will have plenty of time to rest or look around the market and shop.
Day 6- Trek to Deboche via Tyangboche (5-6 hrs)
- Distance: 12 kms
- Trekking : 6 hours
- Elevation difference: +430m
We start as usual around 8 AM after breakfast. Until lunch the trail is undulating along the side of the hill far above the Dudh Kosi. The trail is easy and magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse and Amadablam continues, therefore we will takes this opportunity to have a tea break at Kyangjuma to enjoy the views. After tea we will descend to Dudh Kosi to stop for lunch at a lodge at the bank of the river.
After lunch it is a stead 2 ½ hour climb to Tyangboche. Upon arriving Tyangboche your guide will organize a visit inside the monastery. Please make sure that you carry your thick jacket and woolen hat as it is usually freezing inside the monastery while you are attending the prayers and meditation. After spending some time at the monastery, we will descend 20 mins to reach Deboche, through a forest with birch, pine and rhododendron covered with lichens and moss giving it a fairy tale look.
We have chosen to spend the night at Deboche instead of Tyangboche mainly because Tyangboche is usually crowded since a lot of tourists walk only upto Tyangboche as their final destination and secondly, Deboche is much warmer since it is much less exposed to wind.
Day 7- Trek to Pheriche (4-5 hrs)
- Distance: 11 kms
- Trekking: 5 hours
- Elevation difference: +600m
Considering only the trail, today is probably one of the easiest trek, but because we are ascending to 4300m it is to be treaded gently and carefully. We begin with a walk through the fairytale like forest until we reach a bridge to cross Imja Khola. There are chances to spot Danphe (the national bird of Nepal), Blood pheasant, Himalayan Musk deer, and Thar. After we cross the bridge to the other side of the river, you will notice that the vegetation is sparse and you are on the exposed side of the valley. The view of Mt. Amadablam following the river upwards is simply magnificent. An easy 45 mins walk from the bridge reaches us to Pangboche (3990m), which is the highest permanent settlement in the Khumbu valley.
We will continue towards the same side of the valley on an undulating trail, with Imja Khola below us and the majestic Mt. Amadablam above. After a 45 min walk from Pangboche we reach Shomare at 4060m. Here we are above the tree line and you will notice that now we are on high, barren and exposed alpine land. We will stop here for lunch. After lunch we reach a flat exposed area called Orsho which is usually windy and the trail is relatively flat and continues for about an hour. After the end of this “flat trail”, we begin to climb steadily for about 40 mins to reach a pass. From here you will see the beautiful Pheriche valley with Lobuche Peak (6119) at the end of the valley and also Imja Tse (6189m) towards the East, both of which are famous trekking peaks in Nepal. From the pass we descend about 20 mins to the Khumbu Khola, corss the stream and walk another 20 mins to reach our lodge.
Day 8- Rest and acclimatization day
- Distance- Hike to Nangartshang peak and back Distance: 5 kms
- Trekking: 4 hours
- Elevation difference: +600m
Today we climb Nangartshang peak (5100m) for acclimatization. The trail begins right behind your lodge and it is a steady steep climb for about 3 to 3 ½ hours to reach the summit. The wind is bitterly cold at the top so make sure you carry warm gloves, woolen hats and jackets. It is not necessary to climb right to the top- remember, rest is equally important for acclimatization as climbing high. If you feel healthy and fine, sure, climb to the summit, otherwise an ascent of 400 to 500 m is sufficient for acclimatization. Do not push too hard and get exhausted before the main objective; Everest Base Camp.
We come back to lunch by lunch time. In the afternoon you can attend the lecture on High altitude sickness at the Himalayan Resue Association hospital.
Day 9- Trek to Lobuche (4-5 hrs)
- Distance: 12 kms
- Trekking: 5 hours
- Elevation difference: +580m
The trail follows the Khumbu khola upwards along the Pheriche valley. The trail is almost flat for about an hour and then starts to climb gently in the beginning and moderately steep towards the end for about an hour. It takes about 2 to 2 ½ hours from Pheriche to reach Thukla at 4620m where we stop for lunch. Just before reaching Thukla, we cross a stream of melted ice which flows just above us in the Khumbu Glacier. Thukla is situated on the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.
After lunch we climb steeply up alongside the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After an hour climb we reach the top of the moraine, which is a flat ground dotted around with numerous graves and memorials of the climbers who lost their lives while climbing Mt. Everest and the surrounding mountains. It is a spooky place yet breathtakingly beautiful with unimaginable views of Mt. Amadablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taweche and Cholatse rising from below us to touch the skyline to the South. You can find memorials of some of the reknowned climbers of the world here. Right around the corner, you will get your first glimpse of the Khumbu Icefall, Kalapathar and part of Everest base Camp. From here it is an easy 40 mins, almost flat walk to Lobuche.
Day 10- Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakhshep (8-9 hrs)
- Distance: 12 kms
- Trekking: 8/9 hours
- Elevation difference: +400m
We have an early breakfast and hit start today around 6 AM. In the beginning the trail is relatively flat alongside the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. An hour of the easy walk brings us to the bottom of the lateral moraine of Changri Glacier. It is a steep 20 mins climb and we are at the top overlooking the Lobuche valley below us towards the South and Mt. Nuptse and the Khumbu Glacier towards East. The trail leads across the Changri Nup and Changri Shar glacier with short steep ascends and decends through rough moraines of ice and rocks. After about 2 hours of walk through this glacier we reach Gorakhshep. At 5180m, Gorakhshep is the last settlement on the trail to Everest Base Camp, which is a group of tea houses.
We will have a quick lunch here and refill water and head off to our objective- Everest Base Camp. The trail is rough and endless short ascends and decends through rocky moraines alongside the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. About 2 to 2 ½ hours walk along the Khumbu glacier we reach Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp is situated right on the top of the Khumbu Glacier. While you are here you will hear the sound of ice cracking below you and witness a few avalanches on the sides of the surrounding mountains. It gives you a sense of how unforgiving climbing mountains can be. After spending some time at the Base Camo and taking pics we head back the same way to Gorakhshep.
Day 11- Ascend to Kalapathar and trek back to Dingboche
- Distance: 18 kms
- Trekking: 8/9 hours
- Elevation difference: -1200m
Another early morning and we head towards the summit of Kalapathar. Kalapathar is famous for its view of Everest, and a bird’s eyes view of the Khumbu Glacier. The climb starts right on the other side of the dried lake across the lodge. It is a steady steep climb for about 2 to 2 ½ hours to reach the summit of Kalapathar. The views are simply fantastic. Right in front of you is Mt. Pumori 71 rising menacingly at 7161m. Magnificent views of Mt. Everest with Khumbu Icefall and the Western cwm, and the South Col connecting with Mt. Lhotse and Nuptse with the view of the entire Khumbu glacier below you makes an unforgettable memory.
After spending some time at the summit we head back to the lodge at Gorakhshep and start our journey back. A three hours walk from Gorakhshep will bring us to Dingboche.
Day 12- Trek to Phortse
- Distance: 11 kms
- Trekking: 7 hours
- Elevation difference: -450m
The trail begins to descend alongside the Imja Khola for about 30 mins where we cross a small metal bridge and climb up to the other side and meet the trail which we took to reach Pheriche. We trek back to Pangboche the same way up, but about 10 mins before reaching the lower village, we will take the upper trail and reach the Upper Pangboche village. It is a beautiful hidden village, which is non touristic and you see local life and less touristic. There is a monastery which is the oldest and most important monastery of the Khumbu region. Here we stop for lunch.
After lunch we take the high trail looking down on the trail from Tyangboche. This trail is very scenic with views of Amadablam, Thamserku and Kangtega. A three hour walk along this scenic trail will lead us to Phortse. Phortse is another beautiful and non touristic village. Every year the famous Khumbu Ice Training is held in this village. There is also an artificial climbing wall here.
Day 13- Trek to Namche Bazaar
- Distance: 11 kms
- Trekking: 6 hours
- Elevation difference: -450m
We begin with a descend through rhododendron and birch forest to Dudh Kosi. If you have missed the Danphe and Musk deer before, then this is definitely the place to spot them. After crossing the Dudh Kosi, the trail climbs steeply for about an hour to reach Mong la, which is a pass with a few tea houses. From here we descend along a beautiful trail to Khumjung. Khumjung is the largest settlement of the Khumbu Valley with a high school and hospital both made by Sir Edmund Hillary. We will stop here for lunch. After lunch we trek to Namche.
Day 14- Trek to Benkar
Distance: 10 kms
Trekking: 3 hours
Elevation difference: -700m
Today we give you a free morning. After breakfast your guide will fix a meeting time and give you time on your own. You can walk around the market, enjoy coffee and cakes at the bakery or do your shopping of souvenirs. After meeting with the group and guides, you will continue to Benkar. We usually have a group dinner along with the staff here. Your guide will arrange this.
Day 15- Trek to Lukla.
Distance: 11 kms
Trekking: 4 hours
Elevation difference: -140m
Today is the final day of your trek, back tracking the way we started this epic journey. On arriving Lukla you can check in to your rooms and then fix a meeting with the staff for the last night party. Your guide will arrange and fix a time for the evening. You can collect your group tipping and give it to your guide. He will put them in separate envelopes according to the names of the staff and their share and give them back to you. Usually our groups have a farewell speech and distribute the tips which will be followed with a few song and dances.
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu
Usually it is an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival to Kathmandu we check in to our hotel and the rest of the day is free to take showers, spa, shopping etc.
Day 17: Free day
We have allowed this extra day as a buffer day in case of flight cancellation from Lukla back to Kathmandu. You can use this day to do some extra sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Your group leader can suggest and help organize sightseeing trip to some of the most famous sites around the valley.
Some suggestions: Bhaktapur, Swoyambunath.
Day 18: Departure
We will drive you to Tribhuwan International airport about 3 ½ hours before your departure time.
A Day on Your Trek
Although each day is different, considering the weather, general pace of the group and length of the days walk, in general your day begins with a wake up tea at around 6 to 6:30 in the morning. You will then be provided with a bowl of warm water for washing. Then you will need to pack your duffel bag and your daypack and come to the lodge’s diner for breakfast.
After breakfast we will hit the trail and usually walk for about 3 to 4 hours before we stop for lunch. We will give you about an hour and a half rest during lunch, which will also give enough time for the staff to have their lunch and pack. Usually after 3 to 4 hours of walking we finish the days walk by 4 PM. Tea/ Coffee and snacks will be served on arrival to the lodge. Your group Leader will often organize side trips in the afternoon. Your dinner will be served around 7 PM.
On this trek you will be going up to 5545m, so it is very important to understand the affects of altitude. The greatest provocation is going too high too fast. Hi On Life’s itinerary has been carefully designed to minimize the effects of altitude. We ascend slowly and surely allowing enough time for safe acclimatization.
Headaches and breathlessness are common at altitude which in itself is nothing to worry about. In rare cases, this may worsen to Acute Mountain sickness (AMS), so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the group leader who is trained to recognize the symptoms of AMS which are severe headaches, nausea, lethargy, loss of appetite serious breathlessness even at rest. If any trekkers show such signs they will be descended to relatively lower and safer altitude. The Group Leader’s decision on evacuating such person to a safe altitude is final. Do not medicate yourself without first informing your group leader. Going to altitude slowly with adequate rest and adequate intake of fluid (3 to 4 litres per day), you will most likely have no problems apart from breathlessness on hills which is completely normal as the percentage of Oxygen in the air is relatively lower to that at sea level. The most important thing is not to worry about altitude because our team is there to take care of you.
Group leader: your most important member of your staff. Our Group leaders are highly trained in all aspects of the trek, conservation, first aid specializing on altitude sickness, emergency procedures and have extensive knowledge of the natural history of the area.
Sirdar: His job is to manage and organize staff duties. He is responsible for the actual operation of the trek.
Sherpas: Their job is to lead your way and distribute equal loads to the porters.
Porters: They are responsible to transport your duffle bags and their job finishes once they reach the designated lodge. Our porters are provided with Gore-Tex suits, trekking boots, gloves, hats, socks, snow gaiters and snow goggles. Most importantly, we regulate them on a 25 Kg carrying which no other company does. Our clients can therefore feel comfortable knowing that our porters are working in a good humane condition. During the trek you can see porters carrying 60-70 kg and sometimes even more than 100 kg!!)
Oct/Nov and March/April
On the trek at lower altitude (2500m to 3500m) during daytime the Max temp can be around 15C to 20C and the Min temp can be 0C to 5C
At higher altitude (3500m to 5000m) the daytime Max temp can be between 5C to 10C and Min temp can be between -6C to OC
Please note: when there is an overcast sky, the day time temperature can get down to -2C during day time at altitudes above 4500m. Also the wind makes a big difference in the real feel of temperature.
Dec to end of Feb
On the trek at lower altitude (2500m to 3500m) during daytime the Max temp can be around 2C to 7C and the Min temp can be – 5C to 2C
At higher altitude (3500m to 5000m) the daytime Max temp can be between -5C to 5 C and Min temp can be between -8 C to -20C
Please note: when there is an overcast sky, the day time temperature can get down to -5C during day time at altitudes above 4500m. Also the wind makes a big difference in the real feel of temperature.
This is just general information and it could vary.
Recommendations for things you should bring:
- Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
- UV shield/ Category 2 sunglasses
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
- 2 polypropylene or wool mix t-shirts
- 2 polypropylene or wool mix long sleeve t-shirts
- 2 long sleeve thermal underwear shirts, lightweight preferably woolen
- 1 polar fleece pullovers medium weight
- 1 polar fleece jacket, OR Primaloft/ Down light weight jacket
- Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
- For high altitude use, 1 very warm goose-down jacket with hood (we provide this)
- 1 pair medium weight windstopper gloves
- 1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves
- 1 pair walking shorts
- 1 pair walking trousers for trekking
- 1 pair stretchable running trouser for evening wear at lodges
- 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms
- 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, wind stopper
1 pair trekking /walking boots with good ankle support
1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in lodges;
1 pair med weight preferably wool socks
2 to 3 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
- 1 down sleeping bag (rated to – 20 Centigrade or -0 F )
- 1 polar fleece liner
Rucksack and Travel Bags:
- 1 medium rucksack (30-35 litres)
- We provide you 1 big duffle bags.
- Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.
- 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit
- Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also
- 2 Water bottles (1 litre)
- 1 small folding knife
- Books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, games, small musical intruments
- Adequate amount of batteries, etc.
Healthy and trouble free holiday
There are no compulsory vaccinations required for entering Nepal. However please consult a doctor for vaccination against Typhoid, Meningitis, polio, and hepatitis. If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please through your agent, give us a list of what you can and can’t eat so that we can provide proper food for you.
If you are undergoing a course of prescription medicine, please ensure that you have sufficient supplies for the entire holiday. Some types of drugs including antimalarials have side effects at high altitude; therefore please consult your doctors regarding these drugs. The places you trek are mosquito free and there has been no report on malaria in Kathmandu for the past couple of decades.
We highly recommend you to take a comprehensive Personal Travel Insurance before leaving home. This should cover for your loss of baggage, airline delays, sickness and accidents. And it should also cover you for Emergency Helicopter Evacuation.
In case of Lukla flight cancellation: Sometimes due to bad weather Lukla flights get cancelled. This may make it difficult for you to connect with international flights. In such an event and if the group as a whole wishes to charter a helicopter, which is an ideal solution to Lukla flight delays, we can arrange for it. Your will need to pay about 400 USD per person.
The ideal currency to bring with you is USD.
In Kathmandu: Each meal will cost around 4 to 6 USD. Plus 10 to 20 USD for your taxis if you wish to go around the city.
On trek: You will need around 6 to 10 USD per day. This money is for your hot showers, chocolates, soft drinks and beers etc and also for small donations in the monasteries.
Although tipping is entirely optional and personal matter the following is recommended as a guideline
In Kathmandu: for bellboys, waiters and porters 30 to 50 Nepali Rupees
On the trek: At the end of the trek it is a customary to tip the field staff.
- For Staff: 80-100 USD depending on group size. The group leader will collect the tip and then split it between the staff and put it in envelops so that the trekkers can give it to the staff during the “Farwell Ceremonies”. Your Group Leader is not included in this tip.
- For Group Leader: 25 to 40 USD per person
Some Do’s and Don’ts
Nepalese people treat visitors as special guests. Although they will never rebuke you publicly for unknowingly offending them, we must consider their culture.
While in Nepal please observe the following:
- Full or partial nudity is not accepted
- Over display of affection between men and women, especially in temples and monasteries are discouraged
- Please remove your shoes before entering monasteries and temples
- Never point the soles of your feet at a person or shrine
- Many Hindu temples are closed to non-Hindus. Please ask before entering
- Locals walk around the Mani walls and Stupas in a clockwise direction as a respect and they expect you to do the same although it is not compulsory
“TODAY IS YOUR DAY! YOUR MOUNTAIN IS WAITING, SO… GET ON YOUR WAY!”
• All internal transportation, in private vehicle.
• Services of English-speaking guide, porter‟s and sherpa‟s assistance
• 4 nights in tourist class hotel on bed and breakfast basis while in Kathmandu.
• Welcome dinner.
• Half day guided city tour with lunch.
• Use of a personal trek pack consisting of a duffle bag, Tshirt, down jacket and sleeping bag.
• Both way air fare to Lukla and back to Kathmandu with domestic terminal taxes.
• All meals while on trek.
• Afternoon tea/coffee service on arrival at the lodge
• Twin share accommodation in trekking lodges with shared bath and toilet facilities
• National Park fees,
• Staff insurance, tourist service fee and all taxes applicable as per state law.
• Personal accident and rescue insurance. You must provide your own rescue insurance
• Mineral water, beer, soft drinks and extra tea/coffee outside of normal meal times
• Private room accommodation in Kathmandu unless a single supplement is paid
• Optional tips to guides & porters
• International airport departure taxes
• Visa costs
• Helicopter evacuation in the unlikely situation, although we do arrange for it and make the necessary documents so that you can claim from your insurance.