The Government of Nepal has announced an issue for the flight operation to Lukla. Most of the flights to Lukla will commence from Ramechhap until further notice to avoid the heavy traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport. The airport in Ramechhap is located 130km from Kathmandu (approximately 3-4 hours drive).
The Everest Base Camp Trek with Round-Trip Helicopter Flight, one of the world’s finest treks, is a trekking possibility in the Himalayas, where Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set off on their incredible adventure in 1953. The trip also includes acclimatization and cultural trek into Khumbu Valley’s scenic Sherpa heartland. Another highlight of the trip is the opportunity to stay in the finest local luxury lodges and encounter the typical Himalayan way of life. Appreciate the majestic Himalayan vistas near the Khumbu region with four of the world’s six highest peaks on Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu rising above all. Besides trekking, experience the life of the world-famous climbers, the Sherpas. The trek further offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the world heritage site of Sagarmatha National Park, which hosts a range of Himalayan flora and fauna and visit the world’s highest Buddhist monasteries.
This Everest Base Camp Trek with Round-Trip Helicopter Flight is perfect for anyone looking for an amazing adventure to the world’s highest mountain base. Let our experienced local trek lead you on one of the most memorable journeys you’ll ever make! Before you take this trip, you need to prepare and train yourself physically and mentally. Do cardio, jog, climb stairs, and go on a hike at least 15 to 20 days before you attend the trek.
The Everest Base Camp Trek with Round-Trip Helicopter Flight starts with a city tour of the historical and cultural monuments in Kathmandu – the temples, shrines, gompas, stupas, and monuments. The following day, head for an exciting helicopter flight to Hillary Airport at Lukla, Further, It will also be a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpas capital, where stunning mountain views welcome us. We continue our trek following the route to a famous viewpoint, Kala Patthar, offering a magnificent 360-degree Himalayan panorama. After reaching our Everest Base Camp target, we’re trekking back to Lukla for a return helicopter flight to Kathmandu.
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The Palace of Fifty-five Window was built during the reign of the Malla King Bhupendra Malla who ruled from 1696 to 1722 AD and was not complete until 1754 AD during the reign of his son Ranjit Malla.
Vatsala Temple was a stone temple dedicated to goddess Vatsala Devi that included many magnificent carvings. It was most famous for its silver bell, known to local residents as “the bell of barking dogs” as when it was rung, dogs in the vicinity barked and howled. The colossal bell was hung by King Ranjit Malla in 1737 AD and was used to sound the daily curfew. It was rung every morning when goddess Taleju was worshiped. Despite the Temple being completely demolished by the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, the bell remains intact.
The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship can be seen on a column facing the palace. Of the square’s many statues, this is considered to be the most magnificent.
Nyatapola in Newari language means five stories – the symbolic of five basic elements. This is the biggest and highest pagoda of Nepal ever built with such architectural perfection and artistic beauty. The temple’s foundation is said to be made wider than its base. The temple is open for the public once a year – during Dashain. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Shiddhilaxmi. Those statues lined up on the 2 sides of the staircase are built as guardians of the temple and the residing goddess, which we can see in five layers from the base of temple. It is said that it took three generations to complete that temple. The temple is famously known as “Pancha Tale Mandira.”
The BhairabNath Temple is dedicated to Bhairava, the fiercest manifestation of Lord Shiva.
The Golden Gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world. The door is surmounted by a figure of the Hindu goddess Kali and Garuda (mythical griffin) and attended by two heavenly nymphs. It is embellished with monsters and other Hindu mythical creatures of marvelous intricacy. Percy Brown, an eminent English art critic and historian, described the Golden Gate as “the most lovely piece of art in the whole Kingdom; it is placed like a jewel, flashing innumerable facets in the handsome setting of its surroundings.” The gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla and is the entrance to the main courtyard of the palace of fifty-five windows.
Lion’s Gate is the magnificent and beautiful gate was built by artisans whose hands were said to have been severed upon completion by the envious Bhadgoun king so that no more of such masterpieces could be reproduced.
The holy god Shiva temple, the mini Pashupati, is believed to be built right in front of the palace after a Bhadgoan king dreamed of it.
3 Hours Tour
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Our trip to Nepal begins today. An official of Mountain Hike will be looking for us at the airport. Our staff will then drop us off at our hotel where we can take a rest. In the evening, we can enjoy a welcome dinner, while having dinner; we can enjoy Nepalese cuisine that will introduce us to the country’s food culture.
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing guided tour and trek preparation
Our Kathmandu City Tour gives a near glimpse of Nepal. It now not most effectively showcases the rich way of life of the Nepalese people however also takes you returned in time through its architectural marvels. The excursion takes you to 4 locations: Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Syambhunath temples that preserve each non-secular and cultural importance to the Nepalese people.
After breakfast, we commence our visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites beginning within the Kathmandu District. This tour encompasses Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Syambhunath temple
In the evening we will prepare the checklist of trekking for The Everest Base Camp Trek with Round-Trip Helicopter Flight.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding [2,652m]: 3 – 4 hours
After breakfast, we will be shuttled to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning helicopter flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), entry point destination from where our trek starts. After a 30-minute flight above the magnificent green and white mountains, we arrive at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most attractive air routes in the world culminating in a landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet our other staff members and after some packing and arrangements, we begin our trek through the thriving village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if fascinated in additional efforts we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazar –[3440m]: 5-6 hours
Strolling through a stunning pine forest, the route leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the Popular Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we reach the wonderful prospect of the gleaming Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The route climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the union of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get our first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Upon this stage, we stop at Chautara to enjoy the scenery. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a doorway to Mt. Everest and key trading centre of this region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day
This is the designated ‘acclimatization’ day for this trek. Health Professionals suggest that we stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being at leisure. We either spend the day taking a day’s hike to Thame or exploring Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the key centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides will take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can watch a variety of things linked to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the different plant and animal life of the Everest region. We also take an motivating side trip up to Khumjung. We additional climb up to the prominent airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley, bounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the blessed peak Khumbila, hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also trip the Hillary School which is at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, we walk back down to Namche Bazzar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Trek to Deboche[3820m]: 5 – 6 hrs
After having breakfast, we begin our trek towards Pangboche admiring a magnificent view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and a close-up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs facing a glorious view of the great Himalaya. Along the way, we can witness wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The route goes slowly descends to Kayangjuma. The trail finally reaches Sansa, which is the main trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The trail then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer-flag festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River. Upon crossing the river, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After enjoying the deliclious lunch at Phunki Thenga, we then have a harsh little scale that goes steeply up through the pine forests until we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close-up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region. Wandering along rhododendron forests for about an hour we reach Deboche. Overnight in Deboche
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche [4360m]: 4 – 5 hrs
After breakfast we begin our trek. Through several chortens, mani walls and small villages. While on the journey, we enjoy lunch with spectacular close-up views of Ama-Dablam. In the afternoon, we go north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards the walk is relatively mild as we reach the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will open as we approach the Lobuche River junction. After the confluence, we descend into the river and continue the last and steepest climb up to Dingboche. Upon arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the wonderful range of fields surrounded by stone walls to preserve barley, buckwheat and potatoes from cold winds and grassland animals. Overnight in Dingboche
Day 08: Trek to Duglha [4,600 m]: 3 – 4 hrs
We begin today with an ascent to Duglha through Khumbu Khola Valley. The trek along the arid terrace awards spectacular mountain views on all sides. As we come to Dusa, a yak herder’s spot, the valley begins to narrow and we proceed through Phulung Karpo, the campsites during the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. As we continue our trek the magnificent view of Mt. Pumori comes into view. As the trail falls and curves, Mt. Pumori hides, and we find a roaring stream. After crossing a wooden bridge, we ascend to Dugla. From this point, we can see the peak of Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamserku, and many other magnificent peaks. Night in Duglha is suitable for acclimatization. Overnight in Duglha
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche [4940 m]: 2 – 3 hrs
Further than Duglha we walk the steep Khumbu Glacier moraine. We navigate our way through the boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge with spectacular mountain views. At the top of the ridge, an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepal mountain guide) who died on an expedition to climb Everest. As the route drops to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, we find ourselves facing numerous great peaks-Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now near Everest, but the huge mountain remains hidden. Nuptse towers right as it crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we walk along a murmuring lake, we don’t see the Khumbu glacier because of its lateral moraine wall, and we’re starting to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude. Overnight in Lobuche
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep [5,170 m], visit Everest Base Camp [5,364 m]: 6-7 hours
The route to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass though the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the route, we can see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Nuptse. A small climb would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive a 360-degree panorama of the snowy mountains. Upon climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of the Changri glacier. we catpture our first overview of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we hit Gorak Shep, we will be bounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mount Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the route to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. ongoing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. As we reach Everest Base Camp we cannot help cherishing the Everest climbers that take the risky route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineers’ tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from base camp. Everest in point of fact is not visible from this stage. By now we have met the definitive objective of our trip. Take your cameras for breathtaking beauty views. As the afternoon sun starts to wane, we head back to Gorekshep for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a grueling, busy day. Overnight in Gorakshep
Day 11: Trek from Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar – Pheriche [4280 m]: 8 – 9 hrs
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early at dawn to catch Kala Patthar ‘s dramatic views, seeing the first daylight shining on Mt. Everest. We need to get prepared for early morning departure, dark and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, the potential for cold winds is often popular. Familiar peaks like Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east as Everest starts to show itself rising between the western shoulder crest and Nuptse. When climbing to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch our breath at many excellent viewpoints to snap pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From here, we scramble to ascend the rocky outcrop near the cairns-marked summit and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks and our eyes glimpse the incredible Himalayan panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we possibly can with our camera so they can last a lifetime. Afternoon time is taken to descend down to Pheriche for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Pheriche
Day 12: Trek from Pheriche-Pangboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazzar [3,440 m]: 6 – 7 hrs
At this point, we’re walking down the hillside with rhododendron and juniper trees. When it’s spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers burn our surroundings. Depending on our hunger, we either have our lunch in Pangboche or wait until we hit Phunki Tenga. After crossing the festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge, descending rapidly through the pine forests. The route finally reaches Sansa, the region’s main trail junction. We stop at Kyangjuma (3570 m) for a relaxed lunch. We appreciate the beautiful Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse with every step. After our lunch, Namche Bazaar’s trail clings to the steeply wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding around many bends. We’re watching animals including mountain goats, snow leopards, and colorful pheasants as we drive through the trees. After passing a chorten, we enter Namche Bazaar’s army camp. Once here, we’d like to take a long last look back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche. After entering our lodge, we take a good shower and sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar
Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar – Lukla [2,800m]: 6 hrs
The path descends steeply down, and we need to walk slowly and under control as our weak legs fight the rugged terrain. Crossing suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and smooth. Today we continue warming up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds are gone today as we enter the beautiful mountain air. Although we travel the same route, we have completely different views. We grab a combination of open fields, rhododendron and pine trees, and partially snow-covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages, finding an amazing confidence in Buddhism and prayer stones and flags culture. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and remember the last few weeks’ experiences. As a good note, we witness the end of a great trek with everyone back safe and smiles as our faces! Overnight in Lukla
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
Today we return to Kathmandu with helicopter flight after our long mountain journey. Kathmandu’s early morning flight lowers us. We can rest and chill all day at our hotel. If we want to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, we can visit some nearby shops or venture out for genuine Nepalese goods in Thamel. To celebrate the wonderful completion of our trip, we will have an evening farewell dinner. Katmandu overnight
Day 15: Departure
A representative from Mountain Hike Nepal will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure trip in the magnificent country of Nepal.
Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight or back is about 45 minutes from the airport in the good weather conditions. A helicopter tour can accommodate up to 5 people or 500kg.
Good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks
Sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturizers
Water bottles, trendy backpack, and energy bars/snacks
A pair of sunglasses and a camera
Caps or hats
Personal toiletries and basic medication (if any)
Flashlight (with spare batteries)
Insect repellent and emergency medical kit
The Everest Base Camp Trek does not require any technical knowledge or mountaineering skills because it is simply a long hike at altitude. Despite being non-technical and completely feasible for anyone with some basic fitness, there are still some factors that need to be taken into account before you set off on your own Everest Base Camp Trek. At 130km (round trip) the trek seems quite long, but if you consider that on a typical guided trek you will only be walking for 9 out of the 11 days, you’ll see that you will be covering about 15km per day. We will use porters to carry your bags so you just have to focus on getting yourself up the trail. Altitude is by far the most challenging aspect of the trek and is what makes it more difficult than your average trek of the same length. The trek starts after the gut-wrenching flight to Lukla, which stands at just below 3,000m and then makes its way up to Everest Base Camp at around 5,400m. At the highest point, Kala Pathar, you will be at just over 5,500m – a height that allows to you experience breathtaking views of the whole region. Be sure to know a bit about the symptoms of altitude sickness and on proper acclimatization techniques before embarking on the trek. We advise seeking the advice of your doctor as high altitudes can sometimes bring underlying illnesses to the fore. We recommend doing a few 4-6 hour treks at home so that your body gets used to that sort of duration of the workout. Start around 2 weeks before you leave and build up the time and distance slowly so that by the end of it your body is comfortable with trekking for a solid 6 hours. Put in a little bit of training and determination on the trek and you will be set for the trek of your lifetime!
Spring (Best Season): Starting from March to May, the spring season has a slightly warmer temperature ranging from 17 °C to 20 °C. But it is still the best time to trek after autumn as the forests come to life with blooming flowers and green trees. The air is filled with the fragrance of the flowers and the clear sky gives an uninterrupted view of mountains.
Summer/Monsoon (Low Season): Starting from June to August, the summer season is also known as the rainy season with daily temperature from 18 °C to 25 °C. It is also known as ‘off-season’ as the rain leads to landslides in the lower region and avalanches in the higher reason making it a very less preferable season. Though you can still trek in the season if you would have prepared accordingly having muddy and slippery routes with unclear sky you will find a lesser crowd.
Autumn (Best Season): September to November is the best season to plan a trek. The temperature starts from 15 °C to 17 °C with rain or snowfall. As the sky will be clear, sunrise and sunsets could be seen perfectly. Though you will find the trail very crowded but the trek is worth doing.
Winter (Low Season): Starting from December and lasting till February, winter days have temperature from 9 °C to 12 °C, whereas the temperature at night could fall down till -15 °C to -20 °C with foggy morning and unclear sky. Although lower regions are dry but upper regions are covered with a thick layer of snow which requires crampons to hike upon and winter clothes are a must.
For the Everest Base Camp Trek, there will be one leader and luggage carrier (2 trekkers:1 porters) This arrangement means that if someone in the group gets sick, the trip will proceed as scheduled. For groups of a maximum of 4 members in a group because the helicopter tour can accommodate up to 5 people or 500kg including pilot and trekking bag for a wonderful trip. If you would like to book this trip for a large group, even so, this can also be arranged.
Your safety is important while traveling with Mountain Hike Nepal. Please notice that your leader can change or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is considered suitable due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above trip; but, as this adventure includes traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot promise that we won’t deviate from it. Climate conditions, a member’s wellbeing, unforeseen natural disasters, etc., may all lead to changes in the itinerary. The leader must seek to ensure the trip runs according to schedule, but if essential, be ready to be adjustable.
Please note In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund if you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.
During your Everest Base Camp Trek, you spend total 3 nights at one of the best four-star hotels in Kathmandu
Facilities in 4 start Hotel Room:
All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. While trekking you will be staying at the best available teahouses. We will have rooms with attached washrooms in most parts of the trek but this is not possible in a few remote locations. Also, understand that single rooms are not easily available in higher elevations like they are in Kathmandu and the lower elevation regions. At higher elevations, the lodges will have only basic facilities – bed, shared washroom, and a communal sitting and dining area. You will have to pay extra for using the Wi-Fi hotspot and charging your electronic devices.
In Kathmandu, only breakfast will be available, and there will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.
During Trekking all meals will be served at the lodge you will be staying at; lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route. Items on the menu include the traditional Nepali and Tibetan foods like dal-Bhat (rice, lentils, and curry), momo, Tibetan bread, etc. as Indian and continental dishes (chapattis, apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, noodles, etc.).
The weather forecast says rain/clouds/snow in Lukla on our Flight Day. Are we in for a rough flight?
When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget
What’s the best season for the EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?
The best seasons are from March to May and from September to November. December, January, and February are winter and cold can be snow on the trail, June, July, and August are rainy, trekking can be done, but the visibility may be poor due to rain. And the Lukla flight may also be canceled.
What temperatures can you expect at the EBC during spring and autumn?
These are the best months to do this trek, as the weather is mild and the temperatures range from 12 to 15 degrees. The skies generally remain clear and the days are pleasant and warm. You can expect an occasional spring shower and hazy weather during spring. The mountain views are stunning in September, as there is more snow in the mountains. Nights can be freezing as the temperature dips after sundown.
In case of bad weather if the flight is canceled what will be the alternatives?
If the flight gets canceled due to bad weather there is no alternative but to stay an extra day. You will have to bear the cost of accommodation. Sometimes even when the airlines cancel their flights, helicopter companies offer charters. If you would like, you can take a helicopter flight. This will incur an extra cost and you have to pay for it.
How can I communicate if there’s an emergency?
There is a mobile network in the Everest Region. If you get a local SIM (Ncell or NTC) you can use your mobile phone to communicate easily. As this is a mountainous area the network may get erratic at times. In most places, the network is good enough for internet use and video calls. Our climbing guides also carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.
What happens if someone from our group gets sick while trekking in the mountains?
Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.
If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on the account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary.
What do you recommend for water along the Everest trek? How many liters a day should we be consuming? How much should we expect to pay for mineral water or boiled water? With everyone looking to purchase water is there ample supply? Does Mountain Hike Nepal provide the water?
You can either buy bottled mineral water or fill up a reusable water bottle with boiled or sterilized water. During the trek, the teahouses or lodges serve you bottled and filtered water which is generally safe and has to be paid for. A liter of water would cost anything between 1 to 4 USD. As you go higher the cost of all commodities, including water, increases. But do note there is no dearth of the scarcity of drinking water at teahouses. We encourage our guests to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking. You need to drink at least 3-4 liters of water each day to stay hydrated at higher altitudes. Keeping your body hydrated helps you to keep away the symptoms of altitude sickness.
No, the company won’t provide drinking water or any extra drinks or beverages other than the ones that are specified in the trip cost.
s it hard to climb Everest Base Camp?
You need to be in good shape and have the ability to walk 6 – 7 hours uphill and downhill per day. This trek is suitable for passionate trekkers. Positive attitude, excellent health, and strong determination are required for a successful finish. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Besides, it is advisable to trek with a highly reputed trek operator like us, with experienced guides who can help you with significant mental preparation with a personal touch.
Regarding the difficulty, the only challenging factor is the altitude. Our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. Neither ropes nor ice picks are needed for this trip and no vertical climbs are involved. Novice travelers in good physical shape, who exercise regularly, has a positive attitude, and have a healthy heart and lungs can easily complete this adventurous trip.
Can you provide more information about your trekking guides?
Most of the guides in our company come from mountainous areas. They are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, leadership skills, and personal aptitude. We provide guides that are experienced and fluent in English. With the objective of sustaining local communities, we employ guides from different ethnic backgrounds who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal.
Our guides have the required government license to guide tourists. They have all gone through intensive training programs like wilderness first aid, trekking guide training which are certified and approved by the government of Nepal.
How do you avoid altitude sickness?
Please do note, all our trekking itineraries incorporate an adequate number of acclimatization days. You will get an extra day’s rest at a lower elevation to prepare your body for a walk-up in the higher reaches.
AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness usually occurs due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere in high altitudes. Our body is not used to walking in high altitude and it requires a lot of time to adapt to thin air in the mountains. Technically there is no way of stopping AMS but you can surely prevent it by following the given tips:
How long before I need to book Everest Base Camp Trip?
We strongly recommend that you book your trip for a month in advance. We need to book our flights to Lukla earlier, especially during the peak trekking season when a large number of trekkers are present. When you arrive and would like to plan your journey, however, we can also arrange the Last Minute Books!!
Do I require an earlier Trekking Experience?
Many previous observations on trekking are helpful.
Moreover, every beginner or seasoned trekker should be able to complete the trek with good health.
The trek might be simple for those who are used to hiking long distances with a weighted
For a fact, those who don’t have these interactions should start jogging, sprinting, cycling, and walking a
couple of weeks before trekking, which helps boost your stamina level and also keeps your body for
good shape. Walk around places nearby, and focus on building the power. The walk is daunting in every way but it is satisfying. You will complete the journey with a little planning and dedication, and tick it off your bucket list.
What happens if I need to leave the trekking beforehand?
If you have to leave the trekking due to ill-health or injury, an emergency air rescue will be arranged whereby an air ambulance/helicopter will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain rescue. If you are able to walk down, one of the assistant guides will guide you down to a lower elevation where you can wait for the rest of the team or fly out to Kathmandu ahead of the group. Whether for health or personal reasons, please do keep in mind that refunds for the unused days of your trip will not be given. Even if you leave the trekking beforehand, we are committed to paying the porters, and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired.
What kind of insurance do I need for trekking in Nepal? Can I get insurance there?
We would recommend all our clients to purchase travel insurance before booking any of our treks. Trust us you will have a pleasant holiday knowing that you have a good insurance cover. In the event of any sickness or injury, while trekking in the mountains, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation will be considerable. Therefore, traveling with an insurance cover is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for any of our trips. But be careful while choosing a policy as some policies make special exceptions for adventure travel.
Do read the fine print. Before buying insurance make sure your insurance company is aware of your travel itinerary and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken during the trip. Such as if you are planning to trek or climb (mountaineering expedition) in the Himalayas, your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tour in an urban area, insurance cover of air ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory. While booking a trip with us you need to send us a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come for the trip.
No, you cannot get insurance in Nepal. Please also note that Mountain Hike Nepal does not arrange or sell insurance.