About the Trip
Conquering the mighty Mt Everest Base Camp is one of everyone's dreams. A walk in the Everest region accompanied by a wide range of the Himalayas and embracing ambience in the Sherpa village; this trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We discover myriad hidden gems as we walk the trail to the foothills of Everest. The trek to Everest Base Camp is not only about the snow-capped peaks. It is a package of experiences from adventure to tranquillity. Walking in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, we explore the beauty of the place supplemented by the excellence of its culture and traditions. With an amazing landscape, we witness the beauty of the glaciers of the Everest region and occasional spotting of rare and endangered floras and faunas. This trek, without doubt, offers us with a grace that impresses our soul.
- Flying in between the clouds and above the mighty Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lukla
- A thrilling yet scenic helicopter ride from Gorak Shep to Lukla
- One of the world’s highest-situated airports in Syangboche
- Get familiarised with the traditions and lifestyles of the Sherpa community
- Explore world-famous monasteries and museums of Khumbu region
- Walk in an incredible landscape accompanied by a few of the world’s highest peaks, Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Mt. Makalu (8,463m)
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Encounter wildlife like Musk Deer, Colourful Peasants, Snow Leopard, and Himalayan Thar
- Traverse through the highest glacier on Earth: Khumbu Glacier
- Enjoy the awe-gazing sight of Khumbu Icefall(5,486m)
Conquering the mighty Mt Everest Base Camp Trek is in the bucket list of almost every person. Even with determination, we may not be able to aim for the trek due to factors like work, health and various other. This package is designed especially for our clients who dream of reaching the foothills of Everest but are drawn back by such factors. A little bit of struggle to reach the top, and a little luxury of skipping the downhill trail, this package provides the beauty of the exceptional Himalayas. We enjoy the blanket of mountains surrounding the mystifying valley as we walk past thrilling bridges, moraines, Stupas decorated with vibrant prayer flags and the enchanting aura of the Sherpa village.
We fly amidst the clouds, over the tallest mountains to begin our journey. The short and scenic flight to Lukla(2,850m) from Kathmandu expresses the beauty of the Himalayas at its best. We head for a small hike till Phakding(2,650m), letting our body adjust to the thinning air. Crossing the famous suspension bridge of Everest region, over the swiftly flowing white river, we reach Namche Bazaar(3,440m). After an acclimatization day at the gateway of Everest, Namche, we hike up to Deboche(3,820m). Enjoying the panoramic view of Everest(8,848m), Ama Dablam(6,812m), Lhotse(8,516), Nuptse(7,861), Thamserku(6,623m), we reach Dingboche(4,360m). With another day to adjust with the increasing elevation, we explore the depth of Dingboche. We reach Everest Base Camp(5,364m) through Lobuche(4,930m), where we get accompanied by the majestic peaks throughout the trail. When the first rays of sunlight slowly kiss the snow-capped peaks the next morning, we’ll be there holding a cup of coffee surrounded by those pristine and pearly white mountains. We cannot see the mighty Mount Everest from the base camp, as of which we ascent further to Kala Patthar(5,550m).
After spending good quality time at the viewpoint, we head back to Gorak Shep where we take the helicopter to go back to Lukla. We skip the downhill walk part of the trek. As we celebrate the accomplishment of conquering the trek, we unwind for the day nostalgic of the entire trail. We fly back to Kathmandu the next day from Lukla and conclude our trek to Everest Base Camp.
This trek is for beginner trekkers with good physical health, that provides enough time to acclimatize in high altitudes and skip the downhill walk of the trek. A classic trekking route, this package is for everyone who wants to reach the foothills of Everest comfortably.
In addition to this trek, we offer other exquisite trekking routes for our valuable clients. There are other thrilling trekking routes for trekkers looking for greater challenges - 12 days Everest Base Camp Trek or 10 days Everest Base Camp Trek, 15 Days Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trekking, 17 Days Everest High Three Passes Trekking and many more to choose from.
Discovery World Trekking will arrange a comfortable arrival and stay at a hotel in Kathmandu a day before our '10 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with return in Helicopter from Gorakshep'. Make sure to attend our official briefing a day before the trek. The primary motive for the meeting is to give you proper guidance and vital information about the trek. Secondarily, we recheck all the equipment for your comfortable journey. We ensure that you have all the supplies needed for the trek. This pre-meeting gives a clear idea about the necessary supplies and challenges you may face during the trek. It will be a kind of motivational seminar for you to be outfitted and energised about the trek. Additionally, it is recommended to put a margin of 1 or 2 days extra. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla or from Lukla to Kathmandu is unpredictable and might be cancelled or delayed due to bad weather.
Day to Day Itinerary
Flight to Lukla (2,850m/9,350 ft) 40 minutes, Trek to Phakding (2,650 m/8,562 ft ) - Walking Distance (6.2km/3.85 miles) - 3 hours.
We commence our journey to the base of Everest by flying to Lukla. The 40 minutes of scenic flight, followed by a short hike to Phakding(2,650m) is very refreshing. We hike from Chaurikharka village to Phakding where we stop for our first night at the Khumbu region. The crisp and refreshing day is beneficial in acclimatizing with the elevation. We can seize a short excursion around the village with spare time on hand. Phakding is the starting point for this trek as of which it has everything from gears and lodging to pool and restaurants. Moreover, there are few famous local monasteries (Rimishung Monastery) that we will visit. A short yet very significant day, we prepare for our long walk starting the next day
- Overnight at Yeti Mountain
- Included standard meals ( Buffet Breakfast + Buffet Lunch + Buffet Dinner )
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285 ft) - Walking Distance (7.4km/4.6 miles) - 6 hours.
We start early since this day as it is the first day of our trek. We continue slowly along the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi River with a beguiling view around. The thrilling suspension bridges of the Everest region makes this hike even more exciting. Adorned beautifully with prayer flags, the bridges across the Dudh Koshi River adds to a spectacular view. We reach Monjo village after a few hours of the walk, from where the Sagarmatha National Park begins. A challenging ascent awaits from here through the dense forest, where we slowly see the face of Mount Everest. As the view intensifies, the enthusiasm ensures to make us forget all the steps that we’ve climbed. Through the woods and stone paved way, we finally reach Namche Bazar. With incredible scenery and pleasing vibes, Namche Bazaar is an amazing place to relax.
- Overnight at Yeti Mountain
- Included standard meals ( Buffet Breakfast + Buffet Lunch + Buffet Dinner )
Rest day and Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
We spend another night at Namche Bazaar, primarily aimed at adjusting with the thin air. We hike ahead, but we descend back and stay at Namche Bazaar. Despite the claim of the title, we will not just be sitting idle today. We wander through the alleys of Namche, while we adjust ourselves to the altitude. Furthermore, we can hike to Sagarmatha National Park and including a hike to Khumjung(3,790m). The universal rule of acclimatizing with the thinning air is to hike high and sleep low. It is optional yet recommended part of the trek. We visit Hillary school and old monasteries on the way to Khumjung. We can also further hike to Khunde. Namche, without a doubt, offers a lot of hidden wonders. A must-not-miss place is the Syangboche airport(3,780m), the highest airport in the world, and hike to Everest View Hotel from where the view of Mount Everest is excellent. An additional day at Namche, we can relax and enjoy the luxury of the Village as we prepare for the next walk.
- Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home
- Included standard meals (Buffet Breakfast + Buffet Lunch + Buffet Dinner )
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,855m/12,850ft) - Walking Distance (9.2km/5.72 miles) - 5 hours
The trek begins with a gentle till Phunki Village. Reaching Tengboche can be quite challenging, as we have to hike through steep uphills. As demanding as the hike might be, the majestic views of the Himalayas will make the ascent worth it! The walk uphill is supplemented by spotting of Musk Deer, Peasant, and Himalayan Thar. Stated as one of the most beautiful places in the trekking route, Tengboche has many more to offer. Blessed with the best panoramic view of the mountains like Everest(8,848m), Ama Dablam(6,812m), Lhotse(8,516), Nuptse(7,861), Thamserku(6,623m), it will forever remain cherished in our memory. Tengboche also has one of the most famous and the largest monastery in the Khumbu region, “Tengboche Monastery.” Also known as the monastery on the top of the hill, it is a must-not-miss site. We conclude the day with the peaceful sound of the prayers and the bells. As we relax, we get ready for our next walk to Dingboche.
- Overnight at Culture Home
- Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m/14,290ft) - Walking Distance (12 km/7.45miles) - 5 hours.
We’ll head towards Pangboche village(3,985m) witnessing many Stupas, Mani walls and small Sherpa villages. This trail offers a fluctuating yet admirable landscape. We start with lush alpine forest and seasonal rhododendron. As we climb higher, we can witness shrubs and a deserted landscape. Considered to be challenging, the steepest climb till Dingboche from Lobuche River turns out to be difficult due to the higher elevation and the decreasing level of oxygen. Dingboche(4,360m), as called the ‘summer valley of Khumbu’, comprises a kilometre long wall built to protect the village’s crops from the cold winds. The view from Dingboche is gorgeous with a picturesque valley and mountains giving us immense bliss and contentment. We rest here at Dingboche and enjoy the authentic Sherpa food.
- Overnight at Good Luck Hotel
- Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
Rest day and Acclimatization at Dingboche
Today, we roam around the path of Dingboche(4,360m/14,290ft) and adjust our bodies with the thinning air. We prepare ourselves for the next ascent with light hikes. Rest day might be a deceiving title, as we don’t remain idle. The same as the earlier rest day, we hiked up and sleep low to acclimatize with the altitude. We will hike up the ridge above Dingboche and enjoy the panoramic close-up view of the Mount Lhotse(8,516m/27,940ft), back view of Ama Dablam(6,812m/22,349ft) and Island peak(6,189 m). The steep and rocky hike views enhanced and a close-up of Himalayas with every turn we take. While our body acclimatizes, we can calm our mind with amazing views of the untouched beauty of the mountains.
- Overnight at Good Luck
- Included meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930m/16,175ft) - Walking Distance (6.6km/4.10 miles) - 5 hours.
The trail to Lobuche(4,930m) is incredible with magnificent mountain views throughout the trail. The trail leads us to a short uphill near a ridge of a top shrine following the wide valley. Through a steep terminal moraine left by Khumbu Glacier(4,900m), we’ll pass through huge slabs displaced by the glacier on our way to Lobuche. As we climb higher, with every turn, we start to see an enhanced and closer view of the mountains. The hike becomes steeper and we start seeing a majestic view of the peaks as the elevation slowly increases while reaching "Thukla"- Partial view of Lobuche from the trail leads to wonder of dreams. The hypnotizingly beautiful trail will help us to cross the challenging hike to Lobuche.
On the way lies memorial statues of climbers who lost their lives on the ascent to Everest. We can spend a little time there and honour their courageous decision to conquer of Everest base camp. Despite the steep climb, as we get closer to our destination, the enhanced view motivates us to climb! With chilly evenings and a cup of warm tea, we'll give our body a rest for the final ascent. We, therefore, conclude one of the most enjoyable days of our trek.
- Overnight at Eco Lodge
- Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and back (5,364m/17,598ft)to Gorak shep (5,185m/17,010 ft)-Walking Distance (15 km/9.32 miles) -6-8 hours
After days of walking, the day to reach the foothills of the highest mountain finally arrives. We will begin our walk to the base camp early in the morning. We pass through many glaciers, including the famous Khumbu Glacier. Beyond it, we can see Khumbu Icefall(5,486m) as well. Further enduring the wondrous journey to the base camp, we will also see the Army Mountaineers Memorials. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and Mount Everest standing right ahead of you, we will be overwhelmed by its sparkling beauty. Reaching the Everest Base Camp is a dream come true. This is the closest we will be to the highest mountain in the world. The final ascent to Everest Base Camp(5,364m) might be a little challenging due to the increasing altitude; involving rocky dunes and moraine; and a formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. With a slow and steady pace, we can, without doubt, complete the trek. We continue down the trail after captivating the bewildering beauty. After we immerse fully into the beauty of the base camp, we walk back towards Gorak Shep(5,185m) through. We may comfortably rest the remaining day there with a heart full of contentment.
- Overnight at Eco Inn
- Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
Hike to Kala Patthar(5,555m/18,208ft) - Walking Distance (1.2km, 0.7 miles) viewpoint, trek back to Gorak Shep, fly to Lukla (2,850m/9,350 ft)
Kala Patthar(5,555m) is a short optional hike from the Everest Base Camp. It is highly recommended part of the trek as it is the best viewing point of Everest and surrounding peaks. Also keeping in mind, we cannot see the Everest from the base camp with Mount Lhotse(8,516m) standing right in front of the mountain. We will hike very early to Kala Patthar to view the sunrise on Mount Everest and other peaks. Here we’ll be on the highest altitude of our entire trek. After spending a good hour here, we trek down to Gorak Shep and grab our breakfast. We return back to Lukla with helicopter after conquering the mighty trek. As we skip the downhill trail, we enjoy a scenic flight back with great comfort and relaxation.
- Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home
- Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
Fly back to Kathmandu.
The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu will be a relaxing one with no more hills to climb but a heart-filled with memories. We have a final chance to enjoy the marvellous scenarios of the snow-capped mountains. We will escort you back to your hotel after reaching Kathmandu. We can manage a tour around the city as per your request. You can visit several world heritage sites around the city. As beautiful as the mountains, the culture around the city is a must-see before you call it an end to your vacation.
What is Included?
- Pick up & drop off from airport to hotel and vice versa in private vehicle
- Domestic Flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu). Tickets and airport departure taxes
- GorakShep, fly to Lukla by helicopter
- Highest available standard lodges and guesthouse accommodation (Generally twin Sharing room)- 9 Nights
- All Standard Meals (10 Lunches, 9 Dinners and 10 Breakfasts) during the trek
- Government License holder English Speaking Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader, (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers: 1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
- Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment.
- Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
- Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
- Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
- All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
- Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
- Souvenir - A company's T-shirt & Cap
- Discovery World Trekking’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
- Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek
What is Excluded?
- International flight airfare
- Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
- Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
- All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
- Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boil bottled water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc.
- Personal clothing and gear
- Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
- Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
- Additional costs or delays caused by factors outside of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
- All costs and expenses not listed in "Cost Includes" will be counted as excluding costs
Equipment lists for Everest Base Camp Trek
It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage, which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each). Equipment can be bought in Kathmandu at a reasonable price.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat
- Headlight with extra batteries
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Face/body wipes
- Light weight gloves
- Heavy weight winter gloves
- Hiking shirts
- Long sleeved shirt
- Hooded rain jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Light weight cotton pants
- T- Shirt (bring Light weight wool)
- Polypropylene underwear
- Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
- Water proof jacket and pants
- Hiking Boots
- Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)
- Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
- Thermal bottle
- Water purification
- Trekking pole
- Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trekking)
- Medium size drying towel
- Tooth brush
- Tooth paste
- Deodorant floss
- Bio degradable bar soap
- Nail clippers
- Small mirror
- Cell phone
- First aid kit
- Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
- Notebook and pen
The beginning of the journey towards 10 days Everest Base Camp Trek with fly back by Helicopter from Gorakshep
You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. You will be required to spend the first night in a hotel in Kathmandu. The overnight stay in Kathmandu is not included in the package as there are varieties of options available for you. You can choose between hotels, lodges and homestays (both economic or luxurious) online and book it yourself or we can do it on your request. We recommend you to pre-book the hotels, as it may be hard to navigate around the new city on the first day. We are pleased to recommend or manage hotels for you on your arrival. The next day, in the early morning, we will take a domestic flight to Lukla, approximately 40 minutes flight from Kathmandu.
Don't Worry, We'll Pick You Up!
When you are new to any place, it is hard to track the location or even book a cab. To avoid such dilemmas, Discovery World Trekking provides you with free pickup and drop service for any Everest Base Camp Trek package regardless of the flight you take. We will receive you at the airport with a pamphlet of your name and our company name. With a warm-hearted welcome and either khada or a marigold garland, we will make you feel homely from day one. We will escort you safely and comfortably to your hotel.
Accommodation Details During The Everest Base Camp Trek
The trek is 10 days long trek with 9 nights in the mountain with best possible lodge accommodation. We assure to make you feel homely with the warm hospitality of the local people. The higher you get the lodging facility declines a bit as in mountain regions it's hard to provide all facilities like Kathmandu city. Most of the lodges have a squat toilet system in the Everest region and a twin-sharing room with mattresses, blanket and pillows will be available. We can also manage single rooms on request, but it will cost some additional charge. Though DWT aims to provide an attached bathroom in every possible lodge, in some places, there can be a shared bathroom at higher elevation areas. The guests themselves should manage two nights in Kathmandu, which is not included in the package as there is a wide range of hotels for all kind of budgets available. You can easily book hotels online, or we can manage it for you as per your request. Discovery World Trekking has good public relations with local service providers in the Himalaya region as of which we aim to provide you with the best possible services with plenty of comforts.
Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.
The trek is over higher elevations near the world’s highest peak, which means your body needs enough carbohydrates, protein, nutrition for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal in this trek is very convenient, not like that in cities, but we make sure you get the entire supplements through your complete trek.
We will be providing you with 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunch and 9 Dinners throughout the trek.
Some of the typical food menus are -
Breakfasts - Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelettes, Poached, Boiled), Pancakes, Muesli, Bread, Fruits and Vegetables, Hot drinks like tea and coffees, hot chocolates etc.
Lunch - Typical Nepali dish (Dal, Bhat & Tarkari), Tibetan Bread, Various Soups items, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potato items, Vegetable and Salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Dessert items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc.
Dinners - Dal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups items, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings) Macaroni, Tenduk, Spaghetti, Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potato items, Vegetable and salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Noodles Ramen, Dessert items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks, etc. are available on the menu during the trek.
These food items from the menu will usually be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional and local; Asian and western cuisine; almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list decreases. We highly recommend consuming enough liquids, green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup (must) at high altitude and fresh vegetables for health benefit.
Though plenty of non-veg items will be available, we won’t recommend any of them because the meat in such places may not be healthy during the trek. As suggested by experts, it is best to avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, hot chocolate, dairy and cheesy items in such high elevation treks.
All personal bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea houses/ lodges or in cafe except standard meals mentioned (including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.
Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek
The weather is one of the most important factors to look at when deciding to trek to Everest Base camp cause no one is beyond nature. The live forecast of Everest base camp can be gained here, yet it’s very hard to predict the weather. People trek 12 months of the year up to Everest base camp trek but certainly, there are ups and downs in every season, It is best suited to trek during the spring and autumn as the sky is crystal clear from dusk till dawn, the rainy weather stops and thick sun-blocking clouds also fades. The magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas. With added those breathtaking views, the temperature is also exquisite with sunlight being warm and the environment after delving of the sun is not as cold as other months.
Though during the winters and monsoon, it becomes a bit challenging to trek due to heavy snowfall, a cold temperature that’s what enthuses many trekkers.
January to February
This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. This when there is heavy snowfall in the mountains and can result in extremely cold temperatures. Though the daytime may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the night time would be extremely cold but it’s perfectly fine to trek in these months as discovery world trekking make sure of every possible safety during the trek but if you are allergic to extreme cold, you shouldn’t be trekking at these months or else people trek 12 months of the year and leave their footprints around the world’s highest peaks.
Temperature: Temperature ranges from 15°C to -15°C.
March to April
This is one of the best times of the season to hike in the Everest Base Camp. The weather is very favourable this month. Stunning views of the Himalaya ranges and glaciers will be seen. March being the beginning of the spring season, the weather starts to warm up during these months. During these months, all flora and fauna dormant throughout the winter back to life feeding and breeding in the sun-kissed temperatures. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition at this time.
Temperature: Around 18 °C. At night, the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -12 °C.
May to June
This is also the perfect time for trekking right before the rainfall. Nepal starts its rainfall from the end of June till mid August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.
Temperature- Around 25°C at daylight and it drops down to around -5°C.
July to August
The rainfall hits at its peak during this time, below 3500 meters. Due to heavy rainfall, Flights to Lukla may get cancelled at the beginning or end of the trek but trekkers are seen in those months trekking towards Everest base camp, it’s challenging but not impossible, if you choose to trek in these months Discovery world trekking will take care of your safety at its fullest as it does in every month but as the way is not that favourable its not highly recommended to trek in these months but the rainfall also provides spectacular views of the waterfall and avoid the crowds like other months.
Temperature- Around 27°C at daylights to 5°C
September to October
This is also one of the perfect seasons for the EBC Trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favourable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls down to 5 degrees during the night-time. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended, as it’s the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek, usually from mid-September to end. The main festival of Nepal: Dashain and Tihar also attract tourists in this season.
Temperature- Temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees
November to December
As winter slowly begins, snowfalls begin in the Himalaya region and it eventually gets tough to trek. Nights get colder. November is the busy season people all over the world come at these months, as it’s the clearest month with sparkling days and amazing views of humongous mountains. The daytime temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. From December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow like diamonds in the sky.
The weather in the Himalaya is so unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day to night.
Acclimatization During Everest Base Camp Trek
Altitude sickness is commonly faced by many trekkers who try to rush their way to the base camp. It is not a matter of ignorance and requires immediate treatment in such cases. To avoid such, in this trek, we will be acclimatizing in two places: Namche Bazaar and Dingboche. This trek is relatively at ease compared to the Everest Base Camp 10 or 12 days’ trek. At Namche Bazaar, trekkers can explore the famous Sherpa town and adjust to the thin air. We will also be having second-day acclimatization at Dingboche where we will climb the ridge behind the village to take a look at the stunning views of the peaks. Our trekking leader and guide are well trained and experienced at high altitude, and they have extensive first aid training as well. Your health and safety are important to us, and we guarantee that it will be our very first priority. In case you have been rigorously affected, the only remedy would be to descend immediately. Also, your group leader has the definitive response to determine whether you can proceed the trek based on your health conditions.
Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical, and Health
As challenging as it is, the Everest Base Camp Trek is an equally rewarding trek. On average, the walk per day will be around 5 to 7 hours, depending on the destination and the number of breaks we take. The trail is mostly uphill or steep descents, with rocky and stone paved paths. It is not impossible to go to these treks for a regular person, but remaining fit and exercising well will make the trek more comfortable and enjoyable. Former trek experience or regular exercises and doing yoga is an advantage for the trekker. Besides, if you love trekking, you can make it happen anyways and conquer your dreams.
This trek, however, is not recommended for individuals with sensitive medical conditions like heart or lung disease. Since the majority of the trek involves moderate to strenuous climbing, it may prove to be dangerous for the health of such people. We recommend you to consult with your doctor before attempting to attain this trek. Also, we make sure to provide you with all the necessary medical kit supplies you may need in the trek.
The group for the trek usually consists from 2 to 12 people. A leader, assistant guide, and porters will accompany a group of 8 throughout the trek. It is a great time to enjoy your hike with various trekkers from around the world. You may choose to trek with a random group or limit it to your own. We will also be glad to organize a private trek with your friends and family only. We generally recommend travelling in a group rather than an individual due to safety concerns. Also, it is always good when you can share your happiness and experience once you step on the base of Everest.
A typical day on the Everest Base Camp trek
Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing enjoying the scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, experienced friendly and qualified expert Sherpa will share information and historical facts about the places as they accompany us throughout the trek. The porters who carry our luggage will also accompany us. However, we will be carrying our own small backpack with the necessary items.
The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the days walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the days walk. After trekking for three to four hours, we will have lunch around midday on the route to the next destination, and we continue after about an hour of rest.
The afternoon walk is generally shorter: about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will also have free time to explore nearby places.
Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. Before going to bed, we will spend some quality time in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy on board games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.
Communication on trek
On the Everest Base Camp Trek, the use of Internet service will be available at the lodge with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges. But once we reach high altitudes, communication will be through the phone, for safety proposes.
We'll communicate with all our valuable clients through our leader at least once a day to make sure you're alright and satisfied with our service. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, the signal might fluctuate as you climb uphill. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim-card for communication. (Most of the places have Wi-Fi service available with an additional cost)
Normally Wi-Fi works in every part of the trek in hotel/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.
Extra personal expenses on trekking
Discovery World Trekking tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients themselves as all kinds of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) can be booked easily online or even we can do it for on request. All our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover the costs of accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) that can be changed to rupees here cause during the trek as only Nepalese currency is accepted.
Electricity and battery recharge, water on the trek
Throughout the lodges at Everest base camp, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available with an extra cost. Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity, and some of them have solar panels. Water during the trek: you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shop or filling boiled water at an extra cost. A water purification pill will be provided to make water drinkable.
You shouldn't drink water from the river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems.
This trip grade is ranked the challenging difficult as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events including sudden climate changes.
Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Everest base camp trek. All the members of trekking must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude (up to 6000m) for trekking members.
We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don’t directly get involved in the sale of an insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy.
Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help in arranging quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.
Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say in their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Helicopter-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.
Passport and visa
All foreigners except Indians require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan International airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is the US $40 for 30 days, which have to be paid in cash on arrival on Tribhuvan International Airport. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive a free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan) that may not receive the visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.
Nepali Rupees (NPR) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller's cheques, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card.
If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about 4% or more depending upon the bank.
During the trek, there are no banks and money exchange services so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu only, depending on how much personal expense you require as in Himalayan region people only accept Nepalese Currency
Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes
How Much Luggage can I take during Everest Base Camp Trek?
The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, two people will be assigned with one porter, and combined luggage should not exceed more than 18kg. We never overload our porters. But you should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what are essentials, you can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Discovery World Trekking store for free and it'll be completely safe.
We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc) in our briefing before we start our journey from our Office.
Everest Base Camp Trek Safety
Discovery World Trekking guarantees our valuable clients safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trekker to decide if he/she will further continue, as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.
Most importantly, tipping is at traveller’s discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, a tip is an accepted and honoured way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect
Booking and payment process
Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company-registered number is 87657/068/069. We are a member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence as we are reliable.10% of payment in advance and other necessary documentation like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from the booking date. The number of domestic flights for Lukla is limited but being very busy during the trekking seasons. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union and online payment directly from our website. The remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.
Last minute booking
Discovery World Trekking has offered the special provision of last minute booking with regard to The Everest Base Camp trek. Under this condition, the last-minute booking with 100% trip payment within 24 hours is accepted
After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.
After completing the Everest Base Camp trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Discovery World trekking will give you company t-shirt, digitally printed certificate of trek achievement along with a key ring. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliments, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performances as we always strive to be better.
Everest base camp Trek
Finally struck off EBC from the bucket list with an extremely professional and well-organized tour with Discovery world trekking! We took on a 10-day trek package with Discovery and what impressed me most was the professionalism of Paul Gurung and his team. Paul was very responsive to our queries about the trek and from the moment we arrived at the airport, he was there behind the scenes making our trip as smooth sailing as possible. During our trek, our trekking guide Saroz was amazing and would constantly check on our well being and give us tips on how to avoid AMS. He was really fun to chill with and it was nice seeing his enthusiasm for the trek as well. Our porters were amazing as well and they made sure we got to EBC in the best condition possible. To add on, Discovery was v well connected and often we stayed in guesthouses which exceeded my expectations. We were also able to get the first flight out of lukla when the weather was turning for the worse which was a major plus point. Discovery has been a great choice for our trek and deserves the highest praise:) Thanks for the memories discovery!