The celebrity of all peaks- the mighty Everest!
It is safe to assume that almost everyone knows about Everest and a few of you might have also considered trying to summit it. Unfortunately, not many take the first step of actually going forward with it, so first of all congratulations on considering doing EBC and visiting our page. You are on the right trail already!
To reach the summit of Everest is a legendary, humongous task and not within reach for a majority of us, but the Everest Base Camp trek at 5,600 meters, definitely can be. It is no easy task in itself and requires commitment, but it certainly is an achievable goal for people from all walks of life.
Surrounded by countless high peaks, lofty glaciers, alpine lakes, and breathtaking scenes, you will be trekking through the mightiest of them all. Now that we have your attention, we will get right into the details.
Day 1: Hotel stay at Kathmandu During the first leg of the journey, you will feel excitement, nervousness & adrenaline like never before. Thamel in Kathmandu is where you will experience the first wave of the trekking culture of Nepal, a unique mix of trekkers from all over the world.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Ramechap by Road. Ramechap to Lukla by flight. Trek to Phakding. Flying into Lukla is hands down one of the best flights you would ever take. So make sure you get the window seat on the left and enjoy the ride! The sight of the tiny village nestled in between the mighty Himalayas is mesmerizing. Added to that, is the fact that it is one of the most dangerous runways in the world! Thrilling, isn't it? And then you start your trek to Phakding post-lunch. It’s a three-hour trail and it's at a slightly lower altitude, so you can ease into it, most of it is a descending trail.
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar. Crossing a couple of bridges and trekking on the well-established trail will get you to Namche. And believe us, you will see it all in this little town. We like to say - it is the capital city of EBC Highway.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar. This day will be about resting and getting acclimatized so you can visit the museum or roam around the city exploring its culture. The best part of this day will be that you will be able to catch the first glimpse of the mighty Everest!
Day 5: Namche to Tengboche. This day will be about trekking through some serene and beautiful jungles/forests. As you slowly start ascending higher up, you will notice a gradual change in landscape.
Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche. On this day of the trek, you will officially get closer to the higher altitudes and drylands. The dry arid landscape takes over the lush green one.
Day 7: Dingboche Rest Day. Get ready to feel the altitude this day.
Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche. You will also get to eat at the world’s highest bakery and enjoy Mt. Nupse turning fiery red in the evening.
Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (Excursion to EBC)
Day 10: Gorakshep. Sunrise hike to Kalapathar and/or Sunset hike to Kalapathar.
Day 11: Trek to Pangboche. Going up the mountain is optional but getting down is mandatory. So this day begins your journey down and there will be a lot ahead to be excited about.
Day 12: Pang Boche to Namche/Jorsalle. As you descend lower, we can say this can be the day when it’s okay to visit some of those party houses if you want and choose your poisons. Here, we either stop at Namche or head to Jorsalle, which has a tea house by the river, a serene place. You can either shorten the next hike to Lukla by heading to Jorsalle or celebrate the evening at Namche.
Day 13: Namche/Jorsalle to Lukla. Arguably one of the hardest days on the trek if you choose to stop at Namche, with a lot of trekking Steep uphill and downhill involved. But then you can have the best sleep you have ever had at the end of the day!
Day 14: Fly back to Ramechap. What goes up comes down! And so, this day will be the end of this journey. From Lukla, you will catch a flight back to Ramechap and get on a transport to Kathmandu to end your trip on a bustling note.
Pre-Trek Preparation: As trip leaders, I understand how important it is to feel confident and prepared for any trek, especially a big one like this. That's why we make it a priority to check in with each participant regularly via phone calls, taking the time to listen to their progress and any concerns they may have. We make sure that everyone feels ready and fit for the trek to enjoy it fullest.
Accommodation: Stay starts from the hotel in Katmandu on Day 1 till Lukla on Day 14. You will be staying in tea houses on all days of the trek. *The rooms in the hotel and tea houses can vary from single, double, or triple occupancy. Toilets/Washrooms will be common.
Meals: Three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and evening tea will be provided by us on all trek days. Included meals start with breakfast in Lukla on Day 2 and end with breakfast at Lukla on Day 14. *At tea houses, you get to choose any one item from the menu at the time of a meal during all your trekking days. (Except alcoholic drinks)
Hot water: One cup of hot water per person will be provided twice a day (Morning and Night)
Flight: Domestic flights - Kathmandu ⇄ Lukla.
Airport transfers: With included Domestic flights.
Internal Travel: The taxi fare from Ramechap to Kathmandu back is included. We will arrange for the means of transport as required.
Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinder, and oximeter will be carried by the trip leader.
Trip Leader: An experienced outdoor leader with Wilderness medical knowledge/Wilderness First Responder certified.
Certified Local Guide: A licensed guide with ample experience as a Himalayan Guide & with good communication skills will be a part of the team.
Porter: You can opt to offload one backpack weighing not more than 10 kg.
TIMS and Permit: Trekkers' Information Management System and Permit for trekking in Nepal will be taken care of.
Rescue: Travel Insurance is not included. Rescue expenses incurred by helicopter, horse, mule or any other means are not included.
Phone, WiFi, and other battery charging costs: Tea houses in Nepal generally have an additional cost for extra electricity provided.
Backpack Offloading of more than 10 kg.
Hot Water for shower/bathing- Tea houses charge extra money for a bucket of hot water.
Packaged drinking water is not included except in Gorakshep where you will be provided with 2L packaged drinking water.
Any tip to porters or guides.
Anything apart from Inclusion.
Personal expenses of any kind.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1) Will the tea house room have Blankets/Quilts? Yes, they will all provide warm blankets and beds. But as an added precaution we will also provide personal fleece liners to every trekker.
2) Will I need Gaiters and Microspikes on the trek? If it is required, we will provide them when necessary.
3) Do I have a weight limit for my porter bag? Yes, we would like you to respect the mountains and their people and limit your weight to 10kgs.
4) Do I need to get insurance coverage? Yes, in case of medical emergencies or evacuations, helicopter charges will be covered by the insurance only if you have one.
5) Travel (Adventure Travel) Insurance
Travel Insurance is ideal for everyone traveling outside their country. Your insurance should include adventure travel and sports, and should cover emergency rescue operations or helicopter lift-off when needed. Along with adventure travel insurance, it could cover personal accidents, medical expenses, and personal liability.
6) Emergency Rescue & Health Care
Emergency rescue is conducted throughout the Himalaya in case of any accidents or sudden health deterioration. Helicopter rescue missions in such cases are covered by the insurance. However, you must check with your medical insurance before signing off on the documents. If not please make sure you get one before your trek.
7) Can I order anything from the menu and will that be covered by Beyond The Wall?
Yes, you can order any one item from the menu at the time of the meal in tea houses during the trek and we will pay for it.
8) Food & Accommodation
Rice and Lentil, popularly known as Dal Bhaat, is the staple diet of most Nepalese. Rich in proteins and carbohydrates, Dal Bhaat can be eaten anytime during the day. Along with many other authentic dishes, Nepal hosts the finest array of international cuisines; American, Thai, Chinese, and Continental, etc, along with fast food which is commonly found in base camp and tea houses. Oats, Muesli, Roast, Pizza, Pancakes, and sandwiches are commonly found in almost every trek trail.
9) Trek Permits
A permit required to trek in Nepal will be provided by Beyond The Wall.
10) About connectivity, since you are traveling to a different country you can buy a local sim card or update your SIM for international travel. But it is not mandatory as Nepal is a wifi-enabled country with every hotel, cafe, and even tea house throughout the trek having wifi connectivity. If you still want to buy a sim you can buy it from the airport in Kathmandu. We recommend you buy a SIM from the operator called Namaste. To buy a sim you will need your Passport / any form of ID, a passport size photo, and around 1200/- Nepali rupees, ie. about 750/ INR.
11) Use of Electrical Devices and Connectivity
Electrical appliances use 220-240 volts and 50 MHZ of power to operate in Nepal (Some countries use 110-120 volts of electricity, and accept very specific shaped plugs.) If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter to the plugin. These adapters help fit your appliances in any socket.
12) Local Currency and Payments
Most of your stay and food will be taken care of by us once you reach Kathmandu. For stay at Kathmandu, it is better if you exchange currency at the airport. Although many places in Kathmandu do accept Indian Rupees, it would be ideal if you exchange your currency here. There are many licensed money exchangers in the city. Make sure you carry enough Nepali Rupees for the trek if you want extra facilities like Wifi, hot water, packaged drinking water, etc. There are ATMs in Kathmandu where you can withdraw money using your debit/credit cards, but they will charge a nominal fee for each transaction. Please check with your bank that your debit/credit card can do transactions in Nepal. Keeping some spare US Dollars is a good idea.
13) Batch size
We as an organization believe in giving the best of the experience that comes with the outdoors. We also understand that nature is something that is better experienced without much disturbance around and in calm solitude so, on the basis of keeping it a truly uplifting experience, we keep our group size limited to 8 trekkers per batch.
14) Tipping custom for guides and porters.
It is a part of the trekking culture in Nepal to tip your porters and guides.
We as an organization put in our hundred percent to make sure that you get the best experience throughout the trek with us. To do so we personally book tea houses for each of our treks prior to the trek date and ensure good quality and service.
However we do understand that due to unforeseen circumstances you might have to cancel your trek. We will process the refund as below-
More than 30 days before the start of the trek or due to natural calamities- 4% cancellation fee 15 days - 30 days before start of trek – 15% cancellation fee
14 days - start of trek – No refund can be provided.
The money will be transferred to the bank accounts from where the payment was made within a week.