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Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek 15 days

The Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge trek is a luxurious way to the Everest Base Camp.  It is an opportunity to conquer the Base Camp of the highest summit of

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Trip Fact

Trip Length: 14 Nights 15 days 
Activities: Guided Trekking tour 
Trek Luggage: Carried by local porter 
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous 
Acclimatization: 2 days before EBC in Namche and Dingboche.
Max Elevation: 5,364m Everest Base Camp  
Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner 
Accommodation: Five Star Hotel in Kathmandu/ Luxury Lodges during trek. 
Flight: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu 
Best Month: Feb-May/Sep-Dec Battery 
Recharge: Everyday 
Wi-Fi: Every day 
Group Size: 01 Minimum -16 Maximum

Trip Introduction  Overview

The Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge trek is a luxurious way to the Everest Base Camp.  It is an opportunity to conquer the Base Camp of the highest summit of the world with the high class facilities and services en route. Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge trek is designed to provide the customers with luxurious facilities and services to facilitate the journey towards their dream destination.

In this Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge trek you will get the best available accommodation and facilities throughout the journey. This trek provides you an opportunity to embark an epic journey that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa set off to in 1953 in a luxurious way. Everest Base Camp Luxurious trek is specially designed to meet the customer’s satisfaction by serving them with high standard quality services during the journey to the most popular trekking destination of the world, Everest Base Camp.

The journey starts with a short and scenic flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla. The airport is the main entrance for almost every trekkers trekking to Everest Region. On your trek you will reach at a high point of 5545m to the best view point on earth which is Kalapatthar. It offers the superb view of Mount Everest along with other several mountains. You will also pass through several Sherpa villages such as, Khumjung, Pangboche, Namche Bazaar which is also a major economic hub of people living in Khumbu region, and many other villages. You will be visiting different monasteries such as Tengboche monastery which is the biggest monastery of that region. You will also encounter the amazing panoramic views of mountains such as Ama Dablam, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse etc along with beautiful Gokyo Lake and Gokyo valley.  During your journey you will be staying in the best available lodges and guest houses available in the area. As per the availability the accommodation will be provided on single basis with attached bathrooms.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03:  Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding [2,652m/8,700ft]: 3 - 4 hrs

Day 04:  Phakding - Namche Bazaar [3440 m/11,280 ft]: 5 - 6 hrs

Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

Day 06: Namche Bazzar to Deboche[3820m/1253ft]: 5 - 6 hrs

Day 07:  Deboche to Dingboche [4360m/14304ft]: 4 - 5 hrs

Day 08:  Dingboche - Duglha [4,600 m/15,090 ft]: 3 - 4 hrs

Day 09:  Duglha - Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 2 - 3 hrs

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 6-7 hours

Day 11:  Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar - Pheriche [4280 m/14,070 ft]: 8 - 9 hrs

Day 12:  Pheriche-Pangboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazzar [3,440 m/11,280 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

Day 13:  Namche Bazaar - Lukla [2,800m/9,186ft]: 6 hrs

Day 14: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 15: Final Departure

Luxury Vehicles for Airport Pick-up and Drop

Since it is a luxury trek we want to give the customers a luxurious feel right after they land at Kathmandu Airport. Our representatives will be there to welcome you at the airport. They will transfer you to the hotel in a private luxurious vehicle.  We provide special vehicles for Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge trek.

Luxurious Accommodations

A luxury lodge trek is nothing without luxurious accommodations. The accommodations that we provide in this Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge trek have world class standards and facilities. We provide five star accommodations in Kathmandu and the best accommodation during your trek in Everest Region. We provide star-rated and chain hotel accommodations with high class services in Kathmandu like Hyatt Regency Kathmandu,Hotel Yak and Yeti, Hotel Radisson, Marriott Kathmandu and many more. Similarly in the Everest Region we provide accommodation on world’s highest place luxury hotel Hotel Everest View, and other best available accommodation like Yeti Mountain Home. The accommodation in this Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge trek will be provided on Single Supplement basis in Kathmandu. However, during peak tourist season it may be difficult to get single supplement at high altitude.

Meals

We provide the meals of your choice in this Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge trek. You will be provided with standard meals at the luxurious hotels and resorts during your trek and stay in Nepal. You can taste the international cuisines in Kathmandu some common western and continental cuisines during your trek in the Everest Region. 

 Private Porter Service

Porters are the back bone during any trek. We usually provide one porter for each two members in a group in an ordinary trek but we provide the facility of private porter in this Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek. We provide single porters for each member in a group. To provide you a better trekking experience the porters will carry all your luggage’s and hand carry so that you can trek freely without carrying any extra burden with you.

Why Actual Adventure?

Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd is one of the leading travel agency in Kathmandu. We have been organizing several trek and tours inside and outside the country. We receive 100% satisfied customers and more than 50% repeated customer each year which is our biggest gain. Our main focus is to give the best travel experience to our valued customers with their preferred budget. Moreover we do have a group of highly enthusiastic and experienced working office and field staffs. We encourage them to bring out the best and give excellent service to the customers. With more than 10 years of experience in the related field we vow our customers to make the most memorable trip of their lifetime. Hence, you can choose Actual Adventure to have a better travel experience in Nepal. We mainly focus on the following criteria’s.
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Quality Service
  • Reasonable Price
  • Customers Need and Demand

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

Our Actual Adventure representative will be waiting to welcome you in traditional way at the arrival gate of Tribhuwan International Airport. After that they will take you to the hotel in a luxurious private vehicle. You can meet trekking crew at Actual Adventure head office after you check-in your hotel. At evening, you will offer you a traditional welcome Dinner (D) in a traditional high class Nepali restaurant, organized by Actual Adventure. As this will your first day in Nepal, you will never miss the opportunity to make you enjoyed and make you feel overwhelmed. Overnight stay in Hyatt Regency or Similar hotel in Kathmandu.

Included Meals: welcome Dinner.

Day 02:  Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding [2,652m/8,700ft]: 3 - 4 hrs

Flight time: Could be any from 6:30 Am to 12:00 pm

 Flight Duration: 35 Minutes.

Trek Duration: 3 hours.

Early in the morning after having breakfast or with packed breakfast you will drive to airport and board a flight to Lukla. After landing in Lukla you will start a downhill walk and make your way through Chauri kharka village and you further descend to Ghat (2530m). Lukla is one of the most dangerous airstrips of the world.  From here you will trek to Phakding. Following the bank of Dudh Koshi River you finally arrive to Phakding. You will stay in Yeti Mountain Home today.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 04:  Phakding - Namche Bazaar [3440 m/11,280 ft]: 5 - 6 hrs

Breakfast at: Same lodge/Teahouse of overnight stay.

Lunch: In between your trek to onward destination.

Dinner at: Lodge/Teahouse for overnight stay.

Total walking hours: 5 to 6 hours.

Following the banks of Dudh Koshi River the trail takes us to Tok Tok village. From here one can view the excellent vista of Thamserku peak. Further continuing the trail climbs to Monjoo (2840m) and then enters to Sagarmatha National Park. Walking some distance uphill you will arrive to Jhorsalle (2830m) and after this you will cross a bridge and witnessing the magical panorama of Everest and Nuptse you will ultimately arrive to Namche Bazaar.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

 

Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at: Namche Bazaar.

After having breakfast you will do some sightseeing around Namche and then hike to Everest View Hotel for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaroo, Khongde and Khumbu yu La. Later you will make your way to Khumjung valley where you can see Hillary school, ancient monastery with Yeti skull and Khunde hospital. After this you will retrace your path back to Namche bazaar for overnight stay.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 06: Namche Bazzar to Deboche [3820m/1253ft]: 5 - 6 hrs

Breakfast at: Namche Bazaar

Lunch: On the way

Dinner at: Deboche

Today you will have the first view of Mt.Everest during your trial. The trial goes through wooded land, steep valleys and rhododendron and pine trees. You will not gain a lot of altitude today. You will climb about 1,000m and descend over 700mtrs. Today you will walk on an ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet.  You will pass small monasteries and stupas, with pictures of the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan figures of note which gives you a feeling of Tibet. You will also visit the largest monastery of this region Tengboche monastery. The monastery is very well preserved, restored by Edmund Hillary after a fire here in 1989. After walking about 5-6 hours you will reach Deboche. Overnight at best available lodge at Deboche.

Day 07:  Deboche to Dingboche [4360m/14304ft]: 4 - 5 hrs

The trek today begins after breakfast at Deboche. The trial passes through several chortens, Mani walls and small villages. You will be enjoying wonderful close-up views of Ama-Dablam Mountain during the trial. You will go north to Pheriche and take east ward trial beneath the towering north face of Ama Dabalam heading towards Imja Valley. From the valley you will trek further you will reach the confluence of Lobuche River. After a short descend and steep climb will take you to Dingboche. You will enjoy beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals upon reaching Dingboche. Overnight at best available lodge at Dingboche.

Day 08: Dingboche - Duglha [4,600 m/15,090 ft]: 3 - 4 hrs

On the eighth day of Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek you will trek to Duglha. The trek begins with a short climb from Dingboche through Khumbu Khola valley. You will trek along the arid terrace which provides you amazing views of the mountains on all sides. Upon reaching Dusa the valley begins to narrow. You will continue the trial to Phulung Karpo below Chola Lake. You will witness the majestic view of Mt.Pumori along the trial which eventually hides across a roaring stream. You will cross a small wooden bridge and a final ascent will take you to Dugla. Overnight at best available lodge at Duglha.

Day 09:  Duglha - Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 2 - 3 hrs

On the ninth day of Everest Base Camp Luxury lodge trek you will have your breakfast at Duglha and then start your trek to Lobuche. You will trek up to the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. On the trek between Dughla and Lobuche there is a special place with about 108 memorial chortens to fallen Everest climbers. On the beginning it was reserved for Sherpa guides who died when climbing Everest. But when the years passed the famous foreign mountaineers also got their chortens there. You will witness the amazing views of several peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal on today’s trial. Overnight at best available lodge at Lobuche.

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 6-7 hours

After having breakfast the trail gradually goes uphill through the side of Khumbu glacier to Gorakshep. The path to Gorakshep is rocky and windy but offers the spectacular view of Mt Pumori and Everest Base Camp. Following the Khumbu glacier the trek continues. The path here can be confusing, so it is very important to follow your Sherpa guide. Each year the trail changes due to the movement of glaciers. The walk is quite tiring as it goes through rocky dunes, moraine and streams till you reach the Base Camp. Due to high altitude and thin air you too may face some breathing problem. After having a grand time here you will retrace your path back to Gorakshep for overnight stay.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 11:  Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar - Pheriche [4280 m/14,070 ft]: 8 - 9 hrs

Early in the morning you will hike to Kalapathar to witness a 360degree panorama of regal mountain peaks. This rocky peak with the altitude of 5545m gives the joy and sense of self-satisfaction which is beyond imagination. From here the Everest looks amazing and the panoramic view of Khumbu glacier seen in the south sweeps you up. After having your breakfast in Gorakshep you will descend down to Pheriche. Stay overnight in Pheriche.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 12:  Pheriche-Pangboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazzar [3,440 m/11,280 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

You have now almost completed your trek. You will descend down to Namche Bazaar from Pheriche. The trial descends through rhododendron and juniper trees to Pangboche. Continuing your trial further you will reach to Phunki Tenga. You will have your lunch there and trek further to Dudh Koshi River. You cross Dudh Koshi River and again descend through pine forests from Dudh Koshi George to Sansa. On your trial today you can also see mountain goats, snow leopards and colorful pleasant. Upon reaching Namche Bazaar you will take rest and again roam around the market. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 13:  Namche Bazaar - Lukla [2,800m/9,186ft]: 6 hrs

You will have your breakfast at Namche and begin the trek. You will trek back to Lukla following the same trial via Pheriche. Today you will have the last day at mountains. Staying at Lukla you can have a flash back to your wonderful trekking memories. Overnight at Lukla.

Day 14: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

Early in the morning you will catch a scenic flight back to Kathmandu over the Himalayas. You can view the mountains for the last few minutes during your flight. The representatives of Actual Adventure will drop you to the hotel after you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. After having lunch you will have plenty of time for sightseeing and shopping.

Day 15: Final Departure

You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey. We hope you had a wonderful time in Nepal with us and we will be glad to serve you again.

NOTE: The trekkers are recommend to arrive a day earlier at Kathmandu before the start of Trek. It is because arriving a day earlier gives you ample time for rest and also you can buy the necessary trekking gears in Kathmandu in case you haven’t brought it with you. Also it is better if you are prepared for the unforeseeable weather of Everest Region with some additional days besides the trip schedule so that you won’t miss your International flight even if the Lukla flight is delayed or cancelled. You will offer you welcome dinner in Kathmandu on your arrival day and due to any reasons if the welcome dinner cannot be provided the following day then you will offer you farewell dinner before your departure.

All your trekking packages are fully customizable. You can accommodate the trekking packages according to the preference and requirements of the customer. The above provided template is just a demonstration of what you offer. 

 

NOTE:   During the trip, the unpredictable factors like, weather, local politics, transport and many more which are beyond your control can bring some change in the itinerary. In such case, if the alternation in the itinerary is necessary, then the trek leader will decide for the best alternative with the consent and interest of the whole group. If the change occurs we will do our best to minimize its effect; however the company cannot be responsible for the results of changes and delays.  

 

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

Since, the weather in the Everest region is unpredictable and is likely to change every few hours, the Lukla flight often gets delayed or even cancelled. 

Lukla Airport is situated on a wonderful valley surrounded by high mountains. Landing and taking off from Lukla is considered to be difficult and technical. Therefore, Lukla is considered as the most dangerous airstrips in the world.

Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. However, if flight to and from Lukla are cancelled in case of bad weather conditions in Everest region, you can help you charter a helicopter upon your request to ensure you are on schedule for your trip and international flight connections. The helicopter charge is to be paid by the passengers themselves and can be reimbursed from their travel insurance later. The helicopter charges USD 2,500 to USD 3,000 per helicopter. The helicopter can carry up to 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared among the passengers. The company can help by providing necessary documents required to claim the amount from insurance company. 

The payment for helicopter must be paid at time of service by participant. US dollars cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, and American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee, which goes directly to the bank.

The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m or greater, while the twin otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If there is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters cannot be operated. In such case you will reschedule your flight for next day depending on the availability. If this situation keeps on getting repeated for many days then you will provide you with the alternative trek options.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up/drop in a private luxurious vehicle. 
  • 5-star category hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation at Yeti Mountain Home at Phakding, Namche and Lukla.
  • Best available lodges above Namche.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Seasonal fresh fruits during the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) with their food, accommodation, salary and equipment and insurance. (Single porter on request)
  • Domestic Airfare Kathmandu–Lukla/Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag, Duffle bag for trekking (to be returned after trek). 
  • Actual Adventure T - Shirt and trip achievement certificate as a souvenir from Actual Adventure. 
  • First aid medicine kit (Carried by the team leader).
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa Fee.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot showers during the trek except when in Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Wi-Fi internet and phone call unless it’s free.

Why Everest Base Camp Luxury lodge trek?

Everest Base Camp Luxury lodge trek is a world class trekking experience to Everest Base Camp.  Everest Base Camp Luxury lodge trek is designed to provide high class tour to the customers with opulent services and facilities. Have a look to what this Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek offers.

Luxury Vehicles for Airport Pick-up and Drop

Since it is a luxury trek we want to give the customers a luxurious feel right after they land at Kathmandu Airport. Our representatives will be there to welcome you at the airport. They will transfer you to the hotel in a private luxurious vehicle.  We provide special vehicles for Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge trek.

Luxurious Accommodations

A luxury lodge trek is nothing without luxurious accommodations. The accommodations that we provide in this Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge trek have world class standards and facilities. We provide five star accommodations in Kathmandu and the best accommodation during your trek in Everest Region. We provide star-rated and chain hotel accommodations with high class services in Kathmandu like Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, Hotel Yak and Yeti, Hotel Radisson, Marriott Kathmandu and many more. Similarly in the Everest Region we provide accommodation on world’s highest place luxury hotel Hotel Everest View, and other best available accommodation like Yeti Mountain Home. The accommodation in this Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge trek will be provided on Single Supplement basis in Kathmandu. However, during peak tourist season it may be difficult to get single supplement at high altitude.

Meals

We provide the meals of your choice in this Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge trek. You will be provided with standard meals at the luxurious hotels and resorts during your trek and stay in Nepal. You can taste the international cuisines in Kathmandu some common western and continental cuisines during your trek in the Everest Region. 

 

Private Porter Service

Porters are the back bone during any trek. We usually provide one porter for each two members in a group in an ordinary trek but we provide the facility of private porter in this Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek. We provide single porters for each member in a group. To provide you a better trekking experience the porters will carry all your luggage’s and hand carry so that you can trek freely without carrying any extra burden with you.

Why Actual Adventure?

Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd is one of the leading travel agency in Kathmandu. We have been organizing several trek and tours inside and outside the country. We receive 100% satisfied customers and more than 50% repeated customer each year which is our biggest gain. Our main focus is to give the best travel experience to our valued customers with their preferred budget. Moreover we do have a group of highly enthusiastic and experienced working office and field staffs. We encourage them to bring out the best and give excellent service to the customers. With more than 10 years of experience in the related field we vow our customers to make the most memorable trip of their lifetime. Hence, you can choose Actual Adventure to have a better travel experience in Nepal. We mainly focus on the following criteria’s.
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Quality Service
  • Reasonable Price
  • Customers Need and Demand

Nepal Visa Information


Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

Gratis (Free) Visa

For first visit in one visa year (January to December), gratis visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, the visa can be extended from the department of immigration with respective fares.
 Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.
Nepal Visa for Chinese Nationals
As per official circular of the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing, China, Chinese nationals applying for tourist visa to Nepal are being provided “gratis tourist visa” from Jan. 5, 2016, from following Nepali missions in the People’s Republic of China:
• Embassy of Nepal, Beijing
• Consulate General of Nepal, Lhasa
• Consulate General of Nepal, Hong Kong
• Honorary Consulate of Nepal, Shanghai


More Information

Nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan will need to obtain visa from Nepal Embassies or Diplomatic Missions in their respective countries, as they do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal. 

Transportation, Flight and Arrival Information


We will send our representatives from Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd at Tribhuvan International Airport a bit earlier than your arrival. As you land at Tribhuvan International Airport and complete your immigration process you will see our representatives holding a placard of your and company’s name. They will welcome you in a Nepali style offering some flowers and then transfer you to the hotel in our own private luxurious vehicle. You will meet rest of the team members in the hotel. The next day you will have your breakfast at the hotel or drive to the airport for your flight to Lukla depending upon the flight schedule. The costs includes Airport to Hotel pickup and drop for both domestic and international flights.  You will meet the rest of the team members in Lukla and only guide will be going along with you from Kathmandu. 

Accommodations Meal and Drinking Water

The accommodations during Kathmandu will be provided in standard 3 star hotels. However accommodations during the trek will be provided in Tea houses or lodges. All the accommodations will be provided on twin sharing basis. In Kathmandu you will get luxurious rooms with attached bathrooms and other luxury facilities. But, it might not be possible during the trek. You will be provided with clean and comfortable accommodations but in the mountain region there might not be facilities of attached bathrooms in the lodge or guest houses and also you may have to pay extra charges for hot water as well. We will try our best to provide you the best available services as far as possible. Single supplement rooms can also be provided on request but may not be available on higher altitude.

Meals

All meals during the trek will be provided by the company. The meals are provided three times a day that includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The breakfast is provided at the same lodge/teahouse where you had your overnight stay; Lunch is provided on the way and dinner at the last stop of the day where you will have your overnight stay. Since, all the tea houses/ lodges are run by the local people they have the similar food items on the menu. The tea houses mostly serve the local Nepali dishes and also offer some common Indian and continental food items as well. You can choose your food as according to the menu. We advise you to give a try to local food items and treat your taste buds with new flavors. Since, most of the food items are made up of locally grown it is healthy and organic as well. The breakfast during Everest Base Camp Trek usually consists of toast, eggs, potatoes, and tea or coffee. Some tea houses offers instantly made chapattis or Porridge instead of toast.  The lunch and dinner usually consists of typical Nepali food called Dal Bhat (cooked Lentils and Rice) including vegetables and pickles or you can also choose noodles, pastas, soups and other items. Since every food items are made by the local people you may not get that exact taste in the dishes other than local dishes. 

Drinking water 

Water is an essential part of your trek. You need to drink plenty of water during your.  Most of the diseases during your trek are caused by drinking impure water. However it is not that the water in the mountain region is impure. It is natural and clean the people there consume it direct from the tap. But, since you are not used to you may get directly affected and consuming water direct from the tap might ruin your trek. Here are the tips for consuming water during Everest Base Camp Trek.

1. Mineral Water/ Bottled water.

Mineral water or Bottled water is available at most of the tea houses. The bottled water costs normally 1 Dollar per liter. If you find it in any tea houses it is better to carry an extra bottle because it may not be available anywhere during the trek. 
2. Boiled Water
Drinking boiled water is probably the best method while trekking in the mountains. It is highly effective treatment for killing the bacteria from the water. You can boil the water in the tea house and carry it along with you during the trek. The tea hoses charges normally one to two dollars to boil the water. 
3. Purified Water.
You can bring your own water purification tablets like Aquatabs®, Chlorine tablets, Bhromine Tablets along with you. It helps to save your budget as well.
4. Filtered Water.
You can also use filtered water as well during your Everest Base Camp Trek.  This can be an alternate where boiling is not preferred and also there is not any availability of other purified water. The filters like hand pump are effective in removing protozoa, bacteria and chemicals/toxins from the water but may not be effective removing the viruses. 

Leader & Staffs Arrangements with Porter Care


During this Classic Everest Base Camp trek you will fly to Lukla from Kathmandu only with your guide. Other team members like assistant guide and porters will join you from Lukla.  We focus on giving employment opportunities to the local people as far as possible. We choose experienced field staff having good knowledge in their related field. We do have highly experienced team of porters and guides. Our field staff leaders are highly experienced and have undergone the trainings like. Intensive Wilderness First Aid, Trekking Guide Training, Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet, English Language, Conservation and Biodiversity, Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders). 

Why do we use Porters?

Porters are the most helpful assistant for your Everest Base Camp Trek. They carry your luggage all the way through your trek. We use the local porters during Everest Base Camp Trek. It is a small effort from our side to provide them employment opportunity and help them maintain their living standard and look after their families. We provide one porter for each two members of a group and also provide personal porter on request with additional costs. 

Why don’t we use Yak as Porters? 

During your Everest Base Camp Trek you can also see several Yaks and Mules on your way used as porter. Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd doesn’t use yaks and mules as porters during the trek because we respect animal rights and emphasis on giving employment opportunities to the local people. 

Guide and Porter info

It is in the hand of guide and porter to actually make or break your trip. A good guide can give you a memorable trek of your life time whereas a bad can ruin your trek and make it the worst. Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd has a team of highly experienced a passionate trekking guides, expedition leader, porters and tour guides. With their years of experience and dedication in their fields they have been providing our customers with remarkable service and excellent results. You can have the detailed information of our guides in the company’s Trip Management Team (Field Staff). 

Equipment’s & Packing List

Proper equipment and packing is very necessary during the trek. No proper trekking gears can ruin your trekking experience. You will need following trekking gears and equipment’s for Classic Everest Base Camp Trek.
Summary 
• Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
• Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
• Fleece or wool trousers/pants
• Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
• Thick, warm wool hiking socks
• Footwear for around camp, example, running shoes and/or sandals
• Gaiters (optional)
• Thermal tops
• Fleece jacket or pullover
• Wind cheater jacket (optional)
• Waterproof shell jacket
• Thermal gloves
• Underwear
• Shorts
• Cotton trousers/pants
• Thermal bottoms
• Sun hat or scarf or Hat or light balaclava
• T-shirts
• Socks
• Sunglasses with UV protection (opt to but this at your home country)
• Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
• Head lamp, spare bulbs & batteries
• Small padlock to lock trek bag
• Plastic bags
• Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
• Camping mattress
• Water bottles
• Small wash towel
• Footwear (see footwear section below for details)
• Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)
• Toiletries
• Basic first aid kit

DETAILS PACKING LIST (DOWNLOAD PDF)

ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

● Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
● Sunscreen
● Lip Balm with Sunscreen
● Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
● Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
● Water Bottles or Camel Back 
● Sunglasses 
● Headlamp with extra batteries
● Favorite Snacks 
● Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
● Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
● Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
● Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
● Toilet Paper
● Trekking Poles (optional)
● Thermos (optional for hot beverages)

CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

● Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
● Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
● Long underwear pants (2)
● Underwear (5 to 7)
● Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
● Long sleeve shirts (2)
● Sweatshirt (optional)
● Fleece Pants
● Trekking Pants (2)
● Shorts (optional)
● Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
● Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
● Waterproof Pants 
● Wide brimmed hat 
● Wool hat (Should cover ears)or Balaclava 
● Lightwight Gloves
● Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
● Gaiters (optional)

FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

● Hiking boots with ankle support
● Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes  
● Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
● Hiking socks (10)
● Sock Liners (optional)

SLEEPING BAG

● Sleeping bag rated to  -15° C/ 0° f
● Sleeping bag liner (optional)
● Sleeping bag stuff sack
DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS
● Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
● Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
● Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
● Waterproof cover for daypack
● Drybags in several sizes
● Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes

FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following; 

● Advil or Ibuprofen 
● Diamox (for altitude sickness)
● Personal Prescriptions
● Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
● Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
● Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
● Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
● Wet wipes
● Panty Liners and Tampons
● Face lotion
● Hair brush
● Hair ties
● Hand warmers
● Ear plugs for sleeping
PAPERWORK AND MONEY ON THE TRAIL
● Minimum 06 months Valid Passport (needed at entry gate for registration)
● Spending Money for personal use 
● 3 Passport Size Photo (Needed for trekking permit)
OTHER ITEMS
● Portable Solar Charger
● Journal, pen and paper

Equipment Buy in Kathmandu


If you have not brought any of these equipments then you can also buy this in Kathmandu as well. If you need help our guides will help you to buy the trekking gears in Kathmandu. You can find the wide range of varieties while buying the trekking gears in Kathmandu. The qualities of the trekking gears are similar to that you get in your countries. You can also find medium quality gears at cheaper rates as well. You can find all types of trekking gears in Thamel which is the main street for backpackers and trekkers in Nepal. 
Equipment Hire in Kathmandu.
You can also hire the equipments and trekking gears in Kathmandu as well. But we recommend you to bring your own equipments as far as possible. You will have a better experience in your own equipments’ rather that hiring the used equipments’. However, hiring trekking gears can be a great idea for backpackers and budgeted trekkers since hiring trekking gears can be a lot cheaper than buying.  Have a look to the cost of hiking and trekking gears in Kathmandu. 


Training and Fitness for Trekking.


No prior training and experience is required to do Everest Base Camp Trek. But, if you have trekking experience anywhere in the world then it can be an added point to your trek to Everest Base Camp. If you can walk up to 6-7 hours a day in an unfamiliar terrain then you can easily trek to Everest Base Camp. It is better if you start taking energy boosting diets and doing some physical exercise a month before the trek. All you need to have is strong willingness and ability to overcome the challenges.

Staying Healthy 


Staying healthy and fit is very important when you are trekking to one of the most strenuous trekking destinations. You need to be very careful about your health and health related problems. Here are the following tips you can use to stay healthy during Everest Base Camp Trek.

• Eat proper and healthy diets.
• Avoid eating meat and meat products more often.
• Drink a lot of water.
• Don’t drink water direct from the resources or without purifying.
• Starting exercising a month prior to the trek.
• Take your regular medicines with you. 

Take Care of your Feet.


Taking care of your feet is a must when you are going on a trek. Not taking proper care of your feet can ruin your trek. To take care proper care of your feet the following tips might be helpful.
• Buy good quality comfortable shoes.
• Clip Your Toenails
• Apply Powders/Creams/Tapes
• Wear the Right Socks
• Wash your feet regularly.
• Soak your feet for at least 10- 20 minutes at the end of the day.

Getting a Good Night Rest


As it is said ‘Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy and wise’, getting a proper goodnight sleep is very important for everyone. During the trek since your body gets tired after walking all day long a proper sleep is a must. You need to sleep for at least 7-8 hours. A good night sleep helps your body to take rest and recollect the energies that you’ve lost during your trek. For a better sleep we recommend you to carry a sleeping bag with you. The sleeping bag will be provided by the company or you can carry your own if you have. Sleeping Bag is necessary especially when you are trekking to Everest Base Camp because since only basic accommodations are available the blankets might not be enough for you. 

Acclimatization & Sickness.


Acclimatization is very important when you are trekking to an altitude of more than 3500m.  Proper acclimatization helps to reduce the chances of Altitude Sickness. The itinerary is designed with proper acclimatization that will help your body to adopt the lower oxygen content in the air. Once you reached an altitude of 5000m the oxygen content in the air is less than 50% than that of the sea level. One of the main causes of altitude sickness is staying too long at high altitude without proper acclimatization. If in case you suffer from altitude sickness, the guides will notice the symptoms and then drop you to the lower altitude immediately. You have to inform to your guide if you notice any discomfort or symptoms of AMS. Major altitude sickness might need emergency helicopter rescue so make sure your travel insurance covers all the risk including helicopter rescue. 
Note: If you suffer from altitude sickness in the mountain and still want to continue the trek then you can directly call to the office or ask you guide to call to office and make arrangements. In such case you may have to stay at the mountains for some extra days so we suggest you to have at least three extra days than your trek schedule. We charge $70 for extra days in the mountains. Since, there are several groups trekking from the company it is possible for you to join another group during peak seasons. However, it might not be possible during off season and you may have to pay extra charge for the porters and guide. 
To know about the symptoms of Altitude sickness the following content might be helpful.

Know about Altitude 


Hiking or trekking to high altitudes can result altitude sickness and sometimes can be severe as well. So, it is better to have proper acclimatization and stay hydrated and have proper balance diets while trekking to higher altitudes. 

Symptoms of High Altitude sickness

The symptoms of altitude sickness depend upon various factors. These are the primary symptoms of Altitude sickness that can be cured immediately with certain precautions. 

• lack of appetite, nausea, or vomiting
• exhaustion or weakness
• dizziness and insomnia
• pins and needles
• shortness of breath upon exertion
• feeling sleepy
• general malaise
• swelling of the hands, feet, and face
If the primary symptoms are left untreated it may result to a serious altitude sickness which may need emergency rescue. The following are the major symptoms of AMS. 
• fever
• A constant headache that doesn’t respond to any painkillers.
• increased vomiting
• constant dry cough often with pinkish sputum
• numbness and dizziness
• gradual loss of consciousness

Travel Insurance and Evacuation in emergency 


Travel insurance is compulsory for all our clients traveling with our company. The Nepalese Insurance company doesn’t have travel insurance for foreign people so we recommend you to bring the legal documents with you while coming to Nepal. Your travel insurance must cover the loss due to theft, injury, delay; inconveniences or any other and the company should not have any liabilities for your personal loss. Make sure your travel insurance also compensate emergencies helicopter evacuation in case of emergencies. 
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
No prior training and experience is required to do Everest Base Camp Trek. But, if you have trekking experience anywhere in the world then it can be an added point to your trek to Everest Base Camp. If you can walk up to 6-7 hours a day in an unfamiliar terrain then you can easily trek to Everest Base Camp. It is better if you start taking energy boosting diets and doing some physical exercise a month before the trek. All you need to have is strong willingness and ability to overcome the challenges.

Do and Do Not

Here are some of the things that you have to keep in mind while trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Do’s

• Walk slowly 
• Drink purified or boiled water.
• Eat healthy foods.
• Get proper Acclimatization.
• Respect local culture and people.
• Bring your regular medicines and first aid kit. 
Don’ts
• Don’t Get to enthusiastic 
• Don’t drink water direct from resources.
• Eat Junk Foods 
• Neglect the signs of altitude sickness.
• Disrespect the local culture and traditions. 

Solo Travelers.

The numbers of Solo travelers are increasing rapidly in recent few years in Nepal. Nepal, being a beautiful and peace loving country is also one of the safest countries for solo travelers. However, the cost for solo traveler might be expensive since single supplement is very difficult to find and are expensive as well in the mountain regions. 

Is Solo Travelers Safe in Nepal?

Nepal is one of the safest countries to travel in the world. We see numbers of solo travelers around the streets of the city and trekking areas. Tourism related crimes in Nepal are very less and we Nepalese treat our guests as gods. Even though, it is safe but still you need to be careful while walking to the cities alone during the mid night and we recommend you to hire a guide while trekking. 

Is Female Solo Travelers safe in Nepal? 

Nepal is generally considered safe for women travelers. Nepal might have a conservative society but the people are open to every kind of cultures which helps to stay true. There haven't been many serious crimes against tourists since few years. Yet, travelers are requested to have considerable care while travelling.

Can you trek in Nepal without a guide?

Nepal requires the use of guides and porters such as in some of the regions such as Inner Dolpo, Kanchenjunga and Upper Mustang due to the areas being restricted. However, places such as the Annapurna Conservation Area and Everest Base Camp do not require guides. But we highly recommend to at least having a guide with you. Since, hiring a guide is very cheap in Nepal and it is not safe to travel alone in the mountain region you need to hire a guide for your personal safety. 

Required Permits for Trekking 

The permit required for Everest Base Camp Trek like Sagarmatha National Park Permit, and TIMS card will be managed by the company itself. For this you will need to submit your passport sized photo (2 copies) and a photocopy of your passport in the office.
Culture and Custom of Sherpa people
It is highly recommended to our travelers to respect the local culture and custom of Sherpa people. The prayer rocks, walls and flags are meant to be kept to the right at all times. It is a custom to follow what the local people believe.  Also, ask before taking any photographs, many people do not want their photos taken.  

Communication during Everest Base Camp Trek.

For some trekking can be a short break from social medias and internet whereas for some internet and communication is a means to stay connected with near and dear ones during trekking. While travelling in the remotest areas you may not have facilities of telephone and internet. However, in recent days the Internet and Communication facilities during your trek to Everest Base Camp is improving rapidly. The region now has 3G and 4G coverage as well.

Satellite phone 

If you want to have the best networks throughout your trek to Everest Base Camp you can use satellite phone throughout the trial. You can rent the sat phones or bring your own. 

Wi-Fi

Most of the tea houses and lodges now provide Wi-Fi service. You can get free Wi-Fi in Everest View hotel and some of the lodges. But most of the lodges take extra charge for Wi-Fi. They charge you normally $5 for unlimited Wi-Fi coverage. However, the speed of the internet may not be faster like that of the cities. 

Mobile data 

Mobile Data can be the cheaper way to get in touch with your family and friends in the Everest Region. You can buy a local sim card from a private company in Nepal and activate your data. The cost od data pack varies per MB. A telecommunication company in Nepal, NCELL has launched 3G connectivity since 2010.  So you can have a better internet experience in the Everest Region through mobile data as well. 

Nepal Useful Information 


 CURRENCY

The Nepalese Rupee (Nepali: रूपैयाँ, symbol: रू, Rs. code: NPR) is the official currency of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. The Nepalese rupee is subdivided into 100 paisa. The issuance of the currency is controlled by the Nepal Rastra Bank, the central bank of Nepal. The bank notes are available on 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 1000 rupees denominations.

Know more about Nepalese currency.  

What currency works in Nepal?

Nepalese Rupee is used all over Nepal.
Can I use Indian Currency in Nepal?
 Some of the shops and hotels also accept Indian currency but the Indian currency of, Rs 200, Rs. 500 and Rs.2000 rupees denominations has been banned in Nepal. 

How can I get currency in Nepal?

Your travel agent or hotel and they can help you exchange your cash into Nepalese rupees as per the exchange rate generated by Nepal Rastra Bank. This is the easiest way to exchange currency in Nepal. However, if you have a traveler's check you need to visit one of the major banks to do so.

What is the exchange rate of Nepalese Currency?

The tentative exchange rate of Nepalese Currency by Nepal Rastrya Bank is shown in the table below. However, the rates keep on fluctuating so it is better to check the rates while exchanging the currencies when you are in Nepal. 

Nepal Travel Tips


Choosing Nepal as your travel destination is one of the best decision that one has to take once in a life. As Nepal offers you so many wonderful travel destinations, fun, adventures and much more once in Nepal is not enough but you have to be well planned and informative about your activities in Nepal before you take off. Nepal is naturally and culturally diverse country and has its distinct identity to the world. Here are some of the travel tips which may help you before you plan your trip for Nepal. 

How to enter Nepal?


You can fly to Nepal from your nearest international airport or you can fly to India and get a direct bus to Kathmandu. Many countries now have a direct flight to Kathmandu. During peak tourist season the tickets gets expensive in this case you can book your ticket early or another cheap option is to fly to India and get a bus or flight.

Get a visa or be prepared for queues at the Airport


Nepalese visa can be obtain at Tribhuvan International Airport on arrival but don’t expect it that easy in peak tourist seasons. You will have to queue for a long time and complete certain procedures, pay fee and then you will get your visa. It is better if you get your visa from an embassy before coming to Nepal. And you might have to wait to collect your baggage for an hour minimum depending the time of your arrival.

Kathmandu’s Pollution “Sorry to share “

Kathmandu being a capital of Nepal is also one of the most populated cities in the world. Nepal is a beautiful country but you may find the capital city a bit different than the rest of Nepal. It’s not that Kathmandu is the worst city but also not as better as the areas you will visit. Because it is the capital of Nepal and major hub for the people all over Nepal you can see the chaos of people in the market areas and because a lot of construction works are going on you may find the city polluted. So, we advise you to wear a mask while roaming around the city.   

UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 Once you visit in Nepal don’t forget to visit the UNESCO world heritage sites and do make your itinerary accordingly. The heritages sites are full of history, fine arts, cultures and crafts and you won’t regret visiting it.  There are numbers of world heritage sites in Nepal rich in art and cultures which are very important to be taken care of not only for Nepal but for the whole world. The major sites inside Kathmandu valley are Pashupatinath Temple, Soyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple), Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changunarayan Temple and many more. Visiting the UNESCO world heritage site is a must if you are visiting Nepal. 

Don’t Drink Tap Water 

Nepalese are used to drinking water directly from the tap or any sources of water so they don’t get affected. But it is better if you avoid drinking water directly from the tap or any except boiled and bottled mineral water because you are not used to it and it may affect your health. After all ‘Prevention is better than Cure’. 

Foods in Nepal 

Along with so many adventures and exciting travel destinations, Nepal also offers you with so many varieties of delicious cuisines. Do try varieties of foods while travelling to Nepal and give your taste buds a different and a unique taste. You will also find numbers of restaurants serving international cuisines and have the pleasure of trying world famous dishes in Nepal. 

Electricity and Internet in Nepal 

The electricity problem has been improving in context of few years ago but still there might be load shedding. The hotels have inverter and generators so there might not be problem in city areas. To stay connected via internet you can buy the local Sim- card. The internet facilities have been improving in Nepal you can get wifi in almost all of the hotels and cafes but the speed might not be as per your expectations but works satisfactory. 

Safer to travel with an agency in Nepal 

It is not that riskier to travel alone as we see numbers of solo travelers along the streets but if you travel with an agency it is much more comfortable and safer for you. You will not need to worry about documentations, accommodations, transportation and many more. There is also very less chance of getting lost or theft. After all ‘Prevention is better than cure’.  

Contribute to the Locals.

As Nepal is a developing country the per capita income of the people here is very lower than other many countries. If you are travelling to the remote areas then we suggest you to stay in home stays. As it is the source of income for most of the people and your small contribution will help to boost up the local economy. 

Responsible Travel:

“Leave only foot-prints, take only photographs” is our principle. We are striving in promoting sustainable tourism. Therefore, our clients are requested to follow minimum impact code while in the trip so that both host (local nature, culture and people) and the travelers benefit for the indefinite years ahead. Our clients are highly encouraged to preserve and conserve nature and natural beauty, respect local people and culture, privacy, stop pollution, protect wildlife and conserve forest. The guests will keep their eyes, ears and mind open, not only to learn from their hosts, but also encourage right behavior. Hence, be a good example for others; spread the word about sustainable tourism.

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