EBC with Island Peak Climbing

EBC with Island Peak Climbing - 16 nights 17 Days

Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing is a package designed to give a wonderful trekking experience to the trekkers in Everest Region. This trek takes you to the most popular trekking destination of the world Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar along with climbing Island Peak. Island peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the main climbing peaks of the Everest Area. The mountain was named "Island Peak" in 1952 AD due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. It was renamed "Imja Tse" in the early '80s, though its original name is still more popular. Climbing Island Peak is well within the reach of any fit and determined trekkers as it is not a technical, though demanding snow climb.

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Trip Duration:

16 nights 17 Days

Cost of trekking:

US$ 2070 pp

Group Size:

2-12 people

Maximum altitude:

6,189m/20,305ft

Best Season:

March to May & Sep To Nov

Trek Start from:

kathamandu

Trek End at:

kathamandu

Mode of Trek:

Difficult

Introduction & Overview of EBC with Island Peak Climbing

Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing is a package designed to give a wonderful trekking experience to the trekkers in Everest Region. This trek takes you to the most popular trekking destination of the world Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar along with climbing Island Peak. Island peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the main climbing peaks of the Everest Area. The mountain was named "Island Peak" in 1952 AD due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. It was renamed "Imja Tse" in the early '80s, though its original name is still more popular. Climbing Island Peak is well within the reach of any fit and determined trekkers as it is not a technical, though demanding snow climb.

The professionally designed Island peak climbing itinerary takes you to the acclimatization hike to the most popular trekking destination of Everest Base camp and Kala Pathar first for the close up views of Everest before scaling the peak. Your historical effort to summit the peak will be rewarded with probably one of the best panoramic views in the world as you feel Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Makalu are almost touching the tip of your nose. Descending with a sense of achievement, our route takes us into many cultural sites; Pangboche, a traditional Sherpa village; Tangboche, famous for its ornately decorated Tibetan monastery and Khumjung with Hillary school inside the clouds and mysterious Yeti scalp.

Difficulty to Climb Island Peak

Island Peak Climbing is one of the challenging treks in Everest Region. Although, no prior experience of trekking is required to climb this peak, we do not recommend for beginner trekker. However, for those who already has an experience of high-altitude trek this Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp can be a perfect introduction to mountaineering. 

The Island Peak Climbing is physically demanding and the trials are steep. If you already have knowledge about the climbing gears then it can be a plus point for you. However, if you don’t have any experience then our well experienced mountaineering guides will train you during your expedition. The summit of the Island peak gives you a wonderful introduction to the Nepalese Himalayas which includes Lhotse, Ama Dabalam and Mera Peak. The summit of the Island Peak is tucked behind Lhotse and because of this the summit of the Mt.Everest is not visible from here. Anyone with high level of physical fitness can do this trek. 

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

As soon as you disembark in Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, you will be received by the representative from Actual Adventure (P) Ltd. About half an hour drive through the bustling streets of Kathmandu will convey you to the hotel. A brief explanation of the itinerary package will be followed by the welcome dinner which will be served in your honor.

Elevation
2800

After breakfast, we will take an early morning flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Upon our arrival at Lukla, we begin our trek through the village of Lukla until we reach to Phakding which will take about 3-4 hours. Overnight in Phakding. 

Elevation
3440

Following the banks of Dudh Koshi River the trail takes us to Tok Tok. 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 we will cross a bridge and witnessing the magical panorama of Everest and Nuptse we will ultimately arrive to Namche Bazaar.
. Overnight at lodge

 We will spend our day in Namche bazaar for acclimatization purpose. After resting in the morning you will hike to the Syangboche Airport for lunch from where you will have a first heart touching view of Mt Everest. Overnight in lodge

Elevation
3870

After a walk of about 5 hours we will reach in Tengboche which holds the largest Monastery in entire Khumbu Region. While trekking we will get chance to have panorama view of Himalayas Kwongde (6187m) Tawache(6542m) Everest (8848m) Nuptse (7855m) Lhotse (8618m) Amadablam (6856m) Thamserku (6608m). Overnight in Tengboche

Elevation
4360

 We are the seventh day of Island peak climbing EBC trekking. We will start our trek after having breakfast. Today we will trek about 5-6 hours from Tengboche to Dingboche. On the way we will visit the Pangboche monastery. Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. Overnight in Dingboche

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4940

 We start the day with pleasant view of mountains. After breakfast we will trek from Dingboche to Lobuche which will take about 5-6 hours. You will have your lunch on the way; the trial goes uphill and downhill through beautiful forests and small settlements. Lobuche is a small settlement near Mount Everest. Overnight in Lobuche

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5364

After breakfast we will trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. And finally we will trek back to Gorak Shep for a dinner and sleep. Today we will wak about 7-8 hours approximately. Overnight in Gorak Shep

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5545

Early in the morning, we will begin our trek by walking to Kalapatthar where we will take our first stop. From Kala Patthar, we will follow the rocky path proceed to Lobuche which will take about 7-8 hours. Overnight in Lobuche

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4950

We will have our breakfast at Dingboche and then start our today’s trek. The trial today heads towards the Island Peak Base Camp. The trek starts following the Imja Valley providing stunning view of Amadabalam Mountain. We will reach to Island Base Camp by afternoon. The guides will give a short briefing about how to use trekking gears. Today you will stay in a tented camp. Overnight in a tented camp. 

Elevation
6189

 Then after having breakfast early in morning we will move towards summit. We spend some time at the summit celebrating and taking pictures, then we will get back to the Chukkung. Overnight at Chukkung

This is an extra day which is used in case there is bad weather or other foreseeable conditions. If the weather gets exceptionally bad then we will have to postpone Island Peak climbing for another day. Since, we are trekking in the Everest Region there is no guarantee of weather condition. In such case, the contingency day will help you not to miss your international flights.  

Elevation
3440

Today on the 14th day of Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing we will trek back to Namche from Chhukung. The trek goes down via several towns pf Orsho, Somare, Pangboche, Phungki Than

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2800

Today you will have your last day on mountains. The trial today is mostly a downhill on along the bank of the Dudh Koshi River. You will trek toward the Hillary Suspension bridges, and also pass by several monasteries and villages before reaching Lukla. After reaching Lukla you will take rest and spend some quality time remembering all those bittersweet reminiscence of the journey. Overnight at Lukla.

Today is your final day of Everest High passes trek. You will have your breakfast at Lukla and then fly back to Kathmandu. You will have the last few minute’s views of the mountains in your flight back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu the representative will drop you to the hotel and you can take some rest or do some shopping as reminder. You can take the guides if you need help. Overnight at Kathmandu.

some time weather can be as and Lukla Kathmandu flight can be delay in such case we suggest this extra reserve day for you. if everything smooth you can rest and relax in Kathmandu. 

Your trek to Everest Base Camp and Island Peak ends here. We hope you enjoyed your trek with Actual Adventure and we wish to see you soon again for another trek in Nepal. You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International airport for your onward journey.

 NOTE 01:   Itinerary Can be Cancel Party or Fully 

During the trip, the unpredictable factors like, weather, local politics, transport and many more which are beyond our 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.  

Extra Days in Nepal

We advise you to include some extra days other than your trek schedule. It is because the weather of Everest Region is unpredictable and the flights to Lukla often gets delayed or cancelled. Having extra days in your trek schedule helps you to not miss your international flights. 

Include/Exclude

  • Pick up and drop facilities from Airport-Hotel-Airport (by private car) With Luggage transfer 
  • Welcome & farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with live cultural program. 
  • 3- 5 star Level Hotel Accommodations in Kathmandu as your Choice 
  • Stays in clean lodge/guest houses during the trek in twin sharing basis.
  • Three meals per day which includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as per menu (you can choose Dinner menu and Lunch Fixed menu in Group, choice when small Group 
  • Three times a cup of  tea or coffee during the trek, Extra you have to pay extra directly 
  • Seasonal fresh fruit during the trek up to Namche Bazzar 
  • Experienced, well trained, English speaking guide with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period.(6 trekkers :1 Assistance Guide )
  • One porter for each two member in a group (with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period)
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per itinerary.
  • Actual Adventure duffel bag  and sleeping bag as optional (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Island Peak Permit, Royalty Fee, Garbage Deposit Fee 
  • Climbing insurance for Sherpa 
  • Group and camping Equipment, food, rope 
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (national Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu with all applicable taxes and departure tax with 15KG luggage
  • Khumbu Local Entrance fee $20
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Service Charge for Company 
  • Accidental Medical and health insurance for local crew member
  • Complimentary service 

  • Booking Accommodations for before and After trip in Kathmandu 
  • Complementary assistances service for local information and such ( flight ticket date change, visa extend service , arrange local meeting )
  • Luggage and some valuable things storage in Kathmandu 
  • Half day sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath, Baudhanath and Monkey temple (shoyambhunath) including private transfer and local English speaking tour guide.
  • Free local information 
  • A unique local memorable gift hamper 
  • Free company Bruisers  & DVD, T shirt 
  • Rescue and evacuation arrangement service if applicable
  • Any Extended trip Service 
  • International Airfare fees. 
  • Nepalese visa fee- Available on Arrival Nepal Visa fee USD25 for 15 days, USD40 for 30 days or if extending your stay USD100 for 90 days. All are multiple entries. You will also need a passport photo. The visa fee can be paid in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. (Bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu in Itinerary 
  • Upgrade Accommodations above 3 star level 
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu if early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Extra luggage charge. $ 1.5 USD Per KG 
  • Single supplement will cost extra
  • Personal Climbing Gears 
  • Personal Porter will cost  extra
  • Hot showers during the trek. 
  • Personal trekking equipment’s.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Extra costs for internet and phone calls in trekking
  • Tips for guides porters and drivers
  • Person expenses like as ( Telephone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower |Etc) in Trekking 
  • Not included in the itinerary.
  • Extra Tea coffee, Snacks, energy chocolates ETC

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Additional Information

 

As a reputed travel agency in Nepal, Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd is the one you can always count on when it comes to your safety and booking procedures. We make sure that your money is in the right hand and you can always trust us. Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd has the following booking terms and conditions. If your booking is accepted by us then a contract is deemed to exist between you and The Actual Adventure Ltd. At this point we will send you a confirmation invoice showing the amount of deposit received and your final balance due. Now you can go ahead and book your international flights and obtain trekking and travel insurance.

Booking process Conditions:

While making your trip with us, you are requested to deposit at least 30% of the total amount prior to 30 days of your arrival and the remaining amount can be submitted in the office upon arrival.

Booking Process

To book a trip from Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd you will need to follow certain processes which are mentioned below. 

Step 1: Send us an inquiry using inquiry form, email or call us

Step 2: Discuss and fix the trek itinerary and price. 

Step 3: Send us the deposit required to confirm the trip.

Step 4: Send us your Passport copies, Insurance copies, two passport sized photos and others (if  necessary)

 Step 5: Come to Nepal pay the remaining amount and start the trek. 

Payment for Your Trip

Dollar Account

Account Name : Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd.

Account Number : Currency General Account (USD) 016-010 100 23199 

Paying Bank: Nepal Investment Bank Ltd

Thamel Branch, Kathmandu, Nepal

SWIFT CODE: NIBLNPKT

NPR Currency Only 

Actual Adventure (P) Ltd.

Branch Code: 016 A/C No. 01030026257 

Paying Bank: Nepal Investment Bank Ltd

Thamel Branch, Kathmandu, Nepal

SWIFT CODE: NIBLNPKT

For Indian Currency

Kedar Neupane

A/C No.: 17715241406570 NPR

Nepal SBI Bank Ltd.

26 Durbar Marg

P.O.Box. No. 6049 GPO, Kathmandu

Phone: +977-14253243 / 4230809

Swift No. NSBINPKA

Payment Note|: Please Call or Text US (+9779851012358) before to process Payment 

  • Bank service charge should be paid by the clients themselves at the time of deposit.
  • 30% of the total price is required at least a month in advance for confirmation of the tour booking. 
  • Can Pay as below Link ( Pay now)
  • Remaining payment can be made after your arrival.

Cancellation Policy.

If our clients fail to make their trip or want to cancel their program due to any unavoidable circumstances, the company will refund only 70% of the deposited amount. However if you inform prior to 30 days before the trek no cancelation charge will be taken. 

Cancellation Policy:

Treks & tours booked and subsequently cancelled are subject to cancellation charges as follow:-

Cancellation before 60 days of the trip, 10% cancellation will be charged.

Cancellation Before 30 days of the trip 25% cancellation will be charged.

Cancellation Before 15 days of the trip 50% cancellation will be charged.

Cancellation Before less than 14 days no refund will be provided.

Useful Matter 

Early Termination of a Trek.

Sometimes the trek ends before the scheduled itinerary due to several reasons regarding health or any other personal issues of the trekkers. If in case, early termination of the trek happens please note that we cannot offer refunds for unused days. It is because we have to pay the committed amount to our porters, guides and other team members. 

Program Change/ Delay: 

The departure scheduled would be changed on any unavoidable circumstance like weather hazards, trail slides, soil erosion, avalanches, sudden sickness, etc. The program can be customized as per the interest of the clients.

NOTE:  

During the trip, the unpredictable factors like, weather, local politics, transport and many more which are beyond our 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.  

 

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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
 
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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

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 Nepal Trek Equipment Check List .
 
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
 
ON THE TRAIL DAY PACK
 
● 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 equipment and trekking gears in Kathmandu as well. But we recommend you to bring your own equipment as far as possible. You will have a better experience in your own equipment’ rather that hiring the used equipment’. 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. 
 

Average Hiring and Buying Rate 2019

 

  Gears

   Size & Temperature

   Cost per items

Sleeping bag

10°C to -15°C

USD 1 per day rent

Down Jacket

5°C to -10°C

USD 1 per day rent

Hiking boots

Any size

USD 1 per day rent

Backpack

55ltr to 65ltr

USD 45-65 per bag

Daypack 

25ltr-35ltr 

USD 25-35 per bag

Hiking shorts

Any size

USD 20-25 per piece

Hiking pants

Any size

USD 25 - 30 per piece

Hiking shirts

Any size

USD 15 - 20 per piece

Thermal set

Any size

USD 10-15 per pair

Warm fleece upper wear and bottom

Any size

USD 20-25 per pear

Warm hat

Any size

USD 3-5 per piece

Trekking pole

Any size

USD 5 - 10 per pair

Wind-proof gloves

Any size

USD 5 - 10 per pair

Woolen hiking shocks

Any size

USD 2-4 per pair

Scarf

Any size

USD 2 - 5 per piece

Sun Glasses

Any size

USD 5 - 10 per piece

Head light 

Any size

USD 15 - 20

Water Bottle

Any size

USD 3 - 7 per bottle

Safety, health and insurance 

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. 
  • lak 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. 

Pysical 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. 
 

Average Exchange Rates Fixed by Nepal Rastra Bank on 2019

 

Open Market Exchange Rates
(For the purpose of Nepal Rastra Bank)

Currency

Unit

Buying/Rs.

Selling/Rs.

  U.S. Dollar

1

111.19

111.79

  European Euro

1

124.19

124.86

  UK Pound Sterling

1

140.59

141.35

 Swiss Franc

1

111.08

111.68

  Australian Dollar

1

77.19

77.61

 Canadian Dollar

1

82.29

82.73

  Singapore Dollar

1

80.92

81.36

 Japanese Yen

10

10.27

10.32

 Chinese Yuan

1

16.10

16.19

  Saudi Arabian Riyal

1

29.65

29.81

  Qatari Riyal

1

30.54

30.70

  Thai Baht

1

3.53

3.55

  UAE Dirham

1

30.27

30.43

  Malaysian Ringgit

1

26.53

26.68

  South Korean Won

100

9.35

9.40

 Swedish Kroner

1

11.71

11.77

  Danish Kroner

1

16.63

16.72

  Hong Kong Dollar

1

14.18

14.26

  Kuwaity Dinar

1

365.93

367.91

  Bahrain Dinar

1

294.93

296.52

 

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 capital 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:Be a real tourist 

“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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