Trip Hightlights

  • Stand on the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, Everest Base Camp (5,364m)
  • Hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m)
  • Enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Everest and other Himalayan giants (Pumori, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Cho Oyu to name a few) in the Khumbu Region
  • See and walk on a trail along the Khumbu Glacier, the world’s highest glacier
  • Enjoy the lifestyle, culture, religion (Buddhism) and hospitality of the Sherpa people in their land
  • Explore the landscape, floras and faunas in the Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Explore Tengboche Monastery (the largest monastery in the Khumbu region) and other Buddhist monasteries
  • Go on an interesting side trips/acclimatization hikes
  • Enjoy the town of Namche, an interesting trading hub in the Khumbu region
  • Take a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and the Kathmandu Durbar Square) in Kathmandu

Mt. Everest Base Camp is one of the most spectacular trekking destinations in the world. This destination’s potential, to give trekkers the experience of the ‘adventure-of-a-lifetime’, makes it a dream destination of most of the trekking enthusiasts around the world. Also, apart from the panoramic view of the Himalayan giants, incredible natural beauty, perfect landscape and the warm hospitality of the world-famous Sherpas; its potential to arouse a sense of satisfaction and achievement is something that makes this destination, ‘trekker’s choice trekking destination’ in Nepal.   

Desire Adventures’ 16 days Everest Base Camp Trek is a perfectly designed Everest base camp trekking vacation that can be completed in 16 days, including the arrival, departure, 2 days acclimatization and one day city tour. Starting in Kathmandu, you will go a private guided tour (a half day tour) of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, before flying to Lukla to start the trek. The journey from Lukla to the base camp and back to Lukla is completely on foot. An English-speaking private guide will be with you and guide you throughout the trip. Along with guiding you to the base camp, our knowledgeable guide will also share interesting stories and their knowledge regarding the people and the place, in order to make the trip more interesting and memorable. The arrangement of meals and accommodation in local teahouses/guest houses and the use of local people as porters present opportunity to directly connect with local people and boost their economy. The trek ends with a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. The company offers free spa and free one hour full body massage to relax your tired muscles after the trek. We believe the package includes everything to help you enjoy a perfect vacation. However, it’s your dream vacation; therefore, if you have something in mind to make this vacation more perfect, kindly let us know, and see how we give our best to customize the package (including the trek departure date) to meet your specifications.

This Everest Base Camp trek is non-technical, but the trail demands excellent stamina, physically fit body and strong mental determination. Age definitely does not come in the way, if you are determined to do this trek.  The success rate is comparatively high, if you plan your trek during autumn (mid-September to November) and spring (March to May). Moreover, if you already have a group, we offer special group discount and if you are a solo traveler we offer you to join our existing group.  

(“Climb High, Sleep Low” is the rule one needs to follow, in order to avoid altitude sickness. Therefore, apart from 2 days acclimatization, at Namche and Dingboche, to aid the acclimatization process, we hike a little higher than our overnight stop and get down for overnight rest.) 

What's included

  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service in a private vehicle
  • 4 Nights tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu, 11 days guest house/teahouse/lodge in Khumbu
  • 15 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 13 Dinners
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants with traditional, ethnic music and dance
  • Airport transfer for domestic flight
  • one-hour full-body massage after the trek
  • Sagarmatha National Park entrance permit and TIMS (Trekkers security Card) permit
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets and departure tax
  • 4 hot showers (Attached bathroom) while on a trek
  • Fresh seasonable fruits after dinner (while on a trek)
  • Tea/Coffee (Served in a cup only)
  • Purified drinking water during the trek
  • Government licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
  • Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
  • Insurance of Guide and Porter
  • All required local and government taxes
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (if required)
  • Desire Adventures duffel bag if required
  • Desire Adventures T- Shirt
  • Trekking route map
What's Excluded
  • Nepal arrival visa
  • Meals in the city except breakfast and other mentioned special dinner
  • Personal expenses like all kinds of drinks including mineral water, and  alcoholic and soft beverages
  • Extra Hot showers, Wi-Fi & battery charging while on a trek
  • Extra baggage excess while flying to Lukla (only 15 kg included)
  • Monument entrance fees while on a tour in Kathmandu (aprox USD25 per person)
  • Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation
  • Any other extended trips and accommodation
  • Tipping to staff (as an appreciation)

Welcome to Nepal and Desire Adventures. You will be met by a company representative, upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be driven to your hotel in Kathmandu, after a quick meet and greet at the airport. Spend some time at leisure. In the afternoon, you will be introduced to your tour guide and fellow travelers in the meeting that will be conducted at our office. In the same meeting you will also be briefed regarding the wonderful trip ahead. After the meeting, together we will enjoy the welcome dinner (authentic Nepali cuisine) and the cultural show (ethnic dance and cultural music) at one of the best typical Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu. This dinner is hosted by the company. After dinner, you will be guided back to your hotel.

Moreover, in case of late arrival or delayed flight, the meeting and the dinner will be postponed to the next day.

Accommodation: Tourist-standard hotel, Kathmandu.

Meals: Dinner

This morning, after breakfast you will spend a few hours touring Kathmandu Valley’s attractions like, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. These are UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu. You will be driven to these sites (in a private vehicle) for a walking tour around these attractions. Take in the highlights with your private guide and experiencing the culture and history. After the tour, you will attend one more meeting at our office to finalize your trekking gears and clothing. After the meeting your guide will escort you to your hotel. The evening is spent at leisure.

Accommodation: Tourist-standard hotel, Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast

Early in the morning, your private transfer will come to pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport. Once at the airport, you will board a plane and fly to Lukla. From Kathmandu, it takes about 30-35 minutes to reach Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Enjoy scenic flight (on clear days) and thrilling landing experience. In Lukla, you will be introduced to your private porter and other team members. Enjoy your breakfast, while the luggage is prepared for the porters. The views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains are simply astounding. After breakfast, starting the narrow streets you will make your way up to the Pasang Lhamo Memorial Gate, past the police check point. Enjoy shops, colorful prayer flags, people and yaks walking through the street. Once at the gate leaving Lukla you will continue on a descending trail. First you will drop down to Cheplung and continue to the mental suspension bridge above the Thado Koshi River through the community forest. Enjoy the first view of the Dudh Koshi River and Kusum Kangru, before climbing around the ridge to Ghat. From Ghat, walking past the school, you will enter a complex of Mani walls, chortens and boulders carved with black and white Tibetan mantra and prayer wheels, you will now climb over an old landslide to reach the settlement of Chhuthawa and finally winding through the forest beside the Dudh Koshi River, you will hike to the village of Phakding. Once at Phakding, you will check into your lodge. Your afternoon in Phakding is at leisure to allow you to explore the settlement and visit the nearby monasteries at your own steam. Get back to the lodge and enjoy your well earned dinner and a night of rest in Phakding.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Phakding

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast in Phakding, you will continue by crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. The trail on the west bank of the river, meandering through the forest of pine about 100 meters above the river, will first take you north to the tiny village of Toktok, past a small hydroelectric project. From Toktok, enjoying a few small waterfalls you will descend through the forest of pine to Benkar. Enjoy the view of the potato field and head north to another bridge to cut across to the east bank of the river and continue to Chumoa, enjoying magnolia, fir and rhododendron forest. From Chumoa, a quick climb will take you to Monjo. Continue further up to the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park and wait while your guide fulfills the required check-in formalities. You can also enjoy the 3D map of the Khumbu Himalaya and displays on responsible trekking at the information center in Monjo. From Monjo, the trail drops down to the suspension bridge. While descending to the bridge, enjoy Kani (a stupa-shaped gateway) and an enormous granite bluff carved with Tibetan mantras. Cross the bridge and hike to Jorsale. Above Jorsale, you will cross another suspension bridge, continue on a gravel and boulder lower river bank trail, climb into the forest and hike to Larja Bridge, past Larja Dobhan (the confluence of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi River). You will cross the bridge and enjoying the first view of the mighty Mt. Everest, you will hike up to Mislung on a zigzag path, through the forest of pine. The forest ends and the path levels out from Mislung. You will further continue to Namche on stone steps. After reaching Namche, you will check into your lodge before dinner. The evening is spent at leisure. We recommend taking a leisurely walk around the town of Namche.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

One day acclimatization in Namche is necessary to avoid the symptoms of AMS, further up the trail. Remaining active boosts the process of acclimation; therefore, instead of simply resting at the lodge, we suggest following our tried-and-tested hiking route to Thame (6-7 hours) or circuit through Syangboche, Khunde, Khumjung to Namche (4-5 hours). Acclimatization trek starts after your breakfast.

Thame is a secluded Sherpa village located under the mountain wall of Kongde RI, west of Namche. This hiking trail present wonderful opportunity to enjoy a walk through the forest of pine and rhododendron, boulders carved with Buddhist mantras and the painted image of Guru Rinpoche, mud plastered ancient stupas, a number of large chortens, Kani, stone walled fields, murals of Green Tara, Guru Rinpoche and Thangtong Gyalpo, a hydro electric power and the village of Thame.

However, the optional hiking trail, that is, a circuit through Syangboche, Khunde and Khumjung to Namche is more accessible and interesting compared to Thame. You can enjoy the grass airstrip at Syangboche, a pleasant walk through juniper and rhododendron forest, carved boulders, Boudhanath-style chortens, amazing view of Khumbila, Ama Dablam and Thamserku peak. The 360 degree views of Khunde, Namche, Ama Dablam and Pachermo peak from the Hillary Memorial Viewpoint is a sight in itself. Moreover, we recommend stopping at the first hospital in Khumbu, Khunde Tsamkhang; memorial chortens to Edmund Hillary’s family, Hillary School; the longest Mani wall of the Khumbu region in Khumjung and the monastery treasuring the skull of a Yeti to enjoy the additional man-made attractions that help you understand the Khumbu land.      

After enjoying a guided trip to one of the above mentioned destinations, you will get back to Namche for dinner and accommodation. Before dinner, you can enjoy a leisurely walk or even internet cafes and bakeries around Namche.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy your breakfast in Namche and get ready to hike to Tengboche. The trail to Tengboche starts by the huge Mani stone in Chhorkung and continues north around the long ridge. A memorial to Tenzing Norgay and the beautiful panorama of Thamserku to Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest is a view that you will not want to miss, before reaching a trail junction at Sanasa, past Kyangjuma. From Sanasa, you will now descend to Leushyasa, enjoying the grandiose view of Ama Dablam. From Leushyasa, you will further descend on a steep stone staircase to a bridge at Phunki Tenga. Crossing the bridge, you will now walk past some water driven prayer wheels and climb through the forest of rhododendron (for about two hours) past a number of rest points and spring to Tengboche. Kani and a pair of chorten welcome you to Tengboche. After reaching Tengboche, you will check into the lodge, have lunch and go for a guided tour of the Tengboche Monastery and the Eco Center to see their highlights. While taking the tour you can also enjoy the panorama of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. After exploring the area, you will get back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Tengboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, join the monks for morning prayers at the Tengboche Monastery, before breakfast. After breakfast, leaving Tengboche you will descend on a stone staircase to the bridge at Chaturje, through the forest. A big chorten awaits your arrival at the other side of the bridge. Crossing the bridge, you will now continue north on a gradually ascending trail up to Orsho. From Orsho, the trail drops down to the bridge across the Khumbu River at Chuto. You will cross the bridge and climb for about 30 minutes along the bank of the Imja River to the settlement of Dingboche. The view of Island Peak, Peak 38 and Lhotse look stunning from Dingboche. Once at Dingboche, you will check into the lodge and spend the remaining time at leisure. We suggest exploring the settlement of Dingboche.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Dingboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is the second and the final acclimatization day of this trek. After breakfast, your private guide will take you for a guided acclimatization hike, either to Nangkar Tshang Gompa and a viewpoint above it or to Chhukung.

The Nangkar Tshang Gompa hike is an hour long climb past chortens and prayer flags to the ridge north of Dingboche. Take a tour of a collection of retreats built around the meditation cave of Sange Dorje, taking in the highlights with your guide. This trip also includes a hike to the viewpoint above the gompa, from where the view of Cholatse and Taboche, lake at the foot of Ama Dablam and Chhukung and Makalu look stunning.

A full-day hike to Chhukung in the upper Imja Valley is a longer acclimatization trek over desolate moraine to a series of stepping stones over Niyag Khola till Bibre. Chhukung is only 30 minutes away from Bibre. The surrounding view from Chhukung is amazing. However, for the most elegant view of the Ama Dablam, Baruntse and Makalu, we suggest climbing Chhukung RI.

After completing one of these acclimatization hikes, you will get back to the lodge in Dingboche for dinner and well earned rest.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Dingboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy your breakfast and get ready to trek to Lobuche. From Dingboche, you are presented with two trail options: one that crosses to Pheriche and continues to the Pheriche and Dingboche trail junction or the second one that slowly climbs along the ridge to the same trail junction, past Dusa. Enjoy the view of Taboche and Cholatse, Ama Dablam and Kantega as you hike to the trail junction. From the junction, the trail drops down to a glacial stream, where you will cross a bridge and rise up to the other side to Dughla. From here, you will head directly up the rough terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, before the trail curves left, to the number of memorials to the lost climbers and Sherpas, around the top of ridge.  Soon, the beautiful Pumori shows its existence. A little ahead from this point, you will come to a trail junction, from where a challenging northward ascent over loose moraine will finally take you to Lobuche. Once at Lobuche, check into the lodge. The rest of your day is at leisure to allow you some time to relax after the day’s tiring walk. However, if you are not tired the remaining time can be best utilized hiking up the ridge east of Lobuche to enjoy the first view of the Khumbu Glacier along with Lhotse and Nuptse, or hiking up to the Italian Pyramid north of Lobuche. You will get back to Lobuche for dinner and accommodation.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Lobuche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After days of tiring walk, today’s walk will finally take you to the destination of this trek, the Mt. Everest base camp. Enjoy your breakfast and get ready for the final ascent. Leaving Lobuche, you will continue north on a narrow trail between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall. You will walk past the trail junction to Italian Pyramid, climb a few short vertical climbs, walk across the terminal moraine of the Changri Shar Glacier and continue to Gorak Shep. You will check into the lodge at Gorak Shep, leave your luggage and continue your hike to the base camp. From Gorak Shep, you will first head back to the Khumbu Glacier through loose sand, gradually hike up atop the ridge and following the mountain’s spine, head directly north towards the mouth of the Khumbu glacier. Brightly colored flapping prayer flags at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice fall mark the arrival of the base camp of Mt. Everest. During the climbing season, this place is filled with colorful tents and climbers waiting for the right time to start their journey to the summit of Mt. Everest. Spend some time taking pictures and relishing the moment of glory. Although you are standing on the base camp of Mt. Everest, the peak is not visible from this place; therefore, you will have to wait until the next day for the closer view of the Mt. Everest. After spending some time at the base camp, you will retrace your steps to Gorekshep for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Gorak Shep.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

To witness sunrise over Mt. Everest and other Himalayan giants is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But to witness this, you will have to start 2 hours before the sunrise to hike up to the summit of Kala Patthar (the best Everest viewpoint in the Khumbu region). Therefore, early in the morning, before breakfast, your guide will guide you to the summit of Kala Patthar. The flapping prayer flag marks the summit of Kala Patthar, from where the 360 degree panorama of Pumori and Lobuche West to Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest start to glow, projecting their unbeatable beauty as the sun slowly rises over these Himalayan giants. Once the sun raises high in the sky, the view of the Khumbu Glacier, the Everest Base Camp and Gorak Shep also look very interesting. You will spend some time, enjoying the view, taking pictures and creating unforgettable memories and then hike down to Gorak Shep for breakfast. After breakfast, leaving Gorak Shep, you will retrace your steps down the moraine to Dughla past Lobuche. You will drop down to the bridge, cross the glacial stream and following the Pheriche trail hike down to Pheriche. You will check into the lodge in Pheriche. The rest of your evening is at leisure.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Pheriche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast in Pheriche you will depart for Namche. From Pheriche, you will first ascend to Pheriche Pass and hike down to a trail junction at Chuto. From Chuto, following the west bank of Imja River, you will hike down to Pangboche, past Orsho and Somare. From Pangboche, a gentle hike up the stone steps will take you to Tengboche. From Tengboche, you will retrace your path to Namche. Once at Namche, you will check into the lodge. The remaining time before dinner is spent at leisure. We suggest taking a stroll around Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast in Namche and leaving Namche, you will start your journey to Lukla. Retracing the steps you will enter the forest of pine and continue on a zigzag trail that steeply descends to the Larja Bridge. Enjoying the last view of the Everest, you will cross the bridge, continue on a level path to Jorsale, climb up to Monjo, where your team leader will take care of the  national park check out formalities, while you enjoy some time at one of the teahouses. From Monjo, you will further descend to Phakding, before ascending to Lukla. You will check into the lodge in Lukla and spend the remaining time celebrating your achievement with the team members and recalling the memories made, during the past few days.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Lukla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner      

Use your final morning in Khumbu to enjoy your final breakfast in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Once the plane arrives at the airport, you will board the plane and fly back to Kathmandu. From the airport in Kathmandu, you will be driven to your hotel in a private vehicle. The remaining time is spent at leisure. If you are not tired, we suggest exploring the popular markets in Kathmandu. If you are tired, you can simply choose to rest in the hotel room.

Accommodation: Tourist-standard hotel, Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast

It’s a leisure day in Kathmandu. After breakfast in the hotel, you can choose to spend this day as per your interest. Or, we can help you plan a day trip to utilize your time. Or, any time this day (as per your convenience) you can enjoy free spa and a relaxing one hour body massage and relax your weary muscles. This trip ends with a farewell dinner (cuisine will be served as per the restaurant menu), hosted by the company, in which, we will also discuss the trip and the feedback regarding the trip and the services provided by the company.  After dinner, you will be escorted back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Accommodation: Tourist-standard hotel, Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your 16 days Everest Base Camp trek vacation has come to an end. Therefore, as per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport in a private vehicle to help you catch your international flight back home or your next destination.  We hope you enjoyed your vacation with Desire Adventures.

 

Meals: Breakfast

16 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Useful Information

Dossier disclaimer:

Although, the information regarding the trip details in the website is provided in good faith, it does not form a part of the final contract between the client and the company. The itinerary will be redesigned to meet client’s requirements, before the final booking.  The changes made will completely be in favor of the customer; therefore, the information in the final document will look slightly different than the ones mentioned in our website. The final copy of the itinerary will be sent via email, before booking the trip which will be 100% correct. We highly recommend that you print the final copy of your Trip Details and review the information a few days before the trip for updates regarding any last minute changes (if any).

Itinerary Disclaimer:

Our team leaders are strictly ordered to follow the itinerary provided to you; however, some modification to the itinerary will be made in the case of unforeseen situations like sudden change in weather, natural disasters, unsupportive health of a group member and strike/protest by local people and so on (all in client’s favor). 

The final itinerary provided by the company ensures adequate acclimatization. Despite this, some of you might still feel the effects of altitude sickness. Under circumstances, where the team leader finds it unsafe to gain more altitude, he will make the arrangement to descend to lower altitude and not continue up, until you are completely ready to ascend further.

Although, these situations are rare, we request you to remain flexible, where it may be necessary to make alterations. Also, to enjoy the trek, despite all the unforeseen unfavorable circumstances, we highly recommend that you add a few extra days to your trip, to be on a safe side.

Important Notes:

  1. The Everest Base Camp trekking is not possible without TIMS card and Sagarmatha National Park permit. The company will make the arrangement of these permits once you provide a scanned color copy of your passport and color copy of two passport sized photographs.
  2. Everest Base Camp Trekking is a lot of up and down hill walk. The oxygen level in the air decreases with the increase in altitude, making it difficult for trekkers to adjust to the thinning air. Therefore, we suggest slow and steady climb instead of rushing to the destination. Take rest, when tired and stand to rest than sit. Protect yourself from intense sun, wind and cold by dressing up in layers, using sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and scarf. Also, make sure to put on your layers as soon as you reach the shaded areas, if you have taken them off.
  3. The trip cost does not include the cost of your extra expenses like drinks, shopping, tipping and any extra activities not mentioned in the trip detail. Therefore, make sure you carry enough extra money for these purposes. We also suggest you to set aside USD200 (or Nepalese currency equivalent to USD 200) as an emergency fund. This fund will be utilized in case of any changes in the itinerary caused by unforeseen unfavorable situations (although rare).
  4. Neither the team leader, nor the company will be responsible for the safety involved during any extra activity not mentioned in the itinerary.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is mandatory in order to join our 16 days Everest Base Camp Trek. When selecting a travel insurance policy, make sure that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses (hospital charges, cost of the medicine, doctor’s fees etc.) caused by health issues, injuries or accidents, together with evacuation, helicopter rescue and repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellations, theft and loss of luggage, personal effects as well as additional activities (not mentioned in the trip detail), that you are planning to undertake, during your stay in Nepal. This trekking in Nepal takes you above the altitude of 5000m; therefore, we highly recommend you to ensure that your policy covers treks that go over 5000m.

Best seasons to plan this trek:

Autumn (October and November) is the best season to plan this trek in Nepal. This season allows you to experience the best weather, clear skies, bearable temperature and the biggest crowd of all seasons.

Spring (March and April) is the second best season to plan this trek in Nepal. This season also allows you to experience good weather, clear skies, acceptable temperature and fewer crowds.

Winter (December to February) is an average season to plan this trek in Nepal. Apart from early December, the remaining winter is very cold and freezing, especially during the night. Water supplies in higher altitude freeze and most of the accommodation options close down.

Summer (June-August) is not considered the best season to plan this Trek in Nepal. All – weather, temperature, trail are unsupportive and the visibility is also affected by heavy rain and cloud.

(Please Note: If you are looking to participate in the major festivals celebrated in the Khumbu region, while trekking to the Everest base camp, we suggest you to plan your trek for late February or early March for Gyalpo Lhosar (Tibetan New Year), May for Buddha Jayati, October November for Mani Rimdu and June or July for Dumje (confirm the exact dates before booking). 

Joining Instructions and Arrival Complication:

This package by Desire Adventures includes the cost of airport-hotel-airport transfers. Therefore, a company representative will be sent as per your flight arrival time to guide you to the hotel booked for you in Kathmandu (in a private vehicle). Thus, once outside the luggage hall, look for the company representative carrying paging board with your and company’s name printed on it. Once you find this person, carry your luggage and follow him/her to the shuttle waiting for you to transfer you from the airport to your hotel.  Make sure to avoid every person, who offers to help you carry your luggage or guide you to taxi stand, as they will be asking money as a service charge once you get to the taxi.

The package guarantees…

  1. A half day guided sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley
  2. An English-speaking professional, trained, experienced and licensed local guide.
  3. A full support team of local porters and assistants
  4. 24x7 off-site team for additional support
  5. A full-board, meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee) and accommodation, during the trek
  6. Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  7. Ground transportations: i) Airport shuttle service and ii) Private vehicle for city tour.
  8. Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets and departure tax.
  9. Free spa as well as one hour body massage, after the trek.
  10. Free Welcome and Farewell dinner

Group Leader Description

All the group leaders/team leaders/guides employed by Desire Adventures are licensed, experienced, and friendly and know the Khumbu Region extremely well. These team leaders are very much dedicated to providing friendly and professional service and are very passionate about sharing their knowledge. Your 16 days Everest Base Camp Trek will be led by one of these guides. Apart from guiding you to your destination, these guides will also provide information on the places you are travelling through, suggest things to see and do, recommend best local eating hubs, introduce you to the local people: their lifestyle, culture, tradition, history, society and their community. The guides will also help you make friends with local people. Most importantly, these guides ensure that you return home with the best and hassle-free travel experience.  

Meals:

(15 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 13 Dinners on company)

This covers Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch and tea/coffee during the trek, breakfast in Kathmandu and two complimentary dinners (Welcome and Farewell dinners) in Kathmandu. However, for the remaining meals, the team leaders will suggest you some of the best and popular eateries in the area, allowing you the flexibility to decide as per your taste and budget.

Typical Nepali food will be served for welcome dinner; breakfast in Kathmandu will be as per the hotel menu; meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek will be as per the teahouse menu (variety of options to choose from) and your-choice food (from the restaurant’s menu) for farewell dinner. Since, food is the major part of this trekking adventure; our guides will make sure that they are freshly prepared using fresh local ingredients and are in good portions. Soft drinks and light snacks are not included in the package, but can be purchased at tea house.

Breakfast and Dinner will be provided in or near your accommodation and lunch will be served at one of the best teahouses/restaurants along the way to the day’s destination.

Accommodation:  

(4 nights in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu, 11 nights in a guest house/teahouse/lodge in Khumbu)

In Kathmandu, your accommodation is arranged in tourist standard hotels, whereas, during the trek, guest house/teahouse/lodges are the available accommodation options. The rooms will be provided on a twin-share basis, where you will be paired up with another member of the same gender. Triple share can be arranged upon request; however, for single supplements, extra charges will be applicable.

In the Khumbu region, guest houses with restaurant are known as tea houses. The rooms are very basic with basic furniture and most of them only feature two beds, pillows and blankets, but are very cozy. The room amenities decrease with the increase in altitude. Also, the chances of getting attached baths decrease with the increase in altitude. Where hot shower options are unavailable, a few buckets of hot water (for bathing purpose) can be arranged at extra cost. Dining Hall and toilets/bathrooms/restrooms (squat or western type) are usually common.

Where hydroelectric power options are not available (especially at higher altitude), rooms are lit using solar power. Therefore, make sure you charge your mobile phones and camera batteries at lower altitude. At higher altitude, some tea houses might also allow you to charge your appliances, but at extra cost.

Transportation:

This package cost covers the cost of the flight tickets (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu), airport shuttle and the charge of the vehicle used for city tour.

Communication Facilities:

Telephone and internet services are available at almost all the night stops. Hotels in Kathmandu provide free internet service, whereas the accommodation during the trek do not provide free internet service, but can be used by paying certain extra dollars. To be in a regular contact with your group, the team leaders are provided with a cellular phone from the company, which can be used by any member of the group in case of emergencies. Or, you can buy and use a local SIM card that is prepaid phone cards (requires 2 passport sized photos and passport visa copy to purchase the SIM card), and use it during your stay in Nepal. You can make both international and national calls using this SIM card.          

Solo Travelers:

Desire Adventures welcomes all solo travelers to join our group trips. When you join our groups, you will share your accommodation and other facilities with another member of the group, which helps you to save money. However, if you are not comfortable joining our existing groups, we can definitely make the arrangement for you to travel solo (cost will be comparatively higher than travelling in a group).

Group Size:

Maximum 15, Average 5, Minimum 2

Tipping:

Leaving a tip for the service providers like guides, porters, drivers and waiters, although is not mandatory, it is appreciated. Tipping shows your satisfaction and gratitude toward the service provided and the service provider respectively. The amount is a personal preference. However, for guides and porters, there is a custom of tipping 10% of the total trip cost in the 60:40 ratios (60% of the total tip amount to the guide and 40% of the total trip amount to the porter). 

Health, Fitness, Medications and Medical Facilities:

Health - In order to successfully complete this trek, you need to be in the best health condition. Therefore, we suggest you to get a physical examination at least 4-6 weeks prior to the trek and seek advice, medication and permission from your doctor. Make sure that you are screened for illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, anemia, ulcer disease, cardiovascular disease and lung related problems. Cardiovascular risk assessment should also be made, especially for anyone with strong family history or person over the age of 40. Get a good dental check up; identify medicines that you are allergic to. Make sure you are immunized and vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, varicella, Hemophilus influenza type b infection, Hepatitis A and B Typhoid, rabies, yellow fever, cholera, meningococcal disease and encephalitis. In the absence of doctor, seek advice from local General Practitioner or travel clinics.

Fitness -The Everest Base Camp trail also demands excellent stamina along with tough determination. At an average you will have to walk for 6-8 hours every day and it’s a lot of uphill and downhill climb. Therefore, trekkers need to be physically fit. Consult your GP regarding the necessary guide walk prior to this trek. A few weeks of cardio exercise: brisk walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, skipping etc. will help you get the fitness level to successfully complete the trek. Also, short hiking and camping experiences, before the Everest Base Camp trek are considered the plus points.

Medication - For the Everest Base Camp trek, we recommend you carry your regular personal medicines along with a First Aid kit. Also, add blister kit, sunscreen, bandages, insect repellent containing DEET, topical antibiotic cream, iodine tablets and /or water filter, Diamox or Acetazolamide, Acetaminophen or Tylenol for analgesia, Ibuprofen or Advil for analgesia and as an anti-inflammatory agent, Immodium or Lomotil for diarrhea, Afrin-a nasal decongestant, Pepcid or Zantac for heartburn, an antibiotic, especially a Quinolone such as Ciprofloxacin or Leavaquin, pain medicine such as Tylenol with codeine or Hydrocodone and if you are prone to exercise-induced Asthma or Asthma associated with bronchitis or upper respiratory infections, add Asthma inhaler to the kit.

Medical Facilities - Khunde Hospital, north of Namche Bazaar and a health post run by Himalayan Rescue Association at Pheriche are the medical facilities in the Khumbu region. Khunde Hospital has decompression chamber and the health post at Pheriche is equipped with Gamow bags and bottled oxygen for emergencies. 

The most important of all, we request you to inform us regarding your present health condition, pre-existing medical condition, illness and your regular medications. We also request you to be honest regarding these issues, so that we can provide instant assistance in emergencies, during the trek.

Safety and Security:

During this trek, your safety and security is our greatest concern. Since your team leader will be with you the entire time, during the trek, he is given the responsibility to safely take you to your destination and bring your back. The team leader is also given the authority to amend or cancel the itinerary, if it concerns your safety and security.

For the safety of your belongings (passport, air tickets, traveler’s check, cash, and other valuable items) we request you to bring a neck wallet or money belt. We strongly recommend not bringing valuable jewelry with you and even, if you happen to bring one, we request you to store it in the safety deposit boxes available in the hotels in Kathmandu. Secure your luggage with a padlock.

Additional Rules:

  1. Do no contravene the laws and rules of the country.
  2. Do not carry any illegal drugs.
  3. Do not get involved with the sex workers

Local Dress:

Since the dress standards are comparatively conservative in Nepal, we recommend you to pack comfortable, yet modest clothing. We recommend you to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing, when packing your luggage, especially if you are planning your trek during summer. Also, avoid short dresses like shorts/skirts/singlet/tank tops, especially while visiting holy sites.

Emergency Contact Detail

Desire Adventures Pvt. Ltd.

From outside of Nepal: +977-1-4412014

From within Kathmandu: 4412014

From outside Kathmandu: 01-4412014

If you are using NTC, Ncell or any other mobile networks in Nepal: 01-4412014

Additional Information:

Visas

Foreign tourist (except Indians) visiting Nepal require a visa to enter Nepal. Chinese nationals can obtain free visa. Visas can either be obtained from the nearest Embassy/Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or upon your arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.

 To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport-sized photographs, receipt of online application, Visa fees in US dollars, your passport that is valid for at least 6 months, before the trip and a copy of passport of guardian, in case of minor below 10 years of age. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. For the convenience of foreign nationals, visas are also provided from the borders listed below:

Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)

Tel: 977-1-4485173/4113045

Fax: 977-1-4113090

Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)

Tel: 977-23-562054

Fax: 977-23-563569

Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-51-5527447

Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-11-840196

Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)

Tel/Fax:  977-71-520629

Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-81-412005

Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-91-523246

Kanchanpur (Far Western Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-99-402004

Rashuwagadi

Tel: 977-10-6922722

Fax: 977-10-540133
Tourist Visa Fees:

Transit visa (3 days) Free of cost

Minimum USD 30 for up to 15 days

After 15 days USD 2/day (extension of the tourist visa, the fees chargeable for 15 days shall be levied  if the period is less than 15 days in every extension) 

Extra USD 20 for MRE facility for valid visa period.

Late fee to be charged extra USD 3/day

In case of minor, below 10 years of age, the visa is free of cost

(For more information, please visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np  or contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu.)

Tel: 977-1- 4429659/4429660/4438862/4438868.

Fax: 977-1- 4433934/4433935

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

 

Pack List for 16 days Everest Base Camp Trek

The company provides one porter for every two traveler. Each porter is only allowed to carry at a maximum weight of 25-30 kilograms. Therefore, we suggest you to pack as lightly as possible. Our porters carry all the trekking gears in a shared water-proof duffle, provided by the company. Your extra luggage can be left in a hotel in Kathmandu (free storage available). We recommend you carry a lightweight cotton or plastic bag to keep your trekking gears separate. Kindly follow the checklist below to pack the required stuff during the trip:

Checklist for all seasons:

  • Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, 3 passport sized photo (2 for visa application and 1 for trekking permit)
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Reading/writing materials
  • Travel games, like chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronic or paperwork
  • Binoculars, camera
  • Umbrella/Raincoat
  • First-aid kit (containing lip balm, Aspirin/paracetamol, Band Aids/plasters, bandage for sprains, iodine or water purifier, Moleskin for blisters, antiseptic for cuts, anti-bacterial throat lozenges, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for diarrhea, re-hydration powder, Norfloxacin or Ciprofloxin, antibiotic for Girdia, Diamox and any extra prescription drugs you are currently taking)
  • Protein bars, chocolates, dried fruits, candies and snack foods
  • Money- cash/VISA Card
  • Hair ties
  • Money bag
  • Swiss army knife (Optional)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Light weight Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Toiletries (quick drying towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, multipurpose soap, deodorant, nail clippers, face and body moisturizer, feminine hygiene products, small mirror
  • Day pack (with waist straps)
  • Alarm clock and torch/flashlight/headlamp
  • Lighter (Optional)
  • Insect repellent (Optional)
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
  • Small padlock
  • Stuff sack for dirty clothes/shoes
  • Dry bags in several sizes
  • Duffle Bag (will be provided by the company)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
  • Small wash towel
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Bandana or broad brimmed sunhat, sunglasses, scarf
  • Bag liners (Optional)
  • Sewing kit (Optional)
  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket & trousers (preferably breathable fabric)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Running shoes or sandals
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Underwear and Shorts
  • T Shirts 2 or 3
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Lightweight long trousers (no jeans)
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket
  • Trekking pants

Special Checklist for winter and high altitude

  • Layered clothing /Thermals  and Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March)
  • 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweight  wool jumper/sweater/fleece jacket
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Fleece or wool trousers/pants
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens – wool or fleeced with a waterproof shell outer
  • A four season sleeping bag/sleep sheet (rated to -250C)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Gaiters (for winter and monsoon)

        Special Checklist for summer

  • Lightweight wool jumper/sweater/fleece
  • Umbrella/water proof jacket with hood and waterproof trousers (May to September)
  • Sunscreen lotion with maximum SPF
  • Water bottle

 

Our Guides:

With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.

Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:

Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.

Round the clock service:

Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.

Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:

Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.

Importance to Sustainable Tourism:

We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.

No exceptions with quality and equipments:

Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency.  Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.

5:1 Client Guide Ratio

We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles. 

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