- Walk to the base camp of Mt. Everest (5,364m), the base camp of the world’s highest mountain.
- Hike to the summit of Kala Patthar (5,545m), the highest trekking point in the Khumbu region
- Enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise view over Mt. Everest and her sibling peaks: Pumori, Nuptse, Makalu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu and other smaller peaks in the Khumbu Region from Kala Patthar
- Walk along the world’s highest glacier, the Khumbu Glacier
- Explore Tengboche Monastery (the largest in Khumbu) and other small, yet equally important monasteries, en route to the base camp
- Join the monks for the morning prayers at the Tengboche Monastery
- Spend time exploring the Sherpa settlements and observing their lifestyle, culture, tradition and hospitality.
- Go for interesting acclimatization trips/hikes, like Thame hike, circuit around Syangboche, Khunde and Khumjung; Chhukung hike or the Nangkartshang Hermitage hike.
- Explore the landscape, flora and faunas in the Sagarmatha National Park (one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal)
- Enjoy scenic flight to and from Lukla and the landing experience on one of the most dangerous airports in the world.
“The Everest Base Camp Trek…, now in less than 2 weeks’ time”, guarantees Desire Adventures! The Short Everest Base Camp Trek package, by Desire Adventures, now makes it possible for trekkers to complete the Everest Base Camp Trek in just 12 days; without missing out on any of the attractions presented by other regular Everest Base Camp trekking packages. The Short Everest Base Camp trek is an opportunity for those keen trekkers, whose desire to stand on the base camp of Mt. Everest is bound by time to this day.
This Short Everest Base Camp trekking can be completed in 12 days, including 2 acclimatization days (in Namche and Dingboche). From Kathmandu, you will fly to Lukla to begin your ultimate journey to the base camp of Mt. Everest. You will reach the base camp on the 8th day of the trek. The trek ends with a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Throughout your journey, you will be assisted by your private English-speaking guide, who will not only guide you to your destination, but also help you get an insight on the attractions of the region and the lifestyle, culture, tradition and hospitality of the native Sherpas. The package is carefully crafted to help you directly connect to the local people and lift local economy (local porters and accommodation and eateries run by local people are our top preferences), while you enjoy your trip to the fullest. To make this package more special, the company also offers free spa and free one-hour, full-body massage service in Kathmandu, after the trek. Moreover, the entire package, including the departure date, can be fully tailored to meet your details.
The Short Everest Base Camp Trek is a perfect trek for people under any age group, with physically fit body, excellent stamina and tough mental determination. However, the success rate is also enhanced by the right choice of season. Therefore, we recommend planning this trek either during autumn (mid-September to November) season, or the spring (March to May) season.
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(“Climb High, Sleep Low” is the rule one needs to follow, in order to avoid altitude sickness. Therefore, apart from 2 days’ acclimatization, in Namche and Dingboche, to aid the process of acclimatization, we will hike a little higher than our overnight stop and get down for overnight rest every day.)
- Airport transfer for domestic flight (Let us know your hotel name)
- National Park Entrance permit and TIMS permit
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets
- All accommodation during trek (lodge/4 nights Hot Showers and attached bathroom)
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Fresh fruits after dinner
- Purified drinking water
- Tea/Coffee (Served in a cup)
- 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)
- Treking route map
- Official T- Shirt
- Official Duffel bag (if required)
- Nepal arrival visa
- Accommodations and Meals in Kathmandu
- 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
- Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation
- Any other extended trips and accommodation
- Tipping (As an appreciation) to staff
Welcome to Nepal and Desire Adventures. This trip in Nepal starts with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Therefore, early in the morning, a private transfer will come to collect you from your hotel in Kathmandu and transfer you to the domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After reaching the airport, you will quickly board the plane and fly to Lukla. It takes about 30-35 minutes to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. It’s a very scenic flight; the aerial view of the landscape, on clear days, is a delicious treat to your eyes. Soon, the plane will land on the airstrip of the Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla, one of the most dangerous airports in the world to land on. Enjoy the thrill! Once in Lukla, you will be introduced to the porters and other team members eagerly awaiting your arrival. Enjoy your breakfast, while the luggage is prepared for the porters. After breakfast, following the narrow stone-paved streets of Lukla, you will ascend to the Pasang Lhamo Memorial Gate (located north end of Lukla), before descending to Phakding. The streets of Lukla are livened with colorful shops, stones carved and painted with Buddhist mantras and flapping colorful prayer flags. The trail ahead of the memorial gate to Pasang Lhamo Sherpa will allow you to immerse in the beautiful nature and culture preserved by the Khumbu region and the Sherpa people of Nepal. Drop down to the village of Cheplung, past stone walls and a few mani stone, before continuing through the community forest to the first suspension bridge (over Thado Koshi River) on the trail. Look up to enjoy the mesmerizing view of Kusum Kangru and down to enjoy the bustling Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the bridge, you will now climb around the ridge to Ghat. Leaving Ghat you will enter a complex of Mani walls, chortens and boulders carved with Tibetan prayers and the colorful prayer wheels. Leaving the beautiful complex behind, you will now climb over an old landslide to Chhuthawa and winding through the forest, beside the Dudh Koshi River, you will continue to Phakding. You will reach Phakding around the afternoon. You will check into the lodge, quickly after reaching Phakding, for dinner and accommodation. The afternoon is spent at leisure. Exploring the nearby monasteries is recommended to best utilize the leisure time.
Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Phakding
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After enjoying full breakfast in Phakding, you will leave Phakding for Namche. Crossing the suspension bridge across the Dudh Koshi River, you will continue ahead on a meandering trail (100m above the river), through the forest of pine, across Ghatte Khola, past a small hydroelectric project and over the ridge to Toktok. From Toktok, you will descend to Benkar (famous for its beautiful potato fields), through the forest of pine appreciating a few small, yet extremely beautiful waterfalls. Before heading further north, you will cross another suspension bridge to cut across to the east bank of the river. From the bridge, the walk to Chumoa is through the woods of rhododendron, magnolia and fir that provide shade to a number of sparsely spread small Sherpa settlements. Monjo, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park is a short climb from Chumoa. At Monjo, your guide will take care of the necessary national park check-in formalities. You can either utilize this interval enjoying a cup of tea/coffee at one of the teahouses, or the exhibition of the 3D map of the Khumbu Himalaya and responsible trekking in the information center, in Monjo. After completing the formalities, leaving Monjo, you will continue north on a dropping trail that leads you to another suspension bridge. Do not fail to notice the beautiful stupa-shaped gateway and an enormous granite bluff - carved with Tibetan mantras, in the hurry to get to the suspension bridge. You will hike north to Jorsale after crossing the bridge. The trail ahead of Jorsale crosses one more suspension bridge to cut across to the east bank of the river, before following the lower river bank trail over gravel and boulders to climb back into the forest. In no time the confluence of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi River comes into view. Walking past he confluence, you will hike north to cross the Larja Bridge. A little ahead of the bridge, you will come across a viewpoint that presents you with the first view of the mighty Mt. Everest. Enjoy the view and get ready for a steep climb on a zigzagging trail that passes through the forest of Pine to Mislung. The forest ends at Mislung and the path also evens out. The walk to Namche from this point is fairly easy. On reaching Namche, you will check into the lodge, before dinner. The evening is at leisure, which can be best utilized by taking a stroll around the town of Namche. Bakeries, restaurants and internet cafes are some of the best places to hang out, before dinner in Namche.
Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Namche Bazaar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Acclimatization in Namche, before gaining further altitude, is a must to avoid the symptoms of AMS. Therefore, to adapt to the thinning air and oxygen level, your private guide will take you for an acclimatization hike, after breakfast. He will either guide you to Thame (6-7hour), a village located west of Namche, or take you for a full day circuit through Syangboche, Khunde and Khumjung (4-5 hours).
Acclimatization trek to Thame is a hike to a secluded village located west of Namche, underneath the mountain wall of Kongde RI. Enormous mani rocks carved with Buddhist mantras and painted with images of Guru Rinpoche, pine and rhododendron woodland, ancient mud-plastered monasteries; murals of Green Tara, Guru Rinpoche and Thangtong Gyalpo; large chortens, Kani, stone-walled fields, hydroelectric power houses and the Thame Gompa are the main attractions of this side trip.
However, the circuit hike around Syangboche, Khunde and Khumjung offers more variations in terms of attractions. The grass airstrip of Syangboche, carved boulders, Boudhanath-style chortens, Khunde Hospital-the first hospital in Khumbu and Hillary School- both built by Sir Edmund Hillary; Khunde Tsamkhang- a Buddhist temple founded by a lama, who fled from Tingri in Tibet; memorial chortens to Edmund Hillary, his wife and daughter; the longest mani wall in the Khumbu region in Khumjung and a gompa that has the skull of a ‘Yeti’ on exhibition are the man-made attractions of this trek. However, equally rich in natural attractions, juniper and rhododendron; charming view of Khumbila, Ama Dablam and Thamserku and the 360-degree view of Khunde, Namche Bazaar, Ama Dablam and Pachermo peak from the Hillary Memorial viewpoint are the natural attractions of this side trip.
After completing one of these hikes, you will return to Namche. The evening, before dinner, is at leisure. You can enjoy the internet cafes and bakeries in Namche to best utilize your time.
Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Namche Bazaar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Full breakfast in Namche and you will leave Namche for Tengboche. You will start on a trail by the huge Mani stone in Chhorkung and climb around the ridge to the end of the bluff, where the memorial chorten to Tenzing Norgay stands out in stark contrast against the backdrop of the beautiful panorama of Thamserku to Amadablam, Lhotse and Everest. Enjoying the view, you will walk past the chorten and a number of lodges/teahouses of Kyangjuma to the trail junction at Sanasa. From Sanasa, following the descending trail, which is the regular Everest Base Camp trail, you will gently descend to Leushyasa. Ahead of Leushyasa, the descending trail steepens as you continue to the suspension bridge at Phunki Tenga. From Phunki Tenga, Tengboche is about 90-minute uphill climb, through the forest of rhododendron. Do not miss out on the opportunity to enjoy one of the loveliest views of Kantega and remark water-powered prayer wheels, while ascending to Tengboche. Soon, you will be greeted by a pair of chorten and beautiful Kani, that mark the arrival of Tengboche, set amidst the spectacular panorama of Tawache, Everest Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Once in Tengboche, you will check into the lodge and set off for a guided walking tour of Tengboche Monastery and the Eco Center in Tengboche. After exploring the area, taking in the highlights with your private guide, you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Tengboche.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tengboche monastery is the largest and the most important monastery in the region. Every morning, the monks gather to offer morning prayers to their god at the monastery, which you can join in (if you want), before breakfast. After breakfast, you will leave Tengboche for Dingboche. First you will gently descend through the forest of conifer and rhododendron (on stone steps) to Milingo, past Deboche. You will then cross the bridge across the Imja River, where the other end of the bridge greets you with a beautiful big chorten. Leaving the chorten, you will now continue towards the outskirt of Pangboche. As you reach the turn off to upper Pangboche, you will leave the tree line and enter the arid landscape of glacial boulders and alpine meadows. Walking past the mural of Guru Rinpoche, you will gently hike up to Somare following the west bank of the Imja River. Crossing the bridge at Somare, you will continue on a very gently ascending trail to Chuto (past Orsho), where the trail splits into two direction – one leading to Dingboche and the other to Pheriche. You will cross the bridge and following the trail along the Imja River, you will continue north-west for about 30 minutes to end the day’s walk at Dingboche. Dingboche welcomes you with the grandest view of the Island Peak, Peak 38 and Lhotse. You will check into the lodge in Dingboche, before setting out for an exploration tour of the settlement of Dingboche.
Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Dingboche.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Acclimatization in Dingboche is the second necessary acclimatization to prevent the symptoms of altitude sickness, before heading to the Everest Base Camp. One-hour hike to Nangkartshang Hermitage and additional 90-minutes’ walk to the viewpoint above it, or a full-day hike to Chhukung are the two best acclimatization hiking options around Dingboche. You will follow your guide to one of these hiking destinations, after breakfast in Dingboche.
Hike to the hermitage of Nangkartshang, above Dingboche, is a short uphill climb, past chortens and prayer flags, to the dwelling of Sange Dorje, where you can explore an assemblage of retreats built around his meditation cave. Moreover, about 90-minutes climb to the viewpoint above the hermitage, reveals fantastic views up of Cholatse and Taboche to the north, lake at the foot of Ama Dablam to the south and the Island Peak Valley with Makalu (8,436m – the 5th highest peak in the world), rising above all other peaks in the east.
However, hike to Chhukung in the upper Imja Valley is a longer acclimatization trek option. This hike east of Dingboche will take you to Chhukung, nestled among the ridges of moraine, amidst the mountains and the glaciers. Provided you have time and energy, you can also climb Chhukung RI for the mind-blowing panorama of Ama Dablam, Baruntse and Makalu.
After the acclimatization hike, you will be guided back to your accommodation in Dingboche.
Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Dingboche.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Enjoy full breakfast in Dingboche, before leaving for Lobuche. Either following the trail that crosses to Pheriche through the stupa atop the ridge, or the one that slowly climbs the ridge past Dusa, you will advance towards the Pheriche and Dingboche trail junction that drops down to cross the glacial stream, before rising up to Dughla. The splendid view of Taboche and Cholatse, Ama Dablam and Kantega make the trail very scenic. On reaching Dughla, you will continue up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to the top of the ridge, where the trail slightly turns left to a number of memorials dedicated to climber and Sherpas, who lost their lives in the mountains of the Khumbu region. Leaving the memorial spot behind, you will continue north, where the Everest Base Camp trail merges with the three passes trail. The rising view of Pumori keeps your eyes occupied, as you ascend towards the junction. The walk to Lobuche from the junction is on a challenging loose moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. On reaching Lobuche, you will check into the lodge, before setting off for the hikes around Lobuche. Some good hiking options are the ridges east of Lobuche and the Italian Pyramid north of Lobuche. You will return to the lodge in Lobuche, after one of these hikes.
Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Lobuche.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08: Trek to Gorak Shep- Everest Base Camp – Gorakshep Trek to Gorakshep-Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft) and return to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,863ft) 8.5 hours
Today’s walk will finally take you to the base camp of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest. It’s a long and tiring walk; therefore, enjoy full breakfast, before leaving Lobuche. From Lobuche, following the trail squeezed between the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and the mountain wall, past a turn off to Italian Research Center, you will advance north towards Gorak Shep. However, before reaching Gorak Shep, you will have to struggle with a few short vertical climbs and the terminal moraine of the Changri Shar Glacier (for about 50 minutes). Once at Gorak Shep, enjoying the view of Changtse, Khumbutse, Lingtren and Pumori, you will check into the lodge, leave your luggage and set off for the base camp. From Gorak Shep, you will head back to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and continue north along a knife-edge ridge, across the boulders on the Khumbu Glacier to the base camp of the Mt. Everest. The walk is physically testing; however, once you reach the base camp, the feeling of achievement makes you forget the hardships that you struggled through, to make your way up to the base camp. Colorful prayer flags wedged between the rocks and colorful tents (during the climbing season) below the Khumbu Icefall mark the arrival of the base camp of Mt. Everest. You will spend some time enjoying the surrounding view and capturing the scenery and the moments in your camera. After enjoying the view, you will retrace your steps to Gorak Shep.
Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Gorak Shep.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sunrise view over Mt. Everest and other Himalayan giants of the Khumbu Region is best observed from the summit of Kala Patthar. It takes about 2 hours to reach the summit of Kala Patthar. Therefore, you will start this day 2 hours before sunrise and hike to the summit of Kala Patthar. Wait and watch the mountain silhouettes turn into the beautiful white Himalaya giants with the sun rising higher in the sky. Also, the views of 360-degree panorama from Pumori and Lobuche West to Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest; Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall; the Everest Base Camp are very pleasing to eyes. After enjoying the view for some time, you will head back to Gorak Shep for breakfast. After breakfast, without wasting much time, you will retrace your path to Lobuche. From Lobuche, you will continue down the moraine to Dughla, cross the glacial stream and continue to Pheriche; following the lower path that drops along the wide valley. On reaching Pheriche, you will check into the lodge, before enjoying the leisure time in Pheriche.
Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Pheriche.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Enjoy full breakfast in Pheriche, before leaving for Namche. Leaving Pheriche, you will gently ascend to Pheriche Pass, before heading down to the trail junction at Chuto. From Chuto you will continue on a relatively flat trail to the bridge at Somare. From Somare, walking past the rock mural of Guru Rinpoche, and slowly leaving the arid landscape of glacial boulders and alpine meadows, you will gently descend to the upper Pangboche trail junction. Ignoring the trail heading towards upper Pangboche, you will continue down to cross the bridge at Chaturje, before gently ascending to Tengboche, past Deboche. Bidding farewell to the beautiful Tengboche Monastery and the Himalayan panorama, about an hour climb, down the forest of rhododendron will bring you to the bridge at Phunki Tenga. Crossing the bridge, a steep ascent on stone steps will bring you to Leushyasa, from where, a gentle hike will take you to the trail junction at Sanasa. Now following the trail along the ridge past the memorial chorten to Tenzing Norgay, you will continue to Namche Bazaar. In Namche, you will check into the lodge and spend the remaining time (before dinner) at leisure.
Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Namche Bazaar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast in Namche and you will leave Namche for Lukla. Leaving Namche, you will continue on an even trail till Mislung. From Mislung, entering the forest of pine, you will steeply drop down on a snaking trail to Larja bridge. You will cross the bridge and continue to Jorsalle on a level trail, before ascending to Monjo. At Monjo, your guide will take care of the necessary national park check out formalities, after which, you will gently hike down to Phakding, before ascending to Lukla. After reaching Lukla, you will check into the lodge. You can either spend the remaining time recalling the memories made over the past days or celebrating the achievement with the team leaders.
Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Lukla.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast in the Khumbu region, you will fly back to Kathmandu, once again enjoying the scenic view. From the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in a private vehicle. In the afternoon, you can enjoy free spa and a very relaxing one hour free body massage. In the evening, we will meet for the farewell dinner. Your choice food will be served from the restaurant menu. While having dinner we will also discuss the trip and the feedback. After dinner, you will be escorted to your hotel, ending the trip with Desire Adventures.
Short Everest Base Camp Trek Useful Information
The entire information regarding the trip details in the website is provided in good faith; however, the information does not form a part of the final contract between the client and the company. The itinerary will be fully tailored to meet the client’s specification, before the final booking of the trip. All the changes will completely be made in favor of the customer; therefore, the information in the final document will look a bit different than the ones mentioned in our website. The final copy of the itinerary will be emailed, before the final confirmation of the booking, which will be 100% correct. We suggest you print the final copy of your Trip Details and review the information thoroughly before the trip for updates regarding any last-minute changes (if any).
The team leaders leading your group will strictly follow the itinerary provided to the clients before the final booking; however, under circumstances like, sudden change in weather, unforeseen natural disasters, unsupportive health of a group member, local strike/protest etc., (most concerning the safety of the customer) the team leader is fully authorized to make the required modification to the given itinerary.
Although, the final itinerary provided by the company ensures adequate acclimatization, some of you might still feel the effects of altitude sickness. Therefore, if your team leader finds it unsafe to gain more altitude, he will make the arrangement to descend to lower altitude and not continue up, until he is assured of your readiness to ascend further.
These situations are rare; however, we request you show flexibility and follow the instructions given by your guide in situations, where it may be necessary to make the alterations. Also, if you are looking to enjoy the trek, despite all the unforeseen situations, we recommend you add a few extra days to your trip (to be on a safe side).
- TIMS card and Sagarmatha National Park entry permit are the two permits required to do this trek in Nepal. The company will make the arrangement of these permits, once you provide a scanned color copy of our passport and color copy of two passport sized photographs.
- Everest Base Camp Trekking is a high elevation trek with a lot of up and down hill hike. The oxygen level in the air decreases with the increase in altitude, which makes it difficult for trekkers to adjust to the thinning air. Therefore, instead of rushing to the destination, we suggest you slow, but steady climb. Stand to rest than sit when tired. Protect yourself from intense sun, wind and cold by dressing up in layers, using sunscreen lotions, sunglasses, hat with wide brim and scarf. Also, make sure to put on your layers back, as soon as you reach the shaded areas, if you have taken them off.
- The trip cost does not include the cost of extra expenses like drinks, shopping, tipping and any extra activities, not mentioned in the trip detail. Therefore, you recommend you carry enough extra money to spend on these needs during the trek. We also suggest you set aside USD 200, or Nepali currency equivalent to USD 200 as an emergency fund. The fund will be utilized in case of any changes in the itinerary, caused by unforeseen unfavorable situations (although rare).
- 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 is mandatory, in order to do the Short Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. At a minimum, you should be covered for medical expenses (hospital charges, doctor’s fees, cost of the medicine etc.), caused by health issues, injuries or accidents, along with evacuation, helicopter rescue and repatriation. Therefore, we recommend you carefully check the policy, before buying it. Moreover, the best thing to do, is to buy a policy that also covers for personal liability, cancellations, theft and loss of luggage, personal effect and the additional activities (not mentioned in the trip detail), that you are planning to undertake, while in Nepal. Short Everest Base Camp Trek by Desire Adventures is a high-altitude trek in Nepal. The trail will lead you above the altitude of 5000m; therefore, we recommend that you ensure that the policy you are buying covers treks that go over 5000m.
Best seasons to plan the Short Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal
Autumn (October and November) is the best season to plan this trek in Nepal. This season receives the biggest crowd of the year. Also, this season allows you to experience the best weather and trail, clear skies and bearable temperature.
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 and acceptable temperature. Compared to Autumn, this season receives less number of trekkers.
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 at night time. 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 and trail are unsupportive and the visibility is also affected by heavy rain and cloud.
(Please Note: If you are thinking of participating in the major festivals celebrated in the Khumbu region, while making your way up 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 Jayanti, October November for Mani Rimdu and June or July for Dumje (confirm the exact dates before booking).
Joining Instructions and Arrival Complications:
The cost of Short Everest Base Camp Trek package by Desire Adventures also includes the cost of airport-hotel-airport transfers. Therefore, on the day of your arrival, as per your arrival time, the company will send a company representative and a private vehicle, to pick you up at the airport and guide you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Therefore, once outside the luggage hall, look for the company representative awaiting your arrival outside the luggage hall, carrying a 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 to transfer you from the airport to your hotel. Make sure to avoid every person, who offers help (especially those offering help to carry your luggage or guide you to the taxi stand) as they will be asking money as a service charge, once you take their help.
The Short Everest Base Camp Trek Package Guarantees…
- An English-speaking professional, trained, experienced and licensed local guide.
- A full support team of local porters and assistants
- 24x7 off-site team for additional support
- A full-board- meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee) and accommodation – during the trek
- Ground transportations: i) Airport shuttle service
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets and departure tax.
- Free spa, as well as one hour body massage, after the trek
- Free 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 Short Everest Base Camp trek will be led by one of these guides. Apart from guiding you to your destination, these guides are aware of their role in making the trip once in a lifetime experience. Therefore, they will also provide information on the places you visit, suggest things to do and see, recommend best local eateries and 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 give their best to ensure that you return home with the best and hassle-free trekking experience.
(12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 12 Dinners on company)
This covers Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch and tea/coffee during the trek and one complimentary dinner (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.
Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek will be served as per the teahouse menu (variety of options to choose from) and your-choice food (from the restaurant’s menu) will be served 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 cost, 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.
(11 nights in a guest house/teahouse/lodge in Khumbu)
During the trek, guest houses/teahouses/lodges are booked for overnight stays. 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, but 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.
This package cost covers the cost of the flight tickets (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) and airport transfers.
Telephone and internet services are available at almost all the night stops. Unlike accommodations in Kathmandu, the accommodations booked in Khumbu for the Short Everest Base Camp 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. Your issues will be addressed by the off-site team and your message will be delivered to the concerned person. 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.
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 save more. 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).
Maximum 15, Average 5, Minimum 2
Leaving a tip for the service providers like guides, porters, drivers and waiters, although is not mandatory, it is very much appreciated. Tipping shows your satisfaction and gratitude toward the service provided and the service provider respectively. The amount is a personal preference.
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 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 checkup; 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 Short 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 required to successfully complete the trek. Also, short hiking and camping experiences, before the Short Everest Base Camp trek are considered the plus points.
Medication - For the Short 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 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. For this, 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 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.
- Do no contravene the laws and rules of the country.
- Do not carry any illegal drugs.
- Do not get involved with the sex workers
Since the dress standards are comparatively conservative in Nepal, we recommend you to pack comfortable, yet modest clothing. We recommend you 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
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)
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)
Kanchanpur (Far Western Nepal)
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
Pack List for Short Everest Base Camp Trek 12 days
The company provides one porter for every two travelers. Each porter is only allowed to carry 25-30 kilograms (max). Therefore, we suggest you 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
- 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
- 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
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.
Why Desire Adventures?
- Exceptional Product Knowledge
- Fair Price and Service Quality Guaranteed
- Guaranteed Departure on each booking
- Ultra-personalized itinerary and Unmatched Flexibility:
- We Maintain 1:5 Guides:clients Ratio