EBC Trek with Helicopter Return - 12 Days

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Region
Everest Region
Duration
12 Days
Grade
3
Transportation
Heli-ride (Gorak Shep-Lukla), Domestic flight (KTM-Lukla-KTM), and private transportation in Kathmandu
Activity Per Day
Trekking/ Hiking
Max Altitude
5,555m.
Best Season
Mar-May/ Sep-Nov

Highlights

  • Opportunity to explore the culture and lifestyle of the local Sherpa people.
  • Explore Sagarmatha National Park.
  • The highest glacier on Earth: the Khumbu Glacier
  • Witness stunning peaks like Mt. Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Mt. Makalu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more.
  • Visit ancient monasteries: Tengboche and Dingboche.
  • Exploration of Namche Bazar, a mountain town built on a steep mountain, also known as the Gateway of Everest
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar
  • See the mountains from a bird's-eye perspective.

 

Overview of the trek

The Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return is the perfect itinerary designed for those seeking to optimize their time and avoid the rough trek back to Lukla. This carefully curated itinerary allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Everest Base Camp trail on foot and then end the adventure with a thrilling helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Lukla, enjoying the mountain peaks from a bird's-eye perspective.

The Everest Base Camp trek invites adventure junkies to trek and experience the whispers of legends, winding trails from lush alpine surroundings to the rugged, snow-laden ridges of ancient mountains, and then fly back and enjoy the view from the top. This trek will also take you closer to Nepalese cultures, traditions, and religious values, from colorful flags to stone mani temples and ancient monasteries like Tengboche and Dingboche.

You can witness the panoramic views of many mountains’ ranges and peaks, like Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse, Lobuche, Ama Dablam, etc.

 

During peak season (March, April, May, October, and November), flights to Lukla operate from Ramechhap/Manthali. Manthali is around 5 to 6 hours' drive from Kathmandu. In non-peak seasons (January, February, June, July, August, September, and December), flights to Lukla operate from Kathmandu.

 

Route

The trek begins with a 20-minute flight from Ramechhap to Lukla in the peak trekking seasons, which are March, April, May, October, and November, and in the months of January, February, June, July, August, September, and December, you’ll take a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, which will take a 35-minute flight.

The trek will start from Lukla along the Dudh Koshi River bank. We’ll enter the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park and hike towards Namche Bazar. We’ll acclimatize at Namche, which is a beautiful town residing aesthetically in the lap of Everest.

The next day, we’ll walk through the beautiful verdant forest, lush hills, and mountains, getting closer to our destination, and head towards Tengboche. We’ll visit Tengboche monastery and observe the daily lifestyle there once we reach.

After Tengboche, we’ll move forward towards Dingboche and then to Lobuche. We’ll get to witness many peaks, like Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and many more.

We’ll hike to Gorak Shep and explore the Khumbu Glacier and the final destination, the Everest Base Camp. At the base camp, we’ll capture some of our memories, explore around, and soak in the views of the magnificent Mount Everest. We’ll return to Gorak Shep after the exploration and spend the night there.

The next day, we’ll hike up the Kala Patthar and witness the sun rise over the glorious Mount Everest and surrounding peaks. After enjoying it there for a while, we’ll return to Gorak Shep and take a shared helicopter flight from Gorak Shep to Lukla.

We’ll fly back to Kathmandu or Ramechhap from Lukla and bid our good-bye to the Everest for this time.

 

Optional: For all the helicopter enthusiasts, you now have the option to take a luxurious and adventurous helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back from Lukla to Kathmandu by paying an extra USD 250 PP one way. With this, you no longer have to worry about flights being delayed or canceled, which can happen every now and then due to bad weather.

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Outline Itinerary ( 12 Days ) Expand all +

Your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to the hotel Orientation is in the evening at around 5 p.m. In the evening, welcome dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

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Max Altitude
Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Overnight
Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel Hotel

Early morning ride to Lukla by domestic flight, which is the gateway to the Khumbu region, to start the trek. The trek starts from the very day to the uphill up to Phakding, stopping at Phakding and staying there.

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Max Altitude
Lukla (2,840 m)
Duration
2-3 hour trek
Overnight
Overnight at a Guesthouse
Meal
Breakfast

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we start our journey through a pine forest and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. We ascend on a steep trail and reach Namche Bazaar (5–6 hours), which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region.

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Max Altitude
Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Duration
5–6-hour trek
Overnight
Overnight at a Guesthouse
Meal
Breakfast

To avoid altitude sickness, we need to acclimate in Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the most beautiful and primary town in the Everest region. The place is occupied with a colorful market with ATMs, government offices, shops, restaurants, and so on.

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Max Altitude
Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Overnight
Overnight at a Guesthouse
Meal
Breakfast

From here, we ascend towards Tengboche village, which houses the very famous Tengboche monastery, which is the biggest monastery in the Everest region.

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Max Altitude
Tengboche (3,860 m)
Duration
5–6-hour trek
Overnight
Overnight at a Guesthouse
Meal
Breakfast

Our trail descends and passes through lush forests of birch, conifer, and rhododendron trees. While trekking, we can admire good views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. We continue our walk to the Imja Valley and Lobuche River before ascending to Dingboche.

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Max Altitude
Dingboche (4,410 m)
Duration
5–6-hour trek
Overnight
Overnight at a Guesthouse
Meal
Breakfast

Spending a day in Dingboche will help us acclimate to the high altitude. We can also admire the picturesque Imja Khola Valley and the beautiful Dingboche village.

 

Today we acclimate by making a hike to Nangkartsang Peak. The view of Ama Dablam from the peak is awe-inspiring. After the acclimatization hike, you can explore the village or relax in the teahouse.

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Max Altitude
Nangkartsang Peak (5,083 m)
Duration
4-5 hours hike
Overnight
Overnight at a Guesthouse
Meal
Breakfast

We ascend to the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks, including Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, and Mahalangur Himal.

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Max Altitude
Lobuche (4,910 m)
Duration
5–6-hour trek
Overnight
Overnight at a Guesthouse
Meal
Breakfast

The trek to Everest Base Camp is not very difficult. However, we ascend and descend mostly on a glacier path. The Everest Base Camp is stunningly beautiful. We can enjoy amazing views of the Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori mountains from the base camp. After soaking in the beauty, we walk back towards Gorak Shep, where we spend the night.

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Max Altitude
Everest Base Camp (5,364 m), Gorak Shep (5,190 m)
Duration
8–9-hour trek
Overnight
Overnight at a Guesthouse
Meal
Breakfast

Today we hike to the highest point of the Everest Base Camp Trek, Kala Patthar. The hike begins very early in the morning with a breathtaking sunrise view over the giant mountains. 

We descend to Gorak Shep to have breakfast, and then fly down to Lukla on a helicopter.

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Max Altitude
Kala Patthar (5,555 m)
Meal
Breakfast

After the continuous trekking for 9 days, finally, you will catch the early morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. After reaching the Kathmandu, the airport representative escorts you to the hotel and after lunch, sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley in various sites which have been listed in the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO (Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Swoyambhu and Patan Durbar Square).

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Max Altitude
Lukla (2,840m)
Duration
20 to 35 mins flight and transfer to hotel
Overnight
Overnight in a hotel
Meal
Farewell Dinner

You will have breakfast in the morning. Our airport representative will drop you off at the airport for your international flight as per your flight schedule. Or if you are staying in Nepal for a few more days, you can join another trip.

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Departures & Availability

Personal Information

Additional information

Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us. The personal information you provide will be kept confidential and will not be shared with a third party.

Include / Exclude

  • All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle
  • Twin-sharing or double accommodation in a 3-star hotel for 2 nights in Kathmandu, including breakfast
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the trek for 9 nights in the Everest region with attached toilets in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche
  • Standard breakfast during the trek
  • Permits for Sagarmatha National Park and Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit
  • Porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 guests)
  • Experienced, first-aid-trained, government-licensed, and English-speaking, Himalayan Social Journey's trekking guide
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff
  • Shared helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes
  • Himalayan Social Journey's duffel/kit bag, and trip completion certificate
  • A farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu/Manthali and Lukla
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner during the trek
  • Any beverage, including bottled and boiled water
  • Travel insurance, along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
  • Tips for trekking staff and drivers
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be acquired easily after your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with a fee of USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Any expenses other than the Price Include section

Additional Information

Our Local Nepali Team: Experienced, Hospitable, and Respected

Our local Nepali team at HSJ is renowned for being one of the most experienced, hospitable, and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. With full licensing and affiliation with prestigious organizations such as the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association, and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project, you can be confident in the quality of service we provide.

An experienced English-speaking trekking guide

When you embark on this trek, you will be accompanied by a professional and experienced English-speaking trekking guide who possesses excellent knowledge of the area and the trek itself. Our guides are skilled and have over 10 years of experience leading treks. They are friendly, courteous, and helpful, ensuring that you have a wonderfully memorable experience throughout your journey.

Supportive and reliable porters

To ensure your comfort during the trek, we maintain a porter-to-people ratio of 1:2, considering the group size. Each porter will carry a maximum of 12–15 kg of luggage per person. While the porters take care of your belongings, you will only need to carry a day pack containing your essentials, such as a wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snacks, a headlight, and other gadgets. We value the safety and well-being of our porters, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure their welfare. We kindly request that you only bring items that are absolutely necessary to reduce their burden.

Other Programs and Complimentary Services

In addition to the trek itself, we offer various programs and complimentary services to enhance your overall experience.

Welcome and Farewell Dinner: To make you feel at home and foster a sense of camaraderie, we arrange welcome and farewell dinners, where you can savor delicious local cuisine while sharing stories with fellow trekkers.

Unparalleled Flexibility for a Tailored Experience

At HSJ, we prioritize your satisfaction and strive to provide a personalized experience. We are your flexible travel partner, catering to your unique preferences. Whether you wish to follow a different route, have extra time in Nepal, or customize the trip according to your specific interests, we have you covered. Our additional add-on tours include options such as the Chitwan Jungle Safari, a cable car ride to Chandragiri Hills, cooking and yoga classes in Kathmandu, and more. Just share your ideas with us, and we will create a complete itinerary tailored to your desires. Moreover, if you prefer different standards of accommodation than those provided in the standard itineraries, we are more than happy to accommodate your requests. From the moment you arrive until your departure, your wishes become our commands. Feel free to make any requests, and we will ensure your utmost satisfaction.

Trekking Permits: Ensuring a Smooth Journey

To embark on this trek, you will need to obtain two permits: the Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) permit and the Sagarmatha National Park Permit. HSJ will take care of arranging these permits for you. Please ensure that you carry a minimum of four passport-sized photos for the trekking permit checkpoints.

Travel Insurance: A Safety Net for Your Journey

We strongly recommend obtaining a comprehensive travel insurance plan to cover any personal accountability, accidents, or illnesses that may occur during the trek. Depending on the nature of the activity, you may be required to provide a certificate of insurance for emergency assistance, medical support, evacuation, and search operations. Please note that such services are not provided for free in Nepal, and helicopter evacuation will only take place upon confirmation of insurance coverage.

Solo Travelers: Comfortable Accommodation

Throughout the tour, two people will be accommodated in each room. If you prefer private accommodation, you have the option to select the "single supplement" for an additional cost of USD 350. However, please note that due to limited room availability in certain lodges along the trek, even with the single supplement, you may have to share a room for a few days.

Last-Minute Bookings: Accommodating Your Plans

While we recommend booking in advance, we understand that some circumstances may require last-minute reservations. At Himalayan Social Journey, we strive to accommodate such requests; however, please note that full tour payment is required within 24 hours for last-minute bookings. While we make every effort to operate treks at any time, delays may occur due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions and accommodation availability.

Feedback: Your voice matters.

At Himalayan Social Journey, we value customer feedback and consider it an essential aspect of our journey towards becoming an exceptional travel partner. We have faced both ups and downs along the way, and it is through feedback, both positive and constructive, that we have reached where we are today. During the farewell dinner with our crew at the end of the trek, we kindly request that you share your valuable feedback, including your experiences, recommendations, and honest rating, on our trip advisor page.

Alternatives

The Everest Base Camp Trek through Gokyo Lakes is a challenging option for experienced climbers seeking steep paths and remote trails in Nepal. However, for beginners with average fitness, the 16-day Everest Base Camp Trek may be more suitable. If you're an experienced trekker with limited time, the 7-day Everest Panorama Trek offers a condensed experience to the Everest Base Camp.

Himalayan Social Journey organizes various sorts of exciting and adventurous trips to Gokyo Lake, considering venturers’ wishes and time frames. Thus, be a part of the Himalayan social journey and feel the difference.

You can find our programs for Everest Regions here:

16-Day Everest Base Camp Trekking With Luxury 5-Star Wind Down

20 Days Everest Three Passes Trek

7-Day Everest Helicopter Tour

Everest Panorama Trek with a Helicopter Tour

 

Embark on an unforgettable trek with HSJ.

The Himalayan Social Journey is committed to providing you with a remarkable trekking experience in the Everest region. With our experienced local team, flexible itineraries, and attention to your needs and preferences, we strive to create memories that will last a lifetime. Choose HSJ as your trusted travel partner and prepare to embark on an extraordinary adventure in the breathtaking Himalayas. Contact us today to start planning your Everest Base Camp Trek.

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Our trek will be in a very beautiful part of the Everest region. Expect to trek about 5-7 hours daily, or about 8–12 KMS per day. Since beginners can also join the trip, it is recommended that you prepare for the trek by doing some suitable general training such as climbing hills or stairs, jogging, and spending some time in the gym to improve your stamina for a few months prior to the trek. If you are quite fit and do sufficient training prior to arriving in Nepal, the trek will be enjoyable, and it is suitable for fit people into their early 70's. This trek is the most popular for those wishing to get wonderful views of the Himalayan peaks. The highest altitude we reach is 5545 meters at Kalapatthar, which offers a breathtaking view of many of the world's greatest peaks. It is stunning! Any trekking equipment, such as walking poles, water bottles, and a rucksack, is very easily available in Kathmandu, near our hotel.

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To be honest, you don't have to be a runner to enjoy the trek. But the preparation will probably save you a lot of pain and suffering on the trail and help you enjoy your experience there. The suggestions we have for physically preparing are to take good, long, brisk walks, preferably wearing a pack with a similar load that you'll be carrying. Cycling and swimming are also great alternatives, as is just about anything that gets your cardio working. Do some breathing exercises to get more oxygen into your lungs. Watch for signs of altitude sickness; symptoms include headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, and breathlessness. Bring a supply of the medication Diamox for treatment; if symptoms persist, descend. Trekking to Everest Base Camp may not be the right trip for everyone, as it is quite a physically demanding experience, and when you combine high altitude with plenty of climbs, you may get a recipe for suffering. But normal, average travelers can do the Everest Base Camp trek.

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Travel insurance and rescue when traveling to a remote destination like Nepal are strongly advised. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour. Your insurance policy must cover all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal, such as helicopter rescue, cancellation, air ambulance, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and covering repatriation and personal expenses. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors’ fees, and repatriation costs are the client’s responsibility. For reliable travel insurance, we have the suggestions of some of the best insurance companies: Cover more Click or Europe assistance Click or Travel Direct: TID Click. We have an agreement with Helicopter Company to do the payment for helicopter evacuation after we collect the payment from you once you have been rescued. And the reimbursement responsibility from your insurance company will go up to you. Be sure your policy specifically covers helicopter evacuation and does not exclude mountaineering or alpinism.

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Most of the tea houses do have western-style flushing toilets. But in higher elevations, you may also find the traditional type of toilet made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or a few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground, which is situated outside the room.

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You will get the facilities of hot and cold water running with an attached bathroom up to Namche without any extra charges. But above Namche, you will be charged about USD $5 per shower (depending upon the guesthouse) for a hot water shower.

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There will be a laundry facility in Kathmandu and Namche.

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The maximum weight limit for the Lukla flight is 15 kg, which is equivalent to 33 pounds including your handbag (daypack). If your baggage exceeds the weight limits, additional costs of USD 1–$2 per kg will be applicable, and the payment should be made at the airport counter itself.

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Depending on when you plan to travel, it's important to have the proper clothes and be prepared for unexpected weather. Fairly well-worn hiking boots and shoes are a must! For tours between November and the first two weeks of March, bring a jacket suitable for -10 degrees Celsius. For tours at other times, please bring a jacket suitable for -3 to -5 degrees Celsius. Otherwise, the daytime weather will tend to be warm or pleasant.

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A sleeping bag is necessary during the trekking days, and if you have your own sleeping bag, you can bring it. Otherwise, HSJ will provide you with a sleeping bag during the trek (-10 to -15 degrees).

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In Kathmandu, we will be staying at three-star standard hotels like the Himalayan Suite Hotel or a similar quality hotel. You can also choose luxurious accommodation for this trek at the Hotel Aloft, which has a five-star standard. These places come highly recommended, but please don't expect a European standard of hotel. These hotels are good, clean tourist hotels and are of good quality by Nepali standards. On the trek, we'll be staying at simple lodges run by Nepali families. During the trek, the bathrooms are outside the rooms, and hot water is dependent on solar panels, so don't count on many warm showers.

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If you wish for better accommodations during the trek, you can upgrade the accommodations in the mountains. The upgrade will be at Yeti Mountain Home in Namche, Phakding, and Lukla. It costs USD $160 per night, including breakfast, service charge, and tax.

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Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest region trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season), and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization; eat some every day. In many villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks and treats like chocolate and crisps.

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The best months for trekking are spring, March, April, and May, as the weather is bright and calm in these months and you can see high mountains with Manaslu full of snow. Spring and May are the best months. Rhododendron is ideal for spring; all the rhododendrons turn into a wonderful garden, and you can see them. Autumn is another strong season for the Everest tour. The perfect months for trekking after the monsoon in Nepal are September, October, and November. During these months, you have a beautiful view of the Himalayas and their people because you can be part of Nepal's biggest festivals in the fall.

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There are two different permits you need to trek to Everest Base Camp. The first is a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit. This costs USD $10 if you are part of a group or USD $20 if you are trekking independently. You also need two passport photos. HSJ will acquire those permits for you.

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Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable, and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association, and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with a professional and experienced English-speaking trekking guide with a good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled, with over 10 years of experience, a well-trained, friendly guide, and courteous and helpful porters, ensuring a wonderfully memorable experience.

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Yes, if you are a solo traveler and to avoid a single supplement surcharge, you can share your room with a solo traveler of the same gender. It, however, depends on the availability of another solo traveler and their willingness to share the room with you.

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When you embark on this trek, you will be accompanied by a professional and experienced English-speaking trekking guide who possesses excellent knowledge of the area and the trek itself. Our guides are skilled and have over 10 years of experience leading treks. They are friendly, courteous, and helpful, ensuring that you have a wonderfully memorable experience throughout your journey.

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To ensure your comfort during the trek, we maintain a porter-to-people ratio of 1:2, considering the group size. Each porter will carry a maximum of 12–15 kg of luggage per person. While the porters take care of your belongings, you will only need to carry a day pack containing your essentials, such as a wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snacks, a headlight, and other gadgets. We value the safety and well-being of our porters, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure their welfare. We kindly request that you only bring items that are absolutely necessary to reduce their burden.

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In addition to the trek itself, we offer various programs and complimentary services to enhance your overall experience. Welcome and Farewell Dinner: To make you feel at home and foster a sense of camaraderie, we arrange welcome and farewell dinners, where you can savor delicious local cuisine while sharing stories with fellow trekkers.

Show more...

At HSJ, we prioritize your satisfaction and strive to provide a personalized experience. We are your flexible travel partner, catering to your unique preferences. Whether you wish to follow a different route, have extra time in Nepal, or customize the trip according to your specific interests, we have you covered. Our additional add-on tours include options such as the Chitwan Jungle Safari, a cable car ride to Chandragiri Hills, cooking and yoga classes in Kathmandu, and more. Just share your ideas with us, and we will create a complete itinerary tailored to your desires. Moreover, if you prefer different standards of accommodation than those provided in the standard itineraries, we are more than happy to accommodate your requests. From the moment you arrive until your departure, your wishes become our commands. Feel free to make any requests, and we will ensure your utmost satisfaction.

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Throughout the tour, two people will be accommodated in each room. If you prefer private accommodation, you have the option to select the "single supplement" for an additional cost of USD 350. However, please note that due to limited room availability in certain lodges along the trek, even with the single supplement, you may have to share a room for a few days.

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While we recommend booking in advance, we understand that some circumstances may require last-minute reservations. At Himalayan Social Journey, we strive to accommodate such requests; however, please note that full tour payment is required within 24 hours for last-minute bookings. While we make every effort to operate treks at any time, delays may occur due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions and accommodation availability.

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There are two ways to get from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp. By Bus: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a private vehicle such as a car, jeep or microbus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group. By air: The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back is included in the price.

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A moderate trek requires you to walk 5–6 hours per day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, the pace of the trek will vary in compensation. If you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have strong determination, you will complete a moderate trek successfully. Exercise, particularly jogging and climbing stairs regularly for some weeks prior to your arrival, is recommended to enhance your strength and fitness. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required.

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At Himalayan Social Journey, we value customer feedback and consider it an essential aspect of our journey towards becoming an exceptional travel partner. We have faced both ups and downs along the way, and it is through feedback, both positive and constructive, that we have reached where we are today. During the farewell dinner with our crew at the end of the trek, we kindly request that you share your valuable feedback, including your experiences, recommendations, and honest rating, on our trip advisor page.

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The Himalayan Social Journey is committed to providing you with a remarkable trekking experience in the Everest region. With our experienced local team, flexible itineraries, and attention to your needs and preferences, we strive to create memories that will last a lifetime. Choose HSJ as your trusted travel partner and prepare to embark on an extraordinary adventure in the breathtaking Himalayas. Contact us today to start planning your Everest Base Camp Trek.

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There are three ways to get a visa for Nepal

  • Visa on arrival: You can get a visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or other designated entry points. The visa fee is USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, or USD 125 for 90 days.
  • Online application: You can apply for a visa online through the Nepal Immigration website. https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np .The visa fee is the same as for visa on arrival.
  • Nepalese Embassy or Consulate: You can also apply for a visa at a Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your home country. The visa fee may be different, so check with the embassy or consulate.

Visa requirements

  • Passport valid for at least six months from your planned entry date into Nepal.
  • Visa application form.
  • Passport-sized photo (Bring 4 )

Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)

Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in case of following categories of Visa applicants:

  • Children below 10 years except US citizens
  • Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizen - Bangladesh , Bhutan, India , Maldives , Pakistan , Sri-Lanka  (except Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa Year. Afghan citizen are eligible for Gratis Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request concerned institution inviting you to Nepal for necessary paperwork with Department of Immigration to get you Gratis Visa 'On Arrival'.
  • Non Residential Nepalese(NRN) card holder ( issued by MoFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)
  • Chinese Nationals for 150 days

Nationals of following countries are requested to acquire Visa prior their arrival from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of Nepal Government.

  1. NigeriaGhana
  2. Zimbabwe
  3. Swaziland
  4. Cameroon
  5. Somalia
  6. Liberia
  7. Ethiopia
  8. Iraq
  9. Palestine
  10. Afghanistan
  11. Syria
  12. Refugees with travel document

If your passport is not valid for at least six months, you will need to renew your passport before you travel to Nepal. You can renew your passport at your local passport office. The process of renewing your passport can take several weeks, so it is important to start the process early.

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By air:

Nepal has Three international airports: Kathmandu, Bhairawa, and Pokhara. Currently, Pokhara airport does not handle international flights. However, there are a few flights to Bhairawa from few countries. The main international airport in Nepal is Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), located in Kathmandu. You can search TIA airport to book your International flight.

By land: There are multiple land entry points along the borders of Nepal, India, and China. These entry points include Kakarvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalganj, Dhangadhi, Mahendranagar, and Kerung(china boarder)

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If you've booked a multiday tour or trekking package with Himalayan Social Journey, we'll pick you up from the airport. Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will be there to greet you with a sign displaying your name and our company's name. We'll then take you to your pre-booked hotel.

To make the pick-up process smooth, kindly share your flight details, including flight number and arrival time. If there are any changes to your arrival plans, please inform us as soon as possible so we can arrange your pick-up accordingly. Travel with us for a hassle-free experience!

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Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.

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The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese rupee (NPR). Major foreign currencies such as USD, AUD, and EURO are accepted for VISA.

There are plenty of ATMs in these major cities, so you can easily withdraw cash from your foreign currency bank account. Credit cards are also accepted in some shops and restaurants, but they are not as widely accepted as cash.

On the trek, you will only need to use Nepali rupees. You can exchange your foreign currency for Nepali rupees at your hotel, money exchanges, or the airport. Himalayan Social Journey representatives will also be happy to help you exchange money.

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If you have booked a trekking or multi-day tour with Himalayan Social Journey, the orientation meeting usually happens at your Kathmandu hotel around 4 or 5 pm. Our team will provide you with the specific details upon your arrival.

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If you're arriving early or leaving late, please ensure to arrange extra hotel accommodations by contacting reser[email protected]. Let us know if you'll be extending your stay in Nepal, and we'll book your additional nights. Also, kindly share your flight details with us to facilitate a smooth pick-up and drop process.

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When you book a trip with us, the standard accommodation arrangement is on a twin-sharing basis. This means two people will be staying in each room throughout the trip. However, if you prefer to have a room to yourself or if you're traveling alone, you can choose the "single supplement" option. By selecting this option, you'll have a private room during the trip, but please note that there will be an additional cost for the single room arrangement according to tour / trek.

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For each tour date, there will be several separate groups, each with a maximum of 14 people and their own experienced English-speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters available to carry your luggage. Additionally, if you prefer to do a private tour or trek with your own group, that is also possible. 

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Nepal has five main seasons: summer, monsoon, spring, autumn, and winter. Each season offers unique experiences and weather conditions.

Winter (Late Dec - Feb): Cold temperatures, great for festival tours and special highlights.

Spring (Mar - May): Magical rhododendron blooms, ideal for trekking and peak climbing.

Monsoon (Jun - Aug): Low season with rain, but perfect for nature lovers and discounts on hotels.

Autumn (Sep - Nov): Peak season, clear weather, and popular trekking regions fill up fast.

You can check the live weather condition via this website https://www.accuweather.com

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The hotel in Kathmandu where you'll stay during the trip offers complimentary storage services. You can leave your luggage and extra clothing that you won't need for the trekking / tour. Rest assured, you can collect them once the trek and tour are over.

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Don't forget to bring both TWO and THREE-pin travel adapters! If you don't have them, you can purchase them at supermarkets or electronic shops in Kathmandu. Our guide will be there to assist you if needed. You can get information about plug and voltage in below link.

https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/nepal/

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Most places in Nepal are covered by mobile network providers, especially Ncell and Nepal Telecom. You can use data services for communication. You can buy a SIM card at the airport counter. There are also free and paid Wi-Fi services in most tea houses in Nepal during trek.

Here are some tips for staying connected while you are in Nepal:

  • Buy a SIM card as soon as you arrive in Nepal. This will give you access to data services and allow you to make calls and send text messages.
  • Check the coverage map of your mobile network provider before you travel. This will help you to know where you can expect to have good reception.
  • If you are planning on visiting remote areas and need to be in connected on Internet , you may want to consider renting a satellite phone. This will give you access to communication even in areas with no mobile network coverage.
  • There are many free and paid Wi-Fi hotspots in Nepal. You can find these at hotels, tea houses, restaurants, cafes, and even some temples.
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If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding, Bungy jump, Mountain flight, Heli Tour , Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can find updated price and program detail in this link: https://hsj.com.np/tourtype/daytours. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

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If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

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A typical suggestion for tipping is to allocate around USD 50-60 for the guide and porter if you're happy with their service. However, the amount you decide to tip is entirely up to you, and you can give whatever you feel is appropriate based on the excellent service they provided during your tour / trek

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Packing List for Tour:

Pack appropriate clothing for the weather conditions during your visit. Include comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Don't forget essential travel documents, a camera, and any necessary medications.

Packing List for Trekking

Hiking

  • Trekking Poles - 1
  • Daypack - 1
  • Backpack - 1
  • Packcover
  • Water Reservoir - 1

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag - HSJ will provide
  • sleeping bag liner

Clothes

  • Underwear - 3
  • Socks - 3
  • Bra - 3
  • base Layers pant - 1
  • Trekking Tshirt - 3
  • Trekking Pants - 2
  • Rain Pants - 1
  • Hiking Shoes/ Boots - 1
  • Gloves - 1
  • Hat - 1
  • Down Jacket - 1
  • Wind Breaker - 1
  • Sandles -1

Miscellaneous

  • Sunglasses - 1
  • Books or E-reader (optional)

Hygene/Saftey

  • Microfiber towel - 1
  • Toothbrush - 1
  • Toothpaste - 1
  • First aid kit - 1
  • Medicine kit -1
  • sunscreen -1
  • sewing kit -1
  • Soap/shampoo - 1
  • Comb or brush - 1
  • Period supplies - 1
  • Toilet paper - 1
  • sanitising gel - 1

Electronices

  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Extranel Hardrive (optional )
  • Head touch
  • Power bank for charging Phone

Packing List for Climbing:

Clothing

  • Trekking boots
  • Short-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Trekking pants and jackets
  • Thermals underwear
  • Long-sleeved Trekking shirts
  • Insulating down jackets
  • Woolen cap
  • Trekking Gloves
  • Raincoats

First Aid

  • Diamox tablets
  • Sanitary pads and tampons
  • Anti-nausea Medicines
  • Band-aids
  • Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Accessories

  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag
  • Cameras
  • Batteries
  • Water Bottle
  • Solar Chargers
  • Hot water thermos

Important Documents

  • Passport
  • Travel Permits

Peak climbing gears (HSJ will provide)

  • Climbing Helmet: Choose a good-quality climbing helmet. Make sure your warm cap fits under your helmet.
  • Climbing Boots: High-altitude, insulated, stiff-soled climbing boots.
  • Crampons: C2 crampons that fit the climbing boots.
  • Climbing Harness: Good-quality climbing harness.
  • Ascending device or Jumar
  • Descending or belay device
  • Tape sling: UIAA tested a 220cm open tape sling or a 2 x 120 cm closed tape sling.
  • Carabiners: 2 x lockable carabiners. 2 x non-locking carabiners
  • Prusik loop: Best quality Prusik loop
  • Ice ax: An ice ax with a wrist strap for climbing

 

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If you cancel the trip for any reason, the 20% deposit amount will not be refunded. If you have paid the full trip amount and need to cancel, you will receive your money back, but a cancellation charge of 20% will still apply.

For voucher holders who purchased vouchers from deal companies, we must adhere to their cancellation policy. However, under both circumstances, we are flexible and can reschedule your trip for a later date. To cancel any trip, please make sure to provide written notification of your cancellation.

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Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek/tour due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides , porters, drivers for the time they have committed.

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Our commitment is to offer you an unforgettable journey with the best services. We take our responsibilities seriously and conduct all programs in Nepal according to the rules and regulations of Nepal Goverement. If needed, we can provide alternative itineraries for a delightful holiday experience. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We're here to help!

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