Everest Base Camp Trek

Region

Everest Region

Duration

16 Days

Max Altitude

5350m

Best Season

Spring (March to June) and Fall (September to November)

Activity Per Day

5-6 Hours walking

Transportation

Domestic flight (Ktm-Lukla-Ktm) and private transportation in Kathmandu

Grade

3 Strenous

Min Group Size

2 people

Overview

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is being a part of a legendary and the most classical trekking trail in Nepal. The most pursued dream of the trekkers, while they choose to visit Nepal, is to see the top of the world, Mt. Everest (8848m). Trekking through Namche Bazar via Tengboche to Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp is an exhilarating moment for the trekkers. In every step of your trek will invaluably historical for you if you choose to make your trip to Khumbu region where world tallest giant peaks are proudly welcoming the trekkers and adventure seekers. The thrills of being in Everest Base camp is just awesome. Most importantly, having an insight of Sherpa kingdom and experiencing Himalayan flora and fauna in Sagarmatha National Park will be another splendour to this trekking.

Journey

Everest Base Camp trekking commences after a sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. It is a visit to UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then you will have a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Upon your arrival at Lukla, we begin trekking to Phakding and Namche. Namche Bazar is known as the gateway to the Everest Region. The Tibetan market, Hotel Everest View and some astonishing mountain views are major attractions here. Passing through holy monastery at Tengboche takes the trekkers to Lobuche and Gorakh Shep. A climb up to Kalapatthar offers you one of the most breath-taking views of mountain giants including Mt. Everest, which cannot be witnessed from the base camp, and like Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, and Cho Oyu. And your further venture to Everest Base Camp will offer you an opportunity to view more splendid view of snow-fed peaks. Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, located at the highest elevation in the world, attracts thousands of trekkers in the Everest region.

While making a trip to Everest Base Camp, we go through Sagarmatha National Park and have an insight of alpine wildlife and vegetations including musk deer, Derow, Ghoral, and Himalayan Thar as well as red-billed chough, impheyan pheasant, blood pheasant, and yellow-billed chough. Besides, Everest Base Camp Trekking offers a spectacular experience of the culture and civilization of Sherpa people. 

Highlights

  • Experience the exhilaration of trekking to Everest Base Camp
  • Trek up to 5545m through spectacular scenery
  • Trek through the heart of Sherpa country
  • Informative guides to uncover the history behind mystical sights
  • Breathtaking views of the Everest region
  • Get to know the gentle spirit of the Sherpa people
  • Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser crests seen from a peaked vantage point
  • Get among the hustle and bustle of market town Namche Bazaar
  • Suitable for people aged over 14 and below 65
  • Guided tour of Kathmandu’s ancient temples

Our Other Tours in Everest Regions

16 Days Everest Base Camp Trekking With Luxury 5 Star Wind Down
07 Days Everest Helicopter Tour
10 Days Everest Panorama Trek
12 Days Luxurious Everest Base Camp Trek With Heli Ride Back To Lukla
19 Days Gokyo And Everest Base Camp Trek
20 Days Everest Three Passes Trek

 

Outline Itinerary ( 16 Days )

  • 1

    Arrival Day

    Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to Hotel. Orientation in the evening at around 5 PM. At evening welcome dinner with the cultural program at the Local restaurant.

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Dinner
    Activity: Orientation Program

  • 2

    Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley

    After breakfast, our Himalayan Social Journey City tour guide will take you to different UNESCO listed world heritage sites of Nepal. Today, you will visit Pashupatinath Temple or Kapan Monastery, Boudhanath, Swaymbhu and Patan Durbar square. 

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Kathmandu sightseeing

  • 3

    Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and trek to Phakding (2600m) (3-4 hrs.)

    Today, you will take an early flight to Lukla. The flight is dramatic and exciting at the same time. Upon reaching Lukla, you will hike up to Phakding. Overnight at Sherpa Shangrilla. (B)

    Accommodation: Sherpa Shangrila Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trekking (3-4hrs)
    Altitude: 2600m

  • 4

    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3535m) (5-6 hrs.)

    After having early breakfast, you will hike towards starting point of Everest Base Camp journey. Namche Bazar, gateway to Everest is a beautiful and famous Sherpa village full of shops, cafes and Hotel. Overnight at Hotel Sherpaland. (B)

    Accommodation: Hotel Sherpaland
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trekking (5-6 hrs)
    Altitude: 3535m

  • 5

    Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.

    Today is rest day. Have your breakfast with a magnificent view of Everest range. Treat yourself with an excursion and visit the gully way shops, cafes of Namche Bazar. Overnight at Hotel SherpaLand. (B)

    Accommodation: Hotel Sherpaland
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Acclimatization

  • 6

    Trek to Tengboche (3850m.) (5-6 hrs.)

    From here we ascend towards Tengboche village which houses the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the biggest monastery of the Everest region. Overnight at Rivendell Guest House (B)

    Accommodation: Rivendell Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trekking (5-6 hrs)
    Alitude: 3850m

  • 7

    Trek to Dingboche (4350m). (5-6 hrs.)

    Our trail descends and passes through lush forests of birch, confer 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 (5-6 hours). Overnight at Good Luck Guesthouse (B)

    Accommodation: Good Luck Guesthouse
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trekking (5-6 hrs)
    Alitude: 4350m

  • 8

    Acclimatization day in Dingboche.

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

    Accommodation: GoodLuck Guesthouse
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Acclimatization
    Alitude: 4350m

  • 9

    Trek to Lobuche. (5-6 hrs.)

    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 (5-6 hours). Overnight at Sherpa Lodge (B)

    Accommodation: Sherpa Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trekking (5-6 hrs)
    Alitude: 4940m

  • 10

    Trek to Gorakshep (5160m) (5-6 hrs.)

    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 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. Overnight at Himalayan Guest House (B)

    Accommodation: Himalayan Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trekking (5-6 hrs)
    Alitude: 5160m

  • 11

    Hike to Kalapathar (5545m) and Trek to Periche (5-6 hrs.)

    The day’s first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse, Cholatse and Lhotse. This may be, of the whole journey, you are the most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterward, it’s back to Gorekshep for breakfast and down to Pheriche. Overnight at Pumori Lodge (B)

    Accommodation: Pumori Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trekking (5-6 hrs)
    Alitude: 5545m

  • 12

    Trek down to Namche. (6-7 hrs.)

    The walk from Pheriche back to Tengboche is mainly downhill, although it does, counter-intuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. We'll be in Namche by late afternoon and off to bed before our last day on the mountain. 

    Accommodation: Hotel Sherpaland
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trekking (5-6 hrs)
    Altitude: 3535m

  • 13

    Trek to Phakding. (4-5 hours)

    We snap a mixture of open plains and pine forests and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. 

    Accommodation: Hotel Sherpa Sangrila
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trekking (4-5hrs)
    Altitude: 2610m

  • 14

    Trek down to Lukla (4-5 hrs.)

    After breakfast, you trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Your arrival in Lukla brings an evening in a proper hotel and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew.

    Accommodation:  Hotel Mera
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trekking (4-5Hrs)
    Altitude: 2860m

  • 15

    Fly Back to Kathmandu.

    After the continuous trekking for 13 days, finally, you will catch the early morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. 

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner
    Activity: Farewell Program

  • 16

    Departure Day

    You will have your breakfast in the morning and the airport representative will drop you to the airport for your International flight as per your flight schedule. Or if you are staying Nepal for few more days, you can join another trip. (B)

    Meal: Breakfast

Include

  • Airport pickup & drop
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu at Hotel Holy Himalaya (Three-star category hotel) in twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Accommodation in lodge and guesthouse during the trekking days with breakfast (Below Namche- 6 nights attached bathroom with hot & cold running shower)
  • Kathmandu city tour by private car/van/Hiace with English speaking guide
  • Highly experienced guide and porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their all expenses (food, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance)
  • company t-shirt
  • Welcome dinner with the cultural program on Day 1
  • Necessary equipment such as (Sleeping bag, duffle bag) during the trek
  • Airfare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
  • Airfare for the trekking crew
  • Tims permit
  • All government taxes and office expenses

Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and trekking days. Meal (each item cost about $5 - $8 dollar (depending on the place where you eat)
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • City sightseeing entry fees in Kathmandu for (NPR 400+200+1000+1000)
  • Sagarmatha national park fee
  • Your travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Tipping for driver, guide, and porter as per your satisfaction

Departures Dates

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04 Jan, 2022 - 20 Jan, 2022
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18 Jan, 2022 - 03 Feb, 2022
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25 Jan, 2022 - 10 Feb, 2022
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18 Jan, 2023 - 03 Feb, 2023
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25 Jan, 2023 - 10 Feb, 2023
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Travel and Transportation Modes

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. 

If you want to experience helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp and no trek, then you can book for 7 Days Everest Helicopter Tour. Place an enquiry through email at [email protected]

Also check our Day Tour to Everest Base Camp if you dont want to trek and visit Base Camp Directly in just one day.

Everest Heli tour starts from Kathmandu, flying east from Kathmandu towards the beautiful Sherpa village and the gateway to Everest, Lukla. After fueling in Lukla, the flight starts flying towards Everest Base Camp/Kalapathar. The flight goes over the Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorakshep and Khumbu glacier to reach the Base camp of Mount Everest.

This ultimate helicopter ride gives you some of the best mountain views and sceneries. You will be given 30 - 45 minutes at Kongde or Everest View Hotel to take tea/coffee or Breakfast. Kongde has excellent views of Mt. Everest and its range. Further, you will fly back to Lukla for fueling and then to Kathmandu to end your lifetime Experience of Everest tour by helicopter.

This Tour with HSJ

Guides and Porters

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 the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

Other Programs and complimentary services with this trip

• Welcome and Farewell dinner
• Yoga Classes
• Spa services

How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?

We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.

Equipment and Packaging list for Everest Base Camp

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 / 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

Trekking Grade

A difficult trek or grade 3 from an altitude from 4000 m to 5550 m. The best of Nepal's trekking is category 3. You need some previous trekking activities and good health. Climbing and descending are quite common walking experiences and you may also need to cross little glaciers. 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 this trek successfully. Exercising, 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. 

Accommodation and Meals

It is a teahouse trek like most of Nepal's treks. In general, tea houses provide a single room with twin beds. In the common room, you can charge your phones at a certain discount. Hot showers usually cost about USD 1 in teahouses.In addition, the meals provided in the teahouses are simple and you'll get the Nepalese "Dal Bhat" meal served in most teahouses.

The food menu will certainly be restricted by trekking to this extreme region. There is, however, an opportunity to get healthy food varieties. The food is served on the Trek according to the menu of the tea house. Pancakes, chapati, bread, french toasts, egg, tea , coffee, butter tea, milk are expected to be served for breakfast. Dinner will include items such as dal bhaat, curries, chapatis, momo, noodle, thupka, dhindo, etc. and lunch and dinner will include.

Bottled water can still be purchased from the start of the walk to the end. You are, however, asked to carry with you and Sterpin a reusable water bottle. This will help the region to be preserved.

Electricity and connectivity

You will be staying Overnight in the tea houses during your trek. These are small lodges with a common area and a cabin. You can have your food or charge electronics in the community, sometimes use wireless internet and chat with walkers.

Hot water and electricity do not occur in every tea houses. Showering is a luxury and shouldn't usually be done anymore at an altitude of 3,500 m, because warming will be hard when you take a shower again. 

You would need to pay additional for all the above items (dusches, hot water , electricity and wifi).To improve your connectivity, carry your phone to the Nepal SIM, you'll get more than you'd think (GPRS/EDGE speed). Village electricity could be perfect during your stay. Villages above 4000 m tend to be the latter. Tea houses can have the potential to charge you either from solar sources or from a battery bank.but it is most wise to either have your own or not depend on electronic devices.

Trekking Permits

You will need to arrange both the Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) permit and the Sagarmatha National Park Permit HSJ will arrange for your trekking permits.

These will need to be checked at different checkpoints along the trek.

Make sure you also bring a minimum of 4 passport photos for your trekking permit!

Travel Insurance

We suggest taking out an insurance plan for your individual accountability, accidents and illnesses during the service.

Regarding the type of activity, you may be asked to show a certificate of insurance for help and support, sanitation and search. This service is private and not free in Nepal, the helicopter will not take off until it is convinced to pay for the insurance.

Extra Expenses

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You would also have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi and charging. 

Solo Traveler

There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement" of USD 350. Important:  Please note that during the trek there are some lodges which won't have sufficient rooms to provide private accommodation. So, even if you purchase single supplement you will end up sharing a room for some days of the trek.

Best Season

The best months of trekking are Spring March, April and May, as the weather is bright and calm in these months and you can see high mountains, with mountains full of snow. Spring and May are the best months. Rhododendron is ideal for the spring season; all the rhododendrons turn into a wonderful garden and you can see them. Autumn is another strong season for Everest Base Camp Trek. The perfect months for trekking after 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.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.

Feedbacks

Throughout the years of business, we have always put the customers feedback as our inspiration towards making our company great travel partner. With many ups and downs, and good and not so good feedbacks we have reached where we are now. At the end of the trek, while you are with the crew during farewell dinner, we would appreciate if you give us your valuable feedback, account of good and bad experiences, recommendations and also your honest rating to our trip advisor page.

Important Information

Our trek will be in a very beautiful part of the Everest region. Expect to trek about 5-7 hours daily or about 08-12 KMS per day. Since the beginners can also join the trip, but it is recommended that you prepare for the trek by 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 trek 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 the rucksack is very easily available in Kathmandu near our hotel.

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 to enjoy your experience there. The suggestions we have for physically preparing is 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 too, as is just about anything that gets your cardio working. Do some breathing exercise 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 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 Everest Base Camp trek.

Travel insurance & rescue when travelling to a remote destination like Nepal is 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 cover repatriation and personal expenses. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors’ fees, and repatriation costs are the client’s responsibility. For the reliable travel insurance, we have the suggestion of some of the best insurance companies: Cover more or Europe assistance  or Travel Direct- TID. We have an agreement with Helicopter Company to do the payment of Helicopter evacuation after we collect the payment with 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.

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

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

There will be a laundry facility in Kathmandu and Namche.

The maximum weight limit for the Lukla flight is 15kgs, which is equivalent to 33 pounds including your hand-carry (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.

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/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.

For trekking days, we will provide a duffle bag to keep your things if you do not have your own backpack and it will be carried by our porters.

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 the sleeping bag during the trek (-10 to­­­­ -15 degree).

The cost of our trip is based on a twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveler, you'll find the option for a "single supplement". An additional USD 250 for the Standard package and USD 350 for the Luxurious package will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

In Kathmandu, we will be staying at the three star standard hotels like Hotel Holy Himalaya or Himalayan Suite Hotel or a similar quality hotel. These places come highly recommended but please don't expect a European standard of hotel. These hotels are good, clean tourist hotels and are the 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.

If you wish for the better accommodation during the trek you can upgrade the accommodation in the Mountains. The upgrade will be at Yeti Mountain Home; Namche, Phakding, Lukla night. It costs USD 150 per night including breakfast, service charge, and tax.

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.

The best months of 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 the spring season; 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.

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 $10 USD if you are part of a group or $20 USD if you are trekking independently. You also need 2 passport photos. HSJ will acquire those permits for you.

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 the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client.
You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.
Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee.

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges (US$ 3-$5). Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

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

At 9,500 meters, Lukla is 2850 meters high. The higher the height, the less the rain. The aircraft must then land quickly. The weather in this area is continuously shifting and the cloud cover can be severe and contributes to large turbulences, which appear to be rough for travelers, but not dangerous. In fact, it is the busiest airport in the world and the most important port of entry and exit for walkers trying to climb Everest.

FAQ's

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 3 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.

Besides trekking packages and tour operation, we arrange international air tickets to the major airports of all over the world. Himalayan social journey travel agency is the one-stop travel solution company; we offer all travel related product at the best possible rates with excellent services.

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.

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

The cost of our trip is based on a twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveller, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional cost will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

No refund will be made for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (20%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.

Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek 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/tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner in the first day at the local restaurant. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.

There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

You have to manage yourself for the drinking water. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per litre. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.

The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your Trek and Tour.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee. During the tour there will be easy access for International cal through cyber and communication Center. You will get Wi-Fi connection too in some of the places in the mountains for the extra cost. 

Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You may have to pay for Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers too (up in the mountains during the trek). Hence allocating the allowance for each day accordingly would suffice. 

  • Daypack (rucksack)
  • Backpack (a porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-litre capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are travelling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
  • Well-worn hiking boots or shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
  • A one-litre hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
  • Warm jacket Light-weight cotton clothing
  • Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
  • Light sweater
  • Bath towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
  • Trekking pole
  • Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide
  • water purification tablet)
  • Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
  • Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
  • Camera
  • Loose stomach and nausea medicine
  • Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)

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

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels, Hotel Holy Himalaya , Himalayan Suite Hotel, Hotel Mulberry, Aloft Hotel, and Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenience. 

If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding (100pp), Bungy jump (70pp), Mountain flight (USD 180pp), Heli Tour (USD 800pp –based on 5pax) Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. 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]

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 50-60 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

If you are considering to donate, School supplies (pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels.
As for your the need of much of your trekking clothes and tour supplies and gears, they can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended. Your guide will assist you to get anything you may need here.

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their policies. So in this case, we will give options to choose a different itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

The size of the duffel bag that we provide is 60-70 liter.

Yes, you will have free access to the power in the city areas however with your ascends to the mountain and as you climb to higher altitudes, extra charge would be applicable for the use of power supply or wireless internet connections.