PRICE
From US$ 1879 pp


DURATION
15 Days


DEPARTURE DATES
Private Group Departures on Request


GROUP SIZE
Min 2 – Max 12 

Everest Base Camp Trek 

On many people’s bucket lists, this trek takes you to the heart of Sherpa culture and the base of the world’s tallest mountain.

Everest is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. The Basecamp trail, is a well trodden route through the mountains, passed glaciers and rivers and to the launching spot of Everest Summit expeditions. The trails begins in the thick forests and soon reaches up to yak pastures and glacial valleys. At every turn you are greeted with epic view of the Himalayas. Enjoy the welcoming hospitality and culture of the Sherpa people along the way. 

Highlights

 – Discover the intriguing culture of the Sherpa’s

 – Stand at the foot of Mount Everest

 – Summit Kala Pattar for breathtaking views of the world’s tallest mountains





Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Nepal, a member of our team will meet you at the Airport and transfer you to the Hotel. We have a meet and greet with the Guide/Trekking team for a trip briefing and gear check. We also treat you to a welcome dinner of Nepal’s Traditional dish Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentil Soup and lots of Yummy side dishes).

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (BB)

Meal Inclusions: Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu Free Day

Today we do some last minute shopping and prepare for the trek. You can take some time to visit some of Kathmandu’s World Heritage Sites.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (BB)

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2860m) and trek to Phakding (2651m). Distance 8.2km

We take an early morning flight to Lukla which is the gateway to the Everest Region. Here we meet our porters if you are hiring them. We walk on a trail that gradually descends to Cheplung village from where we get a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From here, we gradually descend until Phakding. It is important today to take it easy to acclimatize.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 04: Trekking from Phakding (2651m) to Namche Bazaar (3438m). Distance 11km

Our trail passes through a pine forest and we continue our walk on the trail that goes north up the Benkar valley. We cross Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo villages before reaching the entrance of the Everest National Park. Then after crossing a suspension bridge, we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. We ascend on a steep trail and reach Namche Bazaar which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 05: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar

We can tour Namche Bazaar which is the primary town of the Everest or Khumbu region and has government offices, ATMs, internet, cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. We can hike-up to Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. If we are interested in a day hike, we can trek to Khumjung village. Today we also visit the Hillary School and a monastery that houses a yeti scalp!

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 06: Trekking from Namche Bazaar (3438m) to Tengboche (3870m). Distance 10km

The trek until Phunki is an easy walk. From here we ascend towards Tengboche village which houses the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the biggest monastery of the Everest region. It is located within the Sagarmatha National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery is blessed with panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The Tengboche Monastery opens at 3:00pm, so if we reach there by 3 o’clock we can observe a Buddhist religious ceremony.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 07: Trekking from Tengboche (3870m) to Dingboche (4360m). Distance 9km

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 walk downhill to Debuche and cross the Imja River to reach Pangboche. We choose the upper Pangboche trail and admire the Himalayan vista and the Pangboche Monastery. We continue our walk to the Imja Valley and Lobuche River before ascending to Dingboche. It is a picturesque village with beautiful barley, potato and buckwheat fields complete with grazing animals dotted along those fields.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner


Day 08: Dingboche: Acclimatization

From Dingboche we can hike up to Imja for acclimatization. It’s a nice hike through Yak Pastures to the base of the Imja Peak.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 09: Trekking from Dingboche (4360m) to Lobuche (4940m). Distance 8km

Leaving Dingboche behind, we trek nice and easy to Duglha, a small river side village below the Duglha pass. Nice and slowly we ascend the steep pass to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The climb is strewn with boulders. At the top of the pass you will find memorial shrines marked with prayer flags which are a tribute to climbers who have lost their lives in Mt. Everest. The trail drops to the Glacier Moraine where we can see several great peaks including Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. As we are crossing Khumbu Glacier we can also see Mt. Nuptse.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 10 – Biking from MuktinaADay 10: Trekking from Lobuche (4940m) to Gorak Shep (5170m) with a side trip to EBC(5364m). Distance 13kmth (3760m) to Marpha (2690m) Distance 18km

A long day in the altitude as we head for Everest Base Camp. It’s a gentle ascend and descent, but first we have to climb up the Tuckla Pass. Everest Base camp is our final destination, from here you can see views of Nuptse and Pumori as well as the Ice Fall. Spend some time here taking photos and exploring before returning to Gorak Shep for the night,

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 11: Gorak Shep (5170m) to Kala Patthar (5545m) to Pheriche (4288m). Distance 16km

We wake up early for the walk up to Kala Patthar. It is dark outside with cold temperatures and most likely chilly winds. We walk on a fairly steep trail at a comfortable pace. As we are climbing up the hill we can see Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse mountains. The view from the summit is outstanding. We can see the world’s tallest mountain Everest along with other mighty Himalayan peaks. After this, we have the option to carry on to Everest Base Camp if you did not get there the day before and then return to Pheriche. It’s a long day.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 12: Pheriche (4288m)to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Distance 20km

A long undulating walk as we head back into the tree line of Juniper and Rhododendrons. Get our last views of the mountains before we reach Namche.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 13: Namche Bazaar (3440m) to Lukla (2,860m). Distance 19km

Follow the Dudh Koshi back to Namche. It’s mostly downhill. Chill out in Lukla.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu

Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. A day to spend relaxing in Kathmandu, shopping, sightseeing or getting a massage.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

15: Departure

Today we say farewell and transfer from the hotel to the airport for your outbound flight.

Accommodation: None

Meals: Breakfast

VISA INFORMATION

Entry visa to Nepal can be obtained either from the relevant embassy or consulate prior to your departure or at the airport on arrival to Nepal.

Visa on arrival can be applied for via the Immigration website. Just fill in the details online and then print a copy and bring it with you. Payment is made on arrival.

Visa on Arrival Fees:-
15 Days – US$30
30 Days – US$50
90 Days – US$125 

ARRIVAL INFORMATION

The international airport in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan is located about 7km from the city center. Most of our package tours include an airport pick up. Other options are to get a pre paid taxi from the desk at the airport. The rates are fixed and fair.

INSURANCE

Travel Insurance that covers evacuation from above 5000m is required for this trip. The current entry rules to Nepal also require your insurance to cover Covid related issues. Personal travel insurance is compulsory for you to join this trip. You must present a copy of your policy upon arrival in Nepal. Two companies we recommend for travel insurance are World Nomads and Covermore.

FOOD/MEALS

The food on the trail is pretty good. Menu items vary for the local staple Dhal Bhart (Rice, Lentils, Veg Curry, Spicy Pickle and optional Meat Curry) to Noodles, Pasta, Rosti, Eggs and all kinds of soups and locally made flat breads, Oats and Potato dishes. Fresh Fruit is generally limited in these areas.

Vegetarians and Vegans are not a problem at all, there are multiple menu items for both requirements that are filling, nutritious and high energy. Though we do recommend you to pack nuts, dried fruit and relevant energy items. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us before the trip.

A note on food related Illness:- Most people coming to Nepal get some form of stomach upset. But there are ways to avoid this, in most cases it is not from the food in the teahouses, here are our tips to stay healthy:-

Stay away from oily food in the mountains. Most of us are not used to lots of oily food for every meal and combined with the physical exhaustion, cold and altitude it can lead to upset stomachs. Try and choose light options like Dhal Soups, Soups, boiled and poached eggs, hearty porridge, pasta and rice (non-fired) dishes. Be careful with your hands, wash, sanitize and wash again!

DRINKING WATER

This is an important topic, the tap water in Nepal is NOT SAFE to drink and mineral water bottles are an environmental hazard and we do not like our clients to use them. HST is trying our best to eliminate the need for disposable water bottles.

Our office in Kathmandu has free water refills. You should bring along some form of water purification. HST will not be purchasing bottled water for this trip.

ACCOMMODATION

During the biking leg of the trip you will be accommodated in TEA HOUSES which are a form of mountain lodge. Standard varies from place to place, rooms are simple in some cases we get attached bathrooms, in others bathrooms are shared. Rooms are not heated, but are clean and comfortable and have the following:-

• Limited Internet and 3G is available in 70% of the areas. The signal may not always be fast but it is there.

• Power and access to charging – All teahouse have this and you can charge phone, cameras and lights. In some teahouses a small charge is applicable for this (100nrs). But the electricity is very limited. Carrying a Power Bank or spare batteries is recommended on this trip.

• Hot water is available in all teahouses, but can vary depending on sunshine (some places is solar). Hot water is not automatic so please tell the guide you need it and he will make sure the hotel provides it.

Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara are 3 star with all facilities.

CURRENCY

The NPR – Nepalese Rupee and it comes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Notes with 1 and 2 paisa coins. Most places in tourist areas like Kathmandu and Pokhara will accept USD, EURO, POUNDS and other major currencies.

For travel in more remote regions like Annapurna and Upper Mustang you should carry local currency in smaller denominations.

ATM’s withdrawing up to 30,000nrs at a time can be found everywhere in the tourist centers of Kathmandu and Pokhara and also there is one ATM in Jomsom and Manang. Beware the local banks charge 300nrs to 500nrs per transaction above any charges your own bank may charge you.

MONEY EXCHANGERS

Can be found all over the tourist areas and you can negotiate a little for better rates. On The street money exchangers give a much better rate than banks and hotels.

CREDIT CARDS are accepted in bigger hotels and business, the local service charge is normally 4%.


What is the risk of Altitude Sickness?

Our itinerary is set up to allow for acclimatization. As long as the riders take it steady, most people only suffer mild symptoms which are manageable. 

How will my bike be transported?

Bikes are transported in our Twin Cab Bolero with a padded tail gate. Our drivers are all professional and caring when it comes to looking after bikes. When the bikes go on the mountain flights to places like Jomsom, the wheels are removed and the bikes padded and placed in the cargo hold. 


What Happens if I get Sick?

If you get sick, you have options that include, returning to either Pokhara or Kathmandu with a member of our support team, staying and resting in place for a day or using a support vehicle to travel to next destination. It depends on severity of sickness and options available to the group at the time. For serious illness or accident, immediate Helicopter evacuation will be undertaken. 


What level of training do the guides have?

All our guides hold the Government regulation trekking guide license as per the Law of Nepal. On top of this, as per our own company policy, Himalayan Single Track is the ONLY mountain bike company in Nepal to have international licensed mountain bike guides either through the MBLA Scheme or the MIAS Schemes. This is because to date Nepal Tourism sector does not have a safety regulation standard for mountain bike guides. On top of this all our guides have Valid wilderness first aid certification. 

Is tipping expected in Nepal?

Tipping is not compulsory but it is expected and very much appreciated. 

What sort of food is on offer in the guest houses?

Teahouses have a wide variety of simple and hearty foods like Momos, Chow Mein, Rice dishes, pasta, eggs, vegetables and curries as well as breakfast items, porridge, cereal, omelets and local breads. 

Do you cater for Vegetarian’s/Vegans and Specials Diets?

Yes we do. Options are many in Nepal. Please inform us prior to the trip so we can make sure your dietary needs are properly looked after.

Should I take Diamox?

Taking Diamox (medication for altitude) is a personal choice, though it is a good if idea you are worried about the affects of altitude. It should be taken in advance of the trip. Please consult your Doctor before taking any medications. 

Do you take pictures of the trip?

Most of our guides will take photos of the trip for you. We also have specialized photographers/Videographers you can book for the trip if you need to. (Extra Charges Apply)

What if the mountain flights don’t go?

All mountain flights are weather dependent. If the flight does not go, you will get the option to drive on the same day or fly on the following day. 

Do I need a sleeping bag?

Yes you need a sleeping bag for this trip.


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