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Everest Base Camp Trek
Every year over 35 000 people travel to Nepal looking for an amazing and unforgettable experience. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is not only a great possibility to experience a romance of being so close to the highest mountain in the world, but is also a good first step on the way to fulfilling your dream of climbing Chomolungma. You will hike through Sherpa villages, forests of fir, rhododendron and cross high suspension bridges. At some point you will visit Namche Bazaar - a colorful, bustling market. Climbing above the treeline, crossing alpine pastures, glacial moraine and sensational views of Everest will not leave you indifferent.

Brief info

Technical difficulty:
Length: 124 km
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You need to be physically fit to be able to complete the trek and to fully enjoy the journey.
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Duration: 17-18 days
Altitude gain: 5644 m
17 days applies for the essentials only option and 18 days - for the all inclusive one
The high season is almost all year round except for the summer which is Nepalese monsoon season and it's highly unlikely that you will get any views. It is much colder during winter than during the high season, but still doable.
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You do not need to have any previous technical climbing experience or even any altitude experience.
1. Easy
Light physical activity, usually walking or hiking, that is good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for whose who have never been to the mountains and who want to try it out.

2. Moderate
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day, usually multi-day treks or long 1-day hikes that require a high level of physical activity. Suitable for people with an average level of physical fitness.

3. Challenging
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day at various types of terrain (rough trails, partially exposed areas with danger of falling, gravel plains, pathless steep terrain) or high-altitude treks above 2000 meters. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenous
Activity involves walking up to 6-7 hours a day in fairly difficult terrain (steep rocky slopes, snow covered glaciers or firn fields with danger of slipping) or high-altitude treks above 3000 meters. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.

5. Extreme
Activity involves walking up to 6-10 hours a day with difficult terrain and conditions (tricky rocky slopes or snow covered glaciers with increased danger of slipping), strenuous high-altitude treks at 4000-5600 meters. Requires very high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as good practical experience of multi-day trekking on high altitudes.
HIKING/ TREKKING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
Easy hiking/ trekking with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.

1. Beginner
Basic navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Previous hiking/ trekking experience is not required, but desirable. No danger of falling with appropriate behaviour.

2. Intermediate
Average navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Basic alpine experience is needed.

3. Advanced
Path not necessarily available. Sometimes need to use hands to keep going. Terrain assessment, good navigation skills and good alpine experience is required.

4. Professional
Mostly without a path and unmarked, might involve some climbing sections. Excellent navigation skills are required even if trekking with a guide. Proven alpine experience, mountaineering skills and familiarity with alpine equipment are required.
HIKING/ TREKKING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

Itinerary

Important details

Accommodation
Essentials only package:
Accommodation at basic tea house on room only basis on twin sharing during the trek, 4 nights accommodation at Manaslu Hotel with breakfast plan.

All inclusive package:
You will be spending 4 nights in a standard hotel in Kathmandu on a twin-share bed&breakfast basis and 14 nights in clean and comfortable tea houses or lodges.

The rooms of the lodges are with limited amenities such as bed, mattresses and pillows. Some lodges may have blankets but we recommend to bring your own sleeping bags. The bathroom may be attached or may be common too.
Meals
In big cities and towns there are plenty of restaurants serving all types of food from local cuisines to multinational cuisines. You will have a wide range to choose from where to eat or dine depending upon your budget and requirements. The restaurants of the lodges are quite simple and the menu is limited. As per resources and availability, they generally serve Nepalese Cuisines, some additional dishes like fried rice, chowmein, spaghettis and thukpa etcs. During the day time, your trekking guide will be informing you about your lunch time and place. Depending upon the lunch place of the day, he may suggest you some delicacies.

We can offer you to options: the all inclusive one (full board meals while trek and half board during your stay in hotels) and the essentials only option (includes breakfasts in hotels).
Your guide
Our tour guides and trekking guides are all well trained and well educated and are certified by Mountain Planet experts for their experience and quality services. They all have gained their profession license from the Government of Nepal to do tour and trekking guiding in Nepal. In addition to their professional license, we train them to provide magical, unique and unforgettable experiences to clients either it is during their sightseeing tours in historical sites or while trekking. While on trek, our guides go extra mile to make sure that your foods are being prepared hygienically.
How hard it is
You do not need to have any previous technical climbing experience or even any altitude experience. However, you do need to be physically fit to be able to complete the trek and to fully enjoy the journey.
Transportation
Essentials only package:
You will be provided with international airport arrival/departure transfers to the hotel and domestic Airport Arrival/Departure transfer in Kathmandu. Theprice of the tour does not cover the flight to/ from Lukla from/ to Kathmandu.

All inclusive package:
This package covers all arrival and departure transfers on both domestic and international flights, all Domestic flights and airport taxes, private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek.
Health & Medicine
There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal. Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarials, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.

Like our drivers, First Aid Training is provided to all our guides. Our guides will not be handing you medicines in case of need but they are trained to provide you with all the assistance you may require in case of emergency until you receive professional medical help.
Equipment to bring
Luggage
Sturdy and a waterproof bag
Day pack (a 30 litre bag is the ideal size to use as a day bag, as this will fit your camera, a sweatshirt, a waterproof jacket, a bottle of water and any other miscellaneous items that you need to take with you in the day)

Clothes
Hiking boots, cargo trousers (trousers made from a quick-dry material and with lots of pockets are best for trekking), lightweight down jacket, quick-dry shirts, waterproof jacket, merino base layer, thick socks, comfortable hut clothes, trekking pole (using one or two poles can minimize strain on the knees, and help with balance too), cap/sunhat, woollen hat, gloves and scarf, bandana or light cotton scarf

Other
Sunscreen, wet wipes, tissues/toilet paper, water purifier (having a high-tech steri-pen or even just simple, cheap chlorine or iodine drops will make practically any water safe to drink), head torch (for reading in the evenings, midnight trips to the bathroom, or pre-dawn treks to catch the sunrise), quick-dry towel and sample-size toiletries

Everest Base Camp options to go

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We guarantee 100% refund if you have payed deposit for the climb in the period of 15th March'20 - 15th June'20, and your plans have changed due to Coronavirus precaution measures (borders closed, flights cancelled, visa problems, etc). If you booked before or after that period, we are still very flexible and will be able to offer you change of dates or deposit transfer to another mountain destination free of charge.
Essentials only option 17 days
    If you prefer to explore a destination thoroughly, eat local food, discover locations off the beaten path and prefer organizing your vacation on your own - this option is for you. Only the essentials are included, which makes this tour a budget option fully open to your ideas. The dates of the tour are flexible, so it's up to you when to start.
    The price depends on the number of travelers:
    Solo traveler – $1366
    2 people – $816 per person
    3 people – $803 per person
    4 people – $669 per person
    5 people – $685 per person


      You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
      from $685 per person
      All inclusive option — 18 days
      The best option for those, who prefers everything being organized for them beforehand and for those who want to keep to a budget. No need to worry about little details – breakfasts, dinners, sightseeing, trekking gear, porters assistance, domestic flights and transfers. It is all included in the pack!


      You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
      $1850 per person
      The all inclusive option tours are available on fixed dates, whilst the essentials option tours have flexible dates: it's up to you when to start.
      Show dates
      February 21 - March 10
      March 06 - March 23
      March 20 - April 06
      March 27 - April 13
      April 03 - April 20
      April 10 - April 27
      April 17 - May 04
      April 24 - May 11
      May 01 - May 18
      May 08 - May 25
      May 15 - June 1
      September 04 - September 21
      September 18 - October 05
      September 25 - October 12
      September 12 - September 29
      September 19 - October 06
      September 26 - October 13
      October 03 - October 20
      October 10 - October 27
      October 17 - November 03
      October 24 - November 10
      October 31 - November 17
      November 07 - November 24
      November 14 - December 01
      November 21 - December 08
      November 28 - December 15
      December 05 - December 22
      December 19 - January 05
      October 02 - October 19
      October 09 - October 26
      October 16 - November 02
      October 23 - November 09
      October 30 - November 16
      November 06 - November 23
      November 13 - November 30
      November 20 - December 07
      December 04 - December 21
      December 18 - January 04
      December 26 - January 12
      Dates in 2020
      Dates in 2021
      Essentials only option
      What's included
      • Accommodation: at basic tea house on room only basis on twin sharing during the trek, 4 nights accommodation at Manaslu Hotel with breakfast plan
      • Transportation: International airport arrival/departure transfer to the hotel. Domestic Airport Arrival/Departure transfer in Kathmandu.
      • Guide and support staff: an English speaking trekking guide during the trek, English speaking assistant trekking guide (above 5 people), guide flight cost (KTM-LUA-KTM), assistant guide flight cost (KTM-LUA-KTM) (above 5 people)
      • Fees: Everest Region Entrance fees and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Entrance fees TIMS
      What's not included
      • Transportation: separate additional flight cost (KTM-LUA-KTM) ≈ $358 per person
      • Meals: all meals except for breakfasts at Manaslu Hotel
      • Expenses: of personal nature such as bar bills, mineral waters, and laundries etc., additional expenses for hot shower, charging electronic devices etc., any additional expenses which may arise due to circumstances, such as landslides, strikes, flight cancellation or flight delays.
      • Sightseeing expenses: to historical and monumental site
      • Nepal entry Visa fees
      • International Airfare
      • Your Travel Insurance
      • Drinks and main meals in cities
      • Tips
      • Any other services which are not mentioned as included
      All inclusive option
      What's included
      • Accommodation: standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed-and-breakfast basis. Accommodation in a clean and comfortable tea house or a lodge while trekking.
      • Transportation: arrival and departure transfers on both domestic and international flights. All Domestic flights and airport tax. Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
      • Meals: open and choice full board meals while Everest base camp trekking. Welcome dinner with cultural program.
      • Guide and support staff: professional local trekking group leader well trained in Wilderness First Aid, assistant trekking guides and other support staff for Everest base camp trek, one porter for each trekker, personal sherpa porters to carry all trek personal gear while on base camp trekking. Insurance of all staff including porters in base camp Kalapathar hike.
      • Sightseeing expenses: half day guided city tour with world heritage entrance permit.
      • Gear: free use of quality trekking gear - sleeping bag, fleece liner, down jacket, rain poncho and etc. while on Everest base camp trek. Warm clothing and required trekking gear for porters like Gortex jacket /trousers, trekking shoes, woolen hat, woolen gloves, woolen shocks, sun glasses etc.
      • Health & Medicine: Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) / Gamow Bag (a life saving device in case of Acute Mountain Sickness) along with the comprehensive First Aid Kit.
      • Fees and permits: TIMS Trekking permit, Everest national park entry fees for Everest base camp trekking.
      • Other: comprehensive per-departure information and trip dossiers.
      What's not included
      • Nepal entry Visa fees
      • International Airfare
      • Your Travel Insurance
      • Drinks and main meals in cities
      • Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry while on Everest base camp trip
      • Tips
      Good to know
      How do I get to Nepal?
      Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Korean Air, Etihad Air, Silk Air, Air Arabia, Druk Air, Jet lite, Dragon Air, Air China and Cathay Pacific carry most of the foreign travelers to Kathmandu. If you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight. Alternatively, if you have valid visa, you can also travel to Nepal via India and Tibet (China).
      What are my options to come to Nepal from India?
      You can fly between Delhi and Kathmandu as there are many flights available in this sector. There are a number of overland entry points for travel by road and you could come by train to Ghorakpur, travelling the rest of the way by road (see below). Please note that Delhi-Kathmandu-Delhi flight is very busy and without proper reservations in advance it can be difficult to get seats.

      Alternatively, you can travel overland to Nepal from India by bus. There are three main entry points: Sunauli-Bhairahawa, Birgung-Raxual and Kakarvita. The Sunauli border crossing is the best option to make your entry into Nepal from Varanasi; the Birgunj crossing is the easiest from Calcutta and Kakarbhitta is the best crossing point from Darjeeling and Sikkim. These overland trips from India can be quite long and stressful and are not recommended for those people who want to have stress-free travelling.
      Do I need visa to enter Nepal?
      All foreigners (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. You can obtain it in Embassy of Nepal or on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport. In case you decide to get visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the following fees in US dollars cash only: single Entry Visa for 30 days - $50 and multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - $125.
      What do I need to get my visa?
      You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and money.
      Where do I apply to get my visa?
      The best way to apply for visa is from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration Office at the entry points of Nepal. You can get a visa on arrival at Tribhuvan Airport.
      How to book the trip?
      To book any of our trips, you are requested to fill our online booking form or just send us a simple e-mail with your requirements. We charge 5% of the total trip cost, which is a non-refundable deposit. We will send you a comprehensive trip itinerary after booking.
      What are the entry points of Nepal?
      They are:
      Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
      Kakarvitta (Jhapa) - Eastern part of Nepal that has border with India
      Birgunj, (Parsa) - Central part of Nepal that has border with India
      Jamunaha (Nepalgunj) Banke - Mid-western part that has border with India
      Mohana (Dhangadi) Kailali - Far western part that has border with India
      Gadda Chauki (Mahendranagar) Kanchanpur - Far western part that has border with India
      What is the payment method?
      You can pay us by cash/visa or master card while booking the trip with us. There will be certain bank charges if you pay by credit card.
      Do I need to cover travel insurance?
      Yes, we advise you to get your insurance cover from your home country.
      Can I get any refunds?
      No refunds in case of any services missed or unused
      Should I give tips to the service providers?
      It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Ask your guide for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
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