Tourism License No. 1791

Everest Base Camp Express Trek – 14 days

Trip Overview

Embark on our Everest Base Camp Express Trek -14 days in the shortest time possible to complete Everest Base Camp Trek ensuring proper acclimatization. Mountain lovers estimate Everest region as the most spectacular in the earth because its where four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho Oyu rise above everything else.

Everest Base Camp Express Trek is the grandest walk in the world through trails lined with mani stones, engraved with Tibetan Buddhist prayers, colorful prayer flags swathed suspension bridges, and an opportunity to stay in villages set against soaring, jagged pinnacles; and a chance to get to know the unique culture of the Sherpa people. Spend about two weeks in Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site that is habitat of various Himalayan floras and faunas and learn about the spiritual perspective on the mountains exploring ancient Buddhist monasteries. Experience the exhilaration of reaching the foot of the top of the world, Everest Base Camp joining in our carefully crafted Everest Base Camp trekking program that ensures proper acclimatization, allowing you to fully enjoy one of the world’s most striking adventures and discover why Everest Base Camp trek has been popular as one of most rewarding journeys.

Starting with a scenic flight to Lukla, Everest Base Camp Express Trek encompasses through lush green pine forests, rhododendron forests, crossing over numerous suspension bridges over raging Dudh Koshi river, steep and gradual ascends descends, up-close and panoramic views of grand Himalayas including an insight to local culture, tradition, and rituals of Sherpa people. We trek through the prosperous village of Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorekshep. We ultimately reach our destination, Everest Base Camp on 10th day of our trip and on 11th day after visiting Kalapatthar and enjoying 360 degree panoramic Himalayan views we back trace our steps towards Pheriche, Namche, Lukla and board a flight back to Kathmandu with the overwhelming feeling of adventure and accomplishment.

Everest base camp express trek-14 days requires endurance and good level of physical fitness. Therefore, you are requested to do cardiovascular exercises like jogging, swimming, hiking, cycling, etc., prior to embarking on Everest base camp trek to enjoy your trek in fullest.

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Price Includes

  • Airport pick ups and drops in private vehicle
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing local lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek; we provide private bathrooms with hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers : 1 assistant guide)  and porters (2 trekkers : 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla– Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag, Down jacket and sleeping bag for use during the trek
  • Icicles adventure treks & Tours T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • Alcoholic drinks and cold drinks
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc)
  • Sightseeing and tour activities in Kathmandu
  • Personal equipments and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Everest Base Camp Express Trek – 14 days Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft)

What a lovely day it would be landing at capital city of Himalayan country Nepal. After your completion of custom and visa formalities at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met by our office representative who will transfer you to your respective pre-chosen hotel. He/she will also assist you in checking into hotel and then-after leave you free for rest of the day. You can now look into your trekking packing list and get/hire any if something is missing like sleeping bag, trekking shoes, trekking poles etc. Get refreshed at your hotel and be ready for tomorrow’s domestic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft)

We get up early in the morning, a little more early than earlier days, may be due to excitement. Most probably, we board a morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport. It shall be great experience to watch best views of Everest and other Himalayan ranges in our eye level from aircraft. Best Himalayan views are seen if you sit at left side of the front facing aircraft. It will be more or less 27 minutes of flight and after landing at Lukla airstrip, we meet our further porter friends who will arrange our baggage to carry towards next stop. We will have a cup of tea/coffee and begin our hike towards Phakding via gradual ascents, enjoying much of riverside walk along the hill crossing a suspension bridge couple of times. Stay overnight at Phakding. Walking time: 3 to 4 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Includes: B, L, D.

Day 03: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft)

We begin our day quite soon today as weather seems to be nicer on mornings with clear views and perfect temperature to hike across the hills i.e. not too hot and not too cold. We first see the nice view of Thamserku at northern side across the hill and also we get to enjoy awesome views of landscapes and similar Sherpa cultural influences along main trekking route. While making our way forward, we also enter via Sagarmatha National Park Entrance gate where our TIMS gets checked and encircling huge mani stone just next to gate, we go mostly downhill until we reach river ground level next to Dudh Koshi river. Then-after we hike uphill, cross beautiful iconic Hillary suspension bridge and finally arrive at Namche Bazaar later on the day. We stay overnight at one of the quality lodges in Namche Bazaar. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Includes: B, L, D.

Day 04: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day - Hike to Everest view hotel

It will be an acclimatization day today as proper acclimatization is necessary even while we are heading for Everest base camp in an express (faster) way. During our rest day today, we will make it an active one by hiking to higher altitude and later descending to lower elevation at Namche for overnight stay. This is a good strategy to avoid altitude sickness and make our body adapt according to changing situations. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, money transfer and mainly hotel and lodges targeted for hikers however, it would be better idea to buy souvenir in Namche while returning back from the top.

For acclimatization, we usually go towards Sagarmatha National Park headquarter from where we can see nice Himalayan panorama in all directions. Also there is a big statue of legendary mountaineer Tenjing Norgay Sherpa. We also do visit cultural museum over there that gives us more insights into lifestyle of local Sherpa communities and their stories on climbing Everest Himalayas.  Then after, an hour steep hike to Syangboche and further gradual ascend to Hotel Everest view is the way to go for tea/coffee enjoying surrounding snow capped Himalayas. In this way, we return to our teahouse for lunch and later enjoy free activities at popular Sherpa town of  Namche Bazaar. We stay overnight at same tea house at Namche. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Includes: B, L, D.

Day 05: Namche Bazzar - Tengboche (3860m/12660ft)

After completion of our breakfast today, we look forward towards Tengboche that let us grab excellent views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and other neighboring peaks. Our trek route takes us most of the downhill towards Phunki Thenka via refreshing rhododendron forests. There after crossing the suspension bridges, we have our lunch over there at one of the finest restaurant with delicious menu items.

Upon lunch, we take only uphill walk through pine trees and jungle trail until we reach the top of hill. It would be a challenging adventure to hike up in a one go. There we might take couple of quick stops to make our breath normal again. Finally after reaching the top, first thing we do is get the room keys of our lodge, and step out to immerse in surrounding atmosphere. Tengboche is popular for its ancient monastery where we might be visiting next morning during daily prayers while today we can give our visit to local bakery and taste some great Himalayan pastries, cakes etc. We stay overnight at local teahouse in Tengboche. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Includes: B, L, D.

Day 06: Tengboche - Dingboche (4410m/14464ft)

We set off through more of forested lands, Yak grazing area via Deboche and cross wooden bridge over Imja River. Then after it will be mostly careful ascend towards Pangboche village where we have our lunch. We can see the change in surroundings hiking above 4000 meters. We face, more of small shrubs, rocky dusts and strong winds more and more as we get higher. One thing to never forget to bring while trekking at higher altitudes is wind proof jacket and full head mask to avoid strong blast of air. The common sickness here is Khumbu cough and to avoid these illness, precautionary methods should be taken by well preparing for this trip. After we arrive at Dingboche, finally we step into local lodge and stay overnight. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Includes: B, L, D.

Day 07: Dingboche -Acclimatization Day- Side trip to Nagerjun Hill (5100m/16728ft)

At Dingboche, we will have our second acclimatization day that helps us pushing forward without getting slowed down by elevating altitudes. Now while making this far away in our trip, we must know that acclimatization refers to active day when we hike to nearby higher place and return to lower place for sleeping.

Therefore there are two options in-front of us at Dingboche. Either we can hike up-to Nagarjun hill or go further towards Chukkung ri for excellent up-close views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, Awi peak and many others at touching distance. We also get a glance of Pheriche valley from top. However the stone huts with snow capped Himalayas at backdrop would make anyone spellbound. In this way, after getting awesomely acclimatized, we return to our lodge at Dingboche and have our lunch. Free fun filled indoor or outdoor activities until end of the day. We stay overnight at same lodge. Walking time: 3 to 4 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Includes: B, L, D.

Day 08: Dingboche - Lobuche (4910m/16105ft)

Leaving behind our tea house at Dingboche, we take steep ascend in the first hand to get over a hill at southern side of trail. From the top of which flattering prayer flags, small chorten and great views is seen. Then it will be gradual comparatively easy hike to our lunch place called Thukla. There are couple of rest house and bakeries over there. After having our lunch there, we again ascend to Chukpo Lari. It shall be kind of emotional for anyone where memorials of Everest climbers are built in their memory. Trekking further, we get awesome view of Lobuche peak, and even few camps there during spring. These camps must be of climbers looking forward to summit Lobuche peak. In after a while we enter our guest house at Lobuche and enjoy indoor activities at kitchen or simply take rest at room. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Includes: B, L, D.

Day 09: Lobuche - Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) and back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft)

Getting up early is recommended to start our long walking day even sooner in the morning. Our grueling hiking day begins with an ascend to Lobuche Pass. Slowly walking through very unstable rocky path, after an hour or two, we arrive at Gorakshep. We checking at our one of the few guesthouse at Gorakshep. At this point above 5000m altitude, getting slide headache is common. So, If you feel same then don’t hesitate to ask for garlic soup two times a day and always take plenty of water. Drinking water is not easily available at Gorakshep, and highest cost per bottle at this altitude. Fill your water bottle with boiled water or even black tea in case of shortage. You need to take sips while walking up to and returning from Everest base camp. It will be an extra special moment to step at base camp of highest Himalaya. Jump with a joy in successfully getting up to Everest base camp. After few precious once in a lifetime of memories, return to Gorakshep for overnight stay. From EBC, Khumbu glacier and views of Pumori, Nuptse, Khumbutse is seen. Views of Everest is however best seen from Kalapatthar tomorrow morning. Walking time: 8 to 9 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Includes: B, L, D.

 Another option you have today is to hike Kalapatthar today evening and target Everest base camp tomorrow morning. This gives you chance to view awesome sunset views from Kalapatthar. If we do this , we will be hiking up steep in sunlight and returning in dusk. You can discuss or plan your interest and suggestion from our professional trekking guide at the final moment too. In any option, we will be staying overnight at Gorakshep.

Day 10: Hike to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) - Gorekshep - Pheriche (4210m/13809ft)

Most probably we shall be at highest point of our Everest base camp trek today at top of Kalapatthar at 5545m above sea level. As we hike up the black rocky hill, named Kalapatthar, we start to see excellent views of Nuptse in front and slowly Everest appears in front of us showing its magnificent beauty like we had only seen on images. Being there live is however completely different feeling. We get ready very early before sunrise and hike in complete dark at steep trail, so, we need to prepare well with head torch on. At the top of Kalapatthar we can also see weather station and small stupa with prayer flags tied downwards. In this way we accomplish our mission and now after we return towards from where we started. We target to arrive at Pheriche today. Walking time: 7 to 8 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Includes: B, L, D.

Day 11: Pheriche-Pangboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazzar

We target to go from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar today, so it will be long walking day too. Therefore we get ready early in the morning and start our hiking activity immediately after having our early meal. We can feel that breathing becomes much easier as we are descending to lower altitude sharply. Usually we walk the same route via Pangboche, Tengboche and Namche Bazaar. Therefore, previous uphill walk becomes downhill and downhill walk becomes uphill. Regardless being the same route, change in direction gives us different perspective to us. We shall probably focus more on local flora and fauna, landscape views and let go off that urge to go at the top. However, we need to be more careful while walking downwards and have strong leg grip, managing our shaky legs with trekking pole is important. Finally after hiking for 5 to 6 hours we again arrive at Namche, and get some souvenirs. Buying local products promotes local tourism. We take good rest at local lodge in Namche Bazaar. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Includes: B, L, D.

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Surpassing popular Namche Bazaar, we cross the same Hillary bridge but this time from another side of the hill that connects us to Jorsale. In this way, we exit from Sagaramatha National Park gate, walk through local village settlements, forests and leave behind Phakding. Crossing the suspension bridge couple of times over Dudh Koshi river finally takes us to Lukla. After arriving at Lukla, we celebrate our successful completion of Everest base camp express trek in total of just 14 days. It is achievement in itself. At Lukla nearby airport, we stay overnight at one of the local lodge. Walking time: 6 to 7 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Includes: B, L, D.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

As the sun rises today in the morning, it resembles happiness and feeling of a satisfaction among us. We pack our luggage, baggage and get ready to fly from Lukla to Kathmandu early in the morning. Due to uneven weather conditions after noon, usually flights will takeoff in the morning. After landing at Kathmandu and checking into your hotel, enjoy free time until end of the day. You are recommend to go for spa, take short day trip to visit around UNESCO heritage sites or simply take rest at your hotel. Make the most of your trip in Nepal. Later overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. Flying time: 30 minutes, Accommodation: Local lodge, Includes: B, L, D.

Day 14: Farewell

After spending 13 days of challenging yet exciting and remarkable Everest trip, the time comes when we transfer you to International Airport 3 hours before your scheduled international flight to onward destination. We hope that we have offered you with great memorable adventures around Everest Himalayas. See you soon . Remember and recommend us if you or anyone you know is planning for trekking holidays in Nepal. Farewell. Includes: Breakfast.

Trip In More Detail

Trekking Group

On Everest Base Camp Trek, the number of crew looking after you will depend on the size of your group. There will be one leader, assistant guide (6 trekkers=1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters as carriers (2 trekkers=1 porter) to make sure that if anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours runs the Everest Base Camp trek for any group size. But generally we do not exceed more than 10 people if it is an internationally mixed group, as we have found this to be the optimum size for a successful trek. But if you would like to make booking for a group of more than 10 people together, we can arrange that too. We can even organize private trip for one/two or more person as per request.

Accommodation During Trip

During our Everest Base Camp Trek-14 days program, you will spend two nights in three star category hotel (we can upgrade the hotel or use budget hotel too as per your interest) in Kathmandu. During the trek, you spend 11 nights in standard teahouses/lodges. We provide attached rooms in Namche, Lukla, and Phakding (attached bathroom, toilet and hot shower). In rest of the places in Everest region, the teahouses have basic toilet facilities and always outside the room. The teahouses/lodges generally provide basic sleeping facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We offer you sleeping bags (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. All accommodations for Everest Base Camp Trek are on twin sharing basis. However, single rooms can be made available on request and by paying a single supplement USD 160. However, please note that there are several places that do not allow single accommodations in the Everest Region.

Food and Dietary Restriction

During Everest base camp trek, we provide three times meals (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with tea/coffee. Most local lodges (teahouses) in Everest Base Camp trail cook a variety of mostly vegetarian food. Please do not expect as much variety and taste as in cities– we will be in a remote area where access to supplies is not easy. In higher altitudes near the base camps of the mountains, you get fewer varieties than in the lower altitudes. However, plenty of cuisines like Nepali, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian {Pasta, 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 can be enjoyed}. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization; you are suggested to have garlic soup every day. . If you are doing high altitude treks like the Everest base camp , do not consume alcohols ( you get beers and whisky even in mountains) until you reach your destination. Alcohol consumption may increase the chances of altitude sickness. You are allowed to choose the food you like but it is wiser not to order different dishes for each individual as cooking so many dishes takes a long time, especially at lunch. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu, however while going up eating meat is not so health friendly. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you stayed at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination. A farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served in Kathmandu. Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance.</p>
<p>Water: You can buy bottled water in the mountains but we suggest you to bring filter, water purifying tablets, Steripen, etc., and avoid bottled water. Water bottles are major source of pollution in the mountains. If you are planning to treat the water with tablets you would need a couple of liter bottles as well as you may would like it to use water flavor enhancers to cover up the unpleasant taste of the tablets.

Altitude Acclimatization

Anyone who travels to altitudes of over 2500m is at risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS). Normally it does not become noticeable until you have been at that altitude for a few hours. Almost anyone can get altitude illness if they go too high, too quickly. Continuing to higher altitudes without proper acclimatization can lead to potentially serious, even life-threatening illnesses. Because of the individual differences; a preventive rate of ascent for one person may be too slow or fast for another. Altitude acclimatization is the key to avoiding altitude sickness and improving altitude performance. There are ways to optimize your adjustment to altitude and improve your chances of not getting altitude illness. Slow ascent to altitude is the key to acclimatizing well. Go up slowly, take it easy, and give your body time to get used to the altitude. Drinking plenty of liquid is another preventative measure. Garlic soup is considered to do good defense with altitude sickness. So please have garlic soup during your altitude trek at least twice a day. However, you could consider taking a drug called acetazolamide (also known as Diamox) that helps you to breathe faster to give more oxygen to your body. The body has an amazing ability to acclimatize to altitude, but it needs time. For instance, it takes about a week to adapt to an altitude of 5000m. Our trip itineraries are designed keeping in mind that the trekker/adventurer has adequate time for altitude acclimatization. However, if possible if you have booked high altitude treks or mountaineering, we suggest you for training in the attitude to make your body familiar to altitude. Please click here for more on AMS and altitude acclimatization.

How is a typical day in Everest Base Camp Trek like?

Most of the days in your Everest Base Camp Trekking starts early in the morning to avoid too much bustle in the midday heat, or, most importantly to catch the clearest weather and the best views. If you are passing through villages its also usually the best time to learn about local life too as families in villages go about their daily chores. You wake up at around 6 am. A cup of hot tea will be brought to your room, followed by hot water for washing / shaving. You are responsible for packing your own gear into your duffel bag that your porter will carry.  A hearty breakfast is served at the dining hall of the lodge. After breakfast, the trekkers start to walk usually 2 – 3 hours or longer (depending on the trek) until reaching the lunch spot for more stunning views of the Himalayas. You can set your own pace, stopping to talk to villagers, take photographs, or to study the flora or fauna, or linger happily hypnotized by a jaw-dropping view without worrying that you are holding anyone up. Or push yourself on if you are in the mood for a challenge. However, it is always advisable to be in sight of one of the support crew.</p>
<p>Lunch is usually taken on the way from where you can please your eyes with best possible views while pleasing your stomach. After lunch, we continue walking and aim to reach our teahouse/lodge by 4 PM. Upon arrival at our lodge, we have tea/coffee with cookies that is well deserved while resting! After checking in, you might take time to read, chat with fellow trekkers, support crew or you can even explore village, temples/monasteries, or have a side walk nearby. After dinner in cozy dining hall your trekking guide will brief on next day’s program. You can spend time reading, playing cards, listening to the Sherpas the myths of mountains before climbing up into your sleeping bag…

Local Trekking Leaders and Support Crew

The most substantial thing that makes your Everest Base Camp Trekking enjoyable, successful and unforgettable is the professional, experienced, well-mannered and helpful trek leader and the crew members who have the ability of operating your days in the mountain efficiently. Your trek will be led by the best and most professional Nepalese leaders. Your trek support crew is made up of local trekking guides and porters. The local Nepalese guides know the local area well, and is a great source of knowledge about local customs, lifestyles, culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history of the area. We select our leaders on the basis of experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, leadership skills, experience, professionalism, sense of humor and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. Plus we only employ the leaders who have undergone following trainings:

  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

We pride ourselves on our staff: trekker ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety. You are in very safe hands with Icicles Adventure leader. Visit Guide Profile Page to know more about our guide team.

Porter Care

Porters are most important on your trek because they are the ones taking all the necessary implements to make your tour as pleasant as possible. Sadly, many tour operators don’t give them the importance they deserve, NOT providing them with adequate clothing for their jobs, overloading them, not providing special gear for carrying things, paying them very low salaries. Icicles Adventure has a strict porter protection policy and support the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG). We make sure that all our porters are well paid and well regarded. Our porters are insured. Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours provides the level of shelter, clothing and footwear the harsh Himalayan environments demand. We do not overload them. For the safety of the porters we always ask our trekkers to keep their luggage weight under 15kgs/33 lbs. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members.

Trip Safety

Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with cell phones, even emergency satellite phones, extensive medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. You are all time connected to our Kathmandu office. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing For The Challenge

Terrain

The terrain in Everest Base Camp Trekking is very varied as the route passes through valleys, forest and mountain slopes above the tree line; paths on the whole are good but are very steep in places and with many steps to both walk up and down. Terrain can be slippery in wet conditions. You should have a good level of fitness to enjoy the trek to the utmost. The trek takes you as high as 5545m and some people may experience symptoms of altitude sickness despite of precautions. Because of the varied terrain and lack of accurate maps, it’s impossible to give accurate daily distances. It’s also much more useful when training to think about the hours you need to walk for, and the terrain involved, rather than the actual distance! We are always happy to talk through the trip in more detail with you if you are worried about your fitness at any stage.

Weather

Nepal has cool, clear winters, pleasant moist springs, hot wet summers and fantastic mostly clear autumns. Thus best time to do most of the popular treks including Everest Base camp trekking is spring (March to mid June) and autumn (September to December). But you can also trek during winter being well prepared for the severe cold conditions. Click here to know more on Climate, Weather, and temperature chart.

Clothing and Equipment

You are traveling through remote mountains where you could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be prepared for all weathers and temperatures. Highly recommended to follow this equipment list for Everest Base Camp Trekking.

Fitness Level

Fitness required varies from trek to trek but for Everest Base Camp Trekking you should be reasonably fit, used to some regular exercise. It is most important that you know you enjoy walking in the great outdoors but you certainly don’t need to be an experienced hiker for Everest Base Camp Trekking. For some people this is their first real trek. Understand that you trek with a day pack with water, spare clothing, knickknacks and camera; porters or animals carry your sleeping bag and other gear you don’t need during the day in a kitbag. So in theory your day pack will be light and you can skip along the trail – except that you are at altitude and this really does make a difference, and we are walking easy days but day after day they still build up so that you feel like you really are getting fit and really do have to push your body more than you might think. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve the Everest Base Camp challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. The older you are the more important prior fitness and training is. We design our trips such a way that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones.

Vaccinations

There is no need to present inoculation/immunization certificates to enter Nepal. However, vaccination for diseases such as Malaria, Small Pox, Typhoid, Tetanus, Meningitis, Rabies, Hepatitis and Polio are recommended before you commence your travel to Nepal to be on the safe side. We advise you to consult your doctor before beginning your travel and also to carry necessary health certificates (immunization certificates), should they be required in any case.

Buy Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Icicles Adventure trekking and mountaineering trips you must have adequate insurance that covers comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance. You are welcome to source your own travel insurance and provide us with proof of this prior to 15 days of your trip departure date.

Passport and Visa

All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu airport (Tribhuvan International airport). If getting the visa at the airport, be prepared for long queues (30 minutes), but this is still the easiest way to go. You will need to provide one passport-sized photo and fees in US dollars or equivalent convertible currency: multiple entry visa valid for 30 days – US$40. Please note regulations and costs for visas change frequently so it’s advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate. More on passport and visa

Environmental Care and Sustainable Tourism

We have designed our trips to ensure they make minimum impact on the environment. Our viewpoint is to leave the incredible Himalayan nature the way we found it, unspoiled, clean and well preserved so future generations will have a chance to enjoy this just as we do with our clients. We also understand that our industry depends completely on the conservation of the fragile nature and with increased tourism comes our responsibility to make sure our customers can explore with peace of mind, making sure that they are not doing any harm along the way. All tourism, even simply walking, can make some damage to nature if care is not taken. We evade the harm by carefully designing our itineraries, educating guides and having an active practical environmental policy which is persistently reviewed. Our guides are committed to following our environmental policy and illustrate how to “leave no trace” and encourage our guests to help us preserve the Himalayan nature. See more on our environmental policy:

Transport: Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours chooses fuel efficient and low emission vehicles whenever possible. Our drivers are instructed on eco friendly driving tactics and to keep fuel usage to a minimum to reduce emission. We also use public transport when possible to reduce emission per passenger and to support the local economy.

Garbage management:
All debris on our trips is disposed at suitable recycling facilities. On trips where no recycling and debris service is available all waste is stored until a garbage

disposal facility is reached. We also endeavor to select re-usable products and environment friendly products such as bio degradable cleaning agents, toilet paper etc.

In our office also the waste is separated for recycling and we promote our staff to minimize waste.

Overcrowding: We realize the fact that certain areas in the Himalayan region are very famous and are already at jeopardy for environmental damage because of being overcrowded. To facilitate such areas with the break they need we either offer suitable alternatives to our customers, or suggest visiting the most famous areas at times when they are less crowded. These is evidently better for the environment and also endow with a better experience for our customers.

Purchasing and local products:
We use local products as much as possible to keep away from avoidable transport around the world. We also use local food and products on trips where possible. This helps lessen emission and also supports the local economy.

Paper and printing:
We keep the use of paper and printing to least by using electronic business processes and encourage our clients to do the same. All paper and printer toner we use is eco friendly and we recycle all printed materials.

Sustainable Tourism

As a Responsible tourism company, we really care that our challenges are ethical, sustainable and responsible. We work very closely with the local communities through which we pass and in return we get lots of love and support from the local community as well as our clients. Usually the guides, cooks, porters and drivers etc. employed for our trips come from the local villages where our particular trip is operated. During trekking and mountaineering trips, we use accommodations owned by the locals where possible to support local economy. We are committed to leave positive impact on the local communities we pass through. We actively support several community projects in the locality we run our trips. In Kathmandu itself, we have links with Nepal Deaf people organization and support them. We also financially support some health posts in the outskirts of Kathmandu

valley. We also give some part of our profit to some orphanages. We always ensure that our help goes to worthwhile and needy, long-term project and is managed fairly and with sustainable development in mind. As well as our own help, whether that’s in the form of money, goods, practical help or raising awareness, we encourage many of our customers to bring stationery, clothing, unwanted books, etc., to be distributed to our porters, orphanages, schools if they wish to do so. Please contact us if you are interested to know more.

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Max. Altitude : 5545 meters Group Size : min 1, max 15 Best Season : September to early December and February to May Activities : Trekking Transportation : Plane, Car Starts From : Kathmandu Ends In : Kathmandu