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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 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 Sherpas. 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 Bazzar, 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)

Welcome to Kathmandu! As you land at Kathmandu airport (Tribhuvan International Airport), reclaim your luggage and finish your custom formalities (visa, etc.) and get to the airport waiting terminal, you will find our representative waiting to greet you. He/she will be holding Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours signboard with your name. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private vehicle. You can rest at your hotel to recover from jet lag or if you have plenty of time you can visit Thamel market for any lacking gears for your Everest Base Camp Trek -14 days. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.

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

Wake up at dawn and be ready for the adventure. We will escort you to domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight. After an adventurous 35 minutes flight above the array of beautiful green and white mountains, we arrive at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), an entry town from where your trek begins. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world concluding in a dramatic landing site on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. In Lukla, we meet our additional crew members and do some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla, descend to Chaurikharka, head up the Dudhkoshi valley until we reach Phakding. As we just land at the altitude of almost 3000m today, to assist in acclimatization, we only have a short walk today. Yet, if you are interested in additional activities you can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 3 -4 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

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

We start our walk soon after breakfast. Today’s trek is exciting not only due to few uphill and downhill walks but also because of crossing and re-crossings of Dudh Koshi River and magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) from the Benkar village. We cross more bridges and reach Monjo. We get our trekking permits checked at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. We tumble down and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable through the river bed and we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. As we climb up towards Namche Bazzar, magnificent sight of Kwangde Peak, Kusum peak, Kangaru peak, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other magnificent mountains greet us. We break at the Chautara to admire the view. Finally, we reach the colorful village of Namche Bazzar, the main trading village in the Khumbu. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time: 5-6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

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

In order to assist acclimatization today is a rest day at Namche Bazzar, which is an ideal place to spend a rest day to acclimatize to the new altitude before heading off towards higher elevation. It is recommend staying active and mobile during the acclimatization day instead of resting in your lodge. If you trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help you to properly acclimatize. You can either spend the day exploring Namche Bazzar or taking a hike to Thame or Khunde. Tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu, Namche Bazzar is centre of Everest region and has plenty of lodges, tea shops, souvenir shops, money exchangers, government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, restaurants, bakeries, etc. You can also even enjoy colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. You can visit Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where you can observe an assortment of things allied to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park. You can also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung, Syangboche airstrip and Everest View Hotel, a Japanese build deluxe hotel which offers you great views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and others. Surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the scared peak Khumbila, Khumjung hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. You can also visit to Hillary School which is in the same location. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 4 – 5 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

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

Upon breakfast in Namche, we set out towards Tengboche, enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows more or less smooth trail with few ups and downs which will not bother us as the magnificent view of the Himalayas keeps our company all through the journey. Along the way, we can spot wildlife musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, we gear up for a slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu r egion. We pay our visit to the monastery the same day at around 3 pm to witness the ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of Everest region. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 5 – 6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

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

This part of the trek has a five hundred metres gain but it is a little more gradual. Give a good lovely look to the Everest today morning because you will not see Everest from your trial until you reach Gorekshep.  We set off and straight away through musk deer trail (the trail is called so as plenty of musk deer is seen there among birch and rhododendron forest) and the village of Deboche and descend down to the suspension bridge over Imja Khola. This stage of the trek has Ama Dablam towering over us on our right the whole time with the bluest of sky showing every detail of this magnificent mountain. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. You would better have a tea break at Pangboche to enjoy the view of the most beautiful mountain on earth, Ama Dablam while sipping your tea.  After Pangboche, we spent most of the day walking close to the river with a reasonable ascent towards the end of the walk before arriving Dingboche. At this altitude 4410m the lack of oxygen in your breath is normality.  At Dingboche you will notice there are no more trees around and the only vegetation present is small spiny shrubs. While trekking in these parts you better watch where you land your foot. There are stones and rocks everywhere and accidentally kicking one really hurt. On arrival at Dingboche, we will see beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 5 – 6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

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

This would be your second acclimatization day and you are suggested to stay active. After breakfast, to aid acclimatization our guide will take you to climb Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the edge of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The trail becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically challenging day but the view says – keep going. Ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. Taweche (6367m), Cholatste (6335m), Lobuche (6119m), Awi Peak (5245m), Amphu Gyabjen (5630m), Ama Dablam (6856m) seen from a different angle, Lhotse (8516m) 4th highest peak, Nuptse (7861m), Island Peak (6189m), Mt Peak 38 (7590m), Makalu (8481m) 5th highest peak, Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m)  and Chola Tsho a lake at 4590m are just some of the named peaks that surrounded us, there were also the  peaks that remain unnamed. The Pheriche Valley looks beautiful as well. After a short rest, you start the descent back to Dingboche. Rest at your lodge after lunch. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 3 – 4 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

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

The pathway ascends steeply out of Dingboche past a chorten and climbs the valley gradually to Dugla. The mountain view on our left is spectacular. We soon reach Dugla at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here we have a short, steep climb up to Chukpo Lari, a beautiful, yet heart touching place where there is an array of memorials in tribute to the climbers who died during  Everest expedition. This is an eerie place and as you take in these memorials you realize the vastness of what Hillary and Tenzing achieved in 1951. From here we have a beautiful vista of the peaks that are in the Nepal-Tibet border. We move on and the trail eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche (4,910m) our next destination, a small settlement with a few teahouses. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. After a rest, walk around the place, be active and don’t miss to watch the sunset over Nuptse. It’s a big day tomorrow ultimate push to your goal, the Everest Base Camp. We know you are excited!  Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 4 – 5 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

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

We have to wake up early as we have a long and grueling day ahead of us with a minimum of eight hours net walking time. It starts with a three hours climb to Lubuche Pass. Then after three and a half hour push to Everest base camp which is an exhausting climb up. We walk past lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier which is a tough path and when you stand still and quiet you can occasionally hear cracking or scraping sound of the glacier movement. Everest does not seem to get any nearer and by now we have five of the world’s highest mountains in such a small area. We see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for a couple of hours before we finally drop onto the glacial moraine itself. Not far to go now, the trail winds up and down through fascinating ice seracs to Everest Base Camp. We do not get views of Mt Everest but can see the notorious Everest Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm. The Ice Fall is regarded as technically the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. If its spring we will see colorful tents that arises charisma in the gray surroundings. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip. Spend some time taking photos in the natural amphitheatre. Trek back to Gorekshep takes about another three hours. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 8 – 9 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D
Nevertheless, it is suggested (if weather permitted) to visit Kala Patthar today during sunset because the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more marvelous than the sunrise view. As the setting sun’s rays strike the snow capped mountains the resulting scenery is indescribable. For those trekkers who want to continue to Kala Patthar, our guide and Sherpas will coordinate in hiking to Kala Patthar or you can do Kala Patthar today and do Everest Base Camp the next day, decision can be made discussing among your group and guide. Overnight in Gorak Shep at a local lodge.

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

Kalapattar (5,550m) is a small peak literally meaning black rock, it appears as a big brown bump below the impressive Pumo  Ri (7,165m) and above Gorak Shep (5,140m). Kalapatthar offers splendid views of the Mount Everest Panorama. We are going to conquer Kala Patthar today which provides the most assessable point to view Mt Everest and the views are said to surpass the wildest imagination. We start early in the morning to catch the outstanding views from Kalapatthar witnessing the first light of day striking on Mount Everest. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we take several breaks to catch our breath and to take pictures from several outstanding view points. After about two hours of an ascent, we reach Kalapatthar. From this juncture, we push ourselves to climb the rocky projection near to the summit manifested by cairns and prayer flags. At the very top of Kalapatthar is a small stupa and a weather station.  Standing on top of Kalapatthar can be an emotional experience for you. After enclosing as many pictures as we like of the gorgeous Everest, its neighboring peaks and as whole scenery, we trek down to Gorekshep. After having breakfast at Gorekshep, we trek down back to Pheriche. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 7 -8 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: Pheriche-Pangboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazzar

Today, you might be feeling a lot better as you have spent a night at lower altitude. You will feel better with gradual drop in altitude. Breathing in is much easier. The journey today starts with quite a few metres drop to the valley floor and we cross the Dudh Kosi river on our first suspension bridge. As we descend the Dudh Kosi river is raging more and more furiously with the joining of its tributary streams and the fact that the temperature that has risen quite dramatically melt water making the river to swell. The walk today is in the shadow of the pine trees and rhododendrons bushes that line these well-trodden trails. Watch out for faunas such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc too in these trails. After several ups and downs we come near by the army camp at Namche Bazzar from where we take last look at the Everest which will be no more visible ahead on this back trek. On reaching our lodge at Namche, we take a nice hot shower that will help relief our tired muscles. You will have a very relaxed sleep in one of the room with private restroom in Namche Bazaar. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 5 -6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Today the trail goes steeply downwards, so we need to walk carefully having control over our shaky legs. After again multiple crossings over the prayer flags festooned suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. The more we trek downwards the more we feel easier to breathe as the air gets denser. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today. Although we are following the same route down, we feel completely different views with open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. Upon arrival in Lukla, stretch those sore legs and summon up the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Celebrate your successful and safe trek with your crew. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 6 – 7 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. Flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning because wind can create problem to fly the aircraft after noon. But sometimes the flight can be delayed and even canceled due to bad weather and other reasons that are beyond our control. You will be transferred to hotel in Kathmandu after arrival in Kathmandu. You can rest in your hotel, could do some last minute shopping and packing, or stroll around Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.  Included Meals: breakfast , 

Day 14: Farewell

Today your Everest Base Camp Trekking comes to an end. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Icicles Adventure Treks and Tour will take you to the airport for your flight back home. Hope you are overtaken by Nepal, a country of hospitable people, beautiful scenery, and a large variety of cultural traditions and you will come back again!  Included Meals: B

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