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Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days

Trip Highlight

  • Jaw-dropping views of Mt. Everest along with Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam & Khumbu Ice fall.
  • Thrilling hike up to the top of Kala Patthar and observe stunning Himalayan views from there.
  • A once in a lifetime trek to the Everest Base Camp.
  • Acclimatization days built in.
  • Traveling through the villages of world famous Sherpa climbers.
  • Observing Buddhist culture closely by visiting some ancient Buddhist monasteries.

Trip Overview

“Go on a trek to the Everest Base Camp & enhance your trekking experience.”

Everest Base Camp is a dream destination for trekkers around the world. And why wouldn’t it be? After all, it has got everything from lovely Sherpa villages to the classic trekking trails found nowhere else. Besides that, the famed Himalayas and the world’s highest mountain- Mt. Everest lie here.

Starting off with a flight to Lukla town from Kathmandu, trekkers get to experience a thrilling mountain flight. Our journey follows dense forest trail and leads us to several high bridge crossings. And later on, captivates us with a breathtaking sight that comes out once we arrive at the Everest Base Camp. Theres simply no limit to what you can do once you visit this place. You can stay overnight in lodges run by local families, and taste authentic Nepalese food. In addition to that, you will also get to admire the sunrise view over the summit of Mt. Everest from Kalapathar (5,545m). All in all, this trip introduces you to a classic adventure that is sure to leave you in awe. And, if you want to know about the best time to visit EBC then click here.

So, if you’re on the lookout for a trekking of your lifetime in Nepal. Then, try out our EBC trek which has got everything to please your thirst for adventure.

You can watch our Everest Base Camp Trek video here – April 2017

Common Queries On Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days

Yes, it is possible to stay overnight at Everest Base Camp. Actually, we do have separate itinerary to make this happen: Everest Base Camp with overnight stay at EBC. Staying overnight at base camp is recommended during spring season in the months of April, May as you get the chance to see and meet Everest climbers (mountaineers) and the base camp is colorful during this time. Other options may be exploring the beautiful Everest region for couple of days more, try Gokyo Lakes and EBC or cross a few high passes for even more adventure.

Best time to trek to Everest Base Camp during spring season is March, April and May; you will see many Everest expeditions mountaineers (April & May) as it is the climbing season too and weather is quite fine at high altitudes with magical blooming rhododendron forests at lower hills. If you really want to enjoy view of Base Camp, then it is the time to embark in.

In the same way, autumn season during months of October/November is also the best time to go for Everest Base Camp Trek when the weather is clear with crystal clear views of world’s highest Himalayas.

Most of the trekkers wear ankle support trekking shoes for EBC trek.  But it is not actually necessary to be ankle support unless you are carrying heavy loads. All of your luggage loads will be carried by porter team. Actually, you will be amazed seeing locals making their way up and down the hills on flip flops.

But you need to get the strong shoes meant for trekking purposes. Have a look at this blog for more info on trekking shoes for Everest Base Camp.

TIMS card, Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit are two permits required for Everest Base Camp hike. If you are taking roadways from Kathmandu to Jiri, then additional Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project permit is also required. All these permits will be arranged by the agency. You just need to focus on making your trip a worthwhile experience.

While on EBC trek, you can definitely trek on your own pace but still if you trek in a joining group, you may need to catch up with the group. We suggest you to go on a private EBC trip if you want to walk on your own pace without any pressure. If you have your own group of friends and families (at least two) we offer private trip in the group cost and if you are solo, there will be small surcharge for solo EBC trip. Private and Solo trek gives you a lot of freedom.

In both of these cases, you don’t have to follow any others; you will be trekking at your own pace. Stopping at the place you like for selfie, enjoying the menu of your choice and making your Everest Base Camp walk, the way you like it.

Your travel insurance must cover the helicopter rescue up to 6000m altitude. It comes handy during medical emergencies and contingency situations. Travel insurance is mandatory before joining any trips with Icicles, and you need to get your travel insurance policy before joining Everest base camp trip too. It is recommended to get it from your home country. In case you haven’t bought travel insurance after arriving at Kathmandu; we can help you get one.

You need to have proper gear and equipment so that your trip will be more pleasurable. If you have your own sleeping bag, sleeping mat (airbag), and trekking boots and down jacket, then we recommend to use the same during the trek. There are plenty available for sale and hire at stores in Kathmandu and at Everest region. In case you don’t have, all equipment will be arranged by our company. For detail list of things to pack for trekking in Nepal, please visit this page.

For EBC trek, previous trekking experience is not mandatory, but you need to be physically fit, strong and passion towards walking along the trails of high mountains. Every person has their own limit, but you need to do prepare for your trek like getting involved in cardio exercises like swimming, treadmill, cycling, short day hiking etc. In this way, your stamina along with confidence will also increase that will eventually help you make the most out of your trip.

Oh yes, you will see many travelers from all round the world especially at popular Everest region during the best season like during spring and autumn. However, nowadays, there are plenty of tea houses across the trail that can accommodate the travelers. At higher altitudes like at Lobuche and Gorakshep there is handful of tea houses, where there might be a problem, but taking a sleeping bag along will allow to sleep at dining room also.

During EBC trek, we offer all (three) time meals breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee. Along the EBC trail, mostly we find the vegetarian items on menu. Generally, common food items are Dal Bhat, Tarkari (rice & lentil), soups, noodles, potato, apple pan cakes and other to name the few. And also, you are requested to let us know your dietary preferences like veg or non-veg, so that we can arrange the meals as per your order.

Proper altitude acclimatization is the best way to prevent the high-altitude sickness. Trekking is not racing, so you should never walk too quickly too high ignoring your body symptoms.  Listen to your body, trek gradually enjoying the best of culture and nature while giving enough time for your body to adapt the changing atmosphere. Drink plenty of fluid and keep your body hydrated. If symptoms like headache, difficulty in breathing and other occurs then descend to lower altitude and taken to Tenjing Hillary hospital. If condition worsened you will be airlifted to hospital in Kathmandu.

Most of the ATMs accept international credit cards with withdrawal limit of 35,000 Nepalese rupees that costs usually 500 extra. You are requested to exchange your currencies while you are at Kathmandu. However, there are few ATM at Namche.

All your meals, accommodations, transport and salaries to guides, porters, trekking permits are included in total trip cost. Therefore, generally, we can say that maximum carrying 10 USD per day would be more than enough for extras like purifying water, charging your batteries, hot showers, donation to monasteries etc.

The weather at Himalayas is uncertain and unpredictable. Therefore, rate of fight delay and cancellation is high at Everest region. If this happens then you will be boarded on the flight tomorrow and you have to spend extra night at Lukla (if you are returning Ktm) at Ktm (if you are going Lukla). Helicopter rescue can also be used, that depends upon situation.

So, you are requested to allocate couple of extra days for Everest base camp trek, so that you will not miss your international flight back home.

The best recommended way to go for any Everest trek is to board a Kathmandu-Lukla 20 minutes scenic mountain flight. Another available option is to drive from Kathmandu to Jiri (9 hours’ drive) and trek for a week to reach Lukla. In present day, jeep runs from Kathmandu to Salleri (15 hours’ drive) and trekking two days from Salleri takes you to Lukla.

EBC is the most popular trek in the world and there are quite a few variations available. Depending on your fitness, time and interest, Everest Base Camp can be reached through couple of routes. If you are experienced high-altitude hiker, it can be paced to 14 days itinerary, or if you are with kids/senior trip can be elongated to 20 days, if you have more than 16 days and want to explore more than high passes trek or Gokyo Lakes & EBC is recommended. In the similar way, we do have classic Tenjing Hillary EBC Trek that takes you on a drive from Kathmandu to Jiri followed by a week trek to arrive at Lukla (or drive on recently developed road at Salleri and 2 days trek to Lukla). Also, if we have itinerary that lets you spend overnight at EBC (recommended during Spring season).

We are flexible in customizing the trip as per need and requirements of our valuable clients.

Price Includes

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Four nights twin sharing accommodation in deluxe Hotel Woodland or similar hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including temple/monument entry fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available local lodge  to lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek; we provide rooms with private bathrooms and hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • 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, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
  • Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • TIMS, National Park Permits (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • All 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)
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days Day to Day Itinerary

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

Welcome to land of Himalayas. Welcome to Nepal. As you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our office representative will warmly welcome you with fresh garlands. Your every travel necessity is our responsibility now.  Firstly, we will transfer to your respective hotel, help you check in and recommend to recover from any jet lag if it is there. Or rather take a short walk around Thamel area to have a quick insight into evening life over there. Either this is your first timer or you have already been in Kathmandu before, you will always find something new every time you are here. Later overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation

We will be doing sightseeing around Kathmandu valley today taking the tour around UNESCO world heritage sites that includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath temple too. Get insights into centuries old culture, craftsmanship and architecture avoiding crowd and dust as possible. We recommend you to put on mask while strolling around Kathmandu city especially during dry season.

After wards, give a quick visit to our Icicles office or our trekking guide will visit you at your hotel to have chat on your preparations and packing. If anything is needed then we will get it done. And you need to pack your luggage (we will provide company printed t-shirt and duffel bag to every client as supplementary) within 10kilograms and hand carry (backpack) within 5 kg. It is the weight limit for domestic flight to Lukla. Other stuffs you can store at hotel or left behind at your office. It will be safe. With excitement at the top, we possibly can’t sleep, however you take a good night sleep at your hotel in Kathmandu. Accommodation: Hotel, Included Meal: Breakfast.

Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft) and trek to Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft)

Begin your day with excitement and eagerness, have your early meal at your respective hotel, get into our private vehicle that will transfer you at domestic terminals of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our office representative will ease your way in registering your TIMS card, checking in your luggage and you will board off to respective airlines bus that boards you in a domestic airplane. Then after as soon as pilot gets the green signal and you follow the announcement from air hostess, your flight takes off towards Lukla. In these 27 minutes of flight, we recommend you to sit at left side of the plane to enjoy more of Himalayan views as you will be seeing more of these spectacular views. In no time, celebrate you successful landing at Lukla airstrip and thanking your Captain (Pilot), enter into the land of Himalayas. Your luggage (duffel bags) will be checked out and carried to nearest restaurant, where we have our first briefing with a cup of tea/coffee.

As our porters arrange their weights, our trekking guide will lead your way through National Luminary Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate from where the route to epic journey begins. Your TIMS will be registered in entrance there at Police checkpoint and after one hour of walk, we have our lunch at first lunch stop in Thado Koshi. If you prefer to walk couple of hours more, then we can also have our lunch directly at our lodge in Phakding. Walking aside Dudh Koshi river, crossing suspension bridges and having a glass of mango juices at quick stops, we finally arrive at Phakding. Your rooms keys will be handed over by our guide, take rest, and have nice time at dining hall, enjoy exploring nearby monasteries, villages, later dine at around 7.30 and have a first good night sleep at one of the quality lodge. Walking time: 3 to 4 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge Included Meals: B, L, D.

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft)

As the darkness ends and sunlight shows up, we take our good morning meal at warm dining hall, pack and submit our duffel bag to porter team and get ready for a day’s walk. Following the instructions and briefing from trek leader, we follow him through rocky forest trails, enjoying the overall atmosphere, the children’s smile, passing donkeys, rhododendron trees and layers of hills. We enter through Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate, the stone steps and large mani stones, it will be mostly downhill walk until we stop at our lunch stop of the day at Jorsale.

In this way, challenging uphill walk to Namche begins after having our lunch on the course of which we cross numerous suspension bridges, Hillary bridge being the most iconic one, we will have our first view of Mt. Everest after few minutes of hike from bridge if weather is clear. And as the day progresses, clouds start to form with slight chances of rain, cool wind blows and finally we will be at popular Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. The amphitheater style village with plenty of hotels, lodges, restaurants, bakery, shops and ATM services our trekking guide will show your way to hotel where we have our dinner and stay overnight. Comfortable wooden and stone built lodges, inbuilt coal warming at dining and quality rooms will make bring you’re a good night sleep. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge Included Meals: B, L, D.

Day 5: Acclimatization Day at Namche: visit Sagarmatha National Park with Syangboche (3,780 m/12,402 ft) hike

We will be kicking above 3000m from sea level today from where we should be aware about altitude sickness, its causes, symptoms and preventive measures. If this is your first time at high elevation, then you might feel mild headache and dizziness which is absolutely normal. Our trekking guide will suggest you to drink plenty of water and always keep your body well-nourished and hydrated. We advise you not to take Diamox as far as possible and avoid AMS by simply taking lots of fluids, soups, water, tea and ascending gradually. However according to your physical condition at that time, one tablet of 250mg Diamox is recommended to take after lunch and start from 3000m altitude i.e. from Namche.

Today we progress our day enjoying the warm sunlight, after few minutes traversing through stone paved entrance to national park, excellent views of Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Ama Dablam and even Mt. Everest at far corner is seen. It will be the best view day until today as we also give our visit to nearby museum and hike towards Everest View Hotel via Syangboche airstrip. A pot of tea/coffee, drinks and lunch at Everest View Hotel shall be mesmerizing experience at 3800m altitude with panoramic views of grand Himalayan range. Afterwards we traverse towards our lodge in Namche and enjoy free activities until end of the day that includes taking shower. Taking hot shower is free here at most of the hotel whereas you need to pay extra (around 500rs) at higher elevations from here.  Also, we will most probably do some souvenir shopping in our return trip to Namche instead of today as it won’t be a smart choice to carry items all the way to base camp and bring it down at same place. After having lump sum dinner at Namche hotel, we go to our respective room for sleep. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge Included Meals: B, L, D.

Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860 m/12660 ft)

After having our breakfast, we shall get ready and grab our trekking poles, we will then trace our steps towards Tengboche circling huge prayer wheel. We will enjoy walking through flat surfaces on side of hills, with charming views of Ama Dablam. And then go mostly downhill through beautiful rhododendron forests, take a bar of chocolate and dry fruits in our way to level up our energy level and finally cross beautiful suspension bridge to arrive at our lunch site, Phunki Thangka.

Our heavy lunch at Phunki Thangka fuels up to arrive at Tengboche. After ascending through strenuous steep forested trails, a sense of relief comes around us as soon as we arrive at top of the hill and check in into our nearby lodge. Like always, our trekking guide will hand you over the room keys, take rest and explore around the nearby attractions. The most popular and iconic attraction is Tengboche Monastery which is the oldest and biggest monastery at Khumbu region. According to local Buddhist monk, the current infrastructure was reconstructed in 1989 after it caught fire. There we can also see monks playing football in a ground. We shall also take a delicious bite of cake and bakery items at nearby bakery shop. Later we enjoy evening activities at dining hall of tea house and stay overnight. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge Included Meals: B, L, D.

Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 m/14464 ft)

Our day begins with excitement as we see Yak pasture lands, mostly downhill through refreshing trees to Deboche and finally cross Imja Khola on a wooden bridge. Then steep uphill walk takes us towards village of Pangboche where great views of Himalayas and surrounding landscapes is seen. There are plenty of tea houses and lodges here with lodging and boarding services. We can stop at any to have a quick stop and have refreshing drink. Then we hike further through rocky dusty and windy trail to Pangboche where we will have our lunch. Wind starts to blow strongly as we elevate at higher elevation. Then in late afternoon after crossing several hills, we jump with a joy as we see our tea house far at a distance. There are many chortens, horse stable, and lodges with few shops offering their services here at Dingboche. We stay our first night here at Dingboche. Walking time: 3 to 4 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge Included Meals: B, L, D.

Day 8: Acclimatization day at Dingboche and side trip to Nagarjun Hill (5,100 m/16,728 ft)

It is an absolutely awesome feeling to wake up and see great Himalayan views right from your hotel room. We have our early meal and gear up for acclimatization hike up to Nagarjun hill. There is also an option to take another for acclimatization to hike up to Chukkung and have close views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Island Peak and other snowcapped Himalayas. Either way, we will hike up to higher elevation and return to our lodge in Dingboche for overnight stay which makes our perfect active acclimatization day at Dingboche. We shall go to our bed early today and take proper rest with good night sleep. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge Included Meals: B, L, D.

Day 9: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910 m/16,105 ft)

Our day today starts with straight ascent to Dingboche hill and our trekking guide will lead you through gradual trails for one hour or two towards lunch stop called Dughla. We see great Himalayas at southern side with a pass that leads to Cho la. Overlooking these wonder Himalayan landscapes that includes from tiny shrubs to grand Himalayas and rocky mountain trails, we cross crystal clear river to have our lunch at one of two restaurants in Dughla. We fuel up our tummy and take straight hike up to top of the hill.

Upon reaching the top, it feels like we are in completely different planet surrounded by Himalayas from all directions. An emotional feeling also arises when we see so many memorials built in memories of people who lost their lives climbing Mt. Everest. Further continuing our gradual walk for little more than an hour on the way of which we see Lobuche peak and few camps in spring climbing seasons. In this way, finally we arrive at our tea house in Lobuche. Walking time: 6 to 7 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge Included Meals: B, L, D.

Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,181 m/16,994 ft) to EBC (5,364 m/17,594 ft) and return Gorakshep

Finally, on tenth day, we will be at most important day of our trek. Today, firstly we take a gradual walk through rocky trails to Gorakshep with quite a challenging hill top ascend and very unstable route. Careful stepping one step at a time with support of our trekking pole is very essential as we don’t want any slip and strain on our feet/knees. Upon arrival at Gorakshep, we check in at one of the lodge, take rest, have a great meal and stretch up to EBC. Way to base camp is narrow and unstable. Our trekking guide will take care of each and every client ensuring safe and successful hike. It is very much advisable to save yourself from strong wind, straight sunlight and extreme cold. Enjoy views of Khumbu glacier, icefall and feel proud to step at base of highest Himalaya. Take your camera out and snap plenty of pictures, enjoy breathtaking views, and celebrate every moment at EBC. Mission Accomplished! We will then return the same route back to Gorakshep, have our dinner and finally stay overnight at local lodge. Walking time: 8 to 9 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge Included Meals: B, L, D.

Day 11: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5,545 m/18,188 ft) and descend to Pheriche (4,210 m/13,809 ft.)

We will wake up very early in the morning before sunrise at around 4am to spectacle best sunrise views over Mt. Everest from Kalapatthar.  Our trekking guide will help you in knocking at door if you prefer wakeup call. Then we shall gear up putting our trekking shoes up with a pair of trekking poles and backpack containing a bottle of water with camera and few nuts. It will be straight steep walk in a dark so we need to walk carefully with head torch on. Slowly as we hike at the top, we can hear gurgling sound of ice crackling down from Nuptse, and have the best views of Mt. Everest when sun shines through horizon creating magic as it turns white snowcapped Himalayas into golden in color. While we are at top of Kalapatthar, it is also very important to save ourselves from freezing cold. You must wear gloves, and cover full body from top to bottom. Your head might feel altitude here and you are highly recommended to take hot garlic soup couple of times a day while you are in Gorakshep. Believe us, it helps! You will also see many Heli rescue from here as it is very necessary to descend as fast as possible if health condition of any individual worsens.

In this way after accumulating plenty of spectacular pictures and memories, we grab our belongings from Gorakshep tea house, have our breakfast and start descending towards lower altitude village called Pheriche. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge Included Meals: B, L, D.

Day 12: Trek from Pheriche to Pangboche to Tengboche and Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft)

Our return trek begins early in the morning as we will be tracing our steps back to Namche from Pheriche today. Comparatively it will be most of downhill trek with gradual and few about an hour of ascents. We can also feel that breathing gets easy as we descend on lower altitudes. We get different insights into the same place while coming back through the same trail. We shall then buy souvenirs at Namche, take a shower, and get relief from tiresome muscles. After long walking day, we shall reach Namche during late afternoon and stay overnight at tea house in Namche. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge Included Meals: B, L, D.

Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft.)

Today is our celebration day as it is our final trekking day at Lukla. Walking across the Phakding, crossing several river tributaries, we enjoy the fresh Himalayan atmosphere, grab a drink, dance and overall celebrate our successful trek with our trekking guides, porters and team. Tipping is expected, and our clients shall be the part of contributing something to our guides and porters as thanksgiving which can also be considered as doing something for local people and society. At the end of the day, we finally stay overnight at quality tea house in Lukla. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge Included Meals: B, L, D.

Day 14: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft)

Enjoy final morning at heart of Himalayas in Khumbu region as will be boarded to Kathmandu in most probably a morning flight. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, check in at your respective chosen hotel and enjoy rest of the day at your willing. We recommend to take rest, enjoy spa and stroll around culturally rich capital city of Kathmandu. Later, welcome to farewell dinner organized by Icicles Adventure at one of the cultural restaurant nearby Thamel. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. Flight Time: 27 minutes, Accommodation: Hotel, Included Meal: Breakfast.

Day 15: Free contingency day

Contingency day is important in our trek as domestic flight in Kathmandu-Lukla route might get delayed or cancelled due to bad weather conditions. Therefore, it is always a better idea to keep at least one contingency day. If everything goes according to plan, simply chill around, and have a nice time in Kathmandu. Later stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Included Meal: Breakfast.

Day 16: Final Departure

Our trek officially concludes today. We shall assist you in transferring from your hotel to international airport 3 hours prior scheduled international flight. From the day of arrival to today, we hope we have made your time in Nepal worthwhile and better than what you had actually thought of. In waiting of your reviews, recommendations and nice words, we say final goodbye and sayonara. We hope that you let us serve in coming days too. Included Meal: Breakfast

Trip In More Detail

Trekking Group

On our way to EBC, 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 EBC Trek for any group size. But generally, we do not exceed more than 10-12 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 even do organize private trip for one/two or more person as per request.

Accommodation During Trek

While we are on our trek, we will spend four nights at three-star category hotel in Kathmandu. Regarding hotel in Kathmandu, you can always prefer which category hotel to stay in, either upgrade or choose budget hotel, we will arrange as per your budget and interest.

Actual EBC trek begins as we land at Lukla airstrip and spend our first overnight stay at local lodge in Phakding. Almost all of the tea houses in Khumbu region are built in specific design and infrastructures that suits to cope with local atmosphere, surroundings. Outer side is stone built with wooden inner furnishing wall to avoid cold weather conditions. Similarly, smoke free coal fueled heater is installed at every dining hall that heats the room as well as used for boiling water. Most probably, we shall spend 10 nights at heart of Himalayas in Khumbu region at tea houses without compromising on quality.

At lower elevations, we find number of quality lodges with attached bathroom, hot shower and other quality amenities. Whereas at tea houses in higher elevations have basic shared toilet and shower facilitates at extra cost. You will be provided with quality blankets, mattress and extra blanket if necessary.

We also do offer sleeping bags which you need to return after completion of your trip, but we recommend you to use your own. It also can be purchased easily at local shops in Thamel, Kathmandu or Namche at Khumbu region. At high season, single supplements will not be provided at higher elevations, all rooms are on twin share basis.

Daily Food and Drinking Water on Route

We have comprehensively covered in this blog article on daily food, meals and drinking water on our trek. In short, we would like to say that every possible dish that is on the menu at quality restaurant in Thamel is mostly available at lodges and tea houses along the trail at competitive price.

Firstly, we would like to inform that we offer standard three times meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner including tea/coffee for all trekking participants. Non – vegetarian items are there on the menu, but not available as regularly as vegetarian dishes. Even the supplies are tough and challenging, you will be amazed with the variety and taste that may excel than many star-rated hotels in cities.

At higher altitudes, basically, we might assume that there will be fewer varieties, it is true in some case, but we should appreciate that the quality and quantity shall never be compromised however. Choose from main course, to pizza, soups, meat items and varieties of drinks and desserts.

Altitude usually hits when you pass Lobuche and head towards Gorakshep, EBC. There you need to take plenty of fluids, especially garlic soups that helps you get better from symptoms of high altitude sickness. They are tasty too. And while talking about the alcoholic drinks, best advice is not to have any as it dehydrates our body and prone to altitude sickness. Another one important thing to remember is that smoking is strictly prohibited inside any tea houses as all interior settings from walls to table and chairs are made up of wooden furnishing items.

Another one thing to take note is that if you are vegetarian or if you have any specific preference on meals, then we will offer the services as per your request only if you inform us well in advance.

Drinking Water: Safe drinking water is the key to successful completion of our EBC Trek. Grab the tough plastic or metal water bottle along with you. Or, you can have a water bladder of 1-2 liters that you can take a easy sip through a tube. At EBC route, you can easily buy a bottle of mineral water too, but it can be the major cause of environmental pollution. So, we recommend you to get boiled water at your teahouse before beginning your day’s walk and refill at lunch place. In case of no boiled water, get safe drinking water from a jar and purify it via tablets or your SteriPEN. This way or that, ensures you drink plenty of water while trekking at EBC route.

Understanding and Coping with Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is common issue at higher elevations and normally we can feel slight headache and dizziness after crossing 3000 meters altitude. Walking fast too quickly at higher elevation is the main reason for this sickness. Therefore, proper acclimatization days along with preventive measures and correct steps should be taken to understand and cope with altitude sickness.

Immunization to altitude sickness is different from one person to another. At same place same time, higher elevation can affect two people in two different ways. The smart way to avoid altitude sickness is to go for its prevention by slowly ascending through trek routes, drinking plenty of water, black tea and garlic soup. If you have never been at higher elevations, then it is better to take a tablet of acetazolamide every day after having your dinner as preventive measure. Also consult your local pharmacist/medical practitioner about your health condition and use of any medicine.

If you feel severe headache, vomiting and struggle to breathe, then immediately inform your trip leader who will do the necessary arrangements to call Heli rescue or descend down to nearest health post, helipad for air rescue. Our body needs time to acclimatize according to changing surroundings, oxygen levels. Our itineraries are prepared professionally keeping all those things in mind. What we want to ensure is that you will have a safe, enjoyable and successful trek with us.

Typical Day in Everest Base Camp Trek | Simple Daily Tips For EBC Trek

There will be no any standard format for how a typical day in our trek will be. But what we can share here is that our experiences while organizing this adventure and what are the daily things that you will most probably see and experience.

Your days starts with a chilly morning which is not like any other normal day as you will see grand Himalayan views from the window of your hotel room (in most cases). From the very beginning of the day, the views are clear, perfect weather and temperature to take a deep breath and do some stretching at a porch. Simple exercise in the morning is a great way to start clear your mind and stretch your muscles.  It is recommended that you wake up along with the sun to witness the best sunrise views, avoid queue at toilet of tea houses specially after crossing Tengboche, as toilet are more basic with limited water supply at higher elevations. Waking up early also means that going to clean toilet.

It will be easier for our porter team to arrange the beddings of duffel bags if you get it packed and ready to be transferred. Then at dining hall enjoy healthy breakfast, choose from small/medium/large pot of masala tea/ ginger lemon honey tea/ coffee / salt tea according to group size with bread toast butter jam/ Tibetan bread / boiled, scrambled, omelet egg, etc.

After having your breakfast, go to your hotel room and ensure you haven’t left anything behind. Our assistant guide will also check every room after you have checked out and handed over the keys. Then it will be the time for putting on your trekking boot, change your trekking socks if necessary, apply SPF 55+ sunscreen at your face including nose, ears and both sides of your hands (for even skin tone). Wear sunglass, mask and cap/hat that saves you from strong wind, sunlight and dust (major cause of Khumbu cough). Then we shall gather at nearby site where short briefing will be given by our trip leader and begin our day’s walking activity.

In this way, our trekking activity begins for 2 or 3 hours a day and mostly it will be gradual downhill walk towards the river banks. We have our lunch at lunch site, accumulate our energy and start ascending along the challenging uphill trail.

The highlight of our trip is that we organize small group travel with up to maximum of 12 participants. While walking in a group, you can walk at your own pace, stop for taking pictures, quick stop for rest, drinks, and enjoy the nature, rhododendron, culture, children, and lifestyle and daily chores. Or you can also push yourself if you are looking for a challenge. However, always you are requested to be in a sight of one of our team.

After a day of exploring and trekking activities, we shall be at our tea house by approximately 3 to 4 pm. In this way, after checking into our lodge, take rest, grab your keys from dining hall which will be handed to you by our trekking guide. Enjoy conversation and get connected with like minded people as you will be in the same dining hall where people from all around the world speaking several languages gather for a single goal, i.e. EBC Trek. If you are interested, visit nearby attractions like from monasteries to bakeries. Get a warm water soaked towel roll for warm soothing feeling on your hands and face. Enjoy dinner in a warm internally heated wooden dining hall. Your trekking guide will then give a briefing about next day’s highlights and activities. Then it would be a best idea to go for bed early so that up can wake up fresh in the morning tomorrow.

Local Trekking Guides and Support Crew

One of the major things that can either make or break your trek is your trekking guide/leader and other crew members from company that you have chosen. You are advised to hire an experienced, professional and helpful trekking guide from reputed trekking company in Nepal. Ensure your trip a safe and sound experience with Icicles adventure treks. Know why booking your Everest Base Camp Trek with us here.

Our EBC support crew members consist of one local trekking guide, number of locally hired porters (1 porter for two trekkers), one assistant guide cum porter according to group size. All of our trekking leader are government license holder, experienced, professional and certified in various related fields like:

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

Feel free to put any of your needs, requests, opinions and queries related to trek with our team. Our local crew members shall assist you in enhancement and explanation of your sight on Himalayas, culture, lifestyles, floras, faunas and anything that you see, feel, experience during our trek. Meet our team here at our team profile page.

Porter Care

We follow our porter care policies and always take care on safety and other needs of our porter team. Porters are important part of our crew who carries our duffel bags/luggage and try to make our trip easy and lightweight experience. Unfortunately, we have seen that not all trekking companies gives importance to their porters they deserve. In many cases, porters are not paid well, overloading them with extra weights, not insuring them and providing gears needed to carry the weights.

In a complete contrast, we, Icicles Adventure always follow strict porter protection policy according to International Porter Protection Group (IPPG). We always hire local porters from local communities, do their insurance, pay them well and appreciate their effort to make our trip a successful one. As most of them have no education background, we even encourage them to study, develop interpersonal skills and contribute to Nepalese tourism sector in any way possible. All of our porters are provided with clothing, gears and necessary equipment and keeping their luggage weight below 20 kg per person. In case of injuries and illness to porters, they will be taken care in a same way as our other members and clients.

s follow strict porter protection policy according to International Porter Protection Group (IPPG). We always hire local porters from local communities, do their insurance, pay them well and appreciate their effort to make our trip a successful one. As most of them have no education background, we even encourage them to study, develop interpersonal skills and contribute to Nepalese tourism sector in any way possible. All of our porters are provided with clothing, gears and necessary equipment and keeping their luggage weight below 20 kg per person. In case of injuries and illness to porters, they will be taken care in a same way as our other members and clients.

Preparing For The Challenge

Terrain, Altitude and Distance Travelled

Detail day to day Everest base camp trek distance, altitude and walking hours is explained in this article. Overall, Everest base camp trekking trail gives you diversity in terms of greenery, surroundings and most importantly spectacular Himalayan scenery after crossing Tengboche.

In the very beginning of this trek, enjoy spectacular view of a snow capped peak, cool air, walk through stone paved trails along the river bank of raging Dudh koshi river and gradually hike to Phakding, Namche and further higher elevations. Route is narrow and steep at many places, and one should be aware of passing animals while hiking along the way. Give attention to bells tied on neck of those animals.

Tree line is up to Pangboche, then, we get to see mostly shrubs and bushes at dry Rocky Mountains, after crossing Dingboche, we hardly see any greenery, the route becomes tougher, unstable and challenging.

Highest elevation that you gain is at top of Kalapatthar which is 5545 meters above sea level. Grand view of Nuptse and Everest at background is seen beautifully during sunset and sunrise. Another need to be careful is at Everest base camp itself while walking through ice and slippery unstable path. Make a good use of your trekking poles. Don’t lose your grip!

Weather and Best Season

Find out in detail which is the best time for Everest Base Camp Trek in this blog article. Nepal has primarily cool temperature with, winters, pleasant moist springs, hot wet summers and fantastic mostly clear autumns.

So, peak season is during the spring months of March, April, May and autumn months of September, October and November. Best time to avoid crowd shall be just a week before and after April and September. The scenery, snowfall and other floral highlights are different during two seasons giving plenty of reasons to go for this adventure more than once. If you wish to know more on temperature and climate chart this article explains in detail on best time to visit Nepal.

Clothing Gears and Equipment

Weather condition changes in no time at higher elevations. EBC Trekking days starts with warm sunny day, clear views up-to noon, then slowly cloud begins to form in afternoon with chilly nights. You need to save yourself from direct sunlight, possible rain and stormy winds at altitudes. On all above you should stay safe and enjoy the trip without getting into problems.

Firstly the most important thing that you need is, a nice pair of trekking shoes, 3 pair of trekking socks, quality down jacket, wind stopper, full covering head mask, sunglasses, all weather pant, lip balm, sunscreen and at least one trekking pole.

Before starting our EBC hike, we provide a duffel bag that will be carried by porters in which you can put your stuffs(under 15kg). In another hand, you need to carry a light 5 kg weight of back pack with your on the go stuffs like water, toilet paper, sunscreen, snacks, medicine and camera. Check our  recommended equipment list for Everest Base Camp Trekking here.

Fitness Level

Find out details on fitness level for Everest base camp trek in this article. Keeping the things short, anyone can do Everest base camp trek, but you need physical preparations, leg training and light exercise to make it better experience. You don’t need to have your fitness level like of an athlete to be eligible for Everest base camp trek. If you can manage 10-12 days walking with light back pack at higher elevation, you can surely join this adventure even is this your first time trekking trip.

We expect all participants to have some physical training in advance to achieve the Everest Base Camp challenge. 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.


Here is traveler’s guide to vaccination and immunization : Is Vaccination Shots necessary before traveling to Nepal? Immunization certificates are not required to enter Nepal, however, taking preventive measures to stay away from possible illness and diseases is always smart thing to do. Taking good care of your sanitation, drinking purified water and safe food will keep you away from these diseases. Always remember, for Everest base camp trek, bring Dettol hand sanitizer (no water) which will act like a boon in these Himalayan areas where there is shortage of water for washing hands.

Another thing you need to stay away during EBC is pneumonia, Khumbu cough and other air borne possible illness. Basically, common vaccinations and immunizations before visiting Nepal are Malaria, Rabies, Hepatitis, Typhoid and Meningitis etc.  Therefore, you are highly advised to visit local medical practitioner before visiting Nepal.

Buy Travel Insurance

Getting Travel Insurance is mandatory before joining any of our trips.  So, it is a condition upon joining any trekking, peak climbing trips organized by Icicles Adventure, you must show the travel insurance from reputed company that covers your air Heli rescue, medical expenses including ambulance and other treatment costs.

Here we have detail information on travel insurance and few suggestion on getting travel insurance. These suggestions are based on our experience and we do not sell or get any type of beneficial in arranging travel insurance. We request you to send a copy of your travel insurance at least 15 days prior departure date to Everest base camp adventure.

Passport and Visa

Getting into Nepal is hassle free for tourists as, Nepal welcomes nearly a million tourists every year and tourism sector plays vital role in development of country’s economy.

Nepal Visa 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. 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.

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 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 materials, 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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Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days Reviews

Choose Eveready Icicles for Wonderful Trek!

I was not sure about either I could be fit for Everest base camp trek or not, but after long exchanging of emails and Skype conversations, application of suggested pre trek trainings increased my confidence to overcome my fear and try this Everest base camp trek.

Actually my weight and fitness was the major issue for me. But as Indira assisted me to try hiking, do physical trainings, within two months I lost my weight considerably and felt confident in hiking at mountains. I also had a knee problem that used to cause problem time to time but the modification in planned itinerary, slow and steady walk with careful attention by my guide Shiva and assistance from Parbat finally paid off after weeks as I was successful in stepping at Everest base camp.

Again, with continuous support from Shiva and Hari from Icicles, my contingency day accommodation was arranged with flights rearrangement at Everest region. I found Icicles genuine and Eveready trekking agency who were always ready to assist anything to made their client’s trip successful one. Recommended for all travelers!

"Oscar Stratus"

Happy to trek with Icicles again!

I knew Shiva from Icicles Adventure in 2014 when we had done Langtang Valley Trek together and since then we are wonderful friends. Along with Shiva ever smiling my friend Hari, helpful Indira and entire strong porter crew from Icicles Adventure treks; to all of them I would like to express my sincere thank you for everything that you guys arranged, managed my Everest base camp trek.

It was a case of unfortunate that our baggage were missing while boarding a flight from Doha airport to Kathmandu and it was immediate arrangement of transportation and assistance from Hari in helping find out our baggage from Kathmandu airport. It was a nice gesture of him to go out of his service line and helping us out including getting us other required trekking gears like face mask and hat with trekking poles too.

With my experience, Nepal is must for all adventure lovers and if you are looking for trustworthy agency, then Icicles could be the one.

"Breslin Gowman"

Unforgettable Everest Trek with Hari and Team at Icicles

We had done Annapurna trek with other company and it was not so good experience so, this time while attempting Everest base camp, we always wanted to ensure we book with trusted and experienced agency. Our dilemma cleared out only when one of my friend circles Jacob recently booked his EBC with Icicles recommended us in person.

We wanted to make this Everest base camp unforgettable as I was also planning to propose my girlfriend at base camp with surprise. So, trust and secrecy had to be there. I found Hari, Shiva, my guide along with all porters extremely friendly and top secret was maintained until last minute. We are very much thankful to entire Icicles team for arranging our unforgettable Everest base camp trek. Also special thanks as my love is now my wife. Highly recommended and trustworthy company.

"Mr. and Mrs. White"

Thanks Icicles For Awesome Everest Trek !

After analyzing and doing good research on internet, we had finally chosen Icicles Adventure Treks after exchanging few emails with Indira about visiting and trekking in Nepal. We were impressed with quick and informative reply which really helped us out in making the right decision from choosing the trip to making this trip really exciting and fun. We had only heard about Mt. Everest and all thanks to Icicles for helping us out to take us at its base camp.

We were specially impressed with their trekking guide Surya who took really good care of us and ensured our trip will be safe, enjoyable one. He first assisted in getting our trekking gears on hire from store at Kathmandu, gave indepth briefing on each trekking day. Also we are grateful to hari for organizing this trip, rearranging our missed luggage and sending it to Lukla on next Goma Air flight. I cant even imagine starting the trek from Lukla with our luggage still not arriving. Later I understood that due to extra weight by one of the passenger in our plane, our bag was queued in next flight.

Overall I am very much satisfied with the services from Icicles and definitely recommend its services for other travelers looking for visiting Nepal.

"Gramiti Dresos"

Thanks Icicles for EBC TREK 2017!

As we had done plenty of research and compared many trekking companies based on price, reviews and recommendations, we found that Icicles stood among them as they were focused on providing better service rather than just getting the booking which reflected while corresponding with them in email. Quick reply on our enquiries and best value for money price impressed us hence we chose Icicles as our trekking partner.
They also helped us in getting sleeping bags at Namche as one of my friend missed his at Kathmandu. At every point of our trip, our trekiking guide Parbat made us feel like we were of one single family trekking to base camp of Everest. I should also mention that Icicles provided us down jacket to every members to which we had to return them after the trip. We also found good accommodation along the trails even at high season without much fuss as we had seen few foreigners sleeping outside at dining hall due to shortage of room in lodges.

Finally big thanks to Icicles and entire team who helped us making this trip a successful one and ensuring our safety. From our expereince we found that Icicles is run by professionals and they simply know best in what they do. So, all the folks out there, remember Icicles and contact Hari, if you are planning adventure in Nepal Himalayas.


Best experience at Everest Base Camp

We completed our Everest base camp trek along with group of 8 friends. We chose Icicles as we were provided plenty of information as soon as we had any queries. Quick response time, quality services, experienced trekking guide, they made this challenging trip an enjoyable experiences. We get to know about local culture, tradition and description.
Therefore we would like to thank all Icicles team, specially, Indira, Hari and Shiva with whom we met and made our exiciting EBC trip a successful one. From domestic flight arrangements to Lukla to tea houses and restaurants and accommodation in Kathmandu, all of our trekking needs were fulfilled.
Our comfortability, well beings, health and safety all were properly taken care of. Shiva has told that it will be completely different experience during autumn, as snowfalls and different views, we are planning to return back to Himalayas this October too. Lets see, what happens, but if I return, then no doubt I will go with Shiva and Icicles adventure.

"Estalia Betisas"

Mission Everest base camp successful.. Thanks a lot Shiva!

Me and 6 of my friends joined Everest base camp trek with Icicles Adventure this March 2017. Hari, the director of the company, and Indira helped us from planning, organizing and also in preparing for this mission Everest. My friend Hari and guides Shiva were very helpful and didn’t hesitate to answer any of our questions. Icicles team were always there to make our Everest Trek a successful adventure.
Our trip leader Shiva, Parbat and porter team including Prakash were very friendly and helped us getting in accommodation as well as food on our plate. They were very knowledgable and had good connections with lodge owners. Special thanks to Shiva for getting my phone charged at Lobuche freely. He was professional in briefing the next day’s plan and also took care of every of our group members.
I will surely pass a good word as recommendation to my friend circle about Icicles. They are very good in customer service at very competitive rates.

"Herman Birghimthan"

Finally I did EBC, Yay!

Everest base camp trek was there in my mind since my early days in school. I knew that it was no any easy task , but thanks to Icicles Adventure who gave me great experienced trip leader to take care and my necessities during this adventure. All the things went according to our planned itinerary, there were no any flight delays, I had well prepared by joing small trips in my home country, which helped me a lot to hike at higher altitudes without much issue. Yes, I had headache at Gorakshep, but good information from my guide helped me to get out of it, as we hiked Kalapathher and had Garlic soup. Then next day EBC, wow, finally I did EBC, Yay! It was my great achievement and dream come true moment.

"Angelo S."

Great EBC trip with Icicles

We had a great Everest base camp trek with Icicles Adventure this spring season. Our trekking days were full of exciting adventures with few surprises as well. All of our trekking needs were taken care of and I must say that trekking guides and other team took a very good care of us including accommodation, meals and other needs. Specially, we are very thankful to Mr. Hari Shrestha for a great job who has manage everything from hotels, hospitality and trekking management. Now as I have successfully completed this EBC trek, I am planning to go for ABC trek this coming September with Icicles. I will recommend Icicles for other travelers looking for quality services too.


EBC Trek and City tour

My trip to Nepal and Everest Base Camp started, as i received a offer on a 12 trek to EBC from Icicles Adventures. I read about them here on trip advisor. And it all sounded good.

From my start at Kathmandu airport, to the end i felt in good hands of Hari, He met me on arrival, help me settling in to my hotel attended to my needs of a sim-card. We arranged a meet the next day to talk about the trip and meet my guide Surya.

The EBC trek was a wonderful experience and a great adventure (can recommend). Surya my guide was a great companion on this trek, despite my slow moment (really hard walking in the heights)and a minor snowstorm, we made it to Everst Base Camp and back. Surya made me feel safe and in good hands the whole way, hes calm and gentle sprite makes him a good and stable guide with a nice smile on hes lips at all times. When ever we arrived at a tea lodge, i would have a room with in minutes and he was all ways attentive of my needs. Surya really made my dream come thru about the EBC Trek.

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, i had a few days to spend, Hari arranged a city-tour for me to see the most important landmarks, more of plight than lust, but i had a terrific day and can recommend if you like being cultural.

All in all i had a great time in Nepal Thanks to Surya, Hari and icicles adventure treks.
So i can really recommend this tour operator for your Nepal experience.

"Jacob Mahfoudh"

Posted On TripAdvisor.

Incredible Services Par Excellence

I just returned from Everest base camp trek that I had booked with Icicles Adventure. I had met Hari who helped us with securing the trip with all necessary arrangements required to reach Everest base camp.

After leaving behind Dingboche, while we had our lunch at Thukla and started to ascend steep hill towards Lobuche, altitude sickness affected us and my condition worsened as the time passes. I was sick and next day our trekking guide Parbat called for air rescue from Lobuche.

I was airlifted off the Himalayas along with other fellow patients to Lukla first then towards Kathmandu within an hour for emergency treatment. It was nice of Hari that he already arrived at the hospital prior us. He also helps us getting examined, and admitted for two days. To say incredible services par excellence, I was immediately rescued from higher elevations and was in hospital and I am thankful that I had travel insurance that will cover my airlift and medical services. Therefore, for every individual looking for Everest base camp trek, I will recommend to get travel insurance compulsory and remember Icicles Adventure treks for good connections and great services.

Hari should be called manager of the year in my opinion as he
managed everything from our trek, rescue to international flight tickets.

Thank you.

"Ana Karnikova"

Rewarding Everest Base Camp trek with Icicles!

A father of two, hiking with two angels, I became hikes as I see my children happiest while traveling around the world and this time it was Everest base camp trek. To start the things off I started to enquire quite a few trekking companies in Nepal. With continuous no time zone continuous correspondence with Indira, we finally booked our trip with Icicles adventure.

I comfortably arrived at Kathmandu airport and the views were amazing, I saw Hari welcoming us with garland and taking us to our Hotel Woodland. We also met our trekking guide Prakash after flying from Kathmandu to Lukla along with porter Bishnu. I can only say good things about these two Icicles members. They were always on the good mood with good sense of humor. Bishnu was strong and always walked ahead of us while Prakash used to come with us. Prakash also helped me know the name of snow capped Himalayas, the villages, culture and tradition of local inhabitants.

Every walking day was challenging yet rewarding adventure while heading towards Everest Base Camp. The toughest day at least for me was evening hike to Kalapathher for awesome sunset views over Everest Himalayas. I simply couldn’t stop the tears of joy falling through my eyes as I saw the panoramic views of grand Nuptse infront and Everest at background.

It was my bad luck that I got headache, but the suggestions from Prakash to have garlic soup and continue to Everest base camp were super. Next day, we hiked to EBC and back to lower elevation at Pheriche. Finally after descending from Pheriche the affects of AMS came down.

We celebrated our way back down to Lukla with Icicles team of Prakash and Bishnu. With wholeheardtly, I would recommend Icicles Adventure Treks for anyone looking for Nepal Himalayas.

"Stuart Gimpsey"

Everest trek with Icicles is the best thing that has ever happened to me!

My Everest Base Camp Trek with Icicles Team was one of a great experience which will remain in my memories in days to come. I will recommend Icicles as they will take care of everything that a prospective Everest hiker should know, from do’s to don’t and everything else.
As soon as I landed on Nepal, Hari was there with garland to welcome me and he transferred me to my hotel. He proved what he said that he prefers the satisfaction and service to clients rather than just welcoming large number of foreigners. He also booked my domestic flight tickets, and ensured I had every trekking gears needed. He is a true veteran in organizing tours, treks.

First, I had little hesitation to do this trek alone with a good trip leader Shiva and strong porter Prakash. This Everest base camp trek was certainly the best thing that ever happened to me. It was also the toughest yet most remarkable journey in my life. I had noticed along the trails that other trekking guides were cattling the large groups of people, giving them acetamozile(most probably) and taking to higher elevation. I am thankful that Icicles team took care of me and I am sure they are expert in organizing trip of any size in flexible and professional way. First views of Amadablam, Thamserku and Pumori were amazing. Visit to Sagarmatha National Park and seeing Everest the first time was also a memorable experience. Had excellent lunch at Everest View hotel and they knew exactly where to take the perfect pictures.

It is a great feature / characteristic of a trekking company to be flexible according to need and safety of their client. Everyone has their own walking speed, stamina and interests, and Icicles team just teaches that how it should be done (oragnaized). Along the way while talking with other fellow trekkers from around the globe, they shared their thoughts that they wish to hear about Icicles beforehand. Prakash, Parbat and Shiva were always there taking care of our meals, and working seamlessly in a friendly way.

Despite physical and mental challenges that we have to face at higher altitudes, my EBC trek was so great that it simply can’t be explained in words. It was more than what I had expected from views, to services, accommodation, meals, and surely a trip for you if you want to call yourself a true adventurer.

"Gervais Arthur"

“EBC Trekking is must for all Adventure Lovers”

We used Icicles Adventure for our Everest Base Camp Trek. You access to Himalayan region from crowded and bustling Kathmandu in a tiny airplane that offers stunning view of Himalayas. This is a wonderful lead up to what you will see. Our trekking guide Shiva was very professional and passionate towards hiking. He holds great knowledge on trekking trails, has good local relations and knows every culture, rituals of Sherpas along with tips and tricks to make this journey extra special.
It was really on my knees while we were trekking from Gorakshep to EBC and next early morning hike to Kalapthher. I thought I can’t make it next morning, but encouraging words of Shiva and seeing other passionate people around boosted my energy making this EBC trek a 100% success. One thing that I would like to mention is that our porters were on with good trekking shoes while I could see guys from other companies carrying loads with slippers, so I knew that I had chosen the right company that looks after their team well. Another highlight of our trek was glacier walk at EBC. After all how often do you get the chance to walk on a glacier? Well worth the money and effort. I would highly recommend Icicles for all travelers looking forward for EBC trek in Nepal.

"Emily Jones"

Family trip to Everest Base Camp!!

We selected Icicles Adventure after contacting few other companies based on Indira’s specific answers to our questions and we never regretted. Everything that was under their control was perfectly organized. Hari picked us up in the airport, brought us to the hotel and even organized a sightseeing day tour in Kathmandu the next day. Very friendly and professional guide Tika was assigned as our guide for our Everest Base camp trek. The guide spoke good English and our trek was very enjoyable. Our porters were hardworking and were careful on service at their part. My son (15) and my wife experienced some altitude sickness symptoms at Dingboche. Tika told us that it’s typical to get some symptoms, and we can wait as see if my son and wife could overcome the sickness until next day which was a rest day at Dingboche. Tika contacted back to Kathmandu to get ready with helicopter in case we needed. Fortunately, they both felt better next day and finally all three of us were able to reach Everest Base camp. We are so happy and satisfied with Icicles Adventure team. Tika did everything he could to make our trek enjoyable, with utmost professionalism and courtesy. Back to Kathmandu, we had an amazing dinner with Hari, Tika and Indira where we enjoyed the great local food and folk dance show. My sincerest thanks to Icicles Adventure Team and I highly recommend them.


Everest base camp trek with Great Professionals

My girlfriend and I chose Icicles Adventure for our trekking to Everest Base camp in September. The company is great, very professional with excellent services. Indira is very professional, answering very quickly all our doubts via e-mail before the trip. We felt safe and comfortable since our first contact with the staff at the airport. Our guide Raj was the best!!! He is very knowledgeable about the trekking, so friendly, attentive and took great care of us, and always ready to answer our questions, give us advices, he is also very funny and we had a great time! Our porter was also so lovely and friendly. We were so relaxed and comfortable during the trek, we knew we were in very good hands. The trekking to Everest Base camp is amazing and people are really nice! We will never forget our experience in Nepal.
Thank you all from Icicles Adventure Treks for this incredible trip!

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Max. Altitude : 5545m Group Size : min 1, max 12 Best Season : March, April, May & September, October, November, December Activities : Trekking and Tour Transportation : Ground transportation- private car, Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu in aeroplane Starts From : Kathmandu Ends In : Kathmandu
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