Trip In More Detail
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.
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.
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.
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.