‘EVEREST BASE CAMP TREKKING COST, an adventure in the heart of world’s highest Mt. Everest within scenic Khumbu Valley’
Everest Base Camp Trekking provides an opportunity to all travelers and adventurer fulfilling their dreams to stand and admire world number one peaks, standing at the foot of Mt. Everest tallest mountain on earth with sweeping panorama of other giant snow capped peaks.
Everest Base Camp Trekking, made more famous and popular conquest to its summit in May 29th 1953 by legendry late mountaineers Tenzing and Hillary, since then mass flow of trekkers, adventurer and mountaineers have poured in this awesome area high and scenic Khumbu valley in the shade of Mt. Everest.
Besides mountain views the local culture and traditional life of the highlanders the Sherpa people is equally interesting, visit its high and charming traditional villages around Phakding-Monjo-Khumjung and Pangboche including Namche Bazaar, the capital of Khumbu where colorful Saturday market takes place and walking into magnificent Thyangboche Monastery.
Starting this fabulous adventure to Everest Base Camp taking an early morning flight to land at Lukla on its unique airstrip, and then following the Dudh Kosi River right up to its source at base camp where walks leads through nice and lovely Sherpa farm villages encountering interesting prayer wheels and carved stone walls.
Walk leads into lovely cool alpine woodland filled with tall rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines and fir tree lines, as walk progress entering into wild and windswept country where vegetation and tree lines disappears for short juniper and rhododendron bushes, with daily views of Everest with majestic Amadablam and other peaks.
With rest and acclimatization days before heading towards much higher terrain, our journey finally reaches at our main highlight destination at the base of Mt. Everest of above 5,364 m / 17,070 ft high overlooking notorious and awesome Khumbu Ice falls and glaciers.
Adventure concludes with a climb on top scenic Kalapathar at 5,545 m and 18,298 ft high rewards you with amazing panorama of mountains with Mt. Everest at mere distance and then heading back to Lukla for exciting short flight to the hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu with overwhelming time and memories on Everest Base Camp Trekking.
Day 01: Reach Kathmandu, complete Nepal visa process, & meet guide, transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest and trek preparation.
Day 03: Morning Flight to Lukla 2,840 meter and hike to Phakding 2,670 meter – 5 hrs.
Day 04: Trekking Manjo- jorsalle to Namche – Bazaar 3,460 m – 07 hrs.
Day 05: Acclimatization or Rest day at Namche Bazaar, optional short excursion.
Day 06: Hike Phungi thanga to Thyangboche 3,880 m – 7 hrs.
Day 07: Trekking Pangboche to Dingboche 4,250 m – 06hrs.
Day 08: At Dingboche with rest day for another acclimatization, optional short hikes.
Day 09: Trekking Thukla to Lobuche 4,940 meter – 06 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,370 meter,then return to Gorakshep 5,180 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trekking back to Pheriche 4,260 meter – 07 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Kyanjuma 3,665 m near Sanasa – 06 hrs walks.
Day 13: Hike down Namche then to Monjo 2,880 m – 7 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Lukla airport – 5 hours.
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu airport … optional tours available.
Day 16: Kathmandu optional tour or relax because it is contingency day.
Day 17: International airport drop, final departure .
EBC cost & best time of the year with guide & porter from Lukla or Kathmandu. Book with local company and adventure with Sherpas in Himalayas. Hike to Everest, meditation & spiritual Trekking in 10-14 days.
Everest base camp trekking Itinerary
Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal -meet our guide, drive to Hotel.
On setting foot in Nepal at Kathmandu International airport, where you will be received by our guides & office staffs with warm welcome of garland & then take to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu valley, after checking in to your rooms getting refreshed our guide or staff will brief with information regarding your trip to Everest base camp with other useful information.
Evening Nepalese dinner in one of the best and authentic Nepalese restaurant includes local folk dance cultural program as part of an entertainment.
Day 02: Kathmandu tour or Patan or Bhaktapur and treking stuffs preparation.
With busy day in Kathmandu with options joining in our interesting tour which leads you around Kathmandu beautiful historical sites, as Kathmandu city with Patan and Bhaktapur steeped with religious monuments of temples-monasteries and stupas listed most as UNESCO Heritage Sites.
After a pleasant and exciting guided tour return back to your hotel with rest of the afternoon free, preparation for Everest Base Camp trekking next early morning.
Day 03: Flight to Lukla airport 2,860 meter and trek to Phakding 2,680 m – 5 hours.
As per the short flight time, morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic air terminal for super scenic panoramic Himalayas flight to airport of Lukla with awesome view of mighty Himalayan chain of mountains with Mt. Everest and then landing at Lukla unique airstrip.
In Lukla with final preparations where much of the gears will be carried by porters or on pack animals (Ghopkyo crossbreed of Yaks and normal domestic cattle).
Walk leads downhill with short uphill and on gradual winding path most of the way to Phakding village for first overnight stop.
Phakding a nice and large spread out village by the glacial River Dudh Kosi with views of Kwangde Himal located in this river gorge.
Day 04: Trekking to Majo and Jorsale then Namche Bazaar 3,460 m – 07 hours.
Morning walk leads to much higher as the trail follows the beautiful river, crossing few bridges to reach at Monjo village and into Sagarmatha National Park.
Walk on gradual path by the bank of the river and in afternoon time climbing up reach at famous Namche Bazaar with views of Everest-Nuptse and Lhotse on walks.
At Namche transfer into a nice and cozy lodge with fabulous views of Tharmasarku and Kwangde Himal with time to wander around Namche.
Day 05: acclimatization day , Rest or optional walk around Namche Bazaar – or short excursion to near by villages.
Free and rest day in Namche for better acclimatization before climbing higher terrain, on this day take a short hike to Namche view point with its interesting museum full of information of Sherpa people culture-mountaineering with flora and fauna of the region.
The top of Namche offers grand views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse with magnificent Amadablam peaks towards north.
Other options hike up to Everest view hotel beyond Syangboche at an altitude of 3,880 m high with sweeping panorama of Everest and adjoining peaks.
Day 06: Trekking to Phungi thanga then to Thyangboche 3,880 meter – 06 hours
Morning starts with short up and then on scenic pleasant path with few ups and downhill overlooking views of Everest and Amadablam, as the walk leads into patch of alpine woodland and then dropping towards Imjatse River at Phunki-Tenga a small settlement.
Here with lunch break, afternoon uphill into a nice forest of rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines and fir trees, then finally reaching at our overnight stop at Thyangboche near its famous old Buddhist monastery.
A charming spot surrounded by snow capped peaks with close views of Amadablam-Everest and other peaks, located within green forest.
We visit the famous monastery where you can observe the monks and priests in prayer halls, here most of the climbers and mountaineers take blessing from the priest for safe and successful climb on Everest and other high peaks.
Day 07: Trekking to Dingboche 4,255 m – 7 hours.
Walk is pleasant today but makes a difference walking much higher altitude, starting with a descend for 55 minutes to the bridge, from here tree lines fades for shorter junipers & alpine rhododendron with mixed bushes known as azalea showing big change in high altitude.
Trail continues to another beautiful sherpa settlemnet, Pangboche, it is the biggest last permanent settlement in this region. After this other villages like Pheriche, Thukla, Dingboche are active only in the spring to autumn to serve the travelers.
The path climbs to Somare and crosses the Imja stream with the beautiful view of Nupse, Lhotshe and Amdablum mountains.
Finally trail leads to another beautiful Sherpa village Dingboche, enjoy the prayers wheels and stones and yak farms.
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Dingboche, optional hiking to near by peaks.
It is mandatory to spend another night in this altitude. Choose any hiking like towards amadablam or Island peak or Lobuche. If ou climb to Nagarjung peak can see Makalu on a clear day.
Day 09: Hiking to Thukla and Lobuche 4,945 m – 06 hours.
After breakfast, start climbing towards Thukla, enjoy the prayers wall and mane wheels along the trails. You may see yaks grazing and some mountain goats enjoying the the sun bathing. Do not forget to look back and take pictures of Mount Amadablam.
Take short rest at Thukla hill top for drinks or even lunch and continue to Lobuche for overnight stop.
Day 10: Trek to the mount Everest Base Camp (EBC) 5,370 meter & return to Gorakshep 5,180 m – 07 hrs.
You are at the dreamland, zig zag trails takes you to the actual base camp of Everest, depending on your walking speed it may take 5-7 hours round trip. This adventure trip will be life time experience. The famous Ice-falls of Khumbu is very long, follow the proper tails with your guide and experienced staffs only.
After a marvelous and exciting time with adventure of a lifetime experience retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for overnight stop.
Day 11: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trekking back to Lobuche and Pheriche 4,260m – 06 hours.
Morning a steep uphill hike to reach on top of Kalapathar at 5,545 meters, highest point of the adventure with fabulous and unique views of mountains includes Mt. Everest at its closest.
After the greatest thrill with best view walk down to Gorakshep then to Pheriche for the overnight
Day 12: Trek to Kyanjuma 3,665 m near Sanasa – 06 hrs walks.
Walk leads to a fine start with views towards a river after the bridge a slow hike to Thyangboche Monastery.
Trek back to Kyanjuma for overnight halt, a sleepy and quiet spot with few fine lodge and view of Mount Everest and Amadablam.
Day 13: Trekking back Jorsalle then to Monjo 2,870 meter via Namche Bazaar – 05 hrs.
Day 14: Walk back to Lukla airport – 3 hrs.
A short and easy day after losing much altitude, retrace the journey back to Lukla with last final climb from Choplung village to reach the famous gate named after ‘Pasang Lamu’ a first Sherpa lady who climbed and died on Mt. Everest.
Finally our adventurous walks completes in Lukla with time for rest and to celebrate the success on Everest base camp trekking and last night sleep in Lukla and around Mount Everest area.
Day 15: Flight back to Kathmandu and drive to the hotel.
according to the flight time for Kathmandu transfer to Tenzing & Hillary air terminal at Lukla airport, a short scenic in small aircraft bring you back in Kathmandu, and then transfer to your hotel with afternoon free for shopping spree and rest.
Day 16: Kathmandu rest day and contingency day.
We have allowed extra day in Kathmandu as contingency day in case of flight cancelled from Lukla, which might occur sometimes due to unforeseen bad weather conditions, if all goes well as per our itinerary days enjoy this free day with individual activities or join in for another interesting city tour.
Day 17: International flight for home.
As per your international flight for home bound or to other respective destination, transfer to Kathmandu airport with excellent memory and overwhelming adventure of a lifetime on Everest base camp trekking.
Total cost USD 1299 per person based on 2 -15 pax
Trip Cost Includes following services:
Our Trip Cost excludes following services:
Weather & Climate on Everest Base Camp Trekking:
The weather depending upon the season of trekking around Everest or other higher Himalayan belts, where’s Everest Base Camp trekking can be visited all time of the year, however monsoon months of July to mid September will be wet but much greener with heavy moisture.
The best time of the year will be from March to May when wild flowers are in full bloom around 2,000 m to 3,000 m high and then tree lines and vegetation declines for rough arctic terrain, the temperature will be 15 to 20 degree Celsius during the day with sunlight, morning and evening can be much cooler with minimum of -0 to 05 degree Celsius not counting the wind chill factors.
As the trek leads higher above 4,000 m temperature drops in the shade as well in the morning and night time, day will be clear with strong sunlight and UV (due to drop in oxygen and air pressure on high elevation) , where you need strong sun screen to avoid sun burn in direct sunlight.
Mid September to December will be the clearest weather but with short days minimum of -05 to -10 degree Celsius in the morning and night time with maximum of 15-20 degree during the day in full sunlight, also depends upon the altitude and areas of trekking.
December to March will be the coldest months with chances of snows with minimum of -10 to -15 degree Celsius with maximum 15-18 degree Celsius without wind chill factor, however most of the day time will be clear with fine blue sky.
Trekking Equipment List to Bring from home or rent and purchase in Kathmandu:
Perfect fitting, light & comfortable shoes are recommended over training boots and clothing will be necessary, for strong hot sun on drive along the lower altitude to freezing high altitude temperatures during the night in the himalayan region. Half pant, thin trouser, half/full shirt, T-shirts, cap or hat, are suggested while walking, also skirts and long sleeved shirts are comfortable.
FIBER PILE JACKETS:
SHORTS OR SKIRTS (for ladies):
COTTON TROUSER for all season:
JOGGERS PANTS :
DUVET / DOWN JACKETS: (Down feathers or synthetic (required in autumn / winter and early spring time)
WOOLEN BALACLAVA AND MITTS: (required in autumn / winter and early spring time)
WATERPROOF: Jacket and trousers JUNE TO SEPTEMBER
SCARFS : HELPFUL TO AVOID the sun and dust
SUNGLASSES / GOGGLES: VERY IMPORTANT TO AVOID UV .
SUN SCREEN : BEST QUALITY [20 or higher] or SUPER high
altitude cream due to thin air the
U/V is stronger in the sun.
LIP GUARD: SAVE IT WITH ADDED VITAMINS
DRINKING WATER BOTTLES: 2 literS metal to keep warm while at night time and for drinking purpose.
HEAD TORCHES: Petzel (SUGGESTED) -EXTRA DRY CELL and bulb
POCKET KNIFE : SWITZERLAND style – VERY HELPFUL
HANDY PADLOCK : HELPFUL TO KEEP THINGS SAFE LIKE duffel bag
SLEEPING BAGS / DOWN JACKETS (which can be hired and purchase in Kathmandu at reasonable cost, if it is too much to carry from home.
VERY LIGHT THERMAREST: USEFUL WHILE YOU FEEL HARDER MATTRESS IN THE LODGES.
WALKING STICKS / POLES: Useful crossing rivers and in snow and ice areas.
Important Notes for the Trekking around Everest and other Himalaya region:
Main flow of foreign visitors in Nepal is for trekking from moderate to adventurous or challenging treks, the most important is choosing the right trip as per your duration of holiday and fitness, for Everest and other Himalayan trekking adventure one needs to be in sound health and physically fit.
On booking with us preparation of fitness required like walking – jogging – Jumba – aerobic at least a month before your departure from home country, and all clients should be prepared with Travel and Medical Insurance (in case for sudden accidents and immediate evacuation by any means of transport available for quick relief to nearest hospitals.
Please send us your dietary list and medical history report so that we can arrange well in advance respectively.
Book the ticket from home for Kathmandu-Nepal to reach at least a day ahead or earlier from trek departure with much space in Kathmandu after the trek, this allows you with more time in Nepal to enjoy the culture and heritage life of Nepalese and also in case of flight delay (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) which can happen sometimes due to freak bad and unfavorable weather.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ):
Important trekking related information and queries wile trekking in Nepal Himalaya:
01: What is Trekking?
Trekking, the word at first comes for long walking journey which is similar to hiking but includes more days of few days to a week or more from moderate-adventurous to challenging walks on trekking in the Himalayan countries involves much down and uphill climb with descend with few gradual walking path.
02: How do I spend a day on daily Trekking?
Trekking depends upon your chosen areas if it’s on mainstream trekking routes like Annapurna-Everest and Langtang you will be spending overnights in the comfort of nice and cozy local lodges with views of Mountains where all meals served on route trekking in lodge or guest house.
Normal day on trek starts with tea and biscuits around 6 a.m. followed by breakfast and then packing your bags for the day walks where larger bags are carried by our porters or pack animals (Yaks & Mules).
While you carry your light day pack with necessary items for the day as the trek starts following our lead guide to lunch stop for an hour or more, and then walking to our designated overnight halt in lodge or camping.
During the walk you will be walking on winding gradual trail with ups and downhill slopes past traditional and cultural local remote farm villages along with the views of snow capped peaks, includes walking into cool alpine forest covered with rhododendron-magnolia-hemlock-oaks-pines and fir tree lines. Walking for 5-6 hrs as per day to day itinerary mentioned in your program.
03: Who leads the trip and are they well trained and experienced?
No doubt about it, all our guides are expert and professional in this line of job with more than decades of experience leading world-wide customers showing the wonders of Himalaya with full knowledge in flora-fauna, local culture and history with traditional life of the villagers including eco-tourism and responsible tourism caring, preserving and respecting local culture and saving the pristine environment from destruction.
All our guides and field staff well trained with medical knowledge and can help you when emergency situation arises with proper care and assurance and will treat you with medical know how, if its serious they are well equipped to call for helicopter services for emergency evacuation.
04: How is the meal in Tea-house and Lodge on route trek?
The meals that we serve on route lodge will be hygienic as our cook and kitchen are well versed in hygiene and eco tourism in lodges we have cooks to supervise and to maintain the food quality as well.
Food can vary depending upon the season and places according to its availability during the right season. Basically, the food menu has Nepalese Dal Bhat (lintel soup and Rice) with mixed vegetable, fried Potato, fried noodle, variation of soups. In Many places, Continental dishes like Hash Brown Potatos, beaked Breads, Pan Cakes, steamed Vegetables, Sherpa Stew, varieties of Pizza and many more items . But, as you climb higher the food choices is very minimum due to the colder climate and the elevaion.
05: How is the standard of Tea house on treks? Can I have my own single room?
There a few standard of Tea-House or lodge on route trekking depending upon your choice and budget around Everest you can find luxury or deluxe resorts and lodges in few areas, whereas on many places with overnights in simple and basic standard lodge with views of mountains from your rooms.
Most of the lodge with twin sharing rooms with separate common bath and rest rooms with large and warm dining, few places where you can find rooms with attached toilet and bathrooms, higher up due to harsh weather and terrain, much of the facilities are limited but serves you with excellent food menu.
You can book for single rooms on route trekking where available higher up with minimum chances especially in high peak trekking season.
06: How are the arrangements for safe drinking water on treks?
On every treks whether on lodge or camping treks, we serve you with boiled and cooled drinking water which is safe, where purify tablets and process does not work 100 % in Himalayan hard water, due to high mineral contains like manganese-bi-carbonate and iron.
People can buy bottled water (but it is expense and as well not good for Eco-tourism wise as it creates rubbish with the plastic bottles).
07: Do you offer Money Worth and Best Value Trips without Any Hidden / Extra Cost?
Every company has its own policy dealing with wide-world customers regarding price cost of the trip, with more people in the group is much better for the company and as well for trekking members as the trip cost will be much lower than with few persons in the group.
Yes we do offer you with money worth of best services in all our holiday programs with no hidden cost, except extra cost arise, in few situation and places like on restricted areas Upper Mustang-Upper Dolpo and so on, where special permit required at extra cost depending the area of chosen destination.
08: How do I Book a Trip with your company?
At first sending the advance trip payment to our company in our Bank account provided where you must fill forms with detail of your passport with expire dates, most important the trip of your choice and then sending a transfer minimum of 65 % advance trip payment, which is non-refundable to secure your booking well in advance.
On receiving your details of following document like passport with scanned or photo-copy, along with booking forms, then we will send you full confirmation letter with deposit as well a receipt of advance trip payment.
You can contact us for direct transfer to deposit in our bank account and as well with Credit Card payment, we do accept Visa / Master Card or any other safe and widely used Credit Card with extra 04 % surcharge as levy charge.
09: What type of physical fitness should one need to be?
In all types of travel around world-wide one need to be in normal physical shape with sound medical background, as for trekking in Himalaya which is within world highest mountainous region where one requires to be physically fit with sound health depending upon the trekking program chosen.
We strongly recommend that you visit you Medical doctors before you depart from home countries that you are fit for the trek chosen, where doctors can provide you with some medical advice if required on special medical and physical side.
10: Are your staff well taken care with medical Insurance?
Yes all our office staff and as well field staff, guide and porters are well insured before leaving for the trek with medical / health insurance equipped with warm clothing as per the region of trekking / climbing destinations. Our staff is well paid as per Nepal standard of living cost with extra company perks and bonus in making each trek a huge success.
11: What insurance do I need to obtain?
We strongly advice and suggest that all travelers booked with us to obtain Travel and Medical Insurance, which is a must and important in all our trekking destination, as some treks leads to remote areas around Himalaya where medical facilities are less or does not exists.
All travelers should have adequate protection on tour and treks covering personal injury, death, medical expenses, and repatriation expenses by any means of transportation including Helicopter services or air ambulance in emergency and immediate evacuation.
The insurance should also cover items or valuables if lost-missing-damaged or in theft situations.
12: What are the procedures in case of emergency?
Our guide and field staff are well trained in Medical know how, in such case with emergency situations, where clients need to be evacuated from the areas of trekking our staff will contact the head office and soon and immediately we will send the helicopters for safe evacuation to reach nearest medical help and hospitals to save the clients for quick recovery from further illness.
13: Worried about AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)?
Depending upon the areas of trekking from moderate-adventurous to challenging treks or climbs, our programs and standard itineraries have enough acclimatization days at certain heights, where rest and spare days are necessary on high altitude treks.
In certain high altitude treks and climbs we do carry portable oxygen cylinders as well Gamma or Pressure Bags to reduce the problem of AMS if arise, our staff are well trained for this type of situation where the victims will be carried or brought to lower elevation for safe precaution. Normally in high altitude your doctors might have prescribed some medicines like Diamox or Actemodizile for high altitude start using one tab in the morning and one in night time before starting the trekking above 3,000 meters high keep using till return.
The best treatment for high altitude drinks plenty and pee a lot taking slow pace on uphill with plenty of short rest.
With AMS symptoms descend is the only remedy or evacuation in severe case by any means of transport or by Helicopter.
14: What Safety measure and precaution taken from your side of the company?
First of all our guides are well prepared for emergency situation and have gone numerous medical and mountain rescue training each year.
We have set the itineraries days with much rest day for acclimatization at certain heights as safety measures and precaution, carrying portable oxygen bottles and Gamma or Pressure bags when required by the victims of AMS or other illness.
We have strong and good connection with private Helicopter companies for immediate emergency evacuation when needed.
On each trek our guide will carry comprehensive medical kit as well.
15: Do you have airport transfer facilities?
Yes, in all our trips when booked with us we provide transportation to and from the hotel-airport which is included in most of our trip cost.
16: Is there are Hot Shower and washing facilities on treks?
Depending upon the areas of trekking destination, like on normal mainstream trekking Everest- do have hot / cold shower facilities in most of the lodge and hotels, some have hot water buckets for bathe or for washing.
As the altitude gains such facilities are minimum of higher altitude areas, in camping sometimes we carry shower tents providing you with hot water buckets as well washing water every morning before breakfast.
17: How much weight do we carry on the trek?
All your bigger bags with much weight will be carried by our porters and pack animals like Yaks and Mules, on domestic airlines 20 kg is the maximum weight that you can carry not counting your hand bags.
While on trek you will be carrying your personal belonging in your day pack which will be at least 5 to 10 kgs maximum while other bigger bags carried by our porters.
Weight differs on the areas of trekking destination, on climbing you will be carrying much with climbing equipments and warmer high altitude gears as well.
Normally 25 to 30 kgs are enough on moderate and adventurous trekking programs which is the standard weight carried by porters.
18: What is the best way to reach Nepal from USA- UK and Australia / NZ?
Depending upon the season and connection of international airlines to and from Nepal to such countries in Nepal Saudi-Quarter-Gulf-Emirates-Ethiad-Turkish airlines connects travelers to Nepal from Europe as well Air India and other airlines like Jet Airlines also do connect with Nepal from India and to other parts of the world with transit based in Indian cities of Mumbai-Calcutta and Delhi.
For Australia and New Zealand an easy connection with Thai-Dragon (Cathay Pacific Airline) Silk (Singapore Airlines) connects flight to Kathmandu – Nepal via Hong Kong-Singapore and Bangkok while for west of USA can use this route and for East of USA can travel through Europe to reach Kathmandu via respective airlines that connect with Nepal through certain transits points.
19: Do I need to be in Nepal a day earlier before the trip departure and book the air tickets well in advance?
It is best to reach Nepal much earlier at least 2-3 days before the trip departure if it is convenient for you as per you holiday limited time duration or a day before the trek departure, earlier arrival gives you time to blend with Nepalese environment and culture and to plan much better with local shopping for the treks.
20: Can we recharge camera batteries on trek?
Yes it is available in most of the lodge where they have small Hydro electricity power or by solar charging at extra cost, or one can carry a portable solar panel if you are trekking around remote areas of Himalaya without such facilities.
21: Can trekking gears available in Kathmandu for hire or to buy?
Yes, you can hire and buy all types of trekking equipment from Down Jackets to Sleeping bags with other necessary gear needed on treks.
If it’s too much to carry from home you can do your trekking shopping in Kathmandu or at Pokhara depending upon the areas of trekking.
22: Will my Cell phone work while on trek in Nepal?
Yes it works depending upon the areas of trekking, since last 2 decades most of the villagers and guide do have cell-phones including STD / ISTD in some villages and towns Hotels and Lodge.
In some areas like deep valley and gorge area the cell phone does not work well for some days, but normally on high and open areas it certainly works depending upon the local / international SIM used.
23: How much tipping should I keep in my budget?
Tipping is not compulsory, but has become a tradition among guides and trekking staff including porters started from early mountaineering expeditions which is still active to this day with tipping or gratitude to fellow staff-guides and porters in making the trip a great success with much enjoyable time.
Most of the abroad agents have mentioned the rate of tipping in their brochure and websites and it all depends upon the number of trekkers in the group and as well duration of trekking.
Normally you can tip from USA $ 50 to 100 in the kitty money with other members of the trek which is to be divided among trekking staff and porters by the head guide and group leaders.
If you have enjoyed more than enough with overwhelming time with your guides and porters you can hand more than above mentioned figure.
Kathmandu – Lukla airport – Phakding – Namche Bazzar – Tengboche – Pangboche – Pheriche – Lobuche – Gorakshep – kalapather – Everest base camp EBC
Return is almost the same way back to Lukla.