Passport, Visa and permits for Everest Base Camp Trek
You need to have valid passport (at least 6 month valid) to travel Nepal and do the Everest Base Camp Trek. You need to obtain Nepal tourist Visa to travel Nepal and you can obtain Nepal tourist visa on arrival at Kathmandu Airport/border entry point or you can apply online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) as well.
You are required to have some permits to trek to Everest Base Camp. You are required to Sagarmatha National park entry permits, TIMS (Trekkers information management system) permit and another entry permits from Khumbu-Pasang Lhamu rural Municipality. We apply and get all these permits for you once you book the Everest Base Camp Trek with us.
Best time and climate For Everest Base Camp Trek
The best seasons (time) to do Everest Base Camp Trek are autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until end of May).
The temperatures drop considerably as the trek goes higher. The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappearing at night.
Accommodation on Everest Base Camp Trek
You have a good hotel accommodation for 4 nights in Kathmandu and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for rest of the 11 nights on Everest Base Camp Trek. The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on trek lodge/guest house.
We accommodate you/group in local lodge/guest house available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required number rooms for you/group (rooms cannot be booked in advance in all places). Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.
- Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Moon light or Similar - 4 nights
- Hotel on Trek Routes- Simple Mountain lodge - 11 nights
Accommodation will be on double/twin share room.
Note: Hotel upgrade in Kathmandu is available. There are luxury 4 and 5 star hotels available in Kathmandu so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu.
Extra nights in Kathmandu
If you arrive Nepal earlier and stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates then the extra night cost 75.00 USD per night including breakfast and airport transfer and it does not include any extra tours/activities so, contact us if you need any extra nights for pre or post the trek and want to plan any extra tours and activities for your extra days.
Domestic and International flights on Everest Base Camp Trek
The International flight to and from Nepal are not included in our price. You need to book the international flights yourself.
The Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu are included and we book these flights for you once you book the Everest Base Camp Trek with us.
Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla
The Twin Otter airplanes are the only form of transport to and from Lukla. Occasionally, flights to and from Lukla may be cancelled due to unpredictable mountain weather conditions. We have kept one extra free day at the end of the trek to use in the case of a flight delay or cancellation.
If the flights are cancelled for 2 or more days, we charter a helicopter flight to ensure that you are on scheduled flight to your home or other destination. The cost of this extra service is payable directly to our office in Kathmandu in US cash, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only).
A receipt of payment will be provided from which you can claim from your insurance. The minimum cost will be US$500 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of people.
Electricity and Battery Charge
There is electricity available in Kathmandu and in most of the villages of Everest Base Camp Trek, where you are able to re - charges your camera/mobile batteries however, we suggest you to have spare batteries too.
Food and Drink on Everest Base Camp Trek
The meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) total of 37 meals on Everest Base Camp Trek is included in our price. The meals are taken in lodges, you have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.
You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food on Everest Base Camp Trail and drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) as well. The drinks are not included in the cost so you can buy them yourself on the available lodge/guest house.
You can bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Everest Base Camp Trek since you have normal water for free or you can simply buy bottled water or boiled/safe water to drink.
Luggage on Everest Base Camp Trek
Your main luggage on Everest Base Camp Trek is carried by porter, you simply carry a day bag pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek.
A trek bag or duffle bag is ideal for your main luggage for Everest Base Camp Trek, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge.
Guide and Crew for Everest Base Camp Trek
You have professional tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day 02 (The tour guide for this day may different from the trek guide next morning) and trained trekking/certified trekking guide for the whole trek (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek).
There will be a Sherpa (assistant guide) when there are 8 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there is 1 porter for each 2 members and a porter carry about 20 - 22kg which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.
Child Policy for Everest Base Camp Trek
Children of 10 or more years can take this trek and must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old, no discount for 10 or more years old children and full price are applicable.
If you are planning to does Everest Base Camp Trek with children less than 10 year, please contact us for the price and booking process.
Gratuities/Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek Staff
Tips are not included in price for services of tour guide, trekking guide, porter and driver. The recommended tip is US$ 5 from each member (of group) for tour guide (day 2) and US $ 3 from each member for driver (day 2).
The Total of US 100 from each member for the trek part to divide to guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you traveling so, our trek guide will give you clearer idea when the trek come to end).
Note: Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
Personal expenses on Everest Base Camp Trek
Personal expenses on Everest Base Camp Trek depend largely on your habit. Most of the meals are included in the price.
You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), tips, souvenirs, hot shower (you have to pay in t some places).
If you do not drink alcohol and sopping then 12-15USD per day per person should be enough for the hot drinks, shower and snacks.
Fitness Level Required for Everest Base Camp Trek
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately the Everest Base Camp Trek is currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
Please note that a moderate-strong level of fitness is required with daily trekking from between 3 hours to 8 hours. You will reach an altitude of 5,545m above sea level. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to book our Everest Base Camp Trek.
In case of a serious sickness or injury while you are on Everest base camp trek, we do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital.
You will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue, so, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before departure to EBC Trek.
Suggested Equipment List for Everest Base Camp Trek
- Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional) [One can be provided if required, to be returned after the trek]
- Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
- Daypack for yourself
- A down Jacket (alternatively these can be hired and returned at the end of the trek free of charge)
- Shade hat
- Warm wool hat to cover your ears
- A pair of light-weight warm gloves
- T-shirts 2-3 pieces
- Light weight thermal tops
- -Fleece jacket
- Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- A pair of quick-drying nylon hiking shorts
- Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
- Four pairs of liner warm socks
- A pair of light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots
- A pair light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
- A pair of sandals (optional)
- A water bottle
- Head/torch Light
- A medium size towel
- Walking poles (optional)
Medicines and First Aid Kits
- We recommend consulting your local Medical GP regarding any medication suggestions to take for these regions.
Miscellaneous but Important
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies) - these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
- Sun cream with SPF 40 is recommended
- Pocket knife.
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.