Everest Base Camp Trek is a very beautiful and challenging trek in Khumbu, Nepal.
Famous for its spectacular mountain peaks and the loyalty and friendliness of its inhabitants (the Sherpas), the Everest region (Khumbu) is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Nepal. The best times to visit are from the beginning of March to mid-May and from September to mid-November.
Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular adventure destinations in the world. Spectacular peaks and valleys of the mighty Himalayas and loyalty and friendliness of its inhabitants (the Sherpas) combine to make the Everest region (Khumbu) an unforgettable experience for any visitor. Beginning of March to mid-May and from September to mid-November are considered the best windows for the EBC trek.
Tribhuvan Airport (KTM) is the only International airport in Nepal and acts as the port of entry for most visitors to the country. Many major airlines have regular service to the airport.For travellers from the US, visa on arrival would be the most convenient entry permit to the country. To get the visa follow these steps
- Fill in ' Arrival Card '
- Fill in ‘Tourist Visa ‘form using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport.
- Walk to the Visa fees collection counter. You will need four passport photos, and exact change in US dollars: $40 for 30 days or less.
We strongly recommend that you spend money on a reliable travel insurance for your trip. We have worked with Travelex before, and they cover emergency Helicopter, any medical emergency, trip cancellations, or if a flight is missed due to bad weather.
Cash: We recommend that you bring at least USD 500 personal spending money for your trip.
1 USD ~ 100 Nepali Rs.
You can ge money exchanged as you walk out at the airport money exchange (on the left side) or at the hotel in Kathmandu.
ATM/CC: There is an ATM close-by from the hotel where we will be staying. Make sure to check with your bank about international charges for use of your ATM card, and inform your credit card company and bank that you will be traveling overseas. There is usually a $300 USD daily withdraw limit for debit cards.
Nepal use a standard GSM mobile system. If you have an unlocked phone you may purchase a SIM Card and insert it in your phone. There is a booth with NCell SIM card on the right side as you walk out from the Kathmandu airport. We recommend you get Rs 2000 (less than $20) SIM card if you plan to use data (FB/Email) while in Nepal. There is phone service at many of the places while on the trek.We will be using WhatApp on our phones to communicate. We recommend everyone bring their smart phone – even if you are not going to use it as a phone. Besides WhatsApp, the phone provides an alarm and flashlight.
Facilities along the trek
- Lodges: Beyond Lukla, we would be staying in lodges / tea houses. These are basic rooms with two beds and blankets. In most lodges you would find US style toilets but be prepared for some basic ones too as we move up in our trail.
- Food: The lodge where we stay would provide hot dinner and breakfast. We will stop for lunch along the way. You have some choice of food since most places would offer you a basic menu to choose from. We would have two tea breaks every day, one between breakfast and lunch and another in the afternoon.
- Laundry: Laundry facility too is available in all lodges,. You will have the option to clothes laundered in Namche Bazaar or DIngboche as we stay for 2 nights in both these places.
- Hot Shower: A hot water shower can cost NPR 300-500 in these lodges.
- Bottled Water: We provide boiled water in the mornings and evenings (except in Gorak Shep due to scarcity of water there). You can also buy bottled water at the lodges, restaurants or small shops along the way. A bottle (1 litre) of drinking water can cost NPR 100 - 400. Prices go higher as we gain altitude.
- Wifi: Most lodges on the way have wifi access. You need to buy wifi access cards to use the same. Access cards for NPR 600 were available during our last trip.
- Charging: You can charge your electronic devices at all lodges for a price. It gets pricier as we go higher. You could bring battery power packs and/or Solar charger and save money.
- Please however bear in mind that the whole idea of a trip like EBC trek is to do some exploration within you as well. So do not get carried away with the connectivity aspects.
Acclimatization and Altitude sickness
Here is a great resource to learn about altitude sickness, how to avoid it, acclimatization tips as well as medication to prevent or treat altitude sickness: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2018/the-pre-travel-consultation/altitude-illness
- In general it's best to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness at the first place.
- It's also important to keep any eye and recognize any altitude sickness symptoms during the trek so corrective actions can be taken.
- Last but not the least it’s important to have medications, access to oxygen cylinders and insurance that covers helicopter in the rare case HAPE or HACE occurs. Of course it's best that we never have to use the third option. Acclimatization Tips
- Ascend gradually: Once above 9,000 ft, move sleeping altitude no higher than 1,600 ft (500 m) per day, and plan an extra day for acclimatization every 3,300 ft (1,000 m). We take two acclimatization breaks - one at Namche Bazar and other one at Dingboche to follow this tip
- Diamox: We recommend using acetazolamide (DIamox) as a prophylactic to speed acclimatization,
- Avoid alcohol in Kathmandu and as we are ascending on the trek. It's OK to drink in moderation when we are on our way down, or when we are back in Kathmandu after our trek.
- Don't over exert. Walk slow, take enough breaks. Go on acclimatization hikes on the break day only if you are feeling rested. If not, full rest is recommended.
- Eat and drink a lot of water during the trek. Eat simple foods especially as we get higher/closer to the base camp.
- Having a high-altitude exposure at more than 9,000 ft (2,750 m) for 2 nights or more, within 30 days before the trip, is useful.
Please discuss your travel plans with you doctor and get a prescription for Acetazolamide(Diamox). Some more details on Acetazolamide is given below. You could also discuss with you doctor whether you may need Dexmethasone or NIfedipine. You can buy all these medications over the counter in Nepal for very cheap.
ACETAZOLAMIDE(DIAMOX) : Acetazolamide prevents AMS when taken before ascent and can speed recovery if taken after symptoms have developed. The drug works by acidifying the blood, which causes an increase in respiration and arterial oxygenation and thus aids acclimatization. An effective dose that minimizes the common side effects of increased urination and paresthesias of the fingers and toes is 125 mg every 12 hours, beginning the day before ascent.
DEXAMETHASONE: Dexamethasone is effective for preventing and treating AMS and HACE and prevents HAPE as well. Unlike acetazolamide, if the drug is discontinued at altitude before acclimatization, mild rebound can occur. Acetazolamide is preferable to prevent AMS while ascending, with dexamethasone reserved for treatment, as an adjunct to descent. The adult dose is 4 mg every 6 hours. An increasing trend is to use dexamethasone for “summit day” on high peaks such as Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua, in order to prevent abrupt altitude illness.
Other Health Concerns
Vaccinations: Do a travel doc appointment. Make sure your vaccines are up to date. Here is the CDC link for people traveling to Nepal: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/nepal
Travellers Diarrhea: TD is another concern while traveling to Nepal. Carrying hand sanitation liquid, gel or wipes with you would be a good idea. Please include some diarrhea medication in your emergency medication kit (see list of medications below for details)
Personal medical kit
Personal medical kit (Medications are OTC and significantly cheaper in Nepa)
- Antacid (8)
- Diarrhea medicine: Examples: loperamide [Imodium]
- Benedryl/diphenhydramine (10) (Also work as mild sedative)
- Motion sickness medicine: Dromamine/dimenhydrinate 1 every 4 hrs. (12)
- Cough drops
- Medicine for pain and fever
- Tylenol/acetaminophen (10-20)
- Ibuprofin/Advil/NSAID (10-20)
- Mild laxative
- Travelers' diarrhea
- Ciprofloaxin (Cipro) 500 mg 2/day for 6 days (12), For
- Altitude sickness medicine
- Dexamethasone/Decadron (prescription) 4mg/6 hrs. until symptoms are gone
- Diamox/Acetazolomide (20) –this is a sulfa-based drug and interacts with aspirin and many sedatives.
- Azithromyocin 500mg 1 x day/3 days (10)
- Cefixime/cefy-O. For UTIs, strep throat, ear infect., bronchitis. 400mg 1/day (10)
- Flagyl/Tinvista (metronidazol) 3 x day for 7 days (12) Monostat (for women)
- Personal medications in a supply that is greater than the length of the trip
- WARNING: If you generally take sleeping pills/sedatives, please consult your doctor. Some of these medications can be dangerous when taken at altitude.
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PassportRequired with Nepal Visa
Minimum Age13 years old
ActivityTrekking, Climbing, Mountaineering,
AccommodationDeluxe rooms in 3 starts hotel in Kathmandu. Tea Houses during the trek.
- Airport transfer
- 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Local guide and transportation for sightseeing trip in Kathmandu
- Park fees, Permits
- Lead guide from US. Local Guides/Porters
- Satellite Phone. Daily local weather forecasts
- All lodging during the trek
- All meals during the trek
- Guidance months before the trip
- Nepal Visa
- International flight to Kathmandu and return ticket to your Home country
- Travel insurance
- Tipping to the guide and porter
- Anything not included in this list are your personal expenses
Sandeep Nain is the owner of Miyar Adventures and would be the lead guide for the EBC trek. He is based in Redmond, WA and would be available to assist you with all aspects of your trip from the moment you register for the trek.
+1 425 749 9549
Sreeni is the coordinator for this trip from Miyar Adventures. He is based in India and would help span the time zones between US and Nepal. He will act as a backup contact and communication coordinator for all aspects of your trip.
+91 9400 52 51 50
I have been on multiple climbs and hikes with Sandeep, including Mount Baker and Mount Rainier. He is a great lead, and it felt very safe all the time. The climbs are super fun with him, and he works hard to help you learn as much as possible. It's the best deal you can get!
Climbing Kili was a mind opening experience thanks to Sandeep, our group, and local guides. It's not just about breathtaking scenery, which you will experience. It's about the people. Sandeep and the people he works with are genuine, knowledgeable, wonderful people. I can't wait for my next trip with them! Love you guys!
I have never done any activity on snow and I am a newbie hiker...It is unbelievable that I actually got to climb Rainier, starting from where I was. I give all the credit to Sandeep. He makes beginners like me get comfortable and build up on the skills and make their dreams become achievable...If you ever want to climb any mountain, I strongly recommend Miyar Adventures, without any doubt.
I was part of a group that has done several climbs with Sandeep as a leader. Sandeep takes great care of his clients and knows when to push you and advise you on areas where you need to work. Sandeep takes great care to ensure safe climbs and a fun time for the participants! Go with Miyar if you want to be challenged and grow in a safe environment!