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Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest at sunset. View from Namche Bazaar, Nepal
Everest at sunset. View from Namche Bazaar, Nepal


PRICE PER PERSON

$2295


DURATION

17 Days


Scheduled Dates
Everest at sunset. View from Namche Bazaar, Nepal

PRICE PER PERSON

$2295

DURATION

17 Days

SCHEDULED DATES
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DETAILS

Join Us On Mount Everest Base Camp Trek

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.

Introduction

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 Everest Base camp trek.

Getting there

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.

Money matters

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.

Commuication(Phone)

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

  1. In general it's best to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness at the first place.
  2. It's also important to keep any eye and recognize any altitude sickness symptoms during the trek so corrective actions can be taken.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)

For detailed information here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/nepal https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/nepal/traveler/packing-list

Over-the-counter medicines

  • Antacid (8)
  • Diarrhea medicine: Examples: loperamide [Imodium]
  • Antihistamine
  • 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

Prescription medications

  • 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.
  • Optional
    • 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.
Duration
17 Days
Passport
Required with Nepal Visa

PRICE BASIS
PRICE INCLUDES

  • Airport transfer
  • 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Local guide and transportation for sightseeing trip in Kathmandu
  • Park fees, Permits
  • Local guides and Porters
  • All lodging during the trek
  • All meals during the trek
  • Guidance months before the trip
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • 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
ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival in kathmandu (elev: 1350 m / 4428 ft)
You will be met by a Miyar Adventures representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel, either Potala Guest House or a similar accommodation, for your stay in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu
Today, we will get ready for the trek. Your guide will meet you at the hotel to assist with an equipment check and provide a brief outline of the trek.
Day 3: Drive to Manthali, fly to Lukla (elev: 2850 m / 9350 ft) and trek to Phakding (elev: 2652 m / 8698 ft, distance: 7.5 km)
We will drive for 4 hours to Manthali to catch our flight to Lukla. Depending on the exact flight time, we should be ready to leave the hotel very early in the morning morning or in the middle of the night. Lukla is home to a small airport that acts as the gateway to Everest for most visitors and is aptly named the Tenzing-Hillary airport. Our local team of Sherpas and porters will join us at Lukla village to set out on our trek. Our destination for the day is Phakding, a small village about 5km north of Lukla. A short way into our trek, the Dudh Kosi river coming down from Mount Everest massif will welcome us, a symbolic gesture from nature. On this day, we will take things easy and settle down in Phakding after walking for about 2-3 hours. Phakding thrives on tourism and abounds in traveler lodges, where will stay the night.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (elev: 3440 m / 11286 ft, distance: 10.5 km)
Today, we continue north along the Dudh Kosi River for a remarkable day. Our destination for the day is the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, which we will reach after about 10km. Today, we ascend by about 2,600 feet and cross the important 10,000 ft elevation threshold on our way. Most people on our team, with the exception of resident Sherpas, will now feel the effects of the rarefied air at the higher altitude. Ten thousand feet is commonly considered to be the AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) threshold. AMS is a very uncomfortable, dangerous, and potentially fatal condition and ranks among the highest perils for all climbers at extended high altitudes. Giving sufficient time for your body to adapt to the elevation is the only way to combat AMS. So, take things easy and let your guides set the pace of your ascent. You will cross into the Sagarmatha National Park that houses the Everest Mountain range as we make our way to Phakding to Namche Bazaar. Weather permitting, we should catch glimpses of the glorious mountain as we make our way up.
Day 5: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (elev: 3440 m / 11286 ft)
Today, we will spend the day at Namche Bazaar acclimatizing. Namche Bazaar is the last major village on our way to EBC, and you can buy any last-minute essentials needed here. Do not count on making regular purchases though, as Namche Bazaar is significantly more expensive than Kathmandu. You can also spend the day visiting local museums and tea shops. Or, take a short hike during the day to Hillary point and the neighboring Khumjung or Khunde villages, chancing upon the Synagboche airport enroute. It is also possible to trek to the Tenzing Hillary viewpoint situated at a height of 4000 m (13123 feet). Ascending to the viewpoint and returning to Namche Bazaar would perfectly fit the ‘walk high, sleep low’ maxim for acclimatizing.
Day 6: Namche bazaar to Dibuche (elev: 3734 m / 12250 ft, distance: 10.5 km)
You should now be acclimatized and attuned to the Himalayas and Sherpa way of life. Today, we trek closer to the Sagarmatha through its eponymous national park. The Dudh Kosi river will continue to enchant us on our way. At first, leaving Naamche Bazaar, the trail will flatten, and then after about 6 km, start ascending. In another 3 km, we will be at the gate of the Tengboche monastery, the largest in the whole of the Khumbu region. After visiting the monastery, we will continue downhill to the Dibuche village for our overnight stay at a lodge there.
Day 7: Dibuche to Dingboche (elev: 4410 m / 14469 ft, distance: 9 km)
Today, we move closer to the Everest heartland. The terrain becomes increasingly sparse as we move up and cross the tree line. Shortly into our hike today, we will be greeted by Imja Khola, a tributary of the Dudh Kosi river. Kind weather may allow us enchanting views of Ama Dablam, touted as one of the most beautiful mountains, which will appear to our right most of the day. After a hike of about six hours, we should cover a distance of 9 km and gain about 2200 ft of elevation to reach Dingboche.
Day 8: Acclimatization day at Dingboche (elev: 4410 m / 14469 ft)
We will take another day to acclimatize at Dingboche. As with any acclimatization, trekking to a higher point during the day and returning to a lower elevation to spend the night is recommended. Dingboche Ri, at 16,400 ft, is an excellent option for an acclimatization hike at this location.
Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche (elev 4910 m / 16110 ft, distance: 12 km)
We will now start the last stretch of our trek to the Everest Base Camp. Memorials to the adventurous souls that perished trying to conquer Mount Everest can be seen as we move up the trail. Somber as they are, they instill rather than subdue passion for mountaineering by their presence. The trek today is demanding, even though the altitude gain is only about 1,650 feet. Because we are already at a high altitude, physical exertion is much more demanding. We will draw inspiration from the sheer majesty of the Himalayas to push on, about seven hours, to our destination.
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (elev 5140 m / 16863 ft, distance covered: 4.5 km)
We have a relatively short trek of 4.5 km with some steep sections today, which we should cover in about three hours, gaining 750 feet of elevation to reach Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep is the last inhabited place on the way to Mt Everest and consists of a handful of spartan lodges surrounded by the full magnificence of Sagarmatha. Note: There are only a few lodges serving a lot of hikers and climbers to the area, so be prepared for facilities (toilets) to be dirty. Water is scarce here, so there are no sinks to wash faces or brush teeth. We recommend bringing mouthwash and/or dry-brushing your teeth.
Day 11: Gorak Shep to EBC (elev 5364 m / 17598 ft, distance covered: 7.2 km rt)
The final trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) from Gorak Shep may feel challenging due to high altitude, cold and dry air, and relatively difficult terrain. We will move close to the Khumbu icefall that marks the first and one of the most challenging technical phases for a mountaineer attempting to scale the mother of all mountains. We may also come across climbers preparing for their ascent or returning after their summit or attempt. Camping at EBC is not allowed, so after we visit, we will return to Gorak Shep to spend the night. Note: If the weather is good on Day 10, we will visit EBC on that day, but keep an extra day here in case there is a day needed for bad weather or sickness.
Day 12: Summit kala Patthar (optional) and return trek (elev 5545 m / 18192 ft)
Today, will scale Kala Patthar early in the morning. Because we will ascent around 1600 feet on a steep gradient, it can take up to three or four hours to reach the Kala Patthar summit from Gorak Shep. Your efforts will be rewarded by truly glorious views of Mount Everest from very close quarters. In fact, such spectacular views cannot be had even on Mount Everest itself. You should also take heart that your climbing is finally over! Helicopter Option: This will be end of trekking for any guests taking a helicopter back to Lukla. If your itinerary includes a summit of Kala Paththar on Day 10, we will take the helicopter from Loubuche this morning. Walking Option: We will walk from Kala Patthar to Gorak Shep and then onwards for another 11km to Pheriche, at an altitude of 4240 m (13910 ft). Your body will welcome the decrease in altitude!
Day 13: Pherice to Namche Bazar
We will cover cover another 19km (downhill) and reach the comforts of Namche Bazaar. The atmosphere of this Sherpa capital may appear completely different (and urban) after the spartan surroundings you have witnessed on the mountain. Helicopter Option: Guests who took the helicopter to Lukla yesterday will fly from Lukla to Kathmandu this morning. The earliest they can plan to fly back to their home is Day 14 or Day 15. Please note, Day 15 is recommended as sometimes Lukla-Kathmandu flights can be delayed or cancelled.
Day 14: Namche to Phakding.
We cover another 12km to Phakding and rest here for the night.
Day 15: Phakding to Lukla
Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. (elev: 1350 m / 4428 ft)
Day 17: Fly back home
From Kathmandu you will fly home with a lifetime of fantastic memories of the mesmerizing Sagarmatha and EBC.
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CONTACTS

Sandeep Nain


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.

sandeep@miyaradventures.com

+1 425 749 9549

Surabhi


Surabhi 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.

Surabhi@miyaradventures.com

+91 9028 54 41 97

U.S. Embassy Kathmandu


U.S. Embassy Kathmandu
Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal

https://np.usembassy.gov

Fax : 977-1-400-7272

977-1-423-4000

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  • Kshithij A

    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!

    Kshithij A
  • Kathryn

    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!

    Kathryn E
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    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.

    Prema Grandhi
  • Mountaineering

    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!

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