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Everest High Passes Trek

Duration 20 days
Max-Altitude 5,554m/18,192ft
Transportation Flight
Trip Difficulty Tough
Accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu and Teahouses/Tent during the trek
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Best Season February to May & Sep to second week of the December
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Group Size 1+

Everest High Passes Trek is one of the challenging and popular trekking trails in the Everest region of Nepal. This trek takes us to the Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo Valley and its tranquil Lakes, Gokyo Ri. It also includes amazing views of the landscape. During the trek, we will cross three best adventure passes such as Khongma-La Pass (5535m), Chola-La pass (5368m) and Renjo La pass (5338m). Everest High Passes Trek combines the ascents of Kala Patthar and Gokyo Peak (5350m); which is possibly the ultimate Everest experience in Khumbu Himalaya range. The scenery is really impressive; the lodgings and tracks range from the time-worn paths of the Khumbu to the remote and less frequented high passes of Everest. This Trekking takes place in high altitudes that often go through rapid weather changes.

Everest High Passes Trek journey starts from Lukla after 35-minute mountain flight. The treks follow the route via high passes and then to the Khumbu Himalayas. A climb up to the beautiful village of Namche Bazaar is also full of spectacular views of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse. The trek also takes us through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park; with pine forests, rhododendron flowers and an abundance of wildlife makes our journey remarkable. The descent continues through Thame, Lungden in a narrow valley obstruct with giant boulders to Renjo La pass. Capturing the picture from Renjo Pass, Gokyo village with charming blue Lake, Huge Glacier, Chola Pass on the Lap of Everest finally takes us to the cobalt-blue lakes at Gokyo. Mt. Makalu at once shot also includes numerous other mountains.

Day 01 : Kathmandu Arrival (1,350m/4,428ft)

Day 02 : Kathmandu Vally Sightseeing

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and trek to Phakding (2610m/7903ft)

Day 04 : Phakding-Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft) – walking 5:30 hours.

Day 05 : Acclimatization day At Namche Bazzar- walking 5 hours. Known as the

Day 06 : Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche (3857m/12,670 feet)- walking 5 hours.

Day 07 : Tengboche to Dingboche(4410m/14468ft)- walking 5:30 hours

Day 08 : Acclimatization day in Dingboche (4410m/14468ft) –walking 4 hours

Day 09 : Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m/15,580 ft), climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m): 14km, 6 – 7 hours

Day 10 : Cross to Kongma La pass (5535m/18,159ft), trek to Lobuche (4940m/16,210ft): 10km, 6 – 7 hours

Day 11  : Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours

Day 12 : Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m/18,192 ft), then to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 8 – 9 hours

Day 13 : Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m/15,850 ft): 6km, 3 – 4 hours

Day 14 : Trek to Gokyo (4800m/15,580 ft) via Cho La pass (5368m/17,611 ft): 6km, 7 – 8 hours

Day 15 : Rest day in Gokyo: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m/17,575 ft), tour 4th and 5th Gokyo lakes: 3 – 4 hours

Day 16 : Gokyo to Marlung (4210m/13,810 ft) via Renjo La Pass (5360m/17585 ft): 11km, 7 – 8 hours

Day 17 : Marlung to Namche Bazaar: 15km, 5 – 6 hours

Day 18 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 19km, 6 – 7 hours

Day 19 : Lukla to Kathmandu: 40 minutes flight

Day 20: Final Departure  

 

Note :  Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight Often gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 4500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities which can be arranged by Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure upon your request.

Day 01 : Kathmandu Arrival (1,350m/4,428ft)

Our Representative from himalayan sanctuary adventure will be waiting you outside the arrival terminal gate holding your name and You will be transferred to your hotel.  

 

Day 02 : Kathmandu Vally Sightseeing

You will visit the major world heritage sites and beautiful attractions around the valley throughout today. Some of these might be:- 

Swayambhunath Temple: Also known as the ‘Monkey Temple’, this is one of the oldest heritage sites of Nepal. From the Temple viewpoint at the top, you can have a full-extent view of the Nepalese capital.

Patan Durbar Squares: Patan darbar sqaure resembles the rich history, art, and culture of the Kathmandu Valley. 

Pashupatinath Temple: The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Asia with over 500 small and big shrines, Lingams, and temples in the temple complex. 

Boudhanath Stupa: The largest stupa and center of Tibetan Buddhism in the Kathmandu valley. One of the best places to relax and take a hint of Buddhist culture in Kathmandu. 

Included Meal : Breakfast  

 

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and trek to Phakding (2610m/7903ft) –

Flight to Lukla 30 minutes and walking 5:30 hours Fly to Lukla, the trail descends, gradually passing above the large village of Chaunrikharaka (2680m) and on through small villages, fields and forests following a wide well constructed path. After Kusum Drargka, a large stream, the trail crosses the Dudh Kosi river at Phakding. Overnight at guest house.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 04 : Phakding-Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft) – walking 5:30 hours.

From Phakding the trail follows the western bank of Dudh Kosi passing through forests of Blue Pine until it reaches the village of Benkar(2700m). From here the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the Dudh Kosi, and climbs gently to the village of Chumoa. Between here and the next village of Monjo (2800m) the trail drops steeply to cross Monjo Khola. From Monjo the trail crosses a small rock saddle and then descends abruptly to re-cross the Dudh Kosi at Jorsale (2804m). Beyond Jorsale the trail undulates up until the confluence with Bhote Kosi is reached. From here the Khumbu region begins. Above the bridge the trail zigzags up 300m of the steep spur between the two rivers through sparse forest. From the top of the spur, Mt. Everest can be seen rising above Nuptse-Lhotse wall. The next section of the trail climbs less steeply, traversing above the Bhote Kosi until Namche Bazaar is reached. Namcha Bazaar is a market town, where every Saturday morning traders from lower altitude sell goods to sherpas. Most of the trading is over by mid-day and the traders return to their villages. Overnight at guest house.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 05 : Acclimatization day At Namche Bazzar- walking 5 hours.

Known as the ‘Gateway to Everest’ we will spend today here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. A short trek to the museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people, as well as about flora & Fauna & its land, more importantly, from here you will get the proper glimpse of Everest and the surrounding mountains. And we hike up the Syanbuche airport, and Everest view hotel and sightseeing at the Khumjung village (3800m/12,466ft), which is the biggest settlement of Sherpa. Khumjung is one of the most beautiful villages in Everest area. It’s symmetrically laid out stone dwellings house the families of many of our Sherpas. Overnight at guest house.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 06 : Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche (3857m/12,670 feet)- walking 5 hours.

An enjoyable walk down to the river at Phunki Thanhka to lunch next to water driven prayer wheels. A steep but short climb takes us to Tengboche Monastery through forests of blue pine, fir and black juniper. Overnight at guest house.

Included Meals : Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner  

 

Day 07 : Tengboche to Dingboche(4410m/14468ft)- walking 5:30 hours

Our trek continues to climb as we head to the altitude of 4310m taking our time so not to be affected by the thinning air. Overnight at guest house. Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 08 : Acclimatization day in Dingboche (4410m/14468ft) –walking 4 hours

Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. We spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take a day hike to Nagarjun Hill for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and others.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 09 : Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m/15,580 ft), climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m): 14km, 6 – 7 hours

Our trail passes through stone-walled fields and Imja Khola valley before entering glacier moraines amidst towering Himalayas. The trail continues to Bibre which is a yak herdsman place. From here, directly across the valley is the fantastic Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. We continue our walk for around half an hour and reach Chhukung. After lunch, we begin our trek towards Chhukung Ri. The climb to Chhukung Ri involves some easy scrambling near the summit. From the top, we can look directly across the valley for a fantastic view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labcha peaks. We descend back to Chhukung to spend the night.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 10 : Cross to Kongma La pass (5535m/18,159ft), trek to Lobuche (4940m/16,210ft): 10km, 6 – 7 hours

We begin today’s trek very early in the morning to reach the highest part of the entire trip which is Kongma La pass. We can either take a trail over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines or we can walk back to Bibre and trek on the trail above the Niyang Khola. The top of the pass is marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. The final descent from the pass is the most difficult part of today’s journey. After climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 11  : Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours

Our trail moves along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Ahead on the trail we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other mountains. A small ascent takes us to Thangma Riju. From here we admire panoramic views of the Himalayan vista. We ascend on a steep trail up to the top of Changri Glacier. As we reach Gorak Shep, we are surrounded by the Himalayas. After resting for a short while, we continue to Everest Base Camp. We pass through rocky dunes, moraines and streams before reaching the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, Everest. From here we admire Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains. We trek back to Gorak Shep and spend the night. Alternatively, we can visit Kala Patthar today instead of the next day as many believe that the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more stunning than the sunrise view.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 12  : Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m/18,192 ft), then to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 8 – 9 hours

We start our trek to Kala Patthar early in the morning in order to catch remarkable views of the first light of the sun shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to be prepared for trekking in the dark and cold temperature (the temperature varies according to the season). Furthermore, there is always a chance for chilly winds which are quite common. As we continue our trek, familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Everest and Nuptse tower above us. After several hours of ascent, we will be on the top of Kala Patthar. The close-up view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks from Kalapathar is amazing. We enjoy the stunning View of Himalayan and descend to Lobuche where we stay the night. Those participants who will visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to start early as Everest base camp hike takes longer than the hike to Kala Patthar. After returning to Gorak Shep, both the groups will have lunch together.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 13  : Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m/15,850 ft): 6km, 3 – 4 hours

From Lobuche we trek downhill on a trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Our trail splits into two and we choose the trail on our right. On the way we can better admire the view of the looming Awi Peak. We pass through a stupa and tombstones in the distance. After walking for a while we begin to ascend. During the ascent, we see Chola Tsho Lake nearby. We continue further and pass another lake which is lot smaller than the Chola Tsho Lake. We cross the Chola Khola on a bridge before reaching Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 14  : Trek to Gokyo (4800m/15,580 ft) via Cho La pass (5368m/17,611 ft): 6km, 7 – 8 hours

As we gain height, the Cho La Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south and Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. The final climb to the Cho La can be a little tricky as the trail curves round a crevasse. The top of the pass is marked by prayer flags and cairns. Scenery of majestic peaks on all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Thangnak is not difficult. Our trail brings us to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we see the second Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village where we spend the night.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 15  : Rest day in Gokyo: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m/17,575 ft), tour 4th and 5th Gokyo lakes: 3 – 4 hours

We climb Gokyo Ri today and enjoy views of the incredible mountain vista. We can also tour the fourth Gokyo Lake today which is only 3km north of the Gokyo Village. Next, continue trekking to the 5th lake. The view from ‘Scoundrel’s Viewpoint’, located at the edge of the 5th lake, is astonishing. Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu mountains and the huge Ngozumba Glacier are ours to admire. We trek back to Gokyo and spend the night.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 16  : Gokyo to Marlung (4210m/13,810 ft) via Renjo La Pass (5360m/17585 ft): 11km, 7 – 8 hours

We start the day early in the morning to complete the long day’s trek ahead. Our trail moves alongside Dudh Pokhari (lake) for a while. We walk for around two hours before descending towards the Renjo La pass. On the way we are rewarded with extravagant views of the Himalayan and Rolwaling ranges and others. Views from the Renjo La pass are much like that from Gokyo Ri with the third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We also get outstanding views of Mt. Everest from the top of the pass. Continuing on from the pass, our trail winds down a stone staircase and then moves over a loose scree to reach the south bank of Angladumba Tsho Lake. The prescence of ice on the trail while descending down can make our descent a bit hazardous. Along the way we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. We walk down a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde where there is a support lodge, but it is often closed. We walk almost for an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River. Overnight at Marlung.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 17  : Marlung to Namche Bazaar: 15km, 5 – 6 hours

The descent from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We cross the Bhote Koshi River and descend to Taranga. The trail continues to descend and we cross two bridges before reaching Thame. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated on a hill to the west. From here, we descend gradually on a trail that passes through a few small villages before reaching Namche Bazaar which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 18 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 19km, 6 – 7 hours

We begin our trek with a descent. As we continue our trek, we cross several bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries. Now the trail has become more level and natural. On our trek we enjoy walking on open plains, through rhododendron and pine forests and enjoy distant views of the snow covered peaks. We walk through Sherpa villages noticing their impressive faith in Buddhism and the culture of prayer stones and prayer flags. After reaching Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Our long trek to the mountain and its high passes ends today. Overnight in Lukla.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 19 : Lukla to Kathmandu: 40 minutes flight

The flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning for safety purposes. After reaching the capital city, we have the rest of the day off to past the time as we please. We could take a rest in our hotel room or shop for souvenirs for our loved ones. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of your journey to the mountains. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner  

 

Day 20 : Final Departure

Our company representative will pick you up from your hotel to drop you at  International airport 3 hours earlier  your scheduled flight.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Cost Included

  • Airport pickups and drops by private vehicle
  • 3-star catagory hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse Accommodation including Breakfast, lunch and Dinner during the trek
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trip
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • City tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide. Porter service (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excluded

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Tour Guide and Entrance Fee for Sightseeing
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry,Tea, Coffee, All kind of Cold and Hot Drinks, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water,Hot  shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
  • Important documents and items

Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

  • Head:

Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic) Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs Sunglasses with UV protection Prescription sunglasses (if required)

  • Upper Body:

Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves) Light and expedition weight thermal tops Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket Down vest and/or jacket * Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

  • Hands:

1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves. 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

  • Lower Body:

Non-cotton underwear briefs 1 pair of Hiking shorts 1 pair of Hiking trousers 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal) 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

  • Feet

2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”) 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals Cotton socks (optional) Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

  • Sleeping:

1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)* Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional) Rucksack and Travel Bags 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon) 1 large duffel bag * A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

  • Medical:

Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids) 1 skin-blister repair kit Anti-diarrhea pills Anti-headache pills Cough and/or cold medicine Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant. Water purification tablets or water filter 1 set of earplugs Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

  • Practical Items:

1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches 1 compass or GPS(optional) 1 alarm clock/watch 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries large Ziplocs 2 water bottles (1 liter each) 1 small folding knife Binoculars (optional) 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

  • Toiletries:

1 medium-sized quick drying towel Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable) Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable) Deodorants Nail clippers Face and body moisturizer Female hygiene products Small mirror Personal Hygiene Wet wipes (baby wipes) Tissue /toilet roll Anti-bacterial hand wash

  • Extras/Luxuries:

Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps) 1 modest swim suit Binoculars (optional) Voltage converter (from 220 to 110) Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs) Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

1. Will somebody come to pick me up ?
Representative from Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathamndu .

2. What sort of accommodation can I expect in trekking?
Normal Teahouses/lodges will be provided along the trekking routes in the mountains. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. somewhere  until Dingboche, you will have attached toilet and bathroom. But in two locations Lobuche and Gorakshep, you will have to use a common toilet and bathroom. (depend on Season)

3. Is it possible to swap my accommodation from mountain guesthouse to hotels in Kathmandu?
In case of flight cancellation or early arrival to Kathmandu due to any sickness in the mountain or any of your own personal reason or due to bad weather and you are unable to continue the trek, you will need an extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu. We can make these arrangements for a supplemental charge.

4. Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay a deposit later or do I Have to pay a deposit at booking/reservation?
Yes! The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and a 30% deposit payment. You can pay the balance of the money when you arrive in Kathmandu.

5. Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the trip? 
During the trek, we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room.


6. Is this a guaranteed departure even if I am alone stating in the request trip?

Yes, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants, we can arrange the trip for one person as well.


7. When I pay the remainder of the money on arrival in Kathmandu, how do you take that money? US cash or credit card?
You can clear the remainder of the money upon your arrival in Kathmandu or even before you arrive in Kathmandu. You can use USD, Euro, Pound, Canadian Dollar, Swiss franc in cash, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit card.


8. What sort of food can I expect in trekking?
Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest Base Camp trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal Bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to the destination

9. Is the food in the mountain prepared to international standard in terms of safety?
YES, the food is very safe during the trekking but we recommend you to eat vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.

10. Is water provided and is there still water available at higher altitudes? Is it filtered/boiled? Readily available?
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and tea houses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD $ 2 at lower elevations to USD $4 to higher elevation per littler. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.  
 
11. What is the alternative option if my flight to and from Lukla is canceled or delayed?
Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be canceled due to mountain weather conditions or technical issues. In such a case, Himalaya Sanctuary Adventure can help you charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your trek or international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter and Dornier can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters are also not operated for the flights. In such cases, we will reschedule your flight for the next day provides you alternative trek options.  
 
12. How much should I pay for the Heli charter?
The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The extra charges incurred are approximately $2,500 to $3,000 USD per helicopter (minimum USD 500 to maximum USD 3,000 per person) would be applicable to you for the helicopter charter. Usually, the helicopter takes only 3 to 5 passengers at a time. Therefore whatever the cost of a helicopter is, the price is divided among the group members. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by the bank itself. (Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure doesn’t own any of those 4% amounts)  
 
13. What is the best season for this trekking?
Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By the end of September through to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December is the best time to do Everest base camp deluxe trek  
 
14. What sort of weather condition and temperature will be in Trekking?
Every trekking trip up the mighty Mt. Everest presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that forever live on in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns, and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything. 
During springtime, the average temperature is 17 degrees C with a maximum of 25 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.
July / August Through Mid- September is Monsoon Season This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positives to trekking during the monsoon months, however. The excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds. The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 25 degrees C during sunny days with a minimum -15 degrees C in the morning and night at areas above 4000 meters. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 18 degrees C. Autumn – End of September / October / November Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle. The average temperature during the fall is 15 degrees C with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude. Regardless of the time of year, trekkers should always plan accordingly and bring clothing for both cooler and warmer temps. Layering is always recommended, as are pants that can double as shorts.   
 
15. Can I obtain a visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?
YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.  
 
16. What if I am very sick in the mountain?
Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use the first aid kit and have the knowledge to use Oxy meter. They are very much aware that higher the altitude the oxygen level gets lesser so to get updated on the oxygen level of our client and to know whether they are fit enough or needs extra precautions to continue. During the time of emergency, our guides are alert and keep updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when the client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.  
 
17. What immunizations will I need?
No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio, and tetanus. We also recommend: · A dental check-up prior to traveling. · That you know your blood group in case of emergency.
 
18. What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellation notice is required, a minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the trip shall then be termed as canceled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid. If you do not cancel your trip prior to 20 days due to whatsoever reasons, you must be aware that the trip you’ve already bought is completely non-refundable as per our terms and conditions.  If your trip is cut short due to weather/illness/personal reasons, there is no refund for accommodations unused.
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