Everest Base Camp trekking holiday, 15 days
Accommodation during the trek on full board basis (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
All required trekking permits, fees and taxes.
Description of Everest Base Camp trekking holiday, 15 days
The hike to Everest Base Camp is on the bucket list of many an adventurer. It’s a high-altitude trek which needs the proper time and preparation. Start in Kathmandu and fly on to Lukla. Here your trek begins with an easy day of walking and acclimatising. By the next day, if it’s clear, you’ll get your first glimpse of Everest.
Over the next couple of days you’ll trek to Dingboche, before stopping for an acclimatisation day in the tiny hamlet. Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep for a fantastic viewpoint, before finally hiking to Everest Base Camp, at 5,364m. Most trips, including this one, do not stay the night at Base Camp, instead you’ll return to Lombuche for the night. You’ll retrace your steps on the way back, before flying back out of Lukla.
Like most Everest Base Camp Treks, this trip takes over 12 days to take you to base camp and back – this is so that you can slowly and completely adjust to the altitude. You’ll have an English speaking guide and a porter on your trek, and all meals. Generally you’ll stay in simple tea houses along the route.
As you trek, you’ll get to see fantastic views of some of the highest mountains in the world; Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Pumori. It’s not all big views: along the way you can hike over glacier and through Rhododendron forest, past water-driven prayer wheels and under fluttering strings of prayer flags. You’ll also visit local sherpas and experience their culture, even participating in a yoga class if you choose. You'll also visit the biggest and oldest monastery in the region, Tengboche Monastery.
1 Reviews of Everest Base Camp trekking holiday, 15 days
Reviewed on 25 Sep 2019 by Jennifer Ziegner
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
It is hard to decide on one thing that was the 'most memorable' - We loved the entire trip! What stood out for us was Ngima and Lakpa's unwavering commitment to our entire team having the best experience we could possibly have. We listened to endless stories about the mountains, the place and other travel groups. We had all our curious questions answered. We stayed in nice and comfortable tea houses each night, with great hospitality where our guide was friends with everyone. Very memorable moments also were meeting with Kancha Sherpa in Namche, and our guide's excitement on the morning we woke up in Gorak Shep because the clouds had lifted and revealed the mountains around us :-)
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
This operator is your best choice for a conscious trek to EBC. The organisation has been around for a long time, and the quality of the service (every step from the time we first contacted them) shows why. We travelled in early September before the main season started, which was perfect timing for a quiet trekking experience. Also, we only had 11 days for the trek, and the operator designed an itinerary that allowed us to hike all the way from Lukla to EBC and back in this time period, which we appreciated a lot!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Everything Ngima and the operator is with the benefit of the local people and their livelihood in mind. We felt very connected to the locals and got an insight into their experience of everyday life.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
We will organise our next trip with this operator again. Thank you!
PlanetBefore the trek, we will provide a detailed briefing about how to be responsible travelers and minimize the impact on nature and how to preserve the environment and wildlife habitat. For example, we advise not to throw plastic wastages or other wastages everywhere instead use the trash bin, rubbish pit, etc, Do not pluck up flowers and plants on the way, use local tea houses, avoid bathing or washing clothes in the stream, etc. We train and encourage our staff (guide, sherpas, porters) to collect non-disposable wastages found on the way and dispose of them in a proper way. We also recommend our travelers to carry the reusable water bottles and fill them again with boiled water from the lodges to help keep the environment clean from plastic bottles.
Our customers are encouraged to implement recycling habits into their daily life as it is one of the most effective ways to help lessen landfill waste, conserve natural resources, save habitats, reduce pollution, cut down on energy consumption, and slow down global warming.
We encourage the local people to avoid deforestation and do more aforestation programs and avoid animals poaching to save the environment and the wildlife habitat. Providing food wastages to domestic animals if possible too. We will also encourage the local people to use kerosene/gas fuel instead of firewood to minimize the impact on the environment.
The group size 1-8 people will be more convenient which can assist to minimize the impact on the environment.
Travelers are encouraged to be more focused on Eco-tourism and Green tourism so that they can help to preserve the wildlife and the environment and also help to minimize the negative impact on local cultures.
PeopleWe aim to help to increase the living standards of the local people by creating more job opportunities, and sometimes facilitating sponsorship from interested tourists for local people for higher education and to travel abroad
Our travelers will be accommodated in the local standard lodges for overnight stays which are operated by the locals and food will be provided in the same lodge in an authentic way. Travelers can get to select food from the menu provided by the lodge for lunch and dinner but local Nepali cuisine is mostly selected by most travelers. This way we will be contributing to the local economy in an explicit way and develop the lifestyles of the rural area residents.
In some places, the local community separates a certain percentage of the price paid by the travelers in a reserve fund to be used in the development of that area. And this way, we will also be contributing to the development of that particular area. We encourage travelers to use local lodges, local tea houses, purchase local products such as fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, meat, drinks, handlooms products, handicrafts, clothes, etc which will help to generate more income and more employment opportunities for the local people
The guides will explain and accompany the travelers in case there are any local festivals going on (like Dashain, Tihar or Teej Festival ) and help them understand its importance and history so far as possible. If the travelers are interested, a visit to local monasteries can be organized where they can make some donations as financial help to the organizations.
With the help of the tourists, we also support the local community, school, and health post by providing medical materials, toys, educational materials, and some amount as a donation to the kids for their better education and growth.
There will be the use of local manpower who are well trained and experienced such as local English speaking guide and porter with equipped tools and clothes needed during the trek. The loaded carry will be in limit like 20-25 kg and all the field staff will be traveling insured.