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Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp trek is arguably the most famous trekking route in the world and the most popular in Nepal. It gives a great insight into the lives and culture of the Sherpa people combined with a journey into some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Himalayas.

Our ascent is steady and well paced to best suit the acclimatisation needed. Sunrise on the snow capped peaks above the Khumbu Glacier is an unforgettable sight from the summit of Kala Pattar. This trek is one for the lover of high places and those wanting to push themselves to the limit. It is a tough challenge and one not to be taken lightly, with generally good graded paths but some tougher sections along the Khumbu glacier.

This trek is suitable for fit people who are used to walking in the European hills and mountains. Upon our arrival in Kathmandu we will be met by our local Nepalese team and transferred to our hotel. we will have time to relax and visit some of the famous sights around Kathmandu, before a full expedition briefing with our climb manager and head Nepalese guide. The following morning after a good breakfast we depart Kathmandu early for our flight into the Himalayas and Lukla, this is where our trek to Everest Base Camp begins!

Included in the price of the trip
3 night’s accommodation in Kathmandu
1 night’s accommodation in Mulkot
Airport transfer in Kathmandu12 night’s Tea house accommodation during expedition
UK Qualified Mountain Leader (Groups 10+)
Qualified Nepalese Trekking Guide/s with first aid training
Local support crew and sherpas
National Park Fees
Expedition transfers to starting points
Satellite telephone

Not included in the price of the trip
Insurance
Additional excursions outside the itinerary
Personal spending money
Tipping $60pp

How to book your challenge
The easiest way to book your trip is online via the website, simply click Date and Availability, You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £250.00 at the time of booking.
It is possible to reserve a place on this challenge by email to info@adventurousewe.co.uk, however you will need to pay your deposit of £250.00 to confirm your place on this trek together with completing a booking form.

The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.

Itinerary 

Day 1 & 2

Kathmandu Arrive in Kathmandu and trek preparation with time for some sightseeing. Kathmandu is rich in artistic and cultural heritage and full of fascinating sights, vibrant and eclectic Kathmandu is the the perfect  launching point for the trekking adventure ahead. We visit Swayambhunath – the Monkey Temple, take stroll to Durbar Square, a great place to watch the world go by and home to the Kumari Devi – considered a living goddess. Sit in a cafe with a cup of spicy hot chai, wander the markets or tuck into some Nepalese cuisine. A full expedition briefing will be given in the evening.  

Day 3

Explore Kathmandu; drive to Mulkot (the closest hotel to Manthali Airport); final trek preparations

Following breakfast at your hotel, you will have free time to visit the interesting sights of Kathmandu and if needed, pick up any last minute kit requirements. Following lunch, the team will be driven to Mulkot (approx. 3 – 3.5 hours) in the early afternoon to stay in Taj Riverside Resort and make final preparations for your trek ahead.

 
Included:
Transfer:Transfer from Kathmandu to Mulkot
Accommodation:Hotel (twin share basis)
Meals dinner

Day 4

Drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) Airport; spectacular flight to Lukla (2800m); trek to Phakding (2,652m)

Following breakfast you will be transferred to Manthali (Ramechhap) Airport (approx. 1 – 1.5 hours) for your flight to Lukla (approx. 20 mins). Roads in Nepal are not of the same standard as in the west, there may be potholed areas and the last section is unsurfaced. During the flight if the weather is good, the views of the Himalayas from the small plane are amazing! Landing on the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), your trek begins heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or ‘milk river’). The route then descends from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where you will spend your first night in a basic teahouse

Trek details
Trek length: approx. 9kms
Trek time: approx. 3 hours
Total ascent: 190m 

Included
Transfer: Mulkot to Manthali Airport
Accommodation: Teahouse at 2652m  
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 5

Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar, with time to explore the Sherpa villages:  

Heading out of Phakding your route follows the Dudh Kosi northwards. Today’s walk takes you through magnificent forests with glimpses of the mountains ahead. Crossing the river several times by bridges you will pass through the villages of Benkar, Monzo and Jorsale. A final bridge brings you to the foot of the steep climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent, you may get your first glimpse, cloud-permitting, of the summit of Everest appearing majestically behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. A last 300m of climbing brings you to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and the main town in the area. At an elevation of 3450m above the sea level, Namche Bazaar is also known as the gate way to the Everest. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre. It has a weekly market on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but the town bustle and buzz all day every day with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries and stores selling all kinds of trekking and climbing gear as well as Tibetan souvenirs.  

 Trek details 
Trek length:approx. 11kms 
Trek time:approx. 6 hours 
Total height gained:830m

Included 
Accommodation: Tea-house at 3440m  
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner 

Day 6

Acclimatisation day Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (3780m)

Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. An ancient marketplace where goods from as far away as Tibet are still are traded. Namche is a great place to spend an acclimatisation day before trekking higher with its abundance of cafes, bars and souvenir shops. Today will see you take an acclimatisation walk, whether this involves going as high as the village of Khumjung (3780m) above Namche, or just to the Everest View Hotel. Either of these options provides superb views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. You will then spend a second night at your teahouse in Namche Bazaar.

Trek details
Trek length: approx. 9kms
Trek time: approx. 4 hours
Total ascent: 380m 

Included
Accommodation: Teahouse at 3440m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 7

Trek to Tengboche (3860m) on a ridge below the north ridge of Kang Taiga

Today’s trail is spectacular in terms of scenery. The main route out of Namche heads north-west climbing steeply out of the town to a ridge crest where a spectacular view of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam is revealed. The trail then follows a contour high above the river with occasional short climbs as you cross a series of ridges. Towards the end of this contour trail is the tiny settlement of Kangjuma where various items of local art and craft are laid out to entice passing trekkers. From Kangjuma the trail descends to a bridge across the Imja River at Phunki. Beyond the river, you’ll climb a long ridge to Tengboche (3860m), the location of one of Nepal’s finest monasteries. Tengboche Monastery, also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community. Situated at 3,867 metres, the monastery is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of which you’ll have the chance to visit.

The sunset and sunrise on the fantastic panorama of mountains surrounding us are not to be missed – Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam provide a wonderful backdrop to our teahouse. Look out for Himalayan Tahr in the forest surrounding the monastery.

Trek details
Trek length: approx. 11kms
Trek time: approx. 6 – 7 hours
Total scent: 420m 

Included
Accommodation: Teahouse at 3870m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 8

Trek to Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley

Today will see you descend through the forest to Devoche before crossing the rushing Imja Khola, whose valley the route will then follow. Climbing steadily, the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending the valley, you will have lunch at Shomore, after which you will leave the trees behind and cross a wooden bridge at the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas. A short steep climb brings you to Dingboche, at 4,350m, a summer settlement where you will be surrounded by towering peaks.

Trek details
Trek length: approx. 12kms
Trek time: approx. 6 hours
Total ascent: 480m 

Included
Accommodation: Teahouse at 4350m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 9

Acclimatisation day in Dingboche to Chukkung (4730m)

In accordance with our careful program of acclimatisation you will spend 2 nights at this altitude before moving further up the Khumbu Valley. To assist with your acclimatisation you will have a day hike to Chukkung (4730m) in the upper part of the Imja Valley and directly below the tremendous 3000 metre south face of Lhotse. This is a high and wild corner of the Khumbu, the views here of ice flutings and soaring, serrated mountain ridges are incredible. After a most scenic lunch stop, you will retrace your steps to Dingboche to spend a second night in your teahouse. There are fantastic views towards Tibet and of Island Peak and Ama Dablam.

Trek details
Trek length: approx. 10kms
Trek time: approx. 5 hours
Total ascent:380m 
 

Included
Accommodation: Teahouse at 4350m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 10

Trek from Dingboche to Lobuje (4,910m)

The trail climbs steeply out of Dingboche past a chorten and ascends the valley gradually to Dugla at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Stopping here for a tea break and snack before then taking on the steep climb to Chukpo Lari. This is a striking yet poignant place where there is a line of memorials in tribute to the climbers who have died on Everest together with panoramic views of the peaks lying on the Nepal-Tibet border. The trail then eases off as you follow the valley to Lobuje, a tiny hamlet with a few teahouses occupying a rocky, streamside location surrounded by towering peaks including Pumori (7161m), Nuptse (7861m) and Lhotse (8516m).  In the late afternoon there is the option to walk up onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The sunset on Nuptse is something not to be missed. 

Trek details
Distance covered:      approx. 12.1kms / 7.5miles
Trekking time:              approx. 6 hours

Included
Accommodation: Teahouse at 4910m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 11

Trek Everest Base Camp (5364m) and Gorak Shep (5184m)

Today is a very long, hard day as you leave very early and follow the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorak Shep (5,184m). The trail undulates up and down the moraine with some short steep sections. The path is rocky as you are now on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. It will take approximately 3 hours to reach Gorak Shep where you will have a rest and something to eat. It’s then time to restock your snacks and water to make your final approach to Everest Base Camp. You will start by walking across the sandy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for a couple of hours before finally descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The route winds through fascinating ice seracs to the area known as Everest Base Camp. From Base Camp (5364m) you will have close up views of the Khumbu Ice Fall where you can appreciate just how difficult it is for the climbers to negotiate a route through this area on their Everest ascent. Here Nuptse towers above and Pumori rears up behind and you are left in awe of this incredible location. After the obligatory photo stop at Base Camp you will retrace your steps to Gorak Shep. 

Trek details
Trek time:approx. 9 hours
Total ascent:274m 

Included
Accommodation: Teahouse at 5184m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 12

Climb Kala Pattar (5545m) for classic mountain views of Everest; descend to Pheriche (4240m)

Today sees another tough challenge with a non-technical yet steep climb above Gorak Shep to the small prominent peak of Kala Pattar, ‘Black Rock’, at 5545m. From this lofty perch you will be rewarded with epic summit views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. You will then trek down to the valley to the lower altitude of Pheriche. (Please note, the walk to Everest Base Camp and the climb of Kala Pattar are both very tough. We may change the order in which we tackle these sections depending on the group’s ability and weather conditions). 

Trek details
Trek time approx. 8 – 9 hours
Total ascent:361m 
Total descent: 1305m (trekking)

Included
Accommodation:Teahouse at 4240m
Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 13

Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3860m)

Your trail cuts its way down the hillside blanketed with beautiful rhododendron forest and juniper trees. With spectacular bridge crossings your trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending through pine forests where you can often see mountain goats. The trail presents you with more incredible views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. With a crossing of another suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River, you’ll then arrive in the small village of Tengboche where you can visit their renowned monastery and Sherpa Heritage Foundation museum. Again you will have more striking views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and the flowing Imja Khola river, a tributary of the Dudh Kosi.

Trek details
Trek time:approx. 4 hours
Total descent:380m

Included
Accommodation: Teahouse at 3860m
Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 14

Trek from Tengboche to Monjo (2835m) via Namche Bazaar

The trek to Namche Bazaar takes you along a beautiful undulating trail high above the Dudh Kosi. The Dudh Kosi is a storied yet “tame” river fed from the meltwater of Everest’s infamous Khumbu Icefall and flowing among the giants of the Himalaya. You will have some time in Namche to enjoy the one of the very welcomed coffee houses and bakeries and with its position situated on the slope of an arch-shaped mountain, absorb these incredible views of of giant Himalayan peaks. Leaving Namche Bazaar you will take the outward trail with a couple more bridge crossings you’ll exit Sagarmatha National Park and reach the small village of Monjo.

Trek details
Trek time: approx. 6 hours
Total descent:; 1025m
 
Included
Accommodation Teahouse at 2835m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 15

Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2860m)

This is the final day of your Everest trekking experience, as the trail gradually descends, the valley becomes more enclosed passing through a variety of settlements and forests. After a stop for lunch, you’ll continue on the river’s true left bank to Chopling (2660m) where you begin the final climb of the trip with a 45-minute steady ascent into Lukla. Arriving at this bustling mountain town denotes that it’s your last evening of the trek giving you the perfect time to celebrate a successful journey and say thanks to the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here.

Trek details
Trek time:approx. 6 hours
Total descent:25m

Day 16

Return flight from Lukla to Manthali Airport and transfer to Kathmandu

Having completed one of the world’s most renowned mountain trails, it’s time to fly back to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport with a stunning morning flight over forests and villages where you’ll then be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Arriving in the bustling city around mid-afternoon, there is time to freshen up before heading into town to enjoy the particular delights of Thamel. This evening we will have a celebratory meal and reflect on your Everest adventure.

 
Included
Transfer: Manthali Airport to Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel (twin share basis)
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 17

Free day in Kathmandu

(This is also a spare day to allow for any delays in the flights to or from Lukla)

You can either relax in the hotel or nearby cafes and watch the world go by in Nepal’s vibrant capital city or you can explore the rich in artistic and cultural heritage of Kathmandu full of fascinating and eclectic sights. Visit the Swayambhunath – the Monkey Temple; take stroll to Durbar Square – home to the Kumari Devi – considered a living goddess; pull up a seat in a cafe and enjoy a cup of spicy hot chai and watch the world go by or stroll through the backstreets and Kathmandu’s timeless cultural and artistic heritage reveals itself in hidden temples overflowing with marigolds, courtyards full of drying chillies and rice, and tiny workshops. The day is yours.

 
Included
Accommodation: Hotel (twin share basis)
Meals: Breakfast only

Day 18

Return flight from Kathmandu to UK

Filled with an immense sense of pride and achievement together with some fantastic new friendships and memories of a lifetime.

Included
Transfer: Hotel to Kathmandu Airport
Meals: Breakfast only

There is also an option to have a charted helicopter flight from Pheriche to Lukla to reduce the itinerary by 2 days. Please get in touch with us for more info at info@adventurousewe.co.uk

Please note, this itinerary is subject to minor changes depending on flight times, weather (particularly with flying in and out of Lukla), the ability of the group, etc., however this outline provides an excellent indication of the trek and what you will experience. As with any trek in mountainous areas, safety is paramount and your Leader will always make decisions to amend the itineraries to ensure the safety of the whole group. 

 

PASSPORT
All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. Airlines may not carry passengers holding passports with less than 6 months validity.

VISA
Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, and we highly recommend that you secure your visa prior to travel to avoid any lengthy queues or unnecessary hassles. Applications can be made directly through the Nepal Embassy (by post or in person) by visiting https://uk.nepalembassy.gov.np/visa/.  All Nepal tourist visas are multiple entry. The current cost for a visa in advance is GB£25 for a 15-day visa, GB£40 for a 30-day visa or GB£90 for a 100-day visa for UK passport holders (plus postage fees if applying by post).

On arrival in the immigration hall at Kathmandu there are 3 queues and if you have obtained your visa in advance you can go straight to (3) – immigration.
If you were unable to obtain your tourist visa in advance, you can avoid the queue for the first stage of the visa process on arrival at Kathmandu Airport by printing off the application form found online at https://uk.nepalembassy.gov.np/visa/. Please complete this form before you travel and attach one passport sized photo. If you travel with this form you can then go directly to the cashier to pay for your visa.
Also, please visit the UK Foreign & Commonwealth office website, or your respective nationality governing website, for the latest travel information on Nepal at:
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal

INSURANCE
It is a condition of travelling with Adventurous Ewe that you have a suitable travel insurance policy which covers you for your entire expedition. Please ensure your policy covers, among other things, medical (emergency, evacuation and repatriation) arrangements, trekking at high altitude (5380m), personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must send your Travel Insurance Policy to Adventurous Ewe no less than 8 weeks prior to departure.

VACCINATIONS
For the most up to date info on vaccinations, please consult with your GP or travel healthcare practitioner 8 weeks in advance of travel. There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. For up to date vaccination information please check the NHS government website ‘Fit for Travel’ at: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-east/nepal.

There is low to no risk of malaria throughout Nepal and antimalarial tablets are not usually advised although may be considered for certain higher risk groups; you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. The risk is highest in the low lying southern ‘terai’ districts bordering India.

A yellow fever certificate is only required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission or for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through a country with risk of transmission.

Dengue fever is a known risk in Nepal. It is a tropical viral disease spread by mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. As of August 2019, there has been a recent outbreak of Dengue fever in southeast Nepal and we therefore recommend you take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites (such as wearing full length trousers, long sleeves and applying insect repellent during the day as well as at dawn and dusk).

The Everest Base Camp trek travels at high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itinerary is designed to enable you to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected.

Rest assured we are monitoring and activating the guidelines and recommendations put in place by the respective governments and World Health Organisation as a result of COVID-19. You will receive our operational guidelines for this expedition when you join the trip and hand sanitiser and face masks will be provided for travel. Rest assured your safety and wellbeing is our top priority at all times.

Severe allergies
If you have a severe allergy please inform us at the time of booking. We will do all we can to help, but unfortunately we are unable to guarantee an allergy free environment on this trip. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ are not carried as standard by AE leaders and crew. Whilst your leader is aware of our trekkers medical history, please also inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

SAFETY AND WELLBEING
Adventurous Ewe puts the safety and wellbeing of you, our leaders & crew and the communities we visit at the centre of all our operations, always. Your safety and wellbeing is our top priority. The Everest Base Camp Trek is intentionally challenging and requires individual preparation as the trip is designed to take you out of your every-day comfort zone and achieve something extraordinary. Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems in place.

You will be accompanied by local qualified Mountain Guide/s and a UK High Altitude Mountain Leader for groups over 8 people. All our Guides are Remote First Aid trained and have extensive experience in leading teams in this region. They will be ultimately responsible for your safety on this trip.

There will be radio or phone contact between Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leader, Local Leaders & crew and the Office Base in Kathmandu during your trek. Your Mountain Leader will also carry a Satellite phone for emergencies only and have 24-hour contact with Adventurous Ewe office in UK. In the unlikely event evacuation be required the National Park rescue service. All staff are highly trained with the evacuation procedures. A member of our staff will be carrying medical supplies should it be required.

If for any reason you need to leave the group early and come off the mountains, Sherpas will assist you with your descent and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary. All costs incurred due to an early descent will need to be covered by yourself before departing the hotel, this is why we insist on suitable travel insurance cover.

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel advice website for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.
Please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal
We also ask that you please ensure you use your alcohol-based hand sanitiser at all times to minimise the spread of any germs throughout your fellow flock of trekkers!

TRIP GRADING
Trekking experience and level of difficulty – ‘Extreme’
This is a tough trek, reaching an altitude of 5,380m, but one that is very achievable with the correct preparations. It requires a reasonable level of strength, stamina, endurance and determination. Even if you consider yourself fit, you may still find the climb very challenging, depending on how well your body acclimatises to high altitude. There is no scientific way to determine how easily you acclimatise, and the acclimatisation process can also differ from climb to climb.

Having been operating Everest Base Camp treks for many years now, we strongly recommend this carefully planned itinerary due to maximising time for acclimatisation with built-in acclimatisation and contingency days together with experiencing the beautiful and varied scenery. You will be trekking high and sleeping low on some nights to help with acclimatisation as well.
Please also be prepared for varied conditions and temperatures especially as you ascend. You are likely to be cold, washing facilities are minimal, the loos are different from the luxuries at home and your appetite may be affected by altitude. Sleeping proves more difficult as you ascend too. Though please remember that everyone on your trek will be experiencing the same and as a team pursuit, we encourage strong teamwork and support.
A bespoke training programme will be provided when join the team for this Everest Base Camp Trek to help you with your preparations. Your training should incorporate aerobic (endurance building), anaerobic (strength building) exercises and some good long walks! Training in your trekking kit with your ruck-sack on consecutive days in the outdoors is ideal to help with your preparations too. The training programme includes info, videos and an exclusive discount code for a 28 day kettlebell training programme which is ideal for strength and endurance training. The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the experience.

Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!

ACCOMMODATION
16 nights: Hotel (4 nights), teahouses (12 nights)
In Kathmandu we usually stay at the Kathmandu Guesthouse, a 3-star hotel located within the Thamel district and 18 minutes’ walk from Kathmandu Durbar Square, a royal palace complex. All rooms have ensuite facilities and there is a restaurant, a bar and an outdoor courtyard. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby and Wi-Fi throughout. 

The teahouses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains. The hub of the teahouse is the dining room, which is generally a heated area via stoves and often attractively decorated. Most teahouses sell snacks and other essentials such as tissues, soap and toilet paper. Almost all lodges have electricity but it is not wholly reliable and lighting may not be bright enough to read by – a head torch is essential. Electrical charging facilities are generally available only in the dining room (charged at approx. Rs150-350 per hour per device). Many of the lodges use solar power so sometimes there is not enough electricity for charging.

You will usually stay in twin-share bedrooms throughout this trek. Beds with foam mattresses, bedsheets and a pillow are provided. Bedrooms are unheated and get cold at night so a sleeping bag is essential. Most teahouses have only one or two basic toilets and sometimes these are located outside the main lodge building. Toilets are usually Asian ’squat’ style; although many lodges have now installed ‘western style’ seated ones. Toilet paper is not provided so you should bring your own or buy it locally. Some lodges now have hot ‘showers’ (charged at approx. Rs250-500 per shower).

Standards of cleanliness vary especially in the peak trekking season and in winter when the water freezes at night. Please report any problems to your leader or the lodge and be vigilant in your personal hygiene regime at all times. As a general rule, the higher altitude you go to, the more basic the lodges and the more expensive food and services become.
For more info or to request a single room, please get in touch with us at info@adventurousewe.co.uk.

TRANSFERS
Internal road transfers
Airport transfers and transfers to and from the start and finish of the trekking point will be via private minibus. All minibuses are fitted with seat belts.

Roadworks and infrastructure projects can cause delays on major roads within cities and highways between destinations. Road travel can also be disrupted due to demonstrations and bandhs (strikes) without warning. Major roadworks are currently ongoing in and around Kathmandu. Delays, traffic, poor road conditions and dust are a reality of road travel in Nepal.

Internal flights
Access to the high and remote areas of the Himalaya where the Everest Base Camp Trek starts is often only possible using internal flights. The changeable nature of mountain weather makes flying conditions complex between Manthali and Lukla Airports. In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations and all airlines in Nepal appear on the European Commission’s list of airlines that are banned from flying into EU member states. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice provides further info. Feel free to visit their website at: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal/safety-and-security.

Adventurous Ewe is mindful of its duty of care to you travelling with us in Nepal. There was an independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2017. From this Adventurous Ewe uses only four airlines in Nepal which were approved by this audit as safe carriers. These airlines are: Yeti Airlines, Tara Air, Buddha Air and Summit Air. In addition to this both Tara Air and Yeti Airlines have fulfilled the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) – a global safety standard for commercial airlines operating smaller aircraft which you can learn more about by visiting: www.iata.org/whatwedo/safety/audit/issa/Pages/index.aspx.

We continue to cooperate with other tour operators to monitor aviation safety in Nepal. While we have taken appropriate action to try to minimise the risks of flying in Nepal, you should be aware that flying in mountainous terrain is not without any risk. Please note that poor weather can cause delays on internal flights. If at the start of your trip internal flights are cancelled for the day, you will spend an extra night near the airport and this may be at a hotel other than the group hotel. On the majority of trips there is enough flexibility in the trekking itinerary to make up 1 or possibly 2 lost days, but an alternative trek will be provided if internal flights are cancelled for a subsequent day. Helicopters can sometimes fly when the scheduled fixed wing aircraft cannot. If your group is offered the opportunity to use a chartered helicopter to reach the start point of the trek, the cost will be shared between those choosing to take this option.

Given the EBC trek finishes with a return internal flight out of the mountains with currently no alternative road access, we have included 1 nights in Kathmandu as a contingency against delay. Should helicopters be able to fly during a period when fixed wings are cancelled, we will consider using these on a case by case basis to enable you to meet your international flights. In the extremely unlikely event that flight cancellations cause you to miss your homeward international flight, you will be responsible for re-booking your onward travel and for any associated costs. We advise you to take out suitable insurance and to keep your receipts, as you may subsequently be able to make a claim.

FOOD AND DRINKS
Breakfast is included throughout the trip. In the teahouses breakfast will comprise of a choice of bread (a slice of toast, chapatti or Tibetan bread), eggs, and a choice between either muesli or porridge. Hot tea/coffee will also be served. On specific days, there will not be a choice for breakfast and either a trekkers breakfast (egg, hash brown, baked beans and toast) or a pancake with jam/honey will be served – these options are not available in all teahouses.

Lunch will be taken at a teahouse enroute – sometimes one of your guides will go ahead with the group’s order to make it more efficient. Dinner will be in the same teahouse that you overnight in (this is custom in Nepal). Most meals are included in your trip however, please refer to the itinerary for more information.

Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal baht to pizza. Another popular snack is momos; a type of Nepalese dumpling. Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek.
If you wish to order additional dishes and/or snacks, you should budget accordingly. Boiled drinking water will be provided at breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the lodges and teahouses sell snacks, chocolate bars, soft drinks and beer.

Whilst the teahouses can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, if you have a gluten free diet or vegan, then we strongly recommend you bring some extra food and snacks with you to supplement the food on trek. Unfortunately there will be a limited variety available for you given the nature of the trip and being in Nepal, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you will have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do get in touch and we can further discuss the options available to you. 

Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances. In Kathmandu your evening meals will be at the hotel and local restaurants.

Water
Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal.

The teahouses sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle. It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps or streams enroute. Adventurous Ewe has partnered with Water-to-Go, a filtration system that eliminates over 99.99% of all microbiological contaminants from any non-salt water source – for more info please visit https://www.adventurousewe.co.uk/water-to-go-bottle-partner-sheep/. Adventurous Ewe trekkers will receive a free Water-to-Go bottle when departing for our EBC trek, and better still, 15% of the purchase value for replacement filters will be donated to our environmental charity partner, Cool Earth. Please note that if the water freezes it will clog up the filter – in this event, defrost before use by sitting the filter in lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes. Please help us reduce the volume of single use plastic in this pristine environment.

THOUGHTFUL AND RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL
Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering our trips in a responsible and ethical manner with sustainability at its core. We respect and aim to operate our adventures to benefit local people, their economy and the environment!

Some of the ethical features embedded in our Everest Base Camp Trek are:

  • Using local crew who are qualified Leaders, support crew and drivers who are all extremely knowledgeable and experienced and armed with a big friendly smile
  • Fair wages and ethical treatment of porters and guides
  • Staying in smaller-scale locally owned accommodation
  • Buying locally produced food and drink, and dining in locally owned restaurants
  • Minimising plastic waste wherever possible
  • Careful management of limited energy and water resources
  • Offering real life experiences which promote cross-cultural understanding
  • Respect the local people and their property. Do not take photos without introducing yourself and ask permission before snapping away
  • Nepal is a conservative country therefore women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves.
  • When visiting ancient and sacred sites don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there
  • The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and take a reusable bag with you. You are welcome to bring a rubbish bag on your trek, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.
  • Operating with a ‘leave no trace’ ethos – take only memories, leave only footprints
  • Adventurous Ewe will make a financial contribution to the environmental charity, Cool Earth, as part of our business partnership.

As Sir David Attenborough said:
“Helping Cool Earth to halt tropical deforestation makes a real difference. Perhaps the biggest difference we will make in our whole lives.”
We will continue to invest a % of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects around the world through Cool Earth and we invite you, our valuable flock, to do the same. Please give what you can and help save the world’s rainforests today by simply clicking on the link below. Just £2.50 will save 10 trees and lock up 10 tonnes of CO2. 

Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet.
https://www.coolearth.org/campaigns/28292/adventurous-ewe/

Difficulty Rating
This challenge has a rating of High
Cost
£ 1960

Responsible Tourism

We are very excited to have teamed up with leading climate change charity Cool Earth, who share our mission to protect the planet’s precious environment in a sustainable manner. The future of rainforest protection is where everyone makes a difference to climate change!

We have also invested in Water-to-Go products so you, our valued flock, will be healthier whilst also helping to make the World a better place! Together we can dramatically reduce our consumption of single use plastics and support our responsible travel ethos of ‘Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories.’

As part of our commitment to helping the planet, members of the flock who join us for a big overseas expedition will receive an Adventurous Ewe Water-to-Go bottle. This is our way of saying thank-ewe and also making a difference to the consumption of single use plastics in developing countries.

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