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Everest Trek & Island Peak Climbing 18 Days - from $3690

An epic trek and peak climb, a once in a lifetime experience. The most famous mountain in the world. Our Everest Base Camp trek plus Island Peak begins and ends in Kathmandu.

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Overview

A fabulous adventure in the Everest region. Everest. The most famous mountain in the world. Our Everest Base Camp trek plus Island Peak begins and ends in Kathmandu, taking in some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the world. Highlights include taking an exhilarating flight into Lukla airport, the trek itself with our experienced guides and the most famous base camp in the world.

Climbing Island Peak is a spectacular extension, creating a fabulous trekking adventure, which is not for the faint hearted. At 6,189 metres, Island Peak (Imja Tse in Nepali) is not among the Himalayan giants, but nevertheless provides an exhilarating mountaineering experience to the novice and expert alike. No technical mountaineering experience is necessary to climb Island Peak, simply a high level of fitness and the desire to push your limits. The Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Climb focuses on adventure, fun, cultural exposure and most importantly, proper acclimatization. Fully guided by experienced locals. The tour price includes most meals (see notes in the itinerary), accommodation, domestic transport, welcome and farewell dinners.

Highlights

  • Scenic flight to Lukla
  • River crossing
  • walking on world hugest suspension Bridge
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Namche Bazaar
  • Kalapatthar Top
  • Kongma-La Pass (5535m)
  • Sherpa Villages
  • Spectacular Scenery
  • Supporting young mountaineers from Batse Village
  • Island Peak
  • Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day
  • Day 2: Kathmandu Fly to Lukla (2800m) Trek to Phakding (2655m)
  • Day 3: Phakding to Namche
  • Day 4: Acclimatisation Day. Everest View and Namche
  • Day 5: Namche to Phortse
  • Day 6: Phortse to Dingboche
  • Day 7: Acclimatisation Day
  • Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuje (4940m)
  • Day 9: Lobuje to Everest Base Camp
  • Day 10: GorakShep to Kala Patthar to Lobuje
  • Day 11: Lobuche to Kongma-La to Chhukung
  • Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp
  • Day 13: Pre-Climb Training on Island Peak Base Camp
  • Day 14: Peak Summit and back to Base Camp
  • Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche
  • Day 16: Dingboche to Namche
  • Day 17: Namche to Phakding
  • Day 18: Phakding to Lukla
  • Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day
  • Day 2: Kathmandu Fly to Lukla (2800m) Trek to Phakding (2655m)
  • Day 3: Phakding to Namche
  • Day 4: Acclimatisation Day. Everest View and Namche
  • Day 5: Namche to Phortse
  • Day 6: Phortse to Dingboche
  • Day 7: Acclimatisation Day
  • Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuje (4940m)
  • Day 9: Lobuje to Everest Base Camp
  • Day 10: GorakShep to Kala Patthar to Lobuje
  • Day 11: Lobuche to Kongma-La to Chhukung
  • Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp
  • Day 13: Pre-Climb Training on Island Peak Base Camp
  • Day 14: Peak Summit and back to Base Camp
  • Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche
  • Day 16: Dingboche to Namche
  • Day 17: Namche to Phakding
  • Day 18: Phakding to Lukla
  • Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day

Elevation: 1,400 m

Distance: 7 km Drive to Thamel

The adventure begins. You’ll be met in Kathmandu by our happy and professional team members, who will transfer you to your hotel. Be warned, our friendly guides do ask lots of questions. In the evening, our guides will brief you on the magnificent trek you are about to undertake. You will be excited about the adventure ahead.

Included: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Kathmandu Fly to Lukla (2800m) Trek to Phakding (2655m)

Day 2: Kathmandu Fly to Lukla (2800m) Trek to Phakding (2655m)

Elevation: 1,400 – 2,800 – 2,655 m

Distance: 9 km Drive

In the morning, group members will take a spectacular forty-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; this will be the most exhilarating flight of your life! Lukla is located 2865m above sea level, in the Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal. You will have awe inspiring views of the terraced landscape and river valleys below. After you arrive, your trek begins straight away, with a lovely, short walk to Phakding. Words cannot describe the feeling you will have when you are there. Be prepared to be overwhelmed!

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Phakding to Namche

Day 3: Phakding to Namche

Elevation:  2,655 – 3,445 m

Distance: 12 km Drive

Today the real trekking begins. Walk through stunning forests filled with rhododendron, alongside a river named in Nepali as the “milky river”, due to its milky colour from the flow of melting of ice. The day’s trek ends at Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is incredible! A trading town, the hub of the Everest region right there in the foothills of Mount Everest. It’s like something out of a movie!

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Acclimatisation Day. Everest View and Namche

Day 4: Acclimatisation Day. Everest View and Namche

Elevation:  3,445 – 3,550 m

Distance: 6 – 9 km

Enjoy the beauty of Namche’s village, as well as the friendliness and hospitality of its local Sherpa people, who have the most wonderful smiles. There is much to see and enjoy in this remote traditional village. You will take a short trek up to a Sherpa village named Khumjung and from there, you will return to your lodge in Namche.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Namche to Phortse

Day 5: Namche to Phortse

Elevation: 3,445 – 3,840 m

Distance: 10.5 km

Today is a special day as you’ll veer off the beaten track and away from the hustle and bustle of the trails as we make our way to the beautiful, traditional village of Phortse. On your way to Phortse you will walk through pine forests, past stupas, and give us breathtaking views of some of the Himalaya’s highest peaks. In Phorste you can learn about the lives of the Sherpa people, many Everest summiteers live in Phortse and it is also home to the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region and to the remains of a yeti.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Phortse to Dingboche

Day 6: Phortse to Dingboche

Elevation: 3,840 – 4,440 m

Distance: 8-9 km

Today you will notice the landscape change dramatically around us as we trek through mossy forests, cross the Imja River, past more intricate Buddhist Mani stones, and climb upwards to Dingboche. You will feel so close to the Himalayas here with Ama Dablam looking down upon you as you trekThis is around the time in our journey where you might begin to feel the effects of the altitude but that’s normal and our guides will be looking out for you, making sure that you are staying hydrated.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Acclimatisation Day

Day 7: Acclimatisation Day

Elevation: 4,440 – 4,730 m – 4,440m

Distance: 5 – 6 km (4 to 5 hours hike up and back)

Today we’ll help up our bodies further acclimatize to the altitude by hiking high and sleeping low – an important part of being a safe and smart trekker! We’ll walk up the mountain ridge that towers over Dingboche with the option of continuing your upward ascent to climb a small peak, taking breaks along the way at stupas with a view, before descending back into Dingboche for a relaxing afternoon.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuje (4940m)

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuje (4940m)

Elevation: 4,440 – 4,900 m

Distance: 12 km

The ascent will continue up to Khumbu Glacier, where you will pass a cemetery remembering the lives of the people who have died on Everest. It’s a very spiritual and traditional Buddhist place of respect.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Lobuje to Everest Base Camp

Day 9: Lobuje to Everest Base Camp

Elevation: 4,900 – 5,380 – 5,125 m

Distance: 15 km

We’ll start the day heading upwards with a challenging ascent to the village of Gorak Shep for lunch and breathtaking views of the magnificent Mount Pumori. After lunch, we’ll walk along the famous Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp (5380m), where climbers spend over a month acclimatizing and preparing for their summit attempt of the one and only Mount Everest! From Base Camp, we’ll enjoy a breathtaking view of the Khumbu Icefall, the seasonal tent village that is Base Camp before descending back down to Gorak Shep for the evening. It was be diffiicult for you to sleep tonight but things will become easier tomorrow as we head down.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: GorakShep to Kala Patthar to Lobuje

Day 10: GorakShep to Kala Patthar to Lobuje

Elevation: 5,160 – 5,555 – 4,900 m

Distance: 13 km

An early start this morning, for sunrise at Kala Patthar. It’s a difficult hike but well worth it, the views are spectacular! After your time at Kala Patthar, you will return to Labuche for an overnight stay.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Lobuche to Kongma-La to Chhukung

Day 11: Lobuche to Kongma-La to Chhukung

Elevation: 4,900 – 5,535 – 4,740 m

Distance: 14 km

Another early start, as today you must tackle the highest of the 3 passes (5535m). Following the Khumbu Glacier, you’ll climb a very steep hill before reaching the Kongma La Pass; you will notice the high camp for Kongma La pass. The pass consists of many cairns wrapped in prayer flags. The trail descends and you will arrive at Chhukung, a valley full of glaciers including Lhotse Nup glacier, Nuptse glacier, Ama Dablam Glacier and Chhukung glacier.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp

Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp

Elevation: 4,740 – 5,200 m

Distance: 9 km

The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. First, you climb south, then turn east to the main line of the valley. We’ll walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine, from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, you continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Labtsa lies to the southeast. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines, leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island Peak. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Pre-Climb Training on Island Peak Base Camp

Day 13: Pre-Climb Training on Island Peak Base Camp

Elevation: 5,200 m

Distance: 3 km

Commence pre-climb training today, after breakfast. Our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using specialised climbing gear, including the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes, to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak Climbing, we strongly believe some training will boost your confidence and climbing skills, increasing the chances of scaling the summit. It will also allow you to feel more confident, fully enjoying the experience. We can spend the rest of the day hiking to high camp and back, or resting for the next day’s climb. Overnight at the base camp and get an early night.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Peak Summit and back to Base Camp

Day 14: Peak Summit and back to Base Camp

Elevation: 5,200 – 6,190 m

Distance: 12 km

Wake up around 1 – 2 am to have breakfast, before beginning the peak climb. It’s important the summit is reached before 12pm, because in the afternoon the strong winds in the high lands might become a barrier for a successful summit ascent. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters, before striking off the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As you climb the hill, you will see the slope narrows and the trail enters a steep rock channel. This is not difficult, but there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridge-line, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse, onto the snout of the summit glacier. We need to rope up for the glacier, as it contains several crevasses. The guides will fix a rope, wherever necessary. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp, where some of our team are waiting for us. We will then celebrate our successful Island Peak climb!

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche

Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche

Elevation: 5,200 – 3,985 m

Distance: 12 km

Today’s walk will be much easier! Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, you’ll pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Orsho and Somare. You can also take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region, or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse river flowing through the wide fertile valley.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Dingboche to Namche

Day 16: Dingboche to Namche

Elevation: 3,985 – 3,440 m

Distance: 14 km

From Dingboche, we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc. while passing through the forest.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 17: Namche to Phakding

Day 17: Namche to Phakding

Elevation: 3,440 -2,655 m

Distance: 14 km

It’s a relatively easy day today which means that you can enjoy explore the village of Namche before we set off on the trail to Phakding. We’ll arrive early enough which will allow you the afternoon free to relax, do some shopping in the village, or grab a beer a well deserved beer at your lodge or in the village! It’s time to relax and unwind now as you have only 1 short day of trekking left!

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Phakding to Lukla

Day 18: Phakding to Lukla

Elevation: 2,655 – 2,800 m

Distance: 12 km

Today we’ll continue making our way up and down to Lukla for our final night (tear) in the Everest region. In the evening we’ll have our celebratory dinner to reflect and toast to the incredible experience and achievements we shared with your Take on Nepal team and your group members!

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu

Elevation: 2,800 – 1,400 m

Distance: 30 Minutes Flight

You will take a return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where you can relax and reflect on your incredible experiences and achievements. This evening, you will enjoy a final, farewell dinner with your guide and group members.

Included: Breakfast

 

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Inclusions

What's Included

  • Hotel and airport transfers
  • Domestic Transport
  • Flight: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), porters to carry luggage
  • Breakfasts in Kathmandu. All meals during the trek
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All government and local taxes

What's Not Included

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional hot drinks
  • Deserts and entrees
  • Hot shower
  • Internet Access
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Phone Calls
  • Charging of your devices
  • Bottled or boiled water
  • Laundry
  • Bar Bills
  • Tips for guides and porters

Checklists

Clothing and Equipment

The mistake many people make, is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The below list outlines the standard clothing we recommend you take for trekking, in the mountains.

Clothing

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Equipment and Other

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

FAQ's

Everest Base Camp Trek Questions

Is it scary?

This is a difficult question to answer, as it depends on personality. Some people love the thrill of flying into Lukla and crossing high suspension bridges, but others have to overcome many fears to make this experience a reality.

From my own personal experiences, I tend to be the latter. I’m not a risk taker and I worry a lot. Having flown into Lukla airport and trekked the Everest Base Camp Trail, I can say my fears were unfounded. I enjoyed the flight and found the trek to be the most incredible experience of my life. After crossing the first suspension bridge the rest did not bother me, in fact, I started to look forward to them!

Whenever you trek with us, you will be surrounded by a team of professionals who know what to look out for and will constantly be keeping your wellbeing at the forefront of their minds. Our guides will always put your mind at ease and will act quickly in a situation where you may be feeling uncertain. You’re in safe hands!

Will I be giving back to the people of Nepal?

When you trek with us, you are most definitely helping the people of Nepal. As one of the only companies hiring young women, you will be supporting our very important work of ending early marriages and human trafficking. We pay above award wages and treat all our team members as family members, we want a happy and productive team and we believe we have achieved that.

We enrol and fund the costs of training for our team members, we also provide our team with accommodation in Kathmandu in order for them to continue their education, we constantly encourage and support our young team to continually advance forwards in life. Our porters are all guides in training, we want them to strive for better and we do our best to assist our team to reach their goals. This is not done by any other trekking company in Nepal.

Our team will share the culture and traditions of Nepal with you, leaving you feeling connected to not only the spectacular mountains, but also to the people of Nepal, who will leave an imprint on your heart. Take on Nepal co-founder Som Tamang, is the founder and president of the not for profit organisation, Friends of Himalayan Children Inc. (FHC). FHC works in remote villages to provide educational opportunities to thousands of children and a safe and nurturing home to 50 young children. Take on Nepal is committed to giving back to Nepal on many different levels. By choosing us as your preferred trekking company, you will be too.

What cultural traditions should I be aware of?

The most important one to be aware of, when trekking to Everest Base Camp, is the many Stupa’s. A Stupa is a Buddhist shrine. Your guide will point them out to you. You must always walk on the right side of the Stupas; in Buddhism it’s considered important to go clockwise, this relates to always moving forward in life, not having regrets or going backwards (anti-clockwise).

Nepal is a developing country, many people live in poverty. It is considered polite to finish all the food on your plate. If you are simply too full to finish your meal, please offer the food to a friend or guide.

It is considered disrespectful to shout in the mountains of the Everest region. Always use a normal speaking voice and refrain from yelling out, unless you absolutely must!

Your guide will make you aware of any other cultural traditions you need to know, during your trek. Please do not hesitate to ask your guide lots of questions. Our guides appreciate you showing an interest in their country and you will leave Nepal full of interesting information.

What training do my guides have?

All our leading guides undergo a training course to receive their license. We do not allow our clients to trek without an experienced, licensed guide leading the way. Our guides also do first aid training and will be offered every opportunity to attend mountaineering, hiking and biking courses wherever possible.

Take on Nepal believe that a well-trained team of professionals, will guarantee positive outcomes. We are also one of the only companies that fly our young trainee guides into Lukla, to begin their journey as trainee guides/porters. Most companies hire their team at Lukla as it reduces their flight expenses.

Lukla has been described as the “most dangerous airport in the world”, is this really the case?

We feel this is an unfair title. When researching statistics related to the airport, it’s easy to see why this is an exaggeration. Over the past 40 years, there has been only one fatal plane crash. During peak season, up to 30 flights take off and land to/from Lukla, on a daily basis. The airlines are very careful not to fly, unless the conditions are perfect. For this reason, we recommend you always allow a minimum of 2 days free at the end of your trek, before returning to your home country. This will ensure you do not miss your return flight.

The title “most dangerous airport” was given due to the altitude at which the planes land, the surrounding mountains and also because of the length of the runway. It is a short runway, with a steep gradient to allow for flights to land safely. We are sure that you will find it to be an exciting and exhilarating experience!

Do I need to be super fit to be reach Everest Base Camp?

No, you do not need to be super fit to undertake this trek. However, the fitter you are, the easier and more enjoyable the experience will be. To get prepared, we recommend you stick with the training plan we will provide to you, to ensure the best possible outcome for you for the trek.

We have seen people of all ages and sizes successfully reach Everest Base Camp, fitness is not dependent on size, it is strength that matters most. Strength of mind and self-belief is also another crucial factor, in achieving your goal to reach Everest Base Camp.

Are my porters treated well?

We go above and beyond to ensure our porters are treated with respect. We do not allow our male porters to carry more than 20kg and our female porters 15kg. This is much less than other companies. Our porters are paid fair wages and tips are divided amongst guides and porters. We view our porters as an integral part of our team and treat them with the respect that is deserved.

How much money should I tip my guide and porter?

Although our team are paid wages for the work they do, tipping is a way of showing gratitude for a job well done. As a general rule, the average tips given to your team (guides and porters) are 10% of the cost of your trek. For example, if you paid $2,000 for your trekking experience, $200 would be a kind and respectful amount to pay to your team.

We also want to stress that in the unlikely event that you are unhappy with the level of service received from your team, you are not obligated to tip.

Keep in mind that tips make a big difference to the lives of our guides and porters, this money always goes to good use, generally towards caring for their families. Your generosity has a wonderful roll on effect in Nepal. Generous tips result in happiness all round. You will leave Nepal knowing you have rewarded the people who have made your experience what it was and your team will feel gratitude for your kindness.

I can only get time off to do the trek in December/January. This is off season, is it too cold to trek during this time?

We understand many trekkers can only get time off work during the Christmas period, this also happens to be the off season in Nepal. From my personal experience of trekking in Nepal, I must say this is my favourite time of year to trek. Although the temperatures are lower, especially once you reach an altitude of above 4,000m, the skies are always clear and blue and the views are second to none. The trails are much quieter and the trekking lodges are less busy, which raises the level of service you receive. Also, flights in and out of Lukla are more reliable, as the weather tends to be predictably clear. Finally, and most importantly, you’re just about guaranteed a great view of Mount Everest!

If you follow our packing list, you will be warm enough at night and cool enough during the day.

Am I guaranteed to see Mount Everest?

You are sure to see Mount Everest at some stage during your trek to Everest Base Camp, the best views of the mountains are between September and May. The only months of the year when you may not get to see Mount Everest are June, July and August; these are the Summer monsoon months but you will certainly know you’re amongst the giant mountains of the world, and will often be walking above the clouds, an incredible feeling!

Do I need to trek in a group? I would like to undertake the trek with my partner or on my own.

Our treks can be customised for large groups, small groups, couples and also individuals. The costs outlined on our website are based around groups. If you are trekking as an individual or couple, there may be a small additional cost.

What is the food like on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

When you trek with Take on Nepal, all main meals are included in the cost of the trek. At each tea house and trekking lodge, you’ll be provided with a menu to choose your meal from. Feedback in relation to the food on the trek is always positive, the menu caters for all tastes!

It is our strong recommendation that you order the traditional Nepalese meal of Dahl Baht for at least 1 or 2 of your daily meals. Dahl Baht consists of rice, vegetable curry and lentil soup. It is a meal that will meet most of your nutritional needs, whilst also being filling and tasty. The people of Nepal have a saying “Dahl Baht Power, 24 Hour!” meaning it provide the energy required for 24 hours.

What is the accommodation like on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Accommodation is always on a twin share basis, in cozy lodges along the trekking route. The rooms are basic, they are small with two single beds. You’re provided with a blanket and pillow, but you need to have a sleeping bag to be comfortable and warm at night.

When staying in the lodges, most of your time (other than sleeping) will be spent in the dining room. These Tibetan-style timber dining rooms are an oasis after a day of trekking. They are warm, homely and filled with happy trekkers and guides chatting contently to one another.

Is the itinerary flexible?

Yes! We’re more than happy to adjust the itinerary to make your dream trek a reality. Some people choose to have additional days trekking, while other people are short on time and the itinerary needs to be adjusted to fit in with the time frame allowed. Our expert team can provide you with advice. If you have additional days to spare, we recommend that you join one of our city tours. Kathmandu has a lot to offer!

What should I bring with me?

This is itemized on each tour page. Please note, we highly recommend that you purchase as much as you can in Kathmandu, by purchasing quality goods in Nepal, you will be supporting the local economy.

Will I have internet and mobile phone reception during the trek?

This is your choice. You will have the option of purchasing internet (Everest Link).

Are there shops for me to buy essentials during the trek?

There are small tea houses and lodges along the trails, that sell some necessities. We highly recommend that you have everything you need, before commencing the trek, that way, everything you purchase along the trail will be additional luxuries (such as fruit, biscuits, pringles and soft drink). Prices along the trail are very high and this is out of necessity. We fully encourage you to buy luxury items along the way, in order to support the local economy.

Is it possible for me to have a woman guide?

Take on Nepal are very proud to be one of the only companies hiring and training a team of women. We work alongside some of the most vulnerable women in Nepal, providing them with opportunities that are unheard of within Nepal. Our young women guides are trailblazers, paving the way for other young women who wish to break free from the cycle of early marriage and poverty.

When we first started bringing young women along as trainee guides and porters, lodge owners and trekking guides were shocked, and would sometimes disapprove of what we were doing. Attitudes are slowly shifting and now if a woman guide/porter is not working with our group, we are asked about their whereabouts.

Nepal is a male dominated country. Female education is not valued and the expectation is early and more often than not, pre-arranged marriage. Our work with young women in Nepal begins in our co-founder Som Tamang’s home village of Batase. Through the humanitarian not for profit organisation “Friends of Himalayan Children Inc.” we ensure the girls in the village are given every opportunity to attend school. We break down barriers that stop young village girls from achieving their full potential. If the girls attend school and show motivation towards work opportunities, we support them to continue their education in Kathmandu, whilst also providing employment as trainee guides and porters with Take on Nepal. Hiring young village women is something that as a company we are most proud of.

Practicalities

What should I wear on my feet while trekking?

Make sure you wear an old, trusted pair of reliable and comfortable trekking boots or shoes. If purchasing a new pair, do so a minimum of 4 weeks prior to departure, to allow time to break them in properly. It is so important to avoid the possibility of getting blisters, something as simple as that could negatively impact on your trek. We recommend you wear woolen socks when trekking, as they keep your feet warm and dry.

How much money do you recommend I bring with me for my trek?

Your trekking fee covers most of your costs, including all of your meals, accommodation, permits and the flight in and out of Lukla (where this destination is included in your trek). However, the costs of “luxuries” are not covered (such as coffee, sweets, alcohol and other souvenirs you may wish to purchase along the way). We recommend you budget approximately $20 per day, to comfortably cover any additional expenses you may encounter.

What can I expect to happen if the flight in/out of Lukla is cancelled or delayed?

This can happen due to weather conditions. If your flight in or out of Lukla is delayed, you may end up having to wait 1-2 days for another flight. We recommend that you allow an extra couple of days, when booking your flight out of Nepal, to allow for such an occurrence. The additional time spent in Lukla or Kathmandu will be a personal expense to you, but we will be very happy to organise any logistics, such as your accommodation in Lukla or Kathmandu. Another option is to use a privately chartered helicopter. The cost for this is high, but it’s a guaranteed way to ensure you meet any deadlines you may have.

How much weight can my porter carry?

We’re different to most other trekking companies, in that our porters are often female (to empower and provide employment), and we set the limit at 15kg for our female porters. Our recommneded load for male porters is 20kg unless they choose to carry more, we don’t encourage this but some of our porters are used to carrying heavier loads; we don’t allow any team members to carry more than 30kg’s. 10kg is plenty for your trek and you would also be carrying your personal daypack, which generally weighs 5kg.

Will I have access to the internet and other telecommunications during my trek?

You will have reliable Internet access in most places. Many lodges on the Everest Base Camp Trek have Internet access, but you must purchase usage. On other treks it varies, but overall, coverage in Nepal is reasonable but slow. Our team has access to satellite phones during treks, to call for support in the event of an emergency.

Can you provide me with more information on your terms and conditions and also information on your cancellation policy?

Yes, please famialise yourself with our detailed terms and conditions and our cancellation policy. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We’re always happy to help!

Health & Safety

How do I know if I’m physically strong enough for the trek?

If you’re in doubt about whether or not you would be able to undertake the trek, we recommend that you visit your doctor for a health check. Overall good health and determination, combined with good coordination and balance, will all work in your favour.

How will I be supported if I have an injury, or if I become sick during the trek?

Your safety is our number one priority. Our professional guides are skilled and experienced when responding to emergencies. Take on Nepal have a comprehensive risk management document, that ensures most possibilities have been carefully addressed and plans put in place. Our guides are all trained in First Aid and through their experience and knowledge, know when to call a helicopter for an emergency evacuation. With Take on Nepal, you are in safe hands.

How will I adjust to the change in altitude?

At altitude, sickness can set in at any time. We pace our treks to allow your body to adjust to the change in climate and our team monitoring your wellbeing, throughout the trek. The most common form of altitude sickness is actually called “Acute Mountain Sickness” (AMS). It’s the least dangerous form and symptoms include a light headache, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia and fatigue. To prevent this from happening we highly recommend that you see your doctor to discuss the medication “Diamox” Diamox works to prevent you suffering from the very real risk of AMS, we want you to make it to Base Camp and highly recommend that you take this medication, it works!  If your condition worsens, you will be evacuated out of the region by helicopter, to receive medical treatment at a hospital.

I’m a female, is it safe for me to travel alone?

As a female, Nepal is generally very safe. Many of our team members are female and much of our work centres around empowering young women and girls. Most, if not all of our treks, will have a female staff member on board, who will give you strength and inspiration as you trek through the mountains of Nepal.

Trekking In Nepal

What does an average day of trekking in Nepal look like?

You will trek for between 4 and 7 hours every day. Our treks are moderately paced, it is not a race. We want you to enjoy the experience and to learn about your surrounds from your guide.

What kind of accommodation is used?

Most accommodation during your treks will be in trekking lodges; the lodges provide basic sleeping facilities and tasty meals. Local families usually operate the lodges. Your evenings will be spent chatting to your guides, porters and fellow trekkers. Unless you have paid an additional charge for a single room, you will share your room with 1 or 2 other trekkers of the same gender. Couples will share a room of their own. Again, the lodges are basic; do not compare them in your mind to any accommodation you have stayed in in Western countries.

Where and what will we be eating during our trek?

On the more heavily touristed trekking trails, such as Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna treks, you will be able to choose from menus with quite a few choices. You will eat dinner and breakfast at the lodge you are staying in, lunch will be at another lodge along the way. Daal bhaat is guaranteed to be on the menu at every stop off, and you can be sure this will be what you guide and porters will be eating. Daal Bhaat isn’t just the most popular meal in Nepal, for many Nepalis it’s the only meal they ever eat. Twice a day, every day of their lives and they don’t feel they’ve eaten properly without it!

What training do my guides have?

All our leading guides undergo a training course to receive their license. We do not allow our clients to trek without an experienced, licensed guide leading the way. Our guides also do first aid training and will be offered every opportunity to attend mountaineering, hiking and biking courses wherever possible.

Take on Nepal believe that a well-trained team of professionals, will guarantee positive outcomes. We are also one of the only companies that fly our young trainee guides into Lukla, to begin their journey as trainee guides/porters. Most companies hire their team at Lukla as it reduces their flight expenses.

What precautions do I need to take in relation to drinking water?

You will be able to purchase bottled water all along your trekking route. As a general rule, the cost increases the more isolated you are. We highly recommend you take water-purifying tablets with you, or a water-purifying pen. These can also be purchased in Kathmandu. During your trek, it is crucial that you drink plenty of water, if you don’t, the risk of becoming unwell is much higher.

Getting Organised

Do I need insurance or vaccinations?

Travel Insurance is compulsory if you wish to participate in the program. We will require a copy of the insurance certificate and you must also bring a hard copy of your insurance certificate with you to Nepal. You need to ensure that the travel insurance purchased insures for helicopter evacuation above 5500m.

Nepal does not require any vaccinations in order to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that participants consult with a doctor before departing for Nepal, for information about immunisations and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.

What do you recommend that I take on my trip with me?

The mistake many people make is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you for 2 weeks (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The list below outlines the standard clothing we recommend, for trekking 14 – 15 days in the mountains.

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Your packing list should include the following equipment:

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

What items should I NOT take with me for my trek?

Jeans, Jumpers / Sweaters, Dress Shirts, Dress Shoes, Dresses or Hair Dryers.

What about entry fees into national parks and trekking permits, do you organize that?

We organise all this for you. All the costs are included in the cost of your trek.

What time of year do you recommend I undertake my trek?

All seasons have their pros and cons, but as a general rule, the best time to trek in Nepal is from February to May, when the temperature has warmed after Winter. September through to December is also a fabulous time to trek, during these months the clouds start lifting after the Monsoon rains of June and July, which often leaves you with spectacular views of the Himalayas.

Essentials

Will I be able to do this?

Yes! If you are physically fit, if you love the outdoors and if you have a positive attitude, you will make it. Altitude sickness or injury can end your trek, but this only affects a small percentage of people who trek. Being amongst the tallest peaks in the world is a feeling that cannot be described in words and we recommend that you undertake some basic fitness training, prior to your departure, to ensure it is a positive experience for you.

Do I need to have a guide?

You can go it alone, but we can assure you it would be a vastly different experience. Our guides bring with them knowledge and experience; this becomes a bridge between the two cultures. You are guaranteed to learn so much more about Nepal and the terrain through which you are trekking, when you are guided. You are also providing employment to people who rely on tourism to survive, they are passionate about their work and we are sure your guide will soon become a friend to you.

I understand that my guide and porter may be female. Can you give me more information about this?

In the mountain villages of Nepal, opportunities for women are few. Many young girls have little or no education, and marriage at an early age is still common. Take on Nepal and Friends of Himalayan Children Charity have been working to change this, for many years.

As Take on Nepal has grown, we’ve begun hiring young women and girls from Batase, first to work as porters and then as guides, roles that up to now have been seen as exclusively male. For young village girls, early exposure to paid work as porters and the experience of interacting with Western women, is an eye opener. It provides them with a glimpse of other possible futures, futures far different from the lives their mothers lived and to the lives they may have thought they were going to live.

The trekking industry in Nepal is a male dominated environment. Women guides are unheard of, which is surprising when you consider that a huge proportion of Western trekkers visiting Nepal are women. Spend a few nights staying at various lodges on the trails and you will see that 60% of all trekkers are women, many coming from European countries. At Take on Nepal, we’re all about empowering women, giving the village girls the opportunities that their brothers have and opening their eyes to the possibilities of a larger world.

Can I take my children to Everest Base Camp?

It is becoming quite common for families to trek to Everest Base Camp together. Children aged 9 and upwards have trekked comfortably to Everest Base Camp and why not take your parents too! Age should not be a barrier to undertake this experience, as long as family members are fit, healthy and have a positive frame of mind, it is a possibility. We can tailor a trek specifically for the needs of your family, as we do recommend adding a few extra days on to the trek.

Do I need to undertake a training program to complete my trek?

This is highly recommended as the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. We offer a helpful training program for you, once you have booked, and we’re always on hand to answer your questions. Our team will support and encourage you throughout your trek. Our treks are paced to allow plenty of time for you to reach your daily destination. However, if you choose to undertake the trek without prior training, you will be fine, as long as you have great willpower and plenty of stamina to get you through the tough times.

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