How difficult is Everest Base Camp 10 Days Trek?
As there are many treks and packages available in the Everest region of Nepal, Alpine Eco Trek grades the difficulty of trekking in the Everest region from moderate to strenuous. The main reason for this difficulty grading is due to the high elevation and remote areas we will be trekking through. For most treks, normal trekking gear is sufficient and some form of pre-fitness is advised to fully enjoy this amazing trekking region in Nepal. With more trekking days and higher elevations comes more difficulty, but the Alpine Eco Trek trekking team is made up of professionals that will guide you through the Himalayas with ease.
What is the best season for the Everest Base Camp 10 days trek?
As many trekkers dream of conquering the Everest Bas Camp Trek, careful planning should be done before undergoing such a challenge. One of these would be to find out what the best season for the 10-day Everest trek is. Alpine Eco Trek advises all trekkers to undergo this trek in Nepal during the autumn season (end September to late December) and during the spring season (late March to mid-May). During these seasons the mornings are clear and during the day the weather provides excellent trekking conditions to make the 10 days hiking trip to EBC even more memorable.
Do you want to trek during autumn or fall?
Autumn of fall will be most ideal for clear mountain views. Although slightly colder than the spring season, the days are warm and the nights can get frosty cold with temperatures from minus 10 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius. Of course, this also depends on the elevation. For example the higher we go the colder it will get. Do you want more info about the autumn trekking season on Everest? Don’t hesitate and contact our Alpine Eco Trek team by E-mail.
Do you want to trek during the spring season?
A bit warmer than the autumn season, spring is ideal for trekking in Nepal as the months of March to May are perfect for trekking in the Everest region. Mountain passes will be more accessible and due to the warmer temperatures, the trekking days become more enjoyable. As April to May is the peak season for climbing and summiting Mt Everest, the Base camp will be full of tents and mountaineers. Do you want more info about the spring trekking season on Everest? Don’t hesitate and contact our Alpine Eco Trek team at our email.
Alpine Eco Trek does not recommend the trek to Everest Base Camp during the monsoon season, as most trails will be inaccessible and many flight delays towards Lukla airport will occur.
What type of fitness do I require to do the 10 days Everest Khumbu Trek?
It is not necessary to have any previous trekking experience but we do advise when participating in Everest BC 10 days trek that leads above 5,000 meters or 16,404 feet to do some form of exercise at least 3 months before starting your trek. Hiking, running or even gym fitness are recommended as pre-training for trekking in these high altitudes. Building up your stamina and practicing higher altitudes before heading to Everest will only work to your advantage and lessen the chance of fatigue or even AMS Acute Mountain Sickness.
What is our accommodation in Kathmandu?
Normally, our 10 days EBC trek package does not include accommodation in Kathmandu, but we are happy to assist you to book the accommodation in Kathmandu as per your budget and interest. All roads lead to Kathmandu the capital of Nepal, where all our travelers stay during their first day or days in Nepal. With many different hotels available, Alpine Eco Trek uses the Kathmandu Guest House or similar standards. This incredible hotel is famed for its hospitality and service. With its location in central Thamel the tourist hub of Kathmandu, this hotel serves as an excellent place to start your Everest Base Camp hiking with Alpine Eco Trek. Having received some famous individuals such as the Beatles, Jeremy Irons, and even Ricky Martin the standards of this hotel live up to the expectation. During your stay in Kathmandu, a BB service is included. This allows you to enjoy the mornings having breakfast in the peace garden of the hotel and the afternoons and evenings to explore the delicacies that the restaurants of Thamel have to offer.
Do I require travel insurance for Everest Base Camp Hiking for 10 days?
Trekking in the Himalayas is adventurous but can also be dangerous. That is why you do need travel insurance before undergoing any type of trekking or adventure activity in Nepal. Unfortunately in Nepal, there is no such facility available and travelers are required to take on travel insurance from their respective countries or online. When trekking in the Everest region it is mandatory to have insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation, as it is a remote area with no road access the only means of emergency rescue is by helicopter. This will be required if suffering from AMS Acute Mountain Sickness or if any type of accident has occurred that requires emergency rescue.
Alpine Eco Trek does recommend you leave a copy of your insurance with your next of kin to make sure that the insurance covers all the activities that you want to participate in.
Are there any safety measures while trekking to Everest Base Camp for 10 days?
Traveler safety is one of our main priorities during the 10-day EBC tour with Alpine Eco Trek. With over 20 years of trekking experience, we carefully plan out all of our trekking routes to provide the safest and most accessible routes. Making enough stops for resting and holding acclimatization days to get used to the high altitudes is a basic safety precaution. While crossing high passes, descending slippery slopes, traversing landslide areas, and crisscrossing over rivers our trekking team is always with you every step of the way. Before undergoing any type of trek, our team holds an informative trek preparation with you to ensure all the gear is in order and our travelers are well aware of what is going to happen during the trek.
What is the normal group size of a 10-day EBC tour?
Smaller groups, better service. This is one of our main mottos at Alpine Eco Trek. Taking up to a max of 16 persons during our trek we can focus more on every individual's needs and provide everybody with detailed information about the area and the surrounding mountains. Meet new people by joining in on groups to make up a total of 16 trekkers. This lets you meet other trekkers from across the world and can greatly improve your trekking experience in Nepal.
Private Trips or Group Joining:
Not a fan of joining up with others for a trek in Nepal? Don’t worry Alpine Eco Trek also organizes private tours and treks that can make up for a more unique experience. Although the cost might be a bit higher to travel solo the experience is less crowded than traveling in a group. Just let us know during your booking confirmation. More a fan of joining up with others? Then we do advise you to choose ‘join a group’ during your booking. Have a look at the available dates in our fixed departure section and check out the group availability. Trekking in the Himalayas is a great way to meet new people and cultures, Alpine Eco Trek can also make customized or tailor-made itineraries that better suit your travel needs.
How is a trekking day filled?
To improve your experience while trekking with us, Alpine Eco Trek holds a daily wake-up call between 6 am and 7 am while on the trek. This allows our trekkers to enjoy the trip without having to worry about what time to get up. The wake-up calls and breakfast times will be stated the night before during our briefing. Before breakfast, it’s necessary to pack up your trekking bags as they will be uploaded by the porters while you enjoy your Himalayan breakfast.
The day starts after breakfast with a usually 3 to 4-hour trek, followed by a mid-day lunchtime. The afternoons are usually shorter in trekking time and we reach our evening destination just in time for nice afternoon tea. There are some days depending on the itinerary when we arrive at our destination at lunchtime and the rest of the afternoon will be free. This gives you a great chance to regain your stamina and explore the Himalayan villages with amazing mountain views.
Average trekking times vary between 5 to sometimes 8 hours per day depending on your stamina and the weather conditions. In the evening we enjoy our dinner followed by a briefing for the next day.
What type of guide do I require during my 10 days of EBC hiking?
Alpine Eco Trek provides government-licensed trekking guides with many years of field experience. Every group gets a main guide and one assistant guide for every 10 trekkers. This allows us to provide an even better service and take care of everybody’s needs during the trek. With over 2 decades of experience trekking in the Himalayas, our small but dedicated trekking team has always completed a trek successfully. All of our guides speak fluent English and are with you every step of the trek.
What type of equipment do I need for Everest Base Camp 10 days tour?
Every type of equipment can be rented or bought in Thamel, the main tourist area of Kathmandu. For all our treks organized by Alpine Eco Trek, we have listed out the various equipment required for that type of trek. Most of our treks just require standard gear, such as comfortable trekking shoes, down jackets, sleeping bags, etc… For more adventurous treks that include peak climbing more advanced gear is required.
How can I book 10 days Everest base camp short trek?
You can fill up an online booking form on our website and send us a copy of your passport along with a 20 percent down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit processing.
Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. On request, we can arrange your accommodation in Kathmandu.
How about the Lukla flight? what happens if the flights are canceled?
Lukla Airport, located on an enormous valley is bounded by high mountains. Due to this reason, the arrival and the taking off from Lukla are technical and difficult most of the time. The weather here is unpredictable and changes every next hour which causes flight delays or cancellations.
Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the only primary methods of transportation to Lukla from Kathmandu of the airway at Lukla. The service provided here is fairly dependable. However, if the flights get canceled or delayed due to mountain weather conditions, we will help you charter a helicopter and make sure that you are on schedule for your trip and international flight connections. The additional charges roughly required are USD2,400 to USD2,800 per helicopter (USD 4,50 to USD 2,800 for each individual) would be pertinent to you for the helicopter charter. The helicopter will be taking 4 to 5 trekkers at a time and the expense can be shared among the riders. The cost must be paid by the rider, which can later be submitted for reimbursement through the travel insurance company. We can assist you with important documents for a claim. Payment for the helicopter must be done by the rider before or during the ride.
US dollars cash or Visas (Visa Cards, Master Cards, and American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4 percent bank charge, which goes straightforwardly to the bank.
The helicopter will be able to fly if the visibility is 1500 meters or greater, whereas the Twin Otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000 meters or greater, according to Nepalese Civil Aviation rules. If a situation, in which the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500 meters arises, then the helicopters will also not be able to fly either. In such cases, we will reschedule your trip for the following day depending on the availability and condition of the weather. If this situation continues for a long time, then you will be provided with alternative trek options.
Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, in most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).