Having trekked the length and breadth of Nepal’s rugged and remote trails for almost two decades, we’ve seen so much and done so much, braving the seismic calamities of nature on our Himalayas and toiling through our jagged mountains with blood, sweat, and tears but never doubt it, we enjoyed it so much to the hilt, today we are a full-blown established company fully owned and operated by Locals. Read More
Accommodations during the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek
Accommodations during the Everest Base Camp Luxury trek are absolutely incredible. During our stay in Kathmandu, we make use of some of the best international hotels as such Tibet International hotel or similar standard and during the trek accommodation in the luxury lodge-like Yeti Mountain Home and Everest Summit Lodges are arranged. Accommodations further in the trek during the Everest Base Camp Luxury trek will be arranged in the best available lodges. Besides our stay in the hotels and the luxury lodge, the smaller lodges only have a shared bathroom and toilets. All the rooms are based on a twin-sharing base but a single room can also be managed in the luxury lodges and hotels during the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek. Do note that an additional amount of 1390USD will be added, and in the smaller lodges, it might not always be possible to get a single room, depending on the season. Alpine Eco Trek is more than happy to arrange this, just let us know during your booking.
Meals during the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek
For meals during the Everest Base Camp Luxury trek wide variety of delicacies awaits. During your stay in the hotels, a Bed and Breakfast plan is arranged so you can still enjoy the local restaurants. These have a choice of continental and international dishes such as Tibetan, Italian, Mexican and Indian, but of course, visiting Nepal you would like to taste this amazing country’s traditional dishes. Alpine Eco Trek arranges a welcome and a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with even a cultural show. During the trek, itself daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served from the menus of the local lodges. Meals during the Everest Base Camp Luxury trek are essential as you will need the energy for this adventurous trek in Nepal.
Guide and Staff Arrangements
At Alpine Eco Trek we have an enthusiastic and exciting team ready to guide you through these incredible Himalayas, and here are our guide and staff arrangements. Believing in sustainable tourism and helping the economy of the local regions we hire local guides and porters that have undergone several professional trainings in order to provide you with the best experience. Our trekking guides have completed the following training:
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid Training
- General Trekking Guide Training
- Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet Training
- Conservation and Biodiversity Training
- Rock and Ice Climbing and Mountaineering Training (Expedition Guide Leaders)
With these skills in place, our guides at Alpine Eco Trek have a vast knowledge of the local history, geography, and the accompanying fauna and flora. Want to meet our incredible team? Have a look at Our Team’s Page.
Porters are the superheroes of the Himalayas, and sadly this job is greatly undervalued, but not at Alpine Eco Trek. With us, we provide the necessary Porter’s Care programs to help these incredible heroes making sure that your trekking luggage and equipment get from A to B. Supporting the IPPG or the International Porter Protection Group we provide the right footwear, shelter, and clothing our porters need. Our porters are insured and get the medical care they need in case of emergencies and by limiting the luggage to 15kg or 33 pounds per trekker these heroes don’t get additional difficulties during your trek. Alpine Eco Trek provides a fair wage and treatment of all our porters and this in turn keeps everybody motivated to their respective jobs well.
With trekking comes the necessary environmental concerns and we at Alpine Eco Trek-like to keep is Green and Clean. While trekking through the Everest region is amazing it’s also becoming more and more fragile as more trekkers descend upon its amazing trekking trails and leave it not always as clean as it was. Alpine Eco Trek works strongly alongside KEEP, the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project, and employs a Zero Impact policy to help preserve the natural environment and the local communities of all our trekking places, as so we prepare a list do’s and don’ts for our trekkers.
Travel insurance is an absolute must if you want to enjoy any type of trek with Alpine Eco Trek. Our trekkers need to make sure to be fully medically insured before undergoing a trek as accidents and medical issues can occur when you go trekking in high altitudes. Make sure that you are at least insured for air ambulance, rescue helicopter, and treatment costs, this way you are fully protected and can take part in this exciting trek without any worries. Please do note that unfortunately Alpine Eco Trek cannot arrange or sell any type of insurance policies and we do recommend all our trekkers to get the insurance from their respective countries or through a reliable online insurance seller and send us a copy during your booking.
With the high altitude, trekking comes also acclimatization. During Alpine Eco Trek’s Everest Base Camp Luxury trek 18 days a carefully planned itinerary is organized with the necessary acclimatization days planned. As you trek above 5000m the oxygen becomes less and it’s crucial to take the proper steps to avoid AMS, Acute Mountain Sickness. AMS is not to take lightly as there are cases where it ended up in serious illness and in some cases even death. Trekkers with previous lung or heart diseases are recommended to discuss our itinerary with your doctor before departing or even booking this trek. Prevention is better than cure as they say, and with Alpine Eco trek your safety is our main priority during any type of trek in Nepal. Common symptoms of AMS are frequent fatigue, stomach pains, lightheadedness, loss of appetite, and fever. Our guides are professionally trained to deal with AMS but they are not doctors as so during the trek if you might feel any of these symptoms you are required to report to your trekking guide so that they may take the necessary steps to help you further acclimatize and successfully finish your trek.
Health Conditions and Experience Requirements
Trekking the Everest Base Camp Luxury trek of 18 days doesn’t come with special health conditions and experience requirements. This amazing trek in Nepal can be done by novice trekkers, just make sure you got the determination and good attitude to see it through. Hiking through the Himalayas for an average of 4 to 7 hours a day carrying your own personal backpack, and on some days 8 to 9 hours can be strenuous for some but our expert team is there to guide you every step of the way. Alpine Eco Trek does recommend building up your stamina a few weeks prior to your departure to Nepal, this in turn will help you enjoy more of this incredible trek to Everest Base Camp.
A great way to build up your stamina is by jogging, gym fitness, or even hiking to higher elevations. Those with pre hiking or trekking experience will have it a bit easier than others but as no technical skills are required, this trek can be completed by young and old. For those with medical conditions such as lung, blood, or heart conditions are required to inform us during your booking so that we can take the required steps to ensure your safety. We do recommend to consult with your doctor before heading out and ask advice about AMS Acute Mountain Sickness.
Best Time to Travel
The best time to travel to Everest Base Camp would be either in autumn or in the spring season. Autumn stretching from mid-September to mid-December offers some incredible views during the Everest Base Camp Luxury trek, the air is nice and cool and the sky is as clear as can be. Ideal for mountain spotting. During the spring season which goes from March to May, the weather is a lot warmer and the days are sunny. With more vegetation in bloom, this time can be one of the best times to travel to EBC. While the route to Everest Base Camp can be done all year long, Alpine Eco Trek does recommend either booking during the autumn or spring seasons. Trekkers that like to come during the summer, June to July will face heavy downpours of rain. But the flora is in full bloom and for those who practice, botany will have the time of their life inspecting those special Himalayan flowers and plants.
The winter season starting from December and ending in February is also a good time to trek to Everest Base Camp but the weather will be cold and snow blizzards can occur blocking of the view, but non the less an adventure in itself. The autumn and spring seasons are considered the high seasons and trekking trails can get packed, while there is safety in numbers those who like to enjoy more privacy and nature we do recommend coming in the winter or the early summer.
What to pack for the EBC Luxury Trek
Many trekkers are wondering what to pack for the EBC Luxury trek, and while you get the luxury of having a porter for support, you need to carry your own daypack. Standard gear that you need for the Everest Base Camp Luxury trek are; rain jacket, fleece, some sunblock, water purification, and drinking bottle, trekking poles, and a small first aid kit. Snacks can be bought on the way and it’s a great way to provide some economical support to the local communities. Of course, don’t forget to pack your camera to document your journey for a lifetime of memories. Depending on which season you trek to EBC, during the winter it’s best to pack some warm gloves and hats.
Flight delay in Kathmandu and Lukla
Ranked as one of the most exciting airports in the world, Lukla Airport is the gateway to Everest Base Camp. Due to its peculiar location, it happens more than often that flights are delayed or sometimes even canceled in Kathmandu or Lukla. Situated on a small valley up in the mountains the Lukla Airport is subject to the weather conditions that can change within an hour. Because of this, the flight delay in Kathmandu and Lukla happens, we do advise all trekkers planning to head to Everest Base Camp by flight to book an additional day on their vacation to anticipate this. The Reliable Twin Otter and Dornier planes bring you from one airport to another in the correct weather conditions. For those on a tighter schedule if a cancelation or flight delay to Lukla or from occurs Alpine Eco Trek can arrange helicopter transport. This way you are on time back for your international flight connection at the end of the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek.
Helicopter charter is a great way to still be on time as per your schedule but additional charges will apply. These roughly vary upon the season and can be between 2400USD to 2800USD per helicopter. With a seat capacity of 4 to 5 persons, these costs can be shared. Depending on your travel insurance policy it’s even possible to later recuperate the cost back from your insurance. Alpine Eco Trek is more than happy to provide the necessary documents for such claims but the cost firstly needs to be paid by yourself either during or before the flight. This can be done by either cash in USD or by Visa such as MasterCard, Visa Card, or American Express. Make a note that for card payments 4 percent will be added as the bank transfer charge.
As per the rules of the Nepalese Civil Aviation, there are limits set upon the visibility range that allows planes or helicopters to fly to and from Lukla Airport.
- Twin Otters and Dornier planes are allowed to take flight if the visibility is higher than 5000m
- Helicopters are allowed to take flight if the visibility is higher than 1500m
If the visibility is less than 1500m than our office will arrange your flight for the next day, hence the suggestion to book some additional days on your vacation, if the weather is persistent and doesn’t clear up than Alpine Eco Trek can arrange a different package for you according to the valued paid. Although not planned we would like you to still enjoy the best that Nepal has the offer.
Why Alpine Eco Trek?
With more than two decades of experience we at Alpine Eco trek proud ourselves of providing excellent service in all our trekking and adventure packages in Nepal. Taking pleasure in planning the best parts of the trip to offer you some of the best experiences during the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek is what we do. Furthermore, we have a great reputation for the quality service and expert strategy that we apply for all our treks. In every trek we try to invest as much as possible so that you can experience Nepal at its best during your trek, this, in turn, has resulted in happy trekkers and lifelong friendships with most of our trekkers coming back for more.
With our specialized and highly trained trekking leaders and our legendary Sherpas, we make sure to guide you through the Nepalese Himalayas and back. Operating in small teams with the best backup and support available allows us to provide you with healthy and nutritious foods, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communication systems, and medical back up. Our guide teams and Sherpas work closely with the local communities and know every nook and cranny of the trails, they are sure to inform you on every little detail that you may encounter during this incredible trek.
Additional Expert Tips
- With a great trip comes some additional expert tips to even further your experience upon your arrival in Kathmandu;
- Make sure to bring some extra (4 or 5) passport size photos, this comes in handy for official documents or getting a mobile sim card.
- Inside Kathmandu’s airport, there are official bank counters that can be used for currency exchange. The currencies most used in Nepal are US Dollars or the Nepalese Rupees.
- Bring some additional photocopies of your passport-this is always handy when you travel internationally.
- With Nepal’s airport being upgraded every season there are now visa application kiosks available, but sometimes malfunctions can occur that why we advise bringing the necessary visa application fee in USD, for more info please visit: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/
Booking and Payment Process
The booking and payment process with Alpine Eco Trek is made as easy as it can be for your comfort. To book the Everest Base Camp Luxury trek we require:
- 20% advance of the total price
- your passport copy (valid at least for 6 months)
- 2 passport sizes photos
- And a copy of your travel insurance
Advance payments can be made by Bank transfer or by Western Union, and the outstanding balance can be paid upon arrival either in cash or by bank transfer. Bank details will be disclosed via email during your booking.
Alpine Eco Trek is a small eco-friendly travel office located in Nepal, Kathmandu operating proudly for over two decades and is registered as per the rules and regulations of the Nepalese government. With registration number 132937/071/072, license number 1907/072, and vat/tax number 602480116. Associated with various official groups and tourism agencies such as TAAN the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal, the NTB Nepalese Tourism Board, and the NMA the Nepalese Mountaineering Association, Alpine Eco Trek is sure to make your experience in Nepal one of the best.
Last Minute Booking
A big trip like the Everest Base Camp Luxury trek comes with careful planning and preparation but sometimes a last-minute booking is required. Not to worry with its many years of experience in the field Alpine Eco trek offers an all exclusive last minute booking option. 100 percent of the trip’s payment is required within 24 hours of your booking and you’re ready to go and explore the Nepalese Himalayas. Do note that Alpine Eco trek cannot be held responsible for lack of accommodation or any type of delays due to weather changes so as mentioned in a previous segment make sure to book some additional vacation days to anticipate any type of flight delays. For more info don’t hesitate and contact us via Viber or WhatsApp at +977-9851036844 (Mr. Ram Kumar) or by email to [email protected]
Want to Customize This Trip?
Not satisfied with our standard itinerary and you want to customize this trip? No problem, Alpine Eco Trek can tailor-make any trip available in our packages to better suit your needs. Are you not quite sure what you like, then don’t hesitate and contact us we would be more than happy to suggest you with the best options available according to your travel time and budget. You can even combine this incredible EBC Luxury trek with other activities that we offer such as:
White water rafting
Mount Kailash Tours