Covid - 19 updates & safety precaution for Everest Base Camp Trek
The Gateway of Everest has stories of bravery and inspiration for every Generation, Legends like Tenzing Norgay & Sir Edmund Hillary made this place a world renowned once in lifetime adventure destination very long ago.
A place which has such a historical value and carries such inspirational stories, is it still safe around there? Can we really go on an EBC trek on post Covid-19?
It’s not an easy question but yes , it’s safe to travel Everest Base on post covid-19 as you’ll find there are so many bright sides compared to other destinations of the world. The nearest city to Everest base camp is Namche Bazaar & Lukla where the population is less than 2000 at 3500 elevation where you’ll be doing social distancing naturally. Furthermore, in the route you won’t find many people as the long trails go for 12 days long. The route consists of notable places like Lukla, Namche bazar, Lobuche, Gorak sheep and so on where the combined population of Area is roughly 4 thousand. You’ll be completely wandering in solace of nature along with your Trek leaders and porters who will help you along the way. We understand, it’s been a hard time for everyone so we have made sure you’ll be surrounded by motivational and inspiring aura throughout the journey.
As per covid-19 safety concerns, here are the following measures we’ve taken to make travel as safe as possible.
- Our Guides are well trained with Intensive wilderness first Aid
- Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience who can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction is guaranteed.
- We'll have High quality masks & Gloves with sanitizers for everyday use throughout the journey for the KTAN team assisting you.
- Encouragements and motivation will be everyday perks
- Food & Accommodation in mountains will be rechecked for extra hygiene.
The beginning of journey towards Everest Base Camp trek - 12 Days
You will arrive in Nepal, Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival which is not included in package. Then the next day, in the early morning we will take a domestic flight to Lukla, approximately 40 minutes.
Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu Flights included in package!
Don't worry, we will pick you!
We provide free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for Everest Base Camp Trek package. You will be received from our representative crew from Discovery World Trekking regardless of the flight you take holding a pamphlet of your name and our company name with a warm-hearted welcome with either a khada or a marigold garland and you’ll be escorted to your hotel with all comfort possible.
Accommodation details during Trek
12 days long trek includes 11 nights lodge to lodge stay at a mountain where we use the best available lodge and select the best accommodation in Everest. We provide five nights twin sharing room with private attached bathroom at Lukla, Namche (3N) and Phakding, six nights twin sharing accommodation at Tengboche, Dingboche (2N), Lobuche, Gorakshep and Pheriche.
For solo trekker -a single private room with attached bathroom at Lukla, Namche and Phakding, single private accommodation at Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep and Pheriche.
Two nights Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required which is not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotel for all budgets and your interest. We prefer your choice.
Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.
Our trek is all over high elevations near world’s highest peak which means your body needs enough carbohydrate, protein, nutrition as food is fuel for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal in this trek is very convenient but not as in cities.
There will be 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunch and 11 Dinners will be provided in the trek.
Some of the popular menu items are -
Twelve breakfasts - ( Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets) Pancakes Muesli Breads Fruits and Vegetables Hot drinks like varieties of teas and coffees Hot chocolates etc)
Twelve lunch - (Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari (Dalh Bhat power 24 hour) Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snakes (Papad, Prawn) Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc)
Eleven dinners -( Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (,Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snacks (Papad, Prawn) Korean Raman Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.)are available on the menu during the trek.
The best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list will be shorted. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude and also the fresh vegetable items for health benefit.
Tho plenty of non-veg item will be available we won’t recommend any of them because meat in such places is not hygienic and healthy during the trek. We highly encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume Alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates as experts suggest to avoid such items during such high elevation treks.
All Personal Bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea house/ Lodges or in cafe except Standard Meals(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from Package.
Best time to Trek
The weather is one of the most important factors to look at when deciding to trek to Everest Base camp cause no one is beyond nature. Tho live forecast of Everest base camp can be gain here , it’s yet very hard to predict being 100% sure. People trek 12 months of the year up to Everest base camp trek but certainly, there is ups and downs in every season, It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn as sky is crystal clear from dusk till dawn, the rainy weather stops and thick sun-blocking clouds also fades. The Magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas. With added those breathtaking views, the temperature is also exquisite with sunlight being warm and the environment after delving of the sun is not as cold as other months.
Tho during the winters and monsoon, it becomes a bit challenging to trek due to heavy snowfall, cold temperature but that’s what excites many trekkers.
January to February
This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. This when there is heavy snowfall in the mountain and can result to extreme cold temperature. Though the daytime may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the night time would be extremely cold but it’s perfectly fine to trek in these months as discovery world trekking make sure of every possible safety during the trek but if you are allergic to extreme cold, you shouldn’t be trekking at these month or else people trek 12 months of the year and leave their footprints around the world’s highest peaks.
Temperature: Temperatures ranges from 15°C to -15°C.
March to April
This is the one of best time of the season to hike in the Everest Base Camp. The weather is very favorable during this month. Stunning views of the Himalaya ranges and glaciers will be seen. March being beginning of the Spring season, The weather starts to warm up during these months. During these months, all flora and fauna dormant throughout the winter back to life feeding and breeding in the sun kissed temperatures. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition in this time.
Temperature: Around 18 °C. At night, the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -12 °C.
May to June
This is also the perfect time for trekking right before the rainfall. Nepal starts its rainfall from the end of June till mid of August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.
Temperature- Around 25°C. At daylight and it drops down to around -5°C.
July to August
The rainfall hits at its peak during this time, below 3500 meters. Due to heavy rainfall, Flights to Lukla may get canceled at beginning or end of the trek but trekkers are seen in those month too trekking towards Everest base camp, it’s challenging but not impossible, if you choose to trek in these months Discovery world trekking will take care of your safety at its fullest as it does in every month but as the way is not that favorable its not highly recommended to trek in these months but The rainfall also provides spectacular views of the waterfall and avoid the crowds like other months.
Temperature- Around 27°C at daylights to 5°C.
September to October
This is also one of the perfect seasons for the EBC Trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favorable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees during the night time. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it’s the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek, usually from mid-September to end. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.
Temperature- Temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees.
November to December
As winter slowly begins, snow falls begin in the Himalaya region and it eventually gets tough to trek. Nights get very colder . November is the busy season people all over the world come at these months as its the clearest month with sparkling days and amazing views of humongous mountains. The daytime temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. From December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow like diamonds in the sky.
Temperature- Temperature goes up to 18 degrees in the day time and falls down to -10 degrees.
The weather in the Himalaya is so unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day to night.
In our 12 Days Everest Base Camp Trek, we reach 5,555m at Kalapatthar- the highest point of the trek, take a rest day in Namche and Dingboche and spend five nights over 4,000m while hiking up. Altitude sickness in high mountain journey is a common problem being faced by the most of trekkers during the trek, its symptom is preventable, need immediate treatment. It might be a lift-threatening situation if it is left ignored. Mountain sickness may start to develop from the elevation of 3,500m. Our trekking leader and guide have extensive first aid training and well -experienced in the Himalaya and use oximeter in trekking to monitor your oxygen level and help in early detection of the symptoms. Our itinerary is designed for altitude sickness prevention, taking your time with regular breaks from time to time, allowing slow ascent and suggesting to drink plenty of water each and everyday. We guarantee your health will be at reliable hands. Your trek leader or guide will suggest precautions. In severe mountains sickness case, the only cure for it is to descend immediately. Please note that your group leader has the ultimate responsibility to decide or stop your ascent based on your overall condition. It is essential to keep in mind that some are more vulnerable than other.
Trip grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health
12 Days Everest Base Camp Trek is a challenging and is not for usual visit. This physically demanding trip requires a bit of proactive preparedness to success. Exercising and jogging regularly for a couple of weeks prior to the trip departure is a good idea to enhance our stamina. Novice trekkers with normal fitness level can accomplish the trek, however, the fitter we are, the more enjoyable experience we will have during the trekking. Past hiking experience would be an additional advantage but no technical experience and skills are necessary. Participants who are able to hike 5 to 6 hours a day at a reasonable pace with a light day pack can take part in this trip. The trekking route involves hiking along rocky mountain, steep ascents, descents and straightforward. To join in trekking , all participants should be in good health condition with normal physical fitness and have positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination. It is very important to make sure you are as healthy as possible before starting the trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood disease should inform us or consult with your physician before booking the trek.
We organize a group as well as a private trek. The price of group discount is applied with having your own paxes in your group and price will be the same whether group joining or private touring. We are able to lead and handle any size of the participants in a group. There will be a group leader Guide, a porter for every two trekkers and an assistant guide for a group of 12 or above trekking members.
A typical day on the Trek
Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing enjoying the scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items.
The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest.
The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places.
Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy on board games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.
Communication on the Trek
On the Everest Base Camp Trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone for safety proposes.
We'll communicate all our valuable clients through our leader to at least once in a day to make sure you're fine, safe, feel right and have everything up there. You'll always be connected to Kathmandu's Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal office for any kind of help during the trek. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be the signal but not very strong before the high altitude. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card (Most of the places have WiFi service available with an extra cost) for good access of connecting.
Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.
Extra personal expenses on the Trek
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu is up to our clients themselves as all kind of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) can be booked easily online or even we can do it for on request. All our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of meals and accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here cause during the trek only Nepalese currency is accepted.
Electricity, battery recharge and water during the Trek
Throughout the lodges at 10 days-Everest base camp, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available with an extra cost in all lodges. Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shop or filling boiled water at an extra cost. A water purification pill is will be provided to make water drinkable.
You shouldn't drink water from river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems.
Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Everest Base Camp Trek. All the members of trekking the must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude (up to 6000 m) for trekking members.
We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don’t directly get involved in the sale of insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy.
Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.
Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say in their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.
Passport and Visa
All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is the US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash on arrival on Tribhuwan International Airport. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive a free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan)that may not receive the visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Approx Rs.100-116 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveler's cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card.
If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.
During the trek, there are no banks and money exchange services so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu only, depending on how much personal expense you require as in Himalayan region people only accept Nepalese Currency.
Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes
How much luggage I can take during Everest Base Camp Trek ?
The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. but a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what is essentials, You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal store for free and it'll be completely safe.
Everest Base Camp Trek safety
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal guarantees our valuable clients safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trekker to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.
We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. Furthermore, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes Eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal Team
During the 12 days Everest Base Camp Trek, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well experienced guides / sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable.All guides are well trained licensed with prior experience they have spent years trekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage .Two people will be assigned one porter , combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us , they are well paid and we take care of their insurance ,clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with sleeping gear we also provided them food and warm drinks.
- Intensive wilderness first Aid
- Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
- Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
- Conservation and biodiversity
- Rock climbing
The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.
Booking and payment process
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 1982138/075/076. We are member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. The number of domestic flights for Lukla is limited but being very busy during the trekking seasons. Payment is to be made by bank transfer ,western union and online payment directly from our website.. Remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.
Last minute booking
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal has offered special provision of last minute booking with regard to The Everest Base Camp trek. Under this condition, the last-minute booking with 100% percent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted.
After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.
After completing the Everest Base Camp trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will provide you digital printed certificate of trek achievement . We would highly appreciate if you would give compliment, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performance as we always strive to be better.