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Generally speaking, Everest Base Camp trek is a moderately demanding trek that does not require any technical expertise on mountaineering. Although it is not the hardest trek, it could be hard for people who do not have previous hiking experience on high altitudes. Also, it may be hard for those who lack the knowledge about the geography of the trekking region or those who are not physically fit or do not indulge in regular exercises.
For trekkers who have already hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro, it shouldn’t be hard as the highest point on this trek is lower than the Kilimanjaro climb. Comparably Everest Base Camp is the easier one among the two. This trek is only grueling because of its duration of several days hike up and down the hill across diverse terrains.
Being a luxury version of the 14 Days Everest Base Camp Short trek and 16 Days Everest Base Camp trek, there is nothing to worry about. Contact us and we will guide you for the right training course to get fit and be ready for this memorable hike in Nepal.
The best time to trek Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge trek is in the pre-monsoon season, i.e., from March to May, and the post-monsoon season, i.e., from late September to December. It is also possible to do this trek in February and early September but the trek is best preferred during the above months.
Absolutely yes! Under normal circumstances, our booked trips are guaranteed to run. You will still be doing your trek even if other trekkers cancel their trip. This is the reason why Himalayan Glacier is different from other agencies, who usually cancel their whole trip a month or even a week before the trip date. We are a tailor-made company and the number of participants does not stop our operation. If your trip has been canceled by your operator and you are in a last-minute stress, remember to find us to sort out your trip decisions. Please feel free to book your stress-free holidays with us. Unless there is a situation which is out of control such as a political riot, natural disaster, pandemic, epidemic or weather catastrophes, our trips are 100% guaranteed to run.
Himalayan Glacier offers a lifetime deposit policy which allows you the flexibility to transfer your deposit to anyone or any other trip. If you wish to cancel your booked trips, certain cancelation charges apply. Please visit our booking terms and conditions for detailed information.
Rest assured that you will be in good hands with our experienced trek leaders, who have multiple years of experience trekking in Nepal. All of our guides, known as Himalayan Glacier dedicated Guides, are locals with a deep understanding of the mountain, its people, culture, health, hygiene, and most importantly, your safety. They are fluent in English and will be able to communicate effectively with you throughout the trek. Our guides are passionate about their work and will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.
At the end of a long day’s hike, a relaxing, unwinding and a night of comfortable sleep are essential for the following day’s walk. You will be sleeping at some of the best luxury lodges with western toilet facilities and heating facilities except for a few nights at higher altitudes where luxury lodges are not available. The beds will be clean and comfortable with an electric blank and attached bathroom on most of the nights. Usually, the room’s temperature will be maintained at 10-12°C / 50-53°F.
You will enjoy 3 hearty meals each day. Generally, you will have your breakfast and dinner at the same lodge you will be staying. Lunch will be provided at tea houses or small restaurants along the trail. The meals contain fresh fruits and organic ingredients sourced from Kathmandu or local villages throughout the trek. The meals include a balanced diet of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats designed by the nutritionist. The chefs are trained in hygienic food preparation. If needed, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher diets can be arranged with prior notice.
Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek – 15 Days follows the classical route that had been used in 1953 by the British Expedition team led by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. This route is considered to be one of the most popular routes to reach up to Everest Base Camp. With exception to some solo trekkers who prefer to walk on quieter trails, all other Everest expedition and climbing team follow this route. This route usually remains crowded during the pre and post monsoon months of April, March, October and November.
When it comes to luxury, especially in the inaccessible trekking regions, we focus on providing the most comfortable accommodation with most amenities. We have created this itinerary for those adventurers who expect extra comfort in accommodation in the mountains. Food and accommodation are vital segments of the trek, especially after a long and tiresome hike. So, on this luxury trip, we provide lavish rooms with heating arrangements and attached bathroom, wherever available. Good food with balanced nutrition allows your body to combat viral or bacterial infections and regain the lost energy to prepare you for the next day’s hike. However, such luxury options are not be available higher up in the mountains for a few nights. But we make sure to provide the best food and accommodation that will be available at these places.
Himalayan Glacier has set a record of 98% Everest Base Camp trek success in the past. We make sure to get all our customers’ hiking history including daily lifestyle and health information prior to taking up our trips. Based on our customer’s information, we suggest appropriate courses of training for them. It is to be noted that adventure is in the high mountains and there are risks pertaining to health as well as weather conditions. Depending on where you encounter any health or weather issues, our proficient leaders will determine how to respond and what next step to take. If any situation turns out to be really bad and life-threatening, then we will immediately arrange for rescue and evacuation through air ambulance.
Yes, cell phone networks can be found on the trek. Most of the places get cell phone coverage either by NCell or NTC networks. However, at certain areas, there may be no coverage at all.
The weather in the Everest region varies differently in different seasons. The Himalayan region is never really hot, not even during summer. The maximum temperature during the day reaches up to 25°C / 77°F while during the night it reaches as low as -20°C / -4°F or even lower.
You will be traveling with like-minded travelers from all round the world. As such, there is no age limit for doing this trek, but we are highly concerned about your physical and mental fitness as well as your previous hiking experience. As far as possible, we try to include the same age-group persons in a group so that the hiking pace among trekkers match and it becomes easier to walk together.
There are few things to keep in mind if you plan on conquering Everest Base camp without any trouble relating to altitude sickness. Here are a few tips from our experienced guides and travel planners to avoid altitude sickness during Everest Base Camp trek.
• Slow ascend with proper rest and enough acclimatization
• Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
• Eat enough and balanced food
• Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco during the entire trek
• Be head-strong and mentally prepared
• Train your body to cope with uphill hikes with enough cardio or gym workouts 3 months before the start of
No. Normally, oxygen is not required for the trek as our itinerary is designed in such a way so that it allows enough acclimatization. In addition, we provide Diamox, a medication that suppresses altitude sickness symptoms, from the beginning to prevent falling sick. However, in case of severe altitude sickness, we will descend to a lower altitude immediately.
Generally, the first symptoms begin to show 12-24 hours after arriving at high altitudes. Different levels of altitude sickness have different symptoms. Symptoms of mild, short-term altitude sickness are dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep problems, loss of energy, and shortness of breath.
Yes, you absolutely need to take Diamox on your Everest Base Camp trek. Diamox is taken as prevention for altitude sickness but not to cure its symptoms. After the symptoms begin to show, the only option you will have is to descend to a lower altitude.
During your trek to Everest Base Camp, you will have access to electricity to recharge your electronic devices such as phones, laptops, and iPads. This is made possible through micro-hydropower and solar panels, which are available for a fee. However, it is important to note that Wi-Fi hotspots are scarce along the trekking trail after Namche. The only two places that offer free Wi-Fi are Starbucks Coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. At higher elevations, you will need to pay for internet services, and the cost increases as you climb higher.
For a more in-depth understanding of the internet situation during the Everest Base Camp Trek, we recommend reading the “Internet at Everest Base Camp Trek” article.
The best time to trek Everest Base Camp is the months of spring (March-May) and fall (October- November) when the weather is favorable and perfect for high altitude climbing. These seasons offer a crystal-clear mountain view with a clear sky. It is also possible to do this trek in February and early September but the trek is best preferred during the above months.
Himalayan Glacier has a competent team of trekking leaders and mountain crew who are highly skillful in combating the difficulties or any kind of emergencies that might come up during the trip. If you feel sick with the altitude, in the first place you must let your leader know about it so that he knows just what to do. With all the years of experience, he can sense the intensity of the seriousness and respond accordingly, either by bringing you down to a lower elevation or rescue you using a helicopter. If the helicopter is unable to fly due to any reasons, we will use our local staffs and contacts to coordinate an alternative rescue and treatment procedures, which could mean using horses or stretchers to carry the sick person off the mountain to the nearest health post or safe helicopter landing spot.
In general, crampons are not required for this trek if you are trekking during the season. But if you want to do the trek during mid-winter or monsoon season then crampons may be required. You will really not know what conditions you will encounter on the trekking trail until you get there, so it is better having your crampons and not using it rather than needing it and not having it if required.
Caffeine might contribute to altitude sickness as it could lead to dehydration triggering altitude sickness. Caffeine, on the contrary, is known to stimulate your brain, kidneys, and breathing, all of which are helpful at high altitude. For people who are into caffeinated beverages for a long time period and abruptly stopping to consume them on the trek may trigger profound headaches in them.
In the past there were limited teahouses and lodges and particularly no modern luxury lodges on the Everest trail. With gradual increase in the number of travelers in the Everest region each year, more teahouses and lodges have come up to cater to the food and accommodation needs of trekkers. Local people transformed their teahouses and lodges into more luxurious hotels and lodges, which is one significant change that can be observed in the Everest trekking region. Moreover, a good number of luxury lodges also have been built in recent times. With the passage of time, the needs and demands of trekkers have also changed and more travelers are looking for comfortable stay during their trek. Local government has made several changes to provide more comfort keeping in view the demands of the tourists.
There are several parameters that distinguish luxury treks from the normal base camp treks. A luxury Everest Base Camp trek begins with pick up from the airport by a luxury private vehicle and drop off in the same way after the trek is complete. Accommodation will be in a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu before and after your trip. Highly professional and knowledgeable trekking leaders and porters will be deployed for the trekking journey. While on the trek, accommodation will be in the luxury lodges at all available places while at places where luxury lodges are not available, the best teahouse or a lodge will be booked for you. You will get to have any food of your choice from the menu which is not the same for a normal base camp trek. You will be offered a prompt and reliable service which guarantees your safety and luxury throughout the trip. Rescue or emergency evacuation, in case of bad health or weather, will be in stand by position at all times.