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The “Sleep at Everest Base Camp trek” is unique in the sense that trekkers will get a wonderful opportunity to spend a couple of nights in the base camp. Generally, the trip is no different than the regular EBC trek, except for the two nights where trekkers get to sleep under the starlit sky at the base camp. Also, they will get an opportunity to walk up to the Khumbu Icefall during the trip.
Although the Sleep at Everest Base Camp trek does not require any technical expertise of mountaineering, it is considered a moderate or a challenging trek in terms of grade. And this is just because of the high altitudes and the long duration day hikes. It is basically a long hike that becomes grueling because of the 14-day hike up and down the hill across diverse terrains. You must be mentally prepared to walk for 6 to 7 hours every day along with your backpack.
You can absolutely accomplish this trek even if you do not have previous experience of trekking, but you need to contact us on time for this. We need to know about your health history and your daily lifestyle so that we can help you prepare for this trek. Being moderately fit, mentally robust and able to enjoy walking are the prerequisites for achieving a successful trip in the Himalayas. We strongly recommend you to undertake certain exercises and short day hikes for preparing yourself for the trip, at least 3 months before the actual trip begins. The intensity of your fitness will help you find the experience of trekking in the Everest region more enjoyable.
Undoubtedly, you will be spending two nights, actually at the base camp itself confronting several of the mightiest peaks in the world. The day you arrive to the base camp from Gorak Shep will be your first night at the base camp where you will sleep on a twin-shared tented accommodation. The next day, you will get an opportunity to hike up to the Khumbu icefall, almost half the way to the Lhotse Face and return to the base camp to sleep for yet another night. During this time, you will get a chance to witness the lives of climbers and the Sherpa guides at the base camp very closely. During the two-night stay at the base camp, our expedition kitchen staff will prepare fresh meals for you.
We sincerely request you to respect other climbers and the expedition guides’ privacy and also honor their wishes if they hold back from mingling. Also, make sure that you do not visit the camping sites of other climbers at the base camp and remain at your designated camps only.
There will be a welcome dinner for you on arrival in Kathmandu the day before you leave for the mountains. On the trek, you will get to enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well as the more common international cuisine comprising Tibetan, Continental, Indian and Italian dishes. You will eat your breakfast and dinner at the teahouse or a lodge menu where you will spend the night. Likewise, lunch will be served on the way to the next destination.
There are no teahouses or lodges at the Everest Base Camp, so when you are there, your meals will be prepared by our very own cook. Please note that all meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be made available to you in Kathmandu. After completing your trip and when you reach Kathmandu, Himalayan Glacier will organize a farewell dinner for you to celebrate the auspicious victory of your accomplishment.
The day you arrive in Kathmandu, you will stay in Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or similar. After you leave for the mountains, you will sleep at comfortable teahouses or lodges on the trek until you reach the Everest Base camp. Since there are no teahouses or lodges at the base camp, you will be sleeping at comfortable twin-shared tents under the starlit sky.
If you do not wish to share a room, either at your hotel in Kathmandu, or teahouses on the trail and at the tent in base camp, then a single supplement charge will fetch you a single room throughout. Please note that it is quite difficult to find a single room, especially at higher altitudes, and during peak seasons unless you book your trip with us well ahead of time. Rooms at teahouses at lower elevations come with attached washrooms, but at some places teahouses may only have shared washing and toilet facilities.
One common mistake trekkers usually make is that they either over-pack or under-pack for their trekking trip. While there are few trekkers, especially novices who are unaware of what to carry while setting out in the Himalayas for a lifetime adventure. The only mantra to achieve this wonderful journey to the base camp is to pack smart and light, regardless the season. Firstly, make sure to keep all your travel documents at hand, including your visa, passport, and insurance copy. Clothing is yet another very important item you should be very careful when packing.
The nature of your footwear plays an important role lest you end up with blisters on the soles of your feet. Other equipment includes a duffel bag (this is provided by us), sleeping bags, trekking poles, and other essentials like medicine, toiletries and handy accessories. You can find a complete Everest base camp trek packing list in order to stay away from the difficulty in choosing the correct items for your trek.
Himalayan Glacier is a specialist in providing tailor-made holidays for all types of travelers. In general, all of our trips are available on fixed dates as well as on private basis. It totally depends on what type of an adventure holiday you are looking for. If you wish to join a group, then you can check all our departure dates and make inquiries about the trip requirements with one of our travel consultants. However, if you wish to travel independently or just with your friends or families, you may choose your convenient timeframe; we are always ready to customize your trip the way you wish it to be.
If you are not joining a group, it is not mandatory to follow our standard trip itinerary. Rather, you can send us your own itinerary or request for a flexible itinerary based on your convenience. We will most happily tailor-make your trip to suit your exact requirements.
The only thing that you will need to carry on your own is your daypack comprising essential items such as drinking water, camera, valuables, snacks, rain jacket or toiletries, etc. These are the items that you will require during the walk in the day. Rest of your other items will be carried by our porters. Himalayan Glacier will provide you a duffel bag to stuff in your trekking gears and other essential equipment. We provide one porter to every 2 trekkers.
It is mandatory for our clients to be protected against comprehensive expenses likely to incur due to health issues, accidents, flight cancelation, trip cancelation due to political riots, pandemic or natural disasters, to join any of our trips in the Himalayas. We recommend you to get your travel insurance covering emergency helicopter evacuation apart from other coverages, before embarking on any of our trips in Nepal.
What you need to understand is that the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is quite shocking here in the country. Be careful while choosing a policy as some insurance companies make special exceptions for adventure travel. We do not arrange or sell insurance here, so make sure to get your insurance before leaving for Nepal. Visit our travel insurance section to know more about the types of insurance and the reliable company names that you can opt for.