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  • RegionAnnapurna
  • Duration 11 Days
  • ActivityTrekking
  • Start / End PointKathmandu / Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude4,130m m/ 13,550 ft at ABC
  • Trip Grade Moderate to Strenuous
  • Distance Pokhara-Pokhara(110km/68miles)
  • Group SizeMin: 2, Max: 15
  • Transport Private Vehicle & Tourist Bus
  • MealsB|L|D on trek, |B| in Kathmandu
  • AccommmodationHotel/Lodges
  • Best TimeMarch - May & Sept - Dec
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Embarking on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is more than a journey; it’s an immersive experience through lush rhododendron forests to the foothill of the majestic Annapurna, a pilgrimage for those seeking a blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and awe-inspiring views.

This trek stands as the pinnacle of the Annapurna region, hailed as the finest and most popular route. The trail, though moderate in difficulty with occasional steep uphill challenges, offers a maximum altitude of 4,130 meters – a comforting elevation for trekkers cautious of the daunting specter of high-altitude sickness. Yet, what it lacks in extreme altitude, it more than compensates with unparalleled views and cultural encounters that delightfully exceed every trekker’s expectations.

As you ascend towards the Annapurna Base Camp, standing at the foot of the grandeur that is Annapurna (8,091m), you’ll bear witness to a panoramic spectacle featuring Hiunchuli (6,441m), Gangapurna (7,455m), Machhapuchhare (6,993m), and other towering peaks. The trek unfolds over 11 days, commencing from Siwai, a scenic three-hour drive from Pokhara. The trail meanders through enchanting Gurung villages, traditional houses, terraced farms, and lush green forests, offering glimpses of diverse wildlife.

The journey takes you to Machhapuchhre Base Camp before reaching the Annapurna Base Camp, each step revealing new dimensions of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Quaint stops like Ghandruk and Chhomrong infuse charm into the trek, providing a glimpse of modern amenities amidst the wilderness. The crescendo of the journey finds a soothing conclusion in the natural hot springs of Jhinu, offering a moment of relaxation and reflection.

This moderately long trek is a symphony of serenity, cultural immersion, floral and faunal diversity, and breathtaking views. It transcends the boundaries of a typical trek, leaving trekkers with memories etched in the heart. If the allure of the Annapurna region beckons for a more profound exploration, consider exploring other packages that promise deeper immersion into the captivating landscapes and cultures that make this region truly enchanting.

So, why wait? Embark on this extraordinary journey, where every step unfolds a new facet of the Annapurna region’s charm, weaving an unforgettable tapestry of natural splendor and cultural richness.

Trip Highlights
  • A standpoint in the middle of a natural amphitheater of mountains at the Annapurna base camp.
  • Watch the golden summits of the Annapurna massif radiated by the rising sun.
  • Cultural experience at the typical villages like Ghandruk where people from the Gurung and Magar communities dwell.
  • Reach the base camp of the distinctive Mt. Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail) 6993m.
  • Relax your sore muscle at a natural hot water spring in Jhinu.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day in Kathmandu (1400m / 4593ft)

Welcome to the land of the Himalayas! A member of our team meets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel. We leave you to relax and freshen up at your hotel. Next, we have a debriefing meeting regarding the trek at your hotel and answer any queries you may have. Finally, rest and overnight in Kathmandu.

Included: Airport pick-up, Accommodation with breakfast

Day 2Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara, ~7 hours by bus (827m / 2713ft)

We set off after breakfast at the hotel. The road trip of 200 km (124 miles) west from Kathmandu to Pokhara is in a tourist bus. The drive is along the Prithivi Highway which is one of the oldest in the country. The drive is rather enjoyable as it cuts through hills and sub-urban settlements alongside rivers to reach Pokhara. Markedly, Pokhara is a city blessed by nature. The city is also the starting and/or ending point for most treks in the Annapurna Region. Upon our arrival at Pokhara, we drive to our hotel, check in, and relax for a while. Later in the evening, we may head out to explore the sights and sounds of Pokhara. Lastly, dinner and overnight at Pokhara.

Included: Tourist bus to Pokhara, Accommodation in a 3-star standard hotel with breakfast

Day 3Drive Pokhara to Siwai (1530m / 5020ft), ~3 hours; trek to Ghandruk (2000m / 6562ft), ~1 hour

We drive to Siwai after breakfast, which takes almost three hours. After crossing the bridge adorned with colorful prayer flags at Nayapul, we drive uphill along the graveled road toward Siwai. Afterwards, the Annapurna Base Camp trek kicks off with a brief hike to Ghandruk. The ascent on stone-paved stairs, passing along terraced farms, small villages, and streams, continues to arrive at Ghandruk. Undoubtedly, Ghandruk is a beautiful village, inhabited mainly by the Gurung community. Here, we may enjoy a traditional song and dance at the local lodge. Furthermore, visiting the local Gurung museum acquaints you with the fascinating culture. The village is also a great place to witness Mt. Annapurna South (7219m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), and Mt. Macchapuchhare (6993m).

Included: Trek start point drop, Lodge accommodation with full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 4Trek to Chhomrong, 5 to 6 hours (2170m / 7119ft)

We resume after breakfast to climb up for an hour to get to the highest point of Ghandruk – Ghandrukkot (Komrong Danda). We then chase a steep descending trail that drops to the Kimrong River. On the other side of the river, a steep uphill awaits us passing alongside the Kimrong village. Delightfully, the climb is through a serene forested section. Eventually, we arrive at a point where the trail from Tadapani converges which requires about two hours. Then, we head north along an easy trail to reach Chhomrong, the mandatory entryway to the Annapurna Base Camp. Magnificent views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) tower across the valley. Indeed, an exploration trip around the beautiful village is a must after some rest. We end the day with dinner and rest at Chhomrong.

Included: Lodge accommodation with full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 5Trek to Himalaya or Deaurali, 5 to 6 hours (2600m / 8530ft)

The day starts with a careful descent along stone-paved steps to the Chhomrong River. Crossing the suspension bridge, our journey continues uphill through lush forests for about two hours, leading us to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa, the trail cuts through dense bamboo forests for around ninety minutes until we reach Kuldhighar. Descending for about 30 minutes, we arrive at Bamboo, named for its abundant bamboo resources.

Continuing onward, we embark on an uphill journey for nearly an hour through a forested trail, eventually reaching Deaurali via Himalaya. Upon arrival, we rest, explore the area, and conclude the day with dinner and relaxation.

Included: Lodge accommodation with full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 6Trek to ABC 6 to 7 hours (4130m / 13550ft)

A two-and-a-half hours trek along the Modi River bank starts the day’s trek arriving at Himalaya. Next off, an uphill climb for forty minutes leads to Hinku Cave, an opening underneath a huge rock lurking above. Deurali is almost half an hour, where we have lunch. Afterward, the trail ascends into more alpine terrain. After another two hours of steady climbing, while dodging some avalanche-prone sections, we arrive at the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m). At this altitude, mountain sickness can become an issue. Thus, we spend the night here to get well-acclimatized before climbing higher to the Annapurna base camp. Additionally, the view which includes the vista of mountains: Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchchhre is scintillating! As Machhapuchchhre is not open to climbing expeditions, the base camp is only a name given to the stopover place. The day ends with dinner and overnight at MBC.

Included: Lodge accommodation with full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 7 Trek Back to Bamboo (1700m / 5600 ft) 6 to 7 hours

After the sunrise and a hearty breakfast, begin the descent towards Bamboo. The trail retraces the familiar path, passing landmarks such as Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC), Deurali, Himalaya, and Dovan as you descend.

Enjoy the ease of the predominantly downhill trail, relishing the scenic beauty that you may have missed during the ascent due to the focus on climbing.

Arrive at Bamboo after a full day of trekking. Relax and unwind at the Bamboo lodge, reminiscing about the incredible journey while enjoying the comfort and tranquility of the surroundings.

Included: Lodge accommodation with full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 8Trek to Jhinu Hot Spring, 6 to 7 hours (1780m / 5840ft)

After breakfast, we start our descent to Jhinu Danda where a natural hot spring awaits us. Initially, the trail drops down to Bamboo and climbs up to Khuldighar. Subsequently, it drops again to Chhomrong Khola. From here, the Chhomrong village is a short climb. Thereafter, a final downward walk to Jhinu Danda follows, making for a perfect trek along the beautiful hills. The Jhinu hot spring is a 25-minute walk down along the bank of the Modi River. A series of three pools have been maintained just by the roaring Modi River. What better way to relax and rejuvenate? Overnight at Jhinu Danda.

Included: Lodge accommodation with full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 9Trek to Jhinu Bridge and Drive to Pokhara (827m / 2713ft), ~3 hours

After breakfast, we have an easy trek towards Jhinu bridge. Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek ends here and we are picked up from Jhinu bridge to drive until Pokhara. The following evening can be spent exploring more of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast

Day 10Drive to Kathmandu (1400m / 4593ft), ~7 hours by bus 

We make the return road trip on a tourist bus to Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. On arrival at Kathmandu, you are transferred to your hotel. In the evening, a farewell dinner is organized for you at a restaurant in Thamel. We recap pleasant memories from the Annapurna Base Camp trek and end the day.

Included: Farewell Dinner, Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

Day 11Departure day from Kathmandu

It is your last day in Kathmandu. A representative drops you off at the airport on time. We wish you a safe and pleasant flight!

Included: Airport drop-off and Breakfast at the hotel

Include / Excludes

Price Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu (Breakfast Included)
  • 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara - 3 Star (Breakfast Included)
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu transfer on a Deluxe Tourist Bus
  • Pokhara-Siwai Drop (Day 3) and Jhinu-Pokhara Pickup (Day 9) on a private vehicle
  • 6 nights accommodation at the mountain lodges during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
  • Accompany of Licensed, English-speaking, well experienced trekking guide with salary, insurance and personal expenses covered
  • One porter for every two clients (13 Kg luggage per person) - salary, insurance and personal expenses covered
  • A cup of tea/coffee (three times a day) and seasonal fruits after dinner on the trek
  • Attached bathrooms and hot showers wherever available
  • TIMS trekkers' permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit for the trek
  • First-Aid box with medicines (Carried and handled by the guide)
  • All applicable government charges

Complimentaries

  • Farewell dinner at a fine restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Base Camp trek Adventure Certificate upon successful completion of the trek
  • Arrangements for Emergency Helicopter evacuation services (paid by your Travel insurance company)

Price Excludes

  • Nepal Visa and International airfare
  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory) - must cover helicopter evacuation, medical expenses, and Trip Cancellation charges
  • Meals in Kathmandu except for breakfast and farewell dinner
  • Personal equipment and other personal expenses such as beverages, confectionaries, laundries, etc.
  • Extra meals, extra porterage service, Wi-Fi, charging of your electronic devices, etc.
  • Tips to your guide, porters, driver and other field staff as a token of appreciation
  • Any other expenses or charges not mentioned in the 'Trip Includes' list
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Good to Know
BASIC

What Sets Blissful Nepal Apart?

Choosing for Blissful Nepal means securing an adept team of mountain guides and a stellar support crew in Kathmandu, ensuring your seamless care right from your arrival. Our round-the-clock international helpline guarantees constant support, and our team, regularly present in Nepal, offers firsthand and informed assistance. Our full-time guides, with over 8 years of average trekking experience in the Himalayas, exclusively work with us. Notably, we are among the select few companies in Nepal to equip all our trekking guides with Wilderness First Aid Certification. Furthermore, our guides have undergone specialized training addressing altitude acclimatization concerns (Meet the Team).

When is the Optimal Trekking Season?

The prime trekking periods in Nepal span from March to Early May and from September to November. While December to February allows for trekking, be prepared for colder conditions albeit with fewer crowds. June to August marks the monsoon season, generally unsuitable for trekking. However, if this timeframe is your sole option, drop us an email for tailored suggestions.

Will the Guide Be Fluent in English?

All our guides boast exceptional fluency in English. With years of experience hosting guests worldwide, they excel in building connections and ensuring seamless communication.

Are Departures Guaranteed to Commence?

Absolutely! Our peak season departures typically sell out, but during off-peak periods, smaller groups prevail. Rest assured, once you secure your deposit, we guarantee the trek’s commencement for you.

Do I Require a Guide? Can't I Self-Guide if I've Prior Trekking Experience?

Our dedicated guides, with their extensive successful trekking history and our guests’ commendations, have earned our trust repeatedly. Time and again, clients laud the trip’s excellence owing to their guide’s invaluable contribution, making it an unforgettable experience.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Is prior trekking experience a must?

We often have first-time trekkers join our groups, so even without experience, you’ll find yourself among like-minded individuals. Your fitness level should comfortably support full-day walking. While previous hiking or trekking experience is beneficial, it’s not mandatory.

Are solo female travelers secure during Himalayan treks?

We prioritize the safety of all our trekking participants, irrespective of gender. Nepal, overall, is a safe and hospitable destination for foreign visitors. We maintain enduring relationships with the lodges we use, ensuring they are safe and trustworthy. Additionally, our guides consistently keep track of all guests’ whereabouts during treks. Traveling in small groups enhances our ability to maintain regular communication for added safety.

Are there specific age restrictions for trekking in the Himalayas?

There’s no strict age limit on our expeditions – it’s more about good health and enthusiasm! We’ve welcomed families with children as young as 7 years old on the Everest Base Camp Trek, while our older trekkers have been in their late 70s. For families, we recommend arranging a private trek and allowing a few extra days. Feel free to inquire about tailored arrangements.

PAYMENTS & EXTRA COSTS

What about additional hotel stays?

Should you require extra hotel nights in Kathmandu before or after the trek, we can arrange accommodations at an extra cost. Kindly inform us of your requirements before your arrival in Nepal, allowing us to make the necessary arrangements as per your needs. (Read our blog post: Booking Additional Hotel Nights)

What incidental expenses should I anticipate?

Our trekking packages are comprehensive, covering most expenses from your arrival in Nepal. We advise budgeting approximately $300 to $400 for incidental costs, which may include tips and additional expenses like the Nepal Visa, rental charges for items such as sleeping bags or down jackets, showers, Wi-Fi, snacks, and charging facilities for electronic devices at tea houses along the trekking route. Furthermore, it’s prudent to have extra funds available, either in cash or on a credit card, in case of flight cancellations to Lukla, where you might opt for a chartered helicopter. (Terms of Service – Additional Expenses)

Can I rely on credit cards during my trekking journey?

In most instances throughout Nepal, credit card usage is limited. While there are ATMs available in Kathmandu offering favorable currency exchange rates when withdrawing rupees, please be aware that these ATMs typically impose a $5 USD service fee alongside potential bank charges. Moreover, these ATMs often enforce a daily withdrawal limit of 25,000 rupees (approximately $215 USD).

How do you prefer the remaining payment upon arrival in Kathmandu - in US cash or via credit card?

We gladly accept various major currencies. You have the flexibility to settle the balance either in cash or through credit card payment. However, it’s important to note that for credit card transactions, we levy a 3.5% fee. Hence, paying in cash is highly recommended to avoid additional charges.

PHYSICAL FITNESS

Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty of a hike or walk depends on terrain steepness and altitude. Most trips for moderately active people cover gentle terrain at lower altitudes, often with shorter route options. Breaks can be taken along the trails.

What's the recommended Fitness Regimen for Preparation?

In terms of physical readiness before embarking on the trek, engaging in cardio-based exercises such as running and long-distance walking is beneficial. If feasible, undertaking several weekend hikes in your vicinity can also aid preparation. Our website offers a training guide tailored for the Everest Base Camp that might provide valuable insights: Training for Everest Base Camp.

What physical conditions indicate sufficient trekking fitness?

Individuals with acute or chronic health issues affecting stamina, flexibility, coordination, or balance might face challenges completing the trek. If uncertain about your physical preparedness, it’s advisable to consult a physician well ahead of booking your trip.

PREPARATION & PACKING

Are there weight limits?

The primary weight constraint is the luggage limit for the Kathmandu to Lukla flight, set at 10kg (22lbs), along with an additional 5kg (11lbs) for carry-on, totaling 15kg (33lbs).

What should I pack for the trip?

We offer a downloadable packing list or you can explore our blog post on packing for Everest Base Camp for further insights. Notably, most trekking clothing and equipment can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu upon your arrival.

What size should my day pack be?

Typically, we recommend a day pack of approximately 40 liters, similar to a standard school backpack, to accommodate extra layers and daily essentials.

What happens after I make the deposit?

After your deposit is received, the next step is to send us a scan or photo of your passport along with your arrival flight details. We’re unable to book your Lukla flight or obtain your trekking permit until we have a copy of your passport, so please send this information to us promptly.

What about the duffel bag for the porters?

A duffel bag will be supplied to you in Kathmandu. Porters will carry this bag during the trek, and it will serve as your luggage for the flight. Often, porters advance ahead on the trail, so your duffel might not be accessible until you reach the evening tea house. Hence, it’s advisable to carry a day pack with your daily essentials during hiking.

Can I store luggage in Kathmandu during the trek?

Certainly, you can leave any excess luggage at the hotel during your trekking period.

What about passports, medications, and valuables?

During the flight, keep these items in your carry-on. It’s crucial to have important documents and medications accessible, especially if your luggage faces delays. Similarly, during the trek, carry them in your day pack.

What insurance is necessary? Where can I get it?

Travel insurance is mandatory for the trekking period and is your responsibility to arrange. Kindly email us proof of your insurance before your trek. For detailed insurance requirements, refer to our Terms of Service – Insurance.

ARRIVAL & VISAS

Can I obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport?

Most guests are eligible to acquire a visa upon arrival, a process typically taking between 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the crowd. It’s essential for guests to independently verify all visa requirements before arrival. Ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity from your entry date into Nepal. Verify this information as soon as you confirm your trek. Detailed visa fees and related information can be found here: Terms of Service – Visas.

Can I arrange additional hotel nights in Kathmandu?

Our trekking packages cover 2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, and we can organize extra nights upon request (refer to our blog – Booking Extra Hotel Nights). Kindly inform us beforehand to secure reservations. Payment for extra nights can be settled directly at the hotel upon your arrival. While you might find cheaper rates online, the advantage of our arrangements lies in our flexibility to adjust or cancel reservations without extra charges if your Lukla flight faces delays.

What type of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu?

We partner with Kathmandu Sweet Home and Ramada Encore, both conveniently situated in Thamel, close to our office.

Will there be someone to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

Absolutely, our airport representative will be present to greet you as you exit the airport. Look for our driver holding a signboard displaying “Blissful Nepal.” For further guidance on airport arrival, you can watch a short video here (click here to see on YouTube).

ROOM AND BOARD

Can I do laundry during the trek?

Limited laundry services are available at certain teahouses. While washing clothes during acclimation days might be possible, it’s advisable to plan ahead by ensuring sufficient clothing and handling laundry in Kathmandu post-trek.

Can you accommodate specific diets?

Absolutely, we can cater to vegetarian or special dietary requirements. It’s advised for all trekkers to opt for a vegetarian diet due to preservation concerns with local meat. Notify us of any dietary needs, and we’ll make suitable arrangements.

Are there electricity and charging options?

Teahouses have electricity in common areas, charging $1 to $4 per hour for device charging. American outlets are common, while adapters (C or D type) can be bought in Kathmandu.

Is Wi-Fi available or can I make phone calls?

Some lower elevation teahouses offer Wi-Fi for an extra $3 to $10 charge. Alternatively, consider purchasing a Nepalese SIM card in Kathmandu for internet and calls, mainly usable at lower elevation teahouses.

Where does our drinking water come from?

While meals are included, water isn’t provided during the trek. Treating local water with chlorine/iodine tablets or a steri pen is recommended. Teahouses offer complimentary quality water, but it requires treatment. Mineral water can be purchased along the trail, ranging from $1 USD at lower elevations to $4 at higher altitudes.

What meal options are available during the trek?

Trekkers select meals and hot drinks from teahouse menus, including choices like omelets, noodle soup, fried rice, momo, and the traditional Nepali Dal Bhat. For hygiene reasons regarding mountain meat, we suggest opting for vegetarian options.

What are the restroom and shower facilities like?

Most teahouses offer Western-style flush toilets with cold running water. Shared bathrooms are common and not attached to individual rooms. Hot showers are available at lower elevations (often gas-powered) and provided by bucket at higher altitudes for an extra fee.

What kind of lodging is available during the trek?

We utilize tea houses for accommodation, a popular method involving shifting from one teahouse to another. These teahouses, essentially small local hotels in villages, provide both lodging and homemade meals. Rooms usually accommodate two trekkers, with shared bathrooms featuring running cold water and Western-style toilets in the Everest region. (Further details – Tea House Trekking Blog).

Is it possible to secure separate rooms during the trip? If yes, what's the additional cost?

In Kathmandu, we can arrange private rooms. While private rooms might be feasible in some trekking villages at no extra charge, availability could be scarce during peak periods due to high demand. Even with additional payment, teahouse owners may not provide private rooms to ensure fair lodging for all guests.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Are the food and water in Nepal safe?

 All water in Nepal needs treatment before consumption. Bottled water is available in Kathmandu or on the trek. It’s advisable to consume cooked meals and avoid uncooked vegetables for safety. Avoiding mountain meat is recommended for precaution.

What if I fall sick or get injured during the trek?

Our guides are trained to handle emergencies, and in case of severe situations, they’ll use your travel insurance to arrange a rescue helicopter to fly you to Kathmandu for medical attention.

What safety precautions do you have in place?

Our guides are Red Cross certified and hold international WAFA certifications, equipped with pulse oximeters for regular blood oxygen saturation readings. They carry basic first aid kits and mobile phones, coordinating rescue efforts with our 24/7 available Kathmandu team in emergency situations.

What footwear do you recommend for the trek?

Sturdy trekking shoes or boots with ankle support and a Gore-Tex lining are vital. Break them in before the trek to ensure comfort. Should a blister develop, halt immediately and cover it with duct tape or moleskin.

What immunizations are recommended for the trip?

We generally suggest standard CDC-recommended vaccinations (See link). If you have pre-existing medical conditions, kindly inform us while making your deposit.

If I feel altitude sickness symptoms, what are the protocols?

Mild symptoms like headaches might be common and manageable while continuing the trek. However, if symptoms worsen, it’s crucial not to ascend further. We can arrange for you to descend to lower altitudes and wait for symptoms to subside before rejoining the group, though additional charges for extra trek days apply.

How cold does it get on the trek, and what clothing is necessary?

Temperatures vary—while Lukla can be warm from March to May and September to November, Everest Base Camp remains cold year-round, with freezing nighttime lows even during warmer months. Winter temperatures can plummet to -25C or below at night. Adequate warm clothing and a good sleeping bag are essential. Refer to our Everest Base Camp packing list for preparation (packing for Everest Base Camp).

What measures should I take for sun protection during the trek?

Surprisingly, skin faces greater sun damage in mountain settings than at the beach due to increased altitude and snow reflecting UV rays. Shield your skin with appropriate clothing and sunblock, preferably for mountain conditions. Consider getting prescription sunglasses fitted with your eyeglass prescription and wear a hat for added protection.

How do you address altitude-related issues during the Everest treks?

Our treks involve a gradual ascent, averaging around 300m or 1000ft in elevation gain per day—a rate recommended by high altitude specialists to minimize altitude problems. Our experienced guides recognize symptoms related to acute mountain sickness (AMS) and monitor your blood oxygen levels regularly using a pulse oximeter. (Learn more on our blog).mmodate two trekkers, with shared bathrooms featuring running cold water and Western-style toilets in the Everest region. (Further details – Tea House Trekking Blog).

If I rest for a day due to illness, can I continue the trek the following day?

We prioritize trekkers’ health and safety over pushing limits. If necessary, we can often place you in the next trekking group ascending the mountain after a day of rest. Additional charges for extra trek days may apply.

PRACTICAL MATTERS

Can I know more about my trekking group?

We respect privacy but can offer general details regarding group demographics such as nationalities, genders, and approximate age ranges upon request, ensuring your comfort in the trekking group.

Is tipping customary? How much should I bring?

Tipping isn’t obligatory but appreciated in Nepal and during our treks. A tip of around 10% of the trek cost split between the guide and porter is generally suggested. While our treks are all-inclusive, carrying a small amount (about $15 to $20 USD per day) covers extra expenses like water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, or donations.

What's your cancellation policy? Can I extend my trek?

Changing trek dates incurs no fees with advance notice. Check our terms of service for detailed policies or contact us for further information. Adding extra days is feasible for private treks, and for group treks, inquire in advance, and we’ll try to arrange a suitable solution.

Will I fly from Ramechhap or Kathmandu to reach Lukla?

Since April 2019, most Lukla flights have been redirected to Ramechhap due to Kathmandu Airport construction and congestion. Ramechhap, a smaller airport, is approximately a 5-hour drive from Kathmandu. Please refer to our blog post for current updates (Ramechhap Flight Updates).

What if my flight from Lukla or Kathmandu gets delayed?

Although Kathmandu-Lukla flights are usually reliable, inclement weather may lead to cancellations for the entire day. Our 14-day package includes a buffer day for such delays, but we advise adding extra days after your trek. For Kathmandu delays, we’ll reschedule your flight for the next day or offer a chartered helicopter option (additional cost). For Lukla delays, you’re responsible for extra expenses (around $30) for accommodation and meals. Additional hotel nights and meals in Kathmandu are not covered during flight delays, but we’ll assist in making arrangements.

Any recommendations for extending my holiday after the trek?

After the trek, if you have additional days, seek assistance from our Kathmandu ground team for city day tours or consider a 3-day safari trip to Chitwan for an added adventure.

Are there extra charges for solo travelers? Can I get a refund if I end the trek early?

We don’t impose additional fees for solo travelers in our group treks. Unfortunately, we can’t offer refunds for unused trek days if you finish early due to personal or health reasons. Our expenses remain constant, and we’re committed to compensating our guides and porters for their dedicated time.

Customer Reviews

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star ratingTook great care of me from start to finish. Everyone so friendly, I never felt alone. Would join this company before any other.

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March 1, 2024

star ratingWalking Amongst Magnifecent Monster Mountains - I was guided on the Everest Base Camp trek by Jhalak. He is a highly experienced guide who pays attention to safety and shows patience, kindness and good humour. I... read more

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March 1, 2024

star ratingExperienced and friendly - Mr Jhalak is a very experienced guide who can spell all the names of the peaks. He knows almost more than half the people living along the EBC trekking. 😉

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February 23, 2024

star ratingThe best experience of Nepal - We have had the best time trekking with Jhalak! He is so kind, funny and knowledgeable. He was very considerate of our wellbeing and always checked in to see if... read more

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February 14, 2024

star ratingEverest Base Camp (EBC) - Amazing Trek, Amazing Guide - Jhalak ji was our guide on the EBC trek that we did in Sep, 2023. Jhalak ji is a great guide who is very experienced but still humble, helpful and... read more

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February 8, 2024

star ratingA safe EBC Trek with senior-citizen parents - Jhalak Ji was our guide for the EBC trek in Sep 2022. It was a family trek with my parents and fiance (now wife). My parents are both senior citizens... read more

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