Everest Kalapatthar Trekking

14 Days

Overview

Are you looking for a trek that offers unparalleled views of snowclad mountains? Imagine witnessing the spectacular views of Mt Everest from Kalapatthar, which is renowned as the best vantage point for viewing the magnificence of snow-clad peaks in the Everest Region.

Kalapatthar is a small picturesque hill that provides a panorama of the majestic mountainscapes. It is situated at 5545m and is the most popular landmark of the Khumbu Region.

Everest Kalapatthar Trek presents a remarkable opportunity to witness iconic mountains such as Mount Everest (8848.86 m), Mount Makalu (8485 m), Cho Oyu (8188 m), Lhotse (8516 m) and many other surrounding peaks. This Trek is an incredible journey designed for those looking for a tour that offers full cultural immersion. The trek also leads to Namche Bazaar, a beautiful Sherpa Town surrounded by breathtaking peaks. It is one of the most captivating destinations for trekkers as they get to witness the rich cultural heritage of the region along with the beautiful market decorated with handicrafts made by the locals and also beautiful souvenirs.

The 14-day trek also provides a spiritual touch to the trekkers as you will come across the numerous monasteries decorated with colorful prayer flags during the journey. It is one of the trekking destinations that has captivated the attention of adventurers worldwide.

Everest Kalapatthar Trek covers the area of Sagarmatha National Park, which is a protected area of the Solukhumbu district. The national park was established in 1976 and is home to bird species like the Impeyan Pheasant, Bearded Vulture, Snowcock, and many others. Similarly, animals like Himalayan thar, Musk Deer, and Snow Leopards are also spotted in the protected area.

The journey starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, and the trek begins from Lukla. Along the trail, the trekkers traverse through a section of rhododendron forests, adding a vibrant touch of color to the surroundings and creating an enriching experience for the trekkers. Observing the sunrise from Kalapatthar, when mountains glow radiantly, is one of the key highlights of the trek.

Everest Kalapatthar Trek Cost

The package we offer for Everest Kalapatthar Trek Cost is US$1499 for a single person. If you trek in a group, we provide a discount, like for a group of 2 to 6 people, the package costs US $1250. If you trek in a group of more than 7 people, the Everest Kalapatthar Trek costs US$1195. The package covers all the transportation costs after you land here. All the accommodation costs during the trekking are also covered in the package. In Kathmandu, we have managed your stay in a three-star hotel, whereas during trekking, you will stay in tea houses or lodges. The package also includes the full board meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.

An English-speaking Sherpa Guide will accompany you, and it is included in the package. The Everest Kalapatthar Trek package also covers the cost of the permits required during the trek. The essential permits are the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit. Similarly, we will also provide a sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffle bag if required, which you can return after the trek. We will also provide you with the first aid box and oximeter.

Similarly, you can also request a customized itinerary based on your preferences and schedule. Himalayas on foot will craft a well-designed Everest Kalapatthar Trek Itinerary based on your request.

We are dedicated to providing personalized service for you. We will handle all the logistics, from accommodation to transportation arrangements, and provide a guided tour to meet your needs and requirements.

Which is the Ideal Time to Embark on the Everest Kalapatthar Trek?

Which is the Ideal Time to Embark on the Everest Kalapatthar Trek

There are four seasons in Nepal: Summer/ Monsoon, Spring, Autumn, and Winter. However, Spring and Autumn are the ideal times for trekking in the Everest Region.

Autumn Season is considered as the best time to embark on the Everest Kalapatthar Trek because of the stable weather and clear visibility. The temperature is milder, creating a favorable environment for trekkers to walk.

Similarly, there is minimal chance of rainfall during autumn, and the trails are dry, making trekking more convenient. The stunning views of the snow-capped mountains and vibrant landscapes are visible during autumn, making it one of the ideal times to embark on this journey. September, October, and November are the autumn months in Nepal.

Another ideal time is Spring, the season of blooming flowers. Spring comes right after winter and brings warmth to the surroundings. The pleasant weather and clear skies offer stunning views of the snow-capped peaks, enriching your trekking experience. The sight of rhododendrons blooming in the forests makes the whole surrounding area colorful, which is an extremely pleasant sight to watch. The combination of mild temperatures, radiant environment, and clear mountain views makes springtime best for trekking in Everest Kalapatthar.

Due to the frequent downpour, trekking in the summer/monsoon season is slightly challenging. As every season has pros and cons, the major con of trekking in summer is that the trails can be slippery and muddy due to the rainfalls.

However, during the summertime, the trails are quiet, and after the rainfall, when the skies clear, you can witness the distinct view of the mountains. The summer season also rewards you with lush scenery as the landscapes get nourished due to the rainfall. The cascading waterfalls flowing from the lush green cliffs create mesmerizing sights for the trekkers.

One of the major challenges for trekkers in the summer/monsoon season is the presence of leeches along the trail. The moist environment creates a favorable environment for leeches to survive, so the chances of getting a leech bite create discomfort for the trekkers. In addition, the Everest Kalapatthar trek journey starts with the scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, and there may be changes in the flight if the weather isn’t clear. Proper preparation and proactiveness are required to trek in the summer season. June, July, and August are Nepal’s summer/monsoon months.

The winter months (December, January, and February) are also off-season. There is low rainfall during the winter, so the trails are dry. The skies are cloud-free, which rewards you with the beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains. However, trekking is also slightly challenging, as the snowfall can make the trails slippery. The deep layers of snow on the surface can also make walking extremely difficult. Similarly, the region is the coldest in winter, requiring you to pack heavily.

There are few trekkers during the winter season, so you can trek on the tranquil trails and immerse in the beauty of the surroundings. There are certain pros and rewards of trekking in the winter season. So, if you trek in the Everest Region during the winter, then you have to be well prepared for all the challenges that come along the way.

Each season offers something different and has its distinct charm. However, selecting a time with excellent visibility and favorable climatic conditions is highly recommended for a memorable and enriching journey.

Highlights of Everest Kalapatthar Trek

  • Scenic and Thrilling Flight to Lukla Airport
  • The closest view of Mount Everest.
  • Explore the Sherpa Culture and Lifestyle.
  • A chance to explore the beautiful Namche Bazaar
  • Stunning views of the snowclad mountains, such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and many other surrounding peaks.
  • Trek through lush forests, beautiful waterfalls, and charming village settlements.
  • Trek through Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Enchanting views of the beautiful landscapes of the Khumbu Region.

Useful Information

Is Everest Kalapatthar Trek Diffcult?

Is Everest Kalapatthar Trek Diffcult

Everest Kalapatthar Trek is a moderately challenging trek. During the trek, you will walk through rocky pathways, ascend and descend frequently, so you should be reasonably physically fit.

As it is one of Nepal’s most renowned trekking destinations, you will find many villages and teahouses where you can take breaks and rest. So, with proper preparation, the trek can be done. However, walking for several days in varied terrains can still be challenging for some.

So, being mentally and physically prepared is important to complete the trek as smoothly as you have intended. Having rest days in the schedule will avoid exhaustion, which ensures a more enjoyable journey.

One of the major challenges of the Everest Kalapatthar Trek is the altitude. Those who have never been to high-altitude areas may find walking in the high-altitude zones difficult. So, the possibility of getting altitude sickness is always there. However, the risk can certainly be minimized if you prepare well and take gradual ascents.

Another challenge is the weather in the Himalayas. Although weather fluctuations are normal in the mountain region, a sudden change in the weather may cause unfavorable trail conditions, which may discomfort the trekkers. So, check the weather forecasts and take advice from your guide. It is important to be prepared and manage your schedule accordingly.

You will traverse through varied landscapes, hiking up and down. So, it is a challenging trek that can be completed with good preparation.

Food and Accommodation During the Everest Kalapatthar Trek

Food and Accommodation During the Everest Kalapatthar Trek

Several teahouses and lodges in the Everest Region ensure a comfortable stay. As it is one of the mainstream trekking destinations, the good accommodation facilities are available, and you will be overwhelmed by the warm hospitality of the hosts.

As you ascend towards higher zones, you will notice the number of teahouses and lodges thinning out, so the facilities in those areas may be basic. However, you will have a comfortable bed, warm blankets, and a pillow to sleep properly.

As higher altitude regions tend to get cold, and many teahouses may not have heating in the individual rooms, it is highly recommended to pack sleeping bags. The internet service is available in many teahouses, but you must pay extra to get those facilities.

There is a variety of food options available in teahouses. The most popular dish, which is warm and fulfilling, is Dal Bhat. Other dishes, such as noodles, thukpa, and roti served with curry, soups, pasta, Tibetan bread, scrambled eggs, etc., are also available.

As it is one of the popular trekking destinations, you will find many trekkers along the route and in the teahouses. It will also be an amazing opportunity to meet people worldwide and share the experiences made throughout the journey. You can also talk with the hosts and get insights about the Himalayan Region’s lifestyle, culture, and traditions.

Preparation You Need Before Embarking on the Everest Kalapatthar Trek

Preparation You Need Before Embarking on the Everest Kalapatthar Trek

Research

Research is important before embarking on any journey and mandatory before going on the Everest Kalapatthar Trek. It helps you understand the nature of the journey, the region’s weather pattern, and the difficulty level. You can check the information on the website and look for trekking videos online. Researching well will help you determine if the tour is suitable for you or not.

Similarly, research can provide insights into your walking route and help determine whether your fitness level allows you to go on the journey. When you research, you can select the best package that suits your schedule and the ideal time that rewards you with excellent visibility and memorable experiences. You can also get information about the trek by contacting the travel agency directly.

Hiking

We have crafted the Everest Kalapatthar Trek Itinerary of 14 days. So, you will be walking on the challenging trails for a long duration in these days. Going for small hikes can surely be beneficial before going for the actual trekking. Trekking is surely physically demanding and requires you to walk long distances.

If you go for short hikes, you can build the strength that is required for trekking. Hiking also improves fitness, which is required during trekking. It is a very good activity to familiarize yourself with the terrains you will be walking during trekking. You can identify your body’s capability during hiking to decide whether to embark on this trek.

Incorporate Training and Exercises

Training and Exercise before trekking are important as they help you keep up with the physical demands of the trek. You will navigate through many challenging terrains throughout the trek, and incorporating the exercises into your routine before the trek will help develop the endurance required during trekking.

You can include Strength and Cardio Exercises in your routine. Some of the strength exercises you can include in your routine are Squats, Lunges, Step-Ups, Planks, Push-ups, Pull-ups, Plank rows, dumbbells, etc. Strength exercises help you develop stability and minimize the risk of injuries during trekking.

Similarly, you can incorporate cardio exercises during trekking, like running, swimming, stair climbing, cycling, etc. These exercises help you improve overall fitness and build the proper endurance required to navigate the varied terrains of the Himalayan region.

Being well-trained in cardio will help you avoid exhaustion, making your journey go more smoothly and enriching your overall experience.

Outline Itinerary: Everest Kalapatthar Trekking

Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu     (1,400 m)

Day 02: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding (2,800m, 3-4 hrs)

Day 03: Phakding-Namche Bazaar (3,440 m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 04: Namche Bazaar-Rest day ( 3,440 m, 5 hrs)

Day 05: Namche-Tengboche (3,860 m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 06: Tengboche-Dingboche (4,410 m, 5 hrs)

Day 07: Dingboche: Rest Day ( 4,410 m, 5 hrs)

Day 08: Dingboche-Duglha-Lobuche (4,940 m, 4-5 hrs)

Day 09: Lobuche-Gorak Shep-Kala Patthar ( 5,545 m, 3-4 hrs)

Day 10: Gorak Shep-Lobuche-Pangboche ( 5,164 m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 11: Pangboche-Namche Bazaar (3,985 m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 12: Namche Bazaar-Phakding-Lukla ( 3,440 m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 13: Lukla-Kathmandu  (2,860 m, 45 min)

Day 14: Departure to Tribhuvan International Airport

Detailed Itinerary: Everest Kalapatthar Trekking

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, we will welcome you at theTribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to Maya Boutique Hotel.

After resting your bags and freshening up, you will be provided briefings about the trek. In the evening, you may also explore the nearby areas of Thamel to observe the town's beautiful aesthetics. The streets truly feel like art, and the beautiful architecture of the buildings will fascinate you with immense charm. You will stay overnight at Maya Boutique Hotel.

Walking Hours: 3-4 hours

Flight Duration: 40 minutes
Lukla Altitude: 2,860 m

Phakding Altitude: 2610m

On the second day, we will pick you up from the hotel in the early morning and head to Tribhuvan International Airport (Domestic Terminal) to fly to Lukla.

The 40-minute flight is exhilarating and will reward you with beautiful views of lush hills, settlements, rivers, and snow-covered mountains.

After a 40-minute flight, you will finally land in Lukla. You may take your time to observe the beautiful surroundings for a while and start your trek towards Phakding. You will pass through many village settlements and cross many suspension bridges.

You will be walking through stone-paved ways along with the beautiful green trees. The beautiful view of the Dudh Koshi River is visible as you get closer to Phakding. After trekking for around 3-4 hours, you will reach Phakding Village.

You can settle in the tea house and have a hearty, warm meal served by the owner. Staying overnight in the beautiful teahouse of Phakding will provide you with much-needed recharge.

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Namche Bazaar Altitude: 3,440 m

On the 3rd day of your journey, you will head towards the beautiful Namche Bazaar. After a fulfilling breakfast in Phakding, the journey for the second day will commence. You will ascend and descend in uneven terrains to reach your destination.

You will walk through beautiful pine forests and cross numerous suspension bridges throughout the trek. The beautiful views of snow-capped peaks are also visible along the way. After walking through many villages, you will reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park.

After walking through the forests and crossing the bridges again, you will reach the enchanting town of Namche Bazaar. You will stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Walking Hours: 5 hours
Namche Bazaar Altitude: 3,440 m

Namche Bazaar is the tourist hub of the Khumbu Region, with numerous cafes, bakeries, and shops. You will stay in Namche Bazaar on the fourth day, as your body needs to adjust to the changing altitudes. You must incorporate the rest day for acclimatization.

You can explore the area for a while, appreciating the beautiful view of the town. You can visit the Sagarmatha National Park Museum from where you can witness the beautiful views of Nuptse and Everest.

Walking around Namche Bazaar, you can also observe the way of life in the Himalayas and experience the warm hospitality of locals. You will stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Tengboche Altitude: 3,860 m

After a rest day in Namche Bazaar, you will trek towards Tengboche. Throughout the trail, you will be mesmerized by the enchanting views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. You can also spot wildlife such as musk deer and Himalayan tahr.

You will finally reach Tengboche by crossing the suspension bridges and walking through the uneven, steep paths and pine forests. Tengboche rewards you with mesmerizing close-up views of Ama—Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse. Your overnight stay will be at Tengboche.

Walking Hours: 5 hours
Dingboche Altitude: 4,410 m

On the sixth day of your trek, you will travel from Tengboche to Dingboche, passing several settlements, mani walls, and small villages. Throughout the trail, you will get an enchanting view of Mount Ama Dablam. Crossing the beautiful bridges throughout the trail will make your journey more exciting.

The sound of the beautiful Imja River flowing at its own pace you hear throughout the trek will mesmerize you during the journey. You will also see many beautiful stupas decorated with colorful flags.

After a steep climb across the Lobuche River, you will arrive at the beautiful Dingboche. You can then rest your bag in a tea house in Dingboche and have a warm dinner prepared by your hosts. Your overnight stay for day 6th will be on Dingboche.

Walking Hours: 5 hours
Dingboche Altitude: 4,410 m

You will spend the 7th day in Dingboche for acclimatization. Then, you can explore the nearby areas, where you will be rewarded with enchanting views of the region's surreal landscape.

You can also witness the stunning views of Lhotse, Makalu, and Lobuche. The panoramic view of the beautiful valley surrounded by the snow-capped mountains in the background will bless your eyes and uplift your spirits.

After exploring the beautiful Dingboche, you will return to your tea house. You will stay overnight in Dingboche again.

Walking Hours: 5 hours
Lobuche Altitude: 4,940m

On day 8 of your journey, you will be trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche, gazing upon the beautiful sun rays hitting the mountain peaks. You will walk mostly on flat paths and hike up to Duglha after crossing a small wooden bridge. Throughout the trail, you will pass through steep, flat terrains with a stunning backdrop of snow-capped peaks. The magnificent views of Nuptse, Cholastse, and Thamserku are also seen on this route.

After walking through the rocky pathway along small flowing streams on the narrow passes, you will finally reach Lobuche. You will stay overnight in Lobuche.

Walking Hours: 3-4 hours

Gorak Shep Altitude: 5164m
Kala Patthar Altitude: 5,545 m

On day 9 of your journey, you will walk along the moraine of Khumbu Glacier, ascending and descending through the rocky pathway. Along the way, you will see mesmerizing views of Nuptse, Pumori, and many other beautiful snow-capped peaks. The paths are covered with many small and big stones.

After reaching Gorak Shep, you will continue your trek toward Kala Patthar. The steep climb in the rocky terrain can be challenging, so taking gradual ascents and taking care of every step you take is recommended.

As you reach the top of the Kalapatthar, you will be rewarded with a clear and closest view of Mount Everest.

You can also get a view of several other mountains and lakes. You might want to explore the beauty of the landscapes for a while and take numerous pictures feeling accomplished. Soon afterward, you will descend to Gorakshep and stay overnight in a teahouse.

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Gorak Shep Altitude: 5,164 m

Lobuche Altitude: 4,940 m

Pangboche Altitude: 3985 m

On day 10, you will trek towards Lobuche and Pangboche from Gorakshep. You will trek along the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and stone memorials. The mesmerizing views of the mountains will bless your eyes along the trail.

After walking through some rocky paths and flat terrains, you will finally reach Lobuche. As the destination for today is Pangboche, you will walk towards Pangboche. Along the trail, you will be rewarded with mesmerizing views of Mt Everest, Pumori, Khumbutse, and Nuptse. Your overnight stay will be in a teahouse in Lobuche.

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Namche Bazaar Altitude: 3,440 m

After having breakfast in Pangboche, you will trek towards Namche Bazaar. During the trek, you can witness the region's many wildlife inhabitants. You will walk through beautiful lush forests and cross several suspension bridges.

After trekking for almost 5 to 6 hours, you will finally arrive at Namche Bazaar. You can then head to your cozy room, freshen up, have a warm meal prepared by the hosts, and get a good night's sleep.

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Namche Bazaar Altitude: 3,440 m

On day 12, you will trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, walking along the beautiful Dudh Koshi River. The trail passes through many suspension bridges, dense forests, and charming small villages.

After making gentle climbs in some sections, followed by some steep climbs, you will finally reach Lukla. The views seen along the trail are enchanting, and the soothing sound of rivers will mesmerize you again. You will trek for around 6 to 7 hours to reach Lukla. Your overnight stay will be in Lukla.

Flight Hours: 45 min
Lukla Altitude: 2,800 m

Kathmandu Altitude: 1,400m

Day 13 is the last day of your journey in the high-altitude region. However, you will be treated to beautiful views until you reach Kathmandu through the scenic flight from Lukla. The beautiful views of rolling hills, deep valleys, and small settlements are seen from the flight. You will fly for almost 45 minutes and then finally reach Kathmandu. We will then drop you to the Hotel.

Kathmandu City is full of rich cultural heritage. You can walk around the Thamel streets and visit the Durbar Square area. The beautiful buildings of the city are aesthetically pleasant to watch.

You can capture the beautiful aesthetic still cuts of the buildings of the valley. You will come across many beautiful temples and stupas in Kathmandu Valley. As today is the last day of your journey, we will treat you to a farewell dinner, where you can share the beautiful experiences and memories you have collected during the trek.

You can also explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu during your free time. The team dinner will also be an amazing opportunity for us to get your valuable feedback so that we can provide even better service in the future.

Day 14 is the official last day of the tour. Our representative will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the International Airport for your departure flight. Your tour may have ended, but you will leave with a sense of accomplishment and all the beautiful memories you have made during your journey.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Is Everest Base Camp Trek difficult or easy?

Generally, the trek is not as hard as it sounds. It is rated as a moderate level hike. To get to Everest Base Camp, the trail traverse through many different Sherpa settlements. Also, the trail traverse through a huge variety of the terrain.

There are easy flat trails and difficult steep climbs but overall it is manageable for someone with little or no trekking experience. Also, the itinerary is designed with enough extra days for acclimatization. If you need, you can even spend extra days.

Q2. How much fit do I need to be to complete the Everest Base Camp trek?

Everest Base Camp trek is a moderate level trek. You will get enough time to acclimatize with the high altitude.

During the trek, you have to walk for 7-8 hours per day. Even slow walkers can manage comfortably, walking at own pace. But for this, a reasonable fitness is required.

However, if you train your body before the trek, it’ll help to build endurance level. The more fit you are, the trekking will be more enjoyable. You can go for a day hike in your home country. You can do daily exercise like jogging, running, and cycling.

But if you have heart and lungs problem you should consult with your doctor. Be aware, that the medical facilities on the trail are very hard to find and if you find by chance it’s very basic.

Also, due to the steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and some moraine walking, Everest Base Camp trek is hostile to anyone with knee problems.

Q3. Am I prone to altitude sickness?

During the Everest Base Camp trek, there is a high risk of altitude sickness (read: how to prevent altitude sickness in EBC). It is often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). No matter how fit you are altitude sickness can hit you. Careful! it can be fatal.

The effect of altitude is likely to come once you’re above 3,000 meters. The initial symptoms of altitude sickness are as follows:

  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • A persistent headache
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness, fatigue, heavy legs
  • Slight swelling of hands and face
  • Shortness of breath upon exertion
  • Insomnia

The above symptoms of AMS need to be taken seriously. The only cure for altitude sickness is to descend to the lower elevation immediately. Although there is no way to train your body against altitudes, there are some ways you can prevent it :

  • Ascend slowly and gradually as you reach higher
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take plenty of rest
  • Do not smoke, drink alcoholic and high caffeinated drinks
  • Eat high-calorie food

Q4. How long does the Everest Base Camp Trek take?

This depends upon the route you take and the number of days you spend in acclimatization.

Normally, Everest Base Camp trek can be done in 12-16 days. You can also extend the itinerary from 19-22 days and opt Three Passes Trek and Gokyo Valley Trek. If you want to explore more of the Everest region then these places are worth to visit!

Q5. What kind of accommodation is available along the trekking route?

During the trek, you’ll spend most of the nights in tea houses. Tea houses is a synonym of guesthouses. The rooms are very simple but comfortable to sleep. In some places, you might have to use the squatting toilets. On the Everest trekking route till Namche Bazaar, there are many luxurious lodges and hotels. Here you’ll find a luxurious room with attached bathroom and hot shower. As you move to higher altitudes “don’t expect luxurious accommodation”! Check: Everest Base Camp Accommodation Guide

Q6. What kind of food is available?

There are a variety of foods in Nepal you can try. During the trekking period, you’ll spend a lot of time in tea houses. Almost all the tea houses have the same food menu.

For breakfast, you’ll get boiled or cooked eggs, bread-butter-jam, pancakes, boiled potatoes, cereals and many more.

For meals, the most preferred dish is Nepalese traditional food “Dal-Bhat”. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentil, chutney, salad, and meat (optional) cooked in Nepalese style.

Q7. Is drinking water easily available?

Yes, throughout the trail you’ll get mineral, boiled or tap water. Mineral water is safe but it is costly especially at higher elevation. The cost of mineral water per liter ranges from USD 1-3.5 from start to the end of the trek.

Another alternative is to carry a spare water bottle and get them filled in teahouses. The tea houses will sell boiled water at a relatively cheaper rate.

Although, you can save money by using reusable water bottle and water purification tablets. It’s cheaper,also controls environment pollution. On the trail, there are enough water taps, you can use purifying tablets and drink.

Q8. Do I need travel insurance for Everest Base Camp?

Yes, you need to purchase travel insurance and make sure it covers altitude upto 6,000 meters. Everest Base Camp trek goes above 5,000 m above sea level. Most of the travel insurance policies will not cover you over 3,000 m.

Medical treatment at high altitude can be expensive as it often involves a helicopter airlift rescue. So, a general insurance is not enough for this trek. Before purchasing the packages you must read terms and condition very carefully.

Besides altitude, you may fall sick in the new surrounding, make sure to have all necessary vaccinations prior to going abroad.

Similarly, while traveling your luggage might get lost or stolen or damaged. You may have to loose expensive trekking equipment. Thus, make sure your travel insurance covers for lost, stolen and damaged luggage.

Also, if you’re doing side trips to Island Peak, then it’s best to get the travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation up to 6,000 m.

Q9. When is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?

The best time for Everest Base Camp trek is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). October is the most popular time for this trek. The views are good and the weather conditions is moderate.

During March and April, expect warm and sunny days. There will be very little or no rainfall. The skies are clear with an amazing view of snow-capped Himalayan ranges.

Since May is the expedition month, you’ll see Base Camp full of colorful tents and climbers. Especially in the month of April and May, you’ll walk through the blossoming Rhododendron forests.

Besides, if you love solitude, then the monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February) are the great time to do it. But it solely depends on how well you cope with the extreme weather conditions.

Also, while trekking during this time, you need to prepare yourself for flight delays and cancellations. Be aware the trail conditions can be difficult. Compared to the winter season, the visibility can be poor during monsoon.

So, if you go trek in winter you need to be prepared with the right clothing for challenging temperatures. Winter trek can be rewarding though. It could be an exciting way to celebrate Christmas and New Years.

Although the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek is Spring and Autumn, the trail is overcrowded. During this time, the tea houses are often packed by trekkers. You have to pre-book for accommodation and flight.

Q10. Do I need a guide/a porter/ a porter-guide?

Although hiring a guide or porter while trekking in Everest region is not mandatory, trekking with a guide or a porter is more safe and enjoyable. A guide is a person who will look after all aspects of your trek. They’ll arrange flight tickets, rooms, meals and camping gears. They’ll also brief you about the history of the village, monastery, the local culture, and traditions.

A porter is someone who’ll carry your baggage for you. Hiring a porter will help you enjoy long walks comfortably. But at the same time, they may not know the trekking route well and may not speak English.

A poter-guide will speak some English, carry loads and do some basic guiding. They’ll help you to get the room, communicate with the locals, show the way, and explain the local culture and traditions.

Besides, if you want to enjoy the solitude, you can do a solo trek. The trekking route is well-marked and busy, so you may not need a guide to find the way.

However, to cross less crowded and difficult trail like the Cho-La Pass and Renjo La Pass a guide, a porter or a porter-guides are recommended.

Q11. Can I charge my electronic devices?

Along the route most of the tea houses have electricity powered by solar. Charging your electronic devices will cost you some money especially at the higher elevation.

During the trek, to save some money, you can carry spare batteries for your camera, iPod.

Also, during the peak trekking season, teahouses are packed  with trekkers. So, you may not get free space for charging your devices. In that case, you can charge your devices after paying few dollars to the lodge owners.

Q12. Is trekking permit required for Everest Base Camp trek?

Yes, TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Permit are needed.

For TIMS card, you can apply in Nepal Tourism Board office in Thamel. There are three different types of TIMS card. Each card is different in color and cost.

The first one is organized TIMS card is blue in color cost USD 10. The second one is freelance individual trekkers card is green in color cost USD 20. The third one is SAARC Country TIMS card is red in color cost USD 3.

Note: You do not need TIMS card to trek to EBC. A local permit costing USD20 works for this trek

Sagarmatha National Park Permit can be issued either in Kathmandu or directly in Monjo. The cost of this permit is USD 30 + 13% Govt. Tax. The cost is same for individual trekker and organized trekkers.

While trekking from Jiri to Everest Base Camp you need Gaurishankar National Park entry permits. The cost of permits is USD 20 and it’s same for both individual and organized trekkers.

Q13. Is tipping the guide or porter mandatory?

No, tipping the guide or porter is not mandatory while trekking in Nepal. But it’s always appreciated. At the end of the trek, if you’re really satisfied with their job you can show your appreciation through a small gratitude.

Q14. Do I need to bring camping gear?

No, you don’t have to bring unless you want to camp. Everest Base Camp trek is a teahouse trek. There are a lot of tea houses along the entire trekking route.

Q15. Is there are any alternative way to see a close-up view of Mt. Everest without walking for longer days?

If you don’t have an ample of time for the Everest Base Camp trek, you can take a day’s Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour around the Everest region to get a close-up view of the Himalayan ranges.

Q16. Do I need to bring all the necessary gears or can I get in Nepal?

This is totally optional. There are plenty of shops in Kathmandu that sell trekking gears. You’ll find few other shops in some places along the trek route too.

Apart from high quality and popular branded stores, you’ll also find many other shops selling a high-quality copy of these brands but at a relatively cheap price.

Apart from this, you can also rent most of the trekking gears and equipments from Kathmandu. The rental cost is quite cheap, it doesn’t exceed more than $3-4 per day.

Right trekking gear can make or break your entire journey. So, it is not advisable to compromise on the quality especially when it comes to down jacket, sleeping bags, and hiking boots. Check this Packing list for Everest Base Camp Trek to get more idea.

Q17. Is there any chance of a flight delay or cancellation either in Kathmandu and Lukla?

Since the weather in the mountainous region is quite unpredictable there may be a chance of flight cancellations or delays. But that does not mean it is frequent.

The heavy rainfall, strong winds, and blinding fog may cause such inconveniences in your flight.

However, during the best trekking seasons (spring and autumn) the chances of flight cancellation and delay are comparatively lesser than in off seasons (monsoon and winter).

In case of flight delays or cancellation, you have two options: either charter a helicopter or travel by road to Salleri (approximately 11 hours by private jeep).

If you opt for the first option then we’ll arrange the charter flight. Where you have to fly with six people and the price per person will be approximately USD 350 per person.

Another option is by extending a trip for two days and travel from Kathmandu to Salleri by private jeep. Normally, the jeep carries 6 passengers and costs NPR 25,000 per private jeep.

Likewise, if a delay occurs at the beginning of the trip, then you can either wait for few more days or opt for an alternative trek like Annapurna Base Camp.

Also, if you’re not interested in taking an alternative trip and wish to do Everest Base Camp Trek, then you can opt for Everest Base Camp Luxury trek.

Lastly, flight delays or cancellations may happen any time in mountain flights so we request you to add extra days on your itinerary and have patience.

Further, in case of flight cancellation, your costs of flight will be refunded.

Send us an email at himalayasonfoot@gmail.com or directly call, viber and WhatsApp at +9779851060902 to book this trek or for any queries you may have.

Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • International and Domestic Airport transfers by private vehicles
  • Two nights at 3 star category ( Maya Boutique Hotel) in Kathmandu
  • Full Board Meal (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodations during the trek lodge/ tea house
  • English speaking sherpa guide with his insurance and salary
  • Sagarmatha National park permits
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
  • Flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu (inclusive of airport tax)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if NECESSARY (return after the trek)
  • First Aid Kit and Oximeter
  • All the government Tax, Vat, and service charges.
  • Farewell dinner on the last night in Kathmandu.
  • In case of emergency: A helicopter service will be arranged and paid through your travel insurance

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may issue the visa upon your arrival at Airport)
  • Porter's Cost not included (Hireable with additional cost)
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu)
  • Your personal expenses, drinking water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills, wifi, hot shower, battery charge etc.
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Tipping the guide and porters (15% of the total cost is expected)
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

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Equipment List

What Should You Pack for the Everest Kalapatthar Trek?

The checklist of the gear and equipment you must pack for the Everest Kalapatthar Trek are:

Clothes:

  • Down Jackets
  • Rain Jackets
  • Trekking Pants
  • Thermals
  • Gaiters
  • T-shirts
  • Sun Hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking Shorts

Footwear:

  • Socks
  • Hiking Boots
  • Trekking Sandals

Gears:

  • Trekking Poles
  • Flash Light
  • Headlamp

Other Important items that you must pack are:

  • Water Bottle
  • High Energy Snacks and Bars
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • First Aid Kit
  • Lip Balm
  • Soap and Hand Sanitizer
  • Towel
  • Tissues and Wet Wipes
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Some Tips for Everest Kalapatther Trek

Some Tips for Everest Kalapatther Trek

Ensure proper Hydration and Nutrition.

Being well-hydrated is extremely important during trekking to retain energy and avoid altitude sickness. If you are dehydrated during the journey, you can be fatigued, feel dizzy, and lack energy. So, always carrying a reusable water bottle and filling it at the stop-over points is advisable.

Similarly, having a balanced diet and nutritious food is equally important during trekking, as you need stamina and endurance to cover a long distance on foot. The nutritious food will keep you recharged and energetic throughout the journey. Pack high-energy bars and snacks to keep you fueled along the trail.

Ensure Proper Communication with Guides

Ensuring proper communication with the guides is important for completing the trek safely and securely. The guides are well-experienced and familiar with the trails of the terrain. They are trained to traverse challenging paths and can properly guide you in navigating throughout the journey.

Communicating with the guides will help them understand your needs and requirements so that they can make the necessary arrangements accordingly. Similarly, they will inform you about the region’s culture and traditions, making your trek engaging and interesting.

Know about the Acclimatization Process

One of the major concerns during trekking is the risk of getting altitude sickness. Some of the symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, dizziness, exhaustion, appetite loss, and nausea. So, it is extremely important to acclimatize by taking gradual ascents and incorporating enough rest days, giving your body enough time to adjust to the changing altitude of the place.

Certain medications are available that help to minimize the symptoms of altitude sickness. However, consult with your doctor before taking them. Pay attention to how your body reacts in the changing elevation and recognize the symptoms so you can take proper precautions. If you feel any discomfort, then inform the guides immediately. Our well-designed Everest Kalapatthar Trek Itinerary includes the rest days, which will help you to acclimatize so that you will adjust to the changing altitudes and complete the journey smoothly as you have intended.

Be familiar with the weather in the Himalayas.

The weather in the mountain region is very unpredictable and fluctuates rapidly. So, it is important to be informed about the weather-related challenges. Checking the weather forecast every day and seeking advice from the guides and locals before deciding to walk during any of the days is essential.

Similarly, due to the unpredictable nature of the weather, there may be a chance for flight delays or cancellations, so it is advisable to be flexible with your itinerary so that the tour can be rescheduled if the weather doesn’t allow you to fly on that particular day.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is needed for the Everest Kalapatthar Trek. The insurance covers your medical expenses in case of any illness or injuries during the trek. There is a possibility of any unforeseen events that may disrupt your travel schedule.

The insurance can cover the costs and reduce your financial loss. Similarly, the insurance provides helicopter evacuation coverage if any emergency requiring immediate rescue arises. It is highly advisable to select a policy covering emergency assistance services.

Be well-equipped with the essentials.

Packing the essentials is extremely important while trekking in the Everest region. Certain clothes, gear, and equipment are required. Most of the high-altitude zones are remote, and many essentials may not be available.

Proper packing is essential for hydration, hygiene, and a comfortable journey. Packing properly will enhance your trekking experience by ensuring a safe and secure journey.

What are the permits required for the Everest Kala Patthar Trek?

Obtaining permits is necessary for conserving the natural environment. The revenue generated through the permits helps to preserve the ecosystem of the Himalayas. They are also necessary for keeping records of the tourists to ensure their safety and well-being throughout the journey.

The revenue largely contributes to infrastructure development and supports the local communities to improve their livelihoods.

For the Everest Kalapatthar Trek, you need two permits. Our package covers the cost of both permits.

  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit

The permit for Sagarmatha National Park costs USD 22.54 (NRS.3000). The revenue collected is important for protecting the conservation area, building infrastructure to ensure sustainable tourism, and regulating tourism-related activities.

  • Pasang Lamhu Rural Municipality Permit

The Pasang Lamhu Rural Municipality Permit Costs USD 15.3 (NRS.2000). The local government issues the permit to preserve the natural heritage and help the locals generate income.

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