Our flight to Kathmandu from London 04 Oct 2020 - 14 Nov 2020: https://flights.app.goo.gl/F8ZmD
What is included?
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner for each of the hiking days
- Breakfast in Kathmandu
- All required ground transportation as per the itinerary including the airport transfer at the start of the trip
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (various room sizes)
- 11 nights in basic mountain teahouses (lodges) in mixed gender dorms
- Nepalese/English speaking mountain guide/s who are also Qualified Outdoor First Aiders
- Porter to carry your luggage (1 porter for every 2 hikers)
- All hiking permits, national park permits and entry fees
- Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit
- Use of Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate
- Internal flights (Ramechhap to Lukla and Lukla to Ramechhap) and airport tax
- All government taxes and service charge
- International flights to and from Kathmandu
- Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu - a typical lunch/dinner can be had for approximately 10-15 USD per person
- Meals other than the above mentioned
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Travel insurance – this is essential that you take out and you'll need to provide a copy of this on the trip
- Laundry and hot showers in teahouses
- Tips for local guide and their staff
- Kathmandu city tour (optional)
- Any other expenses which are not mentioned as ’’Included’’
- Valid documents - you'll also need to ensure you have all valid documents to visit this country including a passport and a Visa
- Possible extra nights cost if the start/return flights are cancelled
For our nights in Kathmandu, we will stay in a nice, centrally located hotel. All rooms have en-suite facilities, wi-fi, and air conditioning.
In the mountains, we will be staying in teahouses (lodges) for the rest of the trip. Please, be realistic about what to expect in the mountains in terms of accommodation. The teahouses are basic but very friendly and traditionally decorated. Usually they are unheated with wooden beds and foam mattresses for which we provide sleeping bags and in dormitories of varying sizes. The washing and toilet facilities are shared and sometimes outside the main building.
What should I pack?
Visa, Passport and Trekking Permits
Visas are required for most nationalities and should be obtained in advance. We strongly recommend that you take out a visa in advance as there can be issues and very lengthy multi hour queues obtaining it on arrival. Please check the full details below:
For UK passport holders, it is generally required that your have a passport with at least 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay when you visit countries outside of the EU. For other nationalities, please check the relevant embassy. Travelling with the correct pack of documents is your responsibility and Club Hiking in London CSCA cannot be held accountable in case of any discrepancies.
You are required to bring at least 2 passport size photos for your trekking permits and hand them to your local guide when you arrive in Nepal.
Under no circumstances can we accept anyone on the trip without valid travel insurance. It is required that you send a copy of your travel insurance to us at least 1 month before the trip starting date.
For this trip it is essential that you buy an insurance that covers up to 5600m as well as emergency helicopter rescue. Please note that in case such is needed, it can only be arranged if your insurance covers it no matter how serious the injury is.
There are lots of insurers who cover hiking, for example the BMC: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/insurance
We will need to note the following details from your policy, if any of these are not shown, please contact your insurance company:
- Insurance company name and address
- Insurance пolicy number
- Insurance company phone number including country code – this should be a 24 hour helpline that most companies provide
Health and vaccinations
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for travelling to Nepal. However, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor to check if you require any specific preventive measures. The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal as at 2019 are Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. For more information, you can check Nepal’s specific information in the link below:
We have arranged a complimentary transfer from Kathmandu airport to the hotel in Kathmandu upon arrival. Please send us your flight details as soon as you book them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be met at Kathmandu airport and driven to the hotel.
Food and drinks
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for each of the hiking days as well as breakfast in Kathmandu. There are many restaurants just out of the hotel in Kathmandu where typical lunch costs around 5-10 USD. It is highly recommended not to eat street food. The mountain teahouses provide traditional Nepalese meals. Typical breakfast is Chapati flatbread, omelette or boiled eggs, or muesli/porridge with milk. Typical lunch and dinner is Nepalese dal bhat (rice and lentils typically accompanied by a vegetable curry and a mixture of spicy vegetables and greens), Chowmein, Mo Mo (dumplings filled with meat or vegetables with homemade dough), spaghetti, noodle soup, sherpa stew. There is a menu and everyone can choose their meals but there is limited choice in the tea houses.
Vegetarian and vegan food can be catered for. Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it during the trip as it cannot be guaranteed how fresh and good it is. Some dietary requirements such as lactose free, nut free cannot be catered for. We need to be aware of all dietary requirements prior to booking as some cannot be met, so please do email us to verify if they can be catered for first: email@example.com.
Tap water - it is not recommended to drink tap water unless it has been treated. The teahouses provide boiled water which is drinkable for about 2-4 USD per litre. We strongly recommend that you bring a reusable bottle instead of purchasing single use plastic bottles in order to reduce the use of plastic and pollution in the mountains. The teahouses also provide cold water free of charge which can be made drinkable with purification tablets or other products. Make sure to check the product’s performance in cold and freezing conditions. Please keep in mind that if you use local water purification tablets the water may taste differently than if you buy such tablets from the UK.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Base layer for warmth - e.g. wool (goes under trousers)
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight hiking trousers
- Thermal trousers - e.g. fleece or warm wool
- Waterproof shell trousers (ideally breathable)
- Thin lightweight inner socks
- Thick warm wool hiking socks
- Waterproof hiking boots (must be worn in) with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp (winter trips only)
- T-shirts (quick drying, cotton, wool or synthetic)
- Down jacket with a hood (4/5 season)
- Waterproof shell jacket (ideally breathable)
- Thermal base layer e.g. synthetic or merino wool
- Fleece (ideally windproof)
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
- LED Headtorch (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking bags/Duffel bag, basic personal First Aid Kit (with tablets, plasters, Compeed etc)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Day rucksack approx 30 to 45 litres
- Trekking poles (must be checked in luggage)
- Reusable water bottle (2l) or camel bag - but pipe can freeze in cold
- Toiletries - you may wish to bring all the medicines you are used to, like headache tablets,etc.
- Ear plugs
- Solar charger/spare batteries
- Water purification tablets (recommended)
- Extra energy bars/snacks (optional)
- Usual personal toiletries plus:
- 1 medium sized quick drying microfibre towel
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Sun cream/lip balm (50+spf)
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissues and 1-2 extra toilet rolls
- Antibacterial hand sanitiser
Each client can take a total of 15kg (a soft/duffle bag up to 10kg and a backpack up to 5kg). The trip includes 1 porter per every 2 trekkers and each porter can carry 20kg. This means that you can give the big bag to the porter and carry only your day rucksack yourself. If you arrive with a suitcase/hard luggage, they will not be able to take you on the trek, you will need to buy soft luggage in Kathmandu and you will need to abandon your suitcase/hard luggage there.
Also, there is a weight restriction on the flight to and from Lukla of 10kg checked baggage plus 5kg hand luggage. If you want to take more, there is an extra charge of 2-3USD per kg but you will have to carry it yourself during the trek.
- Laundry - There is a laundry service in Namche Bazaar and it costs 2-3 USD per kg. For the rest of the trek only cold water laundry is available. In Kathmandu laundry service costs around 1 USD per kg
- Hot shower - Hot showers are available in every teahouse and cost around 4-5 USD per person
- Keep in mind that sometimes a hot shower is simply a bucket of hot water without a shower head
- Battery charging - around 2 USD
- Wi-Fi - around 5 USD (where available)
Spending money Breakfasts, lunches and dinners during the trek are included but if you want to purchase additional snacks and drinks below is a breakdown of some items. Keep in mind that the cost of food and drinks rises the higher you trek as it is all carried by porters. Depending on your personal choices, 15-25 USD per day should be enough to cover extra expenses.
These below are the prices for 2019, please note that they may change but still it gives you an idea.
In Kathmandu:Coke: 1 USD
Water: 25 Cents per litre Beer: 4-5 USD
Cup of Tea: 50 Cents
Chocolate Bars: 2-4 USD
In the mountains:Coke: 3-6 USD
Water: 2-4 USD per litre Beer: 6-8 USD per bottle
Cup of Tea:1-2 USD
Tips are not included in the trip’s cost but in Asian culture, such are expected for good service. The amount is at your discretion and it should be reflective of your perception of service and quality but please find some helpful guidelines below:
- Main guide: 3-5 USD per person per day.
- Assistant guide: 2-3 USD per person, per assistant guide per day.
- Porters: There is one porter per two people - we suggest 1-2 USD per person, per porter, per day.
ATMs are available in Kathmandu but not in the mountains. However, we advise you not to rely entirely on ATM machines as some can run out of money, others are broken and others have a limit of less than 100 GBP equivalent. Credit cards are accepted in most big supermarkets, shops and restaurants in Kathmandu but for the mountains it is essential to carry cash in (no need to exchange in local currency as dollars are accepted.)
What are the visa requirements?
Currently, all foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the £45 fee if staying for less than 30 days.
Internet and mobile coverage
Most of the trek has mobile and internet coverage but please take in mind it can be patchy. You can buy a SIM card from the airport in Kathmandu, the cost depends on the minutes and the GBs available and the price is approximately between 5-20 USD.
Do I need immunisations?
You can see the latest NHS advice at https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-east/nepal
Am I fit enough?
Everest Base Camp requires you to trek at altitude for up to 8 hours per day, with a small 5-7kg rucksack. We recommended to train with long hikes and/or a sport of your choice (e.g. jogging).
When should I fly in/out of Kathmandu?
You can arrive at any time on the start date of your trip, and you’ll be picked up from the Airport. We recommend you fly out on the afternoon of the last date of your trip, as the internal flights the day before can be delayed in poor weather.
What is the accommodation like?
You stay in Hotels in the city of Kathmandu and Tea Houses whilst you are on the trek. The Hotel will be 3 stars. The Hotel is a twin shared room, but you can get your own room for the 3 nights for an additional charge. The hotel has access to showers and intermittent internet.
If you would like to book any additional nights at the hotel, then please contact them directly.
The teahouses are very basic. Some of them have squat style toilets, whilst others have Western style. Showers do not always offer warm water and most teahouses will charge you for use of a hot shower.
Meals are available from teahouses, but all food has been carried up there by porters, so the higher up you go, the more expensive it becomes. Some teahouses do have access to the internet but at a cost.
How big are the groups?
The average group size is 12 people, with a maximum of 14.
Will I feel the changes in altitude?
While the itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation you are likely to feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation whilst on this trek. Please be aware that your guide may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.
When you go above altitudes of 2,500m, you need to allow your body time to acclimatise properly. When you are at altitude, you enter a lower oxygen environment. All relevant itineraries are designed to ensure that this process is met.
So, what does this mean? This may mean that you may need to follow a longer route during the ascent phase to achieve the end goal. In this case, reaching Everest Base Camp. It may also mean that you must rest for a day or so at certain altitudes to ensure that our bodies acclimatise properly to the change in environment. This will allow you to ascend safely and have a much more enjoyable experience.
High altitude sickness can happen to anybody – old or young, in a good shape or not. Being in hurry in the mountains of Nepal can be deadly. Your body can adjust to this altitude, but only if given enough time. If you find symptoms of altitude sickness, then you must descend at any cost. The symptoms are totally different from one person to other. Sometimes you might feel headache, you may feel you need to throw up, your fingers may go slightly numb or you may start breathing heavy. If you have these kinds of symptoms you should stop at this height. Drinking lots of water can help you out.
You are advised to move slowly, don’t rush and ensure you protect yourself from the weather.