Everest Base Camp Trek Packages
The good news is that you don’t have to climb Everest to
experience the magic of this breathtaking mountain. The lower altitude of
Everest Base Camp makes the EBC trek much more achievable and affordable whilst
still offering adventure, challenge and stunning scenery. To climb Everest Base
Camp, you’ll need to train hard and carefully plan your itinerary, but this
route is one of the most iconic hikes in the world and trekking to Everest Base
Camp promises to be a thrill in its own right.
You can of course plan your Everest Base Camp holiday
yourself, so long as you book a guide to trek with you, as solo travel
restrictions in Nepal were tightened earlier this year. However, planning a
long-distance trek such as this we would highly recommend choosing an adventure
travel company to take some of the hassle out of organising permits, guides and
There are two types of travel company you can go with for
your Everest Base Camp trek packages – using a local company based in Nepal or
booking with a company closer to home. There are advantages to both such as
booking in-country may cost less but you might have to wait for an available
date and there is the potential for any language barrier to affect information
transfer, whereas booking with an adventure company in your home country will
give you plenty of time to plan and prepare.
We’ve put together a list of things to consider when looking
for the right company to book your Everest Base Camp trip with.
Look out for how much time you have at EBC too as after the
trek to get there you won’t want to miss out on climbing to the top of the camp
to get the best view of Everest from base camp. The extra time and effort will
also reward you with stunning views of the Everest Khumbu Icefall.
Read more about the different routes you can take to
Everest Base Camp here.
Make sure food, accommodation, guides, porters, and any
transfers are included in the price you pay, or you are given an idea of how
much extra these might be, as they are all essential for your trip. As a
provider, Kandoo recommends a daily budget for meals which is in addition to
their trip price but ensure that you reach safe, clean and above average teahouses
in time to eat regular meals.
Equipment hire, such as poles, insulated clothing and
sleeping bags, are things you might have to bring yourself or hire in country.
Tips for the Nepal hiking team will also be extra usually, and you should
consider keeping some cash to hand these out at the end of the trip if you are
happy with the support you have received.
Your support team climb Everest as their day job. They will
be able to advise about conditions, negotiate rooms at teahouses, make sure you
stay on route and time and support anyone who needs encouragement. The value of
their experience and presence is not to be underestimated.
As with many things in life, remember that you get what you