• What is a typical day?

    Normal wake up time when on the trail is around 6.30 am, with a selection of teas, coffee, and hot chocolate on offer.

    After a full breakfast, our kit-bags are packed and given to our porters to carry, or are loaded on to yaks. Members carry only their day-pack. We are usually on the trail by 8.00 am with the aim of starting early and finishing early.

    Distances travelled each day are no more than a few kilometers, although don’t be deceived as walking at high altitude is very different to sea level. Our longest days stretch to six to seven hours walking at a slow pace, with a long break for lunch to keep out of the midday sun. Trekking is always on well-formed tracks, and there is no climbing or mountaineering aspect whatsoever.

    Temperatures on the trail start as low as minus 5 deg C before sunrise, and can reach 18 to 20 deg C at midday, even at the altitude of Everest Base Camp.

    Sometimes snow is encountered, although our seasonal timing ensures the highest likelihood of good weather.

    There is a great deal of time to sit and read, talk to the Sherpas, to wander the villages, and to relax and enjoy the magical scenery.

  • The Trek structure

    We have a fantastic team of qualified and experienced people who bring the skills required for a safe, successful and enjoyable trek.

    Our typical trek organization structure includes a Trek Leader, Head Sherpa, 2-3 Sherpas (depending on Trek numbers), and Porters.

    Our Trek Leaders have been chosen because of their exceptional experience and knowledge of Nepal and of the Khumbu. They have excellent empathy with our Sherpa guides and with the Sherpa culture, enabling the “best of both worlds” for our trekkers.

    Our ratio of Sherpa guides to trekkers is at least one to five, providing a unique level of individual attention as well as a safety back-up.

  • What gear to take?

    After many Everest treks, we are able to advise on the best clothing and gear you should bring with you to the Khumbu

    You will receive a trek kit-bag prior to departure which will be your carry-bag whilst on a trek. You can bring additional clothing (and suitcase) with you, subject to normal airline restrictions, which you can leave at our hotel in Kathmandu.

    Your trek kit-bag, when fully packed, must weigh no more than 15kg; this is a restriction on the internal flight to Lukla, as well as being a realistic limitation on what we expect our porters to carry for us. So please be sparing in what you bring and economise on weight wherever possible.

    When trekking you will only have to carry your own day-pack, which will contain any personal requirements, plus your water bottle, rain jacket, warm jacket/sweatshirt, and camera gear.

    Many of the items in our Gear List (eg down jackets, warm gloves) can be purchased quite cheaply from the many trekking shops in Kathmandu, so there is no need to panic if you forget something. But it is our advice to bring most/all items with you to avoid the need for last-minute shopping.

    Everest Treks preferred apparel supplier is Macpac, another proud New Zealand based company. All trekkers who shop at Macpac and identify as Everest Treks clients will receive 30% off Macpac gear or the sale price, whichever is the best deal.

    Given current airline security requirements, it is advisable to pack all of your liquid and gel items, such as liquid hand wash, toothpaste, creams etc, in your checked-in luggage, not in your cabin luggage.


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  • How about accommodation and food?

    Accommodation

    In Kathmandu, we stay in the Park Village Resort Hotel, only 7 km from downtown Kathmandu. It is set in 6 acres of pristine woodland and boasts a magnificent swimming pool, four-star rooms with bathrooms, and wonderful food. From our hotel, it is a 15-minute taxi ride to the centre of Kathmandu.

    Lodging on the trail has improved considerably over recent years. The lodges we stay in are of a high standard. They offer private bedrooms and feature warm dining/lounge areas which have a wonderful atmosphere and provide an excellent place to relax with your fellow trekkers.

    Food

    Nepal is a melting pot of many cultures, and consequently offers a variety of food, from the spicy Indian-influenced curry dishes to the more bland Tibetan fare, plus the option of western-style meals.

    Our breakfasts offer cereals, porridge, eggs, toast or chapatti. Every trekking day we stop for a lunch of noodle soup, Riggi potato or Tibetan bread and cheese, and a delicious hot lemon tea. Dinner is based around a starter of hearty soup, and a meal of fresh vegetables, rice, potatoes and noodles, accompanied by meat or chicken. Interspersed during the day we will have plenty of hot drinks, biscuits and the odd chocolate bar!

    One dish that stands out from the many different regional variations, and has come to symbolize Nepal’s cuisine, is dal-bhad-tarkari (abbreviated to dal-bhad). Dal is a thick lentil soup, eaten with rice (bhad), and accompanied by vegetable curry (tarkari) and pickles (achar) which enhance the flavour of an otherwise plain dish. Dal-bhad is a favourite of trekkers.

    We have a large carbohydrate intake with the food we eat, and most people find it unnecessary to take supplementary snack food.

  • What level of fitness and health is required?

    We are recognized in the Everest region as having the best acclimatisation program, the highest standard of attention to hygiene, and the most organised medical back-up system. The measures we take ensure that our trekkers are kept healthy and safe, an aspect on which we have built our reputation. Consequently, nearly all of our trekkers reach their intended goal, the literal high-point of their adventure.

    Fitness

    Trekking at altitude is definitely demanding, but not as physically tough as many people think. Our trips are attainable for most people who have a reasonable level of fitness.

    We suggest you begin a fitness program at least 3 months before departure and undertake regular activities such as walking, cycling, swimming or jogging. Walking up and down hills is great preparation.

    If starting from a low base of fitness, begin with one-hour walks, and over a period of four weeks, build up to two to three hour walks over mixed terrain.

    When trekkers arrive in Kathmandu they should be capable of walking for four hours over varied terrain without feeling unduly fatigued.

    None of our treks ascend more than 800 meters in any one day, but of course the higher we go the more noticeable the altitude gain becomes. We walk at a very slow pace, and there is plenty of time during the day to cover our required distance. There is also ample time to rest.

    Altitude conditioning in a pressurised chamber has become recently available. In our experience, people who have undertaken these programs are no better conditioned for altitude than those who have not done so.

    There is no doubt that the fitter you are prior to your trek the greater your chance of completing it comfortably. Get out there and get walking!

    Health & acclimatisation

    Our health and safety record in the Khumbu is second to none, and we pride ourselves on the care we take of our trekkers. Over a long period, we have had considerable experience dealing with every health eventuality, mostly with trekkers from other groups that we encounter along the way!

    We carry a well-stocked Medical kit enabling us to deal with a full range of conditions, from stomach upset to tired muscles.

    Trekkers are sometimes concerned about the likelihood of altitude sickness, more precisely known as AMS, or acute mountain sickness. AMS is a potential risk for trekkers and is normally caused by a too rapid rate of altitude gain, or by dehydration. We minimize this risk by having a very conservative schedule for our treks with regular rest days, significantly improving acclimatisation. Our trekkers are encouraged/required to drink a minimum of four litres of water every day, eliminating the risk of dehydration.

    As a result, even mild cases of AMS are rare on our treks, but when they do occur they can be easily treated with the medication that we carry.

    Ascetozolimide (Diamox) is used for the prevention of AMS and some Doctors suggest trekkers take this as a preventative measure; you should discuss this with your own Doctor.

    If you would like more detailed information on AMS then we suggest you refer to a comprehensive discussion on The Travel Doctor website.

    Once you have paid the deposit for your trek, we request that you have a Medical Information Sheet completed by your Doctor and returned to us. You should not be concerned about us requiring this information; it is simply a precautionary part of our pre-trek process, and ensures a Doctor has considered any possible health impact in you trekking to a relatively high altitude; it also ensures any vaccination and medicinal requirements have been covered.

    If you have any concerns whatsoever about the required level of fitness, general health issues, or acclimatisation, please don"t hesitate to ring and discuss them with us; we have extensive experience in these areas, and we are always happy to share this with you.

  • What is included in the cost?

    Everest Treks are unique in that our trek prices are on an absolute 100% all-inclusive basis; you will not find any additional or hidden costs, it is all taken care of!

    The following costs are included in our packages:

    • International return flight ex Auckland
    • New Zealand departure tax (for Ex-Auckland trips)
    • Departure tax from Singapore
    • Departure tax Nepal
    • All accommodation, including high standard Lodges on trail
    • All meals
    • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
    • Internal return flight to Lukla
    • Park entry fee to Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park
    • TIMS (trekker Information Management System) Card
    • High-quality kit-bag
    • A contribution to our Conservation Projects
    • VAT and service charges in Nepal

    The only “extras” when you come on an Everest Trek are your personal spending money (set your own limit!), and any personal requirements such as hotel laundry, phone calls, email, alcohol/soft drinks.

  • How about Visas & permits?

    For those overnighting in Singapore, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your arrival date in Singapore, and no visa is required if you are traveling as a tourist. A “social visit pass” (entry stamp) will be done on your arrival.

    You will need a Nepal visa for entry to Nepal. This is obtained via the self-service kiosk in the Kathmandu airport immigration area and is valid for a 30-day period.

    All trekkers in the Everest Region are required to register under the Nepal Trekkers" Information Management System (TIMS). A TIMS permit card will be issued to you in Kathmandu prior to departure to the Everest Region. You will need to bring two current passport photos with you for this.

  • How do I book and make payment?

    Registration & booking

    To Register for your Everest Trek please complete the on-line Registration Form.

    On receipt of your Registration Form, we will contact you to confirm availability and departure date for your desired trek.

    If you have any queries at all please Contact Us by phone or email us your General Enquiry.

    Confirmation & payment

    Your place on the trek will be confirmed once we have received your deposit of NZ$750, at which time you will receive your Trip Pack. You will be required to complete a Medical Information Sheet and send us a copy of your passport.

    The balance of your payment will be payable 60 days before your departure date. We will send you an invoice to remind you two weeks before the due date.

    All payments can be made by direct crediting to our bank account:

    • ANZ Bank, Nelson, 06 0705 0377086 000

    Please ensure you enter your surname and trek code (EBC, TOE, VN) in the Reference section for any payment you make to us.

    Alternatively, you can mail your cheque to PO Box 1 St Arnaud 7053, New Zealand.

    Please note - we do not offer a credit card payment facility.

    Please also note that we reserve the right to alter the price of our treks in the event there is an unexpected increase in flight cost to Kathmandu, or in exchange rates.

    Travel Pack

    Approximately one month prior to your departure we will send you your travel documents; these will include a copy of your e-ticket.

    Cancellation

    In the event a trek does not proceed and/or is canceled by Everest Treks, we will refund in full any deposit/payment you have made.

    In the event you wish/need to withdraw from a trek after you have paid your deposit/final payment then a cancellation charge may, at the sole discretion of Everest Treks, be payable as follows:

    • Up to 60 days prior to departure date: loss of deposit.
    • Less than 60 days from the departure date: loss of 50% of total trip cost.
    • Less than 45 days from the departure date: loss of total trip cost.

    Other Terms and Conditions

    You will receive a full copy of our Terms and Conditions once you have registered for a trip; if you would like a copy of these before then, please click here to download a copy. If you have any queries at all, please either ring or Contact Us.