(Best seasons to trek: February-May & September-November)
Everest Base Camp trek begins with an inspiring mountain flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla and starting the trek up through the Sagarmatha National Park all the way through the colourful landscapes. We take steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpas, where we are greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. We enjoy the Sherpa village, its culture and monasteries, the mountaineers and wild life museums, during one rest day which also aid in acclimatization as the altitude begins to “rise”. While we pass through the verdant alpine forest and wildlife, raging glacial rivers and waterfalls, stony trails, mountains, and Buddhist monasteries, Everest along with other mighty mountains get closer day by day. We continue to follow the trail to a famous vantage point, Kala Patthar, where a marvelous 360-degree panorama awaits. After achieving our target of Everest Base Camp, we trek back down to Lukla for a return flight to Kathmandu.
As I know the country well, I will be your personal guide for the entire stay of your journey. I will answer all your questions and wishes, when possible of course 😉
This not the first time I organize a trip to Nepal.
In my experience flying to Kathmandu, the prices are all the same in general. The only problem with tickets from 740 euros, are the waiting-time in Delhi, or somewhere else, sometimes up to 8 hours and more. So my idea was to do it different. We fly to Delhi, and stay a few days. It’s an 8 hours flight. When we leave on Thursday the 3th, we arrive in the evening. We take a hotel near the airport, and Friday the next day, we all make a trip to Agra, and visit the Taj Mahal. Next day we fly to Kathmandu. That price will be around 750 euro. (normally, but they can change)
So the flight goes as follows : Brussels-Delhi / Delhi-Kathmandu / Kathmandu-Delhi-Brussels (or Mumbai-Brussels)
I’m looking at a way to buy all tickets at the same time, in order to have a better price, and we can all leave at the same time. So there for, I will need a copy of your passport, so I can go to a travel-agency to book all the tickets at once. Once I find a good price, I will notify the participants, who made a deposit for this trip. (deposit 1.000 euro)
As you know the validity of your passport should be 6 months before expiring. We need a period of 2 weeks, so the visa would cost 25 euro for 15 days. We leave on the 3th of April and will be flying back on the 18th of April. The address of the Nepali Embassy in Brussels is :
- Nepali Embassy, Avenue Brugmann 210, 1050 Brussels – Tel: 02/346 26 58
- Email: email@example.com
When taking the tram in Brussels, you can take the 92 at the Royal Park, the halt is hundred meters from the embassy. You go in with your passport, fill in one form, pay 25 euro. You get a ticket, and the next day your visa is ready to collect. And check please on the site when they have National Holidays, it could be that the embassy is closed.
For your visa of India, you go to the Indian Embassy. You only require a “single entry”.
Read the instructions well on the site, because they are very strict about their visa’s. It could be that you have to return, because you forgot some items to declare. The pictures needed are 2 inch (5cm). There is a machine there to take pictures (6euro)
After 3 or 4 days your visa can be picked up.
The following medication is recommended:
- Broad-spectrum antibiotics : from neck until hips
- Paracetamol and/or Dafalgan 1000mg
- Hansaplast or Compeed
But I have a small “apotheek” over there at my place, in case you have forgotten yours, or short of.
The food in Nepal is very nice, more veggie, with an Indian twist, and very healthy. So you are in to losing some weight during this trekking ;-), why not…Rice is served always, and of course there is also meat, with delicious curries. Water in Nepal (bottle) costs almost nothing (20 cent in the valley), but the higher you get, the more expensive it gets (up to 2 euros). Beers, however, are more expensive, and also wine. You pay the same price as in Belgium for a bottle of wine. Beer-bottles have a bigger size, 650cl, and cost about 4,5 euro. When you prefer to have dinner on your own (which is entirely possible), you pay around 3 to 8 euro.
What certainly to bring along.
Flash-light, medication, warm sweater, back-pack, firm shoes, sunglasses, insect-spray, a light jacket, adapter for electric appliances, thermic underwear, thick socks, sunblock-crème, hat or cap, gloves (ski)….
Weather in April
In April you can expect hot weather, and dry. It’s the warmest period of the year. You can expect temps around 28 degrees, and more… During night it can be chilly in the valley, down to 12 a 15 degrees. So there for you need warm things to. When going to the Himalaya’s, you need really warm clothing, but we would have clear skies, so you can see millions of stars.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Departing Brussels in the morning, and arrival in Delhi airport in the evening, transport to the hotel nearby. Dinner at the hotel Uppal Eco Hotel 5*
We take a private tour of several antique structures of Agra, a city on the banks of the Yamuna River. Private pickup will take you from Delhi approximately four hours to Agra. Stop first at Akbar’s Tomb in Sikandra, the last resting place of the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great. Follow your guide inside the red-sandstone tomb and admire the ornamental arch and pillars, its intricate and exquisite carvings and the marble interior boasting geometric and floral designs.
Afterward, continue the drive approximately 20 minutes to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Agra Fort, a treasure house of Mughal architecture. This 94-acre (34-hectare) brick fort dates back to 1080 AD and has seen many battles and undergone major renovations. Witness the interesting fusion of Hindu and Islamic influences on its construction and decor as you walk inside the fort with your guide and learn about the different functions of the buildings including the Moti Masjid (Pearl Fort), Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) and more.
Head finally to India’s most iconic building, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taj Mahal. Along the way, stop at a popular restaurant for traditional Indian eats.
Spanning an area of about 1,000 acres (400 hectares), this majestic architectural wonder offers incredible sights. On your guided tour, admire the structure’s magnificent construction, the intricate exterior and interior decor, the beautiful garden and the outlying red-sandstone buildings. Its most predominant structure, the white-domed marble mausoleum, was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and combines Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles.
At the end of private tour, sit back and relax on the drive back to Delhi.
Departing Delhi, and arrival in Kathmandu airport & transfer to hotel. An official representative will come at the airport to welcome us to drop us at the hotel as per requirements, but could be manageable as per your requirements). Free time in the afternoon, in the evening a welcome dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant with folk music and dances.
Trek preparation and guided city tour
In the morning we visit some special sites in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. We have our own AC-transport to Swayambunath, the monkey-temple in the west of Kathmandu. We have a great view over the city, and see the mountains at the north. We go to Durbar Square, and visit the palaces. From there we go to Pashupatinath, the cremations center at the Shiva temple, near to the Holy River Bagmati. Here we can see the traditional cremations, who Hindus say goodbye to the ones that are passed away.
In the afternoon we have a briefing, and prepare our trek to the Himalaya.
Fly to Lukla (2700m) and trek to Phakding (2600m)
This is a special mountain flight.
Phakding Bridge and trekking. These are some images from the lower (still 2.600m) Himalaya. We have beautiful views, and easy trekking. The weather will be nice.
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3450m) Next day, we go up to 3.450m to Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpa’s. From there we do several excursions to get used to the altitude. During the trekking we stay in lodges. Some views:
Excursion to Thame Monastery (3800m) and back to Namche
Day 8 :
Trek to Thyangboche (3880m) The higher we get, the more beautiful and spectacular the views become. Also the Thyangboche Monastery.
Day 9 :
Trek to Pheriche (4250m)
Day 10 :
Trek to Lobuche (4930m) Lobuche
Day 11 :
Trek to Gorak Shep (5130m) and excursion to Kala Pattar (5545m), Excursion Everest BC and back to Dingboche (4700m)
Everybody can achieve this, with the right guides and sherpa’s, which we have on our trekking.
Trek to Thyangboche (3880m)
Day 13 :
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3400m)
Trek to Lukla (2800m)
Day 15 :
From Lukla airport, we fly back to Kathmandu and have a free day, fare well dinner in the evening on typical Nepalese restaurant called the Krishnapan, which is situated in the Dwarika Hotel. It’s the finest restaurant in Nepal, with traditions and the real Nepali way of dishes.
Day 16 :
Departure day from Kathmandu, drop of at airport.
- Accommodation whilst in Delhi and Kathmandu on different categories of hotels as per requirements.
- All transportation by suitable vehicle (car, van, bus) in Kathmandu
- Complementary welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepalese restaurant with folk music and dances.
- A day Kathmandu valley sightseeing as per itinerary with tour guide, vehicle & entry fees
- Kathmandu to Lukla, Lukla to Kathmandu, both way air fares.
- Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee in a cup) basis whilst the Everest base camp trek
- Accommodation on teahouse/lodge during the Everest base camp trek
- Everest base camp trek leader (English speaking, First Aid and eco trained), Sherpa helper (one Sherpa for more than 10 members, one leader for more than 15 pax and two leaders for more than 20 pax), assistant trekking guide, all crews payments including insurance
- Entry permit, TIMS Cards and all major entry fee
- Sleeping bag and down jacket, trekking (period only)
- Exclusive medical kit bag during the trek
- Trekking duffel bag with company T-shirt (You can come with your suitcase, no need to buy extra)
- All government and local taxes included
- Helicopter rescue arrangements through your travel insurance in case of an emergency.
- International flight ticket re-confirmation
- Submit your tourist registration form to the require embassy/consulate.
- International flights Brussels-Delhi-Kathmandu-Delhi (or Mumbai)-Brussels
- Nepal and Indian visa fees.
- Excess baggage charges (Domestic flight allows 15kg).
- Lunch in Kathmandu.
- Travel and rescue expenses, insurance encase of emergency evacuations.
- Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills, hot shower, Battery recharge & extra porters.
- Tips for driver, trekking guide and trekking porters (Tipping is not mandatory but it would be highly appreciated).
- Any extending trips besides Everest base camp trek.
For this trip, make sure you have a travel insurance. I can’t be held responsible for injuries or altitude sickness during the trekking. Helicopters are there to do urgent evacuation, when necessary. Make sure your insurance covers that too.
The total cost of this trip will be 3.250 euro, based on twin rooms.
Single occupancy extra 455 euro.