DATES: 06 - 22 OCT 2019 // 13 - 28 OCT 2019 | GROUP TREK | PRICE: £1,595 per person
06 - 22 Oct 2019 | £1,595 per person | 7 Spaces Available
13 - 28 Oct 2019 | £1,595 per person | 8 Spaces Available
First four bookers receive a £50 discount off the price of the trip.
If you would like to go ahead why not Book Now Pay Later. Pay the initial deposit of £150 per person which confirms your space, with a secondary payment of £100 due 6 weeks later. After that, there is nothing to pay until 12 weeks before the expedition departs. Sound good?
Take the leap and achieve something extraordinary with White Tiger Expeditions.
The Everest Base Camp trek always jumps straight out of the page and it is easy to see why. Starting in Lukla, the trail weaves its way through forests and high-altitude paths, passing many Himalayan giants along with way, with astonishing views of Mt Everest and seven other mountains over 8,000m. It doesn’t get much better.
Above the Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar, you will find yourself rubbing shoulders with Buddhist monks, smelling fresh juniper as it burns from the monasteries and village homes each morning.
The air is thin here as you quickly ascend to above 3,800m for most of the journey towards base camp, travelling over the Khumbu glacier to Everest Base Camp itself. The notorious Khumbu icefall can be clearly seen, with Nuptse being so close you almost feel you can reach out and stand on its summit.
An ascent of Kala Patar provides the best seats in the house for without question the finest views of Mt Everest (8,848m).
- Setting eyes for the first time on Mt Everest (8,848m) – that takes some beating
- Explore the depths of Everest and the Khumbu, taking in breathtaking scenery at every turn
- Spotting Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam as your journey takes your deeper into the region
- Sharing a cup of Masala tea in one of the many charming Sherpa villages along the way
- A major bucket list tick off by making the journey to Everest Base Camp
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel, Pre-briefing about trip
Day 02: Sightseeing tour, re-check trekking gear
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu - Lukla. Begin your Everest Base Camp trek to Phakding
Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar / 7 hours / 3,445m
Day 05: Namche Bazaar. Rest Day or day hike to Thame.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar - Khumjung / 4 hours / 3,790m
Day 07: Khumjung - Phortse / 5 hours / 3,810m
Day 08: Phortse - Dingboche / 5 - 6 hours / 4,350m
Day 09: Dingboche. Rest day
Day 10: Dingboche - Lobuche / 5 - 6 hours / 4,910m
Day 11: Lobuche - Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp / 10 hours total / 5,288m - 5,360m
Day 12: Gorak Shep - Kala Pathar - Pheriche / 8 Hours total / 5,545m - 4,240m
Day 13: Pheriche - Namche Bazaar / 8 Hours / 3,445m
Day 14: Namche Bazaar - Lukla / 7 Hours / 2,840m
Day 15: Fly Lukla - Kathmandu
Day 16: Kathmandu. Rest day.
Day 17: Kathmandu departure day
We take care of just about everything, so you can concentrate on enjoying the stunning scenery.
- Return Airport transfers
- Four nights in a 3* Kathmandu Hotel (inclusive of breakfast)
- 12-week training programme
- Internal flight in Economy class (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
- Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu (pre-trek)
- Teahouse accommodation, as well as full board throughout the duration of the trek
- Individual trek permits & National Park fees
- Local staff insurance
- Local guide and porters
- International flights
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs approx. US$25 per person per day)
- Personal Equipment
- Personal bills
- Visa fee US$25 per person for 15 days or US$40 per person for 30 days multiple entry
- Insurance (REQUIRED before trip departure – for cancellation, accidents, health, emergency evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage or personal effects)
- Excess baggage beyond 15kg
Our trekking adventures to Nepal are designed to be achieved by anyone who has a good level of fitness and for those who look after themselves through healthy living.
Trekking into the Everest Base Camp is extraordinary and a very popular trail, expect steady 3 - 6 hours worth of walking each day.
All clients will receive a 12-week training programme to help them prepare for their trip.
Request one of our Free Adventure Packs which goes into greater detail on the Everest Base Camp trek.
TIBET HOTEL, KATHMANDU
The Tibet Hotel remains one of the most charming hotels in Kathmandu which has a rich and cultural history.
The Hotel is well located in Kathmandu, close to all of the major tourist sites and is an ideal and very comfortable base prior and post your trek in the Himalayas.
Teahouses are part of the fabric of rural Nepal – charming, cosy and serving up hot, tasty local fare to keep you full along the trail.
It must be stressed that teahouses by their nature are simple, rooms often only have twin beds and come with a clean sheet on a mattress and pillowcase. Toilets are almost always shared and are in squat format. Teahouses in the lower valleys will have access to hot water and ‘probably’ a shower, the higher you go the less likely the chances of showering facilities, but you can always buy tubs of hot water for a bucket wash.
We always use the best teahouses in every village. Considering the environment, teahouses provide everything you need when in a remote environment like the Himalaya.
We specialise in arranging excellent land-only arrangements in Nepal with our ground team and do not book International flights. As there is a great variety of value flights departing from all over the world to Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).
Throughout your booking process, we will discuss our trusted and recommended ways to book international flights through excellent ATOL protected partners who offer great value, ease of service and flight protection.
Let us know your arrival and departure details in advance and we will take care of everything else from the moment your land.
PASSPORTS, VISAS & PERMITS
All travellers to Nepal must hold a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your expected departure from Nepal.
An entry visa for Nepal is also required. It can be obtained either online or at the airport upon arrival in Nepal. If you plan to obtain it in Nepal, be sure to bring the current visa fee in cash. You will also need to bring passport photographs with you which are necessary for your visa and trekking/climbing permits.
The currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee. As of early 2019, the exchange rate buys £1 = 140 rupees.
US dollars are available to spend at major hotels and restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara. As is using debit and credit cards.
ATMs are widely available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All banks in Nepal charge £3.50 per withdrawal, often with a cash limit of 35,000 rupees (£250).
In the mountains, it is a cash only culture and you will require to take enough cash with you to cover your time on the trail.
On this expedition, all of your meals and accommodation is prepaid for. You will therefore only need to take enough with you to cover drinks, snacks and souvenirs you want along the way.
Nepal is +5.45 hours ahead of GMT.
Electricity is mainly available in the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valleys, where the current is 220V/50 Cycles. Sockets have two round pins, like France.
While in the mountains you can recharge your batteries in teahouses which largely run off solar panels or generators. In some teahouses, you will be charged a small fee (usually around 500 rupees).
There is a chance there will be no charging facilities at some of the destinations we will visit on the expedition. It is recommended to charge up your cameras, phones and devices where the opportunity presents itself.
Travel insurance is compulsory by everybody before joining a White Tiger adventure. Without proof, before disembarking the UK you will not be allowed to join the trip.
Travel insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is required. You should be aware that many standard insurance policies may not cover you adequately for all aspects of the expedition and we strongly recommend that you purchase a suitably designed insurance policy.
White Tiger cannot comment on the suitability of your cover so if you are in any doubt please contact your policy provider and ask them to confirm that you are covered to our minimum standard (below).
- Emergency medical repatriation (to home country) including any associated expenses abroad: at least $500,000
- Activities: to ensure that any expedition activities are included, these could be trekking, trail running or climbing up to an altitude of 4,500m
- Geographical region: check the geographical region you are going to is insured
- Foreign Ministry advice: check your insurance is not sensitive to any travel warnings issued by your respective foreign ministry. At the time of writing (January 2019) there are no travel adversaries for travel to Nepal. For UK based travellers please check the advice @FCOtravel
- Dates of travel: ensure that your travel insurance covers your complete journey. Your cover will need to begin at the departure and return date to your home country.
- Pre-existing medical conditions: disclose these to your insurance company and to White Tiger Expeditions
Prior to your departure White Tiger require the name of your insurance policy provider, their 24-hour emergency contact number and your policy number.
Temperatures tend to be quite cool in the mornings and evenings, but heat-up at midday due to the strong, direct sunlight at high altitudes.
October – April – Clear mornings with cloud developing in the afternoons; hot during the day, mild evenings. Highs in the low 30s to upper teens (Celsius).
December/January/February – Clear mornings with clouds developing in the afternoons, warm days but cold at night. Highs in the low 20’s to mid-single digits (Celsius).
November & March – Clear mornings with clouds developing in the afternoons, warm during the day and cool evenings. Highs in the mid 20’s to mid-teens (Celsius).
May-mid September – This is Nepal’s rainy season. Highs in the low 30’s to low of ’20s (Celsius).
Dress is informal in Nepal. In Kathmandu, casual clothing is fine although tight and revealing clothing could offend the modest norm, particularly if visiting a holy site in the city.
In the mountains, comfortable and breathable running/trekking gear is recommended. Lightweight trail running trainers with rubber soles and ankle support. They do not need to be 100% waterproof as the likely hood of getting wet is low given the time of year we will be in the Manaslu region.
You will also need a balance of cool vs warm clothing. Day time temperatures can be hot, but as the sun drops behind the valleys evening temperatures can be chilly.
We will issue an expedition clothing list before your departure to ensure you have everything you need.
A 10% service charge for hotels is included in the hotel rate. The service charge is divided equally amongst all hotel staff. Local restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill, which also divided amongst the staff.
Tipping is not included for your local trekking team. Tipping is discretionary but greatly appreciated. The local teams work very hard and often go above and beyond in order to satisfy the trip experience.
As a guideline US$10-15 per person per day would be about right when on the expedition. The best way we find is to arrange for an envelope at the end of the expedition to be given to our local team which we will arrange before departure.
FOOD & DIETARY
Kathmandu and Pokhara have a wide variety of restaurants, everything from Italian, Indian, American and everything in between. There is something here to suit all taste buds and dietary requirements.
Dhal Bhat is the national dish of Nepal which local people eat twice a day. Dhal Bhat is a wholesome and tasty meal, served thali-style with rice, dhal lentils, fried local vegetables, local chilli with a poppadum or cracker. Dhal Bhat is served almost as much as you can eat and you will continually be asked if you would like more of anything once your plate is empty.
In the mountains, Dhal Bhat will feature heavily. The good news is to save you from monotony local menus can be quite varied and you will find dishes like macaroni, noodle soups and even pizzas being offered in even the remotest of places.
For vegetarians, the mountains of Nepal are perfect. Fresh vegetables grow in abundance, and meat is rarely offered given the importance placed on local poultry, cows and yaks.
Gluten and lactose intolerances can be catered for. Please do let us know so that we can plan appropriately for you in advance.
WATER & DRINKS
Drinking water and canned/bottled drinks are available right throughout Kathmandu and in the mountains of Nepal.
In the mountains, all water needs to be treated before it is drunk. We even treat boiled water with chloride tablets in an attempt to kill any bacteria that could present. The last thing you want is a dodgy tummy on the expedition.
It is recommended to bring a water bottle that has an anti-bacterial filter or Steripen which we have found both work great. Without stating the obvious it is very important that you remain hydrated on the trip, trekking miles in glorious conditions will dehydrate you, particularly with the brightness of the sun when we travel at altitude.
Hot teas, coffee and chocolate are all available at teahouses and rest stops. You will also find bottled (glass) or cans of beer available, which can be found in even the unlikeliest of places.
We absolutely do not endorse single-use plastic and because of our commitment to the environment, we want you to be aware of this.
Local villages will sell bottled coke and other drinks, if you do buy a bottled drink you will need to bring the plastic bottle back down with you to Kathmandu where it stands a higher chance of being recycled. If the bottle stays in the village, its chances of being burnt or ending up in a glacial stream are high.
On the adventure, we provide all ground transportation from the moment you arrive.
Private transfers are provided on arrival to and from the airport to your Kathmandu hotel. Vehicles provided are by new tourist buses (typically Toyota Hiace or similar), around five years old or younger, air-conditioned and with plenty of room for seating and baggage to make our journeys as comfortable as possible.
You will be staying in a leading 3* hotel in Kathmandu which caters with the comforts and luxuries of a hotel in the country.
The majority of the time on this adventure will be spent in local tea houses.
Teahouses are part of the fabric of rural Nepal – charming, cosy and serving up hot, tasty local fare to keep you full along the trail.
It has to be stressed that teahouses by their nature are simple, rooms often only have twin beds and 'may' come with a sheet on a mattress and pillow case. Toilets are almost always shared and for the majority are in squat format. Teahouses in the lower valleys will have access to hot water and ‘probably’ a shower, the higher you go the less likely the chances of showering facilities, but you can always buy tubs of hot water for a bucket wash.
We always use the best teahouses in every village. Considering the environment, teahouses provide everything you need when in a remote environment like the Himalaya and the local people always make us feel very welcome.
VACCINATIONS & DENTAL
Please seek the advice from your local health professional on recommended vaccinations. Take a look at the NHS Fit For Travel website which is a great website with free advice.
It is also recommended to see your dentist before disembarking on the expeditions. Dental problems away from civilization are very unpleasant.
SAFETY & INCIDENT MANAGEMENT
Your safety on our expedition is our top priority. We have therefore a number of safety & incident management procedures in place which is prepared to minimise hazards and to improve the safety for you and our ground crew.
As part of the safety plan, White Tiger has a full incident and emergency plan for medical and other emergencies. This will be discussed in full at the arrival brief so that you are fully aware of what action will be taken.
In summary, incidences are usually managed on the ground by the tour leader in the first instance with remote support from our local partners head office in Kathmandu and White Tiger’s 24hour emergency office in the UK if evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical centre if required.
Wifi is surprisingly becoming more common in some parts of the Annapurna region which is a great opportunity to get in touch with family and friends back home. For the large part, it is better to assume you will be off the grid for the time on the trail as we cannot guarantee you will have access to the internet or mobile roaming.
Altitude and the potential sickness that can come about from it need to be taken seriously. Altitude sickness can develop when you are physically active at high altitudes without having become acclimatised to the lower pressures experience there.
Tolerance ranges widely from person to person. People who are more fit tend to have less trouble with AMS, but that said even very fit people are vulnerable if they ascend too high in a short time frame, without proper acclimatisation.
AMS can affect people at altitudes as low as 2,400m, but serious symptoms are very rare below 3,700m. At 5,000m the amount of oxygen available with each breath is only 55% of that at sea level.
As a matter of course, we have managed this adventure carefully to ensure that appropriate levels of daily acclimatisation are included, as well as rest days in order to maximise individual’s adjustment levels.
All of our guides and local staff are trained to recognise the signs of early-onset altitude sickness. Each day you will be given a health check, which includes the use of an oximeter to check your oxygen saturation levels, as well as checking your pulse.
All of our guides are highly experienced in working at altitude and know how to look after our team members.
As a matter of course, we carry a PAC bag (Portable Altitude Chamber) with us for the entire course of the expedition which is used in the severe scenario that somebody falls ill because of AMS.
It is vitally important that you share information about your health and any symptoms you may experience on the expedition. Failure to do so not only puts yourself at risk.
HEALTH & HYGIENE
When in the mountains of Nepal you need to pay careful attention to minimise the risks of getting sick.
It is your responsibility for your health. The most important lesson is to keep your hands clean as much as you can. We bring our own antibacterial gel to cover the group, but it is recommended to bring your own small bottle with you as well.
Get used to the idea of having to wash your hands and using antibacterial gel as much as possible.
It is said that 70% of illness is transmitted through hand contact. Many people use the same local facilities as each other, without properly washing their hands which spreads the chances of you picking up a stomach bug.
- Wash your hands frequently
- Use antibacterial gel, especially before touching food
- Keep your nails short
Trek to Everest Base Camp. Travel the trail of the most famous place on earth.
Trek over 12 days on this fully supported journey to the base camp of the world's highest mountain - Mount Everest.