Everest Base Camp Trek Pre Trip Information

Your trip is quickly approaching! 

I’m sure you are busy wrapping up loose ends, and getting the last little bits of gear together for your upcoming trip.  We’ve been organizing the final logistics for your trek and climb here and in Nepal and everything is ready for you to have a great trip!

We’d like to share some more important information and a few more thoughts that might help as you are making your final arrangements.  As always, please don’t hesitate to call or email us here at the Mountain Trip office if you have any questions arise.

We wish you all the best on this journey and we hope you find it to be an amazing experience.

If you haven’t already booked your flights, it’s time to start looking into your tickets to Kathmandu. Your trek in the Himalaya awaits!

You should plan to be Kathmandu by the first scheduled day of your expedition, and should plan to leave no earlier than the final day. Included in your expedition expenses are two nights in the hotel in Kathmandu prior to your expedition, and one night upon our return.  Be aware that although we have several weather days built into the schedule to absorb delays, there is still a chance to get stuck by weather in Lukla, so have all of your flight information with you in case you need to make changes. It is generally a wise decision to purchase flight insurance when traveling for an international expedition.

Please send us your travel itinerary and flight information once you confirm your flights, so that we can be sure to have a Mountain Trip representative meet you at the airport.

Traveling across the globe with giant bags full of gear over which you have spent months accumulating and agonizing is the first big challenge of our trek.  It is important that all of your gear makes it to Kathmandu as it is difficult to obtain proper gear for your trip once in the bustling city, so be sure it is well marked with your name and contact information, and that your bags are checked all the way to your final destination.

Visa for Nepal

There is a new, faster process to obtain your Visa for traveling in Nepal, for which you can apply beforehand.  You can still fill out the traditional paper form when you arrive, but applying online makes the process a bit quicker–although you will still need to stand in line to pay for your Visa after you land in Kathmandu.  Here is a link to the online Visa Application. We will be staying at the Yak and Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu so please list that as your Nepalese address on your application. The Visa for up to 30 days should be $60 US, so be sure to bring cash to cover that cost. You will need a passport-sized photo both for your entrance Visa and for your trekking permits. Plan on bringing at least three copies just in case.

After negotiating the multiple lines, purchasing your Visa and claiming your bags, you will find the aforementioned Mountain Trip representative waiting to take you to the comfortable Yak and Yeti Hotel .  It’s exciting to finally reach Kathmandu after seemingly countless hours of travel, but it’s likely you’ll be ready for a bit of a nap.  We have booked rooms for everyone based upon double occupancy.  If you would like to have a private room in Kathmandu please let us know soon so we can reserve the extra space.  The “single room supplement” is $550 for this trip and will give you a single room for all three nights at the Yak and Yeti.

If you miss a flight, or your arrival time changes please contact us immediately at [email protected] so we can meet you upon arrival.   The phone number at the Yak and Yeti is +977 1 4248999

Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world.  Over one third of Nepalese live in poverty.  It is a beautiful country with beautiful people and it is impossible to travel to Nepal without feeling touched by their generosity and friendship.

It is a place that brings out the charitable side of the trekkers and climbers that visit.  There are several great organizations that help the local people of Nepal and we recommend that you show your generosity to these organizations.   It is tempting to want to hand out treats or gifts to the children in the villages that we pass through.  While you are certainly welcome to do that, it is not always a positive way to interact with the local people.  It can cause resentment among the locals who see travelers as very wealthy.

There are also hundreds of organizations that help the people of Nepal, a great one is the dZi Foundation. The point is there are good people doing great work over there and if you want to get involved in helping the people of Nepal there are a lot of ways to do it.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us either by phone or by email if you have any questions whatsoever regarding your upcoming trip. We wish you all the best in finalizing your training, packing and logistics!

Warm Regards,
Bill, Todd and Laura
Mountain Trip International
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