EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK FAQ

What are the visa charges to enter to Nepal?

There is a choice of multiple entry visas for 15, 30 or 90 days with price tag of USD 25, 40 and 100. All citizens of SAARC member states are granted a tourist visa for 30 days at no cost. Indian Nationals do not need any visa to enter Nepal and they can stay indefinitely in Nepal with a valid Indian passport or voter ID card.

What are the ways we can reach Kathmandu from India?

You can reach Kathmandu by air or by road. There are direct flights to Kathmandu from New Delhi and Bangalore.

Nepal shares a huge border with many Indian states like Uttarakhad, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim. You can cross any of these borders and enter Nepal.

The major border is Sonauli (90 km from Gorakhpur, UP) also referred as Siddharthanagar or Bhairahawa in Nepal.

The the other major border is Raxaul in Bihar or also referred as Birgunj in Nepal.

There are several other borders like Banbasa , Himdatta, Dhangadhi, Gularia, Kakarbhitta, Nautanwa, Naxalbari , Nepalgunj, Rupaidiha, Siddharthanagar and more, which can be accessed from the Indian side by road.

Is visa on arrival available?

Nepal grants visa on arrival to most of the countries.
However, it asks for prior visa for the following 11 countries; Afghanistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestinian territories, Somalia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

I have Dollars, EURO, Pounds, Yens and other currencies, will it work?

Yes, almost all the major currencies are accepted throughout the trekking route. However, you must exchange your currency in Kathmandu and bring Nepali currency to trekking zone as the exchange rate is very high in trekking zone.

Will Indian currency work in trekking route and in Kathmandu?

Indian currency is valid throughout trekking route and in entire Nepal, but it is always better and advisable that you carry Nepali currency.

Where should I exchange currency in Nepal?

There are many places in Kathmandu where you can exchange your currency. The locality of Thamel has plenty of options.

I am a foreign national / NRI, why are you charging us more?

Because the Lukla Kathmandu flight ticket and the trekking permits costs more for non Indian nationals as well as NRIs and PIOs.

What documents are needed to travel to Kathmandu?

Passport is must to travel to Kathmandu/Nepal.
If you are an Indian national then you must carry your passport or Voters ID card if you are entering to Nepal via air. If you are entering Nepal via road then any ID proof issued by government of India is normally accepted at the border. If you are a student less than 18 year old then you can provide your minor passport or you can produce your school ID card duly recognized by government of India.

What should I do about Insurance for the trekking period?

You can buy travel insurance from companies like “World Nomads” or talk to an insurance company in your country for such adventure activity.

I need single occupancy accommodation, can you provide?

Yes it is possible, Single accommodation can be provided but will be charged extra on per night basis. It will cost you an additional Nepali Rupees 1400/- for each night in Kathmandu and Nepali Rupees 400/- for each night in trekking route.
If you want to stay more than the planned itineraries then mail us your requirement on trip@weramblers.com

What other services that I can take, over and above what is included in package?

We believe the services available in the package are very comprehensive and should be enough for a good trekking experience.
If you have any specific requirement then please write us to: trip@weramblers.com for more.

What exactly is the service of a porter?

The porter will carry your main luggage and the maximum weight limit is 10KGs. The porters are also locals of the region who make life out of these services and are saviors when it comes to weather challenges as they are well acquainted with the trekking zone.

Is it possible to customize the trek as per our choice?

Yes, you can always customize as per your choice. If you are 2 or more people then please write us at: trip@weramblers.com for your plan and we will customize the trek for you.

Can I stay 1 night extra at Gorakshep or other places of my choice in trekking route?

In the trekking route, If you as an Individual, or some members of a group or a group itself are planning to alter or customize any of the itineraries midway and is not planned then it will be discussed case to case basis.

If you are planning to stay over at one place an extra night which may extend the number of days of planned trek, then you will have to share additional expenses of a porter and accommodations that exceeds the number of nights provided in trekking route. In an instance, where you happens to be a lone member wanting to stay extra nights in any place then the group shall proceed and you will be provided one extra porter which will be charged on per day basis. As you know the porter is assigned on 2:1 basis. You may also consider the option of extending only your accommodation without the services of a porter.

What is the best time to go for Everest Base Camp Trek?

The period between April to June and September to mid December are considered to be the best. You can also consider the rainy season like mid June to September, as you will find less tourist and really clear weather above 4000 meters.

How should I prepare for Everest Base Camp trek?

Any moderate fitness level is absolutely fine for this trek, but if you are jogging for 2-4 kilometers in a day then that will be good enough. Getting used to long walks will also help.

Is the trek very tough?

Yes it is a challenging trek for anyone, but if you walk on your own pace then you can easily finish this trek. The key to success lies in your mental ability than your fitness level.

What should I do if I am confronted with bad weather during the trek?

Our experienced support team and the trekking lead will decide whether the group will proceed or stay back in Hotel during bad weather. If the weather is really bad we generally stop the trek and come back to a lower and safer place. In our trek the decision maker is our local guide as they have good knowledge about the mountain weathers of this region.

What are your policy and measures for safety of trekkers?

Everest zone is a safe place for trekking. The most important thing is acclimatization and we give enough time to our trekkers for proper acclimatization. Our guides always keep an eye on our trekkers and constantly monitor weather developments. We deploy local support staffs in each trek who know the region very well and have possibly taken more than 100s of groups for this trek.

Are there any age limit etc, can kids and elder people also join this trek?

Our minimum age limit is 12. However, if you are less than 12 then you have to be accompanied by the parents. We do not have any maximum age limit.

What if I get some injury and how will you address that?

For basic injury we usually have a first aid kit. If it is serious then we can arrange a helicopter rescue or a pony to take you to the nearest hospital. The helicopter and pony charges will have to be paid by the individual trekker only.

What are ALM / Acute Mountain Sickness / Altitude Sickness and what should I do if I get it?

These are types of mountain sickness; usually this occurs when someone goes to high altitude without proper acclimatization. In our package we follow proper acclimatization rule and gain altitude gradually. We generally do not encounter such incidence. But if someone gets such sickness then we suggest having medicine and immediately bringing him back to lower altitude.

Is it safe to go for Everest Base Camp Trek after the earthquake?

It is 100% safe to go for trekking in Everest zone as this area was the least affected zone during earthquake.

What exactly you carry in your first aid?

We have a basic first aid kit that has medicines such as pain killers, Diamox tablets, Pain relive spray or lotion, Tablets for headache and simple bandage and ointments to treat cuts wounds.

How often and why people fail to complete Everest Base Camp Trek?

Very less number of trekkers fails to visit Everest Base Camp. Usually a trekker fails when the weather is bad.

What can I do to improve my chances to complete the trek?

Walk in your own pace, consume enough water, sleep well and do proper acclimatization.

Will we get toilets while on trek?

Yes, all the tea houses/local hotels have toilet but most of them are common toilets. Usually toilets in this area are clean. In between trekking routes, people use the open areas and the woods.

Can we take frequent rest while we are trekking without worrying about time involved to reach next stop over?

You can set your own pace and walk. You have to reach the next destination by the same day. We give enough time to our trekkers to reach next destination easily and yes, you will take some rest as you need them. It is best that you keep walking in the most comfortable pace you can and that will take care.

What if I fail to reach the planned destination of the day?

If you are in a group then you have to reach the planned destination and our porter/guide will be with you to take you to the planned destination. If you are sick and not able to walk, we usually stop your trek and arrange a return back to Lukla with a local porter/guide.

Is it possible to reduce or increase the no of days involved for trekking?

Yes, but you need to tell us within 3 days of your trekking and this will cost you extra.

What about water and food?

Drinking water and almost all type of food are available throughout the trek. There are several Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian options available everywhere in the trekking zone.

Do you also provide trekking gears, accessories and shoes on Rent?

We don’t provide any gears and accessories for the trek but you can rent almost everything from Kathmandu. You will find some good renting options in Lukla and Namche Bazaar, but they are costly in comparison to the prices in Kathmandu. Please note we do not facilitate such transactions and it will be always an individual agreement between you and the person or establishment who is renting.

How to stay connected with folks back at home?

Almost everywhere in the zone your mobile will work, only in Dingboche and Lobuche there will be no mobile network. You will find paid Wi-Fi network almost every place during the trek.

Will you be able to make a trek for our group only?

Yes. Please send us a mail to: trip@weramblers.com and we will organize a separate group trek for you.

If I am ahead or delayed then can I get additional accommodations in a place of my choice in trekking route or Kathmandu or adjust some accommodations?

No. You will get the accommodation as per the itinerary only.

I am reaching Lukla on different date than my original planned returned date, what should I do?

Talk to us and we will reschedule your flight ticket. However, if you are planning to over stay at any place beyond the planned itineraries in trekking zone then you will be charged for the same.

What is the baggage limit at Lukla airport?

10 KGs is the main baggage and 5 KGs is the hand baggage.

Is the trekking route safe for tourists?

Yes, it is very safe for the tourists. People in this area are really friendly to tourists.

What more can we do on our own on the rest days and also on other days?

You can explore the surrounding in your rest days. We do several activities in our rest days like small hiking, visiting museum and local villages etc.

Are there any chances of spotting some wild animals?

If you are really lucky then you might spot an animal. Usually the mountain goat is most commonly sighted animal.

How can I get a Sun rise or sun set view of Mount Everest?

You need to hike Kala Patthar for the best Sun rise and Sun set view of Everest. You need to start really early by 2 am if you want to see the sun rise.

What are the Do’s and Don’ts while we are in trek?

Don’t use much plastic. Please throw the garbage in the dustbins only. Please respect the local people and their culture. Do not disturb the flora and fauna.

What about mobile, camera and laptop battery charge?

You can charge your electronic devices everywhere in trekking zone. You have to pay certain amount for the same. The amount is less in lower zone and gets high once you go up the trekking zone. In Lukla it is almost free in most of the hotels.

Are you TAAN registered?

Yes we are registered with Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and fully compliant with the Tourism of Nepal.

Do you have any package inclusive of food?

No we do not have any packages inclusive of food. The accommodations available in this region have a small restaurant as well. The usual expectation is the guests consume food at the same place they stay over. More over almost all accommodations will have similar options of food. One needs to place an order of his/her choice and consume what they like. It is not possible to have a completely different menu than what is available in the very place. Also, we do not feel good about charging you and not let you eat what you may prefer. It is best you pay them and have what you like from the available menu. The places offer lot of options for vegetarians and non vegetarians both.