Available Group Departures:
April: 4, 6, 11, 18, 27
About the Everest Base Camp:
With its daunting summit soaring high up above the mountain, trekking in Everest Base camp is definitely the adventure for you. The Everest, one of the most sought after tourist destination in Nepal is known for its incandescent beauty with the magnificent peaks and hills. At an altitude of 29, 035 ft, Everest creates the perfect spot for the trekkers with the vast blue sky in the backdrop. Covered by the snow-capped mountains and the vast greenery, Everest Base Camp trek is one of the dream destinations for the trekkers. And the best thing about this place is that you will be in the midst of the friendliest people.
For a close encounter with the Everest summit, Everest Base Camp trek is the best trek for you. In this trek, you will be trekking to an altitude of 17,600 ft passing through the quaint villages, grassy paths, steep rocks etc. You will be trekking in the trails of the footsteps of legendary adventurers and mountaineer like Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. Nothing beats the excitement and thrill that holds the travellers on while ascending the Everest and watching it very close.
EBC is a double treat for the nature lovers and the photography enthusiast where you can click some of the best shots. You will be experiencing a lot of snowfalls while you are on the trek. The moment you reach an altitude of 5365 meters you will feel as if you are standing in a globe of a snowball. Catch the first glimpse of the Khumbu icefall during your trek. Not just get a chance to explore the forest, valleys and waterfalls but also, you will get a chance to learn about the culture of the legendary people Sherpas who are known to be Mountain Climbers.
It’s time to take up your adventure to a whole new level. Not just treat yourself to this exciting trek but also learn a lot about the people and cultures of this region. Known for its magnificent beauty with the mountain peaks, glacial moraines and valleys, Everest Base Camp is the one place you wouldn't want to miss this year.
Everest Base Camp Trek Altitude: 18,513 ft
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty Level: Difficult
Airport: Kathmandu, Nepal
Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Kathmandu.
ATM: Namche Bazaar has the last ATM point before your trek begins.
Everest Base Camp Highlights
- With the high passes and the white misty glaciers, Everest Base Camp trek will give you an experience of a lifetime.
- On this trek, you will trek to the foothills of the Everest, the world’s highest mountain.
- You will be trekking in some of the challenging treks like Kala Pattar, Nangkartshang Peak, and Everest Base Camp.
- Get a chance to explore the amazing beauty of the Katmandu and learn about the people and their culture.
- Visit the ancient Thami and Tengboche monasteries and investigate the beauty of the Sherpa village.
- Also, visit the school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in the mountain village of Khumjung.
Best Time to travel to Everest Base Camp Trek
Travelling to Mount Everest has its on-peak and off-peak seasons. For ordinary tourists, the golden season to take a Mt. Everest tour would be in April, May, early-June, September and October, and early November. At these times of the year, the skies are clearer, with very few days where visibility is even slightly limited.
There are very little rain and snow, and daytime temperatures, while not the hottest in the year, are well above freezing, and quite comfortable for trekking and touring the region. Although, you will still need some warm clothes for the nights, which can still get quite cold.
However, tours to Mount Everest can be arranged at any time of year, given an individuals’ unique preference. As long as you are not a professional mountaineer with a particular time frame to summit the mountain, Everest Base Camp welcomes you whenever you come.
Tips for Everest Base Camp
1) Bring enough money: There are no ATMs in Lukla, so one is advised to carry enough money with them in case of need for an emergency. And even for buying trekking equipments in Kathmandu. It is one of the best and cheapest place to buy the same.
2) Bring your own Tea: Yes, tea is very expensive at the Everest. But getting hot water won’t cost you much. Carry your own tea bags to be used while on the trek.
3) Mentally prepare yourself: As this is not an easy trek, you should prepare yourself mentally for the task that is ahead of you. This means, be prepared for extreme weather conditions, All accommodation on the trek to Everest Base Camp is in small tea houses, run by the local Sherpa people or Mountain Lodges. There are options for showers lower down on the trail, if you decide to use them, however, many people keep clean by using baby wipes and a bowl of warm water each day. The toilet situations can be difficult at times, as in the tea houses they are generally not Western-style toilets, rather just a hole in the ground instead of a toilet bowl.
4) What to Carry: Warm clothes, sunglasses, trekking boots, gloves, trekking stick, woollen caps among other trekking equipments you want to carry. However, the most important thing to bring is a good pair of trekking shoes that you have hiked in previously. Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking clothes that are both cheap and of decent quality. If you can bring your own sleeping bag otherwise you can rent one for about 500-600 rupees a day.
5) Prepare for extreme weather: If it’s sunny you might be surprised at how warm it can get during the day. Most trekkers wear t-shirts and shorts for the first few days while the elevation is still low. When the sun sets the temperatures to drop quick. Wear a warm hat while sleeping and take a Nalgene bottle filled with hot water and keep it in your sleeping bag to stay warm.
6) Stay Hydrated: Make sure to drink plenty of water while on the trek. Do carry extra water bottles with you at all times.
7) Altitude Headaches: A headache can be one of the first signs of altitude problems. Do carry suitable medications for the same. Small headaches are common and should not stop you from trekking or worry you. However, if it persists or increases, it might be advisable to ascend or even trek down.
8) Avoid the Sun: Taking care of your skin and eyes are important. Sunburns happen much quicker at high elevation so make sure to apply sunscreen a few times a day and wear a hat. Sunglasses are a must-have and if you wear prescription glasses it’s good to come to Nepal with a pair of prescription sunglasses or at least clip-on.
9) Dress in Layers: Layering allows you to easily regulate your body temperature and stay comfortable while trekking. It’s even better if your layers have zippers so that you have even more control of your body temperature.
10) Bring a camera: This trek is one of the most beautiful Himalayan Treks. So much so, that one would want to stop at every step and take pictures to make memories for life.
11) Bring Extra Batteries/Charging Packs: In the cold, your batteries will die much quicker than they do at home. This holds true for basically every kind of electronics you'll be using from phones to cameras to kindles. While some of the tea houses allow you to charge things, they all charge you for it (some more than others). An easy way to avoid this is to bring spare batteries and a portable charger.
Rafting in Kathmandu
The rivers and the in-between are perfect for rafting, kayaking and other adventure activities, including trekking. You can take rafting trips that last anywhere from 1 to 10 days. The white water rafting trips are great for those who have previous experience in rafting. The choice of where you should raft should be dictated by your level of rafting experience and how much money are you willing to invest. If you are on a budget, a short one day trip is the right option for you.
Timing: Any slot between 8:00 AM to 5 PM from January to May.
Price: Rs 4,410
Everest Mountain Flight
If you are a mountain lover, at some point in your life you must have wanted to be able to fly close to the highest peaks in the world. Well, this flight offers you an opportunity to fly above the clouds, and set your eyes on the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest from a close distance.
This flight has a duration of 50 minutes, and while on this flight, you are just 20 miles away from the peak of Mount Everest. Besides, the flight also enables you to see some other prominent Himalayan peaks from up above. This is one of its kind experience which you can only avail in Nepal, and is one of the most exciting things to do in Kathmandu.Location:The mountain flight tours usually start from Kathmandu.
Cost: Rs 14,697 per person.
Best Time: February to April and October to November.
Difficulty Level: Easy.
Visit Swayambhunath Stupa
The temples are painted with the eyes and eyebrows of the Buddha with the number 1 in local script painted as the nose of the lord, which is a sight to behold in itself.
Timings: Open 24 hours throughout the Year
Price: Rs 200 for foreign nationals to go to the Swayambhu Stupa
Durbar Square Kathmandu
The palace here is stunningly decorated and the overall areas reflect the beauty of Nepalese culture. The palaces and the square itself have gone through reconstruction on several occasions.People of finer taste should add this place to their list of best places to visit in Nepal trip.
Highlights: The place includes museum and other parts of the palace here are opened for visitors. The place is home to Kumari Chok as well- it is one of the most curious attractions of Nepal. Here, a gilded cage contains Kumari, a girl who was chosen to be the human reincarnation of Hindu Goddess, Durga.this mere fact alone this place among places to visit near Kathmandu.
Entry Fee: Free
Location: Durbar Square, Kathmandu.
Timings: From early morning to night.
Highlights:The sunrise view of the Mount Everest and other peaks gives this place a considerable edge. The major highlight of this place is the fact that 8 out of 13 Himalayan ranges in Nepal are visible from this place. The place is known for its views of the Kathmandu valley, Shivapuri National Park, Numbur Forest, Rolwaling range, Ganesh himal and Langtang range.
The location is actually quite strategic. Once upon a time, this place served as the ancient fort for Kathmandu valley. At that point of time, it was used to monitor other kingdoms. Today, it is a popular hill station, where you can stay and enjoy a blissful holiday.
Location: Nagarkot, Bhaktapur District.
Best Time To Visit: October to March.
Visit Narayanhiti Palace
Highlights:This palace is also the place where Prince Dipendra massacred his family in 2001. The place is morbidly market and the bullet holes are still visible on some of the walls. But nevertheless, this place offers a peek into the regal lifestyle of the royals, the one that people only dream about.
Timings:11 am to 4 pm.
Visit Indra Chowk
Highlights: Apart from the market, one of the biggest highlights of this place is the Sky Temple. This particular temple has four metal lions that appear to be rearing over the street. It also includes two more brass lions at the entrance, where non-Hindus can’t enter. The market here, hidden in alleyways to the east are a must visit, especially if you want to eat some local food or wish to buy beads and bangles sold by the indigenous people of this region, making it a great tourist place in Kathmandu.
Location: Makhan Tole, Kathmandu.
Timings:Open from morning till evening.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
The sunrise is perfect for the trip, as the world stretches, ripples and expands slowly. The balloon takes you above and beyond gracefully. The hot air ballooning rides are very simple, they can accommodate up to 12 people. But if you are romantic at heart, just go with your partner, propose to them or stand hand in hand as the magnificence of Nepal unfolds in front of your eyes!
Location:The hot air balloon activities start from Kathmandu.
Cost: Rs 7,000
Best Time:February to April and October to November.
Difficulty Level:Very easy
While this place is about 3 hours away from Kathmandu, a few other bungee jumping sites may be available close by. This is also a place where you can enjoy trekking. The bungee jumping activity may include round trip transportation, lunch and other facilities. When you opt for this activity, make sure that there’s safety equipment and other amenities available at your disposal.
Location : Bhote Kosi River Gorge.
Cost: Rs 5,700
Best Time:All year.
The physically demanding sport is worth it as you enjoy panoramic views of the world while developing your skills, strength, endurance and agility. The sites for rock climbing are about 30 minutes away from Kathmandu. The top grade climbing sites have been designed to be calm and peaceful, while providing enough challenge to actually learn, grow and develop in this sport.
Cost: Rs 700 is the average cost.
Best Time:All year.
Difficulty Level:Moderately difficult.
Chitwan National Park Wildlife Safari
The place is perfect for its towering trees, which appear to have their own history. The safaris to this place will give you the opportunity to discover elephants as well, along with crocodiles, deer and pythons. Morning safaris are excellent for bird-watching. Share some time with the wildlife and elusive animals through a safari. It’s where the tigers and rhinos roam.
Location: Chitwan National Park.
Cost: Rs 2,200
Best Time:Hit the ground at the right time. Explore the place from October to March.
Difficulty Level:Very Easy.
Visit Temples in Kathmandu
These temples offer a unique cultural experience, with the opportunity to explore something new altogether. These Hindu Temples are a reflection of magnificent architecture as well. They are usually dedicated to Hindu deities such as Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu among others. Visit them for a unique social experience.
Cost: Free of cost.
Best Time: These temples can be visited throughout the year.
Difficulty Level: Easy.
Visit Monasteries in Kathmandu
The most famous monastery in the country is called Swayambhunanth Monastery, which is a legendery Buddhist Shrine.Apart from this, there’s Kopan Monastery and Bouddhanath monastery that should be visited.
Highlights: The stupa at Bouddhananth Monastery is included in World Heritage Cultural Site list by UNESCO. Apart from this, the Swoyambhunath Monastery is well known for being one of the oldest monasteries in the world. Other monasteries, such as Namo Buddha Monastery are located closeby as well. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha is another popular monastery, which is located near Kathmandu.
Timings:Timings are different for each monastery. But most of them open early morning to night.
Mountain Biking in Kathmandu
Then, Nagarjun Ban offers wilderness style mountain biking experiences. However, you might want to discuss with the local authorities before embarking on these routes. Nagarkot and the areas thereafter have unlimited trails and rough roads that trail in all directions. From here, you can discover a whole new world of mountain biking. Or else, take roads connecting to Patan and Panauti near Kathmandu and you will be good to go.
Cost:Generally free of cost except for the charges of renting a mountain bike.
Best Time:All around the year.
Difficulty Level:Easy to Moderate.
Paragliding in Kathmandu
Nepal is a stunning country and paragliding, especially from Pokhara Valley (about 200 kilometers from Kathmandu) is one of the most recommended travel experiences. With the help of air pressure, your pilot will fly, soar and dive around the country to give you an experience that you will remember throughout the lifetime. So, add another dimension to your travel!
Cost: Rs 6,000
Best Time:March to May.
Trekking in Kathmandu
However, if you are looking for incredibly tough and challenging trekking experiences, then Everest Base Camp Trek might be the right option for you. There are other treks as well, such as Annapurna Dhaulagiri trek, which is a remote trekking experience or the trek to Everest Circuit where you can see spectacular Kala Pattar and Gokyo Lakes. Around Dhaulagiri and French Pass are other trek options that you might want to explore in the region.
Location: Usually, treks begin from Kathmandu.
Best Time: October- March.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Challenging.
Visit the Casino Royale
The place has several poker games that you can sit and enjoy, including baccarat, blackjack and flush, paplu and roulette. The place includes restaurant, coffee house and a bar as well where you can sit and take off your mind. This is a visit that will help you de-stress and rejuvenate, taking away the stresses of your life. At the same time, you can even book a hotel room and choose among the suites to stay comfortably.
Location:The Casino is located in Kathmandu.
Best Time:All around the year.
Visit Garden of Dreams
Highlights:Some of the main highlights of this place includes marble inscription from Omar Khayam’s Rubaiyat, beautiful fountains and ponds. The palace is home to a quirky ‘hidden garden’ as well. It also features three pavilions. The place is ideal for going out for a picnic or just to marvel at the human-nature interaction. The place is a must visit for travelers.
Timings:Open from 9 am to 10 pm. Last entry is at 9 pm.
Price: Rs 120 depending on adults or children.
Visit Hanuman Dhoka Temple
The statue itself dates back to 1672. The door is the entrance to the complex of Palace inside and is also the entryway to the Nasal Chok, Mul Chok, Mohan Chok and the Tribhuvan Museum, which exhibits the royal belongings of King Tribhuvan.
Visit Chhauni Museum
Highlights:In the museum compound, you will find Judda Art Gallery, which is home to exquisite metal, terracotta and stone statues of Nepali deities. There are fabulous cloth paintings here as well. The place has a life sized statue of Jayavarma as well. The statue, discovered in 1992 is over 1800 years old. This museum includes temple styled Buddhist Art Gallery as well. The place has everything from manuscripts to informative displays and stone depiction of Buddha to offer. This place is home to leather cannons as well, seized during the 1792 Nepal-Tibet War.
Location: Tahachal, Kathmandu.
Timings:10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Price: Rs 300
Pilgrims Book House
Highlights:The bookstore is a part of a book publishing company by the same name. This company is actually located in Varanasi. The book house itself has several books on religion and other topics. These saved books are mostly available on discount, with cheaper price options throughout the day. the place is a great place to visit in Kathmandu for readers and travelers. the place of Some of the popular books available here includes Mount Everest, Nepal Himalaya, A message from Arunachala and Sadhus of India.
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal.
Timings: Open from morning till night. Timings change during different seasons.
Price: Entry is free. However, you will be charged for buying books from the store.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights:One of the main highlights of this place is the visitor center, where you can experience an enormous variety of Nepal’s flora. The place includes cactus house, orchid house and a tropical house as well. In the middle of the center is the coronation pond, with a pillar. Add the Botanical Garden in the list of places to visit in Kathmandu, if you want to enjoy the beautiful nature in Nepal.
Location: Godavari, Kathmandu.
Langtang National Park
Highlights: With forests of pine and bamboo trees, this park captures attention instantly. It ascends through the pastures at the alpine meadows and it is right here where you will find outstanding mountain views. The flora and fauna of this place is just incredible, one of the reasons why it is perfect for hiking and camping trips. Langtang national park is also known as a great trekking place in Kathmandu. The place has decent tea houses and quite friendly locals who can help you through the course of your journey.
Location:Close to Kathmandu.
Timings:Open at all times.
Reach the Himalaya's top with these popular places for trekking in Nepal.
Highlights:Once upon a time, the temple was known for its magnificent carvings and divine inhabitants. Today it is mostly famous for being the house of a living goddess. Here, tourists will find wood-carved relics of gods and the symbols in Nepal and they can discover the place through a courtyard. Photos are strictly prohibited and it is forbidden to photograph the Kumari or the goddess. The living goddess does appear on the first floor windows often. But that happens in the morning or late afternoons. Kumari is a young girl and it is believed that in her expressions, she can answer the queries of devotees.
Timings:From mornings to evening.
Price:Entry is free, however you will have to pay handlers to get an actual glimpse.
The place is famous for its sweet apples as well as artistic Buddhist pilgrimage sites.
Highlights:The trek is usually 8-10 days long, although it can be completed in 5 days as well. The normal trail starts from place called Sundarijal, which has a small dam and hydroelectric station. This place then takes you through different villages and districts. Other starting positions can include Nagarkot, Kakani and Sankhu.
Location: Helambu, 30 km from Kathmandu. The starting place for trek differs from region to region and depends upon the length of trek.
- The countryside is always beautiful and a testimony of that are the villages of Bungamati & Khokana in Nepal. Disconnected and inaccessible, these villages will take you on a ride back in time as you go by seeing their everyday lives.
- Bungamati, famous for the woodcarvers and the craftsmen, is where you will head first. After spending some time with the locals, you will head to the shrine of Rato Macchendranath, patron god of Patan, alongside other religious monuments.
- You will then head to the famous Mustard Oil Producing village of Khokana, which is especially renowned for their way of extracting it. Also, you will be visiting the three-story temple of Shikali Mai, the local deity.
- The tour starts from the Electric Pagoda Cafe in Kathmandu, and you can also avail transportation from you hotel to the starting point in a rickshaw.
About the Namo Buddha Tour :
The Namo Buddha Tour is a fun-filled tour package which includes a visit to the idyllic religious site of the Namo Buddha statue, the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery which is an abode to over 250 monks, a monastic college and the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue. This tour lets you traverse through the hills, mountain villages, terraced fields of paddy, verdant forests, and also introduces you to the rural livelihood of the Nepalese folk. This planned trip allows you to take a stroll around the monastery draped in layers of grandeur and mystical stories of the ancient past and sense the symbolic holy chant of the many monks if you are fortunate enough.
The Namo Buddha day tour provides you with comfortable hotel pickup and drop-off facility in a convenient private car. The package is also inclusive of all entrance fees for sightseeing places. The activity package is also inclusive of an experienced, helpful and friendly guide who would promote your safety and well-being throughout the trip.
Note: The maximum number of persons to book the package is 15.
- Neighbored by countries of varied beliefs, Nepal has its own set of pilgrimage sites that hold utmost importance in the eyes of the pilgrims. One such great place is the temple of Manakamana or Manokamana in Nepal.
- Blessed with the shrine of Goddess Bhagwati, who is believed to grant wishes to the ones who visit her temple.
- The ride to the temple begins when the guide comes to pick you up from your hotel lobby and transfers you to the base of the hill. From here on, a scenic cable car ride, through forests and in plain view of the mountain ranges, takes you to the top where the temple is located.
- The ride gives you expansive views of the regions of Manakamana and Chitwan of Nepal. Arrive at the temple and pray for you what you desire, before getting dropped back at the hotel, bringing the experience to an end.
- After spending a day seeing the most amazing attractions of Nepal, how about unwinding with a preparation of some of the most amazing cuisines of the Nepalese.
- And when you throw an amazing cultural performance of the traditional Mayar (Peacock) Dance midway your feast, the enjoyment increases tenfolds.
- Celebrating food and culture, the menu will comprise of some of some great delicacies like lamb curry, dal bhat – a rice dish of lentils served with pickles, meat (or fish), and other sides, sel roti, the popular local snack.
- The experience will start when you get picked up from the hotel's lobby at around 6:30 PM and will end when you get dropped back at around 8:30 PM.