If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.
While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.
You can store it at your hotel (most hotels in Kathmandu have storage facilities) or you can leave it at our office.
There is mobile network in the Everest Region. If you get a local SIM (Ncell or NTC) you can use your mobile phone to communicate easily. As this is a mountainous area the network may get erratic at times. At most places the network is good enough for internet use and video calls. Our climbing guides also carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.
Yes single supplement will be available in Kathmandu and at lower elevations while trekking. At higher elevations there are very few teahouses. During peak season when there is high demand for rooms, it will be difficult to book single rooms. However if you are travelling during off season a single room can be arranged at all places.
If the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather there is no alternative but to stay an extra day. You will have to bear the cost for the accommodation. Sometimes even when the airlines cancel their flights, helicopter companies offer charters. If you would like, you can take a heli flight. This will incur an extra cost and you have to pay for it.
Mountain weather is very difficult to predict. During winter (November to February) it will be a bit colder than the other months but the days during winter can be beautiful and warm if the sun is out. Spring (March to May) and Autumn (late September to early November) are the best time to trek in the Annapurna region. During the rainy season (June to early September) there is usually torrential rain in the mountain regions and trekking is not advisable. But in hindsight, no one can predict the weather conditions in the mountains. One can only expect the unexpected in the mountains
We would recommend all our clients to purchase travel insurance before booking any of our treks. Trust us you will have a pleasant holiday knowing that you have a good insurance cover. In the event of any sickness or injury while trekking in the mountains, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation will be considerable. Therefore, traveling with an insurance cover is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for any of our trips. But be careful while choosing a policy as some policies make special exceptions for adventure travel.
Do read the fine print. Before buying insurance make sure your insurance company is aware of your travel itinerary and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken during the trip. Such as if you are planning to trek or climb(mountaineering expedition) in the Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tour in an urban area, insurance cover of air ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory. While booking a trip with us you need to send us a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come for the trip.
No, you cannot get insurance in Nepal. Please also note that Third Rock Adventures does not arrange or sell insurance
Most of the guides in our adventure company come from the mountainous areas. They are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. We provide guides that are experienced and fluent in English. With the objective of sustaining local communities, we employ guides from different ethnic backgrounds who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora and fauna, geography and history of Nepal.
Our guides have the required government license to guide tourists. They have all gone through intensive training programmes like wilderness first aid, trekking guide training, eco training workshop and rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering, which are certified and approved by the government of Nepal
When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget
AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness usually occurs due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere in high altitudes. Our body is not used to walking in high altitude and it requires a lot of time to adapt to thin air in the mountains. Technically there is no way of stopping AMS but you can surely prevent it by following the given tips:
For this particular trip, the porter and the guide come with the package. If you want to hire only a porter or a guide only, please email us with your request and we shall arrange the trek as per your needs
Your Everest Base Camp Trek cost depends largely on the type of services you seek. If you want to go solo(without using the services of an agency and without guide or porters) it may cost you a lot less but you may have a lot to deal with. Like getting the permits, finding a suitable place to stay and eat at each stop or figuring out whether you are on the right trail.
Booking with a trusted company like Third Rock Adventures may cost you a little more but this will make your travel less stressful. Booking with us will save you a lot of hassle and ensure a smooth trip. Do check the price include and exclude section to find out the kind of services you can avail on our package and book your trip.
These are the best months to do this trek, as the weather is mild and the temperatures range from 12 to 15 degrees. The skies generally remain clear and the days are pleasant and warm. You can expect an occassional spring shower and hazy weather during April. The mountain views are stunning in September, as there is more snow on the mountains. Nights can be freezing as the temperture dips after sun down.
No, it is not possible to include a camp night at the EBC. The only campers at the Base Camp are the expedition teams, who are preparing to summit Mount Everest. Also there are no lodges at the Everest Base Camp, and the temperatures could drop to subzero during the night. It will be more comfortable for you to stay at the lodge in Gorak Shep.
Yes, you can book a Solo trek if you wish. We offer both Private and Group joining options to our clients. Travelling solo with just your guide and porter will give you more space and flexibility while trekking. You can walk at your own pace and stop at places to photograph as you wish. However joining a group will help you bring down the cost of your trip.
Poon Hill trekking is low altitude trekking. The maximum height you will get to is around 3210m. There is very little chance of getting AMS at that height
During the trek, the teahouses or lodges serve you bottled and filtered water which is generally safe and have to be paid for. We encourage our guest to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking. Mineral water is also sold at the teahouses.
Most of our tour guides speak English, which is a common communication medium. They are also trained, experienced and know the areas very well.
No, the summit of Mount Everest is not visible from Everest Base Camp. Rising above 8000 metres, the mountain is just too gigantic to be viewed in its entirety from its base. The summit of Everest can be viewed from Kala Patthar and from places en route to EBC. If you want to view Mount Everest without having to trek to Everest region, you can do it by driving to Nagarkot, taking an Everest Mountain Flight and an Everest Base Camp HelicopterTour. The best view you get of Mount Everest is from Kala Patthar.
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