Jon and his brother started a tradition of doing an epic trip every five years, with the next one in 2020. And I figured that could give me enough time to save up for an epic trip of my own… trekking to Everest Base Camp.
When to Go:
Rhododendron forest is in full bloom during April.
Nepal Tourist Visa
Obtain upon arrival at airport in Nepal. A single-entry visa valid for 15/30/90 days costs US$25/40/100. Bring multiple passport photos – will need one for visa and for trekking permits with guide company. Bring cash to pay fee. Note that passport must be good for at least 6 months after trip.
Apply Online (In Advance)
Since 2014, you can apply for a tourist visa online within 15 days of your date of arrival in Nepal. You’ll need the address of your hotel and a recent digital version of a passport-sized photo that you can upload to the application. Once you’ve submitted the form, print out the confirmation receipt and show this to the Immigration officer upon arrival along with your passport and the proper amount to pay for your visa.
To apply online, click here: http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa
Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit. This costs $10 USD if you are part of a group. Get at Nepal Tourism Board office near Thamel in Kathmandu prior to your flight to Lukla.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit which can be obtained once you are on the trail at the office in Monjo. This costs $30 USD+ 13% Govt. Tax
Guides and Estimated costs (subject to change by 2020!)
None include flight to/from Nepal. All trips are Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Search Engine: https://www.bookmundi.com/everest-base-camp-trek/d5-bm
Nepal Eco Adventure, 15 days, $1,400+
Includes guide, sherpas, accommodations, meals, internal flights.
Himalayan Leisure, 15 days,$1,210+
Intrepid Travel, 15 days, $1,480+
Includes guide, sherpas, accommodations, internal flights but doesn’t include meals
G Adventures, 15 days, $1400+
Includes guide, sherpas, accommodations, internal flights but doesn’t include meals (estimate is $360 – $470 for food)
Big Names, Big Prices
Anywhere Plus, 16 days, $4,800
Truly all inclusive
REI, 19 days, $3,999+
Includes guide, sherpas, accommodations, national park fees, some meals … but doesn’t include mandatory internal flight (estimate $425)
Adventure Consultants, 19 days, $4,100
Includes guide, sherpas, accommodations, national park fees, meals, internal flight, but doesn’t include accommodations & meals in Kathmandu
Get to stay overnight at Base Camp w/climbers!
K2 Adventure Travel, 19 days, $5,450
Plan for approximately $300 per person in tips for hotel staff, bus drivers, porters, cooks and guides. Additional cost for hot showers and drinks. 12 days are trekking, 1 day of community service.
Mountain Madness, 21 days, $4,650 (too long)