Here’s what you need
- Soft duffel bag (NO hard frame or wheeled suitcases or bags). These will be carried by the porters and they must be soft.
- Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees
- Day pack which you will trek in every day. 30–50L is ideal.
- Pair of trekking poles
- Head lamp with extra batteries and extra light bulb
- 3 One–liter water bottles, or equivalent hydration bladder for your pack
- Sunscreen. Highest possible SPF rating.
- Personal First Aid kit with blister bandaids, kleenex, etc
- Wet wipes. We recommend one large container for your camp duffle and a couple travel packs for your backpack.
- Saline nasal spray for dryness and dust
- Medications and copies of prescriptions
- Sunscreen and lip ointment
- Hand and foot warmers for the high altitude days
- Camera with plenty of memory and extra batteries
- Current converter and outlet adapter
- Sport sandals
- Flora/fauna field guide
- Leisure reading
- Hiking boots, waterproof with sturdy soles
- Wool hiking socks, mid weight
- Wool hiking socks, heavy expedition weight
- Long sleeve base layers (synthetic and moisture wicking)
- Long pant base layer (long underwear, running tights, etc)
- Light synthetic shirts or tank tops for warmer days
- Hiking pants
- Hiking shorts (optional, one pair recommended)
- Insulating mid layers, mid weight (fleece or down jacket or vest)
- Insulating mid layers, heavy weight (heavy down jacket)
- Mountaineering or ski pants (insulating and weatherproof)
- Waterproof, windproof shell
- Light gloves
- Heavy weight gloves or mittens (mountaineering grade)
- Warm hat
- Sun hat or baseball cap
- Balaclava or buff
- Casual clothes for camp
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Transport between airport and hotel
- Hotel accomodations in Kathmandu
- Airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla
- Teahouse accommodations during the trek
- Three quality meals a day during the trek
- Sagarmatha National Park fees
- Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu
- Licensed and experienced mountain guides
- Licensed assistant guides and porters
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa (available at Kathmandu airport)
- Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (except welcome and farewell dinners)
- Comprehensive travel insurance and any incidental rescue fees
- Personal gear or clothing for the climb is not provided
- Tips for your guides and porters
On the Trek
Porters will carry your second bag, which will contain extra clothes and gear. You should only carry a day pack with your camera, valuables, water, sunscreen, etc. Temperatures along the trek range from 40 degrees Fahrenheit at night to 75 degrees during the day. As you near Everest Base Camp and gain elevation, temperatures will gradually drop, ranging from 20 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Meals and Water on the Trek
Three meals a day are provided, including delicious vegetarian options. We provide a variety of foods to accommodate various diets. Breakfasts will include eggs, sausage, toast or pancakes, hot cereal, fruit and juice, tea and coffee. Dinners will include meat dishes of beef, chicken or fish, fresh vegetable dishes, pasta, rice, potatoes, homemade soups, fresh fruits, desserts, juice, tea, and coffee. Three liters of water per day are also included.
Upon your landing at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will need to pay for your visa for Nepal. Have US $40 on hand for a 30-day visa. Extra passport photos for visas and other such documents may be required, so bring a few extras. From there, you can proceed to pick up any bags you checked. Once you have your bags, you will be met by a shuttle service to transport you to your hotel. Here, your Discover Outdoors guide will be awaiting your arrival. Our staff will be monitoring your flight status, so if you are delayed we will make the necessary adjustments to your shuttle.
If you can afford the extra day off, we recommend building time into your travel plans and arrive a day early. This will give you a cushion should there be flight delays. Please forward your flight itinerary to [email protected].
Your stay in Kathmandu will be at the Maya Manor, located conveniently in the heart of Kathmandu. These accommodations were carefully selected and chosen based on its ideal location, cleanliness and excellent staff.
Temperatures along the trek range from 40 degrees Fahrenheit at night and up to 75 degrees during the day. As you near Everest Base Camp and gain elevation, temperatures will gradually drop, ranging from 20 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall is infrequent in September and October, although a rain jacket is never a bad item to pack. With the many layers you will have for the rest of your journey, you will be well prepared for your time in Nepal. Due to the great altitude in the Himalaya, the mountain create their own weather. It is extremely variable and impossible to predict. We choose to trek during peak season when clear, sunny days are the norm, but regardless of when you climb, you should always be prepared for wet days and cold nights.
Engaging in long, challenging hikes is a great way to prepare for your trek. Look for hikes in the Catskill Mountains in New York, White Mountains in New Hampshire, Sand to Snow in Southern California and Backpacking the Cascades in Washington.
The thin air as you get into the higher elevation in the Himalaya may take some adjustment. The lower supply of oxygen at high elevations makes exercising more difficult, and you may experience shortness of breath during hikes. Bear in mind that predisposition to altitude sickness does not correlate to an individual’s level of fitness. The altitude in this area can prove challenging no matter what shape you’re in. If you’re not yet feeling acclimated when the trip begins, we suggest taking it easy, eating light meals, drinking lots of water and avoiding alcohol. Usually, it takes no more than a day or two to feel comfortable at higher elevations. The combination of high altitude and strenuous exercise greatly increases your body’s need for fluids. It is extremely important to drink lots of liquids to prevent heatstroke and dehydration. It’s a good idea to consume at least three liters of water per day and to drink as often as possible. Your guide will be constantly monitoring your status, asking questions and making sure you are consuming enough water and food.
It’s best to check with your doctor regarding vaccinations for Diphtheria, tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Japanese B encephalitis, Meningococcal meningitis, Polio, rabies, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever. You may need to see a Travel Medicine doctor; there are several in New York City. Many trekkers choose to also have medicine to alleviate altitude sickness, such as Diamox. We recommend making this decision with your doctor. One of the most common health risks for visitors is “traveler’s diarrhea,” which can be caused by bacteria, parasites or viruses transmitted through food or water. Despite precautions taken at our hotels and in all the food preparation, you can expect to experience one or more days of “discomfort” while in Nepal due to your body’s unfamiliarity with local bacteria. There are many over-the-counter remedies and antibiotics available in Kathmandu to relieve upset stomachs, but it’s also a good idea to bring some with you. It is usually risky to purchase food from street vendors unless the food has been cooked and is still hot. However, if you purchase fruit or vegetables from street vendors, we recommend buying products that you can peel or wash in purified water, and always wash your hands before eating. For more specific information on health precautions for travel in Nepal, consult a travel medicine doctor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov.
Nepal is generally a safe and pleasant place but as with any destination, it’s important to be aware of possible hazards. Violent crime is almost unheard of in the regions we visit. In the rare instances crime does occur, it’s usually petty theft. To limit your susceptibility, we suggest you always travel with at least one other person when going out, and that you avoid flaunting jewelry, cameras, expensive watches and other items that may be tempting to a thief.
Travel insurance is required to participate in the trek. The plan must have a minimum coverage of $200,000 for repatriation, emergency rescue of up to 17,800 feet, personal liability, cancellation and loss of luggage. Some credit cards include travel insurance. If you use your credit card plan, you'll need to contact your bank for information on their insurer, policy details and level of coverage.
The standard unit of currency in Nepal is the rupee. The rupee can fluctuate, however, so we suggest you check the online Universal Currency Converter at www.xe.com or with your bank for the most up-to-date information close to the time of your departure. Credit cards are accepted in Kathmandu and ATM’s are available, however cash is king the further into the mountains you go.
Nepal is ten hours and 35 minutes ahead of New York.
To call Nepal from the United States, dial 011 (America’s international access code) +977 (Nepal's country code) + the city code (1 in Kathmandu) + the local number. To place an international call from Kathmandu, first dial 00 (the international access code) and the appropriate country code. To call the United States, dial 00 + 1 (the U.S. country code) + area code + local number.
Electricity in Nepal is 220-240 Volts. There are two main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Transformers will have a much lower maximum Watt rating, usually 50 or 100. Transformers can often be used continuously and provide better electricity for low wattage appliances like battery chargers, radios, laptop computers, cameras, mp3 players and camcorders. However, they are heavy because they contain large iron rods and lots of copper wire. Outlets in Nepal generally accept two types of plug: Three round pins arranged in a triangle, or two parallel round pins.
A valid passport, along with evidence of return or onward flight, is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Nepal. A visa can be purchased at the airport for US $40.
This trip is ideal for adventurers who want to explore new trails, new cultures and who are willing to push harder to be among the largest mountains on earth. We recommend this trip for participants who have a moderate to high level of fitness. Those new to hiking are welcome to inquire. Our DO staff will give you tips for training so you can maximize your enjoyment on the trail.