Everest Base Camp Trek for Senior Citizen

14 Days

We present you “Everest Base Camp Trek for Senior Citizen”, our specially crafted trekking package, tailored for senior citizens and those who prefer a more leisurely pace. Recognizing that not everyone can follow the standard 12-day itinerary, our company has designed a trek that allows individuals to reach the Everest Base Camp in a relaxed manner over an extended period.

  • Moderate Level
  • March to May and Sep to Nov
  • 5,364 m (17,600 ft)
  • 14 Days
  • 2 Way Helicopter
  • BLD with Tea & Coffee

We understand that the Everest Base Camp holds a special place in the dreams of many, and our goal is to make this dream attainable for seniors, elderly people, and slow walkers. The itinerary ensures ample time for rest, with short and well-planned rest stops, allowing trekkers to acclimatize gradually to the high altitudes of the Everest region. Daily elevation gains are minimal, ensuring a comfortable and safe journey.

To enhance the overall experience, we have curated the best accommodations and dining options throughout the trip, prioritizing comfort and well-being. Our package stands out as a unique offering among trekking companies in Nepal, emphasizing that age is merely a number.

With determination and our unwavering logistical support at every step, we aspire to help senior and elderly individuals realize their dream of reaching the Everest Base Camp.

Join us on this extraordinary adventure, where we not only navigate the majestic trails of the Everest region but also navigate the dreams of our cherished guests, turning aspirations into lasting memories.

EBC trek for Senior Citizen Overview

Trip Highlights


• Dedicated to the senior/elderly citizens for a comfortable and relaxed experience
• Reaching the Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,600ft)
• Enjoy the hassle-free journey with a scenic helicopter ride (KTM-LUK-KTM)
• Experience the thrill of crossing the iconic Hillary Suspension Bridge
• Explore Namche Bazaar – the gateway to the Everest Base Camp
• Delight in a hearty breakfast or a tea break at the highest-situated Hotel Everest View (3,890m/12,762ft)
• Explore one of the oldest and largest Tyangboche/Thyangboche monastery
• Wander around the vibrant Sherpa villages, gaining insight into the local lifestyle
• Traverse the UNESCO-listed Sagarmatha National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna
• Witness the awe-inspiring Himalayan panorama, including Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and more


Outline Itinerary


  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,600ft) and transfer to the Hotel
  • Day 02: Preparation and rest day in Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Ride a sharing helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) and trek to Phakding 2,660m/8,727ft) – 45-60 mins heli ride and 3-4 hrs trek
  • Day 04: Trek to Jorsalle (2,850m/9,350ft) – 3 hrs
  • Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft) – 4 hrs
  • Day 06: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar
  • Day 07: Trek to Fungi Thanga (3,200m/10,499ft) – 4 hrs
  • Day 08: Trek to Pangboche (4,000m/13,123ft) via Tyangboche Monastery (3,860m/12,664ft) – 4hrs
  • Day 09: Trek to Dingboche (4,450m/14,600ft) – 4 hrs
  • Day 10: Trek to Thukla 4,610m/15,125ft) – 3 hrs
  • Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep 5,180m/16,995ft) – 5 hrs
  • Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,600ft), back to Gorakshep and ride a helicopter to Lukla then back to Kathmandu by sharing the helicopter
  • Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu
  • Day 14: Departure day from Kathmandu

Typical Day on the Trek


Every day begins with breakfast around 6:30-7:00 AM. Your breakfast is pre-ordered the night before to ensure prompt service. Prior to heading to the dining hall for breakfast, we recommend packing your duffel bag and leaving it ready. Our porter will pick it up and set off at their own pace. You’ll only need your daypack with essential items.

After breakfast, the trek begins. Throughout the day, immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery of the Everest region. Capture photos and explore local villages along the way.

As our overnight stops are nearby and of short distance, we’ll have lunch at the teahouses where we’ll be staying overnight. Upon reaching the teahouse, you can enjoy your lunch, relax, and appreciate the surroundings. After lunch, your guide will likely take orders for dinner.

In the evening, around 6-7 pm, dinner will be served. Following dinner, fresh fruits will be served, and your guide will take your order for breakfast as well as brief you about the plan for the next day. In the meantime, you can engage in friendly conversations with fellow trekkers or your guide.

Once these activities conclude, you can choose to go to bed early, play cards, or enjoy some personal time according to your preference.


Are there any age criteria for this package?


This specially curated trekking package is primarily designed for seniors or elderly individuals aged 50 and above. However, it’s important to note that there are no strict age restrictions or criteria for participation. Our goal is to cater to the unique needs and preferences of senior citizens, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable trekking experience.

In addition to seniors, this package is also well-suited for individuals who identify as slow walkers and prefer to undertake the Everest Base Camp trek at a leisurely pace. The itinerary is thoughtfully crafted to accommodate a variety of walking speeds, allowing participants to savor the journey and make the most of their trekking adventure.


Being a senior citizen, is my safety and satisfaction guaranteed?


As a senior citizen embarking on the Everest Base Camp trek, your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities. The entire package is meticulously crafted with a focus on ensuring your well-being throughout the journey.

Given the high-altitude nature of the Everest Base Camp trek, our itinerary is designed thoughtfully to mitigate potential challenges. The trek involves short daily walks of only 3-4 hours, covering minimal distances, and a gradual altitude gain of 200-500 meters per day. To facilitate acclimatization, dedicated rest days are incorporated into the itinerary, allowing your body to adjust to the elevations.

Our experienced guides play a crucial role in ensuring your health and safety. They monitor your well-being regularly, including daily checks on oxygen levels. Your guides are trained to assess and respond to any health concerns, providing constant support at every stage of the trek.

Before the trek commences in Kathmandu, our team conducts a thorough check of your packing lists to ensure you are well-prepared. Throughout the trek, our official team maintains regular communication with you, offering guidance and support. In the event of emergencies, we have established protocols for immediate and effective actions.

All logistical arrangements are made in advance, contributing to a seamless and comfortable trip. With our comprehensive approach, we are committed to guaranteeing not only your safety but also your satisfaction, ensuring that your Everest Base Camp experience is both memorable and fulfilling.

Cost Overview

Price Inclusion

  • Airport picks up and drops by a private vehicle
  • 4 night star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Ramada Encore, Fairfield Marriot or Lo Mustang)
  • A sharing helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • A sharing helicopter from Gorakshep to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Lodge accommodation on the mountain:
  • One night luxury accommodation at Phakding (Yati Home) (Note: Due to limited availability, this luxury option may not always be possible. In such cases, a normal room with an attached bathroom will be provided as an alternative).
  • Normal room at Jorsalle (This is lunch camp, so normal rooms are only available)
  • Two night deluxe accommodation at Namche Bazar (Camp De Base or Sherpa Sangrila or Hotel Namche)
  • One night very basic tea house at Fungi Thanga (This is only lunch camp)
  • Attached bathroom at Pangboche(No hot shower in winter)
  • Attached room at Dingboche (But no hot shower in bathroom)
  • Common room at Thukla (This is only lunch camp)
  • A very basic guest house at Gorakshep (There is no option for other categories room at Gorakshep)
  • An experienced trekking guide
  • A porter from Lukla
  • Trekking permits
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the mountain, serving tea or coffee cup on every meal
  • Three liter mineral water everyday on the mountain
  • One liter hot water in the evening before sleeping on the mountain
  • First Aid Kit
  • Pristine Nepal Trek’s duffle bag for the porter
  • Pristine Nepal Trek’s T-Shirt and head cap as souvenir
  • Free coordination in emergency cases
  • Farewell dinner at Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu

Cost Exclusion

  • Nepal visa fee (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 560 for 30 days)
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, wifi internet, snacks and deserts, soft and hard drinks
  • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu for early arrival, late departure and in case early return from the mountain
  • Things that are not mentioned on the inclusion

Detail Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our company representatives will be present, holding your name card. Once you meet our representative, you will receive a warm welcome with greetings and be adorned with a garland of marigold flowers or khada, a traditional soft fabric cloth.

Following the warm reception, you will be transferred to the designated hotel in Kathmandu via a private vehicle. During the journey, you can engage in conversation with our representative, gaining insights into the Kathmandu Valley.

Upon reaching the hotel, you will complete the check-in process. If your arrival is early in the day, our company owner, Chin Thapa, may meet you on the same day to provide a briefing about the entire trek. If your arrival is later in the day or at night, the briefing will take place the following day. This ensures you receive all the necessary information and a warm introduction to your trekking adventure.

We have designated this day as the trek preparation day. Typically, you will receive a comprehensive briefing about the trek and settle any remaining payments for the trip. This is also an opportunity for you to meet your trekking guide. Following the briefing, we will conduct a quick check of your packing list. If there are any missing items, we will guide you to a trekking shop to purchase or rent the necessary equipment and items. Additionally, we will organize a welcome dinner or lunch for you.

Once all the arrangements are in place, you will be well-prepared for the trek. We will provide information about your Lukla Heli flight scheduled for the next day. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore the city at your own pace.

Breakfast

In the morning, a few hours prior to your schedule Lukla’s flight guide will arrive at your hotel to pick you up and transfer you to the airport to catch the heli flight. From there you will have the 45-60 mins of scenic flight to the Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla you will meet with your porter.

After a breakfast or tea break, your trek officially commences. Carry your daypack with essential items, while your duffel bag will be transported by the porter at their own pace. On reaching the Lukla gate you will have to stop at the checkpost to acquire the trekking permits. At the gate, you can see the statue of the first woman from Nepal who summited Mount Everest on 22 April 1993.

Continuing the trek, today’s walk is relatively easy as you descend approximately 200m/656ft from Lukla to Phakding. The trail involves short uphill and downhill stretches. The trail walks along the Dudhkoshi River all the way to Phakding. Following the Dudhkoshi River, you will traverse lush forests, encounter local villages, and enjoy the soothing sound of the rushing Dudhkoshi River itself. Today the route also includes crossing the first suspension bridge after the Cheplung village. Passing through villages like Cheplung, Thadokoshi, Ghat, and Chhuthawa, you will eventually reach Phakding for an overnight stay.

Trek Distance: 7.8km/4.8miles
Accommodation: Yati Home

3-4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day commences with a delightful breakfast, setting the tone for the trek ahead. Today’s journey involves crossing three suspension bridges, marking the beginning of gaining elevation. The trail continues alongside the Dudhkoshi River, and from Phakding, you will pass through several small settlements like Zamphute, Tok Tok, Benker, and Monjo, eventually reaching Jhorsalle in approximately 3 hours.

As you traverse this path, immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery of lush forests and catch the first glimpse of the prominent Mt. Thamserku. The trail features intermittent uphill sections, adding to the trek’s varied terrain.

Upon reaching Monjo, a checkpoint stop is required to showcase your permit. From this point onward, you enter the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A short 15-20 minute walk from Monjo brings you to Jhorsalle for the overnight stay. It’s important to note that Jhorsalle primarily serves as a lunch stop, and only normal accommodations are available here.

Trek Distance: 6 km (3.7 miles)
Accommodation:

3 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As usual, the trek begins after a satisfying breakfast. Today is anticipated to be a bit challenging. Shortly after starting the trek, we’ll cross a suspension bridge. After walking for about half an hour, we’ll reach a location offering a view of the iconic Hillary Bridge. This spot serves as a rest stop where we pause for a few minutes to capture photos. Following this, we ascend to reach the Hillary Bridge.

At the Hillary Bridge site, you’ll observe two bridges, with the lower one being the oldest and no longer in use. The upper bridge is the one we will cross. After crossing the Hillary Bridge, the trail gradually ascends until reaching Namche Bazaar. Winding through lush forests of pines and junipers, the journey to Namche takes approximately 3 hours, considering a slower pace.

Before reaching Namche, we encounter a checkpoint and then proceed toward the town. Upon arriving in Namche, you will be greeted by the magnificent view of Kongde Ri mountain. Namche serves as the gateway to all trekking destinations in the Everest region, and the energy in the town is palpable.

After reaching Namche, take some time to have lunch, rest, and explore the vibrant town. The remainder of the day is free for relaxation or further exploration. Overnight stay in Namche.

Trek Distance: 4.7 km (2.9 miles)
Accommodation: Camp De Base Sherpa Sangrila or Hotel Namche

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is a crucial day for acclimatization and rest at Namche, situated at an elevation of 3440 m/11,286 ft. After a couple of days of trekking at higher elevations, this rest day is essential for allowing your body to adjust.

We can start the day a bit later than usual. Following breakfast, the day begins with a hike to the Sagarmatha National Park, where a statue of the legendary mountaineer Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first Everest summiteer along with Sir Edmund Hillary, stands. This location offers a breathtaking view of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Taboche, and many others.

After spending some time at the park, the journey continues to the Everest Museum for a brief outside tour. Subsequently, we embark on a hike to Syangboche, involving a steep uphill climb. After about one and a half hours, we reach Sagarmatha Next, a site we will visit on our return to Namche. Continuing forward, we head to Hotel Everest View, one of the highest-situated hotels at an elevation of 3880m/12,730ft. A short tea break here allows us to enjoy the scenic views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and more. After spending some time, we descend to visit Sagarmatha Next.

Sagarmatha Next is a newly constructed site that collects waste materials from the Khumbu region and aims to recycle and reuse them. The staff will provide a briefing, and after spending some time there, we descend to our hotel in Namche.

Following lunch and a bit of rest, you are free to explore the town. The remainder of the day is for relaxation and exploration. Overnight stay in Namche.

2-3 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a well-deserved rest at Namche, our journey continues following breakfast. Today, our destination is Phunki Thanga, which serves as a lunch stop in the standard itinerary. It is located along the bank of the DudhKoshi River.

The trail today is relatively flat. The initial part from Namche to Sanasa is a flat surface with a few sections of uphill terrain. Before reaching Sanasa, you’ll arrive at Kyangjuma, where a short tea break is possible. A few minutes from there, you’ll reach Sanasa, where the trail splits into two, one leading to Gokyo Lake and the other to Everest Base Camp. After Sanasa, the trail descends steeply until reaching Phunki Thanga, winding through lush forests. The hike today feels easy and comfortable.

Upon reaching Phunki Thanga, enjoy lunch and take some rest, as there are limited places to roam around. It’s a tranquil spot along the trek. Overnight stay in Phunki Thanga.

Trek Distance: Approximately 4 km (2.4 miles)
Accommodation:

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, our destination is the charming Sherpa village of Pangboche. The trek commences after breakfast, with a mandatory check-in at the Phunki Thanga checkpoint. This checkpoint marks a challenging section of the trek—a steep uphill climb to Tyanboche, lasting nearly 3 hours. The trail is a bit dusty and rugged, demanding careful navigation. Upon reaching Tyangboche, we take a short break to explore the Tyangboche Monastery, where an entrance fee of NRS 300 is required.

After exploring the monastery, the trek continues with a descent passing several stops, including Deboche and Millingo, until reaching the suspension bridge—the last suspension bridge on the trek. After crossing the bridge, we continue walking for an additional 30-45 minutes to reach our destination, Pangboche, for the overnight stay.

Trek Distance:
Accommodation: Beyul Hotel

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we embark on our trek as usual, heading toward Dingboche, one of the largest settlements in the Everest region. While Dingboche typically serves as a rest and acclimatization stop in the standard itinerary, we will only spend one night here, as we have designed the trek with sufficient overnight stops to avoid the need for an extra day.

Today’s walk involves a gradual uphill climb to Dingboche, starting from Pangboche. It’s important to note that beyond Pangboche, the treeline ends, and we enter the alpine region. As we ascend, it’s crucial to walk slowly and pay attention to our breathing. About an hour away, we reach Somare, where we may stop for a short tea break if needed. After Somare, there are no other stops for food, so it’s advisable to eat here if hungry.

Continuing past Somare, the trail remains gradually uphill, with inspiring mountain views motivating us to keep going. After an hour and a half of hiking, we cross a small steel bridge and push through the final uphill stretch to Dingboche. This last section takes another 1 and a half hours to climb, followed by an additional 30-45 minutes on a flat surface to reach Dingboche.

Upon reaching Dingboche, enjoy lunch, and afterward, take the opportunity to explore the village. You can visit the famous Cafe 4440 in Dingboche. Overnight stay in Dingboche.

Trek Distance: Approximately 4 km (2.4 miles)
Accommodation: Heritage Mountain

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After enjoying our overnight stay at Dingboche, today we head towards Thukla. The trek begins after breakfast, and if you prefer to start a bit later, that can be accommodated as well. The journey to Thukla is a manageable 3-hour walk.

The trail today follows a gradual slope with a flat surface, providing an easy and enjoyable hiking experience. As you progress, the magnificent views of Taboche and Cholaste unfold on your left-hand side.

Before getting close to Thukla, you’ll need to cross a small bridge. This section can be a bit tricky, as it is an area affected by a landslide. After crossing the bridge, 10 minutes later, you will reach our destination, Thukla.

It’s important to note that Thukla serves as a lunch stop, so the accommodations and food options are basic and limited. Overnight stay in Thukla.

Trek Distance: Approximately 3 km (1.8 miles)
Accommodation: Yak Lodge

3 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning, after a hearty breakfast, we prepare for today’s trek. Starting from Thukla, the initial hour involves a steep uphill walk. Upon completing the uphill section, we reach the Everest Memorial, a place dedicated to all the mountaineers who lost their lives while climbing mountains in the Everest region. After paying our respects and exploring the memorial, we continue our trek.

From this point, the trail becomes a gradual flat surface until we reach Lobuche. We make a short break at Lobuche before continuing our journey. Beyond Lobuche, we continue trekking on a flat surface until we reach the Lobuche Pass, approximately 1 hour away. The Lobuche Pass involves a steep climb for about 15-20 minutes. Beyond this point, the trail becomes a bit tricky as we navigate glaciers and rugged terrain on our way to Gorakshep. Careful attention is needed, especially in narrow sections along the way.

Despite the challenges, we can enjoy breathtaking views of majestic mountain ranges, including Pumori, Nuptse, the top of Everest, and Kalapatthar. After approximately 2 hours from the Lobuche Pass, we reach Gorakshep, where we can relax our bodies and minds.

Gorakshep is the last settlement on the Everest Base Camp Trek. There are very few teahouses, and the accommodations and food options are limited and basic. Overnight stay in Gorakshep.

Trek Distance: Approximately 6 km (3.7 miles)
Accommodation: Snowland

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today marks a significant day in the trek as we journey to the Everest Base Camp. We will rise early, beginning our trek in the morning. The journey to the Base Camp typically takes around 2 hours on average. We will proceed slowly and steadily. Upon reaching the Base Camp, we will spend approximately 10-15 minutes exploring the surroundings, taking photos, and then returning to our hotel.

Given the cold temperature, it’s crucial to wear all necessary clothing to stay warm. Packed breakfast will be consumed on the way or during the return journey.

Once back at the hotel, we will take a break, reflecting on the incredible trekking experience and the memories we’ve created. This is the final opportunity to bid farewell to Mount Everest. Additionally, you can express gratitude and provide tips to your team members, including the guide and porter, for their role in making your trip successful. It may also be the last time you see your guide and porter.

After all matters are settled, the helicopter will be ready to pick you up. Refer to the Helicopter Ride section for detailed information on the helicopter schedules. The helicopter ride back to Lukla offers a breathtaking experience, providing a bird’s-eye view of the entire Everest region. Upon reaching Lukla, you will once again fly back to Kathmandu, concluding the trip.

At Kathmandu airport, you will be received by one of our company representatives and transfer you to the hotel.

Trek Distance: 2 km (1.2 miles) from Gorakshep to EBC

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After several days of trekking, today is a well-deserved day of rest and relaxation. You have the freedom to explore the diverse culinary offerings in Kathmandu, wander through the streets of the city, and visit souvenir shops.

In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner for you at a reputable restaurant in Thamel, Kathmandu. This dinner serves as a celebration of the successful completion of your trek. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Breakfast

Finally, the day has arrived to bid farewell to Nepal. Our company representative will transfer you to the airport three hours before your scheduled flight. We sincerely hope you had an amazing time with us in Nepal and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Thank you for choosing our services. Safe travels!

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Accommodation in Kathmandu


Upon your arrival at the airport, one of our company representatives will be there to pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation in Kathmandu. You will enjoy a four-night stay at a star-category hotel, such as Ramada Encore, Fairfield Marriot Lo Mustang, or a similar category. These hotels are renowned for their excellence and luxury in Kathmandu. Your stay includes a bed and breakfast plan.

The first two nights are allocated for your arrival day and trek preparation day, while the remaining two nights are scheduled for after your return from Lukla and the free day in Kathmandu. This arrangement ensures a total of four nights in Kathmandu. Any additional nights beyond this arrangement for an extended stay will be at your own expense.

This accommodation plan ensures that you have a comfortable and convenient stay in Kathmandu, before and after the Everest Base Camp trek.


Accommodation on the trek


This special package, tailored for senior/elder citizens, prioritizes the provision of optimal accommodations throughout the trek to ensure maximum comfort and convenience. Recognizing the importance of a good rest after a day of trekking, we have selected various types of accommodations to cater to different preferences. Here is a list of the types of accommodations we offer during the trek:


One Night Luxury Accommodation at Phakding (Yeti Home):


  • Note: Due to limited availability, this luxury option may not always be possible. In such cases, a normal room with an attached bathroom will be provided as an alternative.

Normal Room at Jorsalle:


  • As Jorsalle serves as a lunch camp, only normal room accommodations are available.

Two Nights Deluxe Accommodation at Namche Bazaar:


  • Options include Camp De Base, Sherpa Sangrila, or Hotel Namche.

One Night Very Basic Tea House at Fungi Thanga:


  • Note: Fungi Thanga serves as a lunch camp, and only very basic accommodations are available.

Attached Bathroom at Pangboche:


  • Ensuring a level of comfort with attached bathroom facilities.

Attached Room at Dingboche:


  • Please note that there is no hot shower in the bathroom, and hot water availability is solar energy-dependent. Additional charges apply for hot showers.

Common Room at Thukla:


  • Thukla serves as a lunch camp, and common room accommodations are provided.

A Very Basic Guest House at Gorakshep:


  • Please be aware that there is only one category of room available at Gorakshep, and it is of a very basic nature.

We have meticulously chosen these accommodations to ensure a balance between comfort and the unique requirements of the trekking route. Your satisfaction and well-being remain our top priorities throughout the journey.


Meals on the trek


Throughout the entire trek, we provide full board meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, accompanied by tea or coffee at each meal. Having nourishing meals is essential to sustain your energy levels during the trek. It is important to ensure you consume an adequate amount of food to fuel your body.

For meal choices, you can select from a menu offered by the teahouses. The menus feature a variety of dishes to accommodate the preferences of different trekkers. Please note that we strongly advise against consuming non-vegetarian items, especially after Namche Bazaar. Due to restrictions in the Khumbu region, meat must be imported from nearby villages, and it may not be fresh or healthy. Consuming such meats could pose health risks, including food poisoning or diarrhea. If you desire non-vegetarian options, canned tuna fish is a recommended alternative.

Regarding beverages, we recommend avoiding coffee or caffeine intake after dinner, as it may disrupt your sleep pattern.
Every evening after dinner, your guide will serve you fresh seasonal fruits as part of the dessert. This provides a delightful conclusion to your meal, offering an opportunity to enjoy dessert, engage in conversation with your guide or fellow trekkers, and then relax for a restful night’s sleep.


Drinking Water during Trek


Hydration is crucial throughout your trek, as your body continuously loses fluids. It is important to maintain adequate hydration levels by consuming 2-4 liters of water daily. Here’s an overview of the drinking water options and recommendations for the Everest region:


Buying Bottled Water:


It is advisable to purchase bottled water at the tea houses to ensure safe drinking water.

If you prefer not to buy bottled water, you can fill your bottle with tap water at the teahouses, but it must be sterilized or treated with water-purifying tablets. This option is viable up to Dingboche. (Note: We provide water purifying tablets for your convenience, and your guide will manage this during the trek.)


Water Availability at Specific Stops:


In Thukla, Lobuche, and Gorakshep, it is recommended to buy bottled water as the local water may be contaminated and unsafe to drink. Prices vary, with Thukla at NRS 350, and Lobuche and Gorakshep at NRS 500 per bottle.

From Lukla to Dingboche, the cost of bottled water ranges from NRS 100 to NRS 350.


Special Provisions for Elder/Senior Citizens:


In consideration of the senior nature of this package, we provide three bottles (3 liters) of mineral water daily during the trek. This eliminates the need for you to worry about purchasing water or encountering contaminated sources.

Additionally, one liter of hot water is provided each evening for various uses. You can use it to warm your blankets, facilitating morning activities like brushing and washing. It is also suitable for nighttime consumption, as drinking cold water at higher altitudes is not recommended.


Thermal Insulated Bottle:


After Dingboche, it is recommended to carry one liter of warm/hot water in a thermal-insulated bottle. Drinking warm water at higher altitudes is considered beneficial for your well-being.

This comprehensive water plan is designed to ensure that you stay properly hydrated and comfortable throughout your trek, with special provisions made for the unique needs of senior citizens.


Some windy places during your Everest Base Camp trek, where you need to be extra careful.


Everest region is a cold place, chill winds are not a very exceptional thing. But some places are comparatively windier. If you are not able to protect yourself from the cold wind then it can potentially trigger your headache and eventually cause you altitude sickness as well.

Here are some of the major places during the Everest Base Camp trek that is very windy:

Hike after Hillary Bridge (Day 2 Phakding to Namche Bazar)

After Hillary Bridge, you will have to hike uphill. Since you are closer to the river you will feel the fast blowing wind. Especially when you are in open areas or in areas with fewer trees you will feel more chill.

Sangbuche hike (Day 3 Acclimatization Day)

On this day you will hike to Everest View Point Hotel. As you go uphill, after 10 am the wind will blow faster than usual. Since you will be hiking in an area with fewer trees you will be exposed to more wind.

Somare to Dingbuche (Day 5 Debuche to Dingbuche)

On the 5th day after having lunch at Somare, you will trek to Dingbuche. As you will be very close to the Imja River, you will feel the cold wind breezing from the river.

Nangkartshang Peak hike (Day 6 Acclimatization)

Considering the height of 5,121m can be a very good acclimatization factor for the upcoming important days. But if you want to summit to the peak then you should start pretty early in the morning, otherwise after 11 am the way to the peak is exceptionally windy.

Since you are just 2 days away from the Everest Base Camp Day, you need to be extra careful.

On the way to thukla and thukla pass (Day 7 Dingbuche to lobuche)

While heading to Thukla from Dingbuche, you will be close to a river, so due to that reason also you will experience fast-blowing winds.

After lunch at Thukla you will march ahead to cross Thukla Pass, as you will be ascending during the uphill hike also you will feel very windy.

Kalapathar hike in the Evening (Day 8 Everest Base Camp Day)

People hike to Kalapathar, either for sunrise or for sunset. So, if you hike to Kalapthar for sunset, then while coming back down on the way it will be quite windy. Due to the absence of sun, you will feel extra cold also.

Pheriche (Day 9 Gorakhshep to Pheriche)

Pheriche is a place where you will be staying overnight after a night at Gorakhshep. After you cross Thukla you will go downhill and then you will go straight for at least one and a half hours even for a good phase walker.

The straight path is super windy after 1 pm in the afternoon. And even at night, Pheriche is a very cold place.


What can be done to protect yourself from the windy places?


Proper clothing

Proper knowledge of the trekking gear and clothes is very important for a successful trek. Our body generates a good amount of heat while hiking, so for the first few days of the trek, it’s okay to avoid inner thermals. Especially if you sweat a lot then you should definitely avoid thermals for the first few days, because the sweat from your body and the cold environment can cause you to have a cough, fever, or other cold-related problems.

(This condition can be applied on sunny days or on dry days, in case of rain or snowing you should definitely wear thermals)  

To protect ourselves from the wind, we will need windproof jackets, buffs to cover ears and neck, warm trekking socks (Please avoid wet socks), gloves, inner thermals, and a down jacket.

Less rest

In those above-mentioned places, you should minimize your resting time, you should try to cross those windy places as soon as possible and rest in less windy places.


Helicopter Ride


In order to ensure a seamless and stress-free journey for our senior/elder guests, our package includes helicopter transfers from Kathmandu to Lukla and back. Additionally, upon reaching Base Camp and returning to Gorakshep, you will also fly to Lukla via helicopter. It’s important to note that all helicopter rides are shared.

The process for the helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla operates as follows: The helicopter can accommodate only two individuals from Gorakshep. It transports these two passengers to Pheriche village, returns to Gorakshep, picks up another two passengers, and returns to Pheriche. At Pheriche, the helicopter boards the initial two passengers and transports all four individuals to Lukla. Upon landing in Lukla, our company representative will be present to pick you up and escort you to the hotel.

For the Kathmandu to Lukla and back journey, five individuals will share a helicopter.

This arrangement is not only efficient but also provides a level of comfort that may be lacking in domestic flights to Lukla. It’s worth noting that Lukla flights are occasionally disrupted and also during peak seasons, because of busy air traffic and high flight demands to Lukla, we may need to drive to Ramechhap for the Lukla flight, which can be inconvenient.

Opting for a helicopter ride ensures a smoother and more comfortable travel experience, particularly when compared to the potential disruptions and inconveniences associated with Lukla flights.


Trekking Permits


For the Everest Base Camp Trek, you are required to obtain two types of trekking permits. Your trekking guide will facilitate the acquisition of these permits at the Lukla checkpoint. Simply provide your passport to your guide and complete a quick and straightforward form for the permits. Your guide will keep all the permits and present them at various checkpoints throughout the trek, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free process.

The two necessary permits are:

Sagarmatha National Park Permit: This permit grants access to the Sagarmatha National Park, which encompasses the Everest region. It is essential for trekking in this protected area.

Local Rural Municipality Entrance Permit: This permit allows entry to the local rural municipality areas along the trekking route, ensuring compliance with local regulations.

Rest assured that your guide will handle all permit-related procedures, allowing you to focus on enjoying the trek without any concerns about administrative matters.


Shower During Trek


We understand the importance of a refreshing shower after a trek. Regarding shower facilities, until Namche, you will have the luxury of complimentary showers. The attached bathrooms in these areas provide hot shower facilities at no additional cost. However, after Namche, there will be an extra charge for showers. Please note that the areas beyond Namche rely on solar energy, and consequently, hot showers are not available even in the attached bathrooms. We recommend taking showers until Dingboche only. After that, in Thukla and Gorakshep, it is advisable to refrain from showering to conserve resources.


Toilets along the way


It’s crucial to note that toilets or restrooms are not readily available along the trekking route. You will need to make stops at the nearest teahouses or hotels for toilet breaks. However, rest assured that your guide will assist in finding or arranging pit stops along the way in case of urgent toilet breaks. Your guide is there to ensure your comfort and address any necessities during the trek.


About Tipping


Tipping is a customary way to express gratitude to your guide and porter for their hard work during the trek. While there is no fixed amount for tipping, it is generally recommended to give at least 15% of the total trek amount. Beyond this, you are welcome to give additional tips based on your discretion and satisfaction with the services provided. Tipping is a meaningful gesture to acknowledge the efforts of your support team and is appreciated in the trekking community.


 

 

Packing Lists for EBC

What should I pack for the trek?


The Everest Base Camp trek, being a high-altitude adventure, demands thorough preparation of your packing list, as it significantly influences the overall trekking experience. Here’s a guide to help you assemble a comprehensive packing list:


General


  • Daypack (35-45 liters recommended) with bag cover
  • Four-season sleeping bag (can be rented)
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)

Headwear


  • Beanie (1pcs)
  • Sun hat or Cap (we provide free company cap) (1pcs)
  • Polarized Sunglass (1pcs)
  • Buff/Neck Gaiter (1pcs)
  • Headlight (1pcs)

Torso:


  • Insulating layers/thermal wear (2 pair)
  • T-shirt (2 pair)
  • Full sleeve t-shirt (thin and thick) (1 each)
  • Waterproof and windproof outer layers (1pcs)
  • Fleece jacket (1pcs)
  • Down jacket 900-1100 max (can be rented)

Lower Body:


  • Hiking Pants (2 pair)
  • Comfortable pants for the teahouses (1pcs)
  • Hiking shorts (optional)

Hands:


  • Fabric liner gloves (1 pair)
  • Hard-shell outer glove (1 pair)

Feet:


  • Fabric warm socks (2/3 pair)
  • Hiking socks (2/3 pair)
  • Trekking boot high ankle recommended (1 pair)
  • Casual shoe for the teahouses
  • Gaiters (optional)

Other Essentials


  • Undergarments (according to your needs)
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes (optional)

Equipment:


  • Trekking poles (1 pair)
  • Normal water bottle (1 pcs)
  • Insulated water bottle/ thermal bottle (1 pcs)
  • Power bank for electronic devices
  • Camera or smartphone for capturing memories

Personal Items:


  • Personal hygiene kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, etc.)
  • Quick-drying towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF
  • Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit

Documentation:


  • Valid passport and necessary permits
  • Nepal visa
  • Travel insurance details
  • Emergency contact information
  • Money (local currency and small denominations)

Miscellaneous:


  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Trekking map and guidebook
  • Portable water purification system or water purification tablets
  • Trekking diary or journal
  • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying important documents and money

Preparing a well-thought-out packing list ensures that you are adequately equipped for the challenges of the Everest Base Camp trek and the packing list provided above should suffice for your needs.

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Everest Base Camp Trek for Senior Citizen