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Planning your trip to Everest Base Camp

Its Everest season – Autumn in NepalWay to EBC

 

Planning your trip

It is a good idea to decide how you are going to do your trek before leaving home: whether you are going on your own or with a group of friends or perhaps are going to join a group that you might not know. A lot will depend on your budget but you should also consider your own skills and experience of travelling and trekking.

 

We are going to look at three options:

1. Joining a commercially organised trek through a trekking company

2. Going completely independently, as a solo traveller or with a few friends

3. Half way house; you organise some of it and a local agent organises the in country parts for you

 

1. Joining a commercially organised trek through a trekking company

Pros:

For those with no concerns with budget this is the most stress free option.

Everything is organised for you from start to finish fro the moment you get on the plane from your home country until you get back.

You are contributing to the local economy

 

Cons:

Generally the most expensive option

Unless you go with some friends you will be with a group of people you don’t know

 

Comments:

Do your research well on the Company’s philosophy and how they operate in country

 

2. Going completely independently, as a solo traveller or with a few friends

Pros:

Definitely the cheapest way of going trekking for travellers on a budget.

You choose your own itinerary based on your own research and go at your own pace.

You can stay wherever takes your fancy

 

Cons:

You organise everything, and potentially carry everything

The organisation however can be hard work if you have never been in Nepal before

Carrying all your gear is hard work especially as you get higher

 

Comments:

Going to Everest Base Camp should be a fantastic experience. It is not a matter of ‘chickening out’ if you hire a porter or a guide. They need the work and it will make the trek easier for you.

If you do decide to hire a porter don’t leave it til you get to Lukla as you have no way of guaranteeing that the support you need will be available. Talk with a trekking company in Kathmandu.

 

3. Half way house; you organise some of it, like your international flights and accommodation in Kathmandu, and a local agent organises the trek for you.

You can now do most of this online

Pros:

A cheaper option that using a trekking company from your own country

You contribute to the local economy

You organise the trip with your itinerary

 

Cons:

More time and effort required from you to organise the trek

 

Comments:

If you decide this is how you would like to organise your trip, when you are researching a local agent make sure they are a member of TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal). Companies who sign up to TAAN commit to agreed terms and conditions for all their staff and give them training to do their jobs.

There are hundreds of trekking agents in Kathmandu. Do your online research and ask advice from anyone you know who has been before.

It is possible to do all your organisation when you get to Kathmandu but the one thing which is difficult to do yourself are flights in and out of Lukla; this is best done through an agent

Have a look at:

Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal – http://www.taan.org.np/

International Porter Protection group – www.ippg.net/

Porters Progress – www.portersprogressuk.org/

 

Whichever way you decide to go, remember this is adventure travel and things may not always go to plan even with the best organised trip. The weather isn’t always great, the flights don’t always fly. You may not get as far as you though you might. Take each day in your stride and, when a challenge arises, sorting it out will become part of the adventure.

Have a great time.