Booking Everest Base Camp trek
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Nov 20, 2012 7:49 AM Last Post By: Petrus
Nov 17, 2012 9:23 PM
Booking Everest Base Camp trekMe and my girlfriend are looking to book the Everest base camp trek for around the 25th November. We are currently traveling in India and have already got a flight booked into Kathmandu for the 24th. I have never been to Nepal so was wondering from anyone who has been or done this trek, whether it would be best for us to prebook the trek or if its easy enough to just book it when we arrive. I have been quoted a few prices, with about £980 per person being cheapest so far so also wondering if this is a good price?
Nov 18, 2012 4:26 AM
1I did the trek with a friend a couple of years ago. We did not pre-book any thing. This is a very popular trek and you won't have any difficulty in arranging things once you are in Kathmandu.
I have posted a fairly detailed blog of my trek on my website. You can have a look at it here :
It has the telephone number and the email address of the guide we used.
You can also have a look at an image gallery having some images from that trek here :
You have chosen the right season for this trek, best of luck and have a good time.
Nov 18, 2012 5:58 AM
For such a standard trek, there is no need to book in advance - the current post #2 is touting for business. The only reason to pre-book anything is if you are on a tight schedule. In short, £980 pp is not a good price.
Rob has given good advice and maybe the first decision is what style of trek do you want to do? EBC is possible to do independently, with a porter and/or guide (or a p/g), a group trek and camping or teahouse accommodation.
An independent trek is cheapest and you have covered the main safety question by not trekking completely alone. Hiring a guide is a personal decision based mainly (in my view) whether you want the extra cultural and other information a good guide can provide because route finding and arranging food and accommodation is straghtforward. Group treks limit itinerary flexibility and might be difficult to find at that time. Teahouse accommodation is the norm for an EBC trek and is a key reason why trekking in Nepal is so popular.
If you do hire staff, choose a 'daily rate' that includes the guide's food, accommodation and insurance but jeeps your food costs separate. There are a number of advantages including it's cheaper usually and you decide where/when to eat and sleep.
Nov 18, 2012 6:51 PM
3Very good info above by Rob and scoodly. If you email either one, they will provide you with a good recommendation. (I believe they will both recommend the same trekking company). I would trust their recommendation. If you'd like a different recommendation, you can send me a private message by clicking on my name to the left of this message.
As mentioned above, if you want to hire a guide or a porter, just hire someone rather than going on a trek with a bunch of strangers. By hiring your own guide and/or porter, you can go at your own pace and see exactly what you want rather than traveling at the group pace of a bunch of strangers. As discussed above, you can certainly do this trek independently, without a guide or porter. I happen to think that a guide adds a lot of value if you are interested in the culture, plants, animals, and history along the way. You really don't need a guide to show you the way because they trail is pretty obvious and if you get off track, someone will get you back on the trail. A porter can easily carry the gear of two trekkers.
Nov 20, 2012 7:49 AM
4It is quite funny (and sad at the same time) that this notion of having to "book a trek" is still so strong. Of course travel agencies try their best to keep this idea alive, but the fact is that it is perfectly legal to go alone to the main trekking areas and just start walking, just some paperwork needs to be done first.
That said, the best procedure is to contact a reliable agency and have them arrange the permits etc, and hire a porter-guide from them. For first timers with enough money having a guide and porter is also a viable option, but a good porter-guide is usually enough. Arranging things for a trek this ways differs from a "booked trek" in three ways: you can be flexible with dates, you can change the itinerary and the places you stay overnight as you wish, you need not walk with a bunch of strangers (both good and bad, depending on your luck). It is also cheaper, at least with only a porter-guide.
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