How often do you run the trek?
At this stage, we will only be operating one trek a year which will be during the spring climbing season so that we can offer the overnight stay at Everest Base Camp. This will also allow us to ensure proper training and preparation is undertaken to ensure a successful outcome with staying a night at an altitude of 5,300m at base camp. We pride ourselves on delivering on our service because it is a big investment for you, so we want you to succeed. And for us, it's all about quality, not quantity.
Please also check our Facebook and Instagram feeds because we also announce new trek dates there as well.
What if the fixed dates don't work, can you organise a group custom trek?
Yes, if the dates that we have organised don't work, we can organise a custom date that would suit, but the group would have to be 10 trekkers or more and it may not coincide with the spring climbing season.
What is the best time of year to trek to Everest Base Camp?
It is our belief that the spring climbing season during April provides the best time of year because of the exciting atmosphere that is created along the route. Also, because we can offer you an overnight stay in Everest Base Camp which is a unique and exciting experience and generally not experienced by the many other trekkers who do this trek each year.
How hard is the actual trek?
With the right preparation, guides and support team, the trek is very achievable. The itinerary that we have developed with our local guides gives our team the best chance of reaching Everest Base Camp and spending the night at around 5:00 AM. The itinerary has been developed around suitable acclimatisation days at key altitude, as well as utilising the principals of moving high and sleeping low on some days. Big adventure achievements will never come easy so there will be some challenges. We put a lot of emphasis on pre-training so the trek will be much easier. Most of the people that you speak to that didn't reach Everest Base Camp have a common theme, they lacked preparation, were poorly guided and there was limited to no teamwork during the trek.
What's the climate like?
Spring and autumn (before and after monsoon) are both dry seasons, and the forests are flowering and lush. In winter, the skies are brilliantly blue but cold, sometimes with snowfall. Below Namche, temperatures can reach 24 degrees Celsius during the day. Whilst, above 4000m, day temperatures can range 15 to -20 degrees Celsius. Nights are cool and may drop to -10 degrees Celsius during storms. Prepare cool and warm attire as suggested in the packing list.
What is the typical day like on the trail?
You will be woken up with a knock on your door around 6.00 AM by a staff member. You will get dressed and pack for the day’s walk, and have your duffel ready for your porter before breakfast, which is usually at 7:00 AM. The aim will be to leave the teahouse and be on the trail by 8:00 AM. On the trail, you will carry a small daypack (20-40L weighing around 5kg) with your personal items, water, warm clothing, wet weather gear and camera equipment. Generally, lunch is at our rest stop for the night, which leaves the afternoon free to rest and soak in the views. Dinner is usually at 7:00 PM, and most trekkers then either read, play cards or head to bed early at around 8-9:00 PM to prepare for the next day’s adventure.
Can I stay on after the trek?
Yes, you can extend your stay to explore more of Kathmandu or Nepal. These arrangements would need to be made by you and would be at your own cost. We are happy to discuss post trek ideas with you.
What is the accommodation like in Kathmandu?
The accommodation in Kathmandu, Nepal is a comfortable and clean mid-range three half-star hotel and will be on a twin share accommodation basis, but we can adjust the accommodation according to your budget (i.e. budget up to five-star). If you would like to book your own room, please let us know when you book, but there will be additional costs. If the group size is an odd number, there will be no additional cost if you end up in your own room. The hotel will have wifi and has excellent security. (Please note that meals in Kathmandu are NOT included in the land costs. Plan for USD $20-25 per meal on these days.
What is the accommodation and food like in on the trail?
Whilst on the trail, you will sleep in the local friendly village teahouses. These provide basic accommodation (twin-share), common toilets and a large common dining hall. Teahouse kitchens cater for international and local tastes, from pizzas/pasta to typical Nepali favourites. Other facilities including showers, internet, battery charging and a laundry is sometimes available for an extra cost.
Why use Peak Potential Adventures?
Our guides and the way we run our trek are second to none. You will only get very experienced guides on our treks that you can trust. We pride ourselves on ensuring that everyone has a positive, rewarding and safe experience. We leave nothing to chance in our preparation and are always thinking about our client's safety and enjoyment during the trek.
Will there be Australian guides on the trek?
Yes, we work on a guiding ratio of 1 guide to 7 clients, so the number will vary depending on the size of the group. Generally, we aim to send two Australian guides with each group as we only do one Everest Base Camp trek per year during the spring climbing season, so the number of the group will normally be 10+.
Known as “Eastern People” in Tibet, Sherpas were nomads who migrated and settled in the Solukhumbu Region around 500 years ago from Tibet. Their dialect, dress and food are very similar to Tibetans, more than the Hindu majority ethnic groups in Nepal. With a culture deeply rooted in Buddhism, Sherpas have a strong respect for the mountains and it's spirit. First employed as high altitude porters on early Himalayan mountaineering expeditions, Sherpas are now by their own rights, well regarded accomplished climbers.
How many people could be on this trek?
This trek is limited to a maximum of 20 people.
What is the minimum age?
Because of insurance and liability reasons, the minimum age for this trek is 18.
How fit do I need to be and can I get fit?
Everest Base Camp can be trekked to by anyone who is relatively fit and those who are willing to get fit. A significant advantage in undertaking this challenge with Peak Potential Adventures is that our team are also qualified, personal trainers. We have had significant experience in high altitude fitness preparation so we will provide you with ongoing personalised advice and support on your training and fitness requirements to ensure you are ready. Also, trekking to Everest Base Camp is not all about fitness, it's as much a mental challenge, which we will prepare you for through our extensive adventure experience and qualifications in personal training.
We recommend joining one of our local weekend Six Foot Track treks or free Saturday morning monthly walks to measure your current fitness and endurance levels.
What equipment will I require?
The equipment list is on the website under additional information. Once you have reviewed the list, we will then discuss with you your equipment requirements and budget. Some equipment can be purchased in Kathmandu and also on the trail, so we will also discuss this option with you.
What vaccinations should I have?
We highly recommend that you speak to your doctor. You can also read up on what current vaccinations may be required on the Travel Doctor website which you can access via this link.
Are there other health tips?
This trek reaches a maximum altitude of 5,550m at Kala Pattar. As such, you may experience some effects of high altitude (e.g. headaches, increased breathing, and disturbed sleep) as your body adapts. The trek schedule has been designed to allow for proper acclimatisation. However, everyone responds to high altitude differently, so the best advice is to walk slow, drink plenty of water (~4L/day), listen to your body and alert your guides if you or your teammate are not feeling well. The Peak Potential Adventures Team will be carrying a well-stocked wilderness first aid kit along the trail. It will contain commonly used medications. It is easy to stay healthy and avoid bacterial or parasitic infections by eating from hygienic venues, avoiding salad (raw) and unpeeled fruits and using hand sanitiser regularly.
Can I trek safely if I have allergies or a medical condition?
It all depends on the allergy or the medical condition, but we would strongly suggest that you speak to your doctor first before making a booking. If it is a food allergy, that will be no problem because that can be catered for by the head and assistant cook. Please just let us know on the adventure booking form so we can inform our team of what you can't eat.
How much is the trek?
The trek cost excluding international flights is AUD$4,500.00
How much could I expect to pay for flights?
Flights can range for economy up to AUD$1,000.00 depending on who you fly with. Many on the major airline carriers fly to Kathmandu so we would suggest searching the Webjet website that will provide you with all the comparisons.
Can I pay a deposit and pay the rest before departure?
Yes, we only require a 30% deposit to secure your position on the trek if the trek is more than 60 days out with the full balance payable 60 days before departure. If the trek is departing within 60 days, full payment will be required when you book.
Is there a credit and debit card payment surcharge?
Yes, if you book using the credit or debit card Stripe payment gateway, there will be a 1.6% surcharge. You can avoid this 1.6% surcharge by electing to do a bank transfer in the payment option.
What happens to my payment?
When you book an adventure with us, your funds go into an adventure holding bank account until such time the adventure is definitely guaranteed to start. If an adventure does not go ahead for some reason like bad weather, or not enough participants, we will refund you in full. Please also read our full booking terms and conditions.
Booking Terms and Conditions
Do I need to obtain a visa for entry into Nepal?
Yes, but tourist visas can be obtained directly at the immigration department of Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Bring at least two passport-sized photos, a copy of your passport and USD$40 cash for a 30-day tourist visa. You can also prearrange a visa from your nearest Nepalese consulate.
What currency should I take with me?
The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. Smaller amounts of money are usually paid in rupees, whereas larger amounts of money are paid in USD$. Money can be exchanged at the Bureaux de Change which can be found in Kathmandu international airport. Make sure that they change your money at the rate which is written in front of the bureau. Only hotels, restaurants and tourist shops of higher category accept international credit cards; when paying small amounts in US$ rather than rupees, in most cases, you get a worse exchange rate. Some local shops accept rupees only.
Why is your price is a bit more expensive than other operators?
We are not a large scale online travel agent that will just take your money, treat you as a booking number and provide you with an email with information and expect you to just show up. From the time you book with us, we will provide you with one on one personalised service and provide advice and assist with your travel arrangements, visas applications, and most importantly, your fitness training and equipment requirements. We understand what is required to successfully trek to Everest Base Camp so we will eliminate as many risks as possible so that you are rewarded with an amazing trekking experience that you committed to and paid for.
What happens if I need to cancel?
Please read our booking terms and conditions for specific policy details.
Booking Terms and Conditions
Do I need travel insurance to trek to Everest Base Camp?
Yes, it is a requirement to take out travel insurance with Cover-More Insurance with our Everest Base Camp treks. We always ensure all our team members have the same travel insurance, just in case of some unforeseen reason we need to coordinate a full team evacuation not just off the trail, but out of Nepal.
Travel insurance will also insure you against:
- Trip cancellation
- Trip interruption
- Missed connection
- Travel delay
- Loss of baggage
- Medical emergencies
- Medical evacuation
You can read more about Cover-More travel insurance here and also get a quote. We firmly believe through our past experience that they are the best in the industry and will be there if you or we need them.
Will I get access to photos & media content?
Yes, any photos that are taken by the Peak Potential Adventures team during the trek will be shared with you via Dropbox. This is a free file/folder sharing service up to 2GB which is usually enough space for any photos that we have taken during the trek. If the photo folder is more than 2GB, we will reduce the quality of the photos. The quality will still be more than enough to share on social media etc.
If you don't already have a Dropbox account, please click here to go through to their signup page. We would recommend using the same email address to signup that you used on the trek booking form because we will generally use that email address when we share the photo folder. Once you have shared access to the photo folder, you will be able to download any photos in that folder. We will usually delete the folder after a month after the trek to free up our available file storage.