Trek to Everest Base Camp in style

Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest region is stunningly beautiful and a trek to Everest Base Camp is well worth the effort at least once in this lifetime!

Throughout this journey we utilise superior lodging in the lower villages and at higher elevations you will stay in luxurious tent camps that are supported by our attentive catering staff with fine meals of fresh local and imported foods.

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Low ?
Duration 15 days
Elevation 5,554M / 18,222FT
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Luxury camp at Dingboche warm and bright with views to Ama Dablam - Pritpal Gill

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Pre-monsoon teams spend a night at the Adventure Consultants Base Camp - Mike Roberts

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Sunset on Everest and Nuptse - Anthea Fisher

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A team poses at Everest Base Camp - Bronwen Waters

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Overlooking Namche Bazaar - Rene Schwaller

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Option to trek and fly from Dingboche or add-on flight from Gorak Shep - Rene Schwaller

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Stay in our private luxury camps - Chhiring Sonam Sherpa

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Almost at Everest Base Camp! - Rene Schwaller

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Enjoying a coffee in the morning sun - Rene Schwaller

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Enjoy comfortable, heated dining tents at our luxury camps. - Chhiring Sonam Sherpa

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Undertake a fascinating tour of Kathmandu - Caroline Ogle

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Looking down the valley from our tents at Everest Base Camp - Bronwen Waters

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Culture meets nature in a spectacular blend on the trail - Guy Cotter

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Explore the base of the mighty Khumbu Glacier - Rob Smith

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Enjoy small groups with knowledgeable, experienced guides - Caroline Ogle

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Views of Ama Dablam from the trail - Caroline Ogle

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Trek through the forests into the mountains - Caroline Ogle

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Stay in a combination of luxury lodges and 'safari' style luxury tent camps

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Lunch is served at the Adventure Consultants Everest Base Camp - Paolo Pieroni

From Apr 05 to Apr 19, 2024
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$12,900 USD $
From Apr 15 to Apr 29, 2024
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$12,900 USD $
From Sep 27 to Oct 11, 2024
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$12,900 USD $
From Oct 16 to Oct 30, 2024
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$12,900 USD $
  • Overview

    • Highly resourced trek using superior hotels and alpine 'safari' camps
    • Trek to Everest Base Camp then fly out by helicopter
    • Maximum group size of 6
    • A truly memorable experience of a lifetime

    The journey starts with your arrival into Kathmandu where we show you our pick of the highlights of this ancient and fascinating city. You have options to stay in first-class hotels for your initial nights here then we fly by B3 helicopter into the Khumbu valley to begin the trek that has the world’s most dramatic skylines!

    Our knowledgeable and personable expedition guide will show you the hidden secrets of the Everest region and lead the local crew to make this a truly memorable experience of a lifetime. While the trek to Everest Base Camp is a physical undertaking that takes some effort, this option enables you to experience this fantastic journey in comparative luxury.

  • Why AC?

    Because we want you to remember this trek for being so much more than just a hike, we at Adventure Consultants have taken enormous pleasure in planning a fusion of all the best components that we know make this a truly memorable experience.

    We are renowned for our quality of service and the strategy applied to our treks. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination.

    We have a philosophy of investing in every trip to offer our trekkers the best possible experience.

    We employ strong and specialised trek leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams and the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up. Our staff are the most affable western or Sherpa guides working in conjunction with our excellent cooking teams, to promise you an experience of a lifetime!

    Many of our team members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make our trips safe and successful.

  • Dates & Prices

    Dates 2024

    Trip 1: April 5 - 19  TRIP FULL
    Trip 2: April 15 - 29  2 Spaces Available - BOOK TODAY!
    Trip 3: September 27 - October 11  4 Spaces Available - BOOK TODAY!
    Trip 4: October 16 - 30  BOOK TODAY!

    Pricing Schedule 2024

    The cost of the trek ex Kathmandu, Nepal is US$12,900. 

    We can also arrange private luxury treks for groups of between 2 and 6. Please contact us for more information.

  • Payment Conditions


    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Kathmandu airport transfers
    • Kathmandu sightseeing tour
    • Nepalese Government royalty fees
    • All trek organisational requirements
    • All trekking permits
    • Helicopter transport from Kathmandu to Phakding, and from EBC (pre-monsoon) or Gorak Shep (post monsoon) to Kathmandu
    • 10 nights accommodation in lodges or tents ex Kathmandu
    • All group equipment for the trek including sleeping bag for use at camps
    • Down jacket - yours to keep after the trip
    • All trek staff, including professional trip leader and local Sherpa guides
    • Porter support (you only carry a daypack)
    • Transport of 15kg of personal equipment
    • All meals after departing Kathmandu and before arriving back in Kathmandu
    • Purified water and hot drinks on the trek
    • Back up medical services


    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Air travel to and from Nepal
    • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
    • Lodge or tented accommodation in the Khumbu valley beyond the 10 included nights
    • Purchases of bottled water, gifts or alcohol
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, battery charging at lodges
    • Entry visas for Nepal (suggest getting 30-day tourist visa for Nepal on arrival into Kathmandu)
    • Personal clothing and equipment 
    • Personal travel/trip cancellation insurance
    • Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition
    • Gratuities to guides and Sherpa staff

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    42 Willis Street
    Spark Central
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitter's account.

    We can also accept your deposit and balance payments by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex) plus a 3% credit card payment fee.


    A deposit of US$1,000 is payable to secure a place on the trek.


    The balance is payable 90 days prior to your trip start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 90 days prior to your trip commencement date. A trek member may then cancel their participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 90 days will result in the loss of trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 90 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment fee.
    • For cancellations within 60 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    We strongly recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent if you wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons.

  • Trip Notes

    Luxury EBC Trek Dateless Trip Notes CoverThe Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek.

    You can view the Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the links.

    Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek Trip Notes 2024





    Team Membership

    We will take a maximum of 6 trekkers with each departure, hence spaces are limited. We will consider separate groups as mentioned earlier.

    Our Guides

    We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. This year our guiding team includes:

    Bronwen WatersBronwen Waters, Lead Guide Luxury EBC #3

    Bronwen has spent many years guiding trekking throughout New Zealand and Nepal, including Mera Peak. She has a passion for the mountains and is a qualified ski guide and avalanche educator, having spent winters patrolling and heli-skiing in New Zealand, Canada and Norway.


    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Kelly MclarenKelly McLaren, Expedition Liaison

    Having worked for Adventure Consultants since 2004, Kelly has gained a vast knowledge of AC expeditions and treks. In her role as Expedition Liaison, Kelly will assist with the planning and logistics for your trip, providing useful information, reminders and answering any questions to ensure you arrive well prepared. 


    Staff Photo

    Your Health

    Trek team members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the trek leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    Difficulty Rating

    Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    Although the trek to Everest Base Camp is straightforward, you must train prior to departure to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. While the trek is achievable you need to be prepared to hike for the full 14 days for around 4-5 hours on hilly terrain, with some hill climbs of around 600m elevation gain. The trek takes in a total distance of 120km with over 3000m elevation gain.

    Training should include regular walking on hills, in combination with swimming, light running or biking and gym work to develop strength. For more information read our AC Blog article 'Fit to Trek', visit our Fitness Training Programs page , or check out our Training Peaks Uphill Athlete 12 Week Everest Base Camp Trekking Program.

    What You Carry

    You have the luxury of porter support during the trek. Each day you will carry your daypack containing; rain jacket, fleece, sun block, water, snacks, trekking poles, small personal first aid kit, camera and a few extra personal items. At higher elevations you will add a warm hat and gloves.

    The Altitude

    There is the issue of altitude you have to contend with and sufficient time for acclimatisation is incorporated into our trekking itinerary. We have included rest days at the appropriate elevations to allow our bodies to adjust to the thin air and we carry sufficient medication to deal with most altitude related problems. Experience has shown us that good hydration, rest days at significant elevations and good base fitness help avoid any significant problems during this trek.

    Nonetheless, everyone will feel the effects of the high altitude. For those who have not been to altitude this can be a concern pre-trip. Please do not worry as your guides are trained to assist you through your acclimatisation programme.

    Symptoms you should expect to feel include mild headaches, similar to the sensation of wearing tight sunglasses for too long. These ‘pressure’ headaches, as they are known, are usually relieved by Panadol, Ibuprofen, Excedrin, Tylenol or similar. Sometimes they can be completely avoided or relieved by drinking more water, rest and pressure breathing (blowing out through pursed lips). Being ready to relax, read a book, or take a ‘cat nap’ after each days trek, or on rest days is vital to allow your body to adjust. People who can’t sit still, drink excessive alcohol, or rush around usually adjust slower than others.

    The feeling when you get to a new altitude has been compared to having a mild hangover. It is important to remember to walk slowly and efficiently and don’t try to keep up with any locals!

    We include ‘active’ rest days as part of our acclimatisation programme. By taking a gentle walk on rest days to a slightly higher elevation we exercise the principle of ‘climbing high, sleeping low’, which aids our acclimatisation greatly.


    Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements. When trekking in the Khumbu Valley, we will be dining in the lodges. At our tented camps and at Base Camp, we will be eating in the Adventure Consultants heated dining tent, catered by our attentive staff.


    Throughout this journey we utilise superior lodging in the lower villages and at higher elevations you will stay in luxurious tent camps that are supported by our attentive staff.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Expedition trek members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided.

  • Itinerary

     Trips 1 and 2


    Arrive Kathmandu

    Gear checks and sightseeing tour


    Fly by helicopter to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft), trek to Monjo (2,835m/9,301ft)


    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)


    Rest day and sightseeing


    Trek to Tashinga (3,450m/11,319ft)


    Trek to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft)


    Trek to Dingboche luxury tented camp (4,240m/13,900ft)


    Acclimatisation hike around Dingboche


    Trek to Lobuche luxury tented camp (4,900m/16,100ft)


    Trek to Gorak Shep luxury tented camp (5,165m/16,950ft)


    Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,300m/17,400ft) and overnight


    Spare day for weather delays


    Fly out to Kathmandu


    Depart from Kathmandu

    PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary may change at any time and factors such as weather, team member health, logistics etc. will no doubt create some change in the actual dates of the programme.

     2024 Trips 3 and 4



    Arrive Kathmandu


    Gear checks and sightseeing tour


    Fly by helicopter to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft), trek to Monjo (2,835m/9,301ft).


    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)


    Rest day and sightseeing


    Trek to Tashinga (3,450m/11,319ft)


    Trek to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft)


    Trek to Dingboche luxury tented camp (4,240m/13,900ft)


    Acclimatisation hike around Dingboche


    Trek to Lobuche luxury tented camp (4,900m/16,100ft)


    Trek to Gorak Shep luxury tented camp (5,165m/16,950ft), climb Kala Patar (5,554m/18,222ft) for sunset


    Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,300m/17,400ft) and return to Gorak Shep


    Spare day for weather delays


    Fly out to Kathmandu by helicopter


    Depart from Kathmandu

    PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary may change at any time and factors such as weather, team member health, logistics etc. will no doubt create some change in the actual dates of the programme.

    We fly by B3 helicopter into the village of Phakding at 2,610m/8,563ft, thus avoiding the frenetic domestic terminal in Kathmandu and minimising the risk of weather delays at the beginning of our trek.
    The trek takes us through a variety of mountainous terrain from the forest clad hills below Namche to the high alpine glaciers at Everest Base Camp. The time-worn trails are generally well formed in the lower valley, but terrain becomes rocky and uneven as we approach Base Camp. Good balance and some previous trekking experience is required.

    The Sherpa are of Tibetan origin, having travelled over the high Tibetan passes to settle in the Nepalese highlands. They developed trade between the two countries bringing gems, wool and salt from Tibet in exchange for the plentiful Nepalese products. The Sherpa brought their Buddhist religion with them, which they evolved to develop their own sect of the faith. They are very generous and spiritual people with a colourful lifestyle, and our trek allows us to spend time with them in their homeland and visit in their monasteries.

    The trekking days are moderate and involve walking between 2 and 5 hours duration with plenty of scenic places to stop along the way. We place a lot of emphasis on maintaining good health to enhance our trekking experience.

    There is the issue of altitude to contend with which is incorporated into our trekking itinerary. We have included rest days at the relevant elevations to allow our bodies to adjust to the thin air and we carry sufficient medication to deal with most altitude related problems. Experience has shown us that good hydration, rest days at significant elevations and good base fitness help avoid any significant problems during this trek.

    From Phakding, the trail contours the valley walls of the lower Khumbu Valley with fine views through the stands of Himalayan pines, up to the high mountains above. We spend a night in Monjo before following the valley to the base of the Namche Hill. A long climb brings us to the famous village of Namche Bazaar, which is the centre of trade for the Sherpa people as it has been for hundreds of years. There are many sights to delight in Namche Bazaar with the dramatic views across the valley to Mt Kwonde, a wonderful backdrop to the unique Sherpa architecture of the houses and lodges here. On our rest day here, we take a visit to Sir Edmund Hillary’s first hospital in Nepal, which is situated in the village of Khunde and sample high altitude croissants at the bakery in Khumjung.

    A short trekking day, which allows plenty of time for any last-minute shopping in Namche Bazaar, then takes us to Tashinga. From here we have splendid views of the world’s highest mountains. Mt Everest pokes its head out above the high ridges of Mt Nuptse and Lhotse, whilst Ama Dablam stands omnipotent over the valley.

    The ascent of the long Tengboche hill takes us through the rhododendron forest, which is in full bloom during our pre-monsoon treks. We gradually climb to the tree line into the sub-alpine regions and our next stop Pangboche, the site of the Khumbu Valley’s oldest monastery which we visit and spend peaceful time within.

    We gradually climb above the tree line into the sub-alpine regions and our next stop, Dingboche is situated on a green plain with yaks grazing contentedly. Here we settle into our first tented camp and a rest day allows us the opportunity to walk about and enjoy the views.

    The next stage takes us to our next camp near the village of Lobuche and the base of the Khumbu Glacier. Mt Everest is hidden from us even though we are so close, but Pumori, Nuptse, Lobuche and Taweche provide plenty of scenic splendour. Then we move to our third tented camp at Gorak Shep, the final resting post prior to Base Camp itself. We make an early start and begin our final day’s trek to Everest Base Camp for a visit to our camp, where, during the spring, the Everest climbers will be preparing themselves for the ascent. It is here that the climbers rest and recuperate when not actually up on the mountain, and our pre-monsoon trek groups (Trips 1 and 2) will have the privilege of spending the night at Base Camp providing a real insight into expedition life. There is always plenty of activity as the Sherpas and climbers prepare for their next phase of climbing on the mountain. Loads of food, fuel, tents and oxygen cylinders are carried through the spectacular Khumbu Icefall to the camps high on the mountain.

    Our post monsoon treks (Trips 3 and 4) visit Base Camp for the day, and after a delicious picnic lunch, return to lower altitudes back down to Gorak Shep. Above Gorak Shep is Kala Patar, which is a highlight of the trek up the Khumbu. At sunrise or sunset, the views of Everest can be magical, and we hope to enjoy a photographic session with you there! We spend a final night in Gorak Shep before our spectacular scenic helicopter flight back to Kathmandu.

    The trek members meet in Kathmandu, the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal. We are greeted at the airport by our Kathmandu representatives, who whisk you through the thriving city to your hotel.

    Once everybody has arrived we have a team meeting where introductions and the trip outline are completed. You will be briefed on the trip preparations and we can sort out any queries or questions you have.

    Your guide will advise you on good shopping and the better restaurants to visit while you are in the city. After an optional sight-seeing tour and familiarisation with the layout of Kathmandu, you are free to look around. There are plenty of shops and entertainment to suit all tastes. From excellent bookshops to mountain bike hire to shopping and bars, Kathmandu’s retail fraternity is waiting to meet you!

    We use a full day in Kathmandu sorting out any equipment problems you may have but don’t worry if you have forgotten anything, there are plenty of good outdoor shops in Kathmandu.

  • Add Ons

    Sadhu Kathmandu Camilla RutherfordCity Tour

    Visit more of Kathmandu's ancient landmarks and holy sites with a qualified English-speaking guide. The many 'must-see' attractions include the Old Royal Palace, Durbar Square, the Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath (a major Hindu Shrine) and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath. There's too much to fit into a single day, so talk to us about adding an extra day of sightseeing to your trip.


    caro DawrikasLuxury Hotels

    Kathmandu has a wealth of accommodation providers and we can help you find the best option with the right facilities to match your needs. We're happy to offer recommendations and assist with booking options. Speak to your Client Liaison for more information.

    Just a few hours drive from Kathmandu is the beautiful Himalayan region of Langtang National Park. We offer two pre-acclimatisation trips to either the Langtang or Gosain Kunda lakes area. An ideal opportunity to pre-acclimatise prior to your Himalayan expedition. Click on the image below for trek trip notes or contact our office for more information.

    Langtang Trek Dateless Trip Notes CoverLangtang Villages – 9 Days / 8 Nights

    Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu
    Day 2 – Gear checks, trek briefing and Kathmandu city tour
    Day 3 – Drive to Shyabrubesi (1,550m/5,085ft)
    Day 4 – Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,810ft)
    Day 5 – Trek to Langtang Villages (3,430m/11,250ft)
    Day 6 – Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,700ft)
    Day 7 – Trek to Kyanjin Ri (4,770m/15,650ft), return to Lama Hotel
    Day 8 – Trek back to Shyabrubesi
    Day 9 – Return to Kathmandu

    Gosain Kunda Lakes - 9 Days / 8 Nights

    Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu
    Day 2 – Gear checks, trek briefing and Kathmandu city tour
    Day 3 – Drive to Dhunche (1,950m/6,400ft)
    Day 4 – Trek to Thulo Shyabru (2,200m/7,220ft)
    Day 5 – Trek to Shing Gompa (3,584m/11,759ft)
    Day 6 – Trek to Gosain Kunda (4,381m/14,373ft)
    Day 7 – Trek back to Shing Gompa
    Day 8 – Trek back to Dhunche
    Day 9 – Return to Kathmandu

    Island Peak Trip Notes Dateless CoverIsland Peak

    Add a privately guided climb of Island Peak to your trip; a superb progression peak for Himalayan climbing. This expedition offers the opportunity to experience altitude first-hand and take your mountaineering skills to new heights, while getting to appreciate the inner workings of an expedition to the Himalaya! Island Peak is an ideal expedition for climbers with basic rope handling and technical mountaineering skills.

    Gokyo Extension

    Why not enhance your trek with a dramatic helicopter flight taking you to explore a whole new valley? After visiting Everest Base Camp, you have the option to take a morning flight from Gorak Shep into the stunning Gokyo Valley. There are options to climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m/17,575ft) or trek to view some of the stunning Gokyo lakes, of which there are five. At the end of a stunning day we take a helicopter back to Kathmandu.

    Chitwan Rhino Kasara ResortChitwan

    Chitwan National Park is one of the major draw cards in Nepal outside of the Himalayas. This World Heritage listed wildlife reserve protects over 932km² of wilderness and is home to a raft of different wildlife. While there you will have the opportunity to see one-horned rhinoceroses, monkeys and deer. If you are really lucky you might even see a Royal Bengal Tiger. Since you are in Nepal, why not stay a little longer and experience this gem. For more information check out our Chitwan page

    Tiger Mountain Lodge Pokhara Camilla RutherfordPokhara and Tiger Mountain Lodge

    Perched 1,000 feet above the Pokhara Valley with a spectacular Himalayan backdrop, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge provides a perfect haven, the essence of tranquillity. This side trip is ideal for guests pre- and post-expedition, or for those wishing to take day walks exploring local communities, bird-watching, gentle exercise, or just to relax in a typical Nepalese rural setting. For more information check out our Pokhara page.

    We are also able to offer Privately Guided Treks where you have the services of a top AC western guide as well as your own Sherpa support team to work exclusively with you on the expedition to ensure your needs are best met. AC have been fortunate to work with many privately guided groups over the years with exceptional results.

    Have a cameraman join your expedition and document the entire thing! Choose from a variety of options for different budgets. You could have a full-colour book and short film, or a full documentary for television. Your trip is the trip of a lifetime; why not keep it to show your friends and family? Contact us or see our speciality Film & Photo Services page for more information.

  • Travel Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance insurance options for trekkers, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on travel insurance including trip interruption and cancellation cover.


    CoverMore LogoIndulge your spirit of adventure, but protect yourself against all of those unforeseen events that can occur prior to or whilst on your trek with Adventure Consultants. Together with Cover-More Insurance, Adventure Consultants are now offering advice and assistance in purchasing Cover-More policies. With quality travel insurance cover, comes peace of mind and the freedom to venture around the world with confidence, in the knowledge that you will have the support and assistance of Cover-More, if you need it.

    Adventure Consultants highly recommends the YourCover Plan as this gives you the highest level of cover and benefits available. This includes cover benefits for trip cancellation and amendment which protects your travel investment, medical and dental emergencies, lost luggage/personal belongings and travel delay, amongst other things.

    You can tailor your cover further by adding choosing your own excess amount and additional benefits such as ‘cancel for any reason’, adventure activities and snow sports cover, increased luggage limits, annual multi-trip cover, scooter riding and working holidays to name a few.

    Why Cover-More?

    • They provide cover where others won’t. e.g. terrorism scares, natural disasters, civil unrest and redundancy.
    • No matter what your emergency is, the Cover-More team is just a phone call away and their 24-hour emergency medical and travel assistance centre that is staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and case managers are on hand to assist.

    Who and what trips is the policy suitable for?

    • New Zealand residents travelling outbound on a trekking adventure e.g. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Trek, Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc Trek and Mustang Horse Trek.
    • Other nationalities through the following links: Australian residentsUK residents and US residents.

    For more information or assistance, please contact your Client Liaison at Adventure Consultants. Policies can also be purchased directly at Cover-More.

  • FAQ

    • Trek Documentation

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

      [email protected]
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

      Please note you will be emailed a set of Team Reference Notes upon registration. This extensive booklet includes detailed information to assist in the planning of your trip, from travel and medical advice to equipment lists and photography tips.

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since. You can read more on the history of Adventure Consultants here.

      A few outfitters claim to have the same level of experience and prestige as Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you the first choice for your trekkers?
      We are renowned for the quality of service and strategy applied to our treks. Our reputation is attributed to the meticulous planning and logistics coordination done by our head office. Once on the ground in Nepal, you can expect to be well looked after by our guides so that you can relax and enjoy trekking through this amazing country.

      • Professional qualified expedition leaders
      • Small group sizes
      • Excellent emergency back-up and safety protocols
      • Opportunity to stay at the AC Everest Base Camp (on pre-monsoon (April) departures)
      • The only luxury tented camps in the Khumbu Valley
      • Helicopter flight direct from Kathmandu to Phakding, avoiding the long drive to Ramechhap domestic airport and reducing flight delays
      • Sustainable tourism practices
      • Comprehensive pre-trip support from our office team
    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What showers and laundry facilities will be available on the trek?
      Hot showers are available in the luxury lodges between Phakding and Pangboche and showers and hot water for washing are available at each camp. We advise people to bring wet-wipes for an impromptu wash in between available showers. If you wish to do a small amount of laundry during the trek, this will be possible in Namche and Dingboche where we spend two nights, however, please be aware that items can take a long time to dry at the higher elevations.

      What food will be available?
      You’ll get breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks and ample hot and cold drinks. We can cater for vegetarians, as well as many other special diets, as long as we are informed of this prior to the trip. All of our treks provide excellent local and Western food! If you have any special treat you like, we encourage you to bring some along.

      When staying in the lodges, expect local food such as dal bhat as well as Western-style dishes such as pizza or yak steak. We usually bring a few treats from New Zealand such as Kiwi cheese and salami and serve fresh coffee with breakfast.

      At our tented campsites, we will be catered for by our attentive staff who pride themselves in providing delicious and nutritious fare made from imported and fresh local ingredients.

      Please indicate any specific dietary requirements you may have on your application form. We are happy to accommodate those with specific diets.

      What are the lodges like? Can I have my own room?
      The luxury lodges need to be seen to be believed - expect spacious rooms with ensuite bathroom and hot showers, electric blankets and stylish interiors. We can book private rooms for you if you like, at an added cost. Our standard trips are based on shared rooms, usually twin share.

      What can I expect at the tented camps?
      Sleeping tents are spacious enough to stand in and are equipped with cot beds and LED lighting. Typically you will share a tent with one other trekker. You will be greeted each morning with a cup of bed tea, served by our smiling cook staff. Evening meals will be served in our heated dining tent.

    • Travel

      What is the best way to get to Nepal?
      Regular flights operate into Kathmandu via Bangkok, Doha, Hong Kong, Singapore and Delhi.

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I book my flight to leave?
      No, our trip programmes all have an arrival day and a departure day built into them. You are welcome, and encouraged, to arrive a bit earlier to explore Kathmandu if you have the time. Before your expedition you will receive a “final details” letter. This will let you know the time and place to meet your guides. An AC representative will meet you at the airport and the first of many team briefings will take place on the evening of Day One. Please do not book to depart before the scheduled final trip itinerary day.

      My travel agent says I can just get an ‘e’ ticket (electronic ticket) and will not need to be actually issued a physical ticket.
      'E' tickets are the standard practice these days and are now acceptable in Kathmandu. Do ensure you print your itinerary and have your booking number with you, as this allows our local agents to assist with changing your return flight plans if need be, while you are in the mountains.

      When should I book my ticket?
      Generally, we ask you to wait until 90 days prior to your trip start date to ensure your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights then ensure you can make changes to your tickets or you run the risk of losing your ticket if we do have to cancel the trip. In such situations, we are usually able to help you book on to an alternate departure.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      The problem with these tickets is that you usually end up having to pay quite a lot more if you have to make any changes to your ticket. Some of the places we go to aren't straightforward, and we highly recommend using a travel agent for such travel, as there are many intricacies that they can help you with. In the long run, they save you money! We use professional travel agents for all our staff and guides' travel bookings to our expedition and trek destinations.

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      Most trekkers fly into Kathmandu International Airport (KTM) and an Adventure Consultants guide or representative will be there to pick you up off your flight. If you are arriving before the scheduled trip start date, we can still often make arrangements for a pick-up.

      What if I am arriving early or departing late?
      Adventure Consultants can make reservations for you and can often make recommendations for attractions you can enjoy while waiting for your trip to begin. Please let our office know your specific plans as we love to pass on Kathmandu sightseeing tips.

      What accommodation do we use in Kathmandu?
      We are happy to recommend a variety of our favourite Kathmandu hotels for your pre and post trip stay. Contact our office for more details.

      Do I need to get a visa? 
      Yes. For the majority of passports, Nepal visas can either be obtained on arrival into Kathmandu or can be issued online prior through the Nepal visa online system. Currently, a 40-day visa costs $40 and 90-day visa costs US$100 for most nationalities.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Once we have received your application we will email out a set of Team Reference Notes which includes an assortment of information including detailed equipment lists. Any questions you have after reading through this will be directed to our Equipment Coordinator. They can assist you in preparing for the trip as well as recommend and source a range of clothing and equipment suitable for the climb via our gear retail service.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared. Please bring everything on the list!

      How much weight can we carry on the trek?
      You will carry your day pack with warm clothes, water, snacks, sun block, camera and whatever else you need for the day. Generally, it will be light, 5 to 10kgs (10 to 20 pounds).

      Do we need to bring sleeping bags?
      A sleeping bag is provided as part of your trek fee for use in the tented camps. In the luxury lodges, bedding is provided, along with electric blankets.

      Is any other equipment provided?
      Yes - down jackets are also provided as part of the trek fee. We also have a retail and equipment consultancy service to help ensure that you arrive well prepared for the trek.

    • Acclimatisation & Oxygen

      Will there be any oxygen carried on the expedition? Is this included in our treks fee?
      Most of our treks take oxygen as a medical backup. We also take PACs (Personal Altitude Chambers) with us. A trekker with mountain sickness is placed inside the PAC and it is inflated around them. It increases the air pressure and any altitude related illness is usually immediately fixed. The trekker then feels better and can usually walk down to lower elevations to recover.

      What altitude medication will be available on the expedition? Do we need to take tablets before/during the trek?
      All our guides carry extensive medical kits including various medications for altitude illness. If you have a previous history of altitude illness then discuss this with your physician and us, but generally there is no need to take preventative medication before or during your trek.

      You need to bring any medications you regularly use (don’t forget to tell us about them), plus extras. Also, bring a small first aid kit including a blister kit and mild headache medication for the normal altitude headaches.

    • Guides, Sherpas & Team Members

      How many guides/ Sherpas will be assigned to our group?
      Your group will have a minimum of one experienced and qualified guide, along with experienced Sherpa guides assigned depending on the size of the group. This trek operates with a maximum of six trekkers.

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our trekkers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels. We provide courses, expeditions, treks and guided ascents for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible? 
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip and we have run many successful private trips and expeditions including summits of 8,000m peaks such as Gasherbrum 2 and Kanchenjunga, all of the Seven Summits and remote destinations such as Antarctica. Some clients enjoy the added privacy and schedule flexibility that a private expedition allows, so you can hike and climb at your own pace and enjoy the mountains on your own terms. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost-effective. Please contact the office for more information or visit our Private Customised Expeditions page.

    • Health & Fitness

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for a trek?
      We cannot recommend enough in regards to being fit prior to the trek as this will make all the difference to your acclimatisation, and ultimately, your enjoyment. For our treks, you should be comfortable walking for 4-6 hours with a light pack. Walking an hour a day, then 4-6 hours on the weekends is generally a good realistic training programme.

      How do I know this is the right trip for me?
      We offer trips to suit all levels of ability and ambition, from your first mountain experience to extreme ascents and everything in between. To help you navigate the choices available, our trips are graded by both the level of physical exertion and the level of skill required, allowing you to find your perfect expedition match. These ratings are displayed in the icons at the top of each expedition page, with a further explanation available by clicking on the accompanying question mark. A full run-down of the categories can be found on our Difficulty Ratings page and our team is more than happy to discuss your experience to find the right trip for you.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If yes then what would be the charges for usage?
      Yes, most of our guides take satellite phones and you are welcome to use these at US$3 per minute. Most often, your guide will post daily dispatches on the AC website in which your friends and family can follow your progress.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      Many of our treks and climbs send daily internet dispatches, and we receive updates from our guides while they are in the field. The best place to reach a loved one is through our office.

      Will there be any power source for charging batteries, etc. available throughout the expedition?
      Many of the lodges have power available with typical Asian plugs (two horizontal prongs) and offer recharging for a fee. We can cater for special power requirements at an extra cost or advise on the purchase of a suitable personal solar charging system - please enquire with our office.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      On all of our international treks, there is a requirement for each expedition member to have insurance to cover any personal or medical mishaps that may occur before or during the trek. Click here for more information on expedition insurance.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Yes, it is very important. Many of our expeditions are in remote places with no roads and developing medical services. In the unlikely event that you get sick, you want to get to good medical care ASAP.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      Coverage varies based on your nationality and the trip that you are taking with us. When you have booked on for a trip with us we will send you comprehensive information on various insurance options which will serve as a good starting point for obtaining the best coverage available for yourself.

      What is trip cancellation insurance?
      We recommend that you buy trip cancellation insurance upon sign up for your trek or at the very least, at the same time as you pay for your flights and balance payment. It is very important to buy trip cancellation insurance (in addition to your evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance) as it is not unknown for people to have unforeseen circumstances that force them to cancel their trips for reasons such as family illness, injury to one’s self, etc..

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept both the trip deposit and balance payment on credit card. Please note that there is a 3% fee for all card transactions. Please contact our office or visit our online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Please see the 'Payment Conditions' section above for the inclusions and exclusions for this particular trip. There is also a downloadable pdf document in the 'Trip Notes' section above. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can however recommend excellent travel agents with whom we have worked should you require help with arranging your international airfare.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more, are professional qualified guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client-to-guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      How do I sign up for a trip?
      The best way to reserve your space on the trek is to contact our office or complete our online booking form (click 'Book Now' below). Your deposit can be submitted by bank transfer (please see 'Payment Details' in the 'Payment Conditions' section above) or via our secure online payment system.

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      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase. Please contact our office for more information.

      What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are sent out upon receipt of your trip registration form and deposit, explaining about photography in the mountains.

      Remember photos are wonderful records of your expedition but keep camera gear simple and light to best enjoy the trip you are on. Disposable and digital cameras are the lightest weight, but all cameras have maintenance issues that need to be carefully considered before bringing them to high elevations.

    • Safety

      What about the Maoists in Nepal?
      The Maoist problem which partly crippled the economy of Nepal for the past decade garnered major international interest. The Maoists have now formed part of the Nepalese government and there is a comprehensive peace agreement in place so we hope the troubles of the past are put behind the Nepalese people. Our sources in Nepal keep us up to date with the political situation and if there are significant changes we will be sure to advise you.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do an NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA.

      Please see Adventure Consultants Mountain Guide Scholarships on our Career Opportunities page and check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association for more information.

  • Dispatches

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Base Camp was amazing!! I loved the food, facilities and all the wonderful people who served us while we were there – the food was wonderful – it couldn’t be improved on in any way shape or form and will always be a magical and memorable 2 days in my life. Thank you so much to everyone who was there....
Everest Base Camp Trek 2014

Theresa Martinovich
New Zealand
4 5 Rita and Darren

The entire program/trek was planned out well, acclimatization was well thought out, accommodations, support, everything from beginning to end was good.
Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek, 2017

Rita Gilmore

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