We went as a couple and took the 13 days trek to Everest Base Camp with Imperial Nepal through the mojhi.com portal. Our guide was Dinesh Khanal, who took care of us every minute of the trip. This included making sure we had clean water, ordering all our meals, setting and enforcing our schedule, being prepared in case of an emergency (like altitude sickness) and even simpler things like having fruit sliced for us at the end of every dinner. I don't think we would have made it all the way to Base Camp without Dinesh's constant help and care. Our porter was amazing too, literally lifting a huge weight off our shoulders like it was nothing!
The trek itself is beautiful, but it can be very demanding if you have little trekking experience. We followed Imperial Nepal's and Mojhi's equipment guidelines to the letter, and there was nothing we did not use. Just don't get a down jacket and a sleeping bag... Imperial Nepal provides those. Accommodations were very good for the trek and the season. Always ask if you can upgrade to a better room if available (with a private bathroom, for example) since it's not very expensive to do so.
A couple of specific recommendations:
- If you are paying for the package in Kathmandu, talk to Ram from Imperial Nepal about which debit/credit cards are accepted before going (our take cash with you. In Kathmandu is better to have cash).
- I highly recommend TWO walking sticks per person even if you're only going to use one, it could break... we saw it happen.
- Bring a BIG power bank. If possible a solar-powered one, since charging devices along the trek is slow and expensive.
- Bring something to protect your phone from extreme cold. Mine (and others') shut down right on EBC because of the cold.
- Bring a good amount of wet wipes. You're going to need for number 2, but also closer to Base Camp when the showers are not available because of the cold.
- We took the 13 days trek which only has 1 day of acclimatization. If possible, take a couple more days along the way to prevent altitude sickness and exhaustion.
- A big bag of almonds, an absurd amount of individually wrapped cookies and many chocolates helped us survive along the way. Buy them before flying to Lukla, because after that they are very expensive.
- And, finally, we highly recommend going in February. It was super cold, but there were so few people doing the trek... in certain stretches it felt like it was only us up there in the mountains.
Big thanks to Mojhi and Imperial Nepal for all their help before, during and after the trip. Special thanks to our guide Dinesh and our porter, who always went the extra mile.
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