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 17 days
Elevation 5,554M / 18,222FT
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Luxury camp warm and bright under Ama Dablam Lobuche - Pritpal Gill

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Views of Everest and Nuptse as you approach Everest Base Camp. - Anthea Fisher

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Sunset on Everest and Nuptse - Anthea Fisher

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Views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam on the Everest Base Camp Trek - Anthea Fisher

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Views to Everest as you head back down valley to Namche - Anthea Fisher

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Yaks on the trail to Everest Base Camp - Rene Schwaller

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Sushi for lunch at the Everest Base Camp Luxury Camp - Anthea Fisher

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Flying out from just below Everest Base Camp - Rene Schwaller

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The Adventure Consultants Luxury Camps - Chhiring Sherpa

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Relaxing at camp after a day of trekking - Chhiring Sherpa

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The Adventure Consultants Everest Base Camp - Suze Kelly

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Taking the helicopter ride out from Gorak Shep - Suze Kelly

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Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek group, seeing Everest up close - Suze Kelly

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Everest Base Camp Trek Luxury group picture at Namche - Caroline Ogle

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

From Mar 30 to Apr 15, 2018
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$10,900 USD $
From Apr 12 to Apr 28, 2018
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$10,900 USD $
From Apr 21 to May 07, 2018
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$10,900 USD $
From Sep 26 to Oct 12, 2018
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$10,900 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.

  • 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 Lukla, and from Dingboche to Kathmandu
    • 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 western trip leader and guide and local Sherpa guides
    • Porter support (you only carry a daypack)
    • Transport of 15kgs of personal equipment
    • All meals after departing Kathmandu and before arriving back in Kathmandu
    • Purified water and all 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
    • Purchases of bottled water while on the trek, gifts or alcohol
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, battery charging & showers 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 can be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited Account # 1000-594771-0000

    Or, we can accept a US Dollar bank check made out to Adventure Consultants Limited.

    We can accept your US$1000 deposit via credit card, Visa, Mastercard, Amex. We can also accept your balance of payment via credit card plus a 3% transaction fee.

    We will send you receipts for all payments. All prices are subject to change.


    A deposit of US$1,000 is payable to secure a place on the expedition 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. An expedition trek member may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 90 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 89-60 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee.
    • For cancellations within 59 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.

  • Trip Notes

    Luxury EBCThe 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





    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:

    Suze KellySuze Kelly, Lead Guide Luxury EBC #1

    AC General Manager Suze Kelly has a wealth of experience trekking and mountaineering around the world. She has climbed Everest, Lhotse, Island Peak, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Vinson Massif to name a few! As well as ensuring the operation, planning and administration runs smoothly behind the scenes at AC, Suze has worked several seasons as Everest Base Camp Manager and also regularly guides our treks to Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp.

    Thomas FortinThomas Fotrin, Lead Guide Luxury EBC #2 & Private Trek

    Thomas was born and raised in the French Alps, where the call for the outdoors was an easy choice. He was introduced to skiing and climbing at a very young age, and has since continued to make the outdoors his home, qualifying as a ski guide and amassing a wealth of experience in the outdoor and ski industry.

    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.

    Hayley Furze Profile April 17Hayley Furze, Client Liaison

    Hayley joins the AC team with a wealth of experience working in the tourism and hospitality industry along with a love of travel. She works as Client Liaison on a number of our South American expeditions and Himalayan treks.

    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    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.

    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 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. In the Khumbu Valley during the trek we will be dining in restaurants at our superior lodging and at higher elevations catering staff will provide with fine meals of fresh local and imported foods. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.


    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, #2 and #3

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Gear checks and sightseeing tour


    Fly by helicopter to Lukla (2,860m), trek to Monjo (2,835m)


    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,407m)


    Rest day and sightseeing


    Trek to Tashinga (3,450m)


    Trek to Pangboche (3,985m)


    Trek to Dingboche (4,370m)


    Acclimatisation hike around Dingboche


    Trek to Lobuche (4,940m)


    Trek to Gorak Shep (5,160m)


    Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,300m) and overnight


    Trek to Gorak Shep, climb Kala Patar for sunset


    Trek to Dingboche or optional add-on flight from Gorak Shep to Kathmandu


    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.

    Trip #4



    Arrive Kathmandu


    Gear checks and sightseeing tour


    Fly by helicopter to Lukla (2,860m), trek to Monjo (2,835m).


    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,407m)


    Rest day and sightseeing


    Trek to Tashinga (3,450m)


    Trek to Pangboche (3,985m)


    Trek to Dingboche (4,370m)


    Acclimatisation hike around Dingboche


    Trek to Lobuche (4,940m)


    Acclimatisation hike in Lobuche


    Trek to Gorak Shep (5,160m), climb Kala Patar for sunset


    Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,300m) and return to Gorak Shep


    Trek to Dingboche


    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.

    We fly by B3 helicopter into the village of Lukla at 9,000 feet (2800m), thus avoiding the frenetic domestic terminal in Kathmandu and minimising the risk of weather delays at the beginning of our trek. The trek takes 13 days from our departure at Lukla, until we return to Kathmandu via helicopter from the high alpine village of Dingboche. The walking is over mostly gentle terrain with a couple of long hill climbs that follow very well formed tracks through the Sherpa homeland.

    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 we have 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 Lukla 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 and next day, we follow the valley to the base of the Namche hill.

    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 April trek. 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.

    On the trek we will be utilising the best luxury accommodation option available to us – superior luxury lodging in the lower valley and at higher elevations you will stay in luxurious tented camps, supported by our attentive catering staff, with fine meals of fresh local and imported foods.

    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 (#1, #2 and #3) will have the privilege of spending the night here at base camp and enjoying an 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 trek group (#4) visits Base Camp for the day and after enjoying a delicious lunch, begin their descent to lower altitudes back down to Gorak Shep. Above Gorak Shep is Kala Patar, which is the 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! After an attempt on Kala Patar, we descend to Dingboche for our final night in the Khumbu before we fly back to Kathmandu by helicopter.

    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 CD 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

    Experience the sights of Kathmandu with a qualified English speaking guide. See some ancient temples nestled within the city, places that have remained the same for centuries. But don't just see them; get a valuable insight from a knowledgeable local guide. You will be amazed. Kathmandu has more surprises than you can imagine. 

    caro DawrikasLuxury Hotel Upgrades

    Kathmandu has a wealth of accommodation options and if feel you would like to upgrade to luxury style, we can assist with booking hotels.

    Just a few hours drive from Kathmandu is the beautiful Himalayan region of Langtang National Park. We offer two week long pre-acclimatisation trips to either the Langtang or Gosain Kunda lakes area. An ideal opportunity to pre-acclimatise prior to your Himalayan expedition. Contact our office for more detail.

    C Rutherford 2595Langtang - 7 Day / 6 Night Trek                                                                      
    Day 1 - Drive to Shyabrubesi (1,550m)
    Day 2 - Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m)
    Day 3 - Trek to Langtang Villages (3,430m)
    Day 4 - Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m)
    Day 5 - Trek to Kyanjin Ri (4,770m) and return to Lama Hotel
    Day 6 - Back to Shyabrubesi

    Langtang Sophie WardGosain Kunda - 7 Day / 6 Night Trek                                                                      
    Day 1 - Drive to Dhunche (1,950m)
    Day 2 - Trek to Thulo Shyabru (2,200m)
    Day 3 - Trek to Shing Gomba (3,584m)
    Day 4 - Trek to Gosain Kunda (4,381m)
    Day 5 - Trek back to Shing Gomba
    Day 6 - Trek back to Dhunche
    Day 7 - Return to Kathmandu

    Gokyo Heli Extension

    The Gokyo Valley is renowned for its spectacular lakes and scenery, which arguably offer some of the best views in the Himalaya! Our Gokyo Heli Extension is a worthwhile short and spectacular addition to your Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek. It includes a short scenic flight from Dingboche which takes us to the lakeside village of Gokyo. From here we climb the nearby Gokyo Ri (5,357m), where we find ourselves surrounded by the Himalayan giants of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cholatse and Ama Dablam. Perhaps one of the world's most spectacular picnic spots, we take the time to enjoy lunch and absorb the stunning landscape around us. After trekking back to Gokyo we continue onwards with our journey, flying back to Kathmandu.

    Extension Itinerary:

    Day 14  Trek Gorak Shep to Dingboche
    15 Heli to Gokyo, climb Gokyo Ri and heli to Kathmandu
    16 Spare flight day in case of weather delays
    17 Depart Kathmandu for home

    The Gokyo Heli Extension is priced from US$1650 per person. For more information please contact our office.

    For more information on additional services, please contact our office.

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    Chitwan Rhino Kasara ResortChitwan
    Chitwan National Park is one of the major draw cards in Nepal outside of the Himalayas themselves. This is a World Heritage listed wildlife reserve that protects over 932 square kilometres of wilderness that is home to a raft of different wildlife. While there you will have the opportunity to see one horned rhinoceroses, monkeys and deer, and 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 camera man 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.

    For more information on additional services, please contact our office.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, 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 your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Rescue / Evacuation / Medical insurance


    CoverMore LogoIndulge your spirit of adventure, but protect yourself against all of those unforeseen events that can occur prior to or whilst on your trip with Adventure Consultants. Together with CoverMore Insurance, Adventure Consultants are now offering advice and assistance in purchasing CoverMore 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 CoverMore, if you need it.

    Adventure Consultants highly recommends the Options Plan as this gives you the highest level of cover and benefits available. This includes cover 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 on winter sports, annual multi-trip cover, scooter riding and working holidays to name a few.

    Why CoverMore?

    • They provide cover where others won’t. e.g. terrorism scares, natural disasters, civil unrest and redundancy.
    • Protect your travel investment by choosing cancellation/interruption cover that meets your needs.
    • The option to increase your cover on valuable luggage items such as cameras and laptops.
    • Adventure Sports Cover for a variety of activities. Trekking is automatically covered, provided that reasonable care is taken, and you are not using ropes or other mountaineering equipment.
    • Free Global SIM card.
    • 24 hour emergency medical and travel assistance centre that is staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and case managers. This now includes the new Travel GP service, allowing you to talk in person to an Australia-based GP.

    Who and what trips is the policy suitable for?

    • Non-New Zealand residents travelling inbound to New Zealand – suitable for cover when travelling around New Zealand, but mountaineering or climbing is excluded.
    • New Zealander's travelling outbound on a trekking adventure e.g. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Trek, Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc Trek and Mustang Horse Trek.

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


    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    Tusker Trail founder, Eddie Frank, describes his experience with Redpoint Resolutions’ RipCord Travel Protection:

    “We [Tusker Trail] only have one or two evacuations a year and they occur because of life-threatening emergencies. Emergencies that are immediate and now. There is zero room for hesitation or error. Redpoint Resolutions founders Ted Muhlner and Tom Bochnowski are two guys who understand commitment. When they say they’re going to do something, they do it. I chose their Ripcord Travel Protection program for my climbers and trekkers because Tom and Ted come from the military, where your word and your handshake mean everything. Tom Bochnowski joined me on our recent Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor. During this climb two of our climbers suffered high altitude emergencies. Tom worked hand in hand with me to ensure the successful helicopter evacuation of the two climbers. Redpoint’s Stanford Medicine-affiliated physician Avi Patil, who was also climbing with us, assisted me with critical medical decisions that helped prevent a bad outcome. The teamwork and the level of care and commitment provided to my climbers and me during these recent evacuations has only further cemented my team’s partnership with Redpoint and their RipCord Travel Protection program. After more than 39 years and 51 successful climbs, recommending RipCord for my climbers is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” - Eddie Frank, Tusker Trail

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverages to its clients.

    Check out their latest promotional video or click here to learn more.


    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Trek Documentation

      Please note you will be mailed 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.

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

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since.

      A few outfitters ‘claim’ to have the same level of experience and prestige with that of Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you a first choice for your trekkers?
      We are renowned for the quality of our service and strategy applied to our treks. Our reputation is attributed to our 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 to that you can relax and enjoy trekking through this amazing country.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What showers and laundry facilities will be available on the trek?
      Hot showers are available in the luxury lodges between Lukla 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, Pheriche and Lobuche where we spend two nights, however, please be aware that items can take a long time to dry at the higher elevations.

      Would you let us know 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 vegetarian 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.

      What is the food like?
      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 for 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 your arrival and departure city 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; 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 60 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, either with us or another operator.

      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?
      Our Nepal treks fly into Kathmandu International Airport (KTM) and an Adventure Consultants guide or representative will be there to pick you up off your flight on the scheduled arrival date. If you are arriving before the scheduled trip start date, we can often make arrangements for a pickup, though taking a taxi is generally the easiest form of transport before your trip starts.

      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 and for Nepal expeditions, these can either be obtained on arrival into Kathmandu or can be issued online prior through the Nepal visa online system. Be sure to have the suggested USD amount in cash for your visa application and have a passport photo for your arrival in Kathmandu. Currently, a 40-day visa costs $40 and 90-day visa costs US$100.

      For expeditions to Tibet, visas are processed in Kathmandu following your arrival. Do make sure that your passport has at least six months validity and more details on this process are included in your comprehensive set of reference notes, which will be emailed out to you upon sign up.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Once we have received your application we will post 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!

      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 PAC chambers with us (Personal Altitude Chamber). A trekker or climber with mountain sickness is placed inside the PAC chamber 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, otherwise 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 extra. Also, bring a small first aid kit including a blister kit and mild headache medication for the normal altitude headaches.

      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).

    • Guides, Sherpas & Team Members

      How many guides/ Sherpas will be assigned to our group?
      Your group will have a minimum of one Western guide and Sherpa guides are assigned depending on the size of the group. This trek operates with a minimum of six trekkers and a maximum group size of 12.

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our climbers and trekkers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels, ranging from those seeking skill development to those seeking assistance with the world's highest mountains, or purely adventure. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 expedition 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 nail like 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 third world 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 to all our expedition and trek members to 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 the balance payment) for the trip you are going on. 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, business issues, etc.

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept the trip deposit payment on credit card, and we add a 3% fee to accept the balance payment by credit card for your trip. Please contact our office or visit our secure credit card page to send us your credit card details - your card is not charged at the time as we process this here in our office and not via an online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Each specific trip page on the website has a section as well as a downloadable pdf document with exactly what is and what is not included on the trip. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can, however, recommend excellent travel agents whom we have worked with in your country 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; internationally qualified western guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client: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 a trip is to call our offices or complete our online booking form. Return this with the trip deposit either through a telegraphic transfer (information is in our trip notes downloaded from the specific trip page) or by using our secure credit card page. Phone our New Zealand head office on +643 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm PST + 19 hours) or Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America.

    • 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.

      What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are sent out on 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 a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

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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
Christchurch, New Zealand
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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

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