EBC – 1st week Aug 2013

Hi Every1,
I am planning for EBC trek 1st week August, probably 10-12 days(still not decided).

Would be great if anybody experienced/ 1st timer would like to join me.

Thx,
Aks

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  1. Hi Every1,
    I am planning for EBC trek from Kathmandu 1st week August, probably 10-12 days(still not decided).

    Would be great if anybody experienced/ 1st timer would like to join me.

    Although im browsing online for more infm, any suggestions regarding cheapest prices or guides or anything is highly appreciated

    Thx,
    Aks

    • Many ppl recommended Sanjib, i emailed him & he said standard 12day trip = 1200$..!!!???

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    @rob, do you have any sense of how much per day a guide is for the everest region?

  3. No Problem Alex,

    But before we go onto guides – The first thing to mention is that unless you are pre-acclimatised you should allow a minimum of 12 to 14 days for the trek + Some buffer days to take into account any delays with flights both getting to, and returning from Lukla (http://trekkingpartners.com/treks/trekking-ebc-in-2-weeks/).

    Next to the costs
    Two ways to jump

    1) Hire your own trekking staff out on a daily rate – a Licensed Guide costs about $25 per day, that includes his food, accommodation, insurance but Not transportation to and from the trailheads or tip – a Porter/Guide is around $20 and a Porter around $18 – Again that includes food, accommodation, insurance but Not transportation to and from the trailheads or tips – My recommendation would be to hire “Staff” through a reputable local TAAN registered agent.

    On top of this you will have to pay your own food and accommodation, an average budget is around $25 to $30 per day, You will also need a TIMS ($10 if you are taking trekking staff or $20 if you have this arranged in advance through a local agent, Also it $20 for the independent TIMS should you choose not to take trekking staff. You also need to but a National Park Entry Ticket at 3000NPR (About $28).

    Also your Lukla Flights which are currently around $140 each way for trekkers and $55 each way for Nepali’s
    This is my preferred method.

    2) Buy a fully packaged trek, currently these are costing around $65 per day and include trekking staff (Either a Porter/Guide for smaller groups or a Licenced guide and porters for larger groups) All food and accommodation (Excluding Bar Bills, Mineral Water and showers) and permits but not flights.
    Personally I would keep my own food and accommodation costs separate for that of any staff I took and therefore Nor opt for a package – By doing this I am in charge of where I stay and where, when and what I eat – But costs work out more or less the same whichever option you choose, If anything packages tend to be slightly more expensive.

    I don’t know if you have come across my own EBC write-Ups in your research, the latest one is on TP and also Here http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/bf701/.

    Good Luck
    Rob

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    @akhil000, hope that great info from Rob helped. Any luck in arranging your trip or deciding on hiring a guide? I guess that implies $1200 is slightly high for 12-14 days…

  5. Hi..
    R u going to EBC nytime soon…. R u still looking for a partner ????