Struggling to compare apple to apple when it comes to selecting the Everest base camp trek package provided by different trekking companies in Australia or Nepal?

 

Well, you can use following checklist to shortlist or select your best Everest base camp trekking company to book with.

Keep in mind to add your personal preferences of budget and service quality related questions apart from this checklist when finalizing your booking decision.

  1. Check reviews/testimonials of each trekking operator in your short list
  2. Ensure that they have affiliation with AFTA (Australian Federation of Travel Agents)
  3. Is their price quoted in Australian or American dollar?
  4. How many days is the actual trekking in the planned itinerary? How well is acclimatisation planned in the itinerary? Is there any contingency plan to tackle cancellation of Lukla return flight?
  5. Is their base camp trek operator in Nepal a licensed tour operator registered with Nepal Tourism Ministry and Trekking Agency Association of Nepal
  6. Are there local experts available in Australian operators office who can provide guidance on place, culture, language and food in Nepal
  7. Does Australian company provide guidance on all types of preparation including training, gear purchase and packing list for your Everest adventure
  8. Your loved ones from home being able to enquire your whereabouts 7 days a week during odd hours in case of emergency in Nepal/Everest
  9. How are the local crews including guide and porters looked after during the Everest trek
  10. Can you choose to travel in your small private group and/or choose your own dates without a surcharge?
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Everest base camp trek travel agents in Australia and comparison of their packages/services

 

See who are the top Everest base camp trek travel agents in Australia offering best value to Australian adventure and thrill seekers. Market comparison based on size, cost, service etc.

 

Travel/Tour Agents Specialisation Everest Tour Packages
Sherpa Tours Australia

 

Office in Melbourne

 

Partnering Travel Agency Office

Adelaide

 

·   Boutique Australian owned company travel agency/tour operator

·   Specialist in Nepal tour and extension to Bhutan, India or Tibet

·   Local Nepal-Trek Managers at Australian office

·   One of the Best-Value providers and direct competitor with large companies on quality and local Nepali trekking operators on cost

·   Provide package design and personalization to any extend

www.sherpatours.com.au

http://sherpatours.com.au/sherpa-tours/testimonials

 

·   Everest base camp trek on budget

Excludes meals on trek

 

PRICE – AUD1450 or less

 

·   Everest base camp trek with comfort+ – 16 days

Fully inclusive except international flights (includes 3* Kathmandu hotels, Kathmandu tour and all meals on trek)

 

FROM AUD 2300

 

·   Everest base camp trek Premium

Fully inclusive with added luxury except international flights

 

FROM AUD 2800

 

Intrepid

Headoffice – Melbourne

 

Large corporate style group tour/trek company specializing in grass-root package and backpacker experience around the world. Everest base camp trek – 15 days

Excludes basic elements like airport pick ups, local tours, meals on trek etc

FROM AUD 1600

 

G Adventures Large corporate style group tour operator specializing in grass-root package and backpacker experience around the world. Everest base camp trek – 15 days

Excludes basic elements like airport pick ups, local tours, meals on trek etc

 

FROM AUD 1740

 

Geko adventure Large corporate style group tour/trek company specializing in grass-root package and backpacker experience around the world. Everest base camp trek – 16 days

Excludes basic elements like airport pick ups, local tours, meals on trek etc

 

FROM AUD1850

 

Peregrine

Headoffice – Melbourne

Large corporate style group travel and tour operator specializing in basic tour packages around the world with comfort of

3* accommodations in city areas. Previously it used to exclude pick-ups, local tours and meals on Everest trek and now has increased price to include meals on trek.

Everest base camp trek – 16 days

Previously excluded basic elements like airport pick-ups, local tours, meals on trek etc and now includes meals on trek.

 

FROM AUD 3700

World Expeditions

Headoffice – Melbourne

 

Large corporate style group trekking operator specializing in premium trekking packages around the world. Everest base camp trek – 17 days

 

FROM AUD 2980

Trek Climb Ski

Office in Melbourne

Boutique company specializing in premium trekking packages to several different countries. Everest base camp trek – 18 days

 

FROM AUD 3390

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10 to 13 days daily walking itinerary to Everest base camp trek.

 

Itineraries

1.      9 to 10 days Lukla to Luka Everest base camp trek itinerary

Please note that you will see below short Everest base camp itinerary on internet provided by some Nepal based trekking companies but Sherpa Tours Australia would not recommend this and we want to make you aware of risks associated with this itinerary.

Day 1 Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,562m /8700ft): 3 to 4 hrs; 8 km

 

 

Note:

You will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla this day in the morning to start the trek.

Day 2 Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 5 to 6 hrs;10 km
Day 3 Namche Bazzar – Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5 to 6 hrs; 10 km
Day 4 Tengboche – Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 to 6 hrs; 8km
Day 5 Dingboche – Lobuche (4,940 /16,207ft): 4 to 5 hrs; 7 km
Day 6 Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,160 m/17,000ft) Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): Gorak Shep : 7 to 8 hrs; 15 km
Day 7 Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft)  Pheriche (4,280 m/14,070 ft): 15km; 7 to 8 hrs
Day 8 Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 15km; 6 to 7 hrs
Day 9 Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft): 18km; 6 to 7 hrs

 

 

Note: Next day morning, you will fly out of Lukla to Kathmandu. Scheudled flights only operate in the morning subject to weather condition.

Day 10 Fly out to Kathmandu early morning.

 

Description:       This is the shortest possible itinerary in operation from some of the Nepal based companies for tourists. The cut in number of days means cost comes down on the trek. Also, this itinerary may grab attention of trekkers who are pressed of time, however, is very ambitious and Sherpa Tours Australia would not recommend this. Please keep reading to know why.

 

Where does it compromise?

The negative is that this is fast paced and may not be for everybody. It completely omits two  acclimatisation days, one at Namche and other at Dinboche compared to standard itinerary from Sherpa Tours Australia. Trekkers need to take extreme pre-causion when committing to such a short itinerary to the base camp. The risk includes falling victim of high altitude sickness which can become deadly within a very quickly.

Another factor is about unpredictable weather condition in Everest region which causes cancellation of Everest flights. If this happens, tourists have to wait until next day to try luck again. This applies for flights both outbound and inbound from/to Lukla.

 

To know more about altitude and risk management, please click here Everest base camp trek altitude and risk management.

 

2.      11 to 12 days Lukla to Luka Everest base camp trek itinerary

Day 1

Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,562m /8700ft): 3 to 4 hrs; 8 km.

Note:

You will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla this day in the morning to start the trek.

Day 2 Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 5 to 6 hrs;10 km
Day 3 Namche Bazzar rest day for acclimatisation.
Day 4 Namche Bazzar – Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5 to 6 hrs; 10 km
Day 5 Tengboche – Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 to 6 hrs; 8km
Day 6 Dingboche rest day for acclimatisation.
Day 7 Dingboche – Lobuche (4,940 /16,207ft): 4 to 5 hrs; 7 km
Day 8 Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,160 m/17,000ft) Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): Gorak Shep : 7 to 8 hrs; 15 km
Day 9 Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft)  Pheriche (4,280 m/14,070 ft): 15km; 7 to 8 hrs
Day 10 Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 15km; 6 to 7 hrs
Day 11 Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft): 18km; 6 to 7 hrs

 

 

Note: Next day morning, you will fly out of Lukla to Kathmandu. Scheudled flights only operate in the morning subject to weather condition.

Day 12 Fly out to Kathmandu early morning.

 

This itinerary is doable because it considers all acclimatisation rules and cuts a day short while coming down from Pheriche. Sherpa Tours Australia operates this itinerary as well as more relaxed itinerary adding one more day on trek and if considering itinerary from Kathmandu to Kathmandu, then we would have one contingency day in Kathmandu both before outbound and after inbound from/to Kathmandu. This covers for a day’s flight delay if occurs on any side, inbound or outbound while these contingency days can be used for rest or self-exploration should there be no flight cancellation. This is more practical we believe.

 

Again, the reason to follow this itinerary rather than more relaxed 12 to 13 days is when travellers are pressed of time or budget and feel that their health and fitness are at a good level.

 

4       12 to 13 days Lukla to Luka Everest base camp trek itinerary

Day 1 Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,562m /8700ft): 3 to 4 hrs; 8 km

 

 

Note:

You will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla this day in the morning to start the trek.

Day 2 Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 5 to 6 hrs;10 km
Day 3 Namche Bazzar rest day for acclimatisation.
Day 4 Namche Bazzar – Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5 to 6 hrs; 10 km
Day 5 Tengboche – Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 to 6 hrs; 8km
Day 6 Dingboche rest day for acclimatisation.
Day 7 Dingboche – Lobuche (4,940 /16,207ft): 4 to 5 hrs; 7 km
Day 8 Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,160 m/17,000ft) Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): Gorak Shep : 7 to 8 hrs; 15 km
Day 9 Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft)  Pheriche (4,280 m/14,070 ft): 15km; 7 to 8 hrs
Day 10 Pheriche – Tenboche; 5 to 6 hrs
Day 11 Tenboche – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 15km; 6 to 7 hrs
Day 12 Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft): 18km; 6 to 7 hrs

 

 

Note: Next day morning, you will fly out of Lukla to Kathmandu. Scheudled flights only operate in the morning subject to weather condition.

Day 13 Fly out to Kathmandu early morning.

 

This is more relaxed itinerary. Sherpa Tours Australia operates this tour too.

 

5       23 days Lukla to Luka Everest circuit trek including base camp and Gokyo lakes

Gokyo Lakes trek in Everest region is NOT TO MISS if you can spare extra few days and several hundrend dollars. The view of the whole mountain range in the region is seen much much better from a ridge in Gokyo area than from Kalapattar or Everest base camp.

To read more about this itinerary, please click here.

 

Please click here to review Everest base camp trek itinerary Kathmandu to Kathmandu in operation from Sherpa tours Australia.

To read about some acclimatisation facts, please click here.

To understand the difficulty level of Everest base camp trek in most simplest and practical terms, please click here.

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Everest base camp trek cost – budget, comfort and premium tour from Australia

 

Are you finding it difficult to plan your epic Everest base camp trek without reliable information on cost? Read on to know different level of services available, their associated cost and different operators, so that you can confidently design your package, choose the right service level and decide which operator to go with.

 

Company Packages Price Comments
Sherpa Tours Australia

Excludes meals on trek

Fully inclusive except international flights (includes 3* Kathmandu hotels, Kathmandu tour and all meals on trek)

Fully inclusive with added luxury except international flights.

  • AUD 1450 or less
  • From AUD 2300
  • From AUD 2800

(Check current deals for most competitive cost)

  • Boutique Australian owned company
  • Specialist in Nepal tour and extension to Bhutan, India or Tibet
  • Local Nepal-Trek Managers at Australian office
  • One of the Best-Value providers and direct competitor with large companies on quality and local Nepali trekking operators on cost
  • Provide package design and personalization to any extend

www.sherpatours.com.au

http://sherpatours.com.au/sherpa-tours/testimonials

Geko adventure Everest base camp trek – 16 days

 

 

Excludes basic elements like airport pick ups, local tours, meals on trek etc

From AUD 1850 Large corporate style group tour operator specializing in grass-root package and backpacker experience around the world.
G Adventures Everest base camp trek – 15 days

 

 

Excludes basic elements like airport pick ups, local tours, meals on trek etc

From AUD 1749 Large corporate style group tour operator specializing in grass-root package and backpacker experience around the world.
Intrepid Everest base camp trek – 15 days

 

 

Excludes basic elements like airport pick ups, local tours, meals on trek etc

From AUD 1600 Large corporate style group tour operator specializing in grass-root package and backpacker experience around the world.
Peregrine Everest base camp trek – 16 days

 

 

Previously excluded basic elements like airport pick ups, local tours, meals on trek etc and now includes meals on trek.

From AUD 3735 Large corporate style group tour operator specializing in basic tour packages around the world with comfort of

 

 

3* accommodations in city areas. Previously it used to exclude pick-ups, local tours and meals on Everest trek and now has increased price to include meals on trek.

World Expeditions Everest base camp trek – 17 days AUD 2980 Large corporate style group tour operator specializing in premium trekking packages around the world.
Trek Climb Ski Everest base camp trek – 18 days AUD 3390 Boutique company specializing in premium trekking packages to several different countries.

Sherpa Tours advises that below information are guidance only and aren’t updated regularly. Readers are to do their own research to validate information provided before making decisions.

 

Everest base camp trek packages from different companies and their cost

Still unsure which operator to book your Everest base camp trek with and whether to look for a known corporate brand and accept their higher charges, or look for cheap operators or boutique companies instead, or even wondered if there are any such boutique local operators in Australia for Everest Adventure tours?

From the below table, you will see a breakdown of Everest packages into multiple service elements which will help you understand the cost-to-service relationship of your Everest Adventure. This will help you to:

  • compare apple to apple
  • design your Everest TREK adventure tour the way you want
  • have control on cost, value for money and overall experience
  • select the company which can package the tour you designed and provide best cost and value for money.

 

Breakdown of Everest base camp trek package elements and their cost guidance

Service Elements Category Cost guidance Recommendation
Airport pick up/drop off
  • Air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Non A/C private vehicle
  • From AUD 20
  • From AUD 35
  Mostly A/C not required as weather won’t get too hot in Kathmandu. This service can be considered for need of extra comfort.
Accommodation types in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Hostels
  • 3 star hotels in prime areas
  • 4 star hotels in prime areas
  • 5 star hotels in prime areas
  • Luxury hotels or resorts

     

    • From AUD15
    • From AUD55
    • From AUD80
    • From AUD150
    • From AUD210
   
Kathmandu cultural day tour or local hike Led by a Licensed guide with limited to high experience From AUD40 Tour may/may not include Guide, private car (AC or non-AC), entrance fee etc).

 

 

You can organize this in Kathmandu however by including this on your package usually makes this tour cost effective.

Alternatively, you can explore Kathmandu on your own. Except for experiencing bit of hassle and confusion, self-exploration is doable.

Kathmandu – Lukla, Everest two way domestic flights   From AUD500 Mostly, flights are included in tour package as a standard.
Guide
  • Licensed and Highly experienced Everest climber guides
  • Licensed and Experienced Everest guides
  • Licensed and Limited experience guides
   
Porter
  • Level of care to porters
   
Equipment Hire in Kathmandu

 

 

Purchase in Kathmandu

Hire from AUD2 per day Can take your own, or hire in Kathmandu at low cost or buy in Kathmandu at much cheaper price compared to home. You get basic to good quality products.
Meals on Everest Trek
  • Included on package
  • Excluded on package
From AUD30 per day  
Accommodation on Everest Trek
  • Tea houses
  • Everest trail Luxury resorts
  • Tents at basecamp
   

To design your Everest Tour and obtain a competitively valued quote, please visit www.sherpatours.com.au or call 1300 660 226 now.

 

What is the single most important factor in designing/planning your Everest adventure trip?

That would be your safety undoubtedly. In our view, this is MORE IMPORTANT than the COST of the trip.

 

It is highly recommended to ensure the following as a minimum:

  • book with a trusted Australian owned company
  • make sure you have the trekking permit, travel insurance and vaccinated
  • you or your loved ones can contact the trekking company after hours to track your where-about specially in case of emergency
  • be well-informed about altitude sickness and management, and well prepared mentally and physically.

 

Analysis of bundled services that come with Everest packages

Bundled services Description Which companies
Face to face, email or phone enquiry   All
Customise a trip to any extend without any surprise on cost   Sherpa Tours Australia
Help on finding most suitable itinerary, package, tour operator and cost per your budget.   Sherpa Tours Australia
One stop shop for any price category from backpacker to luxury   Sherpa Tours Australia
Guidance on local knowledge, language and culture   Sherpa Tours Australia
Tour extension options Everest Gokyo circuit trek, Kathmandu/Pokhara/Chitwan tour Most of the companies
Other Everest Adventures Skydive, Mera or Island peak climb, Chartered Heli Flight…

 

 

Everest View short trek

Everest lower altitude cultural trek

Sherpa Tours Australia offers all of these adventures whereas some of the other companies offer some combination of these adventures.

 

When you want to hike Everest base camp in budget, use following checklist to select an Everest tour operator:

  1. Are you a registered with AFTA (Australian Federation of Travel Agents)? AFTA is now the governing body for the travel industry, after abolition of Travel compensation fund and Travel Agency license in 2015.
  2. Is your ground operator in Nepal a licensed tour operator registered with Nepal Tourism Ministry and Trekking Agency Association of Nepal
  3. Are there local experts available in Australian operators office who can provide guidance on place, culture, language and food
  4. Does Australian company provide guidance on all types of preparation including training, gear purchase and packing list
  5. Check reviews/testimonials of the company
  6. Your loved ones from home being able to enquire your whereabouts 7 days a week during odd hours in case of emergency
  7. Local crews including guide and porter are looked after
  8. Local Nepali staff and rural economy are benefited
  9. Local culture, environment and wildlife are appreciated and footprint minimized
  10. Can you choose to travel in your small private group and/or choose your own dates without a surcharge?
  11. Replies to your phone calls and/or emails promptly and provides valuable information to your questions.
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