Good to know
Customers are suggested to keep 1-2 buffer days at the end of Everest Base Camp Trek because the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight that is involved in this trek is prone to delay and even cancellation due to weather conditions. Weather sometimes can affect the flight even in best seasons and flight delay/cancellation may happen.
In that condition, please be prepared mentally for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you.
We will be responsible to provide you accommodation (in guest house) and food in Kathmandu if cancellation happens before the trek. But in case of flight cancellation after finishing the trek, you will be responsible for all your accommodation and food expenses. No refund will be made for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.
We can organize helicopter charter/rescue in such conditions (upon clients request) but it also depends upon availability. The helicopter that can lift 5 people at one time charges approximately USD 3400. So, best is to come with some buffer days at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even do some optional activities which we can arrange for you upon request. The optional activities may include rafting, jungle safari, bunjee jumping, city tours, sightseeing, etc.
If flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of Everest base camp trek and it seemed to lengthen so long that its likely to disturb your onward travel schedule, you can choose alternative trek/trip such as trekking in another area like Langtang or Annapurna. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait at the airport for the original trip you booked, you can do so as many days as it takes to resume the flight. Please note no money will be refunded if you do not take alternative trip and lose time waiting at the airport or you only do a short trek later.
Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.