Nepal

Everest Base Camp Trek (15 Days)

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Trek to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the world's tallest mountain. Complete the bucket list journey, following in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, where you'll receive a warm welcome from your Host. You'll be transported to your accommodation and check-in for the evening.

After check-in, you might have some free time to relax or to do your own exploring in the vibrant Thamel district, a renowned tourist spot. Stroll through the marketplace to browse local goods and buy souvenirs to take home.

In the evening, an authentic Nepali dinner awaits at a renowned local restaurant. Over dinner, your trek guide will give a full briefing about the upcoming journey.

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Following a good breakfast, we'll take a picturesque drive through the hills and valleys to Manthali, the gateway to Mount Everest.

Tonight we rest in Manthali, recharging for the experience ahead.

Drive time: 5hrs

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Start the day with a short flight from Manthali to Lukla, situated in the heart of the Everest region.

Today is the first day of trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas. Cross through the village of Lukla, walking along the Dudh Kosi River until you arrive at Phakding. Here, you'll find a cluster of monasteries well worth a visit.

Flight time: 25mins

Hiking time: 4hrs

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Today, we cross a series of suspension bridges (including the renowned Hillary Suspension Bridge) on our way to Namche Bazaar. Expect some tough uphill, with an exhilarating reward - your first glimpse of Everest.

Hiking time: 5hrs

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Today is a well-deserved rest day when you can explore notable landmarks in the region.

Our itinerary includes a hike to a panoramic viewpoint, where you'll enjoy breathtaking vistas of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Lhotse, among other prominent peaks. You'll also stroll through the Khumjung Valley to visit the Hillary School and Khunde Hospital.

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Today we trek to the enchanting village of Phortse. This scenic route provides an insightful glimpse into the rich life and culture of the Sherpas. Phortse, our resting place for the night, has a large community of Sherpas who have successfully summited Everest.

Hiking time: 4hrs

Today is a 7hr trek covering approximately 12 km to reach Dingboche. Along the way, spot the patchwork of small fields enclosed by stone walls, which protect crops against the cold winds.

Enjoy the spectacular views of towering peaks on the eastern end of the valley. Weather permitting, watch the sunset cast a warm glow on prominent peaks like Ama Dablam and the south face of Lhotse.

Hiking time: 5hrs

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A second acclimatisation day, you can go on optional excursions to Nagajun Hill or Chukung village. These side trips offer panoramic vistas of several peaks, including Ama Dablam and Makalu, set among serene lakes and glistening glaciers.

We overnight in Dingboche, ready to embrace the adventures that await.

On this day we trek to Lobuche, a remote enclave where you'll find stone houses standing in a frozen expanse of breathtaking beauty. It's an exciting day, and you can't help but feel anticipation at how close it is to Everest.

Hiking time: 5hrs

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Start the day with your Head Guide leading you safely through the intricate terrain of the Khumbu Glacier. Soon, you'll stand in awe of the formidable Khumbu Icefall and the majestic South Face of Everest.

Our ascent continues to Gorakshep, from where we trek to the Everest Base Camp. After spending a bit of time at Base Camp, we return to Gorakshep, where we will spend the night reflecting on the extraordinary achievement of the day.

Hiking time: 7hrs

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Early in the morning, we ascend to a vantage point where you'll witness the grandeur of Everest and its neighbouring peaks at sunrise.

Then, we're ready to descend to the flat, sandy terrain of Gorakshep. Our journey then ascends once more, leading us to the summit of Kalapathar. It's a vantage point where you can enjoy the views of Everest and the surrounding mountains.

We end the day by trekking down to Pangboche, where we spend the night.

Hiking time: 7hrs

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Our journey continues, guiding us on a gradual descent through stunning mountain landscapes.

Leaving behind the pristine alpine meadows, we trek through Phunke Tenga to our overnight spot in Namche.

Hiking time: 7hrs

Following a restful night in Namche, we start our descent towards Lukla. Along the way, the path guides us through enchanting forests of rhododendron and pine.

En route, we'll visit a Sherpa village, where we can express our gratitude and bid farewell to the local team and staff who have supported our expedition.

The final bit of the trek gets us to Lukla, where we will spend the night.

Hiking time: 6hrs

Today is our final day in the Khumbu region. We catch our return flight to Manthali, followed by a scenic drive back to Kathmandu, concluding our mountain expedition.

Back in the capital city, you can relax or do some last-minute shopping. In the evening, we gather to celebrate our Himalayan adventure over a final dinner.

Flight time: 25mins

Drive time: 5hrs

Our team will take you to the airport around 3hrs before your scheduled flight departure. With our best wishes for a safe and pleasant journey back home, we bid you farewell and express our gratitude for choosing us as your adventure partner. Until we meet again, farewell.

What's Included

Included
  • Professional trip leader, assistant leader based on group size, support staff to carry backpack.
  • International Arrival and Departure transfer.
  • Private return transfer from Kathmandu to Manthali.
  • National Park entrance fee and permit.
  • 3-Star level accommodation at Kathmandu.
  • Tea house accommodation on trek, tented camp at Manthali.
Not Included
  • International flights to/from Kathmandu.
  • Food: meals are available for purchase from the teahouses along the route.
  • Personal expenses, snacks, internet, hot shower.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Visa to Nepal.
  • Personal travel/rescue insurance (including emergency helicopter evacuation: $1,000).
  • Personal trekking gear.
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Rated 5.0

51 verified reviews

Dalemarc
Dalemarc

(Oct 2023)

Skyhook / Freedom Adventures thank you very much for making this trip fun, memorable, smooth and safe as possible. From the start, all questions were clearly answered by Prashant (Freedom adventures) via messaging. Skyhook may need to update some bits in the website: itinerary/things to bring. Do not exchange money at the airport, wait til you get to the hotel as exchange rate is better there. Get used to the tipping culture upon arriving. Thamel park hotel and all of the tea houses we stayed in were a lot better than I expected. More comfortable even for an adventure holiday such as this. 1L bottled water cost about 20-50 rupees while in the city, then goes up to 100-150 from Lukla. Meals in the tea houses cost about 600-900. Hot drinks from 150-300. Prices get more expensive as you go higher. Cant really complain as getting the goods up there is difficult, often carried by porters and/or mules/yaks. A wide variety of meal to choose from, with vegetables options being a safer bet for the tummy. We did save a lot using purification tablets with tap water - had no issues. Wifi and charging were available with at most tea houses (300-500), signal is quite intermitent. Holiday Inn at Namche had free charging in the rooms. No issues with this as I tried to stay away from the internet while in this trip, and my powerbank lasted for the trip. Hot showers were a delight (500-700), although not advisable from Lobuche to Gorak Shep. Bistari-bistari (slow-slow) pacing did very well for our group. Managed not to get tired with the slow/low heart pace and kept our energy for the duration of the trip. Does really well for the body to acclimatise. Remember this is not a race! We were very lucky to have a very good / clear weather for the duration of the trip. Mostly sunny and some cloudy days. Trail gets dusty so buffs are recommended. To our guide Ngima: Thank you very much for being an exemplary, knowledgeable, patient, reliable, nice and fun person. He did receive us very well, telling us the know-hows, answering our questions with regards to anything/everything, always looking after us from trekking to the tea houses, being a professional, preparing a surprise birthday cake, and even inviting us to his home. Words aren't enough to show how much we appreciate him. Thanks very much buddy! All the best and til next time! To our porters Buddha and Som: The ironmen and unsung heroes!!! Thank you very much guys for all the hard work you have put in this trip. We seldom see them each day but it was fun hanging out with them during the last few days. Without these boys, this trip would not be possible. Very thankful not only in carrying our heavy duffle bags, but also in assisting us thru the EBC and Kala Patthar treks. I highly recommend this trip!!! Not only for the sake of reaching base camp, but also for learning/experiencing the wonderful country that is Nepal: it's people, culture, beliefs, food, music and beautiful landscape. Can't wait to come back: thinking of Mera or Island Peak next, then probably Gokyo lake and/or Annapurna base camp after. So much to look forward to :)

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Matthew
Matthew

(Oct 2023)

What a fantastic experience one of the most exciting things I have ever done. Our guide Ngima went above and beyond he was incredible you need more stars 🌟 I would give him 10. So knowledgeable and nothing we to much. He looked after us all so well. Buddha and som our porter were like machines carring our bags and making sure everything was ready for us. We were also so lucky to have incredibly weather. Fantastic views would 100% recommend. The smile didn't leave my face from start to finish.

Cat
Cat

(Oct 2023)

I did the EBC trek solo with Freedom Adventures and their amazing mountain guide Ngawang and Nobin our porter. Ngawang is very experienced mountain leader, professional, passionate about Nepal, the mountains and trekking. I found out that he was a local Sherpa guide and had the chance to experience the local way of living, an experience I wouldn't have otherwise! Ngawang was very accommodating, flexible and resourceful. He would always ask me about the highlights/lowlights of my day to make sure that I was having a good experience in the trek. He was giving me great advice on eating, drinking, altitude and my pace always making sure that I had the best chance to complete the trek. After observing my progress, fitness and health he also suggested that we change itinerary and complete the Ama Dablam Basecamp too which was a bonus day during my trek! He always shared with me his knowledge of the area, the local traditions as well as the best places to shop, eat and use of facilities. He was also a lot of fun and a great person to share this special journey with and kept me good company while on the trek when we chatted endlessly comparing life in Nepal with life in the west and the importance of education for the future generations. As I was a solo trekker I had the chance to also meet my porter Nobin which I couldn't be more grateful for all his hard work! He was always so hard working, polite, smiling and offered to carry my backpack for the most challenging parts of the trek. Nobin was working so well with Ngawang and followed his instructions, was always on time and willing to offer his help to me so I can have a comfortable experience. I enjoyed having the chance to meet my porter (thanks to Ngawang who made it possible) and get to know the person that was doing all this hard work carrying my stuff but also to understand a little more about his life and his goals! Without Ngawang and Nobin I wouldn't have been able to complete this trek and also have this lifetime experience. It felt like we were a family for two weeks while trekking! Freedom adventure choice of tea houses was great! They were all clean and comfortable with very accommodating and friendly staff. In particular, the following two tea houses stood out to me: Buddha Lodge Pangboche the lady that runs this tea house was so friendly and the tea house was in a very good condition with lots of attention to detail and Holiday Inn Namche where I had the chance to share the local drink with the owner's family and Ngawang in their kitchen while they were preparing my dinner. I was well impressed by how well organised and clean the kitchen was! Ngawang also informed me of the company policies and safety standards Freedom Adventures agency uses and I was reassured that I had picked the correct trekking company for my trek. Freedom Adventures always put safety first and this is obvious by how the staff are behaving - always with safety in mind, without taking risks and ensuring that I was safe at all times. There is a good reason that Freedom Adventures is one of the top class agencies in Nepal! Having tight safety procedures, excellent staff and values that resonated with mine and giving me a lifetime experience in meeting the culture of Nepal! I definitely wouldn't have been able to have this amazing experience without Ngawang and Nobin and I will be sure to request them to support me on my future trips to Nepal! I highly recommend and encourage anyone considering trekking in Nepal to get in touch with Freedom Adventures and book their adventure with Ngawang and Nobin!

Joe
Joe

(Oct 2023)

An absolutely sensational expedition to the top of the world. Our Guides, Kuss and Beerda were outstandingly professional and caring, every step of the way. Their attention to detail, transparancy, and accuracy of information and their knowledge and experience was second to none. The EBC trek is an astonishing experience.

Anna
Anna

(Oct 2023)

BEAUTIFUL, INTERESTING and CHALLENGING! The local guides(Kush and Bir) and operator(Freedom Adventure) were excellent. Trekking from 3000m+ to 5000m+ mountains was easily the experience of a lifetime, something I will never forgot - thank you for the memories! Hiking would not have been possible without our porters too(Nabin and ???). I would definitely recommend Freedom Adventure's trip to EBC. Anna

FAQs

Before you go

Everest Base Camp requires you to trek at altitude for up to 8 hours per day, with a small 5-7kg rucksack. We recommended to train with long hikes and/or a sport of your choice (e.g. jogging).

Currently, all foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Airport. If getting the visa at the airport, be prepared for long queues. You will also need to pay US$30 for 15 days and $50 for 30 days visa. For a smooth immigration experience, please make sure to carry the visa fee in cash.

Please see the section above for trip inclusions and exclusions.

For this trip, there needs to be at least 2 pax booked onto a date to confirm departure. Your host will confirm the trip with you 3 months before the departure date. In the case that there aren't any bookings on a date, your host will offer you an alternative date. Or, they can quote you to upgrade to a solo, private trek. If none of those options suit you, you can request a deposit refund.

The currency used in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). You are unable to get NPR outside of Nepal, and therefore you will need to get it when you arrive. Most people withdraw money from ATMs while in Kathmandu. Please check with your bank in advance that they allow withdrawals/transactions. Ideally, bring 2 cards to be safe. Alternatively, you can bring US dollars (or euros) and exchange them on arrival. It's recommended to exchange currency at the hotel, you'll get a better rate than at the airport. Please Note: If using your card directly in Nepal, then you will often be charged a 4% service charge. Many places outside of Kathmandu and in the mountains will not accept cards, so it's important to take out cash in Kathmandu for the trek.

On your trip

The supporter will carry up to 12 kg for you, following recommended safe loads.

To be sure that you make your trek or return from it, it may be necessary to make the flight to/from Lukla by a chartered helicopter. Helicopters can operate in some weather that aircraft cannot. In the rare case that a helicopter is needed, it will be at the expense of the travellers and can cost around $600/person to/from lukla to Manthali/Kathmandu. Please make sure you have travel insurance, and we recommend speaking to them to check they cover this scenario. While weather delays do occur, they're usually temporary. The norm is to simply wait for a later flight time. If a helicopter does become a more viable option, a collective decision will be made by the group on how to proceed.

Meals and snacks are not included. You can purchase food from the teahouses along the route. There's generally a good variety of meal options. We recommend sticking to vegetarian options while you trek, to avoid risking an upset stomach. Meals in the tea houses cost about 600-900 rupees ($5-$7). Hot drinks from 150-300 rupees ($1-$2.5). We recommend you allow US$500-800 for food on the trek.

Any extra luggage that you are not taking with you on the trek can be stored at your hotel free of charge.

You stay in hotels in the city of Kathmandu and tea houses while on the trek. The hotel will be 3 stars, and you stay in a twin shared room. A single supplement is available if you want your own room (you can request this on your trip form after booking). The hotel has showers and intermittent internet access. The teahouses are in remote locations and are very basic. Some of them have squat-style toilets, and the showers do not always offer warm water. Most tea houses will charge a small fee for hot showers (between 500-700 rupees) Meals are available from all tea houses, but please be aware that the food has been carried up there by porters, so it becomes a little more expensive as you get closer to base camp. Some tea houses do have access to the internet for a small fee (300-500 rupees), but it can be slow and unreliable.

Day 1: Arrival, no hiking. Day 2: transfer to Manthali, no hiking. Day 3: Distance: 10.5km. Ascent: 290m. Descent: 530m. Max altitude: 2868m, 4 hours Day 4: Distance: 10.9km. Ascent: 1080m. Descent: 435m. Max altitude: 3440m, 7-8 hours Day 5: Distance: 5.9km. Ascent: 480m. Descent: 480m. Max altitude: 3880m, 5 hours Day 6: Distance: 10km. Ascent: 970m. Descent: 550m. Max altitude: 3810m, 5 hours Day 7: Distance: 12km. Ascent: 810m. Descent: 350m. Max altitude: 4410m, 6 hours Day 8: Distance: 7.4km. Ascent: 425m. Descent: 425m. Max altitude: 4825m, 4.5 hours Day 9: Distance: 11.2km. Ascent: 720m. Descent: 170m. Max altitude: 4914m, 6 hours Day 10: Distance: 13.9km. Ascent: 582m. Descent: 283m. Max altitude: 5364m, 10 hours Day 11: Distance: 26km. Ascent: 534m. Descent: 1635m. Max altitude: 5550m, 12 hours Day 12: Distance: 16.2km. Ascent: 240m. Descent: 610m. Max altitude: 39100m, 6 hours Day 13: Distance: 20.2km. Ascent: 965m. Descent: 1370m. Max altitude: 3440m, 8 hours Day 14: Flight to Manthali and transfer to Kathmandu, no trekking. Day 15: Departure day.

The minimum number of groups is two, and the maximum number is 14, our average group size is 5.

Yes - there is far less oxygen as you get to higher altitudes on the trek. For most people, this means that you will find trekking more challenging, and the guides will set a slower pace to adjust to this. The itinerary is designed to allow plenty of time for your body to acclimatise, with several rest days. However, everyone reacts to altitude differently, and you may experience some symptoms of altitude sickness (e.g. headaches or nausea). The guides are trained in high-altitude first aid and will also ask you to let them know if you experience any symptoms. In extreme cases, altitude sickness can prevent you from continuing your trek, and in this case, the guides can arrange for you to descend quickly (by foot or by helicopter). Your safety is always the number one priority.

It is customary in Nepal to tip guides and porters. You can give any tips to your lead guide at the end of your trip, which will then be shared with the whole team. As part of our transparency initiative, the lead guide will distribute the tips to the guides and porters in your presence. A good rule of thumb is to budget around US$150 in total for tips, although the amount you give is entirely your choice.

The weather can change rapidly, and the guides may be forced to change the trip itinerary accordingly. Travellers need to be prepared for all weather conditions. For more information, please read the kit list provided. Low Season (End Nov - March) Daytime temperatures will be cooler, and the nights will be very cold. The days can bring winter storms, with regular snowfall above 2500m. Domestic flights are difficult at this time of year. Monsoon (Jun – Mid Sep) Temperatures are hot, with heavy rainfall almost every day. Trails can be very muddy, with frequent thunderstorms and high winds. Trekking season (End Mar-May & Mid Sep – End Nov) The most popular time to trek with mild – warm days and cold nights. The mornings tend to be clear, with some short rainfall in the late afternoons. In the higher altitudes, the temperatures often drop below freezing in the evening. At Everest Base Camp, the temperatures can drop as low as -15°C.

When travelling in countries such as Nepal, it's important to maintain vigilance with hygiene and food safety. Bring plenty of hand sanitiser. It may be a good idea to consider going vegetarian when you are trekking to Everest Base Camp. It is not uncommon for meat to be carried up to the Tea Houses for a few days in the hot sun.

Your hotel is booked at 3-star level hotel at Kathmandu, your hotel will be Hotel Yukhang, J.P Marg, Kathmandu 44600 or similar.

You can arrive at any time on the start date of your trip, and we'll pick you up from the airport. We recommend you fly out on the afternoon of the last date of your trip, as the internal flights the day before can be delayed in poor weather. It will be even better if you can add one or two days in Kathmandu before and after your trek. This will add some more flexibility in the event of weather-caused flight delays. You can see the itinerary on your dashboard after booking, with the specific dates for your trip. Note: In the event of flight cancellations, a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu is often possible. This will be at your own expense. Please make sure you are insured and that your insurance covers flight cancellations and helicopter evacuations in Nepal.

Flights go from Ramechhap to Lukla. Because of the ever-changing weather, your internal flight may be cancelled or delayed for safety reasons. In this instance, your guides will book you onto the next available and safe flight at no extra cost. You will, however, be required to pay for accommodation at the hotel for any additional nights not noted on the itinerary. So we recommend having travel insurance that covers delayed flights. The internal flight is included in the cost of your trip. It is important that you provide your passport information after booking, which you can do in your trip form, so that we can book the internal flights for you. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure. In the event that the flights are cancelled on days 3 and 4 of your itinerary and no helicopters are available, it will not be possible for you to ascend to Everest Base Camp safely and with the required acclimatisation stops. In the unlikely event that the above does happen, the group will be taken on the Annapurna Base Camp trek, which requires no internal flights. Annapurna Base Camp is also a 16-day itinerary which reaches a maximum altitude of 4,130m, starting in the beautiful city of Pokhara.

Other FAQs

Documents: • Passport • Travel insurance details • Boarding passes for flights • Cash USD • Credit/Debit Card (ensure you have $500 on your card in case an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed) Sleeping: • Sleeping bag • Sleeping bag liner (optional) Footwear: • Trekking boots: 3 or 4-season lightweight • City footwear (e.g. sandals) • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (optional) Clothing: • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts) • Fleece/windproof jacket • Waterproof jacket • Down jacket for warmth • Travel clothes and city wear • Underwear • Base-layer trousers (optional) • Waterproof trousers • Trekking trousers • Trekking shorts (optional) • Thick wool mountaineering socks • Lightweight and breathable trekking socks • Gloves and wool hat *Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking. Other: • A daysack: 35 litres • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (max 8kg of weight for porters to carry) • Dry liner or dry bag • Water bottle/thermos: At least 2L worth (we recommend Nalgene bottles). • Sunglasses • Suncream • Personal medication – inhaler, blister pads etc • General toiletries, contact lenses, glasses (if needed) • Towel • Electronics - head torch, travel adaptor, phone & charger • Lipsil • Book • Headphones • Travel wash • Hand sanitiser, wet wipes

Yes! There are multiple places to rent trekking gear in Kathmandu. If you need to hire equipment, we offer assistance to source rental gear when you arrive. Generally, prices are as follows; - Sleeping bags, down jackets, and duffel bags: around USD 2 per day. - Trekking Poles; around USD 1 per day. Please send us a message if you have more questions about renting gear.

The minimum age for this trek is 18 years, or 16 years with a parent/guardian.

You can see the latest NHS advice at https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-east/nepal

Many different ethnic groups coexist in Nepal, and as a foreigner you may be an object of curiosity. You may find that in certain places, the locals will want to talk to you or take pictures with you. You will almost certainly be subject to a bit of hustle and hassle in Nepal, getting a dose of it immediately when you arrive in the airport. Nepal has a haggling culture, with almost every monetary transaction (outside of hotels and restaurants etc) involving haggling. You will likely see beggars in Kathmandu. This can include children. Please be vigilant with your valuables, especially when in the city.

While on the trek, you have a few options for water. You can buy bottled water from the tea houses, or you can fill up from the tap. If filling up from the tap, be sure to use the free purification tablets. Please carry them along with you on the trek. Bottled water can be quite expensive to buy (up to 100-150 rupees), and the price increases as you trek higher.

Yes! Travel insurance for trekking in Nepal is not only essential for health-related incidents but also to cover you in the scenario that you need to use a helicopter. Helicopters can cost up to $600 per person and are not covered by the operator as part of this trip. You may need a helicopter flight if it is not possible to safely trek back from Base Camp or if internal flights are cancelled and you need to get back to Kathmandu in time to make your international return flight. Please make sure you have travel insurance for your financial protection. We recommend speaking to the provider beforehand to check that they cover this scenario.

Your head guide is Jagan

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Freedom Adventure, based in Pokhara.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

Jagan