Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes takes you to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley. Experience the wild and uninhabited terrain of Khumbu Himal by trekking through the challenging trail of Gokyo Valley. Hike to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes and cross the Cho La Pass. This high-altitude adventure takes you to the last frontier of wild Sherpa country. Get an amazing 360-degree outlook of the Himalayas and Gokyo Lakes from Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar. Additionally, visit old Sherpa settlements and experience Sherpa culture. This trek is ideal for those seeking a challenge off the beaten track.
Guided by our experienced trek leader, the first day of your Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes begins from Lukla. Walk past swinging suspension bridges and yak trains to reach Namche, the cultural and economic heart of the Khumbu region. Pay your respects at the sacred Tengboche Monastery. Traverse the Khumbu glacier to reach Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Follow a secluded route to the stunning Gokyo Valley and the cobalt blue Gokyo Lakes. Negotiate your way across the high mountain pass of Cho La and Nzogumpa Glacier, Nepal’s longest glacier. These non-technical ascents may test you physically but will reward you with incredible mountain views. In Lukla, celebrate the last night in the mountains with your teammates and crew.
Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes offers a longer and more challenging alternative to our shorter 14-day Everest Base Camp Trek. Our experts have set aside enough rest days in the itinerary for acclimatization. You can do this trek if you are reasonably fit and have some high-altitude trekking experience. Take this amazing adventure to one of the most isolated corners of the world and let the stark Himalayan landscape stun your senses! You get to walk to the popular EBC trail and return to Lukla via helicopter. If you are interested in other Everest treks you can check out our Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass Trek -14 days, Everest Three High Passes Trek - 20 days, or Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek- 15 days. If short on time, we suggest you try out one of our helicopter treks - Everest Base Camp Heli Trek-11 days, Everest Base Camp Short Trek Heli Return-12 days, and Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek - 8 days. By taking a helicopter trek you can trek to EBC and return to Lukla via helicopter.
At the airport our representative will meet you and drive you to your hotel. Late afternoon or evening meet up with your trek leader. A briefing will follow where your trek leader will apprise you on the finer points of your upcoming trek. Ask questions if you have any and check your gear for the final time. Later on you can rest at your hotel or explore a bit of Thamel (Kathmandu’s tourist hub).
Since you have an early morning flight to Lukla on Day 2, it is advisable to schedule your arrival to Kathmandu in the morning or during the daytime as this will give you enough time to recover from jet lag and attend the pre-trek briefing. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla, the first Sherpa settlement on your trail. Meet the rest of the crew and pack your belongings before setting off.
Begin your trek from Lukla and head to Chauri Kharka. Follow the trail on the banks of Dudh Koshi River till Phakding, a small Sherpa village in the Dudh Koshi valley with a smattering of teahouses and cafes. Stroll around the village and soak in the sights or take a well deserved rest and prepare for tomorrow’s tough ascent. Overnight in Phakding.
Wake up early and hit the trail to Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpa homeland. Walk through a verdant pine forest and cross several metal suspension bridges, including the famous Hillary Bridge covered with colourful prayer flags. Follow a scenic trail to Monjo and enter the Sagarmatha National Park.
From Tope Danda you get the first glimpse of Mount Everest. Walking past chortens (Buddhist shrines), mani walls inscribed with Buddhist mantras and awe inspiring Himalayan scenery, you finally reach Namche Bazaar. The settlement is set like a spectacular amphitheatre cut deep into the mountains. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Stay in Namche for acclimatization. Namche is the main trading hub in the Khumbu region. Here you will find ATM booths, budget as well as high-end mountain lodges, bakeries, cyber cafes and restaurants.
A ‘Saturday Market’ is held at the bazaar area every Saturday, where traders from the Khumbu region as well as Tibet trade their wares. Options for acclimatization walks include a hike to the vantage point of Everest View Hotel for close up views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Everest and walks to the neighbouring Sherpa village of Khumjung lying at the foot of Khumbila, the sacred peak of the Sherpas.
The village is home to the first school in the Khumbu Region, established by late Sir Edmund Hillary. Khumjung’s other claim to fame is its monastery which houses the scalp of a Yeti, the abominable snowman. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Follow a steep path out of Namche. As the trail winds along the mountainside, you will be presented with innumerable photo opportunities. The sparking white Himalayan peaks of Ama Dablam and Thamserku appear so close.
Walk through a pine and rhododendron forest before descending to Phortse Tenga. Cross the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi and climb up a winding path to Tengboche. Ama Dablam seem to welcome you with outstretched arms as you approach Tengboche.
Once you arrive at the village head to a teahouse and get refreshed. Later on visit the ancient Tengboche Monastery, the most important monastery in Khumbu region. Explore the monastery. Observe the monks chanting prayers during prayer service and seek their blessings. Overnight in Tengboche.
Wake up early to catch the sun rising over Ama Dablam. Later proceed to Dingboche. Follow a forested path down to Deboche which has a Buddhist nunnery.
Hike past mani walls, mesmerizing Himalayan views and yet another Sherpa settlement of Pangboche which has the oldest monastery in Khumbu Himal, Pangboche Gompa. Walk by some yak herders’ cottage and cross a river before entering the village of Dingboche.
The picturesque village lies in a valley surrounded by farmland and snow-capped peaks. Head to a teahouse and get recharged. Overnight in Dingboche.
You are at 4,400 metres and can feel the difference in the atmosphere. A rest day at Dingboche will help your body cope with the decrease in oxygen level. There are several options available for acclimatization hike.
Ascend Nangkartshang or Nagarjun Hill and enjoy the panoramic views of Makalu and surrounding mountains. Standing higher than the Alps(4810m) at 5083m, the hill offers an easy and non-technical climb. Stop by a small chorten known as Nangkartshang Gompa, for 360-degree view of Himalayan peaks.
Or you can take a challenging round trek to Chukkung Valley for amazing views of rolling glaciers and Tibetan peaks. You can also drop by the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic located in Pheriche, a neighboring Sherpa settlement.
If you don’t want to exert yourself too much and take it easy, then explore the village and ascend one of the small hills surrounding the village. Overnight in Dingboche.
Leaving Dingboche proceed towards Lobuche.Have lunch at the village of Thukla and proceed towards Thukla Pass. You are now in wild country.
Stone memorials dedicated to those who lost their lives in Everest indicate how harsh and unforgiving the mountains can be. At Thukla Pass the memorials dedicated to Rob Hall, Scott Fischer, Rob Hall and the super Sherpa Late Babu Chiri Sherpa( who climbed Everest without supplementary oxygen and spent 22 hours at the summit) are decorated with khatas (traditional silk scarves). The ill-fated expedition of Hall and Fischer has been described in Jon Krakauer's best selling book "Into Thin Air" and the movie "Everest."
With some of the world’s highest peaks looming around you, walk past a barren and rocky terrain all the way to Lobuche, one of the few villages in this high altitude snowy desert. The settlement, which was once a summer camp for yak herders, has just a couple of teahouses. Overnight in Lobuche.
Today is a memorable day as you get to stand at EBC, at the foot of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. From Lobuche trek to Gorak Shep, one of the highest Sherpa settlements in the Everest Region.
Follow the Khumbu Glacier and walk round a rocky moraine before reaching the tiny settlement of Gorak Shep. Once you are in Gorak Shep, you check at in at your teahouse and have refreshments. Later hike to Everest Base Camp.
The route to EBC is filled with glorious views of Everest, Pumori, Nuptse and Khumbutse. The base camp is the first camp of expedition groups attempting an Everest summit. During climbing season, the place looks festive with colourful tents covering the base camp area.
Walk on the Khumbu Glacier and watch the magnificent Khumbu Icefall, a frozen river of ice and snow flowing down the base of Mount Everest. Visit the camps of expedition groups and interact with the climbers. Record your ascent to the foot of Mount Everest by taking photographs. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Wake up early and hike to Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is a small black hill located about 2 hours hike from Gorak Shep.
From here one can enjoy close up views of Mount Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse and Lhotse. The name Kala Patthar or ‘Black Rock’ was coined by Jimmy Roberts, adventurer and pioneer of commercial trekking in Nepal.
It is one of the most popular viewpoints in the Khumbu region from where one can view the rocky summit of the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest (also known as Sagarmatha and Chomolungma). Later descend to Gorak Shep. Later follow the route to Dzongla. En route you stop at Lobuche for lunch. On reaching Dzongla head to your teahouse and take a well deserved rest. Overnight in Dzongla.
Wake up early and hit the trail to Cho La Pass. Today is special as well the toughest day of your trek as you make a clhallenging crossing over the high mountain pass of Cho La. One of the trek’s highlights, the traverse involves a non-technical ascent to the saddle of Cho La at 5367m.
Snow conditions will determine how long you will take to ascend the pass. Even though the ascent is a non-technical one, the hike up the pass is a challenging one. The top of the Cho La Pass is always covered with snow and ice.
From the top, enjoy fascinating views of the valley spread below.The Himalayan peaks including Ama Dablam, Baruntse and Lobuche East rears in the horizon. The glacier envelops the snow covered pass till it reaches its greatest height.
Watch your step while hiking down steep portions littered with loose rocks. Cross a grassy ridge and make a slow descent to the small Sherpa settlement of Thaknak, located at the base of Cho La Pass. Overnight in Thaknak.
Thaknak lies at the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley. This is one of the last human settlements on the Nepal side; on the other side is Tibet. En route enjoy the majestic view of Cho Oyu(8188m), the sixth highest peak in the world.
From Thaknak make your way to Gokyo. Follow a trail that meanders along the Nzogumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. As the glacier moves, the trail keeps on changing. You can easily lose your way at such sections, if you don't have a knowledgeable mountain guide to guide you. Do not worry, our experienced guides know which path to take even if the previous trail gets erased.
Follow an undulating path with cairns marking the way. Stop at intervals to catch your breath and take in the rugged mountain scenery. Head to the settlement of Gokyo set on the eastern shore of the largest of the Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Cho or Dudh Pokhari. Make your way to a teahouse and take a well-deserved rest. Overnight in Gokyo.
Wake up early and take a challenging ascent up the Gokyo Ri for jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the Gokyo Valley. You get the best view of the lakes and mountains from this point.
From the summit watch frozen glaciers tumbling down into emerald lakes framed by an unbroken chain of snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Gokyo Ri offers inspiring views of the Himalayas and is one of the most popular viewpoints in the Khumbu region. This is one of those sights that gets engraved in your mind forever.
Later in the day follow the solitary and ruggedly beautiful trail to Machhermo. The trail follows the side of Nzogumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal which originates at the foot of Cho Oyu in Tibet and tumbles down to the Gokyo Valley in Nepal. As you traverse the glacier, tread carefully on the moraine and loose rocks.
Cross Pangkha before an uphill ascent brings you to the village of Machhermo. Head to a teahouse and take rest. Overnight in Machhermo.
Better get an early start because today’s walk is a long one. Follow a trail covered with pine and rhododendron forest and walk past solitary huts of yak herders.
Walk above the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola and enjoy splendid views of Everest, Lhotse and other peaks. Amble past colourful Buddhist prayer flags and chortens before reaching Namche. Overnight in Namche.
The final leg of your trek brings you to Lukla. Wash off the dirt and grime with a hot shower. The hot shower acts as a soothing balm for your sore and aching muscles.
Celebrate your last evening in Khumbu with your crew. We are sure that the bonds you have created during this journey are special and will be cherished forever. Overnight in Lukla.
Bid goodbye to your Sherpa crew and fly to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, check in at your hotel and take a well-deserved rest or explore the city on your own.
Walk down Ason Bazaar, the oldest market in Kathmandu and shop for souvenirs or visit some of Kathmandu’s iconic landmarks.
Enjoy farewell dinner and celebrate the successful completion of your trip with your guide or a representative from our office. Overnight in Kathmandu.
This day is set aside as a contingency day for any unforeseen emergencies like flight delays or cancellations, bad weather on the trail etc. If your trek ends without a hitch then you can spend this day as you wish.
Just let us know if you want to book a city tour. Choose from our vast range of city tour itineraries or let us customize an itinerary for you. Overnight in Kathmandu.
On Day 9, after reaching Gorak Shep, you can choose to hike either to Kala Patthar or Everest Base Camp. If you visit Kala Patthar on Day 9, you can hike to Everest Base Camp on Day 10 and vice versa.
You can change this itinerary, services, accommodation, duration of this trip etc.to suit your needs and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday.
Farewell Dinner at the end of the trip
During your Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes, you spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a 3-star hotel - Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel. These hotels are centrally located in Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hub. The rooms have comfortable beds with en suite bathrooms and air cons. Other amenities include an in-house restaurant, café, bar, and free wi-fi.
While trekking you will be spending 14 nights at the best available teahouses. These are run by locals and are a source of livelihood for Sherpa families.
At Lukla, Phakding, and Namche you will get rooms with attached bathrooms and can enjoy free hot showers. Beyond Namche, the lodges will have only basic facilities – bed, shared washroom, and a communal sitting and dining area.
The rooms have thin walls and are not insulated. Most rooms have two single beds with a small table in between. The beds come with mattresses, pillows, and blankets. Using your sleeping bag and pillow liner will be more hygienic. Layer your sleeping bag with the blanket for warmth as it can get quite cold during the night.
Carry toilet paper rolls as most teahouses’ toilets don’t have toilet paper rolls. You will have to pay extra for using the wi-fi hotspot and charging your electronic devices. To save on cost, you can bring extra batteries.
Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. A single room will be available on request, at an added cost. It’s possible to get a single room in Kathmandu and at lower elevations while trekking. But at higher elevations, there are very few lodges and single rooms are not available during high season.
During your stay in Kathmandu, breakfast will be complimentary. There are many multi-cuisine restaurants and eateries around Thamel which serve good food. From fine dining options to budget eateries, you will be spoilt for choice. On your last night in Kathmandu, we invite you for a complimentary farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant.
On the trail, enjoy full-board trekking. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and accommodation costs are already included in the package. While breakfast and dinner will be served at the lodge you will be staying at, lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route.
If you are gluten-intolerant, we advise you to bring your own gluten-free snacks and extra food as there will be limited food options for you at the teahouses.
The meals served at the teahouses are freshly prepared. Items on the menu include the traditional Nepali and Tibetan fare like dal-bhat (rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread, etc. as Indian and continental dishes (chapattis, apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, noodles, etc.).
At breakfast, you can expect bread, eggs, hash brown, cereal or porridge with tea or coffee. During lunch and dinner, you can choose from the extensive menu. Nepalese traditional meal of ‘Dal-Bhat’ (rice, lentil soup, curry, and pickle) with unlimited refills is the most filling and energy-giving.
We urge you to stick to vegetarian foods as the meat served on the trail could be several days old and not safe for consumption. As slaughtering animals is not allowed in the Khumbu Region due of the Sherpa’s Buddhist belief of not harming a living being, meat is transported from the lowlands by porters. It takes a couple of days for the meat (unrefrigerated) to reach the Sherpa settlements.
If you feel you need your dose of protein, you can bring canned tuna or sardine. These are readily available at departmental stores in Kathmandu.
It is advisable to stay away from alcohol and carbonated drinks while trekking, as these, will adversely affect your body’s acclimatization process.
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Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November) are considered as the best seasons to trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes. The weather stays dry and clear during these times which makes it ideal for trekking and enjoying unobstructed views of mountains. The days are warm and the nights chilly. On the downside, however, these are peak seasons and the trails get crowded and busy.
During spring, the hillsides are verdant and covered with wildflowers, including rhododendron blooms. It is also the climbing season and the Everest Base Camp is transformed into a tented city filled with climbers and Sherpa guides.
Autumn is the most popular season for trekking to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes. With the end of wet monsoon season which clears the skies of dust and impurities, you can enjoy crystal clear views during this season. Timing your trek around October will allow you to experience the most important festival in the Everest region, Mani Rimdu. This festival is held in the monasteries of Tengboche, Chiwong, and Thame.
As this trek involves a crossing of a high mountain pass (Cho La pass), which can be quite risky during bad weather, taking this route during monsoon or winter season is not recommended.
The easiest way to reach Lukla (2840m), the trailhead of your Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes is via a flight. One of the highest and most extreme airports in the world, flying to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla has its own challenges. The chief among them is the weather.
The airport is built on a narrow plateau, over a steep cliff. Navigating the plane along the short and narrow runway is difficult when strong winds whip across the mountains. Surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world, the weather here is unpredictable and changes frequently. It would be clear and sunny one minute, and the next moment the clouds will appear and everything will turn hazy. Flights operate only when the weather is stable and visibility clear.
The chances of your Lukla flight getting canceled cannot be ruled out. If this happens your trek may get extended by a day or two. So come prepared and keep buffer days so that you may not miss your international flight.
If there is a long delay due to bad weather, we will try to secure a space for you on a helicopter flight. The cost for the heli flight is not included in the trip price and should be borne by you.
Due to congestion at the Kathmandu airport during high season (spring and autumn), flights to and from Lukla now operates from Manthali Airport in Ramechhap. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu.
However, airline companies operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you book your trip early, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to or from Lukla. It will be easier and more comfortable to fly directly from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa, instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap.
Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
The permits you need for the Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes are – 1) Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, and 2) Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit. Unlike other treks in the Nepal Himalaya, you won’t be needing a TIMS (Tourist Information Management System) card.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board’s Office in Kathmandu or at the park’s entrance gate in Monjo by paying NRS 3000. For citizens of SAARC countries, the fee is NRS 1500. You need to fill out the permit form and show your passport or a copy of your passport.
To get the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, you need to be in Lukla. You have to pay NRS 2000 for the permit at the rural municipality counter which lies at the edge of the village.
If you are planning to trek from Jiri, you will be required to pay the Gaurishanker Conservation Area Project Entry Permit fee of NRS 2000 too. The permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board’s office in Kathmandu before the start of your trek.
You won’t have to worry about queuing up to get the permits as the company or our guides will arrange all the permits for you.
Remember you will be trekking to the world’s highest trekking destination, Everest Region. The highest elevation you will reach is 5550m above sea level. In this environment, there is less oxygen which will make breathing a bit difficult.
To let your body get used to the thin air, you need to walk slowly, steadily, and keep your body hydrated. If you try to hasten and walk fast to reach your destination in less time, chances are you may suffer from AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness.
AMS symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc., are seen at elevations above 2000 meters. Usually, these symptoms occur once you reach Namche or beyond Namche.
Taking Diamox and a good night’s rest may work for mild cases. Drinking plenty of fluids (water, tea, soup, etc.) and keeping your body hydrated will also help to keep the sickness at bay. One should take the necessary precautions to ensure that the condition does not worsen. But if the symptoms worsen, one may have to return to a lower elevation and get medical help.
There are clinics at Lukla, Namche, and Pheriche which offer basic care for minor ailments. In the worst-case scenario, an air evacuation will be arranged, where the patient will be flown to Kathmandu to receive medical aid. AMS, if untreated or ignored can take your life.
On a high altitude trek like the Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes, acclimatization is very important. Your body needs time to get used to thin air which can be done by resting at a lower altitude before reaching a higher level of elevation.
Our experts have included two days in the itinerary for acclimatization and a contingency day for emergencies. You will be spending extra days at Namche (3440m) and Dingboche (4410m) to acclimatize successfully before trekking further.
The chart given below will give you a rough idea about the level of oxygen in the atmosphere on the trail.
It is important to keep your body hydrated on the trail as dehydration also causes AMS. One should drink at least 3-4 liters of fluids daily.
We dissuade you from buying bottled water as it adds up to the thrashing problem in the mountains. Moreover like everything else, bottled water is also expensive on the mountains.
We highly recommend you to carry a reusable water bottle with you, one that can hold hot water.
You can use one with a steri pen or an inbuilt filtration system like LifeStraw.
You can also use water purification tablets to treat the water. While the water in the mountains tends to be pure and without impurities, it’s better not to take chances and filter or treat the water before drinking.
Using chlorine or iodine tablets to treat the water may alter its taste. You can add flavored electrolyte powder (which are readily available at pharmacies in Kathmandu) to mask the bitter chemical taste. Adding electrolyte to your drinking water may also be beneficial as the minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc.) you lose while walking gets replenished.
Teahouses offer boiled drinking water at an additional cost. It can cost anywhere between 1 USD to 4 USD. Up to Namche, you may have to pay around 1 USD per liter or pot (every teahouse use a different sized pot). The price increases gradually as you climb higher. You pay the highest for boiled water at Gorak Shep, ie, 4USD.
Despite being the world’s highest trekking trail, internet connection (though erratic and irregular at some places) is available in the Everest Region.
You can connect with your loved ones while trekking, post updates, and upload pictures on social media. Wi-fi is available at all teahouses. While it is free at some cafes in Lukla and Namche, most teahouses will charge you extra for using their Wi-Fi hotspot.
It will be cheaper and easier to get a sim card (preferably Ncell) in Kathmandu and purchase internet data that could last you for your entire trip. Ncell offers 3G connectivity up to Everest Base Camp (5364m).
Everest Link, another local internet provider also offers paid internet access on the trail. You can purchase the username and password at any of the teahouses or shops along the trail.
As opposed to popular belief, you don’t need a lot of complicated gear and equipment for an Everest adventure. Here’s a basic checklist of the most essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes:
These are only some of the essential items. Find a more Packing List For Trekking In Nepal
Most of the trekking equipment are available on hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the most essential items and renting or buying the rest in Kathmandu. Shops in Thamel offer branded as well locally made gear and equipment.
You can leave your spare luggage at your hotel’s storage room. It is completely safe and free. But do make sure to lock your luggage before leaving it at the storage unit.
Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes takes you to the highest trekking trail in the world. Having an experienced local guide accompanying you will enrich your trip in so many ways. Trekking with a person who has in-depth knowledge of the mountain will also keep you safe and secure.
When you book a trek with us, we pair you up with one of our local guides. All our guides have an experience of more than 10 years and have a vast knowledge of the area you are visiting. They have completed the trekking guide course and have the required government license to work as a mountain guide. They can communicate in English and have received training on wilderness first aid and crisis management.
The trek will be led by a chief guide or trek leader. For every 4 trekkers, there will be an assistant guide assisting them personally. One porter will carry the luggage of 2 clients. Make sure that your luggage does not exceed 15 kg, as the porter can only carry a weight of 30 kg.
We believe in the ethical treatment of our staff. All our Guides and Porters are provided with weather-appropriate gear and clothing to battle the harsh weather in the mountains. Before the start of a trek, we ensure that our mountain guides are fully insured. They are given fair wages and treated with respect.
We seriously follow the guidelines set by IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) and offer assistance to porters to develop other skills. A portion from the booking fee goes to fund the education of our field staffs’ kids.
For Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes, you need a good travel insurance policy that offers you coverage for all activities and altitudes included in your itinerary. The highest altitude you reach is 5,550 meters and your travel insurance should offer you suitable coverage up to this elevation.
Though we take your safety as our number one priority, we cannot rule out mishaps and emergencies that may occur at this altitude. There is less oxygen in the environment and trekkers usually suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness, which could prove to be fatal if not treated on time.
Walking on a treacherous mountain environment also exposes you to physical injuries. Therefore make sure that your insurance covers the cost of all injuries and emergencies that you can possibly face during this trekking adventure.
Your insurance policy should especially cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and hospitalization in case of an accident or medical emergency as these happen to be quite expensive. Check for vaccination requirements as some travel insurance policies makes it mandatory to immunize yourself before you leave your country.
Before you decide on a policy, be mindful and don’t forget to read the fine print. It would be advantageous for you also to choose a company that offers insurance cover on both domestic as well as international flight cancellations and lost or stolen baggage.
We ensure the safety of our clients by following all safety protocols during the trip. This itinerary has been designed by travel experts and veteran guides who have trekked on this route innumerable times.
To prevent AMS, the required number of rest days has been added to the itinerary. Our guides always carry a first-aid kit and pulse oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in your blood) with them. The guides assigned to you have more than 10 years’ experience and know what steps to take during an emergency. They are well-trained in wilderness first aid and crisis management.
If a client shows symptoms of AMS and needs to descend to a lower elevation, an assistant guide will escort him/her and will follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and will take the required steps needed for the well-being of the client.
If he/she feels alright after a night’s rest, the guide will escort the client back to join the group. But if the condition worsens, the client will be escorted down to Lukla or get airlifted to Kathmandu for expert medical aid.
A typical day on the trail begins with a wakeup call at around 6 AM by your guide. Freshen up and get ready. Pack your belongings and head to the dining area for breakfast by 7 AM. Check your luggage for the final time and fill your water bottle, before you hit the trail by 8 AM along with your guide.
To avoid walking in the heat and to enjoy clear views of the mountains, you make an early start. En route, there will be short breaks to enjoy the views and take photographs. You stop for lunch at a local teahouse around noon or mid-day. After a quick rest of about an hour or 40 minutes, you get back on the trail and continue till you reach your overnight stop.
Upon reaching the stop for the night, you head to your teahouse, check-in and have some rest. Tea with some light refreshments (cookies or biscuits) will be served at 5 PM. As the rooms are not insulated, you can warm yourself by the heater or stove in the communal area.
Exchange stories or play cards with other trekkers and sherpas till dinner is served (around 7 PM). After dinner, your guide will brief you about the next day’s trek – the route you will take, difficulty, where you will stop for lunch, etc. Afterward, retire for the night and have a well-deserved rest.
On average you may have to walk 6 to 7 hours daily. The toughest days will be Day 9 when you hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m), and Day 11, when you cross Cho La Pass (5,420m), one of the highest mountain passes in Nepal. On Day 10, a hike to Kala Patthar for the sunrise view is scheduled. So you will have to wake up before 4 AM to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise. Your guide will share the details of the hike at the post-dinner briefing on Day 9.
Travel responsibly and try to limit any negative impact on the environment. Limit the use of plastic and be mindful of throwing waste in the mountains. When you trek with us, you will be supporting local communities (from the guides and porters to teahouse owners). We as a company support sustainable tourism and patronize local businesses. We partner with service providers who work towards saving the environment. As an active member of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project), we make sure that our trips are environment friendly.
When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget
These are the best months to do this trek, as the weather is mild and the temperatures range from 12 to 15 degrees. The skies generally remain clear and the days are pleasant and warm. You can expect an occasional spring shower and hazy weather during spring. The mountain views are stunning in September, as there is more snow on the mountains. Nights can be freezing as the temperature dips after sun down.
If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.
If the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather there is no alternative but to stay an extra day. You will have to bear the cost for the accommodation. Sometimes even when the airlines cancel their flights, helicopter companies offer charters. If you would like, you can take a heli flight. This will incur an extra cost and you have to pay for it.
There is mobile network in the Everest Region. If you get a local SIM (Ncell or NTC) you can use your mobile phone to communicate easily. As this is a mountainous area the network may get erratic at times. At most places the network is good enough for internet use and video calls. Our climbing guides also carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.
Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.
If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary.
You can either buy bottled mineral water or fill up a reusable water bottle with boiled or sterilized water. During the trek, the teahouses or lodges serve you bottled and filtered water which is generally safe and have to be paid for. A liter of water would cost anything between 1 to 4 USD. As you go higher the cost of all commodities, including water, increases. But do note there is no dearth or scarcity of drinking water at teahouses. We encourage our guest to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking. You need to drink at least 3-4 litres of water each day to stay hydrated at higher altitudes. Keeping your body hydrated helps you to keep away the symptoms altitude sickness.
No, the company won’t provide drinking water or any extra drinks or beverages other than the ones that are specified in the trip cost.
If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.
While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.
You need to be in good shape and have an ability to walk 6 – 7 hours uphill and downhill per day. This trek is suitable for passionate trekkers. Positive attitude, excellent health, and strong determination are required for successful finish. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Besides, it is advisable to trek with a highly reputed trek operator like us, with experienced guides who can help you with significant mental preparation with a personal touch.
Regarding the difficulty, the only challenging factor is the altitude. Our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. Neither ropes nor ice picks are needed for this trip and no vertical climbs are involved. Novice travelers in a good physical shape, who exercise regularly, has positive attitude and has healthy heart and lungs can easily complete this adventurous trip.