Duration
15
Days
Trip Facts
  • Activities: Trekking and Hiking
  • Min. Age: 12
Accommodation
  • 2 Nights 3* Hotel 
  • 12 Nights Teahouse
Meals
  • 14 Breakfasts
  • 12 Lunches
  • 13 Dinners
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Trip Introduction

Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek takes you on an unforgettable adventure across the stunning Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp, the world’s highest trekking destination. This is a once in a lifetime adventure filled with stupendous views of some of the world’s highest peaks, glaciers and glittering mountain lakes. A high-altitude challenge, this Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary takes you to Everest Base Camp by crossing the less crowded and remote Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass route. Test your endurance level and get captivated by the soul stirring Everest landscape.

Your journey begins with an exciting flight across the mountains to Lukla, the 'Gateway to Everest'. Walk through traditional Sherpa settlements, home to an ethnic community known as the best mountaineers in the world. Trek to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La pass through the wild and isolated Gokyo Valley. Nzogumpa Glacier, Nepal’s longest glacier and the heavenly Gokyo Lakes fall on your route. You will be pushing yourself physically as you cross the Cho La Pass and hike to Gokyo Ri, Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. But these challenges will reward you with some of the best views you will ever come across in your life. By the end of the Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek you will be left with a feeling of personal achievement. A highly experienced local guide will be with you throughout your adventure. A must-do trip if a challenging Himalayan adventure is what you seek!

If this trip is not what you are looking for, then you can check out our other Everest treks - Everest Base camp Trek - 14 days,  Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass Trek -14 days, Everest Three High Passes Trek - 20 Days, Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lakes- 18 days, 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. 


Trip Highlights

  • Trek along the less crowded Gokyo Valley and Cho La Pass route in the Everest Region
  • Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 Days is challenging but filled with some of the best mountain views that you will get in an Everest Trek
  • Walk across Nepal’s longest glacier- Nzogumpa Glacier and visit the famed Gokyo Lakes, the world’s highest fresh water lake system. A challenging crossing of a high mountain pass, Cho La Pass. 
  • Hikes to Gokyo Ri, Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar with close up views of 4 of the world’s tallest mountains– Mount Everest (8,848m), Lhotse(8,516m), Makalu(8,418m) and Cho Oyu (8,201m)- and several 7000 and 6000 metre peaks
  • An immersive cultural experience. Stay at local teahouses run by local families. Moreover our experienced local crew (guide, assistant guides and porters) will share their knowledge of the local culture and stories about the places you will visit.

Is This Trip Suitable For You?

  • Graded moderate to difficult, this Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek is not for novice trekkers. High level of physical fitness is required as you will be walking in a harsh and challenging environment. If you have completed some high altitude treks you can easily do this.
  • 12 days of strenuous trekking. Maximum you will be spending 8 hours on the trail, and minimum 3 hours. On average you will be walking 5 to 6 hours.
  •  Challenging crossing of a mountain pass (Cho La) and high altitude hikes above 5000 metres. Maximum elevation reached - Kala Patthar(5,550m).
  • You stop for food and rest at local teahouses. At high altitude (above 3000m), the teahouses will have only basic facilities (bed, food and shared washroom).

Lukla Flight Alert: As there's too much traffic at the Kathmandu airport during high season (Spring- March, April, Autumn - October, November) flights scheduled to and from Lukla will operate from Ramechhap Airport. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu. However, most airlines will operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you make an early booking, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to Lukla (KTM-Lukla).  It will be easier to fly directly from Kathmandu instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap.  Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will continue to operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. 


Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal | Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

DAY 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu(1,400m/4,593ft) expand

Transfer to Hotel and Trip Preparation

On your arrival at Kathmandu’s international airport, our representative will receive you and drive you to your hotel. Check in and take rest.

In the evening there will be a trip briefing where you will meet your guide. Your guide will brief you about the route and important things that you need to keep in mind while trekking. If you have any questions you can ask him. Overnight in Kathmandu.

DAY 2:

Fly to Lukla(2,840m/9,318ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft) expand

Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek

Take an early flight to Lukla. Once in Lukla, you meet the other members of your crew. Sort your luggage and start your trek. You leave Lukla and take the trail to Phakding.

You head down to the Dudh Koshi River and cross a suspension bridge to arrive to the charming Sherpa village of Phakding. The Dudh Koshi river flows right below the village. If you feel like it you head down to the riverside later in the day to enjoy the views and take pictures. Overnight in Phakding.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 3:

Trek to Namche (3440m/11285ft) expand

Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (10.7 km) trek

Today you get the first glimpse of Mount Everest. The trail to Namche is filled with verdant forests, prayer flags and Buddhist shrines and wonderful views of Himalayan mountains.

En route you cross several metal suspension bridges, including Hillary Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in Everest Region. The walk to Namche is tiring but the inspiring views of snow covered peaks will make you forget your exhaustion. Overnight in Namche.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 4:

At Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft) expand

Before you head forward, you spend a day acclimatizing in Namche. Situated on a steep mountainside, Namche is the Sherpa capital and the economic centre of Khumbu region. There are shops, ATMS, teahouses and mountain lodges of all standards, cybercafés, bakeries etc.

As acclimatization hike you walk up to Shyangboche and Hotel Everest View which lies right above Namche. Enjoy close up views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and other peaks.

On your return trek you can visit the Sherpa village of Khumjung which has the first school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in Khumbu Region and the ancient Khumjung monastery with the scalp of Yeti, the abominable snowman. Overnight in Namche.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 5:

Trek to Dole(4,038m/13,248.03ft) expand

Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (11.5 km) trek

Leaving Namche climb up and follow an even path to the village of Kymjuma. Here the trail branches off. One leads to Gokyo while the other takes you to Tengboche. You take the upward trail that leads to Gokyo Valley. It is an upward ascent and you climb on stone steps cut on the side of rocky cliffs.

Enjoy close up views of Taboche, Kantega and Ama Dablam. En route walk past Sherpa villages of Mong La and Phortse Tenga. It is delightful walk past waterfalls, streams and forests.  Once you reach Dole, head to a teahouse and rest your weary legs. Overnight in Dole. 

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 6:

Trek to Macchermo (4,470m/14,665ft) expand

Walking Distance: 3-4 hours (5.3 km) trek

Ascend a ridge located up the village and follow the trail to Macchermo. With Kantega,Thamserku and Cho Oyu rearing in the background you walk past summer camps of yak herders.

The path rises above the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River. After walking on the hillside you reach the small settlement of Macchermo. Apart from the teahouses and a cluster of local homes, the village has a health post with doctors and health workers. Overnight in Macchermo.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 7:

Trek to Gokyo (4,790m/15,715ft) expand

Walking Distance: 3-4 hours (7 km) trek

The trail follows a steep ascent to a ridge with fabulous views of Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku. Walk past the ridge and enter a valley. Cross Pangka and follow an up and down trail till you reach the moraine of Nzogumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal.

The glacier originates in Tibet, at the foot of Cho Oyu and moves down to Gokyo Valley in Nepal. Watch where you step, as the loose stones tend to be slippery. Cross the first of the Gokyo Lakes, Longpongo and a little later the second lake Taboche Tsho. The lakes look heavenly shimmering like a jewel surrounded by glaciers and white peaks.

You finally arrive at the settlement of Gokyo situated on the banks of the third lake, Gokyo Tsho  popularly known as Dudh Pokhari. Make your way to a teahouse and take a well-deserved rest. Overnight in Gokyo.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 8:

Hike to Gokyo Ri and Trek to Thagnak expand

Walking Distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek

Wake up early and hike up to Gokyo Ri,a small hill that lies just above Gokyo. You can enjoy stunning views of the Gokyo Lakes and the Nzogumpa Glacier. As Gokyo lies near the Nepal-Tibet border you can get close up views of Tibetan peaks too.

Enjoy breathtaking views of four 8000m peaks – Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and several 7000 and 6000 metre peaks lit by the golden rays of the morning sun. Take pictures and head down. Have lunch and proceed to Thagnak. Follow the Nzogumpa Glacier and head to the eastern part of the Gokyo Valley.

At Thagnak, you head to a teahouse and enjoy the warmth of the communal fireplace. Overnight in Thaknak.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 9:

Cross Chola Pass and Trek to Lobuche(4,910m/16,109ft) expand

Walking Distance : 7-8 hours (15 km) trek

This is one of the toughest days of the trek as we cross a high mountain pass, Cho La. From Thagnak it is an upward climb all the way to Cho La. The path is steep and rocky and you need to be mindful about not losing your footing on the steep slope.

The top of Cho La pass is covered in snow and offers wonderful views of the Himalayan range. Take a steep descent and walk along a glacier. The rock and ice soon give way to pastures and we  arrive at Dzongla,where we stop for lunch. 

Take a downward trail and head to Lobuche. The walk is filled with amazing sights of the peaks. An ascent brings you to the base of Awi Peak. The trail follows the bottom side of this peak.  Enjoy amazing views of Himalayan peaks including Tawoche and Cholatse. We take a short descent and arrive at Lobuche which is made up of a cluster of teahouses. Overnight in Lobuche. 

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 10:

Trek to Gorak Shep(5,140m/16,864ft) and Hike EBC (5,364m/17,598ft) expand

Walking Distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek

This is an eventful day as you will be visiting Everest Base Camp, the highest place on Earth a man can hike to. It’s a tough walk to Gorak Shep. It is natural to feel out of breath as you are walking above 5000 metres.  

Keep your pace steady and don’t rush. Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated and drink water at short intervals. Once you reach Gorak Shep, make your way to a teahouse. After having some refreshments, leave your heavy stuff and hike to Everest Base Camp. The trail follows the stunning Khumbu Glacier.

You have reached above the tree line and the landscape is totally bare.  Sharp and jagged summits of some of the highest mountains surround you. Everest Base Camp lies on a field of ice and rock. Enjoy jaw dropping views of the Khumbu Icefall, Western Cwm   and the massive walls of Lhotse and Nuptse.

Mount Everest is too massive to be wholly seen from the base camp. If it’s climbing season you will find the ablation valley covered with colourful tents of mountaineers seeking to climb Mount Everest. Take pictutes and record this wonderful moment for posterity. Later head back to Gorak Shep.  Overnight in Gorak Shep.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 11:

Hike to Kala Patthar(5,550m/18,209ft) and Trek to Pheriche(4,240m/13,911ft) expand

Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (12 km) trek

Wake up early and head to Kala Patthar for sunrise view. Kala Patthar is the most popular viewpoint in Everest Region and the highest point you will reach on your trek. Surrounded by some of the world’s highest peaks you get to enjoy 360 degree views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Changtse.

After taking pictures head down to Gorak Shep and proceed towards Pheriche. Walk past the village of Thukla and Thukla Pass with the memorials of dead mountaineers who lost their lives while climbing Mount Everest. The ones that stand out are those dedicated to Rob Hall, Scott Fischer and Late Babu Chhiri Sherpa.

The trail to Pheriche is mostly flat with some downhills. Once you reach Pheriche, head to teahouse and take rest. Overnight in Pheriche.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 12:

Trek to Namche(3,440m/11,286ft) expand

Walking Distance: 6-7 hours (19 km) trek

Leaving Pheriche you head down to Namche. The landscape changes and the barren hills give way to verdant forests of pine and rhododendron.

Walk past the Sherpa villages of Tengboche (visit Tengboche Monastery) and Pangboche before finally arriving in Namche.  Overnight in Namche.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 13:

Trek to Lukla(2,840m/9,318ft) expand

Walking Distance: 6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek

You make the final walk to Lukla. Once you reach Lukla you celebrate the completion of your once in a lifetime trip with your guide and porters.

These hardy mountain men have been there for you all these days guiding you and helping you carry your heavy load. You can show your gratitude by tipping them. Spend your last evening in Khumbu singing and dancing to Sherpa tunes. Overnight in Lukla.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 14:

Fly to Kathmandu expand

Duration: 35 minutes flight

Bid goodbye to the mountains and return to Kathmandu. The flight is filled with breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be driven to your hotel. Take rest or explore the city. You can stroll around Thamel or Ason Bazaar to shop for souvenirs. If you wish to take a guided tour do let us know.

Evening, celebrate the end of your trip with a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 15:

Final Departure expand

Our representative will drop you at the airport 3 hours before your scheduled departure. If you are interested in other Nepal trips or would like to visit Bhutan or Tibet do let us know. We have some well-crafted itineraries that might interest you.

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Route Map

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Altitude Map

Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek 15 days Altitude Map

What's Included

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • 3-star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trip

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • An extra 5kg luggage allowance on Lukla flight, total 20kg
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (6 trekkers : 1 Asst. guide) for personalized care
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee and Community Fee
  • First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the Trek Leader
  • Souvenirs - Third Rock Adventures’ kit bag (Duffel bag), T-shirt, and trekking map
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's not Included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Excess baggage fee (15 kg Baggage allowance for Lukla flight, 10kg check-in baggage + 5 kg hand baggage – for extra baggage it will cost around USD 1 per 1 Kg)
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment like, Down jacket and sleeping bag etc. (can be hire/buy in Kathmandu – we will assist you)
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

Accommodation

During your Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek, you spend 2 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 in-house restaurant, café, bar and free wi-fi.

While trekking you will be spending 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. 


Meals

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 cost 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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Best Time To Travel & Weather Condition

Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November) are considered as the best seasons to trek to Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp. 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.

Lukla Flight

The easiest way to reach Lukla (2840m), the trailhead of your Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek 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 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 cancelled 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.

Entry Permits & Requirements

The permits you need for the Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek 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 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.

Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization

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 metres. 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 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 Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek, 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 an extra day at Namche Bazaar (3440m) for acclimatization, so that your body may get used to thin air before you venture higher.

The chart given below will give you a rough idea about the level of oxygen in the atmosphere on the trail.

Altitude

Oxygen Level

1000m/3,281ft

88%

2500m/8,202ft

73%

3000m/9,843ft

68%

3500m/11,483ft

64%

4000m/13,123ft

60%

4500m/14,764ft

57%

5,000m/16,404ft

53%

5,500m/18,044ft

50%

Drinking Water

It is important to keep your body hydrated on the trail as dehydration also causes AMS. One should drink at least 3-4 litres of fluids daily.

We dissuade you from buying bottled water as it adds up to the thrash 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 tend 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 additional cost. It can cost anywhere between 1 USD to 4 USD. Up to Namche, you may have to pay around 1 USD per litre 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, 4 USD.

Internet Connectivity

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.

Packing Checklist for Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek

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 Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek:

  • A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Rucksack or daypack (30 litres) with waterproof cover
  • Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
  • T-shirts or shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/ waterproof light jacket
  • Fleece jumper or jacket
  • Inner Thermal (top and trouser)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap or balaclava
  • Inner and outer gloves
  • Headlamp, power bank  and extra batteries
  • Sun protection cream, wet wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries
  • Water bottle and water purification tablets
  • 4 season Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner

These are only some of the essential items. Find a more detailed list by clicking here.

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.    

Guide(s) & Staff Arrangements

Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek 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.

Travel Insurance

For Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek, 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.

Trip Safety

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, required number of rest days have been added in 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 air lifted to Kathmandu for expert medical aid.

A typical day on the Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek

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 7PM). 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. Afterwards, 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  cross Cho La Pass (5,420m), one of the highest mountain passes in Nepal, and Day 10 when you hike to EBC. On Day 11, 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 10. 

Responsible Travel

Travel responsibly and try to limit any negative impact on the environment. Limit the use of plastic and be mindful about 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.


Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek FAQs

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.


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5 - 8   USD 1960
9 +   USD 1900
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werner berger
Werner Berger
Guinness World Record holder Gives Third Rock Adventures a 5-Star

I am Werner Berger and my "claim to fame" is probably best defined as being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest. Little did I know my life was to change forever on my first trek into the Himalaya in 1992 at age 55. It was the beginning and just a matter time before I realized I could combine my leadership and climbing skills to create a program in which people could explore their own possibilities. So, in 2010, I began leading Transformational Life Experiences, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and other high places. One of the earliest keys to success is to find a company with the right mix of professionalism, support, and, of course, experience. I have used Naba Amgai and his teams on all my Nepal trekking adventures. Naba's caring and climber support, is second to none. In my estimation, Third Rock Adventures is one of the very best in the business, in or outside of Nepal. They know the mountains. So you can relax, enjoy and transform.

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Adriano Milano
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Mar 06, 2020
Best 15 Days Adventure in Nepal
My best 15 Days in Nepal. I trekked through the beautiful trail to Gokyo Lakes in Everest Region. The views of the Himalayas including Everest is incredible. I stood in awe before the mountains. I never wanted to return but had to stick to my itinerary. Talking about Itinerary, I customized by itinerary so that I can enjoy my days. Thanks to professional travel consultant of Third Rock, he helped me figure out the best itinerary. My guide was friendly and ever-smiling. I had no any problems in the mountains. My food was good. Had good sleep after trekking for a few hours. Our hotel's owner were welcoming and helpful. Everything went perfect. loved my trek. Thanks to Third Rock Adventures again for their best services.
Klaudia Fried
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Dec 07, 2019
Awesome 15 days in Nepal
Hallo! Namaste! My trip was fanntastic. After planning for 2 years, I finally did this trek and it is one of the best travel adventures of my life. I set my foot on the base camp of Everest. Such an amazing feeling. I had the best pictures of Base Camp. The chains of mountains this trek offered are breathtaking. Imagine standing on top surrounded by mountains and serene Lake! The constant views of the Himalayas was something I loved about this trek. I just walked and enjoyed the trek, rest were done by guide and TRA Team in Kathmandu. Meal was good, people were warm and welcoming and the mountains were spectacular. I still miss my moment at Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp.
It was on my bucket list. I wanted to do this to see the highest mountain in the world.
Gokyo Lakes and constant views of the mountains.
If you are planning for this trip, do it. Nothing can stop you!
Zach Nadeau
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Dec 03, 2019
Gokyo Trek and EBC
I trekked to Gokyo and EBC with a bunch of friends in late October 2019, and I must say we had an amazing time. This is not an easy trek and at some difficult sections we really struggled, but the views were worth it. At every turn we were presented with jaw dropping views of mountains, glaciers and the lakes. We were totally smitten! Thanks to Shiva our guide and porters, Raju and Kancha. Your encouragement and good humour really helped us get through those challenging portions. For those who are up for a challenging hike in an extreme landscape, this is a must-do. Just make sure not to let that altitude get to you! And by the way don’t forget to book with Third Rock Adventures because they have the best contacts and guides who really know their job. While trekking we came across this couple from New Zealand who was having trouble with their guide. They had fallen for that ‘low budget trek’ trap. The agency they booked the trek with had given them a guide with zero knowledge and communication skills. He knew only some basic English words and was more inclined to play games in his mobile than to look after his clients’ well-being. After listening to their list of woes we sure were glad that we booked with Third Rock Adventures. Paying a little extra does make a huge difference in the kind of service you receive. Very satisfied with TRA’s service. Will certainly use their services again.
Best Destination,Good Value,
Yes
view from Gokyo Ri, reaching EBC and Kala Patthar. we were lucky enough to enjoy clear weather.
Alex Goh
flagsSingapore
Sep 24, 2019
EBC Gokyo Trek - only one word to describe it 'Brilliant'!
This trek was fantastic as we had the most beautiful views of Mount Everest and other mountains without having to walk on the crowded EBC Trail. The walk from Machhermo to Gokyo has some of the best views. I was smitten by the awesome sights of  peaks, glaciers and the alpine lakes that i forgot about my physical pain and exhaustion. The trek was tiring but the sights were worth it. We were rewarded with clear weather throughout our trip, so we enjoyed brilliant views of the whole landscape. The amazing view from Gokyi Ri is forever etched in my mind. I am grateful to my guide (Baburam) and porter (Thule) for helping me reach my goal. I wouldn’t have made it had I trekked on my own. Also thanks to Naba for being helpful and accommodating while planning our trip. From the time we arrived to our final departure, Third Rock’s service was exemplary. Will definitely use their services again!
Best Destination
Yes
The view from Gokyo Ri is something that i will cherish forever.
Gokyo valley is sparsely populated(sometimes we were the only ones on the trail) and there are no signs en route. It's easy to lose your way if trekking alone. Therefore it is advisable to trek with a guide on this trail.
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