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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

Mountains and Emerald Lakes

20 Days 5,545m/18,193ft
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Quick Facts

Trip Duration 20 Days Trip Grading Strenuous
Max Altitude 5,545m/18,193ft Best TimeMarch - May
Sept - Nov
Trip ModeTeahouse / Lodge Group SizeMin 1 Max 15
Overview

Trip Highlights

  • Breathtaking views of Mountains and emerald lakes
  • Two major viewpoints [Kalapathar and Gokyo Ri]
  • Everest Base Camp and Cho La pass
  • Sherpa villages, beautiful landscapes and spiritual ambience

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek Overview

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek is a 3 weeks venture that takes you through the outstanding Gokyo Valley adds more zing to the renowned Everest Base Camp trip as we traverse the high altitude Cho La pass at an elevation of 5420m where the landscapes open up windows to a whole chain of mountains that leaves us hypnotized.

From the base of the earth, to the highest peak in the world, it’s the mid-hills geography of the Khumbu Himalayas where this journey goes the limits as a challenge to the backpacker who wants to go the mile where real adventure challenges the emotions when ‘Trekking Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes’; this is a trip that’s worth the go for a thrilling holiday well operated where we soon learn it’s not the destination but the excitement of the mission that means much…

Our Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek begins from the lower hills & head up by the banks of the Dudh Kosi River on our way to the hustling town of Namche and the Sagarmatha National Park, one of the highest in the world. Our real journey starts with some gentle hiking at the foothills of the Khumbu and the momentum picks up as we climb up to the tougher trails to the base of Mt. Everest by going around the Chola pass at an elevation of 5420m. We also hike to the summit of both Gokyo Ri at [5340m] and Kala Pathar at [5545m] for majestic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. While visiting the renowned Everest Base Camp, it’s a breathtaking experience to view the awesome Khumbu icefall that makes our hearts flutter.

 You don’t have to be a skilled climber but Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek requires some level of fitness to enjoy the trails. Because of the snowy conditions over Cho La Pass, it wouldn’t be good to do this trek during winter [January and February] and in the monsoon season [July and August]. Early spring and autumn would be the best times to do this trip. If you are looking to do this trip and yet want to shorten the trip duration check our Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Heli Trek. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 02 : Exploration of Kathmandu and trek preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 03 : Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding [2,600m/8,531ft]
  • Day 04 : Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]
  • Day 05 : Acclimatization Day [3,450m/11,319ft]
  • Day 06 : Trek to Dole [4,040m/13,255ft]
  • Day 07 : Trek to Machhermo[4,470m/14,665ft]
  • Day 08 : Rest and Acclimatization Day[4,470m/14,665ft]
  • Day 09 : Trek to Gokyo [4,800m/15,750ft]
  • Day 10 : Hike to Gokyo Ri [5,357m/17,575ft] and trek to Thagnak [4,750m/15,584ft]
  • Day 11 : Traverse Chola pass [5,420m/17,783ft] and trek to Dzongla [4820m/15,814ft]
  • Day 12 : Trek to Lobuche [4,910m/16,109ft]
  • Day 13 : Trek to Everest Base Camp [5,364m/17,559ft] and retrace back to Gorekshep[5,140m/16,864ft]
  • Day 14 : Hike up to Kalapathar [5,545m/18,193ft] in early morning and descend to Pheriche [4,250m/13,944ft]
  • Day 15 : Trek to Kyanjuma [3,500m/11,483ft]
  • Day 16 : Trek to Monjo [2,850m/9,351ft]
  • Day 17 : Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft]
  • Day 18 : Fly to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 19 : Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 20 : Depart Kathmandu

Please Note: We will go the lengths to follow the itinerary given above, at times local trails or unpredictable weather patterns may necessitate slight changes if necessary. The trekking itinerary may also sometimes vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This adventure goes into wild territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the success and safety of your trip and your life.chart1

Map & Itinerary
  • Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street
    • Meal : None
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 02 - Exploration of Kathmandu and trek preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Today we explore Kathmandu on an organized sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. Your early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some curious shopping. You will be given your trek departure information in the afternoon.
    • Meal : B
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 03 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding [2,600m/8,531ft]

    After an early morning b/fast, we take the super flight from Kathmandu to Lukla on STOL aircraft. Flight time is about 35 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing we will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort out and load the trekking equipment. In the afternoon, we begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaurikharka at 2713m. The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat at 2550m, it’s a short walk to Phakding.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 3 - 4
  • Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]

    We will continue our journey along Dudhkoshi River which will take us through pine forest. After crossing suspension bridges at several points and passing through small settlements of Zapute, Toktok, Benkar and Chumoa, we will reach Monjo. Ahead of Monjo is the entry to the Sagarmatha National Park planned to look after and preserve the fragile mountain environment. Lowering down from the park, crossing another suspension bridge, we will proceed towards high Hillary Bridge located at the foot of the hill. Crossing this bridge, we will climb uphill to the Namche Bazaar. We can get view of Thamserku Mountain. If weather is clear, we can also have first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Kusum Khangru mountains.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6 - 7
  • Day 05 - Acclimatization Day [3,450m/11,319ft]

    We remain at Namche for a second night to allow for proper acclimatization to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large protected hollow. After breakfast, there are a number of options: perhaps a hike up to Everest view hotel, Khumjung and Khunde, or walk towards Thame (3810m) above the beautiful Bhote Khola river valley, or a visit to the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and details of the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides will be on hand to offer advice and escort you on your walks.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 4 - 5
  • Day 06 - Trek to Dole [4,040m/13,255ft]

    Today it’s a steep climb out of Namche Bazaar up to Kyangjuma Village. At Kyangjuma, we can contemplate on terrific views of Thamserku, Kantega, and Ama Dablam. The tough part of today is sure going to be the ascent of the Mong La, a very appealing place hanging on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. A medieval historical Chorten stands at the centre of the settlement of Mong La. We spend some time at the top of Mong La to look with awe at the surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys while enjoying lunch. The most eye catching feature of the trail today is the wealth of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons that we see on the way. We may even spot wild lives like pheasants, mountain goats, and the subtle musk deer. Continuing our hike through forests, some waterfalls and bridges, we reach Dole, a small village with few teahouses.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6 - 7
  • Day 07 - Trek to Machhermo[4,470m/14,665ft]

    Today it’s another short day starting with a climb out of the small Dole Valley before ascending more gradually up the Dudh Kosi valley, high above the river. The walking is easy, but we will still feel the effects of altitude on even the smallest hillock. The barren alpine scenery with only small clusters of scrub juniper is a stark contrast to the snowy white peaks and deep blue skies. After two hours, we will arrive at Luza (4360m), and after a further hour's walk we reach our lodge at Machhermo (4465m) where you will spend the evening. After lunch there is an option to take an excursion across rocky moraines to the base of Kyajo Ri (6168m) and Machhermo Peak (6073m). However, keep an eye open for the Yeti! It was here, in 1974 that three yaks were killed and a Sherpa girl injured when trying to fight off a hairy, ape-like intruder that could have been a hungry grizzly bear!
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 3 - 4
  • Day 08 - Rest and Acclimatization Day[4,470m/14,665ft]

    We are more or less nearing an altitude of 4500m, so we haul up at Machhermo for an extra day to acclimatize by getting our bodies used to the thin air as we climb up. There are plenty of outlets for exploration around the camp and just above the village there is a gracious vista that encircles Cho Oyu at [8210m] and the mountains which flank the Ngozumpa Glacier.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 3 - 4
  • Day 09 - Trek to Gokyo [4,800m/15,750ft]

    After breakfast, we climb through a crest Chorten from where we enjoy master views of the valley below and Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and the northern part of Cho-Oyu at (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley opens out as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Phangka at (4480m) after a brief soft hike. Phangka is an area where an avalanche in 1995 killed 40 people.We descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. After crossing an iron bridge over a stream the traill levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m, where we get chance to see the Lama footprints on a stone. As we see the sights of the second lake, Taboche Tsho, we watch in awe the glimmering turquoise blue mass of water dazzling in the sunshine. Just ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two connected by a heaving stream. Gokyo village is neatly placed by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountains stand tall in the backdrops, setting off stunning scenery, an ideal spot for our video cams to go on overdrive at this awesome area. After lunch, we discover more of the third Lake, Dudh Pokhari.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 5 - 6
  • Day 10 - Hike to Gokyo Ri [5,357m/17,575ft] and trek to Thagnak [4,750m/15,584ft]

    After having enjoyed a lot of Gokyo which is for sure, we soon leave this zone with life time memories never to be forgotten. After relishing a warm breakfast, we trek down to Thagnak for overnight scaling by the second of the Lakes; the route across the glacier is identified by cairns and is pretty well determined. We climb off the glacier by a small dwelling known as Thagnak and follow a low valley to our camp by a small kharka.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6 - 7
  • Day 11 - Traverse Chola pass [5,420m/17,783ft] and trek to Dzongla [4820m/15,814ft]

    Cho La Pass is also another show up of this trip. Today is the toughest day and we need to start early (4-6 am) compared to other days on the trip. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake we reach at the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soar on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 7 - 8
  • Day 12 - Trek to Lobuche [4,910m/16,109ft]

    From Dzongla, we plod higher onto the pretty risky moraine of the Khumbu glacier, passing a chain of stone monuments built in memory of Sherpas and Climbers who have died on mountaineering expeditions to Mt Everest. From hereabouts, the trail lowers and goes by the west side of the valley to Lobuche. The sunset on Nuptse from this point is an amazing sight to behold.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 4 - 5
  • Day 13 - Trek to Everest Base Camp [5,364m/17,559ft] and retrace back to Gorekshep[5,140m/16,864ft]

    A real early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the risky route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a grand view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to Gorakshep for a restful night.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 7 - 8
  • Day 14 - Hike up to Kalapathar [5,545m/18,193ft] in early morning and descend to Pheriche [4,250m/13,944ft]

    Today is the pinnacle of our trip. We start at the break of dawn to catch the heartwarming views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and chilly temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Further, there is always the likely chance for strong wind which is quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to expose itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch our breath at several dazzling viewpoints to snap pictures. After several hours of an ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From this juncture, we jumble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar where rocks our eyes taking unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can and take the views with our memories to last a lifetime. We then descend to Gorekshep, have breakfast and we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and worth a visit.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 7 - 8
  • Day 15 - Trek to Kyanjuma [3,500m/11,483ft]

    Today we descend down, we revert on our previous route and descend to Kyanjuma, we crash out here for the night before heading down to Monjo the next day. We cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche and another.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6 - 7
  • Day 16 - Trek to Monjo [2,850m/9,351ft]

    The trail to Namche Bazar hangs on to a steep wooded slope beyond Kyanjuma, meandering through several bends. We lookout for fauna that include mountain goats, snow leopards, and colorful pheasants while passing through the forest on the trail. We have enough time in Namche to shop and freak out in a bakery that serves coffee and cakes, and provides Internet access. A steep descent from Namche Hill leads to the suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Kosi River near the confluence of the Dhudh Koshi and the Bhote Koshi Rivers. We cross the Dudh Koshi River twice at separate locations before reaching Monjo. We are out of the Sagarmatha National Park after exiting from its official entrance near Monjo and finally reach Monjo Village. Not only is Monjo a quieter place to stay than Namche, it also means our porters have a less strenuous walk back to Lukla tomorrow.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 5 - 6
  • Day 17 - Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft]

    Our last day of trek following the Dudh Kosi River down to Lukla. It’s only a gradual walk along the Dudhkhosi river after our steep descent from Namche. We’ll have lunch on our way and we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. Rest of the day is free and you can relax under the warm sun & reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking through these massive mountains that have probably helped us re-discover ourselves in ways least expected. This is our final day on these fantastic mountains. Later we celebrate our successful completion of trek with our Sherpa guides and porters who we’ve got to know so well & are now good friends. It’s a pleasure to end this wonderful trip on a happy note. We then slumber into blissful sleep.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 4 - 5
  • Day 18 - Fly to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    We get up early in the morning, enjoy our b/fast & get ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Katmandu. On our touchdown at the Kathmandu airport, we will be met by our office reps and transferred to your hotel. Rest of your day is free to do your own things.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 19 - Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Free and easy day to spend, perhaps doing shopping or rest at hotel’s beautiful court-yard. At eventide, we will relish a farewell dinner to celebrate your successful completion of the ‘Gokyo with Everest Base Camp Trek.’ While enjoying our supper, we will also be entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.
    • Meal : B
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 20 - Depart Kathmandu

    Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.
    • Meal : B
    • Accommodation : None
    • Trekking Hours :
Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

2018 Departures
Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price
20 Sep, 2018 09 Oct, 2018 USD 1830 Available Book Now
30 Sep, 2018 19 Oct, 2018 USD 1830 Sold out Book Now
07 Oct, 2018 26 Oct, 2018 USD 1830 Available Book Now
14 Oct, 2018 02 Nov, 2018 USD 1830 Available Book Now
21 Oct, 2018 09 Nov, 2018 USD 1830 Available Book Now
28 Oct, 2018 16 Nov, 2018 USD 1830 Available Book Now
04 Nov, 2018 23 Nov, 2018 USD 1830 Available Book Now
11 Nov, 2018 30 Nov, 2018 USD 1830 Available Book Now
2019 Departures
Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price
10 Mar, 2019 29 Mar, 2019 USD 1,830 Available Book Now
24 Mar, 2019 12 Apr, 2019 USD 1,830 Available Book Now
07 Apr, 2019 26 Apr, 2019 USD 1,830 Available Book Now
21 Apr, 2019 10 May, 2019 USD 1,830 Available Book Now
05 May, 2019 24 May, 2019 USD 1,830 Available Book Now
19 May, 2019 07 Jun, 2019 USD 1,830 Available Book Now
15 Sep, 2019 04 Oct, 2019 USD 1,830 Available Book Now
29 Sep, 2019 18 Oct, 2019 USD 1,830 Sold out Book Now
06 Oct, 2019 25 Oct, 2019 USD 1,830 Available Book Now
20 Oct, 2019 08 Nov, 2019 USD 1,830 Available Book Now
03 Nov, 2019 22 Nov, 2019 USD 1,830 Available Book Now
17 Nov, 2019 06 Dec, 2019 USD 1,830 Available Book Now
Trip Info
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Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu whilst on trek with tea & coffee.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 4 nights with breakfast
  • All required permits for trek (National Park & TIMS Card)
  • Internal flights (KTM-LUKLA-KTM)
  • Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Half day sightseeing of Kathmandu's highlights including guide and entrance fees
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts on private vehicle
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private vehicle
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with high altitude medicines and oxygen
  • Satellite phone for emergency and nominal charge for personal use.
  • Duffel bag, Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Staff equipment, insurance and allowances
  • Trek completion certificate (Upon request)

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for staff

Optional Add Ons

  • Single supplement
  • Hotel upgrade

Important note

The day-to-day program is subject to weather, conditions and the progress and wishes of the group. Most importantly, the leaders will be making daily decisions, for example, about exactly how far or which way we go, and will be thinking ultimately about the safety and health of all in the party, as well as the enjoyment of the group and success in the outcome of the trek and climb. We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

Climate

The best seasons to trek to the Everest region are Autumn (from mid-September till end of November) and Spring (beginning of March until mid-May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. The nights are cold (between -10C to 5C) and the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C).  Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night.

TRIP GRADE – Strenuous

Treks of this grade will ascend to the high mountainous country, to some of the famous mountaineering Base Camps and over high passes are located.   Physically very strenuous which involves   approximately   6-8 hours of   trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks.  Previous experience of trekking is highly recommended and should be moderately fit and the ability enjoy walking and adapting to high altitude conditions.

A Typical Day

Daily wake up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on trek. You will be given a small basin of hot water to wash up.  After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day's walk.  Before breakfast you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. After 3-4 hours of walk, we stop for lunch mid-day.  The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, to wash your clothes or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunch time and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Meals

Meals are included in our package and are served in Lodges located along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer).

Accommodation

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Kathmandu: In Kathmandu we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery.  Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price as stated in the trip costing.

Single supplement: Single supplement will be charged if someone wish to have their own room for the trip. Especially when travelling in a group, we will always pair you with someone of same sex and similar age to share the room with. If in case of single by default, then clients don’t have to pay for the single supplement.

On Trek (Teahouse/Lodge Trek): Trekking in the (Everest area) does not need tremendous logistics in accommodation as there are many clean and friendly Lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets.  A few have electric lights and all have a warm spacious dining room-lounge. We will arrange for you and your group to stay in local lodges daily.  Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary. It is more cost effective to stay in a Lodge as in a camping trek.

Group size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 15 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 1 the maximum is 15 people.

Flight / Land Transfers

The starting point of the trek is from Lukla, which is connected by a short 30 minutes’ flight from Kathmandu. We will arrange to transfer you and your group from the hotel to the airport (Kathmandu) for departure and to take your group back to the hotel upon your return to Kathmandu.

Travel Insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get  travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get a travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)  in high altitudes where there are no other means of transporation available. Medical expenses, Baggage lost, Delays and Cancellation, Death & Repatriation are also another important factor to include when purchasing your Insurance. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision.

Tipping and Taxes

Though tipping is not compulsory but gratuity is appreciated.   A suggestion of an allocation of USD4.00-5.00 per day per person for teahouse/lodge treks – this can be handed to the leader/Sirdar at the end of the trek in the presence of the staff for distribution as gratitude.  You can also give away your trekking equipment such as boots, jackets, trekking poles, head torches to the crew.

On the last day of the trek, we will have a celebration night with all our trekking crew and we suggest the gratuity to   the staff be given only at the end of the trek.

Communication

Telephone facilities in the Everest region is a plenty with WIFI available on teahouses/lodges. Connection for cell phones is fair throughout the trek in Everest Region. If you need to keep in contact with our family or others, kindly request from us in advance a local sim card.

First Aid Kit

We supply a first aid kit with standard medicines prescribed by doctors and Oxygen for emergency purposes.  Besides that, upon request and with additional cost, we can provide for a High Altitude Mountain doctor.  Your trip leader/Guide is experienced and has knowledge in medications. But if you are more comfortable, we suggest that you bring along your own common medication supplies such as pain-killers, for cold, diarrhoea, nausea and fever.  Some nasal ointment and throat-moisturising pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.  Age is no barrier to undertake an unforgettable trekking experience.

People And Culture

Sherpas live in the upper regions of SoluKhumbu.  They emigrated from Tibet about 600 years ago. The Khumbu region has provided a strong group of able bodied, hardy and fearless Sherpa porters and guides. Sherpas practice Tibetan Buddhism, which is also known as Lama Buddhism.

Personal Expenses

Everest region is more expensive than the other regions in Nepal, as most of the goods has to be air-flown and then laboriously carried to their final destination by porters. Since Meals and Accommodation are all included on trek, you need cash for table drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (only available in some places).

Itinerary Changes

The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion must coincide with the original itinerary.

You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into a remote mountain region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.

Rescue/Evacuations

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty; we undertake to do everything possible to transfer you to the nearest hospital.  Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, kindly ensure that all expenses are fully covered by your insurance before assigning it or must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.

Luggage While Trekking

While on the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters.  You only carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc.  - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box which is not chargeable in Kathmandu.  Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15kg, excess weight is chargeable at USD1.00   or more per Kilo depending on sectors.

Care For Porters And Staff

Our porters and staff are provided with adequate clothing and equipment for high altitude conditions.  They are also well paid and is well groomed.

Equipment Checklist

The gear listed below is recommended for these kind of trips. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment . You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Trousers
  • Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Thermal
  • Inner wears
  • Under garments
  • Warm socks
  • Warm Hat, Gloves and Bandana/Scarf
  • Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from trek.
  • Trekking shoes
  • Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
  • Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)

Documents

  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
  • Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photo copy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Others

  • Headlamps with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Water bottle one (1) litre
  • Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Padlock
  • Binoculars
  • Reading materials, note books and pens

Toiletries and hygiene

  • Quick drying towel
  • Small face towel
  • Toothbrush &Toothpaste
  • Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
  • Face and body moisturizer, Sun screen and lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit

The gears listed below will be provided by us for the trek. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after the completion of trek.

  • Down Jacket
  • Sleeping bag with Liner
  • Duffel/Kit Bag

Trip Extensions

In addition to your trek, we can organize extension trips to both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. For example, you may want to try water-rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or even a Nepal Cultural Tours. If time permits, you may even want to include a trip to our neighboring countries i.e.  Tibet, India or Bhutan.

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Richard James Deathe Apr 05, 2016

From my first email with Passang to meeting him and his father in Kathmandu I’ve been nothing but impressed with the friendly yet professional manner he operates his business.
I can’t give any more praise than to say I’ve already looked at future trips with Highland Expeditions.

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