Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Treks 17 Days

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Introduction:

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Treks with us leads you to marvelous adventure starting with a short scenic flight to Lukla. Lukla (2,820 m high) is the gateway to Everest where all trekking, mountaineering expeditions and other adventure start and end.  In this busy Sherpa town with amazing short airstrips. Our adventure leads past interesting traditional farm villages through wonderful villages of Choplung, Ghat, and Phakding.

This scenic journey leads to Sagarmatha National Park entrance at Monjo village where all TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) and National Park permits are checked recording daily flow of all foreign trekkers. The Namche Bazaar the Sherpa capital and the main town of Khumbu around Everest region. A traditional Sherpa houses serving as hotels and lodge stands in an amphitheater shape.

Namche a famous town popular among trekkers as it is located on route both ways to Lukla and Everest base camp.  After a nice stop in Namche, our adventure heads higher through beautiful serene woodlands of rhododendron, birch, pines with tremendous views of high snow capped mountain heading towards Gokyo Lake.

This scenic high ridge offers the mind blowing panorama of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Mt. Makalu towards the east with adjoining mountain range. After a great moment around Gokyo adventure continues heading towards high pass of Cho-la on the least trekked route towards Everest Base Camp at Gorakshep. From Gorakshep, 5,180m high leads to our main highlight of this adventure to Everest Base Camp walking on moraine and glacier.

At base camp enjoys the view of tumbling Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers, next adventure leads to a climb uphill at Kala Patthar top at 5,545 meters. The highest points of this adventure where you can view Mt. Everest at the closest just at the stone throw distance with other peaks that encircle this high and picturesque hill top. 

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
  2. Day 02:Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
  3. Day 03:Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
  4. Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
  5. Day 05:Trek to Dole 4,110 m – 05 hrs.
  6. Day 06:Trek to Machhermo 4,470 m – 05 hrs.
  7. Day 07:Trek to Gokyo Lake 4,800 m – 04 hrs.
  8. Day 08:Hike to Gokyo ri 5,330 m and trek to Thangnag 4,750 m – 04 hrs.
  9. Day 09:Cross Cho-la pass 5, 367m and to Dzongla 4,850 m – 06 hrs.
  10. Day 10:Trek to Lobuche 4,840 m – 05 hrs.
  11. Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep – 06 hrs.
  12. Day 12:Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4,240m – 05 hrs.
  13. Day 13:Trek to Tengboche – 05 hrs.
  14. Day 14: Trek to Monjo 2,860m – 06 hrs.
  15. Day 15:Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
  16. Day 16:Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
  17. Day 17:International departure for home ward bound.

What Is Included in Trip:

  1. Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation at Tourist standard 3 stars Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast. (Unless book for single supplement at extra cost)
  3. Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu).
  4. Experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  5. Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
    1. Applicable Trekking-National Park and Conservation Fees.
    2. Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
    3. Entrance fees for sightseeing visits as per the itinerary
    4. Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip)
    5. Comprehensive medical kit and service of guide and porters.
    6. Trekking on Teahouse / Lodge basis includes meals and accommodation on twin sharing basis.
    7. Destination Holidays Duffel Bag & T-Shirt
    8. Farewell dinners after the trek

What Is Not Included in Trip

  1. Nepalese visa fee,Travel and Medical Insurance, airport tax.
  2. Meals in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, expenses of personal nature and gratitude.
  3. Emergency evacuation by any means of transport and personal medical kit.
  4. Excess baggage charge(s)
  5. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  6. International flights
  7. Private transportation
  8. Travel and rescue insurance
  9. Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  10. Tips for guide(s) and porter(s) and driver(s)

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

From the moment on landing at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will receive you with a warm welcome and transfer you to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. After refresh join the other group member for trip orientation and briefing by our guide / leader regarding trek, hotels, do and don’ts along with evening group dinner.

 

Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,886m & trek to Phakding 2,640m – 04 hrs

Early morning depart from the hotel for the flight to Lukla in a small plane Dornier, Twin Otter or similar type, during airborne great views of snow capped peaks with Mt. Everest, this scenic flight takes 30 mins, on landing at Lukla, meet our other trekking staff and porters, with time rest and to refresh before starting the trek to Phakding for overnight stop, walk leads through several wonderful villages and farm lands with great views of hills and valleys then reaching at Phakding village for the night halt by the Dudh Kosi (river)

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.

Today, walk will be long heading to Namche at 3,440 m high on the uphill path, starting the morning on crossing few bridges over Dudh Kosi River, then reaching at Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. From here walk leads on the bank of a river, after last bridge an uphill haul for few hours all the way to Namche Bazaar, here with 2 nights in this large prosperous trading town –village as well the main centre and capital of Khumbu area with facilities of ATMs, Cyber cafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery with busy colorful interesting Saturday market.

Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

A perfect place for rest day with acclimatization, morning a short hike up to park museum, information on mountaineering, flora – fauna and Sherpa culture and religions, this scenic beautiful place offers a grand vista of high snow capped mountains including Mt. Everest and majestic Amadablam, options a hike to Everest View Hotel for beautiful scenery of mountains above old Syangboche air strip. For energetic people can take a walk of few hours visiting the sleepy Khumjung and Khunde located on a glacial valley beneath the majestic holy peak of Khumbila the patron god of Khumbu.

Day 05: Trek to Dole 4,200m – 06 hrs.

After a nice time at Namche Bazzar a gentle uphill to Shanasa small settlements with few houses, here chances of seeing some wildlife as this area if full of colorful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) National bird of Nepal and elusive musk deer, Himalayan Thar (mountain goat). From here route diverts to Gokyo Lake leaving the main trial o, leading to a steep climb to Mong hill at 3,973 m with grand views of landscapes and mountains, from here downhill to Phortse Thanghka by Dudh Kosi River, journey continues with a gradual climb into forest of pines, birch, and rhododendron and passing Tongba 3,950m and Gyele 3,960 m a small farm areas to reach at Dole for overnight stop with great views of Khumbila and Tawache peaks.

Day 06: Trek to Machermo 4,410m – 04 hrs.

Morning walk leads to a short steep climb on a ridge and then on the pleasant trail to Machermo, after Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m and Luza a small place at 4,390m; with the view of world’s 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu.

Day 07: Trek to Gokyo 4,760m – 04 hrs.

Morning trek leads to a steep climb on reaching a hill top with awesome views of surrounding hills landscapes and of snow clad peaks, then a slowly heading towards Gokyo lake reaching the 1st and 2nd lake and finally walk end at Gokyo 3rd lake also named Dudh Pokhari. At Gokyo with nice cozy lodge for overnight stop and lunch, afternoon on leisure for short walk around beautiful lake side with views of Mt. Cho-Oyu and another line of peaks.

Day 08: A hike to Gokyo Ri and trek to Thangnag 4,750 m – 04 hrs.

Starting very early to catch the stunning sunrise over the high mountain range from the top of Gokyo Ri at 5,357 m one of the highest spots of this fabulous journey. The walk leads to a long hard climb, but worth the view reaching on top of Gokyo ri offering the amazing panorama of world’s tallest peaks from Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Mt. Makalu in the east horizon with the array of snow capped peaks. After a mesmerizing stop heading back to Gokyo for breakfast and rest until lunch time, afternoon a short walk to a small place at Thangnag village at the end of Ngozumba glacier and the base of Cho-la pass.

Day 09: Cross Chola pass 5, 367m and to Dzongla 4,850 m – 06 hrs.

Today crossing high pass of Cho-la, starting early morning with a strenuous climb over moraines and rocky area, with short gradual section and then leading higher to the top of Cho-la pass adorned with many Buddhist prayer flags enclosed within Cholatse, Lobuche and Nirekha Peaks, after a rest here a steep descend towards summer Yak grazing area at Dzongla with few lodges for overnight stop, after a hard day walk and feeling high and tired.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche 4,840 m – 05 hrs.

With night rest at Dzongla and feeling refreshing, from here getting closer to our another destinations, starting the morning walk with a slow climb to the first top ridge above Dzongla with grand views of surrounding snow capped peaks as far to Mt. Makalu in the east, and then on the pleasant trail for few hours with gradual uphill looking down at Pheriche and the valley beneath the peaks of Tawache and Cholatse, and with first view of Mt. Pumori and reaching at Thugla for lunch stop, a small place with 2-3 small lodges located at the end of Khumbu glacier where it melts and starts into a raging Dudh Kosi River. After a nice break a steep up for an hour or less on the ridge top lined with tombs and memorial of unfortunate climbers on the mountaineering expeditions on Everest and other mountains of Khumbu area, from here a nice walk with slight up to reach at Lobuche for overnight stop. At Lobuche view of Nuptse and Changtse peak which lies into Tibet side over Lho la mountain ridge.

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep 5,170 m, Everest Base Camp 5, 364 m – 06 hrs.

Morning walk is long to Everest base camp, our main highlights of this adventure, taking a slow move reaching a path close to Glass Pyramid house, a metrological station funded and run by Nepalese and Italian scientists, from this spot a small steep climb reaching at Khumbu glacier, as the walk leads through over moraine of rocks and small icy streams to reach at Gorakshep with views of Mt. Pumori, Lingtrin, Khumbutse and Mt. Everest. After a break here continue to walk to Everest Base Camp along the moraine and ice, on reaching at Everest Base Camp after a tiring but exciting walk, enjoy the break overlooking tip of Everest with tumbling Khumbu ice falls close to base camp, around high season for expeditions, this place will be like a Jambore with many colorful camps and busy. After a great moment feeling high return journey back to Gorakshep for another adventure climb to Kalapathar next early morning.

Day 12: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4, 240 m – 05 hrs.

Getting up early morning, trek and climb on a steep uphill to Kalapatthar for stunning panorama view of Mt. Everest with array of surroundings peaks, this will be the highest point of this great adventure at 5,545 m, after a thrilling and breathe taking scenery, downhill walk to Gorakshep and then continue the return journey all the way to Thugla through Lobuche and finally ending the walk at Pheriche valley for overnight stop. Pheriche a nice settlement just near Dingboche, with many good lodges and a HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) medical post with super views of Taboche, Cholatse, Amadablam.

Day 13: Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m – 05 hrs.

After Pheriche a pleasant walk with few ups to Tengboche, the path leads downhill much of the way through Pangboche village on reaching the bridge a climb back into tree lines to Tengboche for overnight stop.

Day 14: Trek to Monjo 2,880 m through Namche Bazaar – 06hrs.

Morning walk starts with a descend to Imjatse River at Phungetenga, after crossing the bridge a steep uphill for an hour then on the gentle winding trail all the way to Namche Bazaar, after a nice refreshing break at Namche journey continues following downhill all the way to Dudh Kosi River valley, with short ups and downs reaching back at Sagarmatha National Park entrance and then to Monjo village for overnight stop in this lovely small village.

Day 15: Trek to Lukla – 05 hrs.

Today, last of this super adventure ending at Lukla, morning walk leads on the gradual winding path to reach at Lukla, after a last final climb of 45 minutes, in Lukla reaching for lunch and overnight stop, a free afternoon to organize gratitude and farewell dinner with fellow staff and porters.

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

From Lukla daily flight operates early morning to Kathmandu, sometimes the flight time can get delayed due to unfavorable bad weather, as per the flight time board in a small plane for short scenic flight back to Kathmandu, on reaching at Kathmandu domestic terminal transfer back to respective hotels.

Day 17: International departure for home ward bound.

Today, last day in Nepal with great memories and amazing experience trekking Gokyo Lake & Everest Base Camp, our staff transfers you to Kathmandu international airport for your final departure homeward bound or to next port of call.

Duration = 17 Days
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Hotel Accommodation

It all depends on the client’s requirement. However, We will be staying at 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Guesthouse/tea houses during the trek. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost additional charges. We will have rooms with attached restrooms in most parts of the trek but this is not possible in a few remote locations. Also, understand that single rooms are not easily available in higher elevations like they are in Kathmandu and the lower elevation regions. In Kathmandu for our clients as these hotels are conveniently located in the center of the popular Thamel area.

Best Seasons:

Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature, then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan, and Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the summer or monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the summer trek could be a paradise for a keen botanist and naturalist.

Normal Trekking Day

Destination Holidays trekking involves for 4 to 7 hours of walking every day, depending on trails and altitude as per the trip selected, with some rest and acclimatization periods. The daily routine begins at around 6 a.m. with bed tea and washing water brought to your tent and rooms. Please get packed promptly so that the Sherpa guides can start taking down the tents and your baggage, while you are having breakfast. Take your day pack with you to breakfast. The morning walk will be about 3 hours and there is no need to hurry. The lunch stop lasts about 1 to 2 hours and is a good time to do your laundry and write your diary etc. Then walk for another 2 to 3 hours to our evening stop. Tea and biscuits await you and a few hours later dinner and evening reading, cards, drinking, etc.

Tipping & Tax

Tipping though not compulsory however has become a customary in Nepal. 13 per cent VAT and 2.2 per cent Tourist Service Fee is usually included in your bill. Waiters, Bell boys, and room maids would be happy to receive tips. Don’t give tips to Taxi drivers.

Note

All our treks and tours are led by expert guides and local leaders for another language can be arranged on request beside English speaking guide.

Destination Holidays stands for reliability, safety, top notch service and value for money. Over the years of operation we had satisfied clients and celebrities with our out most extra quality services with a difference from other local companies. Founded by Tourism Professionals Nepalese and the company have led countless of adventure and cultural trips throughout Himalaya including India, Bhutan and Tibet. We organize adventure trekking, and leisure trips including tailor made itineraries for family, school groups and corporate executives.

Destination Holidays recognize that the ecology of the Himalayas is very fragile and hence needs to be protected for future generations. We therefore encourage responsible and sustainable tourism which has been our main thrust so that the environment and its resources- natural or cultural – always remain intact for the future generations to savor.

Our specialty and commitment on Eco-Tourism:

We always lead on the scenic, cultural routes to provide absolute wilderness away from the main trails giving new experience to our valuable clients along with our warm hospitality. Clients safety is our top priority and as well the welfare of our staffs and porters also. We are an Eco-Friendly, our expert guides and staffs are very well versed regarding this subject, thus all meals are cooked in kerosene fuel, LP Gas. We do not use fire wood as fuel to preserve the beautiful nature and its environment from destruction.

Our porters and staffs are fully insured and well equipped with necessary gears for all kinds of climate condition and terrain’s.

Trekking grade and various options to choose:

Nepal and its Himalaya is a paradise for adventure enthusiasm and lovers, offering all types of walking journey for all kinds of people, from easier-leisure hike and trek for few days at the foothills of the mountains, or moderate treks for a week in the mid hills, adventure and challenging to demanding treks for few weeks to a month in the remote areas involving traverse and passes involving physical demands Nepal has all of it, all you need is to select our trips as per your fitness and abilities and let us know for the treks and other trips that you are dreaming of we at Himalayan Expeditions Inc will guide you to choose your holiday as per your time and duration of your vacation.

Our holidays program involves mesmerizing journey with enough time to marvel the surrounding beautiful landscapes and immerse with its warm people, this trip offers you full of diversity and enchantment from the low lands of Gangetic plains and its verdant dense jungle where the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tigers and the one horned rhinoceros roam, to the legendary Yak and Yeti trail to Everest.

Your day with us:

As per the trip selected you will be walking for 4 to 6 hours every day (on trek), depending on trails and altitude with some rest and acclimatization periods. The daily routine begins at around 6 a.m. with bed tea and washing water brought to your tent and rooms. Please get packed promptly so that the Sherpa can start taking down the tents and your baggage, while you are having breakfast. Take your day pack with you to breakfast. The morning walk will be about 3 hours and there is no need to hurry. The lunch stop lasts about 1 to 2 hours and is a good time to do your laundry and write your diary etc. Then walk for another 2 to 3 hours to our evening stop. Tea and biscuits awaits you and a few hours later dinner and evening reading, cards, drinking, etc.

Sherpa Trekking guide:

Choosing your trip as per our trip price using just Sirdar (Head Guide) they are expert in finding trails and knows the area well, sirdar (head guide) with their invaluable experience and expertise are rated very highly by our clients on Adventure Holidays program. Our guides are well versed in Eco-Tourism, Culture/ Tradition and Wilderness Medical Course saving the surrounding environment, by taking care of the litter and bringing it back to Kathmandu or disposing at designated dumping place.

Communication with the head guide or Sirdar will be simple as most of the guides have risen to the rank of guide from porter and simple guide or from the kitchen unit, most of the guider are educated and can give you the information as per your queries apart from these they can help you in many ways with their excellent services.

Nepali Leader:

In early days till present most of the western agents still use foreign trek or group leaders, but since last 20 years demand of local leader has been highlighted by fellow trekkers and travelers as they knows the country well and all the local leaders are well educated and have the knowledge of the country, history, flora-fauna, culture, religion and more and they can easily give you information about the area of trekking, people and mountains as per your queries, they can communicate and can understand your requirements very well.

All our leaders goes through medical training yearly for a month at reputed certified medical course institution, and are well aware of the high altitude sickness of AMS and other related medical problem, in case of accident our dedicated local leaders can handle the situation efficiently as per the situation.

With the warm friendly hospitality of our company and its staff, all our clients feel certainly comfortable and at ease and our staff are happy to give you any kind of information from culture, religion, history or from flora to fauna they are very keen to share the knowledge with our valuable guest.

Accommodation at Lodge:

Last three decades the Tea-House trekking been established it was used normally by the back packers, as the facilities was Spartan and basic, but since last ten yearsthe Tea-House trekking has become popular among all the trekkers, at present most of the popular region like Annapurna-Everest and Langtang area are well developed with excellent Lodge for trekkers, Lodge standard varies from place to place in the low region below 3000 meters one can find good rooms with attaché restrooms and bathrooms, but as the elevation gains due to the harsh climate and landscapes and terrain conditions, the lodge are simple and basic but they are all neat, clean rooms and cozy warm dining halls, in most of the lodge in Everest region there are pot belly stoves in dining to keep the room warm with dry yak dung fuel but in Annapurna region only few places has these advantage most of the higher area do not have pot belly stoves due to the restriction from Annapurna Conservations Area Project.

In most of these places all the lodges are well kept, we always use the lodge with eco-friendly and with homely atmosphere so the clients can forget their tiring walks once they land in the lodges that we have chosen, most of the lodge that we book have clean-healthy environment with common restrooms and bathe-rooms where one has to pay extra for hot shower.

We can upgrade the rooms and lodge where available on trekking route as per your interest at extra cost from the price that we have set for standard rooms only.

Food on Trek and in long tours:

Food can vary from different lodges and places according to its availability during the season. Normally, the food menu has Nepali Dal Bhat(rice & lintel soup) with mild vegetable curry, fried rice, noodles, soups of great variation. In some places, Yak Steaks, Continental foods like Hash Brown Potato, Breads, Pan Cakes, Boiled Vegetables, Stew, Pizza, Cinnamon rolls, cakes and pies etc. But, as you go higher the food menu is very limited due to the harsh cold climate and the altitude.

In all our trips your guide / sirdar or leader will order the fix meals to save you the trouble from choosing and plus to save time and energy if all people orders the food according to the “la carte’ menu it will take long and too much fuel energy for cooking will be used, as most of the area we trek are eco-friendly so ordering same meals for everyone will certainly saves time and fuel as these area are remote each and everything has to be carried by yaks-mules or by porters. Every day we change the variety of fix meals menu so one will not be bored with same type of foods.We always take care and serve meals accordingly.

Drinking Water:

While on trek and long tours, we make sure that the clients get clean bacteria free water everyday, as on the trek the water will be boiled and cooled for the Group member to drink and to rinse their mouth. Iodine can be used but it only kills the taste of the water. Purify tabs only works 40 – 50% in the Himalayan Water as it has strong mineral contents. So the best for drinking is pre boiled water.

We discourage bottle mineral water since it pollutes the place with plastic bottles, unless you are very desperate or sick you can buy one, but the cost of bottle mineral water will be expensive as you reach higher area. So, the best thing is to buy and re-fill the boiled water in your own bottle, in some area like in Annapurna Circuit or at Annapurna Base Camp one can buy hygienically filtered drinking water at water stations where available at minimum cost.

All of DH’s treks and long tours are well planned in advance with high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). On high altitude treks and adventure we have set flexibility in our itinerary days with complete acclimatization before heading higher elevation.Too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill. We understand that for a safe trek it is essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. Destination Holidays suggests all our clients especially ones with known heart, lung or blood diseases to consult their doctor before booking and with medical / travel insurance.

All our guides and leaders are well prepared for immediate evacuation procedure by any means of transportation to bring the victims in safe area. You may check out “Altitude Illness” by Dr Jim Duff for detailed information on AMS as most of our guides are trained by the expert medicals and by Dr. Jim Duff (who knows the Himalaya and have vast experience a mountaineering expedition’s doctors as well.

during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the summer or monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the summer trek could be a paradise for a keen botanist and naturalist.

Currency:

At present, 1 US$ = Rs. 104 Euro 1 = Rs 120 UK Sterling 1 pound = Rs 152 and 1 Australian $ = Rs. 74. Nepali Rupees denominations bills of Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 & 1000 are available. 100 paisa makes a rupee like dollars and cents. Coins are very seldom used, on trek carry bills of smaller denominations.

Note: The above rate can vary every day or a week and change please informs us for the latest updates.

Normal Trekking Day

Most of Destination Holidays trekking involves for 4 to 7 hours of walking every day, depending on trails and altitude as per the trip selected, with some rest and acclimatization periods. The daily routine begins at around 6 a.m. with bed tea and washing water brought to your tent and rooms.

Please get packed promptly so that the Sherpa guides can start taking down the tents and your baggage, while you are having breakfast. Take your day pack with you to breakfast. The morning walk will be about 3 hours and there is no need to hurry. The lunch stop lasts about 1 to 2 hours and is a good time to do your laundry and write your diary etc. Then walk for another 2 to 3 hours to our evening stop.

Tea and biscuits awaits you and a few hours later dinner and evening reading, cards, drinking, etc.

Health Consideration

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risk vary worldwide. The area you are traveling through is safe and is not affected by any kind of health hazard. There are no statutory requirements unless you are arriving from an area designated as infected by cholera or yellow fever.

We recommend vaccinations against polio, typhoid, tetanus, and hepatitis A. Please consult your doctor or vaccination centre for up to date information.

Though malaria is not endemic in the Kathmandu valley and mountain and hilly region, it is advisable to take malaria prophylaxis if you are passing though India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A combination of Paludrine (Proguanil) and Chloroquine are recommended for this part of South Asia. Sleeping tablets are very dangerous at high altitude as it depresses your respiratory system.

Visa Requirement

Visa can be obtained from Nepal Embassy and Consulates abroad as well as at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport on arrival. But Chinese nationals have to obtain visa prior leaving their country. Visa Fee for single entry is US$ 30 which is valid for 60 days. Multiple visas can be obtained paying US$ 80 which is valid for 180 days in a year. Sri Lankan National can get pilgrimage visa paying US $ 10.

Note: The above fee can vary every year and change please informs us for the latest updates.

Tipping & Tax

Tipping though not compulsory however has become acustomary in Nepal. 10 per cent VAT and 2.2 per cent Tourist Service Fee is usually included in your bill. Waiters, Bell boys and room maids would be happy to receive tips. Don’t give tips to Taxi drivers.

Money Requirements for the Tour and Treks

Take about Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 or more if you intend to buy a lot souvenir or drink beer. The money you take on trek needs to be in fairly small denominations because many of the village shops will not have large amounts of change. You should take one, two, five, ten, twenty, twenty five, fifty and one hundred rupees notes. Give Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1,500 for tips at the end of the trek to trek leaders to divide equally among them.

ADVENTURE TRAVEL INSURANCE

Single-Trip

Before you take up a Himalayan vacation you must insure your trip. Your policy should mention that trekking is involved & the Insurance Scheme designed specifically with the needs of the adventure traveler in mind. In addition to the normal provisions within any travel insurance policy, your scheme should include reference to covering trekking, rafting or biking etc involved in this trip and also include cover for helicopter rescue and repatriation. An additional cover may include ‘special outbound missed departure extension’ cover, providing valuable cover for internal flight departures missed due to international flight delays or vice versa.

Group Size:

We take maximum of 16 clients on trip and minimum of 3-4 pax. There will be a local guide with team of staff to cater for the group’s requirements.

What to bring:

We suggest that the clients should bring following items for their personal use. Depending upon the grade and duration of the treks, Sun Hat, Woolen Beni, Down Jacket, Sleeping Bags, Sun Glass, Sun screen cream, good pair of trekking boots, Runners or sport shoes, rucksack as day pack, kit or duffel bags with padlocks to be carried by porters, gloves, scarf’s, plastic garbage bags to keep things dry, torch, personal medical kit, woolen socks at least 6 pairs,

4 pairs of normal socks, fleece, wind or rain jacket, 1 ltr water bottle, stamina or re-hydration powder, Thermal underwear and vest. Walking / or ski poles (as option)

What we provide:

We provide full course meals, accommodation during trek at Camping or on Tea Houses, which includes wake-up early morning tea, washing water, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner, airport transfers in Kathmandu, twin sharing accommodation at Hotel in Kathmandu, internal flight Kathmandu, treks that involves domestic sector as per the itinerary, guided sightseeing tour, trekking arrangement backed by our Sherpa crew and porters / pack animals, applicable Trekking Permit & National Park or Conservation fees.

Weather:

Most of the days during mid-March-to early May and September and October/ November will be fine and pleasant with temperature of 10 – 20 degree Celsius and in the morning & night time the temperature might drop to –5 to –10 degree depending upon the altitude and the wind chill factor. Below 2000m the temperature can quite hot, as the vegetation and climb progress the weather will be cool for the walking.

What to expect:

The region that you will be trekking in is one of the most popular area for the walking journey and expeditions, so you might come across many other trekkers and mountaineers with Tea Houses and villages every hour or so with constant views of the snowcapped peaks. After 3,500 m the area will be barren with little vegetation like Juniper, Alpine shrubs & bushes and there are chances of seeing some wildlife like Impeyan Pheasants (Danfe), Musk Deer and other Mountain Antelopes or the rare elusive snow leopard on route.

Customs:

As you Trek along you will encounter the low, mid hills to highlanders villages with their rich culture and religion most of the way especially above 2,000 meters. On the trail, you will come across some religious shrines and prayer walls or Mane where one has to walk clockwise as it is the custom of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tipping:

Since the expedition and mountaineering and as well commercial trekking began, tipping has become a custom or a tradition. Actually for most of the westerners, it’s an option unless you are fully satisfied with the service provided and feel like the trekking staffs deserve it. You can tip them at the end of the trek..

The normal tipping for this kind of trek and duration will be about US$ 15 – 20 per person, which is to be collected from each group member and handed over to the Trek Leader, head guide or Sirdar to be distributed among his staffs and porters.

Trips Highlights:

  1. “Daily amazing views of high snow capped peaks range with Mt. Everest.
  2. Visiting traditional cultural Sherpa villages with serene woodlands of rhododendron, birch, pines and fir trees, picturesque landscapes, on the the base of world’s highest Mt. Everest at 8,848 m.
  3. Around beautiful Turquoise Gokyo Lake with awesome mountain scenery, interesting old Buddhist monasteries enrich with ancient artifacts, fresco.
  4. In warm hospitality of the Sherpa people “The Highlanders of Himalaya”
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