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Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek

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Trek duration: 21 days

Trek Cost: As upon Request

Trek Start from: Lukla

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

Trek End at: Lukla

Grade: Hard

Highest Elevation: 5367 m.

Best time: Aug to November/ March to May

Mode of Trek: Tea House / Camping

Everest base camp and Gokyo lakes trek is an amazing and adventurous trek that alternatively leads to famous Everest base camp chasing the lesser hustle trail. Gokyo lakes are located in Khumjung village in north-eastern Nepal at the head of the Dudh Koshi River. Gokyo Ri (5000 m) is the main highlight of the trek which provides breathtaking views of world highest Mt. Everest (8848 m) with other peaks such as Lhotse (8516 m), Makalu (8463 m) and Cho Oyu (8201 m) with 27 snowcapped mountains of the Khumbu Glacier. We can also enjoy the beautiful Gokyo valley, Tibetan culture and lush valley through the trek. Gokyo lake trek also offers to observe peaceful turquoise lakes. Gokyo Cho, also called Dudh Pokhari, is the main lake and Thonak Cho is the largest lake. The trek is challenging and adventurous so the physical fitness of the trekkers is most important.

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

After you arrive in TIA (Tribhuwan International Airport), Kathmandu you will meet our representative in the airport who will transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour

After breakfast, you start your visiting sites tour in Kathmandu valley. First you will visit Swoyambhunath, from where you can see the beautiful view of the entire Kathmandu valley. Swoyambhunath is the oldest temple of Nepal which is the holly place for  Buddhism.Meanwhile you will be guided along the historical  places around Patan, like Patan Durbar Square, Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple, etc and also you will get chance to visit the handicraft centre in Patan. After lunch,we drive to visit Boudhanath and Pashupatinath temple.First you will visit pasupatinath  temple ,pasupatinath templeis one of the most significant hindu temple lies on the bank of bagmati temple.After the beautiful view on the pasupatinath temple we lead towards boudhanath,which is also one of the holiest buddist site of Nepal.Then we lead towards Bhaktapur, Bhaktapur is the ancient Newar(local people of bhaktapur) town of Nepal.and we can visit the places like Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Statue of King Bhupatindra, Nyatapola Temple and fifty-five windowed Malla Palace etc which are the living prides of Bhaktapur and you will tour around all these places.

Day 03: Katmandu to Lukla - Trek to Phakding (2700m.)

After breakfast you move towards lukla (9,000 feet/2,743 meters) by plane from the capital city. Lukla is our first base camp where you began our trek. Later we further hike for the short time to the place named Phakding which is about 8000ft. (2438m)

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters)

Today you began our short trip from Phakding to namche bazaar (11,300 feet/3,444 meters) which is also the gateway to the top of the world, Mt.Everest(8848m).

Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche (3440m.)

For acclimatization purposes we spend a second night in Namche Bazaar. After resting in the morning you will hike to the syanboche for lunch, where you will have a first heart touching view of Mt Everest.

Day 06:  Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (3550m.)

After breakfast you will trek from Namche Bazaar to Khumjung. Overnight at lodge

Day 07:  Khumjung to Dole

After breakfast you will trek from Khumjung to Dole. Overnight at lodge

Day 08:  Dole to Machherma

Then you will trek from Dole to Machherma. Overnight at lodge

Day 09:  Machharma to Gokyo

In this day you will trek to Machharma to gokyo. Gokyo lakes are located in Khumjung village in north-eastern Nepal at the head of the Dudh Koshi River. Overnight at Lodge

Day 10:  Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day (Hike to Gokyo Ri-5357m)

For the best views you will climb Gokyo Ri (5357m) today. From here you will have a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung Kang, Everest, Lothse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. After we enjoy the view we will return to Gokyo village. Overnight at lodge

Day 11:  Gokyo Ri to Thaknak (4750 m)

Then you will trek from Gokyo to Thaknak (4750 m). Overnight at lodge

Day 12:  Thaknak to Cho-la Pass (5367 m)

Then you will trek from Thaknak - Cho-la Pass (5367 m). Overnight at lodge

Day 13:  Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m)

Then you will trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m). Overnight at lodge

Day 14: Lobuche to Gorakshep

Then you will trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep. Overnight at lodge

Day 15: Gorkshep to Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep

In this day you will trek to Everest base camp and again return back to Gorkshep. Overnight at Lodge

Day 16: Gorkshep to Kalapathar to Pheriche

In this day you will trek from Gorkshep to Kalapathar and again return back to Pheriche. Overnight at Lodge

Day 17: Pheriche to Namche

In this day you will leave from Pheriche and have a short to trek to Namche Bazaar.

Day 18: Namche to Lukla (2840m.)

In this day you will trek again from Namche to lukla.

Day 19: Flight to Kathmandu

You will take a flight from lukla to Kathmandu.

Day 20: Leisure day in Kathmandu.

You can roam around Kathmandu valley or you can do shopping.

Day 21: Departure.

After breakfast we will transfer you to Tribhuvan International airport (TIA) three hour before your flight you have to reach there

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

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Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek

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“An Epic Adventure with Actual Adventures”

Everest Base Camp has been on my bucket list my entire life and I finally did it 10th November 2016. I researched companies on TripAdvisor and settled on Actual Adventures as Kedar was always prompt with replies and eager to answer my many many questions. Originally planned to go with my son but when his plans changed I decided to take a leap of faith and go alone - I had some reservations about being a woman travelling alone but it turned out I had nothing to worry about. Kedar met me at the airport and transferred to the Yak and Yeti Hotel - a very nice start to such a big adventure. I was introduced to Binod on the morning of our departure and as I'd made the mistake of looking up Lukla landings on Youtube, was quite nervous about that leg. Binod put my mind at rest and I think he would have happily held my hand if that had been necessary. The flight to Lukla was like a Disney ride once you get over the nerves of such a tiny plane. We picked up our porter Dilip upon landing and we were off .... the higher in altitude we traveled the more remote and basic the tea houses and you need to be prepared to rough it .... no hot water, but then it's too cold to shower anyway and the food can sometimes be basic compared to what we westerners are used to ... but it's not about that - it's about the experience of a lifetime - and that, it certainly was ! The scenery is breathtaking in every direction and every day gets better. The sense of accomplishment upon ascending Kala Pattar and the most magnificent, close up views of Mt Everest will remain with me as a highlight - also the hardest part of the trek - at 5500 meters the air's pretty thin !! Binod was extremely helpful, cheerful and a complete professional. He was able to answer any question and I felt able to rely upon him for everything and anything, from advising me to use my water bottle as a hot water bottle inside my sleeping bag at night, to showing me which were the safest rocks to step on when crossing frozen rivers. I can highly recommend Actual Adventures and if you're thinking about doing Everest - stop thinking and just DO IT !!

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