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Everest Gokyo RI Trek is one of the popular treks in the Everest Region. This trek takes you to the highest peak Gokyo RI (5,357m) of Khumbu Region and Gokyo Lakes. Gokyo

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Trip Fact

Group size: 1-12 people

 Max-Altitude: 5,357 m/17,570 ft

 Destination: Nepal
 
 Fitness level: Moderate 

 Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal  

 Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

 Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

 Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek

Everest Gokyo RI Trek is one of the popular treks in the Everest Region. This trek takes you to the highest peak Gokyo RI (5,357m) of Khumbu Region and Gokyo Lakes. Gokyo lakes are located in Khumjung village in north-eastern Nepal at the head of the Dudh Koshi River. Gokyo RI trek is an amazing and adventurous trek that can be alternative to famous Everest Base Camp chasing the lesser hustle trail. Gokyo RI 5000 m is the main highlight of the trek which provides breathtaking views of grand Mt. Everest (8848 m) with other peaks such as Lhotse (8516 m), Makalu (8463 M) and Cho Oyu (8201 M) with 27 snow capped mountains of the Khumbu Glacier. We can also enjoy the beautiful Gokyo valley, Tibetan culture and lush valley through the trek. Gokyo RI 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.

The Everest Gokyo RI trek starts with a short and scenic flight to Lukla. At Lukla you will meet the rest of the team members (porters and assistant guides) and start the trek. The trek goes through several Sherpa villages, forests, hanging suspension bridges, rivers, meadows and pastures lands. You can catch up wonderful views of the snow capped mountains, rivers, valleys, lakes and glaciers during this Everest Gokyo RI Trek. Since, the Everest Base Camp trek route is crowded during the peak tourist seasons, this Everest Gokyo Ri trek can be a better option for the trekkers who want to skip the crowd and spend quality of time in Everest Region peacefully. Everest Gokyo RI trek offers a great trekking experience to adventure seeking trekkers.

Outline Itinerary Everest Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo RI trek

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu

Day 02: Lukla Flight (2800m/ 9383ft) then treks to Phakding (2,652m/8700ft)

Day 03: Hike to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,290ft)

Day 04: Acclimatize at Namche Bazaar

Day 05: Move to Dole (4,410m / 13,152 ft)

Day 06: Hike to Machermo (4,470m / 14,663 ft)

Day 07: Step towards Gokyo (4800m/ 15,744 ft)

Day 08: Acclimatization at Gokyo Valley

Day 09: climb Gokyo RI (5357m) and Thaknak (4750m)

Day 10: Gokyo to Dole

Day 11: Dole to Namche

Day 12: Namche to Lukla

Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 14: Final Departure

Nepal Visa 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. Read more 

Transportation, Flight and Arrival Information


We will send our representatives from Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd at Tribhuvan International Airport a bit earlier than your arrival. As you land at Tribhuvan International Airport and complete your immigration process you will see our representatives holding a placard of your and company’s name. Actual Adventure Displaying Board, They will welcome you in a Nepali style offering some flowers and then transfer you to the hotel in our own private luxurious vehicle. Sometime they can be late in airport due to huge traffic in that case please note this Local number to +977 -01 4417579, Or Mobile number +9779851012358, +9779851212358 for in case , Do not follow any unknown person before meeting our official airport representative with our company board or your Name Card. You will meet rest of the team members in the hotel. The next day you will have your breakfast at the hotel or drive to the airport for your flight to Lukla depending upon the flight schedule. The costs includes Airport to Hotel pickup and drop for both domestic and international flights.  You will meet the rest of the team members in Lukla and only guide will be going along with you from Kathmandu. 

Accommodations

The accommodations during Kathmandu will be provided in standard 3 star hotels. However accommodations during the trek will be provided in Tea houses or lodges. All the accommodations will be provided on twin sharing basis. In Kathmandu you will get luxurious rooms with attached bathrooms and other luxury facilities. But, it might not be possible during the trek. You will be provided with clean and comfortable accommodations but in the mountain region there might not be facilities of attached bathrooms in the lodge or guest houses and also you may have to pay extra charges for hot water as well. We will try our best to provide you the best available services as far as possible. Single supplement rooms can also be provided on request but may not be available on higher altitude.

Meals

All meals during the trek will be provided by the company. The meals are provided three times a day that includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The breakfast is provided at the same lodge/teahouse where you had your overnight stay; Lunch is provided on the way and dinner at the last stop of the day where you will have your overnight stay. Since, all the tea houses/ lodges are run by the local people they have the similar food items on the menu. The tea houses mostly serve the local Nepali dishes and also offer some common Indian and continental food items as well. You can choose your food as according to the menu. We advise you to give a try to local food items and treat your taste buds with new flavors. Since, most of the food items are made up of locally grown it is healthy and organic as well. The breakfast during Everest Base Camp Trek usually consists of toast, eggs, potatoes, and tea or coffee. Some tea houses offers instantly made chapattis or Porridge instead of toast.  The lunch and dinner usually consists of typical Nepali food called Dal Bhat (cooked Lentils and Rice) including vegetables and pickles or you can also choose noodles, pastas, soups and other items. Since every food items are made by the local people you may not get that exact taste in the dishes other than local dishes. 

Drinking water 

Water is an essential part of your trek. You need to drink plenty of water during your.  Most of the diseases during your trek are caused by drinking impure water. However it is not that the water in the mountain region is impure. It is natural and clean the people there consume it direct from the tap. But, since you are not used to you may get directly affected and consuming water direct from the tap might ruin your trek. Here are the tips for consuming water during Everest Base Camp Trek.

1. Mineral Water/ Bottled water.

Mineral water or Bottled water is available at most of the tea houses. The bottled water costs normally 1 Dollar per liter. If you find it in any tea houses it is better to carry an extra bottle because it may not be available anywhere during the trek. 

2. Boiled Water

Drinking boiled water is probably the best method while trekking in the mountains. It is highly effective treatment for killing the bacteria from the water. You can boil the water in the tea house and carry it along with you during the trek. The tea hoses charges normally one to two dollars to boil the water. 

3. Purified Water.

You can bring your own water purification tablets like Aquatabs®, Chlorine tablets, Bhromine Tablets along with you. It helps to save your budget as well.

4. Filtered Water.

You can also use filtered water as well during your Everest Base Camp Trek.  This can be an alternate where boiling is not preferred and also there is not any availability of other purified water. The filters like hand pump are effective in removing protozoa, bacteria and chemicals/toxins from the water but may not be effective removing the viruses. 

Leader & Staffs Arrangements with Porter Care

During this Classic Everest Base Camp trek you will fly to Lukla from Kathmandu only with your guide. Other team members like assistant guide and porters will join you from Lukla.  We focus on giving employment opportunities to the local people as far as possible. We choose experienced field staff having good knowledge in their related field. We do have highly experienced team of porters and guides. Our field staff leaders are highly experienced and have undergone the training like. Intensive Wilderness First Aid, Trekking Guide Training, Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet, English Language, Conservation and Biodiversity, Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders). 

Why do we use Porters?


Porters are the most helpful assistant for your Everest Base Camp Trek. They carry your luggage all the way through your trek. We use the local porters during Everest Base Camp Trek. It is a small effort from our side to provide them employment opportunity and help them maintain their living standard and look after their families. We provide one porter for each two members of a group and also provide personal porter on request with additional costs. 

Why don’t we use Yak as Porters? 

During your Everest Base Camp Trek you can also see several Yaks and Mules on your way used as porter. Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd doesn’t use yaks and mules as porters during the trek because we respect animal rights and emphasis on giving employment opportunities to the local people. 

Guide and Porter info

It is in the hand of guide and porter to actually make or break your trip. A good guide can give you a memorable trek of your life time whereas a bad can ruin your trek and make it the worst. Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd has a team of highly experienced a passionate trekking guides, expedition leader, porters and tour guides. With their years of experience and dedication in their fields they have been providing our customers with remarkable service and excellent results. You can have the detailed information of our guides in the company’s Trip Management Team (Field Staff)

Equipment’s & Packing List

Proper equipment and packing is very necessary during the trek. No proper trekking gears can ruin your trekking experience. You will need following trekking gears and equipment’s for Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. Check Equipment Check List 
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

An actual Adventure representative will meet you at the arrival gate of International Airport and take you to your hotel.  Today you will meet your trekking guide and be concise about your daily activities. At evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner organized by our company.

Day 02: Lukla Flight (2800m/ 9383ft) then treks to Phakding (2,652m/8700ft)

As we finish our breakfast early morning, we will attend domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is the entrance of our trek. We can reach tensing Hillary Airport within 35 min enjoying the magnificent green landscape and White Mountains. This is the most wonderful air route in the world terminating in a spectacular hillside surrounded by high mountains.
As we reach Lukla, we will meet our group member and we will finish our packing and arrangement to start our trek via the wealthy Lukla village to Phakding. Today to adapt the atmosphere there, we will have short trek. Nevertheless, if you are interested for additional trip then we go to a nearby Monastery. We will spend our night at hotel in Phakding.

Day 03: Hike to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,290ft)

After breakfast we will start our walk in the morning. Today the trek is enjoyable with few short ascend and descend with several crosses over Dhud Koshi River and fabulous scene of Mt. Thamserku (6623/21729 ft) via Benkar village. We will reach at Monjo, gate way of Sagarmatha National Park crossing many bridges on the way where our trekking permit will be checked to keep record of trekkers and local trekking staffs. Regular down walk take us to the last village of Namche Bazaar that is Jorsale. We will arrive at Hillary suspension bridge on walking through the river bed. We will walk ascend now, towards Namche bazaar and enjoy the glorious and closer vista of Kwangde Pea, we can be mesmerize by Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache and many other peaks.  We will get pleasure of this panorama by sitting in Chautara. We will spend our night at colorful village of Namche Bazaar which is the entrance of Khumbu region.

Day 04: Acclimatize at Namche Bazaar

Today we will stay at Namche Bazaar for adaption with atmosphere. Health specialist suggested staying energetic and moving throughout the rest day so we will either hike to Thame or trip to Khunde or lighten up and explore Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the center of Khumbu region and is full of facilities such as ATMs, internet café, shops, restaurant, bakery and a colorful market every Friday and Saturday evening. We can also find Government office there. The few upright walk for a day will help us for proper acclimatization. 
We will be taken to the tourist visitor center near the headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park where we will observe a collection of things narrated to the previous Everest climbers, Sherpa culture and also we get an opportunity to find out the various plan and animal life of the Khumbu region. We will also visit an interesting visit to Khumjung. Then we will ascend further to the popular airfield at Syangboche. Snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku surround the beautiful valley, Khumjung. We will also walk to Hillary school which is located at same site. We return to Namche Bazaar after having lunch and spend our night there.

Day 05: Move to Dole (4,410m / 13,152 ft)

First of all we will finish our breakfast then we will move steeply out of Namche Bazaar to Kyangjuma village where we can be pleasure by the stunning panorama of Thamserku, Katenga and Ama Dablam. The most laborious climb of the day will be to cross the Mong la, a very pleasant location on the edge of Mt. Khumbila. We will have lunch and take rest at the top of Mong La enjoying the gorgeous and grand scene of surrounding snow capped Mountains and valleys. The abundance of the flora and fauna together with wildflowers and Rhododendron will be the most marvelous aspect of our trail today. It will be usual to mark wild lives such as Pheasants, mountain goats and vague musk deer. Passing through forests, some waterfalls and bridges then we will reach at a small place with few teahouses, Dole and stay there overnight.

Day 06: Hike to Machherma (4,470m / 14,663 ft)

At first, we ascend gradually via picturesque crest over Dole and we will rise up to Lhabarma (4220 m) to Luza (4360m). This trek offers us superior views of Cho oyo, Kantega and Thamseku. We have to walk through many summer arrangements and an attractive village of Luza. As we climb up from Luza we can observe the Dudh Koshi valley, deep like a gorge with its absolute sides. We will reach Machherma, trekking along the hill side over roaring Dudh Koshi and passing via some small settlements and sandy urges.  Marchherma is the last foremost hamlet on the way to Gokyo. We can enjoy the striking stream running down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche Mountains through the middle of the village before draining into the Dudh Koshi. We must pay our visit to Himalaya Rescue Hospital for speech regarding altitude sickness at Machherma. It is very important because its preventative measure and primary cure.

Day 07: Step towards Gokyo (4800m/ 15,744 ft)

Today we will enjoy the tremendous scene of both down the valley and the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku and Northern part of Cho-Oyu (8153m) while climbing a ridge Chorten. After some gradual walk through a Chorten, we will reach to Pangka (4480m). We walk down to the River bank before starting to hike up to the mortal moraine of Ngozamba Glacier. It is a vertical hike on the moraine. As we cross an Iron Bridge above stream the trial levels out when it chases the valley cross the first Lake, Longpongo (4690 m). There we get an opportunity to scrutinize the Lama footprints on a stone. We will be awestruck by the sparkling turquoise blue sheet of water at the spectacle of the second lake, Taboche Tsho. Few minutes’ walk takes us to third lake, the two linked of rolling streams. Gyoko village lies by the third lake and Cho- Oyu Mountain as a background sets is a wonderful sight. After lunch, we will walk around the third lake, Dudh Pokhari. We will spend our night at teahouse in Gokyo.

Day 08: Acclimatization at Gokyo Valley

Today we will have full day rest but we should not stay idle. If weather is excellent then we will grab a chance to climb Gokyo Ri today instead of next day to take pleasure of the excellent scene of Everest region. Or we can have another option to explore to six lake of Gokyo as this is very popular beside its grand view. So we will trek about 3 km north of Gokyo to watch fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). Stay at Gokyo village overnight.

Day 09: climb Gokyo RI (5357m) and Thaknak (4750m)

Today early morning we will Gokyo Ri which is the highlight of the trip. Climbing Gokyo Ri is definitely challenging and laborious as takes about 4 hours gradual ascend to reach top. We will suppose to be surrounded by wonderful mountains like Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. It will be the most memorable trip for us. We descend from Gokyo taking breakfast to Thaknak. We will pass our night at Thaknak.

Day 10: Gokyo to Dole

After having our breakfast at Gokyo we will trek back to Dole on the tenth day of Everest Gokyo RI trek. The trial descends along the Dudh Koshi River where we will pass by the first Gokyo Lakes enjoying the wonderful views of Cholatse and Taboche peaks along the way. We then climb a hill and after reaching the chorten at the edge we can catch up the beautiful views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu and Kangtega mountains. We will then pas by Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarma villages and reach Dole.  Overnight at Dole. 

Day 11: Dole to Namche

On the 11th day of Everest Gokyo Ri Trek we will trek back to Namche after having an early morning breakfast at Dole. The trek starts with a steep descend towards Phortse Thanga. On our trial we can admire the wonderful views of wildflowers, booming rhododendrons and amazing waterfalls depending on the season of our trek. We can also get to see goats, musk deer, pheasant’s, e.t.c and admiring views of several peaks like Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtega mountains on our trek today. From an intersection of our trial and trial from Sanasa we walk to the trial that clings to a forested slope, winding through several bends we reach to a hill where there is Namche Army Camp. A few minutes trek from here will take us to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Namche Bazaar. 

Day 12: Namche to Lukla

Today we will have our last day on mountains. The trial today is mostly a downhill. The trek goes along the bank of the Dudh Koshi River. We will trek towards the Hillary Suspension bridges, and also pass by several monasteries and villages before reaching Lukla. After reaching Lukla we will take rest and spend some quality time remembering all those bittersweet reminiscence of the journey. Overnight at Lukla.

Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu

Today is our final day of Everest High passes trek. You will have our breakfast at Lukla and then fly back to Kathmandu. You will have the last few minute’s views of the mountains in our flight back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu the representative will drop you to the hotel and you can take some rest or do some shopping as reminder. You can take the guides if you need help. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 14: Final Departure.

We hope we had a wonderful time with us. We will bid a farewell to us and then our representatives will drop us to the airport for our final departure from Nepal. We wish to see we soon in near future.  

Note: Since, this trek goes to an isolated area the company or anyone may not have been informed by the conditions of the region. Several unforeseeable conditions which are beyond anyone’s control like weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. In such case the team leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. However, we will try our best to keep the above itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. Please note that your safety is our primary concern and it is the duty of your trek leader to take care of your safety. 

NOTE 01: Itinerary can be Change 

The trekkers are recommending to arrive a day earlier at Kathmandu before the start of Trek. It is because arriving a day earlier gives you ample time for rest and also you can buy the necessary trekking gears in Kathmandu in case you haven’t brought it with you. Also it is better if you are prepared for the unforeseeable weather of Everest Region with some additional days besides the trip schedule so that you won’t miss your International flight even if the Lukla flight is delayed or cancelled. We will offer you welcome dinner in Kathmandu on your arrival day and due to any reasons if the welcome dinner cannot be provided the following day then we will offer you farewell dinner before your departure.

All our trekking packages are fully customizable. We can accommodate the trekking packages according to the preference and requirements of the customer. The above provided template is just a demonstration of what we offer. 

 NOTE 01:   Itinerary Can be Cancel Party or Fully 

During the trip, the unpredictable factors like, weather, local politics, transport and many more which are beyond our control can bring some change in the itinerary. In such case, if the alternation in the itinerary is necessary, then the trek leader will decide for the best alternative with the consent and interest of the whole group. If the change occurs we will do our best to minimize its effect; however the company cannot be responsible for the results of changes and delays.  

Extra Days in Nepal

We advise you to include some extra days other than your trek schedule. It is because the weather of Everest Region is unpredictable and the flights to Lukla often gets delayed or cancelled. Having extra days in your trek schedule helps you to not miss your international flights. 

Extra Costs and Inclusions.


We suggest you to have some extra amount with you cash or credit card that will help you to cover the unforeseen circumstances. Here are some extra costs and an inclusion if in case happens. 

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any unforeseen cause like flight cancellation, weather conditions or any other should be paid by the trekkers themselves.  
  • Nepal entry visa ($40 USD).
  • All the meals are included on the trek and only breakfast and welcome dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • We don't include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
  • The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few of the tea houses for between $4 and $6. Charging electronic devices is possible in the tea houses and charging costs between $1 and $3 an hour.

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

Since, the weather in the Everest region is unpredictable and is likely to change every few hours, the Lukla flight often gets delayed or even cancelled. 
Lukla Airport is situated on a wonderful valley surrounded by high mountains. Landing and taking off from Lukla is considered to be difficult and technical. Therefore, Lukla is considered as the most dangerous airstrips in the world.
Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. However, if flight to and from Lukla are cancelled in case of bad weather conditions in Everest region, we can help you charter a helicopter upon your request to ensure you are on schedule for your trip and international flight connections. The helicopter charge is to be paid by the passengers themselves and can be reimbursed from their travel insurance later. The helicopter charges USD 2,500 to USD 3,000 per helicopter. The helicopter can carry up to 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared among the passengers. The company can help by providing necessary documents required to claim the amount from insurance company. 


The payment for helicopter must be paid at time of service by participant. US dollars cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, and American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee, which goes directly to the bank.
The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m or greater, while the twin otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters cannot be operated. In such case we will reschedule your flight for next day depending on the availability. If this situation keeps on getting repeated for many days then we will provide you with the alternative trek options.

FLYING TO LUKLA – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

Flying to Lukla.

The most adventures journey of the world has an adventurous gateway. Almost all of the treks in Everest Region begin with an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary airport Lukla. The flight is short, scenic, exciting and adventurous. On the other hand this short flight takes your breath out, flying out from the TIA it directly lands on a small airstrip over an isolated mountain valley tucked in between the mountains of Khumbu region also known as world’s most dangerous airport in just 40 minutes approx.

Since, there is no road transportation; the Flight to Lukla is the sole vehicle approach to Everest Region. The market here can be possible only by Flight or several days of walking. Thus, Lukla Airport is a hub for all the local people and trekkers in the Everest Region.

Tenzing-Hillary Airport Lukla

Tenzing-Hillary Airport Lukla or Lukla Airport stands at an altitude of 2845m above the sea level. The Route to Lukla airport from Kathmandu is short but it is often it is interrupted by unpredictable weather conditions which causes delay and flight cancellation. The flight to Lukla offers you with most amazing view of the mountains and picturesque landscapes of Everest Region passing over interconnected mountain ranges of Nepal.

History of Tenzing-Hillary Airport Lukla

The Tenzing Hillary Airport was called Lukla Airport until 2008. The airport was meant to be built in the flat farmlands but the villagers refused to give their lands and thus, the airport was built at its current position in 1964 under the supervision of Edmund Hillary. Hillary bought the land from local Sherpa’s for US$2,650 and involved them in building the facilities. Because Hillary was unhappy with the runway's soil resistance, and he made a solution was to buy local liquor for the Sherpa’s and asked them to perform a foot-stomping dance to flatten the land that served as the runway. The runway was not paved until 2001.  The airport was renamed as Tenzing-Hillary Airport in January 2008 in the honor of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary to mark their efforts in the construction of airport and celebrate their victory of being the first people to successfully climb Mt.Everest.

Is the flight to Lukla Safe?

Having had a reputation of being the most dangerous airport in this could be injustice to say the flight to Lukla is completely safe. The Lukla airport is said the world’s most dangerous airport because of its difficult topography and small airstrips. However, it is one of the busiest domestic airports of Nepal and flying there is pretty safe. The aviation officials and airlines of Nepal have become stricter on the acceptable flight conditions and regulations for aircraft making the journey to Lukla. The airlines and officials have been more concise regarding passenger safety and safely landing of the aircrafts.

During peak tourist seasons about 20 or 30 aircraft land in Lukla every day and almost all of the trekkers who visit the Everest Region annually fly into Lukla. Due to the difficulties of successfully landing at the airport, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal sets high standards, for which only experienced pilots, who completed at least 100 short-takeoff-and-landing (STOL) missions, have over one year of STOL experience in Nepal and completed ten missions into Lukla with a certified instructor pilot, are allowed to land at the airport.

Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd has been organizing Everest Trekking since its starting. Each year several trekking groups trek to Everest Region from our company and we highly focus on giving either first or second flight to our guests. The first or second flight to Lukla is more stable, safer and has better visibility. For this, we request our customer to send their deposits and information as early as possible.

Planning for Delays at Lukla

Lukla Airport is situated on a wonderful valley surrounded by high mountains. Landing and taking off from Lukla is considered to be difficult and technical. Therefore, Lukla is considered as the most dangerous airstrips in the world.

We request our customers to schedule some extra days at the end of the trip; this gives you flexibility with your trekking itinerary in case of any weather delays. It will be better if you have at least three extra days other than your trek schedule.

Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. However, if flight to and from Lukla are cancelled in case of bad weather conditions in Everest region, we can help you charter a helicopter upon your request to ensure you are on schedule for your trip and international flight connections. The helicopter charge is to be paid by the passengers themselves and can be reimbursed from their travel insurance later. The helicopter charges USD 2,500 to USD 3,000 per helicopter. The helicopter can carry up to 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared among the passengers. The company can help by providing necessary documents required to claim the amount from insurance company. 

The payment for helicopter must be paid at time of service by participant. US dollars cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, and American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee, which goes directly to the bank.

The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m or greater, while the twin otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters cannot be operated. In such case we will reschedule your flight for next day depending on the availability. If this situation keeps on getting repeated for many days then we will provide you with the alternative trek options.

What About Luggage Delays at Lukla?

Luggage Delays in Lukla are very rare .However it is not impossible and your luggage can be shifted to another flight or delayed by the airline. We suggest you to keep all your valuables and important things that you might need on an urgent basis like medicines or any other things to keep in your hand carry. Although, luggage misplaced or delays by the airlines are out of our control we will try our best to get your gears on the trial.

What are the options to get back to Kathmandu when the Lukla flights are canceled?

Since, flight delays are very common in Lukla the best idea is to have some extra days and wait for the flight. However, you can also look for the following options as well.

Flying to Lukla by helicopter can be the best alternatives to avoid the delay and cancel of the Lukla Flights by fixed wing. Lukla is the main gateway to the trekkers trekking in the Everest Region. Since, Lukla flightis the sloe vehicle in the Everest Region Lukla is the main hub for traders and trekkers in the Everest Region. Lukla airport gets super busy during the peak tourist seasons landing about 20 to 30 aircrafts every day in March to May and September to December. During seasons it is very difficult to get the flights in a short notice. You need to book the tickets before one month or earlier during peak seasons. To reach to Lukla on your scheduled time flying by Helicopters can be another option to flight.

Why fly by Helicopters to Lukla from Kathmandu?

Less Chance of Cancellation

Helicopters are the best alternative to Lukla flights. The helicopter flight can be booked easily and are less cancelled. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m or greater, while the twin otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. However, if the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1500m helicopters cannot be operated.

Safer than the regular flights.

Flying to Lukla by helicopter is safer than the regular flights. Although there has not been any serious accidents in recent years the Lukla airport is regarded as one of the most dangerous airstrips in the world because of its difficult topography and short runway. Flying to Lukla by helicopter is safer because it can land anywhere and can fly in less visibility as well.

Don’t have to miss International Flights

Flying to Lukla by helicopters is the best option to complete your trek as per your itinerary without wasting any extra days waiting for the flight. Since, the Lukla weather is unpredictable and the flight can be delayed for several hours or several days. Flying to Lukla by helicopter reduces your risk of missing your international flight and helps you to complete the trek as planned.

No need to drive to Manthali

 

Helicopters Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Are you worried about the cancellation and delay of your Lukla Flight? Don’t worry we can arrange helicopter tour for you and you don’t have to miss your international flights.  If you miss your flight to Kathmandu by any reason or your flights get delayed for several hours or days then you can contact Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd. We can arrange helicopter for you and help you to get Kathmandu on time.

Helicopters Flight from Manthali to Lukla

The flights to Lukla are being operated by Manthali Airport because of the re-construction process going on in Tribhuvan International Airport. Manthali Airport is the closest airport from Kathmandu. It is located in Ramechaap District of Nepal in Province no.3. It takes about 4 hours to reach Manthali Airport from Kathmandu.  Since the condition of the road is not so good you may not reach there in exact time. The bus departs at early 2am from Kathmandu and since the accommodations are less in Manthali driving from Kathmandu is an only option. Since it is a long route there is possibility of missing the flight. In case you miss the flight or your flight gets cancelled you can contact Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd. We will help you to arrange helicopter flights and complete your trek in the scheduled time.

How many people can fly in a helicopter at a time?

The helicopter can carry up to 5 passengers at a time. The maximum weight that a helicopter can carry is up to 500kg. 

Group Joining Helicopter Flight

If you are travelling to Lukla alone and want to fly by helicopter then we can also arrange group joining helicopter flight to Lukla. Since there are regular helicopter flights to Lukla during peak tourist seasons we can book a flight for you from Kathmandu – Lukla or Lukla- Kathmandu.

Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Cost.

The payment for helicopter must be paid at time of service by participant. US dollars cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, and American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee, which goes directly to the bank.

Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu Helicopter Flight Cost

Destination                       Private Helicopter Cost and Weight                        Sharing Helicopter Cost

Kathmandu – Lukla         USD 2500 (Maximum 5 people inclusive weight 500 kg)  USD 500 Per Person

Lukla – Kathmandu         USD 2500 (Maximum 5 people inclusive weight 500 kg)  USD 500 Per Person

How to Book a Helicopter to Lukla?

To book a helicopter flight to Lukla to Kathmandu or Kathmandu to Lukla from Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd you will need to pay 50 percent of the total amount as advance for the confirmation of booking. The remaining amount can be paid before the flight. It will be our first priority to provide immediate service to our customers. There are only limited helicopters in Nepal and the demand highly increases during peak tourist season. In such case, it may not be possible for your instant helicopter flight.

Cancellation Policy.

If you have to cancel your flight due to any reasons then please kindly inform us. The flight cancellation should be made before 48 hours. USD 100 is charged as cancellation charge and the remaining amount will be returned back.

 

Trekking from Jiri

One option to get back to Kathmandu if the flight gets delayed is to trek back via Jiri. The trek via Jiri is the original route used by Sir Edmund Hillary in his Everest Expedition and it was the only gate way to this region until the Tenzing Hillary Airport was built. You can reach to Kathmandu after trekking about 5 days and a long bus ride.

Hike out to Salleri

After trekking about two days from Lukla you will reach Salleri from here you can to get a jeep to Kathmandu. After a long drive of about 10 to 12 hours you will reach to Kathmandu.

Helicopter to Paphlu

Phaplu isan airstrip lower in the valley close to Salleri. If helicopters are limited in availability they may only be available to shuttle guests to Phaplu. You can also get a jeep from Phaplu. It takes about 2-3 days to reach to Phaplu from Lukla.

Helicopter to Surkhe

It takes about an hour or half from Lukla to reach Surkhe. It is a small village below Lukla where helicopters sometimes land as the visibility is better.

Will Travel Insurance Cover Flight Delays to Lukla?

Make sure your travel insurance covers “trip interruption” that is a result of a rescheduled or canceled flight and will reimburse you for missed international connections or extra travel expenses. Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd can help you to provide the necessary documents for your insurance company to make a claim. It is better to see exactly what your policy covers before you arrive in Nepal.

What about Helicopters to Lukla?

The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m or greater, while the twin otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters cannot be operated.

We can help you charter a helicopter upon your request to ensure you are on schedule for your trip and international flight connections. The helicopter charge is to be paid by the passengers themselves and can be reimbursed from their travel insurance later.

How Much Does the Lukla Helicopter Cost?

The helicopter charges USD 2,500 to USD 3,000 per helicopter. The helicopter can carry up to 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared among the passengers. The company can help by providing necessary documents required to claim the amount from insurance company. 

The payment for helicopter must be paid at time of service by participant. US dollars cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, and American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee, which goes directly to the bank.

Why Travel to Lukla with Actual Adventure

With Several years of experience of organizing Everest Trekking we can assure the following things while travelling with us.

  1. We book the flights immediately after getting your deposits and passport copies. We prioritize on giving the early flights to our customers as far as possible. Since there is less chance of getting flight delay on the first or second flights to Lukla. We make sure the flights are booked before your arrival.
  2. As an established Travel Agency we have higher priority than independent trekkers or independent guides when it comes to re booking if your flight is delayed or canceled.
  3. We provide pick-up and drop facilitates and take care of our customers need during their stay in Nepal with us. So you will not need to worry about anything while you are travelling with us. We work on providing a better travel experience to our valuable customers. 
  • Pick up and drop facilities from Airport-Hotel-Airport (by private car) With Luggage transfer 
  • Welcome & farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with live cultural program. 
  • 3- 5 star Level Hotel Accommodations in Kathmandu as your Choice 
  • Stays in clean lodge/guest houses during the trek in twin sharing basis.
  • Three meals per day which includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as per menu (you can choose Dinner menu and Lunch Fixed menu in Group, choice when small Group 
  • Three times a cup of  tea or coffee during the trek, Extra you have to pay extra directly 
  • Seasonal fresh fruit during the trek up to Namche Bazzar 
  • Experienced, well trained, English speaking guide with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period.(6 trekkers :1 Assistance Guide )
  • One porter for each two member in a group (with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period)
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per itinerary.
  • Actual Adventure duffel bag  and sleeping bag as optional (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (national Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu with all applicable taxes and departure tax with 15KG luggage
  • Khumbu Local Entrance fee $20
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Service Charge for Company 
  • Accidental Medical and health insurance for local crew members

Complimentary service 

  • Booking Accommodations for before and After trip in Kathmandu 
  • Complementary assistances service for local information and such ( flight ticket date change, visa extend service , arrange local meeting )
  • Luggage and some valuable things storage in Kathmandu 
  • Half day sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath, Baudhanath and Monkey temple (shoyambhunath) including private transfer and local English speaking tour guide.
  • Free local information 
  • A unique local memorable gift hamper 
  • Free company Bruisers  & DVD, T shirt 
  • Rescue and evacuation arrangement service if applicable
  • Any Extended trip Service 

Cost Exclude

  • International Airfare fees. 
  • Nepalese visa fee- Available on Arrival Nepal Visa fee USD25 for 15 days, USD40 for 30 days or if extending your stay USD100 for 90 days. All are multiple entries. You will also need a passport photo. The visa fee can be paid in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. (Bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu in Itinerary 
  • Upgrade Accommodations above 3 star level 
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu if early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Extra luggage charge. $ 1.5 USD Per KG 
  • Single supplement will cost extra
  • Personal Climbing Gears 
  • Personal Porter will cost  extra
  • Hot showers during the trek. 
  • Personal trekking equipment’s.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Extra costs for internet and phone calls in trekking
  • Tips for guides porters and drivers
  • Person expenses like as ( Telephone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower |Etc) in Trekking 
  • Not included in the itinerary.
  • Extra Tea coffee, Snacks, energy chocolates ETC



Booking and Client Safety.

As a reputed travel agency in Nepal, Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd is the one you can always count on when it comes to your safety and booking procedures. We make sure that your money is in the right hand and you can always trust us. Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd has the following booking terms and conditions. If your booking is accepted by us then a contract is deemed to exist between you and The Actual Adventure Ltd. At this point we will send you a confirmation invoice showing the amount of deposit received and your final balance due. Now you can go ahead and book your international flights and obtain trekking and travel insurance.

Booking process Conditions:


While making your trip with us, you are requested to deposit at least 30% of the total amount prior to 30 days of your arrival and the remaining amount can be submitted in the office upon arrival.

Booking Process

To book a trip from Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd you will need to follow certain processes which are mentioned below. 

Step 1: Send us an inquiry using inquiry form, email or call us
Step 2: Discuss and fix the trek itinerary and price. 
Step 3: Send us the deposit required to confirm the trip.
Step 4: Send us your Passport copies, Insurance copies, two passport sized photos and others (if                   necessary)
 Step 5: Come to Nepal pay the remaining amount and start the trek. 

Payment for Your Trip

  • Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd.
  • Currency General Account (USD) 016-010 100 23199 
  • Paying Bank: Nepal Investment Bank Ltd
  • Thamel Branch, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • SWIFT CODE: NIBLNPKT
 
NPR Currency Only 

  • Actual Adventure (P) Ltd.
  • Branch Code: 016 A/C No. 01030026257 
  • Paying Bank: Nepal Investment Bank Ltd
  • Thamel Branch, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • SWIFT CODE: NIBLNPKT


Payment Note|: Please Call or Text US (+9779851012358) before to process Payment 

  • Bank service charge should be paid by the clients themselves at the time of deposit.
  • 30% of the total price is required at least a month in advance for confirmation of the tour booking. 
  • Can Pay as below Link ( Pay now)
  • Remaining payment can be made after your arrival.

Cancellation Policy.


If our clients fail to make their trip or want to cancel their program due to any unavoidable circumstances, the company will refund only 70% of the deposited amount. However if you inform prior to 30 days before the trek no cancellation charge will be taken. 

Refund Policy:


Treks & tours booked and subsequently cancelled are subject to cancellation charges as follow:- After booking following Cancellation charge  and refund will provide from 30% deposit amount, hence if any permit issue already that charge 100% cost fee 

45 days prior: 10%
Within 30 days: 20%
Within 15 days: 30%
Within 7 days -48 hrs. before  : 50%
Less than 48 hrs or no show : 100%


Useful Matter 

Early Termination of a Trek.

Sometimes the trek ends before the scheduled itinerary due to several reasons regarding health or any other personal issues of the trekkers. If in case, early termination of the trek happens please note that we cannot offer refunds for unused days. It is because we have to pay the committed amount to our porters, guides and other team members. 

Program Change/ Delay: 

The departure scheduled would be changed on any unavoidable circumstance like weather hazards, trail slides, soil erosion, avalanches, sudden sickness, etc. The program can be customized as per the interest of the clients.

Fully Cancel 

 During the trip, the unpredictable factors like, weather, local politics, transport and many more which are beyond our control can bring some change in the itinerary. In such case, if the alternation in the itinerary is necessary, then the trek leader will decide for the best alternative with the consent and interest of the whole group. If the change occurs we will do our best to minimize its effect; however the company cannot be responsible for the results of changes and delays.  

Nepal Visa 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$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

Gratis (Free) Visa

For first visit in one visa year (January to December), gratis visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, the visa can be extended from the department of immigration with respective fares.
 Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.
Nepal Visa for Chinese Nationals
As per official circular of the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing, China, Chinese nationals applying for tourist visa to Nepal are being provided “gratis tourist visa” from Jan. 5, 2016, from following Nepali missions in the People’s Republic of China:
• Embassy of Nepal, Beijing
• Consulate General of Nepal, Lhasa
• Consulate General of Nepal, Hong Kong
• Honorary Consulate of Nepal, Shanghai


More Information

Nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan will need to obtain visa from Nepal Embassies or Diplomatic Missions in their respective countries, as they do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal. 

Transportation, Flight and Arrival Information


We will send our representatives from Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd at Tribhuvan International Airport a bit earlier than your arrival. As you land at Tribhuvan International Airport and complete your immigration process you will see our representatives holding a placard of your and company’s name. They will welcome you in a Nepali style offering some flowers and then transfer you to the hotel in our own private luxurious vehicle. You will meet rest of the team members in the hotel. The next day you will have your breakfast at the hotel or drive to the airport for your flight to Lukla depending upon the flight schedule. The costs includes Airport to Hotel pickup and drop for both domestic and international flights.  You will meet the rest of the team members in Lukla and only guide will be going along with you from Kathmandu. 

Accommodations Meal and Drinking Water

The accommodations during Kathmandu will be provided in standard 3 star hotels. However accommodations during the trek will be provided in Tea houses or lodges. All the accommodations will be provided on twin sharing basis. In Kathmandu you will get luxurious rooms with attached bathrooms and other luxury facilities. But, it might not be possible during the trek. You will be provided with clean and comfortable accommodations but in the mountain region there might not be facilities of attached bathrooms in the lodge or guest houses and also you may have to pay extra charges for hot water as well. We will try our best to provide you the best available services as far as possible. Single supplement rooms can also be provided on request but may not be available on higher altitude.

Meals

All meals during the trek will be provided by the company. The meals are provided three times a day that includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The breakfast is provided at the same lodge/teahouse where you had your overnight stay; Lunch is provided on the way and dinner at the last stop of the day where you will have your overnight stay. Since, all the tea houses/ lodges are run by the local people they have the similar food items on the menu. The tea houses mostly serve the local Nepali dishes and also offer some common Indian and continental food items as well. You can choose your food as according to the menu. We advise you to give a try to local food items and treat your taste buds with new flavors. Since, most of the food items are made up of locally grown it is healthy and organic as well. The breakfast during Everest Base Camp Trek usually consists of toast, eggs, potatoes, and tea or coffee. Some tea houses offers instantly made chapattis or Porridge instead of toast.  The lunch and dinner usually consists of typical Nepali food called Dal Bhat (cooked Lentils and Rice) including vegetables and pickles or you can also choose noodles, pastas, soups and other items. Since every food items are made by the local people you may not get that exact taste in the dishes other than local dishes. 

Drinking water 

Water is an essential part of your trek. You need to drink plenty of water during your.  Most of the diseases during your trek are caused by drinking impure water. However it is not that the water in the mountain region is impure. It is natural and clean the people there consume it direct from the tap. But, since you are not used to you may get directly affected and consuming water direct from the tap might ruin your trek. Here are the tips for consuming water during Everest Base Camp Trek.

1. Mineral Water/ Bottled water.

Mineral water or Bottled water is available at most of the tea houses. The bottled water costs normally 1 Dollar per liter. If you find it in any tea houses it is better to carry an extra bottle because it may not be available anywhere during the trek. 
2. Boiled Water
Drinking boiled water is probably the best method while trekking in the mountains. It is highly effective treatment for killing the bacteria from the water. You can boil the water in the tea house and carry it along with you during the trek. The tea hoses charges normally one to two dollars to boil the water. 
3. Purified Water.
You can bring your own water purification tablets like Aquatabs®, Chlorine tablets, Bhromine Tablets along with you. It helps to save your budget as well.
4. Filtered Water.
You can also use filtered water as well during your Everest Base Camp Trek.  This can be an alternate where boiling is not preferred and also there is not any availability of other purified water. The filters like hand pump are effective in removing protozoa, bacteria and chemicals/toxins from the water but may not be effective removing the viruses. 

Leader & Staffs Arrangements with Porter Care


During this Classic Everest Base Camp trek you will fly to Lukla from Kathmandu only with your guide. Other team members like assistant guide and porters will join you from Lukla.  We focus on giving employment opportunities to the local people as far as possible. We choose experienced field staff having good knowledge in their related field. We do have highly experienced team of porters and guides. Our field staff leaders are highly experienced and have undergone the trainings like. Intensive Wilderness First Aid, Trekking Guide Training, Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet, English Language, Conservation and Biodiversity, Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders). 

Why do we use Porters?

Porters are the most helpful assistant for your Everest Base Camp Trek. They carry your luggage all the way through your trek. We use the local porters during Everest Base Camp Trek. It is a small effort from our side to provide them employment opportunity and help them maintain their living standard and look after their families. We provide one porter for each two members of a group and also provide personal porter on request with additional costs. 

Why don’t we use Yak as Porters? 

During your Everest Base Camp Trek you can also see several Yaks and Mules on your way used as porter. Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd doesn’t use yaks and mules as porters during the trek because we respect animal rights and emphasis on giving employment opportunities to the local people. 

Guide and Porter info

It is in the hand of guide and porter to actually make or break your trip. A good guide can give you a memorable trek of your life time whereas a bad can ruin your trek and make it the worst. Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd has a team of highly experienced a passionate trekking guides, expedition leader, porters and tour guides. With their years of experience and dedication in their fields they have been providing our customers with remarkable service and excellent results. You can have the detailed information of our guides in the company’s Trip Management Team (Field Staff). 

Equipment’s & Packing List

Proper equipment and packing is very necessary during the trek. No proper trekking gears can ruin your trekking experience. You will need following trekking gears and equipment’s for Classic Everest Base Camp Trek.
Summary 
• Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
• Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
• Fleece or wool trousers/pants
• Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
• Thick, warm wool hiking socks
• Footwear for around camp, example, running shoes and/or sandals
• Gaiters (optional)
• Thermal tops
• Fleece jacket or pullover
• Wind cheater jacket (optional)
• Waterproof shell jacket
• Thermal gloves
• Underwear
• Shorts
• Cotton trousers/pants
• Thermal bottoms
• Sun hat or scarf or Hat or light balaclava
• T-shirts
• Socks
• Sunglasses with UV protection (opt to but this at your home country)
• Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
• Head lamp, spare bulbs & batteries
• Small padlock to lock trek bag
• Plastic bags
• Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
• Camping mattress
• Water bottles
• Small wash towel
• Footwear (see footwear section below for details)
• Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)
• Toiletries
• Basic first aid kit

DETAILS PACKING LIST (DOWNLOAD PDF)

ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

● Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
● Sunscreen
● Lip Balm with Sunscreen
● Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
● Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
● Water Bottles or Camel Back 
● Sunglasses 
● Headlamp with extra batteries
● Favorite Snacks 
● Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
● Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
● Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
● Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
● Toilet Paper
● Trekking Poles (optional)
● Thermos (optional for hot beverages)

CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

● Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
● Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
● Long underwear pants (2)
● Underwear (5 to 7)
● Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
● Long sleeve shirts (2)
● Sweatshirt (optional)
● Fleece Pants
● Trekking Pants (2)
● Shorts (optional)
● Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
● Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
● Waterproof Pants 
● Wide brimmed hat 
● Wool hat (Should cover ears)or Balaclava 
● Lightwight Gloves
● Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
● Gaiters (optional)

FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

● Hiking boots with ankle support
● Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes  
● Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
● Hiking socks (10)
● Sock Liners (optional)

SLEEPING BAG

● Sleeping bag rated to  -15° C/ 0° f
● Sleeping bag liner (optional)
● Sleeping bag stuff sack
DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS
● Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
● Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
● Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
● Waterproof cover for daypack
● Drybags in several sizes
● Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes

FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following; 

● Advil or Ibuprofen 
● Diamox (for altitude sickness)
● Personal Prescriptions
● Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
● Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
● Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
● Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
● Wet wipes
● Panty Liners and Tampons
● Face lotion
● Hair brush
● Hair ties
● Hand warmers
● Ear plugs for sleeping
PAPERWORK AND MONEY ON THE TRAIL
● Minimum 06 months Valid Passport (needed at entry gate for registration)
● Spending Money for personal use 
● 3 Passport Size Photo (Needed for trekking permit)
OTHER ITEMS
● Portable Solar Charger
● Journal, pen and paper

Equipment Buy in Kathmandu


If you have not brought any of these equipments then you can also buy this in Kathmandu as well. If you need help our guides will help you to buy the trekking gears in Kathmandu. You can find the wide range of varieties while buying the trekking gears in Kathmandu. The qualities of the trekking gears are similar to that you get in your countries. You can also find medium quality gears at cheaper rates as well. You can find all types of trekking gears in Thamel which is the main street for backpackers and trekkers in Nepal. 
Equipment Hire in Kathmandu.
You can also hire the equipments and trekking gears in Kathmandu as well. But we recommend you to bring your own equipments as far as possible. You will have a better experience in your own equipments’ rather that hiring the used equipments’. However, hiring trekking gears can be a great idea for backpackers and budgeted trekkers since hiring trekking gears can be a lot cheaper than buying.  Have a look to the cost of hiking and trekking gears in Kathmandu. 


Training and Fitness for Trekking.


No prior training and experience is required to do Everest Base Camp Trek. But, if you have trekking experience anywhere in the world then it can be an added point to your trek to Everest Base Camp. If you can walk up to 6-7 hours a day in an unfamiliar terrain then you can easily trek to Everest Base Camp. It is better if you start taking energy boosting diets and doing some physical exercise a month before the trek. All you need to have is strong willingness and ability to overcome the challenges.

Staying Healthy 


Staying healthy and fit is very important when you are trekking to one of the most strenuous trekking destinations. You need to be very careful about your health and health related problems. Here are the following tips you can use to stay healthy during Everest Base Camp Trek.

• Eat proper and healthy diets.
• Avoid eating meat and meat products more often.
• Drink a lot of water.
• Don’t drink water direct from the resources or without purifying.
• Starting exercising a month prior to the trek.
• Take your regular medicines with you. 

Take Care of your Feet.


Taking care of your feet is a must when you are going on a trek. Not taking proper care of your feet can ruin your trek. To take care proper care of your feet the following tips might be helpful.
• Buy good quality comfortable shoes.
• Clip Your Toenails
• Apply Powders/Creams/Tapes
• Wear the Right Socks
• Wash your feet regularly.
• Soak your feet for at least 10- 20 minutes at the end of the day.

Getting a Good Night Rest


As it is said ‘Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy and wise’, getting a proper goodnight sleep is very important for everyone. During the trek since your body gets tired after walking all day long a proper sleep is a must. You need to sleep for at least 7-8 hours. A good night sleep helps your body to take rest and recollect the energies that you’ve lost during your trek. For a better sleep we recommend you to carry a sleeping bag with you. The sleeping bag will be provided by the company or you can carry your own if you have. Sleeping Bag is necessary especially when you are trekking to Everest Base Camp because since only basic accommodations are available the blankets might not be enough for you. 

Acclimatization & Sickness.


Acclimatization is very important when you are trekking to an altitude of more than 3500m.  Proper acclimatization helps to reduce the chances of Altitude Sickness. The itinerary is designed with proper acclimatization that will help your body to adopt the lower oxygen content in the air. Once you reached an altitude of 5000m the oxygen content in the air is less than 50% than that of the sea level. One of the main causes of altitude sickness is staying too long at high altitude without proper acclimatization. If in case you suffer from altitude sickness, the guides will notice the symptoms and then drop you to the lower altitude immediately. You have to inform to your guide if you notice any discomfort or symptoms of AMS. Major altitude sickness might need emergency helicopter rescue so make sure your travel insurance covers all the risk including helicopter rescue. 
Note: If you suffer from altitude sickness in the mountain and still want to continue the trek then you can directly call to the office or ask you guide to call to office and make arrangements. In such case you may have to stay at the mountains for some extra days so we suggest you to have at least three extra days than your trek schedule. We charge $70 for extra days in the mountains. Since, there are several groups trekking from the company it is possible for you to join another group during peak seasons. However, it might not be possible during off season and you may have to pay extra charge for the porters and guide. 
To know about the symptoms of Altitude sickness the following content might be helpful.

Know about Altitude 


Hiking or trekking to high altitudes can result altitude sickness and sometimes can be severe as well. So, it is better to have proper acclimatization and stay hydrated and have proper balance diets while trekking to higher altitudes. 

Symptoms of High Altitude sickness

The symptoms of altitude sickness depend upon various factors. These are the primary symptoms of Altitude sickness that can be cured immediately with certain precautions. 

• lack of appetite, nausea, or vomiting
• exhaustion or weakness
• dizziness and insomnia
• pins and needles
• shortness of breath upon exertion
• feeling sleepy
• general malaise
• swelling of the hands, feet, and face
If the primary symptoms are left untreated it may result to a serious altitude sickness which may need emergency rescue. The following are the major symptoms of AMS. 
• fever
• A constant headache that doesn’t respond to any painkillers.
• increased vomiting
• constant dry cough often with pinkish sputum
• numbness and dizziness
• gradual loss of consciousness

Travel Insurance and Evacuation in emergency 


Travel insurance is compulsory for all our clients traveling with our company. The Nepalese Insurance company doesn’t have travel insurance for foreign people so we recommend you to bring the legal documents with you while coming to Nepal. Your travel insurance must cover the loss due to theft, injury, delay; inconveniences or any other and the company should not have any liabilities for your personal loss. Make sure your travel insurance also compensate emergencies helicopter evacuation in case of emergencies. 
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
No prior training and experience is required to do Everest Base Camp Trek. But, if you have trekking experience anywhere in the world then it can be an added point to your trek to Everest Base Camp. If you can walk up to 6-7 hours a day in an unfamiliar terrain then you can easily trek to Everest Base Camp. It is better if you start taking energy boosting diets and doing some physical exercise a month before the trek. All you need to have is strong willingness and ability to overcome the challenges.

Do and Do Not

Here are some of the things that you have to keep in mind while trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Do’s

• Walk slowly 
• Drink purified or boiled water.
• Eat healthy foods.
• Get proper Acclimatization.
• Respect local culture and people.
• Bring your regular medicines and first aid kit. 
Don’ts
• Don’t Get to enthusiastic 
• Don’t drink water direct from resources.
• Eat Junk Foods 
• Neglect the signs of altitude sickness.
• Disrespect the local culture and traditions. 

Solo Travelers.

The numbers of Solo travelers are increasing rapidly in recent few years in Nepal. Nepal, being a beautiful and peace loving country is also one of the safest countries for solo travelers. However, the cost for solo traveler might be expensive since single supplement is very difficult to find and are expensive as well in the mountain regions. 

Is Solo Travelers Safe in Nepal?

Nepal is one of the safest countries to travel in the world. We see numbers of solo travelers around the streets of the city and trekking areas. Tourism related crimes in Nepal are very less and we Nepalese treat our guests as gods. Even though, it is safe but still you need to be careful while walking to the cities alone during the mid night and we recommend you to hire a guide while trekking. 

Is Female Solo Travelers safe in Nepal? 

Nepal is generally considered safe for women travelers. Nepal might have a conservative society but the people are open to every kind of cultures which helps to stay true. There haven't been many serious crimes against tourists since few years. Yet, travelers are requested to have considerable care while travelling.

Can you trek in Nepal without a guide?

Nepal requires the use of guides and porters such as in some of the regions such as Inner Dolpo, Kanchenjunga and Upper Mustang due to the areas being restricted. However, places such as the Annapurna Conservation Area and Everest Base Camp do not require guides. But we highly recommend to at least having a guide with you. Since, hiring a guide is very cheap in Nepal and it is not safe to travel alone in the mountain region you need to hire a guide for your personal safety. 

Required Permits for Trekking 

The permit required for Everest Base Camp Trek like Sagarmatha National Park Permit, and TIMS card will be managed by the company itself. For this you will need to submit your passport sized photo (2 copies) and a photocopy of your passport in the office.
Culture and Custom of Sherpa people
It is highly recommended to our travelers to respect the local culture and custom of Sherpa people. The prayer rocks, walls and flags are meant to be kept to the right at all times. It is a custom to follow what the local people believe.  Also, ask before taking any photographs, many people do not want their photos taken.  

Communication during Everest Base Camp Trek.

For some trekking can be a short break from social medias and internet whereas for some internet and communication is a means to stay connected with near and dear ones during trekking. While travelling in the remotest areas you may not have facilities of telephone and internet. However, in recent days the Internet and Communication facilities during your trek to Everest Base Camp is improving rapidly. The region now has 3G and 4G coverage as well.

Satellite phone 

If you want to have the best networks throughout your trek to Everest Base Camp you can use satellite phone throughout the trial. You can rent the sat phones or bring your own. 

Wi-Fi

Most of the tea houses and lodges now provide Wi-Fi service. You can get free Wi-Fi in Everest View hotel and some of the lodges. But most of the lodges take extra charge for Wi-Fi. They charge you normally $5 for unlimited Wi-Fi coverage. However, the speed of the internet may not be faster like that of the cities. 

Mobile data 

Mobile Data can be the cheaper way to get in touch with your family and friends in the Everest Region. You can buy a local sim card from a private company in Nepal and activate your data. The cost od data pack varies per MB. A telecommunication company in Nepal, NCELL has launched 3G connectivity since 2010.  So you can have a better internet experience in the Everest Region through mobile data as well. 

Nepal Useful Information 


              CURRENCY

The Nepalese Rupee (Nepali: रूपैयाँ, symbol: रू, Rs. code: NPR) is the official currency of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. The Nepalese rupee is subdivided into 100 paisa. The issuance of the currency is controlled by the Nepal Rastra Bank, the central bank of Nepal. The bank notes are available on 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 1000 rupees denominations.

Know more about Nepalese currency.  

What currency works in Nepal?
Nepalese Rupee is used all over Nepal.
Can I use Indian Currency in Nepal?
 Some of the shops and hotels also accept Indian currency but the Indian currency of, Rs 200, Rs. 500 and Rs.2000 rupees denominations has been banned in Nepal. 

How can I get currency in Nepal?

Your travel agent or hotel and they can help you exchange your cash into Nepalese rupees as per the exchange rate generated by Nepal Rastra Bank. This is the easiest way to exchange currency in Nepal. However, if you have a traveler's check you need to visit one of the major banks to do so.

What is the exchange rate of Nepalese Currency?

The tentative exchange rate of Nepalese Currency by Nepal Rastrya Bank is shown in the table below. However, the rates keep on fluctuating so it is better to check the rates while exchanging the currencies when you are in Nepal. 

Nepal Travel Tips


Choosing Nepal as your travel destination is one of the best decision that one has to take once in a life. As Nepal offers you so many wonderful travel destinations, fun, adventures and much more once in Nepal is not enough but you have to be well planned and informative about your activities in Nepal before you take off. Nepal is naturally and culturally diverse country and has its distinct identity to the world. Here are some of the travel tips which may help you before you plan your trip for Nepal. 

How to enter Nepal?


You can fly to Nepal from your nearest international airport or you can fly to India and get a direct bus to Kathmandu. Many countries now have a direct flight to Kathmandu. During peak tourist season the tickets gets expensive in this case you can book your ticket early or another cheap option is to fly to India and get a bus or flight.

Get a visa or be prepared for queues at the Airport


Nepalese visa can be obtain at Tribhuvan International Airport on arrival but don’t expect it that easy in peak tourist seasons. You will have to queue for a long time and complete certain procedures, pay fee and then you will get your visa. It is better if you get your visa from an embassy before coming to Nepal. And you might have to wait to collect your baggage for an hour minimum depending the time of your arrival.

Kathmandu’s Pollution “Sorry to share “

Kathmandu being a capital of Nepal is also one of the most populated cities in the world. Nepal is a beautiful country but you may find the capital city a bit different than the rest of Nepal. It’s not that Kathmandu is the worst city but also not as better as the areas you will visit. Because it is the capital of Nepal and major hub for the people all over Nepal you can see the chaos of people in the market areas and because a lot of construction works are going on you may find the city polluted. So, we advise you to wear a mask while roaming around the city.   

UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 Once you visit in Nepal don’t forget to visit the UNESCO world heritage sites and do make your itinerary accordingly. The heritages sites are full of history, fine arts, cultures and crafts and you won’t regret visiting it.  There are numbers of world heritage sites in Nepal rich in art and cultures which are very important to be taken care of not only for Nepal but for the whole world. The major sites inside Kathmandu valley are Pashupatinath Temple, Soyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple), Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changunarayan Temple and many more. Visiting the UNESCO world heritage site is a must if you are visiting Nepal. 

Don’t Drink Tap Water 

Nepalese are used to drinking water directly from the tap or any sources of water so they don’t get affected. But it is better if you avoid drinking water directly from the tap or any except boiled and bottled mineral water because you are not used to it and it may affect your health. After all ‘Prevention is better than Cure’. 

Foods in Nepal 

Along with so many adventures and exciting travel destinations, Nepal also offers you with so many varieties of delicious cuisines. Do try varieties of foods while travelling to Nepal and give your taste buds a different and a unique taste. You will also find numbers of restaurants serving international cuisines and have the pleasure of trying world famous dishes in Nepal. 

Electricity and Internet in Nepal 

The electricity problem has been improving in context of few years ago but still there might be load shedding. The hotels have inverter and generators so there might not be problem in city areas. To stay connected via internet you can buy the local Sim- card. The internet facilities have been improving in Nepal you can get wifi in almost all of the hotels and cafes but the speed might not be as per your expectations but works satisfactory. 

Safer to travel with an agency in Nepal 

It is not that riskier to travel alone as we see numbers of solo travelers along the streets but if you travel with an agency it is much more comfortable and safer for you. You will not need to worry about documentations, accommodations, transportation and many more. There is also very less chance of getting lost or theft. After all ‘Prevention is better than cure’.  

Contribute to the Locals.

As Nepal is a developing country the per capita income of the people here is very lower than other many countries. If you are travelling to the remote areas then we suggest you to stay in home stays. As it is the source of income for most of the people and your small contribution will help to boost up the local economy. 

Responsible Travel:

“Leave only foot-prints, take only photographs” is our principle. We are striving in promoting sustainable tourism. Therefore, our clients are requested to follow minimum impact code while in the trip so that both host (local nature, culture and people) and the travelers benefit for the indefinite years ahead. Our clients are highly encouraged to preserve and conserve nature and natural beauty, respect local people and culture, privacy, stop pollution, protect wildlife and conserve forest. The guests will keep their eyes, ears and mind open, not only to learn from their hosts, but also encourage right behavior. Hence, be a good example for others; spread the word about sustainable tourism.

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Everest Base Camp Gokyo  Ri Trek 

We are thoroughly grateful to Kedar Neupane from Actual Adventure for helping us to organize our trekking to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Ri. Thanks to the Actual Adventure we reserved plane tickets to Lukla and hired the guide-porter. Kedar not only helped us to organize  everything, but also to adjust to Kathmandu - extremely beautiful, but also very chaotic city. He also recommended us interesting activitiesfor our last days in Nepal. Our guide, Shambhu Karki, is a man of great experience and organizing skills. He has deep knowledge of Himalayas, local people and their culture. He gave us many precious tips and, helped to solve our problems and supported us in difficult situations. Thank you, Shambhu for your patience for us - beginning Himalayan mountaineers, as well as for helping us to reach the top of our first peaks in Himalayas. We can honestly recommend the services of Actual Adventure.

Everest Base Camp Gokyo  Ri Trek 

 Serdecznie dziękujemy Kedarowi Neupane z Actual Adventure za pomoc w

 organizacji naszego trekkingu do Everest Base Camp oraz na Gokyo Ri.

 Przez agencję Actual Adventure rezerwowaliśmy bilety na samolot do

 Lukli oraz wynajęliśmy przewodnika-tragarza (guide-porter). Kedar

 pomógł nam nie tylko zorganizować trekking, lecz również odnaleźć się

 w pierwszych dniach w tym pięknym, ale niezwykle chaotycznym mieście,

 jakim jest Kathmandu, a po trekkingu poradził nam, jak ciekawie

 spożytkować dni, które pozostały nam jeszcze w Nepalu.

 Nasz przewodnik, Shambhu Karki, wykazał się olbrzymim doświadczeniem i

 organizatorskimi umiejętnościami. Posiada on ogromną wiedzę o

 Himalajach, ich mieszkańcach i kulturze. Udzielał nam wielu cennych

 rad  i wskazówek, pomagał rozwiązywać problemy, a także podtrzymywał

 na duchu w ciężkich chwilach. Dziękujemy, Shambhu, za Twoją

 cierpliwość dla nas, początkujących himalaistów, oraz za to, że

 ułatwiłeś nam zdobycie naszych pierwszych himalajskich wzniesień.

 Z pełnym przekonaniem polecamy usługi agencji Actual Adventure.

Greetings from Poland!

Joanna and Roman

November 25 , 2012

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