Gokyo Lakes Trek
Gokyo Lakes Trek
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Gokyo Lakes 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

Fact About Trip

Trip Duration:

12 Days

Trekking area:

Everest Region

Cost of trekking:

1055 USD

Group Size:

1-12 people

Maximum altitude:

5,357 m/17,570 ft

Best Season:

Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn ( September, October, November) Season

Transportation:

Private vehicle/ Flight

Trekking grade:

Moderate

Trek Start from:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Trek End at:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Mode of Trek:

Hiking and Trekking

Overview of Gokyo Lakes 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 LakesGokyo 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.

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 

Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary
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Arrival at Kathmandu ( 1345 m) marks the beginning of your Gokyo Lakes Trek adventure.

Upon landing at Tribhuvan International Airport after departing from Ayour origin airport, you' will be welcomed by a representative of Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd  who will be waiting for your arrival. They will assist you to the vehicle in the parking area. After taking your seat, you will be transferred to your pre-arranged hotel, where you can take some time to rest and recover from your journey. The journey takes about 30 minutes, during which you can take in the vibrant city air.

Once you reach the hotel, you can check in and take some rest. The next focus will be on completing necessary paperwork and obtaining permits for your trek. Nepal requires trekkers to obtain the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit, which will allow you to explore the Everest region legally. Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd or its guide will assist you in obtaining these permits, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free process.

In Kathmandu, you will also have the opportunity to meet with your trekking guide and discuss the itinerary, logistics, and any last-minute details. The guide will provide essential information about the trek, including what to expect, proper acclimatization, and safety measures.

One crucial aspect of your stay in Kathmandu is arranging your flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. Due to the unpredictable weather in the Himalayas, flights to Lukla can be subject to delays or cancellations. Your guide or company manager will coordinate the booking of your Lukla flight, and it's advisable to have a flexible schedule in case adjustments are needed.

After a day of paperwork, preparation, and anticipation, you will return to your hotel and take some rest. On the first day you arrive in Kathmandu for your trek, our company offers you a welcome dinner either at your accommodation or at a nearby Nepali restaurant. After dinner, you will return to your room for a restful sleep, which will help you to be active for the trek the next day.

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1345

You will begins your trek  with an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The short but exhilarating flight offers stunning aerial views of the Himalayan peaks, providing a preview of the spectacular landscapes you'll soon be trekking through.

Lukla's Tenzing-Hillary Airport, perched on a mountainside, is renowned for its challenging approach and is often considered one of the most thrilling airports in the world.

Upon landing in Lukla (2860 m), you'll be greeted by your trekking crew and guides. After a brief introduction and a final check of your trekking gear, you'll set out on the trail. The first day's trek takes you through picturesque Sherpa villages and lush landscapes, with the Dudh Kosi River accompanying you on the journey.

The trail descends to the village of Phakding (2610 m), situated along the riverbanks. The trek to Phakding takes approximately 3-4 hours, providing an ideal opportunity to acclimatize gradually to the higher altitude. Along the way, you'll traverse suspension bridges adorned with prayer flags, pass through rhododendron and pine forests, and enjoy glimpses of distant snow-capped peaks.

Upon reaching Phakding, you'll settle into a teahouse or lodge for the night. The evening in Phakding offers a chance to interact with fellow trekkers, enjoy a hearty meal, and absorb the peaceful ambiance of the Himalayan foothills.

As you rest in Phakding, you'll likely be eager for the days ahead, knowing that the trek is just beginning and that each step brings you closer to the breathtaking landscapes and high-altitude wonders of the Gokyo Lakes region.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
2610

You'll embark on a scenic trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, a key acclimatization point and the largest Sherpa town in the Khumbu region. This approximately 5-6 hour trek covers a distance of about 10 kilometers and involves both ascents and descents, providing a good challenge while allowing for further acclimatization.

The trail meanders along the Dudh Kosi River, crossing several suspension bridges adorned with prayer flags. Passing through the Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate, you'll officially enter the UNESCO World Heritage Site, where your permits will be checked. The trek continues through dense forests of rhododendron and pine, with occasional glimpses of the towering peaks, including Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru.

After a few hours of trekking, you'll reach the Hillary Suspension Bridge, an iconic crossing that offers breathtaking views of the river gorge below. The trail then ascends steeply, challenging your stamina, as you make your way to Namche Bazaar. This uphill section rewards you with panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse.

As you approach Namche Bazaar ( 3440 m), the terrain levels out, and the first sight of the town nestled in a natural amphitheater surrounded by mountains is truly awe-inspiring. Namche Bazaar is not just a resting place but also a vibrant hub with a mix of trekkers, local residents, and traders.

Upon arrival in Namche, you'll check into a teahouse or lodge for your overnight stay. You can explore the surrounding area around Namche Bazaar. You will relish a hearty meal at the teahouse and return to your bed for a restful sleep.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
3440

The acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar is a crucial aspect of high-altitude trekking, allowing your body to adapt gradually to the thinner air and reducing the risk of altitude-related issues. Taking the time to acclimatize helps ensure a safer and more enjoyable trek to higher elevations. Here is a detailed description of what you might experience on this acclimatization day:

Morning Exploration:

You will start the day with a leisurely breakfast at your teahouse or lodge.
After breakfast, you can explore the vibrant and bustling market streets of Namche Bazaar, offering  various shops, bakeries, and even a local market where you can purchase trekking essentials or souvenirs.

Acclimatization Hike:

One popular acclimatization activity is a hike to the Everest View Hotel, situated at a higher elevation above Namche. The trail offers stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and other surrounding peaks. Alternatively, you might hike to the nearby Syangboche Airstrip and the Everest View Point, which also provides panoramic mountain vistas.

Visit to the Sherpa Culture Museum:

You can explore the Sherpa Culture Museum in Namche Bazaar to gain insights into the rich history, culture, and traditions of the Sherpa people. The museum showcases exhibits on local flora and fauna, mountaineering history, and traditional Sherpa lifestyle.

Rest and Hydration:

You will spend some time resting at lower altitudes or your accommodation to allow your body to recover from the trek and adjust to the altitude. Hydrate well by drinking plenty of fluids, as staying properly hydrated is essential for acclimatization.

Health Check:

Monitor your own health and communicate openly with your guide about any symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, dizziness, or nausea. Your guide may conduct briefings about altitude sickness, proper acclimatization, and trekking safety. This information can be valuable for a successful trek.

Dinner and Overnight Sleep:


In the evening, you will be served dinner in the dining area. After dinner, you will retire to your room for restful sleep to prepare your body for the following day's trek.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
3440

You will leave the vibrant Namche Bazaar behind and trek to the higher-altitude village of Dole.

Early Start:

You will begin your day with an early breakfast at Namche Bazaar, preparing for the trek ahead. Ensure you have all the necessary gear, including layers for changing weather conditions, water, and snacks.

Trekking Trail:

The trail initially descends from Namche Bazaar, crossing the Dudh Kosi River and passing through forests of rhododendron, pine, and fir trees. As you ascend, the trail opens up, revealing panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including Ama Dablam and Khumbila.

Sanasa and Mong La:

After a few hours of trekking, you will reach the village of Sanasa, a junction where the trail to Gokyo diverges from the Everest Base Camp route. Optionally, you may take a short detour to Mong La, a hill with a teahouse that offers stunning views of the Khumbu Valley and surrounding peaks.

Phortse Thanga:

You will continue your trek through charming Sherpa villages and yak pastures, reaching the small settlement of Phortse Thanga  where you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings and perhaps stop for a rest or refreshment at one of the teahouses along the way.

Ascending to Dole:

The trail gradually ascends, and you'll pass through landscapes dotted with prayer flags and mani stones. As you approach Dole (4040 m), the terrain becomes more alpine, with shrubs and smaller vegetation adapting to the higher altitude.

Arrival in Dole:

You will reach Dole, a picturesque village situated on a hillside where you will check into a teahouse or lodge for your overnight stay. Accommodations in Dole are basic yet comfortable, providing the necessary amenities for trekkers.

Acclimatization Considerations:

Dole is at a higher elevation than Namche Bazaar, so it's essential to be mindful of your body's response to the increased altitude.
Rest, stay hydrated, and be aware of any symptoms of altitude sickness. Communicate openly with your guide about your well-being.

Evening in Dole:

In the evening, you will enjoy a warm meal at the teahouse, share stories with fellow trekkers, and appreciate the tranquility of the Himalayan night to ensure a good night's rest, as you'll be gaining more altitude in the days to come.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4040

Your trek involves a picturesque journey from Dole to Machhermo, taking you deeper into the Khumbu region and gradually gaining altitude. This segment of the trek offers stunning landscapes, traditional Sherpa villages, and breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.

Early Morning Start:

You will begin the day with a hearty breakfast at your teahouse in Dole (4040 m), preparing for another day of trekking through the Himalayan terrain. The morning air is crisp, and the surrounding mountains create a majestic backdrop as you set out on the trail.

Scenic Trail and Alpine Vegetation:

The trail ascends gradually, providing panoramic views of the Khumbu Valley and the snow-capped peaks in the distance. You will pass through rhododendron and birch forests, with the vibrant colors of alpine flowers adding to the beauty of the landscape.

Luza Village:

En route to Machhermo, you'll come across the small settlement of Luza, where traditional Sherpa houses dot the landscape. We will pause for lunch at a teahouse along the trail, savoring a warm meal while enjoying the mountain views. You can take a moment to interact with locals and experience the unique Sherpa hospitality. This break allows you to recharge your energy for the remaining trek to Machhermo.

Ascending to Machhermo:

As you continue ascending along the well-defined trail, crossing high-altitude pastures and rocky landscapes, it offers glimpses of Cho Oyu, the world's sixth-highest mountain, providing a constant reminder of the grandeur of the Himalayas.

Arrival in Machhermo:

After about 5 hours of trekking, you will reach Machhermo (4150 m), a popular resting point for trekkers heading to Gokyo and Everest Base Camp where you will check into a teahouse for the night, where you'll find basic yet comfortable accommodations with essential amenities.

Exploration and Acclimatization:

You can use the remainder of the day to explore Machhermo or take a short acclimatization hike in the surrounding hills.

Dinner and Overnight Stay:

In  the evening, you will enjoy a warm dinner at the teahouse, sharing stories with fellow trekkers and basking in the camaraderie of the trekking community. After a few hours, you will return to your bed for restful sleep.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
4150

You will your make your way from Machhermo to the stunning Gokyo Lake, situated at an elevation of 4700 meters. This segment of the trek involves navigating high-altitude terrain, and the breathtaking scenery only adds to the sense of adventure. Here's a detailed description of the journey:

Early Departure:

You will begin the day with an early breakfast in Machhermo, ensuring you have enough energy for the day's trek to Gokyo Lake. Start trekking as the morning sun casts its golden hues on the surrounding peaks.

Trail Along the Ngozumpa Glacier:

The trail takes you alongside the lateral moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas. The trek involves a long and gradual ascent, and the high-altitude terrain may pose a challenge. Take your time, maintaining a steady pace to aid acclimatization and minimize the risk of altitude-related issues.

Passing by the First and Second Gokyo Lakes:

En route, you'll pass by the First and Second Gokyo Lakes, each surrounded by mesmerizing landscapes. These lakes offer a preview of the breathtaking scenery that awaits you at the main Gokyo Lake.

Arrival at Gokyo Lake:

After 5-6 hours of trek, you will reach the pristine Gokyo Lake, situated in a glacial basin surrounded by towering peaks. The turquoise waters of the lake and the reflection of the mountains create a surreal and picturesque setting.

Gokyo Village:

Gokyo Village is located on the shores of the lake and serves as a high-altitude settlement with teahouses and lodges. You will check into your accommodation, which may offer panoramic views of the lake and surrounding peaks.

Afternoon Exploration:

After settling in, yo can explore Gokyo Village and the shores of the lake. Gokyo Ri, a nearby vantage point, offers spectacular panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and other peaks. On the next day, you may choose to hike up Gokyo Ri for an even more breathtaking perspective.

Sunset by the Lake:

In the evening, you can witness the sunset by Gokyo Lake, where the changing colors of the sky and the reflection on the water create a serene and magical atmosphere.

Dinner and Overnight at Gokyo Lake:

You will enjoy a warm dinner at the teahouse, sharing the day's experiences with fellow trekkers. After dinner, you will retire to your room for a restful sleep.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
4700

It involves a challenging but rewarding ascent to Gokyo Ri, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, followed by a descent back to Dole. Here is a detailed description of this memorable day:

Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357 m):

Early Morning Start:

You will begin the day early with a pre-dawn start to maximize the chance of clear skies for sunrise views from Gokyo Ri. Carry essential items such as water, snacks, and extra layers for the colder temperatures at higher altitudes.

Ascent to Gokyo Ri:

As you embark on the challenging ascent to Gokyo Ri, a prominent viewpoint above Gokyo Lake, the trail is steep and rocky, requiring stamina and determination. The hike takes approximately 2 hours, but the effort is rewarded with unparalleled panoramic views of the entire Everest region, including Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.

Sunrise at Gokyo Ri:

You will reach the summit of Gokyo Ri in time for sunrise, a magical moment when the first rays of sunlight illuminate the surrounding peaks in hues of orange and pink. You can capture the breathtaking vistas and take some time to absorb the serene atmosphere at this high-altitude vantage point.

Descent to Gokyo Lake:

You will descend back to Gokyo Lake (4700 m) after enjoying the stunning views from Gokyo Ri. The descent allows you to appreciate the beauty of the landscape from a different perspective.

Trek Back to Dole:

Breakfast and Rest in Gokyo:

After returning to Gokyo, you will  have a well-deserved breakfast at your teahouse, taking time to rest and recover before the long trek back to Dole.

Descending to Dole:

You will begin the trek back to Dole, retracing your steps through Machhermo and Luza. The descent offers different views of the landscape, and you may encounter fellow trekkers on their way up.

Lunch Break:

After a few hours of trekking towards Dole, you will stop for lunch at a teahouse along the trail, refueling for the remaining descent to Dole. Use this time to share your experiences with other trekkers and enjoy a warm meal.

Scenic Landscapes:

You will descend through alpine meadows, rhododendron forests, and charming Sherpa villages. The trail provides diverse landscapes, and you can appreciate the beauty of the region from various angles.

Arrival in Dole:

After 5-6 hours of trekking, you will reach Dole (4040 m) in the late afternoon or early evening, completing a full day of trekking. You will check into a teahouse for the night, where you can rest and reflect on the day's achievements.

Dinner and Overnight stay in Dole:

In the evening, you will enjoy a warm dinner and soak in the peaceful atmosphere. After dinner, you will retire to your room for restful sleep, allowing your body to recover from the challenging hike to Gokyo Ri.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
5357

You will embark on a trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar via the charming village of Khumjung. This day involves both descent and ascent, providing diverse landscapes and cultural experiences.

Morning Departure from Dole:

You will start the day early with a wholesome breakfast at your teahouse in Dole (4040 m), preparing for a day of trekking back towards Namche Bazaar. The crisp mountain air and stunning views set the tone for the journey.

Descend to Phortse Tenga:

You will begin the trek by descending through rhododendron and juniper forests. The trail will lead you to pass through the small settlement of Phortse Tenga, where you might take a brief rest and enjoy the serene surroundings.

Ascent to Khumjung Village:

The trail ascends towards the picturesque Khumjung Village (3790 m), a traditional Sherpa settlement. Khumjung is known for its monastery and the famous "Yeti scalp" kept inside.
You can explore the village, interact with locals, and visit the Khumjung Monastery to experience the rich Sherpa culture.

Lunch in  Khumjung:

You will enjoy lunch at a teahouse in Khumjung, savoring local or international cuisine while taking in the mountain views. The village's peaceful atmosphere and cultural attractions make for a pleasant break during the trek.

Descent to Namche Bazaar:

After exploring Khumjung, descend towards Namche Bazaar. The trail weaves through yak pastures and offers panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and other peaks. You will cross the vibrant Sherpa villages of Syangboche and Khunde before descending to Namche.

Arrival in Namche Bazaar:

After 5-6 hours of trekking, you will reach Namche Bazaar (3440 m) in the late afternoon, completing the trek for the day. Namche welcomes you with its lively market, bakeries, and the familiar sight of the horseshoe-shaped town nestled in the mountains.

Check-in and Rest:

You will check into a teahouse or lodge in Namche Bazaar for your overnight stay. Namche offers a range of facilities, and you'll find a comfortable place to rest and unwind.

Dinner and Restful Night in Namche:

In  the evening, you will enjoy dinner at the teahouse and retire to your bed for a restful sleep.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
3790

Trek involves the final leg of your journey as you trek from Namche Bazaar back to Lukla. This trek offers a mix of descents and ascents, passing through charming villages and allowing you to reflect on the incredible experiences of your Himalayan adventure.

Early Morning Departure:

You will start the day early with a hearty breakfast in Namche Bazaar, preparing for the final trek back to Lukla. The trail descends from Namche, providing a different perspective of the landscape you ascended at the beginning of your trek.

Descent to Jorsalle:

You will descend through the rhododendron and pine forests, crossing the high suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River and pass through the village of Jorsalle, where you can take a break and reminisce about the trekking days.

Phakding Village:

You will continue the descent to Phakding, retracing the familiar trail along the Dudh Kosi River where you will stop for lunch in Phakding and enjoy the last views of the towering peaks before ascending toward Lukla.

Final Ascent to Lukla:

The trail ascends from Phakding, leading you through lush landscapes and picturesque villages. Ascend the final stretch to Lukla, and as you approach the town, you'll be greeted by the familiar sights and sounds that marked the beginning of your trek.

Arrival in Lukla:

You will reach Lukla (2860 m) in the late afternoon or early evening, completing the trekking circuit. This is a moment to celebrate your achievements and the memories created during your time in the Everest region. You will check into a teahouse in Lukla, where you can rest and freshen up before a well-deserved dinner.

Evening in Lukla:

Spend the evening reflecting on your trekking adventure, sharing stories with fellow trekkers, and expressing gratitude to your guide and trekking team. Lukla offers some opportunities for souvenir shopping, allowing you to pick up mementos to remember your Himalayan journey.

Dinner and Overnight Stay in Lukla:

In the evening, you will enjoy a warm meal for dinner. After dinner, you will retire to your bed for restful sleep.

Note:

Keep in mind that weather conditions in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, and flights from Lukla to Kathmandu may be affected. If you have a contingency day built into your itinerary, it can be used in case of flight delays.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
2860

Your return journey from Lukla to Kathmandu offers a transition from the tranquility of the mountains to the vibrant energy of the capital city.

Morning Flight from Lukla:

Begin your day with an early morning flight. The short but exhilarating journey provides one last opportunity to appreciate the aerial views of the Himalayas before landing in the bustling capital.

Arrival in Kathmandu:

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met by the vibrant atmosphere of the city. Your guide or transport will transfer you to your hotel.

Check-in and Rest:

You will check into your hotel in Kathmandu, where you can freshen up and rest after the mountain adventure. Take a moment to savor the comfort and amenities of urban accommodations.

Lunch in Kathmandu:

Enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of Kathmandu's many restaurants, where you can explore local cuisine or revisit some of your favorite dishes from before the trek.

Explore Kathmandu City:

The afternoon is dedicated to exploring Kathmandu City. You may visit historic sites, cultural landmarks, and vibrant markets.

Suggested places to explore include:

- Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple):  A UNESCO World Heritage Site with panoramic views of the city.
- Boudhanath Stupa: One of the largest stupas in Nepal, a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists.
- Pashupatinath Temple: A Hindu temple complex on the Bagmati River, known for its religious and cultural significance.
- Durbar Square: Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, known for its historical palaces and architecture.

You can choose other following siftes for sightseeing:

  • Namo Buddha 
  • Heaven hill 
  • Nagarjun 
  • Chovar 
  •  Chandragiri

Shopping and Souvenirs:

Take some time for souvenir shopping in the vibrant Thamel area, where you can find handicrafts, clothing, and unique items to commemorate your Nepal adventure.

Dinner in Kathmandu:

Enjoy a delightful dinner in Kathmandu, either at your hotel or at one of the city's renowned restaurants. Reflect on your trekking experience and celebrate the successful completion of your journey.

Overnight Stay in Kathmandu:

After a day of sightseeing, you will retire to your hotel for a well-deserved night's rest. The comfort of urban accommodation contrasts with the mountain lodges, providing a sense of completion to your Gokyo Lakes Trek.

Note: If your itinerary includes a contingency day, it can be utilized for additional exploration in Kathmandu or as a buffer in case of any unforeseen delays.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1345

The end of your Gokyo Lakes Trek adventure as you depart from Kathmandu. Here's a detailed description of your departure day:

Morning Check-out:

You will check out from your hotel in Kathmandu. Ensure that you have all your belongings packed and ready for departure.

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport:

Your guide or arranged transport will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. The journey to the airport provides a final opportunity to catch glimpses of the city and its vibrant streets.

Flights and Departure Process:

You will arrive at the airport with sufficient time before your scheduled flight. International flights usually require early check-in. After complete check-in and security procedures, you will board to airport. Make sure to have all necessary travel documents, including your passport, boarding pass, and any required visas.

Last Views of Nepal:

You can take a moment to absorb the last views of the Himalayas and the cultural richness of Nepal as you depart from the airport. You can bid farewell to the friendly faces and warm hospitality that defined your time in Nepal.

Flight Departure:

As the plane takes off, you can reflect on the incredible landscapes, cultural experiences, and memories created during your Gokyo Lakes Trek.

Stay Connected:

Stay in touch with the friends, guides, and fellow trekkers you met during your Gokyo Lakes Trek. Share photos, exchange contact information, and maintain the connections forged during the adventure.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1345

Gokyo Lakes Trek Include / Exclude

Cost Includes

  • 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 Excludes

  • 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.  

Altitude Graph

Additional Information

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.

Nepal Visas information and 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  U US$ 100 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). 

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

 

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. 

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.

What currencies are acceptable during payment?

Mostly USD and Nepali currencies are officially accepted for payment. However, Indian currencies can also be used, except for INR 500 and INR 1000, which are banned by the Nepal government. Only INR 100 can be used for payment. Therefore, if you are Indian, please bring change in the form of 100 INR from your country to avoid any problems when paying bills.

What types of clothes gear are require for 12 days Gokyo Lake Trek?

Clothing:

Base Layers:

Moisture-wicking thermal tops and bottoms for insulation.
Insulating Layers:

Fleece or down jacket to provide warmth in colder conditions.
Outer Shell:

Waterproof and windproof jacket with a hood.
Waterproof and breathable pants for protection against rain and snow.


Trekking Pants:

Lightweight, quick-drying trekking pants for comfort during the day.


T-Shirts:

Breathable and moisture-wicking short and long-sleeved shirts.


Headwear:

Warm beanie or hat for cold temperatures.
Sun hat for protection against UV rays.
Sunglasses with UV protection.


Handwear:

Lightweight gloves for mild conditions.
Insulated, waterproof gloves for colder weather.


Footwear:

Sturdy and comfortable trekking boots with ankle support.
Lightweight and moisture-wicking trekking socks.

Accessories:

Backpack:

Durable and comfortable backpack with capacity for essentials.

Sleeping Bag:

Warm, season-appropriate sleeping bag for teahouse accommodation.

Trekking Poles:

Adjustable trekking poles for stability and reducing impact on knees.

Headlamp/Flashlight:

With extra batteries for visibility in the dark.

Water Bottles/Hydration System:

Insulated water bottles or a hydration system to stay hydrated.

Personal Items:

Toiletries:

Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, and other personal hygiene items.

Towel:

Quick-drying and compact travel towel.

Sunscreen:

High SPF sunscreen to protect against mountain sun.

Lip Balm:

Moisturizing lip balm with sun protection.

First Aid Kit:

Basic first aid supplies, including any personal medications.

Camera:

Capture memories with a lightweight and durable camera.

Power Bank:

Portable charger to keep electronic devices charged.

Optional Gear:

Gaiters:

For added protection against snow, mud, or water.

Down Booties:

Warm footwear for evenings in teahouses.

Buff/Neck Gaiter:

Versatile accessory for warmth and protection.

Thermal Liners:

For additional warmth in sleeping bags.

Note:

Layering is essential for adjusting to changing temperatures.
Pack according to the season, considering potential weather variations.
Choose lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics for comfort during trekking.

What types of permit require for Gokyo Lake Trek?

For the Gokyo Lakes Trek, you'll need two main permits: the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the Gokyo Ri Trekking Permit.

  • The Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit is essential for entering the national park.
  • The Gokyo Ri Trekking Permit is specific to the Gokyo region.

Both permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or at the entry point of the national park. Additionally, a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card may be required. Ensure you have these permits before commencing your trek, as they are necessary for legal access to the trekking area.

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. 

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

FAQs

Is it possible to complete Gokyo Lake trek within 12 days?

The Gokyo Lake trek is a moderate trek that depends on the physical fitness of the individual. If you are able to trek, you can complete  the trek in less than 12 days. We have created a 12-day Gokyo Lake trek package where we have included major places along the route.

How difficult is the Gokyo Lakes Trek?

The Gokyo Lakes Trek is considered moderately challenging, offering a captivating journey through the Everest region of Nepal. Trekkers navigate diverse terrains, from lush forests and picturesque villages to high-altitude landscapes. The trek includes ascents to Gokyo Ri and crosses Cho-La Pass, providing stunning panoramic views. While it requires a good level of fitness and acclimatization, it is less crowded than the Everest Base Camp route. The trek's difficulty is influenced by altitude, varying weather conditions, and the physically demanding sections, making it suitable for trekkers with some prior trekking experience.

How much does it cost to trek to Gokyo Lake?

The cost of the Gokyo Lake trek depends on the package offered by the travel company, the number of days in the package, the services you choose, the means of transportation, and other various factors. For example, we offer a 12-day Gokyo Lake trek for $1055 USD, which includes the permit fee, round-trip flight ticket to Lukla, food and accommodation, guide and porter fee, as well as equipment such as sleeping bags, duffle bags, and trek poles.

What will be the package cost for Nepali Tourist for Gokyo Lake Trek ?

As the cost for trek permits and flight tickets for local tourists is lower, the cost of the trek will be reduced, making it more affordable for them. The cost for the 12-day Gokyo Lake Trek is around 80,000 - 90,000 Nepali rupees.

How many guide and porters you require for 12 days Gokyo Lake Trek?

As per your group size, we provide our professional guide and porter. One guide and one porter are provided for every two trekkers. If you have more bags, we can provide an additional supportive porter.

Do you get internet services during the 12 days Gokyo Lake Trek?

Nepal Telecom and Ncell are two communication service providers all over Nepal, but they are not able to provide service at higher elevation. So, at higher elevations, you can use satellite phones and Wi-Fi, which are provided by many of the teahouses for an extra charge along the route. Though you can enjoy your trek by staying away from social media for a few days, you can connect to your nearest and dearest ones through the internet.

What about the food and accommodation during Gokyo Lake Trek?

During your stay in Kathmandu, the food and accommodation will be at a 3-star hotel in Thamel, where you can find a variety of local and international dishes. Along the route at teahouses, you can find basic amienities and quality food.

Client Reviews
Joanna and Roman

Joanna and Roman

Poland

25th May, 2022

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 Adve... See more nture 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!   November 25 , 2012 Joanna and Roman Poland See less...


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