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Everest Gokyo Lake Trek - 13 Days

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is a wonderful journey to the alluring Gokyo lakes. It is one of the most amazing viewpoints for great mountain views including Mt. Everest and other surrounding peaks.

Moreover, it is for those who wish to explore something new in the Everest region. This Everest Gokyo Lake trek is an alternative, less crowded trail to popular Everest Base Camp Trek. This short and beautiful trek offer a fabulous view of Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes.

This wonderful trek begins at the mountain airstrip at Lukla 45-minute flight from Kathmandu. The trekking start from Lukla to Phakding and trail follow forests trail and head up to Namche Bazaar.

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek passes via the fascinating valleys, magnificent river, pristine lakes, and world’s biggest glacier called Ngozumpa glacier.

On the trail, you’ll pass via Dole, Machhermo village and finally reach Gokyo valley. This beautiful valley stands on the foot of Gokyo ridge along the Gokyo lakes. This valley offers a great scene of pristine turquoise lakes. Likewise, Gokyo lakes are one of the holy pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Gokyo Ri is the major highlight of this trip. It is the highest hill station located at an altitude of 5,380 m. The top of the Gokyo Ri peak offers panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Makalu- four of the eight highest peaks on the earth.

This trail is one of the best trail to trek over the Khumbu region. You’ll get plenty of opportunities to indulge in Nepal’s internal beauty.

Everest Gokyo Valley trek is suitable for trekkers of all ages, and you don’t need any previous trekking experience. If you are reasonably fit and can walk about 5 hours daily, you can complete this trek without any obstacle.

Though the best time for this adventurous trek is spring and autumn; it is doable throughout the year.

We assure that you’ll create a lot of unforgettable memories during this adventurous trip.

Nonetheless, if you want to explore the base of the world’s highest mountain and high pass then we have Gokyo-Chola Pass-Everest Base Camp Trek.

Highlights

  • Explore UNESCO listed world heritage sites including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Enjoy the breathtaking mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Walk via Sagarmatha National Park and witness some rare wildlife including Red Panda and Snow Leopard
  • Experience the unique culture, religion, and lifestyle of Himalayan Sherpa People
  • Visit Namche Bazaar- a gateway of Khumbu region
  • Close up views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, and other surrounding peaks
  • Explore one of the world’s largest glacier- Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Explore the Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lake
  • Hike to Gokyo Ri- one of the best vantage point for beautiful mountain vistas

Days Itinerary Time
Day 01 Arrival to Kathmandu (1,338 m) -
Day 02 Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,804 m) 3 hrs
Day 03 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) 5.5 hrs
Day 04 Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day (3,962 m) 5 hrs
Day 05 Trek to Dole (4,200 m) 5 hrs
Day 06 Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) 5 hrs
Day 07 Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) 5 hrs
Day 08 Gokyo - Acclimatization -
Day 09 Trek to Gokyo Ri and back to Machhermo (5,483 m) 5 hrs
Day 10 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) 7 hrs
Day 11 Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) 6 hrs
Day 12 Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening 45 min flight
Day 13 Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure -

Day 1
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Max Elevation: 1338 m, Kathmandu

After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will receive and transfer you to the hotel. After check in and having some refreshments, our guide will brief you about Everest Gokyo Lake Trek.

After attending this small meeting, you can go to nearby places to get familiar with the culture. In the evening, you’ll join the welcome dinner hosted by Nepal Osho Vision where you’ll get an opportunity to taste traditional Nepali cuisines.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight

Trek Duration: 3 hours

Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla

Early in the morning, we’ll head towards the domestic terminal of an international airport for the mountain flight to Lukla. It will be an adventurous flight as the Hillary airport is one of the dangerous airports in the world. It is the steep airstrip which is hanging off the side of a mountain.

After reaching Lukla, you’ll meet our rest of the trekking staff and begin the trek towards Phakding. Then following the well-marked trail, you’ll head up the Dudh Koshi Valley. After walking for a while, you’ll reach Ghat and then soon you’ll arrive at Phakding.

Overnight at Phakding.

Day 3
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 5.5 hours

Max Elevation: 3441 m, Namche Bazaar

After having breakfast in Phakding, you’ll start your trek towards Namche. You’ll continue your trek, enjoying the superb view of Mt. Thamserku from the Benkar village.

Crossing some bridges, you’ll reach the main entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. Here the local authorities will check your trekking permits to keep a record of trekkers and local trekking staff as well.

After enjoying the pleasant walk with a few short and downhill, you’ll reach Hillary Suspension bridge. Now, after climbing uphill towards Namche Bazaar, you’ll get a close and magnificent sight of Kwangde Peak, and its sister peaks, Kusum Kanguru. Finally, you’ll reach the colorful Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

Day 4
Day 04: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 3,962 m, Everest View Hotel

During the high altitude trek, altitude sickness can affect anyone. So, it is necessary to take a day off, and Namche Bazaar is popular and first place for acclimatization during the most of the Everest region treks.

You can go for a short hike to Everest View Hotel that offers fabulous views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Ama Dablam.

However, there are a lot of other options for short day hikes like you can explore the twin villages of Khumjung and Khunde. Both of these villages offer a close insight into Sherpa culture. You can also visit the Khumjung monastery where there is scalp of Yeti.

After a short hike around these villages, you can walk down to Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Dole

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 4, 200 m

Early in the morning, you’ll trek downhill and climb to pass via the Monj La Pass before reaching Phortse Tenga. The trail also passes via the rhododendron and birch forest where you’ll see a variety of shrubs and flowers. While walking via forests trail, you’ll spot musk deer and blue mountain sheep.

Heading towards Phortse Tenga, you will ascend to Dole, a beautiful small village.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Dole.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Machherma

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 4,470 m

After breakfast early in the morning, you’ll follow the trail that offers a panoramic views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku. Along the trail, you’ll pass several villages and ascend some rocky terrain.

Following the path above the Dudh Koshi river takes you to Luza village from where the steep ascent begins. On the left side, you’ll get an amazing view of Kyajo glacier. Further, continuing the trek, you’ll reach Machherma village. Here we’ll visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital where you can learn about the Acute Mountain Sickness (altitude sickness).

You’ll spend a night at a teahouse of Machherma.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo

Trek Duration: 5.5 hours

Max Elevation: 4,790 m

Early in the morning, after breakfast at Machhermo, you’ll head towards “Gokyo valley”. As you move higher, you’ll get the outstanding view of Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), world 6th highest mountain, in the north side and Kangtega (6,685 m) in the south side.

Following the scenic path to Pangkha and descend for a while and again ascend until you reach Langponga. From here you’ll start to get breathtaking views of first and second lakes.

You continue our trek onward and reach on the ridge of mesmerizing cyan Dudh Pokhari, one of the most beautiful Gokyo Lakes. On the eastern bank of the third lake, there is a beautiful settlement of Gokyo. You’ll have an amazing time around the lakes enjoying the wonders of nature. You’ll spend a night at a teahouse of Gokyo valley.

Day 8
Day 08: Gokyo: Acclimatization Day

Today is the second acclimatization day of this Everest Gokyo Lake Trek. Gokyo valley is on the side of Ngozumpa glacier, one of the biggest glaciers in the world.

You have a whole day to explore around the glacial lakes. You’ll explore the Gokyo valleys’ fourth and fifth lakes.

The fourth lake lies 3 km north of Gokyo. Here you can notice high cliffs and Himalayan peak rising above it. We continue our walk a little further and reach the fifth lake. You’ll climb a nearby hill to get a mesmerizing view of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Makalu.

Further, from the northern side of the fifth lake, you’ll see a fantastic view of Cho Oyu base camp and Ngozumpa glacier. After exploring the lakes, walking by the side of the lake, you’ll go back to Gokyo valley for an overnight stay.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo Ri and Back to Machhermo

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 5,483 m. Gokyo Ri

Gokyo Ri is the main attraction of this trip. Early in the morning, you’ll hike up to the Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak). Climbing to the summit of Gokyo Ri is strenuous as you’ve to climb steep up for 3-4 hours to reach the top.

However, the summit of Gokyo Ri offers a jaw-dropping view of the world’s tallest mountain including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam, Thamserku. Cholatse, and Kusum Kanguru. Along with the outstanding mountain vistas, you’ll also get an amazing view of Ngozumpa glacier and beautiful Gokyo valley.

Your visit to Gokyo Ri will be unforgettable lifetime memories!

After enjoying the panoramic beauty from Gokyo Ri, you’ll retrace back from Gokyo valley to Machhermo. Starting from the third lake and following the trail along the second and first lake, the trail leads towards the Dudh Koshi river emerging out of Ngozumpa glacier.

Once again, crossing over the iron bridge, we’ll pass via the Phangka settlement. Continuing the trail via the several villages, you’ll reach Machhermo for an overnight stay.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Max Elevation: 3,441 m

After breakfast, you’ll continue the trek and gently descend to Dole via Phortse Tenga. Following the forest trail, you’ll ascend steeply to Monga Danda and descend down to Kyanjoma.

After a few hours of the up and downhill climb, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar. Along the trail, with the impressive views of giant Himalayas, your trekking journey will be easy. You’ll spend a night at a teahouse in Namche Bazaar.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Lukla

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,804 m, Lukla

After having breakfast in Namche, you start your trek on a rocky trail. You’ll pass via several villages including Benkar, Monjo, Phakding, and Champlung before reaching the hill town of Lukla. Several hours of walk brings us back to the starting point of our Everest Gokyo Lake Trek.

It is the last day of your trek. Upon arrival at Lukla, you will freshen up and take rest. Overnight at Lukla.

Day 12
Day 12: Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner in the Evening

Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight

Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla

After your long mountain journey, now you’ll fly back to Kathmandu. An early morning flight will take you in Kathmandu. You can take rest and relax throughout the day at the hotel. If you want to take some gifts (typical Nepalese goods) home from Nepal for your closed one, then you can visit the nearby shop in Thamel.

In the evening, to celebrate the successful completion of the trek, you’ll have a farewell dinner.

You’ll spend an overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 13
Day 13: Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure

Finally, the journey with the mountains of Nepal comes to an end! If you want to explore the other trekking region of Nepal or tours in India, Bhutan, and Tibet we’ve various trekking packages.

If you want to customize this trip, then feel free to contact us.

Cost Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in tea houses during the days in a trek
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu half day sightseeing
  • During sightseeing tours guide
  • Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry and TIMS card fee
  • A professional English speaking guide
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charges
  • First aid kit box

Cost Excluded

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal gear for trekking
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Gratitudes to the guide and porter

Here is a comprehensive packing list for trekking in the Everest region. This packing list equally applies to all trekkers as well as all seasons and routes for the Everest Base Camp trek.

Depending on the number of trekking days, you can adjust the number of items for clothing and equipment respectively. You can use this list as a guideline. Please keep in mind that, it is not necessary to have all of it. Also, since packing is subjective use your judgement to decide on what to take.

Moreover, Kathmandu is the great place to buy trekking gear at an affordable price. So, let’s take a look;

Important Documents

  • Valid Passport
  • Airline Tickets
  • Photocopies of Passport and 2 passport photographs
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Enough Cash

Headwear

  • Sun Protection Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Beanie or Headband
  • Balaclava or Buff
  • Bandana Scarf

Upper Body

  • Short Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
  • Long Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
  • Lightweight Thermal Tops
  • Down Vest
  • Sports Bra
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Wind Jacket
  • Waterproof Jacket

Handwear

  • Lightweight Poly-liner Gloves
  • Lightweight Wool or Fleece Gloves

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear
  • Hiking Shorts
  • Hiking Pants
  • Fleece Pants
  • Lightweight Thermal Bottoms (seasonal)
  • Waterproof Shell Pants (Breathable Fabric)

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots (waterproof)
  • Camp Sandals
  • Hiking Socks
  • Thermal Socks
  • Sock Liners (prevents blisters)
  • Gaiters

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • Duffel Bag
  • Backpack
  • Daypack
  • Small Lock for Duffel Bag
  • Waterproof Rucksack Covers (optional)
  • Stuff Sacks for Dirty Clothes/Shoes

Sleeping Accessories

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Air mattress
  • Mat
  • Pillow (small)

Important Accessories

  • Walking sticks / Trekking Poles
  • Headlamp
  • Flashlight/ Torch
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder

Medical and First-Aid Kit

  • First-aid kit
  • Wound and healing ointment
  • Pain relief gel
  • Painkillers
  • Antibiotics
  • Antiallergic
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Electrolytes
  • Insect repellent spray
  • Water purification tablets

Personal Gear and Toiletries

  • Trekking Towel
  • Pee Bottle or Funnel (optional)
  • Small Locks
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sun protection
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Facial moisturiser
  • Hand lotion
  • Deodorant and Soap
  • Razor
  • Dry shampoo
  • Wet wipes
  • Disinfectant tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Earplugs
  • Sleeping mask
  • Cotton buds
  • Toiletries bag

Extra/Luxuries

  • Books
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Guidebook/ Trekrout Map
  • Travel Games i.e. cards, chess, scrabble etc
  • Binoculars
  • Plug Adapter
  • Swim Suit
  • Portable Solar Charger

Q1. Is Trekking in the Everest Region Difficult or Easy?

The difficulty of treks in the Everest region depends on the trek you choose to do.

If you’re looking for a little more challenging adventurous trail rather than a simple walk, then you can go for Everest Base Camp trek! This base camp trek takes you from 2,804 m at Lukla to 5,545 m, the summit of Kala Patthar.

The trails in the Everest region include moderate uphill and downhill walk, steep ascents and descents. Generally, the trekking route is well-maintained but also involve some mix- rough terrain.

So, with a good health condition, you can complete this base camp trek with ease. With enough acclimatization day and proper training, you can complete the trek with success. You should train yourself before embarking this adventurous trek. The more fit you are, the more pleasant your journey will be.

Q.2 Do I Have to be Extremely Fit to Trek in the Everest Region?

There is no specific requirement of fitness for trekking in the Everest region. However, a basic level of fitness is required. After all, you’ve to hike with your daypack for 4-6 hours, on various types of terrain, over the course of several days.

You need a basic level of fitness, but you don’t need to have a pro-level athlete’s fitness. Before trekking, you can do an exercise like jogging, running, swimming, or hiking.

Thus, if you attempt Everest Base Camp Trek with proper training, you can enjoy every moment of the trek. Remember to walk at your own pace, drink plenty of water, and allocate enough acclimatization day.

Q.3 How to Reach Lukla from Kathmandu?

Lukla village serves as the main entry point of world famous Everest region. It is a small town located at the height of 2,860m and inhabited by Sherpa community. This small mountain village hosts Tenzing Hillary Airport, one of the most adventurous airports in the world.

At present, the airport is the only convenient way to reach the Everest region from Kathmandu. Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla take around 45 minutes. Buddha Airlines, Sita Airlines, Yeti Airways, and Tara Airways are some of the airlines that operate daily flights between Kathmandu and Lukla.

Likewise, the monsoon season (June-August) is highly prone to flight delays and cancellation due to bad weather conditions. Therefore, if you’re traveling to Nepal during monsoon time, it is recommended to add 2-3 spare days in your itinerary.

Q4. Am I Prone to Altitude Sickness while Trekking in the Everest Region?

While trekking in the high altitudes of the Everest region, the symptoms of altitude sickness are very common in all trekkers, regardless of their age and fitness level. At higher elevation, many experience symptoms like occasional headaches, shortness of breath or mild nausea. These symptoms are easily treated with proper rest, hydration, and over the counter medications.

Due to this uncertainty, most trekkers use Diamox, a medication which can help you fight the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Unfortunately, some people may experience more serious symptoms that demand intensive treatment like oxygen therapy and a portable hyperbaric bag.

Q5. How Do I Prevent Altitude Sickness?

  • Stay hydrated. Try to drink at least 3-4 liters per day.
  • Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and meat.
  • Don’t go up until symptoms go down. People acclimatize at different rates, so make sure to acclimate properly before ascending further.
  • Listen to your body. Take your time. The pace is a critical factor on all routes.
  • Don’t skip the acclimatization days.
  • Walk high and sleep low. If you have enough energy, take an afternoon stroll further up the mountain although you descend to sleep.
  • Consult your doctor before you start your trek. Your doctor may prescribe you an altitude sickness tablet.

Q6. What Happens if I get Mountain Sickness?

If you get altitude sickness while on the trail, let your guide know immediately. They’ll help you. For this, you need to be familiar with the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Most people experience mild symptoms like a headache, loss of appetite above 12,000-14,000 feet. These mild symptoms are not serious and will disappear within 48 hours. But, if symptoms become more serious, there are two options:

  • Descend to a lower elevation- possibly resume the trek once you recover.
  • Get into a portable hyperbaric bag- it is an inflatable pressure bag large enough to accommodate a person inside. A person is placed inside the bag, then sealed and inflated with a foot pump. By doing so, within minutes, the effective altitude is decreased by 1000 to 3000 meters depending on the elevation.

Q7. Do I Need Travel Insurance to Trek in the Everest Region?

In the Everest region, most of the trekkers face the problem of high altitude sickness. So, it’s important you should get proper insurance for your Everest Base Camp Trek. Make sure that your travel insurance package covers:

  • Trip cancellation
  • Travel delay
  • Loss/damage of baggage
  • Medical emergencies
  • Medical evacuation.

If you’re confused about the insurance, you can contact us, we are happy to help you.

Q8. When is the Best Time for the Trek in Everest Region?

The best time for Everest region trek is Spring (March-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov). In the spring season, the weather is dry and stable, and the mountain views are at their best.

One of the best part of trekking during spring is the fantastic view of the lower hill blooming in rhododendron flowers.

Autumn is one of the peak trekking seasons in Nepal. If you opt autumn season for Everest Base Camp Trek, then you’ll get the magnificent snow-capped mountain views.

During spring and autumn, the trail is overcrowded because of the large inflow of the tourists. During this time, almost all tea houses get packed with the trekkers. So, you need to make advance-booking for accommodation and flight.

Moreover, if you love solitude, then the monsoon (June-Aug) and winter (Dec-Feb) are a good time to do it. Also, if you opt these seasons, you may need to add extra days in your itinerary as flight delays and cancellations are common due to bad weather conditions.

Q9. What are the Accommodations Along the Trail?

The accommodation facilities along the Everest Base Camp trail are pretty great! You can opt from the luxurious hotel to basic tea houses according to your budget. In luxurious accommodation, you’ll get a luxury room with attached bathrooms and hot showers.

Likewise, teahouse has a simple room but comfortable to sleep. Most of the teahouse have squat toilets. Also, as you move to higher altitudes, the accommodation facilities become more simple. So, don’t expect luxurious accommodation at higher altitudes.

Q10. What is the Food like on the Everest Trail?

Everest trekking trail is a lot more developed in comparison to other trekking routes in Nepal. You’ll find several teahouses that serve good food.

Along the trail, you can get everything from rice and lentil dishes (dal bhat power 24 hr) to pizza. Almost all tea houses have similar menus. You’ll get momos, noodles, soups, and burgers.

Beer and soft drinks are available everywhere but at a highly inflated price. Snacks like candy bars, chips are widely available, but for a higher price than Kathmandu valley. As you move towards higher elevation, the price gets higher too.

Tips: Bring your snacks from Kathmandu. Yes, it’ll increase the weight of your luggage, but it’s better to pay NRS. 80 per bar in Kathmandu than NRS. 200 on the trail.

Q11. Is Drinking Water Readily Available During the Trek?

Most of the tea house along the trail serve bottled, boiled, and filtered water. It is not safe to drink tap water without treating it. The best options are to bring a reusable water bottle and a water purification tablet. It’s cheap and doesn’t hurt the environment too.

You can also buy mineral water bottle everywhere. It is cheap in Kathmandu (USD 2 for a liter bottle) but expensive on the Everest trail (USD3-5 for a liter bottle).

Q 12. Can I Charge My Electronic Devices?

Yes, you can charge your electronic devices during the trekking period. Almost all tea houses have charging plug points. However, charging your electronic devices will cost you some money especially a the higher elevation. So, it’s a good idea to carry spare batteries for your camera.

Q13. Can I Trek Alone?

Yes, you may trek alone actually there is no any law these days that tourists need to travel with guide or travel company. However, trekking alone in the Everest region is not advisable.

For your convenience hire a guide or porter. A guide will not only help you in route navigation but also will help you to get the best places to eat and sleep. Also, they’re familiar with the local culture and tradition.

A guide will help you to get a close insight into local culture and traditions. They’ll also assist you with gears, medical emergencies, and travel arrangements.

A porter is one who will carry your baggage throughout the trekking journey. Hiring a porter will help you enjoy long walks as you don’t have to carry heavy backpacks.

Q14. Do I have to Carry my Luggage on the Trip? If Not, What is the Weight the Porters Carry?

Trekking is a long journey for which you’ll need two bags to keep your belongings. A rucksack/ duffel bag and a daypack for personal items.

Throughout the entire trekking journey, our porter will carry duffle bag whereas you have to carry a daypack of your own. A daypack is a small backpack where you can keep your personal items like camera, battery chargers, snacks, and water bottle.

If you’re taking a flight to Lukla, there is a certain weight limit of your baggage. The maximum weight of the check-in baggage is 10 kg whereas that of hand carry is 5 kg.

Our porter can carry up to 25kg during the trek, whereas your other personal items will be safely kept at the respective hotel.

Q15. What Qualifications Do the Guides Have?

Our guides are knowledgeable in the areas of history, culture, and geography of the Everest region. Also, our guides and porters are well trained and licensed. Last but not least all of our guides are friendly, helpful, honest, humorous, and hardworking.

During the trekking journey, they’ll provide you with a good knowledge of the local culture. They’ll assist you in every aspect of your trips like arranging the rooms, meals, and flight.

Q16. Can I Hire a Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket with the Quality Thermal Required for the Trip?

Yes, you can hire a sleeping bag and down jacket with the thermal quality in Kathmandu. There are plenty of shops in Thamel that sell trekking gears. You’ll find many shops selling a high-quality copy of these brands but at a relatively low price.

Further, you can also hire most of the trekking equipment from Kathmandu. The rental cost may range from NRS. 3 – 4 per day.

Q17. How Much Do you Recommend to Tip the Porters or Local Guides?

Tips are not mandatory while trekking in Nepal. However, at the end of the trip, if you wish to show your gratitude, it is always welcomed.

Tipping can be in USD or Nepalese Rupees (NRS). So, it is good to carry small denominations of USD for small tips to driver, hotel staff, porter etc. If you want to tips someone you are free to do so but there is no hard and fast rule about how much you should tip.

Q18. Are ATMs Available in Everest Region?

Yes, there are some ATMs in Namche Bazaar and Lukla but not in places higher than that. Also, sometimes ATMs might run out of cash or the machines may not work properly. So, it’s a good idea to carry some hand cash.

Q19. Is There Any Alternate Way to See Mt. Everest Closely Without Trekking?

Yes, if you don’t have ample time for a number of days trek, then you can opt Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour around Everest region to get a close-up view of Mt. Everet.

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Trip Facts

  • Everest Region
  • 5,483 m, Gokyo Ri
  • 13 Days
  • 9 Days
  • 2 to 10 persons
  • Strenuous
  • 5-6 hours
  • Spring and Autumn Season
  • Kathmandu
  • Lukla

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