Everest region has a number of beautiful, challenging, and adventurous trek to add to your classic Everest Base Camp Trek.
Gokyo- Chola Pass- EBC Trek is similar to the classic Everest trek, along with the bonus trek to Gokyo valley and Cho La Pass.
During the trek, you’ll get an ample opportunity to explore the lifestyle of the Himalayan Sherpa people and their religions, culture, and traditions.
In this trek, after Namche, the trekking route diverts from the classic Everest Base Camp Trek route and take the less crowded route. The trailhead proceeds to the Dudh Koshi Valley via Dole and Machermo before reaching Gokyo. From here you’ll get an option to climb to Gokyo Ri, 5,364 m for breathtaking Himalayan views.
Next highlight of this trek is Gokyo lakes with the rising peaks on backdrops. Also, from here you’ll see the base camp of Cho Oyu (the sixth highest peak) along with the Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas.
Then the trek takes down you to Thagnak, before traversing Cho La Pass (5,420 m), one of the three great passes in the Khumbu region. Then the trail drops down from the pass, and you’ll rejoin the main classic EBC route at Lobuche. You’ll visit the base camp and hike to Kala Patthar for a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest and Khumbu icefalls.
After climbing Kala Patthar, you’ll descend to Pheriche and retrace your steps back to Lukla via Namche.
Gokyo- Chola Pass EBC Trek is graded as a strenuous and is ideal for trekking enthusiasts who wish to experience “off the beaten path trek” and wish to take more challenge.
You don’t need any climbing experience for this adventurous trek. This trek demands no technical skills at all. It is nothing more than an uphill and downhill walk.
Trekkers with a moderate level of fitness with a positive attitude have a good chance of success.
If you’re a novice trekker, then you can opt for classic Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Panorama Trek, or Everest View Trek.
Therefore this is truly a journey of a lifetime!
- Visit World Heritage sites in Kathmandu
- Spectacular mountain flight to and from Lukla
- Explore the bustling Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar
- Walk through Sagarmatha National Park
- Experience the Sherpa culture and their generous hospitality
- Explore the Gokyo valley
- See the world’s longest glacier- Ngozumpa Glacier
- Climb Gokyo Ri for great Everest views
- Cross Cho La pass with great views of Ama Dablam and Choltase
- Visit the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, i.e., Everest Base Camp
- Hike to the world famous vantage point for an unforgettable breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Lhotse
- Enjoy the solitude along the quiet Gokyo trail
|Day 01||Arrival to Kathmandu (1,338 m)||-|
|Day 02||Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley||-|
|Day 03||Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,804 m)||3 hrs|
|Day 04||Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m)||5.5 hrs|
|Day 05||Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day (3,962 m)||5 hrs|
|Day 06||Trek to Phoste Thanga (3,680 m)||5 hrs|
|Day 07||Trek to Machherma (4,470 m)||5 hrs|
|Day 08||Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m)||5 hrs|
|Day 09||Trek to Gokyo Ri and back to Gokyo (5,483 m)||5 hrs|
|Day 10||Trek to Thangna (4,500 m)||4 hrs|
|Day 11||Cross Cho La Pass (5,300 m) and Trek to Dzongla||7 hrs|
|Day 12||Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m)||4 hrs|
|Day 13||Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep (5,365 m)||8 hrs|
|Day 14||Early morning hike up to Kala Patthar and trek down to Pheriche (5,555 m)||7 hrs|
|Day 15||Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m)||7 hrs|
|Day 16||Trek to Lukla (2,804 m)||6 hrs|
|Day 17||Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (2,804 m)||45 min flight|
|Day 18||Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu||-|
|Day 19||Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure||-|
Max Elevation: 1338 m, Kathmandu
Your trip begins with an arrival flight into Tribhuvan International Airport. Our representative will meet you and transfer you to the respective hotel.
Later in the afternoon or evening, there will be a small meet up with your fellow trekkers and trek leader. Your trek leader will give you a pre-trek briefing. If you have any questions, you can ask and check your gear for the final time.
After meeting, you’ll join the welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepali restaurants. Here you can enjoy Nepali cuisine and enjoy cultural music too. After dinner, you’ll return to your hotel. You’ll spend a night in one of the deluxe hotels in Kathmandu.
On this day, after breakfast, you’ll go for a sightseeing trip to Kathmandu valley. You’ll visit some historical and spiritual attraction in the Kathmandu valley. All these landmarks are lists on the World Heritage Sites- Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa “Buddhist Shrine,” Swayambhunath “Monkey Temple.”
Later in the evening, you can explore around Thamel (Kathmandu Tourist Hub). If there is anything left, you can do shopping at Thamel and Durbar Marg.
Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight
Trek Duration: 3 hours
Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla
On this day, you’ll transfer to the airport for a short scenic flight to Lukla. It takes around 45 minutes where you’ll enjoy the astonishing views of mountains, forests, and rivers.
After landing at Lukla, you’ll begin your trek to Phakding. Enjoying the natural scenery along the way you’ll reach Phakding after three hours of hike. You’ll stay at one of the finest tea houses in Phakding.
Trek Duration: 5.5 hours
Max Elevation: 3441 m, Namche Bazaar
On this day, you’ll trek to Namche Bazaar from Phakding village along the bank of Dudh Koshi river. You’ll cross this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges covered with prayer flags.
After a few hours of walk, you’ll reach Monjo which is the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. Once you reach national park, the trail becomes steep, and you’ll get the first glimpse of Mt. Everest.
Passing via Chortens (Buddhist shrines), mani walls, and prayer wheels and enjoying the awe-inspiring Himalayan scenery, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar is modern and biggest town of the Everest region. It is home to the several restaurants, pub, bakery cafe, hotels, lodges, shops, and money exchange services.
You’ll spend a night at one of the finest tea houses in Namche Bazaar.
Trek Duration: 5 hours
Max Elevation: 3,962 m, Everest View Hotel
Today is your first acclimatization day. Since Gokyo- Chola Pass EBC trek is high altitude trek, it’s essential to adjust your body with the higher elevation. So, short hiking is a great idea to cope with changing altitude. Sometimes ignoring the high altitude can be harmful.
There are lots of options for acclimatization hike includes a short hike to Everest View Hotel. It is one of the best vantage points for close up view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt.Ama Dablam.
The next one is walking to the neighboring Sherpa villages of Kunde or Khumjung lying at the foot of Khumbila, the sacred peaks of the Sherpas.
In Kunde village, you can visit a hospital built by Sir Edmund Hillary. Khumjung village also hosts Hillary school and Khumjung monastery. A Himalayan monastery claims to have a piece of a centuries-old abominable snowman “Yeti.”
After exploring the surrounding area of Namche Bazaar, you’ll return to the teahouse for an overnight stay.
Trek Duration: 5 hours
Max Elevation: 3,680 m
Early morning after having breakfast, you’ll climb steeply from Namche to Kyangjuma village. From this small village, you’ll enjoy outstanding views of Thamserku, Katanga, and Ama Dablam.
Mong La pass is strenuous ascents of the day. However, the top of the Mong La rewards you with the grandest views of surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys.
Passing via the forest of rhododendron and spotting wildlife like pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer you’ll reach Phortse Thanga. You’ll spend a night at the tea house in Phortse village.
Trek Duration: 5 hours
Max Elevation: 4,470 m
On this day, at first traversing via forests, waterfalls, and bridges, you’ll reach at Dole. It is a small place with few teahouses. As you head north up the beautiful valley, you’ll notice the beautiful meadows with yak pastures. Today, you’ll get the closest view of Mt. Cho Oyu, the fifth tallest mountain in the world. It absolutely looks stunning!
Passing via pine and rhododendron forests, the trail leads to the small village of Lapahrma and Luja. Then the trail ascends, you walk along the hillside above thundering Dudh Koshi. On passing through some small hamlets and sandy spurs you’ll reach Maccherma.
Maccherma is the last major settlement on the way to Gokyo valley. The beautiful stream flows down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapcha mountains run via the middle of the village.
It is the place where the people of Khumbu region caught the sight of Yeti in 1994. You’ll spend a night at the teahouse of Machherma.
Trek Duration: 5.5 hours
Max Elevation: 4,790 m
On this day, you’ll climb via a ridge that offers an outstanding view of Mt. Kangtega, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Thamserku. Further, the trail passes via Chorten (a Buddhists shrines) and reaches Pangka where a deadly avalanche killed forty people in 1995.
After passing via the bank of the river, you’ll ascend the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier. Please do keep in mind that the trail is strenuous but not technical.
Further continuing the trail, you’ll get a glimpse of the first lake of the valley. Moving further the second lake that offers a mesmerizing view of the crystal clear blue water. Again little ahead of the second lake you’ll see the third lake; a stream links these two lakes.
After the third lake, you’ll reach Gokyo valley. From the valley, the scenery of the lakes, peaks, and glaciers is stunning! You’ll spend a night at a teahouse in Gokyo valley.
Trek Duration: 5 hours
Max Elevation: 5,483 m. Gokyo Ri
Early in the morning, you’ll hike to the summit of Gokyo Ri. At the altitude of 5,550m above sea level, the summit offers the marvelous views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Cho Oyu.
After enjoying the astonishing views of the snow-capped mountains, you’ll return to Gokyo. Rest of the day you can explore valley including the upper lakes and more viewpoints. You’ll spend a night at the teahouse in Gokyo valley.
Trek Duration: 4 hours
Max Elevation: 4,500 m
On this day, at first, you will pass the Ngozumpa glacier. Here the trail becomes rocky with many up and downhills. On the trail, you will see many yak grazing lands. You’ll walk down the valley on the eastern glacial moraine; the scenery is undoubtedly amazing.
Finally, you’ll reach at a cluster of lodges known at Thangnak for an overnight stay.
Trek Duration: 7 hours
Max Elevation: 5,300m, Cho La Pass
On this day, you should prepare yourself for the long day trek as you’ll transverse Chola Pass- one of the Three Passes. This is one of the challenging days of the trek as you’ve to trek on the rocky trails and the glacial moraines till to the top of the pass.
After a couple of hours trek, you’ll reach to the top of the Chola Pass. As you reach to the top, you’ll get rewarded with the superb views of Cho La Lake and Mt. Cholatse.
On descending downhill you’ve to be careful as the trail is slippery due to the icy trails and glaciers. The trek is very pleasant, and on the way, you’ll see the many prayer flags waving at you. Eventually, you’ll reach Dzongla for an overnight stay.
Trek Duration: 4 hours
Max Elevation: 4,910 m
Early in the morning, leaving Dzongla, you’ll continue your downhill trek towards Lobuche. Here you’ll cross a bridge and then come across a grassy trail. Enjoying the view of Lobuche peak, you stretch up eventually through a ridge.
En route you’ll enjoy the panoramic views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Taboche. Lobuche is the small village situated nearby the stream. From here you’ll witness the memorable sight of sunset on Nuptse. You’ll spend a night at teahouse of Lobuche.
Trek Duration: 8 hours
Max Elevation: 5,365 m, Everest Base Camp
On this day, you’ll continue your trek from Lobuche towards Everest Base Camp via Gorak Shep. You’ll trek via the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier for about 2 and half hours. After arriving at Gorak Shep, you’ll see the beautiful snow-capped mountains.
Further continuing your adventurous trekking journey, you’ll make some steep ascents before Everest Base Camp. Finally, passing via rocky dunes, moraines, and streams, you’ll reach Everest Base Camp.
From the base camp, you can enjoy the view of Khumbu glacier, the deepest glacier in the world. After staying a while at the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, you’ll trek back to Gorak Shep. You’ll spend a night at the teahouse of Gorak Shep.
Trek Duration: 7 hours
Max Elevation: 5,555 m, Kala Patthar
On this day, you’ll hike to the summit of the Kala Patthar where you’ll enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Everest and other surrounding peaks. From Gorak Shep, it’ll take around 2 hours to reach the summit of Kala Patthar.
When the first rays of sun strike over the mountains you’ll enjoy the beautiful panorama of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Taboche, and other peaks.
When you look down from the summit of Kala Patthar, the view of Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Icefall, Khumbu Glacier, and Gorak Shep will amaze you.
After spending a while in the summit, you’ll trek back to Gorak Shep and have breakfast and rest for a while. Then you’ll trek to Pheriche, a small beautiful village for an overnight stay.
Trek Duration: 7 hours
Max Elevation: 3,441 m
Following the forest trails, you’ll head back to Namche Bazaar. Here you’ll spot wildlife like pheasants, musk deer, and mountain goats.
Further climbing steep slopes and passing via Chortens, mani walls you’ll reach Namche. Along the trail, you’ll enjoy the last view of the top Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. You’ll spend a night at a teahouse in Namche Bazaar.
Trek Duration: 6 hours
Max Elevation: 2,804 m, Lukla
After the breakfast, you’ll hike down a steep trail via the Hillary suspension bridge. You’ll continue your walk via several local villages mostly via Dudh Koshi river valley and surroundings.
Once you reach Lukla, you can relax. In the evening, you can also have a party with your fellow trekkers and celebrate your successful Gokyo- Chola Pass EBC trek. You’ll spend a night at a teahouse in Lukla.
Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight
Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla
Early in the morning, you’ll fly back to Kathmandu. The 45 minutes flight back to Kathmandu will indeed be relaxing one as you’ll be carrying unforgettable memories of a successful journey to the Gokyo valley, Cho La Pass, and Everest Base Camp.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll head to your respective hotels. Rest of the day in Kathmandu city will be yours. You can do whatever you like. You can take rest at the hotel or visit the nearby places- Thamel or Durbar Marg. You’ll spend a night in the three-star hotel in Kathmandu.
You have the whole day to hang around the streets of Kathmandu. You may buy souvenirs for your friends and family. If you’re interested, you can also go for a guided city tour to explore Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan.
In the evening, you’ll join the farewell dinner with your fellow trekkers in a cozy traditional Nepali restaurant. You’ll spend a night in the three-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Now it’s time to bid farewell, and you’ll leave Nepal with the wonderful memories you had during this adventure trip.
Our representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport for your way back home.
We hope you had a lovely time with us!
Trip Note: This trip can be customized according to our client requirements. For further information, please contact us.
- 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
- 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;
- Valid Passport
- Airline Tickets
- Photocopies of Passport and 2 passport photographs
- Travel Insurance
- Enough Cash
- Sun Protection Hat
- Woollen Hat
- Beanie or Headband
- Balaclava or Buff
- Bandana Scarf
- 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
- Lightweight Poly-liner Gloves
- Lightweight Wool or Fleece Gloves
- Thermal underwear
- Hiking Shorts
- Hiking Pants
- Fleece Pants
- Lightweight Thermal Bottoms (seasonal)
- Waterproof Shell Pants (Breathable Fabric)
- Hiking Boots (waterproof)
- Camp Sandals
- Hiking Socks
- Thermal Socks
- Sock Liners (prevents blisters)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
- Duffel Bag
- Small Lock for Duffel Bag
- Waterproof Rucksack Covers (optional)
- Stuff Sacks for Dirty Clothes/Shoes
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Bag Liner
- Air mattress
- Pillow (small)
- Walking sticks / Trekking Poles
- Flashlight/ Torch
- Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
Medical and First-Aid Kit
- First-aid kit
- Wound and healing ointment
- Pain relief gel
- Gastrointestinal tract
- Insect repellent spray
- Water purification tablets
Personal Gear and Toiletries
- Trekking Towel
- Pee Bottle or Funnel (optional)
- Small Locks
- Waterproof Ziplock Bags
- Lip balm with sun protection
- Facial moisturiser
- Hand lotion
- Deodorant and Soap
- Dry shampoo
- Wet wipes
- Disinfectant tissues
- Toilet paper
- Hand Sanitizer
- Sleeping mask
- Cotton buds
- Toiletries bag
- Notebook and Pen
- Guidebook/ Trekrout Map
- Travel Games i.e. cards, chess, scrabble etc
- 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.