Gokyo Lake and Gokyo-Ri Trek - 14 Days

Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri Trek is best for those interested in exploring Everest region. That too without any physical stress of reaching the base camp or crossing the high passes.

This adventurous journey begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trek begins from Lukla following the same classic Everest Base Camp Trek route till Namche Bazaar. From Namche, you’ll move towards Dole, Machherma, and eventually Gokyo valley.

During this wonderful trek, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to capture a beautiful moment. Along with outstanding photographic opportunities, you’ll also get a chance to experience the unique Sherpa cultures, traditions, and their hospitality.

You’ll also visit the ancient monasteries and learn about the ancient Buddhist practices.

Further, on the trail, the amazing views of snow-capped mountains surrounds you. The trail offers excellent and rewarding views of Mt. Everest with lush green forests, roaring streams, and friendly people in quaint villages.

Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri trek is a moderate level trek in the Everest region. So, with a reasonable amount of fitness and a positive attitude you can join this trek with us. Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-October) are the best seasons for this trek.

This trip will be your lifetime memorable trip!

Furthermore, if you’re looking for a more challenging trek in the Everest trekking region, try Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo valley and Chola Pass.

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites- Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Explore Namche Bazaar a famous hub of Everest trekking region
  • Walk via Sagarmatha National Park- one of the highest national park in the world
  • Gokyo Valley-one of the most beautiful valley in the Khumbu region of Nepal
  • Gokyo Lakes- the freshwater lake situated at an altitude of 4,700-5.000 m above the sea level
  • Ngozumpa Glacier- the longest glacier in the Himalayas
  • Opportunity to view four of the ten highest peaks in the world, Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,481 m), and Cho Oyu (8,210 m).
  • Enjoy the stunning sunrise views over the beautiful snow-capped mountains from one of the best viewpoints- Gokyo Ri (5,340 m)
  • Enjoy the peaceful yet adventurous wall throughout the trip
  • Witness the pristine settlement, lifestyle, culture and the hospitality of native Sherpa people

DaysItineraryTime
Day 01Arrival to Kathmandu (1,338 m)-
Day 02Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley-
Day 03Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,804 m)3 hrs
Day 04Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m)5.5 hrs
Day 05Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day (3,962 m)5 hrs
Day 06Trek to Phorse (3,680 m)5 hrs
Day 07Trek to Machherma (4,470 m)5 hrs
Day 08Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m)5 hrs
Day 09Trek to Gokyo Ri and hike to the fifth lake (5,483 m)5 hrs
Day 10Trek to Dole (4,500 m)4 hrs
Day 11Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m)7 hrs
Day 12Trek to Lukla (2,804 m)6 hrs
Day 13Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening45 min flight
Day 14Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure-

Day 1
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Max Elevation: 1338 m, Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Osho Vision Travel will receive you and transfer to the respective hotel. After checking into the hotel, you can either take rest or visit our office.

In the evening, we host a welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepali restaurants. Here you can taste excellent Nepalese cuisines. You’ll spend a night at one of the three-star hotels in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02: Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

On this day, after breakfast, you’ll start sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. Today you’ll visit UNESCO World Heritage sites including Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. All these heritage sites hold immense cultural, religious, historical, and architectural value.

Later we’ll have a small team meeting with fellow trekkers to get better acquainted with our future travel plans.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 3
Day 03: 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, you’ll transfer to the domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to fly to Lukla. From the airport, you’ll board a plane and fly to Lukla. The flight time is 45 minutes which allows you to enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape on clear days.

After reaching Lukla, you’ll get introduced with your porters, who will accompany you during this trek. Following the narrow trail through Lukla, past various shops, cafe, and chortens you’ll come across different Sherpa settlements. Some are Cheplung, Thado Koshigaon, Thalsharoa, and Chuuthawa.

On the trail you’ll come across Mani stones, prayer flags, and prayer wheels and all these things will help you to get the spiritual feel of the land of Sherpas. After 4-hour downhill trek from Lukla, you’ll reach Phakding for an overnight stay.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 5.5 hours

Max Elevation: 3441 m, Namche Bazaar

From Phakding, you’ll move forward to Namche Bazaar. It is the central village of Sherpa settlement in Khumbu region. Namche is full of lodges, stores, restaurant, pub, bakery cafe, internet cafe, money exchange centre, and banks.

Today’s walk is quite pleasant with few ups and downs. The trek starts by crossing the suspension bridges of the Dudh Koshi river. Enroute you’ll have astonishing views of Mt. Thamserku.

After crossing the bridge, you’ll reach the main entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. This is the checkpoint where the local authorities will check your trekking permits. While walking via the National park, you may spot some wildlife including pheasant, Himalayan Thar, etc.

Along the trail, you’ll get rewarded with the magnificent view of Mt. Kusum Kanguru.

Day 5
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 3,962 m, Everest View Hotel

For this trek, this is the first acclimatisation day. Many trekkers and health experts suggest to stay active instead of being idle. You can either hike to Thame or visit Khunde or explore Namche Bazaar itself.

Namche Bazaar is the main trading centre of the Everest region. It is full of a restaurant, bakery shops, internet cafes, banks, ATMs, and government offices.

If you go for a short hike, it’ll help you to acclimatise with thin air at high altitude properly. So, you can also take a side trip to Khumjung village or hike to the famous airstrip at Syangboche.

Just above the airstrip, there is Everest View Hotel. From the top of this deluxe hotel, you’ll get a great view of the highest mountain on Earth. The Khumjung valley hosts different snowy peaks of Kongde, Thamserku, and Khumbila.

You can also visit the Khumjung monastery and Hillary School. After exploring Khumjung village, you’ll walk down to Namche for an overnight stay.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Phortse

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 3,680 m

On this day, you’ll follow the trail from Namche Bazaar to the hilltop and reach to the Mongla.

The trail offers the beautiful vistas of Dudh Koshi river and Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Kangtega.

Along the trail, you’ll spot wildlife like pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer. Passing via forests, you’ll also have to cross some bridge. From Mong la, you’ll descend steeply down to reach the Phortse Thanga.

Phortse village lies in the base of snow-covered peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste. You’ll spend a night at a teahouse in Phortse village.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Machherma

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 4,470 m

Early in the morning, after breakfast, you’ll start the trek by crossing a bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. Passing via forest trail and after 2 hours of steep climbing, you’ll reach Dole.

Further you’ll climb up via a scenic ridge above Dole the trail passes via Lhabarma to Luza. Enroute you’ll get an eye-catching view of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Kantega, and Mt.Thamserku.

Walking via the hillside above Dudh Koshi river you’ll reach Machhermo. As you reach this village, you’ll notice the beautiful stream flowing down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapcha mountains via the middle of the village.

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

Day 8
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo

Trek Duration: 5.5 hours

Max Elevation: 4,790 m

On this day, you’ll head towards Gokyo valley, the main highlight of this trip. You need to prepare yourself to ascend the higher altitudes of Gokyo valley and Gokyo Ri on the following day.

Gradually, you’ll ascend from Machharmo and reach to the beautiful settlement of Phangka. Further, the trails open up, and you’ll follow a steep trail formed by the terminal moraine formed by the Ngozumpa Glacier.

After crossing the moraines, you’ll reach the iron bridges which marks the starting point of Gokyo valley. You’ll spend a night at a teahouse in Gokyo valley.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo Ri and Hike to Fifth Lakes

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 5,483 m. Gokyo Ri

On this day, you’ll get an opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri one of the best vantage points of the Everest region. From the top of the summit, you’ll catch the breathtaking views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Makalu.

Gokyo valley is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Ri, but also for the pristine glacial lakes. So, you would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho).

On the north side of Gokyo, the fourth lake sits on the lap of peaks rising above it. The trail continues to the fifth lake. You can climb the hill at the edge of lakes to get the fabulous views of surrounding peaks.

From the north side of the fifth lake, you’ll get an amazing view of Cho Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the Ngozumpa glacier. After exploring the fifth lake, you’ll hike back to Gokyo village for an overnight stay.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek to Dole

Trek Duration: 4 hours

Max Elevation: 4,500 m

In the morning, after enjoying the breakfast you’ll trek down to Dole. The way back to Dole is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi river which starts from the Ngozumpa Glacier. After crossing the second and the first Gokyo lakes, you’ll reach Phangnga. On the right-hand side, you’ll get a glimpse of Cholatse and Taboche peak.

Along the trail, you’ll witness a great view of Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Kangtega. Gradually you’ll descend to Dole via the beautiful Luza and Lhabarma. You’ll spend a night at a teahouse in Dole.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Max Elevation: 3,441 m

On this day, you’ll head towards Namche Bazaar from Dole which will take about 5 hours. Today’s hike is mostly downhills. At first, you’ll descend to Phortse Tenga. Enjoying the diverse nature of flora and fauna, you’ll reach Mong La from where you’ll see the great view of Mt. Khumbila, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, and Thamserku.

Further, you’ll descend to Sansa and reach at the main intersection point from where two paths to Gokyo and Everest Base Camp separates. Following the trail, via small Kyanjuma village, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

Day 12
Day 12: Trek to Lukla

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,804 m, Lukla

On this day, you’ll walk on the downhill trail and cross suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi river. You’ll pass via the highest bridge, Larja Dobhan (confluence of two rivers), Jorsalle, Benkar, Monjo and Phakding village.

Further, enjoying the last glimpse of Mt. Everest and Lhotse, you’ll continue your trek until you arrive at Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, you can take rest. You’ll spend a night at a teahouse in Lukla.

Day 13
Day 13: Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner in the Evening

Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight

Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla

On this day, early in the morning, you’ll fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will receive you and transfer to the hotel. After taking a short rest, you can stroll nearby streets and do some shopping.

In the evening, we’ll host farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant for completing the trek. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 14
Day 14: Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure

Finally, your adventure trip to the majestic Himalayan country of Nepal comes to an end! Our one of the representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back home.

If you want to plan the next adventure trip in the wonderful country of Nepal, then you can contact us. We’re 24/7 available at your service!

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
  • 14 Days
  • 10 Days
  • 2 to 10 persons
  • Strenuous
  • 6-7 hours
  • Spring and Autumn Season
  • Kathmandu
  • Lukla

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