Gokyo Valley Trekking with Gokyo Ri

Trip Overview
  • Duration 11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationEverest Region, Nepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrekking
  • Major AttractionNamche & Gokyo
  • Maximum Altitude4750 Meters
  • Best TimeMarch-April-May, Sep-Oct-Nov

Highlights

  • Begin the trip with a scenic flight to Lukla Airport. 
  • Trek along the trail of Everest Base Camp Trek until Namche Bazaar.
  • Enter the loaded greenery of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Cross the Dudh Koshi River via numerous hanging bridges.
  • Pass through the Sherpa hamlets and witness their way of living. 
  • Spend a full day's rest in Namche Bazaar.
  • Proceed through the off-the-beaten trail to enter Gokyo Valley.
  • Get awestruck by the landscapes and the lakes in Gokyo Region.
  • Explore the turquoise lakes and Gokyo valley.
  • Hike Gokyo Ri for breathtaking visions of peaks such as Mt Everest, Cho Oyo, Lhotse, and more. 
  • Walk via Buddhist monasteries, gompas, shrines, and mani walls.
  • Experience what it is like to wander in the most scenic valley of Nepal, Gokyo Valley.         

Gokyo Valley is a place that is unspeakable in words. Only some places on the Earth can come quite close to the magnificence of the valley because the valley displays breathtaking landscapes, pristine freshwater blue lakes, some of the world's tallest mountains, vast meadows, natural variety, cultural exhibits, and more. Thus, we are so exhilarated to invite you to do a superb trek in Gokyo Valley with the team of Mountain Rock Treks.

Without a doubt, Gokyo Valley Trekking is one of the fantastic treks in Nepal.

The trek happens in the picturesque valley in the famous Everest Region, home to Mount Everest, Cho Oyo, Lhotse, and Makalu. The valley lying around 42km from Lukla, Gokyo Valley, is flooded and abundant in beauty. 

As said earlier, the valley owns countless colors; that’s why it's a prime destination for trekking. Yet, the two best shades of exquisite Gokyo Valley Trekking are the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri. 

First, Gokyo Lakes are six freshwater lakes in the valley at around 4,700m-5,000m. The trek runs through five of the pretty Gokyo Lakes lakes out of six. Those glittering lakes enclose mountains in the backdrop, making them even heavenly. 

Gokyo Ri(5,357m), another shade of Gokyo Valley, is a hilltop in the Khumbu Region above Gokyo Village. It is the highest point of Gokyo Valley Trekking. From its top, various sky-towering mountains, the entire Gokyo Valley, Everest Region, glaciers, and Himalayan lakes are sightable.

Besides those two highlights, the hike through Gokyo Valley is full of multiple things, adventures, and experiences. The items can be numerous hanging bridges, iconic houses, inspiring lifestyles of locals, centuries-old gompas & monasteries, mani walls, rushing rivers, peaceful meadows, terrace fields, flora & fauna, and many more. 

So this Gokyo Valley Trek, an exclusive trek, will take you to the Gokyo Lakes and the Gokyo Ri, along with many other scenic and worthwhile stops. Overall, you will have a fantastic travel experience. For that, you will require fourteen days. The trek lasts precisely 14 days, beginning and ending in Kathmandu. 

The journey to Gokyo Valley starts with a flight to Lukla, the entrance to Khumbu Region. Then the walk continues through Phakding and Namche Bazaar, the popular stops of Everest Base Camp Trek. After Namche, the trail gets separated from Everest Base Camp Trek’s route when you take a road to Dole. 

Resuming the trek, you will enter the Gokyo Valley to explore its sceneries. You will traverse those Gokyo Lakes, climb Gokyo Ri, and visit the villages of Gokyo Valley. It will be a time to enjoy and experience the Gokyo Valley. 

Following the complete exploration of the valley, you will retrace to Lukla via Sherpa territories like Namche Bazar, Jorsale, and Phakding. And with a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla, We will complete the trek within fourteen days.         

Nonetheless, the trek is a little demanding. To enjoy the fruits of the tour, you will have to face several adversities. On average, you have to trek for 5-6hours daily. The route will be steep, rough, and dramatic. High altitudes can be another problem. Likewise, the weather up in the region is chilly and testing. So these are the significant challenges of the trek.   

You are pretty suitable for Gokyo Valley Trek if you take those challenges. You require an excellent physical endurance level, enough gear & clothing, and a little physical and mental training before the trek. If you are an experienced trekker, that would be a plus point. You can comfortably do the tour.   

The best times to go to Gokyo Valley are Autumn and Spring, the two peak trekking seasons in Nepal. In those two seasons, the weather conditions in Nepal favor beautiful trekking experiences for visitors. Therefore, you shall have a remarkable trek under the attractive weather conditions in the valley.

If you ever feel like choosing this trek, we are always here to guide you across the valley. To reach us, and we shall have a fabulous time in Gokyo Valley together.       

Fact Behind Gokyo Lake 

Gokyo Lakes are freshwater oligotrophic lakes in the Khumbu Region of Nepal. The lakes are one of the world’s highest freshwater lake systems. In total, there are six leading lakes in the Gokyo Lake System. Otherwise, the lake system, also a wetland area, has 19 lakes stretched over 485 acres at altitudes between 4,600m to 5,100m.

The excellent lake system resides in Khumjung VDC of Solukhumbu district in north-eastern Nepal. It is from the same region of the eight-thousanders like Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. And the valley that homes those lakes is known as Gokyo Valley.

Thomas Lake is the largest and deepest one of the six leading lakes. And Gokyo Cho or Dudh Pokhari, a lake by Gokyo Village, is the most popular of all the lakes. The other lakes are Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho and Ngojumba Cho. These lakes’ water sources are Ngozumpa Glacier- the longest glacier in the Himalayas, and various streams from the mountains. The region can be the best place for lake lovers to explore. 

Moreover, Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims take these lakes as sacred ones. In August, thousands of people take holy baths in the lakes. According to the belief, the lakes are famous for connecting to  Hindu deities such as Lord Shiva and Vishnu. So the place is religiously essential as well.   

And Gokyo Valley receives numerous trekkers every year. The Gokyo Lakes have a significant role in attracting them. People across the globe visit the Gokyo Valley to explore these Gokyo Lakes. As it is in the same district as Everest Base Camp Trek, the crowded trail of Nepal, people choose to hike to these lakes for a peaceful trekking experience. 

 

Fact about Gokyo Ri 

Gokyo Ri(5,367m) is a mountain pass in Nepal's Gokyo Valley of the Everest Region. Located above the Gokyo Village and west of Ngozumpa Glacier, Gokyo Ri is one of the most famous mountain passes in the country. 

The hilltop is best known for its striking mountain views of various mountains of the Mahalangur Range, a mountain range in the Himalayas. You can see peaks such as Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and more. Moreover, the point is the highest point of Gokyo Valley Trekking. It is the major highlight of the treks that run through Gokyo valley. While doing the Everest Three High Passes Trek, Gokyo Ri can be another popular trek in the region.

Gokyo Ri not only provides mountain views but other things too. You can investigate the whole Gokyo Valley and Khumbu Region from the top. In addition, the Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Village, and Ngozumpa Glacier are equally rewarding. There is even a popular trek that goes by Gokyo Ri Trek. On this trek, the mountaintop is the ultimate point.

Some people believe that the view of Mt Everest from Gokyo Ri is better than that ofKala Patthar, the best viewpoint of Mt Everest. If so, Gokyo Ri is undoubtedly a special place to hike. You can reach the top by walking above Gokyo Village. The hike to Gokyo Ri from Gokyo Village takes only 4 hours. It involves a strenuous hike of several hours. But the view that you get from the top is worth it. You will remain awe-struck by the panorama.

If you are ever in Gokyo Valley, do not forget to hike up to Gokyo Ri. The trek to Gokyo Valley is never complete without summiting the point and viewing the scenic vista.         

Best time to go to Gokyo Valley Trek

Gokyo Valley Trekking is doable all year round. Therefore, you can participate in the trek any month you like. However, if you mean the most suitable times, they would be Autumn and Spring. This weather is selected because they both are deemed the trekking seasons in Nepal. Therefore, the trekking trails remain flocked with trekkers mainly in those two seasons. On the contrary, you will find adventurers on the tracks of Nepal during Winter and Monsoon, but fewer than the earlier ones. 

Let’s dig each of the seasons separately. Afterward, you will have complete knowledge about the weather in Nepal. And you can choose the right time for the Gokyo Valley Tour.   

Gokyo Lake Trek in Autumn (September, October, November)

Autumn is one of the best times to travel in the Himalayas. It is the second most busy trekking season in Nepal; the first is Spring. Yes, you will find most of the popular trails dotted with trekkers during this season. 

September, October, and November are the three months of Autumn. Also called post-monsoon months,  Autumn starts after the departure of the Monsoon in Nepal. The Monsoon showers remove all the dust, and mountains experience snowfall. As a result, the vistas in the Himalayas of Nepal are all clear and scenic.

The temperature in the higher parts of the Everest Region, like Gokyo Valley, ranges from 10 to 18 degrees in the daytime. And during evening and morning hours, the temperature goes below 0 degrees. 

Similarly, September is a warm month of autumn compared to October and November as we reach the end of Autumn and the start of Winter in Nepal, the temperature drops.

Overall, Autumn is an excellent period for doing Gokyo Valley Trek. You will get clear and sunny days. The mountains also remain visible, all white. There are pretty low chances of dark clouds and rainfall. You will have a picturesque time in the valley in Autumn.       

Gokyo Lake Trek in Spring (March, April, May)

Spring is more like Autumn. That is why the trekking trails of Nepal remain busy during this season as well. It is a highly chosen time for adventures in Nepal by tourists.

March, April, and May are the months of Spring in Nepal. And they are pre-monsoon months because Monsoon takes over Nepal right from late May. The Spring season is a time of blossoming Rhododendrons and other flowers. It is also a warm time to trek in the Himalayas. The Spring months are more generous than the Autumn months.

The Everest Region and Gokyo Valley temperature remains around 5 to 20 degrees during daylight. And the temperature goes below freezing level in the higher places in the dark and early morning like always. Also, the weather becomes chilly and cold as we gain elevations.

Generally, Spring is the most suitable time for Gokyo Valley Trek or any other trek in the Himalayas. You will get the best views of Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse. Also, you will trek through the colorful forest. And you will have vibrant landscapes to watch during Spring. 

Book the tour right away if you are free during Spring this year. You will love walking on a sunny day in the valley full of scenery.          
 

Gokyo Lake Trek in Winter (December, January, Febabury)

Winter signifies the cold, chilly, and snowy season. That is what happens in Nepal during Winter. This season is the most freezing of all the seasons. It is the time of the year when the high areas and mountains receive colossal snowfall. 

Picture-wise, Winter is the best time when the Himalayas get decorated with fresh snow. Otherwise, it is a tough time in the mountains due to snowfall all over the terrain.

December, January, and February are the months of winter in Nepal. After the departure of Autumn, Winter comes to take over. Early December is not that bad for trekking. You can trek in early December. Until mid or even late-December, we can enjoy the perks of the Autumn season while on the trails. 

But once it is January, the Winter is at its peak in Nepal. The high areas turn into freezing zones, the temperature remains below 0 degrees most of the time, and snowfall occurs. So it continues through January until late February. Then, slowly, winter becomes less active in late February and the Spring season begins to approach. If all is good, you can even trek in the late Winter days of February.

In sum, Winter is not the right time for Gokyo Valley Trekking. The cold and heavy snowfall make trekking difficult. However, you can try your luck during the early or late Winter days. Make sure you check the weather forecast before planning during Winter.    

Gokyo Lake Trek in Summer (June, July, August)

Rainfall, dark clouds and wet trails are the impressions of the Summer season. However, it is the monsoon season, the season of rains. Wettest of all seasons, Summer is an off-season for trekking in Nepal. 

Summer operates through June, July, and August in Nepal. During this period, the whole country receives a maximum amount of rainfall. Therefore, the trails are mostly wet and slippery. In addition, landslides can block highways in Nepal. Thus, it is an infamous time for trekking in the Himalayas. 

However, early June is not as rainy as other months of Monsoon. So you can plan a trek during the first two weeks of June. You will enjoy the last few days of Spring on the trail. 

Summer or Monsoon is a high humidity season. The temperature can go as high as 40 degrees around the country. In addition, there is frequent rainfall during the day. As a result, the mountains around the Everest Region remain mostly behind clouds. However, the view is breathtaking once the clouds start to open.

In a nutshell, Monsoon is not an appropriate time for Gokyo Valley Trek. But you can do the trek in the season’s early or late weeks. Just avoid the trails when Monsoon is at its peak. Also, go through the weather forecasts and plan your trek accordingly. And an experienced guide is a must.                       

Gokyo Valley Trek Altitude Chart

Gokyo Valley Trek begins from Kathmandu(1400m). Then we take a flight to Lukla(2,840m). From Lukla, we continue our trek through Phakding(2,610m), Namche Bazaar(3,400m), Dole(4,200m), and Machhermo(4,470m) to reach Gokyo(4,790m). Then we hike down Gokyo Ri(5,360m), the trek's highest point. 

Now, the altitude gain lowers after Gokyo Ri Hike. We have to return to Lukla, and we will have daily altitude loss while retracing back to Lukla. To return to Lukla(2,610m), we’ll trek via Phortse(3,800m), Tyangboche(3,867m), and Jorsale(2,800m). And finally, we’ll fly back to Kathmandu(1400m) to complete the tour. 

Group joining Gokyo valley trek

If you want to join a group for Gokyo Valley Trek, we have a fixed group joining departures to Gokyo Valley. The group joining trek is quite fruitful for solo trekkers. It helps to reduce the overall cost of trekking. You will have trekkers across the globe in your group; you will share experiences. The trekking will also be pretty safe and exciting when in groups. 

Therefore, if you are a solo trekker, the group joining Gokyo Valley Trek is the best option for you. Check our fixed group entering departure dates for Gokyo Valley Trekking.         

  Note: If you are scared of a regular Lukla flight and have tried to walk the same way down to Lukla, like to see mountain Everest and Everest base camp, these are options for you.

 

 

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Arrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the TribhuwanInternational Airport. We will arrange to drop you at the Hotel by private tourist vehicle. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 1 hour
  • 1,400 Meters

After breakfast, the early flight to Lukla from Kathmandu airport is thirty minutes of breathtaking mountain views. From the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, we move on to meet the rest of the crew and make arrangements and final preparations. The hike to Phakding takes around three hours and passes the Chaurikharka village to follow the Dudhkoshi River, a short one to assist acclimatization. Overnight stay in a lodge. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4 Hours
  • 2610 Meters

Today’s walk starts with pine forests and pasture lands with several suspension bridges to cross at various points of the Dudh Koshi River. Upon reaching the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi, with a steeper climb walking for about two hours, we get a viewpoint giving the first sight of Mount Everest.

After passing Jorsale, we reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest and a trading center where we rest for the day. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4-5 Hours
  • 3440 Meters

Namche Bazaar, the most significant settlement in the Khumbu region, is well facilitated with ATMs, Internet cafes, restaurants, bakeries, etc. Although it’s a rest day for acclimatization, we go for a short hike to a nearby viewpoint (Thame or Khunde) and take a tour of the place, including the Tourist Visitor Center, where we brief information about Everest climbers, Sherpa people, and their culture and flora and fauna of the region. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3 Hours
  • 3440 Meters

We start our walk early in the morning to get clear views of mountain ranges, including Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, and Thamserku. The trail takes a wavy path along which the luscious vegetation and animals such as musk deer, Himalayan Thar, pheasant, et cetera keep company. Passing Kayangjuma after a downhill, we reach the junction to EBC and Gokyo valley. From here, we climb to Mong La pass, where the sacredKhumbilais have a charming presence. Passing Mong La, Rhododendron forests and wildflowers get abundant animal life. Finally, passing a few waterfalls and bridges, we reach the small village of Dole. Overnight stay. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5-6 Hours
  • 4200 Meters

After climbing a ridge, the trail moves through Lhabarma and to Luza, where we pass summer settlements of the locals. Views of Kantega, Cho Oyu, and Thamserku stay with us as we walk along the trail. The scenic hillside walk leads continue with the deep Dudh Koshi valley views. Finally, the five-hour walk ends at Machhermo, our stop for the day. A beautiful stream that originates from KyajoRi and PhariLapche runs through this village, where you can hear stories of the first sighting of Yeti. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 6 Hours
  • 4470 Meters

From Machhermo, the trail ascends to a Chorten through a ridge where views of Thamserku, Kangtega, and Cho-Oyu and the valleys below are magnificent. The valley slowly widens as the easy trail passes another Chorten and reaches Pangka. Descending to the river bank, we begin our steep climb to the moraine of Ngozamba Glacier. We pass through the mesmerizing natural beauty of the turquoise lakes Longpongo and TabocheTsho and reach a third lake, DudhPokhari, where the Gokyo village is situated. With the backdrop of Cho-Oyo, the beautiful and well-facilitated town and its outstanding periphery are our shelters after this adventurous day. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4 - 5 Hours
  • 4790 Meters

We start early today to GokyoRi (5360m), which lies above the village. The steep climb of about four hours to the top is quite strenuous yet rewards with one of the best views of Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse, among others. The fourth, fifth, and sixth lakes also lie along the way. Next, we take a short walk to Machhermo, where we stay for the night in a teahouse. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 6-7 Hours
  • 4470 Meters

We descended along the busy trail through rhododendron, fir, and juniper forests. After which, the climb is steep for about an hour. The walk further on to mungla is long and winding and passes traditional Sherpa villages of Khumjung. We also give a monastery that preserves the only Yeti Scalp and Khunde Hospital, which Sir Edmund Hillary Trust funds. Finally, we descend further to Monjo and stay overnight in a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5-6 Hours
  • 2800 Meters

The trek back to Lukla a pleasant except for some short climbs. After crossing the Bhote Koshi River a couple of times, the last 45 minutes to Lukla is an uphill climb. This climb marks the end of our trek. We spend a night in a lodge. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5 to 6 Hours
  • 2840 Meters

An early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. The taking off is a dramatic scene, just like the landing. You can use the rest of the day for sightseeing or relaxation and celebration. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3 Hours
  • 1400 Meters

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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Cost Details

Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle.
  • All your stander Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, and friendly government license holder Guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine.
  • Porter if needed.
  • Round Trip flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla
  • Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla airport for groups and crews.
  • National Park permits.
  • TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.)
  • All ground transportation.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expanse.

Excludes

  • Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Items of a personal nature include alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, and laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Tips for guide and potter etc.

Dates & Price

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Start DateStart: WednesdayOctober 19, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayOctober 29, 2022Status & PriceStatus: AvailableUS $1090

Essential Info

 Travel insurance

When going for a trek to the Everest region, you need to take all types of insurance. It would help if you took all the insurance for your safety. It includes medical insurance and accidental insurance. 

For the safety of our guests considering the Everest Base Camp Trek, we strongly advise them to get travel insurance. During Everest Base Camp Trekking, you will be experiencing a remote location. Therefore, It is necessary to deploy an airlift to provide you with immediate medical care in an accident or any unforeseen medical emergency (which seldom occurs).

Until travel insurance or the Passenger commits to pay the fee to pay the costs, rescue providers, particularly emergency evacuation service providers, do not get ready. As a result, travel insurance is essential when walking to Everest's base camp.

 

Packing List

The following is the list of the things and equipment that we will need to carry with us when you are heading on the journey. 

1. For the upper part of the body

Hat: You'll need a nice, wide-brimmed trekking hat to keep the sun off your face. Lightweight, simple to carry, and neck-covering styles are the best. We wear a hat while trekking to protect ourselves from the sun while we're out on the trail.

Headlamp: Along with the hat, it is better to carry a headlamp with you during the trek. Headlamps are lights that we can wear on our heads. Due to their hands-free operation, these gadgets are great for trekking and hiking. It's ideal to have your hands free when hiking so you can deal with anything Mother Nature throws at you or pull your stuff. For example, at night, trails can be hard to navigate. These footprints generally incorporate pebbles, tree roots, twigs, and even animals and resemble an uncharted maze. These hazards can be dangerous, and having your hands free allows you to catch yourself, move obstacles, sprint, or fend off an enraged rabbit on the track.

Woolen Hat: When you move to higher elevations, you get a high chance of being caught by cold. So, we suggest carrying a woolen hat with you for your protection. Not every hat is equally suitable for trekking, so it is safer to take a woolen hat; it will be available if you need it. 

Sun Protecting Hat: Day during your trial can be sunny, and the rays directly showered upon you. It will protect UV rays from entering your skin. We must be more careful regarding our heads and protect the scalp from sunburn and skin cancer. 

Sunglasses: As we move towards high altitude, the atmospheric layer becomes thinner, which increases exposure to harmful rays because the capacity to filter these rays becomes less. Therefore, we need to carry sunglasses to protect our eyes from harmful rays.

 

2. Body Part

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers: Rain on the path is always possible, especially if you intend to hike between June and September (we strongly advise against walking in the region). We recommend bringing rain gear with you as a precaution, preferably a gore-tex membrane hardshell jacket. An inexpensive pair of waterproof pullovers will typically be enough for pants.
  • T-shirt: Wearing light clothes during trekking to avoid extreme sweating and discomfort. A t-shirt is best to wear during such trips. 
  • Clothing: Layering is a significant walk component due to the considerable fluctuation in altitude and temperature. You'll be able to quickly adapt to the climate and be comfortable and safe if you can add and remove layers of clothes while trekking. If you intend on hiking during the cooler winter months of December through February, you'll want to bring some extra layers.
  • Gloves: You will need to carry your gloves with you because gloves will help protect your hands from sweat, extreme weather conditions, and other inconvenient situations that may cause discomfort and injury.

 

Lower Body Clothing

  • Thermal Inners: Thermal inners are insulators between your body and the surrounding cold air. They trap body heat and prevent heat loss. Use the ones generally made with polyester or give extra comfort and flexibility.
  • Trousers: A full-length pair of trekking trousers provides solid path protection, preventing cuts and scratches from prickly plants, twigs, rocks, and other hazards. Trousers help you to travel while trekking without the sound of rustling plants and enable you to get near to animals without making a nuisance.
  • Down Jacket: One of the most significant purchases you'll make is a down jacket. On a hiking or climbing journey throughout journey, having the correct warm, insulating layer may make or break your pleasure level. When you are heading for a trek in the Everest region, You must include a down jacket in your packing list. 

 

3. Footwears

  • Trekking Boots: Trekking boots are necessary to protect the foot and ankles during long-distance trekking. They are one of the essential items of trekking as they can determine a trekker's ability to walk long distances without injury.
  • Socks: A trekking sock is essential for avoiding blisters. Unlike a weak, stinking cotton sock, a hiking hose will not continually brush against the back of your foot and will give substantial protection from friction caused by your shoe. The socks maintain a constant temperature for the feet. Socks are incredibly soft and comfortable on foot.

 

4. Other Types of Equipment for Trekking 

  • Trekking Poles: Trekking poles intersperse your arms and shoulders into the trekking movement, allowing you to use better muscles to force yourself uphill and control your downhill. The result is an expansion in rate without an accumulation in leg soreness.
  • First Aid Kids: First aid kits are a must-have for every trekker. They help you with necessary treatment during the trial. Thus to minimize the risk of infection or injury severity, we must take it with ourselves. A well-stocked kit contains items that treat burns, injuries, scrapes, and cuts.
  • Sleeping Bags: Though we will be staying in hotels and there will be services, still take no risk and carry a sleeping bag with you. If you want the best night's sleep on the trail, we recommend bringing extra sleeping bags.
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  • Personal Bags: When going on an outdoor trek, you want to be sure that you'll be comfortable the entire time. A bag is fundamental if you're hiking a long and challenging walk. The type of trekking backpack you use will significantly impact how pleasant your adventure will be. If you're carrying many goods, you'll need a bag that distributes the weight properly, so you don't get tired soon.

 

Altitude Sickness and Prevention

Altitude sickness occurs when you expose your body to a higher elevation for a long time.

When traveling to higher altitudes, there is a maximum chance of suffering from AMS (Acute mountain sickness).

When people are traveling and rising or being moved to a higher level fast, altitude sickness is prevalent. The lower the air pressure and oxygen levels are, the higher you climb. Our bodies can handle the change, but it will take time to acclimate. Preventing altitude sickness also requires staying hydrated. During your climb, drink plenty of water. Climb at a comfortable speed for you. It's also crucial to remember that even if you're taking acetazolamide, you might still experience altitude sickness. The drug will not help you if you already have symptoms. The only effective cure is to descend to a lower altitude.

So to prevent AMS, we will take two acclimatization breaks every thousand meters. We will trek at the higher altitude but sleep in, the lower to cure this altitude sickness. If we suffered from acute mountain sickness, we would take rest immediately at the same place. To energize, we will drink more liquid to stay hydrated, like soup and water. If the case starts to get worse, we will have to take rescue by helicopter.

 

Passport and Visa

A passport is the most crucial need when we are out on our trip. We need to take at least one copy of our passport and visa. We will get the access before we arrive. A Nepal visa is required to visit the Everest region. You can receive a ticket on arrival at the main entry points, but if you like , you may apply for a Nepal visa ahead of time. Most essential, you must have your passport and two passport-size pictures. You'll also need to obtain a Mountaineering License (Everest climbing permit) from the Tibet Mountaineering Association if you intend to go to the advanced base camp of Everest. 

 

Banking and ATM

Typically our package is enclosed with food and accommodation, so, for personal use, you might need cash. However, there is less chance of getting an ATM. Therefore, you will need to carry some money before heading out for the trek. We have two ATMs on the Everest route, but this might not always work because of the satellite. Lukla and Namche Bazaar are the only two stations on the Everest Base Camp route where ATMs are available.

 

Guides, Porters, And Tipping System in Nepal

Our Everest Base Camp trekking guide and porters will be fully insured and knowledgeable about the Everest region journey, not only Everest Base Camp. We have been helping and promoting local people from the beginning of the Everest Region Trek. Therefore, for your trekking trips in Nepal, we guarantee that we will offer you outstanding guides and skilled porters.

 Local Guides are English-speaking locals who will accompany you on the path for the duration. They won't carry your baggage, but they will be able to answer your questions and provide information about the location as you go. 

We suggest that you take a guide with you. Because when traveling at a high elevation, you might suffer from AMS if you are not much familiarised with treks guide will be very supportive to you. 

During the journey, porters will carry your luggage for you. They speak very little English and will be unable to comprehend any inquiries you may pose. To help you travel freely, you can take your porter with you to help you carry your things. 

As for Tipping, It will cost you 10percent of the total cost. So the tipping price is 60 to the guide and forty to the porter.

 

Everest trek food and accommodation

Accommodation

The Everest Base Camp climb is a lodge hike. You will spend the night at a clean and pleasant lodge managed by a local family. A tiny room with two twin beds and a separate bathroom with a familiar washroom facility may be available in higher-elevation lodges. Carry a decent sleeping bag to remain warm because the lodge's blanket will not suffice. We have both luxury and basic accommodation.

 We can get luxury accommodations are Lukla, Phakding, Manjo, Namche, Everest view hotel, and Debuche. Rest at other places we can get better accommodation but not like these places.  

 

Food

 Our Everest Base Camp trek package includes three meals (breakfast, lunch, and supper) during the expedition. 

All meals are according to the lodge's menu. Usually, there is a multi-cuisine option on the menu. Pizza, burgers, fish & chips, freshly made coffee, bakery products, and other items are available in Lukla and Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazar and Lukla have several options for food, but mostly you can only find regular food. 

 

The Everest view hotel provides outstanding tea and food services to the trekkers. In addition, you may order a warm, and nutritious breakfast, lunch, or supper made using locally sourced organic ingredients. The menu ranges from western to Indian and regional cuisines.

 For breakfast, you must have traditional Tibetan bread and bread/ Chapati. There is also a large selection of hot soup alternatives. In addition, pancakes, oatmeal, muesli, and omelets are all available.

Similarly, hot drinking water is available for refilling your reusable water bottle in lodges and tea shops. (Nepali cuisine, freshly prepared and sanitary)

 

Booking terms and conditions

For booking we are flexible, but when you confirm you have to pay 25 percent and the rest, you can spend on arrival. We don't have any hidden charges. 

Note:- If you plan to join a group, we have different terms and conditions for this, and you can contact us.

Our reservations are made through Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. To reserve a package, fill out a Booking Form and send it to the Company with your deposits and insurance payment (if applicable). You will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the trip fee at booking for all trips. You can pay the remaining balance after arriving in Kathmandu and before the tour departs.

The Company or its Agent should receive the non-refundable deposit. Tailor-made vacations with the Company may demand a larger deposit or full payment at booking. We will contact you if. Deposit in addition to that specified in this section. We will notify you when booking—both bank transfers or a credit card deposit can be used (Visa or MasterCard). Follow the instructions on the reservation form.

 

 

Last-minute booking for Everest Region Trek

We are flexible on booking. However, when it comes to last-minute cancellations, we are non-refundable. So if you want to join one of our Everest Base Camp Trek packages at the last minute, you must pay the total package price to secure your spot.

We'll do our best to get things in order at the last minute. Make sure you arrive in Kathmandu at least a day before the adventure begins. Further for information, please get in touch with us directly.

A Client's cancellation must be in writing and confirmed by the Company. The cancellation price is according to the date the Company or its Agents receives the cancellation request.

If you decide to cancel at the last minute after you have confirmed it, you will forfeit the 25% payment. Likewise, if you choose to cancel your trip after it has begun for any reason, you will lose the whole trip cost. Unfortunately, we don't provide refunds once you've started your journey.

We recommended that the Client purchase termination insurance at the time of booking.

 

Travel Tips ( Electricity, Internet, ATM, Luggage, tipping, personal expenses)

There is no electricity in all those places, so it's better to have your backup. As for backup, we can still use battery and chargers, but you need to pay extra charges for that. In the lodges, there are charging kiosks where you may set your gadgets. But, again, you might have to pay a small fee for the service. So bring extra chargers or a solar charger with you.

There might not be internet facilities in all places for the internet so that you can use data.

You might also need to pay additional charges to use the internet facility. The internet connectivity along the trekking path is spotty at best, and it only gets worse as you climb higher. Please don't get caught up in sharing the adventure; instead, try to enjoy it as much as possible. 

So it is recommended to have your cash for your expenses. You can use it for electricity, internet, and other additional costs like bakeries and pastries and money for tipping. Because there are no ATMs above Namche Bazar, bring extra cash to spend while walking. On the road, you may require some money to purchase more beverages, food, or amenities such as a hot shower, internet, etc. 

You ripped extra baggage for free in the hotel's locker room. Each trekker can bring up to 10 kilograms of hiking gear (carried by porters).

Tipping will not be included in the cost of our EBC trek package because it is required. However, the guide and porter anticipate some. 

Keep some cash on hand if you want to buy souvenirs, food, or beverages. Other costs, like travel insurance and foreign flight tickets, are not included in our package price. For further details, see our cost includes and exclusions section.

 

Lukla flight and cancellation

We have very unpredictable weather in the Himalayas, so our flight will be unscheduled some of the time. But sometimes, because of the weather, our flight will be delayed or canceled. We will have other options to take a helicopter or postpone for the next time, so better to have added one or two days after the trip to ensure your international flight wouldn't be disturbed. 

Due to inclement weather, flights from Kathmandu to Lukla/Kathmandu may be delayed or canceled for a day. Even in the finest season, something may happen. As a result, Mountain rock treks and expeditions always recommend staying an extra night in Kathmandu. If your vacation goes well, you may be able to take a Kathmandu city tour and purchase souvenirs.

If you need to cancel your journey to Lukla, we will rebook you on the next available flight. Alternatively, if you prefer to rent a helicopter to Lukla, we can assist you with that as well.

 

How Tough/Difficult is the Everest Region Trek?

As for the treks done in the Everest region, We have various trek packages. Some are easy, and some are moderate and difficult as well. 

 

List of the treks done in the Everest region along with their nature. 

1. Everest view trek (EASY)

2. Gokyo valley trek (EASY)

3. Everest base camp trek (MODERATE)

4. Ranjo la pass trek (MODERATE)

5. Gokyo lake and Gokyo Ri trek (MODERATE)

6. Three high passes trek (DIFFICULT)

7. Everest base camp luxury lodge trek (DIFFICULT)

8. Everest trek via Gokyo lake and Cho la pass trek (DIFFICULT)

 

FAQs

  • Q1. Are there charging and Wifi services on the trek?

    Yes, you will get charging facilities in most teahouses along the trek. However, wifi may not be available in all places. The network is also relatively poor and slow. 

  • It depends. Gokyo Valley Trek is a high elevation trek that goes above 4,500m. Whenever you are above 3,500m, the risk of altitude sickness is always there. 

    However, Gokyo Valley Trek has acclimatization days for proper acclimatization to the altitudes. That will help you to avoid sickness. But still, you need to take other precautions to remain secure, like hydrating your body, trekking slowly, avoiding alcohol, not rushing on the trail, etc.    

  • You can expect food menus from various Indian, Chinese, Nepali, and Continental cuisines. There are teahouses, restaurants, cafes, and bakeries along the trail. You can also quickly get drinking water throughout the trek.  

  • Teahouses on Gokyo Valley Trek provide lodging facilities. Teahouses are the basic lodges offering food and lodging services to the trekkers. 

    The locals of the region own and run these lodges. You will get basic rooms for rest on a twin-sharing basis. Bedsheets, pillows, blankets, and extra blankets are available in the rooms. Some tea houses have attached bathrooms and hot water facilities. Also, the services will become more fundamental as we go to higher areas.    

  • Yes, you can do a solo trek in the valley. The region is entirely open for solo trekkers. However, solo trekking in the Himalayas has added problems. You have to do everything on your own. Like you have to find lodging and dining places, and you will trek all alone through the isolated parts. We recommend you to join a group joining trekking in Gokyo Valley or hire a licensed guide or porter. Solo Trekking can arouse various problems.  

  • You will require one permit, Sagarmatha National Park Permit. As Gokyo Valley Trekking operates through the park, you must hold the license to enter the site. The permit cost is US$30 for foreigners. IF you are from a SAARC nation, you can get the permit for US$15.  

  • If you have no prior trekking experience, physical training is a must for you. The physical training program helps you build your physical endurance level, which is quite helpful during the trek. You can do running, mountain hikes, day hikes, jogging, swimming, cycling, and cardio exercises.

    If you have already done similar treks, you need not train physically. Your prior experience will take you through the walk.    

  • Gokyo valley Trek is a moderate trek. It is a comparatively easier trek in the region. However, you have to trek for about 5-7 hours daily. The maximum altitude of the walk is 5,367m(Gokyo Ri). You will have numerous uphills and downhills. Also, the trail is rough sometimes. And the crisp weather of the region can be another challenge. If you are a newbie, the trek can be slightly challenging. So make sure you do a physical training program before the outing if this is the first trek in the Himalayas. But for experienced trekkers, it is not so tough.      

Client Reviews

  • Everest base camp helicopter Tour

    After trekking in Nepal, more than three times, this time, I booked on Mountain Rock Treks and Expedition, which was a good decision. Ten days trek with lovely potter Jeemi and guide Bhiswo. It is a more peaceful trek than previous ones, and views from Gokyo Ri are better than the Kalapathar I found. Thank you, mountain rock treks, for organizing such a lovely trek.

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    PrethiAustraliaMarch 06, 2022
  • Gokyo Lake trek

    I am a Himalayas enthusiast. I planned to visit Nepal, and Dipak suggested I could do the Gokyo valley trek. I followed him, it was cold winter, but my guide Gopal was a professional and services-oriented guy. The view of frozen Gokyo lake and Mount Everest from Gokyo Ri was unexpected. Also, it was less crowded because of the off-season. Thank you, Dipak and Gopal, for arranging such a nice trip.

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    RikiHungaryJanuary 29, 2022
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