Trekking in Nepal
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Everest Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek - 17 Days


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Trip Highlights

  • Nepal’s largest glacier
  • World’s highest national park
  • One the base of Mt. Everest
  • High snowcapped peaks
  • High alpine valley and forest
  • Rich valleys, traditional Sherpa villages

Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular and classic trekking in Nepal and probably one of the best in the world. Thousands of tourists travel to Everest Base Camp each year and its popularity is growing day by day. However, nestled within the same region of Khumbu lies a hidden valley known to few which is known as the Gokyo valley. It is one of the unsung treasures of the great Himalayas. Following the route via the high passes of Cho La at 5,330m into the Mount Everest Base Camp lies the Gokyo-EBC trek which is also known as the Everest Circuit Trek. Gokyo Lake is the source to the Dudh Koshi River situated at an elevation of 4,790m. The Gokyo-Everest Base Camp trek offers a mesmerizing experience of natural wonders, unique geographical phenomena, beautiful cross-cultural discovery, and the mesmerizing Himalayas wrapping their arms around the calm blue waters of Gokyo Lake. Travelers to Everest Circuit trek can explore the glistening ice trail of the Cho La pass over a glacier before hiking to Kala Patthar(5,555m), the famed Black Rock, as you savor the splendid views of Everest(8,848m), Pumori(7,161m), Lhotse(8,749m), Nuptse(7,861m), and other peaks.

 

Everest Circuit Trek however is not only about Mount Everest location or getting up close with the tallest peak in the world. The whole journey to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake is filled with beautiful valleys, Rhodendron forests, exquisite natural phenomena, old monasteries, ancient Sherpa settlements, and their unique heritage. The trail to the base camp lies within the Sagarmatha National Park which is also one of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites. The Everest Base Camp adventure begins with an exciting flight to Lukla airport from Kathmandu which is one of the most thrilling air travels experience you'll find in the world with amazing views of the Himalayas from above.

 

The Everest region is also famous for the Sherpa people who are also recognized to be the guardians of the Himalayas. During the trekking to Everest region, travelers will be passing through many of the Sherpa villages that lie on the Khumbu region of Nepal. The unique lifestyle, culture, foods and heritage are something you won't get to see anywhere else on earth. The Himalayan Yak can be seen along the trails and if you're lucky you might encounter the Himalayan Monal also known as Danfe in this splendor and beauty. It is also the national bird of Nepal and they're truly an exquisite species of bird.

Core Treks attempts in creating an enjoyable and unforgettable journey with the reassurance of our trained and fully-licensed trekking guides and porters helping you all along every step of your way. Keep in mind that your trip could be fully customizable as we want you to make the memories of a lifetime.
 

Itenary for Gokyo Lake - Everest Base Camp Trek

 

Day 1

Arrival to Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft

 

One of the staffs from Core Treks will pick you up from the airport and take you to a hotel. The hotels are three-star or above based on the preference of the client.

Overnight at a Hotel. Meal is not included.

Day 2

Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and hike towards Phakding

Altitude: Lukla 2,800m/9184ft & Phakding 2,652m/8,698ft

Walking Distance: 8km and 3-4 hours

Flight time: 35 min

 

This is one of the most dramatic and thrilling short flight experience in the world. The total flight duration will be around 30 minutes. After landing at Lukla, the trail opens out to reach towards first stop after 3-4 hours of hike, Phakding village.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 3

Phakding to Namche Bazzar

Altitude: Namche Bazzar 3,440m/11,283ft

Walking Distance: 11km and 6 hours

 

After breakfast at Phakding the trek begins towards a mountain town of Namche Bazzar. Several small settlements and villages are crossed in route towards Namche Bazzar. The trekking route passes through the Sagarmatha National Park which carries the virtues such as its alpine woods, streams, verdant forests and rhododendron tress. Namche Bazzar is the commercial hub of the Khumbu region because of its location and topography.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 4

Acclimatization and rest at Namche Bazzar

Namche Bazar is the perfect place for acclimatization. A short hike towards Syangboche (3720m) is done after breakfast. The panoramic view of the great Himalayan ranges such as Mount Everest (8848m), Mt Lhotse (8749m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Labuche (6119m) can be seen from here. Further from Namche lies the Everest View Hotel which is a hotel located at the highest altitude on earth.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 5

Namche Bazzar to Tengboche

Altitude: Tengboche 3,870m/12,684ft

Walking Distance: 10km and 6 hours

 

The journey towards Tengboche starts following the trails which marches along the glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with mesmerizing views of the Himalayas. A famous monastery lies at Tengboche where a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, incredibly ornate wall hangings, and the musical instruments and robe of the Lamas can be seen. A prayer ceremony is done every day in the monastery and the group will be taken to observe the prayer either in the evening or morning depending on the trekking schedule.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 6

Tengboche to Dingboche

Altitude: Dingboche 4,400m/14,435ft

Walking Distance: 11km and 6 hours

 

The trail then will go through Imja Khola where trekkers can enjoy crossing excitng suspension bridge. Then climbing towards Pangboche, thousands of mani stones can be observed. The trek passes through traditional Sherpa villages and finally taking to the village of Dingboche from where magnificent views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam can be seen.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 7

Acclimatization and rest at Dingboche

Dingboche is another great place for acclimatizing. After breakfast a hike to Nangkartshang Peak is amazing way to acclimatize the body. The place has an excellent view point and if the weather is clear, the view of Ama Dablam peak could be seen from its summits to its feet. Trekkers can spend the rest of the afternoon strolling around the villages or resting.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 8

Dingboche to Lobuche

Altitude: Lobuche 4,900m/16,076ft

Walking Distance: 11.5km and 6-7 hours

 

The trek further resumes by walking towards Dhungla where an aid-post is situated at a place called Pheriche which provides treatment for the trekkers in need. The trail continues along the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials of the climbers who have passed away during their summits. As we move further upward, the risk of getting altitude sickness arises so it is important to take it easy.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 9

Lobuche to Gorakshep and a walk towards Everest Base Camp

Altitude: Gorakshep 5,180m/16,994ft and EBC 5,364m/17,598ft

Walking Distance: 15km and 6-8 hours

 

The final destination of the trek is at hand this day. After breakfast a slow walk further on from Lobuche starts to avoid the altitude sickness. The trail runs alongside the sight of the world's highest glacier, the Khumbu Glacier. After about 3 hours of walk we will reach Gorakshep where the burdens and baggage are laid at the lodge. After having lunch we will walk towards the Everest Base Camp, the closest one can get to Mount Everest without mountaineering equipment. The view of the Khumbu Icefall can be seen from the base camp which is pretty spectacular view to behold. After spending some time at the Everest Base Camp, we will head back to Gorakshep for the night.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 10

Gorakshep to Kala Patthar to Dzongla

Altitude: Kala Patthar 5555m/18,192ft, Dzongla 4,840m/15,879ft

Walking Distance: 12km and 6-7 hours

 

The journey from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar is considered to be one of the difficult walks during the whole trek but it is however the most rewarding as well. Kala Patthar is a famous vantage point which is popular for providing panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges including the best view of Mount Everest. The hike towards Kala Patthar is done early at dawn since the sight of sunrise is one of the prime attractions of the whole trek. The view is truly something to behold as the sun rises from within the Mount Everest and changes the colors of the Himalayan ranges from silver to gold. After enjoying the mesmerizing views and getting all the photographs you need, we head towards Dzongla.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 11

Dzongla to Cho La to Thaknak

Altitude: Cho- La 5,420m/ 17,778ft, Thaknak 4,358m/ 14,295ft

Walking Distance 12 km and 6-8 hours

 

The trek from Dzongla to Cho la could be the most challenging day of the entire trek as we go over the pass. It will be challenging yet we're confident that our fellow travelers will be able to handle the challenge as we should be getting used to trekking at higher altitude. Crossing the pass might be very difficult in case of a bad weather so we start this travel early in the dawn to cross the pass before the heat gets to the ice. This part really is a thrilling ride but it's totally worth it after we climb to the top and see the amazing views of the landscapes.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 12

Thaknak to Gokyo

Altitude: Gokyo 4,750m/ 15,584ft

Walking distance: 9km and 3-5 hours

The trek towards Gokyo valley begins after having breakfast. We walk down into the Gokyo valley and cross the Ngozumpa glacier which is one of the longest glaciers in the Everest Himalayan region. The trek is comparatively shorter, and we might reach to Gokyo by noon or by lunch hour. This place is truly breathtaking with a low intensity of people and calm nature.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 13

Gokyo - Gokyo Ri to Machermo
Altitude: Gokyo Ri (5,357m)
Walking Distance: 7km and 5-6 hours


An early morning hike up to the summit of Gokyo Ri situated at an altitude of 5,357m is the first activity of the day from where the views of the Himalayas are just spectacular. The beauty of the scenery is as good as the view from Kala Patthar if not even better. We can observe 4 of the 14 tallest mountain peaks of the world, namely, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu from a very close range. After enjoying the time at the summit, we head back to the lodge for breakfast and resume the trek down towards Machermo where we will spend the night.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 14

Machermo to Namche Bazzar
Altitude: Namche Bazzar 3,440m/11,283ft
Walking Distance: 15km and 7-8 hours


This trek is relatively long however the trail is much easier as we start going downhill. The decrease in elevation also helps regaining more energy and stamina. We will be reaching to Namche Bazzar after a long walk that will be all for the day as we ponder upon the amazing journey we've traveled and enjoy the night in the town of Namche Bazzar.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 15

Namche Bazzar to Lukla

Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft

Walking Distance: 16km and 6-7 hours

 

The trail from Namche Bazzar to Lukla is the same trail we will be passing through while ascending towards Namche Bazzar. The trail will be much easier as it is going downhill and lesser altitude. As we reach to Lukla, we can relax, laugh about the journey, and celebrate the victory of accomplishment.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 16

Lukla to Kathmandu

Altitude: Kathmandu 1,350m/4,428ft

Flight time: 35 mins

 

The flight usually is held during morning hours. The flight will be 35 minutes long to reach from Lukla to Kathmandu and hence the trekking comes to an end. After landing, travelers are taken back to the hotel where you shall stay overnight. In the evening we will provide farewell dinner at traditional Nepali restaurant, where we’ll enthusiastic to listen your feedback of trek.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, and Dinner included.

Day 17

Departure from Kathmandu

Altitude: Kathmandu 1,350m/4,428ft

 

The day has come and after bidding our goodbyes a representative from Core Treks will transport you to Tribhuvwan International Airport around 2 hours before your flight departure.

Breakfast, included.

 

NOTE: It is highly recommended that you arrive in Kathmandu a day prior to your journey towards the Everest Base Camp in case you don't have a day tour of Kathmandu scheduled. You will have a day to rest, buy some travel essentials and equipment. It is also best to have some extra days in your travel schedule after the completion of the trek since there is a risk of your flight being canceled or delayed from Lukla to Kathmandu due to bad weather conditions.

 

 

 

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure all transportation (airport to Hotel to airport)
  • 3 starts Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (03 nights)
  • Round- trip airfare ticket, (Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu)
  • Guest house accommodation while trekking.
  • Government license holder experienced local English speaking guide .
  • Potter service.
  • Staffs cost including their salary, accommodation, insurance, domestic airfare & Food.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Trekking meals 3 times a day.
  • All applicable trekking permits & TIMS
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag & duffel bag. (To be return after trek finished)
  • Guided City tour in kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • 1 Core Trek T. shirt.
  • Trip Certificate
  • Local and government taxes.
  • Medical Kid box (Carried by your team leader)
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner.

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrive at Tribhuvan international airport (1300m)

At first we like to welcome you to Himalayan country Nepal, we will receive you at International airport of Kathmandu and drop you to the hotel through private vehicle. After resting some hours at night we will offer you a welcome dinner in Nepalese restaurant with traditional Nepalese food. Overnight at Hotel. (Included: Dinner)

Day 2

Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m)

Taking breakfast our tour guide will take you to visit some historical and cultural places. Our program includes sightseeing around swayambhunath stupa known as the monkey temple, Pashupatinath temple which is famous for Hindu Holy site, Bouddhanath stupa which is famous for Buddhist holy place. Similarly we visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which carries historical values. You can also have some shopping of Nepalese product and return back to the hotel. And at evening we will talk about our trek preparation with our guide. Overnight at Hotel. (Included: Breakfast)

Day 3

Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652) 3/4 hours trek.

In the morning taking breakfast we will lead to airport to take an adventurous flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. It takes 40 to 45 minutes to reach at Lukla airport. Then we start our trek and head to Phakding. The trail drops steeply for bit then descends to the Tharo Koshi River, after crossing the Tharo Koshi River through the suspension bridge then we need to climb to Ghat and continue leads towards to Phakding. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner)

Day 4

Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3440m) 6/ 7 hours trek.

Today, our trail goes continue uphill along the bank of Dudh Koshi River and after crossing this majestic river through suspension bridges laden with pray flag and reach to the Monju village. It is the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park, after entering the Sagarmatha National park boundary gradual downhill walk brings us to the another suspension bridge our the Bhote koshi river to Jorsalle village again we need to cross the Bhote Koshi River. Then our trail climbs steepy with mountain views and finally we reach to Namche Bazzar. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner)

Day 5

Namche Bazzar exploring & Acclimatization day

Today we take rest for the proper acclimatization with some excursion. Acclimatization is most important before heading higher, at Namche Bazzar most of the trekker acclimatization on their trek schedule. Namche Bazzar is the best point to acclimatize before pushing to go to Everest Base camp. During our fullleisure day we can take an interesting side hike up to Everest view point hotel which is up from Namche Bazzar to see wonderful panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and other snow peaks. And we can visit the Sherpa museum as well as a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner)

Day 6

Namche Bazzar to Dole (4,200m) 6/7 hours trek.

After rest day in Namche Bazzar, we follow on the gradual trail with short up and down over looking magnificent view of the great snow capped peak from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama dablam, Thamserku, Kwangde and Tengboche monastery as well as other peaks also. Then our trail ascends the left side from Sanasa to Mongla Dhada and keep continues down to Phortse Thanga. After walking a few hours of ascending we will reach to hamlet village called Dole. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner)

Day 7

Dole to Machharmo (4,470m) 5/6 hours trek.

After talking breakfast at Dole we climb to the scenic ridge above the Dole and ou trek continues to climb to Lhabarma and Luza. Our trail passes many summer settlements which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Moving ahead we can see an excellent views of Cho oyu (8,201m) while bank down the valley are the peaks of Kantega (6,783m) and Yhamserku (6,623m and continue walking through Lhabarma (4,330m), Luza(4,340m) and finally reach at Machharma. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner)

Day 8

Machharmo to Gokyo (4,790m),5/6 hours trek.

Today our trek moves from Machharmo to Gokyo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent both down valley to Kangtega and up towards to Cho- oyu. Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka and then descends to the River bank before climbing onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. After our trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake which is known as the Longpong. After enjoying the lake view and after an hour of walking we will reach to Gokyo village on the edge of third lake. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner)

Day 9

Acclimatize day, Explore Gokyo valley & Gokyo- Ri

Today we take rest at Gokyo and explore the Gokyo valley. Gokyo valley is a trade center for the Sherpa people. We will move to have some sightseeing around the valley. We will ascend to the Gokyo Ri for about 2 hours from where we can see the panoramic view of Cho- oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawache and huge looking of Ngozumpa glacier which is the largest glacier of Nepal. After spending few hours and capturing some picturesque we will back to Gokyo hotel. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner)

Day 10

Gokyo to Dragnak (4,700m) 3/ 4 hours trek.

After breakfast our trail leads to Dragnak. From Gokyo it takes 3 hours to reach at Dragnak. Our trek down an hour and cross the Ngozumba glacier and then continue walking we reach to Dragnak. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner)

Day 11

Dragnak to High Chola Pass (5,420m) and walk down to Djungla (4,830m);7/8 hours trek.

Today we need to walk quite long and tough route as well as Cho- La pass day. So we need to start our trek early in the morning to cross the Cho La pass 5,420m height. Today we need to carry enough water and pack the lunch because we need to walk 6 – 7 hours and there is no any tea houses before our camp. This pass is not easy and involves a glacier as well as walking, along a rocky trail all the way to Djungla (4,830m). Before reaching Cho La pass we should walk up hill and then down way to the Djungla to the camp. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner)

Day 12

Djungla to Lobuche (4,910m); 4/5 hours trek.

Today our trail will be quite shorter. We will climb down from Djungla and cross a bridge and then passes through a grassy trail. Enjoying the view of Lobuche peak we stretch up eventually through a ridge and we will join the way from Pheriche and Dingboche. On the way we can see the view of Amadablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Toboche. Curving round through the wide gravelly river side, we will reach to Lobuche. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner)

Day 13

Lobuche to Gorekshep and Everest Base camp excursion (5,320m/EBC )/ (5,160m/Gorekshep) 6/7 hours trek.

Today walk along 7 hours to reach at Everest Base camp. Walking over the rocky path with the view of glacier pond and icebergs, our trek starts we have to climb up through meadows and moraine stone steps and we reach to Gorak shep. This area offers the wonderful views of Mt. Pumari, Mt. Nuptse and other peaks. And continue heading Everest base camp. We will enjoy the moment at Everest base camp for some hours, a place of paradise. After spending some memorable time in base camp and we will return to Gorakshep. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner)

Day 14

Hike to Kalapatthar (5,500m) and Trek to Phireche (4250m) 7/8 hours trek.

Early in the morning from Gorak shep we will hike to Kala pattar 5,550m for best sunrise view. The trail from Gorak shep to Kalapattar at the beginning steep climb up maximum half an hour then reach the flat land where have been attending Nepal government cabinet meeting regarding the issue of the global warming in 2009. We can see the view Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Pumari and Amadablam along with the entire mountain view of Khumbu Himalayan range. After 2 hours of walking we reach the highest view point with fresh morning air from Everest. Once you are in Kala Pattar you may feel that you are touching Mt. Pumori and close up view of Mt. Everest. Then we continue trek heading down through Lobuche and Dughla. Walking little further from Dughla we will cross the river comes from Everest base camp and Khumbu icefall then we will meet two trails we need to go through the lower one right hand side because this trail leads to Pheriche. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner)

Day 15

Phireche to Namche Bazzar (3,440m) 6/7 hours trek.

Our trek leads down through the yak grazing area of Somare and pass through the Sherpa village Pangboche and along the Dudh Koshi River through a magnificent rhododendron forest to reach Tengboche. After walking down to the Phungi Tanga then cross the wooden bridge and climb up Tosanga, Kyang, then ollowing the descend route to Namche Bazzar. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner)

Day 16

Namche Bazzar to Lukla (2,652m), 7/8 hours trek.

Trek continuously back to Lukla along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing the suspension bridge over Dudh koshi River and passing through impressive faith places of Buddhist, Culture prayer chorines and prayer flags. As we walk through the Sherpa villages of Jorsalle the exit gate Sagarmatha National park, Monju and Phakding. Beyond Phakding the trails follows a short descends continue level walk for a while then short steep climb up passes several Buddhist setups at Ghat village. From there the trail follows through scrub forest above the school and houses of Chaurikharka village then final climb up of our trek to reach Lukla. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner)

Day 17

Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m) 40 Min. flight

Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains today we will fly back to Kathmandu. After breakfast early in the morning we will head towards airport for scenic flight about 40 to 45 minutes to Kathmandu. Arriving at Kathmandu airport our guide will bring you to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel. (Included: Breakfast)

Day 18

Final departure

Today is your last day in Nepal. And we hope to see you again for next trek. Our staff will take you to the airport before 3 hours of your departure flight time. Thank you so much for coming to Nepal and choose our core trek for your adventurous trek.Have a nice and safe flight see you again (Included: Breakfast)
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Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure all transportation (airport to Hotel to airport)
  • 3 starts Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (03 nights)
  • Round- trip airfare ticket, (Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu)
  • Guest house accommodation while trekking.
  • Government license holder experienced local English speaking guide .
  • Potter service.
  • Staffs cost including their salary, accommodation, insurance, domestic airfare & Food.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Trekking meals 3 times a day.
  • All applicable trekking permits & TIMS
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag & duffel bag. (To be return after trek finished)
  • Guided City tour in kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • 1 Core Trek T. shirt.
  • Trip Certificate
  • Local and government taxes.
  • Medical Kid box (Carried by your team leader)
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner.

Cost Excludes

  • All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tipping to crew. 
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"
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Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)


Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)


Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

 

What is trekking?
Trekking is an adventurous and exploring work. This activities pursuit involves lengthy, multi-day walks and climbs on village and park trails.

Is trekking for me?
We offer the trekking for everyone who is physically and mentally fit, patient, and love the outdoors.

Why is a guide necessarily?
Having guide is not a legal requirement but we cannot send you without any guide having licensed and experienced. You’ll be travelling through wilderness, remote countryside, and high elevations - from an aspect of pure safety, it is highly dangerous to go it alone. Additionally, very few locals in Himalayan villages speak English. Should you get lost (and, with many paths crossing through many, many villages, this is more a likelihood than a possibility), it would be difficult to communicate directions or obtain food and shelter.

What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain a policy?
For your own responsibility Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining for the days you are trekking. Some standard policies only cover up to 4000 meters for evacuation so please confirm with your insurance company if you purchase it from another company. If you get to Nepal and don't have insurance already we can help you purchase it for a reasonable price before you start the trek.

What's the best time of year to book a trek in Nepal?
The best times for trekking the Himalayas are February to May, and then September to December. You can view the sublime beauty of Nepal with glamorous sense.

Are any permits required for trekking?
Its depends on the nature of the trek. Some trekking areas require a special permit for trekking, while as others require only permits to enter conservation or national parks. Most require a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. We handle all permits for you, so you have one less thing to worry about!

How long do treks last?
Most of our Himalayan treks range from one to four weeks.

How long do we spend walking each day?
Trekkers generally walk four to six hours a day. That's between five and fifteen kilometres depending on trail conditions and the state of the weather.


Can you please provide me more information about the tea houses on this trek?
the location and the situation determined the nature of the tea house. Basically they have communal room downstairs with one or two bedroom above them. You have to share their toilet while using but nowadays in low levels attached toilet is found and some of them have hot shower facilities too. But some will have stand pipes. Tea houses use a type of burning stove in main communal area and other room are unheated. Tea houses do not have money exchange facilities. Trekking Planner recommend you to exchange cash in Kathmandu.
At the lower altitudes there are electricity facilities. As cooler temperature drain battery life, ensure your batteries last a little longer by putting it inside pocket of your coat or under your pillow.

Do a guides or porters carry oxygen tanks on the trek?
Exactly it is not necessary buy if essential they can carry. If someone feels the affects of altitude then there are facilities along the trek at various points and it’s easy to get.

How many guides and porters will be there in our group?
A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear. One porter will carry two trekkers baggage. A number of supporting staff will depend upon your size of group.
At one time how many litter of water I have to carry in the trek?

Mostly 3-4 litters will be sufficient. You will be able to refill bottles at lunch time. When you are in high altitude you have to drink more water to get rid of altitude diseases.

Is it necessary to carry Trekking poles?
Yes, Trekking Poles make you easy to walk in the rough ways. Trekking poles makes your body and leg to move more safely. So, we suggest you to use it.

What sort of footwear is recommended?
Cosy , sturdy trekking shoes or boots are a must. Ideally your footwear will have Gore-Tex or similar lining, along with thick soles. This will ensure that your feet stay warm and dry, and that you are comfortable walking on rocky paths. Wool socks are recommended instead of cotton, and these too should be thick and warm.

What do I need to know about sun protection?
It may seem counter-intuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun's intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sun block. A sun block specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses its recommend that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses.

Is bottled water available everywhere in the trek?
Mainly tea houses on the way have stores which sell bottled water and other supplies that may be needed for you on the trek. There are no any plastic recycleable facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets and use filter water in the teahouses.

Should I have to bring iodine tablets for purifying the water?
You have to bring iodine tablet with you. Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odourless.

What are the effects of going so high?
Altitude produces physically changes in the body. Higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If after gaining a lot of elevation in a hurry, you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness.

What ill may be appeared if i get in the trek?
It depends on the nature of your illness. If you suddenly feel dizzy or weak, you have to sit or lie down. If you still feel sick, keep a warm and quiet until you can get medical help. You will carry down if no progress we advise travellers to take a personal kit too.
In serious cases, you need helicopter rescue. Our guide will suggest you to use it if its very serious. So, helicopter rescue insurance is necessary for every trekker before you come to trek in this trek.

Would you recommend taking a Down Jacket?
The weather is very flexible in Nepal. It changes according to the time. The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you can expect to experience four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. While even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day, the higher the altitude, the colder the temperature and when high up the temperature drops significantly at night to around -10C in October/November, and to around -20C from December to February.

Should I tip my guide? How about my porter?
It is not compulsory; tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks. Your guides and porters will tremendously appreciate a small gratuity at the end of your trek, as these little extras go a long way towards helping their families. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for the team's hard work and devoted attention to your happiness.

How much money should I bring along?
Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.

Is alcohol permitted on trek?
Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However we suggest you not to drink alcohol at high altitude. It depends on you.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?
It’s sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we cannot offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

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Trip Facts

Duration: 17 Days
Accomodation: Hotel / Guest House
Seasons : March , April , May , Aug, Sep, Oct & Nov.
Type: Moderate
Activities : High altitude trek / Sightseeing
No. of Pax : 2 - 12 Pax.
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : Kathmandu

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