Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake trekking

Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake trekking
Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake trekking
Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake trekking
  • Trip Code: DWTTK012
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Total Duration: 15 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Challenging
  • Max. Altitude: 5,555m at Kalapatthar
  • Accommodation: Tea house during the trek
  • Meals: All meals during the trek
  • Transportation: Domestic flight and private vehicle (Transportation)
  • Group Size: 2-12
  • Best Season: Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec.
  • Trip Starts: Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trip Category: Everest Region Trekking
  • Activity per day: Approximately 4-6 hr walking
15 Days incl. Flights / Bus ...
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US$ 1700
US$ 1295

About Trip

It is also known as the Everest circuit trek, and is one of the most exciting and adventurous trek in the Everest region.

Trip Highlights
  • Scenic flight to Lukla
  • Namche Bazaar; famous Sherpa hometown
  • Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Impressive view of Khumbu Ice Fall
  • Hidden Gokyo valley, Gokyo Lake and Cho La Pass over 5300m
  • World’s highest altitude airport and hotel in Khumjung
  • Visiting Everest Base Camp (5,364m)
  • Stunning view of peaks over 8000m including Mt. Everest (8,848m)
  • Edmund Hillary funded schools and hospitals

This is a unique trek via the off beaten trails.So, the off beaten trails make it more challenging than the classic Everest Base Camp trail because of the elevated Cho La Pass in between the two incredible valleys of the Everest Region; Gokyo and Khumbu.

Pass through the remarkable Sherpa town and explore their lifestyle. This is a dramatic route as the trek will take us over 5000m destinations like Gokyo RI (5,357m), Cho La Pass (5,367m), Kala Patthar (5,550m) and Everest Base Camp (5,364m). The feeling of being near to the tallest mountain in the world is just unexplainable as a rush of pride flows through your mind. The highlight of the trip is definitely the striking blue Gokyo Lake which is absolutely breath taking.

The trek starts with a short 40 minutes’ scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Following the banks of Dudh Koshi river, we will be entering the famous Sherpa town; Namche Bazaar for a proper acclimatization as we will explore the town and hike to nearby beautiful landscapes. The next day, we will enter the hiding valley following the high-altitude trail of Dole and Machhemro. As we trek, the Gokyo RI gives a majestic surrounding of the mountain view. Soon after, we will cross the Cho La Pass (5,420m) following the rocky trails and alpine scenery crossing the Khumbu Glacier and Gorak Shep. We will finally visit the Everest Base Camp through the track of the beautiful Khumbu Icefall. Finally, to get a remarkable panoramic view of Mt. Everest and other peaks we will be trekking to the famous viewpoint; Kala Patthar. After an amazing achievement, we will descend down through a different route visualizing the beauty of nature.
This 15 days’ trek is a very popular in the Everest Region. It is a fun walking trail that goes up and down the rolling hills, like the waves in the ocean and is definitely a trek that should not be missed. A journey through Cho La Pass connecting to the Gokyo lake to the famous Khumbu icefall and the Everest Base Camp guarantees a different adventurous trip! Discovery World trekking also offers different trekking choices as follows:
10 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
17 days Everest High Pass trekking
7 days Everest Panorma Trekking
14 days Everest Base Camp Trekking
12 days Everest Base Camp Trekking

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 : Fly to Lukla (2,850m/9,350ft) 40 minutes, trek to Phakding (2,650m/8,690ft) 3 hrs.

We will drive to the airport early morning to take our flight to Lukla. The scenic 40 minutes’ flight to Lukla offers the panorama of the peaks like Langtang and the Annapurna Himalayan Ranges. After we land at the Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla, our thrilling adventure begins. We will trek 200m downhill to Thado Koshi River and cross a suspension bridge where the view of Mt. Kusum Kangru looks amazing. Continuing our trek, we will cross a small Buddhist village called Ghat which will lead us to Phakding. The first day today is an enjoyable trek as it short. Overnight at lodge including meals (B+L+D).

Day 2 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285ft) 6 hrs.

Today our whole day trek begins from crossing many suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. We will be trekking in a forested trail which leads us to a small Sherpa village; Monjo. As we continue trekking, we will arrive at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park check post and have our permits registered. The trail climbs through dense forests making it challenging for us. We will also get the first sight of Mt. Everest. Trekking further, we will finally arrive at Namche Bazaar; the gateway to Everest. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).

Day 3 : Rest day to acclimatize at Namche Bazaar

Today is the scheduled acclimatization day for us. Trekkers may wish to explore Namche Bazaar as it is a famous town comprising of numerous cafes and restaurants with Wi-Fi, souvenir and gear shops etc. Additionally, we have an optional hike to visit the Sagarmatha National Park visitor center and a remarkable hike to Khunde and Khumjung. It is also a Sherpa settlement which is an hour away from Namche Bazaar. We will also be hiking up to Everest View Hotel, where we’ll get a spectacular view of Mt. Everest. We will then head back to Namche Bazaar. After a relaxing acclimatization, we’ll brace ourselves for the trek next day. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).

Day 4 : Trek to Dole (4,045m/13,270ft) 5 hrs.

After acclimatizing, today we will be trekking to Dole with many ups and down and a rocky trail. After trekking for about 2 hours, we will reach the top of Mong La Pass. From here, we can see an amazing view of Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Khumbilla. Our trail takes us downhill through forests and then at Phortse Tenga, a riverside village. Continuing our trek, we will be passing through many pine forests where we will see the beautiful flower rhododendron bloom. Overnight at lodge with included meals (B+L+D).

Day 5 : Trek to Machhermo 4,400m/14,450ft) 5-6 hrs.

As we head north up the beautiful valley, we will notice the beautiful meadows where yaks are pastured and trailside shrines and prayer flags. Mt. Cho Oyu, the fifth tallest mountain in the world can be seen clearly and it absolutely looks stunning. The trail then leads us to the small village of Lapahrma. Soon after, we will reach Luja. We continue the trek climbing the trails in the side of the valley above the river and finally reaching Machhermo. Overnight at lodge with included meals (B+L+D).

Day 6 : Trek to Gokyo (4,750m/15,584ft) 4 hrs.

Today we will be the day where we will get to see the Gokyo lake. With an hour trek we will be crossing the elevated grazing land which will take us to Phanga. The memorials of people who lost their lives during the landslides can be seen in the region. Our trail takes us downhill then gradually going up to the river. After crossing a bridge, we will be entering Gokyo. The scenery of the lakes, peaks and glaciers is absolutely breath taking. Overnight at lodge with included meals (B+L+D).

Day 7 : Rest day to acclimatize at Gokyo

Today is another scheduled acclimatization day at Gokyo and we will be exploring this area. We will be sightseeing the Gokyo RI (5,430m/17,519ft) with the finest panorams including the astonishing views of Everest and its surrounding at peaks. Then we will return back to Gokyo for lunch and then visit the landscape around Gokyo including the upper lakes and more viewpoints. Overnight at lodge with included meals (B+L+D).

Day 8 : Trek to Thangnak (4,695m/15,400ft) 5 hrs.

We will walk pass the Ngozumpa Glacier as our trail becomes rocky with many uphills and downhills. Our journey to Thangnak gets exciting as ever as we will reach the yak grazing lands. We will be walking down the valley on the eastern glacial moraine, the scenery is unquestionably stunning. Eventually we arrive at the collection of lodges known as Thangnak in a serene setting that is optimally placed for a crossing of the Cho-La high pass. Overnight at Lodge with included meals (B+L+D).

Day 9 : to Dzongla (4,855m/15,930 ft) via Cho La Pass (5420m/17,783ft) 6-7 hrs

One of the more challenging trek is today as we will be trekking on rocky trails and the glacial moraines to the top of the pass. After a couple of hours of trek, we will reach the top of Cho L Pass which will reward us with the superb views of Cho La Lake and Mt. Cholatse. As we head downhill, the trail is slippery due to icy trails and glaciers. The trek is very pleasant and we will see that many prayer flags have been hung on the path. Finally, we will reach a a small but beautiful collection of lodges; Dzongla. Overnight at lodge with included meals (B+L+D)

Day 10 : Trek to Lobuche (4,930m/16,175ft) 4 hrs.

The trail leads us to a short uphill near a ridge of a top shrine following the wide valley. We will then be crossing a glacial moraine and a small collection of lodges. The trek becomes higher and we start seeing a better view of the peaks as the elevation slowly increases. On the way, there are memorial statues of the climbers who passed away in this region and it is absolutely awe gazing. The hike to Lobuche is very enjoyable. We will be following the trails of Imja KHola Valley finally reahing Lobuche. Upon arrival, we will see that Lobuche has a large settlement with many hotels and shops. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).

Day 11 : Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft) and back to GorakShep (5,185m/17,010 ft) 6-8 hrs.

Excitement will definitely be built in us, as we will begin our early morning trek heading to the Everest Base Camp! We will be trekking through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Galceir for about 2 and half hours. After arriving at Gorak Shep, we will see the beautiful snow-capped mountains looming all around us. Further continuing our exciting journey to the base camp, we will see the Indian Army Mountaineers Memorials. After much effort of trekking we will finally reach the Everest Base Camp. Knowing that his is the closest we will ever be to the highest mountain in the world, we will have a rush of pride in our body appreciating our efforts and dedication to reach here. We will spend some time here as we’ll click pictures and enjoy the view. We will also see visit the deepest glacier in the world; Khumbu Glacier. With much satisfaction, we will head back to Gorak Shep for the evening. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).

Day 12 : Hike to Kala Patthar(5,555m/18,208ft) viewpoint, trek to GorakShep to Pheriche (4,250m/13,945ft) - 5 hrs.

Today is the climax of the trip as we will be hiking to Kala Patthar at dawn to view the sunrise on Mt. Everest and other peaks. Kala Patthar is a famous viewpoint and gives us a splendid panoramic view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. There will be prayer flags hung along the way as we climb the rocky trails. After spending a while in the view point we will trek to Gorak Shep for breakfast and rest for a bit. Then we will be trekking to Pheriche, a small beautiful village. Remembering an unforgettable view of the Mt. Everest, our trek will definitely be enjoyable. The trail to Pheriche has meadows along the way. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).

Day 13 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285ft) 6-7 hrs.

As we head back to Namche bazaar, the trail will be leading us through forests where we may spot a wildlife like pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats etc. We will be further climbing steep slopes and winding through many bands. While trekking, we will notice many prayer flags hung on the way and chortens. As we are heading back, we can enjoy the last view of the tip of Mt. Everest and the back side of Lhotse. Finally, after a whole day trek, we will be arriving at Namche bazaar. Heading straight to our lodges, we will take rest. Overnight at the loadge with included meals (B+L+D)

Day 14 : Trek to Lukla (2850 m/9,350 ft) 6-7 hrs.

After the breakfast, we will be hiking down a steep trailthat descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then we continue walking over several local villages. We will walk most through Dudh Koshi River valley and surroundings. Upon reaching at Lukla, freshen up at your hotel and relax. Evening, you could have a party with your trekking crew as it is your celebration of successful Everest Base Camp Trek also the last night in the Everest Region.

Day 15 : Fly back to Kathmandu

If everything goes according to the schedule, we will be flying back to Kathmandu early morning after breakfast. The 40 minutes’ flight back to Kathmandu will indeed be a relaxing one as we will be carrying an unforgettable and a successful journey to the Everest Base Camp. Upon the arrival to Kathmandu, we will head to our hotels respectively and then it is entirely up to the you what you wish to do. Upon your request, we can arrange a Kathmandu city tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites, Durbar Squares, Tourist places etc. with our well informed and experienced guide.

Cost Details

Cost Includes
  • Airport and hotel transfer with private transportation
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight and airport departure taxes
  • Tea house, lodge accommodation including meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trek.
  • Government License holder Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader, (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter)
  • Coverage of guides and porter’s meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment.
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Medical kit
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets
  • Catering extra dietary requirements
  • All government and Local taxes
  • We use pulse oximeter on our clients everyday during the trekking for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitudes as it is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potentially health risks
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition
  • Discovery World Trekking’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell Dinner
Cost Excludes
  • International flight airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Accommodation, 3 meals (breakfast, meal and dinner) in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking.
  • Personal expense such as shopping, snacks for trek, beverages, laundry, telephone call, extra porters etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs or delays cause by out of management control for example, landscape, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.

Thank you for choosing DWT! We will do everything within our means to take care of you and ensure an enjoyable trip of a lifetime in Nepal!

Trip Note

Getting there
You will arrive to Nepal, Kathmandu in Tribhuvan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival. Then the next day, at early morning we will take a domestic flight to Lukla, approximately 40 minutes.

Free Transfer
We provide free airport pickup and drop by private vehicle. Upon arrival you’ll be warmly welcomes by our Discovery world trekking crew with a traditional offering of  Khada or marigolds garland (symbolizing purity, goodwill, auspiciousness and compassion), then directly transfer you to your hotel. To make use of this service please submit full flight details of arrival and departure in advance by mail.

Accommodation
The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek is a 15 days long trek with 14nights at a mountain local lodges that provide basic facility and will make you feel homely with the warm hospitality of the local people. Two nights in Kathmandu is required as you would want to rest before and after the trek and is not included in the package. There are excellent range of hotels for all kind of budgets. The accommodation is almost twin sharing basis- bed with mattresses, blanket and pillows. Hot showers will be available at an extra cost. Discovery World Trekking has good public relation with local service providers in the Himalaya region.

Meals
The meal package in this trek is very convenient. Three meal items of 15 breakfasts, 15 lunch and 14 dinner are included in the package. The meals will be the best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine.We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude for health benefit.Meals in Kathmandu are not included in the packages, although there are variety of Nepalese and international cuisine readily available for you to choose according to our taste.

Best Season
The weather is one of the most important factor to look at when deciding to trek to Everest Base camp and Gokyo Lake. It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn. During the winters and monsoon, it becomes difficult to trek due to heavy snowfall, cold temperature and slippery trails.

January – February
This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. This when there is heavy snowfall in the mountain and can result to extreme cold temperature. Though the day time may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the night time would be extremely cold. It would not be suggested to trek during this time because the trek is challenging itself and the snow would make it more tough.

March – April
This is the best time of the season to trek in the Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is very favorable through the trek. Stunning views of the Himalaya ranges and glaciers will be seen. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition in this time.

May – June
This is also the perfect time for trekking right before the rainfall. Nepal starts its rainfall from the end of June till mid of August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.

July – August
The rainfall hits at its peak during this time. Due to rainfall, it would not be advisable to trek during this season as the difficulty would rise. The trails would be very slippery. Flights to Lukla may get cancelled due to landslides and flooding.

September – October
This is also one of the perfect season for the Everest Base Camp trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favorable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees during the night time. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it’s the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek, usually between mid-September to end. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.

November – December
As winter slowly begins, snow falls begins in the Himalaya region and it eventually tough to trek. Nights will start to get colder. November is the busy season as it is the clearest month with sparkling days. The day time temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. From December, he temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow.
Please Note: The weather in the Himalaya can be unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day to night.

Acclimatization
In this trek, we will be acclimatizing in two places; Namche Bazaar and Gokyo. Altitude sickness is commonly faced by many trekkers and will need immediate treatment and shouldn’t be left ignored. At Namche Bazaar, trekkers can explore the famous Sherpa town and adjust to the thin air. We will also be having a second day acclimatization at Gokyo where we will go for sightseeing to lakes, rivers and glaciers. Our trekking leader and guide have extensive first aid training and well -experienced in the Himalaya we urge to inform your group leader and guide at first signs of the symptoms, we guarantee your health will be at reliable hands. Your trek leader or guide will suggest precautions. The best way is to take your time and drink plenty of water at least 4 liters a day. If it is severe the only cure for altitude sickness is to descend immediately.  Please note that your group leader has ultimate responsibility to decide or stop your ascent based on your overall condition. It is essential to keep in mind that some are more vulnerable than other.

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health
The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake trek is a challenging yet a rewarding trek. The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day depending the on the destination, taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well. To go on such treks, the fitter, the more comfortable and enjoyable the journey will be. If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease.

Trekking group/single
The group will be generally 2 to maximum up to 12 paxes on trek. The group of twelve and above will be accompanied by a leader, and supported by an assistant guide and porters. We also organize single private trek in Annapurna based on your own holiday time frame. This will be led by one of our highly competent and well experienced guides

A typical day on trek
A day on trekking will be rewarding with unique experience providing to trek leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy scenery, take photos and explore the local village. During the trek, you are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert guide along with porters to carry out your baggage. You need to take your small regular day pack on hiking days.The day starts with an early morning cup of tea. Each morning after packing our bags and having a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 am -8am, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. after trekking 3 to 4 hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after an hour rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter being only 2 to 3 hours when we read our overnight lodge we snack on the prepared extra dietary snacks, then after dinner, we will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is provided around 6 to 7 pm. In the evening before going to bed, we discuss each group member hiking experience of that day. And the guide will brief the next day trip plan. After completing of trip briefing we enjoy fun and games and entertainment. Trekkers love learning Nepalese language from our Discovery World Trekking crews, playing card, talking to and chatting with the crew members, reliving the day adventure or reading books before heading off to the bed for well-deserved sleep.

Communication on trek
There is mobile phone coverage on the most of the routes, but this service may not be reliable, depending on which network you use. Upon your request, we can provide you with separate local SIM card with good access for talking to family and surrounding friends through your cell phone. Although Some days at high altitude, there is no mobile network facility.Electricity and battery recharge, water on trekking. Almost all tea houses on the trail route to Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake have electricity. You can charge your devices for a small amount of extra charge. We recommend you also bring your own solar powered charger. For drinking water, its best to take water purification pills and use it on filling local boiled water instead of packed mineral water. Boiling water on local lodges may take extra charge.

Extra personal expenses on trekking
Discovery World Trekking tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu will have to be arranged by self. Trekkers will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend to bring cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here.

Electricity and battery recharge, water on trekking
Throughout the lodges at Everest base camp trekking, electricity for camera and mobile battery recharge is available by paying in price at all lodges. Most of lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and enroute shop or filling boiled water with an extra cost. A water purification pill is suggested into drinking water.

Insurance Policy
Trekking in Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake trekking requires slightly proactive and reactive preparedness. The high mountains are not a place to visit casually as serious sickness and other casualty are supposed to be unexpectedly happened. Make sure you have insured against this incident before starting the trek. Travel insurance is also a part of booking condition for an adventure trek in Nepal. All clients taking part in  Manaslu Circuit Trekking must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation with inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses for trekkers at high altitude. We can do recommendation of insurance company in case of our help needed but we do not involve in sale of the insurance policy. Trekker is refused to be participated in  Manaslu Circuit Trekking with improper policy or without travel insurance policy. In case of emergency circumstances of our valued client, company put forward the travel documentation processing to insurance company based on your prior information submission details in order to assist in arranging rescue operation, and transfer to hospital for treatment.You are requested to send the details insurance information after you have booked the trek. Make sure your insurance company accepts the cost incurred for mountain rescue service even at the highest elevation of trek.

Passport and visa
All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan)that may not receive visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange
You can exchange most foreign currencies through the banks and through the money exchanges. Money exchangers are also legitimate. You might be able to also exchange small amounts of cash at the hotel you are staying. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu. Money changers or Money exchangers in Kathmandu are found all over Thamel. The going rate is normally displayed in the front of the stores on a board. The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NRP). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupees in Nepal. You should ensure you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may be fined. Despite having the security advantage of traveler’s cheque, many hassles problems like a lengthy process and high rate of commission may take place during the processing at banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of many ATMs in Kathmandu (if you card is linked to the International Cirrus System), or by exchanging your travel cash at a bank in Kathmandu, the service fee charge will impose on around four percent or more depending up on the bank.  There is a day transaction limit on cash withdrawing if you use the bank. Please note that most establishment banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Luggage
Your main luggage should not be over 20Kgs and they will be carried by our porters. Trekkers will carry a light back for easy access to water, camera, toilet paper and warm layers of clothes. Any excess baggage can be kept at Discovery World Trekking and you can collect them after the trek.

Safety
Discovery World Trekking guarantees our client’s safety, security and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipments and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the leader to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and wont wander off alone.

Equipment lists for Everest Base Camp Trek
It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings are suggestions that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference of clothing. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 20kg. Equipment can be hired in Kathmandu as well.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes
  • Hands
  • Light weight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Light weight cotton pants
  • T- Shirt (bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants

Foot wear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pairs of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Responsible travel
We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.

Discovery World Trekking Crews
During the Everest Base Camp Trek, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well experienced guides to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage which should not exceed more than 20kgs. A proportion of one porter for two trekkers and one assistant guide with 8 trekkers. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected.The local expert trek leader to guide you in Everest base camp is specialized under the following subject.

  • Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing

Tipping
The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

Booking and payment process
Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bounded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 87657/068/069. We are member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence as we are reliable.
10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. The number of domestic flights for Lukla is limited but being very busy during the trekking seasons. Payment is to be made by bank transfer and western union. Remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Last minute booking
It is best to book in advance but for those who aren't able to for whatever reason Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for last minute booking.In the case of last minute booking with 100% percent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted. We do our best to operate a trek at any time but in case of last minute booking we cannot be responsible for delay due to changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. Contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us.

Trip extension
After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.

Feedback
After completing the Everest Base Camp trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Discovery World trekking will give you company’s t-shirt, digital printed certificate of trek achievement along with a key ring. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliment, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performance as we always strive to be better.

Trip Map

Trip Map

Our below listed route map indicates just representation of Gokyo via Everest base camp trek route which does not show the exact geographical location of the place.

Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake trekking

Trip Video

Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake trekking Video

Reviews

“Greatest trekking experience, Everest Base Camp and Gokyo lakes
“Greatest trekking experience, Everest Base Camp and Gokyo lakes, DianaGarciaT

This has been by far the greatest trekking experience in my life, and this was possible thanks to Discovery World Trekking, its management and guides. The landscape was absolutely breathtaking.We were in a group of 6, our guides were the friendliest guides I have ever met, they were always looking after us, checking that we were in the right condition to keep going, checking that we had no AMS symptoms, always making sure that we had enough water, and not to mention their hospitality when we were in the…

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Essential info

Unquestionably Nepal is renowned as best destinations for novice and adventures lovers. Thus, various popular destinations in the world are situated in Nepal available for trekking in the Himalayan for the trekkers all across the world. Trekking in Nepal can easily be achieved by the all levels of trekkers who have strong desire and determination. We are familiar with the fact that trekking demands different level of physical fitness, efforts and even acclimatization or rest day based on the level of trekking nature. We ensure that our trip grading would be a great idea or method for our valued guests while choosing an appropriate trek package that is suited perfectly to your capabilities and present health condition. It is advised that people who are suffering from the diseases like cardiac or respiratory problem have to consult with doctor before deciding to do trek in Nepal. However, in the context of Nepal trekking, it is difficult task to determine the trip grade preciously due to trek has not made different from one place to another only the elevation of place that has significant role in its trip grading but also the other contributory factors needs to be concerned well. The given below contributory factors need to be considered in determination of trek grading.

  • Average elevation (height) of the trek.
  • Trekking routes features or conditions
  • Total duration of trek and average walking per day in trek.
  • Backpacking level.
  • Temperature range based on climate and weather conditions
  • Acclimatization or rest day.
  • General level of comfort, remoteness as well as level of service.

Grade: Easy

This grade trekking consists of elevation below 3000m. This type of trekking involves short duration at lower altitude along with several ways of ascent and descent trials. Previous experience does not require at this level of trekking. Thus, any age group can adjoin who is in good health, physical fit and can walk at least 4 to 5 hrs per day in the plain place. Discovery World Trekking has designed easy grade trek in which you can assign Nagarkot Trek, Ghorepani trek , Sarankot trek and Langtang trek .

Grade: Moderate

This moderate level of trekking covers at an altitude between above 2000m to 3500m below. No previous hiking experience is required however trekking demands well fitness of physical conditions and duration of days involve both shorter and longer to complete overall trek. Trekkers need walking at least 5 to 6 hrs capabilities with longer ascent and descent trails through the involvement of some rough routes conditions. Discovery World Trekking has typical holiday package at moderate grade trek are Annapurna base camp trek, Muktinath trek and Ganesh himal trek (Ruby valley trek), Langtang trek, Tamang heritage trek etc.

Grade: Difficult

This level of trekking involves an altitude of above 3000m to 4500m below. Trekkers need to walk for 6-7 hrs daily at cross steep hilly terrain, rough round, some backpacking and high passes on some routes with daily ascent and descent. Trekking in the remote environment might be possibility of facing altitude problem in the higher elevation. Physical fitness is essential along with hill walking experience to enjoy trekking. Everest Base camp trek, Gokyo via Everest base camp trek, Gosainkunda trek, Helambu trek etc.

Grade: Strenuous

In this type of trekking at least 6-7 hrs per day walking require at high altitude with daily ascent and descent. The altitude of strenuous grade trek ranges between 4600m to 5600m. Altitude sickness problem is likely to happen at any time therefore high level of both mentally and physically fitness as well as stamina is considered to enjoy in such type of trip. Acclimatization or rest day is essential to adjust with low level of oxygen environment. Previous trekking experience is added as an asset that trek passes through the remote, wild environment with extreme weather condition and snow covered route. Discovery World Trekking has prepared typically one of the best trekking holiday packages including Everest via Kalapathar, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu trek, Makalu trek, Kanchanjunga trek etc.

Grade:  challenging

Altitude remains around 6000m at this level of trekking. Trek might be longer enough in the remote pace and highly mountains. This challenging grade trek is limited which demands an excellent level of personal experience, physically fitness and stamina as walking day is supposed to be 7 to 8 hrs with ascent and descent. Trek involves the pass crossing the snow covered glaciers, ice and need to climb up to small peak. Trekkers therefore require basic climbing skills. This type of trekking ultimately joins with peak climbing. Discovery World Trekking challenging grade trek are Everest base camp trek via Island peak, Everest base camp trek via Mera peak etc.

Trekking is an adventurous way of traveling through the hills and mountains and in Nepal, trekking often includes world-famous views of the Himalaya and scenic surroundings. Trekking is a favorite activity for tourists to Nepal and is a great way to get to know the land and its residents. It involves getting up close and personal with nature while hiking for multiple days through hills and valleys to areas that are often far away from vehicle travel.

As an adventure activity, trekking is mostly done for entertainment, excitement, cultural interaction and education – getting to know a country and its people, culture, landscape and scenery among other highlights. For mountain climbing expeditions, trekking is often the first part of the journey where the mountaineers get used to the increasing altitude as well as the climate and landscape. Nepal’s renowned trekking regions include the Everest region, Annapurna and Langtang with many more areas that have been developed and that are up and coming including the whole rest of the hills up to the Himalaya!

Routes take trekkers travel through picturesque farmland and villages, remote hills, forests and valleys with Himalayan fed streams and rivers. Visitors can take in some of the most beautiful scenery on earth while trekking in Nepal. Facilities along trekking trails are usually more basic than facilities in urban areas and overnight accommodation is in lodges, teahouses and tents and sometimes a combination depending on location and availability of facilities. Now a days, accommodation and meals can be arranged along most trails at lodges and teahouses, especially on the popular routes. In the not so distant past, travelers and porters traveled together with sufficient tents, food and equipment because of a lack of facilities and accommodation, especially in the more remote, uninhabited areas. Our teahouse treks are organized with accommodation and meals along entire routes.

The government regulates most of the areas where trekking is done and permits are required for entering Nepal’s extensive range of national parks and conservation areas. Discovery World Trekking takes care of everything, including arranging permits, allowing you to savor every moment on the enchanting trails!

Discovery World Trekking offers the whole range of trekking packages for Nepal. We look forward to sharing with you the magnificence of the Himalaya and its world famous attractions along with the legendary kindness of the people that populate the hills and mountainous regions.

Rural life in Nepal follows a natural pace depending on season and weather. While trekking, you can travel at your own pace along the scenic trails that link each day’s way points. Many of the trekking routes are in fact ancient trade routes that link Tibet, Nepal and India! The trails often pass through groves of rhododendron, Nepal’s national flower and grazing areas for cows, sheep, water buffalo and even yaks! The mountain panoramas will be unforgettable as well the scenic villages along the way graced with Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries. These settlements will allow trekkers an insight into the traditional ways of life cultural heritage of Nepal along with the wide range of biodiversity of the landscape.

An average day of trekking involves around five to six hours hiking including breaks for meals and as needed. The average distance covered can be a bit relative given the terrain and altitude but figure on about 10 to 15 kilometers. Along the way you will have many chances for photography and perhaps other personal interests such as bird watching and discovering the local flora.
Discovery World Trekking has many options from newly promoted trails to the classic routes and we look forward to hearing from you and satisfying your desired trekking styles and destinations.

You do not need to leave children at home to enjoy a trek in Nepal! A tour with children along will definitively be a different experience from a tour without children. That said, trekking with your children can be just as enjoyable and even more culturally rewarding. Discovery World Trekking has much experience with children on our treks and we have safety and well-being as the highest priority.  We have found that children really open up social situations as they have fewer reservations to interact and they enable easy, meaningful connections with the local people and thoughtful cultural exchange.

We would be honored to cater to your needs to enable bring your family to trek along the enchanting trails of Nepal. With children aboard we pay particular attention to food, lodging, trail activities, and other day-to-day aspects of trekking that are suitable for all. Flexibility in the itinerary is particularly important when traveling with children to cover contingencies and hiking rate. The pace of a trek is usually slower than the pace of adults, but that time can be used with other activities including photography, bird-watching, and many other things along the way. Like nearly everything in life as a parent, there will be new challenges with new insights, and many stories to tell to family and friends back home.

Discovery World Trekking looks forward to organizing a family trek for you!

We request the following in order to arrange permits and documents:

  • A copy of your passport and travel/health insurance documents with contact details, three passport size photos.
  • Please have a notepad and pen handy in order to note information regarding the upcoming trek/tour.

Additionally, we recommend that you maintain a separate photocopy of all important documents including traveler’s cheques and bank/ATM card contact numbers, international flight tickets, emergency contact numbers.

Useful Info

Please be advised: We highly recommend our clients to add extra days in your trip to Nepal as a safety margin for your return flight. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu may get behind the schedule due to air traffic and may cause delays. In such cases, we always try our best to reschedule the flights to and from Lukla. However, we would like to inform you about the possibility of postponements or cancellations of flights. We would like to suggest our clients to schedule 2 days extra to avoid any problems with the international flight. Upon our clients request we can arrange a helicopter at the cost of approximately USD 500-1000 depending on the demand and capacity. It is very likely that there will be no delays but if any such case happens, we can help arrange additional activities with your extra time in Nepal.

Please Note: The Everest Base Camp trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and can be fitted to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review our designated departure dates for this trek and if they do not suit your timeframe, then let us know how we can arrange a trek that is convenient for you.The itinerary listed above is a general guideline; please be advised that it might be necessary to modify it due to external factors beyond our means including and not limited to the following: unstable weather, accessibility and availability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen governmental, trail and ecological conditions and other circumstances beyond our control. Although, it is unlikely that changes will occur that would significantly alter the original itinerary, we cannot be held accountable for the results of delays or changes beyond our control. In the event of an Itinerary adjustment or need to redirect to other trails and areas, the Leader Guide will ultimately make the final choice on the best rerouting after consulting with the group members and keeping in mind the interests of the party as a whole. If an alteration is necessary, then we will certainly do everything we can to diminish the effects.

We look forward to guiding you on the Gokyo via Everest Base Camp Trek and through some of the most dazzling landscape on the planet with unforgettable Himalayan panoramas along the way!

Dates & prices

The given prices are per person basis and fixed in which the International flight cost has excluded. In addition, trek cost includes and excludes details is applied. The dates schedule is fixed, 100 percent guaranteed and confirmed to departure trekking. We are flexible to organize trek in your own departure trek date. We organize private and group trek.For this, trekker can send us message submitting your own departure trek date.
 

Start Date End Date Status Cost  
29 November, 2017 13 December, 2017 Guaranteed USD 1295 P/P Book Now
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01 December, 2017 15 December, 2017 Guaranteed USD 1295 P/P Book Now
07 December, 2017 21 December, 2017 Guaranteed USD 1295 P/P Book Now
14 December, 2017 28 December, 2017 Guaranteed USD 1295 P/P Book Now
21 December, 2017 04 January, 2018 Guaranteed USD 1295 P/P Book Now
28 December, 2017 11 January, 2018 Guaranteed USD 1295 P/P Book Now