Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Ri (avoiding Chola Pass) - 15 days

Trip Facts
DestinationEverest Base Camp
ActivityLodge to Lodge trekking
AccommodationLodge to Lodge stays
RegionEverest Region / Khumbu
Start / End pointKathmandu - Kathmandu
Duration15 Days
Max. Altitude5,555m (Kala Patthar)
Meals Included13 lunches, 13 dinners, and 14 breakfasts during the trek
Group size2 to 24
Nature of TrekTrekking
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, May) & Autumn (September, October, November)
Activity Per Day5-7 hours of hike
TransportationKathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight, Trek from Lukla to EBC, back to LUkla
GradeChallenging

About the Trip

Everest Base Camp treks are some of the most popular hikes in the world, and they come in different sizes, shapes, and flavors. Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Ri slightly differs from the classic Everest Base Camp trek taking you to the Gokyo region (Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri) before heading to Everest Base Camp. But unlike other Everest Base Camp with Gokyo treks, you need not cross the Chola Pass to reach EBC.

Trek highlights

  • Scenic 40-minute flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice-a-versa
  • Namche Bazaar, also known as the gateway to Everest, and a trading hub
  • Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and fantastic views from EBC
  • Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Impressive view of Khumbu Ice Fall
  • Amazing views from Gokyo Ri ((5,357m/ 17,575ft)
  • Hidden Gokyo valley and Gokyo Lake
  • High-altitude flora, fauna, and climate
  • Traditional Sherpa villages, ancient monasteries
  • Edmund Hillary funded school and hospital
  • Prayer wheels, mani stones, colorful flags, thrilling high-suspension bridges
  • One of the world’s highest-altitude airport
  • Stunning views of peaks over 8000m, including Mt. Everest (8,848m)

Benefits of EBC Trekking with Discovery World Trekking

  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom) 
  • Online trip briefing after booking confirmation
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy modes of payment
  • Free airport-to-hotel transfer on arrival and hotel-to-airport transfer during departure in a private vehicle.
  • Oximeter for blood oxygen monitoring at high altitudes to detect altitude sickness early & other medical kits
  • Sleeping bags and down jacket arrangements if you do not have your own.
  • Duffle bag for porters
  • Free excess luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking store during the trek

 

Online Trip Briefing

The online briefing will clear all your doubts about the trek, including things to bring (equipment checklist) for the hike, the itinerary details, and what you can expect on the trails. As soon as you complete the booking, we will email you the available dates and times for the trek briefing, and once we receive your essential documents, we will conduct the online trek briefing.

Lukla Flight Information

There might be slight alterations to the trek itinerary, mainly during peak trek seasons (March, April, May, October, and November), as the flight to Lukla will be from Ramechhap/Manthali instead of Kathmandu due to traffic congestion. At other times, the flight will be from Kathmandu. To catch a flight from Ramechhap, we must leave Kathmandu and head to Manthali around 12:30 a.m. on the scheduled departure date. The drive will take around five hours.

 

Comprehensive trek overview

The Mount Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Ri starts with a 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After landing in Lukla, you will reach Phakding on the first day. The following day, you will reach Namche Bazaar, often known as the gateway to Everest. You will spend one more day at Namche for acclimatization

After resting for a day at Namche, you will head to Dole which lies west of Namche. The path progresses through forested areas with wildlives like musk deer, Himalayan Thar, and Himalayan pheasant.  From Dole, the trek continues to Machhermo.

On the sixth day of Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri trek, you will reach Gokyo Valley, where you will spend an entire day exploring the incredible landscapes, including Goko Lakes and Gokyo Ri viewpoint. After a day’s rest at Gokyo, you will return to Phortse Village and Pheriche, joining the classic Everest Base Camp route.

A day of trek from Pheriche takes you to Lobuche via Dengboche Village. Lobuche used to serve as a summer yak-grazing post in the past. The Everest Base Camp (EBC) is not far from Lobuche, so the following day you will reach EBC. However, before you trek to Mount Everest Base Camp, we will take you to Gorak Shep, where we will leave our belongings before ascending to Everest Base Camp.

The Everest Base Camp elevation is 5,364m, and the views from EBC are mind-blowing as you witness the incredible landscapes from the base camp of the world’s tallest mountains, including Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.

You might feel overwhelmed when you reach the Everest Base Camp, which is quite normal considering the challenges you undergo to reach EBC. At the Everest Base Camp, during the climbing season, you will find climbers readying themselves to climb Mount Everest. In fact, the Everest Base Camp trek is the pinnacle of Himalayan trekking in Nepal. After enjoying the views from EBC, you will descend to Gorak Shep, where you will spend the night.

The following morning, we will take you to Kala Patthar so that you can enjoy the dawn break from beyond the world’s highest mountains, including Mt. Everest. Then, you will return to Gorak Shep, have breakfast, and then return to Pheriche.

From Pheriche, you will continue descending as you head back to Lukla. After a night at Pheriche, the next day, you will reach Namche Bazaar, and from Namche, one more day of the trek will take you to Lukla. You will spend the last night in the trek region at Lukla, and your Everest Base Camp hike concludes. The following morning we will fly you back to Kathmandu. 

Is Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Ri suitable for You?

This Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderately challenging trek. It demands a high level of physical fitness due to the harsh terrain. However, provided you are normally fit, you can complete this trek. If you have prior experience with high-altitude treks, this will help you, but not necessary.

How does the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek differ from other Everest Base Camp treks?

The Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek is a rewarding adventure in the Everest region. While many trekkers are familiar with the usual trails in this area, our route diverges from the standard path to Everest Base Camp. It takes you to the tranquil and breathtaking Gokyo Valley lakes region before rejoining the classic Everest Base Camp trail.

What can you see from Gokyo Ri Viewpoint?

You will also enjoy the views from the Gokyo Ri Viewpoint, which allows you to enjoy the views of some of the tallest mountains on earth: Everest (8,848m/29,028ft), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Mount Lhotse (8,516m), and Mount Makalu (8,463m). Moreover, you will also view Ngozumpa Glacier - the largest Himalayan glacier.

DWT recommends all our valuable clients arrive at Kathmandu as early as possible, at least one day before the trek departure date, for last-minute preparations. If in case you missed the online trip briefing, it will allow us time to conduct an in-person briefing. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu may get delayed due to the weather. In such cases, we reschedule these flights to the next available flight. So, we suggest our clients add at least 2 extra days as a cushion to the trip to avoid international flight delays back to their home country.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day1

    Flight from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla. Trek to Phakding ( 2,650m / 8,562ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40/20 minutes
    Trek Distance 6.2km / 3.8miles
    Highest Altitude 2,850m / 9,350ft
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    Your trip starts early in the morning, and if you're trekking in peak seasons (March, April, May, September, October, and November), most probably, flights from Kathmandu to Lukla might be rerouted to Manthali Airport. For an early morning Lukla flight, we will pick you up at your hotel around 12:30 am and then take you on a 5-hour drive to Manthali Airport. The subsequent flight from Manthali to Lukla takes approximately 20 minutes.

    You can book a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla and bypass the long drive to Manthali. However, it will cost you approximately 550 USD extra, assuming you share the helicopter expenses with four others.

    If trekking during other months (December, January, February, June, July, and August), you will fly to Lukla directly from Kathmandu. After breakfast, we'll take you to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for a picturesque 40-minute flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla.

    After landing at the Tenzing Hillary Airport, the trekking trails start. Since this will be your first day on the trek, the trek will be short and give you time to acclimatize. The path will take you through Chaurikharka Village, down to Dudhkoshi, and then to Phakding, the destination for the day. You can use your extra time exploring places in Phakding, Rimishung Monastery, in particular.

    • Overnight stay at Khumbu Travel Lodge (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  2. day2

    Trek from Phakding (2,650m/8,562ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 7.4km/4.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m/11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    The trek starts from Phakding, and you will cross the Dudh Koshi river via a sturdy suspension bridge. As you trek forward, you might come across local wildlife, such as yaks, that might share the path with you. 

    As you progress, the path leads into Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO-listed natural reserve renowned for its rare wildlife, such as snow leopards, red pandas, Impeyan pheasant, bearded vultures, and snowcocks. To continue your trek, you'll need to register your trekking permits at the checkpoint in Monjo. Following this, a steep climb up to Namche Bazaar awaits. From the Sagarmatha National Park, you can catch glimpses of the majestic Mount Everest looming in the distance.

    Upon reaching Namche Bazaar, the main trading town in the Khumbu region, you can rest for a while and then explore this town. This town has all kinds of shops, wifi linked hotels, restaurants, and even an Irish pub!

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day3

    Rest day and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,440m/11,285ft

    You have already gained substantial height. So, it's time for acclimatization at Namche. You can use this day to explore the local market: the souvenir shops, restaurants, and cafes. If you are curious about the local Sherpas, visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and view the cultural artifacts. Consider visiting the Tenzing Norgay memorial, built to honor Tenzing Norgay, one of the first persons to summit Mt. Everest. 

    We also recommend you visit the Khunde Hospital, a medical clinic established by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966, or embark on a one-hour climb to the Everest View Hotel, just above Namche. From here, you can get stunning views of the great peaks of Khumbu, including Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. Additionally, the Everest National Park Center offers a free exhibit on the history and culture of the Khumbu region.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day4

    Trek from Namche (3,440m/11,285ft) to Dole (4,200m/13,270ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 11km/6.8miles
    Highest Altitude 4,200m/13,270ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    The journey begins with an ascent up the uphill trail from the Dudh Koshi valley. The path elevates through a flight of stairs and then winds through a forested terrain toward Phortse Village. You will travel an uneven route that heads west toward the Gokyo valley. As you make your way, you might catch views of Himalayan Thar, Himalayan pheasant (Danphe), and musk deer. 

    Just before Kyanjuma, the path descends and then continues toward Sansa village. Eventually, you will reach the final leg of your journey, crossing over into the Gokyo Valley. The route provides stunning views of the Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawache, and Khumbila mountains. The path dips briefly towards the Dudhkoshi Khola before continuing to Phortse village. From Phortse, you will travel out of the valley through a forest and past the yak pastures to arrive at Dole.

    • Overnight stay at Alpine Cottage Lodge
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day5

    Trek from Dole (4,200m/13,270ft) to Machhermo (4,470m/14,450ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 7km/4.3miles
    Highest Altitude 4,470m/14,450ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hrs

    The trek begins from Dole, and you will reach Lopharma in half an hour. After Lopharma, the route passes through forests teeming with wild animals like mountain goats, pheasants, and musk deer taking you to Luza. From Luza, the path gradually descends to Machhermo, and the trek will last about one and a half hours. From Machhermo, you can enjoy the incredible views of Taboche, Cholatse, and Kajyori. 

    • Overnight stay at Yeti Home
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day6

    Trek from Machhermo (4,470m/14,450ft) to Gokyo (4,790m/15,584ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 5.7km/3.5miles
    Highest Altitude 4,790m/ 15,584ft
    Trek Duration 4 hrs

    You will leave Machherma and start your trek to stunning Gokyo Lakes. As you trek, you can take in breathtaking views of the Kangtega, Thamserku, and Cho-Oyu peaks. Gradually, the valley will widen at Phangga village, but be prepared for the challenging terrain ahead. A brief descent will lead you to a riverbank, from where you'll begin the ascent towards the Ngozuma glacier - the largest glacier in the Everest region. Then, you will pass by Longpongo and Raboche Tsho before arriving at Gokyo Lake, also known as Dudh Pokhari.

    • Overnight stay at Thanka Inn
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day7

    Rest day to acclimatize at Gokyo. Early morning summit of Gokyo Ri (5,400m/17,814ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 1.5km/0.9miles
    Highest Altitude 5,400m/17,814ft
    Trek Duration 1 ½ hours

    This is the second day we have allocated for acclimatization. You will embark on an early morning trek from Gokyo village to reach the summit of Gokyo Ri, or Gokyo Peak, located on the western edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, just above Gokyo village. From the top of the peak, you can soak up the stunning panoramic views of the highest mountains in the region, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. After taking in the spectacular sights, you will head back to Gokyo village and take some time to explore the nearby Gokyo lakes. Gokyo lakes are a group of six major lakes that form the world’s highest freshwater lake system.

    • Overnight stay at Thanka Inn
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day8

    Trek from Gokyo (4,790m/15,584ft) back to Phorste Village (3,840m/12,595ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12.9km
    Highest Altitude 4,790m/15,584ft
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    After breakfast, you will return to Phorse Village/ Phortse Thanga taking the same path you took to Gokyo. The return trip will be much easier as you will be mostly descending. We will stop at Dole for lunch, and after resting for about an hour, we will descend to Phorse, passing by pine and rhododendron forests. The trek will be rather long and may take around six hours. 

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day9

    Trek from Phortse Village (3840m/12595ft) to Pheriche (4210m/13,808ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.1km
    Highest Altitude 4210m/13,808ft
    Trek Duration 4 hours

    After a hearty breakfast, you will bid goodbye to Phortse and head toward Pheriche. Initially, the trail descends as it passes through a forest, eventually crossing the Imja Khola River. Then, the route ascends, providing magnificent views of Ama Dablam 22,493 ft (6,856 m) as it reaches the Pangboche Village. You will trek further following the Lobuche Khola and reach Pheriche.  

    • Overnight stay at Himalayan Hotel
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day10

    Trek from Pheriche (4210m/13,808ft) to Lobuche (4,930m/16,175ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8 km
    Highest Altitude 4,930m/16,175ft
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    Today's trek will last for about six hours. Initially, you will head out of Dingboche village towards a ridge with a monastery and continue through a grassland plateau enjoying breathtaking views of Tawoche, Cholatse mountains, and Pheriche village, nestled in the valley below. When we reach Thukla, we will stop briefly to witness a chaotic jumble of rocks. From Thukla, the path ascends through a rugged high-altitude region and passes by a memorial dedicated to fallen climbers. You will continue trekking until you arrive at Lobuche, which once served as a summer yak-grazing post.

    • Overnight stay at Mother Earth House
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day11

    Trek from Lobuche (4,930m/16,175ft) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft) and back to Gorak shep (5,185m/17,010ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 15km/9.32miles
    Highest Altitude 5,364m/17,598ft
    Trek Duration 6-8 hours

    On this day, you will reach the Base reach Everest Base Camp summit. The journey begins by trekking through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier until you reach the picturesque Gorak Shep Village, nestled amidst snow-capped mountains. After reaching Gorak Shep, you will leave your belongings at Gorak Shep and head to Everest Base Camp (EBC). 

    At the EBC, you will be awed by the breathtaking views. You should capture the panoramic view with your camera. Most trekkers get emotionally overwhelmed by their success after reaching EBC. After enjoying the views from the EBC, you will return to Gorak Shep, witnessing the views of the world's highest glacier - the Khumbu Glacier. 

    • Overnight stay at Buddha Lodge
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  12. day12

    Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555m/18,208ft) viewpoint, trek to Gorak Shep to Pheriche (4,250m/13,945ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.6km/6miles
    Highest Altitude 5,555m/18,208ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    At Gorak Shep, you will rise very early and hike to Kala Patthar, from where you will witness the sunrise over Mt. Everest and other surrounding peaks. The sight is truly awe-inspiring and unmatched by any other. After enjoying the views from Kala Patthar, you will trek back to Gorak Shep for breakfast. You will then rest for a while before continuing your journey to Pheriche, your destination for the day.

    • Overnight stay at Himalayan Hotel
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day13

    Trek from Pheriche (4,250m/13,945ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 14.3km/8.8miles
    Highest Altitude 4,250m/13,945ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    Following a restful night's sleep in Pheriche, you will rise early, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and commence your trek towards Namche Bazaar. The trail winds through vibrant rhododendron and juniper forests, crossing the Imja Khola bridge en route to Tengboche. After passing through Tengboche, you will trek through forests teeming with high-altitude wildlife such as musk deer, mountain goats, and, even snow leopards, finally arriving at Namche Bazaar.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  14. day14

    Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285ft) to Lukla (2,850 m/9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 13.5km/8.3miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m/11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    It will be your last day on the trails, as you trek from Namche and head back to Lukla. The trek will also be the longest trek day. However, as you will be descending, it should be easier. On the way, you will cross Mongo and Phakding villages. As you trek forward, the tall mountains, especially Mount Everest, fade from the background. The last leg of the route from Phakding to Lukla is moderately uphill and requires some effort. You will spend your last night in the trek region at Lukla. 

    • Overnight stay at Comfort Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  15. day15

    Fly back to Kathmandu/Manthali from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40/20-minute
    Highest Altitude 2,850m/9,350ft

    At the end of your trek, you will depart from Lukla, your flight destination will either be Manthali or Kathmandu, contingent on the prevailing trekking season. Probably, you'll take a 20-minute flight to Manthali, with a subsequent 5-hour drive to Kathmandu if your trek falls in March, April, May, September, October, or November. During other months - December, January, February, June, July, and August - you'll fly directly to Kathmandu.

    You have the option to take a helicopter to Kathmandu from Lukla. However, it will cost you around 550 USD extra on a five-people sharing basis. 

    As you return to Kathmandu, the chances are you will be reflecting on your journey to Everest Base Camp and excited that you will soon be able to meet your loved ones back home. Later in the day, Discovery World Trekking will arrange a farewell dinner for you in Kathmandu.

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

Cost includes

  • Domestic flight (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) tickets and departure taxes
  • 14 nights accommodations in trek regions. Rooms with attached bathroom in Phakding, Namche (3N), Lukla. Standard rooms in Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo (2N), Phortse, Pheriche (2N), Lobuche, and Gorakshep.
  • All standard meals (13 lunches, 13 dinners, and 14 breakfasts) during the trek
  • Experienced Nepal-government licensed English-speaking trek leader (1 assistant guide for 12 trekkers or more) and porter to help with trekkers' luggage (1 porter for every two trekkers). The luggage limit per trekker is 9 kg.
  • Costs of guides and porters, their meals, drinks, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight, and necessary equipment
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Rescue operation arrangements in case of health emergencies (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenirs (company T-shirt & cap)
  • Discovery World Trekking trek achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek

Cost excludes

  • International flight airfare
  • On-arrival visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport- (Current cost USD 50 for 30-day stay)
  • Excess baggage charges on the trip (Limit is 9 kg per Person)
  • All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the trek
  • Extra night accommodations in Kathmandu for any reason, such as early arrival, late departure, and early return from trekking.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled/bottled water, hot (tea, coffee), cold and alcoholic drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Additional costs due to delays beyond our control, such as landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in "Cost includes” above are counted as excludes

Equipment list for Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Ri

Bring only the necessary clothing and accessories for the trek. Though porters will carry most of your luggage, we expect you to bring a small backpack for your vital documents and valuables.

Please note that the luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg. Since we assign one porter to two trekkers, we ask you to find a partner and pack both of your luggage together in a duffle bag of over sixty liters capacity. Though individual preferences differ, here is a list to help you pack. 

Head

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

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes
  • Hands
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

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

Footwear

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

Essential gear

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

Toiletries

  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Cell phone
  • Watch
  • Camera

Extra items

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

Trip Information

Airport Pick up

We offer our clients a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service to and from Tribhuvan International Airport and their hotel. Upon your arrival, a representative from Discovery World Trekking will be waiting for you at the airport holding a pamphlet with your name on it. They will greet you, present you with a garland, and escort you to your hotel in a private vehicle. This ensures that you will not face navigational problems in a foreign country. Similarly, when it's time for you to depart, our company representative will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return journey home. 

 

Trek start

We expect you to arrive in Kathmandu by three pm at least one day before the trip departure date for last-minute preparations. If, in case, you missed the online trip briefing, it will also provide us time to conduct an in-person trip briefing, which we will organize either at our office in Thamel or at your hotel. During the trip briefing, we will provide you with vital information about the trek, motivate you, and recheck your luggage to ensure you have packed all the essentials for the trip. On the trek departure day, we will take you to Kathmandu Airport for a 40-minute flight to Lukla, the trek region.

 

Accommodation

This trek package includes 14 nights of accommodations in the trek region. You will be staying at the best possible lodges that we hand-select. Most rooms we provide are on a twin-sharing basis. You will stay in rooms with attached bathrooms at Phakding, Namche (3N), and Lukla. Similarly, we will provide standard rooms at Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo (2N), Phortse, Pheriche (2N), Lobuche, and Gorakshep. You will spend at least two nights of hotel stays in Kathmandu, one before the trek starts and the other after the trek.

 

Meals 

The Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Ri trek takes place in high elevations near the world's tallest peaks, making it necessary to consume hygienic, nutrient-rich food. While we will provide you with enough nutritious meals, your options may become more limited as you ascend. We will provide you with 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 14 dinners during the trek. Your meals will mostly be of local, Asian, or Western cuisine. The staple Nepali food consists of Dal (lentils), Bhat (rice), and Tarkari (often vegetable curry). While in Nepal, we also advise you to try momos and Chow mein.

For better health, we recommend consuming liquids such as green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, garlic soup (a must-have), and fresh vegetables at high elevations. While non-vegetarian items are available in the trekking region, we advise against consuming them due to potential hygiene concerns with the meat. We also recommend you avoid dairy products, alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items, and hot chocolates at high altitudes. 

Personal expenses incurred for alcoholic drinks, hot (tea/coffee), or cold beverages in tea houses, lodges, or cafes, aside from standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seasonal fruits), are excluded from the package.

 

Luggage

For every two trekkers, we provide one porter, but the luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg. We do not allow our porters to carry more than 18 kg of combined luggage. We never overload our porters. While porters will transport the bulk of your belongings, we advise you to bring a regular backpack for your valuables and important documents. Further, we suggest packing only the essentials for the trek. You can store any excess baggage at your hotel or our office storage free of charge. Additionally, during the briefing, we will thoroughly inspect all your items to ensure you have packed all the required things.

 

Typical day

Each trekking day will bring a unique experience as you trek, take in breathtaking views, snap photos, explore local villages, and enjoy traditional cuisine. Throughout the expedition, a qualified expert guide/Sherpa will accompany you, providing insights on the places you'll be visiting. Our porters will carry your main luggage, while you will bring a small daypack with essentials and valuables.

Your day will begin with a hot cup of tea or coffee, followed by a hearty breakfast. You'll start walking around 7-8 am, depending on the distance and terrain for the day. After trekking for three to four hours, you'll take a midday break for lunch before continuing the trek. The afternoon trek will be shorter, and once you reach your destination, you can indulge in dietary snacks and explore the surroundings.

We will serve dinner around 6-7 pm. After dinner, your leader/guide will brief you about the next day's plan. Then, you can engage in friendly conversations, enjoy onboard games like cards and Monopoly, or watch documentaries. Many foreign trekkers enjoy learning a few fun Nepalese words from our crew.

Electricity and water

In the trek region, lodges offer electricity to recharge your camera and mobile, but this service may not be free. Similarly, you can purchase packed mineral water from local lodges or en-route shops. Some trek regions may not allow plastic bottled water for ecological reasons. Hence, we advise you to bring a water bottle and buy boiled/bottled water from lodges and put it in your water bottle. We also recommend you use water purification pills. If you do not have water purification pills, our team can provide them for you.

We advise you to avoid drinking water from rivers, taps, or wells in trekking regions as it may not be safe for consumption despite its appearance.

 

Communication

While undertaking the Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Ri, internet services will be available at the lodges; however, an additional service charge may apply. You can contact your friends, families, and colleagues from these lodges. As you ascend to higher altitudes, we communicate using mobile for safety. To ensure the well-being and comfort of all our trekking groups, Discovery World Trekking remains in daily contact with them through trek leaders. If you want to remain connected during the trek, you may purchase a local sim card in Kathmandu. Nevertheless, it's worth noting that depending on the network provider, the signals might not be strong enough to maintain stable connections.

 

Tipping

Tipping guides, porters, and crew during a trek is entirely up to you and should reflect the level of service you've received. In Nepalese culture, tipping is a way to express appreciation for good service. As a general guideline, we suggest tipping as a group at the end of the trek. The amount you tip is entirely at your discretion, but we recommend considering factors such as service quality, the trip, length, and trip cost.

 

Trek End

At the end of the trek, early morning, we will fly you from Lukla back to Kathmandu. The flight will last around forty minutes. With no more trails to cover, your flight will be quite relaxing. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will take you to your hotel. In the remaining time, you are free to spend your time as you choose. Later in the day, we will organize a fare well dinner.

 

Feedback

We'll arrange a farewell dinner for you in Kathmandu. During this dinner, we'll also present you with a company certificate to commemorate your trek achievement.

We welcome and value your feedback on the services and performance of our team. This is an ideal time to share your comments or suggestions.  If you've had a positive experience with us, we'd be grateful if you could take the time to review us on travel portals like TripAdvisor. Your feedback is invaluable in helping us reach more people and grow our business.

 

Useful Info

We highly recommend our clients consider adding a few extra days to their trip to allow for potential flight delays from Kathmandu to Lukla and back. Unfortunately, poor weather conditions may cause flight delays.

Hence, to avoid any potential delays that could affect your international flight back home, we suggest you allocate a few extra days for the trek. If flights get delayed, you may take a helicopter to Lukla, but it comes at an additional cost of USD 500 to 1,000.

 

Trip extension

After completing your trek with us, you may want to consider extending your stay in Nepal to explore more of this beautiful country. Nepal offers a wealth of exciting activities, and, in extra time, you can participate in various activities such as touring Kathmandu, a trip to Nagarkot for breathtaking views, a jungle safari in Chitwan, paragliding, rafting, or canoeing.

Whether you're looking for a relaxing or adventurous experience, there's something for everyone in Nepal. Our team at Discovery World Trekking can assist you in organizing any activities you're interested in, ensuring you have a memorable and enjoyable trip.

 

Departure

On your departure date, when you return to your country, our company representative will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope that you return to Nepal for some more exciting treks.

 

Best time for the trek

When planning the Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Ri, the weather is a crucial factor you need to consider. While the trail is open throughout the year, certain seasons offer more favorable conditions. Spring and autumn, for instance, have clear days, mild temperatures, and no rain, making for an enjoyable trekking experience.

In contrast, summer coincides with the monsoon season, bringing wet and slippery trails, though some hikers still enjoy the waterfalls. Winter, on the other hand, can be challenging due to heavy snowfall, yet some trekkers still relish the adventure.

Discovery World Trekking organizes the Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Ri year-round. Here's a brief breakdown of the weather conditions you can expect at high elevations each month.

January to February: This is the coldest period with heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures. While daytime temperatures may be warmer, the nights are frigid. Treks are still possible, but those sensitive to the cold should avoid these months. 

Temperature: 15°C to -15°C.

 
March to April: One of the best times to trek, with mild weather and beautiful views of the Himalayas and glaciers. The spring season also brings flora and fauna back to life.

Temperature: 18 °C to-12 °C 


May to June: Before the monsoon, the weather is ideal for treks, and the fusion of spring and summer seasons, makes for an enjoyable experience.

Temperature: 25°C to -5°C. 


July to August: Monsoon season peaks, with heavy rainfall at elevations below 3500 meters. Though treks are challenging, they are still possible with proper planning and guidance from Discovery World Trekking.

Temperature: 27°C to 5°C


September to October: Yet, another ideal season for the Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Ri. These months bring hundreds of tourists to the trek regions. The temperature is mild, and the clear skies offer breathtaking mountain views. The festive mood during Tihar and Dashain adds to the experience.

Temperature: 20°C to 5°C

November to December: Winter sets in, and snowfall begins. While trekking is still possible in November, it gets tougher as December approaches, with frigid nights and heavy snowfall.

Temperature: 15°C to -14°C

Note that weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and can change quickly, so it's essential to be prepared for any conditions.

Trek difficulty

Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Ri is a challenging trek, but it compensates for your effort and determination with grand vistas and a sense of achievement that soothes your soul. However, as the trek is intensive, you should prepare yourself before departing for the trek. You can participate in stamina-building exercises such as jogging, swimming, cycling, or even a day-long trek. Remember, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the trek. 

Even if you are a novice trek, provided you are normally fit, you can complete this trek. Past trek experience is useful but not required. If you are not in good shape, you must prepare yourself a few months before. If you can walk at a decent pace on a route full of ups and downs, you can surely complete this trek. However, people suffering from serious blood, lung, and heart diseases must consult their physicians before booking this trek. 


Trek safety 

The safety of our esteemed guests is our top priority. We conduct treks fully prepared, complete with necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. In high-altitude treks, we carry oximeters to monitor blood oxygen saturation levels and to detect early signs of altitude sickness. We have allotted certain days in the itinerary for proper acclimatization. 

Our leaders and guides have undergone extensive training in first aid. In the unlikely event of a trekker falling ill due to high altitude, the trip leader decides whether to continue ascending or descend immediately. Additionally, we ensure that all trekkers travel as a group to promote group safety and solidarity throughout the trek.

 

Discovery team

During the trek, our team of well-experienced and licensed guides/Sherpas will be with you ensuring that your journey is comfortable and memorable. Our porters will transport your luggage, with one porter assigned for every two trekkers. However, if preferred, we can provide one porter per trekker.

Our crew members are natives of high Himalayan regions and possess remarkable physical endurance at high altitudes. We value all of our staff members and prioritize their well-being. For our staff members, we offer competitive pay and cover their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging throughout the trek. If ill or injured, all our guides and porters receive medical care.

We strive to maintain happy and contented staff members as we believe that only satisfied persons can deliver exceptional service. Our trek leaders are extensively trained and certified in the following areas:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Government Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluent in English and other major languages
  • Trained in Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Experienced in rock climbing

 

Visa

Except for Indian citizens, all foreign nationals require a visa to enter Nepal, which they can get on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport or at immigration checkpoints along Nepal-India and Nepal-Tibet borders. To apply for a visa, you must possess a passport with a minimum of six months validity, a passport-size photograph, and the applicable visa fees. The current visa cost is USD 50 for a 30-day stay, which you can pay in cash. Children under the age of 10 are eligible for free visas. 

Citizens of China and the SAARC (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan) countries are eligible for a free visa. It's worth noting that citizens from certain countries (Nigeria, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Palestine, and Afghanistan) may not be eligible for on-arrival visas. Therefore, if you are a citizen of these countries, you must contact your local Nepalese embassy.

It's essential to note that visa policies may be subject to change without prior notice by the government. Therefore, please visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/  to stay up-to-date on the latest information.

 

Trek booking

Discovery World Trekking has been a trustworthy trekking and tour operator, fully authorized, registered, licensed, and bonded by the Nepal government for over a decade. As a proud member of both the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), we provide a reliable and professional service.

Booking your trek with us is easy and secure. You can confidently reserve your spot. We only require 10% of the trip cost as advance to confirm your booking. We request you send us additional documentation, such as passport copies, passport-size photos, travel insurance policy, and flight details, within a week of booking.

We offer flexible payment options, including bank transfer, Wise, or online payment, through our website. You can pay the remaining trip cost in cash, bank transfer, or credit card after you arrive in Nepal. We will also provide payment details along with modes of payment via email.

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Currency exchange 

The official currency is Nepali Rupees (NRS/Rs), and 1 USD is almost equal to NRS.130. If you have Indian Rupees (INR), please note that only Indian notes of 100 and 2,000 are legal in Nepal. Though a traveler’s cheque is a safer option, we recommend you bring cash to Nepal. If you bring a traveler’s cheque, you must undergo lengthy bank processes and high commissions. You will have to pay 4 percent or more depending on the bank. 

On the other hand, if you bring money in cash (major currencies) you can easily exchange them for Nepali Rupees in one of the several legal cash exchanges in Kathmandu, especially Thamel. These cash exchanges display their ongoing exchange rates publicly. Some hotels also exchange small amounts of foreign currencies.

You can also withdraw cash in Nepali Rupees using ATMs in Kathmandu. Some of these ATMs are open 24/7. You can take out up to Rs.35,000 by paying a fee of Rs.500. We advise you to exchange your currency in Kathmandu based on your spending habits. We estimate you will need USD 10 - 20 per trekking day for spending. There are no currency exchanges in trek regions, and locals only accept Nepali currency.

Please note most Nepali banks do not honor torn, faded, or old notes. So bring only new crisp notes.

 

Extra personal expenses

Though this package covers most expenses during the trek, it does not cover all expenditures. You are responsible for all the expenses, including meals and accommodations, while in Kathmandu, both before and after the trek.  

In addition to these expenses, you must bring your own personal spending money for items such as the visa application process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages (hot(tea/coffee), cold and alcoholic drinks), snacks, tips, and souvenirs. We suggest you bring cash in a major currency and exchange them for Nepali Rupees upon arrival in Kathmandu. Since trek regions do not have cash exchange facilities, you must exchange your foreign currency in Kathmandu based on your spending habits.

 

Travel Insurance

This trek takes place at higher elevations, presenting a small risk of altitude sickness and other hazards. As a result, travel insurance is mandatory for all participants, and it must provide coverage for medical and helicopter rescue expenses up to the highest altitude (5,555m). While we can suggest insurance companies based on previous client experiences, we do not sell insurance policies ourselves.

We kindly ask our valued clients to provide us with their detailed insurance information within a week of booking. In an emergency, we will utilize your insurance policy and other pertinent documents to expedite evacuation and transfer you to medical centers.

Before purchasing travel insurance, please call the insurance provider and confirm whether they offer Heli-rescue and evacuation coverage up to 5,555m in addition to health care costs. It is essential not to rely solely on the information provided on insurance websites.


Last-minute booking

We advise you to book your treks and expeditions in advance, but we also welcome last-minute bookings. However, in last-minute booking, the full payment for the trip cost is due 24 hours before the trek departure date.

While we always strive to operate the trek as planned, in case of last-minute bookings, we cannot guarantee that there won't be any delays due to factors like adverse weather or lodging availability. Nonetheless, we will do everything in our power to successfully conduct the treks and ensure you have a fantastic experience.

If you want to know more about our last-minute booking options, please don't hesitate to contact us at 977-9840055491 or via email at [email protected]. We're always here to answer any questions and help you plan your next adventure.


Group & private trek

We offer group and individual (private) treks, with more discounts for bigger groups. If Discovery World Trekking forms trek groups, you will not get discounts. Our team can handle groups of any size. For each trek group, we provide a group leader/guide and a porter for every two trekkers. We add an assistant guide for groups of 12 or more.

 

Ecotourism

At Discovery World Trekking, we place great emphasis on promoting environmental sustainability. To achieve this goal, we collaborate with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips that help mitigate the negative impact of tourism on trek areas while simultaneously benefiting local communities and trekkers. We dispose of waste properly and encourage our guests to do the same. If we use campsites, we will try to leave them in better condition than when we arrived.

 

Notes

Please be aware that the itinerary provided is a general guideline and may require modifications due to factors beyond our control, such as unstable weather or lodge unavailability. However, such changes are rare. If any changes are necessary, your trek leader will make the best possible rerouting decision after consulting with the group members and considering the interests of the entire party. We cannot be held responsible for any such delays or consequences resulting from such changes.

Additionally, though the Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Ri has fixed departure dates from Kathmandu, we are happy to accommodate your requests and reschedule the trek if the scheduled trek date does not work for you.

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Raymond Holland

Written Mar 13 , 2023

Discovery World Trekking made my dream of trekking to Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Ri come true. The whole experience was well-planned and executed flawlessly. Our guide was not only experienced but also incredibly supportive and encouraging.

 

The trekking routes were carefully chosen to showcase the best of the Everest region, and the views from Gokyo Ri were simply mind-blowing. I felt safe and well-cared-for throughout the journey, thanks to the exceptional team at Discovery World Trekking. I highly recommend them for anyone seeking an unforgettable adventure in the Himalayas.

Megan Sen

Written Apr 04 , 2023

I had an incredible experience during the Everest Base Camp Trek with my guide Prem. He was extremely enjoyable, consistently upbeat, friendly, and highly professional. He patiently addressed all my inquiries regarding the trek, altitude sickness, and the mountains.

 

He possesses extensive knowledge and communicates fluently in English. I felt exceptionally well-cared for throughout the journey, always safe and at ease. Prem truly made the trek an exceptional and memorable one for me. Additionally, the choice of hotels and dining locations was consistently excellent.

 

The trek itself was awe-inspiring, blessed with splendid weather that allowed me to witness the breathtaking beauty of the mountains every single day. I express my utmost gratitude for this unforgettable adventure!

 

 

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Jonas

Dec 19 , 2023

Trekking the Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Ri was an unforgettable odyssey. I will never forget this journey thanks to our trekking company Discovery World Trekking and its CEO Paul Gurung. He is an amazing person and adjusted my trek according to our needs.

Our guide, with their expert knowledge and warm hospitality, made the journey smooth and enjoyable. He looked after us in every path. We had a lot of fun, especially the card games we played. Also, the porters were really strong and helped me when I was having discomfort at a higher altitude.

I highly recommend this trek to anyone seeking adventure and a deeper connection with nature. Thank you to the entire DWT team for an extraordinary journey! They truly made me feel like a family.

Yanzee

Feb 19 , 2024

The Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Ri extension was an absolute thrill! Discovery World Trekking has really crafted an amazing itinerary plan to view ebc along with the Gokyo region. Paul said this was a slightly different route than the classic one so I was skeptical but upon going on the trek, it was still a 10/10 journey.

Their guides were top-notch, ensuring safety and providing fascinating insights. The landscapes were stunning, especially the climb to Gokyo Ri for those epic mountain views. Accommodations were cozy, and the camaraderie among trekkers was heartwarming. Highly recommend this unforgettable journey!

4.9

Based on the opinion of at least 182 people in the Travel & Vacation Category.

4.9 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand

Aaron Curt

AU

May 17, 2023

Right from the beginning, their professionalism and dedication to customer satisfaction were evident. The well-planned itinerary ensured we had ample time to acclimatize and enjoy the stunning scenery.

 

The experienced guide not only ensured our safety but also made the trek enjoyable. The opportunity to stand at Everest Base Camp and take in the awe-inspiring surroundings was a dream come true. I highly recommend Discovery World Trekking for an unforgettable Himalayan adventure."

David Jones

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Feb 15, 2023

Despite being in our sixties, my brother and I found the Himalayan trek to be a breeze, thanks to Discovery World Trekking. We had an enjoyable time throughout the trek, and our guide was both knowledgeable and supportive in every aspect of the trip. Having had numerous experiences over the years, I can confidently say that this one ranks among the best!

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