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Gokyo Ri - Gokyo Lakes Trek - 11 Days

Destination Nepal
Activity Everest Treks
Accomodation Tea house (lodge to lodge ) during the trek
Duration 11 Days
Region Everest Region
Start / End point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Group size 2-12
MAX. ALTITUDE 5,430m Gokyo Ri
MEALS INCLUDED All meals during the trek
TRIP CODE DWTKO15
NATURE OF TREK Everest Region Trekking
BEST SEASON Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
GRADE Challenging
ACTIVITY PER DAY Approximately 4-6 hrs walking
TRANSPORTATION Domestic flight and private vehicle (Transportation)

About the Trip

Reaching one of the highest-situated settlements in the world accompanied by beautiful lakes and rivers, majestic mountains (Gokyo Ri), dense forests, the trail to Gokyo lakes is a package of phenomenal bliss. Gokyo lakes trek constitutes a view of the magnificent Mount Everest(8,848m) along with mountains above 8000m like Cho Oyu(8,201m), Mount Lhotse(8,516m) and Mount Makalu(8,463m). The enchanting turquoise Gokyo lakes supplements to the abstract beauty of Gokyo Valley. Adding up to beauty, we can also witness the longest glacier- Ngozumpa Glacier. An incredible view of stone houses and meadows on the shore of Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari) is the best part of the trek. With such a spectacular landscape and the warm hospitality of the people, this trail offers us a new wonder every day. This 11-days trek is a blend of adventure and delight. An alternative to the classic Everest Base Camp Trek, the secluded beauty of Gokyo Valley will make this trip a very remarkable one.

Highlights

  • World’s highest airport in Syangboche
  • Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people
  • The exquisiteness of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m)
  • View of other peaks such as Mt. Lhotse(8,516m), Cho Oyu(8,201m) and Mt.Makalu (8,463m)
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Prayer wheels, colourful flags, Mani stones, high suspension bridges
  • The wide range of Flora and Fauna
  • Wildlife like musk deer, colourful pheasants, snow leopard and Himalayan Thar
  • Mystic Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes
  • Stone houses and meadows around Gokyo Valley
  • Astounding panoramic view from Gokyo Ri

Overview

For those who want to try something new in the Everest region, Gokyo Lakes trek is the one! A walk around the Gokyo Ri Sagarmatha national park without the physical stress of reaching the base camp of Everest or traversing high passes, it presents us with a whole new viewpoint of the Himalayas. The trail provides perfect views of four of the highest mountains in the world. The beauty of Gokyo Lakes wrapped by the phenomenal Himalayas ( Gokyo Ri ), this trek rewards trekkers with many other exceptional views. The monasteries, the culture, and floras and faunas, there is just so much more to see passing through this trail. This trek grabs on to higher altitude quickly, which is why a slow and steady pace helps win the race.

We start our journey with a blissful 40 minutes of flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Flying between the mountains and hills, or emotion intensifies as we see the magnified view of the Himalayas. Moving further, we prepare our body with a short hike from Lukla(2,850m) to Phakding(2,650m). A small village with a bunch of surprises, Phakding is one of the significant places to acclimatize with the increasing altitude. Next, we follow the remarkable trail to Namche Bazar(3,440m). Also known as the gateway to Everest, Namche Bazar is a tourist hub with everything available; from gears for your trek to restaurants with pools. We halt at Namche to adjust with the thinning air and then further continue the next day to Dole(4,045m). Embellished by vibrant prayer flags, the path to Macchermo(4,470m) from Dole is very pleasing. We finally land to Gokyo(4,790m), our ultimate destination. We travel around the Gokyo Village and immerse in the beauty of Gokyo Lakes. With a challenging yet rewarding ascend to Gokyo Ri(5,357m), we will witness the exquisite beauty of the Himalayas. We will enjoy a close-up view of four of the highest peaks: Mount Everest(8,848m), Cho Oyu(8,201m), Mount Lhotse(8,516m) and Mount Makalu(8,463m).

We descend straight back to Phortse(3,950m) which is situated lower than Dole. While we took it two days to reach Gokyo from Dole, we will cover the distance in one day while descending back. We walk back through Namche Bazar to Phakding and then take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. A fusion of the Himalayas and the glittering lakes, we conclude this wondrous trek with a final glimpse of mountains from Lukla.

In these 11 days Gokyo Lake trek, we will enjoy glancing the spell-binding turquoise lakes, picturesque view of Mount Everest and the divine landscape around the world's highest peaks. Like the ocean waves, this trail has a genuinely amusing walking trail that goes up and down. Gokyo Lakes comprises a sequence of six of the world's highest freshwater lakes. Along with the rustic beauty, these lakes have religious significance as well.

In addition to this trek, we offer other exquisite trekking routes for our valuable clients. You can choose from between the classic Everest Base Camp treks like '12 or 10 days Everest Base Camp Trek', 15 Days Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lake, and many more.

Discovery World Trekking would like to recommend all our valuable clients to arrive Kathmandu a day before our '11 Days Gokyo Lake Trek'. Make sure to attend our official briefing a day before the trek. The primary motive for the meeting is to give you proper guidance and vital information about the trek. Secondarily, we recheck all the equipment for your comfortable journey. We ensure that you have all the supplies needed for the trek. This pre-meeting will give a clear idea about the necessary supplies and challenges you may face during the trek. It will be a kind of motivational seminar for you to be outfitted and energised about the trek. Additionally, it is recommended to put a margin of 1 or 2 days extra. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla or from Lukla to Kathmandu is unpredictable and might be cancelled or delayed due to bad weather.

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Day to Day Itinerary

day 1
Flight to Lukla (2,850m/9,350ft) 40 minutes, Trek to Phakding (2650 m/8562ft) - Walking Distance (6.2km/3.85 miles) - 3 hours.

We start with a 40-minute flight to Lukla and 3 hours walk to Phakding. We walk from Chaurikharka village and descend towards Dudh Koshi Ghat(2,530m). Passing through the Dudh Koshi River and gorgeous landscapes, we reach Phakding(2,650m). The short and refreshing day is beneficial in acclimatizing with the increasing altitude. Phakding is the starting point for the Everest trek as of which it has everything from gears and lodging to pool and restaurants. With plenty of spare time, we can visit the famous local monastery in the village(Rimishung Monastery).

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 2
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285ft) - Walking Distance (7.4km/4.6 miles) - 6 hours.

Continuing along the Dudh Koshi River, we begin the actual hike from this day. With suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags, it contributes to a splendid view of the trail. The thrilling yet marvellous path makes our walk very delightful. After a few hours of exceptional walk, we reach Monjo Village. Sagarmatha National Park begins from here, where we will have our permit to enter the region registered. We slowly ascend further through a challenging trail and get a glimpse of the mighty Mount Everest. As the view intensifies, the enthusiasm guarantees to make us forget all the steps that we’ve climbed. Through the woods and stone paved way, we finally reach Namche Bazar. We rest here for the night and enjoy the specialities of Namche. With a tiring walk, we can end our day indulging in the famous bakeries of this region. We rest and eagerly prepare for what has to come the next day.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 3
Rest day to acclimatize at Namche Bazaar (Hike to Khumjung)

Today, we will take a break and acclimatize with the thinning air. Despite the claim of the title, we will not just be sitting idle today. We wander through the alleys of Namche while we adjust ourselves to the altitude. Furthermore, we can hike to Sagarmatha National Park and including a hike to Khumjung(3,790m). As they say, “Hike high, Sleep low”. It is an optional but recommended part of the trek. We visit Hillary school and old monasteries on the way to Khumjung and can also further hike to Khunde. Namche, without a doubt, carries a lot of wonders. A must-not-miss place is the Syangboche airport(3,780m), the highest airport in the world, and hike to Everest View Hotel from where the view of Mount Everest is excellent. A single day may prove to be insufficient to cover all the phenomena of this place. We spend the night at Namche and brace ourselves for the next day.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 4
Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,045m/13,270ft) - Walking Distance (11km/6.8 miles) - 5 hrs.

The trail towards Dole consists of many uphill and downhill walk. We descend till Mong La Pass(3,957m) before reaching Phortse Thenga. Continuing our trek, we will be passing through many pine forests, where we will see fascinating floras and faunas. As we walk past the trail, the view of Mount Amadablam(6,812m) and Mount Khumbila(5,761m) emerges. Moving further on from Phortse Tenga, we ascend to reach Dole. As we get closer to our destination, the view amplifies and, so does our excitement.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 5
Dole to Machhermo (4,470m/14,450ft) - Walking Distance (5km/3.1 miles) - 5-6 hrs.

Passing by the trailside shrine and lots of prayer flags, we reach Lapahrma. From here, we get an outstanding view of Mount Cho Oyu(8,201m), the world's fifth highest mountain. Additionally, Mount Kantega(6,782m) and Thamserku(6,623m) will not fail to mesmerize us. As we walk past the trail, we will encounter beautiful meadows with grazing yaks. With such picturesque views, we walk through Luja Valley to reach Machhermo. Walking alongside the beautiful river accompanied by a blanket of the Himalayas, we halt at this amazingly beautiful village of Machhermo before our final ascent.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 6
Machhermo to Gokyo (4,790m/15,584ft) - Walking Distance (7.1km/4.4 miles) - 4 hrs.

After days of ascending with joy and enthusiasm, we finally reach our destination: Gokyo Village. We head to our destination with an hour walk to reach Phanga. Phanga has an area dedicated to the people who lost their lives in the landslides. As we move ahead, we come across an iron bridge over a stream that leads to a lake. Well-known as Longpongo(4,690m), this lake is a trailer of what has to come next. We traverse through the messy and risky moraines of the famous Ngozumpa Glacier. Ahead of this, we witness the sequence of Gokyo lakes such beautiful that we'll forget the entire world. The vibrant colour combination of lakes and the Himalayas is unexplainable. We stay overnight at Gokyo Village amidst nature. Gokyo, to be explained in words, is an absolute marvel. A blend of the mountains, glaciers and lakes, Gokyo is a one-in-all package.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 7
Rest day to acclimatize at Gokyo

One day at this enigmatic village is not going to be enough. So we do our best today to cover all the beauty of this village. We hike to Gokyo Ri(5,430m) to see the excellent panoramic view along with an astonishing glimpse of Mount Everest. The scenery is unquestionably stunning. Unlike the Everest Base Camp trek, we will witness the Himalayas along with beautiful turquoise lakes and glaciers. After a nutritious lunch, we will further walk around the village to see the lakes. We will spend the rest of the day surrounded by the exceptional landscape in tranquillity.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 8
Gokyo to Phortse(3,950m/12,959ft) - Walking Distance (15.5km/9.6 miles) - 6 hrs.

Today we descend back after a brief yet exciting journey to Gokyo Lakes. We bid goodbye to Gokyo Village as we head back to Phortse. As we head back, we walk past the dense forest with rhododendrons blooming and pheasant flying all around. The trail that we covered in two days while ascending, we will cover that in one day. As we walk back, we will be reminiscing various sights and spots that we passed before. We slowly lose the view of the Himalayas, but the ambience is such a beautiful and pure that we will enjoy our walk to the fullest. Accompanied by Yaks and beautiful rivers, this hike back down is utterly incredible.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 9
Phortse to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285ft) - Walking Distance (9.1km/5.6 miles) - 6 hrs.

As we conclude our journey to Gokyo Lakes, we head back to Namche from Phortse. As we walk past through the dense forest, we may occasionally spot animals like musk deer and mountain goats. The trail back is a steep downhill as of which your pace increases but puts pressure on your knees and ankles. While enjoying the final view of Mount Everest, we bid farewell to the place and walk past many Stupas decorated with prayer flags. One of the best parts of the trek is these prayer flags, which make the entire route very lively and picturesque. We rest in Namche and enjoy all the indulgence offered by Namche. With still a little bit of the journey left, we relax our muscles and enjoy the charm of the place.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 10
Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2,650m/8,690ft) - Walking Distance (18.2km/11.3 miles) - 5hrs.

Today we will have a final up-close view of majestic mountains on the horizon. The trail is mostly downhill from Namche to Phakding. Through small villages and narrow forests, we pass through the thrilling suspension bridges on our way back. We will finally reach Phakding after a gentle walk through Benkar. As we move ahead on to Lukla, we further reach a small village. At the intersection, we can take a left turn up towards the trees. The route through the village leads down to the main trail connecting at the side stream before Toktok. The different perspective in view will surely impress us. Eventually, we reach Lukla following the path where we stay overnight. It is a great day to spoil oneself with all the luxury as offered by the town of Lukla.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 11
Fly back to Kathmandu

The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu will be a relaxing one with no more hills to climb but a heart-filled with memories. We have a final chance to enjoy the marvellous scenarios of the snow-capped mountains. We will escort you back to your hotel after reaching Kathmandu. We can manage a tour around the city as per your request. You can visit several world heritage sites around the city. As beautiful as the mountains, the culture around the city is a must-see before you call it an end to your vacation.

What is Included?

  • Domestic Flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) Tickets and airport departure taxes
  • Best Possible Teahouse, lodge accommodation (Generally twin Sharing room)- 10 Nights
  • Government License holder English Speaking 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 "9 kg per trekker max limit")
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment.
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
  • Provide pulse oximeter for the blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude. It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • The arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - A company's T-shirt & Cap
  • Discovery World Trekking’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek

What is Excluded?

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuwan Internationa Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for Gokyo LakesTrek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each). Equipment can be bought in Kathmandu at a reasonable price.

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
Footwear
  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair 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

Trip Information

The beginning of the journey towards Gokyo Lake

You will arrive in Nepal, Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival which is not included in package cause there are a variety of hotels, lodge and homestays (Budget and luxury both) from which you can choose any of them online very easily and even we can do it for you but it's up to you. As you'll be in a new place it's generally hard to navigate place around so if you want us to recommend or manage hotels for you on arrival, we'll be pleased to do that for our all valuable clients, Then the next day, in the early morning we will take a domestic flight to Lukla, approximately 40 minutes.

Don't Worry, We'll Pick You!

When you're new to any place, it's really hard to find places and many tourists have complained about the expensive taxi fare so, Discovery World Trekking provides free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for Everest Base Camp Trek package. You will be received from our representative crew from Discovery World Trekking regardless of the flight you take holding a pamphlet of your name and our company name with a warm-hearted welcome with either a khada or a marigold garland and you’ll be escorted to your hotel with all comfort possible.

Accommodation Details During The Trek

The Trek is a 12 days long trek with 11 nights at a mountain Best Possible lodge accommodation and will make you feel homely with the warm hospitality of the local people. The higher you get the lodging facility gets little bit declined as in mountain regions it's hard to provide all facilities like Kathmandu city, most of the lodges have squat toilet system up there and Generally twin Sharing room with mattresses, blanket and pillows will be available (Single room can be provided on request and it will cost some additional charge). Tho DWT will provide attached bathroom in every possible lodge, in some places, there can be a shared bathroom at higher elevation areas. Two nights Hotels in Kathmandu is required as you would want to rest before and after the trek which is not included in the package as There is the excellent range of hotels for all kind of budgets available which you can easily book online or we can manage for you if you want us to do. Discovery World Trekking has good public relation with local service providers in the Himalaya region.

Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.

The Meals

Our trek is all over high elevations near the world’s highest peak which means your body needs enough carbohydrate, protein, nutrition as food is fuel for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal on this trek is very convenient but not as in cities. There will be 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunch and 11 Dinners will be provided in the trek.. Some of the popular menu items are-

Twelve breakfasts - ( Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets) Pancakes Muesli Breads Fruits and Vegetables Hot drinks like varieties of teas and coffees Hot chocolates etc).

Twelve lunch - (Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari (Dalh Bhat power 24 hour) Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snakes (Papad, Prawn) Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc).

Eleven dinners -( Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (,Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snacks (Papad, Prawn) Korean Raman Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.)are available on the menu during the trek.. 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 almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list will be shorted. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude and also the fresh vegetable items for health benefit.. Tho plenty of non-veg item will be available we won’t recommend any of them because meat in such places is not hygienic and healthy during the trek. We highly encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume Alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates as experts suggest to avoid such items during such high elevation treks.. Note - All Personal Bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea house/ Lodges or in cafe except Standard Meals(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from Package.

Best Time To Trek

The weather is one of the most important factors to look at when deciding to trek to Gokyo Lake Trek (Gokyo Ri) cause no one is beyond nature. Tho live forecast of Everest Region can be gain here , it’s yet very hard to predict being 100% sure. People trek 12 months of the year up to Everest base camp trek but certainly, there is ups and downs in every season, It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn as the sky is crystal clear from dusk till dawn, the rainy weather stops and thick sun-blocking clouds also fades. The Magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas. With added those breathtaking views, the temperature is also exquisite with sunlight being warm and the environment after delving of the sun is not as cold as other months. Tho during the winters and monsoon, it becomes a bit challenging to trek due to heavy snowfall, cold temperature but that’s what excites many trekkers.

Acclimatization

January to 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 daytime may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the night time would be extremely cold but it’s perfectly fine to trek in these months as discovery world trekking make sure of every possible safety during the trek but if you are allergic to extreme cold, you shouldn’t be trekking at these month or else people trek 12 months of the year and leave their footprints around the world’s highest peaks.

Temperature: Temperatures  ranges from 15°C to -15°C.

March to April
This is one of the best time of the season to hike in the Everest Base Camp. The weather is very favourable this month. Stunning views of the Himalaya ranges and glaciers will be seen. March being beginning of the Spring season, The weather starts to warm up during these months.  During these months, all flora and fauna dormant throughout the winter back to life feeding and breeding in the sun-kissed temperatures. 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 at this time.

Temperature: Around 18 °C. At night, the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -12 °C.  

May to 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.

Temperature: Around 25°C. At daylight and it drops down to around -5°C.  

July to August
The rainfall hits at its peak during this time, below 3500 meters. Due to heavy rainfall, Flights to Lukla may get canceled at beginning or end of the trek but trekkers are seen in those month too trekking towards everest base camp, it’s challenging but not impossible, if you choose to trek in these months Discovery world trekking will take care of your safety at its fullest as it does in every month but as the way is not that favorable its not highly recommended to trek in these months but  The rainfall also provides spectacular views of the waterfall and avoid the crowds like other months.

Temperature: Around 27°C at daylights to 5°C

September to October
This is also one of the perfect seasons for the EBC Trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favourable 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 from mid-September to end. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.

Temperature: Temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees

November to December
As winter slowly begins, snow falls begin in the Himalaya region and it eventually gets tough to trek. Nights get very colder . November is the busy season people all over the world come at these months as its the clearest month with sparkling days and amazing views of humongous mountains. The daytime temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. From December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow like diamonds in the sky.

Please Note: The weather in the Himalaya is so unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day to night..

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical, and Health

The Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging yet 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 is generally about 2 to 12 packs on the trek. A group of 8 will be accompanied by a leader, assistant guide, and porters. We are also happy to organize a single private trek with your own family time frame.

A typical day on the trek

Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing enjoying the scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items. The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy on board games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication on trek

On the Gokyo Lakes Trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone for safety proposes. We'll communicate all our valuable clients through our leader to at least once in a day to make sure you're fine, safe, feel right and have everything up there. You'll always be connected to Kathmandu's DWT office for any kind of help during the trek. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be the signal but not very strong before the high altitude. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card (Most of the places have wifi service available with an extra cost) for good access to connecting.

Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.

Extra personal expenses on trekking

Discovery World Trekking tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu is up to our clients themselves as all kind of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) can be booked easily online or even we can do it for on request. All our valuable clients 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, hot and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here cause during the trek only Nepalese currency is accepted.

Electricity and battery recharge, water on trekking

Throughout the lodges at Everest base camp, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available with an extra cost in all lodges. Most of the 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 en route shop or filling boiled water at an extra cost. A water purification pill is will be provided to make water drinkable.

You shouldn't drink water from river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems.

Travel insurance

This trip grade is ranked the challenging difficult as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events including sudden climate changes. Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Everest base camp trek. All the members of trekking must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude (up to 6000m) for trekking members. We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don’t directly get involved in the sale of the insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy. Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.

Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say in their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.

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 the US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash on arrival on Tribhuvan International Airport. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive a free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan)that may not receive the visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.

(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).

We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.

The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.

Despite having security advantage of traveller's cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card.

If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.

During the trek, there are no banks and money exchange services so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu only, depending on how much personal expense you require as in Himalayan region people only accept Nepalese Currency

Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

How Much Luggage can I take during Gokyo Lake Trek?

The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. but a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what is essentials, You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Discovery World Trekking store for free and it'll be completely safe.

We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc) in our briefing before we start our journey in our Office.

Gokyo Lake Trek Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees our valuable clients safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, 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 trekker to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.

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 CampTrek, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well experienced guides / sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable.All guides are well trained licensed with prior experience they have spent years rekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage .Two people will be assigned one porter , combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs.We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. 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. All our staff are very valuable to us , they are well paid and we take care of their insurance ,clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with sleeping gear we also provided them food and warm drinks.

  • 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 bonded 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 ,western union and online payment directly from our website.. 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

Discovery World Trekking has offered special provision of last minute booking with regard to The Everest Base Camp trek. Under this condition, the last-minute booking with 100% percent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted

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.

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.

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Trip Reviews

Trekking to Gokyo Ri
Ross
5 - Excellent
11/15/2019

This was our second trip to Nepal and the Khumbu region with Discovery World Trekking. We used Paul and the team again because we were super happy with our last trip up Lobuche East Peak. We've built a good relationship with the team and some of the Sherpa climbing guides and will continue to use Discovery to do future trips and peak climbing in Nepal.

EBC via Gokyo
Imogen
5 - Excellent
09/15/2019

I hiked EBC with Discovery World Trekking mid June for the 15 day trek via Gokyo and the Cho La Pass with my guide Karan and porter Rohit. I contacted Paul, the owner via email when I arrived in Kathmandu enquiring about solo travellers. He replied swiftly and told me the exact location of his office so I could discuss it further face to face. As this was my first trek of this size we agreed on a porter and guide. Paul talked me through the itinerary and answered any questions I had with passion and enthusiasm. You could tell he loves his job, and that is what you are after when choosing someone to organise this kind of thing! Karan, my guide, picked me up directly outside where I was staying and we got a taxi to the airport togehter. This made the early morning start alot easier and put me at ease straight away. Throughout the whole trek Karan was the perfect guide. He was attentive, kind and funny; always making sure I had everything I needed food and waterwise. He checked my oxygen levels for early signs of acclimatisation sickness and played a lot of card games with me to keep me company. Rohit my porter was also great. Making sure my bag was in my room when we arrived for the night and also joining in on countless card games. Right at the very top I got abit of acclimatisation sickness. Karan was very quick to help offering water, garlic soup and medicene. Paul also called me to make sure I was ok and talk me through my options if I needed them. Luckily for me, the only way was down from here so by the end of the day I felt a lot better. However this may not be the case for everyone so it's good to know how quick and responsive the team is when you need it. When I did finally make it to Base Camp it felt a massive relief and achievement. Karan gave me a little medal as a gift. This was a nice personal touch from the company and I really appreciated it. Unfortunately for me, due to the time of year (now late June) the weather at Lukla was not ideal and flights out at this point we're very irregular and scarce (factor this in moneywise if you come a similar time). I ended up being there for 3 extra days waiting it out. During this time I had calls from Paul checking up on me and making sure everything was ok. Eventually I decided to get a helicopter back to Kathmandu as we didn't know how long i'd be waiting in Lukla. Karan was great at arranging this for me, organising everything and finding other passengers to make sure I got the best deal I could. Thanks again to Paul, Karan and Rohit for making this achievement a great achievement. The level of care this company has is what you are after when choosing someone to organise this trek for you, and I would highly recommend them to anyone!!

Great trip - Gokyo Lakes
Jesse
5 - Excellent
08/10/2019

My husband and I just finished our Everest trek and had an amazing time. From when we first arrived to when we left. Our guide Siddhanta, porter Hasthe and Paul did a great job. We had to drive to Ramechaap from KTM to fly to Lukla and we ended up missing our flight, but Siddhanta managed to get us on the cargo flight so we had no delay. Due to weather, we had to change our trekking plans and our guide and porter worked together to find the best route and still see everything. Our guide also picked awesome tea houses. Every place we stayed was clean and had great food. Siddhanta again earned his keep by getting us on the only flight to KTM from Lukla. This was awesome because the drive from Ramechaap was terrible and it saved us half a day. I cannot say enough great things about our experience. I am in love with Nepal and our guide company.

Excellent Trek to EBC and Gokyo Lake
kavin
5 - Excellent
09/13/2019

Paul made our EBC and Gokyo trek as smooth as possible. As soon as we landed in Kathmandu he had our guide (Karan) meet us at the airport and join us for the ride into Kathmandu to our hotel. He personally met with us in his office for a detailed look into our itinerary before our flight to Lukla (the start of the trek). Karan and our porter (Rohit) were knowledgeable, fun and energetic throughout our Trek. They were there each step of the way and both showed that they genuinely cared about our well being. When we became ill, they offered medicine they brought and came up with alternative options on the trek to allow for more rest. Both of them became our friends immediately and kept the journey safe and fun. When we arrived at EBC our guide presented us with medals of achievement. It was a complete surprise to us and we gathered some envious attention from other Trekkers when wearing them. When we arrived back to Kathmandu, Paul arranged a farewell dinner for us to talk about our trip. It was lovely and very thoughtful. The EBC and Gokyo Trek speaks for itself. It is a “once in a lifetime, unforgettable experience”. Discovery World Trekking greatly enhances this experience with their outstanding customer service, positive attitudes and exquisite organization. Thank you again Paul, Karan and Rohit! We won’t forget you!

Epic Trip to Gokyo Ri
mel
5 - Excellent
04/10/2019

We had an awesome trek up to Gokyo and Gokyo Ri with our Guide Saroz and Manish. Had heaps of snow over a few days that set the scene for some amazing views. Thanks to Paul and his team for all their help and making things so easy for us. Will definitely be back.

Trekking to Gokyo
Calway
5 - Excellent
10/23/2019

New year and back in Nepal for the second time out with Discovery World Trekking. This trek took us to Gokyo and back to Lukla in 12 days of amazing scenery. There was a few days of snow after we passed Namche which made for dreamy trek all the way up to Gokyo. Our guide Soraz ( also from our previous visit) was great and very knowledgeable and always smiling. Helping him was a very enthusiastic Manish. Thanks to Paul and his team from Discovery World Trekking for a great trip!

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek
Anne
5 - Excellent
07/09/2019

I just returned home from an amazing trek in the Himalayas with Discovery World Trekking. I initially wanted to visit Everest Base Camp but after reviewing the many options on the internet I decided I would like to visit Gokyo Lake and then cross the Cho La Pass before reaching Everest Base Camp. I chose to go with Discovery World Trekking. From the moment I contacted Paul from Discovery World Trekking he was always efficient in responding to any questions I had. I arrived in Kathmandu and met with Paul who gave me another briefing on the itinerary, he also gave me tips on what to eat and not what to eat. Milan was the guide, his English was quite good and Zagat was the porter. Throughout the 15 days of trekking Milan was always happy and quick to respond to any questions or needs that arose. Milan always looked out for my health and safety. With the increase in altitude I struggled with the breathing. Milan was quick to contact Paul and together we came up with options that would still allow me to complete the trek and reach Everest Base Camp. I found Discovery World Trekking to be very efficient, caring and well intent on making my holiday a very healthy, happy and safe one. I would happily recommend them to anybody who wishes to trek in the Himalayas.

Discovery World Trekking go above and beyond!
Pual
5 - Excellent
04/28/2019

I booked a tour with Discovery World Trekking to trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo. The whole experience was absolutely fantastic. What really made me glad I booked with DWT were lots of little things that don’t seem to be offered by a lot of the other tour companies I saw operating in the Everest region. For example CEO Paul picked me up from the airport himself when I arrived in Kathmandu. He briefed me on what to expect and helped make sure I had all the gear I needed for my trip. Our guide Laxman looked after us well throughout the trip and regularly provided us with snacks and hot drinks to keep us going. On returning to Kathmandu Paul met with us again to ask about our experience and took us out to dinner at one of the most popular places in Thamel. I have to give a lot of credit to Laxman also, he led us through some very difficult conditions due to unseasonably bad weather we experienced during part of our trip. Some of the days we simply would not have been able to get to our destinations without his knowledge of the mountain and the trekking routes. Some of our itinerary had to be dropped due to heavy snowfall blocking access, but Laxman was able to replan our itinerary on the fly and make sure we still managed to see as much as possible in the time we had. Overall I can’t recommend DWT enough. They took care of me every step of the way, were completely professional and did everything they could to make me feel welcome in Nepal. I will definitely trek with them again when I return for more.

Gokyo Lakes Trek
Princes
5 - Excellent
05/10/2019

Second time using DWT's trekking services. This time, I revisited the Everest region, doing the Gokyo Lakes Trek. As usual, Paul was very meticulous in ensuring every step of the journey and experience went smoothly. My guide for the 2nd time, Simbir, was as always very attentive, fun-loving, and knowledgeable in ensuring that my trek was safe and successful. My 8th time in Nepal and one of the very rare times where I choose to reuse the same trekking agency. DWT is simply the best out there in Nepal.

Gokiyo-lake-Ri
linda
5 - Excellent
06/10/2019

Our trek was fantastic and very well organised. Everything went smoothly and we had perfect sunny days for the whole trek. The trek out to Gokyo Lakes was great as it wasn't as busy and you really got to experience the culture. The trek was reasonably challenging with Gokyo RI, the Cho La Pass and Kala Patthar climbs included in the trek. Above 4000m it was quite cold in mornings and evenings, however days were perfect for trekking. Our guide 'Dol' was such a gentle soul and organised us really well. He was particularly concerned with our wellbeing and constantly checked our oxygen levels and provided tips on managing altitude sickness. All members of our group completed the full trek and I would certainly recommend Discovery Trekking.

FAQ’s

I have never trek before, can I make it to Everest Base Camp trek with gokyo lake !

Yes, you can. No matter who you are, as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 5-6 hours a day and trek/hike few uphills, Discovery World Trekking will support you to the fullest to transform your dream of standing at Everest Base Camp with gokyo lake into reality.

How to avoid altitude sickness in Everest Base Camp trek with gokyo lake?

  • Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items.
  • Drink at least 4 liters of water a day.
  • Trek slow.
  • Don't skip the acclimatization days.
  • Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms shows up).
  • Drink Garlic Soup.

How long do I need to walk per day during my trek to Everest Base Camp trek with gokyo lake?

The hiking will be 5-7 hours a day depending upon the landscape and destination.

How safe is Everest Base Camp trek with gokyo lake?

Discovery World Trekking guarantees 3S for the clients: safety, security and satisfaction. The team members of Discovery World Trekking will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment and first aid kits and they have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick on high altitude, the leader will decide whether to continue the trek. In case of emergency, Discovery World Trekking have rescue helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation. Moreover, Discovery World Trekking also provides oximeter to monitor oxygen level at high altitude and offers regular health check-up facilities.

How long will it take to reach Everest Base Camp trek with gokyo lake?

It takes 5 to 17 days to reach Base Camp trek with gokyo lake depending upon the mode of transportation and packages of Discovery World Trekking offers.

What are the mode of transportation to reach Everest Base Camp with gokyo lake?

You can either trek on foot or by a helicopter. Discovery World Trekking offers exciting and reasonable Helicopter trek to Everest Base Camp for 5 days and 10 days. Discovery World Trekking can also customize your tour as per your necessity.

Is Lukla Airport convenient for the flight?

Lukla is at 9,500 feet 2,850m above sea level. The higher the altitude, the lower the air density. So, the planes need to land at faster speeds. The weather in this area changes constantly and the cloud cover can be extreme, leading to major turbulence, which, though not dangerous, tends to be tough for passengers to endure. However, it is actually the country’s busiest airport serving as the key port of entry and exit for trekkers hoping to ascend Everest. Discovery World Trekking will try to make your flight pleasant in any circumstances.

What if my flight to and from Lukla is cancelled or delayed?

The flights are usually regular between October and May. But due to high altitude, bad weather and unforeseen technical issues, you may experience a delay or cancellation of the flight. On the occurrence of such events, Discovery World Trekking charters a helicopter to make sure you are on the safe schedule either for trek or for your flight back home which would cost extra charge as an unexpected event. However, if the visibility is less than 1,500 meters, it is unable to operate helicopter facilities and Discovery World Trekking will reschedule the flight.

What is the elevation of Everest Base Camp trek with gokyo lake ?

The Mount Everest Base Camp elevation is 17,600 feet (or 5,364m). You will start the trek after flying into Lukla which is 9,383 feet (or 2,845m). Most trekkers have the hike to Kala Patthar for sunrise or sunset view 18,514 feet (5,550m).

Do I need any permits before starting the trek to Everest Base Camp trek with gokyo lake?

You need Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) card and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. Discovery World Trekking will help you with all those necessary paperworks and let you enjoy your holidays to the fullest.

Do I need Travel Insurance to trek in Everest Region?

You need travel insurance prior to booking the trek which must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members, which should be provided to us before you start your trekking. Discovery World Trekking will help you to get a travel insurance for potential altitude sickness and unforeseen events due to sudden climate change.

What about the Insurance of guides and porters?

Yes, Discovery World Trekking ensures the expenses for insurance of its guides, porters and all the crews along with meals, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.

Is there any age limit or criteria for trekking to Everest Base Camp trek with gokyo lake?

There is not an age limit but Discovery World Trekking does not recommend children to climb high altitude as this may have severe effects on a child's health. However, you need to be in good physique with a positive attitude. Discovery World Trekking does not recommend this trek to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lung disease.

What is the luggage limit for porter and flight to Lukla?

Discovery World Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 18 kgs of luggage (maximum 9 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination. However, the weight limit on flights to the Everest region, basically to Lukla is a total of 10 kgs and you need to pay extra amount per kg for the excess baggage. Discovery World Trekking pays upto 5 kgs of extra baggage making your total to 15 kgs.

What is the weather condition at Everest Base Camp trek with gokyo lake?

Weather on the trail to Everest Base Camp trek with gokyo lake is always changing and impossible to predict. Here is a list of probable temperature and weather conditions in each month.

Month  Temperature  Weather and Nature 
January Max 4°C in the daytime to min -17°C in the nights and mornings  Blue skies, freezing weather 
February  Max 4°C in the daytime to min -15°C in the nights and mornings  Mild and humid, good visibility 
March  Max 7°C in the daytime to min -12°C in the nights and mornings  Days are short and the temperature starts to warm up, chances of occasional snow falls 
April  Max 10°C in the daytime to min -5°C in a night  Moderate temperature with amazing landscape, rhododendron and wildflowers 
May Max 15°C in the daytime to min 0°C in a night  Days are still long, warm, and sunny 
June Max 16°C in the daytime to min -1°C in a night  Rainy season 
July  Max 15°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night  Hot and humid 
Auguest  Max 16°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night  Max 16°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night 
September  Max 15°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night  End of monsoon, no clouds 
October  Max 12°C in the daytime to min -6°C in a night  Stable weather condition 
November  Max 6°C in the daytime to min -12°C in a night  Days are sunny and bright, cold during the night, sleeping bag is most. 
December  Max 4°C in the daytime to min -14°C in a night  Foggy and cloudy weather 

Does Everest Base Camp trekking with gokyo lake require Immunization Certificate?

No, you don’t and that is not mandatory. But if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, let your trip planner know about this.

Documents that I need to bring for trekking to Everest Base Camp

You need to submit the following documents after the advance payment deposit and all the documents should be sent via Email.

  • A copy of passport,
  • Passport size photos,
  • Flight details,
  • Copy of travel insurance (it has to cover heli rescue and medical evacuation).

What are the arrangements for night stay during the trek?

For the Everest Base Camp trekking with gokyo lake, you will be staying at teahouses/lodges, generally offering twin sharing room and healthy local foods. Generally, the toilets are outside the room or the house in a squat form. Hot showers/running water are available at extra cost in most of the places.

Is meal easily available on the trek to Everest Base Camp trek with gokyo lake?

The meal on this trek is very convenient but not as in cities. Along with Western meals, chapati, rice, local tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, various soups like Sherpa stew steaks, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles and thukpa are amazing himalayan cuisines for the trekkers. Discovery World Trekking will arrange meal in special areas for its clients.

What types of liquid do I need to drink at high altitude?

Garlic soup is must while trekking. Discovery World Trekking recommend trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon and ginger tea. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items and hot-chocolates at high altitude.

Do I need to bring medicines for trekking to Everest Base Camp?

If you are allergic to specific medicines, it is better to consult your doctor and bring your own. Discovery World Trekking regards its clients as its family. So, Discovery World Trekking will facilitate you with medical kits and other safety concern to avoid altitude sickness and other probable sicknesses.

Is there pick service by the Company?

You will see personal representative of Discovery World Trekking welcoming you outside the arrival lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport with your name pamphlets on her/his hand. S/he will take you to your selected hotel on private transportation conveniently.

I am a vegetarian. Am I supposed to get enough meal on my trek?

Discovery World Trekking won’t recommend non-veg items because the meat in such places may not hygienic and healthy. Discovery World Trekking also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. So, our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.

Is there a cancellation or refund policy?

Discovery World Trekking offers cancellation and refund facilities. You need to visit Discovery World Trekking’s individual tour packages for more information.

What is the booking and payment method for Everest Base Camp trek gokyo lake?

You need to pay 10% in advance and rest of the amount can be paid after your arrival in Nepal. We accept Credit Card, however, you will be charged extra amount as service fee by the bank. So, Discovery World Trekking recommend you to pay in Cash to enjoy the benefit of discount. Any currency is accepted.

Do I need to tip my porter and guide?

Your porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.

How is the drinking water in the trails to Everest Base Camp trek with gokyo lake?

Bottled water is easily available at low cost. But you can not use plastic bottles in Everest region. So, they do not sell plastic bottled mineral water. You need to drink mineral water or boiled filtre water in those areas. It is better to use water purification drops and tablets which you can either bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Discovery World Trekking also provide water purifier pills.

What is the level of trekking to Everest Base Camp trek with gokyo lake?

The level is more difficult than other trekking programmes. However, Discovery World Trekking tries its best to make the journey as easy, adventurous and joyful as possible.

Can I buy the gear in Nepal and sell it afterwards?

Discovery World Trekking will introduce to dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at the knock-off places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can rent the needed gears if you do not want to buy them.

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