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Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek - 20 Days

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek is specially designed for those who want to combine a trek to the Everest Base Camp and the Gokyo valley. This trek takes you up the Khumbu valley where there aren't as many tourists as on the main trail to the base camp. Experience the hospitality of friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries and prayer flags while enjoying views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu Amadablam, Thamserku, Cho Oyu and Lhotse from the summit of Gokyo RI or just relax around Gokyo, a hidden valley with gorgeous blue lakes in the lap of Himalaya has its own reputation among the adventurous souls. This Trek allows you truly unique opportunity to discover the route to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Peak, the famous Cho La pass, and Kala Patthar. You can enjoy the full exploration of the valleys of the Khumbu, Gokyo lakes, Sherpa country, monasteries and the warm welcome of its inhabitants. The Trek would also enable you to enjoy the sensations offered by the mighty and famous Himalayan peaks including as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Pumori and Ama Dablam, among others.

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek begins with the short 40 minute flight to Lukla, hopefully enjoying the spectacular views of Gauri Shankar (7415m), Melungtse (7181m) and Numbur (6955m) en route. Upon arrival at Lukla, continue trek to Phakding and next day we trek to Namche. After Namche Bazaar we trek to true mountain wilderness. We start by visiting the remote Gokyo Valley with its string of glacial lakes. The 360-degree view from Gokyo Ri must be one of the most spectacular on the planet as we are surrounded by the world's highest mountains including Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Lhotse. We then cross the glaciated Cho La Pass (5330m) to the main Everest area covering some of the more familiar trails around Thyangboche and Lobuje, used by various expedition parties over the years. There is a constantly changing panorama of massive mountains around Everest including Ama Dablam (6856m) and Tawoche (6367m), which are most spectacular. The trek culminates in an ascent of Kala Pattar from where we get a superb close-up view of the highest mountain in the world. There is also a chance to walk along the Khumbu glacier to Everest Base Camp where we may see some of the expedition teams. Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek has been designed a number of acclimatization days to maximize the chances of achieving success in climbing Gokyo Ri, Kala Pattar and reaching Everest Base Camp.


Outline Itinerary

Day Program Places Attitude Walking / driving duration
01 Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel Kathmandu 1356 m  
02 In Kathmandu- Half day tour of Kathmandu City
Kathmandu  1356 m  
03 Fly to Lukla (2840m)  & trek to Phakding Phakding  2652 m 40 minutes flight
3 hrs walking
04 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar Namche bazaar 3440 m 6  hrs walking
05 At Namche Bazaar Namche bazaar 3440 m
06 Trek from Namche to Phortse Tenga Phortse Tenga 3700 m 6  hrs walking
07 Trek from Phorste Tenga to Dole Dole 4040 m 3 hrs walking
08 Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4410m) Machhermo 4410 m 3 hrs walking
09 Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) Gokyo 4750 m 3 ½  hrs walking
10 Gokyo – Gokyo Ri (5483m) - Tangnak Tangnak 4700 m 7 hrs walking
11 Trek to Dzong-La (4830m) Cross the Cho La Dzong-La  4830 m 5 hrs walking
12 Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche Lobuche  4930 m 5 hrs walking
13 Lobuche to Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp Gorakshep 5160 m 8 hrs walking
14 Kala Patthar and Pheriche Pheriche 4280 m 9 hrs walking
15 Trek from Pheriche – Tengboche Tengboche 3870 m 5 hrs walking
16 Trek from Tengboche to Monjo Monjo 2840 m 7 hrs walking
17 Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2840m) Lukla 2840 m 6 hrs walking
18 Lukla to Kathmandu by flight Kathmandu 1356 m 40 minutes flight 
19 In Kathmandu Kathmandu 1356 m  
20 Depart Kathmandu      

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01

Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our representative. Please look for signage of Natraj Trekking with your name once you come out of Arrival Terminal Hall after collecting your luggage. You will be escorted by our representative to the hotel

Welcome to Kathmandu, capital of the ancient Mountain Kingdom of Nepal. Kathmandu has the air of a medieval city with a maze of narrow streets, wooden temples and beautifully decorated palaces.

Upon arrival at the hotel, guest will be provided welcome drinks along with the room key

In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at a traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine Nepali local meal.

Overnight at the hotel

Meals included: Dinner

DAY 02

In Kathmandu

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Half day tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Visit a local hire shop if needed
  • Overnight at the hotel

After breakfast and trek briefing, we have arranged a walking tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square through Ason (local market) with a local Nepali guide.

Our sightseeing this morning takes in the sumptuous majesty of Durbar Square, with its collection of ornate palaces, courtyards and temples that span some three centuries of dynastic rule by Malla, Shah and Rana kings. We'll see the Great Bell and the fearsome image of the six-armed Kala Bhairab, the magnificent Taleju Temple and the Kasthamandap, the oldest building in the Kathmandu Valley. We will also visit the Asan Bazaar and the Kumari Ghar, home to the Kumari Devi, a living goddess worshipped by both followers of the Hindu and Buddhist faiths.

This afternoon we will then have an opportunity to visit a local hire shop to pick up any last minute equipment still needed.

Overnight at the hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 03

Fly to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)

Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding - About 3 hrs walking
Transferring to the domestic airport this morning we take the short 40 minute flight to Lukla, hopefully enjoying the spectacular views of Gauri Shankar (7415m), Melungtse (7181m) and Numbur (6955m) en route.

Please be aware that adverse weather conditions and other local factors can cause delays and even cancellations to this flight and, although seats are booked and confirmed well in advance, it may be necessary to adjust the itinerary accordingly. Arriving in Lukla we will meet by our Sherpa guides and crew and begin the descent down towards the village of Choplung (2697m). We then head north, following the east bank of the Dudh Kosi to Ghat (2545m), before crossing the river to our final destination for the day in Phakding (2610m).

Dinner and overnight at the lodge (teahouse)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 04

Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar–About 6 hrs walking
After breakfast we depart Phakding and continue along the western bank of the river, following a fairly level trail that leads into the Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsale. The journey takes us through a landscape of pine and rhododendron forest, crossing the Dudh Kosi on a couple of occasions and ascending to the village of Chomoa. After lunch we then begin the long ascent up to Namche Bazaar, a fairly strenuous 666 metre climb that should afford us our first views of Everest and Lhotse, as we follow a meandering trail that leads through more pine forest up to the horseshoe-shaped bowl that contains the Sherpa village of Namche (3440m).

Dinner and overnight at the lodge (teahouse)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 05

In Namche (3440m)

Situated high above the Bhote Kosi Gorge, Namche is the centre of Sherpa life in the Upper Khumbu and its bustling market and steep, narrow streets provide plenty of colour and interest. We have an extra day here to help acclimatize to the altitude, which affords an ideal opportunity to visit the National Park headquarters, as well as the nearby Sherpa Museum. There are some spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Everest, Nupse and Lhotse from here and this afternoon there is a chance to enjoy an optional hike along the Bhote Kosi Valley towards Phurte (3500m). A walk of some 2 hours, it involves a steep climb initially, but this does present some superb views across the surrounding landscapes to the mountains beyond. Alternatively you might just like to enjoy the atmosphere of Namche itself, doing a little shopping amongst its myriad of tiny stalls, or watching the bustling chaos of street life as yaks, trekkers and Sherpas vie for space amongst its narrow lanes.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge (teahouse)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 06

Namche to Phortse Tenga (3700m)

Trek from Namche Phortse Tenga –About 6 hrs walking
After breakfast, we trek to the villages of Khumjung set below Khumbila, the rocky peak sacred to all Sherpas. In Khumjung we can see the Edmund Hillary School. There should also be time to visit Khumjung monastery, where for a small donation we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail and meet the main trail to Gokyo then we climb approx 1 ½ hrs to reach the pass called Mong La marked by a chorten on the top of a ridge at 3972m.and we decent all the way to Phorste Tenga for overnight.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge (teahouse)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 07

Phorste Tenga to Dole(4040m)

Trek from Phorste Tenga to Dole-About 3 hrs walking
From Phortse Tenga the trail starts to climb steeply out of the valley and we enter the rhododendron forests, which give way to juniper and conifers higher up the valley. We pass through many kharkas, summer settlements used by the Sherpas to graze their yaks, before coming to Dole where we have magnificent views of Cholatshe and Tawoche.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge (teahouse)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 08

Dole to Machhermo (4410m)

Trek from Dole to Machhermo– About 3 hrs walking
Today is a short walk for us. From Dole the trail is steep in places as it passes through Lhabarma and Luza along the side of the valley, high above the river through scrub junipers until we cross the dusty trail to Machhermo (4410m). It was here in 1974 that a yeti was reported to have attacked a sherpa and killed three yaks! We should get to Machhermo by lunch time and in the afternoon there is time for an acclimatization walk up onto the ridge behind the lodge for amazing views of Thamserku.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge (teahouse)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 09

Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m)

Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo–About 3½ hrs walking
Today, we climb through a ridge Chorten from where we can see fabulous view of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8203m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480 m) after some gentle walk. Phangka is the place where an avalanche in 1995 killed 40 people. We descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. After crossing an iron bridge over an stream the trial levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m, where we get chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho we become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight here. After lunch, we explore around the third Lakes, Dudh Pokhari. We spend night in a teahouse at Gokyo.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge (teahouse)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 10

Gokyo – Gokyo Ri (5483m) - Tangnak (4700m)

Trek to Gokyo Ri and backtrack to Tangnak–About 7 hrs walking
An early start this morning for the ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m), a small peak above Gokyo village. As we climb the views become even more fantastic and from the top we can see four of the eight highest peaks in the Nepal Himalaya: Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Stretching out for miles below us is the longest glacier in Nepal - the Ngozumpo glacier, which tumbles down from the slopes of Cho Oyu. One of the best all round views in Nepal, the climb is well worth the effort. We return to Gokyo for lunch. Mid afternoon we retrace our steps to the second lake and climb to the crest of the moraine overlooking the Ngozumpo glacier. The route across the glacier is well marked with cairns and takes us to the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley. We stay tonight at Tangnak (4700m) at the foot of the Cho La Pass.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge (teahouse)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 11

Trek to Dzong-La (4830m) Cross the Cho La

Trek to Dzongla, Cross the Cho La–About 5 hrs walking
An early start for the long day across the Cho La (5330m). We climb up from Tangnak and approach a large boulder field. Beyond this ancient moraine, the climb to the pass is steep in places, involving some easy scrambling. The upper part of the route can be snow covered, particularly after November. From the pass there are excellent views including an unusual aspect of Ama Dablam. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier (usually snow covered) which is fairly straightforward. We descend steeply to the grazing pastures below, the trail becoming more defined as we approach Dzongla (4830m), where we stay tonight in a very small basic lodge.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge (teahouse)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 12

Dzongla to Lobuche (4930m)

Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche- About 4-5 hrs walking)
Leaving Dzongla we continue our descent on an easy trail. A short ascent brings us to the foot of Awi Peak, which we contour round on a wonderful high trail with great views of Chalotse and Tawoche across the valley. We finally descend to join the main trail again just below Lobuje. We spend the night at Lobuche (4,930m). The sunset on Nuptse from the ridge across from the lodge is not to be missed.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge (teahouse)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 13

Lobuche to Gorakshep (5160m) - Everest Base Camp

Lobuche to Gorakshep; day trip to Everest Base Camp - About 8 hrs walking)
We are now surrounded by giant Himalayan peaks; Everest, Nuptse, Lingtren, Khumbutse and Pumori tower above us. Today is very long and hard as we visit Everest Base Camp. The trail from Lobuje climbs steadily by the side of the Khumbu Glacier, and after crossing glacier rubble we arrive at Gorakshep (5160m), a summer yak-herder settlement siuated at the foot of Kala Pattar. After a short break and snack we set off for Base Camp. The trail heads along the crest of the moraine at first and then drops onto the Khumbu Glacier itself, where we get magnificent close-up views of the great Khumbu Icefall as it tumbles down from Everest. In the spring season we will see expedition teams as they prepare for an ascent. We retrace our steps to Gorakshep for the night.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge (teahouse)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 14

Kala Patthar and Pheriche (4280m)

Kala Patthar and Pheriche – About 9 hrs walking
Another long day as we ascend the small peak of Kala Pattar ('black rock') at 5545 m. It is a steep two-hour climb to the summit, but the effort is well worth it, as we appreciate the most magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and above all a close-up sight of the world's highest mountain which the Nepalese call Sagarmatha – Fore Head of Sky and the Sherpas Chomolungma - Mother of the World. We return to Gorakshep and descend past Lobuche to Pheriche. Please note the exact order in which we trek up Kala Pattar and visit Everest Base Camp will depend on the weather and how the group is acclimatizing. Both days are long and hard due to the high altitude.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge (teahouse)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 15

Pheriche – Tengboche (3870m)

Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche-About 5 hrs walking
After the previous day's tiring ascent to Kala Patthar, today is an easier walk down to the lower altitudes to Orsho and Shomare. If we wish to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche we can do so by taking a different trail after Shomare. Otherwise we take the regular trial to reach Pangboche. From Pangboche we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche or if interested, we might visit nuns at the Debuche monastery. Finally, we reach Tengboche. If we are trekking during the full moon of November or December, we might get an opportunity to witness the Mani Rimdu festival in the monastery at Tengboche.

Dinner and overnight at the local lodge (Teahouse)

Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 16

Tengboche to Monjo (2840m)

Trek from Tengboche to Monjo – About 7 hrs walking
We will trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudkoshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga. The trail then follows the Dud Koshi gorge ascending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. We stop at Kyangjuma (3600m) for a relaxed lunch. We unknowingly appreciate the gorgeous Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse with every bite. Following lunch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the gentle slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We want to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here. Following a steep descent passing the Bhote Kosi, crossing the river, follow the bank to Jorsale, then to Monjo for overnight.

Dinner and overnight at the local lodge (Teahouse)

Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 17

Monjo to Lukla (2840m)

Trek from Monjo to Lukla– About 5-6 hrs walking
Retracing our steps along the east bank of the Dudh Kosi we make our final ascent down to Lukla, arriving sometime in the middle of the afternoon, affording ample time to relax and enjoy the feeling of a job well done. Lukla itself is a thriving community that is an eclectic mix of Sherpas, trekkers and soldiers and makes for a fascinating place to explore at the end of the trek.

Dinner and overnight at the local lodge (Teahouse)

Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 18

Lukla to Kathmandu (by flight)

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Afternoon free
  • Overnight at the hotel

We say goodbye to our Sherpa Crew and take the morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (weather permitting).

The afternoon is free in Kathmandu.

Meals include: Breakfast

DAY 19

In Kathmandu, Optional tours

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Optional tours of Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Overnight at the hotel

Breakfast at the hotel

The last day is spent in Kathmandu allowing time to explore the fascinating site of Kathmandu Valley and also a day's leeway should there be a delay with flights from Lukla due to bad weather conditions.

Optional tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

This afternoon there is then an opportunity to take an optional excursion to the almost perfectly preserved Newari town of Bhaktapur in the eastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley. Also known as Bhadgaon or City of the Devotees, Bhaktapur evokes the feel of a medieval village, a snapshot of a time when the city lay along the prosperous trade routes between Tibet, China and India. The ancient centre of the town is a dazzling collection of temples, palaces and that has earned it a place on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with your Trekking guide if you prefer.

Overnight at the hotel

Meals include: Breakfast

DAY 20

Depart Kathmandu

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Free time till departure
  • Transfer to airport for final departure

You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us and we expect that you plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal again.

Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight time, a representative from Natraj Trekking will transfer you to the airport.

Meals include: Breakfast

Cost Details

Cost Include

Transport, Entrance Fee, Guide, etc

  • Welcome with flower garland by our representative upon arrival
  • Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu transfers
  • One half day tour with an English speaking guide by a private vehicle in Kathmandu
  • Monument entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Free Natraj Trekking Kit Bag

Accommodations

  • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu (as per the choice of package)
  • 24.3% VAT and Service Charge

Airfare

  • Airfare Kathmandu/ Lukla/Kathmandu

Trekking Portion

  • 15 nights accommodation at local lodge (Teahouse) during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the entire trek
  • Services of an experienced trekking guide and one porter to every two trekkers during the trek
  • TIMS CARD FEE
  • Everest National Park Fee
  • Insurance for trek guide and porters

Cost Exclude

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Personal expenses (Tips, beverage, laundry, telephone call, etc)
  • Travel Insurance/ Emergency Evacuation Cost
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

The above rates are valid till December 31, 2013

Note: The price does not include: undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice.

Dates & Prices

DEPARTURE DATES

We will easily organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date Please send us an e-mail at info@natrajtours.com.np for the package cost

PRICE

Standard Hotels Option (3 star) Superior  Hotels Option (4 star) Deluxe  Hotels Option (5 star)
Group Size Cost in USD
Per Person
Group Size Cost in USD
Per Person
Group Size Cost in USD
Per Person
01 Person US$ 2245 01 Person US$2415 01 Person US$2525
02 Person US$1720 02 Person US$1820 02 Person US$1875
03-05 Person US$1620 03-05 Person US$1725 03-05 Person US$1780
06-09 Person US$1505 06-09 Person US$1610 06-09 Person US$1665
10-14 Person US$1310 10-14 Person US$1510 10-14 Person US$1565
15 & above Person US$1160 15 & above Person US$1415 15 & above Person US$1470
Single supplement US$100 Single supplement US$165 Single supplement US$220

Standard Hotel Option (3 Star)

Places Name of the Hotel Website
Kathmandu  Hotel Manaslu or similar www.hotelmanaslu.com

Superior Hotel Option (4 Star)

Places Name of the Hotel Website
Kathmandu  The Shanker Hotel or similar www.shankerhotel.com.np

Deluxe Hotel Option (5 Star)

Places Name of the Hotel Website
Kathmandu  Hotel Yak & Yeti or similar wwww.yakandyeti.com

Practical information

SUGGESTED CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable. You can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu.

All equipment and other items are carried by the porters and should have weight limitation of approximately 12-15 kg. It is only necessary you to carry a camera or small daypack!

Head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Lower Body:

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to -20 Degree Celsius
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles/Water bottle
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

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

Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars/Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book/Journal & Pen>
  • IPod
WALKING GRADES AND FITNESS

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek is graded as Strenuous. To qualify for this trek, you should be in excellent health & fitness, should be able to walk 6-7 hours a day in average. Some days, you might even need to walk more than above and should have past hiking experience too. So, besides physical attribute, you need to come up with positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination to complete the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance your strength and stability. No technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital that you consult with your doctor before you decide and sign up for the Everest Base camp trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform Natraj Trekking before booking the trek.

LODGES/TEAHOUSES IN TREKKING

Our accommodation whilst on Everest Base Camp Trek on twin room sharing basis in a simple locally run lodges, known as teahouses and it's a great pleasure to support these small local businesses. Rooms are simply furnished with just a bed and occasionally a small table. You will need to bring a sleeping bag. Please note, normally washing and toilet facilities are shared and may be in a separate part of the teahouse or outside. It's great to enjoy the company of your fellow travellers and share a tale with other trekkers in the evening in the dining area.

If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room with someone else of same sex of your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single rooms on request by paying extra as indicated on cost section. But, you need to understand that in teahouses/lodges of higher elevation area single room is not always possible. We guarantee single room in Kathmandu only. Single room is may not be possible at local lodge during your trek

MEALS & DRINKING WATER

On this trek we provide standard breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water (extra cost to be paid) and treat with water purification pills.

LUGGAGE WHILE TREKKING

During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porter or yaks. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 kg. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel's safekeeping. You may also leave your extra things at your hotel which is not required for your trek in your main luggage. Please note that we will provide complimentary kit bag for you before your trek starts so that you can pack all your necessary things.

TREKKING CREW

On tea house trek you will be accompanied by a team of local crew whose aim is to make the trek as comfortable and enjoyable as much possible. The crew consists of a trek guide/leader and a team of porters to carry all your gear. On average, there will be a ratio of one porter to every two trekkers.

The most important thing that makes your Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek guide and the crew members with ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by experienced trek guide. All of our trekking guides/leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude.

PERSONAL EXPENSES

Everest Region is more expensive than the other regions in Nepal, as most of the goods have to be shipped by airplane and then carried to their final destination by porters. On this trek breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places).

Internal & international Flight

The starting point of the trek is in Lukla which is connected by a 40 mins flight from Kathmandu.

Please note adverse weather conditions at Lukla airport may occasionally mean that your flight to/from Kathmandu cannot operate. Natraj Trekking has built in additional days to the itinerary to accommodate this. However, very rarely persistent adverse weather could mean that the start of your trek or your return to Kathmandu is delayed. Ultimately any prolonged delay of your return to Kathmandu may result in missing your intended international flight; in such circumstances Natraj Trekking will make every effort in helping to rebook clients onto the next available flight (in the appropriate booking class and with the same international carrier). However, any extra cost is incurred for re-booking flight to be borne by yourself charged by airlines

In case of your flight delay/cancellation happens at begin of your trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are liberal to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna or Langtang or any other regions. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund, if you lose your time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancelation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc) included in the package that you would not use later.

COMMUNICATION

There are a couple of telephone facilities in the Everest region up to Namche Bazaar. Cell phones work fine up to Tengboche also at Everest Base Camp.

TYPICAL DAY ON TREK

Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

MEETING AND GREETING IN KATHMANDU

You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a 'meeting and greeting' service at the Kathmandu Airport. You just pass through the Customs and come out of the Arrival Terminal Hall after collecting your baggage where you will see our representative /guide standing with a placard that states Natraj Trekking' with your own name.

CLIMATE & BEST TIME TO GO

Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the classic Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for EBC trek, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

PEOPLE AND CULTURE

Sherpas live in the upper regions of Solu Khumbu. They emigrated from Tibet about 600 years ago. The Khumbu region has provided a strong group of able bodied, hardy and fearless Sherpa porters and guides. Sherpas practice Tibetan Buddhism which is also known as Lama Buddhism.

ITINERARY CHANGES

Depending on the prevailing situation, itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your trek guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.

RESCUE/EVACUATIONS

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu.

INSURANCE

It is recommended of joining any of Natraj Trekking trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange insurance. Please note that your insurance should be covered 5600m

NEPAL VISA

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the air port or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph.

If you are obtaining Nepal Visa upon arrival (Please note that some of citizens cannot get visa upon arrival), please be noted that Visa Application Form can be received through us by e-mail. Two passport size photo graphs are required and following visa fee to be paid at the airport as per your stay in Nepal

Visa Facility			 Duration 		Fee
Multiple Entry  		15 Days 		US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple Entry  		30 Days 		US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple Entry  		90 Days			US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Note: Please note that visa fees and rules are subject to change. 
RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

The beautiful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. At Natraj Trekking, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact on the environment as much as possible.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Natraj Trekking works with the motto 'Development through Tourism'. Keeping in line with this motto, NT encourages its clients who besides trekking and climbing the Himalayas are also interested in contributing for the development of Nepal.

CARE FOR PORTERS AND STAFFS

We ensure that all porters and all other staff climbing in high altitude conditions are provided with adequate clothing and equipment. We ensure that the porters we hire are insured. We run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group (IPPG- www.ippg.net).

PRE-TRIP MEETING

On the second day of the itinerary, we host a Pre-Trip short Meeting at the hotel by your trek guide, The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide brief information on your trek and equipments hiring if needed.

Please bring the following thing on the meeting-

  • Passport.
  • Two copies of Passport size photos each.
  • Travel Insurance Policy.
WHY WITH NATRAJ TREKKING

Natraj Trekking is the one of the leading and oldest trekking agency in Nepal since 1967. We organize Tibet, Bhutan & India tour as well. We excel in this field because we genuinely love what we do and are committed to providing you with the best services as we commit you.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs, including advice re: the legality of and local attitudes towards same-sex relationships.

TIPS

Tipping is the accepted way of saying 'thank you' for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.


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Trip Highlights

  • Trek lead to the famous trail to Everest Base Camp
  • Cross the Cho La
  • Remote trekking in the Gokyo Valley
  • Ascents of Kala Pattar and Gokyo Ri for views of the world's highest mountains

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 20 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
  • Trekking destination: Everest Base Camp, Kalapathar and Gokyo
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Activities: Walking and trekking including cultural sightseeing tours in Kathmandu
  • Altitude: Minimum 1350 m (Kathmandu) & Maximum 5545m (Kala Pattar)
  • Best Seasons: (Mid-September to end-November) & (mid-March through May)
  • Accommodations: 04 nights at Kathmandu & 15 nights in lodge/teahouse during trek
  • Meals: 19 Breakfast, 15 Lunches & 16 dinners
  • Transportation: Private vehicle / domestic flights
  • Price: ON REQUEST

Client Reviews

QuoteHi Anil
MANY, MANY, MANY thanks for organising our tour itinerary while in Nepal. We had an ABSOLUTELY fantastic time in Chitwan, Pokhara and Dhampus. We shall never forget it, and so enjoyed the experience, the wonderful and friendly people, the culture, the food, the country, the mountain trekking, jungle walks, bird watching, wildlife, elephant rides, canoeing, village walks, photography, and other general "tourist stuff".

Howard Adam
President & CEO

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