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    Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

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    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Duration
      16 days
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
      Tour and Trek
    • Accommodation
      3 star Standard Hotel in cities & Standard Guest House during the trekking
    • Meals
      BB on Kathmandu and Bed only during Trekking
    • Mx.altitude
    • Vehicle
      Private Luxury Tourist Vehicles and Aeroplane
    • Max. People
    • Single Supplement
      USD 300
    Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp TrekMap
    • StartsKathmandu, Nepal
    • EndsKathmandu, Nepal

    About - Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    Trekking in the Everest Region is the full package of natural beauty, sherpa culture, Tibetan Buddhism, and many more. Imagine the feeling, when you are standing in between a stunning view of sky-dominating mountains and largely covered active mountain glaciers, nothing could have been more sensational than this. This region is an inspiration that will fill your life with joy and happiness. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city and make your way to the tranquility of the mountains.

    The 16 days of Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley treks start with an adventurous flight in small aircraft to Lukla. We walk with an uphill climb along the pavement until we reach Phakding. Climbing steeply up along a stone paver staircase through the side of the forest, Dudhkoshi River, and a stirring suspension bridge, which will take you to the most advanced tourist town Namche Bazaar. From Namche to Dole, a small and beautiful village lies in the lap of big mountains and Machhermo village before the day to reach Gokyo village. The tranquility of Gokyo, a majestic 360-degree view of mountains, and the longest active mountain glacier, Ngozumpa. After crossing Chola Pass, take you to the beautiful villages of Lobuche and Gorakshep. The majestic view of sky-touching mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, and Makalu along the most iconic mountains in the Khumbu region Mt. Ama Dablam and many more beautiful mountains. Another 360-degree panoramic mountain view from the Kala Patthar summit is the most spectacular experience that you have ever perceived. A blend of spirituality in the Tengboche monastery adds to your trekking journey. The correspondence of Tibetan Buddhist culture can be seen in stone walls, mani walls, stupas, and prayer flags on the way. Sometimes we can also encounter rare wild animals which are normally found in mountain climates and environments.

    Features of Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    The Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular and exciting treks in the world. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the stunning natural beauty of the Khumbu region, including the Gokyo Lakes, the longest active glacier in the Himalayas, and the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest. Here are some of the key features of the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek:

    Breathtaking mountain views

    One of the main features of the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp trek is the breathtaking mountain views. The trek takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, with towering peaks, glaciers, and snow-covered mountains stretching as far as the eye can see.

    Some of the mountains you can see on this trek include Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, as well as other peaks like Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, and Makalu. You can also enjoy panoramic views of the Khumbu region, including the Ama Dablam mountain, which is considered one of the most beautiful peaks in the Himalayas.

    The trek also takes you to the Gokyo Lakes, a series of high-altitude lakes that are some of the most beautiful in the world. The turquoise waters of the lakes stand in stark contrast to the surrounding mountains and glaciers, making for a truly breathtaking sight.

    The Gokyo Lakes

    The Gokyo Lakes are a series of six sacred glacial lakes located in the Sagarmatha National Park in the Khumbu region of Nepal. These lakes are fed by the Ngozumpa Glacier, which is the longest glacier in the Himalayas. The Gokyo Lakes are a popular destination for trekkers in the region, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and providing a unique cultural experience as well.

    Here are some key points about the Gokyo Lakes:

    • The lakes are located at altitudes ranging from 4,700 to 5,000 meters above sea level.
    • The lakes are considered sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus, and are an important pilgrimage site for people of both religions.
    • The largest of the lakes, known as the Third Lake, is the most popular for visitors and is known for its stunning turquoise color.
    • The Gokyo Lakes region is also home to a variety of wildlife, including Himalayan tahrs, musk deer, and snow leopards.
    • The area around the lakes is known for its unique flora and fauna, including several species of wildflowers and medicinal plants.
    • The Gokyo Lakes are a popular destination for trekkers, and many people combine a visit to the lakes with a trek to Everest Base Camp.

    The Khumbu Glacier

    The Khumbu Glacier is one of the longest glaciers in the Himalayas, located in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal. It starts from the Western Cwm, a cirque below the south face of Mount Everest, and extends for approximately 17 km (11 mi) before ending at the Khumbu Icefall. It is also the main route for climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest from the south side.

    The glacier is not only popular among mountaineers but also trekkers as it offers stunning views of ice pinnacles, crevasses, and icefalls. During the trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes, trekkers get to cross several glacial rivers and walk along the lateral moraines of the Khumbu Glacier. The Khumbu Icefall, which is the first obstacle for climbers on their way to the summit of Mount Everest, can also be seen from the base camp. The glacier is not only a natural wonder but also an important resource for the local communities as it provides water for drinking, irrigation, and hydroelectric power generation.

    Sherpa culture

    The Sherpa people are an ethnic group that primarily inhabit the Everest Region of Nepal. They are well-known for their mountaineering skills, and many of them have been employed as guides and porters for expeditions to the Himalayas. However, Sherpa culture is much more than just mountaineering. It is a rich and vibrant culture that has been shaped by their surroundings, religion, and traditions.

    The Sherpas are also known for their hospitality and friendliness. They have a strong sense of community and often work together to support each other. During the trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes, trekkers can stay in teahouses run by Sherpa families and experience their warm hospitality firsthand.

    Buddhist monasteries

    The Everest Region is rich in Buddhist culture and heritage. Throughout the trekking route, there are several Buddhist monasteries that trekkers can visit and explore. Some of the most significant monasteries in the region are:

    Tengboche Monastery: Located at an altitude of 3,867 meters, Tengboche Monastery is the largest and most popular monastery in the Khumbu Region. It is also known as Dawa Choling Gompa and is considered the spiritual center of the region. The monastery was built in 1916 and was destroyed twice by fire before being reconstructed in 1989. It is famous for its beautiful architecture, intricate wall paintings, and serene surroundings.

    Pangboche Monastery: Pangboche Monastery is the oldest monastery in the Khumbu Region and is located at an altitude of 3,985 meters. It was built in the 17th century and is believed to be the original site of Tibetan Buddhism in the Khumbu Region. The monastery houses several precious Buddhist artifacts, including ancient manuscripts, thangkas, and statues.

    Thame Monastery: Thame Monastery is located at an altitude of 3,800 meters in the village of Thame. It is one of the oldest and most important monasteries in the region and is believed to have been founded in the 13th century. The monastery houses several ancient Buddhist artifacts and is famous for its annual Mani Rimdu festival, which is celebrated in October.

    Khumjung Monastery: Khumjung Monastery is located at an altitude of 3,790 meters in the village of Khumjung. It is one of the most picturesque monasteries in the Khumbu Region and is famous for its statue of a yeti, which is believed to have been sighted in the region. The monastery also houses several ancient Buddhist artifacts, including thangkas, statues, and prayer wheels.

    Visiting these monasteries not only offers an insight into the local Buddhist culture but also provides a sense of peace and serenity to trekkers amidst the hustle and bustle of the trekking journey.

    Challenging terrain

    The Everest Region is known for its challenging terrain, with steep ascents, rocky trails, and high altitude conditions. Trekkers need to be physically fit and mentally prepared to undertake the journey. The trek involves crossing several high passes, including the Cho La Pass, which is over 5,400 meters high. The thin air at high altitude can make breathing difficult, and trekkers need to acclimatize themselves to the conditions. The weather conditions can also be unpredictable, with sudden changes in temperature and occasional snowfall, making the trek even more challenging. However, the stunning mountain views and the sense of accomplishment upon completing the trek make it a worthwhile and memorable experience.

    Best Time for Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    Here is an explanation of each season for the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek:

    Autumn (September to November): The autumn season is considered the best time to go trekking in the Everest region. The weather is generally stable and clear, with moderate temperatures during the day and cooler temperatures at night. The views of the mountains are crystal clear, making for some stunning photographs. The trails are also generally dry, and there is a festive atmosphere in the villages due to various festivals. This season is also considered the busiest, and it is advisable to make advanced bookings.

    Winter (December to February): The winter season in the Everest region is characterized by cold temperatures and heavy snowfall. Trekking during this time can be challenging, but it is also an opportunity to see the region's beauty in a different light. The snow-covered landscapes are magical, and the trails are much quieter than in the autumn season. However, trekking gear must be suitable for cold weather, and it is advisable to hire a guide or porter to navigate the trails safely.

    Spring (March to May): Spring is another excellent time to go on the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp trek. The weather is warmer, and the days are longer, making for comfortable trekking conditions. The trails are dry, and the rhododendron forests are in full bloom, adding a splash of color to the landscape. The views of the mountains are still stunning, although there may be some haze due to the increased humidity. This season is also considered busy, and it is advisable to make advanced bookings.

    Summer (June to August): The summer season in the Everest region is characterized by monsoon rains, making trekking challenging. The trails can be slippery and muddy, and there is also a risk of landslides. The visibility may be poor due to the clouds, but there are fewer tourists, making it a peaceful time to trek. However, the trekking gear must be suitable for wet conditions, and it is advisable to consult with local guides to avoid dangerous trails.

    However, it's important to note that weather can be unpredictable in the mountains, and it's always a good idea to check the weather forecast before embarking on the trek.

    Permits for the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    Permits are required for the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek. The permits that are necessary for this trek are:

    Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit: This permit is necessary for trekking in the Sagarmatha National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

    Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit: This permit is required for trekking in the Khumbu region beyond Namche Bazaar. 

    TIMS Card: Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card is required for all trekkers in the Everest region. It is issued by the Nepal Tourism Board and helps to keep records of trekkers for their safety and security. 

    It is important to note that these permits are non-transferable and non-refundable. Trekkers must carry these permits with them throughout the trek and produce them when asked by the authorities. Failure to do so may result in fines or legal action.

    Important notes on Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    Here are some important notes to keep in mind for the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek:

    Physical fitness: The trek is challenging and requires a good level of physical fitness. It is advisable to engage in regular exercise and prepare for the trek beforehand.

    Altitude sickness: The trek involves significant altitude gain, and it is important to acclimatize properly. Drinking plenty of water and taking rest breaks during the trek can help prevent altitude sickness.

    Weather conditions: The weather can be unpredictable in the mountains, and it is important to pack warm and waterproof clothing. The best time for the trek is from September to November and from March to May, but even during these months, weather conditions can be unpredictable.

    Permits and fees: The trek requires obtaining a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card and a Sagarmatha National Park permit. These can be obtained in Kathmandu or in Lukla before starting the trek.

    Lodging and food: There are plenty of teahouses and lodges along the trekking route, providing accommodation and meals. However, the quality of food and lodging can vary, and it is important to choose a reliable and hygienic place to stay and eat.

    Environmental conservation: The Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek is a popular tourist destination, and it is important to take steps to minimize the environmental impact of the trek. This includes carrying out all trash, using designated camping areas, and respecting the local culture and traditions.

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    What's Included

      All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport and hotel transfers
      Three nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • PERMITS:
      All necessary paper works: Sagarmatha National Park permit, Tims Card, Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry permit, and fees.
      Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
      Luxury Holidays Nepal’s duffel, sleeping bag, T-shirt and trekking map - if necessary
      Fly from Kathmandu or Manthali to Lukla and return, as per the itinerary.
      All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
    • LUGGAGE:
      Up to 15 Kg per member as personal baggage during the trek to be carried by porters.
      Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
    • GUIDE:
      Government-licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
    • PORTER:
      Porters as required (2 Trekkers: 1 Porter) to and from Basecamp.
      All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
      Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley by private vehicle and a professional guide.
      Comprehensive medical kit.
      Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance performance in the evening.
      All government taxes and official expenses.

    What's Excluded

      International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
      Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page)
      Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu and all meals during trekking days
      Optional Add-on for Meals and Hotel upgrade in Kathmandu
      Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking, or domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
      Insurance covering both medical and high-altitude evacuation costs (for the trip cancellation, interruption, high-altitude rescue & air evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)
      Personal Expenses: Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages.
      Clothing, Packing Items, Bags, Personal Medical kits, and all kinds of Personal Trekking Gear.
      Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
    • FILMING:
      Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
      City sightseeing and entrance fees(NPR 2600 ∼ US $ 22 per person )
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    • Group and Family Discounts
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      Not included during the trek.
    • TIPS:
      Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected).
    • EXTRA:
      Any other services, activities or personal expenses, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and other items not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
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      Ms. Lily Foster
      United States of America (the), San Francisco

      Trip of a lifetime with the best team

      The travel company's attention to detail extended to every aspect of the trip, including safety measures, equipment, and emergency protocols. This allowed us to trek with peace of mind, knowing that our well-being was a top priority.

      In conclusion, the  Everest Base Camp Trek was an extraordinary adventure that combined the thrill of trekking in the world's highest mountains with the comfort and luxury of carefully curated amenities. It was a perfect blend of physical challenge, natural beauty, cultural immersion, and relaxation. This trek truly exceeded all expectations and left me with memories that will last a lifetime.

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      Ms. Ivy Turner
      United States of America (the), Newyork

      Wonderful Trek with my love

      One of the best trips ever. The highlight of the trek was reaching Everest Base Camp itself. Standing in the shadow of the towering peak of Mount Everest was a humbling and awe-inspiring experience. The sense of accomplishment and the breathtaking views made all the effort worthwhile. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime moment that will forever be etched in my memory.

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      Ms. Sofia Gray
      Australia, Melbourne

      Well-designed itinerary

      The trek itself was a magnificent journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Everest region. The well-designed itinerary allowed for gradual acclimatization, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone in the group. The knowledgeable and experienced guides provided valuable insights into the local culture, history, and environment. We were very with services of the company. 

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    Trekking Grade for Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    The Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek is considered a strenuous trek and falls under Grade 4 according to the trekking grading system in Nepal. The trek involves several steep ascents and descents and requires a good level of fitness and stamina. The highest point of the trek is at the summit of Kala Patthar, which is at an altitude of 5,545 meters above sea level. Therefore, it is essential to acclimatize properly and take necessary precautions to avoid altitude sickness.

    It requires continuous walking for several hours every day, with some days involving up to 10 hours of walking. Therefore, it is important to have prior trekking experience and prepare physically and mentally before embarking on this trek.

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    Accommodation During Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    Luxury Holidays Nepal provides accommodation in the 3-Star category hotels in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar) and standard Lodges throughout the journey. Teahouse and lodge have rooms with just the basics, normally with a bed, blanket, and pillows.

    There are various 3-star category hotels in Kathmandu that provide comfortable and convenient accommodation options for trekkers embarking on the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek. Some of these hotels include:

    Hotel Holy Himalaya: This hotel is located in Thamel, the main tourist district of Kathmandu, and offers comfortable rooms with air conditioning, private bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a restaurant and bar, a rooftop terrace, and a tour desk.

    Hotel Yak & Yeti: This hotel is a heritage property located in the heart of Kathmandu, near the Durbar Marg shopping district. It offers spacious rooms with air conditioning, private bathrooms, and satellite TV. The hotel also has several restaurants, a bar, an outdoor pool, and a spa.

    Hotel Shambala: This hotel is located in the quieter Lazimpat neighborhood of Kathmandu and offers modern rooms with air conditioning, private bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a restaurant, rooftop terrace, and spa.

    Hotel Thamel Lily: This hotel is located in the heart of Thamel and offers cozy rooms with air conditioning, private bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a restaurant and tour desk.

    There are various types of accommodation available during the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek, ranging from basic tea houses to more luxurious lodges. These accommodations are typically run by local families and offer basic amenities such as a bed, blanket, and shared bathroom facilities. The teahouses are located in small villages along the trekking route and offer simple meals such as noodles, soups, and rice. As the altitude increases, the accommodations become more basic, and trekkers may need to share a room with other trekkers.

    There are several types of tea houses that trekkers can find along the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek. Some of these include:

    Basic tea houses/Lodges: These tea houses offer the most basic accommodation, with shared bathrooms, simple beds, and limited amenities. The rooms are often small and cramped, and may not have electricity or hot water.

    Standard tea houses/Lodges: These tea houses offer slightly better amenities than basic tea houses, with private bathrooms and hot showers available in some places. The rooms may be a bit larger and more comfortable, with basic furnishings.

    Deluxe tea houses/Lodges: These tea houses offer better quality rooms, with private bathrooms, hot showers, and comfortable beds with warm blankets. They may also have amenities such as Wi-Fi and a common dining area.

    Luxury tea houses/Lodges: These tea houses offer the highest level of comfort and luxury, with spacious rooms, attached bathrooms, hot showers, and sometimes even a fireplace. They may also have amenities such as a restaurant, bar, and spa facilities.

    It's important to note that the availability of these types of tea houses may vary along the trekking route, and trekkers should be prepared to adjust their expectations accordingly. The higher the altitude, the more basic the accommodation is likely to be. Therefore, it is recommended to carry some camping equipment if you plan to trek beyond the popular trekking trails. If you want luxury accommodation of 4/5 stars in Kathmandu.

    Foods during Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    During the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek, most  of the teahouses and lodges offer breakfast and dinner options for trekkers. Trekkers usually have their meals at the teahouse or lodge where they are staying for the night. The meals are typically included in the cost of the accommodation.
    However, lunch is not included in the trekking package and trekkers are expected to purchase their own lunch at local lodges along the trekking route. Most of the food is basic and locally sourced, with a focus on carbohydrate-rich meals to provide energy for the trek. Some of the common foods that trekkers can expect to find on the menu include:

    Dal Bhat: This is a traditional Nepali meal consisting of rice, lentil soup, and vegetable curry. It is the most common meal found in the teahouses along the trekking route.

    Momos: These are Nepalese dumplings filled with vegetables or meat and served with a spicy sauce. They are a popular snack or light meal option for trekkers.

    Noodles and Soups: These are simple and filling meals that are popular with trekkers. Noodle dishes may be served with vegetables, meat, or eggs, and soups may be made with lentils, vegetables, or noodles.

    Chapati and Curry: This is a popular meal consisting of flatbread (chapati) served with a vegetable or meat curry.

    Porridge and Oatmeal: These are popular breakfast options for trekkers, providing a warm and filling meal to start the day.

    Snacks: Trekkers can find a variety of snacks such as biscuits, chocolates, energy bars, and nuts to keep their energy levels up while trekking.

    Note: As the altitude increases, the availability of fresh ingredients may decrease, and the food options may become more limited. Trekkers should also be mindful of their dietary requirements and inform their guide or the teahouse owner if they have any specific food restrictions or preferences.

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    Drinking Water during Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    Drinking water is an essential part of any trekking or outdoor activity, and it is important to stay hydrated on the trekking journey. During the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek, it is recommended to drink only boiled or purified water to avoid water-borne diseases. You can bring your water purification tablets or water filter to treat the water from natural sources like streams or rivers. Most teahouses and lodges offer safe drinking water at a low cost. You can also buy bottled water, but it is not environmentally friendly and can be more expensive. It is recommended to carry a reusable water bottle and refill it with purified water to minimize waste. Additionally, it is best to avoid drinks like coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages as they can dehydrate the body at high altitudes. Instead, drink plenty of water and electrolyte-rich beverages like lemon water, ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts), and herbal tea to stay hydrated.

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    Transportation and Flights on Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    The Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek involves flights and ground transportation. Here's what you need to know:

    Flight to Lukla: The trek starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The flight takes around 35 minutes and offers stunning views of the Himalayas.

    Ground Transportation: After reaching Lukla, the trek involves walking on foot. There are no roads or vehicles in the mountainous region, so all transportation is on foot.

    Flight back to Kathmandu: The trek ends with a flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu.

    Private transportation: Private transportation can be arranged for airport transfers, hotel transfers, and sightseeing tours in Kathmandu.

    Public transportation: Public transportation such as buses and taxis are also available for transportation in Kathmandu. However, they may not be as comfortable or reliable as private transportation.

    It is important to note that flight schedules to and from Lukla are subject to weather conditions. Flights may be delayed or canceled due to bad weather, which can affect the overall itinerary of the trek. It is recommended to have a few extra days in Kathmandu in case of flight delays or cancellations.

    Luggage during Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    During the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek, you will have a porter to carry your main luggage. It is recommended that you pack your main luggage in a duffel bag or a backpack that can be easily carried by the porter. The weight limit for the porter is usually around 15-20 kg, so make sure that you pack only the necessary items.

    You will be responsible for carrying a daypack, which should contain all the essential items you need for the day, such as a water bottle, camera, snacks, raincoat, sunscreen, etc. Make sure that your daypack is comfortable and has good waist and shoulder straps to distribute the weight evenly.

    It is also recommended that you pack a small lock to secure your luggage during the trek. Some lodges may have a locker facility, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. Additionally, you can leave any non-essential items or valuables in your hotel in Kathmandu.

    Group Leader during the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    During the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek, a highly experienced and professional group leader will accompany you. The group leader is a licensed and trained trekking guide who has ample knowledge about the local culture, customs, and history of the region. They are also trained in first aid and have experience dealing with emergencies that may arise during the trek.

    The group leader is responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of the group, managing logistics and accommodations, and coordinating with the porters, cooks, and other staff members. The group leader will typically meet you at your hotel in Kathmandu before the trek and provide a pre-trek briefing, which includes information about the trekking route, safety precautions, and equipment needed for the trek. They will also be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the trek.

    The group leader will help to foster a positive group dynamic and promote a sense of community among the trekking group. They will encourage communication, teamwork, and mutual support among the members, helping to create a fun and supportive atmosphere throughout the trek.(Click here to see the Guide Profiles


    If you have purchased a voucher for a tour, it's important to confirm your preferred tour date with us as soon as you are certain. This will help ensure availability and allow time for the necessary arrangements to be made, such as purchasing domestic air tickets and booking accommodations, When purchasing a voucher, it's important to carefully review the terms and conditions and confirm availability for your preferred tour date. Once your booking has been confirmed, you'll receive further information about the tour, including a detailed itinerary and packing list.

    It's recommended that you confirm your spot on the tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour to allow for any necessary preparations and arrangements. Please be prepared to provide the voucher code or number associated with your purchase when confirming your booking and this information can usually can be submitted through a link, such as the Voucher Redemption link in our website. 

    Nepal Visa for Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    If you're planning to do the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek with us (Luxury Holiday Nepal), you'll need to obtain a Nepal Tourist Visa to enter the country. Here's what you need to know about getting a Nepal visa for the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek:

    Visa requirements: To obtain a Nepal Tourist Visa, you'll need a valid passport, a passport-sized photo, and payment for the visa fee. You may also need to provide proof of onward travel and proof of funds to support your stay in Nepal.

    Visa application: You can obtain the visa upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or at land border crossings by completing a visa application form and paying the visa fee. Alternatively, you can apply for the visa online through the Department of Immigration's website.

    Online visa application: The online visa application requires a passport-sized photo and a scanned copy of your passport, and the visa fee can be paid using a credit or debit card.

    Visa extension: If you plan to stay in Nepal for longer than your visa allows, you can extend your visa by applying at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu.

    Visa exemptions: Indian nationals are exempt from obtaining a Nepal Tourist Visa to enter the country.

    Note: It's important to check the visa requirements and fees before your trip to Nepal to ensure hassle-free entry into the country. As a trekker on the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek, you'll need to obtain your Nepal Tourist Visa before your trip to ensure a smooth start to your adventure.

    On Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points
    15 Days – 30 USD
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    Book your international flight for Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    You must book a flight to Kathmandu, the capital of the country and the primary entrance point for the vast majority of tourists if you intend to embark on the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. Direct flights to Kathmandu are provided by a number of international airlines from significant cities all over the world, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangkok, Singapore, Dubai, Doha, and Istanbul.

    Depending on your departure city and the time of the year, international flights to Kathmandu can cost more or take longer. To ensure the greatest prices and availability, it is advised to reserve your overseas flight well in advance.

    Additionally, it's crucial to review your airline's baggage policies because some have stricter baggage regulations than others, and extra baggage costs could be pricey.

    You can use the following options to book your flights.

    1. Expedia (
    2. Kayak (
    3. Skyscanner (
    4. Orbitz (
    5. CheapOair (
    6. Travelocity (
    7. Priceline (
    8. Google Flights (

    These websites allow you to compare flight options, airlines, and prices from different providers, and you can often find deals and promotions that may not be available elsewhere.

    When and where should you arrive for Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek?

    Since this is the primary entry and exit point for the majority of travelers to Nepal, it is advised to schedule your international flight to arrive and depart via Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu International Airport).

    You will be greeted by representatives from Luxury Holidays Nepal who will be holding a signed card bearing the name of the business when you arrive at the airport. You will be escorted to your accommodation in Kathmandu by them.

    Contact [email protected]. to make additional accommodation arrangements if you anticipate arriving or departing earlier or later than expected. It's crucial to give the firm your flight information after booking your international airline ticket so they are able to arrange for your airport pickup and hotel transportation.

    Currencies accepted during Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    During the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek, the Nepalese rupee is the local currency in Nepal and is widely accepted at most shops, restaurants, and hotels along the trekking route, as well as in major cities like Kathmandu. However, some hotels, shops, and restaurants may also accept US dollars or other major currencies like the euro or the pound sterling.

    It's advisable to carry Nepalese rupees for smaller purchases and transactions, as US dollars and other currencies may not be accepted everywhere and the exchange rate may not be favorable. It's also recommended to bring a combination of cash and credit/debit cards for the trek. Credit and debit cards are accepted at some hotels, restaurants, and shops in major cities and towns, but they may not be accepted in more remote areas along the trekking route.

    Furthermore, it's important to check with your bank or credit card company about any fees or charges for international transactions. ATMs are available in Kathmandu and some major towns along the trekking route, but they may not always be reliable or accessible, so it's recommended to carry enough cash for the trek.

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    Safety is a top priority during the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

    Physical preparation: The trek is physically demanding and requires a good level of fitness. It's important to train and prepare yourself physically before embarking on the trek.

    Acclimatization: Altitude sickness is a common concern for trekkers. It's important to acclimatize properly and follow a slow and steady pace. It's also recommended to stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and smoking.

    Weather conditions: The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, and it's important to be prepared for all types of weather conditions, including rain, snow, and wind. Dress in layers and carry appropriate gear such as a waterproof jacket, warm hat, gloves, and sturdy boots.

    Stay on the designated route: The trekking route is well-marked, and it's important to stick to the designated path to avoid getting lost or injured.

    Experienced Guides and Porters: Experienced guides and porters during a trek such as the Everest Heli Trek with Kalapathher Landing is crucial for ensuring safety and preparedness in case of emergencies. These individuals are trained in first aid and altitude sickness and have extensive knowledge about the trekking route, which can be useful in navigating challenging terrain and avoiding potential hazards. 

    Check equipment: It's important to check your equipment before the trek and ensure that it's in good condition, including your backpack, trekking poles, and other gear.

    Communication and Emergency Evacuation: The guides and porters carry communication devices such as satellite phones and radios for constant communication with the outside world. In case of an emergency, there are evacuation procedures in place to ensure quick and safe evacuation to medical facilities. 

    By following these safety tips and taking appropriate precautions, you can enjoy the trek while staying safe and healthy.

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    Internet and SIM Card on Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    As the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek is a more remote area in Nepal, internet and mobile network coverage may be limited or unreliable in some areas. However, most hotels and lodges along the trekking route offer Wi-Fi internet access, but the speed and reliability of the connection may vary.

    If you need reliable internet access during the trek, it is recommended to bring a portable Wi-Fi hotspot or a satellite phone. These devices can provide internet access and communication options in areas with limited or no mobile network coverage.

    Local SIM cards are available at several shops and kiosks in Kathmandu and other major cities in Nepal. The main mobile network providers in Nepal are Ncell and Nepal Telecom. It's recommended to compare the rates and coverage of the different providers and choose a plan that best suits your needs. However, please note that the network coverage may not be available throughout the trek.

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    Vaccinations & Immunization for Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    It's crucial to remember that the specific vaccinations and immunizations required can change depending on your personal health, the length and mode of your trip, and other considerations. Therefore, it is advised to seek personalized advice on which vaccinations and immunizations are advised or required for the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek and other travel destinations from a healthcare professional or travel medicine specialist. The commonly recommended vaccinations are Chickenpox, Diphtheria-Tetanus, Polio, Shingles, Covid-19, Hepatitis A & B, Encephalitis, Malaria, Measles, Rabies, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever. (Click here for more information)

    Health Issues for Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    We advise you to visit your doctor at least 60 days earlier before beginning your journey to Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp. Altitude sickness (AMS) is the main health issue. You may feel mild altitude sicknesses like nausea, lethargy, and headache but they will get less in a couple of days. To be protected from (AMS) you can take Diamox pills or you can consult the doctor and use medicine as referred and purchase them from Kathmandu. For your information, your traveling guide will also have pills for (AMS) and other basic medicine, but we suggest you carry your own medicine. We recommend you take pills for diarrhea, cold, fever, and nausea.

    Insurance/Evacuation and Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    For the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek, travel insurance and emergency evacuation coverage are strongly advised as they are capable of providing financial security and help in the case of unforeseen emergencies like accidents, illnesses, or natural disasters.

    Travel insurance should specifically cover emergency medical expenses, trip cancellation or any interruptions, and lost or stolen luggage. In the unlikely scenario of a serious accident or illness, emergency evacuation coverage should pay for the expense of a medical evacuation by helicopter or another type of evacuation.

    It's crucial to carefully review the specifics of your travel insurance policy to make sure it offers sufficient coverage for the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek and other anticipated activities. You should also be aware of the policy's terms and conditions, including any deductibles or limitations.

    It's also advised to buy a travel insurance plan from a reliable company with a 24-hour emergency assistance hotline, take a copy of your insurance policy with you on the walk, and know who to contact in case of an emergency.

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    Checklist for Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek 

    Here's a checklist for the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek:


    • Thermal base layers (tops and bottoms)
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Down jacket
    • Windproof and waterproof jacket
    • Trekking pants
    • Hiking shorts
    • T-shirts
    • Warm hat
    • Sun hat
    • Lightweight gloves
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell


    • Hiking boots
    • Hiking socks (wool or synthetic)
    • Gaiters (optional but recommended)

    Backpack and Accessories

    • Daypack (25-30 liters)
    • Duffel bag or backpack with porter support (50-70 liters)
    • Sleeping bag (-10 to -15 degrees Celsius)
    • Sleeping pad (optional but recommended)
    • Trekking poles
    • Headlamp with extra batteries
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Water bottle or hydration system
    • Water purification tablets or filter
    • Quick-dry towel
    • Personal toiletries and medications
    • First aid kit
    • Camera and spare batteries
    • Power bank and charger
    • Map and guidebook


    • Cash (Nepalese rupees and/or US dollars)
    • Passport and necessary permits
    • Travel insurance documents
    • Snacks and energy bars
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
    • Insect repellent
    • Wet wipes
    • Plastic bags (for trash and dirty clothes)
    • Portable oxygen cylinder (optional but recommended)

    Note: It's important to note that this is a basic checklist, and you may need to add or modify items based on your individual needs and preferences. Also, keep in mind that it's recommended to pack light and only bring essential items to avoid carrying excess weight during the trek.

    Hot Showers and Electricity on the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    The Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek provides hot showers and electricity throughout the trek. While the lodges on the trek may vary in terms of their amenities, Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter flight from Kalapathar to Lukla includes accommodation in some of the best lodges in the region, which provide modern facilities such as hot showers, comfortable beds, and electricity.

    Most of the lodges on the trek have attached bathrooms with hot showers, and they also provide charging facilities for electronic devices. However, it is important to note that electricity and hot water may not be available 24/7, and some lodges may charge an extra fee for hot showers or charging electronic devices.

    During the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek, you will be able to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Himalayas while also enjoying the comforts of modern amenities.

    Porter Weight Limit for Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    The porter weight limit for the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek varies depending on the trekking route taken. As per the regulations of the Nepal Tourism Board, a porter can carry up to 30 kg (66 lbs) of weight, including their own personal belongings. However, it is recommended to keep the weight limit for each porter to a maximum of 20-25 kg (44-55 lbs) to avoid overloading and ensure the porter's safety and well-being.

    It is also important to note that the weight limit includes not only your main backpack but also any other bags or items that you may be carrying. Therefore, it is recommended to pack light and bring only the essential items required for the trek.

    If you are trekking with us, we will provide you the porters to carry your luggage, and they will usually divide the weight among several porters depending on the total weight of the group's luggage.

    Trip Extensions

    There are several trip extensions available for the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek. Here are a few options:

    1. Helicopter Tour of Everest: For those who do not want to trek all the way to Everest Base Camp but still want to see Mount Everest up close, a helicopter tour is a great option. The tour takes you on a scenic flight over the Khumbu region, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest.
    2. Three High Passes Trek: This trek is an extension of the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek and takes you through three high passes: Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Kongma La Pass. The trek offers stunning views of the Himalayas and takes you to some of the most remote and less-trodden areas of the Khumbu region.
    3. Chitwan National Park: After your trek, you can head to Chitwan National Park, which is located in the Terai region of Nepal. Here, you can go on a jungle safari and spot rhinos, tigers, elephants, and other wildlife.
    4. Pokhara: Pokhara is a beautiful lakeside city located in western Nepal. After your trek, you can head to Pokhara to relax and unwind. The city offers stunning views of the Annapurna range and is a great place for adventure activities such as paragliding, zip-lining, and boating.

    These trip extensions can be customized to suit your preferences and schedule, and our team at Luxury Holiday Nepal will be happy to assist you in planning and organizing them.

    Tipping for Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

    Tipping for the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal is a common practice, and it's a way to show appreciation for the hard work of the trekking staff who help make the journey a success.

    As a general guideline, a typical tip for a trekking guide is around USD 10-15 per day, and for a porter is around USD 7-10 per day. However, the amount can vary depending on the duration of the trek, the number of people in the group, and the level of service provided.

    It's recommended to carry enough cash for tipping and to give the tips directly to the guide or porter at the end of the trek. If you are traveling with a group, you may also consider pooling the tips together and giving them to the guide or trekking company representative.

    In addition to tips for guides and porters, you may also consider tipping other service providers, such as hotel staff, restaurant staff, and taxi or rickshaw drivers, if you are satisfied with their service.

    It's important to keep in mind that in Nepal, tipping is not expected, but it's appreciated as a way to acknowledge good service. If you are unsure about the appropriate amount to tip, you can ask us for guidance. They can provide you with more information about the local customs and tipping practices.

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