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Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek

Trip Overview

Key Information

Group Size

2-12

Meal

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Grade

Moderate to Strenuous

Accomodation

Hotels (Twin room)

Transportation

Flight & Private vehicle

Best Months

Feb-May/Sep-Dec

Max Elevation

5347m

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Trekking Style

Tea House

Acclimatization

In Namche Bazaar

Wi-fi

Everyday

Activity Per Day

6-7 hrs

Trekking Region

Everest

Trek Highlights 

  • 15 years experienced local guide and porter
  • 2-night Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Dramatic take on/off in Lukla gateway to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake trekking
  • Sherpa Culture and tradition
  • Tibetan Buddhism and practice
  • High suspension Hanging Bridges
  • Rest and acclimatization day before conquer Gokyo Kale
  • Comfortable Accommodation and hygiene meals everyday
  • Ngojumpa glacier
  • Khumjung Monastery with head of Yeti and Edmond Hilary School
  • Breathtaking view of Mount Everest and Himalayan wide range 
  • Strong Yaks and mules caring the supplies 

Trip Overview:

Gokyo Lake Trek known as Gokyo Valley Trekking it is one of the most beautiful trekking route in the Everest region. The Lakes are beautiful and views of Mount Everest with others mountains and Best viewpoint is Gokyo Ri (5,360m) for Lakes and Everest Himalayan peaks. This is a very quiet trekking route and easy to trek during the day because of the short distance at the high altitude.

From Dole Village to Machhermo and Mochhermo to Goyo is 3 to 4-hour walking distance a day. The next day early morning hike to Gokyo Ri to catch the best views of Everest Himalayan ranges with a beautiful sunrise view.

Gokyo Lake Trekking begins from Lukla after the short flight with mountain views from Kathmandu. The first day of trekking is only 3 hours walk and visit around the Phakding village where you stay overnight. From the Monjo tawn second day morning, you entering Sagarmatha National park. After a few hours of walking from Sagarmatha National Park, you can enjoy the views of Mount Everest (8,848.86m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,861m), Thamserku (6,910m), and Kangtega (6,493m).

Namche Bazaar is the largest town in the Everest region. All things like foods, meats, vegetables, and many other things Porters, and Jhopke carries from below Lukla and from Lukla Airport to Namche Bazaar for selling. The Market opens 3 days a week, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in Namche Bazaar for buying and selling those (Foods, vegetables, fruits, meat of buffalos, and many more) items.

All the peoples come from Gokyo valley, Thame, Lungden, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, Chhkung Villages to this market. Only they can grow green vegetables, and Potatoes, accept those items everything they have to buy for providing foods for all trekkers, Guides, Porters, and local peoples who live in the mountains for the business.

From the Capital city, Namche Bazaar trekking routes depart separately as, Everest Base Camp Trek Everest Three High Passes Trek, Gokyo Lake, Chola Pass via Everest Base Camp Trek , Everest Base camp Luxury Trek as well as Peak Climbing.

Why Gokyo Lake Trek?

Mountain Magic Treks designed 13 days Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary. Quite trekking with fewer travelers, best views of Mount Everest and others, beautiful Gokyo Lakes and Knojumpa glacier, enough facilities in the hotels, fresh food availability, short trekking distance even for a few days on the way up to Gokyo and many more others things to choose Gokyo valley trekking in Everest region.

The attraction of Gokyo Valley Trekking

A short flight to Lukla and seeing the wild animals Musk Deer’s, Red Panda, Himalayan Thar (Mountain goats), and domestic animals Jhopke, Yaks, Donkeys and mules, carrying the supplies. Catching the view of jungles with Pheasants and snow cucks. Crossing the suspension bridges of Dudh Kosi River, Old Sherpa Museum on top of Namche Bazaar, and 500 years old Monastery with the head of Yeti and Edmond Hilary School at Khumjung village.

Sherpa culture and tradition and get the historical knowledge of trekking and mountaineering in Nepal with Mountain Magic Treks leader.

The services we are providing

Pick up and drop by private vehicle upon your arrival and departure. Guides and Porters, Food, accommodation during the trek, flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu, 2 nights Hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan, Trekking permits and TIMS (Trekking Information Management System)…………etc. 

Note: Please note that above outline itinerary is just a guideline where hours of average walking distances are just approximate, providing you a clear idea to plan this wonderful trip to Everest within 12 nights and 13 days from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.

Important Note: Please be aware that taking a flight in smaller aircraft to mountainous region, where bad and unfavorable weather might prolong your journey, like delay to and from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes, however we will try our best to make the itinerary days as it is where possible, in case of flight delay and cancellation situation arises, where you need to extend few days before and after the trekking days from the itinerary provided to be on the safe side.

Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Accomodation Hotel Moonlight
Elevation 1350

On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and will transfer to your hotel in Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information about Gokyo Lake Trekking around Everest and high Khumbu areas.

Day 2 : Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (30 mins flight) and 3 hrs walks)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 2640

Starting our fantastic adventure Around Gokyo Valley Trekking an early morning short flight to Lukla, gateway to Everest and high Khumbu valley, as the first day our trek leads downhill and on moderate winding path past Choplung and Ghat farm village to Phakding for overnight stop by the glacial Dudh Kosi River.

Note: Lukla Flights are departing and returning to Ramechhap instead of Kathmandu due to ongoing upgrades at Kathmandu Airport. It's about a 4-hour drive to Ramechhap from Kathmandu so you will get started for the airport around 2 am. The return drive at the end of the trek is between 4 and 6 hours depending on traffic

Day 3 : Trek to Namche Bazaar 05 hrs walks.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel Moonlight
Elevation 3440

Our second day of walk leads to famous Namche Bazaar the capital of Khumbu Sherpa, as the walk follows Dudh Kosi River upstream crossing several bridges past Benkar and Monjo nice Sherpa villages then entering Sagarmatha National Park designated in 1974, as world heritage and highest Park in this planet.
From here walking on river bed and then a final climb up for few hours with super views of Everest and other surrounding peak, slowly our climb brings you at colorful town village at Namche Bazaar where you can have much facilities, like banks-ATM-Post office-stores and many shops with cyber cafe, nice hotels and restaurants.
Namche Bazaar is famous and popular for weekly colorful, busy Saturday market here with time to browse around with views of Kongde and Thamserku peaks.

Day 4 : Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 3440

An important and necessary rest day for acclimatization from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) which might occur sometimes if one does take slowly on this high altitude terrain, here visit the Park Museum with excellent information of Khumbu areas, with superb views of stunning Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Ama Dablam and other arrays of peaks.
Optional hike to Everest View Hotel of few hours to and from Namche for more better views of peaks with steep climb and descend on the way back.

Day 5 : Trek to Khumjung village 04 hrs.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 3790

Today a short day walks to get the most of Khumbu and its beautiful areas, as the morning walk leads to an hour climb at Syangboche, with a small airstrip and then with gradual ups and winding gradual trail to reach at a glacial valley, where Khunde and Khumjung village located with fabulous views.
A sleepy and traditional large Sherpa village, here visit the Khunde Hospital established with the support of Hillary Foundation and then walk to nice Khumjung village, with time to visit its 600 years old monastery, the place with Yeti scalp kept in a small glass box for visitors to witness.

Day 6 : Trek to Dole 06 hrs.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 4200

With marvelous overnight stop at beautiful valley at Khumjung, morning with steep climb and then on pleasant winding trail into alpine woodland with super views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse-Ama Dablam with other smaller peaks, as the walk continues heading uphill to Mong danda, a small place on a ridge top facing magnificent views of peaks.
From here downhill to Dudh Kosi River near Phunki Thanga for lunch within the shade of tall alpine woodland, and the continue walk for another few hours with a climb into serene alpine forest filled with rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines-juniper and fir tree lines with constant view of peaks, finally walk ends on a small place at Dole for overnight stop.

Day 7 : Trek to Machherma 04 hrs.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 4470

From Dole morning walk starts with a climb as the rhododendron forest declines for smaller rhododendron and juniper bushes, where walk proceeds to higher altitude, as the route leads on a high ridge and then on level path for an hour reaching at Lhabarma Kharka and Luza at 4,390m; as the walk continues skirting a ridge line with super views of Cho-Oyu world 6th highest peak at 8,201 m high, from here descend to Machherma a small Sherpa settlement with few good lodges, at Machherma for lunch and overnight stop with ample time for short walks or just relax and enjoy the views.

Day 8 : Trek to Gokyo Lake 04 hrs.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 4790

After Machhermo with touch of altitude, today another short walk to reach at Gokyo Lake as our morning walk leads on nice gradual path to Pangka, a small flat area and then descend to follow a glacial  river one of the tributaries of Dudh Kosi, the source flows from Ngozumba Glacier with Mt. Cho-Oyu and adjoining peaks.
Morning leads to a climb reaching first lakes of Gokyo and then past the 2nd lakes to reach towards 3rd lake known as Dudh Pokhari, popularly known as Gokyo Lake, around Gokyo in early days was a yak herder summer settlement in the shade of Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflecting on its emerald colored Gokyo Lake.
On reaching at Gokyo, transfer into a nice and cozy lodge for overnight stop with lunch above the lake overlooking superb views of surrounding landscapes and mountains.

Day 9 : At Gokyo hike to Gokyo Ri afternoon walk back to Dole 4hrs
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 4140

Early morning hike uphill at scenic Gokyo Ri to for stunning sunrise views over chain of world highest mountains, as the route climbs steeply offering grand views finally after two hours of hard walk reaching the top of Gokyo Ri at 5,357 m high commanding glorious panorama from Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Makalu with Mt. Cho-Oyu includes series of peaks and of Gokyo lake with Ngozumba Glacier down below.
After grand marvelous time and worth the tough climb, descend back to Gokyo for breakfast and lunch with afternoon free to relax.

Morning at leisure, having breakfast and lunch walk back to Dole a small Sherpa settlement with just few simple lodges beneath Ngozumba glacier.

Day 10 : Trek to Monjo 05 hrs.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (Twin room)
Elevation 2880

From this scenic place morning walk on downhill to Phunki Tenga on crossing a wooden bridge climb uphill to Mong Dada small villages with views of beautiful mountains crossing the winding path to Kyanjinma.
A beautiful spot with few lodges facing Everest-Amadablam and Tharmarserku peaks, here chance of spotting some wild life like Thar, Musk deer and the colorful Danphe (Impeyan pheasant and national bird of Nepal).
After a wonderful time at this scenic quiet spot within serene alpine woodland walk descends towards with pleasant and scenic walk towards Namche Bazaar, here having a short rest and then continue walk downhill towards Monjo for overnight stop.

Day 11 : Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 2886

Our fabulous Everest Gokyo Valley Trek concludes with a walk back to Lukla, as the trail leads on the same route following gentle path past Phakding and Ghat villages with an climb to reach at Lukla, where you can enjoy the afternoon relaxing and celebrate with staff-guides-porters and fellow member on this last night around high Khumbu areas.

Day 12 : Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Food Breakfast
Accomodation Hotel Moonlight
Elevation 1350

Early morning transfer to Lukla air terminal for short flight to Kathmandu with scenic and exciting moment air borne, after an interesting air journey reaching at hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life.

Day 13 : Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.
Food Breakfast
Elevation 1300

Last day in Nepal, in the country where one never forgets its incredible experience in the comfort of Mountain Magic Treks expert staff and guide, and then transfer for your international flight homeward bound or to respective destination with wonderful experience in Gokyo Valley Trekking.

Service Includes on Price

Cost Includes

  • All airport transfers
  • Two Nights  Hotel Moonlight   with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Flights: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees 
  • An experienced English- Speaking Gov. registered Guide and local Sherpa Porter to carry luggage (2 Trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide, Porters, Salaries, Insurance, Equipment, Food and Lodging 
  • Full meals of your choice (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Tea or Coffee) during the trek
  • Supplementary snacks (Cookies and Energy bar) 
  • Seasonal Fresh fruits every day after dinner 
  •  All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfortable, twin room with sharing toilet)
  • All government and local taxes 
  • Trekking equipment such as Down jackets, Sleeping bags and duffel bag 
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Gokyo Valley Trekking route Map

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu 
  • City tour Guide and entrances fees 
  • Bar drinks 
  • Boiled water 
  • Bottle drinks 
  • Hot shower 
  • Extra Hotel in Kathmandu 
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Wi-fi
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance and Evacuation insurance 
  • Tip

FAQs

How difficult is the Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake trek

There are several major treks in the Khumbu Sherpa Valley of the Everest region. Depending on popularity, duration and difficulty level, hikers have many options to choose from. The most popular trekking routes are Everest Base Camp Trek 14 or 16 days, Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek, Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass, and Everest High Pass Trek.  The Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek is one of the easiest treks and we recommend it to those looking for enough natural beauty in an easy hike. Mountain Magic Treks has carefully designed the trek itinerary so that trekkers can enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Everest and other high mountain peaks from the peak of Gokyo Ri, as well as savor the enchanting beauty of Gokyo Valley, Sherpa villages and villages. 

Greater Khumbu Valley. The only challenging factor of this trek is the number of days of walking several hours each day on uneven terrain and little exposure to altitude, otherwise the trek is a moderate and pleasant walk.

When is the best time to trek Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri

Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri trek is best in pre-monsoon season i.e. March to May and post monsoon season i.e. late September to December. This trek can also be done in February and early September but the trek is preferred during the above months. 
 

My travel departure is guaranteed

Absolutely yes! Under normal circumstances, our booked trips are guaranteed to run. You will continue your trek even if other trekkers cancel their trip. This is why Mountain Magic Treksis different from other agencies, which usually cancel their entire trip a month or a week before the travel date. We are a tailor-made company and the number of participants does not limit our operations. 

If your trip has been canceled by your operator and you're under last-minute stress, remember to find us to sort out your travel decisions. Please do not hesitate to book your stress free holidays with us. Our trips are 100% guaranteed to run unless there are uncontrollable circumstances such as political riots, natural disasters, epidemics, pandemics or weather disasters. 

If my travel cancels the trip, do I get a refund

Mountain Magic Treks offers a lifetime deposit policy that gives you the flexibility to transfer your deposit to someone else or to another trip. If you want to cancel your booked trips, certain cancellation charges apply. Please see our booking terms and conditions for detailed information.
 

Who is my guide

You will be guided by our experienced trek leaders who have been to the base camp and back many times over the years. All our guides are locals who communicate well in English and have a deep knowledge of the mountains, people, culture, health, hygiene and most importantly your safety.
 

Where am I sleeping at night

After a long day of hiking, a good night's restful sleep is very important for the next day's hiking. Keeping your comfort in mind, we ensure to provide the best lodge with two beds in each room and western toilet facilities available everywhere. In general, beds are clean and comfortable with electric blankets (on availability) and attached bathrooms for most nights. Room temperature is usually kept at 10-12°C / 50-54°F.
 

What food do I eat during the trek

You will enjoy 3 hearty meals each day. Usually, you will have your breakfast and dinner at the same lodge. Lunch will be provided at tea houses or small restaurants along the trail. 

Meals include fresh fruits and organic ingredients brought from Kathmandu or local villages throughout the trek. Meals consist of a balanced diet of carbohydrates, proteins and fats designed by a nutritionist. Chefs are trained to prepare clean food. If necessary, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher diets can be arranged with prior notice. 

Sample menu
Breakfast

Drinks: Black tea, milk tea, ginger lemon honey tea, lemon tea, hot lemon with honey, black coffee, milk coffee, hot chocolate
Toast with jam or honey, toasted omelette, pancakes, Tibetan bread, porridge/muesli
Eggs of your choice
American breakfast or continental breakfast
food 

Rice Items: Vegetable Fried Rice, Egg Fried Rice, Mixed Fried Rice, Dal Rice
Noodle Item: Vegetable Fried Noodles, Mixed Fried Noodles
Potatoes: Chips, French Fries, Hash Brown Potatoes, Vegetable Fries, Boiled Potatoes
Burgers: Veggie Burger, Chicken Burger, Veggie Sandwich, Chicken Sandwich
Pasta: spaghetti tomato sauce, macaroni cheese sauce
Pizza: Vegetable Pizza, Tomato Cheese Pizza, Chicken Pizza, Mushroom Pizza 
Momo (Nepali Style Dumplings): Vegetable Momo, Chicken Momo
Meat Item: Chicken Sizzler, Chicken Steak, Yak Steak
Drinks: Black tea, milk tea, ginger lemon honey tea, lemon tea, hot lemon with honey, black coffee, milk coffee, hot chocolate  

Dinner

Soups: Vegetable Soup, Mushroom Soup, Chicken Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Rara Noodle Soup, French Onion Soup, Pumpkin Soup, Potato Soup
Main meal

Rice Items: Vegetable Fried Rice, Egg Fried Rice, Mixed Fried Rice, Dal Rice

Noodle Item: Vegetable Fried Noodles, Mixed Fried Noodles
Potatoes: Chips, French Fries, Hash Brown Potatoes, Vegetable Fries, Boiled Potatoes
Burgers: Veggie Burger, Chicken Burger, Veggie Sandwich, Chicken Sandwich
Pasta: spaghetti tomato sauce, macaroni cheese sauce
Pizza: Vegetable Pizza, Tomato Cheese Pizza, Chicken Pizza, Mushroom Pizza
Momo (Nepali Dumpling): Vegetable Momo, Chicken Momo

Meat Item: Chicken Sizzler, Chicken Stock, Yak Stock
Desserts: Apple pie, chocolate cake, carrot cake, apple fritters, canned fruit
Drinks: Black tea, milk tea, ginger lemon honey tea, lemon tea, hot lemon with honey, black coffee, milk coffee, hot chocolate
 

I have no trekking experience: Can I do this trek

I don't know which route to choose Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek or Everest Base Camp Trek 14 days
There is no doubt that Everest Base Camp is a landmark in the world of adventure and trekking.

Trekkers always take an air of satisfaction and self-esteem upon reaching this historic base camp. It is every trekker's personal choice as to what they want to do and Mountain Magic Treks always encourages its customers irrespective of the routes they choose. We recommend that you undertake the 14-day Everest Base Camp trek if you have no prior experience of trekking elsewhere or at high altitudes. 

If you're looking for a more scenic hike with some adventurous bouts, go for the 14-day Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek. If you have any doubt, please contact our travel experts in US, UK, South Africa and Nepal immediately. We will educate and guide you from being a good hiker to a great hiker, trekker and mountaineer. We are the experts!
 

Can I do this trek with children under 20 years old

Yes, of course you can! The Mountain Magic Treks has set a record for taking a 12-year-old English boy and an 84-year-old Canadian woman to Everest base camp in its trekking history. Therefore, as long as the participant is physically fit and highly determined there should be no problem.  

We usually recommend this trek for families as well but planning and cons ng ahead of time with professionals plays a very important role for a successful trek. Trust Mountain Magic Treks for all your Everest treks as we stand by all means to fulfill your wishes. 

There will be phone reception along the walking route

Yes, cell phone networks can be found on the trek. Most locations receive cell phone coverage by either the NCell or NTC networks. However, in some areas, there may be no coverage.
 

What is the weather like in the Everest region

The climate in the Everest region varies from season to season. The Himalayan region is never hot, not even in summer. Maximum temperatures during the day reach 25°C/77°F while at night it drops to -20°C/-4°F or even lower.
 

Can I prevent altitude on a trek? how

There are a few things to keep in mind if you plan to conquer Everest Base Camp without any problems related to altitude sickness. Here are some tips from our experienced guides and trip planners to avoid altitude sickness during the Everest Base Camp trek. 

Slow climb with proper rest and adequate acclimatization

  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
  • Eat adequate and balanced meals
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco throughout the trek
  • Be strong and mentally prepared
  • Train your body to cope with the uphill trek with adequate cardio or gym workouts 3 months before start the Trek  
Should I take Dimox on this trek

Yes, you must take diamox on this trek. Diamox is intended to prevent altitude sickness but not to cure its symptoms. When symptoms begin to appear, your only option will be to descend to a lower altitude. 
 

What are the first symptoms of altitude sickness on a hike

Usually, the first symptoms begin to appear 12-24 hours after arriving at high altitude. Different levels of altitude sickness have different symptoms. Symptoms of mild, short-term altitude sickness include dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, loss of energy, and shortness of breath 
 

Do I need oxygen on the trek

P. In general, oxygen is not required for the trek and it is our itinerary that is designed in such a way that it allows for substantial improvement. In addition, we provide the drug Diamox to prevent early onset of symptoms to prevent overreaction. However, in the event of a severe elevation, we immediately descend to a lower altitude. 
 

There is electricity and Wi-Fi access on-route

During your trek, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptops, iPads with micro-hydropower and solar panels on a pay-as-you-go basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots on the trekking trail after Namche 

Starbucks Coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche are the only two places that offer free Wi-Fi. In other places higher up, you have to pay to use internet services, which increases gradually with altitude.
 

How emergencies are dealt with in the mountains

Mountain Magic Treks has a competent team of trekking leaders and mountain crews who are highly skilled to deal with the difficulties or any kind of emergency that may arise during the trek. 

If you feel sick with altitude, the first place you should inform your leader about it so that he knows what to do. With all the years of experience, he can sense the severity of the situation and react accordingly, either by bringing you down to a lower altitude or using a helicopter to rescue you. 

If the helicopter is unable to fly for some reason, we will use our local staff and contacts to coordinate alternative rescue and treatment procedures, which may mean using a horse or stretcher to carry the sick person down the mountain to the nearest health post. Safe helicopter landing site.  

Do I need crampons for this trek

Generally, crampons are not required for this trek if you are trekking in season. But if you want to trek in mid-winter or monsoon season, crampons may be necessary. You never really know what conditions you will encounter on the trekking trail until you get there, so it is better to keep your crampons and not use them if needed.
 

Additional Information

Trekking Equipment List

Trekking Equipment List

If it’s too much to carry from your home country some of the necessary equipment can be hired or bought in Kathmandu around Thamel as well.
Most of the equipment is general and standard lists for all seasons while on trek, but may differ as per the season and duration of trekking and areas of your chosen trip.

  • Reading/writing material
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium, or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Health requirements arranged
  • Money: cash/credit card
  • Down Sleeping bag and Down Jacket provided by Mountain Magic Treks in Kathmandu 
  • Lightweight Towel
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat
  • Sunhat/bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore-tex
  • Scarf
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by Mountain Magic Treks in Kathmandu)
  • Sewing Kit
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such a combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for the evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months.
  • T-Shirts 2 or 3
  • Shirt - Long Sleeved
  • Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
  • Thermals upper and lower
  • Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing - thermals
Trip Info

Meals

Eating is a big part of the Holiday. Traveling with Mountain Magic Treks, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Italian, Continental, Chinese, and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefers not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before runoff stuck. It’s a week or more day’s hard works to Porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, Lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants on route. 

Accommodation

A Tea House is a combination of a guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. A private room is available in most tea houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The Lodges are fairly basic. The room is spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining hall warmed by the Bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the room unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually has solar lighting.
Most tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances- mobile phones and cameras- and there will be a small charge for this.  

Drinking water

Mountain Magic Treks provides unlimited chlorine/lodine treated water the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of mineral water and bottled water while on the trek as plastic bottles and difficult to dispose of and have become an environmental problem.

 Route Map

Mountain Magic Treks offers you complementary route map T-short and duffel bags

What to take for Trekking

This is a very active trip, it means you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provided one porter for two trekkers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kg per trekker means 30 kg from two trekkers. Unnecessary luggage can be left in Kathmandu Hotel and its free of cost. 

Important to note

Please read the Gear list section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (batter) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in the mountains so layered clothing is recommended all around the year.

Difficulty

Whilst some individuals seek to summit the greatest mountain on earth, it is enough for most mere mortals to simply stand at the base and experience the awesome stature of Everest from below. However, there are no roads into Everest Base Camp Trekking and every person seeking to view the incredible mountain up close will need to trek through the Khumbu Valley from Lukla to Base Camp and back again - unless, of course, you can afford a helicopter!. The journey usually takes several weeks and can sometimes seem a little daunting to a novice hiker. But don't panic, it's very achievable!

The first thing to make clear is that the Everest Base Camp  Trek requires no technical climbing and is essentially a long hike. We therefore strongly believe that anyone with determination and a basic fitness level can trek the route - and all of our successful clients attest to this!. We have seen overweight, underweight, old and young do this trek and all of them enjoyed it thoroughly.
That being said, there are a number of crucial factors to consider prior to trekking the route such as length, altitude and training that will help you determine whether you think the Everest Base Camp Trek route is the right trek for you.

Travel Insurance:

For everyone who will plan to Trek in Nepal, it is highly recommended that you get a travel insurance that covers added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents (together with air ambulance, helicopter rescue and other treatment cost). Your insurance policy should cover up your entire activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal. In addition to this, the policy should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (counting hospital charges, cost of the medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. Also, this trekking trail in Nepal take you of 5,000 m above the altitude, therefore, you also need to ensure that your insurance policy covers treks that go over 5,000 m. In short, its client himself/herself has to take the responsibility regarding unforeseen expenses during this trip.

Nepal Visa:

If you are wondering about how to obtain Nepal visa, then the easiest way to obtain it is at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival in Nepal or else at the immigration entry point if you are entering through the border of India or Tibet. 
Note: There are few countries namely Nigeria, Ghana, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Cameroon, Swaziland, Iraq, Ethiopia, Liberia, Palestine, etc. People from these countries do not get visa from the immigration entry points of Nepal.)

 What do you need to obtain Nepal visa?

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If you are thinking of taking visa at the airport or immigration entry point, following are your requirements: A valid passport (The passport should have validity of at least six months) You should fill the application form for visa available at airport or immigration entry points. Two passport size photos

Visa Extension:

If you want to extend visa for 15 days or less, visa extension charge is USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency
 If you want to extend the visa for more than 15 days, USD 2 will be charged per day after 15 days. However, the visa can be extended maximum up to 150 days in a visa year (Visa year refers to year starting January to December).

Transit Visa:

When a foreigner has to get down at Nepalese airport as a result of his/her transit point or due to any force landing for whatever the reason, the foreigner can obtain transit visa for a day after paying USD 5 or any other currency equivalent.

 Best time to visit Nepal:

Spring (March, April & May) and Autumn (September, October and November) are the best time of the year to visit Nepal. During this time, the weather is pleasant with efficient sunlight and warmth. The sky is clear which means that you can truly enjoy the remarkable Nepalese landscape complete with the Himalayan vista.
During the monsoon (June-August) although there will be no problem for trekking, the issue could be of less visibility and rain. But for a keen botanist, monsoon is a blessing as the higher valleys, mountains and meadows blossom with flowers and abundant vegetation. You can trek in winter (December, January, February) as well especially in the hilly regions but as you reach higher elevations it is much more colder with snow- fall. If you don’t necessary enjoy crowds, trekking during the monsoon or winter or choosing more solitary trekking destination could be your options. Note that due to global warming there has been a change in the regular climate worldwide and Nepal is no exception. Please be open to unpredictable weather conditions as well

High Altitude:

This is a high altitude journey and elevation starts from low 2810 m to 5,545 m high, where symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) might occur due to dry air and less oxygen, as our adventure starts with flight to Lukla and  overnight stops at Phakding in nice and cozy local lodge, which provides you with acclimatization as well with rest day at Namche Bazaar before heading much higher altitude for Everest Base Camp Trek.In this trip one needs to be in good physical shape with sound health to avoid other medical complication on route the journey, just follow our guide he will advice and suggestion which keeps and makes you feel secure to enjoy this fabulous adventure with us.

Weather & Climate 

The weather depending upon the season of trekking in Everest Himalayan belts, where's Everest Trek can be visited all time of the year, however monsoon months of July to mid September will be wet but much greener with heavy moistures.
The best time will be from March to May when wild flowers are in full bloom around Phakding and Namche Bazaar in 2,000 m to 3,000 m high and then tree lines and vegetation declines for rough arctic terrain, the temperature will be 15 to 20 degree Celsius during the day with sunlight, morning and evening can be much cooler with minimum of -0 to 05 degree Celsius not counting the wind chill factors.


As the trek leads higher above 4,000 m temperature drops in the shade as well in the morning and night time, day will be clear with strong sunlight and UV (due to drop in oxygen and air pressure on high elevation) , where you need strong sun screen to avoid sun burn in direct sunlight.Mid September to December will be the clearest weather but with short days minimum of -05 to -10 degree Celsius in the morning and night time with maximum of 15-20 degree during the day in full sunlight, also depends upon the altitude and areas of trekking.
December to March will be the coldest months with chances of snows with minimum of -10 to -15 degree Celsius with maximum 15-18 degree Celsius without wind chill factor, however most of the day time will be clear with fine blue sky.

Important thing to know before trekking  

Main flow of foreign visitors in Nepal is for trekking from moderate to adventurous or challenging treks, the most important is choosing the right trip as per your duration of holiday and fitness, for Everest Himalayan trekking adventure one needs to be in sound health and physically fit.
On booking with us preparation of fitness required like walking-jogging-Jumba-aerobic at least a month before your departure from home country.
Please send us your dietary list and medical history report so that we can arrange well  in advance respectively. Book the ticket from home for Kathmandu-Nepal to reach at least a day ahead or earlier from trek departure with much space in Kathmandu after the trek, this allows you with more time in Nepal to enjoy the culture and heritage life of Nepalese and also in case of flight delay (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) which can happen sometimes due to freak bad and unfavorable weather.

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