Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek 16 Days

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Country Nepal Max-Altitude 18,000 ft
Trip StartKathmandu Trip End Kathmandu
Group Size Min 2, Max 12
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and full board meals during the trek
Accommodation Deluxe 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu and standard teahouse in Mountain
Per Person $ 2,160 USD
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    Looking to see Everest but avoid the crowds? If so then this is the trek for you!

    It’s easy to see why this trek is the second most popular trek in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It’s a personal favorite of Hema’s and an excellent alternative to the ever-crowded trail to Everest Base Camp.

     

    What we enjoy most about this itinerary is the remote trail up to the summit of Gokyo Ri mountain and the unparalleled views that it provides. A photographer’s dream, you can expect to see the sparkling glacial waters of the Gokyo lakes and a 360-degree panoramic view of the many snow-capped Himalayan peaks around it - including iconic Mt. Everest.

     

    Explore traditional Sherpa villages, get acquainted with their unique culture and discover ancient Buddhist monasteries en route to the Gokyo Lake trek. The trail is less challenging than the trek to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. Also, the non-technical ascent of Gokyo Ri is immensely rewarding and you’ll see first-hand why some of the trekking guidebooks consider Gokyo Ri to be “the best accessible viewpoint in Nepal”.

     

    The Gokyo valley and Gokyo Ri trek in Nepal begins with a scenic mountain flight to Lukla followed by a short hike to Phakding. You will walk through the Sherpa homeland of Namche, ethnic villages of Khumjung, Phortse Thanga and Machhermo. Get ready to see rhododendron forests, suspension bridges draped with Buddhist flags and to pass yak trains along the path. Discover the largest Tengboche monastery amidst Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

     

    On the day of the summit we set out from our teahouse in the early morning, guided only by our headlamp. Once we cross the frozen lake inlet to the base of the mountain, the trail starts to zigzag as we ascend to the cold slopes. If weather is clear, the view from the summit offers a once in a lifetime glimpse of the Ngozumpa Glacier making its way through the valley below. Cho Oyu stands nearby and endless lines of mountains stretch away to the horizon. Mount Everest as viewed from here is fairly tall, rising another 3.5km above the point on which you stand. It is a unique view that is so vast, and so much wider than the outlooks near Base Camp, that you certainly will be glad that you opted for this trek over Everest Base Camp. The fifth lake trek follows a rugged trekking trail to the highest freshwater lake system in the world and to the top of Gokyo Ri (5,357 m), almost the same altitude as Everest Base Camp.

    Why Do Trekkers Like You Love This Itinerary?

    • The second most popular trek in Khumbu region famous for its remoteness, viewpoint of Everest, and fewer number of tourists
    • Breathtaking view of four of the six highest mountains in the world -- Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,485m) and Cho Oyu (8,188m)
    • Carefully crafted itinerary with nights at the villages of Khumjung (12,401 ft), PhortseTenga (3,700m), Machhermo (4,500m) and Gokyo (4,800m) offers plenty of acclimatization while approaching the foot of the mountain from Namche Bazaar, ascending gradually through the thinning air
    • Naturally decorated walking trails passing through villages, the slopes covered in rhododendrons and the peeling, brown trunks of silver birch trees, waterfalls skid down from the mountains reaching far below to mix with inaccessible gorges of the DudhKosi river
    • Stand at the shores of glacial-fed heavenly lakes of Gokyo
    • Guided by highly-experienced local leaders, it is an insightful trekking journey to learn unique Sherpa culture and experience serenity of Buddhism
    • Our itinerary takes acclimatization seriously. It’s important and we never take shortcuts when it comes to your health.
    • Staff carry a first-aid kit, oxygen, and oximeter for the safest trekking experience
    • We ensure that all trips are led by local guides who know the mountains well
    • All trips include full porterage (1 Porter for every 2 Trekkers). This allows you to fully explore and enjoy the trail!
    • Our group sizes never exceed 12 members to ensure better, more personalized service
    • Important trekking gear, such as a down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffel bag are provided free of charge
    • This trip is hassle-free from booking through to completion. All ground transportation and domestic flights are included.
    • Emergency evacuation is readily available in case of any unforeseen emergencies
    • You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the trek!

    When Is The Best Time To Go

    Although open year round, we recommend going
    during either Spring (March to May) or Autumn (September to November). During
    these times, you have the best chance of favorable weather conditions and
    should get some amazing views throughout the trip. The temperatures are relatively
    moderate and you’ll likely avoid the fog and haze of monsoon season as well as
    the frigid winter conditions.

    Is This The Right Trip For You?

    • Suitable for anyone with moderate fitness level, from a beginner trekkers to experienced adventurers. High altitude is the most challenging factor but we factor in time to acclimatize

    • maximum altitude There will be a moderate 13-day trek (including 3 days of acclimatization) reaching a of around 17,500 feet

    • You will be walking an average of 4-5 hours each day (ranging from 3-7 hours) with daily average ascends of about 1,400-1,600 feet (min. about 700 ft and max. about 2,500 ft)

    • You will cover a total distance of about 103 kilometers/approximatelt 64 miles (excluding acclimatization hiking distance) throughout the trek, with an average of 7-9 km per trekking day

    • Past hiking experience would be favorable for the trek, though technical skill is not required

    • Daily morning jogging and routine exercise are recommended at least 6 months prior to the start of your trip.

    • If you have any serious health conditions related to heart/lungs or have acrophobia/migraine, medical advice will be helpful before planning your trip

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    What’s Included

    Price Includes
    • Airport transfers to/from hotel
    • 3-star deluxe hotel with breakfast, 2 nights in Kathmandu
    • Standard & comfortable, clean & hygienic teahouse accommodation during the trek
    • All accommodations on twin-sharing basis
    • Breakfasts in Kathmandu, full board meals during the trek (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
    • Guided excursions with local, fully trained, certified, English speaking professional trek leader, assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
    • Sherpa porters for carrying luggage. (2 trekker: 1 porter)
    • Staff salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and accommodation
    • All ground transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
    • Round trip domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
    • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, T-Shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after the trip)
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit)
    • All taxes payable to central and state governments
    • Farewell dinner
    What's Not Included
    • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
    • Extra night accommodation, if required (in Kathmandu)
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Any optional activities other than above included the ones during the free time
    • International flights
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Tips for staff
    • Services not mentioned in the ‘Trip Cost Included’ section
    • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower etc.
    • Lodging and dining in Kathmandu, in case of early arrival than the scheduled date from the trek

    Travelers Review

    Alexis Blanc
    Alexis Blanc

    France

    This was my first trekking experience and my god it was fantastic I decided to experience this EBC trek and read More

    Traveled to Nepal Solo from Apr 03 - Apr-17 2018
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    United States

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    Traveled to Nepal in group of 25 from Mar 15 - Mar-29 2019
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    Fabian Haas

    United States

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    Detailed Itinerary

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    Note: Extollo Adventures reserves the right to amend the itinerary in case of unforeseen circumstances: weather conditions, flight delays and cancellations, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The tour leader will, and can make the changes for safety reasons and also to improve the trip as well as your experience. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, so one needs to be flexible, if required

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    Accommodation and meals

    While you travel, we will follow two types of accommodations. You will spend 2 nights in Kathmandu at the deluxe 3-star hotel and 13 nights in standard, clean and comfortable tea-houses during the trek. All accommodations for Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri Trek will be on a twin-sharing basis. Single supplement will be provided on request, at an additional cost (290 USD). However, a single supplement may not be feasible all the time especially at higher elevations above Namche Bazaar.

    During our Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri Trek, you can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well as the common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner are served from the tea-houses or from a lodge menu where you spend the night, whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking whereas only breakfast will be available while in Kathmandu. There will also be a Farewell Dinner hosted by Extollo Adventures upon your return from the successful excursion.

    Frequently asked questions about this trip

    Who can go?

    You need to be in good shape and have the ability to walk 4 – 5 hours uphill and downhill per day. It is suitable for passionate trekkers, hence positive attitude, excellent health, and strong determination is required. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Besides, it is advisable to trek with a highly reputed trek operator like us, with experienced guides and their significant mental preparation with a personal touch.

    Regarding the difficulty, the only challenging factor is the altitude. Our Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek 16 Days itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. Neither ropes nor ice picks are needed on this trip and no vertical climbs are involved. Novice travelers with good physical shape, regular exercise, positive attitude and no medical conditions related to lungs or the heart can easily complete the adventurous trip.

    There is no official age limit for trekking in the Himalayas as long as our participants are healthy and committed to complete the adventure. We are experienced in operating treks even for families with kids as young as 9 years old and elderly trekkers in their 80s. This is a moderate trek with a well acclimatized and carefully crafted itinerary. Thus our trekkers should mainly have good physical shape, regular exercise, positive attitude and strong determination in addition to excellent health for a successful Himalayan trek.

    Best time and weather

    The best time to trek to the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is Spring (March to May), and Autumn (September to November). The temperatures are moderate during these seasons and guarantee fantastic views throughout the trip. Beautiful bright blue sky and incredible views of different species of flowers and various Himalayan peaks are best experienced during these seasons.

    It is also possible to do the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek during monsoon season (June to August) and winter season (from December to February). But during monsoon, it rains in the lower altitudes and the views are not so pleasant due to foggy and hazy weather. While during the winter season, although the sky is clear, it gets colder. However, traveling during these off-seasons has an advantage that there are fewer crowds due to infrequent trekkers.

    About the trip

    On our standard 16 day trek, you will be walking for 13 days with an average distance of 12 km a day and a minimum of 6 – 8 km. Other days will be spent for acclimatizing wherein you may make short hikes of about 3 – 4 km. Although 12 km per day is not a long distance, the steep and rocky terrain will slow your pace especially during winters when the trail gets covered in snow and ice. Your average walking pace will be about 4 to 5 km/hour, so 12 km per day does not sound too bad.

    There are telephones (landlines) in most of the villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Mobile phone services are available throughout Nepal but the quality of the reception varies from location to location. Internet facilities can be found in only a few villages. However, these facilities can be expensive. Our guides will carry mobile phones which also can be used by you when/if necessary.

    It is not mandatory to arrive early on account of getting used to the altitude. However, it is recommended to keep a few buffer days before and after your trek owing to the unpredictable weather uncertainties, flight cancellations or other unseen calamities. As you trek to gradually higher altitudes, you will need to acclimatize appropriately and walk at a slower pace to get used to the altitude. You should not gain an elevation of more than 400-500m in a day’s walk.

    Yes. A representative, preferably the guide along with driver will be there at the airport’s arrival sector to meet you and escort you up to your hotel room. We include all airport pick up and drop offs as a part of your travel program. We will be with you the entire time of your stay in Nepal.

    Usually, your flight from Kathmandu to Lukla allows you to carry a maximum of 10 kg checked-in bag and a hand baggage of 5 kg. More than the weight limit will cost you about US$ 1 – 2 for each extra kg. So, we recommend you to minimize your luggage to avoid the additional cost. You can leave behind your unwanted items in your hotel back in Kathmandu or our office.

    We provide our professional and technical expertise services in remote areas in the Himalayas. Every effort will be made to stick to the original itinerary. However, since the weather and climatic conditions up in the mountains are sometimes unpredictable, we cannot guarantee that we will follow the original plan. The health condition of a group member or unexpected natural disaster, etc. can also contribute to unplanned situations. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to the plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. For any unexpected occurring and challenges in the mountains, our Himalayan guides are entirely reliable and superbly jovial people. With their skill and knowledge of the region, they will readily devise a new plan and propose to you.

    If you provide us with the prominent details and historical documentation, and day-to-day activity notes of the trek, we will certainly blog your trek as you desire. You may need to sit together with our content writer/editor to conclude the blog and writing formats.

    Leaders and staff arrangements

    All our guides are proficient in English, government licensed and professionally certified. They are local, Nepali mountain experts with multiple years of expertise in the mountains. They are incredibly knowledgeable about the mountains and their minute details. Our staff gets constant training and understands the way of running quality trips that exceed expectations. Our guides are selected based on their technical proficiency, proven safety records, impeccable judgment, and their friendly demeanor. They are well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. Our guides practice Responsible Tourism in the trek guided by the principles of ecotourism and sustainable tourism. We train them in the following major courses:

    • Intensive Wilderness First Aid KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
    • Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Government’s Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation Department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Center of Nepal.
    • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
    • English Language – KEEP
    • Conservation and Biodiversity – KEEP
    • Rock and Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (optional) by Nepal Mountaineering Association.

    For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant guides (4 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter). The arrangement has been made in such a way that even if anyone within the group falls sick or cannot continue with the trek due to some reason, the trip can still go ahead as planned.

    According to IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), the maximum weight a porter is liable to carry is 30 kg. Since we use two trekkers: 1 porter ratio during trekking trips, the porter will take a maximum of 15 kilograms for each trekker. However, you will carry your own day packs. It should not be difficult to keep your primary packages below 15 kg each even with the more sturdy sleeping bag.

    Money and other expenses

    You do not need to change money before you arrive in Kathmandu. We can help you get better exchange rates from our responsible government approved money exchangers after you meet us. And when you are in short of cash, there are lots of ATMs to dispense your desired amount of money.

    For all your personal expenses, it is recommended that you carry Nepalese rupees of smaller values for little purchases on the trail and bigger notes for bigger purchases. Extra personal expenses that may incur on the trip include hot shower, recharging batteries and other electronic gadgets, bottled/boiled water, phone and internet usages, soda, alcoholic beverages, tipping, other services not listed, and recreational expenses. Please check Important Notes for details.

    Tipping is an accepted way of saying ‘Thank you’ to your staff for their services. However, it is not mandatory. It is good to carry small denominations of US$ for small tips to driver, hotel staff etc. The tips for guides and porters are generally based on the number of trekking days and can be pooled together with other trekkers or made directly to the individuals. A common way to calculate tipping is as follows – 8 to 10% of your trip cost per person. This amount can be adjusted based on your overall satisfaction and staff performance. Your tip is offered at the end of the trip. The guide has the most responsibility so generally is offered a higher tip than assistant guides or porters. For example the ratio can be something like (guide: assistant guide: porter/porters = 50:30:20). You can distribute the tips directly to the guide, assistant guide and porter. If there is more than one porter then you can give them a certain amount and they will share among themselves. Also, don’t ask them how much they would like to be given. You can tip in USD or Nepalese rupees. This is just a guideline for tipping and is not obligatory.

    Equipment and packing list

    To help you pack for your adventure, we have listed equipment and a pack list below. Please note that the listed items may vary according to the different seasons. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

    Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets

    Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance

    Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts

    Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

    HEAD

    Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions

    Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)

    Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs

    Sunglasses with UV protection

    Prescription sunglasses (if required)

    UPPER BODY

    Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)

    Light and expedition weight thermal tops

    Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover

    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

    Down vest and/or jacket *

    Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

    HANDS

    1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.

    1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves

    Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover

    1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

    LOWER BODY

    Non-cotton underwear briefs

    1 pair of Hiking shorts

    1 pair of Hiking trousers

    1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)

    Down vest and/or jacket *

    1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

    FEET

    2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks

    2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks

    1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)

    1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals

    Cotton socks (optional)

    Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

    SLEEPING

    1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*

    Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

    RUCKSACK AND TRAVEL BAGS

    1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)

    1 large duffel bag *

    A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding

    Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags

    2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

    MEDICAL

    Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)

    Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)

    1 skin-blister repair kit

    Anti-diarrhea pills

    Anti-headache pills

    Cough and/or cold medicine

    Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide

    Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.

    Water purification tablets or water filter

    1 set of earplugs

    Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

    PRACTICAL ITEMS

    1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit

    1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches

    1 compass or GPS(optional)

    1 alarm clock/watch

    1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries

    large Ziplocs

    2 water bottles (1 liter each)

    1 small folding knife

    Binoculars (optional)

    4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

    TOILETRIES

    1 medium-sized quick-drying towel

    Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

    Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

    Deodorants

    Nail clippers

    Face and body moisturizer

    Female hygiene products

    Small mirror

    PERSONAL HYGIENE

    Wet wipes (baby wipes)

    Tissue /toilet roll

    Anti-bacterial hand wash

    EXTRAS/LUXURIES

    Reading book

    Trail map/guidebook

    Journal and pen

    iPod

    Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)

    1 modest swimsuit

    Binoculars (optional)

    Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)

    Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

    Lightweight pillowcase (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

    We use a 4 season sleeping bag during the trek which is good to -10˚C, -15˚C or -20˚C depending on the season. We do provide you the sleeping bags but it is better if you can bring your own, as far as possible. If you bring your own, we suggest you Lamina Z Torch, MHW Lamina O or Shona’s sleeping bag. Make sure that your bag is of good fit to the shape of your body and should have an insulated hood for added warmth.

    A decent pair of hiking boots that are the right size for you, having excellent ankle support, good grip at the soles and which protect you from the snow is the type of boots you need during your trek. Once you buy your shoes, don’t forget to break them, to avoid blisters. If you want a specific recommendation, go ahead and try the Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX. It has Gore-Tex liners, meaning that your feet will be protected from harsh conditions while the rubber out soles provide enough traction and stability during long treks. Other recommendations are – New Balance Hiking Shoes and Scarpa Kailash Hiking Boots.

    Health and safety

    Our well-trained and dedicated guides will determine the intensity of your sickness and decide what needs to be done. He will provide on-site emergency assistance with first aid medical kit in the first place. If it is needed, he will bring you about 500m below so that you feel better. In case of extreme difficulties, he will help to evacuate you using a helicopter under your covered health/travel insurance. If you want to stay there and recover, our Sherpa assistance will be there with you. If your condition is not too critical, or you feel you cannot afford helicopter rescue, then you may think of a pony rescue, or you may even walk slowly downwards.

    Consult your doctor and check for which food items you are allergic before you come to Nepal. Before your trekking commences, do not forget to inform your guide about your allergies. He will accordingly make necessary arrangements for you throughout the journey.

    As the altitude goes up, the oxygen density gets lower affecting your cardiac and pulmonary systems. Our bodies must adjust to avoid mountain sicknesses, thus we arrange our treks and day-to-day itinerary to incorporate with required acclimatization days. At different points of our trip, you may either choose to take rest or have short hikes.

    As the altitude rises, more UV rays get reflected due to increase in sun’s intensity. Thus, we advise you to protect your skin with clothing and sunblock. A special sunblock for the mountains is recommended. Also, you may use UV protected sunglasses and prescription sunglasses if required.

    You may want to consider the following points for extra safety measures:

    • Use of a neck wallet or money belt while traveling to keep your passport, air tickets, travelers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items safe.
    • Leave your valuable jewelry at home – you won’t need it while traveling. Many hotels that we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables.
    • A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
    • When traveling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your tour leader will accompany you on all included activities.

    Your safety is our paramount concern, so we are always there to help travelers in an emergency. We are available 24/7 either at any of our following contact numbers:

    Headquarter-USA: +1 (925) 302-6361Regional Office-Asia: +977 (982) 377-8339

    Food and accommodation

    We provide standard deluxe three starred hotel with breakfast while you are in Kathmandu before and after the trek. During the trek, all accommodations will be on twin-sharing basis in clean, comfortable and standard teahouses. The rooms consist of two small cots having mattress, pillows and bed sheets. There is no heating arrangement in the rooms except at dining areas. At lower elevations like Lukla, Namche, Phakding and few other teahouses , the rooms have attached bathrooms with running shower but hot water shower is available only up to Namche. On request, luxury lodges can be provided at places like Lukla, Phakding, and Namche at an additional cost.

    At Kathmandu, farewell dinner before your final departure. While during the trek, all type of menus including major food items is available, though the quality and quantity may vary from what is available in Kathmandu. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental, and Indian cuisines are common choices on the menu. However, as you trek further up, your choices will be limited. Hot drinks: Coffee / Tea / Hot chocolate Breakfast: The typical meals served for breakfast during trekking are eggs, pancakes, porridge, fresh baked bread and cheese. Lunch & Dinner: For lunch and dinner noodle soup (Thukpa) and soups, fried rice, macaroni, Momos (dumplings), potatoes, sandwiches, pizzas, spring roll, spaghetti, noodles and typical Nepal Dal-Bhat with vegetables (rice & lentil soup) are the common items. Snacks: We encourage you to take snacks like energy bars, candy bars, salty snacks, crackers, peanut butter etc. for a change in your diet on the trek.

    Salad: Vegetable / Fruit / Potato

    Desserts: Pie / Pudding / Custard / Cake

    Bottled water is available from Lukla all the way up to the base camp. The lodges serve bottled, boiled and filtered water, which is safe and have to be paid. One liter can cost anywhere from US$ 1 to 4. However, it is encouraged to use SteriPen UV purifiers or bring chlorine, iodine or other purifying agents to treat water before drinking for environmental reasons. Drinking at least 3 – 4 liters of fluids per day is recommended to stay hydrated especially at higher altitudes.

    Electricity: Electricity is available at teahouses throughout the trek. Most of the teahouses will charge you a price money for charging your batteries and other electronic gadgets. The charge will comparatively increase as you ascend higher up. The fee may vary from US$ 1 to 3 per hour. Internet: In places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Dhole, you can get access to unlimited WiFi coverage on paying around US$ 2 to 10 depending on the location. Phone: We recommend you to purchase the local cellular network SIM, NCell in Kathmandu before your trip. Nepal may or may not support roaming facilities, so using your own SIM is not guaranteed. Moreover, it is cheaper to use a local carrier.

    Special rules/cases

    Once you have booked with us, your trek is 100% guaranteed, no matter how many people book for the said date. We value and respect your preferences; hence you will not be mixed with another group or shifted to another date or another trip.

    Our trekking guide will make necessary efforts to acquire the required transportation and reservations to get you home as quickly as possible if, for any reason, you need to depart early. In the meantime, one of our staff will remain with you at all times. However, you will not be entitled to any refunds for unused days on the trek or for the services such as hotel, transport, and flight, included in the package that you would not use later. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have to pay the guides and porters for the time they have committed. However, you can make claims with your insurance company for your loss. We will cooperate with you on the documentation process to reimburse your claimed amount.

    There are reservations that have to be adhered to when entering Nepal. The customs department at the airport conducts a meticulous scrutiny of the items in your luggage. There are some items that cannot be brought into the country, for example carrying drugs in any form is considered a crime and the accused will be immediately prosecuted. Firearms, explosives and sharp or blunt weapons if identified can land you in serious trouble.

    It may come as a shock to many that eating beef is strictly forbidden in Nepal. Hinduism being the dominant religion in Nepal forbids killing and eating cows and oxen. Carrying any edible items in your luggage that contains beef is considered a crime.

    If you are carrying gold it should be less than 5 ounces, for more than the stipulated amount a declaration and authorization is required. Same goes for other precious metals, gems, and valuable items. There are no regulations on the jewelry on your body.

    Nepal has zero tolerance for drug smuggling. Visitors are forbidden to import drugs in any form into Nepal Possession of drugs not only puts you at risk of being apprehended and imprisoned but the entire group you are traveling with might get arrested as well.

    Nepal is a country of tradition and sacred religious beliefs. Any obscenity, whether physical or verbal, is looked upon with revulsion as the culture here differs from Western countries. Wearing inappropriate attire while visiting religious sites will not be tolerated, and clothes that are too revealing or leather clothing inside the religious structures are not allowed. While holding hands is completely normal, please refrain from displaying too much physical affection in public view, if you plan to travel to Nepal as a couple.

    Important notes ( Read before you book )

    Some important things to know before you go.
    • Flight Delays in Kathmandu/Lukla

      Flights between Lukla and Kathmandu are generally reliable, though bad weather conditions may cause flight delay or even cancellation. In such scenario, Extollo Adventures will attempt to get you on a chartered helicopter to avoid flight delays. All additional cost would be your responsibility which could be $400 USD or more depending on the number of people on the flight.

      We already schedule one extra day into your trip as a buffer day in Kathmandu in case of such flight delays or cancellations. However, we also suggest you add a couple of additional days at the end of your trip in case of any delays.

    • Travel Insurance

      It is mandatory for joining any of the
      Extollo Adventures trips is that all clients must be insured, it is strongly
      recommended that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation,
      curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We require that, at a
      minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.
      There could be comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or
      accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment
      costs). Please note that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

    • Extra Expenses and Exclusions

      Extra personal expenses on the trip may include showering, recharging batteries, bottled/boiled water, soda, alcoholic beverages, tipping, visa fees, recreational expenses and other services not listed. Typically trekkers spend around $10 to $20 USD on a daily basis. Following are the items with extra costs during the trek:

      • All the meals (B/L/D) are included in the trek but only breakfast is included while you are in Kathmandu thus, lunch and dinner may cost you $10-15 USD per meal.
      • Tip for the guide and porter after the trek which maybe around 8-10% of your trip cost.
      • Drinking water can cost between $1 and $4 a bottle in the mountains (it gets more expensive towards base camp). Or you may bring water tablets and treat the water during the trek, which costs around $2.
      • Other services like wifi ($3 to $5 per hour), hot showers ($4 to $6) and charging electric devices ($1 to $3 an hour) are available in few tea houses.
      • In case of unforeseen events like bad weather conditions and eventual flight cancellations, you are responsible for extra hotel nights and meals in Kathmandu or Lukla.

      For the visa fees, please check Visa and Passport Information.

    • Solo Travelers

      Generally, we do not charge solo travelers any extra charge. You will be paired up with another traveler of same gender and hotel room will be provided on twin sharing basis in Kathmandu. On request, you will be provided a single room in Kathmandu with an extra charge. Similarly, you will need to share a room with same gender group member in tea houses during the trek. Upon request and if available we can arrange private rooms during trekking with a small single supplement charge.

    • Visa & Passport Information

      All foreign nationals are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese Visa can be obtained either prior to your arrival at a Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport. It can be also secured at entry points at Nepalese borders.

      • Your Passport must be at least 6 months valid
      • Use your passport details to enter information on your visa application
      • Bring at least 3 recent passport photos (for your Nepal Visa, Trekking permit, etc.)

      Following are the fees either in US dollars cash or the equivalent Nepalese currency:

      • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25
      • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40
      • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100

      You can use this full address while filling up your visa application:

      Street: Amrit Marg

      Ward No: 19

      VDC/Municipality: Kathmandu

      District: Kathmandu

      Country: Nepal

      For further information please visit: http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa

    Additional Information

    Have you read our ‘Trip FAQs'? We have answered your each and every possible question; kindly have a glance through them. If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip, please feel free to contact us by email or directly call us at (925) 302-6361.

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