EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek

Price

USD 1797

Trip Duration

18 days

Trip Grade

Challenging

Highest Altitude

5545m

Accommodation

Tea House, Hotel

Transportation

Car, Flight

Group Size

1-10

Best Season

March-May, September-December

EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek Introduction

EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek is the most unique, interesting & adventurous trekking trail of the Everest region in Nepal which Commences from Lukla and ends at the same place. Mt. Everest, locally Known as “Chomulungma”(mother Goddess), is the highest mountain in the world. This Classic Everest Base Camp trek through the Khumbu Valley offers stunning landscapes and breathtaking views of Himalayan giants including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho–Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Nuptse, etc.

Getting Closer to majestic Mt. Everest from Kalapatthar (5,545m) is a breather offering the best view of Everest and the fantastic glacial walk to the Everest Base Camp at the top of the world which lies at the foot of the Khumbu icefall makes the trek worthwhile & lifetime achievement.

Different sorts of flora and fauna in its alpine climate, Picturesque views of the entire Khumbu Valley, ancient monasteries, the unique Sherpa culture, and the magnificent scenery from the top of Cho-La & Gokyo Ri are some of the most beautiful things that you ever experience on your lifetime.

Highlights

  • Marking yourself on the Everest Base Camp
  • Catching the most Beautiful view from Kalapatthar
  • Crossing the most unique & scenic pass Cho-la pass
  • Exploring Nagzjumba Glacier & Gokyo Valley 
  • The most beautiful sunrise & view from Gokyo Ri
  • Exploration of the Himalayan Sherpa Culture & Hospitality
  • Exploration of the different Buddhist Monasteries
  • The entire journey 
  • Landing & Take off from Lukla airport

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: - Arriving in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: - Kathmandu to (Ramechhap)- Lukla (2840m) - Phakding (2610m)
  • Day 3: - Phakding – Namche Bazar (3445m).
  • Day 4: - NAMCHE BAZZAR- ACCLAMATIZATION DAY
  • Day 5: - NAMCHE BAZAAR TO TENGBOCHE
  • Day 6: - TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE/DEBOCHE
  • Day 7: - DINGBOCHE: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
  • Day 8: - DINGBOCHE TO LOBUCHE
  • Day 9: - LOBUCHE TO GORAKSHEP AND EVEREST BASE CAMP, EBC TO GOREKSHEP
  • Day 10: - GOREKSHEP TO KALAPATHAR AND DZONGLA
  • Day 11: - DZONGLA TO THANGKNAK VIA CHO-LA PASS
  • Day 12: - THANGKNAK TO GOKYO
  • Day 13: - GOKYO TO GOKYO- RI than hike to DOLE
  • Day 14: - MACHHARMO to NAMCHE
  • Day15: - NAMCHE TO LUKLA
  • Day 16: - Morning flight back to Ramechhap from Lukla airport than drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 17: -Full day Sightseeing Kathmandu
  • Day 18:- Departure Day

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: - Arriving in Kathmandu

Welcome to the land of Himalayas with an amazing culture & world’s one of the friendliest countries. We will come to pick you up at the Airport and then transfer you to the Hotel in Kathmandu, evening we will have a group briefing & Discussion on the trip/checklist & last-minute gear preparing for the trip.

 

Day 2: - Kathmandu to (Ramechhap)- Lukla (2840m) - Phakding (2610m)

Early Morning Drive to Ramechhap airport then fly to Lukla airport by Twin Otter aircraft, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. On the flight you watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalayas many of the world’s highest mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu & Cho-you (the world’s highest Himalayan range) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane.

 Once you are in Lukla this high-altitude trek begins by descending towards Phakding. Passing the small villages like Chiplung, Chaurikharka, Thadakosi, Ghat, etc. We stay there at Phakding. Approximately 3 hours walk.

Day 3: - Phakding – Namche Bazar (3445m).

The first day may have been surprisingly long for some, but staying at Phakding allows you to begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar first thing in the morning. Passing beautiful villages like Zamfutte, Toktok, Benkar, Monjo & Jorsalle gives you plenty of great photo stops & beautiful mountain scenery.

 You are having the Lunch at Jorsalle right after entering into the Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO) at Monjo. At about halfway up the Namche hill after the Hillary Bridge, A gap in the trees allows us to spy on Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit.

Namche is the most prosperous and the largest town in the Khumbu.

 A bazaar (A local market) is held here every Saturday. The wares on display include grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand-woven aprons and Tibetan boots. The Sherpa used to host traders from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m), and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in. Approx. 6/7 hours hike.

Day 4: - NAMCHE BAZZAR- ACCLAMATIZATION DAY

You hike to the National Park headquarters after breakfast to see the magnificent view of Mt. Everest & 360-degree mountain view. Then hike to Syangbuche airstrip for superb views of the Himalayas & lower Dudhkoshi valley. See the mountains like Thamserku, Kangitega, Kusum Kangaroo, Kwangde (etc. Approx. 4 hours walk.

Day 5: - NAMCHE BAZAAR TO TENGBOCHE

Breakfast in Namche Bazaar fuels us for another day of trekking towards Everest Base Camp. Breathtaking views of the Himalayas – Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama-Dablam, Thamserku, cholatse, Tabuche Kwangde, etc. And some of the highlights not be missed. A short drop takes us to the riverside at Phungi Thanga then it’s across the Dudhkoshi River upwards through the forest pass.

 Brace your legs for a continual uphill trek at this point, alternating between a gradual grade and some seriously steep ground! Our destination, Tengboche, is known as one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Its views which include Ama Dablam, are legendary. We’ll stop in on the Tengboche monastery, which is one of the largest in Khumbu. Nourish your spirit with a guided tour of the monastery grounds, followed by chanting and prayer with the resident Buddhist monks. Stay at Tengboche: 3,860m

Day 6: - TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE/DEBOCHE

Your trek today kicks off with a walk through the rhododendron forest to Deboche followed by a bridge over the raging Imja Khola River. We’ll pass the valley wall and then traverse the plains to Pangboche village, the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the region. 

Enjoy a great opportunity to observe a typical Sherpa village and have lunch with the locals at Somare Village about an hour’s walk from Pangboche. Our afternoon trek will be a difficult one, as the landscape gives way to dry & above tree line deserted mountains and we hike towards Dingboche(4,410m).

Day 7: - DINGBOCHE: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

This is your chance to rest up before the last leg of our adventure! Spend a full day exploring Dingboche and the surrounding valleys, the latter of which links with Island Peak, the high passes of Amphu Lapcha, and Makalu Barun National Park.

 Taking an optional trek by hiking up to Ngarshyang hill (5150m) to see the valleys will pay off in rewarding views, but taking it easy is the most important thing today. You’ll need your rest for another day of ascent tomorrow. Stay here at Dingboche Again(4410m).

Day 8: - DINGBOCHE TO LOBUCHE

From here the trek will move more gradually & a little more challenging due to the higher altitude. We’ll pass Dhugla, but not before a tough, steep walk to the top of a high hill. Here are the memorial stupas dedicated to the climbers and trekkers who lost their lives in the Everest expedition over the years. 

The next part of our adventure brings over a little different mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with amazing views of Lobuche peak, Mt. Pumari, and giant Nuptse. Prepare to snuggle up for a cold night, as we are now almost three miles above sea level and the evenings can be downright chilly. Stay at Lobuche(4950m)

Day 9: - LOBUCHE TO GORAKSHEP AND EVEREST BASE CAMP, EBC TO GOREKSHEP

This is it! Our big day kicks off with an initial, relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorekshep. The subsequent, straight trail to Everest Base Camp is harder, involving rocky dunes and moraine, formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On the way to our destination, we’ll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and Icefall, located on the slopes of Everest.

 At the Base Camp, our goal, you’ll have the chance (during the spring climbing season) to meet climbers attempting to scale the mountain’s summit. Break out your cameras for unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty. As the afternoon sun starts to wane, we’ll head back to Gorekshep for some much-needed rest after a grueling and busy day.

Day 10: - GOREKSHEP TO KALAPATHAR AND DZONGLA

We’ll wake before dawn today to trek towards Kalapathar(5,545m) (which means “black rock”) for a fiery, glorious sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day’s first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse, and Lhotse.

This may be, of the whole journey, your most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterward, it’s back to Gorekshep for breakfast and down in the direction of Dzongla, our nighttime stop. Our pace will be a lot brisker as we descend, and the walking is easier going this way. Stay at Dzongla(4850m)

Day 11: - DZONGLA TO THANGKNAK VIA CHO-LA PASS

The day starts with an easy walk on a flat rock and across an arid valley. From there, we’ll ascent steep slopes heading towards Cho La Pass (5367m). The route is physically challenging even for pro hikers let alone beginners. It requires the trekker to use crampons to ascend slippery glaciers and loose rocks with ice.

From there, we’ll descend the trail to Thangna, passing the remote village of Phedi. The trek is 6 hours long and expects you to traverse mixed terrains with steep inclines. Along the path, it offers us a mesmerizing view of shimmering snow peaks and rugged hills.

Stay at Thangnak (4700m) .

Day 12: - THANGKNAK TO GOKYO

On this day, we’ll travel from Thangna to Gokyo, taking about 4 hours. The initial trip begins through glacial terrains made of ice and boulders. We’ll follow the trail from the west end of Ngozumpa Glacier, passing the first and second lakes.

On the eastern shore of Dudh Pokhari is the small village of Gokyo. It’s nestled right underneath the Gokyo Ri(5357m) The village has been commercialized with lodges and guesthouses aimed to facilitate visitors. Stay at Gokyo Lake(4,790m).

Day 13: - GOKYO TO GOKYO- RI than hike to DOLE

Gokyo Ri is one of the most trekable mountains with a moderate hiking trail. Located on the west of Ngozumpa Glacier, this side trek is more popular among hikers than the Gokyo Valley. They use it as an alternative trekking route and a practice ground to climb mountains.

The ascent to Gokyo Ri isn’t easy, with a continuous uphill walk just from the south of Taujun Lake. It features high cliffs and mountain ridges, which are incredibly difficult to climb. But, once reach the acme you’ll enjoy the magnificent scenery along with surrounding snow peaks.

Following the exploration, we’ll plummet the trail and continue the expedition from the base of Ngozumpa Glacier. After an hour of trek, we’ll cross the wild grazing field and trek along the Dudh Koshi River. On the way to the village, you’ll see the dramatic landscapes and yak pastures.

After hiking more than 8 km, we’ll arrive at Machhermo. The village lies in the Dudh Koshi River Valley below the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier. Machhermo welcomes visitors with the impressive scenery of lofty mountains and lush green farms hike to Dole & stay there(4050m). 

Day 14: - MACHHARMO to NAMCHE

following the same trail as the previous one. We’ll make our way through Phortse Tenga where most trekkers stop for tea and lunch. From here, the trail runs through rhododendron and pine forests before going up to Mong-la.

You’ll find the routes relatively easy from the village. It’s mostly a downhill walk from Khumjung and therefore, doesn’t take much time to finish. A slow descent to the river valley and we’ll end up at Namche Bazaar(3440m) 

Day15: - NAMCHE TO LUKLA

The hike to Lukla is easy compared to any other trek. Most of the walks are downhill through the densely forested area and some remote Sherpa villages. After a gentle descent to Bhote Koshi River and a leisurely walk, we’ll eventually end up at Lukla after a long hiking day from Namche Bazar. Overnight stay in a hotel at Lukla(2840m).

Day 16: - Morning flight back to Ramechhap from Lukla airport than drive to Kathmandu

After wrapping up Everest Base Camp, Cho La Pass, and Gokyo Trek, we’re now ready to go back to Kathmandu. We’ll take the morning flight out of Lukla, which lasts 18 minutes or so. On the journey, you can see many fascinating waterfalls, lakes, and forests. After your flight has landed at Ramechhap Airport, we will drive you back to the hotel (5 hours). Stay at Kathmandu (1250m)

Day 17: -Full day Sightseeing Kathmandu

Full-day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, exploring day of four UNESCO World Heritage sites (Swyabhunath, Bouddhanath, Patan &Pashupatinath) Kathmandu Valley is known as the highest density of UNESCO world heritage sites. Or can have a full rest day after a big adventure. 

Day 18:- Departure Day

After breakfast (According to your flight time) we will take you to the airport to final Departure our goodbyes until you come back again. Feri Bhataula.

Includes

  • A professional trekking guide & necessary no of porters (2:1) with their salary, meal, accommodation, transportation & insurance
  • Simple decent tea houses in trekking with 3 times of meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) with 3 cups of tea each meal. 
  • Necessary permits, TIMS card, National Park & Rural Municipality fees.
  • Both way flight Kathmandu(Ramechhap)-Lukla-Kathmandu(Ramechhap)
  • Three-star category hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing (BB) basis
  • All ground transportation like pick up and drop (domestic/Intl)
  • Guided city tour of UNESCO sites in Kathmandu
  • Group First aid kit box with an oximeter
  • Government-licensed Guide on the Trekking & City.

Excludes

  • All Kind of beverages
  • All extra expenses such as shopping/trekking gear.
  • International flights
  • All kinds of beverages 
  • Extra facilities during the trip
  • City entrance fee in Kathmandu
  • Early arrival/ late departure from or to Kathmandu 
  • Travel insurance, rescue evacuation if needed (must get Travel Insurance for Trekking Up To 5500M)
  • Tips for driver, guide & porters(expected)
  • If a plan is changed by any other problem such as a landslide, political disturbance, changing plan, cancellation of flight, etc.
  • The things not mentioned above or the cost raised by unplanned things.

 

Trip Map

EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek Gear Lists

Clothing

  1. Trekking Trousers
  2. Trekking shirts
  3. Inner Thermals(Top/bottom)
  4. Breathable Underwear
  5. Fleece Jacket
  6. Windproof jacket
  7. Dawn jacket
  8. Trekking Towel

Head Gears

  1. Sun Hat
  2. Head Band
  3. Buff (snood)

Hand Gear

  1. Inner Gloves
  2. Outer Gloves

Foot Gears

  1. Hiking Boots
  2. Hiking shocks
  3. Thermal shocks
  4. Gaiters

Bags

  1. Duffle Bag*
  2. Backpack (rucksack for day pack)
  3. A few Ziploc/waterproof bags

Equipment

  1. Sleeping Bag
  2. Sleeping bag liner (if you rent)
  3. Trekking Pole
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Water bottle or Hydration Bladder
  6. Headlamps
  7. Camera/video camera
  8. Water purification tablets*/ filters/ UV light/ staripin
  9. Diamox/Dzolamode
  10. Sunscreens
  11. Toiletries
  12. If you take any Specific medicine

EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek Permit Information

The EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek permits are essential documents required for trekking in the Everest region of Nepal, including the Sagarmatha National Park. There are three main permits necessary for the Everest Base Camp trek:

TIMS Card

The TIMS card is a mandatory permit for all trekkers in Nepal. It helps authorities keep track of trekkers and ensures their safety. There are two types of TIMS cards: the green TIMS card for individual trekkers and the blue TIMS card for organized trekkers. You can obtain your TIMS card from the Nepal Tourism Board office or the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) office at Maligaun or Thamel counter. As you are doing the trip with a registered company they will be obtaining your trekking TIMS card.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

This permit is specifically for entering the Sagarmatha National Park, which encompasses the Everest region. It supports conservation efforts and helps manage the flow of tourists in the area. Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit: You can obtain this permit either in Kathmandu or in the town of Lukla, depending on your trekking route. In Kathmandu, you can acquire a permit from the Nepal Tourism Board office. In Lukla, you can obtain it at the Sagarmatha National Park entrance checkpoint. You’ll need to fill out an application form, provide a copy of your passport, and pay the permit fee

Khumbu Pashanglamhu Rural Municipality Fee:

This local Government entry Permit is Mandatory in Everest Base Camp trekking to enter the region. The local body of government of Nepal started collecting the fees at the start point which directly helps local to build the infrastructure development. You can obtain this Permit at Lukla just before starting your trekking. There is an office just right after the village where you can purchase your permits to start your trek.

As for the cost, the TIMS card fee varies depending on whether you’re trekking independently or with an organized group. The Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit fee also varies based on nationality. As of 2024, the National Park permit fees are around $12 for SAARC nationality & $24 for those except SAARC nationality. TIMS card is around $16 for FIT & $9 for the people trekking through the company & Khumbu Pashang Lhamu municipality fees is about $16

These permits are typically valid for the duration of your trek and must be carried with you at all times. You may be required to show them at various checkpoints along the trekking route. It’s essential to check the latest permit requirements and fees before embarking on your Everest Base Camp trek.

EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek for Beginners

The EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek is considered challenging due to its high altitude, varying weather conditions, and demanding terrain. While it is a popular trek and achievable for many, it may not be the best choice for absolute beginners with no trekking or high-altitude experience. Here are some factors to consider:

Altitude

The trek takes you to high altitudes, and altitude sickness is a concern. It’s important to acclimatize properly, and individuals without previous experience at high elevations might find it more challenging.

Duration

The trek usually takes around 12 to 14 days, covering a considerable distance and involving several hours of trekking each day. Beginners may find the duration and daily distances challenging.

Terrain

The trail includes steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and suspension bridges. While it doesn’t require technical climbing skills, a reasonable level of physical fitness and endurance is necessary.

Weather Conditions

Weather conditions in the Everest region can be unpredictable, with cold temperatures and the possibility of snow even during trekking seasons. Proper clothing and preparation are essential.

If you are a beginner but keen on trekking in Nepal, many other trekking options are more suitable for those with limited experience. The Annapurna region, for example, offers various trekking routes with diverse landscapes and less extreme altitudes, making it more accessible for beginners.

Before attempting any trek, especially in high-altitude regions like Everest, it’s crucial to:

  • Assess your fitness level.
  • Acquire basic trekking skills.
  • Spend time at higher altitudes gradually to acclimatize.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional regarding altitude-related health concerns.

If you’re determined to trek to Everest Base Camp and are a beginner, consider hiring an experienced guide and joining a trekking group for added support and safety.

Our Company Happy Mountain Nepal Pvt Ltd always gives first priority to ensure safety of our customers.

Comprehensive Guide to EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek

Trekking Day

While you are Trekking to EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek you will stay in Tea Houses (Basic Lodges that provide accommodation & Food), You will have a nice descent Tea House During the Trek to Everest Base Camp, before your departure to Trekking you will need to pack your trekking bag before your breakfast in Tea House, as porters will set off early. After breakfast we need to walk approximately 3-4 hours for lunchtime, some time in some places it takes even longer,  After a relaxing lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or more sometimes on the trail before reaching your Tea House (Overnight Stay Place). Throughout the day, you will take frequent rest breaks and take time to admire the fascinating mountain views. You take plenty of pictures of yourself with the incredibly panoramic mountains of the Everest Region, Farmlands, Terraces, locals,  Rivers, landscapes, Buddhist prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, monasteries, Stone Mani walls  & many different heard of Mules & Yaks. Etc. Once you arrive at your tea house, you check in at your hotel & order your dinner around 5 pm so they will have some time to prepare your dinner as the tea houses are very busy during the peak seasons. You take some rest and Dinner is generally around 6- 7 pm. After your dinner, your Trip Leader will give you a briefing for tomorrow’s trip like what time you are starting, what time you are waking, breakfast, stops, temperatures & general insight into the day so you are prepared for the day after the commentary season your crew will take your breakfast order for tomorrow. Now your bedtime!

Day Pack

You need to carry your day pack for your essential items like a water bottle, wallet, medicine (if you have any), camera, sun scream, etc. Your guide will let you know every evening after dinner about any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable day pack your load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable. You are carrying it because you may not see your porter during the trekking hours. After all, he is carrying the big loads & his pace might be different than the rest of the group.

Food/Meal

During your stay In Kathmandu descent Breakfast will be provided in the Hotel you are staying but during the trek, you will have three meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), Every Tea House has its menu so you can order menu food items but if you are traveling in a group we request you to select from few different options as it is difficult sometimes when 20 people order 20 different verity of food in the mountain as they are basic.

Accommodation/Bathrooms

Your Accommodation in Kathmandu will be provided deluxe room with private facilities on Breakfast basic. During the Trekking you will have Basic Descent Tea House which is a basic (normal) standard.  Normally they have Clean Comfortable Twin sharing Rooms & can be arranged single supplement room for an additional cost. Hot Showers are available in some places but they will charge directly to clients when they ask for a hot shower.

Bathrooms in the Everest region are pretty good most of the places & tea houses have clean western toilets. All the Toilets/bathrooms are built inside the same building but only very few are inside the room (Attached). To book the Attached ones we need prior bookings & also availability. Happy Mountain Nepal is always here to book the best accommodations in your & Gokyo Valley Trek.

Transportation

Transportation in Kathmandu Valley will be with private transportation like Cars, vans, or buses depending upon the group size. In the trekking region, transportation means hiking and in some cases, Yaks/horses and donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major means of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters.

On your journey to EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek, Landing & taking off from the Lukla Airport are the most important attractions these days as lots of people want to experience this unique airport & you are also Landing & taking off from the Lukla airport on short twin otter flight (Fixed Wings)

Trekking Staff

The Trip Leader/ Guide is overall in charge of the trek and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns, and questions. All our guides are well-trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high-altitude medicine, and first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its people. We are hiring a local porter from Lukla as we empower the local community. Your field staff is extremely powerful to carry your bags & assist you on your journey to EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek.

Grading of EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek

EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek is an Adventure Trekking in Nepal you must have a well-fitness level and be well prepared before you come to EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek it’s much better to go Swimming, Cycling, or walking every day 4 km or take the stairs instead of an elevator. Remember that no trek in the Himalayas is a stroll as all treks involve going up and down at altitude and that altitude affects everyone differently.

Money

It is better to bring the USD to Nepal because you can change it everywhere easily. You can exchange enough money for Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu. You can find the money exchange counters near your hotel and also get on trekking trails but they will take more commission. You have an option for withdrawing your cash on the ATMs in Kathmandu but they have limited transactions only & sometimes it may not work that easy as you have to get permission from your bank to use your card in a foreign land.

Tipping

Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price, but those who will be working on this lifetime journey of EBC are expecting some tips as a measure of happiness/success to their Clint. You can directly reward them for their big support for your journey. Tipping has no limitation on specific rates so you can give tips as much as you like if they make you happy with your trip.

Insurance

It is an important part of the trip. Your Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. Your travel insurance must provide coverage against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation), and personal liability. It includes trekking crews and also against personal accidents the company will have field staff Insurance for emergencies.

Health

There are no specific health-related requirements for travel to Nepal. However, for the trekking in the Himalayas, you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, you can accomplish this trek but you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal. Some parts of trekking have a small health post for emergency treatment with limited equipment, limited health workers, and medication. (Himalayan Rescue Associations) Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarial, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.
Be aware that you will be in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses). Happy Mountain Nepal Field crew will also have a comprehensive first-aid kit through the EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek.

High Altitude Sickness

AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 2,500 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the effects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300-500 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing, and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to a lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final. When you are planning to trek above 3,000 meters we recommend not walking faster. Walking slowly, drinking plenty of fluids, proper acclimatization is crucial. If you get altitude sickness or any health-related symptoms please consult with your guide/trip leader to go down at least 500 meters to recover.

Important Note

During the very Peak season, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has announced an air congestion issue in Kathmandu Airport for the flight operation to Lukla from Kathmandu. Most of the flights to Lukla will commence from Ramechhap Airport until further notice. The airport in Ramechhap is located 130km east of Kathmandu (approximately 4-5 hours drive).

Benefits of EBC trek with Happy Mountain

Everest Base Camp Trekking with Happy Mountain Nepal Pvt Ltd offers several benefits for adventurers seeking memorable experiences in the Himalayas:

  1. Expert Guidance: Happy Mountain Nepal employs experienced guides who are familiar with the local terrain, culture, and safety protocols. They can enhance your trekking experience by providing insights into the surroundings and ensuring your safety throughout the journey.
  2. Tailored Itineraries: The Company offers a variety of trekking routes and customizable itineraries to suit different preferences and fitness levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced trekker, Happy Mountain Nepal can design a trekking package that meets your specific needs and interests
  3. Cultural Immersion: Trekking with Happy Mountain Nepal provides opportunities to immerse you in the rich cultural heritage of Nepal. You can interact with local communities, visit traditional villages, and learn about the customs and traditions of the Himalayan people along the way.
  4. Stunning Scenery: Nepal is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, including snow-capped peaks, lush forests, and picturesque valleys. Trekking with Happy Mountain Nepal allows you to experience these stunning vistas up close and capture unforgettable moments in nature.
  5. Responsible Tourism: Happy Mountain Nepal is committed to promoting responsible tourism practices that minimize negative impacts on the environment and support local communities. By choosing to trek with them, you can contribute to sustainable development initiatives and conservation efforts in the region.

Overall, trekking with Happy Mountain Nepal offers a unique opportunity to explore the beauty and diversity of the Himalayas while enjoying personalized service, cultural immersion, and unforgettable adventures.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Everest Base Camp Cho-La pass trek?
The Everest Base Camp Chola Pass trek is a popular trekking route in the Himalayas that leads to the base camp of Mount Everest. Trekkers experience stunning landscapes, local culture, and breathtaking views of some of the world's highest peaks then it Cross over the most stunning pass crossed Cho-La(5420m) than arrives at Gokyo Valley to explore the Lake, glaciers & the most beautiful View from Gokyo Ri.
How long does the EBC-Cho-La Pass trek take?
The trek typically takes around 12-16 days, depending on the specific itinerary and acclimatization that you need. This duration includes both the ascent and descent.
What is the best time to do this trek ?
The best time is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to December. These periods offer stable weather and clear views. But it can be done all around the year.
How difficult is the trek?
The trek is considered moderately challenging. Trekkers should be in good physical condition and prepared for high-altitude conditions. Proper acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness.
Do I need permits for the trek?
Yes, you do need a Sagarmatha National Park Permit and a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card & Passang Lamhu Rural Municipality Fee. These can be obtained in Lukla at the starting point on the trek.
How do I get to Lukla, the starting point of the trek?
Most trekkers fly from Kathmandu (Ramechhap in Peak Season) to Lukla. Flights are available, but schedules can be weather-dependent. It's recommended to book flights in advance. You can also take the road trip to Jiri, salleri, Thamdanda than finally arrive at Chplung village just after Lukla by starting from Kathmandu it might take you 2-4 days depending on the road conditions.
What is the accommodation like on the trek?
Teahouses along the trail provide basic accommodation. Rooms may have twin beds with shared bathrooms. It's advisable to bring a sleeping bag. And these kinds of small tea houses also serves Nepali, Chinese & continental food as well.
What should I pack for the trek?
Essential items include trekking boots, warm clothing, a down jacket, a hat, gloves, a backpack, a water bottle, and personal medications. Checklists can vary, so plan according to your needs and the season.
Is altitude sickness a concern?
Yes, altitude sickness can be a serious issue. It's crucial to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and recognize symptoms. If symptoms persist, it's important to descend to a lower elevation.
Are there emergency services on the trek?
There are basic medical facilities in some villages your crew is carrying first aid kit box with some basic Medicines. But for serious emergencies, evacuation by helicopter may be required. It's Mandatory to have travel insurance that covers evacuation with the help by your crew/company.
Can I trek independently or should I hire a guide and porter?
Both options are possible. Some trekkers choose to go independently, while others prefer the support of a guide and porter. Guides can provide valuable assistance and information, and porters can help with carrying heavy loads. We highly recommend having guide & porter to support them as well.

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