Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake & Cho la pass

Price starts from

USD 1570

Meal

Breakfast in Kathmandu & Full meals on a trek

Start & End Point

Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Transportation

Flight and Private Transport

Accommodations

Hotel and Lodge

Max Altitude

5,550mt/18208ft

Distance

152 KM

Trip Grade

Challenging

Best Time

March to May & September to November

Overview

Unquestionably, one of the world's greatest adventures is the Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake via Chola Pass. Trek to Everest Base Camp including Gokyo Lake is undoubtedly the most gorgeous and picturesque in all of Nepal. At some point, it goes on through the same path as the other well-known Everest trekking tours, but along the adventure, you will come across Chola Pass and the village of Gokyo with its turquoise lake. Hence, you could ask no more than the trek that combines the natural beauty of Lakes, the challenge of crossing the high  Chola La pass, and the chance to stand in the shadow of the world's highest peak Mount Everest. 

You will see numerous of the world's tallest mountains rising toward the sky as you go. Among these are the peaks of Makalu (8481 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), Nuptse (7861 meters), and Mount Everest (8848 meters). Keeping all of these in your pocket, the trek's major highlights are Gokyo Lake, Valley, and Gokyo Ri.

If you are looking to do Everest Base Camp Via Cho La Pass including Gokyo Lake then we have to say that it is a reasonably challenging trek that calls for certain abilities. The Gokyo Valley trail involves steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and the Cho La Pass crossing, which adds an element of adventure and physical challenge to the trek. However, if you are fit and fully believe in yourself, you shouldn't worry at all.

Itinerary

A staff member (possibly your guide) will greet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel in Thamel. Once you check in and have some refreshments one of our official members will brief you of your trekking route and details. All queries are welcome and may be asked to him. After all of this, you may rest or explore Thamel, which is one of the popular tourist destinations in the city. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(1,300m/4,264ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

3 Star Hotel 

We begin a guided tour of the Kathmandu Valley's historical sights this morning following breakfast. These are not your typical sites—rather, they are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will be visiting the sites- Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath stupa with the assistance of our female tour guide. After completing this trip, you will come back to prepare your packing stuff and gear and call off for the day. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(1,300m/4,264ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

3 Star Hotel 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast 

The start of this journey is on the early morning flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. Our Sherpa (Porter) will greet you upon arrival at the Lukla airport where they will assist your bag to the hotel where you will have cup of tea or coffee overlooking the flight landing and takeoff.  After that, you will begin to trek with the Sherpa and our guide to arrive at Phakding, a little Sherpa village with a few tea shops and local houses in the Dudh Koshi valley. If your flights is on time then you will arrive Phakding by Lunch time. Little. Rest after the lunch and we would like to take you up to the monastery which is 250mt above the lodge. We are taking you there not only to visit the monastery but also acclimatization hike (as a rule you always climb high and sleep low). Overnight at the lodge in Phakding.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(2,652m/ 8,700ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge with Attached Bathroom

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today we are going to the capital of the Sherpa homeland, Namche Bazaar. Numerous suspension bridges, including the well-known Hillary Bridge, will be crossed by us on the way. As we continue walking from Monjo, we will pass through a green pine forest and connect with the Sagarmatha National Park.

We will keep moving on from there and before arriving at Namche Bazaar, the top of the slope appears to offer the best first view of Mount Everest. Excitedly, you will eventually reach Namche Bazaar after passing a few Buddhist monasteries and chortens admiring the Himalayan scenery. After refreshment, my guide will be taking up to the Headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park to visit the museum and also to experience the sunset over Mt. Eveest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, and Amadablam. Overnight at the lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(3,440m/11,283ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Hotel with Attached Bathroom 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

We are going to spend this day in Namche to become acclimated. Since the altitude will soon rise considerably, acclimation is required. You may now choose to see the Everest View Hotel, which is located at 3900 meters, offering magnificent views of the nearby mountain ranges and the first spectacular sight of Mount Everest. Additionally, we go through Syangboche Airstrip and visit Khumjung Village. Overnight at the lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(3,440m/11,283ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Hotel with Attached Bathroom

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

We begin our day today with a little ascent and then travel a level path to Kyanjuma. After that, we descend till we reach Phunki Tenga and pass the Dudh Koshi River before climbing one more time to reach Tengboche Monastery, which is the most important monastery in the area. We will spend the night in Tengboche village after touring the Monastery and do evening acclimatization hike.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(3,860m/12,664ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

To have a close-up look at the Amadablam, we are going to wake up early and go to Dingboche. We'll follow a wooded track to reach Deboche. Thereafter, we will climb past mani walls, watch the beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas, and reach Pangboche which is another Sherpa settlement. Here you will see one of the oldest monasteries in Khumbu, Pangboche Gompa. From here, we'll go across suspension bridges and yak homes to reach Dingboche. Overnight at the lodge in Dingboche.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(4,410m/14,468ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

This is the journey's second acclimatization day. To enjoy the wide views of Makalu and the surrounding peaks, we will trek to Nagarjun Hill or Nangkartshang Hill. We also have the option to go to Nangkartshang Gompa which provides a view of the Himalayan peaks of all directions. Come back to Dingboche and stay overnight.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(4,410m/14,468ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

We'll go to Lobuche as you leave from Dingboche. After that, we're going to the Thukla Pass and Thukla Village. Here, we will see stone memorials to those who died on Mount Everest along the route. After walking for a while, we will finally arrive in Lobuche enjoying the scenery and the captivating views of the mountains. Overnight at the lodge in Lobuche.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(4,910/16,108ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

We have to overcome several obstacles on the route to the base of Mount Everest. Today, we leave Lobuche and journey along the Khumbu glacier, passing through the freezing rocky landscape. After some trekking, we arrive at a small village Gorakshep, where we will eat lunch.

We have two hours left on our trek to get to Everest base camp after lunch in Gorakshep. Once you're there, you may finally celebrate, snap multiple photos, or just enjoy the scenery. As soon as you fulfill your wish to stay, we will head back to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(5,364m/17,598ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today we're going to climb up to Kala Patthar early to see the sunrise. About a two-hour trek from Gorakshep lies Kala Patthar, a little black hill. Here you can see the unmatched view of the mountains, which can't be seen from anywhere else in the trek. Clearly, you can see Mt. Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, and Lhotse up close.

You will return to Gorakshep and travel to Dzongla after finishing the journey to Kalapatthar. On the way back, the path divides after crossing Lobuche. Dzongla village is approximately two hours trek northeast on the main path from Lobuche. Overnight at the lodge in Dzongla.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(4,830m/15,846ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

This is the hardest day of your trek. It will be difficult to traverse the steep mountain of Cho La Pass. A non-technical ascent to the 5367-meter-summit of Cho La is one of the attractions of this trek. While the trek up the pass is not very hard, ascending is not technically demanding. The Himalayan peaks of Ama Dablam, Baruntse, and Lobuche East are seen alongside the breathtaking mountain range views from this pass. After fully enjoying the views, we will arrive at the little Sherpa settlement of Thangnaa at the base of Cho La Pass. Overnight at the Lodge in Thangna.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(4,700m/15,419ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Tibet lies on the other side of the Nepalese border, making Thagna one of the last villages there. As we go from Thaknak to Gokyo, enjoy in the amazing view of Mount Cho Oyu. While we trek down, we will go through the Nzogumpa Glacier, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. Also, you will catch the first glimpse of Gokyo Lakes. Overnight at the lodge in Gokyo Valley.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(4,790m/15,715ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

We will wake up a bit earlier than usual today to enjoy the sunlight from the summit of Gokyo Ri. Observing many 8,000-ers, including Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse, from this incredible viewing spot is just amazing.

Here, you'll see that the lakes—which act as a kind of sky mirror— make the scenes awesome. After enjoying ourselves, we will eventually return and go down the Dudhkoshi River. Follow the route that descends to the settlement of Dole and you will spend the night here.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(4,200m/13,779ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today, we descend a steep route to Phortse Thanga. Here we will enjoy the scenes of waterfalls, rhododendrons, and wildflowers. After arriving at Mong, we get amazing vistas of Khumbila Peak. Then, we get a great view of the Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega mountains as we go to Namche. When we finally arrive at Namche Army Camp Hill, we gaze back one more time to see Tengboche, Lhotse, and the top of Everest. And Namche Bazaar is located around a kilometer away from here. Spend the night in Namche Bazaar.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(3,440m/11,286ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Hotel with Attached Bathroom

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today, we make our way down a steep track over many suspension bridges as we get to a fair trail. As we lower ourselves to a comfortable height, the air will begin to become more warmer. Now as you reach Lukla, the trip has nearly come to an end, and you will see the porters departing soon. Overnight at the lodge in Lukla.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(2,840m/9,317ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Hotel with Attached Bathroom

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

After breakfast at the hotel in Lukla, we board a morning flight to Kathmandu (during the main season flights are via Ramechap). You will have a full day off after returning to your hotel, so you may relax or enjoy an excursion around the city. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(1,300m/4,264ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

3 Star Hotel 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast & Dinner 

Unfortunately, your trek to Gokyo Lake, Chola Pass, and Everest Base Camp concludes today. We would be delighted if we could have shown you more of the fascinating Himalayas. But no worries, we know you'll return home and inspire your loved ones to organize another vacation to this stunning nation by sharing your incredible tales with them. Happy trekking!

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast

Include

    • Arrival and departure transfer service from the airport
    • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (at 3-Star Standard Hotel) on a twin-sharing basis
    • Airport transfer for domestic flights (Ramechap transfer from September 25th  to November 15th and 1st April to 15th May)
    • Flight tickets to and from Lukla
    • 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) every day during the trek
    • All accommodation (Upgraded lodges with 6 nights attached bathroom and hot shower) during the trek (twin sharing basis)
    • Seasonal fruits, every day after dinner, during the trek
    • 3 cups of tea/coffee every day during the trek (served in cups only)
    • Purified drinking water during the trek
    • All required trekking permits and Khumbu Gaunpalika Tax 
    • Government-licensed, English-speaking, experienced, and knowledgeable guide and his entire expenses
    • Porters (one porter for every 2 members) and his entire expenses
    • Full insurance of guide and porter
    • All required local and government taxes
    • Down jacket and sleeping bag rented items (if required)
    • Duffle bag and trekking route map 
    • First-Aid Kit (Basic) along with Oximeter
    • Farewell dinner after the trek
    • Adventure certificate (when the trek is finished)
       

Exclude

    • Nepal arrival visa
    • Meals in the city, except breakfast and farewell dinner
    • WiFi, and battery charging services, extra drinks 
    • Personal expenses, such as mineral water, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, extra meals, snacks, etc.
    • Your travel insurance covers helicopter evacuation over 5000m, trip cancellation, trip interruption 
    • Tipping to the staff 

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August,2024

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Useful info

Packing list

Clothes

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Rain coat
  • Lightweight Down jacket (Provided)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight trekking trousers
  • Hiking shorts (if trekking in the summer)
  • Thermals (top and bottom, merino ideal)
  • Two to three trekking t-shirts/shirts
  • Fleece or warm mid-layer
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Hiking socks and lighter walking socks
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare underwear
  • Buff or similar to cover your neck and face
  • One pair of worn-in, waterproof hiking boots
  • One pair of lightweight trainers (for the camp, in the evenings)
  • 4 season sleeping bag (Provided)

Extra Clothes for Winter

  • Extra warm layers (add an extra warm item to all key items above)
  • Extra set of thermals (pair to walk in, pair to sleep in)
  • Merino trekking socks
  • Merino glove liners
  • Gaiters
  • Hand warmer

 

Tech

  • Powerbank
  • Universal plug adaptor
  • Charging cables
  • Phone / iPod /Kindle

Toiletries

  • Biodegradable wet wipes
  • Hand gel
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen & lip block
  • Personal medication

First Aid Kit, including:

  • Anti-Diarrhoea Tablets (Imodium)
  • Painkillers
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Rehydration Sachets
  • Blister Plasters
  • Vaseline - to rub on feet to reduce friction
  • Diamox for (only after consultation with a medical professional)

OTHER ITEMS

  • Trekking poles
  • Travel towel
  • Two water bottles (one litre each)
  • Metal SIGG bottle (useful to fill with hot water to use as a hot water bottle at bedtime)
  • Water purification tablets, such as Lifestraw or SteriPEN
  • Crampons or chained spikes that will fit any boot, if you don't have crampon-suitable boots (for winter departures between December and March)
  • Day pack with rain cover (30 litres +)
  • Duffel bag (for the porters to carry overnight kit) (Provided)

 

 

Map & Altitude Graph

Reviews

Sandra Gordon

Australia

can’t thank you enough Tika - Trek Ways Nepal for putting together our itinerary package to Gokyo Lakes & Bardia National Park. My partner & I had the best time. Given it was just the two of us we had the flexibility to change the itinerary - it was more personal than going in a big group. Our Mountain Guide Pramodh who is very knowledgeable and Porter Pedam with his friendly smile - very strong, nothing was ever too hard for him, and we were looked after so well. Both kept checking to ensure we had everything we needed, our oxygen levels checked, that we’d eaten enough & how we felt. Pramodh and/or Pedam would get our thermos filled with boiling water and put in our food orders. Thank you to Pedam for organizing the bowl of boiling water to help clear my cold at Gokyo Lakes. I found the trek challenging at times, a big thanks to Pramodh who offered to carry my backpack which I greatly appreciated. We couldn't have done this trek without Pramodh & Pedam! The Teahouse at Gokyo Lakes had frozen water pipes in toilets, showers,s etc however a bucket of hot water could be purchased for a wash - the thermos was a great tip to thaw the frozen drinking bottle in the mornings. Thank you to Pramodh for teaching us the Nepalese Dhumbal card game we played it most nights. My favorite tea house was at Dole “View Point” - lovely hosts, warm, comfortable, and served the best food. The Teahouse at Mong La where we had lunch served fresh vegetables straight from the garden & the view was spectacular! We were so glad we went to Gokyo Lakes and took out EBC - the track is a lot less crowded and the views from Gokyo Ri are spectacular! Bardia National Park was an amazing experience walking through the jungle with wild elephants & other animals nearby. Spending 4 days was perfect - with 2 jungle walks & 2 jeep rides. The accommodation package you chose for us “Bardiya Forest Resort '' was excellent!! Jal, our host & jungle guide, made us very welcome, he was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the animals, Tiger footprints, and how fresh they were he showed us the drag marks of where they’d killed a deer & dragged it into the long grass to eat. Kamal, our jeep driver always with a smile, wanted to find the Tiger to make us happy! We saw a Tiger - he was massive! The Rhino was in the long grass eating. A wild elephant was wandering in the forest. Monkeys in trees everywhere. Lots of birds - woodpeckers had to be my favorite. Family of Otters swimming in the river. The cook at Bardiya Forest Resort whipped up delicious meals - he kept us well-fed! We’d been to Chitwan National Park 10 years ago, however, I would highly recommend to others to visit Bardia and stay at the Bardiya Forest Resort. You will have an awesome time with Jal as your host & guide along with Kamal as your Jeep driver! Finally, thank you again Tika for all those special added touches and for making my special occasion a memorable one, and a holiday experience I will remember forever! We’ll be in touch soon to arrange the next trek - perhaps Upper Mustang.

Ian Gordon

Australia

This is the 2nd time we've used Tika's services for our Nepal Holiday, and we had just the best time. Not only was everything so well organised and planned, both for our mountain trek and our visit to Bardiya National Park. Our guides were so well experienced, having such a love and passion for what they do and, more than willing to share that with us, making our trip that much more personal and memorable. Our mountain guide, Pramodh, and our porter, Pedam, looked after us so well on the trek, ensuring we had everything we needed, especially as we got higher into the mountains, seeing Everest from the top of Gokyo Ri was just one of the many highlights that we shared. After leaving the mountains, we went to the Terai and spent 5 days at Bardiya exploring that vast national park, and once again, we had a truly fantastic experience. Our forest guide, Jal, and driver, Kamal, shared their knowledge, love, and passion they have for the animals and the forest making our time there a very personal and wonderful experience. As a keen birder and wildlife photographer, being close to so many animals and seeing so many new birds was indeed an experience that will be remembered for a long time to come. All through our trip, Tika kept in constant touch and communicated so well, that nothing was a problem even as some of our plans changed Thank you, Tika, for such a well-organized, and rewarding trip, we leave Nepal with so many cherished memories.

Frequently Asked Question

It is quite challenging than a normal Everest base camp trek, so better to be prepared mentally and physically for the trip.

The best and suggested time to trek to Everest Base Camp Via Gokyo Lake & Cho la Pass are mid-September to mid-December (Autumn) and March to late May (Spring). However, this trek is possible year-round. We suggest you to trek during the best time of year but we can organize if you need to trek during the monsoon or winter. During the winter it can be done with proper winter gear.

March/April/May/June (Spring)

During springtime, the average temperature is 20°C (68°F), with a high of 25°C (77°F) during clear days and a low of – 15°C (5°F) overnight above 4000 meters.

July/August through early-September (Monsoon)

During the monsoon, the average temperature is 22°C (71.6°F), with a high of 30°C (86°F) during clear days and a low of- 5°C (23°F) overnight above 4000 meters.

Mid September/October/November (Autumn)
The average temperature in autumn is 17°C (62.6°F), with a high of 20°C (68°F) during clear days and a low of – 15°C (5°F) overnight above 4000 meters.

December/January/February (Winter)

The average temperature is 10°C (50°F), with a high of 17°C (62.6°F) during clear days and a low of – 20°C (- 4°F) overnight above 4000 meters.

Yes, you need a sleeping bag sleeping bags rated -10°C (14°F) to -20°C (- 4°F) as per the trekking season you plan. Also, our guide can provide you an extra blankets if needed at the teahouses. It is always good to have a liner which you can buy here in Kathmandu or you can bring from home.

Yes, on this trek you require Crampons. There will be ice on the Cho La Pass. 

Yes, you can buy gears in Kathmandu at better price than your home but quality may not be the same. There are some branded items like Rab, North Face, Black Yak, Marmot etc. There are local brands as well. You can rent sleeping bags and down jackets but the other items you need to buy.

It is suggested to follow our standard itinerary. However, you can walk faster and finish the trek earlier but it is your own risk. Due to the altitude issue, we have designed our itinerary and strongly suggest you follow it.

It depends on timing, weather conditions, and your health condition. In general, you will be spending 30 minutes at the Everest base camp. However, you can spend more if time permits or if your health, and weather condition is good. This is what you and your guide decide.

Yes, you can go Kalapatther for sunset but it will be cold after the sun goes down. In general, many people go for sunrise. You can do both is you want to.

No, we do not carry oxygen on this trek. Because there is oxygen available in the lodges and you can use if needed with extra cost.

 

If you get sick, we will take you down if you can walk. Or you can take a horse down (you need to pay extra for a horse ride). If you have basic altitude symptoms then we will stop for the day and see how you feel. If you feel better then we will continue up otherwise we will take you down. If you are serious then we will take you down by helicopter either in Lukla or Kathmandu.

If you need to take a helicopter rescue down to Kathmandu then we will coordinate with a helicopter company who will deal with your insurance. 

 

Unfortunately, you cannot buy insurance here in Nepal. You need to buy from your home country that should cover trip cancelation, trip interruption, helicopter evacuation, medical and health expenses etc.

Tipping is not in our culture but guides, Sherpa and porter expect tipping. You can tip at the end of the trip.

 

Yes, there are weight restrictions on a Lukla flight. You can carry 15kg total (10kg of your duffel bag and 5kg hand-carry bag).  If you have more than that then you need to pay extra (USD 1.5 per kg)

 

If your flight to Lukla gets canceled then either you try the next day or pay extra for the helicopter.

 

The helicopter will fly in bad weather conditions as it has better visibility. But sometimes helicopters also can not fly. If you want to fly to Lukla by helicopter then you need to pay USD300-USD500 which depends on the situation.

Due to the air traffic, all Lukla flights are from and to Ramechap. Because Lukla flights are always in the morning and several international flights land at Kathmandu airport. There is only one runway in Kathmandu which causes flights on hold. During the main season (mid-March to mid-May and October to Mid -November all Lukla flight operates from Ramnechap.

 

There are shared tourist vehicles provided from and to Ramechap. They depart at 2 am from Kathmandu for Ramechap and on return after your flight, shared tourist vehicles are standing in Ramechap for Kathmandu. It is 5 hours drive.

Yes, you can have a private vehicle to Ramechap and back if you want with an extra cost.

 

Your guide will pick you up from Kathmandu airport upon your arrival. He will be holding a paper with your company and your name on it.  You need to carefully look for your name. My guide will assist you to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Yes, we will arrange private transport for you.

Yes, all of our guides speak English fluently. Do not expect a guide as a native speaker but good enough for Nepalese standards. Besides English, our guide speaks Spanish.

Yes, our Guides are certified and have a Government certificate. Also, first aid trained, skilled, and has leading capacity with knowledge of locals.

Yes, we do have our staff yearly insured. Also, we do provide full trekking gear initial phase and they are well-equipped.

 

We will provide you with a porter who will carry your bag. We do have a 2:1 porter ratio (1 porter for every 2 people).

 

Porter will carry 25kg (12.5kg each).

Yes, you can have your porter which costs USD25 per day.
 

Yes, we do provide you with a duffel bag. Your entire trekking gear will go into the duffel bag that the porter will carry.
 

Yes, you can leave your suitcase either in our office or in the hotel. The hotel in Kathmandu has a free luggage store room. We can help you with this.

 

On a trek, we do offer mid-range accommodation. First three nights and last two nights you will have attached bathroom and hot shower. But the rest of the lodges do not offer a hot shower with an attached toilet in. There are common shared inhouse toilets. Rooms are twin a sharing basis and they are pretty clean. We can offer Luxury lodges on this trek but the cost may vary. 

There are no lodges or tea houses in the Everest Base Camp. It is not legal to sleep in the base camp for those who do not have a climbing permit. Either you have to have an Everest Climbing permit or a Nuptse climbing permit to stay overnight in a tent legally.

However, during the Everest expedition season (April to June) there are several tents where you can spend a night.

 

Yes, you can have your private room but you need to pay an extra USD250.
 

Yes, you can have a hot shower till Gokyo on the way up. But we do suggest you not to have a hot shower after Namche. On the way down you can have a shower from Pheriche.

Yes, it is better to bring your own face towel and bath towel. However, there are towels in some lodges but good to have your own.

Yes, you need to buy toilet paper along the way. They won’t have toilet paper in their toilet.

 

Yes you need to bring your own soap for your personal use.

 

In the village there are restrooms but not along the way. You need to find a private spot along the way for emergency use.

 

There are menu available with a variety of choices. You can pick up any items as per your choice but please be vegetarians. Meats are not suggested as they are not fresh. There are bread, eggs, potatoes, rice, Pasta, noodles, pizza, macaroni, different soups, and Dal Bhat (lentil and rice with curry) available along the trek.

Yes, we do serve hot and fresh food. They will start preparing and serving once you order your meal.

Not. There are veg meals available and we do suggest you go for veg meals.

 

No, it is not a problem. You can still have options but you must tell my guide if you are vegan.

Yes, you need to tell us what food you should not eat so our guide can let it know in the lodges.
 

No, you van not use running water because they are not safe. You need to boil them or purify them.

 

Yes, it is provided which is medicated proof and safe to drink. Our guide will carry purified tablets and add into your bottle in front of your eye.

Yes, you can buy water bottle along the way but you need to pay for that

Yes, you can have boiled water but you need to pay extra.

 

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