Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek - 18 Days

Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to Gokyo Ri, the most favorable viewpoint in the world to see 8,000 m peaks, such as Everest, Cho–Oyu, Makalu, and Lhotse. If Everest has topped the list of the highest mountain of the world then Lhotse stands as the fourth highest mountain of the world. Gokyo Ri, a viewpoint, is natural and is made for the trekkers who are engrossed in seeing the most satisfying view of 8000 m peaks. They will see the peaks in a way they have imagined, planned, and organized with their trekking minds in their countries. In addition to this, they will also trek by and see beautiful Gokyo Lake, which captures their minds with its ripples and bluish water and thus creates a lasting impression on them. Here, they would love to take a break, as well as, they would love to photograph this lake many times.

Indeed, Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek has absolute points; at the beginning of the trek, there is a scenic mountain flight across the Himalayan Ranges. You can notice this even on the satellite picture, and you follow the trekking trail that passes through the glaciated milky river, known as the ‘Dudh Koshi.’ in Nepali. The trekking trail also runs by this river, crosses it, traverse the suspension bridges, and passes through Namche Bazaar. This is the largest Sherpa village of Nepal and is dotted with restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, internet cafes, and banks, It is also centered with the Sherpa cultures and heritages.

From Namche, you head off to the Gokyo Valley, the most beautiful valley of the Everest region. You will also reach the ridge, which offers the excellent view of the Kantega Valley. This trek also includes the largest glacier of the Himalayas, called Ngozumpa and the challenging pass called Cho La Pass, and the most accessible viewpoint to see Mt. Everest in the world, called Kalapathar. From this viewpoint, you will also see the stunning view of Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, and Lhotse mountains.

Day 1

Arrival at Tribuwan International Airport, Kathmandu (1345 m). Stay Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 2

Fly to Lukla (2,800 m). Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) - 3 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 3

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 4

Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 5

Trek to Phorste Thanga (3,680 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 6

Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 7

Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 8

Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,438 m) and Back to Gokyo - 4 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 9

Trek to Thangna (4,500 m) - 4 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 10

Cross Cho La Pass (5,420 m) then Trek to Dzongla (4,830 m) - 8 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 11

Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m ) - 4 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 12

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) then back to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) - 8 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 13

Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) Early in the Morning and Trek Down to Periche (4,270 m) - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 14

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 15

Trek to Lukla (2,800 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 16

Morning Flight to Kathmandu - 35 mins. Stay Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 17

Leisure Day in Kathmandu. Farewell Dinner in Traditional Nepali Restaurant with Cultural Program. Stay Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 18

Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic Mountain Flight over the Himalayas
  • Glaciated Dudh Kosi River (Milky River)
  • Namche Bazaar, the Largest Sherpa Village of Nepal
  • Summer Settlements, Gokyo Lake
  • Ngozumpa Glacier - The Largest Glacier of the Himalayas
  • A Beautiful Gokyo village - One of the Highest settlements of the world
  • Gokyo Ri, one of the Best Vantage Points in the World to see the most Satisfying and Stunning View of 8,000 m peaks, Mt. Everest, Cho - Oyu, and Makalu
  • Cho La Pass
  • The most Satisfying View of the World's Beautiful Mountain - Ama Dablam
  • Day 1Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m)

    The representative of Ace Holidays receives you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You will see our representative displaying the signboard of Ace Holidays outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel by the private vehicle.

    Note: We will organize your pre-trip meeting at our office or at your hotel on the same day. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. Also in this meeting, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form, and a non–liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions of your trip. Ace Holidays provides you Duffel Bag and Cap (yours to keep).

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: No Meals

  • Day 2Fly to Lukla (2,800 m), and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 hrs

    In the morning, you will take 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; after landing, you are introduced to your porters; you start a trek by following your guide and descending to the Dudh Kosi River, and on the way to Phakding (2610 m), you pass through a village, called Ghat.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Phakding
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 3Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) – 6 hrs

    After breakfast, you trek along the bank of the Dudh Kosi River, cross this river by the suspension bridge and see the spectacular view of mountains and valleys as you head off to Namche, which has lots of restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchanges, bakeries, and internet cafes.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Namche Bazaar
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 4Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

    You spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. You will trek a short distance to a museum, which exhibits the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. You also hike up to Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this hotel, you can see a rewarding view of the Himalayas, including the Everest (8,848 m) with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the Khumbu peaks.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Namche Bazaar
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 5Trek to Phorste Thanga (3,680 m) – 5 hrs

    The trekking trail ascends through the rhododendron and juniper trees, as well as through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements, and offers the outstanding view of Ama Dablam, Khumbi La, Tawache, Thamserku, Kurum Khangru, Kongde, and Kongde Ri. Following the trail, you descend to the river and Phortse Thanga.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Phorste Thanga
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 6Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) – 6 hrs

    From Phortse Thangma, you climb to a ridge, which offers an excellent view of Kantega Valley and Cho – Oyu Mountain, and from this ridge, you descend to the terminal moraine and reach Macherma in the afternoon.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Machherma
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 7Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) – 5 hrs

    Today, you trek to Gokyo, which is located between Gokyo Lake and Ngozumpa Glacier, and you stay in Gokyo, which has beautiful surroundings, and which is a resting place for the trekkers, as well as for those, who want to hike Gokyo Ri and see the outstanding view of 8000 m peaks, such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Gokyo
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 8Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,438 m) and Trek back to Gokyo – 4 hrs

    In the morning, you climb a steep trail to reach the top of Gokyo Ri, which offers the stunning view of the Gokyo valley, Ngozumpa Glacier, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. You will trek down to lodge at Gokyo on the same day.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Gokyo
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 9Trek to Thangna (4,500 m)- 4 hrs

    You trek to the foot of Cho La Pass, which is remote called Thangna.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Thangna
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10Cross Cho La Pass (5,420 m), and then trek to Dzongla (4,830 m) – 8 hrs

    You start before sunrise between 4 to 5 a.m. to reach the pass by 9 – 10 a.m. to dodge bad weather conditions of the noontime. You cross over at an altitude of 5,420 m where you could be exposed to strong winds if you are late. You start to climb steep region that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered with snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views, then you descend to Dzongla at noon. Accommodation in Dzongla will be very basic and in dormitory style room because of its remoteness.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Dzongla
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) – 4 hrs

    The trek from Dzongla to Lobuche is short and easy. Stay overnight in a guesthouse.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Lobuche
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 12Trek to the Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and then back to Gorakshep (5,180 m) – 8 hrs

    This is a difficult trek along the Khumbu Glacier. By doing this trek, you will reach Everest Base Camp, the closest place to see Mt. Everest. Here, you may see Everest Climbers, as well. You will also see the spectacular view of Khumbu Ice fall. After watching Mt. Everest, and Khumbu Icefall, you return to Gorakshep.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Gorakshep
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 13Trek to Kalapatthar (5,555 m), and then back to Pheriche – 7 hrs

    This is one of the most difficult days, but it is also the most rewarding day of the trek. In the morning, you spend most of your time climbing Mt. Kala Patthar, a small peak (by the Himalayan standards) at 5,555 m. The ascent is demanding, but you see the most magnificent and panoramic view of mountains, including Everest, the highest peak on the planet at (8,848m), which towers directly ahead and on all its sides, you see other mountain giants, such as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. Then you make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5,180 m then trek down to Periche.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Pheriche
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 14Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) – 7 hrs

    From Periche, you trek to Namche Bazaar, and you come across Orsho, Pangboche, and Tengboche villages. The monastery of Pangboche is interesting because it has the scalp and bones of Yeti, an abominable snowman. Similarly, the monastery of Tengboche is outstanding because it has an incredible ornate, a 20 – foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Buddhist Religious Leaders, and from Tengboche, you head off to Namche Bazaar.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Namche Bazaar
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 15Trek to Lukla (2,800 m) – 6 hrs

    After 6 hours of walk, we finally return back to Lukla from where we have started our trek. We would also like to share our trek experience and achievements with other trekkers, as well as we would like to explore Lukla.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Lukla
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 16Fly to Kathmandu – 35 mins

    As you fly to Kathmandu, you can enjoy the glimpse of the mountains through the window of a plane. You are picked up from Tribhuwan International Airport and transferred to the hotel.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 17Leisure Day in Kathmandu

    Take a walk in the streets of Thamel and stroll in Basantapur area. If you are interested in Jungle Safari, River Rafting, Paragliding, and Shopping, then you can start by hiring Ace Holidays. (Day 17 is also a spare day just in case a flight gets cancelled from Lukla). In the evening you will have farewell dinner in traditional Nepali restaurant with some cultural program.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

  • Day 18Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure

    Today is the last day of your trip because you are departing from Kathmandu. You are picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport on time.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially changed. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it cannot be responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

  • Flight Delays in Lukla

    Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip of Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such a case, Ace Holidays will charter a helicopter for you, so that you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500 m, and the twin otter will fly if the visibility is 5000 m, according to Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

    The cost of the helicopter fare is payable directly to Ace Holidays’ office in Kathmandu in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you can claim the amount to your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be USD 500 and maximum USD 1500, depending on the number of passengers.

Arrival and Departure

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you see the guide holding the signboard of Ace Holidays, and your guide accompanies you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, your guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.

Important Note: The local porters at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, may ask tip/money to you. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO THEM, not even to the person, who is holding Ace Holidays' sign board. Begging is one of the harsh realities of this country, Ace Holidays believes that it should be discouraged. Ace Holidays will also not repay you if you give money to anyone at Tribhuwan International Airport.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation includes rooms in Two to Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. During the trek we accommodate you in guesthouses and occasionally dormitory style in the remote Mountains. All the accommodation in hotels and guesthouse will be on twin sharing basis. The guesthouses basically are clean and provides basic facilities. You may bring your own sleeping bag, but Ace Holidays provides sleeping bag and down jacket which should be returned after the trek.

Most guesthouses cook a delicious range of foods, such as pasta, tuna bakes, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables, and desserts. You’ll find a lot of garlic on the menu, as it helps you to acclimatize in thin air. In many villages, you may find meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, hot lemon drinks, soft drinks, and sweets. During the trek, you have meals in the same guesthouse where you have checked – in but lunch can be ordered anywhere on the trail.

A Typical Day on the Trail

You will have a hearty breakfast between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. before you start a trek. At the right moment, you pack your bags and then head off to the dining hall. After approximately 2-3 hours of trekking, you will have your lunch somewhere on the trail. After a good lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more on the trail before reaching your stopping place. Throughout the day, you will take frequent breaks and admire the fascinating mountains views. You also take plenty of pictures, which are backed up by the incredible panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, and monasteries. Once you arrive at your tea house, you take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack, a tea or coffee. If you are so inclined to natural beauty, you may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighborhoods. After checking into your rooms, you have time to read or chat with fellow trekkers or with your crew members. Enjoying a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall, your trek leader briefs you on the next day's itinerary. You also give breakfast order which allows you to have everything ready for the next morning. Extra time can be spent on reading and playing cards. Ace Holidays' Sherpas love to teach various Nepali card games to you. Finally, you head off to bed at 8 p.m.

The Group Size

Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people and the maximum is 14 people, the average number is normally 8 people. Ace Holidays provides 1 lead guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 6 or more), it assigns 1 porter for 2 trekkers.

Acclimatization

All Ace Holidays' itineraries are planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast can lead you to AMS. The higher the altitude, the less the oxygen. For example, at an altitude of 5000 m, there is 50% less oxygen. Therefore, your body needs to adapt to an environment, which has less oxygen. So, for a safe trek, it is essential for you to acclimatize. Sensible planning is, therefore, required to minimize the risk of AMS. Ace Holidays advises all its trekkers, who have heart, lungs or blood pressure problems to consult with their doctors before they begin their treks. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are the symptoms of AMS. Check out altitude mountain sickness. Ace Holidays' itineraries have been designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But it is important to remember that some trekkers are more vulnerable to AMS than other trekkers.

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful trek leaders make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these leaders on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitudes. With an object of serving local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The trek, tour, and expedition leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following training: -Intensive Wilderness First Aid -Trekking Guide Training -Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet -English Language -Conservation and Biodiversity -Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Best Seasons

Autumn (September to December) and Spring (February to June) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (June to Aug) will be affected by rain, but Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. You can also do this trek in winter in December and January.

Change on the Itinerary

Your safety is of paramount concern when you travel with Ace Holidays. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is concerned with your safety. Since this adventure entails traveling in the remote mountainous region, Ace Holidays cannot guarantee that you will not deviate from it because weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs, according to your plan, but please be prepared to become flexible.

Giving to the Local Community

Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. Ace Holidays also supports the remote villages of Gorkha and other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship programs and various projects.

Donation

Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis, and it also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

Sponsorship

One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted in full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

Partnership for Volunteering Program

The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize the teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in the villages of Gorkha district, western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Equipment and Packing List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters and personal belongings, such as money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by you. So, you are briefed to pack items in two different bags before the trek. Ace Holidays will supply complimentary waterproof duffel bag, which you can use on the trek and is carried by a porter. This duffel bag is a gift to you from Ace Holidays. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them later after the trek.

Please note that the luggage have a weight limitation of approximately 33 pounds or 15 kg for the flight to and from Lukla.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Lower Body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • Toiletaries

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Hygeine

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • iPod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket from Ace Holidays

    Ace Holidays provides Sleeping Bag and Down Jackets to its clients during the trek to keep you warm. It should be returned to office after trek. Or you can bring your own if you would like.
  • First Aid Kit

    Please note your guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, you are recommended to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
  • Additional Information

    Have more questions, and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability, please visit our FAQs or contact us.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made of Lycra can often be offensive to the locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable to wear then please wear it as a base layer, and please also pack something to wear on top of it.

Ace Holidays states the price per person below when booking minimum of 2 participants. For booking of the single person, there will be supplement charge of USD 370. Group Discounts of 5 % to 15% is available for booking of 6 or more than 6 people. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. You can also customize a trip, according to your requirements.

Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

No Fixed Departure Dates are available for this Package.

Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private journeys, as well. Please choose your own departure date.

Private Journey

Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

You can also use this trek as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. You can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi River. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in our tailor-made form.

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Price Includes
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two to three star hotel in Kathmandu (Breakfast Included).
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • Farewell dinner in traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural program.
  • Accommodation in lodges and guesthouses (Mostly twin sharing and occasional dormitory style) during the trek.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Ace Holidays (which need to be returned after the trek).
  • License holder English speaking trek guide.
  • Porter to carry your luggage in the trek (Ace Holidays assigns 1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for guide, porter, and driver.
  • Everest National Park Permit and other necessary permits for trekking.
  • Domestic air tickets and domestic airport tax.
  • Free Ace Holidays' duffel/kit bag, sun hat (yours to keep).
  • All government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
 
Price Does Not Include
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)
  • Drinks, chocolates and snacks in the mountains (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Travel Insurance Page)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo).
  • Tips for trek guides, tour guides, and porters (Tipping is expected).
  • Any other expense, which is not mentioned in 'Price Includes' section.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic Mountain Flight over the Himalayas
  • Glaciated Dudh Kosi River (Milky River)
  • Namche Bazaar, the Largest Sherpa Village of Nepal
  • Summer Settlements, Gokyo Lake
  • Ngozumpa Glacier - The Largest Glacier of the Himalayas
  • A Beautiful Gokyo village - One of the Highest settlements of the world
  • Gokyo Ri, one of the Best Vantage Points in the World to see the most Satisfying and Stunning View of 8,000 m peaks, Mt. Everest, Cho - Oyu, and Makalu
  • Cho La Pass
  • The most Satisfying View of the World's Beautiful Mountain - Ama Dablam

What is the success rate of your trip?

We have 98% successful rate and 100% safety records of our Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek.

How do I book the trip?

To secure your booking, we require you to fill in and return the final booking form. The word or PDF version of final booking form will be sent to you via e-mail then you can e-mail or fax the complete booking form. In addition, we also require minimum 30% per person deposit to guarantee your place as it enables us to make the pre-arrangements on your behalf. The remaining 70% can be paid when you arrive in Kathmandu. The deposit can be paid by the bank transfer or credit cards (Master, Visa or American Express cards). There will be 4% bank levy for all the payments done by the cards.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?

Every trekking trip up to the mighty Mt. Everest presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that live forever in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help you ensure that you come to the Himalayas, well equipped and with preparation to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach as high as 25 degrees Celsius, only to dip down as low as -20 degrees Celsius in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the months and seasons.

Spring - March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and the base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen, as well as different species of flowers in the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 17 degrees Celsius with a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius and a minimum of -2 degrees Celsius in the morning and for areas above 4000 meters at night.

July / August to Mid-September is Monsoon Season
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. The excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it is also the best season to avoid the crowds. The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 25 degrees Celsius during sunny days with a minimum -2 degrees Celsius in the morning and at areas above 4000 meters at night. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 18 degrees Celsius.

Autumn - End of September / October / Novemberr
Similar to springtime, autumn is also crowded in the Everest region, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, including the incredible views from the trail.

Winter - December/January/February
Cold and less crowded season. The average temperature during the fall is 10 Degrees Celsius with a maximum temp of 15 Degrees Celsius during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees Celsius in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

Regardless of time of year, trekkers should always plan accordingly and bring clothing for both cooler and warmer temps. Layering is always recommended, as are pants that can double as shorts. For a full list of clothing and materials to bring to account for various temperatures and weather changes that can occur in the Everest region, trekkers should work closely with their travel provider. This will ensure that the adventure will be enjoyable no matter what the weather is, and there is every possible scenario to be taken into account.

Does the staff of Ace Holidays come to pick me up?

Yes, they will come to pick you up in a private vehicle.

Does this trip run even if I am alone?

Yes, it runs even if you are alone.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu Nepal?

Yes, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo.

What kinds of food can I expect in trekking?

You can expect a range of delicious foods, such as pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, 'daal bhat' (rice and lentils), bread, soup, apple pies, pancakes, custard, fresh vegetables, meat items, tea, and coffee. You find a lot of garlic on the recipes, as it helps you to overcome altitude mountain sickness.

Does the guide of Ace Holidays have trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received the first aid training?

Yes, they have all received 45 days trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center of Kathmandu. They have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

What safety equipment do your guides carry during the trek in order to deal with sickness and accidents?

The guides of Ace Holidays carry first aid kit bags and mobiles during the trek. Guides also carry satellites phones while trekking in remote areas, which are out of reach of telecommunication. They are well trained to deal with altitude mountain sickness, as well.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipments during the trek?

Yes, you can charge your digital camera and other equipments during the trek by paying a certain amount. Please also bring two or three pin travel adapter.

Is there any communication facility during trekking?

Yes. There is, for examples, there are telephones in some villages, from where, you can make international calls and pass the mobile number of your guide to your family for the callback. From the trekking trail, you can also make a call from the guide’s mobile, and you can pay him or her later in the Nepalese currency.

How much additional money do I need per day while trekking?

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, snacks, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

How much do I have to pay for shower?

You will have to pay USD 2 at lower elevation and USD 5 at higher elevation. Villages, such as Lukla, Phakding, and Namche have a running shower. Above these villages, you can have a bucket shower.

Is there toilet along the trail? Is it exactly like Kilimanjaro or can I do wherever there is a privacy?

At most cases, you can use the toilets that are nearby the teahouses and lodges, but in the case of emergency, you can pee, whenever there is privacy.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

Yes. You can. If you want to extend your trip, then please inform to the operation manager of Ace Holidays

Is water provided and available at higher altitude also? Is it filtered or boiled?

Drinking water is not included in the trip price, but you can purchase the bottle mineral water easily from the lodges or shops. It will cost you minimum USD 1 at lower elevation to maximum USD 4 at higher elevation per litre bottle of water. Apart from this, you can also drink the normal tap water or spring water if you have your own purifying aid. It is not recommended to drink boiled or filter water from the lodges because it is not boiled that good enough.

I am a Vegetarian, is that a problem?

No problem at all. We always suggest our clients to eat vegetables in the mountain because the non-vegetarian meals are not really that hygienic to eat.

Can I use credit cards in the places while trekking?

No. You can only use the Nepalese currency. That is why, before trekking, you should change your currency into the Nepalese currency. There are lots of banks, ATMs and money exchange counters nearby your hotel in Kathmandu.

What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you have?

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 deg C, we can provide liner or extra blanket if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

Do you use yaks/porters in the trek, or do I have to carry all of my gears by myself?

Yes, Ace Holidays uses yaks or porters in the trek, and you have to carry all your personal belongings, such as camera, water bottle, sunscreen cream, etc in your daypack by yourself.

What type of accommodation do I get in Kathmandu and during the trek?

Accommodation includes shared rooms in Two to Three Star Hotels in Kathmandu including breakfast. 14 nights in guesthouses and lodges (Mostly twin sharing and occasional dormitory style) in the trek. The guesthouses are basically clean and it provides basic facilities available in the Mountains. You may bring your own sleeping bag but Ace Holidays provides sleeping bag and down jacket when required which must be returned after the trip.

What are the kinds of transportation that Ace Holidays use?

Ace Holidays uses different kinds of transportations, depending on the nature of the travel. It provides the transportation to and from the destination. And the transportation includes from domestic airlines to a local bus, from helicopter to yaks or mules, and from an air – conditioned private vehicle to a tourist bus and local bus. Ace Holidays provides you only those options, which enhance your local experience, and which allow you to travel comfortably and efficiently in Kathmandu and to other places of Nepal.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The hotel we provide in Kathmandu includes the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

Is Ace Holidays' staff insured?

Yes, the trek guides, tour guides, cooks, drivers, and porters are insured completely. They have health insurance, altitude mountain sickness insurance, life insurance, accident insurance, and casulty insurance.

How much should I tip to my guide and porters?

Ace Holidays recommends you to tip about 10% to 15% of the total trip cost to the guides and porters (60% to the guide and 40% to the porters). The tip should reflect the level of satisfaction. More information about the tipping is provided during the pre-trek meeting in Kathmandu.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations.

Yes, you have plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after trekking. For more information, please check our special trips.

Do I need to book my international flight ticket to and from Nepal by myself?

Yes, you should book your International flight ticket by yourself because Ace Holidays is a local agent, and it would cost you significantly higher, if you book through us.

What vaccination will I need?

Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Ace Holidays would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell Ace Holidays if you are suffering from any disease.

What type of shape do i need to be in, is this trip for me?

Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Valley Trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatised. To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.

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