18 Days
Duration
Difficult
Physicality
Everest Region
Location
September-May
Dates
Minimum 2 travelers
Group Size
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative of Sisne Rover who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take  rest. Welcome drink will be served. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 02: Kathmandu- Trek Preparation & free time.

On your first day in Kathmandu, we take rest after a long flight from your home country. After breakfast, you can visit around Thamel (where your hotel will be located) and shop few items that you have missed to bring with you.We can add Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour on your request. We can have a tour to UNESCO World heritage sites – Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa. In the afternoon, we will have a meeting with our fellow participants and check the final preparation for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals Included : Breakfast

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Day 03: KTM - Lukla- Phakding ( 2651m ) : 4-5 hrs

We will take a early flight to Lukla ( 40 minutes ) from where the Everest Trek begins. In Lukla will meet rest of the team and start the trek. We gradually descend to Cheplung village from where we get a glimpse of Mt Khumbila, a sacred mountain which has never been. We walk on a trail that gradually descends to Cheplung village from where we get a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred mountain which has never been climbed.The trail again gradually descend until  Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 04: Phakding- Namche ( 3438m. ) : 5 – 6 hrs

The trail passes through pine forest and continue on the trail that goes north up the Benkar Valley. Then we cross Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo village before reaching the entrance of Everest National Park. After crossing a suspension bridge, we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. We ascend on a steep trail and reach Namche Bazaar which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

 Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 05: Acclimatization Day - Visit Khumjung Village

Namche Bazaar  is the primary town of the Everest or Khumbu region which has government offices, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. We can hike-up to Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. If we are interested in a day hike, we can trek to Khumjung village. Today we also visit the Hillary School.  Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 06: Trek to Phortse Thanga (3,680m): 5-6 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.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4,470m): 4-5 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.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4,800 m): 4-5 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.
Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 09: Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to 5th Lake or Gokyo Ri:(5360m) 6-7 hrs

Early wake up and climb up to the Gokyo-Ri, for panoramic view of Mahalangur Himalayan range, it takes approximately 2hrs climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawache & a great looking of Ngozumpa glacier a largest glacier in Nepal. You will trek down to lodge at Gokyo on the same day.
Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 10: Trek to Thagnak (4750 m): 3-4 hrs

From Gokyo, you trek to the foot of Cho La Pass, which is remote called Thagnak.
Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 11: . Trek to Dzongla (15, 939 ft) via Cho La pass (5,367m): 7 - 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.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4940 m): 2 - 3 hrs

The trek from Dzongla to Lobuche is short and easy. You can take some much needed rest on this day. Stay overnight in a guesthouse.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 13: Lobuche – Gorakshep(5170m.) with Everest base camp ( 5364m. ) : 6-7 hrs

The trail to Everest base camp is not so difficult but passes several ascend and descend on a glacier path. There is also a lot of meandering on rough terrains. As we reach the base camp, we enjoy the incredible melt patterns and admire the gently rounded ice towers on the upper part of the Khumbu glacier. The Everest Base Camp is stunningly beautiful. We can enjoy amazing views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains from the base camp. After soaking in the beauty, we walk back towards Gorak Shep where we spend the night.

Meals included: breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 14: Gorakshep – Kalapatthar( 5545m.)-Pheriche (4288m.): 7-8 hrs

We wake up early for the walk up to Kala Patthar. It is dark outside with cold temperature and most likely chilly winds.  We walk on a fairly steep trail at a comfortable pace. As we are climbing up the hill we can see Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse mountains. The view from the summit is outstanding. We can see the world’s tallest mountain Everest along other mighty Himalayan peaks. After spending some time at the summit of Kala Patthar, we walk back to Gorak Shep which is relatively easier than hiking up to Kala Pathhar.

Trekkers who visit the Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast as the hike up to the Everest base camp takes longer than the hike to Kala Patthar. After returning to Gorak Shep, both the groups will have lunch together. After lunch we descend to Pheriche to spend the night. Overnight in Pheriche.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 15: Pheriche- Namche (3410m.): 6-7

We will lose approx. 800m in elevation today and walk on a trail with a lot of ups and downs. We descend through a hillside filled with rhododendron and juniper trees and cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. We descend rapidly through pine forest where we can easily spot mountains goats, pheasants and other wild animals and birds common to the area. The path eventually reaches Sansa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. We walk on winding trails followed by another walk through a forest before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche .

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 16: Namche – Lukla ( 2800m. ): 6-7 hrs

Today the trails begin on a rocky terrain to Lukla.  It is mostly a downhill trek on a trail alongside the Dudh Koshi River. We cross several suspension bridges, pass by several monasteries and villages before reaching Lukla.  We spend rest of the day in Lukla taking rest as today will be our last day on the mountains. Overnight in Lukla.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu

We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after a long mountain journey. We can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenirs shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

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Day 18: Final Departure

The whole trip of our Nepal’s adventure ends today. A representative of Sisne Rover Trekking will drop us off at the Tribhuwan International Airport  three hours before  the scheduled flight.

Meals included:  Breakfast

Additional Information

We can customize this trip as per your schedule, budget and preferences. If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.

 

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo is recognized for the series of beautiful turquoise lakes in the Gokyo valley and the famous Cho La Pass. This trek takes us through the Khumbu region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries, the Namche Bazaar and, of course, to the base of the mighty Everest. This trek will be a lifetime experience with the enthralling sights of Mt. Choyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori, and Tengboche Monastery – the largest monastery in the Thumb region. This trek is ideal for trekkers who wish to take up more challenge and “stay off the beaten path”.

 

TRIP FACTS

Group Size 2 to 12 people
Trip Duration 18  Days
Grade Difficult
Activity Trekking, Cultural tours
Maximum Altitude 5364m
Trek Starts In Kathmandu
Trek Ends In Kathmandu
Trek Type Tea House/Lodge
Accommodations Hotels/Tea Houses
Transportation Flight/Private car or Tourist Bus
Best Season September – November and March to May
INCLUDED IN THE COST
Airport pickup and drop in a private vehicle
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
Complimentary Farewell dinner
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Domestic flights ( Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu )
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
Sleeping bag if needed (to be returned after trip completion)
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits.
Medical kit (carried by your trekking guide)
All government and local taxes
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge(s)
Other any transportation except  Included in the section
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
International flights
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

 

Important Note: 

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Sisne Rover. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. 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 plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Accommodations 

We will be staying in hotel in Kathmandu/ Pokhara and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement is served on request with additional cost. We will have rooms with attached washrooms in most parts of the trek but this is not possible in a few remote locations. Also understand that single rooms are not easily available in higher elevations like they are in Kathmandu and the lower elevation regions.

Meals 

During the trek, we provide all meals whereas only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be a complimentary farewell dinner for guests. The most common cuisines in most menus are Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian and common continental.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements 

The most significant thing that makes EBC Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful trek leader and crew members with the ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. We have the best and professional trekking leaders selected on the basis of their experiences, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Sisne only employs local staff. They have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region.

Porter Care 

Sisne Rover is firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated and well paid. Furthermore, we also provide the required level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters get equal treatment and attention like every other team members in case they get sick. We have contract with helicopter emergency evacuation company to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter’s sake, all trekkers keep the weight of their luggage under 15kgs/33 pounds. We also support the work of International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns 

Everest Region is strikingly beautiful, but also equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Sisne Rover, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Our experienced staff can advise us on how to minimize our impact on the local environment.

Acclimatization 

Like all other itineraries, this trek can also curb Acute Mountain Sickness which is very common during high altitude trekking. We ascend gradually so that we have optimum time to acclimatize to the high-altitude environment. Consult your doctors if you have any known heart, lung or blood diseases before booking the trek.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements 

EBC via Gokyo trek is a diffcult trek suitable for trekkers without technical skills who can walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light backpack.Sometimes, we have to walk 7-8 hrs. Anyone who is physically fit with good health can participate in this trek. However, it is always best to start jogging and exercising regularly at least a month before the actual trek. Also, trekkers with high altitude trekking experience can find this trek relatively easier than others.

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (October. to Nov.) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for this trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views

Brief Cultural Considerations

The challenge for you as a visitor to Nepal is to respect the rights and beliefs of the local people and to minimize your impact, both culturally and environmentally. We can all play a part in this by simply being aware of our actions and how they will affect the environment around us. Consider before you buy any sacred relics or endangered animals and take your rubbish with you.

 Please consider the following when trekking:

Dress appropriately: more is better. Revealing clothing in the mountain villages is not suitable, especially for women. T-shirts and trousers/long skirt are the recommended dress, but long shorts are also acceptable. Demonstrating an effort to be sensitive to their culture will enhance your experience with the Nepalese people.

Don’t encourage begging: don’t hand pens, money or sweets directly to the children. This does not only encourage begging, but also causes much conflict amongst the children. You’d rather hand your gifts or pens to a school that will distribute them amongst the children.

Smile: easy to give, wonderful to receive. A smile surpasses all cultural boundaries.

Tip: remove your shoes before entering a Nepali home.

Water

Water purification tablets or a good water filter will save you a lot of money and avoids even more unnecessary plastic in our environment. Iodine pills are very convenient for trekking .One pill will purify 1 liter of water in 20-30 minutes. They are available in Nepal. Gatorade can be a healthy and delicious item to add to your water. Vitamin C (absorbic acid) or Tang powder in different flavors will remove the unpleasant taste of iodine.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness, also known as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), is caused by a lack of oxygen at high altitudes (normally above 3,500m, but some may be affected at 3,000m). It occurs as a result of our bodies’ inability to adapt to a sudden increase in altitude. If given time, our bodies will adjust and a gradual ascent will decrease the possibility of altitude sickness.

How to prevent AMS
Go slowly, drink a lot of water and pay attention to the sensations of your body. If symptoms occur, you have climbed too far for the day. Resting at the same altitude will give you time to acclimatize and usually relieve mild symptoms.  Mild symptoms include: headache, nausea, loss of appetite, mild shortness of breath with minimal exertion, difficulty sleeping, dizziness or light headedness, mild weakness, fatigue, a general unwell feeling. More serious symptoms include: inability to recover from shortness of breath with rest, severe persistent headache, low urine output, vomiting, confusion, delirium, loss of coordination.  These require immediate descent as acclimatization will not take place at the same altitude. The best way to avoid AMS is to walk slowly, carry a light pack and just take it easy. Allow your body the time it needs to acclimatize.

Green note:

Use rechargeable batteries whenever possible. If you use disposable batteries, please take the used ones with you and dispose them safely in your home country.

Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.

What to bring

Nepal is a mountainous tropical country, which means there are climate extremes. Night and day temperature differences can vary between -10°C on the high treks and 30°C on the lower ones (14°F to 86°F), so you need to bring a variety of clothes.

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your trekking but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

Head

  • Head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

 Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking trousers
  • lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • fleece or woolen trousers
  • waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water
  • , ankle support, “broken in”)
  • Running shoes and/or sandals
  • Resistant Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • Medium size rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • Compass or GPS(optional)
  • Alarm clock/watch
  • Digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • Water bottles
  • Small folding knife
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • Medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • Modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Green note:

 Use rechargeable batteries whenever possible. If you use disposable batteries, please take the used ones with you and dispose them safely in your home country.

Many of these items can be bought or rented in Nepal

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Tour Reviews

5 based on 1 review
September 6, 2017

We booked EBC Gokyo trek 18 days from Sisne. One of my friends recommended us it’s name. I had been saving for a year for this trip and I wanted to utilize into something interesting and adventurous. Contacted Sisne and within few minutes they replied. Their response was very quick and they customized the trip according to my flight schedule and budget. We received a warm welcome from them. We also added Kathmandu sightseeing in our package which was an added value to our trip. The next day, we started our journey from Kathmandu with our guide. He was very professional and he knew his job very well. Appreciated for all his help during the trek. It was absolutely awesome to be in Everest base camp. Sisne put all the effort and went beyond to make our trip as comfortable and memorable as possible. At the end of the trip we were given a warm farewell dinner where the company’s president joined himself and we shared our experience about the trek. The genuine concerns from all the staff members is what I liked the most.

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