Gokyo-Cholo Pass Everest base camp Trek

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Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes, known for the chains of attractive turquoise lakes in the Gokyo valley and the well-known Cho La Pass, takes us over the attractions of the Khumbu area in the company of magnificently towering peaks, welcoming Sherpas, vibrant monasteries, the Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and, of course, to the base of the mighty Everest. The trek in advancing to the base of the world's highest peak maps out outstanding vistas from such renowned viewpoints like Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar. The trek furthermore rewards us with great views of the Khumbu Icefall. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp across Gokyo Lakes, in a nutshell, will be a lifetime journey with the fascinating sights of Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori, and Tengboche Monastery - the biggest monastery in the Khumbu province of Nepal.

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes’ itinerary is perfect for hikers who wish to take up more challenge and "stay off the beaten path" while walking upon remote Nepalese trails. However if you are a beginner explorer who is in good health and normal physical fitness then Everest Base Camp Trek - 16 Days could be good for you. Moreover, who wants to trek to the Everest Base Camp but has limited amount of time in your hands then you can sign up for 12 days Luxury Everest Base Camp heli trek instead. 


At a Glance

  • 16 days on trails that begins at the foothills of Everest & takes you up for some fantastic close-up views
  • Hotel and teahouse lodges that are cosy on the trail with healthy meals provided on the trails
  • 5545m…we peak at Kalapathar for some of the best sceneries of famous peaks…its awesome!!
  • Go together with by expert & helpful local Sherpa guide & team.100% success guaranteed

What's Included?

  • Healthy meals during entire trek: 3 times
  • Best Mountain Lodge with hot shower on trek
  • Flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • All airport transfers by Private vehicle
  • Expert Local Sherpa guide: Certified by Gov.
  • Necessary Porters: 1 porter between 2 people
  • Best 3/5 Star Hotel room in city with breakfast
  • Welcome dinner at Authentic Restaurant
  • MST kit bag, Group medical kit & trekking Map
  • Sleeping bag, Down Jacket & company t-shirt
  • Private vehicle for ground transportation
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Guides and porters pay, meals and insurance
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city

What's Not Included?

  • International Airfare and Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu: $7-10 Per Meal
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks, Water and deserts in Trek
  • Gratitude for Guide & Porter
  • Battery Charges & internet on trek
  • Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation

Itinerary

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The panoramic views of the Himalayas and greenery from the windows of your jet around the Kathmandu valley are enough to give you the first glimpse of your just begun vacation. The high Himalayas covered with snow will provide you with the first thrill of your upcoming trekking expedition. Mountain Sherpa Trekking office representative and driver will be on standby to greet you at the exit terminal of Tribhuvan International airport.  
 
Our representative and driver will drive you to your designated hotel in a private vehicle arranged by us. Also, they will help you check into your rooms. You can freshen up after going into your rooms and rest for sometimes. Next, we will brief you about our daily activities. The rest of the time is free for you to explore the neighborhood and get familiar with the surroundings of the ancient city. It is your first overnight in the old city of temples, probably the most beautiful one.

Accommodations: Best 3 Star Or 5 Star Hotel- As Per Your Choices

We wake up early in the morning after a good night sleep and have a delicious and hearty breakfast. We will have a half-day sightseeing trip of Kathmandu valley. A professional guide in a private vehicle arranged by us will assist the sightseeing. We will visit two of the cultural heritage site of Kathmandu valley. 
 
We will move out towards our first destination Swyambhunath right after our breakfast. Swyambhunath is an ancient stupa located on the top of a hill on the western side of the Katmandu city. It is popularly known as the Monkey Temple because of the presence of holy monkeys around the temple. This place is among the oldest religious and sacred sites in Nepal. Though the site is considered to be pilgrimage center for Buddhist, both Hindus and Buddhists worship it. 
 
We next head towards our next destination, Boudhanath Stupa that is considered as the biggest stupa in the whole world. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route from Tibet to Kathmandu via Sankhu. This stupa is the significant center of Tibetan Buddhist culture in Kathmandu. The stupa is said to be built back in the fourth-fifth century. You can enjoy and explore the Tibetan Buddhist culture around the stupa. We return to our hotel and get refreshed in the afternoon. If you wish, you can do some shopping and preparation for the upcoming trek. 
 
We will have a welcome dinner arranged by us in a typical Nepali restaurant and then retire to our bed early. We need to have a proper rest before starting our journey tomorrow.

Accommodations: Best 3 Star Or 5 Star Hotel- As Per Your Choices

Meals: Healthy Buffet Breakfast at Hotel and Welcome Dinner

Height: 2,800m/9184ft (Lukla) and  2,652m/8,698ft (Phakding)

Flight time: 35 minute Trekking Distance: 8km (3-4 hours) 

We wake up early after the beautiful, good night sleep. We get freshen up and have an early breakfast. Our vehicle will be on standby to drive you to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan international airport. We take an early morning adventurous flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This air route is one of the most beautiful routes in the entire world filled with the highest peaks and incredible green forests. It takes around 30-35 minutes to reach Lukla by flight.   
 
We meet our other crewmembers at Lukla. We do some sorting, arrangement and packing of our gears and bags. We start our trek along with the Dudh Koshi River. We pass through beautiful Sherpa villages, rhododendron, and pine forest before finally reaching Phakding. The trail offers some of the incredible views of mountains and mesmerizing landscapes. We will have a short hike today for better acclimatization. If interested, you can visit the nearby monastery in Phakding or explore the beautiful village. Overnight stay at Lodge in Phakding. 
 
Accommodations: Local Sherpa Lodge Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Height: 3,440m/11,283ft  Approx. Trekking Distance: 10 km (5-6 hours)

We head off from Phakding after having a healthy morning breakfast. We walk across the scenic trail along the Dudhkoshi River before ascending through the beautiful rhododendron and pine forest exploring the very first view of Mount Thamserku (6,618m/21,714m). This trail blooms up in the spring season with the blooming of rhododendron flower. 
 
We ascend through forests and bridges on the trail until we reach the junction of  Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. Next, we climb for about 2 hours when we finally get the first glimpse of Mount Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We stop at Chautara to explore and enjoy this incredible and wonderful view of the highest peak surrounded by other mountains. We hike for about 1.5 hours from Chautara before we finally reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest. Namche Bazaar is the biggest town on the Everest trail and the main trading center of Khumbu region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. 
 
Accommodations: Local Sherpa Lodge Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Max. Height: 3790 meters / 12435 feet

It is our first day for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar. We can do many things around Namche Bazaar to spend our day. It is one of the most beautiful settlements in the Khumbu region. It will be helpful for our body if we walk a few hundred feet vertical during the day and help our body to acclimatize properly. We can visit the nearby Sagarmatha national park headquarter and learn about the history and observe the assortments of very first ascenders of Mount Everest. We can also explore and learn about flora and fauna of the Everest region at this center. 
We take up a trip to Khumjung and Khunde village and climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip, there is Everest View hotel from where we can enjoy the beautiful and panoramic views of some of the highest Mountains of the world. We visit the Edmund Hillary School, which is at the same place. We spend some more time at Syangboche after our lunch before descending to Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar. 
 
Accommodations: Local Sherpa Lodge Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Max. Height:  (3,680m/12,073ft)  Approx. Trekking Distance: 5.6 km (3-4 hours)

We climb through the steep trail through the rhododendron forest out of Namche Bazaar. The trail leads us to the Dudh Koshi from where the trail turns north. The trail descends with multiple steeps down a sandy slope before finally reaching bank of Dudh Koshi. We pass through some summer settlements and Yak Kharkas until we reach the beautiful village Phortse Thanga. The trail offers incredible views of mountains and valleys. We walk for about 5-6 hours today from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga.  
 
Phortse Thanga is a beautiful village, which is located in the middle of the hills above the river valley. Overnight stay at Phortse Thaga. 
 
Accommodations: Local Sherpa Lodge Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Max. Height: (4,470m/14,665 ft) Approx. Trekking Distance: 7 km (4-5 hours)

We wake up early in the morning and have a healthy and delicious breakfast before leaving for Machhermo. We trek on the hillside beside the Dudh Koshi river across small hamlets and sand spurs. The trail is an uphill climb, and we walk through green forests, waterfall and beautiful settlements of Labarma, Dolem, and Luza before finally reaching Machhermo. We will be able to enjoy the magnificent views of the Himalayas covered in white snow on the trail. Overnight stay at Machhermo. 
 
Accommodations: Local Sherpa Lodge Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will have a rest day at Machhermo today to adjust our body for better acclimatization. We walk around the village and have a relaxed day. Machhermo is a beautiful village in the Khumbu region with incredible views of some of the highest peaks of the world. We way climb up to few hundred meters high from the village which will help our body to adjust with the height and environment. Also, we can explore and learn about the beautiful culture and lifestyle of Sherpa people of the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at Machhermo.

Accommodations: Local Sherpa Lodge Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Max. Height: (4,790 metres /15,720 ft) Approx. Trekking Distance: 6 km (4-5 hours)

We climb slowly uphill from the village to a ridge, which offers the amazing views of the north face of Mount Cho-Oyu. We pass through Phangkha where the valley widens up. We descend t the riverbank and then climb up to the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa glacier on a steep trail. The trail levels up after crossing the iron bridge over the stream and follows the first lake of the Gokyo valley known as Longpongo at 4690 meters altitude. We witness the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun at the sight of second Lake, Taboche Tsho. As we walk ahead of the second lake, we reach Gokyo village, which is situated nearby the third lake and Mount Cho-Oyu. We can witness the amazing and spectacular views of the backdrop of Mount Cho-Oyu. Overnight stay at Gokyo. 

Accommodations: Local Sherpa Lodge Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Max. Height: (5,483m / 19083ft) Approx. Trekking Distance: 8 km ( 5-6 hours)

Today, We will hike to Gokyo Ri which is a small peak above the Gokyo village. We start our hike after an early morning Tea/Coffee. The Gokyo Ri stands 5483 meters high and takes around 2-3 hours to climb from Gokyo village. As we climb the peak, the views get more mesmerizing, and we will be able to witness the incredible views of some of the highest of the peaks i.e. Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and other Himalayas of Khumbu region. Along with the Himalayas, we can also enjoy the views of glacial lakes in the south and Nepal’s largest glacier, Ngozumpa from the peak.
We get down after enjoying the wonderful and scenic views from the top of Gokyo Ri, we have our Breakfas and after breakfast brunch we hike towards our next destination, Dragnak. We walk across the Ngozumpla glacier and descend down the second lake. The route across the glacier is marked by Cairns and is generally quite well defined. We climb off the glacier by a small dwelling known as Dragnak and follow a shallow valley to our camp by a small kharka. Overnight stay at Dragnak.
 
Accommodations: Local Sherpa Lodge Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Max. Height: (5,368M/17,612 ft.) Approx. Trekking Distance: 9 km ( 57-8hours)

We will have one of the most robust and rewarding treks today. The walk is going to be quite hard and challenges us physically, but we will be rewarded with the most incredible and beautiful views of Khumbu valley once we cross the trail. The trail is steep and involved glacier traverse, which makes it challenging to cross. We will start our trip before sunrise in the morning and cross over an altitude of 5300 meters where we may face strong wild if we get late. The problem occurs when the trail is covered by snow.

We trek through a rocky trail and walk beside the frozen lake before finally reaching the top of the pass. We can witness the pyramidal view of Mount Ama Dablam over a range of surrounding Himalayas. We descend walking down the glacier to the easier terrain below before finally arriving at the Dzongla village. Dzongla is a small village, which offers splendid views of Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Cholatse, Lobuche peak, and Pheriche village. Overnight stay at Lodge in Dzongla village. 
 
Accommodations: Local Sherpa Lodge Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Max. Height: (4,940 m/16,207 ft) Approx. Trekking Distance: 7 km ( 3-4 hours)

We will have a short and more comfortable route, which will take us to Lobuche in 3 hours. The trail is easy and can be completed in a short time. We have an early morning breakfast before leaving for the Lobuche. We can enjoy the marvelous views of Lobuche Peak, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Dzongla lake on the trail. We can rest for the day which will be helpful to our body for the next day’s long trek. Overnight stay at Lodge in Lobuche. 

Accommodations: Local Sherpa Lodge Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Max. Height: (5,364 m/17,594 ft.) Approx. Trekking Distance: 9 km ( 7-8 hours)

Today will be a long trekking day for us. We start early in the morning and walk across the rocky and windblown path through the barren moraine of Khumbu Glacier before we finally reach the Gorak Shep village. We have our lunch and rest for sometime. Next, we et out on the trail of base camp of the highest peak in the world. It will be a strenuous walk because of thin air in the high altitude. 
We pass through the glacial moraine, rocky dunes and streams before finally reaching Everest Base Camp. We can witness the colorful camps of the mountaineers that stand out beautifully at the base camp. We can enjoy the fantastic views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori from the base camp. We have an option of taking a higher route and witness the mesmerizing views of Khumbu icefall on our return journey to Gorak Shep from Everest Base Camp. We spend our night in a Lodge at Gorakshep. 
Accommodations: Local Sherpa Lodge Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Max. Height: (5,545M/18,192 ft) Approx. Trekking Distance: 9 km ( 7-8 hours)

It is going to be the most wonderful day of our trek. We wake up early and climb up to the Kala Patthar behind the village. We climb early morning in the cold temperature of -10 to -14-degree Centigrade to catch the most exotic and fantastic views of Everest and other mountains with the rays of sunrise. We can enjoy the majestic views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Khumbutse, Changtse, Lingtren and others in 360 degrees from Kala Patthar. 
We descend to Gorak Shep, have our breakfast and make our way back to Pheriche with a slow descend downhill. We have a good night's rest at Pheriche in a Lodge.
 
Accommodations: Local Sherpa Lodge Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Max. Height: 3,440m/11,283ft   Approx. Trekking Distance: 14 km ( 6-7 hours)

After having our Breakfast at Pheriche,We descend down slowly today through lush rhododendron forest at the hilltop village of Tengboche. Tengboche is a beautiful village with great views on all sides. We can visit the oldest monastery of this region in Tengboche. Walking through the pine forest and rocky terrain enjoying the close-up views of  Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest, we reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar. 

Accommodations: Local Sherpa Lodge Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Max. Height: (2,800m/9,184f ft.) Approx. Trekking Distance: 13 km (7-8 hours)

The trail descends down from Namche Bazaar to more comfortable altitude. We pass through the beautiful village of Jorsale where we exit the Sagarmatha national park. The trail goes across the beautiful Sherpa villages of Monjo and Phakding before finally crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. We reach Lukla after hiking down for about 6-7 hours. We stretch our sore legs and recall our memories of the closest views of the highest peak in the world. We will have our last dinner with our trekking crew and make it a grand celebration night of successfully completing the trek. Overnight at Lukla. 

Accommodations: Local Sherpa Lodge Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, after a hale and hearty breakfast, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel. If interested, we could buy some gifts to take home from Nepal for loved ones and friends and relatives; we can visit some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. This short excursion either can be assisted by Mountain Sherpa’s guides or we can do it ourselves too. If we want to explore any other areas in Kathmandu, we have to manage time for this today as well! At eventide, we will attend an exciting celebration dinner together for successfully completing our original EVEREST Base Camp trek hosted by Mountain Sherpa Treks and Expeditions! Overnight in Kathmandu, the valley of the gods.

Accommodations: Best 3 Star Or 5 Star Hotel- As Per Your Choices

Meals: Breakfast

It is a spare in case the flight gets delayed or canceled at Lukla, which often happens due to bad weather. If this does not happen, it is good and fortunate. You can plan out a trip to any cultural heritage site of Kathmandu or do shopping. It's your free day to do whatever you wish to and at your own pace. Or you can visit Bhaktapur City. Which is an ancient city about 12km outside of Kathmandu city within the Kathmandu valley. 

Accommodations: Best 3 Star Or 5 Star Hotel- As Per Your Choices

Meals: Breakfast

Our office representative and vehicle will be on standby at your hotel. After the delicious last breakfast in the city of temples for this vacation, our representative will drop you to the Tribhuvan international airport for your flight back home. 
 
It was a great joy and pleasure to serve you. Mountain Sherpa Trekking and Expedition will cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time we spent together on the trek. We are thankful for choosing us as your travel companion for visiting this naturally gifted country. We are assured that this amazing journey to the nearest point of the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest will give you a memory of a lifetime. Ciao friends! Till we meet again.
 
Note: We try to follow the itinerary given above, but at times, the local weather or trail conditions may not be friendly resulting in slight changes. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This adventure goes into wild territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the safety of your trip and your life. Thank you so much for your understanding.
 
Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation

yes 4 Nights Deluxe accommodations in Kathmandu at 3 Star/ 5 Star Category Hotel as per itinerary

yes 14 Nights best Mountain lodge comfortable room with attached bathroom & hot shower where available

mail All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis [Single rooms can be organized during trek with extra cost]

mail For the 4 Nights hotel in Kathmandu single rooms are available at a supplementary cost.

What kind of food I can expect during trek??

------------------- Morning Breakfast [6:30-7:30 AM] -----------------------

  • Tea or Coffee, Hot chocolate, lemon tea, hot milk or green tea
  • Eggs items- Fried Eggs, Boiled Eggs, scramble eggs, Omelet,
  • Bread items- Toast, Pancakes, Chapati & Tibetan Bread
  • Porridge with Honey

--------------   Afternoon Lunch [12:30 – 1:00 PM] -------------------

  • Curry with Rice, Pasta, Noodles item, fried rice, fried Potatoes, Mo.Mo

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yes Welcome/farewell Dinner with live Cultural Show at typical Nepali Restaurant

----------------- Evening Dinner [6:00-8:30 PM] ----------------------

  • Sherpa Stew, vegetable Soup, mixed Soup, Potato Shop
  • Dal bhat tarkari – a soup of lentils with rice and a vegetable curry
  • Fried potatoes with veg, MO. MO, fried Noodles, Pasta, mash potatoes with Cheese

--------------------------- Safe Drinking Water -----------------------------

You can get bottled water all the way up to base camp but the price per liter goes higher and multiplies significantly. It is recommended to bring steripen (UV filtration) or iodine tabs for water purification with soft plastic bags so that you can purify the water from local source and make it safe for drinking purposes. At tea houses you will be served with boiled water. And please be noted that don’t drink water from local taps and resources as it would prone you to water borne illness and affects the whole trekking journey.

Vital information

******* Climate and Seasonality *******

Nepal is subject to monsoon which determines the choice of trekking areas depending on the season: Spring Seasons [March to May] is ideal to watch the explosion of vegetation, including rhododendrons, and from around the Annapurna sanctuary trek to Everest, Generally clear skies in the morning, marked cloudiness in the late afternoon. The more we advance towards the month of May (monsoon), the more clouds rise early.

[Mid September to November] This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approx. above 20degC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to -5degC at the higher altitudes.

Summer Season Starts from June to September. Dolpo trekking and Mustang trekking of Nepal, and Tibet tour can be done in the monsoon.

Winter, from Mid December to late February, the cold is dry, the clear sky, the sunshine ... Many benefits without the tourist season. For example, short trek like chisopani and nagrkot trek , ghorepani poonhill trekking ,Ghandruk Village trek would ideal for Winter Treks.

******* Travel Insurance *******

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services). We also strongly recommend that you take out delayed departure and cancellation insurance, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions.

We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your MSTE itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken in the trip to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan & India. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses.

For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet, Bhutan & India trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage.You need send us your copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.

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Gokyo-Chola Pass Everest base camp Trek is pretty challenging treks since it involves high altitude pass commonly known as chola pass 5,368 meter. You should be reasonably physically fit to enjoy this trek fully. If you are moderately fit both physically and mentally you can join this trek. As there are steep ascent and descents, rocky paths, rock steps and some moraine walking. So, this trek isn’t suitable for anyone with knee problems or weak ankles. Anyone with heart trouble or lung problems should check with their doctor.We suggest you to do some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before embark on your journey.

We use standard rooms at quality hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the Gokyo Chola pass EBC trek routes, mountain lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping gear. The lodges in trekking routes generally provide single and double rooms, or seldom a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in tea houses provides essential and basic facilities and will be always outside the room.

Check the terms and conditions of your travel insurance very carefully before embarking on the Gokyo chola pass Everest Base Camp trek – the elevations involved are above 5000m, and many companies simply will not cover you at that level. (World Nomads offers trekking up to 6000m under its level 2 cover.)

You need to be covered for helicopter evacuation from the mountains in emergencies, and, if you have a connecting flight to your home country, are flying out of Lukla, and planes stop running, your insurance should cover the cost of a helicopter out of Lukla. We fully facilitate for our valued clients for any emergencies issue.

Yes, they have all received 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

That very much depends on how much use you intend to get out of it. Reasonable quality gear is available in Kathmandu for a fraction of the price of the real deal. We will help out you to find good standards gears in Kathmandu.You also rent out down gear and sleeping bags, which are the most sensible option if you don’t think you’ll be using them again for a while.

We suggest that you keep the weight of your trek bag maximum 15kgs. Each porter can carry maximum 30kgs = 2 clients trek bags @15kgs per bag per person. Please note that you are allowed only 15 kgs of luggage including your hand bag for Lukla flight. For excess baggage you have to pay extra charges.

The hotel we use in Kathmandu has a secure locked room where they store our Clients extra belongings in a safe way. You can also safely leave your belongings at our office.

Our expert Local Sherpa guides and porters are trained in mountain first aid and altitude related illness. The solution to severe altitude problems is always to descend. If someone is unwell or has an accident, we evacuate them out to the nearest road or village where we organize helicopter evacuation back to Kathmandu. We always have sufficient staff with our crew so that one of our people can leave to care for the sick/injured client and the rest of the group can continue on with their trek or climb if they wish to. There are now cell phone masts installed at Gorakshep so it is possible to get 3G connectivity throughout the entire Everest region. If necessary, your guide will utilize your travel insurance information to call a rescue helicopter, and you will be flown to Kathmandu for medical attention.

There are now cell phone masts installed at Gorakshep so it is possible to get 3G connectivity throughout the entire Everest region. Please note in order to get Nepal SIM card you will need to provide a photocopy of details page of your passport and one passport photo. Our guide will help you to buy SIM Card. Also all our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

No problem at all because the lodges mostly serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions committed to looking after our porters and our trekking weights are carefully calculated so that our porters are not overloaded. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers. There will be one expert local Sherpa guide for 2 people. For above 4 trekkers we provide one extra Sherpa guide. This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of twelve people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to book this trip for a larger group then that can be arranged too.

Yes, most of lodges/tea houses have electricity. You can charge your iPod or camera batteries while on treks. Please note that lodges/tea houses will charge you some money for the charging fee (1 USD to 3 USD per hour) in during your trek. Someplace you can charge free also.

The tips for the guides, driver and porters are not included in the price you paid for your tour. However is something extra present to your staff after a special trek, however you must know that tips are not mandatory and instead you must take from different view of point as saying thanks after making successfully your trip to Everest Base camp. Normally, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

This is very practical matters for Everest base camp trek, however many company doesn't take it seriously, the flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are generally reliable but if the weather is not good they can be canceled for the entire day. Our 17 day package includes one extra contingency day in case of delays. If your flight is delayed in Kathmandu we will rebook your flight for the next day. We may also be able to provide an option for a privately chartered helicopter. If you choose to take the helicopter, this can cost an additional $150 to $500 or more depending on availability and group size. Extra hotel nights in Kathmandu we be provided, when flights are delayed. If your flight is delayed in Lukla we will provide the accommodation and meals in the cost.

Once you have confirmed your booking, an advance deposit of 30 percent (30 %) of the "total trip Package” is required for 100% Confirmation. The deposit can be paid by Credit Card, or by bank Wire transfer. The remaining trek balance needs to be paid in Kathmandu on your arrival day. When we confirm your trek booking we will send you more details about how to pay the trek deposit. Please note that the trek deposit is non-refundable. However, you may postponed your travel date if incase required. Your deposit expires after 3 Years only. You can travel any date within 3 years.

We boast 99% success rate to date on our Gokyo Chola Pass Everest base camp trek, this is achieved because of our highly experience local Sherpa guides & staff. As we are 100% local Sherpa Company in Nepal. Our entire guides & staff are 100% Local Sherpa people from Everest region.

As you know “Sherpas are highly regarded as elite mountaineers and experts in their local area. They were immeasurably valuable to early explorers of the Himalayan region, serving as guides at the extreme altitudes of the peaks and passes in the region, particularly for expeditions to climb Mount Everest”

Second reason: Our specially designed itinerary ensures you a proper acclimatization, we added two extra days in the critical acclimatization period. One night in Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) & we spent another night in Gokyo(4,750M/15,584 ft).

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