trip overview

Trip Code: BT-109 Total Duration: 17 days
Destination: Everest Region Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec
Trip Grade: Moderate Group Size: Min. 2 Pax
Max Elevation: 5545 Meters

trip overview

Trip Code: BT-109 Total Duration: 17 days
Destination: Everest Region Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec
Trip Grade: Moderate Group Size: Min. 2 Pax
Max Elevation: 5545 Meters

itinerary

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Arrival in Kathmandu

You could be already in Kathmandu or you may be arriving on this very day and whatever it is we welcome you to Nepal! Thank you for choosing Everest base camp via Gokyo lake trek with budget trekking. On this first day we transfer you to your hotel/hostel. You will not do much except observing the ambiance around you and get acquainted with the country.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast only

ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY DUE TO FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS:

The flights to Lukla and back are heavily dependent on weather conditions. As a result, flight being cancelled for one day, couple of days or for several days is a known phenomenon for flight companies in Nepal. In case we face such circumstances with your holiday plans in the Everest, we will be following a contingency plan and the plan would be as follows:

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Day 2

In case your flight was cancelled on the previous day, we will attempt to board our flight on the second. This will be our second attempt to make that flight. In case we make it to Lukla on this day. We will follow our original itinerary from Lukla for the next 14 days.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Day 3

This will be the third and last attempt made to board your flight to Lukla. In case if you are not able to board the flight on this day as well, we would do our best to find an alternative. The best practiced alternative will be a helicopter to Lukla. The helicopter in a sharing basis will cost USD 500 per passenger. In case you take the Heli, you will be dropped in Lukla in around 45 minutes. In case we make it to Lukla on this day, we will still follow the original itinerary to Everest Base Camp and head back to catch our flight on the last day from Lukla.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Day 4

In case we had no luck on Day 3, we will no more wait for the flights or the weather to clear up and head towards Phaplu by road. Depending upon the package you select and the number of people in the Group, we will either take a private vehicle or a public jeep. The drive takes around 9 hours. This route to Everest Base camp was used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first to scale Mt. Everest. It takes 4 days from here to join the main trail to the base camp. The trek joins the main trail in Monjo.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

It is advised to have some extra days towards the end of the trip for the same reason. Flights might get called off for the same reason and you may have to wait for couple of days or more.

Trek Preparation and Shopping

This is an important day because today is the day when you will meet with your guide. The guide or one of our team members will brief you about the trek about more or less everything you need to know. After briefing we would thoroughly go through the trekking gear that we have. Furthermore, if there is anything that is not according to the trekking standard we will do last minute shopping of the trekking gears. On the other hand one of our backend office staff will get busy preparing required permits and logistics.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast only

Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (200m descend – 50m descend)

After taking an early morning flight to the most adventurous airports in the world of Lukla we walk just for warm up. We trek for only 200 meters descent and 50 meters of ascent in around 2 and half hours. If weather permits you will get the glimpse of mountains right from the airport. You will hear and see Dudh koshi roaring down from different places. Overnight in Phakding.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Phakding – Namche bazaar (1000m ascent – 100m descend)

This is one of the most difficult sections of the trek.  Within around 6 - 7 hours we cover 1000 meters in ascent and 100 meters in descent. You will come across beautiful villages in between and small yet amazing waterfalls. On this very day you will see the first glimpse of Mt. Thamserku. In between Phakding and Namche is Monjo, from where we enter in the Sagarmatha national park. Right before monjo you may enjoy a notable forest of pine, fir and Rhododendron. Beyond Jorsale and from the confluence of Dudh koshi and Bhote Koshi is the most difficult 2 hours of trek on this day. Overnight in Namche.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Rest Day - Namche Bazar

Despite a day off, we take side trips to Khumjung and on the way we as well stop by at Syangboche. On this day we hike to Syangboche airport; one of the high altitude, non commercial air strip. We also take the opportunity to visit Khunde and Khumjung where we see the school built by Sir. Edmund Hillary and a monastery that claims to home yeti’s scalp. We get back to Namche and rest and enjoy the view. Overnight in Namche.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Namche – Dole (590m ascent)

There are two option from here to reach our next destination and we choose the one via Kyanjuma. With the views of snow dusted, soaring Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse we make sheer ascent through barren ridges. After the ascent we reach Mong La also known as Mond Danda, where we sit for lunch. After reviving we now descend to the root of the hill and banks of Dudh Koshi river to Phortse Thanga.A place which is at the foot of the mountains, dark and damp. From Phortse our trek continues to Dole which takes around 2 hours. Overnight in Dole.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Dole - Machhermo (ascent – 650m)

We walk short but strenuous and sheer uphill through the forest of Rhododendron, a beautiful trail and playground of musk deer. Keep an eye for Golden eagle and dramatically soaring mountains of Everest region. The trail is comparatively easy from Dole and the only vegetation we come across is tundra grass and dotted scrub Juniper. It is advised to hydrate as much as possible due to remarkable change in altitude over a short period of time. We limit our ascent within 3 hours to Machhermo and call it a day to avoid altitude sickness. Overnight in Machhermo.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Machhermo – Gokyo (ascent – 350m)

The villages we see from Machhermo onwards are all temporary villages and only inhabited at certain time of the year. With the beautiful view of Kantega and Cho Oyu, we follow the Dudh Koshi river for almost an hour, until we reach the first lake which is at around of sheer uphill we come across the 1st lake at 4600m, and further down the trail 2nd lake called Taboche Tsho and finally the third lake by the village Gokyo, known as the Gokyo lake itself. We can further travel to the 5th and 6th lakes which is around 1 and ½ hour hike up down.Overnight in Gokyo.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Gokyo Acclimatization to 5th lake (570m ascent – 570m descend) (5th lake)

Trekking to 5th lake and back takes around 4-6 hours with easy pace. Since it is almost full day walk we will keep it on the activity day, which is today’s day. We get back on the same trail out and and not go towards Gokyo Ri but stick to the same trail. In around one and half hours we arrive at the 4th lake and further in around 2 hours we arrive at the 5th lake. The views of peak from the 5th lake is very rewarding. Cho Oyu is the most significant mountain seen from the Gokyos. After all day excursion to the 5th lake and back we call it a night in Gokyo.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Gokyo to Gokyo Ri to Thangnak

After acclimatizing in Gokyo and enjoying the views of Cho Oyu and the 5th lake, we spend another day to visit Gokyo Ri (5346m). One of the most appreciated, nearby viewpoints. We can witness an unparalleled, picturesque view of Everest (8848m), Nuptse 7861 m, Makalu 8481 m, Cholatse (6440m), Taboche (6495 m), Ama Dablam 6856 m, Kantega 6685 m, Thamserku (6608 m). The view of Everest however is the best from the peak of Gokyo Ri. Once we reach Gokyo we stop for breakfast and head towards Thangnak. On this section of the trek we mostly walk on Ngozumpa glacier and through steep moraines. Overnight in Thangnak.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Drak Nak (Thangnak) – Chola Pass – Dzongla (Ascent 700m – Descent 590m)

The day is one of the longest and toughest and we start very early to cover the entire ascent and descent on thin air. It takes approximately 8-9 hours to complete the trek. The drag however pays back with some pretty nice and near views of peaks Everest, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Phari Lapche, Kyajo – Ri. Further after crossing Chola Pass the trail again becomes sheer, exhilarating scramble, on the edge of the mountains. The trail is treacherous, marked with cairns and often confusing and slippery. Once we head down we call it a day in Dzongla.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Dzongla – Gorakshep

The first 1 and half hours of descent takes us to Thukla and further an hour of walk takes us to Lobuche. Cholatse steals the show in the first half of trek, whereas you would get the first glimpse of Nuptse and Lhotse which is prominent as well as captivating. The walk from Lobuche to Gorakshep takes around 1 and half to 2 hours for fit and fast whereas it could take 3 hours with normal pace and fatigue. From Lobuche the track is easy, clear and pleasant. Later, the trail twists, turns, climbs and goes past Kangri Glacier to Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Gorakshep – Kalapatthar/Ebc – Gorakshep (Ascent 650m, descent 385m)

Initially trek follows the narrow gap between glacier moraine and the mountain. We make a very small but difficult climb on moraine with the first sighting to Gorakshep. We cannot visit both Kalapathar and Everest base camp on the same day which is why we do it in 2 days time. It is recommended to visit Kala Patthar on this day. Many people prefer Kala Patthar in the morning but it is not recommended due to the ruined views from sunrise behind the Everest. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Gorakshep – Pheriche (200m ascentt, descent 700+m)

If we made it to Kala Patthar on the previous day, we hike to Everest base camp on this day before we descend to Pheriche. The trip to base camp takes around 3 hours one way. We start our trek early at around 6 am to our destination, which is a semi-permanent village made out of bright dome tents and bounder covered by prayer flags. After spending brief moments in Everest base camp we trek down for another hour to Gorakshep and further down to Periche in Next 3-4 hours. Overnight in Pheriche.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Pheriche – Namche (Ascent 400+m and ascent 50+m)

From Periche we descend to scenic Imja River and make small and easy ascent and walk through the forest of Rhododendron and Fir. We walk majorly through the banks of Imja stream and Dudh Koshi until an uphill ascent to Tengboche and further down to Phunki Thanga and final shear uphill for around an hour to Namche. Overnight in Namche.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Namche – Lukla (Ascent 950m, descend 250m)

Although we start early and it is all descend from Namche to lukla, it is claimed to be the hardest downhill in the entire Everest base camp route. The remorseless incline makes it difficult on the knees but there is always an option to slow down the pace and stroll easy. It’s a flat trail from Benkar to Phakding and further to Lukla and not too bad on the knees. Overnight in Lukla.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Lukla – Kathmandu

We board an early morning flight on the world’s most adventurous before the weather is wrecked. With the views of the beautiful peaks on our right we head towards Kathmandu.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast only

itinerary

1. Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu

You could be already in Kathmandu or you may be arriving on this very day and whatever it is we welcome you to Nepal! Thank you for choosing Everest base camp via Gokyo lake trek with budget trekking. On this first day we transfer you to your hotel/hostel. You will not do much except observing the ambiance around you and get acquainted with the country.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast only

ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY DUE TO FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS:

The flights to Lukla and back are heavily dependent on weather conditions. As a result, flight being cancelled for one day, couple of days or for several days is a known phenomenon for flight companies in Nepal. In case we face such circumstances with your holiday plans in the Everest, we will be following a contingency plan and the plan would be as follows:

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Day 2

In case your flight was cancelled on the previous day, we will attempt to board our flight on the second. This will be our second attempt to make that flight. In case we make it to Lukla on this day. We will follow our original itinerary from Lukla for the next 14 days.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Day 3

This will be the third and last attempt made to board your flight to Lukla. In case if you are not able to board the flight on this day as well, we would do our best to find an alternative. The best practiced alternative will be a helicopter to Lukla. The helicopter in a sharing basis will cost USD 500 per passenger. In case you take the Heli, you will be dropped in Lukla in around 45 minutes. In case we make it to Lukla on this day, we will still follow the original itinerary to Everest Base Camp and head back to catch our flight on the last day from Lukla.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Day 4

In case we had no luck on Day 3, we will no more wait for the flights or the weather to clear up and head towards Phaplu by road. Depending upon the package you select and the number of people in the Group, we will either take a private vehicle or a public jeep. The drive takes around 9 hours. This route to Everest Base camp was used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first to scale Mt. Everest. It takes 4 days from here to join the main trail to the base camp. The trek joins the main trail in Monjo.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

It is advised to have some extra days towards the end of the trip for the same reason. Flights might get called off for the same reason and you may have to wait for couple of days or more.

2. Trek Preparation and Shopping

Trek Preparation and Shopping

This is an important day because today is the day when you will meet with your guide. The guide or one of our team members will brief you about the trek about more or less everything you need to know. After briefing we would thoroughly go through the trekking gear that we have. Furthermore, if there is anything that is not according to the trekking standard we will do last minute shopping of the trekking gears. On the other hand one of our backend office staff will get busy preparing required permits and logistics.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast only

3. Kathmandu - Phakding

Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (200m descend – 50m descend)

After taking an early morning flight to the most adventurous airports in the world of Lukla we walk just for warm up. We trek for only 200 meters descent and 50 meters of ascent in around 2 and half hours. If weather permits you will get the glimpse of mountains right from the airport. You will hear and see Dudh koshi roaring down from different places. Overnight in Phakding.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

4. Phakding – Namche bazaar

Phakding – Namche bazaar (1000m ascent – 100m descend)

This is one of the most difficult sections of the trek.  Within around 6 - 7 hours we cover 1000 meters in ascent and 100 meters in descent. You will come across beautiful villages in between and small yet amazing waterfalls. On this very day you will see the first glimpse of Mt. Thamserku. In between Phakding and Namche is Monjo, from where we enter in the Sagarmatha national park. Right before monjo you may enjoy a notable forest of pine, fir and Rhododendron. Beyond Jorsale and from the confluence of Dudh koshi and Bhote Koshi is the most difficult 2 hours of trek on this day. Overnight in Namche.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

5. Acclimatization Namche

Rest Day - Namche Bazar

Despite a day off, we take side trips to Khumjung and on the way we as well stop by at Syangboche. On this day we hike to Syangboche airport; one of the high altitude, non commercial air strip. We also take the opportunity to visit Khunde and Khumjung where we see the school built by Sir. Edmund Hillary and a monastery that claims to home yeti’s scalp. We get back to Namche and rest and enjoy the view. Overnight in Namche.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

6. Namche – Dole

Namche – Dole (590m ascent)

There are two option from here to reach our next destination and we choose the one via Kyanjuma. With the views of snow dusted, soaring Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse we make sheer ascent through barren ridges. After the ascent we reach Mong La also known as Mond Danda, where we sit for lunch. After reviving we now descend to the root of the hill and banks of Dudh Koshi river to Phortse Thanga.A place which is at the foot of the mountains, dark and damp. From Phortse our trek continues to Dole which takes around 2 hours. Overnight in Dole.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

7. Dole - Machhermo

Dole - Machhermo (ascent – 650m)

We walk short but strenuous and sheer uphill through the forest of Rhododendron, a beautiful trail and playground of musk deer. Keep an eye for Golden eagle and dramatically soaring mountains of Everest region. The trail is comparatively easy from Dole and the only vegetation we come across is tundra grass and dotted scrub Juniper. It is advised to hydrate as much as possible due to remarkable change in altitude over a short period of time. We limit our ascent within 3 hours to Machhermo and call it a day to avoid altitude sickness. Overnight in Machhermo.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

8. Machhermo – Gokyo

Machhermo – Gokyo (ascent – 350m)

The villages we see from Machhermo onwards are all temporary villages and only inhabited at certain time of the year. With the beautiful view of Kantega and Cho Oyu, we follow the Dudh Koshi river for almost an hour, until we reach the first lake which is at around of sheer uphill we come across the 1st lake at 4600m, and further down the trail 2nd lake called Taboche Tsho and finally the third lake by the village Gokyo, known as the Gokyo lake itself. We can further travel to the 5th and 6th lakes which is around 1 and ½ hour hike up down.Overnight in Gokyo.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

9. Gokyo Acclimatization

Gokyo Acclimatization to 5th lake (570m ascent – 570m descend) (5th lake)

Trekking to 5th lake and back takes around 4-6 hours with easy pace. Since it is almost full day walk we will keep it on the activity day, which is today’s day. We get back on the same trail out and and not go towards Gokyo Ri but stick to the same trail. In around one and half hours we arrive at the 4th lake and further in around 2 hours we arrive at the 5th lake. The views of peak from the 5th lake is very rewarding. Cho Oyu is the most significant mountain seen from the Gokyos. After all day excursion to the 5th lake and back we call it a night in Gokyo.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

10. Gokyo -Thangnak

Gokyo to Gokyo Ri to Thangnak

After acclimatizing in Gokyo and enjoying the views of Cho Oyu and the 5th lake, we spend another day to visit Gokyo Ri (5346m). One of the most appreciated, nearby viewpoints. We can witness an unparalleled, picturesque view of Everest (8848m), Nuptse 7861 m, Makalu 8481 m, Cholatse (6440m), Taboche (6495 m), Ama Dablam 6856 m, Kantega 6685 m, Thamserku (6608 m). The view of Everest however is the best from the peak of Gokyo Ri. Once we reach Gokyo we stop for breakfast and head towards Thangnak. On this section of the trek we mostly walk on Ngozumpa glacier and through steep moraines. Overnight in Thangnak.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

11. Drak Nak – Dzongla

Drak Nak (Thangnak) – Chola Pass – Dzongla (Ascent 700m – Descent 590m)

The day is one of the longest and toughest and we start very early to cover the entire ascent and descent on thin air. It takes approximately 8-9 hours to complete the trek. The drag however pays back with some pretty nice and near views of peaks Everest, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Phari Lapche, Kyajo – Ri. Further after crossing Chola Pass the trail again becomes sheer, exhilarating scramble, on the edge of the mountains. The trail is treacherous, marked with cairns and often confusing and slippery. Once we head down we call it a day in Dzongla.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

12. Dzongla – Gorakshep

Dzongla – Gorakshep

The first 1 and half hours of descent takes us to Thukla and further an hour of walk takes us to Lobuche. Cholatse steals the show in the first half of trek, whereas you would get the first glimpse of Nuptse and Lhotse which is prominent as well as captivating. The walk from Lobuche to Gorakshep takes around 1 and half to 2 hours for fit and fast whereas it could take 3 hours with normal pace and fatigue. From Lobuche the track is easy, clear and pleasant. Later, the trail twists, turns, climbs and goes past Kangri Glacier to Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

13. Gorakshep

Gorakshep – Kalapatthar/Ebc – Gorakshep (Ascent 650m, descent 385m)

Initially trek follows the narrow gap between glacier moraine and the mountain. We make a very small but difficult climb on moraine with the first sighting to Gorakshep. We cannot visit both Kalapathar and Everest base camp on the same day which is why we do it in 2 days time. It is recommended to visit Kala Patthar on this day. Many people prefer Kala Patthar in the morning but it is not recommended due to the ruined views from sunrise behind the Everest. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

14. Gorakshep – Pheriche

Gorakshep – Pheriche (200m ascentt, descent 700+m)

If we made it to Kala Patthar on the previous day, we hike to Everest base camp on this day before we descend to Pheriche. The trip to base camp takes around 3 hours one way. We start our trek early at around 6 am to our destination, which is a semi-permanent village made out of bright dome tents and bounder covered by prayer flags. After spending brief moments in Everest base camp we trek down for another hour to Gorakshep and further down to Periche in Next 3-4 hours. Overnight in Pheriche.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

15. Pheriche – Namche

Pheriche – Namche (Ascent 400+m and ascent 50+m)

From Periche we descend to scenic Imja River and make small and easy ascent and walk through the forest of Rhododendron and Fir. We walk majorly through the banks of Imja stream and Dudh Koshi until an uphill ascent to Tengboche and further down to Phunki Thanga and final shear uphill for around an hour to Namche. Overnight in Namche.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

16. Namche – Lukla

Namche – Lukla (Ascent 950m, descend 250m)

Although we start early and it is all descend from Namche to lukla, it is claimed to be the hardest downhill in the entire Everest base camp route. The remorseless incline makes it difficult on the knees but there is always an option to slow down the pace and stroll easy. It’s a flat trail from Benkar to Phakding and further to Lukla and not too bad on the knees. Overnight in Lukla.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

17. Lukla – Kathmandu

Lukla – Kathmandu

We board an early morning flight on the world’s most adventurous before the weather is wrecked. With the views of the beautiful peaks on our right we head towards Kathmandu.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast only

Essential Trip Information

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a very challenging 17 Days trip in the Everest region
  • You will walk from 4 hours - 8 hours a day
  • You will cover 4 kilometers to 12 kilometers in average in a day

Physical Rating

The fit you are the better experience you will have on the trek. The treks in Everest region are very challenging and demands your fitness at optimum level. Depending upon the package chosen, you may have to walk with the day pack or your heavy backpack. You will be walking on slopes ranging from 45 degrees to 60 degrees and many times in the thin air. Also the weather on the trek is very dramatic.It is highly recommended to begin exercising at least 1-2 months before the trek and also practice any form of exercise like running, swimming, aerobics, cycling or even walking. It is suggested to workout 1-2 hours daily. Also it is highly recommended walking up and down the stairs or improve your stamina in climbing uphill with load in your backpack.

Joining Points

Hotel Prince Plaza Sano Gaucharan, Gyaneshwor

Emergency Contact

Please contact our office number below. The phone number provided below is for genuine Emergency contacts only and not for general queries: +977 9802027333 At Budget Trekking, we try our level best to provide hassle free  and best holiday experience in Nepal. Yet at times, things could go wrong because of the nature of travel, miscommunication or unseen circumstances while on the trek. Very rare to our organization and only 0.01% times out of 100 we encounter situations like such. In case such situation occur, it is requested to primarily discuss the problem with the guide or the team leader. 3 out of 4 times the guides and team leaders try their level best to rectify the problems on their level best  and on the trail and prevent from you having bitter experience in the rest of your trip. In case the team leader or the guides response or solution does not meet your expectations, please ask your guide to connect you to our manager in our Kathmandu office. +977 9802027333

Airport Transfer Instruction

All our packages include drop off to the airport. It is important for you to remember to notify our office of your departure at least a day prior to your departure. You will have to provide us with your tickets on [email protected]. We will further notify you with the time of your airport shuttle and location.

Itinerary Disclaimer

We offer several itineraries to the same trek and the itinerary varies according to the seasons, festivals and as well according to the feedback we receive from our travellers. Furthermore, while on the trail, there are several elements like the safety of our travellers, weather or any other unseen circumstances that our itinerary may get altered. In case these changes made by us to ensure your safety and successful completion of the adventure affect your schedule, it is requested to you to inform the company at the soonest possible. We are here to help you and help make your holiday a wonderful experience and in order to do that, we look for your support as well. The itinerary provided in this package is without add on of the things you can do in Nepal. There are several other activities that can be added to the itinerary depending upon availability of your time and the availability of the activity. Also, you may find holidays in more affordable investment than that of ours but that does not guarantee your safety, security and enjoyment to the optimum. We propose the price after rigorous researches made on the trails by our experts over the course of 10 years. Inclusion or exclusion of any activities from our company is at your own interest and risks.

Essential Trip Information

  • The trip begins from Kathmandu
  • You need to arrive at least 2 days prior to your scheduled trek initiation date
  • You will begin your trip from day 2 of your arrival and only after signing necessary formalities
  • You need to bring along at least 2 passport sized pictures and hand it to the company on day 2.
  • In case of trek cancellation or trek forfeit due to unseen circumstances, we shall compensate with an alternate itinerary or activities.
  • You need to bring along at least 500 dollars additional in cash. The funds will help you in case of delayed flights or unseen circumstances
  • You need to aware of the company of any medical conditions developed recently
  • You need to be of age 15 and above to join this trip
  • You are advised to have at least 3-4 days towards the end of the trip. This is because of uncertainty of flights from Lukla.

Passport and Visas

Citizens from any country other than India require Passport and Visa to enter in Nepal. You can either make your entrance in Nepal via Air from one and only international airport or via overland from entries like Kakarbhitta, Biratnagar, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Dhangadhi and many others. You are allowed to stay for 150 days in one fiscal year. The visa granted upon arrival would be multiple entry tourist visas. There are few steps to obtain tourist visas for Nepal and making payment for the visa and immigration purposes are solely your responsibility.  The process to visa is as follows:

Step 01:

  • Fill in arrival card at Airport or
  • Fill in online form and submit it on  Department of Immigration and print a copy and bring along with your passport.

Step 02:

  • Make payement as per the intended days of your stay
  • Take a receipt of your payment

Visa Fees 15 Days – 25 USD 30 Days – 40 USD 90 Days – 100 USD

Step 03:

  • Please proceed to one of the immigration officers stationed at the immigration desk along with the receipt and your documents
  • Upon satisfaction and complete documentation you will be granted with visa

Note: Please bring along few copies of your passport sized photos and xerox copy of your passport.

For visa renewal, you will have to visit the department of immigration at Kalikasthan. Before you visit the department please fill the online form for visa renewal available on Department of Immigration, submit the form and print the invoice number. Visa renewal, government taxes and visa related fine is solely the responsibility of the traveler.

Medical Health Information

You will be mostly trekking in high altitude and in thin air. Hence, all traveler travelling with Budget trekking require to be fit and doing physical activities on everyday basis. Also, it is very important for you to read all the information about the trip before selecting the trip and embarking on the journey. In order to do so, please consult us for choosing the right trip for you. Once the trip is chosen and in case you are not able to cope up with the team

Food, Accommodation & Transport

Health 

It is very important for you to stay up to date with your health reports and as well inform us of any medical history that you had or have developed recently. Also, it is advised to inform us if you are taking any medication. We recommend our travelers to make your own first aid kit and carry along with yourself with all the essentials you require.

Food and Diet

If you want to travel on a shoestring budget, we include food on our trek. The food inclusion on our trek is good enough to keep you full for the day without you having to break your back. Please check your package type and in case if you have booked a full board trek with us, we include any 1 item from the menu or staple meal of rice and lentils for lunch and dinner and a full nepali breakfast in the morning. Since teahouses offer nepali meals to pizzas and pies, we also at times offer trekking packages without the inclusion of food. The meals on the trek in Everest could cost you anywhere from USD 30 - USD 60, depending upon what you choose to have while on the trail. Just for your information, price range of certain items is mentioned as follows:

All prices are in USD

  • Mineral water US$1.50 to US$3.50 (boiled water available as cheaper substitute)
  • Soft drinks US$2.50 to US$3.50
  • Beer – can US$3.00 to US$4.50
  • Beer - bottle US$4.00 to US$6.50
  • Snickers chocolate bar US$1.50 to US$3.50
  • Biscuits US$1.00 to US$2.50

Just in case, at most of the times in full board trek, we often include chocolate and energy bars for our trekkers. The bars remain with the guides or porters and is provided to trekkers upon need. In case of eating in Nepal, Nepal offers a great blend of cuisines from around the world. The country has to offer to people who are vegetarian and also developing to serve vegans. Eating on the street or roadside restaurant is cheaper but it is also important for you to remember that the food is Nepal is spicy. You have to be very careful eating on the street before the trek. While on the mountains, we usually have freshly prepared fresh food over frozen food. Also, we would avoid meat products to our best until you return back to Kathmandu

Accommodation

Accommodation in the mountains are very basic as the resources has to be portered. The higher you trek, the nominal becomes the accommodation standards. Majority of the houses constructed in the Everest are made out of stone slate and cement bondings. Also, private accommodation is rare and at times you may be accommodated in dorm rooms with common bathrooms.

  • Rooms

Rooms beyond Lukla and Namche are basic. Most of the teahouses now offer twin sharing and attached bathroom. However, in peak season you should be open to dorm rooms and shared restrooms. The beds are designed with Nepalese physique in mind. The beds are narrower in width as well as in length. You are most likely to find handmade nepalese mattress which would be a little hard for people use to sleeping in comfortable spring mattress.

  • Bathroom facilities

Bathrooms in Everest region are now modernized. Majority of lodges are now constructing attached bath with hot shower facilities and where there are no showers there are buckets. However, there still are lodges with asian style squat bathroom and with least facility. The least facility bathrooms are in the higher altitude teahouses.

  • On season accommodation

It is most likely for hotels, motels and teahouses to be full in season and some tea houses are dysfunctional in off season. At times, places like Labuche, Dingboche and Gorakshep could be completely occupied and you may have to accommodate under the tents or even in the Kitchen.

  • Off trail accommodation

Off trail accommodation is more likely to be basic than the primary trail lodges. The rooms are more simpler, showers are replaced by bucket showers, western bathrooms are replaced by squat bathrooms and the hotels are likely to be closed in off season  

Transport

All ground transport included from the trek is responsibility of Budget Trekking. There are 2 possible option to reach the trek put in destination. The first one is the highly sought option which is flying in an out of Lukla. The second one is 12 hours drive to Phaplu and walking 3 days to join the mainstream trail. In case your package includes flying in and out of Lukla Budget trekking is responsible for arranging ground transport to and from your hotel to the airport and back. In case you have booked package that includes driving to Phaplu and then walking further, it is the due responsibility of the company to arrange the vehicle to the bus/jeep station and back along with arranging jeep/bus to Phaplu. Any other transportation for personal purpose or sightseeing will not be entertained by Budget Trekking until the transport is included in your package. Depending upon the size of the trek, all vehicles will be tourist vehicles big enough to accommodate guests comfortably. In terms of flights, Budget trekking will arrange the earliest possible flights to and from lukla irrespective of the carrier. The reason for doing so is to avoid consequences like flight delays as the result of change in weather constantly.

Finances and money for the Trek

Please check your trekking packages for the food and accommodation included by our company. Even if you are on a full board trek, you may at times want to indulge in western drinks and comfort food which may not be included in your package. Also, you may want to tip your group leader, sherpa, or your porter towards the end of the trek. At times like such, personal cash comes in very handy. We advise you to have at least 250 dollars worth additional cash in hand and some of that cash as Nepali Rupee. Also while changing the money at money exchanges, do not forget to ask for notes of lower denomination.

Few things to remember:

  • You need to be of age 15 and up to join this trek
  • In case you are below 18 you need a letter of interest signed by your legal guardian
  • You are requested to bring along your passport sized pictures, at least 2 for the company
  • You need to have reserve funds of around 500 dollars
  • In case of no flight on the first day, we would wait for second day to board our flight. In case of no flight on the second day, we would board a jeep to Phaplu and walk to Phakding.
  • You need few additional days at the end of the trek. The days towards the end come in handy in case the flights are cancelled due to weather.

Equipment List

Equipments play significant role in your experience of trekking in Nepal. Here are few equipments that you must have to make your trek wonderful experience.

  • Sleeping Bags - Sleeping bags are very vital and is a must item for treks in the Everest region. It is recommended to take a 4 season sleeping bag. If you have a lightweight 4 season sleeping bag, it is worth taking for your trek. In case you do not, sleeping bags can be rented from Thamel. Most of our packages are inclusive of sleeping bags.
  • Rucksack/backpacks: Rucksacks and backpacks are to be carefully chosen. It is important to choose a very comfortable backpack that fits your body type and does not create friction while you walk. It is important to watch out for a very strong and comfortable waist strap that prohibits bags from moving unnecessarily. Depending upon your clothes an ideal backpack should be of 45-65 litres, whereas, a day pack should not be more than 15-20 litres.
  • Boots: A happy feet gives you a happy trekking experience and hence your boots play vital role in having a wonderful experience. While choosing the shoes, please make sure you buy a lightweight, warm and waterproof trekking boot over trail running shoes. It is important to choose light weight boots with firm sole and superior grip. A firm sole grip will help you avoid ankle twists or foot related injuries.

Packing

When trekking on Everest, it is very important to choose the right things to pack for optimum enjoyment. The list of gears to be packed is suggested as belows:

  • Down Jacket - A lightweight down jacket. It is suggested to carry it down in case you have one or else it can be rented from Kathmandu for cheap. It is recommended for Jackets to be of bright colors.  
  • Down Pants or trekking pants with fleece inners - Down pants or trekking pants are unavailable for rentals and hence it can be either brought from your home country in case you have one or can be brought in Nepal
  • wind/rain Jackets - Weather is constantly changing in the mountains. Rain showers are unpredictable and wind blows almost at all times. Wind jacket comes in handy specially while on the move.
  • Jersey / Fleece Tops - At times the weather is very cold and the down Jacket sololy cannot keep you warm or at times when you are walking, the down jackets are impossible to wear. At times like these, fleece jersey and fleece tops come in handy.
  • Shirt / Tshirt / Blouse - Shirt, tshirt of blouse should be of lycra or spandex material. It is important for your sweat to dry as quickly as possible.
  • Underwear - Since water is a scarce and the weather is cold, one underwear lasts for over 2-3 days. It is advised to have around 5-6 underwear just in case. In case of sports bra, it is recommended to have 2-3.
  • Thermal wear - Thermal wear may not be important if you have fleece packed. However, in case you feel extra cold, we advise you to pack thermals. Thermals require small space and are light to carry.
  • Windproof/waterproof trousers - Other than down pants, you may as well include fleece pants but you must include windproof and waterproof pants. At times, you may have to walk in snowy and muddy conditions and these pants work fantastic in keeping you warm.
  • Socks - It is important to pack a mixture of socks. We advise you to pack cotton mix sports socks along with light technical wool mix socks. Your feet is usually warm when you are trekking but at times like when you are resting is when you have to keep your feet warm.

Additional Items

  • Warm Hat/Skullies
  • Sun Hat
  • Neck Gaiter/ Muffler
  • Mittens/Gloves
  • Snow Gaiters
  • Towel
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Trekking Poles
  • Raincoat
  • Pack Cover
  • First Aid Kit
  • Water Purifier
  • Money Pouch/Belt
  • Toilet Paper
  • Moisturiser
  • Wet wipes
  • Lighter
  • Lip Balm
  • Tampons/Sanitary Napkins
  • Earplugs

Climate & Seasonal Information

There are technically 4 best seasons to trek. However, all together there are 5 seasons and all 5 seasons sees trekkers in the Everest region. The first is early autumn (mid september - late october). Although this season is a very pleasant season and it is this time of the year that the country goes from green vegetation to harvest colour, the global warming may result in late monsoon. Winter (mid october to december) is another season that is cold but yet fantastic. The sky is the bluest and the views are crystal clear. In the lower hills below Namche it is likely for you to sweat even in this season. On the landmark beyond Namche you will witness frost and it is cold. Spring (early april to June) is one of the most rejoiced seasons. This season is best known for cloud formation over the mountains. It sometimes showers here and there with clear view of the mountains and sky in the morning and the evenings. Walking in this season is less strenuous than others as the days are long and so the time frame to reach the destination of the day. Monsoon is another season which usually begins in the middle of June but is unpredictable. Monsoon is often not one of the best seasons for trek but to avoid crowd. You are not guaranteed one of the best views and in fact the view at all. In the middle hills you are likely to be accompanied by leeched along the trails. Also, the trails become slippery making it difficult for trekkers as well as porters to walk.

Temperature

The temperature in the Everest is unpredictable like its climate. In warm days, the temperature might reach upto 30-32 degree celsius in the day and in the coldest nights it may drop down to -30 degrees at night. The temperature is heavily dependent on factors like snow, rain and wind. However, the temperature average at night on Spring and Autumn could range from -9 degree celsius to - 15 degree celsius.

Group Leader

Once you are on the trek, the most important factor for making your trek one of its kind is your guide or your group leader. The guides assigned for your trek are highly qualified. Each of our guides are hand picked and have over 5 years of experience. They are not just trained in language and have decently fluent English but are also trained in first aid, AIMS and providing the best hospitality. The group leaders have in depth knowledge of the mountains, wildlife, culture and people of Everest. The guide will not only translate you from the local people but the time you are on the trek, the guide is your friend, family and your companion.

Safety

For recent updates on safety and security of Nepal, please visit your respective embassy website. However, Kathmandu and Nepal is safer than any western cities and town and criminal activities are almost alien. Not to forget, Nepal and its cities are sprawling and becoming tourist hubs and the crime rate is certainly to be rising. The nightlife in Kathmandu is on the rise and taking a taxi, cycling or walking on the street even at the middle of the night is not a problem till this day. On the trek, violent crime is unknown but reports of theft of bags and merchandise is on the rise. It is usually cell phones and cameras that are reported lost and usually in prime trekking seasons in busiest teahouses and stop over places. For your own safety, it is advised not to flaunt your expensive gears, cameras and even money in the public. We at Budget trekking try our level best to avoid crowded teahouses to our best.

Group Travel

Most of the treks mentioned on our website are group travel. Group travel is a way to cost cuts as well as a great way to make friends on the trail. Unless you have your own group or you have clearly communicated with us, you are likely to join a group. When trekking in a group, the group would remain like a group and walk together as well as remain together at all times. You must be in great shape and remain intact in the group at all times.

Travel Insurance

Your safety and security is our utmost priority. Although we work on zero rescue policy, meaning airlifting no traveler, we cannot undermine the power of nature. It is your responsibility to buy right insurance before venturing to the mountain of Nepal and adventuring in the thin air. Depending upon the trek of your choice in the Everest and the evelevation you are trekking to, it is advised to get the right kind of insurance that not only covers your medical expenses but also your medical evacuation if in case required.

Responsible Travel

From the time when trekking evolved in the Everest and until this day, it is often debated that the environment of Everest has been degraded. In order to protect the mother nature and pass the environment to the generation to come, we practice responsible travel. In order to do so we practice responsible travel ethics which we would as well like to abide our guest by.

  • Litter
  • Mineral Water consumption
  • Disposal of waste
  • Use of Toilet
  • Disposing Toilet paper
  • Polluting water sources
  • Fuel Conservation
  • Damaging of biodiversity
  • Dressing responsibility
  • Respect Privacy
  • Don't flaunt
  • Respect customs and religion practices
  • Respect traditions
  • Don’t bargain
  • Don’t promote begging

Our Charity

We are socially responsible trekking company and as a part of our corporate social responsibility we have been taking care of 3 orphanages in Kathmandu and help people in need through our non for profit making organization Pailo Paila. The charitable organization was established in 2015 and after the great earthquake. Until today’s date, our charitable organization has already helped people with 350+ temporary shelters, 1 primary schools and immediate relief for over 5000 earthquake and flood victims. We allocate funds from each travel we conduct and we donate generated funds to one of 3 orphanages we look after in 3 different locations of Kathmandu. The fund donated helps the orphanage with everyday operations, school fees, school dress, books and stationeries and most importantly their medication, hygiene and food. Depending upon the interest of the trekkers, we either privately donate the funds to the orphanages or we let our travellers as well visit the orphanage and meet the kids. Please let us know if you wish to visit the orphanages and the children who you made a difference to and we will plan the visit accordingly!