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Everest Base camp Gokyo Chola Pass Trek

2 days in Kathmandu, 15 days in Trekking, 4 Nights hotel in Kathmandu, Total 17 days trip Magnificent view of Himalayas, Sherpa villages and Monasteries, Sagarmatha National Park, Syangboche Airstrip

Overview

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek is one of the most technically advanced treks in the Everest region then in other treks which makes it more adventurous.

Gokyo Cho La Pass Everest Base Camp Trek covers all the typical sights in the area like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp and also includes a visit to the Gokyo Lakes by crossing the high altitude of Cho La Pass (5,330m).

This is a superb trek for those with stamina, physical strength and a sense of adventure. The days differ simultaneously some are long days of 8 to 9 hours but the majorities are 5 to 6 hours in length.

You will spend maximum time in the mountains while flying in and out of Lukla. Acclimatization is necessary and is done in the renowned Namche Bazaar, from where we take short and steep walk to Syangboche which offers a closer view of the Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.

On this trip, you get the chance to visit Khumjung village and the Khumjung Hillary School which was started by Sir Edmund Hillary. Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass takes you through Rhododendron and pine forests, across a waterfall and through high grazing lands, past monuments and fluttering prayer flags.

As we get closer to the Ngozumpa Glacier, trekkers are rewarded for making past through the narrow and steep climb when they reach three of the Gokyo Lakes with their minerals, clear water.

The steep climb up to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) is a highlight of this trek as it offer the view of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. This trek provides you with both splendid mountain views and acts as acclimatization for the long day which awaits your arrival ahead to cross the Cho La Pass.

Before the winds set in, it is necessary to start the day very early in the morning in order to cross the pass. The summit of the pass being at over 5,300m, it proves to be a tough day. This trail proves to be a real once in a lifetime achievement as some part of this trail is over ice.

This trek does not stop to amaze us with it beauty as the trekking route goes on to Gorak Shep, Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar which is also known as Everest View Point. 

This trek also offers beautiful photographs for those who want to capture its beauty for lifetime.

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 

Welcome to Kathmandu! As soon as you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu .Short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Phakding (2610m) 

Good Morning! Today is the Second Day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek. After a good night sleep, you will be picked up by your guide in the early morning to go to the Kathmandu airport, from where we will take you to a 35 minute flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. At Lukla, we will meet our porters and head towards north from the airstrip to Chablung (2,700m). We will cross the Tharo Koshi River from here on a suspension bridge. After getting past the bridge, we get a view of the Kusum Kangru Mountain (6,367m), which tends to be one of the most difficult peaks for trekking. The trial will slightly climb towards Ghat (2,590m) after the Tharo Koshi River, we will cross a ridge marked with painted Mani stones and trek to Phakding. We will spend the night there. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3420m): Walking Distance: 8km, Duration: 3 - 4 hours trek

Good Morning! Today is the Third Day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek! After a good night sleep, we follow the valley of the Dudh Koshi River from Phakding, staying on the west bank of the river. We climb steeply over a rocky ridge towards Benkar (2,710m) from where the trail continues alongside the river. Villages are distributed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant first can be seen during this trial. In both early autumn and late spring, the flora found in this region of the trek makes it more beautiful to walk. We cross the Kyashar Khola and climb out of the valley to Monjo (2,840m). During our trek we enter the Sagarmatha National Park (Sagarmatha is the nepali name for Everest), which was established in 1976 in order to protect a 1,148 sq. km. area surrounding Mount Everest beyond Monjo.  Beyond the entrance station of the national park, the route makes a steep rocky descent and crosses the Dudh Koshi River on a 120m-long suspension bridge towards Jorsale (2,830m).

We will reach Namche Bazaar (3,420m) after crossing this river a few times while climbing our way up the valley. Namche Bazaar is the main trading center in the Khumbu region and consists many shops, hotels and restaurants. We will spend the night here. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 04: Namche Bazzar Acclimatization (3440m): Walking Distance: 11km, Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Fourth Day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek. We will trek to Thame and return back again. Thame lies near the foot of a large valley of west of Namche Bazaar at an altitude of 3,750m. The trial passes the encampments of Phurte (3,390m), Thamo (3,440m) and Somde (3,580m) before reaching the Sherpa village of Thame (3,750m). A good view of the snow peaks of Teng Kangpoche (6,500m) and Kwangde (6,187m) to the south can be observed. After having lunch, we will return to Namche Bazaar. We will spend the night there. Good Night! Sleep Well!

 

Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3,680m/12,073ft): Walking Distance: 6km, Duration: 5-6 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Fifth Day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Trek. We will leave Namche Bazaar and trek towards Phortse Thanga, we will walk about 6 km from Namche Bazaar. It would take around 5 to 6 hours to reach Phortse Thanga. We will spend the night there. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 06: Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4,470m/ 14,663ft): Walking Distance: 10km, Duration: 4-5 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Sixth Day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek. We start our trek to Machhermo with a stiff and sloppy climb of nearly 40 minutes and witness the great views of the valleys around us. We trek down to Dole, where having lunch and a short rest is possible. After a short rest we hike back up on the ridge towards Lhabarma, which is best for camping and Luza and to Machhermo. Machhermo has a marvelous setting with superb mountain and valley view which makes the trek more pleasant. This small village is renowned for the most reliable yeti incident in the Khumbu region. We will spend the night here. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 07: Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m/15,744 ft.): Walking Distance: 7km, Duration: 4-5 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Seventh Day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Trek. Our trek ascends upward from Machhermo for 4 to 5 hours along a distance of about 7 km to reach Gokyo, lies at an altitude of 4,800m. We will spend the night here. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 08: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft): Walking Distance: 2km, Duration: 3 - 4 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Eighth Day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek. Gokyo is a small village in Solukhumbu District and it lies at the foot of the Gokyo Peak (Gokyo Ri in nepali) which is 5,357m high. Gokyo village lies at an elevation of 4,750m. This day is acclimatization day where we hike to Gokyo Ri from Gokyo Village and return back. We will spend the night there. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 09: Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m/15,580 ft): Walking Distance: 4km, Duration: 4 - 5 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Ninth Day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek. We walk for 4 to 5 hours to cover a distance of 4km to reach Thagnak (4,700m) from Gokyo (4,750m). Thagnak is a beautiful village. We will spend the night here. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 10: Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m/17,604 ft) to Dzongla (15, 939 ft): Walking Distance: 7km, Duration: 7 - 8 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Tenth Day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek. Everest Cho La Pass also called Everest circuit Trekking is one of the popular and challenging Trek. It leads to the specific trek to the residence of the legendary Sherpa, at the foothill of the highest top of the world, the Mt. Everest (8848m). This trek is Nepal’s most adventures treks to the Khumbu Mountains. We reach Cho La pass through Thagnak. It will take about 7 to 8 hours to cover the total distance of 7 km from Thagnak. We spend the night here in Cho La Pass. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 11: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): Walking Distance: 6km, Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Eleventh Day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek. On our trek to Lobuche from Dzongla, we get to witness stunning views without crossing glaciers, schlepping up high passes or testing our limits with extreme altitude. Lobuche is a beautiful village which offers splendid views of the surrounding peaks. We will spend the night there. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 12: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): Walking Distance: 13km, Duration: 6-7 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Twelfth Day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek. We trek from an altitude of 4,940m of Lobuche to an altitude of 5,170m of Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep is itself a trekking route. We visit to Everest Base Camp from Gorak Shep and return back. We spend the night there. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 13: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pheriche (4,288m/14,070ft): Walking Distance: 16km, Duration: 7-8 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Thirteenth Day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek. From Gorak Shep we trek to Kala Patthar, explore there and trek back down to Pheriche and spend the night there and get some rest. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 14: Trek to Namche

Good Morning! Today is the Fourteenth Day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek. We trek back to Namche Bazaar from Pheriche and explore Namche again and spend the night there. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla 

Good Morning! Today is the Fifteenth Day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek. We are at the end of our trip to Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek. It is a long walk from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, but we are probably all in good shape by now. From Namche, we will descent steeply back to the Dudh Kosi river and continue our way past the national park checkpoint at Monjo. The trail then continues back towards Lukla, where we will reconfirm our flight tickets for the next day and spend the night. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu 

Good Morning! Today is the Sixteenth Day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Today is the last day in the Himalayas. Taking the early morning flight from Lukla will bring us back to Kathmandu. We spend the night there. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 17: Final Departure in your onwards destination

Good Morning! Today is the last day of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek. We are honored to have you as our guest and you gave us the privilege to be your partner in your memorable trip. Our representative from Nepal Village will drop you to airport 3 hours before your flight time. Remember us for your next trip also. Good Bye! Hope to see you soon!

Cost Info

Cost Include

  • Pick & Drop to Airport/Hotel by our Private Car/ Van / Bus
  •  Accomodation in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing with English speaking tour guide by car/van
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek
  • Accommodation of Lodges, Guest houses in Twin Sharing Bases during the trek
  • Trekking Guides(Government Licensed holder) and Porters with good English during the trek
  • Facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
  • First Aid medical kit
  • Everest(Sagarmatha) National Park permit fees
  • Guide airfare Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance for Nepali staff during trekking period
  •  TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) Card
  •  Seasonal fresh fruits like (orange, apple, banana, mango and grape and other Nepali local fruits etc)
  • All administrative works (If necessary) related to government body
  • Government Taxes, legal expenses

Cost Exclude

  •  Meals in Kathmandu
  •  International flights
  •  Nepal entry visa fee
  •  Flights to Lukla & Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Airport tax required for the Domestic / International flights
  •  All alcoholic drinks, mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internet
  •  Extra Tea and Coffee. 
  •  Personal trekking equipment, medical and travel insurance
  •  Any extra transportation except itinerary (we can arrange if request) 
  •  Any kind of personal expenses / Helicopter rescue due to cause of out of our control.
  •  Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the inclusive price 
  • Some extra assistance like (if you can not walk properly our guide will arrange you horse, to came back, if applicable this you have to pay them directly)
  • Tips to trekking staffs ( Amount depends upon you)

Trip Price

Starts from: US $ 1400.00

Why trip price is different?

Following are the determinants for the price

  • Accomodations in Kathmandu and other cities
  • Mode of Transportation (car/van/bus/flights)
  • Number of crews(Guides & porters, Sherpas, Cook(s))
  • Travelling time(Season)
  • Extra services

Note: The itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday. Similarly hotel can be upgraded or downgraded depend on your budget.

You will get best price after your inquiry We know about value of money and world economy, so fell free to share your tentative budget for this trip so we can mention and compromise with price, this is standard price for trip if you have low budget we can run even cheap and if you wise to pay more and need extra deluxe service we will do that.

Major Highlights during this trek

Sagarmatha National Park

  • Sagarmatha is an exceptional area with dramatic mountains, glaciers and deep valleys, dominated by Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world (8,848 m).
  • Several rare species, such as the snow leopard and the lesser panda, are found in the park.
  • The presence of the Sherpas, with their unique culture, adds further interest to this site.
  • National Park Fee : Rs 1000
  • TIMS Permit require for every foreigner trekkers Cost : $20

Mount Everest

Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha) world heritage side of Nepal

The Sagarmatha National Park includes the highest point of the Earth's surface, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha). The park is also of major religious and cultural significance in Nepal as it abounds in holy places such as the Thyangboche and also is the homeland of the Sherpas whose way of life is unique, compared with other high-altitude dwellers.

The park encompasses the upper catchments of the Dudh Kosi River system, which is fan-shaped and forms a distinct geographical unit enclosed on all sides by high mountain ranges. The northern boundary is defined by the main divide of the Great Himalayan Range, which follows the international border with the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. In the south, the boundary extends almost as far as Monjo.

This is a dramatic area of high, geologically young mountains and glaciers. The deeply-incised valleys cut through sedimentary rocks and underlying granites to drain southwards into the Dudh Kosi and its tributaries, which form part of the Ganges River system. The upper catchments of these rivers are fed by glaciers at the head of four main valleys, Chhukhung, Khumbu, Gokyo and Nangpa La. Lakes occur in the upper reaches, notably in the Gokyo Valley, where a number are impounded by the lateral moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier (at 20 km the longest glacier in the park). There are seven peaks over 7,000 m. The mountains have a granite core flanked by metamorphosed sediments and owe their dominating height to two consecutive phases of upthrust. The main uplift occurred during human history, some 500,000-800,000 years ago. Evidence indicates that the uplift is still continuing at a slower rate, but natural erosion processes counteract this to an unknown degree.

In the region there are six altitudinal vegetation classed, from oak forests at the lowest elevations to lichens and mosses at the highest elevations. The Himalayan zone provides the barrier between the Palaearctic realm and the Indomalayan realm.

Most of the park (69%) comprises barren land above 5,000 m, 28% is grazing land and about 3% is forested. Six of the 11 vegetation zones in the Nepal Himalaya are represented in the park: lower subalpine; upper subalpine; lower alpine; upper alpine; and subnival zone. Oak used to be the dominant species in the upper montane zone but former stands of this species.

In common with the rest of the Nepal Himalaya, the park has a comparatively low number of mammalian species, apparently due to the geologically recent origin of the Himalaya and other evolutionary factors. The low density of mammal populations is almost certainly the result of human activities. Larger mammals include common langur, jackal, a small number of wolf, Himalayan black bear, red panda, yellow-throated marten, Himalayan weasel, masked palm civet, snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer, Indian muntjac, serow, Himalayan tahr and goral. Sambar has also been recorded. Smaller mammals include short-tailed mol, Tibetan water shrew, Himalayan water shrew; marmot, woolly hare, rat and house mouse.

Inskipp lists 152 species of bird, 36 of which are breeding species for which Nepal may hold internationally significant populations. The park is important for a number of species breeding at high altitudes. The park's small lakes, especially those at Gokyo, are used as staging points for migrants. A total of six amphibians and seven reptiles occur or probably occur in the park.

There are approximately 2,500 Sherpa people living within the park. The people are primarily Tibetan Buddhists. Their activities are primarily agricultural or trade based. Their properties have been excluded from the park by legal definition. There is and will continue to be an influence on the people by the park and vice versa. The Sherpas are of great cultural interest, having originated from Salmo Gang in the eastern Tibetan province of Kham, some 2,000 km from their present homeland. They probably left their original home in the late 1400s or early 1500s, to escape political and military pressures, and later crossed the Nangpa La into Nepal in the early 1530s. They separated into two groups, some settling in Khumbu and others proceeding to Solu. The two clans (Minyagpa and Thimmi) remaining in Khumbu are divided into 12 subclans. Both the population and the growth of the monasteries took a dramatic upturn soon after that time. The Sherpas belong to the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, which was founded by the revered Guru Rimpoche who was legendarily born of a lotus in the middle of a lake. There are several monasteries in the park, the most important being Tengpoche.

Popular trekking package is Sagarmatha (Everest area)

Tengboche Monastery

  • The monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet.

Mount Everest

Tengboche Monastery

Tengboche Monastery (or Thyangboche Monastery), also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, located in the Tengboche village in Khumjung in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of the Sherpa community. Situated at 3,867 metres (12,687 ft), the monastery is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

The monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. However, in 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1989, it was destroyed for a second time by a fire and then rebuilt with the help of volunteers and international assistance.

Tengboche monastery located amidst the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site of "outstanding universal value", is draped with a panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountains, including the well known peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.

Tengboche is also the terminus site of the "Sacred Sites Trail Project" of the Sagarmatha National Park that attracts large number of tourists for trekking and mountaineering. It is a circular trail that covers 10 monasteries in a clockwise direction terminating in the Tengboche Monastery.

Everest trekking Fee and Permit

  • Sagarmatha National Park ( Everest trekking) - 1000RS
  • Bring Passport and Passport size Photograph
  • Saturday generally Government and Office are close so if you arriving Friday Evening and want to departure for trekking Next day , let us know
  • Trekkers’ management system (TIMS) also required Fee: $ 20

  Mount Everest Tengboche Monastery

 

The highest mountain in the world continues to lure adventurers as ever. A hair-raising flight lands you at the airstrip of Lukla (2,850 m) from where you begin walking to the famous Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar and on to Tengboche monastery with the mesmerizing peak of Ama Dablam hovering in the sky. Then it’s over the glaciers to the foot of Everest for the view of a lifetime. Maximum elevation 5,546m

 

Sagarmatha National Park ( Everest trekking) fee- 1000RS

Responsible Tourism

Actual Adventure, the environment and responsible tourism

As tourism becomes a truly global industry, we recognize our obligation to operate our tours in a responsible and sustainable fashion. We view this not only as an environmental issue but an economic and social one as well. Above all we are committed to the well-being of the communities that are our hosts and the natural environment that we are there to experience. We also believe that by following these policies we can provide a more rewarding and interesting experience to our clients.

The following are the key points in our philosophy:

  • Small groups have less impact on local communities and environments.
  • Where possible we believe in direct contribution on local communities, we visit by using locally owned and run accommodation and eating locally produced food.
  • We are careful to ensure that local staff and operators receive a fair rate for their services. We want workers welfare and we know properly law of international labor organization
  • We encourage our own staff to take an active interest in responsible and sustainable tourism and train them accordingly so that they can put our policies into practice.
  • We endeavour to ensure that our practices help in the environmental conservation of the areas we visit.
  • We provide our clients with advice and guidelines on how to respect the social, cultural and religious beliefs of local communities.
  • we respect all our valuable clients
  • we  respect all kinds of language, religions
  • we never just teach you our culture we want to learn from you too
  • we would like to established good and familiar relation with you forever during the life
  • If possible, we request you for not use plastics materials

 

Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card

Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd is Government License Holder Company and we are an Authorized Holder’s Company we have Authorization from Nepal Tourism board. We help you to find Tims Permit. the Government of Nepal has made some changes in existing Trekkers’ Management Information System (TIMS) provisions from April 1, 2010. As per the government decision, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) will jointly implement the TIMS. NTB and TAAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system under a new format from April 1, 2010. As per the MoU, they have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person, while those traveling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. Trekkers taking the service with us can pay fee for TIM’s card in US dollar. If you take package service with us Tims Card Permit is include with Price.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (8,000 feet).[1][2] It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case of 'flu, carbon monoxide poisoning or a hangover.[3]. It is hard to determine who will be affected by altitude-sickness, as there are no specific factors that compare with this susceptibility to altitude sickness. However, most people can climb up to 2500 meters (8000 ft) normally.

What causes it?

The body's muscles and organs need an adequate supply of oxygen to function properly. As altitude increases, the percentage of oxygen in the air remains constant but the pressure decreases, meaning we breathe in fewer oxygen molecules with each breath.

This leaves the body short of its requirements and causes altitude sickness.

Who's affected?

It's well known that mountaineers may be affected by altitude sickness, but anyone at high altitudes can experience symptoms. This includes people who fly to high-altitude destinations and those who go on walking and trekking trips.

What are the symptoms?

How severely someone is affected by altitude sickness depends on how high they go and how quickly they ascend. It's unusual for altitude sickness to occur below 2,400m (8,000ft).

When altitude sickness occurs because the body is not getting enough oxygen, mild symptoms may include:

  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Unsteadiness

For most people, symptoms start after about six hours of being at high altitude. As long as the person remains at the same altitude, the symptoms will usually disappear within one or two days.

Vomiting, chest pains and shortness of breath are signs that someone is affected more severely. These symptoms may take a day or two to appear.

Coughing up frothy sputum is a sign that fluid is collecting in the lungs, while clumsiness and difficulty walking can occur if the brain swells.

If severe cases of altitude sickness aren't treated, fits, confusion and coma may follow.

What's the treatment?

It's important not to ignore altitude sickness. If symptoms are mild, rest, fluids, a light diet and painkillers will enable the body to acclimatise. No further ascent should be attempted until all the symptoms have disappeared.

Descending to a lower altitude is often necessary when symptoms are more severe. If this fails to resolve symptoms, hospital treatment is needed. Any swelling of the brain will be treated with oxygen, rest and drugs.

Most people who are treated correctly for altitude sickness make a full recovery, usually within a few days. However, when the condition is more severe, treatment over a longer period may be necessary.

Can it be prevented?

Problems with altitude sickness can usually be avoided if care is taken to prepare properly. Climbers, in particular, are all too aware of the importance of:

  • Good physical fitness
  • Staged ascents that allow time to acclimatise
  • Drinking plenty of liquid
  • Being aware of the possibility and the symptoms of altitude sickness
  • Not ignoring symptoms of altitude sickness if they occur

Q. What type of physical condition is necessary for this trip?

A. Everest base camp trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you go on your journey. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or disease must seek medical advice before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized. To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure.

Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

A. Yes, our Airport Representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall of TIA, he/she will be displaying an Actual Adventure sign board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Q. What is the best season for this trekking?

A. Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek.

Q. What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?

A. Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Q. What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

A. 11 night’s Trekking Guesthouse, 4 nights three/four star hotels in Kathmandu. We use standard rooms from three/four star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the Everest base camp trekking routes teahouses/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Actual Adventure sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. We usually provide single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. The dining room is downstairs around a fire. All food will be cooked to order in the little kitchen. You should not enter the kitchen unless asked to do so.

Q. What kind of food can I eat in trekking?

A. In Everest base camp trek most teahouses (lodges) cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

Q. What sort of transportation you use?

A. Actual Adventure is all about providing you with local insights as well as adventure, with that in mind, where we think you will get more out of your holiday by using different means of transport that is what we do. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalaya tours and enhances the experience! We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, van or land cruiser. These small light vehicles are more manoeuvrable and flexible enabling us to take you through the Narrow roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas.

Q. Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

A. These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring your adapters!

For the internal flights from Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu, the airlines we use are Yeti, Sita, and Tara

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls.

Q. Can I use credit cards in the places visit in trekking?

A. In most cities yes, to some extent, however once you leave those cities behind, all you need is cash.

Q. How much additional money do I need per day?

A. In Kathmandu, you can allocate US$ 10 - 15 for a lunch / dinner. It’s all depends on your spending habits. US$8 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates and few drinks in trekking.

Q. Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

A. This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from 20USD to 1000 USD per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide.

Q. Is the dring water safe to drink?

A. In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you will need to bring with you.

Q. What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tour?

A. *Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.

*Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy 

*Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate

*Flight tickets

*Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

Q. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

A. A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Q. Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

A. Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

Q. What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?

A. In major places (Namche Bazar, Lukla), we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the places, hotel water in bucket will be provided for shower; it would cost you extra about USD 3-4 per shower.

Q. Do you know about how many total miles the trek is?

A. Total distance of the entire trek is about 75 miles.

Q. What immunizations will I need?

A. No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We also recommend: - A dental check-up prior to travelling. - That you know your blood group in case of emergency. That if you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Actual Adventureat the time of your booking.