2 days in Kathmandu, 13 days Trekking, 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu, Total 15 days trip magnificent view of Himalayas, Sherpa villages and Monasteries, Sagarmatha National Park, Syangboche Airstrip, Everest Mountain View
The Everest Gokyo Lake Trek provides magnificent views of Himalayas, Sagarmatha National Park, Sherpa Villages and monasteries, Syangboche Runway and the Everest Mountain View. These landscapes are just enduring to watch. Also, if you are an extrovert, it is an optional but interesting part of the trek to get into the lives of the local Sherpa people and interact with these ever-smiling and friendly people to get to know about their lifestyle and cultures.
Gokyo Lake is the heart of this trek. The name to the trek is given from this lake. The breath-taking Gokyo Valley is situated just adjacent to Khumbu. The Gokyo Valley is known as the land of high altitude lakes. Several lakes are found in this high altitude area. From here, we can have magnificent views of the highest peaks, which range from east to west, like Mt. Gyachung Kang [7,922m], Mt. Everest [8,848m], Mt Cho Yu [8,153m], Mt. Lhotse [8,501m] and other smaller peaks too. On the way to destination, we can capture the descent view of Gokyo Lake.
Initially in this trek, we take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla from where we start trekking to the lands of Sherpas. We go through Sagarmatha National Park. And our primary destination "Namche Bazaar", which is the gateway of the Khumbu Region
The Gokyo Lake Trek is both tea-house and camping trek. In some places tea houses are available for lodging but due to absence of lodging in some places we need camp at those sites. This trek is a moderate one. Not so easy and not so difficult to walk through. The highest altitude we get in this trek is 4,572m, the Ama Dablam Base Camp. The Sherpa inhabitants cover most of the settlers in this area
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264ft]
Upon arrival you will be warmly greeted by our representatives. After completion of official formalities we pick our luggage and seek for our company's representatives who will be awaiting for us holding a hoarding board. We then move out from the airport and head towards a 4 star or 5 star category hotel where you will be transferred to stay overnight. We will organize a welcome dinner in the evening with typical Nepalese items.
Day 02: Full day Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparations.
With an early breakfast we move out of the hotel for full day sightseeing and visits to some of the major places of the city such as Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Boudha Gumba. These places have been declared as World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. We get back to the hotel in the late evening and stay overnight followed by dinner.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla [2,848m/9,344ft]; 35 minutes – Phakding [2,652m/8,700ft]; 3 - 4 hours
We take a short scenic of 35 minutes from Kathmandu to Lukla. The journey offers you superb opportunities to watch some of the glorious snow-capped mountain peaks down below. Upon arrival in Lukla airstrip, we complete our formalities in the airport and exit. We come to the starting point of our trekking part, we make a medium walk of 3 – 4 hours that will take us to Phakding. Teahouse overnight
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar [3,440m/11,280ft]; 5 - 6 hours
The morning rays of sunlight clues for a beautiful day. We leave the spot and make our way through remote settlements until Namche Bazaar. This place is a paradise for tourists as well as mountaineers particular. It is the gateway to the Everest Himalaya Region of Khumbu region in Nepal. Teahouse overnight
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche
We spend this valuable day with rest. Acclimatization is very important in certain intervals of days. This idea prevents us from getting victimized by Acute Altitude Sickness that can cause serious problems to our health.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Phorse Village [3,810m/ 12,496ft]; 5 - 6 hours
You must have enjoyed the previous night for sure in this awesome place. However, no matter what, we need to make our way through the gradual ups and downs ahead. While trekking, you can enjoy superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. After 5 – 6 hours of trekking, we arrive at Phorse Village where we stay for this night
Day 07: Phorse Village – Machermo [4,470m/14,663ft]; 5 – 6 hours
Dew drops of the morning reflect the beauty of nature. We move towards our destination making it closer day by day. Crossing through numerous suspension bridges, we try to make our trip more comfortable by commenting on the nature. Wild lives such as pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer seem more innocent than they really are. We stay this night in Machermo either in a teahouse or camp.
Day 08: Machermo – Gokyo [4,800m/15,744ft]; 5 – 6 hours
This day will take you to one of the most beautiful places in the country. We cross by a ridge named Chorten which is a perfect viewpoint for gaining views of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu. Our curiosity ends as we arrive at Gokyo and watch the nature around. Teahouse overnight
Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo RI [5,357m/17,570ft] and hike to fifth lake; 5 – 6 hours
We climb the Gokyo valley above today. The day is actually meant for acclimatization but, it is not safe to stay idle for the entire day. So we make a short as easy sightseeing by climbing Gokyo RI. Then we hike to the fifth lake.
Day 10: Gokyo – Dole; 3 - 4 hours
It feels energized after a rest day. As a warm up, we trek for only 3 – 4 hours this day that takes us to Dole. Camp overnight
Day 11: Dole – Namche [3,440m/11,280ft]; 4 – 5 hours
The trek today is mostly downwards making steep descents. Prime attractions today are beautiful vegetation, abundance of animals and birds and lush forests of Rhododendron. After trekking for 4 – 5 hours, we would surely get exhausted. So we stay at lodge in Namche and take a shower and get relaxed in most possible ways.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla; 6 – 8 hours
We make our first move in Namche and make our destination to Lukla. The route is mostly steep downwards this day. Crossing through suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, the trail seem more convenient and vegetated. As soon as we arrive in Lukla, we stretch our sore legs and take a complete rest for some time. Teahouse overnight
Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
We are very close to the end of this trek now. As we took a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla during the initial part of the trip, in the similar way, we fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu. Hotel overnight
Day 14: Free day in Kathmandu
You will be provided with a free leisure day in your own. You can optionally go for a short sightseeing tour or go for shopping. Back to hotel in the late evening and enjoy farewell dinner along with a cultural show. Stay overnight
Day 15: Final Departure
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Himalayan Glacier representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. (B)
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 (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.
Trekkers’ management system (TIMS) also required Fee: $ 20
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
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.
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). 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.. 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls.
A. In most cities yes, to some extent, however once you leave those cities behind, all you need is cash.
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.
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.
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.
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
*Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.
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.
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.
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.
A. Total distance of the entire trek is about 75 miles.
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.