The opportunity of tread in the region of the highest peak in the world and reach its Basecamp is surely a feat in itself. What makes the Everest Basecamp with Gokyo Lakes an extra treat is the opportunity to climb the challenging Cho La Pass and to witness the azure blue Gokyo lakes shining like crystals in the Gokyo valley.

Majestically soaring mountain views all around us, the determination to succeed and the beautiful landmarks of the mystical Khumbu region makes the Everest Basecamp trek with Gokyo a one in a million experience. Colorful monasteries, friendly Sherpas, and welcoming inhabitants make the process even more beautiful than it is. Spectacular vistas from celebrated viewpoints like Kala Patthar and GokyoRi will be captured in our hearts forever.

The trek starts from Lukla and winds through several Sherpa Villages all the way up to the Gokyo Lakes. The cluster of azure blue lakes of Gokyo, with the backdrop of mountains, surpasses the experience of the normal Everest Basecamp trek in every way. The latter half of the trek comprises of the passage through the Cho La Pass to enter the Khumbu valley and rejoin the main trail of the EBC.

The Everest Basecamp trek with Gokyo lakes, in a nutshell, is hence a lifetime experience which offers the enthralling views of the Pumori, Cho Oyu, Everest, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and finally the mighty Everest. This trek is an ideal and a must do adventure for people wishing to embark on an off beaten path to the heart of Khumbu. If average physical fitness and a good health are your attributes, and if you are just a novice trekker, then you might need to think twice before embarking on this challenging and adventurous trek. This trek suited ideally for experienced trekkers.

Itinerary

  • Day Arrival transfer

    Today you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the only international airport in Nepal. A representative will meet you and after welcome, you will be transferred to the hotel. You will have the entire afternoon to yourself today. You can relax in the hotel and relish the exquisite cuisine that Nepal is so famous for. Another option is to stroll around the streets to observe the throbbing nightlife of Kathmandu.

    • No meals included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap, Fly to Lukla (2840m) & trek to Phakding (2610m)

    Today, we will drive to Ramechhap early morning. It will take us about 4 hours to reach Ramechhap from Kathmandu. After we set our foot in Ramechhap airport, it will approximately take 10-15 minutes of flight duration to reach Lukla. This short flight offers spectacular views of peaks like Mt. GauriShankar, Mt. Numbur and Mt. Melungtse. We will meet the Sherpa crew in Lukla who will welcome us and from there we will descend towards the Phakding (2610m) village. If the flight to Lukla is not delayed, we will have an opportunity to visit Lukla Monastery
    along with a visit to Thanka painting School. After lunch in Lukla, we will head towards a northwest descending path to Choplung (2700m). Following the Dud Koshi Valley, we head towards the village of Ghat and finally end our day in the village of Phakding. Adverse weather conditions and other factors can cause cancellation of the flight or delays. The itinerary will be adjusted favoring both the parties in such condition. Approximately 3 hours walk.

    Notes: Please note that if Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight of early morning cannot be operated then it is due to consistent and heavy air traffic of International & domestic airplanes.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m)

    The destination for today’s trek is the village of Namche Bazaar (3440m). After breakfast, we follow alongside the bank of the Dhudh Koshi River and then cross it to reach Monzo. From here, we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park and cross a suspension bridge. Further upwards is the Jorsale Village passing which we will pass along the confluence of BhoteKoshi and Dhudh Koshi. After a steep ascent, we will reach the Sherpa Village of Namche Bazaar. Views of Everest and Lhotse, glistening all along the way, will surely set our moods for the walk. Namche is aptly called the entry point to the Everest. Along with perfect views of mountain peaks, this village offers all facilities including the likes of cafes, internet facilities, good lodges and trekking equipment. Approximately 6 hours walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m)

    To eliminate the risk of Altitude sickness it is mandatory to separate one day for acclimatization at this point. Rather than resting around in the lodge today, it is best to hike to the Thamo village (3700m).

    We will firstly climb out from Namche to the monastery and follow along the route of local community forest towards the Thamo village. After visiting local nunery, we will retrace back to Namche. Approximately 3-4 hours of walk. 

    You can also visit the Everest view point and Sherpa musuem if time permits. The afternoon is free for visiting the local market.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Namche to Kyangjuma (3550m)

    We will trek from Namche to the Everest View Hotel. This strategically situated hotel offers the extremely tantalizing views of the Everest and Ama Dablam in its full glory. A perfect location to have a short tea break, the Everest View Hotel was built by the Japanese.

    We continue to trek into the villages of Kunde and Khumjung. Both of these villages are situated under the rocky peak Khumbila. Khumbila is a sacred peak for Sherpas. While in Khunde, we can visit the Edmund Hillary Hospital and move on to visit a monastery in Khumjung. Give a small donation to the monastery and, we will get the opportunity to witness a Yeti Skull. Continuing downwards, we will reach the village of Kyangjuma where we spend the night. Approximately 5-6 hours walk. 

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Kyangjuma to Dole (4200m)

    The trail starts today by turning off the main trial from Kyangjuma after about 20 minutes of walk. We will climb the Mong La in the early part of the morning. The top of the Mong La is marked by a chorten situated at the top of the ridge. The Mong La ridge descends down to form the Khumbila peak which is the patron god of all Sherpas living in the Everest region.

    The trail descends downwards from the ridge to several switchbacks towards the Dudh Koshi Valley. We continue downwards to reach the settlement of Phorste Tenga. From here, the trail starts climbing steeply outwards from the valley. We now enter a region full of beautiful rhododendron trees followed by coniferous trees higher up the valley. Several summer settlements and yak kharkhas (grazing area for yaks) are present on the way from Mong La to Dole (4200m). We reach Dole in the late afternoon after a final steep ascent. This area is where we leave the tree line behind and the vegetation we see are mostly bushes. Our long day’s walk will be awarded the magnificent panorama of the Tawoche peak and Khumbila. Approximately 6 to 7 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Dole to Macchermo (4400m)

    This is a welcome day after days of long trekking days. We have a short walk from Dole to Macchermo (4400m) today. Today, the trail is mostly undulating and steep in a few places. After walking out of Dole, we enter a small valley to reach the Lhabarma village. We cross this village and then the Luza village high above the river, through paths with scrub junipers.

    After crossing some sandy spurs, we final reach the village of Macchermoe by lunch time. Macchermo is home to a health post, porter center and Himalayan Rescue center. Altitude talk is given in the Himalayan Rescue Center. Myths state that a Yeti attacked this area in the year 1974, killing three yaks and a Sherpa. In the afternoon, you will get the chance to mix in with the ethnic and welcoming inhabitants of the region and acclimatize by walking up the ridge behind the lodge. With mesmerizing views of the Thamserku, we spend the night in Macchermo. Approximately 3-4 hours trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Macchermo to Gokyo (4800m)

    The path today is an upwards path following the DudhKoshi. We start off by climbing up a ridge to take in the tantalizing views of the valley to Kangtaiga. The ridge also offers views of the mighty Cho Oyu (8153). We continue further through the open part of the valley and pass through Pangkha. From this point, the path descends down to the riverbank. From here, it is another steep climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpo Glacier. This is where we pass the first of the lakes of the Gokyo. In winter, the lake is completely frozen. We can see the Bhaminy ducks swimming in the azure blue waters.

    We continue along the walled meadows of Gokyo (4750). The small settlement on the shore of the blue lake is surely nothing less than heaven. For acclimatization we move furthermore, to reach Gokyo Camp where the second lake is situated. This area offers the exclusive views of the might Ngozumpa glacier in all of its glory. Approximately 4 to 5 hours trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m) & trek from Gokyo to Thagnak (4700m)

    This day starts early to watch the sunrise from the GokyoRi peak (5360m). As the climb progresses, the views become even more tantalizing. After reaching the top, everyone is surely set of feel justified for the hard work as the views are mind-boggling. The longest glacier in Nepal, the Ngozumpo Glacier which tumbles down from Cho Oyu, stretches out miles before us, glistening in the sun. Four of the highest Himalayan peaks, Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu stands tall before us in its full glory.

    We reach Gokyo for lunchtime before embarking on a trek to Thagnak. We move towards the Gokyo Camp where the second lake is situated and climb out from the crest of the moraine. We pass through the sides of the Ngozumpo Glacier to the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley, before finally reaching the village of Thagnak. Thagnak is situated at the base of the Cho La Pass. Approximately 6-7 hours of trek.

    Accommodation note: Due to limitation of teahouses in this area and the large number of incoming tourists during the season, you might have to share dometery rooms or camping tents with other travelers. 

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Thagnak to Dzongla (4700m); cross Cho La Pass (5363m)

    This is yet another difficult yet a highly rewarding day as we cross the Cho La Pass. We start off early towards a col for about 2 hours. We can now see the Cho La Pass in the distance. We descend downwards to a boulder field and rest for some time. The final part of the climb to the top of the pass is very steep and rocky. Zigzag and scramble paths finally take us to the top. The upper part of the route is mostly covered in ice and snow and requires attention.

    From the glaciated top of the Cho La Pass, the views are worth all the trouble so far. The unusual aspect of Ama Dablam and the perfect views of the Ngozumpo glacier and Gokyo lakes behind us and the views of the Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse before us are surely worth capturing. The descend from the Cho La is another feat in itself. We pass a snow-covered glacier and through a rocky gully to the pastures below. The trail now starts becoming more defined as we approach the settlement of Dzongla (4700m). Another typically difficult day as we pass the Cho La (5363 m) today. A steep climb and several false tops later, we pass the Cho La and witness the mesmerizing panorama of mountains before us. We then descend downwards and pass through a defined trial to Dzongla (4830m). Approximately 7 hours of trek.

    Accommodation note: Due to limitation of teahouses in this area and the large number of incoming tourists during the season, you might have to share dometery rooms or camping tents with other travelers. 

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4930m)

    After the past few difficult days, this day is comparatively easy. We continue down on our descent to Lobuche (4930m) today. We start off with a short ascent to the foot of the Awi Peak. We contour around the peak and will be cheered on with the view of the glistening tops of Tawoche and Chalotse. Crossing the valley, we descend downwards to join the main trial of the EBC just below Lobuche. A ridge across from the lodge offers the tantalizing views of the sunset on Nuptse. Approximately 4 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base camp (5360m) & return to Gorakshep (5180m)

    This is yet another long day that starts early. We follow the Khumbu glacier towards Gorakshep and ascend gently in the beginning of the day. After about an hour, the ascent becomes steeper. We descend now, to reach Gorakshep (5184m). Excitement builds up now as we will move on to kiss the very ground on which the mighty Everest stands after checking into the lodge.

    We come across a split trail, one leading to the Kala Patthar Peak and another to the Everest Basecamp.  We will be taking the path to the Everest Basecamp and will firstly climb into the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After this, we descend down to the rocky glacial moraine. Through fascinating ice seracs, the icy path winds up and down to finally reach the Everest Basecamp (4260m). If lucky, we might get the chance to meet several people, moving up towards the Everest Expedition and many who might be returning back after scaling the highest peak in the world. The Everest Basecamp offers the extremely beautiful views of the Khumbu Ice Fall along with the panorama of several mountains of the region. With our minds amazed at the miraculous big blocks of ice, before us and the beautiful Nuptse towering above us, this moment is certainly a one to remember for a lifetime. Pumori rears up behind the Everest Basecamp. This day is a long one with approximately 10-12 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Hike to Kalapatthar (5545m) & trek from Gorakshep to Periche (4250m)

    This is another tough day as we will move into climbing the small peak of Kala Pattar (5545m), the highest point of this trek. Kalapathhar stands for the Black Rock and the peak stands true to its name. We start off with a steep climb above GorakShep to reach the split path. We leave the path taken yesterday and chose the next one instead. Kalapathhar offers the exclusive view of the panoramic mountain peaks like the Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Lhotse, Pumori, Tawache, Thamserku 360 degree around us. The Khumbu Icefall and the various Basecamps of the Everest Expeditions can also be observed on a clear day. Needless to state, the best view of them all is the view of the highest peak in the world, the Everest. With the tantalizing views from atop Kalapatthar fresh in mind, we retrace our path back to Gorakshep.

    After reaching Gorakshep, we will retrace the path back to Lobuche where we will stop for lunch. To reach Pheriche, we will continue our descent down the Imja Khola. Approximately 10 to 11 hours of the walk will be required today.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Periche (4280m) to Namche (3440m)

    Today we start off by descending down to Pheriche. After a short climb, we will again descend downwards to the main Imja Khola Valley. From here, we will be following the path through alpine meadow landscapes into the Pangboche. From here, the trail moves downhill. After descending alongside the roaring river, the trail will lead us to the peaceful and beautiful forests of rhododendron. We will finally reach the village of Devoche, from where we will climb back to Tengboche for lunch. After witnessing the spectacular views of the mountain peaks high above us, we will move further downwards to the Phunki Tenga. After this, a short walk will bring us to Leushayasa (3790m) and join the main trail upon reaching Namche Bazaar. We will spend our night at Namche Bazaar. 
    Approximately 9 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Namche (3440m) to Lukla (2840m)

    We will follow the trail of the valley and head down to Jorsale. From Jorsale, we will finally exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and leave behind the glorious views of the region. We move along to end the day in a small settlement of Monzo. We will then continue downwards along the banks of the roaring Dudh Koshi. The path takes us back to Chaunrikharkha. After a final ascent, we will reach the plateau of Lukla. If possible, we can make an excursion to a small monastery above the river to soothe our senses. We will reach the airstrip of Lukla and spend the night in a nearby lodge. Approximately
    9 hours of walking time.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Fly from Lukla to Ramechhap & drive to Kathmandu (1300m)

    The trekking crew will help you transfer your luggage to the Lukla airport in the early morning. After breakfast you will be leaving behind the spectacles of the Everest Region and returning back to where it all started, the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. The return flight is equally exciting as the incoming flight to Lukla. With reminiscence of the trek fresh and with the views of the Everest that we imprinted in our memory and soul, we bid farewell to the exotic views of the snowcapped peaks.

    Notes: Please note that if Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight could not be operated, it is due to manteenance of runway at Kathmandu airport. In this case we will fly from Lukla to Ramechhap airport and drive to Kathmandu for 4 hours.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Free day in Kathmandu

    For those who wish to explore more of the architecturally rich city of Kathmandu, you have the option of sightseeing around the capital.

    We will start off with the visit to the Pashupatinath Temple. Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses situated in the temple which has existed since 400 A.D., adds up to the mystique of the holy place. Devotees can be seen taking a dip in the holy Bagmati River beside the temple to get rid of their sins.

    Boudhanath is another UNESCO World Heritage Site which is one of the largest stupas in South Asia. This focal point of Buddhism stands thirty-six meters tall. It is located in the path, which was the ancient trade route to China.

    The afternoon will be spent on visiting the living heritage of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur is a city of devotees and the Durbar Square is home to countless temples. Major attractions, not to be missed are The Golden Gate, Lion Gate, Nyatapola Temple, 55 Window Palace, Dattatreya as well as the statue of the Late King BhupatindraMalla. Beautiful carved specimens and picture gallery adorn the Square and you can also do souvenir shopping for loved ones back home.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Depart transfer

    It can surely be said that the beauty of the azure blue lakes of Gokyo and the perfect views of mountain panorama from this trek will never cease to exist in your mind. With the memories of the bygone exhilarating adventure in mind and the promise to come back for more, it’s finally time to bid goodbye to Nepal and its effortless beauty.

    • Breakfast included

Trip Info

  • Accommodation & meals

    • Pre and post trek three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.  

    • 04 nights at three star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis

    • 15 nights’ accommodation in the local teahouses on twin sharing basis during the trek

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided during the trek period.

    • Only breakfast will be provided in Kathmandu.

  • Transportation

    All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle.

  • Visa & documentation

    A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.

    Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

    Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.

    Visa Facility   Duration    Fee

    Multiple entry   15 days      US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   30 days      US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   90 days      US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.

     

    Clothing

    • Heavy down jackets  (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Lightweight down jackets
    • Hiking boots (well broken in)
    • Woolen socks (a few pairs of different thickness)
    • Slippers
    • Walking sneakers
    • Lightweight trekking pants/trousers
    • Lightweight thermal legging
    • Trekking shorts
    • T-shirts (long sleeve & short sleeve)
    • Under garments
    • Waterproof jacket and trouser/raincoat
    • Sun hat
    • Woolen/fleece hat 
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Sweaters
    • Ear warmer

     

    Trekking Gears & Accessories

    • Backpack 
    • Hiking poles
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Sleep liner
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottles 
    • Head lamp with extra batteries
    • Camera and extra batteries and lenses
    • Waist bag
    • Daypack and cover
    • Dry packs (essential for keeping your valuables dry)
    • Water purification (pump, tablets or steripen)
    • Maps (can be brought in Kathmandu)
    • Reading materials

     

    Personal supplies

    • Sun screen
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toiletries
    • Wet wipes & tissues
    • Feminine hygeine products
    • Anti-itching cream/powder
    • Medications (don't forget to carry adequate supply of your prescription medicines)
    • Deodrants 
    • Moisturizers 
    • Energy bars
  • Insurance Policy

    We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.

    Ways of triggering your insurance:

    • There are actually two ways that your insurance fund can be triggered and brought into action. The first type is where you will have to use your own money if any injuries occurs or any medical attention is needed. Then the insurance company will pay you later when you return home and show them the documentation of insurance as proof.
    • Another type is where if any medical attention is needed and your insurance needs to be triggered the insurance company will cover all the cost up front and you won’t have to spend a single penny that is not meant for such incident.

    Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.

     

    Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:

    General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.

    You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.

    As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.

    What you need to know:

    We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.

     

    Examples of insurance companies:

    Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com

     

    Important highlights to remember:

    1. Makalu travels do not hold any kind of insurance related financial management work but we will help you acquire important documentations needed for processing your insurance policies.
    2. Choose an insurance policy where you don’t have to pay your own money while trekking in Nepal while in need of medical attention. In other words look for a policy where your insurance company will cover all the money related process if you need any kind of medical attention.
    3. Choose policy with evacuation plan up to 6000m and with an option “climbing” if you are climbing any peak as well as trekking.
    4. Some companies like WorldNomads have a policy where clients have to pay their own money while trekking if they need any kind of medical attention and you will be payed once you return home. So please make sure you have a very good understanding of what type of insurance policy you are agreeing to.

     

  • Flights delays in Kathmandu & Lukla

    Our normal route for flying to Lukla is always a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and for returning its Lukla to Kathmandu. But during the time of repairment, renovation and uncontrolled air traffic in airport in Kathmandu we take flight from Ramechhap airport after we take a drive of 4 hours from Kathmandu to Ramechhap. While returning from Lukla to Kathmandu if it’s not possible to directly fly to Kathmandu, we will fly from Lukla to Ramechhap airport and then take a ride from Ramechhap to Kathmandu. For this ride we will take responsibility and no extra payment should be done by our guests.

    During unforeseen bad weathers there are no other option except to wait for weather to get better. If we can fly in the same day we will do accordingly. If not then the flight will have to rebooked for the next day. You can also fly in a chartered helicopter if needed but you will have to pay for this on your own which will cost $400 extra approximately (price varies according to availability & group size). We will refund the flight ticket fare if you decide to take helicopter.

    Here are the answers to some of the most frequent queries we get about flight delays and fare:

    • Helicopter ride queries

    If you decide to ride by helicopter omitting the chance of travelling in a flight then you will have do it in your own expense. We will manage a helicopter for you but financial roles are all up to you. The price of helicopter rides might vary according to it demands and the time you are booking for. We can give you an outline of the price but it is not an exact value. We can also book you a helicopter ride in advance if you pre inform us. 

    The other option for helicopter ride is that if limited helicopters are available they provide seats only for shuttle guests to Phalpu which is very near to Lukla. If you are in a hurry our very last option is a 14 hour jeep ride can bring you to Kathmandu from Phalpu which is off-road.

    • Flight queries

    If there is any kind of cancellation we will rebook tickets for the next day. Accommodation fees will be your responsibility. As your tickets were booked in advance, months before you arrived in Nepal. The next day when we book tickets after cancellation of our originally booked ticket we will have low priority seats. This applies to both ways either from Lukla to Kathmandu or Kathmandu to Lukla flight.

    Important Notice:

    • We will need to book flights to Lukla in advance so after you make payments for any travel package please send us your passport details in your earliest convenience.
    • The price of helicopter ride is not fixed, it will vary according to demand, weather and season that you are travelling. So, if pre booking is needed to be done for our clients we expect pre information for booking convenience.
    •  if any changes or modification in route, timing or other updates are made by the helicopter and airplane companies we will inform our guests and guides about it.
  • Altitude Sickness & Trekking Policies

    For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.

    There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.

    If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.

    If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.

  • Cancellation & Changes

    There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.

    Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.

     

    Cancellation fees rules:

    These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:

    1. If we are informed by our clients at least 43 days before the travel date then the full deposit amount will be refunded after deducting 4% bank surcharge on total deposit amount.
    2. If we are informed by our clients 6 weeks before the travel date then we can refund complete deposit by just deducting $195 per person.
    3. If cancellation is done between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date then we can refund your deposit after deducting $395 per person. This is because we will have to pay to the hotels, guides and other personals involved to make this trip possible to recover their financial plans.
    4. If we are not informed between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date there will be no refund as there are many other workers and organizations that needs to be paid by us for planning your trip. Losing you as a customer means losing their employment opportunity which will harm involved worker’s financial status.

    So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.

  • Payments & Deposits

    Makalu Travels offers easy & reliable online payment through credit/debit card, & Paypal. All online payments are processed through the our highly secured online payment partner Authorize.net Please kinldy be informed that all online payments are subject to additional 4% bank surcharge & processing fee. 

    If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.

  • Rental & Extra Costs

    Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:

    • Renting trekking equipment (if necessary, not mandatory)
    • Thick down jacket = $15
    • Sleeping bag = $20
    • Hot Showers only while trekking = $4 to $6
    • Nepal visa
    • Donations (not mandatory)
    • Extra hotel nights (depends on weather, flight cancellations and vacation extension)
    • Wi-Fi only while trekking = $3 to $5 an hour
    • Charging electrical devices only while trekking = $1 to $3 an hour
    • Foods and drinks other than included in the package
    • Personal shopping
    • Drinking water while trekking (about $3 per bottle)
    • Tips for the porters and guides which is 10% of the price of your trek (not mandatory but highly suggested)
    • Helicopter ride if case of sudden injuries or altitude sickness

    The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.

    So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.

  • Hotel & Room Bookings

    The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.

     

    In Kathmandu

    Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.

     

    While trekking

    We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.

     

    Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Airfare including airport taxes
    • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
    • One English speaking trek guide & assistant guides with ratio of 4:1 (1 asst. guide for every 4 trekkers)
    • English speaking city guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • One porter or pack animals for each two clients
    • Everest National Park fee & TIMS card fee
    • First Aid Kit
    • All Govt. taxes including service charges

    Exclusions

    • Emergency evacuation fee
    • International airfare
    • Personal Insurance
    • Personal expenses (Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc)
    • Visa fee
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary

Date & Prices

Date Trip Status Price  
Mar 10, 2020 - Mar 28,2020 Available - Guaranteed Departure US$ 1,799 Book Now

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Are these trips physically demanding?

Everest regions are the primary approach route to the highest peak on earth, Mt. Everest. A land of extremes, Everest is home to varying landscapes, most of it being demanding regarding trekking. While the views of the loftiest peaks all around make trips exciting, it should be noted that one has to keep in mind the adverse effects of Altitude Mountain Sickness. Trips to the Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo are not recommended for children and old people. To tread the path between the rocky terrains, one must have some prior walking experience and good stamina. Read the physical rating of each trip in order to determine if the trip is meant for you.

 

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