The unique splendor of the Himalayas has always attracted the world’s adventure lover to Nepal and with over four years experience operating stupendous treks in the region, Actual Adventure now presents lodge to lodge trek.
Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lakes Trek Offer The unique splendor of the Himalayas has always attracted the world’s adventure lover to Nepal and with over four years experience operating stupendous treks in the region, Actual Adventure now presents lodge to lodge trek. Our itinerary combines simple but comfortable accommodations with great walking and most see sites like Tengboche Monastery and active Namche bazaar. We can also enjoy the off beaten trail in goodwill of many rural and sheltered villages rarely explored by most trekkers.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, the bustling capital city of Nepal, you'll be greeted by a representative and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to rest and recover from your journey or explore the nearby surroundings to get a taste of the vibrant local culture.
Today, you'll embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You'll visit Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, with its iconic stupa and panoramic views of the city. Next, you'll explore the ancient Boudhanath Stupa, a significant Buddhist site. Afterward, you'll visit Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu temples in Nepal, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. In the afternoon, you'll have time to prepare for the trek, where you can check your gear, do any necessary shopping, and attend a briefing about the upcoming adventure.
An early morning flight takes you from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small mountain town that serves as the gateway to the Everest region. The flight offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, and upon arrival in Lukla, you'll meet the rest of your trekking crew. The trek begins with a descent towards Phakding, a charming village situated along the Dudh Koshi River. The trail leads through lush forests, picturesque landscapes, and several suspension bridges, making for a delightful first day of trekking.
Today's trek takes you along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River as you make your way to Namche Bazaar. The trail ascends and descends through rhododendron and pine forests, with occasional glimpses of the mighty Everest in the distance. After crossing the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge, you'll ascend towards Namche Bazaar, a bustling town and the primary trading hub in the Khumbu region.
Acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness during the trek, and Namche Bazaar is an ideal place to rest and adapt. Use this day to explore the town, visit the local markets, and interact with the friendly Sherpa people. You can also take a short hike to the nearby Everest View Hotel or the Syangboche Airstrip, which offers stunning panoramic views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks.
Leaving Namche Bazaar behind, the trail winds through dense forests, offering glimpses of wildlife and picturesque landscapes. You'll pass by small settlements like Phortse Thanga, where you can take a break and enjoy a cup of tea, before continuing towards Dole. The trail ascends gradually, and as you gain altitude, you'll notice the vegetation changing, with juniper and conifer trees becoming more prominent.
The trek today continues uphill along the Dudh Koshi River valley, passing through small Himalayan settlements. As you approach Machhermo, the landscape becomes more rugged and dramatic. Machhermo is a tranquil village nestled in the valley, with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.
Today, you'll trek to the stunning Gokyo Valley, home to a series of glacial lakes. The trail ascends steadily, and you'll pass by the first and second Gokyo Lakes before reaching the third lake, Dudh Pokhari (Gokyo Lake). The turquoise waters of the lake against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks create a mesmerizing scene. Gokyo itself is a small village with several lodges that cater to trekkers.
To further acclimatize to the high altitude, you'll spend an extra day in Gokyo. You can choose to hike to Gokyo Ri, a viewpoint located above the village. The hike offers breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and the Ngozumpa Glacier. The landscapes surrounding the Gokyo Lakes are simply awe-inspiring, making this a day well spent soaking in the beauty of the region.
Leaving Gokyo behind, the trail leads you through the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal. As you cross this glacier, you'll experience a unique and surreal terrain. After descending from the glacier, the trail continues to Thagnak, a small settlement nestled in a valley surrounded by impressive mountains.
Today is a challenging day as you'll be crossing the Cho La Pass. The pass is steep and often snow-covered, so a good level of fitness and proper equipment is essential. However, the effort is rewarded with breathtaking views of mountains like Ama Dablam, Cholatse, and Lobuche East. The descent from the pass leads to Dzongla, a small village with a few tea houses.
The trail from Dzongla to Lobuche follows a rocky and glacial path. Along the way, you'll pass the beautiful Chola Tsho Lake and enjoy views of Lobuche Peak and Pumori. Lobuche is a popular stop for trekkers heading to Everest Base Camp, and you'll find several lodges and teahouses here.
Today is a highlight of the trek as you make your way to Everest Base Camp. The trail follows the Khumbu Glacier, and the views of the Khumbu Icefall are nothing short of spectacular. Upon reaching Base Camp, you'll be in the heart of the Everest climbing expeditions. After spending some time soaking in the atmosphere, you'll trek back to Gorak Shep for the night.
In the early morning, you'll hike to Kala Patthar, one of the best viewpoints in the region. From the top of Kala Patthar, you'll witness a breathtaking sunrise over Mount Everest and other surrounding peaks. After enjoying the mesmerizing views, you'll descend to Pheriche, a small village where you'll spend the night.
The return journey begins as you trek back to Namche Bazaar, retracing your steps through beautiful landscapes. The descent allows you to take in the scenery from a different perspective, and you may encounter fellow trekkers coming up to Everest Base Camp.
Today, you'll continue the descent towards Lukla, where your trek began. The trail passes through lush forests, and the journey allows for ample time to reflect on the incredible experiences and achievements of the past days.
An early morning flight takes you back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in the city, you can spend the day at leisure, either relaxing at your hotel or exploring more of Kathmandu's cultural sites and markets.
A buffer day is included in the itinerary to account for potential flight cancellations or delays due to weather conditions. This day provides some flexibility in case of unforeseen circumstances and ensures you have ample time to catch your international flight from Kathmandu.
Your Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lakes Trek comes to an end. You'll be transferred to the airport for your departure from Kathmandu. Take with you unforgettable memories of the breathtaking Himalayan landscapes and the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people.
Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.
Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.
Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.
Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.
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In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)”
25th May, 2022
Everest Base Camp has been on my bucket list my entire life and I finally did it 10th November 2016. I researched companies on TripAdvisor and settled on Actual Adventures as Kedar was always prompt with replies and eager to answer my many many questions. Originally planned to go with my son but when his plans changed I decided to take a leap of faith and go alone - I had some reservations about being a woman travelling alone but it turned out I had nothing to worry about. Kedar met me... See more at the airport and transferred to the Yak and Yeti Hotel - a very nice start to such a big adventure. I was introduced to Binod on the morning of our departure and as I'd made the mistake of looking up Lukla landings on Youtube, was quite nervous about that leg. Binod put my mind at rest and I think he would have happily held my hand if that had been necessary. The flight to Lukla was like a Disney ride once you get over the nerves of such a tiny plane. We picked up our porter Dilip upon landing and we were off .... the higher in altitude we traveled the more remote and basic the tea houses and you need to be prepared to rough it .... no hot water, but then it's too cold to shower anyway and the food can sometimes be basic compared to what we westerners are used to ... but it's not about that - it's about the experience of a lifetime - and that, it certainly was ! The scenery is breathtaking in every direction and every day gets better. The sense of accomplishment upon ascending Kala Pattar and the most magnificent, close up views of Mt Everest will remain with me as a highlight - also the hardest part of the trek - at 5500 meters the air's pretty thin !! Binod was extremely helpful, cheerful and a complete professional. He was able to answer any question and I felt able to rely upon him for everything and anything, from advising me to use my water bottle as a hot water bottle inside my sleeping bag at night, to showing me which were the safest rocks to step on when crossing frozen rivers. I can highly recommend Actual Adventures and if you're thinking about doing Everest - stop thinking and just DO IT !! Lishat Melbourne, Australia See less...
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