Mount Everest - Gokyo Valley Trek 14 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Domestic Flights
  • Activity Cultural Sightseeing Tour and Trekking
  • Best Season March - may and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 1 to Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5,483m /17,570 ft

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Visiting Gokyo Lake and the valley
  • Amazing views of the Himalaya from Gokyo Ri including Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu and Makalu
  • Inspiring  Ngozumpa Glacier

Mount Everest - Gokyo Valley Trek Overview

Everest-Gokyo Valley Explorer Trek provides a marvelous alternative to the Everest Region Treks described above.  Either spring or early autumn are the ideal times to visit this area, because the weather is likely to be dry and sunny, drawing most trekkers to the more "classical" route to EBC. 

The region is steeped in spirituality, and so along with the numerous traditional villages you will visit, the trek will also bring you to a number of gompas (monasteries), such as Tengboche, Pangboche, Namche, Khumjung, and Khunde. Schedule permitting, you may even be able to attend a Buddhist puja (prayer ceremony) at one or more of these gompas.  In the spring, the rhododendrons will be in bloom, and in fall such wildlife as the Himalayan tahr, musk deer, and Himalayan dance (the brilliant national bird of Nepal) may be encountered.  

During the excursion to Gokyo village, we will go on a short hike to Gokyo Ri from where we will get to see stunning views of the Mountains. Everest -Gokyo Ri Trek is a moderate adventure journey no prior hiking experience is required to do this trek. However, you have to be in good health and shape as the trail includes approximately 5 to 6 hours of walking each day.

There will be no shortage of scenic excitement, however. This trek will also bring you through spectacular landscapes, culminating in the ascent to  Gokyo-Ri (5483m).  From this summit we will enjoy a view that many would consider the finest in the Himalayas, encompassing Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyo, among many others. Thus this two-week trek offers "the best of both worlds": the challenge and thrill of climbing a spectacular peak, along with the exploration of traditional Sherpa villages and Buddhist traditions.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle, giving you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,428ft

The exciting day begins with a cultural tour of various medieval Kathmandu sites. You will drive to visit the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple (the most significant Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (a fine Buddhist stupa at the hilltop of Kathmandu), and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, you will participate in a short briefing and trip preparation.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,428ft

Early morning transfer to the domestic airport for about 40 minutes scenic flight to the tiny airstrip at Lukla (2,800m), a getaway destination from where our trek starts. This is a fantastic air route surrounded by high mountain peaks. After reaching Lukla we will have time for tea while our guide sorts out and divide the load of baggage to be carried by porters. We begin our trek through the pretty well-off Sharpa village and cross several tributary streams and we have some tantalizing views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2650m). We could get warmed up for some acclimatizing with a short hike to a nearby monastery or stroll around to get a feel of the land.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2652m

We begin the trek continually uphill from the Dudh Koshi valley to Monjo and make an entry record at the Sagarmatha National Park counter. It is a UNESCO world heritage site in the Everest region. while walking to Namche Bazaar, we have an opportunity to have a glimpse of the world’s tallest peak, Mt. Everest (8848m). It is a steep climb to reach the Sherpa town. It is a famous trade center of the Khumbu region, including food items and trekking/mountaineering equipment.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,440m

Spending an extra day is a great idea to acclimatize and walk around to discover the lively Sherpa culture. Sherpas are world-renowned Himalayan leaders and are also forward in mountaineering. After breakfast, we head towards Khumjung and Everest view hotel. Khumjung is also known as the Sherpa capital, which is densely populated and we can explore the monasteries and Mani walls. The superb hike lets us have a chance to view the Himalayan wonders, including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse. Having enough snaps, we return to Namche and rest.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,440m

After breakfast, we begin the trek to Phortse Tenga. As we walk in the high-altitude region, we need to be aware of altitude sickness. We walk gradually underneath the fabulous peaks like Ama Dablam. Near Chimcho, the trail splits and we take the route that leads us to the Gokyo valley. We can see the monastery at the birthplace of Lama Sange Dorje.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,680m

Today we walk from Phortse Tenga to Machhermo via Dole (4200m). We walk through the beautiful rhododendron forest. Passing Dole, we walk to Luza and explore the nearby monastery. The views mostly include the glacier and the alpine meadows. Machhermo is today’s destination that we reach with a gradual walk.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,470m

Heading to the Gokyo Valley from Machhermo, we pass two glacial lakes and the third one lies in the Gokyo valley, which is known as Dudh pokhari. Located at 4800 meters, we can view the stunning surrounding panoramas of the snowy peaks and enticing Lake from Gokyo. It is just an awesome night with a warm meal.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,800 m

It is a superb day to visit Gokyo Ri. It helps us to maintain our fitness and is also helpful for acclimatization. From the Gokyo Ri, we can view the panoramas of the Everest region, including the Ngozumba glacier, Everest's five lakes, Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and others. Then we back to Gokyo valley and take a rest.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,357m

With a beautiful memory of exploring the Gokyo Valley and at Gokyo Ri, we begin to trek down steeply to Dole. Of course, we pass the first and second lakes of Gokyo. Though the trek is descending, the rocky path makes it difficult.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,800 m

From Dole, we trek down to Phortse village (3650m) walking through the rhododendron forest. Then the trail leads up to the Mongla Danda (4000m), which is a wonderful viewpoint, and gently trek down to Kyanjoma (3500m). Walking further gradually, we reach Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3440m

On the last day of our trekking, we walk down the steep trail and make an exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and walk pleasantly towards the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing various suspension bridges, we walk gradually to Lukla. This evening is exciting to celebrate the successful trip, sharing with the crew.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,804

We start our 13th day on the EBC trek early in the morning with a hearty breakfast to get to the Lukla airport to board our flight to Kathmandu. Flights depend on weather conditions; so, you might experience some delays. However, in case of any delays or emergencies, your guide will do his best to make situations more favorable to you. Once you land in Kathmandu, we will take you to your hotel where you can rest. Later in the evening our company will treat you to a farewell dinner and receive your feedback.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsFarewell Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1300m

Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.

  • MealsBreakfast

Note: - Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illnesses or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin sharing Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Government licensed, English speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla including airport departure tax
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permits for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walk with the group to support as necessary.
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs include salary, food, accommodation, domestic airfare, and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • All government and local Taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days)
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon request).
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory).

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: MondaySeptember 19, 2022End DateEnd: SundayOctober 02, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1489
Start DateStart: FridaySeptember 23, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayOctober 06, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1489
Start DateStart: TuesdaySeptember 27, 2022End DateEnd: MondayOctober 10, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1489
Start DateStart: FridaySeptember 30, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayOctober 13, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1489

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will be happy to create our trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

Useful Info

Meals

All meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea-houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you are getting healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits.

NoteIf you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we could make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu and a guesthouse/teahouse during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Adventure Club Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower altitudes but, it might be complicated to find them at higher altitudes.

Drinking-Water

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

Acclimatization And High-Altitude Sickness

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to the higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS) which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headaches, Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less amount of oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomit, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines.

A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms including shortness of breath even while taking rest. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to the lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. For expeditions that take on the isolated and off-the-beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, the same goes for climbing expeditions as well.

  • A bandage in case of sprains.
  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts
  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water
  • Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.
  • Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.
  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)
  • The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
  • Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.

Note: We can add medical supplies as per the special needs of the trekkers to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, appropriate adjustments can be made, to reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. The items marked with an asterisk (*) will be provided by Adventure Club Trek at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your own such articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many of the trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the items imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since your pack will be carried by our porters, please remember the weight limitation is 15kg (33 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you did not send me any list of gear.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s and duffle bags.

* Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, and snacks, and for buying your own drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc

 HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Experience Required

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo -Chola Pass Trek is a challenging trip and suitable for passionate trekkers who can walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light rucksack. On some days, we might even need to walk for 8-9 hours. Trekking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than trekking at lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with good physical fitness, have a positive attitude, and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek. Exercising and jogging three days a week is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Adventure Club Trek before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept -Nov) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but a summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visa for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices at Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visa, visit our visa information page.

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expedition or climbing treks)

All our guides are highly trained in all aspects of trekking, conversation, first-aid, and emergency evacuation. They are all very professional, knowledgeable, and passionate about the field of tourism. They are local guides and their English is sometimes limited to trek-related topics. They know how to facilitate running a smooth and safe trip whilst appreciating the beauty of the Himalayan world.

Porters Care

On any team, courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. At the conclusion of your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Electricity, WIFI, and  Battery  Recharge

During your trek on the Everest region, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, iPads from micro-hydro power, and solar panels on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail after Namche. The only two places offering free Wi-Fi are Starbucks coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. At other places upwards, you need to pay for using internet services, which increases gradually with the altitude.

Communication On Trek 

On Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek in Nepal, the internet service will be available at lodges with some extra service charge. You can also contact your family and friends from the guesthouses, but as we reach high altitudes, the communication will be through the phone for safety purposes. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader at least once a day to make sure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly touch for help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to network before the high altitude. Upon your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card for a better network. Many places have WIFI service available at an extra cost.

Group Size and Team Composition 

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share with each other in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 16 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members does not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Tipping

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

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