Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri

A More Rewarding Trail To The Base Camp Of The Highest Mountain In The World
Trek Fee : 59,650 + 5% GST
Difficulty
Difficulty
? Difficult treks have challenging, uneven trails. These can go over 16,000 ft and trekking hours can go upto 9 hours a day. Require excellent cardiovascular fitness and prior high-altitude trek experience. Few exit options.
Difficult
Duration
Duration
18 Days
Altitude
Maximum Altitude
18,200 ft
Pickup point
Pickup point
Lukla
Required Fitness
Base Camp
Lukla
Age
Minimum Age
15
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
April, Oct, Nov

A More Rewarding Trail to Everest Base Camp Than The Regular Route

The world knows of Everest Base Camp trail. To go to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world is on every mountain lover’s bucketlist. However, we believe, to truly do justice to trekking in the Everest region, Everest Base camp- Gokyo Ri circuit is the trek to do! This trail offers you the best of both worlds : the well-trodded Everest region and the lesser visited Gokyo region. By adding three more days to the itinerary, the trail becomes infinitely more rewarding. 

First, the views from the Gokyo Ri summit is much grander than the one you will see from on top of Kala Patthar in the Everest region.  From Kala Patthar, you would see three of 14 eight thousanders in the world – the Everest, Makalu and Lhotse. On the Gokyo Ri summit, you not only see these mountains, you also see another eight thousander, Cho Oyu.  Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world, is an additional treat you get on the Gokyo trail.

The view from the Gokyo Ri summit. Picture by Gurdit Singh

Then, when you look down from the Gokyo Ri summit, you see the Ngozumpa glacier – the longest glacier in the Himalayas.   Behind you, you see three blue-green lakes that seem to dwarf everything around them. These are the Gokyo lakes. There are five of them – each more grander than the other that you get to visit.  All of this, coupled with the seclusion the Gokyo region offers, makes it a stupendous addition to the Everest Base Camp trail.

That being said, Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri is a difficult trek. You climb to over 17,000 ft at least thrice on this trek (Gokyo Ri, Chola Pass and Kala Patthar). Going to that altitude three times is not easy at all. Then there is the Ngozumpa glacier and Chola Pass, both of these places with terrain that are tricky to traverse over.  You must come well-prepared for this trek.

Mt Everest seen from Kala Patthar. Picture by Santhosh Govindarajulu

What to watch out for

The Everest Base Camp

There is a point on the Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp trail, where you get a bird’s eye view of the base camp, sitting at the edge of the Khumbu icefall.  You see the Khumbu glacier, the Western shoulder of Everest and Nuptse. It is a sight that fills you with amazement, and sense of where you are. Walking to expedition tents on the Everest Base Camp is an excitement of it’s own. There is a maze of expedition tents among the unbelievably dangerous Khumbu icefall seracs. Sometimes, you find an Indian expedition tents whose climbers will welcome you to their tents and regale you with stories!

Mountaineer’s tents at Everest Base Camp

The different faces of Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam has the distinction of being the most beautiful mountain on the Everest region. You first see it in Namche Bazaar, from the Sherpa Cultural Museum. It disappears from your view as you get deeper into the Gokyo region. And then, right after you cross Chola Pass, en route to Dzongla, you are greeted with an entirely different face of  Ama Dablam. This peak looks so different from different spots on the trek. And to see an entirely new face of this beautiful mountain feels like a privilege. 

One of the most beautiful mountains you’ll see on the EBC trail, Mt Ama Dablam. Picture by Christopher Immanuel

Trekking among big mountains

The biggest attraction of trekking in Nepal is its big, precipitous mountains. They literally surround you on all sides! On this trail, you will see Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Cho Oyu and traverse Himalaya’s largest glaciers like Ngozumpa and see Khumbu glacier. The sense of being among big mountains also gives you a sense of legacies of great mountaineers. You are literally walking on the same trails they have walked on, filled with landmarks to their memory. You see the Tenzing Norgay Stupa, on the route beyond Namche. And then, just above Dughla on the Everest highway, you’ll find memorials for eminent mountaineers who gave their lives away on the slopes. 

Mt Pumori on the Everest Base Camp trail. Picture by Nand Kishore Pandey

Crossing Chola Pass

Chola Pass is a pass that takes you from Gokyo region to Everest region. It is an extremely adventurous pass crossing – with the ascent being on rubble and scree while descent is on a snowed out glacier and boulders. There is not one moment in this tricky climb and descent that you can afford to lose your attention. It makes for an adrenaline filled experience.

Trekkers walking from Chola Pass. Picture by Vijesh

If you do the Everest Base Camp-Gokyo Ri circuit you have done justice to trekking in the Everest region! For anyone trekking in Nepal for the first time, this trail is infinitely more rewarding.


Trekkers often ask us these questions about the EBC via Gokyo Ri trek:

These questions have been answered by Saurabh Sawant, Head of Documentation at Indiahikes.

Is trekking to Everest Base Camp dangerous?

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is not dangerous, provided you prepare well for it.
We classify Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri as a Difficult trek. Which means it requires exceptionally high fitness levels and prior Himalayan trek experience is a must as well. 

There are quite a few factors contributing to the difficulty of the trek — the distance covered everyday, the duration of the trek, the terrain, the time spent at very high altitude (7 days above 14,000 ft) and a difficult exit from the trail in case of an emergency.

The EBC trail near Chola Pass. Picture by Indiahikes Trek Leader Himanshu Singla.

One of the greatest risks on any high altitude trek is complication arising from AMS, HAPE and HACE. All three of them can be prevented with adequate hydration, well planned itinerary and proper acclimatization. The Indiahikes trek team, led by an experienced trek leader, is equipped to take care of all medical emergencies on the trail. 

These measures make sure every participant on an Indiahikes trek is absolutely safe during the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri trek.

How long does it take to do the Everest Base Camp trek?

The trek to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri is 106 km long and takes about 18 days to and from Kathmandu.

The Everest Base Camp has two traditional routes. The aforementioned route via Gokyo Ri is the more beautiful but challenging of the two. On the other hand, the easier classic route is 110 km long and takes about 14 days to and from Kathmandu

Indiahikes organizes the trek through Gokyo Ri. To help mitigate the risks of spending more time at higher altitudes as compared to the classic route, we have included a buffer day and acclimatization day in the itinerary.

The acclimatization day at Namche bazaar helps reduce the chances of AMS during the trek and the buffer day helps account for unexpected weather delays. 

 Can you see Everest from base camp?

Mt. Everest is not visible from the Everest Base Camp due to other mountains obscuring it from view. You can spot other mountains like Khumbutse, Changtse, Lingtren, Lobuche, Kala Patthar and Pumori from EBC. 

At the Everest Base Camp

However, Mt. Everest can be spotted multiple times from the trail itself during the initial part of the trek.

SHORT ITINERARY 

Day 1: Reach Kathmandu

Day 2: Meet Indiahikes team at Lukla airport. Trek from Lukla (9,300 ft) to Phakding (8,600 ft), 4-4.5 hours

Day 3: Phakding (8,600 ft) to Namche Bazaar (11,290 ft), 7 hours

Day 4: Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar

Day 5: Namche Bazaar (11,290 ft) to Phortse Thanga (12,000 ft), 6 hours

Day 6: Phortse Thanga (12,000 ft) to Macchermo (14,600 ft) via Dole Lafarma, 5-6 hours

Day 7: Macchermo (14,600 ft) to Gokyo (15,744 ft), 6-7 hours

Day 8: Gokyo Ri excursion (17,575 ft), 4 hours and Rest at Gokyo

Day 9: Gokyo (15,744 ft) to Thangna (15,580 ft), 3 hours

Day 10: Thangna (15,580 ft) to Dzongla (15,900 ft) via Chola Pass (17,604 ft), 9-10 hours

Day 11: Dzongla (15,900 ft) to Labouche (16,200 ft), 3 hours

Day 12: Labouche (16,200 ft) to Gorakhshep (16,900 ft); 3 hours. Excursion to EBC

Day 13: Climb Kala Pathar (18,200 ft), 2-3 hours; Gorakshep (16,900 ft) to Pheriche (14,070 ft); 8 hours

Day 14: Pheriche (14,070 ft) to Tengboche (12,664 ft), 4-5 hours

Day 15: Tengboche (12,664 ft) to Nameche Bazaar (11,290 ft), 4 hours

Day 16: Namche Bazaar (11,290 ft) to Lukla (9,300 ft), 4 hours

Day 17: Buffer day

Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu

Please note that you will be staying in Tea Houses throughout the trek.

If we use a buffer day, you’ll have to pay us Rs. 3,700 per day (INR) + 5% GST for per day. The money will be collected by your trek leader only if we use the buffer days.

It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

The Trek

Day 1: Reach Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and is a tourist hub. It is the gateway to Nepal Himalayas and stands at the elevation of 4,600 ft. While the city endured a lot of damage during 2015 earthquake, it remains a fascinating place to explore.

Take the first flight out of Kathmandu to Lukla, where your trek begins. Weather plays a crucial role in flights taking off to Lukla. Hence, try and reach Lukla the same day to avoid delays in the trek.

Boudhnath Stupa at Kathmandu. PC: Christopher Immanuel

Day 2: Trek from Lukla to Phakding

  • Altitude: 9,300 ft (Lukla/2,835 m) to 8,600 ft (2,621 m)
  • Time taken: 4-4.5 hours, 9 km
  • Trek gradient: Easy. Gradual descent throughout.
  • Water sources: You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.
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The short Runway at Lukla. Picture by Santhosh Govindarajulu.

Lukla is  a tiny village with an airstrip at the end of the valley. This airport is called the most dangerous airport in the world for its short runway and the drop off in the end. Landing and taking off in Lukla is an adrenaline pumping experience. A simple thing like cloud covering a mountain ridge can shut this airport down! Hence, we recommend that you reach Lukla a day in advance.

The trek begins right outside the airport. The trail to Phakding is mostly descending. After a small forest trail in the beginning, you will walk through Nepalese villages surrounded by a lot of vegetation.

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

  • Altitude: 8,600 ft (2,621 m) to 11,290 ft (3,441 m)
  • Time taken: 7 hours, 10 km
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Initial level walk for 30 minutes followed by an undulating trail for a few hours. Steep climb to Namche hereafter.
  • Water sources: You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.
Hanging bridge on the way to Namche Bazaar. PC: Arun Nayak

Namche, where you’ll be headed today, is the capital of the Khumbu region. Start your day early as there is a long day of trekking in store. The trail goes up and down as you gradually gain altitude. You will mostly be trekking through forests.

Monjo village is the mid point of today’s trek. There is a 3-4 km steep climb through forests just before the Swiss suspension bridge over Dudh Kosi river, which is the lifeline of the Khumbu region.

Highlights of the day include entering the Sagarmatha National park, spotting the Kongderei and Thamserku peaks, and getting your first Everest view point.

Day 4: Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar

Today, you’ll do an acclimatisation climb to Everest View Hotel and come back down to Namche for lunch.

Namche Bazaar, which is a pitstop for trekkers and climbers going to Everest Base Camp, is worth exploring. You can shop here for souvenirs or even trek gear.

You can also hike to the Sherpa Cultural Museum from where you get great views of Everest and Ama Dablam. The museum details the history  of the region with a peek into the lives of Sherpas. You will see photographs from Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s climb as well as maps detailing all hiking trails in Nepal.

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The Namche Bazaar. Picture by Santhosh Govindarajulu.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga

  • Altitude: 11,290 ft (3,441 m) to 12,000 ft (3,658 m)
  • Time taken: 6 hours, 8-10 km
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. 4 km level walk followed by a steep ascent for around 2 km. Descent all the way post lunch.
  • Water sources: You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.
The trek from Namche to Phortse Thanga. Mt Everest peeks at you from behind the mountains in the distance. PC: Christopher Immanuel

The trail climbs out of Namche and descends to Khumjung village. Khumjung is a Sherpa village with 40-50 houses. From Khumjung, the trail climbs up the stairs and hugs the sides of the mountain. It diverges from the main Everest highway at Sanasa, after Khumjung. Up to Sanasa, you will be trekking through forests, after which you reach a village.

You’ll be able to see Tengboche monastery from here. It is said that Tenzing Norgay spotted this monastery from the summit of Everest.

The trail then climbs to Mong La, a vantage point, where you’ll have lunch. From here, you descend to Phortse village.

Day 6: Phortse Thanga to Macchermo via Dole and Lafarma

  • Altitude: 12,000 ft (3,658 m) to 14,600 ft (4,450 m)
  • Time taken: 5-6 hours
  • Trek gradient: Difficult. Steep ascent for 3-4 hours followed by a gradual descent for 20 minutes.Ends with gradual ascent all the way.
  • Water sources: Start with carrying 2 litres of water. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.
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From Phortse Thanga to Macchermo. Picture by Santhosh Govindarajulu.

The trail starts from behind tea houses in Phortse Thanga,  through dense rhododendron forests. This section will remind you of the Goechala trek in Sikkim. The trail relentlessly climbs and at this altitude, you’ll feel the climb. From the forests, you eventually reach meadows and small grass lands.

You’ll see Cho Oyu massif, the sixth highest mountain in the world, ahead. This is an additional treat on this trail!

Lafarma, at 14,206 ft, is the first settlement that you reach. Macchermo is 75 minutes ahead.

Macchermo can get really cold – especially in the autumn season.

Day 7: Macchermo to Gokyo

  • Altitude: 14,600 ft (4,450 m) to 15,744 ft (4,799 m)
  • Time taken: 6-7 hours
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Level walk for about an hour followed by gradual ascent for 3-4 hours. Last 1 hour on boulders.
  • Water sources: Start with carrying 2 litres of water. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

The climb is not much today but the sights are a treat. You will now walk among big mountains – the tallest in the world!

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The Gokyo lake as seen from Gokyo Ri. Picture by Dayanand Gaikwad.

Gokyo Lake 1 is around 2 hours 40 minutes out of Macchermo. Behind the Gokyo settlements, you can see Cho Oyo dominate the background like a white wall. To the left of the settlement is the trail to Gokyo Ri at 17,575 ft. You get one of the best views of Everest range from here.

The tea house where you’ll halt at the end of today’s trail is situated around Gokyo Lake 3.

Day 8: Gokyo to Thangna; excursion to Gokyo Ri

  • Altitude: 14,600 ft (4,799 m) to 17,575 ft (Gokyo Ri/5,357 m); 15,580 ft (Thangna/4,749 m)
  • Time taken: 6 hours to Gokyo Ri and back; 3 hours to reach Thangna
  • Trek gradient: Difficult. Steep ascent to Gokyo Ri. To Thangna, short steep ascent followed by 1.5 hours glacier walk. Gradual ascent after this.
  • Water sources: Start with carrying 2 litres of water. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.
Trekkers approaching the Ngozumpa glacier on the way to Thangna. PC: Gurdit Singh

Start the day by climbing Gokyo Ri. Though the mountain looks small, it will take 2-3 hours for you to reach the summit. From here, you will see the longest glacier in the Himalayas – Ngozumpa – flowing down, and the big mountains in front. You’ll also get a beautiful view of the Gokyo lakes behind you.Don’t forget to get photographed with Everest!

After an early lunch, head out to Ngozumpa glacier. You need to cross over this to get to Thangna, at the base of Chola Pass. Ngozumpa glacier is an unstable section of the trek that is prone to rockfalls so make sure you follow your guides. This is a beautiful glacier which is moving constantly, but you don’t feel the movement.

You’ll take an hour and a half to cross the glacier. Thangna is a mostly flat walk from here.

Day 9: Rest day at Thangna

Thangna is located at the foot of the Cho-La pass at an altitude of 15,580 ft. This is your rest day.

Day 10: Thangna to Dzongla via Cho-la pass

  • Altitude: 15,580 ft (4,749 m) to 17,604 ft (Cho-la pass/5,366 m) to 15,900 ft (Dzongla/4,846 m)
  • Time taken: 9-10 hours
  • Trek gradient: Difficult. 4-5 km gradual ascent followed by 1 km of gradual descent. 1-1.5 km of trekking on boulders followed by 1 km glacier walk. 1 km steep descent on boulders easing off into a gradual descent.
  • Water sources: Start with carrying at least 2 litres of water. No water sources till you cross Cho-la pass.
View of the big mountains after traversing the Cho La Pass. PC: Gurdit Singh

Start your day early for Cho la Pass. It is going to be a long day.

Cho la Pass is right behind Thangna. The ascent, which is quite a climb, has a lot of rubble and scree. The descent is tricky with a snowed out glacier and boulders. Stick to the right of the glacier and follow the guide strictly. Don’t venture on your own. Depending on the situation of the ice, crampons will be used.

After the boulder patch which is hard on your knees, it is a steep descent to Dzongla.

You’ll see Ama Dablam’s front view on this day. What a different side to this beautiful mountain!

Please note that the teahouse at Dzongla has no Wifi.

Day 11: Dzongla to Labouche

  • Altitude: 15,900 ft (4,846 m) to 16,200 ft (4,938 m)
  • Time taken: 3 hours
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Level walk throughout.
  • Water sources: Carry 2 litres of water; you will be covered
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Trekkers on their way from Dzongla to Labouche. Picture by Santhosh Govindarajulu.

The 3 hour walk to Labouche is mostly on a flat trail but you will be walking at quite an altitude.  You’ll come across a junction where the trail splits to Pheriche and Labouche. Take the left. Views of Ama Dablam will accompany you till this point.

Around 90 minutes before Labouche, you’ll meet trekkers going on the traditional Everest highway. Helicopter sorties are commonplace here.

Day 12: Labouche to Gorakshep (Excursion to EBC)

  • Altitude: 16,200 ft (4,938 m) to 16,900 ft (5,151 m)
  • Time taken: 3 hours to Gorakshep
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Short, steep ascent followed by 1.5-2 hours of boulder walk. Ends with a gradually ascending trail.
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water. You’ll find teahouses on the way to Gorakshep.
The Everest Base Camp. PC: Christopher Immanuel

It takes about 3 hours to reach Gorakshep, which is a very busy place. You’ll see the terrain change as you approach the place. There are a lot of trekkers coming in. You’ll see Everest Base Camp on the trail to Gorakshep.

After early lunch at Gorakshep, set off for EBC. Make sure you carry your day pack since you’ll need water. The climb is fairly moderate, though the moraines are slippery and the ridge bordering Khumbu glacier is very windy.

Everest Base Camp provides a very unique experience since you’ll see potential summiters. The climbers’ tents look striking against the backdrop.

Pease note: drinking water at Gorakshep is chargeable. 1 litre of drinking water costs 350 Nepalese rupees. This is not included in the trek fee. Non potable water is available free of cost – if you’re carrying a water purifying bottle, you could consider using that instead.

Day 13: Climb Kala Pathar; Gorakshep to Pheriche

  • Altitude: 16,900 ft (5,151 m) to 14,070 ft (4,289 m); Kala Pathar is at 18,200 ft (5,547 m)
  • Time taken: 8-9 hours
  • Trek gradient: Difficult. Gradual descent all the way to Pheriche.
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water; you can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

Start early for Kala Patthar so that you reach in time to watch the sun rising over the peaks. Kala Pathhar is the highest point of the trek.

The trail to Kala Patthar is well defined and will take you 2-2.5 hours to reach. The last section is steep.

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Trekkers waiting for sunrise on the way to Kala Pathar. Picture by Santhosh Govindarajulu.

From the summit, you’ll get great views of Everest, South Col – the traditional route to Everest summit. You will even be able to identify Hillary step.

There are great views of Lhotse, Makalu, the Khumbu glacier and icefall, and of the entire Everest Base camp. Pumori is straight ahead from the summit.

After spending some time at Kala Pathar, return to Gorakshep and start for Pheriche immediately after breakfast. Retrace the route back to Labouche, from where it’s another 3 hours to Pheriche.

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A view from Gorakshep with a backdrop of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtrense, Mt. Khumbutse and Mt. Nuptse. A Picture by Sourabh Saxena.

You’ll cross Dughla/Thukla where there are memorials of mountaineers who died climbing Everest.

Pheriche is a village situated above the Tsola river. It is extremely picturesque and surrounded by mountains. There is a hospital in Pheriche, which was specially set up for the benefit of trekkers, and is currently run by the Himalayan Rescue Association with the help of volunteers from all over the world.

The Ama Dablam Base camp is 4 hours from here.

Day 14: Pheriche to Tengboche

  • Altitude: 14,070 ft (4,289 m) to 12,664 ft (3,860 m)
  • Time taken: 4-5 hours
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. 3 km gradual ascent to Tengboche.
  • Water sources: You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.
Trail to Tengboche. PC: Christopher Immanuel

This is the traditional Everest Highway. You’ll meet a lot of trekkers from around the world while walking on this trail.

The trail to Tengboche descends continuously from Pheriche.

Stop for the day at Tengboche. Visit the campus Monastery here. Don’t be surprised if you come across renowned mountaineers here.

Tengboche has great views of the Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.

Day 15: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

  • Altitude: 12,664 ft (3,860 m) to 11,290 ft (3,441 m)
  • Time taken: 4 hours
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Continuous descent followed by a final, short stretch of steep ascent.
  • Water sources: You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way.

You are back to walking along Dudh Kosi. From Tengboche, there is a steep descent to Phunki Thanga where you’ll have lunch.

You’ll see prayer wheels connected to a water turbine on the way. The water turbine ensures the wheels move clockwise. The climb from here to Namche is steep.

Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

  • Altitude: 11,290  ft (3,441 m) to 9,300 ft (2,835 m)
  • Time taken: 7-8 hours
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Continuous descent to Phakding for a few hours followed by gradual ascent to Lukla.
  • Water sources: You will find tea houses on the way to refill your water bottles
The bridge that splits to Jorsale. PC: Christopher Immanuel

Descend down to Lukla on the same trail that you used to go up. Stop at Phakding for lunch.

You will reach Lukla in about 7-8 hours

Stay overnight at Lukla

Day 17: Buffer

Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu

Take the early morning flight out of Lukla. It will take you about 45 mins to reach Kathmandu. Depart from Kathmandu.

What happens if you miss your flight to Lukla

Weather plays a very big role in the running of this trek. Flights to Lukla are a fair weather friend. A cloud covering a mountain ridge can shut down the entire airport!

It might so happen that only some of the scheduled flights take off from Kathmandu on 1st April and your flight doesn’t. Hence, we recommend that you fly to Lukla a day early, on 31st March itself.

In case you do miss your flight on 1st April and reach Lukla on 2nd April (Day 3) instead, here is what you will need to do –

  1. Start trekking towards Namche Bazaar as soon as you land.
  2. Stay overnight at a tea house between Phakding and Namche Bazaar. We will arrange this in advance and communicate the details to you in case the need arises.
  3. Join the rest of the team at Namche Bazaar on Day 4. This is an acclimatisation day and trekkers will be staying there overnight.

Note: On your return,  you may face a similar situation. You have ended the trek at Lukla and find the airport shut. Keep a day in Kathmandu as a buffer for your return international flight.

Buffer days

  1. On the trek we have kept one buffer day. This is to account for any weather related delays or if a team is tired and needs an extra day to push to a camp. Suppose we do utilise the buffer day then you’ll have to pay us Rs. 3,700 per day (INR) + 5% GST for the buffer days. The money will be collected by your trek leader only if we use the buffer days.
  2. On the brighter side, there are 2 rest days in addition to the buffer days for acclimatization. We will use them on the Gokyo side. Usually at Namche Bazaar and Gokyo. But this is tentative. Your trek leader may change the rest days depending on how the team is doing. On the EBC side we have not kept any rest days — that’s because we have reached our maximum altitude and we are going to be descending. The flip side is that you may find a camp extremely beautiful and want to spend an extra day. That may not be possible. However, if the whole team agrees then you can use a buffer day for this.

Next, your flight booking: Book your tickets online at taraair.com.

Kathmandu to Lukla: 6th/7th October or 13th/14th October depending on your batch
Lukla to Kathmandu: 24th or 30th October depending on your batch.

Getting a Nepal visa: Visitors from most countries to Nepal can get a Visa on arrival. For details, see Government of Nepal’s Department of immigration website – http://nepalimmigration.gov.np/article/142/visa-on-arrival-1.html

To see the list of countries to which Visa on arrival does not apply and  whose nationals need to get a Visa before arriving in Nepal, click – http://nepalimmigration.gov.np/article/141/prohibition-to-visa-on-arrival.html

Plan Your Travel for the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri trek

It is great to see you going on the EBC Gokyo Ri Trek. While it is a great trek to do, you need to get your travel plan worked out perfectly. Here is a step-by-step guide on what to do next. Use this guide and nothing else to plan your travel.

1. Here’s a quick view on how to plan your travel

Day -1: Reach Kathmandu

Day 0: Reach Lukla

Day 1: Meet Indiahikes team at Lukla airport and start your trek.

Day 2 to Day 16: Trek the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri trail and return to Lukla

Day 17: Buffer day

Day 18: Take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 19: Book your return flight from Kathmandu

| Important points to note:

– Buffer Day: This is an additional day to account for unforeseen circumstances. If we use a buffer day, you’ll have to pay us Rs. 3,700 per day (INR) + 5% GST for per day. The money will be collected by your trek leader only if we use the buffer days.

Always book your return flight/train tickets after including the buffer day in your itinerary. 


2. Planning your onward flight/train booking  

If you are travelling from India or any other country, book your flight tickets for Day Minus One, which is two days before Day 1 on the itinerary. If your trek start day is 15 September, book your air tickets for 13 September to either Kathmandu and on 14 September to Lukla.

Option 1: Fly to Kathmandu and then fly to Lukla

This is the quickest way to reach Lukla. Take a flight to Kathmandu and then another flight to Lukla. 

Lukla is a small town with an airstrip that drops off to the valley. There are daily flights in the morning from Kathmandu to Lukla. Flights into Lukla are highly weather-dependent. A cloud covering a mountain ridge can shut down the entire airport! Which is why it is important you book the first flight out Kathmandu and factor in buffer days in the itinerary.

| Tip: If you are reaching Kathmandu early on Day Minus One, you can think of taking a flight on the same day as well. We have seen the notorious airport of Lukla where trekkers have missed flights two straight days because of weather conditions. This will give you two buffer days in case there is any delay. 

Reaching Lukla early will give time for your body to acclimatized better as well.

Option 2: Fly to Kathmandu and then fly to Lukla via Ramechhap 

In case a flight from Kathmandu to Luka isn’t working out, your other option to Lukla will be to take a flight from Manthali airport, which is close to Ramechhap.

Take a regular shared cab or bus from Kathmandu to Ramechhap. The duration of the drive is between 5-7 hours. And these modes of transport are almost always available in trekking season.

| Tip: The best way is to take shared Cab from New Bus Park Kathmandu, cost NPR 500, which is much more comfortable than a bus and moves after every one hour. 

Option 3: Trek to Lukla on your own

Take this option if you are reaching more than a week in advance to Kathmandu. 

The trek starts from a small village called Jiri which is 7-8 hrs of bus journey from Kathmandu. It is an astounding distance of 56 km and can take anywhere between 4 days to 7 days to reach Lukla.

Again, do this only if you have a lot of time in hand and the required experience and fitness to be able to trek for 16 days after this.


3. Planning your return flight/train booking

The trek ends at Lukla on Day 17 including a buffer day.

For your return journey, you can again fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu. Or you could fly via Ramechhap.

Taking into account the buffer day: Booking your return tickets require some thought. First, always book your return ticket keeping in mind the buffer day. The buffer day must be included in your itinerary. If your trek ends on Day 16 do not book your flight/bus tickets for Day 16. Instead book for Day 17. Day 17 is your buffer day.


4. Planning your hotel/stay

While booking hotels on your return, always assume book your rooms assuming the buffer day is not being used. Assume the trek is going to run without any hiccups. So what happens if you use your buffer day on the trek? Unfortunately, then you’ll probably lose your hotel booking.

So book hotels where you may not have to transfer money in advance. Even if you do, consider it better than missing out on the trek. In Kathmandu, it is not difficult to find last minute hotel booking if in case the buffer day  is used.   

Hotel options in Kathmandu

Alobar1000

Alobar1000 is one of the many youth hostels in Kathmandu. It has a good backpacking dorm and also private rooms.

Email id: [email protected]
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/KjsbNoKqK5ALNh2t8

Contact Number: +977-14410114
Website: https://alobar1000.wixsite.com/alobar1000


Zostel Kathmandu

Zostel has standardised rooms and dorms all around the region. It’s a reliable place with basic facilities. 

Email id: [email protected]
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/aTMpF8Sz5btnjPny9

Contact Number: +977- 9813495707
Website: https://www.zostel.com/zostel/kathmandu/


Wander Thirst

This is another hostel in Kathmandu which has a mix of hostel with dorms and private rooms.

Email id: [email protected]
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/aTMpF8Sz5btnjPny9

Website: https://wanderthirsthostels.com/

Important Note:
– The cost of the dorm room per bed are usually priced at around NPR 350-500. For a private room with shared bathroom, it will cost around NPR 1000-1500.

– Kathmandu again has a wide range of hotels and places to stay. Book your stay close to Thamel which has better access to local food, trekking gears and a nice culture of trekking.

From Kathmandu airport, if you take a cab to anywhere around 2 km to 2.5 km radius, it will cost around NPR 600. Airport to Thamel, will cost you NPR 700. 


5. How to reach Namche Bazaar on your own

If you miss the Indiahikes team from Lukla, you will have to trek to Phakding and then reach Namche Bazaar on your own. The team will have an acclimatization day at Namche and you can join them here. 

However, in case you lose two days straight in reaching Lukla, you will not be able to catch the team.

How to get fit for Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri trek

Everest Base Camp has been graded as a difficult trek. On most days, you are trekking for 7-8 hours  and you sleep in altitudes over 15, 000 ft. You trek to an altitude over 17,000 ft four times in this trek: the Gokyo Ri summit (17, 575 ft), Chola Pass ( 17, 782 ft) , Everest Base Camp (17, 600 ft) and Kala Pathar (18, 513 ft). The altitude and the long days makes this trek arduous.

As the trek demands a high level of fitness, we have a screening process for our trekkers.

Once you register, you will get a questionnaire from your Trek Coordinator who will ask you to send a screenshot of the GPS track and also the splits.

You need to cover 5 km in 30 mins and record it with splits of the run for the entire week using any fitness app before you register.

You will be able to make the payment only once he/she approves the fitness screenshot.

In order to be prepared for a high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets. In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, you can phase out your targets in the following manner –

  • Target completing 10 km in 60 minutes before the start of the trek
  • Gradually bring up your speed to do 5 km under 30 minutes
  • Start increasing the distance you run to 10 km under 60 minutes

Strength – Target 4 sets of squats with 20 in each

This is another area you should work on. There is a lot of trekking distance that you will cover in high altitude carrying your backpacks.  You have to walk on uneven terrain during the trek. It could be taxing for your legs. For this, strengthening your legs will help. You can do some squats to strengthen them. Start with 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set and work towards reaching your target in 3 weeks.

Flexibility

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

 

Here is a guide to help you get fit for the trek.

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Also consider HIIT training regime for a trek like this one.

Things to get for the Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri is a very high altitude trek. The trekking gear you need to carry for this trek is different from regular treks. So pay careful attention to this entire section.

First, The Essentials. You cannot do the trek without these.

1. Trekking Shoes:

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri requires trekking shoes that are sturdy, have good grip, have ankle support and can handle snow. Here is a quick video on how to choose your trekking shoes.  

| Buying Tip: The Trek series and MH series are good options by Decathlon. They are tried and tested. There really isn’t any necessity to buy the higher priced models. Here is a list of other budget shoes that trekkers are using.

2. Backpack:

For a trek like EBC Gokyo Ri, you need a 50-60 litre backpack. Make sure your backpack has good hip support, shoulder support and quick access pockets. Here is a guide on how to choose a backpack

| Buying Tip: Wildcraft, Decathlon and Adventure Worx usually make good backpacks. While Wildcraft has more expensive ones, the other two brands have budget-friendly backpacks to choose from.

3. Clothes:

Wearing layers is the mantra in the mountains. Layers give you maximum protection from all elements. And when the weather changes in the mountains (as it happens every few hours), you take take off or put on layers as required. 

Base layer:

5 T-shirts:

Wear one T-shirt and carry four. Carry full sleeve dry-fit T-shirts (preferably collared). These prevent your arms and neck from getting sunburnt. In the rarified air on the trek, especially at high altitudes, UV rays can burn you in no time.

Dry-fit T-shirts quickly dry your sweat, they are easy to wash and in case of a rainy day, they dry quicker. Round neck T-shirts are ok, but collared ones are better.


| Buying tip: You can get dry-fit T-shirts from Decathlon. Also, stores like Reliance Trends, Max have dry-fit T-shirts. They don’t usually cost much.

| Cotton or Synthetic? As Indians, we love cotton. Down in the plains when the heat is a blistering 40°C it makes sense to wear cotton. But it takes a long time to dry when it gets wet. In the mountains, where it is cooler, synthetic is what you wear. They wick sweat rapidly and keep you dry. (But they do tend to smell quickly, so carry a roll-on deodorant with you.)

| Pro Tip: If you are extra susceptible to cold, you could get a set of thermal inners. In our experience, wearing two T-shirts over another works as a better thermal. And they save you weight and space, since you’re already carrying them. 

4 insulation layers:

The highest altitude you reach on this trek is 18,200 ft. At these altitudes it can get freezing cold even in the middle of summer. You will need at least 4 insulation layers for this trek.

You will need 3 light fleece layers, 1 full-sleeve light sweater. Do not get your grandma stitched sweaters, which can be very heavy. You need sweaters and fleece jackets that can fold into compact rolls.

1 Outer layer:

A padded jacket serves the purpose here. You don’t really need a water resistant material. But you need an outer padded jacket that keeps the wind and cold out. Ensure your padded jacket has a hood as well.

| Do you need a down/feather jacket? Not really. A regular padded/shell jacket will do. This video here will help you to learn more about the difference.

Note: Down/feather jackets are really not available these days. Many jackets masquerade as down/feather jackets. They are essentially fine polyester-filled jackets. They mimic the function of a down jacket but are usually expensive.

Three trek pants:

Three pairs of trek pants should suffice for this trek. Wear one pair and carry two  just in case it rains. Trek pants with zippered cut offs at the thighs are very suitable for treks. Also, choose quick-dry pants over cotton. They dry up soon in case of small stream crossings / rain.

| Buying tip: Go for pants with zippered pockets. They come in handy to keep your phone, handkerchief or pocket snacks.

| Track pants or trek pants? Stretchable track pants make a good backup and can double up as your thermal bottoms. But track pants are not trek pants — so don’t use them as your main outerwear. Keep them only as a backup.

Mandatory Accessories, without these too you won’t be able to do the trek. 

These accessories are mandatory. Don’t go to EBC Gokyo Ri trek without them. Trekkers generally put off purchasing / borrowing the accessories for the last minute. We suggest the opposite. Start gathering these accessories first. 

1. Sunglasses:

Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. On a trek like EBC Gokyo Ri, you trek to the permafrost region (snowfall can happen all around the year). Expect to walk on long stretches of snow, especially during the summer season. A small overexposure to direct sunlight on snow can lead to snow blindness (about a half hour’s exposure). That’s because fallen snow is like thousands of mirrors that reflect direct UV rays. So you need sunglasses with UV protection

| Tip: Try getting sunglasses that wrap around instead of those that have openings on the side. Even peripheral UV ray exposure is not a good idea.

Wear sunglasses if the trekking day is bright and sunny (on open sections, meadows). On a snowy section you must absolutely never take off your sunglasses until the section has been fully crossed.

| If you wear spectacles: If you wear spectacles, you can get oversized sunglasses that you wear over your regular glasses (available at Decathlon). If that is cumbersome, photochromic lenses work equally well. Here’s a quick guide on managing sunglasses with spectacles.

| Contact lens users: If you use contact lenses, you can use them on the trek too. The lens solution will not freeze. You will also not face any problems in changing your lens in your tent. Just carry enough cleaning solution with you to clean your fingers well. Wear your sunglasses over your contact lens.   

 2. Suncap:

A sun cap is mandatory. Trekking without a sun cap can lead to headaches, sun strokes, quick dehydration and a sharp drop in trekking performance.

| Tip: In the mountains, the general rule is to keep your head covered at all times. During the day a sun cap protects you from the harsh rays of the sun (it is doubly stronger with naked UV rays). A sun cap keeps your body temperature in balance. In the evening/early morning, the reverse is true. Your head loses your body heat quickly. A woolen cap prevents heat from dissipating from your head.

| Pro Tip: Sun caps with flaps are a blessing for trekkers. They cut out almost all UV leaks. They prevent sun burns in every possible way. They are a lot more effective than sunscreen lotion. A wide brimmed sports hat also helps to prevent sunburn in a big way. 

  3. Synthetic hand gloves:

EBC Gokyo Ri you are going to be handling snow quite a bit. You’ll need gloves to grip something or to steady yourself in snow. You also want the gloves to keep you warm. Get synthetic hand gloves that have waterproofing on the outside and a padded lining on the inside. If you find the combination difficult to get (not likely), wear a tight fitting fleece hand glove inside a synthetic hand glove. Hand gloves are mandatory on this trek.   

4. Woollen cap or Balaclava:

Ensure these cover your ears. In the cold mountains, you lose maximum heat from your head, not from your hands, feet or the rest of your body. Which is why you need to keep your head protected, especially when the sun is down. Early mornings, late evenings, a cold trekking day are when you must use your woollen cap.

Your ears are sensitive too, so a woollen head cap that covers your ears is absolutely essential. A balaclava is a modern version of the woolen cap. It covers your ears, neck and parts of your face as well. Do not get a woollen cap that only covers your head. 

5. Socks (3 pairs):

Apart from two sports socks, take a pair of woollen socks. Sports socks give you cushioning plus warmth. Again the mantra is to wear synthetic socks or at least a synthetic blend. Cotton socks soak in water and sweat. They are very hard to dry. As for woollen socks, they help you to keep warm and snug in the night. If you cannot get woolen socks, wearing two sports socks serves the purpose as well. 

6. Headlamp:

Trekkers are often confused about whether they need to get a headlamp or a handheld torch. You need to get a headlamp because it leaves your hands free to do other activities. On the  EBC Gokyo Ri trek you’ll need your hands free to wash dishes, pitch tents and hold your trek poles.

| Buying tip: Ensure your headlamp covers a wider area and is not too focused as a single beam. On a trek, your headlamp must help you see around you as much as ahead of you. 

7. Trekking pole (a pair):

Trekking poles give you stability and balance. They reduce your energy consumption by almost 40%. On the EBC Gokyo Ri trek there are steep ascents and descents. The trek up the gully to the pass is pretty steep, about 75% incline.  A pair of trekking poles will make the difference between a comfortable and a strenuous trek. In India we tend to use a single trekking pole. However, two trekking poles give you greater stability and balance. They also increase your walking pace.

8. Rainwear:

On a trek, the weather can change quickly. A bright sunny day can turn into a downpour in a matter of minutes. Carry a poncho or a rain jacket to tackle this. A poncho is a big rain cover with openings for your arms and your head. It is extremely effective because it covers both you and your backpack. It is extremely light and weighs next to nothing.

Rain jackets are more streamlined and less cumbersome but weigh more. Rain pants are really not required. Dry fit trek pants dry quickly even if soaking wet.

9. Rain cover for your backpack:

Backpacks are your life. You carry all your dry clothes, your warm gear in your backpack. It is important that your backpack stays dry at all times. Modern backpacks usually come with built in rain-covers. If your back pack does not have a rain-cover, ensure you get a rain cover by either (a) buying a rain cover (b) or cutting a large plastic sheet to the size of your backpack. You can roll the plastic sheet around your backpack and keep it in place with a string or elastic. 

| Pro tip: It’s good practice to compartmentalise your clothes, accessories and other things in plastic covers inside your backpack. That way, even if it rains and your backpack gets wet, your things are water-proof inside the backpack.

10. Daypack (20-30 ltrs, optional):

Some trekkers opt to offload their bags to a porter on the EBC Gokyo Ri trek. While we do not encourage this practice, in case you opt for offloading, then carrying a day pack is mandatory. In your day pack you carry essentials like water bottles, rainwear, emergency medicines, headlamp, some snacks and a warm layer. Your main backpack that carries most of your equipment is accessible only at the campsites.

A day pack is a smaller backpack that is usually of 20-30 ltr capacity. Laptop bags are not day packs. Do not get them.

Other mandatory requirement

1. A toilet kit:

Keep your toilet kit light. Carry just the basics — toothbrush, toothpaste, small soap, toilet tissue roll, a small moisturiser, lip balm, and a roll-on deodorant. You will not be able to have a bath on the trek, so don’t overload on soaps and shampoos.

| Pro tip: Carry miniature-sized items. You will not need more than that. If you’re travelling in a group, share one toothpaste for all.

Avoid getting large toilet rolls. The smallest size roll is more than enough for a trek like EBC Gokyo Ri.

| For women: If you are likely to have your periods on your trek date, don’t worry about it. You can use your pads, tampons or menstrual cups on the trek. There will be toilet tents where you can get changed. Make sure you carry ziplock bags to bring back your menstrual waste. Don’t leave behind any waste in the mountains. Watch this video to learn how to dispose your sanitary waste.

2. Cutlery:

Carry a lunch box, a mug and a spoon. Your lunch box must be leak proof. You are expected to wash your own cutlery. Trekkers often expect Indiahikes to wash their cutlery. When you allow Indiahikes to wash your cutlery, your cutlery becomes part of a mass washing system. You immediately invite germs, bacteria to settle on your cutlery. Incidence of stomach disorders rises exponentially.

| Pro tip: Carry stainless steel cutlery. Avoid fancy high grade plastic cutlery. Stainless steel cutlery is infinitely easier to wash in cold water. Grease is easier to remove and hygiene is at the highest. Watch this video on why steel cutlery is better than plastic.

3. Two 1 litre bottles or a 2 litre hydration pack:

EBC Gokyo Ri has long walking days each day with three pass crossings above 17,000 feet. You need to carry two one litre water bottles to keep yourself hydrated over the distance. If you are used to a hydration pack, then that is ok too. If one among the two bottles is a lightweight thermos, then that helps you to store warm water on a really cold day or for late evenings and early mornings.

4. Plastic covers:

Carry 3-4 old plastic covers to keep your used clothes. You could use them even for wet clothes. Re-use old plastic bags for this and do not buy new ones.

Useful videos to help you with your gear:

Personal medical kit

Carry these medicines with you, easily accessible at all times. Do not take any medicine unless you have consulted your trek leader

  1. Diamox (1 Strip): Be on a course of a half tablet Diamox starting from Delhi every 12 hours (125 mg). Carry on the medication until you descend down to Barua. Being on a preventive course of Diamox greatly reduces the chances of Acute Mountain Sickness on the EBC Gokyo Ri trek
  2. Dexamethasone (1 strip)   
  3. Dolo 650 (5 tablets): This is a paracetamol. It helps to tackle fever, mild pain
  4. Avomine (4 tablets): Carry this especially if you are prone to motion sickness. Pop one half hour before the start of your road journey.
  5. Combiflam (5 tablets): Take a combiflam if you get a sudden twist of the leg or a muscle strain. It is a pain reliever. It also contains paracetamol. 
  6. Digene (4 tablets): Take it if you feel the food that you’ve taken is undigested. Alert your trek leader immediately. It could be a sign of AMS. 
  7. ORS (6 packs): Consume a pack of ORS water at least once a day, usually mid day when you are in the middle of your trek. It replenishes essential salts lost while trekking.  Tip: It also makes cold water easier to drink.
  8. Knee Brace (optional): Carry this if you are prone to knee injury or have known issues of knee pain.

Our trek leaders carry a high altitude medical kit with them which also consist of Life Saving Drugs. If there is an emergency our trek leaders know how to tackle it. Meanwhile, contact your trek leader before consuming any of these medicines listed here.

| Pro tip: We find that these medicines by trekkers are rarely used. But you cannot do away with them. At the end of the trek please donate unused medicines to your trek leader. Some of these medicines get distributed to villages on the trek and some are added to the Indiahikes medical kit.   

Mandatory Documents to carry

These are documents required for legal purposes by Indiahikes and the forest department. Without any of these, you will not be allowed to trek.

  1. Original and photocopy of identity card. In Nepal, only passport or Voters ID are accepted as valid ID proof.  
  2. 2 passport size photographs. This is required to obtain the trekking permits
  3. Disclaimer certificate. This is a legal requirement. Download the PDF, read carefully and sign it. This must be handed over to your Trek Leader during registration at the base camp – Download PDF
  4. Medical certificate. There are two sections in this. The first part must be filled by a practising doctor. The second part must be filled by you. Without the medical certificate the forest department will not issue permissions for your trek. It is also a requirement by Indiahikes – Download PDF

| Pro tip: Keep important documents in a clear plastic cover and slide them into the inner pocket at the back of your backpack. This keeps them from getting wet.  

How safe is Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri trek?

The Everest Base Camp trek is a difficult one. One of the reasons it is a difficult trek is that there are huge altitude gains. You touch over 17,000ft over four times in this trek and sleep in altitudes over 14,000 ft. There are very high chances of being hit by  Acute Mountain Sickness. In addition to the altitude, you also have long days on rugged terrain and you need to be extremely fit to manage this over many days.

At Indiahikes, we pay utmost importance to safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker’s life is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.

What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety:

Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.

But we strongly advocate the statement, ”Prevention is better than cure.” Right from the time you decide to register for the trek till the last day of the trek, these safety procedures will be running in the background. We have listed a few of them below.

1. Fitness criteria before registration

Over years of organising high altitude treks, we have found that safety issues thrive amongst those who are unfit and unprepared for the trek. So we have introduced an eligibility criteria for the EBC trek. Anyone who wants to register for the EBC trek has to meet the fitness requirements, with the ideal BMI. The BMI and fitness regime will require proof. A high altitude trek is not to be taken casually, especially something as difficult as EBC.

2. Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar and rest day at Thangna

The third day’s trek to Namche Bazaar involves a an altitude gain of over 2,500 ft. This is also a long day, and will be followed by days of steady climb.  It takes time for the body to acclimatise to this altitude. So we have an acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar, so that your body gets a day’s rest before exerting further. Often, rest can be the biggest boon on high altitude treks to avoid AMS.

Thangna, where you reach on Day 8, is preceded by 4 days of difficult climbing and also an excursion to Gokyo Ri which takes you above 17,000 ft. To help your body to recover from this, and also prepare for the days ahead, we have a rest day at Thangna.

3. Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

On the EBC trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects thrice a day.

  • Oxygen Level
  • Pulse Rate 

Your Blood Pressure levels will be checked once a day.

This will help us ensure that your body is acclimatising as required.

Every trekker will be given a Health Card at the beginning of the trek.The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health, wherein he will be entering details about his health everyday. It also contains details of what symptoms he should look out for and what action he should take during emergencies. These Health Cards will be taken back at the end of the trek.

4. High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone (tablets and injections) and Nifedipine. Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.

5. High Altitude Trek Equipment

To ensure safe trekking on snowy terrain, Indiahikes will provide you with micro-spikes to attach to your shoes. You are likely to require these at Chola pass, depending on the ice/snow conditions. This will give you good traction on hard snow. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can put on over your shoes. You will have qualified technical guides with you, who will lead the way on difficult terrain, where there might be too much scree or moraine. You need to be extremely while crossing the Ngozumpa glacier which is prone to rockfall and on the Chola Pass day, where there are crevasses. Trekkers are instructed not to cross the guide at all cost.

All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. If it is cold outside, it will be around 10 degrees warmer inside the tent. The sleeping bags can withstand temperatures up to -10 degree Celsius.

6. Being hydrated and well nourished on the trek

You need to drink a minimum of 4 litres of water every day during the trek to ensure that you’re well hydrated. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly and intensify the effects of AMS. Your trek leader will brief you about the amount of water that you need to carry with you at the start of each day as well as water sources on the trail.

We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Apart from this, snacks or packed lunch is provided wherever the trail before a meal break is likely to be long. Make sure that you do not skip any meal as this can lead to serious health emergencies on high altitudes.

With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.

Nevertheless, you will need to be cautious and report the slightest of symptoms to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.

What you compulsorily need to know if you’re going on the EBC Gokyo Ri trek

If you have registered for this trek, then here is some information that you must know in order to have a safe trek. At Indiahikes, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitude.

First thing you should know is that EBC Gokyo Ri is a Very High Altitude trek. It climbs up to an altitude of 18,200 ft. So it comes with its fair share of risks – altitude sickness, lack of easy exit points, unfriendly terrain and extreme altitude gain.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

AMS is one of the biggest dangers on a high altitude trek such as EBC. AMS occurs when your body isn’t acclimatising to its surroundings. It can accelerate very rapidly, so it is important to identify the symptoms as soon as you see them. Before you read further, watch this video to understand the symptoms of AMS.

ams-symptoms-indiahikesWhat to do if you feel symptoms of AMS

On the EBC Gokyo Ri trek, as you approach Machermo (14,600 ft) you should watch out for AMS symptoms. If you are fine for a couple of days after doing Gokyo Ri, you are most likely acclimatized and should not face further trouble. However, if you aren’t feeling too well after doing Gokyo Ri, then the next 3 days – Dzongla, Labouche, Gorakshep – are also danger campsites if you carry on with the trek.

If you feel any symptoms of AMS on the trek, you must report to the Trek Leader immediately. Do not wait till the end of the day’s trek. Do not try to handle it yourself either. Our Trek Leaders are well-trained and experienced to handle any cases and they will be the decision makers in any such cases.

Watch the video below to understand how to treat and prevent AMS. The information in this video is rare to find. With this knowledge, you can probably save your own life or another’s trekkers life.

As a first step, your trek leader will run you through the Triple One Test – One Disprin, One litre of water and One hour of rest. If you’re suffering from dehydration, this will solve the problem and you will be fine in one hour. If the symptoms don’t go away, then he’ll begin to treat you for AMS, perhaps with a course of Diamox. If you’re already on a course of Diamox, your trek leader is likely to increase the dosage.

It is very important to be on a preventive course of Diamox on the EBC trek. Diamox helps prevent AMS by around 80%. Click here to know how it works.

The increased dosage of Diamox usually takes care of the Acute Mountain Sickness. In addition to that, the acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar and the rest day at Thangna helps trekkers get enough rest before gaining more altitude.

If you face any of the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness, don’t take them lightly. Report them to your trek leader immediately.

Do NOT attribute your symptoms to anything other than AMS. If you have a bad stomach, suspect AMS. At high altitude, AMS is the first thing that should be suspected and treated.

If Diamox alone doesn’t work, he might administer Dex or Nifedipine, or perhaps oxygen, depending on the circumstances.

Especially on the EBC trek, AMS is very common. While AMS can be treated with medicines for the most part, the symptoms must be recognised before it can go to advanced stages – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).

HAPE and HACE are critical conditions that can be fatal within hours. And they can occur without AMS preceding them. So it’s doubly important to recognise any symptoms and nip them in the bud.

Exit points on the EBC trek

There are no exit points on this trek. You will have to retrace your steps back to Namche Bazaar in case you need to descend.

Nepal, in general, has an excellent trekking infrastructure. Evacuation can be done by helicopter, if need be. However, these are expensive.

Helicopter Rescue:
from Phortse: $2800
from Gokyo: $3200

Closest hospital

Most situations are resolved by the trek leader’s intervention. If, however, evacuation is required, it is carried out by the Indiahikes team. Namche Bazaar has the closest medical centre. Medical expenses, if required, at the medical centre are to be borne by the participant.

You can insure your trek privately with some of the insurance agencies in Kathmandu. Below are the details from one insurance agent we spoke to.

Premium:
Personal accident: $3 per day
Medical insurance: $4 per day
Search n rescue: 7% of total of the helicopter rescue fee

Payment in advance or assurity of payment by the client accepted by keeping their passport on hold. Visit www.shikharinsurance.com for more details. Group insurance is only for Nepali citizens and not for foreigners including Indians.

Max Coverage:
for Search and Rescue:  4000$
for personal accident:  20000$
for medical claim: 10000$

Why you should personally know about the risks and precautions of high altitude treks

If ever you find yourself alone at high altitude, either while trekking independently or with another organisation, there are some life-saving steps you can take. Firstly, you should be able to recognise symptoms of altitude sickness. So acquaint yourself with the symptoms.

Secondly, there might be instances when you have to administer medicines to yourself or to a fellow trekker.

There are three life-saving medicines that you should always carry on you – Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.

If you are trekking independently then you need to know when exactly to administer these medicines and in what dosage.

The video below will help you understand what medicines to administer when and how much. Sandhya UC, partner at Indiahikes, explains in detail about HAPE and HACE. Here, you can learn about the advanced symptoms are and how to tackle them.

It is a myth that fit and experienced people are not affected by Acute Mountain Sickness

If you’re of the opinion that fit people don’t get AMS, please get rid of that notion right away. AMS can affect anyone without paying heed to their fitness and prior experience at high altitude! Altitude sickness does not distinguish between a first timer and an experienced trekker.

For more detailed information about Acute Mountain Sickness, you can download and study the manual below.

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Click on the AMS Manual to open and download

 

The Indiahikes Cancellation Policy 

We understand the pain of cancelling a trek. As trekkers, we always look forward to treks, and after months of training and planning, if we have to cancel our trek, there’s no greater disappointment than that. 

Given that, we have one of the most trekker-friendly cancellation policies. 

Take a look at the Indiahikes cancellation policy below. This policy is effective starting January 29th, 2020.

In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.

– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.

– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher 

 

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

We almost never cancel our treks. But in case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, unexpected global health issues Indiahikes will issue a voucher for the full amount of your trek fee (minus the trek insurance). You can redeem the Trek Voucher on any of our treks over the next one year.

Important note: The Trek Insurance amount is not refundable once it has been paid for. 

If you cancel the offloading of your backpack:  

The offloading fee will be refunded to your account with a 4% transaction charge. 

If you choose to cancel your backpack offloading AFTER reaching the base camp, you will get a voucher of the offloading fee. 

Special Cases That Could Occur:

There are some special cases that could occur when you’re on a trek.

1. You may not be able to complete the trek because of bad weather, high snow conditions, or any natural calamity.

2. You may have to leave your trek abruptly (could be due to altitude sickness, abnormal BP, unpreparedness for the trek, any emergencies at home)

In the above two cases, you’re welcome to come back and repeat the same trek any time in future. You do not have to pay us for this. If you’d like to repeat your trek, get in touch with your Trek Coordinator and they’ll help you. 

Important note: Your offloading fee will not be refunded in the above two cases.

3. You may not be able to report at the base camp at all (could be due to blocked roads / cancelled flights/curfews), we will try to accommodate you in the next day’s team (if we have one). 

In the third case, if we cannot accommodate you in the next day’s trek, we will give you a Trek Voucher of the entire trek fee (including your offloading fee), which you can use on any Indiahikes trek within the next one year.

How to cancel your trek: 

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, follow these steps. 

  1. Login to your Indiahikes Trek Dashboard using this link
  2. Find your upcoming trek on your home page. 
  3. Click on “Cancel Trek” 
  4. Mention why you’re cancelling your trek on the form that appears.
  5. Choose either a voucher or a refund (where applicable). 
  6. Click on “Cancel Booking” 

How long does the refund process take?

After you have cancelled your trek, if you have opted for a refund, the refund amount will land in the same account that you have made the payment from. It will take 4-5 working days.

If you have chosen a trek voucher, it will land in your inbox within an hour. You will also be able to see it on your Trek Dashboard.

What is a Trek Voucher?

Trek Vouchers are credit amounts added to your Indiahikes account. You can redeem these on any of your future treks with Indiahikes. Every Trek Voucher has a validity of one year.

Important note: Indiahikes Trek Vouchers are non-refundable, not transferable to others or extendable. 

How to use an Indiahikes Trek Voucher?

If you have received an Indiahikes Trek Voucher, you will automatically see it when you are making a payment for your next trek. 

Once you click on the voucher and apply it, the system will deduct the voucher amount from your payable amount. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Trek Coordinator. 

The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” Policy (trekkers love this!)

At Indiahikes, we can’t help but fall in love with a few trekking trails. And we love revisiting them, perhaps in other seasons, when treks take on a totally different hue. In such cases, we do not like the thought of having to pay for it. Our trekkers shouldn’t have to pay either.

So if you have loved a trek that you did with us and want to repeat it, you’re welcome to sign up for the trek. We will not charge you for this. (Many people think this is a rumour, but it’s true.) 

To repeat your trek for free, just get in touch with your Trek Coordinator. We’ll help you sign up with no charges. 

Note: The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” policy does not apply for our international treks.

Your trek fee includes:

  1. Accommodation – Stay is included from Phakding on Day 2 to Lukla on Day 15. You will be staying in tea houses on all days of the trek. Rooms will be shared with fellow trekkers.
  2. Meals – All meals from lunch on Day 2 to dinner on Day 15 are included. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
  3. Trekking permits – All trekking permits and forest charges are included.
  4. Trekking equipment –  We provide ice axes, ropes, micro spikes, gaiters, high altitude sleeping bags etc. as required.
  5. Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.

Your trek fee does not include:

  1. Transport to and from the base camp – The trek fee does not include flight charges to Lukla and return.
  2. Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 8,900 + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note last minute offloading of bags will not be possible on this trek.
  3. Rescue – Insurance and helicopter rescue expenses are not included
  4. Phone and other battery charging costs – Tea houses in Nepal provide this at an additional cost. This can be considerably high.
  5. Drinking water at Gorakshep – Tea houses at Gorakshep (Days 12 & 13) charge 350 Nepalese rupees for 1 litre of drinking water. Non potable water is available free of cost – if you’re carrying a water purifying bottle, you could consider using that instead.
  6. Stay in Lukla on Day 1 or earlier.
  7. Personal expenses of any kind
  8. Anything apart from inclusions
  9. Buffer day: In case we use the buffer day, you will have to pay us Rs. 3,700 + 5% GST per day. This amount will be collected by the Trek leader if we use the buffer day.
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher

Fitness

Fitness

A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important.

You need to be able to jog a distance of 5 km in 30 mins before start of the trek. Trekkers will also have to submit 10 km under 60 mins for EBC Gokyo Ri. Those who are above the age of 50 yrs, will be asked for long distance brisk walking. Unable to do so can make your trek difficult. In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training.

Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training and upload the fitness screenshots on your dashboard. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point.

Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

Backpack Offloading

Backpack Offloading

Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.

Backpack offloading charge for the entire trek duration is Rs. 12,000/- plus GST @5%. Partial offloading is not allowed. Last minute offloading will not be possible on this trek. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.

Online offloading in advance is possible up to two weeks prior to the trek start date.

Note - Guides and porters in Nepal expect to be tipped. If you are offloading your backpack, please be prepared to pay a higher tip.

Emergency during trek

Emergency during trek

Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.

Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.

Helicopter rescue expenses are not included in the trek fee or under the insurance that you opt for.

Transport

Transport

Lukla is a small town with an airstrip that drops off to the valley. It is 136 kms away from Kathmandu and is accessible by 35 minute flight from Kathmandu or a 7 day trek from Jiri.

A cloud covering a mountain ridge can shut down the entire airport! Which is why it is important you book the first flight out Kathmandu and factor in buffer days in the itinerary. Flights into Lukla are weather dependent.

We recommend that you reach Lukla on Day 1 itself to avoid delays in the trek.

Accomodation

Accomodation

Stay is included from Phakding on Day 2 to Lukla on Day 16.

You will be staying in tea houses on all days of the trek.
Rooms will be shared with fellow trekkers.

Note - Stay on Day 1 at Kathmandu/Lukla is not included in the trek fee.

Why does the itinerary have a buffer day?

Why does the itinerary have a buffer day?

The buffer day is included because the weather in the mountains can be extremely unpredictable. It might so happen that you are not able to trek at all on a particular day or cross a pass because of this. Sometimes, your flight might not land in Lukla on Day 1 if it’s cloudy. In fact, we recommend that you reach Lukla a day early.

Hence, we strongly recommend that you factor in your buffer day while booking onward tickets from Lukla and Kathmandu.your travel.

If we use a buffer day, you’ll have to pay us Rs. 3,700 per day (INR) + 5% GST for per day. The money will be collected by your trek leader only if we use the buffer days.

Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?

Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?

Yes, there is an option to offload your backpack. This will cost Rs.12,000 + 5% GST. You will need to inform us in advance if you wish to offload your backpack.

The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. Strolleys, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed. Online offloading in advance is possible up to two weeks prior to the trek start date.

Offline offloading is not possible on this trek.

Is it mandatory for me to complete a high altitude trek of above 14,000 feet?

Is it mandatory for me to complete a high altitude trek of above 14,000 feet?

Yes, this is a mandatory requirement. The eligibility for the trek is that you need to complete a trek which is of the moderate-difficult category above 14,000 feet. We also check how recently you completed this trek.

The trek of EBC Gokyo Ri is very difficult. Even our trek leaders, who are seasoned trekkers with mountaineering courses under their belt get thoroughly winded on this trek.
It climbs to nearly 17,000 ft three times in 17 days! And each day has long hours of trekking - easily around 8 hours on an average with longer hours on a few days.

Prior high altitude trek experience is a mandatory requirement.

Will there be water sources on the way? Will two litres of water be enough?

Will there be water sources on the way? Will two litres of water be enough?

You will have access to drinking water at the tea houses where you stay. For your day’s trek, two litres of water should be enough.

On most days, you will be able to refill your water bottles at tea houses that we pass on the way.

Days 10 and 11, Thangna to Dzongla and Dzongla to Labouche, are the only ones when you’re unlikely to find water sources.

Please note, you will need to buy drinking water once you reach Gorakshep on Day 12 till the time you descend from there on Day 13. 1 litre of drinking water costs 350 Nepalese rupees. This is not included in your trek fee.

Can I keep extra luggage at Lukla and collect it from there after the trek?

Can I keep extra luggage at Lukla and collect it from there after the trek?

Yes, Indiahikes will arrange for a cloak room where trekkers can keep their luggage.

Please note, you are only allowed to carry 15 kg luggage on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and return.
Please do not leave any valuables behind in the cloak room.

There are no charges for this.

Is there a mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

Is there a mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

You will have mobile connectivity till Dole. However, you will also have internet connectivity in tea houses at all locations except Labouche.

Tea houses allow you the use of electricity charging points at an additional cost, which can be quite high.

All major Indian networks such as Airtel, Vodafone, Idea work on international roaming wherever there is mobile connectivity. Alternatively, get a local SIM of N Cell or Nepal Telecom.

Here is what trekkers have to say about their experience at Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri

Karthik Chand

Batch of
October 2019

The EBC trek was one of the most beautiful trails that I have trekked as of now the terrains the views were spectacular. The safety standards which the trek leader took were very good and have helped a lot to maintain health throughout the trek. 

Indiahikes does extremely well when it comes to fitness of a person that helps the person improve a lot and enjoy the trek better green trails is an amazing thing which I have been part off and I am proud to be a part of a beautiful team which helps to make the mountains clean so that future generations won’t suffer. 

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Vinod Hari

Batch of
September 2019

The trek was fabulous. Despite the crowd and paved steps on some sections of the trek, the challenge, breathtaking views of the peaks, lakes, forests and the camaraderie of the group made it very very enjoyable. The brilliant weather also aided to a great extent. Respect for the mountains and the challenges it would throw at us made all of us in the group prepare well and work hard on our fitness prior to the trek. This was a key reason for all of us enjoying the trek so much. Had even one of us been less fit, it would have impacted the group as a whole adversely.  

The sensitivity and consideration shown by everyone in the group and the sportive spirit that all displayed made it a wonderful and memorable experience. 

The safety standards were right up there and the excellent knowledge and commitment of the team leader to health and safety were a major positive. Most of us had need for some tablet or the other from time to time, for some minor issue, and it was very reassuring to have a Team Leader whom we could rely upon for proper advice and support. 

This is one criteria on which IH stands unique and should continue to stay that way.

The Tea Houses were nice and comfortable everywhere. So did not have a need for tents or sleeping bags anywhere. 

IH's commitment to the environment, safety, insistence on fitness, quality of equipment, excellent capability and experience of the Team leaders, strict enforcement of the 'no tobacco/alcohol' policy on treks, are all factors that I personally find extremely laudable and desirable. These are the main reasons why I always choose IH for any Himalayan trek that I or my family do. 

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Ashok Kalappa

Batch of
September 2019

Little hurdle wrt getting to Lukla was there but otherwise, the trek itself was splendid and no issues. Syama our trek leader was an awesome sport and I enjoyed the trek to the fullest. Generally, all days started with some really nice quotes from the trek leader. So that was inspiring and motivating. Trek ended with good fun activities like games etc that engaged everyone in the group including trek leader so that was a lot of fun too.

The core values that Indiahikes follow are Best and Beyond compare. 
I think for a trek like EBC the fitness level does matter and it's a good thing that you had the criteria to be eligible for the trek. Kudos on that. 

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Nishan Thakkar

Batch of
October 2018

My experience with IH for EBC Gokro Ri was incredible and simply flawless. 

Firstly the trek was superbly planned and managed by your team. The local guides (Tula Ji and Deewani Ji) were amazing people. Our trek guide (Yash Choudhari) was very good, experienced and knowledgable. Guides and the trek leader together handled the trek in an extraordinary manner. The trek days and acclimatisation days were well planned as well. The accommodations at Tea houses was a nice experience, and the stay on all the days was very comfortable with nice food each day. The trek group was also full of amazing people, with great experiences of their own.

Doing the EBC Trek from the Gokyo side was a very pristine experience. The crowds of trekkers were very less compared to the Classic EBC route which made the experience better. And the views from Gokyo Ri of Mt Everest and Lhotse were better and clear. Thanks to the IndiaHikes' pre-requisite for Trekker fitness, it helped a lot, as every member of the team was fit and fine throughout the trek, and all of us making it to Gokyo Ri, Chola pass, Everest Base Camp as well as Kala Patthar. To describe the mesmerising views of the snow caped peaks, massifs, valleys, flora & fauna, etc which we saw would be difficult, but each moment felt like the most beautiful moment of the life, and a moment to cherish lifelong. Everest, Kumbhu Ice Fall, Nuptse, Lhotse, Lobuche, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Ama Dablam and our trek group will be engraved in my memories forever.

I look forward to doing more treks with IH in years to come.
 

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6 thoughts on “Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri

    1. Hi Akarshan, we will have dates in Sept-Oct 2020. Not November (as it starts snowing by then, blocking trails). We’ll keep you posted when we open the October dates.

  1. Hi Swathi, I am Swapan from Kolkata and question is here that how to co-ordinate with you for the trekking of Everest base camp.

    1. Hi Swapan, we will have dates up soon for the March-April season next year (2021). We are not running the trek in autumn 2020, given the COVID-19 situation. However, you’re welcome to get in touch with us. Just write to [email protected] or call us on +91-080-468-01269. We’ll help you out.

  2. Hi Swati,
    Just saw thhat annapurna base camp trek is open on indiahikes portal.
    But you mentioned for Everest base camp trek the reason of COVID-19.

    Could you please elaborate further if we will have everest base camp trek of Sept-Oct or any other reason of not having the trek this year.

    1. Hi Abhishek, we have kept those dates of Annapurna Base Camp open because many trekkers had registered for the trek in the earlier months of this year. We have not called off our September/October treks, because we want to wait and watch. If we do call off treks, we are giving all trekkers vouchers of the whole amount so that they don’t lose out on anything from their trek fee. We are also giving them an additional COVID voucher of Rs 2000 over their trek fee, which they can use any time in the next 2 years. This is specific to our COVID time cancellations.

      Since things are very uncertain in these times, we are choosing to cancel treks in stages. It’s working out better for trekkers too.

      On another note, we will not be opening batches to Everest Base Camp this year. We will be opening it up only for next year.