Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri

Duration 18 Days Difficulty Difficult
18 Days
Max Altitude
18,200 ft
Pickup point
Pickup point
Required Fitness
Base Camp
Minimum Age
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
April, Oct, Nov

Why Everest Gokyo Ri is a better trek than Everest Base Camp

Trekking to the Everest base camp may be the main reason for you to choose this trail. Everest Base Camp trek is on the bucket list for everyone. But, frankly, it is better to keep your sight on the lesser visited Gokyo Ri part of the trail. Not only do you see grander views of Everest from the top of Gokyo Ri, the trail has infinitely more variety. 

First are the five terrific alpine lakes on the way. Then the eight thousander Cho Oyu stands right in front of you at Gokyo. There’s more. At 17,500 ft on top of Gokyo Ri, look up and see four of the 14 eight thousanders in the world (Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu). Look down and see the Ngozumpa glacier – the longest glacier in the Himalayas! I am not even getting into the Everest Base Camp side of the trek. Suffice to say, you are getting the best of both trails!

The Ngozumpa glacier . Picture by Christopher Immanuel.

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.

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.
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.

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.
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!

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
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.

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.

Everest Base Camp -Indiahikes - Saurabh Saxena
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

Click here for a photo story by our trekker Arun Nayak which will take you through this grand trail.

Banner image by Santhosh Govindarajulu


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.

How to get to base camp – Lukla

Lukla is a small town with an airstrip that drops off to the valley. Being the start point of Everest highway, the town caters to the needs of tourists/ trekkers/climbers. It is 136 kms away from Kathmandu and is accessible by 35 minute flight from Kathmandu or a 7 day trek from Jiri.

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

You have 3 options to reach Lukla.

Option 1

Delhi → Kathmandu → Lukla

Fly in to Kathmandu. There are daily flights to Lukla from Kathmandu. Flights into Lukla are 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. Book from Yeti Airlines or Tara Airlines.

Option 2

Take a flight to Bagdogra in West Bengal. It is a small, military airport near Siliguri. From Bagdogra, head to Paani Tanki. You can cross the border here to reach Kakkarbhita in Nepal. From Kakkarbhita, take an evening bus (Rs.1,200 for Non A/C and Rs.1,600 for A/C) to Kathmandu.

Bagdogra → Kakkarbhita→ Kathmandu→ Lukla

Kathmandu is a 12-14 hour journey from here. Take a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu.

Option 3

Gorakhpur → Kathmandu → Lukla

Take a train to Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. From Gorakhpur, cross the border and take a bus to Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, get a flight to Lukla.

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 35 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 70 minutes before the start of the trek
  • Gradually bring up your speed to do 5 km in 30 minutes
  • Start increasing the distance you jog to 10 km in 70 minutes

Before the start of the trek, you should be able to cover 10 km in 70 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.


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.


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

What to take on Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri trek

Each passenger on the Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flights is allowed only 20kg of luggage. Make sure you pack accordingly.

Bare necessities

  1. Trekking shoes: The Everest Base Camp trail with it’s climbs, boulders, moraines requires you to have a shoe with good sole grip and high ankle support. You can watch this video to help you choose the right trekking shoe.
  2. Backpack (40- 60 litres): Backpack with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
  3. Daypack (20 litres): Mandatorily carry a day pack if  you are offloading your backpack. If you are carrying your backpack, you  can carry a very light, folding daypack or just make do with your almost empty backpack for Gokyo Ri and Kala Pathar climbs as well as on excursion to Everest Base Camp.


On a trek, carry fewer clothes than you would normally need. Do not pack for ‘what if situations’. That will only add to the weight of your backpack and not be used on the trek. Once your clothes get warmed up on a trek, you will not feel like changing. Just maintain personal hygiene.

  1. Four warm layers:  Oct/Nov tends to be cold. The extreme altitude makes the whole affair very cold. Carry three sweaters and one padded jacket.
  2. Three trek pants: Three pairs of pants should suffice for this trek. You can layer this with a pair of thermal inners on Chola Pass day as you set out by 6 am. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  3. Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms. Let one of these be a dri-fit t-shirt. It will dry quickly in case you are trekking on a rainy day. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes after reaching the campsite fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek. 
  4. Thermals:  Carry thermals for use at night.
  5. Poncho and rain pant


  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. There might be snow on Chola Pass, so carry a pair of sunglasses.
  2. SuncapThe sun is more harsh in high altitudes and will zap your energy. So carry a suncap to protect yourself.
  3. Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
  4. Balaclava: You may use woollen scarves instead as well.
  5. Socks (4 to 6 pairs): Apart from the sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  6. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  7. Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.


  1. Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. If you do happen to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you bring them back with you. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used wet tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
  2. Cutlery: Carry a lunch box and a spoon. You need this just for the Chola Pass day.
  3. Two water bottles: 1 litre each
  4. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit

  1. Diamox – 1 Strip
  2. Dexamethasone – 1 strip
  3. Crocin – 10 tablets
  4. Avomine (optional, in case of motion sickness)- 1 Strip
  5. Combiflam- Half Strip
  6. Muscle relaxant – Half Strip
  7. Digene – Half Strip
  8. Avil – 1 strip
  9. ORS – 6 packs
  10. Knee Cap (If you are prone to knee injury)
In addition, please carry the below three documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded(PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp. Without these documents you will not be allowed on the trek.
1. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card – only passport and  voters ID are accepted
2. Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) – Download PDF
3. Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF
4. 2 passport size photographs
Note: These documents are mandatory

Here’s a guide to help you pack for the trek – 

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.

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.

Click on the AMS Manual to open and download


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please login to your account and cancel.

Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.

The cancellation charges are as under.
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.

If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.



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.



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.



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

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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