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. Click here for a photo story by our trekker Arun Nayak which will take you through this grand trail.
First are the five terrific alpine lakes on the way. Then the eight thousander Cho Oyu stands right in front of you at Gokyo. Then 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 biggest glacier in the world! I am not even getting into the Everest Base Camp side of the trek. Suffice to say, you are getting best of both trails!
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.
Whom is the trek meant for?
Are you super fit? Have you done high-altitude treks before? Then you can add Everest Base Camp trek onto your bucket list! This is one of the few treks in the world that takes you to altitudes above 18,000 ft and near the highest mountains in the world, without need for technical expertise. This trek requires physical and mental strength- you trek (and sleep!) for over 15 days in altitudes over 14,000 ft and almost all the days on this trek involve 7-8 hours of trekking. Anyone above 15 years with prior high altitude trek experience is good to go!
How difficult is the trek?
This is an extremely difficult trek that requires high levels of fitness. Sustaining through a 14 day trek is no mean feat. There are at least four high points on this trek which goes over 17,000 ft: the Gokyo Ri summit (17, 575 ft), Chola Pass ( 17, 782 ft) , Everest Base Camp (17, 600 ft) and Kala Patthar (18, 513 ft). On most days, you will be trekking for over 7-8 hours in an altitude that is not too friendly. There are few tricky sections on this trek: Crossing Ngozumpa glacier and Chola Pass. Ngozumpa glacier is prone to rockfall and Chola Pass is riddled with crevasses. These two section need to be trodden with care.
What are the risks involved?
Acute Mountain Sickness is a very big risk on this trek. You climb quickly and sleep in altitudes of over 14,000 ft. While infrastructure in Nepal is quite advanced in terms of trekking and helicopter evacuation is possible, it is also very expensive ( $2800 from Phortse and $3200 from Gokyo). Evacuation, if not done by helicopter rescue, will take days. Indiahikes will not bear helicopter rescue costs.
Weather plays a very big role in running of this trek: Flights to Lukla are a fair weather friend. A cloud covering a mountain ridge can shut down the entire airport!
Note: In a situation if all flights on the 2nd April don’t take off or some do and most don’t, then we will not start the trek on the 2nd. We will push it to the 3rd. This means we are going to be cutting a day off the trek. We would be utilizing our buffer day even before the trek has started. It is not something nice but we have to be prepared for it.
On your return, you can 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.
- On the trek we have kept two buffer days. 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 3700 per day (INR) for the buffer days. We will collect this only if we use the buffer days. The money will be collected by your trek leader.
- 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: 2nd April
Lukla to Kathmandu: 17th April
How to prepare for this trek?
This trek requires high levels of fitness-cardiovascular and core strength. Apart from covering 10 km in 60 minutes, do exercises that strengthen your core. Consider HIIT training regime for a trek like this one
ATM points and Mobile connectivity
Namche bazaar has the last ATM point before your trek begins. You will have mobile connectivity till Dole
but you’ll also have internet connectivity at every campsite except Lobuche. Please inform anxious family members about limited phone connectivity.
Places to see
After the trek you can spend time exploring tourist attractions in Kathmandu. Please note that these are suggestions and Indiahikes does not make any arrangements for the same.
Here is the short itinerary for EBC via Gokyo Ri trek
|Day 1||Reach Kathmandu|
|Day 2||Reach Lukla. Meet Indiahikes team at Lukla airport. Trek from Lukla to Phakding.|
|Day 3||Phakding to Namche Bazaar|
|Day 4||Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar|
|Day 5||Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga|
|Day 6||Phortse Thanga to Macchermo via Dole Lafarma|
|Day 7||Macchermo to Gokyo|
|Day 8||Gokyo to Thangna|
|Day 9||Rest day at Thangna|
|Day 10||Thangna to Dzongla via Chola Pass|
|Day 11||Dzongla to Labouche|
|Day 12||Labouche to Gorakhshep (Excursion to EBC)|
|Day 13||Climb Kala Pathar; Gorakshep to Pheriche|
|Day 14||Pheriche to Namche Bazaar|
|Day 15||Namche Bazaar to Lukla|
|Day 16||Buffer day|
|Day 17||Buffer day|
|Day 18||Lukla to Kathmandu|
Please note that you will be staying at Tea Houses throughout the trek.
Day 1: Reach Kathmandu
- Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and is the the 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 starts.
Day 2: Reach Lukla and trek to Phakding
- 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 it’s 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 down this airport!
- The trek starts at the airport. It is mostly a descent to Phakding.
- You’ll see a lot of pine vegetation.
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
- 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.
- Monjo village is the mid point of today’s trek.
- You enter Sagarmatha National park today.
- You’ll cross the Swiss suspension bridge over Dudh Kosi river which is the lifeline of the Khumbu region.
- On your climb to Namche, you’ll hit your first Everest view point.
- Namche is the unofficial capital of Khumbu region.
Day 4: Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar
- Today is an acclimatisation day.
- You’ll explore Namche Bazaar which is major stop off point for trekkers and climbers going to Everest Base Camp.
- You can do your shopping here- for souvenirs or even trek gear.
- Hike to the Sherpa Cultural Museum where there are great views of Everest and Ama Dablam.
- The Sherpa Cultural Museum details the history of the region with a peek into life of Sherpas. There are photos from Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s climb as well as map detailing all hiking trails in Nepal.
- You’ll do an acclimatisation climb to Everest View Hotel and come back down to Namche for lunch.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga
- 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.
- The trail diverges from main Everest highway at Sanasa, after Khumjung.
- 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 climbs to Mong La- a vantage point where you’ll have lunch. The trail descends to Phortse village from here.
Day 6: Phortse Thanga to Macchermo via Dole and Lafarma
- The trail starts from behind tea houses in Phortse Thanga tea houses through dense rhododendron forests. This section will remind you of Goechala trek in Sikkim.
- The trail relentlessly climbs and at 4000 metres, you’ll feel the climb.
- You’ll see Cho Oyu massif ahead on this trail. The sixth highest mountain in the world is an additional treat on Gokyo Ri trail.
- Lafarma at 4,330 metres is the first settlement that comes up. 75 minutes ahead is Macchermo.
- Macchermo can get really cold- especially in the autumn season.
Day 7: Macchermo to Gokyo
- The climb is not much today but sights are a treat. You are walking among big mountains now- the tallest in the world!
- You gain about 400 metres in all in Gokyo.
- You hit the first lake of Gokyo, 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 5357 metres. You get one of the best views of Everest range from here.
Day 8: Gokyo to Thangna
- Start the day by climbing Gokyo Ri. Though the mountain looks small, it will take 2 hours for you to reach the summit.
- At the summit of Gokyo Ri, you will see Himalyas’s largest glacier- Ngozumpa flowing down and the big mountains in front. Don’t forget to get photographed with Everest!
- You’ll get a beautiful view of the Gokyo lakes behind you.
- After 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 unstable section of the trek that is prone to rockfalls. Follow your guides.
- You’ll take an hour and half to cross the glacier. After which, it is mostly a flat walk to Thangna.
Day 9: Rest day at Thangna
- Thangna is located at the foot of the Cho-La pass at an altitude of 4700 m.
- This is your rest day.
Day 10: Thangna to Dzongla via Cho-la pass
- Start your day early for Chola Pass. It is going to be a long day.
- Chola 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.
- There are no teahouses until Dzongla.
- You’ll see Ama Dablam’s front view on this day. What a different side to this beautiful mountain!
- Dzongla teahouse has no Wifi.
Day 11: Dzongla to Labouche
- It is mostly 3-4 hour flat walk to Labouche but you are walking at quite an altitude. Over 4000 metres.
- You’ll come across a junction where the trail splits to Pheriche and Labouche. Take the left.
- An hour and half before Labouche, you’ll meet trekkers doing the traditional Everest highway.
- Helicopters sorties are commonplace here.
- You’ll cross Dughla/Thukla where there are memorials of mountaineers who died climbing Everest.
Day 12: Labouche to Gorakshep (Excursion to EBC and back)
- It takes about 3 hours from Labouche to Gorakshep. Gorakshep is a very busy place. There are a lot of trekkers coming in.
- You’ll see Everest Base Camp on the trail to Gorakshep. Have early lunch at Gorakshep.
- Carry your day pack for the excursion to Everest Base Camp. It is fairly moderate climb.
- The moraines are slippery and the ridge bordering Khumbu glacier is very windy.
- Everest Base Camp provides a very unique experience- you’ll see potential summiters and the climber tents are striking against the backdrop.
Day 13: Climb Kala Pathar; Gorakshep to Pheriche
- Start early for Kala Patthar. The trail to Kala Patthar is well-defined.
- It will take you 2- 2 and half hours to climb Kala Patthar. The last section is steep.
- From the summit, you’ll get great views of Everest, South Col- the traditional route to Everest summit. You
can even make out the Hillary step.
- There are great views of Lhotse, Makalu, the khumbu glacier and Icefall and of the entire Everest Base camp.
- Pumori is right ahead from the summit.
- Climb down to Gorakshep and move ahead to Pheriche. Retrace route back to Labouche.
- Pheriche is 3 hours from Labouche.
- Pheriche is a village at an altitude of 4371 m and is situated above the Tsola river. It is an extremely picturesque village 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.
- Ama Dablam Base camp is 4 hours from here.
Day 14: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
- This is the traditional Everest Highway. You’ll meet a lot of trekkers- from around the world- on the way.
- Tengboche which is on the way, has great views of the Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam as well.
- 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 a prayer wheels connected to water turbine on the way. The water turbine ensures the wheels move clockwise.
- The climb to Namche is steep.
- Pheriche to Namche will take you about 8 hours.
Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
- Descend down to Lukla through the same route
- You will reach Lukla in about 6 hours
- Stay overnight at Lukla
Day 16: Buffer day
Day 17: Buffer day
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.
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.
On Everest Base Camp trek, you trek an average of 7 hours a day in an altitude that is not too friendly. To prepare your body, begin by jogging everyday. Ideally, you should be able to jog 10 kms in 60 minutes. It takes time to cover this distance in a given time- so start slow, and increase your pace everyday. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too.
This is an important area you need to work on. From Macchermo, you’ll start feeling the altitude. The terrain, when you walk among big mountains, isn’t too friendly. There is a lot of moraines on the trail to Everest Base Camp, boulders to navigate on Chola Pass and unstable glacier to cross. For this, you need to strengthen your legs. For a trek like this, you must strengthen your core muscles.
Flexibility determines the amount of movement your bones can make in any direction around joints such as shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.
It is an aspect that will help you trek comfortably. Stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and lower back muscles regularly, promotes relaxation in the tissues reducing the strain on your back. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light for over 14 days of trekking, can become a strain. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.
What to take on Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri trek
- 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. Forclaz 600 is a great shoe. You can watch this video to help you choose the right trekking shoe.
- Backpack (40- 60 litres): Backpack with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms.
- Thermals: Carry thermals for use at night.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. There might be snow on Chola Pass, so carry a pair of sunglasses.
- Suncap: The sun is more harsh in high altitudes and will zap your energy. So carry a suncap to protect yourself.
- Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
- Balaclava: You may use woollen scarves instead as well.
- Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
- Toiletries (Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste)
- Cutlery: Carry a lunch box. You need this just for the Chola Pass day.
- Two water bottles: 1 litre each
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
- Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Dexamethasone – one strip
- Nifedipine – 5 tablets
- Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
- Norflox TZ – 6 tablets (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid – 10 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
Click on the images below to see them full screen
Here are some photographs by Arun Nayak
Here are some more photographs by Christopher Immanuel
Trek fee: Rs. 54,950/-*
*Service tax at 4.5% is payable on the trek fee
- Accommodation during the trek (Tea houses)
- All meals – vegetarian
- Trekking permits and forest camping charges
- Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
- Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
- Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
- Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
- Transport to and from the base camp (flight charges to and from Lukla)
- Backpack offloading charges – Rs 6900 plus 4.5% service tax. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
- Insurance and helicopter rescue charges
- Phone or any other batter charging costs ( The tea houses provide these services at an extra cost, but they are pretty high)
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Buffer day costs if utilized. INR Rs 3540 plus 4.5% service tax per day.
- Anything apart from the inclusions
Terms & Conditions
1. Cancellation: 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.
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at email@example.com. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.
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.
2. The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start at Lukla to the end at Lukla
3. Stay: Stay is arranged in twin/triple sharing rooms in tea houses. The rooms will be clean basic rooms with cots, mattresses and sheets. The tea houses have shared bathroom/toilet facility with running or bucket cold water.
4. 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. 6,900/- plus service tax @4.5%. Partial offloading is not allowed. Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
5. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.
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.
6. 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. Cardiovascular training before a trek is critically important. Training must include strength and flexibility workout. We have laid out the eligibility criteria here. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.
7. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.
8. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted. Payment can be done only after you have received an email confirming your position on the trek. An email containing a link that allows you to make the payment online will be sent to you within 12 hours of your registration.
Note: We do not work on weekends so all registrations done on the weekend are confirmed only on Monday.
9. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.
10. Safety Protocol:
a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.
b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikes trek leaders.
c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.
How safe is Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri trek?
At Indiahikes, safety of a trekker comes first. You will experience it first hand on the slope. Your team is accompanied by experienced trek leaders, safety gears, high end trek equipment, high altitude first aid kits and most importantly the right information.
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. You must be on a preventive course of Diamox.
Diamox is a tablet that is available off the counter. You can start your course one day before the trek. Take half a tablet once in the morning and once at night (after your meal). It reduces chances of AMS by 80%. There are almost no side effects of Diamox, except a tingly feeling at your finger tips. You might also feel the need to urinate more often, which is normal as Diamox makes you drink more water. You can learn more about AMS, its symptoms and treatment here.
Note: Diamox is a sulfa-based tablet. If you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, don’t take the tablet. If you do not know whether you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, take a Diamox around ten days before your trek and look out for any reactions, If there are none, you can safety take the tablet on the trek.
The Trek Leader takes your oximeter readings before and end of each day. Based on your readings, he takes a call on whether you should continue the trek. The only stretch on the trek where trekkers have to be extremely careful is when crossing the Ngozumpa glacier which is prone to rockfall and the Chola Pass day, where there are crevasses. Trekkers are instructed not to cross the guide at all cost. Depending on snow/ice condition of Chola Pass, trekkers are provided micro-spikes for better traction on snow. Trekkers are also provided with gaiters such that no snow enters their shoes.
If there is a medical emergency on the trek, your trek leaders are trained to handle crisis, especially related to altitude and medical emergencies. Indiahikes team carries high altitude medical equipment, oxygen cylinders, and other emergency kits.
Most situations are resolved by the trek leader’s intervention. If, however, evacuation is required, it is carried out by the Indiahikes team. The affected participant is moved down to the nearest emergency medical centre as soon as possible. Medical expenses, if required, at the medical centre are to be borne by the participant.
Nepal, in general, has an excellent trekking infrastructure. Evacuation can be done by helicopter, if need be. However, these are expensive.
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
from Phortse: $2800
from Gokyo: $3200
Payment in advance or assurity of payment by the client accepted by keeping their passport on hold. Visit www.shikharinsurance.com for more details. Group insurance is only for Nepali citizens and not for foreigners including Indians.
for Search and Rescue: 4000$
for personal accident: 20000$
for medical claim: 10000$
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How to get to base camp – Lukla
Delhi → Kathmandu → 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 flight or a 7 day trek from Jiri. There are daily flights to Lukla from Kathmandu but they 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. Book from Yeti Airlines.
Take a flight to Bagdogra in West Bengal. It is small, military airport near Siliguri. From Bagdogra, head to Paani Tanki where you can cross the border to Kakkarbhita in Nepal. From Kakkarbhita, take an evening bus (Rs 1200 for Non A/C and Rs 1600 for A/C) to Kathmandu. Kathmandu is 12-14 hour journey from here. Take a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu.
Bagdogra → Kakkarbhita→ Kathmandu→ Lukla
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.
Here’s what trekkers have to say about trekking with Indiahikes
“The trek was excellent. It was the finest that I have ever done. It is an amalgam of all the treks that I have done. The terrain was beautiful – with and without vegetation. There was intense camaraderie and the group gelled so well. It was a dream come true to see Mt. Everest from so close. I must tell you that the crowd here is of different genre and the people who actually come to trek to EBC have a religious fervor and the place attracts people like to Mecca. In the entire trip I didn’t hear anyone using loudspeakers or making noise – even when celebrating. It is a different world and makes you realize the value and etiquette of a trek. The entire route is so neat and clean that one dare not throw any litter and toilet etiquette was astounding . The Trek leader Chetan and Mahi were absolutely fabulous as they were friendly and mixed so well with the group that they literally became part of the trekking team rather than being masters of the batch. They have a fabulous sense of humor and were always attentive to the needs of the members of the team. Facilities are excellent and totally class apart from Indian Treks.” – Mrigank Mauli, batch of October 2016
“It’s truly a Himalayan classic. It combines the best of many treks, eg. The thrill of Chola pass crossing like Rupin, 2 steep summits of Kala patther, Gokyo ri that compare to the challenging climbs of stok, beautiful Gokyo lakes like the great Lakes trek, walking on ice after Chola pass like on Chadar all complimented with grandstand views of the mighty Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu for company. Seeing and visiting an Assamese expedition tent at base camp is a moment I cherish that no other trek really offers!!! The feeling of being on an international route and meeting trekkers from around the globe is unique! Am glad that the far superior and less crowded trail of Gokyo is clubbed into the traditional Everest highway walk!!! It’s a trek worth every moment for a physically fit trekker! The days simply flew by!”-Arun Nayak, batch of April 2016
“The trek was very well planned. The trek leader Gurdit was THE man for such a trip, difficult to find faults with him. Places chosen for halts were excellent so was the food available in those places. Good trek although it lasted for only 3 days in my case. I would recommend Indiahikes because it takes care of planning leaving participants to enjoy hassle free treks.” – Mohan Motto, batch of April 2016
“Our trek leader Gurdit, assistant trek leader Mahipal, guide Vishnu and all the porters were very helpful, knowledgeable and accommodated all our requests on the trek which made me personally enjoy the trek.
I would recommend IH because of the professionalism of the staff, better facilities on the trek and personalised experience.”-Rohith NJ, batch of April 2016
“The trek went off very well as we had a small group of fit people who would always be ready to start the day with a smile .The trek lead Gurdit is approachable towards changes and firm about his own rules . The terrain through Gokyo Rii was tough but we managed very well and enjoyed the route completely . I would suggest that you should now come up with more treks as it is so convenient to trek around in Nepal.”-Dr Sunita Kolke, batch of April 2016 batch
“I liked the trek very much. At first I thought our trek leader was too easy-going, but over the days with his agreeable nature he won everyone. We had a very good team dynamics. Our trek leader showed responsibility and true leadership qualities. I loved the trekking experience. I will do more trek with Indiahikes in the future. Indiahikes is responsible and deliver on what they promise.” –Amitabh Virmani, batch of April 2016
“Great experience. Very well managed – especially considering that Nepal is a relatively new area for Indiahikes. Gurdit is not only a really nice guy but also did a great job as trek leader – I appreciated his approach whereby he would take suggestions and feedback from team members and incorporate those in the itinerary. Mahi did a great job of assisting Gurdit and supporting those at the rear of the group. The food and lodging arrangements were generally good. Also enjoyed the camaraderie of a great bunch of trekkers. Would also like to appreciate Tularaj, the assistant guide, who was always cheerful and eager to help. I also appreciate the importance they give to safety (including AMS). With Indiahikes I feel I am in safe hands.” – Jasjit Singh, batch of April 2016
“The trek was amazing. As every Himalayan trekker dreams of summiting Everest, I too dream conventionally. But, this trek route planned by Indiahikes, could not have been so content for my soul and bringing me so close to Mt. Everest. The route of this trek, allows to view so many 8000ers around. Some being so beautiful, feel like watching them at different hours of the day to get different shades of them. Trek leaders Gurdit and Mahipal were really good at handling the group as well as the trek. Saw them expressing emotions such as happiness, excitement except anger or unhappiness. Gokyo lake was magnificent place to be at. I can now think of planning some more treks or summits for few more years due to the route covered by Indiahikes. I am already thinking of Ama Dablam, Annapurna and some more. Thank you Indiahikes for such a memorable meet with Himalayas.”-Bharat Dulani, batch of April 2016