Gokyo Chola Everest Base Camp trek is one of the strenuous treks in Khumbu region. This trek combined Everest Base Camp with Gokyo valley and the high Chola Pass trek.
Throughout the journey, the trail offers the stunning views of many giants Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and Mt. Pumori.
Walking through the green lush forest, over snow, and crossing high pass provides you amazing feeling which will be your a lifetime memory.
The major highlight of this trek is the sacred lake of Gokyo valley, crossing Chola pass and incredible mountain views from Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and Everest Base Camp.
Gokyo valley holds its own charm and you’ll be overwhelmed throughout the journey. You’ll be mesmerised with turquoise lakes and divine glaciers. The other focus of attraction in this valley is the 360-degree view from Gokyo ridge.
Gokyo Ri is peak located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier. This is the largest glacier in Nepal and you should trek this place once.
Gokyo Ri has the high settlement in the world. After the successful ascent from here, you can see four 8000m peaks i.e. Mt. Everest. Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Makalu.
This trek also includes the beautiful hike to Kala Patthar. It is also considered as the best viewpoint to witness the amazing view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt, Nuptse, and Mt. Lhotse.
The trail also goes through one of the high pass, Cho La Pass to the base camp of Mt. Everest.
Gokyo Chola Everest Base Camp trek is best for experiencing high mountain life. You’ll cater wonderful adventure in Everest region with jaw-dropping views of giant mountains.
Gokyo Chola Everest Base Camp trek has been always the best options for those who want to experience wholesome in one trip.
One of the reasons Gokyo Chola Base Camp trek is gaining popularity is it covers Gokyo lake with Chola Pass and EBC. Everest Base Camp via Gokyo valley and Chola pass requires 12 days and worth full.
|Day 01||Arrival to Kathmandu||1,400 m||-|
|Day 02||Kathmandu- Lukla- Phakding||2,840 m||3-4 hrs|
|Day 03||Phakding- Namche Bazaar||3,445 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 04||Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar||3,700 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 05||Namche- Dole||4,038 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 06||Dole- Machermo||4,470 m||4-5 hrs|
|Day 07||Machermo- Gokyo||4,800 m||3-4 hrs|
|Day 08||Rest day at Gokyo||4,750 m||4-5 hrs|
|Day 09||Gokyo Ri- Thaknak||5,367 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 10||Thaknak- Cho La Pass- Dzongla||5,420 m||7-8 hrs|
|Day 11||Dzongla- Gorak Shep||5,170 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 12||Gorak Shep- EBC- Gorak Shep||5,335 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 13||Kala Patthar- Lukla- Kathmandu||5,545 m||2-3 hrs|
|Day 14||Departure to Tribhuvan International Airport||-||-|
<p>Welcome to Nepal, the Himalayan kingdom!</p><p></p><p>You’ll receive by our representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to Maya Boutique Hotel. You’ll be given some time for rest and then you’ll attend small team meeting, where you’ll be briefed about the trip. Overnight stay at Maya Boutique Hotel.</p>
<p><strong>Accommodation:</strong> Yeti Mountain Home</p><p><strong>Meals:</strong> Lunch and Dinner</p><p><strong>Duration:</strong> 3-4 hours</p><p></p><p>Gokyo Chola Everest Base Camp trek begins with the short and scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The flight duration is approximately 45 minutes.</p><p></p><p>On arrival, you'll encounter with our Sherpa guide and porters and get a first glimpse of life in the Khumbu. After taking some rest your trek starts from Lukla mainly downhill to Phakding.</p><p></p><p>The trail come across through yak pasture land, fields of potatoes and buckwheat. After passing small villages and rows of tree you'll reach Ghat village.</p><p></p><p>After that again walking through pine forest and several terrace field you'll cross Kusum Khola. Also, from here you can see the peak of Kusum Kanguru to the East. Then after another one and half hour walk, you'll reach to Phakding village. You'll spend your night in Phakding at Yeti Mountain Home.</p><p></p><p><strong>Note:</strong></p><p></p><p>If you're taking the flight to Lukla then it's very common your flight might be cancel due to poor weather conditions. So, you need to be mentally prepared to get a later start.</p>
<p><strong>Accommodation:</strong> Basic Lodge</p><p></p><p><strong>Meals:</strong> Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner</p><p></p><p><strong>Duration:</strong> 5-6 hours</p><p></p><p></p><p>On this day, the trail ascends through the forest of pine to the village of Namche Bazaar, Sherpa capital of Nepal. It is easy the walk you'll cross via the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Koshi river.</p><p></p><p>You'll reach Monjo which is situated below the magnificent peak of Thermasherkhu. After a few minutes walk, you'll check into Sagarmatha National Park. Again from here you'll come across another suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river.</p><p></p><p>Now, you'll climb gently and lead to Village of Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is well-known for the trading destination in the Khumbu region. Before, people from Tibet used to come for the business. You'll spend your night at Namche Bazaar.</p><p></p><p><strong>Note:</strong></p><p></p><p>Since there is the huge difference in altitude in this two days. So, there is a high risk of altitude sickness. So take rest and drink plenty of water.</p>
<p><strong>Accommodation:</strong> Basic Lodge</p><p></p><p><strong>Meals:</strong> Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Duration:</strong> 5-6 hours</p><p></p><p>On this day, you'll rest in Namche Bazaar. This will help you to adjust to the changing altitude.</p><p></p><p>You can also go to the Sherpa Museum to get a view of Everest. It'll just take one or one and half hour round trip. Here, you'll get a chance to learn about the local culture and which surely helps to get the picture of the local community.</p><p></p><p>After this, you can also hike up the hill over Namche to the Sherpa Village Lodge. This small hike with little steep climb will surely help you in future.</p>
<p><strong>Accommodation:</strong> Basic Lodge</p><p></p><p><strong>Meals:</strong> Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner</p><p></p><p><strong>Duration:</strong> 5-6 hours</p><p></p><p></p><p>On the fourth day, you'll start our journey early in the morning. Initially, after short climb trailhead towards the Gokyo region.</p><p></p><p>As you're walking through alternative route of EBC you'll see relatively fewer trekkers on the trail. After passing through birch, rhododendron and pine forests you'll come across Porse Tenga.</p><p></p><p>On the trail, you'll be able to see flattering flags and chortens. Also, there are some amazing views of Mt, Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam and other giants Himalayan peaks. Then trail continues through the beautiful countryside to Dole. You'll spend your night at Dole.</p>
<p><strong>Accommodation:</strong> Basic Lodge</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Meals:</strong> Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner</p><p></p><p><strong>Duration:</strong> 4-5 hours</p><p></p><p>On this day you'll climb from Dole via Lhabarma to Luza. You need to be careful as the path is quite steep. Again the trail continues along the side of the valley and crosses sandy spurs and reach Machharmo.</p><p></p><p>Like other few small villages in the valley, Machharmo has only a few buildings. If you want to cope with the altitude you can also take a small walk behind Luza and get a view of beautiful Gokyo Valley.</p><p></p><p>You can also visit the Machhermo Porter Shelter and Rescue Post. Here you can learn about more altitude. You'll spend your night at Machharmo.</p>
<p><strong>Accommodation:</strong> Basic Lodge</p><p></p><p><strong>Meals:</strong> Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Duration:</strong> 3-4 hours</p><p></p><p>On the sixth day following the valley, the trailhead towards the Gokyo village. On the way to the Gokyo village, you can stop at Pangka village and enjoy the magnificent views of Cholatse.</p><p></p><p>After getting to Gokyo valley you'll see sudden changes in the landscape. As all the pine and birch forests changed to the alpine shrubs. Furthermore, land also becomes more arid and dry.</p><p></p><p>Along the trail, you'll enjoy the awesome views of Kantega to the south and Cho Oyu to the north. You'll slowly ascend down and pass the first lake, Longponga.</p><p></p><p>Continue on the trail you'll reach the second lake, Taoche Lake. This lake has the pretty large body and you can see duck swimming in the freezing water. You'll spend your night at Gokyo valley.</p>
<p><strong>Accommodation:</strong> Basic Lodge</p><p></p><p><strong>Meals:</strong> Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Duration:</strong> 4-5 hours</p><p></p><p>On this day you'll take a rest day at Gokyo and explore the rest of the place. Gokyo is best known for its divine lakes and Himalayas largest Glacier "Ngozumpa Glacier".</p><p></p><p>Especially in the morning, the view of Gokyo lake is worth to see. As the blue water is calm and the picturesque view of mountains are reflected on the lake. You'll spend your night at Gokyo valley.</p>
<p><strong>Accommodation:</strong> Basic Lodge</p><p></p><p><strong>Meals:</strong> Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Duration:</strong> 5-6 hours</p><p></p><p>On this day early in the morning, you'll hike to the Gokyo Ri. Depending on your level of fitness to ascend Gokyo Ri might take 2 to 3 hours.</p><p></p><p>From the top, you'll get the world's most fabulous views of the surrounding peaks including Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. One of the reasons Gokyo Chola Everest Base Camp is gaining popularity is Gokyo Ri, a peak next to the lakes.</p><p></p><p>Beside the best mountain views, your eyes will keep stretching on the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in Nepal.</p><p></p><p>After catering some beautiful moments of the best mountain views you'll head towards Thagnak. This is a point where you'll leave Gokyo and move forward to Cho La Pass. You'll spend your night at Thaknak.</p>
<p><strong>Accommodation:</strong> Basic Lodge</p><p></p><p><strong>Meals:</strong> Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Duration:</strong> 6-7 hours</p><p></p><p>On this day you'll start your day with early morning hike to get on top of the Chola. This is a special day and other major highlights of Gokyo Chola Everest Base Camp trek</p><p></p><p>Almost you've to walk for three hours to get there. Before that, you've to be on the ice for 20 minutes. If the weather condition is favorable then without using any types of equipments you can cross this high pass.</p><p></p><p>After short descent walk, you'll reach to Dzongla. Here you'll reward with great views of Cholatse to the north and Ama Dablam. You'll spend your day at Dzongla.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Note:</strong></p><p></p><p>You're recommended to reach to the top of Cho La Pass before 9 am. Because later in the day the ice at the top may get start melting which make it dangerous to cross. So, you need to start early to make it in time.</p>
<p><strong>Accommodation:</strong> Basic Lodge</p><p></p><p><strong>Meals:</strong> Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Duration:</strong> 5-6 hours</p><p></p><p>On this day you'll head to the final stop of this trek i.e. Gorakshep leaving behind the village of Chola. On the way to Gorak Shep, you'll see the stunning view of Nuptse rising above the Khumbu Glacier.</p><p></p><p>Now, you'll join the busy trail from Thyangboche to Lobuche. Onwards the trail gently slopes upwards and continue to Gorak Shep in the background you'll have an incredible view of Khumbu Glacier. You'll spend your night at Gorakshep.</p>
<p><strong>Accommodation:</strong> Basic Lodge</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Meals:</strong> Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner</p><p></p><p><strong>Duration:</strong> 5-6 hours</p><p></p><p>On this day early in the morning, you'll hike up to the Everest Base Camp. Climbing time from Gorak Shep to base camp might range from 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on your health conditions and weather conditions.</p><p></p><p>The trail from Gorak Shep is full of short ups and downs over loose rock. You'll also come with a few flat parts. Actually talking about the distance it's really not far the only couple of hundred meters higher in elevation.</p><p></p><p>But you'll find little difficult because of the thin mountain air. After spending some time at the camp you'll return back to Gorakshep. As there is no any settlement in base camp you'll spend your night at Gorakshep.</p>
<p>On this day, you'll hike to Kala Patthar, it's a massive rock pile. From the top, you'll get the incredible 360 degrees views of giant peaks including Mt. Everest, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Changtse, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Nuptse. Actually, Kala Patthar is the only place from where you'll get the best views of Mt. Everest.</p><p></p><p>Once you've taken some pictures in the top, you'll fly back to Lukla and heads towards Kathmandu.</p><p></p>
<p>Officially the trip end. Our representative will transfer to the International Airport, for your final departure flight to your home country.</p><p></p><p>Send us an email at <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a> or directly call, viber and whatsapp at <a href="tel:+9779851060902">+9779851060902</a> to book this trek or for any queries you may have.</p>
- Basic Tea Houses Accommodation as mentioned in itinerary
- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek.
- Domestic Flights.
- English speaking guides and climber during the trek.
- Down jacket and sleeping (only for the duration of the trek)\
- Medical Kit
- All park entrance fees and trekking permits
- All Government Taxes
- Personal Expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Climbing Equipment
- Tips for Guides and Porters.
Q1. Is Everest Base Camp Trek difficult or easy?
Generally, the trek is not as hard as it sounds. It is rated as a moderate level hike. To get to Everest Base Camp, the trail traverse through many different Sherpa settlements. Also, the trail traverse through a huge variety of the terrain.
There are easy flat trails and difficult steep climbs but overall it is manageable for someone with little or no trekking experience. Also, the itinerary is designed with enough extra days for acclimatization. If you need, you can even spend extra days.
Q2. How much fit do I need to be to complete the Everest Base Camp trek?
Everest Base Camp trek is a moderate level trek. This trek is less demanding than you think. You will get enough time to acclimatize with the high altitude.
During the trek, you have to walk for 7-8 hours per day. Even slow walkers can manage comfortably, walking at own pace. But for this, a reasonable fitness is required.
However, if you train your body before the trek, it’ll help to build endurance level. The more fit you are, the trekking will be more enjoyable. You can go for a day hike in your home country. You can do daily exercise like jogging, running, and cycling.
But if you have heart and lungs problem you should consult with your doctor. Be aware, that the medical facilities on the trail are very hard to find and if you find by chance it’s very basic.
Also, due to the steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and some moraine walking, Everest Base Camp trek is hostile to anyone with knee problems.
Q3. Am I prone to altitude sickness?
During the Everest Base Camp trek, there is a high risk of altitude sickness. It is often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). No matter how fit you are altitude sickness can hit you. Careful! it can be fatal.
The effect of altitude is likely to come once you’re above 3,000 meters. The initial symptoms of altitude sickness are as follows:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- A persistent headache
- Weakness, fatigue, heavy legs
- Slight swelling of hands and face
- Shortness of breath upon exertion
The above symptoms of AMS need to be taken seriously. The only cure for altitude sickness is to descend to the lower elevation immediately. Although there is no way to train your body against altitudes, there are some ways you can prevent it :
- Ascend slowly and gradually as you reach higher
- Drink plenty of water
- Take plenty of rest
- Do not smoke, drink alcoholic and high caffeinated drinks
- Eat high-calorie food
Q4. How long does the Everest Base Camp Trek take?
This depends upon the route you take and the number of days you spend in acclimatization.
Normally, Everest Base Camp trek can be done in 12-16 days. You can also extend the itinerary from 19-22 days and opt Three Passes Trek and Gokyo Valley Trek. If you want to explore more of the Everest region then these places are worth to visit !
Q5. What kind of accommodation is available along the trekking route?
During the trek, you’ll spend most of the nights in tea houses. Tea houses is a synonym of guest houses. The rooms are very simple but comfortable to sleep. In some places, you might have to use the squatting toilets. On the Everest trekking route till Namche Bazaar, there are many luxurious lodges and hotels. Here you’ll find a luxurious room with attached bathroom and hot shower. As you move to higher altitudes “don’t expect luxurious accommodation”!.
Q6. What kind of food is available?
There are a variety of foods in Nepal you can try. During the trekking period, you’ll spend a lot of time in tea houses. Almost all the tea houses have the same food menu.
For breakfast, you’ll get boiled or cooked eggs, bread-butter-jam, pancakes, boiled potatoes, cereals and many more.
For meals, the most preferred dish is Nepalese traditional food “Dal-Bhat”. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentil, chutney, salad, and meat (optional) cooked in Nepalese style.
Q7. Is drinking water easily available?
Yes, throughout the trail you’ll get mineral, boiled or tap water. Mineral water is safe but it is costly especially at higher elevation. The cost of mineral water per liter ranges from USD 1-3.5 from start to the end of the trek.
Another alternative is to carry a spare water bottle and get them filled in teahouses. The tea houses will sell boiled water at a relatively cheaper rate.
Although, you can save money by using reusable water bottle and water purification tablets. It’s cheaper,also controls environment pollution. On the trail, there are enough water taps, you can use purifying tablets and drink.
Q8. Do I need travel insurance for Everest Base Camp?
Yes, you need to purchase travel insurance and make sure it covers altitude upto 6,000 meters. Everest Base Camp trek goes above 5,000 m above sea level. Most of the travel insurance policies will not cover you over 3,000 m. This is fine for Ghorepani Poon Hill trek as it doesn’t go above 3,500 m.
Medical treatment at high altitude can be expensive as it often involves a helicopter airlift rescue. So, a general insurance is not enough for this trek. Before purchasing the packages you must read terms and condition very carefully.
Besides altitude, you may fall sick in the new surrounding, make sure to have all necessary vaccinations prior to going abroad.
Similarly, while traveling your luggage might get lost or stolen or damaged. You may have to loose expensive trekking equipment. Thus, make sure your travel insurance covers for lost, stolen and damaged luggage.
Also, if you’re doing side trips to Island Peak, then it’s best to get the travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation up to 6,000 m.
Q9. When is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The best time for Everest Base Camp trek is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). October is the most popular time for this trek. The views are good and the weather conditions is moderate.
During March and April, expect warm and sunny days. There will be very little or no rainfall. The skies are clear with an amazing view of snow-capped Himalayan ranges.
Since May is the expedition month, you’ll see Base Camp full of colorful tents and climbers. Especially in the month of April and May, you’ll walk through the blossoming Rhododendron forests.
Besides, if you love solitude, then the monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February) are the great time to do it. But it solely depends on how well you cope with the extreme weather conditions.
Also, while trekking during this time, you need to prepare yourself for flight delays and cancellations. Be aware the trail conditions can be difficult. Compared to the winter season, the visibility can be poor during monsoon.
So, if you go trek in winter you need to be prepared with the right clothing for challenging temperatures. Winter trek can be rewarding though. It could be an exciting way to celebrate Christmas and New Years.
Although the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek is Spring and Autumn, the trail is overcrowded. During this time, the tea houses are often packed by trekkers. You have to pre-book for accommodation and flight.
Q10. Do I need a guide/a porter/ a porter-guide?
Although hiring a guide or porter while trekking in Everest region is not mandatory, trekking with a guide or a porter is more safe and enjoyable. A guide is a person who will look after all aspects of your trek. They’ll arrange flight tickets, rooms, meals and camping gears. They’ll also brief you about the history of the village, monastery, the local culture, and traditions.
A porter is someone who’ll carry your baggage for you. Hiring a porter will help you enjoy long walks comfortably. But at the same time, they may not know the trekking route well and may not speak English.
A poter-guide will speak some English, carry loads and do some basic guiding. They’ll help you to get the room, communicate with the locals, show the way, and explain the local culture and traditions.
Besides, if you want to enjoy the solitude, you can do a solo trek. The trekking route is well-marked and busy, so you may not need a guide to find the way.
Q11. Can I charge my electronic devices?
Along the route most of the tea houses have electricity powered by solar. Charging your electronic devices will cost you some money especially at the higher elevation.
During the trek, to save some money, you can carry spare batteries for your camera, iPod.
Also, during the peak trekking season, teahouses are packed with trekkers. So, you may not get free space for charging your devices. In that case, you can charge your devices after paying few dollars to the lodge owners.
Q12. Is trekking permit required for Everest Base Camp trek?
Yes, TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Permit are needed.
For TIMS card, you can apply in Nepal Tourism Board office in Thamel. There are three different types of TIMS card. Each card is different in color and cost.
The first one is organized TIMS card is blue in color cost USD 10. The second one is freelance individual trekkers card is green in color cost USD 20. The third one is SAARC Country TIMS card is red in color cost USD 3.
Note: You do not need TIMS card to trek to EBC. A local permit costing USD20 works for this trek
Sagarmatha National Park Permit can be issued either in Kathmandu or directly in Monjo. The cost of this permit is USD 30 + 13% Govt. Tax. The cost is same for individual trekker and organized trekkers.
While trekking from Jiri to Everest Base Camp you need Gaurishankar National Park entry permits. The cost of permits is USD 20 and it’s same for both individual and organized trekkers.
Q13. Is tipping the guide or porter mandatory?
No, tipping the guide or porter is not mandatory while trekking in Nepal. But it’s always appreciated. At the end of the trek, if you’re really satisfied with their job you can show your appreciation through a small gratitude.
Q14. Do I need to bring camping gear?
No, you don’t have to bring unless you want to camp. Everest Base Camp trek is a teahouse trek. There are a lot of tea houses along the entire trekking route.
Q15. Is there are any alternative way to see a close-up view of Mt. Everest without walking for longer days?
If you don’t have an ample of time for the Everest Base Camp trek, you can take a day’s Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour around the Everest region to get a close-up view of the Himalayan ranges.
Contact us for more information.
Q16. Do I need to bring all the necessary gears or can I get in Nepal?
This is totally optional. There are plenty of shops in Kathmandu that sell trekking gears. You’ll find few other shops in some places along the trek route too.
Apart from high quality and popular branded stores, you’ll also find many other shops selling a high-quality copy of these brands but at a relatively cheap price.
Apart from this, you can also rent most of the trekking gears and equipments from Kathmandu. The rental cost is quite cheap, it doesn’t exceed more than $3-4 per day.
Right trekking gear can make or break your entire journey. So, it is not advisable to compromise on the quality especially when it comes to down jacket, sleeping bags, and hiking boots.
Q17. Is there any chance of a flight delay or cancellation either in Kathmandu and Lukla?
Since the weather in the mountainous region is quite unpredictable there may be a chance of flight cancellations or delays. But that does not mean it is frequent.
The heavy rainfall, strong winds, and blinding fog may cause such inconveniences in your flight.
However, during the best trekking seasons (spring and autumn) the chances of flight cancellation and delay are comparatively lesser than in off seasons (monsoon and winter).
In case of flight delays or cancellation, you have two options: either charter a helicopter or travel by road to Salleri (approximately 11 hours by private jeep).
If you opt for the first option then we’ll arrange the charter flight. Where you have to fly with six people and the price per person will be approximately USD 350 per person.
Another option is by extending a trip for two days and travel from Kathmandu to Salleri by private jeep. Normally, the jeep carries 6 passengers and costs NPR 25,000 per private jeep.
Likewise, if a delay occurs at the beginning of the trip, then you can either wait for few more days or opt for an alternative trek like Annapurna Base Camp.
Lastly, flight delays or cancellations may happen any time in mountain flights so we request you to add extra days on your itinerary and have patience.
Further, in case of flight cancellation, your costs of flight will be refunded.
During the Everest Base Camp trek, weather changes drastically as you ascend from low to high altitude. You’ll notice huge temperature difference between day and night time.
Thus, while trekking in higher altitudes clothing in layers is the best option. If you dress in layers, with the changing weather you can adjust your body temperature by taking off or putting on extra clothes.
The weight limit for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights is 15 kg or 33 pounds. This is a combined weight of both duffel bag and the daypack. If your luggage exceeds this weight boundary, you’ll have to pay an additional charges.
You can purchase or rent trekking equipments in stores of Kathmandu at reasonable prices.
The checklist of gear and equipment below is a general guideline, use this list as a reference.
- 4-season Sleeping Bag (You can rent for $35 per piece, after trek it must be returned)
- Duffel Bag
- Down Jacket (It’s compulsory for mornings, evenings, and nights and for high altitude above 4,000 m)
- Full and half sleeve T-shirts
- Lightweight expedition thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Wind / Waterproof shell jacket
- Synthetic sports bras (for women)
- Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
- Hiking shorts
- Trekking pants
- Windproof trousers
- Casual Pants
- Sun Hat
- Wool or Synthetic hat that covers the ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Neck Warmer
- Scarf / Balaclava
- Fleece / woolen gloves
- Waterproof gloves
- Waterproof Hiking Boots
- Camp Sandals / Sneakers
- Heavyweight socks
- Light hiking socks
- Gaiters (Optional: Monsoon and Winter)
- Sock liners
- Water Bottle / Bladder
- Water Purification Iodine Tablets
- Toiletry Kit ( face towel, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant etc)
- Trekking Poles
- Feminine Hygiene Products (for women)
- Lip balm (SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
- Pee Funnel
Other Travel Accessories
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Personal Medication
- Diamox for altitude sickness
- Baby wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Insect repellent
- Camera, memory card, and spare batteries
Besides, you can use your personal judgement to choose what to take with yourself.
Pack light, Pack Smart!