Gokyo Lakes & Everest Base Camp Trek
Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a bucket list favourite. How about making this once-in-a-life-time trek even more epic?
If you’ve been dreaming about hiking on less-travelled paths amongst the Himalayan mountains, watching the sun rising and setting over the highest mountain in the world, Everest, learning about a new culture, setting yourself a GOAL for 2023 , this adventure is for YOU.
Come on this breathtaking trip with expedition leader, 7 summits and Everest climber Alex and award winning photographer Max.
“The mountains are calling and I must go. “
YOUR GUIDES & LEADERS
Born in Hill village in lower Everest region, my name is Ang Gombu Sherpa. I began my guiding career in 2012 attending guide and climbing training including rock climbing, advance mountaineering training, ski L1 and mountain leader training, Heli Marshall,etc. Leading Great Himalayan trail, Nepal’s longest trek in 2015 was one of my best experiences. I was able to do research for virgin peak climbing in Tibet and east Nepal in 2018. I was on Everest expedition twice and summited several peaks in Nepal. I’ve been organizing, leading and guiding private groups since 2017.
I’m a mountain professional and endurance athlete living in the Swiss Alps, passionate about protecting the environment and inspiring people to get outdoors.
I lead snowshoe & fat bike tours in the winter, hiking & mountain biking adventures in the summer in the beautiful Swiss Alps sharing my passion for the mountains.
Between 2014 and 2018, I climbed the ‘7 Summits’ which I successfully completed on my first attempt. Standing on the summit of Everest has been one of my fondest memories.
Max has been a self-employed photographer for the last 15 years, working with clients from all around the world. In 2015, he started playing American Football in Germany and founded his own team in 2019 in Lüdenscheid.
A few years ago Max realized that he was always drawn to the mountains and moved to the Swiss Alps where he works for a mountain company and continues to take photos.
His favourite toy is a drone which often accompanies him in the mountains!
Dates, Price & Payment
Friday 6 October – Wednesday 25 October 2023
Trekking: 16 days
Tea house nights: 15 (sharing a double room)
Kathmandu hotel: 3 nights (sharing a double room)
CHF 2,490 / person(about USD 2,650 | EUR 2,520 | GBP 2,240 | CAD 3,600 | HUF 1,000000
Payment via bank transfer
Pay now CHF 1000 deposit and the rest until 01 Aug 2023
Pay now in full
(6 Oct) D 1 Arriving in Kathmandu
D 2 Shopping & packing in Kathmandu
D 3 KTM flight -> Lukla 2,840m hike -> Phakding 2,6100m
D 4 Phakding -> Namche Bazar 3,430m
D 5 Namche REST DAY hike to Everest Lodge
D 6 Namche -> Thame 3,800m
D 7 Thame -> Khumjung 3,790m
D 8 Khumjung -> Mon La Pass -> Dole 4,200m
D 9 Dole -> Maccharmo 4,410m
D 10 Machharmo -> Gokyo 4,790m
D 11 Sunrise hike -> Gokyo Ri 5,360m, hike -> Dragnag 4,700m
D 12 Dragnag -> Cho La Pass 5,420m -> Dzong Lha 4,830m
D 13 Dzong Lha -> Lobuche 4,930m
D 14 Lobuche -> Gorak Shep 5,140m,hike -> Kala Patthar 5,550m
D 15 Gorak Shep -> EBC 5,360m -> Lobuche 4,930m
D 16 Lobuche -> Pangbuche 3,930m
D 17 Pangbuche -> Namche Bazar 3,430m
D 18 Namche -> Lukla 2,840m
D 19 Lukla flight -> Kathmandu
(25 Oct) D 20 Fly home
Flying in and out of Lukla poses the greatest risk to our schedule, the airfield can only be approached in good visual conditions. It can happen that the weather is good leaving Kathmandu and by the time we arrive near Lukla, the clouds close in and the pilot wouldn’t land. Your safety is our number one priority. Should the conditions delay our plan, we ask for you flexibility. If there are flight delays, cancellations for several days, the travel program may have to be rescheduled.
Your Travel Insurance should cover trip cancellation and rescue in case you need emergency evacuation. Please look for an insurance that covers trekking up to 6,000m. It’s also recommended to take out an additional Health Insurance if your travel insurance doesn’t cover it.
You need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For any other vaccinations, consult with your doctor and check out the Foreign Travel Advice.
Visa, Park Permit
You can get the visa on arrival at the International Airport. USD 50 for 30days. More info here.
Park and trekking is permit included in the cost. Please bring a copy of passport and passport photos.
Phone calls, Wifi, Sim Card
You can grab a sim card or an e-sim in Thamel, Kathmandu and top it up for the duration of the trek. Ncell is a popular mobil data supplier in Nepal. Please note, tea houses charge for wifi during the trek.
My motto: There is no wifi in the mountains, but I promise you will find a better connection.
Remember why you are coming on this trip. To re-charge, immerse yourself, learn, challenge yourself, to have amazing experiences. Phones are great for photos and videos, why not put it on airplane mode so the battery lasts longer 😉
Fitness & daily hiking times
Be prepared to hike 4 – 8 hours per day. Best way to train for this trek at home is to hike with a large, heavy backpack for many hours. Walk up and down stairs and use the gym treadmill at an incline. Do both aerobic (running, cycling) and strength training (weights).
If you have any specific questions about training, get in touch with Alex on WhatsApp +41 79 480 8605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s no preparation for the altitude, unless you live at high elevation at home. You can also rent a pre-acclimatization device or go to an altitude gym if there’s one nearby.
Alex is running high altitude training camps in St. Moritz, Swiss Alps during the summer. Why not head out and get in Himalaya trekking shape!
When packing at home, good idea to put your trekking boots in your carry-on luggage. We can replace many items in Kathmandu, however worn-in and tested boots are gold!
We will have porter support during the entire trek from arriving to returning to Lukla. The duffel bag you give to the porter is max 10kg. You will only carry a daypack (see WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING) during the day. By the time we get to the tea houses, our big luggage will be there. Please bring a padlock.
After leaving Namche Bazaar 3,430m, taking a hot shower will turn into bucket washing! Bring wet wipes. A good battery pack will save you some bucks charging the iphone everyday, but please count with having to charge the battery pack. Don’t rely on a solar charger, due to the weather.
Snacks, tea, coffee
While a Snickers bar is about USD 1 in Lukla, it can cost 3-4 times more the higher and further we go, for example near Everest Base Camp.
If you have your favourite tea bags of coffee, bring it and you can mix it with hot water for the trek / tea house stays.
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