everesttrek

Jiri to Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Trek

  • duration 26 days
  • usd 2,590 All inclusive
  • difficulty Very Hard
  • best season Sep-Dec | Mar-May
  • max altitude From 4,600 feet at Kathmandu to 18,519 feet at Kala Patthar

trip overview

Spend almost a month in the Himalayas visiting all the major Sherpa villages and viewing all the major peaks in the Everest region.

You will begin your trekking at an altitude of around 6,000 feet but with each day you will go higher and the journey become tougher. There are beautiful Himalayan villages all along the way to give you something beyond just pain and fatigue. You will trek in and out of the Gokyo Valley and then make it to the base camp of Mount Everest to be at all the best vantage points for looking at the Himalayas.

Detail itinerary

  • day 01
    Arrival.

    We will be there to receive you at the airport as you land into Kathmandu (4,600 feet) and take you to your hotel.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
  • day 02
    Sightseeing around Kathmandu. Pre-trip meeting.

    We begin our trip with visiting different heritage sites in Kathmandu and stopping at some of the popular tourist hangouts. Kathmandu is rich in culture and the ancient parts of the city have not changed for hundreds of years. Your journey starts the next day so we will run you through the itinerary.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 03
    Drive to Jiri (around 6,250ft) by public bus.

    We head east toward Jiri in a public bus. It is an eight hour trip through serpentine roads carved into the hills with stops for lunch and snacks in villages along the way. Jiri is a small and beautiful town and used to be the starting point of the original trail to Mount Everest used by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 04
    Trek to Bhandar (7,218ft).

    We will start our long trek ahead by a hiking up to Bhandar. It takes about six hours to get here and we have to pass through several villages and make steep climbs. At Bhandar, you can visit local monasteries to take your mind off all the exhaustion from the first day of the expedition.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 05
    Trek to Sete (8,678ft).

    It again takes around six hours to trek to Sete village. First, we make our way downhill from Bhandar which is relatively easy but then comes a steep climb towards the end. You will surely be in a lot of pain after this day but the view of the Himalayas in the distance will be there to comfort you.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 06
    Trek to Junbesi (8,776ft).

    The Himalayas will accompany you (from a distance) throughout the way to Junbesi as we pass through forests and by some monasteries. The first part of the trek is a half a mile ascent of a steep hill and then a short descent till we reach the valley. It takes six hours to get here.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 07
    Trek to Nunthala (8,005ft).

    The day begins with a relatively flat trek past the village of Junbesi. You will be slowly gaining elevation till there comes a point where you have to make a sharp downhill journey which will be the most difficult so far in the trip. The whole ordeal takes about five hours but you will be walking past forests and monasteries to keep your mind off the pain.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 08
    Trek to Kharikhola (6,627ft).

    You will have to trek downhill for five hours this day. We make our way through forests towards the Dudh Koshi River after which comes the ascent to Kharikhola. The beautiful Sherpa village is perfect if you like taking leisurely walks in the evenings.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 09
    Trek to Puiyan (8,858ft).

    The way trek to Puiyan is very difficult because you will have to climb uphill in rugged terrain and rocky trail. You have to hike up to the Khari La Pass before arriving at Puiyan. The entire trek takes six hours.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 10
    Trek to Phakding (8,562ft).

    It is a day of walking five hours downhill to Phakding. The village is deep inside the Everest region and we will move towards the Gokyo Valley from here.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 11
    Trek to Namche Bazaar (11,290ft).

    We will climb up for six hours through forests and past gorges to reach Namche Bazaar. This small town bustling with tourists is a must-see place on its own and is famous for its night clubs and bars.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 12
    Rest at Namche.

    We will rest up at Namche for a day for acclimatization purposes. In the middle of the Everest region and at temperature nearing or below 30 °F, you will need it. But you can spend the day leisurely walking around town talking to the local Sherpas or fellow travellers. And if you want to go for a last minute shopping, you will find almost everything at the Bazaar.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 13
    Trek to Phorste (12,598ft).

    It is a long day of trekking as we have to trek uphill for as long as five hours to reach Phortse. Phortse is a model ecotourism village surrounded by exotic trees, birds, and animals. The Sherpas here are always happy to perform cultural shows for tourists.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 14
    Trek to Machherma (14,603ft).

    The terrain starts getting more rugged and barren this high from sea level. It’s only bare mountains and valleys for five hours till we reach Maccherma village. View from up here is amazing as you will see the Dudh Koshi River Valley below and Himalayan peaks above.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 15
    Trek to Gokyo Valley (15,715ft).

    We will reach the Gokyo Valley after six hours of trekking. There are mountain streams and lakes to watch as we reach the beautiful valley that is surrounded by the Himalayas. Fatigue starts to creep in this far and this high in your journey but the amazing view of Mount Everest and the Himalayas make the trip worth it.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 16
    Trek to Gokyo-Ri & back to Gokyo.

    In the Gokyo Valley, we will walk to the base of Gokyo Ri or the Gokyo Peak (17,575 feet). You can make to the summit in three hours if you wish to. You will be treated with clear views of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Mount Lhotse and Mount Cho Oyu from there. The mountain is located just next to the largest glacier in the Himalayas, the Ngozumpa Glacier. After gazing at the Himalayas for a few hours, we will walk back to the Gokyo Valley and rest for the day.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 17
    Trek to Thangna (15,518ft).

    It’s a four-hour trek to Thangna beginning with a tricky section past the Ngozumpa Glacier. After that it is a quite smooth walk to Thangna which is located at the base of the Cho La pass.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 18
    Cross Cho La pass (17,595ft). Then trek to Dzongla (15,846ft).

    This is a tough day of trekking. We have to climb up the snow to reach the top of Cho La pass. The route is tricky and offers a pure mountain climbing experience. After crossing the pass, there is a steep descent down to Dzongla. It all takes about seven hours.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 19
    Trek to Lobuche (16,210ft).

    We will hike through snow and reach Lobuche at the foot of Khumbu glacier in not more than four hours. Mount Everest will just be a day away.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 20
    Trek to Gorakshep (16,942ft). After lunch trek to Everest Base Camp (17,598ft) & trek back to Gorakshep.

    A short three-hour trek will take you to Gorakshep, a village sitting on top of a frozen lake bed. After lunch, we will walk for two to three hours to reach the Everest Base Camp. You will get to stand on the foot of the tallest peak in the world. But, however much you might want, you cannot camp here with your trekking permit so we will have to return to Gorakshep before night.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 21
    Hike up to Kala Patthar (18,519ft) & trek to Pheriche (14,340ft).

    We will hike up to Kala Patthar, which lies on the southern ridge of Mount Pumori (23,494 feet). It’s a two-hour climb after which you will be at the highest point of your journey. Here you will get the best panoramic view of the Everest along with the Khumbu Glacier and other Himalayan peaks. We will descend to Pheriche, a small village full of yaks, and rest for the day.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 22
    Trek to Namche Bazaar.

    It is about five and a half hours of trekking today. Downhill treks such as these are relatively easier now. We will have to cross rivers at a few places to get back to Namche Bazaar. It’s a great place to share your experience with fellow trekkers and recollect the exotic views of the Himalayas from up close.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 23
    Trek to Lukla.

    We will walk all the way down to Lukla. It takes six hours to get here. No more walking after this.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 24
    Fly to Kathmandu.

    You will back to Kathmandu in no time. The city will be quite a change in scene from the exotic Himalayas you were conquering a few days ago. But every good thing comes to an end, doesn’t it?

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 25
    Leisure day. Farewell dinner.

    Spend the day as you like it. You can rest up after your tiring expedition or travel around Kathmandu. Like you may have seen in pictures, Kathmandu is a melting pot of tradition and modernity where you will see western-style hangouts nestling among ancient temples and palaces. There are seven World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu so you will encounter culture aplenty. You will be back home the next day so we will host a farewell dinner for you to cap off your Himalayan adventure.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast & Farewell dinner
  • day 26
    Final Departure.

    We will see you off at the airport. It will be a happy-sad moment as we know that it is hard to leave this wonderful country but you will be leaving with very rich memories.

    • Meal: Breakfast

Included in cost

  • Receive you from and drop you to the airport or hotel in our company vehicle.
  • Stay at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu on a twin-sharing basis. Breakfast is on us.
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle with our guide. All entrance fees will be paid.
  • Stay at guesthouses during the trek on a twin-sharing basis. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners will also be taken care of.
  • Local government-licensed guides.
  • Porters (one each for a pair of travellers) and local support staff to help you trek.
  • Fees for Sagarmatha National Park entering permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System card
  • We will lend you a down jacket and a sleeping bag for throughout the trek.
  • Fully paid tickets for Kathmandu-Jiri bus ride and Lukla-Kathmandu flight. Rides in private vehicles included in the itinerary.
  • A duffel bag, a sun hat and a t-shirt as a souvenir from us.
  • A traditional Nepali feast with cultural shows as a farewell dinner.
  • All tourist fees, government charges and other official expenses throughout the trip.

Not included in cost

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Additional stay before, during or after the set itinerary.
  • Charges at airports or other areas for excess luggage.
  • Alcohol, hot or cold drinks, bottled water, and other snacks.
  • Phone calls, internet, laundry, additional porters, and other personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance. (It is compulsory and covers emergency rescue and evacuation.)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Visa fees for entering Nepal.
  • Trekking equipment.
  • Other expenses not mentioned in “Included in cost” list.

Accomodation during the Trip

In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 50.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

faqs

  • How do I come to Nepal?
    You have to book your own international flight from your country to Nepal and back according to your trip departure dates.
  • What happens after I land into Nepal?
    A chauffeur from Mountain Kick will come receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Representatives of the company will visit you at the hotel itself and brief you on your trip.
  • What will a trekking trip with Mountain Kick involve?
    You will trek in the Himalayas in a group of international travellers fully assisted by our guides, porters and local support staff. We will take care of your entire trip as soon as you land in Kathmandu and safely take to your preferred destination and back as per the package you choose. Travel will involve plenty of sightseeing and mixing with local culture.
  • In what physical condition do I need to be for the trip?
    A regular person can complete the trip with help from our guides and porters. But it is important that you are healthy and have no physical injuries. Trekking for long hours in high altitude and difficult terrain will surely put a strain on your body and you might suffer severe physical and mental breakdown, especially if you are trekking in the Himalayas for the first time. It is, therefore, expected that you have taken light endurance training especially for longer trips.
  • How long do I have to trek each day?
    On most days of your trips, you will trek for a couple of hours only. But some trekking days require as much as six to eight hours of walking in high altitude. However, there will be plenty time each day for rest and acclimatization.
  • Where will I be staying during the trip?
    In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. At some destinations, especially in the Himalayas, you will have to stay in a tented camp. If you want to make separate living arrangements, talk to us beforehand and we can arrange single rooms for additional $250. Some guesthouses at very high altitudes and remote places may not have attached washrooms or single rooms.
  • And food?
    All your major meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included in your trekking package except in Kathmandu (where only breakfast is provided for). You will be served local food at all places we dine but you can order anything you like on the menu which you will have to pay for yourself. You will have a range of options so there won’t be a problem if you are a vegetarian or vegan. We make sure you get healthy and hygienic food throughout your travel.
  • How much help do I get during the trek?
    Our guides and porters always put your safety and comfort first. We have English-speaking guides who take you to all major attractions throughout the travel and are happy to answer all your queries. We have one porter assigned each for two travellers and you will have to pay separately if you want to hire extra porters. We have local support staff in all villages and camps you reach to assist you in any way possible.
  • What happens in case of injuries and emergencies?
    The guides always carry a professional first aid kit with them to treat with minor injuries. We also have health professionals at villages and camps along the journey. The travel insurance you take (which is compulsory) covers any and all emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • What if I want to do something beyond the itinerary?
    We are always happy to accommodate your wishes during the travel so far as they do not conflict with schedules and other travellers. If you have special plans, you can talk to us beforehand so that we can arrange a customised trip for you.
  • What equipment do I bring?
    You have to bring all travel equipment yourself. Please see the equipment list section for a standard list of required equipment prepared by our guides. Most of the items are easily available in Kathmandu in case if you miss any and we also lend you some of the gears for the duration of the trip for a small fee.
  • Will I get to communicate with the outer world?
    There is internet and telephone connection in all of our stops for the day throughout the journey. You will be able to call back home or post your pictures on Facebook everyday.
  • What travel documents do I need?
    As soon as you land into Kathmandu, we take care of all your travel documents required during your trip. You just need to bring your passport and a copy of your travel insurance. Tourist fees and permits to enter certain areas will be arranged for by Mountain Kick.
  • Which is best time of the year to travel?
    Most of the trekking routes are open throughout the year but September through to December and March to May are the best months to travel.
  • What are the modes of transportation for travel mentioned in the itinerary?
    Rides for sightseeing and reaching destinations within city limits are done in a private vehicle like a car, a jeep or a microbus. Most of the long distance travel is done in luxurious tourist buses hired exclusively by the company. In some journeys, you may also need to take a public bus but as you will travel in a group with our guides and support staff, you need not worry about your safety or comfort.
  • How much money do I need to carry during the trip?
    Around $50 will be enough to buy you lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. During your travel, you can get by with around $25 a day. But it depends on how much you want to spend. Due to the exchange rate and predominantly rural economy of Nepal, things are pretty cheap in Nepal.
  • Can I use my credit cards?
    Almost all international credit cards are accepted in Nepal. However, not all places, especially during your travel, accept them. There may be a fee involved in processing your card.
  • Are tips for my guides and porters expected? How much?
    Our staff do not expect you to tip them. Generally, travellers tip them if they are satisfied with the service as a means of gratitude. Even when travellers tip the guides and porters, there is no fixed rate. However, if you like to tip them, follow customs of your own country for tipping (which, as we have learned, is 10 to 15 percent of total cost for most western countries).
  • Where will I get a visa to come to Nepal?
    You can obtain a visa at your home country through Nepal’s embassy or consular office. But you can easily get a visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You just need two passport-size photographs. A tourist visa with multiple entry for 30 days costs $40 while the same for 90 days costs $100.
  • How do I book a tour?
    Click Book Now to enter your details and we shall contact you. You can contact us directly for any further information or to prepare a customized itinerary for you. For payment information, see our Terms and Conditions.

Trip notes

  • You will take the long route to Everest which is longer and more challenging. Do not even try if you are not in great physical condition and have not taken endurance training before the trip.
  • Please make sure you take a travel insurance at home before arriving here. It is mandatory and you cannot take it in Nepal. Your insurance agent will know which insurance plan suits your travel.
  • It is advisable that you free up a few days before and after your trip schedule. For reasons beyond our control like flight delays, accidents and natural hazards, the itinerary may have to be altered. Please note that the flight from Lukla is very vulnerable to weather shocks and it is common that flights are delayed or cancelled due to unfavourable weather.
  • Please inform us and our guides if you have any medical condition that might affect your trip. Please consult your doctor beforehand for any precautions you need to take and always carry medicines if you need them. However, our guides and local support staff have been trained in basic medical intervention and your travel insurance covers any emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • You may decide to alter your itinerary to some degree as long as there are no time constraints and everyone consents, if you are travelling in a group. Talk to us before embarking on the trip or you may also talk to our guides to see if we can arrange something. One thing we have learned from mountaineering all these years is however good you plan your journey, there are bound to be some improvisations to make our experience richer.

Equipment List

General

  • 2 season sleeping bag – one. (You can rent one sleeping bag and one down jacket for the entire trip from us for USD 25)
  • Spring down jacket – one. (You can rent one sleeping bag and one down jacket for the entire trip from us for USD 25)
  • Duffel – one. (We will provide you one complementary duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • 35-45 liter daypack – one.
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As one of the core guiding principles for Mountain Kick, we always give back to the mountain community in any way we can as a means of gratitude. The people who live in the Himalayas and share their homes with us deserve to have all their little problems fixed which seem very basic for outsiders but are commonplace in rural Nepal. The people lack proper access to healthcare, sanitation and education but a little effort from travellers goes on a long way to solve these issues. Mountain Kick has made it its corporate social responsibility to help improve the living standards of the local community. We make donations to their cause, organize social campaigns and programs and also have a few trips designed to mix a little volunteer work in your holiday.

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