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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

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Join us on this 20 days of amazing adventure completing the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek, an adventurous journey through the stunning Everest Himalayas.

Experience high altitude trekking and breathtaking views.

  • 19 Nights & 20 Days
  • Strenuous / Challenging
  • 12 People maximum.
  • We organize Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek round the year, best time to do it is during spring (March to mid June) and autumn (September to early December).
  • All year round.
  • 5545 meters / 18192 feet at Kalapatthar.
  • Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Overview

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek, also known as  Cho La Pass Trek, or Everest circuit trek, is one of the most adventurous and challenging treks in the Everest Himalayas.

The trek follows the standard Everest Base Camp Trek route, passing through the vibrant town of Namche Bazaar and the spectacular site of Tyangboche where a magnificent monastery sits amidst a snow capped mountain panorama.

After reaching Everest Base Camp and soaking up the icy wilderness sanctuary, the route takes you to the summit of Kala Patthar, a spectacular viewpoint to appreciate Everest in all her glory.

You will be truly amazed by the vistas from here, mountains as far as the eye can see, covered in a blanket of snow.

We then leave the base camp trekkers behind and head out to conquer the Cho La Pass at 5330 meters. Steep inclines and rocky paths await you but your efforts will be rewarded as you walk through a magnificent high altitude mountain pass.

If this was not enough, we then carry on further to the glistening waters of the Gokyo Lake, a system of fresh water and sacred lakes, hidden in the high Himalaya.

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek really has it all, high altitude trekking, spectacular views insurmountable anywhere else in the world, the welcoming culture of the Sherpa people and a visit to the iconic Everest Base Camp.

You also get the opportunity to summit Gokyo Peak (5483 meters) offering astonishing, panoramic views of Cho Oyo, Everest, and Makalu.

So what are you waiting for? Dig out your hiking boots and come and join us on this unforgettable Cho La Pass Trek.

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m/4412ft), meet us at the airport; transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Pre-trek meeting and sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 3: Short flight to Lukla (2840m/9320ft)–Trek to Phakding (2610m/8560ft)–approximately 3.5 hours

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11290ft) – Approximately 6 hrs

Day 5: Acclimatization day trip around Namche Bazaar.

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) – Approximately five hours

Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4360m/14300ft) – Approx. 5 hrs

Day 8: Acclimatization day trip around Dingboche.

Day 9: Lobuche (4940m/16207ft) – Approx. 5 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5300m/17400ft) – back to Gorak Shep (5170m/16961ft).

Day 11: Hike up to Kalapattar (5545m/18192ft) then trek to Dzongla (4830m) – Approx. 8 hours.

Day 12: Trek to Thangnak via Cho La Pass (5420m) – 6 hours approximate

Day 13: Trek to Gokyo – Approx. 2.5 to 3 hrs.

Day 14: Gokyo Ri (5357m) day trip.

Day 15: Trek to Dole (4110m) – approx 4 hours.

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar – approx 6 hours.

Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2840m) –approx 7 hours.

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 19: Rest day Shopping/ Leisure

Day 20: Departure, or extend your tour for other activities in Nepal.

Important information about re-routing of Lukla flight
Civil Aviation authority of Nepal issued a notice instructing all airlines to divert Lukla flights to Manthali airport which is situated in Ramechap. Manthali Airport is situated in Ramechap District, about 145kms/4hrs drive from Kathmandu. The airport started operation since 2019 spring season when our airport was closed temporarily. Because of the successful operation from Manthali airport and to reduced traffic of Kathmandu airport, Civil Aviation authority has diverted all Lukla flights to Manthali airport. Until further notice, there will be 4 hours drive each way while traveling to/from Lukla; this means you will drive (starting at 230am-300am) about 4 hours to catch flight to Lukla and 4 hours on return to Kathmandu after flight from Lukla. This may change in future as per airport conditions. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused.

Highlights of our Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

  • A tour of Kathmandu, experiencing its rich cultural heritage and vibrant atmosphere.
  • Experience an exciting flight to Lukla with breathtaking views of the Himalayas before beginning the trek.
  • Explore the colorful and popular Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, known for stunning mountain vistas and popular as the gateway to Everest.
  • Visit the famous Tengboche Monastery, a spiritual center with panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.
  • Reach the famous Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5,364 meters.
  • Hike to Kala Patthar at sunrise for one of the best panoramic views in the area, looking at Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and surrounding peaks.
  • Walk over the challenging Cho La Pass, offering breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas.
  • Explore the breathtaking and beautiful Gokyo Lakes, a series of crystal clear glacial lakes surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks.
  • Climb Gokyo Ri for unparalleled panoramic views of Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and other peaks reflected in the shimmering Gokyo Lakes.
  • Understand the rich Sherpa people and their culture and find out why Sherpas are known as superhumans for climbing Everest and helping others do it.
  • Trek through diverse landscapes, from lush rhododendron forests and high altitude passes to glacial moraines and rocky terrain.
  • Challenge yourself with high elevation trekking routes while acclimatizing carefully to the changing elevations.
  • Enjoy the million opportunities to take stunning photographs of snow capped peaks, pristine lakes, colorful prayer flags and traditional Sherpa villages.

Itinerary

Activities: We will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel, just relax for
the rest of the day to recover from your long journey.

Elevation: 1345m/4412ft.

Highlights: Bustling Thamel, an array of restaurants, bars and shops.

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Highlights: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square, cultural and historical sights of the Kathmandu Valley.

Accomnodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Breakfast

Hours of walking: 3.

Difficulty: Easy.

Elevation reached: 2840m/9318ft in Lukla and 2610m/8563ft in Phakding.

Terrain: Flat and downhill, well developed paths, stone steps.

Views on offer: Amazing Himalayan views on approach to Lukla.

Highlights: The breathtaking flight between the mountains.

What’s to see?: The traditional Sherpa people and Buddhist shrines

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3440m/11286ft.

Terrain: Rocky and dirt tracks, stone steps, mostly uphill, gradual with some steep inclines.

Views on offer: Spectacular approaching views of Namche Bazaar, snow capped peaks and the river valley.

Highlights: The colourful Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar – the gateway to the high Himalaya and crossing some impressive suspension bridges over the river valley.

What’s to see?: The milky waters of the Dudh Kosi River, thick rhododendron, magnolia and fir tree forests, herds of yaks carrying supplies.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours walking: 4.

Difficulty: Easy – moderate.

Elevation reached: 3962m/12998ft at Mountain View Hotel, 3790m/12434ft at Khumkung.

Terrain: Hilly, grassy trails, some steep inclines and flat tracks.

Views on offer: Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Taboche Peak and Ama Dablam.

Highlights: Your first sight of Everest!

What’s to see?: Khumjung Edmund Hillary School, Sherpa museum, shops and markets around Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of walking: 5

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3860m/12664ft.

Terrain: River bank path, some steep inclines, some flat and some short descents.

Views on offer: Kwangde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Everest.

Highlights: Tyangboche monastery, magnificent panoramic views from Tyangboche.

What’s to see?: The Lamas and Monks in the stunning Tyangboche Monastery, ornate wall hangings and a 20 foot statue of Lord Buddha.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 :
Dingboche.

Hours of walking: 5. (We spend 2 days here to acclimatize)

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 4360m/14304ft.

Terrain: Rocky uphill tracks, stone steps, a gentle riverbank trail.

Views on offer: Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam.

Highlights: The beautiful location of Dingboche under Ama Dablam, the mountain views from your teahouse.

What’s to see?: A Yeti scalp in the Pangboche Gompa, the fast flowing waters of the Imja Khola, sacred mani stone walls.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 :
Dingboche.

Second day in Dingboche acclimating.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 :
Lobuche.

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 4940m/16207ft.

Terrain: Some steep inclines and rocky tracks where you will need to scramble for a short time.

Views on offer: The Khumbu Icefall and Pumori amongst other beautiful Himalayan mountains.

Highlights: Reaching the top of a steep incline for breathtaking panoramic views amongst Buddhist chortens.

What’s to see?: Memorial sight for people who sadly lost their lives attempting to summit Everest, traditional Sherpa houses.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of walking: 8.

Difficulty: Difficult/strenuous.

Elevation reached: 5364m/17598ft at Base Camp and 5170m/16962ft at Gorak Shep.

Terrain: Uneven, ridge tracks, rocky, uphill and flat trails.

Views on offer: Too many to mention! You will be surrounded by an icy wonderland, get your cameras at the ready!

Highlights: Congratulations, you made it! You reached the base camp to the highest mountain in the world.

What’s to see?: You may see a group of mountaineers preparing to attempt an Everest summit. Sunset views from your Gorak Shep teahouse.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of walking: 8.

Difficulty: Strenuous.

Elevation reached: 5545m/18192ft at Kala Patthar, 4830m/15846ft at Zongla.

Terrain: Steep, rocky climb to Kala Patthar, uneven rocky and glacial paths to Zongla

Views on offer: Everest and the surrounding Himalayas.

Highlights: The most spectacular, panoramic views from the top of Kala Patthar, crossing the Changri Shar Glacier.

What’s to see?: Sunrise from 5545m amidst a mountain wonderland, simply amazing.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of walking: Approximately 6 hours.

Difficulty: Difficult/Strenuous.

Elevation reached: 4680m/15354ft at Thangnak and 5420m/17782ft when crossing the Cho La Pass.

Terrain: Uneven tracks, large rocky areas where you will need to climb and jump off the rocks.

Views on offer: Some pretty spectacular Himalayan peaks from the icy wilderness of the Cho La Pass.

Highlights: The Nagozumpa Glacier, standing on the Pass.
What’s to see?: The high altitude pass, glaciers and lots of snow capped peaks!

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 :
Gokyo.

Hours of Walking: 2.5 to 3 hours, with an optional 4-hour trek to visit the fifth lake. (Nagozumpa Tsho)

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 4790m/15715ft.

Terrain: Glacial paths and well defined trekking paths.

Views on offer: The Gokyo Lakes

Highlights: The glistening waters of the Gokyo lakes.

What’s to see?: The third lake known as Dudh Kunda or Pokhari and the fifth lake known as Nagozumpa Tsho. The area surrounding the lakes, where your teahouse is located is an ideal place for a leisurely stroll to take in the scenery.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Strenuous.

Elevation reached: 5357m/17575ft.

Terrain: Steep incline to the top of Gokyo Ri, rocky and uneven.

Views on offer: Magnificent views of some of the world’s “eight thousanders.”

Highlights: Reaching the summit of another Himalayan peak where the views are out of this world.

What’s to see: Even more stupendous views of the Himalayas.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15 :
Dole.

Hours of walking: 4.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 4110m/13484ft.

Terrain: Glacial paths and steep descents.

Views on offer: The first (Longpongo) and second (Tajung Tso) of the Gokyo Lakes.

Highlights: Returning to lower altitudes! Walking alongside the Nagozumpa glacier.

What’s to see: The villages of Machermo and Luzo.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate.

Elevation reached: 3440m/11286ft.

Terrain: Descents through forest paths.

Views on offer: Thick forests and a magnificent mountain backdrop.

Highlights: Soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of Namche Bazaar with its array of bars, cafes and restaurants.

What’s to see: Rhododemdron and fir trees, wild mountain goats and the lophophorus bird which is the national bird of Nepal.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17 :
Lukla.

Hours of walking: 7.

Difficulty: moderate.

Elevation reached: 2840m/9318ft.

Terrain: By the banks of the river, stone steps and some descents and last ascents up to Lukla.

Views on offer: The glistening river amidst a mountain backdrop.

Highlights: Last day of walking in the Khumbu region. Well done, you completed your trip!

What’s to see: Thick forests, an array of birds and some final views of the mountains.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights: Another breathtaking airplane ride on a twin-engine otter amidst the mighty Himalayas.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.

Breakfast
Day 19 :
Free time!

Highlights: Time to shop, relax, get a massage.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.

Breakfast
Day 20 :
Departure.

Goodbye and farewell from Nepal!

Breakfast

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The Cost Include(s)

  • Arrival/departure, international and domestic airport transfers.
  •  Three star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (twin/double sharing room)
  • Kathmandu heritages guided tour with entry fees.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • Government licensed English speaking Guide and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter Between 2 Person basis), their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine.
  • Round Trip flight fare to Lukla.
  • Required trekking entry permits.
  • Mosaic adventure duffel bag, jacket and sleeping bag to use during the trek (on request)
  • Travel & Rescue arrangements if required in case of emergency.
  • All applicable taxes.

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, etc.,
  • All beverages and bar bills (tea/coffee, bottled water, coke etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5545 meters).
  • Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
  • Tipping (expected by guide and porters)
  • Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Mosaic Adventure control

Preparing for Your Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek: Additional Information

Booking Your Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek Experience

We offer multiple dates for the EBC and Gokyo Lakes trek in 2024 and 2025, enabling you to select a date that aligns with your schedule.

As you proceed with your booking, you will be directed to the payment page. Choose between two payment options: pay a 20% deposit to secure your trip or pay the full amount upfront. If you select the deposit option, settle the remaining 80% in cash (in USD or widely accepted currencies like AUD, CAD, EURO, GBP, SGD, etc.) upon your arrival in Kathmandu.

Booking Your International Flight

For our 20-day EBC and Gokyo Lakes tour, plan to arrive in Kathmandu on Day 1 and depart on Day 20.

We’ve allotted 2 nights in Kathmandu to help you adjust to the time difference, recover from jet lag and prepare for the adventure ahead. After the trek, you’ll spend two nights in Kathmandu, with an extra buffer day for your personal exploration or relaxation.

Consider booking additional days after the trek to accommodate any potential flight cancellations from Lukla due to adverse weather conditions.

Packing Essentials

Packing for the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes trek varies for each individual. To assist you, we’ve compiled the ultimate packing list for EBC as a helpful guideline. Please review it carefully and pack accordingly based on the season of your trek and your personal preferences.

Arrival Information

After booking your flight, kindly share the details with us. If you arrive earlier, we can arrange accommodation at the same hotel for an additional fee and provide airport pickup services. Look for our office staff holding a “Mosaic Adventure” sign as you exit Tribhuvan International Airport.

Flight to Lukla and Return

During peak seasons (mid-March to mid-May in spring and late September to late November in autumn), flights to Lukla and back operate from Ramechap airport. At other times, they depart from Kathmandu. Rest assured, we’ll arrange the approximately 4-hour drive from Kathmandu to Ramechap and back at no extra cost.

Trek Starting and Ending Days

The trekking days span from Day 4 to Day 17. You’ll fly to Lukla on Day 4 to commence the trek and return on Day 17. On Day 18, you’ll fly back to Kathmandu and be transferred to your hotel. For instance, if your tour is booked from January 5th to January 24th, 2025, you’ll fly to Lukla on January 7th, 2025 and return to Kathmandu on January 22nd, 2025.

Standard Trekking Day

Prepare for 15 nights and 16 days on the EBC and Gokyo Lakes trek. Trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and back, spending nights in villages like Phakding, Namche, Tyangboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, Dzongla, Gokyo, Dole and Lukla.

Each day’s trek will commence around 7:30 AM and conclude in the late afternoon, with breaks along the way.

Expect numerous photo opportunities and enjoy breakfast and dinner at the same place, while lunch is provided en route. Our team will provide regular briefings about timing and stops.

Accommodation

In Kathmandu, enjoy 3-star hotel accommodation with twin/double sharing beds. During the trek, you’ll stay in teahouses. Teahosues are basic yet clean accommodations providing a comfortable night’s rest.

Meal Arrangements

In Kathmandu, breakfast is included in your package, usually served buffet-style, except on the day of your Lukla flight, when you’ll receive a packed breakfast. During the trek, choose from a menu offering local and international meals.

Ensure to consume vegetarian meals from your arrival in Kathmandu until the end of your trek due to limited toilet facilities along the trail (meat can easily cause stomach disorder).

Baggage Allowance

Your total baggage weight allowance for the flight to Lukla is 15 kilos (33 pounds), combining both checked and carry-on baggage. Pack not more than 10 kilos in your checked bag and 5 kilos in your carry-on to adhere to the 15-kilo limit.

You can leave unnecessary items at the Kathmandu hotel for storage at no cost. Remember to photograph your bag-tag for easy identification if needed.

Water Consumption

While bottled water is available, we encourage the use of reusable water bottles and water treatment pills to minimize plastic waste. Aim to consume more than 4 liters of water daily to stay hydrated.

Electricity, Charging and Wi-Fi

Please note that trekking to EBC and Gokyo Lakes doesn’t guarantee urban amenities. While charging and Wi-Fi facilities are available at an extra cost, they may not be reliable. We advise against planning work or online meetings during the trek to fully immerse in the mountain experience.

Additional Expenses and Tipping

Carry Nepali rupees for expenses like beverages and Wi-Fi. Allocate around 200 to 250 USD equivalent Nepali rupees for personal expenses and 250-300 USD for tipping your guide and porter, depending on the service provided.

Temperature Considerations

During the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes trek, expect varying temperatures as you ascend. The lowest temperatures occur above 4500 meters, notably in places like Lobuche, Gorakshep, Dzongla, and Gokyo. Temperatures can drop to minus 15/20 degrees Celsius in spring and minus 20/25 degrees Celsius in autumn, particularly around mid-November.

Extended Stay Options

To further explore Kathmandu, consider booking day tours to Bhaktapur or Changunarayan. Our tour coordinator can assist in planning additional activities. Alternatively, opt for a pre-EBC/Gokyo Lakes acclimatization trek to Poon Hill, Mardi Himal or other side trips around Kathmandu.

Feel free to reach out to discuss these options after booking your Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek.

How fit do I have to be?

The Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek via Cho La Pass trek is considered to be a strenuous trekking route in Nepal. You do not require any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and it is not required that you have any technical experience, only that you be in good physical condition and are able to walk for four to six hours per day over hilly terrain with a light bag pack. If you are not an experienced trekker or do not exercise regularly, we recommend that you embark on a training program well in advance of commencing this trip. You will be given plenty of time to rest throughout the trek and the pace will be slow to help you acclimatize safely to the increasing elevation.

What is the level of accommodation like?

In Kathmandu, your accommodation will usually include an attached bathroom and have facilities such as air conditioning, reception and dining services. The level of accommodation is generally Nepalese 3 star and is comfortable and clean. If you require an upgrade of accommodation in Kathmandu, there are many 4 star and 5 star options at an extra cost. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require an upgrade.
Once you start your trek, you will be staying in “Teahouses.” Accommodation is limited, especially the higher you get, so your room may vary from a private single/double room to a bed in a dormitory. Bed mattresses are usually firm, not sprung mattresses that you may be used to at home. The accommodation is very basic and there will usually be shared shower and toilet facilities. There is a communal dining hall in all teahouses offering limited meal choices. Although basic, the teahouses are clean and are a welcome, friendly and warm resting place after a day trekking.

Is enough drinking water available? How many liters of water shall we carry in our day pack?

We ask that all our customers bring water purification tablets and a water bottle with them. (they can be bought in Kathmandu if forgotten) Mosaic supports responsible tourism so we do not encourage trekkers to buy bottled water when in the Himalayan region, although it is be available, there is no proper disposal system for plastic bottles and we would like to keep our mountains clean and trash free. There will be plenty of water available along the way to fill your bottles and most brands of purification tablets take just 30 minutes before you can drink your water. We recommend that you drink a minimum of 3 to 4 liters of water per day whilst on your trek.

Where can I keep my luggage?

Any luggage that you will not require during your trek can be kept securely in the hotel in Kathmandu or in the store room of our office.

Do I need to take walking poles?

Walking poles are not essential but can be useful especially on the way down. Poles help you balance on the way down and take the strain off of your legs (quad muscles) on some of the steep climbs. You can buy or hire poles in Kathmandu and they easily collapse so you can attach them to your back pack when they are not needed.

Can I buy any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?

There are plenty of trekking shops in Kathmandu selling equipment inexpensively compared to the prices you would normally pay at home, although, the quality of these products cannot always be guaranteed. If you do not want to take the risk, we recommend you buy major items such as trekking shoes, before you arrive in Nepal. It is also recommended you buy your shoes well in advance of your trek so you can “break them in” and avoid blisters during your trip.

Can I recharge my iPod, batteries, cameras etc… while on the mountain?

Yes, you can, in the teahouses. Please remember that plugs might be different than at home so don’t forget to bring adapters with you or buy them in Kathmandu before the trip. You will have to pay for the use of the electricity to recharge your electrical items, usually at a cost of $2-3 US per hour.

Is it recommended to get Nepalese visa in advance or at the airport?

Most people can obtain a visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries where a visa will need to be obtained prior to traveling (you can find a list of these countries at www.immi.gov.np)
If you want to avoid the sometimes lengthy queues at the airport, you can obtain a visa from the Nepali embassy in you home country before you travel. Please visit the appropriate websites in your country for details.
If you want to obtain a visa on arrival, you will need to fill in a landing card, (most airlines provide these before landing in Kathmandu, if not, they will be available in the airport) pay a fee (cost differs depending on your length of stay) and provide a passport photo so don’t forget to bring one in your hand luggage to present to the immigration officers. Visa fees are as follows:

US Dollars 25 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visa.
US Dollars 40 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 30 days multiple entry visa.
US Dollars 100 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa.
(information from the department of immigration, Nepal)

We would advise you to bring US dollars to pay for your visa, most major currencies are usually accepted also. Although there is a currency exchange in the airport (if they will not accept your currency), you may not get the best exchange rate; therefore it is always a safe bet to bring US dollars.

Can we take showers during the trek?

Showers are available at the teahouses. They will usually be shared bathrooms in most teahouses, especially the higher up you go. You will have to pay for a hot water shower per person. The higher you are, the colder it gets and you may find that you do not want to shower as often so you can wait just a few days until your descent.

How much money per day do you think I will need? What currency should I take?

Local currency in Nepal is rupees. We recommend you bring US dollars with you to Nepal and exchange them here as this is easily done and is a widely accepted currency. Although you may get a lesser rate on traveler’s cheques, we suggest you carry a mixture of both depending on your needs. The amount of money you will need on a daily basis depends on your spending habits. A guide would be $10 per day for extra drinks and bar bill during your trek and $20 per day to cover lunch/dinner whilst in Kathmandu.

What do I have to carry with me on trek?

You will need to carry a reasonable sized daypack, big enough to carry personal items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. The porters will carry the bigger packs with your clothes etc…. They will carry packs up to 20kg. (10kg per person)

How do I get from the airport to my Hotel?

We will arrange a pickup service free of charge at anytime of the day or night to transfer you from the airport to your hotel. You will be met by a Mosaic representative on arrival. If you have booked a trip with us but have arranged to arrive in Kathmandu earlier and do your own thing until the trip starts, we will still pick you up at the airport, you just need to let us know your arrival date and time so we can come and meet you. Kindly look for signage showing the Mosaic  Adventure logo or your name. Please note; We recommend that you deal with your own bags at the airport and carry them yourselves. There are people who will offer to carry your bags and will expect payment. You are not obliged to pay these people and it is not advisable to get out your wallet in front of them.  Just tell them ‘No, thank you!’ if someone approaches you and walk away.

What if I get sick while on trek?

It depends on the nature of the sickness. Usually, if you become sick, you will descend to a lower altitude with the help and support of the guide and porters. If you are seriously ill, we will arrange an emergency helicopter evacuation service. Our guide will take immediate action according to the situation. Please ensure you arrange travel insurance that covers you for an evacuation service and trekking at high altitudes.
*Altitude sickness can affect everyone whilst trekking including young and healthy people and is a genuine concern in higher altitudes.  If you feel dizzy, suffer palpitations or severe headaches, return immediately to a lower altitude. Do not take altitude sickness lightly. It can be fatal! Please familiarize yourself with the symptoms of altitude sickness before your trek. Do not ignore even the mildest of symptoms, inform your guide immediately. Our guides carry basic medicine and first aid equipment including simple painkillers, altitude sickness tablets, bandages, balm for muscle ache and medication to treat diarrhea and vomiting.

These are the questions we are often asked and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

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  1. Excellent EBC & Gokyo Lakes Trek
    By Andy Hamm March 10, 2024
    Best trek ever to date, going to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes in the Everest region. We had 20 days trip planned with Mosaic Adventure and they did a great job arranging our trek. Raj is really helpful and accommodating, as is our guide Ramesh. These guys are the best, so we definitely recommend them for your trekking trip to Nepal.
  2. Fantastic Trip
    By Nicola Goldstraw December 17, 2023
    We initially planned to trek to Everest Base Camp, but later decided to extend our adventure to include a visit to Gokyo Lakes. We were looking for more peaceful experience on a less traveled trail. Upon reaching out to Mosaic Adventure, Madhav promptly provided us with all the information we needed and answered our queries over WhatsApp, clearly and promptly. Our journey began when we met our guide, BN. He proved to be an amazing guide, without whom the entire trip would not have been possible. He is highly experienced, having completed this trek numerous times and is familiar with almost everyone in the area. BN was flexible and accommodating, adjusting the itinerary to our preferences, maintaining our pace and regularly checking on our well being. Each evening, he briefed us on the next day's trek, helping us prepare and pack accordingly. In summary, it was a fantastic trip, well organized and I highly recommend both our guide and the company. I would gladly trek with them again.
  3. Unforgettable and amazing adventure
    By Marcus Nomikos November 13, 2023
    My friend and I had an unforgettable and amazing adventure doing the Everest Base and Gokyo Lakes trek. Airport transfers, Kathmandu tour, Lukla flight, teahouses, meals, permits, etc., were well arranged. Guide Ashok, who took us around Kathmandu, is really knowledgeable. During the trek, we had Pralhad as our guide and Sonu as the porter, both of them were really good. Pralhad was helpful, friendly and attentive to our needs, always by our side to make us feel safe and comfortable. Thank you everyone at Mosaic Adventure for arranging our Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes trek.
  4. Wonderful Trek
    By Brett Baker October 3, 2023
    Thank you, Mosaic Adventure, for standing out among the best trekking companies. From the initial contact to airport departure, everything was well organized. Our group of 14 booked a private trek to EBC and Gokyo Lakes and the team was incredibly friendly, understanding our needs and fully flexible in accommodating our changes. Moreover, our guide Pralhad, was top notch. He was passionate, professional and extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend both Pralhad as a guide and Mosaic Adventure as a tour company. Well done, guys!
  5. Trekking with Guide Prabin - Great Experience on the EBC and Gokyo Trail
    By Andre April 21, 2023
    We went on an incredible journey, led by our guide Prabin, through the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo regions. The team at Mosaic Adventure was friendly, helpful and professional that helped us build confidence for the adventure ahead. Our trek took us to Everest Base Camp, Kalapathar, Cho La Pass, Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Ri peak and beyond, where we get to see and experience breathtaking landscapes every day. Despite the challenges of the trek, with the unconditional support of our excellent guide Prabin and porter Lhakpa, we conquered every obstacle along the way. Even before our journey began, the correspondence with Mosaic Adventure from back home was seamless. They responded quickly and addressed all our queries with clarity. Everything went smoothly and we wholeheartedly recommend Prabin and Mosaic Adventure to anyone considering trekking in Nepal.
  6. Highly recommend this agency
    By Charlie P June 19, 2022
    Two of us arrived in Nepal in the middle of May and looked around Thamel for a company to organize a trek to Gokyo Lakes along with Everest Base Camp. After looking at online reviews, we visited Mosaic Adventure and a few other companies. After speaking to Madhav and meeting our guide Pralhad in the office, we decided to go with them. They also allowed us to rent a sleeping bag and a down jacket without any additional cost. Our trek was amazing. Guide Pralhad took good care of everything, the food was good, accommodations were great and Pralhad has a lot of experience. It turned out we chose the right company and we can highly recommend them to anyone planning their treks in Nepal.
  7. Incredible Trek
    By Jennifer Smith May 17, 2022
    Thanks to everyone at Mosaic Adventure for making our group's trip incredible! Madhav organized our Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes trek for 7 of us. Everything went perfectly and smoothly. The service was excellent, with a very friendly attitude. I really love the country. I recommend all of you to come to Nepal and choose this team to organize your trek.
  8. Natalia Maqsimchook
    Perfect company to go atop of any mountain
    By Natalia Maqsimchook December 12, 2016
    Finding Mosaic was my extremely good luck. In the beginning I was attracted by feedback from many happy clients, well-formulated description of services and tourist products offered by the company in addition to competitive pricing. During negotiation I enjoyed efficiency with which my queries were handled. The way Madhav has addressed my concerns made the decision-making on the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo trek really stress-free and easy. And my personal encounter with the company was even better. It delivered to the promise. Logistical arrangements, including airport pickups, hotel in Kathmandu, accommodations and meals during the trek, were impeccable. I would like to praise Mosaic for the ability to attract very interesting and pleasant people to work for them. My special thanks to Basu, who guided my discovery of spiritual treasures of the city, secrets of mandala painting and magic properties of singing bowls. He is so keen and enthusiastic to share his passion for spiritual and cultural history, that it is impossible to stay unmoved. And Rudra is the real mountain gem. It is a privilege and fortune to have him as a guide and it is just impossible to imagine the trek without him. Never felt more secure and confident, and he is a perfect company to go atop of any mountain. I feel honored to join the group of many happy clients and recommend Mosaic to my friends and people planning a trip to Nepal. As for me, now Mosaic is my main entry point into the world of trekking and adventure in Nepal.
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    Safe and wonderful trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes
    By Nanette Pettigrew March 3, 2015
    We booked our trip to Everest Base Camp and the Gokyo Lakes as an independent group of 3 adults (we are a family) with the recommendation of Madhav. He was the one I corresponded with while arranging this trip over the internet. He was excellent in always getting back to me instantly as long as he was open (14 hour time/day difference). Once in Kathmandu, we met with Raj, who actually coordinated the trip and side trips. He was excellent. He was always in touch with our guide to make sure that we were safe and having a wonderful time. Our guide, Shanker, and two porters, Chiring and Kami (not sure of spellings) were excellent. Shanker kept a close eye on us and always made us feel safe and happy. He would always book teahouses each night that he knew we would approve of (and we could be fussy)! The porters carried our heavy gear and were always so pleasant and helpful for any of our needs. I cannot say enough about these guys. When we were tired, hungry and grumpy, they would always cheer us up. We originally wanted to trek to the Lakes first and then over to EBC. Shanker watched the way we trekked and felt it would be better for us to go to EBC first and then over the Cho La Pass to the Lakes. Thank goodness we listened to him because after EBC the Cho La Pass was closed due to snow and nobody was able to go over it. If we had gone to the Lakes first, we would have missed our trip to EBC. ALWAYS listen to your guide. Thank you Shanker!!! While in Kathmandu, Mosaic booked us excellent hotels. Raj was able to see the types of accommodations we liked and made sure that each time we needed a hotel that he booked us into one we would approve of. He set up excellent sight seeing tours and also a trip to Chitwan National Park. We were always extremely pleased with any tour he arranged. I cannot say enough about Mosaic Adventure. Madhav, Raj, Shanker and the porters are the best!! If we go back to Nepal, Mosaic will be our choice of outfitters. They offer a very fair price for their trips and excellent service. Thank you for making our trip a safe and wonderful time.
  10. Great company to hike with
    By Thomas Stone May 8, 2014
    I trekked with mosaic adventures for a 16 day trek to the Everest region in April 2014. I booked with Madhav in Kathmandum and went for the the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Ri and the Cho La pass. Our guide from Mosaic Adventure was Shanker, with Mingma and Rama as our porters. The company was great about all aspects of the hike. We got in to Lukla on a day where most flights missed out. The accommodation was good and the itinerary coming via the Cho La pass made for a far more interesting trek than the standard Everest Base Camp route, and also a fair bit more challenging. I would highly recommend trekking in the Everest or Annapurna region with Mosaic Adventure, as they were a great team to hike with. Two members from our crew decided not to go over the Cho La pass and Mosaic were happy to split the group and managed the trip so both groups had an enjoyable time. The guides and porters were happy to point things out, go at our pace, laugh and joke around with us and each other. If anyone was not feeling well it was looked after immediately and professionally. The Everest region itself was beyond spectacular with highlights including Gokyo Ri, the Guzemba glacier crossing, Cho Las pass, and Kala Pattar. I would absolutely trek with Madhav, Shanker and Mosaic Adventures in the future, and recommend them to anyone looking for a great company to trek with. Thanks guys!

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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek
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