Everest Base Camp and Gokyo lakes trek in Nepal
A tough but exhilarating 15-day guided trek beneath legendary peaks. Everest Base Camp is the goal, but this circular route explores the Gokyo Valley and Cho La Pass before bringing you close to the world’s highest mountain.
Kathmandu Lukla Phakding Namche Bazaar Kunde Khumjung Dole Machhermo Gokyo Tangnak Cho La Pass Dzongla Lobuje Everest Base Camp Gorak Shep Kala Pattar Pheriche Thyangboche Monzo
US $3599ToUS $3779excluding flights
Description of Everest Base Camp and Gokyo lakes trek in Nepal
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
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Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. It is a low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this. We work with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, meaning we have respect for wildlife and the landscape, separate rubbish and take all burnable waste back to Kathmandu. We also ask that clients consider using biodegradable toiletries and shower at lodges where electricity or solar power is used for hot water.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
We spend 3 nights in standard hotels and 15 nights in locally owned teahouses throughout the trek. Most of the teahouses are owned by families who are from the Khumbu region. This is an easy way to make sure a decent portion of the trip cost and the money you spend on meals in the teahouses goes directly back to the community. Breakfasts are included and will usually consist of something simple, locally sourced and carb-heavy for energy, like porridge and toast. Where meals aren’t included, clients can support local lodges by trying some authentic cuisine, rather than imported meals. Try Nepalese dumplings (Momos), or lentils and spicy curry (Dal Bhat).
Local Craft and Culture:
Although we spend much of this tour is spent on trekking routes, in the teahouses and along the trail there are many opportunities to engage with locals, learn about regional customs In Kathmandu there is time to do some sightseeing. Whilst trekking, we stop at Namche, the administrative center of the Khumbu region with a weekly market selling fresh produce and in Namche and along the trails there are souvenirs to purchase. In Kathmandu there are also be traditional and handcrafted souvenirs available for purchase. Buying handmade jewellery, painted masks and puppets, prayer wheels, handwoven bags and tapestries all helps to support small vendors and their craft. In terms of cultural sights, we can visit World heritage Sites in and around Kathmandu. On trek we visit the Everest National Park Museum, a Sherpa Cultural Centre and the monasteries in Khumjumg and Thyangboche.
After organising tours to the Himalayas for over 40 years, we have developed many long lasting partnerships with our operators and leaders as well as some of the local communities we visit. We seek ways to give something back and we usually help with small-scale practical projects that can help local communities and their environment, whilst giving the maximum possible long-term economic benefit. Together with our local leaders we manage all our own projects and over the years we have helped build schools and a children’s home. We have built water tanks and provide water pipe for villages and have helped with hydro electric projects. We have sponsored and installed more than 130 smokeless stoves and 50 solar cookers.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
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