For those trekkers who have either done the Everest Base Camp trek or prefer to be away from the crowds of Base Camp this is the trek for you. It covers the six emerald Gokyo Lakes, a Ramsar Heritage site and rounds up this visit to the Khumbu with the crossing of the Rhenjo La 5325m. Excellent lodges, good meals, great views every day, internet and phone connectivity makes this one of the most sought after routes in the Everest region and possibly the best view of Everest from the 5th lake surpassing the Kala Pattar view.
Who should join this trek?A good choice for regular hill walkers, high level of fitness required. Prior trekking experience advisable.1) Walking times: average 6-7 hours walking per day (with some longer days (Phortse to Gokyo ) with some rest days included.2) Altitude: up to 5,400m at Gokyo Ri. 3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions. There is a steep ascent to Gokyo Ri which could be snow covered.4) Remoteness: the trek is in a remote mountain area and a long distance from the roadhead and the nearest cities. However mobile phones and wifi will work on most of the days. Trek Leader - The trek will be led by Sujoy Das assisted by senior South Col Nepal guides with many visits to the Everest region.
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu by 2 pm drive to Ramechaap – if we get the Kathmandu – Lukla flight then stay in Kathmandu
Day 2 Fly to Lukla 2800m walk to Monjo 2800m 6-7 hours
Day 3 Walk to Namche 3450m 4 to 5 hours uphill climb
Day 4 Acclimatisation hike to Khumjung Kunde and Everest View Hotel and back to Namche
Day 5 Phortse 3850m 6-7 hours extra acclimatization day for Gokyo advisable
Day 6 Dole 4000m 5 hours
Day 7 Machermo 4450 m 3-4 hours
Day 8 Gokyo 4750m 4 hours
Day 9 Walk to 5th Lake and back to Gokyo
Day 10 Climb Rhenjo la 5350m 3 hours and descend to Lungden 4380m 4-5 hours long day
Day 11 Lungden to Thami 3850m and then to Namche 5-6 hours
Day 12 Namche to Phakding 2650m 4-5 hours
Day 13 Phakding to Lukla 2800m 4 hours
Day 14 Lukla to Kathmandu by flight
Day 15 Depart Kathmandu for home destinations
We may tweak the itinerary as needed keeping the same number of days nearer the time
THE GOKYO LAKES AND RHENJO LA TREK COSTS MAY JUNE 2024
o Cost as per itinerary Indian citizens Rs 99,000 plus 5% TCS and foreign passports USD 1500
o Cost does not include meals on the trek which are directly paid for by our guests to the lodges concerned at actual menu rates. Budget around US $ 30-35 per day for meals on the trek including hot water in flasks, battery charging, wi fi charges, gas showers in lodges etc to be paid directly at the lodges. If you wish have cola drinks, beers, apple pies, special coffees, hot chocolates budget another $10 per day.
o The cost is per person for Kathmandu to Kathmandu (14 days) as per the itinerary given. Costs given above are at current rates of 2023 and may change without notice. Changes if any will be notified 3 months before the trek.
Transport from hotel in Kathmandu to airport and back for Lukla flight including Ramechap up and down transfer if needed - transfer from hotel to airport for KTM -India return flight.
Sagarmatha National Park permit and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu permit or trekking in the Everest region.
All accommodation on the trek on twin sharing basis. In Namche Bazar for three nights top end deluxe rooms with attached bathrooms and hot showers will be provided. In Dole, Machermo and Lungden we will not be able to provide rooms with attached toilets – toilets will be in the corridor.
Hotel accommodation near Ramechap if needed one night on the way in will be provided and one night on the way out is covered in good Thamel hotel (Mandala Boutique etc ) with breakfast on twin sharing basis.
Please note that porters will carry the duffel bag of two trekkers 11 -12 kgs weight each bag ( total around 23-24 kg weight) comprising of personal items, clothing, sleeping bag etc. The Lukla flight only allows 15 kg of baggage per person including day packs so excess baggage will be charged at the time of check in. Your duffle bag and day pack together should be around 15 kgs.
Costs not included
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu/ Ramechap
Breakfast lunch and dinner on the trek is not included. Desserts, drinks, and exotic items listed in the lodge menus are not included. Alcohol, cold drinks (coca cola, sprite, beer), juices, ice cream etc on the trek and in Lukla are not included.
Client travel and medical insurance of any kind. Emergency evacuation costs if needed.
Video camera fees in National Parks (where applicable)
Excess baggage charges if any on the Kathmandu to Lukla flights.
Bottled drinks; boiled, filtered or bottled water; alcohol; snacks etc. Hot showers (Rs 300 per shower) are not included at lodges with shared toilets. Personal clothing and equipment; sleeping bag; down/ goretek jacket, medicines for personal use etc.
Air fare from residence country to Nepal and back
Tips to guide and porters at the end of trek will give a guideline on this later.
Deposit to book the trek
There is a nonrefundable deposit to book the trek INR 20,000 per person for Indian citizens and USD $300 per person for foreign passports– this is used to book the Kathmandu to Lukla tickets.
|PERSONAL EQUIPMENT LIST NEPAL 2022
|EXPECTED OCTOBER TEMPERATURES BELOW 4000 METRES DAY 50-60F NIGHT 35-40F - ABOVE 4000 METRES DAY 40-50F NIGHT 15 TO 25F - BEDROOMS ARE NOT HEATED LODGE DINING AREAS ARE HEATED
|All the equipment listed below other than what you need for the day should be packed into a duffle bag, locked and handed over to the porters in the morning. The duffle bag should not weight more than 10-12 kgs! South Col has 65 litre duffle bags available in Kathmandu and you are welcome to use these bags if you need to
|Sleeping Bag - lodges have blankets and quilts
|Warm sleeping bag is needed at least three season rated to 15F - 10F is better!
|Daypack or Hipbelt
|To carry water, one jacket some nuts, chocolates, cap, camera to keep with you in the day, maybe gloves and cap as well, hiking poles etc.
|Boots or Trekking Shoes
|one pair - should be goretex or waterproof ankle support preferred
|Slippers or Sandals for camp
|lightweight to wear in the evenings
|smartwool or rei or darn tough or icebreaker are the good brands bring three pairswhich fit with your boots
|one pair to wear early morning and late evenings outdoors only
|as needed 3-4 usually
|one- Wool or fleece is usually good
|Heavy jacket down
|the warmest you can get as nights and early mornings are cold - down is usually preferred otherwise a warm synthetic filled jacket.
|Thermal Underwear ( top and bottom) - long johns
|inner layer to wear at night and early morning - uniglo, smartwool, rei,marmot all have thermals
|Usually a jacket of fleece or wool which can be worn over a thermal layer or by itself while walking
|T shirts for walking
|one to wear and 3 to carry - if the sun is hot you can walk in a T shirt quick wicking is good
|Trousers /tights / trek pants
|one to wear and one to carry light weight preferred
|One Rain Jacket /Wind Jacket/Soft Shell jacket
|useful in case of wind ... you may need it in light rain though we would usually take shelter and wait for the rain to stop. We can get rain below 4000 metres and snow above 4000 metres but we hope not as monsoon has ended
|Torch or headlamp
|one small needed carry one set spare batteries
|one small tube should be ok spf 30 or 50
|some essential medicines
|vitamins, headache, fever, pain killers, diamox for altitude, your own specific medicines etc
|if you have bad knees then this is recommended especially on the down hills!! Its is very useful
|Water bottle or platypus hydration tube
|one no 500 ml or 1 litre is ok hydation tube also ok
|the sun is strong in the day
|Cap for the sun
|for baths and wash up in case you can use the hot shower
|toothbrush, paste, soap, shampoo, vaseline, comb
|and any other toilet items you may need!
|wet tissues - wet ones for bathroom
|called wet ones in India
|some washing powder surf etc small
|to wash clothes en route if needed - Namche has washing machine
|Nuts, raisins etc all mixed up Trail Mix from Trader Joes
|get one or two packets to have as snacks on the way
|Chocolates /Energy Bars
|Carry some chocolates or energy bars to have on the way. Amul cheese slices are very useful also
|Volini gel/ Bengay etc for aches and pains
|or any other equivalent
|Iodine or chlorine tablets for water purification or water filter or steripen
|available in Kathmandu- this is important as mineral water bottles are expensive; for overseas visitors you can get iodine tablets in REI and other large outdoor outlets
|Electral or any other rehydating salts
|Carry a few small packets of electrolyte - useful to have mixed with water if dehydrated - available Kathmandu
|some spare plastic bags to pack wet stuff, dirty clothes etc
|Book in case you want to read on the way / Kindle
|Two small locks one for your duffle bag and one backup
|we will not need in October
|we should not need in October
|For dust, cold winds etc available in kathmandu
|Camera or mobile phone
|Some good brands are Ignik, Grabber, Hot Hands - a few packets like toe warmers can be useful
Sujoy Das +919831054569 (whats app only) and [email protected] (email)
The cancellation policy and refunds available are given below:
0-7 days before the start of the trek =100%
8 -15 days before the start of the trek = 75%
16-30 days before the start of the trek = 50%
31-45 days before the start of the trek = 30%
46 days and above = 20%
The deposit is not refundable.
IN CASE OF LEAVING THE GROUP
If due to illness or any other reason a client has to leave the group and go down or wait at a lodge for the group to pick him/her up on the way back, all expenses including lodging, fooding and any porter/guide related expenses if any are to be borne by the individual client over and above the trek fees paid for the trek. There are also no refunds for leaving a trek before completion.
HIRING OF PONIES ETC
In the eventuality of a client needed the services of a pony to come down to lower altitudes, the cost of hiring the pony will be paid by the client.
EVACUATION BY HELICOPTER
In the eventuality of not being covered by emergency helicopter evacuation insurance and an evacuation is considered necessary, the cost of the evacuation will be paid by the client in advance to the helicopter company/travel agent etc as deemed necessary.
CANCELLATION OF LUKLA FLIGHTS
In case the Kathmandu/Ramechap to Lukla flight is cancelled, the additional cost for hotel accommodation in Kathmandu/Ramechap is to be paid by the client over and above the contracted days accommodation provided.
In case the Lukla to Kathmandu/Ramechap flight is cancelled, the client has the following options:
Continue to remain in Lukla at the client’s cost (both fooding and accommodation) and try for a flight the next day or day after.
Depart from Lukla if possible using the services of a helicopter usually US $ 500 per person. In this case the one way flight cancellation charges will be refunded to the client.
LODGES ON THE TREK
The choice of lodges to be used on the trek will be decided by South Col and clients will have to stay at these designated lodges. Clients are not permitted to choose their own lodges on the route.
The trek route and day wise schedule will be fixed by South Col and will have to be followed by the client.
RISKS AND LIABILITY
The trek is in a remote mountain area and has certain additional dangers and risks, some of which include: physical exertion for which the client should be prepared; weather extremes subject to sudden and unexpected changes; remoteness from normal medical services; evacuation difficulties.
In the event of injury or illness South Col Expeditions (Sujoy Das) or its Staff can, at the clients cost arrange any medical treatment and emergency evacuation service as it or they deem necessary for the health and safety of the client.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE FORM
The waiver of liability and release form is to be signed by the client before leaving for the trek.