• Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Region: Khumbu (Everest Region)
  • Max Altitude: 5,545 meters / 18,193 feets
  • Group Size: 4 to 6 People
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu, All meals in the Trek
  • Accommodation: Hotel Tibet International / Hotel Yak & Yeti / Lodges in the Trek
  • Prime Activity: Trekking
  • Minor Activity: Cultural Sightseeing
Trip Price:
USD 4690 per person
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Highlights of Trip

  • Introduction of Nepal, its culture and traditions
  • Sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • High standard hotels in Kathmandu
  • Breathtaking domestic flight to Lukla, and back to Kathmandu
  • Trekking through the World's famous Everest area: Khumbu, the land of the Sherpas
  • The crossing of Cho La pass above 5000 meters and hike to Gokyo Ri at 5360 meters for stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan range
  • A fascinating glimpse of the beautiful turquoises lakes of Gokyo at 4750 meters
  • Great helicopter flight above the Khumbu Valley
  • Discovery of the ancient Himalayan settlements
  • Extraordinary views on some giants of the Himalaya: Everest, Ama Dablam "the Swiss Matterhorn of Nepal", Lhotse (the fifth highest peak), etc.
  • The importance placed on high-quality organization, staff, equipment, and services to a small group of trekkers.

Trip Overview

Once in life, why not Gokyo via Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest is known as Sagarmatha means, “Mother Goddess of the Earth” in Nepal. It is called Meyolangsangma or Chomolungma the “Goddess of Giving” by the Sherpa people.


Mount Everest Region officially call as Sagarmatha National Park is a list in UNESCO World Heritage. Due to its excellent area, glaciers, deep valleys, stunning mountains, and dominating Mount Everest. The popularity of the Everest Base Camp Trek has not ceased to grow, since the first conquest of the Top of the World in May 1953. The Region is famous for the good reason; some of the most spectacular and beautiful mountain scenery in the world combines with the famous friendliness and hospitality of the Sherpa people.

This Trek begins with cultural sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. An early flight to Lukla offers a stunning view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Beneath the plane, vast but steep agricultural terraces of the hilly region. The beginning two-day hike till Namche consists of green vegetation, lush forest, colorful monasteries, and stone craft walls. And continuously smiling faces of the Sherpa people.

Acclimatization rest day at Namche Bazar prepares us for the next day’s hike to the upper landscape of the Sagarmatha National Park. Forests of birch, rhododendron, and juniper grow till certain altitudes. It is also the home to some rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, and Himalayan thars. Fascinating and majestic views of Mount Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Khangtega, and many high peaks. A challenging but worthwhile Chola-pass offers an astonishing mountain panorama. The world’s four 8000-meter peaks: Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, and Makalu. The trail to Everest Base Camp is broad and well maintained with massive mountains on both sides of the valley.


Trekking in the outdoors especially in the Himalaya provides some health benefits ranging from physical to mental to spiritual. It is also the best place where we have enough time to discover oneself and rejuvenate our life. Besides personal benefits, it contributes to helping the local economy. In 2015, a terrible Earthquake destroyed many parts of Nepal.


WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Team is honored to welcome you to the Himalaya. We commit to organizing small groups with high-quality services that are essential for flexibility, contentment, good ambiance, and precious exchanges of cultures and knowledge with our local Guides.



  • Wild Yak Expeditions
    Louise Ireland /

    A trip with Wild Yak Expeditions allows you to access the heart of Nepal in all its cultural richness and profound natural beauty. Andrea and Norbu have lived the experience and use their immense local knowledge to create a unique, authentic tour, the memories of which will live on long after your plane touches back down on home ground.

Map of Trip

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Altitude Chart of Trip


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 :
Arrival in Kathmandu / Transfer to Tibet International
Day 2 :
Sightseeing of the UNESCO Heritage sites of Kathmandu / Tibet International
Day 3 :
Kathmandu-Lukla to Phakding (2610m), 3 hrs / Lodge
Day 4 :
Phakding to Namche (3440m), 5 hrs / Lodge
Day 5 :
Rest day in Namche / Lodge
Day 6 :
Namche to Dole (4100m), 6 hrs / Lodge
Day 7 :
Dole to Machhermo (4400m), 5 hrs / Lodge
Day 8 :
Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4750m), 5 hrs / Lodge
Day 9 :
Rest day at Gokyo Lake or hike to Gokyo Ri (5453m), 4 hrs / Lodge
Day 10 :
Gokyo Lake to Dragnag (4700m), 6 hrs / Lodge
Day 11 :
Dragnag via Cho-La Pass to Dzong La (4850m), 6 hrs / Lodge
Day 12 :
Dzongla to Lobuche (4930m), 5 hrs / Lodge
Day 13 :
Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5350m), and back to Gorekshep (5170m), 8 hrs / Lodge
Day 14 :
Kala Pathar (5545m), 3 hrs, and trek back to Lobuche, 6 hrs / Lodge
Day 15 :
Lobuche to Pheriche (3820m), 4-5 hrs / Lodge
Day 16 :
Pheriche to Lukla by helicopter / Lodge
Day 17 :
Flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla (by airplane) / Transfer to Hotel Yak & Yeti
Day 18 :
Departure international flight

Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that each participant knows the total costs of his/her Adventure Trip in advance!

  • The organization of your Journey
  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • Accommodation in superior hotels in Kathmandu on a sharing basis, including breakfasts (4 nights). Note: Additional charges occur for a single room (upon request)
  • Dinners in Kathmandu (4)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the World Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Flight Kathmandu-Lukla and back (by airplane), incl. the local taxes (personal luggage max. 15 kg)
  • Helicopter flight back from Pheriche to Lukla
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trekking, on a sharing basis
  • Major meals during trekking
  • A well-experienced and trained Team: Guide, Assistant Guide (depending on the number of participants), porters, including their salary, insurance, transportation, food, lodging, and clothes)
  • Transportation of the personal luggage and collective material from Kathmandu, and back
  • All necessary trekking
  • The technical material to secure the passes, where necessary
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Communication means (for emergency)
  • Oxygen, mask, and regulator (for emergency)
  • Medical first aid kit
  • WYE postcards
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Last but not least, a big Smile from the Wild Yak Expeditions Team.

Price Excludes

  • International flight*
  • Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight (except see "included")
  • Nepal entry Visa fee ($40)
  • Extra night(s) accommodation in Kathmandu or on the way to/from trekking due to early arrival, late departure, early return from the trekking due to any reason which is not related to WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunches in Kathmandu
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Individual beverages and personal expenses
  • Optional trips and sightseeing, if extended
  • Tips
  • Any other expense that is not included in the quoted price.

*We stay at your disposal for the booking of your international flight.



Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. In a case of emergency, the Group has a four (4)-litre oxygen bottle with a mask and regulator, along with a first aid kit and 24-hour medical assistance by a high altitude medical team of doctors.

The Guide is equipped with communication means, only to use in emergencies. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS also works with the national rescue helicopter airlines.

To minimize risks, in particular during the crossing of the higher passes, weather forecasts are provided to the Guide on a regular basis.

Depending on the difficulty of some itineraries, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will secure the route using the necessary technical gear, if needed.

Please note that the above-mentioned itinerary information is purely indicative and can likely modify during the trekking by your Guide, who has the authority to make such changes if it is deemed necessary (due to safety concerns, etc.). Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled itinerary. However, as this is an adventure trip in remote mountain regions and at high altitude, we are not able to fully guarantee it as it is necessary to take into consideration each situation as it occurs and consequently to adapt the program in its best way. Elements such as weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, among others, can all contribute to changes in the scheduled itinerary.

Our Guide will try to ensure that the Trekking runs according to the foreseen plan to the benefit of all the participants, but we thank you for being prepared to some flexibility and comprehension if so required.

Please check the degrees of difficulty while choosing a Trekking with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. The majority of the itineraries proposed in our Trekking Programs are in remote areas of the Himalaya and at high altitudes, mostly higher than the Alps. A good physical condition is necessary to appreciate the whole richness of this adventure.


The success of this Journey depends on both the personal status of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' team carefully selected according to their expertise in a particular environment and individual aptitudes. Our Team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous, and supportive.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' is proud to support our local staff by providing them with a fair salary, encouraging them to take mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.

Our Trekking Guide and his role: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' Trekking Guide is a professional government-trained guide with experience in directing and trekking around the Himalaya, including first aid training and in-depth knowledge of the local flora, fauna and general environment preservation. Our Guide leads you all the way through the trekking and across the passes while giving you interesting information about the mountains, culture, traditions and landscapes. He will help as an interpreter with the local populations. He is ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the trail, and to the top of the pass, monitoring symptoms of high altitude sickness. The Guide plays a vital role in taking care of our members' needs, supervising the team and porters, and assuring the safety requirements. He also makes sure that the rubbish managed, and the trail/campsite is kept clean throughout the whole trekking trip. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will frequently be informed about the Group during the entire trekking experience.

Our Assistant Guide: Our Assistant Guide also has a government license but must work as an assistant guide during some time to become a company approved Guide. He assists the Guide with all the essential duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the Group runs smoothly. He is equipped with an emergency first aid kit and walks along with the members to monitor the Group.

Our Porters: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has its own reliable porters. It is their responsibility to carry your luggage during the trekking with proper handling standards.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is very concerned about the porters. We support and respect the porters' rights and have high standards to make sure that they treated well. We pay them a fair salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses, and medical insurances.


Kathmandu: We stay at high standard Hotels on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Depending on availability, single rooms can be booked upon request at an additional cost. All dinners are served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screen by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

During Trekking: We stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouses) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. Though there are blankets available at the lodges, we recommend bringing your sleeping bag, as the sleeping rooms are not heated, but the dining hall will be heated in most of the lodge every evening. Showers are available at the majority of lodges at an extra cost. Please note that the majority of the lodges the toilets are common, except in a few of them where we provide you with attached rooms (if available), in particular at Namche, Gokyo, and Lukla in order to fully enjoy your rest day with a shower.

Many lodges serve a variety of cuisines such as continental, Indian, Tibetan, and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant's charge, except coffee and the selection of teas that served for breakfast and in the afternoons upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. Lunch packages are also available on some specific days.


All transportations in Kathmandu are by private vehicles. Flight to Lukla and back, by two-engines Otter Aeroplane.


Everest-Gokyo paths are broad and well maintained as compared to other parts of Himalayan trekking trails. While we are in trekking, our day starts with a warm wake up tea/coffee. After refreshing ourselves, we pack our luggage and proceed for breakfast. As day sets off, considering the altitude and acclimatization, we walk slowly towards our next destination making frequent rest breaks to take photographs, treasure the landscape, confront the culture and admire the fascinating mountain sceneries.

A 1 to 2 hours relaxing lunch break is taken, except when crossing the passes. After the lunch break, we will at least spend 2 to 3 hours more on the trail before reaching the next lodge where you will be welcomed by some warm hot tea/coffee and cookies/biscuits. Our trained Guide will accompany the group for the whole day. Before dinner, we might enjoy a short walk through the village, photographing, or chat with other group members or exceptional staff. After dinner, you will be briefed on the next day's program.


Pre-Training before Trek

Trekking is good for everyone! A daily walk in a beautiful landscape with a consumption of significant volumes of water, chatting with local people and understanding the culture, observing your body limits, all combine to make much healthier your body and mind than they ever have been before.

Before you embark for your Everest Base Camp Trekking, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS recommends a regular aerobic exercise including some stretching exercises for a couple of hours per week. Ideally, you should concentrate on cardiovascular fitness, building excellent stamina, and undertake a bit of strength training to be more efficient in the mountains. It is worth going for at least once a week for a 3 to 4-hour hike, which familiarizes already your body to sustain the long-time effort in the Himalaya. The fitter you are, the faster and more easily you will get the trail, acclimatize and enjoy the trekking days.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes a simple grading system that gives you a first idea of the difficulties of the Trekking for which you might apply and enables you to determine which is the best for you.


A moderate trekking grade takes into account the following factors: 

  • An altitude up to 5500 m above sea level
  • An average trail inclination of about 30%-45%; some sections may consist of loose, sandy, gravel ground and boulders
  • An average of 400 to 800 elevation ascent a day (especially when crossing passes)
  • The capacity to walk comfortably on glacier moraines
  • A trail, which may be rough paved, loose dirt, slippery, in landslide area, icy or snowy (in some parts you might be assisted by the guides)
  • The aptitude for walking at least 4-7 hours per day (longer days when crossing the passes 8-9 hrs.)

It requires the following skills from each participant: 

  • Good stamina, to be able to walk for several hours at a sustained walking pace in a high altitude environment during several subsequent days
  • You are familiar with assessing obstacles and hazards along the trail, walk confident (depending on the trail conditions, you may need some help in certain sections, especially while crossing the passes)
  • You can carry a small personal backpack (4 to 5 kg)

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