Bhutan Tour via Everest Gokyo Lake -18 Days
This multi country tour, Nepal and Bhutan Tour via Everest Gokyo Lake takes you through Kathmandu Valley. You will experience local culture, arts and crafts, centuries old monuments and architecture all in the same day. In Nepal, you will visit the famous Gokyo lake, in the heart of the Everest region. Gigantic Himalayas, the culture that grew within it, and the wonderful humans who live there. The tour will also take you through some heritage sites of Bhutan. One of the most isolated countries, yet maybe one of the most culturally rich.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Strenuous
Group Size Small Group
Bhutan & Everest Gokyo Lake Trek- This multi country tour and trek is perhaps the one of the more unique packages we have. This tour will take you through some of the most famous iconic world heritage sites located in the Valley of Kathmandu. Here you will experience the local culture, arts and crafts, and centuries old monuments and architecture all in the same day. The tour will also take you through some heritage sites of Bhutan – one of the most isolated countries, yet maybe one of the most culturally rich. In Bhutan, you will visit one of the most popular places – the Tiger nest monastery. You will also get to explore other parts of Bhutan, like Thimpu and Punakha.
After your exploration in Bhutan, you will return back to Kathmandu and prepare for your adventure into Khumbu Everest region. The trek to will take to you the frozen alpine lake – Gokyo Lake – located in the Khumbu region. Along the way you can experience spectacular views of giant mountain ranges and wonderful mountainous culture. This trip is sure to leave you in awe and a new appreciation for forign culture with memories of two beautiful countries.
- Accommodation on Deluxe Category in Kathmandu 04 Night as per Itinerarywith open choices Breakfast
- Bhutan Visa Fee And Round way Air flight
- Government approved A and B category hotels and standard lodge on twin- shared basis
- All Meals Included During Bhutan Travel
- Transportation in comfortable private vehicle
- English speaking, trained and experienced guide and local staff
- All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums as per the itinerary in Bhutan
- OPEN CHOICE Full board meals while trekking in Gokyo Lake with Twin share based Comfortable Accommodation at tea house or lodge.
- Kathmandu Durbar Squaer, Monkey temple sightseeing with Owned Guide and Transport
- All Domestic flights while Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
- All Ground Private transportation service while Airport & Sightseeing in Kathmandu
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader; well trained in wilderness First Aid, assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Everest Gokyo Lake trekking map.
- Insurance for All Staff & Crew
- Comprehensive per-departure information and trip dossiers
- TIMS Trekking permit, Everest national park entry fees for trekking
- Farewell Dinner
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 15 to 20 per person per day) (Except Farewell dinner).
- Kathmandu Sightseeing entry fee (Cost USD 5 to 15) per person on each spot.
- All kinds of drinks in the mountain (cold /soft/juice drinks and alcoholic)
- Personal equipment
- International airfare Departure / Arrival from Kathmandu.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges)
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section
Arrival in Kathmandu at International Airport
Arrival to Kathmandu Airport where our representative will welcome you and assist in transferring to your hotel for and overnight stay.
Sightseeing in Ancient Historical Durbar Squaer
An Morning at 9am Breakfast and sightseeing in Ancient historical Durbar squaer with Monkey Temple.evening trek/tour preparation.overnight at Hotel.
International Flight to Paro, Bhutan
Morning international flight to Paro, Bhutan (1.5 hours); Drive from Paro to Thimphu (1 hour); Overnight stay at Hotel.
Drive from Thimphu to Punakha
Drive from Thimphu to Punakha (2.5 hours); Full day sightseeing; Overnight stay at Hotel.
Drive from Punakha to Paro
Drive from Punakha to Paro (3.5 hours); Half day excursion and sightseeing; Overnight stay at Hotel.
Full day sightseeing in Paro
Full day sightseeing in Paro – Tiger nest Monastery excursion; Overnight stay at Hotel
Fly back to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu, Nepal; Transfer to Hotel for rest and relaxation; Overnight stay at Hotel.
Early morning domestic flight to Lukla
Add Itinerary DescriptionEarly morning domestic flight to Lukla(2840m) airstrip (35 minute); Trek to Phakding (2610m) Walking 3 hours. Overnight stay at Lodge.
Trek from Phakding to Naamachhe Bazzar
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3440m)Walking 5.5 hours Overnight stay at Lodge.
Day to acclimatization in Naamchhe
Rest and relaxation day to acclimatization in Namche; Full day excursion with Everest view Hotel, Hillary school, Sherpa local culture and Museum; Overnight stay at Lodge.
Trek from Namche to Dole
Trek from Namche to Dole (4110m)Walking 5.5 hours.Overnight stay at Lodge.
Trek from Dole to Macchemro
Trek from Dole to Macchemro(4410m)Walking 5 hours.Overnight stay at Lodge.
Trek from Macchemro to Gokyo
Trek from Macchemro to Gokyo (4790m) Walking 3.75 hours. Explore local lakes; Overnight stay at Lodge
Early morning hike up to Gokyo-Ri
Early morning hike up to Gokyo-Ri; Trek back to Dole(4110m)Overnight stay at Lodge.
Trek from Dole to Manjo
Trek from Dole to Manjo (2835m) Walking 6 hours.Overnight stay at Lodge.
Trek from Manjo to Lukla
Trek from Manjo to Lukla (2840m) Walking 4 hours.Overnight stay at Lodge.
Morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu; Rest and relaxation day; Overnight stay at Hotel.
Transfer to International Airport for Final Departure.
Leisure day that can be spent souvenir shopping; Transfer to International Airport for departure.
In order to fully enjoy your trekking and climbing tour in the Himalayas, or any other trek in the Nepal, having the right equipment is essential. The equipment is necessary depends on the type of trekking, teahouse or camping, and on the time of year, weather conditions, terrain, and maximum altitude.
A properly packed backpack is light and includes multipurpose clothing items. Moreover, please make sure that you bring sufficiently warm clothes, especially during winter (Dec – Feb). Not having the required equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking, but could in a worst case scenario be life threatening.
Below is a list of suggested clothing and equipment items to bring:
- Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
- Backpack 70-75ltr for Carrying porter during the trek with cover
- Day backpack for self carry 40-45ltr with cover
- Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
- Sleeping bag and silk liner(4 season)
- 2 x water bottles or camel bag but avoid cheap ones that can burst inside your backpack
- Warm jacket – down jacket, if possible.
- Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
- Long sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
- Thermal underwear
- Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
- Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting
- Shorts and trousers, or skirt
- 2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
- 2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
- Proper hiking boots
- Running shoes and flip-flops
- 2-3 t-shirts
Additional winter clothing comments
- The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
- Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
- Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
- Snow gaiters
- A small light weight and quick drying towel
- Bar of soap
- Sunscreen (SPF +20)
- Insect repellants
- Personal First aid kid
- Water purification tablets or a water filter
- Toilet paper(Available number of tea houses along the trek)
- Camera, battery etc
- Trekking poles(provide from Company)
- GPS unit if have
- Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
- Sewing/repair kit
- Pocket knife
- Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen
Adapters (Nepal two prong, 220 volt plug; or just an international, universal adaptor)
Personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu or at every guesthouse)
Typically our trekking holidays involve 4 -8 hours hiking per day, including a lunch stop. The trail varies from easy hiking on the lower elevation to the strenuous walking over 5000 meter in Himalayas. A common misconception is that if you are a slow walker you may hold people back – NOT SO. The group members often string out and there will be an hour or two between the first to arrive and the last. You walk at your own pace and stop when you fell like it. There will be always our trekking Sherpa, guides and porters at the front and the rear ensuring no one get lost.
Trekking Days are designed so that the walking is enjoyable and safe. The companionship of other trekkers and staff positive attitude creates great company and many memorable events. The day begins early at around 6.30 in morning with a cup of tea. Before breakfast, pack your gears into duffle bag by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually on the trail by 8.00 a m and following a good morning’s walk, we stop for lunch. About 1 – 2 hours lunch break that allows for the group meal, enjoy the surroundings, and catch up on your diary or reading. We reach our camp or teahouse by 4 pm as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Having afternoon tea, side trips, games or other activities (optional) are generally organized. You can opt to relax, read, write diary, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with staff and local people or fellow trekkers. Dinner is normally served around 7.00 p m.
We offer the OPEN AND CHOICE MENU in our teahouse trekking where you can select the food you like on your breakfast, lunch and dinner time. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the hygienic, plentiful and nutritious food. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. Properly boiled water is served for drinking on breakfast and dinner time.
In the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu.
Safety is our Top Most Agenda while organizing trips in Himalayas. All our trekking group leaders / guides have undertaken the Wilderness First Aid Medical Course and years of experience have taught them to deal with any adverse situations from diarrhea to Acute Mountain Sickness. We carry Portable Altitude Chamber (hyperbaric bag) along with a comprehensive medical kit. We plan adventure travel trips so that safety and comfort are not compromised.
Trekking in Nepal Himalayas is an adventure holiday thus do not expect shower each day . Now days, some of the teahouses up to 4000 meters have hot shower facilities depending on the trekking regions. Laundry services are available at limited place on trek.
Yes. There are dozens of trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Our trekking guide / staff will be happy to assist you on this matter if needed.
Definitely! Our airport representatives will come at the airport to welcome and transfer you to your hotel. Do check the Step By Step Treks clip board on your arrival in Kathmandu airport outside the arrival terminal hall. Make sure you have provided your flight details to us in advance.
Our Company, being a professionally managed trekking company base in Nepal, we have a policy of employing competent Local Trekking Group Leaders and Guides, who care the fragile environment, knows Nepal better and have empathy to porters and staff. They are fluent in English and have undergone extensive Trek leader and Guide courses, wilderness first aid, mountaineering, eco-trekking training etc to ensure that they are fully competent in all aspects of trekking, climbing, nature and conservation, first aid to high altitude medicine. All of them have years long trip leading experience and high dedication on rendering the qualitative services. Many of them have work experienced on international adventure travel companies.
We book clean and comfortable teahouse which we know very well. Our standard trips are based on twin bedded sharing accommodation. We can book private room for you if you like, at an additional cost as per your requirements.
We are aware on the protection of fragile environments while organizing trekking and climbing trips. We discourage in buying the plastic bottle mineral water as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. We do provide properly boiled drinking water on all Everest region trips where our staff properly boiled drinking water on Kerosene for you. We recommend that you collect the safe drinking water from local station or teahouse in Annapurna region.
To book your place on any our trips, please fill up the online booking form at our website www.stepbystepadvt.com and send it to us along with the trip deposit amount of US$ 30%.. Deposit can be paid by bank / wire transfer or any easy option that makes you confortable. On receipt of your booking details, we will send you Trip Confirmation once we get your Advance Booking Paid.for more details of the please visit the link Booking condition
Fitness is perhaps the key factor in the trek. Most people of average fitness for their age could complete the adventure trekking in Himalayas. On all holidays, physical preparation is useful and a flexible, open-minded approach is essential. You can take your time, set your own pace and enjoy the most fascinating surroundings. Most first-time trekkers are concerned that they won’t keep up. They soon discover that a steady and moderate pace will have them in destination well before they would have expected. Trekking is not walking competition, but walking holidays in own pace. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it, and you will have enough energy for extra activities. The best preparation for trekking is cycling, swimming, jogging, squash, tennis and long walks involving up and down hill.
We are committed on the welfare of our staff from Trek Leaders / Guides to Sherpas, Cooks and Porters. We ensure good wages, salary, provident fund, proper insurance to the equipment and clothing needed for all staff including porters. They are our kind and kin as well as the backbone of adventure industry in Nepal.
No, you can’t get in Nepal. It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.
Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining for the days you are trekking is your responsibility. We suggest World Nomads as it covers Helicopter and medical evacuation up to 6000m. Some standard policies only cover up to 4000 meters for evacuation so please confirm with your insurance company if you purchase it from another company.For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. You need to send us your copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.
Our Compnay trip itineraries have been professionally designed to minimize the effects of High altitude sickness. Extensive medical kits are carried on all our trips. In addition, Portable Altitude Chamber (a life saving device) is being carried as a safety backup on high altitude treks and climbing expeditions. All our trekking group leaders / guides are well trained in Wilderness First Aid Course who are competent to diagnosis it and to act accordingly on the very spot.
Available almost each teahouse at a cost of usually about 2-3 US$ per hour for re- charging batteries. We use the voltages 220-240 volts to power their appliances and two points plugs are recommended to bring.
If you want to take your phone with you, there is a good chance that it will work in most major cities.althought,nowadays,everywhere WIFI can access even most of trekking part.Annapurna region/Everest are common access point for WIFI network.but depending network sometime get worse as nothing better.also can get the local mobile sim card in Kathmandu.
It is notoriously difficult to predict the weather condition in Himalayas. Off course days are warm and nights are cold. There can be a snow or rain storms at any time. Between 1000 and 3500 meter the temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to 5 deg C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 deg C to -10 deg C. During winter it is around 10 deg colder. Good polarizing sunglasses (not trendy fashion one) for high altitude and large brimmed hat are really helpful. Expect the unexpected.
Tipping is an accepted part of trekking although it is completely personal matter. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. Budgeting up to 10 % of the trek cost as tipping could be a guideline.
The flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are generally reliable but if the weather is not good they can be canceled for the entire day. Our each Everest package includes one buffer day in case of delays but we suggest that you schedule a couple of extra additional days in case of delays at the end of your trek. If your flight is delayed in Kathmandu we will rebook your flight for the next day. We may also be able to provide an option for a privately chartered helicopter. If you choose to take the helicopter this can cost an additional $500 or more depending on availability and group size. Extra hotel nights ($30-40) and meals in Kathmandu are not included when flights are delayed although we will make arrangements for you.
Its sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we can not offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.
Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover bottled water, snacks, or tea beyond your included meals, souvenirs, tips, or donations to monasteries along the route (if you are inclined to give one). Trekkers find that around $20 a day is reasonable for these extras.