Gokyo Lakes Trek
- Trip Code: N-ET-112
- Destination: Nepal
- Season: Sept/Oct/Nov/Mar/Apr/May
- Max Altitude: 5360 meters/17585 feet
- Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
- Transportation: Private Vehicle and Flight
- Accomodation: Standard hotel in Kathmandu & Tea-house in Trekking
Gokyo Lakes Trek is one of the fascinating trekking routes of Everest region. Popular also as Gokyo Ri Trekking this hiking journey is as high as the Everest Base Camp trek and it offers similarly spectacular views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu, the 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th tallest mountains of the earth. Thus many of trekkers take this trekking as the substitute of Everest Base Camp trekking.
Gokyo, the tranquil Himalayan Lake, is a wonderful highlight of this hiking trip. This amazing lagoon has spread an area of 106 acres beneath the Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier of Himalayas, in a basin of snowy peaks. Gokyo Ri, the peak with the height of 5357 meters/ 17575 feet from sea level, is closed to the Gokyo Lake. Hiking to the top of this peak bestows to see above mentioned four 8000 meters peaks.
Like of other trekking trails of Everest area this trip also put forward to experience the culture of Sherpa people and diverse vegetation of alpine region with yak pastures.
Gokyo Lake Trek begins from Lukla after 40 minutes scenic morning flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hilary Airstrip at Lukla. After two days of trekking upward to Dudh Koshi valley with one night halt at Phakding, it reaches to Namche Bazaar, the bustling market of Khumbu region. There is one more night in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization to reduce the effect of altitude sickness.
The following trekking will be passing through Sherpa villages of Phortse Thanga, Machhermo and ultimately to Gokyo lake. The next morning climb up to Gokyo Ri (5360m/17585ft) to enjoy awe-inspiring views of Mount Everest and other towering peaks with gigantic Ngozumpa glacier.
Afterward, it’s all retracing down via Dole to Namche Bazaar and finally to Lukla where all trekking activities end. Then it will be flying back to Kathmandu is followed by farewell dinner at an authentic restaurant in Kathmandu.
About Trip Date of Gokyo Lakes Trek
The best time of Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking is during the months of September, October, November, March, April and May, however, it is possible to trek Gokyo Lake year around. In the mentioned months the weather becomes pleasant with clear Sky and temperatures at higher places are more bearable. In the winter and the monsoon, time flights are frequently canceled because of poor visibility at the Lukla airstrip. The most serious obstacle to trekking in winter is cold. Days can be perfectly comfortable but the mercury plummets as soon as the sun sinks behind the mountains.
The departure date of Gokyo Lake Trekking will be on any date which you feel comfortable.
About Optional Activities for Gokyo Lakes Trek
Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking is a wonderful trekking holiday in Nepal. You can make it further exciting by joining in extra activities/ side trips. As the interest of people is different from each other, we have put these extra activities as optional tours. They are not included in your package cost. On your request, we offer you. The list of optional activities is displayed in the right column.
For any further information and queries about this trip, please feel free to contact us.
Our tour officer will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. He/She will be displaying play card with your name written in it outside the airport terminal. He will meet, greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to your respective hotel by our private tourist vehicle. At the hotel, he will assist you to check in and do a pre-trip meeting with you. You will be briefed about your overall program, introduced your guide and clear your questions/queries if any. During the meeting please clear the due balance and handover a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning you will be picked up at the hotel by our guide and escort you to domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport. Then you board the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. During the 40 minutes, you enjoy stunning views of Himalayas. After landing at Tenzing-Hilary airport you meet your porter. He will carry your luggage. Then you start your trekking. Today you trek of three hours. It’s easy and gentle. The trail starts passing a Kani (ceremonial gatehouse). It descends steeply then runs level above Kyangma village, which has a large gompa (monastery) and school. After that, you enter Cheplung village. The trail descends through community forest with the sight of Dudh Koshi River. Crossing suspension bridge it’s a short climb around the ridge to Ghat. Leaving Ghat the trail passes a school and complex of mani walls, chortens and prayer wheels. Then the trail climbs to the hamlet of Chhuthawa. From Chhuthawa after a short walk, you reach to Phakding. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Continuing up the Dudh Koshi valley you will reach a cluster of local Bhatti (porter rest houses) and a small hydroelectric project. The trail climbs up over the ridge and pines to the small village of Toktok. You will soon get your first view of Thamserku peak (6608m). The trail again climbs steeply around the ridge and reach Benkar. Here you find waterfalls. Leaving Benkar the trail crosses east bank of Dudh Koshi River over suspension bridge and heads to Chumoa. From Chumoa it’s another steep climb to the outskirts of Monjo village. Just above the Monjo, there is check point for Sagarmatha National Park. Your trekking card is checked here. Afterward, the trail cuts across to the west bank of the Dudh Koshi River on another suspension bridge and runs to Jorsale. Above Jorsale you follow the river bank over gravel before climbing to the forest. You will see flowing together of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. From here it continues ascent through dense pine forests and then eventually enters to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today you stay at Namche Bazaar to avoid symptoms of Altitude Sickness (AMS). This doesn’t mean you have to stop walking. You hike up the Shyangboche. You cross grass airstrip at Shyangboche and walk towards the Everest View Hotel, the highest hotel in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. From here you can have a good view of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks. Then you continue walking to Khumjung, the largest Sherpa village in Everest region which sprawls below the peak of Khumbila (5761m). The houses here are large and ostentatious and many locals own tracts of land further north along the valley. You visit Khumjung Gompa. One of the treasures kept here is a Yeti Skull. From the flat area in front of the Gompa, there are views east to Amadablam, Thamserku, and Khumbila. After the visit of Khumjung village, you return directly to Namche Bazaar following the path behind the village school. Today you will have also option to visit Sagarmatha National Park Visitor center where you can see some well-preserved displays on Himalayan flora and fauna and the culture of Sherpa people. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you follow the path by the giant mani in Chhorkung and trek north around the long ridge. At the end of the bluff is a viewpoint over a panorama of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest. Then trail reaches Kyangjuma. After short walk, it takes to trail junction at Sanasa. You catch the path leads to Gokyo and climb the ridge. Just across the valley, you will be able to see houses of Tengboche on the another ridge and the walled fields of Phortse. Then the track contours the ridge and reaches a small pass, Mong La (3975m). Locals say village nearby this pass is the birthplace of Lama Sange Dorje, the saint who introduced Buddhism to the Everest region. Crossing Mong La the path drops down to Dudh Koshi through pine forests and it arrives at Phortse Thanga. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
The day starts crossing the river at Phortse Thenga and moves up through the forest. Then the trail splits. You follow the trail that climbs northwest along the valley of the Dudh Koshi towards Gokyo. Continue your trekking to the next village Dole along the west side of the valley. From Dole, you have mountain views of Khumbila to the south and Taboche to the north side. From Dole, it’s a steep climb out of the forest to a barren hillside covered in tundra grasses and dotted scrub junipers and arrives Lhabarma. From this small village, the trail climbs gently past a large Chorten to Luza. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley over a series of sandy hummocks. You will soon reach a Chorten and fluttering prayer flags on the outskirts of Machhermo. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today leaving Machhermo you enter the deserted tundra of the high mountains. It climbs steeply up a scrubby slope to a few of chortens on the hilltop. Then it follows the ridge. On the way, you have good views of Kantega (6685m) and Cho Oyu (8210m), the sixth tallest mountain in the world. Then you will come to a small settlement of Pangka. From Pangka the trail dips then climb into a rocky cleft on stone steps beside the stream. Afterward, it reaches the first lake, Longponga Tsho (4650m). Just past the lake, a small side trail cuts east towards Cho La Pass to Lobuche. The trail now becomes almost level as it crosses a barren landscape. You will soon reach the second lake Taboche Tsho (4710m). From this lake, after short walking, you will arrive at village nearby Gokyo lake (4790m). Gokyo village is located between a wall of moraine and the lake which is backed by a basin o fang-like peaks. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Early in the morning, you go for up hike up Gokyo Ri. You follow the path crosses the stream at the north end of the village then climbs for two hours to prayer flags at the top of the hill. From the summit, you have astonishing panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche with the Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas. From here you see the Gokyo village is a tiny dot on the side of the moraine and the Gokyo lake is a giant green pond. After enjoy this great view you slowly down to your mountain lodge and take a rest. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you retrace following the previous trail. It’s an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River that comes out of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Passing by the second and then the first Lakes, you come to a small village of Pangka. The trail descends below Phangka, and across a level terrace on the slope to climb a rib on the far side of the hillside. Then you slowly walk down to the village of Machhermo. Continue walking pass through Luza and Lhafarma to reach Dole. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, your trek starts to drop down Phortse Thenga. On the way, you can enjoy on watching wildflowers and Rhododendrons. You may encounter mountain goats, musk deer, and pheasants. Upon reaching MongLa, you have again the chance of a beautiful view of Mt. Khumbila. Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega. You can also see Tengboche in a distant. After a while, you reach Sanasa, the junction of trails. You follow the path of Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. Reaching Namche Bazaar you check into your lodge and have a rest. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
From Namche Bazaar, you follow the steeply downward path. Once you cross the high suspension bridge the trail runs mostly level to Josale and then climbs to Monjo where your trekking card will be checked out. Then it’s an easy run through Benkar and Phakding to Lukla. After arriving at Lukla it ends your overall trek. Most trekkers make a celebration of finishing their trekking with their guide and crew members at Lukla. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Early in the morning, you move to Tenzing-Hillary airport. Then catch once again that scenic mountain flight to Kathmandu. After you land in Kathmandu airport you will be transferred to your hotel. You have free time rest of the day. You can have a hot shower, spa for relaxing your body in Kathmandu. Evening you will be offered farewell dinner with Nepali cuisines and cultural dances at typical Nepali Restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
The trip concludes today. Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
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It is theoretically possible to trek in the Everest Base Camp year around but flights are frequently canceled in winter and during the monsoon because of poor visibility at the Lukla airstrip. The best weather is in autumn and spring when the skies are clear and temperatures at higher are more bearable. The most serious obstacle to trekking in winter is cold. Days can be perfectly comfortable but the mercury plummets as soon as the sun sinks behind the mountains.
All foreign nationals except Indian Nationals are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese Visa can be obtained either prior to your arrival at a Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival time in Kathmandu at the airport. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can be also taken at entry points at Nepalese borders. For Nepalese Visa it requires your passport with at least six months validity, recent digital photo (size: 1.5″ x 1.5″) and the following fees either in USD dollars cash or the equivalent local currency:
|Multiple entry||15 days||US$ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||30 days||US$ 40 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||90 days||US$ 100 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
We would offer you the meeting and greeting service in Kathmandu International Airport on your arrival time. For this, you need to pass us your International flight details at least 2 days before your arrival date in Kathmandu. After you get down from the aircraft you just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see our tour officer standing with a playing card with your name written on it. He will greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to the hotel.
Trekking to Everest Gokyo Lake does not require tremendous logistics in terms of accommodation as you will find plenty of clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Lodges typically offer a room with a wooden bed with a simple mattress or foam pad, a cotton pillow, and a blanket or quilt. They have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for you (here rooms cannot be booked in advance).
In the case of Kathmandu, we offer you tourist standard hotel under 3-star categories unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice.
In the trail of Everest Gokyo Lake, it’s commonly available for Authentic Nepali meal: Dal Bhat (rice with lentils soup and seasonable vegetables), noodles, pasta, chapatis, eggs, French fries, porridge, and muesli. The restaurant of lodges also serves Tibetan foods like momo, thukpa, chowmein, along with pizza, spring rolls, pancake and another continental as well as Indian foods.
Tea and hot lemon are traditionally the main drinks on the trail though coffee is found everywhere. Bottled soft drinks, bottled water, and even beer are common along the route but the price of each bottle rises each day when you move upward.
The trekking team who will go with you is the most significant thing that makes your Everest Gokyo Lake trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable. We would provide you skilled, experienced, courteous, knowledgeable and helpful trekking guide and porters. The trekking guide leads you on the trail and brief you all the about this route and porters carry your luggage. Our all trekking guides are carefully selected in terms of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and their knowledge about local culture, ecosystem, geography, flora and fauna, and history. With aim of sustaining local communities, we only employ local people as trekking guide and porter. Our all trekking guides are certified by Nepal Government, Ministry of Tourism. We manage trekking team such a way that one trekking guide in each group and porters like one porter for two trekkers.
During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters or pack animals (usually yaks or cross-breeds). You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket, etc. – a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room in Kathmandu for free of charge.
Every morning, first of all, packing your bags and then have a hearty breakfast at the lodge restaurant. Then set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours you all stop for lunch in local restaurant. Then continue walking to your destination. After lunch, it’s the only couple of hours walking. You usually arrive at your destination in the time of afternoon tea. Check in at the lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure. At the free time, you may explore surrounding village, do a bit of washing or simply relax by reading books and writing a diary. On some days you will arrive at your destination by lunch time and entire afternoon will be free. Most people also spend free time by playing cards and other games reliving the day’s adventures. Then in the evening have a dinner and you will be briefed by your trekking guide about your next day’s walking and then go to your bed for well-earned sleep.
Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking is moderate trek suitable for any passionate walkers who able to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, you can do this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no compulsorily required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip.
At high elevations, the combination of reduced oxygen and lower atmospheric pressure can produce a variety of unpredictable effects on the body, known collectively as Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is also commonly known as Altitude Sickness. Everyone who treks over 3500 m experiences some mild symptoms of AMS like slowness, dizziness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, racing pulse, disturbed sleep and swelling of the hands and feet but serious cases are very rare. The golden rule of prevention from Altitude Sickness doesn’t walk too fast at altitude, drink plenty of liquids, eating well, getting plenty of sleep and avoiding alcohol. If in case you feel any mentioned symptoms the simple cure is to move down (descend) and you shouldn’t ascend further until you start feeling better. To treat AMS there is also available medication Acetazolamide (better known under the brand name Diamox). The dosage is 250 mg every twelve hours. Diamox improves respiration at altitude and can, therefore, accelerate acclimatization. Some doctors recommend a preventive dose (125 mg twice a day) for people trekking at high elevations. At the time of trekking our trekking team always guides you to prevent from Altitude Sickness and they always have Diamox along with first aid kit.
We believe casualty and a serious sickness will not happen on the trip. If it happens we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since all the expenses incurred in evacuation liable to you 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 to Kathmandu.
We strongly advise you to take travel insurance before joining a tour which should cover medical expenses, emergency repatriation and helicopter evacuation at high altitude places and loss of your luggage. We would request you to bring your insurance documents when you come to Nepal.
The following list is a guideline to help you pack for your trekking. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg or 33 pounds. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you pack only what is necessary.
Important Items : Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Mater Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.
For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.
For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket
For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.
For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.
Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.
Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag *; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional); Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).
Note: * mark item we will provide you in service. If any items are not available in your hometown you can buy in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you embark for trekking.
The itinerary for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trip ending should always coincide with the original itinerary.
Kindly keep in mind that sometimes unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.
In Everest region as you climb through the hills mixed deciduous forests and scattered rice terraces give way to pine forests, then rhododendrons, then scrub junipers, before finally, the only vegetation is low alpine shrubs and grasses. As you walk, scan the skies and the undergrowth for golden eagles and the spectacular Himalayan Monal (danphe or impeyan pheasant) with its regal, shimmering green, blue and purple plumage. In forested areas around Namche Bazaar, Thame, Phortse, and Tengboche keep your eyes peeled for Himalayan Thar and musk deer often spotted beside trails early in the morning. You may also hear the strange hoarse call of the muntjac or barking deer. Everest is also home to both leopards and snow leopards and allegedly the fearsome yeti.
Naturally Everest Region is so beautiful but equally, it is fragile as well. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of this area. We at Silver Himalaya Adventures are extremely conscious about protecting its beautiful natural environment and preserving the fascinating local culture. We are doing our level best to minimize our impact as much as possible. Our all trekking guides and porters are well trained and motivated to following guidelines of responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism. In trekking, they also advise you do’s and don’ts to minimize your impact on the local environment.
In addition to your Trekking trip, you can join in various side Trips in Nepal like a cultural tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Jungle Safari in National Park, White Water Rafting in Himalayan Rivers, Golfing, Adventure activities like Bungee Jumping, Altra Light Flight, Paragliding, Jeep flyer etc. You also can extend your trip to neighboring Himalayan Countries: Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim (India) which seems more appealing to you. On your request, we will give you the detail of the side trips.
The Gokyo Valley is the most splendid place in mountain area we have ever been to. We travelled to Gokyo in the mid of October 2017. The walk to Gokyo was amazing. After reaching Gokyo Lake there is the climb to Gokyo Ri. We climbed this mountain early in the morning. The views from Gokyo Ri was so much incredible. We had 360 degree Himalayan views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and many peaks in that area. Gokyo Ri is an approx 460 m ascent and is a tiring walk up but really worth it. The path up is simple but steep. I recommend everybody to try of ascending this mountain. The lake Gokyo itself looked so nice. We are very much thankful to Excellent Himalaya Trek. Under your guidance we had such a lifetime experience of Himalayas. Thanks, Suman, our next adventure will be with your nice team. See you.
Wayne, Steve & Keith
We finished incredible Gokyo Lake in Nov. 2017 under the management of Excellent Himalaya Trek. This is our second trekking in Everest region. Four years back we also did Everest Base Camp. In our opinion Gokyo Valley is the more rewarding destination. I and my wife liked it better than EBC trek. The trekking trail is beautiful and much quieter than EBC. We found Gokyo as so pristine Lake. Water in the lake was very clean and looked green. We climbed to Gokyo Ri, the peak closed to that lake with height of 5,357 m. The views from the top was really stunning included Everest, Lhotse, Cho Yu, Makalu, the Gokyo Lake, Ngozumpa glacier (longest in the Himalayas) etc. The trek was not so tough. Our guide Bikram and porter Lhakpa made the trip safely and enjoyable along the way. In this 14 days trip we enjoyed Nepal’s scenery, food, lovely lifestyle of local people. We are very happy to choose Excellent Himalaya Trek and would highly recommend this company if anybody wishing to undertake any trekking tour in Nepal. Thank you!!!
Ruben & Sarah
Incredible Everest Trekking, I am Alex from Uk was in Nepal as a fellow traveler. A friend of mine had recommended me Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition for my short trek to Namche. I had a really nice trek and wonderful time with this company. Especially the Ram who is running the company is very much informative and he has the young team for Adventure tourism. I would suggest using this company to anyone who wants to do a trek in Nepal. Thanks
Once-in-a-Lifetime Breathtaking Journey through the Majestic Himalayas Visiting Nepal was life-changing, as cliché, as it sounds. The trek I completed in Nepal, from Lukla to Tengboche, was amazing—crossing suspension bridges, eating amazing meals that were made to order (be patient), meeting the gracious people of Nepal, being removed (at times) from electronics (i.e. no computers, no televisions)—it really reminded me how out of touch I've gotten with the world. This journey re-connected me with myself and with basic life, mindfully: eating, sleeping, trekking. I have to advise, it is a good idea to physically train before you embark on a trek, especially, if you normally, don’t hike like myself. I recommend trekking poles—they really helped through some of the steep parts of the trek. I also, recommend wearing a hat, buff, sunglasses, as it can get really dusty, with the dirt trails plus, you’re sharing them with dzos. Also, highly recommended is a small day pack to carry while you hike, for toilet paper, water, and snacks. It was very cold in Tengboche—wearing layers is a must, also, having a warm sleeping bag & headlamp, as the guesthouse room did not have heating or lighting available at night. A good pair of high top hiking shoes is a must & staying hydrated is important, due to the altitude. My analogy on the bathroom situation in the guesthouses is, it is like a slot machine, you do not know, whether if it is going to go down or not, until you hit the flush lever. The outhouses along the trekking trails were actually, more pleasant than the western toilets. What really made the trek though was our trek leader —our leader really educated our group about Nepali culture and had incredible stories to share, so having a good trek leader does make or break the trek. Be aware when you get your visa for Nepal--how long it is valid for. Reason to note this, is that there may be flight delays, due to poor flying visibility, which may leave you stranded for a few more days longer in Nepal than planned—likely, after your visa has expired so be warned. As far as Kathmandu, it was infused with spirituality, with Hinduism and Buddhism co-existing peacefully. Be prepared to bargain for merchandise and note, that sometimes, old, torn rupees may not be accepted by all merchants. Namaste!