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Gokyo Trek

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    Price
    $4700
    Deposit
    $1500
    Duration
    19 days
    Difficulty
    Level 2
    Type
    Trekking
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Gokyo Trek

Gokyo Trek

The trek to Gokyo passes along a less travelled and tranquil route, over the 17,000' Renjo La Pass, with stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Cho Oyu. In a region steeped in mountain history and culture, trekkers have the opportunity to explore the rugged landscape of one of the most storied and highest mountain ranges in the world.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek to Gokyo and Cho Oyu Base Camp through the gorgeous mountain valleys of Nepal, taking in views of the Himalayan giants like Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest from the 17,000' Renjo La Pass.
  • Enjoy the vibrant mountain culture of Khumbu region, sleeping in and sampling the delicious food of the teahouses along our trekking route.
  • Explore the sacred sites of Kathmandu and Nepal's mixed Buddhist and Hindu culture.
  • Benefit from the leadership of an RMI Guide throughout the trip, gaining from their experience, communication, oversight,and care as you venture to high altitudes and see why we continue to set the standard in guiding excellence.

A fall trek through the Khumbu Valley provides a tranquil alternative to the hustle and bustle of the busy spring season in the Everest region. This is a time of year when trekkers can typically enjoy long stretches of clear days and excellent weather. The cool, crisp air and changing colors of the forested hillsides delight the senses.

We take a less travelled route, hiking up and over Renjo La, to drop down into the serene alpine village of Gokyo.

After relaxing for an evening along the shores of Dudh Pokhari, where yaks and wetland birds wander about, we venture further up valley, exploring the series of glacial lakes that lead us to the base of Cho Oyu's South Face. On our return from Cho Oyu Base Camp, we descend through Gokyo Valley, giving us the chance to experience a different collection of Sherpa-run lodges.

RMI's Gokyo Trek is an exhilarating adventure into the heart of the Himalaya. RMI designed our trip to offer an experience that includes the "best of the best" of a visit to the Himalaya: from exploring Kathmandu, to the places we visit along the way to Gokyo, to the teahouses we stay in, and our side trip to Cho Oyu Base Camp. Accommodating for travel, acclimatization, and the time needed to visit and enjoy the Khumbu makes three weeks the least amount of time needed to safely and enjoyable visit this area. The trek is open to all individuals in good physical condition.

THE RMI DIFFERENCE

Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. was established in 1969 and is one of America's oldest and most-trusted guide services. We are the largest guide service on Mt. Rainier and Denali and leaders in guiding climbs and treks around the globe. Our years of leading mountain adventures give us the experience and knowledge to create the best possible trips and we strive to maintain our reputation as an industry leader.

Our trek is led by our top U.S. guides who bring years of Himalayan experience to the expedition. In addition, we are fortunate to have one of the most experienced outfitters in the Khumbu as our partners in Nepal. Our relationships there are the key to our trip's success. Trekking through the Khumbu with these Himalayan veterans is an unforgettable experience.

During our trek we stay exclusively in teahouses in a complete lodge to lodge trek; our lodges have been handpicked by our guides for their quality and service.

The menus at the teahouses are diverse, fresh, and delicious. Our exceptional focus on detail, our unparalleled level of guest attention, and our genuine passion of these adventures are what make our programs truly memorable.

SAFETY

Safety has always been RMI's top priority and we strive to create the safest mountain experience possible. RMI's experienced team of guides focus on leading a fun and successful trek without compromising safety. We apply the same strict standards of safety we bring to the Alaska and the Himalayas to our Gokyo Trek. Careful planning, precise ascent profiles, daily weather forecasts, and diligent attention are taken as we venture to high altitudes. Comprehensive medical kits, rescue equipment, and radio and satellite communication equipment are carried with the team throughout the trip.

As you prepare for your upcoming adventure please feel free to contact our office and speak directly to one of our experienced guides regarding equipment, conditioning, the route, or any other questions you may have about our programs. We are available Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (888) 89-CLIMB or info@rmiguides.com.

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  • Price
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    Deposit
    $1500
    Duration
    19 days
    Difficulty
    Level 2
    Type
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Table of Contents

Day 1

TRAVEL DAY

Depart US. During your flight you will cross the International Date Line, and travel time is approximately three days.

 

Day 2

TRAVEL DAY

 

Day 3

KATHMANDU  •  4,383' | 1,336m

We arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel for some rest and recovery before our evening reception and welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu. (D)

 

Day 4

KATHMANDU   •   4,383' | 1,336m

Situated in a bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal, Kathmandu is the largest city in the country and the cosmopolitan heart of the Himalayan Region. Today is our first chance to explore Kathmandu's rich and diverse culture with a city tour including the Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, and Swayambunath - the Monkey Temple. The rest of the day is spent enjoying the city and local cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B)

 

Day 5

PHAKDING  •  8,700' | 2,652m

In the morning we fly to Lukla, the village where our trek to Cho Oyu Base Camp begins. The airport in Lukla is the Tenzing Norgay Airport, and landing on the STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) runway is an experience in itself. From here on out, there are no more vehicles or roads, just a network of villages connected by footpaths. We start trekking along the river towards the village of Phakding. We spend the night at a small teahouse on the bank of the milky-blue Dudh Kosi river. (B, L, D)

 

Day 6

NAMCHE BAZAAR  •  11,300' | 3,444m

Today we hike to historic Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the high Himalayas and the Sherpa community's central meeting place. Namche is where lowland porters bearing supplies meet the highland Sherpa and Tibetan people who have journeyed over high passes from many miles away to trade food and supplies for their home or village. Namche's busy shops, delicious bakeries, and jovial feel are a welcome sight. (B, L, D)

 

Day 7

NAMCHE BAZAAR  •  11,300' | 3,444m

We build upon our acclimatization by going for a short hike to the village of Khumjung to visit the historic Hillary School. Our hike takes us along the more remote paths between villages, offering glimpses of the peaks higher up the valley, before returning us to Namche for the evening. (B, L, D)

 

Day 8

THAME  •  12,530' | 3,819m

We leave Namche and follow an ancient Tibetan trade route up the Bhote Kosi valley to Thame, passing through several small farming communities along the way. Perched above the high plain where the village lies, are the Thame Monastery and Sunder Peak, both within close range for optional afternoon sightseeing. (B, L, D)

 

Day 9

LUNGDHEN  •  14,330' | 4,368m

We make the gradual ascent to Lungdhen via a remote, open valley that climbs above treeline, yielding glimpses of high, snowy peaks off in the distance. (B, L, D)

 

Day 10

REST DAY LUNGDHEN  •  14,330' | 4,368m

We stay another night in Lungdhen to continue our acclimatization, fuel up with warm food and drink, and rest our legs before the big push up and over Renjo Pass to Gokyo. This quiet community of alpine lodges is the typical launching point for trekkers making an early morning departure for Renjo La. (B, L, D)

 

Day 11

GOKYO  •  15,715' | 4,790m

This will likely be the most strenuous day of the trek, given the challenge of moving through high altitude terrain that may be rocky, snowy, or icy, depending on the conditions. Yet the rewarding views from the top of Renjo La (17,585') easily justify those achy muscles and tired lungs. We pause amid the fluttering prayer flags to capture photos of the Rolwaling Himal, Tibetan border, and Himalayan giants such as Cho Oyu and Everest. Finally we make our way down to the village of Gokyo for a restful afternoon on the shores of Dudh Pokhari, considered a sacred lake to Hindus and Buddhists alike. (B, L, D)

 

Day 12

HIKE TO CHO OYU BASE CAMP (17,060')  •  15,715' | 4,790m

An enjoyable day hike awaits us as we set out from Gokyo to explore the remote region lying just south of the Nepali-Tibetan border. We pass by turquoise lakes, primitive shelters once used by yak herders, and perhaps some rusty remains left behind by mountaineering expeditions of yesteryear. The trail makes a gradual ascent up the glacial moraine, then along a grassy, dried-up riverbed, before hugging the steep cliffs that beckon us towards Gyazumba Tsho, the mystic lake at the base of Cho Oyu's South Face. The views of Everest, Lhotse, Gyachung Kang and Cho Oyu make the outing well worth the extra effort. Return to Gokyo for the night. (B, L, D)

 

Day 13

DHOLE  •  13,255' | 4,040m

Making a casual departure from Gokyo, we descend the Gokyo Valley through Machermo to Dhole to find thicker air and a good night's sleep. The sentinels of Cholatse to the east and Kyajo Ri to the west will tower over us on our descent to lower elevations. (B, L, D)

 

Day 14

KHUMJUNG  •  12,400' | 3,780m

The comfortable trail down to Phortse Thanga traverses a hillside blanketed by aromatic herbs used by the locals as both incense and tea, before zig-zagging its way up to the ridgetop village perched atop Mong La. During our lunch break here, we'll enjoy breathtaking views of Ama Dablam as it towers ominously above us. The afternoon hike to Khumjung takes us though a small rhododendron forest just before reaching the comforts of the lodge. (B, L, D)

 

Day 15

MONJO  •  9,300' | 2,834m

We retrace our steps over the paths that we day hiked on our acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar, to return to Namche once again, then descend the steep switchbacks that bring us to Monjo, the site of the Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate. (B, L, D)

 

Day 16

LUKLA  •  9,350' | 2,850m

Our last day on the trail takes us from Khumjung to Lukla, crossing eleven swaying suspension bridges over the Dudh Kosi and re-entering the fertile valleys of the lower Khumbu. (B, L, D)

 

Day 17

KATHMANDU  •  4,383' | 1,336m

The scenic morning flight back to Kathmandu gives us one last chance to say farewell to the mountains. The afternoon in Kathmandu is open for exploring or simply relaxing. Overnight in Kathmandu (B)

 
 

Day 18

TRAVEL DAY

Depart Kathmandu.

 

Day 19

TRAVEL DAY

Arrive home.

 

 

 

Key: B, L, D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

 

 

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Travel Consultant

RMI has partnered with Erin Rountree to provide comprehensive travel support. We have been working with Erin for many years. As an independent agent of the Travel Society, she has booked countless miles for adventure travelers across the globe and is extremely knowledgeable about the travel needs of our programs. Please call (208) 788-2870 or send email to etravel@cox.net.

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage everyone to purchase travel insurance which can cover trip cancellation, interruption, delay, baggage loss or delay, medical expenses, medical evacuation, and more. Travel insurance offers the best possible protection in the event of a sudden, unexpected illness or injury prior to or while traveling. You can purchase travel insurance at any time prior to the trip departure. Should you need to cancel from a program, Trip Insurance will refund you for any non-refundable cancellations fees when cancelling for a covered reason.

There are several things to note when purchasing trip insurance.

  • Cancellation Insurance is included in the standard Trip Insurance policy if you are injured, or have a medical or family emergency prior to or while traveling. Should you need to cancel your program, Trip Insurance will refund you for any non-refundable cancellations fees when cancelling for a covered reason. Most travel insurance companies provide an option to include coverage that allows you to “Cancel for Any Reason”, but the initial policy must be purchased within 15 days of placing your deposit for the program.
  • In order to cover your trip with RMI Expeditions you may need to include options such as an “Adventure or Sports” upgrade. Not all travel insurance will cover mountaineering, climbing, skiing or trekking adventures. Some will not cover due to gear used (crampons, ice axe), others will not cover above a certain elevation and/or region of the world. Check your policy carefully to make sure your activity is covered.
  • Purchasing Travel insurance is also dependent on your state of residence. If one company doesn’t offer coverage for you because you live in Washington, another company might.

MH RossWe have partnered with MH Ross, a Trip Mate brand, to provide travel insurance for our climbers. MH Ross has created the Assure Adventure Plans to cover travelers participating in climbing, skiing, mountaineering and trekking programs.

MH Ross’s Adventure Plan and Adventure Plus Plan differ only in the coverage option which allows you to “Cancel for Any Reason”. In order to receive “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage you must purchase the Adventure Plan Plus within 15 days of paying your deposit or payment with RMI. We recommend that you carefully read the Plan Document that applies to your purchase.

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Security & Medical Evacuation

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Travel Advisories / Warnings

Please confirm any current travel advisories/warnings as well as passport and visa requirements with the U.S. Department of State.

Getting There

During your flight to Kathmandu (KTM) you will cross the International Date Line. Travel time is approximately three days. If you want to see the mountains as you fly into Kathmandu, make sure you sit on the right-hand side of the plane.

Entry Requirements

A valid passport is required for entering Nepal. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the expected date of return. U.S. passport holders can stay up to 90 days without special visas.

We suggest making a copy of the first two pages of your passport and keeping them in a separate bag as a back up. A copy should also be left with your emergency contact.

Visas

Nepal: All foreigners (except Indian Nationals) require visas, which can be obtained in advance or upon arrival with one passport photo and payment in cash (U.S. Dollars).

Airport Arrival

Upon arrival at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport (KTM), follow signs to the Arrivals Building. Proceed to the visa counter for Visitors without a Visa. The debarkation and visa application forms you need are available both on your incoming flight as well as in the arrivals building. You will need one passport photo for your visa application.

Once you receive your bags from Baggage Claim, you will proceed to Customs. Be sure to keep all your bags together.

Outside the arrivals hall there will be a large group of taxi drivers and agents from many hotels and travel companies. Look for a sign with the name Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. A private vehicle will take us to our hotel.

In-Country Transportation

The provided transportation in Nepal as stated in the itinerary is via authorized taxi or private vehicle.

Immunizations & Travel Medicine

For the most current information on inoculation requirements and recommendations, please refer to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.

Traveler's Health

Travelers may suffer from upset stomachs when in foreign countries. There are some basic rules, however, that can help keep you healthy.

  • Hygiene - It is important that you wash your hands thoroughly before meals and after using the restroom. If water is not available for washing, we recommend using a hand sanitizer.
  • Water - The number one rule is: don't drink the water, and that includes shower water and ice! Brush your teeth with purified water rather than tap water. You should check bottled water for a good seal and use a napkin to wipe dry excess moisture in drinking glasses. Take care with fruit juice, particularly if it has been diluted with water. Carefully clean the tops of bottled beverages before opening.
  • Food - If it is cooked, boiled or can be peeled, you can usually eat it. Salads and fruits should be washed with purified water or peeled where possible. Be wary of ice cream and shellfish. Always avoid any undercooked meat.

Medical Emergencies

Excellent care for minor illnesses and injuries is readily available. In the event of more serious illnesses or injuries, we recommend transport to any of the Level 1 care centers in Kathmandu.

Nepal Country Facts

Nepal is one of the world's richest countries in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and altitudinal variation. The country is roughly 497 miles long and 124 miles wide, with an area of 56,827 square miles. The collision between the Indian subcontinent and the Eurasian continent produced the Himalaya and the Tibetan Plateau. Nepal lies completely within this collision zone, occupying the central sector of the Himalayan arc, nearly one third of the 1,500 mile-long Himalayan Mountains.

The first civilizations in Nepal, which flourished around the 6th century B.C., were confined to the fertile Kathmandu Valley where the present-day capital is located. It was in this region that Prince Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, was born c. 563 B.C.

Nepali rulers' early patronage of Buddhism largely gave way to Hinduism, reflecting the increased influence of India, around the 12th century. Nepal is now primarily a Hindu country, with more than 80% of the population adhering to that faith.

Until the Kingdom of Nepal became the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in May 2008, it had been ruled in relative isolation by monarchs or a ruling family for most of its modern history. Nepal is now home to nearly 29,000,000 people. The population is primarily rural. Kathmandu, the largest city, has less than 1 million inhabitants.

Weather

Nepal’s lowlands have two seasons: the dry season and the monsoon. The higher mountains have a cold winter as well. The dry season runs from October to May and the wet (monsoon) season from June to September. Spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) ring nearly perfect weather and are definitely the best times for trekking and climbing.

Cultural Etiquette

Although it is not expected that we dress formally, we should dress modestly. Casual and comfortable clothing is suggested along with comfortable shoes. Except at swimming areas, it is generally considered offensive for a man to take off his shirt in public and, equally, women should be conservatively covered.

"Namaste" is perhaps the most important phrase you should learn when visiting Nepal. It is a greeting that means "salutations to you" or "I bless the divine in you." It is said while at the same time pressing your two hands together in front of you as if in Christian prayer.

When eating, you should only use your right hand. This practice extends to passing food containers and plates with your right hand only.

Nepal has a huge population of beggars. Some are professionals. Others are genuine. The number of street children in Kathmandu can be heartbreaking. Giving money or sealed food to them, however, is also not recommended. To keep from being hassled, a polite but firm "No” is generally sufficient.

A person’s head is considered the most revered/spiritual part of the body and therefore it is important that you do not make any kind of physical contact with it. This means that it is unacceptable for you to pat a child on the head.

Nepal is very photogenic and the photos you take will be priceless. Ask for permission before photographing individuals, particularly indigenous people. Many of the locals are used to posing for photographs. If in doubt, either ask or refrain. Don't photograph any government or military property or persons; this includes the airport.

Electricity

Electricity in Kathmandu normally comes as 220 Volts/50 cycles. It is advisable to carry voltage converters and plug adaptors with you while traveling. Voltage converters and plug adaptors are easily accessible at shopping malls in the cities of Nepal and the U.S. Most teahouses and lodges will charge your electronics for a small fee.

Money

The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). In Nepal you are almost always required to pay for goods or services with the Nepalese Rupee. It is recommended that you change only as much money as you think you may spend as local currencies cannot be removed from the country or reconverted easily. Check a financial newspaper or www.xe.com for the current exchange rate prior to departure.

We suggest bringing $800 - $1,000 total for personal spending money and the Mountain Staff Tip Pool. 

American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in tourist shops, hotels, restaurants and agencies in Kathmandu. You will find a large number of ATMs in Kathmandu and using ATMs is the common method of obtaining cash. Plan on bringing cash for any purchases you will make while on the trek. While a few teahouses and bakeries in the Khumbu do accept credit cards, they charge a very high commission.

Everyone has a preferred way to carry money. Some use money belts, others have hidden pockets. Whatever you do, be aware of pickpockets and thieves in any area which caters to tourists.

Tipping

Everyone approaches tipping a little differently. Whether or not a person tips, and how much is completely dependent on the individual, but here are some suggested tipping guidelines for your trip.

Local waiters, drivers, and other service personnel expect to be tipped. Ten to fifteen percent is standard. Restaurants and hotels add a 10% service fee to all bills in which case no further tip is required. Elsewhere it is not customary to tip, but gratuities are always appreciated.

Mountain Staff Tip Pool: We recommend that each trekker contribute $200 to the Tip Pool. This is collected at the beginning of the trip and will cover tips for our support staff while trekking the Khumbu. Teahouse staff, and porters will all receive a tip from the group.

RMI Guides: Our guides work hard to ensure your well being and success on the mountain. If you have a positive experience, gratuities are an excellent way to show your appreciation. Amounts are at your discretion and should be based on your level of enjoyment. Tips for excellent service normally average 10 – 15% of the cost of the program.

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Qualifications

This trip is open to all individuals in excellent physical condition and is a great first trip to altitudes above 15,000'. No previous mountaineering experience is required.

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Fitness for Trekking

 

Trekking requires a high degree of physical stamina and mental toughness. Even for the healthiest and fittest individuals, this qualifies as an extremely challenging endeavor.

  • Start immediately. Start a rigorous fitness and training program now with the goal of arriving in top physical condition and confident in your skills.
  • Be intentional. Focus on gaining the necessary strength, stamina and skills to meet the physical demands of the trek.
  • Be sport-specific. The best fitness and training program mimics the physical and technical demands of your trekking objective. The closer you get to your program date, the more your training should resemble the climbing.

For this program, you are preparing for:

  • Hiking/trekking/climbing with a 15-20 lb load
  • The Gokyo trek climbs through lowland forest and you should expect to spend at least some time travelling in the rain.
  • Trekking requires core strength and flexibility

Nothing ensures a personally successful adventure like your level of fitness and training. Bottom line: Plan on being in the best shape of your life and ready for a very challenging adventure!

Please refer to our Resources for Mountaineering Fitness and Training for detailed fitness and training information.

 

Acclimatization

The key to climbing high is proper acclimatization. Our program follows a calculated ascent profile which allows time for your body to adjust to the altitude.

Excellent physical conditioning significantly increases your ability to acclimatize as you ascend. Climbers in excellent physical condition simply have more energy to commit to the acclimatization process throughout the days and nights of the ascent, allowing their bodies to adjust to the altitude more easily.

Finally, physical performance and acclimatization are also related to how well you have taken care of yourself throughout the hours, days and weeks prior to summit day. Arriving healthy and well-rested, maintaining proper hydration and caloric intake, and protecting against unnecessary heat loss (staying warm) are all key factors in an individual’s success on an expedition such as this.

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What You’ll Need

The following is a list of required equipment. We may encounter a variety of weather conditions throughout our climb, including rain, wind, snow, sleet and extreme heat. Skimping on equipment can jeopardize your safety and success, so we want you to think carefully about any changes or substitutions you are considering. If you have questions regarding the equipment needed for your upcoming climb, give us a call and speak directly to one of our experienced guides.

Most of the required equipment is available for rent or purchase from our affiliate Whittaker Mountaineering. RMI climbers receive a 10% discount on new clothing and equipment items ordered from Whittaker Mountaineering when they use code RMI2017 at checkout. This offer excludes sale items.

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Equipment List

    • SLEEPING PAD

      Not required for this trip.  Climbers' hut(s) are equipped with pads.

    • GLACIER GLASSES

      You will need protective sunglasses, either dark-lensed with side shields or full wrap-around frames. Almost all sunglasses block UV-A, UV-B and infrared rays adequately. Pay attention to the visible light transmission. The darkest lenses (glacier glasses) only allow approx. 6% visible light to get through, while lighter lenses (driving glasses) let in as much as 20+ %. A good rule of thumb is that if you can see the wearer’s pupils through the lenses, they are too light for sun protection at altitude.

    • CONTACT LENSES/ EYEGLASSES

      Spare prescription glasses if you wear contact lenses/eyeglasses.

    • Each glove layer is worn separately as conditions change during the climb.

    • We recommend a minimum of five upper body layers, all of which can be used in conjunction with each other. Two of these should be insulating layers, one light and one medium, that fit well together. Today there are many different layering systems to choose from, including fleece, soft-shell, down and synthetic options.

    • INSULATED PARKA with HOOD

      This expedition-style heavy parka should extend below the waist and must have an insulated hood. While the parka is worn primarily at rest breaks on summit day, it serves as an emergency garment if needed. We recommend down rather than synthetic fill as down weighs less. The parka does not have to be waterproof, though that is a nice feature.

    • We recommend a system of four layers, all of which can be used in conjunction with each other. Products which combine several layers into one garment, such as traditional ski pants, don’t work well as they don’t offer the versatility of a layering system.

    • LIGHT WEIGHT TREKKING PANT

      A lightweight, synthetic pair of pants is a good option for the approach trek when hiking at lower altitudes and in warm conditions. These pants have no insulation, are typically made of thin nylon, and commonly feature zippers to convert between pants and shorts.

    • CASUAL CAMP PANT

      A pair of jeans or cotton pants. Great for wearing around camp or teahouses.

    • SUNSCREEN

      We recommend small tubes of SPF 15 or higher, which can be carried in pockets for easy access and to prevent freezing.

    • MEALS

      See the Food tab for suggestions and quantities.

    • 2 - 3 WATER BOTTLES

      Hard-sided, screw-top, one-liter water bottles with wide mouths are required. Plastics made with high post-consumer recycled content and BPA-Free are recommended.

    • AQUAMIRA WATER TREATMENT DROPS

      Chlorine Dioxide water purification drops. We do not recommend the tablets.

    • 2 - 3 GARBAGE BAGS (LARGE)

      We recommend lining your day pack and duffel bag with garbage bags to keep items completely dry.

    • LUGGAGE LOCKS

      For your duffel bags. Must be TSA approved.

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    • QUICK DRY TRAVEL TOWEL

      For showers at the teahouses.

    • SHORTS
    • CASUAL PANTS
    • SHIRTS

      For hotel dinners and while traveling.

    • SWEATER / SWEATSHIRT
    • SUNGLASSES
    • SWIMSUIT
    • TOOTHBRUSH
    • TOOTHPASTE
    • TOILET PAPER
    • PEE BOTTLE & PEE FUNNEL (FOR WOMEN)

      Pee bottle should be 1 to 1 1/2 quart size.

    • TRAVEL SIZE SOAP AND SHAMPOO
    • BAND-AIDS
    • ASPRIN / IBUPROFEN / TYLENOL
    • ANTACIDS
    • IMODIUM (ANTI-DIARRHEA)
    • 50 COUNT PEPTO-BISMOL (STOMACH RELIEF)
    • SMALL ROLL OF ADHESIVE TAPE
    • ANTIBIOTICS

      Broad spectrum antibiotics for Traveler's Diarrhea.

    • ANTIBIOTICS

      Antibiotics for upper respiratory infection.

    • TYLENOL #3

      Tylenol 3 for pain

    • ACETAZOLAMIDE

      For Altitude Illness

    • CLEANSING FACE WIPES
    • TRAVEL SIZE MOISTURIZERS
    • WATERLESS SHAMPOO
    • BABY POWDER
    • READING MATERIAL / JOURNAL
    • iPOD
    • PASSPORT

      Valid for six months beyond your return date.

    • COPY OF PASSPORT

      The first two pages of your passport.

    • COPY OF FLIGHT ITINERARY
    • 4 EXTRA PASSPORT PHOTOS
    • Purchase travel insurance.

    • Purchase airplane tickets.

    • Reserve rental equipment.

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Provided Equipment

RMI provides the following equipment for your program: group and personal tents, stoves, group cooking equipment, fuel, radios for on-mountain communication, and comprehensive first aid and repair kits.

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Meals

On the Gokyo Trek you recommend you bring 2 - 3 lb of your favorite snacks to supplement the provided meals.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals on the mountain are included as indicated in our Trip Itinerary. With the exception of hotel breakfasts, most restaurant meals are on your own. You are responsible for your own bottled water and drinks.

MOUNTAIN SNACKS

Mountain snacks are eaten during short breaks throughout the day. We continually snack to keep our energy levels up while we climb - lunch begins just after breakfast and ends just before dinner! Avoid packing any items that require preparation or hot water.

The importance of having foods that are genuinely enjoyed cannot be overstated. Eating properly is the key to maintaining strength while in the mountains. In order to combat the loss of appetite at altitude we aim to have a variety of foods that stimulate the whole palate, from sweet to sour to salty.

Recommended mountain snack items: dry salami, smoked salmon, jerky (turkey, beef, fish), small cans of tuna fish, individually wrapped cheeses such as Laughing Cow or Baby Bell, crackers, bagels, candy bars, hard candies (Jolly Ranchers, toffees, Life Savers), gummy bears, sour candies (Sweet Tarts), cookies, dried fruit, nuts, energy bars, GORP mixes, and drink mixes (Gatorade/Kool-Aid). 

BREAKFAST

Breakfast during the trek consists of typical breakfast items. Eggs, toast, hash browns, corn flakes, muesli, oatmeal, pancakes and the local specialties of chapatti and Tibetan bread are all common menu items. Breakfast meats like sausage are also sometimes found. Breakfast is accompanied by juice, coffee, tea, cocoa and other hot drinks.

LUNCH AND DINNER

Lunch and dinner options in the teahouses include a variety of choices. Soups (commonly tomato, vegetable, noodle, or hearty "sherpa stew") and momos (Nepali dumplings) are excellent starters. Main courses like chicken and yak dishes, pastas, pizzas, and even fries are served alongside vegetable fried rice or noodles and Nepali specialties such as dal bhat (rice and lentils). Be sure to save room for a dessert such as apple pie, chocolate cake, or "snickers pie!" Soft drinks, beer, and wine are also widely available, although they are priced at a premium the higher you trek.

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Payments

Deposit Payments: A deposit payment of $1,500 per person secures your reservation. Deposit payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, e-check, check, or wire transfer.

Balance Payments: The balance payment is due 90 days prior to the start of your program, and we will send a payment reminder approximately three weeks before your payment is due. If your balance payment is not received within 90 days of the program, your reservation will be cancelled and all fees forfeited. Trips departing within 90 days from the reservation date must be paid in full at the time of reservation. Please note that balance payments may be made via check, e-check or wire transfer only.

Cancellation

Once we receive written notification that you are canceling an individual participant or your entire reservation the following fees will apply:

  • A fee of $1,000 per person will be charged for cancellations made more than 90 days before departure.
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 90 days before your program.

Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.

Cancellation Insurance: We strongly suggest that everyone purchase travel insurance. Please see our Travel Page for details.

Land Cost

INCLUDED

  • Transportation to and from the airport in Kathmandu
  • Two nights at hotel in Kathmandu at beginning of trek, includes breakfast and is based on double occupancy*
  • One night at hotel in Kathmandu after returning from trek, includes breakfast and is based on double occupancy*
  • Welcome dinner
  • Round-trip flight to Lukla
  • All lodging while trekking
  • All group trekking supplies such as tents, stoves, etc.
  • All meals while trekking
  • Park fees and permit fees
  • Porters

NOT INCLUDED

  • International round-trip air fare and travel expenses to/from Kathmandu
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Any additional hotel nights in Kathmandu not included above
  • Recommended insurance policies (medical, evacuation, trip cancellation, etc.)
  • Personal gear
  • Excess baggage fees
  • International airport departure taxes and Nepal entry visas
  • Customary guide gratuities
  • Mountain Staff Tip Pool (we suggest $200 per person)
  • Satellite telephone, air charges and internet use
  • Personal expenses, room charges and beverages

* Accommodations are based on double occupancy.  A Single Supplement Fee will be charged to those occupying single accommodations by choice or circumstance. The single supplement is not available in huts, tents, or in all hotels.

Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. reserves the right to modify the land cost of a trip at any time before departure.

Risk Management

Managing risk is RMI's number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in mountaineering such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them.

Please clearly understand that mountaineering is inherently a hazardous sport. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of mountaineering, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in this activity.

Trekker's Responsibilities

Mountaineering is both an individual challenge and a team endeavor. Some of the responsibility for the team is carried by the individual climbers. For this reason, we ask that each participant:

  • is physically and mentally fit, properly attired and equipped, and continues to self assess throughout the program to ensure as safe a climb as possible. If a climber’s own physical fitness limits his or her ability to safely continue upward, that can have a negative impact on the summit experience or opportunity of other climb participants.
  • honestly and accurately describe themselves, in terms of fitness, health and skills, and their equipment to their guides, and that they adhere to the advice of their professional mountain guide.

Age-Appropriate Guidelines & Restrictions

RMI adheres to the following age-appropriate guidelines and restrictions on all climbing programs, domestic and international.

  • Ages 15 & under: No participants age 15 & under
  • Ages 16 & 17: Accompanied by parent or legal guardian
  • Ages 18 & above: No restrictions 

An individual’s birthday must precede the departure date of the program. For example: a 15 year old who turns 16 on July 1 may participate on a program beginning July 2.

Accompaniment by parent or legal guardian is required for the program or climb.

Under-aged participants on Private Climb programs are assessed on an individual basis.

General Policies

Any Participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied on the trip by a parent or legal guardian and both the Participant and parent or legal guardian must sign all forms.

RMI's program schedule and itineraries are subject to change or adjustment based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, currency fluctuations, changes in outfitting costs, government instability, and many other factors. RMI has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including but not limited to increases in program fees, changes to program schedule or itinerary, and changes to guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program.

We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather or route conditions. In such a case, a full refund is given; however, RMI cannot be responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).

If the Participant decides to leave a trip at any time after the start of the trip and prior to its conclusion, he or she will not be entitled to a refund.

RMI reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a trip or to send the Participant to a lower altitude at any time if RMI determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for or capable of participating in the program.

The Participant understands and agrees that RMI assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with any travel and hospitality service provided to the Participant by others in connection with the trip, including but not limited to the services provided by airlines, hotels, and motor vehicle operators, and that RMI is not responsible for any act, error, omission, or any injury, loss, accident, delay, irregularity, or danger by a supplier of travel or hospitality services to the Participant in connection with the RMI program.

RMI recommends and strongly advises that the Participant have or purchase personal life, medical, accident, travel, baggage, trip cancellation, and other insurance that may pertain to participation in the program. The Participant understands that RMI provides no such insurance coverage in connection with the trip.

 

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