The Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Gokyo Extension Trek.
You can view the Gokyo Extension trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the link below:
Gokyo Extension 2020 Trip Notes
The Gokyo Extension option runs on demand and we can take a maximum of 12 trekkers and a minimum of 1.
We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available.
Head Office Support Team
Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.
Hayley Furze, Client Liaison
Hayley joins the AC team with a wealth of experience working in the tourism and hospitality industry along with a love of travel. She works as Client Liaison on a number of our European and international ascents, treks and expeditions.
Trek team members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the trek leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.
Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.
Preparing for Your Trek
Although the Gokyo Extension is not technically difficult, you must train prior to departure to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. While the trek is achievable you need to be prepared to hike for several hours each day on hilly terrain, with the highest pass being a crossing of the Cho La (5,420m/17,780ft).
Training should include regular walking on hills, in combination with swimming, light running or biking and gym work to develop strength. For more information read our AC Blog article 'Fit to Trek', visit our Fitness Training Programs page, or check out our associated Training Peaks Uphill Athlete 12 Week Everest Base Camp Training Program.
What You Carry
You have the luxury of porter support during the trek. Each day you will carry your daypack containing; rain jacket, fleece, sun block, water, snacks, trekking poles, small personal first aid kit, warm hat and gloves, camera and a few extra personal items.
There is the issue of altitude you have to contend with and sufficient time for acclimatisation is incorporated into our trekking itinerary. We have included rest days at the appropriate elevations to allow our bodies to adjust to the thin air and we carry sufficient medication to deal with most altitude related problems. Experience has shown us that good hydration, rest days at significant elevations and good base fitness help avoid any significant problems during this trek.
Nonetheless, everyone will feel the effects of the high altitude. For those who have not been to altitude, this can be a concern pre-trip. Please do not worry as your guides are trained to assist you through your acclimatisation programme.
Symptoms you should expect to feel include mild headaches, similar to the sensation of wearing tight sunglasses for too long. These ‘pressure’ headaches, as they are known, are usually relieved by Panadol, Ibuprofen, Excedrin, Tylenol or similar. Sometimes they can be completely avoided or relieved by drinking more water, rest and pressure breathing (blowing out through pursed lips). Being ready to relax, read a book, or take a ‘cat nap’ after each days trek, or on rest days is vital to allow your body to adjust. People who can’t sit still, drink excessive alcohol, or rush around usually adjust slower than others.
The feeling when you get to a new altitude has been compared to having a mild hangover. It is important to remember to walk slowly and efficiently and don’t try to keep up with any locals!
Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.
During this trek we will be dining in various lodges, with lunch either taken along the trail or later upon arrival at the day's destination.
Accommodation and dining during the trek will be in lodges, where we will be accommodated in dormitories or twin rooms. Mattresses are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. Each lodge has a large lounge and dining area where trek members can congregate to share meals, socialise or simply relax by the fireplace. Some even have showers, power (for charging batteries), internet and laundry services available for a small fee.
Clothing & Equipment
Trek members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided.