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Overview

If you have a few extra days to spare, the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes trek is a stunning trek to be considered. This longer more adventurous version of the classic MountEverest Base Camp Trek will take you on a, particularly scenic side trip highlighting the region, eventuating past the emerald Gokyo Lakes, at Gokyo Ri (5,360 m) affording you spectacular lake and glacier views.

From Gokyo, you can rejoin the main EBC trail by crossing the Cho La (5,420 m) to Gorak Shep, which was the base camp for the 1952 Swiss expedition to Mount Everest. Early next morning you can ascend Kala Pattar (5,545 m)which will give you the most stunning views of Everest. Everest Base Camp (5,540 m) is just a 6 hour round trip from Gorak Shep and this route will absolutely guarantee unspoiled mountain scenery.

Our carefully prepared itinerary reflects our proven track record permitting ample time for safe acclimatization, the key to any successful trek in the Everest region. Our trip begins and ends in colorful Kathmandu, where you will take an exciting flight to/from Lukla then ascend to the vast glaciers of the Everest Himalayas.

Accommodation along the way is in teahouses and meals are ‘a la carte,’ allowing you the flexibility to eat what you want. Our guides are trained and licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association and they are qualified to ensure your trip to Nepal will enable you to immerse yourself in the magnificent, awe-inspiring, most grandiose scenery the planet has to offer. You will be introduced to a variety of traditions and cultural activities along with your journey.

Go For Nepal Treks is excited to organize this trip for you, an opportunity of a lifetime.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Everest Base Camp with Gokyo trekking and while you are under our care. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,820 m) and walk to Phakding (2,640 m), 4 hrs.

    Morning depart from the hotel for fabulous Everest Base Camp with Gokyo trekking, taking a short scenic flight of 30 mins with sweeping panorama of high peaks including Mt. Everest, as the small aircraft lands at Lukla of above 2,820 m high, from here walk towards Phakding on gradual downhill trail with short ups with views of Kwangde and Kusum-Kanguru peaks as the walk leads through Choplung and Ghat Sherpa villages to reach our overnight stop at Phakding. Phakding village, located above Dudh Kosi River here with time for a short hike around this lovely village to witness Sherpa cultures with an overnight halt in a nice cozy lodge.

  3. Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 5 hrs walks.

    After a pleasant night stop with the sound of river, morning walk leads following the Dudh Kosi River upstream and crossing suspension bridges to reach at Monjo village with grand views of Kwangde and Thamserku peaks, from here into Sagarmatha National park (Sagarmatha Nepalese name for Mt. Everest, while Sherpa calls Chomolungma in both languages means 'Great Mother'). Walk proceed towards Jorsalle village and into river valley covered within rhododendron-pines-oaks and fir trees as the route leads uphill for few hours to reach famous Namche Bazaar, where colorful and busy Saturday market is held weekly.

  4. Day 04: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.

    An important rest day for proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, at Namche one can take a short walk to Everest View Hotel of few hours walk uphill or visit the park museum located on top of Namche Bazaar offers grand views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Amadablam and other series of snowcapped peaks. Visit its interesting museum full of information regarding Sherpa people, culture with flora/fauna and as well of mountaineering history, rest of the afternoon free at leisure with views of mountains.

  5. Day 05: Trek to Dole (4,200 m), 6 hrs.

    With marvelous overnight stop and rest day at Namche Bazaar, morning a short steep climb and then on a pleasant winding trail into alpine woodland with super views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse-Amadablam with other smaller peaks, as the walk continues heading uphill to Mong danda, a small place on a ridge top facing magnificent views of peaks. From here downhill to Dudh Kosi River near Phunki Thanka for lunch within the shade of tall alpine woodland, and the continue walk for another few hours with a climb into serene alpine forest filled with rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines-juniper and fir tree lines with constant view of peaks, finally walk ends on a small place at Dole for overnight stop.

  6. Day 06: Trek to Machherma (4,470 m), 4 hrs.

    From Dole morning walk starts with a climb as the rhododendron forest declines for smaller rhododendron and juniper bushes, where walk proceeds to higher altitude, as the route leads on a high ridge and then on level path for an hour reaching Lhabarma Kharka and Luza at 4,390m; as the walk continues skirting a ridge line with super views of Cho-Oyu world 6th highest peak at 8,201 m high, from here descend to Machherma a small settlement with few good lodges, at Machherma for lunch and overnight stop with ample time for short walks or just relax and enjoy the views.

  7. Day 07: Trek to Gokyo Lake (4,790 m), 4 hrs.

    After Machherma with touch of altitude, today another short walk to reach Gokyo Lake as our morning walk leads on nice gradual path to Pangka, a small flat area and then descend to follow a glacial river one of the tributaries of Dudh Kosi, the source flows from Ngozumba Glacier with Mt. Cho-Oyu and adjoining peaks. Our morning walk leads to a climb encountering Gokyo first lake and then past second lakes to reach towards the third lake known as Dudh Pokhari, popularly known as Gokyo Lake, around Gokyo in early days was a yak herders summer settlement in the shade of Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflecting on its emerald colored Gokyo Lake. On reaching Gokyo, transfer into a nice and cozy lodge for an overnight stop with lunch above the lake overlooking superb views of surrounding landscapes and mountains.

  8. Day 08: At Gokyo hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m), afternoon free to relax and enjoy the views.

    Early morning hike up to Gokyo Ri to catch the stunning sunrise views over chain of world highest mountains, as the route climbs steeply offering grand views finally after two hours of hard walk reaching the top of Gokyo Ri at 5,357 m high commanding glorious panorama from Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Makalu with Mt. Cho-Oyu includes series of peaks and of Gokyo lake with Ngozumba Glacier down below. After grand marvelous time and worth the tough climb, descend back to Gokyo for breakfast and lunch with an afternoon free to relax. (for interested and energetic people can take a day hike up Gokyo 5th lake near Cho-Oyu base camp taking more than 6 hours both ways)

  9. Day 09: A leisure morning at Gokyo and walk to Thaknak (4,750 m), 4hrs.

    For those who missed the hike to Gokyo Ri previous morning, with an opportunity to climb up to the viewpoint, morning at leisure and after breakfast and lunch walk to Thaknak a small settlement with just a few simple lodges beneath Tsho (Cho-La) pass.

  10. Day 10: Cross Cho-la Pass (5,367 m) to Dzongla (4,830 m), 7 hrs.

    Starting our adventure early morning as the walk climb steeply over scree and rocks for few hours with rest in between to catch your breath and to enjoy the surrounding marvelous views, finally climbing up to the top of Cho-La often spelled as Tsho-La, festooned with Buddhist prayer flags offering views of Nirekha-Cholatse and Lobuche peaks. After a small stop enjoying the scenery descend towards another side of Cho-la pass towards Everest base camp with overnight in a small peaceful spot at Dzong-la after tough walk and climb of the day.

  11. Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4,930 m), 5 hrs.

    Morning overlooking superb views of high snowcapped peaks with Amadablam North Face, as our adventure begins heading uphill for an hour to a ridge and then on gradual up with stunning views as the walk leads above Thugla, where Khumbu glacier melts into a raging icy river. After a pleasant, stop another hour of high altitude walk brings you at Lobuche with 10-12 good lodges to stay facing Nuptse and Lobuche peaks.

  12. Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m), return to Gorakshep (5,180 m), 6 hrs.

    Today a big marvelous day with an adventure towards our main goal and highlight of the trip reaching at the foot of world number Mt. Everest at base camp, morning walk leads on a gradual uphill slope with a short steep climb near Glass Pyramid, optional sidewalks to visit at this glass pyramid a metrological station and a lab, established by Italy and Nepal government to track and read the Himalayan weather and the flow of the glacier. From here few hour of good walk over moraine and glacier brings you at Gorakshep located on route Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar hilltop, Gorakshep with 3-4 nice lodges for overnight stops, from here our walk leads further east over glacier and moraine then reaching at Everest base camp of above 5,364 m high with sweeping views of Khumbu Ice Fall and glacier. During peak expedition season this place is flooded with climbers-guides and porters with many tents pitched above the glacier. After feeling high with an adventure of a lifetime experience head back to Gorakshep for an overnight stop before heading back to Lukla.

  13. Day 13: Hike to Kalapathar (5,545 m), trek to Pheriche (4,240 m), 5 hrs.

    Early morning optional walk up to the top of Kalapathar, the highest spot of the adventure at above 5,545 m high offering breathtaking panorama of mountains with Mt. Everest at close distance, after a vigorous climb descend to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue trek on the same path till Thugla. From here our route diverts towards Pheriche windy valley on near level ground with fabulous views during the walk all the way to Pheriche for the overnight stop. Pheriche with many good fine lodges here you can visit HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) office with a small medical post.

  14. Day 14: Trek to Kyanjima (3,630 m), near Namche & Khumjung via Thyangboche, 6 hrs walks.

    From here onward on long descend with few climbs as the trail leads towards Pangboche village and then to the bridge, after the bridge back into greens and tree lines as the route climbs up to Thyangboche Monastery, with downhill walk to Phunki Tenga on crossing a wooden bridge climb uphill to Lobesa and Sanasa small villages with gradual winding path to Kyanjinma. A beautiful spot with few lodges facing Everest-Amadablam and Thamserku peaks, here the chance of spotting some wildlife like Thar, Musk deer and the colorful Danphe (Impeyan pheasant and the national bird of Nepal).

  15. Day 15: Trek to Monjo (2,880 m), 6 hrs.

    After a wonderful time at this scenic quiet spot within serene alpine woodland walk descends towards with pleasant and scenic walk towards Namche Bazaar, here having a short rest and then continue to walk downhill towards Monjo for the overnight stop.

  16. Day 16: Trek to Lukla, 4 hrs.

    Our fabulous Everest Base Camp treks concludes with a walk back to Lukla, as the trail leads on the same route following gentle path past Phakding and Ghat villages with a climb to reach Lukla, where you can enjoy the afternoon relaxing and celebrate with staff-guides-porters and fellow member on this last night around high Khumbu within Everest areas.

  17. Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

    Early morning transfer to Lukla airport known as Tenzing & Hillary airport with its unique airstrip, sometimes the flight can delay due to bad weather, as the flight arrives from Kathmandu board on the smaller Twin-Otter or Dornier airplane where a scenic flight brings you at hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life.

  18. Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.

    We have reserved as contingency and a free day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Lukla due to unpredictable bad weather conditions, on this day you can book for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu as the valley, filled with most of the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.

  19. Day 19: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to a respective destination with a wonderful experience on Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Trekking.

What's included !

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three or four star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek
  • Licensed English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

What's not included !

  • Air travel to/from Nepal,
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu,
  • Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature,
  • Personal clothing, insurance against accidental, medical and emergency rescue evacuations,
  • Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Emergency helicopter rescue evacuation arrangements will be covered by travel insurance.

FAQs

The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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