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Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek

16 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
Min 1+
Land & Flight
Best Season
2-3 Star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu. Lodge(Tea house) and Camping during the trek
3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Starts at/ Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Trip Route



Everest-Gokyo Trek offers an alternative route to exploring both Khumbu Valley and Gokyo Lake. The journey begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the starting point of the trek. 
From Lukla, we will walk along the Bhote Koshi River towards Namche Bazaar. Along the way we will pass through forests and typical Sherpa villages. Namche Bazaar is the capital of Sherpa community. Here you will be able to spend some days acclimatizing with the altitude and observing Sherpa culture and lifestyles. You can visit the Khumjung School in Khumbu Valley, founded by Sir Edmund Hillary and hike up to Syanboche airport. 
Our next stop will be at Tengboche Monastery, perhaps the biggest monastery on this side of the Himalaya. From here you will be able to glimpse the best views of Ama Dablam and other mountains. 
Our journey further takes us to Kalapathhar (5643m), a 2 hour arduous walk to the top from Gorakshep. Kalapathar is the best vantage point to see Everest up close and personal along with other mountains. 
You will then cross the Cho La Pass (5430), one of the highest passes, and descend to Gokyo Lake. Gokyo Lake (5000m) is a treasure of the Himalayas, one of the highest lakes in the Himalayas. You will traverse your way back to Lukla for your return flight to Kathmandu. 
Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition has been organizing treks in Everest region since 1990. We can customize and personalize the program as per our clients’ interests, budget and timeframe.

Trip Itinerary

After early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the domestic airport terminal. Receive your boarding pass and fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) that takes about 35 minutes. The flight offers you up close views of the Himalayas and romantic landscapes of hills, farms and rivers. 

On arrival to Lukla, you will begin 3 hours trek to Phakding (2640 m.). You start your trek from Lukla with a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Mt. Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in the distance is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a wonderful valley to your right; and Mt. Kusum Kang (6367m.) to the far end. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) takes approximately five hours. Namche Bazaar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi. Stay overnight at lodge.

A day for rest at Namche Bazaar (3440m.) for acclimatization. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For acclimatization you walk up to Khumjung where you can visit a monastery. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawoche, and Kwangde and so on. Or you can take an hour's walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for an outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) takes about five hours. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m). Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes approximately five hours. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight at lodge.

Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization. There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The walk is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon. You have another option as you can hike up to Chhukum. From here you can enjoy the panoramic view of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m.) takes about five and half hours. The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes until you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail follows a downward path to Pheriche village. Today's walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5486m.) via Gorakshep (5180m.) and back to Gorakshep takes about seven hours. Trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below of the Khumbu glacier. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. Now the trail winds through a rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbu Tse appears at the front of you. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Dzongla (4620m.) takes about six hours. While trekking from Gorakshep the route descends gently up to Lobuche. Now, the narrow path stretches at a flat level along the riverbed for some distance and the route suddenly goes upward to Dzongla. It gives you excellent views of Lobuche, Lobuche west, Chola Tse and Tabuche. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Dzongla to Thagna (4650m.) takes about five and half hours. The early part of the trek goes through flat stone path for an hour passing through an arid valley. Now, you head towards steeply ascent path as you reach Chola glacier. You walk for half an hour along the icy trails. After you reach Chola pass the route moves down through a stony path until you reach Phedi. Those who go for a camping trek camp around here and enjoy their lunch. The path goes up and down for some distance and you arrive at a ridge. From here you climb down up to Thagna. It is a small village with few lodges and tea shops. You can catch a glimpse of Machermo peak and some others. People here mostly grow potato, buck wheat, wheat and some green vegetables. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Thagna to Gokyo (4750m.) which takes about four hours. To reach Gokyo your trails move along the glacier route until you reach the first lake. The trek is easier over flat path following Dudh Koshi stream up to Gokyo. It is a windy valley and situated near the third lake. At Gokyo you are stunned by the natural beauty of Dudh Pokhari Lake. Stay overnight at lodge.

Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can make a side trip to the Fifth Lake via Fourth Lake.  Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and then trek back to Machermo (4150m.) via. Gokyo village takes about four and half hours.

Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. After lunch it is a short walk to the village of Machermo. Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Machermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) takes about five hours. The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Phortse Tenga (3650m.) passing through rhododendron forests. Then, the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following small up and down trail to your next destination. Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) takes about six hours. The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu takes about 35 minutes.

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    • All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private car
    • Trekking guide/s
    • Porter/s (1 porter for each 2 participants to carry 25 kilograms of luggage)
    • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including fresh fruits, 3 times tea/coffee every day and drinking water
    • Accommodation in lodges (Tea house) during the trek
    • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking sticks if required
    • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
    • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
    • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
    • Insurance and equipments for the trekking staffs
    • First aid kit
    • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.)
    • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
    • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

Doesn't Include

    • Personal nature expenses
    • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips
    • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

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