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Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Trek

Duration
16 days
Max. Elevation
5545m
Group size
Min 1+
Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Land & Flight
Best Season
Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
Accomodation
2-3 Star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu. Lodge(Tea house) and Camping during the trek
Meals
3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Starts at/ Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Trip Route

Highlights

Overview

Gokyo Everest Trek takes you to the world famous Everest region. The trek offers you a rare experience of knowing Sherpa culture, traversing highest passes, and catching spectacular glimpses world’s highest mountains including Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6812m) among others. 
 
This trek gives you the grand tour of the famous Khumbu valley. This is a strenuous trek leading to Gokyo Lake and over the Cho La at 5,430m making a circuit of Tawache (6,367m.) and Cholatse (6,440m). Emerging into the Khumbu valley above Lobuje, the trail continues up to Kalapatthar and then back to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche Bazaar.
 
The small herding settlement of Gokyo (4750m) lies on the banks of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes. From the ridge above Gokyo, you can see the four peaks above 8000m, namely Cho You, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. In addition to this you can also see the amzing ice ridge between Cho You and Gyachung (7922m), considered one of the most dramatic panoramas in the Khumbu region. There are many options for additional exploration and high-altitude walking, including the crossing of Cho La, a 5420m-high pass into Khumbu and a hike to Gokyo Ri.
 
Breathtaking mountain vistas are complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries offering you an insight into the quiet but culturally vibrant Sherpa way of life.
 
The best seasons to do Gokyo Everest Trek is either during Spring  (March, April , May) or Autumn (September, October, November).

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 Khumjung 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 Dole (4040m.) via Khumjung, takes about six hours. From Namche the route heads up all the way to Khumjung, a picturesque village which also has its own Gompa at the top end of town. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then trail ascends up to Mongla (4000m). From here, you can see panoramic views of various mountains. You trek steeply descending the pass through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. You can enjoy a delicious meal at Phortse Tenga (3650m).

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Dole to Machermo (4150m) takes about five hours. From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. Ahead of you presents majestic views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kangtega and Thamserku. This is a short day and you will arrive at Machermo in time for lunch.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Machermo to Gokyo (4750m) takes about four and half hours. Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. You follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melted-water. Rivers flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m), your route to Lobuche and Everest and later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Rest day at Gokyo when you may go for 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 also take a trip to the Fifth Lake via the Fourth Lake.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5340m) and trek back to Thangna (4650m) 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 Thangna, situated at the shore of the Ngozumpa Glacier.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Thangna to Dzongla (4843m.) via Chola pass (5420m.) takes about 5 and half hours. Now you ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. The Chola pass is most of the time covered with blue ice giving you a chill feeling. Here you can also enjoy the panoramic view of various mountains. From here, the trail descends steeply down for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Dzongla to Gorakshep (5180m.) via Lobuche takes about 5 hours. From Dzongla the trail descends and ascends gently and contours around the west side of the Lobuche Khola, providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. The trail coming from Pheriche meets at the Lobuche Khola (Lobuche Stream).

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5337m.) and back to Gorakshep takes about 4 and half hours. While trekking to Everest Base Camp you pass through a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, you can meet some expedition team on the Everest Base Camp. On the return leg, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains.

You return to Gorakshep to stay overnight.

Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Pheriche (4250m.) takes about 6 and half hours. Early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of sunrise. From Kala Patthar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town.

Stay over night at lodge.

Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3850m.) takes about 4 hours. To reach Tyangboche you pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year in Khumbu region. Upon your arrival at Tyangboche village you come across the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) takes about 4 hours. From Tyangboche, the trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m.) crossing the Dudh Koshi. Now you have a glimpse of panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell the Tibetan goods.

Stay overnight at 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. Enjoy the scenic aerial views of mountain peaks, rolling green hills and villages. 

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Includes

    • All airport pick-up and drop-off transport by private car
    • One trekking guide
    • One porter (one porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
    • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
    • Accommodation in lodges (tea houses) during the trek
    • Sleeping bag, down jacket, duffle bag and trekking poles 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 guide and porter
    • First aid kits
    • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
    • Tax, VAT and our service charge
    • 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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