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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek - 19 Days

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Trip Highlights

– Scenic 35-minute flight to Lukla
– Breathtaking views of Mountains and emerald lakes
– Two major viewpoints Kalapathar and Gokyo Ri
– Hidden Gokyo valley, Gokyo Lake, and Cho La Pass (5,420m)
– Amazing views from Gokyo Ri ((5,357m)
– Sherpa villages, beautiful landscapes and spiritual ambience
– Stunning views of peaks over 8000m including Mt. Everest (8,848m)

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek is a 3 weeks venture that takes you through the outstanding Gokyo Valley and adds more zing to the renowned Everest Base Camp trip as we traverse the high-altitude Cho La pass at an elevation of 5420m where the landscapes open up windows to a whole chain of mountains leaves us hypnotized.

From the base of the earth to the highest peak in the world, it is the mid-mountain topography of the Khumbu Himalayas where the trek leads to the border that challenges the backpacker who wants to go for miles where the sense of adventure is challenged ‘Trekking Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake’; It is a journey that is an exciting vacation well conducted where we quickly learn that it is not a destination but an exciting mission that means a lot…

Our all-inclusive Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake trek starts from the lower mountains and follows the banks of the Dudh Koshi River to our bustling town of Namche and Everest National Park, the highest point in the world. Our actual journey starts with some light trekking at the base of Khumbu and climbing the tough trails around Chola Pass at 5420m to the base of the mountain and we reach the summit of Gokyo Ri at 5340m and speed up. Kala Patthar at 5545 meters for magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. While visiting the famous Everest base camp, it is an exciting experience to see the amazing Khumbu Icefall which makes our hearts flutter.

You don’t have to be a skilled climber but Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek require some level of fitness to enjoy the trails. Because of the snowy conditions over Cho La Pass, it wouldn’t be good to do this trek during winter ”January, and February” and in the monsoon season ”July and August”. Early spring and autumn would be the best times to do this trip. If you are looking to do this trek and still want to shorten the travel duration check out: Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Heli Trek.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,610m) 3/4 hrs
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 hrs
Day 04: Acclimatization at Namche Bazar and exploration
Day 05: Namche Bazar to Dole (4,040m) 6/7 hrs
Day 06: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4,470m) 4/5 hrs
Day 07: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4,800m) 5/6 hrs
Day 08: Acclimatization at Gokyo fifth Lakes and explore
Day 09: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and trek to Thangnak (4,750m) 6/7 hrs
Day 10: Traverse Cho-la pass (5,420m) and trek to Dzongla (4820m) 7/8 hrs
Day 11: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4,910m) 4/5 hrs
Day 12: Lobuche to EBC (5,364m) and retrace back to Gorkshep (5,140m) 7/8 hrs
Day 13: Hike to Kalapathar early morning (5,545m) and descend to Pheriche (4,250m) 7/8 hrs
Day 14: Trek from Pheriche to Kyanjuma (3,500m) 6/7 hrs
Day 15: Trek from Kyanjuma to Monjo (2,850m) 5/6 hrs
Day 16: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2,860m) 5/30 hrs
Day 17: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1350m) and rest
Day 18: Contingency (Free day in Kathmandu) rest
Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu

HOW MUCH DOES-EVEREST BASE CAMP GOKYO LAKES TREK COST?

All inclusive Trek Price for individual/solo trekker; USD 1,799
This cost includes permit, guide, porter, airfare, transport, accommodation and food. But the cost varies according to the size of the group, customize your trek: this is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” individually. Trek packages can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste.
Tell us about your travel needs. We will work together to customize your trip to meet your exact needs so you have a memorable trip.

WHEN IS THE BEST SEASON TO TREK THE EVEREST REGION?

Mid-September to November (autumn) and March to May (spring) are the best seasons for teahouse/lodge treks in Nepal.
June to August (monsoon) are the rainy months. Very difficult but the weather is perfect for keen botanists and the skies are sometimes clear.
During the trek, it offers a magnificent view of rhododendron flowers blooming in March, April and May.
We do not recommend the trek in winter (December February). But if you trek to your liking, the morning temperature is cool but not unbearable and it warms up during the day trek with clear skies on most days.

TOOLS AND GEARS

When deciding what to pack in your bag, it is important to check the features of the trek as well as the season/month you are coming to Nepal. If you’re wondering what to pack, here’s our recommended packing list and tools.
Check the equipment checklist.

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. After completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. You will be waited for outside the arrivals hall and taken to your booking hotel. Please see the placard with your name on it when exiting the arrival hall. And upon arrival at the hotel will be served welcome drinks and after you freshen up, will inform you about your trip.

Day 2
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,610m) 3/4 hrs

After breakfast, we take flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at 2860m. The airstrip, built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s, has a flight time of about 35 minutes. After landing we will have time to explore the village while the porter team loads the trekking equipment in order. Then, we start the trek, and where we go to the main trail of Namche Bazar above Chowrikhark. We descend to Dudhkoshi river. The walk is easy and after passing the small village on the ghat it is a short walk to Phakding where we will stay for the night.

Day 3
Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 hrs

Today we leave Phakding and go to Namche market. Trekking along the Dudhkoshi River, and crossing suspension bridges, we pass through lush Himalayan forests of rhododendron, pine and juniper to reach Monjo Village. And then we enter Everest National Park to go to EBC. And our guide will take care of every permit needed to enter the park. After entering the park, we cross two suspension bridges on our way to Namche Bazaar. And we climbed steeply for 2 hours to reach Namche and finally we reached Namche market. Namche Bazaar offers a panoramic view of Mount Everest (8848.86 m), Lhotse (8516 m) and Thamserku (6623 m). En route and overnight at Namche Bazar Lodge.

Day 4
Acclimatization at Namche Bazar and exploration

We spend the second night in Namche to create an environment suitable for high altitude. Namche is a prosperous village, situated on a large protected moat. After breakfast, there are several options: climb the beautiful Bhotekhola river valley towards Thame (3810 m), or visit the National Park headquarters to see interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There are mountaineering demonstrations and descriptions of the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides will be there to advise and help you along the way. And in the evening we also explore the market town of Namche. And overnight at the lodge.

Day 5
Namche Bazar to Dole (4,040m) 6/7 hrs

Today there is an uphill climb from Namche market to Kyangjuma village. From Kyangjuma you can see the beautiful scenery of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dabalam. Today’s most difficult part is the climb to Mong La, a very scenic spot hanging on the side of the Khumbila Mountains. The medieval historic Chorton is in the heart of the settlement of Mong La. We spend some time at the top of Mong La to enjoy the view of the surrounding snow-capped mountains and valley while enjoying lunch. The most attractive feature of today’s trail is the wealth of plant and animal flora we see along the way, including wildflowers and rhododendrons. We can also spot wildlife like pheasants, mountain goats and the subtle musk deer. Continuing our trek through forests, some waterfalls and bridges, we reach Dole, a small village with some teahouses. And stay there.

Day 6
Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4,470m) 4/5 hrs

The climb starts from Sano Dole village and reaches the Koshi valley above the river. Walking is easy, but we will feel the effects of altitude even on small hills. The barren alpine landscape with small patches of scrub juniper is a stark contrast to the snow-white peaks and deep blue sky. After two hours, we arrive at Luja (4360m), and after another hour of walking, we reach Machermo (4465m) where you will spend the evening. After lunch, there is an option to cross the rocky moraines at the foot of Cajo Ri (6168 m) and Machermo Peak (6073 m). However, keep an eye open for the Yeti! It was here, in 1974 that three yaks were killed and a Sherpa girl injured when trying to fight off a hairy, ape-like intruder that could have been a hungry grizzly bear!

Day 7
Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4,800m) 5/6 hrs

After breakfast today, we climb from Crest Chorton from where we enjoy the main views of the valley below and Mt Kangtega, Thamserku, and the northern part of Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley opens up as the trail passes through Chorton and after a short gentle hike reaches Phangka (4480m). Phangka is an area where an avalanche killed 40 people in 1995. We descend to the river bank before beginning the climb to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. After crossing the iron bridge over the river, following the valley next to the first lake known as Longpongo at an altitude of 4690m, the trail levels out, where we have a chance to see the footprints of lamas in stone. As we overlook the second lake, Taboche Tsho, we see a brilliant turquoise blue mass of water glistening in the sun. Just before the second lake, we reach the third lake, connected by two heaving streams. Gokyo Village is neatly placed next to the Third Lake and the Cho-Oyu Mountains stand tall in the background, setting stunning views, an ideal location for our video cameras to go into overdrive in this amazing area. After lunch, we further explore the third lake, Milk Pond.

Day 8
Acclimatization at Gokyo fifth Lakes and explore

We have reached an altitude of 4,800 meters, so as we climb we rest at Lake Gokyo for an extra day to acclimatize our bodies to the thin air. There are plenty of outlets for exploring around the camp and the beautiful 5 Watt Lakes can be visited in the mountains above Cho Oyu and Ngojumpa Glacier (8210m) above Gokyo. Day of rest.

Day 9
Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and trek to Thagnak (4,750m) 6/7 hrs

Today is the peak of our journey. Seeing the first light of day, we begin our morning break to take in the breathtaking views from Gokyo Ri. However, we should prepare in advance for the early morning, dark and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C) departure. Moreover, there is always the possibility of strong winds which are very common. However, during the Gokyo Rico ascent, we can catch our breath in many amazing scenes to be photographed. After a few hours of climbing we reach Gokyo Ri. From this turn, we jump to climb the rocky near Choyo Peak, marked with cairns and prayer flags. When we reach the top, we find Gokyo Rima where our eyes take in the incredible Himalayan landscape from one powerful massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can and carry memories for a lifetime. We then head down to Gokyo Valley, and after a warm breakfast, we head to the second part of the lake for a night of scaling; The route across the glacier is identified by Cairns and is well defined. We climb the glacier from a small house called Thaganak and follow the lower valley through a small canyon to our camp.

Day 10
Traverse Cho-la pass (5,420m) and trek to Dzongla (4820m) 7/8 hrs

Cho La Pass is the next show on this tour. Today is the hardest day and we have to start early (4-6 am) compared to other days in the journey. The pass itself is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the east side. We have to be careful as the trail is steep and the snow-slick rocks make the treks slippery. Trekking beside a frozen lake we reach the top of a pass decorated with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dublam presides over a range of mountains to the south while Cholatse rises to the west and Lobuche rises sharply to the east and Baruntse to our right. We have to cross a few khats before reaching another beautiful spot, Jongla, with a perfect view of Mount Cholatse, Mount Ama Dublam, Lobuche Peak and Feriche village below. A little difficulty.

Day 11
Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4,910m) 4/5 hrs

From Jongla, after breakfast in the morning, we cross the chain of stone monuments built in memory of the Sherpas and mountaineers who lost their lives on the Everest, and climb the beautiful perilous moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, the trail narrows and heads up the west side of the valley to Lobuche. It is an amazing sight to watch the sunset over Nuptse from this point. From the village of Lobuche.

Day 12
Lobuche to EBC (5,364m) and retrace back to Gorekshep (5,140m) 7/8 hrs

A real early start is required to reach Everest base camp from Lobuche. The trail takes several hours as it weaves its way past the icy peaks and the craters of the Khumbu Glacier. After a short lunch and rest, we drive to Everest Base Camp via the once huge Gorak Shep Lake. We truly appreciate the Everest climbers who trek the perilous route through the Khumbu Icefall only after reaching Everest Base Camp. The climber’s tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of the gray surroundings (especially in spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains can be seen from the base camp. On the return leg, we can take the high road for a magnificent view of the Khumbu Icefall and the route to the South Col. And we return to Gorkshep. Overnight at lodge.

Day 13
Hike to Kalapathar early morning (5,545m) and descend to Pheriche (4,250m) 7/8 hrs

Today is the peak of our journey. We start at dawn break to take in the breathtaking views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, we should prepare in advance for the early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 degrees Celsius) departure. Moreover, there is always a possibility of strong winds which are quite common. Although the familiar peaks like Lingtrain, Khumbutse, Changtse Tower in the east appear between the summit of the west shoulder and Nuptse. During the climb of Kala Patthar, we can stop to catch our breath at many stunning views to take pictures. After a few hours of climbing we reach Kala Patthar. From this turn, we jump to climb the rocky outcrop near the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. When we reach the top, we sit on Kala Patthar where our eyes take in the incredible Himalayan panorama, rolling from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can and take with us memories to last a lifetime. We then descend to Gorakshepa, have breakfast and we return to Duglaha’s footsteps and descend to Feriche.

Day 14
Trek from Pheriche to Kyanjuma (3,500m) 6/7 hrs

From Feriche today we descend down, retrace our steps to Kanju, stay overnight before heading to Monzo the next day. We cross the Khumbu River on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imza River to the next village through Pangboche.

Day 15
Trek from Kyanjuma to Monjo (2,850m) 5/6 hrs

The road to Namche Bazaar winds up the steep wooded slopes beyond Kanjuma, passing through many bends. We hunt for animals including mountain goats, snow leopards and colorful pheasants as we walk through the forest on a trail. We have enough time to shop and enjoy the bakery in Namche which serves coffee and cakes and provides internet access. An uphill descent from Namche Hill leads to a suspension bridge crossing the Dudhkoshi River near the confluence of the Dudhkoshi and Bhotekoshi rivers. Before reaching Manjo we cross Dudhkoshi River twice at separate places. After leaving the official entrance of Everest National Park, we approach Monzo and finally reach Monzo village. Not only is Monzo a quieter place to stay than Namche, it means our porters have a less arduous walk back to Lukla tomorrow.

Day 16
Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2,860m) 5/30 hrs

Our trek to Lukla. After getting down from Monjo, it is just a short walk along Dudhkoshi River. And last flight to Lukla airport. The rest of the day is free and you can relax under the warm sun and reflect on the emotional experiences we had while trekking these massive mountains that helped us rediscover ourselves in the least expected way. As this is the last of our trek in these majestic mountains. Today we celebrate the successful completion of our trek with our Sherpa guides and porters whom we have come to know well and have now become good friends. It would be nice to end this wonderful trip on a happy note. Then we fell into a blissful sleep.

Day 17
Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1350m) and rest

We get up early in the morning, enjoy our breakfast and get ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Katmandu. On our touchdown at the Kathmandu airport, we will be met by our office reps and transferred to your hotel.

Day 18
Contingency (Free day in Kathmandu) rest

Enjoy a leisure day in Kathmandu. This day can also be used as a contingency for any possible delays due to flight cancellation etc. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay

Day 19
Departure from Kathmandu

Thanks for joining us on this trek and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Stay in touch. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

COST INCLUSION

  • All arrivals and departures at Kathmandu Airport are mentioned
  • Twin shared accommodation in Kathmandu 3* hotel
  • Comfortable lodge / tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals from the first day of the trek to the last day of the trek
  • All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight ticket
  • All necessary paperwork. (Entry Permit and Trekkers TIMS Card)
  • (licensed by Govt.) Experienced and Qualified Trek Guide
  • With 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio (1 porter for every 2 trekkers)
  • Insurance for guide and porter which includes their emergency rescue
  • Staff salary, food and accommodation during the trek
  • Essential equipment for guides and porters
  • A comprehensive first aid kit for the trek
  • In case of emergency during the trip, a helicopter will be arranged by AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. that will be paid for by your passenger’s insurance company.
  • You are advised to add a day after the trek as flights to and from Lukla may sometimes get canceled due to weather. However, there is an option of a helicopter, the cost of which has to be paid by the customer himself. If not cancelled, the day can be used for sightseeing or rest day.

COST EXCLUSION

  • Nepal Visa and International Flight
  • Travel insurance. (recommended)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Any drinks on the trip
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Expenditure on personal toilet paper, medicine and confectionery etc
  • Any other else not mentioned in "price included"
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

Trip Facts

  • 18N/19 Days
  • Difficult- Strenuous
  • 5,545m/18,193ft
  • September - Mid December / March - Mid May
  • From Kathmandu
  • Departs, Kathmandu
  • A/C Private Jeep & Airplane
  • Hotel/Teahouse
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