Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek
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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trekking

location_iconLukla, Namche bazar, Phorste, Gokyo Ri, Cho La Pass, Lobuche, EBC, Kalapattar, Dingboche, Tengboche
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Country

Nepal.

Duration

18 Days.

Best Season

Mar - Apr / Oct-Nov.

Group

Private Group.

Max. Altitude

18192 Ft. / 5545 M.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge.

Transportation

Flight / Private Vehicle.

Fitness

Level Moderate.
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Overview

This adventurous trek doesn't follow to the traditional Everest Base Camp route. Instead, it's crafted for fit trekkers who are eager to embrace the challenges of high altitudes and rely on their own physical capabilities to reach the world's tallest mountain base camp. The Gokyo to Everest Base Camp trek is tailored for individuals seeking the pure joy of trekking through the wilderness, surrounded by the breathtaking Himalayan landscape.


Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most adventurous treks in Himalayan region. Besides Nogzumba glacier, the largest in the Himalayas, calmly stays the Gokyo lakes consisting the highest freshwater lakes of which Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari) is the most popular and Thonak Lake is the largest. Above the famous Gokyo valley, Gokyo Ri(5357m) stands offering the majestic view of four 8000m high mountains namely Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and many others of the Himalayas.

Experience the amazing Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking

The flight from Kathmandu takes to Lukla from where the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek starts. From there the walk heads towards Gokyo via Namche, the ancient Tibetan trading hub. The surreal mountains, delightful landscapes and many other flora and fauna are the attraction of the trail. Heading little high trail Gokyo Ri welcomes with thrilling views of mountains, Gokyo lakes and tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung located in the Khumbu region. The trek moves forward to Everest base camp (5380m) passing through the adventurous Chhola pass (5420m). From the base of the Everest Base Camp we reach Kalapatthar(5644m), located on the south ridge of Pumori (7161m) above Gorakshep. The place provides enthralling close up view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Changtse, Lhotse.

Back in the trail, the old artistic Buddhist monasteries and museum, traditional Sherpa culture and their kind hospitality are some exciting features to be experienced.


Other exciting treks along with Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake can be Everest Helicopter Tour, direct Everest Base Camp Trekking , and you can directly see all the exciting trekking in Nepal in the homepage of our website.

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ITINERARY DETAILS

Here's our standard itinerary for the Everest Gokyo Lake trek. If this doesn't align with your schedule and interests, we can also create a customized itinerary tailored to your preferences.

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Day
1
Kathmandu Arrival.
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Altitude

1350 Meters
accomodation_icon Accomodation: 3 Star Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

When you arrive in Kathmandu, our team member will be there to welcome you and they will have a card with your name on it from PLA. You will then be transported to your hotel in a private vehicle and in the evening, there will be a short meeting to go over the details of the trip.

Day
2
Drive to airport and flight to Lukla & Hike to Phakding.
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Duration

3/4 hrs walk.
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Altitude

2610 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

In the early morning, you will drive to domestic airport and take a flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla is a unique experience due to the high altitude of the airfield and the short length of the runway. Your trek will then continue to Phakding, where you will enjoy the scenic green landscapes and the view of Kusum Kangraru.

Day
3
Phadking to Namche Bazar.
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Duration

6 hours walk.
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Altitude

3440 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

On our journey today, we will follow the trail along the Dudh Koshi River, ascending through the forests of Himalayan pine and cedar to reach the historic town of Namche Bazaar. Namche has a long history as a trading hub, where Nepalese and Tibetan merchants traded items such as salt, dried meat, and textiles. It remains a significant trading post in the Khumbu region and offers the opportunity to purchase traditional crafts. We will spend two days in Namche for acclimation, exploring the market, interacting with the local community, and bonding with our team. Along the way, we will experience stunning views of Everest and the neighboring peaks for the first time.

Day
4
Acclimatization day. Day hike to Khumjung.
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Duration

3/4 hours.
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Altitude

3800 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Today will be acclimatization day in order to prevent altitude sickness. We will wake up in your own time and grab some breakfast and ascend towards Khumjung. We will follow the trail ascending above Namche bazaar which passes through Syangboche, where local airport is located. You will get the good view of tengboche, Amadablam and other mountains on clear day.

Day
5
Trek to Phorste Thanga.
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Duration

5/6 hrs walk.
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Altitude

3680 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Today, the trail ascends steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through Yak pastures and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day.

Day
6
Trek to Machherma.
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Duration

5/6 hrs walk.
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Altitude

4470 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. We will reach at Machherma by early noon.

Day
7
Trek to Gokyo.
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Duration

6/7 hrs walk.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
transport_icon Transport: 4790 M.

Today the trek takes us to one of our final destinations, Gokyo (4790m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will have couple of sightseeing and hiking trips around Gokyo.

Day
8
Trek to Gokyo Ri and then back to Gokyo.
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Duration

5/6 hrs walk.
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Altitude

5483 meters
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Today, early in the morning we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5483 meters, with a lot of rewards at top. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang.

Day
9
Trek to Thangna.
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Duration

4/5 hrs walk.
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Altitude

4500 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Trekking to the foot of Cho La pass for our overnight stay at Guesthouse. At this point we make our final preparation to pass Cho La.

Day
10
Cross Cho La pass trek to Dzongla.
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Duration

6/7 hrs walk.
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Altitude

4710 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4/5 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect our journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5300 meters, we could be exposed to strong winds if we are too late. We start to climb steep tracks that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views, then we descend to the Dzongla at noon.

Day
11
Trek to Lobuche.
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Duration

4/5 hrs walk.
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Altitude

4910 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

The last day hard walk and its exhaustion is recovered on this day as the walk is short and rather relaxing.

Day
12
Trek to Everest Base Camp then back to Gorak Shep.
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Duration

6/7 hrs walk.
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Altitude

5365 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

This is another big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365meters. , the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep for the night.

Day
13
Hike up to Kalapattar early in the morning then trek down to Periche.
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Duration

7 hrs walk.
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Altitude

5455 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of morning in this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Pattar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555meters. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028ft, 8848meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180 meters then trek down to Periche (4200 meters).

Day
14
Trek to Namche Bazaar.
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Duration

6/7 hrs walk.
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Altitude

3440 meters)
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

From Periche we take a slightly different route down to Orsho then to Pangboche village. Here is the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a Yeti, or abominable snowman. Leaving mountains behind us, our descend takes us through Tengboche Monastery at elevation of 3860 meters before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar at 3441meters. We arrive back into Namche Bazaar in the afternoon.

Day
15
Trek to Lukla.
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Duration

5/6 hrs walk.
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Altitude

2804 meters.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to explore the town.

Day
16
Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning.
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Altitude

1350 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Flight/Private Vehicle

Enjoy your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu you transferred back to the hotel from where you left.

Day
17
Leisure day in Kathmandu or flight delay at Lukla due to the bad weather.
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Altitude

1350 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

There is a high chance of flight delay due to bad weather in Lukla. Therefore this day is separated to compensate the time loss due to the flight irregularities.

Day
18
Final Departure fly back to home.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

Our team member will drop you to international airport.

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Inclusions

  • All necessary domestic & international airport transport as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu Kathmandu – Lukla- Kathmandu or Ramechep . (Only 15 KG luggage per person is allowed)
  • Full board tea house trekking cost with breakfast, lunch, dinner and a cup of tea or coffee with meal.
  • Available standard lodges, guesthouses accommodation during the Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Trek (Twin sharing).
  • One professional English speaking trekking guide.
  • Necessary assistance guide for entire trek.
  • The required number of porters to carry the luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • KTM-LUKLA-KTM flight cost for guides. 
  • Food, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National park permit and trekker’s TIMS (Trekking Information management System) card fees.
  • Good quality sleeping baggage during the trekking. (Refundable after finish trekking)
  • First aid kit.
  • Complementary farewell cultural Nepali dinner on last day of trip. 
  • All government taxes. 
Excludes
  • International airfare, Nepal entry visa fees. 
  • Lunch, dinner and others expenses in Kathmandu.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • Temple and monasteries entry permits fees.
  • Extra services than the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance and any kind of emergency rescue. 
  • Helicopter charter fees in case of flight delay or postponed or cancellation due to bad weather. 
  • Others not mentioned in the above inclusive heading.
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Faqs

How long does it take to complete the Gokyo Trek?
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The typical duration for the Everest Base Camp Trek is 17-18 days.

What is the best time to do the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo?
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The best time to do the Everest Base Camp Trek is during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) seasons.

What is the level of difficulty of the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo?
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The Everest Base Camp Trek is considered to be moderately difficult, with challenging terrain and high altitude being the main factors.

What is the highest point on the Gokyo, Everest Base Camp Trek?
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The highest point on the Everest Base Camp Trek is the summit of Kala Patthar, which is at an altitude of 5,545 meters (18,192 feet).

Do I need any special permits to do the Everest Base Camp Trek?
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Yes, you will need a Sagarmatha National Park Permit and a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card as well as local community fee at Lukla in order to do the Everest Base Camp Trek.

What kind of accommodation can I expect on the Everest Base Camp Trek?
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You can expect basic teahouse-style accommodation on the Everest Base Camp Trek, with communal dining areas. Now a days you could find luxury hotels/guest houses like Rivendell, Yeti Mountain home and the one and only hotel Everest view.

What sort of toilet facility can be expected?
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In the Higher Himalayan region, toilet facilities are usually communal and can be found in teahouses and lodges. These facilities are generally maintained well and kept clean. However, some teahouses and lodges now offer private bathrooms, although they may be limited in number. We will do our best to recommend the most suitable option for your needs.

How high is basecamp and how can we reach?
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To reach Everest's Base Camp, one must typically take a 30-35 minute flight on a small plane to Lukla, followed by a trek to the south face of the mountain. The Base Camp itself is located at an altitude of 5364 meters or 17598 feet.

What should I pack for the Everest Base Camp Trek?
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Trek include warm clothing, a good pair of hiking boots, a first aid kit, a sleeping bag, and a backpack including your regular clothes and your daily required items sanitizer, moisturizer, etc.

What is altitude sickness?
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Altitude sickness refers to an illness caused by ascent to high altitude, characterized by hyperventilation, nausea, and exhaustion resulting from shortage of oxygen.

Who are my guides?
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Your guide will be the experienced, local or someone who knows the area very well. He/she will be good communicator and have guts to face the unexpected difficulty during the trek, responsible human and will take care you in case of emergency. Most of all s/he will have strong determination to take you to basecamp while respecting your strength and freedom.

How difficult/challenging this trek is?
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This is a moderate level of trekking which moves through periphery in Sagarmatha National Park but some days can be challenging when you follow the trail leading to mesmerizing Gokyo Lake. The classic trail to reach base camp is not too challenging nor too easy.

Is there Wi-Fi and electricity on the trail?
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During the trek you have to pay extra in order to charge your phones, camera, laptops from micro hydropower and solar panels. As for Wi-Fi you do have to pay extra as well. The only place on the trail where Wi-Fi is available are Starbucks coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery on Namche. It is better if you subscribe to Everest Link Card in the Everest region to stay connected. The price for Everest link card is $20 for 10 GB data with validity of 30 days and $30 for 20 GB data with validity of 30 days as well.

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Fantastic trip, the mountains were spectacular. We visit the beautiful Gokyo Lake and trekked to Everest Base Camp across the Chola Pass. Our Guide Dorchi was outstanding and great knowledge and experience in Himalaya. Thanks to both Dorchi and Surya who organized this wonderful trip.

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