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Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking

Duration : 19 Days | Travel style : Active Adventures

  • Everest Gokyo Trekking
  • Everest Trekking
  • Everest Gokyo lake and Everest Base Camp Trekking
  • Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking

Trip Highlights

  • Country

    Nepal

  • Duration

    19 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    18,192 Ft. / 5,545 Meters

  • Accommodation

    Hotel and Lodge

  • Fitness Level

    Moderate

  • Best Seasons

    Mar to May - Sep to Dec

  • Group Size

    1- 15 People

  • Transportation

    Flight / Private Vehicle

Everest Gokyo Trek, a circular route via Gokyo-Everest base camp, possibly offers everything what an idle trekking has in offer. Highest mountain views, trek to highest mountain base, freshwater lakes, cultural togetherness, aspiring landscapes and many more. Join us in an economical and well organized package to cherish the moment forever.”

Everest Gokyo 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 village, 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.

The flight from Kathmandu takes to Lukla from where the Everest Gokyo 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 highest peak 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.

Trek to highest mountain base.

Other exciting treks along with Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking 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.

 

Itinerary

You can always customize this itinerary as per your preference.

1

Day

Arrive at Kathmandu.
You will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to your hotel. Small meeting about the trip in the evening.

Accommodation: Hotel on BB  | Transportation: Private Vehicle

2

Day

Trek preparation & Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
After your breakfast you will be introduced to the trekking guides and helpers. And the Kathmandu sightseeing beings with visit to various UNESCO enlisted cultural Heritage sites including medieval Palaces in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur-Lalitpur Durbar squares. Other sites are Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath and Swayambhunath Stupa.In the evenining you will walk along the Thamel streets which is a good place to buy trekking equipment.

Accommodation: Hotel on BB  | Transportation: Private Vehicle

3

Day

Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m).
Early morning transfer to airport for Lukla flight. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at high elevation and the runway is mere 60 meter long! Trek to Phakding walking along green landscapes & view of Kusum Kangraru.

Accommodation: Guesthouse on BLD  | Transportation: Flight and Private Vehicle

4

Day

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 5/6 hrs walk.
We follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending through Himalayan pine and Doedar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks.

Accommodation: Guesthouse on BLD 

5

Day

Acclimatization Day in Namche.
This day is reserved for acclimatization and a very slow ascend into the thin air. After breakfast you will start to ascend towards Khumjung. The trail ascends above Namche Bazar and passes through Syangboche (3720m) – this is where the local airport is located. From a hill top above the airport, you will get your first view of Tangboche Peak (6367m), Lhotse Peak (8414m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On arrival at Khumjung (3780m), you could visit the Hillary School before stopping for lunch at one of the tea houses - the walk takes about 3 hours. After lunch you will continue ascending the foot path to Khunde (3840m), here you could visit the local hospital before the 2 hour ascend back to Namche Bazar. This day is physically demanding at times and you should be prepared as the weather is very unpredictable. Namche Bazaar is known as the gateway of the Everest Region, visit the local museum where you can see the traditional custom of the Sherpa peoples. You will spend a second night in Namche.

Accommodation: Guesthouse on BLD  

6

Day

Trek to Phorste Thanga (3680 meters) 5/6 hrs walk.
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.

Accommodation: Guesthouse on BLD

7

Day

Trek to Machherma (4470 meters). 5/6 hrs walk.
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.

Accommodation: Guesthouse on BLD 

8

Day

Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters) 6/7 hrs walk.
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.

Accommodation: Guesthouse on BLD 

9

Day

Trek to Gokyo Ri (5483 meters) and then Back to Gokyo. 5/6 hrs walk.
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.

Accommodation: Guesthouse on BLD

10

Day

Trek to Thangna (4500 meters) 4/5 hrs walk.
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.

Accommodation: Guesthouse on BLD 

11

Day

Cross Cho La pass (5300 meters) trek to Dzongla (4710 meters) 7/8 hrs walk.

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.


Accommodation: Guesthouse on BLD 

12

Day

Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) 4/5 hrs walk.
The last day hard walk and its exhaustion is recovered on this day as the walk is short and rather relaxing.

Accommodation: Guesthouse on BLD 

13

Day

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 m) then back to Gorak Shep, 8 hrs walk.
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.

Accommodation: Guesthouse on BLD

14

Day

Hike up to Kalapattar (5455 meters) early in the morning then trek down to Periche (4200 meters). 7 hrs walk.
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.

Accommodation: Guesthouse on BLD 

15

Day

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 6/7 hrs walk.
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.

Accommodation: Guesthouse on BLD 

16

Day

Trek to Lukla (2804 meters) 5/6 hrs walk.
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.

Accommodation: Guesthouse on BLD

17

Day

Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning.
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.

Accommodation: Hotel on BB

18

Day

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

Accommodation: Hotel on BB

19

Day

Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Cost Details

"So What you are paying For?"

We would like to explain to you. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest cost possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. We guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience.

Cost Include
  • All necessary domestic & international airport transport as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Full day Kathmandu sightseeing with a Professional English speaking tour guide.
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu – Lukla- Kathmandu. (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 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. 
Cost Exclude
  • International airfare, Nepal entry visa fees. 
  • Lunch, dinner and others expenses in Kathmandu.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • Hot shower 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Gokyo and Everest Base Camp is suitable for all kind of people who are moderately fit, not any previous adventures experience is required. Some physical fitness activities such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your Gokyo Trekking. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical flaws must seek medical advice before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.


Yes, Global Holidays Adventure representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying Global Holidays Adventure name card with your name on it. After that you will be transferred to pre-chosen Hotel.


You can get the visa at Tribhuwan International Airport after landing, furthermore it will be easier if you fill up the visa form by online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) before taking the flight to Nepal. Entry Visa fees- at present is $ 25 for 15 day, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for three month visa on entry to Nepal.

You should bring following essential documents in the trip:

  • Valid Passport: must be valid for up to 6 months.
  • Travel insurance: you need to provide a copy of insurance paper to Global Holidays Adventure before you start the trek.
  • Flight Tickets.
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C's bank, insurance, family contacts.


All types of Hotels from a budget to Luxurious including five star services are available in Kathmandu. Normally, Global Holidays Adventure offers three hotel services in our outline itinerary. We can also accommodate according to your choice.

During Trekking: You will have teahouse/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can also offer Global Holidays Adventure's sleeping baggage if needed (which needs to be returned after the trip) but it’s always better to have a personal sleeping bag. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. During the peak season it is quite difficult to manage single room therefore double rooms are preferred in our outline itinerary.


Normally there are common toilet facilities in teahouses and lodges, which are usually neat and clean. Nowadays, some small number of teahouses and lodges offer attached restroom. We will provide you the best option as far as possible in this regard.


Normally there are hot water shower services in various teahouses and lodges. In the absence of such facility, the teahouse/lodges will provide you hot water bucket. The payment for the shower has to be made by yourself and the cost varies with the places.


Whilst on the trek, our porters who are honest and experienced, will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream, money etc. Normally, we assign one porters to carry the luggage of two trekkers.


Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatoes, Eggs, Dal-bhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like Apple Pies, Pancakes and some interesting attempts at Custard. You will find a lot of garlic items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Everest region has some finest bakeries of the higher Himalayas. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination.


During the airport pick-drop and Kathmandu sightseeing we use private tourist vehicles of various categories such as cars, vans, micro, bus etc. according to size of the group. We take a domestic flight for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.


The best season for this trek is October to mid-December and mid-February to mid-June. This trip is not preferred during the monsoon season from June to August except the treks to Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang and Mt. Kailas.


Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Generally, nights are chillingly cold, whereas, the days are warmer. Winter (January and February) will be a bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be a bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. The temperature inside the teahouses/lodges are fairly maintained. You can always sit beside a fire to keep yourself warmer. The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during the day time.


These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by paying some service charges. Don’t forget to bring your adapters!!


There are telephone services in most of the hotels/lodges from where you can make international calls. There are mobile network services available in most of the places. Moreover, Everest Link provides internet access in most of the parts of Everest region. Buy a recharge card and enjoy the social networking in the base of highest peak. Above that, Global Holidays Adventure offers satellite phone services in every trekking packages.


ATM and credit card facilities can be used in Kathmandu and until you are in Namche Bazar. Above that, you need cash payments for various service you need. 


In Kathmandu, you can allocate $ 10-15 for lunch and dinner. It all depends on your spending habits. $. 15- 20 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolate and few drinks in Trekking. 


Well it totally depends upon you. There is trend of tipping the guide and porters in trekking. Tipping is a good way to acknowledge their works and thank them in a better way, something they would cherish and support their daily lives.


In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, better if you have some for yourself.


In case you suffer from altitude sickness or any other problems, we will offer you the doctor’s prescribed medicines according to the type of problem facing you. We will descend you and incase of extreme cases, you will get rescued by the helicopter.


In case of any casualties, travel insurance will be a boon to recover the incurred expenses. In case of helicopter rescue, the helicopter charge, which is little expensive, can also be recovered by your insurance. So it a good act to check you insurance validity and policy, whether it recovers the rescue charges or not.


Yes, all the staffs of Global Holidays Adventure including guides and porters are insured to recover any kinds of casualties.


Yes, it is absolutely possible to add some more days to the trip. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.


Yes, there are many options and choices to extend your holidays before or after your main trip. You can visit our other touring trips to add to the main event. In general, following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.


No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya but we do recommend you are covers for * Diphtheria & TB, *Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B * Malaria, * Typhoid, Polio and tetanus. We also recommend the following:

  • A dental Checkup prior to Travelling.
  •  A blood group card in case of emergencies.

 We are ready for Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking.

Required Equipments

Equipment items are individual interests & choices but the most important fact is that you should carry enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas. During the trek heavy items will be carried by our porters or yaks. And the personal belongings which you need for daily or frequent purposes like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun-cream and toilet paper etc. are to be carried by yourself in the backpack. We will provide complimentary water proof duffel bag which you can use during the trek and is carried by porters. You can leave your non trekking items at the hotel or in our office and collect them after the trek.

The following list gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek.

GENERAL

  • 4 seasons sleeping bag (Optional/ we can provide if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack or suitcase ( We will provide one complimentary GHD duffel bag gore you to Keep )
  • Daypack.
  • Down Jacket ( Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek. )


UPPER BODY-HEAD /EARS /EYES

  • Shade hat or baseball cap-some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. 
  • Warm wool and synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava-lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses- 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case ( i.e Jumbo or Cube).
  • Headlamp- Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they will last in the colder temperatures.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; There are optional; a good hat balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people ( Optional).
  • A Neck Warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it ( Optional).

HAND

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thins wool or synthetic, useful alone on mind days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • 1 pair warm gloves ( heavier fleece or wool )
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient( Optional).

CORE BODY

  • T-SHIRTS -2
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper Jacket ( Optional)
  • Waterproof ( preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, synthetic, no cotton.

LOWER BODY-LEGS

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts-quick drying type not cotton.
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear-capilene or ther synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants-synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from top and bottom- this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants ( loose jeans/khakis ).
  • All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resident plastic bags.

FEET

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pairs light weight socks, a good option for the lower/warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary ( Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

MEDICINES AND FIRST AID KITS
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox ( Commonly prescribed as acetazolamide) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take his medicine.
  • Water purification iodine tablets or polar-pure crystals.

MISCELLANEOUS, BUT IMPORTANT !

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies )
  • Airline ticket ( Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of you)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & Passport.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss army type.
  • Toiletry kit, Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towels, soap, etc.

OPTIONAL

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking pole. 
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds ( Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player.
  • Binocular (optional)
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use ( Optional)
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator ( Optional)
  • pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip ( Optional )
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos ( Optional )
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