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Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return - 13 Days

Country

Nepal

Duration

13 Days
altitude

Max Altitude

18192 Ft. / 5545 M.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Best Season

Mar to May / Oct to Nov

Group Size

Private

Fitness Level

Moderate

Transportation

Flight / Private Vehicle
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Overview

Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp Trek is designed for those adventure lovers who wants to explore world highest mountain region with in a limited time. With experience of a wide range of adventure, within the passes of Gokyo RI (5357m) and Chola Pass (5420 m) at elevation this high. Having a close look on the terrain filled with natural wonders filled with amazing flora and fauna, as well as traditional Himalayan Sherpa culture. This short trek offers everything what an idle trekking has to offer. The highest mountain views, trek to highest mountain base camp, freshwater lakes, cultural togetherness, and aspiring landscapes and at last a helicopter sightseeing over the Everest region (Khumbu Himalayan) is one of best moment to live forever.

 

Details for Gokyo Lake Trek


The Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake trek start from Kathmandu and takes you to Lukla by 45 minutes flight where your journey will start. The trail ahead to Gokyo Lake via Namche Bazar, the Tibetan trading hub. An early morning short trek to Gokyo Ri welcomes with thrilling views of several 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 (5364m) passing through the adventurous Chola pass (5420m). From the base of the highest peak we reach Kalapattar (5550m), located on the south ridge of Pumori (7161m) above Gorakshep. The Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp Trek provides captivating close up view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Changtse, Lhotse and others Himalayan snow-capped peaks.

 

After a night spend in Gorakshep, you will pick up by helicopter to Lukla where you can see the wide range views of almost every jewel of Everest region.

 

All about flight diverted to Ramechhap, Manthali Airport.

Flights to Lukla are sometimes diverted to Ramechhap due to various factors, primarily associated with safety concerns and unpredictable weather conditions. The following reasons contribute to this:

 

Weather Conditions: Apart from being dangerous airport, Lukla is also known for rapidly changing and often challenging weather conditions, particularly in the mornings as well as during afternoon. Unpredictable weather, low cloud cover, high winds, and other climatic factors can make landing or taking off from Lukla Airport risky. The flight is not safe to operate from Kathmandu during day time. The winds make it difficult to land in Lukla when flying from Kathmandu during afternoon.

 

Airport Congestion: Kathmandu airport’s domestic terminal is relatively small. Lukla experiences a daily inflow of approximately 20 to 30 aircraft during the peak season. An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 trekkers visit the area annually, many of whom choose to access Lukla by air. The limited capacity and high demand often result in congestion, which might lead to air traffic control or operational issues.

 

Safety Measures: To ensure the safety of passengers and aircraft, flights might be redirected to Ramechhap Airport (Manthali Airport). Ramechhap, being farther from Lukla, is less affected by Lukla's weather conditions and has a longer runway, making it a safer alternative during adverse weather.

 

Foods and Accommodation during trek.

A wide variety of dining options are available, from urban to mountainous regions. In cities, you'll find diverse cuisines ranging from local to continental and Asian. However, flavors may differ from what you're used to. In the mountains, you'll have more limited choices, primarily enjoying local dishes like momo, dal bhat, parathas, mashed potato soups and fried rice. These meals feature locally sourced ingredients and offer delightful, unique Nepali flavors. You will also have plenty of option for hot beverages (non-alcoholic) as well.

 

In context of accommodation, while in city areas you will have three-four star categories hotel. While in mountains you will have clean, safe and comfortable accommodation in guest house and lodges. Most of the places you will have a room on twin sharing basis with attached bath. Some places while gaining elevation, there is not any rooms available with attached bath, in such place you will have same clean and comfortable accommodation with sharing bath.

 

In case of hot shower, you will have to pay at the counter it self-i.e. few dollars ($2-$4). For charging up your electronics you will have to pay by yourself as well.

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ITINERARY

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Day
1
Arrive at Kathmandu.
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Altitude

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

You will be welcomed by our team member and transferred to your hotel. Small meeting about the trip in the evening.

Day
2
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding.
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Duration

3/4 hours.
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Altitude

2652 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

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.

Day
3
Trek to Namche Bazaar.
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Duration

5/6 hrs walk.
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Altitude

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

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.

Day
4
Acclimatization Day in Namche. Day Hike to Khumjung.
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Duration

3/4 hours walk.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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 the world highest 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.

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 Lake.
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Duration

6/7 hrs walk.
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Altitude

4790 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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
Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and trek to Taknak.
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Duration

5/6 hrs walk.
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Altitude

4700 M.
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. Then after you will trek to Taknak. At this point we make our final preparation to pass Cho La.

Day
9
Cross Chola Pass (5368m)and trek to Dzongla(4830m)- Trek to Dhukla ( 4600m).
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Duration

6/7 hours.
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Altitude

5368 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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 Thukla at noon.

Day
10
Trek lobuche to Gorakshep to Everest Base camp (5364m)- back to Gorakshep.
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Duration

6/7 hours walk.
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Altitude

5364 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This is a big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365 meters. 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
11
An early morning hike to Kalapattar (5545m) and return to Gorakshep, 3/4 hrs walk. And fly to Lukla by Helicopter.
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Duration

3 hours walk.
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Altitude

5545 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
transport_icon Transport: Helicopter Flight

The day starts an early morning with a hike up to Kalapattar (5545m), the best view point to witness Mt. Everest and the spectacular Himalayan range. Then trek back to Gorekshep for hot breakfast. From there you will take a helicopter flight to reach directly to Lukla. This is the opportunity to view various jewels of Everest region from a bird’s eye view. Explore each and every mountains, glaciers and Lakes and the memorable trail you have just walked through, all from the blue sky. The night is spent at Lukla.

Day
12
Fly back to Kathmandu.
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Altitude

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

30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu.

Day
13
Final departure to your onward destination.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.

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Inclusions

  • All necessary domestic & international airport transport as per the itinerary.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 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).
  • Gorakshep/Kalapattar to Lukla Helicopter charter fees.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, transportation, flight, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National park permit, Local community fees and trekker’s TIMS (Trekking Information management System) card fees.
  • Good quality sleeping baggage during the trekking. (Refundable after finish trekking)
  • First aid kit.
  • 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.
  • Extra services than the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance and any kind of emergency rescue.
  • Others not mentioned in the above inclusive heading.
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