Everest base camp via Gokyo Lake trek (19 Days)
The Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake takes you on an incredible journey through some challenging yet highly rewarding landscapes. See the majestically soaring mountains, the blue lakes of Gokyo, friendly Sherpas and colourful monasteries. Climb the popular Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar along the way, which provide magnificent photo opportunities of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, and views as far as Kanchenjunga in the east and the Tibetan 8000m peak Cho Oyu to the north. This is a difficult and challenging trek suitable only for physically fit and experienced hikers who love the challenge.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Strenuous
Group Size Medium Group
Day 01- Arrive Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Day 02- Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation
Day 03- Fly to lukla then trek to Phakding(2650m/8692ft)
Day 04- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3450m/11316ft)
Day 05- Acclimatization day at Namche
Day 06- Trek to Tyangboche (3860m/12661ft)
Day 07- Trek to Dingboche (4345m/14252ft)
Day 08- Acclimatize day at Dingboche
Day 09- Trek to Labuche (4903/16082ft)
Day 10- Trek to Gorakshep (5200m/17056ft), excursion EBC
Day 11- Trek to Dzongla (4830m/15842ft) after hike to Kalapathhar (5550m/18204ft)
Day 12- Trek toThangnak (4750m/15580ft) via Chola Pass (5428m/17804ft)
Day 13- Trek to Gokyo (4650m/15252ft)
Day 14- Rest day at Gokyo, hike to Gokyo ri
Day 15- Trek to Dole (4200m/13776ft)
Day 16- Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 17- Trek to Lukla (2840m/9315 ft)
Day 18- Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 19- Fly to Home country
- Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as per itinerary
- Domestic flight ticket and airport tax.
- Domestic flight ticket for the guide and airport tax.
- 3 meals per day during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
- Accommodation in tea houses or in tents as per itinerary during the trek.
- Accommodation including breakfast at tourist standard hotels in Kathmandu per itinerary.
- Highly experienced Government licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek.
- Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
- Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide / porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees.
- Respective region ( Everest) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit
- T-shirt and Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC).
- International airfares
- Trekking Equipment
- Major meals, lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
- Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
- Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue) – you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu.
- Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
- Tips & Gratuities
Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1320m).
Welcome to Nepal! Here our representative will meet you with a name card as you leave the airport. You will be welcomed by receiving a garland (floral wreath) around your neck, this means welcome to Nepal. You will then be driven to your hotel by car. Here you can have a rest and enjoy the day around Thamel; the tourist centre of Kathmandu. Hotel in Kathmandu- B
Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.
Your tour guide for the day will meet you at your hotel. Your first stop will be Nepal’s most important Hindu sight, Pashupatinath. This site sits on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and is used as a cremation ground. Our next stop will be Bodhnath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Asia. This is your chance to see some of the thousands of pilgrims who gather to walk around the dome each day. Climb up to one of the many rooftop cafes for lunch and be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the entire square. After lunch we turn to the medieval temples in Patan Durbar Square. Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley; it’s filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Our last stop for the day is the Buddhist temple Swyambhunath, mobbed by monkeys and soaring above the city on a hilltop, the ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating, chaotic jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography. This is a great place to end your day, so enjoy the view and maybe catch a sunset before heading back to your hotel for dinner. In the evening you will have a meeting with your trekking guide who will make sure you are prepared, explain how your trek will run and also answer any questions you may have. Hotel in Kathmandu – B
Flight to Lukla/ Start Trek to Phakding (2650 m) about 3 hours.
Early morning your guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the Domestic airport. Your flight this morning will be to Lukla (2827m), an exciting and scenic flight. The flight runs parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibet. Flight time is about 40 minutes and we land at an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa’s in the mid-1960s. After an exciting landing you will meet with your porters who will carry your equipment during the trek. We explore the village before hitting the trail. The trek starts with a descent towards the Dudh Kosi River, passing through prayers stones and prayer flags, then joining the main trail towards Namche Bazaar. (Dudh means ‘milk’ as the waters of the river are a milky white colour from the glacial melt).The walk is easy and after passing through the small village of Chheplung (2650m) and Ghat (2550m), we soon reach our lodge at Phakding. Your guide will be happy to accompany you for a short walk around the area, or just rest and reada book. Tea House in Lukla – B, L, D
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450m) about 7hours
We start the day by Crossing the River to walk through blue pine and rhododendron forests, in the spring when the flowers are in bloom it is a magical sight. Enjoy great views of the snow-capped peaks of KusumKanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m), where we arrive in time for lunch. From here the walking gets a little tougher and includes a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. It is a short walk to the entrance of the national park, where our permits are checked before we descend quite steeply to again cross the Dudh Kosi to Jorsale (2805m). The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, to the confluence of the BhoteKosi and Dudh Kosi rivers. After crossing a large stable suspension bridge high above the river we climb steeply to the village of Namche Bazaar. A slow and steady pace is recommended on this section of the climb and we are encouraged to make the most of the fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche come into view for the first time. You may notice you are travelling a little more slowly as the effects of altitude start to become apparent. Take your time on this path which is used by the local peoples as a ‘foot highway’ on this important trading route. At Namche we stay in a lodge in the heart of the village. Tea House in Namche – B, L, D
Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar
Due to the high altitude, we stay in Namche Bazaar for a second night to help with acclimatisation. This also enables you to fully explore the town and its surroundings. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large protected hollow. The town grew in importance when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today trade still continues at Namche and Tibetans are sometimes seen in the village trading rugs, Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. It is highly recommended that you see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village. The panorama can be stunning at both times of the day with a superb view of the Khumbu peaks, including great sightings of Everest. After breakfast there are various options, including a walk with a series of great peaks rearing to well over 6,000 meters just to the west. Alternatively you can visit the national park headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. Your guides will be on hand to offer advice and to escort you on the walks. Another option is the steep climb out of the village bowl to the Everest View Hotel where beautiful views of Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Tawoche, Peak 38, and Thamsherku can be enjoyed. Tea House in Namche – B, L, D
Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m) about 5 hours.
Today’s route toTengboche weaves in and out of side valleys. We head past the teashops of Kenjoma and then join the trail from Khumjung passing by collections of mani stones. The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek and we encourage you to take your time. We pass by the small settlement of Sanasa, the trail drops towards PhunkiThanga (3250m). From here the trail climbs steeply through forests and by more mani stones. Following the side of a hill, you will reach a saddle on which the monastery of Tengboche sits at 3870m. The view from here is said to be one of the world’s most breathtaking.Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Ama Dablan, Kantega and Thamserkuall provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We will spend the night in Tengboche village. Tea House in Tengboche – B, L, D
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4345m) about 5 hours.
From Tengboche the day starts by descending through forests of birches, conifers and rhododendrons to the village of Dibuche. Here the level trail passes by many mani walls in a deep rhododendron forest. After crossing the Imja Khola River the route climbs past some magnificently carved mani stones to Pangboche (3901m). This village is the highest year-round settlement in the valley. The Pangboche gompa is the oldest in the Everest region; it once contained relics that were said to be the skull and hand of a yeti. Beyond Pangboche the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line, mostly consisting of scrub juniper and tundra. We cross the Imjatse River and arrive in Dingboche; the valley is made by Imjatse River that flows down from the Island peak. Enjoy the incredible views of the beautiful Mountain Ama Dablam,Kantega and other peaks. Tea House in Dingboche – B, L, D
Rest day at Dingboche
Todayagain acclimatize at Dingboche as second acclimatize day on this trip. You might hike up to Chhukung towards to Island peak or explore Dingboche valley or hike up to Chhukung Ri or relax. Tea house in Dingboche – B, L,
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m) about 7 hours.
After breakfast at the lodge the trail leads through the valley and get in to the bottom of the hill from where uphill begins to get in to Dugla. After that the trail continues climb up to the ridge where you can see many memories of Sherpa who died on the glacier of Mount Everest. The trail gently climbs up to the Lobuche for overnight. Tea House in Lobuche – B, L, D
Lobuche to Gorakshep (5200m)/ Excursion to EBC (5420 m) 6 hrs
After a leisurely breakfast we follow the broad valley running parallel to Khumbu Glacier. The trail ascends only gradually to the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier; from here we make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that leads eventually to GorakShep (5200m). After lunch we set off on our excursion to Everest Base Camp. This will be a fun filled high altitude walk along the Khumbu glacier to this triumph and tragedy spot at the elevation of 5430m Tea House in Gorakshep– B, L, D
Hike to Kalapathar (5550m) and trek to Dzongla(4830m) about 7 hours
We start early this morning to catch an Everest sunrise. We climb up to the Kala Pathar (5550m) below the giant Mount Pumori. This is a steep ascent up the grassy slopes west of GorakShep. From Kala Pathar the entire Everest south face is visible as well as Lho La (the pass between Nepal and Tibet), Changtse (the northern peak of Everest),Nuptse, Lingtren and many other peaks. After enjoying the sunrise, we return to GorakShep and continue the descent to Lobuche to get to Dzongla, we head straight down along the west ridge of Khumbhu glacier, then head up to the ridges towards the Lobuche peak. Eventually we reach the flat meadows of Dzongla. We spend the night here beforeheading to yet another famous and adventurous pass of the Everest Region. Tea House in Dzongla – B, L, D
Dzongla to Chola Pass (5428m) to Thangnak (4750m) about 7hours
It’s an early start today with a morning walk up through grassy valleys before climbing up to the rough stone and rock trail. We keep on ascending towards the west of Dzongla until we reach the top of Chola pass (5428 m). Most of the time the top of Chola pass is covered in snow, with the added prayer flags; this leaves us with a picturesque landscape superb for photographs. After half an hour in this windyare, we start very carefully down the steep descent towards the base of Chugimala(another name of Chola pass).The trail then ascends up and down in the basin of Cholatse before we head down the final steep section through the gorge to Thangnak. Tea House in Thangnak – B, L, D
Thangnak to Gokyo (4650m) about 4 hours
It’s a 4 hour trek to the beautiful Gokyo lakes via the rough, dry and icy Ngozumba glacier.The day is short and relaxing in the Gokyo lakeside where you will find yourself surrounded by Mountains. Tea House in Gokyo – B, L, D
Hike to Gokyo ri (5420m) and stay again Gokyo 4 hours
The views around Gokyo are tremendous. For the best views we will climb Gokyo Ri (5357m) today. From here we will have a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung Kang, Everest, Lothse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. After we enjoy the view we will return back to Gokyo village for the night. Tea House in Gokyo – B, L, D
Trek from Gokyo to Dole (4200m) about 5 hours
After breakfast at lodge, we way back from Gokyo is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River passing by Ngozumpa Glacier. We could see the Cholatse and Taboche peaks rear up on the right of us. The trail descends below Phangka, and across a level terrace on the slope to climb a rib on the far side of the hill side. Upon reaching the Chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku , Cho Oyu, and Kangtega. We slowly walk down to sprawling village of Machhermo.Then head toward to Dole. Tea House in Dole – B, L, D
Trek from Dole to Namche bazaar about 4 hours
Our hike today is mostly downhill. On the trail we could see some animals like mountain goat, musk deer, pheasant as well as more plants and vegetation including rhododendron forest. Finally an easy walk leads you to the Namche Bazzar for overnight where you will have really hot shower which is the best after few days having no shower. Tea House in Namche – B, L, D
Trek from Namche to Lukla 5 about hours
After breakfast at the lodge, the trail drops downhill through the pine forest till to the bridge and continue walk to the Monjo. After check out from the park check post continue walking to the Phakding for the lunch. After that your last day of the trek continues to the Lukla. Tea House in Lukla – B, L, D
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft) 35 minutes flight
Normally flights are always in the morning due to the weather. So your guide will organize all the airport formalities by the time you have finished your breakfast at the lodge. Your luggage will also be taken to the airport for you. Once your guide gets news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, you will get the chance to watch how these small aircraft land into this small airstrip. After a quick photograph, head to the airport and catch your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu airport, your guide will take you to your hotel by private vehicle. The rest of the day in Kathmandu is yours to rest or explore. Join us tonight for a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepalese Restaurant with cultural program. Hotel in Kathmandu – B, D
Farewell from Nepal as you fly back home.
Our agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel and offer you a Khada (a kind of cloth which is worn on your neck). Wearing Khada means good luck and protection. Afterwards they will drop you to the airport. Note of above Itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
This tour is inclusive of all the hotel and guesthouse as per the itinerary.
- Hotel in Kathmandu- B
- Hotel in Kathmandu – B
- Tea house in Phakding – B, L, D
- 2 Nights Tea house in Namche – B, L, D
- Tea house in Tengboche – B, L, D
- 2 Nights Tea house in Dingboche – B, L, D
- Tea house in Lobuche – B, L, D
- Tea house in Gorakshep – B, L, D
- Tea House in Dzongla – B, L, D
- Tea House in Thangnak – B, L, D
- Tea House in Gokyo – B, L, D
- Tea House in Gokyo – B, L, D
- Tea House in Dole – B, L, D
- Tea House in Namche – B, L, D
- Tea House in Lukla – B, L, D
- Hotel in Kathmandu – B, D