Gokyo Lakes to Everest Base Camp Trekking

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  • Trip Duration:18 Days
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Looking for something adventurous and challenging trekking? Then Gokyo  Lakes to Everest base Camp Trekking would be the finest option to fulfill your strong desire. 

The toughest part, here, is crossing Cho La Pass-5,420M. Despite being graded in a strenuous route, it provides a complete mountaineering experience. It presents a combo package, which connects two famous trails—the Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. Many bloggers, writers, photographers, and videographers collect contents from here to engage their subscribers.

 Beyond the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes, nature fascinates the trail where we tread on. The majestic viewpoints, Gokyo Ri and Kalapatthar give us a 360-degree angle picturesque view.  Short climbing to viewpoints rewards us with the festooned mountains range Mahalangur.  The mountain ranges comprise cone shaping, 8000M plus, peaks of Mt.Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.  

No doubt, number of lower peaks; bellow 8000m, are contenders on our list. Including these peaks,  Mt. Pumori 7161m, Mt. Nuptse 7855m, Mt. Lingterin 6679m, Mt.Changaste 7550m, Mt.Amadablam 6856m, Mt.Thamserku 6723m, Mt.Kantega 6685m, Mt.Kusum Khagaru 6367m, Mt.Kongde 6011m, Mt.Khumbila 5761m (God of the Khumbu), Mt.Cholaste 6335m, Mt.Twache peak 6367m, and  Island peak 6179m, Lobuche peak 6145m.

The entire trekking route locates in the Sagarmatha National Park; listed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Hiking over preserved Natural Heritage makes trekking worth with beautiful Gokyo and Khumbu Valleys. The turquoise water lakes, Ngozumgpa Glacier, Khumbu icefall, and a wide range of scattered settlement sherpas come in the same region.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation (1,300m)
  • Day 02: Temples Sightseeing around Kathmandu. (1,300m)
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla for 35 minutes, trek to Phakding (2,651m) 3 to 4 hours.
  • Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m) 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 05: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar: (3,440m)
  • Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3,680m): 6km, 5-6 hours
  • Day 07: Trek from Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4,470m): 10km, 4-5 hours.
  • Day 08:  Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m) 7km, 4-5 hours
  • Day 09: Gokyo Valley Acclimatization Day and Climbing Goko Ri (5357 m): 2km, 3 – 4 hours
  • Day 10: Trek  from Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m/15,580 ft): 4km, 4 – 5 hours
  • Day 11: Trek from Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m) to Dzongla (4830): 7km, 7 – 8 hours
  • Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m): 6km, 2 – 3 hours
  • Day 13: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m): 12km, 6-7 hours
  • Day 14: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m) to Pherice (4,288m): 16km, 7-8 hours
  • Day 15: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 20km, 6 – 7 hours
  • Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m): 19km, 6 – 7 hours
  • Day 17: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: Final departure

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation (1,300m)

Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, as per clients arrival detail Go Trek Nepal staff member will be coming to pick up with holding a placard that will state Go Trek Nepal sign at the airport or at the central bus terminal and transfer to the required hotel. In the evening, GTN organizes a dinner programs at a Nepali culture restaurant and induction program including ice-break with trek leader and crews. We will happily welcome any questions that rise up from our valuable clients regarding trek. The induction program covers dos and donts while trekking which are very easy to apply, safety majors and other related issues.

Day 02: Temples Sightseeing around Kathmandu. (1,300m)

After having breakfast, our tour leader escorts clients to the heritage sites of Kathmandu.1. Swayambhu Nath temple this temple located in the western part of Kathmandu city, known as a monkey temple, on the top of the hill. The monkey temple is a shrine of Buddhist and Hindus. 2. After completing Monkey temple tour, the clients will be escorted to Patan Durbar square towards southern part of Kathmandu. The paten durbar square is built by then Malla dynasties which includes many temples, castle and museum. After finishing tour for 1:30 hours, cliets will have time to have lunch then move to Pashupati Nath Temple. 3. The pashupati Nath temple is located on the bank of Bagmati river, however, non-Hindus are not allowed to get inter into the temple. Whatever rigid rule is, there are lot of thing see and observe Hindus crematory procession. 4. The last not the least temple is Bauddha Nath stupa, the biggest Stupa, including monasteries around, in Nepal. Many Tibetan and other Buddhist devotees are being seen spinning prayer wheels and bowing towards Stupa.

After completing Day tour, clients will have time to get shopping, if there any left and packing for trekking for tomorrows trekking.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla for 35 minutes, trek to Phakding (2,651m) 3 to 4 hours.

Early morning checking out the hotel, clients will be escorted to the domestic airport by our trek leader. During 40 minutes long Dornier aircraft travel, the spectacular views of farms, hills, valleys, forests, and mountains make our flight very much enjoyable. After landing at Lukla, we will meet up with more fellow trekking crews, who will be assisting us to carry baggage during entire trek. We start trekking on semi-down trail and arrive at Chhepulung village then still trek going on toward Phakding. During trail, we will have opportunity to view mount khumbila, beautiful Sherpa villages and their farm. After hours trek, we will arrive in Phakding, where we will be staying overnight at a Teahouse lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m) 5 to 6 hours

The trail leads us by crossing Dhudkoshi suspension bridge through a pine forest towards Benkar valley alongside the river bank. During this trail we will cross several villages and tea houses like Monjo, Jorsalle etc. Before arriving at Namche, we will get in check at the Sagarmatha National Park entry point. By having enjoyable trek we will arrive at the much fascinating Sherpa settlement in mountain, the Namche Bazaar, known as the gate way of Everest Region Trekking. We will be staying at a Teahouse lodge in Namche bazaar.

Day 05: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar: (3,440m)

Today, it is acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar. We will go to see sunrise early in morning and explore famous viewpoints from where breathtaking mountains such as Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and more can be viewed. Depending in our time availability and interest, we can make a hike to other beautiful Sherpa settlements and explore nature. After getting back to Lukla from mountain hiking, we can use additional time to explore Namche Bazaar, sending post cards to friends and family back home, checking mails, visiting schools and museum etc.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3,680m): 6km, 5-6 hours

The trail starts with a steep stone staircase over Namche Bazaar, heads to Khumjung Hill. After crossing the hill, it descend down gradually toward Dhudkoshi valley from where we can view world highest, spiky mountains, landscape and, of course majestic Monastery for Tengboche. During trail, Chhorten, exhilarating Mountain Views and awesome landscape spotted on the way. We cross some villages, accumulated houses for tea house purpose for trekkers, like Sanasa and Mong Danda etc. Of course, our trek leader will give us time to have short breaks at any view points and picturesque village for photo snaps and bottle water. The trail takes us down towards Dhudhkoshi River bank where our overnight camp, Phortse Thanga, located. For having a pleasant overnight, we will be stopping at Phortse Thanga.

Day 07: Trek from Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4,470m): 10km, 4-5 hours.

After having wonderful breakfast, our team will move uphill climbing to today’s destination, Machhermo. The trail takes us through a lush forest of rhododendron and a beautiful water fall. All along today’s trail and more than half of tomorrow’s trail, follows outright parallel manner with Dudhkoshi River until Gokyo Lakes. We cross some villages like Tongba, Dole, Labarma and Luza; however, gorgeous views of mountains and splendid nature provide us with ample feed. Succeeding 4 to 5 hours today’s journey, we will arrive in pre-scheduled destination, Machhermo.

Day 08:  Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m) 7km, 4-5 hours

The day will begin with ascending pretty rocky hill, the view from the hill spotted most alluring scene around through down valley. Walking will gets pretty strenuous as the elevation getting higher, 47470M, and the air pressure get low; however, we will be well equipped and follow safety majors by our trained Trek leader. With spectacular view, the trail leads us to Pangkha and slightly descends down trail by following an icy melting river in Ngazumpa Glacier. By passing steep rocky trail, on the side a glacier, we will cross first Lake, Logpongo, at 4690M, and then we will arrive at second lake. Having some snaps alongside the lake bank, we will arrive at third lake, Gokyo, known as Dhud Pokharai. After having delicious lunch, we will go to explore the beautiful lake in order to explore exhilarating views and photo snaps around the lake, then stay overnight in a lodge nearby Lake.

Day 09: Gokyo Valley Acclimatization Day and Climbing Goko Ri (5357 m): 2km, 3 – 4 hours

We kill this day as an acclimatization day, as well as Gokyo valley exploration and climbing Gokyo Ri, 5357M, a Mini Peak climbing, in the northern edge of Gokyo Lake. While we ascending up, the views of entire valley appear in splendid panoramic angle. And, we will be able to see four highest peaks including Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu from a single point. Some explorer grade Gokyo Ri view point even better than the another famous view point, Kalapatthar in term of splendid scene and mountains view. Moreover, other mountains and peaks like Kangatega, Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse,  Nuptse, Changtse, and Pumori make our days more worthwhile. After having a wonderful day experience, we will spend overnight in a lodge at Gokyo.

Day 10: Trek  from Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m/15,580 ft): 4km, 4 – 5 hours

The day, starts with left over 4th and 5th Gokyo Lakes exploration, catch more scenic views of the valley plus breathtaking mountains position from different angle view. Of course, we get a feed to see a broadly widened Ngozumpa Glacier, which was said to be the biggest Glacier in Nepal. After lunch, our team move ahead towards Thangnak, across Ngozumpa Glacier for overnight. Relatively, today’s hike is shorter; however, the rest will strengthen tomorrows a long hiking to Dzongla.

Day 11: Trek from Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m) to Dzongla (4830): 7km, 7 – 8 hours

We start our day, as early as possible, most likely at 5 to 6 AM, towards our forthcoming destination, Dzongla by crossing Cho La Pass. Relatively, this day is utterly most challenging day than previous ones. Certainly, in fact, Cho La Pass is not fearsome challenge; however, the trail passes through glacier, steep up and semi vertical down, might make the day toughest. We better to cope with these challenges; we must be attentive hikers while tread on rocks, ground and ice. From Phedi, the trail leads us up through canyon and pretty rocky trail. While stepping up towards Pass, the paths spotted pretty narrow, and may fall rocks without any prior notice, we must speak to the trek leader without hesitation if we need any assistance. Once we done this steep trail, we reach at top of pass, offers a very beautiful viewpoint, from where we will be able to catch splendid views of cone shaping mountains along with Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche and Baruntse etc. After done the pass, the trail takes us to Dzongla through crevasses and rocky trail, and get reach at our today’s ultimate destination Dzongla, where we will stay for overnight here.

Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m): 6km, 2 – 3 hours

Today is our short trekking day, will be a relaxing day, and take as a healing day of yesterday’s long trek exhaustion, stepping forward in no rush. The village, Dzongla offers splendid Mountains’ views Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche along with the Pheriche Village far below. Trail leads us downs and semi uphill trail; finally get us at Lobuche. During trail, the splendid views of Amadablam, Nuptse, Everest, Pumori, Lhotse and Lobuche never let our eyes down in providing time to time feed. After short exploration around beautiful location at Lobuche, we will stay here for overnight stay.

Day 13: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m): 12km, 6-7 hours

We will be heading towards the Everest Base Camp. After 3 to 4 hours continues journey we arrive at Gorak Shep, we will book hotel, and leave heavy backpack then go forward to visit Everest Base Camp. The walk will be strenuous due thin air pressure as we will have already been crossed over 5100 Meter. However, our well-trained Trek leader and fellow Sherpa assistant will be caring us in every single moment. The path is pretty sharp rocky we better to be careful viewing beautiful scene side by side being aware of path. Upon reaching our ultimate destination, the Everest Base Camp, we will take group photos for long last memory. The stunning view around base camp will be a perfect feed for us. After spending half any hour or more time of Everest Base Camp exploration we will be heading back to our lodge at Gorakshep for wonderful night stay.

Day 14: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m) to Pherice (4,288m): 16km, 7-8 hours

Early morning, likely in pre-dawn, we will get ready to visit another famous view point, Kalapathar. The temperature may go down up to -10 to -14 Celsius which is obviously chilly by adding unfriendly winds too. Upon arrival at the view point, exhilarating view of astonishing Mountains and peaks appear at 360 degree angle. After taking group photos, several other position photos and certainly selfies, we will get back to Gorak Shep to prepare return to Phiriche.

After taking lunch we will start descending towards Phiriche and overnight at the a tea house trek for good rest.

Day 15: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 20km, 6 – 7 hours

The trail takes us down trail through rhododendron forest. As we will be descending downhill trail, and we may get foot ache and knee sore. So, we better to tread lightly. After crossing Dudhkoshi River Bridge, we will arrive at Sansa village in one and half hour trek we will arrive at Namche that we left in a week ago. We spend overnight stay In Namche Bazaar.

Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m): 19km, 6 – 7 hours

Today will be our last not the least day of Trekking in Everest Region. The trails leads us towards steeply downhill, we may get more foot sore while descending as yesterday downhill trail might get us knee sore. By following same trail, that we made on the first day of our trekking leads us to Lukla. Upon arrival in Lukla, we will have a good time with fellow trekking crews and saying good bye.

Day 17: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

We will catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after a long Everest Trekking. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will have a rest and go to shopping souvenir for friends and family back home. In evening, Go Trek Nepal will organize a farewell dinner which will be a time to share wonderful Everest Base Camp Experience with Go Trek Nepal official, and Go Trek Nepal will provide a recognition certificate of successfully doing Everest Base Camp Trekking.

Day 18: Final departure

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the Langtang Valley trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea house lodge) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Emergency evacuation such as chopper and ambulance lifting
  • International flights
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