Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake

Duration: 19 Days

About Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake

Gokyo Lake & Everest Base Camp Trek via Cho La Pass is an amazing and challenging trek in the Everest region combining the route of Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp. The trek takes you to the foot of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest from the less crowded route of the tranquil Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass offering an opportunity to experience the awesomeness of two different routes of the same region in the same trek. With the stunning mountain scenery, glaciers, high altitude lakes, Buddhists monasteries & stupas, prayer flags, beautiful settlements of the Sherpa people, their rich culture & tradition, and the diverse flora & fauna throughout the trail, this trek is a great alternative to the trekkers wishing to trek the Everest Base Camp in a more challenging and adventurous way.

The spectacular views of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Nuptse, Changtse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, and Lobuche including many others can be seen during the simply astonishing trek. The major highlight of this trek are Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Tengboche monastery, Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and Everest Base Camp. The trek starts and ends at the same place, Lukla.

Highlights

  • Crossing the high Cho La Pass (5420 M) with magnificent mountain sceneries
  • Short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla 
  • Stunning sceneries of Mt. Everest (8848 M), Lhotse (8516 M), Cho Oyu (8201 M), Mt.Makalu (8463 M) and other peaks below 8000
  • Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site known for its rich wildlife and vegetation
  • Magnificent view of some of the highest mountains from Kala Patthar, Gokyo Ri, and Everest Base Camp
  • Rich culture and tradition of the Sherpa people which is similar to the Tibetan people
  • Ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and beautiful Sherpa villages
  • The trek passes through the world’s largest glacier,' Ngozumpa Glacier'

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 M) and transfer to hotel

One of the members of our company will welcome you at the international airport terminal gate and take you to the hotel. You will have a few hours to rest. Later, in the evening, you will meet with the guide in your hotel lobby. He will brief you on further programs.

  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

We will go on a guided sightseeing tour to several UNESCO World Heritage. We will visit one of the holiest temples of Hindus, Pashupatinath temple. Nearby this temple is located the largest of Nepal, Boudhanath stupa. After visiting these places, we will head to Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, you can explore the vibrant streets of Thamel by yourself and prepare for the trek.

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

Early in the morning between 2 am to 4 am, we will drive to Ramechhap airport from where we will take the flight to Lukla. This short and thrilling flight will present us with the magnificent views of the Himalayas. From Lukla, we will start our trek to Phakding village through the forested trail passing through numerous Sherpa villages mainly Cheplung, and Nurning with a superb view of Mt. Khumbila, Kongde, and Kusum Khangkaru. Today, the trek will be quite easy.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Phakding
  • 2640 M
  • 3:30 hours

After having breakfast, we will head towards Namche Bazar. On the way, we will pass by several villages like Jorsale and Monjo. Monjo is the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park. From here, we will trek through the national park crossing several small streams, rivers, alpine forests, and small settlements. Upon reaching Namche Bazar, we will be welcomed with excellent views of Mt. Thamserku (6623 m) and Kongdi Ri Himal (5115 M).

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Namche Bazar
  • 3440 M
  • 5 hours

It is the day of acclimatization. We will spend the day exploring the village and its nearby areas. We will go on a hike to Syangboche Airstrip or Everest View Hotel for a stunning view of Mt. Everest (8848 M) and surrounding mountains. Later in the day, we will visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Namche Bazar
  • 3440 M

We will leave Namche Bazaar following a trail with gradual ups and downs. On the way, we are likely to spot Himalayan Pheasants, Musk deer, and Himalayan Thars, many wild animals. From Sansa, we will ascend to Mong La Pass where we take our lunch. We can get a glimpse of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and many mountains. Then, our trail will descend to Phortse Tanga on the edge of Dudhkoshi Khola and after it will be an uphill climb through rhododendron forests before reaching Dole.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Dole
  • 4200 M
  • 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we will take a gradual ascent until reaching a teashop. We are likely to encounter Pheasants, Mountain goats, and Musk deer. We climb on a steady trail through a scenic ridge with views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku mountains. We take a short ascent from Luza and continue on a straight trail through the alpine meadows taking us to Machhermo. Later in the evening, we can take a short visit to a health post where we can get information related to high altitudes.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Machhermo
  • 4470 M
  • 4-5 hours

After a short climb, we will get to enjoy views of the Dudh Koshi valley and the majestic mountains. We will continue on a straight trail leading us to Phangga. A little farther from here, we will take a rocky trail uphill leading us to the 1st lake,’ Longpongo’. We will then continue walking on a rocky trail all the way to Gokyo via passing by the 2nd lake,’Taujung Tsho’and the Ngozumba Glacier on the right side of the trail. Gokyo is located on the edge of the pristine 3rd lake, ‘Gokyo Tsho’.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Gokyo
  • 4790 M
  • 4 hours

Today will be our rest day. We will start the ascent of Gokyo Ri early in the morning to view the amazing sunrise over the majestic snow-capped peaks. The stunning views of Everest (8848 M), Lhotse (8516 M), Makalu (8481 M), Nuptse (7861 M), Cho Oyu (8201 M), Pumori (7161 M), Ama Dablam (6856 M), and other peaks. After the hike to Gokyo, we will hike to the fourth lake.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Gokyo
  • 4750 M

After breakfast, we will start our trek to Thangnak. We will walk on the icy and slippery path while crossing the massive Ngozumba Glacier before arriving in Thangnak.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Thangna
  • 4765 M
  • 4 hours

Early in the morning, we will start to ascend gradually on the steep rocky trail leading us to our second pass of the trek, Cho-La Pass (5420 M). Our ascent to the top of Cho La Pass will be a bit steep and difficult as we will have to walk on a slippery path with a difficult icy crossing in some parts. There are sometimes possibilities of rocks falling as well. The top of the pass provides us with a breathtaking panoramic view of Ama Dablam (6856 M) and Cholatse (6440 M). From the pass, we will descend to Dzongla slowly and carefully as we will have to walk on a slippery trail behind the pass for some time.

Note - We will need to take pack lunch as there are no settlements on the way

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Dzongla
  • 4840 M
  • 7-8 hours

Today, we will trek to Gorakshep rejoining with the classic Everest Base Camp Trek trail from a huge riverbank near before Lobuche. With the stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan range in the background, we will continue our trek to Gorakshep. Following the trail on the left side of Khumbu Glacier and ascending slowly we will reach Gorakshep by crossing Changri Nup and Changri Sar glacier

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Gorak Shep
  • 5140 M
  • 4-5 hours

We will take an early morning hike to Kala Patthar for the amazing panoramic views of the Himalayas. The viewpoints offer a stunning view of Everest (8848 M), Nuptse (7861 M), Lhotse (8516 M), Khumbutse (6636 M), and many other peaks of Khumbu region. Then, we will hike back to Gorakshep and continue our trek to Dingboche via Lobuche and Thukla. A little farther from Thukla, we will cross a river and take the left trail to Dingboche. The trail will be mostly downhill.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Dingboche
  • 4410 M
  • 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we will start our trek to Tengboche. With a gradual descend alongside Imja Khola, we cross a small river where we will rejoin the classic EBC trail. Following Imja Khola, we pass by Orsho and reach Somore. Then by descending all the way to a bridge over Imja Khola after Pangboche village, we will reach Deboche where we take our lunch. Then we will take a short ascent to Tengboche. Today, the trail will pass by different types of monasteries, chortens, mani walls and the alluring forests of Pine and Rhododendrons. Later, we will visit a monastery in Tengboche which is the biggest in the Everest region.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tengboche
  • 3870 M
  • 4-5 hours

Leaving behind the village of Tengboche by descending through the forested trail we will reach Phunge Tenga. Then we will cross Dudh Koshi River and ascend to Kyangjuma before reaching Namche through a straight trail. From Namche, we will descend to Monjo following the same trail that we took on the beginning of this trek crossing bridges three times over the Dudh Koshi River.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Monjo
  • 2835 M
  • 6 hours

After having breakfast, we will begin descending steeply and cross a suspension bridge. Further, the trail will pass by colorful prayer flags, chortens, mani walls, and small gompas. Trekking through lush forests of pine & rhododendron, small villages, and crossing various streams, you reach Lukla. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lukla
  • 2800 M
  • 4-5 hours

We will wake up early in the morning and fly back to Ramechhap airport then drive to Kathmandu.

  • B&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • 30 mins

In the case of flight cancelation or delay due to various unexpected circumstances like bad weather, political strike or natural calamities, we always keep one extra day as a security/reserve day.

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu.
  • 1350 M

After having breakfast, one of the members of the company will escort you to the airport for your flight back to your home.

  • B&B

What’s Included

  • Airport pick up and drop.
  • 4 nights accommodation in 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu on B/B basis (Single supplement room will be served on request with an additional cost).
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
  • Round flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu with airport tax.
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • English speaking guide (French-speaking guide available with an extra additional cost if needed).
  • One porter for two people (maximum weight: 12 kg per client) and assistant guide for group size above 4 people.
  • All the necessary permits and paperwork needed for the trek.
  • Government taxes, VAT, service charges, and official expenses.
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing with a tour guide in a private vehicle.
  • All Staff’s salary, insurance, and accommodation.
  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu, Lunch, and Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Your Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Laundry, telephone and personal trekking equipment.
  • Excess baggage charges during domestic flights (only 15kg altogether).
  • Medical evacuation (In case of emergency).

Useful Information

Note: Since Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal operating all the domestic and international flights, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has decided to operate all flights to Lukla from Ramechhap (Manthali) airport from the spring of 2019 till further notice as a measure to reduce the air traffic. The distance between Kathmandu and Ramechhap is around  135 km which takes a minimum of 4 hours of drive. 

If you would like to avoid the hassle of driving early in the morning to Ramechhap airport and taking the flight to Lukla, we have options to fly to Lukla from Kathmandu directly by taking a helicopter that fits 5 people. However, it is a little costly about 2500 USD per one way flight.