Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes takes you to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley. Experience the wild and uninhabited terrain of Khumbu Himal by trekking through the challenging trail of Gokyo Valley. Hike to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes and cross the Cho La Pass. This high-altitude adventure takes you to the last frontier of wild Sherpa country. Get an amazing 360-degree outlook of the Himalayas and Gokyo Lakes from Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar. Additionally, visit old Sherpa settlements and experience Sherpa culture. This trek is ideal for those seeking a challenge off the beaten track.
Guided by our experienced trek leader, the first day of your Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes begins from Lukla. Walk past swinging suspension bridges and yak trains to reach Namche, the cultural and economic heart of Khumbu region. Pay your respects at the sacred Tengboche Monastery. Traverse the Khumbu glacier to reach Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Follow a secluded route to the stunning Gokyo Valley and the cobalt blue Gokyo Lakes. Negotiate your way across the high mountain pass of Cho La and Nzogumpa Glacier, Nepal’s longest glacier. These non-technical ascents may test you physically but will reward you with incredible mountain views. In Lukla, celebrate the last night in the mountains with your teammates and crew.
Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes offers a longer and more challenging alternative to our shorter 14-day Everest Base Camp Trek. Our experts have set aside enough rest days in the itinerary for acclimatization. You can do this trek if you are reasonably fit and have some high-altitude trekking experience. Take this amazing adventure to one of the most isolated corners of the world and let the stark Himalayan landscape stun your senses! You get to walk to the popular EBC trail and return to Lukla via helicopter. If you are interested in other Everest treks you can check out our Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass Trek -14 days, Everest Three High Passes Trek - 20 days or Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek- 15 days. If short on time, we suggest you try out one of our helicopter treks - Everest Base Camp Heli Trek-11 days, Everest Base Camp Short Trek Heli Return-12 days and Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek - 8 days. By taking a helicopter trek you can trek to EBC and return to Lukla via helicopter.
Lukla Flight Alert: As there's too much traffic at the Kathmandu airport during high season (Spring- March, April, Autumn - October, November) flights scheduled to and from Lukla will operate from Ramechhap Airport. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu. However, most airlines will operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you make an early booking, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to Lukla (KTM-Lukla). It will be easier to fly directly from Kathmandu instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap. Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will continue to operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
At the airport our representative will meet you and drive you to your hotel. Late afternoon or evening meet up with your trek leader. A briefing will follow where your trek leader will apprise you on the finer points of your upcoming trek. Ask questions if you have any and check your gear for the final time. Later on you can rest at your hotel or explore a bit of Thamel (Kathmandu’s tourist hub).
Since you have an early morning flight to Lukla on Day 2, it is advisable to schedule your arrival to Kathmandu in the morning or during the daytime as this will give you enough time to recover from jet lag and attend the pre-trek briefing. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla, the first Sherpa settlement on your trail. Meet the rest of the crew and pack your belongings before setting off.
Begin your trek from Lukla and head to Chauri Kharka. Follow the trail on the banks of Dudh Koshi River till Phakding, a small Sherpa village in the Dudh Koshi valley with a smattering of teahouses and cafes. Stroll around the village and soak in the sights or take a well deserved rest and prepare for tomorrow’s tough ascent. Overnight in Phakding.
Wake up early and hit the trail to Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpa homeland. Walk through a verdant pine forest and cross several metal suspension bridges, including the famous Hillary Bridge covered with colourful prayer flags. Follow a scenic trail to Monjo and enter the Sagarmatha National Park.
From Tope Danda you get the first glimpse of Mount Everest. Walking past chortens (Buddhist shrines), mani walls inscribed with Buddhist mantras and awe inspiring Himalayan scenery, you finally reach Namche Bazaar. The settlement is set like a spectacular amphitheatre cut deep into the mountains. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Stay in Namche for acclimatisation. Namche is the main trading hub in the Khumbu region. Here you will find ATM booths, budget as well as high-end mountain lodges, bakeries, cyber cafes and restaurants.
A ‘Saturday Market’ is held at the bazaar area every Saturday, where traders from the Khumbu region as well as Tibet trade their wares. Options for acclimatisation walks include a hike to the vantage point of Everest View Hotel for close up views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Everest and walks to the neighbouring Sherpa village of Khumjung lying at the foot of Khumbila, the sacred peak of the Sherpas.
The village is home to the first school in the Khumbu Region, established by late Sir Edmund Hillary. Khumjung’s other claim to fame is its monastery which houses the scalp of a Yeti, the abominable snowman. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Follow a steep path out of Namche. As the trail winds along the mountainside, you will be presented with innumerable photo opportunities. The sparking white Himalayan peaks of Ama Dablam and Thamserku appear so close.
Walk through a pine and rhododendron forest before descending to Phortse Tenga. Cross the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi and climb up a winding path to Tengboche. Ama Dablam seem to welcome you with outstretched arms as you approach Tengboche.
Once you arrive at the village head to a teahouse and get refreshed. Later on visit the ancient Tengboche Monastery, the most important monastery in Khumbu region. Explore the monastery. Observe the monks chanting prayers during prayer service and seek their blessings. Overnight in Tengboche.
Wake up early to catch the sun rising over Ama Dablam. Later proceed to Dingboche. Follow a forested path down to Deboche which has a Buddhist nunnery.
Hike past mani walls, mesmerizing Himalayan views and yet another Sherpa settlement of Pangboche which has the oldest monastery in Khumbu Himal, Pangboche Gompa. Walk by some yak herders’ cottage and cross a river before entering the village of Dingboche.
The picturesque village lies in a valley surrounded by farmland and snow-capped peaks. Head to a teahouse and get recharged. Overnight in Dingboche.
You are at 4,400 metres and can feel the difference in the atmosphere. A rest day at Dingboche will help your body cope with the decrease in oxygen level. There are several options available for acclimatisation hike.
Ascend Nangkartshang or Nagarjun Hill and enjoy the panoramic views of Makalu and surrounding mountains. Standing higher than the Alps(4810m) at 5083m, the hill offers an easy and non-technical climb. Stop by a small chorten known as Nangkartshang Gompa, for 360-degree view of Himalayan peaks.
Or you can take a challenging round trek to Chukkung Valley for amazing views of rolling glaciers and Tibetan peaks. You can also drop by the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic located in Pheriche, a neighboring Sherpa settlement.
If you don’t want to exert yourself too much and take it easy, then explore the village and ascend one of the small hills surrounding the village. Overnight in Dingboche.
Leaving Dingboche proceed towards Lobuche.Have lunch at the village of Thukla and proceed towards Thukla Pass. You are now in wild country.
Stone memorials dedicated to those who lost their lives in Everest indicate how harsh and unforgiving the mountains can be. At Thukla Pass the memorials dedicated to Rob Hall, Scott Fischer, Rob Hall and the super Sherpa Late Babu Chiri Sherpa( who climbed Everest without supplementary oxygen and spent 22 hours at the summit) are decorated with khatas (traditional silk scarves). The ill-fated expedition of Hall and Fischer has been described in Jon Krakauer's best selling book "Into Thin Air" and the movie "Everest."
With some of the world’s highest peaks looming around you, walk past a barren and rocky terrain all the way to Lobuche, one of the few villages in this high altitude snowy desert. The settlement, which was once a summer camp for yak herders, has just a couple of teahouses. Overnight in Lobuche.
Today is a memorable day as you get to stand at EBC, at the foot of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. From Lobuche trek to Gorak Shep, one of the highest Sherpa settlements in the Everest Region.
Follow the Khumbu Glacier and walk round a rocky moraine before reaching the tiny settlement of Gorak Shep. Once you are in Gorak Shep, you check at in at your teahouse and have refreshments. Later hike to Everest Base Camp.
The route to EBC is filled with glorious views of Everest, Pumori, Nuptse and Khumbutse. The base camp is the first camp of expedition groups attempting an Everest summit. During climbing season, the place looks festive with colourful tents covering the base camp area.
Walk on the Khumbu Glacier and watch the magnificent Khumbu Icefall, a frozen river of ice and snow flowing down the base of Mount Everest. Visit the camps of expedition groups and interact with the climbers. Record your ascent to the foot of Mount Everest by taking photographs. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Wake up early and hike to Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is a small black hill located about 2 hours hike from Gorak Shep.
From here one can enjoy close up views of Mount Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse and Lhotse. The name Kala Patthar or ‘Black Rock’ was coined by Jimmy Roberts, adventurer and pioneer of commercial trekking in Nepal.
It is one of the most popular viewpoints in the Khumbu region from where one can view the rocky summit of the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest (also known as Sagarmatha and Chomolungma). Later descend to Gorak Shep. Later follow the route to Dzongla. En route you stop at Lobuche for lunch. On reaching Dzongla head to your teahouse and take a well deserved rest. Overnight in Dzongla.
Wake up early and hit the trail to Cho La Pass. Today is special as well the toughest day of your trek as you make a clhallenging crossing over the high mountain pass of Cho La. One of the trek’s highlights, the traverse involves a non-technical ascent to the saddle of Cho La at 5367m.
Snow conditions will determine how long you will take to ascend the pass. Even though the ascent is a non-technical one, the hike up the pass is a challenging one. The top of the Cho La Pass is always covered with snow and ice.
From the top, enjoy fascinating views of the valley spread below.The Himalayan peaks including Ama Dablam, Baruntse and Lobuche East rears in the horizon. The glacier envelops the snow covered pass till it reaches its greatest height.
Watch your step while hiking down steep portions littered with loose rocks. Cross a grassy ridge and make a slow descent to the small Sherpa settlement of Thaknak, located at the base of Cho La Pass. Overnight in Thaknak.
Thaknak lies at the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley. This is one of the last human settlements on the Nepal side; on the other side is Tibet. En route enjoy the majestic view of Cho Oyu(8188m), the sixth highest peak in the world.
From Thaknak make your way to Gokyo. Follow a trail that meanders along the Nzogumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. As the glacier moves, the trail keeps on changing. You can easily lose your way at such sections, if you don't have a knowledgeable mountain guide to guide you. Do not worry, our experienced guides know which path to take even if the previous trail gets erased.
Follow an undulating path with cairns marking the way. Stop at intervals to catch your breath and take in the rugged mountain scenery. Head to the settlement of Gokyo set on the eastern shore of the largest of the Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Cho or Dudh Pokhari. Make your way to a teahouse and take a well-deserved rest. Overnight in Gokyo.
Wake up early and take a challenging ascent up the Gokyo Ri for jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the Gokyo Valley. You get the best view of the lakes and mountains from this point.
From the summit watch frozen glaciers tumbling down into emerald lakes framed by an unbroken chain of snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Gokyo Ri offers inspiring views of the Himalayas and is one of the most popular viewpoints in the Khumbu region. This is one of those sights that gets engraved in your mind forever.
Later in the day follow the solitary and ruggedly beautiful trail to Machhermo. The trail follows the side of Nzogumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal which originates at the foot of Cho Oyu in Tibet and tumbles down to the Gokyo Valley in Nepal. As you traverse the glacier, tread carefully on the moraine and loose rocks.
Cross Pangkha before an uphill ascent brings you to the village of Machhermo. Head to a teahouse and take rest. Overnight in Machhermo.
Better get an early start because today’s walk is a long one. Follow a trail covered with pine and rhododendron forest and walk past solitary huts of yak herders.
Walk above the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola and enjoy splendid views of Everest, Lhotse and other peaks. Amble past colourful Buddhist prayer flags and chortens before reaching Namche. Overnight in Namche.
The final leg of your trek brings you to Lukla. Wash off the dirt and grime with a hot shower. The hot shower acts as a soothing balm for your sore and aching muscles.
Celebrate your last evening in Khumbu with your crew. We are sure that the bonds you have created during this journey are special and will be cherished forever. Overnight in Lukla.
Bid goodbye to your Sherpa crew and fly to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, check in at your hotel and take a well-deserved rest or explore the city on your own.
Walk down Ason Bazaar, the oldest market in Kathmandu and shop for souvenirs or visit some of Kathmandu’s iconic landmarks.
Enjoy farewell dinner and celebrate the successful completion of your trip with your guide or a representative from our office. Overnight in Kathmandu.
This day is set aside as a contingency day for any unforeseen emergencies like flight delays or cancellations, bad weather on the trail etc. If your trek ends without a hitch then you can spend this day as you wish.
Just let us know if you want to book a city tour. Choose from our vast range of city tour itineraries or let us customize an itinerary for you. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our representative will drop you at the international airport three hours before your flight’s departure. If you feel the need to explore more of the Himalayas just let us know. We operate tours across the Himalayas - Tibet, Bhutan, India and Nepal.
On Day 9, after reaching Gorak Shep, you can choose to hike either to Kala Patthar or Everest Base Camp. If you visit Kala Patthar on Day 9, you can hike to Everest Base Camp on Day 10 and vice versa.
You can change this itinerary, services, accommodation, duration of this trip etc.to suit your needs and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday.
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During your Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes, you spend 3 nights at Hotel Shanker, a four star hotel in Kathmandu. A heritage hotel, Hotel Shanker is housed in a 19th century palace. Keeping much of the original charm, this magnificent palace has been renovated and fitted with modern conveniences.The hotel is centrally located, close to Thamel. The establishment offers luxurious rooms with en suite bathrooms, spa, restaurant, swimming pool, bar, cafe and a spacious garden.
In Kathmandu, enjoy breakfast and farewell dinner.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided while trekking. While breakfast and dinner will be served at the lodge you will be staying at, lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route. Items on the menu include the traditional Nepali and Tibetan fare like dal-bhat (rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread etc. as Indian and continental dishes (chapattis, apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, noodles etc.).
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The best seasons for Everest Base Camp Trek With Gokyo Lakes - 18 Days are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (mid-September to November). Trekking in Autumn (post-monsoon) promises clear skies and stunning mountain vistas. In Spring (pre-monsoon) the alpine meadows are covered with flowers and colourful rhododendron blooms.
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When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget
These are the best months to do this trek, as the weather is mild and the temperatures range from 12 to 15 degrees. The skies generally remain clear and the days are pleasant and warm. You can expect an occasional spring shower and hazy weather during spring. The mountain views are stunning in September, as there is more snow on the mountains. Nights can be freezing as the temperature dips after sun down.
If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.
If the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather there is no alternative but to stay an extra day. You will have to bear the cost for the accommodation. Sometimes even when the airlines cancel their flights, helicopter companies offer charters. If you would like, you can take a heli flight. This will incur an extra cost and you have to pay for it.
There is mobile network in the Everest Region. If you get a local SIM (Ncell or NTC) you can use your mobile phone to communicate easily. As this is a mountainous area the network may get erratic at times. At most places the network is good enough for internet use and video calls. Our climbing guides also carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.
Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.
If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary.
You can either buy bottled mineral water or fill up a reusable water bottle with boiled or sterilized water. During the trek, the teahouses or lodges serve you bottled and filtered water which is generally safe and have to be paid for. A liter of water would cost anything between 1 to 4 USD. As you go higher the cost of all commodities, including water, increases. But do note there is no dearth or scarcity of drinking water at teahouses. We encourage our guest to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking. You need to drink at least 3-4 litres of water each day to stay hydrated at higher altitudes. Keeping your body hydrated helps you to keep away the symptoms altitude sickness.
No, the company won’t provide drinking water or any extra drinks or beverages other than the ones that are specified in the trip cost.
If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.
While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.
You need to be in good shape and have an ability to walk 6 – 7 hours uphill and downhill per day. This trek is suitable for passionate trekkers. Positive attitude, excellent health, and strong determination are required for successful finish. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Besides, it is advisable to trek with a highly reputed trek operator like us, with experienced guides who can help you with significant mental preparation with a personal touch.
Regarding the difficulty, the only challenging factor is the altitude. Our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. Neither ropes nor ice picks are needed for this trip and no vertical climbs are involved. Novice travelers in a good physical shape, who exercise regularly, has positive attitude and has healthy heart and lungs can easily complete this adventurous trip.
I am Werner Berger and my "claim to fame" is probably best defined as being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest.
Little did I know my life was to change forever on my first trek into the Himalaya in 1992 at age 55. It was the beginning and just a matter time before I realized I could combine my leadership and climbing skills to create a program in which people could explore their own possibilities.
So, in 2010, I began leading Transformational Life Experiences, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and other high places.
One of the earliest keys to success is to find a company with the right mix of professionalism, support, and, of course, experience. I have used Naba Amgai and his teams on all my Nepal trekking adventures.
Naba's caring and climber support, is second to none. In my estimation, Third Rock Adventures is one of the very best in the business, in or outside of Nepal. They know the mountains. So you can relax, enjoy and transform.
- Werner Berger