Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek takes you on an unforgettable adventure across the stunning Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp, the world’s highest trekking destination. This is a once in a lifetime adventure filled with stupendous views of some of the world’s highest peaks, glaciers and glittering mountain lakes. A high-altitude challenge, this Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary takes you to Everest Base Camp by crossing the less crowded and remote Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass route. Test your endurance level and get captivated by the soul stirring Everest landscape.
Your journey begins with an exciting flight across the mountains to Lukla, the 'Gateway to Everest'. Walk through traditional Sherpa settlements, home to an ethnic community known as the best mountaineers in the world. Trek to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La pass through the wild and isolated Gokyo Valley. Nzogumpa Glacier, Nepal’s longest glacier and the heavenly Gokyo Lakes fall on your route. You will be pushing yourself physically as you cross the Cho La Pass and hike to Gokyo Ri, Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. But these challenges will reward you with some of the best views you will ever come across in your life. By the end of the Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek you will be left with a feeling of personal achievement. A highly experienced local guide will be with you throughout your adventure. A must-do trip if a challenging Himalayan adventure is what you seek!
If this trip is not what you are looking for, then you can check out our other Everest treks - Everest Base camp Trek - 14 days, Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass Trek -14 days, Everest Three High Passes Trek - 20 Days, Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lakes- 18 days, 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.
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.
On your arrival at Kathmandu’s international airport, our representative will receive you and drive you to your hotel. Check in and take rest.
In the evening there will be a trip briefing where you will meet your guide. Your guide will brief you about the route and important things that you need to keep in mind while trekking. If you have any questions you can ask him. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Take an early flight to Lukla. Once in Lukla, you meet the other members of your crew. Sort your luggage and start your trek. You leave Lukla and take the trail to Phakding.
You head down to the Dudh Koshi River and cross a suspension bridge to arrive to the charming Sherpa village of Phakding. The Dudh Koshi river flows right below the village. If you feel like it you head down to the riverside later in the day to enjoy the views and take pictures. Overnight in Phakding.
Today you get the first glimpse of Mount Everest. The trail to Namche is filled with verdant forests, prayer flags and Buddhist shrines and wonderful views of Himalayan mountains.
En route you cross several metal suspension bridges, including Hillary Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in Everest Region. The walk to Namche is tiring but the inspiring views of snow covered peaks will make you forget your exhaustion. Overnight in Namche.
Before you head forward, you spend a day acclimatizing in Namche. Situated on a steep mountainside, Namche is the Sherpa capital and the economic centre of Khumbu region. There are shops, ATMS, teahouses and mountain lodges of all standards, cybercafés, bakeries etc.
As acclimatization hike you walk up to Shyangboche and Hotel Everest View which lies right above Namche. Enjoy close up views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and other peaks.
On your return trek you can visit the Sherpa village of Khumjung which has the first school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in Khumbu Region and the ancient Khumjung monastery with the scalp of Yeti, the abominable snowman. Overnight in Namche.
Leaving Namche climb up and follow an even path to the village of Kymjuma. Here the trail branches off. One leads to Gokyo while the other takes you to Tengboche. You take the upward trail that leads to Gokyo Valley. It is an upward ascent and you climb on stone steps cut on the side of rocky cliffs.
Enjoy close up views of Taboche, Kantega and Ama Dablam. En route walk past Sherpa villages of Mong La and Phortse Tenga. It is delightful walk past waterfalls, streams and forests. Once you reach Dole, head to a teahouse and rest your weary legs. Overnight in Dole.
Ascend a ridge located up the village and follow the trail to Macchermo. With Kantega,Thamserku and Cho Oyu rearing in the background you walk past summer camps of yak herders.
The path rises above the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River. After walking on the hillside you reach the small settlement of Macchermo. Apart from the teahouses and a cluster of local homes, the village has a health post with doctors and health workers. Overnight in Macchermo.
The trail follows a steep ascent to a ridge with fabulous views of Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku. Walk past the ridge and enter a valley. Cross Pangka and follow an up and down trail till you reach the moraine of Nzogumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal.
The glacier originates in Tibet, at the foot of Cho Oyu and moves down to Gokyo Valley in Nepal. Watch where you step, as the loose stones tend to be slippery. Cross the first of the Gokyo Lakes, Longpongo and a little later the second lake Taboche Tsho. The lakes look heavenly shimmering like a jewel surrounded by glaciers and white peaks.
You finally arrive at the settlement of Gokyo situated on the banks of the third lake, Gokyo Tsho popularly known as Dudh Pokhari. Make your way to a teahouse and take a well-deserved rest. Overnight in Gokyo.
Wake up early and hike up to Gokyo Ri,a small hill that lies just above Gokyo. You can enjoy stunning views of the Gokyo Lakes and the Nzogumpa Glacier. As Gokyo lies near the Nepal-Tibet border you can get close up views of Tibetan peaks too.
Enjoy breathtaking views of four 8000m peaks – Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and several 7000 and 6000 metre peaks lit by the golden rays of the morning sun. Take pictures and head down. Have lunch and proceed to Thagnak. Follow the Nzogumpa Glacier and head to the eastern part of the Gokyo Valley.
At Thagnak, you head to a teahouse and enjoy the warmth of the communal fireplace. Overnight in Thaknak.
This is one of the toughest days of the trek as we cross a high mountain pass, Cho La. From Thagnak it is an upward climb all the way to Cho La. The path is steep and rocky and you need to be mindful about not losing your footing on the steep slope.
The top of Cho La pass is covered in snow and offers wonderful views of the Himalayan range. Take a steep descent and walk along a glacier. The rock and ice soon give way to pastures and we arrive at Dzongla,where we stop for lunch.
Take a downward trail and head to Lobuche. The walk is filled with amazing sights of the peaks. An ascent brings you to the base of Awi Peak. The trail follows the bottom side of this peak. Enjoy amazing views of Himalayan peaks including Tawoche and Cholatse. We take a short descent and arrive at Lobuche which is made up of a cluster of teahouses. Overnight in Lobuche.
This is an eventful day as you will be visiting Everest Base Camp, the highest place on Earth a man can hike to. It’s a tough walk to Gorak Shep. It is natural to feel out of breath as you are walking above 5000 metres.
Keep your pace steady and don’t rush. Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated and drink water at short intervals. Once you reach Gorak Shep, make your way to a teahouse. After having some refreshments, leave your heavy stuff and hike to Everest Base Camp. The trail follows the stunning Khumbu Glacier.
You have reached above the tree line and the landscape is totally bare. Sharp and jagged summits of some of the highest mountains surround you. Everest Base Camp lies on a field of ice and rock. Enjoy jaw dropping views of the Khumbu Icefall, Western Cwm and the massive walls of Lhotse and Nuptse.
Mount Everest is too massive to be wholly seen from the base camp. If it’s climbing season you will find the ablation valley covered with colourful tents of mountaineers seeking to climb Mount Everest. Take pictutes and record this wonderful moment for posterity. Later head back to Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Wake up early and head to Kala Patthar for sunrise view. Kala Patthar is the most popular viewpoint in Everest Region and the highest point you will reach on your trek. Surrounded by some of the world’s highest peaks you get to enjoy 360 degree views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Changtse.
After taking pictures head down to Gorak Shep and proceed towards Pheriche. Walk past the village of Thukla and Thukla Pass with the memorials of dead mountaineers who lost their lives while climbing Mount Everest. The ones that stand out are those dedicated to Rob Hall, Scott Fischer and Late Babu Chhiri Sherpa.
The trail to Pheriche is mostly flat with some downhills. Once you reach Pheriche, head to teahouse and take rest. Overnight in Pheriche.
Leaving Pheriche you head down to Namche. The landscape changes and the barren hills give way to verdant forests of pine and rhododendron.
Walk past the Sherpa villages of Tengboche (visit Tengboche Monastery) and Pangboche before finally arriving in Namche. Overnight in Namche.
You make the final walk to Lukla. Once you reach Lukla you celebrate the completion of your once in a lifetime trip with your guide and porters.
These hardy mountain men have been there for you all these days guiding you and helping you carry your heavy load. You can show your gratitude by tipping them. Spend your last evening in Khumbu singing and dancing to Sherpa tunes. Overnight in Lukla.
Bid goodbye to the mountains and return to Kathmandu. The flight is filled with breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be driven to your hotel. Take rest or explore the city. You can stroll around Thamel or Ason Bazaar to shop for souvenirs. If you wish to take a guided tour do let us know.
Evening, celebrate the end of your trip with a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our representative will drop you at the airport 3 hours before your scheduled departure. If you are interested in other Nepal trips or would like to visit Bhutan or Tibet do let us know. We have some well-crafted itineraries that might interest you.
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All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
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During your Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek, you spend 2 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.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu. On your last evening we will host a farewell dinner for you to celebrate the completion of your trek.
On the trail, all meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and seasonal fruits will be provided. Meals will be at teahouses and you can choose any item from the menu. Items on the menu include traditional Nepali (Dal-Bhat - rice, lentil soup, curry)and Tibetan items (momo(meat or vegetable dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), thenthuk(a vegetable or meat stew), Tibetan bread etc.), Indian and continental items (chappati, curries, pancake, pizza, hash brown potatoes, macaroni, spaghetti etc.).
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The best seasons for Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek 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