Everest Base Camp via Gokyo
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A different experience and alternative route to the Everest Base Camp is via Gokyo Lake. Trekkers through this trail will experience not just the beauty of the majestic Himalayas but will also get chance to experience the calmness that the freshwater lakes system in the Khumbu Region that no place in the entire world has. In addition to these scenic beauty, as you advance through the trail you’ll also come across the largest Himalayan glacier, the Ngozumpa. Nevertheless as the Gokyo trail is circular in nature i.e you need not go back the same route again, so you get to experience different views from the starting till the end. The Gokyo trail to EBC offers you a much varied and verdant trek that of the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. The route through this trail parts the classic trek at Namche Bazar heading towards the Gokyo Lakes which is in the western side of the Dudh Koshi valley leading you to the Gokyo Ri peak. This route over the years have also become one of the favourites of the climbers who prefer calm and views with some green and not just only the snow capped areas. On the trek to EBC through the Gokyo trail, we will also be spending some relaxing time at the turquoise glacial which will motivate you more to walk through the path reaching up to the Gokyo Ri and then to the base camp. This 17 days trek will blow your mind and leave you stunned with the views it has to offer. If you plan to choose the EBC via Gokyo, we advise you choose months between March to May or September to December, as these months are recommended as the best time to trek to EBC through the Gokyo Valley.
- Explore the Legendary destination of Nepal-Kathmandu, City of Temple
- Enjoy the Breathtaking landscape of Himalaya through the Flight to Lukla and touched down to world’s unique Airport
- Witness the view of Mt Everest, Beautiful Gokyo Valley and View Point of Kalapathar and Gokyo Ri
- Extreme Cho La Pass Adventure and trek via world famous glacier- Ngojumpa and Khumbu
- Acclimatise safety on a well-paced trek
- 4-8 hours treks in a day and relaxing night at local tea house with all amenities( subject to availability)
Things to Know
- 15 Days trek to reach the altitude above 5,500m and crossing the Cho La pass is challenging itself. You need to be well prepared physically and mentally.
- Everest trek is commenced on flight to Lukla. Recently, the flight has been diverted to Manthali airport from Kathmandu Airport. Hence, we will be departing hotel in Kathmandu at early morning 2 Am to reach Manthali Airport to board flight to Lukla in Day 2.
- Any Delays or Cancellation of the flight occurs due to weather or any unwanted situation will be arranged with alternative trekking itinerary. Please visit Alternative Itinerary section.
- Trek leaders are given complete authority to handle the group and run the program smoothly. Hence, all the paper works are to be completed prior to trek in Kathmandu in presence of trek leader and the participant will be legally binded with our operation rules.
- Insurance is compulsory for all our trek and tours programs.
- All the safety measures are implemented in proper orders and with regular updates to clients
- Emergency Rescue team are standby 24/7 during the trek. Evacuation will be implemented anytime studying the case completely.
- Descending from altitude will be our first priority to stop AMS from getting worst. Hence, Trek support team are always ready to descend with client if required.
Our representative welcomes you at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu with the company logo displayed on handheld signage board outside the Airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your hotels on our private vehicle.
Note: Pre-trip meeting will be held at our office or at your hotel on the same day. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport-sized photographs and a readable copy of your travel insurance, transcript in English language. Also, most importantly, you must sign a legally binding trip form, and a non–liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions regarding your trip and other informations that are in doubts. Also, in this meeting, we discuss about different aspect of trips, information about country, culture norms and values, money matter, eating and dining.
As you are well aware regarding the flight service to Lukla has been moved to Ramechap airport, we need to depart the hotel at around 2- 3 am to drive to Manthali (Ramechap) airport to board our flight to Lukla. As the road will not be affected by heavy traffic, the drive will take about 4 hours to reach our destination from Kathmandu. Reaching upon Ramechap airport, ready to board 15 minutes scenic flight in 15-18 seated aircraft which is a life time experience flights landing on World’s most unique Airport.
Upon arrival in Lukla, your trekking leader will arrange a catch-up meeting with trekking support team who shall be waiting to welcome you at Gateway of Everest. Depending on ETA- we will have breakfast/lunch with team member during the catch up meeting. Gear up now, and we will start our Journey following the trail via pine and cedar wood forest with the flow if Milk white- Dudh Koshi River along the trail. The first village of Trek- Chaurikharka will show you the beauties of Village life in Nepal. Making a slight decent will reach GHAT village(2,503m) where will walk through the first suspension bridge of Trekking route over the Dudh khosi river. Phakding will be our rest stop for the Night. Dinner time will be around 6- 7om and we shall be wrapping off by 8 pm to start an early day for tomorrow.
Rise and shine as the breakfast is set for you at the tea house. In order to meet the set destinations each day, we will always be focused to eat right and start off in time. As we start our day, we trail along the banks of Dudh Khosi river, crossing 5 suspension bridges build at different heights. After having crossed all 5 bridges and witnessing the flow of those rivers like never before, we enter Tok Tok, a village at the height of 2,760 m. You will see how beautiful the Thamserku Peak at height 6,608 m looks from this very point. As we move on, we take an easy walk through the area rich in pine trees with the views of the snow capped peaks getting more appealing to the eyes as if they were just a painting. We also get to enjoy the view of the waterfalls and yaks loaded with goods of trekkers heading to same direction. We then reach the Monjo Village at 2,835 m which will be our Lunch point. After lunch, we walk through a little tough trail to reach Namche. In middle, we cross through Sagarmatha National Park check point where the trek support team will handle all the necessary procedure to provide you all the permits to proceed our journey with no issues. Crossing the Entrance of Sagarmatha National Park and fifth highest bridge- we reach Namche Bazar ( the last market in this region and largest Sherpa village of country) which is situated in a steep hill which trails via Jorsale at 2,740m and Larjadhoban at 2,830m.
Namche Bazar being situated at a high altitude works as the acclimatization stop for trekkers to avoid altitude sickness. Breakfast is served in tea house and we start hike uphill from namche to reach Khumjung at the altitude of 3780m. On the way to Khumjung you can enjoy the scenic view of Mt Lhotse, Makalu and Glacier from Island peak. Our first stop will be Hillary memorial view point where the statues of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (first conquer of Everest) is sculpted. Following the trail again, we stop to watch the first view of Everest from Everest View Hotel which is located at the altitude of 3880m. Descending from this point we will stop at Khumjung for lunch. Following the easy trail, we return back to namche through Syangboche Airport where you can see you helicopters are used to transport daily need goods by locals. Reaching upon namche we will have early dinner and get to bed early to wake up early next Day.
The trek differs to the classic route from this point and heads towards the north up the Dudh Koshi valley towards Dole, another small and magnificent village in the Khumbu Region. Breakfast will be served before we start our day trekking towards Dole. Climbers also having interest in photography would undoubtedly click some magnificent clicks for themselves of the Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam as you trek along the early ridges. Initially we take a short climb towards the Army camp situated at the top of the Namche Bazar and then walk at ease through a flat trail to reach Kyanjoma. Take rest for while enjoying the view of Ama Dablam. Continue to our journey, we reach Mong. Enjoy the incredible view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and many more snow capped mountains accompanying you throughout the trek. We then descend downhill through a series of steep hills to reach the lodge at Phortse Thanga where all the arrangements for your refreshment is been made. We then move forwards through a gentle uphill crossing a waterfall to reach Dole.
The trek from dole to Machharmo is roughly 4-5 hours uphill walk. Moving towards Machharmo slicing through picturesque settlements of Lhabarma(4,330m) and Luza ( 4,360m), enjoy the village life with Yaks left to graze during the summer. The enchanting perpsective on the Dudh khosi goes with you as you stroll through. Enjoy your night stop at Machharmo where the locals sighted the YETI for the first time in 1974 A.D.
Trailing downhill throughout Phangkha, the path descends slightly along the melted water river of the Ngozumpa Glacier. The route likewise offers a fantastic lovely perspectives on the declining valley from one side and furthermore the Kangtega and Thamserku at the other. Gokyo is otherwise called the valley of lakes because of the presence of 5 different high altitude lakes in this area. Ascend more further, we reach longpongo lake the first lake of the valley. Starting here you can see the delightful Cho Oyu inside the range of your arm flex. As we advance we achieve the second lake in the valley, the Taboche Tso at the altitude of 4,790 m which is greater than the first. The scene of the himalayan ducks swimming in the lake would make you not leave the spot. Nonetheless, our point is something different and we proceed onward. Trailing further we achieve the Ngozumba Glacier, passing the third lake Dudh Pokhari. After the around strolling for 5-6 hours, we will rest at a teahouse in the zone. Not to neglect to make reference to, the teahouse will have a 360 degree all encompassing perspective on the mountains.
Our trek begins early Morning towards Gokyo ri as to be mesmerized by morning spectacular view of the location. Gokyo Ri (5,360m) is known for its awesome views of popular mountains in the Everest region. Gokyo Ri is simply an amazing viewpoint for snow-capped peaks like Mt Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8475m), Lhotse(8501m) and other peaks like Thamserku(6808m) and so on. Hiking to this viewpoint for sunrise or sunset is undoubtedly magnificent. The walk is about 3/4 hours from Gokyo Lakes. Once we reach the top we will spend some time to relax we thenl descend to Gokyo Lakes to our teahouse again. After Breakfast, we continue our trek to Thaknak aka Dragnag. The trail includes mostly flat and gentle downs, so it is pretty easy. Most of the time we will be walking around or over the glaciers with a magnificent view an unavoidable imminent giant Tabuche and Cholatse peaks to impress.
The trek today is the likely to be more laborious than the other days as we proceed towards Dzongla via Cho La pass. The tricky curve of Cho La makes the trek even more challenging to climb. These passes are neither easy to climb up nor down. As the sun rises, this route is more difficult to descend due to melting of snow. We reach Dzongla as we descend from the Cho La pass and spend the night there.
After having spent the night at Dzongla, where the views of Cholatse and Tabuche were like the picturesque, we start climbing up the rough terminal of Khumbu Region after breakfast. The Khumbu Glacier is well known for the memorials placed for Sherpas and climbers who lost their lives in an avalanche during the 1970 Japanese expedition on Mt. Everest including Babu Chiri Sherpa; a 10 times Everest summiteer and Scott Fischer who died in 1996 Everest disaster. As we move forward praying for those souls, we continue our climb towards the north over the rough moraine and arriving at the Lobuche situated at the height of 4,910 m. We rest ourselves at Lobuche for the night.
As we commence our 9th day of the trek, we trail along a route of narrow tracks, rocky dunes, streams and moraine towards Gorakshep Lake. The more we advance the more we are surrounded by the mountains. Though the trail to Gorakshep is not steep, the narrow tracks may make it little tough and adventurous as we walk from 4,900 m to 5,300 m. The hike from Lobuche to Gorakshep is a short distance of 4.5 km which takes approximately 2 hours. Gorakshep will be the stop for our lunch. The trek from Gorakshep towards Everest Base Camp is 3.4 km to cover in 2 and half hours. However, the trail condition is satisfactory and may require extra effort and time. As we head closer to the camp we will see prayer flags flying that indicates that we have entered the camp zone. During the trekking season, we will notice the camp being occupied by many groups who settle there for the day and prepare themselves to proceed the following day to climb further. However, we take some time around the Everest Base Camp to enjoy our victory in reaching our destination and head back to Gorakshep, as we will be spending the night there. During our time at the base camp, if we are lucky we may also encounter avalanches on another side of Khumbu glacier; one of the biggest glaciers in the world.
No pain, no gain is what we keep in mind as we hike to Kalapatthar. The hike upto Kalapatthar may be a tough walk of 8 hours, but the aftermath upon reaching the location would make you forget the pain. It is normally said the altitude of Kalapatthar is 5,550 m, however, it is located in little higher altitude. Make sure you are well acclimatized as the walk up there is tiring. The attraction of Kalpatthar is the sunrise and the best view of the forehead in the sky; EVEREST!!! So, make sure you are layered well and have not forgotten your head lamps as we start our hike at 5:00 AM. The ascent up the peak is demanding, especially as it gets very cold (-20c or lower), windy and sometimes snowy. As you reach the top, you reward yourself with the irresistible views of Mt. Everest (8,848m). Himalayan giants such as Nuptse (7,861m), Pumori (7,165m), Chagatse, Lhotse (8,414m) adding up and countless others loom all around us. Leaving these memories created behind, we descend back to Gorakshep for breakfast at the tea house. We then advance towards Pheriche and bid farewell to Gorakshep. The trail towards Pheriche will descend downhill and we walk at ease.
As we descend along the Imja Khola from pheriche to Namche, we pass Tengboche and visit the oldest monastery of the Khumbu Region. According to the locals, the monastery was founded by Lama Sange Dorjee who came from Tibet’s Rongphu Monastery. We can interact with the monks who may give more information about the monastery and as an offering to gods, light a butter lamp. We then slowly descend for about 2 hours towards PhunkeTenga and again climb up ascending slowly to arrive at Khyangjuma (3,550 m). We take a short break in Khyangjuma and trek uphill for 2 more hours to arrive at Namche (3,440 m) to spend the night there.
Heading back won’t be easy, as leaving back all the good and soul enlightening memories would be little disheartening for few. But, as we started the trek, we knew we had to head back. As we head back to the same trail, we may even have times of laughter remembering the pressure we carried while we were heading up. We reach Phakding and rest there for the night.
The trek towards Lukla from Phakding is also downhill and a completely relaxing one with a slow ascends. We advise you to enjoy the trail to the fullest, as descending back through the forest of rhododendron and pines is much easy. As we approach Lukla our last stop to round up our trek, you can settle down and grab a chilled beer to celebrate this long yet never fading memorable journey.
Today we take a flight back to Ramechap (Manthali) Airport. Our flight timing will depend on the weather condition. Reaching upon Ramechap, you will be transferred to Kathmandu on private vehicle. Farewell dinner is organised by us where we get together and make a moment to remember all our journey in Everest.
It wouldn’t be easy to bid you a farewell, but as it is said, we part to meet again. We will be bidding you a goodbye with a heavy heart, hoping that you would choose us again to create memories of a lifetime for the next trip.
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle( International Arrival and Departure/ Lukla Arrival and Departure)
- 3-star hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in European Plan
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek with all amenities( Subject to availability)
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Domestic flights (Manthali- Lukla -Manthali)
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
- 1 Trek leader per group of 12 members, 1 Assistant guide for 4 trekkers (total 4 assistant guide in group) and porters
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
- Travel Adventure Nepal logo’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (PARK PERMIT,TIMS),
- First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
- All government and local taxes
- Dinner at arrival day and departure day as part of welcome and farewell program.
- International Flight Tickets
- Nepalese Visa fee
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu for early arrival and late departures or early return from trek than the scheduled itinerary
- Meals during whole trek except dinner at arrival and departure day
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Beverages and personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Dates & Availability
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