Everest Base Camp via Gokyo

  • Trekking
  • Altitude: 5545M
  • 12 Pax
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • RHP-LKL-RHP
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Overview

A different experience and alternative route to Everest base camp trek is trekking via Gokyo lake. Not only majestic Himalayas but this trekking route will allow trekkers to experience the calmness of freshwater lakes system in Khumbu region like no other place in world. Along with that, trekkers will come across the largest Himalayan glacier known as Ngozumpa glacier. Gokyo and Everest Base camp trek offers much varied and verdant trek than that of Classic Everest Base Camp trek as this trek is circular in route which means you need not go back on same route like wise in our Classic Everest Base Camp trek. This trekking route has been popular among the mountain climbers and trekkers who prefer not only to view of snow-capped mountain but also some greeneries and lakes en-route. And with our experience on mountains for long period of time, we advise our travellers to choose months between March to May or September to December for the best trekking experience in Everest. 


Fitness Level Preparation

Trekking in Nepal is far more physically demand adventure than Expectations. A regular Exercise might help you to get more Strength, but we reckon that you undertake more Aerobic Exercise in the months before you Travel. Walking in the Altitude of 5,545m above Sea level with variation of Extreme Weather Condition will certainly need the 100% Active Physical Fitness. 
Never to set Imaginary Goal set to reach Everest Base Camp. Once Attempting the Trek without Preparations might lead you to End up with Injuries or Pain. You might not able to enjoy the Trek and probably won’t ever Attempt another one. A Pre-Trek Training is Imperative if you want to get fit for Trekking and Enjoy the Trek. When it comes about Everest Base Camp Trek, at least give yourself 6 months preparations. A Consistent Training including Cardiovascular, Strength and Conditioning, Stability and Strength, Core and Trek Specific Training will definitely shows you benefits within a not as much of time. 
A few more Preparation and Enjoy the Show. 


Trip Itinerary

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 information’s 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.  

Accommodation: Kathmandu 
Included Activities: Group Meeting and Catch ups 
Meals Included: Welcome Dinner 

Recently, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has moved all the flight service to Lukla from Kathmandu Airport to Ramechaap (Manthali Airport) which is around 4 hours drive from Capital. To avoid traffic, we will be departing hotel at around 2 or 3 am to reach manthali airport.  Generally morning time is very busy in street of Kathmandu so its better we wake up early and make a move. Other reason for an early depart is to catch first flight to Lukla. Morning weather is clear in Himalayas which means less chance of flight delays. Flight from here to Lukla is in 15-18 seated aircraft. Seat belts ON. We are now flying to world’s most unique Airport, LUKLA.  
Bit of scary flight but touching down Lukla airport is kind of amazing feeling. Reaching upon our destination, your trek leader will arrange short 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 during short catch-up meeting.   
After breakfast we shall be now moving towards our destination- EVEREST BASE CAMP. Our trek starts via pine and cedar wood forest with the flow of Dudh Koshi River along the trekking trail. Chaurikharka and Ghat will be the first villages in the trek where you will get chance to see local lifestyle of Sherpa people. Our today’s stop will be Phakding Village (2,610m). Dinner time will be around 6-7 pm and we shall be wrapping off by 8pm.    
Always remember our motto through out the trek is “EARLY TO BED EARLY TO RISE”.  


Accommodation: Tea House Lodge, Phakding 
Meals: Not Included  
Note:  Flight to Lukla from Kathmandu has been diverted to Manthali Airport from 01 Oct 2019 as per the decision made by Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. Manthali Airport is 4 hours’ drive from Kathmandu. To reduce the risk of delays and cancellation, our itinerary has been redesigned accordingly to operate hassle free trips.  

Rise and shine early morning and we are set for second day of trek. Breakfast is served. Today we will be crossing 5 suspension bridges through out our trek constructed at different heights over Dudh koshi River. We will crossing Tok Tok village( 2,760m) from where you can see THAMERKU Peak (6,608m) which was first ascent by members of SIR EDMUND HILLARY Schoolhouse Expedition in 1964 A.D. Moving along you will be seeing many snow capped peak, waterfalls and Yaks loaded. We now stop for lunch in Monjo Village at 2,835m.  From here our trek will be little bit tough with a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. We will be passing “SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARK” check point where all the necessary procedure for accessing permits will be handled by our trek support team.  
After few hours of trek, we will be reaching Namche Bazar (3,780m) which is the last market of Everest region and home of Sherpa people. We will be spending one more day here as a part of Acclimatisation so if you are missing pool games or bar, you can get few here.   

Accommodation: Tea House Lodge, Namche
Meals: Not Included  

Small colourful market located on crescent shaped mountain slopes will be our stop today for acclimatisation. We will have few acclimatisation stop throughout the trek so that we can avoid altitude sickness. Find more about altitude sickness here. 
After breakfast, today we will go for trek uphill from Namche to reach Khumjung which is at altitude of 3,780m. Reaching up to 3,500m altitude will help your body to adjust with weather on high altitude on upcoming trek.  
Just like a hour uphill trek, we will stop for scenic view of Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Glacier from Island peak. Few minutes rest and we will resume our trek towards Hillary memorial followed by Everest View Hotel where if weather is happy you will see first glimpse of Mt Everest. This is the first place from where we can see Mt Everest. Now we will be descending from this point of trek towards Khumjung. En-route you will be seeing green rooftop small village which will be our lunch stop point. After lunch we will continue our trek back to Namche via SYANGBOCHE airport which is been used for helicopters to transport daily need goods for local.  
Reaching upon Namche, we will now have early dinner and get to bed early. 
Note- At this point, you might feel mild headache. If you are feeling uncomfortable, consult with your trek leader.  


Accommodation: Tea House Lodge, Namche
Meals: Not Included  

Another beautiful morning in Everest region. We from here onward trek to reach the altitude of 4,200m. Leaving hotel after breakfast you will be seeing lots of trekker walking on another direction which leads towards Everest Base camp whereas we will be passing Gokyo Ri to reach Everest Base Camp. Lots of ups and down, fascinate yourself with mesmerising view of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam throughout the trek. Our lunch stop will be Phortse Thanga and after gentle uphill and few waterfalls we will reach Dhole.  


Accommodation: Tea House Lodge, Dole
Meals: Not Included  

Trek from dole to Machharmo is roughly 4- 5 hours hike depending on our speed of walk. We will try to maintain consistent speed on our trek which is slow and steady.  As usual we will be leaving our hotel early morning and from this point depending on weather, you will be seeing sun just coming over back of the mountain which is really a stunning view. In today’s trek the trails of mountain are not too ups and down as we will be walking on flat trail. And enjoy the view of Yaks left to graze en route.  
Our stop for night today is Machharmo where the locals believe to sight YETI for the first time in 1974 AD. You also can eye witness the beauty of stars in sky  from this place after dinner.  


Accommodation: Tea House Lodge, Machharmo 
Meals: Not Included  

Today our trek leads to the first destination of our journey- GOKYO LAKE.  Trekking downhill through PHANGKHA village, our trail descends slightly along the melted water river coming from Ngozumpa Glacier.  Trekking through a steep rocky inclined into the valley, we will pass the first lake of trek- GOKYO LAKE. Gokyo is also called the valley of lakes with the presence of 5 different lakes in the area. Furthermore, ahead we will be seeing delightful Mt CHO OYU (6th highest mountain in world). Crossing the path ahead second Gokyo lake and Dudh pokhari we will reach our stay for tonight. Not to neglect to make reference, the tea house will have 360-degree all-encompassing perspective on the Himalayas. 

 

Accommodation: Tea House Lodge, Gokyo
Meals: Not Included  

From this point of trek, prepare yourself to give a lifetime adventure treat. We believe till now was a trailer of journey and real adventure starts from here. Today’s trek starts with big climb ahead of us and we start early morning to make sure we do not miss any good views reaching on top of Gokyo RI.  Gokyo RI (5,360m) is known for its awesome views of popular mountains in the Everest region like Mt Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8475m), Lhotse(8501m) and other peaks like Thamserku(6808m) and so on.   
After spending few quality times on top of Gokyo Ri, we head back to tea house and have lunch. Here you will meet other trekkers spending whole day in Gokyo as Acclimatization, but we will continue our journey to reach Dragnag Village, which is at the altitude of 4,700m. Taking on account advise from our expert trek guide leader, we count trekking to Dragnag as Acclimatization Day due to lower altitude.  


Accommodation: Tea House Lodge, Drangnag
Meals: Not Included  

Today’s trek is going to be tough day as you traverse one of the "THREE PASSES”- Cho La Pass. Pass means “WE GO UP THE MOUNTAIN DOWN THE OTHER SIDE” .From Dragnag to Dzongla trek, we will be passing tricky curve and snow pathed CHO LA Pass.  Make sure you follow our whole trek rule- Slow and Steady. In morning this trekking route might be little bit more challenging due to melting snow and more rocky trails. Crossing the Pass, we then descend towards DZONGLA where we spend the night.  


Accommodation: Tea House Lodge, Dzongla 
Meals: Not Included  

Today’s destination is Lobuche village. This is the point where we can meet other trekkers hiking through Pheriche and Tengboche to reach Everest Base camp. Today will be an easy hike for you after having tough trek the other day.  Trekking alongside Khumbu glacier you will be able to see many stupas and memorial places erected in memory of Sherpas and climbers who lost their life on Expeditions. As we move forward praying for those souls, we continue our climb towards the north over the rough moraine and arriving at the Lobuche located at the height of 4,910 m. We rest ourselves at Lobuche for the night.   


Accommodation: Tea House Lodge, Lobuche
Meals: Not Included  

11th day of trek and its going to be big day. Trek to Everest Base Camp. From lobuche along with other trekkers we will be trekking to reach Base camp through a narrow, rocky trails via Gorakshep Lake. 3 hours trek from lobuche, we will stop Gorakshep for lunch. Trek duration from Gorakshep to Everest base camp around 3 hours but we will take extra time to hike to reduce the chance of Altitude sickness. Prayers flag flying will signal that we have entered the camp zone.  Enjoy the moment of joy reaching Everest Base camp and we will head back to Gorakshep where we will spend the night.  


Accommodation: Tea House Lodge, Ghorakshep
Meals: Not Included  

Today we will start our trek early morning to reach Kala Patthar our final destination of trekking from where you will be fascinated by breath-taking view of Mt Everest and the surrounding peak. Reason behind early trek today is to view sunrise and the best view of the forehead in the sky- EVEREST.  
The ascent up the peak is demanding, especially as it gets very cold (-20c or lower), windy and sometimes snowy. Reward yourself with the irresistible views of Mt. Everest (8,848m) and other himalayan giants such as Nuptse (7,861m), Pumori (7,165m), Chagatse, Lhotse (8,414m) adding up and countless others loom all around  reaching upon Kala Patthar. With this lifetime achievement, we head back to Gorakshep for breakfast at the tea house. We then trek back towards Pheriche and bid farewell to Gorakshep. The trail towards Pheriche will descend downhill so we can trek at ease.


Accommodation: Tea House Lodge, Pheriche 
Meals: Not Included  

Descending along the Imja Khola from Pheriche to Namche, we trek along 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 trek 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.  


Accommodation: Tea House Lodge, Namche
Meals: Not Included  

Heading back won’t be easy, as leaving back all the good and soul enlightening memories would be little disheartening for few. Trekking via same trail will remind us how exciting feeling and pressure was on head to complete the trek. Phakding will be our stop for night. 


Accommodation: Tea House Lodge, Phakding
Meals: Not Included  

The trek towards Lukla from Phakding is also downhill and a completely relaxing one with a slow ascent. 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.   


Accommodation: Tea House Lodge, Lukla 
Meals: Not Included  

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.  


Accommodation: Kathmandu 
Meals: Farewell Dinner 

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.