The trek in advancing to the base of the world’s tallest mountain maps out spectacular vistas from such celebrated viewpoints as Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar. Encounters astoundingly beautiful lakes, valleys, glaciers, and close-up views of the World’s tallest mountains. The trek also takes in all the landmarks of the Khumbu region, its bazaar, villages, friendly Sherpa people, and colorful monasteries.
- Visit World Heritage sights in Kathmandu.
- Spectacular mountain flight to and from Lukla.
- Explore the bustling Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar.
- Experience the Sherpa culture and their generous hospitality.
- Explore the Gokyo valley with 6 amazing azure mountain lakes.
- See the world’s longest glacier.
- Climb Gokyo Ri for great Everest views.
- Traverse Cho La Pass with great views of Ama Dablam and Cholatse.
- Visit the Everest Base Camp at 5364m.
- Climb the famous Kala Patthar (5545m) for an unforgettable breathtaking view of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse mountains.
What is the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo lakes?
Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo lakes is a fascinating journey that does not follow the classic Everest Base Camp Trek route. The best thing is that this Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo lakes will provide an offbeat path experience. The trail to the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes avoids the crowds found on the classic route to Everest Base Camp. This trail is infinitely more rewarding than the Everest Base Camp. It is far more tranquil than the EBC trek, as there are fewer trekkers on this route. Unlike the classic EBC, this trek is a circular loop with rarely any backtracking.
The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo lakes takes on all the highlights of the classic Everest along with the bonus of Gokyo valley. After Namche, we divert from the EBC route heading up the Dudh Koshi valley through Dole and Machermo before finally reaching Gokyo. Here, you have the option to summit Gokyo Ri(5360m). Gokyo Ri provides astonishing views, considered one of the best in Nepal. The next excursion takes you to the stunningly beautiful 4th & 5th Gokyo Lakes, with rising peaks on the backdrops. Also you can see the base camp of Cho Oyu (the sixth highest peak), along with Ngozumpa, the longest glacier in the Himalayas.
Then the trek takes you down to Thangnak before traversing Cho La pass (5420m), one of the three great passes in the Khumbu region. Descend and rejoin the main classic Everest Base Camp trek at Lobuche and then continue to Gorakshep. Visit the base camp in the afternoon, leaving the early morning session the next day to climb Kalapatthar (5545m). Kalapatthar offers a breath-taking, unobstructed view of Everest's windblown summit and Khumbu icefalls. We then descend to Namche and then to Lukla and fly to Kathmandu. Return home to tell tales of our legendary adventure.
How difficult is Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes?
Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes is a challenging and strenuous trek. It is ideal for experienced trekkers who can walk 6-7 hrs a day. And who wish to take up more challenges and stay off the beaten path. If you are a novice, look at our Classic Everest Base Camp Trek, Sherpa Cultural Trek, or Everest View Comfort Trek. We have carefully designed this itinerary without removing places or cutting off the essential time to ensure proper acclimatization and wholly enjoy one of the world's great treks. We use the best available tea houses along the way and provide a friendly crew who will treat you as their own and not as a customer with deep pockets.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, meet our representative/guide and transfer to the hotel. As there are no activities planned for today, you may enjoy the evening at leisure or take a self-guided tour to familiarize yourself with the city. Evening dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 2: In Kathmandu
Today in the first half of the day, we will visit some of the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Including the Swayambhunath temple, the oldest Buddhist monument in the valley, and Boudhanath, the largest Stupa in Nepal. Next, we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square, situated at the heart of Kathmandu, full of ancient history, culture, and architecture. We will spend the latter part of the day planning and preparing for the trek. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla - Trek to Phakding(2610m/3hrs)
Early morning, we will take a 30-minute flight to Lukla Airport - also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. The flight offers a stunning view of some of the highest peaks on earth. On arrival, we will gather our gears and begin our trek for about 3 hours to Phakding. Overnight stay in Phakding.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar(3440m/6 hrs)
Today, we will trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. The trail from Phakding to Jorsalle is nice and easy. But the trek from Jorsalle to Namche is mostly uphill. We will follow the route north along the Dudh Koshi River up the valley of Bengkar. We then cross the Dudh Koshi River and continue to Monjo. Monjo serves as the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. After crossing the suspension bridge, our trail winds past Jorsalle alongside the Dudh Koshi river. Continue up the wooded valley on a good path and cross the river again before reaching the confluence of rivers. We make a final crossing on a tremendously impressive suspension bridge spanning a deep chasm and begin an hour-and-a-half-long ascent to Namche. An hour below Namche, near Chautara, we gain views of Everest. Eventually, after about 6hrs hike, we pull into Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. The narrow streets at its center are a mixture of cyber cafes and souvenir shops. Similarly, Namche is a bustling market where goods come as far away as Tibet. Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: In Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is the center of the Sherpa Community and the most vibrant town in the Himalayas. This day is for acclimatization and altitude adaptation. There are several options for how you wish to spend the day. We will take a short hike up to Everest View Hotel past Syangboche airstrip and continue to Khumjung, the largest Sherpa village in the Everest region. The Everest view hotel provides excellent views of Thamserku, Everest, Lhotse, Kongde, Kangtega, Ama Dablam, and Tawoche. Later in the afternoon, we descend to Namche from Khumjung. Overnight stay in Namche.
Day 6: Namche Bazaar-Dole(4038m/5-6hrs)
After a day's rest in Namche, today we hike from Namche to Dole. The trail from Namche to Kyanjuma is nice and easy but from Kyanjuma to Mongla is steep uphill. We cross over the Mong La, and hike downhill to Phortse Tenga and climb up to Dole. Overnight stay in Dole.
Day 7: Dole-Machhermo(4470m/4-5hrs)
Today we hike alongside the Dudh Koshi river to Machhermo. The trail is straightforward, with a gentle climb, past the village of Labarma and Luza. Machhermo is a summer pastoral village of the Sherpa people and an overnight stop for trekkers to the Gokyo valley. Overnight stay in Machhermo.
Day 8: Machhermo-Gokyo(4790m/4-5hrs)
After a brief climb out of Machhermo, it is a long and gradual climb through the open country. The higher we climb the terrain gets rockier and drier, but the views are excellent. We encounter the first lake, the second lake, and we reach the third lake. Gokyo village stands by the third lake, with Gokyo peak towering at the backdrop. Overnight stay in Gokyo.
Day 9: Gokyo Ri and Gokyo lakes
This morning, we will hike up to Gokyo Ri (5330m) for the best view of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Nuptse, and many other mountains with a nice view of Gokyo Valley. After that, walk back to Gokyo Lake. In the afternoon, you may walk around the 4th or 5th Lakes for another close view of the mountains. Overnight stay in Gokyo.
Day 10: Gokyo-Thangnak(4750m/4-5hrs)
The trek to Thangnak is across the Ngozumpa glaciers and through the glacial moraine. Along the way, cross over the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal, and arrive at Thangnak Kharka. Overnight stay in Thangnak.
Day 11: Thangnak-Cho La(5420m)-Dzongla(7-8hrs)
Today is going to be one of the tough days on this trek. The trail is a steep uphill climb up to Chola Pass. After the pass, we trek down to Dzongla village. Dzongla provides good views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, and Pheriche village far below. Overnight stay in Dzongla.
Day 12: Dzongla-Lobuche(4940m/3-4hrs)
Today we will have a short trek from Dzongla to Lobuche so we will have enough to enjoy the beautiful surrounding. We will descend from Dzong along a grassy trail with great views of Nuptse, Pumori, Nirekha, Lobuche, Ama Dablam, and other peaks. Overnight stay in Lobuche.
Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep(5164) - Everest Base Camp(5364m)
Today is a long and hard day. The trail climbs steadily by the side of the Khumbu Glacier and arrives at Gorakshep at the foot of Kala Pattar. After a short break/lunch at Gorakshep. We set off for Everest Base Camp along the crest of the moraine, which drops onto the Khumbu Glacier itself, with magnificent close-up views of the great Khumbu Icefall as it tumbles down from Everest. Retrace our steps to Gorakshep for the night. Overnight stay in Gorakshep.
Day 14: Trek to Kalapatthar(5545m) - Lobuche(4930m) - Pheriche(4371m)
Early morning, begin a two-hour steep ascend to the small peak of Kala Patthar 'black rock' to see the most magnificent view of the Khumbu glaciers. And above all, a close-up unobstructed view of the earth's highest mountain. Return to Gorakshep for breakfast and descend past Lobuche to Pheriche. (the exact order in which we trek up to Kala Pattar and visit Everest Base Camp will depend on the weather and how the group is acclimatizing) Both days are long and tiring due to the high altitude. Overnight stay in Pheriche.
Day 15: Trek to Namche(6-7hrs)
Today we descend the Pheriche valley with views of Ama Dablam and join the main Imja Khola valley and then down past Pangboche, Tengboche, and finally to Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla(2860m)
Today we have a long day to hike from Namche Bazaar to Lukla retracing our route past Phakding. We will spend our last night in Lukla celebrating the adventure of our lifetime. Overnight stay in Lukla.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
Board the early morning flight to Kathmandu. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is to rest, relax or explore the local market. Overnight stay in Kathmandu..
Day 18: Extra day in Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu. (Flights from Lukla are infamous for frequent cancellations due to weather. Therefore we have planned for this extra contingent day). Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Departure transfer according to your flight to the next destination.
Group SizePrivate Group
MealsOnly breakfast in Kathmandu and full board during the trek
Trip AccommodationLocal village tea house/lodges during the trek.
Trip Type Trekking
Trip SeasonsSpring (March - May) and Fall (Sept -Nov)
Best MonthsMarch, April, May, October
Good MonthsFebruary, September, November
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Not RecommendJanuary, December
Prices & Dates
Cost is based on the number of participants.
8 members = US$ 1570 per person
6 members = US$ 1655 per person
4 members = US$ 1770 per person
2 members = US$ 1980 per person
Single traveler = US$ 2775
Single room supplementary = US$ 130
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Half-day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
- Accommodation in 3-4* category or similar hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges/tea houses during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu.
- All meals during the trek with some evening tea.
- One arrival/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
- English speaking local trekking guide along with porter(one porter for every two members) during the trek.
- Round trip domestic flight to and from Lukla.
- All necessary paperwork and permit (TIMS/ Everest National Park permit)
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance(covering rescue and evacuation) recommended.
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to your health, natural condition, political situation, or early return from the trek.
- All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.
In Kathmandu: 3-4* type hotels
During the trek: Best available local village lodges/tea houses along the way.
Hem Raj Bastola is a permanent inhabitant of Pokhara-25. He has been working as a tour and trekking guide since 2010. Formerly he has worked as a guest service agent at the hotel Pokara Grande. He started his career as a Cave guide, ticket sales man at Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave in Pokhara. So must of his working experience is related to tourism and hospitality industry. Beside his guiding profession, he enjoys reading and writing poetry. His poets have been published in different forums and medias. When get free time loves to work in the field as well.