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.
Trek to the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes to avoid the crowds found on the main 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 much fewer trekkers on this route. Unlike the classic EBC, this trek is a circular loop in which there is rarely any backtracking.
The Everest Base Camp 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. From here, you have an option to summit 5360m Gokyo Ri for astonishing views, considered one of the best in Nepal. The next excursion takes you to visit stunningly beautiful 4th, 5th & 6th Gokyo Lakes, with rising peaks on the backdrops. Also seen from here is 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 Tengboche past Pangboche - where the largest monastery in the Khumbu region lies. Over the next two days, we retrace our steps to Namche and Lukla and fly to Kathmandu. Return home to tell tales of our legendary adventure.
Everest Base Camp 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 in a hotel.
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 Boudanath, 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 in a hotel.
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 in a trekkers lodge.
Day 4 & 5: Namche Bazaar(3440m/6 hrs)
We begin our journey through a beautiful pine forest, following the trail north along the Dudh Koshi River, past Benkar and Jorsalle village, and arrive at Namche Bazaar. The next day is for rest and acclimatization. There are several options to do this. We can either hike to the Everest View Hotel past Syangboche airstrip or take a hike to Khumjung and Kunde village. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.
Day 6 & 7 : Trek to Dole - Machhermo - Goyko(4750m)
Today we cross the Mong La into the Gokyo Valley and spend one night in Dole. The next day a short steep trek to Machhermo with an option for a short hike to the ridge in the afternoon.
Overnight in a trekkers lodge.
Day 8, 9 & 10: In Gokyo
Trek to Gokyo, a small settlement of lodges on the shores of the third Gokyo lake with Gokyo peak towering in the background. One day is set for an excursion to the 4th, 5th, and even 6th lake when possible, and the next day to summit Gokyo Ri, one of the best all-around views in Nepal. (For those who are short of time, we can cut two days from this section too). Overnight in a trekkers lodge.
Day 11, 12& 13: Trek to Thangnak(4700m)-Cross over the Cho La(5420m) to Dzongla - Lobuche(4940m)
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. The next day we cross over the celebrated Cho La (5420m) and enter the Khumbu Valley, staying a night in Dzongla. Continue our descent and join the main trail to Everest staying a night at Lobuche. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
Day 14: 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 that 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 in a trekkers lodge.
Day 15: 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 in trekkers lodge.
Day 16: Trek to Tengboche(3860m)
Descend the Pheriche valley with spectacular views of Ama Dablam, and join the Imja Khola Valley, which we follow down to Pangboche, the highest permanent settlement on the approach to Everest. Descend to the rushing Imja Khola and then walk through rhododendron forests to Tengboche, with the largest monastery in the region. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.
Day 17 & 18: Descend to Namche(3440m) and Lukla(2860m)
An easy trail contours the hillside to Namche Bazaar, and the next day a long march, mostly downhill, brings us back to Lukla for the last night. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
Day 19: 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 in a hotel.
Day 20: 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 in a hotel.
Departure transfer according to your flight to the next destination.
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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.