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Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lakes 21 Days

Everest Basecamp Trek via Gokyo & Chola pass

Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lakes Trip Map, Route Map View large map

Trip Grading

Trip AccommodationTea House/Lodges during the trek. City hotels.

Group SizePrivate Group

Trip TypeStrenuous Trek

Best MonthsApril, May, October

Good MonthsSeptember, November

Lean MonthsMarch, June, July, August

Not RecommendJanuary, February, December

Trip highlights

The trek in advancing to the base of the world’s tallest mountain maps out spectacular vistas from such celebrated viewpoints like Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar and encounters astoundingly beautiful lakes, valleys, glaciers and close up views of World’s tallest mountains. The trek also takes in all the landmarks of the Khumbu region, it 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 famous Kala patthar (5555m) for an unforgettable breathtaking view on Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse mountains.

Trek to Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lakes avoid the crowds found on the main Classic route to Everest Base Camp. This trail is infinitely more rewarding than the classic Everest Base Camp (EBC) for number of reasons. It is far more tranquil than the EBC trek as there are much less trekkers on this route. Unlike the classic EBC, this trek is a circular loop in which there is less backtracking.
This trek takes on all the highlights of the classic Everest trek, along with the bonus of Gokyo valley. After Namche, we divert from the classic 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 breathtaking views, considered one of the best in Nepal. Next excursion takes you to visit stunningly beautiful 4th, 5th & 6th Gokyo Lakes, with rising peaks on the backdrops. Also, seen from here is basecamp of Cho Oyu (the sixth highest peak), along with Ngazumpa, 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. Dropping down from the pass you rejoin the main classic Everest Base Camp trek at Lobuche and then on to Gorakshep. You will visit base camp in the afternoon leaving the early morning session next day to climb Kala Pattar (5555m) for a breath-taking, unobstructed view of Everest’s windblown summit and Khumbu icefalls. Having climbed Kala Pattar, we descend to Pangboche and Tengboche – where Khumbu’s largest monastery is located – and over the next two days retrace our steps to Namche and Lukla. Return home to tell tales of our legendary adventure.

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo trek is graded as Strenuous, and is ideal for experienced who can walk 6-7hrs a day with light backpack, who wish to take up more challenge and “stay off the beaten path” If you are a novice, then look at our Classic Everest Base Camp Trek, Sherpa Cultural Trek or Everest Comfort Trek.
We have carefully crafted itinerary to ensure proper acclimatization, allowing you to fully enjoy one of the world’s great treks without removing places and or cutting off essential time required to enjoy them. We use the best available tea houses along the way and provide friendly crew who will treat you as their own and not as a customer with deep pockets.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel. Short stroll in Thamel around evening. Welcome dinner and briefing. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2: In Kathmandu  

Half day tour and half day preparing/for any last minute shopping for trek)

Day 3: Fly to Lukla & begin trek

The spectacular flight to Lukla only takes 45 minutes with exciting lannding, to say the least. Meet crews/trekkers and begin 3 hrs trek to Phakding

Day 4 & 5: Namche Bazaar

Trek to Namche Bazaar. Then one day to rest and acclimatise by taking short excursion to Syangboche and Everest View Hotel

Day 6 & 7 : Trek to Dole & Machhermo & Goyko

Cross the Mong La into the Gokyo Valley and spend one night in Dole. Next day a short steep trek to Machhermo with option for afternoon short hike to a ridge.

Day 8, 9 & 10: In Gokyo

Trek to Goky, a small settlement of lodges on the shores of a blue lake. One day for excursion to 4th, 5th and even 6th lake possible. One 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.

Day 11, 12& 13: Trek to Thangnak, cross Cho-la pass to Dzongla and arrive at Lobuche village on the classic EBC trail

A short trek route across the glacier, marked with cairns  to the the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley and stay in Tangnak (Dranag). Next day cross the celebrated Cho La (5420m) and enter the main Khumbu Valley and stay a night in Dzongla.  Continue descent and to join the main trail to Everest staying a night in Lobuje.

Day 14: Everest Base Camp

A long and hard  day as the trail climbs steadily by the side of the Khumbu Glacier, and arrive at Gorak Shep at the foot of Kala Pattar. After a short break/lunch, set off for Everest Base Camp along the crest of the moraine and drops onto the Khumbu Glacier itself, with magnificent close-up views of great Khumbu Icefall as it tumbles down from Everest. Retrace our steps to Gorak Shep for the night.

Day 15: Kalapatthar

Early morning, begin two hour steep ascend to the small peak of Kala Pattar (‘black rock’)  to see the most magnificent view of the Khumbu glaciers, and above all, a close-up unbostructed view of world’s highest mountain. Return to Gorak Shep and descend past Lobuje to Pheriche. (Please note the exact order in which we trek up Kala Pattar and visit Everest Base Camp will depend on the weather and how the group is acclimatising). Both days are long and hard due to the high altitude.

Day 16: Tengboche

Descend Pheriche valley with spectacular views of Ama Dablam. and join the main Imja Khola Valley, which we follow down to Pangboche, the highest permanent settlement on the approach to Everest. Dropping down to the rushing Imja Khola we then walk through rhododendron forests to Thyangboche, with largest monastery in the region.

Day 17 & 18: Retracing to Namche and Lukla

An easy trail contours hillsides to Namche Bazaar and next day a long march, mostly downhill, brings us back to Lukla for last night

Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu 

Fly back to Kathmandu. Free afternoon to rest at leisure.

Day 20: Extra day

Free or Leisure day in Kathmandu. (Flights to from Lukla are infamous for frequent cancellation due to weather and therefore we have planned for this extra contingent day)

Day 21:Departure

Departure transfer according to your flight to next destination.

 

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