Panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan mountains on the way to Cho-La pass, Nepal.

Panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan mountains on the way to Cho-La pass, Nepal.

EVEREST BASE CAMP VIA GOKYO LAKES


17 Days | Roundtrip from Kathmandu

TYPE: Trekking

LEVEL: Hard

ELEVATION: 5,545 metres (18,192 ft)

GROUP: 1-10

Everest Base Camp located at altitude 5,364 metres (17,598 ft) are temporary tent platform on the Khumbu glacier, from here there is a close view of Khumbu Ice Fall, one of the big challenges that the Everest expeditions face on their journey toward the highest peak on earth. The trek to base camp is a dream destination for many trekkers as the trail ascent rapidly into stunning high-altitude landscape, waves along the foot of many Himalayan giant with unforgettable view of Everest (8,848m/ 29,028ft) and its majestic brother Lhotse (8,516m/ 27,939) and the jewel of the Khumbu, Ama Dablam (6,812m/22,349ft).

Approaching Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes avoid the crowd for the first part to Gokyo Valley, with Gokyo Ri offer heart-stoping panorama of peaks than that seen from Kala Pathar. From stunning Gokyo Lakes, trail turns eastward cross the Ngozumba Glacier toward the hair-rising pass of Cho La 5,420 m (17,782 ft), squeezed between the snowcapped summits of Lobuche (6,135m/20,127ft) and Cholatse (6,443m/21,138ft). Descending the pass to the Khumbu valley where the trail joins the Everest Base Camp route.

Gazing upon epic views of planet’s highest peaks, passing the longest glacier in the Himalayas, admiring the stunning turquoise Gokyo lakes, moving from valley to valley via the Cho La, witnessing prayers in the biggest monastery of the Sherpa in Tengboche are trip-of-lifetime experiences.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

➡ A visit to Everest base camp near the Khumbu Icefall to see climbers facing their big challenges

➡ Gazing upon epic views of planet’s highest peaks from two of the panoramic view point of Kala Pathar and Gokyo Ri

➡ Admiring the stunning Gokyo Lakes next to Ngozumba Glacier and the mighty Himalaya just like the other planet

➡ Crossing the hair-rising Cho La pass

➡ Witnessing prayers in the biggest monastery of the Sherpa in Tengboche

➡ Exploring Sherpa village in high mountain valleys

👉 SEE ITINERARY

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: Flight to Lukla (2,840m/9,317fet) then trek toward Phakding (2,610m/8,562fet) 3-4 hr

Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286fet) 5-6 hr

Day 4: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

Day 5: Trek to Dole (4,038m/13,248fet) 6-7 hr

Day 6: Trek to Machhemrmo (4,465m/14,648fet) 4-5 hr

Day 7: Trek to Gokyo (4,791m/15,718fet) 4-5 hr

Day 8: Hike Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,585fet) trek to Tangnak (4,700m/15419fet) 4-5 hr

Day 9: Cross the Cho La Pass (5,420m/17782fet), continue to Dzongla (4,830m/15846fet) 9-10 hr

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16108fet) 4-5 hr

Day 11: Trek Gorakshep (5,140m/16863fet) continue to Everest Base Camp (5,360m/17585fet) 6-7 hr

Day 12: Hike Kalar Pathar (5,555m/18225fet) down to Pheriche (4,240m13910fet) 5-6 hr

Day 13: Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12664fet) 5-6 hr

Day 14: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286fet) 5-6 hr

Day 15: Back to Lukla(2840m/9317fet) 6-7 hr

Day 16: Flight to Kathmandu

Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu

 

FEATURE MOMENT

Everest Base Camp with hundred tent built on top of Khumbu Glacier

Everest Base Camp with hundred tent built on top of Khumbu Glacier

Heart-stopping view of the stunning Gokyo Lakes and Ngozumba Glacier

Heart-stopping view of the stunning Gokyo Lakes and Ngozumba Glacier

Traffic jam in the suspension bridge inside Sagarmatha National Park

Traffic jam in the suspension bridge inside Sagarmatha National Park

Everest and its brother Lhotse seen from Kala Pathar

Everest and its brother Lhotse seen from Kala Pathar

TREKKING ESSENTIALS

 

FREQUENTELY ASKED QUESTIONS

+ What is included in the tour package?

INCLUDING:

  • Airport pickup/drop off and transportation described in itinerary
  • Two-way Domestic flight ticket Kathmandu - Lukla
  • 2 nights stay in 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 13 nights Basic Twin Room at Mountain Lodge during trekking
  • Meals Described in Itinerary
  • Trekking permits and TIMS
  • Local English speaking guide who have many years experience with good trails knowledge can answer your questions during the trip. Basic first aid knowledge first aid kit provided.
  • Porters carrying a maximum of 20kg (Two guests share a porter). Guests who want extra kilograms we would like to collect $3/kg/day and money give directly to the porter.
  • Insurance for all employees
  • Top1Trekking support Before / During / After tour completion
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter Service (Urgent Case)

EXCLUDING

  • Personal expenses: City meals not included in the schedule, Mountain water heating fees, Electronic equipment charge, Telephone / Laundry / Water.
  • Tips (Referral Fee $ 7/1 day depending on level of satisfaction)
  • Horseback riding (if needed) - Rates range from $ 50 to $ 100 per day, depending on the hour.
  • VISA Entry visa to Nepal ($25/40/100) for (15 days/1 month/3 months)
  • Travel insurance covers medical evacuation costs in the event of an emergency

See more detail at our TERM

+ When is the best time to do Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek?

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trekking which is as it best in Spring (Mar-May) with flowers blooming and climbers on their busiest activities especially in Apr, Autumn (Sep-Nov) bring outstanding views and short fall submits Oct 1-20

+ How much physically fit should you be for Trek?

You should be reasonably fit as we will be hiking 4–8 hours per day with trail often ascents/descents on steep mountainous terrain at elevations ranging from 2,610m/8,562ft to a maximum of 5,545m/18,192ft at Kalar Pathar (Black Rock). Some rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize. Some days will be rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize.

+ Am I likely to get Altitude Sickness?

Yes, there are casualties in Everest Region every year due to Altitude. The basic early symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, loss of appetite and sleeplessness and you should not ignore any symptoms. GO SLOWLY, listen to your body, be aware of any symptoms and listen to your guide.

+ Do I need a travel insurance?

Yes, Travel insurance is highly recommended which should cover emergency flights, medical expenses, "dangerous activities" should also be mentioned in document. Send the insurance paper to us before the trip so we can assist you in case of emergency.

+ What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

Trekking in the mountain for long time may have small accidents so we prepare our First-Aid set and our guide pass first-aid level I trainning.

+ Is it safe to drink water?

No, it is not safe to drink water directly from the source draining from the mountain, buying mineral water from lodges or bring your water purification tools or tablets to help saving conserve our environment. We will offer free water tablets during the trek

+ How to pack for the trek?

High in Himalayas mountain, the weather changes very quick sometimes it is extremely hot under the sun and other time it changes to cold and windy so the more layers the better. Clothes are easy to take out or wear is a good choice. -> See DETAIL on PACKING

+ Do I need to carry sleeping bag?

Yes, it is better to bring sleeping bag as tea house room does not keep warm enough when the temperature drop down. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day.

+ Does crampons is required for the trek?

Crampons are not necessary. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

+ Will we be using tents and mattresses for the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

+ How about Accommodation?

Tea Houses (Lodges) Most of popular trail in three main popular trekking regions of Langtang/Annapurna/Everest have well-established lodges with private room, some are in certain level of comfort while others maybe dirty, remember to bring your own sleeping bag for a good night sleep. The dining room is downstairs and often have fire during cold weather, toilet facilities will be separate, sometimes outside.

+ Where can I leave my stuff before the trek?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

+ What kind of food can I expect?

Most Tea House offer a good range of dish: Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season). Hot drinks like chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks.

+ Who will be my guide?

On local guide can speak English who have been to the relevant areas numerous times, are experienced, knowledgeable who can explain about trails, cultural and any sight that catches your eye. They are all authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

+ Do I need porters for the trek?

Depending on your personal interest. Hiring porters allow enjoying your trek without carrying a heavy bag and improving the income of the local community. Help us to keep an eye on your porters just as he will keep an eye on you.

+ How much can a porter carry?

On average a porter can carry 20kg of your gear and equipments and 5kg of their own backpacks. Every extra kg we will charge 3$/kg/day and the money should give directly to porter.

+ Are Guides/Porters are well-taken care?

Yes, our guides/porters have insurance covered, have proper waterproof clothing and shoes.

+ What is your suggestion of customized itinerary?

Trekkers who have more time add few more days to take a side trips to Dangbouche and Chhukung or Go to Island pick

 

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