Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp Trek - 16 Days

Trip Key Information

  • Price:US$ 1869
  • Duration:17 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Grade:Moderate to Strenuous

Destination: Nepal

Transportation/ Flight : Air

Max. Altitude: 5360m

Itinerary: Fixes or customized (group, single, family and senior packages available)

Minimum Group Size: 2 persons,

Maximum Group Size: 15 Persons,

Departures: year round, please contact us

Best Season: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct & Nov

Itinerary: Fixes or customized (group, single, family and senior packages available

Splendid breathtaking place: Relaxing with different cost, traditional culture

During Trek: Local Guide

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The highlight of the trek is our ascent of Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek!

This trek is one of well Adventure this trekking in Everest Area of Nepal- Combined Treks of Gokyo valley Ri, Chola pass( 5310m) and Trek up to Everest base People from Tibet walk all the way down to Namche to sell their homemade stuff and salt to trade. The most wonderful experience would be to explore this area during the end of monsoon season when flowers pop out in Nangpala, giving the trekkers the illusion that they are walking on textured carpet.

The Gokyo Lakes region at the head of the Dudh Kosi Valley provides a great alternative to the popular Everest Base Camp trek. It is a more tranquil trek through the Sherpa heartland that affords ample time for acclimatization with opportunities to savor mountain panoramas. The highlight of the trek is our ascent of Gokyo Ri. From the summit at over 5000m, we gain superb views of Everest as well as the 8000m peaks of Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu in Tibet. Many trekkers will argue that this is one of the finest views in the Himalayas The awesome bulk of Everest dominates the skyline and for those motivated, late afternoon or early morning is a fine time to make the climb above the shimmering lakes to the top of Gokyo Ri to capture the sunset or sunrise over one of the most awesome spectacles the Nepal Himalaya has to offer Salary Everest Base Camp Trek.

Himalayan Unforgettable Adventures arranges the Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp Trek Local Guide all year round but the best time to come is from the end of September to mid-November and the beginning of March to the middle of May. We make sure that the trek suits both your schedule and desires. Everest Panorama Trek and  Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp itinerary, Trekking in Nepal.

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Day to day outline itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive at Tribubhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel, welcome dinner in the evening.
  • Day 02:Flight From Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m)
  • Day 03:Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445 m) - 3 hours
  • Day 04:Namche Bazaar, acclimatization day
  • Day 05:Namche Bazaar to Dole 5hr (alt 4200m) - 5 -6 hours
  • Day 06:Dole To Machhermo ( 4470m) -5 -6 hours
  • Day 07:Acclimatization Macharmo
  • Day 08:Machharmo to Gokyo Lake (4800m) - 4 - 5 hours
  • Day 09:Hike to Gokyo RI (5358m) and trek to Thaknak (4757m) - 3- 4 - hours
  • Day 10:Thaknak - Dzong La after crossing Cho La pass (5420 m) 7 - 8 - hours

  • Day 11: Dzong La to Gorak Shep (5170m) 6-7 hours

  • Day 12:Hiking up to Kala Patthar (5554m) and trek to Pheriche (4280) 7 - 8 hours

  • Day 13:Pheriche via Pangboche and Tengboche to Namche Bazzar 6- 7- hours

  • Day 14:Namche to Lukla (2800m) 6-7 hours walk.

  • Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu

  • Day 16:Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 45 minutes

  • Day 17: Final departure

Cost Details

Cost Include

Facilities included

  • All airport/hotel/land transfers by private vehicle and airport.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, 3 nights stay at International Guest House or Hotel Ganesh Himal with breakfast.  
  • Welcome and farewell dinner. Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during the trek; Local lodges 16 nights  with all meals included.
  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, Swoyambhunath, Boufhsnsth, Paten and Bhaktapur including a tour guide and entrance fees.
  • Accoummodation during trek; local lodges days( lunches, dinners, tea, coffee and twin-shere room with comfortable form mattress and pillows all included.
  • Experienced trek leader guide, Porters( 2 persons- one porter basis; max load 25 kg per porter their equipmets.
  • One sherpa (assistance guide) if group size more then  5,6  peoples plus their food  assistant guide and Sherpa porters including their salaries, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • All necessary permits( Sagarmath national park entrance fee, TIMS).Trekkers Information Management System) Cards  
  • Fly  Kathmandu to Lukla and back A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes wher ever applicable

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal visa fee ($30 and two passport photographs are required).
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges Lunch, dinner  in Kathmandu, unless requested for extra accommodation nights other than stated in the itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry,colds drings minal water, hot water  bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, chocolate, beverages, showers etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters. 



Useful Info

About trip information Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu

Flight to Everest trek includes the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Sometimes the weather of Lukla becomes bad, at which time the flight cannot take place. So, in this case, there may be a delay or cancelation of the flights. You will have to be prepared for the next day. IF the flight is canceled, you can go another trek? Like Tamang heritage trail or Annapurna trekking or witting next flight?. This does not always happen but may sometimes happen depending on the weather condition. The weather of Lukla is unpredictable, that’s why.

We recommend you to have a few more days after the trek in case the flight is delayed or canceled. If you have a tight schedule, it will be hard to manage your return flight. So, even the trip days 16 day, we recommend you to have 2 to 3 extra days. If the flight does not happen for 2 to 3 days, then we will divert you to Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Kathmandu to Pokhara flight for your benefit.

IN OPTION: After the completion of the trekking, the fight might be delayed or canceled, in that case, you can trek from Lukla to Sallery and from Sallery drive to Kathmandu by Local jeep or either Helicopter Charter from Lukla to Kathmandu.

In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Himalayan Unforgettable Adventure. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves. We also recommend you to have extra budget for helicopter charter to return back from Lukla to Kathmandu. The helicopter cost is 2750 USD charter flight. It will be approx 550 USD per person which is to be paid to us in cash.

Nepal is now safe to visit. Let us help Nepal by traveling and discover more of Asian gems from the area near or surrounding a place. Himalayan Unforgettable Adventure

Note

About trip information Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu!

Flight to Everest trek includes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Sometimes the weather of Lukla becomes bad, at which time the flight cannot take place. So, in this case, there may be delay or cancelation of the flights. You will have to be prepared for this. IF the flight is canceled, you can go another trek like Tamang heritage trail or Annapurna trekking. This does not always happen but may sometimes happen depending on the weather condition. The weather of Lukla is unpredictable, that’s why.

We recommend you to have a few more days after the trek in case the flight is delayed or canceled. If you have a tight schedule, it will be hard to manage your return flight. So, even the trip days 17 days, we recommend you to have 2 to 3 extra days. If the flight does not happen for 2 to 3 days, then we will divert you to Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Kathmandu to Pokhara flight for your benefit.

Nepal is now safe to visit. Let us help Nepal by travelling and discover more of Asian gems from the area near or surrounding a place. Himalayan Unforgettable Adventure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrive at Tribubhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel, welcome dinner in the evening.Transfer to the hotel will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner (D, B )

Day 02Flight From Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m)Early morning At 5:30 Am, you should have a cup of tea and ask the hotel for your packing breakfast and be ready by 6 Am at Hotel our car will drop you to the Domestic airport for your Lukla flight. Today we will take a wonderful flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m). After 45 minutes, we will land in a runway and our caretaker will help us carry our belongings. Then we will walk down to the Dudh Koshi River, where we connect with the main path to Namche Bazaar. After moving all the way through the small area of Ghat (2550m), we will soon arrive at our tea house. Overnight stay in Phakding at Tea House .B, L, D

Day 03Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445 m) - 3 hoursHiking up to Namche Bazaar from Phakding, we will move forward with a quite easy ascend to get to Jorsale and walk ahead passing a waterfall. Now the track settlements are filled with amazing woods of rhododendron, magnolia trees as well as colossal firs. Next, we will stroll to Namche going across some bridges and after that climb moderately hundred meters and walk straight down and with one steeper way up all the way through the wooded region. We will trek for 5 hours today. Overnight stay in Namche Bazar at Tea house. B, L,

Day 04Namche Bazaar, acclimatization day Explore a day in Namche Bazaar explore Hiking up to Everest view hotel to see Mt: Everest View (alt 8848m) and Ama Dablam (6856m), Mt: Thamserku (alt 6608m) over Night stay same tea house. This day is to rest at Namche Bazaar to get properly accustomed with the high elevated environments. At Namche, a prosperous village situated in a huge secluded bowl-shaped region, you will have a marvelous experience. And the remarkable sight of the Khumbu mountains like Ama Dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6608m) as well as immense vistas of Mt. Everest will spellbind you. Additionally, we will walk to Thami (3810m) above the splendid Bhote Khola River Valley. We may also visit the Sagarmatha National park to view the protected floras and faunas. Overnight at Tea House. B, L, D.

Day 05Namche Bazaar to Dole 5hr (alt 4200m) - 5 -6 hoursHiking up we will go on hiking from Namche Bazar after resting for a day. Today, our path will move down hill and then we will climb to pass via the Mon La pass before reaching Phortse Tenga. Also, we will pass the rhododendron and birch forest decked out with hanging lichens and mosses. Moving further on from Phortse Tenga, we will ascend to get to Dole. On this day, we will walk for approximately 5 hours, we stay at Tea house. B, L, D.

Day 06Dole To Machhermo ( 4470m) -5 -6 hoursFirstly, we climb steadily up through a scenic ridge above the Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. The path is steep in most places as we pass through thorny bushes up to Lhabarma. Offering us good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku the trail takes us through many summer settlements and a charming hamlet of Luza. While we ascend from Luza, the Dudh Koshi valley is deep like a canyon with its sheer sides. Walking along the hill side above thundering Dudh Koshi passing through some small hamlets and through sandy spurs, we reach Machherma. Machherma is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. We visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital here for a lecture regarding the altitude sickness, its precaution, and primary treatment. Our overnight full board accommodation (B, L, D) is set in Machherma

Day 07Acclimatization MacharmoMacharmo, acclimatization day

Day 08Machharmo to Gokyo Lake (4800m) - 4 - 5 hoursToday, moving ahead from Machermo, we continue towards the lakes at Gokyo (4750 meters) which pour down the west part of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We go across the three eye-catching Lakes and the third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari. To the east, lies the settlement of Gokyo. Walking alongside the lake, you will recognize the panorama of glorious summits such as Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang.

Day 09Hike to Gokyo RI (5358m) and trek to Thaknak (4757m) - 3- 4 - hoursHike to Gokyo RI (5357m) If Gokyo RI has not been done the day before, we do this today. Gokyo RI is the highlight of this trip. Early morning, we hike up to the Gokyo RI (Gokyo Peak). Climb to Gokyo RI is obviously strenuous as it is steep up and takes around 2- 3 hours to reach the top, but even from the trial scenery of Gokyo village on the edge of third lakes overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier are mind blowing. We feel like we are surrounded by panoramic views like Kusum gang, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. Sight of sunrays kissing the Everest that towers over all surrounding peaks is unlike from Kala Patthar (from Kala Patthar Nuptse seems taller). Our Gokyo RI visit will be unforgettable life time memories. We trek down to Gokyo and after breakfast we trek to Thaknak for overnight being by the second Lakes and the Nogzumpa Glacier. Overnight stay in Thaknaa at lodge)

Day 10Thaknak - Dzong La after crossing Cho La pass (5420 m) 7 - 8 - hourswe soon get to the top of the pass (5420m) to reach the peak of the pass, we will have to start early in the morning. We cross rocky chunks and come across a small saddle. From here, we carefully follow a narrow rocky path to the Nymagawa Valley. Once we reach the snowfield, the trail becomes easier and we soon get to the top of the pass (5420 meters), where the views offer the incredible Baruntse (7129 meters) and Ama Dablam (6812 meters) as well as a sea of lesser-known peaks. We then descend to Dzong La. Overnight stay in Lobuche at lodge( B, L, D

Day 11 Dzong La to Gorak Shep (5170m) 6-7 hoursKeeping on a trek along the moraine of the glacier; we get to see views of Kala Patthar (5545 meters) and Mt. Pumori (7161 meters). Today, we walk above Pheriche village. About 5 hours of walking along the Khumbu glacier takes us to the beautiful Gorakhshep via Lobuche. This is also an important day for acclimatization. We rest for the rest of the day. The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass though the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Everest actually is not visible from here. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip. We then walk back to Gorak Shep for overnight accommodation. Overnight stay in Gorak Shep at lodge. B, L, D

Day 12Hiking up to Kala Patthar (5554m) and trek to Pheriche (4280) 7 - 8 hoursExperience Kala Patthar (5554m) and trek back to Pheriche [4280]
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of an ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From here we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks our eyes taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can with our camera and take the in view with our mind's eye to last lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and trek down to Pheriche overnight stay in Pheriche at lodge B, L, D

Day 13Pheriche via Pangboche and Tengboche to Namche Bazzar 6- 7- hoursEarly morning today is a much easier walk down to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back to the terminal moraines at Dughla and the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Pheriche, Orsho, and Shomare. We might take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche or take the regular trial to reach Pangboche. From Pangboche we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche or if interested, we might visit nuns at the Debuche monastery. If we are trekking during the full moon of November or December, we might get and opportunity to witness the Mani Rimdu festival in the monastery at Tengboche. After having lunch at Tengboche, we continuing through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's spring, the surrounding adored by pink and red rhododendron flowers is dazzling. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful peasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We want to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here. On reaching our lodge, we take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar at lodge B, L, D

Day 14Namche to Lukla (2800m) 6-7 hours walk.The 6-7 hours trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on their faces! Lukla is our last stop in the trekking itinerary. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet. Overnight stay in Lukla at lodge B, L, D)

Day 16 Free day in KathmanduFree day and farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 16Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 45 minutesFlights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for the morning because wind can create problem to fly the aircraft in the afternoon but sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason that are beyond our command. We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel or holding around the city for shopping. At the evening we will be at a fantastic celebration dinner together. Overnight in Kathmandu at hotel. (B, D)

Day 17 Final departureWe are saying goodbye as your journey to Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3-4 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Himalayan Unforgettable Adventure will take you to the airport last approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative the airport. (B)

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