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Everest Base Camp Via Gokyo Lake Trek

18 Days USD $1795    Kathmandu    Kathmandu  
Accomodation : Tea House
Duration : 18  Days
Grading : Moderate
Min Pax : 1
Max Pax : 10
Max Altitude : 5,357 meters
Activity : Natural wonders
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu
Trip Route : Kathmandu-Lukla-Namche Bazar-Machhermo-Gokyo-Lobuche-Kalapathar-Pheriche-Lukla-Ktm
Best Season : Spring and Autumn

Overview

Everest Base Camp Via Gokyo Lake Trek is one elite trek in the Everest Region, Nepal’s beloved province for trekking. The expert team of Sabbatical Explore Nepal is happy to share this fantastic trek with you. Let’s know what, why, how, and when of the Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek.

The combined Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes’s itinerary is one to remember for challenging and adventurous treks in Nepal. It is an 18 days adventure that lets you explore the classic Everest Base Camp side and unfrequented Gokyo Valley. However, to do this trek, you need to be in great shape and physique. There will be rugged terrains, testing altitudes, extreme weather, and steep-ups. If you believe you can take all the challenges, we excitedly invite you on this trek. 

Why should you do this trek? We have some good reasons to mention. Firstly, you will touch both Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp but via a peaceful trail. Instead of the regular Everest Base Camp trail, you will walk the less crowded trail via Gokyo Valley. Along the way, we’ll tour across Sherpa villages that are often left out. 

Secondly, you will witness the unmatched beauty of Gokyo Valley and its six freshwater lakes. Due to its awe-inspiring terrains, the valley is one of the most picturesque valleys of Nepal; we’ll unravel the whole place.

Thirdly and most importantly, Everest Base Camp Via Gokyo Lakes Trek will help you thoroughly behold the Everest Region’s charm. Starting from Lukla and going into Gokyo Valley to explore the lakes and valley, you will touch Mt Everest’s base camp before you return to Lukla via the regular EBC(Everest Base Camp) trail. That is how it covers the whole region.

To do this trek, Spring and Autumn are the two best times to complete this trek. Those are the times when the weather in Nepal favors trekkers with stable and pleasant conditions. Just ring us, and we will manage you the suitable date for the adventure. And we’ll have great memories together.     
 

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Sightseeing of Kathmandu’s major places.
  • Glorious 30 minutes of flight to Lukla.
  • Acclimatization and Tour day in Namche Bazaar.
  • Trek via peaceful and unfrequented side of the Everest Region.
  • Enter Gokyo Valley and get awe-strucked by landscapes and lakes it has.
  • Climb Gokyo Ri(5,430m) to watch the complete view of the valley.
  • Pass through the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas.
  • Cross Cho La Pass(5,420m) and touch Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar(5,555m).
  • Witness close glimpses of peaks like Ama Dablam, Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, and more.
  • Experience the insightful lifestyle and culture of Sherpas, the gurdains of the Himalayas.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day in Kathmandu


Welcome to the land of Mt Everest. We’ll be at the airport waiting for your arrival. Managing you a warm welcome, we’ll head to your hotel for check-in. You will take your time to relieve your body. In the evening, we will host a welcome dinner for you to make comfortable with the team. We will also discuss the trek. Following, you will move to your hotel for the night.

Day 2: Kathmandu’s Sightseeing


As you are comfortable with the team, it is time to get used to the environment of Nepal. And Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is the best place to do so. We’ll visit the major sites of Kathmandu, which are also UNESCO cultural heritage sites. Monkey Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Basantapur Durbar Square are the places we will see today. We will have a visit day in Kathmandu. Also, we will prepare things for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding(2,650m) | 40min Flight & 3hrs trek


The bags should be ready! Soon, we’ll join a 40 minutes flight to Lukla from the capital. The airport we will land upon is one of the most popular airports in the World. After the arrival, we will get ready for the trek to Phakding. The walk will start by descending from Lukla, and then it goes side by side of Dudh Koshi River until we reach Phakding. We will have a delightful evening in Phakding.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar(3,440m) | 6hrs


We will leave our teahouse in Phakding and cross the Dudh Koshi River via a suspension bridge. There will be more suspension bridges across the day; we will cross them to reach Namche Bazaar. But before that, we will enter through the gates of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. And also, there will be times when we will walk through the forest of Pine and Rhododendron. Ultimately, we will end the trek in Namche Bazaar, the biggest town in the region. Overnight in Namche.

Day 5: Rest and Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar


We’ll have the first acclimatization day of the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes in Namche Bazaar. There is no better place than Namche for getting accustomed to the altitudes. We'll have a couple of alternatives to choose from for the day; visit Khumjung and Khunde Village-two thick sherpa villages, hike up to Hotel Everest View, or visit Sherpa Museum. We will spend the rest of the day doing one of these options. Overnight in Namche.

Day 6: Trek to Dole(4,200m) | 5hrs


The rest of the day shall make us ready to go up. We will leave the busy streets of Namche for Dole. It is from where we will leave the classic Everest Base Camp Trek’s trail. We’ll take a rough road that goes to Dole via Mong La Pass(3,957m). The pass will bestow us the breathtaking views of Mt Ama Dablam. More forward, we will join a downhill trail that runs through the Pine and Rhododendron forest. We will have a short break at Phortse Tenga before we finally reach Dole for the night.

Day 7: Trek to Machhermo(4,470m) | 5-6hrs


We’ll leave Dole after breakfast. The trail, today, goes through the picturesque meadows and Buddhist shrines. Along the route, we’ll find lots of prayer flags too. In some hours of trekking, we will reach Lapahrma Village, where we’ll see Mt Cho Oyu’s glorious visions. Next, we will pass by Luja Village to get to Machhermo at last. Overnight in Machhermo. 

Day 8: Trek to Gokyo(4,790m) | 4hrs


It is an important day of Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek. We’ll finally enter the Gokyo Valley. We will have an hour of the trek from Machhermo to reach Phanga. We will come across the memorials of the lost souls in the place. Continuing the hike, we will get to the shore of the first Gokyo Lake. We will explore the lake shortly and move towards the Gokyo village next to the third Gokyo Lake. Overnight in Gokyo Village.

Day 9: Rest and Acclimatization day in Gokyo


Gokyo is such a beautiful place to visit. We’ll have an acclimatization day in Gokyo to explore the site entirely and acclimatize. We will perform a short hike to Gokyo Ri, the best viewpoint of Gokyo Valley. Passing all the uphill sections, we will reach the top to look at the whole region. From mountains to lakes, we will have enough views from Gokyo Ri. Following this, we will visit the remaining Gokyo Lakes before dusk. Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 10: Trek to Thangnak(4,700m) | 5hrs


Now we will leave the beautiful Gokyo village. The acclimatization day in the village will make sense today. We will reach Ngozumpa Glacier, one of the longest glaciers in the world, to cross it. There will be several easy uphills and downhills to complete. On the other side of the glacier is Thangnak Village, in a beautiful setting. Our evening will become special because of the mountains of the region. Overnight in Thangnak.

Day 11: Trek to Dzongla(4,855m) via Cho La Pass(5420m) | 6-7hrs


We’ll depart from Thangnak to start a vital trekking day in the morning. Today, we will trek on the rocky terrain and terminal moraines to cross the Cho La Pass(5,420m), one of the principal passes of the region. Following the trek of several hours, we will ascend the Cho La Pass to catch our breath and enjoy a splendid panorama. Then, we will gradually descend from the top to reach Dzongla in the evening. Overnight in Dzongla.

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche(4,910m) | 4hrs


From Dzongla, we’ll take a track to Lobuche, which starts with a walk through moraine and Cho La Lake. En route, we’ll also pass the memorials of the lost climbers. The trek is not as challenging as the last day; we shall walk comfortably to find Lobuche. Before reaching the place, we’ll walk by the banks of Imja Khola. Another great day of trekking will end at the popular stop, Lobuche.

Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp(5,364m) and back to Gorak Shep(5,185m)


Brace yourself! The day to reach Everest Base Camp is already here. We will leave Lobuche backward to approach Gorak Shep. Walking on nothing but terminal moraines, we’ll reach Gorak Shep for check-in and a short lunch break. Keeping our belongings in Gorak Shep, we’ll aim for Everest Base Camp. 

The following 2-3 hours will take you to the foothills of the World’s tallest mountain. It will be a moment to capture for the rest of your life. We will embrace what the place offers, all the whitish and mighty mountains. After the embracement, we’ll sign off from there to return to Gorakshep. Overnight in Gorakshep.

Day 14: Morning Hike to Kala Patthar(5,555m) and Trek to Pheriche(4,250m)


Everest Base Camp is not enough when you are in the region. There is another place that you must visit, Kala Patthar. We’ll do an early morning hike to the spot for a glorious sunrise view and mountain panorama. The mountain displays will melt your heart, and you’ll thank yourself for doing Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes trek. Following this, we’ll descend back to Gorakshep. We’ll have breakfast and start the walk to Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar(3,440m) | 6-7hrs


As we have ticked all the top highlights of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Trek, it’s time to return. We’ll leave for Namche Bazaar via a forested trail. We might encounter wildlife around the place. Also, we’ll follow the prayer flags and chortens to move ahead. Eventually, we’ll end up in Namche Bazaar for the second time. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 16: Trek to Lukla(2,850m) | 6-7hrs


The walk is not yet complete. We need to reach Lukla to end the trek finally. To do that, we’ll leave Namche after breakfast. We’ll retrace the trail via various suspension bridges, Monjo, Phakding, and lastly, reach Lukla. The day will be a long trekking day but not a difficult one. And, we’ll finish the trekking part of 18 days long Everest Base Camp Trek and Gokyo Lakes Trek upon reaching Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.   

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu | 40mins


The plane will heat up to leave the Everest Region. We’ll hop into the flight, and we’ll enjoy it for another 40mins. We’ll see good views of mountains and hills throughout the flight coming to our windows. Eventually, we’ll land at the domestic terminal of the Kathmandu Airport. Next, we’ll head to the hotels for a deserving rest and refreshment. We might use the evening time for shopping for some souvenirs for the ones at home.

Day 18: Departure


Here comes the end of the tour. We’ll cherish the memories that we’ve shared with you. For your deserving farewell, we’ll drop you at the airport with best wishes for a safe journey back home. Farewell, we’ll meet on some other sunny day.

What's included

  • Airport Pick up and transfer to the hotel (all)
  • Welcome & farewell dinner
  • 3 nights Room Accommodation with Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • All meals during trek with tea and coffee
  • All ground transfer with Private vehicle
  • English speaking tour guide in Kathmandu
  • Experienced Trekking guide
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight
  • Everest region Trekking guide (Kathmandu- Trekking- Kathmandu)
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight for guide
  • Entrance fees for above mention places
  • Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit Fees
  • 1 porter (Helper) per two trekkers to carry trekking bag during trek
  • All food, accommodation, salary and Insurance for trekking guide and porter(s)
  • Government Tax & VAT

What's not included

  • Nepal Visa fees
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Client’s personal insurance
  • Any kind of unforeseen expenses
  • Comprehensive Travel/Medical Insurance that covers heli rescue
  • Natural Calamities beyond our control and expenses incurred during rescue services
  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks, cigarettes etc)

FAQ

How difficult is the Gokyo Lake Trek?


There is no climbing section while trekking, so you don’t need any type of climbing equipment or previous trekking experience. In Between the trek, you will walk through the rugged and rocky trail. You will gradually follow the cliff route from Lukla to Gokyo Ri, not every time you will walk on the cliff some time the path will be wide and flat. While descending back it is easy. If your ankle is weak, be careful while backtracking the route. The Nzogumpa glacier is a little tricky so wisely cross the messy and challenging ground.

How fit do I need to be to do Gokyo Lake Trek?


Your basic level of fitness is required for this 15 days trek. Per day you will trek for 4-7 hours and it is easy. To avoid altitude sickness don’t rush while trekking to the high altitude try to go slowly. Rather to make your Physic super-fit it’s better to make your mind super fit because last year, a 7 years old western kid made a Guinness world record by being the youngest trekker to the Everest Base Camp.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance?


Yes, every trip goes smoothly but who knows what is next. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance which covers up to 5000m height.

What if I am a solo traveler? Is there a supplement for singles?


No worries, many trekkers are trekking solo, but if you want someone to be with you for security or if you want to trek without any fears then join a small group or other solo trekkers. Yes, we have a single supplemental cost for individual trekkers, please contact us to know more.

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