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Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake

  • Exploring the undisturbed beauty of Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Valley traversing the Chola pass
  • Amazing view of towering mountains from Gokyo Ri.
  • Walking alongside the Khumbu glacier to witness Mt. Everest
  • Experiencing the tradition, culture, and ritual of the Sherpa people in the high settlement areas.
  • Prospecting the exquisiteness of the Sargarmath National Park, covered in the dense forest of rhododendrons, oaks, and junipers
  • The exhilarating flight on the Kathmandu Lukla route with scenic views

Scenic walks to Gokyo Lakes with adventure to Everest base camp via Tsho-la pass

It is said that somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the base of the summit, we will find the answer to why we climb. While trekking from Lukla to Everest base camp, you will probably find not just the answer to this why but many other whys. So, are you ready to conquer Everest base camp through Gokyo Lake and find out the reason why you are doing this EBC trek?

The EBC trek is sure to provide you with the lifetime memory of being surrounded by panoramic Himalayan ranges. Apart from that, you will be able to witness the unique Sherpa culture and tradition encircling the environment of exquisite flora and fauna of the Khumbu region, but with a little twist.

The twist is you will get to have an up-close view of Mt. Everest after witnessing the breathtaking beauty of the Gokyo Valley.

The oligotrophic Gokyo Lake is stationed silently in the center of massive mountains and hills with eye-catching turquoise fresh water. After traveling a lengthy journey from Lukla to Gokyo Valley, the sight of beautiful Gokyo lakes will bring calmness to the racing heart. An exciting hike to Gokyo Ri will provide you with a spectacular view of the world's four tallest peaks, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, as well as Cho-Oyu.

Traversing the Chola pass, you will descend and finally make the exciting adventure

towards Everest base camp and the highest vantage point, Kalapatthar. After achieving the main highlight of the trek, you will explore the Khumbu region, descending from Tengboche and other different Sherpa residence villages.

This 19-day Everest Base Camp trip via Gokyo Lake with Explorer Adventure will undoubtedly be a life-changing experience. So, are you all set to make this journey full of amazing experiences and accomplishments?

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Once you arrive at the International Airport, you will clear the immigration and retrieve the baggage. As you exit the terminal, our staff guide will meet you and take you to your accommodations. You can rest in your hotel room before rejoining the other trekkers for a briefing with other fellow Everest base camp trekkers. This briefing covers every detail of the journey. It encompasses the trek's nature, scenery, climate, and local cultures.

In the evening, we will provide you with a welcome meal at an authentic Nepali restaurant. This acts as a gesture of goodwill and an introduction to Nepali cuisine. When dinner is finished, you shall return to the hotel.

    Don't you think spending the second day of your trip between the four walls of a hotel room would spoil your time? We have planned a sightseeing itinerary for you in light of this factor. After breakfast, you will take a trip around the lively Kathmandu valley.

    You can explore the intricate passageways of the Durbar squares to learn about the historical features of those places. You can also visit different cultural and religious essence places like Boudhanath, Swayambhu, and Pashupatinath. Furthermore, filling your stomach simply by tasting different types of foods is essential.

    After exploring the valley for about half a day, you will return to the hotel to make final preparations for the trek.

      Lukla Elevation: 2850 m

      Phakding Elevation: 2610 m

      Today is the day when you will finally start your Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake. Firstly, in the early morning, you will take a 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This 35 minutes on air is going to be a thrilling flight as you will have an aerial view of eastern Nepal.

      After landing at the Lukla airport, you will start to trek for Phakding, a medium-sized village in the lower Khumbu region heading north from Lukla. As you are walking, you will come across a few suspension bridges, making your trek more exciting. Further proceeding with the journey, you will arrive at Chaurikharka village from where you will walk down alongside the Dudh Koshi river and finally reach Phakding, your overnight stay destination.

      Though today's hike will be short hours with a loss of altitude of about 200 m, the uphills and downhills throughout the trail will make the hike plenty for the day. After arriving at Phakding, you will have enough time to stroll around the village, including visiting Rimishung Monastery, a place of religious belief with various prayer flags adorned with the Mantra.

      • Max Altitude:2610 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Phakding Elevation: 2610 m

      Namche Bazaar Elevation: 3443 m

      After having a light breakfast, you will continue to walk alongside the banks of the Dudhkoshi River and arrive at a small village called Monjo.

      Then, you will walk along the ridgeline uphill and come across Sagarmatha National Park, where you will register your permit. As you walk in the dense forest of the national park, you will be stopped by the first magnetic view of Mt. Everest.

      You will have to cross many suspension bridges, but in the final stretch of the hike, you will be at Hillary Suspension Bridge before reaching Namche Bazaar. The suspension bridge is above the fast-flowing Dudhkoshi River and is decorated with colorful prayer flags. This place is perfect to snap some beautiful pictures.

      However, you need to walk forward from the view of Chomulungma and other Himalayan ranges and reach the Sherpa residence, Namche Bazaar. You will listen to a bustle of people when you reach Namche Bazaar.

      • Max Altitude:3443 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      In our 19 days of Everest base camp trekking through Gokyo Valley, today is the first day entirely apportioned for the acclimatization hike. Namche Bazaar is full of cafes, gear shops, bakeries, restaurants, and lodges, so you will have lots of means to entertain yourself.

      Furthermore, you will take some quick hikes to popular places like Everest View Hotel, Syangboche Airport, Hillary School, Thame, and Kunde to adapt your body to the high altitude. Additionally, during the stroll around Namche bazaar, you will be stunned by mesmerizing views of the Himalayan range like Everest, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Kongde Ri, and Lhotse,

      After some acclimatization hike, you will end your day with a heavy meal at a teahouse.

      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Namche Bazaar Elevation: 3440 m

      Khumjung Elevation: 3790 m

      Today is the short trek from Namche Bazaar to Khumjung, which covers about 15 km. After climbing uphill for about an hour from Namche Bazaar, you will reach Syanboche. You can even stop by this place to explore some amazing places like Syangboche Airport, an unpaved airstrip often used for STOL aircraft and Helicopters.

      Then, you will make your way to the Kunde village. You can visit the only hospital made by Sir Edmund Hillary, Kunde Hospital, and Khundu Monastery. Accompanied by the scenic view, directly adjacent to the Kunde village is Khumjung village, your last destination for today. On top of Namche Bazaar, the two villages, Khundu and Khumjung, are divided by rock walls with beautiful vistas on all sides. Both villages are located at the foot of the sacred mountain Khumbiyela.

      After arriving at Khumjung, you can visit Khujung monastery, which has a big statue of Guru Rinpoche. Lastly, you will end your day by soaking yourself in the tradition of the Sherpa community.

      • Max Altitude:3790 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Khumjung Elevation: 3790 m

      Dole Elevation: 4200 m

      Leaving the Khumjung village behind, you will make your way to Sanasa through the ridge. You can take a short photo break at Sanasa, where Lhotse is visible to the north, with Everest peaking over its left flank. The majestic Ama Dablam is to the northeast, and the more jagged peaks of Kangtega and Tamserku are to the southeast.

      Moving on from Sanasa, the trail ascends to Mongla. Then it descends abruptly, passing through Phortse Tenga before climbing steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest draped with hanging mosses and lichens.

      • Max Altitude:4200 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Dole Elevation: 4200 m

      Progressing with the trek, you will climb uphill from Dole towards the beautiful meadows. During the spring, the whole meadows lighten with a green color, attracting yak to graze.

      As you pass the meadows, you can have an astonishing view of the fifth tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Cho Oyu. The trail goes to Lapahrma village, then Luja, before arriving at our destination, Machhermo.

      • Max Altitude:4470 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Maccherma Elevation: 4470 m

      Gokyo Elevation: 4800 m

      Today is finally the day when you come across face to face with emerald Gokyo Lakes. Leaving Machhermo early in the morning, you will follow the scenic route that leads to grazing lands and arrive at Phanga.

      At Phanga, you will see the memorials of people who lost their lives during the landslide in that region. You will then descend briefly and climb the stone steps to reach the stream. After crossing the metal bridge, you will finally arrive at Gokyo. Welcome to the Gokyo land.

      As you traverse the ablation valley of Gokyo, you will encounter the first Gokyo Lake, the smallest lake among five major Gokyo lakes. After walking for about 30 minutes on the rocky path, you will meet the second lake, and about an hour's walk from the second lake view, you will finally reach the third lake, Dudh Pokhari, the biggest lake out of the five lakes.

      Lying with immense glory at the eastern shore of the third Gokyo Lake is Gokyo Valley. With a long day of hiking, you will end your day in front of the picturesque Gokyo lake.

      • Max Altitude:4800 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Gokyo Elevation: 4800 m

      Thagnag Elevation: 4700 m

      In the early morning, when you are standing in the Gokyo Valley, you will witness an uphill in front of you, commonly known as Gokyo Ri. When you come to Gokyo, you definitely can't miss hiking to the highest point of today's adventure, Gokyo Ri.

      As you reach the top of the hill, all four snow-cladded mountains, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu, along with other smaller peaks, welcome you, offering the panoramic views from east to west.

      After gazing at the peak till your heart is content, you will descend to the valley for lunch. You will depart for today's destination, Thagnag, after filling your eyes and heart with Gokyo's gorgeous, calm beauty and your stomach with the hefty lunch.

      Resuming your trekking journey to the Everest base camp, you will pass Ngozumpa Glacier and make your way through. The trail meanders with ups and downs and finally lands you at Thagnag village.

      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Thagnag Elevation: 4700 m

      Dzongla Elevation: 4830 m

      After an overnight stay in the serene setting of Thagnag village, you will start the hike to Dzongla via Chola Pass. It is very important to move early in the morning to cross Chola Pass because strong and heavy winds start to cut in during the daytime. One of the challenging parts of the EBC trek via Gokyo Lake is crossing Chola Pass, but once you make it to the top, the view is to die for.

      To reach the top of the formidable mountain pass, you have to cross the trail full of boulders and scree pathways. As you put two steps, the gravel under your foot will move you back one step. The scree will be frozen, making it difficult to walk on.

      However, after finally arriving at the top of the Chola pass, you will be rewarded with the splendor vision of Cho La lake and Mt. Cholatse. You will need a substantial amount of work to descend the pass. The pathways can be icy, so be prepared with crampons and ice axes while descending. As this is the path of glaciers, you will come across crevasses, so you need to be vigilant all along the way. After a lot of intense, you will arrive at Dzongla, where you will stay overnight.

      • Max Altitude:5,420 metres
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges

      Dzongla Elevation: 4830 m

      Lobuche Elevation: 4910 m

      You may find the trek to Lobuche from Dzongla quite easy after going through a lot of patience-testing and intense hiking the previous day. Today is the day when you will complete the remote area of Chola Pass and join the classic Everest base camp trek.

      You will leave the marked trails of Dzongla and pursue the moraine to descend alongside the Chola Lake. You will be able to see Pheriche village, dominated by Mt. Ama Dablam, at a distance. You will turn left and enter the Khumbu Valley instead of making your way to the village. Walking on the undulating trails of the valley, you will be accompanied by the Khumbu glacier on your right.

      After walking for a couple of hours, you will finally arrive at Lobuche.

      • Max Altitude:4910 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Lobuche Elevation: 4910 m

      Everest base camp Elevation: 5364 m

      Today is the day why you have put all your efforts and determination into trekking.

      Elevating significantly from Lobuche to Gorakshep and making a 3.5 km trek onwards, you will finally arrive at Everest base camp.

      In the initial stretch of the trek, you will approach Gorak Shep early in the morning. Following the left side of the Khumbu Valley and crossing Changri Nup and Changri Shar Glacier, you will reach the high settlement area of the Everest region. Arriving at Gorak Shep, you will keep all your belongings and luggage at the local teahouse as you will come back for the overnight stay.

      Continuing the hike onto the moraine of Khumbu Glacier, you will finally see the stone-carved declaring the Everest base camp.

      Once you arrive at the base camp, you will feel that every hard work is worth it. You can find a spot to soak on the ambiance surrounded by mountains and reflect on where you are. Capture all the memories and return to Gorak Shep, where you will have a heavy meal to energize yourself after a tough hike.

      • Max Altitude:5364 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Kalapatthar Elevation: 5555 m

      Pangboche Elevation: 3930 m

      You will have to move early in the morning to catch the magnificent sunrise view from Kalapatthar. The sight of the sun rising and the Himalayan mountain ranges painting themselves and enjoying the light from the sun is something you will never forget in your life.

      After savoring the view, you will return to Gorak Shep and prepare yourself to take a downhill to Pangboche. Passing the Periche village leads to the short climb and long descent to Pangboche village.

      • Max Altitude:5555 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Pangboche Elevation: 3930 m

      Namche Bazaar Elevation: 3443 m

      With a light breakfast in the morning, you will start the trek for today to Kyanjinma. The trail will lead you over a bridge to cross the Imjatse River. After a hike to Tengboche monastery, you will finally take a downhill from Phungi Tang to reach Kyanjinma.

      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Crossing the lush forest, you will head back to Namche Bazaar, clutching the last sight of Mt. Everest. In Namche Bazaar, you can take your time exploring and visiting the shops and cafes. Then, you will head back to Monjo alongside the white-flowing Dudh Koshi River.

      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Today is the last day of your Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lake. You will come across the familiar sight of the Phakding village as you return to Lukla. Within a few hours of hiking, you will arrive at Lukla and enjoy the rest of your time celebrating your last day in the Everest region.

      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Kathmandu altitude: 1400m

      It's time to wave goodbye to the Khumbu region after spending overnight at Namche Bazaar. You will take a thrilling flight over the mountain ranges and green forest hills from Lukla to arrive in Kathmandu.

      After arriving at Kathmandu, you will have some free time on your hands, which you can utilize to reflect on the whole journey to Everest base camp.

      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      After creating a memorable experience at the Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake, you will head home today, where your loved ones eagerly await you to listen to all the memories you created in Nepal.

        Route Map

        Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake map
        What's Included
        • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
        • Three nights standard Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with B.B 
        • all domestic flight Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu 
        • Government license holder guide 
        • Helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
        • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
        • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis 
        • Duffel bag for packing your things for the trek 
        • Local Entrance fee  for entering to the khumbu valley 
        • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit
        • Government taxes and official expenses
        What's not Included
        • All food pay your self  during the trek  
        • Flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
        • Tips for porters ($70-100) and guides ($80-100)
        • Nepal Visa ($50)
        • Insurance (must include emergency evacuation by helicopter, check worldnomads.com
        • Food and drinks ($20-30 per day)
        • In some places: hot water, wifi, battery charging - $2-5
        • Drinking water, price depends on altitude (linear regression)

        Departure Dates

        Select a Departure Month
        Trip Dates
        Trip DateMay 23, 2024 - Jun 10, 2024
        Trip DateMay 25, 2024 - Jun 12, 2024
        Trip DateMay 27, 2024 - Jun 14, 2024
        Trip DateMay 31, 2024 - Jun 18, 2024
        Useful Information

        Trek Grade

        The route to approach Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake is graded as a moderately difficult level trek. Moreover, the trail leads to variations in altitude from Namche Bazaar (3440 m), Gokyo Ri (5357 m), and Everest base camp(5364 m) to the highest altitude in the whole EBC trek of 5644 m in Kalapathhar.

        Moreover, the trek comprises a rugged path and steep terrains that are majorly covered with ascents and descents, making it challenging but rewarding.

        Trek Duration

        The total distance required to be covered in this trek route variation is about 137 km. Moreover, almost 6 to 8 hours of daily hiking, including the acclimatization days, is necessary to complete this trek.

        The optimal days to conquer Everest base camp from Gokyo Lake will take about 19 days; about 9 km should be covered each day to complete this trek.

        Best season for the trek

        Everest base camp trekking is available all around for 12 months. However, the change of season plays a specific role in this trekking adventure. Out of all time, the months from March to May(spring season) and September to November (autumn season) are considered preferable times to get introduced to Everest base camp.

        After the freezing cold, spring starts to bloom in the Khumbu region, spreading the sun shine brightly during the day. The days are milder, and nights are cooler, making this an ideal season for trekking. Moreover, the trees of the Everest region will come back to life with different shades of rhododendrons and the beauty of wildflowers.

        Subsequently, during the fall season, the weather in the Everest region is pleasant as the foliage starts to turn golden and red. Moreover, wildlife like Lophophorus and Musk deer will be encountered in the Khumbu region, making your trek more exciting. Additionally, the festival season offers you an opportunity to blend with the traditions and culture of that region.

        However, if you decide to do an Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Valley in the winter season, the trails, entire valleys, and mountains will be covered with snow like a blanket. The glaciers and lakes will also be frozen, so you will require crampons and ice axes while ascending.

        Furthermore, if you are planning to make this trek during monsoon, you will play hide and seek with the mountains as the fog will cover all the visibility of the mountains in the blink of an eye and even clear the fog in an instant.

        Difficulties and challenges

        Even though the trekking trail is considered secure with no gremlins, while adventuring in the Himalayan ranges, you have to consider certain factors that can make the trek challenging.

        Remote and difficult terrain

        The Everest base camp trek is one of the most exciting mainstream trekking, but the trails are full of rocky paths, including stone stairways, suspension bridges, steep ascents, and descents. As the trek is to conquer the Himalayas, the steep ascents and descents make the distance to be covered shorter.

        However, people with no prior trekking experience might find the trails difficult to walk on, which can be a huge challenge for them on this trek.

        High altitude/ Altitude sickness

        The trek will start from Lukla at an altitude of 2860 m, but as the trek progresses, the altitude elevates higher and finally concludes its inclination at 5644 m. So, trekkers like you have a higher probability of suffering from altitude sickness.

        Long duration of hiking

        Trekking is the composition of highly vigorous hiking that lasts for several days. Moreover, the route of Everest base camp through Gokyo Lake requires an average of 6 to 8 hours of hiking each day, which can be really exhaustive.


        The route to Everest base camp has an unhinged remoteness to it. Even though the services and accommodations on the trek are conventional in comparison to other trekking trails in Nepal, in some teahouses, you may not get services of network reception, wifi, and hot showers, which can create difficulty for people who cannot adapt with the sudden change in circumstances.

        Confusing route

        Uncovering Everest base camp with the Gokyo route is relatively less crowded in comparison to the classic EBC trek. Moreover, without the guide, the trails from Gokyo Valley to descending Dzongla can be quite confusing and may leave you stranded for some time if you are making this journey without the guide.

        Preparation for the trek

        It is generally advised that trekking packing be kept as light as possible; nonetheless, the essentials should not be overlooked. If you are unsure about what to bring and what not to pack, you might consult this packing checklist.


        • Gloves, woolen hats
        • Thermal layers
        • T-shirts, shirts, both full or half-sleeves
        • Trekking shorts and full pants
        • Scarf or neck gaiters
        • Windproof/waterproof trousers, heavy woolen trousers
        • Fleece jacket
        • Waterproof/ windproof shell jackets
        • Heavy down jacket, woolen jacket
        • Several pairs of undergarments
        • Several pairs of socks


        • Comfortable hiking boots
        • Sports or trainer shoes
        • Sandals, crock, or slippers to use at the teahouses.
        • Ankle Support

        Personal hygiene and toiletries

        • Toothpaste, toothbrush, facewash, Hand sanitizer
        • Sunscreen, body lotion, and lip balm
        • Soap, shampoo and conditioner
        • Quick dry towels, toilet paper, Wet wipes, and face towel
        • Deodorants
        • Foot powder
        • Personal medication (if any)
        • Water purification solution or tablets
        • Small first aid kit with all basic medications


        • Trekking poles, Duffle bag, packing sack
        • Backpack/daypack
        • Sleeping bag (four seasonal sleeping bags recommended)
        • Binoculars, camera
        • Headlamp with extra pair of batteries
        • Power bank, solar charger
        • Universal charging cord
        • Reusable water bottles
        • Thermos flask
        • Card and board games
        • Magazine, journal, pens
        • Crampons
        • Ice axe

        Travel Insurance

        You might not want to consider all the risks and unavoidable circumstances that may occur during the trek. Still, there is no surety that these mishaps occur. So, it is very essential to be insured with all these accidents and mishaps by travel insurance.

        Because the regular 19-day Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake package does not include travel insurance, evidence of travel insurance is required when traveling with Explorer Adventure. Moreover, while taking travel insurance, you need to make sure that the policy you undertake covers all your medical expenses, evacuation costs, cancellation costs, and other expenses so that while trekking, you do not have to be constantly troubled with unnecessary thoughts and enjoy the journey.

        Porters and Guides

        Porters and guides are an inseparable part of your Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake. Guides are the mediators that will help you with the language barrier and navigate properly through the entire route. Moreover, they will provide you with prominent information about the places and culture.

        Likewise, porters will help you carry the weight of your luggage so that you can easily travel the entire journey. Furthermore, the guides and porters that will accompany you with the climb are well-knowledgeable and experienced in their respective fields.

        Guides are well trained in the simple medical first aid that will help you during altitude sickness or other medical issues and evacuation in case of emergency. Additionally, the porters that we provide you are strong and cheerful who can carry a maximum weight of about 15 to 25 kg. Moreover, two trekkers will be provided with one porter to carry the luggage.

        Porters and guides are well taken care of by the company, which provides fair salary, medical insurance, travel allowance including meals on treks and climbs, and warm gear in winter for high and cold altitudes.

        Information on AMS and precautionary measures

        Everest base camp trek with gokyo lake

        Acute mountain sickness is a common faced problem while making trips at higher altitude regions.

        When the altitude increases, the air starts to get thinner, leading to a drop in the percentage of oxygen. As a result, people may feel uneasiness with shortness of breath, light headache, nausea, dizziness, lack of good sleep, and less appetite.

        These are the common symptoms of altitude sickness, and you dont have to panic much. Usually, the symptoms of AMS get better in 1 to 3 days. You need to immediately report these symptoms to the guide so that they can help you cope with them.

        Moreover, to avoid this sickness, you have to take an itinerary that has enough acclimatization hike so that your body can adapt to the higher altitude. Furthermore, it is very essential to be hydrated as dehydration is likely to cause altitude sickness. You have to intake enough water, at least 2 to 3 liters a day. Additionally, you need to have proper meals and sleep to energize yourself in the trek.

        Another thing you need to remember is that trekking is not a competition. You need to walk at your own pace, catching your breath and stopping frequently. If you feel that you cannot make it further or feel the symptoms, it is okay to rest overnight and gradually take the trek. Your safety should be your first priority.

        The next thing you can do is take the medications, and in case the symptoms do not fade away, visit the nearest health clinic.

        Are any preparations required beforehand for the trek?

        Since the Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake is a demanding trekking adventure with some taxing difficulties, it is better if you are prepared beforehand for the adventure.

        Despite the fact that prior high-altitude experience is not required, those experiences can come in handy during this trek. So, you can try going for hikes at a higher altitude. The trek demands strength and endurance, so it is highly recommended that you try some strength and cardiovascular exercises. Moreover, you should be mentally prepared for long hiking durations to make your trek more familiar and comfortable.

        Are permits necessary?

        Gokyo Lake Trekking 14 Days

        When it comes to trekking to Everest base camp, you need to obtain some documents. Though there are other different paperwork you need to do prior to EBC trekking, obtaining the permits is one crucial documentation process.

        The Everest base camp lies under the Sagarmatha National Park area. Hence, it is essential to acquire a Sagarmatha National Park permit to enter the area. You can acquire this permit either at Monjo at the entry gate or at the Nepal Tourism Board office.

        Sagarmatha National Park permit cost

        Foreigners except SAARC nationals= NPR 3000 per person.

        SAARC nationals=NPR 1500 per person.

        Nepalese citizen=NPR 100 per person

        All these costs are excluded from VAT. Moreover, children under the age of 10 are allowed to enter the area for free.

        Since you will reach your destination by hiking through Pasang Lhamu Municipality in the Khumbu region, the local government of the region has newly introduced Khumbu Pasang Lahmu Rural Municipality Permit.

        Khumbu Pasang Lahmu Rural Municipality Permit cost

        For the first four weeks = USD 20 per person/ week

        After exceeding four weeks = USD 25 per person /week.

        Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake cost

        If you want to be introduced to Everest with some route modifications accompanied by Explorer Adventure, you've come to the right spot because we provide a competitive price for the journey. The trek will cost a total of $1500 USD per participant. Doesn't that sound reasonable?

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        Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake FAQs

        • Yes, you can see the most majestic view of Mt. Everest from Gokyo Lake.

        • No, you dont have to cross all three passes while trekking to Everest base camp via Gokyo Lake. You will only have to cross the Chola pass. All three passes, i.e., Chola Pass, Renjo La Pass, and Kongma La Pass, have to be crossed while trekking to EBC through three pass routes.

        • You can see all four 8000 m mountains, Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu, along with other different smaller peaks from Gokyo Ri.

        • Yes, guides are essential to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo Valley because the route to Gokyo is quite confusing. Moreover, Nepal's government has made hiring guides for foreign solo trekkers compulsory.

        • Among all five Gokyo Lakes, a fourth lake named Thonak Cho is the deepest, with a depth of about 43m.

        Client Reviews
        • Trekking with Bam,

          Bam was our guide for the first 2-3 days of our EBC trip. After that, he was more of a friend than a guide!
          Bam is super helpful, knowledgeable, and sweet. He will go to lengths to ensure we get the best experience during our trek. For instance, visiting Ama Dablam Base Camp was not part of the itinerary, but just because some of us wanted to do it, he tweaked the plan and accompanied us on that difficult trek before a super busy day.
          And that's only one example, he was always making sure that our whole team was properly rested and fed.

          Also, his efforts to speak with me in his broken Hindi just for fun were super cute! :)

          Mannu MalhotraSingapore,November 03, 2023
        • Bam is excellent Guide!

           Bam is fantastic and goes out of his way to make sure you get the most out of your Nepal trip. I can very highly recommend him.

          This was my first time in Nepal AND my first time doing a trekking. For that reason, my guide was extra important to me. Bam picked me up at the airport and brought me to a nice hotel in Kathmandu. For the next few days, Bam briefed our group about the trekking, took us shopping in Thamel (for trekking gear), and arranged a city tour for us. This was all included in our package.

          During our 2-week trekking in Oct 2023, we noted Bam’s extensive experience guiding trekkers in the Himalayas. Since he knows a lot of people in the area, he often managed to find the nicest lodges for us. Bam always made sure we all felt comfortable and safe. I never felt unsafe during the trekking. We had some ad-hoc requests during the trekking, e.g. deviating from the originally planned program, and although I am sure that behind-the-scenes it wasn’t always easy, Bam always made it happen with a smile.

          Besides being an excellent guide, Bam is very friendly and easy-going and also has a good sense of humor. To me this was a great, unexpected add-on to the trip: having a guide that integrates so well in the group.

          This trip was one of the best ones in my life, and I couldn’t have wished for a better guide or organization. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Explorer Adventure and have Bam craft the best program for you and your group. You won’t regret it!

          Tom van DaalUnited States,October 23, 2023