Gokyo Everest Base Camp TrekkingGokyo Everest Base Camp Trekking

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake

  • Stunning, scenic walk to Gokyo Lake with glorious mountain panorama and views of Everest
  • Daily views of high Khumbu Himal with Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, Makalu and Lhotse peaks
  • Exploring Sherpa traditional farm villages in the country of famous highlanders of Everest
  • A scenic adventure in the shade of towering Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho-Oyu with array of giant mountains
  • Crossing high Tsho-la pass towards world number one Mt. Everest base camp with grand views
  • Beginning and ending with super exciting flight to and from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu

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

Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake is a perfect adventure combining both scenic and beautiful places of the scenic Khumbu Valley. A great wonderful trek to experience the glory of the high Himalayas, visiting lovely picturesque Gokyo Lake. After enjoying a marvelous time facing grand views of the world’s three highest peaks from Gokyo-Ri high hill. The next part of the journey leads to an exciting climb to cross over a high Cho-La Pass. The walk then reaches the bottom of Mt. Everest at base camp, the main highlight of the adventure.

Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake allows trekkers to enjoy both beautiful areas of Khumbu high valley. Where views of staggering giant peaks follow from the beginning to the end of the trek at Lukla.

A wonderful walk starts from Lukla town the gateway to various adventures around the high Khumbu region of Everest. The trail leads to lovely villages and follows the Dudh Koshi River right up to its glacial source at Gokyo.

An exciting trek, as the walk heads through the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sagarmatha is a name for Everest in Nepal, the native Sherpa call as Chomolungma of Tibetan origin language. The trail climbs on an undulating winding path to reach the famous Namche Bazaar, the hub of Khumbu villagers. The town like a big village offers various facilities for trekkers as well for the local villagers. For many past decades, where once a week Saturday market is held, hence the name Namche Bazaar.

After spending a well-worth extra day for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, the adventure continues toward Gokyo. The valley of lovely glacial lakes with the world’s longest Ngozumpa glacier, encircled by giant snow peaks.

After an enjoyable time at Gokyo Lake and the valley with a climb up to high Gokyo-Ri. A scenic hill for a view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu with Cho-Oyu, which ranks 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th; as the world’s tallest peaks. On leaving Gokyo Lake a long climb and traverse over the high Cho-La pass to reach Everest base camp.

An exciting trek of the adventure crossing Cho-La pass, facing grand views of towering peaks. From the top, a long descent to Dzongla, and then the walk joins the main trail of Pheriche and Dingboche. The final part of the journey takes you right to the bottom of Everest at base camp. Enjoying the dramatic scenery of Khumbu ice-fall and glaciers enclosed amidst the world's highest peaks.

The last phase of the adventure takes you to the top of the famous and popular Kalapathar rocky hill. Rewards you with spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding snow-mountain range facing the closest look of Mt. Everest, at a mere distance.

After an overwhelming experience in completing both beautiful areas of high Khumbu Valley. The return walk follows the main trails to the scenic spot of Tengboche and the monastery. From here enjoy the majestic views of snow peaks, then on the trail to Namche Bazaar. The adventure continues with the last day trek to Lukla for an exciting flight back to Kathmandu. After a wonderful adventure on Everest Base Camp via gokyo   Lake Trekking.


On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be warmly received by our guide and staff and then transfer you to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. First check into your hotel rooms on getting refreshed from the flight and with Jet-Lag, then join with other members of Gokyo to Everest Base Camp trekking for group briefing, where our expert guides will inform regarding your stay in Nepal, hotels, trekking, local lodge and overland drives with do’s and don’ts information, evening welcome group dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs to entertain you during your meals.

    Morning after breakfast leave the hotel for exciting guided sightseeing around Kathmandu where our city guide will lead you to places of interest, Kathmandu a metropolitan city still retains its ancient heritage and varied ancient culture where you will visit world heritage sites around Kathmandu for half day or full day. After an interesting and wonderful tour of ancient historical and religious sites around Kathmandu, with afternoon free preparation for next day flight to Lukla for Gokyo to Everest Base Camp trekking.

      Morning depart from the hotel to Kathmandu domestic airport for exciting and scenic flight of 35 minutes to land at Lukla, a Sherpa town where all treks and adventure starts and ends around Everest and high Khumbu region. From Lukla a gradual walks to begin with short downs and ups and then on winding trail past nice farm villages of Sherpa enriched with Buddhism religion and culture as you encounter rows of Mani (prayer) monuments and large spinning bells. Slowly our pleasant first day walks completes reaching at Phakding a moderate size village with many Good lodges for overnight stop by the bank of glacial Dudh Kosi River.

        Today walk leads to famous Namche Bazaar where altitude gains as walk progress, morning walk starts following the river and crossing several times to reach at Monjo village near Sagarmatha National Park entrance, from here walking on river valley and gorge covered within nice woodland of tall rhododendron-pines and fir trees. After crossing a high last bridge with few hours climb to Namche Bazaar with stunning views of Everest-Lhotse and Kongde peaks. Namche Bazaar at 4,440 m high an ideal place for rest day to acclimatize, the main town / village of Khumbu where colorful and exciting Saturday market takes place once a week.

          Rest day for acclimatization before heading higher terrain, morning after breakfast with options for hike to Everest View Hotel or walk on top of Namche, where you can catch super landscapes scenery with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam with series of high peaks, here enjoy visiting National Park Museum provides you with much information of Khumbu region, Sherpa history-culture-flora and fauna including detail on mountaineering.

            A short day of few hours as morning walks leads to a climb for an hour to Syangboche a place with old small airstrip, often used for STOL aircraft and Helicopters, facing views of Everest and majestic Ama Dablam, from here taking a route first visiting Khunde village, located on scenic glacial valley beneath sacred peak Khumbi-la (holy and patron god of Khumbu Sherpa). Here at Khunde visit its only hospital built by late Edmund Hillary Trust & Foundation and a short walk downhill to its adjoining village at Khumjung for lunch and overnight stop. Khumjung one of the largest Sherpa villages around Khumbu area, with time to visit its old Monastery, the only place that treasures a scalp believed to be of Yeti kept in a glass box where you can witness with some donations.

              From Khumjung walk leads on gradual scenic path with uphill to reach at Mong Hill with few houses serving as Tea-House and Lodge with fantastic views of peaks, from here downhill to Phortse Tenga near Dudh Kosi within forested area. With possible lunch stop, afternoon walk leads to a climb into rhododendron, pines, fir forest with grand views of snowcapped peaks. After few hours climb reaching at Dole at 4,110 m high a moderate size settlement with good lodges to stay.

                After Dole, walk on high trail for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m and Luza at 4,390m; then skirting around a ridge with views of Machherma, situated below on a small valley, walk downhill to Machherma for lunch and overnight stop. Here after lunch rest of the afternoon free for acclimatization and short hike with views of Mt. Cho Oyo 8,210m and other mountains flanking above Ngozumba Glacier.

                  Morning walk leads to Gokyo Lake following a scenic trail to Pangka 4,545m, then climb on rocky path into ablation valley passing first lake and then second lakes, to reach a third lake called Dudh Pokhari or Gokyo Lake. This beautiful area within Gokyo at 4,790 meters high, after lunch short walk around lake with views of Mt. Cho Oyo world’s 06th highest and Gyachung Kang that reflects on emerald Gokyo Lake.

                    Morning a climb of few hours to reach our highest point of the adventure on top scenic Gokyo Ri at 5,357 m high offering tremendous panorama from Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse and of Mt. Makalu covering four world highest mountains at one glance with series of smaller peaks. Enjoying the views head down to Gokyo for lunch with easy short afternoon walks to the base of Tsho-la pass at Thagnag a small settlement located beneath massive Ngozumba Glacier.

                      Starting before dawn with long climb to top of Tsho-la pass (pronounced as Cho-la) over rocky moraine, in snow condition this will be tough to find the right path in snow and ice, walking on rubble of moraine reaching at the top enclosed by Cholatse, Nirekha and Taboche peaks, after a hard climb to the top, descend to a small valley at Dzong-la for overnight halt.

                        After a nice and pleasant stop at Dzongla after crossing a high pass over Tsho-La / Cho-la, morning walk leads to short steep climb with excellent views of peaks, and then walking on gradual uphill trail to reach on top Thugla, where massive Khumbu glaciers melt into raging rivers. After a break a nice walk leads you to Lobuche for overnight stop with sunset views of Nuptse and Lobuche peaks.

                          Today a great walk towards our main highlight and final destinations to reach Everest Base Camp, as morning walk leads on open wide valley with slow climb to reach above Khumbu glaciers, walking past moraine dunes reaching at Gorakshep, a place with few lodges on the junction of Everest base camp and Kalapatthar route. Gorakshep was a base camp of Everest expeditions in early 1950’s to late 1970’s before the route was made further away to present base camp. From Gorakshep few hours walk over moraine and glacier to reach our ultimate destination at base camp with sweeping views of giant peaks of Nuptse-Lo la, Nuptse with notorious huge Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers. In high mountaineering season this place will be active with climbers and crews with many camps set on top of moraine and glaciers. After a grand time then head back to Gorakshep for highest overnight stop of the adventure with fantastic memories of the day walks to Everest base camp.

                            Morning climb to Kalapatthar above 5,545 m, the highest point of the trek offering incredible panorama of mountains with Everest at stone throw distance. With amazing time on top head back to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue trek downhill past Lobuche and Thugla, where walk leads to windy Pheriche valley with many good lodges with time for lunch break at Pheriche. After Pheriche walk leads down with short climb and then a long descend to reach our overnight stop at Pangboche village with unique views of Ama Dablam at close distance.

                              From Pangboche morning walk downhill to cross a bridge over Imjatse Rive and then an hour climb to Thyangboche Monastery within green vegetation and tree lines, with time here to relax and enjoy the scenic views, and then head downhill to Phunki Tenga with climb for an hour to reach a small place at Kyanjinma for overnight stop, which is on route to Namche, a pleasant peaceful spot facing views of Everest-Ama Dablam and Tharmasarku with other range of peaks. Here chances of spotting some wild-life like musk deer, herd of Himalayan Thar and pheasant Danfe (national bird of Nepal).

                                After a pleasant morning with super views of Everest and adjoining peaks, a nice walk leads you at Namche with time for lunch break and stroll around its bazaar with stores and shops, afternoon walk downhill to Dudh Kosi River to reach at Monjo village for overnight stop before Lukla.

                                  Our last walk of the adventure a short trek of few hours following on the same trail back to Lukla past Phakding and Ghat villages crossing few times over Dudh Kosi, with last final climb to reach Lukla town For last overnight stop around high scenic Khumbu and Everest region.

                                    Morning transfer to Lukla Tenzing and Hillary airport for sweeping short flight to Kathmandu facing scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields with nice villages and towns as flight lands at Kathmandu airport and then back to your hotel, with free afternoon to relax of great memorable adventure on Gokyo to Everest Base Camp Trekking.

                                      Your last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful experience on Gokyo to Everest Base Camp trekking with great service of Explorer Adventure, and as per your international flight then transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.

                                        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 DateOct 16, 2023 - Nov 03, 2023
                                        Trip DateOct 19, 2023 - Nov 06, 2023
                                        Trip DateOct 21, 2023 - Nov 08, 2023
                                        Trip DateOct 23, 2023 - Nov 10, 2023
                                        Trip DateOct 26, 2023 - Nov 13, 2023
                                        Trip DateOct 28, 2023 - Nov 15, 2023
                                        Trip DateOct 30, 2023 - Nov 17, 2023
                                        Useful Information

                                         Insurance policy for Medical and Travel:

                                        Should cover medical insurance for illness and emergency evacuation by Helicopter or other means of transportations including other expenses on treatment at respective countries hospitals, as for travel insurance against bad unfavorable weather conditions, delay or cancellation of domestic flights on mountainous area where flight involves on the start of trek and at the end.

                                        Travel and Medical Insurance also needs to cover when clients break the journey in the middle of the trip, due to sickness-personal domestic problem etc………

                                         Guide and Porters: 

                                        On treks or climb where you will be accompanied by our expert guide who knows the area on route of the trek chosen, we have professional and veteran guides to led the trek where you can feel comfortable, as our guide are knowledgeable offers you various information of the country from history-geography, culture to flora and fauna.

                                        All guides have gone through basic medical training that includes high altitude symptoms or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can help you with simple medical First Aid and for severe condition will support taking you to safe area or to nearest hospitals by any means of quick transportation.

                                        Our guides are well versed in Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism as well and are committed in keeping the environment on trekking route in pristine form as it was.

                                        Porters are picked can be regular porter of the company of hired in Kathmandu-Pokhara or in Lukla on start of the trekking, with always a strong and cheerful porters to carry your heavier luggage, baggage of 15 to 25 kg maximum weights to carry by each porters, we do not allow underage porters of below 16 years of age or above 50 years.

                                        Porters and guide are well looked after by the company with good wages, medical insurance, travel allowance including meals on treks and climb company also provides warm gear in winter as well for high and cold altitude trips.

                                         Altitude Sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness):
                                         Information of AMS and Precaution Measures:

                                        High Altitude or Acute Mountain Sickness for short as AMS a symptom faced and can catch any people on high altitude adventure walks.

                                        Due to high pressure and low oxygen level as certain height where some people feel uneasiness with shortness of breathiness, light headache, nausea, dizziness, lack of good sleep and with less appetite.

                                        To avoid these whole symptoms where we always designed itinerary days accordingly with enough space, flexible days for acclimatization at high elevation, taking short walks up and sleeping and resting at low places.

                                        The other good way to avoid AMS taking slow and steady pace on walks, stopping frequently to catch your breath and adding lot of fluid or safe drinking water at least 2-3 liters a day to support against AMS.

                                        On high altitude take enough rest and with short slow hike above high hills to catch views as well to support acclimatization and sleeping and resting at low altitude will certainly helps you in avoiding AMS.

                                        Useful in situations when you cannot make high ascent, the best ways to prevent altitude sickness doing it slowly, stopping for overnights at certain altitude to adjust to the new height, and taking it easy for first one or two 2 days.

                                        In our list we always mention general medication to bring from home as well from your doctor advice also, your doctor might recommend you some basic medication list like medicine against diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu as well constipation including first aid for cuts-wounds and burns as well.

                                          what to Bring 

                                        **- can be bought in Kathmandu

                                          Clothing and footwear

                                        • trekking boots (should be warm, waterproof, breathable, cover and fix the ankle)
                                        •  sports sandals with a closed toe or sneakers.
                                        •  flip flops , Sun cap , Wool or fleece hat , 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin, 1 thick,}
                                        • Bandana or neckerchief ,  Fleece jackets (1 thin, 1 thick) .
                                        • Thermal underwear (merino wool!), preferably 2 sets (one for walking, the other for sleeping), buy at home.
                                        • Trekking socks - several pairs (there is a limited possibility of washing)
                                        •  Quick-drying sports T-shirts (e.g. Polartec PowerDry) - 2 pcs. or more.
                                        •  Down jacket , Windstopper , Windproof warm jacket with hood.
                                        • Trekking trousers ,  Warm synthetic pants like ski pants , Rain poncho.
                                        • Sun Screen Cream , Sunglasses ,  Trekking pole , Water bottle.


                                         *Duffel bags for trek will be perovided on Day 2 should be returned after the trek is over.

                                         *Backpack 20-30 liters with rain cover (optionally with drinking system)

                                        *Sleeping bag (comfort temperature around -5 C). On the upper lodges they usually provide woolen blankets. You can rent a sleeping bag in    Kathmandu, $1-2 per day.

                                        *A good quality headlight with new batteries and a spare set of batteries.

                                         *Sunglasses (category 3-4) + hard case , Trekking poles , Thermos 0.5-1 liter.

                                        *Sealed packaging for documents and money , Sitting mat (optionally), Power bank.

                                         *A roll of dense garbage bags 50 liters. You will pack your items in it when you put them in a duffel bag to protect them from moisture and dust.

                                         Personal usage

                                        >Towel (light and quick-drying)  - Washing accessories - Disinfection wipes

                                        >Antibacterial gel - Moisturizing hand cream - Sun cream with a high factor

                                        >Lip balm with sun protection - Reusable water bottle - Snacks, nuts, chocolate

                                        Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake FAQs

                                        • The trek is not tough as it looks and sounds, it entirely depends upon one fitness level and health conditions also. All Himalayan landscapes is of uphill climb and downhill, taking slow and steady will overcome the toughness. The other hard is walking on high altitude terrains, taking slow and having much rest will be the best ways. The only hard and tough day is crossing high Cho-la pass at 5,420 m, a steep climb on rocky moraine. But once reaching on top and having rest makes you feel glad and excited. The other hard part is long descent, after going through the tough bit. Rest of the walk will be easier on reaching the main trails of Everest base camp.

                                        • From the top of Gokyo-Ri at 5,357 m high, offers grand vista of Himalayan peaks with four world’s highest peaks. Namely Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho-Oyu. From other higher areas, trekkers will have the opportunity to views most of the famous peaks like Ama Dablam, Pumori and much more.

                                        • The local people are the Sherpa, known as Highlanders of Eastern Himalayas and Everest region. The Sherpa are interwoven with Buddhism religion and culture quite similar to its Tibetan predecessors. On this trek one can visit the monastery and other religious sites especially around Namche Bazaar and Tengboche.

                                        • Travel and Medical Insurance is necessary and important when joining the trek around Himalayas. Where unfortunate incident can happen anytime and anywhere or sudden accidents, as well some can get high altitude sickness.

                                          For these various reasons if happens the sick person needs emergency evacuation by fastest means of transportation. Helicopter service will be the appropriate option, where client needs to bear all expenses. Which should be claim the extra expenditure through your insurance company.

                                        • It will be good to carry crampons and ice-axe, on crossing high Cho-La pass, sometimes, one needs to walk on deep snow and icy path. Where crampons and ice-axe can be a great help and support, makes you feel safe to enjoy the adventure.

                                        Client Reviews
                                        • Better than mountains can only be mountains that have not yet been (V.S. Vysotsky).

                                          Bam, my friend!!! It was a wonderful, difficult but very interesting journey. I am very glad that I met you and your team. Throughout our climb, we felt in safe hands, in your hands. You are a wonderful person and professional with a capital letter - PROFESSIONAL MAN. You were always ready to come to the rescue, to support a good joke and a good joke to support. It was very important especially in difficult moments. I wish you and your beloved business prosperity, every success and new heights. I am sure that our whole group, and not only ours, join my words and wishes. I want to say a few words about our porters. You guys are cool !!!! You are Nepalese rockets !!! - Better than mountains, there can only be mountains on which have not yet been (V.S. Vysotsky) ............ See you, Everest!!! Bam, my friend, iI will be glad to see you again.........maybe when I get back to Nepal to climb Everest.............

                                          Alexey Perfilyev
                                          Alexey PerfilyevKazakhstan,December 15, 2018
                                        • Bam is the best

                                          Trekking to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo lakes gives you one of the most beautiful landscape views on our planet. Bam together with Rajendra made this challenging walk very safe and pleasant. Perfect organisation, sense of humor and supportive hand are all you need to have such enjoyable and memorable trip. I had! Big thanks to Explorer Adventure and its team

                                          Svetlana Murzina
                                          Svetlana MurzinaUnited Kingdom,December 13, 2018