Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trekking   |  19 Days

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

Gokyo to Everest Base Camp Trekking, an adventure within West and East both side of high Khumbu and Everest region which leads you to spectacular views enclosed within world giant peaks of Everest-Lhotse and Cho-Oyu with array of other peaks.

A great adventurous and interesting walks within nice and impressive Sherpa villages enriched with old Buddhist religion and colorful culture which adds extra charm on Gokyo to Everest Base Camp trekking where you can witness its age-old heritage and traditional life in the shade of mighty Himalayan peaks.

Starting from Kathmandu visiting its famed historical and cultural places within world heritage sites and then flying high towards Everest area at Lukla, to commence our wonderful Gokyo to Everest base camp trekking where walk leads to number of interesting villages full of lively culture and prayer stones lined on the path.

As trek progress heading much higher ground with time for acclimatization at colorful and lively Namche Bazaar and then towards our first highlight destination at scenic Gokyo Lake within picturesque valley located beneath high peak of Cho-Oyu and massive Ngozumba Glacier.

From Gokyo with marvelous time and climb to view point at Gokyo Ri, our adventure leads to cross high Tsho-la pass with incredible scenery enclosed within amphitheatre of peaks to reach our final highlight of the adventure at Everest base camp within notorious Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers.

Enjoying the great views and then climbing on top the highest spot of the trek at Kalapatthar which is above 5,545 m high facing spectacular panorama of mountains with Everest at it close range, with fabulous time on top our final walk of the adventure completes reaching at Lukla for super flight back to Kathmandu with outmost memories and adventure of a lifetime experience on Gokyo to Everest Base Camp Trekking.

Trip Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

  • 1 Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.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.
  • 2 Day 2: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour around world heritage sites.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.
  • 3 Day 3: Fly to Lukla 2,820m (35 min) and trek to Phakding 2,657 m - 03 hrs.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.
  • 4 Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.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.
  • 5 Day 5: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.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.
  • 6 Day 6: Trek to Khumjung 3,730 m via Khunde 3,880 m - 04 hrs walks.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.
  • 7 Day 7: Trek to Dole 4,110 m - 06 hrs.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.
  • 8 Day 8: Trek to Machherma 4,470m - 04 hrs.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.
  • 9 Day 9: Trek to Gokyo 4,800m -04 hrs.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.
  • 10 Day 10: Hike to Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m and trek to Thagnag 4,545 m - 04 hrs.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.
  • 11 Day 11: Cross Tsho-la 5,367m and trek to Dzongla 4,830 m -08 hrs.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.
  • 12 Day 12: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.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.
  • 13 Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and back to Gorakshep 5,180 m - 06 hrs.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.
  • 14 Day 14: Morning hike to Kalapatthar 5,545 m descend to Pangboche 3,900 m - 06 hrs.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.
  • 15 Day 15: Trek to Kyanjinma 3,645 m on route Namche - 06 hrs.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).
  • 16 Day 16: Trek to Monjo 2,860 m via Namche Bazaar - 05 hrs.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.
  • 17 Day 17: Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs with afternoon at leisure.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.
  • 18 Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels.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.
  • 19 Day 19: Depart for international flight home ward bound or to respective countries.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.

Cost Includes:

    • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
    • Three nights standard Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with B.B
    • Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary  
    • 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 
    • Hire Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket  for the trek 
    • 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
    • Welcome Dinner

Cost Excludes:

    • All food pay your self  during the trek  
    • Nepal entry visa personal travel and medical insurances.
    • Expenses of personal nature and as well  gratitude (tips).
    • Emergency  evacuation by any means of transport including Helicopter and personal medical kit. 
  • Alexey Perfilyev
    Alexey Perfilyev
    Kazakhstan Published: Saturday, December 15, 2018

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

    Rating:

    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.............

  • Svetlana Murzina
    Svetlana Murzina
    United Kingdom Published: Thursday, December 13, 2018

    Bam is the best

    Rating:

    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

  • Inga Teder
    Inga Teder
    United Kingdom Published: Monday, December 10, 2018

    Better than in the movie!

    Rating:

    Unforgettable experience in magical surroundings. Better than in the movie! It was 3 weeks group trekking and the guide would find thin balance to meet everyone's individual needs and requirements considering each and everyone physical strength and trip expectations and desires. And great storyteller above all! You definitely won't come back the same after this adventure.

Our itineraries of any trips are based on our leading experience in the Himalayas. But, we also organize the trips according to your special requests or your personally given itinerary. Please, feel free to contact us for your questions and queries.

INSURANCE POLICY:

Traveling to Himalayan countries specially on treks and other adventure with Nepal-Bhutan and Tibet, where clients should purchase travel and medical insurance covering immediate evacuation by any means of transportations, like helicopter or fastest way vehicle to reach nearest city and town hospitals.

Insurance Policy should cover all medical expenses incurred during your holidays in Himalayan countries, including travel insurance where sometimes Himalayan weather even in best times can be unpredictable, where trekking routes can be re-routed of cancelled in this case local company will not entertain you with refund, however provides you with letter so that one can claim from your respective insurance companies.

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.

We are also member of PACT (Porters Act commitment).  

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.

The company provides as precaution measures against AMS with comprehensive medical kit, oxygen and Gamma Bags / Pressure Bags in some high altitude adventure treks, where some people as per their own doctor advice use Diamox also known as Acetazolamide to prevent and reduce symptoms of AMS can lower headache when in high altitude walks and climb

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.

This Diamox also used for other medications to treat certain type of eye problem (open-angle glaucoma). 

Acetazolamide a "water pill" (diuretic), it decrease amount of fluids that can build up in eyes, also helps to decrease buildup of body fluids (edema) caused by congestive heart failure or certain medications. Acetazolamide can work less well over time, so it is usually used only for a short period of time.

Using this pill should get advice from your doctor before trip departure to high Himalaya.

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.

Equipments List

  • Down Jacket
  • Down sleeping bags one each with inner linear
  • Fibre pile jacket
  • light cotton trouser
  • Long sleeved cotton shirts
  • Scarf
  • Short Trouser
  • Shorts or Skirt (for ladies)
  • sun hat
  • Sun Screen Cream
  • Sunglasses
  • T-shirt
  • Track Suit Bottoms
  • Trekking pole
  • Ultra Fleece Trousers
  • Warm Gloves a pair
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproofs trouser
  • Waterproofs Jacket
  • Well fitting, comfortable boots
  • Wind Proof Jacket & Trouser a set each

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  • Cost start from US $1300
  • Trip Duration 19 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Trekking
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