TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP VIA GOKYO LAKES

Are you looking for something similar but different to the Everest base camp trek? While the trek is one of the most spectacular routes in the Himalayas, along paths lined and carved out by multi-hued prayer flags, prayer wheels and Mani stones, nothing compares with the incredible Gokyo Lakes on the circular route to Everest base camp.

Not only is Everest Base Camp close the worlds highest mountain (8,850m) it is also home to the friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, colourful festivals and monasteries.

The trek to Everest base camp via the lakes, Cho La and Renjo gives you the grand tour of the famous Khumbu Valley. This is a strenuous trek leading to the high altitude Lakes and over the Cho La at 5,420m making a circuit of Tawache (6,367 m) and Cholatse (6,440m) Peaks. Emerging into the valley above Lobuche the trail continues up to Kala Pattar with an option trek to Everest Base Camp with amazing views of Nupse, Lhotse and Everest.

Overview

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

Day-4: Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m) (5-6 hrs).

Day-5: Rest day at Namche

Day-6 Namche (3,440m) Thame (3,800m). (4hours).

Day-7 Thame (3,800m) Khumjung (3,790m). (4hours).

Day-8 Khumjung (3,790m) Dole (4,200m). (4hours)

Day-9 Dole (4,200m) Machhermo (4,410m). (3-4hours)

Day-10 Rest day for acclimatisation or optional hikes.

Day-11 Machhermo (4,410m) - Gokyo (Third Lake at 4,750m). (7hours)

Day-12 Everest Gokyo (4,750m) Free Day

Day-13 Trek to Chyugima (Cho La) Pass (5,169m)

Day-14 Cross Cho La (5,420m). Trek to Dzongla (4,730m)

Day-15 Trek to Lobuche (4,930m)

Day-16 Lobuche (4,930m) Gorekshep (5,140m)

Day-17 Gorekshep (5,140m) - Kala Patthar (5,545m)- Lobuche (4,930m)

Day-18 Lobuche (4,930m)- Tengboche (3,860m). ( 6 hours)

Day-19 Tengboche (3,860m) Namche (3,440m). (5 hours).

Day-20 Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

Day-21 Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Day-22 Lukla (2,840m)- Kathmandu (1,310m).

Day-23 Final Departure.

Fast Facts

It is 5545m on Kala Pathar or 18,192 ft above sea level.
The shortest number of days required for is 17 days, including pre and post days but extra days can be added on. 
The hike to base camp is about 170km return trip, Lukla to Lukla. If you add on the Gokyo lakes, it is longer
The Base Camp hike can be done throughout the year, however, Autumn (Sep - Nov) is often considered to be the best season for hiking in Nepal with a great climate and several festivals. although it is a little colder than Spring, the days tend to be much clearer. Spring, (March - May) is the next favourite and also main summit season for Mt Everest. During spring time, the Khumbu valley erupts with beautiful  rhododendron flowers. June to August is monsoon season so the route is very quiet. During November and December it is very cold but again, some travellers find it worth visiting during this period, as there are fewer tourists. .
You can choose either, though we recommend lodges.

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard cover and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith: Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 6,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it is your responsibility
to ensure you have correct and adequate cover.

 

For further answers to other general questions on the Everest climb to base camp, click on the questions on the left

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Full day of guided sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley.

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m).

Our early morning hike to Everest Base Camp begins with a flight into Lukla - is a lifetime experience, in itself. The airfield is on a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 460 meters! After meeting with guides and porters and a short break for tea we hike away from Lukla towards Everest base camp for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi River to the village of Phakding 2,610m.

Day-4: Phakding (2,610m) Namche Bazaar (3,440m).

After leaving the village of Phakding the path takes us through a magnificent forest of rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant fir trees alongside the Dhud-Kosi river through small villages like Bekar and Monju. You will crisscross over the river a few times on high suspension bridges until you eventually come to the Sagarmatha Check Point where your permits needs to be checked. The climb then starts with a downhill trek down to the river and then all the way back up again to Namche. Namche is the largest Sherpa village and is the unofficial capital of the Khumbu region of Nepal. It is a major stop-off point for trekkers and climbers heading for Mount Everest

Day-5: Namche Bazaar (acclimatisation 3,440 m)

We will spend time here on short treks to acclimatise. Although it says acclimatisation, this means you need to walk for the principle of climb high and sleep low, meaning we gain altitude, then descend again to sleep low, enabling our bodies to better adjust to the altitude before we continue our ascent. A slow and steady pace with adequate time for acclimatisation is key to a successful trek. So today we hike up to Everest View hotel for just that, a view of Mt Everest, assuming the weather is clear.

Day-6 Namche (3,440m) Thame (3,800m). (4hours).

Today's walks is moderately easy and very pretty, as we head to the Sherpa village of Thame 3800m.

Day-7 Thame (3,800m)  Khumjung (3,790m). (4hours).

After an early morning visit to the Thame Monastery, we trek to the serene Sherpa villages of Khunde 3890 m and Khumjung 3790m, where Sir Edmund Hillary established his first school and hospital.

Day-8 Khumjung (3,790m)  Dole (4,200m). (4hours)

Today, we break away from the main trail to Mt. Everest, climb high on a ridge and then descend to the village of Phortse. From Phortse the trail leads through forests to Dole.

Day-9 Dole (4,200m)  Machhermo (4,410m). (3-4hours)

This morning we head on a steep but beautiful climb through pine, fir and rhododendron forests to Lhabama and Luza, before we arrive at Machhermo (4410m). The settlements of Lhabama and Luza, are temporary high altitude villages where the herders live when they bring their cattle up to high summer pastures during the warmer months.

Day-10 Rest day for acclimatisation or optional hikes.

Day-11 Machhermo (4,410m) - Gokyo (Third Lake at 4,750m). (7hours)

Our first day at high altitude will be on this day. The valley opens wide as the trail passes through Pangkha. The climb to the first of the lakes is steep but the trail levels off towards the second lake at 4750 meters.

Day-12 Everest Gokyo (4,750m) Free Day

A free day to explore the area around the Gokyo lakes or rest, or hike up the ridge above the camp for spectacular views of the Everest trinity: Nuptse 7879 m, Lhotse 8511 m, and Everest 8848 m, as well as Makalu 8463 m looming to the east and Cho Oyu (8153 m.) to the north.

Day-13 Trek to Cho La/Chyugima Pass (5,169m)

This will be the longest and hardest day of the Gokyo Lakes Trek. The trail crosses the southern portion of the Ngozumpa Glacier then climbs steadily to a campsite on the 5169m Chyugima or Cho La Pass.

Day-14 Cross Cho La (5,420m). Trek to Dzongla (4,730m)

A steep and challenging climb awaits us, as we head over rock, snow and perhaps ice with superb views of the glacial valleys of Cho Oyu and Everest. Camp will be at Dzongla 4730m.

Day-15 Trek to Lobuche (4,930m)

After a morning of rest, we will hike above Tsholo Lake and join the main Everest trail near the end of the Khumbu Glacier.

Day-16 Lobuche (4,930m) Gorekshep (5,140m)

The trail from Lobuche follows the side of the glaciers lateral moraine. This section provides good views of the Everest and Pumori from Gorek Shep and Kala Pattar. (5 hours)

Day-17 Gorekshep (5,140m) - Kala Patthar (5,545m)- Lobuche (4,930m)

We will take an early morning hike up to Kala Patthar for stunning views of mount Everest and those feeling strong, an optional hike to Base Camp of Everest (5,200m). We will overnight at Gorekshep or Lobuche.

Day-18 Lobuche (4,930m)- Tengboche (3,860m). ( 6 hours)

Trekking to Tengboche we hike down the valley to lower altitudes and into the valley to Tengboche, home to the famous Tengboche Monastery. We will get amazing views of Mt. Ama Dablam, meaning Mother's Charm Box.

Day-19 Tengboche (3,860m)  Namche (3,440m). (5 hours).

We head off on a long descent down the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Namche. Lodge Overnight.

Day-20 Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

We hike down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small village of Phakding.

Day-21 Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Today, we head to the little airstrip of Lukla.

Day-22 Lukla (2,840m)- Kathmandu (1,310m).

Fly to Kathmandu, with remainder of the day free.

Day-23 Final Departure.

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What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
TIMS
Flights: Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
Everest NP entrance fees
Teahouse trek arrangement (staying in lodges)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek (we do not restrict the orders) Meals include coffee or tea but not soft drinks, beer, milo etc
Guide and porter (s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Meals while staying at the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa $40
Rescue and evacuation
Tips and gratuities
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $35 per night)
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up the trek (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel days in Kathmandu as a result or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.

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