TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP VIA GOKYO LAKES

Everest base camp trek is one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the Himalayas, along paths lined and carved out by multi-hued prayer flags, prayer wheels and Mani stones.

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 Gokyo lakes gives you the grand tour of the famous Khumbu Valley. This is a strenuous trek leading to Gokyo 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 Khumbu valley above Lobuche the trail continues up to Kala Pattar with an option trek to Everest Base Camp.

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

Altitude: 5495m

All year

Best: Spring/Autumn

Tour: 23 days

Hotels and Lodges

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Trek Grade: 2c (FP)


A combination of very long days with steep paths, boulders and mountain scrambling. Glaciers and snow may be encountered at high altitude. There is no need for technical climbing experience. Medium risk of altitude sickness. Altitudes up to 6000m. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weigh about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg. Fully Portered

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 Gokyo 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. Amadablan, 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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