GOKYO LAKES TO EVEREST BASE CAMP
Everest Base Camp via Renjo Gokyo Lakes Three Passes | Are you looking for something similar but different to Everest base camp? While the tour 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. Gokyo Lakes trek is a beautiful hike to the famous turquoise lakes of Gokyo with magnificent views towards Everest. Not only is the Gokyo Lakes to 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 hike to Everest base via the Gokyo lakes, Cho La and Renjo gives you the grand tour of the famous Khumbu Valley. There are 6 lakes in total in and around Gokyo, most go as far as the 5th one which is what I did but you can visit lake 6. It also gives you a chance to if you climb Gokyo Ri (easy, highly recommended), from where you see Cho-Oyu (8.200 m). The lakes are beautiful as well as the surrounding mountains, including of course Everest. This is a strenuous trek leading to the high altitude Lakes called "Gokyo" 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 optional hike to Everest Base Camp with amazing views of Nupse, Lhotse and Everest.
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: Acclimitisation 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 Acclimatisation or optional hikes.
Day-11 Machhermo (4,410m) - Gokyo (Third Lake at 4,750m). (7hours)
Day-12 Everest Gokyo (4,750m) Leisure
Day-13 Trek Gokyo 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.
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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 option and often limit it to 3500m or less.
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There are certain essentials that are needed for most treks and base camp is no different. The best way to draw up your list is from the base layer up, i.e. thermal underwear, then hands and feet (gloves, socks etc. Then boots which must be waterproof with good ankle support, trekking pants, trekking tops, short and long sleeve, thermal jacket, outer shell jacket which likewise is windproof and water proof, hat, scarf, beanie, balaclava. Then consider sleeping, i.e. sleeping bag, etc. Accommodation along the route is in guesthouses, so a bed and mattresses are provided. Some include lovely warm duvets, others not, so a sleeping bag is required. If you are camping, then you will still need a sleeping bag but we will supply the sleeping mat.
The last items to add are personal items like toiletries, camera, medicines, water bottle, backpack, camera etc.
We supply a duffel bag on arrival
Day-1: Arrive KathmanduArrival and transfer to Hotel.
Day-2: Guided SightseeingGuided sightseeing around 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! You will land on an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. 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. Once you have trekked through the small village of Ghat (2550m), Phakding is a short walk away.
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. The trail heads up through blue pine forests and as you climb there are rhododendron trees which bloom in Spring time. The trail heads up through blue pine forests and as you climb there are rhododendron trees which bloom in Spring time. Namche is the largest Sherpa village and is the unofficial capital of the Khumbu, gateway to the high Himalayas. This relatively small town is a bustling tourist zone and trading hub literally is perched on a sloping hill. It is surrounded on all sides by mountains, from Thamserku to Kongde Ri. Trekkers heading to Mt. Everest, Gokyo, Island Peak and many other destinations for both trekking and expedition, have at least two nights stopover in Namche to acclimitise.
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 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).Our hike 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)Now 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: Acclimatisation or optional hikes.
Day-11 Machhermo (4,410m) - Gokyo (Third Lake at 4,750m). (7hours)Our first day at high altitude will be upon us. 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) LeisureTime 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 (5,169m)This will be the longest and hardest of the Gokyo Lakes Trek. The trail crosses the southern portion of the Ngozumpa Glacier then climbs steadily to a campsite on the 5169m 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. Apart from natural scenery and mountain views, many festivals take place here, such as Mani Rimdu festival. This festival performed at the monasteries in Tengboche, Chiwang, and Thame. This sacred ceremonies held for nineteen days; culminating in a 3-day public festival. Lamas and monks dress in colorful attire with elaborate masks and dance to the victory of Buddhism over Bon. 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).We retrace our steps to the little airstrip of Lukla.
Day-22 Lukla (2,840m)- Kathmandu (1,310m).Fly to Kathmandu, with remainder free at leisure
Day-23 Final Departure.
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Price includesAirport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
Flights: Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
Everest NP entrance fees
Teahouse trek arrangement (staying in lodges)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek. 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 ExcludesInternational 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 time caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa $50
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 accommodation 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.
Route Profile Map
Book your Gokyo Lakes Everest Trek
Start is Pokhara
Altitude of 4130m
Not as steep at Everest base camp trek
Lower average altitude than base camp Everest
Several route options
Choice of base camp or circuit trek
Stunning expansive mountain vistas
Annapurna Base Camp Itinerary
Trek from Lukla
Altitude of 5495m
A more popular trekking route
Wonderful mix of culture and scenery
Breathtaking views of Everest and surrounding peaks
Same ascent and descent route
Can be combined with Island Peak
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Trek from near Pokhara
Altitude of 5360m
Very remote with few permanent settlements
Extended strenuous trek
Challenging mountain passes
Lots of snow and ice sections
Dramatically contrasting scenery
Dhaulagiri Trek Itinerary
Start from Pokhara
Altitude of 3200m
Treks along a well populated route
Expect steep sections and lots of stairs
Wonderful variation of scenery, forests and mountain views
Trek is the Annapurna region
Accommodation in lodges
Poon Hill Trek Itinerary
Start from Kathmandu and Syabru Beshi
Altitude of 3300m
Expect steep sections and long treks
Gives you a great insight into the local cultural of the Tamang people
Wonderful variation of scenery, forests and mountain views
Trek in the Langtang Region
Accommodation in home stays and lodges
Tamang Cultural Trek Itinerary
Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal at 6654m. Island Peak is slightly lower at 6160m.