Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal – a highly admired trek in the Everest region. Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes, recognized for the series of beautiful turquoise lakes in the Gokyo valley and the famous Cho La Pass, takes us through the landmarks of the Khumbu region in the company of majestically soaring mountains.
♂ Gokyo Valley: The sparkling, pristine blue and green waters of the Gokyo Lakes are one of Nepal’s most memorable sights. They comprise the highest freshwater lake system in the world, at around 5,000 meters. The Gokyo Lakes trek is ideal for people who want to trek in the Everest region, but who want more variety of views and fewer nights spent at very high altitude.
♂ Everest Base Camp: This high-altitude trek through Sherpa country brings you to the base of the world’s tallest peak. You’ll pass hilltop monasteries, Himalayan market towns, and craggy peaks as you follow in the footsteps of famous mountaineers—eventually making your way to the iconic starting point for all Everest expeditions.
1. Stand at the shores of a chain of six turquoises, glacial-fed lakes
2. Hike along Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalaya
3. Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) for spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu
4. Watch the sunset on Mt. Everest & Lhotse from Kala Patthar viewpoint
5. Experience and learn about Sherpa culture, who have made this region their home
6. Sip tea or coffee at one of the world’s highest markets, Namche Bazaar
7. Experience ground zero for all Everest expeditions at the foot of the Khumbu Ice Fall
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation (1,300m)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding (30 min), 3-4h.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m.)
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Trek to Dole (4,200m), 3-4h.
Day 06: Trek to Machhermo (4,400m), 4-5h.
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo (4,790m), 4-5h.
Day 08: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m) and trek to Thangna (4,790m.), 7-8h.
Day 09: Cross Cho La and trek to Dzong Lha (5,330m.), 8-9h.
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4,970m), 4h.
Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,160m), 6-7
Day 12: Early hike to Kala Patthar & trek back to Pheriche (5,550m), 8-9h.
Day 13: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3440m.), 7-8h.
Day 14: Namche to Lukla (3440m.), 8-9h
Day 15: Lukla to Kathmandu by 40-minute flight.
Day 16: Departure after Breakfast.
1. 2 nights Standard Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis
2. All transfers according to the above Itinerary.
3. Airfare Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
4. Full meals of your choice; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
5. All-mountain basic accommodation with sharing a toilet in twin sharing basis.
6. All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit and TIMS)
7. Guide and porters salaries and insurance
8. Hot drinks (Tea and Coffee)
9. All government and local taxes
10. 1 porter (Max. 20kg) for 2 people
11. Sleeping Bags if needed.
12. Community Trek’s Duffle Bags.
1. Meals in Kathmandu
2. Mineral water in the bottle
3. Boiled water
4. Electronic device re-charge
5. Hot shower
7. Personal expenses
8. Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
9. Tip for guide & porter
♂ Note: All itineraries can be customized at your request.
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Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Community Trek will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. We can use this time to ask any questions about our trip to the management and trek leader.
The day starts with an early morning fly from Kathmandu to the tine airstrip of Lukla. The scenic flight duration is just above 40 minutes so don’t forget to take your cameras, although you’ll have a second chance of taking beautiful snaps on the way back to Katmandu. Upon landing, while the guides and porters will divide the baggage you can have a good look around, take pictures and get prepared for adventure. Depending upon the time we land at Lukla, we might have our lunch there. From Lukla, we will walk to Phakding village. The walk is fairly easy and we will stay overnight in Phakding. We can spend our evening strolling around the village.
Our day’s hike will start after having breakfast. We will start by walking along the banks of Dudh Koshi River and we will have to cross this river twice in the same day. We will then arrive at a small village called Monjo. Monjo is the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. After entering the National Park, we will descend to Bhote Koshi River upon which we arrive at Jorsalle village. We will walk further from there heading off to Namche Bazaar, a prosperous trade hub in the lap of the Himalayas which is also the capital of the Khumbu region. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Namche Bazaar.
After having ascended an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft), we will use the day for acclimatization. It is very important to have our body prepared for further ascending. You will have the day at your disposal and you can choose to do whatever you wish. One option can be to walk up to the Everest View Point Hotel and enjoy the view it offers. You can also choose to have a walk around Namche Bazaar and observe the local proceedings and lifestyle. If it is Saturday, there will be the traditional “Saturday Market” which is a wonderful experience and a great market to explore. There is also Sherpa Museum in Namche which would be the place to visit if you are interested into Sherpa’s culture and history.
The trek continues on a well maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path climbs to a different valley leaving the traditional Everest Trail and crosses Mong La and drops down to Phortse Tenga. With the disappearing views of Taboche peak (6501 meters) and Chola Tse (6440 meters), the trail slowly climbs and reaches Dole.
Leaving the tree line behind, the day starts with a brief climb followed by another, but more gradual climb for the rest of day. The trail passes through a couple of tea shops at Luza and finally reaches Machhermo with Cho Oyu (8201 meters) appearing to the north.
The trail moves up into the valley on an easy terrain and starts getting steeper near the lakes of the Gokyo Valley. After passing two smaller lakes, the trail leads to the third lake commonly known as the Gokyo Lake with Cho Oyo (8201 meters) towering in the background.
We spend another day in Gokyo to acclimatize to the high altitude. An early morning climb to Gokyo Ri (3 hours approximately) offers stunning views of Cho Oyo (8201 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters) and Everest (884 8meters); four of the top ten highest points on the planet. Apart from these, many more mountains of the Khumbu region can be enjoyed from Gokyo Ri, making it a popular viewpoint in the region. Breakfast at Gokyo is followed by a return to the trail crosses the longest glacier of Nepal, Ngozumpa Glacier. Thangna is located under a huge rock face, across the Ngozumpa Glacier.
Another early start to the day leads to a steep climb to the top of the pass. A steep drop follows a brief walk on the glacier into a new valley with Cho La Tse (6440 meters) towering to the southeast and Ama Dablam (6812 meters) appearing towards east. The terrain starts to get easier and finally reaches Dzong Lha. This day is both the thoughest and the longest day of the trek and the most basic accommodation of the whole trek at Dzong Lha does not help neither.
The trail undulates in the morning but slowly starts to get gradually straight later in the day. The terrain feels easier compared to the previous day and joins the traditional Everest trail as we get closer to the end of the day. Once on the main trail, a short gradual climb leads to Lobuche.
For those of you who are doing the Everest Base Camp Trek for the first time, the day starts with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Today you will be hiking up to the Everest Base Camp. This wil be the most challenging day of the trek and at the same time the most fulfilling as well. The base camp is situated above 5,000m (16,000ft).
We start off by hiking to Gorak Shep first. It is a small village sitting on the top a small frozen lake buried under sand. We will have our lunch there and hike further following the trails of the Khumbu Glacier. On the way you will catch the glimpse of an intimidating black rock the world knows by the name of Mt. Everest. The way will lead us to the Everest Base Camp. Have you ever heard or read that Mt. Everest cannot be seen from the Everest Base Camp? You will find the answer yourself. We will spend quality time exploring the base camp and surrounding areas before returning back to Gorak Shep and spend the night there.
Our first destination for the day will be Kala Patthar. We will start especially early and your guide will arrange everything for the early departure. The reason behind leaving that early is to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise. Kala Patthar provides the most wonderful sight for a sunrise contemplation over Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks such as Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori. You would definitely not want to miss that. It will take a couple of hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep. We will take our time, enjoying what Kala Patthar has to offer before heading down to Gorak Shep and then to Pheriche to stay overnight there.
From now onward, it’s all about descending. So our pace will be faster than earlier and the walks will be easier. The beauty of the Himalayan terrain will never leave us along the way. We will spend the night in Namche Bazar.
After having breakfast you will be a trek back to Lukla which contains approximately 8 hours walk. You will be staying at Mountain lodge in Lukla. On the way to Lukla, you will enjoy the vegetation, natural beauty, glaciers, rivers, and different animals of the Himalayan region.
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. Over night at Hotel.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
♂ You must bring the following items:
1. Hiking boots
3. Trekking trousers/pants
4. Waterproof overtrousers/rainpants
5. Baselayer shirts
6. Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
7. Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
8. Waterproof jacket
10. Warm hat
12. Thermal gloves
13. Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
14. Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
15. Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
16. Water bottles 1 L.
17. Antibacterial handwash
18. Small towel
19. Daypack, 25/30Litres
20. Trekking poles
21. Sleeping bag 4 or 5 seasons * (rated down to – 20ºC)
22. Warm jacket (down)*
♂ Basic First Aid Kit including:
A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite) and Glucose tablets.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.
♂ What about Lukla Flight?
Because of bad weather, we could face problems with domestic flights to/from Lukla (Delayed or even cancelled). It is very rare, but it could happen even in the best trekking season. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night/s in Kathmandu after your trek if that is possible for you (just in case). Trekkers need to be prepared for all weather conditions. In the Himalayas weather can cancel or delay the scheduled flight(s) to/from Lukla airport. To be sure that you make your trek, or return from it, it may be necessary to make this flight by a chartered helicopter. Helicopters can operate in some weather that aircraft cannot. Should a helicopter be needed, it will be at the expense of the trekkers, and not something covered by Community Trek Please keep approximately USD 500 (one way) accessible in case this situation presents itself. This suggested amount is in addition to the emergency fund suggested below.
Hopefully, weather delays will not occur, or if they do it will be for a limited time. Should the delays stretch into days and neither helicopter nor flight are a viable option, a collective decision will be made by the group on how to proceed. This is especially true if the delays are prior to the trek, as the original trek may no longer be feasible. Your Guide will be there to help with this process.
♂ Is this Everest Base Camp Trek suitable for all?
Everest Base Camp Trek requires that you walk on an average of 6-7 hours every day, excluding the rest days. You will be hiking uphill every day from the day you land in Lukla until the day you climb up to Kalapathar. The highest point of this tour is almost 18,000 feet above sea level.
Naturally, this requires a certain degree of fitness. Everest Base Camp Trek is recommended only for people in good health and fitness with some experience of trekking behind them. There is no restriction of upper age on this tour; your fitness is what matters. Minors who wish to be part of this tour must be accompanied by an adult.
Due to the altitudes, this Everest Base Camp Trek may not be suitable for people with heart ailments, chronic problems related to lungs and those with high blood pressure related problems. If you have experienced serious altitude sickness in the past that required hospitalization, this tour is not recommended for you. This Trek is also not suitable for people with thyroid-related problems. If you are in doubt, please check with your doctor before signing up on this Trek.
♂ Is there Drones allow?
Please note that drones and the flying of drones are prohibited in Nepal. If you violate these regulations the police may take you into custody.
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