Mountain View From Gokyo lake.

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek

  • Duration18 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • Maximum Altitude5,644 m
  • Best SeasonSpring & Autumn
  • Start/EndKathmandu

About Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek

"Looking for something extra in the Khumbu region? Then join us on our Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek 2022/2023. It's a fantastic trek full of adventure and jaw-dropping landscapes. You explore Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri, EBC, Kala Patthar, and cross Cho La pass"

We have combined two adventurous trekking routes of the Khumbu region and have created this ultimate Gokyo lakes and Everest base camp itinerary. Following the dense forests of Sagarmatha National Park and trekking through fine mountain villages, we make our way to the stunning Gokyo Valley and then to Everest Base Camp.

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek is a bit more challenging than the usual EBC trek. Therefore, we recommend this trek to trekkers who have some sort of previous trekking experience. The trekking route is difficult and has many long ascents & descents. Leaving the bustling trail of the Khumbu region, you'll embark on a relatively less crowded route on the first half of the trek to reach Gokyo valley.

The trail ascends through Phortse Thanga (3,680 m) and Machherma (4,470 m) villages before reaching the beautiful Gokyo village (4,750 m), situated at the eastern shore of third Gokyo Lake, Dudh Pokhari. There are six main Gokyo Lakes that range from 4,700 meters to 5,000 meters. These lakes are the world's largest freshwater lake system and a designated Ramsar site.

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek 18 days cross the high Cho La pass (5,420 m) and join the main route to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m). The trail goes along the lateral moraines of Khumbu Glacier to the lap of Mt. Everest. You then further ascend to Kala Patthar (5,644 m), following a steep rocky trail from Gorak Shep (5,164 m).

Kala Pattar offers a gorgeous sunrise and sensational mountain panorama of Mt. Everest (8,849 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Island Peak (6,160 m), Mt. Baruntse (7,162 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m), etc. Likewise, you also get to see breathtaking mountain scenery from Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) and Gokyo Lakes. The entire trip offers heavenly landscapes.

To join Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek 2022/2023, you can contact us anytime. You'll get top-notch service and the best price with us. For any assistance, email us at [email protected]

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Good to Know

  • Embark on a relatively less crowded and bit more challenging journey in the Everest region
  • Trek through beautiful Sherpa villages and lush forests of rhododendron
  • Cross thrilling suspension bridges and the challenging Cho La pass
  • Explore the stunning Gokyo valley and spend a couple of nights in the Gokyo village
  • Soak the beauty of Gokyo Lakes and hike to Gokyo Ri
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp and ascend up to Kala Patthar
  • Witness breathtaking sunrise along with spectacular mountain panorama from Kala Patthar
  • Visit ancient monasteries along the way and have an intimate encounter with the locals

Itinerary

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The journey begins once you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Our airport representative welcomes you at the airport and escorts you to the hotel we have pre-booked for you. It'll be a comfortable nice hotel in the bustling Thamel. Later in the evening, you meet with other team members over a welcome dinner.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the hotel
  • MealsWelcome dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,300 m

We have arranged an exciting city tour today. During the tour, you get to visit some of the prominent tourist sites of Kathmandu, like Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and the Monkey Temple. The tour will be guided by one of our friendly guides who can communicate in your luggage.

Around evening, we prepare for the trek. The preparation includes meeting with your trek guide and doing the final packing. You don't have to carry everything from your home country for the trek. You can rent or buy high-quality trekking clothing in Thamel at a good price.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the hotel
  • MealsB
  • Max. Altitude1,300 m
  • Duration4-5 hours

The EBC and Gokyo Lakes trek begin with a short flight from Kathmandu to the starting point of the trek, Lukla. The flight offers dramatic aerial views of the Himalayas. From Lukla, our porters will join you for the trek. The first night we do not spend in Lukla to avoid altitude sickness.

We descend to Phakding village, which is located a couple hundred meters below Lukla airport. The trail follows the lovely Dudh Koshi valley and passes by forested paths.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude2,660 m
  • Duration35 minutes flight & 3-4 hours trek

The trekking route from Phakding passes through Jorsale and takes you to Monjo. From here, Sagarmatha National Park begins, and the trail ascends & descends along with dense forests of rhododendron. You'll cross numerous suspension bridges and streams. The last couple of hours before reaching Namche Bazaar involves a steep ascend. Namche Bazaar offers the first glimpse of Mt. Everest.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude3,440 m
  • Duration7-8 hours

We take a rest day at Namche Bazaar. To acclimatize our bodies, we'll hike to Khumjung village, situated at 3,900 meters. The village has the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region, the Khumjung monastery. On the way, we also visit the Everest View Hotel. The hike offers stunning mountain views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Pumori, Baruntse, etc. After returning back to Namche Bazaar, you can take your time to explore the village and visit its museums.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude3,900 m
  • Duration5-6 hours

The trail ascends to the Syangboche Airstrip. Passing by small Sherpa settlement areas and lush rhododendron & juniper forests, we move towards Phortse Thanga. Along the way, we can see beautiful views of Khumbu La and Mt. Tawache. While trekking, you also come across yak grazing sites and summer settlement areas.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude3,680 m
  • Duration5-6 hours

The trail today climbs to the Dudh Kosi valley and continues through verdant forests. Before reaching Tonga village, we pass by a waterfall. The scenery gradually changes into barren, dry terrain with small clusters of scrubs and giant snow-capped mountains. Passing by Dole, Lhabarma, and Luza villages, we reach Machherma for the night stay.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude4,470 m
  • Duration4-5 hours

It's going to be a magical walk today to Gokyo village. Likewise, the views of alpine lakes and mountains are phenomenal along the way. From Machherma, we ascend up to Pangka (4,390 m) and pass by the morines of Ngozumpa glacier. The trekking route we will be following is prone to rock falls, so be careful.

Crossing a thrilling iron bridge over a stream, we walk and pass by the first lake at 4,700 meters. The trail soon approaches the second lake and the third lake, where Gokyo village is suited. The view of Mt. Cho Oyu is fantastic from this village.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude4,800 m
  • Duration4-5 hours

Today is our second rest day in between the trek. To witness the gorgeous sunrise and breathtaking mountain panorama, we hike to Gokyo Ri. The route is steep and involves an uphill 3-4 hours walk. The views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Everest (the northern flank), and numerous other mountains are great from Gokyo Ri. Later, we then explore the Gokyo Lakes and spend time with locals.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude5,357 m

Continue trekking following a downhill route. Between the first lake and second lake, the trail leads us across the moraine and crosses a glacier on the easter side. Further, we walk and reach a small hamlet of houses known as Dragnag. You'll have lots of time to rest and prepare to cross the Cho La pass the next day

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude4,700 m
  • Duration4-5 hours

The trail today is very difficult from other days. We'll be crossing the Cho La pass. The day begins quite early, and we begin trekking, following a slippery path. Traversing through the glacier paths and rocky areas, we make it to the top of the pass. The mountain view from this place is jaw-dropping. From the pass, we descend to Dzongla, crossing some crevasses.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude4, 830 m
  • Duration7-8 hours

It's a short trek to Lobuche village. From Dzongla, we follow a downhill grassy trail and pass by frozen rivers. The trail winds through a wide riverbed and leads us to Lobuche village. It is a fine Sherpa village at the lap of Lobuche Peak.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude4,940 m
  • Duration2-3 hours

The journey only gets thrilling as we conquer one village and move towards another. Today is a very special day because we finally reach the Everest Base Camp, the lap of Mt. Everest. From Lobuche, we ascend towards Gorak Shep, crossing Changri Nup GlaThe journey only gets thrilling as we conquer one village and move towards another. Today is a very special day because we finally reach the Everest Base Camp, the lap of Mt. Everest. From Lobuche, we ascend towards Gorak Shep, crossing Changri Nup Glacier. Further, we make our way through moraines and Khumbu Glacier to the base camp. It's a rugged steep climb. After exploring the base camp Everest, we drop down to Gorak Shep to spend the night.cier. Further, we make our way through moraines and Khumbu Glacier to the base camp. It's a rugged steep climb. After exploring the base camp Everest, we drop down to Gorak Shep to spend the night.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude5,364
  • Duration7-8 hours

It's a last tough walk before we join the relatively gentle trail back to Lukla. We wake up before the sun rises and begin following the footsteps of our team leader to the top of Kala Patthar. The trail is steep and rocky. Kala Patthar is a famous viewpoint in the Khumbu region that offers 360-degree mountain views and one of the best panoramas of Mt. Everest.

After spending some time relishing the gorgeous sunrise and mountain views from Kala Patthar, we follow the same trail down to Lobuche. From here, the trail descends to Pheriche, where we are going to spend the night.

  • AccommodationAt Local Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude5,644 m
  • Duration7-8 hours

The trail descends to Tengboche village through lush alpine forests. We quickly stop at the Pangboche monastery on the way and continue trekking towards Tengboche. This village offers a superb view of Mt. Ama Dablam.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude3,870 m
  • Duration5-6 hours

From Tengboche, we trek down through dense forests, enjoying the tempting fragrances of the hills and the soothing chirping of birds. The landscapes are fantastic while trekking down as well. You trek through Namche Bazaar and follow a steep downhill forested path to Monjo village. Along the way, we'll be crossing many suspension bridges and fine waterfalls.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude2,835 m
  • Duration6-7 hours

It's our last day trek in the mountains of Nepal. From Monjo, we pass by Jorsale and Phakding villages. The trail ascends through lush forests to Lukla. Here, we'll spend our last night and celebrate the successful completion of the trek.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude2,860 m
  • Duration6-7 hours

We fly back to Kathmandu, overlooking the giant mountains and hills. You will have an entire free day in Kathmandu to explore and shop. In the late evening, you will be meeting with us for the last time over farewell dinner, and also receive a certificate for the trek.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the hotel
  • MealsB
  • Max. Altitude1,300 m
  • Duration35 minutes

The journey ends today. You'll fly back to your home country. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport terminal as per the flight departure time.

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Useful Information

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek difficulty

It is a difficult trek. The trail is rough with numerous ascends and descends, which demands good physical fitness. The walking hour each day is 6 to 7. There are many steep, rugged parts along the way. You will be walking on glacial and snow paths too.

The trials cross dense forests, gorges, and moraines. Overall, the trekkers have to be physically and mentally ready for Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek.

Our professional and experienced crew members will assist you during the trek and push you to finish the journey. They'll help you with motivation and become your friend.

Altitude Sickness during the trek

To best prepare for altitude sickness while trekking in the Himalayas is by making sure your itinerary has rest days, and you drink at least 2 liters of water every day. If you don't know what altitude sickness is, then it is an illness travelers face because their body sees a drastic change in elevation.

Altitude sickness is not something you should super worry about. With proper precautions and measures, one can recover from the symptoms in a day or two. Do not consume anything like alcohol, smoke, etc that can dehydrate your body. Eat fresh healthy food and get ample sleep.

Some of the early symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, nausea, insomnia, difficulty in breathing, no appetite, etc.

Best time to do EBC and Gokyo Lakes trek

You can trek to EBC and Gokyo Lakes in spring - March to April and autumn - October to November. These are the most preferred months of this trek because of the incredible Himalayan landscape and moderate climate. Also, the weather remains stable, so the flights between Lukla and Kathmandu have less chance to delay/cancel.

The trail blooms with a range of flora and thrives with seasonal birds/wildlife. Similarly, the temperature ranges between 18°C to 5°C. Trekkers from all around the world hit the trail to several destinations in the Khumbu region.

Food & Drinks

The food and drink option during this trek is fantastic. At some places, like Lukla, Namche Bazaar, and Tengboche, you can even get pizza, brewed coffee, steak, etc. The most general and delicious meal option is dal bhat served with veggies & pickles. You can also add up veg/non-veg curry. Apart from this, other dishes like noodles, momo, sandwich, chapati, thenduk, thukpa, pasta, porridge, soup, french fries, etc are available too.

For drinks, you can get soft beverages, tea, coffee, etc. Beer is sold in most parts of the trial too, however we don't recommend having it if you are ascending because it will dehydrate your body and make you vulnerable to altitude sickness.

Accommodation

The accommodation for Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek is the lodge. We book rooms in the lodges along the way in advance to make sure our guests can sleep comfortably while trekking. The rooms are not fancy but good enough to spend the night and relax. Washrooms are attached with rooms sometimes and common sometimes.

You'll get a clean blanket and pillow. We advise carrying a sleeping bag for this trek. You can rent a good-quality sleeping bag in Thamel at a fraction of the cost.

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