The 19-days Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes takes Adventure Nation trekkers to famous Gokyo Valley, which is the source of the grand Dudh Koshi River - the Ngojumba Glacier, the famous Cho La pass, and the very well-known viewpoints of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar along with Everest Base Camp. The trek traverses landmarks of Everest region in the company of high mountains, quaint monasteries happy Sherpas and prayer flags, along with the Namche Bazar, the National Park of Sagarmatha, and much more.
Gokyo, a hidden valley with gorgeous blue lakes in the lap of Himalayas, has its own reputation amongst our trekkers. Many of them yearn to visit the Gokyo valley as an add-trip during their Everest Base Camp Trek and consider their Everest trek incomplete if they miss the trek to Gokyo Valley, the Gokyo Peak, and the famous pass of Cho La. The entire area is teeming with abounding natural beauty and fantastic Lakes. The visitors would enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of four summits above eighth thousand meters along with several other mountain peaks from the best view point of Everest Region, the Gokyo Ri. The panorama from this place is more stupendous than that from the Kala Patthar viewpoint.
This trek is graded as difficult and challenging, best for only physically fit and well experienced hikers. It is for passionate and experienced trekkers who can walk at least six to seven hours a day with a light rucksack and are zealous about overcoming tough challenges.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon arrival our representative will meet you and take you to the hotel. In the evening you can visit Thamel - an area that is extremely popular with tourists. It has a lot of restaurants, casinos and plenty of shops selling trekking gear and accessories. You can also visit the Darbar Marg.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (by air), then walk to Phakding (2652 meters)
After breakfast you will drive to the Tribhuvan Domestic Airport, Kathmandu, for a flight to Lukla. The flying time is of 35 minutes. The experience of flying in this route will be remarkable. The flight will pass through valleys and present some breathtaking views of the mountain ranges and villages high on the mountains.
Once you arrive in Lukla, our representatives will receive you. In no time you are on your way, trekking to Phakding which is at 2652 meters. It is a simple trek of 2.5 hours. The trail passes via many small villages and green mountains. You will stay overnight at a hotel.
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters)
After breakfast you will trek to Namche Bazaar. Namche is at an altitude level of 3440 meters. The route is surrounded by high and green mountain ranges. The Dudh Koshi River is alongside all the way until Namche. Lunch is enroute at Monjo. The route between Monjo and Namche is a on a gradually inclining track amongst thick green forests. You will be able to get a short glimpse of Everest and Lhotse just before Namche. The total trek lasts 5 to 6 hours with moderate difficulty but a portion after Monjo is really strenuous. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Acclimatization at Namche (3440 meters), Short Hike
This is a day for acclimatization and you will be resting in Namche Bazaar. It is a place which has everything one can ask for; Coffee shops, Bars, Restaurants and many more things to do. You can go to the museum a little above Namche Bazaar, just a 20 minute trek. You can get a great view of Everest and Lhotse from here. You can visit the Market and Namche Monastery.
Day 5: Namche to Thame (3820 meters)
The route from Namche to Thame is very scenic. You will pass through many villages. One of them is Thamo. You will find a picturesque bridge here with a bubbly stream flowing underneath. This is a very idyllic site on the route and the sound of the stream is something that you will remember ever after. It will take 5 hours to reach Thame. It is a very beautiful village where Tenzing Norgay spent his childhood.
Day 6: Thame to Lumde (4368 meters)
It takes about 5 hours to reach Lumde. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Lumde to Gokyo (4790 meters)
It’s a 6 -7 hours trek to Gokyo. You would go across the Renjo La Pass (5360 meters). This part of the trek is strenuous. The view from the Renjo La pass is really amazing. Stay overnight at a hotel in Gokyo.
Day 8: Gokyo Rest Day
You will explore the famous Lakes of Gokyo. There are about 5 lakes, but usually it is possible to cover only 2 or 3 of these.
Day 9: Gokyo – Gokyo Ri (5330 meters) – Dragnag / Thagnak (4790 meters)
You proceed for Gokyo Ri (5330 meters). The view of Mt. Everest and Lhotse from Gokyo Ri is breathtaking. Then you will descend and reach Dragnag (4790 meters). It would take about 6 – 7 hours at most to reach Dragnag.
Day 10: Dragnag / Thagnak – Cho La Pass (5420 meters) – Dzongla (4830 meters)
Cross the famous Cho La Pass (5420 meters). You will descend to Dzongla for overnight stay. This will again be an amazing viewpoint to see the gigantic Himalayan ranges, including Mount Everest and Makalu.
Day 11: Dzongla – Lobuche (4910 meters)
Today would be a very pleasant and easy walk. It is one of the simple routes to trek. It will take us about 3 to 4 hours to reach Lobuche.
Day 12: Lobuche (4940 meters)to Gorak Shep (5170 meters) to EBC (5364 meters) and come back to Gorakshep
This route is entirely on the glacier. It would not be possible to see the Peak of Everest; however the Kumbhu Glacier is visible clearly. This part of the trek is really the most amazing amidst the glaciers with views of gigantic mountains up-close. You would have to wait though to see the summit of Everest but you would see it very clearly the next day from Kala Patthar. Stay overnight in Gorakshep. The total trekking time is 5 -7 hours and the stretch is moderately difficult.
Day 13: Hiking to Kala Patthar (5545 meters) and descend to Lobuche (4940 meters)
The hike to Kala Patthar will be one of the most difficult parts of this trekking trip as well as the most rewarding one. You will be able to see the summit of Everest. In fact Kala Patthar is a place which will give you the best views of mountain peaks in the entire Himalayan Ranges. From Gorakshep it will take about 2.5 to 3 hours to reach Kala Patthar. After Kala Patthar it will be all descending from now on and the trek would seem very easy, although you have to be careful on the descent. You will need another 3 hours to get to Lobuche (4940 metres). Total trek time will be 7 hours at most with only one steep incline with the rest being simple and easy.
Day 14: Lobuche (4940 meters) to Dingboche (4360 meters)
It takes about 5 to 6 hours to reach Dingboche. It is a Sherpa village, located very high in the mountains. You can take a short hike to get a view of 3 of the top 10 highest peaks in the world - Mount Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. Besides these, you will see a lot of other lofty peaks and mountain ranges. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 15: Dingboche (4360 meters) to Tengboche (3860 meters)
The trek time will be about 5 hours to reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a beautiful small valley at an altitude level of 3860 meters. You can take a walk to the famous Tengboche Monastery.
Day 16: Tengboche (3860 meters) to Namche (3440 meters)
It will take about 5 hours to reach Namche. You can see the beautiful Phortse village on your way. This village claims to have produced the highest number of Mt Everest summiteers.
Day 17: Namche (3440 meters) to Lukla (2800 meters)
A 5 to 6 hours trek will get you to Lukla.
Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu
Take a flight to Kathmandu and stay overnight at Kathmandu. The entire day is completely at leisure.
Day 19: Departure
Post breakfast check out by 12 noon.
USD 950 per person for Non SAARC country citizenship holders.
( Payable as per prevalent ROE at the time of booking )
Departures: 06th May 2016
Maximum Altitude: 18192 feet
Best Time To Go: Autumn (mid-September to mid-December) |Spring (March to May)
Trekking is an adventure sport and it does have its own risks and each individual is responsible for their wellbeing, understanding all risks involved and also the role of the organizer as a facilitator. The Everest Region is a very remote area. Also the weather is very unpredictable and challenging. You will be travelling by Tara Airlines of Nepal for the 2 way tickets as per our itinerary. However, you must note that the airline operator reserves the right to change flight timing or cancel flights as they may be forced by regulations, terms and conditions, weather or security or any other reason that may deem fit to them. The main baggage limit is only 10KG and beyond that may be charged. You will be permitted to be part of the group only after you sign the indemnity bond and acceptance to the terms and conditions. The bond will be signed after all payments are received by us.
Couldn't have hoped for any better, the accommodation, meals, transportation, support staff everything was good. Thank you for everything.
It was a bit chilly, but the food gave is all the energy we needed to go further. Best guides ever.
I recommend this trek to everyone who wants to see the beauty of the Everest region. Everything was well organised