The landlocked country of Nepal, lying in the mighty Himalayas, is a dream destination for any trekker or mountaineer. Gokyo Lake Trek with EBC is not just any trek, but an opportunity for you to explore the natural bounties bestowed on this nation. The highlight of this excursion is the visit to Gokyo Lakes.
This trek also takes you to the Everest Base Camp. During the journey, you will also climb to the summits of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar, reaching an altitude of 17575 feet and 18190 feet, respectively. This 17-day Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek will also give you plenty of opportunities to know the culture of the Himalayan people. Interact with them during your time in the villages and towns of Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Mongla, Gorak Shep, Machhermo, Gokyo, Pheriche and Lukla.
The highlights of this Everest Base Camp Trek are the views it offers to participants. Captivating vistas of Mt Everest, and Cho Oyu and Thamserku mountains await you on this trail. Moreover, you will also be passing the high-altitude pass, Cho La, at a height of over 17780 feet above sea level.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, proceed to the hotel and enjoy an overnight stay.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla (9300 feet) | Lukla to Phakding (8600 feet|2-3 hours)
Freshen up in the morning, transfer to the airport and board your flight to Lukla. On reaching the small town, begin the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek by embarking on a trekking excursion to Phakding – a quaint village in the Dudh Kosi River Valley. The trek will mostly be downhill, offering you amazing views of pine vegetation.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11280 feet|5-6 hours)
Trekking up and down hill, through pine forest and trekking alongside the Dudh Kosi River, reach Namche Bazaar. On your way, cross the gushing river via a suspension bridge while enjoying majestic views of the mighty Everest.
Day 04: Leisure Day in Namche Bazaar
The day is free for you to acclimatise to the Himalayan weather. You may use this time to interact with the local people and learn about their culture. You can also stroll in the local markets to buy souvenirs.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Mongla (13000 feet|3-4 hours)
On this day of the Gokyo Lake Trek with EBC journey, you reach Mongla. The trail takes you past birch forest and grassy slopes. As soon as you arrive at your destination, panoramic views of Thamserku treat your eyes.
Day 06: Mongla to Machhermo (14660 feet|5-6 hours)
Start trekking towards Machhermo, you will pass scenic hamlets and towns of Phortse Thanga and Dole en route. During this journey, you will also pass alluring forests of rhododendrons. You will also enjoy vistas of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world, at almost 27000 feet.
Day 07: Machhermo to Gokyo | Lake Tour (15700 feet|5-6 hours)
The sights on this day are a treat for any onlooker. Gaining a height of about 1000 feet, you will trek for about 6 hours to reach your destination. The magnificent lakes of Gokyo are something that every trekker or mountaineer coming here should visit; and that is what you are doing next. Moving from Gokyo Lake I to Gokyo Lake II, you will reach the Third one of the system. Spend the night on the banks of this pristine waterbody.
Day 08: Gokyo Lake Tour
Wake up to a mesmerising view of the lake, and later head to explore Gokyo Lake II; en route passing the Fourth of this world’s highest system of freshwater lakes.
Day 09: Gokyo – Gokyo Ri (17575 feet) – Thangnak (15580 feet|4-5 hours)
Wake up, freshen up and then proceed to climb Gokyo Ri. It will take you about 2 hours to reach the summit of this behemoth. From here, you can capture astonishing views of Mount Everest and Ngozumpa Glacier. After clicking a few pictures, begin the downhill trek and cross the Ngozumpa Glacier to reach Thangnak.
Day 10: Thangnak to Dzongla (15940 feet|7-8 hours) via Cho La (17780 feet)
Today on Everest Base Camp Trek, you will pass a high-altitude Himalayan pass, known by the name of Cho La. One of the toughest sections of the journey, this trail will take you on steep climbs and descents all the way to Dzongla. On reaching the village, you will capture panoramic vistas of Ama Dablam, as it pierces the sky at over 22000 feet.
Day 11: Dzongla to Gorak Shep (16950 feet|5-6 hours)
Heading to Gorak Shep, you will pass the small settlement called Lobuche en route. On reaching Gorak Shep, rest and prepare for the Everest Base Camp visit the next day.
Day 12: Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp – Gorak Shep
Today is the most exciting day of this excursion as you get to visit the Everest Base Camp. The trail from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp is a moderate climb. The path is going to be slippery and winds might make it a little more difficult. On reaching here, you will see camps of potential summiteers. Later, return to Gorak Shep and spend the night.
Day 13: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (18190 feet) – Pheriche (14340 feet)
Start early for Kala Patthar hike. The last section of this 2.5-hour hike is going to be a little challenging. From the summit, you can capture picture-perfect views of Mount Everest. After a photo session, head back to Gorak Shep and proceed to Pheriche village. On reaching the village, stay overnight.
Day 14: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (11280 feet|8 hours)
Trekking along the Dudh Kosi River and passing through steep climbs and descents, make your way back to Namche Bazaar. The trail will take you past pine forests and you may also come across pheasants and mountain goats.
Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (9300 feet|6-7 hours)
Descending down on rugged, rocky terrain, make your way to Lukla. You will be crossing the Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries via suspension bridges.
Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu
Freshen up in the morning and then transfer to the airport to board your flight to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Kathmandu on your own. You can explore local markets to buy souvenirs.
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu
Disperse from Kathmandu and move to your next destination.
March 2018 - 24, 31
April 2018 - 14, 21, 28
May 2018 - 5, 12, 19
Maximum altitude: 18190 feet
Best time to go: September to November and March to May