Everest Basecamp Trekking via Gokyo Lake - 20 Days

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  • TRIP ID: SSNP194
  • TRIP NAME: Everest Basecamp Trekking via Gokyo Lake
  • DURATION: 20 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking in Nepal
  • TRIP DESTINATION: Everest Base camp & Kalapattar via Gokyo valley
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu, Lukla- Namche Bazar- Dole- Gokyo- Chola-pass-Lobuchhe-Gorak Shep-Everest Base Camp- Kalapatthar- Dingboche- Tangboche- Namche- Lukla-Kathmandu
  • BEST SEASON: October, November, , February, March, April
  • MAX ALTITUDE: 5555m (Kala Patthar)
  • GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2 pax

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Everest Basecamp Trekking via Gokyo Lake

Everest base camp trekking via Gokyo valley is one of the renowned trekking destinations in the world and obviously in Nepal as well because of its highest altitude, diverse geographical landscape, unique rich Sherpa culture and their warm hospitality, magnificent view of pristine moraine mountains, diverse flora and fauna in Himalayan Everest region of Nepal.

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Everest Basecamp Trekking via Gokyo Lake

Everest base camp trekking via Gokyo valley is one of the renowned trekking destinations in the world and obviously in Nepal as well because of its highest altitude, diverse geographical landscape, unique rich Sherpa culture and their warm hospitality, magnificent view of pristine moraine mountains, diverse flora and fauna in Himalayan Everest region of Nepal. For adventure travelers it is an exciting opportunity to be at the foot of world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. Mount Everest Base Camp (5364m) has been popular trekking destination since the trail first successful expeditions of Mount Everest Summit (8848 meter) on May 29th, 1953 by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass trekking reveals some of the magnificent breath- taking and specular scenery of the Himalaya in Khumbu region of Nepal.

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes takes adventurous trekkers and embark to wonderful Gokyo Valley which is the source of grand Dudh Koshi River, the large Ngojumba Glacier, the famous and one of the highest Cho La pass (5420m), the renowned view points of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar along with Everest Base Camp. The trek further offers the landmarks of Everest region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries and prayer flags, the Namche Bazzar, the Sagarmatha National Park, Hidden valley of Gokyo valley and lakes, enjoy magnificent 360 degree panoramic views of four above 8000m massifs and other mountain ranges from the best view point of Everest Region and the Gokyo Ri and Kala; because of panorama view from here is more spectacular than from Kala Patthar viewpoint. Everest Basecamp via Gokyo is graded as difficult and challenging trek, which is suitable for physically fit and experienced trekkers who love the challenge.  Passionate and experienced trekkers who are able to walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light rucksack and have enthusiasm to face challenge can join this trek.

If you are beginner on trekking and are physically sound, Everest Base Camp trek (16 days) that is designed for beginners, which is suitable for you.

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Brief Itinerary

Day1:Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu sight seeing & trek preparation

Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) 40min &Trek to Phakding (2652m). 3hrs 

Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6hrs 

Day 5: Acclimatization, trek to Syangbochefor Everest view(3880m) 4hrs

Day 6:  Namche Bazzar - Dole (4,150 m): 6 - 7 hrs

Day 7:  Dole – Machhermo(4,470 m): 4 - 5 hrs

Day 8:Machherma - Gokyo (4800 m): 4 hrs

Day 9:  Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Optional hike to 5th& 6th Lake of Gokyo

Day 10:  Trek to Gokyo Ri (5360 m) & Thangnak (4750)  6 - 7 hrs 

Day 11:  Thangnak - Cho-la Pass (5420 m) - Dzongla (4830 m): 7 - 8 hrs

Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m) 4 hrs

Day 13: Lobuche (4940m)- Gorak Shep (5140m) & Everest Base Camp (5364m m): 6-7 hrs

Day 14: Gorak Shep –Kalapatthar (5545m)& back to Pheriche (4280 m): 8hrs

Day 15: Pheriche – Pangboche(3930m) - Tengboche (3860m): 5 - 6 hrs

Day 16: Tengboche - Namche Bazzar (3,440 m):  6 hrs

Day 17:Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2840m): 6 - 7 hrs

Day 18: Fly back Lukla to Kathmandu (1310m) 30 min flight

Day 19: Kathmandu sight seeing and rest in the afternoon

Day 20:Departure

Trip Hightlights

  • Scenic breathtaking mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Explore the Lukla & Namche Bazaar gate way of Mt. Everest
  • Observe Sherpa culture and village lifestyle in the heart of the Himalaya
  • Everest panoramic view from Syangboche, Gokyo Ri, and Kalapatthar.
  • Spectacular sunrise view and explore the Breath taking Panoramic view of mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lotse and various mountain ranges from Kalapatthar.
  • Dudh Koshi, the River of Milk, Rhododendron and Magnolia Forests
  • Khumbu Glacier, the home of Mount Everest Base Camp and the icefalls
  • Visit highest mountain base camp in the world at 5364m
  • Climbing the Kalapathar the highest altitude (5555m), an unforgettable breathtaking view of sunrise on those snow capped mountains from the summit of Kala Patthar
  • Unique Sherpa culture and generous hospitalities of the people in the Himalayas
  • Sparkling azure Gokyo Lakes (first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth)
  • Explore the Gokyo valley and Gokyo Ri where lies an excellent view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang and Makalu
  • The worlds largest Ngozumba Glacier near Gokyo
  • One of the highest passes, Cho La Pass (5420) from where view of Ama Dablam and Cholatse is awesome.

Day1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, you have an option to be escorted on a stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu sight seeing & trek preparation

After breakfast start sight seeing covering Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swambhunath Stupa. These two sites are also UNESCO world heritage site. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the showcases of Nepalese art and architecture at its best. The architecture is typical of the Malla dynasty that ruled over Nepal from the 12th to 18th century. Then we will have a discussion session where we discuss about our trek plan and preparation in the afternoon.
Overnigt at hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) 40min &Trek to Phakding (2652m). 3hrs
After breakfast transfer to domestic airport to board a flight to Lukla (2810m) and which takes 30 minutes. The flight to Lukla would be one of the scenic lifetime experiences.  Then we start our trek passing through the beautiful village Chaurikharka and reach to Phakding (2652m) in 3 hours. The trail to Phakding lets you discover the green landscape with a scenic view of Kusum Kangraru mountain. Today we just walk 3hrs as it is starting day we don’t walk a lot to adjust our body in mountain climate.
Overnight at lodge in Phakding.

Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6hrs
After breakfast start trekking through a beautiful pine forest that leads us along the Dudh Koshi River, Hillary Suspension Bridge and reach to the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail further passes through suspension bridges, Dudhkosi river (milky river), green landscape with view of Kusum kangaru mountain and reach Bengkar village (2630m) then extend to Monjo village (2835). Then trails further continue passing through few Suspension bridges, Jorsalle village (2740m), the Dudh Koshi, Bhote Koshi river, highest bridge and reach to Chautara from where we can catch the first glimpse of the Mt. Everest. After crossing the highest bridge the trail is steep up to reach to the Namche bazar. Namche bazar is one of the trading points for Sherpa people. It is also ideal market for visitors to purchase traditional crafts.
Overnight at lodge in Namche bazar

Day 5: Acclimatization, trek to Syangboche for Everest view (3880m) 4hrs
Today is acclimatization day. However it is not good idea to stay at Lodge for entire day. It is best idea to do up and down to adjust in the mountain environment. On the way to Shyangboche visite Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest photo Gallery in the morning, which is of the best opportunity to generate the knowledge and histort and culture of the local Sherpa people. We go up to Shyangboche for Everest view and Khumjung village to climb up and come down to Namche for overnight stay. Start trekking to Everest view hotel passing through Syangboche Airport (3700m) it is said to that airport situated at the highest altitude. We climb further to reach Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache and many more. In afternoon we explore the Khumjung village and interact with local people to explore the culture, living style and & tradition of the local Sherpa people. It is one of the interesting and will remain as lifelong memory. Then we descend to Nanchebazar in the afternoon.
Overnight at Namche Bazar.

Day 6:  Namche Bazzar - Dole (4,150 m): 6 - 7hrs
We climb just above the  Namche Bazzar up to the hilltop then follow slight up further and reach to sansa. From Sansa the trail devides in to two part. The right one goes to the Everest Base Camp but we take left one to go to the Gokyo valley. Slight up trail reach to Momgla hill top in about 30 min. We enjoy outstanding views of Thamserku, Katenga, and Ama Dablam on the way. An ancient historical Chorten stands at the Centre of the settlement of Mong La. On the way it will be usual to spot wild lives like pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer. Crossing through forests, some water falls and bridges. From Mong La we descend for about 30-40 min. steep down to reach to the Phortse Thanga (3680). We have lunch over here and continue trekking. From Phortse Thanga, the trail heads to the left up in to the forest and climbs stedealy around side valley and short sharp climb which takes 2 hours steep up to reach to the Dole (4150).
Overnight at Lodge in Dole.

Day 7:  Dole – Machhermo (4,470 m): 4 - 5hrs
The most outstanding feature of the trail today is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. We climb steadily up through a scenic ridge above Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma at 4330m to Luza at 4360m. The path is steep up in most places as we pass through thorny bushes up to Lhabarma. Rewarding magnificent Mountain View of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku the trail takes through many summer settlements and a charming hamlet of Luza (4360 m). Walking along the hillside above thundering Dudkoshi passing through some small hamlets and through sandy spurs, we reach to Machhermo. Machhermo is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. The beautiful stream flowing down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche mountains runs through the middle of village and meet to the Dudh Koshi river.
Overnight at Machherma.

Day 8: Machherma - Gokyo (4800 m): 4 hrs
Today, we climb through a ridge Chorten from where we can see spectacular view of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480 m) after some gentle walk. It is a steep climb up before we reach to the Gokyo. Then it follow the valley passing the first lake, known as Longpongo (4690m), where we get chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone. We pass the second lake and reach to the third Lake. A surging stream in Gokyo valley links the two lakes. Gokyo village situated by the end of the third lake and Cho Oyu Mountain on the background sets an amazing spectacular view.

Day 9:  Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Optional hike to 5th & 6th Lake of Gokyo
Today is full day rest or an acclimatization day. However is not good idea to have worthless time spending. Depending on the interest and the situation we grasp the opportunity to explore the Gokyo valley 5th and 6th Lakes and observe the natural snowcapped picks and beautiful 5th & 6th lakes. Definitely we take the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo locates the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. Then the trail continues to fifth lake and climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astonishing views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. There is one viewpoint, which is known as Scoundrel’s viewpoint. The further trail passing the fifth lakes. Depending on the time, if possible we reach to the Cho You basecamp. Northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the Ngazumpa glacier. If we go to the 5th & 6th lakes it will takes about 7hours. Then go to the Sixth Lake of the Gokyo and back to Gokyo village.
Overnight at Lodge in Gokyo

Day 10:  Trek to Gokyo Ri (5360 m) & Thangnak (4750)  6 - 7 hrs (BLD)
Early morning, we hike up to the Gokyo Ri (5360) (also called Gokyo Peak). Climbing to Gokyo Ri is obviously strenuous as it is steep up and takes about 3 hours to reach the top. The scenery of Gokyo village on the edge of third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier are spectacular& amazing. We observe the surrounded outstanding mountains. Sight of sunrays kissing the Everest that towers over all surrounding peaks is unlike from Kala Patthar (from Kala Patthar Nuptse seems taller). Our Gokyo Ri visit will be unforgettable life time memories. We trek back to Gokyo and trek to to Thangnak (4750). Thangnak is the last village before crossing the Cho La Pass.
Overnight at Thangnak

Day 11:  Thangnak - Cho-la Pass (5420 m) - Dzongla (4830 m): 7 - 8 hrs
Cho La Pass is also another highlights of this trip. Today is the toughest day and we have to start early at 4am. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We have to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. However the trail from Cho La Phedi to climb through a ravine and a rocky trail we climb up continuously and reach at the top of the Cho La. The top of the Chola pass is decorated with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soar on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our left. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake, Cho La Pass is another toughest part. We have to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far down below. At Dzongla it is spectacular view we can feel from the bedrooms as well.
Overnight at lodge in Dzongla.

Day 12:  Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m) 4 hrs
In the morning after the breakfast we start our trekking. Upon crossing a bridge, we traverse through grassy trail. Enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak we stretch up eventually through a ridge. Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku Taboche are seen looming prominently. Comparatively, today is easy and short trekking. We reach to Lobuche in 4 hours and have lunch and take rest in the afternoon.
Overnight at lodge at Lobuche.

Day 13: Lobuche (4940m) - Gorak Shep (5140m) & Everest Base Camp (5364m m): 6-7 hrs
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Ahead on the trail we see peak of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. We reach at Gorekshep (5140) in 3 hours & have lunch. After a lunch and 30-minute rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp from the Gorak Shep. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Now we reach to the ultimate destination of our trekking. Then trek back to Gorak Shep.
Overnight at Gorak Shep

Day 14 Gorak Shep –Kalapatthar (5545m) & back to Pheriche (4280 m): 8hrs
We have to get prepared for an early morning at 4am, dark and cold temperature (about -7 to -14 C). Further, there is always the potential for chilly wind which is quite common, fortunately today there wasn’t windy. On the way to Kala Patthar, we stop several times to catch our breath, and outstanding viewpoints to snap pictures. After 2-3 hours of ascend, we reach Kala Patthar. Then we ascended to climb the rocky ridge near to the summit marked by prayer flags. We stay at the Kala Patthar on top of the rocks, our eyes taking unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take pictures as much as we can and spend time about half an hour. It would be very hard to stay for long over there because of the cold weather, our hands and finger might get blue, drinking water bottle might get frozen. After taking the pictures and having lifetime experience, we descend back to Gorekh shep and have breakfast. Then descend down to Pheriche (4280m). On the way we have lunch at Thukla (4520m), which takes about 3 hour from Gorekgshep. In about 1.5 hours we reach to Pheriche (4280m) valley from Thukla.
Overnight at Pheriche.

Day 15: Pheriche – Pangboche(3930m) - Tengboche (3800m): 5 - 6 hrs
Today is much easier walk down to the lower altitudes. The trail passes through the beautiful Sherpa villages, Orsho, and Shomare to reach to the Pangbuche. From Pangboche we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Dibuche(3820m) and Tengboche (3860m). Further continue trekking through the hillside with view of rhododendron and juniper trees. We explore the wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. In Tangbuche we visit the biggest monastery.
Overnight at lodge in Tangboche.

Day 16: Tengboche - Namche Bazzar (3,440 m):  6 hrs
The trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches down to the Punke Tenga (3250m) which takes us about one and half hour. Then steep up to reach to Sansa and Kenjoma (3550m). We take lunch at Kenjoma. Then we continue our trekking to reach to Nanche Bazar.
Overnight at Lodge in Namche bazar.

Day 17:Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2840m): 6 - 7 hrs
The trail descends steeply downward crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more natural. We pass through the highest Bridge, large Dovan, Jorsalle village (2740), Manjo village (2835m) and Benker village. Even though we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views and had different feelings. We take last picture of various combination like open plains, suspension bridges, rivers, pine forest, rhododendron and far distance snow capped mountains and then we reach to Lukla.
Overnight at Lodge in Lukla.

Day 18: Fly back Lukla to Kathmandu (1310m) 30 min flight
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu will take 30 minutes of amazing scenic flight lands you in the domestic terminal of the airport. There are high chances of being the flight cancelation because of the weather. It would be great idea to put one more day extra incase anything happen such as flight cancelation, weather change will affect to cross the Chola pass. Up on arrival at Kathmandu airport transfer to hotel and enjoy the leisurely in the afternoon.

Day 19: Kathmandu sight seeing and rest in the afternoon
After breakfast visit to Pashupatinath Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Squar. Pashupatinath temple is  a sacred hindus pilgrimage site, symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupatinath temple and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous cremation site for the Hindus. Bhaktapur is an ancient medieval city with artestic crafted palace. This former royal palace complex offers the elegant 15th century Palace of 55 windows, artistic courtyards, the Golden gate. Dattatreya square, National art Gallery, Bhairab Nath temple, Nayatapola temple are also major attaractions of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 20:Departure:
You will be transfer to the international airport according to your flight schedule by private vehicle.

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