Everest Base Camp Via Gokyo Valley
The Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Valley is a fascinating off the beaten trail trek in the Everest region of Nepal. Although the trail that goes through the Chola Pass is strenuous, yet it is more rewarding compared to the classic Everest Base Camp Trek. It is more tranquil, and the best part is that there are much fewer trekkers than the classic Everest Base Camp trek. Unlike the usual EBC trek, this trek is in a circular loop where there is less backtracking. Moreover, you will get to witness magnificent views of pristine mountains, diverse flora and fauna, tranquil lakes, picturesque villages, and old monasteries. And most importantly, experience the unique rich Sherpa culture and their warm hospitality.
Similarly, this trek takes you on a journey across the wonderful Gokyo Valley. You will not only reach Everest Base Camp, but you will also climb over the Cho La Pass, enjoy the crystal blue lakes of Gokyo Valley. The trail follows through the deep forest of rhododendrons, juniper, fir, pines, past waterfalls, and several Sherpa villages. Thus, cross over Cho La pass (5420m), one of the three high passés, along with the prominent viewpoints. Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and the Everest Base Camp with stunning views of the mountain ranges. Everest Base Camp via Gokyo is graded as a difficult and challenging trek suitable only for seasoned trekkers who love to accept the challenge.
• Explore Lukla & Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest.
• Also, observe Sherpa culture and village lifestyle in the heart of the Himalayas.
• Everest panoramic mountain view from Syangboche, Gokyo Ri, and Kalapatthar.
• Spectacular view of mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, from Kalapatthar.
• Khumbu Glacier, the home of Mount Everest Base Camp and the icefalls.
• Visit the highest mountain base camp in the world at 5364m.
• Cross over Nepal’s largest Ngozumba Glacier near Gokyo.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, you have an option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation
After breakfast, start sightseeing covering Kathmandu Durbar Square and the Swambhunath Stupa. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu Durbar Square showcases Nepalese art and architecture at its best. The architecture is of typical Malla dynasty that ruled over Nepal from the 12th to 18th century. After the visit, we will have a short briefing regarding the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Lukla-Trek to Phakding(2610m/3hrs)
After breakfast transfer, to the domestic airport to board a flight to Lukla (2810m). The flight to Lukla would be one of the scenic lifetime experiences. We start our trek from Lukla, passing through the beautiful village of Chaurikharka, and reach Phakding (2652m) in 3 hours. The trail to Phakding lets you discover the green landscape with a scenic view of Kusum Kangaru mountain. Overnight 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 the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail further passes through suspension bridges, Dudh Kosi river (milky river), green landscape with a view of Kusum Kanguru mountain passing along Bengkar (2630m)Monjo(2835), Jorsalle and then to Chautara. From Chautara, we can catch our first glimpse of Mt. Everest. From here, it is a steep climb to reach Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazar is one of the trading points for the Sherpa people. It is also an ideal market for visitors to purchase traditional crafts. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Acclimatization Day(trek to Syangboche for Everest view)
We reserve this day as an acclimatization day. However, it is not a good idea to stay at the lodge for the entire day. It is best to gain altitude to acclimatize ourselves. There are several options for how you wish to spend the day. We can suggest you for a short hike up to Everest View Hotel past Syangboche airstrip for panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and others. Also, there is the option to hike to the village of Khumjung and learn more about the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the Sherpa people. Then later in the afternoon, return to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 6: Namche Bazzar - Dole(4,130 m/6-7hrs)
Today we climb up to the hilltop just above Namche Bazaar and then follow the path until Sansa. From Sansa, the trail bifurcates the trail to the right goes to the Everest Base Camp but, we will take the left one that goes to the Gokyo valley. It is a gradual uphill walk until Mongla hilltop, which provides outstanding views of Thamserku, Kangtega, and Ama Dablam on the way. We can frequently spot wild lives like pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer along the way. After crossing through forests, waterfalls, we descend to Phortse(3680). From Phortse, the trailheads to the left into the forest and climb, steadily around the side of the valley, until we reach Dole. Overnight in Dole.
Day 7: Dole – Machhermo (4,470m/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 continue to Luza via Lhabarma. The path is steep uphill in most places as we pass through thorny bushes up to Lhabarma. The trail passes across many summer settlements and the charming hamlet of Luza (4360m). Walking along the hill side above thundering Dudh Koshi, passing through some small hamlets and sandy spurs, we reach Machhermo. Machhermo is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. The beautiful streams, flowing down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche mountains, runs through the village and meet the Dudh Koshi river. Overnight in Machhermo.
Day 8: Machherma - Gokyo(4790m/4 hrs)
Today, we climb along a ridge from where we can have a spectacular view of the valley below with views of Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and the 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 Gokyo. We follow the valley, past the first lake, known as Longpongo (4690m), where we get a chance to observe the footprints of a lama on a stone. We pass the second lake and reach the third Lake. A surging stream in Gokyo valley links the two lakes. Gokyo village is situated by the end of the third lake with Cho Oyu Mountain looming in the backdrop sets an amazing spectacular view. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 9: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization(Optional hike to 5th & 6th Lake of Gokyo)
Today is for rest and acclimatization. Depending on the interest and the situation, we will take the opportunity to explore the 4th and 5th Lakes. The fourth lake is situated about 3kms to the north of Gokyo with high cliffs and peaks rising above it. Then the trail continues to the fifth lake. Climb on to the hilltop at the edge of the lake to get astonishing views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu. The northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and the Ngozumpa glacier. Passing along the 5th lake, we reach Cho Oyu Base Camp(5200m). Spend some time enjoying the spectacular mountain view and return to Gokyo. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 10: Trek to Gokyo Ri (5357 m)-Thangnak Kharka(4750m/6-7hrs)
Early morning, we hike up to the Gokyo Ri (5360). Climbing Gokyo Ri is obviously strenuous as it is steeply uphill and takes about 3 hours to reach the top. The view of the Gokyo village on the edge of the third lake is amazing. Spend some time observing the beautiful mountain views and then retrace back to Gokyo for breakfast. After breakfast, continues our trek to Thangnak Kharka. The last village before crossing the Cho La pass. Overnight in Thangnak Kharka.
Day 11: Thangnak - Cho-la Pass(5420 m) - Dzongla(4830m/7-8hrs)
Cho La Pass is also another highlight of this trip. Today is the toughest day, and we have to start early at 4 am. The pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We have to be more cautious as the trail is vertical, and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers, making the trail slippery. The trail from Cho La Phedi is an uphill climb through a ravine and rocky trail. 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 to the East and Baruntse rise sharply to our left. After crossing the pass, the trail goes through the side of a frozen lake and some crevasses to Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.
Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche(4940m/4 hrs)
Today it is a short and relatively easy trek. We cross over a bridge and walk along a grassy trail enjoying the view of Lobuche, Amadablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega all along the way. We arrive at Lobuche for lunch after lunch, the rest of the afternoon is free to rest or explore around. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 13: Lobuche(4940m) - Gorakshep(5140m) & Everest Base Camp (5364m m): 6-7 hrs
The trail to Gorakshep goes through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, with the view of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. It takes about 3hrs, and we arrive at Gorekshep (5140) for lunch. After a short rest, we head towards the Everest Base Camp, the ultimate destination of this trek. The major mountains that can be seen from Everest Base Camp are Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori. After spending some time at the base camp, we return to Gorakshep. Overnight in Gorakshep.
Day 14: Gorakshep–Kalapatthar(5545m)-Pheriche(4280 m): 8hrs
We shall start early morning before dawn to catch up on the sunrise view from Kalapathar, as there will always be the potential for the chilly wind, which is quite common in this area. We will take several breaks to catch our breath and capture the outstanding views. After 2-3 hrs of the walk, we finally reach Kalapatthar and ascend to the summit marked by prayer flags. Observe the spectacular sunrise and the best panoramic views of the Everest, Nuptse, and the entire Everest range. After enjoying the breath-taking views, trek back to Gorakshep for breakfast and then descend to Pheriche (4210m) via Lobuche and Thukla. Overnight in Pheriche.
Day 15: Pheriche – Pangboche(39985m) - Tengboche(3860m)5 - 6 hrs
Today the hike is mostly downhill, the trail passes through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Orsho and Shomare, and we will arrive at Pangboche. From Pangboche, we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and hike uphill through the forest to Dingboche(3820m). We continue further, downhill across rhododendron and juniper forest to Tengboche. Along the way, we might get the opportunity to sight some wild lives, including mountain goats, colorful pheasants, etc. In Tengboche, visit the Tengboche monastery. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 16: Tengboche - Namche Bazzar (3,440m/6 hrs)
The trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches down to the Phunke Tenga (3250m), which takes us about an hour and a half. Then it is a steep uphill climb to reach Sansa and Kyangjuma (3550m). We will probably have lunch at Kyangjuma, and after lunch, we continue our trek to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 17: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2860m/6-7 hrs)
Today the trail descends steeply downhill, crossing the suspension bridge over the fast-flowing Dudh Koshi river. Crossing over the highest Bridge, past Dovan, Jorsalle(2740), Monjo(2835m), Benker and reach Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu
We shall take the first hour morning flight to Kathmandu. On arrival, transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free to rest and relax or pursue your own interest. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 19: In Kathmandu
After breakfast, we will visit Pashupatinath Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in Nepal. After the visit, we continue our drive to Bhaktapur, an ancient medieval city with artistically crafted palaces. This former royal palace complex offers the elegant 15th century Palace of 55 windows, artistic courtyards, the Golden gate, Dattatreya Square, the National art Gallery, Bhairab Nath temple, Nayatapola temple are some of the major attractions of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 20: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight homewards.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Half day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local city guide as per itinerary.
- Accommodation in listed or similar(3-4*) hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges/tea house during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu with one welcome/farewell dinner, all meals including during the trek.
- Experienced English speaking trekking guide along with porter(one porter for every two member) during the trek.
- Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
- Round trip domestic flight to and from Lukla.
- All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ Everest National Park permit)
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance(covering rescue and evacuation recommended).
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like early return from the trek.
- All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.
10th November, 2015
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7th October, 2015
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12th August, 2015
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27th December, 2019
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