Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek – 15 days

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek – 15 days

Start Point

Kathmandu

End Point

Kathmandu

Duration

14N/15D

Grade

Hard

Max Altitude

5600 meters

Meals

B+L+D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

No. of Person

Min. 02 Pax

Highlights

  • Experience the Exhilaration of Trekking to Everest Base Camp: Embark on a life-changing adventure to the foot of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest! This trek promises breathtaking scenery, cultural immersion, and personal challenges that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
  • Trek Up to 5,545m: Your journey will take you through spectacular landscapes, including lush valleys, towering peaks, and glaciers. You’ll trek along well-maintained trails, crossing suspension bridges and navigating rocky terrain. The highest point you’ll reach is 5,545 meters at Everest Base Camp, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Trek Through the Heart of Sherpa Country: Immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of the Sherpa people. They have inhabited the Everest region for generations and are known for their warmth, hospitality, and resilience. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about their way of life, visit their villages, and interact with local families.
  • Informative Guides to Uncover History and Mysticism: Your trek will be led by experienced and knowledgeable Sherpa guides. They will not only help you navigate the terrain safely, but also share their deep understanding of the region’s history, culture, and spiritual significance. They will unveil the stories behind ancient monasteries, mystical sights, and sacred places, adding another dimension to your experience.
  • Breathtaking Views of the Everest Region: Throughout your trek, you’ll be surrounded by unforgettable scenery. Witness the majestic peaks of the Himalayas, including Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Hike through rhododendron forests, gaze at glacial lakes, and marvel at the diverse flora and fauna.
  • Get to Know the Gentle Spirit of the Sherpa People: The Sherpa people are renowned for their generosity, kindness, and hospitality. They will welcome you into their communities and share their unique culture with you. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about their traditional clothing, food, language, and customs.

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek Overview

The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek is a great option for those who want to see stunning views of the Himalayas and experience Sherpa culture.

The trek starts in Lukla and winds its way through the Khumbu Valley to Gokyo Village, which is surrounded by three beautiful lakes. From Gokyo, you can hike to Gokyo Ri, which offers panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and many other peaks. You will then cross the Chola Pass, which is a high altitude pass that offers stunning views of the Himalayas. From the Chola Pass, you will descend to Gorakshep, which is the last village before Everest Base Camp. The next day, you will hike to Everest Base Camp, which is the closest you can get to Mount Everest without actually climbing it.

The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek is a challenging trek, but it is also a very rewarding one. You will get to see some of the most amazing scenery in the world and experience Sherpa culture firsthand. If you are looking for a challenging but rewarding trekking experience, the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek is a great option.

Here are some of the other popular trekking trails in the Everest region:

Everest View Trek: This trek offers stunning views of Mount Everest without having to go all the way to Base Camp.

3 High Passes Trek: This challenging trek passes through three high passes, including the Kongma La Pass, which is over 5,500 meters high.

Gokyo Lake Trek: This trek offers Gokyo Ri Himalaya, Gokyo Valley with a visit to the beautiful Gokyo Lakes.

Tyangboche Trek: This trek takes you to the Tengboche Monastery, one of the most important monasteries in the Khumbu region.

Everest Base Camp Trek: This is the classic Everest Base Camp Trek, following the same route that has been used by trekkers for decades.

Namche Bazaar Trek: This trek takes you to the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, which is the gateway to the Everest region.

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek: This trek is a longer and more challenging alternative to the standard Everest Base Camp Trek. It starts in the town of Jiri and follows a less-traveled route to Base Camp.

Detail Itinerary

Our representative will greet you warmly at Kathmandu International Airport and ensure your smooth transfer to your pre-booked hotel. After you have settled in, our experienced tour officer will meet you for a comprehensive briefing about your upcoming Trip.

Morning: Cultural Tour
1. Pashupatinath Temple
Early Visit: Start your day early by visiting Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Witness the morning rituals and observe the spiritual ambiance along the Bagmati River.
5. Boudhanath Stupa
Visit Boudhanath: Drive to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in Nepal and a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists.

Circumambulation: Join the locals in the traditional circumambulation (kora) around the stupa, spinning prayer wheels and soaking in the serene atmosphere.
4. Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Drive to Swayambhunath: Travel to Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, which offers panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley.

Explore the Stupa: Climb the steps to the stupa and take in the cultural and religious significance of this ancient site.
2. Patan Durbar Square
Travel to Patan: Head to Patan, an ancient city known for its well-preserved architecture and rich cultural heritage.

Explore Durbar Square: Wander through Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at the intricately carved temples, palaces, and courtyards.

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake adventure begins with a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This scenic flight offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including your first glimpse of Mount Everest.

Located at an altitude of 2,860 meters (9,383 feet), Lukla is known as the “Gateway to Everest.”
The airport has a short runway with challenging landing and takeoff conditions, making it an exciting experience for many travelers.
Upon arrival, you will be met by your trekking guide and porters who will assist you with your luggage.
Trekking to Phakding:

The trek from Lukla to Phakding is approximately 7.9 kilometers (4.9 miles) and takes about 3-4 hours.
The trail winds through beautiful rhododendron forests, offering stunning views of the Dudh Kosi River and the surrounding mountains.
Along the way, you will encounter traditional Sherpa villages, yak caravans, and suspension bridges.
Phakding is a small village at an altitude of 2,610 meters (8,563 feet) and serves as the first stop for most trekkers on the Everest Base Camp route.

Morning:

After a hearty breakfast at your teahouse in Phakding, you’ll embark on the trek to Namche Bazaar. This day’s journey offers a variety of stunning landscapes, from lush forests and cascading waterfalls to dramatic gorges and awe-inspiring mountain views.

Highlights of the trek include:

Hillary Suspension Bridge: Spanning the Dudh Kosi River, this bridge offers thrilling views of the valley below.
Monastery at Tengboche: Perched on a hilltop, this Buddhist monastery provides a peaceful haven and breathtaking panoramas of the Himalayas.
Everest View Point: This vantage point offers a glimpse of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and other iconic peaks.

Namche Bazaar:

By afternoon, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar, a bustling Sherpa village and the gateway to the Everest region.
The vibrant streets are lined with shops, restaurants, and teahouses, offering a unique cultural experience.
At an altitude of 3,440 meters (11,286 feet), Namche is an ideal location to spend a few days for acclimatization.

Day 3 of your Everest Base Camp trek focuses on rest and acclimatization. After two days of trekking to higher altitudes, it’s crucial to allow your body time to adjust and prepare for the more challenging sections ahead.

Acclimatization is essential for preventing altitude sickness. By taking a rest day in Namche Bazaar, you will:

Allow your body to produce more red blood cells, which carry oxygen to your muscles and tissues.
Give your internal organs time to adapt to the lower oxygen levels.
Help your body regulate its fluid balance and prevent dehydration.
Here’s how you can spend your acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar:

Morning:

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your teahouse.
Stroll through the bustling streets of Namche Bazaar. Browse the shops selling souvenirs, trekking gear, and local handicrafts.
Visit the Sagarmatha National Park Museum. Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the Everest region and gain insight into Sherpa culture.
Afternoon:

Embark on a short hike to Everest View Hotel. This scenic walk offers panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse.
Explore the Khumjung Monastery. This ancient Buddhist monastery houses a collection of religious artifacts and offers stunning views of the valley.
Relax in a teahouse. Enjoy a cup of hot tea or coffee while soaking in the mountain scenery.

After a restful day in Namche, your Everest Base Camp trek continues with a scenic journey to Dole. This day’s trek offers stunning views of the Himalayas, diverse landscapes, and a glimpse into the Sherpa culture.

Highlights of the trek include:

Ascending through rhododendron forests: Witness vibrant blooms and lush greenery lining the trail.
Crossing Dudh Kosi River: The cascading water and scenic bridge provide a picturesque backdrop.
Sherpa villages: Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting traditional villages like Tengboche and Khumjung.
Magnificent Himalayan vistas: Enjoy panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other iconic peaks.

Dole:

Nestled at an altitude of 4,240 meters (13,911 feet), Dole offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas and a peaceful atmosphere.

Morning: Breakfast in Dole
Start Early: Begin your day with a hearty breakfast in Dole, ensuring you have the energy for the day’s trek.
Mid-morning to Early Afternoon: Trek to Gokyo Valley
Depart from Dole: Embark on your trek from Dole. The trail winds through rhododendron forests, offering glimpses of the surrounding peaks.

Scenic Views: As you ascend, enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains, including Cho Oyu and other neighboring peaks.

Lunch Break: Take a break for lunch at a suitable spot along the trail, enjoying the natural surroundings.

Gokyo Valley Entrance: Continue your trek towards Gokyo Valley, passing through scenic landscapes and crossing suspension bridges over glacial rivers.

You’ll start your day with a challenging ascent to Gokyo Ri, followed by a scenic descent to the charming village of Thagnak.

Summiting Gokyo Ri:

Enjoy a pre-dawn breakfast and embark on an early morning hike to Gokyo Ri.
The challenging ascent rewards you with breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views.
Witness Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and other iconic peaks in all their glory.
Capture stunning photos of the sunrise painting the Himalayas in vibrant hues.

You’ll embark on the thrilling journey across Cho La Pass, offering breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment.

Highlights of the trek:

Ascending Cho La Pass: Navigate through rocky terrain and glacial moraine, reaching an elevation of 5,420 meters (17,782 feet).
Panoramic Views: Witness stunning vistas of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu.
Diverse Landscapes: Cross Cho La Pass and descend to Lobuche, experiencing dramatic changes in scenery.
Yak Caravans: Encounter traditional yak caravans transporting goods through the mountains.

Lobuche:

Situated at an altitude of 4,910 meters (16,108 feet), Lobuche offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.

Day 10 of your Everest Base Camp trek is a culmination of your entire journey. Reaching Everest Base Camp is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the breathtaking views and sense of accomplishment will stay with you forever. As you return to Gorak Shep and celebrate your achievement, you’ll carry with you memories that will last a lifetime.

Day 11 of your Everest Base Camp trek begins with a pre-dawn hike to Kala Patthar, offering breathtaking sunrise views of Mount Everest. You’ll then descend to Pheriche, marking the final major leg of your incredible journey.

Highlights of the trek:

Ascending Kala Patthar: Hike before dawn to witness the magical sunrise painting Mount Everest in golden hues.
Panoramic Views: Enjoy unparalleled 360-degree vistas of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, and the surrounding Himalayas.
Lasting Memories: Capture stunning photos of the sunrise and the majestic mountain range.
Peaceful Descent: Enjoy a scenic descent to Pheriche, reflecting on your journey and appreciating the changing landscapes.

Following your incredible journey to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, Day 10 of your trek offers a gradual descent from Lobuche to Namche Bazaar. This day allows you to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Himalayas and unwind after the challenging ascents.

Highlights of the trek:

Descent through rhododendron forests: Immerse yourself in lush vegetation and vibrant blooms as you walk down.
Crossing Dudh Kosi River: Enjoy the beauty of the cascading river and the surrounding valley.
Panoramic views: Witness breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse.
Gentle slopes: Appreciate the easier terrain and enjoy the fresh mountain air.

Reaching Namche Bazaar:

Arrive in Namche Bazaar by afternoon and settle into your familiar teahouse.

Morning: Breakfast in Namche Bazaar
Breakfast: Start your day with a good breakfast in Namche Bazaar.
Mid-morning to Early Afternoon: Trek to Phakding
Descend from Namche: Begin your trek downhill from Namche Bazaar, following the trail that leads you through the beautiful landscapes.

Enjoy the Views: As you descend, enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and the Dudh Koshi River.

Lunch Break: Take a break for lunch at a suitable spot along the trail.

Continue to Phakding: Resume your trek and make your way to Phakding. The descent is gradual, allowing for a comfortable walk.

Afternoon: Trek to Lukla
Continue Descent: After reaching Phakding, continue your descent towards Lukla. The trail passes through quaint villages, forests, and suspension bridges.

Arrival in Lukla: Reach Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region, and check into your lodge or teahouse.

After a remarkable journey through the Everest region, your adventure concludes with a flight back to Kathmandu. Today, you’ll follow the flight schedule and experience the thrill of landing at Lukla Airport, known for its short runway and challenging approach.

Flight Back to Kathmandu:

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas during your scenic flight.
Reflect on the incredible experiences and accomplishments of your Everest Base Camp trek.
Capture last memories of the snow-capped peaks and the rugged terrain.

Arrival in Kathmandu:

Upon landing in Kathmandu, you’ll be greeted and transferred to your pre-booked hotel.
Check-in and enjoy the comfort and amenities of your hotel room.
Take some time to rest and relax after your physically demanding trek.

Free Time and Relaxation:

Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
You can explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, visit historical sites, or indulge in delicious Nepali cuisine.
Pamper yourself with a traditional Ayurvedic massage or spa treatment.
Browse through souvenir shops and find unique mementos of your Nepal adventure.

Today marks the final chapter of your Nepal adventure. We will meet you at your hotel in Kathmandu and ensure a smooth transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport.

FAQS

The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek is a popular trekking route in the Everest region of Nepal, renowned for its stunning views of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest, and its pristine glacial lakes.

The trek typically takes around 12-16 days, depending on the specific itinerary and pace of the trekker. This duration includes acclimatization days to adjust to the high altitude.

The best time for the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek is during the pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (late September to November) seasons when the weather is generally clear, and the views are spectacular.

The trek is considered moderately difficult. It involves walking long hours on rugged terrain and ascending to high altitudes. Proper physical fitness and acclimatization are essential.

While prior trekking experience is not mandatory, it is recommended that trekkers have some level of fitness and hiking experience. Beginners can still undertake the trek with proper preparation and guidance from experienced guides.

Trekkers need to obtain two permits: the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. These permits can be obtained through registered trekking agencies or directly from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.

Accommodation along the trail consists of tea houses or lodges offering basic amenities such as a bed, blankets, and meals. The facilities may vary from basic to relatively comfortable depending on the altitude and remoteness of the location.

Altitude sickness is a common concern during high-altitude treks. It’s crucial to acclimatize properly by ascending gradually, staying hydrated, and recognizing the symptoms of altitude sickness. If symptoms persist or worsen, descending to lower altitudes is necessary.

Essential items include trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a down jacket, a sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, a first aid kit, water purification tablets, and a headlamp. Packing light is key as porters or yaks carry the luggage.

Yes, it’s possible to combine both treks into one itinerary, offering trekkers the opportunity to explore two distinct but equally stunning regions of the Everest area. This combined trek typically takes around 16-20 days and offers a diverse range of landscapes and experiences.

Cost Details

  • What is Included
  • Airport Transfers - Car/Van/Bus/Jeep
  • Accommodation on B/B basis in Kathmandu
  • All entrance Fees of Temple, Monastery, Museum, Durbar Square, Monuments and cultural program at evening.
  • Arrangements and transportation expenses during the tour/trekking
  • Arrangements and fees for trekking permits and national parks
  • Arrangements and expenses for local Tour Guide/Trekking Guide
  • Insurance, Lodging and Meals for Trekking Guide
  • Arrangements of TIMS(Trekking information management system)Card.
  • What is Excluded
  • Any unexpected costs that occur due to:
  • Weather, Trail, Road Blockage, River conditions,
  • Due to circumstances such as:
  • Sickness, Government action, flight delays,
  • Insurance and Emergency Rescue.
  • Major changes in the itinerary
  • Personal and free-time expenses
  • Cold drinks or alcohol
  • Extra hotel expenses
  • Laundry
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visas to Nepal
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    Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake

    Here’s a collection of useful information to help you plan your Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek:

    Best Time to Trek:

    March-May: Spring season offers pleasant weather, clear skies, and blooming rhododendrons.

    September-November: Autumn season boasts clear skies, comfortable temperatures, and stunning mountain views.

    Avoid monsoon season (June-August) due to heavy rainfall and potential landslides.

    Permits and Documentation:

    Sagarmatha National Park Permit: Required for entering the park. You can obtain it from the National Park office in Kathmandu or Monjo.

    TIMS Card: Required for all trekkers entering Nepal. You can obtain it from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu.

    Passport and Visa: Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your travel dates and obtain a Nepal visa beforehand.

    Fitness Level:

    The trek is physically demanding due to the high altitude and challenging terrain.

    Regular exercise is essential for preparing your body for the trek.

    Consider training hikes to improve your endurance and acclimatization.

    Gear and Equipment:

    Hiking boots: Sturdy and waterproof boots are essential for the trek.

    Warm clothing: Pack layers to adjust to changing weather conditions.

    Rain gear: A waterproof jacket and pants are essential for monsoon season.

    Sleeping bag: Suitable for cold temperatures, especially at higher altitudes.

    Trekking poles: Provide support and stability on the trails.

    First-aid kit: Be prepared for minor injuries and ailments.

    Sunscreen and sunglasses: Protect yourself from the strong sun at high altitude.

    Accommodation:

    Tea houses are available throughout the trek route offering basic but comfortable accommodation and meals.

    Prices vary depending on the location and facilities offered.

    Booking in advance is recommended during peak season.

    Transportation:

    Domestic flights connect Kathmandu to Lukla, the starting point of the trek.

    Helicopter services are available for those seeking a faster or more luxurious option.

    Porters can be hired to carry your luggage, especially helpful for longer treks.

    Food and Water:

    Tea houses offer a variety of Nepali and Western dishes.

    Purify or boil all drinking water to avoid altitude sickness.

    Carry snacks and energy bars for the trek.

    Acclimatization:

    Crucial to prevent altitude sickness.

    Take your time ascending and allow your body to adjust to the higher altitude.

    Stay hydrated, eat well, and avoid strenuous activity during acclimatization days.

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