Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes

Trip Duration

15 days

Trip Grade

Relatively Hard

Highest Altitude

5545m

Accommodation

Tea House Lodges

Transportation

Flight/Private/Shared Transportation

Group Size

1-20 max

Best Season

Spring (March-May), Autumn(October-December)

Trip Highlights

  • Fly to the highest airport in the world at Lukla and begin your custom-tailored Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek with stunning views of peaks over 8000m.
  • Explore Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa Capital
  • Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), rare flora and fauna, and hidden Gokyo Valley
  • Visit high suspension bridges, prayer wheels, colorful flags, and mani stones and learn of the fascinating cultural history of this region.
  • Climb to the spectacular viewpoint of Gokyo Ri (5357m) and take in the secluded Gokyo Lake with Cho La Pass ahead.
  • Visiting the amazing Everest Base Camp.

Overview

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes takes place in the Khumbu region, providing you a chance to look into nature’s most well-kept secrets – including Gokyo Lakes, Cho La Pass, Gokyo Ri Viewpoint, and Khumbu Icefall. You will also get to experience some of the world’s highest mountains – Everest (8848m), Pumori (7868m), Lhotse (8516m) Cho You (5850m), and Nuptse(7364m). Amidst all this, you will be able to witness some of the highland flora, fauna, and human settlements.

From Gokyo Ri the trail continues to cross moraine and glacier debris, passing through numerous small villages situated above enormous cliffs. The trail often lies on a stone pathway, rather than on a trail that may be stepped upon bypassing trekkers, which often leads to snow melting from the surrounding mountains. This encourages waterfalls to plunge off the rocks and down into the valley below. Many notable peaks and passes are visible from the pass including Cho Oyu, Lata Pokhari, Kongde Ri, Cholatse, and Ama Dablam dominating the far eastern horizon.

For those who just like to do Everest Base Camp Trek then we do have only the Everest Base Camp Trek package that can be completed within 12 days

The benefit of Doing the Everest Base Camp Trek Via Gokyo Lakes with us

  • Free Airport transportation on arrival and while on departure day
  • Assist From Kathmandu throughout the Everest Trek by our agency staff
  • Emergency Helicopter rescue or Medical assistance
  • Security
  • Souvenir: Trekking route map
  • Taking care of the Food/water you take
  • Guaranteed Departures on your chosen dates even if the number of hikers is only 1 or if its offseason

Best Time to do Everest Base Camp Trek Via Gokyo Lakes

Nepal has the most unpredictable and extreme weather. So on these kinds of Weather and Temperature variations, People usually choose the best time to do the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes.

The best time to do this trek would be around Spring and Autumn seasons. At this time the weather, temperature, and scenery support the Trekkers. So the best time to do the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes will be:

First Season: Spring (March-May)

Second Season: Autumn (October-November)

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes Trek Difficulty

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes is a difficult trek but if you have the necessary skills and experience (4-5 days) it is an excellent vacation for you. This trek involves long and steep climbs in subzero weather, which adds to its difficulty.

It is also possible to camp at Gokyo Lakes where tourists can enjoy a full day of Himalayas watching and relaxing in a serene setting with only a Fewer people visiting the site each year.

Food and Accommodation Standards while on Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes

We offer standard accommodation options for the duration of your stay at Everest Base Camp. These cater to the individual schedule, with advanced booking required to benefit from these facilities.

Accommodation and Food: Accommodation in Everest Base Camp Trek is available in Gokyo Lakes, which has one lodge with a capacity of around 30 people. We will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, as well as tea and coffee from your lodge’s kitchen.

If you have dietary restrictions, we recommend asking specific questions with your guide when booking to ensure that you can receive the meals necessary for your correct health.

Transportation during Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes

During Peak season there is no direct flight to Lukla from Kathmandu, so you will need to first travel to Ramechhap, Manthali Airport which is 120 km away from Kathmandu. The travel time from Kathmandu to Ramechhap is around 4 hours. Departure time to Ramechhap Airport is at around 1.30 am in the Morning.

As soon as you reach Ramechhap Manthali you will take you boarding pass to Lukla and then take a 15 minutes flight to the Lukla airport which is located at the 2800m.

Returning to Kathmandu is similar as mentioned above.

The Magnificant Chola Pass

Cho La Pass (5,420 meters) is a famous tall mountain pass that bridges Everest Base Camp and the Gokyo Valley. Interminably cloaked in ice and icy masses, this pass stands as a covered up diamond in the Khumbu locale, celebrated for its emotional scenes and breathtaking mountain vistas.

As a noticeable highlight of the EBC journey with Gokyo, Cho La Pass draws both local people and travelers from a remote place. It’s especially well-known among climbers of the Three Passes Journey, who as often as possible navigate this course on their travel to Gokyo and Everest Base Camp. Furthermore, trekkers frequently cross Cho La Pass when heading towards Dzongla, roosted on the edge between Cho La and Lobuche.

The pass serves as a crucial connect between the towns of Dzongla to the east and Thagnak to the west. The journey over Cho La Pass is requesting, requiring trekkers to explore frigid moraines and rough rocks. Be that as it may, the compensate is gigantic: an awe-inspiring scene of Gokyo Valley, Makalu, and Lhotse.

For those looking for an uncommon enterprise, the EBC journey and Cho La Pass offer an exceptional involvement. The travel to Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lake, combined with the challenge of Cho La Pass, guarantees a journey filled with both magnificence and invigoration.

Everest Base Camp Trek via gokyo lakes costs

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes cost ranges from 1600-3200USD. The costs depends upon the services you take, and the number of days.

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes cost breakdown with other Everest Package is listed below:

  • Everest Base Camp Via Gokyo Lakes: 1700USD per person. Free 1 porter if the number of pax is at least 2.
  • Everest Base Camp Trek costs: 1500USD. Free 1 porter if the number of pax is at least 2.
  • Everest Base Camp with 3 passes trek costs: 2200USD. Free 1 porter if the number of pax is at least 2.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day1: Kathmandu Arrival
  • Day 2 : Flight from Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft). Trek to Phakding ( 2650m / 8562ft)
  • Day 3 : Trek from Phakding (2,650m /8,562ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)
  • Day 4 : Rest day and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
  • Day 5 : Trek from Namche (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Dole (4,200m / 13,270ft)
  • Day 6 : Trek from Dole (4,200m / 13,270ft) to Machhermo (4,470m / 14,450ft)
  • Day 7 : Trek from Machhermo (4,470m / 14,450ft) to Gokyo (4,790m / 15,584ft)
  • Day 8 : Rest day to acclimatize at Gokyo. Gokyo Ri viewpoint (5,400m / 17,814ft )
  • Day 9 : Trek from Gokyo (4,790m / 15,584ft) to Thangnak (4,700m / 15,400ft)
  • Day 10 : Trek from Thangnak (4,700m / 15,400ft) to Dzongla (4,855m / 15,930ft) via Cho La Pass (5420m / 17,783ft)
  • Day 11 : Trek from Dzongla (4,855m / 15,930ft) to Lobuche (4,910m / 16,175ft)
  • Day 12 : Trek from Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m / 17,598ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5,185m / 17,010ft)
  • Day 13 : Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555m / 18,208ft) viewpoint, trek to Gorak Shep and then to Pheriche (4,250m / 13,945ft)
  • Day 14 : Trek from Pheriche(4,250m / 13,945ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)
  • Day 15 : Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)
  • Day 16 : Fly back to Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

Detailed Itinerary

Day1: Kathmandu Arrival

You will be greeted upon arrival at TIA( Kathmandu Airport), and then transferred to the Hotel. Evening meeting and briefing about the next day’s trip together with your trek guide.

Day 2 : Flight from Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft). Trek to Phakding ( 2650m / 8562ft)

Morning 1st flight at about 5 am departure from hotel in Kathmandu. 6 am flight. 35 minutes to reach Lukla Airport and then we will hike towards Phakding Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 : Trek from Phakding (2,650m /8,562ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

After Early Morning Breakfast, we will start our trip to Namche. It is a historic village very beautiful. We will cross the famous suspension bridge today ( Hillary Suspension Bridge) Hike time: 5-6 hours Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4 : Rest day and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Today is rest and sightseeing day around Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar hosts numerous cafes, restaurants, and hotels connected with wifi, souvenirs, and gear shops. There are several other things to do today – such as visiting Sagarmatha National Park Visitor Center, traditional Sherpa settlements, Hillary School, yak farms, and Buddhist monasteries. Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5 : Trek from Namche (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Dole (4,200m / 13,270ft)

The path to Dole is rocky and has many ups and downs. After about two hours of trek, we will reach Mong La Pass(3957m / 12982ft). Hiking timing would be about 4-5 hours today Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 6 : Trek from Dole (4,200m / 13,270ft) to Machhermo (4,470m / 14,450ft)

We will climb higher, which takes us to beautiful meadows that serve as yak pastures, and alongside, you will see several shrines and prayer flags. During the summer months, these pastures are green, and you can see yaks grazing. But, during winter, the area is barren, and even the locals move down to avoid harsh winter. Hiking time: 4-5 hours Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 7 : Trek from Machhermo (4,470m / 14,450ft) to Gokyo (4,790m / 15,584ft)

Today will be the Gokyo Lakes sightseeing day. After an hour hike, we will be crossing the elevated grazing lands and reach Phanga. In this region, you can see the memorials of people who lost their lives during the landslides. As our journey elevates, the paths become narrower, and you will reach the outlet of the first Gokyo Lake, which also happens to be the smallest among the five major Gokyo lakes. The Gokyo village itself lies a short walk ahead from the third Gokyo lake, and it is one of the highest settlements in Nepal. In the middle of the Gokyo Valley, you will be able to see an uphill, which is the famous Gokyo Ri viewpoint.

Day 8 : Rest day to acclimatize at Gokyo. Gokyo Ri viewpoint (5,400m / 17,814ft )

Today is scheduled for acclimatization day at Gokyo, and this day, we will explore the Gokyo valley. However, we’ll not miss stepping at the famous viewpoint of Gokyo RI (5,430m/17,519ft). From here, you can see four among the six highest mountains of the world – Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,485m), and Cho Oyu (8,188m). We will also be visiting other Gokyo lakes.

Day 9 : Trek from Gokyo (4,790m / 15,584ft) to Thangnak (4,700m / 15,400ft)

After acclimatizing for a day at Gokyo village, we continue our trek, and the destination for this day is Thangnak. On our way, we will be passing Ngozumpa Glacier. The path itself is full of ups and downs, but it is a shorter trek and you will not be gaining any height. Thangnak village sits by the side of Ngozumpa Glacier in a serene setting and lies in a perfect place helping trekkers to reach Cho-La high pass (5,330m).

Day 10 : Trek from Thangnak (4,700m / 15,400ft) to Dzongla (4,855m / 15,930ft) via Cho La Pass (5420m / 17,783ft)

After spending the night at Thangnak, we will be hiking over the rocky trails and the glacial moraines to the top of the Cho La Pass in the very early morning. After a couple of hours of trek, we will step on the top of Cho La Pass, which will reward us with the magnificent views of Cho La Lake and Mt. Cholatse (6,440m). As we head downhill, the trail becomes icy and slippery. The scenes you get to enjoy from this trek are very pleasant. We will reach our destination for that day – Dzongla – after trekking for about seven hours. It is quite a long trek.

Day 11 : Trek from Dzongla (4,855m / 15,930ft) to Lobuche (4,910m / 16,175ft)

Early in the morning we will leave Dzongla, following the moraine, and descend along with Chola Lake. Then we follow the Khumbu Glacier. On our way, we can see the memorial statues of the climbers, who passed away in this region. Unlike the previous day, the hike to Lobuche should be pleasurable, and before reaching Lobuche, we will be following Imja Khola. And sure enough, we will reach our destination for that day – Lobuche – after trekking for about four hours. By reaching Lobuche, we have rejoined the classic Everest Base Camp trek trail.

Day 12 : Trek from Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m / 17,598ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5,185m / 17,010ft)

This will be a remarkable day for you, as this day you will be reaching the Everest Base Camp itself. However, the journey will start at Lobuche and elevate significantly as we approach Gorak Shep. Once we reach Gorak Shep, we will leave our belongings there and head up to the Everest Base Camp. Once you reach Everest Base Camp (EBC), you will feel a sense of achievement – like the fruition of your efforts. Reaching EBC requires consistent physical effort and lots of determination, so in a way, the journey to EBC will transform you into a better person. The views from EBC are incredible, and you will get a chance to enjoy the views of Khumbu Glacier. We suggest you click as many pictures as you can as they will serve you as a memento for the rest of your life After enjoying the views from EBC, we will trek down to Gorak Shep and spend our night there but rest assured that another remarkable day will still be awaiting you.

Day 13 : Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555m / 18,208ft) viewpoint, trek to Gorak Shep and then to Pheriche (4,250m / 13,945ft)

We will wake up at Gorak Shep early in the morning and hike to Kala Patthar to catch the dawn breaking on the Everest Mountain. The sights you will be witnessing will be incomparable to anything that you might have ever seen. After spending a while at the Kala Patthar viewpoint we will descend to Gorak Shep for breakfast and then rest for some time. Then we will head to Pheriche – the destination for the day.

Day 14 : Trek from Pheriche(4,250m / 13,945ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

This day we wake up at Pheriche and then head to Namche Bazaar. The trail will be leading us through forests where we might spot wildlife like pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, etc. On the way, you will see numerous prayer flags and chortens, and this day provides you with the last chance to see Mt. Everest. As we trek further, we will reach Namche Bazaar, where we will be spending our night.

Day 15 : Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

Just like, all good things must come to an end. This is your last day on the trekking trails. After breakfast, we will hike down a steep trail, cross the Hillary Suspension Bridge, and pass through several local villages. Most of our trek will take place in Dudh Koshi River Valley and its surroundings. Upon reaching Lukla, we will freshen up at our hotel and relax. It will most probably be your last night in the Khumbu region. You have succeeded against several odds. It is a moment worth celebrating.

Day 16 : Fly back to Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

You will be flying back to Kathmandu in the early morning. The 40-minute flight back to Kathmandu will indeed be a relaxing one. The chances are you will be reflecting on your journey to Everest Base Camp and excited that you will soon be able to meet your loved ones back home.

What is included in Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes

  • Domestic flight (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) tickets and departure taxes
  • Total 15 nights: 1 night 3 star based accommodation in Kathmandu and while on trip tea house lodges based accommodation.
  • All standard meals (15 lunches, 14 dinners, and 15 breakfasts) during the trek
  • Experienced government licensed English speaking
  • Costs of guides or porters, their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight, and necessary equipment
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operations in case of health emergencies (funded by travel insurance)

What is Excluded

  • International flight airfare
  • On-arrival visa fees at at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days – $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, and early return from trekking.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays beyond our control. For example, landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in – What is included in the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes trek package?

Frequently Asked Questions

Best time to do Everest Base Camp via Gokyo lake?
Weather is the determining factor for successful treks to Everest Base Camp. Unfortunately, the weather predictions are not reliable, and weather changes fast at high altitudes. But even then, trekking professionals, thrill-seekers, and locals travel to Everest Base Camp throughout the year. For most of us, the best season is spring or autumn, as at this time the sky is clear and you can get great views of mountain ranges. Trekking becomes challenging during winter because of snow and rainfall during the Monsoon, but still, some trekkers find this exciting. January to February This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. During this period, there is heavy snowfall in the mountain and can result in extremely cold temperatures. If you are allergic to colds, you should not be trekking during these months. However, if you decide to take on the challenge, DWT will conduct safe and secure treks. Temperature: 15°C to -15°C March to April This is one of the best seasons to hike in the Everest Base Camp as the weather is very favorable. You will be able to see stunning views of the Himalayan ranges and their glaciers. From March, the weather starts to warm up, all flora and fauna dormant throughout the winter come back to life. Temperatures start increasing from mid-March, and with clear skies, snow mountains look gorgeous. Temperature: 18 °C to -12 °C May to June It is also a perfect time for trekking – right before the rainy season begins. Nepal starts its rainfall from the end of June till mid-August. The temperature during this season is quite warm, and the trek is more comfortable. Temperature: 25°C to -5°C July to August The rainfall season hits its peak during this period at altitudes below 3500 meters. Due to heavy rainfall, Luka- Kathmandu or Kathmandu – Lukla flights may get canceled, but trekkers still trek to Everest Base Camp in these months. Monsoon rain also provides spectacular views of the waterfall, and there are few trekkers on the trails. The trek is quite challenging but not impossible. If you choose to trek during these months, Discovery world trekking will conduct safe treks. Temperature: 27°C to 5°C September to October It is also one of the perfect seasons for the EBC Trek, and a large number of trekkers visit EBC during these months. The monsoon gradually ends, and with favorable temperature- a perfect trekking climate emerges. During this time, the skies are clear, the mountains shine in their glory, and you will find Nepalis celebrating their most favored festivals. We highly recommend you to trek during this time. Temperature: 20°C to 5°C November to December From November, winter slowly begins, and the trekking regions start to receive snowfall. Nights get colder. However, trekking should not be difficult during November, and many trekkers trek during this time attracted by the clear skies that allow great mountain views. December is quite cold, and the paths are full of snow. Temperature: 18°C to – 10°C Please note that the weather in the Himalayas is very unpredictable, and the temperature changes quickly.
Why Acclimatization needed?
Altitude sickness is common in high altitudes, but there are ways to prevent it. However, serious altitude sickness requires immediate treatment. During this trek, we will be acclimatizing in two places – Namche Bazaar and Gokyo lake. Both of these places are perfect for acclimatization as they offer many venues for exploration. Our trek leaders and guides are well-trained, and they have completed extensive first-aid training. So you are in good hands. Your health and safety are crucial to us, and they are our priority. In case of severe altitude sickness, the only solution is to descend quickly. Your trek leader has the authority to decide whether to trek further or climb back down due to altitude sickness.
Please provide me the Fitness Level, Medical, and Health needed to do Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes
The Everest Base Camp with Goyo lakes trek is a challenging but rewarding trek. Except for acclimatization days, you will be hiking for 5 to 7 hours a day, depending on the destination. However, while on the trails, we will be taking regular breaks for the opportunity to admire the mountain views. The trek takes you to long climbs, steep descents, and steep forward trails on rocky paths, often in forests. So, the fitter you are, the more enjoyment you can get from this trek. We do not recommend this trek for persons suffering from heart or lung disease.
What is the means of communication while on this trip
Internet service will be available at the lodges/hotels for a small charge. But once we reach high altitudes, communication will be through the phone. Depending on the kind of network, you might get signals but not strong enough at high altitudes. However, you can easily purchase a local sim card for good connections. We will communicate with our valuable clients through our trek leader at least once a day to ensure that everyone is fine, safe, and feel right.
What are the extra costs that I need to Pay for this trip?
Extra costs that you need to pay are wifi charges, hot drinking water, and a hot water shower. Note: There will be no laundry service while on the trip
What are the meals provided while on the trip?
While on the trip there will be a menu on each lodge: food recommended on the menu is western, Indian, local, and continental, we recommend you have Dal Bhat( Rice, lentils, vegetables, non-veg, pickles)
Visa information for nepal
Nepal does provide an arrival visa, you can apply visa form via the Nepalese immigration website.
Is Guide tipping included on the trip?
No, You can provide a guide with tipping after the completion of the trip. Tipping is generally accepted here in Nepal, especially in the service sector. It would be the appreciation for the guide/porter for their hard work, there is no regulation for how much you must pay to guides. But we recommend providing at least 10 percent of the Service you paid for the whole trip

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