Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek - 17 Days

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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Serious
  • Max Altitude 5555 M
  • Group Size Up to 10 Pax
  • Starts Kathmandu Airport
  • Ends Kathmandu Airport

The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek is one of the grandest trekking adventures not only in Nepal but in the world. Not only is the region of Everest home to the world's tallest mountain peak, but it is also the home of the thriving Sherpa culture of the country.

Traversing through vibrant landscapes, the 17-day itinerary of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes trek takes you through glorious Sherpa villages and to the serene lakes resting below the majestic Himalayas.

Your arrival in the bustling city of Kathmandu marks the beginning of the trip. You will then have a short, thrilling flight to Lukla, which is the gateway to the Khumbu region.

Then the trek stretches along the Himalayan territory of the nation. As the name itself explains, the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake takes you into the heart of the Khumbu region. Along with journeying to the base camp of the tallest mountain on Earth, you also get to visit the holy Gokyo Lake situated in between the Himalayas.

The sapphire-blue lake coupled with the mountain peaks of the Khumbu make it one of the most memorable trekking journeys. Furthermore, the Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lakes is not only naturally enriching, but it also presents trekkers with the opportunity to experience the legendary Sherpa culture of the region. The meandering trekking trail winds through the Dudh Koshi River valley and takes trekkers through the Sagarmatha National Park, one of the two natural parks of Nepal enlisted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The journey also has many other highlights, like the Himalayan town of Namche Bazaar and a visit to the vantage point of Kalapatthar, from which the entire panorama of the Everest massif is quite beautiful. Trekkers also cross the Cho La Mountain Pass at 5420 meters and visit settlements like Dhole and Machhermo, among many others.

The views of the Himalayan peaks like Ama Dablam (6856m), Lhotse (8414m), Makalu (8463m), Taboche (6367m), Khumbutse (6665m), Thamserku (6608m), Mount Everest (8848 m), and Kongde Ri (6187 m), among many others in the Sagarmatha range, can be viewed all along the journey.

Join Himalayan Recreation for an unforgettable adventure to the Khumbu region of Nepal in 2024/25. With us, you will get the best services and a comfortable journey incorporated with amazing aspects and features. With our professional guides and team members who have been in the field for many years, we guarantee you a journey that you will never forget.

Major highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake

  • Explore the serene and enchanting Gokyo Valley with its turquoise Gokyo Lakes.
  • Get panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu from Gokyo Ri.
  • Trek through the famous Khumbu Valley and immerse yourself in Sherpa culture and hospitality.
  • Visit the iconic Tengboche Monastery, offering spiritual tranquility and stunning mountain vistas.
  • Reach the legendary Everest Base Camp and stand at the foot of the world's highest peak.

What can you expect on the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek?

The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek offer you an exciting and diverse adventure in the heart of the Himalayas. You can expect stunning mountain vistas, serene turquoise lakes, and a rich cultural experience during this trekking journey.

The trek takes you through scenic Sherpa villages, allowing you to engage in their unique culture and warm hospitality. The challenging yet rewarding journey will lead you to the base of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, and the mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes, with breathtaking vistas from Gokyo Ri.

Along the way, you will get to encounter sacred monasteries, glacial rivers, and the traditional sherpa lifestyle of the local people.

Is the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes Trek right for you?

The Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes Trek is suitable for trekkers with a moderate level of fitness and a sense of adventure. Previous trekking experience is beneficial but not compulsory.

If you have good physical fitness and are willing to take on the challenge of walking 5 to 6 hours each day for over 2 weeks on diverse terrain, then you are perfect for this adventure. 

It is essential to be prepared for long and steep ascents and descents, as well as the challenges of high altitude, during this trip. If you're seeking a journey with the best mountain scenery and cultural encounters, then the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek is a perfect choice for you.

What Does a Day in Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek Look Like?

A typical day on the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes trek starts with a hearty breakfast at the teahouse or lodge. The trek begins, taking you through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, suspension bridges, and Sherpa villages.

Along the route, you will get to enjoy breathtaking mountain views as you ascend to higher altitudes. You will then have a short break for lunch at a local teahouse along the trail. After lunch, the trek resumes and leads you toward the day's destination by late afternoon.

You can spend the evening relaxing, chatting with fellow trekkers, and enjoying warm meals before settling in for a well-deserved rest in the lodge.

The Difficulty Level of Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Trek

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes is moderately challenging. It requires a good level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as some prior hiking experience.

As the trek involves long daily walks on steep and rocky terrain with changing altitudes and challenging ascents and descents, it is not recommended for beginner trekkers. The highest point of the trek is Kala Patthar, at an elevation of 5,545 meters, and this can pose a significant risk due to the altitude.

However, with proper preparation, a good fitness level, and taking the necessary precautions, the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek can be completed by every trekker. You should get involved in a few treks and hikes before embarking on the journey, while also focusing on building your physical stamina.

Acclimatization and Safety During Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Trek

The highest point you will reach during the trek is Kalapatthar, at an elevation of 5555 m, which invites the risk of altitude sickness. Especially for beginner trekkers, there is a high chance of gaining altitude sickness, which is a common concern during high-altitude treks. However, it is preventable with proper precautions and treatment.

One of the best ways to make sure that your body is adjusting well to the high altitude is through acclimatization and taking enough rest in between walks. It is extremely important to make sure that your body gets the necessary rest. For this, we have separated one day at Namche Bazaar as the acclimatization day on our itinerary. This is the day you can take much-needed rest while also preparing for further climbs in the following days.

As a precaution, it is highly suggested to keep yourself hydrated constantly all along the trek and stay away from all alcoholic drinks. Our team will make sure that your safety is the top priority during the trek; thus, you can rest assured that you will have the adventure of a lifetime.

In cases of severe sickness, you will be brought down to a lower altitude by our team immediately.

How can you get prepared for the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Trek in 2024/25?

To get prepared for the EBC Trekking via Gokyo Lakes, first, you have to fit physically. As the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek are journeys at a high altitude for more than 2 weeks, physical training is crucial. You should focus on training to improve cardio endurance and strength endurance and be comfortable carrying a backpack for 5–6 hours a day.

You can try hiking or taking long walks at least one day per week while walking for 5–6 hours continuously. You can also try doing full-body strength workouts twice per week to improve your overall body stability. With the proper training and preparation, your journey in the Himalayas will be even more memorable and fun.

After that, you should focus on packing the essential gear and clothing required for the journey and learning about the trail and weather conditions. Follow our tips and get ready to embark on this adventure in the year 2024/25 

Major Attractions of Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lake

  • An exhilarating flight to Lukla 

The journey to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes begins with an adrenaline-pumping flight to Lukla. Lukla Airport has one of the world's shortest runways and is situated at a high altitude of 2,845 meters.

The breathtaking views of the Himalayas during this thrilling flight will leave you in awe as you gear up to begin the adventure journey ahead.

  • Trekking through Sagarmatha National Park 

The trek also takes you through the picturesque Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. This park is home to diverse flora and fauna, including rare wildlife like the Red Panda and Snow Leopard. The beautiful Himalayan scenery and opportunities for bird watching make this trek even more enjoyable.

  • Exploring Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar is the biggest town in the region, along with being the central commercial hub. Exploring the town's rich Sherpa culture and traditions is undoubtedly one of the major highlights of the trip.

Namche Bazaar, a vibrant market town, serves as the gateway to the Everest region. You will spend a full day here to acclimate and immerse yourself in the Sherpa culture. You will also get to interact with the locals and explore the town, known for its yak cheese and butter.

  • Visit the Historic Tengboche Monastery 

Tengboche Monastery, the oldest and largest in the Khumbu region, is a religious and scenic place. It offers stunning views of mountain peaks and serves as a significant spiritual site for travelers. Visiting the Tengboche monastery during the trek adds more authenticity and fun to the entire journey. 

  • Reaching Everest Base Camp and Hiking to Kala Patthar

Standing at the base camp of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, is a surreal experience. Surrounded by famous mountains and glaciers, this achievement is a remarkable feat and provides you with awe-inspiring views of a diverse range of mountains. 

Similarly, the hike to Kala Patthar is another major attraction of the trek. The highest vantage point in the region offers breath-taking views. Ascending Kala Patthar (5555 m) above Everest Base Camp rewards you with a 360-degree view of Everest and surrounding peaks. You will get to witness the majestic mountains in their full glory, especially the sunrise view over Mount Everest, which is truly mesmerizing.

Everest Base Camp And Gokyo Lakes Trek Cost details for 2024 and 2025

The Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Trek cost varies depending on various factors, such as the time of year, trail, itinerary, number of people in the group, and your preferred level of accommodations. Generally, the cost ranges from USD 1349 to USD 2000 on average for a 15- to 20-day journey. 

The mentioned costs include domestic flights, transportation, trekking permits, food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), a professional trek guide, a porter, and accommodations during the trek. Discounts are available for groups. 

It is furthermore recommended that you carry extra cash in case of emergencies and for miscellaneous expenses like extra food, drinks, and tips during the trek. 

  • Group Trip (100% Fixed Departure)

We offer fixed group departures for the EBC and Gokyo Lakes Trek. If you choose to travel in a group, you can enjoy the advantage of cost savings through our group discounts. The cost of the trek decreases further with a larger number of trekkers in the group, making it a budget-friendly option.

  • Private Trip

For those seeking a more personalized experience, our private trips are designed to cater to your individual interests and needs. The cost of a private trek can vary depending on factors such as your choice of trail, itinerary, duration of the trek, and any specific preferences you may have. 

  • Solo Trip

If you prefer to embark on a solo trek, we warmly welcome you for a special and fulfilling experience. Our experienced guides will be dedicated to supporting you throughout the journey, ensuring your safety and comfort. Solo trips, however, can cost a lot more than other trips. 

  • Female Trip

For female trekkers, we offer special trips that prioritize safety and company. Our experienced female guides and support staff will accompany you on the journey, providing a secure and empowering environment. This is an excellent option for solo female travelers or those who prefer a female-focused group.

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Itinerary

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  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel

This is your arrival day in Kathmandu, Nepal. You will be welcomed by one of our representatives at the airport and then escorted to the hotel. At the hotel, you will meet the guide of the trek and have a short briefing session to clear up any quires you may have. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Time:4-5 Hours
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast

This is the day separated for guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting some of the famous landmarks of the city which are also listed as the UNESCO world heritage site. The guided sightseeing tour takes you to historical and cultural treasures of the city like the Kathmandu durbar square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayamnhun nath Stupa, and Boushanath Stupa. After the tour, you will be escorted back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

  • Max Altitude:2610m
  • Time:3-4 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure as you fly to Lukla early in the morning. The short and scenic flight treats you to breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan peaks. After landing in Lukla, the trek begins towards Phakding. 

The trail winds through the lush forests of the Khumbu region, and as you approach Phakding, you will catch the first glimpse of the stunning Mount Kusum Khangkaru (6367m). It is the day of a short and easy walk of around 3 to 4 hours. Overnight stay in Phakding.

  • Max Altitude:3440m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you will make your way to Namche Bazaar from Phakding. You will begin the walk as you trace your steps alongside the Dudh Koshi River and follow the trail. Crossing a suspension bridge, you reach the village of Monjo, the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. 

Continuing the walk, you will pass through several other settlements on the way. After a few more hours of trekking through picturesque alpine woodlands, you arrive at Namche Bazaar, the vibrant commercial hub of the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at a comfortable guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.

  • Max Altitude:3800m/3440m
  • Time:3-4 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This is the first rest or acclimatization day of your journey. Take a well-deserved rest day to acclimate to the altitude and explore Namche Bazaar. Optionally, you can hike to the renowned Everest View Hotel, which offers extraordinary vistas of the Everest peaks.

Also, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery in Namche Bazaar which gives you an insight into the cultural traditions and lifestyles of the local communities. Overnight stay at the guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.

  • Max Altitude:4200m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Leaving Namche behind, today, the trail leads you to Dhole. You venture further into the valley towards the Imja River. Passing through alpine meadows, rhododendron forests, and terrace farms, you will get to relish the mesmerizing sights of the mountains along the trail.

As you continue to march toward Dhole, you will finally arrive there after 5 to 6 hours of walk. After arriving there, you will get to enjoy grand views of Taboche and Lhotse peaks from this picturesque village. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Dhole.

  • Max Altitude:4470m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will have an enjoyable trek that leads to Machhermo today. Passing through open Himalayan pastures with yaks and cattle, you make your way through pine and juniper forests. On the way, you will get treated to stunning scenery. 

The region's authenticity is apparent in the charming village along the trail and the occasional Mani stone walls add more beauty to the trail. Machhermo is a traditional vibrant village before you head to the Gokyo Valley. You can get some stunning views of the mountains from this village. Overnight stay at a cozy guesthouse in Machhermo.

  • Max Altitude:4790m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you will ascend toward the sacred Gokyo Lake, nestled amidst the mountain peaks. This holy lake holds significance for Hindu people, and its sapphire waters offer a striking distinction against the surrounding Himalayas. 

As you approach the Gokyo Valley, you will be stunned by the mesmerizing sight of the lake with the backdrop of the giant peaks all around. After arriving in the valley, for the adventurous souls, an optional hike to Gokyo Ri (5360m) is available. The hike to the vantage point promises breathtaking panoramic views of several mountains. Overnight stay at Gokyo Valley.

  • Max Altitude:4700m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

It is the day to descend from Gokyo, and head towards Dragnag, a small and peaceful settlement situated at the base of Cho La Mountain Pass (5420m). 

The walk takes you through the scenic atmosphere and several villages along the route until you make it to the village of Dragnag. The village offers awe-inspiring views of the towering peaks and an opportunity to connect with the local villagers. Overnight stay at the guesthouse in Dragnag.

  • Max Altitude:5420m/4830m
  • Time:7-8 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

It is a big day for you as you will be crossing the Cho La pass. Prepare for an exhilarating journey ahead. The walk begins easy but as you ascend the challenging terrain welcomes you to the high pass of over 5000 m. 

Once you arrive at the pass, you will get to enjoy the views from the top that is truly dramatic, with giant peaks and glacial landscapes. You will have some time to capture the breathtaking views from the top of the pass. After that, the walk continues as you descend from the pass, and head to Dzongla. After a few more hours of walking, you will arrive in the village of Dzongla. Overnight stay in Dzongla.

  • Max Altitude:4910m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The trek today leads you to Lobuche from Dzongla. Lobuche is a popular village in the region, which is surrounded by the magnificent peaks of Everest (8848m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). 

As you begin the walk, you will switch the trail from the Gokyo Valley trail to the classic Everest base camp route. On the way, you can witness the classic life and culture of the local people as you pass by the traditional settlements. The snowy marshes and glacier moraines add to the mesmerizing scenery as you approach the Lobuche village. Overnight stay at a comfortable guesthouse in Lobuche.

  • Max Altitude:5364m/5140m
  • Time:7-8 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you will head to Gorakshep, passing the Khumbu Glacier Moraine and then towards the Everest Base Camp. The trail offers a moderate hike, with the Himalayan panorama as a stunning backdrop. 

First, you will arrive in Gorakshep which is the last village before you head to the base camp. After resting for a while at Gorakshep, you will then head to the Everest base camp. From the base camp, you will get to witness the Khumbu Icefall and the colorful tents of mountain expedition crews during peak seasons. 

The feeling of standing beneath the tallest peak, Mount Everest is truly out of this world and you will get some time to capture the mesmerizing sights. After exploring, you will return to Gorakshep for the night. Overnight stay in Gorakshep.

  • Max Altitude:5555m/4240m
  • Time:7-8 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will head to the highest point of the trek today as you head to Kala Patthar. The walk begins early in the morning so that you can witness the sunrise views amidst the Everest peaks which is truly phenomenal. It is a tough walk to the top but the views make it worth it. You will get to view the best sight of Mount Everest along with several other peaks like Mount Lhotse, and Thamserku, etc. 

After soaking in the breathtaking scenery, you will descend to Pheriche. The walk is mostly downhill from here on until you arrive in Pheriche which is surrounded by Himalayan pastures and rhododendron meadows. Overnight stay in Pheriche.

  • Max Altitude:3440m
  • Time:7-8 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The journey today continues downhill toward Namche Bazaar. You will begin the walk and pass through several villages throughout the trail along with Monjo. 

The ascent and descent through the forests and villages will then lead you to the village of Namche Bazaar. You can enjoy the company of Everest peaks throughout the trek until you arrive in Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at a cozy guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.

  • Max Altitude:2810m
  • Time:7-8 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will trace your steps back to Lukla from Namche Bazaar today. As you pass through the lush woodlands of the national park. Along the way, you may encounter donkey and yak caravans. 

You can also get the majestic views of the peaks. This is the last walking day of the trip, so make sure to have fun. Overnight stay at a comfortable guesthouse in Lukla.

  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Time:35 Minutes
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast and Dinner

Saying farewell to the Sagarmatha peaks, you will fly back to Kathmandu. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel where you can take a rest and relax. In the evening, you can go for some shopping and exploration. 

You will also have an evening dinner with the team. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Meals:Breakfast

This marks the end of your memorable journey. Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your departure.

Route Map

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek - 17 Days map

Cost Details

Cost Includes
  • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Three nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours, including tour guide, and private transportation
  • 3 standard meals a day during the trek
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
  • Domestic flights (From Kathmandu - Lukla or Manthali - Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu or Lukla to Manthali) including airport departure tax and transfers. (Note: If you want to take a shared helicopter, it will cost you an extra amount.)
  • Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide during the trip
  • Porter services for 14 days (1 porter = 2 trekkers).
  • All costs of staff, which include food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicines,
  • Duffel bag use while trekking and Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • The required Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee and TIMS Fee
  • First-aid medicine kit
  • Farewell dinner with a cultural show in a fine restaurant on the second last day.
  • Government taxes and office service charge
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation,
  • Personal trekking equipment or expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages.
  • Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section

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Know Before You Go

17 Days Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary

Embark on an incredible adventure with our 17-day Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary. This carefully curated journey offers you a perfect blend of diverse landscapes, cultural exploration, and the thrill of reaching the base camp of the world's highest mountain.

Our itinerary is fully customizable, allowing you to tailor the trek according to your preferences. Whether you wish to extend your stay, adjust the number of trekking days, or explore alternative trails and destinations during the trek, you can customize the itinerary according to your time and preferences.

Our experienced team will work closely with you to create a personalized and unforgettable trekking experience in the Everest region.

Best Time to Trek Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes

While embarking on a high-altitude journey like this one, it is extremely important to choose the right time in terms of weather. The best time to complete the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes trekking is during the spring and autumn seasons.

March to May (Spring)
Spring is the popular trekking season for Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes. In the spring, the weather is generally stable, with mild temperatures and clear skies. The trails are vibrant with blooming rhododendron forests and offer breathtaking views of the mountains all around. 

September to November (Autumn)
Similarly, autumn is another excellent time for this trek; autumn brings stable weather conditions and clear mountain views. The temperatures are cooler, especially at higher altitudes, making it more comfortable for trekking. However, keep in mind that these two seasons are the peak trekking times in Nepal.

June to August (Monsoon)
It is best to avoid trekking in the monsoon season, as it is the off-season for treks that bring heavy rainfall, slippery trails, and limited mountain views. However, if you want an empty trail and to witness the distinct side of nature, then trekking in the monsoon with proper preparation can be a great option as well.

December to February (Winter)
Winter brings extremely cold temperatures and higher risks of avalanches in the Everest region. So trekking in the winter involves certain risks. Trekking during these seasons can be challenging and requires technical equipment and experience.

Accommodation During the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek

During the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake Trek, accommodation options are available in tea houses or lodges along the trail, which offer basic and comfortable facilities. The tea houses typically have twin-sharing rooms with simple beds and blankets.

In the beginning few days of the trek, you will be able to enjoy the rooms with attached bathrooms and several other facilities. However, as you ascend to higher elevations, the facilities get limited.

Most tea houses also have communal dining areas where you can enjoy meals. In the higher elevations, you might have to pay extra charges for facilities like a hot shower, charging electronic devices, WIFI, etc.

Food During the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

Similar to the accommodation facility, the food you will get during the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake trek is basic and simple. You will find a variety of food options available at the tea houses and lodges along the trail. The menus typically offer a combination of local Nepali dishes as well as international cuisine.

You can expect to find items such as dal bhat (rice with lentil soup), momo (dumplings), noodles, pasta, fried rice, curries, and soups for lunch and dinner. Whereas for breakfast, you can enjoy bread, eggs, vegetable curries, coffee, and tea. Vegetarian options are widely available along the trail.

It is important to note that as you gain elevation, the cost of food may increase, and the options get limited. You can carry your snacks, like energy bars, chocolates, etc.

Drinking water facilities during the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake

You can easily get access to tap water all along the route during the trek. However, tap water is not safe to drink directly and can often affect our health.

Thus, to ensure that you will have healthy drinking water during the trip, we recommend you have mineral-bottled water. If you do not want to impact the environment with plastics and hope to go for a more suitable way, then the best choice is to go for water filter bottles or tablets.

These options are more eco-friendly and help filter the local water for consumption during the journey.

Permits required for the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

There are two different permits needed for the trek, which are explained below:

  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit: This is the permit required to enter Sagarmatha National Park, as the trek lies inside the national park, where the Everest region is located. The current cost for foreign nationals is NPR 3,000 (approximately USD 27).
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit: This is another permit required for the trek, which is specific to the Khumbu region and covers areas like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche. The cost of this permit is NPR 2,000 (approximately USD 18) for foreign nationals.

Your Trusted Guide to the Everest Base Camp And Gokyo Lake Journey

For your adventurous Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake trek, you'll be guided by our experienced and skilled team of guides and Sherpas. Our package includes professional guides with comprehensive knowledge and years of experience in the region. 

Above delivering guidance during the trip, our guides offer a practical opportunity for you to learn and acquire new knowledge. They are eager to share their insights into the region, making your trek informative and enjoyable. 

Your safety is our top priority, and you will be guided throughout the journey to ensure the best possible experience. Rest ensured that if you experience any challenges or problems during the trek, our guides will be there to assist and support you. 

Also, hiring a porter is highly recommended for a more convenient trekking experience. The standard weight limit is around 20 to 25 kg per porter in the Everest region. 

Trekking gear for Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp

Here we have prepared a list of all necessary trekking gear for Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek, Most of the equipment can be purchased or rent easily in Kathmandu. You can either buy or rent the equipment. Also, don’t forget that it is very important to purchase good-quality and reliable clothes and footwear, as you will be facing very cold conditions on the trek. Here is the packing list for trekking.

  • Clothing -Baselayer -Insulation layer -Third layer 
  • General Trekking gear -Trekking trousers and shirts -Trekking shorts -Waterproof shell jacket and trousers -Underwear 
  • Headwear -Hat -Beanie -Neck gaiter 
  • Handwear and Footwear -Inner Gloves -Outer insulated gloves -Hiking boots -Trekking shoes/sandals -Hiking socks -Warm thermal socks -Gaiters 
  • Bag and backpackers -Duffel bag -Backpack -Day back -Raincover -Drybag 
  • Sleeping gear -Sleeping bag -Liner -Earplugs 
  • Poles and Headgear -Trekking poles -Sunglasses -Headlight 
  • Important accessories -Water bottle/Hydration bladder -Towel -Pee funnel -Lock -Waterproof bag 
  • Extra accessories: -Camera -Portable charger -Books -Cards -Passport, Money 
  • Medications and Toiletries: Water purification tablet, Isotonic powder, Diamox, Common Medications, First aid kit, Sunscreen, Baby wipes, Toiletries, Plasters, Oximeter, Hand Sanitizer

Travel Insurance For Trekking

Travel insurance is one of the crucial elements while embarking on any trip in the Himalayas. As the Everest trek is challenging and includes the risks of high altitude, potential altitude sickness, and other unexpected possibilities, having travel insurance is important and compulsory for the trek. 

During the booking process, all the trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate, which should cover all medical and emergency repatriation. The policy should further cover helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes. 

Tipping culture during trekking in Nepal

Tipping during trekking in Nepal is a very common practice. Guides, porters, and other service providers are usually tipped by the trekkers for the service they provide. 

To show gratitude and thankfulness, trekkers tip guides, porters, and other service providers, where the amount of the tip is determined by the trekkers themselves. It is not mandatory to tip, but it is considered best to show gratitude for the service and support provided throughout the journey. 

Useful info and some tips for the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes

  • Do not rush during the trek, as it is extremely crucial to walk at your own pace, and do not skip acclimatization days. Acclimatization days help you cope with increasing elevations. 
  • If possible, try trekking in the spring and autumn seasons to avoid risks and hassles along the way. 
  • Keep checking your body condition, do not ignore any signs of the body, even if they are minor, and make sure to follow the tips of your guide. 
  • Stay hydrated throughout the trek and carry water bottles along with water purification tablets or a water filter, as drinking water along the trail needs to be treated.
  • Do not expect reliable mobile networks or internet connectivity. Purchase a local SIM card in Kathmandu before starting the trek if you want to have occasional communication. 
  • Do not forget to carry a portable power bank to keep your electronic devices charged.
  • Train yourself physically before the trek to strengthen your stamina and walking pace.
  • Go for a few hikes and treks before the trek to get used to higher altitudes. 
  • Carry enough Nepalese currency for your entire trek, as there are limited ATMs along the route. 
  • Respect the local culture and traditions of the Sherpa people and the environment of the Everest region. 
  • Leave no plastics or other trash on the hiking trail. Be mindful of your actions and follow guidelines for responsible trekking, such as carrying your trash back and avoiding single-use plastics.
  • Research the trail, weather, and local culture before you embark on the journey. 

Lukla's flight delay and cancellation

One of the major highlights of trekking in the Everest Region, including the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake trek, is the thrilling flight to Lukla. The trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla's Tenzing-Hillary Airport, which is a small single-landing strip airport surrounded by high Himalayas.

However, flight delays and cancellations can be common in Lukla due to unpredictable weather conditions and visibility issues. Weather changes rapidly, especially during the monsoon season (late May to early September), which can affect flight schedules. 

In such cases, airlines prioritize safety and may reschedule or cancel flights. In the case of a flight delay, you can wait and take the soonest available flight, or you can also choose to go on a helicopter ride. 

As for the flight cancellation, it is out of our control. Thus, it is highly recommended that you add at least two extra days to your trip for flexibility. This ensures that you have plenty of time to adjust your plans in case of any Lukla flight disruptions.

Weight limit during the flight to and from Lukla

On the flights to and from Lukla, you are allowed to have 15 kg of baggage. The weight limit is 15 kg per person, which includes both your duffle bag and the day pack. 

Alternatives for the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

The Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes combines two of the most popular trekking trails in the region. However, if you are looking for a shirt and less training in the region, then there are a few options you can choose from. 

The Everest region overall is filled with wonders of nature and culture, along with a diverse ecosystem. Some other alternatives include the helicopter Everest base camp trek, which is a lot easier and more leisurely than the classic trek. 

If you want more luxury on your trek, then you can go for the Everest luxury trek. This one is suitable for beginner trekkers and trekkers with less time. If you want to go for a more quiet and off-beaten trail, then there are options like the Everest Three Passes Trek.

Furthermore, all the treks of Himalayan recreation can be customized according to your time and preferences, which gives you more range to choose from. 

Last-minute booking with Himalayan Recreation

It is best to book your treks in the Everest region in advance for an easy and hassle-free process. However, if you are unable to book in advance due to any reason, we, Himalayan Recreation, offer last-minute bookings as well. 

In the case of a last-minute booking, you must provide us with the 100% trip payment 24 hours before the trek departs. Also, keep in mind that for last-minute bookings, there might be certain circumstances out of our control. 

Practice sustainable tourism with Himalayan Recreation

Himalayan Recreation facilitates sustainable tourism, and practicing responsible tourism while we travel is our top priority. By partnering with local communities and trekking guides, we prioritize environmentally responsible trekking experiences that minimize adverse impacts on the ecosystem. 

We encourage our clients to take part in responsible travel by trekking with us. We highly emphasize the importance of "Leave No Trace" principles. You can take part in sustainable tourism by leaving no trace on the environment, purchasing souvenirs from locals to help uplift their income, and respecting the local cultures. 

Book a trip to the base camp and Gokyo Lakes now for 2024-2025 and have the best time of your life while trekking responsibly with us. 

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek - 17 DaysTraveler's Reviews

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