Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

Duration: 17 Days

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek
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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek Overview

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek is one of the grandest trekking adventures not only in Nepal but the world. Not only is the region of Everest home to the world's tallest mountain peak, but it is also the home of a thriving Sherpa culture of the country. Traversing through vibrant landscapes, the journey 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 continue on a flight to Lukla which houses one of the most dangerous airports in the World. Then the trek stretches along with the Himalayan territory of the nation. As the name itself explains, the Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake takes trekkers into the heart of the Khumbu region. Along with journeying to the base camp of the tallest Himal on Earth, trekkers also visit the holy Gokyo Lake situated in the crevasse of the Himalayas. The sapphire-blue lake coupled with the cerulean mountain peaks of the Khumbu makes 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 where the entire panorama of the Everest massif is seen quite beautifully. Trekkers also cross the Cho La Mountain Pass at 5420 meters and visit settlements like Dhole and Machhermo among many. The views of the Himalayan peaks like the Ama Dablam (6856m), Lhotse (8414m), Makalu (8463m), Taboche (6367m), Khumbutse (6665m), Thamserku (6608m), Mount Everest (8848m) and the Kongde Ri (6187m) among many others of the Sagarmatha range all along the journey is simply unprecedented in its magnificence and glory.

Join Himalayan Recreation for an unforgettable adventure to the Khumbu region of Nepal. 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. 

Start At Kathmandu Airport
End At Kathmandu Airport
Transportation Plane and Private Car
Trip Grade Moderate

Travellers should be comfortable with somewhat-demanding activities.

Max Altitude 5,555 m/18225 ft
Accommodation 3 Star Hotel and Tea house
Tour Type Small group
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary

You may arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport at any time. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by one of Himalayan Recreation’s staff. He will help you get transferred to your Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Today, you will have a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city which harbours four major UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The sites include the Pashupatinath Temple, the Boudhanath Temple, the Swayambhunath Stupa and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Each of these sites is a historical and religious monument and buildings and places of worship that hold a cultural relevance to Nepal’s dexterity in terms of its unique architectural styles and artwork done on buildings. You will get to see amazing woodwork, stone masonry, and metalwork on the doors, windows, and pillars of the sites and they showcase amazing amiability and craftsmanship. After the tour, you will be taken back to the Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Early in the morning, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Lukla. The short and scenic flight presents amazing views of the Himalayan peaks. Upon landing at Lukla, you will then begin your trek to Phakding, winding through the lush forests of the Khumbu and making your way into the Dudh Koshi River valley. As you near the village of Phakding, you can catch your first view of the amazing Mount Kusum Khangkaru (6367m). Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

From Phakding, you will make your way down the terrain towards the Dudh Koshi River. Trekking alongside it, you will follow the path, crossing a suspension bridge to reach the settlement of Monjo. Here lies the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. Trekking through the park, you will continue through amazing alpine woodlands until Namche Bazaar- the commercial hub of the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

This day is set aside for rest and acclimatization. You can spend the day at Namche, exploring the town, or you can opt to hike to the Everest View Hotel which is located a few distances away from the town. The Everest View Hotel is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the highest-located Hotels in the world and it offers amazing views of the Everest peaks from all of its windows. In the town, you can also pay a visit to the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

From Namche, you will trek further into the valley, making your way to the Imja River and then trekking to the settlement of Dhole. All along the journey, you will get a coruscating trail that winds up and down the landscape of alpine meadows and pastures and rhododendron-laden forests. From Dhole, you can get grand views of the Taboche and Lhotse peaks. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

From Dhole, it is a relatively easy trek towards Machhermo. Passing by vast open Himalayan pastures dotted with yaks and cattle, you will be making your way through the alpine acreages of pine and juniper. Occasionally, you will also pass by terrace farms of potatoes and buckwheat and the valley open out into the wilderness once you pass the chores and scattered Mani stone walls that adorn the terrain. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

From Machhermo, you will make your way up steep terrain laced with the snow that comes with elevation towards one of the highlights of the trekking journey- the Gokyo Lake. The holy lake situated in the crevasse of the mountain peaks is considered sacred by the Hindu people and is believed to be the abode of the Snake Gods. The sapphire lake contrasts quite majestically against the Himalayan peaks. From here, if you want, you can also hike up to the Gokyo Ri (5360m) for excellent panoramic views of the Everest peaks. Overnight stay at Gokyo.

From Gokyo, you will trek down the elevation towards Dragnag, a small sparsely populated settlement that is situated at the bottom of the Cho La Mountain Pass (5420m). The village offers looming views of the towering mountain peaks and you can get acquainted with the local village people here as well. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Climbing steeply up the terrain, you will be crossing the Cho La Mountain pass (5420m). The view of the ivory mountain peaks and the glaciated terrain from the top of the pass is quite dramatic. From the top of the pass, you will slowly make your way down and trek along your journey towards Dzongla. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

From Dzongla, you will make your way to Lobuche, one of the popular villages of the region where many trekkers tend to stay overnight on their trekking journeys in the Khumbu. The views of Everest Peak (8848m), the Ama Dablam (6856m) and the Lobuche Peaks that surround the village make for a mesmerizing sight. The terrain is also mostly a vast land of snowy marshes and glacier moraines. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Making your way towards Gorakshep, you will be passing by the Khumbu Glacier Moraine towards the base camp of Mount Everest. It is a moderate trip up the elevation with the landscape representing a snowy openness where the skyline is decorated with the rising Himalayas. After spending some time at the base camp, where you can see the Khumbu Icefall and in peak seasons- colourful tents occupied by mountain expedition crews, you will trek back to Gorakshep. Overnight say at the guesthouse.

From Gorakshep, you will get up early in the morning before dawn to trek to the vantage point of Kalapatthar- one of the most famous vantage points of the Khumbu. From Kalapatthar, you can see a wide panorama of the entire Mount Everest massif. The sunrise view amidst the Everest peaks seen from Kalapatthar is quite phenomenal. After enjoying the views of the peaks from the vantage point, you will trek back to Gorakshep and then continue your way down the valley once more towards Pheriche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

From Pheriche, you will meander your way further down the valley, steeply climbing down the terrain ornamented with the Himalayan pastures and colourful meadows of rhododendrons back towards Namche Bazaar. The trek back is mostly downhill and you will be in the company of the Everest Peaks the entire time. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

From Namche, you will trace your steps back down the terrain, passing by the settlements of Monjo and back towards Phakding from where you will make your way back to Lukla. The trek through the national park’s lush woodlands also makes the journey quite pleasant, where occasionally, you can also pass donkey and yak caravans making their way up and down the mountains. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

From Lukla, you will say goodbye to the Sagarmatha peaks for the last time as you catch your flight back to Kathmandu. Upon landing at Kathmandu, you can spend the rest of the time in the city as you please, shopping or sightseeing other local areas and trying out different cuisines. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

This is the final day. Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred from your Hotel to the airport from where you will depart. 

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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek Includes / Excludes
  • 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 Everest Gokyo trip.

  • Porter services for 14 days (1 porter = 2 trekkers).

  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.

  • Duffel bag use while trekking and Trekking map and trip achievement certificate

  • Required Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee and TIMS Fee

  • First aid medicine kit

  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.

  • Government taxes & office service charge

  • 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.

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek Equipments

Here we have prepared the list of all necessary trekking gears & equipment for Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek, Most of the equipment can be purchased easily in Kathmandu. You can either buy or rent the equipment & gear.  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 Everest Base camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek.

Clothing -Baselayer -Insulation layer -Third layer 

General Trekking gear -Trekking trousers & shirts -Trekking shorts -Waterproof shell jacket & trousers -Underwear 

• Headwear -Hat -Beanie -Neck gaiter 

Handwear & Footwear -Inner Gloves -Outer insulated gloves -Hiking boots -Trekking shoes/sandals -Hiking socks -Warm thermal socks -Gaiters 

Bag & backpackers -Duffel bag -Backpack -Day back -Raincover -Drybag 

Sleeping gear -Sleeping bag -Liner -Earplugs 

Poles & 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 & Toiletries: Water purification tablet, Isotonic powder, Diamox, Common Medications, First aid kit, Sunscreen, Baby wipes, Toiletries, Plasters, Oximeter, Hand sanitiser. 

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