Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek
Explore Khumbhu in a Classic way

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek - 17 Days

Overview

  • Duration:17 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • Best TimeSeptember - December & March - June
  • Max Altitude 5,545m/ 18,192 ft ( Kalapatthar)
  • Trip TypePrivate
  • Arrival CityKathmandu

Highlights

  • World’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest view 
  • Close view of Khumbu Himalayan range including Peaks over 6000 meters 
  • Local villages of Sherpa Communities
  • Khumbu Glacier, one of the Biggest Glacier in the Himalayan
  • Sunrise view from Gokyo Ri and valley of Gokyo 
  • Sagarmatha National Park
  • Trails through Moraines and glaciers
  • Lukla Airport, a World’s Most Extreme Airport
  • Kalapathar Sunrise Experience

"You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals."
- Sir Edmund Hillary 

Do you know that the Everest region of Nepal is the only place where people find a maximum number of mountains at their sight while walking? Unlike other trekking regions of Nepal Khumbu has its own peculiarity. If you are craving for a place where you can sit on the shores of a blue turquoise lake and observe gigantic mountain peaks bleeding to fill the lake then Everest Gokyo Valley Trek with Everest Base Camp is an ideal choice.

Scenic Nepal Treks dissected two very popular trekking routes to make this wonderful trail. If you are having a few more days then the Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lake is mingled together to form this marvelous Himalayan walking trail.

Unlike other trekking regions of Nepal Khumbu has its own peculiarity.  Classic trekking to Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake and Cholapass is one of the popular treks among Everest Region includingEverest Base Camp Trek. Gokyo Lake Trek offers you an incredible experience of trekking in Nepal.

Our flight to Luklaand landing at Tiny Lukla airport already makes you feel you are on the adventure of a lifetime.  Gokyo valley (4750 Meters)Chola pass (5420 meters), and Mount Everest Base Camp (5360 meters) are our main destinations. Besides this, the Himalayan Sherpa People, front views of Giants Peaks over 6000 meters including Mount Everest, Biggest Himalayan Glacier of Khumbhu, Himalayan legend animal Yaks are the major attraction of this package. 

Everest Gokyo Valley Trek uses the same trail as Everest Base Camp Trekking until trekkers reach Dzongla. If you want to know more about this trail you can visit our website and surf the Everest Base Camp Trekking package. Once you have gathered momentous events at Everest Base Camp (5364 m) and sunrise from Kalapathar (5545 m) trip heads back to Dzongla. This place is at the junction from where Lobuche Peak Climbing starts as well. We urge our valued clients to heed the instructions of the trekking guide very seriously during this phase of walking. The trail can be tricky as it is covered by snow and one should be cautious towards falling snow masses. You might end up at some crevasses too. However, the trail can be distinctly seen and once you make it to the top of Chola Pass (5420 m) astounding sceneries would help you forget all the pain endured. As you trek past Thagnak and through the Nogzumpa Glacier an alluring valley of Gokyo can be seen. Tranquil hamlet at the shores of Gokyo Lake is a mesmerizing sight to behold. Trekkers will again climb sunrise viewpoint the Gokyo Ri in the early morning. The view is panoramic and one can behold as far as Mt. Makalu. Trekkers then descend back to Lukla through Dole, Machhermo, and Namche Bazaar.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek. To do this amazing hike, you need to be a regular hiker. During this entire trek, you will be walking 6/7 hrs each day.  This trek needs longer days than our Regular Everest Base Camp Trek program and crossing Cholapass makes this trip moderate. Experienced does not mean you have to have very special training but we suggest you do some pre-hike before you come to Nepal. Therefore, we suggest you do some hikes before you come to Nepal. 

Itinerary

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You will be met by Scenic Nepal Treks and Expedition staff at Airport and transferred to the hotel. For the remainder of the afternoon at leisure for you to explore, Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. A pre-trek briefing will be given this evening.

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsNone
  • Maximum Altitude(1,350m/4,428ft)

About 40 minutes of mountain flight will take you to Lukla the gateway of the Everest region trekking in Nepal. In clear weather, the scenes that you see from your plane window are mesmerizing too but during bad weather, the journey can be a bumpy ride as well. We will meet our rest of the crew members in Lukla and head out to Phakding after a brief tea break. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2,651m/8,700ft)

We will trek a relatively easy trail until we reach Larpchen Bridge at the foothill of Namche Bazaar. We have to cross numerous suspension bridges and have to trek past villages like Benkar, Manjo, etc. Near Manjo our permits will be checked and we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. During this day’s trekking trekkers can see Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru clearly. Moreover, after 1.5 hours of uphill walking from Larpchen Bridge in clear weather, you can have the first view of Mount Everest as well. The sight of clustered Namche Bazaar can relieve your tiredness of walking. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3,438m/11,280 ft)

Acclimatization is a very key thing to do while doing high-altitude trekking. We will hike towards Everest View Hotel after having breakfast. From the balcony of this hotel, you have a panoramic view of mountains like Amadablam, Thamserku, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Tabuche, and others. Lazily stroll back to lodge in Namche observing Everest Museum and hustling of Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3,438m/11,280 ft)

Everest will be far distant and you will crave to reach there on this day. Green lush forests on either side of the trail and horde of Jokpyo/Yaks carrying goods are a usual sight. The journey consists of flat, downhill, and uphill walking. Get blessed by the sight of Khumbu Valley from top of Tengboche on either side including gigantic Mt. Amadablam looming at the backdrop. Take a walk around the monastery in the evening before chilling out at the dining hall of the tea house.

Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3,874m/12,709 ft)

The day will be picturesque because of rivers, forests, and hilly landscapes having mountains on the background. Once trekkers trek past Pangboche and Somare there awaits the valley of Dingboche between Nagarshan hill, Chhukung Valley, and Amadablam Mountain. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge.

 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4,400m/ 14,435 ft)

As part of acclimatization before ascending higher than 4400 m height, we hike today the Nagarshan Hill (5100 m). Some trekkers prefer to go to Chhukung Valley as well. We will come back to our teahouse and relax. You can stroll around the village as it is the last large village on this route. 

 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4,400m/ 14,435 ft)

We ascend all the way up to Lobuche on this day with some occasional rough flat trail. Grassy meadows and bushes are the only vegetation that you can see on this day. The most memorable portion of this day’s trekking would be the Everest Memorial in Thukla Pass and the sight of Pumori, Lobuche, Cholatse, and other mountains. Lobuche is a small tranquil village on the bank of the river facing the Kong Ma La Pass.

Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge.

 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4,910m/16,108 ft)

After climbing the Lobuche Pass we will have to walk through the moraine. The trail is rugged and rocky which requires careful walking. Once you have reached the Gorakshep we will keep our baggage and have lunch. After lunch, we set out to reach Everest Base Camp. After walking for 1.5 hours you can reach the most coveted place. Take pictures and create some memories. We will again trek back to Gorakshep for an overnight stay. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge.

 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(5,364m/ 17,598ft)

Early in the morning, we will climb the Kalapathar before sunrise. Behold the mesmerizing sight of sun rays kissing gigantic mountains. Such a wonderful sight is really worth all the hardship and physical endurance that you have spent all these days. We then trek downhill towards Dzonlga trekking past Gorakshep and Lobuche. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge.

 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4,858m/ 15939 ft)

The journey from Dzongla is really a challenging one. We will cross the high altitude pass of Chola. At top of Chola you can savor a panoramic view of mountains especially the Cholatse Peak looks very beautiful. The scenery is worth fighting for and all the tiredness would definitely fade away while staying for a while on top. After a brief stay, we trek downhill to Thagnak Village. 

 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4,800 m/15,744 ft)

It is a prestigious day to see Gokyo Valley. Once you will have your breakfast, we begin our journey to Gokyo Valley. One of the popular Villages located at 4800m from sea level. 

Overnight at the lodge.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4,800 m/15,744 ft)

Early morning we will take packed breakfast and head to the top of Gokyo Ri. It is believed that Renjo La Pass and Gokyo Ri are the best places to observe an entire Khumbu region’s splendors. We then head back to the teahouse for a brief stop. We will trek downhill through the second and first Gokyo Lake towards Dole passing by Machhermo. 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4038m/13,248ft)

The trail is the same as you have ascended but don’t forget to enjoy the return trip. Our experts say that while you return you will see the different perspectives and landscapes. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3,438m/11,280 ft)

The most joyous day of our trekking is this day. With the memory of Everest's journey in mind, we jovially trek downhill and through Manjo & Phakding to reach Lukla. The evening can be fun-filled with celebrations among crew members and trekking partners. Relish Nepalese delicacies or drinks and enjoy the last evening in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2800m/ 9,186ft)

The flight will take us back to Kathmandu and we will transfer you to the hotel. Our management team will host a Nepali Cultural dinner for you in the evening. We will discuss the events that occurred on the trip and share our experience.

Overnight at Hotel.

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude(1,350m/4,428ft)

Today is your final day on the Trip. We hope you had a good time during your stay in Nepal. A representative from Scenic Nepal Treks will drop you at Airport. Please note that you have to be at the airport before 3 hours of Flight time!
Namaste!

 

  • Accommodation None
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude(1,350m/4,428ft)
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What’s Included

Included

  • All transfers by Private Car/Van/bus
  • 2 Nights Good Twin sharing Accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast 
  • Tea-house Lodge during the Trekking
  • Experience, Government Licensed English-speaking Sherpa Guide
  • Domestic Airfare/ Ktm-Luckla-Ktm. Airport Tax
  • All your 3 Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) each day during Trek 
  • All Necessary Permits including National Park fees 
  • Sleeping bag and Duffel Bag ( You need to return ) 
  • Trekking Maps and Certificate
  • Staff insurance, medication, and equipment,
  • Normal First Aid Kit  ( Medicine are recommended to have your own)
  • Welcome Dinner or Farewell Dinner.
  • All Govt. and Local Taxes

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Your Travel / Trekking Insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fees. 
  • Porter to carry your Bags ( US$ 299 for a porter, can be shared by 2 people) 
  • Bottled drinks on trek (cold and alcoholic) and Hot Drinks
  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Additional food or drink on a trek in addition to three standard meals
  • Personal expenses, Emergency Expenses, road blocked, snakes, desert.etc
  • Phone charging, Hot Shower, Wifi during trek. 
  • Special region permit and liaison officer fees (where applicable)
  • Tips for Guide and Porters 
  • Which is not mentions in Cost Included Section.

Dates & Price

Dates StatusPrice 
Start DateStart: October 20, 2021End DateEnd: November 05, 2021StatusAvailablePriceUS$1420
Start DateStart: October 28, 2021End DateEnd: November 13, 2021StatusAvailablePriceUS$1420

Useful Info

Accommodations:

You Hotel in Kathmandu will be Good including your breakfast as per your program. During the trek, you will be accommodated in Teahouse. Normally Teahouse is a basic lodge with a private room.

Scenic Nepal Treks will arrange the Attached Bathroom room whereas possible for you. During your trek, some of the places, the Bathroom are outside your room.

Meals during Trek :

During your trek, your food will be served with a menu, where you can ask yourself. In the program, we have included your Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. For the Food, you will get all dishes including Nepalese and Western. However, in Kathmandu, only breakfast will be included.  At the last of your trip to Kathmandu, Scenic Nepal Treks will offer you a Nepalese Cultural Dinner.

Leader and Staff Arrangements:

For us, the most important thing about the entire trip is to provide the best holiday experience full of safety. You will be walking with your Guide and Porter is optional for you.

The number of porters will be defined as per the number of members in your group upon your request. In general, 1 porter carries 2 person bags which will be between 20-25 kg in total.  If the number of people goes above 8, we will also provide you assistance Guide. :

Insurance for the trek:

It is very necessary to have Insurance to attend this trek. Please make sure Your insurance will cover all your expenses such as Air Ambulance, Helicopter Rescue, and treatment Cost.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Trekking to Everest Base Camp Gokyo is a moderate trek, which is good for that hiker who has hiking experience. You don’t need to have any special training, however, you need to be able to walk and physically fit.  Please do tell us if you have any preexisting medical condition such as heart, lung, and blood diseases

General Trekking Checklist:

This given Equipment is a general guide to the things that you may bring during trekking.  Your trekking equipment list will be depending on the trekking Region and season that you are going to do. However, these are the most useful list that most of the trek and season you need to bring. We Scenic Nepal Treks recommend you to this bring Equipment as given:

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (Scenic Nepal Treks will provide you)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag  ( Scenic Nepal Treks will Provide you if you are having Porter) 

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

FAQs

Q1. What is the best season to do Everest Base Camp Trek?

Everest Base camp trek can be done at any month of the year. However, we highly recommend you to do a trek between September and May.  Generally, from June onwards until the end of August it’s Monsoon season with lots of rain showers and unpredictable weather. 

Well, your meals and accommodation are already included in your program. However, there are certain things you need to pay for such as Drinks, Wifi, Hot Shower, Electronic Devices charging, etc. From our previous experience with our hikers, you may be spending US$ 15 to US$ 20 Per day but depending on your expenses. You better carry Nepalese Ruppess along the trail. You can exchange in Kathmandu. 

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a journey of a lifetime. The trip is physical but you have to be mentally prepared. You do not need to have Special training or Qualified but make sure you are able to walk 5 to 6 hours each day. We suggest you do regular Exercise and hiking before you come to Nepal for few weeks.  

In general, it is 11 Days total hiking from Lukla to Lukla including 2 Rest days during the trip. (8 Days going and 3 Days coming down.) There is a daily flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. So the total days of the trip from Kathmandu to Kathmandu are 12 Days. We have offer you Everest Base Camp -14 Days trip package from your arrival til departure. 

It is remarked as a moderate trek which is not very difficult and not also easy. The trail goes slightly up which is easier compare to Annapurna Base Camp. 

No, there is no age limit but you should be physically healthy, fit, and able to trek.

  • Few tips to avoid altitude sickness.
  • No Cigarette or alcohol while going up.
  • Walk slowly.
  • Drink 4 Ltrs water per day.
  • Do not skip acclimatization day.
  • Do not take Diamox before you feel something.

Actually, nobody knows who may get altitude Sick because altitude sickness is very unpredictable. Sometimes our Local Guides and Porter also get suffered from it. Let’s say 95% of trekkers do this Everest Base Camp Trek successfully.

It is about 8 to 10 minutes flight. Sometimes flights may be delayed due to weather. 

Lukla Flight allows you only 15 kg including your hand carry. So please you can leave all unnecessary kinds of stuff in Kathmandu which you do not need during trekking. The hotel has a store Room. 

It depends on which month you are doing this trek. If you are doing it in winter can be less than -15C outside at night. Daytime is warm while walking. In general from September to January and March until June is the best time to do this hike. 

Yes, there is Wi-Fi but not as strong as in the city. You will need to pay extra, USD 3-5 will be charged per device for unlimited use.

Yes, you can charge your phones and other gadgets at the tea houses with charges ranging from USD3- USD 5 per device. Normally the charging point is located at the tea house’s reception counter.

You will have a basic Lodge which is also known as Tea Houses. You will get a private twin sharing room throughout the trek but sometimes at Gorakshep, our last destination can be crowded during peak season. So with limited Tea Houses, it might be chances to share rooms with the others. However, rest assured that we will try our best to provide our clients with the best option. 

No, you will not have a heating system in your room. However, the fireplace is available in the common dining area.

Yes, you need to have good Insurance for trekking. You can buy in your own Country. Please make sure your Insurance Covers Emergency Evacuation and Hospital. A credit card or sufficient cash (approximately USD 3000 - 5000) is required for any emergency evacuation by the Helicopter should the insurance company fails to arrange the Helicopter.

Yes, we encourage you to bring your own medicine from home like the ones we provide might be different which might not be suitable for you.

General headaches and coughs are very common in the mountain. But if you feel very sick then you have to stop to ascend and proceed to make your way down to lower altitude. The representative of Scenic Nepal Treks will be kept in touch with your guide for the entire trip. 

Yes, it is important to have acclimatizaon day during the trek. This is to allow your body to adapt to the rising altitude. 2 Days is sufficient for a 12 Days Everest Base Camp trek.

No laundry service during the trek. You may do your laundry at Kathmandu after the trek.

You can refill your water at the Lodge or restaurant. It is very safe to drink. Optionally you can also have tap water with purification tablets.  Refilling water will cost you about US$ 2 to US$ 5.

Tipping is not compulsory, but they do expect it from you.  You can give them whatever amount that you feel comfortable with the quality of services they had provided throughout the trek. They sure will be enlightened with the token of appreciation from you.

You will have western-style sharing toilets at 80 % of the places. You will have a private twin sharing Room which you will be using with your/Group partner. Please expect a very basic Room with 2 beds.

Yes! You can have western meals during the trek. Scenic Nepal Treks will provide you 3 meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and you can choose by menu. All the Tea house/Lodge offers you Western, Indian, and Nepalese Dishes. However Nepalese Dalbaht ( Rice & Curry) is the best. 

If you have limited time, the EBC trek can be shortened to 10 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. However, if you would like to take a helicopter down which can make your trip within 9 days from Kathmandu. It is highly recommended to have 14 Days Everest Base Camp trip if you are able to make it.

Everest Base Camp is located at 5,360 meters. However, for those who wish to set their foot on Kalapthhar, you will be reaching 5,500 meters and that will be the highest point for you with the best view of Mount Everest. Please do take note that you will not be able to see Mt Everest from Everest Base Camp.

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