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GOKYO VALLEY & EVEREST BASE CAMP TREKKING

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

“grand adventure with Gokyo Lake and Everest base camp via high Cho-la pass”

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek, a grand combination offering you the best of high Khumbu Valley area with picturesque Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp with high pass of Cho-la with hike to scenic hill top at Gokyo Ri for wonderful panorama of world four highest mountains with Everest-Lhotse-Makalu and Mt. Cho-Oyu (world 6th highest). Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek leads you from moderate to adventurous walks with ups and downhill trails with ever present views of snow capped peaks on daily trek around this beautiful journey to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek.

A fabulous adventure starting with sweeping scenic flight to Lukla and then walking into scenic green cultivated country of Sherpa farm land and villages enrich with Buddhist culture and custom. After walking through nice villages of Ghat-Phakding-Monjo to enter Sagarmatha National Park and the heading up to Namche Bazaar, a large and main village of Khumbu with good rest walk leads to beautiful Gokyo Valley with its serene glacial lakes surrounded by high peaks. From Gokyo our adventure continues to traverse Cho-la pass with grand views of adjoining peaks and finally reaching our goal and highlight at Everest base camp with awesome views of Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers. Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek concludes heading back to Lukla via Pheriche and scenic spot of Thyangboche monastery for panoramic flight back to Kathmandu.

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek offers grand views of Mt. Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft), Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft), Nuptse (7,855m-25,772 ft) and Lho – La or Khumbutse peak (6,036 m – 19,992ft), Mt. Lingtren (6,749 m / 22,142 ft), Changtse ( 7,583 m / 25,230 ft), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m / 25,772 ft),  Amadablam ( 6,812 m / 22,480 ft), Kangtenga (6,782 m / 22, 380 ft), Tharmarserku ( 6,623 m / 21, 855 ft), Kwangde (6,011 m / 19,837 ft), Kusum Khanguru (6,373 m / 21,030 ft), holy peak of Khumbi-la (5,761 m / 19,012 ft) and as far towards world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) with Island Peak / Imjatse (6,160 m / 20,328ft), Labuche Peak (6,119 m / 20,192 ft), Pokhalde ( 5,806 m / 19,159 ft) with world 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu.

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.

Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.

Day 05: Trek to Dole 4,200m – 06 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Machherma 4,470 m – 04 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Gokyo Lake 4,790m – 04 hrs.

Day 08: At Gokyo hike to Gokyo Ri 5,357m and trek to Thaknak 4,750m – 04hrs

Day 09: Cross Cho-la Pass 5,367m to Dzongla 4,830m – 07 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche 4,940m -04 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m via Gorakshep 5,170 m back at Gorakshep.

Day 12: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4,240m – 05 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Thyangboche – 05 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Monjo 2,860m – 06 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.

Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.

Day 17: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.

Day 18: International departure for home ward bound.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu from respective international flight.

On arrival in Kathmandu received by our guide with short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where you will join with other members of Gokyo Valley & Everest Base Camp Trekking, our guide will brief with information regarding trekking – hotels-culture with do’s and don’ts, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs


Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,820m and trek to Phakding village 2,640 m - 04 hrs.

Gokyo Valley & Everest Base Camp Trekking starts with sweeping short flight to land at Lukla, during 30 minutes on air view of stunning mountain range with Mt. Everest, as the plane lands at Lukla named as ‘Tenzing-Hillary Airport’ in honor of legendry climbers’ first summiteers of Mt. Everest.

From Lukla our first day walk starts on winding downhill path with short climb passing many traditional Sherpa farm villages with views of peaks, after a pleasant walk reaching at Phakding for overnight stop near the glacier fed Dudh Kosi (river).


Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.

After an overnight stop at Phakding, walk follows Dudh Kosi upstream to cross several bridges to reach past Sagarmatha National Park and Monjo village, and then with last climb of the day leading at famous Namche Bazaar for two over nights where you can find facilities of ATMs, Cyber cafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery with a busy colorful Saturday market.


Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

Namche a perfect place for rest and acclimatization, morning take a short walk up to park museum with information on mountaineering, flora / fauna with Sherpa culture and Buddhist religions, this scenic spot offers grand views of mountains Mt. Everest and stunning Amadablam, for interested people hike uphill to Everest View Hotel for best views of Mt. Everest and other mountains.


Day 05: Trek to Dole 4,110 m - 05 hrs.

After a wonderful rest at Namche, our journey continues on leaving Namche towards higher ridges to join the main trail at near Shanasa village. From this spot our route diverts away from the main Namche-Everest base camp trail towards quiet areas towards Gokyo Lake. The trail leads to a climbs reaching a high ridge at Mong 3,973 meters high with super views of snowcapped peaks, from here on downhill towards Dudh Kosi River reaching at Phortse Thanghka for lunch.

After this nice small settlement, walk continues to Dole as the path leads to a climb out of the valley through a patch of rhododendron forest which gives way to juniper and conifers trees. In the spring time this place will be magic with wild flowers in full bloom. This path passes summer Yak pastures. Walk leads past Tongba and Gyele villages to reach at Dole with super view of Khumbila and Tawache at 6,542 m.


Day 06: Trek to Machherma 4,470 m -04 hrs.

Morning walk from Dole starts with a climb along the side of a valley, where rhododendron forest declines, with only smaller rhododendron and juniper bushes as the walk gains more altitude. Once on a high ridge top walk leads on level path for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka and to Luza at 4,390m; and then skirting a ridge line then descend to Machherma village.
At Machherma for lunch and overnight stop with enough time for short walks or just relax and enjoy the views.


Day 07: Trek to Gokyo 4,790m -04 hrs.

From Machherma morning walk continues to reach at Gokyo third Lake, as the route leads on a nice pleasant path to Pangka, a small flat area and then descending and following glacial fed rivers the source of Dudh Kosi, which flows from Ngozumba Glacier and world 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu with adjoining peaks.

As the walk progress leading to a climb by the side of a glacier, passing the first lake and second lakes to reach the last third lake of Dudh Pokhari or popularly called Gokyo Lake, which is a yak herders summer settlement offering fabulous views of Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflecting on turquoise colored Gokyo Lake.At Gokyo overnight stop and lunch in a nice cozy lodge above the lake with super views of surrounding landscapes and mountains.


Day 08: Morning hike to Gokyo-Ri and walk to Thaknak 4,750m - 04 hrs.

Starting early morning with two hours uphill hike to reach a spectacular viewpoint at Gokyo Ri the highest spot of this trekking at 5,357m, where you can catch grand panorama of four world’s highest peaks of Mt. Cho Oyo, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and far as to Mt. Makalu with other smaller peaks of Gyachung Kang, Cholatse and Taweche.

After a stunning view from Gokyo Ri, then walk downhill to Gokyo for lunch and short rest and continue with short walk of few hours to Thaknak below Cho-la pass, a small settlement located beneath Ngozumba glacier, as time permits walking further for another hour to our overnight stop.


Day 09: Cross Cho-la 5,367m and trek to Dzongla 4,830 m -07 hrs.

Early morning a step ascend towards Cho-la pass (spelled as well Thso-la) walk leads over rocky moraine, in snow condition this will be tough job to find the path, however in dry time walk leads on rubble with moraine then reaching at the top hidden by Cholatse, Nirekha and Taboche peaks, after a hard and scenic climb to the top, and then descend to a small valley at Dzong-la for overnight stop.


Day 10: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.

After Dzongla, climb uphill for an hour above Thugla ( Dugla) midway between Pheriche -Dingboche and Lobuche, with views of Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, Amadablam. From this lovely spot an hour more of pleasant walk brings you at Lobuche on route Everest base camp.


Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep 5,170 m, Everest Base Camp 5, 364 m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk leads on gradual trail with few short steep up gaining high altitude with superb views of Mt. Pumori, Lingtrin, Khumbutse and Mt. Everest.After few hours of scenic trekking reaching at Gorakshep after walking past moraine and glaciers, Gorakshep with few nice lodges for overnight stop, this isolated spot located beneath Kalapathar Hill and Pumori peak on route Everest base camp.

Gorakshep was also an earlier and original base camp around 1950’s to 1970’s, from here our journey continues walking over moraines and glaciers trail to reach our main highlight of the adventure at Everest base camp. Everest Base Camp located beneath massive Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers, this super spot with immense views can be crowded during peak expedition season around April and May months, here enjoy surrounding views with Mt. Everest hidden behind high peaks of Lho-la and Nuptse.

On reaching our destination and highlight return back to Gorakshep for last overnight stop around high and beautiful Khumbu valley.


Day 12: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m and trek to Pheriche 4, 240 m - 05 hrs.

Starting early morning to reach Kalapathar with steep climb for few hours, on reaching the top of black rocky ridge, enjoy super panorama views of giant peaks including Mt. Everest at close distance, on top Kalapathar highest point of the adventure at 5,545 m / 18,192 ft.

After a fantastic time on top of scenic Kalapathar, return walk downhill to Gorakshep and then continue trek to reach Pheriche valley for overnight stop, walk leads on same trail to Thugla, after crossing a small bridge then down to Pheriche windy valley. A nice walk of few hours to reach at the end of the valley at Pheriche for overnight stop, this windy spot has many good lodges with HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) medical post.


Day 13: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.

Leaving Pheriche with super morning views of Amadablam, and then on downhill walk with short climb then losing altitude heading past Pangboche and from the bridge back into tree lines with an hour climb to Tengboche Monastery.


Day 14: Trek to Monjo 2,880 m through Namche Bazaar - 06hrs.

Morning walk leads to long descend reaching at Imjatse River in Phunge Tenga, after crossing a bridge with short steep uphill and then on gradual winding trail to Namche Bazaar, after a short break at Namche, continue walk on downhill to Dudh Kosi River valley, and then with short ups and downs to reach at the entrance and exit gate of Sagarmatha National Park, a short walk from brings you at Monjo village for overnight stop.


Day 15: Trek back to Lukla for last overnight in Khumbu area - 04 hrs walks.

After a marvelous and enjoyable time on high Khumbu valley and ridges with Gokyo Valley & Everest base camp trek, our last day walk of this adventure leads back on the same trail to Lukla, arriving by lunch time with last overnight stop within Everest region, afternoon free and celebrate dinner with fellow members, staff and guides.


Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Waking early morning to catch the flight back to Kathmandu, transfer to Lukla airport terminal and then board in a small aircraft either twin otter or Dornier, for super scenic flight to reach at Kathmandu, on arrival in Kathmandu airport, transfer to your respective hotels with rest of day free for individual activities and souvenirs shopping.


Day 17: In Kathmandu free and spare day.

In Kathmandu free and spare day in case of flight delay or cancellation, can occur sometimes due to bad unfavorable weather from Pokhara to Kathmandu, if all turns up well as per our itinerary days join in our interesting tour of Kathmandu – Patan and Bhaktapur, full of world heritage site of historical-culture and religious importance.


Day 18: International departure for home ward bound.

As per your flight time our guide and staff transfers you at the airport after an enjoyable and great time on Gokyo Valley & Everest Base Camp Trekking.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrancee fees during kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. 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
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow