Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake and Cho la Pass is one of the best trekking trails in Nepal. This trail is not so crowded as many other trails in the peak of the season. The trek to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake gives you an opportunity to trek on an off beaten trail. This trek starts in Lukla and winds through Sherpa Villages like Namche, Khumjung and Machhermo among others all the way up to Gokyo Lake.
From Gokyo you can enjoy a nice panoramic view of the mountains and their snowcapped peaks. The trek to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo crosses Cho La Pass, which is 5363m high, from there we will enter Khumbu Valley and follow the popular Base Camp Trail to the Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m.)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m.)
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m.)
Day 05: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar: (3,440m.)
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to PhortseThanga (3,680m.)
Day 07: PhortseThanga to Machhermo (4,470m.)
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m.)
Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day – Optional Hike to 5th Lake
Day 10: Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m.)
Day 11: Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m.) to Dzongla
Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m.)
Day 13: Lobuche to GorakShep (5,170 m.), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m.)
Day 14: GorakShep to Kala Patthar (5,545m.) to Pherice (4,288m.)
Day 15: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m.)
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 18: Final departure
You arrive in Kathmandu and you will be picked up from the airport and you will be taken to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu, where you will spend your first night.
Today you will visit different historical and cultural sites of the Kathmandu valley with one of our guides. In the morning after having breakfast you will go and visit the Buddhist and Hindu temples Boudhanath and Pashupatinath, which reflect the culture and tradition of the Nepalese society. After having visited these temples you will go to Kathmandu Durbar square in Basantapur, later in the afternoon we will pay a visit to Swayambhunath, the famous monkey temple and in the evening you will return to your hotel.
In the morning you have a scenic flight of 30 - 35 minutes to Lukla (2800m.) from Kathmandu. During the flight you can see the snowcapped mountains and green fields below. From Lukla we start our walk and head to Phakding passing through the forest and then we follow the river bank of the DudhKoshi River. In Phakding you can climb to the Gumpa to see your first view of the high peaks. We spend the night in Phakding.
From Phakding the trail follows the DudhKoshi River and eventually we reach Zamphuti. From there we can see excellent views of the Thamserku peak. Then the trail climbs to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project, an interesting place to have a look around and gain an insight into the farming way of life of the local people. From Chomoa, the trail climbs to Monjo (2840m.) and we will enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park (1148sq km, established in 1976). From there we will walk some distance to Jorsale, from where we will climb while we enjoy views of Mount Everest peeking over the ridge of Nuptse (7879m.).Finally the trail will reach the street of Namche Bazaar, here we will stay overnight at a guest house.
Today will be a resting day, for proper acclimatization.We will combine this with an excursion. We will hike to Everest View Hotel, the ideal place to see some of the highest mountain tops such as Mount Everest, AmaDablam, Thamserku, Lhotse and a few others. You can walk around the Khumjung valley, Hillary School and Khunde Hospital and then return back to Namche. In Namche Bazaar you can spend some time interacting with the local Sherpa and Rai people.
We will leave Namche bazaar and walk for some time along the ridge and then descend to DudhKoshi River at Phunkithanka. Then after crossing the bridge as we hike up the steep path to Tengboche. When you reach Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Tengboche has the largest Monastery of the Khumbu region, we will stay there overnight at a Tea house.
From Phortse Thanga it is an uphill climb to Machhermo. We walk on a trail alongside a rhododendron forest and pass through a waterfall before reaching Tongba Village. We continue our uphill trek and pass through Dhole, Labarma and Luza villages before reaching Machhermo. Throughout today’s journey we will be walking alongside the Dudhkoshi river. We will spend the night in Machhermo.
We begin today by climbing a ridge for an excellent view down the valley to Kangtaiga and also up towards Cho Oyu (8153 m). The valley now widens as the trail passes through Phangkha, where an avalanche in 1995 killed 40 people. We then descend to the riverbank before climbing onto the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier on a steep trail. Upon crossing an iron bridge over a stream, the trail levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo, at 4690 m. At this junction we might get a chance to observe lama footprints on a stone. Little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight here. After lunch, we explore around the third lake, Dudh Pokhari. We will stay overnight in Gokyo village.
We will hike to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above Gokyo village. As we ascend, the views become even more fantastic and we can see four of the seven highest peaks of Nepal, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Reaching the fourth lake, Thonak Tsho we take pleasure in the lake’s serene beauty after which we trek back along the retracing trail to the third lake. We may take an additional hike up to the fifth lake, Ngozumba Tsho if time permits and depending on our physical conditions. From here, the view of Ngozumba glacier, the longest glacier of the Himalayas, is really good. We will stay overnight in Gokyo.
If we did not climb the Gokyo Ri the previous day, we can do that today. Climbing to the top of Gokyo Ri is demanding as it is steep and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top. But the scenery of Gokyo village, on the edge of third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier, is really nice. We are surrounded by panoramic mountains such as Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse and Pumori. We trek through the Ngazumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Next, traverse along the edge of that mountain and then meander into Thagnak. It will be a short hike today with an afternoon of rest which will prepare us for long hiking days which we have ahead of us.
Today is going to be one of the toughest days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice may cause trouble by making the trail slippery. The trail from Phedi climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake, we reach at the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars to the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla Village. The village provides great views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche mountains along with the Pheriche Village far below.
This will be a very short trek so we have a lot time to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. We climb down from Dzongla and walk through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak. The trail curves through the wide river bed before reaching Lobuche. We can spend the rest of day taking a rest which will help us prepare for the next day’s long trek. We will stay overnight in Lobuche.
Today is longest trekking day but we’ll achieve our goal – Everest Base Camp. Walking through moraine and slippery trail might be difficult for some of you but an incredible 360° mountainview inspires us to develop our strength. Since there is no place to stay at Everest Base Camp return to Gorakshep to spend the night there.
Today has another climax- Kala Patthar (5,545m), a nice sunrise viewing point. At Kala Patthar, countless high peaks play around our eyes, offering great photo opportunities. Spend some time and walk back to Gorakshep. Thereafter, we’ll continue trek back downhill to Pheriche, where we will spend the night.
Continue descending. The trail will take us across the Dudhkoshi River and then along the Dudhkoshi gorge as it rapidly descends through pine forests. There will be opportunities to see Himalayan Thar, Pheasant and other animals, if we are lucky. We will reach to Namche Bazaar where we will spend the night
Morning breakfast is followed by the trek towards Lukla valley. Enjoy nice views of the landscapes and mountains. We will stay overnight in Lukla.
Finally a day without trekking as we’ll take the scenic morning flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, shift to hotel and spend rest of your time to relax and maybe do some last minute shopping. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner. We will spend the night in Kathmandu.
About 3 hours prior to your flight time, we will transfer you to the airport from where you can fly to your onward destination.
- Airport pickups and drops offs in a private vehicle
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Teahouse / guest house accommodation during the trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepalese visa fee
- Excess baggage charge(s)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu, apart from farewell dinner
- International flights
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
This is departure.