We highly recommend trekking to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes. The Gokyo Lakes route ventures off the main trail which keeps you away from the crowd and into the Gokyo Valley. The major highlight of the trek will be ascent of Gokyo Ri (Peak) and Cho La (Pass)
A morning flight will take you to the small mountain village of Lukla landing on a short steep runway. You will get your first great views of the Everest region if you are lucky enough. You will start your trek with a gentle descent through cultivated fields and Sherpa villages right after you are introduced to your support staff.
The second day you will have a long climb to Namche. Namche is a surprisingly modern town where you can get to enjoy a few luxuries which you won’t find in the more remote regions. There is alot to do while we spend a day here acclimatizing. Besides exploring the bazaar, you can visit viewpoints there is also a Sherpa museum where you can find many photos of Everest summiteers, as well as a documentary of the Mount Everest region.
From Namche, we trek up to Gokyo by leaving the classic trail and trek up the Dudh Koshi Valley through Dole and Machermo. There are five sacred lakes in the Gokyo Valley, with clear turquoise water. The highlight of Gokyo is the climb of Gokyo Ri which is a small peak just behind the village, from where there you can see the unbelievable views of Cho Oyu and Everest.
After Gokyo Ri, the trek, you cross the glacier and descend to Tragnag before climbing up to the Cho La Pass which is one of three great passes in the Khumbu region. After you drop down from the pass you rejoin the main trail to Everest Base Camp at Lobuche, which passes through Gorak Shep. By afternoon you will reach base camp.
Early in the morning, the very next day you climb to Kala Patthar, 5545m, where you will get an opportunity to view a breath-taking site of Mount Everest. From Kala Patthar, you descend to Dingboche, and over the next three days you will retrace your steps to Lukla. From Lukla you will catch your flight back to Kathmandu.
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu|
|2||Preparation Day in Kathmandu|
|3||Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m|
|4||Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3441m|
|5||Acclimatization day - Trekking around Namche Bazaar|
|6||Trek to Khumjung, 3790m|
|7||Trek to Dole, 4200m|
|8||Trek to Machermo, 4470m|
|9||Trek to Gokyo, 4790m|
|10||Acclimatization day in Gokyo, 4790m|
|11||Trek to Thagnag, 4990m|
|12||Cross Cho La pass, 5420m and descend to Dzonglha|
|13||Trek to Lobuche, 4910m|
|14||Trek to Gorak Shep and back to EBC (Everest Base Camp), 5363m|
|15||Early Morning ascend to Kala Pattar, 5545m and descend to Dingbuche, 4400m|
|16||Trek to Namche, 3441m|
|17||Trek to Lukla|
|18||Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu|
|19||Free day Kathmandu|
Best Seasons for Everest Base Camp Trekking via Gokyo
The best seasons for the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views.
Everest Base Camp via Gokyo is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Go Himalayan Adventures takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
Three meals a day are included during your Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.
Drinking Water on Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
Fitness/Health for the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
Local Customs You Should Know About on the Classic Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek
Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.
Safety for the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Go Himalayan Adventures request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
Travel Insurance for Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek
Go Himalayan Adventures strongly recommends that you have personal insurance to sufficiently cover all activities you will undertake during this trip. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Go Himalayan Adventures can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.
If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.
If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Go Himalayan Adventures will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.
There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.
It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.
In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.
If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.