Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes trek is an adventurous trek in the Everest region. One of the challenging trek in the Himalayas, Everest Gokyo Lakes trekking suits the trekkers having previous hiking experiences in the high altitude. Widely famous as the Everest Circuit trek, the route offers to collect the stunning views of the Himalayas including Mount Everest and to explore the amazing Sherpa villages of the Khumbu Region.Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek also advances to explore the fabulous lakes of Gokyo valley. The inclusion of the Cho-La Pass (5330m.) makes this trip a challenging and equally rewarding. Visiting the Gokyo Ri and Kalapathar is another highlight of Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes Trek.
The best seasons for the trek are Spring (March-April) and Autumn (September-November). All of our departures are 100% fixed. You can choose your preferred dates or you can simply request us for the dates.
Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,334m) Upon your arrival in Kathmandu airport, our representative will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. You can take a good rest in the free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and preparation (1,334m.) Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing is dedicated to introducing four of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites in Kathmandu including Soyambhunath- The Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath- the pilgrimage sites of Hindus, Boudhanath and the ancient Kathmandu Durbar square. In the evening enjoy the welcome dinner in a traditional Nepal restaurant with cultural program. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Scenic flight to Lukla (45 minutes) and trek to Phakding (2,652m. /4-5 hours trekking/ 8km approx.): Take a scenic flight to Lukla airport. The flight to Lukla is always an adventurous one. In Lukla, you will meet your remaining crews then you will start your trekking. The trail follows the Dudh Koshi river. Trekking through the stone walls and collecting the pictures of painted Mani walls makes the trek wonderful. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m. /5-6 hours trekking/ 10km approx.).: – From Phakding the trail ascends up to Monju then to Jorsalle. Once you cross the Larja Bridge the trail again ascends up and on a clear day, you can collect the first glimpse of Mount Everest. Further hike up to Namche Bazar. Namche Bazar is traditional Sherpa village and also widely popular as The Sherpa Capital. In Namche, you can money exchange to exchange the money plus the internet café for surfing. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 5: Acclimatization day. Explore Sherpa Capital. It is always better to have an acclimatization day in Namche Bazar which allows your body to adapt the thin air. You can also explore the Sherpa capital in the day time. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 6: Trek to Dole (4200m/5-6 hrs trek/8km approx.) The trail from Namche Bazar is gradual with ups and downs, you will continue your trekking Phortse Thanga. From there you will continue ascending towards Dole for the overnight. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 7: Trek to Machhermo (4470m/ 4-5 hrs trek/7 km approx.) The trail from the Dole ascends and passes the villages of Kele then Luza. From Luza with a short trek, you will reach Machhermo
Day 8: Trek to Gokyo (4800m/3-4 hrs trek/ 7km approx. ) Climb up to the ridge which offers the excellent view of both Khangtega and Norther face of Cho-Oyu. Lonspunga Tso is the first lake you will see this day. Little further see Tanjung Tsho- the second lake you see for the day and then you will finally get to Gokyo where the third lake Gokyo Tsho is. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 9: Rest day at Gokyo Explore the lakes around the Gokyo valley.Today you can also see the Ngazumpa Glacier, the biggest in the world. Enjoy exploring. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 10: Hike to Gokyo RI (5,330m), and trek to Thagnak (4750m/ 6-7 hrs trek/ 12 km approx. ) Before breakfast, you will hike up to Gokyo Ri to collect the mesmerizing view of the sunrise in the Himalayas including Everest and Makalu. After collecting the stunning views, you will trek back to Gokyo for the breakfast. Then after you will trek to Thagnak for the overnight. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 11: Trek to Cho-la Pass (5367m) to Dzongla (4,850m/5-6 hrs trek/ 8km approx. ) From Thangnak the trail ascends up to Cho-La through the slippery and the icy path. The cross is difficult and as you will be crossing the glacier it is suggested to stay on the left side. After the cross, the trail will descend down to Dzong La for the overnight. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m/ 5-6 hrs trek/10 km approx. ) Trek through the moraine glacier where the wonderful views of Mount Pumori accompany you. You will reach Gorakshep for the lunch. After the lunch, you can take good rest at Gorakshep. In the evening you will be hiking up to Kalapathar to collect the sunset view in the Himalayas. After sunset, you will trek back to Gorakshep. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,357m) and Gorakshep (5-6rs trek/ 8km approx. ) A wonderful trekking day where we mostly trek through the glacier path. You can collect the awe-inspiring views of the snow-capped mountains in Everest Base Camp which includes Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori. After spending a wonderful time, we then retrace back to Gorakshep for the overnight.
Day 14: Kalapathar (5,550m) hike and stroll back to Dingboche (4,358m/ 7-8 hrs trek/12 km approx. ) Wake up early and hike up to Kalapathar, from there you can collect the stunning views of the mountains including Mount Everest. Then after we will retrace back to Gorakshep for the lunch. After lunch, we will trek all the way down to Dingboche for overnight.
Day 15: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/4-5 hrs trek/7 km approx. ) The trail to Tengboche is mostly downhill. On the way down you will be passing the villages of Somare, Pangboche, and Deboche before reaching Tengboche. Tengboche is one the best view point for the Himalayas including Mount Everest. You can also visit the Tengboche Monastery which is the biggest Buddhist Monastery in the Everest region. In the evening you can enjoy wonderful sunset view. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 16: Trek to Monjo ((2680M/ 5-6 hrs trek/7 km approx.) The trail you travel today is mostly a downhill. You will pass several small and big settlements including Namche Bazar on the way to Monju. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2,800m/ 6-7 hrs trek/10 km approx. ) The final day of the trek. You will be trekking back to Lukla this day. In the evening you can enjoy the farewell dinner with the Sherpas. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,334m/45 minutes flight) You will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you will have enough time for the last minute shopping. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 19: Fly back home You will be transferred to the Kathmandu Airport to catch your returning flight back to home.
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast in twin sharing basis
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Teahouse accommodation during trekking
Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
Welcome and farewell dinners
Flight (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek and their all expenses
Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) and his all expenses
Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after the trek)
Necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
Nepalese visa fee
Travel and rescue insurance
Excess baggage charge(s)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, Wi-Fi charge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
1 pair strong hiking boots
1 pair sports shoes
1 medium rucksack/backpack
1 small day pack
1 sleeping bag (according to seasons)
1 inner sleeping sheet
1 down jacket/all weather Anorak
1 fleece/warm sweater
1 water and windproof jacket
2 pair lightweight trousers
1 pair shorts
2 long sleeves cotton or polypro
1 medium sized towel
1 water bottle-1 or 2 litre
1 torch/flashlight and spare batteries
1 Swiss type knife
2 pairs light socks
3 pairs heavy wool socks
Underwear (including thermals)
Spring is one of the best seasons. As you trek through the rhododendron forest you can see the rhododendron blooming around plus the views also get clearer
Autumn is another best season for trekking Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes. This time around, the views gets clear and amazing.
Winter (December-February) Not recommended.
Trekking Everest Gokyo Lakes in Monsoon is not recommended because the heavy rainfall happens and the Flights are heavily distributed.
Permits TIMS Card: US$ 10 National Park entry fee: US$ 33
It gets when you go up in the high mountains where the air is thin. Symptoms
Problem on breathing
Nausea and Vomiting
Fatigue/loss of energy
Loss of appetite
Techniques for preventing AMS
Walk slowly and take small breaks during the trekking
Drink more water and avoid alcohol
Take acclimatization days during the trek
Eat light and high-calorie diets, foods in rich potassium is recommend
Get prepare with the warms clothes
It is better to try some hiking before going the high altitude.
Some Medication Suggestion of AMS
Paracetamol and Ibuprofen for headaches
Anti-sickness medicines, like promethazine for nausea
Acetazolamide to prevent and treat high altitude sickness
Common AMS treatment
Descend down to the lower altitude and go up again once you feel better. If it does not improve even after descending or get worse then you should see the doctor.
Take the suggested medicine, take ibuprofen or paracetamol for a headache, if you feel sick then take anti-sickness medicines.
Always share your companions if you are not feeling well so that they can help you before it is too late.
Booking To book the trip, you can request through booking form on the trip or you can send us an email directly.
Payment While booking a trip with us, you can send us 10 % as advance via Bank Transfer/Western Union/ Credit Card. You can pay rest on arrival at our Kathmandu office.
Documents You are requested to provide a photocopy of the passport and Nepal visa. Also, please provide us 3 fresh passport size photographs.
Accommodation We will provide you 3-star category hotels in Kathmandu. During the trekking, you will be using the teahouses.
Foods Foods, you get during the trekking is safe and healthy. In the altitude, we recommend you to eat the local food and the vegetarian. Our guides are knowledgeable will take you to the best places for the food.
Water During the trekking, you can get the bottled water easily and it cost US$ 2 in the low elevations and US$ 3-4 in higher elevations. Next option would be, taking 1 or 2-liter water bottle plus the water purifier with you so that you can use tap or spring water.
Trekking staffs All of our trekking guides/porters are license holder, highly experienced and professionals and always dedicated to making your trip in the Himalayas an amazing one.
Flight Delays Sometimes flights delay to and from Lukla are expected. In the worst case, if you cannot fly in/out Lukla, then we will arrange the sharing helicopter which normally cost US$ 500 extra per person.
Responsible Tourism We believe in responsible tourism so we operate all of our trips on the responsible way. We always focus on minimizing the negative environmental, social and economic impacts. We focus on creating greater economic benefits for the local community same time request all to preserve the beauty of mother nature.
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