The extended version of Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest via Gokyo Lakes Trek is one of the greatest trekking routes in Nepal Himalayas. The extension of Everest Base Camp with the stunning Gokyo Valley and the Cho-La pass puts Gokyo Lakes trek above all in the bucket list.
Furthermore, visiting of Sherpa Capital, the local lifestyle and the local food. The unique trekking experience in the rugged Himalayan trail and enjoy the majestic views of Himalayas from Gokyo Ri and Kalapatthar plus exploring the glacial lakes of Gokyo valley are something special. Similarly,
In addition, the occasional sightseeing of the endangered snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer and the shy red panda adds the excitement on the trekking.
Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes Trekking FAQs
What are the best seasons to trek Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes?
The best time to trek Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November). While, April and the October are the best months. In contrast, trekking Everest Base Camp in Monsoon (June-August) and Winter (December-February) are recommended. Due to the heavy rain in Monsoon, and the poor visibility and the cold weather in winter, trekking Everest Base Camp is not a good idea.
How high is Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes and how high will I get?
Everest Base Camp is 5,364 meters above the sea level.The maximum altitude of Everest Base Camp Trekking is 5,545 meters above the sea level at Kalapatthar.
Are the teahouses/lodges during Everest Base Camp are good?
The teahouses during the Everest Base Camp are with good facilities with good rooms, warm blankets, hot showers, WIFI and good food.
How good do I need to be physically to complete the trekking?
The trekking is not a hard one, yet it is not an easy trekking for those who is not okay walking 4-5 hours per day. Therefore, it is recommended to do some work out and some hikes before coming for Everest Base Camp.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (Dinner included)
As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu, a Visit Heaven Trek representative will be there for your warm welcome. And will accompany you to transfer to your hotel. The evening will be for a welcome dinner with Visit Heaven Trek Team in one of the typical Nepali restaurants of Thamel.
Day 02:Kathmandu sightseeing (Breakfast included)
Take your breakfast and get ready for a guided full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley. The sightseeing program is focused on introducing some highlights of UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu such as Kathmandu Durbar square, Swoyambhunath ,also known as “Monkey Temple”, Pashupatinath –temple of Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath; a Buddhist place. After sightseeing evening will be for trek briefing and preparation of things per need.
Day 03: Phakding.(2610m.) (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Early morning, flight to Lukla (2810m.) takes 35-40 minutes approx. Thereafter, you will trek to Phakding (3 hours approx.) passing several Sherpa villages via Dudh Koshi.
Day 04: Namche Bazaar.(3445m.) (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Take breakfast and get ready to trek to Namche Bazaar. This day is a bit challenging day for us. Our route ascends via Dudh Koshi river through Sagarmatha National Park where we can experience some wildlife. With 7 hours long walk, finally, we will be at Namche Bazar; which is also known as Sherpa Capital. A trading place between high land and low land people and the administrative centre of the Khumbu region. Last place to check your equipment and hire any additional gears for your trek. Overnight at a teahouse.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar. (3445 m.) (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
An acclimatise day at Namche Bazaar. Today you will also visit the local museum and surrounding village. The efficient way to acclimatise is to do strenuous walk up to high altitude then back down to your hotel. O/N.
Day 06 : Dole.(4040m.) (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
An easy trekking day. After breakfast we slowly step up to Kyanjuma Village, passing beautiful stupa with the nice view of Everest and Lhotse at the background. After reaching Kyanjuma we turn off the main trail and begin climbing to the Mong La, marked by a chorten on the top of a ridge at 3972m. This ridge descends from Khumbila, the abode of the patron god of all Sherpas. From the ridge, the trail descends in a series of switchbacks towards the Dudh Kosi.
At Phortse Tenga, the trail starts to climb steeply out of the valley and we enter the rhododendron forests, which give way to juniper and conifers higher up the valley. We pass through many kharkas, summer settlements used by the Sherpas to graze their yaks, before coming to Dole (4040m) where we have magnificent views of Khumbila and Tawoche.(aprox.7hrs)(O/N).
Day 07: Machhermo.(4410m.) (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
From Dole the trail is steep in places as it passes through Lhabarma and Luza along the side of the valley, high above the river through scrub junipers until we cross the sandy spurs to Machhermo (4410m). It was here in 1974 that a yeti was reported to have attacked a sherpa and killed three yaks! We should get to Marchhermo by lunchtime and in the afternoon, there is time for an acclimatisation walk up onto the ridge behind the lodge for amazing views of Thamserku.(approx.4hrs)(O/N).
Day 08: Gokyo.(4750.m) (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
The day starts with climbing a ridge for an excellent view down the valley to Kangtaiga and also up towards Cho Oyu (8153m). The valley now widens as the trail passes through Pangkha then descends to the riverbank before beginning the steep climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpo Glacier. Here we pass the first of the lakes at Gokyo where a family of Brahminy ducks reside and then follow the level trail to the summerhouses and walled meadows of Gokyo.Where you can find a small settlement of lodges on the shores of a blue lake. At afternoon, we will walk up the hill behind camp to take magnificent views of the Ngozumpo Glacier. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 09: Thangnak.(4700m) (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
We start trekking this day earlier than the previous day. Today we ascend up a small peak called Gokyo Ri, which just above wonderful Gokyo Village. As we step forward to Thangnak, the views come even closer and seem more fantastic. We can view four of the seven highest peaks in the Nepal Himalaya Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Stretching out for miles below us is the longest glacier in Nepal – the Ngozumpo glacier, which tumbles down from the slopes of Cho Oyu.
One of the best all round views in Nepal, the climb is well worth the effort. We return to Gokyo for lunch. Midafternoon we retrace our steps to the second lake and climb to the crest of the moraine overlooking the Ngozumpo glacier. The route across the glacier is well marked with cairns and takes us to the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley. Overnight at Tangnak (4700m) the foot of the Cho La Pass.
Day 10: Dzongla.(4830m.) (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Day to pass Cho La(5330m).With the early start, we climb up from Tangnak and approach a large boulder field. Beyond this ancient moraine, the climb to the pass is steep in places, involving some easy scrambling. The upper part of the route can be snow covered, particularly after November. The challenging pass offers some stunning views of including an unusual aspect of Ama Dablam.
The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier (usually snow covered) which is fairly straightforward. We descend steeply to the grazing pastures below, the trail becoming more defined as we approach Dzongla (4830m), where we stay tonight in a very small basic lodge.
Day 11: Lobuche.(4910m.) (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Day to leave Dzongla, we continue our descent on an easy trail. A short ascent brings us to the foot of Awi Peak, which we contour round on a wonderful high trail with great views of Chalotse and Tawoche across the valley. After then we descend to catch the main trail again just below Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche (4,930m) from where the sunset on Nuptse is absolutely stunning.
Day 12: Gorak Shep.(5180m.) (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
We are now surrounded by giant Himalayan peaks; Everest, Nuptse, Lingtren, Khumbutse and Pumori tower above us. Today is very long and hard as we visit Everest Base Camp. The trail from Labuche climbs steadily by the side of the Khumbu Glacier, and after crossing glacier rubble we arrive at Gorak Shep (5180m), a summer yak-herder settlement siuated at the foot of Kala Pattar.
After a short break and snack, we set off for Base Camp. The trail heads along the crest of the moraine at first and then drops onto the Khumbu Glacier itself, where we get magnificent close-up views of the great Khumbu Icefall as it tumbles down from Everest. In the spring season, we will see expedition teams as they prepare for an ascent. We retrace our steps to Gorak Shep for the night.
Day 13: Kalapathar Dingboche.(4410m.) (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Day to make the steady climb to the lofty summit of Kalapathar(5550 m),most people who are fit and have acclimatised without problems-generally at least half the group- can make this ascent. Kalapathar is a view point for breathtaking-far better than Base camp itself. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and more peaks can be viewed from there. After then descend from the peak, and continue our trek to Dingboche. Overnight at a teahouse.
Day 14: Tengboche.(3810m.) (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
We start our day with breakfast and after that we descend through Imja valley, passing Sherpa village of Somare and Pangboche, where we find the greener landscape and pass through alpine meadows to Pangboche. We come back to the tree line, we walk through the bridge and Rhododendron forests before reach to Tangboche.There is one of the papular monastery in this region, the monastery open every day morning and evening,so you can walk inside the monastery to see the monks are doing their ritual things. Overnight will be in one of the teahouses at Tangboche.
Day 15: Monju.(2780m.) (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Setting destination Monjo, Today we descend down to phungithanga, folow the trail high above the dudhkoshi river. Along the way, we have the last view of mountain Ama dablam,Khangeta, and Tangboche monastery. Crossing Namche bazaar the path descends steeply down to the Dudh Kosi river with crossing a high bridge through Jorsale takes us at overnight place Monju.
Day 16: Lukla.(2810m.) (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Last day of our trek, the route passes through the same village before getting Lukla. Lukla the place to say good bye to our porters. We will have a dinner with our crews in Lukla this day.
Day 17: Kathmandu.(1334m.) (Breakfast included)
Today we take a short early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu .Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, your guide will help you to transfer to your hotel. You will have a free time for shopping around Thamel. The evening will be for farewell dinner with Visit Heaven Trek team.
Day 18: Departure Day (Breakfast included)
Day to fly back home, say Namaste for memories that will last a lifetime. A Visit Heaven Trek representative will accompany you to get Airport for your departure. NAMASTE!!
- Airport pick up and drop off by a private vehicle
- 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu at 3-star category hotel with breakfast in twin sharing basis
- Kathmandu Valley sightseeing (Private vehicle and a tour guide)
- Flight (Kathmandu-Lukla and Lukla-Kathmandu)
- Sagarmatha National Park fee and Pasang Lhamu Village entrance fees.
- An experienced English-speaking guide and his all expenses including his insurance
- Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their all expenses including their insurance
- Food in full board during the trekking with 3 compliment teas and teahouse accommodation
- Complimentary sleeping bags and down jackets
- Trekking route map
- First aid kit
- All the governmental taxes and service charges
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Nepal visa fees
- Personal expenses (Wifi, bar bills, laundries, hot shower during the trekking, gadget charging fees- US$ 1- US$
- 5 per gadget, mobile recharge etc)
- Extra nights accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival from the trek due to unforeseen circumstances
- Extra luggage charges (Only 15 kgs- 10kgs+5kgs are included if more you need to pay US$ 2 per kilogram)
- Emergency evacuation (our company will help to arrange the evacuation if needed)
- Anything does not mention in the inclusion list
- 1 pair strong hiking boots/ 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
- 2 T-shirts /1 medium sized towel
- 1 water bottle-1 or 2 litre
- 1 torch/flashlight and spare batteries
- 2 pairs light socks
- 3 pairs heavy wool socks
- Underwear (including thermals)
- Cotton headscarf/bandana
- Warm hat/gloves (waterproof)
- Sunglasses and Sunhat
- Money Belt
- Water purification tablets/solution
- Sun block Cream(30-50)
- Personal toiletries
- Moleskin for blister
- Toilet paper
- Bio degradable soap/shampoo
- Any personal medication
- 3/4 plastic bags (for wrapping clothes)
Note: Due to the different seasons in Nepal, trekkers are requested to inquire before preparing equipment.
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