Group Size: 1-12 Pax
Max Altitude: 5364 M
Fitness Level: Strenuous
Duration: 18 Days
Best Season: March-May & Sep- Nov
Trip Cost: $1450 USD
Group Size: 1-12 Pax
Max Altitude: 5364 M
Fitness Level: Strenuous
Duration: 18 Days
Best Season: March-May & Sep- Nov
Trip Cost: $1450 USD
The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes is a combination of the Gokyo Lakes (4700m/15420 feet) and Everest Base Camp (5364m/17598 feet) by cross over the Cho-La pass (5368m/17612 feet). Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Syangboche, Tengboche, Gokyo Ri, Chola Pass, Everest Base Camp, Kalapather are the major attraction in this treks.
This trek Starts after flying to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla (2,828m) from Kathmandu. The Namche Bazaar is the capital city of Sagarmatha national park and also the homeland of Sherpa also knows as the capital of sherpa Community. Maybe it might sound something uncommon to you but this is true that every Saturday people from different places many people come to Lukla and there is a big market day on Saturday in Lukla. The mountain views are great from here. After the Namche Bazaar, we ascend Gokyo trail. A visit to Gokyo Ri (5330m) offers magnificent majors mountains Cho Yu( 8201m), Everest (Sagarmatha) (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori and others mountains. We then cross over the Chola-Pass (5368m). Over the Chola-Pass has snow all the time. It is considering as a challenging pass. The trekking is continuously rewarded with Everest base camp and Kalapather (5550m/18209 feet, viewpoint) close view of Everest and other mountains. A visit to Everest Base Camp trek will give you the chance to have a closer look at the spectacular Khumbu Icefall. We trek along a high traversing path where we have good views of Everest and others mountains then head towards down Tengboche Monastery, Namche Bazaar and Lukla at Last night.We have two different routes for this treks. Himalayan snow treks and expedition guide and porter will help you all the time and the routes we choose is the best route for this trek.
GOKYO LAKES, one of the most amazing high – altitude lake systems of Nepal is located, at the lap of sixth highest mountain of the world – MT cho Oyu. Elevated at an altitude of 4,700 to 5,000 meters above sea level, the gokyo lakes the world highest freshwater lakes system lies in the sagarmatha national park in the khumbu region. The gokyo lakes comprise of numerous lakes. Among the prominent ones are gokyo Cho,Thonak cho, Gyazumpa cho, tanning cho, Ngozumpa cho, and longbanga cho. The major one, however, is Gokyo cho, These lakes are fed by the Ngozumpa Glacier. The surrounding areas offers a picturesque view of the amazing lakes along with the range of magnificent mountains all around. Even though the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest, is not visible from here, a few hours walk up to GOKYO Ri summit, offers the majestic view of the tallest peak on earth.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla Scenic Flight and short trek to Phakding. Altitude: 2,652m/8,700ft. Time Travel: 3 to 4 hrs Walk
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar Trek Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft Time Travel: 5 to 6 hrs Walk
Day 05: Rest day for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Trek to Dhole. Altitude: 4200m/ 13779ft. Time Travel: 5 to 6 hrs Walk
Day 07: Trek to Machharmo Altitude: 4470 m/ 14665 ft. Time Travel: 4 to 5 hrs Walk
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Altitude: 4790 m/ 15715 ft. Time Travel: 5 to 6 hrs Walk
Day 09: Rest Day at Gokyo, hike to Gokyo Ri, Fifth Lake, and its surroundings
Day 10: Trek to Thangnak. Altitude: 4750m/15580ft. Time Travel: 5 to 6 hrs walk
Day 11: Trek to Dzongla via Chola Pass. Altitude: 4,850m/15908ft Time Travel: 6 to 7 hrs walk
Day 12:Treks to Lobuche From Dzongla Altitude: 4900m Time Travel 3-4 Hour
Day 13: Day trip to Everest Base Camp and explore its wonderful surrounding. Altitude: 5,160m/16,929ft Time Travel: 5-6 hours
Day 14: Gorakshep to Kalapatthar to Pheriche Trek. Altitude: 5545m/ 18187ft. to 4320m/14170ft. Time Travel: 6 to 7 hrs walk
Day 15: Treks From Pheriche to Namche Trek. Altitude: 3440m/11,284ft. Time Travel: 5 to 6 hrs walk
Day 16: Namche to Lukla Via Phakding Trek Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft. Time Travel: 4 to 5 hrs walk
Day 17: Fly Back to Kathmandu. Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft. Time Travel: 30 to 40 minutes flight
Day 18: Kathmandu to Your Port of Destination
If you provide us your flight details then you will be picked up from the Himalaya snow treks representative one of our staff will be waiting at the airport with your name card. Please do try to find your name card. In TIA Airport You can easily get the Nepalese mobile Sim card for your mobile phone with data on it @cost of $10USD. We will drive you straight to our booked hotel in Thamel. We will provide you the city map and provide some local information that you should have to know around Kathmandu and in Mountain regions.
Today after breakfast @9 am our representative will attend to your booked hotel and then we go for the city tour to Kathmandu Valley with our tour guide on our cab.
Today we will visit some of the most attractive places around Kathmandu Valley. Most of the places are temples and stupa because of the Kathmandu valley is popularly known as the city of temples. We Choose some among them which are very popular to all over the world and listed by UNESCO as a world Heritages sites. They Charge entrance fees. You pay it once you are there.
Patan Durbar square ($10)
Pashupatinath Temple ($10)
Boudhanath Stupa ($2)
Swayambhunath Temple ($2) Entrance fees
After we complete our City tour we will drive back to Hotel and then we will get prepare for Our Trek to Everest base camp our guide will meet you around evening time and we go for the typical Nepalese cultural music Restaurant for the dinner.
Today we have to start early morning 5 am so we will have our packing breakfast from Hotel or can have a breakfast at Lukla. You will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet our Porter and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery.
Overnight in Phakding.
We wake up early and follows the trial of the Dudh Koshi valley north, meandering through the pines about 100m above the west bank of the river. We cross the ghattekhola by a small hydroelectricity project the trail climbs up over the ridge to the tiny village of toktok which is badly damaged by earthquake we can see the MT Thamserku 6608m peak that rises to the east of Namche Bazar.
We pass the Benkar( Rock Painting of Guru Rinpoche) the best place to stop for a little bit. We further continue our walk and reach to Chumoa (2820m) where you must show your time and permit at the checkpoint. After tumor, you will pass the rhododendron and magnolia forest and rich to Monjo. Just above the Monjo is the entrance checkpoint for the Sagarmatha National Park 3000 rs for an adult (6 am to 6 pm). We continue our trek and pass the suspension bridge at for sale. This is the last settlement before the big climb to Namche Bazar for an hour.
Today after breakfast we can make our wonderful day by going to Khumjung Valley (3790m). Khumjung valley is over the hill and directly behind the Namche Bazar. It takes like one and half hour to reach there. Khumjung valley route with the village is the traditional route for Tibetan people to Nepal. That’s why on the way you can see many yaks carrying a lot of good and trading equipment with their Master. We also have an option for a walk around to Everest View Hotel area.
Today, you will trek from Namche to Dole. The trail from Namche to Kyanjuma is nice and easy. Trek from Kyanjuma to Mong La is all climbing. You have to trek down to from Mong la to Phortse Tenga and climb up to Dole. The views are great from Kyanjuma and Mong-La and if you are lucky, you have a chance to see wild animal musk deer. The trek from Namche to Dole is 6-7 hours walk. Dole is located at 4230m elevation. , overnight at Lodge.
Firstly, we climb steadily up through a scenic ridge above Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. The path is steep in most places as we pass through thorny bushes up to Lhabarma. Offering us good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku the trail takes us through many summer settlements and a charming hamlet of Luza (4360 m). While ascending from Luza, the Dudh Koshi valley is deep like a canyon with its sheer sides. Walking along the hillside above thundering Dudkoshi passing through some small hamlets and through sandy spurs, we reach Machherma. Machherma is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. The beautiful stream flowing down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche mountains runs through the middle of the village before draining into the Dudh Koshi. It is the place where Khumbu people got the first sighting of Yeti in 1974. At this juncture, we pay our visit to the Himalayan Rescue Hospital for a lecture regarding the altitude sickness, its precaution, and primary treatment.
Overnight at Machherm
Today, we climb through a ridge Chorten from where we can see the fabulous view of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part of the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480 m) after some gentle walk. Phangka is the palace where an avalanche in 1995 killed 40 people. We descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. After crossing an iron bridge over a stream the trail levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m, where we get a chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho we become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. 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 at this juncture. After lunch, we explore the third Lakes, Dudh Pokhari. We spend the night at a teahouse with comfortable bedrooms. Overnight at Gokyo.
Today is full day rest or an acclimatization day but we know we should not stay idle. If the weather is good, we grasp the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri today instead of next day to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Or, as we know Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Definitely, we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo situates the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues to the fifth lake. If interested, we climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here – the spot is called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. Beyond the fifth Lakes, we will be at Cho Oyu Base Camp. The scenery here is breathtaking with Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang seeming just a stone’s throw away. The Northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the Ngazumpa glacier. Moved by the charm, we may even try to go the sixth lake too but depends upon our own interest and time.
Back to Gokyo village.
Overnight at Gokyo.
If Gokyo Ri has not been mapped out the day before we trek there today. Gokyo Ri is the highlight of this trip. Early morning, we hike up to the Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak). Climbing to Gokyo Ri is obviously strenuous as it is steep up and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top. But even from the trial scenery of Gokyo village on the edge of the third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier are mind-blowing. We feel like we are surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. The sight of sunrays kissing the Everest that towers over all surrounding peaks are unlike from Kala Patthar (from Kala Patthar Nuptse seems taller). Our Gokyo Ri visit will be unforgettable lifetime memories. We trek down to Gokyo. Upon breakfast, we trek to Thaknak for overnight scaling by the second Lakes and the Ngozumba Glacier. (Overnight)
Cho La Pass is also another show up for this trip. Today is the toughest day and we need to start early (4-6 am) compared to other days on the trip. The 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 add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. Thought the trail from Phedi climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail we climb up continuously. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake we reach 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 soar on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rise sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below. Overnight at a very basic local lodge.
Today’s walk will be a bit shorter. Thus, we would get more time to observe and relax. We climb down from Dzongla and cross a bridge and then transverse through the grassy trail. Enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak we stretch up eventually through a ridge. Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku Taboche are seen looming prominently. Curving round through the wide gravelly river bed, we will be at Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid signpost. Ahead on the trail we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360-degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall? Mountaineer’s tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip.Overnight at Gorak Shep.
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Further, there is always the potential for the chilly wind which is quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of an ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From this juncture, we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar where rocks our eyes taking unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can and take them in view with our mind’s eye to last lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and wait for other participants to return back.
Today is a much easier walk down to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back to the terminal moraines at Dughla and the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Pheriche, Orsho, and Shomare. We might take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche or take the regular trial to reach Pangboche. From Pangboche we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche or if interested, we might pay our visit to nuns at the Debuche monastery. If we are trekking during the full moon of November or December, we might get an opportunity to witness the Mani Rimdu festival in the monastery at Tengboche. Upon having lunch at Tengboche, we continuing through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it is spring, the surroundings will be found adorned with pink and red rhododendron flowers is dazzling. We either have our lunch in Pangboche or wait until we reach Phunki Tenga. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, the trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We would like to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche at this juncture. Upon reaching our lodge, we take a nice hot shower and have a very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are traveling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. Upon arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with a smile on faces! Overnight at Lukla.
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at the hotel. If we get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, we can visit some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. This short excursion either can be assisted by Himalayan Glacier’s guides or we can do it ourselves too. If we want to explore any other areas in Kathmandu, we have to manage time for this today as well! To celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
Note: Flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for the morning because wind can create problem to fly the aircraft in the afternoon but sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason that are beyond our command.
Included meals: BD
The journey within the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but we just trade emails to travel companions and organize our photos. If we have more time we can do some shopping or sightseeing. At last approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from Himalayan snow treks and Expedition escorts you to the airport. On our way to home, we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure trip in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 6000$ and it can lift 2-3 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities which can be arranged by Himalayan snow treks and expedition upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc.
In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund if you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.