• Destination Everest, Nepal
  • Activity Trekking
  • Accomodation Hotel and teahouse lodges, with camping in some places
  • Duration 16 Days
  • Grade A pretty tough Adventure…Hiking trails where once legends tread…an off- beaten path that not many tread…
  • Start and End Point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Nature Of Trek TH
  • Transportation Private car or a tourist coach depending on the number of people

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Trek – 18 Days

  • 16 Days
Trip Overview

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo trek is a mind blowing trip into high alpine country. The wonder of this journey is the beautiful turquoise Gokyo lakes. Moreover, we also climb up to the towering Gokyo Ri which stands like a guard over the stunning lakes. Everest Base Camp and Gokyo trek is not only full of beautiful scenery. For instance, the walk also offers much insight into the local culture of the Khumbu. This is only the tip of the iceberg; we also break through the tough Chola Pass of over 5420m. This will set us up for the challenging trails of EBC. Our Everest Base Camp & Gokyo trek itinerary is a well thought out plan. We give you enough time to acclimatize before heading to the rocky heights of Kalapathar. This sure takes the wind out of your sails, but the rewards are so exciting. Furthermore, you get to see some of the best mountain sceneries on earth. There’s plenty of time to use your video camera for some great pictures to take home. Our Everest Base Camp and Gokyo trek offers you a grand show of Himalayan nature at its best, ever.

Our Everest Base Camp and Gokyo trek begins with a scenic flight to your trek point. The next day you hit the trails through some pretty little villages till you reach the Sherpa capital of Namche. This high up town is a gateway to the region, a rest point to prepare for higher altitudes. Getting familiar with heights for a trek of this kind is important for the body. Meanwhile, our next goal the following day is the epic point of our journey. In other words, we head up the dizzying heights of the towering Kalapathar at 5545m. This is the highest point in our trip which takes us so close to famous Mt. Everest. The 360 degree views from this point leave us out of breath for a few seconds. Above all, it’s a moment that will remain in our memories for as long as it takes. This is where the curtains drop to an amazing Everest Base Camp and Gokyo trek.

The next 3 days take us through warm friendly villages as we experience Sherpa mountain culture at its best. For a different experience, you can try our Everest Base Camp helicopter trek for 10 days. Your trip is best done with ‘Nepal Trekkers’ who know the lay of this area better than most others.

Itinerary

If it’s a clear day when you are flying into Kathmandu, then your tour begins right from the skies itself. The sights from the windows of our jet shows us glimmering snow- capped mountain peaks spread out down below us, giving us the first thrills of our just begun vacation, sparking off a whole reaction of unforgettable experiences that stay with us for some time to come. As soon as your plane hits the tarmac of Tribhuwan International Airport, Nepal Trekkers office representative and driver will be on standby to meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rep will help you check into your designated hotel, and after going to our rooms and refreshing ourselves we will be briefed about our daily activities. The rest of your time is free to move around the neighborhood and get familiar with your surroundings. In the evening we will proceed to an uptown restaurant for a delicious Nepalese cuisine dinner. Your first overnight in the ancient city of temples, probably the most in the world. Breakfast
After an early morning b/fast, we take the super flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at 2827m. Flight time is about 35 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing we will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort out and load the trekking equipment. In the afternoon, we begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaurikharka at 2713m. The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat at 2550m, it’s a short walk to Phakding where we’ll stay overnight.
Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch superb scenes of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. At this juncture, we stop at Chautara to admire the views. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading centre of this region. Overnight in Namche [Las Vegas of the Khumbu] – B. L. D
From Namche Bazar, a steep descent of about 1500ft/500m will take us through rhododendron bushes and fir trees to the Dudh Koshi River. We continue on our trail and pass Tashinga and Sansa villages before reaching Kyangjuma. While here, we get to appreciate spectacular views of Ama-Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. Overnight in Kyangjuma
We ae now approaching 4200m, and the air gets thinner. Today is a spectacular day in terms of scenery as we follow the main trail north out of Kangjuma. A short climb to a crest reveals a wonderful view towards Everest and Lhotse. We follow this main trail for a while longer, passing many traders selling Tibetan handicrafts, to a crossroads high above the Dudh Kosi. The trail to Everest drops down the hill but we turn off here and climb to cross the Mong La before reaching Phortse Tenga. From Phortse Tenga, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. This is natural nature at its best. We crash out at Dole for the night.
From Dole we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the rhododendron forests give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements [yersa], which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while at the rear are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. Today’s trek is a somewhat short one and we will arrive at Machermo in time for lunch. Overnight Machhermo – B. L. D
Heady Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake. We leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into view and the sight from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is said to be one of the premium sights to behold in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Pattar. Overnight at our lodge - B. L. D
Today we will take rest at Gokyo village and relish views of charming sites of Gokyo village. If the day is fine then we can climb Gokyo Ri and enjoy views of lovely Everest Region. The Gokyo region not only provides you views of Gokyo peak but also gives you wonderful chances to contemplate at the series of six emerald lakes. You can also see Thonak Tsho Lake (forth lake) and Ngozuma Thso lake (fifth lake). The forth lake of this series has high cliff and peaks rising above the lake just about 3 km north. We can savour the views of the turquoise colored water of the lake. Moreover, we can climb on the hill and get amazing views of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Makalu. Cho-Oyu base camp is situated beyond the fifth lake, from where we can get closer views of Mt. Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. Cho-Oyu base camp and the biggest glacier of the world - the Ngazumpa Glacier is a view we can catch from the northern part of the fifth lake. If possible we may even head to the sixth lake too. We then return to Gokyo village and spend overnight at our lodge with all meals included
Fit and well acclimatized with our experience of the altitudes, we leave Gokyo to cross the Ngozumpa Glacier. We descend to the second lake and drop down onto the glacier. The route across the glacier is marked by cairns and is generally quite well defined. We climb off the glacier by a small dwelling known as Thangnak and follow a shallow valley to our camp by a small kharka. Overnight in Thangnak – B. L. D
The target of today is to pass the Cho La which is quite hard and challenges us physically. We need to start the trip early at the break of dawn in morning. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. Trekkers’ being careful is necessary because the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble for hikers because of the slippery trail. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. With difficulty, we reach Dzongla. Dzongla is a beautiful small settlement offering great views of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and Pheriche village far below. We bunk out at Dzongla for the night. B. L. D
The target of today is to pass the Cho La which is quite hard and challenges us physically. We need to start the trip early at the break of dawn in morning. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. Trekkers’ being careful is necessary because the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble for hikers because of the slippery trail. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. With difficulty, we reach Dzongla. Dzongla is a beautiful small settlement offering great views of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and Pheriche village far below. We bunk out at Dzongla for the night. B. L. D
The target of today is to pass the Cho La which is quite hard and challenges us physically. We need to start the trip early at the break of dawn in morning. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. Trekkers’ being careful is necessary because the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble for hikers because of the slippery trail. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. With difficulty, we reach Dzongla. Dzongla is a beautiful small settlement offering great views of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and Pheriche village far below. We bunk out at Dzongla for the night. B. L. D
The target of today is to pass the Cho La which is quite hard and challenges us physically. We need to start the trip early at the break of dawn in morning. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. Trekkers’ being careful is necessary because the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble for hikers because of the slippery trail. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. With difficulty, we reach Dzongla. Dzongla is a beautiful small settlement offering great views of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and Pheriche village far below. We bunk out at Dzongla for the night. B. L. D
The target of today is to pass the Cho La which is quite hard and challenges us physically. We need to start the trip early at the break of dawn in morning. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. Trekkers’ being careful is necessary because the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble for hikers because of the slippery trail. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. With difficulty, we reach Dzongla. Dzongla is a beautiful small settlement offering great views of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and Pheriche village far below. We bunk out at Dzongla for the night. B. L. D
The target of today is to pass the Cho La which is quite hard and challenges us physically. We need to start the trip early at the break of dawn in morning. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. Trekkers’ being careful is necessary because the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble for hikers because of the slippery trail. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. With difficulty, we reach Dzongla. Dzongla is a beautiful small settlement offering great views of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and Pheriche village far below. We bunk out at Dzongla for the night. B. L. D
The target of today is to pass the Cho La which is quite hard and challenges us physically. We need to start the trip early at the break of dawn in morning. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. Trekkers’ being careful is necessary because the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble for hikers because of the slippery trail. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. With difficulty, we reach Dzongla. Dzongla is a beautiful small settlement offering great views of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and Pheriche village far below. We bunk out at Dzongla for the night. B. L. D
The target of today is to pass the Cho La which is quite hard and challenges us physically. We need to start the trip early at the break of dawn in morning. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. Trekkers’ being careful is necessary because the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble for hikers because of the slippery trail. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. With difficulty, we reach Dzongla. Dzongla is a beautiful small settlement offering great views of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and Pheriche village far below. We bunk out at Dzongla for the night. B. L. D
The target of today is to pass the Cho La which is quite hard and challenges us physically. We need to start the trip early at the break of dawn in morning. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. Trekkers’ being careful is necessary because the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble for hikers because of the slippery trail. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. With difficulty, we reach Dzongla. Dzongla is a beautiful small settlement offering great views of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and Pheriche village far below. We bunk out at Dzongla for the night. B. L. D Please Note: that although we try to follow the itinerary given above, at times local trail or weather conditions may necessitate slight changes if necessary. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This adventure goes into wild territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the safety of your trip and your life. Thank you so much for your understanding.

What’s included?

  • Accommodation in Standard Hotels on Twin Sharing Basis
  • Equipment: Nepal Trekkers Booking Treks & Expedition’ kit bag (Duffel bag), and trekking
  • map, [down jacket and sleeping bag to be returned after trek completion)
  • Domestic Flights Kathmandu - Lukla – Kathmandu
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader
  • (Guide)
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (5 trekkers@ 1 Asst. guide ratio) for personalized care
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers@ 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance & equipment etc.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee and Community Fee
  • First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the
  • Trek Leader
  • All private ground transportation including airport transfers
  • All Meals while on the Mountain
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Small-Group Adventure [only your group]
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of trip
  • Best available clean and comfortable Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • No Booking Fee
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's Not Included?

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Excess baggage fee (15 kg Baggage allowance for Lukla flight, 10kg check-in baggage + 5 kg
  • hand baggage – for extra baggage it will cost around USD 1 per 1 Kg)
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or
  • boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is generally expected on such arduous trips)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control on some of the most rugged
  • territory on earth

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