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Gokyo to Everest Base Camp Trek   19 days

Trip Facts

Country : Nepal
Start/End: Kahtmandu
Destination : Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri.
Trip Duration : 19 days
Max. Altitude : 5483 meters
Group Size : Minimum One
Best Season : February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December.
Trip Grade : Strenuous.Strenuous.Strenuous.Strenuous.
Daily walking Hour: Approximately 4-5.

TRIP Highlights

  • An amazing cultural experience on Day 2 sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Explore mountain people and the vibrant culture
  • Visiting Gokyo Lake and valley Crossing over the Chola Pass at 5,300m
  • Climbing up to Gokyo peak and Kalapattar
  • Amazing views of Khumbu Ice fall
  • Exploration of Everest Base Camp and Khumbu glacier
  • Rich cultural experience at Tengboche Monastery

Trip Map

Gokyo Valley Trek Map Gokyo Valley Trek Map

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Gokyo Valley Trek, Everest Gokyo Ri, Gokyo Lake Trekking

Trip Overview

A trek that’s familiar as we hike through trails where legends once treaded. We go on to the foothills of the massive Mt. Everest which culminates in Gokyo as we come upon the 5 emerald lakes found in Gokyo & as we hike on, we get to view some of the most glorious landscapes on earth…
This is a wonderful Trek in the Everest Base Camp area which Commences from the airstrip at Hillary’s Lukla. We initially begin our trip going across a path that’s well known as it leads to the EBC where it all begins for the master climb up to the mother of all peaks ‘Everest’. We traverse west for a gradual ascent to the beautiful five lakes of Gokyo, where we take a breather for some off track hikes including a climb of Gokyo RI for some fantastic views. From Gokyo, we trek over the Chola pass onwards to Gorak Shep on the main trail and on to Kala Pattar, which gives us fantastic views of Everest. A further five days are spent descending to Lukla for our flight to Kathmandu.

This is the ultimate challenge to a must-do venture for the die-hard trekker. This challenging graded trek takes you across some high mountain passes at an elevation of 5420 m. Also included is the opportunity to trek to the summit of both Gokyo RI [5340m.] and Kala Pattar [5554m.] for magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. A visit to Everest Base Camp will give you opportunities for upfront views of the spectacular Khumbu Icefall.

This trek is great for anyone that may include beginners or even those who haven’t been baptized to the wild; but this trek requires one to be moderately, if not thoroughly fit. Considering the snowing conditions over Cho La Pass, this trek ought not to be taken during winter months of [January & February] and the monsoon period of [July & August]. It would be best to do this trip in the autumn or early spring, because the weather is fair & stunningly clear during this period, which is unique for trekking in the Himalayas with Hike Himalaya Adventure…we take you to some unusual spots that open vistas of breathtaking nature that gets your heart to skip a beat…
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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Trip meeting followed by valley sightseeing

Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla flight, then Lukla to Phakding trekking

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Day 5: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to PhorsteThanga

Day 7: Trek from PhorsteThanga to Macherma

Day 8: Trek from Macherma to Gokyo

Day 9: Trek from Gokyo to GokyoRi, and return to Gokyo

Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Thangna

Day 11: Trek from Thangna to Dzongla, via Cho-la Pass

Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche

Day 13: Trek from Lobuche to GorakShep, via Everest Base Camp

Day 14: Hike to Kala Patthar, and trek from GorakShep to Periche

Day 15: Trek from Periche to Namche Bazaar

Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu flight

Day 18: Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu(1345m)
On your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, our airport representatives will warmly greet you, after which you will be transferred to the hotel on a private tourist vehicle.

Day 2: Trip meeting followed by valley sightseeing
Early next morning following a hearty breakfast, Hike Himalaya Adventures will host a pre-trip meeting at the hotel you’re staying. During this meeting, we introduce your trip guide, and we’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. We provide you with important information about the trip, so do feel free to take notes if you want to. Also, please kindly bring three passport-size photos, passport and travel insurance policy. Legal formalities, including liability waiver, will be taken care of in this meeting.
Once the meeting concludes, we begin our sightseeing of the valley for which a private vehicle along with a professional guide will be provided. The valley is dotted with fantastic cultural heritages, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which we’ll visit. These include Boudhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings), along with other popular cultural attractions. The lifestyle of the Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, the fascinating history and the awe-inspiring architecture will be the highlight of this day-long sightseeing trip.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla flight, then Lukla to Phakding trekking(2610m)
After a pleasing half an hour flight from Kathmandu to the town of Lukla in Everest region, we start our trek to Phakding. Your guide and sherpa porters will make all the necessary arrangement of your luggage and equipment.
The first leg of the trek is a descent towards the river called DudhKoshi, from where we head to Phakding. At around 2,500m, the trekking on this day is very relaxed and we take an easy pace to enjoy the wonderful scenery of the surrounding.

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar(4340m)
On this day, we trek uphill to Namche Bazaar, also called the Gateway to Everest. We crisscross DudhKoshi over several trail bridges that are beautifully decorated with Buddhist prayer flags fluttering in the wind. We rest to learn about the Sagarmatha Natinoal Park and how it has helped upkeep the region’s ecological and social integrity while promoting tourism. The climb to Namche is well rewarded with a bustling market and native culture, and of course the majestic views of the Himalayas up close.

Day05: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
We need to keep up with the altitude gain and let our body adjust to the thinner air pressure, for which we rest at Namche Bazaar on this day to acclimatize. The town has lots to offer to its visitors, from the celebrated museum showcasing from the history of Everest expeditions to the lifestyle of Sherpas. We will explore the area and see how the locals, mostly Sherpas, go about their daily lives. If time permits, there is the option of hiking to the nearby (decommissioned) Syanboche Airport for stunning views of the Everest Panorama.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to PhorsteThanga(3680m)
From Namche we head through trails of forest laden with rhododendrons (the national flower of Nepal) and start to ascent through the forest. The pristine forest is great to get a sense of the outdoors of Nepal, and in such a high altitude makes for a great trekking experience altogether. We’ll come across several small villages and get to learn about the local culture. The village of PhorsteThanga lies at an altitude of 3,600m.

Day 07: Trek from Phorste Thanga to Macherma(4470m)
As we trek away from PhorstThanga, we get amazing glimpses of Cho Oyu and other mountains as we climb the ridge. There are some descents and ascents that follow on this route. This stretch allows us to get near the Ngozump glacier. After an exhilarating trek, we reach the destination of this day, Macherma, in the early hours of the afternoon.

Day 08: Trek from Macherma to Gokyo(4790m)
We begin our trek from Macherma, heading towards Gokyo, a major point and a base for the better half of this trip. This is also a great location for hiking in nearby attractions.

Day 09: Trek from Gokyo to GokyoRi (5360m), and return to Gokyo
GokyoRi, at 5,483m, is a fantastic viewpoint to admire the vast panorama of the Khumbu mountains. We set off early and climb the steep slopes to reach the top. The mountains you can see include the majestic Everest, Nuptse, Cho Oyu and other giants. You can also see the Gokyo valley beneath. After having a satisfying observation of the mountains, we head back to Gokyo.

Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Thangna(4700m)
We reach Cho-la pass today, but do be prepared for the remoteness – food and lodge will be basic, perhaps dormitory style, at Thangna. The magnificent trekking and experience will surely compensate, nonetheless.

Day 11: Trek from Thangna to Dzongla(4830m), via Cho-la Pass(5330m)

The trek today starts very early, before sunrise, because we need to cross Cho-la pass as early as possible to avoid inclement weather during and after noontime. The pass stands at 5,300m, and we could face strong winds if we’re too late in crossing the pass. We’ll brave high altitude and possibly snowy weather to accomplish this feat, rewarded by extraordinary views of the mountains. We then reach Dzongla following a descending trail. Like in Thangna, expect basic accommodation and food, thanks to the remote location.

Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche(4910m)
Unlike the previous day, from Dzongla the trek is much easier and shorter to Lobuche. We will reach Lobuche shortly after midday.

Day 13: Trek from Lobuche to GorakShep(5140m), via Everest Base Camp (5463m)
After enough rest in Lobuche, we do the challenging trek over the Khumbu Glacier, then to the Everest Base Camp, which stands at 5,360m. The feeling of reaching this far is simply out of this world, reaching as high as the base camp – the highest you can go without specialized equipment. After viewing the amazing mountains from the base camp, we head to GorakShep.

Day 14: Hike to Kala Patthar(5545m), and trek from GorakShep to Periche(4240m)
Early in the morning, we hike to Kala Patthar, which is a fantastic small peak from which to view the Everest panorama. From the 5,555m altitude, you will be able to revel in sight of the crown jewel of the Himalayas, including Everest, Pumori, Lhotse, etc. We head back to GorakShep and then towards Periche on a descending track.

Day 15: Trek from Periche to Namche Bazaar(3440m)
We head towards Namche today, passing through the Pangboche village where a museum houses an alleged yeti scalp. Farther ahead, we cross Tengboche, yet another town that has superb panoramic views of the mountains, after which we finally arrive at Namche.

Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2840m)
We bid the mountains farewell as we head to Lukla via Phakding, our original starting point for trekking. We are able to cover more distance on our way back because the route is mostly a descent and at a relatively lower altitude, our lungs get more oxygen and hence, energy. Once in Lukla, the evening is free for leisure activities. We’ll celebrate our success with a few rounds of drinks and some traditional dancing with the locals.

Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu flight
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla, during which we get to enjoy birds-eye view of the marvelous mountains beneath. Once at the Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to your hotel by Hike Himalyaa staff on a private vehicle.

Day 18: Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
This day is free for rest and relaxation, spending some reflecting on the trek. Leisure activities like souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city are definite options. You may also wish to extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, Everest mountain flight and so forth. Later in the evening, you will be invited for a farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant, which will host cultural shows.

Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu
This is the last day of the trip. You will be transferred to the airport and we wish you safe journey back home.

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Price Includes

  • All airport and hotel transfers, sightseeing tours by private tourist vehicle
  • 3 star standard accommodation in Kathmansu (on a twin basis) with breakfast
  • Kathmandu valley excursion with an highly experienced Tour guide and the entrance fees
  • Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Lukla airport
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek  with all meals during the trek(BLD)
  • Government Licensed Local Guide employed by HHA
  • The required number of local staff and porters and their meals, transport, insurance, salary etc.)
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by HHA (these are to be returned after the trek)
  • HHA sun hat and T-shirt
  • Farewell dinner in a culturaly reputed restaurant in Kathmandu (thanks-giving evening)
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges and official expenses

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in the city
  • Travel insurance which must 
  • International airfares and the airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa 
  • Any alcoholic and bottled drinks
  • Personal trekking Equipments
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (it’s a way to appreciate our amazing staffs staffs)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

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