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Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek

$ 1020 / 16 days

Trip fact

Duration: 15 days

Grade: Moderate to Hard

Max elevation: 5,545 m

Activities:  Trekking & hiking

Transport: Flights & Private vehicle

Best Time: Oct -Dec & March-May

Group size: 2+

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  • Itinerary
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  • Fixed Departure

Introduction

Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp trek is an overwhelming adventure and most challenging trek in Himalayas of Everest region. Gokyo Valley & Everest Base Camp trekking a combination of high scenic pass of Cho la at above 5,420 m high with unique landscape, traditional Sherpa culture, beautiful Gokyo emerald Lake, Gokyo valley in the backdrop of world highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Cho-oyu, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhoste, Pumori, Ama Dablam and mighty of peaks. 

Gokyo Lake with EBC trek is one of the best choice for those who have passion and commitment to have adventure in life. Although, there are many trekking routes to Everest Base Camp, the route via Gokyo Lake and Chola pass is a more thrilling and adventurous. The main highlights of Gokyo Lake with Everest base camp trek are breathtaking world highest snow-capped mountains, Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo RI, World’s longest and biggest glaciers, Beautiful Sherpa settlement with their own lifestyle and traditions, mountain villages, old monasteries, vibrant sunrise and sunset views, flora and fauna, Sagarmatha National Park, and so on. The best month to trek this Everest Circuit trek is March-April and September-November where physically and mentally fit and fine persons are requested to do this trekking.

Our Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp trekking journey starts with the short and scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the gateway of Everest region. Then we start our trekking towards Phakding and Jorsalle, the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park with beautiful Sherpa villages, colorful landscapes to reach Namche Bazaar. After acclimatization we walk through the Sherpa village of Khumjung, Dole, Machermo towards Gokyo Valley- ‘the death valley’ and its glacial lakes. Then we climb the top of Gokyo RI for tremendous panoramic view of world highest peaks i.e. Mt. Everest, Lhoste, Nuptse, Makalu and surrounding peaks, Everest’s five lakes, Ngozumba glacier and many more. Then we trek to Sherpa village named Thangnak and cross the great adventurous pass of Everest Region: Cho La pass to head towards the Everest Base Camp.  We join the popular trekking route and hike the Kalapatthar- the best view point of Khumbu region and towards our destination Everest Base Camp. Continuing to the trek through Gorakhshep we reach to Lubuche and trek down to Phiriche, Tengboche and towards Namche Bazar. Lastly, we trek back to Lukla and take a scenic flight towards capital city Kathmandu. 

Life Himalaya Trekking Pvt. Ltd offers you the best remarkable trek to the Everest base camp view Gokyo valley and Cho la pass in the Everest region of Nepal. Gokyo Valley with EBC trek is one of the best choices for those who have passion to gain lifetime experience with valuable movements. We run this trek with a high quality service along with safety and security and highly professional guides and porters who have decades of experience of leading you in the high Himalayas. We run this trek as per your time frame, budget and needs without any worries. 

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,320 m/4,330 ft.) and transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,804 m/ 9,200 ft.) & trek to Phakding (2,623 m/8,605 ft.) 4-6 hrs. 

Day 03:  Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,286 ft.) 6-7 hrs.

Day 04:  Rest day at Namche Bazaar and excursion Namche and Syangboche (3,880 m/12726 ft.) 2-3 hrs.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,200 m/13,776 ft.) 5-7 hrs. 

Day 06: Trek from Dole to Machermo (4,450 m/14,599 ft.) 6-7 hrs. 

Day 07:  Trek from Machermo to Gokyo (4,750 m/15,580 ft.) 5-7 hrs.

Day 08:  Morning hike to Gokyo-RI (5,357 m/ 17,575 ft.) & trek to Thangnak (4,700 m/15,400 ft.) 6-7 hrs.

Day 09: Trek from Thangnak to Dzongla (4,830 m/15,850 ft.) via Cho-la pass (5,387 m/17,673 ft.) 6-8 hrs. 

Day 10: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4,930 m/ 16170 ft.) 6-7 hrs.

Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16961 ft.) and hike towards Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17598 ft.) 6-8 hrs. 

Day 12: Hike to Kalapathar (5,545 m/18,192 ft.) trek to Pheriche (4,280 m/14,041 ft.) 6-7 hrs.

Day 13: Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3,440 m/ 11,286 ft.) 5-6 hrs.

Day 14: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2,804 m/ 9,200 ft.) 6-7 hrs. 

Day 15:  Fly back to Kathmandu (1,320 m/4,330 ft.) 35 min. and transfer to Hotel 

Day 16: Final Departure.



Note: Everyone have to trek maximum (05-07 hours) which is about (10 km-14 km) per day after the breakfast in morning. Although, some of the days in trek hours may be more or less as per you

Trip Highlights

  • Great Adventurous pass Cho la pass (5,387 m)
  • World’s longest glacier (Ngozumba glacier) and World’s biggest glacier (Khumbu glacier)
  • Beautiful Sherpa’s settlements with their own lifestyle, culture and traditions
  • Tengboche Monasteries – the largest Buddhist monasteries of Everest region
  • Spectacular sunrise and sunset view of world highest mountains from best view point of Gokyo RI (5,357 m) and Kalapatthar (5,545 m)
  • Explore world’s highest freshwater Gokyo Lake comprising six Lakes at the altitude of 4,750 m.

Trip Summary:

Overnights:                 Hotels and in nice local Lodge on trek.

Trek Grade:                 Moderate to Adventurous and challenging (in snow condition).

Highest point:              At Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m, Tshola pass 5,368 m & Kalapathar 5,545 m high.

Activities:                    Scenic flight-trekking with sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.

Trekking duration:      13 nights & 14 days (Lukla to Lukla)

Total Trip:                   15 nights & 16 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Season:                        All months of the year except June to August (monsoon months).

                                    (March & April wildflowers blooming months)

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,320 m/4,330 ft.) and transfer to Hotel. D

Today is the day one of this wonderful trip which starts with your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. Our company representative will receive you at the airport and transfer to hotel where we will meet you for some trip briefing and discussion. We will let you know the time of the meeting upon your arrival at hotel. Check in and relax until we meet.

Day 02: Connect fly to Lukla (2,804 m/ 9,200 ft.) & trek to Phakding (2,623 m/8,605 ft.) 4-6 hrs. B.L.D

Mornings, a short scenic flight to Lukla with views of mountain range, on reaching Lukla and with short refreshment break, starting the first day walk towards Phakding village for overnight stop through farm villages, a moderate walk with few short ups overlooking beautiful scenery along the route to Phakding located by Dudh Kosi River.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,286 ft.) 6-7 hrs.

After a nice morning, walk continues crossing bridges over Dudh Kosi River passing several interesting villages of Toc-Toc, Bhenkar and Monjo arriving at Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate, from here on the river bed for few hours and after the last bridge a steep uphill to Namche Bazaar, at Namche with facilities of good restaurant, pubs, cyber café, post office, and banks.

Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.

An ideal and perfect place for rest with acclimatization day, before heading higher altitude area, morning a short hike to Everest View Hotel or walk up on top a hill of Namche for views of Everest, Amadablam and adjoining peaks, visit the museum.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,200 m/13,776 ft.) 5-7 hrs.

After a pleasant stop at Namche, morning walk leads above Namche towards higher ridges to join the main trail at near Shanasa village. From this spot our route diverts away from the main Namche-Everest base camp trail towards quiet areas towards Gokyo Lake.

The path climbs with steep climb to reach a Mong 3,973 meters with amazing views and then downhill walk to Dudh Kosi River at Phortse Thanghka for lunch.

After this small settlement continue walk to Dole as the trail climbs steeply out of the valley through a patch of rhododendron forest which gives way to juniper and conifers trees. In the spring time this place will be magic with wild flowers in full bloom. This path passes summer Yak pastures.

The trek leads past Tongba and Gyele villages to reach at Dole with super view of Khumbila and Tawache 6,542 m.

Day 06: Trek from Dole to Machermo (4,450 m/14,599 ft.) 6-7 hrs. 

Morning walk from Dole leads with a climb above the valley, where rhododendron forest stops, giving way to smaller bushes of juniper as you gain altitude slowly. Finally walk leads on level path for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka and to Luza at 4,390m; and then skirting around a ridge with downhill to Macherma village.  Arriving at Macherma for lunch and overnight stop with time in the afternoon for short walk or just relax.

Day 07: Trek from Machermo to Gokyo (4,750 m/15,580 ft.) 5-7 hrs.

From this small settlement our walks continues to Gokyo 3rd Lake, following a scenic path to Pangka small area and then descend slightly, following one of the glacial fed rivers which flows from Ngozumba Glacier of high world 6the highest Cho-Oyu and other adjoining peaks.Walk leads to a climb by the side of a glacier, passing first lake and the second lake, crossing the path to reach at third lake known as Dudh Pokhari or Gokyo Lake a summer settlement with fantastic views of Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang that reflects on emerald green waters of Gokyo Lake.

Day 08: Morning hike to Gokyo-RI (5,357 m/ 17,575 ft.) & trek to Thangnak (4,700 m/15,400 ft.) 6-7 hrs.

Morning hike uphill to Gokyo Ri one of the highlight of this trip, a small peak above the lake, Gokyo Ri at 5,357m offers panorama of Mt. Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and far as to Mt. Makalu.

After a wonderful stop at Gokyo Ri, head downhill to Gokyo for lunch, afternoon short walk of few hours to Dragnak, a small place located at the foot of Ngozumba glacier.

Day 09: Trek from Thangnak to Dzongla (4,830 m/15,850 ft.) via Cho-la pass (5,387 m/17,673 ft.) 6-8 hrs. 

Starting early morning with steady climb  to reach the top at Tsho-la pass after 3-4 hours of tough climb, the top of Tsho-la offers close views of Cholatse and Nirekha peaks then descend to a small hidden valley at Dzong-la for overnight stop.

In snow condition this route can be quite difficult and the guide will decide whether it is possible to proceed or retrace to another safe area.

Day 10: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4,930 m/ 16170 ft.) 6-7 hrs

After Dzongla, climb uphill for short while then on nice path to reach above Thugla ( Dugla) on the midway of Pheriche-Dingboche and Lobuche, with views of Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, Amadablam.

 Climb to a ridge of Thug-la pass with many stone memorials of unfortunate climbers died on Everest-Lhotse-Pumori expeditions. 

From this lovely spot an hour more of pleasant walk brings you at Lobuche on route Everest base camp.

Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16961 ft.) and hike towards Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17598 ft.) 6-8 hrs. 


Today reaching one of the highlight of this adventure to Everest Base Camp, walk for few hours with short steep climb in between over glacier and moraine, reaching Gorakshep, beneath Mt. Pumori and Kalapathar.

Walk continues towards Everest Base Camp, at base camp enjoy the view of Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers, after a lifetime experience return back to Gorakshep for overnight stop.

Day 12: Hike to Kalapathar (5,545 m/18,192 ft.) trek to Pheriche (4,280 m/14,041 ft.) 6-7 hrs.

Early morning hike on top Kalapathar at 5,545 meters, highest point of this adventure, offering incredible views of mountains including Mt. Everest at close distance, after a great moment return to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue walk to Thugla, and then downhill to Pheriche windy valley after a nice pleasant walk reaching at Pheriche for overnight stop.

Day 13 :Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3,440 m/ 11,286 ft.) 5-6 hrs.

We are descending even further down today to Namche Bazaar at the elevation of 3,440 m meters above sea level. It is a beautiful walk on mostly downhill trail going past beautiful villages and incredible Himalayan landscapes of the Khumbu region. We will be enjoying the natural and cultural wonders of the section for about six hours before we reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 14: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2,804 m/ 9,200 ft.) 6-7 hrs. 

We are going to complete the Everest base camp trek on the 12 th day of the 14 days trip. We enjoy every moment of the last day of the trek in the Everest region. Once we reach Lukla, we see off our very supportive trekking crew. We can go around Lukla town to explore some of its hidden beauty. 

Day 15: :  Fly back to Kathmandu (1,320 m/4,330 ft.) 35 min. and transfer to Hotel 

We take another beautiful flight to Kathmandu in the morning saying a goodbye to Everest region. Once we reach hotel and check in, we will have the rest of the day at leisure. Go for some exploration of Kathmandu or souvenir shopping or find some trekkers’ massage or simply wander around. 

Day16: Departure.
Representative of Life Himalaya Trekking will drop you to Airport for your onward destination after having breakfast. 

The Cost include

  • Airport pick up and drops international and domestic .
  • Complete departure information, About trek, flight ticket, guide, altitude sickness and reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary) and extra tour service before the trek starting.
  • 1 nights 3 star hotel in kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu only 15 kg luggage allowed.  (10kg Big bag & 5kg hand bag) 
  • Trek flight from Kathmandu to Lukla & Kathmandu for member and involved staffs.
  • Private transportation pick up and drops. 
  • Nice clean mountain accommodation throughout the trek. 
  • 13 Nights twin share accommodation during the trek.
  • As per group size experience, government licensed holder trek guide, helpful and friendly strong, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.( 5 trekkers 1 assistant guide )
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permits)
  • Sagarmatha national park(Mt. Everest) trek permit fee. 
  • Life Himalaya trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • First Aid kits for the staffs and the groups.
  • Services coordination for emergency and rescue operations 
  • Government taxes & office service charge

The Cost exclude

  • Meals not included.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa charge.
  • All beverages and others personal expenses.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses.
  • Battery charge,hot showers & international phone calls.
  • Service not mentioned above.

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