Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp

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This outstanding trek visits the high lush valleys of the Khumbu giving you ample amount of time to explore villages and monasteries and to witness the incredible hospitality of the Sherpa people. Adventure takes off with a sweeping flight to Lukla, a popular destination which provides a fascinating contrast to the high mountainscapes as we approach closer. On our first day, we slowly trek to Phakding and night’s camping spot. Next day then, we trek ahead to the Sherpa capital in Namche Bazaar.

The trek allows enough time to acclimatize before following the quiet trail to Gokyo and Khumjung village in the high valley and visiting the ancient Buddhist monastery there. While descending to Khumjung, you will be treated with an incredible view of Khangtiaga, Thamserku and the Nuptsse – Lhotse wall with the Mt. Everest rearing above, Khumjung below Khumbila Peak- home of the patron God of the Khumbu. All this comes before making way through lovely forests towards Pangboche and Thyangboche- the main highlights of the adventure. The views along the trail throughout are extraordinary. There is the panoramic view of snow capped chain of mountain ranges to all sides and many more excitement and fun along the way.

TRIP FACTS

  • Trip Name : Everest & Gokyo Lakes
  • Trip Duration : 20 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate/Adventurous
  • Trip Date : –
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : at Gokyo Ri, 5,357 m
  • Month : Mar-May, Sep-Dec
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300m.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with 1/2 Day guided tour.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding.
Day 04: Namche Bazaar 3,440m. Approx. 5-6 hrs.
Day 05: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek to Thame 3,800m. 5 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Khunde village 3,800m. 5-6 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Phortse Tenga. 3,900m. 4 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Dole 4,200m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Machermo 4,410m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Gokyo 4,760m. Approx: 4-5hrs.
Day 12: At Gokyo for local hike.
Day 13: Trek to Thagnak 4,700m. 3 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Dzongla (4830m) via Chola Pass (5360m). 5 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Lobuche (4910m). 3-4 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Gorakshep (5160m) and continue to Everest Base Camp.
Day 17: Hike to Kalapatthar and trek to Pheriche
Day 18: Trek to Tengboche. 7 hrs
Day 19: Trek to Monjo. 7 hrs.
Day 20: Trek to Lukla
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 22: Rest Day
Day 23: Departure

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where our staff will give you a brief orientation on the Hotel, Kathmandu, Treks, do’s and don’ts and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with 1/2 Day guided tour.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding.
25 minutes flight to Lukla 2,800m 9-10km (2.5 -3hr walk) to Phakding at 2,652m. Early morning after breakfast you will be transferred from the Hotel to domestic airport for a short drive of 20-30 minutes, after the necessary security formalities board in the smaller twin otter or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla.
On arrival you will be received by our trekking guides with time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load baggage, lunch hour depending upon the time of arrival at Lukla either in Lukla or few hours walks further down towards Phakding. The walk is gradual and most of the way, with few ups from Tarhe khola, where you can have a superb view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m crossing a short suspension bridge, from here after a short climb brings us to the Ghat village, another 1.5hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi river.
Day 04: Namche Bazaar 3,440m. Approx. 5-6 hrs.
From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thamserku 6,608m,from the village of Benkar, cross the long suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river, after the bridge on this busy trail of trekkers and Ghopkyo and porters, finally reaching at Monjo, situated below the magnificent peak of Thamserku and near the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. From here a short descend and a gradual walk brings to the suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river, after the bridge Jorsalle village is reached, the last village till Namche Bazaar, from here a second bridge is reached over the same river, the walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak and its other sister peaks towards east, with Kusum Kangru on the back as you climb higher, view of Mt. Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Tawache peak can be seen all the way to the famed  place Namche Bazaar.
Day 05:  Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
Suggested activities a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with breathtaking view of the surrounding snow capped giants and the valleys way down, with an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region, afternoon at leisure.
Day 06: Trek to Thame 3,800m. 5 hrs.
From Namche, our route turns west; contouring the hillside on reaching the ridge looking Namche down below, walk follows a gradual winding path heading up the Bhote Kosi valley, once a popular trading route into Tibet. However, this route is often used by the Tibetan traders even at present, along the way we pass many prayer flags and mani stones, all indicative of the Tibetan Buddhist culture of this area. The trail passes through Gonglha and Drama and the village of Thomde where one can make a detour and visit the monastery at Mende. After descending to the Bhote Kosi the trail climbs steeply for 45 minutes to Thame village for the overnight stop. Here at Thame there are excellent views of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa-La 5,710m pass leading to Tibet. Thame monastery is situated above overlooking the valley and is the important site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival.
Day 07: Trek to Khunde village 3,800m. 5-6 hrs.
After a great time at Thame, trace the route down the Bhote Kosi valley towards just above Namche, following the trail to Khunde and Khumjung the largest of the Sherpa villages in this Khumbu area. Trek leads towards the Syangboche where there is a small airstrip, overlooking the magnificent view of Mt. Kwangde, Thamserku and other neighboring peaks with an aerial view of Namche Bazaar down below, on reaching Syangboche, with a short climb towards the Khunde village situated in the same glacial valley as Khumjung village beneath the sacred Mt. Khumbila 5,761m.
A quiet gentle path brings to the sleepy village of Khunde for the overnight halt. At Khunde, there is a hospital built with the help of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Foundation, visit this only hospital of the Khumbu area.
Day 08: Trek to Phortse Tenga 3,900m.  4 hrs.
After a wonderful time here, a gentle descend leads to the valley at Khumjung village with time to visit the villages and its old Monastery the one and the only place which has a Yeti scalp. Khumjung also has a High School built with the help of Sir Edmund Hillary. The walk is fairly easy for the first half, from Khumjung the trail leads to an hour downhill joining the main busy trail at Shanasa. On this area there are more chances of seeing the beautiful colourful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) national bird of Nepal and the elusive musk deer, and sometime even herd of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat). From Shanasa, Gokyo route diverts from the main trail towards north. The path climbs gently on the steep rock steps embedded in a narrow cleft in a large boulder; the two trails soon join and continue towards a large Chorten on the top of the ridge at 3,973 meters. From this ridge, the path meanders in a series of switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Kosi at Phortse Tenga for the overnight halt.
Day 09: Trek to Dole 4,200m. 3-4 hrs.
After Phortse continue trek to Dole, from here 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 vivid when all the flowers in bloom. This path passes many summer pastures where the Yak and other cattle graze in this high pastureland. The trek winds through the Tongba village at 3,950m and Gyele at 3,960m and finally arriving at Dole. A superb view of Khumbila and Tawache 6,542m can be seen throughout the walk.
Day 10: Trek to Machermo 4,410m. 3-4 hrs.
From Dole with a steady climb along the side of the valley, rhododendron forest giving way to scrub juniper as altitude gains gradually. The trail climbs on a fairly level path for one hour to Lhabarma Khraka at 4,325 m and a further an hour to Luza at 4,390m, eventually skirting around a ridge to gain our first views of Machermo village, spread out in the valley below. There is an excellent Swiss chalet style lodge at Machermo, Arriving at Machermo on good time for the overnight halt with time for exploration. Just above the village there is a superb view encompassing Cho Oyo 8,210m and all the mountains that flank the Ngozumba Glacier.
Day 11: Trek to Gokyo 4,760m. Approx: 4-5hrs. 
Today, heading for the holy lakes at Gokyo, following a very scenic trail to Pangka 4,545m and then descend slightly, following one of the glacial fed rivers which flow down the west of Ngozumba Glacier. Then climb a steep rocky incline into the ablation valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first lake, soon arriving at the second lake, then to the third lake known as Dudh Pokhari and on its east shore is the summer settlement of Gokyo at 4,790 meters. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the peak of Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.
Day 12: At Gokyo for local hike.
Today a rest day and free from packing after breakfast a hike to Gokyo Ri is one of the highlight of the trip, the view around Gokyo itself is marvelous, for the very best panorama take a hike to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above the lake. Gokyo Ri at 5,357m. offers breathtaking views providing a panorama of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Tawache and far as to Mt. Makalu in the east. A two hours climb brings you to this wonderful spot.
Day 13: Gokyo to Thangnak
After a wonderful time here at Gokyo, we leave for Thangnak. The walk takes around three hour and we have to climb up and over the moraine of the Ngozumba Glacier and then walk across it. After crossing the glacier, we make a descent for a while before reaching Thangnak. We take a good rest today as we are crossing Chola Pass tomorrow.
Day 14: Thangnak to Dzongla via Chola Pass
We began the day early today as we have to cross Chola Pass before descending to Dzongla. It is always wise to start early while crossing pass as you get a better view in the mornings. From our lodge at Thangnak, the trail drops a bit to the valley then makes it approach toward the pass. The wall becomes higher as you approach the pass. The trail is made of rocks and huge boulder. A steep climb of around two hours through a zigzag trail will take us to top of the ridge which is the base of the pass. A climb of about an hour form here will take us to the pass. You can see prayer flags fluttering here like in all Himalaya passes. Looking forward, you can see lot of glaciers, while looking back you see the magnificent Gokyo Valley and Kajo Ri (6,86m). We walk down on Chola glacier. After negotiating the glacier, we come to a beautiful viewpoint which offers breathtaking view of Nuptse wall, twin Lobuche peaks as well as Makalu, Everest, the magnificent Amadablam and Cholatse. Then we descend down to our lodge in Dzongla.

 

Day15: Dzongla to Lobuche
Today we will meet the main trail to the Everest Base Camp. The trail follow moraine and descend along the Chola Lake. We can see Pheriche village down in the horizon dwarfed by Amadablam. We will veer left of the moraine and head toward Lobuche. We can see a valley enclosed by wall of mountains. On this valley lies the Everest Base Camp. Our trail lies on the left of the valley and we can see Khumbu glacier on our right. A couple of hours of easy walk from here will take us to Lobuche. Suddenly you find yourself in a crowded by trekkers. Back to the civilization!
Day 16: Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m & continue to Everest base Camp 5,357m.
Today towards the final destination of this adventurous journey at the foot of number one, the first hour walk is gradual up the valley at the end of the grassy field, a short 20 minutes climb, the walk from here follows the rocky moraine path, as you walk you can see the icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes a short downhill walk bring you to Gorakshep on the flat field below Kalapatthar 5,545m and Mt. Pumori 7,145m. Gorakshep has three teahouses. After a break here at Gorakshep continue towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall, the path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively during the high expedition season. On reaching at the foot of number one, a great view of the Khumbu icefall awaits you. After a grand time here retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for the overnight.
Day 17: Morning hike to Kalapathar 5,545m continue walk to Pheriche 4,243m 5-6 hrs.
Early morning a steep walk towards Kalapatthar, on reaching the top ridge of Kalapatthar which is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt.Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Everest looks within a stone throw distance, between the summit of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse and with all the higher snow capped giants that dominates all around, with a view of Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier, after a wonderful time here descend back to Gorakshep and continue walk to Pheriche, the walk is downhill most of the way, after Thugla where the Dingboche trails branches off from here our route descends further to the flat Pheriche Valley, afternoon can be very windy here, after an hour of good walk reaches you at Pheriche for the overnight stop.
Day 18: Trek to Thyangboche approx. 5 hrs.
From Pheriche a short walk brings you to the bridge, after the bridge it is nearly downhill all the way with few ups in between to Pangboche and Thyangboche, on reaching the bridge back to the woodlands and vegetation with an hour up hill to Thyangboche for the overnight stop.
Day 19: Trek to Monjo. 2,835m. Approx: 5-6 hrs.
Retrace the journey back to Shanasha, from Shanasha where the trail from Khumjung, Gokyo and to Namche meets. From here the route follows on the main busy path, the walk winds all the way to Namche Bazaar on the downhill and gradual path. On reaching Namche Bazaar retrace the journey all the way to Monjo for the overnight camp at Monjo, located just near the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and exit.
Day 20: Trek to Lukla. 5 hrs walk.
Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at on your own normal pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take about 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.
Day 21: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu. 30 min flight.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason. Depending upon the flight time this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 35 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen during the flight. At Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staffs receives and transfer you back to the Hotel.
Day 22: Free day at leisure.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
Day 23: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
 3.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Internal flight Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
 5.  Trekking arrangement backed by Sherpa Guide and porters using local standard lodges on full board basis.
 6.  Applicable Trekking Permit & National Park Fees.
 7.  Insurance for Nepalese crew.
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 8.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 9.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.

 

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