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Gokyo Lakes & Everest Base Camp Trek

gokyo everest base camp trekking

Gokyo, Everest base camp and Kala Patthar (Kala Pattar) Trek without Cho La pass is a fantastic trekking visits all of the high valleys surrounding Everest culminating with the ascent of Kala Pattar and the walk to Everest Base Camp. We have extra time at Gokyo to explore the upper valley, providing the most extensive view of Everest in the whole of the Khumbu. With time to explore villages and monasteries and to sample the incredible hospitality of the Sherpa people, this trek is unbeatable. We begin our trek with an unforgettable mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Walking through delightful Sherpa villages we make our way to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. Here we have allowed time for essential acclimatization. Continuing higher to Gokyo Lake we explore the upper valley beneath the huge bulk of Cho Oyu. From here and from the top of Gokyo Ri (5480m) we have an unbelievable view of Everest and the surrounding peaks and glaciers.

After we explore Gokyo RI we will go to Phortse village and follow the trail that goes to Everest base camp and Kala Pattar. After we reach at Phortse village our trek continues through the Khumbu valley to the top of Kala Pattar (5545m) for even more spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, we have a day to visit Everest Base Camp across the Khumbu Glacier at the foot of the immensely impressive Khumbu icefall. Our return journey will take us to Thyangboche monastery, the most important centre of Buddhism in the area, before ending our trek at Lukla and another opportunity to experience the exciting mountain flight to Kathmandu. Who are not wishes to cross Cho La pass they are request just to go Gokyo valley and Everest base camp in easy way.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
Day 03: Flight to Lukla trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 06: Trek to Dole (4090m)
Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4410m)
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4750m)
Day 09: Day Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m)
Day 10: Trek to Phortse village (3870m)
Day 11: Trek to Dingboche (4410m)
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4910m)
Day 13: Trek to Gorak Shep (5140m) and Everest base camp (5364m)
Day 14: Gorak Shep Hike to Kala Pattar (5545m) then trek to Pheriche (4260m)
Day 15: Trek to Tengboche (3867m)
Day 16: Trek to Monjo (2835m)
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2840m)
Day 18: Lukla flight to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 19: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
Day 20: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 21: Depart Kathmand


Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Everest
Trek Start Point:  Lukla
Trek End Point: Lukla
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium-Hard
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 5545m
Duration: 21 Days

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan

After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu flight to Lukla trek to Phakding (2610m)
Early morning your trek guide will be meet you at your hotel and transfer you to airport by private vehicle for the Lukla flight. Kathmandu to Lukla you will fly on a twin-engine (tiny) aircraft. The views from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Lukla (2840m) you will meet the rest of your staff/porters that guide will hire them in Lukla for your whole trek. The trail drops steeply for bit then descends to Chheplung (2660m) and Thado Khosi gaon there is suspension bridge that you have to cross after that you see the head of the valley Mt. Kusum Kanguru (6367m). After bridge climbs bit to reach at Ghat (2590m) on banks of the Dudh Koshi River just short visit at monastery then little easy walk then after climb again to reach at Phakding (2610m) Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 04: Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Today, the trail we cross the Dudh Koshi river and climb gently the valley to Toktak (2760m) and Benkar (2710m) The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the spring months, when the flowers are in bloom and also you will see the beautiful waterfall. We will see the snow-capped peak of Thamserku (6623m) & Khumbi La (5765m) at Benkar. We cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar. From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2840m). Just beyond the Monjo trek enters the Sagarnatha (Everest) national park where you need to check your permits. After checking the permits the trail steep rocky descend to large farm aftermath cross bridge at Dudh Kosi and follow the west banks. Just short distance up the river is Jorsale (2830m). The trail follows the river for a while, then re-crosses the Dudh Koshi along the river bank and after short ups and downs, makes a steep climb near the confluence of the two rivers (Bhote Koshi & Dush Koshi) then little climb and re-crosses bridge at Dudh Koshi after that the trail follows steeply ascent towards the Namche Bazaar(3440m). One hour before arrive Namche Bazaar from where we may see the Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m) and Nuptse (7879m) first time in your life. Namache bazaar is gate way to khambu. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La pass. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Acclimatization is most important before heading higher. Most off the trekker’s acclimatization at Namche on their trek schedule. Today you may excursion either Thame village or viewpoint as your wish but better to consult with your guide regarding the day trip earlier night. If you prefer to Thame it takes approximately 7/8 hours walking both way go and return to Namche. it is popular for visiting Thame monastery but most of the trekker’s choose the easy option just to go Viewpoint in the stand point of splendid view of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), peak- 38(7591m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m), Khumbi La (5765m) and  Kwangde Ri (6011m) etc. overnight at teahouse.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar trek to Dole (4090m)
Today the trail at first slightly climb up for a while up to the Chor camp at Namche Bazzar then continue easy level walk to kyangjuma 3550m. Along the way from chor camp at Namche bazaar to kyangjuma you may enjoy incredible view of Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), peak- 38(7591m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m), Khumbi La (5765m) and  Kwangde Ri (6011m). From kyangjuma the trail follows for a while easy level walk through Rhododendron forest to sanasa .There is three way directions from where one way right hand side leads to the direct Everest base camp trek and another way up ward left hand side leads to the Gokyo valley trek. From here the trail steep climb up approximately one and half hour to reach at Mongla danda (3978m) where there are a few teahouse and a chorten so you may rest here for a while and enjoy magnificent view of Mt. Ama dablam including numerous mountains. The trail from Mongla danda descends in steep bends trail to Phortse thanga  (3680m). From Phortse thanga you will meet two trails one higher route left hand side lead to Gokyo valley trek and lower trail right hand side lead to Phortse village. From after Phortse Thanga the trail climbs steeply through rhododendron and junipers forests then after small part level walks before to reach at Dole (4090m). Overnight at teahouse.

Day 07: Dole trek to Machhermo (4410m)
Today trek from Dole to Machhermo you will climb gradually along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu (8201m) while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega (6783m) and Thamserku (6623m). You are walking through Lhabarma (4330m), Luza (4340m) and finally reach at Machhermo (4410m) overnight at teahouse

Day 08: Machhermo trek to Gokyo (4750m)
Today trek from Machhermo to Gokyo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down valley to Kangtega and up towards to Cho-Oyu (8201m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390m then descends to the river bank before beginning the climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first small lake Longponga (4650m) where a family of Brahmin ducks has resided for many years. After first lake the trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake known as Taujung (4710m) and continue trek to Gokyo Lake (4750m). Overnight at Teahouse

Day 09: Day Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m)
This day early in the morning we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo RI (5357m). There are stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu mountains range, such giants as Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7879m), Makalu (8481m), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m) and Gychung Kang (7922m). After enjoy the beautiful views at Gokyo Ri then return to Gokyo (4750m) overnight at teahouse.

Day 10:  Gokyo trek to Phortse village (3870m)
The quickest route from Gokyo to Phortse is backtracking via Dole and Machhermo, but there’s also an alternative route on the eastern valley wall leading directly to Phortse via Nah La. Aiming for the small bridge, you will head towards a narrow trail, barely visible from the other side of the valley, but it’s visible when you reach there. Following the faint trail, a short climb leads to a Chorten (4278 m) with magnificent views. Following the Chorten on the path is Konar, which is used as a large hay growing area in summer. All trails around the corner from Konar lead to Phortse.. Overnight at teahouse


Day 11: Phortse village trek to Dingboche (4410m)
From phortse village the trail at first climb up to the ridge of Phortse village from where you may see the Tengboche monastery, valley of Namche, kahmjung as well as magnificent view of Himalayas. After that the trail follows narrow cliff steep climb up with a bit descends approximately one hour. Aftermath the trail follows easy up and down walk to upper pangboche. Along the way between Phortse villge to pangboche you see the Himalayan thar, yak, pheasant and eagle etc. at Upper Pangboche you may visit old monastery in whole Everest region as well as you will see the yeti head at the monastery on request. Beyond pangboche the trail lead level and gradually up to somare (4010m) then level walk to orsho (4190m). There are two trails further ahead from orsho whereas one trail higher up left hand side leads to Pheriche and lower trail right hand side above Imja khola leads gradually ascend to Dingboche (4410m).during the day you can see amazing views of Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), peak- 38(7591m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m) and Island (6189m) overnight at teahouse.


Day 12: Dingboche trek to Lobuche (4910m)
From Dingbouche the trail follows through farmlands and meadows before continuing along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier then you will reach at Dughla (4620m) after that continues rocky steeply climb uphill to Dughla Pass (4830m) from whereas you can see the lots of stone memorials of climbers who have perished on nearby summits. You can see magnificent views including Mt. Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Cholaste (6335m), Lobuche east (6090m), Pumori (7165m), Lingtren (6713m), Khumbutse (6639m)and  Nuptse (7879m) etc.  Beyond the Dughla Pass the trail gently climb up and drops a bit then continue level walk to Loboche (4910m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 13: Lobuche trek to Gorak Shep (5140m) then visit Everest base camp (5364m)
Today, the trail follows western side of khumbu valley ascends gently through meadows nearby the glacial moraine after that ascends and descends in the rocky path with some rounding the bands. Along the way you can enjoy incredible views of Pumori (7167m) Lingtren (6713m), Khumbutse (6639m), Nuptse (7879m),  Lobuche east (6090m) as well as Khumbu glacier and icefall. After finishing several bands you will a bit descends to Gorak Shep (5140m). After reaching Gorak Shep you may have your lunch and leave your bag pack at teahouse then start your journey to Everest base camp (5364m). You will spend about 4 and half hours trek up to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak shep. The trek trail is on glacier and snow capped rocks. You can also see many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp. There are several mountains including Pumori (7165m), Lingtren (6713m), Khumbutse (6639m), Nuptse (7879m) and Lhotse (8516m) but you can’t see the mount Everest (8848m) from Everest base camp although  you will see it along the trail.  The most impressive view from Everest base camp is the Khumbu icefall. After enjoying beautiful moment at the Everest base camp then return back to Gorak Shep. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 14: Gorak Shep Hike to Kala Pattar (5545m) then trek to Pheriche (4260m)
Today early in the morning from Gorak shep hike up to Kala patter for magnificent view of the numerous Himalaya as well as breathtaking view of sunrise. The trail from Gorak sheep to Kala patter at the beginning steep climb up approximately half an hour reach the flat land where have been attending Nepal government cabinet meeting regarding the issue of the global warming in 2009.it was first cabinet meeting in such a high place in the world. Aftermath the trail steep climb with lots of bends finally you reach at kala patter after that about 50 meters steeply with rocky climbing to summit the main Kala pattar (5545m). Today you may see excellent view of sunrise on the Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m),  Nuptse (7879m),  Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak(6495m) Lobuche peak (6090m) , Lingtren (6713m), Khumbutse (6639m), Lho La ,south col, changste as well as Everest base camp, Khumbu Icefall and few lake. Once you are at the kala pattar you may feel you are touching Mt. pumori and close-up view Mt. Everest. Finally the dream comes in true then will return back to Gorak shep have a breakfast continue trek heading down through Lobuche and Dughla. Little further from Dughla you will cross the river comes from Everest base camp and khumbu icefall then you will meet two trail where one way left hand side goes to Dingboche and lower one right hand side goes to Pheriche . From here easy walk in the valley to pheriche (4260m). Overnight at teahouse.

Day 15: Pheriche trek to Tengboche (3867m)
From Pheriche  at first the trail leads level walk in the valley for a while then descent  to Imja Khola and cross a bridge then ascend to the hill where is a few stone memorials of climbers. After that the trail leads slightly descends to Orhso continue level walk to Somare then slightly descents and a bit ascend for a while then level walk to two way junction where one trail higher right hand side goes to Phortse village  via upper Pangboche and another lower trail left hand side goes to Tengboche through lower Pangboche. Beyond pangboche the trail descends past some magnificently carved mani stones to the Imja Khola, which we cross via a steel suspension bridge high above the river at a spot where it rushes through a narrow cleft then to Debache and a short steep climb to Tengboche through a forest of birches conifers and rhododendrons. Finally you reach at Tengboche(3867m).  You may enjoy the breathtaking view of sunset and sunrise as well as magnificent view of the Mt. Everest including other Himalayas from Tengboche. Tengboche monastery is one of the beautiful monasteries in solu khumbu area as well as the religious center of the whole ‘Sherpa land ‘entire solu khumbu area. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 16: Tengboche trek to Monjo (2835m)
Today we trek back along the Dudh Kosi River through a magnificent rhododendron forest and past brilliant waterfalls. Shortly before reaching Namche, the trek takes us through a pine forest, where musk deer often graze in the early morning. Arriving in town, we may see lowland porters, highland Sherpas, and Tibetan people and again you reach in Namche bazaar. After Namche the trail descend to Larja dobhan (confluence of two rivers) though the pine forests before you reach at Larja Dobhan you may get last opportunity to see Mt. Everest and Lhotse. After cross the bridge at Larja Dobhan the trail descends for while and then walk along the Dudh Koshi River. Re-cross the Dudh Koshi continue level walk to Jorsale. Beyond the Jorsale the trail leads a bit ascend after that re-crosses the suspension bridge then short steep climb to Monjo (2835m) overnight at teahouse.

Day 17: Monjo trek to Lukla (2840m)
From Monjo the trail leads descends for a while and cross Dudh kosi over the suspension bridge then short easy level walk to Benkar. After Benker the trail follows a bit up and down and level walk along the Dush kosi valley then after re-crossing the suspension bridge you reach at Phakding (2610m). Beyond Phakding the trail follows a short descends continue level walk for a while then short steep climb up passes several Buddhist setups at Ghat village. Aftermath short steep climb up to Thado kosi and a bit descends re-cross the small bridge then climb up a short distance after that  finally you re-crosses last long suspension bridge of your trek. The trail after the long suspension bridge follows the up wards route as far as Chablung, then turns off towards Lukla. The broad trail at Chablung leading uphill to the left hand side climbs steadily past a few (bhattis) local inn and houses. From there the trail follows through scrub forest above the school and houses of Chaurikharka village then final climb up of your trek about half and hour reach lukla Tamang tole where a new settlement with houses and Bhattis then short distance walk to approach to Hotel close by Lukla airport. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 18: Lukla flight to Kathmandu (1350m)
In the morning, we take the tiny aircraft to flight from Lukla to Kathmandu which is very interesting scenery flight journey on the earth. After arrival in Kathmandu airport we drive you to hotel.

Day 19: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Bhaktapur durbar square then drive back to Hotel.

Day 20: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel

Day 21: Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

PRICE INCLUDES :-

  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Historical monuments cities sightseeing with tour guide
  • Sightseeing transportation by Non A/C comfortable vehicle
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for historical cities sightseeing
  • Kathmandu hotel to airport and airport to hotel transportation by car/van/bus depend on group size
  • Kathmandu to Lukla, Lukla to Kathmandu air tickets and airport taxes for guest and staff (Guide)
  • Twin sharing trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge / Teahouse
  • Three time meal a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
  • Desert /fruit after having diner as company provide
  • Government license holder trekking guide /leader for the team
  • One porter from Lukla who will carry your luggage during the trekking (Two person get one porter)
  • Everest / Sagarmatha National park entry fee
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government tax and Office service charge


PRICE EXCLUDES :-

  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • International air tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15 days ) and US$ 40 (duration 30 days )
  • Personal trekking equipment s and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all type of hot drinks
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Hot Water, Hot shower and Battery charge fees
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

The price will be depending on service quality that you are going to use accommodation (Deluxe, Standard & Budget) in cities and entire the trekking either way normal teahouse or best available or Camping (Fully tented camp) so better to mention us what you are expecting? Please click here to request the price.

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