- Duration:18 Days
- Primary Activity:Trekking
- Group Size:1-25 Peoples
- Arrival on:Kathmandu
- Trip Grade:Difficult
- Meals:All meals included during the trek
- Accomodation:Hotel / Teahouses
- Max-Altitude:5,554 m.
- Transportation:Plane / Local Car
- Departure from:Kathmandu
Ultimate Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass: 18 Days
Want to see it all? This ultimate Everest Base Camp Trek in the Everest Region will be sure to take you to ALL the sights this region has to offer. From the famous Everest Base Camp to the tranquil, turquoise Gokyo Lakes via the challenging Cho La Pass.
This Ultimate Everest Base Camp Trek covers all these landmarks in the Khumbu region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries, the famous Namche Bazaar, Sagarmatha National Park, and, of course, the base of the mighty Everest. The trek not only includes the base of the world’s tallest mountain but other spectacular, celebrated viewpoints like Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar. The trek also awards us with great views of the Khumbu Icefall. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp through Gokyo Lakes, in a nutshell, will be a lifetime experience with the enthralling sights of Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori, and Tengboche Monastery – the largest monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes’ itinerary is ideal for hikers who want to take up a challenge and “stay off the beaten path” while treading upon remote Nepalese trails.
However if you are a novice trekker who is in good health and average physical fitness then Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days or the Gokyo Valley Explorer Trek – 14 days might be a better option for you.
Additionally, if you want to see these wonders in the Everest region but short on time, do it all in a day with our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour!
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264ft).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Travel Society Nepal. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa, etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a cultural dance performed by the local women. You then return to your hotel for your first overnight stay at the hotel (D)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation (1,300m /4,264ft).
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influences in the valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a full-day guided tour to the historic sights such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath). In the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip. Stay overnight at hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2,800m.) | Trek to Phakding (2,652m.) | 3-4 hours trek
Early morning transfer to a domestic 40-minute scenic flight to the tiny airstrip at Lukla (2,800m), the destination where our trek will start. After reaching Lukla, you will have time for tea and to relax before we start. We begin our trek through the Sherpa village and cross several tributary streams with beautiful views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2650m). When you arrive, you can take an optional short hike to a nearby monastery or just explore the area. Overnight stay at Lodge.(B, L, D)
Day 04: Trek Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m.) | 5-6 hours trek
From Phakding, you will trek through beautiful forests along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing the river on high suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. For here, you will ascend pretty steeply to Namche. If the weather is clear, you will catch your first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Kongde-Ri and Mt. Tawache peak from this point. Option to visit some of the village monasteries while trekking to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the capital of the Khumbu Region (3440m). We stay overnight at Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher to avoid altitude sickness. This is the first of two scheduled “acclimatization” days”. Namche Bazaar is the main center of the Everest region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, a bakery, and local markets. Namche is an ideal place to spend a day for rest to acclimatize with the higher altitudes before heading off towards Khumjung. To prepare you for the tough climbing in the days ahead, you can spend the day taking a day walk hike to Khunde hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary or you can take a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding views of the Everest Mountain range. Stay overnight in lodge.(B, L, D)
Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Phorse Village (3800 m) | 5-6 hour trek
The trail to Phorse Village is rather steep but boasts great views over to Phorse and to the spectacular river gorge below, including an inaccessible natural rock bridge. Starting on a level trail, we trek up through the stone steps and reach Mongla pass (3975 m) from where we can see Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Mt. Khumbila. Sherpas regard Mt. Khumbila as a sacred mountain of the patron god of the Khumbu area. Descending to Dudhkosi Khola (3250 m), we cross a bridge and again trek up through the rhododendron forest, a host for Himalayan wild deer and musk deer. Finally, we arrive to the walled fields of Phorse. Phorse is just under the snow-dusted peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste. From here, it’s a short trek to Phorse village where we’ll stay overnight.(B, L, D)
Day 07: Phorse Village – Machhermo (4,400 m.) | 5-6 hours trek
The trail climbs to Lambara at (4220m) and Luza at (4360m) and is steep in most places. The trails continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo at (4410m). It was believed that here in Machhermo in 1974 that Yeti killed three yaks and attacked a Sherpa woman. This is the most credible yeti incident ever reported to date. Stay overnight at lodge (B, L, D)
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m/15,744 ft) | 4-5 hours
Today is the day you ascend to Gokyo! You will climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first and second of the holy lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La – our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the colorful settlement of Gokyo. As we trudge by the side of the lake, the scenery is just so wonderful with the summits of Cho- Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Stay overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day | Optional Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft) | 3 – 4 hours
Today is full day rest or an acclimatization day to give the lungs a chance to adapt and recover. If the weather is good, you can hike to Gokyo Ri. This is optional but highly recommended as they host some of the best viewpoints of the mountains in the Everest Region. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, said to be the biggest glacier in Nepal. Spend the rest of the day exploring Gokyo and resting. Stay overnight at Lodge.(B, L, D)
Day 10: Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m/15,580 ft) | 4 – 5 hours
If we did not climb Gokyo Ri the previous day, we can do that today for sunrise. Climbing to the top of Gokyo Ri is demanding and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top. But the scenery of Gokyo village, on the edge of the third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier, is magnificent. We are surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. The sight of the sunrise kissing Everest which towers over all the surrounding peaks is astounding. We trek through the Ngazumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Next, we’ll trek along the edge of that mountain before reaching Thagnak. It will be a short hike today with an afternoon of rest which will prepare us for long hiking days ahead and the elevation.(B, L, D)
Day 11: Thagnak to Dzongla (15, 939 ft) via Cho La pass (5,367m/17,604 ft) | 7 – 8 hours
Today is going to be one of the toughest days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves trekking across a glacier on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks are glazed by ice, which may cause trouble and make the trail slippery. Cramps are recommended for this part of the trek. Finally, we reach the top of the pass, which is smothered with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south. Cholatse soars to the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rise sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla Village. The village provides great views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche mountains along with the Pheriche Village far below. Stay overnight at a local teahouse. (B, L, D)
Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft) | 2 – 3 hours
This will be a very short trek so we can take our time and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. We climb down from Dzongla and walk through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak. The trail curves through the wide river bed before reaching Lobuche. We can spend the rest of the day exploring this village and relaxing, which will help us prepare for the next day’s long trek. Stay overnight in Lobuche. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft) | Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft) | 6-7 hours
The trail to Gorak Shep goes through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We follow the trail along the north ridge of Everest with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Nuptse in our sight. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we have 360-degree views of snowy mountains. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mount Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. As we reach Everest Base Camp we take regular stops to appreciate the path that many Everest climbers took – a hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer’s tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste, Pumori are the mountains we can see from Base Camp. However, Everest is not visible from here. After multiple photographs and celebrations, we head back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest. Stay overnight in Gorak Shep. (B, L, D)
Day 14: Gorak Shep to Pheriche (4280m) via Kala Patthar (5,545 m) | 7-8 hours
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic sunrise views from Kala Patthar as we witness the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. The temperature will be around -10 to -14 C so be well prepared. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we pause regularly to catch our breath at several outstanding viewpoints to take pictures. After several hours of ascending, we reach Kala Patthar. From here we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks while our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan views. We head back to Gorak Shep for breakfast before gradually descending down to Pheriche for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Pheriche.(B, L, D)
Day 15: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) | 6 – 7 hours
We will trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees from Tengboche. If it’s Spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our path. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudkoshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga. The trail then follows the Dud Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests and eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. We stop at Kyangjuma (3570 m) for a relaxed lunch and to soak up the views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptese. Following lunch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After 6-7 hours of trekking, we reach the army camp of Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching our lodge, you can have a nice hot shower and rest in Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 16: From Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800 m) via Phakding | 5-6 hours
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly as our shaky legs continuously battle against the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast following Dud Koshi, the trail becomes more level and natural. Although we are traveling the same route down, we will see completely different views – a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow-covered peaks. Stay overnight in Lukla. (B, L, D)
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner
This is an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes. After having breakfast, we head back to Kathmandu. The rest of your time here is free for shopping and sightseeing. In the evening; you will be invited to a well known Nepali kitchen for a delicious farewell dinner of authentic Nepalese cuisine. Stay overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu (B, D)
Day 18: Transfer to Airport/Bus Stop for your Onward Travel
Our driver will escort you to the airport or bus stop for your onward travel. We will send you on your way with good luck and gratitude that you chose us for your adventure of a lifetime. (B)
Note: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner.