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Everest Base Camp Trek Via Gokyo Lake - 15 days

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Trek Route Lukla-Gokyo Lakes-EBC

Trip Highlights

  • Witnessing scenic masterpiece from the 40-minute flight to Lukla.
  • Spectacular views of the majestic Mount Everest.
  • Astounding views from the renowned Gokyo Ri.
  • This a rare opportunity to witness the world’s highest-altitude airport.
  • Visit a UNESCO world heritage site (Sagarmatha National Park).
  • Schools and Hospitals funded by Edmund Hillary.
  • Distinct prayer wheels, colorful flags, high suspension bridges, Mani stones.
  • Awe-inspiring views of the Khumbu Icefalls.

 

Private Group Discount Cost
Person(s) Price per Person
1 Pax USD 1735
2 Paxes USD 1360
3 Paxes USD 1335
4 - 6 Paxes USD 1305
7 - 12 Paxes USD 1275
13 - 18 Paxes USD 1240

Trip Overview

The Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes occurs in the Gokyo region. You will get a chance to witness the astounding natural beauty including pristine Gokyo Lake, Cho La Pass, Khumbu Icefall, and the renowned Gokyo Ri viewpoint. You will get a chance to witness the majestic mountains including; Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Nuptse, Cho You, and so on. 

 The Everest base camp Trek via Gokyo Lake itinerary is a non-conventional, adventurous, and serene path that allows you to soak in the divinity of the pristine natural surroundings. The path is covered with lush rhododendron forest, offering spectacular views of the majestic mountains including; Mt. Khumbila, and Mt. Ama Dablam. 

Reaching the top of the Everest base camp is nothing less than a huge achievement. Your physical strength, patience, and determination are tested along the way, and reaching the top will bring you a rush of adrenaline and a sense of fulfillment. Our 15 Days Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake trek price range from USD 1150 to USD 1650.


 

Outline Itinerary

 

 

Day to Day Itinerary

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Day 01

Fly to Lukla(2,860m/9,383ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft) 8km

9km/5.6 miles/ 3 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 2,860m/9,383ft, 2,610m/8,563ft

Our EBC journey starts with a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. You will witness astounding mountain ranges along with splendid landscapes. Upon landing at the Tenzing Hillary airport, we take hold and start trekking towards Phakding. The trekking starts on the very first day so we take it at ease so we get time to acclimatize on the short trek. We walk through Chaurikharka village and finally reach our destination for the day, Phakding.

Day 02

Trek to Namche Bazar(3,440m11,286ft) from Phakding( (2,610m/8,563ft) 11km

12km/7.4 miles/ 6-7 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 3,440m11,286ft, 2,610m/8,563ft

On day 2, we will be trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. We will head north across the banks of the Dudhkoshi river from where you will witness the awe-inspiring views of the snow-covered mountain peaks. We will cross numerous suspension bridges along the way, including the Hillary suspension bridge.

Day 03

Acclimatization day at Namche

B.L.D Lodge/Tea house

Day 3 of the trek is exclusively assigned for acclimatization. You can explore the renowned Namche Bazaar. You will also have access to numerous cafes, restaurants with wifi, shops for souvenirs, and gear shops. You have numerous options here like visiting the Sagarmatha national park visitor center, Buddhist monasteries, Hillary school, yak farms, and many more.

Day 04

Trek to Dole (4,100m/13,451ft) from Namche(3,440m/11,286ft)

12km/7.4 miles/ 7-8 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 4,100m/13,451ft, 3,440m/11,286ft

After the acclimatization at Namche, we head straight towards Dole. The path to Dole is rugged and filled with ups and downs. After trekking for two hours, we reach Mong La Pass. You witness spectacular views of majestic mountains including; Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Khumbila. From here, the trail descends through lush rhododendron, and pine forests. We progress further toward Phortse Tenga, and eventually, we reach Dole, which will be our destination for the day.

Day 05

Trek to Machhermu (4,470m14,665ft) from Dole(4,100m/13,451ft)

6km/3.7 miles/ 3 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 4,470m14,665ft, 4,100m/13,451ft

We leave Dole and elevate further towards alluring meadows which is also a yak pasture, you will also see numerous shrines and prayer flags as well. Additionally, you will witness mesmerizing view of the 5th tallest mountain, Mt. Cho Oyu. Eventually, the trail leads to Lapahrma village, Luza, and then finally Macchermu.

Day 06

Trek to Gokyo Lake (4,790m15,715ft) from Machhermu(4,470m/14,665ft)

8km/ 4.9 miles/ 4-5 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 4,790m15,715ft, 4,470m/14,665ft

Day 6 will be dedicated to sightseeing the Lakes in the Gokyo region. After trekking for about an hour we will cross the uphill grazing land to reach a place called Phanga. Eventually, we follow the narrow path and reach the first Gokyo Lake outlet. This is the smallest among the 5 major Gokyo lakes. You will witness the Gokyo village just ahead of Gokyo Lake, which is one of the highest settlements in Nepal.

You will see the Gokyo Ri viewpoint in the middle of the Gokyo valley.

Day 07

Early in the morning hike Up to Gokyo Ri (5360m) for sunrise then back to Hotel. Afternoon free and easy day

B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 5360m

On the seventh day of the trek, we wake up early and hike up to the Gokyo Ri to watch the glorious sunrise with astounding mountain views. Then, we return back to the hotel and relax. We will take this day as the day of acclimatization.

Day 08

Trek to Thagnak (4,700m/15,420ft) from Gokyo(4,790m/15,715ft)

3.7km/ 2.3 miles/ 3 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 4,700m/15,420ft, 4,790m/15,715ft

After acclimatization at the Gokyo village, we continue the trek to Thangnak. On the way, we pass through Ngozumpa glacier. Thagnak village lies in a perfect spot that also helps the trekkers reach Cho La Pass.

Day 09

Trek to Zongla (4,855m/15,918ft) from Thagnak (4,700m/15,420ft) via Chola Pass (5420m/17,782ft))

16km/ 9.9 miles/ 7-8 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 4,855m/15,918ft, 4,700m/15,420ft, 5420m/17,782ft

After we spend the night at Thagnak, we hike over rugged trails and cross the glacial moraines to reach the top of the Cho La Pass, offering splendid views of the pristine Cho La Lake and Mt. Cholatse. Descending further the trail gets slippery. Then we eventually reach our destination for the day, Zongla. Which will take us about 7-8 hours to reach here.

Day 10

Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/19,109ft) from Zongla(4,855m/15,928ft)

8.4km/5.2 miles/ 3-4 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 4,910m/19,109ft, 4,855m/15,928ft

On day 10 of our trek, we leave the Zongla and accompany the moraines, and then descend along the Cho La Lake. Then we follow the Khumbu Glacier and Imja Khola and finally reach our destination for the day, Lobuche.

Day 11

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft) from Lobuche(4,910m/16,109ft) and then back to Gorekhshep (5,185m/17,011ft))

15km/9.3 miles/ 7-8 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 5,364m/17,598ft, 5,185m/17,011ft

This will be an exceptional day of our trek as we reach the Everest Base Camp trek. Our journey starts from Lobuche, following an elevated path we approach Gorakshep. We leave our belongings here at Gorakshep and then head towards the Everest base camp. You will witness spectacular views from the Everest base camp and the pristine Khumbu Glacier. After enjoying the awe-inspiring views and spending some time here. We will then trek down to Gorakshep and spend the night here.

Day 12

Hike up to Kalapathar (5,545m/18,192ft) viewpoint for sunrise, trek to Gorekhshep then to Pangbuche (4000m/13123ft)

16km/9.9 miles/ 8-9 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 5,545m/18,192ft, 4000m/13123ft

Waking up early in the morning, we then hike to the Kalapathhar to catch the jaw-dropping views of the majestic Mt. Everest. After we spend some time here at Kalapathar viewpoint, we then descend towards Gorakshep where we enjoy our breakfast and spend some time here. Then we walk towards the final destination of the day, Pangbuche. The entire journey of the day will be about 8-9 hours.

Day 13

Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft) from Pangbuche(4000m/13,123ft)

11km/6.8 miles /5-6 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 3,440m/11,286ft, 4000m/13,123ft

On the thirteenth day, we wake up early and head towards Namche. Thai trail entails lush forests and you might also get rare sightings of wildlife like, pheasants, Musk deer, Mountain goats, and so on. On the way, you will also notice several prayer flags and chortens. This day will also be the last day of the trek where you will see the majestic Mt. Everest. Then we trek further toward Namche Bazaar where we spend the night.

Day 14

Trek to Lukla(2,860m/9,383ft) from Namche (3440m/11,286ft)

21km/13 miles 7 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 2,860m/9,383ft, 3440m/11,286ft

This will be the last day of our beautiful trekking experience. After enjoying our breakfast, we hike down a steep trail. We then cross the renowned Hillary suspension bridge and pass-through numerous local villages. Mainly, our trek takes place around the Dudhkoshi river. Once we reach Lukla, we freshen up at our hotel and chill. Day 14 will be our last night in the Khumbu region.

Day 15

Fly back to Kathmandu(1,350/4,429ft) from Lukla(2860m/9383ft)

40 min 1,350/4,429ft, 2860m/9383ft

If we are able to stick to the schedule, we fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla. This 40-minute flight is going to be a memorable experience. You can enjoy the astounding views on your way back, you can also reflect back on the mesmerizing journey.

Cost Inclusion

Accommodation

  • 14 Nights Mountain standard twin-sharing Accommodation During the trek

 

Meals

  • All the meals (Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner/The main course) Three times a day

 

Transportation

  • Free pick up & Drop off from /To International Airports and Domestic Airports by Private Vehicle
  • Kathmandu/ Lukla/Kathmandu by Flights with Airport Tax

 

Extras

  • One English Speaking Guide and require porter( One porter for 2 clients)
  • Guide’s Porter’s Salary, Meals, insurance, equipment accommodations, etc
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee
  • Pasang Lhamu Munucipality fee
  • Hillary Step Treks T-shirt & Warm hat
  • Hillary Step Treks Duffel bag & Sleeping bag( return) after the trek
  • Trekking Map
  • Seasonal Fruits
  • First Aid Kit
  • Government Taxes, officials’ expenses
  • Trekking completion certificate
  • Farewell Dinner end of the trek in Kathmandu

 

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Nepal visa fees at Tribhuwan International Airport (15 Days US 30, 30 Days -$50, 90 Days- $125)
  • Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu.
  • All the drinks like tea, coffee, Coke, Fanta, mineral water, boiled water, hot shower, battery charge, desert, hot soup etc
  • Extra accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival late departure or early return from the Trek
  • Your trekking gear.
  • Your travel insurance should include emergency rescue.
  • Tips for guide and porters.

 

Notes

 

 

Trekking Information

Accommodations

On starting the trip to the Everest base camp with Gokyo lakes, you will spend one night in Kathmandu in a tourist standard hotel. Then we spend the rest of the nights in comfortable teahouses. These teahouses are run by the locals in this region. Teahouses are the source of livelihood for people residing here.

When in Lukla, Namche, and Phakding you will get the facilities of attached bathrooms and hot showers. After this point, you will only get basic facilities.

Meals

We will start with a delicious breakfast in Kathmandu. Once we leave Kathmandu, we will devour our breakfast and dinner at the lodge. We will be enjoying our lunch en route. You don’t have to worry about good food on the Everest base camp trail. Nepali daal bhaat, Chinese food, noodles, soups, momos, and fried rice, you will get a variety of options for food.

Electricity And Battery Charges

Electricity is available throughout the trail. Lower regions get the electric supply from hydroelectricity whereas the upper regions are powered by solar panels. You can charge your batteries throughout the trek. However, you have to pay extra charges for this.

Phone Network And WiFi Availability

You can use a NTC sim for an excellent network in the Everest region. You can easily find the NTC sim card in Kathmandu. Except for Gokyo Lake, you will get excellent network coverage in the Everest region.

You will find a stable internet connection in the tourist hub of the Everest region, Namche Bazar. Wifi connectivity is available at several spots like Lukla, Phakding, and Monju as well.

Drinking Water

While you are on this journey, you will be walking about 6-7 hours daily so be sure to stay hydrated. We recommend you drink about 3-4 liters of water daily. You can easily get bottled mineral water in several teahouses in the Everest region, It cost 1-3$. If you carry water-purifying products along then it will be easier as we progress forward in the remote trails.

Acclimatization

Elevating to a higher altitude every day, you might get prone to altitude sickness on the trail. So how do we prevent this?

To prevent acute mountain sickness, you need to acclimatize properly. It is crucial to listen to your body and pace yourself accordingly. You will be walking 6-7 hours every day for about 14 days so take enough rest and listen to your body.

Travel Insurance

The Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes is a difficult trek in the higher elevations. You might face challenges regarding sudden climate changes, acute mountain sickness, and so on. So, travel insurance is crucial during this trip. Trekkers must provide a copy of their travel insurance to us before traveling.

Your insurance plan must pay for medical and emergency repatriation, as well as high-altitude helicopter rescue and evacuation costs (up to 6000m).

Based on the experiences of our clients, we can suggest insurance providers to you, but we do not engage in the insurance sales business. In the event that a trekker’s travel insurance is inadequate, incorrect, or nonexistent.

Once they have made a reservation for the walk, trekkers are kindly asked to give their complete insurance information. It will assist us in planning an efficient rescue effort in case of an emergency.

Difficulties Of Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes

Trekking to the base of the tallest mountain in the world is no joke. It is definitely not going to be a walk in the park. Elevating every day for about 6-7 hours at a higher altitude will demand you to be physically fit and motivated.

This trek does not require any prior experience, however, you must be physically fit for the tough walk along the elevated trails. Adding up to the challenging journey, you might get prone to acute mountain sickness or altitude sickness. So you must pace yourself and listen to your body.

If you wish to trek to the Everest base camp via Gokyo lakes during summer or winter then it comes with its own sets of struggles. Summer accompanies the monsoon in Nepal, which invites bugs, leeches, and wet and slippery trails. Winter also is a challenging time for trekking to the Everest region due to the frosty climates and unforeseen weather conditions. So, if you wish to trek to the Everest base camp trek 14 days during the off-season then you must be prepared for unforeseen circumstances.

You might have to face challenges regarding accommodations during Spring and Monsoon as well. This is the peak season with huge traffic so make sure you book your trip prior to be safe.

The Best Time To Visit

Jan –Feb

Jan-Feb is the winter season in Nepal and winter is not the best time to travel to the Everest region. Unfavorable and frosty climatic conditions make it difficult to trek the Himalayan trails. The trails also get slippery and the views are fogged, so you cannot make the most out of your trekking experience. However, if you want to travel during this time then make sure you have prior management and are fully prepared to face adverse climates.

March-April

March to April, The spring season is the most favorable time for trekking in Nepal. Offering the best of views, a favorable climate along with the rhododendron blooms makes spring an ideal time to trek to the Everest region.

May-June

May- June, the summer season is relatively easier compared to the winter. Warm weather, clear blue skies, and breathtaking views. You can easily trek to the Everest region during this time.

July- August

Summer is accompanied by Monsoons in Nepal. This is not the most favorable time for trekking in Nepal. Wet and slippery trails, unpredictable climatic weather conditions, and monsoon rains invite bugs, leeches, and other insects making this time a difficult period for trekking to the Everest region. However, if you are fully prepared for these challenges then you can still trek from July-August.

Sep-Oct

Sep-Oct, the Autumn season is one of the most favorable times of the year to trek in Nepal. This is considered the peak season for trekking and you might also face challenges regarding accommodations during this time. So, make sure you book the trip prior.

Nov -Dec

This is also a good time for trekking to the Everest region. Mornings and Evenings get chilly during this time, however as the day progresses; warm weather, clear blue skies, and astounding mountain views make this time a favorable period for trekking to the Everest region.

Reaching The Starting Point Of EBC via Gokyo Lakes

The Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lakes starts after you fly to Tenzing Hillary airport, Lukla from Kathmandu. Lukla is a small village in the lap of mountains, which can only be accessed via hiking or flight. From here you start your trek to the Everest region.

Physical Fitness For Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake

The Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lake is a difficult trek. However, you don’t need prior experience or numerous trekking experiences. You can embark on this journey if you have decent physical fitness and are able to walk for about 6-7 hours daily on the rugged mountain trails. Attaining the necessary fitness level for Everest Base Camp is crucial, as it significantly helps in your remarkable journey.

Everest Base Camp Trek Via Gokyo Lakes Safety

Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes is not a conventional route to the Everest region, However, it is still a safe trekking trail. But if you are a solo traveler then you might want to stick to the best season (spring and Autumn) for trekking. You might have to face adverse climatic situations during winter and monsoons. Otherwise, it is a safe trekking trail for group travelers.

Trekking To Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake Responsibly

The core value, we carry as a travel company is to make sure that our journey does not harm anyone. We have tried out numerous solutions to keep our treks eco-friendly. We are making sure that we give our best to this purpose so we expect the same efforts from our fellow travelers as well. Isn’t it wonderful to be walking with a purpose for preserving the world where we live?

You can support us by carrying sustainable products, carrying your reusable water bottles, respecting the locals and their traditions and culture, and being mindful of disposing of trash.

Last Minute Booking For Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake

If you are not able to book the trek in advance for any reason then we provide last-minute bookings as well. However, you need to provide full payment 24 hours prior to the departure time.

But you must be aware of the fact that there might be delays due to unforeseen weather, lack of accommodation, and other difficulties that are beyond our control. So, we cannot be held responsible for things that are out of our control.

Can I extend My Trip?

Yes, you can extend the trip if you want. We can customize the trip according to your needs. However, you have to pay extra for the customization.

Benefits Of Choosing Hillary Step Treks (HST)

  • Our experienced team of over one decade has accomplished treks in the Everest region treks and other treks too.
  • Our guides are fluent in English, and Nepali dialects. They know the terrain, culture, people, and the Everest region through & through.
  • HST provides you with the best value services for your money. No hidden cost, every step with HST is transparent and clear. We value our clients over profit any day.
  • Your safety is the top priority while trekking with the HST team. Thus, in case of an emergency first-aid kit or provision of rescue teams as a requirement.
  • We are a government-registered company providing you with real care services at the best reasonable rate.
  • Our company also has 70% repetitive clients over the years which shows their trust in us.
  • We go the extra mile to assure you of a complete trekking experience in Nepal. HST is your ideal choice for trekking in Nepal.

FAQs of Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake

Trip Review

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Travel Year : 2022
Vincent Martinez
France

Gokyo to Everest Base Camp Trek

5 stars
My friend and I traveled with HST via Gokyo Lake to the Everest Base Camp, and it was the most incredible trip. Hari, our tour guide, was encouraging, seasoned, and well-informed. He gave us a lot of insight into the culture and people in addition to all the trekking advice, plus he is a fantastic photographer. Thanks to him, we captured the most stunning images. Everything was very well planned out, including the meals and lodging. The porters were also incredibly trustworthy and willing to go above and above (sometimes very literally) to make sure we were happy and had the finest time. Anyone who wants to embark on such treks or adventures in Nepal should check out HST, in my opinion. I can't wait to return to Nepal for more exciting experiences.
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