Everest Base Camp Trekking via Gokyo Lakes- 20 Days

Annapurna Foothills Treks highly recommends trekking to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes. The Gokyo Lakes route ventures off the main trail away from the crowds and into the Gokyo Valley for the ascent of Gokyo Ri (Peak) and Cho La (Pass), which are sure to be highlights of your trek.

A morning flight will take you to the small mountain village of Lukla landing on a short precipitous runway. If you are lucky enough to sit on the left side of the plane you will get your first great views of the Everest region. After you are introduced to your support staff, you will start your trek with a gentle descent through cultivated fields and Sherpa villages.

Day two however, is a long climb to Namche, a surprisingly modern town where you can enjoy a few luxuries you won’t find in the more remote regions. There is plenty to do while we spend a day here acclimatizing.Besides exploring the bazaar, visiting viewpoints, there is a Sherpa museum where there are many photos of Everest summiteers, as well as a documentary of the Mount Everest region.

From Namche, we leave the classic trail and trek up the Dudh Koshi Valley through Dole and Machermo, until we reach Gokyo. In the Gokyo valley there are five sacred lakes, with clear turquoise water. Besides the lakes themselves, the highlight of Gokyo is the ascent of Gokyo Ri,a small peak just behind the village, from where there are unbelievable views of Cho Oyu and Everest.

After Gokyo Ri, the trek, you cross the Nazing glacier and descend to Tragnag before climbing up to the Cho La Pass: one of three great passes in the Khumbu region. Dropping down from the pass you rejoin the main trail to Everest Base Camp at Lobuche, which passes through Gorak Shep. You will reach base camp in the afternoon.

Early morning the next day you climb to Kala Patthar, 5545m, for a breath-taking view of Mount Everest. From Kala Patthar, you descend to Dingboche, and over the next three days retrace your steps to Lukla, from where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu.

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • beautiful glacial lakes of Gokyo
  • explore part of the Khumbu where few tourists go
  • incredible view from Gokyo Ri, 5340m:  Cho Oyu, Mt Everest and Makalu
  • Cross over the spectacular Cho La Pass, 5420m
  • Ascend Kala Pattar, 5554m, for magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse

 

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m

Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3441m

Day 5 : Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar

Day 6 : Trek to Khumjung, 3790m

Day 7 : Trek to Dole, 4200m

Day 8 : Trek to Machermo, 4470m

Day 9 : Trek to Gokyo, 4790m

Day 10 : Acclimatization day in Gokyo, 4790m

Day 11 : Trek to Thagnag, 4990m

Day 12 : Cross Cho La pass, 5420m and descend to Dzonglha

Day 13 : Trek to Lobuche, 4910m

Day 14 : Trek to Gorak Shep and back to EBC (Everest Base Camp), 5363m

Day 15 : Early Morning ascend to Kala Pattar, 5545m and descend to Dingbuche, 4400m

Day 16 : Trek to Namche, 3441m

Day 17 : Trek to Lukla

Day 18 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 19 : Free day Kathmandu

Day 20 : Departure

Cost Include(s)

  • Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  • Welcome dinner with Nepalese Cultural Program
  • Accommodation during trek; local lodges 16 days (15 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 15 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms: beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu : four nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) Hotel Shakti or Hotel Holy Himalaya
  • Experienced English-speaking Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License-Holder )
  • Porters: 2 persons- One porter basis; max load 30 kg per porter
  • Sagarmatha National Park fee, TIMS permits and all required permits and official documentation
  • Personal Insurance for Nepalese staff
  • Our Service charge
  • Round Trip Airfare: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathamndu
  • Local Airport Tax
  • Energy-supply chocolates: Snicker, Mars, Twix and Boundary
  • Biscuits and Tang Juice of different flavors

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu (can be arranged upon request)
  • Personal Insurance for your travel to Nepal.
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency Rescue/Evacuation
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips for guide and porters  (Tipping is customary)
  • Liquor, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks
  • Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
  • Batteries
  • Telephone calls
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
10 December, 2016 29 December, 2016 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
22 December, 2016 10 January, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
01 March, 2017 20 March, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
04 April, 2017 23 April, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
10 April, 2017 29 April, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
20 April, 2017 09 May, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
27 April, 2017 16 May, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
22 August, 2017 10 September, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
15 September, 2017 04 October, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
12 October, 2017 31 October, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
17 October, 2017 05 November, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
25 October, 2017 13 November, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
10 November, 2017 29 November, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
17 November, 2017 06 December, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
25 November, 2017 14 December, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
10 December, 2017 29 December, 2017 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
22 December, 2017 10 January, 2018 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
01 March, 2018 20 March, 2018 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
04 April, 2018 23 April, 2018 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
10 April, 2018 29 April, 2018 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
20 April, 2018 09 May, 2018 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now
27 April, 2018 16 May, 2018 $1700 USD Per Perso Available Book Now

Best Seasons for Everest Base Camp Trekking via Gokyo

The best seasons for the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views.

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti or Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

Three meals a day are included during your Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.

Drinking Water on Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.

Fitness/Health for the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Local Customs You Should Know About on the Classic Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.

Safety for the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility.  While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority.  Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Travel Insurance for Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek

Annapurna Foothills Treks strongly recommends that you have personal insurance to sufficiently cover all activities you will undertake during this trip. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Flight Delay/Cancellation

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.

If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 20 Days

Price : US $1700 p/p

Trip Grade : Strenuous

Minimum Group Size:2 Persons

Maximum Group size:12 Persons

Minimum Height:1300m

Maximum Height:5545m

Activities:Trekking

Transport:By Air

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:local lodges 16 days (15breakfasts, 15 lunches, 15 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms: beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included

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