Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake (18 Days)

Basic Info ( EBCGL18 ) $ 1705 per person

Duration 18
Group Size 2 or more
TransportaionPrivate vehicles, Kathmandu-lukla-Kathmandu
Altitude 5545 meters
Accomodations Hotel in kathmandu, tea house/lodge during trek
Best Seasons Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
Activities Trekking, hiking
Meals Welcome and farewell dinner at katmandu, All meals during treks

Basic Intro

The Gokyo valley has always been great attraction for tourists because of its mesmerizing view of Gokyo Lake and its surroundings. It offers more serene view of eastern Himalaya and Mount Everest from Gokyo Ri. Moreover stunning view of Himalayan panorama from Gokyo Ri, the largest Ngozumpa glacier, diverse flora and fauna and the rich Sherpa culture makes this trip even more adventurous and special. This trail is perfect to capture the scenic views of Mt. Everest itself, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku and many other lofty mountains.

This trek starts after the thirty five minute flight from Kathmandu landing Lukla Airport, gate-way of Everest Namche Bazar (3440m) a Sherpa territory. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has modern facilities. From Namche Bazaar it takes the path to Dole village and Machhemro. Another day we trek down to beautiful mountain lake Gokyo. We spend the next few days trekking and interacting amongst the mountain people also known as Sherpa’s, we stay at local lodges and trek into the heartland of their villages. Other days we takes us to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar, 5,545 metres (18,192 ft) and Mt. Pumori.  Alternatively, the comeback route can be arranged through the Chola Pass and Thame trail offers the pleasure adventurous psyche with more marvelous view of lofty High Himalayans exploring the Nepalese culture and tradition of Khumbu Region.

Day 01: Arrival, transfer to Hotel 

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation 

Day 03:  Kathmandu - Lukla [2,800 m/9,184 ft] - Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft): 3-4 hrs 

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk 

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar 

Day 06:  Namche Bazzar - Dole-(4,110 m/ 13,152 ft): 6-7 hrs 

Day 07:  Dole - Machhermo-(4,470 m/ 14,663 ft): 4-5 hrs 

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Lake (4800m) 

Day 09: Relax Day at Gokyo Lake 

Day 10: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,330m/17,483ft), & trek to Thangnag (4750m/15580ft), 6-7 hrs walk 

Day 11: Trek to Cho-la Pass (5367m/17604ft) to Dzongla (4,850m/15908ft), 5-6 hrs walk 

Day 12: Trek to Loubuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 4-5 hrs 

Day 13:  Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) - Gorak Shep:  8-9 hrs 

Day 14:  Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft) - Pheriche (4,730m/15,518ft): 8-9 hrs 

Day 15: Trek to Tyangboche (3,867m/12684ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,570m/11,710ft): 6-7 hrs

Day 16: Namche Bazaar-Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6-8 hrs 

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft) 

Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu


·         All airport/hotel transfers

·         Three night’s hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Bliss International or simalar catagory) with breakfast.

·         Welcome and farewell dinner

·         A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide by private car/jeep.

·         Private Vehicle with Air-condition.

·         Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) and airport departure taxes.

·         Teahouse/Lodge and tented camp accommodation during trek with all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

·         An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging

·         Four seasonal sleeping bag,Trekking Poles and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)

·         A comprehensive medical kit

·         All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )

Not Includes

·         Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)

·         International airfare to and from Kathmandu

·         Excess baggage charges

·         Extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

·         Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case you return early from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)

·         Travel and rescue insurance

·         Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)

·         Tips for guides and porters

Equipment List

Equipment Check List

- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: 
- Lightweight cotton long pants/ Hiking shorts 
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) 
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet :
- Thin, lightweight inner socks 
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks 
- Hiking boots with spare laces 
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Upper Body: 
- T-shirts 
- Fleece jacket or pullover 
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 
- Down vest and/or jacket *

- Lightweight gloves

- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F * 
- Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries 
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag 
- Basic First Aid Kit 
- Large plastic bags 
- for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
- Trekking Poles * 
- Water bottles 
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)

Toiletries (it’s up to your comfort lable): 
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel 
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) 
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) 
- Deodorants 
- Nail clippers 
- Face and body moisturizer 
- Feminine hygiene products 
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene (it’s up to your comfort lable):
- Wet wipes (baby wipes) 
- Tissue /toilet roll 
- Anti bacterial hands wash 
- Diamox (Drugs for altitude sickness if incase) 
- Water purified pills

Extras/Luxuries (it’s up to your comfort lable) 
- Binoculars (optional) 
- Reading book 
- Journal & Pen 
- Pencils and small notebooks 
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble


Useful Information

Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake . The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan. and Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug.) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.