Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes is the most beautiful trekking route in the Everest region. The trek is alternate to the classic Everest Base Camp Trek. Passing through the gorgeous turquoise lakes, we will move through Gokyo Valley and the renowned Cho La Pass. This trek takes us on a trip of the landmarks of the Khumbu region, accompanied by the domineering mountains, hospitable Sherpa, colorful monasteries, and many more.
We will get lots of opportunities to enjoy the majestic Himalayas of the region. Moreover, the trek offers us the chance to witness the huge Khumbu icefall. Trekking through Gokyo Lakes to reach Everest Base Camp is an experience you will never forget. En Route we will be blessed with the views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori. Likewise, we will be visiting the oldest and largest monastery of the region- the Tengboche monastery.
The Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lakes and Chola Pass is ideal for travelers wishing to enjoy the challenge in the foothill of the world’s summit with additional natural beauty.
Visit Sherpa museum and Saturday market in Namche Bazar
A panoramic scene from National Park headquarters and Everest View Hotel
Get a glimpse of Yeti head in Khumjung village and learn about Sherpa culture
Visit Tengboche monastery, Sunrise view from Kala Patthar, and Gokyo Ri
- Four nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu
- Airport transfer
- Three daily meals during the trek
- Kathmandu city tours, all entry fees, travel guide, and private transportation
- Twin sharing lodge during the trek
- Airfare Lukla – Kathmandu
- A highly experienced, well-informed, supportive, pleasant, well-trained Government License holder guide
- T-shirt, Trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
- Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
- Down jacket and sleeping bag
- Duffle bag
- First aid medicine kit
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
- Beverages including water
- Hot showers during the trek
- WiFi internet and phone call unless it’s free.
- Personal trekking equipment
Upon arrival, our airport representative will welcome you and transfer you to the respective hotel. Your prior trip meeting will be the very day at the hotel in the evening. However, our airport representative will provide you brief information about your further trip on your way to the hotel. After checking in your hotel, you can simply relax or roam around the streets of Thamel. In the evening, we will hold a welcome dinner for you where you will enjoy authentic Nepali meal. We will also introduce you to your guide for the trip. Do not hesitate to ask questions about your trip and your preference throughout the trip.
Trek Preparation and Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley
You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide. Kathmandu is a living history and a collage of various cultures and religions alive by charming monuments. The city has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will be visiting Boudhanath Stupa – one of the largest stupas in the world, Swoyambhunath – the oldest stupa of Nepal, which is also known as Monkey Temple. Also, we will pay a visit to the largest Hindu temple of Nepal- Pashupatinath, which sits along the sacred Bagmati river. Here, we will see Hindu holy men meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral fires burning on the ghats. Then, we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, located at Basantapur. This is a two-millennium old plaza and houses the medieval royal palace, temples in the signature pagoda styles, and many more beautiful traditional architectures. Walking through this area feels as a trip to the ancient Nepal with its age-old structures all around. Although most of these structures were destroyed by the earthquake of 2015, there are still beautiful monuments left. After we finish the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, we will move towards Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the place where royals used to live and ruled the Kathmandu Valley. This whole place is such a beauty that UNESCO has selected the whole city as a World Heritage Site. Here, we will see lots of palaces and temples built in the pagoda and shikhara style. The attraction of this place includes the fifty-five window palace, the Lion Gate, art galleries, the Golden Gate, and many more. Our last stop will be at Lalitpur, where we will learn about Nepalese history. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free so, you can shop or roam around the tourist streets of Thamel.
Fly to Lukla (2860m), and trek to Phakding (2651m)
The 35minute flight to Lukla is one of the most adventurous and scenic flight you will ever take. The flight blesses us with the views of Nepal’s Himalayas. We will be going neck to neck with many mountain peaks. After arriving at Lukla, we will meet our crew members and start preparing for the trek. From Lukla, we will trek towards Phakding. As it is the first day of the trek, we will be walking for only about four hours. At one hour’s slow descent, we will reach Cheplung village from where we can get a gorgeous view of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred mountain that has never been climbed. Then, we will slowly continue our trek to Phakding, where we will spend the night.
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3438m)
Passing through a dense pine forest, we will follow the track towards the valley of Benkar. Then, crossing through the Dudh Koshi River, we will pass Chumoa to Monjo, the entrance to Sagarmatha National park. After that, we cross a suspension bridge, and move past Jorsale village, walking beside the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. From here, we will climb a steep hill, which brings us to the prime village of Khumbu region- Namche bazaar. If the weather is clear, we can get the view of Everest and Lhotse within one hour’s distance to Namche Bazaar.
Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar
Today, we will spend the time getting accustomed to the weather around the region. There are many things we can do around Namche Bazaar. We will hike to the Sagarmatha National Park to get the mesmerizing sunrise view and the sights of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and many more. For those interested in a day hike, you can hike to Khumjung village, a gorgeous Sherpa settlement, visit the Khumjung Hilary School Or, we can explore the famed Namche Bazaar, observe the traditional lifestyle of Sherpa people.
Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3680m)
Climbing through the Khumjung hill, we will move downwards to the east of the village down the wide valley to the Dudh Koshi. There are two trails from where our guides will choose whichever is the best. There is one gorgeous chorten on the ridge top at 3973m, which descends from Mt. Khumbila (5761m). We will also visit the birthplace of the re-incarnated Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet, who is said to have introduced Buddhism in the Khumbu region. After a walk of approximately six hours, we will reach Phortse Thanga.
Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4470m)
Macchermo is an uphill climb from Phortse Thanga. We walk through the fragrant rhododendron forest and pass through a waterfall before reaching Tongba Village. Continuing our trek, we will pass through Dole, Labarma, and Luza villages before reaching Machhermo. We will witness a beautiful chorten right before the Luza village. The whole trip, we will walk beside the Dudh Koshi River.
Day Eight :
Machhermo to Gokyo (4800m)
We will begin the day by ascending a ridge for an incredible view down the valley to Kangtaiga and also up towards Cho Oyu (8153m). The trail past the Phangka widens a bit. Then, we climb down towards the riverbank before ascending towards the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier. Following the valley past the first lake, the trail flattens after crossing an iron bridge over a stream. Walking for a while, we will reach the second lake where we can get the mesmerizing view of the shimmering turquoise lake. Then, we will reach the third lake. A surging stream links the third and second lake. Gokyo villages stand by the third lake, and we can see Cho Oyo in the background.
Acclimatization day at Gokyo Valley
For the interested trekkers, we will hike towards Gokyo RI in the early morning and enjoy the spectacular view of the Khumbu region. As we reach the top, the view gets even better, and we can also see the view of the four of the seven highest peaks of Nepal; Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. Then, we will move towards the fourth lake, where we will enjoy the tranquil beauty of the area. We might also hike up to the fifth lake, Ngozumba Tsho. From here, we can get the view of the longest glacier of the Himalayas- Ngozumba glacier.
Gokyo to Thagnak (4750m)
Today, we will start the trek by climbing to the Gokyo Ri. The climb can be quite challenging due to the steep trail; however, the view from the peak is worth the effort. We will get the gorgeous view of the Gokyo village, on the edge of the third lake, overlooking Cholatse and the huge Ngozumpa glacier. We will also get striking views of mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. Adoring the view, we will walk through the Ngozumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Walking along the edge of the mountain, we will reach Thagnak.
Thagnak to Cho La Pass (5367m) to Dzongla
This is one of the most challenging days of the trip. We will be walking through the steep trail, and rocks keep falling after the ice melts, making the walk even harder. The ice also makes the trail slippery. From Phedi, the trail ascends through a gorge and a rocky track. Walking beside the frozen lake, we will reach the top of the pass loaded with prayer flags. From here, we can get a stunning view of the Ama Dablam. Before reaching Dzongla, we will pass through a few fissures. Dzongla village is popular for the view of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche mountains along with the Pheriche village.
Dzongla to Lobuche (4940m)
Today, we will be walking for only a short time. We descend from Dzongla and walk through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of the Lobuche peak. The trail then curves through a broad river bed before reaching Lobuche.
Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m), trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m)
Today, we will be trekking to the renowned Everest Base Camp. We will move past the Indian army mountaineer’s memorials. The path from here is quite misleading, so it is vital to follow our guide properly. We will be passing through rocky dunes, moraine, and streams before reaching the Everest Base camp. From Everest Base Camp, we will get the stunning view of Nuptse, Khumbuste, Pumori, and many others. After enjoying the view from the Everest Base Camp, we will return to Gorakshep and spend the night here.
Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m)
Today, we will be trekking towards the highest point of our trip. We will prepare for an early morning departure. We will walk to Kalapatthar in the early morning as we can get bewitching views of the sunrise between the Himalayan giants. Likewise, we can get 360-degree views of Mt. Everest from this point. Relishing the view from Kala Patthar, we return to Lobuche and spend the night here.
Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
We walk past the dense rhododendron and juniper forests. After crossing the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge climbing down steeply through pine forests. In the forest, we might encounter rare animals like colorful pheasants and mountain goats. Eventually, we will reach Sansa from where we can enjoy mesmerizing views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse mountain peaks. Before reaching the Namche Bazaar, we will also pass winding trails through a forest.
Namche Bazaar to Lukla
The trail from Namche Bazaar climbs down steeply, so we will be descending steadily, battling the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridge, the trail becomes a bit flatter and easier. The evening is free for you to enjoy the last day in the Himalayas.
Fly to Kathmandu
On this day, you will bid farewell to the Everest and the neighbor mountains. We will catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu. This thirty-minutes’ flight will be one of the most beautiful flights you will ever take. You can look at the majestic mountains shrinking from the plane. After landing, we will drive to the hotel where you can just relax or engage in other activities of your interest.
This is the day we will bid you goodbye. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport before three hours of your scheduled flight.