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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

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Max. Elevation
5545 m / 18192 ft
Group size
min 1
Level
Difficult
Transportation
Domestic flight and all ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May
Starts at / Ends at
lukla / lukla
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea House / Lodge during the trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

Highlights

  • Trekking to the legendary Everest Base Camp and standing in awe of the majestic Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world.
  • Exploring the pristine Gokyo Lakes, a series of glacial lakes renowned for their stunning turquoise color and panoramic mountain views.
  • Crossing high mountain passes, including the challenging Cho La Pass, and enjoying breathtaking vistas of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other Himalayan giants.
  • Visiting traditional Sherpa villages such as Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche, and experiencing the rich Sherpa culture and hospitality.
  • Witnessing the sunrise over Everest from the iconic viewpoint of Kala Patthar, offering unrivaled panoramic views of the Everest massif.

Overview

The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek is a spectacular journey that combines two iconic Himalayan destinations, offering trekkers a unique and diverse experience in the Everest region of Nepal. This challenging trek takes adventurers to the base camp of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, as well as the pristine turquoise lakes of Gokyo. Along the way, trekkers will encounter breathtaking mountain scenery, traditional Sherpa villages, and rich cultural heritage, making it one of the most sought-after trekking routes in the world. This trek combines the thrill of reaching the base camp of the world's highest mountain with the serene beauty of the turquoise Gokyo Lakes, creating an unforgettable adventure amidst towering peaks, rugged landscapes, and ancient Sherpa villages.

Accommodation During the Trek
Accommodation along the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek consists mainly of teahouses and guesthouses, offering basic but comfortable lodging with shared facilities such as toilets and bathrooms. Trekkers can expect cozy rooms with clean bedding and warm blankets, providing a welcome respite after a day of trekking in the mountains. While accommodation options may be more limited in remote areas, the hospitality of the local hosts ensures a comfortable stay for trekkers.

Meals and Drinking Water
Meals during the trek are typically provided at the teahouses and guesthouses along the route. Trekkers can enjoy hearty meals of dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soups, and a variety of other local and international dishes. Vegetarian options are readily available, and special dietary requirements can usually be accommodated with prior notice. Drinking water is available at the teahouses and can be purchased along the trail. It is advisable to carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets or a water filter to ensure safe drinking water during the trek.

Best Season
The best time to undertake the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies, mild temperatures, and minimal rainfall, making it ideal for trekking. The spring season offers blooming rhododendrons and lush greenery, while autumn provides stunning views of snow-capped peaks and vibrant landscapes. Trekkers should avoid the monsoon season (June to August) due to heavy rainfall and the winter season (December to February) when the higher passes may be snowbound and trekking conditions are more challenging.

Mount Everest and Gokyo Lake
The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek offer trekkers the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, as well as the tranquil charm of the Gokyo Lakes. These two iconic destinations epitomize the grandeur and majesty of the Himalayas, attracting adventurers and nature enthusiasts from around the globe.

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes Grade | Difficulty | Cost | Best Time
The Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes trek is graded as moderate to difficult, requiring a good level of physical fitness and stamina to complete. Trekkers should be prepared for long days of walking on varied terrain, including steep ascents, rocky trails, and high mountain passes. The cost of the trek varies depending on factors such as duration, itinerary, and services included. The best time to undertake the trek is during the spring and autumn seasons, when the weather is favorable and trekking conditions are optimal.

Trip Itinerary

Your adventure begins with a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, where you'll be greeted by stunning views of the Himalayas. From Lukla, trek to Phakding, a picturesque village nestled along the Dudh Koshi River. Enjoy the serene atmosphere and beautiful landscapes as you start your trek.

Continue your trek along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, crossing suspension bridges and passing through traditional Sherpa villages. As you ascend higher into the Himalayas, catch your first glimpse of Mount Everest looming in the distance as you arrive in Namche Bazaar, the bustling hub of the Khumbu region.

Take a rest day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize to the altitude and explore the vibrant market stalls and bakeries. Consider taking a short hike to the Everest View Hotel for panoramic views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks, or visit the Sherpa Museum to learn about the local culture and history.

Resume your trek with a scenic hike to Phortse Thanga, a tranquil village situated amidst rhododendron forests and alpine meadows. Enjoy the serene ambiance of the Himalayan wilderness as you trek off the beaten path, away from the crowds of the main Everest Base Camp trail.

Continue your journey towards Machhermo, trekking through rugged terrain and pristine landscapes. Along the way, enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks and glacier-carved valleys that define the Everest region. Arrive in Machhermo, a picturesque village nestled beneath towering mountains, and settle in for the night.

Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo, a stunning lakeside village situated at the foot of Gokyo Ri. Enjoy panoramic views of the turquoise Gokyo Lakes and surrounding peaks as you ascend towards your destination.

Take a rest day in Gokyo to acclimatize to the altitude and explore the surrounding area. Consider hiking to the nearby Gokyo Ri for unparalleled views of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, and other Himalayan giants, or simply relax by the tranquil lakes and soak in the beauty of the natural surroundings.

Embark on a challenging trek over the high mountain pass of Cho La, crossing rugged terrain and icy glaciers along the way. As you traverse the pass, enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers before descending to the village of Dzongla, where you'll spend the night.

Continue your trek towards Lobuche, trekking through rocky terrain and barren landscapes. Along the way, pass by ancient Tibetan monasteries and stone chortens, soaking in the rich cultural heritage of the Everest region. Arrive in Lobuche and settle into your teahouse for the night.

Today's trek takes you to the iconic Everest Base Camp, the starting point for climbers attempting to summit the world's highest peak. Trek across the Khumbu Glacier and rocky moraines, following in the footsteps of legendary mountaineers. Arrive at Gorak Shep, your accommodation for the night, before continuing on to Everest Base Camp to soak in the awe-inspiring views of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayas.

Rise early to hike to the summit of Kala Patthar, a renowned vantage point offering panoramic views of Mount Everest at sunrise. Marvel at the golden hues illuminating the snow-capped peaks before descending back to Gorak Shep for breakfast. Afterward, trek down to Pangboche, a picturesque village nestled amidst terraced fields and traditional Sherpa homes.

Continue your descent towards Namche Bazaar, trekking through lush forests and traditional Sherpa villages. As you descend, enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, feeling a sense of accomplishment with each step. Arrive in Namche Bazaar and celebrate the completion of your trek with a hearty meal and warm accommodations.

Embark on the final leg of your trek towards Lukla, retracing your steps along the Dudh Koshi River. As you descend, reflect on the memories and experiences gained during your journey through the majestic Himalayas. Arrive in Lukla and spend your final evening in the mountains, reminiscing about the adventures of the past weeks.

Board an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, marking the end of your Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas during the scenic flight, reflecting on the incredible journey you've undertaken through one of the world's most iconic trekking destinations. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the vibrant streets and cultural landmarks of the Nepalese capital.

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Includes

  • Kathmandu Domestic Airport Picks up and drop.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and back Flight Fares with Airport Taxes.
  • Everyday Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner as per above itinerary.
  • Teahouse/Lodge Accommodation while on Trek.
  • An English Speaking Government Licence Holder Trekking Guide.
  • One Porter for Two Hikers.
  • Guide and Porter Salary, Insurance and Accommodation.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System Fees.
  • All Government Taxes.
  • Assistance in case of Emergency Evacuation.

Doesn't Include

  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Travel Insurance of Trekkers.
  • Bar Bills like Mineral Water, Beer, Whiskey etc.
  • International Air Fares.
  • Nepal Visa.
  • Tips and Gratitudes to Guide and Porters.
  • Use of Wi-Fi, Phone Calls, and Personal Expenses.
  • Rest of all that are not mentioned in Cost Inclusive.
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