Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Trek

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake promises the trekkers with the stunning view of the Mount Everest like from nowhere else. Exploring the hidden beauty of the Khumbu region and the unexplored Gokyo Lake, the 20-days adventure will make you amazed with the barely known valleys, tranquil lakes, and traditional villages.
Walking on the lap of the tallest Mount Everest, you will come face-to-face with the Khumbu Glacier. Trekking through the trail of Cho La pass over the glacier, beneath the mountain and walking up to the Black rock; Kala Patthar is an experience you will get nowhere.
The trail will take trekkers to the Tengboche monastery: the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. The spectacular panorama of the Mount Everest and the Ama Dablam mountain will make your struggle to the top vanish in a second.


DAY 1 – ARRIVE KATHMANDU

On arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will greet you meet you at the airport and we will come to the hotel.

DAY 2 – FLY TO LUKLA, TREK TO MONJO (2,830m) 5-6 hours.

We will take morning flight to Lukla from the domestic airport. This is one of the most beautiful and exciting flights in the world. We suggest to seat on the left side as you will be able to see the snow line of the Himalayan range to the north. On arrival in Lukla, you will be greeted once again by your crew there. While you can have a cup of tea or even breakfast there depending upon your flight time, our staff will sort out your baggage. After all these procedure, We will be heading toward Phakding village. After Phakding, The path leads upstream along the valley, through areas of conifer trees and several more small villages. Another 2-3 hours walking, you will reach to Chumoa, (2,743m), a small and picturesque village located below Thamserku Mountain, (6,618m) and close to the entrance to the Everest National Park. Cross the Monjo Khola and you shortly arrive in the village of Monjo for your overnight stop.
Overnight in tea house (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 3 – TREK TO NAMCHE (3,440m) 4-5 hours.

The advantage of walking to Monjo on the first day is that you can walk up the steep hill to Namche in the morning when you are fit and fresh. It is fairly easy walk today. You leave Monjo and continue to the park gates of the Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsale where you complete entry formalities. Then you walk on alongside the river and cross on a high bridge. After that, you start the steep climb to Namche. Near the halfway point up the hill, if the sky is clear, your first views of Everest and Lhotse come into sight. You then continue the climb, less steeply now, to Namche.
Overnight in tea house (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 4 - REST DAY - ACCLIMATISATION

With these high elevations, it is important to let your body adjust and avoid altitude sickness. ‘Climb high, sleep low’ is the mantra for good acclimatization. To aid acclimatization, It is a good idea, at the very least, to walk up the hill to the Park Headquarters and visit the very interesting Sagarmatha National Park Museum. From here there are the first really good views of Everest and Ama Dablam – a wonderful panorama. You can also walk up to Everest View Hotel and visit the village of Khumjung.
Overnight tea house in Namche (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 5 – TREK TO TENGBOCHE (3,870m) 5 hours

After breakfast, a gentle walk with great views brings and through forest of rhododendron and blue pine to the village of Trashinga. There are wonderful views all around specially Ama Dablam and across the valley to Thamserku and Kang Taiga. You will cross the Dudh Koshi at Phungi Tenga and then climb through beautiful forests to reach Tengboche. Here is a very famous Buddhist monastery worth a visit and there is a very famous ceremony every year in November called Manirimdu festival and people from all over the world come to attend this ceremony. It is a place filled with mystery and spirituality.
Overnight in tea house (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 6 – TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4400m) 6 hours.

After breakfast, we leave Tengboche through trees to Debouche where pass teahouses and ‘mani’ walls as the path continues along the river valley amongst the trees. After crossing a bridge, the path gradually climbs, with stunning views of Ama Dablam ahead to reach the village of Pangboche. From Pangboche, the path ascends above the village with the sparse landscape now reflecting the height. You cross a stream and making a final ascent to Dingboche.
Overnight in tea house (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 7: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN DINGBOCHE

There are several things to do for acclimatization walks in this region. You can either walk up Chukhung (4,730m) – a 4-5 hour round trip. It is more of a gentle walk.
You can also walk up to the ridge behind the village to make an energetic ascent of Naga Dzongri. This is a steep but not technically difficult ascent to a summit at 5,085 metres; from you can see beautiful views of Makalu and Amphu Laptse. In the afternoon you can also walk to Pheriche to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic. The doctor there gives a talk about high altitude acclimatization in the afternoon.
Overnight in tea house (Meals: B, L, D).

DAY 8 – TREK TO LOBUCHE (4,901m) 6 hours

Today you leave Dingboche after breakfast in a very gentle way up to a small hamlet of Thukla. You can have a wonderful view of Tawoche and Cholatse. After Thukla you start to climb to reach a jumble of rocks which marks the terminal moraine at the base of the Khumbu glacier. Now you really feel being in the high place as the landscape is now wild and rocky. After another hour of gentle walk, you reach at Lobuche.
Overnight in tea house (Meals: B, L, D).

DAY 9 – TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,300m), RETURN TO GORAK SHEP (5,163m) 6-7 hours

Today you reach at the famous Everest Base Camp. After early breakfast, you start your walk towards north-east, along the side of the Khumbu Glacier. No you don’t see vegetation here. There are many ups and downs across the moraine before you reach at GorakShep. After check in the guest house, you start another walk to the Base camp. After a couple of hours you reach the base camp area from where you don’t really see Everest but very nice view of Khumbu ice-fall and the surrounding areas can be seen from here. Return same way back to GorakShep.
Overnight in tea house (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 10 – ASCEND KALA PATHHAR (5,545m), & TREK BACK TO LOBUCHE

Early start is very important from GorakShep so you have a clear view of the mountains before cloud comes in to obscure the summit of Everest. This ascent can be of approximately 2-3 hours until you finally reach the rocky summit of Kala Pathhar at 5,545m – This is one of the Highlight of your trek!
From the summit of Kala Pathhar there are great views of the summit of Everest as well as – Pumori (7,145m), Nuptse, Lhotse and countless other Himalayan peaks. You can also look down on the Khumbu glacier where base camp is located.
You will then walk down to GorakShep and take the path back to Lobuche.
Overnight tea house (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 11: TREK TO DZONG LA (4,843m) 3-4 hours

Today is relatively short day after two long days. This is also important because of the next day early start. All the way today is gentle and as you don’t gain much altitude, you feel easier and again there are fabulous views all around. You can see a beautiful turquoise glacial lake called Cholatse Tso. You then gradually go up to the small hamlet of Dzong La. Overnight Tea House. (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 12: CROSS THE CHO LA (5,420m), TREK TO DRAGNAK (4700m) 5-6 hours

Early start is essential today. You start the day with gentle walk following the wide valley before gradually climbing up towards the foot of the pass. Then the trail becomes steeper on large blocks and boulders on a wide ramp that dissects the huge rock face of the pass. The glacier gradually ascends through a stunning high valley until the high point of the pass is reached. This will be another highlight of the trip. After climbing to cross a shallow grassy saddle, you start the long descent to Dragnak.
Overnight in Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 13: TREK TO GOKYO (4,750m) 3 hours

Today is an easy short day after the rigorous day crossing the Cho La on previous day. Dragnak is situated on the edge of moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Today you pass the terrain of the glacier on giant pile of rubble with heaps of sand glistening with snow and numerous small lakes and pools that change every year with the movement of the glacier. After a short hike from here, the path joins other route up to Gokyo Lakes, and a beautiful small river is followed to reach the second lake. A short walk leads to the third lake, Dudh Pokhari and the small settlement of Gokyo. After lunch it is well worth walking up the valley towards Cho Oyu and the fourth and fifth lakes.
Overnight in Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 14 - CLIMB GOKYO RI (5,483m), TREK TO MACHERMO (4,410m) 8 hrs

Early start is essential today, the foot of Gokyo Ri lies 5 minutes away across a stream that feeds the lake. It takes two to three hours to reach the summit where the views justify all the effort involved. Everest (8,848m) and even Makalu (8,475m) can be seen further to the east, Cho Oyu (8,153m), glacial moraines and the giants of the world can be seen in the north. After spending some time there, you descend down past the lakes to the snout of the Ngozumpa glacier to rejoin the Dudh Koshi valley. The trail clings to the west side of the steep sided valley and gradually the terrain becomes gentler as you descend through Pangka to Machhermo.
Overnight in Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 15 – TREK DOWN TO PHORTSE TENGA (3,675m) AND THEN CLIMB TO MONG LA 5 hours

Today is relatively easy day and the first trail continues along the side of the valley, with great views all along the valley, and final views behind of Cho Oyu. You will meet few small hamlets where also few lodges are available. From here you can see wonderful view of sacred Khumbila (5,673m), Kang Taiga (6,779m), and also famous Thamserku (6,608m). After Dole the path descends through forest, home to pheasant and deer. You can see spectacular ice waterfalls in this shady spot. There is a bit of a climb at the end of the day’s walking which will be bit tough before reaching to the Mong La, (3,973m) a small settlement marked by Tibetan Stupa and birth place of Lama Sagwa Dorje. There are superb views from here of the village of Phortse and Thyangboche Monastery across the valley.
Overnight in Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 16 – TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440m) DESCEND TO MONJO (2,835m) 5-6 hours

Today is relatively easy as most of the walking down hills. You start the walk along the hillside, above Tashinga and Sanasa Before you make a short climb up to the beautiful village of Khumjung and descend to Namche. From here, you follow the same path that you climb up by steep descent back to reach the Dudh Koshi. It can be a bit rough on the knees, but the amount of oxygen you will have in your lungs will feel amazing. You will still have wonderful views, and the chance to relax in slightly warmer valley surroundings.
Overnight in Tea House (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 17 - TREK BACK TO LUKLA 5-6 hrs

After breakfast you continue your last trekking day to Lukla.
Overnight in tea house (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 18 –FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU

You fly to Lukla after breakfast, it is a short flight but sometimes they are delayed due to weather conditions. Our representative will pick you up from the domestic airport and bring you to the hotel. You can relax in the afternoon. We will have our dinner at the typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural show.
Overnight at the hotel (Meals: B)

DAY 19 – SIGHT SEEING TOUR OF KATHMANDU VALLEY (6-8 hrs)

After breakfast, you set out for the full day sightseeing in a fascinating medieval city, its streets, bazaars, Hindu temples, shrines and Buddhist stupas. You visit the Swayambhunath Temple (also known as the Monkey Temple) and the Durbar Square in the heart of the city. This is where the Kumari is. Next you will drive to Patan, once a beautiful city in its own right which rivaled Kathmandu in terms of the splendor of its temples and squares. There will also be time to do any last minute supplies from Nepal for presents. We will have our dinner at the typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural show to sum up the wonderful journey in the Himalayas.
Overnight at the hotel (Meals: B, D)

DAY 20 – DEPARTURE

Our representative will drive you to the international airport for the departure to your homeland.

Inclusions

  • Government Trained License Holder English-speaking guide/leader
  • All domestic and International airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu/cities with twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All domestic airfares
  • All meals and accommodation on trek including tea and coffee
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • A free high-quality Dolma Treks duffel bag/relative trekking map and Tee-shirt
  • Trek staff and full porteragem
  • All camping gears in our camping treks
  • High altitude Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • National Park fees + Permits

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips
  • Laundry and personal expenses
  • Whatever is not mentioned in the included section

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