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Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek - 19 Days

Trip Facts

Trip Start/Ends
Kathmandu, Nepal
Trip Difficulty
Challenging Trek
Trip Style
Lodge to Lodge Trek
Meals
MAP at Kathmandu & Full Board at Trek
Accomodation
Deluxe Hotel in City | Mt. Lodges at Trek
Max. Elevation
5160m @ Gorekshep (Overnight) & EBC @5364m
Group Size
Min. 2 Pax | Max. 8-10 Pax

Overview

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Trek combines two incredible himalayan valleys trekking in Everest Region- Everest Base Camp Valley & Gokyo Valley. Major highlights of this trek is, visit to Everest Base Camp (5364m), Incredible view of Mt. Everest from Kalapathar (5545m), challenging but exciting high altitude Chola Pass (5350m), beautiful Gokyo Valley (4800m), Gokyo Ri view point (5357m) & tranquil Gokyo Lakes and Ngozumpa Glacier. No doubt, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lake Trek is adventurous and one of the best trekking destinations in the entire Khumbu region. Gokyo Valley is famous for beautiful tranquil lakes in the region, including fourth lakes and fifth lakes valley, and massive Ngozumpa Glacier. This trek is famous for world highest mountain views including Mt. Everest (8848 m)- top of the world, friendly sherpa peoples and their richest culture and tradition, colorful buddhist monasteries, incredible himalayan valleys and landscapes.

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Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Valley Trek Route: 
Spending two wonderful days in Kathmandu, we fly to Lukla, then hike in Dudh Koshi valley to Phakding, Manjo, then to hill up to Namche. We will spend two nights in Namche, hike to Everest View Hotel and acclimatize, and adopt altitude conditions and himalayan environment. From Namche, we follow the classic route to Everest Base Camp via Tengboche Monastery- Famous Buddhist Monastery in the region, then to Pangboche village, and Dingboche in Imja valley. Having two full days of acclimatization and exploration in Dingboche, we will then trek toward Lobuche & Gorekshep valley. 

After visiting the historical Everest Base Camp and famous view point of Kala Pathar, we will trek to Dzongla valley, then an impressive Cho-La pass, and descend to Ngozumpa glacier and trek to pristine Gokyo Valley. In Gokyo, we will spend two nights and visit incredible fourth lakes and firth lakes surroundings, hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m), and the incredible Ngozumpa Glacier surrounding, before descending to Dole, then to Namche Bazaar. From Namche, we will retrace back to Lukla in a day, and fly back to Kathmandu the following day.

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Gokyo Valley (4800m) & Gokyo Lakes:
Gokyo Valley is one of the most pristine himalayan valleys in the Everest region. Gokyo Lakes is known as the world's highest freshwater glacier lakes system in the Himalayas along the Ngozumpa Glacier. The Gokyo Lakes area comprises six main lakes. Gokyo Lakes are sparkling, pristine, filled with fresh himalayan blue water. Gokyo Valley & Gokyo Lakes are spectacular in sceneries, unique in geographical structure and topography. 

This valley separates from the classic route to Everest Base Camp from Namche. The Gokyo Lake trek is the second most famous trek in the Everest region, after Everest Base Camp trek. It is a once in lifetime adventure trekking. 

Day Hike to Gokyo Lakes & Fifth Lakes:
At Gokyo, another highlight is a day hike to Gokyo Lakes areas, including fourth and fifth lakes, and Ngozumpa glacier surroundings. Gokyo lakes are situated along the side of Ngozumpa Glacier.  Views of Gokyo Lakes are amazing, with massive Ngozumpa glacier. Both Gokyo Lakes and Ngozumpa Glacier are situated at the base of the Cho Oyu- world’s 6th highest mountain. Hike involves walking on rugged and rocky mountain trails. Fifth lake is at almost 5300m height, and offers a great and close- up view of Mt. Cho Oyu, stunning views of Ngozumpa Glacier- the longest glacier in Himalayas, Himalayan landscapes and spectacular Mt. Everest. 

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Gokyo Ri (5357m):
Gokyo Ri is a famous view point above Gokyo Valley, offers 360 degree views of Everest Region mountains, including a panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu, views of Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Lakes, Ngozumpa glacier and ice ridges. Hike to Gokyo Ri is demanding due to walking in rocky terrain and altitude. Gokyo Ri has incredible views of the complete Khumbu region, mountains, and himalayan landscapes.  

Cho- La Pass (5350m):
Chola Pass separates Gokyo Valley & Everest Base Camp valley standing in the middle of the Himalaya. Chola Pass is a tough walk in rugged terrain and rocky mountains. Reaching the top of Chola from Everest Base Camp valley, it required walking in Chola glacier ice field before reaching the actual pass. It is recommended to come with microspikes for safe walking over glaciers. Chola is surrounded by beautiful mountains, himalayan landscapes and rewarded by great himalayan views. Cho- La is part of the Everest 3 Passes Trek including Renjo-La and Kongma-La. 

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How Difficult is Cho-La Pass? 
On our itinerary, we will ascend to Cho-La from Dzongla after Everest Base Camp Trek. However, some peoples first trek to Gokyo Valley, then trek to Thaknag then will climb to Cho-La. Either way you climb, you will have to walk steep uphill most of the time to reach to the top of the Cho-La, you will have a quick gain of altitude, mountain terrain is rough and rocky, and you will have to walk in Cho-La glacier for about 40 min to reach to top so it is different than other and difficult walk. But walking at your own pace, slow and steady with staying hydrated, and support from the professional local guide, you would succeed this pass without much trouble.

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Important Trip Note

A Note On Lukla Flight: Due to air traffic congestion at Kathmandu International Airport, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has decided to operate Lukla flights to and from Manthali Airport in Ramechhap during major trekking seasons. This decision was made in March 2029. We will facilitate direct booking for your Lukla flight from Kathmandu.

However, if airlines redirect Lukla flights from Ramechhap, your flight will be rescheduled accordingly. Ramechhap is located about 130 km northeast of Kathmandu and takes approximately 4 hours to reach by road. Since the Lukla flight is scheduled in the morning, we will depart for this drive around 3:00 am to 3:30 am from our hotel in Kathmandu. Classic Vacations Nepal will organize a private transfer to and from Kathmandu to Ramechhap for the Lukla flight.

Itinerary

Inclusion

  • Transportation: All ground transportation in Kathmandu by private vehicle- Including airport pick up at your arrival and departure transfer
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner: Welcome Dinner at one of the finest Nepalese restaurants in town eating local food ( Dal Bhat) & Farewell dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town
  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Ramada Encore (4 star)  by Wyndham Kathmandu Or Similar in Kathmandu on BB plan (Twin share)
  • Cultural Tour: Day Guided tour of Kathmandu valley with fluent english speaking tour guide, sightseeing entrance fees and ticket, tour transfer by private vehicle
  • Flights: Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu Flight, transfer and taxes ( Or Via Ramechhap)
  • Trek Meals: Full Board of meals during trek to Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Valley (Choice of fresh and hygienic meals- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, tea or coffee, seasonal fruits etc) 
  • Trekking Accommodations: Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek accommodation at comfortable Mt. Lodges & Guest Houses (Staying in Phakding, Namche & Lukla at attached bathroom/hot shower) 
  • Classic Vacations Nepal Guide & Staff: One Classic Vacations Nepal Trek Guide, Assistant guides in a group, One trek porter to carry trek luggages for every two trekkers in a group (Maximum weight that one porter carry at altitude trek is 22 kgs so each trekkers could give him 11 kgs luggages to carry)- All payment, trek equipment and insurance
  • Goverment Taxes: All Government & local taxes as per applicable 
  • Final departure transfer

Exclusion

  • Nepal Visa & Fees: Nepal Visa (US$- 50 for 30 Days)- On arrival Visa is Granted 
  • Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance with coverage of medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and trip cancellation
  • Vaccination: Covid-19 full vaccination and proof copy. Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria & Dengue etc. are highly recommended
  • Extra Cost: Cost of extra meals apart from offered in the trip, personal nature expenses, cold and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips: Tips to local guides, assistant guides and porters
  • Extending Trips: Cost of any extending trips beyond this trip itinerary suggested

Meals & Accommodation

Meals

Your meals during your stay in Kathmandu will be on a bed & breakfast plan. We will host a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Any additional meals during your stay will be at your own expense.

During the trek, your meals are included as part of our package. You will have a choice of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as tea/coffee during your trekking days with us. We will source food for your group from guesthouses, prepared by trained local chefs. We take care to ensure that your food is fresh and hygienic.

 

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Accommodation

For this Trek, we use 4-star deluxe luxury hotels in Kathmandu, Hotel Barahi Kathmandu Hotel Or Hotel Ramada Thamel, Kathmandu to ensure your stay is comfortable.

During the trek, you will be staying in mountain lodges and guest houses owned by local Sherpas, offering a nice and comfortable experience. You will have attached bathroom and hot shower facilities during your stays in Namche & Lukla, while other places will have regular mountain lodges.

 

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Dates & Price

Here, we have published our private & small group departures dates for this trip. If these published dates does not fit your travel date, write to us with your date, and we will be very pleased to organise this trip at your desired date and time requested.

2023
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Reviews(1)

Mr. Jeffrey Winslow Wilson

United States of America

Life changing trek in the Khumbu Everest area, experiencing the giants of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, Pumori
4.45

Owner, Chet Bhatta and Lead Guide, Iswor both get 10/10 for organizing and leading a perfect 24 day trek and climbing to the Khumbu region at Oct 2022. 4 of us (age 67-78) along with 1 lead guide and 3 porters trekked and successfully climbed Island Peak (20,300’) with 2 Sherpa climbing guides over 12 days from Lukla.

We went on to Everest Base Camp, over the glacier at Cho La pass, down to Gokyo and then eventually back to Namche Bazaar where we caught a helicopter back to Kathmandu. The trek was carefully planned for acclimation for Island Peak. The lodging and food was all above our expectations, healthy, and tasty. We brought our own water filtration system, no water illness.

During the trek, Iswor took responsibility to keep us safe, healthy, well fed, and happy! Our porters we’re all incredible, smiling everyday while carrying our trekking and climbing gear! Trekking through the Himalayan mountains of the Khumbu region, meeting the Sherpa people, wildlife, bird viewing (over 80 species), experiencing high altitude, cold, spending time with each other while accomplishing our goals was a memory I’ll never forget! We owe it all to Chet, our guides and porters, and Classic Vacations Nepal!

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