What to Expect

  • High altitude trek to Everest Base Camp (5,359 meters), Kalapathar (5,575 meters), Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters) and walk through Chola Pass (5,330 meters).
  • Offers magnificent views of more than 40 peaks including three of the world’s highest (those above 8000 meters): Mt Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt Makalu.
  • Khumbu Glacier (14 km long and 420 meters deep) and Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier in the  Himalayas at 36 kilometers) as a part of the trail.
  • Magnificent views of more than 40 peaks including four of the world’s highest (those above 8000 meters): Mt Everest, Mt. Cho Yu, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu.
  • Passes through a number of Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazar the gateway to the Everest. 

About Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Valley Trekking

The Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Valley Trekking combines the two most popular treks in the region. It offers a visit to historic Everest Base Camp and the jaw-dropping beauty of the Gokyo Lakes as well as the thrills of crossing the challenging Cho La Pass.

This Everest Base Camp Gokyo Valley Trek first leads to the astonishing area of the base camp where expeditions set up to attempt the summit of the world’s highest peak, Everest. The route up to this historic area offers unforgettable beauty in the alpine paradise of the Himalaya.

The base of the world’s highest peak is the very nearest to the summit that trekkers can reach without being a mountain climber on an expedition. From Everest Base Camp, we will have up-close views of the challenging Khumbu Icefall and the desolate surroundings.  After visiting the celebrated viewpoint of Kala Patthar (5545 m, 18192 ft), with up-close panoramas of Everest and surrounding mountains, we then make our way over the challenging Cho La Pass (5420 m / 17,783 feet)! We then traverse Ngozumpa Glacier, Nepal’s largest glacier as we make our way to a collection of lodges at Gokyo set near a mesmerizing lake with the peaks towering above.

A highlight of this Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Valley journey is a ridge top known as Gokyo Ri (5340 m, 17,519 ft). This viewpoint has a staggering panorama of Everest and surrounding mountain peaks as well as the beautiful lakes below alongside Ngozumpa Glacier.

The Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Valley Trekking passes through the homeland of the famed Sherpa ethnicity. The Sherpa are especially renowned for their mountain skills. This trek gives us a chance to observe the Sherpa lifestyle with wondrous Buddhist monasteries. Wildlife in this area includes exotic alpine animals including the elusive snow leopard and some people even think the yeti lives in the Himalaya here.

Our Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Valley Trek starts after a short, scenic flight over terraced farmland to the mountain airport of Lukla. We then take our time as we allow adequate time to adjust to the high elevation. We trek north up the Dudh Kosi Valley to the destination known as Namche Bazaar, a town at the gateway to the higher Himalaya. After visiting the famous Sherpa villages of Kunde and Khumjung we continue to the famous setting of Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the region. From here the trail becomes more desolate as we move higher and closer to the expedition base camp of the highest peak on earth.

After crossing the Cho La and visiting the Gokyo Lakes, we have a pleasant return to Namche Bazaar. We then make our way back down the valley to the mountain airport at Lukla and flight back to Kathmandu.

Recommended: Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. Air travel between Kathmandu to Lukla is frequently delayed due to weather conditions and poor visibility. Flights often get behind schedule and delays can even last for days. Under these situations, High Camp Adventure will do its best to re-schedule flights to and from Lukla at first availability. However, the possibility of postponements of flights and even cancellations is a real possibility. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra two days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In the event of prolonged delays, one option is to arrange a helicopter evacuation at your request. The additional cost of a helicopter flight would be between 500 to 1000 USD per traveler, exact cost dependent on demand and capacity. That said, we would also like to mention that it is also likely that there will be no delays whatsoever. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home. 

Please Note: Our Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley Trekking have set departure dates from Kathmandu and this trek can be personalized to accommodate yourspecific wishes and timetable. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 2Fly to Lukla (2,804 mt.), trek to Phakding (2,610 mt.). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 3Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,441 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 4Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 5Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3,860 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 6Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 7Acclimatization day at Dingboche. Explore around the valley. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 8Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910 mt.). Walking 4 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 9Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,153 mt.) to EBC and back to Gorakshep. Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 10Hike up to Kalapatthar (5,545 mt.) in the morning and trek to Dzongla (5,130 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 11Dzongla to Gokyo (4,790 mt.) via Chola pass (5,330 mt.). Walking 8 hours. Over night at guesthouse.
  • Day 12Early morning hike up to Gokyo peak (5,483 mt.) and trek back to Machhermo (4,470 mt.). Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 13Machermo to Khumjung . Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 14Khumjung to Phakding. Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 15Phakding to Lukla. Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 16Early morning fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 17Transfer to Airport for your final departure from Nepal.

What's Included

Price Includes

  • Pick up & Transfer to and from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Two nights accommodation at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu (breakfasts included).
  • Transportation as per the itinerary (including airfare).
  • Tea-house lodging during the journey.
  • Standard Meals during the journey (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • Expert Guide (registered and licensed by the government) with accompanying porters (generally, one porter for every two clients). (High Camp Adventure covers the staffs’ meals and accommodations as well as wages, transport, insurance, and essential gear.)
  • Equipment (Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Walking poles).
  • Conservation Area and National Park entry fees.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Trekking Map.
  • Medical kit.
  • Government taxes.
  • Our service charge.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure.

Price Excludes:

  • International plane ticket to and from Nepal.
  • Major meals in Kathmandu (other than breakfast).
  • Personal Expenses including laundry, telephone calls, bar bills, drinks and snacks.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Shower fees at lodges, fees for recharging electronic equipment, and personal expenses along the trail.
  • Tips for Guides, Porters and Staff.
  • Expenses incurred by cancellation and events beyond our control, for example, weather delays, trail detours, political unrest, illness and et cetera.
Departure note

Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements. 

Useful Information

Accommodation

All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen a 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share a room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.

Meals

Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst farewell dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.

Trekking Crew

An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a teahouse trek, generally, one porter is provided for every two clients who carry between 15 to 20 kg. However, on a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipment such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipment, fuel, and all consumable goods have to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you don't' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.

Physical Fitness and Experience

Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Valley Trek is a moderate trek which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking uphill and downhill in a day carrying a personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Valley Trek is high altitude trek which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspects also play a vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise a few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.

Travel Insurance

This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy a good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.

Best Seasons

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Valley Trek. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view. You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

Domestic Flights

Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. Air travel between Lukla to Kathmandu is frequently delayed due to weather conditions and poor visibility. Flights often get behind schedule and delays can even last for days. Under these situations, High Camp Adventure will do its best to re-schedule flights to and from Lukla at first availability. However, the possibility of postponements of flights and even cancellations is a real possibility. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra two days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.