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 your specific wishes and timetable.
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02Fly to Lukla (2804 mt.), trek to Phakding (2610 mt.). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 03Phakding to Namche Bazar (3441 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3860 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07Acclimatization day at Dingboche. Explore around the valley. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 mt.). Walking 4 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 09Lobuche to Gorakshep (5153 mt.) to EBC and back to Gorakshep. Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10Hike up to Kalapatthar (5545 mt.) in the morning and trek to Dzongla (5130 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 11Dzongla to Gokyo (4790 mt.) via Chola pass (5330 mt.). Walking 8 hours. Over night at guesthouse.
Day 12Early morning hike up to Gokyo peak (5483 mt.) and trek back to Machhermo (4470 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.
Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.A representative from our company will receive you once you arrive in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and takes you to your pre-arranged place of accommodation.
Day 2Fly to Lukla (2804 mt.), trek to Phakding (2610 mt.). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.This early-morning flight to Lukla lasts for around half an hour. The views outside the window sufficiently capture the attention of all on board – cameras, mobiles, photographs. Our walk to Phakding starts after breakfast in Lukla. Mostly on a flat trail all the way, it’s the Sherpa settlements, the huge prayer stones, monasteries and the distant mountains that seem to attract everyone’s attention on this first walk. Phakding is where we stop for the night today.
Day 3Phakding to Namche Bazar (3441 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Along the banks of the Dudhkoshi River and over a number of suspension bridges, the route enters and leaves Monjo Village on the way and heads for Jorsalle, where we stop for lunch. After lunch in this only settlement until Namche Bazaar, we move on. The pine forest, perhaps, is the only relief in those final two hours of the steep demanding climb just before the arrival of Namche. This headquarters of the Khumbu
The region is where we stop for the night.
Day 4Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house.The day today is for acclimatization. Once in higher altitudes, it is important that we allow the body the opportunity to adapt since the amount of oxygen in the air now becomes less and less. This process requires us to walk higher up but come down for the night. As a part of this process, we first visit the Sagarmatha National Park Museum, where those of us interested get to know about the landscape, wildlife and people for whom the Everest Region is a home. After this visit, we go further up to Everest View Hotel. This is a location that offers a spectacular view of the Himalayas in its proximity including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, and the awesome Mt Ama Dablam. The Khumjung Valley, along with its famous Monastery, is yet another sight most find intriguing. After we return, a walk around the bazaar keeps many travelers engaged in one or the other acts of personal interest.
Day 5Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3860 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.Our stop for lunch today is PhortseThanga, a small settlement, around three hours away. With pines and rhododendrons thick in the area and the raging Dudhkoshi somewhere close, a lunch here in PhunkeTenga is something of an experience. On a sharp ascent and still through forests, Tengboche is yet another three hours from here on. With its highly revered Monastery, the biggest in the area, along with a breathtaking view of Mt Ama Dablam, the village is certain to inspire many upon arrival. Tengboche is where we spend the night.
Day 6Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.Pangboche, our stopover for lunch today, is around three hours away. Downhill to Deboche then up a gentle prolonged incline, from end to end of patches of forests along the way and crossing a suspension bridge, we arrive in Pangboche. After a decent lunch, it’s three hours to Dingboche in the presence of the majestic Mt Ama Dablam. Dingboche, with around forty households, is home to approximately two hundred locals. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 7Acclimatization day at Dingboche. Explore around the valley. Overnight at guest house.Like in Namche, this acclimatization day built into this programme also requires all to go up a sharp ascent towards NangkarTshang (5,616). Atop this vantage point, the wonder can only be rightfully explained by those who have made it there.
Day 8Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 mt.). Walking 4 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.Before that demanding ascent to Dugla, we pass a chorten and some memorials on the way. After a steep uphill to ChukpoLari, the trail arrives in Lobuché with the walk for the last twenty minutes or so gentle on the legs. Lobuche, where we stop for the night, is a very small settlement with only two or three constructions. Mt Nuptse close by, however, sufficiently keeps everyone engaged.
Day 9Lobuche to Gorakshep (5153 mt.) to EBC and back to Gorakshep. Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.Up a three-hour climb with winds blowing at uncomfortable speeds, the trek arrives in Gorakshep, where we check-in. After lunch, the next to follow is a two-hour walk up a gradual but exhausting uphill, owing much to the thinning of the air at higher altitudes. Everest Base Camp (EBC) sits right on the Khumbu Glacier. Once in the Base Camp of the highest mountain on earth, it’s a time for celebration for many, our actions highlighting the emotions – smiling, taking photographs and hugging one another. We walk back to Gorakshep for the night.
Day 10Hike up to Kalapatthar (5545 mt.) in the morning and trek to Dzongla (5130 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today’s early morning is for that two-hour climb to Kala Patthar almost four hundred meters up. The famous vantage point is famous for a good reason: surrounded by all those gigantic elevations including two of those that have risen more than 8000 meters, Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse. Back in Gorakshep for lunch and we head off to Dzongla. We retrace our footsteps towards Lobuche before choosing to travel on a new route that leads to Dzongla. On the foothills of Mt AkramTse, this village is where we stop for the night.
Day 11Dzongla to Gokyo (4790 mt.) via Chola pass (5330 mt.). Walking 8 hours. Over night at guesthouse.Early morning is our time to start the walk to Chola Pass; crossing passes at that altitude in the afternoons is considered life-threatening given not only a rise in wind speeds but also the possibility of the melting of the ice then. Up a rocky steep incline for about five hours and we come to the Pass. Walking carefully behind a guide, we cross the small pond before descending a sharp downhill on a slope covered in the screen. Stopping for lunch in Thaknak in about an hour’s time, we walk the next two and a half hours to Gokyo Village, located very close to the largest lake in the area, DudhPokahari. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 12Early morning hike up to Gokyo peak (5483 mt.) and trek back to Machhermo (4470 mt.). Overnight at guesthouse.Early morning is the time for our walk today since sunrise from Gokyo-Ri on a clear day is not something to miss out on. After a demanding almost six-hundred-meter climb, we arrive at the vantage point: massive elevations in more than a couple of dozens with four of them above 8000 meters – Mt Everest, Mt Choyu, Mt Lhotse and Mt Makalu. A walk back to Gokyo Village for lunch and we head for Machharmo, where we stop not just for lunch but also for the night.
Day 13Machermo to Khumjung . Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.With mighty elevations – Mt Thamserku, Mt Khangtega, Mt Tawachéand Mt Cholaste – still in close proximity, the trail, past waterfalls, and pastures, comes to PhortseTenga. This sharp descent lasts for around four hours. We stop for lunch here. From here on, Khumjung Village is about an hour and a half away on a gentle path with a short climb before entering the village. This typical Sherpa village in the valley is famous for its Khumjung Monastery on a hilltop and the Hilary School, an establishment initiated by Sir Edmund Hilary.
Day 14Khumjung to Phakding. Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.Our walk to Namche Bazaar via an airstrip in Syangboche lasts for approximately an hour and a quarter on a sharp descent after the airstrip at the highest altitude. After leaving Namche behind, we reach Monjo Village, where we stop for lunch, in about two and a half hours. From here on, Phakding is about an hour and a half away. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 15Phakding to Lukla. Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.The walk to Lukla after breakfast takes about four hours for most and a little more for some. Lukla is where stop for the night.
Day 16Early morning fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.Weather willing, the flight back to Kathmandu should bring most of us for lunch on time. With the day still young, many people choose to spend the afternoon walking around Thamel.
Day 17Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.Depending largely on your travel fixture, you will be leaving for Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure from Nepal either in the morning or in the afternoon or in the evening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.