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Gokyo Lake with Tsho-la to Everest Base Camp

Gokyo Lake with Tsho-la to Everest Base Camp

Trip Highlights

  1. At the roof of the world
  2. Tibetan Buddhist culture at its best.
  3. High pass more than 5000 m.
  4. Sherpa villages
  5. UNESCO world Heritage Sagarmatha National Park,
Gokyo Lake with Tsho-la to Everest Base Camp
Photo Crystal-clear-water-of-Gokyo-Lake-with-mountains-in-backdrop
Trip Duration: 20 days(s) / Trek Duration: 16 days(s)
Max Altitude: 5,357m at Gokyo Ri & 5,545m at Kalapatthar
Trip Grade: 4
Lodging: On Lodge basis
Transportation: Private vehicle & flight
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any

Trip Overview

This is an opportunity to get close with Everest from one of the highest pass in the world. This trip goes past the Tsho-la pass and to Everest Base Camp. This is a challenging trekking in Nepal. This is a popular trip for people who have the dream of watching the highest mountains and the tranquil lakes from eh high passes. Along with the view of the highest mountains in the world this trip also has lot of cultural attractions. The short flight to Lukla itself is a nice soft adventure as you land in Lukla passing through high mountains. The walk then goes up gradually through the Sherpa villages and sometimes from complete wilderness. The trail reaches Gokyo and Khumjung village, also includes a hike to the Gokyo RI with the view of Mt.Everest, Mt. Makalu and Cho Oyo. Kalapathar is world famous for the view of Mount Everest. This is one of the best photography trekking in Nepal, the view is very nice and the landscape very diverse as you goes higher.

Outline

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day tour.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. Approx. 5-6 hrs.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatisation.
Day 06: Trek to Khumjung 3,730. 2-3 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Dole 4,200m  via Phortse Tenga. 3,900m.  5-6  hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Machermo 4,410m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo 4,760m. Approx: 4-5hrs.
Day 10: Morning hike to Gokyo-Ri and trek to Dragnak 4-5 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Dzongla 4,440m via Tsho-la. 6-7 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Loboche 4,930m. 5 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep 5,180 m & proceed to Everest Base Camp, 5,340m
Day 14: Trek to Pheriche 4,200m with a hike to Kalapathar 5,545m. 5-6 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m, 5-6 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Monjo  2,830m. 6-7 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla 4-5 hrs.
Day 18: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.
Day 19: Free day at leisure.
Day 20: Transfer to airport for international departure.

Service includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard Accommodation in the cities and tea houses in the trek.
  • Full day guided tour of Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu airfare.
  •  3 meals a day during the trek.
  • Guide, porters and other support staff as per your requirement and out agreed price.
  • ECAP fees.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Necessary equipments during the trek.
  • All taxes and fees required for the program.

Service does not include

  • Meals in the cities.
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking gears not mentioned in the contract.
  • Tips for staffs.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Representative of Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You will be transfer to the hotel and the trek guide will meet you in the evening for a dinner. During the meal you can discuss your queries (if any). He/she will brief you about some cultural issues and some necessary things to keep in consideration during the trek.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and half day free for final preparation of the trek.
Early in the morning the staff from AMN will meet you to collect your passport copy and photographs (if not sent via email) for the preparation of Trekking permit and TIMS card. After breakfast you will be taken for a half day sightseeing of the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple, also refer as the Monkey temple. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites. In the afternoon you can have some free time with the guide around Thamel to do some last minute shopping of things you might need for the trek.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m and 3 hrs treks to Phakding 2,650m.
We will start early morning from the hotel, usually with packed breakfast from the hotel in Kathmandu. A 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu takes us to Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla we will start the trek towards Phakding. The walk is fairly easy with view of some mountains.  A Little more than couple of hours walk takes us to Phakding where we stay for tonight.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5-6 hrs.
We will cross the Dudh-Kosi River and start the walk of the day. With occasional ups and down, we will reach the village of Monjo in couple of hours. After completing the formalities in the   gate of the Sagarmatha National Park’s office we walk ahead to the village of Jorsalle village. Another 4 hours walk from here we reach the famous Namche Bazaar. The trail from Jorsalle to Namche has a nice view of the mountains such as Kwande peak; Kusum Kanguru & Mt. Everest You can also see mountains such as Nuptse, Lhotse and Taweche peak from some places.

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar.
This is a free day for rest so that you can acclimatize before we go towards the higher altitude. Namche Bazar has lot of things to see and spending a day in this town of the Sherpas is not a difficult thing to do.

Day 06: Trek to Khunde / Khumjung village 3, 730m.  3-4 hrs.
After a delightful rest day at Namche we will head towards Syanboche today. The trail is well defined and not very difficult. After few hours of walking we reach the village of Khunde further ahead lays Khumjung the largest Sherpa in this area.
In Khunde you can see the hospital built in assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary's Foundation. Strolling around the Khumjung Monastery to see the Yeti scalp is a good idea. You can see the school built by the same foundation as well.

Day 07: Trek to Dole 4,200m via Phortse Tenga 3,900m.  5-6 hrs.
After breakfast in we go downhill for a while till Shanasa famous for the sightings of the Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant), musk deer, sometime and a herd of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat). From here we head north and start climbing up in a rocky trail towards Mong.
From the Mong path meanders in a series of switchbacks down to a sandy slope to Dudh Kosi at Phortse Tangka. From here we head towards Dole reached after climbing a trail in eh forest of rhododendron. We will walk past the villages of Tongba and Gyele and arrive at Dole by late afternoon.. A superb view of Khumbila and Tawache 6,542m can be seen throughout the walk.

Day 08: Trek to Machermo 4,410m. 3-4 hrs.
Today we walk towards Machermo. It is a short walk of around 4 hours but is tiring as we have to gain altitude and go high continuously. We will walk past Lhabarma Kharka and Luza at before lunch. Another one hour after lunch we reach the village of Machermo. Since we arrive in the early afternoon, we can go for a hike in the nearby village for couple of hours.

Day 09: Trek to Gokyo 4,760m. Approx: 4-5hrs.
After breakfast we will start the journey to the famous Gokyo Lake. We will go up till Pangka then descend down towards the Ngozumba Glacier. Then climb a steep rocky path to the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first lake. Soon arriving at the second lake, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to the Cho –La, then reaching the third lake known as Dudh Pokhari and on the east shore the summer settlement of Gokyo at 4,790 meters.
Walking by the side of turquoise glacial fed lake, offering views of Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflecting in the lake overnight stop just by shore of the lake with good views.

Day 10: At Gokyo for local hike and trek to Dragnak.
Today is one of the most exciting days of the trek. We are heading towards the Gokyo Ri situated at 5,357m, which takes about couple of hours from Gokyo. The top of the pass offers view of the peaks such as Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and Mt. Makalu. After spending some time at the top of the Gokyo pass we will get down to Gokyo and continue to Dragnak, situated at the base of Cho-la pass.
Day 11: Cross Tsho-la 5,430m and then to Dzong-la 4,830m. 6-7 hrs.
Climbing the Chola pass in the morning takes us few hours. After reaching the top we will rest for a while and spend some time for photography. We will get down from the other side to Dzongla. The hike up to the pass can be much difficult during the time of snowfall.

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche 4,928m Approx:  5 hours.
In a trail with ups and down we will walk for 5 hours to reach Lobuche. The area is very isolated and you will feel the thrill of walking in complete wilderness.

Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m & continue to Everest base Camp 5,357m.
Today is the most amazing day of the trip as we head towards the base camp of Mount Everest. The best thing about trekking in Nepal is that the time passes quickly as you are engaged with the beauty and diversity of the trekking areas.  The walk is steep climbing for almost one and half hour and then we reach a pasture land from where you can see the Khumbu glacier. We head towards Gorakshep from here. We will spend about half an hour enjoying the view and as Gorakshep is a good place to see Mount Everest.  We then walk ahead towards Everest Base Camp (EBC). Everest Base Camp is full of people during the expedition season. After spending some time at the Everest base camp we return back to Gorakshep for overnight stay.

Day 14: Morning hike to Kalapathar 5,545m trek to Pheriche 4,243m 5-6 hrs.
We start our 2 hours hike to Kalapathar before sunrise. Kalapathar is often described as the best view point in Nepal to see Mt. Everest. Besides the highest mountain in the world you can also see Nuptse, Makalu, and Lhotse with other high mountains in the region. We will come back to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue ahead to Pheriche,

Day 15: Trek to Thyangboche approx. 5 hrs.
We will back track on the same trail to descend down to Thyangboche.

Day 16: Trek to Monjo. 2,835m. Approx: 5-6 hrs.
After breakfast we will go down in a descending trail to the river and then climb up for an hour to Namche Bazaar. Another couple of hours going down from Namche we will reach the village of Monjo. We will have lunch here and explore the area. You can spend more time around Namche; have lunch there and then continue to Monjo for overnight stay as well. Consult with your guide regarding your preference.

Day 17: Trek to Lukla 5 hrs walk.
This is the last part of the Everest base camp trek with Arun Valley. It takes us 5 hours to reach Lukla. We will stay near by the airstrip in Lukla. A party with the staff is a must after such a successful trekking around the Everest region.

Day18: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
The flight from Lukla can be delayed sometime because of weather. It is a short panoramic flight of 30 minutes. During the peak season the weather is usually clear and flight is on schedule.

Day 19: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
You can use this day for doing some sightseeing or just resting at your hotel. We recommend you to take some tours in places like Khokana Bungmati, Patan Durbar Square or Bhaktapur. Strolling around won’t be a bad idea for last minute shopping.

Day 20: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
The trek has come to an end and we hope you enjoyed it. You can extend your trip to some destinations within Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan. Transfer to the airport on time. See you again in Nepal!

Trip FAQs

How fit do I have to be?
The round Everest base camp with Gokyo Lake trek is a challenging trekking in Nepal. Some part of the trek is difficult with steep inclines. Even though you don’t need any special skills for the trek we recommend you to do this if you are active in your daily life. You should be in proper health conditions so a check up with your doctor is advised before starting the trek. We advise you to do some light exercise for some time before undertaking this trip. You should be fit enough to walk 4-7 hours a day. But there will be plenty of rest and we can customize the trip as per your speed and requirement so that you can enjoy it much more.

How are the hotels in the cities and during the trek in Nepal?
In the cities especially in Kathmandu there are hotels of all kinds ranging from Back packer’s accommodation with basic facilities to luxury five star accommodations. You can choose from the various types available. Even the budget hotels have Wi-Fi, neat and clean rooms and attached bathrooms. The hotels that are star categorized have special amenities but the standard of hotels in western world can’t be compared with Nepalese standards. We would say a 5 star in Nepal would have the same kind of services like a 3 star or a 4 star hotel in North America/Europe. Around Namche also you can get proper accommodation and there are few other places in the Everest region with good quality accommodation with attached bathrooms.
The accommodations during the trek are basic and may not have attached bathrooms most of the time. You must share the toilets and bathrooms with fellow trekkers. Even though hot showers are not available you can get buckets of hot water for 1-2 USD depending upon how high you are in the mountains. The tea houses have restaurants with limited options but the foods they prepare are really delicious. The tea houses are often managed by individual families and are very welcoming and friendly. They are neat and clean and not bad for a single night. 

Is enough drinking water available? How many liters of water shall we carry in our day pack?
We advise our guests to bring water bottles with them so that they can refill the bottles at the tea house rather than buying everyday as water prices go proportionately higher with the altitude in the Himalayan region. Carrying purification tablets is also recommended. We advise you to drink atleast 4-5 liters of water every day during the trek to avoid dehydration. Trekking in Nepal is fun but only if you are careful about your health.

Where can I keep my extra luggage during trekking in Nepal?
While you are in the trek you can store the extra luggage at our office or at the hotel without paying anything extra either in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Do I need to take walking sticks?
It depends on you but it is advised to carry them as they help you to balance in the small trails while walking in the mountains. They observe the pressure on your legs (quad muscles) while going up and down. Since they are not heavy you can easily tie them in your day pack and walk while you don’t use them.

Can I buy/rent any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
Kathmandu, especially Thamel has lots of places to buy and rent equipments for trekking.  If you want to buy things at home it might be expensive compared to home. The things you buy or rent here will be cheaper but the quality is not the same. Things such as trekking shoes, jackets etc you can buy from home but petty things such as sun glasses, walking sticks, sleeping bags can be bought here.

Is there electricity to charge iPod, batteries, cameras etc… while on the mountain?
Yes you can charge the electronic stuffs at the tea houses during the trek but some tea houses charge you for that. The cost would be around 1 USD for a single device. You can charge them in your rooms in the cities.

Can we take showers during the trek?
It depends a lot I where you are. Usually below 3000m there are common bathrooms in the tea houses where you can take a shower and after you go high you might not want to shower often because of the cold weather. Some tea houses charge you for the hot water they provide in the buckets for Shower.

How much money per day do you think I will need? What currency should I take?
Local currency in Nepal is rupees. We recommend you bring US dollars with you to Nepal and exchange them here as this is easily done and is a widely accepted currency. Although you may get a lesser rate on traveler’s cheques, we suggest you carry a mixture of both depending on your needs. The amount of money you will need on a daily basis depends on your spending habits. A guide would be $10 per day for extra drinks and bar bill during your trek and $20 per day to cover lunch/dinner whilst in Kathmandu.

What do I have to carry with me on trek?
Try not to make the day pack very heavy but don’t miss essential things such as personal items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. You will have a porter helping you will most of the things besides the day pack when you are trekking in Nepal. The porters carry maximum 15 Kgs (can be little more or less depending upon the nature of trekking).

What if I get sick while on trek?
It depends on the seriousness of the health issue. If you have problem with altitude or cramp or something small we will take time and provide basic first aid in the place in case of emergency we will arrange for a helicopter or a horse to bring you to the nearest possible hospital.

Do I need to buy compulsory travel insurance for trekking in Nepal? Where do I buy?
Insurance is a must while going for a trek in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. You can get an insurance that covers health issue, rescue and evacuation and cancellations due to bad weather. We advise you to buy insurance at your home country before coming for trekking in Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan as buying insurance here will be twice as expensive.

Is there any compulsory tipping for Guide/Porters/Drivers etc?
Tipping is completely your personal choice. In Nepal there is no any hard and fast rule for tipping but usually the staff working in tourism gets tips from the guest. You can consult with us regarding the tipping. If you are happy with the services you are most welcome for the tipping.

Are there any communication facilities during this trip?
Most of Nepal is nowadays well connected with cell phone networks. There are cyber café or Wi-Fi in all cities and during the trek even the tea houses have internet services below 3000m but places like Lukla Namche, Tengboche etc are exceptions with internet facilities and good cell phone connectivity so communication is not a problem.

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