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Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes - 15 Days

This is another famed route to the Everest base camp which is less frequently travelled. By far, this has been  rated as one of the best treks in the Everest region by travellers in the region and no doubt it has all the elements to prove it right. Everest base camp via Gokyo lakes and Chola Pass takes you on the roller coaster ride of trails and never ending vista and the beautiful mountain panorama.

It very rare in the other regions to find lakes made out of glacier deposits and in abundance. This trek takes you to beautiful emerald green and turquoise lakes which has the most magnificent reflection of the highest mountains. To add up, it takes you to the highest walkable passes, which is as well a fantastic vantage point for the world’s highest mountains. Cho La offers the view of Everest and unlike the view from Kala Patthar you can see the Everest dominating the entire landscape. Finally, we as well see the Everest base camp and the Kala Patthar which is the zenith of the trek

Along with the adventure that you come across in the trail, you will as well enjoy the rich sherpa culture, their cuisine and their way of life. Besides that, you will as well have chance of witnessing rare birds and animal. We as well will spot plenty of stupas and some rare monasteries in the region, which carries a history in its back.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

You could be already in Kathmandu or you may be arriving on this very day and whatever it is we welcome you to Nepal! Thank you for choosing Everest base camp via Gokyo lake trek with budget trekking. On this first day we transfer you to your hotel/hostel. You will not do much except observing the ambiance around you and get acquainted with the country. Meal Plan N/A

Day 2
Trek preparation and shopping

This is an important day because today is the day when you will meet with your guide. The guide or one of our team members will brief you about the trek about more or less everything you need to know. After briefing we would thoroughly go through the trekking gear that we have. Furthermore, if there is anything that is not according to the trekking standard we will do last minute shopping of the trekking gears. On the other hand one of our backend office staff will get busy preparing required permits and logistics. Meal plan - N/A

Day 3
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (200m descend – 50m descend)

After taking an early morning flight to the most adventurous airports in the world of Lukla we walk just for warm up. We trek for only 200 meters descent and 50 meters of ascent in around 2 and half hours. If weather permits you will get the glimpse of mountains right from the airport. You will hear and see Dudh koshi roaring down from different places. Overnight in Phakding. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 4
Phakding – Namche bazaar (1000m ascent – 100m descend)

This is one of the most difficult sections of the trek. Within around 6 - 7 hours we cover 1000 meters in ascent and 100 meters in descent. You will come across beautiful villages in between and small yet amazing waterfalls. On this very day you will see the first glimpse of Mt. Thamserku. In between Phakding and Namche is Monjo, from where we enter in the Sagarmatha national park. Right before monjo you may enjoy a notable forest of pine, fir and Rhododendron. Beyond Jorsale and from the confluence of Dudh koshi and Bhote Koshi is the most difficult 2 hours of trek on this day. Overnight in Namche. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 5
Rest Day

Despite a day off, we take side trips to Khumjung and on the way we as well stop by at Syangboche. On this day we hike to Syangboche airport; one of the high altitude, non commercial air strip. We also take the opportunity to visit Khunde and Khumjung where we see the school built by Sir. Edmund Hillary and a monastery that claims to home yeti’s scalp. We get back to Namche and rest and enjoy the view. Overnight in Namche. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 6
Namche – Dole (590m ascent)

There are two option from here to reach our next destination and we choose the one via Kyanjuma. With the views of snow dusted, soaring Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse we make sheer ascent through barren ridges. After the ascent we reach Mong La also known as Mond Danda, where we sit for lunch. After reviving we now descend to the root of the hill and banks of Dudh Koshi river to Phortse Thanga.A place which is at the foot of the mountains, dark and damp. From Phortse our trek continues to Dole which takes around 2 hours. Overnight in Dole. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 7
Dole - Machhermo (ascent – 650m)

We walk short but strenuous and sheer uphill through the forest of Rhododendron, a beautiful trail and playground of musk deer. Keep an eye for Golden eagle and dramatically soaring mountains of Everest region. The trail is comparatively easy from Dole and the only vegetation we come across is tundra grass and dotted scrub Juniper. It is advised to hydrate as much as possible due to remarkable change in altitude over a short period of time. We limit our ascent within 3 hours to Machhermo and call it a day to avoid altitude sickness. Overnight in Machhermo. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 8
Machhermo – Gokyo (ascent – 350m)

The villages we see from Machhermo onwards are all temporary villages and only inhabited at certain time of the year. With the beautiful view of Kantega and Cho Oyu, we follow the Dudh Koshi river for almost an hour, until we reach the first lake which is at around of sheer uphill we come across the 1st lake at 4600m, and further down the trail 2nd lake called Taboche Tsho and finally the third lake by the village Gokyo, known as the Gokyo lake itself. We can further travel to the 5th and 6th lakes which is around 1 and ½ hour hike up down.Overnight in Gokyo. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 9
Gokyo Acclimatization to 5th lake (570m ascent – 570m descend) (5th lake)

Trekking to 5th lake and back takes around 4-6 hours with easy pace. Since it is almost full day walk we will keep it on the activity day, which is today’s day. We get back on the same trail out and and not go towards Gokyo Ri but stick to the same trail. In around one and half hours we arrive at the 4th lake and further in around 2 hours we arrive at the 5th lake. The views of peak from the 5th lake is very rewarding. Cho Oyu is the most significant mountain seen from the Gokyos. After all day excursion to the 5th lake and back we call it a night in Gokyo. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 10
Gokyo to Gokyo Ri to Thangnak

After acclimatizing in Gokyo and enjoying the views of Cho Oyu and the 5th lake, we spend another day to visit Gokyo Ri (5346m). One of the most appreciated, nearby viewpoints. We can witness an unparalleled, picturesque view of Everest (8848m), Nuptse 7861 m, Makalu 8481 m, Cholatse (6440m), Taboche (6495 m), Ama Dablam 6856 m, Kantega 6685 m, Thamserku (6608 m). The view of Everest however is the best from the peak of Gokyo Ri. Once we reach Gokyo we stop for breakfast and head towards Thangnak. On this section of the trek we mostly walk on Ngozumpa glacier and through steep moraines. Overnight in Thangnak. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 11
Drak Nak (Thangnak) – Chola Pass – Dzongla (Ascent 700m – Descent 590m)

The day is one of the longest and toughest and we start very early to cover the entire ascent and descent on thin air. It takes approximately 8-9 hours to complete the trek. The drag however pays back with some pretty nice and near views of peaks Everest, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Phari Lapche, Kyajo – Ri. Further after crossing Chola Pass the trail again becomes sheer, exhilarating scramble, on the edge of the mountains. The trail is treacherous, marked with cairns and often confusing and slippery. Once we head down we call it a day in Dzongla. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 12
Dzongla – Gorakshep

The first 1 and half hours of descent takes us to Thukla and further an hour of walk takes us to Lobuche. Cholatse steals the show in the first half of trek, whereas you would get the first glimpse of Nuptse and Lhotse which is prominent as well as captivating. The walk from Lobuche to Gorakshep takes around 1 and half to 2 hours for fit and fast whereas it could take 3 hours with normal pace and fatigue. From Lobuche the track is easy, clear and pleasant. Later, the trail twists, turns, climbs and goes past Kangri Glacier to Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gorak Shep. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 13
Gorakshep – Kalapatthar/Ebc – Gorakshep (Ascent 650m, descent 385m)

Initially trek follows the narrow gap between glacier moraine and the mountain. We make a very small but difficult climb on moraine with the first sighting to Gorakshep. We cannot visit both Kalapathar and Everest base camp on the same day which is why we do it in 2 days time. It is recommended to visit Kala Patthar on this day. Many people prefer Kala Patthar in the morning but it is not recommended due to the ruined views from sunrise behind the Everest. Overnight in Gorak Shep. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 14
Gorakshep – Pheriche (200m ascentt, descent 700+m)

If we made it to Kala Patthar on the previous day, we hike to Everest base camp on this day before we descend to Pheriche. The trip to base camp takes around 3 hours one way. We start our trek early at around 6 am to our destination, which is a semi-permanent village made out of bright dome tents and bounder covered by prayer flags. After spending brief moments in Everest base camp we trek down for another hour to Gorakshep and further down to Periche in Next 3-4 hours. Overnight in Pheriche. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 15
Pheriche – Namche (Ascent 400+m and ascent 50+m)

From Periche we descend to scenic Imja River and make small and easy ascent and walk through the forest of Rhododendron and Fir. We walk majorly through the banks of Imja stream and Dudh Koshi until an uphill ascent to Tengboche and further down to Phunki Thanga and final shear uphill for around an hour to Namche. Overnight in Namche. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 16
Namche – Lukla (Ascent 950m, descend 250m)

Although we start early and it is all descend from Namche to lukla, it is claimed to be the hardest downhill in the entire Everest base camp route. The remorseless incline makes it difficult on the knees but there is always an option to slow down the pace and stroll easy. It’s a flat trail from Benkar to Phakding and further to Lukla and not too bad on the knees. Overnight in Lukla. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 17
Lukla – Kathmandu

We board an early morning flight on the world’s most adventurous before the weather is wrecked. With the views of the beautiful peaks on our right we head towards Kathmandu.

What Is Included

  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • Two nights in a budget accommodation with breakfast
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport taxes
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Trekking Map
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

What Is Not Included

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, day backpacks, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Overview

It very rare in the other regions to find lakes made out of glacier deposits and in abundance. This trek takes you to beautiful emerald green and turquoise lakes which has the most magnificent reflection of the highest mountains. To add up, it takes you to the highest walkable passes, which is as well a fantastic vantage point for the world’s highest mountains. Cho La offers the view of Everest and unlike the view from Kala Patthar you can see the Everest dominating the entire landscape. Finally, we as well see the Everest base camp and the Kala Patthar which is the zenith of the trek

Along with the adventure that you come across in the trail, you will as well enjoy the rich sherpa culture, their cuisine and their way of life. Besides that, you will as well have chance of witnessing rare birds and animal. We as well will spot plenty of stupas and some rare monasteries in the region, which carries a history in its back.

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