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Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake Trek 18 Days

Trip Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes is recognized for series of beautiful turquoise lakes in the Gokyo Valley and the famous Cho La Pass. Takes us through landmarks of Khumbu region in majestically soaring mountains, with friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries, Namche Bazaar, Sagarmatha National Park, and of course to the base of the mighty Everest. The trek to the base of the world's tallest mountain maps out spectacular vistas from such famous viewpoints like Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar.  The trek also awards us with great views of the Khumbu Icefall. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp through Gokyo Lakes will be unforgettable and a lifetime experience with the enthralling sights of Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, and Tengboche Monastery - the largest monastery in Khumbu region in Nepal.

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes’ itinerary is ideal for trekker who wish to take up more challenge and "stay off beaten path" while treading upon remote Nepalese trails. However, if you are a novice trekker who is in good health and average physical fitness then Everest Base Camp Trek - 18 Days might be right for you. Additionally, if you are an experienced trekker who wants to trek to Everest Base Camp but has limited amount of time then you can sign up for Everest Base Camp Short Trek - 14 Days instead.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

We will greet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You have time to settle in and fresh up after a long fight. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant where we will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine with a brief cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur city, trek preparation an overnight at hotel

After breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley and Bhaktapur city. You can visit the center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites, also the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Visit Bhaktapur, the city of pottery with Durbar Square full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. On a journey back to the hotel, you can explore the local areas and lifestyle. We will discuss and check your preparation for trekking.


Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,651m) -  8km,  3 - 4 hours’ trek

In the morning we fly to Lukla. During 40 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, we enjoy one of the most beautiful air routes in the world. The hillside which surrounded by high mountain peaks covered in snow. At Lukla, the place where our journey begins, we will meet with other NGT crew members and start packing and organizing with them. From Lukla, we started trekking. At one hour’s gradual descent, we will be at a Cheplung village from where we have a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila (18900 ft.), a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From Cheplung, we then gradually descend until we reach Phakding and spend the night.


Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m) - 11km, 5 - 6 hours’ trek

Walking through beautiful pine forest, we follow the trail north up the Benkar Valley. We then cross Dudh Koshi River and go on passing Chumoa to Monjo, the entrance to Everest National Park. After crossing a suspension bridge, we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. A steep ascent brings us to the prime heartland of Sherpa village - Namche Bazaar. At one hour’s distance to reaching Namche Bazaar, if the weather permits, we can view the sights of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse.  We will spend the night in Namche Bazaar.


Day 05: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

We spend a day for acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar. There are plenty activities which can do around here. Namche Bazaar is the main center of Khumbu region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. Our guides can take us to explore the real charm of Namche Bazaar. Hiking to Sagarmatha National Park rewards trekkers with a sunrise view and beautiful views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. If we are interested in a day hike, we trek to Khumjung village (12401 ft.) a beautiful village with a Sherpa settlement. In exploring Namche Bazar, we observe traditional Sherpa life, Khumjung Hillary School, and enjoy flora and fauna found at such altitude. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.


Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3,680m) -  6km, 5-6 hours’ trek

We climb the Khumjung hill and descend to the east of village down the broad valley leading to Dudh Koshi from where the route turns north. There are two trails and our guide will choose the best option for us to follow. There is a chorten on the ridge top at 3973 m which descends from Mt. Khumbila (5761 m). We will visit Mohang, the birthplace of re-incarnated Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet who is believed to have introduced Buddhism in Khumbu region of Nepal. The trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to Dush Koshi. We stay overnight in Phortse Tanga, near the river.


Day 07: Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4,470m) -  10km, 4-5 hours’ trek

From Phortse Thanga it is an uphill climb to Machhermo. We walk on a trail alongside rhododendron forest and pass through a waterfall before reaching Tongba Village. We continue our uphill trek and pass through Dhole, Labarma and Luza villages before reaching Machhermo. There is a Chhorten right before the Luza village. Throughout today’s journey we will be walking alongside the Dudh Koshi River. We overnight in Machhermo.


Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m) - 7km, 4-5 hours’s trek

We begin today by climbing a ridge for an excellent view down the valley to Kangtaiga and also up towards Cho Oyu (8153 m). This valley now widens as the trail passes through Phangkha. We then descend to the riverbank before climbing onto terminal moraine of Ngazumpa Glacier on a steep trail. Upon crossing an iron bridge over a stream, the trail levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo, at 4690 m. At this juncture, we get a chance to observe Lama footprints on a stone. At sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho, we become mesmerized by shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight here. After lunch, we explore around the third lake, Dudh Pokhari. We overnight in Gokyo Village.


Day 09: Gokyo Valley -  Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357 m)-  2km, 3 - 4 hours’ hike

In the morning we will hike to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above Gokyo village and savor the fantastic views of the entire Khumbu region.  As we ascend, the views become even more fantastic and we can see four of seven highest peaks of Nepal, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Reaching the fourth lake, Thonak Tsho we take pleasure in the lake’s serene beauty after which we trek back along the retracing trail to the third lake. We may take an additional hike up to the fifth lake, Ngozumba Tsho if time permits and depending on our physical conditions. From here, the view of Ngozumba glacier, the longest glacier of the Himalayas, is so fascinating. We overnight in Gokyo.


Day 10: Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m) - 4km, 4 - 5 hours’ trek

If we choose not to climb Gokyo Ri on previous day, we can do that today. Climbing to the top of Gokyo Ri is demanding as it is steep and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top. But scenery of Gokyo village, on the edge of third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier, is magnificent. We are surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. The sight of sunrays kissing Everest which towers over all the surrounding peaks is astounding. We trek through Ngazumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Next, traverse along the edge of that mountain and then meander into Thagnak. It will be a short hike today with an afternoon rest which will prepare us for long hiking days and elevation gain to come. We overnight at Thagnak.


Day 11: Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m) to Dzongla - 7km, 7 - 8 hours’ trek

Today is going to be one of the toughest days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on eastern side. We should be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice may cause trouble by slippery trail.  The trail from Phedi climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake, we reach at the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars to the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla Village. The village provides great views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche mountains along with the Pheriche Village far below. We overnight here.


Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m) - 6km, 2 - 3 hours’ trek

Today will be a very short trek so we have a lot time to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. We climb down from Dzongla and walk through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak. The trail curves through the wide river bed before reaching Lobuche. We can spend the rest of day taking a rest which will help us prepare for the next day’s long trek. We overnight in Lobuche.


Day 13: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) - 13km, 6-7 hours’ trek

We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence, it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night's rest. We overnight in Gorak Shep.

However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is recommended to visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. As setting sun's rays strike the snow-capped mountains, the resulting scenery is incredible. Therefore, for those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar today instead of the next day please inform your guide and he/she will coordinate accordingly


Day 14: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m) to Pherice (4,288m) - 16km, 7-8 hours’ trek

We prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Lobuche for a good night's rest. We overnight in Lobuche.

Those participants who will visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to start early as Everest base camp hike takes longer than the hike at Kala Patthar. After returning to Gorak Shep, both the groups will have lunch together; the afternoon is taken to descend down to Pheriche for a good night's rest.


Day 15: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) - 20km, 6 - 7 hours’ trek

Today we trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through pine forests. In the forest, we may come across colorful pheasants and mountain goats. The path eventually reaches Sansa where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. We also pass winding trails then through a forest before reaching Namche Bazaar. We overnight in Namche Bazaar.


Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m) - 19km, 6 - 7 hours’ trek

The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of days. We overnight in Lukla.


Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu

We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. We overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 18: Final Departure to Your Next Destination or Home

Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from Nepal Glory Treks will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Nepal Glory Treks trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Not Included

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Any additional cost due to natural calamities and unforeseen circumstances
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)


The Trekking Group: For this trek there will be one leader, assistant leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of ten people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to book this trip for a larger group then that can be arranged too.


Travel Insurance: It is a condition upon joining any of Nepal Glory Treks’s trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

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