Gokyo & Everest Base Camp Trek

Visit the highlights of the Everest region and summit two mountains over 5,000m

20 Days | Grade/Difficulty
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Meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal

Gokyo & Everest Base Camp Trek Trip Overview

The Gokyo Lakes region at the head of the Dudh Kosi Valley provides a great alternative to the popular Everest Base Camp trek. It is a more tranquil trek through the Sherpa heartland that offers ample time for acclimatization with opportunities to savor the mountain panoramas from beautiful alpine villages.

The highlight of the trek is the ascent of Gokyo Ri. From the summit we gain superb views of Everest as well as other 8000m peaks such as Lhotse, Makalu and Cho-Oyu. Gokyo Tso (Lake), also called Dudh Pokhari, is the main lake with an area of 42.9 ha (106 acres), and the village of Gokyo lies on its eastern shore. The lake is a stunning turquoise color, fed by glaciers from the surrounding mountains.

Crossing chola pass (5,380m) is a fun adventure which gives you an opportunity to scramble to high altitude for incredible views of Ama Dablam - often referred to as ‘the most beautiful mountain’, and other snow capped peaks around the Khumbu valley. This involves crossing the longest glacier in the Himalayas, the Ngozumpa glacier.

Kala Patthar (5,550m) is the highest point on the trek, situated on the rocky peak above Everest Base Camp. From here we get unparallelled views of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and the famous Khumbu Icefall. In spring, you will also see the sprawling multi-colored tents that make up Everest Base Camp, and possibly even see climbers making their way up to the mountain. We will also visit Everest Base Camp itself for a closer view of where climbers launch their expeditions.

This trek requires a good level of fitness, with back-to-back days hiking at high altitude. People looking to join this trek should have some hiking experience, as well as good cardio and endurance. You don’t need to be a serious trekker, nor do you need any prior experience at altitude. However, this trek does involve some steep, loose and slippery sections of scrambling where prior experience would be a big asset.

There are many opportunities to see wildlife in Sagarmatha, such as the Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Musk deer, Pikka (mouse hare), weasel and occasionally Jackal. Other rarely seen animals are Himalayan black bear, wolf, lynx and snow leopard. Birds commonly seen are Impeyan pheasant, blood pheasant, snow cock, snow pigeon, red billed and yellow billed chough, Himalayan griffon vulture and lammergeiers.

If you're looking for a shorter trip, why not try our Everest Base Camp Trek, or if you want to see even more of the Everest region, try our Everest High Passes Trek

The Gokyo and Everest Base Camp trek starts with a scenic mountain flight to Lukla and ends with the same flight back to Kathmandu.

In an attempt to give back to the country we love so much, we've partnered with Himalayan Life, a not-for-profit organization who work to protect, nurture and educate children in the Himalayas. Please consider adding a donation in the options below when making your booking. Outdoor explore will also be donating by volunteering to help Himalayan Life on the ground in Nepal!

Please note: prices shown below are for public trips, meaning other guests may be on the same trip. This trip will only run once 4 or more guests are booked for the selected date.
To book a private trip for 1 or more people, please contact us

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Highlights

  • Explore the ancient city of Kathmandu, Nepal:
    • Visit Swayambhunath (the monkey temple), a 2,000 year old Buddhist Stupa
    • Visit Boudhanath Stupa with its’ 130 ft. dome
    • Visit Pashupatinath Temple with its holy cremation site
  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to the mountain village of Lukla
  • Cross one of the famous high passes of the Himalaya, Chola Pass, over 5,300m
  • Hike through small Sherpa villages and experience their exciting culture
  • Enjoy the sunrise over Everest and its massif from Gokyo Ri
  • Cross ancient Himalayan glaciers
  • Views of four 8,000m mountains: Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu.
  • Visit Everest Base Camp and see the Khumbu Icefall from Kala Patthar
  • Visit the famous Tengboche Monastery

Itinerary

Day Activity
1 Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
2 Relax and Kathmandu sightseeing tour
3 Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (2,610m)
4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,400m)
5 Acclimatization day hike up to Everest view point
6 Trek to Mongla (3,900m)
7 Trek to Dole (4,050m)
8 Trek to Machermo (4,470m)
9 Trek to Gokyo (4,790m)
10 Climb Gokyo Ri (5,360m) for sunrise. Trek to Dragnag (4,700m)
11 Cross over Cho La pass (5,415m). Trek to Dzongla (4,830m)
12 Trek to Gorak Shep (5,164m)
13 Day hike to Everest Base Camp (5,365m)
14 Climb Kalapatthar (5,555m) for sunrise. Trek to Periche (4,200m)
15 Trek to Kyangjuma (3,550m)
16 Trek to Monjo (2,835m)
17 Trek to Lukla
18 Fly back to Kathmandu. Free afternoon
19 Contingency day in Kathmandu (in case of delayed flight)
20 Depart Kathmandu for home


Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee that we will stick to this plan. Weather conditions and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The trip leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

Includes / Excludes

Price Includes

  • 4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in 4 star hotel. Breakfast is included and rooms are on a 2 person sharing basis.
  • Trekking permits, National park entry fees, TIMS Card & all government taxes.
  • Return Domestic flight ticket KTM-Lukla-KTM (In Twin Otter).
  • All pickup and drop off transportation from and to the airport, both for domestic and international flights.
  • Domestic airport taxes.
  • One day sightseeing tour in & around Kathmandu (largest Buddhist stupa in the world, Boudhanath; the most important Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Pashupatinath; the ancient monkey temple, Swayambhunath).
  • All lodging & meals during the trekking period. 3 meals per day: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/all hot drinks
  • One local Sherpa guide. One porter per two guests. Depending on the size of the group, additional staff may be required.
  • Cultural celebration meal in Kathmandu after the trek
  • Insurance for all local staff & porters
  • One locally made duffel bag with Outdoor Explore Logo will be provided by us for the trek, it is yours to take home if you wish
  • A comprehensive medical kit (bring your personal first aid kit with personal medications).

Price Excludes

  • International & home country domestic airfares, transfers en route & excess baggage
  • Your personal insurance: Medical, mountain rescue cover and repatriation is obligatory
  • Your personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverage, mineral water, charges for showers, cost of electronic device charging and Wi-Fi on the trek
  • Main meals (Lunch & Dinner) in Kathmandu apart from celebration meal in Kathmandu. (Allow up to US $12-15 per meal)
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure
  • Tipping to the Sherpa & staff
  • Personal trekking gear

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu

The trip cost includes 4 star category hotels in Kathmandu on B&B (Bed & Breakfast) basis. Team members will be accommodated on a twin share basis in en-suite rooms. Single rooms are available if you prefer, for which a supplement is payable. A member of the Outdoor Explore team will be more than happy to show you around Kathmandu and suggest good restaurants, shopping areas, tourist sites etc.

Important note: Power cuts are a regular occurrence in Nepal, especially throughout Kathmandu. Although the hotels usually have generators, there may be times when these won’t work.


Accommodation on trek

We will stay in teahouses in local villages along our trekking route, the price is included in the trip cost. We will choose the best available lodges in the area, but please bear in mind that at higher elevations, lodge accommodations will become more basic. Team members will be accommodated on a twin share basis.

Most of the lodges in this area will have hot showers available at the charge of US $5-10 per shower which is not included in your trip cost. Some of the showers are solar heated and hot water may not be available.

Note: Irrigation in the Khumbu Valley feeds into rivers and streams. It is advisable (if possible) to bring a biodegradable soap which will be more sensitive to the environment.

Additional Information

  • Explore the ancient city of Kathmandu, Nepal:
    • Visit Swayambhunath (the monkey temple), a 2,000 year old Buddhist Stupa
    • Visit Boudhanath Stupa with its’ 130 ft. dome
    • Visit Pashupatinath Temple with its holy cremation site
  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to the mountain village of Lukla
  • Cross one of the famous high passes of the Himalaya, Chola Pass, over 5,300m
  • Hike through small Sherpa villages and experience their exciting culture
  • Enjoy the sunrise over Everest and its massif from Gokyo Ri
  • Cross ancient Himalayan glaciers
  • Views of four 8,000m mountains: Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu.
  • Visit Everest Base Camp and see the Khumbu Icefall from Kala Patthar
  • Visit the famous Tengboche Monastery

Dates and Prices

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