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