Private vehicle / By Air
Trip Style Tea house trek
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Per Day Walking 4 - 6 Hours
Visitors/year Around 40,000
Best Season February to May and October and November
- You will lose at least 8-12 lbs
- A single trek will give you awesome experience of lakes, mountains and white glaciers.
- You view at least four mountains of more than 8,000 meters, two above 7,000 and three above 6,000 meters height.
- Everest Gokyo Village is one of the world’s well settled village in high altitudes.
- Experience Sherpa culture, tradition and their life style.
Everest Base Camp Trek and Gokyo Lake is a spellbinding experience for any takers.It offers a splendid view of Gokyo Lakes, white glaciers, and towering Himalayan peaks.The Valley has many other things to offer for the trekkers such as Everest Base Camp, Gokyo village in the footsteps of Gokyo Ri. Everest Base Camp with Gokyo valley lake trek is the spellbinding experience for any trekkers. It is located at an elevation of 4,750 meters (15,580 ft) which makes it the highest settlement in Nepal as well as in the world. It offers the splendid view of Gokyo Lakes, white glaciers and towering Himalayan peaks which are natural wonders for nature lovers. This remarkable trip introduces you to a unique settlement in high lands, its culture, religion, and cross-cultural harmony.
This beauty also comes with a flaw which is; it is very difficult to stay in that place during winter because of cold and lively wind. So, people move downward to other villages, one of which is Namche Bazaar. The Valley features Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8481m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Nuptse (7879m), Mt. Pumori (7161m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6856m), Mt. Kantega (6809m), and Kwangde (6194m). The Valley has many other things to offer for the trekkers such as Everest Gokyo village in the footsteps of Gokyo Ri. It is one of the wonderful villages of the world well settled at high altitudes.
Gokyo Ri (known as Gokyo peak) is a peak located in Khumbu region of Nepal at an elevation of 5,357 meters (17,575 ft) on the west side of Ngozumpa glacier, which is the largest glacier in Nepal. From Gokyo Ri, the view of four 8000 meters peak can be obtained which are Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8481m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m). The best months for this trip are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). In these months, the weather is comparatively warm and sunny which gives the best view to the trekkers.
Outline Day to Day Itinerary:
- Day 01:Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding (2,610m)
- Day 02:Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,535m)
- Day 03:Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar
- Day 04:Namche Bazaar to Dole
- Day 05:Dole to Machherma (4470m)
- Day 06:Trek to Gokyo (4790m)
- Day 07:Gokyo
- Day 08:Trek to Chola Pass and Dzongla (5,400m)
- Day 09:Dzongla to Lobuche (4,930m)
- Day 10:Lobuche to Gorakshep- Everest Base Camp- Gorakshep- 8 hrs. (51300m.)
- Day 11:Gorakshep to Pheriche Trekking via Kalapatthar- 6 hrs. (5160m.)
- Day 12:Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
- Day 13:Namche Bazaar to Lukla
- Day 14:Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
- Day 01:Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding (2,610m) The short flight (30 min) is awe-inspiring as we fly parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibetan China. Upon arrival in Lukla, we will be met by our local guides and porters. There will be time to explore the village whilst the Sherpa crew sort and load equipment. Once ready, we start a short trek descending on a wide trail northwest to the village of Choblung in the Dudh Kosi Valley. The valley contains beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. The walking is easy and we follow the river's course, passing through the village of Ghat. After 3 hours we reach the village of Phakding.
- Day 02:Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,535m) From Phakding we head up valley on a busy trail, with porters from the lower Solu district in the south carrying supplies to Namche, and Sherpa's with their half yak, half cow beasts "Zopkio" taking trekking and climbing expedition equipment to the higher valleys. We continue along beside the Dudh Kosi through beautiful alpine scenery - fragrant blue pine and fir forest, glimpsing spectacular views of Kusum Kangru (6,369m) and Thanserku (6,608m) along the way. Crossing the Dudh Kosi again to the western bank at Jorsale, we make our way to the entrance to the Sagamartha (Everest) National Park. Continuing upstream along the banks to the meeting of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi, it is here we begin our first sustained ascent to Namche Bazar after crossing the large suspension bridge. Walking at a slow pace, we will have opportunity for photographs as the peaks of Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,511m), Nuptse (7,879m), Arna Dablam (6,856m) and Taweche (6,542m) come into view for the first time. Climbing again, the path takes us through pine trees to reach the village of Namche Bazar.
- Day 03:Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar Today is an all important full day to rest and acclimatise. Namche is famous for its local market,as each week Sherpa's from the surrounding villages come to buy food and to socialise. Any food not grown locally, such as rice, corn and some vegetables is brought in from the lowland villages, which can be up to a 6-10 day walk from Namche Bazar. Rising early, those who climb to the ridge above Namche will be rewarded with the stunning dawn and sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. In the afternoon you can walk along the Thami Valley, or visit the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture, mountaineering in the park, flora and fauna.
- Day 04:Namche Bazaar to Dole Early in the morning, we start our trekking after having a light breakfast. Our march towards Kenjompa provides the pleasing panoramic view of dense forest and mountains. The trek further continues towards Mung Dada and finally towards Dole providing the beautiful opportunity to see Amadablam, Khangteka, Thamserku, Kurum Khangru, and also Kongde and Kongde-Ri. We will spend overnight in Dole.
- Day 05:Dole to Machherma (4470m) From Dole the trail climbs to Lambara at 4220m and Luza at 4360m. The tails is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub junipers. There're kharkas whenever there is a flat spot and the slightest hint of water. People from Khumjung own all the kharkas on this side of valley. The trails continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machherma.
- Day 06:Trek to Gokyo (4790m) The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390m then descends to the river bank before beginning the climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It's a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first small lake at 4650m, where a family of green Braminy ducks resides. The trail now becomes almost level at 4690m and finally reaches Gokyo at 4750m.
- Day 07:Gokyo After breakfast, we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m) - the small peak above the lake, as the views of the Gokyo region are tremendous. It's a 2 hour climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Twachee. Those with more time and energy can make a trip up the valley to another lake marked with the name Ngozumpa on the maps or even beyond to a fifth lake. There're several small peaks in this region that offer vantage points for the surrounding peaks.
- Day 08:Trek to Chola Pass and Dzongla (5,400m) Everest Base CampThe trail descending from Gokyo, the route passes the second lake. About halfway between the first and second lakes a trail leads of across the moraine of the east. We've to pass Cho La (or Chhugyuma) 5420 meters. The pass is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier crossing on the eastern side. Allow three day from Fokyo to Lobuche on this high altitude route. An ice axe, crampons and a rope are often necessary for negotiating the small icefall at the foot of glacier on the other side of the pass, although in ideal condition there're no technical problems and there is a trail of sorts in the rocks beside the icefall. The western approach to the pass varies in difficulty depending on the amount of snow. The pass is not possible for yaks and usually not suitable for heavily laden porters. We stay overnight at Dzongla on other side.
- Day 09:Dzongla to Lobuche (4,930m) Continue along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalar Pattar and Pumori to reach Lobuche at 4930m for your evening stay. This will be your last stop before your climb to the base camp on next day. Take time to rest and acclimatise for this unforgettable day.
- Day 10:Lobuche to Gorakshep- Everest Base Camp- Gorakshep- 8 hrs. (51300m.) On this day, we trek to Gorekshep and after a quick lunch at the camp. We trek to Everest Base Camp from Gorakshep with the astonishing views of mountains and peaks. Everest Base Camp is the point for the Mountaineers to summit the peak. The experience of being at the foothill of world’s highest mountain cannot be expressed in words. We trek descend to Gorakshep in the afternoon and overnight stay there.
- Day 11:Gorakshep to Pheriche Trekking via Kalapatthar- 6 hrs. (5160m.) On this day, we trek to the small mountain of Kalapatthar. Gigantic views of mountains and glaciers around you give a sense of heaven including the close-up view of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, and Pumori. We continue trekking to a small settlement of Pheriche. You can explore the village of Pheriche where stay overnight.
- Day 12:Pheriche to Namche Bazaar This morning we continue down to Orsho, then on through Lower Pangboche and down to Deboche. Following a similar trail through a forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga, we continue on to cross the Dudh Kosi for a steep descent to Trashinga. After lunch at Shanasa we make our way back to Namche Bazar.
- Day 13:Namche Bazaar to Lukla Following a steep descent passing the Bhote Kosi, we cross the river and follow the bank to Jorsale, then on to Monjo. In the afternoon we depart Monjo and continue our descent along the Dudh Kosi, before making a final ascent to reach the Lukla plateau. On arrival in Lukla we will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of our trek.
- Day 14:Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu In the morning we transfer to the small airfield for the return flight back to Kathmandu. We will transfer you to your hotel, arriving before lunch, and have the rest of the day at leisure.
- Free airport picks upon your arrival and a drop at the end of your trip
- Sagarmatha Conversation Area Project Permits
- TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems)
- 2 Nights accomodation in Kathmandu.(3 star or Similar)
- Transportation by flight ( Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu) and all necessary ground transportation as per itinerary
- Trekking Map
- Complete free trekking information before going to trek
- Tasty and hygienic organic welfare dinner at the end of the tour in Kathmandu
- Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
- All nights in local teahouses/lodges during trekking
- An experienced licensed holder guide and needed number of porters as per your group size
- Medical first aid kit box ( which is carried by your team)
- Foods, flight tickets, accommodations and local tax for guide & porters
- Down jacket, sleeping bag and all necessary trekking gears are available in a hire
- Your travel insurance ( Travel insurance is compulsory to take an adventure trip and it must be covered both medical & emergency evacuation with the worth of USD100, 000.00 minimum.
- International flight tickets and departure tax
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Any kind of drinks (tea, coffee, water, hot water, etc) and of bar bills (alcoholic beverages)
- Hot shower, WIFI, any electronic battery charges during only in trekking
- Tips and gratitude to your guides, porters, and drivers
- Extra night accommodation or meals in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure and early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
A Wonderful Agency and Phenomenal Adventure
How does one navigate the complex and highly competitive trekking agency industry in Kathmandu to ensure you're in safe, reliable, and affordable hands for the adventure of a lifetime? For me, it was a referral from a friend who trekked with NTA before and said I couldn't go wrong with them. He couldn't have been more correct.
I worked with Binod - a consummate professional - to plan a customized journey to Everest Base Camp and across the Cho La Pass into Gokyo. He consistently provided straightforward answers to my questions, provided affordable pricing, and set us up with a fantastic guide - Amrit Lamsal. One of my memories of NTA is Binod's staff telling me what a desirable place NTA is to work - Binod looks out for his staff, provided they look out for their customers, and it's a model example of friendly service and customer experience. These guys are awesome. They picked me up from the airport on arrival, took me out for dinner after the trek, and dropped me off at the airport at the end of my journey, and it was a slightly teary-eyed goodbye.
A good agency and guide is not to be taken for granted. While trekking to Everest, we met an English gal who repeatedly asked to latch onto our group, because her guide was so weak. Amrit was super knowledgeable about the route but more importantly about safety - from where to step on difficult passes to how to battle altitude sickness. Exerting oneself at 5,000+ metres is not to be taken lightly, even though it's a ton of fun, and we felt like we were in great hands. Our porter was sweet and friendly too.
I would highly recommend Binod, Amrit, and NTA. I continue to stay in touch with them and think about this incredible experience regularly. Thank you!
Friendly and professional - but also good value
Very good company, friendly and reliable manager along with nice, informative and fun guides. They went above and beyond for us, and sorted out a few unexpected issues. We had a helicopter evac for one of our group (stomach issues on way down) and everything went well as it could.
We had a throughly enjoyable trip to Everest base camp and back via Gokyo lakes. Half of our group opted to go down the main way up, and those with energy went with a porter who had some english to gokyo. This flexibility meant everyone got to do what they wanted in a medium sized group (7), excellent management of all our priorities.
Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes
Fantastic trip the sights were spectacular, we trekked to EBC across the Chola pass and enjoyed the beautiful blue water at Gokyo lake. Our Guide Dhana was outstanding for a young man he has great knowledge of mountains and was always a great laugh. He made the trip what it was. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks so much for this once in a lifetime experience one will never forget.
Size of Trekking group
For the Gokyo Valley Trek, there will be one leader and a Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement is done for the smooth running of the campaign. It ensures that the trip will carry on as per plan even if anybody in a group gets sick. NTA can operate this trek for a group of any size. But, a group of 10 are considered as optimum size. However, if you have a group of more than 10, NTA can arrange this too.
While on trek, we will spend nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for this trek will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs additional $ 350 US. But some places in Everest region do not allow single accommodations.
During our Gokyo Valley 20 days Trek, we will enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine like, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, breads and drinks of different variety and snacks.
Breakfast of a day will be served at the same tea house or lodge where we spent the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu.
Getting Visa for Nepal
You will get on arrival visa for Nepal. On arriving Nepal you will get tourist visa for 15 to five months. It depends upon your purpose of visit but regarding tour you will get the visa for 15 to three months.
For trekking you need to submit photocopy of passport and two pp size photo of yours.