Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake: Soul-Stirring Everest Views

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Duration

17 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

Languages

English

About this tour

Imagine standing amidst the towering giants of the Earth, where the air is crisper, and the landscape unfolds like a canvas painted with the hues of adventure and serenity. The Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lakes is not just a journey; it’s a 17-day odyssey that promises the thrill of exploration, the challenge of high-altitude trekking, and the peace that comes with being one with nature. This epic adventure is calling out to hiking enthusiasts, fitness lovers, nature admirers, vacationers, and groups of family and friends ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime.

The Terrain, Geography, and History: The trail to Everest Base Camp (EBC) with Gokyo Lakes is steeped in history, having been trodden by legendary mountaineers en route to the summit of the world. The terrain varies from lush rhododendron forests, serene monasteries, and rushing rivers to glacial moraines and stark, rocky valleys. This region of the Himalayas is not just a geographic marvel but a mosaic of vibrant ecosystems. As you ascend, you’ll witness a dramatic change in landscape and biodiversity, from the greenery of lower altitudes to the stark beauty of the high-altitude tundra. The area is home to rare species like the snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, and red panda, making it a paradise for nature lovers.

Challenge of Everest Base camp Trekking with Gokyo Lake:The trek reaches its zenith at Kala Patthar (5,560m), offering unmatched views of Everest, and includes the formidable Cho La Pass and the icy expanse of the Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest in the Himalayas. Sleeping at altitudes up to 5,100m requires acclimatization to prevent altitude sickness. These elements combine to make this trek an exhilarating challenge for even seasoned adventurers.

Food and Accommodation during the Trek:The trail is dotted with cozy tea houses offering twin-sharing accommodations, ensuring a warm, hospitable stay amidst the cold mountains. Dining in the Himalayas is an adventure in itself, with menus ranging from traditional Nepali dal bhat and Tibetan thenduk to global favorites like pizza and spaghetti. This mix of local and international cuisine ensures that there’s something for every palate.

Weather on Treks:The best times to visit are from March to May and from September to November when the weather is clear, and the views are spectacular. During these months, days are pleasantly warm while nights can be cold. The off-season brings its own beauty with fewer crowds, although trekkers should be prepared for colder temperatures, chances of snow, rain.

Safety and Precaution during Everest Base camp Trekking with Gokyo Lake:Hydration, acclimatization, and a steady pace are crucial on this high-altitude trek. Warm clothing, consulting with your guide, and taking cues from your body are essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Our company guarantees 24/7 support and frequent updates to keep you safe and informed throughout your journey.

Gears and Packing for Everest Base camp Trekking with Gokyo Lake: Prior to your trek, we’ll conduct a comprehensive gear check and assist with any necessary arrangements to ensure you’re fully prepared. Our detailed gear list is designed to cover all essentials needed for the Himalayan climate and terrain.

Electricity and Internet during Everest Base camp Trekking with Gokyo Lake: Electricity in the remote Himalayas comes from small hydropower projects and solar panels. Charging costs vary with elevation, highlighting the remoteness of this adventure. While Wi-Fi and network services can be found, they’re often unreliable and come at an extra cost, reminding trekkers that they’re truly disconnected from the everyday and immersed in the majesty of the mountains.
Embarking on the Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lakes is more than a vacation; it’s an opportunity to challenge yourself, connect deeply with nature, and experience the unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas. With our expert guides, comprehensive support, and commitment to safety, we invite you to join us on this unforgettable 17-day odyssey. Prepare to be transformed, for the mountains are not just a place to visit but a journey into the heart of what it means to be alive.

Highlights

  • Scenic Flight to Lukla: Experience one of the world's most thrilling flights into Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest.
  • Sherpa Culture and Hospitality: Immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture and enjoy the warm hospitality in traditional tea houses.
  • Sagarmatha National Park: Walk through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to diverse flora and fauna.
  • Namche Bazaar: Explore the vibrant heart of the Khumbu region, serving as a crucial acclimatization stop.
  • Tengboche Monastery: Visit this spiritual haven offering panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Everest.
  • Everest Base Camp: Stand at the base of the world's highest peak, a dream destination for trekkers globally.
  • Kala Patthar Sunrise View: Ascend to Kala Patthar for an unforgettable sunrise over Mount Everest and surrounding peaks.
  • Cho La Pass: Navigate the challenging Cho La Pass, connecting the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo valleys.
  • Gokyo Lakes and Ri: Discover the stunning beauty of the Gokyo Lakes and ascend Gokyo Ri for spectacular mountain views.
  • Ngozumpa Glacier: Witness the might of the Himalayas by seeing the longest glacier in the Nepal Himalayas.
  • Descending Journey: Reflect on the transformative nature of your trek as you descend through vibrant landscapes back to Lukla.
  • Cultural Insights: Gain deep cultural insights through a city sightseeing or an acclimatization hike.

Included/Excluded

  • International Airport Pickup and drop.
  • 2 way ticket kathmandu-lukla-kathmandu.
  • All private ground transportation.
  • 3 Night twin-sharing/double accommodation in a 3-star hotel or similar standard in Kathmandu, including breakfast (Private room accommodation can be organized at an extra cost
  • Permits for Sagarmath National Park and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • Twin-sharing teahouse accommodation during the treks
  • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), including one hot drink and seasonal fruits.
  • One duffle bag, Sleeping bag, down jacket to be returned after the trek.
  • Filtered water in the trails.
  • Strong porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every two clients ie: 10kg each )
  • Experienced, first-aid trained, government licensed, English-speaking Travel Makers South Asia's trekking guide.
  • Insurance, food and accommodation for staff.
  • Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu, with a car/van with a certified tour guide.
  • An executive farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Trek completion certificate and map.
  • Lunch and dinner in kathmandu.
  • Entrance fee for 2 sightseeing points in kathmandu.
  • Any beverages inc. water.
  • Insurance and international flights.
  • Tips for your staff.
  • Gas showers, wifi and charging at high places.

Itinerary

Time: As per your ticket
Distance: N/A
Altitude: 1,400 meters
Welcome to the heart of Nepal, Kathmandu – a city where the whispers of the past coexist with the hustle of modern life. Your journey into the extraordinary starts here, at an elevation of 1,400 meters, cradled by the majestic Himalayas. Upon your arrival, a warm greeting awaits from one of our experienced guides, ensuring a seamless transition from the moment you land to your comfortable accommodation. This day is yours to relax and immerse yourself in the anticipation of the adventure that lies ahead.

Time: Full day
Distance: Varies
Altitude: 2,500 meters (if acclimatization hike is chosen)
Dive into the cultural riches of Kathmandu with a guided tour of its historical temples and bustling marketplaces, or opt for a gentle acclimatization hike to the serene outskirts, reaching elevations up to 2,500 meters. This day not only aids in adjusting to higher altitudes but also offers a glimpse into the breathtaking landscapes and spiritual essence of Nepal. Embrace the blend of beauty, spirituality, and history that Kathmandu has to offer.

Time: 3-4 hours trek
Distance: 8 km
Altitude: Phakding (2,610m)
After a scenic flight to Lukla, your trekking journey begins, descending towards the Dudh Koshi River to reach Phakding. This initial trek is an introduction to the magnificent vistas of the Himalayas and the lush landscapes that define this region. The walk is relatively light, allowing you to savor the fresh mountain air and the serene ambiance of the trails.

Time: 5-6 hours trek
Distance: 10-12 km
Altitude: Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
The trail from Phakding to Namche Bazaar is where the heart of the Himalayas begins to unveil itself. Ascend through forests of rhododendron and along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing suspension bridges and catching the first glimpses of Everest. Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the high Himalayas, awaits to offer you its warm hospitality and a first taste of mountain life.

Time: Optional hikes
Distance: Varies
Altitude: 3,440 meters
An essential day for acclimatization, spend your time exploring the vibrant streets of Namche Bazaar or undertaking short hikes to nearby viewpoints. This day is crucial for adjusting to the altitude, ensuring your body is well-prepared for the higher elevations ahead.

Time: 5-6 hours trek
Distance: 10 km
Altitude: Tengboche (3,860m)
Journey towards Tengboche, home to the famous Tengboche Monastery, nestled amidst the panoramic backdrop of the Himalayan giants. The trek is a blend of uphill challenges and moments of leisure, offering stunning views and spiritual solace at the monastery.

Time: 5-6 hours trek
Distance: 11 km
Altitude: Dingboche (4,410m)
Ascending beyond Tengboche, the trail leads you through alpine meadows and past traditional Sherpa villages, gradually unveiling the stark, rugged beauty of the higher altitudes. Dingboche, a picturesque village, serves as your base for the night, offering a moment of rest under the shadow of the mighty peaks.

Time: 5-6 hours trek
Distance: 7 km
Altitude: Lobuche (4,940m)
With each step towards Lobuche, the air becomes thinner, and the landscapes more profound. The trail is marked by memorials to climbers and breathtaking views of the Khumbu Glacier. Lobuche stands as a serene stopover, nestled amidst the giants, offering a night of rest before the journey continues towards even grander vistas.

Time: 6-7 hours trek
Distance: 15 km (round trip)
Altitude: Gorak Shep (5,164m); Everest Base Camp (5,364m)
The trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep is where dreams and landscapes converge. As you reach Gorak Shep, the final leg to Everest Base Camp awaits. Standing at the base of the world's highest peak is a moment of unparalleled emotion, a testament to the spirit of adventure that has guided you through this journey.

Time: 7-8 hours trek
Distance: 9 km
Altitude: Dzongla (4,830m); Kala Patthar (5,545m)
Begin your day early with a climb to Kala Patthar, the highest point of the trek, to witness a breathtaking sunrise over Everest. The ascent is challenging but rewards trekkers with unparalleled 360-degree views of the Himalayan giants. After soaking in the awe-inspiring landscapes, descend to Dzongla, your gateway to the Cho La Pass. This day is a blend of exhilarating highs and serene lows, marking a pivotal moment in your journey.

Time: 7-8 hours trek
Distance: 7 km
Altitude: Thagnak (4,700m); Cho La Pass (5,368m)
The trek from Dzongla to Thagnak, via the challenging Cho La Pass, is a highlight for many adventurers. Traversing this pass requires stamina and determination, taking you across icy trails and rocky paths. The panoramic views from the pass are a fitting reward, with a stunning vista of glaciers, peaks, and the untouched wilderness of the Himalayas. Thagnak serves as a tranquil rest stop after the day's exhilarating journey.

Time: 2-3 hours trek
Distance: 4 km
Altitude: Gokyo Lakes (4,790m)
A relatively shorter trek leads you to the mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes, a series of six turquoise high-altitude lakes. Gokyo, with its serene lakes and the nearby Gokyo Ri (5,357m), offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the Everest region. This day allows for rest and exploration around these pristine waters, providing a moment of peace and reflection amidst the grandeur of the Himalayas.

Time: 6-7 hours trek
Distance: 14 km
Altitude: Gokyo Ri (5,357m); Dole (4,038m)
Ascend Gokyo Ri early in the morning to catch another sublime sunrise over Everest and the surrounding peaks. The view from Gokyo Ri rivals that of Kala Patthar, offering a unique perspective of the Everest massif. After descending from Gokyo Ri, begin your journey back towards Lukla, with a stop at Dole. The trek back is a journey of reflection, walking paths you've come to know, with a newfound appreciation for the journey and transformations experienced.

Time: 6-7 hours trek
Distance: 15 km
Altitude: Manjo (2,840m)
Journeying from Dole to Manjo, you descend through vibrant forests, with each step marking your return to the lush foothills of the Himalayas. Manjo, a quaint village nestled in the embrace of nature, offers a serene stopover. It's a day of introspection, as you edge closer to completing your grand adventure.

Time: 4-5 hours trek
Distance: 11 km
Altitude: Lukla (2,860m)
Your final trekking day from Manjo to Lukla is filled with nostalgia. Retracing the steps of your journey's outset, you'll feel a sense of achievement mixed with the bittersweet end of an epic trek. Lukla’s vibrant atmosphere welcomes you back, offering a space to celebrate the completion of your trek with fellow adventurers.

Time: 35-40 minutes flight
Distance: N/A
Altitude: Kathmandu (1,400m)
Take a morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, leaving the serene mountains behind. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, the rest of the day is yours to relax, explore, or simply reminisce about the journey undertaken. The vibrant streets of Kathmandu contrast the tranquility of the mountains, offering a gentle reintegration into urban life.

Time: As per your flight schedule
Distance: N/A
Altitude: N/A
Your journey through the heart of the Himalayas concludes today. With memories etched into your soul and a spirit enriched by the mountains, it's time to say goodbye to Nepal. Our team will ensure you're transferred to the airport for your flight home, leaving you with a heart full of adventures and stories to tell.

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Languages

English

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