Everest Base Camp and Goyko Lake Trekking is combing trekking plan in supreme high valley of Everest region. Trek explores heart of Sherpa villages; reach at base camp of world’s highest peak Mount Everest, climb Kalapathar (5,545m) to view closer panoramic views of Mount Everest and hundreds other Himalayan peaks. Adventurous crossing of Cho La pass of 5,420 miters from where we can see stunning view of Himalayas and glacier. Reach at Gokyo Lake, fresh lake situated at highest land of the world and explore other lakes around, reach at Cho Oyu base camp. Climb Gokyo Ri is another experience of viewing high Himalayas and beautiful Gokyo valley.
Our 19 days trekking itinerary includes exploration days in Kathmandu. Visit major heritage sights of Kathmandu which are listed in world’s heritage sites. Prepare your trekking, packing or buying equipment from shops around before you leave to Lukla. Trekking starts after 35 minutes scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Trekking first leads to Everest Base Camp route. Big Sherpa villages, direct touch with their life style, their typical cultures and biggest monasteries including Tengboche monastery in Tengboche village. We reach at our dream goal Everest Base Camp and climb Kalapathar, which offers fabulous closed view of highest peaks Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Pumori, other peaks and Khumbu glacier falling from bottom of Everest.
Next destination of the trek is Gokyo valley via Cho La pass. Stay cool around Gokyo Lake, Exploration of fifth Lake, walking on biggest glacier and climb Gokyo peak is the lifetime memorial adventure experience. Less crowded trekking path, Gokyo is more remote than the part of Everest Base Camp. Crossing Cho La pass is not technical but still it is stannous but provides dramatic views. At the end, trekking down to Machchhermo village is following new route and via another two lakes (Gokyo first and second lake) of Gokyo valley. Trekking end at Lukla via Namche Bazzar with panoramic path and fly early morning to Kathmandu again.
Guide and porter from Nepal Highland Treks are much important and helpful in your Everest Gokyo Lake trekking. Trekking involve some of hardest part. In any kind of complication, our guide can make immediate arrangement of rescue. Our experience guide can understand those difficult situations and take action immediately. Our trekking itinerary is general one; we can change it as per your interest. Entire trekking is staying at local tea houses owned by local Sherpa peoples. Remote parts of this trek have limited tea houses. In the case of over flow of trekkers, we might have to share accommodation with them. Local tea house provide typical hygienic Nepali as well as other international foods. Most of the parts of the region are facilitated of telephone communication.
Day 01:Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport Kathmandu. Pickup and transfer to Hotel. 1350m
Day 02:Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing and trip preparation. overnight at Hotel
Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2,860m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m) 3/4 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 04:Trek Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 05:Acclimatization at Namche. Hike to Everest view hotel (3,880m) and back to Namche for overnight
Day 06:Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 07:Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 08:Acclimatization in Dingboche. Hiking around and overnight at tea house
Day 09:Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m) 4/5 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 10:Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,360) and back to Gorakhshep (5,180m) for overnight. 7/8 hours
Day 11:Climb Kalapathar at early in the morning (5,545m) and trek to Dzongla (4,843m) 7 hours.
Day 12:Trek Dzongla to Thangna (4,650m – 7/8 Hrs) via Chola Pass (5,414m). Overnight at tea house
Day 13:Trek Thangna to Gokyo (4,780m – 3 Hours) and Explore fifth Lake. Overnight at tea house in Gokyo
Day 14:Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and Trek down to Machchhermo (4470m) 5 Hours. Overnight at Tea house
Day 15:Trek Machchhermo to Namche (3,440m - 6 Hours) Overnight at tea house
Day 16:Trek Namche to Lukla (2,860m - 6/7 Hours) Overnight at tea house
Day 17:Fly back to Kathmandu and rest. Overnight at Hotel
Day 18:An Extra day in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trekking itinerary is well designed with enough preparation days in Kathmandu and enough acclimatization days on the way. Nepal Highland Treks is flexible if you want to change itinerary as per your interest. Itinerary of group joining trekking is fixed.
Day 1Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport Kathmandu. Pickup and transfer to Hotel. 1350mRepresentative from Nepal Highland Treks pickup you from international airport. It is about 20 minutes driving to your hotel. Thamel is the tourist hub of Kathmandu where we stay. If time permits, we can stay in trip briefing. Overnight at hotel
Day 2Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing and trip preparation. overnight at Hotel After your breakfast in Hotel, our tour guide will lead you to sightseeing at UNESCO heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Squire (Old King palace with arts and architecture), Bauddhanath Stupa (Biggest Buddhist Stupa) and Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple). Come back to hotel and final preparation of your trekking
Day 3Fly to Lukla (2,860m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m) 3/4 hours. Overnight at tea houseEarly in the morning we drive to domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. It is early morning flight about 35 minutes. Scenic flight with tiny aircraft takes off you at Hillary airport (Lukla). Introduce with your porter. After managing your luggage, start walking toward Phakding. The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River. Easy and flat walking takes only around 4 hours
Day 4Trek Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house After your breakfast start trekking to Namche Bazar (Biggest town in Everest region). We pass big suspension bring at the beginning. Than our trail become slightly up hills. Route is passing through alpine forest along with Dudhkoshi River. We also pass Benkar village, Monjo village and jorsalle on the way. After having our lunch, we start tough up hills walking and reach Namche.
Day 5Acclimatization at Namche. Hike to Everest view hotel (3,880m) and back to Namche for overnight It is acclimatization day and we take hiking tour around. Hike to Everest view hotel and Khumjung village. Visit local monasteries and Hillary school. It is pleasant day to have your lunch at Khumjung village with front view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Amadablam and others. Come back to Namche. Walking around in Namche get more refresh
Day 6Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house We trek an easy way with front view of panoramic mountain up to Phunki Thanga, small River side village. From here, trekking route start to be up hills. It contains some of the major ascend toward Tengboche. Tengboche is famous with Tengboche monastery and it is one of the largest monastery in Everest region. Monastery open from 3 pm and it is good visit at their evening chanting by lamas
Day 7Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house Trekking through Rhododendron forest reach at Deboche village. After Diboche valley reach at Pangboche village which is having biggest settlement of Sherpa peoples. We still have good view of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Amadablam. Trekking trail than follow through upper Pangboche for exploring an oldest pangboche monastery. After walking some minor ascends, we can see picturesque village of Dingboche with beautiful potato fields.
Day 8Acclimatization in Dingboche. Hiking around and overnight at tea house It is good to have acclimatized here before you reach at Everest Base Camp. Instead of staying inactively, we make hiking around the valley. We climb up behind the valley. It is good view of some 8000 miter Himalayas and several other climbing peaks. Instead of hiking long, we back to lodge and take rest for tomorrow’s ascent
Day 9Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m) 4/5 hours. Overnight at tea house It is short hiking at high altitude. We start after your breakfast in Dingboche. After walking around three hours in wide valley we reach at Duglha. You’re walking than reach some tough ascending. You may feel hard to breathe as it is thinner air in high altitude. You will reach Lobuche. Lobushe is small settlement with fewer tea houses only. You have to be prepared with chilly night.
Day 10Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,360) and back to Gorakhshep (5,180m) for overnight. 7/8 hoursDay of reaching at base camp of highest peak of the earth, you are at the day of reaching your dream. It is better to start trekking as earlier as possible after your breakfast. The trekking trail to Everest Base Camp is not hard but it is continuously ascending and descending at glacier rocky trail. Everest base Camp is extremely beautiful. Panaromic Mountains including Everest is surroundings. We will come up to near from Khumbu Glacier and see icefall from slopes of Mount Everest. We than come back to Gorakhshep for our overnight
Day 11Climb Kalapathar at early in the morning (5,545m) and trek to Dzongla (4,843m) 7 hours. Overnight at tea house We prepare with our small bag with hot drinking water and some nuts. It is about one and half hours climbing. When we start, it is dark and chilly. Get sunrise view and panoramic mountain views which is probably the best view ever in this trekking. We come down to Gorakhshep and have breakfast. Trekking to Dzongla via Lobuche.
Day 12Trek Dzongla to Thangna (4,650m – 7/8 Hrs) via Chola Pass (5,414m). Overnight at tea house Today is the hardest day of the trip. Start your trekking after early breakfast. Starting of the trek is at flat and easy than route start tough climbing till Cho La top. The trail drops down through rocky way to the bottom of the Chola. Reach and stay at tea house in Thngna
Day 13Trek Thangna to Gokyo (4,780m – 3 Hours) and Explore fifth Lake. Overnight at tea house in Gokyo This is an easy day walking through the Glacier which is the longest glacier of Nepal called Ngozumpa glacier. Early reaching at Gokyo Lake. After rest for a while, we can hike to Fifth Lake valley. Gokyo Lake is biggest lake and third lake. There are more 2 Lakes towards Cho Oyu base camp. return to Gokyo Lake for overnight
Day 14Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and Trek down to Machchhermo (4470m) 5 Hours. Overnight at Tea house Early in the morning steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,357m. You get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. Come back to lodge and have warm breakfast.Trek down to Machchhero via second and first Lake.
Day 15Trek Machchhermo to Namche (3,440m - 6 Hours) Overnight at tea house Trekking down to Funky Thanka with Pleasant walk and panoramic views of Himalayas in between beautiful Sherpa villages of Khumbu. Appreciative incredible views of Mt. Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Kantega peaks. A short major uphill til sanasa and easy walking at flat land till Namche Bazzar. Overnight
Day 16Trek Namche to Lukla (2,860m - 6/7 Hours) Overnight at tea house Today is quite long walking down and flat land. It is same way back as we crossed Jorsalle, Manjo, Benkar, Phakding and other small villages on the way. From Jorsalle we cross area of Everest National park. Enjoy your walking with several suspension bring over Dhudhkoshi river
Day 17Fly back to Kathmandu and rest. Overnight at Hotel Fly early in the morning from Lukla to Kathmandu. You can view Scenic Mountain and green hills from tiny flight. Drive from Kathmandu domestic airport and check in hotel. Nepal Highland Treks invite you to have together dinner in typical Nepali cultural restaurant. Share your experience of Everest Base camp trekking
Day 18An Extra day in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel Today is the reserve day in Kathmandu in case Lukla flight is cancelled on your original flying date due to bad weather or any technical issue. It is can be your free day in Kathmandu or can plan to visit some historical and cultural sites.
Day 19Departure t is normally to be at International airport 3 hours before your flight time. It only takes 20 minutes drive to reach Airport from Thamel. We manage transportation for your final departure
If Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trekking itinerary and its fixed departure dates is not suitable for your, tell us your own departure date. Nepal Highland Treks can organise this trekking in any date as per your interest. You also can customize trekking itinerary in your private trip.
Accommodation in the trip
Our package is including 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu. It is 3 star category hotels with breakfast and twin sharing. Accommodation in entire trekking is in local tea houses (Local guest house) on twin sharing. You will get rooms with inside toilet in Lukla, Phakding and in Namche. Rest of the overnights are room without toilet inside. All the tea houses are providing common toilets outside your room. Trekking region may have over flow of trekkers in peak season, in that situation, you may share common room with other trekkers. It may happen in Lobuche, Gorakhshep, Dzongla, Thangna, and Gokyo only.
Foods in the trip
Kathmandu has lots of restaurants to choose for your Lunch and Dinner. Breakfast is including in the package that is provided by same hotel you are staying. During your trekking, same tea houses you are going to stay provide you breakfast and Dinner. Lunch is on the way at suitable place. All the foods during trekking is including in the packages. Hotel and restaurants provide you international standard foods in entire Everest Base camp and Gokyo Trekking. It is suggest choosing vegetarian foods. Meats are not fresh in the region since it should carried from out the of the region.
Guide and Porter
Your guide to trekking is from Kathmandu. He is the one who will be our regular guide more responsible, friendly, helpful and English speaking. You will meet him in Kathmandu before starting your trek. Porters are from Lukla airport. Usually there will be 1 porter for every two trekkers. He is able to carry total 25 kilogram. Both guide and porters are fully equipped, insured and package including their foods, accommodation on the way. Trekking guides are those who can communicate with you and local peoples and having enough knowledge of local places, peoples, their cultures and having knowledge of high altitude sickness.
Drinking Water during Trekking
Drinking water is extra cost from package. During the trek it is available bottled mineral water, boiled water fill in your own bottle from every tea houses or can use even normal water from Tap. Bottled mineral water is available in every guest houses, shops in entire Everest Gokyo region. As you hike high altitude, cost of bottled mineral water and boil filtered water increase. Water from local taps can be also used as drinking water by purification with purification tablet and filter it yourself. Most of the trekkers are drinking bottled mineral water and boiled filtered water. Trekkers are using local tap water rarely.
You do not need to bring whole equipments from your home country. Good trekking equipments with reasonable cost are available in Kathmandu. We can suggest you to buy those after we check it in hotel before starting of trekking. Representative from Nepal Highland Treks or your guide can provide you good suggestion. Our itinerary has enough time to be prepared with your proper equipment.
Round cap to protect from sun during sunny day
Warm head cover cap
Muff to cover mouth from heavy wind and cold
2 pairs warm inner thermal and inner trouser
1 pair warm outer trouser
1 pair warm wind proof warm outer trouser
One pair light and warm jacket or sweeter
One pair down jacket
One pair wind proof jacket
2 pairs light shocks
2 pair warm shocks
1 pair light shoe or sandal
1 pair warm water proof trekking shoes
2 pairs light trouser or half paint for walking during day and hot temperature
3 to 4 pairs of light t-shirt
Rain coat (cover body and backpack)
20 litter polar bag for trekking, carrying yourself (Trekking bag pack)
Duffel bag or big polar bag to hand over with your goods to our Porter *
Down Sleeping bag with its Inner * (* = Nepal Highland Treks provide in returnable based)
Head lamp with enough battery
Camera and its battery
Phone and charger
Hand wash lotion
Thoth brush add paste
Washing shop and bath shampoo
Quick dry towel
First Aid Kit Medicines
In every trekking package, our guide will carry first aid kit box containing medicines of anti altitude, anti Diarrhea, pain relief, Antibiotic, anti cold, anti vomiting, anti headache, fever, bandages, handplast and anti septic lotion . If you are taking any regular medicine that is compulsory to bring yourself.
Some Dos and Dont’s during Everest Base camp and Gokyo LakeTrekking
Trekking route of Everest Gokyo region is unspoiled and exotic land which is sensitive. Treat the land and local peoples with care and respect. Try your best to keep environment clean and show appreciation for culture and traditional religious beliefs.
Make Everest Gokyo region litter free: Do not through any litter; put it in dustbin fixed by national park or in local tea houses. Sanitary napkins and tampons should be wrapped properly and through it right place. Take batteries back to your home country for safe disposal or reuse.
Respect local cultures, custom and peoples: Route of Everest Gokyo region is combination of different cultural ethnic group of local peoples. Their culture, customs, living style and any function is typical and it is important for them. So respect all these while you are there. You can involve respectfully in those function.
Take your guide with you in every hiking and climbing: our guide will be always with your while trekking every days. You are trekking and hiking in remote areas with maximum altitude. Few days in the itinerary are as acclimatization day and hiking around for recovering stamina. Take your guide with you in all these activities. It is Himalaya and do not be more exited, take advice from guide to take any decision and do not stay longer at the top of high passes.
Do not through foods after order: Foods are all carried by helicopter or flight from Kathmandu. It takes a week time to reach all the foods in base camp site. It is not with any other transportation but carried by peoples or donkey. It is important that you order only sufficient food which you can finish. Do not waste any foods in the region. Meet items are not fresh in Everest Region. The land is out of scarifies any animals, and meets are all carried from out of region. This is the reason meets are not fresh.
Thouroughly recommend Nepal Highland treks. Our hiking trip to Everest Base Camp and 2 high passes were well organised & would do anything to ensure the trip went smoothly. The guide provided (his name was Dill) was fantastic. Other trekkers we met were wanting to join our group beacuse of Dill.
- Andrew Cameron, Australia
We were in very good hands. Found this local company through friends, for a 2 person trek + guide. Managed details and the unexpected well. Hermanta is all calm professionalism.
- SIMON John Cameron, Australia