Gokyo, A hidden valley with few glacier lakes and Everest Base camp has own meaning for adventurous peoples. This is one of the popular and adventurous treks at higher places of Khumbu valley. The Khumbu region is intelligibly one of the most popular and a spectacular destination for adventure seekers and it offers the best opportunity to gain the Himalayan experience. This trek begins with a dramatic scenic flight to Lukla and the trail follows many farm villages with beautiful views of the high snow capped peaks of the world, and to the famous view point Gokyo ri and higher pass Cho La with the highest spot at Kalapathar for the outstanding breathe taking panoramic view of glacier lakes, many higher mountains including Mt. Everest. To visit the Everest Base camp, glaciers and lakes figuring in different shapes makes you over whelming and glacier cracking sound makes you fear love.
Sagarmatha National Park is listed by world heritage sites, which cover Everest region and offers the spectacular view of the highlights of higher mountains as well as friendly Sherpa people, who are break recorder to climb the highest mountains along Mt. Everest. Himalayan wildlife commonly seen as musk dear, mountain goats, colorful Pheasants besides these rare species of Red Panda & Snow Leopard are an another attraction for the visitors. Pine and birch tree are the common forest here as well as colorful rhododendron flowers welcome you on spring. Monasteries can be found most of the places in bottom part, which makes you spiritual soul, and the flattering flags can be seen everywhere. This trek is popular classic trek shall visit once for lifetime experiment.
Day to Day Itinerary for Gokyo & Everest Base Camp Trek
Day -01 Arrival day in Kathmandu-1,350m/4,428 ft
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you’ll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Day -02:Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation Day-1,350m/4,428 ft
Today, morning we will ready after your breakfast to head on for our guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise. After your lunch at Bouddha visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and late afternoon back to hotel and evening briefing about your trip, what is your responsibility, what to do and doesn’t in the trek? Introduce with our fellow trekking staff and chances to ask remaining question and remaining time explore the surrounding areas or simply relax at the hotel.
Day-03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & trek to Phakding-( 3 to 4 hours) 2,652m/8,700ft
This morning you will be transferred to domestic airport to fly to Lukla. It takes 40 minutes scenic flight to Lukla airport (2,800m/9,184ft) and you will have time to stroll around, while the guide sort and divide the load baggage to be carried by porters. Guide will manage the lunch place depending upon the time of arrival at Lukla. We start our trek further to Phakding passing some Sherpa villages and farm. We follow the trail to Dudhkoshi River and further down on route to Phakding. The walk is gradual and most of the way, with few ups from Thado khola, where you can have a superb view of Kusum-Kangaru (6,369m/20,890ft) crossing a short suspension bridge, from here after a short climb brings us to the Ghat village, another 1 Â½ hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop and stroll around the village for local knowledge
Day -04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar-(5 to 6 hours) 3,440m/11,283ft
The trek start in the morning and after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re-crossing the same river again with magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) from the Benkar village. Trek continuing crossing the bridges and reaches at Monjo where is entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park, where your trekking permit checked and keeps the record of all trekkers going to and from this place including the local trekking staff as well. When enter the National park boundary we descend and a gradual walk brings us to the suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river, after the bridge Jorsalle village is reached, the last village till Namche Bazaar, from here the walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak and it other sister peaks towards east with Kusum kangaru on the back as you climb higher, view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and the closer view of Tawache peak can be seen from some part on the way to Namche. Finally we reach at colorful houses called Namche Bazzar main gate of Khumbu region and we overnight stay at hotel.
Day-05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Today You have full day leisure or visit Everest View Point hotel for wonderful panoramic view or stroll around the market, if Saturday can be seen many people in Saturday market for shopping to fulfill their daily needs and only one shopping market in the surrounding areas. Also you can visit Sherpa Museum as well a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering and stroll back to hotel for overnight.
Day-06: Namche to Dole-(5 to 6 hours) 4,200m/13,776ft
After stroll around the Namche area, today we refreshed and fairly easy to walk further on. Our walk follows on the gradual trail with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak after a pleasant walk of two hours to a small place at Shanasa, from here and trek ascents the left side to Mongla hill and continue down to Phortse Thanga. We serve our lunch at here. Enjoy the walking and further few hours walk ascending will reach at Dole for overnight. A small place with few teahouses and enjoy your night at Dole
Day-07: Dole to Machharmo-(4 to 5 Hours) 4,470m/ 14,663ft
Firstly, we climb to the scenic ridge above the Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. The path is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub to Lhabarma. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to reach Machharmo at 4410m. It was in Machharmo in 1974 that one of the first Yeti sightings was reported in Khumbu. There are few good condition hotels and good mountain views from Machharmo. Afternoon after reaches and refreshed visit Himalayan rescue association and overnight at he hotel.
Day-08: Machharmo to Gokyo-(3 to 4 hours) 4800m/15,744ft
Today, we climb up to the ridge and can be seen excellent view both down the valley to Khangtega and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangram at 4390m. We descend to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4690m, where you’ll have chance to find the Lama Foot prints on a stone. Enjoy the lake view and after an hour walk will reaches at Gokyo valley at 4,750m, on the edge of third lake. There are some few teahouses with comfortable bed room and after lunch explore around the Lakeside and overnight at Hotel
Day-09: Rest day at Gokyo
This may have full day rest at Gokyo or have chance to explore up to the fifth lake passing another forth lake and enjoy the view. This is great place and an opportunity to view full part of Mt. Everest and Cho-yu with a lake view in Himalayas from fifth lake. Northern part you can see the Cho-yu base camp and biggest glacier of the world named Ngazumpa glacier and stroll back to hotel for overnight
Day -10: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,330m/17,483ft), and trek to Thaknak-(5 to 6 hours)4750m/15580ft
This morning hike up the to Gokyo Ri for the breathtaking view of splash a sunrise top of the mountain including Mt. Everest view and many more Himalayan scenery. This will be unforgettable life time memories and enjoy around the top. We have a great memories and stroll back an hours to Gokyo for breakfast. We trek down to Thaknak for the overnight passing through the second lake and walk on the glacier and will reaches at Thaknak.
Day -11: Thaknak to Cho-la Pass (5367m/17604ft) and to Dzongla- (6 to 7 hours) 4,850m/15908ft
Today, we walk in the high passes and one of the tuff days to cross the Cho-la at 5,367 meters height. The pass is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. After crossing the Cho-la pass and reaches at Dzongla for overnight stop at teahouse. It has a very basic dorm room with cozy dining. Enjoy the fantastic view around the high above.
Day-12: Dzongla to Gorakshep-(5 to 6 hours) 5,160m/16,929ft
We continue trek along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalapathar and Pumori, before reaching at Lobuche (4910m) for lunch. You’ll have good chances for the best view of Mt. Nuptse a front of you walking along the Gorekshep. The trail up to the Gorakshep is rocky and windy but it offers the good view of Pumori and there are beautiful views of the Everest Base camp and glacier with scenic Mountain View. We stop at the Gorakshep and enjoy the night at higher elevation but care with drinks and be sincere with altitude
Day-13: Trek to EBC (5316m) and back to Gorakshep-(5 to 6 Hours) 5,316m/17,437ft
After the breakfast at Gorekshep we ready for our adventure to the targeted destination and we continues our trek towards the Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall, the path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively with commotion during the high expedition season. It takes 2-3 hrs to get to base camp and after a grand time here retrace the journey back to Gorekshep for the overnight at lodge
Day-14: Hike to Kalapathar (5,550m/18,204ft) and stroll back to Dingboche (7 to 8 hours)4,358m/14,295 ft
Early morning our journey continue steep climb to the top after 2 hour walk on our pace. After reaching the top, you will feel beaming as you achieve the moment that you been dreaming, since the beginning of the journey. Top of Kalapathar is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Everest looks amazing, the panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish, and you feel its worth the hard climb up to here and to feel at the top of the world, and can be seen to the south Khumbu glacier sweeps below you, and you can also see the Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier and lot of picturesque scenery. Re-track to Gorakshep and after breakfast trek down to Dhugla then go straight up the hill from the bridge to reach an upper trail. Staying high above the valley floor, we pass the yak pasture at Dusa to a chorten at the head of the Imja valley. Dingboche is the only place in Khumbu where barley is grown; enjoy the scenery and overnight stop at hotel.
Day-15: Dingboche to Tyangboche-(4 to 5 hours) 3,867m/12684ft
The walk today will be easy heading downhill to a lower elevation from Dingboche the walk is pleasant all the way to Tyangboche. After the bridge our route descends following the stream towards pangboche village, and further down to Tyangboche is one of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery or Gumba, then the large field with campsites and teahouses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam, Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east and more peaks all around you.
Day-16: Tyangboche to Namche-(4 to5 hours) 3,440m/11,283ft
Trek down to Phungithanka a small settlement with couple of teahouses. The trail leads downhill through the forested path of silver fir, blue pines, rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees and with a great memories and after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river trek onwards to the Sanasa and re-track to Namche bazzar for the overnight stay
Day-17: Namche to Lukla-(6 to7hours)2,800m/9,186ft
After a long walk today we’ll have long and last day trek back to Lukla, Firstly we descend the long way before cross the bridge and further walk to Monju and ten Phakding for lunch. We trek back with enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village. Arrival in Lukla and you’ll have time to stroll around the areas and guide will re-confirm your flight ticket and enjoy the last celebrate dinner with your crew member and overnight at Hotel.
Day-18: Fly back to Kathmandu-1,350m/4,428 ft
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. Anyway we will fly back to Kathmandu and your guide will transfer to hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel.
Day-19: Explore day in Kathmandu-1,350/4,428ft
this pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore the Thamel and overnight at hotel.
Day -20: Final Departure to your onward Destination
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you’ll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
Important Note and Optional Activities: Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Kumar AdventureTrekking. Please note that your trek leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Our every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, however as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, the health of member can all contribute to changes the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. Your leader will accompany you on all scheduled activities. During your trip you will have free time to pursue you own interests. Your trek leader will assist you with information about your options but please note that any additional activities you undertake are not part of the Kumar Adventureitinerary and Kumar Adventure makes no representation about the safety of the activity. Please use your own good judgment when choosing optional activities in your own free time.
Our Gokyo Lake & Everest Base Camp Trekking itinerary is planned with a high degree of minimization of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) for those who wants comfortable holiday’s adventure in the Himalaya. The maximum elevation of this trek is kalapather at the height of 5,545m comes right after passing Gokyo Lake and Chola pass. So you should have good acclimatize health to plan this trip. Going up too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill but this trek route is not consider as high risk zone of AMS. The higher the altitude the less oxygen there is in the air. On the Gokyo Peak (5357m/19,216ft), chola pass & Kalapather, which is an opportunity, for example, there is 30% less oxygen than at sea level. Your body needs few days to adapt to this so for a safe trek it absolutely essential to allow for sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS, which Kumar AdventureItinerary assure to prevent your risk. We advise specially the guest(s) with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.