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EVEREST BASE CAMP VIA GOKYO LAKES

 

Selected among the world's 20 Journey, Everest Base Camp Trek in justifiably famous. Not only is Everest Base Camp exceptionally close the world's highest mountain, Mt Evereest (8,850m) but it is also home to the wonderful friendly Sherpa people of the Everest region, picturesque villages, variety of cultures, traditions, colourful festivals and monasteries. 

 

Please note that we can also add in extra acclimatisation days, or move them around to have them later in the climb.

 

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes Trek itinerary

 

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

 

Day 02: Full Day sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley. Join the welcome dinner with Nepalese Cultural Show and Dinner

 

Day 03 Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m). (2-3 hours)

Our trek to Gokyo

Lakes begins with an early  flight to Lukla, a lifetime experience in itself.  The airfield is on a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters!

 

After lunch, we trek for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi River to the village of Phakding 2,610m.

 

Day 04 Phakding (2,610m)- Namche bazaar (3,440m). (5 hours)

Beginning with a slight climb to Jorsale we pass a waterfall and head through villages amidst magnificent forest's, rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant firs. Then walk to Namche crossing a few bridges and then climb several hundred meters. Lodge

 

Day 05 Namche bazaar (Acclimatization day 3,440 m)

Acclimatization is most important before proceeding to a higher elevation.  Lodge

 

Day 06  Namche (3,440m) - Thame (3,800m). (4 hours)

A moderately easy and beautiful walk to the Sherpa village of Thame at an important junction along the old primary trade route to and from Tibet via the Nangpa La pass.  The trail leads west past a large array of prayer flags and Mani stones - some of them very picturesque.  After the village of Thomde the trail descends to the river and then up to Thame. Lodge

 

Day 07 Thame (3,800m) - Khumjung (3,790m). (4 hours)

Morning visit to the Monastery, then trek to the Sherpa villages of Khunde 3890 m and Khumjung 3790m

 

Day 08 Khumjung (3,790m) - Dole (4,200m). (4 hours)

Leaving the main trail to Mt. Everest, climb high on a ridge and then descend to the village of Phortse. From Phortse the trail leads through forests to Dole. Lodge

 

Day 09 Dole (4,200m) - Machhermo (4,410m). (3-4 hours) 

A steep but beautiful morning climb through pine, fir and rhododendron forests to Lhabama and Luza.  After a leisurely afternoon trek, high above the river, lodge at Machhermo 4410m. The days trek is short so that you are not exhausted and to allow time for acclimatization. Lodge

 

Day 10 Rest day for acclimatization.

 

Day 11 Machhermo (4,410m)- Gokyo (Second Lake at 4,750m). (7 hours)

This is your first real day at high altitude and the going is slow. The valley opens as the trail passes through Pangkha. Cho Oyu (8153 m dominates the skyline to the north as the trail leads up to the moraine on the left flank of the Ngozumpa Glacier. The climb is steep to the first of the four lakes in the Gokyo area but the trail levels off towards the second lake at 4750m

 

Day 12 Gokyo (4,750m) - Free Day.A free day to explore the area around Gokyo or rest.  For enthusiasts a rigorous day's hike up the ridge above camp provides spectacular views of the Everest trinity: Nuptse 7879 m, Lhotse 8511 m, and Everest 8848m, as well as Makalu 8463 m looming to the east and Cho Oyu (8153 m.) to the north

 

Day 13 Trek to Chyugima Pass (5,169m)

The long and most difficult part of this trek. The trail crosses the southern portion of the Ngozumpa Glacier then climbs steadily to a campsite on the 5169m 

 

Day 14 Cross Cho La (5,420m). Trek to Dzongla (4,730m)

A steep and challenging but, non-technical climb over rock, snow and perhaps ice with superb views of the glacial valleys of Cho Oyu and Everest.   Cross the 5420 meter Cho La. Camp will be at Dzongla 4730m, a high altitude summer pasture directly beneath the north wall of Cholatse

 

Day 15 Trek to Lobuche (4,930m)

After a morning of rest, hike on a trail above Tsholo Lake and join the main Everest trail near the end of the Khumbu Glacier. Camp at Lobuche 4930m

 

Day 16 Lobuche (4,930m) - Gorkshep (5,140m). (5 hours)

The trail from Lobuche follows the muide, a geographer's name for the trough at the edge of the glaciers lateral moranie. A tributary glacier has piled another morain across the trail which has to be crossed. This section of the trek provides good views of the Everest group and Pumori from Gorek Shep and Kala Pattar

 

Day 17 Gorkshep (5,140m) - Kala  Patthar (5,545m)- Lobuche (4,930m)

Early morning hike up to Kala Patthar for the stunning views of mount Everest. If you feel physically fit, optional hike to real Base Camp of Everest (5,200m) can be made. Get back to Gorakshep or Lobuche for overnight 

 

Day 18 Lobuche (4,930m)- Tengboche (3,860m). ( 6 hours)

Trekking to Tengboche we leave behind the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche 4240 m.. Continue down the valley to Tengboche, home to the famous Tengboche Monastery. We have incredible views of Amadablam and on clear days of Everest. Amadablam means "Mother's Charm Box" and is named after the little box that Sherpa women wear around their necks. Lodge Overnight

 

Day 19 Tengboche (3,860m) - Namche (3,440m). (5 hours)

The trail then descents the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Namche. The descent is long but, more takes you to the famous Sherpa habitat. Lodge Overnight

 

Day 20 Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours)

Down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small village of Phakding. Overnight Lodge

 

Day 21 Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs)

Trek further to the mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Weather permitting your trekking crew might prepare a farewell treat for you. You would be expected to join in the singing and the dancing! Overnight Lodge at Lukla

 

Day 22 Lukla (2,840m)- Kathmandu (1,310m)

Fly to Kathmandu, with remainder of the day free. Hotel Overnight

 

Day 24 Final Departure at the end of your Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek. Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for the Final Departure

 

End of Services

 

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Location: Nepal

Total Tour Duration: 24 or more Days

Accommodation: Hotel, Lodges

Minimum Group Size: 1

Departures: All Year

Best : April to October

Risk: Altitude Sickness

Maximum Altitude: 5,545m

 

 

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Everest Base Camp

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Mera Peak

Annapurna Tilicho Lakes Mountain Bike

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Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek

 

Everest Base Camp Difficulty:

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes is a combination of long days with steep paths. The route follows reasonable paths through thick vegetation, up hillsides, across rocky areas, and slippery shale surfaces.  Glaciers and snow may be encountered, there is no need for technical climbing equipment. Altitudes up to 5,545m.

 

 

 

Other tours in Tibet

Everest Advanced Base Camp

Kharta Valley

Mountain Bike Lhasa to Kathmandu

Mount Kailash Lhasa

Mount Kailash via Simikot

Mount Kailash via Zhangmu

Tibet Overland Tour

Tibet Overland Tour to Base Camp

 

 

 

 

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