Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lake

The Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lake is an extraordinary journey that ventures deep into the heart of the Khumbu region, offering a panoramic tapestry of awe-inspiring landscapes. Beginning with a thrilling flight to Lukla, the trek winds through picturesque Sherpa villages, traversing suspension bridges over roaring rivers. The trail then ascends to Namche Bazaar, a vibrant market town nestled in the Himalayan foothills. As the journey progresses, trekkers are treated to the serenity of Gokyo Valley, home to pristine glacial lakes surrounded by towering peaks. The ascent to Gokyo Ri provides a breathtaking vantage point to witness the majestic Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, creating a landscape etched in memory. Crossing the challenging Cho La Pass adds an element of adventure, leading to the iconic Everest Base Camp, where the spirit of mountaineering history echoes in the shadow of the world's highest peak.

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Local Festivals:

                Lhosar, Dumje and Mani Rimdu are the major festivals celebrated in the Khumbu region. 

  • Lhosar: Festival falls in february and is celebrated to mark the beginning of the new year in the Tibetan Calendar.
  • Dumje: Falls in July, celebrated for seven days to mark the happiness of the successful cultivation of agricultural products like potatoes, paddy and barley.
  • Mani Rimdu: Longest-running festival in the Everest trail region, Celebrataed for 19 days also generally falls in October & November. 16 days celebrated within family offering prayers & pujas to the gods & last 3 days are celebrated in public by feasting on food, drinks, dancing, singing & doing mass parties.

Challenges Along the Trail:

        While the trek is accessible to individuals with a good fitness level, it presents its own set of challenges. Altitude sickness is a constant concern, requiring a gradual ascent and  acclimatization stops. The weather can be unpredictable, with sudden changes in temperature and occasional snowfall even in the trekking season. The high-altitude  environment demands physical endurance, mental resilience, and proper preparation.        

Best Season :  

  • Spring
  • Autumn

Gokyo Lake:

       The Gokyo Lake is the second most popular trek route in the Everest Region, after Everest Base Camp Trek. It lies in Nepal’s Khumbu region, one of the most picturesque valleys in the regions, offering trekkers an incredible blend of natural, cultural and spiritual splendor. Gokyo Valley Trek provides us with a rare and unique opportunity to see amazing Himalayan ranges exceeding 8,000 meters, including Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Cho Oyu, Makalu and Ngozumpa Glacier.

Daily Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome you at the airport and greet you , and check in hotel.  Rest.

Day 02: Half Day visit Valley Heritages and preparation for trip.
  • Visit Pashupatinath, Buddhanath and Shyambhunath, afternoon briefing about trip with a guide. 

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft). Trek to Phakding ( 2650m / 8562ft)
  • Take a scenic flight to Lukla, enjoying breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
  • Begin trekking towards Phakding, a picturesque village along the Dudh Kosi River.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding (2,650m /8,562ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)
  • Trek to Namche Bazaar, the bustling gateway to the Everest region.
Day 05: Rest Day and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
  • Acclimate with a day hike to Everest View Hotel for stunning panoramas.
Day 06: Trek from Namche (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Dole (4,200m / 13,270ft)
Day 07: Trek from Dole (4,200m / 13,270ft) to Machhermo (4,470m / 14,450ft)
  • Trekking start through  Dole to Machhermo.
  • The path ascends above the Dudh Koshi River. 
  • After trekking, will arrive at the small settlement of Macchermo. 
Day 08: Trek from Machhermo (4,470m / 14,450ft) to Gokyo (4,790m / 15,584ft)
  • Enjoying Views of Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku. 
  • After (3-4hrs) of wallk, we will reach the access point of the first Gokyo Lake, the Gokyo Lake a short walk from the third Gokyo Lake and one of the highest settlements of Nepal.
Day 09: Rest day to acclimatize at Gokyo. Gokyo Ri viewpoint (5,400m / 17,814ft )
  • Rest day in Gokyo Lake and enjoying view of Gokyo Ri.
Day 10: Trek from Gokyo (4,790m / 15,584ft) to Thangnak (4,700m / 15,400ft)
  • Trek from Gokyo Ri to the best viewpoints of the Khumbu regions.
  •  6-7 hrs of trek will reach our Thangnak destination.
Day 11: Trek from Thangnak (4,700m / 15,400ft) to Dzongla (4,855m / 15,930ft) via Cho La Pass (5420m / 17,783ft)
  • Trek through rough terrain and glacial moraines the pinnacle of Cho La Pass. 
  •  After few hours of trekking, arrive at Cho La Pass which will award us with breathtaking views  of  the mountain ranges. 
  • After several hours of trekking, we will arrive at Dzongla.
Day 12: Trek from Dzongla (4,855m / 15,930ft) to Lobuche (4,910m / 16,175ft)
  • Will leave Dzongla behind and descend following the moraine, then trek through the Khumbu Glacier. 
  • In the way, can see the remembrance statues of climbers who passes away in this area. 
  •  Before arriving in Lobuche, we will follow Imja Khola. 
  • After almost 4hrs of trekking, will arrive at Lobuche.
Day 13: Trek from Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m / 17,598ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5,185m / 17,010ft)
  • Trek to ultimate destination, Everest Base Camp, begins in Lobuche and will gradually ascend as we attempt to reach Gorak Shep.
  •  Will leave ouur backpacks in Gorak Shep and proceed to the Everest Base Camp. 
  •  Experience a sense of satisfaction, will see a glimpse of Khumbu Glacier.
  •  Head Back to  overnight Gorak Shep.
Day 14: Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555m / 18,208ft) viewpoint, trek to Gorak Shep and then to Pheriche (4,250m / 13,945ft)
  • Trek to Kalapatthar, best and highest viewpoint in the Khumbu Region that offers spectacular view of the Himalayan range. 
  •  Will see the sunrise views in kala patthar.
  •  Then, proceed to Pheriche.
Day 15: Trek from Pheriche(4,250m / 13,945ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)
  • Leaving the mountain  behind, gradually walk downhill to Namche Bazaar.
  •  Chance to encounter the Himalayan yaks, mountain goats, musks deer, etc.
  •  Through Sherpa settlements Tengboche and Pangboche before we reach Namche Bazaar.
Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)
  • Crossing the Hillary Bridge, passing through different Villages and streams of Dudhkoshi river, we will head towards Lukla (6-7hrs trek).
Day 17 : Fly back to Kathmandu/Manthali from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)
Day 18: Transfer you at the airport to fly back to your next destination.

Inclusions For EBC Trek Price

  • All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation in hotel for 3 nights in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the trek for 11 nights in the Everest Region.
  • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), with a cup of tea or
    coffee.
  • Experienced, first-aid trained, government licensed, English-speaking trekking guide.
  • Permits for Everest National Park and village community fee.
  • Porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 clients).
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu/Manthali and Lukla.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare.
  • Any kind of hot drinks, soft drinks and hard drinks.
  • Battery charging, shower.
  • Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage.
  • Tips to trekking staff and driver.
  • Personal Trekking gear and equipment.
  • Any expenses other than the Price Include section.

Packing List For Everest Base Camp Trek

General Gears – Four-season (zero degree) sleeping bag
– Sleeping bag liner
– Puffy down jacket
– Daypack (35-45 liters recommended) with rain       cover
 Hand Gears – Wool or technical fabric liner gloves.
– Hard-shell outer gloves (insulated for colder months).
Undergarments Gears Note: The quantity of each article of clothing can be adjusted to suit the preferences of each participant.
– Technical fabric/quick drying is best for                 underwear.
– Sports bras (women) – Pajamas or sleeping clothes
Feet Gears
– Wool or technical fabric warm socks
– Hiking socks – Liner socks (optional such as silk)
– Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof                         recommended)
– Casual shoes
– Gaiters (lightweight for dust or heavy for snow        in colder months)
Other Essentials
 – Passport – Extra copies of passport-     sized photos
– Reusable water bottle
– Toiletry kits
– Water purification tablets or UV water purifier       (if you plan to treat water)
– Hydration bladder
– Towel
– Pillowcase
– Toilet paper
– High protein snacks (such as protein bars or nuts)
– Waterproof/dry bags for carrying important           documents and money
– Airline tickets (Please leave a copy at our office     in Kathmandu. This can be useful if there is a change in the date of the flight.)
Upper_body Gears
– Sun hat or cap – Scarf/Neck Gaiter – Headlight – Sunglasses
Lower Body
– Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer            months, heavy for colder months)
– Hiking pants (2)
– Comfortable pants for inside the teahouses
– Hiking shorts
Gears – Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months).
– Technical fabric short (2) and long sleeve (2) shirts.
– Waterproof, windproof shell.
– Fleece jacket or pullover.
First Aid Kits and Medications:
(Note: Our Company Guides carry medications and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal  kits and medications are highly recommended.)
– Sunscreen
– Lip balm
– ointment
– Cough Syrup (recommend for Khumbu Cough)
– Mosquito repellent cream (for Kathmandu and       Phakding)
Optional
Once you are in Nepal, you have the option to purchase supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Our guide will assist you in buying the equipment..
–  Power bank or extra batteries
– Cameras and mobile phone
– Cards/book
– Binoculars
– Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
– Trekking poles
– Whistle
– Thermos for hot water

FAQ

How difficult is the Everest Base Camp trek?

The trek is considered challenging due to high altitude, varying weather conditions, and the duration. However, with proper preparation and acclimatization, it is achievable for individuals with moderate fitness levels.

What is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?

The best times are pre-monsoon (spring) from late April to early June and post-monsoon (autumn) from late September to early November when the weather is stable, and the skies are clear.

How cold does it get during the trek?

Temperatures can drop significantly, especially at higher altitudes. Nighttime temperatures can go below freezing, so adequate warm clothing is crucial.

Do I need a guide and porter for the trek?

While it’s possible to trek independently, hiring a guide and/or porter is recommended for safety, navigation, and to ease the physical burden. Guides are familiar with the route, and porters can carry your heavy backpack.

How do I acclimatize during the trek?

Acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Trekking itineraries typically include rest days to allow your body to adjust. Stay hydrated, ascend gradually, and be aware of symptoms like headaches and nausea.

What is the cost of the Everest Base Camp trek?

Costs vary based on factors such as the trekking agency, duration, services included, and whether you hire a guide and porter. Budget for permits, accommodations, food, and miscellaneous expenses.

What permits do I need for the trek?

You will need a Sagarmatha National Park Permit and a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. Check the latest requirements, as regulations may change.

What should I pack for the trek?

Pack layers for changing weather, a good pair of trekking boots, a quality sleeping bag, and essentials like a first aid kit, water purification tablets, and a refillable water bottle.

What is the duration of the Everest Base Camp trek?

The trek typically takes around 12 to 14 days, depending on the route and acclimatization days.

How do I prepare for high-altitude trekking?

Physical fitness is crucial. Cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and altitude simulation training are recommended. Consult a healthcare professional for advice, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

How do I prepare for altitude sickness?

Acclimatization is crucial. Slow ascent, staying hydrated, and recognizing symptoms of altitude sickness are key. Diamox may be considered under the guidance of a medical professional.

Is there phone and internet connectivity during the trek?

While some lodges offer Wi-Fi (for a fee), it’s unreliable. Local SIM cards may provide phone connectivity in certain areas, but be prepared for limited communication.

Is it possible to charge electronic devices on the trek?

Charging facilities are available at tea houses, but they may charge a fee. It’s advisable to bring a power bank and extra batteries.

What is the accommodation like on the trek?

Teahouses and lodges along the trail provide basic accommodation. Rooms may be shared, and amenities are basic. It’s advisable to carry a sleeping bag for added comfort.

Is travel insurance necessary?

Yes, it’s highly recommended to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking, medical emergencies, and evacuation.

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