EBC with Gokyo Lake Trekking

Unveiling the Crown Jewels: Gokyo Lakes Trek with Everest Base Camp


Embark on an epic adventure that combines the ethereal beauty of the Gokyo Lakes with the iconic allure of Everest Base Camp (EBC). This challenging trek traverses the heart of the Everest region, offering breathtaking Himalayan vistas, diverse landscapes, and a chance to experience the unique culture of the Khumbu Valley. Prepare to be mesmerized by turquoise glacial lakes, towering peaks, and the legendary spirit of Everest as you embark on this unforgettable journey.

A Journey Through Two Himalayan Gems:

  • Gokyo Lakes: Explore the pristine Gokyo Lakes, a cluster of six freshwater lakes nestled amidst majestic mountains. Gokyo Ri (5,357m), a challenging yet rewarding side trip, offers panoramic views of the entire Gokyo Valley, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.
  • Everest Base Camp (EBC): Witness the awe-inspiring presence of Mount Everest (8,848m), the world’s highest peak, from Everest Base Camp (EBC). Hike through the Khumbu Valley, encountering the iconic Khumbu Icefall and glaciers like Khumbu Glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas outside the Polar Regions.

Unveiling a Tapestry of Diverse Landscapes:

The Gokyo Lakes Trek with EBC unveils a breathtaking tapestry of landscapes. Your adventure begins in Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu region, nestled amidst dramatic mountain scenery. Hike through verdant valleys adorned with traditional Sherpa villages and witness the unique lifestyle of the Khumbu people. Traverse dense rhododendron forests, particularly vibrant during spring, and cross gushing rivers on quaint suspension bridges. As you ascend, the landscape transforms into a dramatic high-altitude moonscape with glaciers, moraines, and towering peaks that will leave you breathless.

Encountering the Spirit of the Khumbu Valley:

The Gokyo Lakes Trek with EBC is not just about the scenery; it’s a chance to connect with the Khumbu people, renowned for their resilience and hospitality. Learn about their unique culture, deeply influenced by Tibetan traditions. Observe their way of life, where colorful prayer flags flutter in the wind and locals live in harmony with the surrounding environment. Savor delicious local cuisine, featuring fresh mountain produce and unique flavors, at tea houses along the trail. The genuine smiles and welcoming spirit of the Khumbu people will undoubtedly enrich your experience.

A Challenging Adventure with Unforgettable Rewards:

The Gokyo Lakes Trek with EBC is a challenging adventure, demanding a good level of physical fitness and a strong sense of adventure. The high altitude, varying weather conditions, and demanding climbs require proper acclimatization and a positive mental attitude. However, the rewards are unparalleled. The sense of accomplishment you’ll feel upon reaching Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, will leave a lasting impression.

Beyond the Horizon: An Unforgettable Himalayan Experience

The Gokyo Lakes Trek with EBC is more than just a challenging hike; it’s a transformative journey that pushes your limits, connects you with the raw beauty of the Himalayas, and leaves you with a profound appreciation for the unique culture of the Khumbu Valley.

Detail Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, our dedicated team at Himalayan Glacier will extend a warm welcome and ensure a seamless transfer to your hotel. After settling in, take some time to rejuvenate and unwind. Later in the evening, join us for a delightful welcome dinner hosted by Touching Mountain Treks. It's a perfect opportunity to mingle with fellow travelers and kickstart your Nepal journey on a memorable note. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in Kathmandu.

After a delightful breakfast, we set out on a guided tour to delve into Kathmandu's rich historical and spiritual heritage. Our itinerary includes visits to some of the city's most significant sites, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, the iconic 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), and the magnificent Bouddhanath Stupa, renowned as one of the largest stupas globally.

At noon, we gather for a pre-trip discussion, providing an opportunity to meet our trek leader and fellow travelers. Touching Mountain Treks will conduct a detailed briefing about our upcoming adventure, ensuring we're well-informed and prepared for the trek ahead. This session allows us to ask any questions we may have, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey. We spend the night in Kathmandu, eagerly anticipating the start of our trekking expedition.

Your adventure begins early in the morning, especially during peak trekking seasons like March, April, May, September, October, and November. Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla may be rerouted to Manthali Airport due to high demand. For an early morning Lukla flight, we'll pick you up from your hotel around 12:30 am and drive you to Manthali Airport, which takes about 5 hours. The subsequent flight from Manthali to Lukla lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Alternatively, you can opt for a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla, skipping the long drive to Manthali. However, this option costs around 550 USD extra, assuming you share the helicopter expenses with four others.

During other months (December, January, February, June, July, and August), you'll fly directly from Kathmandu to Lukla. After breakfast, we'll take you to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for a scenic 40-minute flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla.

Upon landing at Tenzing Hillary Airport, your trekking journey begins. The first day's trek is short to allow time for acclimatization. You'll pass through Chaurikharka Village, descend to Dudhkoshi, and reach Phakding, your destination for the day. You can use the extra time in Phakding to explore places like Rimishung Monastery.

The trek to Everest Base Camp begins at Phakding, where you'll start by crossing the Dudh Koshi river on a sturdy suspension bridge. Along the way, keep an eye out for local wildlife like yaks that may share the trail with you.


As you continue, you'll enter Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO-listed reserve known for its rare wildlife such as snow leopards, red pandas, Impend pheasants, bearded vultures, and snowcocks. Make sure to register your trekking permits at the Monjo checkpoint before tackling the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. From this national park, you'll also catch breathtaking glimpses of Mount Everest in the distance.


Upon reaching Namche Bazaar, the bustling trading hub of the Khumbu region, take some time to rest and explore. The town offers a range of shops, WiFi-enabled hotels, restaurants, and even an Irish pub, making it a fascinating stop along your trekking journey.


After ascending to a considerable height, it's crucial to acclimatize in Namche. Use this day to immerse yourself in the local atmosphere. Explore the vibrant market filled with souvenir shops, charming restaurants, and cozy cafes. If you're curious about Sherpa culture, don't miss the Sherpa Culture Museum, showcasing fascinating cultural artifacts.


Consider paying homage to mountaineering history by visiting the Tenzing Norgay Memorial, a tribute to one of the first Everest conquerors. For a more profound experience, visit the Khunde Hospital, founded by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966, or take a short hike to the Everest View Hotel, offering breathtaking vistas of Khumbu's majestic peaks like Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest itself. Additionally, the Everest National Park Center features a complimentary exhibit delving into the rich history and culture of the Khumbu region.

The trek starts with a climb up the uphill trail from Dudh Koshi valley, progressing through a series of stairs and then meandering through forested terrain towards Phortse Village. Along the way, you may spot Himalayan Thar, Himalayan pheasants (Danphe), and musk deer amidst the uneven route leading west to Gokyo valley.


Before reaching Kyanjuma, the path descends briefly before continuing towards Sansa village. As you near the end of this leg, you'll enter the Gokyo Valley, treated to breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawache, and Khumbila mountains. The trail momentarily dips towards Dudhkoshi Khola before proceeding towards Phortse village. From Phortse, the journey takes you out of the valley through forests and past yak pastures until you reach Dole.


The trek commences at Dole, leading you to Lopharma in just thirty minutes. As you continue from Lopharma, the trail winds through lush forests bustling with wildlife such as mountain goats, pheasants, and musk deer, guiding you to Luza. From Luza, the path gently descends to Machhermo, a journey lasting approximately one and a half hours. Along this route, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of Taboche, Cholatse, and Kajyori, offering a glimpse of the majestic beauty that surrounds you.

Leaving Machherma behind, your journey to the mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes begins. Along the trek, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring vistas of Kangtega, Thamserku, and Cho-Oyu peaks. The valley gradually expands as you reach Phangga village, but brace yourself for the demanding terrain ahead. Descending briefly, you'll reach a riverbank, marking the start of your ascent towards the Ngozuma glacier, the largest glacier in the Everest region. Passing by Longpongo and Raboche Tsho, you'll finally reach Gokyo Lake, also known as Dudh Pokhari, a jewel nestled amidst the mountains.

Trek Distance: 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) Highest Altitude: 5,400 meters (17,814 feet)

Trek Duration: Approximately 1 ½ hours

On the second day allocated for acclimatization, you will start your day with an early morning trek from Gokyo village to Gokyo Ri, also known as Gokyo Peak. Positioned on the western edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, just above Gokyo village, Gokyo Ri offers breathtaking panoramic views of the highest peaks in the region, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. After immersing yourself in these stunning vistas, you will return to Gokyo village and have the opportunity to explore the picturesque Gokyo lakes. This group of six major lakes forms the world’s highest freshwater lake system, adding another layer of natural beauty to your trekking experience.

Trek Distance: 3.7 km / 2.3miles, Highest Altitude 4,790m / 15,584ft, Trek Duration 5 hours

After acclimatizing for a day in Gokyo village, we resume our trek towards Thangnak, covering a distance of 3.7 kilometers or 2.3 miles. The highest altitude reached on this leg of the trek is 4,790 meters or 15,584 feet. The trek duration typically spans about 5 hours.

During this part of the journey, we traverse the Ngozumpa Glacier, encountering a path with varying terrain, including ascents and descents. Despite the undulating terrain, this segment of the trek does not involve any significant altitude gain.

Thangnak village is situated alongside the Ngozumpa Glacier, offering a tranquil ambiance amidst its serene surroundings. Its strategic location makes it an ideal stopover for trekkers embarking on the Cho-La high pass expedition, which stands at an elevation of 5,330 meters.

Trek Distance: 16km / 9.9miles, Highest Altitude: 5420m / 17,783ft, Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

After spending the night at Thangnak, you'll set out on a trek covering a distance of 16 kilometers (9.9 miles) with a highest point reaching 5420 meters (17,783 feet) above sea level. The trek is expected to take around 6 to 7 hours to complete.

The journey begins with a hike over rocky terrain and glacial moraines as you make your way towards Cho La Pass in the early morning hours. After a few hours of trekking, you'll reach the summit of Cho La Pass, offering breathtaking vistas of Cho La Lake and the towering Mt. Cholatse (6,440m).

Descending from Cho La Pass, the trail transitions to icy and slippery terrain, adding an element of challenge to the trek. Despite the difficulty, the scenic beauty along the way makes the experience truly enjoyable. Your day's destination, Dzongla, will be reached after approximately seven hours of trekking, marking the end of this rewarding yet demanding journey.

Trek Distance: 8.36km / 5.2miles, Highest Altitude:4,910m / 16,175ft, Trek Duration 4 hrs

On the tenth day of our trek, we depart from Dzongla and trace our route along the moraine, descending beside Chola Lake and continuing alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Along this path, we encounter memorial statues honoring climbers who lost their lives in this region.

Compared to the previous day, the journey to Lobuche promises a more enjoyable experience. As we approach Lobuche, we follow the course of Imja Khola and anticipate reaching our destination in approximately four hours. Upon arrival in Lobuche, we reconnect with the traditional route of the Everest Base Camp trek.

Trek Distance:15km / 9.32miles, Highest Altitude: 5,364m / 17,598ft) Trek Duration: 6-8 hours

This day marks a significant milestone as you venture towards the renowned Everest Base Camp. Beginning the journey at Lobuche, the ascent becomes more pronounced as we approach Gorak Shep. Upon reaching Gorak Shep, we'll secure our belongings and proceed towards the Everest Base Camp itself.

Standing at the Everest Base Camp (EBC) is a moment of immense accomplishment, a culmination of your dedication and perseverance. The journey to EBC demands consistent physical exertion and unwavering determination, shaping you into a stronger individual along the way. The panoramic vistas from EBC, including the breathtaking Khumbu Glacier, offer an unforgettable experience. Capture these moments through photographs to cherish as lasting memories.

After soaking in the beauty of EBC, we'll descend to Gorak Shep for the night, knowing that another remarkable day awaits on this incredible trekking adventure.

Trek Distance: 10km / 6.25 miles), Highest Altitude: 5,555m / 18,208ft, Trek Duration: 5 hours

In the morning, we'll start our day early at Gorak Shep and embark on a hike to Kala Patthar, where you'll witness the breathtaking sight of dawn breaking over Mount Everest. This experience is truly incomparable and will leave you awestruck.

After soaking in the views at the Kala Patthar viewpoint, we'll descend back to Gorak Shep for a hearty breakfast and some well-deserved rest. Once refreshed, we'll make our way towards Dingboche, our destination for the day.

Trek Distance: 14km / 8.75miles, Highest Altitude: 4,410m / 14,470ft, Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

Today, we start our day in Pheriche and make our way towards Namche Bazaar. The trail winds through lush forests where we may be lucky enough to catch glimpses of various wildlife such as pheasants, musk deer, and mountain goats.

Along the way, the landscape is adorned with colorful prayer flags and traditional chortens, adding to the spiritual ambiance of the journey. This day also offers us one final opportunity to marvel at the majestic Mt. Everest before we continue our trek.

As we progress, we eventually arrive at Namche Bazaar, where we will rest for the night, soaking in the lively atmosphere of this bustling mountain town

Trek Distance: 13.5km / 8.3miles, Highest Altitude: 3,440m / 11,285ft, Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

As our trekking adventure comes to a close, we savor our last day on the trails. After a hearty breakfast, we embark on a descent down a rugged path, traversing the iconic Hillary Suspension Bridge and journeying through quaint local villages. Our route meanders through the picturesque Dudh Koshi River Valley and its enchanting surroundings.

Arriving in Lukla, we settle into our hotel to refresh and unwind. This evening likely marks your final night in the captivating Khumbu region. Reflecting on the challenges overcome and the triumphs achieved, it's a moment to cherish and celebrate our journey's success.

Board a

If your trip goes as planned, you'll head back to Kathmandu early in the morning. The flight path from Lukla varies based on the trekking season. During March, April, May, September, October, or November, you'll likely fly to Manthali, where we'll arrange a drive to Kathmandu for you. In the remaining months (December, January, February, June, July, and August), you'll fly directly from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Alternatively, if you prefer to skip the Lukla-Manthali-Kathmandu route, you can opt for a helicopter ride. This option costs around 550 USD per person.

We wish you a comfortable journey back to Kathmandu. It's a moment to reflect on your Everest Base Camp adventure and anticipate reuniting with your loved ones at home.

scenic flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu or Manthali, enjoying aerial views of the Himalayas as you bid farewell to the mountains.

You will be transfer

Today marks the end of our incredible journey in Nepal! A friendly and knowledgeable Touching Mountain Treks representative will escort us to the airport, ensuring we arrive well in advance of our flight, about three hours early. As we head back home, we'll have plenty of time to reminisce about our adventures and begin dreaming about our next exciting trip to this enchanting land of Nepal.

red to the airport for your onward flight, concluding your memorable Gokyo Lake with Everest Base Camp trekking adventure in the Himalayas.

Price includes

  • 3 Nights Hotel accommodation with Breakfast
  • Sight seeing as per itinerary with Tour Guide, Entrance fee and Privet Transportation
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) tickets and departure taxes
  • Accommodation and all standard meals (lunch, dinner, and breakfast) during the trek
  • Experienced government-licensed English speaking trek leader and porter to help trekkers luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers, 10 kg weight limit per trekker)
  • Guides and porter’s costs, their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight, and necessary equipment
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operations in case of health emergencies (funded by travel insurance)

Price Excludes

  • International flight airfare
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • On-arrival visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days – $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges on the trip (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled/bottled water, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays beyond our control. For example, landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in

Checking List

General Gears

  • Four-season (zero degree) sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Puffy down jacket
  • Daypack (35-45 liters recommended) with rain cover

Upper_body Gears

  • Sun hat or cap
  • Scarf/Neck Gaiter
  • Headlight
  • Sunglasses


  • 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

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

Hand Gears

  • Wool or technical fabric liner gloves
  • Hard-shell outer gloves (insulated for colder months)

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)

Undergarments Gears

        Note: The quantity of each article of clothing can be adjusted to suit the preferences of each

  •  Technical fabric/quick drying is best for underwear
  • Sports bras (women)
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes

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)

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.)


        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


The Gokyo Lake Trekking with EBC is considered moderately challenging. It involves trekking through varying terrain, including steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and high altitudes. Trekkers should have a good level of physical fitness and stamina to complete the trek comfortably.

The best time to do the Gokyo Lake Trekking with EBC is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies and moderate temperatures, making it ideal for trekking and enjoying the stunning views of the Himalayas.

Gokyo Lake is situated at an altitude of about 4,700 meters, while Everest Base Camp is located at approximately 5,364 meters above sea level. Trekkers should be prepared for high altitudes and acclimatize properly to prevent altitude sickness during the trek.

Along the Gokyo Lake Trekking route, there are teahouses, lodges, and guesthouses available for accommodation. These basic facilities offer simple rooms with meals such as dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soups, and beverages to trekkers.

Participants should have a good level of physical fitness to undertake the Gokyo Lake Trekking with EBC. The trek involves long hours of walking each day, often on challenging terrain and at high altitudes. Regular cardiovascular exercise and strength training can help prepare for the physical demands of the trek.

While it is not mandatory, hiring a guide for the Gokyo Lake Trekking with EBC is highly recommended, especially for those who are less experienced trekkers or unfamiliar with the region. A guide can provide valuable assistance in navigation, ensure safety on the trail, offer cultural insights, and help in case of emergencies.

When packing for the Gokyo Lake Trekking with EBC, it is essential to bring appropriate clothing layers for varying weather conditions, including warm jackets, thermal wear, waterproof outer layers, comfortable hiking boots, socks, gloves, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, a headlamp, a backpack, water bottles, snacks, a first aid kit, personal toiletries, and any necessary medications.

Altitude sickness is a potential risk due to the high altitudes reached during the trek. It's important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of symptoms.




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