Everest Base Camp Trek Via Gokyo Lake
Everest Base Camp Trek has been rated in a concert of the most effective adventures within the world by trekkers and adventurers. As a matter of fact, Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lake among the most exotic treks in the less-crowded virgin trails is an ideal alternative to Everest base camp. Moreover, Everest base camp trek with Gokyo lake reveals the stunning Gokyo valley with the series of greenish blue lakes and the famous Cho La Pass.
Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lake is the off the beaten trekking trail in Everest region and is more challenging than normal Everest base camp trek. The major attraction of the Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lake is the beautiful tiny sherpa village alongside turquoise Gokyo lake in Gokyo valley. Moreover, this trek takes you to Gokyo Ri which gives you a different perspective view of mighty Everest and Khumbu region. As a matter of fact, Gokyo Ri is the famous vantage point for the Everest view from the alternate side. Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lake trail offers the magnificent views of majesty Mountain peaks including, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, etc.
Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake, recognized for the series of beautiful greenish blue lakes in the Gokyo valley and the famous Cho La Pass, takes you through the landmarks of the Khumbu region concomitant by majestically soaring mountains. Moreover, friendly Sherpas, colourful monasteries, the Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and, of course, to the base of the mighty Everest are the major attractions of Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake. The trek in succeeding to the bottom of the world's tallest mountain maps out spectacular vistas from such celebrated viewpoints like Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar. The trek also awards you with great views of the Khumbu Icefall. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes, in a nutshell, will be a lifetime experience with the enthralling sights of Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori, and Tengboche monastery the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
Everest base camp via Gokyo lake trek difficulty
This off the beaten path trek in Everest region is a little more challenging and tough as compared to Everest base camp trek. The increasing altitude, the length of the trek and the unpredictable weather conditions of the trail make Everest base camp via Gokyo lake trek a bit more challenging and difficult. Hence, prior training and preparation are suggested for people who wish to do this trek.
Best season for Everest base camp via Gokyo lake trek
You can explore the best that Everest base camp via Gokyo lake trek can offer on two seasons, Autumn and spring. Autumn falls on the month of March to May. Likewise, Spring falls on the month of September to December.
Everest base camp via Gokyo lake trek highlights
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Explore Khumbu Valley
Explore series of beautiful greenish blue lakes in the Gokyo valley including Gokyo lake
Cross Cho La Pass
Hike up to Everest base camp and Kalapatthar for an amazing morning view of Everest and neighbouring Mountains during sunrise
Day by Day Trip Plan
Our Everest Base Camp via Gokyo lake trek itinerary is intended for beginner trekkers who are in healthiness with average good condition. The ample distance coated between daily itineraries, the steady gain of altitude and separate rest days ensures that we have a tendency to properly acclimatize to totally relish our trek to Gokyo lake and the Mount Everest base camp. You can customize the itinerary as per your criteria following the precautions.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
After arriving in Kathmandu, our airport representative will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or you can visit our office if you wish to. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by our agency. For dinner, you'll be served authentic Nepalese cookery which can introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today just after your breakfast is over, you’ll begin a guided tour to many of the most historical and religious attractions around Kathmandu valley, which also are listed as United Nations World Heritage sites. You’ll visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, you’ll get your equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss Everest base camp trek details at our office. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla (35 minutes flight) and trek to Phakding (approx. 4 hours)
After a brief morning flight to Lukla, you’ll be introduced to your guide and porter. Then from Lukla continue your trek with an easy walk through Chaurikharka village and descent towards Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudh Koshi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), where we will be staying for the night to acclimatize. Enjoy your free time in Phakding, a well-liked stopping point.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 6 Hours approx.
Today you’ll have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the trek to Namche Bazaar, the biggest sherpa village in Nepal. After that, your trail firstly takes you over the Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away. Soon after that, you’ll approach the entrance point to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check. Further, you’ll descend to Dudh Kosi River (spotting Mani stones along the way!) en route to Jorsale. you’ll have your lunch here, and then it’s uphill to Namche.your path on the riverside is flanked by two crossings, one among that is the Hillary suspension bridge. It’s a tough climb up the hill to your resting place, but you’ll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Everest in its majesty.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest And Acclimatization Day
At this point, you’ll take a well-deserved break! Today you will spend your day resting and allowing your bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. In addition to that, there’s an optional two-hour hike to Everest View Point, an uphill walk that will help speed acclimatization. Otherwise, spend the day exploring Namche Bazaar. Check out the Sherpa museum for a summary of the Sherpa culture and history of mountain climbing. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open at the locals’ marketplace. It is a part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub crammed with all manner of trekking and mountain climbing vesture and instrumentality.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3,680m): Approx. 6 hours trek
Today you’ll climb the Khumjung hill and descend to the east of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Koshi. Then the trek route turns north. There are two trails and your guide will choose the best option to follow. Likewise, there is a chorten on the ridge top at 3973 m which descends from Mt. Khumbila (5761 m). Then, you’ll visit Mohang, the birthplace of the re-incarnated Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet who is believed to have introduced Buddhism in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Further, the trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dush Koshi. you’ll stay overnight in Phortse Tanga, near the river.
Day 07: Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4,470m): Approx. 5 hours trek
From Phortse Thanga, it is an uphill hike to Machhermo. You’ll hike on a trail alongside a rhododendron forest and pass through a waterfall before reaching Tongba Village. You’ll then continue your ascend and pass through Dhole, Labarma and Luza villages before reaching Machhermo. There is a Chhorten right before the Luza village. Throughout today’s journey, you will be walking alongside the Dudh Koshi River. Overnight in Machhermo.
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800m): Approx. 5 hours trek
You begin your trek today by climbing a ridge for an excellent view down the valley to Kangtaiga. Further, ascend up towards Cho Oyu (8153 m). After that, as the trail passes through Phangkha the valley now widens. Likewise, Phangkha was where an avalanche in 1995 killed 40 people. You’ll then descend to the riverbank before climbing onto the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier on a steep trail. Further, you’ll be crossing an iron bridge over a stream. From here, the trail levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo, at 4690 m. At this juncture, you’ll get a chance to observe lama footprints on a stone. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho, you become mesmerized by the shimmering greenish blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little ahead of the second lake, you’ll reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a scenery sets a tremendous spectacular sight here. After lunch, you’ll get to explore around the third lake, Dudh Pokhari. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 09: Acclimatization Day at Gokyo: Optional Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357): Approx. 4 hours hike
Today, you’ll walk up to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above Gokyo village, in the morning and savour the mesmerizing views of the entire Khumbu region. As you ascend, the views become even more amazing and you can see four of the seven highest peaks of Nepal, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Reaching the fourth lake, Thonak Tsho you can relish in the lake’s serene beauty. Hereafter you’ll trek back along the retracing trail to the third lake. In addition to that, you may take an additional hike up to the fifth lake, Ngozumba Tsho if time permits and depending on your physical conditions. From here, the view of Ngozumba glacier, the longest glacier of the Himalayas, is so fascinating. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 10: Gokyo to Thagnak (4750m ): Approx. 5 hours trek
No worries if you missed the climb to the Gokyo Ri the previous day, you can do that today. Hiking up to the top of Gokyo Ri is demanding. Likewise, it takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top through a steep trail. However, the scenery of Gokyo village, on the edge of the third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier, is magnificent. In addition to that, you’ll be surrounded by panoramic mountains Including Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and other peaks in Khumbu region. Likewise, The sight of sun rays kissing Everest which towers over all the surrounding peaks is astounding. You’ll trek through the Ngazumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. You’ll further traverse along the edge of that mountain and then finally bend into Thagnak. It will be a short hike today with an afternoon of rest which will help you prepare for long hiking days and elevation gain to come.
Day 11: Thagnak to Dzongla via Cho La pass (5,367m) Approx. 8 hours trek
Today is going to be one of the toughest days of the trip. The Cho La pass isn't itself tough, but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. You need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice may cause trouble by making the trail slippery. The path from Phedi climbs through a valley and a rocky path. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake, you’ll reach the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. The pointed Ama Dablam presides over a spread of mountains on the south while Cholatse soars to the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. Then You’ll pass through some crevasses before you reach Dzongla Village. The village provides nice views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche mountains together with the Pheriche Village way below.
Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m): Approx. 3 hours
This will be a very short trek so you’ll have a lot of time to relax and enjoy the beauty around you during your walk. you’ll climb down from Dzongla and hike through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak. The path curves through the wide stream bed before reaching Lobuche. Finally, You can spend the rest of the day taking a rest which will help you prepare for the next day’s long trek. Overnight in Lobuche.
DAY 13: LOBUCHE TO GORAKSHEP AND EVEREST BASE CAMP, EBC TO GOREKSHEP (approx. 8 hours trek)
This is it! your big day starts off with an initial, relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorekshep. The succeeding, straight trekking trail to Everest Base Camp is harder, involving rocky dunes and moraine, formed the accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On the way to your destination, you’ll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and icefall, located on the slopes of Everest. At the Everest Base Camp, your goal, you’ll have the possibility (during the climbing season in spring) to encounter climbers making an attempt to scale the Everest’s summit. Take out your cameras for unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty. As the afternoon sun starts to wane, you’ll head back to Gorekshep for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a gruelling and busy day.
DAY 14: GOREKSHEP TO KALAPATHAR AND PHERICHE(approx. 6 hours trek)
On this day, you’ll wake before dawn to trek towards Kalapathar (which means “black rock”) for encountering fiery, glorious sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day’s first light will illuminate the mighty Everest, along with Nuptse Nup, Changtse and Lhotse. Likewise, the view of golden peaks will be amazing. As a matter of fact, on your whole journey to Everest, this may be the most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighbouring peaks. Afterwards, it’s back to Gorekshep for breakfast and down in the direction of Pheriche, your nighttime stop. your pace will be a lot brisker as you descend, and the walking is easier going this way.
DAY 15: PHERICHE TO NAMCHE(approx. 8 hours trek)
The Hike from Pheriche back to Tengboche is mainly downhill, although it does, counter-intuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. you’ll be in Namche by late afternoon and off to bed before your last day on the mountain.
DAY 16: NAMCHE TO PHAKDING AND LUKLA(approx. 7 hours trek)
After breakfast, you’ll hike toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Your arrival in Lukla brings an evening in your last Tea House and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to nice cooperation and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which may be bittersweet.
DAY 17: LUKLA TO KATHMANDU(35 minutes flight)
In the 17th day morning, you’ll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You’ll be transferred to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one among the most effective Nepalese restaurants in the city, where we’ll be desperate to hear your feedback on the trip.
Day 18: Final departure
Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan international airport from your hotel and you’ll be leaving Nepal with all the beautiful memories.