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Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo - 17 Days

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo is the trip combined of Gokyo valley and legendary Everest Base Camp, known for the series of beautiful turquoise lakes in the Gokyo valley and the famous Cho La Pass, leads us through the landmarks of the Khumbu region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries, the Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and, of course, to the base of the mighty Everest. The trek in advancing to the base of the world's tallest mountain maps out spectacular vistas from such celebrated viewpoints like Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar and then encounters the sight of the thrilling Khumbu Icefall. Everest Base Camp Trek 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 region’s most active monastery in the Khumbu region. This trek is best for trekkers who wish to take up more challenge and "stay off the beaten path". However if you are a novice trekker who is in good health and average physical fitness then Everest Base Camp Trek - 17 Days might be right for you.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Join Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 02: Get permits, preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,651m), 8Km 3 - 4 hours trek
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,438mt), 11km, 5 - 6 hours
Day 05: Acclimatization and rest at at Namche Bazaar:
Day 06: Trek to Phortse Thanga (3,680m), 6km, 5-6 hours
Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4,470m), 9km, 4-5 hours
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4,800 m), 8km, 4-5 hours
Day 09: Trek to Thagnak (4750 m), 4km, 4 - 5 hours
Day 10: Trek to Dzongla (4830m) via Cho La pass (5,367m), 8km, 8 hours
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4910 m) 6Km, 3-4 hours
Day 12: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,160 m), hike Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) 13km, 6-7 hours
Day 13: Hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m) and trek to Pherice (4,288m), 7-8 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,483m), 7 hours
Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2,800m), 19km, 6 - 7 hours
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final departure.

Trip Note: Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Valley itinerary can be custom-made as per your requirements. The trip price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provides us your details for customized tour package. For your information Lukla flight is notorious for being delay problem  to and from Kathmandu by few hours or canceled for a day or more rarely, it may happen even in top trekking season also as you know how climate changes effecting our world. So, please allow a couple of spare night/s in Kathmandu following your trek if possible. 

 

Day 01: Join Kathmandu (1,350m)
Upon meeting and greeting at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel by a representative from Wilderness Excursion. After checking in, we may take a rest and relax. Short briefing about your trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Get permits, preparation
We get permits and arrange rest of things for our trek to Gokyo and Everest base Camp, you have choice for a guided tour to some of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We 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, we get our equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,651m), 8Km 3 - 4 hours trek
During the 35 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m), we enjoy one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating on a hillside surrounded by high mountainous peaks. At Lukla, a gateway destination from where our trek begins, we meet our other crew members and begin packing and arranging with them. From Lukla, we start trekking. At one hour’s gradual descent, we will be at a Cheplung village from where we have a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila (18900 ft), a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From Cheplung, we then gradually descend until we reach Phakding and spend the night.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,438mt), 11km, 5 - 6 hours
Trekking through a attractive pine forest, we follow the trail north up the valley of Benkar. We then cross Dudh Koshi River and go on passing Chumoa to Monjo, the entrance to Everest National Park. Then after crossing a suspension bridge, we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. A steep ascent brings us to the prime heartland of Sherpa village - Namche Bazaar. At one hour’s distance to reaching Namche Bazaar, if the weather permits, we can view the sights of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Acclimatization and rest at at Namche Bazaar:
There are plenty of things to do around Namche Bazaar, and we can spend a day here acclimatizing. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Khumbu region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. Our guides can take us to explore the real charm of Namche Bazaar. Hiking to Sagarmatha National Park rewards trekkers with a sunrise view and the views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. If we are interested in a day hike, we trek to Khumjung village (12401 ft)-a beautiful village with a Sherpa settlement. In exploring Namche Bazar, we observe traditional Sherpa life, Khumjung Hillary School, and enjoy flora and fauna found at such altitude. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Trek to Phortse Thanga (3,680m), 6km, 5-6 hours
We climb the Khumjung hill and descend to the east of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Koshi from where the route turns north. There are two trails and our guide will choose the best option for us to follow. There is a chorten on the ridge top at 3973 m which descends from Mt. Khumbila (5761 m). We 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. The trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dush Koshi. We stay overnight in Phortse Tanga, near the river.

Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4,470m), 9km, 4-5 hours
From Phortse Thanga it is an uphill climb to Machhermo. We walk on a trail alongside a rhododendron forest and pass through a waterfall before reaching Tongba Village. We continue our uphill trek and pass through Dhole, Labarma and Luza villages before reaching Machhermo. There is a Chhorten right before the Luza village. Throughout today’s journey we will be walking alongside the Dudh Koshi River. Overnight in Machhermo.

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4,800 m), 8km, 4-5 hours
We begin today by climbing a ridge for an excellent view down the valley to Kangtaiga and also up towards Cho Oyu (8153 m). The valley now widens as the trail passes through Phangkha, where an avalanche in 1995 killed 40 people. We then descend to the riverbank before climbing onto the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier on a steep trail. Upon crossing an iron bridge over a stream, the trail levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo, at 4690 m. At this juncture, we get a chance to observe lama footprints on a stone. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho, we become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight here. After lunch, we explore around the third lake, Dudh Pokhari. Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 09: Trek to Thagnak (4750 m), 4km, 4 - 5 hours
Gokyo Ri excursion in the morning, is demanding as it is steep and takes about 2 to 3 hours to reach the top. But the scenery of Gokyo village, on the edge of third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier, is magnificent. We are surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. The sight of sunrays kissing Everest which towers over all the surrounding peaks is astounding. We trek through the Ngazumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Next, traverse along the edge of that mountain and then meander into Thagnak. It will be a short hike today with an afternoon of rest which will prepare us for long hiking days and elevation gain to come.

Day 10: Trek to Dzongla (4830m) via Cho La pass (5,367m), 8km, 8 hours
Today is going to be one of the toughest days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice may cause trouble by making the trail slippery. The trail from Phedi climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake, we reach at the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars to the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla Village. The village provides great views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche mountains along with the Pheriche Village far below.

Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4910 m) 6Km, 3-4 hours
This will be a very short trek so we have a lot time to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. We climb down from Dzongla and walk through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak. The trail curves through the wide river bed before reaching Lobuche. We can spend the rest of day taking a rest which will help us prepare for the next day’s long trek. Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 12: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,160 m), hike Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) 13km, 6-7 hours
We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence, it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night's rest. Overnight in Gorak Shep. However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is recommended that we visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. As the setting sun's rays strike the snow-capped mountains, the resulting scenery is incredible. Therefore, for those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar today instead of the next day please inform your guide and he/she will coordinate accordingly.

Day 13: Hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m) and trek to Pherice (4,288m), 7-8 hours
We prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -13 C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Lobuche for a good night's rest. Overnight in Pheriche.

Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2,800m), 19km, 6 - 7 hours
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of days. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu
We take morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain holiday. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Final departure
Our trip comes to the end! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. Wilderness Excursion will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport-hotel-airport pick and drop by private car/van
  • 3 Nights sharing twin bed room in 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu with buffet breakfast basis.
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing in UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites as per above itinerary.
  • 1 Well experienced, government registered and friendly guide.
  • Assistant guide to take care of group members as per group size
  • 1 Sharing high altitude porter for 2 travelers (weight limit: 20-25kg plus their own stuffs).
  • All meal: lunch, breakfast and dinner during the trekking.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies, fresh fruits during the trip.
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round (cost USD 336.00) per person and airport taxes.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round ticket (cost USD 100.00) for your guide.
  • TIMS Card, Trekking permit, Office service charge and government taxes and vat etc
  • Food, accommodation and salary of your guide and porters.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porter.
  • Tax, vat and office charges fees.
  • Farewell dinner in one of authentic Nepalese Restaurant with Live culture show after the trek.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu except breakfast and farewell dinner.
  • Hard drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water.
  • Hot shower, hot water, wifi and battery charge during trekking.
  • Personal travel insurance, internet, phone calls, laundry,
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Gratitude and tips for guide and porters.
# Start Date End Date Status
1 15 Mar, 2018 02 Apr, 2018 Available book know
2 25 Apr, 2018 12 May, 2018 Available book know

Packing List and Equipment for Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek

Footwear

  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek,
  • Trail shoes or trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal, crocs or flip flop to take shower and walk around,
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

Leg wears

  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.

Body

  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply).
  • Underwear 4-5. Comfortable underwear is essential. Pack both cotton and polyester in case of problems (Friction).

Head/Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles, genuine UV protection sunglasses preferable
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff for higher and colder place.
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • Head lamp/torch with spare batteries.
  • Sun/cold creams,
  • Personal Trekking Equipment
  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries, rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose hiking pocket knife.

Optional items

  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS.
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.
  • Tablets or smart phones, there are mobile networks in most trekking areas of Nepal.
  • Pocket trekking map,
  • Small light note books, pen/pencil for journal writing.

For water

  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary. Vacuum flask and a cup preferably is doing teahouse.

Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.

Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade,

Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.

Again, this is not an exhaustive list but we hope it provides a loose guideline for your preparations. Do as much background research as possible – it never hurts to come over-prepared. And, of course, we are always happy to help so just give us a shout if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Happy preparations!

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  • Group Size: Minimum 2 Pax
  • Best Time to Trek: Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov

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