In comparison to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek, Gokyo Chola Pass/ Gokyo Ri is the less-traveled destination. Nevertheless, the time and experience one spends at Everest Base Camp (EBC) via Gokyo Lake is truly a magnificent and qualitative experience. Gokyo Lake is the supplement and striking destination of EBC via Gokyo Lake. This destination offers an awe-inspiring vision of Crystal and scared Gokyo Lake, unique Gokyo Ri, and the whole upper Khumbu.
Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake as other EBC treks and expedition begins from the domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This trek afterward passes by ascent and descent through different blooming Sherpa villages and hubs from Namche to Dhole and Gokyo Lake at the elevation of 4790 meters.
Things that can expected in EBC via Gokyo Lake:
Hike up to Everest view hotel (3880 meters) which set a Guinness World record for being the highest altitude hotel in the world in 2004 is iconic. To the western shoulder, Mount Everest 8,848 m (29,029 ft.), Nuptse 7,861 m (25,791 ft.), Lhotse 8,516 meters (27,940 ft.), and wingspread Makalu 8,485 meters (27,838 ft.) from the shining Gokyo Ri 5483 meters truly looks amazing. Equivalently, Kala Patthar, a vantage point, at the elevation of 5545 meters tracing from Cho La pass 5667 meters is just beyond any imagination. The Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake Trek is a howling journey to the Himalaya encountering typical and beautiful culture, monasteries and stupa in between.
The course through Sagarmatha National Park takes into the vigilant rich vegetation like juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo, rhododendron, pine, and hemlock. Fauna like Himalayan monal, blood pheasant, red-billed chough, snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan thars and others are fauna habitat to this park. The trails vibes with the scared Buddhist religion, beautiful and unique monasteries, prayer flags and stones, Stupa, typical Sherpa lifestyle.
Trekker hopes to see and experience something different whenever they go to some new places. Here are few major highlights that trekkers can have from EBC via Gokyo trek.
Highlights of the seasons:
Spring and autumn are the premium seasons to travel.
Clean weather and moderate temperature
Great and unhindered visibility.
Monsoon and winter carry a risk
High probability of avalanche and landslide at the time of these seasons.
Risk of water rising in rivers and stream
rek and hike around the beautiful trace proposing vista of the huge massif and rich flora and fauna.
Beautiful Sherpa community and their distinctive lifestyle and religion.
A pretty domestic mountain airlift from Kathmandu to Khumbu region, Lukla.
Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuvan International, Kathmandu (1336meters).
Once you land at Kathmandu via Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives greet you and take you to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing Kathmandu valley.
We take breakfast and after a short rest, we travel for Katmandu Valley sightseeing. Today, we visit places like Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swayambhunath Stupa. These are the sites listed by UNESCO in the World Heritage Category. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Take flight, fly to Lukla, then, hike to Phakding. Duration: 4 hours.
Early morning after taking our breakfast, we catch a flight from Tribhuvan International Airport and fly to Lukla. Reaching Lukla, after a short break, we hike to Phakding. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 4: Hike to Namche (3440 meters). Duration: 5-6 hours.
We make our way to Namche from Phakding. The distance between Phakding and Namche is 7.4 km. The hike from Phakding to Namche goes through steep ascent, crossing a few suspension bridges. As we hike, we meet check post that gives us access Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar's main gateway to the Everest and Central hub of the Khumbu region. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 5: Namche acclimatization day.
Namache is a common stop for acclimatization. If a traveler is traveling to high altitudes like Everest Base Camp trek, Three High Pass trek or Gokyo Lake trek, the acclimatization is a vital part of the journey. An acclimatization day in Namche, we can hike up to Everest view hotel 3880 meters). The Namche also offers a cultural tour to Sherpa museums, monasteries and others. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 6: Trek to Phortse Thanga (3680 meters). Duration: 4-5 hours.
We steeply hike uphill passing the juniper and rhododendron forest. As the altitude increase, we can see the conifers' bushes. In today’s hike, the trail crosses via Yak Kharka and summer community. Our journey also passes with the magnificent views of Khumbu La and Tawache along with other several high hills and mountains throughout the day. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 7: Trek to Machhermo (4470 meters) from Phortse Thanga. Duration: 6 hours.
We hike from Phortse Thanga to Machhermo via Dole (4100 meters), where we can take our lunch. The trail from Dole takes us uphill steeply up to the Ngomzumpa glacier. On the way, we can see Lophophorus, yaks, gigantic mountains and hills. The trail up head has few settlements; however, we can find several lodges and teahouse. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 8: Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters) from Machhermo. Duration: 4 hours.
The trail from Machhermo moves up to Gokyo valley. The trail at first is easy and then gets steep close to the lakes of the Gokyo valley. After, we hike to two small lakes; the trail further guides us to the Gokyo Lake (Dudh Pokhari, 4870 meters) with the backdrop of Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 meters). Overnight at the Tented Camp.
Day 9: Acclimatization and walk around a day at Gokyo.
We spend an extra day at Gokyo for acclimatization. We can hike to Gokyo Lake for the sightseeing of the lake, Ngozumpa glacier Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and others. The Ngozumpa Glacier is the longest glacier in the Himalayas that extends up to 36 km. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 10: Trek via Dzongla to Thannak and Cho-La high camp (5368 meters). Duration: 4-5 hours
Like any other day, first, we take our morning breakfast and trace the trail to Ngozumpa glacier to reach Thannak first. Today we can have an excellent view of gigantic mountains like Lhotse, Thamserku, Everest and Ama Dablam from the top of the Cho La Pass. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) from Chola La pass. Duration: 3-4 hours.
From the Cho La pass, we make our way following the trail to Lobuche. The trail ascent passing down the small settlement and reach Lobuche. Lobuche offers magnificent outlooks of the sunset including other gigantic mountains. Overnight at the teahouse
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep and hike to EBC and retrace to Gorakshep (5140 meters). Duration: 4 hours.
As we make our way up to Gorakshep, the Khumbu Glacier accompanies us. We eventually make our way to Everest Base Camp. We stay at the base camp for about an hour and explore the surroundings and then descend back to Gorakshep. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 13: Trek ascending to Kala Patthar and hike to Dingboche (4410 meters). Duration: 5-6 hours.
We ascend to Kala Patthar to have 360-degree views of the gigantic mountain like Mt. Everest, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Lhoste, and others. Kalla Patthar is a vantage point to have a spectacular view of the high mountains. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 14: Trek back to Namche Bazaar. Duration: 6-7 hours.
We descend via Tengboche to reach Namche Bazaar making through the slopes covered by rhododendron forest. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 15: Hike back to Lukla.
Following the trail to Dudh Koshi valley, we descend back to Lukla and have a celebration to make our trek memorable. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu valley.
We take an early flight to Kathmandu, in case the flight doesn’t get canceled due to weather problems or other reasons. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu city.
After a good past day celebration of our tour to EBC via Gokyo Lake, you catch your flight the other day to make it to our home. Our representative takes you to the airport for your flight.
Inclusion / Exclusion
Airport Pickup and Drop
3 Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Flight from KTM- Lukla -KTM
Kathmandu valley sightseeing with English speaking professional tour guide
Meals (BLD including hot drinks and tea/coffee)
An English-speaking Professional guide and assistant & porters as per requirements
Trekking permit, National park & TIMS card fee
All wages, equipment, meal, medical and accident insurances for trekking staff
First aid medical kits for emergency
Frontier trek Duffle bag, T-shirt, or cap
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
International Flight Fare
Nepal Entry Visa Fee
Personal Insurance (Travel, Emergency Medical, Rescue)
Meal (Lunch and dinner) during stay in Kathmandu
Personal Trekking Gears, extra expenses Phone Calls, Water, Laundry, Bar Bills, Battery Recharge, Internet etc.