Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek is one of the best trekking to be a part of as it gives the chance to experience the diverse landscapes changing into pastures, ridges, narrow clefts, and steep climbing trails. Not only that, you can witness the sky high mountain peaks, snow-capped mountains and hills, the glaciers, and the best view from the viewpoint Gokyo Ri. The view of the highest mountain of the world Mount Everest and the sister peaks like Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu from Gokyo Ri is world class and heavenly. The sights of Gokyo valley has a collection of stoned houses and meadows on the shore of a great Gokyo lakes, Dudh Pokhari and the massive Ngozumpa glacier.
Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek is an outstanding trekking activity in Khumbu Region. As similar to the Everest Base Camp via Kalapather Trek, the Chola Pass Gokyo Trek starts from the Lukla Airport and follows the classic trail of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa and passes through the most beautiful places of Khumbu Region including the Gokyo Lakes, Everest Base Camp and Kalapather.
This trekking trail follows to the Gokyo Peak (5480m), the ascent of which is a grand attraction of this circuit, we view incredible scenery, including magnificent views of Everest (8848m), Makalu, Cho Oyu (8153m) and Lhotse (8511m) and many more.
Our representative will meet you on your arrival at the Airport and transfer you to the Hotel. An information session about the program will be conducted by our Tour Guide. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Early morning drives to Tribhuvan International Airport and then 35-minute scenic flight to Lukla airport. In Lukla, you will be introduced with your Guide and Porters. Our Everest Panoramic Trekking starts from here passing along the left bank of Dudh Koshi before reaching Phakding.
From Phakding, our trail crosses the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi. The walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill, with magnificent views of Thermasarkhu (6,608m), then reaching a small village of Monjo, the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. A short descent to the Jorsaleand Village and the trail levels for some time. We are now heading towards Namche Bazaar- the walk along the riverbed is pleasant before winding uphill path, with the magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum kangru Mt.Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse, and Taweche peak in the background. Namche Bazaar is the capital of Sherpa people, distinct for its colorful houses, monasteries located at high altitude. We will be careful to avoid altitude sickness.
Suggested activities on this rest day include a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with the breathtaking view of the surrounding snowcapped giants and the valleys below. We will visit Sagarmatha Museum that consists of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering flora, and fauna of this region. The afternoon is spared for leisure.
We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.
After the breakfast, we start walking on the same route to the Everest Base Camp until a place called Sanasa. From there, the trail ascends towards Mongla (4000 m). The outstanding views of the mountains keeps accompanying throughout the trail. Passing through the beautiful rhododendron forests, we descend towards Phortse Tenga and steeply climb to reach Dole. The total walk will be of 6 hours from Namche Bazaar.
The early morning we continue to climb along the sides of the beautiful valley and walk through small thorny bushes that takes us to the scrub juniper. As the altitude increases, we can see the summer settlement areas where during the summer time, yaks are taken to pastures for grazing. As we walk up these areas, we can witness the beautiful Cho Oyu Mountain. After walking for 5 hours we finally reach Machherma.
Early in the morning, we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,483 m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt this trip. You get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants; Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang.
The early morning trek of 3 hours takes us to a truly amazing high pass of Everest Region; Renjo-La Pass. The views of Mount Everest, Cholatse and Taboche will be more than exhilarating. Continuing on with the trek we walk down the trail heading to the destination for the day, Lunden. While on the trail we can see the amazing snow peaks. The total trek for the day will be of 7 hours.
After breakfast, we head back to the trail which mostly descends down to the village of Thame. While on the trail we can see amazing snow peaks. About 150 meters above Thame, there is a Thame Monastery, a picturesque monastery set among the many homes of monks and lay people. It resides on the side of a hill overlooking the valley. This is the site for the spring celebration of the Mani Rimdu festival, held about the middle of May each year.
Thame is a traditional Sherpa village that has escaped the crowds trekking to Everest and has one of the oldest monasteries in the region. The village is notably the hometown of Apa Sherpa who has made it to the summit of Everest 21 times! The walk itself is peaceful with excellent views of the mountains as it winds in and out of the forest on the side of the canyon. This day, we continue our journey walking down the hill from Thame. The trek will be easy and short and the final destination for the day and the trip will be at Namche Bazar.
Finally we return back to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like ages ago. It will give you time to reflect on the trek also giving you time to explore the town.
Enjoying the last glimpse of the mountains we have recently visited, the 35 minutes scenic flight takes us back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel.
After exhausting climbing and trekking, this is a rest day for you. Get your body massaged, leisurely stroll around Thamel and buy souvenirs, visit Garden of Dreams for some relaxing time. This is also a spare day to use for flight back to Kathmandu in case there wasn’t a flight the day before due to bad weather.
And, in the evening we will host farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.
Baggage weight limitation
The weight limit for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights is 15 kg or 33 pounds. This is combining both the duffel bag and the daypack. If you exceed this limit, you will have to pay an additional fee. When this happens, sometimes the airline sends your bag in later flights and this can be very problematic for many reasons. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.
- 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek.)
- Duffel bag
- Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; We can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Sun hat
- Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Neck warmer
- Liner gloves
- Heavier shell gloves
- Lightweight expedition thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
- Synthetic sports bras (For women)
Lower Body – Legs
- Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
- Nylon hiking shorts
- Soft shell and hard shell trek pants
- Water/windproof trousers
- Casual pants
- Liner socks
- Heavyweight socks
- Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
- Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
- Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)
First Aid Kits
Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
- Anti-infection ointments
- Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
- Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
- Water bottle/bladder
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)
- Adjustable trekking poles
- Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
- Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
- Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women
- Welcome and Farewell Dinner with Nepali Cultural Dance show.
- Accommodations Twin Sharing Basis in Kathmandu at 3 to 4 Star hotel.
- All kind of meal including breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek with accommodation.(accept desert item)
- Round trip Land or Air Transportation as per the destination and itinerary.
- English Speaking experienced Trekking Guide (Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder), one extra assistant trek leader for above 8 pax group. 1 porter for 2 people basis (Carry max. 25 Kgs per porter) during the trek.
- All official document process charges including Trek Permit, TIMS card & any required permits or Official Documentation for trekking.
- Insurance, Transportation, Wages, Equipment and all meals & Lodges for Porters and Guides during the trek
- One day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. Note: Entrance fees are included with this package.
- lDown Jacket, sleeping bag, Osho World Adventure trekking kit bag/duffel bag, First Aid Kid Box (for Normal Treatment y), T-shirt and Trekking maps. Note: Down Jacket, Sleeping Bag and Trekking Kit Bag/Duffel Bag must be returned to the company after completing the trekking.
- Emergency helicopter rescue Evacuation Coordination Service (This is only in case of Emergency condition of guests, however, all guests are responsible for paying helicopter Evacuation Charge- US$ 2500 per/Hour if necessary. So all our valued guests are kindly advised to make sure that they have necessary Travel Insurance which should cover here Evacuation expenses in case needed)
- One day free Yoga & Meditation Course in Kathmandu.
- Government taxes & Other Applicable Fees.
- Nepal Visa fee: Nepal entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days & US$ 100 or equivalent foreign currency for 90 days. you will also require 2 passport size photos.)
- Travel & Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu – keeps $ 5 to 10 for per meal in Tourist Restaurant.
- Extra accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in a case of early return from trekking than scheduled itinerary.
- Any Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Boiled & Mineral Water, Beverages, deserts Etc in Trek
- Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation or Delayed, Sick in Trek, and Helicopter rescue in Trek. Cost due to bad weather etc which is out of our control.
- Personal expenses such as the phone calls, laundry service, the internet, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower, etc.
- Any Other Cost, which is not mentioned in Cost Includes Items as Above.
- Tips for Guide & Porter after complete programmed.
Frequently Asked Questions
We use standard rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.
Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing toilet however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.
At most cases you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.
All the guest houses sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself. Hand sanitizer and a towel you must bring your own.
During the trek we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required.
Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest region trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat(rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. For Muslim trekker, the mountain villagers don't raise pig so it will be no food here that contains pig. However, as most of the nepali are Hindu so they don't have the practise of Halal slaughtering, if you mustn't the alternative choice will be opting vegetarian foods. In fact, most of the villagers are vegetarian.
No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.
Although it's normally safe to drink the mountain water during the trek but you can also buy bottled water at the cost of US $2 at lower elevations to US $4 to higher elevation per little. More higher you go it would be expensive. Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses. If you have allergy and planning to drink normal water, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must. You can purchase purification tablets or iodine in Kathmandu, Lukla or Namche.
At the lower altitude like Lukla, Phakding, Namche the guesthouses provide the facilities of hot shower. And in rest of the places (at higher elevation), warm water in the bucket will be provided for shower. For all above showers, it would cost you extra about US $3-4 per shower. The higher you go the hot shower would be expensive.