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Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lake in 2 Weeks – Best selling High Altitude Adventure

(40 Reviews)
  • 17 nights -18 days
  • Max People : 1 - 20
  • Wifi Available
  • Everyday Departure
  • Age :No Age Limit
  • Pickup: Airpot or Hotel

Everest base Camp & Gokyo Lake Trek Details:

Trekking to Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lake is the Ultimate Himalayan Trilogy that combines the iconic Everest region with the stunning beauty of Gokyo Valley.

Introduction:

Nepal, home to some of the world’s most iconic mountain peaks, offers adventurers an excess of trekking opportunities. Among the most renowned routes is the Everest Base Camp trek, which attracts thousands of trekkers each year seeking to witness the majesty of Mount Everest up close. For those craving an extra challenge and unique experiences, the combination of the Everest Base Camp trek with the Chola Pass and Gokyo Valley presents an extraordinary adventure that takes trekkers off the beaten path and into the heart of the Himalayas.

The Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lake trek is a multi-faceted journey that combines the highlights of the classic Everest Base Camp trek with the exhilarating traverse over the challenging Chola Pass and the serene beauty of Gokyo Valley. In this article, we will delve into the details of this epic trek, offering insights into the route, the challenges and rewards it presents, and the unforgettable experiences awaiting trekkers along the way.

The Route:

The Everest base camp & Gokyo lake journey begins in the bustling town of Lukla, where trekkers embark on a thrilling flight amidst towering peaks to reach the gateway to the Everest region. From Lukla, the trail winds its way through picturesque Sherpa villages, lush forests, and across suspension bridges spanning roaring rivers. The first major highlight of the trek is the arrival at Namche Bazaar, the vibrant hub of the Khumbu region, where trekkers acclimatize and soak in the stunning mountain vistas.

Continuing onwards, the trail leads to Tengboche Monastery, a serene Buddhist monastery set against the backdrop of Mount Everest and other towering peaks. The spiritual ambiance of Tengboche provides a moment of reflection before the journey presses on toward Dingboche, where trekkers further acclimatize in preparation for the challenging ascent ahead.

From Dingboche, the route wanders from the traditional Everest Base Camp trail, after reaching base camp turn towards the pristine Gokyo Valley, where trekkers tackle the challenging Chola Pass, (5420) a high mountain pass nestled amidst towering glaciers and jagged peaks. Crossing the pass is a challenging endeavor that requires stamina, determination, and careful navigation, but the rewards are well worth the effort. As trekkers descend from the pass, they are greeted by the breathtaking beauty of the Ngozumpa Glacier and panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and shimmering glacial lakes. The turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes glisten like jewels amidst the rugged terrain, inviting trekkers to pause and marvel at their beauty.

The Everest base camp & Gokyo lake trek reaches its climax with the ascent to Gokyo Ri, a towering vantage point that offers unparalleled views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu, among others. The sense of accomplishment and awe as trekkers gaze upon the world’s highest peaks is an experience that will be imprinted into their memories forever.

Challenges and Rewards:

The Everest Base Camp & Gokyo lake trek presents a myriad of challenges, from high altitudes and unpredictable weather to rugged terrain and long days of trekking. Altitude sickness is a constant concern, and trekkers must acclimatize properly to minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

The ascent to Gokyo Ri, Kalapattar, and the crossing of Chola Pass are particularly demanding sections of the trek, requiring a high level of fitness and endurance. Trekkers must be prepared for steep climbs, rocky trails, and potentially harsh weather conditions, including snow and ice at higher elevations.

Despite the challenges, the rewards of the trek are immeasurable. The sense of achievement upon reaching Everest Base Camp, standing amidst the world’s highest peaks, and witnessing the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas are experiences that defy description. The camaraderie forged with fellow trekkers and the warmth and hospitality of the Sherpa people add depth and richness to the journey, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Conclusion:

The Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lake trek offer an unforgettable adventure that combines the best of Nepal’s Himalayan landscapes with the thrill of exploration and discovery. From the bustling streets of Kathmandu to the serene beauty of Gokyo Valley and the towering heights of Mount Everest, this trek is a journey of a lifetime that promises to challenge, inspire, and leave trekkers forever changed. Whether you’re an experienced mountaineer or a novice adventurer, the charm of the Everest region beckons, inviting you to embark on an epic trekking journey in the world’s highest peaks.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu 

Price Includes

  • All the Ground Transportation from airport pick up to airport drop off.
  • Accomodation in Kathmandu twin sharing basis.
  • Lukla flight return
  • English speaking Guide and Porters
  • One main course meal during trekking 3 times a day with a cup of tea or coffee.
  • Accommodation while on trekking
  • All trekking permit & fees
  • Company Tshirt and duffle bag to carry for the porter
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking/climbing certificate from the agency

Price Excludes

  • Flights To/From Nepal, Tourist Visa, and Travel insurance
  • Meals in the Cities
  • Personal expenses: Boiled and bottled water, hot shower, battery charging, Wi-Fi, snacks, drinks etc.
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances and Tips for your trekking staffs

Complementaries

  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Certificate of Achievement and Medal
  • Company T-Shirt
What to Expect

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lake trek offers trekkers an exciting adventure in the heart of the Himalayas. Overall, one can expect an unforgettable adventure filled with natural beauty, cultural immersion, and personal growth on the journey to Chola Pass Gokyo Lakes via Everest base camp.

  • Stunning Landscapes: Prepare to be awed by the diverse and breathtaking landscapes along the route. From picturesque Sherpa villages to high-altitude terrain, the trek offers a mixture of natural beauty. The sparkling turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes set against the backdrop of towering snow-capped peaks create a scene of unparalleled serenity.
  • Challenging Passes: The trek includes crossing the challenging Chola Pass 5400m, Proper physical fitness and acclimatization are crucial for tackling this high-altitude pass safely. Expect steep climbs, narrow trails, and potentially icy conditions, particularly during the peak trekking seasons.
  • Cultural Experiences: Throughout the journey, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture of the Khumbu region. Visit ancient monasteries, interact with local Sherpa communities, and learn about their traditions and way of life.
  • Panoramic Mountain Views: The trek offers unparalleled views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Specially Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar provides unforgettable panoramic vistas of the entire Everest region.
  • Variable Weather: Weather conditions in the Everest region can be unpredictable, temperatures can drop to freezing cold at higher elevations. Be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions, including rain, snow, and strong winds.
  • Physical and Mental Challenge: Trekking to Everest Base Camp via Chola Pass and Gokyo Lakes is physically and mentally demanding. Be prepared for long days of hiking, high-altitude trekking, and challenging terrain.
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Itinerary
This detailed itinerary for Everest Base Camp & Gokyo lake trek provides a comprehensive trekking experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Everest region while gradually acclimatizing to the altitude. It combines challenging ascents, breathtaking landscapes, and cultural encounters, offering an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the Himalayas. To customize this plan, feel free to get in touch with us.

Day 1Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

  • Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to your hotel and rest after your journey.
  • Explore the vibrant streets of Thamel and enjoy traditional Nepali cuisine.

Day 2Fly to Lukla (2840m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

  • Early morning flight to Lukla (2,840m), an exciting experience with aerial views of the Himalayas.
  • Begin trekking towards Phakding, a scenic village alongside the Dudh Koshi River.
  • The trail passes through lush forests, picturesque Sherpa villages, and several suspension bridges.
  • Approximately 8km, 3-4 hours of trek.

Day 3Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

  • Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, the bustling market town and gateway to the Everest region.
  • Cross several suspension bridges, including the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge.
  • Ascend steeply through pine forests, catching glimpses of Everest and other peaks.
  • Arrive in Namche Bazaar, where you’ll spend two nights for acclimatization.
  • Approximately 12km, 6-7 hours of trek.

Day 4Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

  • Take a rest day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize to the altitude.
  • Explore the town, visit the Sherpa Museum, and enjoy panoramic views from viewpoints
  • Hike to Everest View Hotel for amazing view of the panoramic views, and enjoy food and drink in Everest view hotel.
  • Optionally, take a short hike to Khumjung village or Khunde village for cultural experiences.

Day 5Trek to Deboche (3,800m)

  • Trek from Namche Bazaar to Deboche, enjoying breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.
  • Pass through lush forests of rhododendron and juniper.
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery, one of the most significant monasteries in the region.
  • Overnight stay in Deboche, with serene surroundings and stunning mountain views.
  • Approximately 13km, 6-7 hours.

Day 6Trek to Dingboche (4,410m)

  • Descend to the Dudh Koshi River and cross a suspension bridge.
  • Ascend gradually through alpine landscapes towards Dingboche.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Ama Dablam and other peaks along the way.
  • Overnight stay in Dingboche, a picturesque village surrounded by stone-walled fields.
  • Approximately 9 km, 5-6 hours.

Day 7Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

  • Spend a second acclimatization day in Dingboche.
  • Optionally, hike to Nagarjun Hill or Chhukung Ri for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Rest and hydrate to prepare for the upcoming challenges.

Day 8Trek to Lobuche (4,910m)

  • Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche, following the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.
  • Pass by memorials for climbers who lost their lives on Everest.
  • Enjoy mesmerizing views of peaks like Pumori and Nuptse.
  • Overnight stay in Lobuche, a small settlement with basic accommodations.
  • Approximately 11km, 5-6 hours.

Day 9Trek to GorakShep (5,140m) and Everest Base Camp (5,364m)

  • Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, the last settlement before Everest Base Camp.
  • Continue to Everest Base Camp, following the rocky moraine trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier.
  • Reach Everest Base Camp, a surreal experience surrounded by towering peaks and the Khumbu Icefall.
  • Return to Gorak Shep for overnight stay, with stunning sunset views over Everest.
  • Approximately 11km, 7-8 hours

Day 10Hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m) and Trek to Dzongla (4,830m)

  • Early morning hike to Kala Patthar for sunrise views of Everest, Lhotse, and other Himalayan giants.
  • Descend to Gorak Shep and continue trekking towards Dzongla, crossing the moraine.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Cholatse and Taboche peaks.
  • Overnight stay in Dzongla, a tranquil village with majestic mountain vistas.
  • Approximately 12km, 6-7 hours.

Day 11Cross Chola Pass (5,420m) and descend to Thangnak (4,700m)

  • Start early to cross the challenging Cho La Pass, through rocky terrain and steep ascents.
  • Descend into the Gokyo Valley, passing by frozen lakes and glacial moraines.
  • Arrive at Thangnak village near Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Approximately 9km, 6-8 hours.

Day 12Trek from Thangnak to Gokyo (4,790m)

  • Hike along the Glacier, through rocky terrain and steep ascents and descents.
  • Hike to Gokyo village, situated beside the sparkling Gokyo Lakes.
  • Enjoy the serene atmosphere and panoramic mountain views.
  • Overnight stay in Gokyo, with accommodations overlooking the turquoise lakes.
  • Approximately 6km, 3 hours.

Day 13Hike Gokyo Ri  and Trek to Dole (4,200m)

  • Hike to Gokyo Ri  early Morning for sunrise view over  panoramic views of Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and more.
  • After late breakfast  from Gokyo, retracing your steps towards Dole.
  • Enjoy scenic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  • Descend through rhododendron forests and charming Sherpa villages.
  • Overnight stay in Dole, surrounded by serene natural beauty.
  • Approximately 14km, 5-6 hours.

Day 14Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

  • Continue descending towards Namche Bazaar, passing through forests and riverside trails.
  • Enjoy the familiar sights of Namche Bazaar, a bustling hub in the heart of the Khumbu region.
  • Reflect on the incredible journey and share stories with fellow trekkers.
  • Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar, celebrating the completion of your adventure.
  • Approximately 12km, 5-6 hours.

Day 14Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

  • Continue descending towards Namche Bazaar, passing through forests and riverside trails.
  • Enjoy the familiar sights of Namche Bazaar, a bustling hub in the heart of the Khumbu region.
  • Reflect on the incredible journey and share stories with fellow trekkers.
  • Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar, celebrating the completion of your adventure.
  • Approximately 12km, 5-6 hours.

Day 15Trek to Lukla (2,860m)

  • Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu and enjoy a well-deserved rest.
  • Spend the day exploring Kathmandu, shopping for souvenirs, or relaxing in a cozy cafe.
  • Reflect on the incredible memories created during your Everest adventure.

Day 16Fly back to Kathmandu

  • Take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu and enjoy a well-deserved rest.
  • Spend the day exploring Kathmandu, shopping for souvenirs, or relaxing in a cozy cafe.
  • Reflect on the incredible memories created during your Everest adventure.

Day 17Departure from Kathmandu

  • Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time to explore Kathmandu further.
  • Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey, bidding farewell to Nepal and its majestic mountains.
Map

Everest base camp chola pass gokyo lake

FAQ

How difficult is the Everest base camp & Gokyo Lake  trek?

 The  Everest base camp & Gokyo lake trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves walking for several hours each day over varied terrain and at high altitude. While no technical climbing is required, trekkers should be prepared for steep ascents, rocky trails, and changes in weather conditions.

What is the best time of year to trek to  Everest base camp & Gokyo Lake?

 The best time to trek to  Everest base camp & Gokyo Lake  is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to December. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.

Do I need to be physically fit to trek to  Everest base camp & Gokyo Lake ?

 While a good level of fitness is recommended, trekkers of varying fitness levels can undertake the  Everest base camp & Gokyo Lake  trek. Regular cardio exercise and hiking preparation are advisable to ensure physical fitness for the demands of the trek.

How do I prepare for altitude sickness during the Everest base camp & Gokyo Lake  trek?

Sufficient acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. Trekkers should ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness. It’s recommended to include rest days in the itinerary for acclimatization and to descend if symptoms become severe.

What kind of food and accommodation is available during the Everest base camp & Gokyo Lake trek?

 Accommodation along the trek route ranges from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges with amenities such as hot showers and WiFi, especially in the lower elevations, but higher up, accommodation is more basic. Most of the trekkers find delicious food along the trail, with different meal options.  As the  Everest base camp & Gokyo Lake trek is more commercial now food and accommodation facilities are getting better day by day to serve their guest in the mountains.

Can I trek to  Everest base camp & Gokyo Lake  without a guide or porter?

While it’s possible to trek independently, many trekkers opt to hire a guide or porter for added support, safety, and convenience. Guides can provide valuable insights and assistance, while porters can help carry trekking gear and luggage, reducing physical strain.

What should I pack for the  Everest base camp & Gokyo Lake trek?

Essential items to pack include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a first aid kit. It’s important to pack light but ensure you have all the necessary gear for the trek.

How much does the Everest base camp & Gokyo lake trek cost?

The cost of the  Gokyo Lake-Everest base camp   trek can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, accommodation preferences, and whether you choose to hire guides or porters. On average, trekkers can expect to budget between $1,000 to $2,000 for the entire trek, including permits, accommodation, meals, and incidental expenses.

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Mango

Group Traveller

Mind blowing experience with sali trekking

Three frnds since 18 years, did the EBC via gokyo with Sali trekking . I had initially planned to trek with an Everester who had inspired me since last 5 years but a back injury and one of my frnds firm belief in Saligram ( who she had trekked earlier with ) left me with no choice but to gladly follow her.
Saligram with his lovely daughter trekked with us and ensured every arrangement was taken care to the T. We had a fantastic trekking experience with Salli bhai and his lovely daughter and the trek in itself was made to look like one big holiday. We were accompanied by another fantastic guide named Tek, who ensured we were completely put to ease on a minute to minute basis. We completed our trek without any hiccups on 18th April. Having met with many other trekkers we found arrangements made by Salli bhai for us were far from ordinary.
A word of gratitude to the tireless porters without who, nothing would be possible .

Saligram / sali trekking- The best that can be. Absolutely fantastic experience.

April 18, 2023

Gary Karthik

Group Traveller

Professionalism is the key!!

I had an amazing experience with Sali Trekking.The founder Sali had shown professionalism in every level.He guided us from day zero till we summit EBC via gokyo and return to Kathmandu safely.Once again thank you Adpeak Adventure for choosing this operator for the expedition 2023.Highly recommend Sali Trekking for all your trekking/expedition needs. Special thanks to Sali,Juala,Sara,Tek,Sameer,Ramesh and all the porters too.Looking forward for more tris with you guys!! 🤙🙏

April 16, 2023

Thomas jonas

Group Traveller

*Great experience in Nepal with Sali Trekking*

In November 2022, I did EBC & Gokyo Valley with Sali Trekking. The service was outstanding: everything from the pick up at the airport, clear instructions, hotel selection to the actual trek were great. The guide was knowledgeable and helpful providing the right information. My friend and I always felt we’re in safe hands. This was my first time climbing with a gear but I felt safe and well looked after all the way to the top and back to Kathmandu. Thank you, Sali & the team! We definitely recommend to book with you and we hope to be back very soon! Namaste

November 26, 2022

Sotharin M

Group Traveller

First time in high altitude, very tired

I would recommend Sali Trekking to friends who wish to trek in Nepal. Special thanks to our guy Ishwor Duwadi and porter for taking care and bring us to reach Gokyo Valley and return back safely. I hope come back a gain for my next trek.

November 26, 2022

DocAlex1959

Solo Traveller

Once in a lifetime, out of this world adventure!!

Clearly the experience in the mountains trekking from Lukla up to EBC and Gokyo Lake was out of this world literally. The history, the views, the spirituality of the experience and the daily challenge to slog 7 hour tough but rewarding days. What made this special was the friendliness, professionalism and organizational skills of Saligram and his team and the guidance and care I recieved from my guide Ishwor throughout the trip. The accommodation, food and accessibility to good toilets, hot showers, internet and power all the way up to 5420 meters at Chola Pass added to the magic of the trip and the comfort level for a 63 year old like myself. I want to credit Saligram for his professionalism, responsiveness, adaptability and hands on service delivery to make my experience seamless and fantastic. Thanks Ishwor for becoming my friend and companion on my solo trip and your efforts to always make me comfortable.

November 26, 2022
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