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Everest Base Camp with Gokyo

Do you crave the times you could spend travelling to be lost in the natural beauty of Nepal amidst the mountains, streams and beautiful lakes? Everest Base Camp with Gokyo is one of the most fulfilling treks Nepal Big Mountain has to offer. This will not only give you chances to view the highest mountain, Everest up close but also take you to view the beautiful and eye-catching scenery of the Gokyo lakes. If you are interested in such trips, you can also view Everest Base Camp trek or Short Trek to Everest.

Group size: 2 to 12 Max-Altitude: 5545
Destination: Nepal Fitness level: Extreme 
Arrival on: Kathmandu Departure from: Kathmandu
Meals: Welcome Dinner and Breakfast During City Tours
Accommodation: Teahouses During Trek and 3 – Star Hotels During a City Tour

Trip Introduction

Turn your vacant holidays into something memorable and cherished. The Everest Base Camp with Gokyo is one of the famous treks that attract many tourists in a single year. Nepal Big Mountain offers you the exclusive trek that takes you to the mysterious trails, which present you unique experience each day.

From a lot of reasons to choose this trek, one lies the feeling of accomplishment of the sight of the highest mountain in the world, the Everest (8848 m). Along with Everest, there are other three mountains that you can view during the trek which lie in the top 6 highest mountains in the world. The gorgeous mountains, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho-Oyu smile at you from a closer distance. The sunrise that strikes at these mountains will make you overjoyed.

Other benefits of this trek are reaching the Gokyo Lakes that are supposed to be split into six parts. Out of the six, you can view the jubilant three of the six lakes. To reach there, you will achieve the high altitudes of 5545m and blissfully view the landscape from above.

Next, the trail will take you through the adventurous streams and thrill you by crossing various suspension bridges. You can be euphoric by catching sight of the fast flowing rivers and the amazing wildlife of the Himalayas. The yaks, mules and mountain goats welcome you to their lands.

Additionally, you will feel warm in the cold weather because of the welcoming environment of the Himalayan people. You can take souvenir photos of the joyful people that are excited to see the tourists visit their country.

You will also move through the rhododendron forests and oak trees. The thrill of the views of glaciers, going through moraines to reach out to the destination, and adventurous trail through the snow will be something you memorize for a lifetime.

All these thrills with the most informative and safe days in a welcoming country are the desires you will have for your trek. Nepal Big Mountain is the stop for your adventure.

Do check out our packages for Langtang and Annapurna Regions trekking

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (Altitude 1400 m)

Nepal Big Mountain Travel believes in persistence and belongingness. On day 1, arrival day, a representative in formal attire with garlands (Mala) and traditional Buddhist ceremonial scarf (Khata) will welcome you. This is a traditional welcoming gesture of Nepalese. The representative will guide you to the hotel. You can wander around the streets of Thamel and explore shops during the late afternoon. Then, a cultural dinner is presented overnight at 3 – star hotel in Kathmandu or similar class.

Major attractions:

  • Unique and traditional welcome
  • Welcome dinner- traditional Nepali cuisine
  • Wander around the streets of Thamel
  • Explore shops during the late afternoon
  • Traditional thankas and articrafts around the area

Included meals: Dinner

Day 2: Fly to Lukla, 8 KM trek to Phakding (2,651 m)

After your fresh morning breakfast, you begin the wonderful journey. The start of the journey is the most adventurous part. The 40-minute flight to Lukla awaits you with the thrill of getting caught in the turbulence because of the mountains hovering in the place. A slightly bumpy flight will provide you with the view of mountains and hills around the place. After you reach Lukla, you inaugurate your trek to Phakding. Here, you can encounter herds of yaks in the way which are used as the main source of the transport. On the way, you will descent towards Chheplung village to learn about the traditional Nepalese of the area. From there, you will be able to have a glimpse of a sacred mountain, Mt. Khumbila. You will spend the night at the Phakding in a teahouse.

Major attractions:

  • The 40-minute flight to Lukla, most thrilling flight in the world
  • View of mountains and hills from the flight
  • Inaugurate your trek to Phakding
  • Encounter the major source of transport, yaks
  • Catch a glimpse of a sacred mountain, Mt. Khumbila

Included meals:

Day 3: 11 KM trek to Namche Bazaar (3,438 m)

On the third day, we begin the 6-7 hour trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. You initiate the 900 m elevation to the biggest village in the area, Namche Bazaar. The beginning of the trek makes you familiar with the yaks rather than the normal transports you are used to. You proceed through the trail north up the valley of Benkar where you cross mesmerizing pine tree forest and Dudh Koshi River. You move along to Chumoa to reach Monjo, the entrance to Everest National Park. After crossing a suspension bridge, you are introduced to Jorsale village. The Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers associate you with your amazement. Namche Bazaar comes to view after a lot of steep climbs. You have the privilege of viewing snow-capped mountains every now and then like the Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse.  You stay in Namche Bazaar for the night.

Major attractions:

  • Cross mesmerizing pine tree forest
  • Catch the amazing Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers
  • The privilege of viewing snow-capped mountains every now and then throughout the trail
  • Reach the entrance to Everest National Park
  • Get a chance to associate with the Sherpas in the Namche Bazaar

Included meals:

Day 4: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)

Today you spend your day acclimatizing such that you are familiar with the environment before proceeding in the altitude. Trekkers take the full advantage of this day by hiking towards the Sagarmatha National Park to get a mesmerizing sunrise view. The spectacular sight of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and many other snowcapped mountains is just breathtaking. You can grab the opportunity to trek to Khumjung village (12401ft) where you get to acknowledge the Sherpa settlement. This is your chance to discover the lifestyle of Sherpas as one of them. You spend overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Major attractions:

  • Hiking towards the Sagarmatha National Park to get a mesmerizing sunrise view
  • Get the spectacular sight of many snow-capped mountains
  • A chance to discover the lifestyle of Sherpas as one of them
  • Grab the opportunity to trek to Khumjung village (12401ft)
  • Acclimatization day such that you become familiar with the climate of the place

Included meals:

Day 5: Trek to Dole (4130 meters) 5 hours

Today, your path will move downhill and then you will climb to pass via the mesmerizing Mon La pass before reaching Phortse Tenga. You will come across dazzling rhododendron and birch forests decked out with hanging lichens and mosses. Moving further on from Phortse Tenga, you will ascend to get to Dole. On this day, you will walk for approximately 5 hours. It is an easy trek and you will rest at a teahouse for the day.

Main attractions:

  • Climb to pass via the mesmerizing Mon La pass before reaching Phortse Tenga
  • Come across dazzling rhododendron and birch forests
  • Forests decked out with hanging lichens and mosses
  • Reach Dole after 5 hours
  • Ascend in altitude

Included meals:

Day 6: Trek to Mochermo (4470 meters)

Today our goal is to reach Mochermo at the altitude of 4470m. The trail will be lit by the rhododendron forests to the stunning valley. The marvellous vistas of Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku will cheer and amaze you. A short trek of 4 hours will lead you to your destination where you rest for the night.

Main attraction:

  • Reach Mochermo at the altitude of 4470m
  • Trail lit by rhododendron forests to the stunning valley
  • Catch sight of marvellous vistas of Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku
  • Cheer and be amazed by the wonderful background
  • A short trek of 4 hours and rest for tomorrow

Included meals:

Day 7: Trek to Gokyo (4770 meters) 4 hours

Today is the hardest part of your trek. You will be going from a basin with murmuring stream clustered with ice. As you gain the altitude, mesmerizing views of Cho La Lake start to occur. The Ama Dablam and Cholatse peak you from a distance.  Upon reaching the top, you see prayer flags, strung across Cairns, flapping in the strong wind. The scenery of majestic peaks in all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Thangnak can be easily made out from the pass because it is just decent but can be hazardous if rocks are glazed by ice, a bit of cautiousness is needed. You reach Thangnak, a rather more substantial hamlet with a small village. Stepping out of the settlement, you are greeted by fabulous mountain views. The trail brings us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge after a short walk, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, you get a view of the second of the Gokyo lakes on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. We stay at the Gokyo Village for the night.

Main attractions:

  • The Ama Dablam and Cholatse peak you from a distance
  • See prayer flags, strung across Cairns, flapping in the strong wind
  • Breathtaking scenery of majestic peaks in all directions
  • Ngozumpa glacier edge after a short walk, the longest glacier of Nepal
  • Get a view of the second and third of the Gokyo lakes on the series of six lakes

Included meals:

Day 8: Hike up to Gokyo Ri (5360 meters) early in the morning then Back to Gokyo 4 hours.

Today is an acclimatization day. You hike up to Gokyo Ri, 5330m. You will have a tremendous view of gorgeous mountain peaks from above. This will include Cho Oyu, Gyanchung King, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Tawache and many more. Those with more time and energy can make a trip up the valley to another lake, marked with the name Ngazumpa on the maps, or even beyond to a fifth lake.  Then, you trek back to Gokyo where you will rest for tomorrow’s trek.

Main attractions:

  • Tremendous view of gorgeous mountain peaks from above
  • Striking views of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung King, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Tawache and many more
  • A trip up the valley to another lake, marked with the name Ngazumpa on the maps, or even beyond to a fifth lake(Optional)
  • View of astounding glaciers
  • Reach the fifth Gokyo lake

Included meals:

Day 9: Trek to Thangnak

Today you leave the Gokyo to reach Thangnak. For this, you will need to cross over the lateral moraine of the Ngozumba glacier and walk across it. There are a short tricky downward slope, where some just take to the snow rather than the clamber down the boulders. You go up and down the route through the ice and small streams. The trail through glacier is little tricky and dangerous.

Main attractions:

  • Cross over the lateral moraine of the Ngozumba glacier
  • Go through the short tricky downward slope
  • Go up and down the route through the ice and small streams
  • The trail through glacier is little tricky and dangerous

Included meals:

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4940 m)

The day starts with a steep climb uphill providing a great view down the Chukkhung valley with Ilem peak visible at its end. Most trekkers take a short break here to prepare for the long march ahead. As you walk to the side of the valley, if you look down to the base, you can see a small village called Pheriche where you can treat any emergencies in the medical centre. You can refresh yourself in the nearest shops where only a small amount of civilization can be seen. You will also come in contact with moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. While climbing up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, you find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to the trekkers who perished on a mission to climb Everest.  You have the opportunity to observe the beauty of Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal.

Main attractions:

  • Great view down the Chukkhung valley from the peak
  • Treat any emergencies in the medical centre in Pheriche
  • Come in contact with moraine of the Khumbu Glacier
  • Observe an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials
  • Opportunity to observe the beauty of Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal

Included meals:

Day 11: 13 KM Trek to Gorak Shep (5,170 m) and visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m)

You start the most challenging and adventurous day to the Everest Base camp today. The trek moves along the trails of loose rocks and steep hills to accomplish your ultimate goal. You are under the strict guidance of the guide today so that you don’t get lost in the confusing path. The day is guided by the thrill of rocky dunes, moraine, and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, tents of mountaineers in bright colours get you excited against the monotony of grey surroundings. The great mountains Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori are experienced from the base camp with the astounding beauty. You start your trail back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest. You get to the sight of the highest peak, Everest from up close for the first time.

Main attractions:

  • Trail guided with the thrill of rocky dunes, moraine, and streams
  • Trails of loose rocks and steep hills to accomplish your ultimate goal
  • Colourful backgrounds in the base camp after a long time in the grey background
  • The astounding beauty of great mountains Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori
  • Get sight of the highest peak, Everest from up close for the first time

Included meals:

Day 12: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545 m) to 16 KM trek to Pheriche (4,288 m)

This day, you attain the highest altitude of your whole trek, 5545m. In the cold temperature, you see beautiful peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse to the east that warm your hearts. As you reach Kala Patthar, you see up-close views of Mt. Everest made the trek worth it. The panoramic view of the mountains will bring a smile on your face. Now, it is time to return to Pheriche. Any kinds of medical problems can be shown in this place after the harsh trek. Your contribution will be regarded as local people’s treatment. You spend the night at Pheriche to gain adequate rest for tomorrow.

Main attractions:

  • Attain the highest altitude of your whole trek, 5545 m
  • Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse to the east come to your view
  • Knowing the worth of the trek as you see up close views of Everest
  • Show any kinds of medical problems in Pheriche with a social service view
  • The wide smile on your face due to the panoramic view of the mountains

Included meals:

Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)

You initiate your trek backward truly satisfied with the beauty of nature. As you start your steps, you realize that it is easier to climb down the steep surface than climbing up. Most trekkers feel this hardship because of low expectations. However, after own experience amidst the white and grey background of beautiful mountains, you are truly amazed. Watching rhododendron and juniper trees, you cross the prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. You are spectacled by the pine forests where you may come across colourful pheasants and mountain goats. Gradually, the decrease in altitude increases your energy. You will also enjoy the scenery of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains.

Main attractions:

  • Trek backward truly satisfied with the beauty of nature
  • Watching rhododendron and juniper trees and cross a bridge filled with prayer flags
  • Become spectacled by the pine forests Enjoy the scenery of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse mountains
  • Come across hints of wildlife like colourful pheasants and mountain goats
  • Energize yourself after staying in the cold climate for a long time

Included meals:

Day 14: 19 KM trek to Lukla (2,860 m)

Today, you descend downward cautiously on the steep trail and the rocky terrain. It is the last challenging and adventurous trail for the trip which you enjoy fully. You are able to see the Dudh Koshi and its tributaries as you cross a suspension bridge over the river. You reach Lukla after the adventurous steep trail where you can take rest and relax. You stay the last night in Lukla before flying to the capital city with all the amenities.

Main attractions:

  • Last challenging and adventurous trail
  • Able to see the Dudh Koshi and its tributaries
  • Reach Lukla after the adventurous steep trail
  • Rest and relax after the long trek to analyze the potential of the place
  • Stay the last night in Lukla before flying to the capital city with all the amenities

Included meals:

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu

New daylight brings you a day of the thrilling flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. The flight will not be as dangerous and bumpy as the first flight to Lukla. Your guide will drop you to the hotel where you can relax for the rest of the day to memorize your journey once again. If you are interested, our guide can help you to go to other places in Kathmandu. In the evening, you will devour your farewell dinner and roam around the Thamel area and try various Nepali cuisines and famous street foods. Your last stay will be at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu or similar class.

Major attractions:

  • Thrilling Flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla
  • Relaxing after a tiring journey to memorize wonders once again
  • Visit other places of interest in Kathmandu by customization
  • Roam around the Thamel area and try various Nepali cuisines and famous street foods
  • Devour your farewell cultural dinner

Included meals:

Day 16: Departure Day

You have breakfast early in the morning. With the conclusion of necessary steps for departure, a representative of Nepal Big Mountain Travel will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport. Nepal Big Mountain expects a happy customer to travel again.

Major attractions:

  • Departure day
  • Concluding breakfast early in the morning
  • A representative of Nepal Big Mountain Travel will see you off to Tribhuvan International Airport
  • You are associated with your spirit smile with the end of an adventurous and memorable journey of trekking to Everest Base Camp with Gokyo

Included meals: Breakfast

Important Note

Nepal Big Mountain Travel prioritizes your safety first. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

In any case, specified guides are unavailable, Nepal Big Mountain provides an English guide for your meaningful travel.

Included in the Cost

  • Experienced English/Chinese/Spanish/Hindi speaking tour guide
  • Guide fees, government taxes and office service charges
  • Welcome dinner – Nepali cultural cuisine with a cultural dance performance
  • All entrance fees
  • Sim Card
  • Airport pickups, transfers to hotel and drops in a private vehicle
  • All transportation charges as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 1 porter per 2 pax
  • One bottle of mineral water daily during a city tour
  • All accommodations throughout the journey in twin sharing basis
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) and National Park Entry Permits
  • 1 trekking map per 2 pax
  • 1 duffel bag per 2 pax
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis

Not Included in the Cost

  • Personal expenses
  • Tips (Tipping is expected)
  • All other services not included in the itinerary
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Extra Food and Beverages
  • Optional: USD 40 per person per day for the provision of breakfast, lunch, and dinner during trekking periods

The Trekking Group

The trek includes a trekking group of 2-12 members. As a member of the trekking group, you will receive the reward of 1 main guide or leader along with 1 assistant guide for the group of 4 so as to gain as much information from the trekking route possible. The group can be customized as per your need by providing the necessary information. For the details, please refer to the additional information.

The group is under the supervision of the main guide. The directions information and safety concerns are considered by the main guide. This will make your trip more safe and sound. You will get the facility of 1 porter per 2 pax such that if you are tired, the porter can carry your goods for you. However, the load may differ.

Important points under trekking group:

  • 1 guide cum porter per 1 pax (Need to email us)
  • 1-assistant guide per 4 pax
  • 1 main guide or leader
  • 1 porter per 2 pax
  • 2-12 members in a group(customizing is considered with due information)

Accommodations

You stay at teahouses throughout the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis. After the trek, trekkers make use of Nepal teahouses – small hotels for an overnight stay and home cooked meals.

There will be less difficult as the need to cart food and tents are reduced. Quality depends on the number of customers as well as competition. Hence, popular routes like the EBC Trek and treks in the Annapurna Region have a wide variety of quality teahouses. However, other areas have basic tea houses. The bakery is the attraction of teahouses where you can choose from various sweet dishes.

You will be able to experience the native and ancient lifestyle. With higher elevations, there are fewer chances of good flushing mechanisms, making the tour more interesting for the challengers. It is highly recommended to use four seasons’ sleeping bag and earplugs for a better experience. You will have facilities of plug points and lighting which gives you unique experience of convenient trekking. You can upgrade your room and hotel with a reasonable extra charge. However, it might be difficult to find a single room at higher elevations.

Meals

The meals also provide you with a slight pinch of cultural taste. It comprises of welcome dinner and breakfast. Firstly, welcome embraces the refreshments after you reach the arrival destination, Kathmandu.

Secondly, you can enjoy the traditional Nepali cuisine that is a blend of rice, lentils, vegetables, and pickle. We respect and provide the choice of vegetarian or non-vegetarian food. Lastly, breakfast consists of organic tea or fresh plump of organic fruits. You are given a choice of a range of cookies, omelettes, porridge or boiled eggs.

The trip excludes the dinner so that you can explore the multiple choices of cuisines in Nepal without being bound by the travel agency. You can choose from a variety of noodle dishes, rice, vegetables with the choice of meat. However, you can choose meals according to your preferences excluding the provision at your own expense.

Nepal Big Mountain also provides a provision of lunch and dinner for the minimum amount of extra USD 25 per person per day for city tours. In addition to it, during the trekking period, for the prerequisites of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the minimum amount of extra USD 40 per person per day is provided such that you have the convenience of easy access to meals throughout the trek.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

The traveller must specify any kinds of sickness, diseases or phobias before the trip because Nepal Big Mountain believes every traveller needs to be under perfect care and guidance to enjoy the trip with the best convenience possible.

There are high chances of altitude sickness to many trekkers since the trek covers the altitude of 5545m. Along with it, there is a need for the trekkers to be familiar with the cold weather. It is essential for the trekkers to have the common vaccinations. If there are any children travelling, it must be on the guidance of their guardian.

The trip is not suitable for pregnant women and people with an adverse health condition.  For children who are under 14-15, it is best to hire porters to carry the heavier equipment, since the children will not be able to manage the heavy loads over rough terrain, and you do not want to have to carry all their stuff as well as your own. The same can be said of elderly people, over sixty may be able to make the long trek to ABC, but they need to be physically fit and have no serious conditions.

Best Time to Travel

Deciding the best time for trekking is itself an adventurous elimination game. It is not completely unfavourable to visit during the other seasons. However, for the best experience, a clear season is recommended. If you are interested in adventure travel in the time period later than the mentioned date, you can also check our package to Pokhara.

The months from December to February are cold seasons and May brings summer vibes. If you are interested in a trip in your choice of season, it is a remarkable choice for you. However, as a travel agency, Nepal Big Mountain seeks the best experience for a trekker. This trek is highly recommended in the month of October-November or mid-March-mid April when the season is clear.

The choice of these months will give you a great chance to view the beauty of Himalayas at their best. There are blooming flowers like rhododendron, the national flower of the country found abundantly. The trail will be colourful and eye-catching giving you a different level of energy during these months. The Gokyo Lakes will also be highly breathtaking in view.

Additional Information

Altogether, this is a trip of 16 days and 15 nights. However, if you’re interested in customized trips, contact us. You can get some concession for group booking. Please contact Nepal Big Mountain for the group rates via email to info@nbmtravel.com. Any kinds of a health condition that may have a negative effect on the traveller must be specified at an earlier stage before booking.

You will be able to blend with various ethnic groups including the Mongoloid Himalayan people, Brahmins, Chhetris to experience being reborn as a unique person. You should wear comfortable clothes and sports shoes during trekking.

Everest is the highest mountain in the world standing tall at 8848m. The trekkers need to cope with the cold climate in the Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo.

 For this, the suggestion of carrying the following things is counselled:

  • four seasons sleeping bag,
  • trekking poles,
  • earplugs,
  • adequate pre-existing medications,
  • contact lenses and the required solution,
  • extra glasses or sunglasses,
  • warm clothes, etc

Tips are also expected from the trekker if satisfactory performance is shown by the trek and tour guides.