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Magical Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek

Magical Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek is a life changing experience and trip to achieve Nirvana. You will experience a world of its own with vast glaciers, icefalls, the highest mountains, deep valleys, precarious settlements, and hardy people challenging the harshest conditions thrown at them by nature in the thin air of high altitude.

Duration

19 Days

Location

Mount Everest Base Camp & Gokyo lake

Departure city

Lukla or Ramechap

Arrival city

Ramechap or Kathmandu

Trip grading

Moderate to strenuous

Lodge Accommodation

Guest Houses

Meals

3 meals during the trek

Acctivities

Trekking to Base camp and Gokyo lake

Absolutly Magical Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek is stunning. The trek is graded moderate to Strenuous with the walks of 6-7 hours reaching a maximum altitude of 5545m.

About Magical Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek: Starting from Lukla via Phakding, Manjo, Dudh Koshi valley and  the famous Namche Bazaar to Everst Base camp. The route has an abundance of tea houses where you eat and sleep. The trail that followed the Dudh Koshi River starts going uphill from the suspension bridge just a few minutes from Jorsale and Namche Bazaar is reached. Once you walk above Namche Bazaar the spectacular views of Thamserku, Kangtega and Ama Dablam mountains, while dominating the skyline ahead are the giants, Lhotse and Everest. The most common night halt after Namche is at the top of a steep climb from the Imja Khola at Tengboche. The Tengboche Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries, probably because of its unrivalled backdrop, Mt. Ama Dablam. Following the Imja Khola from Tengboche, the trail ascends through Pangboche until Pheriche or Dingboche is reached, where the day’s trek ends. Another day of acclimatization follows with a fascinating side trip to Chhukung which is about a 3 hour walk from Dingboche is an optional trek. From Dingboche it takes you to Lobuche which sits on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The you trek to the last settlement on the trail known as Gorakshep. The few tea houses at this place provide shelter for the night before one undertakes the final leg of the trek over the glacier to Everest Base Camp.  Above Gorakshep is seen the popular view point known as Kala Patthar, from where many a trekker has captured the image of the world’s highest mountain and gazed up in awe. The trek along the glacier to base camp can take up to five hours.

Next would be a trek to one of the most picturesque valleys in Nepal is visit to the Gokyo valley lies towards the west of the more famous Khumbu region of the Himalaya. The serene valley boasts extensive pastures for yaks to graze during summer and the pristine turquoise lakes are simply breathtaking.

Although porters carry your main luggage on trek, you must be fit. You will need walking boots and other trekking gears as described in our pre-trek information that we send to you and other informations you can find at Nepal FAQ section to prepare your adventure trip

Highlights of 19 days Magical Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek
# Everest 8848m – the highest point on earth. The stone-walled fields and houses of ancient villages steeped in history and tradition, golden-roofed monasteries set amid stunning mountain scenery, the Yak and wild animals, Gokyo lake and stunning views,  and of course to see the Sherpas.
# Stand at the shores of a chain of six turquoise, glacial-fed lakes
# Hike along Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalaya
# Opportunity to climb Kalapatthar, Everest Base camp as well as pristine Gokyo lake
# Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m) for spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu
# Explore largest Sherpa  villages  like Khumjung, and home of a yeti’s skull

Outlinie itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Pickup and transfer to hotel. In Kathmandu.
Day 02: In Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2652m) – 4 hours walk
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3440m): – 5/6 hours walk
Day 05: At Namche – Acclimatization day (3440m)
Day 06: Namche Bazar – Thyangboche (3867m): – 5/6 hours walk
Day 07: Thyangboche – Dingboche (4530m): – 4/5 hours walk
Day 08: At Dingboche – Acclimatization day
Day 09: Dingboche – Lobuche (4930m): – 4/5 hours walk
Day 10: Lobuche – Kala Patthar (5545m)–Gorakshep (5160m): – 6/7 hours walk
Day 11: Gorakshep – Everest Base camp – Dzonglha (4860m) – 7/8 hours walk
Day 12: Cross Chola pass and and trek to Dragnak (3820m): – 7/8 hours walk
Day 13: Trek to Gokyo Lake – plenty time to rest (3440m): – 4 hours walk
Day 14: Descend to Dole – 6 hours walk
Day 15: Trek to NamcheBazar – 6 hours walk
Day 16: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2800m) : – 7/8 hours walk
Day 17: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu
Day 18: Day at leisure in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu.
Day 19: Transfer to airport. Depart Kathamndu. End of Magical Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek

Included

  • 01. Service of trekking guide and Sherpa assistant for bigger group
  • 02: All meals and accommodation in standard lodge during the trek
  • 03. Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.)
  • 04. Accident insurance for staffs and porters
  • 05. Domestic Airfare – Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • 06. National park entry permit, trekking permit, municipality fee
  • 07. Arrival and departure transfers.
  • 08. Centrally located Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB with air condition in room, hot and cold shower and with attached bathroom

Excluded

  • 01. Personal clothing and sleeping bag
  • 02. Personal accident and health insurance
  • 03. Emergency evacuation and medical expense
  • 04. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips
  • 05. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned
  • 06. Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies
  • 07. Private trek cost with private guides and porters

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Pickup and transfer to hotel. In Kathmandu.

Arrive Kathmandu. Pickup and transfer to Hotel. In Kathmandu. Rest of the day at leisure. Explore Kathmandu on your own.

Day 02: In Kathmandu

Local sightseeing tour visiting Boudanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Evening – trek briefing.

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2652m) - 4 hours walk: Guest House Accommodation

Transfer from hotel to domestic airport to board Lukla flight. Fly to Lukla (2800m). This flight provides a magnificent entree to the trek region. Upon arrival set up your baggage’s and start your first day trek. It is an easy walk through several villages to Phakding, where you will stay overnight.

Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3440m): – 5/6 hours walk: Guest House Accommodation

You follow the DudhKosi for about 2 hour and then climb slowly up a steep trail to Namche. As you climb, you enjoy our first views of Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7879m) and Lhotse (8383m). Overnight at Namche. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If you trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help you to properly acclimatize. Your guide will take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where you can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region.

Day 05: At Namche – Acclimatization day (3440m):- Guest House Accommodation

Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar. You enjoy a rest day here to allow for maximum acclimatization on your way to Everest Base Camp. A pleasant day can be spent exploring the village or Shyangbocheairtrip, talking to the Sherpas and simply enjoying and marveling at the incredible scenery.

Day 06: Namche Bazar – Thyangboche (3867m): – 5/6 hours walk: Guest House Accommodation

Trek along a very pleasant trail under the soaring peak to Thamserku and steadily descending to the Imjariver where there are a series of water driven prayer wheels. You climb steadily for about 2 hours to Thyangboche Monastery (3875m) and the views from here are magnificent. The Monastery is literally surrounded by mountains. Yaks graze on the small meadow and the monks drone through their prayers. Yes, this is one of the most beautiful spots in the world.

Day 07: Thyangboche – Dingboche (4530m): – 4/5 hours walk: Guest House Accommodation

Trek up to the Imja river valley to Pangboche (3900m)where you stop for lunch and visit the Monastery. In the afternoon continue your trek to the summer village of Dingboche(4360m). The scenery all day is superb.

Day 08: At Dingboche – Acclimatization day: – Guest House Accommodation

Another rest and acclimatization day at DINGBOCHE. This rest and acclimatization day should give you an excellent chance of ascending Kalapattar, the Base Camp of the Everest. From Dingboche there are a number of interesting excursions. You can walk to Chukkung (4700m), to the glaciers flowing off Nuptse and Lhotse and return Dingboche for overnight stay.

Day 09: Dingboche – Lobuche (4930m): – 4/5 hours walk: Guest House Accommodation

Trek further up a small ridge and then contour around the base of the Khumbu glacier and have a light lunch at Dhugla(4600m). From here you trek a short steep climb to the terminal moraine of the glacier from where the views are stunning. Overnight stay at Laubuche (4930m).

Day 10: Lobuche – Kala Patthar (5545m)–Gorakshep (5160m): – 6/7 hours walk: Guest House Accommodation

Today you climb Kalapattar (5545m). The actual distance is not so far but you take it very slowly to compensate for the altitude stopping at Gorakhshep (5288m) for a light lunch. You then take the climb to Kala Pathar (5545m) from where you can see the Everest Base Camp is just down. This is a hard pull but the view from top surpasses anything you can imagine. All around us flow huge glacier ice. The mountains of PUMORI (7145m), LINGTREN (6697m) and Khumbutse (6623m) separate you from Tibet, and just over the Lho La pass. You see the huge rock of Changtse (7550m) in Tibet itself. But the queen of them all - Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest 8848m) towers over everyone. You stay overnight at Gorakshep to attempt Everest Base camp next day morning and descend Dzonglha.

Day 11: Gorakshep – Everest Base camp – Dzonglha (4860m) – 7/8 hours walk: Guest House Accommodation

Retrace trail to towards the Chola Pass, contouring around a headland towards the picturesque Dzongla pass which cuts across a jagged spur that descends from the summit of Lobuche Peak. The path takes an obvious, gently ascending line, but is very narrow and in snowy conditions can be slippery.

Day 12: Cross Chola pass and and trek to Dragnak (3820m): – 7/8 hours walk: Guest House Accommodation

The views today are magnificent, you get to see Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. Chola is steep and scrambles up rock boulders and then a walk across is gently ascending. Views your ahead are breathtaking. You descend steep boulder strewn slopes to the Gokyo valley. This is a valley of turquoise lakes and great glaciers. At the end you climb a gentle slope to the top from where you go downhill following a narrow river valley all the way to its base where you overnight.

Day 13: Trek to Gokyo Lake – plenty time to rest (3440m): – 4 hours walk: Guest House Accommodation

You cross the glacier and ascend the lateral moraine valley past beautiful lakes with Siberian ducks swimming across the mirror-calm surface, to the village of Gokyo. An easy day. You will have the chance to climb another mountain, Gokyo Ri at 5335m, either this evening or early the next morning.

Day 14: Descend to Dole – 6 hours walk

Leisure walk down to sprawling village of Machhermo, Luza and Lhabarma you reach Dole.

Day 15: Trek to NamcheBazar – 6 hours walk

Our hike today is mostly down hills. The most outstanding feature of the trail is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. You might spot faunas like mountain goats, musk deers, pheasants, etc. Waterfalls are also today`s attraction. The trail to Namche clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. Upon coming to Namche army camp hill, you look back to see Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche for one last time. About a kilometer from here is Namche. You take hot shower and let rest our tired muscles at a comfortable lodge in Namche.

Day 16: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2800m) : – 7/8 hours walk: Guest House Accommodation

Re-trace trail to Lukla. Long but pleasant walk. Last night dinner and farewale.

Day 17: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu

After early breakfast at lodge, fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. In Kathmandu.

Day 18: Day at leisure in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu.

Day at leisure in Kathmandu – shopping and relaxing day. Evening farewell dinner.

Day 19: Transfer to airport. Depart Kathamndu

Free time until departures. Transfer to airport. Depart Kathmandu in hope of seeing you next time again.

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