Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes.
It is known as the ultimate trekker’s adventure; the journey to the highest crown of all. The Everest Base Camp trek is the mission to reach the footsteps of our planet’s highest point and in many ways, it proves to be one of Mother Nature’s most adrenaline-filled and endurance-testing, yet gratifying quests. Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes with its growing popularity and beauty is fast gaining attention and more and more people are opting to do this trek. The Gokyo route to Everest base camp is the favorite base camp trek with all the team at Snowyoda. Avoiding the crowds on the main route and including the ascent of Gokyo Ri and the crossing of the Cho La pass both of which are really fantastic.
Since the 1920s, some of the world’s most daring explorers such as George Mallory and Tenzing Norgay have embarked on the Everest mission, paving the way for people from all walks of life to attempt this journey as fit to their abilities.
There are six lakes in this region which are smudged between a very steep mountain wall. The lakes are spread in a good distance and we will be walking towards 3 lakes while the other 3 are in a different direction. The first lake is Longponga Tsho , the second one Taboche Tsho and the third one which we will be heading towards is Gokyo Tso. The emerald and turquoise colour of the lakes can rattle anyone with its beauty . Just near the lakes are awesome viewing points of Gokyo Ri and two exquisite passes in Chola Pass and Renzo Pass which offer their own stories and glimpses of beauty . This trek is just a Himalayan feast you cannot afford to miss !
Accomplish a true bucket list item: trek to base camp at Mount Everest
• See stunning Himalaya views, including Khumbu Ice Fall, Makalu, the magical Gokyo Lake and more
• Follow local guides with huge experience on a fully-supported trek
• Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites and learn Buddhist and Hindu traditions
Day 1 – Meet and greet in Kathmandu
Upon arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu, we will pick you up and escort you to your accommodation, providing answers to any questions or help you may need when adjusting to Nepal.
Furthermore, if you need to buy any equipment for your trek, we can organize for this to happen on this day.
Finally, in the evening, we will have a briefing in the hotel about the contents of the trek and get you ready and hyped up about the start of your journey into the unknown the next day.
Day 2 : Kathmandu to Lukla and to Phakding ( All meals included)
After breakfast we catch an early flight to Lukla from Kathmandu.The flight is of a short duration and it takes about 30 minutes to reach the destination . Lukla is a small city nestled in the laps of the Himalayas and as soon as you land here you will feel that you have landed in some sort of a serene paradise . The air is clean , the noises are simpler and there is a different charm about Lukla which you will instantly notice. After a brief rest and snack we depart for Phakding which is about a 4 hour medium trek from Lukla . The path leads through numerous small villages , suspension bridges and you will constantly find yourself looking at massive green valleys ,and numerous streams which are formed from the melted snow up in the higher mountains. You will also see some prayer stones and numerous Buddhist prayer wheels which will keep you entertained while you trek. At the end of it you get a glimpse of the famous Khumbu region and get introduced to the great trekking trail that has attracted millions of trekkers from all over the globe. We reach Phakding in the afternoon and arrive at our lodge and prepare for lunch . It gets cold during the evening so it is advised to get your woolens out . We spend the evening conversing and preparing ourselves for the next day trek to Namche Bazaaar .
- Elevation: From 1300 metres to 2800 metres to 2656 metres
Day 3 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar ( All meals included)
Todays trek is a two part route , one till the two step bridge which consists of a moderate grade route and one above the two step bridge which is a more strenuous one . The route to Namche contains a number of suspension bridges that you have to cross and is notoriously famous for its long and constant steep inclines uphill. The path towards Namche Bazaar is very well populated so you will constantly come across fellow tourists and continued traffic of yaks , local villagers and guides and porters. After a good and hard trek of around 6 hours ( depending upon individual speed ) we reach Namche Bazaar. Namche is the business hub of the Khumbu region and is a transit point for many trekkers alike. It has numerous amenities specifically for trekkers including little stores selling a range of items from souvenirs to trekking gear to general groceries. The town also has a good number of coffee shops , restaurants and bars to check out as well.
- Elevation: From 2656 metres to 3450 metres
Day 4 Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar ( All meals included )
Acclimatization day is not a rest day as it is confused for by many first time trekkers and newbies .An acclimatization day’s purpose is to get your body comfortable with the lower oxygen levels in the air. The general practice is to hike up to a certain higher area and then return towards the lower altitude. In our case , we hike up to the Sherpa Culture Museum which is a straight but steep hike up the hill. The Sherpa Museum provides a beautiful insight towards the Sherpa Culture and is a must visit . We reach Namche back for lunch and spend the evening at leisure exploring the town .
Day 5 Namche to Dole ( All meals included )
Our next destination is Dole , a small village on our way to Gokyo Lake . We start our trek in early morning . We always start our trek in the morning so that we can get exposed to the sun as maximum as we can , the benefits being warmth , clear views and Vitamin D. The trail is a steady route , and beautiful views all around. We reach Mong La and stop for lunch . After this point there is a drop route which takes us near tot the Dudh Koshi River . After the drop we begin our final ascent ( 2 miles ) to Dole. By walking through this trail you will encounter numerous rhododendrons and if you are lucky you also get a chance to see some musk deers . After this final moderate descent we reach Dole and this will be our stop for the night. Evening can be spent at leisure enjoying the views of mighty Thamserku which is visible anywhere from this village .
- Elevation: From 3450 metres to 4084 metres
Day 6 Dole to Machermo ( All meals included )
This day is going to be a short trek to limit our rate of ascent. If we trek to Gokyo directly , which is possible , we have a risk of getting AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), so we trek to Machermo instead covering around 2.5miles and 1200 feet of elevation. As we trek we reach another small village named Lhapharma and have a brief rest there , enjoying the views and a cup of tea. The rest of the trek is short and medium grade and we reach Mahcermo by afternoon. Machermo is the last major settlement leading to Gokyo and is a beautiful village with views of Cho Oyu and Ngozumpa Glacier. We check into our tea houses and spend the evening at leisure and rest.
- Elevation: From 4084 metres to 4410 metres
Day 7–Rest day at Macchermo ( All meals included )
As Machermo is nearly 4500m in altitude, it is best all around to take another day to get used to the thin air and lowering temperatures.
Short exploration hikes are encouraged, and there is an excellent spot just above the village where we can see Cho Oyu towering another 3.8 kilometres above us and the mountain-rimmed Ngozumpa Glacier.
Day 8 Machermo to Gokyo ( All meals included )
We depart around 8 am for Gokyo which is around 4 miles from Machermo. We will be ascending directly towards the mountains leaving the foothills. There are no stopovers in between for beverages and snacks , so it is advisable to stock up on water and other items . Slowly and steadily we cover the distance and come towards the Gokyo Lakes region. There are six lakes in this region which are smudged between a very steep mountain wall . The lakes are spread in a good distance and we will be walking towards 3 lakes while the other 3 are in a different direction. The first lake is Longponga Tsho , the second one Taboche Tsho and the third one which we will be heading towards is Gokyo Tso . After you reach our destination , you will be instantly awed by the picturesque lake and the setting of the tea houses and you start thinking if there could be a better place on earth. The water in the lake is not blue but turquoise which shines brightly on the reflection of sunlight and is surely a treat for the human eye. The photos speak itself for the place .
- Elevation: From 4410 metres to 4750 metres
Day 9 Ascent of Gokyo Ri , trek to Thagnak ( All meals included )
Day nine starts before dawn. An hour’s steep climb will see us to the summit of Gokyo Ri, where we will have a chance to take one of the best pictures of the entire trek. Everest, Lhotse and Makalu will all be visible in the early morning sun (weather permitting, of course!)
After a lunch break, we’ll cross the Ngozumpa Glacier, passing the second lake again, on our way to Thagnak.
- Elevation: From 4750 metres to 4690 metres
- Highest point: 5483 metres (Gokyo Ri)
Day 10 Thagnak to Dzongla , via the Chola Pass ( All meals included )
Another early start today! We’ll work our way up the valley, crossing a high ridge and lateral moraine before coming to the rocky terrain of the pass itself. Again, this is one of the highest points on the trek, so take care, and pace yourself.
The pass itself is stunning, especially from the highest point. Keep your camera in an outer pocket!
On the way down from the pass we’ll cross a small glacier which may be covered in snow, looking out on Cholatse and Ama Dablam most of the way.
- Elevation: From 4690 metres to 4830 metres
- Highest point: 5420 metres (Cho La Pass)
Day 11 Dzongla to Lobuche ( All meals included )
Day eleven sees us rejoining the main Everest route, passing through Pheriche and Tengboche before reaching Lobuche.
- Elevation: From 4830 metres to 4928 metres
Day 12 Lobuche to Everest Base Camp descent to Gorakshep ( All meals included )
Today we’ll follow the Khumbu Glacier all the way to Gorak Shep, where we will break for lunch.
From Gorak Shep, it is on to Everest Base Camp itself, at 5364 metres above sea level. The trail winds along the crevasses in a constantly changing path, and can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours.
The route back to Gorak Shep will avoid the glacier, and grant amazing views of the South Col and the Khumbu Icefall.
- Elevation: From 4928 metres to 5164 metres
- Highest point: 5364 metres (Everest Base Camp)
Day 13 Gorakshep to Kalapathhar to Pheriche ( All meals included )
Starting the day with an ascent to the highest point of the trek, we will summit Mt. Kalapatthar (5555) for a soul-lifting yet mind-boggling panoramic view of the Everest as well as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and much more. From here, the descending trend back to Lukla will start our trek down to Gorak Shep and onward to Pheriche where we will stay overnight at a guest house. The total trekking time for this day is 7 hours and while proving to be the most difficult day of the trek, it will also be the most rewarding one.
- Elevation: From 5164 metres to 4410 metres
- Highest point: 5554 metres (Kala Pattar)
Day 14 Pheriche to Namche Bazaar ( All meals included )
Descending down for nearly 800m from Pheriche and taking a different route to our previous destination, Namche Bazaar, we walk for around 6 hours, visiting Pangboche where the oldest monastery in the region is and where it is claimed that the remains of ‘Yeti’ can be seen. Finally, we arrive at Namche Bazaar where we will spend the night.
- Elevation: From 4410 metres to 3450 metres.
Day 15 Namche Bazaar to Lukla ( All meals included )
On the descending path, we return from the same path taken earlier on the trek, reaching the airport town and enjoying the last evening in these mountains. This trek which was done over the course of two days earlier will only take 6 hours on the way back and here we will stay in a guesthouse overnight, gearing up for the return to modern civilization.
- Elevation: From 3450 metres to 2800 metres.
Day 16 Fly to Kathmandu ( Breakfast included )
Saying goodbye to the remote landscapes at the footstep of the world’s tallest mountain, we take the 35min flight from Lukla, returning to the capital where you will be taken to your accommodation. It is important to note that the flight between Lukla and Kathmandu is highly dependent on the weather conditions of the region. While flights are generally quite reliable, it is not out of the ordinary that they are canceled for one or two days. For this reason, it is advised that you plan your return trip to last at least one or two days more than your trek schedule in order to minimize the impact of missing your international flight in such a case.
Day 17 Final Departure ( Breakfast included )
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from Snowyoda will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
|INCLUDED|| Airport transfers from the airport to your hotels .
2 nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis ( Breakfast included )
14 nights accommodation in teahouses while on the trek on twin sharing basis
3 times meals including 2 times tea/coffee every day while on the trek.
All necessary paperwork and permits required for the trek.
Domestic return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla including the guide who will be traveling with you from Kathmandu.
Qualified, Experienced and Certified Guide for the trek. ( If there are 6 or more than 6 people in a group, 1 assistance guide will also be provided. )
Porters to carry the luggage ( 1 porter for 2 people, 10 kg weight per person . If there is a single traveler then a porter cum guide will be provided. )
First Aid Kit .
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation.
All government and local taxes.
Snowyoda has done everything possible within the budget of the trip to ensure that our trips give you a rewarding and relatively safe experience. However, you must acknowledge that adventure travel, treks, trek-climbs and expeditions all involve some degree of risk. The same elements that contribute to the adventure of trekking or climbing can also contribute to the loss or damage to gear, injury or illness to self, or in the extreme and unlikely case, can sometimes result in fatality.
When travelling within Nepal we believe there are risks that you should be aware of:
- We travel in locally hired transport and as Nepal is still a developing country, cars and buses may be old and the roads are rough. The risk of accidents is lowered however as vehicles generally travel at relatively slow speeds.
- Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla are in small 16-19 seats twin-engine propeller aircraft piloted by local pilots. The planes are well-maintained but flying to the airstrip is visual. For this reason, pilots will not take off unless there is good clear weather, which could result in delays but we believe safety is more important. We will be travelling to the Sargamatha National Park when the skies are clear and the weather is warm and dry. From January to March, the Nepalese winter can make the airstrip icy. From May to August the monsoon makes the skies very cloudy and the airstrip wet.
- While trekking and climbing, you should carry adequate water, sun protection and clothing appropriate to the conditions. We provide equipment lists and will answer any questions about gear that you may have prior to the trek and on the trail. We also inspect your equipment prior to leaving for the trek. Good quality equipment such as down jackets and alpine climbing equipment can be hired. You will be traversing rugged terrain: high mountain passes, snow and ice, wind exposed and rough trails, and crossing streams and rivers by rough bridges or slippery rocks. There is a low risk of falling, rock fall, landslides and collapsing bridges.
- Those attempting to summit Island Peak or Mera Peak should be aware this is not a trek but a mountaineering trail. Previous experience with crampon use, ice axes, basic rope works is essential. Our Sherpa guides can make these equipment available to you for hire however it is important you attend specific mountaineering training courses in Australia prior to going.Like all forms of mountaineering, there are risks of avalanche, rock fall, crevasses, serac and icefall collapses as well as hypothermia and extreme weather conditions. These risks are lower for Island Peak as the majority of the time we will be climbing along the mountain ridge with a professional Sherpa guide.
- Close contact with any wild and domestic animal including the yaks and horses that carry our bags on some treks should be minimised for your safety. Nepal has leopards and other animals, however, the risk of an incident is extremely low.
- Water should be purified or treated before drinking. This includes ALL tap water in cities, towns and villages, and all stream water. Cleaning your hands before eating and after toilet functions is important in preventing gastroenteritis.
- You will travel, trek and/or climb to extreme altitudes. Altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness: AMS) is a common risk which can be harmful or even life-threatening if ignored. It can affect anyone, even the young and physically fit. Altitude sickness occurs when your body gains altitude too quickly and does not have enough time to acclimatise/adjust to the lower amounts of oxygen and changes in air pressure. Most altitude sickness is mild and self-limiting and fortunately, most people eventually acclimatise to high altitudes. Initial symptoms of mild altitude sickness include headaches, lethargy, insomnia, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. Our guides will do their best to help everyone with acclimatisation by planning a slow ascent over a period of days and to ensure everyone drinks plenty of water. Medications such as Diamox tablets do help with symptoms but ultimately, altitude sickness is treated by a rapid descent to a lower altitude.
- Western-standard hospital care is often not available although there are some professional clinics in Kathmandu. While trekking and travelling you may be several hours to several weeks from any medical facility. Helicopter rescue is available in Nepal and it is important that you are insured for this.
- Our guides will use their expertise and do everything in their power to maximise safety for the group, however, trek participants are responsible for their own safety and must show consideration for the safety of other members at all times.
- This list only serves as a guide and more information on travelling to Nepal.
Fitness: If you like hiking, are in good shape and enjoy the flavour of adventure, then you’ll enjoy Snowyoda’s treks. We recommend training for all of our trips and the more you put in beforehand, the more you’ll gain and enjoy the experience. Our experienced team can recommend training and preparation tips for you when you book.
A Typical Day Hiking: A typical day in the Himalayas starts early, so after a hearty breakfast, it would be normal to be on the trail by about 7:30 am to take advantage of the early morning views and drier weather. At around 11 am we would stop for lunch, and start walking again from 12 pm until 3-3:30 pm or until we reach the tea house. Generally, you could expect to be hiking from five to eight hours per day, with plenty of time in the afternoon to rest and take in the surroundings. You will be accompanied by an Active Adventures Himalayas trip leader and a support crew so you can hike at your own pace. Trekking in Nepal is all about taking your time.
Accommodation: The Everest Base Camp Trek ‘EBC’ is an active, high-altitude trek that follows the famous Everest Base Camp route in the remote Nepal Himalayas. We’ll stay in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu, and in local tea houses (small guesthouse) selected for their comfort, cleanliness and style while on the trek. All the tea houses are located in spectacular surroundings with stunning views.
- Hiking boots: Good ankle support.
- Hiking shoe or sneaker: As an extra, or to use in Kathmandu.
- Sandals: Slip on sandals or flip-flops, they will give your feet a breather during the evening.
- Woolen socks: 3 pair of hiking heavy woolen socks (75-86% wool).
- Light socks: 3 pair of light woolen socks (at least 50% wool).
- Tri-climate jacket: It gets windy in the Himalayan range during evenings and sometimes it rains. Additionally, for early morning trekking, this jacket can be layered up with your down or fleece jacket.
- Down jacket: It’s light and warm. At least, 700-fill goose down insulation for lightweight warmth. It gets very cold at night and in the early morning.
- Fleece jacket: Your fleece can be layered with your tri-climate or down jackets.
- Hats: Warm one for the morning and baseball cap or sun hat for the afternoon.
- Gloves: Insulated gloves to keep your hands warm on the cold morning trek and liner gloves for cool temper in the evening
- Hiking pants: 2 pair of hiking pants, one convertible (it can get hot in the afternoon).
- Cargo Pants: 1 pair of jeans and 1 pair of cargo pants for while you are in Kathmandu, and either fleece or other heavy sweat pants to wear during the evening downtime.
- Long underwear tops: At least 3 – to wear as a base layer for warmth.
- Underwear: 7 pairs of underwear.
- Tee and Tank: 5 performance tees or tanks to layer with the long underwear tops.
- Long underwear bottoms: 2 mid-weight long underwear bottoms to layer with your hiking pants during cooler points of the trek; or to provide extra comfort under your fleece pants in the evenings.
- Day backpack: 25-35 L backpack (depending on one’s preferences). It should be large enough to comfortably carry your camera, water bottle, extra clothes and snacks while you are on your daily trekking route. Porters usually take off early in the morning and complete the trek with greater speed. You would not see them until later in the evening upon reaching your destination.
- Duffle bag XL: (140L-165 L) / (32 x19x19). You can purchase a duffel bag in Kathmandu for a real bargain.
- Small lock: Bring a small lock for your duffle bag.
- Sack /Plastic bags: 2 sacks or plastic bags in which to organize and store your dirty laundry.
- Trekking Poles: These will provide you with balance and support – your knees will really appreciate this on the downhill portions of your trek.( You can buy this in Kathmandu )
- Sleeping bags: -10° C /14° F for a teahouse (rustic lodging) and -20° C/-4° F or warmer for camping treks. Guesthouses on your trekking route will only provide you with blankets.
- Trekking Towels: 1 large, 1 medium and few wash clothes (quick dry is plus!).
- Cameras, batteries, and memory card: Trekking through the unmatchable beauty of the Everest region will make you a paparazzo! Bring extra batteries (charging cost $1-$2.5 along the trail). 32 GB of memory should be sufficient.
- Sunglasses: Make sure they have 100% UV protection.
- Head lamp: You will need this to light your way during the early morning portions of the trek.
- Binoculars: These are useful while trekking; mountains, flora and fauna are all brought closer to you.
- Tablet computer: For entertainment in the evening; there isn’t much to do after 4pm. It is also quite cold and windy in the higher altitudes. Many trekkers choose to stay in their rooms at night; this being especially true once you have trekked into the more desolated regions beyond Namche Bazaar. If you don’t have a tablet, you should bring along books, mp3 players or playing cards to pass the time. These will become your best friends if you ever get stranded at Lukla Airport!
Personal & Medicals
- Water bottle: Bring 2 bottles for your trek. Make sure they can hold both hot and cold liquids.
- Water purification tablets: These are optional; but if you want to buy them, it is recommended that you do this at your hometown trekking store. The tablets being sold in Kathmandu are questionable.
- Pain reliever: Almost all trekkers suffer from an occasional light headache; these will help you ease the pain.
- Sun block (35+SPF) and lip balm with sun protection are essential.
- Personal first aid kit: Having your own kit on the trek is a plus.
- Band-Aids: Untreated blisters could make your trek very difficult; fabrics are best.
- Baby wipes: Hot showers are limited. Wipes will come in very handy.
- Hand wipes: For hand washing in the morning – otherwise good luck with very cold water!
- Snacks and goodies: Trail mix, granola bars, energy bars, chocolate, nuts, candy bars, and powdered drink mix are all great to sweeten the trail and to give you a boost of much needed energy. Don’t stress on the high calories, you will burn it off in no time while trekking.
- Plastic zip lock bags: They are useful in so very many ways.