Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Trek
- Trip Code: N-ET-136
- Destination: Nepal
- Season: Sept/Oct/ Nov/Mar/Apr/May
- Max Altitude: 5545m/18192ft
- Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
- Transportation: Private Car and Flight
- Accomodation: Standard hotel in Kathmandu & Tea-house in Trekking
- Trip Grade: Strenuous
Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes trek route is also familiar by the name of Everest Circuit Trail. This trekking is a bit adventurous as it crosses a high mountain pass called Cho La at 5330 m/17487ft. In Everest Regions these days, two routes are the most popular than others. They are the trails to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake respectively. By joining the trip of Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo trek you can have an opportunity to do trekking in both admired routes.
During Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trek, every trekker is rewarded with some of the most dramatic landscapes of Everest zone. It offers the stunning vista of four of the world’s fourteen high peaks which above 8000 meters above sea level. They are Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516 m), Makalu (8463m) and Cho Oyu (8201m). The awesome mountain views are complemented by the crossover Cho La Pass, climb to Gokyo Ri, visit of pristine Gokyo Lake, Himalayan glaciers, Sherpa villages, and Buddhist monasteries.
The exciting trek to Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo commences after a 35 minutes short flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Then you follow the Dudh Kosi valley passing the places of Phakding, Benkar, Monjo to reach Namche Bazaar. In Namche Bazaar, also known as the capital of the Sherpas, you spend one more day for acclimatization to minimize the risk of high altitude problem in further trekking days.
After leaving Namche Bazaar, the trail deviates one trail goes to Everest Base Camp and another towards Gokyo Lake. If visit Everest Base Camp firstly, follow the trail towards Everest Base Camp through Tengboche, Dingboche. In Dingboche at (Alt. 4,260 m/13,980ft), you get one more resting day for better acclimatization.
From Dingboche, after two days of hiking, you reach Everest Base Camp. After the visit of the south base camp of Mount Everest the hiking to the top of Kalapathar (Alt. 5555m/18225ft), the black rock nearby Gorakshep, provides a 360-degree awesome panorama of world’s tallest mountains of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Pumori, Mount Lobuche, Mount Nuptse, and other surrounding peaks. From this elevation the true height of Everest becomes clear. The entire south face of Everest is visible.
After the visit of EBC and Kalapatthar, you will retrace down to Lubuche and follow the trail to Cho La Pass. Cho La pass is one of the high mountain passes in Everest region at an altitude of (5330 m/17487ft). After the cross of Cho La pass you descend to Gokyo Lakes Valley.
The beautiful Gokyo Lake is at an altitude of 4750 m. It is situated on the Ngozumpa glacial moraine. Gokyo Lake is also the origin of the Dudh Koshi River. Next day of the arrival in Gokyo Lake, the climb up of Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) also offers outstanding sunrise with the views of Cho Oyo, Ghyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu over the glacier. After Gokyo, you back to Namche Bazaar through Machhermo and Dole. From Namche Bazaar in one day you arrive at Lukla. You end your hiking trip in Lukla. Finally, from Lukla, you fly back to Kathmandu.
Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Trek Note:
Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Trek can also be done by anti-clockwise direction. It means firstly visit Gokyo Lake, then Cho La Pass and finally Everest Base Camp. According to the interest of trekkers, we follow the route accordingly. The best season of Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trekking is in autumn (Sep, Oct, Nov) and spring (March, Apr, May). You can start this trip on any date which you prefer. Should you require additional information about this great trip, please feel free to contact us.
You will be met by our Tour officer in Kathmandu International Airport. He will escort you to the hotel. Briefing of Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trekking. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Flight 40 minutes. Walking 3 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Phakding.
Walking 6 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Walking 5 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Walking 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Tengboche.
Walking 6 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Dingboche.
Walking 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Dingboche.
Walking 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Lobuche.
Walking 7 to 8 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Gorakshep.
Walking 7 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Dzongla.
Walking 7 to 8 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Thangnak.
Walking 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Gokyo Lake.
Walking 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Dole.
Walking 6 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Walking 7 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Lukla.
Rest of the day at leisure in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International airport and see you off. End of Service. Or You may take optional side tours.
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Miguel & Julie
The Gokyo Valley is the most splendid place in mountain area we have ever been to. We travelled to Gokyo in the mid of October 2017. The walk to Gokyo was amazing. After reaching Gokyo Lake there is the climb to Gokyo Ri. We climbed this mountain early in the morning. The views from Gokyo Ri was so much incredible. We had 360 degree Himalayan views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and many peaks in that area. Gokyo Ri is an approx 460 m ascent and is a tiring walk up but really worth it. The path up is simple but steep. I recommend everybody to try of ascending this mountain. The lake Gokyo itself looked so nice. We are very much thankful to Excellent Himalaya Trek. Under your guidance we had such a lifetime experience of Himalayas. Thanks, Suman, our next adventure will be with your nice team. See you.
Wayne, Steve & Keith
We finished incredible Gokyo Lake in Nov. 2017 under the management of Excellent Himalaya Trek. This is our second trekking in Everest region. Four years back we also did Everest Base Camp. In our opinion Gokyo Valley is the more rewarding destination. I and my wife liked it better than EBC trek. The trekking trail is beautiful and much quieter than EBC. We found Gokyo as so pristine Lake. Water in the lake was very clean and looked green. We climbed to Gokyo Ri, the peak closed to that lake with height of 5,357 m. The views from the top was really stunning included Everest, Lhotse, Cho Yu, Makalu, the Gokyo Lake, Ngozumpa glacier (longest in the Himalayas) etc. The trek was not so tough. Our guide Bikram and porter Lhakpa made the trip safely and enjoyable along the way. In this 14 days trip we enjoyed Nepal’s scenery, food, lovely lifestyle of local people. We are very happy to choose Excellent Himalaya Trek and would highly recommend this company if anybody wishing to undertake any trekking tour in Nepal. Thank you!!!
Ruben & Sarah
Once-in-a-Lifetime Breathtaking Journey through the Majestic Himalayas Visiting Nepal was life-changing, as cliché, as it sounds. The trek I completed in Nepal, from Lukla to Tengboche, was amazing—crossing suspension bridges, eating amazing meals that were made to order (be patient), meeting the gracious people of Nepal, being removed (at times) from electronics (i.e. no computers, no televisions)—it really reminded me how out of touch I've gotten with the world. This journey re-connected me with myself and with basic life, mindfully: eating, sleeping, trekking. I have to advise, it is a good idea to physically train before you embark on a trek, especially, if you normally, don’t hike like myself. I recommend trekking poles—they really helped through some of the steep parts of the trek. I also, recommend wearing a hat, buff, sunglasses, as it can get really dusty, with the dirt trails plus, you’re sharing them with dzos. Also, highly recommended is a small day pack to carry while you hike, for toilet paper, water, and snacks. It was very cold in Tengboche—wearing layers is a must, also, having a warm sleeping bag & headlamp, as the guesthouse room did not have heating or lighting available at night. A good pair of high top hiking shoes is a must & staying hydrated is important, due to the altitude. My analogy on the bathroom situation in the guesthouses is, it is like a slot machine, you do not know, whether if it is going to go down or not, until you hit the flush lever. The outhouses along the trekking trails were actually, more pleasant than the western toilets. What really made the trek though was our trek leader —our leader really educated our group about Nepali culture and had incredible stories to share, so having a good trek leader does make or break the trek. Be aware when you get your visa for Nepal--how long it is valid for. Reason to note this, is that there may be flight delays, due to poor flying visibility, which may leave you stranded for a few more days longer in Nepal than planned—likely, after your visa has expired so be warned. As far as Kathmandu, it was infused with spirituality, with Hinduism and Buddhism co-existing peacefully. Be prepared to bargain for merchandise and note, that sometimes, old, torn rupees may not be accepted by all merchants. Namaste!