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Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake

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Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake features the scenery of beautiful hidden Gokyo valley and the well-known Cho La Pass. Everest Gokyo Lake Trek takes us to the familiar sight of the Khumbu region in the company of grandly high-ceilinged mountains, gracious Sherpa people, Namche Bazaar, Sagarmatha National Park and the base of the highest peak of the world Mt. Everest. This trek follows the highly praised trekking route through the Dudh Koshi to its source the Gokyo Lake. This popular trekking route ends at Gokyo Ri. Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes, in a nutshell, will be an era experience with the engrossing sights of Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori, and Tengboche which is the largest monk residence in the Khumbu region.
Please, contact Two Brothers Treks and Expeditions to have lifetime experience of Everest Gokyo Lake Trek.

Greatest period

Mid Sept to mid Dec and March to May is the best period for the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake. The climate is fine and lukewarm with terrific views. But the nights are cold and can fall to icy level in higher altitude. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake, the only problem is cold weather. Trekking in monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain. The hike paths are busy for the period of mid Sept to mid Dec and March to May. But in the duration of monsoon and winter the paths are not crowded and tourist can enjoy the most excellent view that nature has to present.

Summarize circuit

1st Day: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

The representative of Two Brothers Trek and Expeditions will heartily welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel.You take rest and enjoy your meal in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu


2nd Day: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

After breakfast, we set out for the city sightseeing to the historical monuments. You will visit UNESCO world heritage sites, which include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Darbar Squar, Bhaktapur Darbar Square, Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath. We will give you briefing about the trekking you begin from tomorrow at hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu


3rd Day: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 3 - 4 hours trek

The 40 minutes flight from Kathmandu takes us to Lukla, the gateway of the Everest region. After a short briefing and introduction, we head to Phakding, exploring the views of the surrounding. Overnight at Phakding


4th Day: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 5 - 6 hours

The trail goes along with the Dudh Koshi River with many suspension bridges. Exploring the typical Sherpa villages, we reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. After we pass another village, Jorsale we reach to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Namche Bazaar


5th Day : Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)

On the fourth day we take rest in Namche Bazaar to get rid of altitude sickness. Since it is the acclimatization day, we can visit the local market and hike to Thame. We also get an opportunity to explore the culture and tradition of the Sherpa people. Overnight at lodge


6th Day: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3,680m/12,073ft): 5-6 hours

On the sixth day we trek to Phortse Thanga from Namche Bazaar. We follow the trails via Khyangjuma with few short up and downs. The trail descends to the Dudh Koshi River. Overnight at Phortse Thanga


7th Day: Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4,470m/ 14,663ft): 4-5 hours

From, Phortse Thanga we climb uphill to Machhermo following the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the rhododendron forest and waterfalls the trail passes through the Dhole, Labarma and Luza villages. Overnight at Machhermo


8th Day : Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m/15,744 ft): 4-5 hours

The journey commences by climbing a ridge for an excellent view down the valley to Kangtaiga and also up towards Cho Oyu (8153m). The trail passes through Pangkha then descends to the river bank and move towards the Ngozumpo Glacier. Then we arrive the first Gokyo Lake called Longpongo where we get a chance to observe the lama footprints on a stone.After ascending for a while, we reach the second lake, Taujung Tsho. Little ahead of the second lake, the third lake Gokyo Tsho appears. Beautiful Gokyo valley stands by the third lake. Overnight at Gokyo


9th Day: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to 5th Lake: 6-7 hours

In order to familiarize with the altitude and environment, we take rest in Gokyo valley. But, if you are still interested in hiking, we can hike to the 5th lake. Another option can be climbing a Gokyo Ri, a popular viewpoint to enjoy stunning views of the snow covered mountains. We walk towards the north of Gokyo to reach the 4th lake also called Thonak Tsho and continue to the 5th lake also called Ngozumba Tsho. Overnight at Gokyo


10th Day: Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m/15,580 ft): 4 - 5 hours

After breakfast, we start our trek towards Thagnak via Ngozumpa glacier. The route across the glacier is well marked with cairns and takes us to the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley. With some ups and down, we reach Thagnak. Overnight at Thagnak


11th Day: Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m/17,604 ft) to Dzongla (15, 939 ft): 7 - 8 hours

Today’s trek is going to be the toughest as we need to cross the Cho La Pass. We climb uphill and reach a glacier traverse on the eastern side that needs to be crossed carefully as there are slippery iced rocks. About three hours walk takes you to Cho La Pass. From the Cho La Pass, we descend to Dzongla. Overnight at Dzongla


12th Day: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 2 - 3 hours

After breakfast, an easy downhill for a while and a few up and down takes you to Lobuche. This will be a very short trek so you can rest and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Overnight at Lobuche


13th Day: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 6-7 hours 

The trail to Gorak Shep from Lobuche passes through the Khumbu glacier. We walk steep up to get the top and continue though the rough rocky trail and reach Gorak Shep. After a rest, we hike further to the Everest Base Camp through the moraine route. You can enjoy the incredible view of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse and other mountains during the trek. Mt. Everest is visible only from the Everest Base Camp. Then, we descend back to Gorak Shep. Overnight at Lodge in Gorak Shep


14th Day: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pherice (4,288m/14,070ft) 7-8 hours

We hike up to Kalapatthar early in the morning for the best sunrise view over the mountains. Kalapatthar is the best viewpoint for the Everest and other snow covered mountains. After having wonderful views of mountains, we return back to Gorak Shep and have breakfast and trek down all the way to Pherice. Overnight at lodge in Pherice


15th Day: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar: 6 - 7 hours

After breakfast, we start to trek down to Namche Bazaar via Taboche, Pangboche and Phunki Tenga. Overnight at lodge in Namche Bazaar


16th Day: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6 - 7 hours

From Namche Bazaar, we continue to trek down to Lukla, the last trekking day of the trip. Crossing the Phakding, Nurning and Sherpa villages we reach Lukla. Overnight at Lukla


17th Day: Fly to Kathmandu

In the early morning flight we fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla with the Everest scenarios. From the airport, we drive to the hotel and you can spend your rest of the time as you wish or can plan for some side trip.


18th Day: Final departure

Your beautiful journey to the country of Himalayas ends today. The representative of Two Brothers Trek and Expedition will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport before 3 hours of your scheduled flight and wishes to have a safe journey

Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Welcome and farewell dinners.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the schedule.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu).
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant     trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide).
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

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