The Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek is a fascinating extended journey of the classic base camp trek of the world's highest mountain peak. It also includes a visit to the beautiful Himalayan Lake of Gokyo and the vantage point of Gokyo Ri (5360m). Along with exploring the freshwater system with an alluring scenario, we explore life here.
This marvellous adventure by the Himalaya Land Treks is for people who are looking for an added highlight to their trekking journey in Khumbu. Major highlights of the Gokyo Lake with Everest base camp trekking include the ethnic Sherpa towns, the base camp of Mount Everest, the sapphire Gokyo Lakes and the vantage points of Kalapatthar and Gokyo Ri (5360m) among many more.
The Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp trek start with a splendid tour of Kathmandu city. Kathmandu city has a lot within itself. Tiny hand-carved designs from wood to stone, historic monuments to religious temples, traditional durbar squares to unique cultures; Kathmandu is decorated beautifully as a bride. Here you will visit the four major UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. On the way to the street of Kathmandu, you can find many temples and beautiful cultures and traditions.
The Lukla airport is located at an altitude of 2845m and is known as the most dangerous airport in the world. It is also named as Tenzing-Hillary airport in great honour of Tenzing Hillary who initiated to build of the airport in that region. The trekking journey begins after a short flight to Lukla airport. Flight to Lukla airport is itself an adventure. The trip to Gokyo lakes and Everest base camp will begin from here.
The path continues along with many ethnic Sherpa villages like Phakding, Dhole, Machhermo, etc. Trekking through the ethnic community, you get to learn about the life, culture, tradition, unity, humanity, and many more. With a beautiful scenario, you can enjoy the beautiful Himalayan culture. Their warm gesture makes your journey warmer at the cold Himalayan trials. The unique way of hospitality with the motto of “Athithi Devo Bhava” which states for visitors are god. Every visitor is greeted with honour and love, every resident even the children are raised with a culture to help others. This unique feature of lifestyle and culture in the far face of the nation takes away the heart of travellers.
The most well-known Himalayan town of the all- Namche Bazaar is also known as the gateway to Everest. The town is located at an altitude of 3440m above sea level and is 13km far from Lukla airport. Here you experience the unique lifestyle at the world’s highest altitude of human settlement.
From Namche bazaar, you will be trekking into the Sagarmatha National Park, which covers an area of 1,148km2. It is also a UNESCO enlisted Natural World Heritage Site. Sagarmatha National Park is also home to many endangered species like Musk deer, snow leopard-like, red pandas etc. You can get a chance to spot some rare species along the way.
Everest Base camp gives you a beautiful view of the Himalayas. But the view of the summit is not seen from the base camp. That’s why Kalapatthar has become so famous for its clear close view of the summit. All the while through the Gokyo lake with Everest base camp trek, the gorgeous Everest massif accompanies you and decorates the Khumbu valley skyline. From the vantage points of Kala Patthar, you get a close clear view of the summit. You will see a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayas like Lhotse (8516m), Thamserku (6608m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Mt. Everest (8848m) among many more.
The Gokyo lakes comprise 6 major lakes located at a range of 4700-5000m. Gokyo lakes are the highest freshwater lake clusters in the country. The deep blue lakes also add a more exciting sense of thrill to the journey. The Himalayan Lake presents a bright contrast with its turquoise tincture that stands out magnificently against the backdrop of the silver mountains. The Gokyo Ri is also famous for its religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. This place is worshipped as the residing place of the snake god. The Temple of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva is situated in the western corner of the lake.
Cho La pass is one of the three major passes of the Gokyo trail in the Everest region located at an altitude of 5420m. It is among the most adventurous and undertaken pathway. For the one who wants to experience the solitary route, the Cho La is among the one and is considered to be one of the highest passes of The Khumbu Region. The Chola pass offers you the closest view of many mountain ranges such as Lothse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Everest, and many more.
The best time to explore the nature-rich Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base camp trek is during autumn (September-November) and spring (March-May). As such, the remaining winter (December-February) and monsoon (June-August) seasons experience adverse weather conditions. These seasons also experience frequent flight delays and cancellations. Hence, it is highly recommended to keep some buffer days before planning for the trek.
If you want to explore through a less difficult but equally thrilling and adventurous way to take off your trek then you can go through the next package through the following link Gokyo And Renjo-La Pass Trek, Jiri To Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Three Pass Trek. If you are looking for a short trek to Everest then, simply click on the following link to find out the suitable package for you, Everest Short Trek, Everest Base Camp Heli Trek.
While making the trek along with joy, it is also necessary to make sure we do it safely throughout the journey, which needs a planned itinerary and well-trained personnel. We, here at Himalaya Land Treks, have been doing so for over a decade and we assure you of a lovely adventure through the Himalayas.
After your arrival in Kathmandu at the airport, you will be picked up by a Himalaya Land Treks’ representative who will take you to your hotel where you will stay overnight.
Today, the sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu city includes visiting the four major UNESCO World Heritage Sites- the Pashupatinath temple, the Boudhanath Stupa, the Boudhanath shrine, and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The sites provide insight into Nepal's artistic, architectural, and historical dexterity and their intricacy in the construction of the temples and monuments. After the tour, you will be taken back to your hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your Lukla flight. The short flight to Lukla is a thrilling plane ride! From Lukla, you will then trek to the village of Phakding. It is here that you will see the first mountain- the Kusum Khangkaru (6367m), towering over the village. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Phakding.
From Phakding, you will have a trek to the famous town of Namche Bazaar, passing through the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. The path is well-trodden and during the peak trekking season, you will likely pass many other fellow trekkers as well. Namche Bazaar is known as "the Gateway to Everest", and the sight of the mountain peaks from Namche is much more prominent. You can take in the view of Himalayan peaks like Thamserku (6608m) and the Kongde Ri (6187m) from Himalayan town. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Namche.
This day is reserved for acclimatization. Namche Bazaar is a great place to acclimatize as there are lots of things to do in the town. You can visit the Syangboche airstrip that is situated above the town from where the view of the sprawling town is quite splendid. You can also visit the famous Everest View Hotel that boasts of views of the Mount Everest (8848m) and its company Himalayas from all of its windows. Likewise, Namche also has a Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo gallery. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Namche.
From Namche, you will walk on a relatively easy trail to Kyanjuma and then follow a steep path out of the valley towards Dhole. The path is filled with beautiful rhododendron blossoms and juniper hamlets. Along the way, you will come across many "Kharka" as well- summer settlements used by the Sherpa people when they bring their cattle herd to graze in the pastures. You will pass through the villages of Tongba and Ghele and finally reach Dhole. Overnight say at the guesthouse at Dhole.
From Dhole, the trekking trail climbs up towards Kele. Continuing on the trek, you also cross villages like Lambara and Luza. The Dudh Koshi valley gets deeper the higher you climb. The trail leaves the pasturelands and makes a final climb alongside the river. Finally, you will reach Machhermo after ascending on a gradually inclining trail. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Machhermo.
From Machhermo, the path continues further out towards a ridge and then branches onwards towards the Karnasa village. The ridge then opens up into a wide valley and the trekking trail then passes through Phangga and steadily descends towards the riverbank before going uphill again alongside the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Finally, you will reach the first of the Gokyo lakes and continue to Gokyo Village. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
This is another day reserved for acclimatization. You can spend the taking in the Himalayan beauty of the Gokyo Lake, and also visiting the vantage point of the Gokyo Ri. The view of the Everest massif and its accompanying glaciers from Gokyo Ri (5360m) are simply breath-taking. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Further on from the lake, you will trek to Dragnag, which is a relatively easy trekking journey. This day is reserved for rest as tomorrow, a high mountain pass has to be crossed. The trek crosses the Ngozumpa Glacier and passes a glacial lake to ascend further towards Dragnag. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
The Cho La Pass is considered one of the risky mountain passes of the region, nevertheless, it is quite exciting. You will trek steadily and make your way up the steep hill until reaching the top of the mountain pass. The view of the Everest Mountains like the Ama Dablam (6856m), Taboche (6367m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), Lobuche (6119m), and the Mt. Everest (8848m) itself from the top of the pass is utterly out of this world. Then, at a steady pace, you will descend the mountain pass to Dzongla. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
From Dzongla, the trekking path then leads to Lobuche, one of the famous stops of the EBC Trek. The village is towered over by the Lobuche peak (6119 m) and is very peaceful with cobbled paths and pastures for yak grazing. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
From Lobuche, you will make your way to Gorakshep, one of the last stops before the base camp. It has a sparse number of lodges and from here, you will move towards the base camp. The base camp is decorated with colorful tents and offers views of mountains like Pumo Ri (7165m) and Nuptse (7861m). After spending time at the base camp of Everest, from where the sight of the Khumbu Icefall and the Khumbu glacier are wonderful, you will trek back to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.
Early in the morning, you will make your way to one of the most famous vantage points of the Khumbu, Kalapatthar. The Everest panorama from Kalapatthar is simply indescribable. You will witness the rising sun amidst the Everest Mountains, and the scenery is gorgeous. After Kalapatthar, you will have your breakfast and then trek back to Pheriche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
From Pheriche, you will once again trek on the well-trodden path back to Namche Bazaar. The trek is easy and is filled with the natural scenery of the Everest Himalayas and the mountain terrain with rhododendron trees and thick Himalayan groves. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Namche Bazaar.
From Namche Bazaar, you will have a beautiful trek back to Lukla trekking on the same path you trekked at the beginning of the journey, with the path going along mountain ridges and suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Lukla.
From Lukla, you will bid the Everest mountains farewell and be back to Kathmandu via the plane ride. After arriving back in Kathmandu, you will be dropped at your hotel and you can spend the rest of the day as you please as there aren't panned activities today. The latter parts of the day sees you participate in a farewell dinner hosted by the Himalaya Land Treks. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the airport for your departure.
With a challenging geographical structure and unpredictable climate, internal flight delays are quite frequent, especially so in the Himalayan regions of the country. The flights are even canceled if the weather conditions worsen. As such, we advise you to travel to Nepal during autumn and spring seasons. These seasons offer the most stable of climatic conditions and see far fewer flight delays and cancellations. We also recommend the travelers to include a few extra days in their travel itineraries as contingencies. You should also be careful to get travel insurance to cover the additional expenses due to these conditions.
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