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Trip Facts

  • Trip Destination: Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lake
  • Group Size: Min-2, Max 12,
  • Highest Altitude: Kalapathar 5550M
  • Grade: Challenging
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle, Domestic Flight
  • Type of Tour: Trekking, Hiking, Walking, Culture
  • Trekking Hour: Approximately 5-6 hours each day
  • Total Days: 22 Days
  • Trip Cost: Deluxe Package - USD 3000

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Gokyo Lakes & Everest Base Camp Trekking

Trip Overview

The Everest base camp & Gokyo Lakes trek takes you up thwe Khumbu valley where there aren't as many tourists as on the main trail to the base camp. Experience the hospitality of the Sherpas while enjoying views of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Cho Oyu and Lhotse from the summit of Gokyo RI or just relax around the turquoise blue water of the Gokyo lakes.

Gokyo Lakes & Everest Base Camp TrekkingOur trek begins at the heart of the Khumbu valley and proceeds in to the Gokyo valley on the 'off the beaten track'. We make our way up to the Gokyo lakes returning on a slightly different route. Here you will be able to view spectacular mountain scenery and enjoy traditional hospitality of the Sherpa people.

On this Everest Trek you might be able to meet up with one of 2 remaining Climbing Sherpas from the 53 Everest Expedition. We also provide you with the privilege to stay in the Lodge of Appa Sherpa the world record holder of 16 Everest summits.

18 Day Khumbu Himal Trek

After sightseeing in Kathmandu, we begin with a flight to Lukla at (2800m). From Lukla we set out to walk along the famous trail to Everest. During our free day in Namche we will be explore the colourful village of Namche and visit the local museum of the Sherpa people.

Mountain Views and Monasteries

We visit traditional villages of Khunde & Khumjung and may have a chance to visit the school and hospital funded by Sir Edmund Hillary.

We'll enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the Khumbu Himal, viewing a grand stretch of summits. The high point of this trek is from Gokyo Ri 5380m. An excellent trek for those who want to see a less frequented valley of Gokyo.

Trip Information

Day to Day Outline Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Kathmandu (1527 metres)
Day 2 - Phakding (2656 metres)
Day 3 - Namche Bazaar (3450 metres)
Day 4 - Namche Bazaar
Day 5 - Kunde (3840 metres)
Day 6 - Dole (4000 metres)
Day 7 - Machermo (4410 metres)
Day 8 - Gokyo (4794 metres)
Day 9 - Gokyo
Day 10 - Na (4390 metres)
Day 11 - Phortse (3542 metres)
Day 12 - Dingboche (4336 metres)
Day 13 - Dingboche
Day 14 - Lobuche (4939 metres)
Day 15 - Kala Pattar (5600 metres), Gorak Shep (5191 metres)
Day 16 - Everest Base Camp (5400 metres), Lobuche (4939 metres)
Day 17 - Pangboche (3770 metres)
Day 18 - Namche Bazaar (3450 metres) - Monjo (2815 metres)
Day 19 - Lukla (2832 metres)
Day 20 - Fly to Kathmandu
Day 21 - Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 22 - Depart Kathmandu

Day to Day Detail Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Kathmandu (1527 metres)
Arrive Kathmandu. Flying into Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an unforgettable experience, with the entire Nepalese Himalaya sprawling out below you. After customs, you will pass out of the restricted area and into the passenger pick-up area outside the building. You will see a Responsible Adventures signboard and our staff will be waiting to welcome you to Nepal. After transferring to your Hotel, you will be given a chance to catch your breath and then be given a briefing. Overnight hotel.
Day 2 - Phakding (2656 metres)
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport for the spectacular mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, by 18 seater Twin Otter STOL planes (35 mins flight). The flight takes you over a series of ridges with the magnificent Himalayan peaks to the North, forming the border with Tibet. Entering the Dudh Kosi valley you may see the airstrip at Lukla (2880 m) below before the exciting landing. Here our trekking crew will be waiting for us. After sorting out our gear, having a cup of tea (or even lunch depending on the time) and meeting our Sherpas and trekking crew, we begin the trek by descending to Chaunrikhaka and heading up the Dudh Kosi Valley to Phakding. (3 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 3 - Namche Bazaar (3450 metres)
We continue north following the Dudh Kosi River and on to Monjo and Jorsale where we enter the Mt. Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park where we stop for lunch here. It is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the Imja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep climb (around 2 hrs.) to Namche Bazaar, the main village in the Khumbu. Half way up the hill, if the weather is clear we get our first views of Everest and Lhotse. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa village and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market; fresh foodstuffs are brought up from lower villages to be bought by the Sherpas. (5 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 4 - Namche Bazaar
The first of our acclimatisation and exploration days. Visit the Sherpa Cultural Centre and the National Park headquarters. The views from here of Ama Dablam, Kwangde, Thamserku and Kangtaiga are fantastic. Later in the day we will walk to the airstrip at Syangboche directly above Namche and on to the Everest View hotel. This hotel was built with Japanese money to provide very expensive accommodation for people flying into Syangboche. This has never really worked as Syangboche at 3900 metres is too high to just fly into from Kathmandu and many people doing this suffered serious altitude problems. However the hotel does provide a wonderful view of Everest and sipping tea on the veranda overlooking the valley with Everest above is a pleasant way to acclimatise. Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 5 - Kunde (3840 metres)
Today is a short day, important for acclimatisation. From the ridge above Namche we follow the trail to Kunde, a much quieter village than Namche. There are excellent views of Ama Dablam. Kunde is well known for its excellent hospital, which was set up in 1966 and funded by the Himalayan Trust. It is staffed by either New Zealand or Canadian doctors and is well worth a visit (and a donation). The village of Kunde virtually joins the village of Khumjung but the two villages are quite separate communities. (2 to 3 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 6 - Dole (4000 metres)
Soon after leaving Kunde and Khumjung the trail climbs up a steep stone staircase, it then continues more gradually across the hillside to Mong, a large Chorten (Buddhist monument) on top of a ridge at 3978 metres. This ridge descends from Khumbila (Khumbu Yul La), a 5734-metre peak - the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. There are tremendous views from here to the village of Phortse and Thyangboche monastery. The trail descends towards the Dudh Kosi where we stop for lunch near the bridge leading to the village of Phortse. From here the trail climbs gradually through rhododendron forest to Dole. On the way look out for colourful pheasants and the shy musk deer, which are very often seen in this forest. Dole is a yersa (summer pasture) where yaks graze during the summer.
(5 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 7 - Machermo (4410 metres)
From Dole we climb steadily along the side of the valley, rhododendron forest giving way to scrub juniper as altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements (yersa), used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu (8168 m) while back down the valley are the peaks of Kang Taiga and Thamserku, both over 7481 metres. This is a short day, essential for acclimatisation and we will arrive at Machermo in time for lunch. Machermo is a very picturesque base and the afternoon is free to relax or explore. It is possible to ascend a broad ridge above Machermo for some incredible views. (3 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 8 - Gokyo (4794 metres)
After passing through Pangka the trail descends towards the river before beginning the climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine to the first of three lakes where a sudden change of scenery is met. The first lake is really quite small. The trail then levels as it passes a second lake and an hour further we arrive at Gokyo where we stay by the shores of the third lake. We will probably arrive in time for lunch. The afternoon can be spent exploring the area, walking onto the ridge of the lateral moraine for superb views across to Cholatse and up the glacier to the huge bulk of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. (3 to 4 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 9 - Gokyo
Beyond Gokyo a trail leads up the valley to the fourth lake (1 hour). An hour beyond the fourth lake is the fifth lake and the viewpoint from the moraine beside it offers a 'Scoundrels View' (no climbing) of Everest. The views from here are incredible. The wall between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang is simply awesome and looking over to Everest, the Geneva Spur, the South Col, the stunning Lhotse face and Nuptse can all be seen. To the North are the North ridge and the famous first and second steps where Mallory & Irvine went missing. After our explorations of this upper valley we return to Gokyo. Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 10 - Na (4390 metres)
Today we climb Gokyo Ri (5496 m) for superb views of the entire mountain chain from the Nangpa La to Makalu and beyond, including four of the Worlds highest peaks - Cho Oyu (8168 m), Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8526 m) and Makalu (8496 m), It takes about 2 hours to get to the top and an hour to get back to Gokyo so there is plenty of time to sit for a while absorbing the magnificent scenery. We return to Gokyo and descend to the small settlement of Na situated at the foot of the Ngozumpa Glacier, 2 hours down valley from Gokyo. (3 to 5 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 11 - Phortse (3542 metres)
Now we descend the opposite side of the Dudh Kosi Valley to the village of Phortse. The descent is straightforward following the East side of the valley providing different views of the Khumbu peaks. We enter Phortse at the upper part of the village. Phortse is a magnificently situated village, beneath steep hills and overlooking the junction of the Dudh Kosi and Imja Khola rivers. By descending to a lower altitude, we are allowing our bodies to recover from the exertions at Gokyo and are following the correct procedures for acclimatising. This will prove very beneficial when we start ascending to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. (Some itineraries stay high and cross the Cho La Pass (5420 m) from Gokyo. For many people this proves to be exhausting and they are unable to continue to Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp). (4 to 5 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 12 - Dingboche (4336 metres)
From Phortse the trail climbs and contours around the West side of the Imja Khola Valley providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. The trail initially has some steep drops but the paths are good. We enter upper Pangboche and after lunch visit the monastery, the oldest in the Khumbu. From Pangboche we walk through alpine meadows passing several yak herders' huts (Goths).
The first village we come to is Shomare owned by the villages of Pangboche and used for growing potatoes. Our route passes beneath the towering Ama Dablam and after crossing the Lobuche Khola on a wooden bridge we follow the Imja Khola to Dingboche, the highest permanently inhabited village in the Khumbu. (5 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 13 - Dingboche
A second night at Dingboche will be of particular benefit for aiding acclimatisation. There are several possibilities for day excursions. You could walk up the valley towards Chhukung, a small summer settlement near the head of the valley. Another possibility is to ascend Nangkartshang Peak, which towers above Dingboche village and offers some of the best views in this region. Prayer flags and a sudden drop mark the top. The views are magnificent with Numbur, Chhukung, Makalu, Ama Dablam and many more peaks and passes all visible. Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 14 - Lobuche (4939 metres)
We climb the ridge and cross the flat plain above the Pheriche Valley. The trail leads to the bridge crossing a small stream immediately before Duglha. After passing the village of Duglha we climb higher onto the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier, passing a row of stone monuments built in memory of Sherpas and some foreign climbers who have died on mountaineering expeditions in the area. From here the trail climbs gently and follows the West side of the valley to Lobuche. Lobuche is set on the slopes of an ablation valley and the moraine towards Nuptse offers excellent views, the sunset on Nuptse from here can be quite spectacular. (4 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 15 - Kala Pattar (5600 metres), Gorak Shep (5191 metres)
An early start as this is usually the clearest time of the day. The trail continues along the West side of the valley then becomes steeper as we cross several side moraines before reaching Gorak Shep. It is quite rough walking before the trail suddenly descends to Gorak Shep. Throughout the day we have tremendous views of Nuptse and then Pumori, Lingtren and Khumbutse come into view forming the border with Tibet. After a rest and some refreshments at Gorak Shep we will climb Kala Pattar (5600 m) for the classic view of Everest's southwest face. All around are the giants of the mountain world, Pumori (7145 m), Changtse (7553 m), Nuptse (7855 m) and Lhotse (8516 m).
The ascent takes around 2 hours and the views are incredible. The Khumbu Icefall can easily be seen and even the tents at Everest Base Camp can be picked out. (2 to 3 hours walking from Lobuche to Gorak Shep). Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 16 - Everest Base Camp (5400 metres), Lobuche (4939 metres)
Today we take a day walk to Everest Base Camp, 3 hours away from Gorak Shep. This is a hard day but well worth the effort and for most people, getting to the actual base camp is the highlight of the trek. The route follows the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier, picking its way through a jumble of rock. Along the way there are good views of Everest. Past towering ice-pinnacles (seracs) to arrive at the site of base camp at the foot of the impressive Khumbu Icefall, which tumbles down from the Western Cwm. The walk is hard but well worth the effort and hopefully an expedition will be in progress to add that extra interest. In the spring there is much activity as climbing teams are preparing for summit attempts. The scene is absolutely fantastic and contrary to some reports, the area is clean and generally rubbish free. After returning to Gorak Shep and welcome hot drinks, we descend to Lobuche. For those who don't wish to walk to base camp there is the opportunity of ascending Kala Pattar (for a second time!) and taking a more leisurely walk to Lobuche. (8 to 10 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 17 - Pangboche (3770 metres)
Downhill most of the way, descending to Dughla and Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association have a trekkers aid post here and it is quite interesting to have a look around and maybe have a chat with the doctors running the post. From Pheriche we cross the Lobuche Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche where we stay the night. We are only half an hour from Thyangboche but the water supply is much cleaner and more reliable here than at Thyangboche. The views up the valley to the Nuptse-Lhotse wall with Everest behind are fantastic.
(6 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 18 - Namche Bazaar (3450 metres) - Monjo (2815 metres)
From Pang9oche it is just 30 minutes of climbing through birch and rhododendron forest to the ridge where Thyangboche monastery is located. We spend time visiting the monastery before descending through forest to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phungki where there are water driven prayer wheels. We then climb and contour around the hillside to Sanasa and on to Namche Bazaar. This is a lovely days walk, the descent is easy and relaxed with the hard work behind us and our return journey provides different views of the mountains and villages that we passed on our ascent. We continue descending from Namche to the Dudh Kosi Valley and on to Monjo. (6 to 7 – 8 hours walking). Overnight lodge.
Day 19 - Lukla (2832 metres)
Continue descending, although it is not all downhill. At Choplung we leave the valley trail to ascend gently and contour around the hillside to Lukla. The trail climbs steadily above the fields and school of Chaunrikhaka village. Lukla is a long, narrow village, the central street leading to the airstrip, which is now a tarmac strip on the Lukla hillside high, above the Dudh Kosi Valley. The bottom of the airstrip is 60 metres lower than the top. (4 to 6 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)
Day 20 - Fly to Kathmandu
Today (weather permitting) we pack up early and fly to Kathmandu (35 minute flight). Transfer to our hotel and welcome hot showers. Overnight hotel. (B)
Day 21 - Kathmandu
A day in Kathmandu. Morning guided sightseeing to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, Swayambunath - the Buddhist monkey temple and Pashupatinath – a sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River. Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere. In the Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city further and pack bags ready for the start of the trek the following morning. You can leave a bag at the hotel with items you will not need on the trek. Overnight hotel. (B)
Day 22 - Depart Kathmandu

Fact Finder

Duration - 22 day with 18 days trekking
Trip Details: -
  • Experienced Nepalese guides & Leader
  • Porters to carry personal gear
  • 4 Nights in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing
  • Safe food handling and hygiene on trek
Activities - Cultural, Touring, Walking
Trip Grade - Challenging
Mode of Travel - Private coach, domestic flights.
Group & Staff - Min 2, Max 12, Responsible Adventures leader, local guides plus driver.
Accommodation - Comfortable lodges throughout 14 day trek
Land Cost - Deluxe Package - US$3300 Now US$ 3000           (Budget Trip- USD 1500 Click here)

Departure Dates

Kodari to kodari Kailash 2015

Start Date End Date Trip Cost/ Pax Availability Trip Booking
18th January 9th February UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
1st February 22nd February UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
15th February 7th March UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
1st March 22nd March UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
15th March 6th April UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
29th March 19th April UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
12th April 3rd May UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
26th April 17th May UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
10th May 1st June UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
24th May 15th June UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
27th September 18th October UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
11th October 1st November UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
25th October 15th November UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
8th November 29th November UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
22nd November 14th December UD$ 3000 Available Book Now
6th December 27th December UD$ 3000 Available Book Now

Trip Cost

Cost Includes:-

  1. Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
  2. Hotel/ Lodges on twin sharing basis
  3. All transportation
  4. Responsible Adventures' Expert Trek leader (Click to watch video of trek leaders)
  5. Complimentary T-Shirt
  6. Use of trekking kit bag during trek
  7. 1 Assistant guide between 4 trekkers
  8. Trekking "Chef" - We are the first and only trekking company that has this post
  9. 1 porter between two trekkers
  10. Good clothing for porters and crew
  11. Food for porters & crew members (We are less then handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)
  12. Insurance for crew and porters
  13. All permits
  14. Twin sharing room on trek
  15. All meals on trek (best trekking meals in the whole of the Himalaya)
  16. Domestic airfare.

Cost Does Not Include:-

  1. Visas
  2. All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  3. Transportation outside of the tour program
  4. Travel insurance (Compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
  5. Tips(suggested amount US$50 per week for staff only); Leader's tip at your discretion
  6. Items of a personal nature e.g alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.

Client Reviews

In May 2011 we had the pleasure of completing a trek through the Sargamartha National Park Region of Nepal with Responsible Adventures. The trek group consisted just of my wife & I. We were taken care of absolutely by The Responsible Adventures Leader (Umesh), Assistant Leader / Chef (Chandra) and our porter (Khadka). All three were great guys and really went out of their way to accommodate anything we asked – and often many more things that were totally unexpected. (like wine & cheese along thetrek!)

We enjoyed this trek thoroughly. I think what gave our experience that extra something special was the trekking staff. Being relatively new to long trekking we felt that it was important to go with a guide being our first time in Nepal. This was the best decision we have ever made in our travels around the world so far. We chose Responsible Adventures after many emails back and forth with company owner Raj who was fantastic – answering any question / request I posed. The attention to detail and local knowledge we experienced from Raj was brilliant. Based on Raj’s information, we joined together two common locations, being Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp in a 21 day adventure. Our planned itinerary after reaching Gokyo, was to have trekked back down the Gokyo Valley and then up the Everest Valley to the EBC. Recognising that we were travelling well and had not suffered from altitude sickness to any degree upon arriving at Gokyo, the trekking staff offered us the option of trekking over the Cho La Pass.

Jason & Sharon Stratford

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