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Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lakes

Immerse in the beauty of the tranquil lakes

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Relish the moments of a superb Everest Base Camp trek with a visit to the stunning Gokyo Lakes and the infamous Cho La Pass

  • Group Size: 2 - 10 Persons
  • Trip Duration: 15 Days
  • Max. Altitude: 5550 M
  • Country: Nepal
  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Level: Adventures

Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lakes is an accessible trekking package in Nepal that is pooled together with the Gokyo valley recognized for a series of startling turquoise lakes and the notorious Cho La Pass. This trek is also classified as one of the most challenging treks in the Nepal Himalayas leading across pictorial Sherpa villages and their unique culture, tradition and deep faith in Buddhism. The Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lakes is a great prologue to eventual adventure and trekking in Nepal taking hikers through several landmarks of the Khumbu region. During every trekking season, hundreds and thousands of trekkers and nature lovers flock to this popular trekking destination in Nepal to embark on this adventurous trip in the peripheries of the Everest area.

The marvelous Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lakes itinerary is led throughout by a peerless trekking leader who will guide throughout the trekking route up to the Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Gokyo Lakes, and the Cho La Pass. The hiking trails usually pass through numerous suspension bridges adorned with multi-hued fluttering prayer flags, pictorial villages, lush forests, clean rivers, and small streams. Awe-inspiring glimpses of the Himalayan peaks like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Pumori, Thamserku, Kantega, Changtse, and several others will greet Everest visitors in their most splendid locales. Gokyo Ri and Ngozumba Glacier, the world’s largest glacier are other highlights of this wonderful trekking package in Nepal.

Come and join hands with Royal Holidays to embark on a trip of a lifetime with immense experiences of the mountain life in the Everest area. Best season to do trekking in Nepal is during autumn and spring season where visibility of the natural splendor and the snow-clad mountain peaks are at their best. All you need is good health and a strong determination to walk through the outstanding Himalayan sceneries.

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Arrival on: Kathmandu | Departure from: Kathmandu
  • 1
    Flyfrom Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding

    Duration: 3-4 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 2,651M

    After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for one of the most enthralling flights of your lifetime, which takes you to Lukla. After landing at the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla, you will meet other crew members and start trekking through stone-paved descending trails to Cheplung village. With gradual descent accompanied by lush forests and stunning landscape, you will reach Phakding crossing numerous prayer walls. Overnight in Phakding.

  • 2
    trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

    Duration: 5-6 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 3,440M

    Your day begins by hiking the route through pine forests till Benkar valley. Crossing and re-crossing quite a lot of suspension bridges including the famous Hillary suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, you will keep moving ahead passing the villages of Chumoa and Monjo. Rewarded with glistening glimpses of Mt. Thamserku and Nuptse, you will again cross another suspension bridge passing by Jorsale village. A steep ascent from here brings you to Namche Bazaar, a real paradise for mountaineers, the gateway to the Everest region of Khumbu, and the prime heartland of Sherpa village. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • 3
    Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

    Duration: 4 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 3,800M

    Staying active even during the rest day, also known as acclimatization is highly recommended this day. Walking, climbing and hiking throughout the day and sleeping low is the best way to get properly acclimatized. You may hike up to Syangboche airport and the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest placed hotels in the world. You have other options to hike up to Khumjung, Thame or Khunde villages or explore Namche Bazaar itself. Here you may observe the traditional Sherpa life, visit the Khumjung Hillary School, visit the mountaineering museum and spend some time interacting with the fun-loving Sherpas or simply enjoy the flora and fauna of the neighborhood at an altitude as high as this. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • 4
    Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga

    Duration: 5-6 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 3,680M

    After a hefty breakfast, you will begin the day with an abrupt climb up to Khumjung where the trails levels and becomes quite flat and easy. Dropping down to Dudh Koshi River and walking the flat terrain for about an hour will get you to Sanasa. This is a place where solo travelers may get confused as the junction at Sanasa trifurcates, straight one towards Tengboche, the left trail leading to Khumjung, and the right path upwards towards Mong La and Gokyo. You will embark on the track leading to Mong La, which is indeed a steep climb for about 30 minutes. The views of Mt. Khumbila and Taboche from the chorten on the top of a ridge are magnificent. Walking across yak paddocks and descending gradually along rhododendron, juniper, and vast conifer forests, you will arrive one more time at Dudh Koshi River. Finally, you will arrive Phortse Thanga after crossing the river and passing a water-controlled grain mill beyond the Imja Khola. Overnight in Phortse Thanga.

  • 5
    Trek from Phortse Thanga to Machhermo

    Duration: 4-5 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 4,470M

    The day’s hike is majorly an uphill climb today and you will be walking alongside the Dudh Koshi River throughout most segments of the trail. A steep climb after breakfast through a rhododendron forest for about an hour will bring you to Tongba village, which is enveloped by stunning valleys on all sides and the views are awe-inspiring. A short drop down to Dole village will get you stopping for your lunch. Hiking back up to the ridge passing through Lhabarma village with some excellent camping spots, you will pass a chorten ahead of Luza village before eventually reaching Machhermo. Machhermo has fantastic views of serene mountains and high valleys. Overnight in Machhermo.

  • 6
    Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo

    Duration: 4-5 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 4,800M

    You will begin this day with an abrupt climb to the crest above Machhermo where excellent views of Kantegga at the back and Cho Oyu in the front can be cherished with immense pleasure. The path becomes more gradual and the valley broadens as the trail passes through Pangkha; this path continues till Nilibuk. You will approach the Ngozumba Glacier, then cross the iron bridge over a small stream to finally reach the first glacial lake in Gokyo known as Longpongo. Proceeding towards the second lake Taboche Tsho, the path becomes flat but an increase in altitude is likely to slow your pace. This lake with its sparkling turquoise water shimmering in the sun is a spectacular sight to capture. Dudh Pokhari, the third lake is further ahead on the trail and it is here that the Gokyo village lies in tranquility. Overnight in Gokyo village.

  • 7
    Acclimatization Day - Hike to Gokyo Ri

    Duration: 6-7 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 5,360M

    Today is the day reserved for getting acclimatized to the higher elevations in the days ahead. You will, for this purpose, hike up to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above the village. Views of the entire Khumbu region at its magnificent best can be glimpsed from this peak. You will reach the fourth lake, Thonak Tsho after which you will retrace your footsteps back to the third lake. You can, however, opt to hike further ahead to the fifth lake, Ngozumba Tsho if you consider it worthwhile and your feet allows you. You will be rewarded with the most captivating views of the Ngozumba Glacier from this point. It is here that your heart will be overwhelmed as you are bound to be encompassed by panoramic mountains such as Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Taboche, Makalu, Changtse, Nuptse, Kantega, Cholatse, Pumori, Lhotse, and the mightiest of all, the Mt. Everest. Overnight in Gokyo village.

  • 8
    Trek from Gokyo to Thagnak

    Duration: 4-5 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 4,750M

    After yet another day of acclimatization in Gokyo village, you are now ready to face the challenge of newer heights sauntering on meandering trails through a portion of the Ngozumba Glacier to the mountain on the other side. You will encounter lots of cairns on the trek route across the glacier as you walk along. Today’s hike to Thagnak is short yet quite exciting as you will traverse along the edge of the mountain, climb off the glacier to approach a small settlement to spend the night. Overnight in Thagnak.

  • 9
    Trek from Thagnak to Dzongla via Cho La pass

    Duration: 7-8 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 5,367M

    You will have an early breakfast and leave early to avoid the bad weather conditions during noon time. Depending on the snow conditions, it is uncertain as for how long it will take to reach the saddle of the Cho La Pass from Thagnak. One of the harshest days of the entire trip, you will embark on the steep glacial walk with the high elevations and the snow causing problems to cross the pass. It is equally challenging and one should take extra precaution while walking the vertical trails because the rocks glazed by the ice could make the path slippery and prone to accidental falls. Walking across a frozen lake, you will reach the top of the pass which looks beautified by the fluttering prayer flags. After savoring a moment of peace on the top, you will descend on the other side of the valley through some crevasses to reach Dzongla village. The village provides exceptional views of Ama Dablam, Lobuche, and Cholatse mountain peaks throughout the entire day. Overnight in Dzongla.

  • 10
    Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche

    Duration: 4-5 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 4,940M

    After breakfast in Dzongla, you will lace up for a very short hike today traversing high on flanks of the Awi Peak above Chola village across the Cholatse Lake. Dropping down from Dzongla through a grassy patch of trail, it is a brief ascend that awards you with spectacular views of Lobuche and the astounding Nuptse soaring above Khumbu Glacier. The track flattens out following the valley towards the western part of the Khumbu Glacier to arrive at the busy connecting trail from Tengboche to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.

  • 11
    Trek Lobuche to EBC, back to Gorak Shep

    Duration: 6-7 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 5,170M

    Today is the big rewarding day yet one of the most difficult days requiring extra attention due to the thin air at high altitudes. Following the rocky path along the barren Khumbu moraine, you will arrive at the last village of Gorak Shep, from where it is a straight walk across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials passing through rocky dunes, moraines, and streams finally leading you to the Everest Base Camp. The view of the dreaded Khumbu Icefall, the most dangerous section of an Everest ascent, from the base camp is spectacular. You will return to Gorak Shep after spending some moments capturing photographs at the base camp. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

  • 12
    Trek from Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar to Pheriche

    Duration: 7 - 8 hr

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 5,550M

    Today is another challenging yet a rewarding day of the trek where you will make a pre-dawn departure amidst cold temperatures to savor the most beautiful sunrise views of the Himalayan chain from Kala Patthar, the black rock. Though the ascent is demanding, you will experience one of the best moments of your life with 360 degree up-close and tantalizing views of Mt. Everest. After spending some stunning moments at this historic locality, you will make a quick downhill descent to
    Gorak Shep, where you will have a sumptuous breakfast. After breakfast, you will pave your way on an easy trail to Pheriche village. Overnight in Pheriche.

  • 13
    Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

    Duration: 6-7 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 3,440M

    After breakfast today, you will begin the easy, downhill hike through the hills covered by rhododendron and juniper trees. Crossing the Dudh Koshi River, the downhill trail leads you to Deboche, Pangboche and Tengboche villages. A stretched decline from here leads back to Phunki Tenga before the climb to Sanasa from where views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse peaks are impressive. Passing through twisting trails through a forest and the walk along the broader path to Namche is considerably more relaxed. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • 14
    Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

    Duration: 6-7 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 2,800M

    Today is your last trekking day; the major portion of the trail is flat with few descends and brief ascends. Passing Phakding and Cheplung villages, the trail declines steeply until it cuts up to the airstrip in Chauri Kharka. Crossing the Dudh Koshi several times, it is a final ascent of about one hour from Cheplung to reach Lukla. The final evening in the mountains is a perfect opportunity to spend a few moments with your trekking mates. Have a few celebratory drinks and dance around tonight because the porters who accompanied you on the trek won’t travel to Kathmandu with you; they will stay behind. Overnight in Lukla.

  • 15
    Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

    Duration: 30 Min

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Altitude: 1,340M

    Boarding on an early morning flight to Kathmandu, you will carry back nostalgic moments of the glimpses of the astounding snow-capped mountains and the wonderful memories of the Himalayan sojourn. On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be guided to your hotel room where you may relax for a few hours or simply freshen up and wander around Thamel for some souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Itinenary Note

This is a standard itinerary designed with a view to allow sufficient acclimatization period for trekkers. However, if you are not satisfied with this itinerary or wish to modify it according to your needs, we will happily do it for you. You are free to choose your own hotels, guides or porters if you wish to. We are always there to customize or tailor-make your trips as per your plans and convenience.

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Inclusion & Exclusion

What's Included

  • Airport to hotel / Hotel to airport pick up & drop off service on a private air-conditioned tourist vehicle.
  • Accommodation during the trek in teahouse/lodge/guesthouse run by local people, mostly in twin-shared rooms
  • All standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the entire trek.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu both way flights tickets
  • Flight tickets for the guide
  • A highly professional, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide.
  • All staff cost including their salary, insurance, equipment, accommodation, food,  transportation,
  • All required documentation including trekking permits, national park permits
  • All government taxes including VAT, tourist service charges etc

What's not Included

  • Food and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses in the mountain; Battery charging, WiFi and Hot bucket shower
  • Porter (It is optional, $20 a day for one porter
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tip and donation

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there any age limit for doing the Everest Base Camp Trek?

    Generally, children less than 7 or 8 years old and elderly people above 65 years are not advised to do the Everest Base Camp Trek as the high altitudes could prove more detrimental to their health. But, as long as one is healthy and fit, there is no age limit for doing the EBC trek. Five-year old Indian boy Harshit Saumitra reached the base camp in 2015 while an 85-year old Nepali Min Bdr Sherchan and an 80 year old Japanese Yuichiro Miura even reached the summit for the first time when they were 76 and 70 years old respectively.

  • What are the best months for trekking to the Everest Base Camp?

    Spring and autumn are the best seasons for trekking in the Everest region. The months of March, April and May are the pre-monsoon springtime while September, October and November are the post-monsoon autumn months. During these months, the sky remains clear and one can have splendid views of the snow-capped mountain peaks and the lush environment.

  • Can I trek to the EBC in the months from June to August and December to February?

    Months from June to August are monsoon months, so rainfall will make the trails slippery and less relevant for hiking. However, the trail remains less crowded and one can enjoy beautiful views of the Himalayas and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Months from December to February are the winter months. If gets colder during the nights. Trekking trails remains less crowded with plenty of snow-fall. Clear sky and beautiful panoramic views of the snowy peaks are pleasant sights to see.

  • Can I trek to the EBC independently or without a guide?

    Yes, you can. But it is highly advised for those trekkers with prior experience of walking in high altitudes for several days. In addition, trekkers should be ready to carry their own baggage of at least 15 kg. Trekking without a guide would be the cheapest option to reach the base camp but then, be ready to manage everything on your own including accommodation in the mountains, domestic flight tickets to and from Lukla and of course your meals. Nonetheless, if it is your first time in the Everest region, then it is best if you use a trekking guide for several reasons you wouldn’t regret later.

  • What kinds of accommodation and food arrangements can I expect during the EBC Trek?

    During the entire time of trekking, you will spend nights at local teahouses or lodges. However, if you are on a luxury trek, you will be able to relax at more comfortable luxury hotels wherever available. Accommodation is based on twin sharing unless you opt to occupy a single room paying single supplement charges which are surprisingly high. Meals during the trek include typical Nepali food as well as Tibetan, Indian, Italian or continental cuisines. Typical meals available are rice, pasta and potato dishes. You can also enjoy other food items such as bread, porridge, muesli, hot chocolates, toast with peanut butter, and other snacks. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the teahouses that you spend the night while lunch will be served on the way during the trek at a suitable place.

  • What types of toilet facilities are available at the teahouses?

    A majority of the teahouses on the Everest route have squat type of toilet facilities. In the recently built teahouses and lodges they have western style flush toilets due to the increasing flow of tourists in the EBC trail. However, at certain places, there may be shortage of water so it is advised to carry your own toilet paper and other toiletries.

  • How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek?

    Due to the development of infrastructure on the Everest route in the present day, it is not very difficult to do the EBC trek as in the past. No prior experience of trekking or mountaineering skill is required. People of all age groups from all walks of life have been successfully completing the trek. Talking about difficulty, the entire trip from Lukla to the base camp and back is about 130 km. Our standard EBC trek itinerary comprises of 12 days out of which, you will be trekking for 9 days with 2 days of acclimatization. One can expect to walk about 15km on an average each day spending 5 – 6 hours. The only challenging part of the trek is the high altitude which may affect a trekker in an unpredictable way. We have allowed sufficient acclimatization days on the trek that will allow your body to get adapted to the increasing altitude.

  • What are the chances of hot showers during my EBC trek?

    Beginning from Phakding up till Gorakshep, there are hot shower facilities provided to the trekkers. These showers are in the form of bucket showers rather than the modern head-high showers. But hot shower costs you a few dollars. Depending on the elevation, one shower may cost from US$ 4 to US$ 15. However, if you have booked for a luxury trip, then attached bathroom and toilet facilities are provided along with hot showers without any extra cost.

  • How can I avoid altitude sickness during the Everest Base Camp Trek?

    Altitude is the only challenging factor during the EBC trek otherwise the trip is not as difficult as one may presume. Even the healthiest person could be a victim to altitude sickness if precautions are not taken. In order to avoid altitude sickness, trekkers should not push their limits; they should walk at a slow pace. Another important aspect to avoid being hit by altitude sickness is to comply with the acclimatization days. It is very important that you use your acclimatization days to hike up to higher altitudes and come back to sleep at lower elevations. One should never hurry nor neglect the acclimatization rest days in order to reach the base camp in a short period of time.

  • What is the possibility of the availability of ATMs on the EBC trek?

    There are hundreds of ATM booths in Kathmandu which is not a matter to worry about. However, while you begin your trek, ATM services are available only in Lukla and Namche Bazaar. But services at these places are erratic; the machines may not work or they may be running short of cash. We recommend you to withdraw cash while you are in Kathmandu and carry a meager amount of money of small denomination so that you are able to purchase snacks or drinks during the trek.

  • What is the shortest possible itinerary for EBC trek?

    Our standard EBC trek itinerary is comprised of 12 days including 2 acclimatization days. There are some agencies which run the same trip in shorter duration of time escaping the acclimatization days or walking extra hours each day. This is very risky for your life and we don’t recommend it to our customers. If you wish to walk up to the base camp and return on a helicopter, then the walking days will be reduced. While those who do not wish to walk at all and reach the base camp, it is doable within 4 – 5 hours by flying in and flying out on a helicopter from Kathmandu. So to say, the shortest possible itinerary for EBC (without trek) is just one day.

  • Can I communicate with my relatives while on the EBC trek?

    In the past, there were no communication facilities until you returned to Kathmandu from trekking. But since the past few years, communicating with your relatives back home is not a problem at all from most of the places of the Everest regions, except from some places. While you are in Kathmandu, we suggest you to purchase a local SIM card, preferably NCell, and top up with certain amount of money. So, when you are walking in the mountains, you can talk to your friends or family, use internet facilities to upload photos of trekking and so on. Some lodges on the trek route also have Wi-Fi facilities for which you need to pay. Only some of the areas may face network problems due to which you may not be able to make phone calls or use your phone data to use the internet.

  • Will I be able to charge my phone and camera batteries on the EBC trek?

    Teahouses or lodges at most of the places are equipped with electricity whereupon charging your phone or other electronic gadgets like iPod, iPad or camera batteries is possible. However, you will be charged from US$ 1 to US$ 4 per hour depending on the altitude.

  • I want to join a group for the EBC trek. How can I join?

    EBC trek is possible either individually or in a small or large group. If you are unable to form your own group and wish to join a group, you need to contact us with your preferred travel date and required services. Accordingly, we will place you in a group that matches your requirement.

  • Should I hire a guide and a porter for my EBC trek?

    Hiring both guide and a porter will definitely increase your trip cost to some extent. Your guide will lead you in the mountains, show you the way and explain the culture and historical importance of significant landmarks. In the same way, your porter will carry all your heavy baggage. We do not recommend you to trek alone – it is best if you hire a guide-cum-porter in order to minimize your cost. He will lead you as well as carry your load.

  • What if I fall sick in the middle of the EBC trek?

    The most common health issue that a trekker faces during EBC trek is altitude sickness and to avoid from being hit by this sickness, it is recommended to drink plenty of water or fluids. Normally, our guides are equipped with some medicines that may be required during the trek. An effective medicine Diamox is always available with them and it helps reduce altitude sickness. In case you fall sick in middle of your EBC trek, your guide will help you and take precautions and safety measures to minimize your sickness. Depending on the severity of your sickness, your guide will either take you about 300m below for recovering your health or else he will call for a rescue evacuation by a helicopter.