Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek

21 days

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Explore Nepal's majestic Himalayas on this epic 21-day guided trek

For avid trekkers, there is perhaps no location on earth quite as alluring as the Mount Everest Base Camp and the spectacular trail that leads there. This amazing 3-week tour takes you to this epic location, while also showing you that the Himalayas are so much more than Everest.

Surround yourself with some of the tallest and most incredible mountains in the world. Experience Mount Everest not only from its base camp but perhaps even more strikingly, from the peak of Kala Patthar at sunrise. In addition to the traditional Everest Base Camp route, this tour also adds a chance to see the six glacial lakes of Gokyo. The natural beauty of this region is difficult to capture in words – it simply must be experienced.

In addition to these breathtaking landscapes, you’ll have opportunities to experience the culture of the native Sherpa people. Visit monasteries and see their chortens, prayer flags, and other expressions of religious devotion. Stay in local tea houses along your trek, with opportunities to interact with local people and learn more about their way of life. This Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek is an unforgettable and life-changing experience, so don’t miss this opportunity!

Highlights of the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek

Experience majestic Mount Everest from up close, at Everest Base Camp, then climb to the peak of Kala Patthar at sunrise, for an epic view of Mount Everest.
Explore the six glacial lakes of the Gokyo region, their stunning turquoise colour appearing even more vibrant against the black and white of the snow-capped peaks.
Learn more about the native Sherpa culture and religion by visiting villages, interacting with people, and exploring monasteries, and witnessing chortens, prayer flags, and more.
Tour Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, including some of Kathmandu’s most important landmarks.

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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal! Fly to the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu where a tour representative will meet you and escort you to your hotel. At the hotel, you will receive a short tour briefing from your guide. Enjoy your first evening with a traditional Nepali welcome dinner.
Overnight Location: Mandala Boutique Hotel (1,400 m/4,593’), Kathmandu
Distance / Time: None
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Explore Kathmandu

After breakfast in the hotel, head out for a guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley, exploring some famous attractions of this vibrant city. Visit the famous Buddhist temple called Stupa Swayambunath, or the “Monkey Temple”. From this location high on a hill, you’ll enjoy an incredible view of the mountains and the Kathmandu Valley surrounding you. Stupa Swayambunath is the oldest and most mysterious shrine in Kathmandu, attracting tourists and Buddhist visitors from all over the world to view its white dome and sparkling gold spire. Travel next to the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple on the Indian subcontinent, and the crematorium beside it. Finally, your tour also takes you to Patan Durbar Square where you can see beautiful temples and palaces from centuries past, each an amazing example of traditional Nepalese architecture.
Overnight Location: Mandala Boutique Hotel (1,400 m/4,593’), Kathmandu
Distance / Time: As Required
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Fly to Lukla, then Trek to Phakding

View the incredible Himalayas from above today as you fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,845 m/9,334’). When you arrive, meet your trekking crew and take a short break for tea. Then your trek begins! Today’s trek is a short and easy warmup, but it may feel more difficult as you adjust to the high elevation. Begin your trek northward to the Dudh Koshi Valley and descend from the plateau into the forests of the valley. After a break for lunch, continue north, crossing several streams, to reach Phakding (2,650 m/8,694’). Spend the night in the Phakding settlement, surrounded by inspirational views.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Phakding (2,845 m/9,334’)
Distance / Time: 12 km, 5 hours, 100 m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to Namche Bazaar

Today’s hike crosses over farmland and through settlements on your way to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,286’). The trail follows the Dudh Kosi River northward, through incredible forests of magnolia, fir and rhododendron trees. After crossing the Bhote Kosi, the western fork of the river, you’ll climb steeply up toward Namche Bazaar. Often called the Gateway to Mount Everest, the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar is large and prosperous because it is an important center for trade. A bazaar, or market, is held here weekly, gathering sellers from many local villages to sell fresh food.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,286’)
Distance / Time: 16 km, 7 hours, 700 m of ascent, 200 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar, allowing time for your body to adjust to the altitude. Staying active even on rest days like this will help you as you continue trekking. Take a short hike to the nearby villages of Thamo or Synboche to help you be both physically and mentally fit to continue your journey.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,289’)
Distance / Time: 6 km, 3 hours, 300 m of ascent, 300 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek to Dole

Follow the main trail that leads to Thyangboche. The trail then branches off and flanks the sacred mountain peak, Khumblia (5,761 m/18,900’). Walk through some lovely yak pastures then ascend gradually up to Mon La. Below you’ll see the confluence point of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja Khola rivers. Pass the Thyangboche Monastery in a beautiful location with Kantega and Ama Dablam in the background. At the top of the ridge (3,992 m/13,097’), there is a stupa decorated with traditional prayer flags. Descend again through the forest to the river, then follow the trail up to the ridge to the village of Phortse Thanga (3,600 m/11,811’). Continue hiking along the river from Phortse Thanga to the village of Dole (4,038 m/13,248’) where you’ll spend the night.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Dole (4,038 m/13,248’)
Distance / Time: 11 km, 7-8 hours, 600 m of ascent, 400 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to Machhermo

Today’s hike is a steady climb up to your overnight stop in Machhermo (4,410 m/14,469’) with just a short lunch break. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in Machhermo with opportunities to visit the village and learn about the local culture and lifestyle through interactions with local people. If you aren’t too tired, you can walk up to a ridge to enjoy a lovely view of the surrounding Gokyo Valley.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Machhermo (4,410 m/14,469’)
Distance / Time: 8 km, 5 hours, 800 m of ascent, 200 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek to Gokyo

Climb up past a chorten on a ridge today and enjoy a clear view of the valley as well as majestic mountains including Kangtega, Thamserku, and Cho Oyu. A gentle walk brings you to Phanga, then you will descend to the bank of the river. From there, climb up again to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. As you follow the trail through the valley, you will pass the first three Gokyo lakes: Longpongo, Taboche Tso, and Dudh Koshi. The Taboche Tso and Dudh Koshi lakes are linked together by a flowing stream. The village of Gokyo (4,750 m/15,584’) is beside the Dudh Koshi, and in this beautiful location you’ll stop for dinner and spend the night.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Gokyo (4,750 m/15,584’)
Distance / Time: 9 km, 6 hours, 300 m of ascent, 100 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Trek to Gokyo Ri

Hit the trail early today to allow plenty of time to climb to the peak of Gokyo Ri (5,480 m/17,979’). This summit gives you breathtaking views of the Himalaya mountain, especially the regal peaks of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Nuptse. You can also hike to another lookout called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint, and explore the fourth and fifth Gokyo lakes, perhaps even the sixth depending on time. Return to Gokyo village for dinner and another night in the lodge.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Gokyo (4,750 m/15,584’)
Distance / Time: 8 km, 6-7 hours, 800 m of ascent, 800 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Trek to Dragnag

Leaving Gokyo, your path today traverses a glacier, full of ups and downs. It is not a long walk and you’ll soon descend through the valley to come to Thangana, the Cho La Pass base camp. Spend the day surrounded by natural beauty and magnificent mountain views. Before long, the trail takes you to Dragnag (4,700 m/15,420’), which is your stop for the night.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Dragnag (4,700 m/15,420’)
Distance / Time: 3 km, 4 hours, 300 m of ascent, 200 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Trek over Cho La Pass to Dzongla

The trekking today is difficult and requires caution. The trail is very steep, vertical at times, and the rocks can be icy and slippery. As you climb the rocky trail through the narrow valley, you’ll walk beside a frozen lake with majestic and well-known mountain peaks in view. To the south, you’ll see Ama Dablam, which is shaped like a pyramid. To the west is Cholatse and to the east, Lobuche with Baruntse rising sharply on your right. Cross the Cho La Pass (5,420 m/17,782’), then descend to Dzongla (4,840 m/15,879’), where you’ll have dinner and spend the night with clear views of these amazing mountains.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Dzongla (4,840 m/15,879’)
Distance / Time: 15 km, 8-9 hours, 720 m of ascent, 500 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Trek to Lobuche

Walk today from Dzongla to Lobuche, which is near the Khumbu Glacier. Your guide will lead you to two peaks today, Lobuche East and Lobuche in the Far East. Throughout the day, enjoy incredible views of Lobuche, as well as Everest, Ama Dablam, Pumori, and the Nuptse-Lhotse. There will be time to explore the village of Lobuche (4,910 m/16,109’) before stopping to watch a truly unforgettable sunset view.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Lobuche (4,910 m/16,109’)
Distance / Time: 8 km, 5-6 hours, 70 m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Trek to Gorak Shep & Everest Base Camp

Today is the day you will visit the Everest Base Camp! Make your way along the western side of the Khumbu Valley, then the trail ascends gently through the meadows that are near the glacial moraine. Stop to appreciate the views around you of Lingtren, Pumori, Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Lobuche East, as well as the Khumbu Icefall. Descend slightly to come to Gorak Shep, where you can have lunch and prepare to trek to Everest Base Camp (5,545 m/18,192’). Make this journey in the afternoon, surrounded by mighty peaks and frozen lakes, then return again to Gorak Shep to spend the night.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Gorak Shep (5,140 m/16,864’)
Distance / Time: 10 km, 8-9 hours, 600 m of ascent, 150 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Trek to Kala Patthar, then to Lobuche

Get a very early start today for the great reward of reaching the summit of Kala Patthar (5,550 m/18,209’), one of the best viewpoints in the Himalayas, in time to watch the sunrise. The climb to Kala Patthar is steep and it seems the bends in the trail may never end, but once you’re there it will all be worth it. This is the perfect place to view Mount Everest, and it may seem as though you can reach out and touch Mount Pumori. Have your camera ready for capturing incredible photographs today. Descend again to Lobuche after this spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime day on the trail.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Lobuche (4,910 m/16,109’)
Distance / Time: 8 km, 6 hours, 635 m of ascent, 600 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 Trek to Dingboche

After breakfast, begin your day with a descent through Dusa that brings you to the chorten that marks the head of the Imja Khola River. Then continue with a relatively easy climb, following the wide trail to Pangboche village. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the region’s oldest monastery, the Pangboche Gompa, before continuing your hike to Dingboche. Stop in Dingboche (4,430 m/14,534’) for dinner and to spend the night.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Dingboche (4,430 m/14,534’)
Distance / Time: 6 km, 4 hours, 500 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 Trek to Tengboche

Follow the trail as it descends into the valley, crossing the Khumbu Khola bridge then climbing again. At the stone huts that are near Orso, the trails join with the upward trail for a time, then diverges again. The trail to the right continues higher and leads through Upper Pangboche to the village of Phortse. You will follow the lower trail to the left which leads to Tengboche. Cross the river from high above on an exciting suspension bridge as the water rushes through a narrow point, and you’ll come to Debache. From here, a short but beautiful trail climbs up through a woodland of rhododendron, birch and conifer trees. When you reach Tengboche (3,860 m/12,664’) you will stop for the night. While you’re in Tengboche, don’t miss the chance to visit the monastery, which in addition to being very beautiful is also the religious monument for the Sherpa people of this region.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Tengboche (3,860 m/12,664’)
Distance / Time: 6 km, 6 hours, 150 m of ascent, 570 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 Trek to Monjo

The trail today will follow the Dudh Koshi River again, passing lovely waterfalls as it meanders through a forest of rhododendrons, then a pine forest where you may be able to watch musk deer grazing. Continue descending to reach Larja Dobhan, where you should be sure to pause to take in one final view of Mount Everest and Lhotse. After you pass the village of Jorsale, the trail begins to ascend slightly. Cross the suspension bridge to reach Monjo (2,835 m/9,301’), where you will spend the night.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Monjo (2,835 m/9,301’)
Distance / Time: 12 km, 6-7 hours, 400 m of ascent, 1000 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 Trek to Lukla

Complete your trek today with a steep hike back down to the Dudh Kosi River, before a long but gentle walk brings you back to Lukla. You’ll celebrate your completed journey at the local tea house with clear views of the rugged mountains you’ve been exploring. It’s now time to say farewell to the crew that you have been trekking with for all this time. Spend the night in Lukla (2,840 m/9,318’) and prepare to return to Kathmandu tomorrow.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Lukla (2,840 m/9,318’)
Distance / Time: 10 km, 6-7 hours, 50 m of ascent, 100 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 Fly to Kathmandu

Enjoy the spectacular return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, which is perhaps even more incredible now that the mountains have become so familiar. After landing in Kathmandu, the remainder of the day is free for exploring the city, shopping, sightseeing, or simply finding a great cafe or roof-top restaurant. Reward yourself with some fun and rest to celebrate completing this amazing journey.
Overnight Location: Mandala Boutique Hotel (1,400 m/4,593’), Kathmandu
Distance / Time: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 20 Explore Kathmandu

Enjoy a relaxed and unscheduled day in Kathmandu. This extra day is built into the itinerary in case there are any weather delays or travel issues. Assuming everything has gone according to plan, this day in Kathmandu is free to spend as you wish. Your guide can recommend points of interest or shopping areas that you haven’t seen yet, or you can choose to just rest and relax today before your journey home.
Overnight Location: Mandala Boutique Hotel (1,400 m/4,593’), Kathmandu
Distance / Time: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 21 Departure Day

Sadly, this tour of a lifetime has reached its end. Depending on your flight time, you may have some additional time to explore Kathmandu before leaving for the airport. An airport representative will escort you to the airport and help you as needed. Have a pleasant journey!
Overnight Location: None
Distance / Time: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Everest Base Camp Trek and Gokyo Lakes Price and Dates

Pricing for this guided Everest Base Camp Trek, including Gokyo Lakes, depends on whether you choose to join an existing group on a specific date or if you prefer a custom tour for your group only.

This tour is available year-round. The best time to travel to Nepal for this trek is during the pre-monsoon season from March through early May, or post-monsoon in October and November. Monsoon season typically lasts from late May through September.

Private Guided Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trekking Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Guided group of 2-5: $2,199 USD per person
  • Guided group of 6 and more: $2,099 USD per person

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Accommodation on Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trekking Tour

This tour is based in trekking lodges, also called tea houses, along the trek. These accommodations are simple, since there is no road access to reach them, but they are also friendly and full of atmosphere.

Most lodges have dining areas that are heated, but the bedrooms are typically unheated. Wooden beds with foam mattresses are provided, but you will need a sleeping bag. Washing and toilet facilities are shared, and some have solar showers available for an additional charge.

Before and after your trek, stay in a 3.5-star hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travellers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $299 USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travellers up, where possible. Private rooms are not available in the trekking lodges.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Mandala Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu ★★★★

Located in a quiet corner of the Thamel area of Kathmandu, this hotel has easy access to shopping and other tourist attractions. It is clean and air-conditioned for your comfort.

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Trekking Lodges (Tea Houses) along the trekking route

These lodges are simple but full of atmosphere. The rooms in these lodges are not heated, but some have heated dining areas. Toilets and washing facilities are shared.

Mandala Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu ★★★★

Located in a quiet corner of the Thamel area of Kathmandu, this hotel has easy access to shopping and other tourist attractions. It is clean and air-conditioned for your comfort.

What’s included in the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trekking Tour?

Meals

20 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 17 dinners are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for all 20 nights are included. Along the trek, stay in simple trekking lodges (tea houses). Before and after the trek, stay in a 3.5-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Transportation during the Tour

Domestic flights and land transportation described in the itinerary are included, as well as a guide on the flight and all airport taxes. Airport transfers between the Kathmandu Airport and your hotel are also included.

Also Included

  • An experienced, insured, and equipped English-speaking guide
  • Guided sightseeing and entry fees in Kathmandu
  • TIMS permit
  • National Park permit
  • Porter (Insured and equipped according to IPPG rules)
  • Acclimatization days exploring Namche and Dingboche
  • Ascents of Kala Patthar (5,545 m) and Gokyo Ri (5,480)
  • Visit to the village of Phortse, a traditional Sherpa village in the Khumbu region

Not included

  • Flights to/from Kathmandu
  • Visa to enter Nepal
  • Meals not listed as included (lunches and dinners in Kathmandu)
  • Personal drinks / alcohol
  • Additional costs due to illness, rescue, force majeure, flight/itinerary changes
  • Tips for guides and other trekking staff
  • Personal costs such as charging batteries or hot showers

Frequently Asked Questions about Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek

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Trekking team focuses on a sustainable method of operation. They work with highly professional guides and offer clients flexibility and 24/7 service.

The company uses local guides, serves local food, and makes use of local homes and lodges to give back to the community. They support the local environment and in turn see many repeat customers.

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Is this tour for me?

The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trekking Tour is a very difficult tour, with a long duration at high altitude. We rate this tour as a 5 / 5. Sections of the trail are strenuous, but at higher elevations, even easier sections of trail become more challenging. Consult your doctor if you have concerns about trekking at high altitudes.

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Kathmandu, Nepal

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