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Everest Base Camp Via Gokyo Trek

17 Days
Lukla Airport - Trekking to Everest Via Gokyo Valley
Starting Point Lukla Ending Point Lukla
Trip Difficulty Adventurous Max Altitude 5,364 m
Duration 17 Days Best Season All Season
Trip Cost US$ 985 per person Group Size Min 2 Pax
Country Nepal

Trip Highlights

  • Colorful and spiritual Monasteries
  • 8 Thousand meters high mountain peaks including Mt Everest and Mt. Cho Oyu
  • Sherpa indigenous habitats
  • Popular Cho la pass
  • Blue lakes of Gokyo Valley
  • Sagarmatha National Park

Trip Introduction

Often, most trekkers want to go for Everest Base Camp Trek crossing Gokyo Valley since it is one of the popular valley located in Khumbu Region Nepal. If you want Everest trek via Gokyo Trek, it generally takes 18 days to complete the trek. It is obviously one most adventurous trekking route of the world. Everest Base Camp Via Gokyo Trek offers fabulous experience of majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, Buddhist monasteries, Ngojumba Glacier, the famous chola pass etc including Sherpa indigenous habitats and their culture. Moreover, number of blue lakes of Gokyo valley, poetic monasteries, Sagarmatha National Park, popular cho la pass, the Sherpa village (Namche Bazaar) are the major attractions that we cross to reach on our ultimate destination – Everest Base Camp. Every year thousand of trekkers go to Gokyo trek as their side trip during their Everest Base Camp Trek because of the blue lakes of Gokyo valley, Gokyo peak and of course the Sherpa traditions and cultures. It is thought that only trekking Everest Base Camp is incomplete if you does not lengthen your trek across the Gokyo Valley. The panoramic scenario of Mt. Everest is more amazing from Gokyo Valley than that from Everest Kalapathar.

We personally recommend you to choose Everest Base Camp Trek 14 days if you have physically and mentally good health and have limited time in Nepal, since it has shorter itinerary and cheaper price rate than Everest Base Camp Trek Via Gokyo Valley.

Being a challenging and difficult trek, only those trekkers are recommended this trek who are physically fit. However you do not need high experience for this trekking. Lets imagine that you are just standing in the middle of a massif 360 degree round of snow-capped mountain, how do you feel ? We can’t explain the whole beauties and feelings just writing in this page. You will just find if you reaches there. So, just feel free to contact us.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu) (1300 M)
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trekking preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800 M) via domestic plane, trek to Phakding (2652 M) – 3/4 hours
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 M) – 5/6 hours
Day 05: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Dole (4110m) 6-7 hours
Day 07: Dole to Machherma (4470m) 4-5 hours Trek
Day 08: Machherma to Gokyo (4800m) 4-5 hours Trek
Day 09: Acclimitization at Gokyo Valley
Day 10: Gokyo Ri Hike to Thaknak Trek (4750m) 4-5 hours
Day 11: Thaknak to Chola Pass – Dzongla (4830m) – 7/8 hours
Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 2 – 3 hrs
Day 13: Lobuche to Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m), Back to Gorakshep – 8/9 hours
Day 14: Gorakshep to Kalapathar, and back to Pheriche (4280m) 8/9 hours
Day 15: Pheriche to Pangoboche and Tengboche, then Namche Bazaar (3440m) – 5/6 hours Trek
Day 16: Trek back Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2800m)
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 18: Final Departure

Please Note:

Weather sometimes becomes our evil that may suddenly obstruct our day to day trip schedule as Lukla flight agency postpones flight schedule few hours or even fews days later if Himalayan weather condition goes wrong. So we personally suggest/appeal you to add one to two more days for your vacation trip. However, you can enjoy extra activities in extra days if everything goes well during estimated duration.

We are always with you, and we are very much aware about your safety and enjoyments. Nevertheless, if there rises any unexpected condition like bad health condition and natural disasters, team leader can cancel the trip. Meanwhile, we expect you co-operate with us.

Please e-mail us if you want to:

  1. Do individual Trek with guide and porter.
  2. Do trekking with Guide only.
  3. Do trekking with Porter only.
  4. Do trekking with Guide cum Porter.
  5. Do large group Trekking.
  6. Do small group trekking.

We will quote prices according to your requirement. Larger the group size lesser the price will be.

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (Kathmandu) - 1300 m

You just arrive and we will be there for you to pick you up and transfer to the Hotel. Then you will be prepared for next day sighseeing Kathmandu tour.


Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sighseeing Tour

After having a delightful breakfast at the hotel, we will take this day to go around the historical town of Kathmandu for some sightseeing. The sightseeing tour will take you to some of the ancient temples and historical places of great religious and spiritual importance for both the Hindu & Buddhist religion. We will start the sightseeing tour in our private vehicle with a member of our staff for guiding you through the whole sightseeing tour. We will start our Tour with the great Hindu Temple Pashupatinath.

Pashupatinath: Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus any foreigners expect Hindu Indian. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds. After Pashupatinath we head towards Boudhanath, another magnificent pagoda style Buddhist stupa famous for its nickname “The little Tibet”.

Boudhanath: This Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest. After finishing the tour around Boudhanath we head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, another small site also listed on the UNESCO world heritage site for its great religious importance.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the major attractions in Kathmandu Valley. The word Durbar Square translated in English

as Palace Complex. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. Interesting things to see here are:-

Kumari (The Living Goddess) Gar, At the West end of the square, is a beautiful house full of woodcarving of different God and Goddesses. This Palace is three storied and in this palace, lives the very famous living Goddess Kumari. Both Hindus and Buddhists equally venerate her. For Hindus she is the reincarnation of Hindu Goddess Kali. She is equally worshiped by Buddhists because she is chosen from Buddhist family. This shows the harmony between Buddhist and Hindus in Nepal.

Maru Ganesh: Small yet the most visited temple of Kathmandu is Maru Ganesh. The people of Kathmandu valley believe that the four Ganesh in four corners of Kathmandu valley protect the peoples living in Kathmandu. Every day people go to worship this temple and especially on Tuesdays one can see a long queue of people waiting for hours to worship. Tuesday is considered the day of Ganesh. After concluding the tour around Kathmandu Durbar Square we will head towards Swayambhunath nicknamed the “Monkey Temple”. The Buddhist stupa holds some great artistic and magnificent small Buddhist monasteries where you will witness some great Buddhist culture and tradition.

Swayambhunath: Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometers and this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. After visiting these magnificent places we conclude for the day and return back to the hotel for some rest. Stay overnight in Hotel.

 


Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla (2800m) - Phakding (2652m)

We take early breakfast and then will be forwarding toward for our domestic flight to Lukla from Tribhuwan International Airport. Lukla is a gateway of Everest Base Camp Trek. After the 30-40 minutes flight watching spectacular and breathtaking white mountains and greenery, we reach at Tenzing Hilary Airport which is better known as Lukla Airport. It is one of the best air routes in the world which is also challenging for Air Pilots. Reaching at look, we arrange other requirements and equipment for the trek, then our trek just begins from Lukla to reach Phakding which takes nearly 2.5 – 3 hours.


Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar Trek - (3440 m) 5 - 6 hours trek

This is our 4th day of the trip, and we just start it having early morning’s breakfast. Today, we will be crossing Dudhkoshi river having spectacular close views of Kwangde Peak, Mt. Everest, Lhotse etc. After walking nearly 5-6 hours, then we reach  at colorful sherpa inhabitants i.e Namche Bazaar.


Day 05: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

Do not be idle in these days, so is advised by health expertise. If you are not familiar with high altitude, you may be suffer from high altitude. Namche Bazaar is center place of Khumbu zone, which is also known as door of Mt. Everest.


Day 06: Namche - Dole (4110m) 6-7 hours

Day 07: Dole - Machherma (4470m) 4-5 hours Trek

Day 08: Machherma - Gokyo (4800m) 4-5 hours Trek

Day 09: Acclimitization at Gokyo Valley

Day 10: Gokyo Ri Hike - Thaknak Trek (4750m) 4-5 hours

Day 11: Thaknak - Chola Pass - Dzongla (4830m) - 7/8 hours

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

Day 13: Lobuche - Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp (5364m) - Back to Gorakshep - 8/9 hours

Day 14: Gorakshep - Kalapathar - Pheriche (4280m) 8/9 hours

Day 15: Pheriche - Pangoboche - Tengboche - Namche Bazaar (3440m) - 5/6 hours Trek

Day 16: Trek back Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2800m)

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 18: Final Departure

Price Includes

  • A guide
  • Necessary Porters (A porter is provided to two persons, and can carry up to 20 Kilos)
  • Entry permits for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) our staff during the trek
  • Accommodation in tea houses (lodges) for you and our staff during the trek
  • All land transportation from hotel to airport and from airport to hotel by private vehicle
  • Sightseeing within Kathmandu valley including a tour guide
  • Necessary equipment such as sleeping bag, down jacket, etc. for you and our staff during the trek
  • Mountain Medical Rescue help (It is provided by your insurance company)
  • Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staffs.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight tickets for you and our Nepali staffs.
  • Airport tax at Kathmandu domestic airport and Lukla airport
  • Airport picks up & drop off services.

Price Excludes

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for you during the trek
  • Personal nature expenses such as drinks, beverages, hot shower etc.
  • Tips

Trekking Equipment list:

The following equipment lists are suggested and essential for both camp & teahouse treks in the Himalayas. Make use of this list as a guideline; some of the equipment can be hired in Katmandu as well. Besides, keep in mind trekking gear can be bought in the many adventure shops in Katmandu Thamel.

Luggage:

  • 1 large duffel bag: This will carry all your personal gear on the trek. It should be strong and durable.  The best size would be around 30″ x 14″, with a full-length zipper and handles.
  • 1 small padlock: Your duffel bag should be locked.
  • 1 rucksack or day pack:  This should accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you want to have during the day.  We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.
  • 1 small duffel bag or suitcase: Items not needed on the trek can be left at the hotel in Kathmandu. This bag should also have a lock.  Be sure to leave room for purchases, or buy one in Kathmandu they have many good quality ones available.

Head and Face Gear:

  • Sunhat
  • A Bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm hat
  • Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor
  • Lip balm with a high SPF factor

Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Inner Clothing:

  • T-shirts
  • Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best
  • Underwear
  • 2 Long shorts
  • 2 Trousers- (loose and comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)
  • Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Baggy pants
  • 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)
  • 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:

  • Light weight walking boots- Quality boots (leather is recommended)
  • Spare laces
  • 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
  • 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks
  • One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:

  • 1 thermos- Water tends to freeze in ‘normal’ water bottles at high altitude temperatures.
  • 2 one-liter water bottles
  • Purification equipment- Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

  • 30-40 liter daypack
  • Rucksack- Without aluminum support
  • Water Proof Bag- A water proof bag to cover the rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius.

Optional Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Walkman
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

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