Everest Gokyo Trek
Everest gokyo trek trail lies on the west of the Everest base camp trek. If you think Everest is way too mainstream and wish to beat the influx, this trek is the best option as well as a replacement. This trek takes you to the 5 sacred lakes, turquoise and emerald green in color, which are glacial melt fresh water lakes. These lakes are located by the Ngozumpa glacier and offer one of the best views of Cho Oyu and the Everest.
The commercialism and the crowd of Everest base camp trek has helped Everest gokyo trek flourish over the years. This two week stunning trek climbs almost to the altitude of the base camp trek and can be weaved with the same. The views are equally impeccable and it’s often debated if the peak of Gokyo Ri offers better views of Everest than the Kalapatthar.
This trek begins from the most adventurous airports of Lukla and starts following the trails of the base camp until Sansa and then branches off. Immediately you will witness serenity and the beauty of Everest Gokyo trek as it climbs towards it final destination. There are 6 of these high altitude lakes namely Longponga Tsho, Taujung Tsho, Dudh Pokhari or the Gokyo itself, Thongnak Tsho, Ngozumpa Tsho and finally Gya Zumba Tsho. These lakes are freshwater lakes formed from the glacial melts and contribute to major tributaries in Nepal. The 6th lake is as well known as the first base camp of Cho Oyu and is very difficult to reach and fall back to the Gokyo from here.
Everest Gokyo trek can be interconnected with several treks in the region. You have options of returning the same way back or connect the base camp of the Everest via a high pass namely Tsho La. However, this is a very pristine and off the beaten trek even amidst of its existence in such populous region. Book this trek today and get lifetime worth of memories!
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation
- Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (200m descend – 50m descend)
- Day 04: Phakding – Namche bazaar (1000m ascent – 100m descend)
- Day 05: Rest Day
- Day 06: Namche - Phortse Thenga
- Day 07: Phortse Thenga - Machhermo
- Day 08: Machhermo - Gokyo
- Day 09: Gokyo Sightseeing
- Day 10: Gokyo - Thongnak via Gokyo Ri
- Day 11: Thongnak - Dzongla via Chola Pass
- Day 12: Dzongla - Lobuche
- Day 13: Labuche – Gorekshep – Kalapatthar/Ebc – Gorakshep (Ascent 650m, descent 385m)
- Day 14: : Gorakshep – Pheriche (200m ascentt, descent 700+m)
- Day 15: Pheriche – Namche (Ascent 400+m and ascent 50+m)
- Day 16: Namche – Lukla (Ascent 950m, descend 250m)
- Day 17: Lukla – Kathmandu
- Day 18: Departure your destination.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Thank you for choosing Everest Gokyo Trek as your next adventure destination. You will arrive on this day to Tribhuvan International airport, in Kathmandu. A representative from Karma eco adventure will transfer you at your hotel. You can take your time to stroll around and see the surrounding of your accommodation
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation
On this day we get busy with couple of things; one making the last minute paperwork for your trekking and second, sightseeing some rare UNESCO world heritage sites. Meanwhile, our backend staff will make ready all the permits to take along on the trail. Simultaneously, our guide will help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to different heritage sites. In the evening, you will be briefed about your trek either in your hotel or over the dinner.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (200m descend – 50m descend)
The day starts early in order to catch an early morning flight to Lukla. The flights are completely dependent on weather conditions and earlier the flight the better it is. High chances that you will have your breakfast in Lukla and then begin your journey on the trails of Everest base camp. You will make your way through bustling town of Lukla sharing the trails with Yaks and mules. You will only trek for 3-4 hours as a warmup trek for days to come. Overnight in Phakding. Meal plan B,L,D.
Day 04: Phakding – Namche bazaar (1000m ascent – 100m descend)
You will embark on the same undulating trail that you had left on the previous day. Immediately outside Phakding keep your eyes open while the trail traverses through the forest of Rhododendron, pine and fir as it is home of some wild habitats. On this day, majority of the trail stays on the banks of raging Dudh Koshi river. On several occasions you will we cross rustic suspension bridge that leads in and out of beautiful Sherpa village and hamlets. From Monjo you will make an entry in the Sagarmatha National park and soon you will be greeted by snow clad Thamserku 6608m. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar through sheer, crisscross and traverses through pine scented trail. This section of the trek is the most difficult section of the day. Overnight in Namche. Meal plan B,L,D.
Day 05: Rest Day
This day is set aside for acclimatization. Although it is mentioned as a rest day it is recommended to remain active and ascend to higher ground and fall back in Namche. It is a very good day as well to explore the town its rich Sherpa culture and impeccable short hikes in the periphery. Namche is interesting village or town which has house built in cascading hills and looks like an amphitheatre from a distance. This is the most happening village throughout the Everest base camp trek or even in the region of Everest. On this day we hike to Syangboche airport; one of the high altitude, non commercial air strip. Depending on the weather conditions a short hike to higher ground and back will be done. Overnight in Namche. Meal plan B,L,D.
Day 06: Namche - Phortse Thenga
There are couple of ways out of Phortse Thenga and the preferred route is via Khumjung as it is scenic and offers leveled walk. Both the trail meets at Sansa and the trail to Gokyo Lakes branches from the main Everest base camp trail. The trail to Gokyo is very short but since the elevation is very rapid, it requires multiple days. The trail mostly remains uphill. The views of Ama Dablam, Taboche and Cholatse is very rewarding. On top, Phortse is also famed for glorious views of golden eagles hovering below the dark blue sky. Your final destination of Phortse is a very small village that caters the needs of trekkers in the region. Overnight in Phortse.
Day 07: Phortse Thenga - Machhermo
On this day you will only walk for around 3-4 hours in a very steady pace. The walk isn't very long but you will walk the recommended distance above the thin air. The first phase of walk is through tall old pine and moss covered Rhododendron to reach first noticeable village of Dole. We break in Dole and many other places to take it easy and limit the exhaustion. The trail climbs steeply from Dole and the terrain changes from forests of pine and Rhododendron to shrubs. There are few villages in between before you reach Machhermo. With every spur towards your final destination the mountains get more bigger and clearer. Overnight in Machhermo.
Day 08: Machhermo - Gokyo
You will exit the foothills and enter the valley of Gokyo. You climb on the first section of the trek and when you enter the Gokyo valley the trail become a little easier. The walk isn't easier but is not longer as well and very soon the lakes unfold in front of your eyes. These lakes are above 4500 meters are are fresh water melts and are emerald green in color. As you walk towards Gokyo which is as well known as Dudh Kunda you will as well witness Cho Oyu on the backstage and keeps getting bigger. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 09: Gokyo Sightseeing
There are overall 6 lakes in Gokyo valley. The 1st is known as the Longponga Tsho, the 2nd is known as Taujung Tsho, the 3rd lake is famed as Gokyo or the religiously important Dudh Pokhari, the 4th is named as Thonak Tsho, the 5th lake is Ngozumpa Tsho and the final and the highest lake is the Gyazumpa tsho. The main idea behind sightseeing in Gokyo is to acclimatize for the higher ground. And, in order to do that, you will today trek to the 4th and the 5th lake. As you will have already seen 2 lakes on your way to the third, you will now see two other lakes. These lakes make a perfect day trips and on top offer a very beautiful views of the mountains in the region. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 10: Gokyo - Thongnak via Gokyo Ri
Gokyo - Thongnak via Gokyo Ri
The first part of today’s trek is again a sightseeing trip and part of acclimatization. You will first scale the Gokyo Ri and then move on to Thongnak. However, the option of climbing Gokyo Ri depends on you and your condition. Nevertheless, this peak does not require a climbing permit and is a wonderful viewpoint for the mountains in the surrounding. Once you descend from Gokyo Ri, you will walk on the trail that is frequently changed from the Ngozumpa glacier. Slightly around 5 - 6 hours and you will reach to Thongnak, a rugged stone surrounding hamlet that exists only to serve the trekkers. Overnight in a stone lodge in Thongnak.
Day 11: Thongnak - Dzongla via Chola Pass
It takes almost all day to complete the pass. It is often debated of which side is more difficult but nevertheless, summiting the pass from any end is equally challenging. You would begin your day before dawn and will complete the trek by midday and in between remain as slow as possible. The summit of the pass is around 5300 meters and it is one of the highest passes in the Everest region. The summit of this pass is as well one of the highest points of Everest Gokyo trek. On the top awaits the most beautiful views of the mountains in the surrounding. The descend is equally challenging as most of the time you walk on trail that is mostly loose rocks. As you descend down with the view of broken face of the Chola Glacier in the back, you can raise your head to one of the most beautiful views of Ama Dablam framed perfectly at the end of the valley. You descend all the way to Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.
Day 12: Dzongla - Lobuche
Trekking to Lobuche from Dzongla is a relief after walking down a very difficult route from the pass. It either remains horizontal or downhill on a proper trail. The trail hovers around the ridge at times which exposes you to a splendid views of Ama Dablam, Taboche and few peaks. Furthermore, the day is going to be short as reaching to Gorakshep on the same day is asking too much from your body. Since exhaustion may result in sickness, you will limit your walk to only Lobuche on this day.
Day 13: Labuche – Gorekshep – Kalapatthar/Ebc – Gorakshep (Ascent 650m, descent 385m)
The trek is going to be slow and very tedious as you will be walking beyond 4000 meters. Most of the days initial trek traverses through the narrow gap between glacier moraine and the mountain. You will make a very small but difficult climb to more technically difficult moraine with the first sighting to Gorakshep. Gorakshep is a temporary hamlet just to serve trekkers trekking to base camp of the Everest. Moreover this place acts like the launching pad for the peak of Kala Patthar. We recommend you to visit Kalapatthar on this day as the sunset view is more beautiful. However, many people prefer Kalapatthar in the morning but it is not recommended due to the ruined view from sunrise behind the Everest. We either trek to Everest base camp or Kalapatthar and trek back to Gorakshep and spend the night. Meal plan B,L,D.
Day 14: : Gorakshep – Pheriche (200m ascentt, descent 700+m)
If you scaled Kalapatthar on the previous day, you will most likely hike to the first base camp of Everest on this day before you start descending to Pheriche. The trek to base camp is comparitively easier than Kalapatthar. However, you will ascend 200m the the base camp which will consume around 3 hours. After spending brief moments in Everest base camp we trek down for another hour to Gorakshep and further down to Periche in Next 3-4 hours. Overnight in Pheriche. Meal plan B,L,D.
Day 15: Pheriche – Namche (Ascent 400+m and ascent 50+m)
From Periche you will descend to scenic Imja River and make small and easy ascent and walk through the forest of Rhododendron and Fir. You walk majorly through the banks of Imja stream and Dudh Koshi until an uphill to Tengboche. From here you will descend down to Phunki Thanka and final uphill for around an hour to you will reach Namche. Overnight in Namche. Meal plan B,L,D.
Day 16: Namche – Lukla (Ascent 950m, descend 250m)
Although we start early and it is all descend from Namche to lukla, it is claimed to be the hardest downhill in the entire Everest base camp route. The remorseless incline makes it difficult on the knees but there is always an option to slow down the pace and stroll easy. Once you reach Benkar the trail is almost horizontal to Phakding and further down, Lukla and very easy for the knees. Overnight in Lukla. Meal plan B,L,D.
Day 17: Lukla – Kathmandu
We board an early morning flight on the world’s most adventurous before the weather is wrecked. With the views of the beautiful peaks on our right we head towards Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure your destination.
- Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle( depends on the group size).
- Welcome dinner at typical Nepaleese restaurant in Kathmandu.
- 2 nights hotel accommodation at 3 star category in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.
- All government and local taxes.
- A comprehensive medical kit.
- An experienced Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide, Cook, assistant cook and Porters for each pax.
- All accommodations on the trails and full board meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or any one item from the menu).
- Best available local lodges/Teahouse in mountain.
- Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs.
- Both way domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu.
- Certificate of trek Completion
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water etc).
- Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
- In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be borne by themselves.
- Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival (4 copies of passport size photo).
- Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
- Tips for trekking staffs.
- Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included.