Gokyo Everest base camp trek is the best treks in Everest region with full of challenge and adventure. This is the ideal trek for adventure trekkers in Nepal Himalayas. Although, this trek holidays takes a bit longer holidays time than the direct Everest base camp trekking route, but it is more worthy trekking if you could manage a bit longer time. Of course, you could see friendly Sherpa hospitality and culture in Everest base camp trek, but you will miss to visit pristine Gokyo valley, Gokyo Lake, climb up Gokyo RI and to cross Cho La pass. But on EBC trek will view you all this places with Everest base camp and Kalapattar.
This is also lodge to lodge based tea house trekking; first we trek to Gokyo Lake and then trek to Everest base camp via Phortse village. This is less challenging trek than trek crossing Cho La pass. For this trekking we also need good physical fitness and good trekking equipment. Below is Gokyo Everest base camp trek itinerary, please check it once and for customize trek itinerary, best trekking packages cost and more trekking info, write to our trekking team of guide, cook, Sherpa and helpers.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
On arrival at Kathmandu airport, we receive you and transfer to hotel. Please look at your name; we wait you at arrival exit door with your name written on paper so that it helps to meet us there easily. In the afternoon, take tour briefing and meeting your guide and helper. Clear the dues amount before trek departure. You are free to relax or explore around the city in the very first day.
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing
Guided Tour of world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley includes Swayambhunath stupa and Kathmandu durbar square.
Day 3: Kathmandu -Phakding (2850m)
Fly to Lukla where the Gokyo Everest base camp trek starts. Initially the trail descends steadily along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, passing Sherpa villages and Mani stones before reaching Phakding.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
The trail ascends gradually towards Jorsalle, crossing suspension bridges over the Dudhkoshi River before arriving at the entrance point of Everest national park. After crossing three more bridges, the trail ascends through the alpine and rhododendron forest. Here it is possible to see deer and wild birds on the way to Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Acclimatize day trekking
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. For acclimatizing trekking, you can trek to Everest view hotel and Kumjung village. If you feel tired, walk on to the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town if not hiking to Everest view hotel.
Day 6: Trek to Khumjung (3790m)
Khumjung is a very old Sherpa village, with two monasteries, where Sir Edmund Hillary, first climber of Mount Everest in 1953 with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, established a school and a hospital (Kunde). Afternoon is the time for rest at lodge.
Day 7: Trek to Dole (4200m)
Trek through the slopes climbing to Khumbila, and reaches our first pass, Mon La facing to Ama Dablam, one of the most beautiful peaks of the world. Steep descends to Phortse Drangka. We leave the valley going to Everest trail; we are now in Gokyo valley. Just at the limit of the tree-line, we reach the mountain pasture of Dole.
Day 8: Trek to Machermo (4470 meters).
Trek through small yak mountain pastures: Khele, Lhabarma, and Luza. View many small waterfalls. We take rest at Machermo, facing Kyajo glacier.
Day 9: Trek to Gokyo (4790m).
Trekking trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho-Oyu (8153m). It is a steep climb on the moraine and Gokyo valley.
Day 10: Acclimatize rest and Trekking Gokyo valley around
Leaving the camp at dawn, we will easily and slowly climb the path going up to Gokyo Peak, higher than Mont-Blanc. From the top, fantastic view of Ngozumba glacier and many different peaks, including mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu. Trek back to Gokyo Lake in the evening for rest.
Day 11: Trek to Tangna, (4700m)
After a short descent to Longpongo Lake, our entire caravan goes through the glacier of Ngozumpa, on the moraines which hide the ice. We will discover very nice small glaciar lakes. We take Lunch on the other bank of the glacier.
Day 12: Trekking -Chola Pass-Dzongla (5420m)
A wild stage trek, begin walking on the steep snowy footpath leading to Cho La pass. From the pass, superb view on Dzonglha valley and lake can be seen. Then trek descent to Dzonglha with a quite hard walk on the Cho La glacier.
Day 13: Trek to Lobuche (4910m)
Continue trek along the moraine of the glacier with views of Kalapathar and Pumori, before reaching Lobuche (4910m) for your evening stay. This is the last stop before trek to Everest base camp the next day. It is important to take the time to rest and acclimatize for this unforgettable day.
Day 14: Trek to Gorakshep (5140m)
Trek follows the Khumbu glacier to reach our next stop, Kala Pattar. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch and night halt at GorakShep.
Day 15: Trek to Everest Base Camp-Lobuche (5316m)
Everest Base Camp is the main camp for mountaineers attempting the mountain, situated at an elevation of 5252m. Trekkers feel understandably great satisfaction in reaching here as Everest Base Camp is not only full of history but breathtakingly dramatic, perched at the foot of the infamous Khumbu icefall and continue trek back to Lobuche.
Day 16: Trek to Pangboche (3985m)
We trek downhill mostly to Pangboche. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and it is a worthy place to visit. After lunch, we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.
Day 17: Trek to Namche
Leaving mountains behind us, trek descent through Tengboche Monastery (3860 m) before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar (3441m). We arrive back into Namche Bazaar in the afternoon.
Day 18: Trek to Phakding (2652m)
Trek to Phakding (2652m) on the same trail we trekked up, it takes about four hours. The trails descend steeply for early 2 hours. After that, the path has small ups and down to Phakding through Monjo.
Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2886m)
Trek to Lukla (2886m) and it takes about three hours. The final day of trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla where it needs to reconfirm your flight tickets for the next morning flight. This last evening in the mountains is an ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some Chhang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience and staffs are expecting for precious tips.
Day 20: Lukla to Kathmandu.
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu taking an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Free day in Kathmandu on your own.
Day 21: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
After breakfast, our city guide receives you at Hotel with Vehicles, and then we drive to Bhaktpur Durbar Square. Bhaktpur is one of the oldest cities in Kathmandu valley. It is well known as Living Museum. Old brick paved enclave of old Royal palace, Nyathapola Temple, Datatriya temple, exquisite artwork offers a picture of the grandeur of medieval Nepal. And Pashupatinath temple tour after Bhaktapur.
Day 22: Kathmandu airport.
Transfer to Kathmandu airport for your final departure. The trip ends, our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu airport, the one and only a international airport of Nepal for your flight back home.