Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes 17 Days

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You've never seen Everest like this! Combining a large part of the classic Everest Base Camp trek route with the relatively unexplored wonders of the Gokyo Lakes region, this 17-day adventure is one that cannot be beat. Nestled in a hidden valley of the Khumbu region, Gokyo village is one of the Himalayas’ unsung treasures. Your trek will bring you over the winding path between forgotten valleys, snaking around tranquil lakes and traditional villages. You’ll also come face-to-face with the jewels of the Gokyo Lakes: Gokyo Ri, and the Fifth Lake - the splendor of which overlooks a stunning view of majestic Everest! Explore the glistening ice trail of the Cho La pass over a glacier before hiking to Kala Patthar, the famed Black Rock, as you savor the views of Everest, Pumari, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other peaks. We’ll then spend a thrilling day at the Everest Base Camp, and follow the classic trail down the mountain.

Enjoy this bracing, unforgettable journey with the reassurance of our trained, experienced guides and porters helping you each step of the way! Enjoy quaint teahouse lodging and the company of the friendly, welcoming mountain locals. Your trip is fully customizable - we love helping you make the memories of a lifetime.

    What's Included?

  • 17 day adventure, 14 of which include 3 meals a day
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included
  • Round-trip flight between Kathmandu and Lukla, flight/tax/transfer included
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  • Accommodation while trekking
  • Airport transfers
  • Everest trekking permit and TIMS (traveler security) Card
  • Fully-licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Porter service
  • Local and government taxes
  • First aid kit
  • Trip completion certificate
 
* Lukla Flight Delays (read more)
* Travel Insurance is required on all Treks (read more)
* No Extra Fees for Solo Travelers (read more)

Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day

Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft
Welcome to Nepal! We'll be meeting you at the airport and transferring you to your hotel in Kathmandu. This evening, we'll meet for a briefing and discussion of final arrangements.

Day 2 - Kathmandu to Lukla, Phakding

Altitude: 2,800m/9184ft (Lukla) & 2,652m/8,698ft (Phakding) Walking Distance: 8km (3-4 hours)
We'll be up early to board a quick flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the official kick-off point of our adventure. Upon arrival, you'll meet your guide and porters - you'll be spending plenty of time together, so this is an exciting moment! - and, soon enough, be setting off on foot. We start off on the stone-paved trails heading towards Bhaisekharka, over the uphill/downhill path to Phakding. On the way, we'll spy Mani (prayer rocks) and plenty of gorgeous scenery. We'll arrive at Phakding with plenty of time for either a nap before dinner, a walk through the village, or a quick hike to Gompa.

Day 3 - Phakding to Namche

Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft Walking Distance: 10-12km (5-6 hours)
We'll have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the trek to Namche Bazaar, the biggest sherpa village in Nepal. Our trail takes us first over the Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away. Soon thereafter, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check and then descend to Dudh Kosi River (spotting Mani stones along the way!) en route to Jorsale. Lunch will be served here, and then it's uphill to Namche. Our path along the riverbank is flanked by two crossings, one of which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. It's a tough climb up the hill to our resting place, but you'll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Everest in its majesty.

Day 4 - Namche: Rest and Acclimatization Day

Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft
At this point, we take a well-deserved break! Today will be spent resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. There's an optional 2 hour hike to Everest View Point, an uphill walk that will help speed acclimatization. Otherwise, spend the day exploring Namche Bazaar. Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering, or nearby Thame, a historic village. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the locals' marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment. The National Park office and close-by monasteries are also worth a visit!

Day 5 - Namche to Dole

Altitude: Dole 4,110m/13,480ft (6 hours walking)
We'll take one final loop of Namche before heading up a nice, easy trail that overlooks the snow-capped peaks of Shanasa. We'll ascend Mongla Hill on its left side and then head downward to Phortse Thanga, and lunch. It's a relatively simple afternoon walk to Dole - our stopping point - a small village adorned with a handful of teahouses.

Day 6 - Dole to Machhermo

Altitude: Machhermo 4,465m/14,645ft (3 to 5 hours walking)
The day starts with a climb over Dole via a scenic ridge. We'll follow our trail along a valley high over the river, crossing sandy spurs to gain Machhermo by midday with enough time to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and get some well-needed rest.

Day 7 - Machhermo to Gokyo

Altitide: Gokyo 4,720m/14,481ft (5 to 6 hours walking)
Over the ridge we go, starting our day with fantastic views of the valley to Kangtega and the northern part of Cho-Oyu. We'll descend towards the river bank and then begin the climb towards the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. As the trail follows the valley, it evens out again and brings us past Long Ponga Lake. We'll pause to appreciate the view before trekking another hour to the village of Gokyo, located on the edge of the third lake.

Day 8 - Gokyo: Rest Day With Option Hike

Altitide: Gokyo 4,720m/14,481ft
We've arrived in the Gokyo Lake Valley, and today is our day to explore, acclimate, and appreciate the stunning natural beauty of the area. We'll hike to Gokyo Ri in the morning, and savor the fantastic views of the entire Khumbu region, as well as Everest, Cho Yu, and other Himalayan peaks. Get your camera out - the photos are sure to be amazing. We'll hike around the fourth and fifth lake, taking time to soak up all the views. When we get back, you'll have time to relax and explore at leisure.

Day 9 - Gokyo to Taknak

Altitude: Taknak 4,700m/14,400ft (3 to 5 hours walking)
We only hike three hours today, but we'll need to start early! We are crossing the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the longest in Nepal. We need to make the crossing in the morning, before the glacier starts melting and gets too slippery and dangerous to trek. Even this early, you'll still hear the sounds of small rocks sliding into the glacial lake! Upon arrival in Taknak, we'll climb a small hill to acclimatize, and then spend the remainder of the day resting.

Day 10 - Taknak to Dzungla

Altitude: Cho La 5368m/17,607ft (6 to 8 hours walking)
Today is potentially one of the toughest days of our adventure! We'll face a steep climb after breakfast, followed immediately by a sharp drop in the trail heading down towards the bottom of the Chola Pass. We'll climb again after that, passing Buddhist prayer flags and gorgeous mountain views before carefully following an icy downhill trail past a huge rock to Dzungla.

Day 11 - Dzungla to Gorakshep

Altitude: Gorak Shep 5,140m/16,859 (6 hours walking)
A modest downhill path brings us to Lobuche after breakfast, and then through a rocky pass. We'll experience fabulous views of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, and other peaks! This is your chance to also spy the Khumbu Glacier. We'll pass through Kalapathar, and then on to Gorakshep.

Day 12 - Gorakshep to EBC, EBC to Gorakshep

Altitude: EBC 5364m/17,593ft (6 hours walking)
The trail to the Everest Base Camp is straight but steep, involving rocky dunes and moraine - the formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On the way to our destination, we'll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and icefall, located on the slopes of Everest. At the Base Camp, our goal, you'll have the chance (during the spring climbing season) to meet climbers attempting to scale the mountain's summit. Break out your cameras for unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty. As the afternoon sun starts to wane, we'll head back to Gorekshep for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a grueling and busy day.

Day 13 - Gorakshep to Kala Patthar, Pheriche

Altitude: Kala Patthar 5535m/18,154ft (6 to 8 hours walking)
We'll wake before dawn today to trek towards Kalapathar (which means "black rock") for a fiery, glorious sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day's first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse and Lhotse.This may be, of the whole journey, your most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterwards, it's back to Gorekshep for breakfast and down in the direction of Pheriche, our nighttime stop. Our pace will be a lot brisker as we descend, and the walking is easier going this way.

Day 14 - Pheriche to Namche

Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft (6 to 8 hours walking)
The walk from Pheriche is mainly downhill, although it does, counterintuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. We’ll pass through Tengboche before arriving in Namche by late afternoon for some relaxation. Tomorrow is our last day on the mountain.

Day 15 - Namche to Phakding, Lukla

Altitude: 2,800m/9184ft (6 to 8 hours walking)
After breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages, one of which is Phakding. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in a proper hotel and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you've accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet.

Day 16 - Lukla to Kathmandu

Flight 35 Mins. Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft (Kathmandu) & 2,800m/9184ft (Lukla)
In the morning, you'll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You’ll transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town, where we'll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip.

Day 17 - Kathmandu: Departure Day

Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft
It's your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We'll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we'll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.

Travel Insurance

Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers up to 6000m. We usually suggest World Nomads which costs around $125. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking.

Flight Delays in Lukla/Kathmandu

The flight between Kathmandu and Lukla where the trek starts is generally reliable but if the weather is bad all flights will be canceled for the day. In the event the flight is cancelled we will attempt to get you on a chartered helicopter but you are responsible for the extra costs in this event which can range from $150 to $500 or more depending on the number of people on the flight.

We schedule one extra day into the trek already as a buffer day in case of delays but as flights can at times be delayed for several days we suggest you add a couple of extra days at the end of your trip in case of any delays. Extra days should always be scheduled at the end of the trip and not the start.

    Extra Costs and Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa ($40 USD).
  • Sleeping Bag Rental $12 and Down Jacket $12 if needed.
  • All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Kathmandu.
  • We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek - Plan on a at least $80 (more will be appreciated).
  • We don't include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
  • The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few for around $4 and charging costs about $1.50 an hour.
  • Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($30/night) and meals in Kathmandu for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.


Solo Travelers

We generally don’t charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request.

If you are a solo travelers and planning and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.

Cancellation Policies

We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancelation fee. Once we have booked your flight between Kathmandu and Lukla your deposit is non-refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.

    Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch


    Upper Body

  • Cotton t-shirts or thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket


    Lower Body

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants


    Feet

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots


    Hands

  • Gloves


    Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
  • Trekking bag/duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
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