Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo - Black Diamond Expedition
  • Goko Lakes - Everest Region
  • View of Gokyo Lakes from Gokyo Ri

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo

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  • Duration
    Duration:20 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 3 Nights (Standard Hotel)
    16 Nights (Lodges/Tea Houses)
  • Meals
    Meals :19 Breakfast, 17 Lunch
    18 Dinner
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade : Moderate
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude: 5,545m/18,193ft

Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes offers the magnificent views of the beautiful landscapes as well as terraced farmland. This trek belongs to the moderate grade in its difficulty. The real trek starts from Lukla and it seeks for acclimatization for the beginning or inexperienced trekkers. The views of Mt. Everest and the other lofty Himalayan peaks are indeed marvelous from Gokyo- Ri. Gokyo Lake is also an elegant spot to be seen as one of the special gift of nature in the high altitude region.

The spectacular mountains over 8000m such as Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu, and the views of Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest Glacier in Nepal Himalaya are some of the exciting sights visible from above the Gokyo Ridge. Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo also offers one of the most exciting panoramic views of the tremendous ice ridge between Mt. Cho -Oyu and Mt. Gyachung Kang (7922m) in Khumbu region. Trekkers of this route enjoy this perfect adventurous route as the altitude, snow-white mountains and cold breeze gives us an experience beyond our imagination. This trek , which is hardly found elsewhere, gives opportunity to trek to the place and elevation that everyone desire to be at least once in their lifetime. The trekking trails offers enchanting views of the roof of the world with a full sightseeing of the rich Sherpa culture flourished and sustained in the highest elevation of the earth.

Highlights

  • Marvelous view of the lofty mountains and Himalayan giants like Mt. Everest
  • Special gift of nature in the high altitude region
  • Ngozumpa Glacier peaks over are visible at the same time
  • Perfect adventurous trails beyond imagination
  • Full of fascinating views of the roof of the world

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After check in, you can either take rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Hotel Encounter Nepal

Meals: Dinner 

Day 2 Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding

Early morning after breakfast transfer to Kathmandu airport’s domestic terminal to fly over Lukla, a gateway destination for trekking in Everest Region. After 40 minutes adventurous and scenic view flight, we reach in the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla. Here we meet our other crew members and then we begin our first day’s easy trek through forest, villages and along the Dudh Koshi River to Phakding.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 2,652m/8,700ft
Trek Duration: 3-4 hrs

Day 3Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Today also we follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross suspension bridges many times, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. On the way, we can see the beautiful view of Mt Thamserku (6618m). Passing through the small village of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo we enter in to the Sagarmatha National Park. We cross the last village of Jorsale before Namche and then gradual walk through the forest and bridges until we reach the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers (Larja Dobhan). After then about 2 hours steep climb we reach Chautara from where we get the first sight of Mt. Everest. From there another 1.5 hours easy walking bring us to Namche Bazzar, the gate way to Mt. Everest and the main trading center.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 2,800m/9,186ft
Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 4Namche Bazaar: Rest day

After 2 days walking we take a rest in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize the body. It is recommended to stay active during rest day also which helps to acclimatize our body quickly. Walking little high altitude around 100 ft will help to acclimatize properly. Morning we do hike in Thame and later explore Namche Bazzar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5Trek from Namche to Dole

Today, we will progress towards Dole, encountering various elevations along the way. After approximately two hours of trekking, we will reach Mong La Pass (3957m/12982ft). From this vantage point, the peaks of Mt. Ama Dablam (6812m/22349ft.) and Mt. Khumbi La (5761m/18901ft.) unfold before us. Moreover, our path descends through enchanting pine and rhododendron forests. After a while, we will reach Phortse Tenga, and from there, we will move onward to Dole. Overnight in Dole.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3957m/12982ft
Trek Duration: 4 hrs

Day 6Dole to Machhermo

After having breakfast, we will begin the trek from Dole to Machherma (4,470m/14,663 ft). We will commence the day amidst a blossoming landscape, with a gradual ascent through a picturesque valley above Dole. Continuing our journey, we will be treated to an amazing view of Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth-tallest mountain. The trail passes through diverse local communities and the breathtaking hamlet of Luza (4,360m/14,304ft). Likewise, after traversing the hillside above the Dudh Koshi River and passing through various small villages and sandy ridges, we will ultimately reach Machherma. Overnight stay in Machhermo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 4,470m/14,663 ft
Trek Duration: 4-5 hrs

Day 7 Machhermo to Gokyo

Today, we start by climbing a ridge for views of Kangtaiga and Cho Oyu (8153 m). Passing through Phangkha, we descend to the riverbank before ascending onto the Ngazumpa Glacier’s terminal moraine. Crossing an iron bridge, we reach the first lake, Longpongo, at 4690 m, where we may spot lama footprints. Continuing, we’re mesmerized by the turquoise waters of Taboche Tsho and the third lake, linked by a stream. Gokyo village, with Cho-Oyu Mountain in the backdrop, provides a spectacular sight. After lunch, we explore Dudh Pokhari before overnighting in Gokyo.

  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 4-5 hrs

Day 8Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day (hike Gokyo Ri or fourth lake- Thonak Tsho and fifth lake- Ngozuma Tsho)

It is recommended to stay active during rest day also which helps to acclimatize our body quickly. Walking little high altitude around 100 ft will help to acclimatize properly. If weather is clear we hike the Gokyo Ri (5360m) today, instead of waiting for tomorrow which is considered as a best viewpoint of Everest Region. Or we take a side trip towards sixth lake beyond Gokyo Ri hill. After breakfast we trek north from Gokyo along the moraine of Ngozumba Glacier with only a small gain in altitude. Just about 3 km walk we reach at fourth lake, Thonak Tsho (4870 m), a steely grey pool surrounded by enormous cliffs and peaks. We continue to fifth lake, Ngozumba Tsho(4990m), set beneath the giant Cho Oyu. We can hike small hill on the east edge which locally known as Scoundrel’s Viewpoint (5000m) from where shiny close wall of Cho Oyu, upper expanse of Ngozumpa Glacier, unobstructed views of the north face of Everest as well as Nuptse, Lhotse and Makalu can be seen. It’s very hard to reach the sixth lake, Gyazumba Tsho (5419m) and back in one day. But if we are interested, still have stamina and enough time we may try for sixth lake. Finally trek back to Gokyo village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9Hike Gokyo Ri - Thaknak

If Gokyo Ri, the main highlight of the tip, has not been climbed the day before we climb it today. Early morning we climb stiff ridge for 2 hours to Gokyo Ri. Form the summit, there are panoramic views of Cho Oyu,Pumo Ri, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Taboche, Kangtega, K 43, Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru, with the Ngozumpa Glacier and tiny Gokyo village. The view of first sun rays stroke on the Everest is totally different from the view seen from Kala Patthar (Nuptse obstructs the view of Everest). We take time to admire the rare view of the planet by capturing the wordless scenery. The trip to Gokyo Ri will be unforgettable life time memory. We trek back to Gokyo village and after breakfast we trek towards Thaknak. We follow the same route near to first Lake, Longpongo. Then we follow the left path and crossing the Ngozumba Glacier we reach at Thaknak.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 5357 m/17,570 ft
Trek Duration: 4-5 hrs

Day 10Thaknak to Cho-la Pass to Dzongla

Today is the toughest day. We start early (around 4-5 am) to climb challenging pass of the trip, the Cho La Pass (5368). The trail to Cho La Pass is steep, slippery and there is a chance of rock falls. So we need to walk steadily and carefully. On the way to Cho La Pass, we pass through frozen lake and view of Amadablam, Cholatse and other prominent mountains become more attractive. From the top of pass we can see the Kyajo Ri, Tengkangpoche, Numbur, Kangchung etc. While descend from the pass, the view of Pyramid shaped Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lobuche East are captivated but we need to be more careful since the trail passes through crevasses and steep rocky way. We descend continuously passing by small village of Leisyasa (4860m) and then few minutes’ walk will bring us in summer herding beautiful Dzonghla village from where we can see the complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: (5367 m/17,604 ft
Trek Duration: 7-8 hrs

Day 11Dzongla to Lobuche

Today is short walk day and we get spare time to re-energize for coming days adventure. After breakfast we climb down from Dzongla through gradual trail crossing small streams, passing by the Chola Tsho / lake (4590 m), walk through the boulder path left by khumbu glacier and and viewing beautiful towering Mt. Nuptse, Lobuche, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thanserku and many more. we reach Lobuche. Relax our tired body and stroll around village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 4910 m/16,105 ft
Trek Duration: 2-3 hrs

Day 12Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep

We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out inagainst the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest.

However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is recommended that we visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. As the setting sun’s rays strike the snow-capped mountains, the resulting scenery is incredible.Therefore, for those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar today instead of the next day please inform your guide and he/she will coordinate accordingly

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 8-9 hrs

 

Day 13Hike to Kala Patthar viewpoint, trek to Gorak Shep and to Pheriche

After an early breakfast, we will begin the trek towards Kalapatthar. Hiking over the vantage point of the village, we’ll witness the breathtaking and awe-inspiring sunrise view over the mountain peaks. Once you reach the summit, you will be greeted with a 360-degree panoramic spectacle, encompassing Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Changtse, and the Khumbu Valley. After enjoying the beauty of the Himalayas, we will descend to Gorak Shep and take some time to rest. Similarly, today, we will descend towards Pheriche, passing through the Thukla pass and Thukla village. We will stay overnight in Pheriche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 7-8 hrs

Day 14 Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

The trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar encompasses a breathtaking journey through the Himalayan terrain. We will traverse the picturesque landscapes of Pangboche and Tengboche. Once we reach our destination, we will visit the largest monastery in the Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery. Similarly, as we trek, trekkers will explore the Sansa villages, offering stunning views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Thamserku.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3870m/12900 ft
Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 15Namche Bazaar to Lukla

We prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Lobuche for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Lobuche.

Those participants who will visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to start early as Everest base camp hike takes longer than the hike at Kala Patthar. After returning to Gorak Shep, both the groups will have lunch together; the afternoon is taken to descend down to Pheriche for a good night’s rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 16Back to Kathmandu from Lukla

We trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through pine forests. In the forest, we may come across colorful pheasants and mountain goats. The path eventually reaches Sansa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. We also pass winding trails then through a forest before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 Departure Day

After breakfast you are free till departure time. If you have more time you can do shopping or sightseeing around Kathmandu. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Black Diamond drops you to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Included

  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu airfare
  • Domestic airport tax
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 16 nights accommodation in standard guest house/lodges during trekking
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • An experienced guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) during trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are need to be returned after trek)
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • City tour guide
  • Entrance fees in the monuments during city tour
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • All kind of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

Accomodation

You will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category’s hotel in Kathmandu; and basic tea houses/guest houses during the trek when trekking with Black Diamond Expedition. On most Everest Treks, the tea houses or lodges serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge of USD 495. However, it may be difficult to get one in higher points or during peak season trekking. Some of the tea houses in this trekking region in both lower and higher elevations may have shared bathroom and toilet facilities. We always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Everest Base Camp.

Meals

Your meal plan in Kathmandu includes only breakfast while a three-course meal will be served during the trekking. The tea house where we spend an overnight will serve us a balanced diet for breakfast and dinner whereas lunch is taken at one of the tea houses on the way to our next destination. Black Diamonds has also prepared a special Welcome and Farewell dinner for the guests following a cultural performance.

Best time to trek Everest Base Camp

The best times for the Everest Base Camp trek are Autumn (September to December) and Spring (March to May). The weather is sunny and warm making the views outstanding in these seasons. During these seasons, you’ll encounter favorable weather conditions with moderate temperatures, clear skies, and captivating natural vistas. However, visits during other seasons also have their advantages, such as fewer crowds and often lower prices compared to peak seasons. 

Packing list for Everest Base Camp Via Gokyo Lake

While trekking to the high altitude Everest area, it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should be sure not to overpack the stuff because you will be trekking through the rough terrain in high altitude areas and it will be difficult for yourself to carry all the stuff and trek. So you should be careful and clever to pack only the necessary items. Some of the essential items that you should pack includes:

  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Base layer
  • Insulating layer
  • Gloves
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking Boots

For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Everest Base Camp packing list.

FAQs

How difficult is Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Trek?

This trek is considered moderately challenging due to its high altitudes, longer duration, and more demanding trails. Trekkers should be fully prepared with the necessary gear and equipment and be physically and mentally strong. 

 

What is the best time to trek Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lake?

The best time to trek everest base camp with Gokyo Lake is Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn(September, October, and November). These seasons provide favorable weather conditions with clear skies and majestic views of mountains. 

What if I cancel the trip? Do I get a refund?

With our lifetime deposit policy at Black Diamond Expedition, you have the flexibility to transfer your deposit to anyone or any other trip. However, if you still prefer to cancel your booked trip, certain fees will be charged. For more detailed information on our policy, please visit our terms and conditions.

Is my trip guaranteed?

Definitely yes! Our booked trips typically run as scheduled. Unlike  other agencies, you are certain to go on your trek, even if other trekkers cancel their trip.You can book in confidence with us, knowing that our trips are almost always guaranteed to run. The only exceptions are extreme and unfortunate circumstances namely political riots, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemics or severe weather. We are a tailor-made company, so even if your trips have been canceled by other operators and on stress, you’re always welcome to us in order to sort out your trip decisions.

What kind of clothes and gears are needed to trek Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp trek is via Gokyo lakes a unique experience where you will be trekking in remote Himalayas in lodges or tea houses instead of camping. It is not as cold as Mount Kilimanjaro. But still, it is important to come prepared with the appropriate clothing. You’ll need clothes that can be layered, which makes it easy to add and remove as needed. Check out our comprehensive Everest Base Camp packing list for a detailed list of what to pack.

What kind of accommodations are found on the route to Everest Base Camp?

During your long-duration trek to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo lakes it is important to take the time to relax, and get proper rest after a long day’s hike to be ready for the next day’s adventure. So to ensure your comfort, we always book the best lodges available. While booking, we make sure that these accommodations are clean and have comfortable beds with an electric blanket, attached bathroom & modern western toilets (wherever available). Keep in mind that the higher you get the fewer facilities you get as it is difficult to transport building materials. We prioritize your safety and comfort, so we always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Everest Base Camp.

Can I trek independently?

While it’s possible to trek independently, having a licensed guide is recommended for safety, navigation, and local insights. You can hire a porter to carry your backpack, making the trek less physically demanding.

Can I customize my itinerary or add extra days to explore the area?

Yes, you can customize your itinerary to your preferences and interests.

Is altitude sickness a concern on this trek?

Yes, altitude sickness is the main concern because of high altitudes. However, you can overcome this by remaining hydrated and ensuring proper acclimatization. 

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Olivia Martinez

Group Traveller

I had a lot of fun and great time doing this trek. Highly recommended!

October 24, 2023

Isaac Turner

Group Traveller


The trip was truly amazing! Exploring the natural vistas with my wife was an absolute joy. Every step of the trek offered stunning scenes that left us speechless. The panoramic views of the landscapes were incredibly beautiful, making our journey so much more memorable and rewarding. The overall experience was beyond words; it was a perfect escape into the stunning natural world.”

October 20, 2023

Nathan Girard

Group Traveller

An epic adventure! The trek provided not just stunning views but also a chance to immerse in the Sherpa culture. Each step felt like a testament to the incredible power of nature. I had a great time with the group member. Thanks Ashish for guiding and taking care of each and everyone safety

October 11, 2023

Sophia De Luca

Solo Traveller

I did the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo solo in August, and this journey felt like a therapy. It was incredibly refreshing. I’m genuinely glad I took this time for myself and do this journey. I want to express my gratitude to my guide, Shankar, for his excellent guidance, and to the hardworking porter, Norbu. I highly recommend this trip

September 6, 2023

Samuel Hill

Group Traveller

I did the Everest base camp trek via Gokyo on march. It was an extraordinary journey filled with stunning vistas. The guides were knowledgeable, the local culture was immersive, and the views of the Himalayas were simply breathtaking. I got to see many spectacular views that felt so unreal. Thanks to the whole team of Black Diamond Expedition for this lifetime memory.

April 19, 2023
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