EVEREST BASE CAMP VIA GOKYO

  • Days:18 Days
  • Difficulty:moderate to strenuous
  • Country:Nepal
  • Activity:Trekking and hiking
  • Max Altitude:5545m/18,192ft
  • Accomodation:Tea house/lodges
  • Best Season:March-May, Sep-Nov
  • Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner (BLD)
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EVEREST BASE CAMP VIA GOKYO-18 Days Day/s

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Accomodation

  • Hotel & Lodges

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  • breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Duration

18 Days

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Trip Introduction

Also known as Everest Circuit trek, this is one of the most adventurous treks in the Everest Himalayas, it follows the route via high pass of Cho La at 5,330m into the Base Camp of Mount Everest. A unique trek that goes through Lukla, Namche bazaar and all the way to Gokyo, Chola Pass, Kalapattar and Everest Base Camp.

Leading you to the home of the legendary Sherpa people, based at the foothills of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest at 8,848m. This trek follows the highly praised trekking route through the Dudh Koshi to its source the Gokyo Lake which is to the west of the Everest Base Camp, giving you the benefit to summit Gokyo Peak (5,483m) offering a fantastic panoramic view of Cho Oyo, Everest and Makalu.

As we cross the Cho-La pass, and return back to Lukla following the route through Everest Base Camp, Kalapattar down to Tengboche monastery, Khumjung village, Namche Bazar and Lukla.

Enjoy the breathtaking views of Everest including several other similar peaks and explore the Buddhists monasteries located at the world’s highest elevation.

Our Gokyo to Everest base camp Group trek departure every week from Kathmandu, private trek can be arranged any time, view our selected departure dates here.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing in the World Heritage Sites: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Get acquainted with the mountain people in the heart of Himalayas
  • The beautiful Gokyo Valley
  • Impressive views of the Khumbu Icefall
  • Climbing Gokyo Ri at the elevation of 5,357 m
  • Climbing Kala Patthar at the elevation of 5,555 m
  • Everest Base Camp and walking on the Khumbu glacier
  • Visiting Tengboche Monastery
18 Days of walking
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying a Malla Treks signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

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Day 2

Manthali to Lukla Flight   

the airport in Manthali, Ramechhap is about 4 to 5 hours away from Kathmandu. Wake up at 2:30 am and take an escorted shuttle to Manthali airport on a shared tourist vehicle. Board a 20 to 30 minute flight to Lukla. Manthali to Lukla flight is relevant during peak trekking months.

Kathmandu to Lukla Flight    

Wake up at 5/6 am. Our staff will escort you to the airport’s domestic terminal in Kathmandu. Board a 35 to 45 minute flight to Lukla. Kathmandu to Lukla flight is relevant during the off-season of trekking.

Helicopter Option   

You have the option to book a direct helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla for an extra charge of USD 400 per person. This price is quoted on a 5-people sharing basis. This is the best alternative to avoid the long drive to Manthali airport during peak season (March, April, May, October, and November).

Prepare your luggage for the trek the day before the flight. You will be arriving at the Tenzing Hillary Airport early in the morning. Breakfast in Lukla. Porter will meet the group in Lukla and are assigned to carry luggage. Today we trek to Phakding. The trail is straightforward. We head out of Lukla and follow the Dudh Koshi River downhill. The route connects to the Namche Bazaar trail, just above Chaurikharka (2,713 m/8,900 ft). Continuing, we come across the small village of Ghat. After a brisk hike, we arrive at Phakding. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home

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Day 3

we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail. Overnight at Hotel Namche

 

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Day 4

We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at Hotel Namche

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Day 5

The trail climbs steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking very pristine in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharka and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day. Overnight at a Guest house

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Day 6

We climb a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. We will reach Machherma by early noon. Overnight at a Guest house

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Day 7

The trek today takes us at one of our main destinations, Gokyo (4,790m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will have couple of sightseeing and hiking trips around Gokyo. Overnight at Gokyo Resort

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Day 8

Early in the morning we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,357 m. You get stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. This day we have for acclimatization and after noon back to the camp. Overnight at Gokyo Resort

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Day 9

Trek to the foot of Cho La pass. Accomodation in Thangna will be very basic and in a dormitory based room because of its remoteness. Overnight at a Guest house

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Day 10

We start before sunrise at 4 or 5am to reach the pass by 9 – 10am to dodge bad weather conditions of the noontime. We cross over at an altitude of 5,300m where we could be exposed to strong winds if we crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views, then we descend to the Dzongla at noon. Accommodation in Dzongla will be basic because of its remoteness. Overnight at a Guest house

 

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Day 11

A rather easier and shorter trekking route will take us to Lobuche after 4 hours of trekking. Overnight at a Guest house

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Day 12

This is difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365m the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team there about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep for the night. Overnight at a Guest house

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Day 13

This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Early in the morning we climb up to Kala Patthar, a small peak (by the Himalayan standards) at 5,555m. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29,029ft (8,848m), towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5,180m then trek down to pheriche. Overnight at Edelweiss Pheriche

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Day 14

Today is another long day of our trek we will hike to namche bazaar where we spent 2 nights before.After the previous day’s tiring ascent to Kala Patthar, today is long day but due to the lower altitude your pace be good enough to the lower altitudes. If we wish to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche we can do so by taking a different trail after Shomare. Otherwise we take the regular trial to reach Pangboche. From Pangboche we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche finally, we reach Tengboche. From tengboche we decend down to punki thenga and we climb up all the way to Namche. Overnight at Hotel Namche

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Day 15

Retracing our steps along the east bank of the Dudh Kosi we make our final day down to Lukla,. Lukla itself is a thriving community that is an eclectic mix of Sherpas, trekkers and makes for a fascinating place to explore at the end of the trek. Overnight at Hotel Yeti mountain Home

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Day 16

The flight from Lukla takes about 35 to 45 minutes. After arriving at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu via a shared tourist vehicle. This is relevant for the months outside peak trekking months.

Helicopter Option      

You have the option to book a direct helicopter flight from Lukla to Kathmandu for an extra charge of USD 400 per person. This price is quoted on a 5-people sharing basis. This is the best alternative to avoid the long drive to from Manthali airport to Kathmandu during peak season (March, April, May, October and November).

If you would like to spend more time in Nepal, we offer trips to popular destinations in Nepal. Pokhara tour, Chitwan National Park, Kathmandu Cultural Heritage Tours, etc., are some of our popular Nepal trips. In addition, we also provide outbound tours to Tibet, India, and Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast Included)

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Day 17

this will be a spare day in Kathmandu after the successful trekking program. The afternoon is free to relax or do some last minute shopping or

Sightseeing on your own in the evening we will have a farewell dinner.

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Day 18

After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to airport and depart Kathmandu on your homeward-bound flight. Or if you’d prefer to spend more time in Nepal. We would love to accompany you on another trip through Nepal in the future.

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NOTE:

During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors,that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

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Included

  • Arrival and Departure: Pick-up and drop-off from the airport to the hotel.
  • Hotel Accommodation: Twin sharing room with bed and breakfast basis in Kathmandu.
  • Permit: All necessary permits including National Park permits, TIMS permit, and conservation entry fees.
  • Insurance: Comprehensive insurance coverage for all Nepalese staff during the trek.
  • Member Transportation: Domestic airfare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return Lukla to Kathmandu with a guide as per the itinerary. Transportation of necessary equipment for all.
  • Member Luggage: Each member is allowed up to 15 kg of personal baggage during the trek, carried by porters.
  • Lodging and Food: Accessible accommodation in hotels and lodges with 3 meals a day (B/L/D) during the trek.
  • Guide and Porter: One English-speaking guide and porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek.
  • Staff Salary and Allowance: Daily wages, salary, food, and accommodation for all Nepalese staff.
  • First Aid Kit: A well-stocked first aid kit will be available for emergencies

Excluded

  • Airfare and Visa: International flight fares to/from Kathmandu and Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Personal Transportation: Any personal transportation beyond the aforementioned programs.
  • Lunch and Dinner: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and during early returns from the trek.
  • Extra Night in Kathmandu: Any extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrivals, late departures, or early returns from the trek.
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required, including rescue, repatriation, medication, medical tests, and hospitalization costs.
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone, internet, battery recharge, shower, laundry, alcoholic beverages, boiled water, beer, coke, and personal trekking gear and equipment.
  • Tips: Tips for guides, porters, and staff.

Note: Any other services not mentioned in the included or excluded services list will not be covered and will be the responsibility of the trekker.

Route Map


Altitude Map

Accommodations

Basic Trekking Equipments list

                  

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Quantity Type Remarks
1 Woolen Cap     1
2 Sunglasses     1  UV protected
3 Bob Scarf/buff Mask     1
4 Warm down Jacket     1
5 Thermal Inner Layer  2 pairs
6 Gloves  1 pair
7 Sleeping Bag    1 20 + Degrees
8 Trekking Trousers & Inner Vest As per necessity
9 Trekking Shoes  1 pair   Full Ankle
10 Woolen Socks 3/4 pairs
11 Trekking Poles  1 pair
12 Water Bottle    1    Thermos  1 L+
13 Waterproof Jacket    1
14 Slippers  1 pair
15 Sun Block    1     SPF 30
16 Personal First Aid Kit    1
17 Trekking Bag    1    Rucksack  50 L+
18 Area Map    1
19 Head Light with extra battery    1

General Trekking Info


  1. Trekking at high altitudes requires warm clothing to protect you from the cold. A down jacket with a hood is a must for altitudes above 4,000 m. You can rent a down jacket for USD 30-40 based on trekking days, but please note that in case of loss or damage, you will need to reimburse the cost of USD 150 per item.


  2. A good quality sleeping bag is essential for a comfortable night’s sleep during the trek. You can rent a 4-season sleeping bag for USD 30-40 based on trekking days, but again, if you lose or damage the sleeping bag, you will need to reimburse the cost of USD 150 per item.


  3. Before embarking on your trek, make sure to acclimatize to the altitude by spending a few days in Kathmandu. This will help your body adjust to the change in altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.


  4. It is essential to have proper trekking shoes that are comfortable and provide good traction. Make sure to break in your shoes before the trek to avoid blisters and discomfort.


  5. The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, so it is crucial to pack for different weather conditions. Layers of clothing, including a waterproof jacket and pants, are recommended.


  6. Trekking poles can be a lifesaver, especially when trekking uphill or downhill. They help reduce the pressure on your knees and provide extra stability.


  7. It is important to stay hydrated while trekking. Carry a water bottle or bladder with you and make sure to drink enough water throughout the day. Avoid drinking untreated water and carry water purification tablets or a water filter.


  8. Toiletries like wet wipes and hand sanitizer are essential, especially when there is no access to running water. It is also important to carry toilet paper and dispose of it properly.


  9. Trekking in the Himalayas can be physically demanding, so it is essential to be in good physical shape. Regular exercise and cardiovascular training can help prepare your body for the trek.


  10. Respect the local culture and traditions by learning a few words in the local language and dressing modestly. Avoid giving money or sweets to children, as it can encourage a culture of begging.


  11. Trekking in the Himalayas can be an unforgettable experience, so take the time to enjoy the scenery and immerse yourself in the local culture. Take plenty of pictures, but remember to be respectful of the local customs and traditions.


 

FAQ

You can apply visa to Nepal through embassy or other diplomatic mission to your country also you can obtain tourist visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. If you prefer to use a visa service you will find many by searching on the internet, one in particular we have found reliable is CIBT: https://cibtvisas.com/

Yes, it is compulsory you should arrange your travel insurance and please insure your chosen policy also covers helicopter and medical rescue and repatriation costs.

In Kathmandu or in other cities we use 5-star hotels and in trekking or in remote areas we provide the highest quality available

Between 1000m and 3500m the temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to 5 deg C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 deg C to -10 deg C. During winter it is around 10 deg colder.

Nepal is Greenwich Mean Time plus five hours and 45 minutes. That means if it’s 8:00pm in Kathmandu, it’s 9:15am in New York and 6:15am in California.

Nepal is on the 220V system. Sockets are usually the three-pin variety, but they vary. If you are planning to use something like a hairdryer or electric shaver at the hotel, bring a converter and a selection of plug adapters.

There are varieties of Food item so menu will be provided to all the clients and they can order their food according to the menu.

As long as you are in good physical shape, you do not require any hiking experience for short treks. If you are planning a trek longer than a week, you should work out or do long day hikes at home.

You should bring a one-litre water bottle with you on the trek. We prefer that you purify water yourself using iodine in order to save scarce fuel. You can also buy mineral water bottles or boiled water during the trek.

Yes, we will provide you a domestic sim card or a satellite phone from which you can make international calls. You can also buy a domestic sim card on your own in Kathmandu.

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