‘enjoy the highlights of both sides of Khumbu with Gokyo valley and Everest base camp via high Cho-La pass’
“Adventure on both scenic sides of high Khumbu area with beautiful Gokyo and Everest Base Camp, Walk into glorious high country at Gokyo valley within immense mountain views and glacial lakes, Visit high and marvelous view points of Gokyo-Ri and Kalapathar top crossing over scenic Cho-La pass, Enjoy the adventure of magnificent mountain scenery and lakes around Gokyo and Everest base camp, Fabulous walks within cultural and lovely villages of Sherpa the highlanders of Everest and Khumbu area, The best of high Khumbu valley visiting scenic Gokyo lakes and at world highest Everest base camp”.
Brief Trip Profile
Mode of Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu with local nice lodge on treks.
Trekking Grade: Moderate and Adventurous
Highest Spot: On top Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m, Cho-la Pass 5,367 m with highest top Kalapathar at 5,545 m and Everest base camp 5,364 m high.
Walking Hours: Minimum 4 hrs with Maximum of 7 hrs
Activities: Guided tour, overland journey and scenic trekking.
Trekking duration: 13 Nights and 14 Days (Lukla to Lukla)
Total Trip: 17 Nights and 18 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Best Seasons for Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trekking
Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trekking, best time from March to May when most days are clear for views and as well for pleasant walks with moderate temperatures and longer sunlight hours, and on this time of season when wild flowers are in full bloom, enjoy bright and beautiful wild flower especially rhododendron of various species from trees to bush of different colored flowers (national flower of Nepal the rhododendron).
March to May in late afternoon can be cloudy with chances of rain and snow around higher altitude and at high Cho-la pass.
Mid September to early December in autumn /fall and pre winter another best time for clear blue sky and sunny days (for short while from morning to mid day) can be cold and freezing during morning and night times above 2,000 m high.
Sunlight hours are short during autumn and winter seasons but most morning till late afternoon are clear for views and pleasant walks.
People and Culture
High Khumbu area populated by Highlanders the Sherpa of Everest, interwoven with Buddhism religion and colorful culture and fascinating heritage life style where you can witness from Lukla onwards, villages festooned with religious symbols and monuments of prayer flags, decorated walls with spinning chiming bells.
Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trekking an interesting blend of high Khumbu valley combining both scenic sides that Everest region has to offer, trekkers joining on this lovely high altitude walks will certainly enjoy good time with spectacular mountains views on daily treks.
Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trekking where adventure in the first part of the journey takes you to scenic and beautiful Gokyo valley a high magnificent area with calm glacial lakes with grand views of Mt. Cho-Oyu and range of peaks that reflects on its emerald colored lakes.
With time at Gokyo valley where walk takes you to high view point hill of Gokyo-Ri for sunrise over range of mountains that includes world four highest peaks from Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho-Oyu, after a glorious panorama adventure continues to cross high Cho-la pass sandwiched between high peaks of Cholatse and other adjoining peaks to reach our last final highlight at Everest base camp and on top the highest spot at Kalapathar.
Gokyo valley and Everest base camp trekking begins with sweeping scenic short flight to reach at Lukla airstrip, a Sherpa town where various treks and adventure commence and completes on this lively little town of Lukla, where our walk begins following Dudh Kosi River and then crossing a high bridge with climb to famous colorful Namche Bazaar.
At Namche with acclimatization days and to explore lovely culture and traditional life of the native Sherpa, especially on Saturday where a busy bazaar takes place once a week an interesting activities to witness if the day in Namche falls at the right time for market.
From Namche leaving the main popular route heading towards north within narrow valley and gorge within green woodland and then heading into a dry mountainous country where tree lines fades for higher mountains and arid terrain to reach at Gokyo valley and its beautiful lakes.
Enjoy grand moments at Gokyo where next adventure leads to cross high and scenic Cho-la pass to reach our main highlight at Everest Base Camp where you will be standing beneath world highest Mt. Everest within close to Khumbu Ice-Fall and glaciers.
After base camp climbing to a highest point of the adventure on top Kalapathar at 5,545 m overlooking mind-blowing scenery of giant peaks that surrounds you with closest views of Mt. Everest, enjoying glorious mountain panorama then head back to Lukla via Namche bazaar for final overnight around Everest and Khumbu.
Completing our wonderful adventure with short flight to land at Kathmandu where our Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp trekking concludes with amazing memories and experience on world highest spot around high Khumbu within scenic Everest region.
Short guide Line Itinerary
Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via various countries and airlines.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu preparation for trek with options for tour.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m (30 mins) and trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 05 hrs.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 06: Trek to Dole 4,100 m - 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Machherma 4,470 m - 04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Lake and the valley 4,800 m - 04 hrs.
Day 09: At Gokyo with Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m and walk to Thaknak 4,745 m - 04 hrs.
Day 10: Cross Cho-la Pass 5,367m and to Dzongla 4,830m - 07 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep - 06 hrs.
Day 13: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pangboche 3,900 m via - 06 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Namche Bazaar - 06 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Lukla - 06 hrs.
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 17: Spare extra day as contingency and for individual.
Day 18: International Departure to respective country.
As per Nepal Civil Aviation rules and norms where flight to Lukla from Kathmandu does not takes place, since last few months from March 2019 where flight operates from a town of Ramechap which is due east from Kathmandu.
To reach Ramechap takes 4-5 hrs drive on private vehicles and vice versa on the way back from Lukla also.