Gokyo Valley-Everest Base Camp Trekking

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18 Days




Moderate to Adventurous walks


5,367 M

Max altitude

Private/Domestic Vehicles


Hotel/Tea Houses


Sep-Dec/ Mar-May

Best season

Minimum 01 - Maximum 12

Group Size


‘enjoy the highlights of both sides of Khumbu with Gokyo valley and Everest base camp via high Cho-La pass’

Main Highlights

“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.

Please Note

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.

Detail Itenerary

On arrival at Nepal international airport in Kathmandu, where Professional Trekking Guide staff receives with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu. On checking your rooms getting refreshed then join in at hotel foyer / lobby meeting with other members of the trek, where our guide will brief providing information on Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp trekking. Evening group welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese environment restaurant with native folk culture programs along with the dinner.
A free day in Kathmandu you can enjoy at leisure as well preparation for the trek, on this day interested people can join in our exciting guided sightseeing tour for half or full day tour at places of great interest around World Heritage Sites.
Morning as time for Lukla flight a short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport for short scenic flight to Lukla on smaller aircraft (Dornier / Twin Otter or similar) after 30 minutes flight lands at Lukla airport, where walk begins to Phakding. Lukla airport named ‘Tenzing-Hillary’ in respect to first conqueror of Mt. Everest, and from Lukla with refreshing stop, walk starts downhill and then on gradual path heading into nice Sherpa village to reach our first overnight stop at Phakding village near Dudh Kosi River.
Today’s walk starts on pleasant trail within small forest of pines and rhododendron trees facing views of peaks, as walk follows river upstream to cross a long bridge to enter Sagarmatha National Park near Monjo village. Sagarmatha National Park also a world heritage sites from here walk follows on river gorge and to cross a high bridge where long uphill climb leads to Namche Bazaar, a large village almost the size of a town and the hub of Sherpa as well for visitors. At Namche Bazaar the only place on route base camp with facilities of ATM, Banks, post office, Cyber Café, Trekking / Climbing stores and shops with café, bakeries and restaurants include views of Kwangde peaks.
Namche Bazaar an ideal place for rest and for acclimatization day at an altitude 3,440 m high, morning having breakfast where short excursion and hike takes you on top of Namche a place with interesting museum provide information of the Khumbu / Everest area of Sherpa religions, culture, history, mountaineering to flora and flora. High hill of Namche offers stunning views of Amadablam, Tharmarserku, Kantega, Kwangde, Khumbila with Mt. Everest and Lhotse towards North, after an impressive morning head back to lodge for lunch with afternoon free to relax and catch up with the dairy and browse around the street of Namche, where once a week Saturday market / bazaar takes place.
From Namche walk to steep climb high above at Mong Hill, a small place with few Tea-House and Lodge facing views of peaks, from here downhill to Phorse-Tenga near Dudh Kosi within forested area a peaceful spot with nice houses serving as good lodge on route to Gokyo Lake. After possible lunch stop climb into cool shade of alpine forest within a gorge then walk further to reach a nice place at Dole for overnight stop.
After Dole morning short climb to a ridge and then on winding trail for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m and Luza at 4,390m; then skirting around ridge with views of Machherma, situated below on a small valley, then descend to Machherma for overnight stop.
Another short day walk as morning leads to Gokyo main Lake following a scenic trail to Pangka 4,545m, and then climb a rocky path within ablation valley, as walk leads past first lake and then second lake to reach third and the main lake of Gokyo, also called as Dudh Pokhari or Gokyo Lake. Gokyo valley and beautiful lakes located at the height of 4,800 m high, having lunch and rest options for short walk around the lake facing views of Mt. Cho-Oyo world’s 06th highest with peaks of Gyachung Kang that reflects on its Lake.
At Gokyo valley early morning climb to reach on top Gokyo Ri at 5,357 m, rewards you with stunning panorama of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Mt. Makalu covering four world highest mountains at one glance with series of smaller peaks. Enjoying views and grand mountain panorama with massive Ngozumba Glacier and of Gokyo then descend back downhill for lunch at Gokyo afternoon a short distance walk past 2nd and 1st lakes to reach at Thaknak for overnight stop located beneath Cho-la pass (also spelled as Tsho-La).
Early morning climb over steep path of rocks and boulders to reach the top of Cho-la pass, also spelled as Tsho-la, the pass festooned with stone cairns and colorful Buddhist prayer flags with close views of Cholatse and Nirekha peaks. After a refreshing break descend slowly with much care on steep down to reach Dzongla for overnight stop, on the other side of Gokyo valley separated by high Cho-la pass.
After Dzongla, morning short climb to reach on the main trail of Dingboche and Pheriche to reach Lobuche, where walk leads on much easier trail with views of Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, Amadablam, after a short hour of gradual walk reach Lobuche for overnight stop in the comfort of nice cozy lodge.
Adventure today takes you to our main final highlights, as morning starts with climb above Khumbu glacier facing view of Mt. Pumori, Lingtrin, Khumbutse and Mt. Everest then reach at Gorakshep, a place with few lodges before Everest Base Camp; after a refreshing stop walk to Everest Base Camp as path leads over moraine to reach our ultimate goal at Everest Base Camp. At Base Camp enjoy fascinating moments within close to massive Khumbu Ice fall and glacier, where return journey takes you back to Gorakshep for overnight stop after a great day walk of the adventure.
Morning leads to steep climb of few hours to reach on the highest spot of the adventure on top of Kalapathar at 5,545 meters high, where you have superb vista of surrounding high peaks with Mt. Everest at close distance. After a great wonderful panorama walk down to Gorakshep and continue trek towards Pheriche windy valley for lunch stop. Pheriche a temporary settlement near Dingboche with more than 20 lodges and teahouses with grand views of Taboche, Cholatse, Amadablam and as far to Mt. Cho-Oyu in the distance north west, from here on easy walk with short ups and down to Pangboche village for overnight stop.
From Pangboche pleasant downhill to a bridge with an hour climb up to Tengboche back within trees lines and green vegetation, with time at Tengboche retrace the journey back to Namche Bazaar for overnight stop before Lukla.
A pleasant and relaxing walk as route heads back to Lukla on this last day trek of the adventure, with few short climb brings you back to Lukla for last overnight stop around Khumbu and Everest and farewell to our loyal and friendly porters.
Flight starts early morning, transfer to Tenzing and Hillary air terminal at Lukla airport on boarding the plane a sweeping flight of 35 minutes brings you back in Kathmandu and then transfer to respective hotels with rest of the day free at leisure.
In Kathmandu a spare as contingency day just in case of flight delay and cancellation at Lukla or in the beginning of the trek, which occurs quite often even in the best time of the year due where bad and unfavorable weather conditions hamper the flight. If all goes well as our standard itinerary days, where people with interest can join in for optional tour around Kathmandu around place of great interest or enjoy free individual activities and shopping.
Final and last day in the country of Himalaya wonders with varied interesting cultures, after a memorable time and experience on Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp trekking, with time for your international flight, where our staff and guide transfer you to the airport for flight back home or to next respective port of call.


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Cost Includes

    • Pickups and drops
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
    • 3 meals during the trek
    • TIMS and Permits
    • All sightseeing on private vehicle
    • Guided city tour of Kathmandu valley
    • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu by Domestic Flights
    • Staff cost including air ticket, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance
    • Teahouse/Lodge accommodations during the trekking days
    • Welcome and farewell dinner
    • Licensed, English speaking guide
    • Porters ( 1 porter for 2 client with maximum weight of 20 kg)
    • All government taxes and service charges
    • All entrance fees
    • Best Nepal Guide T-Shirt
    • Medical first aid box
    • Trekking Map

Cost Excludes

    • Nepalese visa fee
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal communication, laundry, shopping
    • Nepalese SIM card
    • Hard drinks
    • International airfares and taxes
    • Tips

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This trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.
To prepare for a strenuous trek like this you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.