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Gokyo Lakes to Everest Base Camp: Unleash the 7 Powerful Steps to Adventure

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Duration

17 days 16 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

1 person

Languages

English

About this tour

Trekking from Gokyo Lakes to Everest Base Camp (EBC) in Nepal is an incredible journey, showcasing some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. The trek usually starts from Lukla, where you’ll fly in from Kathmandu, and then heads towards Namche Bazaar before branching off towards Gokyo Valley or directly to EBC.

If you’re coming from Gokyo Lakes, you’ll cross the Cho La Pass (5,420 meters/17,782 feet), a challenging but rewarding part of the trek, offering stunning views of the Himalayas. The route then descends to join the main trail leading to EBC. Along the way, you’ll encounter picturesque villages, suspension bridges, Buddhist monasteries, and spectacular views of Mount Everest and neighboring peaks.

The Gokyo Lakes region is known for its turquoise glacial lakes and offers a chance to explore the less crowded areas of the Everest region compared to the more popular EBC route. However, both routes offer their own unique experiences and stunning views.

It’s important to prepare well for this trek, acclimatize properly, and have a guide if you’re not familiar with the terrain. The weather can be unpredictable, so having the right gear and clothing is essential. And of course, taking time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and immerse yourself in the local culture adds immensely to the experience.

Gokyo Lakes
Gokyo Lakes

How is it different from Classic Everest Base Camp Trek ?

The Gokyo Lakes to Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek and the classic EBC trek each offer their own unique experiences, catering to different preferences and trekking abilities:

  1. Gokyo Lakes to EBC Trek:

    • Provides a more serene and less-crowded trekking experience.
    • Showcases the stunning Gokyo Lakes and involves crossing Cho La Pass, offering diverse landscapes and panoramic views.
    • May require slightly more trekking experience due to the challenging pass and potentially fewer amenities along the route.
    • Offers a different angle and perspective of Everest and surrounding peaks.
  2. Classic EBC Trek:

    • Well-trodden path with more infrastructure, teahouses, and fellow trekkers, making it more accessible for beginners.
    • Offers a historic route to Everest Base Camp and provides a chance to experience the iconic base camp and the Khumbu Glacier.
    • Provides a gradual ascent without the challenge of crossing high passes, making it relatively more straightforward for novice trekkers.

The Gokyo Lakes to Everest Base Camp trek offers a different perspective and experience compared to the classic Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek.

  1. Scenery and Route: The Gokyo Lakes trek takes you through the Gokyo Valley, renowned for its pristine turquoise lakes, including the Gokyo Lakes themselves. The route also involves crossing Cho La Pass, offering stunning panoramic views. This path provides a different vantage point of Everest and neighboring peaks compared to the traditional EBC trek.
  2. Crowds and Trekking Difficulty: The classic EBC trek is more popular and tends to be busier with trekkers. The Gokyo Lakes route, although gaining popularity, generally sees fewer visitors, especially along the Gokyo Valley section. The Gokyo route involves crossing a high mountain pass (Cho La Pass), which adds a bit more challenge and altitude gain compared to the standard EBC trek.
  3. Cultural Experience: Both treks offer encounters with Sherpa culture, but the Gokyo Lakes route might allow for more intimate interactions with local communities due to fewer trekkers passing through.
  4. Views and Landscapes: While both treks offer breathtaking views of Everest and the surrounding peaks, the perspectives and angles differ. The Gokyo Lakes trek showcases Everest and its neighboring peaks from different angles and heights, providing unique photographic opportunities.

Ultimately, both routes have their own charm and beauty. The Gokyo Lakes to EBC trek offers a more serene and less-traveled path, while the classic EBC trek provides a traditional and more popular route, often preferred by those seeking a well-trodden path and a chance to experience the historic base camp.

Is it safe for new trekkers?

For new trekkers, both the Gokyo Lakes to Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek and the classic EBC trek present challenges and rewards, but they can cater to different preferences and capabilities:

  1. Difficulty Level: Both treks involve high altitude and require a reasonable level of fitness. However, the Gokyo Lakes route includes a challenging pass (Cho La Pass) that demands some experience with high-altitude trekking and possibly scrambling over rocky terrain. The classic EBC trek, while demanding, may have a more gradual ascent and doesn’t involve crossing such a high pass.
  2. Crowds and Support: The classic EBC trek tends to have more teahouses, lodges, and support infrastructure along the way due to its popularity. This can be reassuring for new trekkers as there are more facilities and fellow trekkers to interact with. The Gokyo Lakes route, especially along the Gokyo Valley section, might have fewer teahouses and fewer trekkers, which can feel more isolated but also more serene.
  3. Scenery and Views: Both routes offer stunning Himalayan views, but the Gokyo Lakes trek showcases the beautiful lakes and might provide a different perspective of Everest. For some trekkers, this variety might be more appealing and engaging.
  4. Guidance and Navigation: For new trekkers, having a guide is highly recommended, especially if you’re not familiar with trekking at high altitudes. Guides can assist with navigation, provide insight into the local culture, help manage altitude-related issues, and ensure safety throughout the journey.

Ultimately, for a novice trekker, both routes are feasible with proper preparation, but the choice might depend on personal preferences. Some might appreciate the challenge and solitude of the Gokyo Lakes route, while others might feel more comfortable with the amenities and familiarity of the classic EBC trek. Regardless of the route chosen, it’s crucial to acclimatize properly, be well-prepared with suitable gear, and consider the guidance of experienced locals or guides.

For new trekkers:

  • Both treks are feasible with proper preparation, but the Gokyo Lakes route might demand a bit more trekking experience due to the high pass.
  • Having a guide is highly recommended for novices on either route to assist with navigation, safety, and acclimatization.

Ultimately, the choice between these treks depends on personal preferences for trekking difficulty, solitude vs. more fellow trekkers, and the desire for specific scenic highlights. Regardless of the chosen route, both offer unforgettable experiences amidst the awe-inspiring Himalayas and the rich Sherpa culture of the Khumbu region.

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Highlights

  • Gokyo Lakes: Series of stunning turquoise lakes nestled amidst Himalayan peaks.
  • Cho La Pass: Challenging but rewarding pass at 5,420 meters (17,782 feet) offering panoramic views.
  • Unique Scenery: Diverse landscapes from serene lakes to rugged terrain and glaciers.
  • Less Crowded: Compared to the classic EBC route, offering a quieter trekking experience.
  • Different Everest View: Provides alternative angles and perspectives of Everest and neighboring peaks.
  • Serene Gokyo Valley: Exploration through a less-traveled, picturesque valley.
  • High Altitude Adventure: Experience the thrill and challenge of trekking at high altitudes.
  • Cultural Encounters: Interactions with Sherpa communities and their unique way of life.

Included/Excluded

  • Airport Pick up and Drop by Private Car upon arrival and departure
  • Hotel Accomodation (Shared Room for Minimum 2 Pax and Single Room for Private Trip) in Kathmandu & in Tea Houses as per Itinerary
  • All clean Standard Teahouses (Shared Room for Minimum 2 Pax and Single Room for Private Trip) in Lukla, Phakding, Namchebazzar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep as per Package booked
  • Overland transport from Kathmandu to Ramechap (both ways)
  • Flight Ticket from Ramechap to Lukla (both ways)
  • Meals 3 x a day as per mentioned in Itinerary
  • Company Duffle Bag to lend for trekking
  • Sleeping Bag to lend for trekking
  • Seasonal Fruits during trekking
  • Professional Experienced Licensed English Speaking Guide
  • Porter (1 Porter for 2 People with maximum luggage 25 kgs)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Trekking Permit & Government Tax
  • Nepal Visa Online Application Service
  • Emergency Evacuation Management / Service by Horse or Helicopter
  • Farewell Dinner before Departure
  • Official Trekking Certificate from our Company
  • Flight ticket to Nepal & Travel Insurance
  • Tourist Visa On Arrival Fee --> 15 Days = USD 30, 30 Days = USD 50
  • Tips for Guide & Porter
  • Extra Accommodation which is caused by your early arrival or late departure other than the trek date, and if you are back to Kathmandu early from the trek due to any problem or rescue (other personal reasons).
  • Extra Airport transfer cost if you have to return back from Kathmandu/Ramechap airport to hotel again and again go to Lukla airport because of weather problem (flight cancellation).
  • Horse Rent / Helicopter Cost/Expenses for Emergency Evacuation or Personal Request
  • Personal Expenses for trekking such as mountain gear or equipments, shopping, wifi/nepal simcard, phone/battery charge, hot water/shower, extra personal meals, drinks (mineral water), snacks, laundry etc
  • Other Personal Expenses which are not included in the above facilities.

Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,400 m) and transfer to hotel. Overnight at a hotel.

Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,400 m), you'll be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 02 : Flight to Lukla (2,840 m) from Kathmandu – 35  minutes or drive to Manthali/Ramechhap (475 m) – 5 to 6 hours and a – 20 minutes flight to Lukla, and then trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 to 4 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Option 1: A 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840 m) followed by a 3 to 4-hour trek to Phakding (2,610 m). Option 2: A 5 to 6-hour drive to Manthali/Ramechhap (475 m), a 20-minute flight to Lukla, then the trek to Phakding.

Day 03 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) from Phakding – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

A 5 to 6-hour trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), a vibrant Sherpa town, for an overnight stay.

Day 04 : Acclimatization Day at Namche (3,440 m). Hike to Hotel Everest View (3,880 m) and back. Overnight at a guesthouse

Explore and acclimate at Namche (3,440 m). Take a hike to Hotel Everest View (3,880 m) and return for an overnight stay.

Day 05 : Trek to Phorste Thanga (3,680 m) from Namche – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse

Trek for 5 to 6 hours from Namche to Phorste Thanga (3,680 m). Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 06 : Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) from Phorste Thanga – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Continue the trek for 5 to 6 hours from Phorste Thanga to Machherma (4,470 m). Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 07 : Trek to Gokyo (4,800 m) from Machherma – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Trek for 5 to 6 hours from Machherma to Gokyo (4,800 m) and stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 08 : Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and Back to Gokyo – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.

A 5 to 6-hour trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and return to Gokyo for an overnight stay.

Day 09 : Trek to Thangna (4,500 m) from Gokyo – 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Trek for 4 to 5 hours from Gokyo to Thangna (4,500 m) and spend the night at a guesthouse.

Day 10 : Trek to Dzongla (4,710 m) from Thangna via Crossing Cho La Pass (5,368 m) – 7 to 8 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.

A challenging 7 to 8-hour trek from Thangna, crossing Cho La Pass (5,368 m), and reaching Dzongla (4,710 m) for an overnight stay.

Day 11 : Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) from Dzongla – 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse

Trek for 4 to 5 hours from Dzongla to Lobuche (4,910 m) and spend the night at a guesthouse.

Day 12 : Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and then Back to Gorak Shep (5,164 m) – 7 to 8 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse

A 7 to 8-hour trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) followed by a return to Gorak Shep (5,164 m) for an overnight stay.

Day 13 : Early morning Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) and then, descend to Pheriche (4,240 m) – 7 to 8 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.

An early morning hike to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) and then a descent to Pheriche (4,240 m) for 7 to 8 hours of trekking and an overnight stay.

Day 14 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) from Pheriche – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Trek for 6 to 7 hours from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) for an overnight stay.

Day 15 : Trek to Lukla (2,840 m) from Namche Bazaar – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse

Another 6 to 7-hour trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840 m) for an overnight stay.

Day 16 : Flight Back to Kathmandu – 35  minutes or Manthali/Ramechhap – 20 minutes from Lukla and same-day drive to Kathmandu – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a hotel.

Flight back to Kathmandu or Manthali/Ramechhap followed by a 5 to 6-hour drive to Kathmandu for an overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 17 : Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.

Durations

17 Day Trip

Languages

English

Frequently asked questions

The Gokyo Lakes trek stands out due to its breathtaking glacial lakes, notably the series of turquoise Gokyo Lakes, each reflecting the surrounding Himalayan peaks. This route diverges from the classic path, leading trekkers through the less-traveled but equally stunning Gokyo Valley. The trek involves crossing Cho La Pass, a challenging yet rewarding segment that showcases panoramic views and offers a different angle to admire Everest and neighboring peaks. This less-crowded route provides a sense of serenity and a chance to explore the beauty of the Gokyo region, which differs significantly from the bustling classic EBC trail.

One of the significant challenges is the altitude gain and the crossing of Cho La Pass at approximately 5,420 meters (17,782 feet). This pass can be physically demanding, requiring stamina and some scrambling over rocky terrain. The altitude itself poses a risk of altitude sickness, emphasizing the importance of proper acclimatization and physical preparedness. Additionally, the Gokyo route might have fewer teahouses and amenities compared to the classic EBC trail, making logistics and accommodations a bit more challenging.

Both treks offer incredible Himalayan panoramas, but the perspectives and landscapes vary. The Gokyo Lakes route showcase the stunning turquoise lakes, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, presenting a picturesque and serene setting. The trek through Gokyo Valley provides a different angle to view Everest and nearby mountains. On the other hand, the classic EBC trek offers more of the traditional Everest view and encounters with iconic landmarks like Tengboche Monastery, as well as the dramatic Khumbu Glacier leading to Everest Base Camp.

A good level of physical fitness is essential for both treks due to the high altitude and long trekking days. However, the Gokyo Lakes route may demand slightly more experience and stamina due to the Cho La Pass crossing. Previous trekking experience at high altitudes and familiarity with rugged terrain could be beneficial. It's crucial to prepare with cardiovascular exercises and trekking practice, gradually increasing endurance to manage the altitude gain and long trekking days effectively.

For first-time trekkers, the classic EBC trek might be more suitable due to its more established infrastructure, availability of amenities, and a well-trodden path. The familiarity of the route and the presence of more fellow trekkers can provide a sense of security and reassurance. However, with proper guidance and preparation, including a knowledgeable guide and adequate acclimatization, first-time trekkers can also enjoy the Gokyo Lakes route, albeit with an acknowledgment of its added challenges.

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