EBC Gokyo Lake Trekking - 17 days

EBC Gokyo Lake Trekking

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake are two famous and beautiful destination in Everest region. EBC Gokyo lake trek offers the best opportunity to gain adventurous experience in Nepal. This trek take us all the high valleys and to the best view point Kalapathar and Gokyo lake where we have most extensive view of Mt. Everest and its surrounding. EBC Gokyo Lake trek is also unique as the walk to EBC and and the Chola is incredible. Our visit to the Sherpa villages and the old monasteries is interesting as warm hospitality and the Buddist culture of Sherpa people is overwhelming.

This trek begins with scenic flight to Lukla and go through beautiful villages like Lukla, Namche, Dingboche, Lobuche, EBC, Kalapathhar and to Gokyo lake via Cho la pass. The view of glacier lake, fearsome cracking sound of icefalls and the panoramic view of many peaks of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho-yu, Makalu, Pumori, Nuptse, Amadablam and more makes this trek outstanding and memorable one in the Himalaya.


  • High altitude trek to Everest Base Camp (5,359 metres), Kalapathar (5,575 metres), Gokyo Ri (5,357 metres) and walk through Chola Pass (5,330 metres)
  • Offers magnificent views of more than 40 peaks including three of the world’s highest (those above 8000 metres): Mt Everest, Mr Lohtse and Mr Makalu
  • Khumbu Glacier (14 km long and 420 metres deep) and Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest  glacier  in the  Himalayas at 36 kilometres) as a part of the trail
  • Magnificent views of more than 40 peaks including four of the world’s highest (those above 8000 metres): Mt Everest, Mt Cho yu, Mr Lohtse and Mr Makalu
  • Passes through a number of Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazar the gateway to the Everest

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 Fly to Lukla (2804 mt.), trek to Phakding (2610 mt.). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 03 Phakding to Namche Bazar (3441 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05 Namche Bazar to Tengboche(3860 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06 Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07 Acclimatization day at Dingboche. Explore around the valley. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08 Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 mt.). Walking 4 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09 Lobuche to Gorakshep (5153 mt.) to EBC and back to Gorakshep. Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10 Hike up to Kalapatthar (5545 mt.) in the morning and  trek to Zhongla (5130 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 11 Dzongla to Gokyo (4790 mt.) via Chola pass (5330 mtr.). Walking 8 hours. Over night at guesthouse.

Day 12 Early morning hike up to Gokyo peak (5483 mt.) and trek back to Machhermo (4470 mt.). Over night at guesthouse.

Day 13 Machermo to Khumjung . Walking 5-6 hours. Over night at guest house.

Day 14 Khumjung to Phakding. Walking 5 hours. Over night at guest house.

Day 15 Phakding to Lukla (2804 mt.). Walking 3 hours. Over night at guest house.

Day 16 Early morning fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17 Transfer to airport for your onward destination.

Useful Info

About Accommodation.
In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at Hotel Himalayan Traveller's Inn, and at local lodges during the trek on twin sharing basis. Hotel in Kathmandu comes with private bathroom , however in mountain, toilet and shower will be on sharing basis. In the busy months, (October/November & April/ May) you may have to share the room with other traveler as some villages have
limited number of local lodges .

About Meal You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental , Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Dinner and breakfast serve at the teahouse where we stay and lunch will be served on the way to next destination. In Kathmandu only breakfast is provided. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, no worries, Nepal is such a easy place to get several vegetarian options.

About Staff:
A Guide assist you from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guide will be provided. Porter will join in Lukla. A porter provided for 2 trekkers, and carries between 15 to 20 K.G.

About Equipments
Following Equipment list is recommended to bring for Everest Base Camp Trek
Down Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T – shirts, Trekking shoes or boots, Comfy shoes for around the camp, thick and warm woolen socks, Light cotton socks , A day bag to carry your valuable, Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, rain coat, Sun block, lip balm , Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear, Thermal wear, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing kit, Medical & first aid kit, Flash light, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries etc.

Physical Fitness and experience
EBC Gokyo Trek is a moderate which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours ups and down in a day carrying own day bag. Some days are even longer with 7- 8 hours of walking. EBC Gokyo Trek is high altitude trek which demands more physical fitness,however if you are strongly determined and have excellent health and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Few weeks prior to the trip, doing some physical exercise is better . No technical skill is needed however past experience also helps . If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or for blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to Vista Trek P. Ltd.

About Insurance
You have to obtain the travel insurance which should cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses. Some Insurance policy's cover only up to 4000 meter, so please kindly confirm with the insurance company before your purchase it.

About Seasons
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for EBC Gokyo Trek. You can do it in winter (December to February )if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

About Lukla Flight
It is very difficult to predict the weather in mountain. Because of bad weather, the flight between Kathmandu to Lukla may be delayed or canceled for a day or more. Due to the weather changes in Himalaya, we can face such problem even in good season. So we would like to request you to add few days extra in Kathmandu. If you complete your trip smoothly, then you can enjoy your time with other activities like sightseeing, White water rafting. Jungle activities or more.

If your flight is cancelled in Kathmandu then we will rebook the flight for the next day. There may be an option to use private helicopter paying additional from $300 to $500 We may also be able to provide an option for a privately chartered helicopter. When flight is cancelled , we will arrange you a hotel however food and accommodation is not cover in the package. Same process will be applied if the flight cancelled or delayed in Lukla.

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Detail Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,370 metres)

  • Upon arrival at Tribhuwan Intl Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Vista Trek waiting, well in time, to receive you shall welcome you to this land of towering Himalayas. Once reaching your hotel in a car from the airport, all you need to do is check in and enjoy the refreshment served.
  • We then visit the Vista Trek office for discussion on trekking, introduction to the guide and porter and settlement of dues if any. Since you will still have some time left for a walk around Thamel, you can do so if you please.

DAY 2 Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840 metres) and Lukla to Phakding (2,610 metres; 3-4-hour walk)

  • We fly to Lukla from Kathmandu in the morning. This 30-minute flight comes with spectacular views of the hills and the Himalayas, forcing many to take their cameras out or simply use their mobile phones with attempts to capturing the beauty.
  • We walk to Phakding Village for 3 to 4 hours after breakfast in Lukla. The trail is relatively comfortable and passes through four Sherpa villages. Houses with stone walls and colourful roofs, huge prayer stones with mantras from the teachings of Buddha carved in them, monasteries with busy budding Lamas, several mountains already in sight and rivers and waterfalls along the way, the trail already offers us a glimpse of what to expect.
  • Once in Phakding, one thing we can do is walk around the village or just relax on a bench in the porch of the hotel and absorb as much as we can after lunch.
  • Spend the night in a hotel.

DAY 3 Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440; 5-6-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk for about 2 hours to Jorsalle Village for lunch. The route starts along the banks of Dudhkoshi River and crosses two suspension bridges before reaching Monjo Village. A 20-minute descent towards the end, finally, leads to Jorsalle Village, the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park as well as the last village until Namche Bazaar.
  • After lunch, we walk for around 3 hours to Namche Bazaar. With the raging Dudhkoshi River mostly to the left for about half an hour before crossing a suspension bridge, the trail in its final 2 hours ascends through a pine forest. In reaching Namche, the administrative headquarter of the Khumbu Region, the ascent often demands a little extra even from seasoned legs.
  • Spend the night in a hotel in Namche.

DAY 4 A day of acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

  • It’s time for a trip to Sagarmatha National Park Museum after breakfast. Most people use their time at the Museum trying to gain some insight into the Everest Region – about the highest peaks, animals and vegetation that rule the region as well as the Sherpa culture and experiences of many trekkers and climbers.
  • We then leave the Museum and walk for about an hour to the Everest View Hotel for lunch. Constructed on a site in an altitude higher than any other on earth and ideally positioned, the hotel presents all its guests with ample individual space to appreciate the grandeur – a typical Sherpa village in the Khumjung Valley below to the North-West; on a hilltop above the village, the Khumjung Monastery, where a preserved skull which the locals believe to be that of a Yeti can be witnessed upon request; Mt Khumbila, a massive rocky elevation worshiped as a deity by the locals and, thereby, a restricted peak for climbing, right above the valley; and to the North, captivating views of the Himalayas, including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse and the beautiful Ama Dablem.
  • After climbing down to Namche Bazaar in the afternoon, a walk around the Bazaar is a preferred involvement to some and indulgence to others.
  • Spend the night in the hotel.

Day 5  Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3,867 metres; 5-6-hour walk)

  • We start trek after breakfast and stop at Thanga for lunch after about 3 hours’ walk. The comfort of the trail up to Kyangzuma Village ends with the moderately challenging descent to Thanga. In Thanga, a pretty small settlement with three constructions at most, the trek stops for lunch in a teahouse. While the food is prepared, many people find waiting an experience of its own – the rumbling of Dudkhoshi River from the deep gorge below reaching the eardrums from the right, the eyes exploring the presence of the pine and rhododendron trees densely populated in the area, a gentle breeze caressing the hair while waiting for lunch hungry after several hours of walk.
  • After lunch, we walk for around 3 hours to Tyangboche. From here on, the trail ascends sharply mostly through forests filled with pine and rhododendron trees all the way to Tyangboche. A spectacular view of the beautiful Mt Ama Dablam meets the eyes as soon as they enter the village. The next to capture the attention is the biggest monastery in the Khumbu Region, the Tyanboche Monastry. The settlement presents a typical picture of a village in the laps of the Himalayas – houses made of stones in a cluster separated by narrow alleyways, a monastery and/or a temple highlighting the beliefs of the people, people going about displaying a simple way of life, a forest nearby, a river flowing pretty close and between two the snow caped Himalayas.
  • Spend the night in a hotel in Tyangboche.

DAY 6 Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,410 metres; 5-6-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk for about 3 hours to Pangboche Village for lunch. With a downhill to the village of Diboche before a long gradual ascent, through a rhododendron forest, across a bridge, the trail finally brings its travelers to Pangboche Village. With narrow footpaths carved along the edges of hilltops, parts of the route demand alertness while being constantly drawn by the breathtaking views on offer in front, now that Mt Ama Dablam gets closer and closer with every step forward.
  • After lunch in Pangboche, we start walking again for about 3 hours to Dingboche. With the magnificent Mt Ama Dablam to the right all the time, this course triggers some contemplation into the phenomena in the immediate environment along the way – yaks with loads on their backs walking in a file, a tahr jumping care freely on slopes only perhaps the most daring would think of giving a shot at and a male impeyan pheasant – the national bird of Nepal – dancing with a hope to impressing a female nearby who till now seems to simply be turning a blind eye … a smile and a gentle shake of the head in sincere appreciation of the visually appealing yet intellectually challenging ways of things. Dingboche, with around forty households, is home to approximately two hundred locals.
  • Spend the night in a hotel in Dingboche,

DAY 7 A day of acclimatization inDingboche

  • After breakfast, we pack our lunch and go up a steep climb for around three hours to Nangkar Tshang at an altitude of 5,616 metres. From this vantage point, the view when facing Norht includes Mt Lothse and Mt Nuptse in the front, Lotse Shar and Peak 38 and Island Peak to the front-right, Mt Ama Dablum to the right, Mt Thamsherku, Mt Kantega and Taboche Peak to the back and Chola Tse Peak and Lobuche Peak to the left.
  • After spending some time in Nangkar Tshang, we come back to Dingboche and spend the night here.

DAY 8 Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910 metres; 4-5-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk for about 4 to 5 hours to Lobuche Village. A steep climb most of the way, the trail starts out of Dingboche, past a chorten, ascending to Dugla at the end of the terminal moraine of Khumbu Glacier … climbing steeply to Chukpo Lari past a line of memorials commemorating climbers who have lost their lives in Everest, and, finally, easing off for the last 20 minutes or so. Sensing the approaching destination, the legs, which have otherwise almost given up to the demands of the walk, gather all they’ve got with this newly found enthusiasm. After lunch, Lobuche, a tiny hamlet with a few teahouses, welcomes its visitors to either investigate the ridge on the opposite side of the Khumbu Glacier or watch the fascinating changes in colour the sunset brings on almost the top half of Mt Nuptse.
  • Spend the night in a teahouse in this settlement.

DAY 9 Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,160 metres) and Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5,320 metres) 7-8-hour walk

  • After breakfast, we walk for about 3 hours to Gorakshep. After a three-hour climb to Lobuche Pass on rocky paths and under windy conditions followed by a brief stop for a cup of tea, the trek stops at Gorakshep for accommodation arrangements and lunch.
  • After lunch, we start walking again for 2 hours to Everest Base Camp. Walking on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, audibly making cracking sounds, most manage to push forward up the grueling climb uphill purely on determination as the level of oxygen drops to around 50 % lower to that at the sea level. A stop on the way here for a short while … five of the world’s highest mountains crammed in a small area … fascinating! Ascending the side of the glacial moraine for a couple of more hours before landing on the moraine itself, the trail finally reaches the Everest Base Camp. Photographs, smiles, hugs … in sheer admiration of the endurance to the Base Camp of the highest mountain on earth.
  • We walk back to Gorakshep and spend the night.

DAY 10  Hike to Kala Pathar (5,550 metres) and Gorakshep to Dzongla (4,830 metres) 6-7-hour walk

  • We start early morning and walk for almost 2 hours to Kala Pathar. The almost 200-metre climb, taxing by now after several days on the trot, leads to the top of Kala Pathar. A 3600 view of the Khumbu Himalayan range – Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse in the front, Lingtren and Khumbutse Peaks to the front-left, Mt Pumori to the left, Numerous other peaks to the back-left, back and the back-right, Mt Taboche and Cholatse to the right, Mt Nuptse to the front-right.
  • After lunch, we start walking to Dzongla. The trail heads back to Lobuche before presenting a new route initially along the slopes of a hill – the way to Dzongla. Chola Tsho, a calm jade-green lake at the foothills of Mt Cholatse, is what attracts anyone traversing this trail. With only a few lodges to offer, Dzongla awaits your arrival on the foothills of Mt Akram Tse with Lobuche Peak in the backdrop.
  • Spend the night in Dzongla.

DAY 11 Dzongla to Gokyo (4,790) via Chola Pass (5,420 metres; around 8-hour walk)

  • We start early morning and walk through Chola Pass in about 5 hours. The relative comfort of the trail demands a careful approach once reaching Chola Pass, beautiful, yet, testing, with a potential to be lethal. The steep and slippery traverse through Ngozumpa Glacier  (the longest in the Himalayas) asks for that little extra even from the confident. Walking on a glacier, high up in these mountains, is certainly nowhere similar to a walk in the park. Far from it, the expedition demands a careful calculation of the adventure on offer – too afraid, one won’t even try; too lenient, one may never make it back home.
  • After Chola Pass, continue walking for another hour and stop at Thaknak. The settlement with hardly half a dozen teahouses is there simply to provide lunch for you.
  • After lunch, walk again for 2 ½ hours to Gokyo Village. Along the edge of the mountain to the other side, through Ngozumpa Glacier, on a ridge for a while, the trail finally leads to Gokya Village on the edge of the third as well as the biggest lake of the area – locally known as Dudh Pokhari.
  • Spend the night here.

DAY 12  Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357 metres) and Gokyo to Machhermo (4,470 metres; 7-8-hour walk)

  • We wake up early in the morning and walk uphill for 2 ½ hours to Gokyo Ri. This almost 600-metre climb is relatively challenging. Surrounded by the Himalayas, for many, the view from the top of Gokyo Ri – more than 40 massive structures including Mt Everest, Mt Choyu, Mt Lhotse and Mt Makalu, all above 8000 metres, piercing the clouds – is a moment for contemplation. An additional bonus on a clear day is to witness sunrise from 5,357 metres.
  • We spend some time capturing this moment before strolling back to Gokyo Village for breakfast.
  • We then leave for Machhermo, reaching the place right on time for lunch. A typical village, similar to the ones found in the region, Machhermo lies in the Dudh Koshi Valley south of Gokyo and just below the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier.
  • Spend the night in a hotel in Machhermo.

DAY 13  Machhermo to Khumjung Village (3,800 metres; 5-6-hour walk}

  • After breakfast, we walk for around 4 hours to Phortse Tenga. Mt. Thamsherku, Mt Khangtega, Mt Tawache andMt Cholatse among others still magnificently in sight, the sharp descent takes everyone past waterfalls that are frozen in the winter and refuges that the Sherpas use when bringing yaks to higher pastures in the summer, before, finally, arriving in Phortse Tenga, the stopover for lunch.
  • After lunch, we start walking again for an hour and a half to Khumjung Village. Up for an hour until Mongla, a gentle stroll downhill and a climb up again, albeit for a short distance, the travel brings everyone into the Khumjung Village - a typical Sherpa village in the Khumjung Valley. The Khumjung Monastery, where a preserved skull which the locals believe to be that of a Yeti can be witnessed upon request, on a hilltop above the villageand the Hillary Schoolestablished by Sir Edmund Hillary himself are places worth a visit.

DAY 14  Khumjung to Phakding (about 5-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we start our return journey with a walk to Namche Bazaar via Syangboche airstrip at the highest altitude on earth. Crossing Namche in just about an hour, this almost 5-hour trail heads further down to Monjo, our stopover for lunch.
  • After lunch, we walk again for about 3 hours to Phakding Village, the stopover for this day.

DAY 15  Phakding to Lukla (about 4-hour walk)

  • We leave Namche Bazaar after breakfast and stop at Phakding Village for lunch after about 4 hours.
  • We walk the next 4 hours (approximately) to Lukla.
  • Spend the night in a hotel in Lukla.

DAY 16  Lukla to Kathmandu

  • We fly back to Kathmandu and reach the hotel in time for lunch. The afternoon is for shopping for some, for buying souvenirs for others and for doing whatever they please for still others. In the evening, however, please allow us the pleasure of your company during the fare-well dinner organized by Vista Trek.
  • Spend the night in the hotel.

DAY 17  Departure from Nepal

  • If you have a morning flight, we leave for Tribhuwan Intl Airport early morning in a car arranged by the office.
  • If your flight is in the late afternoon or evening, only your WILL shall dictate your involvement or indulgence as you may please before leaving for Tribhuwan Intl Airport in the vehicle.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and transfer by car from Airport-Hotel-Airport.
  • 2 nights standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek .
  • Local lodges accommodation during the trek.
  • Government licensed guides,plus experience porters (including food, salary, accommodation, equipment, medicine & insurance).
  • All local transportation including flight tickets to and from Lukla.
  • All necessary permits and entry fees.
  • All government taxes.
  • Medical kit box.
  • Rescue assistance.
  • Necessary equipment (sleeping bags, down jackets etc. if needed).
  • Our service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee ($40).
  • Your travel insurance (should include your medical and rescue).
  • Any personal expenses like hot shower and battery charges in the mountain.
  • Any kind of hot and cold drinks.
  • Staff & driver tipping.

Single Supplement Charge: $ 250

Fixed Departure Dates

Starting Date Trip Duration Single Suplementary Cost Per Person Availability
2017-09-30 17 days $ 250 Per Person $ 1400 each Book Now
2017-10-04 17 days $ 250 Per Person $ 1400 each Book Now
2017-10-27 17 days $ 250 Per Person $ 1400 each Book Now
2017-11-06 17 days $ 250 Per Person $ 1400 each Book Now
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