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Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Valley - 18 days

Duration

18 days

Trip Starts/Ends

Kathmandu

Max Altitude

5545 m /18192 ft

Trip Code

ANT01E04
1 Pax 2-5 Pax 6+ Pax
US$ 1595
US$ 1395
US$ 1280

Trip Overview

Gokyo Village (4,750m/15 583ft) is located at the bank of beautiful Lake Gokyo just below famous mountain viewpoint  Gokyo-Ri. Trekking to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Valley is more challenging than the regular way to EBC because the trek takes you through the Ngozompa Glacier and high pass Cho-La. In addition, the trek passes all the high valleys, culminating with the climb of Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) and hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft). This trek is mostly preferred for those who want to go out of crowed Everest Trail as they find themselves walking through unbeaten trails on High Altitude,  Alpine Forests, Toughest Mountains and culturally rich Sherpa Communities. The Namche Bazaar itself can be a surprising place for you as it has become globally a vibrant small touristic town in this remote corner of the world.

The trek takes you through Namche Bazaar, then branch North West to climb the serene Dudh Koshi Valley to the lake village of Gokyo on the Ngozompa glacial moraine. Use a rest day to explore the valley. A tough climb up Gokyo-Ri for sunrise offers magnificent views of Mt Everest, Cho Oyo, Makalu, and other numerous snowcapped peaks. Then walk down the valley for an hour and cross the 1km glacier to Thangnak. Start before sunrise for the tough Cho-La ascent and long descent to Lobuche. This can be a difficult, cold but very beautiful trek. The trail then rises, for two easier days, to Gorak Shep. After lunch, walk to view the ring of peaks surrounding Everest Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier – and the icefall towards the summit. From Gorak Shep, a sunset hike up Kala Patthar offers superb views of Everest, the South Col, Nuptse and the glacier below. The next, begin the easier and warmer four-day downward trek to Lukla.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Scenic mountain flight to and from Lukla
  • Explore Gokyo valley and hike up to Gokyo Ri
  • Crossover Cho-La
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp

Additional Information

If the suggested itinerary is not up to the mark, we can even customize your trip as per your need with a special group discount. Kindly contact us at  info@amazingnepaltrek.com for detail information. You can also contact us by calling at +977-9851116042 for 24/7 support. We speak English, Hindi, and Nepali.

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Before Travel Trek Safety Things To Be Considered

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4hrs

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6hrs 

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4200m/13,776ft), 5-6hrs 

Day 07: Trek to Machharmo (4470m/ 14,663ft), 4-5hrs

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4800m/15, 744ft), 3-4hrs

Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo

Day 10: Hike to Gokyo RI (5,330m/17,483ft), and trek to Thaknak (4750m/15580ft), 6-7hrs

Day 11: Trek to Cho-La Pass (5367m/17604ft) to Dzongla (4,850m/15908ft), 7-8hrs

Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,929ft), 5-6hrs

Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,316m/17,437ft), 5-6hrs

Day 14: Trek to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295ft), 7-8hrs

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 6-7hrs

Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 6-7hrs

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu

Note: Natural Activities are uncontrollable by human efforts. Bad Weather is the reason for flight cancellations or delays for those who are planning to fly to/from Lukla.  You might face the same situation while returning from Lukla. Please, plan for 1-2 reserve days for contingency. Keep it in the mind that you are going to the Lap of Himalayas. But, our experts are well-trained to handle that situation. In case, you get some problem we will help out you to bring Kathmandu Safely. So, you have to trust yourself and us.

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a company representative, who will drop you off at our hotel. After checking in, take a rest or visit Amazing Nepal's office. You may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition. For dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's authentic food culture. If your flight arrives late, both the meeting and dinner can be scheduled for the following day. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley and Preparation for Trekking (1,300m/4,264ft)

After breakfast, you will set out for sightseeing of the culturally and architecturally rich heritage sites of the Valley. Places such as the Pashupatinath, the world famous temple precinct of the Hindus, the Boudhnath and Swaymbhunath, the world famous Buddhist stupa precinct, and Kathmandu Durbar Square will open up completely a new cultural world of Nepali art and architecture to you. You will also be taken to the Kumari Ghar, where resides the Virgin Goddess. We will also discuss the trip, and you will be introduced to your fellow trekkers and our crews.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4hrs

You will fly from Kathmandu domestic airport to Lukla in the early morning. It is just a 30-minutes-long flight. Once you land at Lukla airport, you will find yourself busy with taking photos. Our crews will start taking care of luggage. Usually, trekkers take their lunch at Lukla. After things are properly set by the midafternoon, you will begin your trek up to Phakding. This is a short route. At Phakding, a small and quiet village, you can enjoy an evening walk.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6hrs

As soon as your breakfast at Phakding, you will find yourself walking along the banks of Dudh Koshi till you arrive at Monjo, another small and quiet village. This village is a gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. As you walk through the National Park, you start gradually descending to the banks of Bhote Koshi River until you arrive at Jorsalle village. After a short break, you will be walking towards Namche Bazaar, a globally known small town, where tourists from around the world flock in. It is here you pass your night at a comfortable teahouse.

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar has an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft). This is the best place for you to stay for a day for acclimatization. It is from here you start ascending towards Base Camp. That’s why special care needs to be given to your body. You can spend your day simply trolling around. Or you can visit a Sherpa Museum or you can walk little up to the Everest viewpoint and see the view around. Since this is an ancient place of the Sherpas, you can enjoy watching their architectures and lifestyles.

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4200m/13,776ft), 5-6hrs

Soon after breakfast at Namche, you will find following a trail that enables you to see and capture some of the rare and magnificent views around. The view of great peaks at Shanasa may overwhelm you. The trail soon will take you through the right side of Mongla hill, and soon you arrive at Phortse Thanga. You will have your lunch here. A few hours trek will take you down to Dole, the place you will be staying tonight.

Day 07: Trek to Machharmo (4470m/ 14,663ft), 4-5hrs

After breakfast at Dole, you will find ascending towards Machharmo. On the way, you will pass some quiet cold, pristine brooks, and wild forest. Since you will be reaching towards higher altitude, you will find views of greater magnitude and grandeur. Here at Dole, you can also visit Himalayan Rescue Association. You will have a very pleasant stay at a local teahouse.

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4800m/15,744ft), 3-4hrs

Soon after your breakfast, you will set out to climb up the mountain. From the top of the mountain, you will have an excellent view of the valley down, as well as Khangtega and the northern part of the Cho-Oyu. A short descend from here, will take you through a river bank and up to the top of the Ngazumpa glacier. From there, a short trek will take you through a pristine lake, Longponga, an amazingly beautiful nature creation to look, take a photo and cherish a memory for lifelong. Another short walk will take you to Gokyo village, located on the ridge of another mesmerizing lake.

Day 09: Rest at Gokyo

A full day rest at Gokyo will make you gain greater energy. You will have wonderful views of the lakes. Every short walk around the village opens up a gem like scenery and views. You can also get some of the rare glimpses of the Mt Everest and Northern part of Ngazumpa glacier.

Day 10: Hike to Gokyo RI (5,330m/17,483ft), and trek to Thaknak (4750m/15580ft), 6-7hrs

You got to wake up early this morning, as early as before dawn. You will be hiking up to the Gokyo Ri before the sun rises. As the right moment comes, you will find a heaven is being opened to you. The amazing views of the Everest in the mellow fresh sunlight will mesmerize with. We are sure this morning is going to be one of the most remarkable moments in your life. When the sunrise is over, you will return back to your hotel for breakfast. Then, you will set out to trek down Thaknak, the place before you go for great Cho-La. You stay here tonight.

Day 11: Trek to Cho-la Pass (5367m/17604ft) to Dzongla (4,850m/15908ft), 5-6hrs

Many believe that this is going to be one of the toughest days of the entire trek. Soon after the breakfast, you will set out to cross over the Cho La. Though it is not a dangerous trail, it is very steep, and you have to pass through the glacier. But the views and sceneries are amazing. Finally, you arrive at Dzongla. You stay here tonight.

Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,929ft), 5-6hrs

You will be trekking along the upper part of the glacier. From here, you can view the majestic beauty of Kala Patthar and Pumori. As you keep on walking towards Gorekshep, you will come across another amazing view of Mt. Nuptse. Finally, you arrive at Gorakshep and have your lunch here. Soon lunch is over you will set out for Kalapathar (5545 m /18192 ft). The sunset from the top of Kalapatthar opens of completely amazing beauty formed out of mellow sunlight, white mountain, and the blue sky. Soon, you will be walking down to the Gorakshep. You stay tonight here.

Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365m/17,601ft) and Gorakshep, 5-6hrs

It is a brand new morning. Journey to the Everest Base Camp Trek begins now. You are no longer an ordinary trekker. You make a real journey in your life. The base camp out there is at an altitude of above 5,000m (16,000ft) and you got to be there. The experience is one of the rare in your life. You are no longer an ordinary trekker. You will walk to the Khumbu Ice Fall. Then you return to Gorak Shep. Spend your night and feel the change in your life.

Day 14: Trek to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft), 4-5hrs

Soon after your breakfast, it is time now to walk down to Dingboche, another beautiful Sherpa hamlet. It is going to be a great pleasant experience for you.

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 6-7hrs

You will be heading downhill to a lower elevation from Dingboche. It is going to be another great pleasant experience for you. As you keep on walking down further to Tyangboche, you will find the views being unfolded to you in magnificent forms. Soon you are at Tyangboche monastery. This world-famous monastery is famous for its grand architecture, and the infrastructure. After having your lunch here, it is time to leave this beautiful place Tyangboche and head towards Phunkethanga, a small settlement. You will be descending down through the wild forest till you cross Dush Koshi bridge. Then you will make some steep climb to Sanasa and to Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay here.

Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 6-7hrs

After your breakfast, this is going to be yet another happy day in your trek. you set out for Lukla, from where you had started the walk, you will be having great joy. But then this is also the day you will be leaving all the natural beauty back. But memory matters. We are sure that memories associated with this adventure are going to make you happy throughout your life. We will celebrate your victory back at Lukla.

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu.

You will fly back to Kathmandu mostly in the morning. You will be dropped at your hotel. And, we will take you for a farewell dinner in a restaurant that serves continental cuisine.

Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu

Yes, we will see you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Cost Includes:

  • All airport transfers 
  • Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast 
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu covering 4 UNESCO heritage sites 
  • Ground transport by private car
  • Flights Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • All airport taxes 
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park permit and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) followed by a cup of Tea/Coffee during the trek  
  • Iodine/Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water 
  • All mountain accommodation (5 nights private room with independent bathroom/hot shower and remaining Soft, comfortable, twin sharing private room with shared toilet)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes 
  • Trekking equipment such as down-filled sleeping bag and duffel bag
  • Souvenir: Everest Base Camp Route map and Amazing Nepal T-Shirt

Cost not Includes:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except for welcome and farewell dinner
  • Monument entrance fees 
  • Deserts (cakes, bakes, and pies)s 
  • Additional Hot Drinks 
  • Bottled drinks 
  • Boiled/mineral water 
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Hot shower 
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tipping to driver and trekking crew

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Every Day Departure
We can depart our trip every day(Nepal Packages). You Can Schedule your own departure date and contact us. We will make your Itinerary as your convenient.

Accommodations and Meals:

You will be provided a room in a tourist standard hotel, while you are in Kathmandu. During your trekking, you will be provided room in teahouses. Please be informed that you will be sharing the room at teahouses. Please also note that the Everest region is located at far from the maddening crowd, therefore, teahouses may not be as much sophisticated as one finds them in town.

We will provide only breakfast while you are in Kathmandu and three-course meals while you are on trek. This means you will be taking breakfast and dinner at teahouse you stay and lunch in the mid of your trekking. Since the Everest region is geographically a remote place, you will be provided only selected but hygienic and organic local foods such as Nepali dal bhat, Tibetan soup, and bread, porridge etc.

Briefing of the Tour:

You will be briefed about the trek, you will be given information file, and importantly introduced with your guide.

Trekking Crews:

We will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who holds enough knowledge about responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism

We will also provide an assistant guide who is ready to help you with every situation.

We will provide a porter is provided to every two of you, and he will be carrying not more than 25kg.

We get our crews’ life get insured.

Certificate:

After the trek is over, you will be provided with ANTE adventure certificate.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of our group can range from two people to ten people. In case you want to travel alone, do not hesitate to write to us. We will plan accordingly. In case, you more than ten people, please do let us know so that we can develop and improvise plans and itinerary.

Acclimatization:

Trekking to the Everest Region is as much difficult as it is technical. We give special priority to its technical sides as well. For this, we have designed an itinerary to allow you to get acclimatize naturally. We know the particular location you need to stay for rest, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly and so on. In case you get high altitude sickness, we have crews who know how to deal with it effectively and smartly.

How to respond to Altitude Sickness?

Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide)

Please consult your physician

Please keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy

Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other

Travel Insurance:

We would like to recommend you to get your trekking insured. Since you are trekking in probably one of the wildest and challenging routes, you need to be cautious of anything inevitable. You may need helicopter evacuation and get your trip canceled. You may get injured and get your baggage theft and so on.

Permits and fees:

The government local body charges some small amount of fee for every you make to the World Heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing. The price we charge includes all the fees.

Flight Delay in Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu

Twin Otter and Dornier is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be canceled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such case, Amazing Nepal will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$500 and a maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.

It is recommended that you should arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier before you start your trek. When you arrive a day earlier, you will have time to rest as well as time to buy trekking equipment. Similarly, it is best to have some extra days after you have finished your trek because your flight to Kathmandu/Lukla might be canceled due to bad weather. So all together it is recommended to have a few extra days beside the trip schedule so that you don’t miss your International Flight.

If you want to book a trekking package with Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition and still wondering about the essential equipment for your trekking journey, here we are more than happy to offer our checklist for your references. Please make necessary amendments to our checklist as per your need and convenience. For some case, if you couldn’t get any of these listed equipment/gears in your hometown or you’re in a rush before you fly to Kathmandu, don’t worry! The listed necessary items mentioned below can be easily purchased here.
Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. A porter is available for two people who will carry maximum up to 25 kg. So, You have to be careful while packing your Bag or luggage.
 
Moreover, There is an allowance of 15kg per person on the domestic flights. Additional personal items are not needed for the trekking portion of the trip which can be kept in the hotel’s storage room without extra cost.

Below is the checklist of equipment that is required for the trek:
 
HEAD

  • Buff headwear /neckwear
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch

UPPER BODY

  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Down filled jacket  (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary down jacket which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)

LOWER BODY

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermal underwear

FEET

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sneakers /slippers

HANDS

  • Gore-tex gloves

ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary sleeping bags which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag (Amazing Nepal Trek will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for items that are left at the hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Large plastic bags (For keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (Optional, Recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Sewing Kit
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • The first-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes 
  • Reading or writing material
Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Valley - 18 days
Aimee Caldwell, Ausrralia

Booked the Everest base camp and Chola pass trek with Amazing Napal Trek in November. I wanted to organize my trek through a Kathmandu based company and after talking to my friend who already have been to Nepal recommended this company. I was pleasantly surprised at the prompt and detailed response to all my emails.  All my queries were answered and I felt at no time that I was not in control. On my arrival in Kathmandu I was met by Nirmal, a young man, one of the co-founder of the company. He made me feel like I was the most important person that day. I was taken to my hotel and then explained all about the days ahead.  During the trek Amazing Napal team had provided me with an excellent Guide and porter. My guide was a young man named Raju, what a respectful young man. He looked after me from start to finish. Without his aid I do not think I would have managed the Chola pass. All credit goes to Amazing Nepal.

Thank you team Amazing Nepal!!

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Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Valley - 18 days
David Vale, USA

This was an absolutely brilliant trip of a lifetime and I would thoroughly recommend Amazing Nepal Trek! They are extremely professional, respond very quickly to emails and any questions you have. Nirmal in particular was so helpful before the trip with my uestions and picked me up from the airport and even made arrangements to make sure I got back to the airport safely as well after the trip ended. They are prepared for everything and even provided me a thicker down jacket and sleeping bag before starting the trip as temperatures hit as low as -20 degrees Celsius at night time in February! 

 Our guide Saroj was fantastic, really helpful throughout the entire trek and made sure we got to EBC safely. The standards of everything (food, accommodation) were well beyond my expectations and I was so pleased with my entire experience. I really enjoyed the fresh fruits after every dinner usually you don’t get it in the mountain. Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition is a great tour company providing the best possible service to their customers. If you want an unforgettable trip and service with a smile and a team who will keep you safe and ensure you are comfortable throughout your trip, this is the company to book with 100%. Can't wait to go back again and explore more of this beautiful country with Nirmal and his team!

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