Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley Trek-19 Days

  • Duration19 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate Trek
  • Maximum Altitude 5420 m
  • Activity Hiking
  • Group Size 20
  • Accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Best Season March - May and September - December
Overview of Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley Trek-19 Days

 

 

The Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp Trek, also known as the Everest Circuit Trek, is a challenging and adventurous journey in the Everest Himalayas. It covers the route from Gokyo to the Everest Base Camp, passing through the high pass of Cho La (5330m). Along the way, trekkers can enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848.86m) and other peaks in the Khumbu region. The trek also offers a chance to explore Buddhist monasteries located at high altitudes.

This 19-day trek starts from Lukla and follows the Dudh Khosi Valley to reach Namche Bazaar, a popular hub for trekkers in the Khumbu region. The trail leads through beautiful forests of rhododendron, magnolia, and fir trees, leading to the stunning Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Valley. The hospitality of the locals adds to the overall experience, making trekkers feel at home. As the journey progresses to higher altitudes, the natural beauty of the snow-capped mountains and mesmerizing sunsets and sunrises leave a lasting impression.

The trek continues to Gorakshep and finally reaches the Everest Base Camp, followed by a visit to Kala Patthar. The sight of the majestic Himalayas in the Khumbu region is awe-inspiring and captures the hearts of trekkers. The Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek offer an unforgettable experience, more than just reaching the destinations; it's about embracing the entire journey.

In comparison, the Everest Base Camp Trek allows exploration of the classic route to the Everest Base Camp, providing natural spectacles, cultural heritage, and insights into the local lifestyle. With the guidance of a trekking guide, trekkers can interact with the locals and learn about the fascinating stories related to Mount Everest and the Everest Base Camp. The Ultimate Everest Trek combines the goodness of both the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake treks, offering an even more enriching experience.

Combining the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek with the Gokyo Lake Trek

Combining the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek with the Gokyo Lake Trek results in the Ultimate Everest Trek, a 19-day journey where actual trekking takes 15 days, and the rest is spent acclimatizing and exploring side treks. The route covers places like Khunde, Dole, Machhermo, and Dragnak, and includes crossing the high-altitude mountain pass, Cho La, at 5420m elevation.

The Gokyo Lake Trek is a separate adventure in the Everest region that introduces trekkers to the stunning attractions of Gokyo Lake, Gokyo Village, and Gokyo Ri. In the Ultimate Everest Trek, you get the chance to experience the best of both treks. Gokyo Valley offers a mix of easy and challenging destinations, allowing trekkers to tailor the journey according to their interests and expertise.

Gokyo Ri, also known as Gokyo Peak, is a mini mountain standing at 5340m. It offers incredible panoramic views of the Everest Region. Though part of the side trek, trekkers can choose to include or skip this hike based on their preferences. The Gokyo Lakes are another highlight of the Gokyo Valley Trek, forming a complex of 19 oligotrophic lakes, displaying a mesmerizing natural blue color amid the grey landscape.

In summary, combining the Everest Base Camp Trek and the Gokyo Lake Trek creates an extraordinary adventure known as the Ultimate Everest Trek, offering a diverse range of experiences and breathtaking views in the Everest region.

How Challenging Is Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Valley Trek?

The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley Trek, also known as the Ultimate Everest Trek, is considered a challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and mental preparation. The trek involves walking at high altitudes, where the air is thinner, making it more strenuous compared to lower altitudes.

Here are some factors that contribute to the difficulty of the trek:

  1. High Altitude: The trek takes you to altitudes above 5000 meters (16,400 feet). At these heights, the air has less oxygen, making breathing more difficult. Altitude sickness is a real concern and can affect trekkers if they ascend too quickly without proper acclimatization.

  2. Long Duration: The trek is about 19 days long, with around 15 days of actual walking. The extended duration can be tiring, and trekkers need to be prepared for long days of walking, often for several hours a day.

  3. Unpredictable Weather: The weather in the Everest region can be unpredictable, with sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions. Trekkers must be prepared for varying weather, including cold temperatures and potential snowfall.

  4. Remote and Basic Facilities: The trek takes you through remote areas with basic facilities. Accommodations and food may not be as comfortable as in urban areas, and amenities can be limited.

  5. Challenging Terrain: The trail includes steep ascents, descents, and rocky paths. Trekkers may encounter suspension bridges and moraines, adding to the physical challenges.

  6. River Crossings: The trek includes crossing several rivers and streams, which can be challenging, especially during the monsoon season when water levels are higher.

While the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley Trek is challenging, it is also incredibly rewarding. The breathtaking views, cultural experiences, and the sense of accomplishment upon reaching Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Ri make it a trek of a lifetime. Proper physical training, acclimatization, and preparation are essential for a safe and enjoyable experience. It is recommended to trek with an experienced guide or in a guided group to ensure safety and support throughout the journey.

Importance Of Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley Trek Trek Map

Having a map of the Everest Base Camp trek or the Gokyo Lakes trek can be incredibly valuable during your journey, and it becomes even more essential if you're embarking on the Ultimate Everest trek, which combines both routes. You can purchase separate maps for each trek or find a comprehensive map that includes details about both routes. Having a map gives you a sense of independence and provides crucial information about the route before you start the trek. With a map in hand, you can confidently explore the trails, and it's especially useful for solo trekkers. Having a map is a wise decision and adds to the overall safety and enjoyment of your trek.

Ideal Time To Trek Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley Trek

The most ideal time to embark on the Everest Base Camp trek is from September to November. During this period, the weather conditions are generally pleasant, with moderate temperatures that are neither too hot nor too cold. The skies are clear and visibility is excellent, providing trekkers with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The post-monsoon season ensures that the trails are relatively dry and more accessible. However, it's important to note that this is also the peak trekking season, so the routes can be quite crowded with fellow trekkers. If you enjoy the company of other travelers and wish to experience the vibrant atmosphere of the trekking community, this is an excellent time to go.

Another favorable time to consider for the Everest Base Camp trek is from April to June. During these months, the weather is relatively mild and pleasant, although it can be slightly warmer compared to the autumn months. The advantage of trekking during this period is the lower number of tourists on the trails, allowing for a more peaceful and solitary experience. However, the trade-off for this tranquility is that the visibility might not be as clear as during the autumn season. The skies can be hazier, affecting the panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan peaks.

Both of these trekking seasons have their unique advantages, and the choice ultimately depends on your preferences and priorities. If you prefer favorable weather and stunning mountain views but don't mind a bit of crowding, the September to November period would be perfect. On the other hand, if you prioritize a quieter and more tranquil trekking experience and can compromise a bit on the visibility of the mountains, then April to June could be the best time for you to undertake the Everest Base Camp trek. Regardless of the season, proper preparation and a sense of adventure are essential for making this iconic trek a memorable and rewarding experience.

All Nepal Hiking has a proven track record of successfully organizing treks across Nepal, and we are proud of the positive reviews received from our previous clients. We offer highly knowledgeable and experienced guides to ensure that your trek is enjoyable and memorable. Our services cater to both experienced trekkers and those new to trekking, with equal dedication. If you are planning to trek in Nepal, we welcome you to join us for an unforgettable holiday experience in this beautiful country.

Highlights
  • Spectacular vistas of Mount Everest and other high peaks.
  • The Gokyo Lakes' pristine beauty and beautiful aquamarine waters.
  • Take in the rush of making it to Everest Base Camp.
  •  Magnificent morning views from Kala Patthar.
  •  Cultural immersion and trips to old-world monasteries and villages.
  • Traveling across the demanding and beautiful Cho La Pass.
  •  A tour of the energetic town of Namche Bazaar.
  • Trekking through a variety of environments, including lush woods and glacier moraines.
Itinerary

Upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day resting and exploring the vibrant streets of Kathmandu.

  • Max. Altitude:1350m
  • Accommodation:Hotel

In the afternoon, meet with your trekking guide for a thorough briefing and trek preparation.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast

Take an early morning flight to Lukla, where your trek begins. Enjoy spectacular mountain views during the flight. After landing in Lukla, meet the rest of the trekking crew and commence trekking toward Phakding. The trail descends through rhododendron and pine forests, passing by several Sherpa villages.

  • Max. Altitude:2610m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:3-4 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing suspension bridges adorned with prayer flags. Trek through Sagarmatha National Park, where you may spot wildlife such as musk deer and Himalayan Thar. Reach Namche Bazaar, a vibrant Sherpa town that serves as the trading hub of the Everest region.

  • Max. Altitude:3440 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7-8 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is a rest day to allow your body to acclimatize to the high altitude. You can explore the lively streets of Namche Bazaar, visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum, and hike to the Everest View Hotel for panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.

  • Max. Altitude:3440 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue trekking uphill, enjoying breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse along the way. Pass through rhododendron forests and reach the picturesque village of Phortse Thanga, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture.

  • Max. Altitude:3680 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trek through dense forests, crossing rivers and bridges, as you make your way toward Machhermo. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Machhermo is a small settlement with beautiful views of the Dudh Koshi Valley.

  • Max. Altitude:4470 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:4-5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue ascending through the valley, passing by several glacial lakes. Reach Gokyo, a high-altitude village situated on the banks of the pristine Gokyo Lake. Enjoy the stunning views of Cho Oyu, the world's sixth-highest mountain.

  • Max. Altitude:4750 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:3-4 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Embark on an early morning hike to Gokyo Ri, a viewpoint that offers panoramic views of Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and other majestic peaks. After descending, spend the rest of the day exploring the Gokyo Valley or simply relaxing by the lake.

  • Max. Altitude:5360m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:3-4 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leave Gokyo behind and trek towards Thangna. The trail takes you through moraines and rocky terrain, with glimpses of Cho Oyu and other peaks along the way. Thangna is a small settlement situated at the base of the Cho La Pass.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is a challenging day as you cross the high mountain pass of Cho La. The pass offers breathtaking views but requires careful navigation. Descend into the Khumbu Valley and reach Dzongla, a small village surrounded by stunning peaks.

  • Max. Altitude:4700 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:3-4 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Resume trekking along the Khumbu Valley, passing through glacial moraines and rocky terrain. Enjoy close-up views of the Tawoche and Cholatse peaks. Reach Lobuche, a popular stopover for trekkers heading to Everest Base Camp.

  • Max. Altitude:4910 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:3-4 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, trek to Gorak Shep, the last settlement before Everest Base Camp. After a short break, continue the trek to Everest Base Camp, the ultimate destination of mountaineers. Spend some time exploring the base camp and marveling at the Khumbu Icefall.

  • Max. Altitude:5364m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7-8 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning, hike to the summit of Kala Patthar, the highest point of the trek, for breathtaking sunrise views of Everest, Nuptse, and other surrounding peaks. Descend to Pheriche, a village known for its Himalayan Rescue Association's medical facility.

  • Max. Altitude:4371m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7-8 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue descending through the beautiful landscapes of the Khumbu region. Pass through Tengboche, where you can visit the famous Tengboche Monastery. Continue to Namche Bazaar, where you can celebrate the completion of the trek with a hot shower and a delicious meal.

  • Max. Altitude:3440m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:6-7 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trek back to Lukla, retracing your steps through the Dudh Koshi Valley. This is your last day on the trail, so take in the final views of the Everest region as you bid farewell to the mountains.

  • Max. Altitude:2840m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:6-7 hrs

Take a morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for rest, shopping, or exploring the city at your leisure.

  • Max. Altitude:1350m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Dinner

This is a spare day to account for any unforeseen delays during the trek. You can use this day to explore more of Kathmandu, visit local markets, or simply relax at your hotel.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast

After an incredible adventure in the Everest region, it's time to bid farewell to Nepal. You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight or continue with your onward travel plans.

    Notes: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is redirected to Ramechhap due to traffic congestion and a high influx of tourists during high season. The high tourist season in Nepal is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). In the season of tourism, there are many international and domestic flights operating in different sector which is more than capacities of small Tribhuban international airport. Due to this reason, there is problem of air traffic and delay Lukla flights too. Lukla flights are only at morning time and it does not fly during day time due to heavy wind and foggy weather on the way to Lukla. If the flights are from Ramechaap, there are is no issue of air traffic and flight duration is also the less than from Kathmandu. Flight to Ramechhap will add 5 hours approx. to your journey. It seems like an added inconvenience but let’s see the brighter side

    Cost Details
    Includes
    • Pick-up and drop-off at Kathmandu's international airport.
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu (3 nights in a 2-3 star tourist grade hotel, with alternative options available on demand)
    • All land transfers will be made in accordance with the itinerary.
    • Sightseeing trip with an expert local guide (entry costs to monasteries, temples, and world heritage sites)
    • Entry fees for Sagarmatha National Park Conservation.
    • Accommodation:
    • Teahouse (two rooms)
    • Meals (3 meals / B.L.D.) while on the hike (option to pick only breakfast and order lunch and supper separately from the teahouse menu)
    • Experienced English-speaking tour guide / tour leader, as well as experienced local assistance
    • Program according to the itinerary
    • Wages, food, lodging, equipment, insurance, and other perks for employees
    Excludes
    • Food in Kathmandu is not included.
    • Beverage (cold beverages, mineral water, and other beverages)
    • Expenses for personal reasons
    • Travel protection insurance
    • Personal belongings
       
    FAQs
    • Though you can see a few non-vegetarian items on the menu of the tea houses. We strongly recommend staying on a vegetarian diet throughout the trek. Fresh meat aren't available at the trekking region. 

    • Trekking is the combination of the two trekking routes: Gokyo and EBC.

      So, the length of this trekking is longer than these two individual treks. 
      The length from Lukla to EBC is 65 km while hiking to EBC via Gokyo Lake is approximately 130 km. 

    • EBC Via Gokyo Lake trekking takes a longer time than average trekking. It covers the two separate trekking destinations, Gokyo and Everest Base Camp.

      The different agency offers different time for this trek. It may vary between 16 days and 24 days. The standard time of the trek is 21 days.

      You can choose the days provided by different agencies as you see fit. All Nepal Hiking provides the customization of days you want. However, we recommend you the standard 19 days trekking in the route. There are other several aspects that can decide the cost of trekking to Everest Base Camp. All Nepal Hiking provides a special package at just $1499 per person.

    • Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake Trekking is comparatively considered tougher than EBC Trek only. But it is less difficult than Island Peak Climbing and Mera Peak Climbing.

      You will pass through the Cho La Pass which roads are challenging but rewarding.

    • When to do it?

      The best time to do this trekking is Spring and Fall which avoid the monsoon season. The Spring months include March, April, and May while post-monsoon aka Fall includes October, November, and December.

      The weather during this time is the best as well as you can enjoy a clearer view of the mountains.

      When not to do?

      Though you can go there in Winter and Monsoon, it is not recommended as the weather will be more challenging. In winter, from December to February, it is extremely cold but you can enjoy the clear skies and mountains too.

      And during the monsoon, from June to August, there is a high chance of landslides and muddy roads.