18 Days Gokyo Lake with Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights
- Trek to the world-famous Everest Base Camp
- Stand at the shores of a chain of six turquoise, glacial-fed lakes
- Explore one of the biggest glaciers in the Khumbu region- Ngozumpa glacier.
- Enjoy a 360 degree view of the mountains from Kala Patthar(5,555m)
- View of other peaks such as Mt. Lhotse(8,516m), Cho Oyu(8,201m) and Mt.Makalu (8,463m)
- Mesmerising Sunrise view from Gokyo Ri
- Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people
- Visit Tengboche, the biggest and oldest monastery in the region
- Travel through one of the top ten trekking routes in the world
About the 18 Days Gokyo Lake with Everest Base Camp Trek
This Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek is also known as Cho La Pass Trek and is one of the major routes available to visit Everest Base Camp. It is a combined trek of Gokyo Lakes and the Everest Base Camp with an option to cross a high altitude pass named Cho La.
Although trekkers can choose to join Gokyo and Everest Base Camp without crossing Cho La , most prefer to cross Cho La Pass due to the stunning views of the Himalayas.
Connecting three major places in the Khumbu region; Gokyo Lakes, Cho La and Everest Base Camp, this trekking route is a combination of adventure and nature’s wonders.
The Cho La Pass is physically demanding during the winter season and may require crampons. Despite its difficulty during winter, this is an excellent trekking route that connects both Gokyo Lakes/valley and the Everest Base Camp. Visiting two main viewpoints i.e. Gokyo RI and Kalapatthar are demanding but worth reaching the top where you will have marvellous views of numerous Himalayan peaks.
This is an adventurous trekking route that is suitable for mid-experienced trekkers. The route is filled with dramatic landscapes, towering snowy Himalayan peaks like Thamserku, Kangtega, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse including the majestic Everest itself. The trek is arranged in a clockwise direction which is equally versatile in an anticlockwise direction as well.
Brief Itinerary: 18 Days Gokyo Lake with Everest Base Camp Trek
Itinerary: 18 Days Gokyo Lake with Everest Base Camp Trek
Day 1 - Welcome to Kathmandu
You will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be given in the evening where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening we will head out for dinner, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members.
Day 2 - Sightseeing Kathmandu
- After Breakfast we will drive with our private vehicle towards our three sightseeing points in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath).
- We visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the bank of the holy River Bagmati. Here, we visit Hindu holy men (Sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats.
- After Pashupatinath, we visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa.
- We take a lunch break in front of the Stupa. After a lunch break, we will visit Swayambhunath.
Day 3 - Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding
We will pick you from your hotel and drive you to the airport in Kathmandu. A quick, 25-30-minute flight from Kathmandu will take you to Lukla (2,840m), the gateway to the Khumbu region and the starting point of this trek. Travel through the Dudhkoshi River Valley, past various settlements such as Chheplung and Chaurikharka, before reaching Phakding. Enjoy great views of the Himalayas during the trek. It's a leisurely day with a gradual descent of approximately 200 meters.
Day 4 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar
From Phakding, you’ll cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. From here the walk will be easy and pleasant with short uphill and downhill climb. You’ll get a spectacular view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m), from the village of Benkar.
Likewise, after crossing the long suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi river, you’ll reach Monjo village (2,834 m). Monjo lies below the magnificent peak of Thamserku. Near the village, there is the main entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. It is the checkpoint where the officials will check your trekking permits. Further, after a few hours of gradual walk, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar.
Day 5 - Namche Bazar (acclimatization)
Stay in Namche and allow your body to acclimatize to the altitude. You have the option to hike to the nearby areas. The trading and administrative centre of the Khumbu region, Namche is home to various government offices, banks, plenty of shops and eateries. One of the most interesting optional hikes on our list is the one that takes you to Everest View Hotel, from where you can enjoy great views of Mount Everest and other mountains in the Himalayas.
Day 6 - Namche Bazaar to Dole
After acclimatization we will climb above 4000m towards Dole. A little climb to the ridge top out of Namche will grant us a glorious view of Everest and Lhotse. From there, we will continue the mainstream trail for a few hours.
After we arrive at the crossroad, which lies considerably high all above the DudhKoshi, the trail is divided. We will follow the pass to reach Phortse Tenga. We will now trail steeply to rhododendron jungles, and from there to settlements of Tonga and Gayle (3,960m). After that, we arrived at Dole. From here, we can have a spectacular view of Khumbila and Tawache (6,542m). We will explore around Dole, and stay overnight.
Day 7 - Dole to Machhermo
The trek today begins with a steady climb along the valley. The air is now thinner, comparatively, and juniper forests now dominate the woods. As we go up, we can see beautiful summer settlements and grazing land throughout. The trail then leads us to the small village of Lapahrma. Soon after, we will reach Luja. We continue the trek climbing the trails in the side of the valley above the river, and by noon, we will have arrived at Machermo (4,410m). We will spend the rest of the day exploring Machermo (4,410m) and spend the night here.
Day 8 - Machhermo to Gokyo Lake
This is one of the most significant days of the trek. In addition, you will go by Gokyo RI lying at an elevation of 4750m. Today we will ramble for approximately 4 hours. We ascend on a hill and enjoy the views of the Dudh Koshi valley and Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains. Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Phangga.We pass through Longpongo, Raboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari before reaching Gokyo. We will get to witness the sequence of stunning greenish-blue Gokyo Lake. Overnight at Gokyo Lake.
Day 9 - Hiking to Gokyo Peak & acclimatize at Gokyo
Early in the morning, we will hike up to Gokyo Ri taking around 3 hours and reach an elevation of 5360m. From the peak we will witness sunrise over Mt Everest and Makalu.
Once we reach the top we will take enough time to take shots for our memories before we will descend down to Gokyo Lakes again.Once we get down we will take our lunch. If you're interested and have extra strength then we will also head to explore other lakes around the valley. This is optional and if we are tired, we can simply skip it. Overnight at Gokyo Lake.
Day 10 - Gokyo to Thaknak
Once we wake up we will get our breakfast and continue our trek to Thaknak. The trail includes mostly flat and gentle downs so it is pretty easy. Most of the time we will be walking around or in the glaciers. The more we walk, the more we feel that the giant Tabuche and Cholatse peaks are just in front of us.
Day 11 - Cross Cho La pass to Dzongla
Today is going to be one of the toughest days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice may cause trouble by making the trail slippery. The trail from Phedi climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail.
We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla Village. The village provides great views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche mountains along with the Pheriche Village far below.
Day 12 - Dzongla to Gorakshep
The trail is mostly flat and gives us beautiful views of peaks surrounded around us. We will be leaving some peaks behind us where news peaks will be welcoming us as well. The trail is mostly in open space and can be windy sometimes. Once we reach Lobuche, we will stop for lunch then continue another couple of hours to Gorakshep for overnight stay.
Day 13 - Hike to Kalapatthar - Hike to EBC back to Gorakshep
The hike to Kalapatthar is not easy. It is a cold morning walk in the dark but it is enjoyable and it will be one of the most memorable times of your life. Depending on the sunrise time our guide will give you time to start hiking to reach this beautiful hill top. The hike from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar is about an hour steep climbing. Depending on your walking speed it may take a little more or less.
The route from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp includes numerous short ups and downs. Enjoy breathtaking views of Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse along with several other peaks. Once we reach Everest Base Camp we will enjoy taking some pictures. After finishing our activities around the base camp we will return back to Gorakshep through the same trail and prepare for another day.
Day 14 - Gorakshep to Pangboche
Returning back from Gorakshep to Pangboche is pretty easy. The trail is mostly flat and downhill. We will be passing through beautiful villages like Dughla, Pheriche, Somare etc. before reaching Pangboche.
Day 15 - Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Continue your journey downhill. Cross the Dudh Kosi River and make a steep climb to Kyanjuma. From this point on, the trail is largely flat or downhill until you reach the headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park just above Namche
Day 16 - Namche Bazaar to Lukla
A long day on a downhill trail awaits you. The last day of this trek is full of steep descends along the Dudh Kosi until you reach Phakding for lunch. The trail from Phakding to Lukla is mostly a gentle, uphill climb.
Day 17 - Fly to Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport to catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. Our guide will accompany you for a complimentary farewell dinner provided by the company in the evening. This is the end of our services. We will provide a departure transfer upon request.
Day 18 - Depart Kathmandu
Time to say farewell to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast, a city stroll, and/or souvenir shopping. A representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. It's good to be at the airport at least two hours prior to departure.
Note: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature is an asset!
All accommodation during the trek (in lodges and guesthouses)
A highly experienced, English-speaking trekking guide (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment.
All necessary trekking permits as well as government taxes and official expenses
Transportation as per the detailed itinerary in private/public jeep and bus
The meal inclusions on trek are breakfast (one set breakfast and tea or coffee), lunch (one main meal and tea or coffee) and dinner (soup, main and dessert with tea or coffee).
Water purification tablets for safe drinking water.
Use of a sleeping bag, down jacket and a duffel bag (in case you don't have them). They have to be returned after the trek.
A first aid kit and basic supplies appropriate for the group size. In a worst case scenario, arrangements of an emergency helicopter evacuation service (to be paid for by your travel insurance). Note: if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
A first aid kit with basic supplies appropriate for the group size and trek route – if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
An appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek
Note: The local tea houses are basic but clean and they do not often have attached bathrooms or hot showers. The price is based on twin share and does not include any extra charge that lodge owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms or hot showers (if these facilities are available) or for battery charging. We can’t know in advance what they may charge for such things in the different lodges along the way, so we prefer to leave this cost out, rather than pass along an estimated charge to you.
International flights to and from Kathmandu; Nepal visa fees and international airport taxes; any excess baggage charges
Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and emergency rescue / evacuation that covers all of the activities you will undertake during your trip should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
Services and activities not mentioned in the detailed itinerary above (eg additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours)
Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy - please ask us if you would like any advice about gear to bring/buy/rent
All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
Personal expenses (eg mineral water/soft drinks/bar bills, entrance/photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks etc)
Costs incurred due to unforeseen events (eg caused by natural disasters, adverse road conditions / flight delays, labour strikes, fuel shortages, extreme exchange rate changes, etc)
Any extra charge that tea house owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms, or hot showers (if these facilities are available) and charging of batteries
Tips for the guide, and porter (if you have added a porter to help you carry your backpack)
All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes
Best Season/Time for Gokyo lake with Everest Base Camp Trek - 18 days
There are mainly two different trekking seasons. The best months to trek to Gokyo Lake with Everest base camp - 18 days are pre-monsoon (February, March, April and May) and post-monsoon (late September, October, November and December) It is possible to make the journey in February and early September
January doesn't necessarily mean lots of snow, so it's possible to trek to Everest Base Camp then, but it is chilly. Wrap up warm, though, using lots of layers and enjoy being one of the very few people up in the Himalayas.
Temperature: Temperatures ranges from 15°C to -15°C
February and early March are cold, especially at night (around -20°C or colder), but you should get clear skies providing good, uninterrupted views of Everest. In addition, the trail will be less busy and the teahouses quieter, giving a sense of true adventure to a trek to Base Camp.
Temperature: Around 18 °C. At night the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -12 °C.
Late March and April are popular months for trekking, with the warmer weather and the rhododendrons and other flowers in bloom further down the trail. Days are beginning to stretch out to provide lots of daylight for exploring, too, with good visibility in the early mornings.
Temperature: Around 18 °C. At night, the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -12 °C.
In early May trekking to Everest base camp is still possible, just before the monsoon arrives, but we don’t suggest trekking during this season.
Temperature: Around 25°C. At daylight and it drops down to around -5°C.
By late May the monsoon has arrived in Nepal and lasts through June, July, August and into early September. During the rainy season, the trails are muddy and rife with leeches and cause disruption to travel.
Temperature: Around 27°C at daylights to 5°C
The autumn trekking season kicks off in late September as the monsoon dissipates. Clear skies and fresh air characterise this time of year, with October to early November particularly great for trekking. Temperatures are comfortable, although the weather is colder now than during the spring season (around -10°C at Base Camp during the day), the days are dry and the views are perfect. The landscape has been washed clean by the monsoon rains, too, and looks particularly lush and verdant.
Temperature: Temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees
Late November and December are also good times to go trekking, but it will be colder, with temperatures dropping well below zero at night. The upside is that the trail to Everest Base Camp will be much less busy as people eager to avoid the cold clear out.
Temperature: Temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees
Packing list / Equipment checklist
List of Equipment for 18 days Gokyo Lake with Everest Base Camp Trek
It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The following belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each).
- Headband or Beanie
- Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
- Hat for Sun Protection
- Inner Gloves
- Outer insulated gloves
- Base Layer
- Insulated Jacket
- Outer Layer
- Trekking Shirts/T-Shirt
- Fleece Jacket
- Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
- Base Layer
- Trekking trousers and shorts
- Rain and Windproof Trousers
- Hiking Boots
- Trekking shoes/sandals
- Hiking/Thermal Socks
- Gaiters (not necessary)
- Sleeping bag
Bags and Backpacks
- Duffle bag
Miscellaneous & Accessories
- Trekking Poles
- Head Torch
- Sunscreen/Lip balm/Wipes/Hand Sanitizer/Toiletries
- Reusable Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
- Small Locks
- Trekking Towel
- Waterproof Ziplock Bags
- Camera/Video Camera/Extra Batteries/ Extra Chargers
- Notebook/Journal and Pen (optional)
- Playing Cards/Book/Kindle (optional)
- Water Purification Tablets
- General Medications
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Blister Plasters
- Durable wallet for travel documents, money & passport
- Favourite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in EBC trail. Along the way to Everest Base Camp, most of the tea houses are built and managed by local villagers. These tea houses are specially designed to provide the basic facilities for trekkers to take rest.
Basically, you’ll find twin-basis type of accommodation on the EBC trail. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. Almost all tea houses provide blankets as it will be freezing at night.
Mainly on the lower elevation, most lodges offer western style toilets. As you move higher on the trail you’ll find squat toilet facilities. Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water.
Documents & Permits
If you are planning for a trip to Gokyo lake with Everest base camp trek, there are different kinds of costs and permits that are involved.
TIMS card was necessary for trekkers in the Everest region. TIMS Card is still valid for trekkers in other regions of Nepal. But if you want to trek to EBC from Jiri, you will need a TIMS Card. TIMS is issued by the Tourism Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). There are 2 kinds of TIMS cards that are issued- one for an Independent trekker and one for an organized trekker.
TIMS Card for Independent Trekker
- Color- Green
- Cost- Rs 2000 Per Person
- Photos – 2
- Collected by- Self
TIMS Card for Organized Trekker
- Color- Blue
- Cost- Rs 1000 Per Person
- Photos – 1
- Collected by – Local Trekking Agency
So a TIMS Card is not necessary if you take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then start your trek. It is only needed for Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek.
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
This is a new permit which was imposed from 1st of October 2018 replacing an existing TIMS Card. The local government of Khumbu directly collects NPR 2000 Per Person from each foreigner. Please note that this permit cannot be obtained in Kathmandu. First, if you are flying through Lukla you can obtain this is Lukla. If you are trekking from Jiri or Salleri this can be obtained in Monjo.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
This is an existing permit system for entering National Park. You can obtain this permit either in Kathmandu at Nepal Tourism Board Office or in Monjo at Park Entrance Gate. This will cost NPR 3000 Per Person. The most convenient way is to obtain this at Monjo.
Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek
If you are following the classic Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek, then you will obtain the permit from Monjo. You will also need to obtain an additional permit for Gaurishankar Conservation Area if you come through Jiri. This can cost you NPR 3,000.
The 18 days Gokyo lake with Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging yet rewarding trek. The EBC Trek requires no technical expertise or mountaineering skills as it is basically a long hike at altitude. The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well.
If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lung disease.
18 Days Gokyo Lake with Everest Base Camp Trek FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the altitude of 18 days Gokyo lake with Everest Base Camp trek?
The maximum altitude of the Gokyo Lake trek is 5,360m.
What is the best time for 18 days Gokyo Lake with Everest Base Camp trek?
There are mainly two different trekking seasons. The best months to trek to Gokyo Lake Trek are pre-monsoon (February, March, April, and May) and post-monsoon (late September, October, November, and December). But October is considered the best time for the Everest Region Trek.
How many hours a day do we walk?
The Everest Base Camp is graded moderate, meaning that you generally won’t exceed eight hours of activity in a day. Some days can vary from 4-5 hours a day to just 2-3 hours.
How is the accommodation during the 18 days Gokyo Lake Trek with EBC Trek?
Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in the EBC trail. Along the way to Gokyo Lake Trek, most of the tea houses are built and managed by local villagers. These tea houses are specially designed to provide the basic facilities for trekkers to take rest.
How is the food like on the 18 days Gokyo Lake Trek?
There is an abundance of regular meals and food during the Gokyo Lake Trek. You will enjoy both national and international foods like Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Nepalese and Indian. You can also enjoy hot beverages like hot chocolates, coffee, and others.
What kind of sickness did we face during 18 days Gokyo lake with Everest Base Camp trek?
During Gokyo lake with Everest Base Camp trek the major problems that you can face are altitude sickness (both major and minor), cold, vertigo, and acrophobia, immediate tiredness or swelling of the legs and other natural calamities that can occur.
I have never gone trekking yet. Is 18 days Gokyo lake with Everest Base Camp trek for me?
Yes, of course, you can do it. Trekking is hard but not the hardest one. To accomplish this, you can take training like swimming, aerobics, jogging, etc. in order to increase your stamina and endurance.
How is the weather in Gokyo Lake Trek with Everest Base Camp Trek?
The weather at Gokyo Lake Trek with Everest Base Camp Trek depends on the different seasons you trek to. The temperature at the base camp rarely gets above freezing throughout the year, but cold winds that blow make the temperatures feel even colder. The coldest months of the year are from December to February and the temperatures are warmer in the rainy season in July and August.
Is trekking to Gokyo Lake Trek with Everest Base Camp Trek dangerous?
The Gokyo Lake with Everest Base Camp Trek might look dangerous for the beginners as they will be hiking at an altitude up to 5000m. There are nearly zero cases of any accidental event during the trek. Only altitude sickness is the main danger for trekkers.
What if I get altitude sickness in the middle of the trek?
The major health issue that can occur while trekking to Gokyo Lake Trek with Everest Base Camp Trek is altitude sickness. You have to drink plenty of water and need to take medicine like Diamox to minimize the risk of altitude sickness. We will provide the guides and porters who are experienced and trained to help trekkers with precautions and safety measures.
How much luggage can I take during 18 days Gokyo lake with Everest Base Camp trek?
The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. Only carry what is essential.
Can I extend my trek?
Yes, you can. But for this, you have to update us before the trek so that we could manage the itinerary as per your requirement.
How can I use toilets during the trek?
On the trail, you will find the Toilet in the small villages where there are restaurants and tea houses. Most toilets in this region are squat toilets. And in other options prepare to hide behind big rocks and do your business.
Do I need Insurance?
100% Yes! Injury and altitude sickness and any other calamities may occur during the trek, so it is best to get travel insurance before you go. Better safe than sorry!
What is the average size of the group?
Groups can vary between 6 to 16 travellers, who typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends travelling together who have a shared interest in outdoor adventure and nature.
Where can I exchange my money?
There are a number of registered money exchanges in the streets of Thamel and it's common to find near your Hotel in Kathmandu.
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