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Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes, recognized for the series of beautiful turquoise lakes in the Gokyo valley and the famous Cho La Pass, takes us through the landmarks of the Khumbu region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries, the Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and, of course, to the base of the mighty Everest. The trek in advancing to the base of the world’s tallest mountain maps out spectacular vistas from such celebrated viewpoints like Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar. The trek also awards us with great views of the Khumbu Icefall. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp through Gokyo Lakes, in a nutshell, will be a lifetime experience with the enthralling sights of Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori, and Tengboche Monastery – the largest monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes’ itinerary is ideal for hikers who wish to take up more challenge and “stay off the beaten path” while treading upon remote Nepalese trails. However, if you are a novice trekker who is in good health and average physical fitness then Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days might be right for you.

DURATION: 18 days (flight to the starting point, Lukla)
STARTING POINT: Kathmandu
MAX ALTITUDE: 5,545m
DIFFICULTY: More moderate to hard
HIGHLIGHTS: The flight to Lukla is on one of the worlds shortest runways along the side of a mountain. The trip to Gokyo incorporates crossing the Cho-La pass at 5,330m. Breathtaking adventure through spectacular scenery, the serene Gokyo Lakes and eventually the base camp of Everest

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

Day 2

Trip Preparation

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

Day 3

Phakding

Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 8km, 3 - 4 hours trek

Day 4

Phakding

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 11km, 5 - 6 hours

Day 5

Acclimatisation Day

Day 05: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)

Day 6

Phortse Thanga

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3,680m/12,073ft): 6km, 5-6 hours

Day 7

Machhermo

Day 07: Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4,470m/ 14,663ft): 10km, 4-5 hours

Day 8

Gokyo

Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m/15,744 ft): 7km, 4-5 hours

Day 9

Gokyo Ri

Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft): 2km, 3 - 4 hours

Day 10

Thagnak

Day 10: Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m/15,580 ft): 4km, 4 - 5 hours

Day 11

Cho La Pass

Day 11: Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m/17,604 ft) to Dzongla (15, 939 ft): 7km, 7 - 8 hours

Day 12

Lobuche

Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 6km, 2 - 3 hours

Day 13

Everest Base Camp!

Day 13: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours

Day 14

Kala Patthar & Pherice

Day 14: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pherice (4,288m/14,070ft): 16km, 7-8 hours

Day 15

Namche Bazaar

Day 15: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar: 20km, 6 - 7 hours

Day 17

Back to Kathmandu

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu

Day 18

Final Departure

The end of this adventure!

Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle

3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

Teahouse accommodation during the trek

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek

Welcome and farewell dinners

All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)

Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle

Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary

An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)

Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)

Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation

Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)

Trekking bag

All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

All government and local taxes

Drinks, Tips, Snacks & little luxuries

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We will be accommodated in a 3-star hotel, in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 350. We will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

On this trek you are likely to walk for 6-7 hours a day in average, cross steep, hilly terrain and cross Chola pass. There have been some changes in icy landscape of the Cho La that is making pass more difficult and challenging compared to previous years. Therefore, previous trekking experience, physical fitness and positive attitude are essential. Exercising and jogging regularly for a few months prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance strength and stability. Past hiking experience is a must but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Superb Catalyst Trekking before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip.
Trip Start Dates and Cost
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