The opportunity of tread in the region of the highest peak in the world and reach its Basecamp is surely a feat in itself. What makes the Everest Basecamp with Gokyo Lakes an extra treat is the opportunity to climb the challenging Cho La Pass and to witness the azure blue Gokyo lakes shining like crystals in the Gokyo valley.

Majestically soaring mountain views all around us, the determination to succeed and the beautiful landmarks of the mystical Khumbu region makes the Everest Basecamp trek with Gokyo a one in a million experience. Colorful monasteries, friendly Sherpas, and welcoming inhabitants make the process even more beautiful than it is. Spectacular vistas from celebrated viewpoints like Kala Patthar and GokyoRi will be captured in our hearts forever.

The trek starts from Lukla and winds through several Sherpa Villages all the way up to the Gokyo Lakes. The cluster of azure blue lakes of Gokyo, with the backdrop of mountains, surpasses the experience of the normal Everest Basecamp trek in every way. The latter half of the trek comprises of the passage through the Cho La Pass to enter the Khumbu valley and rejoin the main trail of the EBC.

The Everest Basecamp trek with Gokyo lakes, in a nutshell, is hence a lifetime experience which offers the enthralling views of the Pumori, Cho Oyu, Everest, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and finally the mighty Everest. This trek is an ideal and a must do adventure for people wishing to embark on an off beaten path to the heart of Khumbu. If average physical fitness and a good health are your attributes, and if you are just a novice trekker, then you might need to think twice before embarking on this challenging and adventurous trek. This trek suited ideally for experienced trekkers.


  • Day Arrival transfer

    Today you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the only international airport in Nepal. A representative will meet you and after welcome, you will be transferred to the hotel. You will have the entire afternoon to yourself today. You can relax in the hotel and relish the exquisite cuisine that Nepal is so famous for. Another option is to stroll around the streets to observe the throbbing nightlife of Kathmandu.

    • No meals included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Sightseeing around Kathmandu

    Today, the day will be spent in sightseeing around the architectural haven of Nepal. Kathmandu is home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites. Despite the earthquake that shook the nation on April 2015, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites have managed to maintain all their valor and glory. 

    After breakfast, there will firstly be a briefing about the trek that will start off from the very next day. After this, we will move towards the Kathmandu durbar Square. We will pass along the spice market of Ason. With the old temples and palaces, the Kathmandu durbar Square is an epitome of religious and cultural life of the people of Nepal. The Durbar Square is where the kings of Nepal were solemnized and crowned. The interesting areas worth visiting are the Kalbhairav statue, Basantapur Durbar as well as the Temple pod Kumari. Kumari is the only living goddess in the World.

    After lunch, we will be transferred to Patan Durbar Square, yet another epitome of architectural spectacle. Situated in the center of the Patan City, the Durbar Square is a species of Newari architecture. The major contrary like the Mulchowk, SundariChowk, and Keshav Narayan Chowk houses the interesting architectural spectacles including the likes of the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna as well as the Krishna Mandir. Other attractions include the scenes from the holy books of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) & trek to Phakding (2610m)

    Today, we will board an early morning flight to Lukla. This flight has been regarded to be one fo the most beautiful and exhilarating flights in Nepal and probably in the world. The approximately 35 minutes of flight offers spectacular views of the mountain peaks like Gauri Shankar, Numbur as well as Melungtse. After meeting the Sherpa crew in Lukla, we will descend downloads to the Phakding (2610m) village.

    If the flight to Lukla is not delayed, there will also be the opportunity to visit the Lukla monastery as well as the Thanka painting School situated alongside it. After lunch in Lukla, we head towards a northwest descending path to Choplung (2700m). following the Dud Koshi Valley, we head towards the village of Ghat and finally end out day in the village of Phakding.

    Adverse weather conditions and other factors can cause cancellation of the flight or delays. The itinerary should be adjusted to suit our needs in such a condition. Approximately 3 hours walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m)

    The destination for today’s trek is the village of Namche Bazaar (3440m). After breakfast, we follow alongside the bank of the Dhudh Koshi River and then cross it to reach Monzo. From here, we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park and cross a suspension bridge. Further upwards is the Jorsale Village passing which we will pass along the confluence of BhoteKoshi and Dhudh Koshi. After a steep ascent, we will reach the Sherpa Village of Namche Bazaar. Views of Everest and Lhotse, glistening all along the way, will surely set our moods for the walk. Namche is aptly called the entry point to the Everest. Along with perfect views of mountain peaks, this village offers all facilities including the likes of cafes, internet facilities, good lodges and trekking equipment. Approximately 6 hours walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m)

    To eliminate the risk of Altitude sickness it is mandatory to separate one day for acclimatization at this point. Rather than resting around in the lodge today, it is best to hike to the Thamo village (3700m).

    We will firstly climb out from Namche to the monastery and follow along the route of local community forest towards the Thamo village. After visiting local nunery, we will retrace back to Namche. Approximately 3-4 hours of walk. 

    You can also visit the Everest view point and Sherpa musuem if time permits. The afternoon is free for visiting the local market.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Namche to Kyangjuma (3550m)

    We will trek from Namche to the Everest View Hotel. This strategically situated hotel offers the extremely tantalizing views of the Everest and Ama Dablam in its full glory. A perfect location to have a short tea break, the Everest View Hotel was built by the Japanese.

    We continue to trek into the villages of Kunde and Khumjung. Both of these villages are situated under the rocky peak Khumbila. Khumbila is a sacred peak for Sherpas. While in Khunde, we can visit the Edmund Hillary Hospital and move on to visit a monastery in Khumjung. Give a small donation to the monastery and, we will get the opportunity to witness a Yeti Skull. Continuing downwards, we will reach the village of Kyangjuma where we spend the night. Approximately 5-6 hours walk. 

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Kyangjuma to Dole (4200m)

    The trail starts today by turning off the main trial from Kyangjuma after about 20 minutes of walk. We will climb the Mong La in the early part of the morning. The top of the Mong La is marked by a chorten situated at the top of the ridge. The Mong La ridge descends down to form the Khumbila peak which is the patron god of all Sherpas living in the Everest region.

    The trail descends downwards from the ridge to several switchbacks towards the Dudh Koshi Valley. We continue downwards to reach the settlement of Phorste Tenga. From here, the trail starts climbing steeply outwards from the valley. We now enter a region full of beautiful rhododendron trees followed by coniferous trees higher up the valley. Several summer settlements and yak kharkhas (grazing area for yaks) are present on the way from Mong La to Dole (4200m). We reach Dole in the late afternoon after a final steep ascent. This area is where we leave the tree line behind and the vegetation we see are mostly bushes. Our long day’s walk will be awarded the magnificent panorama of the Tawoche peak and Khumbila. Approximately 6 to 7 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Dole to Macchermo (4400m)

    This is a welcome day after days of long trekking days. We have a short walk from Dole to Macchermo (4400m) today. Today, the trail is mostly undulating and steep in a few places. After walking out of Dole, we enter a small valley to reach the Lhabarma village. We cross this village and then the Luza village high above the river, through paths with scrub junipers.

    After crossing some sandy spurs, we final reach the village of Macchermoe by lunch time. Macchermo is home to a health post, porter center and Himalayan Rescue center. Altitude talk is given in the Himalayan Rescue Center. Myths state that a Yeti attacked this area in the year 1974, killing three yaks and a Sherpa. In the afternoon, you will get the chance to mix in with the ethnic and welcoming inhabitants of the region and acclimatize by walking up the ridge behind the lodge. With mesmerizing views of the Thamserku, we spend the night in Macchermo. Approximately 3-4 hours trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Macchermo to Gokyo (4800m)

    The path today is an upwards path following the DudhKoshi. We start off by climbing up a ridge to take in the tantalizing views of the valley to Kangtaiga. The ridge also offers views of the mighty Cho Oyu (8153). We continue further through the open part of the valley and pass through Pangkha. From this point, the path descends down to the riverbank. From here, it is another steep climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpo Glacier. This is where we pass the first of the lakes of the Gokyo. In winter, the lake is completely frozen. We can see the Bhaminy ducks swimming in the azure blue waters.

    We continue along the walled meadows of Gokyo (4750). The small settlement on the shore of the blue lake is surely nothing less than heaven. For acclimatization we move furthermore, to reach Gokyo Camp where the second lake is situated. This area offers the exclusive views of the might Ngozumpa glacier in all of its glory. Approximately 4 to 5 hours trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m) & trek from Gokyo to Thagnak (4700m)

    This day starts early to watch the sunrise from the GokyoRi peak (5360m). As the climb progresses, the views become even more tantalizing. After reaching the top, everyone is surely set of feel justified for the hard work as the views are mind-boggling. The longest glacier in Nepal, the Ngozumpo Glacier which tumbles down from Cho Oyu, stretches out miles before us, glistening in the sun. Four of the highest Himalayan peaks, Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu stands tall before us in its full glory.

    We reach Gokyo for lunchtime before embarking on a trek to Thagnak. We move towards the Gokyo Camp where the second lake is situated and climb out from the crest of the moraine. We pass through the sides of the Ngozumpo Glacier to the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley, before finally reaching the village of Thagnak. Thagnak is situated at the base of the Cho La Pass. Approximately 6-7 hours of trek.

    Accommodation note: Due to limitation of teahouses in this area and the large number of incoming tourists during the season, you might have to share dometery rooms or camping tents with other travelers. 

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Thagnak to Dzongla (4700m); cross Cho La Pass (5363m)

    This is yet another difficult yet a highly rewarding day as we cross the Cho La Pass. We start off early towards a col for about 2 hours. We can now see the Cho La Pass in the distance. We descend downwards to a boulder field and rest for some time. The final part of the climb to the top of the pass is very steep and rocky. Zigzag and scramble paths finally take us to the top. The upper part of the route is mostly covered in ice and snow and requires attention.

    From the glaciated top of the Cho La Pass, the views are worth all the trouble so far. The unusual aspect of Ama Dablam and the perfect views of the Ngozumpo glacier and Gokyo lakes behind us and the views of the Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse before us are surely worth capturing. The descend from the Cho La is another feat in itself. We pass a snow-covered glacier and through a rocky gully to the pastures below. The trail now starts becoming more defined as we approach the settlement of Dzongla (4700m). Another typically difficult day as we pass the Cho La (5363 m) today. A steep climb and several false tops later, we pass the Cho La and witness the mesmerizing panorama of mountains before us. We then descend downwards and pass through a defined trial to Dzongla (4830m). Approximately 7 hours of trek.

    Accommodation note: Due to limitation of teahouses in this area and the large number of incoming tourists during the season, you might have to share dometery rooms or camping tents with other travelers. 

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4930m)

    After the past few difficult days, this day is comparatively easy. We continue down on our descent to Lobuche (4930m) today. We start off with a short ascent to the foot of the Awi Peak. We contour around the peak and will be cheered on with the view of the glistening tops of Tawoche and Chalotse. Crossing the valley, we descend downwards to join the main trial of the EBC just below Lobuche. A ridge across from the lodge offers the tantalizing views of the sunset on Nuptse. Approximately 4 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Lobuche to Everest Basecamp (5360m) & return to Gorakshep (5180m)

    This is yet another long day that starts early. We follow the Khumbu glacier towards Gorakshep and ascend gently in the beginning of the day. After about an hour, the ascent becomes steeper. We descend now, to reach Gorakshep (5184m). Excitement builds up now as we will move on to kiss the very ground on which the mighty Everest stands after checking into the lodge.

    We come across a split trail, one leading to the Kala Patthar Peak and another to the Everest Basecamp.  We will be taking the path to the Everest Basecamp and will firstly climb into the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After this, we descend down to the rocky glacial moraine. Through fascinating ice seracs, the icy path winds up and down to finally reach the Everest Basecamp (4260m). If lucky, we might get the chance to meet several people, moving up towards the Everest Expedition and many who might be returning back after scaling the highest peak in the world. The Everest Basecamp offers the extremely beautiful views of the Khumbu Ice Fall along with the panorama of several mountains of the region. With our minds amazed at the miraculous big blocks of ice, before us and the beautiful Nuptse towering above us, this moment is certainly a one to remember for a lifetime. Pumori rears up behind the Everest Basecamp. This day is a long one with approximately 10-12 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Hike to Kalapatthar (5545m) & trek from Gorakshep to Periche (4250m)

    This is another tough day as we will move into climbing the small peak of Kala Pattar (5545m), the highest point of this trek. Kalapathhar stands for the Black Rock and the peak stands true to its name. We start off with a steep climb above GorakShep to reach the split path. We leave the path taken yesterday and chose the next one instead. Kalapathhar offers the exclusive view of the panoramic mountain peaks like the Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Lhotse, Pumori, Tawache, Thamserku 360 degree around us. The Khumbu Icefall and the various Basecamps of the Everest Expeditions can also be observed on a clear day. Needless to state, the best view of them all is the view of the highest peak in the world, the Everest. With the tantalizing views from atop Kalapatthar fresh in mind, we retrace our path back to Gorakshep.

    After reaching Gorakshep, we will retrace the path back to Lobuche where we will stop for lunch. To reach Pheriche, we will continue our descent down the Imja Khola. Approximately 10 to 11 hours of the walk will be required today.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Pheriche to Kyangjuma (3550m)

    Today, we will descend down the Pheriche valley with the spectacular views of Ama Dablam cheering us all along the way. After joining the main ImjaKhola Valley, we follow the path down to Pangboche. The great ridge of the Lhotse-Nuptse appears clear and beautiful back from Pangboche. Pangboche (3985 m) is the highest permanent settlement in the expedition to the Everest.

    We now drop down to the rushing and roaring ImjaKhola by walking through forests of rhododendron. A steep descent will bring us to the Tyangboche (3867 m). we will visit the Tyangboche monastery, which offers the best views of the panorama of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse in its full glory. From here, we cross the river at Phunki Tenga and ascend upwards to Kyangjuma. Approximately 6 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Kyangjuma- Monzo (2840 m)

    To reach Namche today, we will take a different contouring route from Kyangjuma through the small stupa, which offers close-up views of Kangtega, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. After lunch, retrace same trail, we continue downwards through the Dudh Koshi valley to Monzo (2840m). Approximately 5 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Monzo to Lukla (2840m)

    This day marks the end of the trek. We will continue downwards from Monzo to Phakding. After this point, we will follow an un-trekked route for some time before rejoining the main trail down the valley. Descending downwards along the banks of the DudhKoshi we leave the Sagarmatha National Park behind. One final ascent brings us to the Lukla plateau in the mid-afternoon. In the evening, an optional excursion to a monastery situated above the river is recommended. Approximately 5 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Free day in Kathmandu

    Leaving behind the spectacles of the azure blue lakes of the Gokyo, the Basecamp of the Everest and the views from atop the Cho La Pass, we take a 25- 30-minute flight back to Kathmandu. Early in the morning, the luggage will be transferred to the Lukla airport. You will reach Kathmandu by mid-day and after being transferred to the hotel, you can do souvenir shopping or relish the Nepali cuisine.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Free day in Kathmandu

    For those who wish to explore more of the architecturally rich city of Kathmandu, you have the option of sightseeing around the capital.

    We will start off with the visit to the Pashupatinath Temple. Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses situated in the temple which has existed since 400 A.D., adds up to the mystique of the holy place. Devotees can be seen taking a dip in the holy Bagmati River beside the temple to get rid of their sins.

    Boudhanath is another UNESCO World Heritage Site which is one of the largest stupas in South Asia. This focal point of Buddhism stands thirty-six meters tall. It is located in the path, which was the ancient trade route to China.

    The afternoon will be spent on visiting the living heritage of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur is a city of devotees and the Durbar Square is home to countless temples. Major attractions, not to be missed are The Golden Gate, Lion Gate, Nyatapola Temple, 55 Window Palace, Dattatreya as well as the statue of the Late King BhupatindraMalla. Beautiful carved specimens and picture gallery adorn the Square and you can also do souvenir shopping for loved ones back home.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Depart transfer

    It can surely be said that the beauty of the azure blue lakes of Gokyo and the perfect views of mountain panorama from this trek will never cease to exist in your mind. With the memories of the bygone exhilarating adventure in mind and the promise to come back for more, it’s finally time to bid goodbye to Nepal and its effortless beauty.

    • Breakfast included

Trip Info

  • Accommodation & meals

    • Pre and post trek three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.  

    • 04 nights at three star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis

    • 15 nights’ accommodation in the local teahouses on twin sharing basis during the trek

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided during the trek period.

    • Only breakfast will be provided in Kathmandu.

  • What's included

    • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Airfare including airport taxes
    • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
    • One English speaking trek guide & assistant guides depending on the group size
    • English speaking city guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • One porter or pack animals for each two clients
    • Everest National Park fee & TIMS card fee
    • First Aid Kit
    • All Govt. taxes including service charges
  • What's not included

    • Emergency evacuation fee
    • International airfare
    • Personal Insurance
    • Personal expenses (Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc)
    • Visa fee
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation

    All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle.

  • Visa & documentation

    A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.

    Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

    Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.

    Visa Facility   Duration    Fee

    Multiple entry   15 days      US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   30 days      US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   90 days      US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.



    • Heavy down jackets  (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Lightweight down jackets
    • Hiking boots (well broken in)
    • Woolen socks (a few pairs of different thickness)
    • Slippers
    • Walking sneakers
    • Lightweight trekking pants/trousers
    • Lightweight thermal legging
    • Trekking shorts
    • T-shirts (long sleeve & short sleeve)
    • Under garments
    • Waterproof jacket and trouser/raincoat
    • Sun hat
    • Woolen/fleece hat 
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Sweaters
    • Ear warmer


    Trekking Gears & Accessories

    • Backpack 
    • Hiking poles
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Sleep liner
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottles 
    • Head lamp with extra batteries
    • Camera and extra batteries and lenses
    • Waist bag
    • Daypack and cover
    • Dry packs (essential for keeping your valuables dry)
    • Water purification (pump, tablets or steripen)
    • Maps (can be brought in Kathmandu)
    • Reading materials


    Personal supplies

    • Sun screen
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toiletries
    • Wet wipes & tissues
    • Feminine hygeine products
    • Anti-itching cream/powder
    • Medications (don't forget to carry adequate supply of your prescription medicines)
    • Deodrants 
    • Moisturizers 
    • Energy bars


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Frequently asked questions about this trip

Are these trips physically demanding?

Everest regions are the primary approach route to the highest peak on earth, Mt. Everest. A land of extremes, Everest is home to varying landscapes, most of it being demanding regarding trekking. While the views of the loftiest peaks all around make trips exciting, it should be noted that one has to keep in mind the adverse effects of Altitude Mountain Sickness. Trips to the Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo are not recommended for children and old people. To tread the path between the rocky terrains, one must have some prior walking experience and good stamina. Read the physical rating of each trip in order to determine if the trip is meant for you.


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