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Gokyo Lake Trek via EBC

Journey through dramatic Himalayan landscapes to Gokyo Lakes and Everest base camp

The Gokyo Lakes Trek is the perfect Himalayan adventure for trekkers with previous high altitude hiking experience!

On this awesome circular trek you'll to see the fascinating Gokyo Lakes, hike to the top of Goyko Ri, cross a high altitude Himalayan pass, and visit famous sites like Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Tengboche Monastery and Namche Bazaar.

The trek is challenging and you will need to be in good health with a good level of fitness.

Please Note: This is a teahouse trek. Teahouses are Nepalese mountain lodges that provide basic dorm-like rooms and communal eating spaces. The itinerary builds in a contingency day for bad weather at Lukla airport. It is not uncommon for bad weather to restrict flights, and without a contingency day the risk of missing your international flight back home is quite high. 

Summary

DURATION

19 days

LOCATION

Nepal

START & ENDS

Kathmandu, Kathmandu

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • A breath-taking flight to Lukla airport
  • Visit the famous Everest base camp and the incredible natural wonder of the Gokyo Lakes
  • Stunning valleys, villages in the cliffs, thundering rivers and the towering Himalayas
  • Experience the beautiful Sherpa culture

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu AND transfer to hotel

FOOD

No Meals

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m)

kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, the city of temples! Our airport representative will be waiting in the arrival terminal with your name printed on a card.


From the airport we will transfer you to a city hotel, where you can unpack and freshen up from your long flight. Later today you will meet your tour leader to discuss the trek.

Day 2: Fly to Lukla AND trek to Phakding

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse lodge

ACTIVITY

30 minute flight. 3-4 hours hiking

ELEVATION GAIN

Kathmandu (1,310m) to Lukla (2,860m) to Phakding (2,610m)

lukla airport ebc

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas on your flight to Lukla. It’s one of the most adventurous flights in World. The flight takes approximately 30 minutes.


Try to get your seat on the left side of the plane as the Himalayas are best viewed from this vantage point.


On arrival in Lukla we will meet our porters and commence our trek Phakding, where we will overnight at a teahouse.

Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6-7 hours

ELEVATION

Phakding (2,610m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

namche-bazaar

We start the day with a gentle climb before reaching Monjo. For lunch we stop in Jorsalle and then continue through a beautiful pine forest to Hilary Bridge. We then follow the trail as it passes through a steep ascent towards Namche Bazaar. 


Namche is considered as the gateway of the Khumbu / Everest region. It is a beautiful town with numerous amenities available for trekkers. These include a laundry, equipment shops, internet, banks etc.  

Day 4: Rest and acclimatization day in Namche bazaar

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Rest and acclimatization hikes

ELEVATION

Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Today is our rest and acclimatization day.


Depending on weather conditions we will do one of the following acclimatization: Khumjung and Khunde hike, Everest View Hotel hike or Thame Hike. 


The evening will be free for exploring Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Trek to Dole 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Namche Bazaar (3,440m) to Dole (3,980m)

Ama-Dablam

Today we begin with a steep hike to the National Park headquarters after which we follow a gentle ascent to Kyanjuma where we stop for a tea break. From here you'll see the beautiful Amadablam Peak.


The trail to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes separates from here. We will start our ascent towards Mongla and then begin our descent to Phortse Tenga for lunch.


After lunch we ascend through stunning pine forests that lead us to Dole where we will spend the night.

Day 6: Trek to Machhermo

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 4 - 5 hours

ELEVATION

Dole (3,980m) to Machhermo (4,410m)

trek-Machhermo

From Dole to Machhermo we have a comfortable short day hike. The route is a gentle climb towards our destination. 


We pass through the villages of Lhabarma and Luza village before reaching Machhermo which is our last stop before heading to the Gokyo valley.

Day 7: Rest and acclimatization day in Machhermo 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Rest and acclimatization

ELEVATION

Machhermo (4,410m)

village-Machhermo

This is our second rest and acclimatization day on this trek.


We will have a late breakfast and do a short acclimatization hike to a magnificent view point of the Himalayas including the famous Mount Everest. 

 

In the afternoon we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association aid post to attend an altitude sickness lecture. 

Day 8: Trek to Gokyo Lakes 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION

Machhermo (4,410m) to Gokyo Lakes (4,760m)

gokyo-lakes

Gokyo valley is known for it's several high altitude lakes. These lakes are also the origin of the Dudh Koshi river that goes all the way to Lukla and further.


The trail starts with an almost flat hike and then heads up a steep ascent to Gokyo lakes.


There are 5 lakes in the Gokyo valley. It’s an excellent place to spend the night!

Day 9: Climb to Gokyo Ri AND exploration day around Gokyo

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 3 - 5 hours

Exploration of Gokyo

ELEVATION

Gokyo Lakes (4,760m) to Gokyo Ri (5,403m) and Gokyo (4,760m)

gokyo-ri-everest

Gokyo Ri is known for its amazing views of some of the most famous mountains in the Everest region. We hike to this viewpoint to begin the day with a magnificent sunset!


Gokyo Ri is without doubt unforgettable, and you'll see so many peaks that you will lose count.  

After our descent we have lunch and there is the option to visit the 4th and 5th lakes. However, it is also a good idea to use this time to rest before we take off again tomorrow. 

Day 10: Trek to Thaknak 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 4 - 5 hours

ELEVATION

Gokyo (4,760m) to Thaknak (4,700m)

gokyo-trek

Today we can take it easy. We start with a late breakfast and make our way to Thaknak, a small settlement in the Himalayas.


The trail is gentle and is a pleasurable hike. We spend most our our hike moving around or in the glaciers. 


Once reaching Thaknak, we have a free afternoon. Prepare for an early morning!

Day 11: Cross Cho La Pass And trek to Dzongla 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 8 - 9 hours

ELEVATION

Thaknak (4,700m) to Dzongla (4,830m)

cho-la-pass-himalayas

Cho La is one of the highest and most popular passes in this region. We begin with a steep climb towards the pass before descending into Dzongla where we stay overnight. 


It is a strenous hike and you will need to be careful along the path. Some of the path is very narrow and there are occasional rock falls.


The views from Dzongla of Cholatse and Tabuche are incredible, combined with the epic views from the pass, make this trail worth the extra effort!

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 4 - 5 hours

ELEVATION

Dzongla (4,830m) to Lobuche (4,910m)

lobuche-gokyo

A nice easy day with a short hike to Lobuche.


The trail is mostly flat and a nice break from the challenging previous day.


We stay in Lobuche for the night. This is the final night before reaching Everest Base Camp.

Day 13: Trek to Gorak shep and hike to Everest Base Camp 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 8 - 9 hours

ELEVATION

Lobuche (4,910m) to Gorak Shep (5,130m) and Everest base camp (5,364m) 

ebc-tents

The first part of the trek is fairly easy until we reach the glaciers. We ascend over the glaciers where it becomes more challenging as the effects of low oxygen levels can be felt. 


As you cross over the glacier, you will catch a glimpse of Gorak Shep village. Once we reach the village we stop for lunch before continuing the journey to Everest base camp.


It's a 5 hour hike to reach EBC and head back to the village. It truly is a magnificent feeling to be standing in the place that has witnessed many famous climbers take on Everest!

Day 14: Hike to Kala patthar and Descend to Pangboche 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 10 - 11 hours

ELEVATION

Gorak Shep (5,130m) to Kalapatthar (5,545m) to Pangboche (3,900m)

kalapatthar-mark

We will wake up early in the morning to start the hike up Kala Patthar before the sun comes up. The climb is difficult, but worth the views! 


Kala Patthar is the most famous viewpoint in the Khumbu and provides amazing panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest.


Descending to Gorak Shep, we grab breakfast and descend into Pangboche village. It’s a long day of hiking mostly downhill.

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Pangboche Village (3,900m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

namche-bazaar

We will pass through Debuche and Tengboche village before we start a steep descent to Phungi Tenga, which is located on the banks of Dudhkoshi River.


We have some lunch before continuing on to Kyanjuma village and then along a gentle path to Namche Bazaar. 


It's been a journey so far so rest up and have a good shower before getting some sleep. Our last day of trekking awaits in the morning!

Day 16: Trek to Lukla

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 7 - 8 hours

ELEVATION

Namche Bazaar (3,440m) to Lukla (2,860m)

phadking

We have reached the last day of trekking!


Today's hike begins with a steep descent to Jorsalle village and then making our way to Phakding where we stop for lunch before heading further to Lukla.


After reaching Lukla we can rest up and prepare for the flight back to Kathmandu in the morning. We will also say goodbye and thank you to our porters here!

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu AND drive to Hotel 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Flight (30 minutes) and hotel transfer (30 minutes)

ELEVATION

Lukla (2,860m) to Kathmandu (1,310m)

lukla-ebc

We head to Lukla airport in the morning to catch our adventurous flight to Kathmandu.


Once landing in Kathmandu, we collect our luggage and head towards the hotel. You have the afternoon to put your feet up and relax after a long trekking adventure! 

Day 18: Rest and buffer day in Kathmandu

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Rest

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m)

kathmandu

Today we have a free day to explore Kathmandu. We have this spare day in case of any Lukla flight cancellations or delays due to weather issues.


Go shopping, try some local cuisine and enjoy some time resting in Kathmandu!

Day 19: Drive to airport AND departure from Kathmandu

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer (30 minutes)

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m)

porter-ebc

You will be transfered to the airport 3 hours before your flight. It's a small airport with only 1 terminal.


From here we say goodbye until next time. We sincerely hope you have enjoyed your Everest adventure!

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Gokyo lakes trek. Single supplements apply.


Please note: June, July and August are the monsoon. We don't operate treks during this period.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 

What's Included

Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off in a private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu domestic airline tickets
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in beautiful cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Everest National Park Entry Permit permit and Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed trekking guide and support porters. Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people
  • Free rental of a down jacket, 4-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant

Not Included

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees, travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Expenses of a personal nature (beverage bills, hot showers, telephone, laundry etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Support crew tips

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Packing List

Clothing

  • 6-7 x hiking shirt + 3-2 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • 2 x hiking shorts and 3 x hiking trousers
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Warm insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet (Down jacket available for free rental)
  • Light, but warm gloves

Headwear

  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights
  • Neck warmer

Footwear

  • Mid-weight hiking boots / hiking trainers
  • 8-9 x hiking socks
  • Trainers for teahouses

Bags

  • 20-25L daypack
  • 80L Duffel Bag (available for free rental)
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain

Other Essentials

  • Four season sleeping bag (available for free rental)
  • Hiking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream


Rental Gear

There are a number of good rental gear shops in Thamel, Kathmandu where one can rent / buy most items listed above. Sleeping bags, a down jacket and a duffel are all included as free rentals.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.

Accommodation

3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, you will stay in 3-star hotel accommodation with complimentary breakfast.

kathamandu hotels

Teahouse Accommodation (Day 2-16)

The teahouse lodges on the trek are basic. Most teahouses will have shared bathroom / toilet facilities. 

everest teahouse

Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

5.0 rating
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

5.0 rating
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

5.0 rating
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

5.0 rating
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

5.0 rating
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

5.0 rating
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

5.0 rating
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

James Roux

A great experience all round!

5.0 rating
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

Sarah Roe

Amazing experience!

5.0 rating
February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

Kayla

Elbrus Normal Route

5.0 rating
February 15, 2020

Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.

Nick Swanson

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LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

HIMALAYAN LEISURE INC.

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This tour is operated for Himalayan Leisure Inc, a fantastic local Nepalese trek operator based in Kathmandu. The company is led by Upendra, a warm and welcoming person who you will love the moment you meet him. Over the past decade Upendra has built Himalayan Leisure into a premier local trek operator with a reputation for safety, quality and fun. We're confident you will have an amazing experience with Upendra and his team.

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