Gokyo Ri Everest Base Camp Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 19 Days
  • Trekking Duration: 16 Days
  • Trip Grade: Medium Hard
  • Max Elevation: 5546 m
  • Best Season: October to December, February to May
  • Walking Hours: 5-6hrs everyday
  • Styles: Tea House
  • Starting point of trek: Lukla
  • Finishing point of trek: Lukla
  • Meals and Drinks: Guest houses managed by local people

Trip Map

  • Destination:Nepal

Gokyo Ri  Everest Base Camp Trek is the most popular trekking in Everest Region in Nepal. This trek offers a wide range of mountain views and developed trail to Everest Base Camp. The trails are steep through foothills of the world’s highest mountain.

There are lots of villages of Sherpa and interesting hiking and excursion places.  The Everest Region is located in the eastern part of Nepal in Solukhumbu district the village of Sherpa and monasteries. where we can see the Everest 8848 meter. Besides Mount Everest, there are three 8000 meters above peaks like Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m) and additionally numerous other peaks of lesser altitude. There are lots of interesting sides for hiking and excursions village of Sherpa. The trails are steep through foothills of the world’s highest mountain. There are many trekking lodges from places to place along the trails. Thousand of trekkers, mules, and Jokpas make the trails busy and crowded to wait for a long time along the trails. The Everest occupies different routes and many popular peaks. Three passes trek, Island peak, Mera peak and Lobuche peak are popular for climbing peaks. Gokyo Lake is the only one stunning in the Everest region though there are many lakes. The blue lake catches every trekker’s eyes who once reach there. Gokyo Ri is another attractive and viewpoint which offers Gokyo Ri which offers stunning views of Gokyo Lake, Ngazumba Glacier,  Cho Oyu  (8188m), Chakung (7019m), Chola (6089m), Kangchung Peak(6063m) (chumbu (6859m) Mt. Everest (8848m) and Pharilapche (6017m).

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03 Fly to Lukla then walking to Phakding (3-4hrs) (2680m)
  • Day 04 Phakding to Namache Bazaar (3450m)(6-7hrs)
  • Day 05 Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar
  • Day 06 NamcheBaaar to Tengboche (3867m)(5hrs)
  • Day 07 Tengboche to Dingboche (4420m) (5hrs)
  • Day 08 Acclimatisation day in Dingboche
  • Day 09 Dingboche to Lobuche (4935m) (5hrs)
  • Day 10 Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5190m) Base Camp (5365m)
  • Day11 Gorak Shep to Lobuche (4935m) (2 hrs)
  • Day 12 Lobuche to Dzonghla (4830m)(3hrs)
  • Day 13 Dzonghla to Gokyo (4800m) (max. 8hrs)
  • Day 14 Gokyo Lake to Dole (4200m) (max. 6hrs)
  • Day 15 Dole to Monjo (2835m)(6hrs)
  • Day 16 Monjo to Lukla (2800m)(6hrs)
  • Day 17 Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 18 Rest day in Kathmandu
  • Day 19 Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport transfer to your hotel. A short briefing is given about your trekking route. It is your choice whether you like to visit nearby sanctuaries or rest at the hotel.

Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

On this day you are busy sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. Tour of Buddhist and old Hindu temples which are regarded as a shrine and local traditions. There are many places to visit.

Day 03 Fly to Lukla then walking to Phakding (3-4hrs) (2680m)

Lukla to Phakding trail is easy and gentle. The trail heads to through the north of Lukla you are asked to register permit and belonging value able things. Leaving back Lukla the trail enters the village of Cheplung where Jiri trail joins. Just beyond Cheplung the path enters through a forest then to Thado Koshi has cluster of trekking lodges. From Thado Koshi is to see views of Kusum Kangru (6387m). Passing Thado Koshi to Ghat village is situated on the bank of the Khola. The village has many lodges and guesthouses along the trail. At the top of Ghat is with mani walls stone carved with black and white with Tibetan mantras, white chortens and prayer wheels. From here the trail climbs down then flat along the Dudh Koshi Khola. A short climb up into the village of Phakding has a dozen lodges. It is divided into two parts by the Khola (River). If there is extra time then about 40 minutes steeply side trip Rimjung village and Pema Choling Gompa.

Day 04 Phakding to Namache Bazaar (3450m)(6-7hrs)

Today’s walk is relatively longer than yesterday. As you start the trek a suspension bridge is crossed over the Dudh Koshi River and the trail follows up along the river through forests of pine. The gentle trail past Zumpute Thamserku, Manju and Jorsale up and down crossing several times over the river. While trek we can see the majestic view of Thamserku Peak (6608) charming of Dudhkosi River. From Phakding 3 hours walk we reach the village of Monjo is a pretty settlement where the entrance check post for Sagarmatha National Park. From the check post, the trail dropping to re-cross the river and then to Jorsale has about half a dozen nice lodges. Passing Jorsale the path re-cross the river then enters through a grove of pine on the bank of the river confluence of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. From the confluence steep trail crosses a long suspension bridge festooned with prayer flags. The trail to Namche Bazaar climbs zigzagging through forests of pine and about halfway up is Everest Viewpoint where there is a public toilet. The gentle climb and wide path leads you to a check post then continue up about 20 minutes to Namache Bazaar.

Day 05 Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar is a big and beautiful Sherpa town gateway to Everest, Gokyo Lake, and Thame. Acclimatization day is important for trekkers who prepare to go high altitude. One day acclimatization will improve fitness and help adjust altitude in a further trek in elevation. In Namche, there are numerous cafes, trekking gear-shops, grocery stores lodges and hotels. It has internet access, wifi, money changer cash, banking service changer cash and the accept visa and Master Card. In the main trekking season crowded of foreigners are at shops, lodges, cafes, and streets.

Day 06 NamcheBaaar to Tengboche (3867m)(5hrs)

The trail to Tengboche starts from just above Namche Bazaar on the right side. The slop trail out and in passes ridges at the end of the bluff memorial Chorten to Tenzing Norgay. From this memorial place is for grand panorama views of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest. The path continues to Kyangjuma (3550m) where there are two nice lodges and closer views of Ama Dablam. From Kyngjuma the trail descends to Sanasa just before it a signpost directs Gokyo Lake to hillside and downhill to the river Phunki Thenga. The downhill route past Lawichasa and Tashingma and finally Phunki Thenga from here two hours climb to Tengboche, A suspension bridge is crossed to climb a hill, on the way beautiful rhododendron flower in the season. Tengboche has a wide grassy land, lodges and Tengboche Gompa is a large and most popular monastery in Khumjung region. Mountain views are seen in every direction.

Day 07 Tengboche to Dingboche (4420m) (5hrs)

From Tengboche, the route crosses down through forests of rhododendron Debuche where there is a cluster of lodges among the forest. The route continues through dense forests of rhododendron and birch dripping with white Spanish moss. The path reaches Dudh Koshi river is crossed on a suspension bridge. From the river, the trail climbs to Chorten and Kani while Amadamblam view is and Mt Lhotse is panoramic. From Kani 10 minute further is Pangboche village (3860m) where there are several lodges and guest houses. Above Pangboche the trail enters on arid landscape and alpine meadows along the Imja River. The gentle path leads you Shomare (4000m) has five lodges serve to stay a night then a little walk up finally Orsho place comes beyond on arid the route separates upper and lower. The upper route is to Pheriche. The lower route ascends to Khumbu River over it a bridge is crossed and then climb up through alpine meadows passing chortens and cairns to Dingboche village from where Lhotse (8501m) Island peak and Ama Dablam can be seen. Dingboche village is pleasant and agreeable. There are internet service, bakery, cafes, and grocery stores. Several lodges and guest houses are though out of the village.

Day 08 Acclimatisation day in Dingboche

It is important to do acclimatization at 4410m. Many trekkers love to spend to explore in Dingboche village. There are several interesting hiking spots are Nangkar Tshang, Chukung, and opposite side up at the bottom of Ama Dablam. Nangka Tshang is the best viewpoint (5075m) walking is two hours just above Dingboche on a ridge that offers panorama views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Taboche, Cholatse and even Makalu (8465m). Valley views are enjoyable and fantastic. From Dingboche to Chukung it takes about 2 hours. The path is agreeable through on arid along the Imja Khola. Chukung is surrounded by mountains and glaciers. There are enough lodges. Two hours walk to popular Island Peak Base Camp from Chukung.

Day 09 Dingboche to Lobuche (4935m) (5hrs)

From Dingboche, the trail to Lobuche goes left side passing above Pheriche at the top of the ridge. On the way, there are outstanding views of Taboche, Chilatse and Ama Dablam. The path passes through opened and arid yak pasture lands. At the end of the trail, a glacial stream is crossed and then reaches Dughla (4620m) has Yak and Kala Pathar lodges. From here the trail climbs up the gravely ridge which is covered with memorials who lost their lives while climbing Mount Everest. A gentle walk to the north Dzonlgha trail meets from this point it is a 40-minute walk to Lobuche where you get enough trekking lodges.

Day 10 Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5190m) Base Camp (5365m)

Lobuche to Gorak Shep takes about 3 hours and Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp Visit and return back to Gorak Shep about 5 hrs. Today we walk to Gorak Shep visit to the Everest Base Camp then back to Gorak Shep. The starting trail from Lobuche follows through a gorge between glacial and mountain wall. It is gentle walk up to at the edge of the trail before a climb up then walking on the ridge through glacial boulders. Famous Khumbu Glacier lies down south to north. Finally, steep climb reaches Gorak Shep is a flat and sandy wide destination night. There are 4 lodges and a porter shelter. The lodges are almost packed every day. Just left side above Gorak Shep soars Kala Pathar and flat right trail historical place EBC. The Everest is not possible to see from Gorak Shep. It is blocked by Nuptse. North direction Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changse are grand views. Khumbu Glacier is awesome. After a lunch side trip to Everest Base Camp takes about six hours to return 200m ascent. The walking path is across the Khumbu Glacier at the north end of the sandpit at Gorak Shep. Glacier path makes to walk difficult and tired. The atmosphere at the Base Camp can be fantastic with international Everest climbers and local Sherpas. Prayer flags and banners festoon rocks and stones.

Day11 Gorak Shep to Lobuche (4935m) (2 hrs)

Most of the groups climb Kala Pathar (5546m) early in the morning to see the sun rise and best views of Mt Everest. Mornings are usually clear and the best time to make an ascent. For many people, this is the highlights of the trek. The path to Kala Pathar climbs up the grassy land above Gorak Shep. Just follow the long line of snaking hillside. To reach Kala Pathar (5546m) from Gorak Shep takes about 2hrs which is marked by prayer flags. As you reach the top of Kala Pathar amazing views of Pumori, Lobuche west, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. Descending to Gorak Shep make you feel easy and enjoyable south to the lower ridge. From Gorak Shep heading down through gorge past to Lobuche.

Day 12 Lobuche to Dzonghla (4830m)(3hrs)

The trail to Dzonghla is an easy and short walk. From Lobuche path gently drops to the main trail and setts to the right direction and then the flat trail leads on ridges. Views of Taboche Peak, Cholaste Peak, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lobuche peak and Pumori are spectacular from the path. Barren lands with junipers and grassy trail drops and climbs two times to reach Dzonghla which has about half dozen lodges which provide a good facility. It is a meeting point from Lobuche and the other side from Gokyo trekkers pass the Cho La Pass and arrive at Dzonghla.

Day 13 Dzonghla to Gokyo (4800m) (max. 8hrs)

Today, as possible early breakfast to beat top of the Cho La Pass. Heading down to the west direction, the trail passes flat meadow valley and gradually walking up to the rock side, from here climbing steeply to on top of the rock a viewpoint. Now the trail enters through Cho La Glacier to reach the top of the Pass is stunned with prayer flags and cairns. Congratulating each other, we soar down on a rocky path to a certain level then again heading up to an iron pillar prayer flag that marks no more climbing section. At least one hour down to Thagnag (4700m) where there are about half dozen lodges and guest houses. Thagnag to Gokyo Lake ascent 100m is maximum two hours walking zigzag on Ngazumba Glacier.

Day 14 Gokyo Lake to Dole (4200m) (max. 6hrs)

Early morning breakfast then hiking to Gokyo Ri (5360m) is the best viewpoint in the Everest Region. From the lake climbing steeply to Gokyo Ri which offers stunning views of Gokyo Lake, Ngazumba Glacier, Cho Oyu (8188m), Chakung (7019m), Chola (6089m), Kangchung Peak(6063m) (Chumbu (6859m) Mt. Everest (8848m) and Pharilapche (6017m). Descend to lodge for a moment rest then heading down to Dole. The trail follows along the east side of the lake. A small bridge is crossed at the end of the lake then walking down on most of the path passing yak meadows on the west side of Dudh Koshi River. Phanga and Machhermo two settlements are encountered on the way for food and drinks. Finally, we are at Dole is a nice settlement with many guest houses and lodges.

Day 15 Dole to Monjo (2835m)(6hrs)

Today onwards happy to walk in the forests and villages. From Dole the trail direct down to Phortse Thanga passing beautiful forest. The zigzag steep climbing trail takes more than an hour to reach at Mong La (3975) a viewpoint. Following down dusty trail meets at Kyangjuma where we make a circle trek. After Kyangjuma, we meet many trekkers, local people, yaks, and Jokpas because we are on the Everest Highway Trail. We reverse to Namche and then descending steeply to Larja Dobhan. 20 minute walk to Jorsale to a bridge crossing after a short climbing to Monjo.

Day 16 Monjo to Lukla (2800m)(6hrs)

A long day of preparation and curiosity, today is the last day to the trek. We reverse to the trail Benkar, Phakding, and little climbing up to Ghat, Cheplung and finally Lukla is waiting for us our ending trek.

Congratulations!!!!!

Day 17 Fly to Kathmandu

Day 18 Rest day in Kathmandu

Day 19 Departure from Kathmandu

You are assisted to reach at the airport by our staff. You have to reach at the airport 3 hours before your plane leave.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off.
  • 4-night hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Licensed trained trekking guide
  • Porters to carry a bag pack
  • Accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner in trekking) included coffee & tea.
  • Transportation by land and air
  • All necessary documents permit for trekking
  • National park/ conservation area entry permit

Cost Excludes

  • International air fare Travel trekking insurance
  • Major meals lunch, dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge more than air lines allowed both domestic and international
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, drinks, phone & laundry, hot shower
  • Visa fee (easily get on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Tips and gratuities for field staff, electric devices charge
  • Rescue travel insurance
  • Trips cancellation costs
  • Accident or health emergency service
  • Lost theft and damage to baggage

Equipments & Gears

  • Trekking shoes,
  • down jacket,
  • trekking pant,
  • gloves, hat,
  • woolen cap,
  • sunglasses,
  • raincoat,
  • headlamp,
  • walking stick,
  • water bottle,
  • sleeping bag,
  • trekking bag waterproof and
  • changing clothes.

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