Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Ri is one of the most beautiful treks in Nepal region. Covering Everest Base Camp via Gokyo village, which offers an unparalleled scenic beauty. Gigantic glaciers along with the high peaks in the backdrop and highest freshwater lakes in offering, makes it a trek of a lifetime.
The Everest Base Camp trek (regular route) is a busy trail with thousands of trekkers attempting it every year. The gokyo Ri route makes it altogether a different experience and covers both Gokyo Lakes along with the highlights of Everest Base Camp.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Wanderers team will pick you up from the Airport and escort you to the hotel in Thamel. Step out in the evening and explore Thamel Cafes and shops.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (air) and trek to Phakding. (4 hours trek)
Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu in the morning. The flight takes about 25-30 minutes from Kathmandu. Once at Lukla, we will start our trek to Phakding which will take about 4 hours to complete.
Phakding is a small village with multiple stay options along with an Irish bar. We will take the hanging bridge at the end of the village and get to the other side for our homestay.
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazar (6-7 hours trek)
Continuing our trek alongside the Dudh Kosi River, we will have the mighty Mt Thamserku on our right. The first half of the trek is an easy trail. We will stop at Jorsale right after Monjo. This will be the last point before we enter the Sagarmatha National Park and where we will have food. The trail after Jorsale will be a steep ascend. It gets slightly difficult after this point.
Namche Bazar welcomes you with numerous prayer wheels.
Day 4: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazar.
We will have a short hike today to Everest Viewpoint hotel to get the first glimpse of the Mt. Everest. Rest of the day is free to check out the Namche Bazar region.
Day 5: Namche Bazar to Dole (7-8 hours trek)
It will be an early start from Namche Bazar where we will trek to the village called Kyangjuma. From here till Mongla, it will be a steep ascend and is the most difficult part of today's trek. On a clear day, we get the beautiful view of Mt Khangteka and Mt Thamserku. We will stop for lunch at Mongla. Moving on, we will cross the Phortse village on our way to Dole.
Day 6: Dole to Machhermo (4 hours trek)
The day starts with an ascend for the initial one-hour and post which the trek becomes moderate. On a clear day, we also get to see Mt Cho Oyu right in front of us on the trail. An easy 4 hour trail will bring us to Machhermo. Comparatively a small village compared to Phakding or Namche.
Day 7: Machhermo to Gokyo Village (6-7 hours trek)
Our trek today will have some incredible views to offer. We will be covering the three of the five Gokyo lakes. With an initial descend to the river and followed by a steep ascend to the first Gokyo lake. We will continue trekking on the trail which will bring us to the second and finally to the third (and the most beautiful) Gokyo lake. The homestays are right next to the third Gokyo lake.
Day 8: Gokyo village to Gokyo Lakes (2.5 hours trek one way)
A quick trek further ahead of the third Gokyo Lake brings us to the 4th lake. Another 2 hours from here will bring us to the 5th Gokyo lake. It has some of the most magnificent views in the region. We will also get to see the entire Ngozumpa glacier. After spending some time at the lake, we will retrace our steps to Gokyo homestay.
Day 9: Thangna via Gokyo Ri (7-8 hours trek)
We will go for an early morning trek to Gokyo Ri to experience some of the most famous mountains falling in one line. The view of Gokyo lakes from Gokyo Ri are simply incredible to say the least. This entire trek will take about 4 hours.
From here our trek to Thangna will take about 3 hours. Once we go down to the Ngozumpa glacier, the trail leading to Thangna is mostly flat from this point.
Day 10: Thangna to Zongla via Chola Pass (8 -9 hours)
We will target to leave the homestay at around 6 in the morning so that we can reach the destination before the sunset. This will give us plenty of time to manage the trek at our own pace. We will be crossing the Chola Pass at 5370 meters. The trail starts with an initial ascend with the river flowing by our side.
Day 11: Zongla village to Lobuche (4 hours trek)
Our trek to Lobuche will take about 3-4 hours. We will be passing the Chola Tso (lake) along with Thokla Pass memorial. The trail will then merge with the trail coming from Periche, which is taken by the trekkers attempting Everest Base Camp without Gokyo Ri route.
Day 12: Lobuche to Gorakshep (along with the Everest Base Camp) (8 hours trek)
Today's trek will offer us some incredible views of Mt Pumori along with Mt Nuptse. Via the Lobuche Pass, we will reach Gorakshep. We will leave our rucksacks at the homestay and then continue on the uneven trail towards the Everest Base Camp. Numerous flags at the base location will welcome us.
Day 13: Periche via Kala Pathar (8 hours trek)
We will take about 3-4 hours to reach Kala Pathar. It is from Kala Pathar that we will get a full vertical sight of Mt Everest. We will spend some at Kala Pathar and then begin our trek to Periche via Dughla which will take us another 3 to 4 hours.
Day 14: Periche to Namche Bazar (7-8 hours trek)
Through the villages of Pangboche, Dengboche and Tengboche, we will reach Namche Bazar. It will be a comparatively easy day. We will have our lunch point at Tingboche.
Day 15: Namche Bazar to Lukla (7-8 hours trek)
While the trail today is a beautiful trek alongside the Dudh Kosi River, the second half of the trail, which brings us to Lukla, can be a challenging one. It will be a continuous ascend. We will spend the night at Lukla at a homestay.
Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight)
We will take the flight from Lukla airport back to Kathmandu.
1. Meals - All the meals from Lukla to Lukla.
2. Accommodation – Hotel in Kathmandu: Day 1 & Day 13.
3. Tea-house stays on the trek on double / triple sharing basis with proper bedding – 11 nights
4. Flights & Airport transfers- As per the itinerary: Kathmandu to Lukla on Day 2 and return on Day 13.
5. Necessary permits and entry fees along with TIMS card per trekker
6. A certified wilderness first aid responder for any medical emergencies
7. An experienced and certified skilled mountaineer as the trek leader
8. 2 guide for a group of maximum 12-14 trekkers. Generally it is 1 guide to about 6 members.
9. All our guides and trek leads are professionally trained/ skilled and have many years of relevant experience in guiding and leading treks.
10. Toilets – well maintained, clean and hygienic
11. First aid medical kit with medical assistance for the trekkers
12. Oxygen cylinder with oxy meter for a close daily check-up
13. Camping & trekking permits and permissions from the local administrations/ authorities
1. Service tax 5% (as per the current in GST)
2. Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bags/ offloads
3. Any meals/services not mentioned above
4. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
6. Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
7. Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
8. Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.