The combination of the stunning Gokyo Lakes, the challenging Cho La Pass and the world’s most famous Base Camp (EBC) is a mouthwatering prospect.
This trek follows the legendary ‘Everest Trail’ from the airstrip in Lukla for a few days before branching off towards Gokyo. The trail goes silent! With the Ngozumpa Glacier all to yourself for a few days, you reach Gokyo and the mesmerising turquoise glacial Lakes that appear to be forever changing colour with the light. Remote and tranquil, this setting is truly well worth seeing. Trek up the Gokyo Ri for a superb orange like view of Everest’s summit at sunset.
It’s then across the Ngozumpa Glacier before tackling the challenging but ultimately rewarding Cho La Pass. The views from the Pass are extensive taking in several of the world’s highest peaks before descending down to the Khumbu glacier that leads to EBC. You will stay at Gorak Shep, the highest lodge on trek (5100m), providing access to both EBC and Kala Patthar (the highest point on this trek at 5500m). Both of these locations give you an enormous insight into the life of the climbers and sherpas who risk their lives to reach the summit of Everest.
Enjoy the 4 glorious days of descent to Lukla, before you before you return to Kathmandu. You have an extra day to rest, recouperate and enjoy what Kathmandu has to offer before boarding your flight home.
- Includes Gokyo Lakes, Everest Base Camp and the Cho La Pass
- World class mountain scenery; photographers will love it!
- All meals on trek
- Excellent acclimatisation; extra day in Kathmandu
Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.
Day 1/2 – Depart UK, Arrive Kathmandu
Fly from London, bound for Kathmandu.
On arrival you will be collected by our Representative and transferred to the hotel (25 mins). Our friendly staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance as you settle in and explore your surroundings. Meet your trekking Guide for a brief and timings for tomorrow.
Day 3 – Domestic flight to Lukla – Trek to Monjo 2835m
An early start for your domestic flight to Lukla. Maybe enjoy a late ‘second’ breakfast in Lukla whilst watching the flights come and go from this unique mountain airstrip.
Begin trekking, Lukla (2840m) – Monjo (2835m). Today is an easy 5 – 6hrs of trekking through the village of Phakding en route to Monjo where you will stay the night. BLD
Day 4/5 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3500m) + Acclimatisation
Having cleared the entrance to the National Park on the outskirts of Monjo, it’s a steady hour following the river before you cross the final of 7 suspension bridges and begin the 90 min steep ascent up to Namche. This is the first of the ‘big’ hills so take it steady. You will catch your first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance from a rest point.
Namche Bazaar is by far the biggest village in the region with shops and even internet cafes.
Expect to arrive at lunchtime. 4 hrs.
Day 5 is an Acclimatisation Day. Your Guide will take you out on a trek to a variety of places in the local region to gain some additional altitude and assist your body in its acclimatisation process. BLD
Day 6 – Namche Bazaar – Dole (4085m)
A beautiful days walk out of Namche, initially contouring for about 60 – 90 mins until you reach Kenjoma. Some groups stop here for coffee (you can see Tengbouche across the valley; you will descend through this village). Just around the corner, the route towards Gokyo splits from the EBC route . You will descend rapidly to Phortse Tenga before re-ascending for 2 – 2 1/2 hrs to your resting place of Dole. BLD
Day 7 – Dole – Machhermo (4410m)
A short day (just 2 1/2 hrs) but due to the altitude, very necessary. Take your time and enjoy the relatively easy day. BLD
Day 8/9 – Machhermo – Gokyo (4750m) + Acclimatisation
Day 9 is another short day at 3 1/2 hrs. You will ascend to Pangka (4548m), where the front end of the Ngozumpa glacier comes into view. Beyond here lies Gokyo, passing several very small lakes prior to the biger ones. You will spend two nights here, partly rest, partly acclimatisation. During your rest day, a side trip up to the Gokyo Ri is almost compulsory! A stiff 2 – 3 hrs 550m ascent awaits but the views either a sunrise or sunset are just superb. BLD
Day 10/11 – Gokyo – Dragnak (4700m) – Cho-La Pass (5330m) to Dzonglha (4830m)
Dragnak is 4hrs from Gokyo, initially back down the trail and then crossing the glacier to reach the village.
An early start for a potentially tough Cho-La crossing. The terrain is varied on the ascent and the climb can seem relentless at times. The views from the Pass however are fantastic with Everest being very visible as is Nuptse and Lohtse. As the altitude of Dzonglha is higher than your start point, the descent is easier. If the weather conditions are good, this is an excellent days trek. Great remote place. BLD
Day 12 – Dzonglha – Lobouche (4900m)
An easy day’s walk (max 3hrs) to Lobouche. Great views below you as you come around the spur and see Dughla. This small hamlet sits at the base and front end of the Khumbu glacier. This will be managed by your Guide but as Lobouche can be a bottle neck, it is worth considering trekking on to Gorak Shep (another 3hrs). BLD
Day 13 – Lobouche – Gorak Shep (5100m) – Everest Base Camp (5300m)
An early start to reach Gorak Shep in 3hrs for breakfast; your final and highest tea house on this trip (5100m). Once you have rested here, it’s onto Everest Base Camp! Savour the moment before returning to Gorak Shep. The Base Camp itself is potentially enormous; it has to house some 250 – 300 people during the main climbing season. The centre is not marked but is generally known to be a cairn with prayer flags. There is an excellent close up view of the Khumbu ice field. Climbers have to negotiate this dangerous section every time they go up for acclimatisation or to summit. This is a demanding day so be sure to rest and sleep as much as you can. BLD
Day 14 – Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5500m) – Down to Dingbouche (4300m)
A pre-dawn rise to summit the highest point on this trek (although this is optional). It is a 90 min tough ascent (and potentially very cold) but gives you excellent views of the summit of Everest. The descent is much faster; time for breakfast! At about 0900hrs, you will begin the trek back, first back across the moraine and then through Lobouche (stop for coffee), Dughla and then you take the ‘high road’ to Dingbouche. You will appreciate the lower altitude and warmer temperatures! A long day but relatively easy going. 8 hrs. BLD
Day 15 – Dingbouche – Pangbouche
A relatively easy day with very little ascending down to Pangbouche. 4 hrs. BLD
Day 16 – Pangbouche – Namche
An easy first hour to 90 mins as you descend into the valley, crossing the girder bridge before the short sharp ascent into Tengbouche and well earned rest at the ’German Bakery’! The long descent followed by the equally long ascent awaits (2 – 3hrs) before the easy contour path back into Namche Bazaar. 7 hrs. BLD
Day 17 – Namche – Lukla
The final section takes approx 5 hrs with a break in Pfadking. You will be elated to reach Lukla having completed one of the classic treks in the world; well done. BLD
Day 18 – Lukla – Kathmandu
An early start to have breakfast and be ready for your flight back down to Kathmandu. You should reach your hotel by midday; plenty of time to enjoy the facilities that Thamel has to offer. You can continue with any sightseeing, have a post trek massage (very inexpensive in Nepal), shop ‘till you drop or simply relax in one of the many cafes, restaurants and bars soaking up the atmosphere. BLD
Day 19 – Kathmandu – Free/spare day, B
Day 20 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal