The Gokyo Lakes are simply a stunning sight; remote, silent and constantly changing colour with the light.
Few people tread this path making it a journey of peace and tranquility. This trip also includes crossing the challenging but ultimately rewarding Cho La Pass (5330m) before visiting Everest base Camp.
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! Following the Ngozumpa Glacier you eventually reach Gokyo and the mesmerising turquoise glacial Lakes. A side trip up the Gokyo Ri is optional and offers that superb orange like view of Everest’s summit at sunset.
It’s then across the Ngozumpa Glacier before tackling the challenging Cho La Pass for extensive views of the world’s highest peaks before descending down to the Khumbu glacier that leads EBC. Having reached the highest and furthest lodge (Gorak Shep, 5100m), you will have the opportunity to visit both EBC and Kala Patthar (the highest point on this trek at 5500m) before 4 glorious days of descending to Lukla and a well deserved pat on the back.
On your return to Kathmandu, you have an extra day to rest, recouperate and enjoy what Kathmandu has to offer before boarding your flight home.
- Beautiful sight of the Gokyo Lakes
- Quiet area of the Everest region to relax and enjoy the magnificent surroundings
- View Everest’s summit from Gokyo Ri (best at sunset)
- Exhilerating flight to Lukla
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 – Machhermo – Gokyo (4750m)
Day 8 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 bigger ones. You will spend two nights here. If the energy is there, after you have settled in to your tea house in Gokyo and rested, you could trek further up the glacier towards the fourth and fifth lakes further north. Even fewer people go here and well worth the trip. BLD.
Day 9 – Gokyo, Rest Day
During your rest day, a side trip up to the Gokyo Ri is almost compulsory! The ‘orange’ glow you often see on photos of Mt Everest are taken at sunset (as opposed to sunrise) and often taken from Gokyo Ri. Take the rest of the day to relax and take in your superb surroundings; beautiful lakes, high mountains and a glacier right next to you. This is a photographer’s dream with patience and good luck with the weather. BLD
Day 10 – Gokyo – Dole
A straight forward descent down the valley to the village of Dole. Approx 4hrs, BLD
Day 11 – Dole – Namche
A steep descent to the hamlet of Phortse Tenga before eventually re-joining the Everest trail back to Namche. Approx 5hrs, BLD
Day 12 – Namche – Lukla
The final day’s trekking, back out of Namche, down the big hill to Monjo and along to Phakding, probably for lunch. The final stretch is about 3 hrs back up to Lukla. The total trekking time is around 7 hrs, BLD
Day 13 – 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 14 – Kathmandu – Free/spare day, B
Day 15 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal