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Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Valley Trek - 19 days

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 Trip Info

Trip Code: DHA/EGT-19
Destination: : Nepal
Trekking Duration: 14 days
Trek Type : Teahouse basis
Grade:
Maximum Elevation : 5,550M.
Avg. hours of walk / day : 5-6 hours
Best Month of the Year : April, May, October and November
Hotel Accommodation : 4 nights, 3-star hotel, twin sharing BB basis
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Introduction to Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Valley Trek

Mount Everest, 8,848m (29,028ft) the highest mountain in the world was 1st climbed by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and a Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on 29th May 1953. Since then, thousands of climbers and Sherpas have climbed this mountain successfully. Everest area locally knows as Sagarmatha National Park is home for world-renowned climbers Sherpa peoples as they have created many unbelievable world records in the industry of Mountaineering and climbing. The trek goes into the heart of the Himalayas with stunning mountain views, and the simplicity and hospitality of the Sherpa community are heart-warming. You will get to take in the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Everest and its sister’s mountains. You will also be visiting Sherpa villages and monasteries to gain insight into their local culture, traditions and daily lifestyle. This is one of the most beautiful treks in a spectacular region of Nepal.

In the 1st part of the trek, you will get into the Gokyo valley, naturally really beautiful, scenic and perfect mountain views along the way up.  The path separates from the main Everest trail just after Namche on the day 4th of the trek and goes into the Gokyo valley. This area is less crowded but naturally super beautiful. Once you touch the Gokyo lake situated in the elevation of 4,790m from the sea-level, you really can see the beauty of nature and Himalayas. Climbing Gokyo Ri (5,360m) is physically challenging but once you will be on the top of Gokyo Ri, the winning moments will take away all of your tiredness and exhaustion. This trek is quite tough and physically challenging as you have to climb over 5,000m multiple times, after Gokyo Ri, now you have to cross over Cho La Pass (5,330m), which is tough, in the winter season, normally going over Cho La Pass is not possible due to the deep snow on the pass. The mountain views from the top of Gokyo Ri and Cho la pass is stunning with all big white mountains. However, the trek is physically and mentally tough and challenging but this is one of our must-do trek trips        

Journey Outline

This challenging trek into the Solu-Khumbu region begins with a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla & continually trekking along the Dudh Kosi ("Milk River"). After crossing the Namche Bazar” Sherpa head-quarter” we will continue to Gokyo-Ri (5,360m), with its incredible natural beauty of the Himalayas & better introduction of local Sherpa cultures. We will climb Gokyo-Ri, which offers a view of the whole valley, right up to Mt Cho-Oyu. We sometimes see a family of Kongma (Himalaya Partridges) and picas (tiny and a bit like short-eared rabbits without tail) on our descent after sunrise. 

The Cho-La pass, approached from Dragnag below Gokyo is a chance to walk on the glacier with relative safety. Although the approaches either side are quite steep, the glacier itself is quite flat and almost crevasse free. It can usually be safety crossed without crampons and gives us access to the upper reaches of the Khumbu valley. Cho La pass (5,330m) offers a real mountain experience before we head to Gorekshep. Now you will have the option of a sunset or sunrise trek to the 18,188ft' summit of Kala-Pattar for a panoramic view of some of the world's highest mountains including Everest at 29,035ft. We'll make the 3-hour trek on to Everest Base Camp where, depending on the season, you'll see mountaineering expeditions preparing for their ascent to the highest peak in the world, beginning with the spectacular Khumbu Icefall.

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Mt. Everest Base Camp (5,360m)
  • Climb Kalapathar (5,550m)
  • Cho La Pass (5,330m)
  • Gokyo RI (5,360m)
  • Gokyo Lake

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival in KTM, transfer to hotel, trek briefing and gear check

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the trek and itinerary followed by gear check and you will also be introduced with your crew members and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2

Necessary preparation & packing, Drive to Ramechhap, 5 hours (132km)

In the morning you will do the final packing and get ready for the trek, if you need to do any last-minute shopping, you will have time for that, after lunch in KTM, then we start our drive journey to Ramechapp for about 5hrs, 132km. In Ramechhap, we will stay over-night in a Freedom resort or in a similar standard resort near by airport and all meals will be provided.

Day 3

Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,610m) - 3 hours / 7.8km

Early in the morning depending on our flight time we will move to airport, do the necessary check in process and fly for Lukla. We will follow one of the most scenic air routes in the world with panoramic views of glistening mountains to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Lukla allows access to Everest Khumbu region. We will assemble the crew and take breakfast before start of Everest Base Camp Trek. Following the stone path through Ghat village, we will reach Phakding village. Visit local monastery. Stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 4

Trek to Namche (3,440m)- 5 hours / 10.4km

Leaving Phakding, we will walk along Dudhkoshi River and enter the dense pine forest. We will cross suspension bridges and walk through dispersed houses of Zapute, Benkar and Chumoa to reach Monjo. Monjo allows an entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We need to go through required national park formalities before we can enter the park. The park is rich in Himalayan herbs, plants, mammals and birds. We will descend to Hillary Bridge existing at the base of hill. After crossing the bridge, we will follow the escalating path towards Namche Bazaar. The path rewards us with views of Thamserku Mountain, Everest, Lhotse and other mountains and peaks. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5

Hikes Acclimatize to Khumjung/Khunde (3.840), 4 hours

Namche Bazaar acts as the major trade centre to conduct trade in between locals and neighbouring Tibetans. Namche is also popular as the capital of Sherpa land. It is wise to take rest at Namche on this day. For proper acclimatization with the changing altitude, we can arrange day hike to small Khumjung and Khunde villages. Visit the local monastery and observe the local lifestyle. Head office of National Park, Museum and monasteries are interesting places near Namche. We can get most of the modern facilities including hospital and post office at Namche. Stay overnight in Namche.

Day 6

Trek to Phortse Tenga (3680m) - 5 hours / 8.5km

Leaving Namche, we will follow the escalating trail to Syangboche Airport and continue walking to Khumjungvillage which is one of the largest villages in Khumbu region. We will enjoy the spectacular view of Khumbila Peak (5761m) which is located above Khumjung village. Khumbila Peak is considered a sacred peak and the home of guardian gods. So, climbing Khumbila Peak is forbidden. Walking along the lower slopes of Khumbila, we will enter birch forest and move further through grassy slopes to Mongla. The path allows scenic views of Phortse village. We can have lunch here and continue our journey to Phortse Tenga for another hour mostly downhill. 

Day 7

Trek to Machhermo (4,470m) via Dole - 5 hours / 8.4km

Leaving the Phortse Tenga, we will climb high above the valley to the ridge which greets us with panoramic views of Kantega peak, Thamserkupeak and AmaDablam Mountain. Walking along the tree lines, we will walk past yak kharka at Tongba (4015m) and Gyele (4050m) to Dole (4084m). We possibly have lunch at Dola and continue our journey to Machhermo for about 3 hours. Following the steep narrow trail escalating uphill, we will reach to the top of ridge. We will walk past Lhabarma (4,220m) and reach Luza (4,360m). Passing through scrub, we will climb along the side of valley to reach Machhermo (4,410m). This area is known as the native land of mythical ape-man Yeti. Locals believe Yeti was seen for the first time in Machhermo in 1974. Few teahouses are available in Machhermo for accommodation. Stay overnight in Machhermo.

 

Day 8

Day hike to the hills & acclimatization day

This is a rest day. We will climb to the nearby ridge for the views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, Thamserku and other peaks and mountains. Visit Himalayan Rescue Association in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Machhermo. This is the last settlement that we will find before Gokyo.   

Day 9

Trek to Gokyo (4700m) - 5 hours / 9.8km

Leaving Machhermo, we will walk through DudhKoshi Valley to Gokyo village. The trail leads us to Pangka village (4480m) that greets us with spectacular views of Everest, Thamserku, Nuptse and other peaks and mountains. We will walk through Nepal’s largest Ngozumpa Glacier rejoicing the pleasant views of Kantega Peak and Cho Oyu (8153m). Making our way through moraine and rock, we will get first view of three Gokyo Lakes including Longponga Lake, TabocheTsho Lake and DudhPokhari La. We will descend to the Gokyo village for overnight stay.

Day 10

Hiking to Gokyo-Ri (5,360m) - 4 hours & trek to Dragnag (4,700m) - 3 hours / 4.7km

Located at 5360m altitude, GokyoRi is one of the best view points in Everest which allows spectacular views of Everest and three other mountains that are over 8000m feet including Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. Capture the amazing image of Gokyo Village at the edge of third lake and move further through Nepal’s largest Ngozumpa glacier to Dragnag/ Thaknak. Stay overnight at Dragnag

Day 11

Cross Cho La Pass (5,330m), trek to Dzong La (4,830m) - 8 hours / 8km

Cho La is one of the famous three high passes in Everest. Climbing Cho La pass is a challenging task where one needs to cross the steep and narrow slope. The difficulty is added by the steep glaciated path. Heading east, we will reach Phedi and walk along frozen lake to the top of the pass which is marked with cairns and prayer flags. We will enjoy the close-up views of Amadablam Mountain to the south and Cholatse peak to the west while we can also get soaring views of Lobuche East and Baruntse. Walking through crevasses, we will reach Dzongla village which greets us with views of Cholatse, Lobucheand other peaks and mountains. Stay overnight in Dzong La. 

Day 12

Trek to Gorakshep (5140m) - 6-7 hours / 10.6km

Following the descending path from Dzong La, we will walk past the lush green path with backdrop view of Lobuche Peak. The trail swirls up and down through river bed to Lobuche. From Lobuche, we will follow short and easy path to Gorakshep. Once vast, the lake has shrunk significantly lately. Stay overnight at the bank of GorakShep Lake.  

Day 13

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) & return to Gorekshep - 6 hours / 7km

The trail stretches through levelled path from Gorakshep to the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Although levelled, the path is tricky as it is made slippery by the glaciers. Also, the challenges is added by the increased altitude and presence of thin air. Walking past the rocky dunes and moraines, we will reach Everest Base Camp. We will enjoy the views of Nuptse, Khumbutse and other peaks and mountains. We need to wait till we reach Kalapattar for close-up view of Everest. Since it is difficult to spend night at Base Camp of Everest due to altitude problem, we will return to Gorakshep for overnight stay. 

Day 14

Hike to Kalapattar (Black Rock, 5,550m) - 3.5 hours & trek to Pheriche (4210m) - 4 hours /10.9km

This is going to be long trek. We will wake up at around 3 am and prepare tea before heading through moraines and boulders to Kalapattar. Expect the challenges of low temperature and cold wind. Kalapattar is famous for its sunset view over Everest. Get the 360 degree view of Everest including panoramic views of Khumbutse, Changtse and other peaks and mountains. Take pictures and retrace the route back to Pherichevia Gorakshepfor overnight stay.

Day 15

Trek to Namche (3440m) - 6 hours / 15.5km

After following the easy descending trail through rhododendron forest to Dudhkoshi River, we will walk past tapered gorges and once again follow the trail through forest area that is rich in Himalayan wildlife. Once we arrive at Sanasa, we will enjoy the view of Amadablam Mountain. Walking through the forested edge beyond Kyangjuma, we will reach Namche. Enjoy the views of Everest, Tengboche and other peaks and mountains. Stay overnight at Namche. 

Day 16

Trek to Lukla (2800m) - 6 hours / 18.2km

From Namche, we will lower down to rhododendron forest and walk along Dudhkoshi River to Phakding. Walking past the walled road of Ghat, we will reach Lukla. Stay overnight in Lukla.

Day 17

Flight Lukla to Ramechhap; 5 hours drive to KTM (132km) and Celebration dinner

We will catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Ramechhap. As soon as we got off from the plane, we will start our drive to KTM, 5hours/132km, we might take a break in the middle for BF/Lunch depending on time. Once you reach KTM, hotel room check in and get ready to enjoy the celebration meal in the evening. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18

City sight seen tours, free afternoon/evening for shopping etc; Emergency day for Lukla flight

In the morning after breakfast, get ready for the guided city tours for about 3hours, enjoy the city and heritage sites of KTM valley. Afternoon and evening will be free time on your own, you can go for shopping for your love one, family members, friends etc. Due to the climate condition, delay of flight in Lukla is a common experience. Also, we might lag behind schedule due to unforeseen circumstances. Under such condition, we will catch flight from Lukla to Ramehhap/Kathmandu on this day, you will be transferred to the hotel. Spend the day as you like.

Day 19

Int’l departure for on ward flight to home

You will be transferred to the Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.
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HIRING OPTIONS

  • Down jacket (450 grams down) - USD 2.5 per/day 
  • Sleeping bag (-20 degree rated) - USD 3 per/day 

COST INCLUDES

  • Conservation/National park fees and all govt. taxes
  • All required trekking permits
  • 4 (four) nights 3 star hotel accommodation on twin sharing BB basis
  • Round trip (KTM – Lukla –KTM) domestic airfares with domestic airport taxes
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private vehicles
  • An Experience Sherpa Trek Guide
  • Support Sherpa staffs
  • Required number of porters
  • Trek sleeping bag and Down Jacket (on rental basis)
  • Trek duffle bag to each trek member
  • All meals of high quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All hot drinks and beverages (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, treated drinking water etc.)
  • Trek First Aid Kit
  • Insurance of all local team members
  • Equipment for porters
  • Half-day world heritage sites tour with guide & private transport
  • Farewell celebration dinner

COST EXCLUDES

  • Medical/personal high risk insurance, (must cover emergency evacuation cost)
  • International departure taxes
  • Personal trek gears
  • Major meals in Kathmandu
  • Cost of personal expenses i.e. telephone calls, laundry, Toiletry items etc.
  • Bottle water, boiled water, soft drinks, beers
  • Tips to the local staff

Fitness Requirements 

This kind of trek is challenging but doesn’t really require previous trekking and mountaineering experiences and also doesn’t require any technical experience. But if you have any previous experiences would be really helpful. Your fitness is crucial for this trek; therefore we strongly suggest preparing yourself in good physical condition.

You need to be trained at least for about 3 to 5 months to prepare yourself as a strong candidate. You can go to the fitness center every morning for about 1.5 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack, manage some time for cycling for a couple of hours for 2 or 3 times a week. However, at the high altitude, there might be little symptoms of altitude illness like mild headache, fatigue, etc. but take it as normal and just drink enough water (4 – 5 liters) every day. On this trek, you need to be able to hike 4 – 8 hours over hilly terrain up to 5,500m of altitude with a daypack.

Value of Previous Experience

If you have any previous experiences of similar grade trek would be helpful, but if you don’t have is also not a really important matter of issue. This trek will introduce you to high altitude trekking in the Himalayas and also about the local cultures, traditions, and local people.Even if you are around the age of 65 years, you can be a candidate for this trek.

Published on : January 28, 2024

We booked our adventure with Dream Himalaya and we certainly did not regret one bit of it.

From the moment we landed, we were well taken care of. We were well informed each step of the way on what was or will happen during the hike. This was especially evident when our first days were unfortunately side-tracked by bad weather in Lukla and we had to make crucial decisions for the remainder of the trip.

During the hike, we were well taken care of by our sherpa and porters who were all very nice, helpful and thoughtful. They made sure that we were all taken care of, fed and well rested. They also made sure that no one was left behind no matter how slow the last person in our group was walking.

100% recommend Dream Himalaya Adventures to anyone wanting to trek the mountains of Nepal.

Justin Henry, San Juan, Manila, Philippines (Canadian)

Published on : December 31, 2023

The trek was quite a challenge but I was thankful to the Dream Himalayas Team who really helped me when I was feeling sickly or feeling dizzy from the trek. They were very accommodating and they knew what to do during certain occasions. I really felt at ease knowing they were very knowledgeable. I would recommend for you to get them as they are both skillful and very caring. You are sure to be able to finish your trek.

Candice Corral , Manila, Philippines

Published on : May 08, 2017

We were referred to Dream Himala Adventures by our friends who have already been avid clients and it definitely did not disappoint. Joining their treks would mean a worry-free trip to your destination. From fetching you from the airport to bringing you to your hotel, from coordinating all the logistics from a city tour to rushing to check in at the airport for our flight to Lukla and back to Kathmandu, everything was so smoothly handled that you really didn't have to bother yourself with anything else other than your own personal preparation. 

They will make sure you have the best teahouses to stay at at each stop. We never had any problems with our guesthouses. They were all clean, had a western toilet, had good food, and were all safe.

They have guides assigned to you that are well equiped with experience of going up and down treks. Our head guide (cause there were 2 provided for our group), has had 20 years experience in guiding groups to Mt. Everest's base camp. These are very strong sherpas. At one point, when we were reaching 5,000 masl, a gas tank appeared at the side of one of our guides. We haven't seen that on any other sherpa that the other groups had. This told us that they really are prepared should anything happen.

Dawa really provides excellent service. I had the unfortunate event of being hit by a bad case of AMS that I had to be flown down to Kathmandu. Dawa worked relentlessly with the helicopter rides to the ambulance to the clinic and finally with our insurance to coordinate with the expenses that were incurred because of this incident. I felt confidence that everything would go smoothly because of how hard working he is.

I would strongly recommend them to anyone who plans on going up on a trek in Nepal. From our experience, we can really attest to the great service we experienced from everything from the trek to staying in Kathmandu. 
 

Consuelo Seriña, Philippines

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