Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure
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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

The Gokyo Lakes, Cho La & Mount Everest Base Camp Trek with Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventures leads you to the magnificent Gokyo valley and its stunning high altitude lakes, the Cho La pass and, of course, the famous Everest Base Camp. It is a challenging trek that offers it all – mountains, culture and history.

The trek starts from Lukla, following the flight from Kathmandu. Like most treks in the region, Lukla serves as the gateway. We then make our way up to Namche Bazaar where we leave the Everest trail and head for Dole and Machermo instead. Magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse in the East and eventually Cho Oyu to the North open up as we approach Gokyo. But we then only get to the real highlights of this trek: The Gokyo lakes, the highest freshwater lake system in the world and of course Gokyo RI, a rocky hill that allows for an unforgettable panorama including views of Mount Everest. We will also get a close look at the enormous glacier running down from the flanks of Cho Oyu and the surrounding mountains. We cross this glacier and then tackle the Cho La pass (5,420m). From the top, you’ll have some remarkable views of Cholatse and Lobuche East and West. We then descend heading for Lobuche and ultimately Gorakshep form where we can reach Everest base camp and (if you still feel up for it) Kala Pathar (5,554m). This is another rocky hill on a ridge running down from Pumori which offers a magnificent panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Nuptse and many more famous mountains as well as the Khumbu glacier. We then slowly descend back towards Namche Bazaar and Lukla.

Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure provides you with an experienced, local guide that not only leads you on the trail but introduces you to the rich Sherpa culture. This tour captures the highlights of the Khumbu region. Of course, because of the altitude and the terrain (especially at the Cho La), this trek can be challenging. But the unique views and serenity next to the unspoiled lakes will be worth it.All our treks can be booked as private trips - no large, impersonal groups but small, individual experiences. Let Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure take you on your very own adventure trek to Gokyo, the Cho La pass and Mount Everest.

Highlights:

  • Admire Mount Everest and contemplate the history of its exploration
  • Stand on top of Kala Pathar and observe some of the highest mountains of the world
  • Explore Solukhumbu, the Sherpa heartland
  • Cross the famous Cho La pass

Trip Facts

Duration: 18 days
Altitude: 5554m
Difficulty: Moderate-hard
Accommodation: Teahouse
Season: Spring/Fall/Winter
Equipment: Basic trekking gear

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.)

Flying into Kathmandu is a memorable experience with the Himalaya spread out. Timepass is so quickly, enjoying the views of marvelous Himalayan ranges along with the world's highest peak Mount Everest while being on this flight. The flight will land at (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport at 1350m , where you will receive Nepal entry visa which can be obtained in advance or on entry and for the visa process at Kathmandu TIA, you will take around 45min, it depends on the number of people in a queue. For the Nepal entry visa information, have a visit Department of Immigation, Nepal governemtn official site After you will exit from the gate, where you will see our representative waiting for you withholding placard written with the company name. Representative welcome you by offering holy Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in private vehicle. It takes around 30min to reach at Thamel from TIA via means of private transportation. The scenes of Pashupatinath, city, full of various vehicles, peoples make your pick up and drop off journey make enjoyable and amazing, then we reach the hotel and take rest. Thamel is full of restaurants, shopping centers, and good accommodation. Trek briefing and afterward invited to a host family for welcome dinner.
[Included meals: Welcome drink]
Overnight at hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

The day is spent visiting UNESCO World Heritage and cultural sites of Kathmandu. You will visit to ancient Buddhist and Hindu holy sites Swayambhu(Monkey Temple), planet's tallest Boudha Stupa, open cremation and sacred Hindu Temple Pashupatinath. After visit these three places return to hotel and prepare for trek and explore the tourist hub of Nepal Thamel where you can easily find all you need for trekking. Or if you just want to relax there are many cafes and bakeries serving excellent local tea and coffee. It is best to avoid the street food.
Meals included: bed and breakfast
Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Scenic flight to Lukla(2860m) & trek to Phakding (2610m/8563ft.),4-5hr walk

In the moring at 6:00 am, we move toward Tribhuwan International Airport with carrying packed breakfast, it takes us 25min to land at Tenzing–Hillary Airport in Khumbu and it is also called Lukla Airport, there we get our stuff. Timepass is so quickly, enjoying the views of marvelous Himalayan ranges while being on this flight. The amazing scene of naked hills,Himalayas, diverse landscapes, the settlement at the bottom of fills, agriculture lands, full of crops makes the journey more enjoyable, then we reach the Lukla Airport(2860m), there you will meet our team Sherpas. We take a short break while the porters sort out your baggage that they will be carrying on a trek. To ensure that no one is overloaded, we do not allow any of our sherpas to carry more than 22kg. While on the trail, you will see many porters carrying three or four times this, sometimes even more.

To break you in gently, the first day of the trek involves just three to four hours walking, mostly downhill first to Thado Koshi (about 2 hours), before gently climbing again to Phakding where we stop for lunch and have the afternoon free. If you want to explore further, you can visit Rimijung Monastery that is about an hour up the hillside from Phakding village.
[Included meals: Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

Day 04: Ascent to Namche Bazaar(3440m/11286ft.), 4-5hr walk

From here we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards. The trail will take us through magnificent forests of rhododendron, giant fir and magnolia. From Jorsale (2,805m), we cross the west fork of the river, the Bhote Kosi, and start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. The trail offers us stunning views of nearby 6000m peaks. After about 5hrs we reach the Sherpa village and gateway to Everest Base Camp, Namche Bazaar (3440m).
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 05: Acclimatization walk to Kunde, Everest View, & Khumjung

We leave Namche and ascent to the Everest View Hotel. The hotel terrace offers splendid views of Everest and Ama Dablam. We continue the walk to the villages of Kunde and Khumjung, where we visit the Edmund Hillary hospital. Afterwards we return to Namche where we have a relaxed afternoon.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4,110 m/13,152 ft.),5-6hr walk

We have a long day ahead with a prolonged up and down over progressively smaller paths. We first follow the Everest trail and then make a sharp left turn to a side valley. After a steep section, we reach the small village of Dole (4200m). From here you will see many Kharkas, summer ‘settlements’
used by the Sherpas to graze their yaks.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 07: Trek to Machermo (4,470 m/14,663 ft.), 4-5hr walk

Today we have a relatively short section ahead in order to moderate the ascent rate. We pass a few small settlements and you’ll notice the landscape become increasingly barren. However great views to snowcapped peaks to the east and west open up. We soon reach Chortens and
fluttering prayer flags on the outskirts of Machhermo (4,470m).
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 08:Trek to Gokyo Lakes (Gokyo Lake (4800 m/15,744 ft.),5- 6hr walk

A steep climb leads up the moraine of the Ngozumba Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal, past small lakes to the tiny kharka of Gokyo. Though strenuous, today is a rewarding day of trekking. We start with a steep climb up to the ridge above Machhermo, where we will get great views looking back towards Kantega and good views in front of you towards Cho Oyu. The trail levels as you pass Pangka and Nilibuk, and then we start to climb again, along with a narrow staircase trail to a small bridge that takes you to the first of the five lakes at Gokyo. The trail is flat but the 4700m altitude slows you down. After you pass the second lake you eventually reach Gokyo itself, which is located beside the much larger third lake. If we still have the energy, we might like to take a short walk up onto the ridge that overlooks Ngozumba Glacier.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 09: Trek to Gokyo RI(5360m), walk 6-7hr walk

An early start, it takes about 45 minutes to reach the top of Gokyo Ri (5360m), one of the highlights of your trek. The view is every bit as impressive as that from Kala Pattar, near Everest Base Camp. Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee are all visible, the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu, Ngojumba I and II and Gyachung Kang is one of the most dramatic sights of the Khumbu region – resembling a folding screen of ice, snow and rock. Below are the Ngojumba Glacier and serene glacial lakes.

Returning to Gokyo, you then set off for Tangnak. Your trail starts by climbing to the crest of the moraine that overlooks the Ngozumbo Glacier. Our route across the glacier is well marked with cairns but you need to take care as the path is narrow and can be icy. The trail goes up and down as we go to the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley. We stay the night at Tangnak (4,700m) that is at the foot of the Cho La Pass.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

Day 10: Trek to Dzong La (4830m/15939 ft.) via Cho-La Pass (5367m/17,604 ft.), 7-8hr walk

After having breakfast at Thaknag, we start as you have a long day today. The day could be challenging of your trek as Cho La is one of the high passes of this region and it can be slippery due to ice along the route. Climbing about 45 minutes up to a col, you see Cho La in the distance. It is steep climbing, especially for the last two hour until you reach the top of the pass. Take it slowly and steadily as in some places the trail is quite narrow. We must be careful as rocks can sometimes fall down from the top. The top of the pass is decorated by prayer flags. The trail at the top of the pass is very narrow making it quite hard to walk but as we continue from here you will have new views of the valley and villages as you head downhill.

Take care on the descent as it is steep and you cross a small glacier (usually snow covered) which is fairly straightforward. After scrambling down onto the glacier, you follow a trail down a rocky gully to pastures below. The trail becomes more defined as you approach Dzongla. The trek offer us incredible views of Himalayas and peaks etc.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4930m/16174.54 ft.), 3-4hr walk

This is a much easier day as we continue our descent. A short ascent brings us to the foot of Awi Peak, which you contour round on a wonderful high trail that offers great views of Chalotse and Tawoche across the valley. You eventually descend to join the main trail again just below Lobuche. From Lobuche, the view straight towards Nuptse and the sunset are truly magnificent.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep,6-7hr walk

Another big day has arrived. We follow the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorak Shep (5,184m). From here we continue to Everest Base Camp. From EBC we get fantastic close-up views of the famous Khumbu Ice Fall, Nuptse and the mountains separating Nepal from Tibet, including Pumori. Afterwards we return to Gorakshep.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

Day 13:Trek to Kala Pattar (5545m) for views of Everest; descent to Pheriche

Another challenging, yet rewarding day awaits. We climb up Kala Pattar,'Black Rock', at 5,545m which gives us a great view of Everest. Afterwards we return to Gorak Sheep, have a warm drink and continue back to Pheriche.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 14: Descent to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286 ft.), 7-8hr walk

We descend the Pheriche Valley with spectacular views of Ama Dablam.Our trail joins the main Imja Khola Valley, which we follow down to Pangboche with superb views looking back to the great ridge of LhotseNuptse. From here we walk down to the rushing Imja Khola we then walk through rhododendron forests to Tengboche (3,860m). The spot is mind blowing for the views of from here we have a fantastic panorama of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. We continue descend through the forest to the river at Phunki Tenga. Crossing a bridge, we then climb up to Namche with great views of Ama Dablam. For the return trip, we return to Lukla via Namche. Alternatively, if you would like to experience peak climbing then Island Peak Climbing with only a few additional days necessary.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

Day 15/16/17: Retrace steps to Phakding (2610m/8563 ft.), Lukla 2840m/9317.585 ft.) & KTM (1350m/4429 ft.), 5-6hr+7hr walk+flight to KTM

We retrace our steps from day 03&04. Although the path is all downhill, the unrelenting slope places a strain on the knees and trekking poles will come in handy. We take frequent stops where we can have a relaxes tea. Alternatively, you can extend the trip and continue to the Rolwaling Tashi Laptse Pass Trek (5780m) or if you would like to experience peak climbing then Pharchamo (6187m) Peak Climbing with only a few additional days necessary.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner & Bed and Breakfast in Ktm]
Overnight at Teahouse & Hotel in Ktm

Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu

Time to say goodbye: A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle
[Included: Breakfast]

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Note: We are flexible to customize the trip itinerary, dates as per your time frame, service standard etc.

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu [upgrade possible]

+ Sightseeing in KTM by private vehicle and professional English speaking guide

+ Private trek with an English speaking trekking guide

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 20 kg; i.e. 10kg pP)

+ KTM-Lukla flight & return

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner) during the trek

+ Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses

+ Trekking permit and TIMS

+ First Aid kit

+ Guides’ and porters’ medical &
accidental insurance


Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from
your country

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. You also require 2 passport sized photos)

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Helicopter Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled mineral water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek

- Tips for Guide & Porter (not mandatory but expected)

- Hot shower, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs etc.

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in
doubt.

Extra time and expenses due to flight cancellation or delay

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla significantly reduces the journey time compared to the trek via Jiri (which we also offer). The flight is the shortest and most popular way of gaining access to the region but the mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable and sometimes even during the best part of the season, flights are delayed or postponed for one or more days. Cancellation and the delay of the trip only occur starting and end of the trip during the flight day. In case of the flight cancellation due to bad weather, extra expenses (Airport drop and pick up, extra night in hotel, Guide and porter extra days wages, except the number of days included in the package extra days extension due to flight cancellation or some other reason from individual clients must bear by themselves, etc.) might occurred which are not included in the package and one should ready to bear those expense. We also arrange for a Heli charter from Kathmandu to Lukla or return instead but this adds significant extra cost. While chartering heli because of the flight cancellation, the cost of the fare tickets will be deducted from the heli cost. We highly recommend that you take potential delays into account and allow for a week extra day in Kathmandu. Because of the flight delay, there will be changes in your travel date. Make sure that all the extra expenses occurred due to the unforeseen condition will be bear by your travel insurance company.

Equipment

Equipment for trip

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Supplementary time

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla significantly reduces the journey time compared to the trek via Jiri (which we also offer). The flight is the shortest and most popular way of gaining access to the region but the mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable and sometimes even during the best part of the season, flights are delayed or postponed for one or more days. We can also arrange for a Helicopter charter from Kathmandu to Lukla instead but this adds significant extra cost. We highly recommend that you take potential delays into account and allow for an extra day in Kathmandu. You can use your extra time here in Nepal by doing many exciting activities like rafting, jungle safari, Bunje jumping, Mountain flights or simply enjoy the bustling streets of Kathmandu.

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Duration
18 Days
Season
Spring/Fall/winter
Region
Khumbu - Nepal
Grade
Medium to hard
Altitude
2800m - 5554m
Walking
5hr
Accommodation
Teahouse