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

The Gokyo, Cho La & Everest Base Camp Trek with Incredible Himlayan 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 Gorak Shep 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 some of the highest mountains in the world
  • Explore the Gokyo lakes, the highest fresh water lake system in the world
  • Cross the famous Cho La pass

Trip Facts

Duration: 17 days
Altitude: 5554m
Difficulty: Medium to hard
Season: Spring/Fall/winter
Accommodation: Teahouse
Equipment: Advance trekking gear

 

 

Medium

It involves some steep climbs and perhaps exposed cliff, at altitude up to 5500m. Some long days and a high passes crossing may be involved.

Hard

May required basic mountaineering skills out of seasons or after heavy snowfall. There may be stretches without decent camping spots and navigation can be tricky places.

Itinerary

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

Flying into KTM is a memorable experience with the Himalaya Spread out before you. After landed your flight in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1350m), our airport representative will be waiting for you with your name written on the placard. We welcome you by offering Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. There will be a full trek briefing this evening.
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 Hindi 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 & Trek to Phakding (2610m/8563ft.),4-5hr walk+35min flight

We fly to Lukla. From here we walk northwards up the valley of the Dudh Koshi (Milk River). We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. After a pleasant hike (3-4hr) we reach out destination Phakding (2,652m).
[Included meals: Breakfast+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, an 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 (3840m/ 12598.43 ft.), Everest View, & Khumjung (3780m/ 12401.57 ft.),1-2hr walk

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:Trip 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 continues 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 Machermo (4,470m).
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

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

After leaving Machermo, a tremendous range of peaks to the north is revealed with Cho Oyu (8200m) and Gyachung Kang at the heart of it. We continue through Pangar and Na and then climb more steeply through boulder fields. Soon our journey brings us to the impressive and untouched Gokyo Lake.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 09: Climbing Gokyo RI(5360m), 6-7hr walk round

We leave the teahouse early in the morning (this time without the heavy backpack) and complete a steep ascent to Gokyo RI (5360m), a small hill to the north-west of the village offering a fantastic panorama. From the top of the hill we’ll have some incredible views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, the Ngozumpa Glacier, Taboche, and of course Cho Oyu.
[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

The big day, we pass the high altitude Cho La (5330m). The first section is a moderate ascent from Tangnak. We pass a flat section and then face another steep scramble all the way up to the pass. Loose rock and changing weather conditions can make this a tricky ascent. The descent will be smoother and after a short section on snow, we’ll descent on more gentle slopes to Dzong La (4830m) which sits right in front of Cholatse, which we already admired from the other side.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp & overnight at 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 12:Climbing 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 13: 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 14/15/16: Descent to Phakding (2610m/8563 ft.), Lukla 2840m/9317.585 ft.)& KTM(1350m/4429 ft.),5-6hr walk 35mi+flight

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 17: Departure from Kathmandu

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

 

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 Kathmandu by private vehicle and professional English speaking guid
+ 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)
+ 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 and 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

Trekking Equipment

Have a kindly bring following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality in good price.

Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. A Bandana

3. Sunglasses

4. Warm hat

5. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

6. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

7. An emergency light

Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:

1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts

9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Useful Information

Your Meals During the Trek

During long treks, good nutrition is very important. Beyond the practical aspects, delicious food enhances every holiday. At Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventures, we make sure you experience high quality, locally sourced dishes. While most guest houses offer a wide variety of food, we highly recommend the local options which are freshly prepared from locally farmed produce. Popular dishes include Tsampak (the roasted flour of ground barley) with butter and the salted Tibetan tea, Sengong (paste of buckwheat flour with hot water) with Himalaya Nettle or garlic soup which can be very invigorating after a long day. And for your carbs, some boiled chilly potatoes – if you can stand the heat. Please inform us of special dietary needs but keep in mind that the trek leads through remote areas and it will not always be possible to meet specific requirements. In this case you might have to bring suitable meals instead.

 

Individual vs Group Trips

Our trips are calculated as private treks. You will have your own guide and can determine your own itinerary. This gives you the most flexibility. If you, however, prefer to join a group, depending on dates and routes, this can be organized as well.  

 

Flexible Timing

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 Heli 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 a week extra day in Kathmandu.

Duration
17 days
Season
Spring/Fall/winter
Region
Khumbu
Grade
Hard
Altitude
5554 m
Walking
5hr
Accommodation
Tea-house
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