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Everest Base Camp Trip and Gokyo Lakes

18 Days

The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes trip is an unforgettable adventure that takes you to the foothills of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. Situated in the Himalayas of Nepal, this journey offers views and a chance to witness the unique Sherpa culture. As you trek through villages and valleys, you’ll climb to higher altitudes, experiencing the beauty and challenges of the region.

Starting from Lukla, a small mountain town, the trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes typically takes around 18 days. Along the way, trekkers pass through Namche Bazaar, and Tengboche Monastery, a serene Buddhist monastery with stunning mountain views. Each day brings new landscapes and encounters with other trekkers from around the world, creating a sense of togetherness.

Reaching Everest Base Camp, located at an elevation of 5,364 meters, which is 17,598 feet, is a remarkable achievement. So, surrounded by peaks and the iconic Khumbu Icefall, you’ll get a glimpse of mountaineering and the challenges faced by climbers attempting to summit Everest. The Everest Base Camp trip promises an unforgettable experience filled with beautiful scenery, and a profound sense of accomplishment. Additionally, Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes offer a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for travelers seeking to push their limits. They get to go on a meaningful journey of self-discovery. Surrounded by the raw beauty of the Himalayas, trekkers have the opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Trekkers also reconnect with the natural world in a profound and meaningful way.

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Overview

The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes trip is an unforgettable adventure that takes you to the foothills of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. Situated in the Himalayas of Nepal, this journey offers views and a chance to witness the unique Sherpa culture. As you trek through villages and valleys, you’ll climb to higher altitudes, experiencing the beauty and challenges of the region.

Starting from Lukla, a small mountain town, the trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes typically takes around 18 days. Along the way, trekkers pass through Namche Bazaar, and Tengboche Monastery, a serene Buddhist monastery with stunning mountain views. Each day brings new landscapes and encounters with other trekkers from around the world, creating a sense of togetherness.

Reaching Everest Base Camp, located at an elevation of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet), is a remarkable achievement. Here, surrounded by peaks and the iconic Khumbu Icefall, you’ll get a glimpse of mountaineering and the challenges faced by climbers attempting to summit Everest. The Everest Base Camp trip promises an unforgettable experience filled with beautiful scenery, and a profound sense of accomplishment.

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Itinerary

You may find our agents waiting for you at the arrivals area of Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. After being welcomed, you will be driven to the hotel.

Spend the night at a 4-star Kathmandu hotel.

We will be touring the Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites following breakfast. We're going to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Swoyambhunath.
These locations are all significant cultural icons with distinctive histories and architectural styles.
Spend the night at a 4-star Kathmandu hotel.

We travel by car to Tribhuvan International Airport's domestic terminal early in the morning in preparation for our trip to Lukla. After a 40-minute trip, there's a breathtaking vista of verdant landscapes and snow-capped peaks. We reach Lukla's Tenzing-Hillary Airport. We meet our guide and porters in Lukla before beginning the incredible journey to Phakding. Today, we travel a little distance to acclimate. Spend the night in a Phakding lodge.

We begin our hike along the Dudh Koshi River, passing through a dense pine and oak forest. As we continue, we begin to see vistas of Mt. Thamserku (6623m) to the right. Proceed into the woods of pine, fir, and juniper, cross suspension bridges, and eventually arrive at Namche Bazaar, the Everest region's commercial hub where residents and tourists exchange products. Spend the night at Namche Bazaar at a lodge.

We are going to the Everest vista Hotel today to get a breathtaking 360-degree vista of the snow-capped peaks.
After that, we travel down to Khumjung village to see the Khumjung Hillary School and the grand monastery. A sight of the Yeti skull, which is kept safe within the monastery, is visible. One of the bigger Sherpa communities in the Khumbu area is this one. After lunch and another hour or so of walking to Khunde village, we visit the historic monastery and Khunde Hospital. We go via Syangboche hamlet to go to our resort in Namche. Spend the night at Namche Bazaar at a lodge.

Includes/Excludes

Includes

  • 18 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 17 Dinners
  • Tea house accommodation along the trail for 17 nights
  • All land transportation with pickups and drops
  • Guide and porter for the trekking (1 porter for two people a porter can carry up to 30 kg)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Fee
  • TIMS Card fee
  • Down jacket, a sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after the trip
  • Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and the Tax department
  • All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
  • First Aid service in case of minor injuries
  • Salary, food, and accommodation for guides and porters

Excludes

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft, or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee

FAQs

How difficult is the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek?

The trek is challenging, rated as moderate to difficult. Trekkers should have a good level of fitness and be prepared for altitude-related challenges.

What is the best time of year to undertake this trek?

The best time is during the pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable and views are clear.

What is the altitude of Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes?

Everest Base Camp sits at 5,364 meters (17,598 feet), while Gokyo Lakes are slightly higher at around 4,700–5,000 meters (15,400–16,400 feet).

How long does the trek take, and what is the itinerary?

Typically, the trek takes around 12-16 days, including acclimatization days. The itinerary usually involves flying into Lukla, trekking through various villages and landscapes, reaching Everest Base Camp, and then returning via the same route or through alternative trails.

Do I need special permits for this trek?

Yes, trekkers need to obtain permits: Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality (Everest region) entry permit.

What kind of accommodation is available along the trail?

Accommodation ranges from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges in popular stops like Namche Bazaar and Dingboche. Rooms usually have twin beds and shared bathrooms.

Is altitude sickness a concern, and how can it be prevented?

Yes, altitude sickness is a potential risk. Adequate acclimatization, staying hydrated, and ascending slowly are key preventive measures. It’s important to be aware of symptoms and descend if they worsen.

What should I pack for the trek?

Essentials include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing layers, a down jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, a refillable water bottle, trekking poles, and personal medications.

Is it possible to hire a guide and porter for the trek?

Yes, it’s highly recommended, especially for first-time trekkers. Guides provide invaluable local knowledge and assistance, while porters can carry your heavy gear, allowing you to enjoy the trek more comfortably.

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Everest Base Camp Trip and Gokyo Lakes