• Everest Base Camp Trek Via Gokyo Lake



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Everest Base Camp Trek Via Gokyo Lake

Trip Overview

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Difficult

  • Destination

    Destination: Nepal

  • Activities

    Activities: Everest Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and 3 meals during the trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Flight kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: 5360m

  • Group size

    Group size: 1-12

  • Best Season

    Best Season: March - May & Sept - Dec

Everest Base Camp Trek Via Gokyo Lake

How about a trekking adventure that includes two beautiful destinations in the Everest region? Yes, we are talking about Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake. This trek combines two wonderful trekking destinations of Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp. It also makes you trek over a high-altitude mountain pass of Cho La.

What is Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake like?

A trek to the Everest Base Camp from a different route, this adventure lets trekkers explore beautiful places in the Everest region. Although the main destination is the base camp of Mt. Everest, you can also explore the beautiful Gokyo Valley.

This trek goes towards Gokyo Valley from Namche instead of heading towards Tengboche to go to the base camp. After a couple of days of walking from Namche, you reach the beautiful valley of Gokyo. You can explore and enjoy the beautiful glacial lakes in the valley. A full day of exploring Gokyo Ri and Lakes brings you some spectacular views of the mountains, glaciers, and lakes.

Later on, the trek continues towards the Everest Base Camp which requires you to trek over a high altitude pass. Cho La Pass is one of the most popular high-altitude passes in the trekking routes in Nepal.

The trail exits out of the Gokyo Valley and over the Cho La pass at Lobuche to meet the trail to Everest base camp. You make it to the base camp and to Kalapatthar eventually, which is an important destination highlight of the trip.

Why Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake?

This adventure takes a bit longer to complete than a normal Everest base camp trek. But you will love this trek if you-

  • Enjoy the long trekking adventure
  • Love to explore the mountains, glaciers, and glacial lakes
  • Like to explore the beautiful destinations in the Everest region
  • Want to experience a trekking adventure that challenges your limits

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,428 ft)

After arriving at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by the representative from Step On Himalaya and escort you to the designated hotel. After completing checking-in, you either can take rest or have an evening walk and visit the office of Step On Himalaya (if you arrive during the daytime). Overnight in the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: n/a

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley and Trek Preparation (1,350 m/4,428 ft)

After early morning breakfast, you will be getting ready for the Sightseeing tour organized by Step On Himalaya to the historical and cultural heritage of Kathmandu, mainly listed under the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Those are the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, the holy Hindu temple of Lord Pashupatinath, the Swayambhunath (the Monkey temple) and the oldest Buddhist shrine – Boudhanath. After completing the tour, the trekking gears and equipment are checked by the staff, especially the trekking guide/leader of Step On Himalaya. Other required documentation can be completed in the office and then back to the Hotel for the overnight stay.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Flight to Lukla: approx. 30 minutes then Trek to Phakding (2,651 m/8,700 ft): 8 km, 3 - 4 hours

The scary flight to Lukla from Kathmandu takes about 30 minutes, hovering at the height of 9,186 feet. This is also the most exciting air route in the world offering the striking views of stunning landscapes surrounded by the snowy Himalayan peaks. Lukla being the gateway of the Everest destination is the start of the trek. You will meet the trekking leader assigned by Step On Himalaya to accompany and take care of your needs and comfort during the trek. As the ascent starts, you will be enchanted by the amazing beautiful views of the Himalayas. Cheplung village gives a fascinating view of Mt. Khumbila (18900 ft) that is purely untouched by any climber. From Cheplung, you will descend slowly until you arrive at Phakding. Overnight stay at Phakding.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438 m/11,280 ft): 11 km, 5 - 6 hours

You will hike up through a beautiful, dense pine forest following the trail up towards northern to Benkar valley. After crossing Dudh Koshi river, you will pass by Chumoa to Monjo which is the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. You will cross a suspension bridge and pass by Jorsale village walking along the Dudh Koshi river and the Bhote Koshi river. There is a steep ahead before arriving at the Namche Bazaar – the heart of Everest Region. As you get close to Namche Bazaar and if the weather is clear, you will be pleased with the amazing scenes of the Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar: (3,440 m/11,284 ft)

Namche Bazaar is the center of Everest/Khumbu region. The government offices, ATMs, shops, restaurants, Internet café, and local market are centralized here. You can do several things here to spend a day acclimatizing. In the meantime, you can hike to Sagarmatha National Park early morning to catch the blissful sunrise and the views of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Kongde and others. Also in the daytime, if you want, a short trek to explore the Khumjung village can be attempted. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3,680 m/12,073 ft): 6 km, 5-6 hours

Today’s destination is from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga. You will first climb up the Khumjung hill gradually and then climb down to the village until a broad valley arrives. From there, you will turn north following the trail of Dudh Koshi river. A beautiful chorten is at the top of the ridge at the height of 3973m. You will then visit the Mohang - birthplace of the Lama (believe – he was reincarnation) of the Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet. It is strongly assumed Buddhism was introduced in the Khumbu region. After walking some time, there is a series of steep twists down towards a sandy slope towards the Dudh Koshi river. Overnight stay at Phortse Thanga, nearby the river.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4,470 m/ 14,663 ft): 10 km, 4-5 hours

It is an ascent from Phortse Thanga to Machhermo for about 4 to 5 hours. There is a beautiful rhododendron forest and you will pass through a lovely waterfall before arriving at Tongba village. Continuing the walk uphill, you will pass through settlements like Dhole, Labarma, Luza villages. A small Chorten is built just before the Luza village. Today’s whole trail will follow the Dudh Koshi river. Overnight at Machhermo.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m/15,744 ft): 7 km, 4-5 hours

You will begin the trek by ascending a ridge offering a superb scenery of the Kangtaiga valley and up towards the Cho Oyu. As you walk on, the valley broadens passing through Phangkha. It is the death spot of 40 people killed by an avalanche in 1995. As you walk down towards the riverbank, you will approach the Ngozumpa Glacier’s terminal moraine. Upon crossing the iron bridge, the walk will lead past the first lake called Longpongo situated at the height of 4690m. Here you will see the Lama Footprints on a stone. There is a second lake named Taboche Tsho ahead with an amazing turquoise color sparkling in the sunlight. A little ahead, there is the third lake linked by a surging brook and the Gokyo village is located by the side of the third lake with the background of Mt. Cho Oyu offering a spectacular view.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Acclimatization Day at Gokyo Valley and an Optional Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft): 2 km, 3 - 4 hours

An important day at Gokyo Valley for acclimatization. Gokyo Ri is a small hill just above the village of Gokyo. Hike to Gokyo Ri in the early morning offers you a scenic view of the whole Khumbu region. The higher you go; the more enchanting views are seen. Four out of the seven highest mountains of Nepal i.e. Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu can be seen. Upon reaching the Thonak Tsho, the fourth lake, you can spend some time in the serene environment there and return following the trail to the third lake. If you like to go up higher and the time lets, you can destine till the fifth lake, Ngozumba Tsho. The view from here is another awesome attraction. The Ngozumba glacier it the longest glacier of the Himalayas. Overnight stay at Gokyo valley.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m/15,580 ft): 4 km, 4 - 5 hours

You can opt for Gokyo Ri today if you couldn’t do it on Day-09. It is a steep uphill demanding strenuous walk for about 3 to 4 hours to the summit but the views of Gokyo village from here is so rewarding that you will not regret the tiring hike. The awesome panorama of the snowy mountains like Everest, Kusum Kanguru, Kangtega, Thamserku, Cholatse, Taboche, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse and Pumori. The views of sunrays touching the snowy Everest giving the golden glittering look mesmerize the trekkers. You will then go across the mountain edges and then arrive at Thagnak. Today will be a short hike with a proper rest during the afternoon. Get ready for the upcoming elevations. Overnight stay at Thagnak.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367 m/17,604 ft) to Dzongla (15, 939 ft): 7 km, 7 - 8 hours

Today’s destination is Cho La Pass. It is one the toughest part of this trip as it is steeper and you need to traverse a glacier on the way. The path is vertical and the rocks are glazed by ice turning the trail slippery to walk. Hence, you need to be very careful. The walk from Phedi is climbing up through a ravine and then a rocky pathway. You will reach the summit of Cho La pass following the trail walk through the side of a frozen lake. The pass is decorated with colorful prayer flags. Mt. Ama Dablam on the south, Mt. Cholaste on the west, Mt. Lobuche on the east and Mt. Baruntse on the right are towering peaks with the fantastic views. Overnight at Dzongla.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 6 km, 2 - 3 hours

Today is a very short trek for about 2 to 3 hours. Hence, you will have plenty of time to rest and relax your tiring muscles. You can enjoy the beautiful surrounding. On the way, you descend from Dzongla and walk through a grassy track witnessing the amazing Mt. Lobuche. The remaining day can be spent either by resting or just roaming around. Better to rest for the forthcoming trek next day. Overnight stay at Lobuche.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961 ft), visit the Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13 km, 6-7 hours

The trail to Everest Base Camp is vast via Gorak Shep Lake. You will pass through the Indian army mountaineer’s memorials. It is very important to follow the instructions of your trekking guide here as the path here is sometimes misleading. You will pass through the rocky humps, moraines, and ravines before arriving at the Everest Base Camp. As soon as you arrive at the EBC, you can see several colorful tents especially during the peak season of Spring and Autumn. Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Pumori is visible from the EBC. You will return to Gorak Shep for the overnight stay.

However, you can ask your trekking leader to route the trail towards Kala Patthar for the sunset view as it is more astounding than the sunrise. The trekking leader will coordinate according to the plan.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft) to Pherice (4,288 m/14,070 ft): 16 km, 7-8 hours

An early morning start from Gorak Shep towards Pheriche. The pre-dawn walk in the temperature ranging from -10 to -14 C towards Kalapatthar is a chilling initiative. You will witness the huge peaks like Changtse, Lingtren and Khumbutse towering towards the east and the Everest will be seen itself. The panoramas of the mighty Himalayas are captured in pictures and spending some time here, you will return to Lobuche for the overnight stay.

Those trekkers who will visit the Everest Base Camp on this day will take the early morning breakfast as the Everest Base Camp hike will take a longer time than the hike to Kala Patthar. So both the groups of trekkers will take lunch at the same time together and descend to Pheriche for the overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,284 ft): 20 km, 6 - 7 hours

As you walk down passing through the hills covered by the jungle of rhododendron and juniper, there comes a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. After crossing it, you will pass by meadows where you can see many mountain goats and colorful pheasants. Upon arriving at Sansa, you will view the Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Thamserku peaks. It is windy before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860 m/9,186 ft): 19 km, 6 - 7 hours

Continuing the return, the trail will descend steeply until you reach a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi and its rivulets. You will be really tired and might have shaky legs. Need control over them while walking. Upon arrival at Lukla, you can take a good rest and stretch those shaky legs. Overnight stay at Lukla.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla (1,350 m/4,428 ft)

An early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. The farewell to the amazing journey in the mountains of Everest Region. After reaching Kathmandu, you will be taken to the hotel by the representative of Step On Himalaya and take rest or do shopping. The day is yours, the choice is yours. Feel free to ask for any help with Step On Himalaya representative.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 18: Final departure

Finally, you will be leaving Nepal. The adventurous stay in Nepal comes to end here but still hoping to serve you again and again in the upcoming future, Step On Himalaya team wishes you to have the best. The representative will take you to the International Airport at least 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight.

Accommodation: n/a

Meal: Breakfast

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Cost Details

What is included?

  • Local Sim card is given by the representative upon arrival at the airport (if more than 5 members in a group)
  • Ground Transportation from and to the Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Accommodation in twin sharing basis in the hotel of Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in the guesthouses or teahouses or lodges during the trekking
  • Trekking guide: English Speaking, experienced and Government Licensed
  • 1 Porter per 2 trekkers including the salary, the insurance, the food, and the stay
  • Domestic Flight (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • Required Entrance Fees
  • All the local and government taxes
  • 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trekking
  • Step On Himalaya T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Duffle bag for the trekking

What is not included?

  • Nepal Entry Visa fees
  • International Flight tickets
  • Medical and Travel Insurance should be ready before the start of trekking
  • Extra porters upon request
  • Trekking Gears and Equipment
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu in cases of early returns or late departures, regardless of whether voluntary leaving the trek or due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Expenses from natural disasters, mishaps, or unforeseen events (like weather or airline issues) are non-refundable and non-transferable, including if you voluntarily choose to leave the trek early or due to any medical emergencies
  • Expenses for hot and cold beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, hot showers (USD 5-8 per shower), Internet or Wi-Fi, Charging electronic equipment, snacks, etc.
  • Tips and gratitude for the staff
  • Anything not mentioned in the “INCLUDED” section

Trip Info

Safety of our valued clients is always the paramount concern of Step On Himalaya. Please take note that the trekking leader/guide is the sole representative from Step On Himalaya and he is the local guardian during the whole trekking. Any kind of discomforts, alterations or extensions should be discussed with the trekking guide/leader. In case of any mishaps or emergency evacuation, follow the instructions of the trekking guide because he is an experienced staff and is capable of making the decisions that are beneficial for you during the trekking. So kindly, keep the communication line open and wide with him.

Another important note is the flight of Kathmandu to Lukla or Lukla to Kathmandu usually gets postponed due to bad weather conditions. In such conditions, you might have to stay longer. So it is always a request and advice to maintain a gap of 2 – 3 days for your International Flight in order to avoid possible delays or cancellations. There are alternate trekking routes like Annapurna, Langtang or any other trekking zones of Nepal. If you want to opt for another trekking adventure, please keep us informed. We will arrange for you the possible utmost best services and facilities.

Any kind of alterations or suggestions in the itineraries is heartily welcomed.


Everest Base Camp Trek is categorized as Moderate, Adventurous, and Challenging/Strenuous.

There are different types of packages for Everest Base Camp Trekking. Depending upon the trekking you choose, the duration varies from 12 days to 22 days.

It totally depends upon your fitness level. If you are able to walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can attempt the Everest Base Camp trekking. The duration of the trekking also matters.

The temperature varies as per the season of the year. It also depends upon the alterations in the elevations. It is from 5° C to 20° C normally in the morning during the months of April to September. While from the month of October to March, the temperature might fall below a minimum of - 10° C to a maximum of 15° C during the day time. It is usually cold in the night time.

The higher you go, the more change in the climate. There are abrupt changes in the weather at the Base Camp on Everest.

The best season to trek to Everest Base Camp is Spring during the months of March to May. The post-monsoon fall (September to November) is also considered to be the better season while Winter(December, January, February) is colder and rain might halt the trek during Summer or Monsoon (June to August) season.

The shortest and most convenient route is via Lukla. But there are various routes to reach Everest Base Camp. The route via Jiri is the oldest one. Another route is from Arun valley in Eastern Nepal, from the Makalu area passing through 2 high passes, from Rolwaling crossing the Tashi Labtsa high pass, etc.

The cost depends on what type of selected package. There are various types of packages to Everest Base Camp like 14 days-Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Luxury Trek, Short Everest Trek, Everest Base Camp Budget Trek, Everest Three High Passes Trek, etc. For example, all the facilities are arranged in the five-star level to a possible extent in Everest Luxury Trek while there are some limitations in Everest Base Camp Budget Trek. In Budget Trek, you have to hire a porter with an additional cost, arrange the accommodation and meals in Kathmandu by yourself, etc.

No, there isn’t any age bar or limit for trekking to Everest Base Camp. But it is always essential that the trekker be in good shape of fitness and possess an optimistic attitude.

A trekker has to walk a minimum of 5 to 8 hours daily.

Yes, definitely. Elevation change is an important part of the trek. As there is a lot of walking up and down the hill, there is an elevation change every day. However, the range of change differs from day to day. It is mostly an uphill trek up to the destination and downhill on the way back. However, the trail winds up and down the mountains throughout the trek regardless of the elevation difference for the day.

Nepal offers trekking adventures throughout the year. However, the autumn and springs seasons are the best seasons to go trekking in Nepal. The months of September-November and March to May offer the best weather and atmosphere for trekking. Althgouh high altitude trekking is quite difficult and impossible in winter season, low altitude trekking can be done throughout the year.

Many people confuse trekking with climbing while these are completely different activities. Trekking is a walking activity in the mountains below snowline while climbing goes way above snowline to the top of a mountain. Trekking is much easier than climbing because you need to learn technical skills to climb a mountains. 

Although age is not a bar to go on a trekking adventure in Nepal, you certainly need to consider a few factors before going on a trek. The basic requirement for trekking in Nepal is good fitness level regardless of your age. Since the activity involves a lot of walking up and down the mountains, you need to be fit enough to indulge in the activity for multiple days.

We highly recommend taking a guide with you when you go on the trekking adventure. Even if the trail is well-trodden and has many trekkers trekking, you need to have a guide for many reasons. First of all, a guide is not only the person to show you the trail. A trekking guide has a huge responsibilty of completing the adventure ensuring the safety of trekkers in the strange mountains. Moreover, the guide will also make your trip more than an adventure. It becomes a lifetime experience. 

The mountains now have basic teahouse and lodge accommodations for trekkers. You can spend overnight in the warmth of guesthouses called teahouses during the trek unlike tented camps in the past.

The most common food during the trek is Dal Bhat. However, you can choose other food items from the menu. The food items differ from region to region. 

You need to prepare your stuff wisely for the trek. The backpack you get ready for the trek should have all essentials and avoid any unnecessary stuff in there. Check this equipment list for a better understanding of what to pack for the trek. 

As a high altitude trekking adventure, the trek always has a risk of getting altitude sickness. While it is not predictable who, where, and how they will get it, we all need to be well-aware and prepared for the unwanted. As we gain altitude during the trek, we should be more careful on our pace of walk, food, water, rest, and recovery. Being careful and taking it easy in the mountains can reduce the chance of getting altitude sickness.

Yes, permits are necessary for the trek. Since, you are going on our package, we take care of everything. You do not need to worry about arranging the permit for yourself.

When you are on our trek package, we provide porters to carry your backpack in the mountains. A porter carries the backpacks of two trekkers.You suggest you to keep your backpack around 10 kg. 

Yes, you will need some cash in the mountain. Although your major meals are included in our package, you may need money for drinks, shower, souvenir shopping, wifi, device charging, and tips to guide and porters at the end of the trip. 

We will brief you on how much to take on the first day of the trip when we meet in Kathmandu.

We focus on small group adventures to ensure that every one is well-taken care of and they enjoy the trek. We keep our group to the maximum limit of 16 people.

In that unfortunate case, we will make sure that you are well taken care of. If you cannot continue your journey further towards the destination and want to rest or return back, we will arrange a porter to be with you and take care of you while rest of the group members continue the trek.