Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake trek

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake

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The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake and Cho La, is an amazing adventure in the Everest Region. It stitches two great treks together. With this route, you get to cross the mighty Ngozumpa Glacier and the high mountain pass of Cho La (5420m).

During the trek, you will have an amazing view of the massive peaks of Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makkalu, Cholatse and Taboche. Also, from Gokyo Ri, you will have the best view of Mount Everest. Something that is normally reserved for balloonists and mountaineers. Yet, compared to the regular Everest Base Camp Trek, this route is more quiet and peaceful.


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  • Activity Level 5,000m >
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All about the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake.

Trek to Gokyo Lake & Everest Base Camp

Gokyo is a small village behind the blue lake of Dudh Pokhari. The lake, the source of the river you have followed since Lukla, is regarded as sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus. During Janai Purnima, hundreds of lowland Nepalis make the pilgrimage to Gokyo to ritually immerse themselves in the icy waters. This festival usually falls in August.

On the other side of the lake is a 5360m-high hill, named Gokyo Ri. This is an epic vantage point, offering the kind views over Everest that is normally reserved for balloonists or mountaineers. The path to the peak is a two hours climb to a cat’s cradle of prayer flags at the top of the hill. From the summit, you can have panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makkalu, Cholatse and Taboche, with the Ngozumpa Glacier cutting across in front like a massive tear in the landscape.

The best views are just after dawn, and the clouds tend to roll in by mid-morning. The prevailing wisdom is to start up the mountain at first light, even if it looks cloudy. You’ll often beat the fog to the top of the hill and have a perfect view over the top of the cloud banks.

Everest Base Camp is actually one of the two base camps on opposite sides of the mountain. This base camp in Nepal is on the southern side and at an altitude of 5364m. The northern base camp is in Tibet at 5150m. The camps are rudimentary campsites, used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent. Climbers in South Base Camp climb the Everest via the southeast ridge. However, it is a fascinating place to see, you bring a visit to base camp during the day and sleep in a village downhill.


Alternative Treks; Shorter or More Challenging

If you’re looking for a shorter trek in the Everest region, you might want to consider doing a part of this trek. You can do the 11-days Gokyo Lakes Trek in 11 days or the 12-days Everest Base Camp Trek.

There’s also a challenging and exciting 18-days alternative in the Everest region. With this trek, you’ll trek to the Gokyo Lakes, Everest Base Camp and cross the three high Everest passes of Kongma La (5535m), Cho La (5330m) and Renjo La (5445m). By crossing these three passes, you trek through the five major valleys of the Everest region. Go for more info about this adventure to the Everest Region Trek [three passes].

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • airport transfer
  • experienced mountain guide
  • domestic flight (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • all required trekking permits
  • hotel in Kathmandu (w/ breakfast) – 3 nights
  • accommodations during your trek – 15 nights
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trek
  • government taxes, VAT and tourist service charges
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • international airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal entry visa
  • travel health insurance
  • emergency evacuation if needed
  • trekking equipments
  • alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
  • tips for your trekking staff (will be expected)
  • all other expenses that are not mentioned below ‘cost includes’
  1. Day 1 Arrival

    By Mountain People welcomes you at the international airport and brings you to your hotel in Thamel.

    airport transfer – hotel

  2. Day 2 Kathmandu (1400m)

    Today, after a good night of sleep after your flight, we will meet at your hotel or at our office for a pre-trip meeting. We introduce you to your guide and talk about your itinerary. If you have any questions or requests, we would like to hear them from you.

    Note: Please make sure you bring your passport to the meeting along with three copies, two photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. We also request you to clear the due balance if any.

    Furthermore, you can use this day to adjust to the different timezone, altitude and climate. Also, you can prepare yourself for your trek and do the last shopping at one of the many outdoor gear shops around your hotel.

    breakfast – hotel

  3. Day 3 Phakding (2610m) - 2/3 hrs

    Early morning, your guide comes to your hotel to pick you up and bring you to the domestic airport. From here, the short but scenic flight takes you to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2804m). Upon arrival at the airport, your guide will brief you and introduce you to your sherpa’s before beginning your trek towards Phakding (2610m).

    After landing we take our time to explore the village while your sherpa crew sorts and loads the trekking equipment. Then we begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Khosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walk is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m) it is a short walk to Phakding.

    breakfast – airport transfer – mountain flight – lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  4. Day 4 Namche Bazaar (3441m) - 5/6 hrs

    After breakfast we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Khosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (3441m) known as the Gateway to Everest, is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchanges, internet cafes and a bakeries. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  5. Day 5 Acclimatization Day

    We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air, as well as a short trek where a museum is celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. Today we hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  6. Day 6 Phortse Thenga (3680m) - 3 hrs

    We start off by climbing the Khumjung hill and descend to the east of the village down the broad valley leading to the river Dudh Khosi from where the route turns north. There are two trails and your guide will choose the best option for you to follow.

    There is a chorten on the ridge top at 3973m which descends from Mount Khumbila (5761m). We visit Mohang, the birthplace of the re-incarnated Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet who is believed to have introduced Buddhism in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to Phortse Thenga, near the river.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  7. Day 7 Dole (4090m) - 2 hrs

    We walk on a trail alongside a rhododendron forest and pass through a waterfall before reaching Tongba Village. We continue our uphill trek till we reach Dole.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  8. Day 8 Machhermo (4410m) - 2 hrs

    From Dole you continue your trek uphill through Labarma and Luza villages till you reach Machhermo. There is a chorten right before the Luza village. Throughout today’s journey you will be walking alongside the river Dudh Khosi.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  9. Day 9 Gokyo (4750m) - 5/6 hrs

    Today we leave the foothills and enter the desolate tundra of the high mountains. We climb steeply up a scrubby slope to a collection of chortens on the hilltop, and follow a ridge. On the way, we will have good views south to Kantega (6685m) and north towards Cho Oyu (8201m), the sixth-highest mountain in the world.

    Soon, we’ll arrive at the tiny settlement of Pangka (4390m), squeezed against a mound of sand and rubble at the end of Ngozumpa Glacier.

    We climb further up into a rocky cleft on stone steps beside one of the streams that feeds the river Dudh Khosi we saw earlier. This portal releases us onto the lateral moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It is the longest glacier in the Himalaya, which begins 20km north on the slopes of Cho Oyu. Wedged between the mountain wall and this crumbling mound of sand and gravel are six sacred lakes, which reflect the peaks in their calm, mirrored surfaces.

    Immediately after we cross the bridge, we pass the first lake, Longponga Tsho (4650m). Ee follow the trail, cross the glacier and soon we reach the second lake, Taboche Tsho (4710m). Rightafter, we roll into the village of Gokyo (4750m) on the shore of the third lake Dudh Pokhari.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  10. Day 10 Gokyo Ri (5360m) - 5 hrs

    On the north side of Dudh Pokhari, the third lake, we see Gokyo Ri (5360m). This is an epic vantage point, offering the kind view over Everest that is normally reserved for mountaineers.

    Right after the first light, we cross a stream and climb for two hours to a cat’s cradle of prayer flags at the top. From the summit, there are panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Gholatse and Taboche, with the Ngozumpa Glacier cutting across in front like a massive tear in the landscape.

    After we have enjoyed our time at the top of Gokyo Ri, we go back to the village of Gokyo.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  11. Day 11 Dragnag (4700m) - 2 hrs

    Today, we cross Ngozumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Next, we traverse along the edge of that mountain and then meander into Dragnag. It will be a short trek today with an afternoon of rest which will prepare us for long hiking days and elevation gain to come.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  12. Day 12 Cho La (5420m) & Dzonglha(4830m) - 7 hrs

    Today is going to be one of the toughest days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice may cause trouble by making the trail slippery. The trail from Phedi climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake, we reach at the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars to the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzonglha. The village provides great views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche mountains along with the Pheriche far below.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  13. Day 13 Lobuche (4930m) - 3 hrs

    This will be a very short trek so we have a lot time to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. We climb down from Dzonglha and walk through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak. The trail curves through the wide river bed before reaching Lobuche. We can spend the rest of day taking a rest which will help us prepare for the next day’s long trek.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  14. Day 14 EBC & Gorak Shep (5160m) - 7/8 hrs

    You take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, you come across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence, it is important that you follow your Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. You pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, you see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains you can view from the base camp.

    After exploring base camp, we trek back down to Gorak Shep.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  15. Day 15 Kala Pattar (5545m) & Pheriche (4200m) - 7/8 hrs

    We prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Pattar that we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mount Everest. You can take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then trek down to Pheriche for a good night’s rest.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  16. Day 16 Namche Bazaar (3441m) - 6/7 hrs

    From Periche we take a slightly different route down to Orsho, then to Pangboche village. Here is the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a ’Yeti’, or the abominable snowman. Leaving mountains behind us, our descent takes us through Tengboche Monastery (3860m) before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar (3441m). We arrive back to Namche Bazaar in the afternoon.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  17. Day 17 Lukla (2804m) - 5/6 hrs

    Finally, we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago; enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part and also giving you time to explore the town.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  18. Day 18 Kathmandu (1400m)

    During the scenic mountain flight to Kathmandu, you can enjoy your last glimpse of the mountains. On arrival in Kathmandu, we will bring you back to your hotel.

    In the evening, we offer you and your guide a farewell dinner together in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

    breakfast – mountain flight – airport transfer – farewell dinner – hotel

  19. Day 19 Departure

    If this is the final day of your holiday in Nepal, we will bring you back to the international airport. Goodbye friends! We hope that we will meet each other again in the future.

    breakfast – airport transfer

Hotel & Mountain Lodges


In Kathmandu, before and after your EBC trek, you will be staying at a 3-star hotel with a private bathroom and wifi. The hotel has a prime location, in the travellers neighbourhood Thamel. This are nearby many restaurants, trekking gear shops and supermarkets.

Mountain Lodges

During your EBC trek, you will be staying at mountain lodges. North of Lukla, the lodges are broadly identical stone houses. They have small, double rooms and mostly shared bathrooms.

A hot shower and wifi are also available, for an additional fee.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
The best of two treks togetherPhoto by Valcker

Cho La pass by Valcker

Trek slow to get acclimatizedPhoto by Dhamala

Gokyo Lakes by Dhamala