Our Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Ri Trek combines the classic Khumbu region adventure with an equally magnificent trip to Gokyo village. You have probably heard all about the Everest Base Camp Trek (still ranked among the world’s best trails), but few have heard about GokyoRi or Gokyo Lakes, lying just kilometers away from Everest Base Camp.
The glimmering emerald waters of Gokyo Lakes will take your breath away. It is often overlooked when trekkers visit the Everest region. Before even reaching there, though, there is a magnificent journey to be had.
The trail begins with a thrill ride from Kathmandu to Lukla via airplane. Start moving up, past lush forests of rhododendron, pine, and other trees. Take in the lovely fresh air, which quicky gets thinner as we climb up. The landscape gets increasingly more desolate and unearthly as we climb higher. Take a stop at Tengboche Monastery and receive blessings for good luck on the rest of the trip.
Several more days of ascending takes us to the famous Everest Base Camp (5380 meters). Take some photographs here and soak in the enriching moment. It’s a special moment, but the views over the next few days keep getting better. The following day, we arrive to Kala Patthar (5545 meters). Here, you stand face to face with Mount Everest at its very best viewpoint. Be stunned at the sheer size of it. These two days of visiting Everest Base Camp and then the close-up views at Kala Patthar will be cherished for the rest of your life!
Still, more beauty lies ahead at the majestic Gokyo Lakes, which are sacred to locals. You might believe so too once you lay your eyes on them. Either that night or the following morning (or both!), make your way up to GokyoRi (5357 meters), which rivals Kala Patthar as one of the best Everest region views. Watch the sunset and/or sunrise on several of the highest peaks known to man. Mount Everest (8848 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), Cho Oyu (8201 meters), and Makalu (8481 meters) are all visible from the lookout point. Seeing the glow of the sun lighting up these mountains is mind-blowing.
From Gokyo Ri, we start our descent. The scenery is just as stunning on the way back, and you will catch the views you missed the first time. Descend all the way back to Lukla for another thrilling flight back to Kathmandu. Prepare for the lovely dinner in the eveningto celebrate the adventure of a lifetime!
It is possible to do the Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Ri Trek throughout the year. The best times, though, are spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). In the springtime, the colorful flowers are blooming. During the fall, the skies are usually clearer. Ashmita Trek and Tours arranges the trek with full management, including transportation, meals, etc. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions!
Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival to TIA, we pick you up and take you to your hotel. In the evening, we brief you on the upcoming adventure. Overnight in hotel.
Take breakfast in the hotel and then join us for a sightseeing tour of some of Kathmandu’s famous UNESCO World Heritage sites. Throughout the day, we visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Our knowledgeable guides will tell you all about the historical and cultural significance of each spot. Spend your evening as wish, wandering around and preparing for the trek. Overnight in hotel.
Take an early flight to Luklato begin the journey! From your window, spectacular mountain views are all around. After the short flight, we start on the lovely trail. The route passes Sherpa villages and everything that comes with that – including their fields of crops and Tibetan Buddhist monuments. As we reach Phakding, KusumKanguru and other mountains make their presence known. Overnight at the guest house.
Beauty awaits us on our hike today. Leave Phakding and trek through lush forests. Today we cross several exhilerating suspension bridges over the DudhKoshi River and its streams. Reach Monjo and check into Sagarmatha National Park. Follow the DudhKoshi as it rises in elevation. Before Namche Bazaar, Mount Everest pops into view and glorifies the scene. Overnight at the guest house.
We spend today letting our bodies adjust to the change in altitude. The change in elevation is hard on our bodies, but we can prevent problems by taking the ascent slowly. It’s best to climb high and sleep low. So, we climb up to Khumjung and check out the Sagarmatha National Park Museum. Also, from here we have awesome views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and AmaDablam. Then, spend time exploring Namche Bazaar, which is full of shops and bakeries. There is lots to see today! Overnight at the guest house.
Wake up and take breakfast. Hike past Khumjung and again admire the stunning views. As we reach PhungiThanga, the trail splits. One way goes to Gokyo and the other to Everest Base Camp. We of course take the latter and head uphill. Pine and rhododendron forests lie on each side of the path. Soon, we arrive to Tengboche, where there is a massive monastery. Overnight at the guest house.
We see a drastic change in scenery today. Move past the tree line to the desolate, rocky alpine area. Throughout the day, we enjoy sweet mountain vistas, including views of Everest, Lhotse, and AmaDablam. After passing the Imja River, we reach Pangboche, a beautiful place to have lunch. Further along the Imja Valley lies Dingboche, after one last ascent. Overnight at the guest house.
Today is our second stop for acclimatization purposes. Again, we climb high and sleep low. Up the Chhukung Valley we go. During the hike, pristine peaks surround us. The hike is steep and strenuous, but well worth it. When we are finished, we head back down to Dingboche and rest. Overnight at the guest house.
Keep on moving higher today! It’s a short distance to Lobuche, but the high altitude slows us down. Until Thukla, though, the trail is relatively even. We can have lunch here and energize ourselves. Make a final push to Lobuche and enjoy the glorious views. Overnight at the guest house.
Today is an exciting day! From Lobuche, we ascend to Gorakshep and stop at the guest house to drop our stuff off. Then, with our day packs, we move towards Everest Base Camp on the steep, rocky trail. Take some photographs and soak in the feeling of being at this historical place. Check out the Khumbu Icefall, Mt. Khumbutse and Pumori. When you have had your fill, descend back to Gorakshep. Overnight at the guest house.
Today might be the most memorable day of the trek. Kala Pattharprovides the best view of Mount Everest. It might be a challenginghike getting there, but it is absolutely worth it. Besides Everest, you can see several more of the highest peaks in the world.Then, we descend to Dzongla. Overnight at the guest house.
Wake up early in the morning to cross the daunting, yet beautiful Chola Pass (5330m). Weather is best in the morning time. After roughly five hours of trekking up the rugged trail, we arrive to the pass. Take a moment to enjoy the scenic vista. Then, we take an equally steep downhill trail to Thaknak for lunch. After 2.5 hours from here leads us to Gokyo village. This is one of the most magnificent places to sleep in the Everest region. Overnight at the guest house.
Today we hike up to another astonishing viewpoint of the Everest region – GokyoRi. Watch the sun light up several more of the world’s highest peaks from the top, including Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. It is a spectacular sight! Head back to Gokyo village to have breakfast before descending to Machhermo. Overnight at the guest house.
Rise and shine, step out of the guest house to views of Thamserku, Cholatse, and more. It’s a relaxed day of descending towards the trailhead. Pass alpine meadows and flowing streams to PhortseThanga. Have a lunch here and keep going to Khumjung. This village is famous for its monastery that has an alleged Yeti scalp. Relax the rest of the day. Overnight at the guest house.
From Khumjung, move further to Phakding. Now we are on the same trail as we took on the way up. Take a last look around Namche Bazaar before heading further down. Stop in Monjo for a rest/lunch. From here, Phakding is only about an hour and a half downhill. Relax that rest of the day. Overnight at the guest house.
It’s a bittersweet day, as we finish the Everest Base Camp with GokyoRi Trek – a great accomplishment. It’s a mostly downhill, laid-back walk, with some ups in between. Enjoy the final moments of being amidst the greatest peaks. Have a celebration for yourself in the evening. Overnight at the guest house.
After breakfast, walk on over to Tenzing-Hillary Airport for the flight back to Kathmandu. Spend the rest of your day in Kathmandu as you wish! Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
We pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport. Thank you for trekking with Ashmita Trek and Tours! We hope to see you soon.
Transportation to and from Tribhuvan International Airport.
Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.
All transportation during the itinerary.
Guest house accommodation during the trek.
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees.
Sagarmatha National Park Fee.
Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters.
Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters
All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
All necessary trekking equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)
First Aid Kit.
Service charge and government taxes.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast).
Personal expenses (shopping, extra snacks, etc.)
Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu.
Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses.
Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee.
Tips for guide and porter.
Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary.
Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)
We Ashmita Trek and Tours have set dates for the Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Ri Trek departure so, please look at our list of the dates and select your favorite date if you are looking for small group departure Trek or if you cannot find any date suitable for you then please contact us private departure as the Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Ri Trek can be departured every day of the year.
And note that the departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal and the International flights are not included in our package so, you need to book the international flight to and from Nepal separately and you can arrive earlier or return from Nepal later than the scheduled dates and we can arrange the extra night hotel in Kathmandu pre post the tour so, do let us know if you need any extra nights hotel or any extra tours/activities before or after the trek.
Or, if you are part of a small/large group and would like your own departure date, please contact us and we will arrange for that. We do our best to accommodate the perfect schedule for you. Do not hesitate to REACH OUT TO US / or Talk to Our Sales & Operation Manager on + 91 9733106312
Spring from March, April, May, and late June and from September, October, November and and December.
Trekking equipments and gears may be the difference between an enjoyable and a miserable trek in any trekking trail, be it Everest region or Annapurna region or other trails. It is suggested that you carry minimum possible trekking equipments, gears and clothing while trekking and leave your valuables such as jewelries back in your home. Pay attention to the limit of the weight of your luggage and avoid unnecessary equipments yet be prepared for the changing weather conditions along the varying elevations, subjective to the season of your trek. It is to be understood that the following list of equipments and gears is a general guideline for the trekkers and the precise list of equipment matches to the list mentioned below, only to differ on the basis of season and trek duration. Personal items are subject to the matter of individual interest and choice.
For Kathmandu you should carry light clothing (for most of the year) and warm fleece or similar jacket for winter months.
Duffel bags or Rucksack (rugged and waterproof duffels are preferable)
Daypack (25-30 liters)
Sleeping bags (4 seasons sleeping bag)
T-shirts or Shirts (synthetic t-shirts that absorb sweat are preferred)
Base Layer or thermal inner-wears (synthetic long johns) and Mid-Layer (additional warm layer wool sweater, fleece or jacket that can be worn with other layers) clothing
Waterproof jacket (nylon or Gore-Tex jacket with hood, about mid-thigh in length, full length zip light and expedition weight thermal tops)
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Breathable and waterproof Shell Jacket
Casual clothing (for travel/meals, sweatshirt or light jacket for evening may be preferable)
Climbing/Trekking Pants (that allows freedom of movement and/or stretch, breathable and synthetic fabric)
Long Trekking pants (preferably that zip on/off at the knees)
Hiking shorts for warm weather (not cotton)
Lightweight long underwear (capilene or other synthetic)
Soft shell pants (synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable)
Hard shell pants (waterproof and breathable, easier to put on pver boots without getting undressed)
Warm mittens and/or gloves
Liner gloves (thin wool or synthetic for mild days or as a base layers inside other gloves for additional warmth)
Instant hand warmers (optional)
Lightweight Shoes (Running/tennis shoes for camp, around town, etc)
Trekking Boots (Medium-weight trekking boots preferably Gore-Tex/Codura style, waterproof and broken-in)
Gaiters (seasonal): To keep snow, mud, dust and rocks out of your hiking boots
Socks (liner socks, synthetic and heavy weight woolen socks to be worn over liner socks)
Shade hat or baseball cap (draping a bandana or head scarf down the back of their head below the cap may be preferred by some)
Warm Wool or synthetic hat
Glacier glasses with UV protection, side shields and hard-sided storage case
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Neck warmer and Ear Muffs (optional)
Personal first-aid kit with blister treatment such as mole skin, band aids, ointment, etc.
Antibiotic for upper respiratory problems
Antibiotic for Gastrointestinal problems
Diamox for acclimatization
Extra strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
Asthma medication, if any history of such
Toiletries and Personal Hygiene
Quick drying towel, toothpaste, brush (preferably biodegradable)
Multipurpose soap or handwash
Face and body moisturizer
Feminine hygiene products
Adjustable trekking poles
Reading materials, Pen and pencil, journal & notebooks, binoculars, Travel map or guide book
Favourite snack food
Sleeping bag liner
Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women to avoid getting up for chilly late night trip in case of nature call
Plastic garbage bags, refillable water bottles
Sunscreen (SPF 40 recommended)
Lip balm (SPF 20 recommended)
Water purification tablets or Polar-pure crystals
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type
Passport size photos (2 + copies).
Airline tickets (Please make a copy and provide us one just in case if you need to change the date of your flight).
Dollars, Pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants, hotels, gratuities, purchasing own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines, traveler's checks, etc.
Activity : Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
Group Size : Min. from 2pax
Activity Per Day: Approximately 4-6 hr walking
Ashmita Trek and Tours does not take responsibility for any problems incurred by weather, damages to personal property, etc. We will do our best to prevent/handle any problems that happen. There is a chance that transportation to and from Lukla may be delayed due to road and weather conditions. Therefore, it is recommended to book your international flight with several days margin. It is possible to fly to Kathmandu if necessary (for an additional cost).