Are you keen to go to visit Everest Basecamp but up for a slightly more challenging adventure? If so, then the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes is the ideal trek for you.
This 15 day trek is slightly longer than the normal Everest Basecamp trek (12 days) and will take you off the beaten track, deep into the Everest Region. You will get to experience a wide range of scenery, from rivers and forests to the beautiful tuquoise lakes of the Gokyo Valley. During this trek, you will also have the chance to learn about the history and culture of the Sherpa people, visit colourful monasteries, and tiny villages. You will see some of the highest mountains in the world- Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori from iconic view points over 5000m such as Gokyo Ri and Kalapatthar.
Be prepared for a challenge as this trek will take you across the Chola Pass, which connects Everest Base Gamp with Gokyo Lakes. This will involve a steep and slippery trek across a glacier, but is well worth it for the views at the top of the Pass.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 01: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 8km, 3 - 4 hours trek
Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 11km, 5 - 6 hours
Day 03: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)
Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Dole (3,680m/12,073ft): 6km, 5-6 hours
Day 05: Dole to Machhermo (4,470m/ 14,663ft): 10km, 4-5 hours
Day 06: Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m/15,744 ft): 7km, 4-5 hours
Day 07: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft): 2km, 3 - 4 hours
Day 08: Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m/15,580 ft): 4km, 4 - 5 hours
Day 09: Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m/17,604 ft) to Dzongla (15, 939 ft): 7km, 7 - 8 hours
Day 10: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 6km, 2 - 3 hours
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours
Day 12: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pheriche (4,288m/14,070ft): 16km, 7-8 hours
Day 13: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar: 20km, 6 - 7 hours
Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft): 19km, 6 - 7 hours
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu
What's Not Included:
List of clothing