Everest & Gokyo Lakes - 18 days
Rise to the challenge and follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary with this adventurous trek to Everest Base Camp and the spectacular Gokyo Lakes. Take in Sherpa villages, monasteries, magnificent glaciers and the world's most majestic mountains.
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakdingma. This morning we take a scenic flight to Lukla, gateway to the Everest region. Flying over the beautiful Langtang and Jugal ranges that surround the Kathmandu basin and the Rolwaling Himal. After lunch at the riverside village of Ghat, we begin our expedition with a series of short trekking days to ensure we acclimatise. Following the banks of the Dudh Koshi river we begin our gradual ascent to Phakdingma where we spend the night.
Overnight: Phakdingma (lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Phakdingma – Namche Bazaar. Crossing the river on a large suspension bridge we head over to Jorsale and continue trekking along the river today. The trail passes over streams with wooden bridges and climbs out of the valley to Monjo where we enter the Everest National Park. Continuing, we make a final steep ascent over 1000ft to reach Namche Bazaar; our resting place for the night. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Himalayas and a famous trading place for Tibetans.
Overnight: Namche Bazaar (lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Namche Bazaar – Khumjung. Today we set off on a steep one-hour climb to the Shyangboche airstrip which serves the famous Hotel Everest View, before following the trail down to the Khumjung Village at the foot of the Sacred Mountain Khumbila. The panoramic mountain views en route today are superb! Sir Edmond Hillary founded the Khumjung School in 1960, which provides excellent primary education for the children in the area.
Overnight: Khumjung (lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Khumjung – Dole - Machermu. Over the next two days we continue our ascent, stopping at small villages along the trail, passing through a beautiful rhododendrum forest and large herds of grazing yak, to reach Dole Village for our first night’s rest. The following day the trail climbs up through the villages of Lhabarma and Luza to Machermu where you can rest your weary feet! Enjoy a day of rest and relaxation in Machermu on day 7.
Overnight: Dole Village (lodge) (1), Machermu (lodge) (1) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Machermu – Gokyo Village. Our journey today is guaranteed to be memorable, with spectacular views down the valley to Kantega and up toward Cho Oyu, passing the Ngozumpa Glacier and taking a steep narrow staircase trail to the simply stunning, turquoise Gokyo Lakes. We spend the night at Gokyo; a picturesque village on the shores of the largest lake known as Dudh Pokhari.
Overnight: Gokyo (lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Gokyo Village – Gokyo Ri – Tagnag. It’s an early start as we climb to the summit of Gokyo Ri (5483m) to watch the sunrise over a stunning vista of the regions 8000m peaks including the mighty Everest. Later we continue our journey, crossing a glacier to reach Tagnag, our overnight resting place.
Overnight: Tagnag (lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cho Laa pass
Tagnag - Cho La pass – Dzongla – Lobuche. It’s another early start on day 10 as we begin the most challenging part of the trek, crossing the steep Cho La pass to reach Dzongla where we stay in one of the three available lodges. On day 11 we continue our journey to Lobuche, where we spend the night in a very basic lodge in Lobuche.
Overnight: Dzongla (lodge) (1), Lobuche (lodge) (1) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Lobuche – Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep - Kala Pattar – Lobuche. Continuing along the main trail to Everest, with lovely views of Kala Pattar en-route, we hike to Gorakshep. This is a short distance but somewhat challenging at the present altitude. For those with enough energy, it is possible to follow in the footsteps of the late, great Edmond Hillary and trek up to Everest Base Camp, where he and Tenzig Norgay began their immense, record breaking, expedition to reach the highest peak on Earth! Take in the atmosphere and witness the ‘expedition life’ of those present day mountaineers attempting to reach the summit. Return to Gorakshep where we spend the night.
On day 13 we climb Kala Pattar for arguably the most magnificent mountain vista in the world; the west and south face of Everest, so close you can even see the incredible climbing route from base to summit. From here we return back to Lobuche and then further descend crossing the stream and heading towards Thugla. Crossing the Thugla Bridge and climbing the ridge we take the main trail to Periche, our stop for the night.
Overnight: Gorakshep (lodge) (1), Pheriche (lodge) (1) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
The final descent!
Pheriche – Namche Bazaar - Lukla. Trekking back down to the busy town of Namche Bazaar on day 14, where you can spend the evening relaxing or perhaps sampling the local nightlife and enjoying a well deserved drink or two! Returning to Lukla on day 15, we visit a local Sherpa family, where we have the opportunity to sample regional dishes and hear all about the history of the region. This evening, it’s time to celebrate our success, and bid farewell to our fabulous trekking staff!
Overnight: Namche Bazaar (lodge) (1), Lulka (lodge) (1) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Hotel check-out and included onward transfer to airport.
Area covered: Everest region
Walking duration: 4 - 7 hours daily
Altitude: Max. 5400m
Average group size: 2 - 8
Please read the Trip Notes for more information about the time spent trekking and the distance covered each day.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing. If a roommate cannot be found the single room supplement will apply.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Mulberry Hotel, Kathmandu
The Mulberry Hotel is an inviting oasis in the heart of Kathmandu. The elegant rooms are bright and airy with complimentary WiFi. Guests have a choice of two dining venues at the hotel with a rooftop infinity pool, spa and wellness centre to take advantage of also. The hotel is conveniently located in the popular entertainment district of Thamel and a 30 minute drive from the airport.
I had a wonderful time! The organization of the trip was very good and everything ran smoothly, thanks to Laxman, our guide, who was very knowledgeable and efficient.
Im am looking forward to going to Africa next year, with On the Go of course. ”