Active Days, Rustic Nights

Everest & Gokyo Lakes

18 days  |  Starts/Ends: Kathmandu  |  from USD $2,975  |   Guaranteed Departures 

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.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal and the start of your Everest adventure! Arrive Kathmandu and included transfer to your hotel. This evening have a welcome drink and attend a briefing about your trek.
Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 2

Lukla

Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakdingma. This morning 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

Day 3

Namche Bazaar

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 on, 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

Day 4

Khumjung

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

Days 5-7

Dole village

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 nights 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

Day 8

Gokyo lakes

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

Day 9

Gokyo Ri

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

Days 10-11

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

Days 12-13

Everest Base Camp

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

Days 14-15

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. In the 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

Days 16-17

Kathmandu

Lukla – Kathmandu. Fly back to Kathmandu on day 16 and spend your final days at leisure; sightsee, shop or simply relax after your exhausting but momentous adventure – the choice is yours!
Overnight: Kathmandu  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 18

Kathmandu

Hotel check-out and included onward transfer to airport.
Breakfast

Trek Info

Area covered: Everest region
Grade: Strenuous
Walking duration: 4 - 7 hours daily
Altitude: Max. 5400m
Average group size: 2 - 8

Prices & Dates

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.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $3065
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2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
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2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $3065
USD $760
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USD $760
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USD $760
USD $2975
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Hotels

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.

Hotel Manaslu, Kathmandu

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set over 3 floors, Hotel Manaslu is a charming hotel decorated in a classic Nepali style - using local artisans to create an aura of beautiful Newari tradition. Guest rooms are well furnished with air conditioning and en suite facilities. The hotel also benefits from an out door pool, cocktail bar and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel can arrange shuttles into the centre of Kathmandu which is just over a mile away.

Trip Highlights

Trek to Everest Base Camp - Discover 8000 metre peaks, rhododendron forests, mountain villages and glaciers in the Everest region
Namche Bazaar - Gateway for all Himalayan expeditions
Spectacular views of Everest from Kala Patter
Gokyo Ri - Panoramic views of all of the regions 8000 metres peaks including Everest, Lhoste, Makalu and Cho Oyu
Gokyo Lakes - The world's highest fresh water lake system, which are a stunning shade of blue against the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas
Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley - Two free days to spend at leisure exploring, shopping or simply relaxing after your trek

Included

16 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
Airport arrival and departure transfers any day, any time
Trek to Everest base camp with licensed trekking guide and porters
Escorted by licensed English-speaking local guides
Personal insurance for trekking guide & porters during the trip
3 nights – 3 star hotels with private ensuite, 14 nights simple tea houses (shared facilities)
Return flight - Kathmandu to Lukla
Everest National park fees & TIMS Permit
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights, domestic departure taxes and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$30-40, paid in local currency
Tipping - refer the 'Tipping' paragraph in the trip notes for a recommended guideline.
Tour Details
Starts
Kathmandu
Ends
Kathmandu
Departs
Saturdays - February to December
Hotel Rating
3 star & simple tea houses
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for included sightseeing & trekking
Meals
Breakfast: 16, Lunch: 13, Dinner: 13

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.

Patrick Beggins
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