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Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp Trek

The Gokyo Lake Chola Pass to Everest Base Camp Trek takes you through the gorgeous Gokyo lake area. The Trek takes trekkers through

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    Trip Duration 18 Days

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    Max, Altitude 5555 Meters

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    Type Trekking

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    Best Season Sept - May

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    Meals Included

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    Accommodation Guest House

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    Activity Trekking

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    Difficulty Strenuous


  • Observe the spectacular views of Mt. Everest from Gokyo Ri
  • Experience lost in the glistening of the glacial lakes in Gokyo Valley
  • Feeling of contentment after walking to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar
  • Meet friendly local Sherpas and learn about their way of life in the Himalayan mountains
  • Feel adrenaline rush during the electrifying Lukla flight


The Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp trek is a popular trek in the Everest region of Nepal. This trek holds breathtaking landscapes, cultural encounters, and great personal conquests. It starts from Lukla and follows the Dudh Koshi River valley to the Gokyo Lakes. From Gokyo, the trail ascends to Cho La Pass (5420m) and descends to Thukla and Lobuche before reaching the Everest Base Camp.  Along the way, you will get spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Makalu and other great peaks.

Allow us, Himalayan Trekking Pvt. Ltd., with over 2 decades of experience, to guide you on this extraordinary journey. Strap on your hiking boots, grab your backpack, and get ready!

We are here to guide you explore the wonders of the Himalayas in country- Nepal!

The Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp Trek: A Unique Perspective

While the conventional route to Everest Base Camp is undoubtedly popular, the Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp trek offers a unique and less crowded alternative. This route takes you through the charming Gokyo Valley, where you will encounter a series of stunning glacial lakes nestled amidst towering peaks. Here are some key aspects that make this trail is truly special:

  1. Majestic Gokyo Lakes: As you ascend through the Gokyo Valley, you will come across a series of mesmerizing lakes. The turquoise waters of these lakes, mirroring snow-capped peaks, create a visual spectacle like none other. The main lakes—Gokyo Cho, Gokyo Tsho, and Thonak Cho—are considered sacred by the Sherpa people and are the highlights of this Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp trek. 
  2. Cho La Pass:  The Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp trek also includes crossing the challenging Cho La Pass. This is a high-altitude pass. It is located at an elevation of 5,420 meters (17,782 feet). Thus, it requires stamina, determination, and proper acclimatization. 
  3. Less Crowded, More Authentic: While the conventional route to Everest Base Camp attracts a large number of trekkers, the Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp trek route offers a more serene experience. The trails are less crowded. 
  4. Explore the Majestic Landscapes: Walk through landscapes that will leave you speechless. Adore the rolling hills, dense forests, and breathtaking mountain vistas. This will all seem like straight out of a dream.
  5. Connect with Sherpa Culture: Get to understand the Sherpa culture. Share stories with warm locals, learn about their traditions, and experience their incredible hospitality. Also, get to understand ways of life in such remote places on earth. 
  6. Step into History at Everest Base Camp: Stand where legends have stood. Everest Base Camp isn’t just a spot; it’s a doorway to history. It is a dream of countless adventurers who’ve come before you and also, who has yet to feel this Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp trek adventure- or have it on their bucket list. 
  7. Witness Sunrise Magic at Kala Patthar: Rise early, feel the chill in the air, and then watch the first rays of sunlight paint the Everest peak with hues you never thought possible. The mountain will be at its best!

This is more than a trail; it’s a chance to experience the Everest region. Create a profound sense of connection with nature, people, and Nepal in The Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp trek this season!

Book your adventure now and be ready to let your heart soar!

Best Time for Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp Trek:

The ideal times for Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). They offer clear skies, moderate temperatures, and stable weather conditions. Hence, trekkers feel good without any hindrances.

How Difficult is the Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp Trek?

The Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp trek is classified as a challenging. It has  high-altitude passes, steep ascents, and yes, some unpredictable weather conditions. It is recommended for trekkers who possess good fitness levels and previous high-altitude trekking experience.

Conclusion: A Trek of a Lifetime

The Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp trek is an incredible adventure that will leave you mesmerized. As you explore the stunning Gokyo Valley, conquer the tough Cho La Pass, and finally reach Everest Base Camp, you will feel a sense of wonder and amazement at the majestic Himalayas. This trail not only pushes your physical limits but also gives you a chance to reflect on yourself and connect with the natural world around you.



Detailed Itinerary

Meet our airport representative at the airport and transfer to hotel. It takes about 30 minutes drive from Airport to hotel. You will be staying in Thamel which is a tourist hub. Free and easy and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel.

After a good night sleep, we will flight from Kathmandu to the Tenzing – Hillary Airport at Lukla. Upon arrival, we will start the trek to Phakhing. The trail comes around the Dudh Kosi Valley before to uphill to Phakding.

We will cross a river. All thanks to a suspension bridge and uphill following the shoreline to Chumoa.  We will sit for some good coffee at coffee shops there. Afterward, we will walk through the forest and different small villages. The last two hours, uphill climb to Namche Bazaar village, also know with the nicknamed of the capital of Sherpa.

Because of the altitude sickness, you will have a free Day in Namche Bazaar. But if you are feeling good and want to explore, you could hike to Syangboche Everest View Hotel (the highest hotel in the world) to observe close view of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse.

The trail will start with gradual ups and downs and we could be lucky to see Himalayan animals like, pheasants or musk deer. We will go down to Dudhkoshi Khola and go up through rhododendron forest before reaching Phorse. This place is a good view point on Tawache and Cholaste mountains.

Our trail will pass through forests, waterfalls and bridges before to reach Dole. Afterward we will climb steady on a scenic ridge and walk above the DudhKoshi River and through small villages. Once arrival in Machherma, if you want, you could visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital

The trail climbs and gives an excellent view of Kantaga and big Mountain Cho-oyu. Then, we will descend to the riverbank to climb up to the moraine Ngozamba Glacier. We will pass through Longpongo, RabocheTsho and DudhPokhari, which are high-altitude lakes. We will take time to enjoy these landscapes and we will finally reach the beautiful high-altitude lake: Gokyo.

To enjoy the most beautiful and peaceful view of Gokyo Lake with mountain range in the background, we have to climb on a steep trail.  We will spend time on the top to enjoy the beauty of the landscape.
Afterward we will go down to Gokyo and you will have chose to have a rest or explore the lake area.

The trail will start to up and down in glacier before to descend along the valley to reach the base camp of Thangana. Get your camera out, the trail offers beautiful views of mountains and the natural beauty of the area.

The trail to reach Cho La Pass comes to a glacier. It is not difficult but we have to be careful, it is vertical and the iced rocks are slippery. After reaching Cho La Pass, enjoy the panoramic view of various mountains. From here, the trail descends all the way to Dzongla, passing through some crevasses and pine forests with some beautiful viewpoints.

Today, the trail is more relaxing. A nice walk to enjoy the excellent views that the trip provide of AmaDablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse, Everest, Pumori, Lobuche peak…The small and lovely village of Lobuche, situated nearby the stream,is a very good spot to watch the sunset on Nuptse

Today, we will finally uphill to reach the Everest Base Camp.The highest peak of the world.The trek trailis on glacier and offers a view of the mount Everest. Whenyouwillget the base camp, youwillseemanysmallfrozenlakesaround and an impressive view of Khumbuicefall. Enjoy this unforgettable experience before to get down to GorakShep.

Early in the morning, we will hike up to Kalapatthar. This peak offers the best view of the Everest summit of the entire trek. Enjoy and take some photos to keep memories of this breath-taking view.
Now, its time to going back and after your great ascension, the trail to go down is going to seem easy.

On the way you could see the heritage of Buddhism with some magnificently mani “carved stones” and we will walk trough the colourful vegetation of rhododendron. Upon arrival at the monastery, you could appreciate the view of different mountains especially during the sunset or sunrise.
Tengboche Monastery is an important plaace for Sherpas of solukhumbu area.

The trail will mostly downhill to Namche Bazaar.

This is your last trekking Day, which will finish in the same place when we started the trek: in the city of Lukla.

When you will arrive in Kathmandu, Our team will pick you up to transfer you in your hotel. Free time at your leisure.

We will transfer you to the airport and hoping you spent a beautiful time with us.

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Trip Essential Information

  • A valid passport (6 months) is required to enter Nepal. You can easily obtain your visa at the airport in Kathmandu or you can apply the visa online


  • Nepal Money called Rupees in short Rs. start from 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 and you can exchange money here in Kathmandu specially in Thamel. Also you can exchange at the airport but exchange rate is lower.


  • We give you a free duffel bag and Sleeping bags for the trekking. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.


  • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs, will be carried by the porter throughout the walk.


  • For your daily expenses for cold drinks, drinking water, shopping, battery charging, alcoholic drinks, You should carry $250 to 300 extra cash with you.


  • You can store your luggage (non- trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu or at our office. We will keep it safely. Please kindly informed to our team for valuable items.


  • The flight to and from Lukla can be cancelled for 2 to 7 days due to bad weather. In this case, its better to have extra days. If you are in short holiday, You can take the helicopter which cost $500 to 600 per person each way




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