Gokyo Ri with Everest Base Camp

Experience the grandeur of a beautiful journey to Everest base camp combined with the most amazing viewpoints for great views of Everest and the other Himalayas, Gokyo Ri.

The 19-day trip begins from the ancient city, Kathmandu where we visit several heritage sites and heads towards the major starting hub of any treks in the Everest region, Lukla. Next, the trek takes us to the turquoise Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri providing exceptional views of Everest and the Himalayas alongside several glaciers including the massive Ngozumpa Glacier.

This trek passing through Everest region of Nepal flaunting breathtaking sceneries of Mount Everest and many more is absolutely physical strain-free. One doesn’t have to worry about reaching the base camp of Everest or crossing high passes in the vicinity. Instead, it is perfect for travellers who wish to try something new in the Everest region without having to reach the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain or conquer high mountain passes in the Everest region.

Thus, if you wish for an easy trek in Everest region without compromising with the scenery and the landscapes, this trip is definitely for you. Experience comfortable trekking in the Everest region of Nepal with Gokyo Ri valley trek!
Trip Code: GRWEBC22
Starts: Kathmandu
Finishes: Kathmandu
Duration: 18 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: >mar-may,sep-nov
Elevation: 5357m/ 17575.5ft
Trip Views: 214
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 9
Lunch: 7
Dinner: 7
Private vehicle
flight
Hotel: 3 Night(s)
Teahouse: 11 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 3 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • The best season to travel in September/October and March/April.
  • You can observe the vast Ngozumpa Glacier and enjoy the panoramic views of four of the world's highest peaks above 8,000m - Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.
  • It is the traditional route to Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp.
  • There are total 19 Gokyo Lakes in the Gokyo valley and all of them are Ramsar sites.
  •  The Gokyo region is inhabited by solitary Tibetan-Buddhist civilization of Sherpas.

Why this Trip

  • Gokyo RI is an alternative trek in the Everest region for the people who don’t want to visit the Everest base camp and high passes but want to visit and view the amazing mountains of the Everest region.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • Medical and helicopter emergency rescue should be covered by your insurance and it should be shown to the operator before the trip departure. The insurance should cover the altitude up to 5500 m.

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
    Upon arrival, our representative will be at the Tribhuvan International airport to greet you and escort you to the hotel. In the evening, we will brief about the itinerary over dinner. Overnight at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport pick up
    • Thamel Tour
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    Today our Kathmandu tour begins. Kathmandu valley is an ancient city with diverse cultures and traditions. Home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it has been chosen as a cultural and historical site of study and excursions throughout the history. We will observe some of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu throughout the day. Overnight at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • sightseeing
  • placeDAY 3 : FLIGHT TO LUKLA AND TREK TO PHAKDING (2610M)
    Early in the morning, a drive to Tribhuvan International airport (in a private car) for a flight to Lukla will be arranged. It takes 30-35 minutes to reach Tenzing Hillary airport/ Lukla airport. After reaching Lukla, the ultimate Gokyo Ri valley trek begins with a hike up through the beautiful town of Lukla to the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate. From the gate, the trail leading us out of Lukla, drops down to the village of Phakding, Overnight in Phakding;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Flight to Lukla
    • Airport drop
  • placeDAY 4 : PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAR (3440M)
    After breakfast, we start our trek towards the modern town of Namche Bazaar. Crossing the suspension bridge over Dudh koshi River and walking six hours from Phakding we reach the entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park. From the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park, continuing on a trail which steeply drops down to the bridge, crossing the bridge, and following the lower river bank trail, we climb into the forest over gravel and boulders and continue to Larja bridge, past Larja Dobhan. Crossing the Larja Bridge, enjoying the first view of Mt. Everest and hiking up the steep hill through the pine forest on a rocky trail to Mislung, the forest ends and the trail levels out from Mislung. From Mislung, the even trail leads us to Namche. Overnight in Namche Bazar;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Entrance to Sagarmatha National Park
  • placeDAY 5 : REST AT NAMCHE BAZAR FOR ACCIMILITIZATION
    To prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), further up the trail, a day stop at Namche for acclimatization is a must. Staying active boosts, the process of acclimatization rather than simply resting. Therefore, we will go for an acclimatization hike – a full-day circuit through Khunde, Khumjung and back to Namche. Overnight in Namche Bazar;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Guided tour of Namche Bazar
  • placeDAY 6 : NAMCHE TO DOLE (4038M)
    After breakfast, we leave Namche and head towards Dole. Ascending uphill and following the main trail to Everest base camp for a while before trudging through a gradual winding track to Kyangima near Shanasa. If lucky we might get to see some wildlife as this area if full of colorful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) National bird of Nepal and elusive musk deer, Himalayan Thar (mountain goat). After a sometime we leave the main trail behind and continue our trek towards Gokyo with steep climb to Mong ridge top at 3,973 meters. Walking downhill to Phortse Thanghka near Dudhkoshi River we head to Dole for the overnight stop. After a climb leading to small woods of rhododendron trees passing through several small settlements like Tongba 3,950m and Gyele 3,960 m, we reach Dole. Overnight in Dole;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : DOLE TO MACHHERMO (4470M)
    After breakfast, without any wasting time we move towards the next destination Machhermo. Short walk from the Dole, takes us to Machhermo from where we can view the amazing mountains and peaks. Overnight in Machhermo;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : MACHHERMO TO GOKYO (4750M)
    On this day, we walk towards the Gokyo Lake, which stands on the elevation of 4750m above sea level. Ascending on a hill and enjoying views of the DudhKoshi valley and Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains, we pass through through Longpongo, RabocheTsho and Dudh Pokhari before reaching Gokyo. On this day, we will explore the local villages and rest there. Overnight at Gokyo Lake;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : GOKYO RI (5357M)
    We spend another day in Gokyo in order to acclimatize to the high altitude. We hike up to Gokyo Ri which flaunts splendid Himalayan vistas and tranquil Gokyo lakes. We further walk up to the 4th and the 5thGokyo lakes which is about 3km north of Gokyo. A climb up the hill nearby opens up to the remarkable views of the majestic mountains like Mt Everest, Cho yu, Makalu, Nuptse etc. Overnight at Gokyo Lake;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast Lunch Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : GOKYO TO THAKNAK (4750M)
    Today, we trek down towards Thaknak from Gokyo. Trekking over the lateral moraine of Nagozbuma glacier, we follow the downhill slope alongside a small stream and reach Thaknak. Overnight in Thaknak;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast Lunch Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : THAKNAK TO DZONGLA (4830M)
    From Thaknak, we leave for Dzongla through a steep ascent along a moraine and rock trail through a boulder field. Undertaking the most adventurous journey enjoying the thrill of walking over 5000m Himalayan pass, we trek over Cho La Pass (5,330m) and continue to walk to Dzongla. The trail is steep up to Cho La’s summit; this is also often snow-covered. Overnight stay in Dzongla;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast Lunch Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : DZONGLA TO LOBUCHE (4920)
    Today’s hike will be a bit shorter. Thus, we would get more time to observe and relax. We move down from Dzongla and cross a bridge onto a grassy trail. Enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak we stretch up eventually through a ridge. Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku Taboche are seen looming prominently. Curving round through the wide gravelly river bed, we will arrive in Lobuche, a small hamlet of lodges where we will spend the night. Overnight in Lobuche;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast Lunch Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 13 : LOBUCHE TO GORAKSHEP WITH EVEREST BASE CAMP (5170M)
    Once we leave Lobuche, the trail is a gradual for about 20 minutes. We then make our way up a short hill call Thangma Riju where we will see amazing panoramic views of the whole Khumbu Glacier. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Pumori and Nuptse. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a black mount beneath Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we move across boulders, and move up and down across the Glacial moraine. And reach Everest base camp. Overnight at the Everest base camp;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast Lunch Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : GORAKSHEP TO KALAPATTHAR TO PHERICHE (4280M)
    We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After 3 hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar 5,545/ 18,192ft. The last section up to the top is on big boulders are marked by cairns and prayer flags. We take pictures before making the journey back to Gorak Shep. After breakfast, we start walking down to Lobuche and stop in Thukla for lunch and finally make our way back to Pheriche for the night. Overnight in Pheriche;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast Lunch Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 15 : PHERICHE TO NAMCHE (3440M)
    Today is a long walk down to the lower altitudes, with a few hills thrown in. We will pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages Shomare, Pangboche and continue downhill passing Ama Dablam on our left. We will move fast through the forest to Debuche and back up hill to Tengboche. We might take a quick visit to the Monastery. After having hot drink and snacks at Tengboche, we continuing down the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After walking down hill for 1 hour, we reach our lunch spot by the Dudh Koshi River. After lunch we have a 2 hour uphill hike and then an additional 1 hour high traverse back into Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazar;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast Lunch Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 16 : NAMCHE TO LUKLA
    The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the high suspension bridge over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. Overnight in Lukla;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast Lunch Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 17 : LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
    After about 35 minutes of flight time, we land in Kathmandu and we’ll drive back to the hotel. Rest of the day is for relaxing or sightseeing around Kathmandu city. Overnight in Kathmandu;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Flight to Kathmandu
    • Airport pick up
  • placeDAY 18 : DEPARTURE
    Depending on the flight time, Swotah will arrange the transfer to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Farewell coffee/lunch
    • Airport drop
  • Detail Inclusions

    Meals: Breakfast=14, Lunch=11, Dinner=12

    Accommodation Nights (Twin sharing basis): 14 (Total)

    Tea house/lodge=11 Kathmandu hotel=3

    Overland/ Air Transportation:

    Private Vehicle: Airport transfer, Kathmandu sightseeing, domestic transfer;

    Domestic flight= Kathmandu to Lukla and back;

    Ticket/Fees/Taxes: All trekking permits, TIMS and taxes;

    Staffs: Guide=01, Porters=2:1;

     

  • Complimentary

    Souvenir, Sim cards, trekking map;

  • Exclusions

    Tips for our staffs;

    Travel and medical insurance;

    Hot and cold beverages throughout the tour (except what comes with main course meals);

    Expenses of personal nature as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls and personal gratuities etc;



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