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Everest and Gokyo Lakes Circuit

Hike through rugged terrain and traverse the mighty Cho La Pass as you climb to Everest Base Camp the hard way


18 nights

Annual Leave

2.5 weeks off work

Group Size

Up to 14 people





Meeting Point

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Classic Accommodation

Hotel · Glamping · Teahouse

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Stand at the foot of the highest mountain in the world on this challenging circular trek through the quiet and relatively untrodden Gokyo Valley

Snake between cairns, ice and moraine as you trek the famous Ngozumpa Glacier - the longest in the Himalayas - to reach the top of Cho La Pass (5420m)

Ascend Kala Patthar (5550m) and Gokyo Ri (5357m) for some of the best views in the Himalayas, including Everest’s summit and the turquoise Gokyo Lakes

Unsure which trek in the Everest region is for you? Check out our handy guide comparing this route with the classic Everest Base Camp trek

Day 1

Intoxicating Kathmandu

Aerial view of Kathmandu, Nepal at sunset with a stupa rising into the skyline.

Check into your hotel in Thamel and get your first taste of life in Kathmandu. After meeting your guides and making any last minute plans for the trek, you’ll finish the day with a group dinner alongside the rest of your team.

Day 2

Journey to Manthali

Tree roots taking over a temple in Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.

You'll have the morning free to explore a little more of Kathmandu before jumping on the bus and heading to Manthali. This remote region is where most Lukla flights now depart from (although occasionally they depart from Kathmandu if you're lucky) and you'll spend the night in safari tents near to the small airport so you're ready to jump on the first flight in the morning.

Day 3

Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding

To Phakding village


4hrs · 7.5km · 190m up · 460m down

Fly across the roof of the world on a small plane to Lukla in the Everest region – a breath-taking (and occasionally thrilling) journey and the jumping-off point for your trek. Meet the rest of your local crew and then hike along the lovely Dudh Kosi River to Phakding village where you'll stay in your first teahouse.

Occasionally Lukla flights can be delayed or cancelled - please see the FAQs for further information.

Day 4

Phakding to Namche

Hillary Bridge


5hrs · 10.4km · 1205m up · 375m down

Start your day with a walk through a beautiful pine forest and then cross the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge – be sure to check out the wonderful view of Mt. Thamserku (6618m) in the distance. Continue on to Jorsale village and up the challenging climb to Namche Bazaar where you’ll get your first glimpse of the world’s highest mountain, the immense 8,848m peak of Mount Everest.

Day 5

Acclimatise and explore Namche


You've now reached 3440m, so it's time to spend the day acclimatising to the altitude. Relax, wander the village, visit the Hillary School and Khunde Hospital, or hike to a nearby viewpoint where you can enjoy an incredible panorama of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Lhotse.

Day 6

Namche to Phortche Thanga

Dudh Koshi River


5hrs · 7.4km · 800m up · 660m down

Push above the 4000m line to the Mong La Pass with its amazing views of the Dudh Koshi River. Continue hiking to tonight’s destination, the village of Phortche Thanga where you can visit a local monastery or just eat and relax on the riverbank.

Day 7

Phortche Thanga to Dol



6hrs · 5km · 470m up · 40m down

Climb through the rhododendron forest and along a steep section to the Sherpa villages of Tonga and Gyele. Immerse yourselves in the local culture, capture some shots of the Khumbila and Tawache mountains and then get some rest ready for a big day tomorrow.

Day 8




4hrs · 5km · 420m up · 70m down

Ascend higher and higher through the jungle until it gives way to juniper forests, interspersed with yak pastures and summer camping grounds. Arrive at Machhermo around lunchtime and explore the valley with its amazing view of the 8,201m peak of Cho Oyu - the Turquoise Goddess.

Day 9

Enter the Gokyo Valley



5hrs · 9.8km · 515m up · 60m down

Begin your day with an epic view of the plunging Khantega Gorge and then follow the river as it winds its way toward the vast, 36km Ngozumpa Glacier – the longest in the Himalayas. From here its time to enter the Gokyo Valley, one of the most picture-perfect locations on earth, home to the highest freshwater lakes in the world, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.

Day 10

Acclimatise in the valley


You’re now approaching 5,000m, so it's time to acclimatise once again as you prepare for the final push. Spend some time hiking this beautiful valley, and trek between glorious lakes fed by towering peaks. If you're feeling acclimatised, do not miss the opportunity to hike up the small peak of Gokyo Ri (5,360m), a viewpoint that has to be seen to be believed - the Ngozumpo Glacier stretches for miles, a string of lakes line the valley floor, and four of the highest peaks in the Himalaya are visible (including Everest) and the Gokyo Lakes themselves!

Day 11

Trek to Thagnak village


4hrs · 5.5km · 370m up · 130m down

Trek the short distance to the small, highland village of Thangnak. The trail from Gokyo climbs up and onto the mighty Ngozumpo Glacier and undulates its way across to the far side, snaking between cairns, ice and moraine deposits to reach Thangnak - staging point for the Cho La Pass. Relax, continue acclimatising and prepare for one of the best days hiking in the morning.

Day 12

The Cho La Pass

To Dhzongla village


8hrs · 13km · 668m up · 538m down

Climb the steep, eastern side of the Cho La Pass before dropping down into the main Everest Valley. The ascent of the pass is steep and rocky and the upper part requires some scrambling (and is often covered in snow and ice). You'll definitely feel like you've earned the astonishing Himalayan panorama that waits at the top. The glaciated top is a bit easier-going before descending via a rocky gulley to the valley floor below. Continue on to Dhzongla village and rest up for the night.

Day 13

Dhzongla to Lobuche

Dingboche to Lobuche, EBC Trek, Trek to Everest Base Camp


3hrs · 6.3km · 40m up · 140m down

Take a moment - your goal is within touching distance, so there’s plenty of time to rest up, recover and enjoy some high altitude scenery as you travel between mountain villages.

Day 14

Destination Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp


5hrs · 11km · 496m up · 260m down

Navigate around the Khumbu Glacier and on to Everest Base Camp, sitting at a whopping 5364m. Spend some time enjoying your achievement and fill your camera with jaw-dropping photos.

Day 15

Sunset from Kala Patthar

Kala Patthar Sunset


8hrs · 20km · 537m up · 1716m down

Ascend to Kala Patthar (5,550m), the highest point on the trek so far, with a never-ending view of Everest and many of the other highest peaks on earth. After watching the sun set behind the mountains its time to head down to Pangboche, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 16

Pangboche to Namche

To Phungi Than


6hrs · 13.6km · 875m up · 1252m down

Cross over suspension bridges and re-enter the jungle before tackling the steep incline that leads to Phungi Than. Continue through the forest and back to Namche.

Day 17

Begin the final descent

Back through the rhododendron forests


6hrs · 18.2km · 788m up · 1200m down

Trek through the pine and rhododendron forests one last time before saying goodbye to your local support staff and heading back to Lukla.

Day 18

Return to Kathmandu

View from the plane Lukla airport

Fly back to Ramechhap after your incredible mountain journey. You'll drive back to Kathmandu in time for some well-earned beers and a celebration dinner.

Day 19

Last chance to enjoy Nepal

View across the rooftops of temples in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Sleep in, have breakfast in your hotel and then spend some final time in Kathmandu before returning to the airport and back to reality.


Internal flights

Internal flights from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla (return)


Local, expert, English-speaking guides


2 nights in Kathmandu and 15 nights on the trek


2 breakfasts plus welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu


To and from the airport and everything in between


Your overnight luggage is carried for you


All entrance fees and permits are taken care of

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin or triple share




Day 2

Glamping · Twin share




Day 3 – Day 17

Teahouse · Twin share




Day 18

Hotel · Twin share




Day 19

Departure day




What is the food like?

Traditional Nepalese meal of dhal bhat.

Breakfast is usually hot porridge, muesli or Tibetan bread served with an omelette or boiled eggs. Menus in teahouses are very similar at every stop and there will usually be a choice of traditional Nepalese dhal bhat (a mixed plate of lentils, rice, vegetables and pickles - delicious and healthy), Nepalese dumplings (momo’s), mixed noodles, pasta and even pizza. Although meat is available at some teahouses, we suggest you ask your guide for advice re consumption as it tends to depend on how far it has travelled as to whether it is a safe option.

Dairy-free, vegan or vegetarian diets can be catered for while trekking although meals may get a bit repetitive - dhal bhat will likely be your go-to staple. Gluten-free/coeliac diets are tricky to cater for on teahouse treks (beware that powdered soups and seasonings used often contain gluten, and cooking oil is commonly reused and may cause cross-contamination). Please explain your dietary requirements to your guide so that they can assist when ordering, and bringing along some extra food/snacks is advisable.

What is the accommodation like?


You’ll stay in a hotel in Thamel close to the main shopping area and heritage sites. Expect an en-suite room with air-con and wifi included.


For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for the two nights in Kathmandu only (subject to availability). Please request this at the time of booking. See Optional Extras for prices.

In Manthali

You will stay in the Manthali Resort in safari tents. There is a swimming pool on site.

Traditional Himalayan teahouse in the lush green valleys of the Annapurna range, Nepal
On the trek

You’ll be staying in teahouses - mountain lodges with a communal dining area and basic toilets that are usually sorted by gender. Wifi, phone charging and hot showers are often available for a small cost.

The Area




Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Anytime on Day 1


Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Anytime on Day 19


Airport arrival and departure transfers are included no matter when you arrive and depart (even if booking extra nights before or after the trip), provided you have completed your passenger information form and have supplied your flight details in advance.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Kathmandu from major airports across the UK and Europe.

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What do I need to bring?

  • Day pack with rain cover (30 litre +)
  • Rucksack or duffle bag (for the porters to carry overnight kit)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight down jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight trekking trousers
  • Hiking shorts (if trekking in the summer)
  • Thermals (top and bottom, merino ideal)
  • 2/3 trekking t-shirts/shirts
  • Fleece or warm mid-layer
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Hiking socks and lighter walking socks
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Spare underwear
  • Buff or similar
  • Worn in waterproof hiking boots
  • Lightweight trainers (for the evenings)
  • 4 season sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pillow case (optional)
  • Trekking poles
  • Travel towel
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • 2 water bottles (1 litre each)
  • Metal SIGG bottle (useful to fill with hot water to use as a hot water bottle at bedtime)
  • Headtorch
  • First aid kit and/or personal medication
  • Water purification tablets/system
  • Hand gel
  • Biodegradable wet wipes
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain
  • Toilet paper/tissues
  • Powerbank
  • Universal plug adaptor
  • Book/kindle/cards for downtime
Winter departures only (end Nov-March)
  • Gaiters
  • Microspikes
  • Extra warm layers (add an extra warm item to all key items above)
  • Extra set of thermals (pair to walk in, pair to sleep in)
  • Merino trekking socks
  • Merino glove liners

What's available to hire?

The below can be rented in Kathmandu:

  • Down jacket: costs approx. $1.5/day with a deposit of $50
  • Sleeping bag (3 season only available): costs approx. $2/day with a deposit of $80
  • Spikes (for Winter departures only) costs approx. $1.5/day.

(Please ask your host if this is needed so they can assist you with how to arrange the hire)

What can you buy in Kathmandu?

Kathmandu has many outdoor gear shops - some are real with kit that is the same price you will find it at home and some are filled with cheaper imitation gear that may not be of the same quality. You will however find a soft duffel bag easily that the porters can carry.

Weight Restrictions

There is a weight restriction on the flight to and from Lukla of 10kg checked baggage plus 5kg hand luggage. It is not a problem for you to check in 1-2kg more than this as long as you are happy to pay an excess luggage charge (approx. £1 per kg). Some items may be left in the hotel in Kathmandu if necessary.

Please remove all unnecessary packing before you leave home and ensure you take all plastic off the mountain to be disposed of in Kathmandu.

*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Optional Private Room Upgrade (Kathmandu x 2 nights)

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade (Kathmandu x 2 nights)

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Single)

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Twin/Double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Twin/Double)

Nicole N.(April 2024)
Unforgettable trip!

I have just returned after an unforgettable trip to Nepal. My partner and I completed the Gokyo Lakes, Cho La Pass, and EBC trek. Thanks to Dakman, Ugan and, our porters I had most incredible time. Dakman is such a calming, wise, and good spirited presence and Ugan always provided lots of laughter and always had a smile on his face. We would have never got through the 18 days without all of the team and are so thankful to them for creating the best memories, in such stunning, and magical surroundings. For anyone who is considering the trek I would recommend the Gokyo Lakes circuit over the standard EBC trek. Whilst it's a little longer, it provides more time/practice for acclimatisation and the views are unreal. Thank you to Dakman and the team for an incredible 3 weeks.

Catherine P.(April 2024)
A Fantastic Adventure - Gokyo/Cho La/EBC

What an incredible trip! We had an amazing group of six who became almost instant friends, and our guides made sure we had a wonderful, successful adventure!

Our team was led by our main guide, Dakman Thapa, and assistant guide, Ugen Sherpa, and we had three porters: Furi Sherpa, Nishan Tamang, and Visan Rai. Dakman and Ugen handled everything professionally (from accommodation and trekking permits to Lukla flight delays) so that our trip ran smoothly. Dakman is an exceptional guide. His knowledge, openness, kindness, and encouragement got us through even the toughest days, and he really made this adventure special. He always made sure to check on everyone individually, and knew exactly what to say to motivate us. Ugen was brilliant and very knowledgeable, and his infectious laugh and positivity made everyone smile. Our porters were wonderful, and when we met them on the trails they were kind and friendly, even on tough trekking days. Furi especially often had a smile and a joke ready to share.

The scenery is, needless to say, stunning. The vastness of the Himalayas is something you really have to see to comprehend. The view from Gokyo Ri and the sunrise from Kala Patthar were incredible, but there were so many highlights along the way, from the colourful rhododendrons to the peaceful Tengboche Monastery, and all the yaks, jhopkyas and cute dogs along the trail.

The teahouses were basic but always provided a clean room (shared between two people), a warm common room, and a good selection of food. The hot drinks were great (masala tea and hot mango juice were popular choices for our group). As we got higher the amenities become more basic and the temperature dropped below freezing, but we always had hot drinks, warm water in our flasks at night, and plenty of snacks to get us through.

Overall a fantastic adventure, and I can definitely recommend it!

Jonathan N.(April 2024)

This was an excellent trip, well organised and great fun. Our guide, Dakman, made the whole experience for me - knowledgeable, kind and with a great sense of humour, I feel lucky to have had him for the 15 days. The teahouses were on the whole very good, some more basic than others, specifically the one at basecamp, which I felt was unhygienic. The tour and route was varied, extremely beautiful and comfortably challenging. The group were great and we bonded very quickly with the help from our guides.

Colin P.(April 2024)
Papa Platts review

What can I say about this trip it was hard, painful, cold, breathtaking, inspiring add to that the lack of oxygen and you have a well rounded adventure. The group consisted of three women one of them my daughter and one man me. The guides were Nurbu Sherpa and Bijaya Rai these guides were informative and carried out their duties admirably.All questions were answered in detail in fact further information was given voluntarily which added to the richness of the trip. It was noted also that theses guides were assessing the group for possible health problems at each stage of the trip, which was reassuring. Also the guides had a sense of fun, interacting with the group lightening the mood when times become difficult on the trek. Overall, once I had forgotten the pain the adventure has become very enjoyable, keep up the good work Thankyou Colin Platt

Paulina(November 2023)

I signed up for a Gokyo Valley & Everest Base Camp trek led by Sanjeet Twayana and I couldn’t ask for a more professional, kind and funny guide than him. The whole team, including fantastic porters made sure this challenging trek was a safe and very special adventure for the group. They showed us how beautiful Nepal is, and shared their impressive knowledge about the region. For that, I’m forever thankful and would highly recommend booking trips with them!

Bethan(November 2023)

We had the pleasure of trekking the Gokyo Lakes / Cho La pass EBC route and it was amazing, from the beginning until we departed. If you have the time, I would recommend taking this longer route as some of our highlights were on the sections which are not on the traditional EBC route (in particular, Gokyo Ri). The longer route is noticeably quieter than the main EBC route and so offers (in our opinion) a better hiking experience overall.

We are seasoned hikers but this was our first high altitude trek, so we were initially nervous about the additional challenges of getting to 5600m but our guide, Pasang Sonam Sherpa was a phenomenal leader, and controlled the pace such that we were able to achieve each milestone without an issue. We had also read conflicting reviews online on the difficulty of the trek, but our guide Pasang made sure that we took regular breaks and provided lots of tips along the way to help us through. If you are of average to good fitness, I am confident that Pasang would be able to guide you to the top.

Pasang is the most unbelievably knowledgeable and friendly guide we could have asked for (he has a close-to-encyclopaedic knowledge of the various peaks in the region) and reassured us about every aspect of the trek that we had questions on. He also seemed to be popular amongst the porter and guide community, so we made plenty of friends along the way! Our porter, Dawa Sherpa was also super friendly and made sure we were able to complete the trek safely and with all of our kit.

As advertised, the accommodation is basic. It must be said that some of the lodges were nicer than others and there were occasions where we walked past tour groups in nicer lodges (e.g. with newer facilities, more toilets) to go to our basic ones (one of which was an outbuilding to the main lodge; another had no wifi; all had shared facilities); however, I’m not sure what the practicalities are of booking the accommodation in advance in this region (perhaps the other lodges had their issues, who knows) and speaking with Pasang we do understand that accommodation is quickly booked up at short notice and in some villages, such as Portche Tanga, options are really limited. On reflection, it might have been nice for the host to have opted for some slightly higher-end (meaning perhaps $5-8 p/room more) accommodation at points along the way but mostly we had no complaints. The Hotels in Namche and Gokyo were our favourites.

Do make sure to follow the kit list MBA provides as we were thankful to have wet wipes etc. when showering wasn’t a practical option. The days are short with plenty of time for relaxing in the afternoon so come armed with something to occupy your time.

Overall this was a stunning addition to our collection of hikes! We had so much fun and Pasang even took the trouble of beating my boyfriend at darts on his inaugural darts match over a celebration beer on the way back down in Namche. Thank you again to Pasang and Dawa for making our trip so fun and meaningful!

Laura(November 2023)

Booked a trek to see the Gokyo Lakes, Cho La Pass, Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp. It was the most incredible trek that I’ve been on and I couldn’t recommend it enough. I had Dakman as a guide with Njima and Anbunde as assistant guides. I couldn’t have asked for better. They went above and beyond, offering us things outside of the itinerary just to ensure we had the most out of every moment. A real highlight for me was getting to join in with the festival activities too! I was able to ask endless questions to learn about Nepalese culture, all of which were answered with a smile! Our 4 porters were just amazing too. I’ve already instructed my friends that they need to sign up immediately! Thanks again for the most amazing 19 days!

Jasmine(November 2023)

The trip from beginning to end was amazing. Our local guide Kanchan and assistant guide Birdhoj, as well as all the porters, always made sure everything was running smoothly and made sure everyone had a great time. We had issues with the flights to and from Lukla, but on both legs, back up solutions were quickly found and everything went really smoothly. The trek itself was beautiful, and we had a great group of people. The Gokyo route was definitely less busy, and really worth the extra couple of days. One of the best trips I've been on!

Torge(November 2023)

great trip and great local host (Sanjeeth)! Its hard but well worth it.

Sarah(November 2023)

Our group of 7 bonded really well and created hundreds of amazing memories during this tough but absolutely fantastic trip; and if you're able to take a longer holiday to reach base camp then I'd thoroughly recommend this - the Gokyo route is much quieter than the standard one. We were treated to incredible views when the skies were clear, and seeing the world's highest mountain in real life is something I'll always remember. Our guide Kanchan and assistant guide Birdhoj worked tirelessly to ensure our trip was a success - a heartfelt thank you to them both!

Charlotte(May 2023)

If you have the time I highly recommend taking this route to base camp. The trail is much quieter and gokio and gokio ri are stunning definitely a highlight for me. Local guides look after you well and take care of everything.

Anna(April 2023)

This trip was absolutely fantastic- had the best time ever!

Charlie(April 2023)

I had the best time on this trip of a lifetime! It was tough and there were some challenging days but the views of Everest and the absolutely stunning Gokyo Lakes make it all worth it. We had a lovely small group of three and we couldn't have asked for a better, more knowledgeable guide than Kanchan. Our porters, Buddha and Rohan were also fantastic, always with big smiles on their faces and happy to help with anything. The teahouses were basic but always very clean with a lovely roaring fire to keep warm. Food was great, I thoroughly recommend the Mars Roll! Reaching Everest Base Camp will always be a moment I will never forget, Thank you for such an epic adventure!

Nicholas R.(April 2023)

Fantastic trip and really worth including the Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass with Everest Base Camp. Our team of Kanchan, Buddha and Rohan really looked after us and ensured we went at the right pace. The right mixture of long and short days with incredible views throughout.

Henry(April 2023)

A very long and hard trip. Gokyo Ri and the Chola Pass were fantastic, if you can afford the extra cost and few days it’s much better than base camp and the base camp route as it’s much quieter and so much more spectacular! Our guide Kanchan and porters Rohan and Buddha were fantastic, very kind and attended our every need. Make sure you bring a tablet to read books and playing cards as sometimes you finish very early and there is nothing to do in the tea houses; you also will need 500USD with you as well. Thanks for a memorable trip!

Charlie(December 2022)

Amazing trip in good company, as always with Much Better Adventures. Our guide Pujan and his assistants Bear and Njima were excellent throughout, they were good fun and they took good care of us, making sure the pace was just right so that we acclimatised without over-exertion. The terrain and the altitude are really challenging but the scenery and camaraderie made this easy to forget. This trek is quieter, more varied, and a lot more remote than the main Everest base camp route so I’m glad I chose this one. Jam jam!

Chloe(November 2022)

2 weeks of walking around in a state of constant wonder - being amongst the Himalayas is almost beyond words. It's definitely a challenging trek (though very well paced and if you have a basic level of fitness you'll be fine) but so worth it - every day was epic enough to have been the final destination. The longer Gokyo route is 1000% worth going for if you have the luxury of time - I'm so thrilled to have ticked EBC off my bucket list but really it was the journey there that was the highlight.

Kuey(November 2022)

An excellent well organised trip that is designed to get you upto the places of interest.

Tessa(November 2022)

Just do it. The trip isn't an endurance test, the pace and guides/ altitude all mean that days are manageable. You'll be wandering through some of the earth's most incredible scenery and the real world feels like a long distant memory. Our group was so good, we were all sad to leave Nepal and each other. It's an experience of a lifetime.

Stuart(November 2022)

A truly epic adventure, but you might not feel like you've been on holiday! It's a hard slog, it's often uncomfortable and brutally cold - but your new friends and colleagues will get you through, and the rewards are truly staggering.

Livia(April 2022)

Such an amazing trip! Everything was so well organised, and the team who took us on the trek looked after us really well. The itinerary was great, felt like we had lots of time on the way up to acclimatise to the altitude before moving on which was good. Some days were tough, but we were encouraged to go slowly and take lots of breaks which helped! Views are stunning and the people we met were really lovely. Communication before the trip was great, very responsive. Would really recommend!

Robin(November 2019)