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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

Duration

18 nights

Annual Leave

2.5 weeks off work

Group Size

Up to 14 people

Season

Sep—May

Location

Nepal

Meeting Point

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Classic Accommodation

Hotel · Glamping · Teahouse

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I signed up for a Gokyo Valley & Everest Ba...
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Paulina
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November 2023
Paulina
I signed up for a Gokyo Valley & Everest Ba...
November 2023
Paulina
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November 2023
Paulina
We had the pleasure of trekking the Gokyo L...
November 2023
Bethan
We had the pleasure of trekking the Gokyo L...
November 2023
Bethan
We had the pleasure of trekking the Gokyo L...
November 2023
Bethan
We had the pleasure of trekking the Gokyo L...
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Bethan
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November 2023
Bethan
Booked a trek to see the Gokyo Lakes, Cho L...
November 2023
Laura
Booked a trek to see the Gokyo Lakes, Cho L...
November 2023
Laura
Booked a trek to see the Gokyo Lakes, Cho L...
November 2023
Laura
Our group of 7 bonded really well and creat...
November 2023
Sarah
Our group of 7 bonded really well and creat...
November 2023
Sarah
Our group of 7 bonded really well and creat...
November 2023
Sarah
Our group of 7 bonded really well and creat...
November 2023
Sarah
Our group of 7 bonded really well and creat...
November 2023
Sarah
If you have the time I highly recommend tak...
May 2023
Charlotte
If you have the time I highly recommend tak...
May 2023
Charlotte
If you have the time I highly recommend tak...
May 2023
Charlotte
This trip was absolutely fantastic- had the...
April 2023
Anna
This trip was absolutely fantastic- had the...
April 2023
Anna
This trip was absolutely fantastic- had the...
April 2023
Anna
This trip was absolutely fantastic- had the...
April 2023
Anna
This trip was absolutely fantastic- had the...
April 2023
Anna
I had the best time on this trip of a lifet...
April 2023
Charlie
I had the best time on this trip of a lifet...
April 2023
Charlie
I had the best time on this trip of a lifet...
April 2023
Charlie
I had the best time on this trip of a lifet...
April 2023
Charlie
Fantastic trip and really worth including t...
April 2023
Nicholas R.

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

Hiking

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

Hiking

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

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

Hiking

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

Nepal

Hiking

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

Machhermo

Machhermo

Hiking

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

Machhermo

Hiking

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

Gokyo

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

Hiking

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

Hiking

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

Hiking

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

Hiking

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

Hiking

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

Hiking

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

Hiking

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.

Included

Internal flights

Internal flights from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla (return)

Guides

Local, expert, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

2 nights in Kathmandu and 15 nights on the trek

Meals

2 breakfasts plus welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Porterage

Your overnight luggage is carried for you

Permits

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

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Glamping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 17

Teahouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 18

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 19

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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?

Kathmandu

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.

Upgrades

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

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Logistics

Starts

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Anytime on Day 1

Ends

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Anytime on Day 19

Transfers

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.