Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo is the alternative route to the traditional Everest Base Camp Trekking Trail. You begin your EBC trek with Gokyo Lake from Lukla after the 35-minutes scenic flight from Kathmandu. From the plane also you see the beautiful view of the long Himalayan range as well as the landscape below. En route on the ground you visit different Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries which give you the chance to gain insight into their lifestyle, culture and religion etc. The Mani Rimdu Dance in the Tengboche Monastery, Dumje festival of the Sherpa people which falls in the month of the April along with their hospitality entices every trekker. While walking through the Sagarmatha National Park you can explore various types of flora and fauna and encounter wild animals and birds such as the Himalayan Thar, goral, Serow, musk deer, and snow leopard etc. The best time to go for Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake and Renjo La pass is from mid-March to May and from September to November.
From Everest Base Camp to the Gokyo Lakes, we face a challenging climb through Chola pass at an elevation of 5,420 meters. Gokyo and Chola Pass trekking gives you a look at Sherpa villages, homes, and monasteries, offering you an insight into the quiet but culturally lively Sherpa way of life.
Snow Leopard Trek’s Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes Trek-18 days is graded as a difficult and challenging trek, suitable only for physically fit and experienced hikers who love the challenge. Passionate and experienced trekkers who are able to walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light rucksack and have the zeal to face challenges are encouraged to sign up for this trek. If you are a novice trekker and are physically sound, Snow Leopard Trek has other itineraries for Everest Base Camp trek that are designed for less experienced hikers, for example, Everest Base Camp Trek . Snow Leopard Trek’s EBC trek would be best for you if you are physically fit and experienced, but have less time available for the trip. If you are quite experienced in high altitude hiking and are looking for some adventure trekking, 3 passes and peaks trek would be suitable for your desires
After a 35-minute mountain view flight you will land in Lukla, a Sherpa village located in the Khumbu region of Solukhumbu district. Immediately after landing in Lukla you will start the trek to Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche (3440 m.)
After breakfast in Phakding, we commence our trek to Namche Bazaar. The trail follows the right bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Today you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park, a conservation area that encompasses the entire Khumbu region. You will also get views of Mt. Thamserku, Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.). After a steep two-hour climb, you will reach Namche Bazaar, which is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges. Namche is a central hub of the Everest area and also a major trading village for food, trekking gear and other necessary goods. From historical times till today, Tibetans make the arduous journey crossing the Nangpala pass to trade in Namche.
Day 05: Acclimatization Day in Namche
Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher. This is the first of two specific acclimatization days that everyone should build into their trek schedule. You can spend the day by taking a day hike to Thami village, by visiting Khunde or Khumjung, or by relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Namche to Tengboche (3837 m.)
There is a direct route from Namche Bazzar to Tengboche that starts at Chhorkung, winds around the hill to the tea and souvenir shops of Kenjoma, and joins the trail in Khumjung just before Sanasa. Tengboche Monastery is the heart of religious activity of the Sherpa people of the Khumbu region.
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4350 m.)
Beyond Tengboche the landscape enters the steppes where the altitude starts increasing beyond the 4,000m mark. The trail droops down to Dingboche.
Day 08: An explore day in Dingboche and climb Nagarsang (5100 m.)
Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of small fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds. It is occupied mainly through the monsoon months, when large numbers of yaks are brought here to graze in the valley pastures. Behind the lodge the huge rock faces of Taweche seem to soar to the heavens. We advise a short excursion up the valley towards Nagarsang, or Chukkung is also a worthwhile option. The views are fantastic in this valley; the towering south face of Lhotse to the north, Island Peak in the centre of the valley and the fluted ice walls of unnamed peaks that line the southern end of the valley.
Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m.)
The trail climbs to Duglha at 4620m. From Dughla the trail ascends the broad, gently sloping valley and climbs steeply into the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier then left in to the memorial area for people who passed away in the Everest Expedition at Chukpilhara, before reaching Lobuche (4930 m).
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5160 m.)
The trail climbs to Duglha at 4620m. From Dughla the trail ascends the broad, gently sloping valley and climbs steeply in to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier then left in to the memorial area for people that passed away in the Everest Expedition at Chukpilhara, before reaching Lobuche.
Day 11: Visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m.) and back to Gorakshep
Early morning we walk to Everest Base Camp, visit base camp area and walk down to Lobuche. From the Everest Base Camp you can see the north face of Mt.Everest, the famous Khumbu Ice Fall, Lhotse and Nuptse.
Day 12: Visit Kalapatthar and trek to Dzongla (4843 m.)
Early in the morning trek to Kala Patar (5545m) to experience sensational sunrise views from this amazing vantage point. From the lodge the ascent is quite steep, so start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady rhythmic pace. Kala Pathar is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It is a tough walk because of the altitude, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. After returning back to lodge and having breakfast, we set off to Dzongla. From Lobuche we follow the Lobuche Khola downstream where, after a while, we take a trail to the right heading off towards Dzongla.
Day 13: Dzongla – cross Chola Pass to Thangnak (4700 m.)
The day begins very early in order to reach the top of the pass in the best possible conditions. From Dzongla we ascend steeply on a narrow trail passing large boulders and huge rock slabs and keeping to the left of the main glacier. There are
a number of cairns lining the route to the snowfield and, while the trail is well defined, it does involve a little scrambling. Once on the snowfield the angle eases off and we soon reach the top of the pass (5420m), where the views are spectacular and include Baruntse (7220m) and Ama Dablam, as well as view of lesser peaks. Do not wander around the snowfield as there are crevasses and we may need to rope up for the pass crossing! The descent from the pass is steep and care should be taken as we follow the narrow rocky trail down to the Nymagawa Valley. After lunch we cross rocky screed and boulders and ascend the short distance to a small saddle that leads downhill all the way on an easy trail to the huts and tea houses at Thangnak.
Day 14: Thangnak to Gokyo (4791 m.)
We head off toward the Ngozumba Glacier where we do a touch of boulder hopping as we pass small glacial lakes. The views are astounding as we enjoy different views of the Gokyo Valley as Cho Oyu and adjacent mountains bordering Tibet loom to the right. The trail then reaches the second lake of Gokyo, where we can see Brahmin ducks swimming in pairs and feeding on algae. From the second lake it takes another 45 minutes to reach the settlement of Gokyo where we spend
Day 15: Hike up to Gokyo Ri and back to Gokyo (4791 m.)
Those who opt for the morning views at Gokyo Ri have to rise early for an ascent of Gokyo Peak (5360m), while others can have a late breakfast and possibly take an optional walk up the Gokyo Valley to enjoy further magnificent scenery.
Day 16: Gokyo to Dole (4240 m.)
After exploring Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lake, most of the trail goes down gently to Dole. People who would like to take an alternative route to Phorche Village can turn east and climb across the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier to Na (4400 m.) near by Phanka. On the way we have still a chance to see a number of mountains around.
Day 17: Dole to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)
From Dole the trail starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga (3650m.), passing through rhododendron forests. Then the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following
small ups and down to the Namche.
Day 18: Namche to Lukla (2860 m.)
This is the last day of the trek and there is plenty of downhill walking from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
Day 19: Lukla/ Kathmandu by flight. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
We board our early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu you will be received by a Snow Leopard Trek representative and transferred to hotel. Rest day free in Kathmandu for shopping and relax.
Day 20: Departure transfer to international airport