Gokyo Valley & EBC

Trip Duration

17 Days

Trip Grading

Strenuous

Max Altitude

5555m

Trip Mode

Tea House

Price

$ 1,900 pp

Starts at

Kathmandu

Ends at

Kathmandu

Best Time

September-December / Mar-June

Introduction

Everest base camp trek via Gokyo and Chola-Pass, also known as the Everest circuit trek, offers adventure seekers a great chance to explore the legendary Sherpa villages, culture and adventure around the popular Everest region. The trek follows the route via the Gokyo valley (a less crowded area) and the high pass of Chola-Pass into the base camp of Mt. Everest. Gokyo is a wonderful place to explore with a group of six holy lakes, the view of the lakes are even more surreal when the reflection of the surrounding mountains appears on surface of lakes. We typically spend two days in Gokyo so you can take advantage of hiking up to Gokyo-Ri, from there you can see Ngojumba Glacier and the heavenly mountain scenery including Mt. Everest(8,848m), Mt. Makalu(8,481m), Mt. Cho-You(8,201m), Mt. Lhotse(8,516m) and more similar peaks.

The trek will continue to Thangnak and the Cho-La pass(5,416m). The pass isn’t difficult but it’s steep and involves a glacier crossing, in ideal conditions there are no problem. After the pass you will continue towards Everest base camp(5.364m)and Kalapathar(5,555m) for another magnificent view of Mt. Everest. After your successful ascent to base camp and Kalapathar you will descend to Lukla via Namche and catch a flight back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300 m). Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 2: Pre-trip meeting after sightseeing. Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2,845 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) – 5.5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 6: Trek to Dole (4,038 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 7: Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) – 6-7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 8: Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and Back to Gokyo – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 9: Trek to Thangnak (4,500 m) – 3-4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 10: Cross Cho La pass (5,416 m) and Trek to Dzongla (4,710 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4,930 m ) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and then Back to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) – 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 13: Hike Up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) Early in the Morning and Trek Down to Pheriche (4,200 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 14: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2,845 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 16: Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, Free afternoon and farewell dinner, Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 17: Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure.

When you book a trip through Beyond Base Camp Treks we require that you obtain a travel insurance policy. We recommend your insurance includes medical coverage for high altitude, emergency repatriation, trip cancellation and other travel mishaps (e.g. flight cancellations or delays, trip interruption, or loss of luggage and personal effects). The medical and emergency repatriation are compulsory for your trip. Medical care in the Himalayas is remote and the coverage in your insurance will ensure the best care and transport should an emergency arise. Altitude Sickness is a very real possibility, although our guides are trained to detect and help curb the effects, it is never a guarantee that you may not suffer some serious symptoms that require medical attentions.

Altitude sickness, also called Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS), is a group of general symptoms that are brought on by rapidly climbing or walking to a higher altitude too quickly. It happens because the body doesn’t have enough time to adapt to the lower air pressure and lower oxygen level in the air at high altitudes. Altitude sickness can affect anyone and does not discriminate by age, sex, or general health. We try to manage and minimize the effects of altitude sickness by building in acclimatization days during the treks above 3000m. Most people will experience some common effects of altitude including shortness of breathe and lightheadedness. Your trained guide will monitor you daily and it is important to be honest about any effects of altitude you may be feeling, signs of mountain sickness typically present with enough advanced notice that we can minimize severe symptoms.

There are three stages of AMS:
1) Normal AMS symptoms- expect but no worries
2) Mild AMS symptoms- Don’t go higher
3) Serious AMS symptoms- Decent immediate

Please Note: Also our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first-aid kit as well

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is an experience that you will soon not forget. The Lukla airport is unique because it is situated between two mountains and requires a skilled pilot to land safely. The planes are also small but do not let this frighten you, the flight is generally safe. Weather in the mountains is unpredictable and this may cause flight delays and cancellations. If this were to occur we will try our best to book you on the earliest flight the following day. On rare occasions the poor weather has caused delays for a few days up to a week. We recommend that you plan for a few extra days at the end of your trek to accommodate alternative travel that would include a two day trek to Salleri and then a 10 hour Jeep ride to Kathmandu. If this is not a suitable option due to time or desire you may also charter a helicopter from Lukla to Kathmandu. A helicopter charter typically costs $400 to $600 pp, although when demand increases and availability decreases the cost has been know to increase. The most cost effective way to charter a helicopter is to share amongst 5 or 6 people. If all seats are not occupied you will have to pay for the unused seats. As always, we will keep our fingers crossed for good weather and no delays!

  • Airport/hotel/airport pick up & drop.
  • Lodges, guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All your standard meals in the trek. (Breakfast,lunch & dinner).
  • Government licensed English speaking guide.
  • Porter to carry your luggage.
  • Food, accommodation, salary and medicine for all staff.
  • National park permit, Rural municipality ticket fee & TIMS permit.
  • Airfare from kathmandu – lukla – kathmandu including airport departure tax in kathmandu and lukla airport.
  • Farewell dinner in kathmandu.
  • 2 night hotel in kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Alchoholic drinks.
  • Personal trekking gears.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry Visa, which you can obtain upon your arrival at airport in Kathmandu. ( Tourist Visa with multiple entries for 15 day- USD$ 25, Tourist Visa with multiple entries for 30 to 90 days- USD$ 40/100. Need to bring 2 copies of your pp size photos)
  • Tips for trekking staff and drivers( tipping is always expected)

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