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Kathmandu, Trekking, Gokyo Lakes

The Everest region is blessed with many of the world’s highest mountains and is a mecca for trekkers from around the world. Among the many treks, Everest Base Camp is the most popular and this tour extends this classic trek to take in the stunning turquoise lakes of Gokyo. After reaching base camp, you’ll cross the Cho La pass to reach the Goyo Lakes and experience some of the most spectacular views of Everest and Lhotse, to be found anywhere in the Everest region. Read more

Itinerary

  • Day 1:
  • Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport we meet & greet and transfer you to your chosen hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for you to settle into your hotel and relax, or start exploring the local area.

  • Day 2:
  • Kathmandu city tour

After a pre-tour briefing we head into the centre of Kathmandu for a tour of the city. We visit Durbar Square, with its numerous temples and the old royal palace, we take a walk up to the top of Swayambunath Stupa for a great view over the city, and of course there is plenty of time to enjoy the numerous shops and stalls along the way. The evening is free for you to continue exploring or sample Kathmandu's unique nightlife.

  • Day 3:
  • Kathmandu to Lukla flight. Trek to Phakding

Today we take a short early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m) and begin trekking to Phakding (2,652m). Descending out of Lukla the trail we take, gently winds its way along the river and serves as an easy introduction to the more challenging days we face ahead. We overnight at Phakding at one of the many comfortable trekking lodges.

  • Day 4:
  • Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Today starts gently as we make our way along the river to the entrance of Sagamartha National Park; this is where we will obtain our trekking permits and register with the park authorities. Soon the trail starts to rise and we begin the long climb up to Namche Bazaar (3,446m), where we stop for the night.

  • Day 5:
  • Namche Bazaar - acclimatisation day

You have a free day in Namche Bazaar today, for acclimatisation. This is a colourful Sherpa town and is a great place to spend time exploring. There are plenty of shops and stalls selling everything form cut price trekking gear to Buddhist prayer flags. Its internet cafes, bakeries and cafes are also popular with the many visitors. Of course, if you’re not too tired, there are plenty of interesting and scenic day walks you can do if wish. We overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

  • Day 6:
  • Namche Bazaar to Khumjung

We leave Namche Bazaar behind today and climb over a ridge to Khumjung, a picturesque Sherpa village nestled in the next valley. On top of the ridge it is possible to get your first glimpse of Mount Everest, weather permitting. We overnight at a lodge in Khumjung.

  • Day 7:
  • Khumjung to Thengboche

Today's goal is to reach the village of Thengboche, which lies on top of the next ridge. This means we start the day with a long descent through beautiful Rhododendron forests, down to the suspension bridge at Phunki Tenga (3,250m). We then start the strenuous climb and eventually we crest the ridge and arrive at Thengboche (3,870m), from where, on a clear day, the views of Everest and Lhotse are magnificent. Thengboche is also the site of a large Buddhist monastery, which is certainly worth a visit. We overnight at a lodge in Thengboche.

  • Day 8:
  • Thengboche to Dingboche

Today’s journey takes us through some beautiful Rhododendron forests as we follow the river up the Imja valley to Dingboche. Whilst on this stretch of the trail there is a good possibility of spotting the elusive musk deer, an endangered species, indigenous to this area. Leaving the forests behind, today ends with a steep climb up to Dingboche (4,410m). We overnight at a lodge in Dinggboche.

  • Day 9:
  • Dingboche - acclimatisation day

We spend today in Dingboche acclimatising to the high altitude. This traditional Sherpa village is a patchwork of fields enclosed by stonewalls and offers wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. If you've got plenty of energy and don’t feel like resting you can head up the valley towards Chukung for even better views. We overnight at a lodge in Dingboche.

  • Day 10:
  • Dingboche to Lobuche

Today we climb up from Dingboche and follow the valley high up on one side until we reach Dughla (4,620m) and the entrance to the Khumbu valley. Heading up the Khumbu valley, a steep climb takes us over the Thokla Pass (4,830m). From here we follow the edge of the glacial moraine onto Lobuche (4,910m). We overnight at a lodge in Lobuche.

  • Day 11:
  • Lobuche to Gorak Shep / Kalar Pattar

As we continue through the Khumbu valley the unfolding mountain panoramas are spectacular. After reaching the Lobuche Pass (5,110m) we continue on to Gorak Shep (5,140m). Whilst here we take a welcome break from the altitude before making our short but steep ascent of Kalar Pattar (5,550m). This view point is the perfect place to take in the full majesty of the surrounding mountains. We overnight at a lodge in Gorak Shep.

  • Day 12:
  • Climb Kallar Pattar and walk to Dzonglha

Today we make the short sharp climb up to Kallar Pattar (5,550m) where there are fantastic views of Everest and Lhotse, weather permitting. Retracing our steps we trek back down the Khumbu Valley then on up to Dzonglha where we spend the night.

  • Day 13:
  • Cross the Cho La Pass to Thagnak

This morning we make the challenging crossing of the Cho La Pass (5,330m). This is a steep climb and involves some clambering over large boulders and crosses a glacial snow field. Once we get over the pass we continue down into the next valley to Thagnak, where we spend the night.

  • Day 14:
  • Thagnak to Gokyo

From Thagnak we make our way down to the river and then on up to the stunning turquoise Gokyo Lakes (4,750m) that are a highlight of our trek. Snow-capped peaks surround us and the mountain views are quite spectacular.

  • Day 15:
  • Free day for Gokyo Rhi or high lakes walk

Today is a free day to explore the lakes and enjoy walks around the head of the valley. You can also make the steep trek up to Gokyo Ri (5,360m) for some of the best views of Everest and surrounding peaks.

  • Day 16:
  • Gokyo to Dole

We now leave behind the barren glacial terrain around Gokyo as we begin our trek back. We end the day in the Sherpa village of Dole (4,200m), where we spend the night.

  • Day 17:
  • Dole to Khumjung

Continuing on from Dole we carry on down the Dudh Khosi river valley before making the steep climb back up to Khumjung where we spend the night.

  • Day 18:
  • Khumjung to Phakding

Today we make our way back down via Namche Bazaar and retracing the route that we took on the way up. We eventually arrive back in Phakding where we stop for the night.

  • Day 19:
  • Phakding to Lukla

Our final day of trekking follow along the Dudh Khosi River before veering up and back into Lukla, where we celebrate the end our an unforgettable Himalayan trek.

  • Day 20:
  • Fly to Kathmandu. Bhaktapur ancient centre

We take a flight back to Kathmandu this morning, from where we make the short transfer to the ancient centre of Bhaktapur. Formerly the capital of one of the Kathmandu Valley's four kingdoms, Bhaktapur is a treasure trove of ancient wooden carved buildings and temples, and is a great place to spend some time exploring and getting a feel for life in Nepal centuries ago. Note. This day is built into the itinerary in case of delays to the flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu, which do occur fairly frequently when the weather is cloudy or there are high winds.

  • Day 21:
  • Free time in Bhaktapur and Kathmanudu

You have some free time in Bhaktapur this morning before transferring the short distance back to the centre of Kathmandu. You can relax and take it easy or do some more sightseeing or final shopping, the choice is yours. Options include adding an extension to the tour to Chitwan or Bardia National Parks, or to try some exciting white water rafting.

  • Day 22:
  • Kathmandu - Tour ends. Airport transfer

Your time is free today until we transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.

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Tour facts

User rating:
Group size: (what's this?)
2 - 12 people; minimum age is 14yrs
Highlights:
Kathmandu tour & Durbar Square; Sherpa villages; Panoramic views of Everest, Everest Base Camp, Kallar Pattar, Gokyo Lakes
Transport:
Bus, minibus, jeep, aeroplane
Group departures:
Regular departures through the main trekking seasons
Maximum altitude:
5,550m
Trekking grade: (What's this?)
Strenuous
Rafting grade: (What's this?)
n/a
Local payment: (What's this?)
None
Meals: (What's this?)
Breakfast: 21 | Lunch: 0 | Dinner: 0 (allow approx. US$310 for lunches & dinners on the trek)
 

Accommodation

We use a range of carefully selected hotels on our group departures. If you have specific requests for hotels, please ask for a private or tailor-made tour.

  • Kathmandu hotel3 nights (3-star)
  • Bhaktapur guesthouse1 nights (N/A)
  • Trekking18 nights (lodge)
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    Customer feedback

    "Our guides took excellent care of us, ensured our safe keeping and comfort at lodges. Really appreciated. Meals and accommodation arrangements were very good and exceeded all my expectations."

    Anita Govan (Everest Base Camp)

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