19 days
Trip Level
Group Size
5545 m

Gokyo Lakes Everest Base Camp is the Everest region’s most scenic and thrilling trekking route. The Gоkуо valley and Everest Base Camp are two different trekking trails, but the combination of both treks offers an extraordinary mountain experience. The Gokyo Lakes EBC trek is two separate valleys linked by the Cho -La Pass.

This trek takes you through a remote region of Nepal that is home to an abundance of wildlife, including rare Himalayan blue sheep and elusive snow leopards. The trail is quite challenging, but it offers impressive views of the surrounding mountains.

You can go to the Everest Base Camp and see the beautiful scenery. The picture is so breathtaking that you can’t help but be in awe of it. You can also see Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, and other mountains.

You will find many monasteries in the Everest region. The most famous monastery is Tengboche and Khumjung, an ancient and beautiful hermitage.

The Gokyo Lakes Trek is shorter than the Everest Base Camp Trek, but it is more challenging and requires some fitness. The EBC Trek via Gokyo Lakes is suitable for all levels of fitness. You can do this as a multi-day trek. It is possible to do this trek in less than a week or as a longer trek of two weeks or more.

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes is the most popular and spectacular trekking in the Everest region. It takes you through the stunning Gokyo Valley and the Cho La pass (5,450m) to reach Everest Base Camp (5,300m). The trek starts from Lukla and ends at Lukla (2,800m). The hike is suitable for all levels of fitness and experience.

Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp: Highlights

Explore the Everest region with the Gokyo Valley.
Climb Gokyo Ri for perspective views of Mount Everest, Mount Cho-Oyu, and other mountains.

Trek to Everest Base Camp and stand at the foot of the highest peak.
Hike Kalapathar, at 5545 meters, the trek’s highest point, offers a close-up view of Mount Everest and Pumori.

We will be staying beside the bright and blue glacial lake at Gokyo.
Fire up your adrenaline while flying to Lukla.
Gokyo Lakes Everest Base Camp Trek Facts
Trek Duration 15 days
Max. Altitude 5545 Meters
Trek Difficulty Strenuous
Trek Starts/Ends Lukla
Accommodation Lodges/Tea-houses
Gokyo Lakes Everest Base Camp Trek Map


Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes Itinerary

Days Itinerary Altitude in Meters  Walking Distance
1. Arrival in Kathmandu 1350
2. Free Day in Kathmandu
3. Fly to Lukla then trek to Phakding 2650 4h00
4. Trek to Namche Bazaar 3460 6h00
5. Acclimatization day!
6. Trek to Dole 4200 5h30
7. Dole to Machhermo 4470 5h00
8. Trek to Gokyo Lakes 4790 5h00
9. Acclimatization day!
10. Gokyo village to Dragnak 4700 3h00
11. Trek to Dzongla via Cho – La Pass (5370 m) 4830 7h00
12. Dzongla to Lobuche 4910 4h00
13. Trek Gorakshep via Everest Base Camp (5364 m) 5160 7h00
14. Hike to Kalapattar (5545 m ) then trek to Pangboche 3900 7h30
15. Trek to Namche 3460 6h00
16. Namche to Lukla 2800 7h00
17. Fly to KTM
18. Free Day in Kathmandu
19. Final Departure

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In addition, it’s a great way to experience the breathtaking scenery of the Khumbu region. But more than that, it’s a great way to discover the region’s incredible spiritual and cultural treasures.

Therefore, we’ve put together Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes map that shows you the highlights of the Everest Base Camp trekking route.



Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will greet and welcome by our agency’s representative in front of Arrival gate with Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.

Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.

During the free day in Kathmandu, you may have a chance to visit the heritage site of Kathmandu valley, followed by pre-trip departure meeting regarding upcoming trekking peak climbing where you meet trek guide and others team members. They will brief you about the team formation, equipment, and nature of peak climbing and other necessary information

Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652 m) 3h00 walk.

You will be transferred to the airport in the early morning as per flight schedule. 40-minute thrilling flights to the airstrip at Lukla by plane offers a marvelous view of Central and Eastern Himalayas and as well as beautiful landscape and hills. Lukla is a gateway to the Everest Region.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3440 m) 6h00 walk.

This is the second day of the journey. You will head to Namche after the breakfast. The trail leads you the northern valley of the Dudh Koshi River valley passing by several beautiful villages with their vibrant culture, peaceful forests and crossing over several bridges along the trail. Finally, you will get Namche.

Day 5: Acclimatize day!

This is an exploration day in Namche. Hike till Syangboche, a small airport in the region and consider as the world’s highest one. Then hike up to 3800 m to see the Mt. Everest and other popular peaks. You will have proper acclimatization. In the afternoon, you may explore the village which
is more equipped with modern amenities such as internet, phone, massage and more.

Day 6: Trek to Dole. (4,200 m) 6h00 walk.

As usual as other days, after the breakfast the trail brings you in the ridge of Namche then an easy walk to Sanasa with spectaculars views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and others peaks. Then the trail leads uphill to Mang-La pass and descends to the river then the trail gradually ascend to Dole.

Day 7: Trek to Machherma. (4,470 m) 5h00 walk.

A short climb from Dole, regularly up towards Machherma passing by tea shops, beautiful landscape but not much greenery having with panoramic views of the mountain to get Machherma for the night.

Day 8: Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) 5h00 walk.

As usual as other days, your journey begins after a short climb and easy walk to the underneath of a rocky hill and continue to climb up passing by a few lakes along the trail. Finally, we reach Gokyo Lake.

Day 9: Acclimatize day!

This is a rest day for exploration of Gokyo valley. Hike up to Gokyo Ri in the early morning which offered rewarding mountain scenery which provides us with another proper acclimatization. Then; descend down and explore the lake

Day 10: Trek to Dragnak (4,700 m) 3h00 walk.

The trail leads you downhill in the same trail then takes a left trail from the first lake. This day is an easy and short walk but more interesting walk along the glacier.

Day 11: Trek to Cho-la Pass (5370 m) – Dzonglha (4,830 m) 7h00 walk.

Today is more adventure day to make Cho-La pass at (5300m) begins pretty steeply to the first ridge and an easy walk up to another ridge. Then; trek short descend to get Base of Cho-la and steep climb up to pass; this part is hardest to walk if there is snow. We highly recommend using crampon for this section. It is an easy downhill to Dzongla.

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) 5h00 walk.

You are entering the east valley with easy downhill to get Labuche passing by pas pastures, beautiful mountains scenery and glacier.

Day 13: Trek to Gorak Shep (5160 m) – Everest Base Camp (5364 m) – Gorak Shep: 7h00 walk.

The trail leads plane trail but the feeling shortness of breathing due to altitude with spectaculars views of mountain surrounding. As we take a short break for Lunch, then continue to walk to Everest Base Camp along the rocky and glacial trail.The trail continues the climb to Gorak Shep, check in to Mt. Lodge, Lunch, and start your hike to EBC. Then return the same trail to Gorakshep.

Day 14: Hike to Kala Pattar – Pangboche (3,900 m): 7h00 walk.

Today is another climax of the trek; you will wake up in the early morning and climb up to Kalapathar (5545 m) to see the sunrise on the top of the world, Mt. Everest and other Himalayan range. Then descend to the same trail to Pangboche.

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3440 m) 6h00 walk

Today is easy descending to Dibuche then climb up to Tengboche. It is the largest monastery of the Everest region. The trail goes steeply descend up to the Punki Thana then climb back up to Sanasa where junction the of the trail goes to Gokyo lake, Khumjung village, and Namche. Afterward, easy walk to Namche, whereas encountered several stupas in front and beautiful scenery of mountains are in the background

Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2,652 m) 7h00 walk.

The first part of the trail is steep descend to Dudh Koshi and cross the first suspension bridge. Then, easy walk up to Phakding by exiting the entry permit of Sagarmatha National Park in Manju. Finally get to Lukla for the night.

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300 m)

Early morning, 40-minute thrilling flights to the airstrip at Lukla by plane offers a marvelous view of Central Himalayas and as well as beautiful landscape and hills.

Day 18: Free day at Kathmandu.

This is considered as security day in case of flight interruption due to weather. Otherwise, you may have a chance to explore the ancient city of Kathmandu.

Day 19: Final departure.

Today is the last day in Nepal and with us. You will transfer to the airport three hours before your scheduled flight.
DEPARTURE/RETURN  Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
DEPARTURE TIME Please enter at least 3 hours before the flight.
Hotel and Airport transfer
Accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast
All accommodations and all meals during the treks
All necessary documentation and permits
All ground transportation (as per mention in itinerary)
Professional guide and porters
A First Aid Kits
Applicable Government Taxes
International Airfare
Nepal Visa fee (advice to take accurate amount)
Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast)
Personal Expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
Travel Insurance
Tips for Guide and Porter

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No, you are not allowed to drink water from the direct tap or streams on the Gokyo Lakes EBC. But you can also use a purifier or SteriPen. It is expensive to buy water (maybe ten times the cost of purchasing water in Kathmandu).
Be conscious. This trek will be over 3500 m in elevation. The possibilities of having an altitude illness usually begin at this altitude. But to prevent this, we have planned the itinerary to give you time to acclimatize as much as possible.
There’s nobody who’s going to suffer from altitude sickness. The younger and fitter people do not experience high altitude illnesses when they feel older and less fit. It’s not related to fitness or age. Speak to your private practitioner. Prescription medicines are available to help avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness. But go gently and listen to the body and be mindful of any changes and listen to your guide if he thinks that you have symptoms (which might not be apparent).
We will be able to collect your travel insurance policies and details before your trip. In case of emergency, we will be able to coordinate with your insurance company and helicopters company for emergency evacuation.
There is no doubt only be a First aid. We take a first-aid kit on every trip. We always advise you to make your own. Here’s a checklist of items you can bring, recommended. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal; however, we suggest that you keep this checklist if necessary.
Yes, we only provide insurance to our staff. We recommend that you purchase insurance in your home country. Note: Insurance should cover medical and emergency evacuation.
No. The trails are well-known. You will not need crampons if you are not traveling in the mid-winter. Instead of the crampons, bring non-technical, lightweight spikes, are less costly and suit any shoe size.
No, we do not need tents or mattresses. There are tea houses along the trek.
When you forget something, it may be complicated to find something here. Check here for a detailed packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you’re not a regular hiker, you can rent most of Nepal’s trekking equipment upon your arrival.
Anything you do not want for the trip can leave at our office or your hotel. We recommend that you make sure your bag is lockable.
Generally, we use local guides. Our guides have been numerous times on each trek to the relevant areas. All are qualified, competent, versatile, and certified licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.
If you use a porter, there are two advantages:
1. You can enjoy your trek entirely without carrying a heavy backpack.
2. Another is to increase the local communities’ income.
A porter can carry an average of 20 kg with his or her bag so that they can carry up to 16 kg of your equipment and gears. But we provide a backpack for them.
Yes, of course. We ensure that our staff is well insured.
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