Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek - No Flights

Trip Overview
  • Duration 19 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrekking
  • Major AttractionGokyo Lake, Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Ri
  • Maximum AltitudeKala Patthar (5,555m / 18,208ft) and Gokyo Ri (5,400m / 17,814ft )
  • Best TimeMarch-April-May, Sep-Oct-Nov

Highlights

  • No Overwhelming flight to Lukla for the Trek
  • The Trek starts in either Phaplu, from where you'll be trekking to EBc and Gokyo. 
  • Gokyo Lakes are beautiful; Trek to Gokyo Ri.
  • The trekking path is challenging and passes through lovely villages, thick forests, and terraced farms.
  • Along the trip, you will pass several exciting suspension bridges and waterways.
  • Discover the Sherpa way of life.
  • Explore historic monasteries and stupas.
  • Cross the difficult passes of the region- Cho La pass.
  • Reach Everest Base Camp- the base of the planet's highest peak.
  • Enjoy a beautiful sunrise and a great view of Everest from Kala Patthar.
  • View stunning alpine vistas and landscapes.
  • Explore Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal.
  • Discover the Gokyo Lakes, the world's most pristine system of freshwater lakes.
  • Observing the sun rise or set from the well-known Gokyo Ri viewpoint. 

Gokyo Everest Base Base Base Trek by land, i.e., from Phaplu, is a historic trekking route that takes trekkers on an exceptional, original route to Everest Base Camp. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made this trekking route famous when they first reached Everest's top in the Everest Expeditions history in May 1953.

The Tham Danda via Phaplu to Gokyo and Everest Base Base Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, following the same route all famous mountaineers took to reach Everest Base Camp before Lukla airport was built. This almost three-week trek to Everest Base Camp was the only option available before the airport at Lukla was completed. One of the delights of the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek is seeing a faraway Everest and other mountains steadily develop into towering giants with each passing day. 

Gokyo and Everest Trek Via Land from Phaplu allow you to experience the entire Solukhumbu region while following in the Himalayan mountaineering giants' footsteps. This trek is also known as the Classic Everest Trek as the history with the first ascend to Mt Everest is involved with it. 

Given that the trek uses the same trail as the early explorers in the 1950s would have taken, the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp  trip 

Given that it uses the same trails that the early explorers in the 1950s would have taken, the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp trip might be regarded as the "purest" and most authentic trip in the area. The Phaplu or Phaplu version begins with a 7-10 hour bus ride to the village of Phaplu or Phaplu, where the trek starts, rather than the quick flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Before Sir Edmund Hillary and his team constructed the Lukla airport, traveling through the Solu Khumbu region took a week to reach what is now considered the beginning point for most Everest hikes. Before arriving at Everest Base Camp on the mountain's south side, the walk from Lukla travels via Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo, Gokyo Ri, and Cho la Pass. 

Before Sir Edmund Hillary and his team built the Lukla airport, traveling through the Solu Khumbu region was a week-long trek to Lukla. This destination is now considered the beginning point for most Everest hikes. Before arriving at Everest Base Camp on the mountain's south side, the walk from Lukla travels via Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo, Gokyo Ri, and Cho la Pass. 

The journey is most popular among hikers who are in the Himalayas and want to spend more time here. Similarly, travelers who want to learn more about the Sherpa people's way of life away from the more well-traveled sections of the trail that they will later meet can also choose this trek. The Phaplu variant is the only other option for taking the tense flight into Lukla—not a flight for the easily alarmed.

One of its highlights is the first week of the journey, primarily spent in the Solu Khumbu region among pristine terraced farmlands, woods, and the lovely Dudh Koshi River. Since most Sherpa people reside in this area, you can anticipate experiencing the warm hospitality of the locals as you gradually adjust to the high altitude. You can also expect to learn about sherpas and other locals who reside in the region's culture and customs.

As you ascend the Khumbu Valley towards Gokyo Valley, Chola La pass, and base camp after Lukla, you will be met with breathtaking vistas of Everest and the surrounding peaks. Meet some possible summitters at base camp before climbing Kala Patthar, the region's most popular Viewpoints of the area. 

Summary of Gokyo to EBC Trek By Land

Following the high route pass of Cho La Pass (5330m) into the Everest Base Camp, this is one of the more challenging treks in the Everest region of the Himalayas. From the Sherpa homeland to the Gokyo valley, which offers breathtaking views of four 8,000-metre peaks—Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and the Ngozumpa glacier—this ascent also follows the Dudh Koshi and Khumbu basins. Following the high route crossing of Cho La (5330m), we stop at the turquoise Gokyo lakes before descending into the Khumbu Valley and Mount Everest's base camp. 

A -day trip, of which days are spent walking, is required to complete the Gokyo Lakes trek. There is a quick flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, but this trek by land takes trekkers first to Tham Danda via Phaplu with a short ride and then a hike to Lukla. From Lukla, we travel along the Dudh Koshi river valley to the vibrant hub Namche Bazaar, which has a wonderful ambiance and is ideally situated for taking in the breathtaking alpine landscape.  

As you continue into the Khumbu Valley, breathtaking views of some of the tallest mountains in the world provide a dramatic backdrop. The trip back to Lukla from Gokyo passes past Everest Base Camp, Kalar Pattar (for up-close views of Everest), Khumjung Village, Namche Bazaar, and the beautiful Tengboche Monastery. The Gokyo Lakes journey gains a total of 2679 meters from Lukla and 4145 meters from Kathmandu, with Gokyo Ri towering at 5483 meters, the Cho La Pass at 5330 meters, Everest Base Camp at 5360 meters, and Kala Patthar at 5545 meters. Slow elevation gain during the trek provides for excellent acclimatization.

What Do You Expect? 

When embarking on a trekking adventure of a lifetime, the journey from Tham Danda via Phaplu to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo is nothing short of spectacular. This unique route offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and the awe-inspiring Himalayas. Here are some things you can do during your trek via land. 

Starting from Tham Danda Via Phaplu: The Hidden Gem

Introduction to Phaplu

Nestled in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal, Tham Danda Via Phaplu serves as the gateway to one of the most iconic trekking routes in the world. This quaint town, with its warm hospitality and stunning views of the Himalayas, sets the stage for your adventure. As you begin your trek from Tham Danda, you'll immerse yourself in the heart of nature, surrounded by lush forests and serene landscapes.

The Trail Less Travelled

One of the reasons why the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo trek Nepal stands out is because it is less crowded compared to the traditional Lukla route. This means you can savor the natural beauty and tranquillity of the Himalayas without the hustle and bustle of large crowds.

The Enchanting Gokyo Valley

Gokyo Lakes: Turquoise Jewels

One of the highlights of this trek is undoubtedly the mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes. The trail takes you through six pristine, turquoise lakes that mirror the surrounding snow-capped peaks. Seeing these glacial lakes is a true feast for the eyes and provides ample opportunities for reflection and photography.

Renowned for Its Serenity

Gokyo Valley is known for its serene and peaceful atmosphere. Unlike the busier routes, you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Himalayan wilderness, allowing for a deeper connection with nature.

Embracing Sherpa Hospitality

Throughout your journey, you'll be privileged to interact with the Sherpa people, known for their warmth and hospitality. You can immerse yourself in their rich culture, traditions, and way of life, making this trek an adventure and a cultural experience.

Visiting Authentic Villages

As you traverse the trail, you'll come across charming Sherpa villages that glimpse the local lifestyle. From Namche Bazaar to Phakding, each village has its unique charm and traditions waiting to be discovered.

The Ultimate Destination: Everest Base Camp

Reaching New Heights

After days of trekking through the stunning landscapes of the Solu-Khumbu region, you'll finally arrive at the Everest Base Camp. At an elevation of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet), standing at the base of the world's tallest peak is a surreal experience that words can hardly describe.

Breathtaking Panoramic Views

From the Everest Base Camp, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other towering peaks. The feeling of being so close to these giants of the Earth is an unforgettable moment that will stay with you forever.

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Kathmandu Arrival- (1,400m / 4,593ft)

Driving Time from Airport- 20-30 minutes

Overnight- Hotels at Thamel

When you arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met by our agent and driven to your accommodation towards the Thamel. Visit the well-known Boudhanath temple, Pashupatinath temple, Thamel, etc., to learn more about the area. Thamel, the hub of trekking and tourism in Kathmandu, entices you with its maze of confined passageways shadowed by prayer flags draped above. There are festive restaurants, bookstores stocked with hiking guides and handmade crafts, cafes ready to protect you from afternoon downpours, and stores with every piece of hiking equipment available for last-minute purchases before you head to the mountains. 

  • Hotels at Thamel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 20-30 minutes
  • (1,400m / 4,593ft)

Phaplu Elevation- (2,413m/7,915ft)

Driving Time- 7/8 hrs

Overnight- Tea Houses at Phaplu

Our journey starts with a local Jeep ride from Kathmandu to Phaplu. The journey takes about 8 to 9 hours as we navigate the winding roads while admiring the picturesque vista of the steep terrain. You will be mesmerized by the views of terraced fields, riverbanks, woodlands, and spectacular terrain. We proceed via Okhaldhunga after crossing the iconic Sunkoshi River bridge. The Dudh Kunda (Numpur Himal), Everest, and other snowy peaks are visible. We only make a few stops en route. After reaching Phaplu, we relaxed and spent the night at a lodge tea house.

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7/8 hrs
  • 2,413m/7,915ft

Tham Dada Elevation- (2,780 m/ 9,120 ft)

Paiya Dada Elevation- (2,780 m/ 9,120 ft)

Driving Time- 3 hrs

Trekking Time- 5/6 hrs

Overnight- Tea Houses at Paiya

From Phaplu, the next destination is Tham Danda, a popular regional viewpoint. This drive will take you through lush forests and beautiful landscapes and take around 3 hours. From Tham Danda, you trek towards the Paiya. Our adventure is quite exciting with all of the breathtaking sights of mountains and dense forests. After reaching Paiya, you stay overnight at the tea houses of Paiya.

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 3 hrs and 5/6 hrs
  • (2,780 m/ 9,120 ft) and (2,780 m/ 9,120 ft)

Phakding Elevation- (2,650m /8,562ft)

Trekking Time- 5/6 hrs

Overnight- Tea Houses at Phakding

Today, we trek to Phakding from Paiya. The path leads through a jungle with bamboo plants before descending to Burke Village, a small community. The village of Sukre is the birthplace of Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, the first Nepalese woman to reach the peak of Everest on 22 April 1993. The route now travels to Chaurikharka, a monastery and a high school, a vast, dispersed village with fertile soil. Due to the sufficient production of barley, wheat, and green vegetables, Chaurikharka (2,694m) is called the Khumbu region's breadbasket.

The trail ascends further via Chhipling and Ghat to the Phakding (2,610m), located high above the Dudh Koshi River. More trekkers will be flying to Lukla from the Chheplung to reach Everest Base Camp and return from the trek. There are a lot of trekkers, porters, and yaks on the trail. We will spend overnight at Phakding. 

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5/6 hrs
  • (2,650m /8,562ft)

Namche Bazaar Elevation- (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)

Trek total distance- 9.4 km / 5.6 mi

Trekking Time- 5/6 hours

Overnight- Tea Houses Of Namche Bazaar 

We continue hiking until we reach the checkpoint for Sagarmatha National Park, where you may register your permits. Additionally, after passing through these jungles, we will first glimpse Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. 

Today's trek will be longer than yesterday, but there won't be many spots to stop and relax. Given that the nearest rest stop is 1 km away, having water and food for your hunger and hydration is imperative. To avoid altitude sickness on this hike, take it slow and stop occasionally. 

From here, we'll continue beside the Dudh Koshi River, taking in the mountaintop vistas as we pass across several suspension bridges, including the well-known Hillary Suspension Bridge. 

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5/6 hours
  • (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)

Overnight- Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)

Accommodation- Tea Houses Of Namche Bazaar

Trek from Namche is a bit challenging due to the excessive gain in altitude. Therefore, to become used to the temperature at a higher altitude, we’ll have a rest at Namche Bazaar. To make the most of the day, we’ll walk through the village before climbing up the hill to Syangboche.

You can choose many short acclimatization hikes for today. But the best one is to make a quick ascent to Hotel Everest View, which is located just above Namche Bazaar and takes about an hour to reach. You surely don't want to skip this little climb because Everest View Hotel is renowned for being the first hotel in the world to be built at the greatest raised height. Other options besides Hotel Everest View are visiting Sagarmatha National Park Museum or heading to Thame. 

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 3,440 m / 11,286 ft

Dole Elevation- (4,200m / 13,270ft)

Trek Distance- 11km / 6.8miles

Trekking Time- 5 hrs

Accommodation- Tea Houses of Dole

After Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, we will resume our journey with a walk to Dole. Our route diverges from the traditional Everest Base Camp hike at this point. The traditional EBC journey continues past Dole and onto Tengboche.  

There are numerous ups and downs on the rocky trail leading to Dole. After a two-hour hike, we will reach Mong La Pass (3957m/12982ft).

Amazing views of Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m/22,349ft) and Mt. Khumbila (5,761m/18,901ft) are available from this location. Moving further, our trek leads us through rhododendrons and pine-filled woodlands until we arrive at the riverside community of Phortse Tenga. But we'll keep going until we get to Dole, where we spend the day.

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 hrs
  • (4,200m / 13,270ft)

Machhermo Elevation- (4,470m / 14,450ft)

Trek Distance- 7 km / 4.3miles

Trekking Time- 5/ 6 hrs

Accommodation- Tea Houses of Macchermo

As we leave Dole and ascend higher, we arrive at lovely meadows used as yak pastures. Along the way, you will see several temples and prayer flags. These meadows are lush in the summer, when you may observe yaks grazing there. However, the area becomes barren in the winter, and even the residents leave to avoid the harsh weather. As you look before you, you can see Mt. Cho Oyu, the fifth-tallest mountain in the world. The next stop on the walk is the settlement of Lapahrma, followed by Luja and then Machhermo. Overnight, we will be at one of the tea houses in Machhermo. 

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5/ 6 hrs
  • (4,470m / 14,450ft)

Gokyo Elevation- (4,790m / 15,584ft)

Trek Distance- 5.7 Km / 3.5miles

Trekking Time- 4 hrs

Accommodation- Tea Houses of Gokyo 

Today is the day to visit the Gokyo Lakes. We will reach Phanga after an hour of walking across elevated pasture lands. The monuments to those who perished in the landslides are located in this area. You will arrive at the outlet of the first Gokyo Lake, the smallest of the five major Gokyo lakes, as our trek ascends and the roads grow narrower. One of the highest towns in Nepal, the Gokyo village is just a short distance from the third Gokyo Lake. You can see the renowned Gokyo Ri viewpoint, which is uphill in the center of the Gokyo Valley. 

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4 hrs
  • (4,790m / 15,584ft)

Gokyo Ri viewpoint Elevation- (5,400m / 17,814ft )

Trek Distance- 1.5km / 0.9miles

Trekking Time- 1 and half hrs

Accommodation- Tea Houses 

On the tenth day, Gokyo's acclimatization day, we will tour the valley of Gokyo. We won't, however, skip stopping at Gokyo RI's famous viewpoint (5,430m/17,519ft). Four of the six tallest mountains in the world—Everest (8,848 meters), Lhotse (8,516 meters), Makalu (8,485 meters), and Cho Oyu (8,188 meters)—can be seen from this location. We'll also travel to further Gokyo lakes. After exploring the Gokyo Ri, we will hike to Gokyo and spend the night there. 

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 1 and half hrs
  • (5,400m / 17,814ft )

Thangnak Elevation- (4,700m / 15,400ft)

Trek Distance- 3.7 km / 2.3miles

Trekking Time- 5 hrs

Accommodation- Tea Houses of Thangnak

Following a day of acclimatization in Gokyo village, we will continue our trip and arrive at Thangnak today. Ngozumpa Glacier will pass by as we travel. Although the walk is brief and you won't gain any height, the path itself is full of ups and downs. Thangnak Village, which has a tranquil location next to Ngozumpa Glacier, is ideally situated to enable hikers to climb Cho-La High Pass (5,330m).

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 hrs
  • (4,700m / 15,400ft)

Dzongla Elevation- (4,855m / 15,930ft) 

Cho La Pass Elevation - (5420m / 17,783ft)

Trek Distance- 16km / 9.9miles

Trekking Time- 6/7 hrs

Accommodation- Tea Houses of Dzongla 

The following morning, after spending the night at Thangnak, we will go up to the summit of the Cho La Pass across rugged routes and glacial moraines. We will reach the summit of Cho La Pass after a few hours of hiking, where we will be rewarded with stunning views of Cho La Lake and Mt. Cholatse (6,440m). The trail gets slick and treacherous as we descend. The scenery you get to see on this journey is lovely. We will walk for almost seven hours before arriving at our destination for the day, Dzongla. It's a really far journey. After reaching Dzongla, we spent the night at cozy tea houses. 

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6/7 hrs
  • (4,855m / 15,930ft) and (5420m / 17,783ft)

Lobuche Elevation- (4,910m / 16,175ft)

Trek Distance- 8.36km / 5.2miles

Trekking Time- 4 hrs

Accommodation- Tea Houses of Dzongla 

On the 13th day, we will depart Dzongla, descend with Chola Lake, and follow the moraine. Next, we continue to hike along the Khumbu Glacier. The memorial statues of the climbers who perished in this area can be seen on our route. The climb to Lobuche should be enjoyable compared to the previous day, and we will follow Imja Khola on the way there. And sure enough, after around four hours of walking, we will arrive at our destination for the day: Lobuche. We could rejoin the traditional Everest Base Camp trip route by getting to Lobuche. We will rest at the teahouse of Lobuche.

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4 hrs
  • (4,910m / 16,175ft)

Everest Base Camp Elevation- (5,364m / 17,598ft) 

Gorak Shep Elevation- (5,185m / 17,010ft)

Trek Distance- 15 km / 9.32miles

Trekking Time- 6/8 hrs

Accommodation- Tea Houses of Gorak Shep

You will have a memorable day since you finally arrive at the Everest Base Camp. But the ascent will begin at Lobuche and increase substantially as we get closer to Gorak Shep. We will leave our stuff at Gorak Shep and proceed to the Everest Base Camp after we arrive there. As soon as you get to Everest Base Camp (EBC), you'll experience a sense of accomplishment, as though your efforts have finally paid off. 

Since getting to EBC requires much perseverance and regular physical exertion, the route there will make you a better person. You can take in the breathtaking vistas of the Khumbu Glacier from EBC. 

We advise you to take as many photos as possible because they will be a keepsake for the rest of your life. We will hike down to Gorak Shep and spend the night there after taking in the sights from EBC, but rest assured that another breathtaking day is still in store for you.

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6/8 hrs
  • (5,364m / 17,598ft) and (5,185m / 17,010ft)

Kala Patthar Elevation- (5,555m / 18,208ft) 

Pheriche Elevation- (4,250m / 13,945ft)

Trek Distance- 9.6 Km / 6 miles)

Trekking Time- 5 hrs

Accommodation- Tea Houses of Periche

We will wake up early and hike to the Kala Patthar- the best viewpoint for the sunrise, Mt Everest, and other peaks. The views you will see will be unlike anything you have ever experienced. We will descend to Gorak Shep for breakfast and then take some time to recover after spending some time at the Kala Patthar viewpoint. Next, we'll hike to Pheriche and spend the rest of the day here. 

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 hrs
  • (5,555m / 18,208ft) and (4,250m / 13,945ft)

Namche Bazaar Elevation- (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)

Trek Distance- 14.3 Km / 8.8miles

Trekking Duration- 6/7 hrs

Overnight- Tea Houses of Namche Bazaar

We will wake up this morning in Pheriche and hike towards Namche Bazaar. As the track takes us through woodlands, we may see species like pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, etc.. You'll pass a lot of prayer flags and chortens along the way, and this is your last opportunity to see Mount Everest. We will spend the night in Namche Bazaar. 

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6/7 hrs
  • (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)

Surke Elevation- (2,535m/ 8,316 ft)

Trekking Duration- 6 hrs

Overnight- Tea Houses of Surke

The trek from Namche Bazar to Surke is a picturesque journey through the heart of the Himalayas. Starting from Namche Bazaar, located at 2,535 meters (8,316 feet), trekkers can expect a day-long adventure covering approximately 6 hours of walking. The route offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, lush forests, and traditional Sherpa villages.

The trail descends gradually, taking you through rhododendrons and pine forests, offering a serene escape from the bustling Namche Bazaar. Along the way, you may encounter local wildlife and friendly villagers. Upon reaching Surke, which is also situated at an elevation of 2,535 meters, you'll find cozy tea houses for an overnight stay. These tea houses provide a warm and comfortable atmosphere for trekkers to rest, enjoy a meal, and immerse themselves in the local culture.

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6 hrs
  • (2,535m/ 8,316 ft)

Tham Dada Elevation- (2,780 m/ 9,120 ft)

Phaplu Elevation- (2,413m/7,915ft)

Trekking Time- 3 hrs

Driving Time- 4/5 hrs

Overnight- Tea Houses at Phaplu

Today, you will trek from Surke to Tham Dada at an elevation of 2,780 meters (9,120 feet). This trek takes around 3 hours, offering scenic views along the way. Afterward, you'll drive for 4 to 5 hours to reach Phaplu, which sits at 2,413 meters (7,915 feet). In Phaplu, you'll spend the night in comfortable tea houses. This itinerary provides a mix of trekking and driving, allowing you to experience the beauty of the region's landscapes while making efficient progress. Tham Dada offers a peaceful stop for trekkers before continuing to Phaplu, a town often used as a base for further exploration in the Everest region. 

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 3 hrs and 4/5 hrs
  • (2,780 m/ 9,120 ft) and (2,413m/7,915ft)

Kathmandu Arrival- (1,400m / 4,593ft)

Driving Time- 7/8 hrs

Overnight- Tea Houses at Kathmandu Hotels

Today, we will take a  7-8 hour drive from Phaplu back to Kathmandu, Nepal, with arrival at an elevation of 1,400 meters (4,593 feet). The day ends with an overnight stay at tea houses within Kathmandu's hotels. This marks the journey's end, allowing travelers to relax and reflect on their adventures in the Himalayan region.

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7/8 hrs
  • (1,400m / 4,593ft)

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Cost Details

Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle.
  • two night accomodation in kathmandu.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek.
  • one porter between two trekkers.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, and friendly government license holder. Guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine.
  • Round Trip by jeep from kathmandu to topdanda to kathmandu.
  • National Park permits.
  • TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.)
  • All ground transportation.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expanse.

Excludes

  • Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Items of a personal nature include alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, and laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Tips for guide and potter etc.

Dates & Price

Upcoming Departure

Few Seats AvailableStarts: MondayMay 27, 2024
Ends: FridayJun 14, 2024
Status: AvailableUS$2150

Essential Info

Best Season for Gokyo Valley Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek 

Though technically possible throughout the year, some months are more conducive to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley Trek than others. In this area, there are two ideal hiking seasons:

Spring, from March through May, pre-monsoon: Due to the pleasant weather, clear skies, and breathtaking scenery, this is one of the most popular periods for trekking in the Everest region. Colorful rhododendron flowers frequently encircle the trails in April. The temperature is pleasant throughout the daytime (15°C), but the evenings can still be frigid, with lows sometimes falling below zero.

Autumn's post-monsoon season, from September through November, offers bright sky and stunning panoramic views of the summits. The pre-monsoon season-like temps make for comfortable trekking conditions. As many people select this time of year to trek, the trails may be slightly congested, but the journey will feel more festive.

Due to the weather and visibility, other seasons of the year are less favorable:

The monsoon season, which lasts from June through August, is the least favored time for trekking in the Everest region. Due to the frequent rain, the trails are frequently slick and muddy. At lower levels, leeches can be a problem, and poor visibility frequently causes flights to/from Lukla to be delayed or canceled.

Winter (December to February): Winter treks are difficult due to the bitterly cold weather, particularly at night. Higher elevation teahouses are mostly closed, and there's a chance that snow will obstruct trails. The paths are less crowded. However, the views are still breathtaking on clear days if you can endure the cold.

Despite these broad recommendations, remember that the Himalayan weather is unpredictable, and circumstances can change suddenly. No matter when you choose to trek, always be ready for various weather conditions.

Permits Required For Trek

A few permissions are necessary for trekking in the Everest region. The permits you'll require for the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley Trek are listed below:

TIMS Card ( Trekkers' Information Management System)

In Nepal, TIMS Cards are required for all treks. It was implemented to protect trekkers' safety and security and to stop unauthorized trekking operations. You can receive the TIMS card in Kathmandu or Pokhara by producing your passport and two passport-sized pictures.

Permit for Sagarmatha National Park

Mount Everest and numerous other peaks are located in the Sagarmatha National Park. You must purchase a permit to enter the park, which runs about 3,000 NPR. This license may be obtained at the park gate in Monjo or the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu. To apply, you'll need both your passport and TIMS card.

Permit for Gokyo Valley

There is no need for special permission for hiking to the Gokyo Valley. The Sagarmatha National Park Permit will cover your hike through this region. Remember that you'll need to show these permits and your passport at many checkpoints throughout the walk. Keep in mind to store the permits somewhere secure and dry.

Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit

You will be undertaking the well-known Tham Danda Via Phaplu to Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek, so you will also want a separate permit for the Gaurishankar Conservation Area. This permit must be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. The price per person is NPR 3000. For the Everest Base Camp Helicopter excursion, you also require permits.

Gokyo to Everest Base Camp Via Land Trekking Grade

Gokyo to Everest Base Camp Via Land trek is considered a challenging trek. This section provides the length of the trek, the highest altitude reached, the number of hours walked each day, and the state of the trails. Here is a little more information on each of these features:

Duration- The walk normally lasts for 17 days, depending on the route and the hiker's pace.

Altitude: This period includes the days required for acclimatization.

The highest point of the journey, Cho La Pass, is located at 5,420 meters (17,782 feet), Everest Base Camp is located at 5,364 meters (17,598 feet), and Kala Patthar is located at 5,545 meters (18,192 feet). Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a serious risk at high altitudes. Hence, trekkers must adhere rigorously to acclimatization instructions.

Daily Walking Time: Including rest days, you should plan to walk 5 to 7 hours every day. Some days can be longer than others, especially when crossing passes.

Trail Situation: The journey is well-traveled, although occasionally bumpy and uneven. No equipment is required for rock climbing or "mountaineering," and the terrain is not particularly steep. Even though parts of the slopes can seem endless and steep, the entire route is on foot. The Cho La pass can be slippery in inclement weather, making some simple pull-on boot spikes (not crampons) useful to carry in your pack. Depending on the situation, poles can be handy. This is particularly true if you have knee issues and like to utilize them. With a pole, you may feel more secure further up among the wide slopes and moraines, but the path is still very clear and well-marked.

Fitness Level: Trekkers should be in good physical condition and ideally have previous trekking experience. Strength training, cardiovascular exercise (such as running, cycling, or swimming), and practice hikes should all be included in the preparation process. Despite the difficulties, most persons with modest fitness can complete this walk with the right planning and acclimatization.

Typical Day in The Trek 

Every day includes a different trekking activity: climbing, taking in the natural beauty, snapping pictures, and touring nearby villages. Our guides will provide information on the locations you will be visiting. Most of your luggage will be carried by our porters. Your bag pack, however, might be needed for your valuables and necessities. 

Depending on the length and condition of the trip, we often start the day with an early breakfast and depart for the trail at approximately 7 or 8 AM. Lunchtime arrives after a three to four-hour walk. After lunch, we'll take an hour to relax before continuing. Typically shorter and lasting two to three hours, the afternoon stroll.

We eat the additional food for our diets as we travel and tour the area until dinner once we get to our overnight destination. We'll have some social time after dinner. The itinerary for the following day will be discussed with you by your trek guide. Play cards or Monopoly, watch movies about mountaineering, or read a book to pass the time before night. Our staff will gladly teach you any basic Nepali language you desire to learn.

Important Notes

Accommodations

The typical lodging options on the Everest Gokyo trek via land include teahouses, lodges, and certain resorts (if you're planning a luxury trip). Typically, Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar have a few upscale lodging options. After that, the living arrangements will be typically shared, although each teahouse provides the best services relative to height and distance. The room designs include two single beds, a modest table, and stunning mountain views. For your comfort, the bed has comfortable mattresses, sleeping linens, blankets, and pillows. Fewer tea establishments and people live in them as we leave Namche Bazaar and move towards base camp.  Here is some detailed information about the lodging during different trek sections. 

Phaplu To Lukla Accommodations

From Phaplu to Lukla, the first section of the trip is through rural terrain with less established lodge amenities. Small rooms and shared bathrooms are typical features of the accommodations. The accommodations typically consist of two single beds and a tiny tea table.

From Namche Bazaar to Lukla-

From Lukla to Namche Bazaar, the trail is better maintained as you go. The variety of available accommodations is greater. The hotels include Wi-Fi, hot bathrooms, charging stations, and nice beds. For those who want more affordable options, inexpensive teahouses are also accessible. Community dining facilities are in many tea houses along the trail where hikers can congregate, have meals, and chat.

Above Namche-

The availability of opulent accommodations decreases as you climb higher and approach closer to Everest Base Camp. The lodgings became increasingly rudimentary, with identical rooms and shared baths. Higher heights result in higher lodging expenses because of logistical difficulties.

Meals 

You will require a lot of carbs, proteins, and other minerals because you will be trekking through some of the world's highest terrains. You will receive wholesome food that is appropriate for the walk from us. There won't be as many options as in cities, though. You will have 15 breakfasts, 15 lunches, and 14 dinners in the trek area.

The menu features regional, Asian, and Western cuisine, but as we ascend, it gets reduced. We advise you to consume enough liquids, including fresh vegetables and teas with lemon, ginger, and hot lemon, because we will be walking at high altitudes.

We advise against eating non-vegetarian food in trekking areas because it cannot be hygienic. The same goes for dairy products, alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, and hot chocolates. Alcoholic, hot (tea, coffee), and cold drinks in tea houses, lodges, or cafés are not included in this package. The plan only includes conventional meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seasonal fruits).

Water and Electricity

You can recharge your camera or phone at any lodges from Phaplu to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake. You might have to pay for this service, though.

You can purchase packed mineral water from nearby lodges and shops along the path or, for an additional fee, fill your bottle with boiled water while on the trek. To make water drinkable, DWT sells water purification pills. We strongly warn against drinking water from local wells, rivers, or faucets because it might be unsafe.   

In many areas, you shouldn't drink the water from rivers, taps, or wells because it could not be as safe to drink as it seems.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is required for hikes like the Gokyo Valley Trek and Everest Base Camp from Phaplu. High-altitude trekking (up to 6000 meters), medical care, and helicopter rescue should all be covered by your trip insurance. Additionally, be certain that it includes coverage for trip cancellation, airline delays, lost or delayed baggage, and other potential travel disasters.

Read the fine print to ensure your journey is covered because not all travel insurance policies cover high-altitude hikes or helicopter rescues.

World Nomads, Global Rescue, and Allianz Travel are reliable insurance providers covering high-altitude trekking. Always ensure you fully understand your policy before buying; if anything is unclear, consider asking the insurance provider for guidance.

Additional personal costs

This package covers most of the trek's expenses but not all of them. In Kathmandu, you should pay for your meals and lodging. Depending on your budget, a variety of hotels are offered. You will also require additional funds to process your visa, purchase travel insurance, beverages (including alcoholic, hot (tea, coffee), and cold drinks, gratuities for the crew, souvenirs, etc. We advise you to travel with significant currencies to exchange in Kathmandu. Markets in the Trek region only accept Nepali Rupees.

Solo/Private/Group Trip

We never advise anyone to go hiking alone in the Himalayas. It is not secure. We offer a private trek option for visitors who prefer to make the Gokyo Lake trip alone. A guide and a porter will accompany you to keep you company and make the walk more comfortable.

You can also trek in a group with your loved ones or sign up for one of our departure dates to trek alongside people worldwide. Sharing wonderful moments, meeting new people, and the affordable package price are benefits of group hiking. Please contact us anytime if you wish to join us on a private or group trek.

Extension of Journey Is Possible 

After your vacation, you have a few options if you wish to extend your stay in Nepal by a few days. You can visit Pokhara, go on a jungle safari in Chitwan, and explore Kathmandu and the surrounding places. You can also canoe, raft, or paraglide.

Alternative route from Jiri

Besides, Phaplu trekkers can also choose to travel via land from Jiri to Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes. If you skip the flight portion, you'll likely miss the airplane's vistas, but trust us when we say that the experience on the road is much more than just views. Additionally, it's about the thoughts, locations, and actions you take when traveling. Therefore, you will have a truly unique experience when walking to Gokyo and Everest Base Camp from Jiri. The Journey starts with a short drive to Shivalaty first. From here, you trek towards Kinja, Lamjura La, Nunthala, Bupsa, Chaurikhara, Jorshalle, and Namche Bazar.

Cost of Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek By Land

Normally, the cost of the Everest trek and Gokyo Lake via land trek ranges between $2500 to $3000 per person. However, with our plan For the Everest trek and Gokyo Lake via land, the trek costs $2150 per person. 

Working with local agencies is often regarded as the greatest option for any adventure because they are local professionals and employ local porters and guides. Furthermore, a local travel agency like ours is fully registered with the Nepalese government, most of which are situated in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. Most significantly, we provide a range of price options for any journey.

Trekking to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via land with local operators such as Mountain Rock Treks divides the service into budget, standard, and luxury. The budget-friendly and Standard packages will be less expensive than the luxury journey trek. Similarly, we also offer group prices for our travelers, which are as follows. 


Pax          Cost 

1-1         $2,150 Per person 

2-6         $2,050 Per Person

7-12       $1950 Per Person

FAQs

  • Q1. What is the Gokyo to EBC trek Distance?

    Without including the two optional day walks, the route between Everest Base Camp and the Gokyo Lakes is approximately 112 kilometers (70 miles). You go 121 kilometers (75 miles) when you add the two optional roundtrip day climbs to Hotel Everest View and the summit of Gokyo Peak. The trip truly is gorgeous.

  • Choosing the Gokyo to Everest Base Camp trek from the Phaplu itinerary offers a unique and less-traveled route to reach Everest Base Camp. Unlike the more common Lukla route, the Phaplu route starts with a short drive to Phaplu. It involves trekking through remote and pristine landscapes in the SoluKhumbu region before joining the traditional EBC trail at Namche Bazaar. 

  • Our guides are experienced and certified guides knowledgeable about the terrain, weather conditions, and local culture. They are trained to ensure your safety, provide information about the region, and assist with any challenges you may face during the trek.

  • This Gokyo to Everest Base Camp trek takes you to the South Side of Mount Everest. The South Side is the more popular and commonly trekked route to reach Everest Base Camp.

  • Yes, the Gokyo Ri Map and Gokyo EBC trek map are typically provided during the trek. These maps are essential for navigating the challenging terrain of the Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal. 

  • We at Mountain Rock Treks always put our valued customers' safety, comfort, and contentment first, and we guarantee you will have an amazing time with us in our stunning nation. Our crew members will carry all the required supplies, tools, and first-aid kits and receive comprehensive first-aid training. The trekking guides will determine whether to continue the trek if a trekker becomes ill at a high altitude. 

  • Our 17-day itinerary has been specially tailored to prevent any kind of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) while moving up to higher altitudes. Normally, altitude sickness starts from 3,600 meters and above. You will be trekking relatively slowly and gradually as part of the acclimatization process. 

  • You'll need warm and moisture-wicking clothing for the Gokyo-Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek. Layers are essential. A thermal base layer, fleece or down jacket, waterproof shell, and insulated pants are crucial for cold temperatures. Don't forget a warm hat, gloves, and a good quality pair of waterproof trekking boots. Sun protection gear like sunglasses and sunscreen is essential due to high altitudes. Pack comfortable trekking socks, a daypack, and a sleeping bag suitable for sub-zero temperatures.

  • Most tea houses along the Everest Base Camp With Gokyo Lake trek feature squat toilets, although more recent lodge construction has also included western-style restrooms. With the number of international mountaineers growing yearly, flush toilets are also being introduced. You are strongly advised to bring your own toilet paper and other essential necessities. Up until Gorakshep, hot shower facilities are available.  The most popular kind is a bucket shower, consisting of regular buckets with a tap filled with hot water and placed in a shower area. Each hot shower use costs $4 to $15, and the price rises with height.

  • We don't generally advise non-vegetarian food because the meat in those establishments might not be hygienic or healthful. Additionally, we strongly advise against consuming dairy or cheesy foods while trekking. Therefore, both vegetarians and vegans can enjoy our gifts.

Client Reviews

  • Scenic Delights

    The entire journey went incredibly smoothly, from the initial planning to the actual adventure. The team at Mountain Rock Treks did an outstanding job tailoring the plan to my preferences, and Deepak was exceptional. Because I was unfamiliar with the mountains, I relied on his recommendations for food and beverages. As a result, I didn't experience any altitude sickness and could fully savor the trek. When embarking on such adventures, having the best team is crucial, and that's precisely what we had. In fact, we even assisted some individuals from other groups on our way up, demonstrating the team's competence. The MRT team thoroughly checked our equipment, ensuring I had all the necessary gear. I felt safe and well-prepared throughout the entire journey. I eagerly anticipate trekking with them again shortly.

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    Anastasia MathewsGermanySeptember 21, 2023
  • Exploring Gokyo: My Everest Base Camp Trek Review

    My trek to the EBC Gokyo Lake with Chola Pass was amazing. The food was incredibly delicious, the accommodations were spotless, and the people I met were fantastic. Our main guide, Dawa, was incredibly supportive and wonderful. I'm so grateful for the porters, Mingma, Ravi, and Aangdawa, without whom I couldn't have made it. This trip has been an incredible experience, and if I had the chance, I would love to go on another trek with all of you. Thank you all so much for being a part of this unforgettable journey.

    J
    James McgowanCanadaSeptember 15, 2023
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