Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp Trek, 19 Days
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Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp Trek, 19 Days

Days: 19 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)

Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp Trek, also known as Everest Circuit Trek, is one of the most audacious treks in the Everest Himalayas. It follows the path from Gokyo via high pass of Cho La (5330m) onto the Base Camp of Mount Everest (5364m). Enjoy the incredible views of Everest (8848.86m) along with numerous other peaks of Khumbu region, and discover the Buddhist monasteries situated at the world’s highest altitude.

Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp Trek is a 19 days long journey which starts from Lukla and follows the Dudh Khosi Valley to reach Namche Bazaar, the busiest junction for trekkers in the Khumbu region. The trek takes you through the trails of rhododendron, magnolia, and fir forests to reach the amazing Gokyo Lakes leading on to the Gokyo valley. The deep valley will leave you in awe with its pristine beauty, and the hospitality of the locals will make you feel like home. As you move up to the higher altitude, you will find yourself in the lap of mother-nature. The snow-capped mountains and the orange sky during the sunset/rise will make you want to never leave. The trek continues to reach Gorakshep and finally Everest Base Camp, which will later be followed by the trek to Kala Patthar. After reaching the base of the amazing Mount Everest, get ready to be astonished by the magnificent and massive Himalayas of the Khumbu region. The jaw-dropping and picturesque landscape will fill up your memory for life. Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek is more than just reaching the destination and is more about giving you the best experience as a whole.

Swiss Family Treks and Expedition has successfully organized treks all over Nepal, and we take pride in the reviews given by our previous clients. We provide you with highly knowledgeable guides to make your trek a pleasant experience. We cater experienced as well as novice trekkers with equal devotion. If you are considering trekking in Nepal, feel free to join with us for your upcoming holiday in Nepal.

Highlights of the Trek:  

  • Guided sightseeing tour in World heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley, 
  • The definitive Himalayan trek to the foot of Mt. Everest through breathless high alpine landscapes, 
  • Visiting an ancient Buddhist Monasteries where Yeti Skull kept, 
  • Spectacular touching the tops of some of the most famous mountains in the Himalaya, crossing over high suspension bridges, 
  • Homeland of Sherpa people and their picturesque villages along the trail, 
  • Mirror the towering landscape all around, stunning view point at Kalapathar, 
  • Following in the footsteps of great mountaineers, smooth walking up and down through the dense Rhododendron and Pine forest, 
  • Scenic mountain flight in and out of Lukla, 
  • Meeting with local Sherpa people, passing several Buddhist monuments, 
  • Well-maintained trails and comfortable lodges, but the trekking routes here start higher and stay higher and high glacial Gokyo Lake.  

Facts of the Trek

Trek Region
Everest Region
Type of Trek
19 Days
Highest Elevation
5,550 m (18,209 ft)
Full board during the trek
4* Hotel in Kathmandu & lodges during the trek
Best Season
Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) & Spring (March-April-May) 
Transportation by
Domestic Flight & Private Vehicle

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 
Our representatives will be waiting for you in the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be greeted and be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van
After breakfast, we will be exploring the UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu valley. We will visit the Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. All of these sites are their unique architecture and history as well as cultural importance. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m/40 minutes & trek to Phakding 2610m/3-4 hours
Early morning, we drive to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport for our flight to Lukla. The flight is of 40 minutes from which a splendid view of lush hills and snowcapped peaks can be seen. We arrive at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. At Lukla, we meet our guide, porters and start the amazing trek to Phakding. Just to acclimatize, we cover a short distance today. Overnight at a lodge in Phakding.

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m/5-6 hours
We start walking through the thick forest of pine and oak alongside the Dudh Koshi River. After moving further, we start to get the glimpses of Mt. Thamserku (6623m) on our right side. Continue through the pine, fir and juniper forests, cross suspension bridges, and finally reach Namche Bazaar, a commercial center of the Everest region where tourist and locals buy and sell goods. Overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Hike to Everest View hotel and down to Khumjung and Khunde village for visiting Monasteries:
Today we ascend to Everest View Hotel for an amazing 360 view of the snowy peaks. Then, we descend to Khumjung village to visit the imposing monastery and Khumjung Hillary School. We can catch a glimpse of the Skull of Yeti protected inside the Monastery. This is one of the larger Sherpa villages in Khumbu region. We continue to walk to Khunde village which takes about one hour and have lunch before visiting the old monastery and Khunde Hospital. We reach our lodge in Namche via Syangboche village. Overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dhole 4000m/5-6 hours
We climb steeply to reach Kyangjuma where extraordinary views of mountains await us. Later, we enter Mong-La, trek along the trail to reach Phortse Thanga, and finally to Dhole. We walk through amazing rhododendron and birch forests as we pass several Sherpa villages, en route to Dhole. Overnight at a lodge in Dhole.

Day 7: Trek from Dhole to Machhermo 4410m/4-5 hours
We walk uphill with the view of mountains like Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6782m), as we walk towards Lharbarma. We continue our trek crossing the side valley, Luza, before reaching Machhermo. Overnight at a lodge in Machermo.

Day 8: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo 4759m/4-5 hours
The trail passes through Phangga, goes downhill to the shore before arriving at the moraines of the Ngozumpa Glacier on a rising trail. Upon crossing an iron bridge over a river, the track reaches the first Gokyo Lake known as Longponga (4710m). At we reach the second lake, Taujung Tsho, and walk further ahead to arrive at the third lake, Gokyo Tsho. The sparkling turquoise blue water of each of these pristine lakes spellbinds us. Gokyo village is near the third lake, and Cho-Oyu (8201m) as the background makes up an astonishing view. Overnight at a lodge in Gokyo.

Day 9: Hike to Gokyo Ri 5360m
We hike to Gokyo Ri (5360m), a small mountain above Gokyo village, in the morning to enjoy the amazing views of the entire Khumbu region.  As we go uphill, the views become clearer and wider. We can see four of the seven highest peaks of Nepal; Everest (8848.86m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8481m), and Cho Oyu (8201m). We also get a view of the fourth lake, Thonak Tsho, and Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier of the Himalayas. We hike back to Gokyo village for the Overnight at a lodge in Gokyo.

Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Thangnak 4700m/2-3 hours
Leaving Gokyo behind, we walk on a steep and icy trail through the Ngozumpa Glacier. Although flat, we need to move slowly and carefully as the trail is very slippery. After a cautious walk until Dragnag, we walk uphill to reach Thangnak. Overnight at a lodge in Thangnak.

Day 11: Trek from Thangnak to Dzongla 4830m/6-7 hours, via Cho-La Pass 5368m
Today is going to be the toughest day of the trek. The trail is upright and the rocks glazed by ice may make the trail slippery.  The trail from Phedi ascends through a ravine and a rocky trail. After a strenuous climb, we reach the top of Cho-La Pass draped with prayer flags. We can view a stunning panorama of Ama Dablam (6856m), Cholatse (6335m), and Lobuche East (6119m). We need to cross through some splits before we reach Dzongla village. Overnight at a lodge in Dzongla.

Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche 4910m/3-4 hours 
We first descend to Dughla passing a couple of lakes and then ascend on the moraines alongside Khumbu Glacier towards Lobuche. Later in the afternoon, you can climb the ridge east of the vallage for your first views of the Khumbu Glacier, with Mt. Everest mostly obscured by Lhotse and Nuptse. Overnight at a lodge in Lobuche.

Day 13: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep 5140m/2-3 hours and explore to Everest Base Camp 5364m/3-4 hours round trip
We continue on a challenging trail, waking on the rocky, icy and slippery ridge of Lobuche Glacier and Khumbu Glacier to reach Gorakshep. We can relax on the bank of Gorakshep Tsho with a clear view of Everest before we call it a night. We hike on a steep trail through the moraines of Khumbu Glacier to reach Everest Base Camp (5364m). Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we can see bright colored tents contrasting the white Himalayan surrounding. We will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the various peaks of Khumbu region from Everest Base Camp. Spending some time at the camp, we head back to Gorakshep. Overnight at a lodge in Gorakshep.

Day 14: Hike to Kala Pathar and trek from Gorak-Shep to Pheriche 4240m/4-5 hours
We start early in the morning to hike to Kala Pathar. Peaks such as Lingtren (6714m), Khumbutse (6636m), and Changtse (7543m) rise to the east looking as magnificent as ever. But, it is upon arriving at the summit of Kala Patthar that we get to see a panoramic view of Mt. Everest (8848.86m). We take pictures as we enjoy the wonderful mountain vista. After returning from the top, we go downhill to Gorakshep and continue further downhill to Pheriche for a good night's rest. Overnight at a lodge in Pheriche.

Day 15: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche 3860m/4-5 hours
We descend from Pheriche and walk 3 hours to reach Pangboche. We pass through villages of Pheriche, Orsho, and Somare. It is the easiest trek downhill. Then, we walk down to Imja Khola and Deboche and finally reach Tengboche. We will explore the largest monastery of Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery, in the evening. Overnight at a lodge in Tengboche. 

Day 16: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar 3440m/4-5 hours
The trek continues on a 3-4 hours trail to Namche Bazaar passing monasteries, schools, and tea houses along the way. The trail along the way might be difficult because of the gravels and sand, yet the feeling of accomplishment will be overwhelming. Overnight at lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 17: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2840m/6-7 hours
Leave Namche Bazaar and descend through pine forests. Cross the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River. Then our trail continues on the riverside till we reach Jorsalle. We continue walking to Phakding by passing several bridges. Stop for lunch, and then continue walking until Lukla. Overnight at a lodge in Lukla.

Day 18: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu 40 minutes
We will board a scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, which lasts for about 40 minutes. This flight will call in for the celebration of the trip we have successfully completed and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu by private van. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 19: Final Departure from Kathmandu
After breakfast in hotel, we shall drop you at the airport before the scheduled time. We hope to see you again!

Pricing for Group Size Basis:
All inclusive Trek Price for single trekker; USD 2540
All inclusive Trek Price for 2 trekkers basis; USD 2050 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 3 trekkers basis; USD 1955 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 4 trekkers basis; USD 1825 per person

Join with us on a Gokyo And Everest Base Camp Trek in 2022/2023.

Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at snftnepal@yahoo.de

NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by clients themselves.

Dates Price Adult Status *
2022-10-07 to 2022-10-25 USD 1,825
EUR 1.838
SFr 1.734
Trip is available
2022-10-18 to 2022-11-05 USD 1,825
EUR 1.838
SFr 1.734
Trip is available
2022-11-13 to 2022-12-01 USD 1,825
EUR 1.838
SFr 1.734
Trip is available
* Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates.

Our Trek Package Cost includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 3 nights deluxe accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 4* Hotel Kathmandu Guest House or Dalai-La Boutique Hotel in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu City Tours as per above program, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide, car / van.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation in the mountains.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter between 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, equipment and their insurance.
* Round Trip flight to & from Lukla & Domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla.
* First Aid medical kit.
* Sagarmatha National Park Permit and other necessary permits.
* Government taxes.
* Office Service charge.

Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of a personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Trekking Equipment (down sleeping bag and down jackets are available to hire or buy in Kathmandu).
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
                                                  Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp Trek, 19 Days


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