Everest Base Camp plus Gokyo Lakes

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19 Days, 18 Nights
Availability : Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Min Age : 16
Max People : 20
Trek Summary

Also known as Everest Circuit trek, this is one of the most adventurous treks in the Everest Himalayas, it follows the route via high pass of Cho La at 5,330m into the Base Camp of Mount Everest.

A unique trek that goes through Lukla, Namche bazaar and all the way to Gokyo, Chola Pass, Kalapattar and Everest Base Camp.
Leading you to the home of the legendary Sherpa people, based at the foothills of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest at 8,848m. This trek follows the highly praised trekking route through the Dudh Koshi to its source the Gokyo Lake which is to the west of the Everest Base Camp, giving you the benefit to summit Gokyo Peak (5,483m) offering a fantastic panoramic view of Cho Oyo, Everest and Makalu.
As we cross the Cho-La pass, and return back to Lukla following the route through Everest Base Camp, Kalapattar down to Tengboche monastery, Khumjung village, Namche Bazar and Lukla.
Enjoy the breathtaking views of Everest including several other similar peaks and explore the Buddhists monasteries located at the world’s highest elevation.

Minimum of 2 required. Private dates available on request.

Departure & Return Location

Tribhuvan International Airport

Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (4 nights)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (11 nights Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).
  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (Day 2).
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (Day 15).
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax (see the international flights page)
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag - Can be hired if required.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.


  • Getaway Trekking quick-dry Walking Shirt
  • Getaway Trekking Certificate of Completion
  • Training Walks in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia & Tasmania
What to Expect
  • Sightseeing in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist Stupa at Bouddhanath
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalaya
  • Visiting Gokyo Lake and valley Crossing over the Chola Pass at 5,300m
  • Impressive views of Khumbu Ice fall
  • Climbing up to Gokyo peak and Kalapattar
  • Everest Base Camp and walking on the Khumbu glacier
  • Visiting Tengboche Monastery

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345 metres).

Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Transfer to Hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Morning sightseeing trip to Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Afternoon at leisure and shopping in Thamel, near hotel. Pre-trek briefing & supply of trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. First group dinner & overnight at Hotel.

Day 3Fly to Lukla (2804 metres) trek to Phakding (2610 metres) 3 hours.

35 minute scenic morning flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla at 2804 metres. Begin trek with descent to Dudh Koshi River, join main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). An easy day and short walk to Phakding. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 4Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 metres) 5.30 hours.

Trek along banks of Dudh Koshi, crossing river many times on suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. Enter Sagamartha National Park, with steep ascent and breathtaking views. Known as the Gateway to Everest, Namche Bazaar is one of the biggest villages we will see and has many quality restaurants, lodges, shops, money exchanges, internet cafes and bakeries. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 5Namche Bazaar acclimatisation day.

Acclimatisation day to adjust to thinning of the air. We take a short trek up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 6Trek to Phorste Thanga (3,680m) 5 hours.

Steep ascent out of valley through rhododendron forest. Juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking very pristine in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. Views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 7Trek to Machherma (4,470m) 5 hours.

Stunning ridge views this morning both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho You. Descent to river crossings before climbing steeply to terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. We will reach Machherma by early noon. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 8Trek to Gokyo (4,790m) 5.5 hours.

One of our main destinations, Gokyo (4,790m) is a small village at the foot of Gokyo Ri and on the eastern shore of the third Gokyo Lake, Dudh Pokhari. We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will have couple of sightseeing and hiking trips around Gokyo. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 9Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483m) and back to Gokyo. 5 hours.

Early (steep) climb to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,483m. Stunning views of Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. This day we have for acclimatisation and afternoon back to the camp. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 10Trek to Thangna (4,500m) 4 hours.

Trek to the foot of Cho La pass. Accomodation in Thangna will be very basic and in a dormitory based room because of its remoteness. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 11Cross Cho La pass (5,300m) then trek to Dzongla (4,710m) 7 hours.

Start before sunrise at 4 or 5am to reach the Pass early, avoiding bad weather conditions. Cross over at an altitude of 5,300m and start to climb. Although steep, we are rewarded by magnificent views, before descending to Dzongla, where we aim to arrive at noon. Accomodation in Dzongla will be very basic and in dormitory style room because of its remoteness. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 12Trek to Lobuche (4,910m ) 4 hours.

A rather easier and shorter trekking route will take us to Lobuche after 4 hours of trekking. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 13Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) then back to Gorak Shep. 5.5 hours.

A challenging day’s walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365m, the closest point to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There may be teams there preparing to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. Return to Gorak Shep. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 14Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,555m) early in the morning and trek down to Periche (4,200m) 6 hours.

A challenging but rewarding day, most of morning is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patthar, a small peak (by the Himalayan standards) at 5,555m. The ascent is demanding but unveils magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29,028ft (8,848m), towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5,180m then trek down to Periche. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 15Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m) 5.5 hours.

A slightly different route down to Orsho then to Pangboche village. Here is the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a Yeti, or abominable snowman. Leaving mountains behind us we descend to the Tengboche Monastery at elevation 3,860m before continuing to Namche Bazaar at 3,441m, early afternoon. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 16Trek to Lukla (2,804m) 6 hours.

Finally we return to Lukla where we started our trek, what seems like a lifetime ago. We’ll spend some time enjoying and reflecting on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. We also have some spare time to explore the town. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 17Morning flight back to Kathmandu.

Enjoying our last glimpse of the mountains we have recently visited on the 35 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 18Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

This is a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. We have the option to extend and continue onto Chitwan Jungle Safari, Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Valley Shopping Tour, Scenic Everest Flight, Mountain Biking and other activities. Final farewell dinner in traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at Hotel

Day 19Transfer for your final flight departure.

Transfer to international airport in Kathmandu for flight departure from Nepal.