If you want to see elements of Khumbu and unique Himalayan cultures but don’t have the time to trek to the Everest base camp, this short journey is perfect for you.
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Gokyo lakes and Everest base camp trek
Our Goyko Lakes trek begins at the Khumbu valley’s heart and proceeds into the Gokyo valley off the beaten track. We make our way up to the Gokyo Lakes, returning via a slightly different route.
Experience the Sherpas hospitality while enjoying views of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse from the summit of Gokyo Ri relax around the turquoise blue water of the Gokyo lakes.
On this trek, we provide you with the opportunities of staying in Lodges belonging to not one but two Legendary Sherpas who hold Guinness book records. Which villages? Who are these legends? Join this trek to find out.
Food and nutrition on the trek
We are pioneers in gourmet trekking in the Himalayas. We provide a varied, interesting menu on treks throughout the Himalayas. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals can be catered for upon request, and other special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Trekking is not only fun, but it is beneficial for you. It helps in detoxifying the body while also nourishing the soul. Although to provide a better experience, we also tailor our meals to include superfoods as part of the ingredients to keep you fit and healthy while also assisting in acclimatization to high altitude. The combination of hiking in the pristine mountain air and healthy food makes trekking with us a complete adventure. Read More on Food and nutrition on our treks.
Why Choose Us?
- Our expert trek leader will ensure your safety at all times while enhancing your trekking experience.
- Your private social bubble by staying in less busy lodges and trekking away from the crowded trails where possible.
- Experience the Himalayas in style.
- Your food is prepared with superfood ingredients to give the best nourishment, recovery, and acclimatization to high altitude for our gourmet trekking adventures.
Note – Flight to Lukla and back can be delayed or canceled due to poor visibility. We ask you to have buffer days of few days in case your flight to Lukla is affected.
Arrive in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. You will be met at the airport by our representative and brought to your hotel. You will be given a briefing for the trek by your trek leader.
In the morning, we have a walking tour of Ason (an old spice market) and walk through the busy streets of Kathmandu or Drive To Manthali in the afternoon, to catch the flight to Lukla the next morning.
Note: You can pay an extra $250 for a seat on a direct helicopter flight from Kathmandu.
We fly to Lukla (2,800m) and start our trek. We aim to trek towards Monjo (5 hours trek) if our flight lands in the morning; otherwise, we stay at the village of Phakding (3 hours trek).
We follow the Dudh Koshi River, crossing a suspension bridge on the Kyashar Khola, and pass through Jorsalle, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We have about one hour of trekking in a combination of flat, some short steep ascents, and descends to a high suspension bridge. There is a steep ascent of 2 hours after the bridge to Namche Bazaar. We stay in a lodge that is at the top of Namche Bazaar, 3441 meters. 3-4 hours hike.
We rise early and climb for views of Mt. Everest and other peaks, with time to look through the Sherpa museum and cultural center. In fact, the private museum and cultural center are within the compound where we stay. This lodge owner is a conservationist and a photographer. You can buy scenic posters and postcards made by him.
We trek to the village of Thame. You will encounter very few trekkers on the trail as this is away from the main route to Everest base camp (EBC). The course takes you through some small villages, forested areas with Mount Kongde towering on the opposite side of the valley. We will stay in a lodge owned by Apa Sherpa, who holds the world record of 22 successful Everest. 5 hours trek.
We retrace our steps to the ‘fork’ on the trail and begin climbing towards Shyanboche airstrip, where we stop for lunch. We trek to the village of Khumjung (3,790m) via Khunde village. We will visit the hospital in Khunde village and the school at Khumjung, built by Sir Edmund Hillary. The villages of Khunde and Khumjung lie below the protector deity mountain Khumbila. Khumjung 3790 meters. 5 hours trek.
We will begin our day by enjoying outstanding views of Thamserku, Kantenga, and Ama Dablam at Khumjung. We have a fairly strenuous ascent to the Mong La pass. It is an enchanting place nestled on the spur of Mt. Khumbila, the protector deity. An ancient Chorten stands at the center of the settlement at Mong La. We stop at the top to admire the grandest views of surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys.
We make our way down to Phortse Tenga for lunch. We have a steep ascend before trail contours high above the valley, enjoying excellent views of Kantega, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam (6856m). About an hour’s walk from Phortse Bridge, you’ll get your first views of Mount Cho Oyo (8153m) at the head of the valley. We will be trekking beyond the tree line, pass some impressive waterfalls on the way to the yak herding settlements of Tongba (4015m) and Gyele (4050m). It is a short distance to Dole from here.
It is not unusual to spot Danfe Monal (Impeyan pheasants – our national bird), Himalayan Tahr (mountain goats), and the shy musk deer on the trail. Dole 4,000 meters. 6 hours trek.
Trek to Machermo 4410 meters. You will appreciate the term ‘short walking day.’ We begin today with a climb out of the small Dole Valley before ascending gradually up the Dudh Koshi Valley, high above the raging river. Though the walk is relatively easy, you’ll start to feel the effects of altitude on even the smallest hill.
With only small scrub juniper clusters, the barren alpine scenery contrasts with the snowy white peaks and the deep blue skies. You will arrive at Luza after a couple of hours. You will reach the lodge at Machhermo soon enough. We have an option of taking an excursion across the rocky rubble at the base of Kyajo Ri 6168 meters and Machermo Peak 6073 meters.
Locals say that this is where the Yeti was spotted last in 1974 when it killed three yaks and injured a Sherpa girl when she tried to fight it off.
Gokyo (4,794 meters). We will see fabulous views of Mount Kangtega, Thamserku, down the valley, and Cho Oyu on the northern part early on today’s trail. The valley becomes more expansive as the track reaches Phangna 4480 meters After a gentle walk. Phangan is the place where an avalanche killed 40 people after incessant and unseasonal snowfall in 1995. We descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. The trail levels out after crossing an iron bridge as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo, at 4,690m. You might get enchanted by the sparkling water of Taboche Tsho – the second lake. The third lake is a little further away, and surging steam links these two lakes. The settlement of Gokyo is by the third lake. Mount Cho-Oyu is in the backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight at this junction. 4-5 hour hike.
Climb Gokyo Ri 5,364 and descend to Na 4,390 meters. We get up early for a couple of hours of climbing up to Gokyo Peak. It has one of the best panoramas in the Khumbu region. It is a straightforward but steep, ascend and it can be taxing because of the altitude. We will get views of fours peaks above 8,000 meters in altitude – Everest (8848m), Cho-Oyo (8153m), Lhotse (8511m), and Makalu (8481m) – and numerous other towering peaks, including Gyachung Kang 7922 meter is to the east of Mount Cho-Oyo, Cholatse 6440 meter, Taboche 6542 meter, and Kangchung 6103 meter. You will also get a bird’s eye view of the Gokyo Lakes. The substantial Ngozumpa Glacier site can be seen snaking its way down the valley far beneath from the viewpoint. We will return to Gokyo for a late breakfast and retrace our steps back to the mouth of the glacier. We continue down the valley back to Machhermo and slightly further on to Na. You will be surprised at how easily and quickly the return journey is—total trekking time approximately 4 hours.
Phortse (3,542 meters). Today we go to Phortse, and not many trekkers stop or trek via this village. We retrace our steps to Phortse Tenka, followed by a 45-minute climb to reach the village of Phortse. It is where winter ice climbing courses take place at the Khumbu climbing school. There is an indoor climbing center in Phortse that was inaugurated in 2019.
We can walk around Phortse’s outskirts in the afternoon to spot musk deers and the Impeyan Pheasants. The dramatic mountain views need not be mentioned.
We will be walking on an exposed ridge before descending to Imja Khola on an exposed path. You might spot a Himalayan Tahr perched precariously on the rocks above the trail. We will trek to the main trail and gradually climb to the village of Pangboche. We stop here for lunch or proceed on to Shomare if we arrive a bit too early.
We continue on the trail above the Imja river before descending to cross it and climb up old glacial moraines to Dingboche’s settlement.
The peaks of Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, and other towering peaks dominate the skyline at Dingboche.
Lobuche (4,939 meters) We have a short 20-minute uphill walk to a Stupa with stunning 360-degree views of Mount Makalu 8481 meters, Lhotse 8501, and other ‘smaller’ mountains (in Himalayan context). We have an undulating hike for two to two and a half hours with Mount Taboche 6542 meters and Cholatse 6440 meters on our left before crossing the Khumbu river to stop for lunch at Thuglha 4620 meters.
We have a steep climb of 45 minutes to the top of Thuglha, where there are numerous memorial “Chortens” in honor of those who perished on Mount Everest. The final stretch of a gentle uphill trek to Lobuche 4900 meters takes about 90 minutes. Overnight lodge (5-6 hours walking).
Today is the day for most people to achieve this bucket list wish of being at Everest base camp. We start by hiking on undulating terrain for about 45 minutes before ascending to Gorakshep-La pass. We spend the next two and a half hours walking next to a lateral moraine in a series of ups and downs. Don’t forget to stop and look up at the awe-inspiring vista of Himalayan Peaks around you while sipping your water – rehydration is essential at all times.
We arrive at Gorakshep 5180 meters after about three and a half hours since leaving Lobuche. Some trekkers have a fast and early lunch to continue to EBC. Our staff will bring packed lunch for you to eat at EBC or whenever you feel hungry. It would help if you were very attentive as the trail is narrow and slippery in some places. Stand on the ‘safer’ side of the path when allowing other trekkers to pass through. It takes about two hours to reach EBC. We will stop to observe, absorb, contemplate, and of course, take lots of photos for remembrance at EBC. and overnight lodge at Gorakshep (5,120m)
The return journey back to Gorakshep should take about 90 minutes. Most of us will be very tired after this long day of hiking, an adrenaline-filled day of adventure. You will probably have dinner early and go to bed soon after.
Kalapathar meaning Black Rock is a viewpoint that is 200-meters higher than EBC with a terrific 360-degree view of Everest, Nuptse, Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, to name a few mountains. It takes a slow but steady uphill climb of 2 hours to reach the top. It takes about 60-75 minutes to return to Gorakshep. For some trekkers, Everest base camp is the ultimate goal and give Kalapathar a miss.
We head on the same trail to Thuglha. If you have climbed Kalapathar, we stop for lunch at Lobuche. If you have decided to give Kalapathar a miss, then you hike to Thugla for lunch (we had lunch here two days ago on the way up). We take the right path at the fork just past Thuglha. It is mostly downhill to Pheriche, a windswept valley. You will be amazed at how much ground you can cover on the way down with noticeably more oxygen in the atmosphere. The hike from Thuglha takes about two hours to reach Pheriche, 4250 meters. The trek for today can vary between 7-10 hours.
Tall Himalayan Peaks still surround us despite being on the way down. You will discover that it is much easier to appreciate them on the way down while covering more ground. Do stop for photos and drink plenty of fluid.
We will be trekking on the main trail to and from EBC from Pangboche, which we had avoided by coming through Khumjung and Phortse. We will stop at Thyangboche to see the Monastery and have lunch there.
We have a steep descent of 650 meters to Phunki Tenga, where The Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola meet. We have a steep climb of 90 minutes to Kyangjuma for the final leg of the day.
We can enjoy the after with a hot beverage and delicious confectioneries from their bakery. The owners are cheerful and amiable. 3650 meters. 6 hours trek.
We have a flattish start to the day for 90 minutes to Namche Bazaar. We trek past Namche on a steep downhill to the high suspension bridge. We leave the Sagarmatha National park this morning and have lunch at Monjo. We walk for two more hours after lunch to Phakding, where we stop for the night. Overnight Lodge.
We have a three-hour trek to Lukla. Try remembering your thoughts at the beginning (if you can remember these parts) and now at the end and compare. We celebrate the last night partying with our support crew.! Overnight Lodging.
Fly to Manthali and drive back to Kathmandu for 4 hours. Your afternoon will be free to relax or buy gifts for your family and friends.
Note: You can pay an extra $250 for a seat on a direct helicopter flight to Kathmandu.
Free day in case of bad weather affects either the beginning of the trek’s end.
International departure. You will leave for the airport three hours before your flight time.
- Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis
- Hotel/lodges on twin sharing basis
- All transportation
- Responsible Adventures’ Expert Trek leader or Hire Raj
- Complimentary T-shirt
- Use of trekking kit bag during the trek
- One assistant guide between 4 trekkers
- Trekking Chef
- One porter between two trekkers
- Proper clothing for porters and crew
- Food for porters & crew members (we are one of the few trekking companies that provide this facility)
- Insurance for team and porters
- All permits
- Twin sharing room on the trek
- All meals on the trek (healthiest and varied trekking meals in the whole of the Himalaya)
- Domestic airfare
- International airport taxes
- All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Transportation outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance (compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
- Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only); Leader’s tips at your discretion
- Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
From 3 years old to some in their 70s, most of our clients have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel name.
Do I need a Visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border, and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being adequately equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.
If you have more questions, please check this article to reference equipment to pack or contact us.
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