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.
Everest base camp with Gokyo lake trek
Our Goyko Lakes trek begins at the heart of the Khumbu valley 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.
On this trek, you might be able to meet up with one of two remaining climbing sherpas from the 53 Everest Expedition. We also provide you with the privilege to stay in the Lodge of Appa Sherpa, the world record holder of the first 21 Everest summits.
We even stay at the lodge belonging to the main character of the documentary – Sherpa. He is the second person to have reached the summit of Everest 21 times and holds the world record of more than 34 summits on peaks above 8,000 meters.
Experience the hospitality of the Sherpas while enjoying views of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Cho Oyu and Lhotse from the summit of Gokyo Ri or just relax around the turquoise blue water of the Gokyo lakes.
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.
Day 01: Arrive in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Briefing for the trek and transfer to Mulkot.
Day 02: Phakding (2,656 meters)
Day 03: Namche Bazaar (3,450 meters)
Day 04: Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Thame. Stay at the lodge owned by Apa Sherpa, the first climber to summit Everest 21 times. Another Sherpa, who is the 3rd person to reach the summit of Everest, is also from this village.
Day 06: Khumjung (3,790 meters)
Day 07: Dole (4,000 meters)
Day 08: Machermo (4,410 meters)
Day 09: Gokyo (4,794 meters)
Day 10: Gokyo climb Gokyo Ri 5,364 and descend to Na 4,390 meters.
Day 11: Phortse (3,542 meters)
Day 12: Dingboche (4,336 meters)
Day 13: Lobuche (4,939 meters)
Day 14: Trek to Everest Base Camp and overnight at Gorakshep
Day 15: Kala Pattar (5,600 meters), and descent to Pheriche 4,260m.
Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,441 meters.
Day 17: Namche Bazaar (3,450 meters) – Phakding (2,650 meters)
Day 18: Lukla (2,832 meters)
Day 19: Flight to Manthali and drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 20: Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 21: Depart Kathmandu
- Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on 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
- 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 (best 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.
Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s, 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 names.
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 be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.