Thinking of going for an Everest adventure in the Himalaya? When people think of Everest adventure, they obviously think of trekking to the Everest base camp. But let us tell you that when Everest base camp is combined with Gokyo valley that takes an astounding detour from the regular base camp trekking route, the charm of trekking to the base camp becomes even more incredible.
The trek goes on the same route up to Namche bazar and makes detour via Dole, Machhermo towards Gokyo where you can enjoy the serene beauty of lakes residing on the Himalayan lap. You will get to experience spectacular Himalayan views which you never get to experience on the regular base camp trekking trail. In addition to the views, you will achieve a high Himalayan pass called Cho La, which is 5420 meters in elevation, while walking towards Everest base camp from Gokyo. After you reach the base camp and Kalapatthar, the way back down is on the regular base camp trekking trail so you do not miss any view from that route too.
Make your Everest base camp trekking adventure even more exciting by adding an amazing detour via Gokyo and experience the magic this Himalayan adventure brings to you.
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m
Today is your arrival day in Kathmandu. Once you finish the custom and visa process and come outside at the airport in Kathmandu, you will find a person waiting for you with our company sign board. Follow him to the car and you will be driven to your hotel. Check in, relax and spend some leisurely time.
Day 02: Kathmandu (1400m) – Lukla (2860m) – Phakding (3620m)
Take an early morning flight to Lukla, the gateway town to the Everest trek. Flying for about 45 minutes enjoying spectacularly beautiful view of the middle hills and mountains of Nepal, we land at the airstrip of Lukla. We, then, meet our complete trekking crew at Lukla and proceed on our trek for the day towards Phakding. After a four hours’ trek on a gradual downhill trail, we reach the small village of Phakding on the bank of beautiful Dudh Koshi River.
Stay overnight at a teahouse.
Day 03: Phakding (3620m) – Namche (3440m)
The trek for the day today that starts after breakfast at the teahouse goes mostly uphill to Namche. We come across several suspension bridges that allow us to connect from one mountain to the other across rivers and gorges. The effort of the trek is rewarded by the spectacular beauty of Namche bazar and the view of the Himalayan peaks from here. The stunning mountain peaks seen from this homeland of the famous Sherpas are… This homeland of famous climbing tribe Sherpa, who have the roots centuries back into Tibet, has become the ethnic Sherpa town for ages now when they migrated to the Everest region crossing the Himalayas.
Development of tourism activities in the Everest region has brought a significant change in the social and economic lives of Sherpa community as they have been the most preferred climbing assistants and trekking guides. All local Sherpa households of Namche bazar have been benefitted from the tourism industry as they have been able to run hotels at their own hometown.
Stay overnight at Namche Bazar.
Day 04: Acclimatization Day
We spend an extra night here at Namche Bazar as part of the acclimatization to the high altitude climate. We will take a day hiking trip to one of the hiking destinations in the area. We come back to Namche bazar for the overnight stay.
Day 05: Namche (3440m) – Dole (3534m)
We trek to Dole today after breakfast at our lodge at Namche. About six hours of walk through pine and rhododendron forested area via Tengboche takes us to Dole. On the way, when we reach Tengboche, we will stop for some exploration of a monastery there and surrounding. During our trek, we will be able to enjoy the view of the fascinating mountain views, serene forest, cultural and spiritual vibrations. When we reach Dole, we check into a guest house and relax.
Day 06: Dole (4038m) – Machhermo (4470m)
The walk today to Machhermo brings us some magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks of Thamserku, Kangtenga, Cho Oyu, Tawache etc. Comparatively a short walk of about four hours takes us to Machhermo in the afternoon leaving us with plenty of time to enjoy the magical beauty of the place and explore around.
Stay overnight at a guest in Machhermo.
Day 07: Machhermo (4470m) – Gokyo (4750m)
The trek for today takes us to a wonderful place called Gokyo. The very first section of the trek takes us on an uphill walk through a ridge enjoying the Himalayan view. Our walk also passes through a glacial moraine, first lake before reaching the beautiful Gokyo village on the bank of a serene lake. We will have some time in the afternoon to explore around the village as we reach there after a walk of about four hours.
Stay overnight at Gokyo.
Day 08: Gokyo Exploration Day
We take our day to explore the majestic beauty of Gokyo village and surrounding wonders. We take an early morning hike up to Gokyo Ri at the elevation of 5357 meters above sea level to enjoy a spectacular view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu. We walk back down to Gokyo and make an afternoon walk to the Fifth Lake and later explore Nagjumba Glacier.
After spending an incredible day in and around Gokyo, we spend overnight here at Gokyo itself.
Day 09: Gokyo (4750m) – Dragnag (4700m)
Comparatively a short walk today, we trek towards Dragnag via the third lake. The walk takes us past glacial moraine and shortly to Dragnag thereafter. After the beautiful short walk of the day, we reach Dragnag and explore the place for the rest of the day or simply take a leisurely time to rest.
Stay overnight at Dragnag.
Day 10: Dragnag (4700m) – Cho La (5420m) – Dzonghla (4830m)
It’s a long day today which takes us to Dzonghla for overnight stay. The walk goes past a high Himalayan pass called Cho La at the elevation of 5420 meters above sea level. Today is not only a long day of trek but also a difficult walking day. The day starts early to trek up towards Cho La pass passing through huge boulders. We walk on narrow and icy path through the pass thus have to be extra careful not to slip. After crossing the pass, we descend down towards Dzonghla where we spend overnight today.
Day 11: Dzonghla (4830m) – Lobuche (4940m)
Today we are going to meet the regular Everest base camp trekking trail when we reach Lobuche for our overnight stay. We are heading closer to the base camp of Everest as we walk further ahead towards Lobuche along the Khumbu valley. Once we reach Lobuche, we will meet trekkers making their way to the Everest base camp along the regular trekking trail to the base of the world’s highest mountain.
Day 12: Lobuche (4940m) – Gorakshep (5164m) – Everest Base Camp (5364m)
We walk to Gorakshep from Lobuche today. The trail traverses up and down on the mountains and glacial moraine. Once we reach Gorakshep, we take lunch at the tea house we are staying tonight and proceed towards Everest Base Camp in the afternoon. We walk to the epic base of the highest mountain in the world. We walk to the new base camp of the Everest which is different than the old one where Hillary and Tenzing had camped before starting on their adventure journey towards the summit of the highest peak in the world.
After spending some quality time at the base camp, from where we can inhale fresh air from stunning mountains of Pumori, Khumbutse and Nuptse, we start our way back to Gorakshep for the stay overnight.
Day 13: Gorakshep (5164m) – Kalapatthar (5550m) – Pheriche (4371m)
We go for an early morning hike up to the stunning view point of Kalapatthar at the elevation of 5545 meters above, which is also the highest elevation gain on this trek, for an excellent panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks right in front of us. Later we descend to Gorakshep and have our breakfast. We proceed on the trek for the day down to Pheriche to stay our overnight there.
Day 14: Pheriche (4371m) – Namche (3,440m)
The walk for the day on the trail leading us to lower elevation comes at stop when we reach Namche Bazar. The walk takes us through rhododendron and juniper forest. We can have some stunning views of Ama Dablam, Nuptseand Thamserku mountains from some points on the trail.
Stay overnight at Namche.
Day 15: Namche (3440m) – Lukla (2860m)
Today we map the Everest trail all the way back down to Lukla. We take the same trail we took to go up and come across several suspension bridges and walk past several local villages. Dudh Koshi River flow adds more beauty on the trail and makes the walk more enjoyable. And we eventually reach the town of Lukla where our trek to the Everest Base Camp comes to end.
We bid farewell to our supporting crew members expressing our thankfulness for everything they did to take us to the base camp of the world’s highest peak and bring us back safely. We stay overnight at Lukla today waiting for the flight back to Kathmandu tomorrow.
Day 16: Lukla (2860m) – Kathmandu (1400m)
We take another adventurous flight back to Kathmandu. Before boarding the plane, we will have a look on the Everest region and be grateful for offering us such incredible days which will stay in memory forever. The flight takes us back to the chaotic charm of Kathmandu. We reach hotel; check in and spend the day at leisure or find some massage, yoga etc. to rejuvenate our somewhat tired body.
Day 17: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
We will take you for a historical and cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu after breakfast today. The tour will take you to some of the cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Those sites are Pashupatinath to see the Hindu cremation rituals on the bank of a holy river, Boudhanath which is the largest Buddhist stupa in the world, Swoyambhunath famously known as monkey temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square which is a medieval palace square where you visit the temple of living goddess, Kumari.
Day 18: Departure Day
Get ready at the hotel lobby 3 hours prior to your flight time and we will transfer you to airport for your departure flight.