Everest, Nepal
18 Days
Trip Grade
Autumn, Spring
Best Time
Min: 2, Max: 10+
Group Size

Gokyo to Everest Base Camp Trek is the entry to the vicinity of Mt. Everest experiencing splendid walk in the glaciers passing electrifying Cho-la Pass and highest Khongma-la Pass attempting magnificent views of Himalayas from Gokyo Lake. 

Everest Base camp Trek via Gokyo lake Trek is designed including amazingly fun-walking trail that goes ups and down in the rolling hills as like waves in an ocean. View the perfectly integrated valley of Dudh Koshi river along with lush vegetation of National Park beautified by the panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Experience the authentic Sherpa culture in the mountainous villages, monasteries, the sacred mani-walls, fluttering colorful flags portraying spirituality, Chortains all the way demonstrating Himalayan Buddhism. Walk on the off beaten trail to the Gokyo Lake for a perfect view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Nuptse and cross the most exciting and thrilling Cho-la Pass. The most exciting and highlight of this trek is when you walk along the Khumbu Glacier that extends from Khumbu Icefall. Climb up the Kalapatthar for astonishing view of snowcapped mountains and cross the highest Pass- the Kongma-la Pass is the ever exciting part of this trek.

In addition, if you are looking for better opportunity to enjoy natural beauties, enhance cultural experiences as well as thrill your journey; Hiking Nepal also offer number of choices for trekking in Everest region. You could join our Everest 3 Passes Trekking-19 Days. If you want to add day/s climbing experience while trekking in Everest Base Camp, you may join our Island Peak.  Similarly, if you have a time limitation, then, you can also join Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek or Everest Base Camp 2 Weeks Trek.

If you are not satisfied with this itinerary or if you want to customize this package in your timeline or budget, then you could contact us, or email to info@hikingnepal.com

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:    Arrive in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Dinner)
Day 02:    Option for Cultural tour in Kathmandu valley (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Breakfast)
Day 03:    Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (Altitude: 2840/ 9372 ft. Phakding: 2610 m/8613 ft. Flight: 30 minutes Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 04:    Trek to Namche (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 05:    Rest day for acclimatization (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Meal: BLD)
Day 06:    Trek Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tanga (Altitude: 3,680m/ 12145 ft. Trek: 5-6 hours Meal: BLD)
Day 07:    Trek Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (Altitude: 4,470 m/14750 ft. Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 08:    Trek Machhermo to Gokyo (Altitude: 4,800 m/15840 ft. Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 09:    Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day – Optional Hike to 5th Lake (Altitude: 5000 m/33000 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 10:    Trek to Tragnang (Altitude: 4700 m/15510 ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 11:    Trek to Dzongla via Chola Pass (Altitude: Cho-la pass: 5330 m/17589 ft. Dzongla: 4830 m/15939 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 12:    Trek to Everest Base Camp, back to Gorakshep (Altitude: EBC: 5357m/17678 ft. Gorakshep: 5140 m/16960 ft. Trek: 6/7 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 13:    Trek to Kalapatthar, trek back to Lobuche (Altitude: Kalapatthar: 5550 m/18315 ft. Lobuche: 4910 m/16203 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 14:    Trek to Chhukung via Kongma-la pass (Altitude: Kongma-la: 5535 m/18265 ft. Chhukung: 4750 m/15675 ft. Trek: 6/7 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 15:    Trek to Namche (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 16:    Trek to Lukla    (Altitude: 2840/ 9372 ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 17:    Fly to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Flight: 30 minutes Meal: B/D)
Day 18:    Departure Transfer (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: B)

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Dinner)+

On your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, one of our representatives will pick up you and escort you to the hotel as well as help you to check-in at the hotel. After your refreshment, you will be briefed about the next day’s trip.

Day 2: Rest day in Kathmandu, Option for Cultural tour in Kathmandu valley (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Breakfast)+

It could be a long and more tired flight to Nepal or you may arrive late at night. Hence, flying to Lukla could be harsh. Hence, we have the option for a rest day in Nepal. After your delightful breakfast, you will be introduced with a guide who and takes you to UNESCO Heritages sites of the valley where you will observe the living heritage of Medieval Nepal – Witness the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupatinath, and capture the sacred moments of Hindu death ritual at Aryaghat in Pashupatinath. Stroll the lively streets of Kathmandu Old Market Asan to Kathmandu Durbar Square and visit the home of The Living Goddess Kumari, Nepalese style of Architecture as well as astonishing wooden carving. A short drive from Kathmandu Durbar Square will take you to a hilltop stupa called “Swyambhu” meaning “self -emerge” and belief that the hill emerged impulsively from the great lake that once covered Kathmandu valley.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (Altitude: 2840/ 9372 ft. Phakding: 2610 m/8613 ft. Flight: 30 minutes Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

On a clear bright morning, you will fly over the snowcapped mountains to one of the most electrifying high altitude airports, Lukla at an altitude 2900 m. Your guides and porters will accompany you here for the trek. Hence, the trekking adventure kicks off. Beginning the trek, you will slide down almost 500 meters to Dudh Koshi River. Then, the trek winds along with the trail beside the River towards Phakding. Passing several mani-walls and boulders engraved with Buddhist prayers, you will arrive at Phakding where you will spend the first night of your trek.

Day 4: Trek to Namche (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

The trek chases the northern trial up the Dudh Kosi valley to Monjo. At Monjo, the trek officially enters Sagarmatha National Park where you have to issue Sagarmatha National Park Permit Card. Continuing the trail along the steep uphill climb while savoring the first glimpse of Everest, you will arrive at the hub of Sherpa- Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Rest day for acclimatization (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Meal: BLD)+

It is a day to acclimatize you with higher elevation. On this day, you can go for a short hike to Khumjung, a beautiful settlement of Hospitable Sherpas. OR, you can roam around the Namche that offers Internet Cafes, restaurants, ATMs, and colorful markets. Even, you can enjoy the traditional living of mountain dwellers that is getting complimentary by the awe-inspiring surrounding and high altitude flora/fauna.

Day 6: Trek Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tanga (Altitude: 3,680m/ 12145 ft. Trek: 5-6 hours Meal: BLD)+

Today, you will climb the Khumjung hill and descend to the east of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Koshi from where the route turns north. Treading to the ridge top that stretches down from Mt. Khumbila, which is manifested by a beautiful “Chorten”, you will begin to explore Mohang. It is the birthplace of the reincarnated revered monk of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet, who has flourish Tibetan Buddhism in Khumbu and neighboring regions.  Beyond, Mohang, you will slide down along the series sheer switchbacks on the sandy slope to Dush Koshi Riverbed. Phortse Tanga is a small village that lies at the riverside.

Day 7: Trek Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (Altitude: 4,470 m/14750 ft. Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Your trek from Phortse Tanga begins with the uphill climb to Machhermo. The trail today penetrates wonderful rhododendron woods and then arrives at Tongba. Beyond Tongba the trek still chases uphill trail and passes beautiful villages- Dhole, Labarma and Luza before arriving at Machhermo.

Day 8: Trek Machhermo to Gokyo (Altitude: 4,800 m/15840 ft. Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Today the trek begins with an uphill walk to a ridge that caters a fantastic view. From the ridge top, the deep valley Kantega down and towering Cho Oyu 8153m above are eye-feasting sights. From the ridge top, you tread along the widened valley and cross Phangga- pass, where 40 people during 1995 avalanche lost their lives. Sliding down to the riverbed and then chasing along the steep trail via the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier, arrive in a stream. Crossing the stream on a small iron bridge, tread along the leveled trail and arrive at first Lake Longpongo, at 4690 m. Soon you will sight the second lake Taujung Tsho. A short walk from the second lake brings to the third lake called Gokyo Tsho. The famous village of Gokyo sits just above the lake with an amazing backdrop of Mt. Cho-Oyu. You will have lunch & post-lunch set out to explore Dudh Pokhari. Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 9: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to 5th Lake (Altitude: 5000 m/33000 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

This is a day for proper acclimatization before heading towards Cho La Pass. However, it does not means just to sit in a teahouse with books & coffee. Today, you can go for a hike to Gokyo Ri- an ideal vantage point to sight extremely the beautiful vistas of Everest and its closest neighbor; fourth lake and fifth lake that caters the demanding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu.

Day 10: Trek to Tragnang (Altitude: 4700 m/15510 ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

After spending a magnificent day in mystical Gokyo valley, you will set your journey towards Tragnang. You will walk a bit zigzags trail passing the forest and crossing small streams. You have to climb the second lake and Ngozumba Glacier to reach Tragnang. Spend your overnight at a local lodge.

Day 11: Trek to Dzongla via Chola Pass (Altitude: Cho-la pass: 5330 m/17589 ft. Dzongla: 4830 m/15939 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Today will be a long day of your trek and required a bit technical, as you will be crossing the pass. The presence of a steep glacial section on the east makes this pass a technically demanding walk. Ice-covered rocks make day’s trek tricky with slippery attributes. Beginning the trek, we walk through the rocky ravine to the top of the pass, which is marked by fluttering prayer flags and chortens. The pointed Ama Dablam along with Cholatse soars Lobuche East and Baruntse are extremely beautiful vistas from the top. Now traversing across some crevasses we arrive at Dzongla Village.

Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp, back to Gorakshep (Altitude: EBC: 5357m/17678 ft. Gorakshep: 5140 m/16960 ft. Trek: 6/7 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

It is the most interesting and challenging day of this trip as the day starts with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Today, you will hike up to the Everest base camp at an altitude of 5364 m. You will be headed through the horizontal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. On the way to Gorekshep, you will witness the north ridge of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Nuptse and many more. Further climbing through the Changri Glacier, you can have the first glimpse of Kalapatthar. You will stop at Gorekshep for a lunch; then continue to walk for your ultimate destination- the Everest Base Camp. The splendid views of the mountains and scenarios make the journey livelier, even snubbing all the tiresome walk in the steep route. The trial will last for approximately 3 hours from Gorekshep. Once you reach at base camp, you can actually see the deadliest route to the Everest that makes the journey more adventurous. You will get to spend quality time exploring the base camp and surrounding areas and return to Gorak Shep to spend the night.

Day 13: Trek to Kalapatthar, trek back to Lobuche (Altitude: Kalapatthar: 5550 m/18315 ft. Lobuche: 4910 m/16203 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Next to Everest Base camp, this day is too exciting and adventurous hiking to Kalapatthar. You will get an early morning call from our guide to get ready to hike first at Kalapatthar. The reason is to catch the sparkling yellowish snowcapped over the mountains especially Mt. Everest by the strike of every ray during sunrise. Every second becomes an exciting moment of a lifetime; well, don’t forget to capture in camera. Then, you will return back to Gorekshep with refreshing mood and descend back towards Lobuche where you spend your overnight.

Day 14: Trek to Chhukung via Kongma-la pass (Altitude: Kongma-la: 5535 m/18265 ft. Chhukung: 4750 m/15675 ft. Trek: 6/7 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Today will be the most adventurous walk as you are going to pass the highest pass of this trip, the Kongma-La pass. You will start walking just after breakfast following Khumbu glacier towards east. The trail would be longer without any tea shop and water sources, hence, you should carry a water bottle and some snacks. On the trail, you can catch the best view of Mt. Kongma Tse (5820 m), Mt. Pokalde (5806 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Lhotse Shar (8383 m), Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Mt. Baruntse (7220 m) and Mt. Ama Dablam. You will continue to walk up till you reach Kongma-la top that is decorated with the cairns and Buddhist flag, then you will step down towards Chukkung where you will stay overnight.

Day 15: Trek to Namche (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

It will be the steep down following the River, crossing the bridge and enjoying the route decorated with birch and rhododendron forest. Your sight will even keep on catching a few Himalayan giants including Everest, Kwangde, Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserkhu. Overnight will be refreshing at Namche.

Day 16: Trek to Lukla (Altitude: 2840/ 9372 ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Today is the final day of the trip. You will walk following Dudh Koshi River down to Lukla. You will have a celebration with the involvement of the Guide, Sherpa, and Porters as well. They will serve some local’s beer called “CHANG” and enjoy party learning some dance steps from traditional Sherpas.

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Flight: 30 minutes Meal: B/D)+

You will board a plane back to Kathmandu. Arriving at Kathmandu you will be transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day will be your leisure time. You can go for shopping, message, or rest at the Hotel. Evening time, we invite you for a farewell dinner at the authentic restaurant. You can share your experience, feedback us and give us a chance to make your evening a wonderful time. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 18: Departure Transfer (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: B)+

You will depart Kathmandu carrying lots of adventurous memories of the Everest Base Camp via 2 passes trek.

What is included

Airport transfer by Hiking Nepal office representative in a private vehicle

3 nights’ accommodation at Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast on twin sharing basis

14 nights’ accommodation  at well and comfortable Mountain Lodge available en-route during the trek (Few nights’ at during trek with attached bathroom/toilets)

English speaking, First Aid and Eco-trained local trekking guide, Assistance guide from group size five, porters (2:1)

All the expenses for guide and porters along with Insurance

Domestic Airfare for Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu

Sagarmatha  National Park Fees

Exclusive medical kit bag, Duffle Bag, Trekking T-shirt, Adventure Certificate

Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket during Trek

All government and local taxes as applicable

What is not included

Nepal Visa – (Cost- US$- 30 for 15 days & $- 50 for 30 days)

Lunch & evening meals while in Kathmandu  (farewell dinner)

Travel insurance

vehicle, guide and entrance fees in case of sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Cost of personal nature expenses, Beverages (Mineral water or coca-cola), cost of extra meals, snacks, phone bills, Internet, WiFi, laundry etc.

The cost incurred during emergencies, evacuations

Tips for Guide/porters/driver …

Group Size: 

For group, we normally run with minimum 2 person to maximum 10 in our published group departure program. However, there is no barrier for a private trip. We can run a trip for single person and even more than 10 in a group. Normally for a group, we provide 1 main guide, 1 assistance guide along with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. Moreover, for every additional 2 trekkers, 1 more assistance and a porter will be provided making a team combination as follows:

Minimum to 2 PAX: 1 Guide and 1 porter
4-6 PAX: 1 guide, 1 assistance guide and 3 porter
7-10 PAX: 1 guide, 2 assistance guide and 4/5 Porter

Guide and Trip Safety

Once, you confirm your trip, it is our responsibility to make your trip wonderful without creating any difficulties. Hence, we have prepared our itinerary in such a way that it will properly acclimatize you. Also, we request you in advance to have regular exercises and make habits to walk in a daily basis. Similarly, during trek, you will be fully guided by our professional trekking guides and supporting team. They are properly trained in regards to safety and first aid. Even, we have every set up in case of emergency such as high altitude medicine and Gammow Bag (High altitude Chamber bag). Please note High altitude Chamber Bag is used to provide heat in your body and it is available on certain cost. Moreover, to let you familiar with altitude, you are suggested to walk slow and steady and ensure for proper acclimatization.

For trekking, we provide local experienced guide speaking fluent English and familiar with the local routes, landscape, flora, fauna as well as culture, and tradition of certain areas and let you feel comfortable. We do not encourage for child labor, hence, our porter will be above 16 years that are living in the Himalayas of Nepal; as well as carries only 20-22 kg weight per porter. Normally, the guide and support teams are selected with proper analyzing of their experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. Our guides are well familiar with different societies of all caste and customs along the trail and share the insight culture with you that are not even noted in guide book.

To make our staffs more fluent and experienced, we consistently provide trainings. They have been participating in special training programs like Trekking guide training, Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Intensive Wilderness first Aid and many more that has been certified and approved by Nepal Government.

Travel Insurance

While travelling to Nepal, you are requested to have a travel insurance that should cover any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Especially, your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charges, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay and cancellations. We suggest you to bring you travel insurance certificate or send us scan copy and required to issue from your home land and we do not arrange or sell insurance.

Travelling in the Himalayas is full of adventurous; hence it is wise to choose a proper insurance policy. While choosing your insurance policy, make sure that it will protect all such unforeseen expenses. Your insurer should be well familiar with our itinerary that you have booked and must have agreed to cover all activities being undertaken during trip. Meantime, it is not compulsory that our all the assigned trip are facilities with Heli-rescue. You will not require heli rescue insurance for Tibet Tour as it is not possible to provide such facility.


It is better to follow the precaution given by World Health Organization and other international health related institutions that recommend having vaccines before travelling Nepal to prevent from certain fatal illness. If possible, we suggest you to bring your medical certificate however, it is not required to show but for safety. The recommended vaccines are polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, typhoid, yellow fever, hepatitis A/B, Influenza (Flu), Japanese encephalitis, and Tuberculosis. Meantime, it is better to consult your professional doctor about your travel and he might recommend you properly. You can also take suggestion of local travelers who have travelled Nepal before and know more about the required precautions. Please note that the protection that can be gained from vaccines varies from 50% to almost 100%. So remember that even if you have taken a vaccine you might still get the disease, although you will have greatly reduced your chances of getting ill.

High Altitude Sickness 

At the higher altitude, you will feel a decrease in availability of oxygen. If a person walk in the high altitude particularly climbs up too quickly, he might suffer from High altitude sickness. Hence, proper rest is required at that altitude. You can cure at right time knowing certain symptoms of Altitude Sickness. Common symptoms are headache, loss of appetite, tiredness and nausea, vomiting, dizziness and difficulty in sleeping. The best remedies that local belief and take is taking garlic, or ginger in mouth. Eat dry food and take liquid as much as possible. We recommend Diamox if there is no any options.

Also, we provide experienced guide and staffs in dealing with the effects of higher altitudes. As they are natives of Nepal, they easily acclimatize and therefore can care for their clients. They are equipped with necessary medical supplies and will assist with basic first aid treatment. We design our tours to ensure clients are ready for high altitude, and arrange alternative itineraries for those at risk.

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