SESH 1501

Gokyo Lake & Everest Base Camp Trek 

Arrival

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

Briefing

At around 1800 (subject to flight timings) you'll be met by your guide for your pre-climb briefing to discuss tomorrow's trek and go through any questions you may have.

Trek

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Budanilkantha and trek to Shivapuri Hill

After breakfast, we'll embark on a 45 - minute drive to Budanilkantha, the gateway to Shivapuri National Park. From there, we'll embark on a scenic hike through lush forests to reach Nagi Monastery, and then continue on to Bagdwar. We'll enjoy lunch at Bagdwar before trekking to the summit of Shivapuri Hill, where we'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Kathmandu Valley and the majestic Himalayas.

After taking in the stunning scenery, we'll make our descent back to the park entrance and return to Kathmandu by car.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (35 min) and trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 

Ideally, our aim is to reach Lukla between 7 – 9 am, allowing you to enjoy breakfast and commence a leisurely downhill walk to Phakding. After a restful break in Phakding, we will gradually ascend towards the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, marking the official gateway to the Everest Region in Monjo. A lunch break at Monjo will be followed by a downhill stretch before the terrain levels out to flat ground with a mix of surfaces. The trail then follows the river until you reach the last high suspension bridge, signalling the beginning of the ascent on the 'Namche Hill' leading to Namche Bazaar. Today's trek typically spans 8 hours, inclusive of ample breaks and rests along the way. The distance covered from Lukla to Namche is approximately 20 km / 12.1 miles.

Day 04: Namche Bazar to Thame (3,800m)

Following our journey from Namche, we diverge from the traditional path leading to Everest Base Camp and veer towards the left, directing our steps towards Thame Village. Renowned as the oldest settlement of the Sherpa people, Thame once served as a vital trade route connecting to Tibet / China. Ascending approximately 150 meters above the village, we encounter the picturesque Thame Gompa, nestled amidst the dwellings of numerous Lamas. This leg of our expedition spans a distance of 9.7 kilometres (6 miles), with an estimated duration of 4 - 5 hours.

Day 05: Thame to Lungdeng (4,400m)

Starting from Thame, our journey proceeds northward towards Thame Teng, traversing through quaint settlements including Chanakpa and Taranga. We'll trek across yak fields until we reach Marlung. Today's adventure entails approximately 6 to 7 hours of walking across deserted hillsides, culminating in our overnight stay at Lungdeng. Accommodations will be arranged at a tea house or, if unavailable, at our own tented camp. Lungdeng offers unparalleled views of the Ngazumpa glacier, the largest glacier in the world. This leg of our trek spans a distance of 13.6 kilometres (8.5 miles).

Day 06: Lungden to Renjo - La Pass (5,465m) to Gokyo (4,800m)

Today marks a significant milestone on our journey! Crossing the Renjo La Pass  will undoubtedly be one of the more challenging segments due to the altitude and rugged terrain. Fortunately, during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), the weather typically remains clear, offering excellent conditions for our ascent. Upon reaching the summit of Renjo La, we'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views. The path onward to Gokyo involves navigating a glacier for a portion of the trek, requiring careful footing. However, the remainder of the journey to Gokyo consists of relatively easy downhill walking. This leg of our adventure spans approximately 12.9 kilometres (7.9 miles) and is estimated to take 7 - 8 hours to complete.

Day 07: Exploration day: Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m), tour 4th and 5th Gokyo Lakes

Today, we embark on an exhilarating ascent of Gokyo Ri, where we'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the magnificent mountain panorama. Following this breathtaking experience, we'll have the opportunity to explore the fourth Gokyo Lake, situated just 3 kilometres north of Gokyo Village. Our journey continues as we trek towards the fifth lake, with a highlight being the mesmerising scenery from the vantage point known as 'Scoundrel's Viewpoint' at the edge of the lake. Here, we'll be captivated by panoramic vistas of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu mountains, along with the expansive Ngozumba Glacier. After this unforgettable experience, we'll trek back to Gokyo, where we'll spend the night.

Day 08: Gokyo to Thagnak (4,750m)

If we haven't already ascended Gokyo Ri, today presents another opportunity to undertake this challenging climb. Scaling to the summit of Gokyo Ri demands physical effort, as the trail is steep and typically requires 3 to 4 hours to complete. However, the rewards are immense, with the breathtaking scenery of Gokyo Village nestled on the shores of the third lake, framed by the majestic Cholatse peak and the expansive Ngozumpa Glacier.

As we ascend, we're enveloped by a panorama of towering mountains including Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. The sight of the first light of dawn caressing the summit of Everest, standing tall above the surrounding peaks, is truly awe-inspiring.

Following our descent from Gokyo Ri, we'll traverse the Ngazumpa Glacier to reach the mountain on the opposite side. From there, we'll follow the mountain's edge before descending into Thagnak. Today's hike is relatively short, covering a distance of 4 kilometres (2.5 miles), allowing us an afternoon of well-deserved rest to prepare for the challenging days of trekking and altitude gain ahead.

Day 09: Thagnak to Cho La Pass (5,367m) to Dzongla (4,860m)

Today promises to be one of the most challenging days of our journey. While the Cho La Pass itself is not inherently difficult, its steep incline and the need to traverse a glacier on its eastern side require caution. The vertical trail can be precarious, with icy rocks posing potential hazards by creating slippery conditions.

Beginning our ascent from Phedi, we'll navigate through a ravine and along a rocky path. As we trek beside a frozen lake, we'll eventually reach the pass summit adorned with colourful prayer flags. From this vantage point, we'll be greeted by the majestic Ama Dablam towering over a range of mountains to the south, while Cholatse dominates the western skyline and Lobuche East and Baruntse rise sharply to our right.

We'll need to negotiate some crevasses before arriving at Dzongla Village. From here, we'll be treated to magnificent vistas of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, and the Lobuche Mountains, with the distant Pheriche Village visible below. Today's trek spans approximately 7 kilometres (4.4 miles).

Day 10: Dzongla to Lobuche (4,940m)

Today's trek is relatively brief, affording us ample time to unwind and appreciate the natural splendour that envelops us. Descending from Dzongla, we follow a gentle grassy trail, soaking in the majestic vista of Lobuche Peak. As the trail winds its way through the expansive river bed, we eventually arrive at Lobuche. The remainder of the day can be devoted to relaxation, allowing us to recharge for tomorrow's more extensive trekking endeavour. Covering a distance of approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 miles), today's journey offers a leisurely pace.

Day 11: Lobuche to Gorakshep - EBC - Gorakshep (5,160m - 5,365m - 5,160m)

Today's journey takes us from Lobuche to Gorakshep, situated at an elevation of 5,160 meters. This leg of our trek is characterised by its stunning beauty and distinctiveness, as we navigate through a landscape dotted with loose rocks and glacier moraine. The trail undulates, with approximately 3 hours of ascent and descent before reaching Gorakshep.

Upon arrival, we'll pause for lunch before embarking on an additional 3-hour trek to reach the iconic Everest Base Camp, where we'll have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of the world's highest mountain. Following our exploration, we'll trek back to Gorakshep, a journey taking approximately 2 hours, culminating this demanding day of trekking after a total of 7 or 8 hours on the trail. Today poses a significant challenge for most individuals, but the rewards are undoubtedly worth the effort. The distance covered today is approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).

*Option Two will end here with a helicopter back to Kathmandu

Day 12: Hike to Kala Patthar, trek down to Pheriche (5,555m - 4,358m)

Following a rejuvenating night's rest in Gorakshep, for those feeling prepared and capable, an early wake-up call awaits to embark on a challenging ascent of Kala Patthar, offering a breathtaking vantage point to witness the sunrise over Everest. This demanding uphill trek lasts approximately 3 hours and requires significant exertion, yet the stunning views of Everest bathed in the morning light make the endeavour truly rewarding.

Upon returning to Gorakshep, a hearty breakfast awaits before we commence our journey back to Pheriche, situated at an altitude of 4,358 meters. This descent can take up to 4 hours, resulting in a total walking time of 7 hours today. Covering a distance of approximately 18 kilometres (11.2 miles), today's trek offers both physical challenge and unparalleled natural beauty.

Day 13: Trek down to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Today's itinerary entails trekking from Pheriche back to Namche Bazaar. Anticipate another full day of hiking, spanning approximately 7 to 9 hours. Descending downhill to lower altitudes allows for swifter progress compared to the ascent.

Upon reaching Namche, indulge in the delights offered at the Namche Bakery or engage in a few rounds of pool at Cafe Danfe, offering a well-deserved break before we prepare for tomorrow's lengthy trek back to Lukla. Today's journey covers a distance of approximately 22 kilometres (13.7 miles).

Day 14: Trek down to Lukla (2,652m)

Today's trek can prove to be challenging, especially considering the fatigue accumulated from previous days of hiking. We commence by descending Namche Hill, followed by the lengthy journey back to Lukla. En route, we'll pass through Phakding before tackling the final uphill stretch leading into Lukla, where we'll spend one more night.

Expect a full day of trekking, lasting approximately 7 to 8 hours. The trail covers a distance of around 21 kilometres (13 miles), marking the culmination of our memorable journey through the Himalayas.

Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m). 35 min flight.

Today offers a respite for your legs as we trek only to Lukla Airport, a short 10-minute walk, before flying back to Kathmandu. We'll spend the night at a hotel in Kathmandu.

In the evening, we'll dine at one of Nepal's authentic restaurants, enjoying a traditional Nepali dinner accompanied by live performances of Nepali songs and dances. Overnight at the hotel.

Departure

A driver will collect you from your hotel around 3 hours before your departing flight and transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), ensuring that you arrive there at least 2 hours before your flight departs. Please let us know if you'd like to be collected earlier.

Prices per person



No. in group πŸ‘‰ Solo 2 🧍
Shivapuri trek - 1 day $ 190 $ 150
Private helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla $3,900 $1,950
Shared helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla $ 910 $ 910
Trek from Lukla, Gokyo Lake to EBC - 9 days $2,330 $2,130
Trek from Lukla, Gokyo Lake to EBC and back to Lukla - 13 days $2,710 $2,560
Private helicopter from Gorekshep / EBC to Kathmandu $6,240 $3,120
Shared helicopter from Goekshep to Kathmandu $1,950 $1,950
Private helicopter from Gorekshep / EBC to Lukla $2,080 $1,040
Shared helicopter from Gorekshep to Lukla $1,040 $1,040
Shared helicopter from Lukla to Kathmandu $1,300 $1,300

Mobiles: scroll right for larger groups πŸ‘‰

During peak seasons, there are typically numerous climbers available to share the expenses of the "shared helicopter" service. However, if we are unable to find additional climbers to split the costs, the individual cost may increase.

What's included in the costs?

Note that conversely with many other operations, our prices do indeed cover meals in tea houses along the route, and return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla. You will need cash for additional beverages, and tips.

  • Return airport transfers from Kathmandu Airport (KTM) to your hotel in Kathmandu
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin-share, bed and breakfast basis - one night before and one night after the trek
      • Transfers by private vehicle from Kathmandu to Dhunche and return
        • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
          • All meals breakfast, lunch and dinner on the trek with a tea or coffee with each meals
            • Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and return
              • An experienced, English speaking and government licensed trek guide and necessary porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek
                • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
                  • A Duffle bag, warm / down jacket and sleeping bag
                    • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
                      • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
                        • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant
                          • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

                            Additional cost considerations

                            • Nepal tourist visa fee (please bring exact amount in USD and two passport sized photographs)
                              • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
                                • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
                                  • Excess baggage charges (the baggage weight limit of the Lukla flight is 15kgs per person in total)
                                    • Additional nights required to be spent in Kathmandu if arriving earlier or departing later than as per the above schedule
                                      • Travel and rescue insurance
                                        • Costs associated with personal spending choices while in Kathmandu or on the trek, such as phone calls, use of paid WiFi, laundry, alcoholic beverages
                                          • Tips for guides and porters
                                            MOEV 801
                                            April 2024

                                            On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            SESH 1501
                                            March 2024

                                            Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

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                                            March 2024

                                            On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            February 2024

                                            On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            SESH 1001
                                            February 2024

                                            On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            December 2023

                                            On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy in Kathmandu for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            December 2023

                                            Day 1: On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Kathmandu Marriott Hotel for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            At high altitudes, it is common to experience acute mountain sickness (AMS). Approximately three-quarters of individuals at elevations above 3,000 metres can expect to encounter mild symptoms. The occurrence of altitude sickness depends on various factors, including elevation, rate of ascent, and individual susceptibility. During the normal process of acclimatisation, many people may experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness. It is important to understand that the mild discomfort accompanying this adaptation is considered normal and acceptable.

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                                            Once you have cleared Immigration and collected your baggage upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, please keep an eye out for a Team Mount Everest driver holding a sign with your name. The driver will transport you to Hotel Buddy in Kathmandu, where you will spend the night on a bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            Assuming climbers are able to obtain competitive flight fares all the way into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) this is almost always the best means of reaching us and getting into position to begin your climb or safari. During the process of booking with us we will request your flight details and will sENd one of our drivers to meet your flight. Our driver will usually be wearing a black Team Mount Everest T-Shirt and carrying a placard with the name of the main correspondent representing your climb group.

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