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Gokyo – Everest Base Camp


The Gokyo-Everest Base Camp route is one of the classic treks in the Sherpa region leading towards the following viewpoints:

  • Kala Pathar (5545m)
  • Everest Base Camp glacier (5300m)
  • “Gokyo”, a serene turquoise lake

The journey begins with a flight in a small aircraft for about a half-hour to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla, notoriously ranked as the most dangerous airport in the world: it has a slanted runway facing downwards at 20 degrees. Our pilots are recognized as experts but even then the approach can only be attempted in good weather.

Latest update: Lukla flight operates from Ramechhap, located within a 4-hour drive east of Kathmandu, due to heavy traffic at the city airport.

After reaching Lukla, you will meet our local guide and staff and proceed northbound, entering the gate towards Phakding. The next day covers a trek to Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The journey consists of a visit to the famous Namche Bazaar, the region’s largest junction and Sherpa village, where you can enjoy shops, restaurants and a variety of activities. Trekking gradually ascends towards the turquoise-colored Gokyo, the glacier lake with many other lakes at 4790m which are also one of the highlights of this trek. We then go up to Gokyo Ri (5181m) to have a breathtaking panoramic view of almost all of the region's 8000 meter high peaks including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu as well as many other named and unnamed peaks. Afterwards, we take an alternative mountaineering route that begins near the southern tip of Ngozumpa Glacier and just south of Taujun Lake. This leads east over the Cho La pass at 5420m to continue along the route to Gorakshep (5160m) in order to have an easier trek to Everest Base Camp. This alternate route also leads to a steep climb to Kala Pathar (black rock) where you can have a clearer view of Mt. Everest and plenty of other Himalayas.

We then descend with great achievement and a smile through the cold, hard wind. Along the way you can continue to experience unique Sherpa villages, mystical monasteries and enticing views. Descend via the normal approaching route of Tengboche Monastery, where crowds of Sherpas gather for the exciting Mani-Rimdu festival which takes place every tenth month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar.

You then return to Namche Bazaar where you can relax with a hot shower and enjoy a cold Sherpa beer to celebrate. This is followed by the final descent to Lukla where you can take a flight back to Kathmandu.

Additional Options

  • This trek is possible to do with many side excursions such as Chukkung Valley and Ama Dablam Base Camp (4600m).
  • Adventure-seekers can use the following high pass crossings:

    • Kongma La (5535m)
    • Chola Pass (5420m)
    • Renjo Pass (5345m)
    • Tashi Laptsa Pass (5750m), etc.
  • It is also possible to climb arduous peaks with an additional 5-10 or more days:

    • Island Peak (6160m)
    • Lobuche Peak (6145m)
    • Kwande Peak (6011m)
    • Mera Peak (6470m)
    • Pachermo Peak (6187m)
    • many others above 6000m.

NOTE: All trips can be customized as per your interest, fitness level and schedule.





Daily Walk Duration

3-7 HRS


MAX 5545 M

Group Size

1-15 PAX



Route itinerary

  • Day 1-2
    Fly to Lukla 45 minute flight. Meet with staff and start smooth trek to Phakding by crossing Dudh Khosi river. Next day continue trek, enter in Sagarmatha National Park and steep uphill to Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 3
    Visit to Khumjung village which is at the foot of Sacred mountain, Khumbila, 5761m and to famous Hotel Everest View, Yeti’s skull kept at the monastery and Kunde hospital.
  • Day 4-5
    A steep trek with stunning views of Ama Dablam and small traditional hamlets of Phortse Tenga. Another short day, Dole to Machermo, where Health post exist by IPPG.
  • Day 6
    Excellent view of Khatenga and Cho Oyu, we ascend. After lunch, after Pangka, ascend to Nilibuk’s narrow trail, we see the first view of Gokyo lake at 4750 meter with glaciers flowing down.
  • Day 7
    Early morning excursion to Gokyo peak at 5337m for better view of Cho Oyu, Gyacung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. Descend back to Gokyo to further to base of Chola pass.
  • Day 8-9
    Cross Chola, 5420 meter high, also called Chugyima la, depending on weather condition route is different than expected. Continue to Dzongla and further next to Dughla (4620m) and to Lobuche (4930m).
  • Day 10
    The trail follows through glacier, moraine with a lot of possible difficulty to due to high altitude. Views of Kala Pathar (5550m) and Mt .Pumori, can be seen. Overnight at Gorakshep.
  • Day 11
    Climb to Kala Pathar (Black rock) to have best view of Mt. Everest of west and south faces. This is certainly the best mountain viewpoints in the world. The climb is hard work, but offers the best.
  • Day 12-15
    Return back to Dughla, Pangboche. Tengboche monastery at 3860 is another highlight of the trip, Namche for hot shower and to endless switch backs to the Dudh Khosi river to Lukla for final night.
  • Day 16
    End of Sherpa village trek in Sherpa land, enjoying Sherpa Culture by giving Sherpa Smile. Flight back to Kathmandu.

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