Everest Gokyo Lake Trek
Experience the incredible terrain of Nepal on the ultimate adventure trek - Mount Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake. It’s a tough hike, but worth a gamble- especially the Gokyo Lakes and the feeling of witnessing world’s highest fresh water lakes.
Rise to the challenge & follow the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary with this adventurous trek to Everest Base Camp & the spectacular Gokyo Lakes. Experiencing closely the Sherpa villages, monasteries, magnificent glaciers views the world's most majestic mountains so close that we cannot even fit them in the frame of cameras should be a trek of lifetime.
The possibility facilitated by Silver mountain and its team for observing worlds five 8,000-metre peaks: Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kangchenjunga, and Cho Oyu along with the Gokyo Lakes at the lap of these mountains gives a feeling of existence of heaven on earth.
If you are passionate about travelling to the extreme and accept challenges that nature has to offer, we believe you would discover true yourself in this trek. Walking in between the highest and the most regal mountains on earth with Mount Everest standing tall if front of your eyes gives a sense of superhuman feeling in you. The Everest area of Nepal is also famous not only for the mountains and its cultures but also for some exploits of adventurers’ like Hillary, Tenzing, Bonnington, Messner and Macartney Snape. The Sherpa community who beholds the armada at Khumbu or the everest region are well-known for their hospitality. This trek encompasses Sherpa villages and some old monasteries aged 80 years back. The trek also offers a wonderful opportunity for cultural interaction. Both treks are graded challenging, requiring participants to commit to a dedicated training program prior to departure. If the trek is all that you believe you are, the trek is definitely meant for you.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
On this day you arrive to Kathmandu and we transfer you to your hotel or hostel. On this day you rest and rejuvenate of days to come.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation
On this day we get busy with couple of things; one making required permits for your trekking and two taking you out for sightseeing. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to different heritages.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (200m descend to 50m descend)
The day starts early and as early as 4 in the morning to catch an early flight to Lukla, which is completely dependent on weather conditions. We have our breakfast in Lukla and follow the stone trail downhill around 45 minutes and walk along with Yak and mules at time, through beautiful Buddhist communities with prayer flags, chorten and mani. Relatively today’s trek is easy and we trek for 3to4 hours until we arrive Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche bazaar (1000m ascent to 100m descend)
We start strolling on the same undulating trail we had left the earlier day. On this day we walk on the trail, carved on the hills, on the bank of Dudh koshi. Several times we cross rustic suspension bridges to walk on the left and right banks, making our way through beautiful river side Buddhist settlement intermingled with sparse forest of Rhododendron, pine and fir. We get the first glimpse of Thamserku 6608m, on this day. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar through sheer, crisscross and pine scented trail is the most difficult section of the day, we also feel the thin air kick in. On a clear day Namche offers the view of Mt. Everest
Day 05: Rest Day
We take rest on this day to acclimatize with high altitude and an excellent day to explore Namche, culture and surrounding short hikes. Namche is interesting village or town which has terrace like settlement and looks like an amphitheatre. This is the most happening village throughout the Everest base camp trek. On this day we hike to Syngboche airport; one of the high altitude, non commercial air strip. We also take the opportunity to visit Khunde and Khumjung where we see the school built by Sir. Edmund Hillary. Back to Namche we relax and enjoy the view, meanwhile we get ready for the next day’s trek.
Day 06: Namche to Portse Thanga (530m ascent to 290m descent)
There are two option from here to reach our next destination and we choose the one via Kyanjuma. With the views of snow dusted, soaring Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse we make sheer ascent through barren ridges. After the ascent we reach Mong La also known as Mond Danda, where we sit for lunch. After reviving we now descend to the root of the hill and banks of Dudh Koshi river, which is our final destination for the day, Portse Thanga.
Day 07: Phortse Thanga to Macharmo (ascent to 650m)
From Portse thanga divides two trails, one that heads to Everest base camp and the other which heads to the valley of Dudh Koshi towards. We walk short but strenuous and sheer uphill through the forest of Rhododendron, a beautiful trail and playground of musk deer. Keep an eye for Golden eagle and dramatically soaring mountains of Everest region. The trail is comparatively easy from Dole and the only vegetation we come across is tundra grass and dotted scrub Juniper. It is advised to hydrate as much as possible due to remarkable change in altitude over a short period of time.
Day 08: Macharmo to Gokyo (ascent to 350m)
The villages we see from Macharmo onwards are all temporary villages and only inhabited at certain time of the year. With the beautiful view of Kantega and Cho Oyu, we follow the Dudh Koshi river for almost an hour, until we reach the first lake which is at around of sheer uphill we come across the 1st lake at 4600m, and further down the trail 2nd lake called Taboche Tsho and finally the third lake by the village Gokyo, known as the Gokyo lake itself. We can further travel to the 5th and 6th lakes which is around 1 and ½ hour hike up down.
Day 09: Gokyo Acclimatization (570m ascent to 570m descend)
After acclimatizing in Gokyo and enjoying the views of Cho Oyu (8204m) for long enough, we further ascent to Gokyo Ri (5346m), one of the most appreciated, nearby view points and the we can witness an unparallel, picturesque view of Everest (8848m), Nuptse 7861m, Makalu 8481m, Cholatse (6440m), Tabotse (6495m), Ama Dablam 6856m, Katenga 6685m, Thamserku (6608m). The entire trip takes about 4 hours and we call it a 2nd day at Gokyo itself.
Day 10: Gokyo to Draknak (Thaknak)
On this day we walk almost all day on the treacherous trail left behind ever changing trails from the melts and shifts of Ngozumpa Glacier. The trail is only marked by the help of steps and cairns made by the trekkers. This is one of the most difficult sections of Gokyo lake trek already, and the chances of rock rolling from the hills make it more adventurous.
Day 11: Draknak (Thaknak) to Chola Pass to Dongla (Ascent 700m to Descent 590m)
The day is tedious and we start very early to cover the entire ascent and descent in thin air, which takes a very long time. This is one of the most difficult sections of the Gokyo Lake treks, we slowly embark on the same trail we left on the day prior and stroll steep and never ending uphill but with some pretty nice and near views of peaks like Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pharilapche, Kyajo to Ri. Further after crossing Chola Pass the trail again becomes sheer, exhilarating scramble, on the edge of the mountains. After reaching the foot of the trail from the Chola pass we cross several streams, from where the trail becomes a walk in the garden with the view of Ama Dablam at the end of the valley until we reach Dongla.
Day 12: Dongla to Labuche
Comparing with previous days, today can be called as easy hike of 2to3 hours. With the view of Cholatse on our right, we walk on this grassy knoll, cross beautiful streams and start walking over the moraine and finally reach Labuche.
Day 13: Labuche to Gorakshep to Kalapatthar/Ebc to Gorakshep (Ascent 650m, descent 385m)
It is very important to be careful on this day as we may feel AMS but cautiously we ascend towards Gorakhshep. Most of the days initial trek follows the narrow gap between glacier moraine and the mountain. We make a very small but difficult climb to more technically difficult moraine with the first sighting to Gorakshep. Gorakshep 5160m which is at the base of Kalapatthar 5545m, is a flat land where we have our lunch. It is recommended to visit Kalapatthar on this day to view Himalayas of Everest region. Many people prefer Kalapatthar in the morning but it is not recommended due to the ruined view from sunrise behind the Everest. We either trek to Everest base camp or Kalapatthar and trek back to Gorekshep and spend the night.
Day 14: Gorakshep to Pheriche (200m ascentt, descent 700+m)
If we made it to Kalapatthar on the previous day, we hike to Everest base camp on this day before we descend to Periche. We make a very nominal ascent of 200m this day but is very technical it takes almost 3 hours. We start our trek early at around 6 am to our destination which is a semitopermanent village made out of bright dome tents and bounder covered by prayer flags. Everest base camp is the hub of mountaineers who are waiting for green signal to climb further up, the view of the mountains are spectacular but Everest is not visible due to the towering mountains upfront. After spending brief moments in Everest base camp we trek down for another hour to Gorekshep and further down to Periche in Next 3to4 hours.
Day 15: Pheriche to Namche (Ascent 400+m and ascent 50+m)
From Periche we descend to scenic Imja River and make small and easy ascent and walk through the forest of Rhododendron and Fir. We walk majorly through the banks of Imja stream and Dudh Koshin until an uphill to Tengboche and further down to Phunki Thanka and final sheer uphill for around an hour to Namche.
Day 16: Namche to Lukla (Ascent 950m, descend 250m)
Although we start early and it is all descend from Namche to lukla, it is claimed to be the hardest downhill in the entire Everest base camp route. The remorseless incline makes it difficult on the knees but there is always an option to slow down the pace and stroll easy. It’s a flat trail from Benkar to Pakhding and Lukla and very easy for the knees. It’s the final day in Everest region where we reconfirm our flights and enjoy the party like atmosphere amongst the trekker who has finished their trek.
Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu
We board an early morning flight on the world’s most adventurous before the weather is wrecked. With the views of the beautiful peaks on our right we head towards Kathmandu.
Day 18: Farewell
On this day the entire team of Silver Mountain adventure and the guests will have time together relax and talk over the dinner. This dinner signifies end of the trip in Nepal but not our relationship. Further we transfer you to the airport according to your flight schedule.
All airport/hotel transfers
Three nights hotel in Kathmandu
Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport departure taxes
An experienced English-speaking guide
All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
A comprehensive medical kit
All government and local taxes
Nepal Visa fee
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Travel and rescue insurance
Tips for guides and porters
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