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Everest and Gokyo Lakes Circuit

Hike across rugged terrain and traverse the immense Cho La Pass (5330m) as you climb to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain

Duration

17 nights

Annual Leave

2 weeks off work

Location

Nepal

Starts & Ends

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Average Rating

12 Reviews

Difficulty

Challenging

A proper challenge and a real adventure, however, there’s plenty of time allocated each day to ensure that everyone makes it.

Why it's Much Better

Trek one of the most adventurous routes out there and spend 15 days exploring the mighty Himalayas – bucket list stuff in the making

Cross the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge and get your first glimpse of the immense 8,848 m peak of Mount Everest

Traverse the immense Cho La Pass (5330m) – gateway to Mount Everest and an insanely beautiful stretch of trail with epic views of the world’s highest mountain

Push on to Everest Base Camp and see why its been capturing the imagination of mountaineers and trekkers since the 1920s

Discover the picture perfect Gokyo Valley, home to the highest freshwater lakes on earth and sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists

Watch the sun set from Kala Patthar (5,550m), the highest point of the trek, fill your camera with jaw-dropping photos and then celebrate your achievement over beers back in Kathmandu

What's Included

Internal flights

To and from Kathmandu and Lukla

Guides

Local, expert, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

2 nights in Kathmandu and 15 nights on the trek

Meals

Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Porterage

Your overnight luggage is carried for you

Permits

All entrance fees and permits are taken care of

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Itinerary

Day 1

Intoxicating Kathmandu

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Meals

Dinner

Check into your hotel in Thamel and get your first taste of life in Kathmandu.

After meeting your guides and making any last minute plans for the trek, you’ll finish the day with a group dinner alongside the rest of your team.

Day 2

Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding

On your Feet

Approx. 4 hours of hiking

Distance

7.5km

Elevation

190m up / 416m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Fly across the roof of the world on a small plane to Lukla in the Everest region – a breath-taking (and occasionally thrilling) journey and the jumping-off point for your trek.

Meet the rest of your local crew and then hike along the lovely Dudh Kosi River to Phakding village where you'll stay in your first teahouse.

Day 3

Phakding to Namche

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of hiking

Distance

10.4km

Elevation

1205m up/ 375m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Start your day with a walk through a beautiful pine forest and then cross the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge – be sure to check out the wonderful view of Mt. Thamserku (6618m) in the distance.

Continue on to Jorsale village and up the challenging climb to Namche Bazaar where you’ll get your first glimpse of the world’s highest mountain, the immense 8,848m peak of Mount Everest.

Day 4

Acclimatise and explore Namche

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

You've now reached 3440m, so it's time to spend the day acclimatising to the altitude.

Relax, wander the village, visit the Hillary School and Khunde Hospital, or hike to a nearby viewpoint where you can enjoy an incredible panorama of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Lhotse.

Day 5

Namche to Phortche Thanga

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of hiking

Distance

7.4km

Elevation

800m up / 681m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Push above the 4000m line and through the Mong La Pass with its amazing views of the Dudh Koshi River.

Continue hiking to tonight’s destination, the village of Phortche Thanga where you can visit a local monastery or just eat and relax on the riverbank.

Day 6

Phortche Thanga to Dol

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

5km

Elevation

470m up / 40m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Climb through the rhododendron forest and along a steep section to the Sherpa settlements of Tonga and Gyele.

Immerse yourselves in the local culture, capture some shots of the Khumbila and Tawache mountains and then get some rest ready for a big day tomorrow.

Day 7

Machhermo

On your Feet

Approx. 4 hours of hiking

Distance

5km

Elevation

416m up / 72m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Ascend higher and higher through the jungle until it gives way to juniper forests, interspersed with yak pastures and summer camping grounds.

Arrive at Machhermo around lunchtime and explore the valley with its amazing view of the 8,201m peak of Cho Oyu - the Turquoise Goddess.

Day 8

Enter the Gokyo Valley

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours hiking

Distance

9.8km

Elevation

515m up / 60m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Begin your day with an epic view of the plunging Khantega Gorge and then follow the river as it winds its way toward the vast, 36km Ngozumpa Glacier – the longest in the Himalayas.

From here its time to enter the Gokyo Valley, one of the most picture perfect locations on earth and home to the highest freshwater lakes in the world, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.

Day 9

Acclimatise in the valley

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

You’re now approaching 5,000m, so its time to acclimatise once again as you prepare for the final push.

Spend some time hiking this beautiful valley, trek to glorious lakes fed by towering peaks and take the opportunity to explore the heart of the Himalayas, including a viewpoint of Mount Everest that has to be seen to be believed.

Day 10

Trek to Thagnak village

On your Feet

Approx. 4 hours of hiking

Distance

5.5km

Elevation

370m up / 130m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Break camp and trek the short distance to the small, highland village of Thangnak - staging point for the Cho La Pass.

Relax, continue acclimatising and prepare for one of the best days hiking in the morning.

Day 11

The Cho La Pass

On your Feet

Approx. 8 hours of hiking

Distance

13km

Elevation

668m up / 538m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Climb the steep, eastern side of the Cho La Pass and earn the astonishing view that waits at the top - extra points if you can look at it without sighing.

Continue on to Dhzongla village where you’ll spend the night.

Day 12

Dhzongla to Lobuche

On your Feet

Approx. 3 hours of hiking

Distance

6.3km

Elevation

37m up / 139m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Take a moment - your goal is within touching distance, so there’s plenty of time to rest up, recover and enjoy some high altitude scenery as you travel between mountain villages.

Day 13

Destination Everest Base Camp

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of hiking

Distance

11km

Elevation

496m up / 262m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Navigate around the Khumbu Glacier and push on to Everest Base Camp, sitting at a whopping 5364m.

Spend some time enjoying your achievement, visit the Khumbu ice fall and fill your camera with jaw-dropping photos. You may even see climbers preparing to summit Everest.

Day 14

Sunset from Kala Patthar

On your Feet

Approx. 8 hours of hiking

Distance

20km

Elevation

537m up / 1716m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Ascend to Kala Patthar (5,550m), the highest point on the trek so far, with a never-ending view of Everest and many of the other highest peaks on earth.

After watching the sun set behind the mountains its time to head down to Pangboche, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 15

Pangboche to Namch

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

13.6km

Elevation

875m up / 1252m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Cross over suspension bridges and re-enter the jungle before tackling the steep incline that leads to Phungi Than.

Continue through the forest and back to Namche.

Day 16

Begin the final descent

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

18.2km

Elevation

788m up / 1200m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Trek through the pine and rhododendron forests one last time before saying goodbye to your local support staff and heading back to Lukla.

Day 17

Return to Kathmandu

Activity

Easy day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Fly across the Himalayas as you return to Kathmandu.

Explore the city some more, shop for last minute souvenirs in Thamel and then meet up with your team for farewell beers to celebrate successfully completing the trek.

Day 18

Last chance to enjoy Nepal

Activity

Easy day

Sleep in, have breakfast in your hotel and then spend some final time in Kathmandu before returning to the airport and back to reality.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

Kathmandu

Accommodation

Hotel

Rooms

Twin or triple share

You’ll stay in a hotel in Thamel close to the main shopping area and heritage sites. Expect an en-suite room with air-con and wifi included.

Private room upgrade

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for $26USD per person per night (subject to availability). This is only for the 2 x nights in Kathmandu and is subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.

On the trek

Accommodation

Teahouse

Rooms

Twin or triple share

You’ll be staying in teahouses - mountain lodges with a communal dining area and basic toilets that are usually sorted by gender. Wifi, phone charging and hot showers are often available for a small cost.

Need To Know

Meeting Point

Start

Where

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

When

Anytime

A private transfer is included, so you’re free to book any flight. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area and will take you to your hotel. You’ll meet your trek leader and fellow adventurers for dinner later that evening.

End

Where

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

When

Anytime

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Kathmandu Airport in time to meet your return flight. You’re free to book any flight and a transfer will be arranged from your hotel.

Kitlist

Bags

  • 1 rucksack/duffle bag for the porters to carry with your overnight kit (duffel can be purchased in Kathmandu for approx. $20)
  • 1 day pack as above (approx. 30ltr) with waterproof cover

Clothes

  • 1 waterproof jacket and 1 down jacket
  • 1 pair waterproof trousers and 1 pair lightweight trekking trousers
  • 1 set of thermals (merino is ideal)
  • 2 trekking t-shirts/shirts (shoulders covered)
  • 1 mid-layer (fleece or similar)
  • 1 pair trekking boots (must be worn in)
  • 1 pair lightweight trainers for evenings
  • 1 pair thick, waterproof gloves
  • 3 pairs thick walking socks / 3 pairs lighter walking socks
  • 1 warm wool hat
  • 1 buff or similar
  • 1 sunhat or similar

Sleeping

  • 4 season down sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner

Other

  • Trekking poles (if needed)
  • Travel towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Personal medication and first aid kit
  • Hand gel
  • 2 x 1ltr water bottles
  • 1 x headtorch
  • Water purification tablets/system
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain/to camp each day
  • 2 x passport photos for trek permits
  • A metal SIG bottle can be useful to fill with hot water before bed and used as a hot water bottle.

What's available to hire?

  • You can hire a down jacket and sleeping bag in Kathmandu for the below approx. prices. Please ask your host if this is needed so they can assist you with how to arrange the hire.
  • 4-Season Sleeping Bag Rent: Approx $2 per day Deposit: $80
  • Down Jacket Rent: Approx $1.5 per day Deposit: $50
  • On some trekking days/acclimatisation days there will be some downtime at the teahouses. A pack of cards and a book may come in handy here.
  • There is a weight restriction on the flight to and from Lukla of 10kg checked baggage plus 5kg hand luggage. It is not a problem for you to check in 1-2kg more than this as long as you are happy to pay an excess luggage charge (approx. £1 per kg). Some items may be left in the hotel in Kathmandu if necessary.
  • Please remove all unnecessary packing before you leave home and ensure you take all plastic off the mountain to be disposed of in Kathmandu.

Meet Your Host

Jagan and team

You’ll be led by Jagan and his team of highly-trained, experienced and friendly Nepalese mountain guides who’ve grown up in the foothills of Nepal’s epic peaks. They have an intimate knowledge of the mountains having led groups safely around the Himalayas for over a decade. Just by joining them on an adventure you’ll be supporting their mission to improve guiding standards and porter welfare, and also ensure young people in Nepal get the most from the country’s tourism industry.

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