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Trek amidst the azure blue Gokyo Lakes
At a glance
3 nights standard hotels, 15 nights teahouses
Circular trek via the Gokyo Lakes, crossing the Cho La Pass to Everest Base Camp
This circular Everest Base Camp trek explores the heart of the Sherpa homeland, from Namche Bazaar to the Gokyo Valley, crossing the glaciated Cho La Pass and on to the classic route to Everest Base Camp used by the great climbing parties. Allowing ample time for acclimatisation, we are able to explore this high mountain wilderness, the quieter Gokyo Valley as well as the main Everest trails. Our goal is Everest Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier with the chance to climb iconic Kala Pattar (5545m), which offers fabulous close-up views of Mount Everest.
Daily distance in km/miles:
Number of days walking:
15 (one optional)
Approximately 8 to 10hrs walking per day
High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain
Fly to Lukla (2800m). Head northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi; trek to the small settlement of Phakding.
Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar.
Explore the Sherpa villages around Namche Bazaar – acclimatisation walk to Thamo.
Acclimatisation walk to Kunde and Khumjung, descend to Kyanjuma.
Cross the Mong La into the Gokyo Valley and trek to Dole.
Continue to Machhermo.
Trek to Gokyo Lake, a small settlement of lodges on the shores of a blue lake. In the afternoon, optional walk up the hill behind camp for incredible views of the Ngozumpo Glacier.
Climb Gokyo Ri (5360m); afternoon trek to Dragnag.
Cross the Cho La (5420m) and enter the main Khumbu Valley; trek to Dzongla.
Continue the ascent to Lobuje.
A long day to visit Everest Base Camp. Stay overnight at Gorak Shep.
Climb Kala Pattar (5,545m) for classic views of Everest. Descend to Pheriche.
Trek to Thyangboche and visit the famous monastery. Descend to Phunki Tenga and ascend to Kyanjuma.
Trek back to Monzo via Namche.
Return to Lukla.
Fly to Kathmandu.
Free day in Kathmandu.
This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
You have a good level of fitness and are looking for a physically challenging holiday. Previous experience is essential for activity based trips.
What's not included
Hotel & Lodges
The fifteen nights on trek are spent in lodges and the three nights in Kathmandu are in a hotel.
The mountain lodges (or tea-houses) are fairly basic but perfectly adequate as long as you are realistic about what to expect in the mountains - you will receive our Lodge Information Sheet upon booking. The bedrooms are now almost all twin-share (on rare occasions in peak season some nights may be multi-share).
Most now have running water and some have showers; others are much more basic. Bathrooms are usually shared and toilets are mostly Asian ‘squat’ style. Standards of cleanliness vary especially in the main trekking season and in winter when water freezes at night. Lodges at the top end of the trek (Tangnak, Dzongla, Lobuje and Gorak Shep) are more basic, particularly the toilet facilities.
You may book a single room for the three nights in Kathmandu for a supplement from GB£80, subject to availability. Single rooms cannot be pre-booked in the lodges for the trek.
|Date||Price excl. flights (pp) from|
|Thu 29 Sep 16 - Mon 17 Oct 16||Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,985|
|Thu 13 Oct 16 - Mon 31 Oct 16||Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,985|
|Thu 10 Nov 16 - Mon 28 Nov 16||Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,845|
|Thu 09 Mar 17 - Mon 27 Mar 17||Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,885|
|Thu 23 Mar 17 - Mon 10 Apr 17||Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,885|
|Thu 20 Apr 17 - Mon 08 May 17||Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,885|
|Thu 28 Sep 17 - Mon 16 Oct 17||Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,885|
|Thu 12 Oct 17 - Mon 30 Oct 17||Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,885|
|Thu 09 Nov 17 - Mon 27 Nov 17||Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,885|