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Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit

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Tour details
Destinations: Kathmandu, Lukla, Kala Patthar, Namche Bazar
Type of adventure: icon-16.png Trekking + walking
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 2169
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  • At a glance
  • Itinerary
  • What's included
  • Accom.details
  • Dates & prices
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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.
Walk profile
Daily distance in km/miles:
Day 26.0km/3.7miles
Day 311.0km/6.8miles
Day 510.0km/6.2miles
Day 69.0km/5.6miles
Day 74.0km/2.5miles
Day 86.0km/3.7miles
Day 94.0km/2.5miles
Day 1010.0km/6.2miles
Day 114.0km/2.5miles
Day 1212.0km/7.5miles
Day 1313.4km/8.3miles
Day 1414.8km/9.2miles
Day 1512.0km/7.5miles
Day 166.0km/3.7miles

Number of days walking:
15 (one optional)
Pace:
Approximately 8 to 10hrs walking per day
Terrain:
High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain
Itinerary
1
Day 1
Start Kathmandu.

2
Day 2
Fly to Lukla (2800m). Head northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi; trek to the small settlement of Phakding.

3
Day 3
Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar.

4
Day 4
Explore the Sherpa villages around Namche Bazaar – acclimatisation walk to Thamo.

5
Day 5
Acclimatisation walk to Kunde and Khumjung, descend to Kyanjuma.

6
Day 6
Cross the Mong La into the Gokyo Valley and trek to Dole.

7
Day 7
Continue to Machhermo.

8
Day 8
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.

9
Day 9
Climb Gokyo Ri (5360m); afternoon trek to Dragnag.

10
Day 10
Cross the Cho La (5420m) and enter the main Khumbu Valley; trek to Dzongla.

11
Day 11
Continue the ascent to Lobuje.

12
Day 12
A long day to visit Everest Base Camp. Stay overnight at Gorak Shep.

13
Day 13
Climb Kala Pattar (5,545m) for classic views of Everest. Descend to Pheriche.

14
Day 14
Trek to Thyangboche and visit the famous monastery. Descend to Phunki Tenga and ascend to Kyanjuma.

15
Day 15
Trek back to Monzo via Namche.

16
Day 16
Return to Lukla.

17
Day 17
Fly to Kathmandu.

18
Day 18
Free day in Kathmandu.

19
Day 19
End Kathmandu.

Guided Group
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.
Activity level
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 included
All breakfasts
What's not included
Travel insurance
Accommodation details
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.
These are ‘land only’ prices which require you to book your own flights and join the rest of the group on Day 1 of the trip. For more information please see Trip Notes
DatePrice 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
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Interesting facts
Triglav summiting or how to tame Goldenhorn

Triglav is the Slovenia’s highest mountain, featuring three peaks with the highest one reaching 2864 meters. According to one of the legends, there was a magical Goldenhorn inhabiting the Triglav Mountains. The horns of the mysterious creature were made of gold and would make anyone who caught Goldenhorn forever rich. The Goldenhorn was never caught due to its artfulness in escaping from the chasers, even when injured. The magic power of Goldenhorn was hidden in a divine flower protecting him from deathly wounds. The flower was growing in the crevices of Triglav and boasted unfathomable beauty. 

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