Gokyo EBC trekking - Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350 m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by one of our trek leaders and you will be transferred to your hotel. You will have the whole day for yourself, except in the evening when you will be asked to join a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. The host for your delicious meal will give you a short briefing about the Jiri Gokyo EBC trek. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
The first part of the trek gently ascends for nearly 2 hours to Chhiplung (2700 m.) which is an intersection point to Jiri and Lukla, passing through Mushe (2650 m). The trail is almost flat with a gentle descent at first followed by a gradual rise to Phakding. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
After an early morning breakfast, we trek and cross the river on the high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800 m) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche Bazaar and along the way we come across few rhododendron forests which gives a wonderful touch to our climb. Namche Bazaar is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 04: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization | Hike to Everest view hotel.
Namche bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. For acclimatization day today, we walk up to Khunde Hospital or go for an hour walk up to Sangboche (3800 m) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3800 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
From Namche, the route turns west and the trail is almost at the same level, hence smoother as you head up the Bhote Koshi Valley. After descending to the Bhote Koshi, the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here, there are good views of the peaks of TengKangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Stay overnight in the lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Thame to Khumjung (3790 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
We retrace our route back down to the Bhote Koshi Valley towards Namche and then branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a picturesque village that has its own Gompa at the top end of the town. From here we get an excellent view of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Stay overnight in the lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Khumjung to Dole (4040 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
As soon as we arrive at Khumjung, the trail climbs to a large chorten situated on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734 m peak. The trail descends slightly towards Sanasa and then ascends up the Mongla (4000 m). From here, we get a mesmerizing panoramic view of the mighty mountains. The trek steeply descends passing through PhortseTenga and then begins to climb sharply to Dole through rhododendron and birch forests festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. Stay overnight in a lodge.
Day 08: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
From Dole, we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements and as we go further we are rewarded with majestic views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and you will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Stay overnight in a lodge.
Day 09: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750 m) | 4-5 hours walking.
Today we trek to the beautiful Gokyo Lake. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melted-waters. Rivers flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier as we climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420 m), Lobuche and the famous Everest later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Stay overnight in a lodge.
Day 10: Another rest day at Gokyo.
We catch our breather today and stay put as today is an acclimatization day. However, we may go for excursions in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. We can also take a trip to the Fifth Lake via the Fourth Lake. Stay overnight in a lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5340 m) and back to Thangna (4650 m) | 4-5 hours walking.
Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave camp just after the first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu slowly comes into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest in the Everest region. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Thangna to Dzongla (4843 m) via Chola pass (5420 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
We ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. Most of the time, the Chola pass is covered with blue ice giving us an icy feeling. We can also enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan giants that surrounds the area from all sides. From here, the trail descends steeply for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 13: Trek from Dzonglo to Gorakshep (5180 m) via Lobuche (4900 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
From Dzongla, the trail goes uphill and downhill, gently contouring around the west side of the Lobuche Khola, providing an excellent view of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall, and the popular Mt. Everest. The trail coming from Pheriche meets at the Lobuche Khola (Lobuche Stream). Stay overnight at lodge
Day 14: Trek from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) to Gorakshep | 6 hrs walking.
This is the main day of our journey since the grand views of Mt. Everest can be seen from here which takes approximately 4 and half hours to reach. While trekking to Everest Base Camp we pass through a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, we can meet some of the expedition teams on the way to Everest Base Camp. The number of teams is less in the autumn season. While returning back, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. Return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 15: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545 m) | Trek to Pheriche (4250 m) | 8 hrs walking.
Early in the morning, we climb to Kala Patthar (5545 m) and enjoy the view of the sunrise. From Kala Patthar, we get to witness an outstanding panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and much more. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town and from here you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. We can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post where foreign volunteer doctors are stationed to provide medical treatment to trekkers and local people. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 16: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3850 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
To reach Tengboche, we pass through the Pangboche village, which is known to have the highest permanent settlement throughout the year in the Khumbu region. Upon your arrival at Tengboche village, you will come across the famous legendary monastery which is the largest in the Khumbu region. There is a trekker's visiting center where local Sherpas make an exhibition of different goods to be sold to interested trekkers. They also show a slide presentation about Sherpa people, their culture, the Buddhist religion and environmental development programs. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 17: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3445 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
From Tengboche, the trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250 m) crossing the Dudh Koshi River. We get a glimpse of panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. KusumKangaru. Stay overnight at lodge in Namche.
Day 18 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880 m) | 6-7 hours walking.
The last day of our trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times in a row. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla for our overnight stay.
Day 19: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu | 35 minutes.
After an early morning breakfast, we take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest and relax till evening. One of our team leaders will take you to a typical Nepali restaurant for a farewell dinner to enjoy and celebrate the Jiri Gokyo EBC trek hosted by Ram Kumar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 20: Final Departure.
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight back home. Wish you have a safe and sound flight. We hope to see you again in the future!
Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays