Mt. Everest Base Camp via Gokyo
Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche - Gokyo - Kalapathar - Mt. Everest Basecamp - Namche - Lukla - Kathmandu
This classic trek is a longer and more adventurous version of our standard Mt. Everest Base Camp trek. After Namche Bazaar, you'll cross over Renjo La pass, then hike up Gokyo Ri, then cross over the Cho La pass--all three of which are over 5,300 meters (17,000 feet) high and pass through spectacular mountain scenery. So you'll be better acclimatized for the hike up Kalapathar at 5,545 meters (18,195 feet) and the visit to Mt. Everest Base Camp.
Small groups provide a more intimate atmosphere allowing you to get to know your Sherpa guides better and to develop lifelong friendships. And, because this trek spends more time at higher altitudes with fewer people, there is less chance for problems. Therefore, the maximum group size for this trek is 6 people. The minimum is 2 people.
Tea House Lodge Trek
All accommodations during the trek are in family-run tea house lodges, which helps support the local economy and gives you an insight into the Himalaya culture. Morning and evening meals will be at these lodge and you'll have choices of both western and local dishes.
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- Kathmandu tours including Patan Durbar Square, Swayambunath Stupa, Pashupatinath, and Monkey Temple
- Crossing 2 remote mountain passes of Renjo La and Cho La
- A visit to the famous Tengboche Monastery
- Views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and other spectacular peaks
Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2 - Tour Kathmandu
Today your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your tour of Kathmandu. Visit the Boudhanath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Tour the inside of one of the several monasteries neighboring the stupa. Next visit Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River. Continue on to Patan Durbar Square to take in ancient Nepalese architecture and enjoy lunch at the museum garden. View ancient Nepalese art in the museum. Stay overnight in Kathmandu. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3 – Kathmandu to Lukla (2,810 m); Trek to Phakding (3 hrs.)
Take an unforgettable scenic flight in the early morning to Lukla with views of Himalayan peaks including Gauri-Shankar and Melungtse. Upon arrival, meet your sirdar and the rest of the crew. Enjoy lunch, while your crew finishes final preparations for the trek. In the afternoon, trek 3 hours along the Dudh Kosi river to the village of Phakding. Overnight at Lodge. (All meals)
Flight: Kathmandu to Lukla
Day 4 – Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440 m / 6 hrs)
After breakfast, begin today’s trek, and enter Sagarmatha National Park. Cross the Bhote Kosi River and begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar, the center of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society. Keep an eye out for glimpses of Mt. Everest along today’s route. Overnight at Lodge. (All meals)
Day 5 – Namche Bazaar
Today is an important acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. It is recommended that you stay active today. You can take a day hike to Thame or Khunde, or just explore Namche Bazaar. If this day falls on a weekend, you can enjoy the Saturday Market. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 6 – Namche Bazaar to Thame (3820 m / 4-5 hrs.)
Traverse westward with view of Kwangde (6343 m) and the waterfall cascading off its flanks. Follow Bhote Kosi as the side hills high on its bank through the red and yellow rhododendron forest (in full blossom in May). Cross the river and look down the valley for views of Thamserk (6648 m) and Kusum Kanguru (6370 m). Climb up to Thame village through the forest. It is a secluded village and the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay the first Sherpa to climb the Mount Everest. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 7 - Thame to Lungden (4380m / 4-5 hrs.)
Today we start our serious high altitude trekking. We walk for about 4 hours through a stunning landscape on an old trade route to Tibet to the village of Lungden. This village has only one lodge and very aptly called the Renjo La Support Lodge. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 8 – Lungden to Gokyo (4750 m) via Renjo la pass (5320 m / 8-9 hrs.)
The big day starts real early and it is a long day, as we have to walk about 6 hours to reach the pass, going slow because of the high altitude. After a brief stopover to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Everest Range and photographs, we start on a remarkably difficult downhill journey for about 3 hours to reach the village of Gokyo walk along the stunning and beautiful Dudh Kunda. Overnight in Gokyo at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 9 - Climb Gokyo Ri Peak
Today is an opportunity to visit Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak) for the best viewpoint of the Everest Region and what can be considered the highlight of the trip. The hike to Gokyo Ri is quite steep and takes about 3-4 hours to reach the top. The panoramic scenery of Mts. Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori are unforgettable.
If the weather doesn’t permit a trip to Gokyo Ri today, then spend the day exploring the lakes and hike to 4th, 5th and 6th lakes and up to “Scoundrel’s Viewpoint” for astonishing views of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makulu. In the event of bad weather, a second attempt at Gokyo Ri can be made the next day. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 10 - Gokyo to Thangnak (4-5 hrs.)
If Gokyo Ri was not reached the previous day, wake early to reach the peak this morning. The morning light will allow amazing photo opportunities. Return to Gokyo for breakfast and then trek down to Thagnak. Trekking time is 5-6 hours. Stay overnight by the Second Lake and Ngozumba Glacier.
Day 11 - Thangnak to Dzonglha (4,830 m / 6-7 hrs.), crossing Cho La Pass (5,330 m)
Today’s trek is one of the more challenging days as you cross Cho La Pass, another highlight of the trip. The pass itself is steep and involves traversing a glacier on the eastern side. The train climbs through a ravine and steeply up from the village of Phedi. Gaining elevation, the views become increasingly spectacular. Follow the side of a frozen lake to the top of the pass, where you will find hundreds of prayer flags left from pilgrims that came before. The decent through crevasses leads to Dzonglha. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 12 – Dzonglha to Lobuche (4,910 m / 3-4 hrs.)
Today continue the descent from Dzonglha through grassy trails to Lobuche. Enjoy the views of Lobuche Peak along the way. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 13 – Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m / 8-9 hrs.)
After breakfast, continue on the trail to Gorekshep and then head north to Mt. Everest Basecamp where you’ll have a chance to visit some of the expeditions as they prepare for their summit attempts. Return to Gorkshep. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 14 – Trek to Kala Patthar (5,550 m / 2-3 hrs) then Pheriche (4,240 m)
Today embark on a stunning day trip to Kalapathar for close up views of Mt. Everest. The high altitude and steep terrain are challenging, but the views are a worthwhile reward. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp, with the new camp being further up the valley. Return to Pheriche is easier and mostly downhill. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 15 – Pheriche to Tengboche (3,860 m / 4-5 hours)
Today pass through Upper and Lower Pangboche and Devoche, which offers formidable views of Khumbi-Ila; the revered mountain and protector goddess of the Sherpas. If time permits, visit the small nunnery here. Continue walking to Tengboche. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 16 – Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 5-6 hrs.)
The walk from Tengboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail, though there are a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near Shanasha. Along the scenic winding path to Namache, visit the traditional villages of Khumjung and Kunde. Here see the infamous monastery that has a yeti scalp. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 17 - Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800 m / 4-5 hrs.)
The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, via Monjo. Walk along the Bhote-Koshi River on the way back to Lukla. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 18 – Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of day is free for unpacking, doing laundry, writing emails, or souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Breakfast)
Flight: Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 19 – Kathmandu
After breakfast, enjoy a full-day of sightseeing. First visit Swayambunath, the monkey temple. Then drive outside of Kathmandu to the ancient city of Bhaktapur with its 55-window palace and the famous five-storey temple. Enjoy lunch at the square overlooking the temple. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with performance by Nepali dancers. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Breakfast)
Day 20 – Departure
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight home. (Breakfast)
*End of Services*
Per Person Rates (based on double occupancy):
Single Supplement: $300
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu in 3-star hotel
- All meals during the trek and meals in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary
- 2 full days of guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
- 14 day trek with lodging, meals, guide, and porters
- Sagarmatha National Park fee
- Airfare: Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
Rates Do Not Include
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Some meals in Kathmandu
- Personal trekking gear such as a sleeping bag and clothing
- Travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Expenses of a personal nature
To Book this Trek
Please call us toll free at 1-877-362-2793 and let us know that you would like to book this tour. Then follow these instructions:
- Download, print, and fill out the Reservation Form for each person.
- Fax the form to us at 206-529-4803, or mail it to:
Red Lantern Journeys
1000 N. Northlake Way, Suite H
Seattle, WA 98103
- Pay a non-refundable $500 per person deposit and we will initiate your reservations.
- Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.
If your reservation is made less than 75 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will allow us to initiate reservations. Full payment will be due immediately upon confirmation of all hotels and transportation services. If the services quoted cannot be confirmed, alternate accommodation or transportation will be arranged and the price will be adjusted accordingly.
Payments can be made by personal check, bank wire transfer, or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will initiate your reservations and send you a statement showing your payment. Approximately 4 weeks prior to your departure, we will send you a final confirmation package containing your itinerary and detailed information on the logistics of your trip.
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- Cancel between 30 and 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the tour cost.
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