Detail Itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Valley
On February 5th 2014, Daniel and I will be setting off to conquer Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes. We will be walking for nineteen days to a maximum altitude of 18,204ft at Kalapathar. I’ve included below our itinerary, provided by Nepal Vision Treks who will be providing us with our guide and porter. I will be providing a day by day account of our experience (including many pictures), once we’ve returned from Nepal.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon our arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representatives will welcome us and assist with the transfer to our hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, we’ll meet and transfer for our welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurants in the heart of Kathmandu and be briefed about your trip.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
After breakfast, the day will start with our guided trip to the cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Bouddhanath stupa and we’ll visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas, we’ll visit the historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temples, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess). The Evening will consist of our pre-trip discussion and we will be introduced to our fellow trekking staff for our adventure trip.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Early morning we fly from Kathmandu to the tiny airstrip at Lukla taking about 40 minutes; we will have time to stroll around, while the guide sorts and divides the load baggage to be carried by porters. Guides will manage the lunch place depending upon the time of arrival at Lukla. We then take an easy walk to Phakding village for the overnight stop and the rest of the time we can stroll around the village for local knowledge.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast we will continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo, the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. When we enter the National park boundary we descend and a gradual walk brings us to the suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river to Jorsalle village, the last village until Namche Bazaar. Namche is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region.
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of (3,440m/11,283ft). We have full day leisure where we can: visit the Everest View Point hotel for a wonderful panoramic view or stroll around the market for shopping to fulfill our daily needs. We can also visit the Sherpa Museum, a great place to learn Sherpa culture and the history of mountaineering.
Day 06: Trek to Dole (4200m/13,776ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After a stroll around the Namche area, we follow on the gradual trail with a few short up and downs overlooking a magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks at Shanasa. Our trek ascends the left side to Mongla hill and continues down to Phortse Thanga. After lunch a further few hours walk ascending, we will reach Dole for the night. A small place with few teahouses.
Day 07: Trek to Machharmo (4470m/ 14,663ft), 4-5 hrs walk
After breakfast we climb to the scenic ridge above Dole and the trail continues to climb along the side of the valley high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to reach Machharmo. Afternoon we visit the Himalayan rescue association.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4800m/15,744ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Today, we climb up to the ridge and can see an excellent view both down the valley to Khangtega and the northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m/26741ft). Our route descends to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa glacier. Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4690m/15383ft. We get a lake view and after an hour walk we will reach Gokyo village on the edge of third lake.
Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo
This is a full day rest at Gokyo or we have the chance to explore the other lakes in the area. This is great opportunity to view Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu. You can see the Northern part of Cho-Oyu base camp and the biggest glacier in the world, Ngazumpa glacier.
Day 10: Hike to Gokyo RI (5,330m/17,483ft), and trek to Thaknak (4750m/15580ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Early this morning we hike up to Gokyo Ri for the breathtaking view of a sunrise a top of the mountain including a Mt. Everest view and many more Himalayan scenery. This will be an unforgettable memory. We then stroll back to Gokyo for breakfast. We trek down to Thaknak for the overnight, passing through the second lake and walk on the glacier.
Day 11: Trek to Cho-la Pass (5367m/17604ft) to Dzongla (4,850m/15908ft), 5-6 hrs walk
This day is one of the tough days, crossing the high-pass Cho-la. The pass is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. After crossing the Cho-la we reach Dzongla for overnight.
Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,929ft), 5-6 hrs walk
We continue our trek along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalapathar and Pumori. We’ll have a good chance for the best view of Mt. Nuptse. The trail up to the Gorakshep is rocky and windy but it offers a good view of Pumori and there are beautiful views of the Everest Base camp and glacier. We enjoy the night at Gorakshep.
Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft) and Gorakshep, 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast at Gorekshep, we ready for our adventure to the targeted destination and we continue our trek towards the Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall. The walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through rocky dunes and moraine and streams until you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively with commotion during the high expedition season. After a grand time here, we retrace the journey back to Gorekshep for the overnight at the lodge.
Day 14: Kalapathar (5,550m/18,204ft) hike and stroll back to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft), 7-8 hrs walk
Early morning our journey continues with a climb to the top the famous viewpoint Kalapatthar. After reaching the top, we will feel beaming as we achieve the moment we’ve been dreaming of since the beginning of the journey. Kalapathar is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori and the view from here is beyond imagination as Mt. Everest looks amazing. You can also see the Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier and a lot of picturesque scenery. After enjoying the panoramic views we stroll back to Gorakshep and trek down to the Imja valley at Dingboche.
Day 15: Trek to Tyangboche (3,867m/12684ft), 4-5 hrs walk
The walk today will be easy heading downhill to a lower elevation from Dingboche. The walk is pleasant all the way to Tyangboche. After the bridge, our route descends following the stream towards Pangboche village, and further down to Tyangboche. Tyangboche is one of the most beautiful places in the Himalaya, the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery, then the large field with campsites and teahouses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam.
Day 16: Trek to Monjo ((2680M/8791ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast we trek down to Phunkethanga, a small settlement with couple of teahouses. From here the trail leads downhill through the forested path with great memories and after crossing the local wooden bridge over the Dudh Koshi river, we trek onwards to a steep climb to Sanasa, then to Namche bazaar, and then, trek further down to Monjo for our overnight stay.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 6-7 hrs walk
After breakfast we trek back while enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa villages. And finally today the trail leads us back to Lukla. After our arrival in Lukla we’ll have time to relax and celebrate the completion of our trek.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
After an early morning flight to Kathmandu our guide will transfer us to our hotel.
Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu
Today is our free, last minute shopping for souvenirs or gifts day. We’ll be transferred to the International Airport for our departure flight home.