“Unbeknownst to most travelers, the high-altitude Gokyo Lakes shimmer and freeze beneath the towering edifice of the mighty Ngozumpa glacier. On this unforgettable two-week trekking itinerary, you’ll travel to Everest Base Camp—and beyond. With Alpine Ramble Treks, exploring the length and breadth of the Khumbu has never been more rewarding.”
Rise to the ultimate Himalayan challenge on our Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes
Nepal’s Everest Base Camp Trek is the stuff of high adventure: soaring Himalayan peaks capped with permanent glaciers, forested slopes wreathed in rolling fog, and cold rivers tumbling from the heights of the mountains to the forests of the lowlands. It’s no wonder that this epic hiking itinerary has earned a place on the bucket list of just about every international traveler with an eye for adventure. But what if you’re looking for something a little more challenging? At Alpine Ramble Treks, we’ve combined our classic Everest Base Camp Trek with an even more thorough exploration into the heartlands of the Khumbu region, where you’ll discover the high-altitude Gokyo lakes in a setting of astonishing beauty. If you have the drive and ambition to travel beyond the well-trodden trails of Sagarmatha National Park, you won’t want to miss the spectacular experiences that await you on this unforgettable Himalayan trekking itinerary.
Lace up your hiking boots and experience one of the best treks in Nepal
The Everest Base Camp Trek is rightly regarded as one of the finest hiking itineraries on the planet, and any expedition into the Khumbu is guaranteed to be the experience of a lifetime. You’ll encounter friendly Sherpa locals, visit historic Buddhist monasteries, and walk beneath the summits of the world’s tallest mountains. By extending your Everest trek with an expedition to the high-altitude Gokyo Lakes, you’ll also have the rare opportunity to reach lonely mountain passes with spectacular alpine views, hike along the shore of cold lakes sparkling azure in the morning sun, and earn the bragging rights that come along with conquering one of the toughest trails in the Himalayas. From the airport town of Lukla to the phenomenal viewpoints of Kala Patthar and Cho La, you’ll see the very best that Khumbu has to offer. Best of all, you can complete this itinerary in just two weeks under the guidance of the experts at Alpine Ramble Treks.
What can you expect on the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes?
Our adventure begins with an unforgettable flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, with the entirety of the Khumbu region spreading out beneath the wings of our plane. From Lukla, we’ll trace the riverbanks of the Dudh Koshi to reach the historic Sherpa trading center of Namche Bazaar. Over the course of our expedition, we’ll visit the celebrated monastery at Tengboche, climb to 5,545 meters at the lookout point of Kala Patthar, and reach Everest Base Camp itself. And because we’ve combined the Everest Base Camp Trek with the Gokyo Lakes Trek, we’ll also venture beyond the base camp to climb the high-altitude pass of Cho La. We’ll descend into the Gokyo region to discover its most stunning alpine lakes, set against the backdrop of the magnificent Ngozumpa glacier. We’ll even ascend to the viewpoint of Gokyo Ri to enjoy what just might be the best view in the entirety of the Khumbu. If this sounds like the trek of your dreams, reach out to us via WhatsApp at +977 9851175531.
Best Time of Year for the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes
Weather in the Himalayas is variable, and the best trekking seasons are usually determined by the arrival of the summer monsoon. In order to avoid the wettest conditions, many hikers travel during the spring, which occurs from February to March. This is the time of year when wildflowers are in bloom and temperatures are at their most comfortable. Other trekkers might prefer to undertake the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes during the autumn season, between September and November. This is perhaps the best time of year for crisp days and clear mountain views. Winter treks to Everest Base Camp are also possible, but snowfall accumulation on the mountain pass of Cho La may render the Gokyo Lakes inaccessible. We also typically recommend against hiking the Everest Base Camp Trek during summer. If your schedule only allows you to visit Nepal during the summer or winter, Alpine Ramble Treks will be happy to arrange a customized itinerary to plan the most rewarding adventure possible.
Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes Difficulty
The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes package represents a challenging hiking itinerary with a maximum elevation of more than 5,000 meters. You’ll be walking for six or seven hours each day, and the trail ascends and descends as it winds through countless side valleys and high-altitude mountain passes. For these reasons, you should be in good health and have physical fitness before embarking on this trek. Walking, running, and other forms of cardiovascular exercise are great ways to prepare for the opportunity to visit the high-altitude Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp. An expert guide from Alpine Ramble Treks will also be assigned to watch over you, monitor your progress and condition, and shepherd you safely all the way from Lukla to Gokyo—and back again.
More Everest Trekking Options
If our Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes isn’t quite what you’re looking for, Alpine Ramble Treks has plenty of Everest trekking alternatives here in Khumbu. Consider our 12-day Everest Base Camp Trek or our eight-day alternative option. And if you’re only here on a brief visit, you can still enjoy the splendor of the world’s tallest mountain by booking our Everest Helicopter Tour or Scenic Everest Flight. With convenient departures from Kathmandu, these day trips are a fantastic way to get up close and personal with Mt. Everest when you’re short on time. We can also arrange for trips to any other region of Nepal, like the fantastic Annapurnas or the exciting Langtang region.
Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes Highlights
- Experience what’s arguably the best trek in Nepal: the Everest Base Camp Trek
- Go beyond Everest Base Camp to discover the mountain pass of Cho La and the high-altitude Gokyo Lakes
- Meet friendly local Sherpas and learn about their way of life in the Himalayan mountains
- Connect with fellow travelers and share the adventure of the Everest Base Camp Trek
- Ascend to the twin viewpoints of Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri to feast your eyes upon staggering views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu
- Free transfers to and from Tribhuvan International Airport upon arrival and departure.
- Complimentary use of any necessary trekking equipment, such as sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, walkie-talkies, trekking poles, and an oximeter to monitor your oxygen and pulse.
- Fun souvenirs of your Himalayan adventure: a trekking route map, a t-shirt emblazoned with the Alpine Ramble Treks logo, and a hat!
Please note: The trekking times indicated Below are approximate and are best used as general guidelines. During the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake, you’ll be able to travel freely at your own pace. We also recommend arriving in Kathmandu at least one day before your scheduled itinerary begins; this will allow you to meet with our trekking team in advance to learn more about your planned activities. Staying in Kathmandu for an extra day or two at the end of the itinerary will also provide you with a more flexible schedule in the event that mountain flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are delayed due to weather.