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Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes?

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Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes?

I know I now have two threads open, but specifically when looking at tours companies, would you just do the Everest Base Camp itself, or go via Gokyo Lakes. It's just that it's around the same price looking at Earthbound and Himalayan Glacier Trekking. Which gives the best views of Everest?

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1. Re: Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes?

Hi Rachel

I would suggest doing Goyko Ri and the Lakes and if you have the energy and stamina cross the Cho La Pass. I completed this last Sep/Oct for my 50th and would highly recommend this. It took around 18 days and it gives a more complete time in the the Himalayas rather than Lukla to EBC and back.

If you need any more info I will be happy to assist.


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If there are at least two of you then no need to join a group – Just hire out a Porter/Guide form a TAAN registered agent - He will both guide you as well as carry 15k, so this saves you packing most of your gear, costs are about $20 per day including his food and accommodation as well as his insurance but not transportation to and from the trail-head or tip + you will need to pay around $25 /$30 each for your own food and accommodation, $15 each National Park Entrance Fee and $10 each TIMS ($20 if you organise this in advance through an agent) – This will work out a Lot cheaper than joining a group + you can walk at your own pace, stay where you want and eat where, what and when you want.

Then aim for EBC (Kala Pattar) first and see how you feel, You then have the option of crossing Cho La to Gokyo if you still feel like it ;-)

Good Luck and Happy Safe Trekking


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3. Re: Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes?

Hi Ted,

Thanks for your reply. Did you use a tour company to book your trip, can I ask who you used. The EBC via Goko lake tours we've seen are around 17 days in length and you fly Kathmandu to Lukla.


PS: To be honest I think we feel best in a group, although more restricted, we don't have to worry about anything.

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5. Re: Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes?

Hello Rachel

I don't quite follow your reasoning in your PS. I agree with Rob that having your own guide and porter is the way to travel. You won't have the worry of hoping that the rest of your group is congenial, you won't have to worry that you are having difficulties keeping up with the group's itinerary. If you have your own guide, and feel that you need an additional acclimatisation day, a shorter day, or whatever, then this can be done.

I don't altogether agree with Rob though on the route. I prefer Tedfred's route of Gokyo and Gokyo Ri first then EBC / Kala Pattar.That way you'll get superb views from Gokyo Ri, (and it's worth taking a day walk beyond Gokyo to the 4th and 5th lakes as additional acclimatisation before you ascend Gokyo Ri). Yu can then decide whether to cross the Cho La, or alternatively to take the route along the east side of the valley, via Phortse to Pangboche and thence to EBC.

Look at the suggested itineraries under 'Top Questions' at the top of the Nepal Forum page

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6. Re: Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes?

It's just that we feel more comfortable in a group of people and that we don't have to worry about things going 'wrong'. For example, we get picked up at Kathmandu Airport and everything is sorted out until we get back to Kathmandu Airport for our journey home. I know it will probably be more expensive, but it saves us sorting out internal flights, where to stay, etc......

I've had a reply from Himalayan and Earthbound. Here is the Earthbound reply:

Day 01: Arrival day, welcome at airport by garland, check into a 3 star Hotel rest day.

Day 02: Another brand new day start with special breakfast and leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. The Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO world heritage site) and the biggest Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit The Kathmandu Durbar square and the Monkey Temple at Syambhunath (2000 years old temple, stay at Kathmandu hotel, B

Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla (2880m) - Phakding (2740m).

Our early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft rushes us to Lukla, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. On the flight we watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalaya; many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane. Once we are in Lukla Surprisingly, this high-altitude trek begins by descending to the river at Phakding. We stay there. B, L, D

Day 04: Phakding - Namche (3445m).

The first day may have been surprisingly long for some, but stay at Phakding allows us to begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar first thing in the morning. At about half-way up the hill, a gap in the trees allow us to spy Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit.

Namche is the most prosperous and the largest town in the Khumbu. A bazaar is held here every Saturday. The wares on display include meat, grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. The Sherpas play host to trader from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m) and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in.B, L, D

Day 05: Namche - Rest/acclimatization day.

We take the day off to allow our bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere before ascending to higher altitudes. The secret of safe acclimatization is to ‘climb high, sleep low’ so it is safe for the more energetic amongst us to hike up the hill behind Namche to the airstrip at Syangboche, or stroll across to the museum behind the police post. Others may prefer to ‘chill out’ and visit one of the lodges for a freshly-baked cinnamon roll. Namche is a busy and bustling trading place and there is always plenty going on.B, L, D

Day 06: Namchebazzrar to Phortsey, B.L.D.

Day 07: Phortsey to Doley – 4048m, B.L.D.

Day 08: Doley to Machhermo – 4465m, B.L.D.

Day 09: We begin today by climbing a ridge for an excellent view down the valley to Kangtaiga and also up towards Cho Oyu (8153m). The valley now widens as the trail passes through Pangkha then descends to the riverbank before beginning the steep climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpo Glacier. We pass the first of the lakes at Gokyo where a family of Brahminy ducks reside and then follow the level trail to the summerhouses and walled meadows of Gokyo at 4750m. Gokyo is a small settlement of lodges on the shores of a blue lake. In the afternoon we can walk up the hill behind camp for incredible views of the Ngozumpo Glacier. B.L.D.

Day 10: An early start this morning for the ascent of Gokyo Ri (5360m), a small peak above Gokyo village. As we climb the views become even more fantastic and from the top we can see four of the seven highest peaks in the Nepal Himalaya: Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Stretching out for miles below us is the longest glacier in Nepal the Ngozumpo glacier, which tumbles down from the slopes of Cho Oyu. One of the best all round views in Nepal, the climb is well worth the effort. We return to Gokyo for lunch. Mid afternoon we retrace our steps to the second lake and climb to the crest of the moraine overlooking the Ngozumpo glacier. The route across the glacier is well marked with cairns and takes us to the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley. We stay tonight at Dragnag (4700m) at the foot of the Cho La Pass. B.L.D.

Day 11: Draknagoth to Chho La Pass to Lobuchey. B.L.D.

Day 12: We trek along the rough path along the side of the Khumbu glacier to the tea shacks at Gorak Shep. Behind rises the attractive 7000m peak of Pumori which dwarfs our trek’s summit of Kala Pattar. The route up is straightforward and takes most people between 90 minutes and 2 hours. All the peaks - Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser peaks can be seen from this wonderful vantage point. B, L, D

Day 13: Gorak Shep - Everest Base camp 5,364 mtrs - Lobucje

This is the day! You will re-pack your pack this morning before breakfast and then put a smile on your face….and get ready for the fairly easy trek from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp. You may have a special token you would like to place there…prayer flags are popular, or a stone, a crystal, a photo of a loved one….anything that has meaning to you, as long as it’s eco-friendly. The base camp has been cleaned up nicely by some expeditions who came specifically for that purpose so the icefall and glacier are in pristine condition. The elevation here is 5,364 meters, 17,598 feet. Enjoy you lunch at Base Camp and take lots of photos to commemorate the moment before hiking back out to Gorak Shep. You will stop to pick up any of your personal belongings you have left at the guesthouse and begin the trek back out to Lobuje. Overnight at Lobuje guest house.B, L, D

Day 14 : Lobuje - Pangbouchey

We descend all morning via Periche to Pangboche. B, L, D

Day 15 : Pangboche - Namche (3445m).

The route then leads down the hill to Namche and more cinnamon roll! B, L, D

Day 16: Namche - Lukla (2880m).

Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and our memories help us up the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla. Our campsite and house are well located and offer a good final resting spot.B, L, D

Day 17: Lukla - Kathmandu.

Another chance to enjoy this great flight. Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to un-flyable conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the sometimes trying circumstances which can occur will be greatly appreciated.

Upon arrival back in Kathmandu you will be met by our Earthbound Expeditions representative and transferred to the Hotel. B,

Day 18: Day in Kathmandu:

Today is spent at leisure in Kathmandu. In the evening the management Will host a farewell dinner with cultural show. B, D

Day 19 Final Departure, transfer to airport. B

The cost of the trip

If 2 - 6 person in the team USD 1687 per person for 19 days

The above cost includes

Accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu 3 star hotel , twin sharing rooms and in trek simple lodges

Full board meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner and 3 times tea) as mentioned above in the trek

One professional guide and 1 porter for the trek with their meal, Insurance and flight

All National park fee ( USD 18 ), airfare both ways to KTM - Lukla - KTM ( USD 232 ),airport transports

Kathmandu sightseeing, airport pick up and drop, all ground transport

One night cultural show and dinner

Down jacket and sleeping bag for trek if necessary

Here is Himalayan Glacier:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft)

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Himalayan Glacier Trekking display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. After check in, you can either take a rest, hang around in the city, visit our office; it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner (D)

Day 02: Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft): Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader, other crew and other participants of this trek. Himalayan Glacier Trekking briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Included meal: Breakfast (B).

Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft)- Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft): 3-4 hrs

Early morning, after breakfast we get transferred to domestic airport to fly to Lukla. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. At the airport, we meet our other crew members. We get time to stroll around while the guide divides and manages baggage to be carried by porters. We start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B,L,D).

DAY 04: Phakding -Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft) -5-6 hrs

Trek starts in the morning after breakfast. The walk today is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) from the Benkar village. We cross more bridges and reach entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked in order to keep record of trekkers and local trekking staffs as well. A descend and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable through the river bed and we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. Now, as we climb up hill towards Namche Bazzar, closer and magnificent sight of Kwangde Peak, its sister peaks, Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other fabulous mountains are viewed closer, we stop at the Chautara here to admire the view. Finally, we reach the colorful village of Namche Bazzar, the main gateway of Khumbu region. Overnight in Namche Bazzar.(B,L,D).

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

This is first scheduled 'acclimatization' day for this trek. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or carry out relaxed exploration of Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides will take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. We also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung and also climb up to famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, we walk back down to Namche Bazzar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. (B,L,D)

Day 06: Namche Bazzar - Dole-(4,110 m/ 13,152 ft): 5-6 hrs

We climb steeply out of Namche Bazzar up to Kyangjuma Village from where, we can enjoy outstanding views of Thamserku, Katenga, and Ama Dablam. Most strenuous ascent of the day is obviously to pass the Mong La, a very charming place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. An ancient historical Chorten stands at the centre of the settlement of Mong La. We stop at the top of Mong La to admire the grandstand views of surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys while we have our lunch. The most outstanding feature of the trail today is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. Spotting wild lives like pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer while on the way is not unusual. Through forests, some water falls and bridges, we reach Dole; a small place with few teahouses. Overnight in Dole. (B,L,D).

Day 07: Dole - Machherma-(4,470 m/ 14,663 ft): 4-5 hrs

Firstly, we climb steadily up through a scenic ridge above the Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. The path is steep in most places as we pass through thorny bushes up to Lhabarma. Offering us good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku the trail takes us through many summer settlements and a charming hamlet of Luza (4360 m). While we ascend from Luza, the Dudh Koshi valley is deep like a canyon with its sheer sides. Walking along the hill side above thundering Dudkoshi passing through some small hamlets and through sandy spurs, we reach Machherma. Machherma is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. The beautiful stream flowing down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche mountains runs through the middle of village before draining into the Dudh Koshi. It is the place where Khumbu people got first sighting of Yeti in 1974. We visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital here for a lecture regarding the altitude sickness, its precaution, and primary treatment. Precaution regarding altitude sickness is vital while trekking in the high altitude region, however our guides are quite knowledgeable about this. Overnight in Machherma. (B,L,D).

Day 08: Machharma - Gokyo (4800 m/15,744 ft): 3-4 hrs

Today, we climb through a ridge Chorten from where we can see fabulous view of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480 m) after some gentle walk. Phangka is the palace where an avalanche in 1995 killed 40 people. We descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. After crossing an iron bridge over an stream the trial levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m, where we get chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho we become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight here. After lunch, we explore around the third Lakes, Dudh Pokhari. We spend night in a teahouse with comfortable bedrooms. Overnight in Gokyo. (B,L,D).

Day 09: Gokyo Valley:Acclimatization Day

Today is full day rest or an acclimatization day but we know we should not stay idle. If the weather is good, we grasp the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri today instead of next day to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Or, as we know Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues to fifth lake. If interested, we climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here - the spot is called Scoundrel's Viewpoint. Beyond the fifth Lakes is the Cho Oyu Base Camp. Scenery here is breathtaking with Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang seeming just a stone's throw away. Northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the Ngazumpa glacier. Moved by the charm, we may even try to go sixth lake too but depends upon our own interest and time. Back to Gokyo village. Overnight at Gokyo. (B,L,D).

Day 10: Hike - Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft) - Thaknak (4750 m/15,580 ft): 5-6 hrs

If Gokyo Ri has not been done the day before we do this today. Gokyo Ri is the highlight of this trip. Early morning, we hike up the to Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak). Climb to Gokyo Ri is obviously strenuous as it is steep up and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top, but even from the trial scenery of Gokyo village on the edge of third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier are mind blowing. We feel like we are surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. Sight of sunrays kissing the Everest that towers over all surrounding peaks is unlike from Kala Patthar (from Kala Patthar Nuptse seems taller). Our Gokyo Ri visit will be unforgettable life time memories. We trek down to Gokyo and after breakfast we trek to Thaknak for overnight being by the second Lakes and the Ngozumba Glacier. Overnight in Thaknak. (B,L,D).

Day 11: Thaknak - Cho-la Pass (5367 m/17,604 ft) - Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7-8 hrs

Cho La Pass is also another show up of this trip. Today is the toughest day and we need to start early (4-6 am) compared to other days on the trip. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail we climb up continuously up from Phedi. As we gain height, the view gets increasingly captivating before us. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. Prominent mountains we get sight of during the trail on the Pass and from the top are Kyajo Ri, Tengkangpoche, Numbur, Kangchung etc. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soar on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below. Depending upon our own condition and interest, we might take overnight at Dzongla or simply go ahead to Lobuche for overnight.

However, the idea is better to go up to Lobuche same day to ease our next day's Everest Base Camp ascent and also that lodges are better in Lobuche than that of Dzongla. If we decide to continue, we climb down from Dzongla and after crossing a bridge and transverse through grassy trail. Enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak we stretch up eventually through a ridge. Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku Taboche are seen looming prominently. Curving round through the wide gravelly river bed, we reach Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Lobuche - Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft] - Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] / Kala Patthar (5545 m/18,192 ft) - Gorak Shep: 8-9 hrs

The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass though the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mount Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. As we reach Everest Base Camp we cannot stop ourselves from appreciating the Everest climbers those take the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip.

However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is suggested to visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. As the setting sun's rays strike the snow capped mountains the resulting scenery is indescribable. For those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar, our guides and Sherpas coordinate your hike to Kala Patthar for amazing sunset view today rather than waiting until the next day. Overnight in Gorak Shep at a local lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar / Everest Base Camp - Pheriche [4280 m/14,070 ft]: 8-9 hrs

Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of an ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From here we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks our eyes taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can with our camera and take the in view with our mind's eye to last lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and wait other participants to return back.

Those participants who plan to visit Everest base camp today will have early breakfast to start early as Everest base camp hike takes longer time (4-5 hrs) than the Kala Patthar hike. Upon return back to Gorak Shep, the group will have lunch together; and afternoon time is taken to descend down to Pheriche for a good night's rest. (B,L,D)

Day 14: Pheriche-Pangboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazzar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hrs

Today is much easier walk down to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back to the terminal moraines at Dughla and the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Pheriche, Orsho, and Shomare. We might take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche or take the regular trial to reach Pangboche. From Pangboche we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche or if interested, we might visit nuns at the Debuche monastery. If we are trekking during the full moon of November or December, we might get and opportunity to witness the Mani Rimdu festival in the monastery at Tengboche. After having lunch at Tengboche, we continuing through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's spring, the surrounding adored by pink and red rhododendron flowers is dazzling. We either have our lunch in Pangboche or wait until we reach Phunki Tenga. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We want to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here. On reaching our lodge, we take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. (B,L,D)

Day 15: Namche Bazaar-Lukla: 6-8 hrs

The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on their faces! Overnight in Lukla. (B,L,D)

Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu

Flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning because wind can create problem to fly the aircraft in the afternoon but sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason that are beyond our command. We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. If get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu take the time to do that today! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration dinner together for successfully completing your trek to Everest Base Camp Trek! Overnight in Kathmandu. (B,D)

Day 17: Final Departure

We are saying good bye as your journey to Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.(B)

In some circumstances, we can face problem of internal flights to/from Lukla delayed by few hours or canceled for a day or many days too because of bad weather. Very rarely, but it could happen even in best trekking season also as you know how climate change is effecting our globe. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night/s in Kathmandu after your trek if possible (just for incase). If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, rafting , wildlife activities, shopping, as you wish in those additional day. However, if you want heli rescue in the state of flight cancellation to/from Lukla-we can organize it. A helicopter charge around USD 5000 and it can lift 4 persons per flight.

Trip Cost Includes

All airport/hotel transfers

3 nights in 4-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Shanker or similar standard) with breakfast

13 nights in standard guest house/lodges in mountain

Welcome and farewell dinner

All accommodation and meals during the trek

A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees

Domestic flights and airport departure taxes

An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging

Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Himalayan Glacier Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)

A comprehensive medical kit

All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )

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7. Re: Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes?

rachel, i went with himalayan glacier trekking to EBC and also climbed island peak. they were great but im sure the other tour company you have researched would be good too, so im not trying to plug them specifically.

i didnt go via gokyo but 2 of the guys we climbed island peak did go via there. they said the scenery was beautiful and the lakes fantastic but the view of everest was better at kalar pattar right next to everest base camp (you cant actually see everest from the base camp).

if your main goal is to see everest i would skip gokyo, but if you have the time and love other scenery i would suggest via gokyo.

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8. Re: Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes?

Hi,.thanks for your reply. We'd love to do island peak, but may be a bit too hard for us and we don't have climbing experience. Our main goal is to see everest, I just thought that going via Gokyo would be more scenic and you do go to Kalar Pattar anyway.

The iteniarys for both look very similar.


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9. Re: Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes?

I've decided that this is definately the trek we want to do and have read the suggested itinery on the Nepal page on TA, however having emailed a number of companies, prices varying from around $1400-$1800US each for 17-20 nights including Kathmandu Accommodation, internal flights, etc (basically everything). However, after emailing to check out standard of accommodation on the trek, I'm just concered they're putting us in the most basic of accommodation (bathroom/toilet outside) which considering for the two of us it's going to cost around $3000 seems a bit annoying. I'd really like some advice on lodging for the trek, this is a 'once in a lifetime' experience for us so it would be nice to at least have better than basic accommodation. I'm now open to suggestions and would really apprechiate if anyone can try and match/advise us on suitable accommodation to fit in with the itineray we posted above if we were to book our own accommodation, but we still need some form of guide on the trek.....BUT NO PM's please from tour guides, I'd rather go on reputable reviews from legitimate members of TA. I'm also curious to know what the price difference is roughly and if the savings are substantial by going without a tour company by time you've allowed for food, treck guide, porter, flights to Lukla, etc, etc.....

Rob - I did look at your blog and the guide you use, however I'd read a few not so favourable reviews on Lonely Planet (I think it was). I'm just really wary about making a bad choice.


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10. Re: Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes?

hey rachel, no worries about not doing island peak it was an extra i did as i wanted to try some climbing which id never done before.

not sure about costs of doing things yourself as i only did it through himalayan glacier trekking.

from memory i paid about $1400Us for my trek which was a couple of days shorter than yours as i didnt go via gokyo.

in terms of the quality of accomodation, kathamandu is pretty good but dont expect anything like the hilton in 1st world countries. the service by the people is fantastic but facilities are say in line with a 3-4 star place in the UK/australia.

once you get up in the mountains it gets more basic. namche bazaar still has some pretty decent accomodation including hotel rooms with ensuite and double beds, however once you get passed namche it gets a lot more basic. I dont remember seeing any places with ensuite bathrooms. it will be share bathrooms for each say 6-8 rooms. remember that these are small villages with maybe 100 people living there and everything has to be carried up, including food, chairs, beds, etc.

as much as we would all like the best facilities they just dont have them there. but for $3,000 US, theres not many places you could get return flights from kathamandu to the mountains all food, accomodation, some trekking gear, guide and porter....pretty good value i think. If you cam to australia, that would prob cost $10,000 - $15,000 cause of our strong dollar!

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