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Comparison of EBC and Gokyo Lakes Treks

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Comparison of EBC and Gokyo Lakes Treks

For those who have hiked both these treks, can you provide comments comparing and contrasting them? We are a family of 4 with children 12 and 14 years old who did the Langtang trek last year. We have about 2 weeks to trek (with some flex) and are planning to go in early April. Items I am particularly interested in are:

1. Difficulty

2. Scenery

3. Culture

4. Quality of Accomodations

Thanks!

Barry

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1. Re: Comparison of EBC and Gokyo Lakes Treks

Either trek is well worth doing !

1. Difficulty

It depends on whether you are hoping to visit both - crossing the Cho La from Gokyo to Lobuche might vary from fairly straightforward to impossible, based on the amount of snow (though there's the very pleasant alternative to the Cho La, going via upper Phortse and Pangboche) - see

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293889-c138406/Nepal…

and

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293889-c152405/Nepal…

Neither is desperately difficult provided that you acclimatise well. How did you cope at Kyanjin ? There are a couple of 600 metre ascents, up to Namche (which you'd need to do for either trek) and the other up to Tengboche (for EBC). The climb from Sanasa to Mong Danda (on the Gokyo route) is a drag. For either route the days are not over-long, as you would otherwise gain height too rapidly.

2. Scenery

Both are excellent ! The valley beyond Gokyo, up to the 4th lake, is wonderfully remote and wild, and the views of Everest from either Gokyo Ri or Kala Pattar are incredible.

3. Culture

Once you get above Dingboche on the EBC route, or Macchermo on the Gokyo route, there are few if any permanent settlements (I don't class Gokyo as a permanent settlement with a distinctive culture), so you won't encounter monasteries etc.

4. Quality of Accomodations

Many good lodges in Namche, Pangboche, Dingboche. I've not found a particularly good one at Tenboche (though there appear to be better ones 30 minutes further on at Deboche). A couple of good lodges at Dole and at Macchermo. Adequate lodges at Gokyo, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep

There tend to be fewer trekkers on the Gokyo route.

Edited: 05 January 2014, 01:30
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