Trek to Everest basecamp and Gokyo with us

A trek less busy than the Everest Base Camp Trek, this circuit trek in the Everest region boasts a 360-degree view of the Himalayas which is not possible at the base camp of Everest. From an ultimate Himalayan vantage point at an altitude of 5,360 metres, you will access stunning mountain vistas featuring four of the world’s highest mountains standing like gargantuan beasts guarding the border into Tibet in addition to a series of beautiful turquoise lakes and a majestic glacier which will take your breath away.

The Trek

The Gokyo Valley lies to the west of the traditional trekking routes to Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp. After a scenic flight to the Everest region, trekking commences at Lukla with gorgeous views. The first leg of this trek is the same as that of the hike to Everest Base Camp. Along the route we will pass Buddhist monasteries as the views of Everest and other towering mountains grow more impressive by the day. We will have rest days in the village of Namche Bazaar that will allow us to explore the area and acclimatize. Namche Bazaar is considered the trading centre for the Khumbu region, and people walk from as far away as Tibet every Saturday to sell their wares there.

When we reach a high mountain valley called Gokyo, we will come across a string of cobalt blue lakes that will remain in sight throughout the 3-hour hike to Gokyo Village, which sits at the foot of Gokyo Ri (5,357m), a huge black mound of rock and dirt. The next morning, we will take another 3-hour hike to the summit of this dark monolith to experience a dizzying 360-degree Himalayan view offered only from this exceptional vantage point.

The stretch between Gokyo and Khumbu is part of the Upper Great Himalayan Trail (GHT), the longest and highest walking trails in the world.

The Gokyo Lakes

The high-altitude Gokyo Lakes lie in Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site situated in Eastern Nepal. There are a total of five lakes, located at a mean height of around 4,800 metres above sea level. The third and largest lake has a collection of lodges situated on its shores. The settlement there is dwarfed by a huge lateral moraine scooped out by the nearby glacier. Gokyo and its associated lakes were designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention in 2007. The alpine pastures and sloping mountains of the U-shaped Gokyo valley support a number of endangered species, including the medicinal Kutki plant, the Himalayan tahr (a type of wild goat), the snow leopard and the wood snipe (a species of wading bird). The wetlands are particularly important for many species of birds which migrate over the Himalayas.

Your Authentic Experience with us

Your authentic experience will include visiting some of the iconic Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries in bustling Kathmandu, a living museum full of ancient monuments and buildings where you will be able to witness the day-to-day lives of intriguing locals including monks, priests, devotees and indigenous people. You will also pass through a bustling Sherpa Village as you take the historical trade route between Tibet and Nepal en route to Base Camp. You will feel the prevalence of ancient Buddhism in the region, brought from Tibet by Sherpas hundreds of years ago. You will also see first-hand the philanthropic work done by Sir Edmund Hillary in the area. You will visit a world class research centre and medical centres operated by volunteers in this remote part of the world.

Our Services

Pre-departure

At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/expected fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, a licenced tour guide will take you on a heritage sightseeing tour of ancient monasteries, temples, monuments and buildings. Drawing upon extensive local knowledge, the guide will take you through the side streets and alleyways where you will be able to see local and indigenous people up close, going about their day-to-day lives. This unique tour will literally make you feel like you are travelling back in time!

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers. On the final evening, a group dinner will be organised at a Nepali restaurant for your traditional culinary experience in Kathmandu.

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide, porter and Sherpa (for large groups). The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort. For example, they will check (where possible) with the lodge owners to ensure that your rooms throughout the trek are well set. They will advise you on how to stay hygienic on the trek and will help you with meal selection. If the crew is aware that someone in the group has a birthday, they may surprise everyone by organising (where possible) a birthday cake.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter. All accommodation on this trail will be organized by us in advance. Meals are available at each lodge. Your guide will help you to place meal orders and will ensure that you are looked after. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the lodge so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous alpine journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

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