Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit

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5.0 Based on 10 Reviews
  • duration 19 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Enjoy a circular trek via the quieter Gokyo Valley
  • Stay beside the azure blue glacial lake at Gokyo
  • Cross the Ngozumpo Glacier and conquer the Cho La Pass
  • Ascend Kala Pattar and Gokyo Ri for views of Everest and other Himalayan giants
Starting and ending in Kathmandu, the tour Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit is a guided trekking trip that takes 19 days. You will travel through Dole, Tengboche, Lukla and 10 other destinations in Nepal. Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

This circular Everest Base Camp trek explores the heart of the Sherpa homeland, from Namche Bazaar to the Gokyo Valley, crossing the glaciated Cho La Pass and on to the classic route to Everest Base Camp used by the great climbing parties. Allowing ample time for acclimatisation, we are able to explore this high mountain wilderness, the quieter Gokyo Valley as well as the main Everest trails. Our goal is Everest Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier with the chance to climb iconic Kala Pattar (5545m), which offers fabulous close-up views of Mount Everest.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 10 reviews
Excellent trip of a life time
5 - Excellent
“A trip of a life time! One I'll never forget. I am very pleased that I went early in the year because it was as a lot quieter on the routes than I've heard it can be in September/ October. The weather was very cold though, but the mountains and scenery looked stunning in the snow. A stunning part of the world.”
Trip of a lifetime!
4 - Very Good
“This trip is hard work, the altitude is hard work and some days I thought I could walk any further, but it was so worth it!”
Full Marks 10 out of 10
5 - Excellent
“This trip was everything I expected, and wanted. A journey up the relatively quiet Gokyo valley, then some very strenuous days, and then a relatively easy, but busy descent down the Khumbu. Crossing Cho La was hard but one of the best days. Our Leader,Silas, and guides Mingma and Pembar, were excellent. Also a word for our 4 porters, they did an incredible job,always willing, happy and smiling. My previous 2 trips to Nepal were in tents, but no more for me, the Tea houses make for a much more pleasant trip. This trip is long enough and varied enough, and strenuous enough to satisfy most people,and give a broad and varied look at life in this amazing country. Thanks”
Worth the extra few days!
5 - Excellent
“If you want to see Everest Base Camp and climb Kala Pattar but don't just want to go up the valley and back down again, this is the trip to choose assuming you can spare the extra few days. This longer circuit, taking in both Gokyo Ri and one of the High Passes (Cho La), is well worth it: it's quieter, has stunning views in its own right and will allow you more acclimatisation time prior to the regular Everest bits. I can safely say it was the most varied, wonderful and fulfilling 15 days' walking I've ever done, and I'd recommend it to anyone with two feet and a head for heights.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Start Kathmandu.
  • Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2800m); trek to Phakding
  • Day 3: Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 4: Explore in and around Namche Bazaar; acclimatisation walk in the Thame Valley.
  • Day 5: Acclimatisation walk to Kunde and Khumjung; descend to Kyanjuma.
  • Day 6: Cross the Mong La into the Gokyo Valley and trek to Dole.
  • Day 7: Continue to Machhermo.
  • Day 8: Trek to Gokyo Lake, a small settlement of lodges on the shores of a blue lake. Afternoon, optional walk up the hill behind camp for incredible views of the Ngozumpo Glacier.
  • Day 9: Climb Gokyo Ri (5360m); afternoon trek to Dragnag.
  • Day 10: Cross the Cho La (5420m) and enter the main Khumbu Valley; trek to Dzongla.
  • Day 11: Continue the ascent to Lobuje.
  • Day 12: A long day to visit Everest Base Camp. Overnight at Gorak Shep.
  • Day 13: Climb Kala Pattar (5545m) for classic views of Everest; descend to Pheriche.
  • Day 14: Trek to Thyangboche and visit the famous monastery.
  • Day 15: Trek back to Monzo via Kyanjuma and Namche.
  • Day 16: Return to Lukla.
  • Day 17: .. Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu.
  • Day 19: End Kathmandu.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 3 nights standard hotels and 15 nights teahouses , 3 nights hotels and 15 nights teahouses
Meals
  • All breakfasts
Transport
  • Travel by private minibus and 2 domestic flights
  • All listed transport and activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
Others
  • 15 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus tour leader and local staff. Min. age  18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 5545m, average 4100m
  • Staff carry oxygen and a first aid kit on trek
  • 11 November 2021 departure to be led by Valerie Parkinson
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
  • Tour leader throughout, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Exodus kitbag 
  • Trekking map (provided locally)
  • Trekking permit and national park fees
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to/from Kathmandu are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 27 March 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 27 March 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How much money do I need to bring with me?

    Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.

  • How much should my backpack weigh?

    A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.  

  • Do I need a porter?

    The decision to hire a porter is up to you and usually based on your fitness level and/or budget. One porter can be shared between two people and can carry up to 25 kg. Many trekkers hire a porter to have a more comfortable trek.

  • Do I require a porter for carrying water?

    On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.

  • When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?

    We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.

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