Gokyo, Kalapatthar & EBC Trek 20 days


This trek takes you to the Everest Base Camp (5,182 meters/ 17,000 feet), Kala Patthar (5,500 meters/ 18,045 feet) and to the Gokyo Lakes with the opportunity to climb the Gokyo Ri (5,483 meters/ 17,989 feet) via the Chola Pass (5,330 meters/ 17,487 feet). The stunning landscapes and the breathtaking views of the Himalayan giants including Mt. Everest (8,848 meters/ 29,029 feet), Mt. Lhotse (8,516meters/ 27,940 feet), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188meters/ 26,864 feet) and Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812meters/ 22,349 feet) are among the frequent rewards throughout the trek. You will also experience the cultures of the Himalayan Sherpa en route this trek.

Duration: 20 days
Grade: Moderate
Max. Altitude: 5,500 meters/
18,045 feet
Location: Solukhumbu
Accommodation: 4 star in
Kathmandu and tea
houses during trek
Meals: Bed & Breakfast in
Kathmandu, basic
meals during the
Hiking hours: An average of 6-7
hours in a day

Day 1
Day 1: Kathmandu

Elevation: 4,383 feet / 1,336 meters

Representative from EWT will receive you at the airport and take you to the hotel.

Dinner on own.

Day 2
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

We will visit a UNESCO Heritage site; Boudhanath Stupa, which lies approximately 6 km north east from central Kathmandu, which was probably built in the 14th century. Located at the valley floor, Boudhanath Stupa is considered a jewel point in the center of a natural mandala, a store of sacred energy. Today it remains an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists and local Nepalis, as well as a popular tourist site. The site was damaged in the 2015 earthquake. Thanks to the united efforts of the community, it has been restored to its full glory. We will have lunch at one of the restaurants overlooking the scenic stupa site.

In the afternoon we will visit the Pashupatinath Temple, also a UNESCO Heritage site. It is a famous and sacred Hindu temple located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Non Hindus are restricted from entering the main temple and so will be going around the cremation spot. You can see the richly ornamented pagoda house with the sacred linga or holy symbol of Lord Shiva.

In the evening pack and get ready for the trek tomorrow. Pack a bag you need for the trek and you can leave the rest at the hotel/ EWT office.

Dinner on own.

Day 3
Day 3: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Elevation: 8,563 feet / 2,610 meters

After a 25 minutes of twin otter flight from Kathmandu, you will land at Lukla; the gateway to the top of the world! The Everest Base Camp trek on the south side is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year. Trekkers usually fly from Kathmandu to Lukla before beginning the morning trek to this base camp. From Lukla, the trek leads upper to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar 3,440 meters/ 11,290 feet, following the valley of the Dudh Koshi river.

The trek starts on gradual slopes with 4-5 hours of walk to Phakding.

Day 4
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazar

Elevation: 11,290 feet / 3,440 meters | 7-8 hours

We will trek along the Dudhkosi, a river white like milk and crossing many swinging suspension bridges we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. We hike uphill towards the Sherpa capital- Namche Bazaar.

Day 5
Day 5: Rest Day at NamcheBazaar

Rest day on mountains mean staying active all day but sleeping back in the same altitude, not higher. Rest day at Namche is the time for an early start to one of the highlights of the Everest Region, a hike to Syangboche. This short hike takes you to the vantage point where the majestic Himalayan giants including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Ambadablam unveil. You return to Namche, the bazaar with internet café, bakeries, museum, various shops with western climbing equipment and local artifacts.

Day 6
Day 6: Trek to Dole

Elevation: 13,248 feet/ 4,038 meters | 4-5 hours

It is a trek with scenic beauty along the main trail north of Namche offering breathtaking view of the Everest and Lhotse. The trail to Everest is a downhill hike but we turn off in the middle an take an uphill to cross the Mon La to Dole through a dense rhododendron forest.

Day 7
Day 7: Trek to Machermo

Elevation: 14,665 feet/ 4,470 meters| 4-5 hours

Today we climb steadily through the rhododendron forest passing many yak sheds on the way and are greeted by an amazing view of Cho Oyu with Katenga and Thamserku in the backdrop.

Day 8
Day 8: Rest day in Machermo

We make use of this day to acclimatize for the next day as we trek to higher altitude. There are plenty of possibilities for exploration around Machhermo village.

Day 9
Day 9: Trek to Gokyo

Elevation: 15,584 feet/ 4,750 meters | 4-5 hours

We head for the lakes at Gokyo, it is a picturesque trek. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Chola Pass- our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo.

Day 10
Day 10: Rest day & Ascent of Gokyo Ri

Elevation: 17,989 feet/ 5,483 meters | 4-5 hours

Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake. We leave early and as we take the steep path uphill, we witness the most magical sight of the Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. For those who still have some energy, there are more jaw dropping views to have by dropping back down to the main path and following it north to the fourth and fifth of the Gokyo lakes, the latter being about three hours from Gokyo.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Thagnag

Elevation: 15, 387 feet/ 4,690 meters | 4-5 hours

We leave Gokyo to cross the Ngozumpa Glacier. We descend to the second lake and drop down onto the glacier. The route across the glacier is marked by cairns and is generally quite well defined. We climb off the glacier towards Thagnag

Day 12
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche

Elevation: 16,168 feet/ 4,928 meters | 7-8 hours

Today we will be crossing through the Chola Pass 17,487 feet, 5,330 meters downhill to Lobuche. Continuing up the valley, we cross a ridge and an old lateral moraine, before beginning the rocky scramble to the Chola Pass. From the Pass there are excellent views from the Rolwaling Valley to the west and Ama Dablam to the south east. You will get the mesmerizing views of Ama Dablam and the forbidding north face of Cholatse as we descend to the pastures below. The way to Lobuche contours the grassy slopes above a lake, the Tshola Tsho, to join up with the main Everest trail from Pheriche and Tengboche. The trail flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche. On the way to Lobuche we pass the stone memorials for the departed soul of climbers who decided to rest in the mountains. Mt Pumori shines on us as we reach Lobuche.

Day 13
Day 13: Gorak Shep- Everest Base Camp

Elevation: 17,000 feet / 5,182 meters | 7-8 hours

Gorakh Shep is the final point to see permanent human facility, home to a few tea-houses. Two hours trek from Gorakhshep and we are at the foot of Mt Everest. We will spend a few hours at the Base camp and return to Gorakhshep.

Day 14
Day 14: Kalapatthar-Pheriche

Elevation: 14,341 feet / 4,371 meters | 7 hours

We start early to catch the magnificence of Mt Everest. Kala Patthar offers one of the most rewarding views of Everest. This is where most famous pictures of Everest are clicked. We will return to Gorakhshep for breakfast and keep going to the day’s destination, Pheriche.

Day 15
Day 15: Trek to Tengboche

Elevation: 12,664 feet / 3,860 meters | 5-6 hours

Destination for today is Thyangboche; home to the famous monastery perched on the highest altitude in the world.

Day 16
Day 16: Trek to Phakding

Elevation: 8,563 feet/ 2610 meters | 5 hours

It is a downhill hike to Phakding walking through green lush forest.

Day 17
Day 17: Trek back to Lukla

Day 18
Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu

Day 19
Day 19: Leisure in Kathmandu

Day 20
Day 20: Final departure

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Gokyo, Kalapatthar & EBC Trek 20 days