Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Northern Trekking Team warmly welcomes you in this land of Himalayas, Nepal. We will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and drive you to the hotel in Thamel. You will be introduced with the guide or trek leader who will be with you throughout your adventure period—18 trek days. He will brief you about the trip and will dictate with essential things to bring for the trek. If time permits, you can roam around the streets of Thamel and enjoy this touristic destination of Nepal.
Day 02: Flight to Lukla/Trek to Phakding (2,600m)
Well, trekking begins from today but prior to that, we have to reach Lukla. It is a starting point of our trek. We get in Lukla by air. It is a scenic flight of 40 minutes. Built by Sir Edmund Hillary, the airport in Lukla—Tenzing-Hillary Airport—is one of the beautiful airstrips of the world. He along and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa were the first to scale the Mt. Everest in 1953. After arranging porters in Lukla, the much-awaited adventure of life begins—Everest Three Passes Trek. Witnessing traditional Nepali cultures and lifestyle of hilly people, we proceed toward Phakding.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,450m)
We head toward Namche Bazaar—biggest commercial hub of entire Khumbu region, after breakfast. Walk today is not that easy as it was yesterday but the uphill climb will reward you with scenic beauty. As we proceed, we will be walking along the bank of the Dudh Koshi river. The two suspension bridges that you witness from a distance will make your mood. I bet you will not miss this moment to capture forever! If weather permits, you will also get a distant view of a couple of peaks—Khumbila, Kusum Kangaroo, Thamserku, and Mt Everest—while on the way to Namche. Normally, it takes six hours to get in Namche Bazaar from Phakding.
Day 04: Acclimatization day
The beauty of this hike—Everest View Trek—begins from today. Yes, we will take you to Everest View Hotel on this rest day. On this walk of nearly two hours, the first half is a steep climb and the second is flat. We will sit in the hotel and enjoy coffee with the heart capturing a view of Mt. Everest ahead. This is the essence of this trip—Everest View Trek. We now proceed toward Khumjung. It is a small settlement and Sherpa are the natives of this village. The monastery called Khumjung is the major attraction of this place. You can observe Yeti scalp here. After spending nearly an hour here, we will get back to Namche Bazaar where we will be visiting a couple of
monasteries and Sherpa museum.
Day 05: Trek to Phortse Thanga (3,680m)
It is going to be an interesting walk as we will be following the uphill trail followed by a downhill to reach Dudh Koshi river. We head toward the north from here, Dudh Koshi river. We arrive at Mohang. It is a birthplace of Lama who is regarded as a reincarnation of a Lama from Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. He is the one who spread Buddhism in this part of the globe, Khumbu region. Few hours of walk from Mohang will bring us in Phortse Thanga.
Day 06: Trek to Machhermo (4,470m)
It takes nearly five hours to reach Machhermo from Phortse Thanga. We will reach here penetrating through a dense forest of rhododendron. The waterfall near Tonga village is beautiful. We will pass a few more villages—Dhole, Labarma, and Luza—to arrive at Machhermo.
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo (4,800m)
The fact behind Gokyo is that you will witness the beauty of three blue lakes. The view of Kangtaiga and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,153m) will further trigger your excitement. We cross all three lakes—Longpongo Lake, Taboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari (Milk Pond) to get in the village of Gokyo. The valley goes on widening as we reach Pangkha. Following descending riverbank trail for a few hours will get us at Ngazumpa Glacier but prior to reaching here, we need to climb as well. Crossing the iron bridge and observing silent Longpongo lake, we reach a place where you will see footprints of Lama on a stone. Similarly, the further walk will take us to another lake— Taboche Tsho.
Day 08: Acclimatization day/Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m)
On this day of acclimatization, we will lead you to several places that will unfold the beauty of Khumbu region. The spectacular views of Himalayas from Gokyo Ri is heart capturing. You will also visit fourth and fifth Gokyo Lake. The key attractions of the site are Mt. Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu along with Ngozumba Glacier.
Day 09: Trek to Thagnak
Walk today is quite short and we will get in Thagnak by the first half of the day. The view of Mt. Everest from Thagnak is marvelous.
Day 10: Trek to Dzongla (4,830m) via Cho La Pass (5,420m)
What a wonderful day of life! You will be experiencing another pass today—Cho La Pass. We will start our hike early in the morning because harsh weather condition during the late morning or noon can ruin the entire hike impacting our trek schedule. The view of Ama Dablam from the top of the pass is awesome. JUST AWESOME! A further couple of hours walk from the pass will lead us to Dzongla.
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche
Thank god the hike today is relatively easy. By noon, we will be in Lobuche. It means we will be walking for nearly four hours. You will get a nice view of Lobuche Peak from here.
Day 12: Trek to Gorak Shep/Hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364m)
How exciting it is to imagine a day that makes your dream tangible. Isn’t it exciting? Yes, it is. Today, you will reach at EBC via Gorak Shep. The trail to Gorak Shep from Lobuche is rough and rocky. The view of Pumori (7,145), Nuptse (7,745), Lingtren (6,697) and Mt. Everest are the major attractions of Gorak Shep. On the same day, we hike to EBC and spend a couple of hours here. We retrace the path to Gorak Shep where we will spend a blissful night.
Day 13: Trek to Pheriche via Kalapatthar (5,545m)
It is going to be one of the longest hikes of the entire trek campaign. We will head toward Kala Patthar early in the morning to get a sunrise view. Here, you will be surrounded by mountains in 360 degrees. The view of Mt. Everest is majestic from here. After spending nearly an hour here, we proceed toward Pheriche. It will take us roughly five hours to get in Pheriche.
Day 14: Trek to Namche Bazaar
The trail today is relatively easy and we pass through Pangboche and Tengboche to get in Namche Bazaar. Nearly a walk of six hours will get us in this commercial hub of Khumbu region—Namche Bazaar.
Day 15: Trek to Lukla
Leaving the beauty of Khumbu behind, we proceed ahead to get in Lukla. We will
be walking for nearly six hours to arrive in Lukla and here ends our trip to Everest
Day 16: Flight to Kathmandu
We will try to catch the first flight to Kathmandu and this will get us in the capital by 8 am. From the airport, we will escort you to the hotel. You will have ample time to roam around Kathmandu. In the evening we, Northern Trekking team, will offer you dinner. We want you to share your experience along with feedback on the trip so that we can improve ourselves.
Day 17: Back to your destination
Here ends your Gokyo Lake Trek with EBC and Cho La Pass and with it, your Nepal stays as well. We will drop you in TIA three hours prior to scheduled flight. See you next season for another trip in a different destination as Nepal is a country with
more than 100 trekking trails!