Rich in costume and culture, the villages we pass through on our way to Namche Bazaar allow us peeks into this famous Sherpa lifestyle and culture. Buddhist prayer flags, the hallmark of all Sherpa and Buddhist communities are found in every village. Mani stone walls and prayer flag poles that line our trails should all be passed on the left, in a clockwise fashion, as it is believed that this generates good karma for the journey ahead. The colorful Saturday market in Namche Bazaar shows off the busiest commercial center of the Khumbu region.

At Sonasa, the Gorko valley separates from the main Khumbu valley and now, instead of the view being dominated by Everest, it is Cho Oyu that catches our eye. Cho Oyu is the world’s sixth highest mountain and one of the less technical 8,000m peaks to climb. Early ascents were made from the Nepal side; now the usual way to the summit is via the north side in Tibet.

Once in the upper Gokyo valley, the trail passes the Gokyo lakes. Their vivid turquoise-blue color gives a spectacular foreground to the sharply pointed mountains to the north. An ascent of Gokyo Ri provides breath-taking views of the mountains straddling the Nepal – Tibet border. The great British explorer Bill Tilman referred to this area as, ‘The grandest 30 miles of the Himalayas’.

To reach the main Everest valley we now cross the Cho La Pass, a truly memorable experience as we cross this 5,420m (17,782 ft) pass that connects the village of Dzongla (4830 m) to the east with the village of Thagnak (4700 m) to the west.. From the Gokyo valley side it looks to be an impossible barrier. Here the trail winds its way through glacial debris, climbing steeply toward the pass that suddenly appears festooned in prayer flags. The trekker gets a real feeling of being amongst the great Himalayan peaks before dropping down to the Everest valley.

Once on the Khumbu side of the ridge, the trail winds through barren landscape for another two days to Gorak Shep, the site of the 1952 Everest Base Camp. With the retreat of the glacier, today’s base camp is another short day’s walk to the foot of the Western Rim and the Ice Fall. However, the best view of Everest from this valley is from the top of Kala Pattar. The climb looks easy but the altitude makes it quite an undertaking; however, the summit views make it a very worthwhile effort.

This trek is absolutely considered an experience of a lifetime!

Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek


  • Total Duration: 19 Days
  • Max Elevation: 5,550 Meters
  • Trek Grading: Strenuous to Challenging
  • Best Months: March to May and October to November
  • Journey Starts/Ends: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu and local lodges on the trek.

Trek Highlights

  • World Heritage Sites.
  • Breathtaking mountain views.
  • Authentic Sherpa culture and lifestyle.

Dates & Prices

Dates: Although this trip is currently unscheduled, contact us about organizing this destination for you or your group. The best months are between March to May and October to November.

Prices: Contact us with your group size and needs and we’ll work out the best possible price for you.

Outline Itinerary

Tour Days

  • Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel
  • Day 02: Half day sightseeing; trek briefing and preparation for trekking

Trek Days

  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla and commence trek to Phakding (2,620m)
  • Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,420m)
  • Day 05: A day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization ; explore Khumjung village, a typical Sherpa village (3,790m)
  • Day 06: Trek to Dole (4,110m)
  • Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4,410m)
  • Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4,760m)
  • Day 09: Day hike to Gokyo Ri and trek to Thagnak (4,678m)
  • Day 10: Trek to Dzonglha via the challenging Cho La Pass (5,420m)
  • Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4,940m)
  • Day 12: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,147m) and hike to Everest Base Camp (5,365m)
  • Day 13: Morning hike to Kala Pattar (5,550m) and trek to Pheriche (3,950m)
  • Day 14: Trek to Tengboche and visit Tengboche Monastery (3,860m)
  • Day 15: Trek to Monjo (2,635m)
  • Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2840m)

Return to Kathmandu

  • Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: Leisure day/farewell dinner
  • Day 19: Final departure

Trip Extensions

Do you wish to extend your trip to include more time, additional destinations, or both? Let us know and we’ll help you plan it out.

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