Nepal has tallest peak Mt Everest and is home to 10 peaks above eight thousand meters. Thus, there are many Trek package for Nepal. Everest base camp Gokyo trek can be a best choice if you are planning for one trip to Nepal.
This makes difficult to find a perfect vacation package for best way to spend days for Trekking Nepal. This article about Everest base camp Gokyo lake trek 100% will give you best possible insight of the reasons to justify why Everest base camp with Gokyo Lake will be your best choice.
Why is Everest base camp with Gokyo Lake trekking a complete trekking in Everest region?
Gokyo and EBC trek together makes a best Trek package for Nepal because, in this 2 week trekking you will be able to see the lakes, glacier, mountains and get to the famous Mount Everest Base camp.
2 weeks trekking perfectly fits to the holidays you get from work. Elements of trekking you will experience starting from Kathmandu to Everest base camp and till Gokyo lakes is extra ordinary. Once upon landing at Lukla airport you will be welcomed with the view of the snowcapped mountains.
Trail follows the same route as famous 12 days Everest base camp trekking before taking you towards the footsteps of Everest base camp and gokyo lakes trek. In between Thukla pass top and Lobuchue village you will trek towards Chola pass to get to the Gokyo side of Everest region.
Chola pass is not the only way to get to Gokyo valley from Dusa valley. But with time frame and adventure convenience Everest base camp with Gokyo Lake is famous with Chola pass as a connector.
Why is – Everest base camp and gokyo lakes trek is called Complete? Well, it is just because you will get to see the all of the side of the trekking trails in Everest base camp region. EBC trekking package alone takes you to Everest base camp and you come back down to Lukla following the same trail.
Whereas the trail of Everest base camp with Gokyo Lake makes a loop from Namche to Namche. Trekkers doing Everest base camp and gokyo lakes trek starts from Kathmandu to Everest base camp. But they do not come back down to Namche following the same trail as the way up. Instead, they climb up Chola pass, feel the safe adventure and visit beautiful Gokyo lakes before coming down to Namche.
Way down for Everest base camp gokyo lakes trek will be Luza, macchermo, Dole, Mong and then meets at Kyangjuma before meeting to trail Trekking to Everest base camp.
Also, the Cost of Everest base camp trek is dependent with flight in and out of Lukla. Thus, adding Gokyo lakes on EBC trekking package do not change your expenses on Trek package for Nepal.
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Trekking to Everest base camp alone
12 days trekking to Everest base camp is more like a high altitude walk, close to the mountains. Everything is perfect except the same trail back to Namche after accomplishing EBC on foot.
If you can make circuit while doing a trekking, this makes any treks in Nepal a best experience as you explore more. Also, the trail to Everest base camp do not give you close watch of glacial lakes like of Everest base camp and gokyo lakes trek.
However, trekking up to Kalapatthar is rewarding. Kalapatthar is the best viewpoint for trekkers doing Trekking to Everest base camp.
Spending night at Gorakshep at 5180 meters above the sea level is tough. Trekking from Lobuche to Everest base camp day followed by early morning hike to Kalapatthar is not easy for all trekkers. Thus, there is always small chance to skip this beautiful hilltop for good reasons.
Gokyo lakes & Gokyo RI on the other side of Chola pass makes consolation on skipping Kalapatthar with tired legs and heavy head.
Everest base camp Gokyo trek takes you by the side of the famous Gokyo lakes. Also, it gives you chance to climb 5370 meter high of Gokyo Ri – so as to get the recovery view – if you have to skip Kalapatthar from Gorakshep.
I mean to say – trekking Nepal to Everest base camp with Gokyo Lake has safe landing space to get the bird eye view of Mt Everest and the entire range. Also, from Gokyo RI top – the view of Nagzumba glacier, view of Gokyo Lake, half of Mt Everest, Mt Lotse, Mt Makalu, Mt Choyu and other thousands of snow peak is incredible.
Chola pass might sound tough to you – but – it is not as hard as you would imagine. Hundreds of trekkers trek over chola pass every year. If you feel fit for EBC trekking package – you are also fit for Everest base camp gokyo lakes trek. What you need more is – 2 more days off of the work & adventure mentality.
Choosing Everest base camp gokyo lakes trek will ask you bit more effort for walking than Trekking to Everest base camp alone – but – this will make you 100% happier than just getting to Everest base camp.
Is there any other option to do Everest base camp and gokyo lakes trek without Chola pass climbing?
Yes, there is. If you are really scared of high pass, which you should not be. There is always a way to achieve the goal to get to Gokyo lakes.
In case of skipping Chola pass you will have to need at least 4 extra days. This makes 18 days of Everest base camp and gokyo lakes trek. The route comes down to Pangboche village before taking you further down to Portse village. Portse is famous as village of mountaineers. Most of the household will have at least one member of their family as Mt Everest summiteer.
After Portse the trekking trail towards gokyo has 2 options. You can trek along the easy trail of Dole or take circuit route from Nha/Thore. Dole and Nha are separated by Gokyo River in the middle.
Which route is best for Gokyo from Portse? It depends on your fitness. If you feel at your 90% strength at Portse village, take the trail on the Thore/Nha side. If you are on you 50/50 take the trail from Dole side. Trail from Dole side is as wide as trail Trekking to Everest base camp.
16 days Everest base camp Gokyo trek itinerary without Chola pass
- Ktm to Toktok
- Toktk to Namche
- Namche acclimatization hike
- Namche to Tengboche
- Tengboche to Dingboche
- Acclimatization at Dingboche village – you can hike towards island peak till Chhukung village
- Trek to Lobuche
- Lobuche to Everest base camp & Kalapatthar as a side trip for next morning
- Trek down to Pheriche
- Pheriche to Portse village
- Portse to Gokyo – it will be around 10+ hours hike
- Gokyo Ri for the sunrise and Cho yu base camp for Sunset or vice versa.
- Trek down to Dole
- Dole to Namche
- Namche to Lukla
- Fly out to Kathmandu
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