Gokyo to Everest Base Camp Trek: A Scenic and Adventurous Journey

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo is a very interesting and adventurous trek that does not follow the classic route. It is one of the classic trekking adventures situated in the Khumbu Region of the Himalayas hub experiencing a world of mountainous exploration like no other. It offers picturesque scenery from start to end as well as close-up views of Mount Everest. Although you are not using any technology, Natural scenery of Everest Base Camp trek Via Gokyo always surprises you during the trek. Mostly Tamang, Sherpa, Chetri and Rai people of this region have their own traditional culture, dress, language and their own lifestyle. The Gokyo Ri Peak(5,357m), Kala Patthar(5,643m) and Tengboche Monastery(3,860m) are the main 3 outstanding photographic spots of the Everest Base Camp trek Via Gokyo Lake. We can see the different views from different angles. Even the Views of the Himalayas are equally beautiful from those peaks.

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake starts from a flight to Lukla Hilary airport at 2,837m altitude. This is a 15 days itinerary trek and acclimatization is also required during this trek and this is done in the Famous Namche Bazaar. You have to walk 4 to 5 hours per day and you can complete your trekking journey without any risk. This trek explores you through a Rhododendron and pine forests, across a waterfall, and through high pasturelands, fluttering prayer flags, monotaries and past chortens. On this journey, you can also visit Khumjung Village and the Khumjung Hillary School, started by Sir Edmund Hillary to give back to the Sherpa people. You will walk over to Mong La Pass which provides you the chance to see spectacular views of Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Khumbila. So this trek is the most beautiful with a circular trail. You will also get to experience some of the world’s highest mountains such as Everest, Lhotse, Cho You, Nuptse, Everest and many others.

What is the difficulty level of the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake is considered as a difficult trekking place due to high altitudes and unpredictable temperature, therefore more adventurous! This trek certainly has its challenges such as long and difficult walking days. The Gokyo Lake Trekking route includes the Thonak Cho (largest), Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari), Thonak Cho, Kyajumba Cho, Ngojumba Cho, and Gyazumpa Cho lakes with fresh water.This trek has an off-beat path and unexplored village area. If we are physically and mentally prepared to trek the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake, then beginers can also trek without any rush. The experienced trekkers on the high altitude can get a lot of enjoyment and incredible fun.

Best Season for the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo

According to the geography, temperature and weather conditions of Nepal, the seasons are divided into 4 categories. The best season for the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake is difficult to predict but Autumn(September, November, December) and Spring (May, April, June) are considered the best for treking. so In this season , routes and weather are very clear and low chances of rainfall. Based on the Nepali calendar, Nepal has its own local season called as ‘Ritu’ and every ritu has two months.They are listed in below:

Autumn Season(September, October, November)

Autumn Season is starts from mid September and mid November. In this season Sky is clear, fresh air and rare rain with a moderate traveling temperature. From the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake, we can see the eye-dazzling view of the mountain ranges such as Everest, Lhotse, Cho You, Nuptse, Everest and many others. Nepali’s main festival Dashain and Tihar is also in this season so most of the Nepali peoples come for trekking to enjoy their vacation with nature. It is one of the best seasons for trekking so the moutainious region is full of tourists during this season. ForThe Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake, Autumn is one of the best because it also has high altitude.

  1. Summer Season
    This season is also called the monsoon season. This season mainly occurs in the Jun, July and August months. This season is not preferred for the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes Because of steady rainfall, natural disasters such as landslides and floods on the different parts of the route. There is a high chance of rainfall in the Terai region such as Chitwan, Birgunj and the weather becomes very hot. In this season, fewer tourists are coming to visit Nepal. Due to the unpredictable weather, we are not suggesting a trek in this season except Lower Dolpo, Tiri La pass, Upper Mustang and Tsum Valley.
  2. Spring Season
    Spring Season occurs from Mid-March to Mid-May and is the best season for the tourist destination and the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake also. If rare rain falls there is a high chance of the snowfall so we can see the panoramic view of the mountain from Here. We can also enjoy the high ice-capped peaks and play with our teams. This season has warm weather (not hot or cold) and mostly so many thousands of tourists are attracted yearly In Nepal and makes it comfortable for motorbike rides also . It is between Chaitra and Baisakh month. So,Spring season can be considered as one of the best seasons for the tours. In this season, due to its low range of rainfall, roads are more clear with dry and smooth locations. I would recommend this tour to any of you, if they want to enjoy riding with good adventures in Nepal safely.
  3. Winter Season
    Winter season occurs from late November to February and is typically rain-free and clear. High altitude areas above 3,000 meters will be snowy and very cold indeed with night time temperatures of -10°C not uncommon. This is one of the coldest seasons of Nepal. Winters are miserably cold in the higher altitude and there are chances of snowfall in these areas.The Winter season offers a clear sky, bright sunny days and cool weather so short and easy treks to the Hills are highly recommended in this season. This season is suitable to trek the The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake. if you want to see and enjoy the snow but it becomes more risky also. Are you searching for a winter vacation destination ? Here is what We will offer you, if you are visiting Nepal during winter through motorbiking and Jeep.

Everest Base Camp Trek Via Gokyo Highlights

It provides an impressive surrounding mountain glacier in addition to the extreme views.
Explores the Impressive high altitude with many passes such as Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) and Kala Patthar (5,643 m), the highest point of this trek.
There is an exciting view of Everest, Lhotse, Cho You, Nuptse, Everest and many others.
Enjoy the unique culture, custom and lifestyles of the Sherpa and Rai people by interacting with them.
Experience the wildlife animals such as snow leopards, Red Panda, and Himalayan Black Bear.
Explore the historical culture with monasteries, Prayer flags, Chortens and many others.
See the green forest, rivers and waterfalls on the way.

The available Food during your Everest Base Camp Trek Via Gokyo

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake is one of the less popular tourist destinations for trekking in Nepal. So only limited food and drink items are available during this trek route and lodge. Due to lack of transportation facilities and undeveloped mountain regions, the cost of the food, drinks and accommodation are more expensive than Kathmandu valley, Terai and hilly regions. They bring their daily needed things using the domestic porter animal such as mule, Horse etc and through a plane. Although there is no Highway facility, the tea shop, Hotel and lodge provide you the following food and drinks on the way of your trip. So if you have a group then food and accommodation package will be affordable than the solo.
Soup Items: Rara noodles soup, tomato soup, local soup, Timur soup, chicken soup, Daal soup and potato soup.
Rice Items: Veg Dalbhat , Non- Veg Dal Bhat, Egg Fried Rice, Veg Fried Rice, Mixed Fried Rice and Cheese etc.
Spaghetti Items : Veg Spaghetti Bolognaise , Egg Spaghetti Bolognaise etc.
Breakfast Items: bread of barely, boiled potato, egg pancake, tomato omlet, cheese omelet etc.
Hot drinks Items: Black Tea, Hot water, coffee etc.
Cold drinks Items: coca cola, sprite, fruity juice, Fanta, red bull, beer, Vodka etc. are available.
Noodle Items: Rara, Waiwai, Pretty, Chaumin are available.
Chocolates Items :All chocolate items such as Snickers, Kitkat, Churpi which is necessary to prevent from altitude sickness.

Trekking Gear list for Everest Base CampTrek Via Gokyo

During any trek there are many pieces of equipment, which are always necessary for your trip. So without it, it is always impossible to trek and very dangerous for your
health. Some of the gear list during the Everest Base CampTrek Via Gokyo are in below:

Sleeping bag
Tent (It is necsessary for the trek with Campaign)
Silk liner
Sleeping Pad

Hiking boots
Extra soaks
Under wear
Lightweight trekking paints
Tourist duffle bag
Trekking sticks
Camp Shoes
Wool Socks
T-shirts(lightweight wool)

Cold Weather
Heavy down Jacket
Long underwear
Waterproof Jackets and pants
Heavyweight pants for high elevations
Winter gloves and sunglasses
Winter hat

Water purification
Water bottles
Baseball Cap
Hiking poles
Headlamp with extra batteries
Reading materials
Journal and pens
Camera with extra batteries
Heavy-duty duffle bag

Personnel Supplies
Sun screen
Hand Sanitizers
Face/body Wipes
First aid box
Lip balm, throat lozenges

Extra passport photocopies and photo with personnel information
Duct tape
TIMS card


Is Acclimatization necessary during the Everest Base CampTrek Via Gokyo?
Acclimatization is important during the Everest Base CampTrek Via Gokyo due to the higher altitude gain throughout the Journey. So we recommend spending an extra day at a certain place , allowing your body to adapt to the changing altitude and minimize the risk of altitude sickness. So Acclimatization is done in the Namche Bazaar. So you need to follow your guide’s advice for a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

How much is the cost of the permit card for Everest Base CampTrek Via Gokyo?
Actually, for the Everest Base CampTrek Via Gokyo or any trek of the Everest regions we need an entry permit. So the permits include for this trek are:
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality (Trek Card),
Sagarmatha National Park,
The GauriShankar Conservation Area (Optional)

  1. Where is the Gokyo Lake located?
    Gokyo Lakes are located at the Khumjung Village Development Committee of Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone. The Gokyo Lake Trekking route includes the Thonak Cho (largest), Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari), Thonak Cho, Kyajumba Cho, Ngojumba Cho, and Gyazumpa Cho lakes with freshwater. It lies in the Gokyo Village of Eastern part.
    1. Can you drink Alcohol on the Everest Base CampTrek Via Gokyo
      Yes, you can drink Alcohol at night in your accommodation. Alcohol is not banned during the Everest Base CampTrek Via Gokyo . In the hotel and lodge you can get many types of drinks such as Beer, Khukuri Rum, Old Durbar, Red Bull and many others. It is very dangerous to drink on the walking day because the route of the trekking is off-beat-path.

Which month is best for Everest Base CampTrek Via Gokyo?
According to the weather conditions of Nepal, Most of the tourists or travelers prefer Spring(March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) season is the best and suitable season for Everest Base CampTrek Via Gokyo . In this season, the number of tourists is more and hotels are busier than the other months.

What rules and regulations should be followed on theEverest Base CampTrek Via Gokyo?
During the Everest Base CampTrek Via Gokyo, we have to follow the following rules and regulations. So the action that are not allowed in this area are :
Do not fire on the National park area during the route of your trek.
No fighting
Sexual harassment
Do not make a noise in the National park area and others also.
Need to take the permit card
Drone should be fly only allowed area