Gokyo and Kala Patthar Trekking - 17 Days

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Gokyo and Kala Patthar Trekking - 17 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 1645
  • Duration:
    17 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Everest
  • Season:
    Spring & Autumn
  • Difficulty Level:
    Strenuous
  • Max Altitude:
    5,545 m

Highlight

  • Scenic flight en route to Lukla.
  • Capture the sunrise from Kala Patthar (5,545 meters) as the sun bursts upon numerous colossal peaks such as Everest ,Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.
  • Visit Gokyo Lake and climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters)
  • Ngozumpa glacier
  • Get a glimpse of the Khumbu glacier and Khumbu icefall.

Overview

Embark on a journey to the Gokyo Lake, Kala Patthar and ultimately to the Everest Base Camp. This route showcases dramatic landscapes featuring glaciers, turquoise lakes, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas. The rugged terrain to the Gokyo Lake, located north of Khumjung, presents a trekking experience unlike any other, with towering massifs such as Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Gyachung Kang (7,522m) dominating the skyline. Surrounding summits create a mesmerizing panorama, making it an ideal destination for adventurous trekkers seeking to delve into the Khumbu region's allure.

The Gokyo Lake trek stands as a timeless and revered adventure, celebrated for its awe-inspiring vistas of towering peaks and the majestic Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest expanse of ice in Nepal's Himalayas. The route begins on the banks of the Dudh Koshi River and continues via Sagarmatha National Park and Namche Bazaar. 

Throughout the trek, we'll traverse through verdant forests of rhododendrons, rugged paths, and encounter vibrant gompas and monasteries living amidst towering peaks. You'll find yourself staying in some of the world's loftiest villages, where you can deeply engage with the Sherpa community's culture and traditions. We get the chance to observe the unique wildlife and vegetation of this region. A glimpse of the Snow Leopard or the Red Panda can make our whole trip go up a notch. Along the way, we’ll have the chance to explore the many Buddhist monasteries that dot the trail, delving into a rich tapestry of history and tradition intimately intertwined with the grandeur of the mountains.

 

Itinerary (Plan)

Time : 25 mins Drive
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
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  • Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : 40 mins if Fllight to Lukla, 4 hours if hike to Phakding from Lukla
Max Altitude : 2,610 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Captivating aerial views of the Himalayas en route to Lukla.
  • Upon arrival, we meet our Sherpas and we go through entry permit verification for the Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Surprisingly, the EBC trek begins by descending to the Dudh Koshi river at Phakding.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,440 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • After breakfast, we start our trek to Namche Bazaar. 
  • Around halfway up the hill, a break in the trees provides us with the first glimpse of Everest. On clear days, the summit of the South-West Face becomes visible, peeking behind the extensive Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. 
  • As we journey on, we climb a steep path, savoring awe-inspiring vistas of the magnificent Himalayas, flowing glacial rivers, colorful prayer flags, and sacred Mani Stones. We then arrive in the delightful Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar by early evening.

Time : Acclimatize full Day
Max Altitude : 3,780 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • We take the day off to allow our bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere before ascending to higher altitudes. The secret to safe acclimatization is to “climb high and sleep low.”
  • We undergo acclimatization in Namche Bazaar by exploring nearby attractions. Our journey includes a visit to the Syangboche Airstrip (Nepal's highest airport), Sherpa Cultural Museum, and Hotel Everest View (the planet's highest hotel), a premier vantage point in the Everest region. Breathtaking panoramas of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other peaks unfold before us at this elevated location.

Time : 6 hours
Max Altitude : 3,840 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin your trek towards Phortse Thanga, departing from Namche Bazaar.
  • As you ascend steeply out of the valley, immerse yourself in the beauty of the rhododendron forest and juniper trees that line the trail.
  • Take breaks along the way to admire the panoramic views of Taboche and Khumbu Yui Lha.
  • Arrive at Phortse Thanga in the late afternoon and check into your accommodation for the night. Explore the area around Phortse Thanga, taking in the sights and sounds of the mountain environment.

Time : 5 - 6 hours
Max Altitude : 4470 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • After an early breakfast we follow the route which climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests.
  • This part of the trek is very beautiful in the spring season when the fiery red rhododendrons are blooming. The trail also passes through many Yak pastures and summer settlements.
  • You can enjoy the views of the Khumbu Yui Lha and other ranges throughout the day.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 5,357 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • We start early after breakfast in Machhermo and set out on the trail to Gokyo.
  • Walk up a ridge, taking in the marvelous views of Thamserku, Kangtega and Cho Oyu as the valley opens up before us.
  • Navigate some steep climbs as you make your way towards the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier.
  • As we enter the Gokyo region, we are greeted by the beautiful lakes that dot the landscapes.
  • If weather permits, we’ll hike up to Gokyo Ri and soak in the breathtaking views of the Everest region.
  • Overnight in Gokyo.

Time : 4 Hours
Max Altitude : 4,680 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Following breakfast, we set out for our next trekking destination, Thanga village, also recognized as the base of the Cho-La pass. Today's journey entails a leisurely stroll lasting approximately four and a half hours, culminating at Thangna, where we will spend the night.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 5,420 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin the trek early to cross Cho La Pass before the winds pick up in the area. Prepare for the altitude as you ascend to the pass at 5,400 meters.
  • We trek steadily across Cho La Pass admiring the magnificent vistas surrounding us.
  • Descend from Cho La Pass, following the well trodden path that leads steeply downwards to Dzongla,  completing today’s trek.

Time : 3 hours
Max Altitude : 4,940 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • This leg of the journey is like a refreshing breeze compared to some of our previous trails. Clocking in at just around 3 hours, it's a short trek day, giving us more time to soak in the breathtaking scenery.
  • Along the way, we might encounter some friendly locals or spot elusive wildlife amidst the rugged terrain. And don't forget to snap some selfies with the awe-inspiring backdrop of snow-capped peaks.

Time : 9 Hours
Max Altitude : 5,164 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • We start our day at Sunrise as we begin our trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp, going through the Gorak Shep village, enjoying the scenic view of Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall as we traverse the trail, passing through rocky terrain and glacial moraines.
  • Our expedition leads us to the poignant Indian mountaineers' memorials. From here on, the trail becomes intricate, necessitating our reliance on our Sherpa's experienced guidance.
  • Our journey takes us through rugged terrains of rocky dunes, meandering moraines, and babbling streams. Our quest unfolds, revealing the Everest Base Camp with stunning views of Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori.
  • We then trace the path back to Gorak Shep. 

Time : 9 hours
Max Altitude : 5,545 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • In the morning we ascend towards Kala Patthar, a challenging climb but rewarding with breathtaking panoramic views. We spend some time at the summit of Kala Patthar capturing photos and absorbing the awe-inspiring scenery of Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, and Everest.
  • After enjoying quality time, we make our way down to Gorak Shep and resume our trek, following the route down to Phortse village.
  • We stay high on the west bank of the river all the way to the Sherpa village of Phortse, which lies on the lower southern flank of Taboche, directly across the valley from Tengboche.

Time : 8 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,440 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin your trek, traversing through the scenic landscapes that characterize the route from Phortse. Let the mountain air and breathtaking views invigorate your journey.
  • En route, take a short detour to visit the ancient Pangboche Monastery. Explore its cultural and spiritual significance, surrounded by the Himalayan grandeur.
  • We cross a suspension bridge and enter the forest trail, hiking until we arrive in Namche Bazaar.
  • Reach Namche Bazaar in the late afternoon and take some time to explore the vibrant market, where we can find some local crafts and souvenirs.
  • Enjoy a well-deserved dinner at one of Namche Bazaar's cozy teahouses or restaurants.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,860 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • The thrilling odyssey of trekking to the Gokyo region and EBC concludes today as we make our way to Lukla, bidding farewell to Namche Bazaar after a delightful breakfast.
  • Traverse through the quaint village of Phakding, nestled along the Dudh Kosi River. Enjoy the scenic views and the rhythmic sound of the river as we stop for a lunch, savoring a meal amidst the serene surroundings of the Khumbu region.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner in Lukla, celebrating the successful completion of your trek. Share stories and experiences with fellow trekkers, guides, and locals.

Time : 40 Mins Flight to KTM, and 20 mins drive to Hotel (Lukla)
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
Breakfast, and Lunch
  • Another chance to enjoy this great flight and savor the final glance of the majestic Himalayas.
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel.
  • You will be served a farewell dinner in a fine restaurant.

Time : 25 mins Drive
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
Breakfast

The grand finale of our adventure in the Everest region has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 17-day trek to Gokyo, Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp.  Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home.

 

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 14-night trek in the Everest Region.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu/Manthali and Lukla.
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide .
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Sagarmatha/Everest National Park and TIMS - Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • Filtered water during included meals intake
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • 1 duffle or kit bag, trekking map and a trip completion certificate.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides and porters.

Additional Information

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Physical Fitness

  • Gokyo and Everest Base Camp trek is physically demanding, involving long hours of walking at high altitudes. Prioritize cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance in your training routine.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

 

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (acute mountain sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

 

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily twin-sharing with attached bathrooms up until Namche; as we keep ascending, it will be on a shared basis.

 

Connectivity

  • Be aware that internet connectivity is limited, and you may not have access to it in certain areas.
  • Mobile Networks are unreliable.

 

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

 

Weather Condition

  • The best times for this trek in the Everest Region are autumn (mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). Temperature varies from 4°C (39°F) to -12°C (10.4°F) during March and early June to 8°C (46.4°F) average during the peak seasons of September and November.
  • Trek in the favorable seasons and keep away from the rainy season (July and August). In the cold months of January and February, the temperature can drop to -20°C (-4°F) and be a little harsh in the mountains.
  • Traveling during bad weather conditions is the worst scenario possible, so always read the weather forecast or travel during peak seasons.

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit - USD 20 (For Everyone)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit - USD 15 (SAARC), USD 30 (Foreign Nationals)

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

 

Trek Distance, Length and Elevation

Trek Distance

  • The typical Gokyo, Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp trek from Lukla, is around 150 km long both ways.

Trek Length

  • 15 Days 
  • 2 Nights at Kathmandu

Elevations

The elevation factor poses a significant challenge throughout the trek, beginning at Lukla airport with an altitude exceeding 2,800m. Since most individuals aren't accustomed to such heights, the journey incorporates acclimatization days. The ascent to Gokyo and Kala Patthar is deliberately slow to allow for acclimatization and prioritize safety over speed.

 

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Equipments

Equipments

For the Gokyo and Kala Patthar trek, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:
 

Please note: We provide a Sleeping Bag containing sleeping bag liners which are graded to be used up to Camp 2 of Everest. We additionally provide a 75 liters Duffle Bag and Trekking Poles to use for the trek.

 

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment or Vaseline Petroleum Jelly 
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

 

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions of the Everest region.

 

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Mountain Tiger is renowned for its adept leadership on treks, boasting experienced guides and attentive staff who cater to every aspect of your journey for nearly two decades. As a certified sustainable travel operator, we wholeheartedly support the concept of community contribution, engaging in diverse philanthropic endeavors.

The most common way to start this trek is by flying to Lukla Airport from Kathmandu and then trekking through the Khumbu Valley. The trek typically takes around 15 days, passing through Namche Bazaar and other picturesque villages.

The best time to trek in the Everest region is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need two main permits: the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit. Additionally, if you are flying to Lukla, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

The trek is challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training are recommended to prepare for the altitude and the demanding terrain.

Technically Yes! We are not only happening trek organizers but also, help you you get your filming permits from different governmental departments of Nepal to shoot a Drone video at Everest Region or at Kala Patthar Area. Remember us for Filming in Nepal.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (14°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

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