TrekkingModerate, Strenuous, Challenging

Gokyo Lake EBC Trek

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Everest Base Camp – Chola La Passes – Gokyo Trek.

Everest base camp trek one of the typical trekking destination’s is an admired destination for trekkers in Nepal since the decade of the 1950s. The Everest Base Camp trekking starts from Lukla and follows the Dudh Kosi valley and climbs up to the gateway of Namche Bazar (3440m) a Sherpa region. The trail passes along blooming forests of rhododendron, magnolia, giant firs, across high mountain passes, remote valleys, villages, and monasteries.

The trail goes by a high traverse path to achieve the Thyangboche monastery stands at the elevation of 3867m. The monastery is structurally located on a ridge crest with superior views of the mighty Everest. The vista in the morning from the courtyard of Thyangboche is enormously mesmerizing and eye-catching. After, the path goes ahead to the Imja Khola and enters into the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche before forthcoming to the Khumbu Glacier. The route goes behind the glacier, to Lobuche, a vantage point for impressive surveillance of the Ama Dablam, Taweche, Lhotse and other peaks. Trekkers too have an opportunity to soar Kala Pattar (5550m) where an awesome image of the Himalayan giants precisely makes your minds with wheezing speculate. Alternatively, the comeback route can be arranged through the Chola Pass, Gokyo, Renjo Pass, and Thame trail offer the pleasure adventurous psyche with more magnificent mountain views, verdant forested valleys, and possibilities to reading the Nepalese tradition and culture.

Gokyo trek one of the best trekking option in the Khumbu Himalayan region. Trekking over the Chola la passes and long moraine walk to the Gokyo valley is magnificent views and challenging terrain in the Himalayan in Nepal.  Views from the Gokyo Ri of the Mt. Everest and range is much better than from Kala Pattar and Everest Base Cam itself. You can trek either from Gokyo valley to cross Chola La Passes or another side the trip is worth to extend 2-3 days in your itinerary.

 

  • Destination:Nepal, Everest Region, Peak Climbing
  • Trip Grade:Moderate, Strenuous, Challenging
  • Max Elevation:5,364 m
  • Total Duration:12 - 20 Days
  • Best Time:March - June, Sept - Dec ,
  • Popular trek :5 star

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Sightseeing and preparation
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding.
  • Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 5: Namche Bazaar: Rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 6: Trek Namche to Tengboche; Elevation3860meters/12664feet Distance 8KM/ 5mile
  • Day 7: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche, Elevation: 4410meters/14469feet Distance: 8KM/5mile
  • Day 8 Rest Day at The Dingboche.
  • Day 9 Trek Dingboche to Lobuche elevation 4910meters/16109feet Distance: 8KM/5Mile
  • Day 10 Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep Elevation: 5182meters/17000feet (Trek to EBC Ele.17575feet and Kala Pattar ele.18175feet)
  • Day 11: Trek Gorak Shep to EBC and back to the Lobuche. Elevation of EBC: 5357meters/17575feet.
  • Day 12: Trek Lobuche to D-zongla Elevation: 4860meters/15945feet
  • Day 13: Trek D-zongla to Thangnak and stay. Elevation: 4700meters/15420feet
  • Day 14: Trek Thangnak to Gokyo Elevation: 4750meters/15584feet
  • Day 15: Explore Gokyo Ri and trek to Machhermo
  • Day 16: Trek Machhermo to Namche Elevation: 3440meters/11286feet
  • Day 17: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla and stay at Lukla
  • Day 18: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu 35 minutes and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 19: Rest day in Kathmandu.
  • Day 20: Fly to home.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Elevation: 4554feet/1380meters

Navigate Outdoor’s guide/staff meets you at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu, we accommodate to moderate hotel on BB plan closer to the city center, where you can get the variety of restaurant and food, shopping center etc.

Day 02: Sightseeing and preparation

We wrap up our last minute paperwork while you are enjoying a city tour with our guide in Kathmandu including, Durbar Square, Hindu Temple/Pashupatinath and shrines, Bouddhanath Stupas, or you just relax or pick up few items you need for your trekking. A favorite destination is the Monkey Temple, Boudhanath stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding.

Elevation: 2610meters/8563feet.

We fly on a twin-engine otter airplane to the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The scenery from the plane are amazing, provide dramatic view of terraced hills and the distant giants Himalayan views. After landing at Lukla airport we meet rest of our staff/porters and trek to Phakding and 2-3hours.

Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Elevation: 3440meters/11286feet

Trek to Namche Bazaar elevation 3440meters/ 11286feet, Distance: 7.2km/ 4.5mile

We follow the banks of the Dudh Kosi River; crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. Soon after entering Sagarmatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu Region and stay.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar: Rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar is a beautiful village many wonderful and interesting handicrafts shops and venders, testy food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains, spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lotse and the beautiful Ama Dablam. We can visit Sherpa museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and fabulous photography display  by a local Nepalese naturalist.

Day 6: Trek Namche to Tengboche; Elevation3860meters/12664feet Distance 8KM/ 5mile

The trek continues along the rushing glacier river of the Dudh Kosi river with magnificent views of the mountains. We visit some of the amazing monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. Inside the monastery are incredibly decorative wall hangings, a 20-feet sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Almost all the Mt.Everest Climber they spent night there for group luck and Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical chanting and music.

Day 7: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche, Elevation: 4410meters/14469feet Distance: 8KM/5mile

From Tengboche the trail drop to deDoche cross another suspension bridge on Imja Khola and climb to Pangboche among thousands of mani stones. Our journey continues, taking us to the traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquistite views of Lotse Island Peak and Ama Dablam.

Day 8 Rest Day at The Dingboche.

Optional day hike gain elevation and back to the guesthouse for night hold

Day 9 Trek Dingboche to Lobuche elevation 4910meters/16109feet Distance: 8KM/5Mile

Today our journey get little bit challenging because of height/elevation and continue along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for the climbers who have perished on nearby summit

Day 10 Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep Elevation: 5182meters/17000feet (Trek to EBC Ele.17575feet and Kala Pattar ele.18175feet)

After an early morning start, we ascend Kala Pattar (black stone) 18175feet and enjoy famous views of Himalayas, without having to climb Mt. Everest we stay at Gorekshep at the local teahouse.

Day 11: Trek Gorak Shep to EBC and back to the Lobuche. Elevation of EBC: 5357meters/17575feet.

If we experience bad weather we have the opportunity for a second chance to climb Kala Pattar. Today we will also continue our trek to Everest Base Camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall and back to the Lobuche and stay overnight.

Day 12: Trek Lobuche to D-zongla Elevation: 4860meters/15945feet

Today we are trekking towards the Chola pass/Gokyo valley; our trail divide right around the Lobuche and our stop will be at Dzongla.

 

Day 13: Trek D-zongla to Thangnak and stay. Elevation: 4700meters/15420feet

Today we hike through some pine forests on our way to Cho La Pass. From the top, you can enjoy panoramic views of the surroundings mountains of Lotse, Ama dablam, Thamuserku, and Mt. Everest, right after the pass a steep descent takes us into Thangnak for the evening hold.

Day 14: Trek Thangnak to Gokyo Elevation: 4750meters/15584feet

The day trek takes us to the magnificent Gokyo Lakes 5 absolutely brilliant lakes dot the landscape. We will able to take short hike to visit the various lakes. And night stay at Gokyo village.

Day 15: Explore Gokyo Ri and trek to Machhermo

Early morning, we depart for our hike up to Gokyo Ri (elevation 5357meters), a highlight of the trip that rivals Everest Base Camp. The climb up to the top of the Gokyo Ri is strenuous and takes about 3-4 hours to reach at the top. Once on the summit, the view of the Gokyo village, lakes, Cholatse and Norgzumpa Glacier are un real. You are surrounded by the Himalayan 8000 meter peaks, 100% an unforgettable sight. We hike down to Gokyo have lunch and hike to Machhermo altitude 4470meters. On the way we cross Dudh Koshi River and steep river valley. This is the region where the Khumbu people had their first Yeti sighting in 1974!

Day 16: Trek Machhermo to Namche Elevation: 3440meters/11286feet

Today we trek back to the Namche Bazaar. Shortly before reaching Namche, the treks takes us through a pine forest, where musk deer often graze/seen in early in the morning. Arriving in the town, we may see lowland porters, highland Sherpa, and Tibetan people trading food and supplies during Namche market time. We stay at the Namche.

Day 17: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla and stay at Lukla

We spend night at the Lukle before we fly to Kathmandu.

Day 18: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu 35 minutes and transfer to the hotel.

At the evening get together for farewell dinner and share experiences.

Day 19: Rest day in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Fly to home.

Cost Includes

 

  • Experienced guide (4:1 ratio), local porter (2:1ratio).
  • Domestic flights Ktm – Lukla - Ktm.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu full day.
  • Airport picks up and drops.
  • Hotel 4nights in Kathmandu twin sharing room with breakfast.
  • Essential group First aid.
  • Trekking permit and TIMS (Tourism Information Management System)
  • Our staff’s guides and Porter's salary, food, accommodation, and their insurance.
  • Food during the trekking, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and hot drinks tea & Coffee.
  • Accommodation at local tea-house twin sharing room during the trekking 

 

Cost Excludes

What is not including?

  • Travel/ trekking, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory)
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. snacks, coke, Mineral water, chocolate during the day etc)
  • Mineral Water and Alcohol and all bottled beverages.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, accept sightseeing and other activities.
  • International airfare and airport tax, Visa fee
  • Guides/ Porter’s tip.
  • Emergency evacuation.

Cost and Dates

Trip Start DateTrip End DatePriceAvailabilityBook
26th March, 20208th April, 2020US$1650Available Book Now
12th April, 202025th April, 2020US$1650Available Book Now
28th April, 202011th May, 2020US$1650Available Book Now
12th May, 202025th May, 2020US$1650Available Book Now
28th February, 202012th March, 2020US$1650Available Book Now

Please be ready and keep in mind that adventure in the Himalayan Mountains requires an open & emphatic mind. During your trek you are lacking some of the basic need like attached bath, hot shower and electricity. Due to weather conditions, health issues, and other general issues of the group members or sudden natural disaster like landslide, snow storms, and other natural aspect we may to change your route. We try our best to follow our original plan when you booked your expedition, but your safety is our primary concern. In case the trip need reroute of your trek is necessary, our group leader/ guide make final call or decision.

Essential Gear

  • Camera, water bottle, extra money, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, hiking loose fitting shorts/ synthetic T-shirt etc.
  • Hiking boots, sports shoe, 3 to 4 pairs woolen socks, 1 pairs gloves, warm hat,
  • Day backpack 35ltr  to 50ltr , and a duffel bag for your clothing.
  • Warm layers, down or synthetic jackets, fleece, hiking pants, Thermals.

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Journeying a river: Jai Karnali, January 2020

How did river Ganga come to be?

Mythology says that there was a noble King who requested that Ganga descend from heaven to bless humanity and quench the thirst of the land and its people.
Pleased to shower the world with blessings, Ganga rushed down with such gusto that people feared that all that came in the way would be washed away. The God Shiva came to the rescue and stopped the momentum of the water with his long thick long hair. Because of this, Ganga flowed smoothly and satiated the thirst of all beings and showered blessings on the land with each drop of precious water.
Ecologists interpret this myth as a metaphor- Shiva’s thick long hair is synonymous with dense jungles that help check the floods and stop the land from washing away as the river accelerates down the slopes from the melting glaciers.

Rafting down the river Karnali in Western Nepal last month, it felt as if the myth was true! In our group of 11 people were some seasoned sailors, kayakers, river guides, and rafting experts, but a few like me had never been on a raft. I am also not a strong swimmer; so, it was an act of faith and surrender to the river and expertise of our leader Mani, and river rafting expert Manu to go on the trip.
We put the rafts in the river after about 4 hours drive up the town of Surkhet at an altitude of about 800 m. The rafts and the equipment, including the tents and rations, were supplied with the generous support of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) in the States.

This expedition was conceptualized and planned by Ravi, NOLS India Programmed Director, and Mani ( #navigateoutdoor Nepal) NOLS senior Instructor and who co-led the expedition. The two kayakers, Ganesh and Nanu Kayaks and were in the tumultuous waters of Karnali watching and guiding our rafts at each and every rapid that came along. They were plenty of challenges to varying degrees!

For the next seven days we were out on the river, and camping at some of the most beautiful banks. We witnessed a vast expanse of pristine natural habitats along the way both on land and in the waters. We parked the rafts often to take a walk over to beautiful villages and bought fresh vegetables, fish, milk and yogurt, etc. from the villagers. We savored some delicious meals in cottage eateries that you can find along the traditional walking routes of the shepherds, traders, and village folk, that connect the plains with the high Himal region in the kingdom of Nepal and beyond on the Tibetan plateau. The river crisscrossed some of the most wonderfully crafted hanging bridges on these routes as well.

We saw how the simple and rich life of fishing communities sustainably harvest the bounty of fish from the river. They fish in their dug up canoes made from tree trunks. The fish from Karnali is famous across the region and fetches amongst the highest price in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu. High value and low volume seem to be the guiding factor – it can be 2-4 days walk to sell and transport the fish, so, the fish is dried or smoked creating a very special, niche type of produce from the villages along Karnali.
Agriculture and livestock rearing is still flourishing in the villages. It was amazing to see some of the most appropriately designed dehusking, pounding, and winnowing equipment still in use – that has perhaps not changed in the last thousand years.

It is indeed a living culture that uses and maintains the landscape, in harmony with nature, using indigenous knowledge to enhance biodiversity and what we call ecosystem services. Our faith in the concept of the Gross National Happiness index was further strengthened. The common Human Development indices merely emphasize infrastructure and access to institutions such as hospitals and schools- but there is so much to be taken into account for true sustainability. While the intent is not to romanticize the old, biocultural heritage, the wisdom of the old seems to be working harmoniously and should well complement human development in a more meaningful way.
Some of the big questions being discussed in conferences and seminars across the world could be answered in a much more eco-friendly and happy way by experiencing the life and values of the community here and of other indigenous peoples across the world.

The modern idea of development as highly individualistic has become increasingly crippled with outdated notions of competition, rather than collaboration, also creating massive disparities in income and consumption of natural resources.
We could learn from the communities here, and take lessons from the past into the future: the dignity of physical work, interdependence, and interconnectedness are three principles that need to be central to human endeavor- there is no sustainability without equity and dignity.

Gradually, we descended down with the flow of the river, as it slowly calmed down in the Terai region. It’s a rich habitat for tigers, rhinoceroses, elephants, and another charismatic megafauna. The very sight of these deep jungles invokes awe. We got off the banks of the mighty Karnali at the little town of Chiso Pani.

We deflated the rafts, packed the gear, washed, and rushed to one of the many restaurants in this little town. Some of us relished the delicious fish from Karnali to their heart's content! For others like me, the restaurant served fabulous fresh greens with dal-bhat; as they say in Nepal “Dal Bhat power, 24 hours!”

May the river Karnali have a long life and continue to bless humanity as the King had anticipated in the ancient times. May present-day leaders start to wake up to the wisdom in conservation and sustainable utilization of the river, rather than damning it and threatening the sheer existence of these communities. May we all learn from the life of the people here; all the wonderful ways to weave a close-knit community and flourish together with nature.

Thanks for the whole team Chura Mani Aryal, Manohar, Nanu and Ganesh river experts, and beautiful Karnali River, and people from the river corridor.

Ajay Rastogi

Majkhali India

Ajay Rastogi,Majhkhali India

"I want to thank you and your guides and employees again for the wonderful memories I have of the Manaslu trek and the lovely side trip into the Tsum Valley. The scenery and experiences were great and I especially loved the variety of forests, the wildlife, and of course the incomparable mountain scenery. I want to add a special thank you to you for the special care you gave me when my foot and leg became very swollen. Your help and knowledge allowed me to complete the trek with minimal discomfort. I still experience the problem to a minor degree but still, look forward to further adventurous travel when the situation allows in the future. Conversations with you about Nepalese history were also an enjoyable and informative aspect of the trek".

I would like to thank Navigate Outdoor for organizing such a joyful and safe trip to the Tsum and Manaslu region. I'd like to thank Mani and his entire team to make our trip such memorable and extra care to all of us on the trekking. I really enjoyed having my own personal time exploring the side valley taking pictures and interact with local people on the trail. Mani is an experienced leader who allows space while trekking. He helped, and always available for other trekkers they need medical attention. I saw him support others and interact with them in a really professional way. I appreciated and enjoyed the 24 days trekking in the Tsum valley and Manaslu round trekking.

Nick Green Australia 2018

Nick Green,Australia

 

I appreciate your attitude "Anyway life comes first and business comes second and other things." I can see you are really living that motto when you tell us of the wonderful time you are having with your family.

Dane, and I really enjoyed the trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary. While I have been trekking in the Himalayas a number of times it was nice to do a trek with my son. Dane was very impressed to see the high mountains. Thanks for organizing Annapurna Base Camp trekking for me and my son Dane. Mani, I really appreciated sharing your previous experiences and telling stories about your own life and adventure career. We'll do another trip in the future. We'll share our experiences with our friends and recommended Navigate Outdoor. I can't express the joyful moment I had on the Annapurna Base camp trip you with, and felt 100% safe, thanks for taking care of us in the trekking.

Malcolm and Dane Dwyer Australia 2019

Mal & Dane,Australia

Karnali River Experience.

They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.

I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Gray Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.

Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.

There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.

You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long-distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.

The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.

 Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens, and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.

The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.

Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite, or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fishermen to add an extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.

Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.

The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included the bus journey.

 Dan Colorado USA.

Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.

Daniel Ives

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