If your ambition is to walk amongst the highest, most majestic mountains on earth, then the Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes is the trek for you. The Everest area of Nepal is famous due to the exploits of mountaineers such as Hillary, Tenzing, Bonnington, Messner and Macartney-Snape.
The Sherpa people who inhabit Khumbu, as the area is called, are well-known for their cheerful hospitality. This trek visits their villages and monasteries and provides a wonderful opportunity for cultural interaction. The 5545m ‘hill’ of Kala Pattar, is the highest point of the trek. You’ll stand in awe, inspired by breathtaking beauty. Mt Everest and a host of Himalayan giants will surround you in a 360 degree panorama that you’ll never forget. The following day, we plan to trek to Everest Base Camp. The views from here up the rugged Khumbu Icefall are simply awe-inspiring.
|Trek Inclusions||Not Included|
|Australian trek leader||Visa and any passport costs|
|Trek crew consisting of local guides and porters||Meals other than breakfast|
|Kathmandu Airport transfers||Personal clothing|
|All accommodation – 4 nights in comfortable hotel with breakfast daily plus 17 nights in Lodges on the trek||Medical expenses|
|First night welcome dinner in Kathmandu||Travel insurance (compulsory)|
|All tips for trekking crew||Items of a personal nature|
|All land and air transport for trek||International flights|
|Down sleeping bag and kit bag for use on trek||Group Size|
|All trek permit fees||Minimum 6|
|Flights in Nepal||Maximum 14 people|
|Plus trek leader|
For us at Back Track, trekking is our way of life. We always prepare well and are dedicated to ensuring that our trekkers have the holiday of a lifetime. Our trekking itineraries are arranged so we can meet each day’s objective in a leisurely fashion.
As well, a program for acclimatisation is built into each itinerary so everyone will have the maximum chance to acclimatise to the altitudes in which they are trekking. There is plenty of time to stop and take photographs, rest, or just have a cup of tea with the locals in a village tea house.
Our group size is limited to a maximum of 14 trekkers plus our Back Track trekking crew. Having only small groups ensures all trekkers are given maximum attention and assistance when required. Once booked, you will be issued with comprehensive Pre Departure Information detailing your gear and clothing requirements and everything you need to know to ensure you are professionally prepared. In addition, you have access to a trekking expert at any time by calling us on our ’1300′ Trekkers Assist line.
Sherpa Lodge Style
Our Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes and Everest High Passes treks are conducted in Sherpa Lodge Style.
The Khumbu area of Nepal, home to the Sherpa people, is where these treks take place. The Sherpas have a long association with western trekkers providing guides and climbing crew for mountaineers way back to the early 1920’s. In their homelands they have built an infrastructure of clean, basic and comfortable lodges in all the major villages and trekking locations. Therefore there is no need to camp on these treks. Back Track utilises these lodges for accommodation. Rooms are usually twin share with comfortable beds.
Includes breakfast daily plus all tips for local trek crew.
To save you money, for the duration of the trek a Camp Kit is provided consisting of a warm sleeping bag, suitable for cold Himalayan nights, and a kit bag to hold your belongings on the trek. The kit bag is carried by your porter.
This trek is graded challenging, requiring participants to commit to a dedicated training program prior to departure. Depending on your current level of fitness, if you are not as fit as you would like to be, a minimum 3 month program is required to ensure that you are fit enough to enjoy the trek. Back Track willingly provides advice to all our trekkers on how to obtain the required fitness level. Your pre-departure information guide contains extensive fitness training information.
Costs & dates
|TRIP DURATION||22 days from Kathmandu|
|2018 and 2019 COSTS^ & DATES||10 November – 01 December 2019 – land only from Kathmandu $3950*
|TRIP HIGHLIGHTS||Beautiful high altitude lakes in the Gokyo Valley, superb views of Everest from Kala Pattar, visit to the legendary Everest Base Camp|
The pace of this trek is slow and easy to allow trekkers to acclimatise in the high altitude and to absorb the stunning scenery of the area. You won’t be carrying a heavy pack either as our local crew carry your belongings. We stay in comfortable Sherpa lodges so there’s no camping on this trek. This is an awe inspiring, unforgettable trek and rightfully regarded as one of the top 10 treks in the world.
Back Track is one of only a few companies worldwide that operates its own fulltime office in Kathmandu, ensuring our trekkers a professional, well organised and safe holiday in the best trekking destination in the world.
*^Although we are not expecting any price increases from our suppliers, airline prices and/or taxes could increase. These increases will be added to our quoted holiday costs.
Day 1: KATHMANDU 1300m
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Free time to explore Kathmandu. This evening we invite you to be our guest for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2: KATHMANDU 1300m
This morning you will be taken on a guided walk through the old city of Kathmandu for a glimpse into the lifestyles of the local inhabitants. A pre-trek briefing will be held in our hotel in the early afternoon (B)
Day 3: PHAKDINGMA 2640m (35 mins flying time, 3 hrs walking)
Begin the trek with a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla. After landing, we have two easy, leisurely days on a wide, level trail along the Dudh Kosi Valley. Our lodge is in the large Sherpa village of Phakdingma. (B)
Day 4: MONDZO 2815m (3 hrs)
A half day walk to assist in essential acclimatisation. We pass many porters and yaks carrying local trade goods and expedition equipment. The pine and rhododendron forests that surround the trail provide cooling shade. After lunch we do an acclimatisation walk from our lodge. (B)
Day 5: NAMCHE BAZAAR 3440m (3 hrs)
We reach the fascinating and legendary village of Namche Bazaar, the largest village in the Khumbu area. Our lodge is a short walk from the National Park headquarters and museum. (B)
Day 6: REST & ACCLIMATISATION IN NAMCHE BAZAAR
We take a rest day in Namche to acclimatise to the higher altitudes. A number of impressive side treks are available. One favourite is to visit the Everest View Hotel, set high on a ridge, for stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. (B)
Day 7: PHORTSE TENGA 3680m (4 hrs)
As part of our gradual acclimatisation, today’s walk is short with minimal altitude gain. From Khumjung monastery (purported to contain a genuine Yeti skull), the trail ascends to our lodge near the Dudh Kosi River that flows from the foot of Mt Everest. (B)
Day 8: DOLE 4090m (3 hrs)
Another short day to assist in acclimatisation. The trail climbs through impressive rhododendron forests before reaching yak grazing pastures and the small settlement of Dole in time for lunch. Afternoon free to relax or explore. (B)
DAY 9: MACHHERMO 4410m (2.5 hrs)
The trail proceeds up the Gokyo Valley with stunning scenery on both sides of the valley. Machhermo Village is reached late in the morning. We have another afternoon acclimatising. (B)
DAY 10: GOKYO 4750m (4 hrs)
The valley widens as we approach the snout of the massive Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. Our lodge is on the shore of a beautiful lake called Dudh Pokhari. (B)
DAY 11: TAGNAG 4600m (2 hrs)
We take a pre-breakfast trek up to Gokyo Ri (5360m), a small peak affording memorable views of four 8,000m peaks—Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu. We return to our lodge for breakfast. Later in the morning we take a trail that crosses the lower section of the Ngozumba Glacier to reach Tagnag. We stay in a comfortable lodge with modern facilities. (B)
DAY 12: DZONGLA 4910m via CHO LA 5420m (7 hrs)
Depart early for a tough 4 hour climb to the top of Cho La. We pause for a snack and some fantastic photo opportunities. Then it’s a long, slow descent to the group of lodges at Dzongla and the finish to an exciting day. (B)
Note: Crossing Cho La will only be attempted if weather and trail conditions are ideal. There is an alternative trail available if necessary.
DAY 13: LOBUCHE 4930m (3 hrs)
Today’s trail follows a ridge high above the Khumbu valley before descending to the Khumbu Glacier. An easy trail takes us to the lodges at Lobuje. (B)
DAY 14: GORAK SHEP 5170m & EVEREST BASE CAMP 5360m (8 hrs)
From Lobuche we trek for 2 hours on a rough, rock strewn trail to Gorak Shep. We’ll have lunch here and a short rest before crossing over the Khumbu Glacier on the 3 hour trek to Everest Base Camp (5360). There are no views of Everest’s summit from here but there are fine views of the Khumbu Ice Fall and the large seracs of ice on the glacier beside base camp. We retrace our steps to our lodge at Gorak Shep. (B)
DAY 15: PHERICHE 4240m via KALA PATTAR 5545m (9 hrs)
Our goal today is the highest point of the trek, Kala Pattar, 5545 meters. Kala Pattar is the ideal place to view the dark, menacing south face of Everest. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, the breathtaking scenery will truly make you feel “On Top of the World”. Making it to the top of Kala Pattar is a tremendous accomplishment, and for most, a once in a lifetime experience. We depart Gorak Shep well before dawn, walking by the beam of our headlamps. The return walk, plus rest times from Gorak Shep to the top of Kala Pattar is about 3 hours. After returning to Gorak Shep for breakfast, we then retrace our steps past Lobuje descending to our lodge on the wide plain at Pheriche village. (B)
DAY 16: DEBOCHE 3757m (3 hrs)
A shorter day after the previous day’s exertions. The views down the trail ahead of the snow peaks arrayed before us are magnificent. We stop for lunch and a night at the pleasant settlement of Deboche. Relax or take an afternoon stroll to visit the impressive Tengboche monastery. (B)
DAY 17: NAMCHE BAZAAR 3440m (4 hrs)
Today’s walk is always enjoyable. The spectacular mountain views continue as the trail passes through Tengboche before descending via a forested path to cross the Dudh Kosi. We stop for the night at our favourite lodge above Namche Bazaar. (B)
DAY 18: SPARE DAY
A spare day is built into all high altitude treks. If the spare day is not utilized earlier in the trek, it will be taken at Namche Bazaar. There are numerous side treks available, plus exploration of this large, interesting village or just relax and rest in our comfortable lodge. (B)
DAY 19: LUKLA (6.5 hrs)
The going is easier and more relaxed as we enter the lower altitudes. From Namche the trail descends rapidly to the floor of the Dudh Kosi Valley. We stop for lunch at Phakding then continue on an easy trail before a gradual climb to Lukla arriving late afternoon. In the evening there’s a special celebration dinner followed by a ceremony to farewell our Nepali trekking crew. (B)
DAY 20: KATHMANDU (35mins flying time)
Flying from Lukla to Kathmandu the mountain views are unequalled anywhere else in the world. Met on arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to our Hotel. (B)
DAY 21: KATHMANDU
Free day to explore Kathmandu. This exciting, vibrant city is a favourite destination of travellers from all over the world. Kathmandu is a giant, living museum of Hindu and Buddhist art with more shrines and temples than anywhere else in the world. Our hotel is located a short walk from the narrow, winding streets of the old city. (B)
DAY 22 DEPART KATHMANDU
You will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport for your onward flight. (B)
B – Breakfast, D – Dinner
Thank you to our Back Track trekkers who have travelled with us in Nepal and shared their feedback:
I would just like to thank Ray (Australian Trek Leader) and his crew for the exceptional support and care given to all of the members of the trek group. Making decisions on a trek with such exceptional circumstances (Nepal Earthquake), is always going to be very difficult. But I was always confident that Ray and the crew had the safety of trek and crew members as the first priority.
Paul, Everest High Passes, April 2015
I cannot even begin to explain how eye-opening this trip ahs been. Back Track ahs been AMAZING in organising and preparing us all for this incredible experience. I also have to say a huge thank you to all of the thoughtful, caring crew we’ve spent the last 2 weeks with. Always happy to help even if its not needed. The situation that happened with the Earthquake was handled amazingly and positively! Ray kept us all so positive. I’ll be back to trek with Back Track again for sure.
Anna, Everest High Passes, April 2015
Kylie was the perfect trek leader. Her knowledge and obvious passion for Nepal and its people was infectious. She guided us through each day with confidence, humour, warmth and energy. We were lucky to have her in charge!
Carolyn, Everest & Gokyo Lakes November 2014
A fantastic experience!!!! Kylie was a fabulous leader. Her passion and enthusiasm for Nepal is highly contagious. Kylie took care of all our needs no matter what was asked of her. She is an asset to Back Track. Food was awesome! Accommodation was very comfortable. Mila and Ram our local guides were great to have on board.
Jo, Everest & Gokyo Lakes November 2014
Kylie was an awesome trek leader. I can’t sing her praises enough. She was the consummate caring professional. I would travel with her again anytime. Kylie was also good for a chat and a laugh, she really made the trip enjoyable for me. I loved Nepal, I’m so glad I have had the opportunity to experience the culture, weather, food and those magnificent mountains which I will miss gazing at constantly. Our local crew were lots of fun and generous with their time and knowledge too. Thanks again and you know I’ll be boring all my friends, family, staff and patients silly with my photos and stories.
Sharlene, Everest & Gokyo November 2014
OMG what a fantastic experience. Everyone was in great shape physically and mentally – great group. The local crew where exceptional Ram, JB, Biru and Mila what a great crew. Learnt a lot from Damian. Thanks to all the staff at Back Track Adventures – it’s great to travel with you!
Chris, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Your Nepal trekking crew were sensational. Ram, Mila, JB and Biru were professional, fun and extremely supportive to al participants. Their efforts in getting everyone down the glacier were indeed outstanding. Lots of fun to be around.
Peter, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Damian was a fantastic leader. made the journey a lot of fun. Would love to do another tour with him. Our local crew Ram, Mila, Biru & JB were fantastic also. Altogether a memorable trip that will be remembered forever. Thanks Back Track.
Jim, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Our Trek leader Damian was sensational in all aspects of the track. Made our trek informative, safe and enjoyable.
Anon, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
As usual all guides and porters were fantastic. Damian’s advice, knowledge, help and support was very helpful/ A wonderful person to have shared this trip with. 10/10.
Allan, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Thank you for a wonderful holiday. Damian’s knowledge of the Himalaya’s was amazing. The crew were fantastic – always looking out for us. Such a beautiful part of the world!
Lyn, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Particularly impressed with the planning of the Itinerary which gave max. opportunity to achieve the goal of reaching Base Camp. All staff were sensational.
David, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Greatly appreciated Damien’s Leadership! Herding us ‘cats’ is no easy feat but Damien did it with Humour, Grace and Patience. I also appreciated that the Itinerary gave everyone as much time/opponity as possible to acclimatise and as a consequence, achieve all 4 major goals. A Big Thank you for the Birthday Wishes – the effort and fuss was a delightful surprise.
Rosemary, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
An excellent well-run trek. The support crew were amazing and Damian was also excellent and knowledgeable. The training program before going was well created, but nothing really readys you for trekking at altitude. Challenging but rewarding – Thank you.
David, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
The trip was absolutely amazing. Damian was an amazing trek leader who managed the group incredibly well and also kept everyone laughing. The trek crew were amazing and provided fantastic support as well. Overall it was an incredible experience that I would recommend to anyone.
Sam, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
The trekkers, the guide, Ram and crew all combined to make a very enjoyable holiday – even it was ‘bloody hard’ work on quite a few days! Thanks for the experience – Again.
Warren, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
A very well organised trip – very professional (as usual!). Great bunch of people, everyones needs and desires met. Bhaktapur and Patan excursion was fantastic. Mind blown to see the real people and environs as the city stirred from its slumber. I rate the whole package AAA. Thank you Back Track.
Steve, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Our Trek Leader Damian was exemplary in his performance. I love the trek and experience and will cherish it for a long time. I loved every second and would gladly travel with Back Track in the future.
Mathew, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
This Everest trip changed my life. Spencer was an amazing leader who was just there every step of the way! Words can’t describe the real experiences I’ve had in Nepal and I look forward to going back as soon as I can. Spencer was extremely knowledegeable, kind, uplifting and occasionally pushy – but that’s exactly what I needed!!! I want do so much more with Backtrack. Their service and knowledge is world class and so perfectly intimate! Thanks
Sheridan, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2012
Just a quick note to say loved the trip. Struggled with the altitude from Namche and probably the odd day of not drinking enough. Everyone I have spoken to is so impressed that everyone in our group who wanted to get to base camp made it, as we heard that on other companies, a fair number struggling with the altitude don’t get there. Heather was great with managing each of us and our trekking family. If it wasn’t for her I don’t know whether I would have made it and enjoyed my time away. Do feel a real sense of achievement. Your other staff in Nepal also all worked well together and made life on the trail easier. Have passed your details onto those who ask along with a high recommendation.
K.A., Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes