Everest Base Camp, Three Passes, Gokyo Lakes Trek

Everest Base Camp Three Passes Gokyo Lakes Trek

In this article, we are going to discuss Everest Base Camp Three Passes Gokyo Lakes Trek.

Three passes trek and Everest Base Camp trek are quite an exciting adventure in the Himalayas. This trek lets you cross the three high passes of the region while reaching the base of the world’s highest mountain.

This is one of the best alternative routes to visit the Everest Base Camp. You will be exploring the wonderful Sherpa villages while learning their culture and tradition. You get to experience the lifestyle of these people.

Overall this trek is full of wonderful vista and lasts about 20 days in the Everest region. You won’t be once bored on this trek. So, pack your bags and get ready to be stunned on this journey.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Three Passes Gokyo Lakes Trek

  • Walkthrough Sagarmatha National Park
  • Reach the Base of Mount Everest
  • Beautiful sunrise view from Kala Patthar
  • Reach the three high passes of the Everest region
  • Explore Gokyo lakes
  • Marvelous view of various peaks and landscapes
  • Trek through lush green forests

Best Time to Visit

Everest Base Camp Trek in May

Autumn and Spring seasons are the best time to visit the Everest Base Camp Three Passes Gokyo Lakes Trek. These are the peak seasons when travelers from all around the world visit Nepal to walk on these trails.

During these seasons, the weather and temperature are at their best. The skies are clear, the days are sunny and bright while the nights are a bit chilly. The view of scenarios is breathtaking during these times.

The month of March to May and September to November falls under these seasons. During these months, the routes are crowded with travelers making it noisy. So, if you love walking in silence you might be a bit disappointed.

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Everest Base Camp Three Passes Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Today you will be arriving in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. This beautiful city is the first place you will be visiting after your arrival. Our respective representative will be waiting for you at the terminal with garlands of flowers.

Then after a short welcoming, they pick you up from the airport and drop you off at your hotel. After helping you check-in to your rooms, they leave for the day. The rest of the day is unplanned so you are free to roam around or visit places.

You must be tired after a long flight so you can sleep in fast tonight.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

Today you will be sightseeing around the beautiful Kathmandu valley. And visiting the various UNESCO heritage sites this city has to offer. There are a total of 6 heritage sites inside the valley. Among them, 4 are located in the capital, 1 in Bhaktapur, and 1 in  Lalitpur.

Waking up early, you have your breakfast and wait for the guide. After picking you up, they will take you to Pashupatinath, a holy shrine for lord shiva. Then Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, a holy ground for Buddhists.

From there, they will take you to Basantapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. These squares were once home to the royal kings and queens. But nowadays, they have become the center of attraction.

After returning from the tour, you visit Thamel for its exciting nightlife. Most of the clubs and pubs are situated in this part of the town. It is better to sleep early as you have a journey to begin the next day.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu then trek to Phakding

Flight Duration: 25 to 30 minutes

Maximum Altitude (Lukla): 2800 m above sea level

Trek Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Maximum Altitude (Phakding): 2640 m above sea level

On the third day of Everest Base Camp Three Passes Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary, your journey in the Himalaya begins. Waking up early, you pack your bags and get ready for the trip.

Picking you from the hotel, they drop you off at the airport. From there, you catch a flight to Lukla. Boarding the flight you soar into the sky. Viewing epic scenes of mountains, valleys, and landscapes from above.

After about half an hour flight, you reach Lukla, popular for its narrow runway. Then after having a healthy breakfast, you now trek towards Phakding. Heading out of the town, you make a descend in the trials.

Then crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river you walk on its bank. Following the trail, you walk past several small Sherpa settlements. Walking for about a few hours viewing prayer flags, mani walls, you reach Phakding.

Stay the night in one of the tea houses.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar

7 day Everest Base Camp Trek Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 3430 m above sea level

Today you will be heading towards Namche Bazaar from Phakding. Heading out of the town, you cross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. Then following the left side trails reach Tok Tok then crossing a lovely waterfall arrive at Benkar. This place gives a marvelous view of Mt. Thamserku.

Then following the upward trail, you reach Chhamuwa village. Then making a gradual climb, you reach Monjo village. Walking further ahead, you can enter the gate of Sagarmatha National Park.

From here, you descend the trails till Jorsale then ascend till you arrive at Namche Bazaar. The view of mountain peaks in the backdrop looks very mesmerizing from this Sherpa town.

You stay in one of the tea houses for the night.

Day 5: Acclimatize in Namche

On the fifth day of this trek, your first acclimatization is here in Namche Bazaar. This is your free day so you can rest for the day or roam around the beautiful Sherpa village.

You can hike up to Khumjung village and visit the mountaineering museum, Hillary school, Khunde hospital, etc. Then from there, you can head towards the Everest View Hotel, the world’s highest hotel.

After a tiring day, you return back to Namche and stay here for the night. On this day you will have seen many beautiful scenarios and experienced their culture and tradition.

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 3867 m above sea level

Today you head towards Tengboche from Namche. After having your breakfast, you head out of the town and make an ascend in the trail. Then enter a dense forest of rhododendron till Kenjoma then Sansa.

From here, the trail drops till you arrive at Phunki Thanga. You have your lunch here. Following the forest trail, you see the breathtaking view of mountains and landscapes.

Walking for about a few hours, you arrive at Tengboche. This beautiful village lies on top of the ridge and is popular for its ancient monastery and panoramic mountain views.

Day 7: Trek to Dingboche

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 4410 m above sea level

Waking up early, you visit the monastery and participate in the morning prayers. Then having your breakfast, you head towards Dingboche from Tengboche this day.

Descending the trails through forests of pines and rhododendron you reach Deboche. Then walking further ahead you arrive at a small settlement above the Imja Khola.

From here, you ascend the trails and cross a bridge over the river and reach Pangboche village. Then heading upward you get to Imja village then Somare and Orsho.

After having your lunch here, you continue your walk and reach Dingboche. You stay here for the night.

Day 8: Acclimatize in Dingboche

Your second acclimatization is held here in Dingboche. You can roam around the beautiful village or hike up to Nangkartshang peak. This place gives a stunning view of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Ama Dablam, etc. You can also see the beautiful Imja valley and Dingboche village.

Day 9: Trek to Chukkung

Trek Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours

Maximum Altitude: 4730 m above sea level

Today you will be heading towards Chukkung from Dingboche. This day’s walk is quite short to let your body adjust with high elevation. You will be traveling to a high elevation so it can be hard for some trekkers.

After arriving at Chukkung the rest of the day is free. So you can stay in your rooms or ascend to Chhukung Ri or Island Base Camp. This place gives a marvelous view of various peaks. Like Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Thamserku, Island Peak, etc.

During the evening, you will prepare to climb for your first high pass the next day. Stay here for the night.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche via Kongma La Pass

Trek Duration: 8 to 9 hours

Maximum Altitude (Kongma La): 5535 m above sea level

Maximum Altitude (Lobuche): 4930 m above sea level

Today is quite an adventurous day for you. As of today, you will be heading towards Lobuche via Kongma La. This day you will be crossing the first high pass of the Everest region.

After having your breakfast, you follow the rocky trail and ascend towards Kongma La. The walks will be quite hard compared to other days. Following the routes, you reach Pokalden Base camp.

Then walking through steep hills you reach Kongma La. This pass gives a breathtaking view of peaks and glacier lakes. Viewing these scenarios, you descend the trails and cross the Khumbu glacier reaching Lobuche.

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep then Hike to Everest Base Camp and return

Trek Duration (Gorakshep): 3 to 4 hours

Trek Duration (EBC): 2 hours

Maximum Altitude (Gorakshep): 5140 m above sea level

Maximum Altitude (EBC): 5360 m above sea level

This day’s trek is quite exciting as you will be heading towards the major highlight of this trek. From Lobuche, you trek till Gorakshep then hike to Everest Base Camp.

Continuing the trail, you make a steep climb following the rocky trails. After several ups and downs, you reach Gorakshep. Then having your lunch, you now head towards Everest Base Camp.

Following the glacier ridge and making ascend in the trails you arrive at Everest Base Camp. This place gives a marvelous view of Nuptse, Lhotse, and many more.

After spending time and clicking pictures, you head back to Gorakshep retracing your steps. Stay the night in one of the tea houses.

Day 12: Hike to Kala Patthar then descend to Dzongla

Trek Duration (Kala Patthar): 3 hours

Trek Duration (Dzongla): 5 hours

Maximum Altitude (Kala Patthar): 5550 m above sea level

Maximum Altitude ( Dzongla): 4830 m above sea level

Waking up early, you hike to Kala Patthar this morning. This place gives the best view of the sunrise in the Everest region. Mount Everest also looks stunningly beautiful from this point.

After viewing the beautiful scenarios, you descend the trails till Gorakshep. Then head towards Dzongla crossing Lobuche. Stay the night in one of the lodges.

Day 13: Trek to Thangnak via Cho La Pass

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Maximum Altitude (Cho La): 5420 m above sea level

Maximum Altitude (Thangnak): 4700 m above sea level

After having your breakfast, you begin the trek by ascending the trails to Cho La Pass. This day you will be visiting another high pass of the Everest region. Then head to Thangnak from there.

Walking through steep rock boulders, zigzag trails, and making gentle ascents, you reach Cho La Pass. From here you descend the trails and head towards Thangnak where you stay the night.

Day 14: Trek to Gokyo

Trek Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Maximum Altitude: 4790 m above sea level

Today you head towards Gokyo from Thangnak. Following the trail through the Nagjumpa Glacier, you make an ascend and reach the Gokyo trek route. After walking for about a few hours, you reach Gokyo.

Stay the night in one of the lodges.

Day 15: Acclimatize in Gokyo

This is your last acclimatization of the trek. Today you will roam around the beautiful Gokyo Valley. You will be exploring the Gokyo peak and visiting the fifth lake.

Day 16: Trek to Marulung via Renjo La Pass

Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Maximum Altitude (Renjo La Pass): 5360 m above sea level

Maximum Altitude (Marulung): 4150 m above sea level

Today is quite a big day as you will be crossing the last high pass of the Everest region. After a delicious breakfast, you climb the trails and following it reaches Renjo La Pass.

Viewing the panoramic view of peaks, glaciers, and landscapes, you head down the trails to Marulung. And stay the night in one of the lodges.

Day 17: Trek to Thame

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Maximum Altitude: 3800 m above sea level

Today you head towards Thame from Marulung. Descending the trails you reach Nangpa valley. And following the old trade route, you head towards Thame. This village is well known for its ancient monastery.

Stay the night in one of the lodges.

Day 18: Trek to Manjo

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hour

Maximum Altitude: 2835 m above sea level

Today you head towards Manjo from Thame. After a healthy breakfast, you continue your Everest Base Camp Three Passes Gokyo Lakes Trek journey. Trekking downwards, you follow the trails beside the Bhote Koshi river.

Then entering lush green forests walk through isolated sherpa villages. Then retracing your steps descends down to Manjo. Stay the night in one of the lodges.

Day 19: Trek to Lukla

Three passes trek vs Everest Base Camp

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Maximum Altitude: 2800 m above sea level

Today you head towards Lukla from Manjo. This day’s trek is quite short as you will be retracing your steps back. Descending and ascending the trails and crossing several suspension bridges, you arrive at Lukla.

Day 20: Fly Back to Lukla

This is your final day of Everest Base Camp Three Passes Gokyo Lakes Trek. Today you will be flying back to Kathmandu. We hope you had an exciting time on this wonderful journey.

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