Gokyo Lake EBC Trek Via Phortse

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Gokyo Lake EBC Trek Via Phortse
At a Glance
  • Duration19 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Places to Visit Gokyo/Everest Base Camp
  • Max Altitude 5,545m/18,192ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Lukla
  • Ends Lukla
  • Activity Teahouse Lodge Trek
  • Best Season Spring Autumn

Gokyo Lake EBC Trek Via Phortse Highlights

  • Along with the traditional Sherpa village, it's very peaceful walking into the deep valley of Gokyo which is sincerely spectacular.
  • Getting to Machchermo and listening to the incident about the Machchermo yeti legendary is an added highlight of the trek.
  • The Gokyo Lake with its pristine turquoise waters set against a backdrop of towering snow-capped peaks.
  • The view of Cho-Oyu (8210 m/26,906 ft) - the world's sixth highest mountain and Gozumpa Glacier- the largest glacier in the whole Himalayas is simply phenomenal.
  • Climb to Gokyo Ri which rewards your effort with breathtaking 360-degree views, with a panorama of Everest and other majestic peaks that are simply unforgettable.
  • Walking down to the most picturesque village of Phortse acclimatizes you in good health.
  • Walk the most scenic high elevated trail to Pheriche from where you are literally overlooking the deep gorges and Tengboche monastery below.
  • Eventually getting to Everest base camp, ascending Kalapathar for the sunrise, and descending a thousand meters down to Pangbuche is worthwhile.
  • Finally celebrating your last night in Lukla and flying in a small twin-otter plane back to Kathmandu is breathtaking leaving you with so much contentment and appreciation.

Gokyo Lake EBC Trek Via Phortse Overview

One of the marvelous and thrilling trekking routes in the Everest region is the Everest base camp trip by way of Gokyo Valley. Gokyo Lake EBC Trek Via Phortse is a combination of two different enchanting valleys that deliver a real wilderness experience. It's especially for travelers who are keen to experience the real luxury and beauty of going through diverse highlands.

Furthermore, the trek provides anyone more opportunity and understanding, unlike the regular and commercial valley trail to Everest base camp. However, the transformation in the landscapes and the terrain variation is simply mesmerizing.

This 19-day Gokyo Lake EBC Trek Via Phortse is an incredible opportunity to explore the incredible Everest region. We ovoid Cho La Pass in this Trip. By choosing to avoid the Cho La pass, trekkers can experience the beauty of Phorstse Village and its surroundings.

Phorstse Village (3,810 m/12,500 feet):

Phorstse Village which is at (3,810 m/12,500 feet) is a hidden gem nestled in the lap of the majestic mountain hill. Surrounded by majestic mountains this village offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. 

The soaring Thamserku and Kangtenga dominate the horizon which on a clear day looks interestingly marvelous. The village is inhabited by friendly Sherpa people, renowned for their mountaineering skills and warm hospitality.

As trekkers make their way through Phorstse Village, they will be captivated by the awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks, including the mighty Thamserku. The journey through this Village allows trekkers to explore traditional Sherpa houses, and monasteries, and know their lifestyle. It’s a great opportunity to gain insights into the local way of life and religious practices.

Gokyo Lake EBC Trek Via Phortse Trip Detail:

This 19-day Gokyo Lake EBC Trek Via Phortse offers a unique opportunity to explore the serene Gokyo Lakes and reach the iconic Everest Base Camp without crossing the challenging Cho La pass. Instead, this trip follows an alternative route via the charming Phorstse Village, providing a different perspective and an unforgettable experience. It's indeed a diversion from the commercial trail that takes you to the less-trodden valley of Gokyo.

It’s an adventure from the very first day. Our adventure begins with a most thrilling flight from Kathmandu to the airport of Lukla. From Lukla, we trek towards Phakding, a picturesque village situated on the banks of the Dudh Koshi River.

Our trek continues to Namche Bazaar, the bustling hub of the Khumbu region. Here, we take a day to acclimatize and explore the local Sherpa culture. Leaving Namche Bazaar behind, we ascend toward the mesmerizing Gokyo Valley. The trail offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and brings us to the tranquil Gokyo Lakes.

This secret valley of Gokyo with a series of magnificent turquoise blue lakes is more of a sacred and sanctified place. It’s a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. During one particular festival season, many Hindus from around the world visit Gokyo to take a holy bath in the lake.

We will spend a couple of days exploring the area, hiking up Gokyo Ri for a spectacular sunrise view of Everest, Cho Oyu, and other Himalayan giants. The turquoise waters of the lakes against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains create a truly magical setting.

The Trail After Gokyo Lake:

Bidding farewell to Gokyo, we head towards Phorstse Village, our alternative route to Everest Base Camp. Moreover, walking to Dingboche from Phortse village through the highly elevated trail is a real highlight. Acclimatization Day at Dingboche is simply phenomenal. The serene landscapes and the warm hospitality of the locals make this part of the trek truly special.

As we approach the final leg of our journey, we trek to the legendary Everest Base Camp. Significantly, being at the base of the world’s highest mountain gives you a great sense of achievement. We also climb Kala Patthar, a viewpoint renowned for its panoramic vistas of Everest, Nuptse, and the Khumbu Glacier.

Our return journey takes us back through Namche Bazaar and Phakding as we make our way toward Lukla.

The 19-Day Gokyo Lake EBC Trek Via Phortse is genuinely spectacular. By avoiding the challenging Cho La pass and taking the alternative route, trekkers can experience the unique charm of Phorstse Village and gain a different perspective of the Everest region.

The highlights of the Gokyo Lake EBC Trek Via Phortse are the terrific Lukla flight, the gorgeous lakes, the climb to Gokyo-Ri, the Everest base camp, and the extravagant panoramic mountain views. Consequently, it offers you a view of the world's highest peaks like Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 feet) Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02:Drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) (474 m / 1,555 feet) and Overnight Stay
  • Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2,840 m/9,317 feet) and trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,562 feet)
  • Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,450 m/11,318 feet) - The Capital City of Khumbu Region
  • Day 05:Acclimatization day at Namche /morning excursion.
  • Day 06:Trek to Dole (4200 m/13,779 feet)
  • Day 07:Trek to Machchermo (4470 m/14,665 feet) - The YETI INCIDENT place.
  • Day 09:Trek to Gokyo (4790 m/15,715 feet)
  • Day 10:Ascent to Gokyo Ri (5,480 m / 17,979 feet) and Trek to Dole (4200 m/13,779 feet)
  • Day 11:Trek to Phortse Village (3810 m / 12,500 feet) - the most picturesque village.
  • Day 12:08:Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m / 14,271 feet)
  • Day 13:Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m / 16,108 feet)
  • Day 14:Trek to Gorak Shep (5,288 m /17,349 feet) and Trek to EBC (5,360 m/17,585 feet)
  • Day 15:Morning walk to Kala Patthar (5,545 m /18,192 feet) and trek to Pheriche (4,240 m/13,901 feet)
  • Day 16:Trek Back to Namche Bazaar (3,450 m/11,318 feet) via Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m/12,664 feet)
  • Day 17:Trek back to Lukla our Final Destination @ 2,840 m/9.317 feet
  • Day 18:Mountain Flight to the Capital City of Kathmandu OR MANTHALI AIRPORT
  • Day 19:Departure day - Transfer to international Airport

Gokyo Lake EBC Trek Via Phortse Detailed Itinerary

Soon you land in Kathmandu airport your group leader will be there with the Nepal Pyramids board to greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Despite, the capital city of Nepal certainly being the busiest with hectic traffic it undoubtedly has a strong appeal with local splendor and vigorous activities around, where you can simply relax and take pleasure in the fun of driving through the unfamiliar roads.


  • Pick up from the international airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel by your Group Leader.
  • Short preliminary briefing.
  • Arriving early gives you an opportunity to explore Kathmandu.

    Driving to Manthali in Ramechhap district, Nepal can be an adventurous journey that offers a glimpse of rural life and the scenic beauty of the Nepalese countryside. The road from Kathmandu to Manthali in Ramechhap is a mix of paved and unpaved sections. While some parts are well-maintained, others can be bumpy and rough, especially during the monsoon season. The condition of the roads can vary, and landslides are not uncommon in hilly areas. The drive takes you through picturesque landscapes, with terraced fields, lush forests, and traditional villages dotting the route. It's an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Nepal.


    • Breakfast at the Hotel.
    • Meet up at a time provided by your Team Leader.
    • Getting together for trek briefing.
    • Distribution of company's trek equipment.
    • Thrilling Drive to Ramechaap – 4 hours
    • Fabulous Lunch in one of the Highway Restaurants.
    • Overnight stay at Ramechaap – BASIC HOTEL FACILITY 

      The early morning 20-minute thrilling flight to Lukla. 3/4 hours easy walk to Phakding on the legendary trekking trail through the cultured Sherpa villages with its exceptional beauty and the view of stunning landscape, deep valley, and Dudh Koshi gorge is unique.


      • Flying in a twin-otter plane to a small Lukla airport at an elevation of 2840 m
      • Beautiful walk through the series of stunning native settlement
      • The phenomenal sight of profound gorges, ancient farming terraces, and the scenic beauty at the backdrop is something special on the very first day.
      • Overnight stay at stunning Phakding, fabulous dinner and briefing by your leader along with a number of fascinating stories.

        Today we will start early for Namche Bazaar, the capital and the Administrative Center of the Khumbu district. It’s more of a luxurious city in the middle of no way in the midst of remoteness and thin air. Despite long hours of walking, it’s far more than just trekking. Give time to adapt your body to thin air. It’s not a matter of proving your physical strength, it’s more about taking pleasure with steady ascend.


        • Wake-up call as set by your leader
        • 3 hours gentle walk through a series of pleasant villages to the last settlement of Jorsale for lunch
        • Crossing 5 high suspension bridges is daring.
        • The scenic beauty and deep gorges of soaring cliffs at the backdrop is phenomenal.
        • Being at Namche, the dream land is remarkable which is worth an effort.

          Acclimatization is essential to ensure safety, comfort, and enjoyment when exploring high-altitude environments. It allows your body to adapt to the challenges of reduced oxygen levels, making your adventure in the mountains a more memorable and rewarding experience.


          • 1 and ½ hours amazing walk for acclimatization.
          • Walk to Syangbuche, one of the enchanting places in the region with the world’s highest airstrip.
          • Visiting Everest View Lodge with an incredible view and hot beverage.
          • The close view of the magnificent mountain, extensive green hills, the
          • Tibetan Buddhist culture and witnessing the territory of the yaks are charismatic
          • The first view of the world’s highest mountain (Mt. Everest)

            We skip the overcrowded traditional Everest base camp trial and enter into the most beautiful section of Gokyo Valley with the most amazing setting.


            • Fabulous walk to the ridge of Mong-La with stunning mountain views.
            • Deep drop to the Gokyo Gorge for lunch with chances to see musk deer
            • Enchanting walk to Dole through the forest of rhododendrons, pine, and maple.
            • Unlike many other settlements, this small settlement of Dole is exceptional for its kind

              Leaving Dole we walk into the wider version of the trail into the open valley with outstanding views of enormous mountains and deep valleys. This effortless walk into the Himalayan meadow is awe-inspiring. Machchermo, the place of the YETI incident is situated at the foot of Machchermo Peak and is another attraction.


              • Beautiful walk with the most beautiful landscape view.
              • Effortless short walk to Machchermo where the valley opens wide with its magnificence.
              • Listen to the Machchermo YETI INCIDENT that occurred around 1974.
              • Free afternoon for a small excursion or take it as leisure.


                In the Everest region, where altitudes soar to staggering heights, acclimatization is a crucial necessity. Acclimatization allows the body to gradually adapt to these diminishing oxygen levels, enabling a safe and successful journey.

                Without proper acclimatization, trekkers and climbers risk falling prey to altitude sickness, a potentially life-threatening condition.

                By allowing the body to adapt to the high altitude environment, acclimatization not only safeguards against altitude sickness but also enhances overall performance and well-being. Trekkers and climbers who are well-acclimatized experience less fatigue, improved sleep, and a heightened sense of alertness.

                  Away from the tree line area, gradual ascent is recommended. Today is another beautiful walk where mountains like Cholatse, Tabuch, and Cho-Oyu unfold before us with a series of turquoise blue lakes.


                  • remarkable walk in the open valley of wide Himalayan meadow is peaceful
                  • Walking up to the stunning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd lakes of Gokyo is remarkable.
                  • Getting to Gokyo, a lovely settlement with the backdrop of the world’s sixth-highest mountain Cho-Oyu is significant.

                    Now is the time for an epic climb to Gokyo Ri, the point to value your dream and the sensational Himalayan vistas all around. The climb is challenging but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. After making historic success to Gokyo Ri, we will descend down for breakfast and descend further down to Machchermo for a more luxurious time in the lower elevation settlement away from the thin air.


                    • Phenomenal sunrise view
                    • A very rewarding moment being at 5480 m with an exceptional panoramic mountain view and the lake view.
                    • After conquering Gokyo Ri we will start heading down to a lower elevation that will acclimatize us well for our next venture to EBC

                      We retrace our steps back to Dole and Phortse Tenga getting ourselves back to the tree line and it’s pretty wonderful looking back on our effort while descending. After lunch, we take a different trail to the terraced village of Photse with the most amazing setting.


                      • Fabulous and effortless descent with stunning mountain views.
                      • Deep drop to the Gokyo gorge for lunch with chances to see musk deer
                      • Unlike many other settlements, the terraced village of Phortse is a special of its kind

                        Leaving Phortse we take the high trail, considered to be one of the most beautiful trails with outstanding views of enormous mountains and deep valleys. Dingbuche, situated at the foot of soaring Amadablam Mountain is another attraction.


                        • A beautiful walk with the most beautiful view
                        • Chances to witness the musk deer, mountain goat, and different birds
                        • Effortless walk to Pangbuche and a fabulous lunch at Somare village
                        • Next painless walk to Dingbuche where the valley opens wide with its magnificence.
                        • View of countless other neighboring mountains that now opens clear.

                          Away from the tree line area, gradual ascent is recommended. Today is another beautiful walk where mountains like Cholatse, Lobuche, and Pumari unfold before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape


                          • Gradual upwalk in the wide Himalayan meadow is peaceful
                          • Walking up to the memorial plateau with hundreds of memorials built after the memory of people who met with tragedy in different mountains of Everest is remarkable.
                          • Getting to Lobuche a small settlement at the foot of Lobuche Peak is significant.

                            Leaving Lobuche this 3 hours walk to Gorak Shep is out of the ordinary through the rocky moraine undulating trail. Gorak Shep, the spectacular village is surrounded by Pumori (7145 m), Lingtren (6697 m), Nuptse (7745 m), and of course Everest (8848 m).


                            • Spectacular view of the Khumbu ice fall with soaring mountain
                            • Trek to the fascinating Everest base camp after lunch
                            • View of the base camp and the blue ice pinnacles of the ice-fall is astonishing
                            • Challenging but very rewarding walk to the fro from the base camp

                              Now is the time for an epic climb to Kalapathar, the point to value your dream and the sensational Himalayan vistas all around. The climb is challenging but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. After making historic success to Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar, we will descend down to the settlement of Pheriche descending at least 1000 m below.


                              • Phenomenal sunrise view
                              • A very rewarding moment being at 5545 m with an exceptional panoramic mountain view.
                              • Overnight at Pheriche, which is way tranquil being away from all the hardship and the thin air.

                                We retrace our steps back to Pangbuche getting ourselves back to the tree line area where you would realize your breathing getting back to normal. It’s pretty wonderful looking back on our effort to Everest base camp from the Tyengbuche ridge. Walk to Namche on a fresh route makes anyone cheerful about their accomplishment.


                                • Effortless walk to Tyengbuche monastery, the most active monastery in the Everest region.
                                • Visit to the monastery and lighting the butter lamp is an incredible experience
                                • Witness the untold history and the activities of Tyengbuche
                                • Give yourself a break at Namche either with drinks or buying souvenirs.

                                  We retrace down the way through steep descent and the suspension bridges once again to Phakding for Lunch.

                                  After lunch, we will walk further to the beautiful settlement of Lukla

                                  Since it's our last trekking night we (all ground staff and your Trek Leader) will dine together and the event is followed by entertainment and Tipping.

                                    Sensational flight back to the capital city of Kathmandu.


                                    • Morning flight to Kathmandu
                                    • Explore the Capital City of Kathmandu as per your requirements.

                                      Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided.

                                        What's Included
                                        • PERMITS: All essential permits required from the Government and local authorities to legally trek in the region are procured.
                                        • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included in the trek package.
                                        • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: Two nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at a three-star twin-sharing hotel on a bed and breakfast-basis.
                                        • WELCOME DINNER: A traditional Nepali-style welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
                                        • SIGHTSEEING: A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's two most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites with entrance fees paid.
                                        • TAXES: All applicable local and national government taxes are covered.
                                        • TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip PRIVATE VEHICLE transportation between Kathmandu and the Manthali Airport for the flight to Lukla.
                                        • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Domestic flights TO and FROM LUKLA.
                                        • EQUIPMENT: Essential trekking gear such as sleeping bags, fleece liners, PrimaLoft jackets, rain ponchos, yak tracks, trekking poles, etc are provided.
                                        • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
                                        • DRINKING WATER: Properly filtered and boiled water for drinking is provided each morning and evening. Trekkers are advised to carry reusable water bottles/bladder bags that can hold at least 3 liters.
                                        • GLORIOUS FOOD: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot beverages are provided throughout the trek duration.
                                        • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
                                        • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
                                        • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
                                        • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
                                        • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
                                        What's Excluded
                                        • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
                                        • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
                                        • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
                                        • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
                                        • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
                                        • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
                                        • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
                                        • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
                                        • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
                                        • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
                                        • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
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