Nepal·April 3 - 16 2024

Everest Basecamp Trek - Express Via Gokyo Lake

Khumbu Uncovered: Trek to Everest Basecamp via the Incredible Gokyo Lakes

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Overview

Step off the beaten track and experience the hidden wonder of the Himalayas with this bucket list adventure to Everest Basecamp via the stunning Gokyo Lakes. Trekking to Everest Basecamp has long been the ultimate adventure pilgrimage: challenge yourself this spring and see first hand the majesty of the Khumbu Valley, from a different perspective with this iteration on the classic basecamp trek. The serene Gokyo Lakes are the highest freshwater lake system in the world and are considered sacred in both Hindu and Buddhist culture. Situated away from the main basecamp trek route, reaching the Gokyo Valley requires additional effort and scaling the mighty Chola La Pass to reach Everest Basecamp, but the jaw-dropping natural beauty, serenity and sense of achievement given make it a challenge worth taking. Explore the wilder side of the Everest region with return helicopter flights from Kathmandu, for safety and convenience. Make the dream a reality in 2024, with the best accommodation and guides on stand-by to ensure the experience of a lifetime.

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Highlights

Get Off the Beaten Track

Get Off the Beaten Track

The Gokyo Lake route feels more remote and has lesser chance of crowding when compared to the classic route.

Discover the Gokyo Valley

Discover the Gokyo Valley

Home to the world's highest freshwater lake system, the Gokyo Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal.

Superb Guiding Team

Superb Guiding Team

Benefit from expert guiding from our Founder Oliver Browne & a specially-selected team of Nepali guides.

Return Kathmandu Helicopter Flights

Return Kathmandu Helicopter Flights

We fly by helicopter from & to Kathmandu, as they are a safer & more convenient than fixed wing aircraft.

Best Accomodation Options

Best Accomodation Options

We only book the best lodges & tea houses in the Everest Region and the excellent Hyatt Regency in Kathmandu.

Best Logistics Manager

Best Logistics Manager

Our Nepalese partners are the best logistics managers in the Himalayas and also own Heli Everest, the safest helicopter operator in Nepal.

Discover Kathmandu

Discover Kathmandu

See Kathmandu's most impressive historical and cultural sites with our city tour.

Meet The Team

Oliver Browne - Expedition Leader

Oliver Browne - Expedition Leader

Oliver is a certified Mountain Leader, experienced adventurer, alpinist, and the founder of True Summit Adventures.

 

He is passionate about Nepal, the Everest region, and basecamp treks in particular, saying: "It's something everyone should do in their lifetime, whether you love climbing or just being in the great outdoors. It is unlike anything else."


Oliver first completed the trek in 2021, during his second spell in Nepal. He went on to lead our 2023 expedition to Everest Basecamp and Lobuche, which saw Patrick Kappaz claim the record for the youngest person to climb the 6119m Lobuche East at 16 years and 48 days old.


Oliver will be assisted by a team of high altitude porters and Nepali Sherpa guides.

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Kami Fura Sherpa - Expedition Guide

Kami Fura Sherpa - Expedition Guide

Kami Fura Sherpa grew up in Lukla, a village known as the gateway to the Everest region. He started working in the mountain industry as a porter when just a teenager, which saw him reach the South Col (8000m) on Mount Everest five times.

 

Kami is one of the kindest and most fun people in the Khumbu Valley. He has an unmatched sense of humour and a real flair for looking after people on expedition.

 

Since becoming a guide he has climbed Mera Peak six times, Lobuche East twice, Island Peak seven times, and Thapa Peak once.

Ang Kaji Sherpa - Expedition Guide

Ang Kaji Sherpa - Expedition Guide

Ang Kaji Shepra hails from Sankhuwa Sabha in eastern Nepal, an area renowned for producing high altitude mountaineers.

 

A fluent English speaker, Ang Kaji began working in the mountain industry in his late teens, starting out as a porter. He is now as an accredited trekking and climbing guide. His CV includes ascents of (the super technical) Ama Dablam (three times), Island Peak (four times), Lobuche Peak (three times), Mera Peak (twice), and Pokalde Peak (once).

 

He has also been to Camp 4 on Mount Everest,abandoning any further ascent after his climbing partner suffered a serious injury.


Ang Kaji brings great experience and knowledge of the Khumbu region to True Summit Adventures, along with a kind, conscientious yet determined manner. He impressed everyone with his professionalism our 2023 expedition to Lobuche East.


He is married and lives in Kathamndu when not on expedition.

Tashi Lakpa Sherpa - Expedition Manager

Tashi Lakpa Sherpa - Expedition Manager

Tashi comes from one of the world's most preeminent families in mountaineering and expedition management.


He holds the record for the youngest person to climb Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen (aged 19 in 2005) and has been to the summit ten times.


Tashi has also completed the Seven Summits, and alongside his brothers became the first Nepali to ski to the South Pole.




Tashi is one of the best and most experienced expedition managers in Nepal whose family also own Heli Everest, meaning their fleet of A-350 aircraft is always on hand and available to our clients.

Simone Morro - Helicopter Pilot

Simone Morro - Helicopter Pilot

Simone is one of the greatest alpinists of all time with four first ascents of mountains over 8000m in winter. Simone is known for climbing alpine style - without Sherpa support, fixed lines or supplemental oxygen in winter.


He is also one of the leading high altitude helicopter pilots in the world, which is the reason for him joining this expedition. Based in Bergamo in northern Italy, he spends his springs in Nepal where he is the lead pilot for Heli Everest.

A different perspective of the Basecamp Trek

Everest Basecamp via Gokyo Lake

Everest Basecamp via Gokyo Lake

Our Everest Basecamp via Gokyo Lake expedition combines the wonder of the traditional trek to the base of the world's highest mountain with the added spectacle of the stunning Gokyo Lakes.


More of a challenge than the Everest basecamp classic route, it includes a climb over the 5000m plus Chola Pass and of Gokyo Ri.

Itinerary

An adventure classic to the foot of Everest by the lesser traveled and incredibly beautiful Gokyo Lake

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April 3rd - Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, 1400m. Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal and the experience of a lifetime.

You will be met at the airport by a True Summit Adventures team member and taken to our team hotel, the Hyatt Regency in Bouda, one of the original and best five star hotels in Kathmandu. 

Designed in traditional Newari-style architecture and set within 37 acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel offers an oasis of calm in bustling Kathmandu. At the same time, it's located close to historic attractions, temples, restaurants, and the outdoor shops, should you need to make any last minute purchases.

Popular with the climbing community, it's possible to see famous alpinists at the breakfast counter, on the charming terrace, relaxing by the pool, or hitting the gym.

In the evening, we will meet for a welcome dinner where you will meet our Nepali partners, the guides and of course, the other adventurers who will be making this bucket list trek with you.


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April 4th - Day 2: City Tour of Kathmandu, 1400m. Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

This morning we explore the cultural treasures within Kathmandu, including Durbar Square, Swayambhu Mahachaitya (Monkey Temple), Bouddha Stupa, and Pashupatinath Hindu temple.

We then stop for lunch at the Roadhouse restaurant, which overlooks the Boudda Stupa.

In the afternoon, we visit the climbing shops of the Thamel neighbourhood for any last minute purchases before returning to the Hyatt Regency for dinner.

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April 5th - Day 3: Fly to Lukla, 2,850m, from Kathmandu. Trek to Phakding, 2650m. Sherpa Guide Lodge

Following breakfast at the hotel we transfer to the airport to board the one hour helicopter flight to the world famous Lukla airport, the launchpad to the Everest region.

We use helicopter transfers both from and to Kathmandu for their safety and convenience as fixed wing flights now depart from Ramechapp airport, a 5 hour drive from Kathmandu.

After lunch in Lukla, we begin our trek to Everest Basecamp with a gentle hike to Phakding, a quaint Sherpa village situated beside the Dudh Kosi River.

On the trek your main bag will be carried by one of our super human Sherpa porters and accommodation is in the famous 'teahouses' which provide basic yet warm and cosy lodgings. 

We always book the best tea house option in each village, but please note that facilities become more Spartan the higher up we go.

Trekking time: 2-3 hrs


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April 6th - Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, 3440m. Himalayan Lodge

Today the trek starts to gain altitude and we cross the famous bridges suspended high above the valley. Not for the feint hearted, but exhilarating none the less!

Our destination is the mythical Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, nestled high in the Himalayan foothills. 

Approaching the town, which can only be reached on foot or by helicopter, you will likely feel a sense of wonder at this truly unique mountain community.

Here you can stroll through the market, visit the barber shop, enjoy a cappuccino and slice of marble cake at the world famous Sherpa Barista Cafe, or even drink a pint of Guinness at the world's highest Irish pub.

Namche is home to many outfitters, so if you are not 100% happy with your trekking shoes there's still a chance to buy a new pair.

Trekking time: 6-8 hrs

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April 7th - Day 5: Acclimatisation Day, Namche Bazaar, Hike to Everest View Hotel, 3,888m.

Today we take a pause in the expedition to allow ourselves to acclimatise to the increasing altitude. But it's not all sitting around drinking tea!

We will hike for two hours to the famous Everest View Hotel at 3,888m for an epic lunch accompanied by incredible views of Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks, Lhotse, Nuptse and the mighty Ama Dablam.

After lunch we take the short walk to the small but charming village of Khumjung where we can visit the monastery, chat with the locals, buy souvenirs and drink more tea, before heading back to Namche.

Trekking time: 5hrs

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April 8th - Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole, 4,038m.

Hopefully everyone is feeling good after there 'rest' day in Namche Bazaar as today is a long day of trekking over varied terrain.

The path also diverges from the classic basecamp trek route as we head out towards Gokyo. 

The day starts by climbing the Khumjung hill and descending to the east of Namche down a huge valley leading to the Dudh Koshi. Afterwards we visit Mohang, the birthplace of the re-incarnated Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet who is believed to have introduced Buddhism to the Khumbu region of Nepal

We end the day by following the path of the river to Tenga, before passing through birch and rhododendron forest to our destination of Dole.

Trekking time: 7-9 hrs

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April 9th - Day 7: Trek from Dole to Machhermo, 4,470m.

Our adventure through this beautiful landscape continues and today sees the valley vegetation continue to thin as we hike upwards and northwards away from Dole along the ridge with incredible views of the high mountains around us.

We then climb up to the small hamlet of Luza where we stop for lunch before descending slightly to rejoin the river. From here, the incline becomes steeper, taking us onto the moraine of the Ngozumba Glacier.

Continuing on eventually brings us to Machhermo, one of the last settlements of any significance before Gokyo, where we spend the night. More Sherpa hospitality awaits and as always, lots of ginger and lemon tea.

By this point your guides will no doubt have introduced you to our favorite trek game - Perudo, or "Liar's Dice." Be careful of Kami Fura, one of the best players in Nepal!


Trekking Time: 3-5 hrs

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April 10th - Day 8: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo, 4,790m.

Seeing the turquoise splendor of the world's highest freshwater lakes, is undoubtedly a highlight of this trek.

Leaving the village behind we start by following the ridge upwards, where we enjoy incredible views to Kangtaiga and up towards Cho Oyu (8,153m).

We then descend to the riverbank before ascending the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier. The trail then levels out as it follows the valley to the first lake, Longpongo, at 4,690m.

The insane views continue as we reach the Taujung Tsho lake, before following the western edge of the glacier to Gokyo Tsho lake's eastern shore, where we have lunch at our teahouse in the village.

We then spend the rest of the day exploring Gokyo village and the third lake, Dudh Pokhari.


Trekking Time: 3-5 hrs

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April 11th - Day 9: Acclimatisation day in Gokyo, 4,790m.

Today we spend a second night in Gokyo as the expedition pauses again to allow our bodies to acclimatise to the ever increasing altitude.

We have different options depending on conditions and how everyone is feeling. Plan A is to climb Gokyo Ri (5,630m), the mountain that stands above Gokyo village and lends it its name. From here we get incredible views of the Himalayan giants Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, and Pumori, as well as Gokyo's lakes and the Nogzumpa Glacier.

Otherwise there is the opportunity to rest or we can hike to more lakes lakes – Thonak Tsho and Ngozumba Tsho or we can climb the so called, Scoundrel’s Viewpoint, located at the edge of Ngozumba Tsho.

Trekking Time: 4-5 hrs

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April 12th - Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Thagnak, 4,700m.

Today we will get up close to the Ngazumpa Glacier as we make the short trek to Thagnak. 

Glaciers are most stable at night and during the early morning we so we will aim to leave Gokyo promptly to get the best conditions while crossing the glacier.

Its only a short trek to Thagnak, but there is a chance for a short hike in the afternoon for anyone with the energy.

Trekking Time: 3 hrs

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April 13th - Day 11: Trek from Thagnak to Lobuche, 4,910m.

Today is undoubtedly one of the hardest day of the trek as we tackle the famous Chola La Pass at 5368m. One of the highest and best known passes in the Himalaya's, reaching the top requires patience and endurance as we navigate steep terrain and a glacier traverse.

But the views from the top are spectacular with Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lobuche East and Baruntse looming over us.

We then descend to Dzongla Village and rejoin the main trekking route which takes us into Lobuche village, one of the main staging posts for 8000m ascents of Everest and Lhotse. Expect to meet climbers from all over the world in the famous bakery where the marble cake is to die for.

Trekking time: 7-9 hrs




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April 14th - Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Basecamp and Gorakshep, 5,164m.

An amazing day in your life as today we reach the ultimate goal of our expedition together, the famed Everest Basecamp; scene of so much triumph and tragedy in the last 100 years or so.

We start by following the rising trail along the western bank of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche Pass, reaching a junction point of the Changri Nup, Changri Shar and Khumbu glaciers, where we follow the trail to Gorakshep the last village on the basecamp trek and one of the highest permanently occupied settlements on Earth.

After a lunch break in Gorakshep it is two more hours hiking before we reach Everest Basecamp. Here we stop for photos at the notorious rock that lies at the entrance to the camp or something more inventive! In 2023, two members staged a tennis match at the Basecamp with rackets and balls brought from Kathmandu.

After taking in the incredible scenes around us we then return to Gorakshep for the night and a celebratory dinner, perhaps even a local beer.

Trekking time: 8-10 hrs

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April 15th - Day 13: Trek to Pheriche, 4,371m. Helicopter to Kathmandu, 1,400m. Hyatt Regency

Almost Finished! Our last day of trekking sees us make our down way from Gorakshep, via Lobuche village to Pheriche. 

Pheriche is well known in the climbing community for its excellent teahouses and for being the staging post for some of the great Everest ascents of recent times by superstar alpinists like David Goettler and Kilian Jornet.

The views of Ama Dablam here are out of this world. There is time for one last look back to Everest and Lhotse before boarding the helicopters that will take us back to Kathmandu via Lukla.

Once back in Kathmandu we return to the Hyatt Regency for massages and hot showers before the celebrations begin in earnest.

In the evening we will meet for a celebratory dinner and much story telling about our incredible time together in the Everest Region.

Trekking Time: 4 hrs


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April 16th - Day 14: Departure Day

Sadly all things must come to an end and today we say our goodbyes.

True Summit team members will be on hand to take you to the airport.

If you have time then we recommend you visit Badia National Park in Western lowland Nepal where you will have the chance to sea Asian elephants, rhino's, freshwater dolphins, leopards and if you are lucky, the increasingly rare Bengal tiger.

One of the best things you can do in Nepal and a beautiful 3 day accompaniment to your time in the high Himalayas.


Where you'll be staying

Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu

Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu

Popular with the climbing community, the Hyatt Regency remains one of the best five star hotels in Kathmandu. Designed in traditional Newari-style, it's set within 37 acres of landscaped gardens with an outdoor pool and relaxed terrace space for guests to enjoy.

The Best Tea Houses

The Best Tea Houses

We choose the best tea house option for you in each village on the way to Everest Basecamp and the Gokyo Valley. The tea houses provide basic, yet comfortable and character accommodation that get more basic as we ascend.

What's Included

What's Included

Hotel transfers on arrival and departure

Accomodation on a full board basis

Return helicopter flights from Kathmandu

Western and Nepali guides

Dedicated first responder and first aid kit

Oxygen cylinder

All permits

Porters

Welcome and farewell dinners

All meals

Iridium satellite phone

Bottled water throughout

True Summit Cap and Buff

International flights

Nepal entry visa

Travel insurance

Tip for mountain crew

Alcoholic drinks

WIFI in the Tea Houses

Lunch on Arrival / Departure Day

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FAQs

Reaching Everest Basecamp via Gokyo Lake requires a good level of fitness. Expedition members should be comfortable walking for six to seven hours a day for consecutive days. Unlike on Kilimanjaro, accommodation is in tea houses not tents, meaning recovery is easier after a long day's walking.

The altitude for treks in the Everest region is significant. However, we have two acclimatisation days schedules during this expedition to allow for better adaptation to the altitude. If you are worried about your response to heights of 4,000m and above, you should ask your GP about taking Diamox.

We always book the best accommodation for each night's stay.

Accommodation on the trek is in Nepal's famed tea houses. Tea houses are clean, quaint and cosy and the ones we use often have private bathrooms. However, please be aware that facilities become more basic above Namche.


Nepalese food in the mountains is good, but basic. Expect porridge, pancakes, eggs with toast for breakfast and lots of Nepali dishes - yak sizzler, noodles, riced based dishes and curries for lunch and dinner.

Absolutely. Please let us know at the time of booking what you require.

Trip Tips

Come in Peak Condition

Come in Peak Condition

The trek is long and arduous. Please come prepared - see our training plan for more information on how we recommend you prepare.

Bring US Dollars

Bring US Dollars

Handy for purchasing your visa on arrival and for tips to the high mountain crew.

Add-on a Stay at Bardia National Park

Add-on a Stay at Bardia National Park

Spot tigers in the wild with a stay at Bardia National Park following your Everest Basecamp via Gokyo Lake expedition.

Reviews

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Top notch; First class; Unparalleled; Exceptional - Choose your superlative and True Summit Adventures meets and exceeds it! My sons and I recently returned from another trip with them, this one trekking and mountaineering in the high Himalayas. Oliver and his team are not only world-class expedition leaders, they are superb and charming hosts who provide a level of personalized service and attentiveness rarely found in such operations. They really make an effort to ensure the team bonds, and usually lifelong friends are the result. TSA turns a memorable trip into the trip of a lifetime. I cannot recommend TSA enough!

George Kappaz, Private Equity Principal

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EBC is a must-do for everyone who wants to have a physical challenge in breathtaking surroundings. Forget what is being said about it being a bit crowded (it is); when you're in the mountains with a group lead by Oliver, you feel it's all about you, group empowering and nature! Oliver leads in a way that you feel he's one of the group that just happened to know the mountains best. In a week he turned a bunch of individuals into a group of friends.

Rob Van Rozendaal, Entrepreneur

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Oliver Browne & TSA are the BEST ! My son Sterling and I have done Kilimanjaro - best trip ever and Everest Base Camp this past year. Safety, reliability, fun with great people ..

James McBride, Hotelier

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Absolutely great experience. True individual approach from Oliver and his team.

Dmitry Scherbakov, Founder, La Liga Tennis

Farzin

Oliver organised the most awesome expedition. Not only a great guide he is also a master in logistics. Everything worked like a Swiss watch.

Farzin Pourmokthar, ex investment banker

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