3 Best Everest Trekking Packages

  • 2020-10-05
  • by Amrit Chhetri

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Nepal being famous as trekker’s paradise is home to the largest mountain in the world Mt Everest. Trekking in Nepal through the Everest Region Trekking has long been popular amongst mountaineers from around the globe. Having a good number of trekking routes the 3 best Everest Trekking Packages in Nepal are; the Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days, the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek and the Gokyo Lake Trek. These 3 best Everest Trekking Packages in Nepal are all filled with adventure and incredible Himalayan sceneries. The first two have as main highlight a visit to Everest Base Camp residing at the famous Khumbu Glacier, the highest ice glacier in Nepal. While the Gokyo Lake Trek focuses on a visit to the Gokyo Valley via the Ngozumpa glacier the largest in Nepal and its 5 lakes this trek in the western Everest region is said to be one of the most scenic treks. Choosing a trek best suited to you depends on a number of things such as duration, difficulty and what you expect to achieve during the trek. So in order to make your choice easier a short description of all 3 will be given below.
1) The Everest Base Camp Trek
2) The Gokyo Lake Trek
3) The Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek
 

The Everest Base Camp Trek

As one of the most famous trekking packages in Nepal, the Everest Base Camp Trek takes you from Lukla all the way up north to Everest Base Camp. This Everest Base Camp Trek is considered as moderate and holds 2 acclimatization days to get used to the high altitude and to prevent AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). While the Everest Base Camp Trek can be done by novice trekkers it requires a lot of stamina and endurance. Interesting is that the trek starts through lush forests and jungles and as you reach higher and further the terrain transfers in to barren Himalayan waste lands filled with rocky trails and huge mountain peaks.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival
Day 02: Fly to Lukla Airport and trek to Phakding 2,652m
Day 03: Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar 3,443m
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Namche Bazaar trek to Tengboche 3,860m
Day 06: Tengboche trek to Dingboche 4,410m
Day 07: Acclimatization hike to Nangkartseng Hill 4,900m
Day 08: Dingboche trek to Lobuche 4,910m
Day 09: Exploring Everest Base Camp and back to Gorekshep 5,181m
Day 10: Sunrise hike to Kala Pathar 5,545m and trek down to Pheriche 4,371m
Day 11: Trek back to Namche Bazaar
Day 12: Trek back to Lukla
Day 13: Early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 14: End of Everest Base Camp Trek
 
This 14 days itinerary of the Everest Base Camp Trek is a standard format, and can be made shorter or longer as per your own choice. Helicopter rides are available in this region and you can skip a great number of days by either opting for a ride to EBC or back to Lukla. In addition there are many other trekking routes that cross with the traditional Everest Base Camp Trekking 14 Days and you can prolong your stay by exploring some of these to further your experience.

What to expect during the Everest Base Camp Trek?

The Everest Base Camp Trek takes place in the Khumbu region of Nepal where most of the inhabitants belong to the world famous Sherpa people. As you trek through the Everest region you get to see and visit a lot of Sherpa settlements with the biggest being Namche Bazaar. The mountain legends are very hospitable and take great care of weary trekkers trying to reach Everest Base Camp. Seeing their unique tradition and culture is one of the things you can expect during the Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days. Another thing you can expect is incredible mountain views. The entire area is filled with towering snowing mountains reaching above 7000 meters high! Trekking through these stunning landscapes reaching closer and closer to Mt Everest is the ultimate goal and while the view of Everest is not so clear from Base Camp itself, a short hike up to Kala Patthar quickly remedies that. It is common to after visiting Everest Base Camp the next morning hiking up this hill to view a spectacular sunrise view with Mt Everest in the backdrop.

When should you do the Everest Base Camp Trek?

The best recommended seasons to do the Everest Base Camp Trek are during the high seasons of either autumn or spring. During these seasons the views are most visible and the weather clear. While the autumn season is a lot colder and has high chances of snowfalls the spring season has more animal activity so it depends on your own preference.

The Gokyo Lake Trek

While the Gokyo Lake Trek does not head to Everest Base Camp it still is one of the most scenic treks of the entire Everest Trekking Packages. Instead of heading all the way north the Gokyo Lake Trek splits of from the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek after Namche Bazaar and heads west. Inside the Gokyo Valley there are 5 lakes and during this trek you get to explore the biggest of them! Of course you can opt to make this trek longer and explore all of them for an ultimate experience of high altitude lakes. The major highlight during the Gokyo Lake Trek are passing by the largest glacier in Nepal stretching at a stunning 36 kilometers, the Ngozumpa Glacier, a visit to Gokyo Lake and a hike up to Gokyo Ri from where 360 degree views of the entire Everest region can be seen

Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding 2,652m
Day 03: Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar 3,443m
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar and visit Everest View Hotel
Day 05: Namche Bazaar trek to Dole 4,210m
Day 06: Dole trek to Machhermo 4,400m
Day 07: Machhermo trek to Gokyo Lake 4,700m
Day 08: Hike up to Gokyo Ri 5,360m
Day 09: Trek back to Dole
Day 10: Trek back to Namche Bazaar
Day 11: Trek back to Lukla
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 13: End of the Gokyo Lake trek
This 13 days itinerary is a standard format and of course you can make this one longer, as the Gokyo Lake trek crosses other routes in the Everest region such as the challenging Everest 3 High Passes Trek or the Cho La Trek which will be described further down as the last of the 3 best Everest trekking packages.

What to expect during the Gokyo Lake Trek?

The Gokyo Lake Trek is filled with nature and culture, trek through Sherpa settlements and witness their unique culture and traditions. After leaving Namche Bazaar behind the trail heads west towards the Dudh Khosi River. There more Himalayan animals can be seen as the river feeds the entire valley with life. You can expect to see incredible mountain views from the top of Gokyo Ri such as; the Mahalangur Himalayan range along with Mt Cho-Oyu 8,188m, Mt. Everest 8,848m, Mt Lhotse 8,516 m and Mt Makalu 8,481m. Of course there are more mountains to be seen from here. Exploring around Gokyo Lake is quite extra ordinary as this lake is filled with wonder and a religious site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The trek itself is moderate with a lot of ups and downs and while the trails are properly maintained you can expect some struggle heading to Gokyo Lake, but not to worry as at every turn incredible and stunning views await of the Nepalese Himalayas!

When should you do the Gokyo Lake Trek?

Similar as the Everest Base Camp Trek it is recommended to trek to Gokyo Lake either during the autumn or spring season. For those who can handle colder weather the autumn season (Sep-Dec) would be ideal, while the weather can get freezing temperatures at night the days are clear and the skies are blue. During the spring season it’s a bit warmer and comfortable. If you don’t like crowded trails then trekking during the summer just before the monsoon season can also be recommended, but during the winter season the trails can get impassible resulting in a cancelation during the trek and heading back to Lukla.

The Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek

Last on the list of the 3 best Everest trekking packages is the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek, which combines the Gokyo Lake Trek and the Everest Base Camp Trek in one stunning route! This amazing 17 days trek in the Everest region offers some of the best views and highlights of the entire area. First on the list is a visit to the Sherpa city of Namche Bazaar here similar to the other treks an acclimatization day will be held, letting you to explore everything this cultural settlement has to offer. Second on the list is one of the main highlights a visit to Everest Base Camp, where you can see the highest glacier in Nepal, the Khumbu Glacier. The next morning a sunrise hike up to Kala Pathar lets you enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas. The trek continues on towards the Cho-La Pass leading you westwards to the Gokyo Valley. The views from Cho-La are incredible and of course another highlight during the Cho-La Pass trek. Heading in to the Gokyo Valley the trail heads to Gokyo Lake, a religious and stunning high altitude lake in the western part of the Everest region. After exploring a hike up to Gokyo Ri offers scenic views of mountain peaks and the surrounding landscapes. In short the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho-La Pass trek offers the best of the Everest region in just 17 days, with 14 days in the Himalayas!

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding 2,680m
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,443m
Day 04: Acclimatization day & hike to Everest View Hotel
Day 05: Namche Bazaar trek to Tengboche 3,860m
Day 06: Tengboche trek to Dingboche 4,410m
Day 07: Acclimatization hike to Nangkartseng Hill 4,900m
Day 08: Dingboche trek to Lobuche 4,910m
Day 09: Exploring Everest Base Camp and back to Gorekshep 5,181m
Day 10: Sunrise hike to Kala Pathar 5,545m and trek Dzongla 4,830m
Day 11: Trek to Thangna 4,700 by crossing the Cho-La Pass 5,420m
Day 12: Trek to Gokyo Lake 4,790m
Day 13: Hike up to Gokyo Ri 5,360m and trek down to Dole 4,210m
Day 14: Trek back to Namche Bazaar
Day 15: Trek back to Lukla
Day 16: Morning flight back to Kathmandu
Day 17: End of the Cho-La Pass Trek
 
As the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek can be done in 17 days, there are of course options to make this trek longer or shorter by for example opting for a helicopter flight directly towards Everest Base Camp to cut out some trekking days. Or to make longer and exploring more around the Gokyo Valley.

What to expect during the Cho-La Pass trek?

As the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek combines the Everest Base Camp and the Gokyo Lake trek, it’s fair to say you can expect the same as both treks during the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek. Sherpa villages, Himalayan wildlife and stunning mountain views! While the trek itself is not recommended for novice trekkers it is doable for beginners if you practice your stamina and fitness beforehand. An incredible adventure showing the best of the Everest region makes the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek probably the best trek of the 3!
When should you do the Cho-La Pass trek?
Autumn or spring are the best times for doing the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek in Nepal. Similar to the other 2 best Everest Trekking Packages, during these seasons the weather is clear and not to cold. Make sure not to go during the winter or monsoon season as the mountain pass will be inaccessible due to rain or frost.

Conclusion

These 3 best Everest trekking packages are sure to let you experience the Nepalese Himalayas at their best and of course seeing some of the highest mountains in the world reaching over 6,000 meters! And while there are more treks available in the Everest region of Nepal these 3 are the best ones to explore around the Himalayas. Make sure to book some extra days as flights from and to Lukla can get delayed due to weather conditions and to further your Nepali experience you can book an extra day for some sightseeing in Kathmandu. Use only government licensed trekking guides and local porters. Bring a sleeping bag and battery adapters for your camera, and refrain from eating non veg items further up without consulting your guide first. Make a choice of one of the 3 best Everest trekking packages and start your adventure in the Nepalese Himalayas!

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