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Gokyo Lake Trek (11 Days)

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Trip Highlights

Duration: 11 Days

Type of Trek: Tea house / Camping

Max Altitude: 5545 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Flight

Grade: Moderate

Gokyo Lake Trek is considered as an alternative trek to the traditional Everest base camp trekking. The Gokyo Lake trek offers excellent and magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and other mountain peaks and as well of the largest glacier of Nepal, Ngozumpa glacier. Gokyo trek is one of Nepal’s popular treks, set amongst breath-taking high mountain scenery, through the Khumbu. The tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang (7922m) is another majestic panorama of Gokyo trekking.

Gokyo lake trek begins with a short flight to Lukla from where you will proceed to Phakding on the day of arrival for an overnight stay. The next day will be spent trekking up to Namche Bazaar. The best season for Gokyo lake trekking is September to December and February to May.

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Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) and trek to Phakding. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five hours. Stay over night at a hotel in Namche

Day 03: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Stay over night at Namche.

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.) via Khumjung, takes about six hours. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m) which takes about five hours. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) which takes about four and half hours. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.

Day 07: Rest day at Gokyo when you may go for an excursion in and around Gokyo valley. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.

Day 08: Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and then back to Machhermo (4150m.) via. Gokyo village takes about four and half hours. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Machhermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which takes about five hours. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) which takes about six hours. Stay over night at lodge in Lukla.

Day 11: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes 30 minutes. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) which takes about 30 minutes.

You begin today's trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, and is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at a Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five hours.

This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche Bazaar and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. You will also visit some of the village monasteries on the way trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Stay over night at a hotel in Namche

Day 03: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at a high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche.

For acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set up by the late Sir Edmund Hillary and you can also hike for an hour up to Tyangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for some outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Center and Museum just above the town. Stay over night at Namche.

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.) via Khumjung, takes about six hours.

From Namche the route heads up all the way to Khumjung, a picturesque village which also has its own gompa at the top end of town. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, you can see panoramic views of various mountains. You trek a steeply descending pass through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. You can enjoy a delicious meal at Phortse Tenga (3650m.). Stay over night in a tea house lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m) which takes about five hours.

From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. The view ahead of you presents majestic views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and you will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) which takes about four and half hours.

Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. You follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melted-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.), and your route to Lobuche. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.

Day 07: Rest day at Gokyo when you may go for an excursion in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to trekkers.

It is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can also take a trip to the Fifth Lake via the Fourth Lake. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.

Day 08: Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and then back to Machhermo (4150m.) via. Gokyo village takes about four and half hours.

Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. After lunch it is a short walk to the village of Machhermo. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Machhermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which takes about five hours.

The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga (3650m.) passing through rhododendron forests. Then, the path immediately steeply ascends to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently descends to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following some small ups and downs on the trail to your next destination. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) which takes about six hours.

The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via. Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay. Stay over night at lodge in Lukla.

Day 11: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes 30 minutes. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.

The price includes the following services:

  • All airport pick-up and drop-off services by vehicle
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (One porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including fresh fruits, 3 times tea/coffee every day and drinking water
  • Accommodation in Lodge during the trek
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • One farewell dinner with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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Clients Reviews

Great organization!!!

(5/5)

The trip was fantastic! Fulfilled one of my long time dreams. Great organization and quick, effective handling of all challenges that came up-in spite of unpredictable mountain weather we completed the Gokyo trek! And I am leaving for home with lifetime of memories!

Lukas Prochazka
Banff, Canada
05/04/2012

We had a wounderful trek to Gokyo. Great wether everything went smoothly.

(5/5)

We had a wounderful trek to Gokyo. Great wether everything went smoothly. Our guide; Ramesh was very attentive and helpful. It was nice to have everything arranged at the end of a long day.
Thanks to Ramesh and environmental treks.

Kiely and Moose
U.S.A
21/10/2009

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