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Gokyo Lake Trekking

Gokyo Lake trekking

Gokyo Lake Trekking is a famous trek trail located in Everest region of Nepal. It is short and beautiful trek offer great views of Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri [Gokyo Peak] from where trekkers can enjoy the immense views of world’s highest peak mount Everest and Khumbu Himalayan range. It is a less crowed trekking trail than Everest Base Camp trek which is suitable for those who really want to see the beautiful Gokyo Lakes, livelihood of Sherpa people and close-up view of Mount Everest. Trek to Gokyo Lakes and climb the Gokyo Ri Peak situated at 5357 meters from the sea level which is the highest point of this trek. Beside the Mount Everest view this trek offer some other wonderful Himalayan views including Mount Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Themserku, Ama Dablam, Khumbila, Kwande, Pumori and so on. In this trek route traditional Sherpa culture and custom intact with Tibetan society.  The trek starts from Lukla airport it just 35 minutes fly from Kathmandu airport. The trek pass through the beautiful town Namche Bazaar, it is local business hub traders from Tibet and other villages come with the pieces of arts and goods for sale. The town, maintaining its reputation, is now a tourist hub since it is a gateway to the Himalayas.

After Namche, you branch off from the main busy trail towards the sleepy village of Phortse Tenga , Dole and Machhermo.  From Machhermo the view are dramatically landscape changing to broad pastures, narrow clefts with steeply climbing trails an icy stream to cross stony wastes and the banks of turns and first lake of the trail continuous to way up stone steps to the third Lake to Dudh Pokhari turquoise in color and reflecting the white face of Mt. Cho Oyu seen ahead and finally reach to your ultimate destination Gokyo Lake (4750m).  Next day summit the Gokyo Ri (5357m) then continue trek back to Lukla to finish the trek.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
Day 03: Flight to Lukla trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 06: Trek to Dole (4090m)
Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4410m)
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Lake (4750m)
Day 09: Day Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m)
Day 10: Trek to Dole (4090m)
Day 11: Trek to Namche (3440m)
Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2840m)
Day 13: Flight to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 14: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
Day 15: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu


Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Everest
Trek Start Point:  Lukla
Trek End Point: Lukla
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 5357m
Duration: 16 Days

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan

After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu flight to Lukla trek to Phakding (2610m)
Early morning your trek guide will be meet you at your hotel and transfer you to airport by private vehicle for the Lukla flight. Kathmandu to Lukla you will fly on a twin-engine (tiny) aircraft. The views from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Lukla (2840m) you will meet the rest of your staff/porters that guide will hire them in Lukla for your whole trek. The trail drops steeply for bit then descends to Chheplung (2660m) and Thado Khosi gaon there is suspension bridge that you have to cross after that you see the head of the valley Mt. Kusum Kanguru (6367m). After bridge climbs bit to reach at Ghat (2590m) on banks of the Dudh Koshi River just short visit at monastery then little easy walk then after climb again to reach at Phakding (2610m) Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 04: Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Today, the trail we cross the Dudh Koshi river and climb gently the valley to Toktak (2760m) and Benkar (2710m) The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the spring months, when the flowers are in bloom and also you will see the beautiful waterfall. We will see the snow-capped peak of Thamserku (6623m) & Khumbi La (5765m) at Benkar. We cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar. From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2840m). Just beyond the Monjo trek enters the Sagarnatha (Everest) national park where you need to check your permits. After checking the permits the trail steep rocky descend to large farm aftermath cross bridge at Dudh Kosi and follow the west banks. Just short distance up the river is Jorsale (2830m). The trail follows the river for a while, then re-crosses the Dudh Koshi along the river bank and after short ups and downs, makes a steep climb near the confluence of the two rivers (Bhote Koshi & Dush Koshi) then little climb and re-crosses bridge at Dudh Koshi after that the trail follows steeply ascent towards the Namche Bazaar(3440m). One hour before arrive Namche Bazaar from where we may see the Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m) and Nuptse (7879m) first time in your life. Namache bazaar is gate way to khambu. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La pass. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Acclimatization is most important before heading higher. Most off the trekker’s acclimatization at Namche on their trek schedule. Today you may excursion either Thame village or viewpoint as your wish but better to consult with your guide regarding the day trip earlier night. If you prefer to Thame it takes approximately 7/8 hours walking both way go and return to Namche. it is popular for visiting Thame monastery but most of the trekker’s choose the easy option just to go Viewpoint in the stand point of splendid view of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), peak- 38(7591m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m), Khumbi La (5765m) and  Kwangde Ri (6011m) etc. overnight at teahouse.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar trek to Dole (4090m)

Today the trail at first slightly climb up for a while up to the Chor camp at Namche Bazzar then continue easy level walk to kyangjuma 3550m. Along the way from chor camp at Namche bazaar to kyangjuma you may enjoy incredible view of Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), peak- 38(7591m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m), Khumbi La (5765m) and  Kwangde Ri (6011m). From kyangjuma the trail follows for a while easy level walk through Rhododendron forest to sanasa .There is three way directions from where one way right hand side leads to the direct Everest base camp trek and another way up ward left hand side leads to the Gokyo valley trek. From here the trail steep climb up approximately one and half hour to reach at Mongla danda (3978m) where there are a few teahouse and a chorten so you may rest here for a while and enjoy magnificent view of Mt. Ama dablam including numerous mountains. The trail from Mongla danda descends in steep bends trail to Phortse thanga  (3680m). From Phortse thanga you will meet two trails one higher route left hand side lead to Gokyo valley trek and lower trail right hand side lead to Phortse village. From after Phortse Thanga the trail climbs steeply through rhododendron and junipers forests then after small part level walks before to reach at Dole (4090m). Overnight at teahouse.

Day 07: Dole trek to Machhermo (4410m)
Today trek from Dole to Machhermo you will climb gradually along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu (8201m) while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega (6783m) and Thamserku (6623m). You are walking through Lhabarma (4330m), Luza (4340m) and finally reach at Machhermo (4410m) overnight at teahouse

Day 08: Machhermo trek to Gokyo (4750m)
Today trek from Machhermo to Gokyo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down valley to Kangtega and up towards to Cho-Oyu (8201m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390m then descends to the river bank before beginning the climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first small lake Longponga (4650m) where a family of Brahmin ducks has resided for many years. After first lake the trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake known as Taujung (4710m) and continue trek to Gokyo Lake (4750m). Overnight at Teahouse

Day 09: Day Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m)
This day early in the morning we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo RI (5357m). There are stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu mountains range, such giants as Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7879m), Makalu (8481m), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m) and Gychung Kang (7922m). After enjoy the beautiful views at Gokyo Ri then return to Gokyo (4750m) overnight at teahouse.

Day 10:  Gokyo trek to Dole (4090m)
Today the trek back to Dole is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River that emerges out of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Passing by the second and then the first Gokyo Lakes and continue trek descends to Pangka (4390m). Along the trail you will see beautiful view of Cholaste (6335m) and Tabuche (6495m) peaks rear up on the right of us. The trail descends below Pangka, and across a level terrace on the slope to climb a rib on the far side of the hill side. Upon reaching the Chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega . We slowly walk down to sprawling village of Machhermo. Again, through the charming hamlet of Luza and Lhabarma then finally reach at Dole (4090m). Overnight at Teahouse

Day 11:  Dole trek to Namche (3440m)
Today you taking last inspection back to Cho Oyu range, we start steep descent to Phortse Tenga. Our hike today is mostly down hills. The most outstanding feature of the trail today is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. We might spot faunas like mountain goats, musk deers, pheasants, etc. Waterfalls are also today`s attraction. Upon reaching MongLa, a very wonderfully located lovely place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. We take revised look at Tabuche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, and a distant view of Tengboche. After a bit of long distance walk, we reach an intersection where the steep path up from Sanasa meets our trail. Now, trail to Namche clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. Upon coming to Namche army camp hill, we look back to see Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), peak- 38(7591m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m), Khumbi La (5765m) and Kwangde Ri (6011m). After Enjoying beautiful view from viewpoint then trek down hill to Namche Bazaar (3440m) overnight at teahouse

Day 12: Namche Bazaar trek to Lukla (2840m)
After Namche the trail descend to Larja dobhan (confluence of two rivers) though the pine forests before you reach at Larja Dobhan you may get last opportunity to see Mt. Everest and Lhotse. After cross the bridge at Larja Dobhan the trail descends for while and then walk along the Dudh Koshi River. Re-cross the Dudh Koshi continue level walk to Jorsale. Beyond the Jorsale the trail leads a bit ascend after that re-crosses the suspension bridge then short steep climb to Monjo (2835m). From Monjo the trail leads descends for a while and cross Dudh kosi over the suspension bridge then short easy level walk to Benkar. After Benker the trail follows a bit up and down and level walk along the Dush kosi valley then after re-crossing the suspension bridge you reach at Phakding (2610m). Beyond Phakding the trail follows a short descends continue level walk for a while then short steep climb up passes several Buddhist setups at Ghat village. Aftermath short steep climb up to Thado kosi and a bit descends re-cross the small bridge then climb up a short distance after that  finally you re-crosses last long suspension bridge of your trek. The trail after the long suspension bridge follows the up wards route as far as Chablung, then turns off towards Lukla. The broad trail at Chablung leading uphill to the left hand side climbs steadily past a few (bhattis) local inn and houses. From there the trail follows through scrub forest above the school and houses of Chaurikharka village then final climb up of your trek about half and hour reach lukla Tamang tole where a new settlement with houses and Bhattis then short distance walk to approach to Hotel close by Lukla airport. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 13: Lukla flight to Kathmandu (1350m)
In the morning, we take the tiny aircraft to flight from Lukla to Kathmandu which is very interesting scenery flight journey on the earth. After arrival in Kathmandu airport we drive you to hotel.

Day 14: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Bhaktapur durbar square then drive back to Hotel.

Day 15: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel

Day 16: Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

PRICE INCLUDES :-

  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Historical monuments cities sightseeing with tour guide
  • Sightseeing transportation by Non A/C comfortable vehicle
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for historical cities sightseeing
  • Kathmandu hotel to airport and airport to hotel transportation by car/van/bus depend on group size
  • Kathmandu to Lukla, Lukla to Kathmandu air tickets and airport taxes for guest and staff (Guide)
  • Twin sharing trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge / Teahouse
  • Three time meal a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
  • Desert /fruit after having diner as company provide
  • Government license holder trekking guide /leader for the team
  • One porter from Lukla who will carry your luggage during the trekking (Two person get one porter)
  • Everest / Sagarmatha National park entry fee
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government tax and Office service charge

PRICE EXCLUDES :-

  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • International air tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15 days ) and US$ 40 (duration 30 days )
  • Personal trekking equipment s and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all type of hot drinks
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Hot Water, Hot shower and Battery charge fees
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

The price will be depending on service quality that you are going to use accommodation (Deluxe, Standard & Budget) in cities and entire the trekking either way normal teahouse or best available or Camping (Fully tented camp) so better to mention us what you are expecting? Please click here to request the price.

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