Everest Gokyo Lake Trek
Everest Gokyo Lake Trek leads you to the magnificent panorama of Mt. Everest and other giant peaks, with majestic Mt. Amadablam and climb to a high hilltop Gokyo-Ri above 5,330 m the highest point of the adventure with sweeping views of world four highest mountains with Mt. Everest 8,848m / 29, 028ft, Mt. Lhotse 8,516 m /24,940ft), with 5th highest Mt. Makalu 8,463 m / 27, 766 ft and 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu 8,201 m / 26,906ft with an array of adjoining peaks.
Everest Gokyo Lake Trek starts with a panoramic short flight to Lukla 2,820 m high, the gateway Sherpa town to Everest base camp and other high destination, where walk leads you to explore traditional Sherpa farm villages. As walk progress reaching higher alpine hills within the enchanting forest of rhododendron, pines and oaks trees with views of Mt. Everest and majestic Amadablam with other Khumbu mountains with a great contrast of green landscapes and snow-white peaks. Gokyo Lake Trekking slowly enters famous Namche Bazaar with its beautiful colored houses full of lodge, hotels, and resorts with many restaurants, stores, and shops, being here on Saturday Market will be interesting to observe the locals. In Namche with acclimatization days before heading higher elevation, from here walk leads away from the main Everest base camp trail into quiet serene areas to reach at Gokyo Lake on the least trekked trails. Finally after a great climb and with scenic gradual walk reaches you at Gokyo lake in the shade of Mt. Cho-Oyu that straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet, at Gokyo hike to Gokyo Ri above 5,330 meters for an awesome panorama of world’s highest mountains. After a fabulous time return journey back to Lukla with options of walking on alternative routes depending upon your time duration heading straight to Lukla on the same trail allowing you more time to enjoy the scenery and villages along the way to Lukla before the flight back to Kathmandu.
The other alternative route takes you to sleepy and quaint Phortse village and towards high Paangboche to reach beautiful Thyangboche monastery surrounded by green woodland and mountain views with time to visit its interesting monastery.From here on a downhill walk with few short climbs to reach Namche and onwards to Lukla for a sweeping scenic flight to Kathmandu after a mesmerizing and enjoyable adventure on Gokyo Lake Trekking.
Mode of Trekking: On hotels & Lodges basis
Trekking Grade: Moderate & Adventurous
Highest elevation: 5,357 m high at Gokyo Ri Viewpoint.
Trekking: 11 nights and 12 days (Lukla to Lukla)
Total Trip: 14 nights and 15 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season: All season except July to Mid September monsoon wet months
Everest Base Camp Trek begins with the sweeping short flight to land at Lukla, during 30 minutes on air view of stunning mountain range with Mt. Everest, as the plane lands at Lukla named as ‘Tenzing-Hillary Airport’ in honor of legendary climbers’ first summiteers of Mt. Everest.
From Lukla, our first-day walk starts on winding downhill path with short climb passing many traditional Sherpa farm villages with views of peaks, after a pleasant walk reaching at Phakding for an overnight stop near the glacier-fed Dudh Kosi (river).
After a pleasant stop at Namche Bazaar, our walk leads to a short climb and then on the gentle winding trail with eye-catching views as the walk leads near Shanasa village. From this spot, our route diverts away from the main Namche-Everest base camp trail towards quiet areas towards Gokyo Lake. The path climbs with the steep climb to reach a Mong 3,973 meters with amazing views and then downhill walk to Dudh Kosi River at Phortse Thanghka for lunch.
After Phortse, continue to walk to Dole as the trail climbs steeply out of the valley through a patch of rhododendron forest which gives way to juniper and conifers trees. In the springtime, this place will be magic with wildflowers in full bloom. This path passes summer Yak pastures. The trek leads past Tongba and Gyele villages to reach at Dole with super view of Khumbila and Tawache 6,542m.
Morning walk from Dole climbs along the side of the valley, where rhododendron forest stops, giving way to smaller bushes of juniper as you gain altitude slowly. Finally, walk leads on the level path for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka and to Luza at 4,390m; and then skirting around a ridge with downhill to Macherma village. Arriving at Macherma for lunch and overnight stop with time in the afternoon for a short walk or just relax.
From this small settlement, our walks continue to Gokyo 3rd Lake, following a scenic path to Pangka small area and then descend slightly, following one of the glacial fed rivers which flow from Ngozumba Glacier of high world 6th highest Cho-Oyu and other adjoining peaks.
The walk leads to a climb by the side of a glacier, passing first lake and the second lake, crossing the path to reach at the third lake known as Dudh Pokhari or Gokyo Lake a summer settlement with fantastic views of Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang that reflects on emerald green waters of Gokyo Lake.
Morning hike uphill to Gokyo Ri one of the highlights of this trip, a small peak above the lake, Gokyo Ri at 5,357m offers the panorama of Mt. Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and far as to Mt. Makalu.
After a wonderful stop at Gokyo Ri, head downhill to Gokyo for lunch and rest, afternoon short walk of few hours to Na, a small place located at the foot of Ngozumba glacier with time head further for another hour for an overnight stop.
Starting from this isolated area beneath towering Cholatse peak on the least trekked trail to Phortse village, morning walks leads downhill for short 3-4 hours, to reach another sleepy village at Pangboche for lunch and overnight stop. Afternoon explores this nice small Sherpa village, where trekkers seldom walk on this route.
Leaving Phortse village with super views of Amadablam, on the gradual winding path uphill to reach upper Pangboche near an old Gompa (monastery), after a rest with lunch break then downhill back into tree lines, from the bridge few hours climb to Tengboche Monastery, located on a small plateau with marvelous views of mountains including Mt. Everest and majestic Amadablam surrounded with pristine rhododendron-pines-oaks and birch tree woodland.
Here with time to visit this interesting monastery which was badly damaged by fire in 1991 and rebuilt back into original shape
An important and necessary to have one extra day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay and cancellation, due to bad unfavorable weather which can happen sometimes as Himalayan weather is unpredictable. If all goes well as per our itinerary days, one can join in our delightful and interesting tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur, all these places full of world heritage site of historical-culture and religious importance.
Your last day in Nepal, amazing country of Himalayan wonders, as per your flight time leaving your hotel where our staff transfers you to an airport, after a great memorable adventure with enjoyable time on Gokyo Valley trekking.
Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 05: Trek to Dole 4,110 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Machherma 4,470m- 04 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo 4,790m -04 hrs.
Day 08: At Gokyo hike to Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m trek to Na and towards Phortse – 04 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Phortse village 3, 810 m – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Tengboche – 05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Monjo 2,860m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 14: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 15: International departure homeward bound.
- Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car.
- Hotel In Kathmandu: Three night’s standard selected Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast
- Meals During Trek: Your stander meals in the mountain (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking.
- Trekking permit: ‘Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit. And Everest National park permit.
- All necessary paper works.
- Domestic airport picks up and drops by car/.
- Domestic Flight Ticket From Kathmandu to Lukla / Kathmandu. including airport Tax.
- Accommodation In Trekking: All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
- During the trek necessary toilet paper
- Fresh fruit during the trek
- NHT’S Dawn jacket and sleeping bag
- NHT’s gifts, as like a pashmina and T-shirt
- An experienced, expert, helpful and friendly Guide. Porters: Experience Trekking Porters(1 porter for 2 clients). And Their well-paid Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter. (Guide flight Katmandu / Lukla/ Katmandu.)
- Adventure Certificate: NHT provides Adventure Certificate.
- The arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
- Medical kit bag.
- All government taxes.
- Service charge.
- Drop to airport by car/van/Bus
- Welcome and farewell dinner with company’s Director.
Cost does not include on:
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Katmandu).
- Your Travel and rescue insurance.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled Itinerary.
- All the expenses in mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight)
- Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than schedule Itinerary.
- All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, bottle of water, hot water, shower..
- Tips for the guide and porter.