Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

“Mountains and monasteries within Sherpa villages of rich Buddhist culture with amazing views”

Trip Highlights:

“Awesome views and panorama of world highest mountains around high Khumbu valley, Climb on top Gokyo Ri Viewpoint with grand views of Mt. Everest at its closest, Explore traditional Sherpa villages of immense Buddhist culture and interesting monasteries, From serene alpine forest of beautiful rhododendron, pine trees to barren windswept terrain magnificent views of 4 world’s highest peaks Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho-Oyu”

 

Introduction:

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek leads you to high Khumbu valley in the backdrop of world highest mountains within Everest areas, where you can soak with views of towering snowcapped peaks on daily walks to Gokyo valley.

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek leads you to the highest point of the adventure at 5,357 m on top of Gokyo Ri view point hill where you can marvel grand panorama of Mt. Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft) Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) and Mt. Cho-Oyu (8,201 m / 26,906 ft) includes Nuptse (7,855m-25,772 ft) beautiful Mt. Amadablam (6,812 m / 22,480 ft) Kangtenga (6,782 m / 22, 380 ft) Tharmarserku (6,623 m / 21, 855 ft) Kwangde (6,011 m / 19,837 ft) Kusum Khanguru (6,373 m / 21,030 ft) with holy Khumbi-la (5,761 m / 19,012 ft).

Beside mountains and landscapes views Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is equally fascinating as the walk leads you through lovely Sherpa villages full of old traditional culture interwoven with Buddhist religion, with a visit of its interesting monasteries in the shade of high mountains.

A scenic flight takes you to Lukla and then walking into beautiful Sherpa country passing nice villages of Phakding and Monjo to reach famous Namche Bazaar, after a rest and acclimatization adventure continues on the quiet and serene trail to reach at high Gokyo Valley and its emerald colored lake.

After a glorious time in Gokyo our return journey leads towards scenic Tengboche Monastery surrounded with peaks and lovely woodlands, a tour of the monastery before heading towards Lukla for sweeping flight back to Kathmandu, where our marvelous and mesmerizing Everest Gokyo Lake Trek concludes.

Trip Profile:

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

Outline Itinerary:

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.

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu International Airport received by our staff and guide with warm welcome then a short drive to your hotel in the main areas of Kathmandu city, here joining with other members of Gokyo Valley Trek, our guide will brief with full information about the trek - hotels-culture with do’s and don’ts, include welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant with folk programs.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,820m and trek to Phakding village 2,640 m - 04 hrs.
Gokyo Valley Trek begins with 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 overnight stop near the glacier fed Dudh Kosi (river)

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight stop in Phakding, morning walk starts following Dudh Kosi, and crossing bridges to reach Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo village, from here walk to last  Jorsalle village before Namche Bazaar and then on crossing a last high bridge climb leads with beautiful views of Everest and other peaks, walk finally ends at famous Namche Bazaar for two overnights in this prosperous town or large village with facilities of ATMs, Cyber cafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery with a busy colorful Saturday market.

Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

Namche an ideal spot for rest and acclimatization, free day with morning short hike up to park museum with necessary information of mountaineering, flora / fauna with Sherpa culture and Buddhist religions, this scenic spot offers grand views of mountains Mt. Everest and stunning Amadablam, for interested people hike uphill to Everest View Hotel for best views of Mt. Everest and other mountains.

Day 05: Trek to Dole 4,110 m - 05 hrs.
After a pleasant stop at Namche Bazaar, our walk leads to a short climb and then on 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 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 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.

Day 06: Trek to Macherma 4,470 m -04 hrs.
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 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 short walk or just relax.

Day 07: Trek to Gokyo 4,790m -04 hrs.
From this small settlement our walks continues to Gokyo 3rd Lake, following a scenic path to Pangka small area and then descend slightly, following one of the glacial fed rivers which flows from Ngozumba Glacier of high world 6th highest Cho-Oyu and other adjoining peaks.

Walk leads to a climb by the side of a glacier, passing first lake and the second lake, crossing the path to reach at 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.

Day 08: Morning hike to Gokyo-Ri and walk to Na or beyond - 04 hrs.
Morning hike uphill to Gokyo Ri one of the highlight of this trip, a small peak above the lake, Gokyo Ri at 5,357m offers 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 overnight stop.

Day 09: Trek to Phortse village 3, 810 m - 04 hrs.
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 explore this nice small Sherpa village, where trekkers seldom walk on this route.  

Day 10: Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.

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.

Day 11: Trek to Monjo 2,880 m through Namche Bazaar - 06hrs.

Morning walk leads to long descend reaching at Imjatse River in Phunge Tenga, after crossing a bridge with short steep uphill and then on gradual winding trail to Namche Bazaar, after a short break at Namche, continue walk on downhill to Dudh Kosi River valley, and then with short ups and downs to reach at the entrance and exit gate of Sagarmatha National Park, a short walk from brings you at Monjo village for overnight stop.

Day 12: Trek back to Lukla for last overnight in Khumbu area - 04 hrs walks.
After a marvelous and enjoyable time on high Khumbu valley and ridges around Gokyo Valley, our last day walk of this adventure leads back on the same trail to Lukla, arriving in Lunch by lunch time with last overnight stop within Everest region, after lunch free and celebrate dinner with fellow members, staff and guides.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Waking early morning to catch the flight back to Kathmandu, transfer to Lukla airport terminal and then board in a small aircraft either twin otter or Dornier, for super scenic flight to reach at Kathmandu, on arrival in Kathmandu airport, transfer to your respective hotels with rest of day free for individual activities and souvenirs shopping.

Day 14: In Kathmandu free and reserve day for individual activities.
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. 

Day 15: International departure for homeward bound.
Your last day in Nepal, amazing country of Himalayan wonders, as per your flight time leaving your hotel where our staff transfers you to airport, after a great memorable adventure with enjoyable time on Gokyo Valley trekking.

Cost Include On:

  • Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car/van/Bus.
  • Hotel In Kathmandu: Two night’s standard selected Hotel in Katmandu and
  • Meals During Trek: Your stander meals in mountain (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
  • Trekking permit: ‘Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit. And Everest National pak permit.
  • All necessary paper works.
  • Domestic airport pick up and drop by car/.
  • Domestic Flight Ticket From Kathmandu to Lukla / Kahtmandu . including airport Tax.
  • Accommodation In Trekking: All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • 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.
  • 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.

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