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Gokyo Lake Trekking

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Overview

This trek in the Everest region takes you to the heart of the region in the shortest time possible. It is an exhilarating, but challenging trek that combines the Everest Base Camp route with the tranquil turquoise glacial lakes of Gokyo valley.

We start our trek with a classic route through Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the high Himalayas, and the main trading center for the Khumbu region. We transverse the luring Kala Pathar and Gokyo Ri for an incredible panorama view of the world's highest mountains: Ama Dablam, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and the magnificent Mount Everest. The trail then crosses the glaciated Cho La Pass (5,330m) to the Goyko valley, with its sacred perfect turquoise glacial lakes. The descent back to Lukla takes on a different atmosphere as we walk through a valley passing patches of birch and rhododendron forests where the elusive musk deer still roam.

Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu.
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in near by Thamel. You can spend your evening enjoying the international food on offer from one of the many restaurants Thamel has to offer. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 - Trip arrangements, meeting with staff and sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley.
Today you will meet your guide, discuss the details of the trek ahead and make any last minute arrangements if needed. Before/after this meeting, our expert guide will show you around all the historical, cultural and religious sights of Kathmandu, including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square. Any spare time today could be used for shopping for any equipment or personal items you will need for your trek. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 03 - Fly to Lukla (2845 meters) trek to Phakding. (2610 meters.)
We take a short but breathtaking flight from Tribhuan International Airport (TIA) on a twin-engine Otter to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in the Sherpa village of Lukla. During this flight, you will already start to enjoy pleasant views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan Massifs. This is where we will begin our journey into the Khumbu region and after lunch we will have a short and gentle trek to Phakding. Along the way we will pass Mani stonewalls, sacred for Buddhists, made from hundreds of stone tablets and giant carved boulders, brilliantly decorated with brightly colored paints.  Overnight at teahouse.
 
Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3441 meters/5 hours.)
From Phakding we continue hiking for around five hours along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, through forests of pine and oak trees, crossing this majestic river many times on remarkable suspension bridges loaded with prayer flags. The trail begins to rise and rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir trees prevail. As we emerge through the trees, Namche Bazaar will come into our sights, the Sherpa capital and the gateway to the Everest region. Namche Bazar is a colorful and vibrant village with many wonderful and interesting shops, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
 
Day 05 - Namche Bazaar acclimatization day.
We will take an extra day for rest and acclimatization. During this day, we take an early hike above town, before the clouds move in. We climb above Namche Bazaar and pay a visit to the world’s highest hotel (3962m), which offers your first glimpses of the almighty Everest in all its glory, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Taboche Peak and Ama Dablam. We will also visit the village of Khumjung, (3790m) a well-loved place of the famous Sir Edmund Hillary and where he built the only secondary school and hospital in the region.
A Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display is also worth a visit.
 
Day 06 - Trek to Phorste Thanga. (3680 meters/4 hours.)
We begin the day with a climb to Khumjung and then descend east of the village down a broad Valley leading to the Dudh Koshi River. The Gokyo route then turns north, climbing above the more frequented route to Tengboche and Everest base camp. The two trails soon join and continue towards a large chorten (Buddhist grave) standing atop of a ridge at 3973m. We leave the Everest trail behind and head across the Mong La Pass before reaching Phortse Thanga.
 
Day 07- Trek to Machherma. (4470meters/5 hours.)
As we hike a steep path through rhododendron forests, passing many Kharkas (meadows) on the way, we pass through the villages of Dole; (4110m) where we cross a small river, and Lhabarma. (4330m.) In the afternoon we reach Luza (4360m) before arriving at our resting place for the night, Machherma.
 
Day 08 - Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters/4.5 hours)
Today the trail will ascend to Gokyo. We climb a steep rocky track along side the Dudh Kosi into a valley passing the first and second of the Gokyo lakes, which are considered sacred by Hindus and Buddhists. The third and most significant lake known as the Dudh Pokhari or Dudh Kunda is nearby to our teahouse for the night. What a magnificent resting place as you will have a 360 degree, panoramic view of the surrounding hills and mountains. The mighty Cho- Oyu and Gyachung Kang can be seen reflected in the glistening waters of this sacred lake.
 
Day 09 - Trek to Gokyo Ri (5360 meters/5+ hours) and then Back to Gokyo.
We start early in the morning with a steep climb to Gokyo Ri. Your efforts in this strenuous climb will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu mountains range dominated by the Himalayan giants of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse Shar (8400m), Nuptse (7855m), Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang. (7922m.) Take time here to explore and immerse yourself in this Alpine wonderland.
 
Day 10 - Trek to Dole. (4110 meters/5 hours.)
We head back along the Dudh Kosi River continuing to take in the magnificent views of the Himalayas as we begin our descent. We return back to the tree and continue to the small village of Dole where we will stay for the night in a teahouse.
 
Day 11 - Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3441meters/4.5 hours.)
After breakfast a steep decent for 2 hours brings us to Phortse Thanga. A gradual climb after this will see us to the Sherpa village of Mangla Danda. From here, we will see the sacred hill of Khumbila, Buddhists call it the heart of the Khumbu Region and make a Pilgrimage to the foot of the hill every year. It is forbidden to climb this hill, even for Buddhists. We arrive in the vibrant hillside town of Namche Bazaar later in the day and will again stay here for the night in a local teahouse.
 
Day 12 - Trek to Lukla. (2845 meters/6hours.)
We trek back, having our last views of Mount Everest and crossing a high suspension bridge. We will pass through a checkpoint and have our permits stamped to say we have left the Sagarmatha National Park. By the end of the day, you will be back in Lukla, the starting point of your trek. Here you can relax over a good meal and celebrate your accomplishments of the last 12 days.
 
Day 13 - Morning flight to Kathmandu.
A 30 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Try to sit on the right side of this twin-engine otter plane for the best goodbye views of the Himalayas. Back in Kathmandu, you will be free for the afternoon to relax and will stay in a Thamel hotel.
 
Day 14 - Rest day/Shopping/ Leisure day.
You are free to roam around the shops of Kathmandu or maybe treat yourself to a relaxing massage in one of the many spas in Thamel. Sometimes, if there have been adverse weather conditions in the mountains, causing flight interruptions, you may still be in Lukla and be flying back to Kathmandu.
 
Day 15 - Departure to destination country.
We will bid you farewell as you fly back home after a truly unforgettable visit to the magical mountains of the Himalayas.

Includes / Excludes

Cost Include(s)

01. Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car/Van/Bus.
02. Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
03. All your standard meals as per itinerary during the trek. Such as breakfast, lunch and dinner.
04. Camping accommodation during the trek.
05. A government licensed English speaking guide during the trek.
06. A required number of porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
07. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine for all staff.
08. Langtang National Park permits.
09. Trekker’s information management system (TIMS).
10.  Monastery fees.
11. Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
12. Travel & Rescue arrangements.
13. Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
14. All our government taxes.
15. Official expense.

 

Cost Exclude(s)
01. Travel & rescue insurance (compulsory).
02. Excess baggage charges.
03. Items of a personal nature.

04. Beverages like tea/coffee, alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
05. Personal trekking gears.
06. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
07. Nepal entry visa, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at TIA in Kathmandu.

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Departure Dates

Trip Date Availability Price Book
Apr 12, 2018 - Apr 28, 2018 Available $ 2300 Book Now
Trip Price

$ 2300

Duration 15 Days

Grade Moderate

Max-Altitude 5357 m.

Trip Style Tea House

Country Nepal

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