- Trekking in Nepal
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Gokyo Lake Trek; considered as an alternative trek to the traditional Everest Base Camp, provides an outstanding sight of the Mt. Everest at close range and offers magnificent view of Ngozumpa Glacier – the largest in the Nepal's Himalayas. The region also exhibits soaring views of the most popular mountains in Nepal, at an altitude of 8000m including Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu which are also clearly visible from GokyoRi (5483m.) above Gokyo Lake.
This extraordinary trek is worthy in a sense that it offers an ample opportunity to explore the amazing destination and its impressive sight, that definitely includes tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m),which is beyond human imagination.
This trek starts with a short flight to Lukla that leads to Phakding on the day of arrival for an overnight stay and the next day trek up to Namche Bazaar. The appropriate season for this awesome trip to Gokyo is September to December and February to May.
Activities:Trekking in Nepal
We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) which takes about 30 minutes. We 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. We descend a mountainside path that merges into our route to Everest, with views to a valley to our right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as we pass a Mani wall and arrive at a Ghat teahouse. We continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Stay overnight in a tea house lodge.
We trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five hours. This day we 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. We 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. We can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. We will also visit some of the village monasteries on the way trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Stay overnight at a hotel in Namche
We take a day 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 Tengboche. For acclimatization we walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set up by the late Sir Edmund Hillary and we can also hike for an hour up to Tengboche (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 overnight at Namche.
We trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.) via Khumjung, which 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, we can see panoramic views of various mountains. We 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. We can enjoy a delicious meal at Phortse Tenga (3650m.). Stay overnight in a tea house lodge.
We trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m) which takes about five hours. From Dole we 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 we presents majestic views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and we will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Stay overnight in a tea house lodge.
We trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) which takes about four and half hours. Today we head for the lakes at Gokyo. We 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. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.), and our route to Lobuche. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Stay overnight in a tea house lodge.
We take a day rest at Gokyo and 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 we can also take a trip to the Fifth Lake via the Fourth Lake. Stay overnight in a tea house lodge.
We trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and then back to Machhermo (4150m.) via. Gokyo village that takes about four and half hours.Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we 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 overnight in a tea house lodge.
We 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 our next destination. Stay overnight in a tea house lodge.
We trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) which takes about six hours. The last day of our 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 us to Lukla for our overnight stay. Stay overnight at lodge in Lukla.
Finally, we fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes 30 minutes. We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Includes & Excludes
- Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
- Airport pick-up and drop off services
- Airport tax at Kathmandu domestic airport and Lukla airport
- All land transportation (from hotel to airport and from airport to hotel)
- All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
- First Aid kit
- Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu for all articipants including Nepali staff
- Necessary equipment such as sleeping bags, down jackets, etc.
- Necessary insurance for trekking staff
- Porter/s (1 porter can carry two people's luggage up to 30 kilograms)
- Rescue Assistance
- Trekkers' Information Management System(TIMS) card
- Trekking guide
- Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
- Hotel accommodation & meals in Kathmandu
- Nature of personal expenses
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Departure Dates for Gokyo Lake Trek - 11 days
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