Gokyo Lake Valley [$1390 per person]
Trip Duration: 17 Days
Best Season : Spring & Autumn
Country : Nepal
Min Altitude : 2610 meter
Max Altitude : 5320 meter
Trip starts : Lukla
Trip ends : Lukla
Group size : Min – 1
Gokyo lake and Gokyo ri trek is a delightful course of adventure to the lakes of Gokyo. Gokyo Ri is one of the most stunning viewpoints to look at Himalayan ranger over 8000 m like MT. Everest, Makalu and other Himalayas. The 17- day journey starts in Kathmandu, where we visit many heritage sites. Gokyo lake and Gokyo Ri trek are an alternative to classical treks in the Everest region. Rather, it brings us to the turquoise lakes of Gokyo and Gokyo Ri, offering outstanding views of Everest and the Himalayas. We also get to see the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and the valley of Gokyo from Gokyo Ri. This trek is ideal for those who like to walk in the Everest region without the physical agony of reaching the Everest Base Camp or passing high passes in the area. It is rather an adventurous attempt for travelers who are looking for something new in the Everest region.
Trekking to the beautiful lakes in Nepal
Incredible views of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu & Ngojumpa Glaciers from Gokyo Ri
Glimpse of Buddhism and Sherpa Culture
Day 01: Meeting upon arrival at Kathmandu International airport by our representative, transfer to hotel
Once you land in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our airport representative at Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be reassigned to the respective hotel. You will know about your trip in brief and check into the hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu valley, overnight at hotel
After breakfast, we will go on a sightseeing tour of Durbar Squares at Basantapur, Bhaktapur and Patan. Then we will move on to Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple where you can look over the beautiful view of Kathmandu valley. After that, we will be visting Bouddhanath Stupa which is one of biggest Stupa in the Nepal and moving forward to Pashupatinath Temple, the renowned hindu temple. We stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800meters) and start trek to Phakding (2640meters), overnight at guest house
Today, you will take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827 m). You will get a chance to have a closer look at the mountains adjoining Nepal and China in this 40-minute flight. We begin our journey by hiking down to the Dudh Koshi River and then walking along the main track to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713 m). The track is easy and we follow the way of small village of Ghat (2550m) from where we reach Phakding.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters), overnight at guest house
Today, we head out from Phakding and walk ahead with a small climb to Jorsale, where we get in front of a waterfall. Now, the village trails are merged with the magnificent forest of gigantic firs, rhododendrons and magnolia trees. We pass by few bridges and climb a few hundred meters, and one climb which is steeper all the through forest to Namche. We stay overnight at the guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization, overnight at guesthouse.
Its essential to walk to higher elevations while you remain in Namche Bazaar for two days. There are options here for a trek to Khumjung where you can visit the local school and hospital or the Thames village of Sherpa Everest and the great Everest Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, or an airstrip to Shyanboche (3720 m). Above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, which was set up the Japanese to attract well-off tourist into the region for a prime view of Everest. The scheme was brought down by the fact that the hotel was almost at 4000m and many people suffer from altitude sickness.
Day 06: Trek to Phortse (3800 meters), overnight at guest house.
The day starts with a path that leads to Sanasa. We are going up to Mong La hill to enjoy amazing views of Amadablam and Thamserku. The trail leads back to Dudh Koshi at 3550m before going up to Phortse which is at 3800m. The breathtaking views of Kongde, Tamseku and the valley can be seen. Phortse is beautiful place resided by Sherpa people and climbers.
Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4470 meters), overnight at guesthouse
We will be going down the river again as we begin our journey to Machhermo (4470 m). After passing the river, we come to a crossroad and then follow the path to Dole Dole (4038 m). In the months of spring, the region is full of lovely blossoms. We then climb gradually along the side of the gorge, where we can see a lavish rhododendron making way to scrub juniper as the elevation continues to rise. You can also see tremendous views of Cho Oyu. This is a short-day trek, and in no moment, we will reach Machrmo.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Lake (4750 meters), overnight at guesthouse
Today, moving ahead from Machermo, we continue to see the lakes at Gokyo that pours down the west part of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We are going across the thre eye catching lakes and across the third lake known as Dudh Pokhari , and on the East shore lays the habitat of Gokyo. Walking along the lake, you will discover a overview of the delightful summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang.
Day 09: Trek to Fifth Lake (5000 meters) and back to Gokyo Lake, overnight at guest house
We will be walking for about two hours from Gokyo which will lead us to see the fourth lake known as Thonak Tsho (4840m). We walk along the trail which will take us to the fifth lake, Ngozumpa Tsho (4980m) we can see a small hill adorned with prayer flags on the outskrits of the Moraine to the south of the lake. From here, you can witness the beautiful views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Ngozumpa glacier, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lotse, Nuptse, Makalu etc.
Day 10: Trek to Gokyo RI (5320 meters) and back to Gokyo Lake, overnight at guest house
Today, we will be starting our trek early. We will be heading towards Gokyo Ri which will take about two hours. We will witness beautiful sunrise over Mt.everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam and other several other peaks. The sights that can be seen from here are superior to those of Kala Patthar.
Day 11: Trek to Lungden by crossing Renjo La Pass (5,388m), overnight at guest house
We leave the primary road and cross Renjo La via Dudh Pokhari. After about three hours, we’ll get to Renjo La, where there is an incredible panorama ahead. You can see the Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche glowing in the sun. It can be a little dangerous as there will be snow patches along the route. We can see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lakes along the way. We walk more or less for one hour to reach Lungden (4,350 m).
Day 12: Trek to Thame (3,800m), overnight at guest house
Walking down to Thame today, we’re taking the usual path that Tibetan traders have been using for millennia. Moving down, we cross the Bhote Kosi and the path goes down to Taranga again. The route runs through the valley of Langmuche Khola. We walk down the bridge until we reach Samde, where you’ll have a fantastic view of the natural scenery. Then the route descends abruptly to the village of Thame.
Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazaar, overnight at guest house
Today, we’re going to walk along the river, and after crossing the bridge, we are going up through the birch and rhododendron forests to Namche Bazaar.
Day 14: Trek to Lukla, overnight at guest house
Following the path to Lukla, we will come across different Sherpa villages and a suspension bridge over Thado Koshi. We proceed our trek for about 45 minutes until we reach Lukla, where we reconfirm our flight reservation.
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel
We wake up early in the morning to take the flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be transported back to our hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Buffer day in Kathmandu, overnight at hotel
Today, you can rest in your hotel or do your own stuff such as shopping or exploring the neighboring area. We are going to stay the night in the same hotel.
Day 17: Transfers to airport, departure on your own destination
Our airport representative will drop you off at the airport from the hotel for your way back to home country.
Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu (International and domestic both).
Pre-trek briefing. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the programme.
1 professional and friendly, A class government licensed and well English speaking mountain guide.
1 well experienced English speaking assistant guide if the group size exceeds 5+ persons.
Well experienced and equipped trekking porter/s (one porter carry for 2 guest’s luggage, 25 kgs – 30kgs).
Food during the trek (full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee and seasonal fresh fruits).
Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
All necessary trekking permits: Sagarmatha National Park and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fee.
Internal flight Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu for guest and guide inclusive with all taxes and transfers.
In worst case, assist with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
Unique Adventure sleeping bag and down jacket, duffel bag, area trekking map.
First aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations.
All organisational requirements.
Nepal visa (can obtain at the airport or immigration counters at the borders: USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days and two passport size photographs is required).
Your international flight to and from Nepal.
Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst trekking).
Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
Bar and beverage bills.
Tips for guide, porter, driver.
Recommended Gear Lists:
Good wind/rain jacket
Warm fleece jacket or jersey
Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots
Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu)
A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband.
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottom
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Other necessary equipment:
Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (We also provide comprehensive first aid medical kit and Oxymeter)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Water bottles (2 bottles recommended)
Small wash towel
$1390 per person