Gokyo Lake Trekking
- Duration: 14Days
- Activities: Trekking
- Country: Nepal
- Trip Grade: Moderate
- Group size: 2-14
Few people tread this path making it a journey of peace and tranquility. This trip also includes crossing the challenging but ultimately rewarding Cho La Pass (5330m) before visiting Everest base Camp.
This trek follows the legendary ‘Everest Trail’ from the airstrip in Lukla for a few days before branching off towards Gokyo. The trail goes silent! Following the Ngozumpa Glacier you eventually reach Gokyo and the mesmerising turquoise glacial Lakes. A side trip up the Gokyo Ri is optional and offers that superb orange like view of Everest’s summit at sunset.
It’s then across the Ngozumpa Glacier before tackling the challenging Cho La Pass for extensive views of the world’s highest peaks before descending down to the Khumbu glacier that leads EBC. Having reached the highest and furthest lodge (Gorak Shep, 5100m), you will have the opportunity to visit both EBC and Kala Patthar (the highest point on this trek at 5500m) before 4 glorious days of descending to Lukla and a well deserved pat on the back.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to hotel
You will be welcomed by our representatives there at the Airport upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will then be transferred to the Hotel where you will be briefed about the travel itinerary. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
On the second day of the itinerary package, you will be engaged in the sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. After finishing breakfast at the Hotel in the morning, you will begin the sightseeing tour visiting the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur and enjoying the ancient art and architecture of the monuments. Likewise, the tourists can also visit the Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Temple and also the Bouddhanath Stupa which are important destinations for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. You will return back to the Hotel in the evening.
Day 3 – Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding
After having breakfast in the third morning, you will take 30 minutes of scenic flight from the Capital City of Kathmandu to the Tenzing- Hilary Airport of Lukla. Though the Airport is considered as one of the most dangerous Airports in the world, flight to Lukla will be full of adventure and thrill for the trekkers. The real trekking then starts from Lukla from where the trekkers start hiking from Lukla to the nearby village of Phakding. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Phakding.
Day 4- Trek to Namche Bazaar
The trail continues along the Dudh Koshi River the next day before climbing up the way through Himalayan Pine and Deodar, Cedar forests before the trekkers finally make it to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the business and trading point for the Everest Region. Namche used to be and still is an important place for trade between the traders of Tibet and Nepal. Items like salt, dried meat and other consumable and grocery items are traded in Namche since many years. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche.
Day 5 – Rest day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization
The fourth day is allocated for acclimatization in Namche as acclimatization to the changing altitude and the environmental conditions is very important for the trekkers during the course of Everest trekking. A day of acclimatization and rest will help the trekkers prepare for the upcoming challenge in the trekking. Trekking experts suggest the trekkers to have mild walk on the day rather than having complete rest. In the afternoon, the visitors can stroll around the market area of Namche and then talk and converse with the local Sherpa people of Namche. If the trekkers are willing, they can also visit the Everest Hotel which is the Hotel situated in the largest altitude in the world. After that, you can return back to Namche and stay overnight there at a guesthouse.
Day 6- Trek to Dole (or Khumjung if altitude sickness is a concern)
The trekking resumes the next day after a day of acclimatization in Namche. Initially along the trail, you will cross the valleys along the rhododendron, juniper and coniferous forests and then walk past the meadows with lush green vegetation. While walking down the trail, the trekkers will be lucky enough to view the sight of yaks and sheep grazing on the green pasture field. If the trekkers face the difficulty of high-altitude sickness then they have the option of staying at Khumjung Village inhabited by the Sherpas before heading to Dole. If not, you can directly head to Dole.
Day 7- Trek to Macchermo
On the seventh morning, you will have breakfast at the guesthouse and then get on with the trek towards Machhermo. After crossing past several forests including the local Sherpa settlement areas in Khumjung, the trekkers will then climb along the trail with gradual ascend in altitude before finally making it to Machhermo. Machhermo is considered by many as the home of the mythical snowman Yeti. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 8– Trek to Gokyo
Climbing uphill about 300 meters from Macchermo on the eighth day, you will eventually enter the beautiful Valley of Goko. It is one of the important days of trekking as exploring the Valley of Gokyo will be an amazing experience for the visiting tourists. Gokyo Valley is full of natural beauty and hence it attracts a large number of tourists who come for trekking purpose in the Everest. Gokyo is the best place for viewing the Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas. Overnight stay at a tented camp in Gokyo.
Day 9: Hike to Gokyo Ri, back to Gokyo
The next day, an early morning walk leads the trekkers to Gokyo Ri located at 5300 meters of altitude above the sea level. It will be an adventurous walk from Gokyo to the top of the peak. From the top of Gokyo Ri, the trekkers can see the magnificent views of the mountains including the Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Lhotse. After enjoying the mountain views, you will then descend back to Thangnak where you will be staying overnight.
Day 10: Trek to Dole
The return journey begins on the 10th day as the trekkers will now walk down from Gokyo and make their way towards the village of Dole. It will take close to four hours of trekking on the day before you reach the village of Dole. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar
The trail follows continuously downward as the trekkers will climb down hill and cross past several Sherpa villages before finally arriving at the Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is a iconic town in the Everest region of Nepal which is very popular amongst the visiting tourists and trekkers. After reaching there, you will rest and spend the rest of the night at a guesthouse.
Day 12: Trek to Lukla
After having breakfast, you will have a casual stroll through series of ups and downs chasing the easy trail prior to crossing Dudh Koshi River over suspension bridge to eventually reach Lukla. After reaching the town Lukla, you will find a guesthouse and then stay rest of the time at the guesthouse resting and preparing for the flight next day.
Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
On the 17th day of the itinerary, you will be taking a flight back to the Capital City of Kathmandu from Lukla. In around 30 minutes, you will reach the Capital city of Kathmandu and then be transferred to the Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu
On the final day of the itinerary, you will be transferred to the International Airport in Kathmandu from where you will catch a flight back to your home country.
What is included?
- Airport Pick up and Drops by car
- 4 Night’s Standard Accommodation in Kathmandu
- Your meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) During the Trekking.
- Domestic Flight Ticket (LUK-KTM-LUK)
- All accommodations in lodges/Tea Houses During the Trek
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) . National Park Entry Permits
- An experienced and friendly Guide, porter
- Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
- All Transportation .
- Medical Supplies
What is not included?
- Nepal entry visa fee you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
- Kathmandu. You will require 2 passport size photos. per person $30 USD
- Your Travel insurance.cover helicopter rescue
- Your Personal Equipment for Trekking.
- International Airfare and Airport Departure tax.
- Food While You are in Kathmandu.
- Your personal expenses.
- All the Alcoholic and non Alcoholic Drinks tea, coffee .
- Sweet things like Chocolate and desert.
- Hot Shower During the Trekking.