Gokyo Lake Trekking   |  16 Days

scenic walks to Gokyo Lakes and climb on top Gokyo Ri with views of Mt. Everest

Gokyo Lake Trekking, where adventure leads you to picturesque areas of high Khumbu valley at scenic Gokyo with its simmering glacial lakes in the shade of world 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu (8,201 m) and Mt. number one Everest (8,848 m) with array of peaks that surrounds this beautiful valley and lakes of Gokyo.

Fascinating walks with daily views of stunning Khumbu Himalaya which consist from high above 8,000 m to lower 7,000 m and 6,000 m range of peaks includes from Everest-Lhotse-Cho Oyu-Nuptse-Ama Dablam-Kangtenga-Kongde-Thamasarku and Kusum Khanguru including many smaller peaks.

Walking into Sagarmatha National Park the highest as well listed in World Heritage Sites which makes the journey to Gokyo Lake Trekking more interesting within forest of blue pines-silver firs-rhododendron and magnolia trees which disappear as our route leads much higher into arid and barren beautiful country at Gokyo Lake areas.

Truly a great adventure of moderate grade walks with touch of high altitude as our journey continues with rest days for acclimatization and side trips to amazing view points to catch magnificent panorama of Everest with other range of mountains.

Starting with gradual pleasant walk from Lukla after a flight from Kathmandu and then heading higher past nice Sherpa villages Phakding-Monjo and at famed Namche Bazaar an interesting place for rest and excursion, and then our route leads away from main trail heading towards tranquil path with awesome views to reach at scenic and picturesque Gokyo Lake.
At Gokyo climb to the highest spot of the adventure on top Gokyo Ri at above 5,357 m offering super panorama of worlds four highest mountains from Everest-Lhotse-Cho Oyu with Makalu towards east with array of peaks.

After an enjoyable walk around Gokyo Lake heading back to Lukla taking another scenic trail to famous and beautiful Thyangboche Monastery situated within green woodland facing grand views of peaks and slowly heading downhill to reach at Lukla for short panoramic flight to Kathmandu with overwhelming adventure on Goko Lake Trekking

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning, scenic walk to Gokyo Lake with glorious mountain panorama and views of Everest
  • Daily views of high Khumbu Himal with Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, Makalu and Lhotse peaks
  • Exploring Sherpa traditional farm villages in the country of famous highlanders of Everest
  • A scenic adventure in the shade of towering Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho-Oyu with array of giant mountains
  • Within Sagarmatha National Park listed as World Heritage Sites and highest park in Himalaya
  • Beginning and ending with super exciting flight to and from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu

Itinerary

  • 1 Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be warmly received by our guide and staff and then transfer you to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. First check into your hotel rooms on getting refreshed from the flight and with Jet-Lag, then join with other members of Gokyo Lake trekking for group briefing, where our expert guides will inform regarding your stay in Nepal, hotels, trekking, local lodge and overland drives with do’s and don’ts information, evening welcome group dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs to entertain you during your meals.

  • 2 Day 2: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour around world heritage sites.Morning after breakfast leave the hotel for exciting guided sightseeing around Kathmandu where our city guide will lead you to places of interest, Kathmandu a metropolitan city still retains its ancient heritage and varied ancient culture where you will visit world heritage sites around Kathmandu for half day or full day. After an interesting and wonderful tour of ancient historical and religious sites around Kathmandu, with afternoon free preparation for next day flight to Lukla for Gokyo Lake trek.
  • 3 Day 3: Fly to Lukla 2,820m (35 min) and trek to Phakding 2,657 m - 03 hrs.Morning depart from the hotel to Kathmandu domestic airport for exciting and scenic flight of 35 minutes to land at Lukla, a Sherpa town where all treks and adventure starts and ends around Everest and high Khumbu region. From Lukla a gradual walks to begin with short downs and ups and then on winding trail past nice farm villages of Sherpa enriched with Buddhism religion and culture as you encounter rows of Mani (prayer) monuments and large spinning bells. Slowly our pleasant first day walks completes reaching at Phakding a moderate size village with many Good lodges for overnight stop by the bank of glacial Dudh Kosi River.
  • 4 Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.Today walk leads to famous Namche Bazaar where altitude gains as walk progress, morning walk starts following the river and crossing several times to reach at Monjo village near Sagarmatha National Park entrance, from here walking on river valley and gorge covered within nice woodland of tall rhododendron-pines and fir trees. After crossing a high last bridge with few hours climb to Namche Bazaar with stunning views of Everest-Lhotse and Kongde peaks. Namche Bazaar at 4,440 m high an ideal place for rest day to acclimatize, the main town / village of Khumbu where colorful and exciting Saturday market takes place once a week.
  • 5 Day 5: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.Rest day for acclimatization before heading higher terrain, morning after breakfast with options for hike to Everest View Hotel or walk on top of Namche, where you can catch super landscapes scenery with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam with series of high peaks, here enjoy visiting National Park Museum provides you with much information of Khumbu region, Sherpa history-culture-flora and fauna including detail on mountaineering.
  • 6 Day 6: Trek to Khumjung 3,730 m via Khunde 3,880 m - 04 hrs walks.A short day of few hours as morning walks leads to a climb for an hour to Syangboche a place with old small airstrip, often used for STOL aircraft and Helicopters, facing views of Everest and majestic Ama Dablam, from here taking a route first visiting Khunde village, located on scenic glacial valley beneath sacred peak Khumbi-la (holy and patron god of Khumbu Sherpa). Here at Khunde visit its only hospital built by late Edmund Hillary Trust & Foundation and a short walk downhill to its adjoining village at Khumjung for lunch and overnight stop. Khumjung one of the largest Sherpa villages around Khumbu area, with time to visit its old Monastery, the only place that treasures a scalp believed to be of Yeti kept in a glass box where you can witness with some donations.
  • 7 Day 7: Trek to Dole 4,110 m - 06 hrs.From Khumjung walk leads on gradual scenic path with uphill to reach at Mong Hill with few houses serving as Tea-House and Lodge with fantastic views of peaks, from here downhill to Phortse Tenga near Dudh Kosi within forested area. With possible lunch stop, afternoon walk leads to a climb into rhododendron, pines, fir forest with grand views of snowcapped peaks. After few hours climb reaching at Dole at 4,110 m high a moderate size settlement with good lodges to stay.
  • 8 Day 8: Trek to Machherma 4,470m - 04 hrs.After Dole, walk on high trail for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m and Luza at 4,390m; then skirting around a ridge with views of Machherma, situated below on a small valley, walk downhill to Machherma for lunch and overnight stop. Here after lunch rest of the afternoon free for acclimatization and short hike with views of Mt. Cho Oyo 8,210m and other mountains flanking above Ngozumba Glacier.
  • 9 Day 9: Trek to Gokyo 4,800m -04 hrs.Morning walk leads to Gokyo Lake following a scenic trail to Pangka 4,545m, then climb on rocky path into ablation valley passing first lake and then second lakes, to reach a third lake called Dudh Pokhari or Gokyo Lake. This beautiful area within Gokyo at 4,790 meters high, after lunch short walk around lake with views of Mt. Cho Oyo world’s 06th highest and Gyachung Kang that reflects on emerald Gokyo Lake.
  • 10 Day 10: Hike to Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m free afternoon walk to Na 4,630 m or further - 04 hrs.Morning a climb of few hours to reach our highest point of the adventure on top scenic Gokyo Ri at 5,357 m high offering tremendous panorama from Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse and of Mt. Makalu covering four world highest mountains at one glance with series of smaller peaks. Enjoying the views head down to Gokyo for lunch with easy short afternoon walks to Na a small settlement located beneath massive Ngozumba Glacier.
  • 11 Day 11: Trek to Phortse village 3,860 m - 04 hrs.After a wonderful and exciting time around Gokyo valley and the lake, morning an easier walk downhill to reach at a sleepy and quaint Phortse village, where few trekkers seldom pass this way an interesting Sherpa village away from main stream trekking trails. At Phortse with ample time for short walks around the village and viewpoints which is above Dudh Kosi River.
  • 12 Day 12: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m - 05 hrs.Enjoying pleasant time at Phortse, morning walk leads to scenic and gradual walks overlooking Everest and other giant peaks, as our route leads to high Pangboche village and its old monastery, here with time to visit the monastery and then downhill to Imjatse river. From here uphill into enchanting alpine forest to reach a beautiful surrounding at Thyangboche Monastery offering grand panorama of mountains with Everest and Amadablam at close distance, here with time for tour into monastery and witness monks and priest on prayer. Thyangboche also holds colorful festival ‘Mani-Rimdu’ monks with mask dancing wading evil spirits which falls in the month of October as per Buddhist lunar calendar.
  • 13 Day 13: Trek to Monjo 2,860 m via Namche Bazaar - 05 hrs.After a pleasant morning with super views of Everest and adjoining peaks, a nice walk leads you at Namche with time for lunch break and stroll around its bazaar with stores and shops, afternoon walk downhill to Dudh Kosi River to reach at Monjo village for overnight stop before Lukla.
  • 14 Day 14: Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs with afternoon at leisure.Our last walk of the adventure a short trek of few hours following on the same trail back to Lukla past Phakding and Ghat villages crossing few times over Dudh Kosi, with last final climb to reach Lukla town For last overnight stop around high scenic Khumbu and Everest region.
  • 15 Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels.Morning transfer to Lukla Tenzing and Hillary airport for sweeping short flight to Kathmandu facing scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields with nice villages and towns as flight lands at Kathmandu airport and then back to your hotel, with free afternoon to relax of great memorable time around Gokyo Lake Trekking.
  • 16 Day 16: Depart for international flight home ward bound or to respective countries.Your last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful experience on Gokyo Lake trekking with great service of Explorer Adventure, and as per your international flight then transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.

Cost Includes:

    • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
    • Three nights standard Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with B.B
    • Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary  
    • all domestic flight Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu 
    • Government license holder guide 
    • Helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
    • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
    • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis 
    • Hire Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket  for the trek 
    • Duffel bag for packing your things for the trek 
    • Local Entrance fee  for entering to the khumbu valley 
    • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit
    • Government taxes and official expenses
    • Welcome Dinner 

Cost Excludes:

    • All food pay your self  during the trek  
    • Nepal entry visa personal travel and medical insurances.
    • Expenses of personal nature and as well  gratitude (tips).
    • Emergency  evacuation by any means of transport including Helicopter and personal medical kit. 
  • Tien Yang
    Tien Yang
    Singapore Published: Saturday, February 14, 2015

    Great trekking trips

    Rating:

    I have been on three trekking trips with Bam and he is an excellent guide and friend. He provided sound advice and showed a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each member in the group. He is extremely resourceful and helps to overcome difficulties with cheerfulness and equanimity, a very important quality when one is on the mountains! The three trips- Annapurna Base Camp, Upper Mustang and Gokyo Lakes- were memorable and I could not recommend Bam highly enough. It makes a huge difference to know that one's trek will be in good hands and it has allowed me to enjoy the fantastic scenery and experience.

Our itineraries of any trips are based on our leading experience in the Himalayas. But, we also organize the trips according to your special requests or your personally given itinerary. Please, feel free to contact us for your questions and queries.

INSURANCE POLICY:

Traveling to Himalayan countries specially on treks and other adventure with Nepal-Bhutan and Tibet, where clients should purchase travel and medical insurance covering immediate evacuation by any means of transportations, like helicopter or fastest way vehicle to reach nearest city and town hospitals.

Insurance Policy should cover all medical expenses incurred during your holidays in Himalayan countries, including travel insurance where sometimes Himalayan weather even in best times can be unpredictable, where trekking routes can be re-routed of cancelled in this case local company will not entertain you with refund, however provides you with letter so that one can claim from your respective insurance companies.

Insurance policy for Medical and Travel:

Should cover medical insurance for illness and emergency evacuation by Helicopter or other means of transportations including other expenses on treatment at respective countries hospitals, as for travel insurance against bad unfavorable weather conditions, delay or cancellation of domestic flights on mountainous area where flight involves on the start of trek and at the end.

Travel and Medical Insurance also needs to cover when clients break the journey in the middle of the trip, due to sickness-personal domestic problem etc………

Guide and Porters: 
On treks or climb where you will be accompanied by our expert guide who knows the area on route of the trek chosen, we have professional and veteran guides to led the trek where you can feel comfortable, as our guide are knowledgeable offers you various information of the country from history-geography, culture to flora and fauna.

All guides have gone through basic medical training that includes high altitude symptoms or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can help you with simple medical First Aid and for severe condition will support taking you to safe area or to nearest hospitals by any means of quick transportation.

Our guides are well versed in Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism as well and are committed in keeping the environment on trekking route in pristine form as it was.

Porters are picked can be regular porter of the company of hired in Kathmandu-Pokhara or in Lukla on start of the trekking, with always a strong and cheerful porters to carry your heavier luggage, baggage of 15 to 25 kg maximum weights to carry by each porters, we do not allow underage porters of below 16 years of age or above 50 years.

Porters and guide are well looked after by the company with good wages, medical insurance, travel allowance including meals on treks and climb company also provides warm gear in winter as well for high and cold altitude trips.

We are also member of PACT (Porters Act commitment).  

Altitude Sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness):
    Information of AMS and Precaution Measures:

High Altitude or Acute Mountain Sickness for short as AMS a symptom faced and can catch any people on high altitude adventure walks.

Due to high pressure and low oxygen level as certain height where some people feel uneasiness with shortness of breathiness, light headache, nausea, dizziness, lack of good sleep and with less appetite.

To avoid these whole symptoms where we always designed itinerary days accordingly with enough space, flexible days for acclimatization at high elevation, taking short walks up and sleeping and resting at low places.

The other good way to avoid AMS taking slow and steady pace on walks, stopping frequently to catch your breath and adding lot of fluid or safe drinking water at least 2-3 liters a day to support against AMS.

On high altitude take enough rest and with short slow hike above high hills to catch views as well to support acclimatization and sleeping and resting at low altitude will certainly helps you in avoiding AMS.

The company provides as precaution measures against AMS with comprehensive medical kit, oxygen and Gamma Bags / Pressure Bags in some high altitude adventure treks, where some people as per their own doctor advice use Diamox also known as Acetazolamide to prevent and reduce symptoms of AMS can lower headache when in high altitude walks and climb

Useful in situations when you cannot make high ascent, the best ways to prevent altitude sickness doing it slowly, stopping for overnights at certain altitude to adjust to the new height, and taking it easy for first one or two 2 days.

This Diamox also used for other medications to treat certain type of eye problem (open-angle glaucoma). 

Acetazolamide a "water pill" (diuretic), it decrease amount of fluids that can build up in eyes, also helps to decrease buildup of body fluids (edema) caused by congestive heart failure or certain medications. Acetazolamide can work less well over time, so it is usually used only for a short period of time.

Using this pill should get advice from your doctor before trip departure to high Himalaya.

In our list we always mention general medication to bring from home as well from your doctor advice also, your doctor might recommend you some basic medication list like medicine against diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu as well constipation including first aid for cuts-wounds and burns as well.

Equipments List

  • Down Jacket
  • Down sleeping bags one each with inner linear
  • Fibre pile jacket
  • light cotton trouser
  • Long sleeved cotton shirts
  • Scarf
  • Short Trouser
  • Shorts or Skirt (for ladies)
  • Sun hat
  • Sun Screen Cream
  • Sunglasses
  • T-shirt
  • Track Suit Bottoms
  • Trekking pole
  • Ultra Fleece Trousers
  • Warm Gloves a pair
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproofs trouser
  • Waterproofs Jacket
  • Well fitting, comfortable boots
  • Wind Proof Jacket & Trouser a set each

Depature Dates

Start Date End Date AVAILABILITY Price Book
07 December, 2019 22 December, 2019 Guaranteed US $1150
14 December, 2019 29 December, 2019 Guaranteed US $1150
  • Cost start from US $1150
  • Trip Duration 16 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Trekking
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