Gokyo Lake Trekking - 12 days

Gokyo Lake Trekking

Gokyo Lake Trek is an alternative trek to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek. This trek not only offers beautiful views of the world's highest mountain peaks and the (Ngozumpa Glacier, in the Nepal Himalayas) but also provides an ample opportunity to see a mesmerizing view of Mt. Everest. We can see a soaring view of the most popular mountains above 8,000m such as Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt Lhotse and Mt. Makalu, which can clearly be seen from Gokyo Ri (5350m) just above Gokyo Lake. Less frequented than the Everest Base Camp route, this trek provides some adventurous high altitude trekking and a visit to the second largest glacier in the world (Ngozumpa Glacier).

Highlights

  • High altitude trek to Gokyo Ri (5,357 metres) just above the Gokyo lakes(experience sunrise from the top of the world)
  • Magnificent views of more than 40 peaks including four of the world’s highest (those above 8000 metres): Mt Everest, Mt Cho yu, Mr Lohtse and Mr Makalu
  • Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest  glacier  in the  Himalayas at 36 kilometres) on the way
  • Passes through a number of Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazar the gateway to Everest

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Group meeting programme for detailed information about trekking. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 Fly to Lukla (2804 mt.), trek to Phakding (2610 mt.). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 03 Phakding to Namche Bazar (3441 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05 Namche to Dole (4040 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06 Dole to Machhermo (4470 mt.). Walking 4 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07 Machhermo to Gokyo (4790 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08 Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483 mt.) and retreat to Machhermo. Walking 7-8 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 09 Machhermo to Namche (3440 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10 Namche to Lukla. Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 11 Early morning fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 Transfer to airport for departure from Nepal.

Useful Info

About Accommodation.
In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at Hotel Himalayan Traveller's Inn, and at local lodges during the trek on twin sharing basis. Hotel in Kathmandu comes with private bathroom , however in mountain, toilet and shower will be on sharing basis. In the busy months, (October/November & April/ May) you may have to share the room with other traveler as some villages have
limited number of local lodges .

About Meal You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental , Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Dinner and breakfast serve at the teahouse where we stay and lunch will be served on the way to next destination. In Kathmandu only breakfast is provided. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, no worries, Nepal is such a easy place to get several vegetarian options.

About Staff:
A Guide assist you from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guide will be provided. Porter will join in Lukla. A porter provided for 2 trekkers, and carries between 15 to 20 K.G.

About Equipments
Following Equipment list is recommended to bring for Everest Base Camp Trek
Down Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T – shirts, Trekking shoes or boots, Comfy shoes for around the camp, thick and warm woolen socks, Light cotton socks , A day bag to carry your valuable, Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, rain coat, Sun block, lip balm , Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear, Thermal wear, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing kit, Medical & first aid kit, Flash light, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries etc.

Physical Fitness and experience
Gokyo Lake  Trek is a moderate which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours ups and down in a day carrying own day bag. Some days are even longer with 7- 8 hours of walking. Gokyo Lake Trek is high altitude trek which demands more physical fitness,however if you are strongly determined and have excellent health and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Few weeks prior to the trip, doing some physical exercise is better . No technical skill is needed however past experience also helps . If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or for blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to Vista Trek P. Ltd.

About Insurance
You have to obtain the travel insurance which should cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses. Some Insurance policy's cover only up to 4000 meter, so please kindly confirm with the insurance company before your purchase it.

About Seasons
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Gokyo Lake Trek. You can do it in winter (December to February )if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

About Lukla Flight
It is very difficult to predict the weather in mountain. Because of bad weather, the flight between Kathmandu to Lukla may be delayed or canceled for a day or more. Due to the weather changes in Himalaya, we can face such problem even in good season. So we would like to request you to add few days extra in Kathmandu. If you complete your trip smoothly, then you can enjoy your time with other activities like sightseeing, White water rafting. Jungle activities or more.

If your flight is cancelled in Kathmandu then we will rebook the flight for the next day. There may be an option to use private helicopter paying additional from $300 to $500 We may also be able to provide an option for a privately chartered helicopter. When flight is cancelled , we will arrange you a hotel however food and accommodation is not cover in the package. Same process will be applied if the flight cancelled or delayed in Lukla.

See the FAQ for other related topic.

Detail Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,370 metres)

  • Upon arrival at Tribhuwan Intl Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Vista Trek waiting, well in time, to receive you shall welcome you to this land of towering Himalayas. Once reaching your hotel in a car from the airport, all you need to do is check in and enjoy the refreshment served.
  • We then visit the Vista Trek office for discussion on trekking, introduction to the guide and porter and settlement of dues if any. Since you will still have some time left for a walk around Thamel, you can do so if you please.

DAY 2 Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840 metres) and Lukla to Phakding (2,610 metres; 3-4-hour walk)

  • We fly to Lukla from Kathmandu in the morning. This 30-minute flight comes with spectacular views of the hills and the Himalayas, forcing many to take their cameras out or simply use their mobile phones with attempts to capturing the beauty.
  • We walk to Phakding Village for 3 to 4 hours after breakfast in Lukla. The trail is relatively comfortable and passes through four Sherpa villages. Houses with stone walls and colourful roofs, huge prayer stones with mantras from the teachings of Buddha carved in them, monasteries with busy budding Lamas, several mountains already in sight and rivers and waterfalls along the way, the trail already offers us a glimpse of what to expect.
  • Once in Phakding, one thing we can do is walk around the village or just relax on a bench in the porch of the hotel and absorb as much as we can after lunch.
  • Spend the night in a hotel.

DAY 3 Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440; 5-6-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk for about 2 hours to Jorsalle Village for lunch. The route starts along the banks of Dudhkoshi River and crosses two suspension bridges before reaching Monjo Village. A 20-minute descent towards the end, finally, leads to Jorsalle Village, the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park as well as the last village until Namche Bazaar.
  • After lunch, we walk for around 3 hours to Namche Bazaar. With the raging Dudhkoshi River mostly to the left for about half an hour before crossing a suspension bridge, the trail in its final 2 hours ascends through a pine forest. In reaching Namche, the administrative headquarter of the Khumbu Region, the ascent often demands a little extra even from seasoned legs.
  • Spend the night in a hotel in Namche.

DAY 4 A day of acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

  • It's time for a trip to Sagarmatha National Park Museum after breakfast. Most people use their time at the Museum trying to gain some insight into the Everest Region – about the highest peaks, animals and vegetation that rule the region as well as the Sherpa culture and experiences of many trekkers and climbers.
  • We then leave the Museum and walk for about an hour to the Everest View Hotel for lunch. Constructed on a site in an altitude higher than any other on earth and ideally positioned, the hotel presents all its guests with ample individual space to appreciate the grandeur – a typical Sherpa village in the Khumjung Valley below to the North-West; on a hilltop above the village, the Khumjung Monastery, where a preserved skull which the locals believe to be that of a Yeti can be witnessed upon request; Mt Khumbila, a massive rocky elevation worshiped as a deity by the locals and, thereby, a restricted peak for climbing, right above the valley; and to the North, captivating views of the Himalayas, including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse and the beautiful Ama Dablem.
  • After climbing down to Namche Bazaar in the afternoon, a walk around the Bazaar is a preferred involvement to some and indulgence to others.
  • Spend the night in the hotel.

Day 5 Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,200 metres; 5-6 hours walk)

  • We start trek after breakfast and stop at Phortsee Thanga for lunch after about 3 hours' walk. The comfort of the trail up to Kyangzuma Village ends with the moderately challenging ascent to Mong-la, a pass. From here on, the route, still retaining the same level of difficulty, descends all the way to Phortsee Thanga. Lunch at the riverside restaurant in the village is an experience one can enjoy only in the laps of the Himalayas.
  • We walk for approximately 2 hours to Dole after lunch. This moderately challenging ascent to Dole is worth the effort upon arrival at the village, where all the less than a dozen homes have now been converted to places trekkers can stay in. Some people choose to sit by the fire and listen to their stories before heading for bed.
  • Spend the night in a hotel in Dole.

DAY 6 Dole to Machharmo (4,470 metres; 4-5-hour walk)

  • We walk for about 2 ½ hours after breakfast and stop at Luza for tea or coffee. The way up to Luza is relatively straight with comfortable ups and downs. What awaits you at Luza is a teahouse facing south. Many people find scrolling their eyes around the place with a cup in their hands fascinating – a stream flowing west to east just below the feet, patches of pine forests on not so distant hills, the lush green grass on the hill in front (in March or April) or the beautiful withered state of the same vegetation (September or October), the gigantic solid elevations covered in snow beyond the hills, the freshness of the air around, and a sip of coffee on a high altitude trek.
  • We continue the trek and reach Machhermo in about 2 ½ hours for lunch. This route is similar to the one before. After lunch in a restaurant, most travelers tend to enjoy a hike around the hill.
  • Spend the night in a hotel.

DAY 7 Machhermo to Gokyo (4,790; 3-4-hour walk)

  • We start trek after breakfast and after about an hour to Gokyo village. The trail initially descends to the river bank before going up the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa glacier – the part which is moderately challenging. Only after passing the second lake does the path ease off a bit and lead to Gokyo Village on the edge of the third as well as the biggest lake of the area – locally known as Dudh Phokhari.
  • Spend the night in a hotel in Gokyo Village.

DAY 8 Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357 metres) and trek back to Machhermo (7-8-hour walk)

  • We wake up early in the morning and walk uphill for 2 ½ hours to Gokyo Ri. This almost 600-metre climb is relatively challenging. Surrounded by the Himalayas, for many, the view from the top of Gokyo Ri – more than 40 massive structures including Mt Everest, Mt Choyu, Mt Lhotse and Mt Makalu, all above 8000 metres, piercing the clouds – is a moment for contemplation. An additional bonus on a clear day is to witness sunrise from 5,357 metres.
  • We spend some time capturing this moment before strolling back to Gokyo Village for breakfast.
  • We then leave for Machhermo, reaching the place right on time for lunch.
  • Spend the night in a hotel in Machhermo

DAY 9 Machhermo to Namche Bazaar; 5-6-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk back for nearly 4 hours and stop at Mong-la for lunch.We then descend all the way to Fortsethanga and climb up from here on to Mong-la.
  • We should arrive in Namche in about 2 hours after leaving Mong-la. The descent to Kyangjuma Village lasts for nearly half an hour before the trail becomes comfortable in comparison.
  • Spend the night in a hotel in Namche after dinner.

DAY 10 Namche Bazaar to Lukla (7-8-hour walk)

  • We leave Namche Bazaar after breakfast and stop at Phakding Village for lunch after about 4 hours.
  • We walk the next 4 hours (approximately) to Lukla.
  • Spend the night in a hotel in Lukla.

DAY 11 Lukla to Kathmandu

  • We fly back to Kathmandu and reach the hotel in time for lunch. The afternoon is for shopping for some, for buying souvenirs for others and for doing whatever they please for still others. In the evening, however, please allow us the pleasure of your company during the fare-well dinner organized by Vista Trek.
  • Spend the night in the hotel.

DAY 12 Departure from Nepal

  • If you have a morning flight, we leave for Tribhuwan Intl Airport early morning in a car arranged by the office.
  • If your flight is in the late afternoon or evening, only your WILL shall dictate your involvement or indulgence as you may please before leaving for Tribhuwan Intl Airport in the vehicle.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and transfer by car from Airport-Hotel-Airport.
  • 2 nights standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek .
  • Local lodges accommodation during the trek.
  • Government licensed guides,plus experience porters (including food, salary, accommodation, equipment, medicine & insurance).
  • All local transportation including flight tickets to and from Lukla.
  • All necessary permits and entry fees.
  • All government taxes.
  • Medical kit box.
  • Rescue assistance.
  • Necessary equipment (sleeping bags, down jackets etc. if needed).
  • Our service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee ($40).
  • Your travel insurance (should include your medical and rescue).
  • Any personal expenses like hot shower and battery charges in the mountain.
  • Any kind of hot and cold drinks.
  • Staff & driver tipping.

Single Supplement Charge: $ 200

Fixed Departure Dates

Starting Date Trip Duration Single Suplementary Cost Per Person Availability
2017-03-05 12 days $ 200 Per Person $ 1150 each Book Now
2017-03-12 12 days $ 200 Per Person $ 1150 each Book Now
2017-03-24 12 days $ 200 Per Person $ 1150 each Book Now
2017-04-04 12 days $ 200 Per Person $ 1150 each Book Now
2017-04-10 12 days $ 200 Per Person $ 1150 each Book Now
2017-04-17 12 days $ 200 Per Person $ 1150 each Book Now
2017-04-22 12 days $ 200 Per Person $ 1150 each Book Now
2017-04-27 12 days $ 200 Per Person $ 1150 each Book Now
2017-05-10 12 days $ 200 Per Person $ 1150 each Book Now
2017-05-16 12 days $ 200 Per Person $ 1150 each Book Now

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