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Everest Gokyo lake and Gokyo Ri View Trek

The Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake trek takes us to the beautiful pristine lakes of Gokyo. Located in 5000m, they are some of the highest lakes in the world. Besides that, the route offers spectacular views of some of the mountain ranges of the Himalayas.

 

 

  • Activity Level Quite Tough
  • Fixed Departure NOT AVAILABLE
    Price
  • Trip Duration 14 Days
  • Vacation Style Any
  1. Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft)

     

    A representative from Adventure Kora will escort you from the airport to your hotel. In the afternoon, you can opt to take a short excursion through the city, especially the Kathmandu Durbar Square to take you on a cultural and historical tour of the ancient city.

  2. Day 2: Kathmandu: trek preparation

     

    If you still have some last minute trek supplies to purchase, our guides will take you to some of the adventure sports stores. We’ll head back to the hotel for dinner where the guide will orient you about the trek.  

  3. Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft), trek to Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft): 3 - 4 hours

     

    We will take an early flight to  Lukla (2827m).  Feel free to explore the village on your own while your luggage is sorted. Our next is to the village of Phakding which is enroute to our destination Namche Bazaar.  Passing through the Dudh Kosi River (River of Milk), we'll walk through trails lined with Buddhist prayer flags, prayer wheels, exchanging greetings with other trekking team along the way to the Sherpa village of Phakding.

  4. Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): 5 - 6 hours

     

    The route to Namche bazaar leads us through  blue pine and rhododendrons. The first stop is at Monjo (2835 m), the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail further leads  to the confluence of two rivers, Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi. You'll have to cross a series of suspension bridges, called Jhulunge pool before arriving at Namche. Enjoy your first sight of Everest. Lhotse, Nuptse, and Taweche (6542m) too can be seen in the horizon.  

  5. Day 5: Namche Bazaar: acclimatization

     

    We stay at Namche to acclimatize. There are a few shorting hiking routes at Namche that you can take. We recommend the route from the Cultural Museum to the airstrip at Shyanboche. You can also visit the museum which has a collection of Sherpa traditional artifacts. The hike to  Shyanboche airstrip is steep climb but the views of Everest and Ama Dablam, one of the world's most photographed mountains more than makes up for it.  

  6. Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Phorse (3810 m/ 12,496 ft): 5 - 6 hours

     

    The walk from Namche to Phorse consists of a few steep climb. We'll pass through scenic scenes of the village with picturesque background of the mountains behind it. Phorse village is set in a beautiful location, both charming and serene. Settle in early, as we'll be jumping to a higher altitude the next day.

  7. Day 7: Phorse Village to Machhermo-(4,470 m/ 14,663 ft): 5 - 6 hours

     

    Keep a lookout for local wildlife like the pheasant, mountain goats and musk deer once you cross over the bridge at Dudh Koshi River. The trail is fairly steady up to a point, where the ridge offers beautiful views of Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku mountains. It gradually descends as we head towards the village of Luza. After walking past several small villages and sandy trails, we arrive at Machhermo. Since we're in a high altitude, it's best to be prepared for possible challenges. We'll head to the Himalayan Rescue Hospital for a lecture on altitude sickness, precaution and its primary treatment.

  8. Day 8: Machharmo to Gokyo (4800 m/15,744 ft): 5 - 6 hours

     

    As you leave behind the village of Maccharmo and head towards the ridge, you'll be greeted by your first view of Mt. Cho-Oyo. Further ahead, the snout of the Ngozumpa Glacier starts to appear in front of you. Following the route leading towards the river, we'll pass by the hamlet of Pangka and take the southern route. Crossing over the metal bridge over the Longponga Tsho (4,690m/15,383ft), one of the first of the sacred lakes of Dudh Koshi, leads us to Cho La.   The last few hours of challenging trail leads us to the village of Gokyo. Along the way we'll pass by Longpongo, Raboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari. The next morning, we'll climb Gokyo Ri to view the sunrise.  

  9. Day 9: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft) and hike to fifth lakes: 5 - 6 hours

     

    Brace the chilly weather in the morning to climb Gokyo Ri. The sunrise from the high vantage point over the Gokyo lakes is worth the two hours climb. Next we'll hike to the fourth and fifth Gokyo Lake a few km away from the north of Gokyo. A short climb atop a hill ( also known as scoundrel viewpoint), next to the lake provides an excellent view of Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu. From here Ngazumpa Glacier, the biggest glacier in the world is also visible.

  10. Day 10: Gokyo to Dole: 3 - 4 hours

     

    Most of the trail today is downhill. Descending down the trail along the Dudh Koshi, we'll pass the first of the Gokyo Lake. Along the way, you'll get to see the peaks of Cholatse and Taboche. The trail to the village of Dole further descends downwards, passing through the villages of Macchermo, Luza and Lhafarma.  

  11. Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazaar: 4 - 5 hours

     

    We descend on a steep trail to Phortse Thanga admiring rhododendrons, wildflowers and waterfalls. We also come across mountain goats, musk deer, pheasants, etc. From Mong, we can admire a good view of Khumbila peak. On our way to Namche the view of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtega mountains are ours to admire. After walking for a while, we reach an intersection where the trail from Sanasa meets our trail. We walk on a trail that clings to a forested slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. After reaching Namche army camp hill, we look back to see Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche for one last time. About a kilometer from here is Namche Bazaar.

  12. Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6 - 8 hours

     

    Crossing over several suspension bridges, we'll retrace our steps back to Lukla. Revel in the views of the mountains before we bid farewell to them. At Lukla, feel free to explore the villages and shops on your own. The evening calls for a celebratory dinner.  

  13. Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu

     

    Weather permitting; we'll take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. You can spend your remaining day at leisure. If you have any last souvenir shopping, ask our guides for suggestions.

  14. Day 14: Final departure

     

    A representative from Adventure Kora will drop you off at the airport.

 

Price Details
 
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Price Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle for airport and hotel pick up/drop off, and transfers
  • Domestic flight if needed
  • Experienced guide fluent in English
  • Accommodation in teahouses and hotels
  • All meals during trek
  • Entry permit to parks, monuments and cultural landmarks
  • All staff costs included -Trekking guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
  • Comprehensive medical kit carried by our staffs
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara if needed
  • Welcome kit by Adventure Kora - t-shirt

Price Excludes

  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Travel insurance covering medical treatment and evacuation by ground and air
  • Nepal entry visa, obtained upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
  • Rescue and evacuation
  • Extra road transport/flight cost in case member returns earlier
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and if applicable, in Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and incase of early return from the trek than the scheduled itinerary
  • Items of personal nature like laundry, communication and bar bill
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s), and driver(s)
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes the section