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Gokyo Lakes Trek

Adventure Tours

19 Days

THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE

The sparkling, pristine blue and green waters of the Gokyo Lakes are one of Nepal’s most memorable sights. They comprise the highest freshwater lake system in the world, at around 5,000 meters. The Gokyo Lakes trek is ideal for people who want to trek in the Everest region, but who want more variety of views and fewer nights spent at very high altitude.

As well as trekking to the six glacial-fed Gokyo Lakes, trekkers can include a climb to the top of Gokyo Ri, which is at the same altitude as Everest Base Camp. From the summit, you will enjoy spectacular views of Everest and other very high mountains and glaciers.

Trekking this route provides a lot of variety: views of the bright turquoise high-altitude lakes, Ngozumpa glacier (the largest glacier in the Himalayas), and views across to Everest as well as other 8,000 meter-plus mountains from the top of Gokyo Ri (Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu).

EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY

  • The ancient royal city of Kathmandu’s historic squares lined with temples and other beautifully intricate examples of Nepalese architecture
  • The Kathmandu’s other ancient royal cities – Patan and Bhaktapur – make a perfect day trip.
  • Adventurous and scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu.
  • Namche Bazaar; famous Sherpa hometown
  • Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Impressive view of Khumbu Ice Fall
  • Hidden Gokyo valley, Gokyo Lake and Cho La Pass over 5420m
  • Prayer wheels, colourful flags, Mani stones, high suspension bridges
  • World’s highest altitude airport and hotel in Khumjung
  • Visiting Everest Base Camp (5,364m)
  • Stunning view of peaks over 8000m including Mt. Everest (8,848m)
  • Edmund Hillary funded schools and hospitals
  • Stand at the shores of a chain of six turquoises, glacial-fed lakes
  • Hike along Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalaya
  • Avoid the Everest crowds, but enjoy the selection of great views
  • Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) for spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu
  • Trek through the Sherpa town of Khumjung, home of a ‘real’ yeti skull
  • From ‘Scoundrel’s viewpoint’ near the fifth lake, peer over a wasteland of rock and ice that is the vast Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Stand at the shores of a chain of six turquoise, glacial-fed lakes

VIEW FULL ITINERARY

Arrive Kathmandu/Nepal:  You would be met by our representative in the arrival hall who would assist in all formalities to complete the immigration and visa requirements and transfer to hotel - arrive and check in.

Afternoon at leisure / independent activities.

Evening walk experience the hustle and bustle of the ancient markets of Asan Tole and Indra Chowk

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

Morning visit Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of old city Kathmandu.Visit Swoyambhunath - a UNESCO World Heritage site, believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago and now an important Buddhist learning site

Later visit Pasupatinath “Nepal’s most important Hindu temple stands on the banks of the holy Bagmati River”.

Afternoon Heritage walk to Boudhanath. The Stupa is located in the area of ancient trade route to Tibet where the Tibetan merchants used to rest and offered prayers for many centuries.

Visit a Buddhist Monastery near Boudhanath and experience a glimpse of Buddhism and watch the monks pray. Have an interactive session with a High-Monk (depending upon availability).

Later take a Rickshaw ride from Kathmandu Durbar Square to Thamel passing through the old Kathmandu city and local bazaars filled with local people.

Optional: Welcome dinner at the Krishna Arpan Restaurant at the Hotel Dwarika served in a traditional Nawari style and cuisine.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

Optional: Wake up early and after a quick cup of tea/coffee, transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for Mt. Everest experience. We celebrate with a champagne in mid-air.

 

Drive to Bhadgaon - enroute visiting a Bamboo School- Educating poor youth in Nepal with innovative and affordable private schools.

Arrive Bhadgaon or Bhaktapur (Place of devotees) was the largest of the 3 Newar Kingdoms of the Kathmandu valley and was the ancient capital. 

Visit Pottery Square, where you will see demonstrations by local workers, and buy all the souvenirs you can carry. Visitors also enjoy the sight of open space being covered with potter’s rolls and rackets of clay pots drying in the sun.Taumadhi Square is the main entrance of Bhaktapur Darbar Square, and you will get to explore the top class wood carving houses and meet the charming inhabitants. Visit 55 Window Palace is located on the center of Bhaktapur Darbar Square.Visit Golden Gate to explore some of Nepal’s finest shaped metalwork. Then Visit National Art Gallery to see the wide collection of Tantric cloth paintings.

Afternoon visit Patan city – founded in 3rd century and later expanded by the Mallas of Nepal.  It is known as a rich cultural heritage city for its tradition of arts and crafts.  Visit of Patan Durbar Square, Patan Museum, Krishna Mandir Temple, Royal Palace, Golden Gate & walk in Mangal Bazar.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

Transfer to airport to board flight for Lukla. Then it’s time to meet your porters and take some time to warm up with an exploration of the village of Lukla. After a quick safety talk, gear up and begin your trek to Phakding. You’ll descend towards the milky white waters of the Dudh Kosi River, where you will join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walk is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), it’s only a short walk to Phakding.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

Transfer to airport to board flight for Lukla. Then it’s time to meet your porters and take some time to warm up with an exploration of the village of Lukla. After a quick safety talk, gear up and begin your trek to Phakding. You’ll descend towards the milky white waters of the Dudh Kosi River, where you will join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walk is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), it’s only a short walk to Phakding.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

You’ll stay at Namche Bazaar for another night so that you can properly acclimatise to the altitude. One of the best ways to do this is to take strenuous walk up to a high altitude then come back down to sleep – so there’s an optional walk above the Bhote Khola River Valley towards Thami (3810m). Taking a walk to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village is also a great option. This stunning vista includes a super panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. The national park headquarters are home to interesting displays about Sherpa lifestyle and culture, and the local flora and fauna. Namche gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat still all do a roaring trade in the village centre, so haggle for any extra supplies you might need.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

The Namche Bazaar to Gokyo Trek starts from this point on. Today we will trek to Dole. At an altitude of 4200 meters, it takes 5-6 hours to reach the small village. The trail from Namche to Dole is filled with Rhododendron and alpine trees surrounded by the snowy caps. Through the Kyanjuma Village, a rocky mountainous path above the religious river, Dudh Koshi river takes us to Dole. At Dole, we will enjoy the beautiful sunset from among the mountains. The peaks look otherworldly in the sunset.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

Today you will climb out of the small Dole Valley before a gradual ascent up the Dudh Kosi Valley, high above the river. Though the walk is quite easy you’ll definitely start to feel the effects of altitude on even the smallest hill. The barren alpine scenery, with only small clusters of scrub juniper, is a stark contrast to the snowy white peaks and deep blue skies. After a couple of hours you’ll arrive at Luza (4360m), then soon enough you’ll reach the lodge at Machhermo – tonight’s accommodation. If you’re still feeling energetic, then after lunch there’s the option to take an excursion across rocky rubble to the base of Kyajo Ri (6168m) and Machhermo Peak (6073m). Watch out for a yeti though – it was spotted here in 1974 when three yaks were killed and a Sherpa girl was injured when trying to fight off a hairy, ape-like intruder!

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

Today, start trek  to Gokyo takes us to our destination. At an altitude of 4750 meters, we will reach Gokyo today. The trail there is narrow and steep. On the way from Machhermo along the narrow trails, we will meet the first Gokyo lake. The lake lives to its praises. Passing through the pastures and beautiful landscapes of shepherds with their livestock, we will finally reach the Gokyo village. It is a small village on the shore of the Dudh Pokhari. The hill nearby allows you to be mesmerized by the view of the glorious Dudh Koshi River and the Ngozumpa glacier. We will stay the night in Gokyo village surrounded by all the beauty, soaking it all in.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

Today will be another scheduled acclimatization day at Gokyo and we will explore the Gokyo valley. We will be sightseeing the Gokyo RI (5,430m/17,519ft) with the finest panorama including the astonishing views of Everest and its surrounding peaks. Then we will return back to Gokyo for lunch and then visit the landscape around Gokyo including the upper lakes and more viewpoints.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

We will walk pass the Ngozumpa Glacier as our trail becomes rocky with many uphills and downhills. Our journey to Thangnak gets exciting as ever as we will reach the yak grazing lands. We will be walking down the valley on the eastern glacial moraine, the scenery is unquestionably stunning. Eventually, we arrive at the collection of lodges known as Thangnak in a serene setting that is optimally placed for a crossing of the Cho-La high pass.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

Today, you will hike over the rocky trails and the glacial moraines to the top of the pass at very early morning. After a couple of hours of trek, we will step on the top of Cho L Pass which will reward us with the Magnificent views of Cho La Lake and Mt. Cholatse. As we head downhill, the trail will be full of icy trails and glaciers. The trek is very pleasant and we will see that many prayer flags have been hung on the path. Finally, we will reach a small but beautiful collection of lodges; Dzongla.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

Dzongla trail leads us to a short uphill near a ridge of a top shrine following the wide valley. We will cross a glacial moraine and a small collection of lodges on our way. The trek becomes higher and we start seeing a better view of the peaks as the elevation slowly increases. On the way, there are memorial statues of the climbers who passed away in this region and it is absolutely awed gazing. The hike to Lobuche is very enjoyable. We will be following the trails of Imja Khola Valley finally reaching Lobuche. Upon arrival, we will see that Lobuche has a large settlement with many hotels and shops.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

Today, you will begin our early morning trek heading to the Everest Base Camp! We will be trekking through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier for about 2 and a half hours. After arriving at Gorak Shep, we will see the beautiful snow-capped mountains looming all around us. Further continuing our exciting journey to the base camp, we will see the Army Mountaineers Memorials. After much effort of trekking, we will finally reach the Everest Base Camp. Knowing that it is the closest we will ever be to the highest mountain in the world, we will have a rush of pride in our body appreciating our efforts and dedication to reach here. We will spend some time here as we’ll click pictures and enjoy the view. We will also see visit the deepest glacier in the world; Khumbu Glacier. With much satisfaction, we will head back to Gorak Shep for the evening.  

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

Today is the climax of the trip as we will be hiking to Kala Patthar at dawn to view the sunrise on Mt. Everest and other peaks. Kala Patthar is a famous viewpoint and gives us a splendid panoramic view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. There will be prayer flags hung along the way as we climb the rocky trails. After spending a while in the viewpoint we will trek to Gorak Shep for breakfast and rest for a bit. Then we will be trekking to Pheriche, a small beautiful village. Remembering an unforgettable view of Mt. Everest, our trek will definitely be enjoyable. The trail to Pheriche has meadows along the way.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

Today we head back to Namche Bazaar, the trail will be leading us through forests where we may spot wildlife like pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, etc. We will be further climbing steep slopes and winding through many bands. Trekking further, we will notice many prayer flags hung on the way and chortens. As we are heading back, we can enjoy the last view of the tip of Mt. Everest and the backside of Lhotse. Finally, after a whole day trek, we will be arriving at Namche Bazaar. Heading straight to our lodges, we will take a rest.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

Today, you will be hiking down a steep trail that descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then we continue walking over several local villages. We will walk most through Dudh Koshi River valley and surroundings. Upon reaching Lukla, freshen up at your hotel and relax. Evening, you could have a party with your trekking crew as it is your celebration of successful Everest Base Camp Trek also the last night in the Everest Region.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

If everything goes according to the schedule, we will be flying back to Kathmandu in the early morning after breakfast. The 40 minutes’ flight back to Kathmandu will indeed be a relaxing one as we will be carrying an unforgettable and successful journey to the Everest Base Camp. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will head to our hotels respectively and then it is entirely up to you what you wish to do.

Day at leisure for independent activities

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

Transfer to Kathmandu airport to board International flight for onward Journey 

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST

  • Accommodation for total 18 nights sharing double/ twin room on bed and breakfast basis.
  • Meal Plan: - As per program
  • Government License holder English Speaking Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment.
  • All transfers, sightseeing/excursions as per the program by an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Entrance fee at Monuments.
  • Meeting & Assistance on arrival/departure at airport/hotel by our representative.  
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses

TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES

  • International / Domestic  Airfare 
  • Nepal Visa
  • Any new admission fees / taxes / fuel surcharges/ Visa fees
  • Meals not mentioned
  • All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, trip cancellation and personal insurance, gratuities, excess baggage fees
  • Early check-in/late check-out (except as noted)
  • Camera/video fees at monuments
  • Communication costs
  • Any additional expenses due to unforeseen problems like natural disaster, war or strikes, cancellation or misconnection of flights or last-minute change of timings etc.
  • Any other service, which has not been specified as "included".


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