Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek-14 Days
Everest and Nuptse
View of Lhotse on the way to Dingboche
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With its enticing side glens, a string of turquoise lakes, Nepal's biggest glacier and an arc of snow mountains, the Gokyo valley is the most attractive in the Khumbu Region. Our Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is an alternative to classical treks in Khumbu that has been specially designed for travelers who are eager to experience the magnificence of the Everest range, while avoiding too much mental and physical stress. The view from Gokyo is exceptionally beautiful and offers more of the legendary mountain than the views from Kalapattar.
The trail of this trek follows the Everest Base camp route up to Sanasa, and then the follows Dudh Koshi River to its source, Ngozumpa Glacier. After a brief sightseeing in Kathmandu, we fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), from where we will proceed to Phakding. The next and more scenic day will be spent trekking up to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft). The subsequent days we will pass through Phortse Village and Machhermo where the mountains are more spectacular. Passing through these villages, we also get a chance to have a look at the lifestyles of high altitude dwellers. We reach Gokyo enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Ngozumba Glacier, the largest of its kind in the Nepal Himalayas. The small herding settlement of Gokyo (4,750m/15,584ft) lies on the banks of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes. On ridge above Gokyo the four peaks above 8,000m (26,246ft), Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu, expose themselves. If that is not enough have a look at the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (7,922m/25,991ft), considered one of the most dramatic panoramas in the Khumbu region. There are many options for additional exploration and high-altitude walking, including the crossing of Cho La, a 5,420m (17,782ft)-high pass into Khumbu and a hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m/19,216ft). The descent is made through Dole to Lukla to resume a fly back to Kathmandu.
Route maps are just representation of the trekking routes. This does not represent the exact geographical conditions.Click here for Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek route map
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]
Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, we will be warmly greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier. After completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up our luggage and look for our ...read more »»
- All airport/hotel transfers
- Three nights 4-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Shanker or similar standard) with breakfast
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
- Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Himalayan Glacier Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
What's Not Included
- Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case you return early from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- ravel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
The Trekking Group
For the Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge trek,there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers:1 porter). This arrangement ensures that any body in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Himalayan Glacier can run the Everest Base Camp trek for group of any size. But generally it will be better to have a maximum of twelve people, as we have found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if we would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, Himalayan Glacier can arrange this too.
Health & Experience Required
Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is designed for those do not want to walk hard enough but due to the trail being uphill and downhills in high altitude, the ...read more »»
All accommodations for Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek are on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc. We spend three nights in a 4-star hotel, Hotel Shanker
or similar category hotel in Kathmandu and during trekking we stay 10 nights in standard teahouse or at lodge or hotel in which there are unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses. Himalayan Glacier provides attached rooms as much as possible, however tea houses or lodges of some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities.
If we are a solo traveler, we will share a room with someone else of same sex of our group. If we prefer a single room, then we may indicate our preference and get single rooms on request by paying single supplement USD 250. There are several places that do not allow single accommodations in the Everest Region. On paying single supplement, we will get single room in Kathmandu but it is possible only up to Namche Bazzar during the trek. Above Namchhe Bazzar single accommodation is not always feasible. However, Himalayan Glacier tries its best to provide single rooms in all places if possible.
During our Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek, we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, ...read more »»
This itinerary is planned with high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to death. The ...read more »»
Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements
The most significant thing that makes our Gokyo Lakes and Golyo Ri Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with ability of operating days in the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by ...read more »»
Equipments & Packing List
While packing for “Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek”
certain gears are essential to be considered.
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Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Gokyo Lakes Explore Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. But the nights are cold and can fall to freezing level in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Everest Base Camp Trek, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in Summer or Monsoon(June, July) will be affected by rain but Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during Spring and Autumn. But during Monsoon and Winter the routes are not packed and visitors could enjoy rather best of nature.
Trip Start Dates & Price
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