Gokyo Lake Trek
A second popular destination in the Everest is trek up to the Gokyo lake trek located in the west of the Everest (Khumbu) valley and is far less developed and crowded than its better-known neighbor to the east. The the trail to this high glacier lake separates climbing up the hillside to a pass at Mong La before dropping steeply back down to the banks of the Dudh Koshi. Just above the trees line are the teahouses of dole, a convenient stopping place for the first night.
The following day must be very short if you are to avoid altitude problems. It only takes around for hours to reach Machherma but this is as far as most trekkers should travel that day. The final push up to Gokyo takes you past the teahouses at Pangkha and up the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal. Just above the moraine is the first of the glacial lakes for which Gokyo is renowned. If it isn’t frozen, look for migrating ducks on the lake surface. The trail passes two more lakes to reach the teahouses of Gokyo about four to five hours after leaving Machherma.
The Gokyo valley is dominated at its head by the massive form of Cho Oyu, at 8153 meters the eight highest peaks on earth. Many options are available in the upper Gokyo valley. The most common destination is the rock hill above the third lake known as Gokyo Ri. This hill, which takes at least two hours to climb, provides an even better panorama than the one seen from the more famous Kala Pattar. To get the most out of a climb of Gokyo Ri, leave the teahouses at least two hours before dawn in order to have a sunrise view of the Himalaya.
Arrival in kathmandu intrenational Airport
Arrive in Kathmandu airport. You’ll be met at the airport by our representative and transfer to hotel.
Sightseeing in kathmandu
Half day guided sightseeing tour. Afternoon, meet the guide and trip briefing and final preparation of the trek.
Katmandu-Lukla-Phakding: 35 min flight; 4 hours trek
Transfer to Airport and fly to Lukla 2,800m by small twin otter 35 mins. Start trekking passing some of the beautiful Sherpa villages aside the Dudhkosi River until Phakding 2,652m is reached.
Phakding-Namche Bazaar 3440m. 5 hours trek
The trail follows the Dudhkoshi River passing the villages and crossing few Hilary’s Suspension Bridge then the trail further climbs from here to Namche Bazaar.
A day is spent here for hiking around to acclimatise. Namche Bazaar is the main centre in the Khumbu region and has shops, restaurants, a bakery, hotel with hot showers and electric power.
Namche Bazaar- Dole 4,090m. 6 hours trek
A short climbs to the top the village then walk through the forest of birch and junipers and beautiful views of Ama Dablam on the right. After Mungla the trail first descends to Phortse Thanga and ascends further to the village of Dole.
Dole –Machhermo 4460. 5 hours trek
The trail climbs all the way to Luza through scrub junipers long side of the valley high above the river and then crosses the sandy slopes until reaching the village of Machhermo where it is believed that a Yeti killed several yaks and attacked Sherpa women earlier.
Machhermo- Gokyo lake 4750m. 5 hours trek
The trail climbs up to the moraine following small stream which comes to a small lake then to the Fangka settlement. From here the trail climbs to the Ngozumpa glaciers then reach to the second lake and finally up to the isolated Gokyo lake through the jumble of rocks and boulder.
Climb Gokyo RI 5357m. 3 hours trek
Early morning climb to Gokyo Ri for the tremendous mountain views around Gokyo including Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee etc.
Gokyo - Dole 7 hour trek
After great exploration around Gokyo Lage trek back to Dole via same trail. The sceneries are great along the way.
Dole – Khumjung 3780m. 6 hour trek
The trail descends with view of Tengboche monastry at the left side and great view views of mountain including Mt Ama Dablam, Thamsherju to the south-east.
Khumjung – Manjoo 2780m. 7 hours trek
The trail descends to Namche Bazaar and then further steep down to suspension bridge and reach to manjoo for the over night.
Manjoo – Lukla 2810m. 5 hours trek
An easy walk along the river and beautiful Sherpa villages then ascends through the forest to get the Lukla.
Morning fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. The rest of day is at leisure to rest, souvenir shopping or explore any sights you want to see and evening enjoy Farwell dinner hosted by the company.
Free day in Kathmandu
A free day foryour own activites including a souvenir shopping. Evening Join the farewell dinner with live Nepali cultural program hosted by the company.
Departure to Airport
If you have time and are interested for other adventure like white water rating, wild life safari or any other activities can extend your holiday or transfer to airport and fly back to sweet home.
Check-list of personal equipment:
– Good standard trekking boots
– Camping shoes/thongs
– Down Jacket
– Trekking trousers
– Shorts (both casual and for treks)
– Swim wear
– Sun Hat
– Woollen Hat
– Nylon Windbreaker
– Strong Rucksack
– Sleeping Bag
– Water Bottle
– Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
– Toilet paper
– Sun block
– Travel Towel
– Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
– Camera & lenses
– Memory cards
– GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
– Book/music player/pack of cards
– A plastic bag for waste
– Energy/snack bars
The following equipment are needed during the Climbing period: –
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore – Tex Jackets)
1. Arrival/departure transfers
2. 3 night 2-3 star category hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu.
3. Sightseeing tours by private vehicle with tour guide, entrance fees
4. Domestic flight/ground transportation as per the program, airport transfer
5. Lodge accommodations and all meals during the trek, Down jacket, sleeping bag
6. Cost for a first Aid and Eco trained English speaking guide and Porter
7. Emergency rescue arrangements, medical kit bag
8. All necessary paper works and trekking /entry permits
9. All government and local taxes where applicable.
10. Welcome or farewell dinner
1. International airfare and Nepal visa fee
2. Excess baggage charges with domestic flight
3. Lunch / dinner in Kathmandu
4. Emergency rescue and medical expenses
5. Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills personal porters
6. Tips for the trekking crew
7. Other optional trips/activities and sightseeing if required
Travel Insurance: –
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.