Gokyo lake trek is the perfect destination in Everest region for those who detest crowds and expecting for jaw dropping scenery.
Gokyo lake trek is the Second Most popular destination in Everest Region which offers an alternative to the traditional trek to Everest base camp. The view in the Gokyo region is incredible. The trekking trail follows the Everest base camp route till Sanasa, next to tea house place from Kangjuma after leaving Namche Bazar. Then the trail continuously goes through the left side of the Dudh Koshi River to its source, couple of lakes and Ngozumpa Glacier. Gokyo village (4750m) is more satisfying destination than Gorak Shep, a proper Sherpa village with a huge herd of Yaks. Gokyo Ri (5360m) is sometimes also called Kala Pattar because it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and mesmerizing three sacred lakes (Dudh Pokhari, Tanjung Tso and Longpongma so).
Most of the trekkers want to include Gokyo Lake in their itineraries whether they are trekking to Everest base camp or doing three passes because of its amazing scenery.
Day 1: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking members will welcome to you at the Airport and you will be arriving at the Hotel. A company representative will explain about the trekking itinerary Overnight stay at the hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 2: Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley.
Today, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will star we have to program for sightseeing middle and cultural pilgrim’s valley. So that’s before a healthy breakfast. You will have a private car and an expert city guide at your service. Today we will visit some heritage sites.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m).
Early in the morning, we will board a flight to Lukla Airport, also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. It is an amazing mountain flight and the flight itself can be no less than an adventure as the airport is denoted as the most dangerous airport in the world. In less than 35 minutes, you will reach Lukla while enjoying the breathtaking views of the mountains during the flight. Upon reaching Lukla, we take light breakfast and embark on our trek. In around 3 hours of trek, we reach Phakding village where we will be staying. overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 hrs
We commence our trek following the trail along the Dudh Kosi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Deodar Cedar forests to the ultimate destination, that of the popular village of Namche Bazaar. The biggest sherpa village has remained a historic trading point for the Nepalese and Tibetan traders who exchange salt, dried meat and other consumable and textile items. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazar. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
Day 5: A rest day in Namche Bazaar.
Every trekker should plan to take a rest day in Namche in order to acclimatize. Acclimatization is very important while trekking in the higher elevation as it helps to acquaint you with the high and the changing altitude and conditions. On this day, you can also hike to the twin villages of Khumjung and Khude where you will have lunch for the day. You can find lots of good bakery shops in Khumjung. Around 5 hours of side trek to Everest View Hotel offers you the stunning views of mountains including Everest. Back to Namche. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.
Day 6: Trek to Dole (4190m) 5 hrs
After a pleasant morning at Namche, we resume our trek to Dole (4190m). The trail is easy initially as we cross valleys along the rhododendron, juniper, and large coniferous forests. The forest is great to see during the spring season as rhododendrons bloom and the fragrance lingers on your nose for many days. We can also see local people bringing their herds of Yaks for grazing on the green pastures. After almost five hours of trek, we reach our destination, Dole. Overnight stay at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
Day 7: Trek to Machhermo (4470m) 5 hrs.
The trail now steadily becomes difficult as the trekkers will have to pass through the dense forest, the increasing altitude and the lack of settlement areas. The trail continues to climb up along the side of the valley until it reaches Machhermo, a small and beautiful village in the Khumbu region. Sherpas believe that the region of Machhermo is the home for Yeti, mythical snowman. Overnight stay at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
Day 8: Trek to Gokyo (4790m) 4 hrs
On this day, we climb just around 300 meters and reach Gokyo Valley, the main destination of our trek. Gokyo is a small settlement area on the base of Gokyo peak. Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas, lies in Gokyo. From Gokyo, mountain peaks more than 8000 meters of altitude—Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse—are visible. Overnight stay at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
Day 9: Trek to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and trek to Machhermo (4470m) 8hrs
We further trek to Gokyo Ri or the Gokyo Peak on this day. Gokyo Ri is a mountain peak in the Khumbu region of Everest standing on the altitude of 5357 meters. Gokyo Ri is mostly popular for the breathtaking views of several mountain summits in the Khumbhu region including the Mount Everest. After observing the fascinating view, we descend back to Machhermo. Overnight stay a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar 6hrs
Journey back to the largest Sherpa village. Trek from Machhermo can be long but the trail is quite easy and comfortable as it traverses through several Sherpa settlement areas and villages. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazar. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.
Day 11: Trek to Lukla 7 hrs
The trek continues further downhill to Lukla after almost seven hours of trek, back to place where we begin our trek. You will be staying in Lukla for the rest of the day and can explore the areas nearby. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu so we can have a rest day to explore around Kathmandu or can just relax. Our guides can assist you with some shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Day 13: Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport.
Your beautiful journey comes to an end today! A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight. Breakfast included
- Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off by private car / van / bus.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
- All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Local licensed English and other language speaking guides. (We have guides for different language including Russian, etc.)
- Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.
- Local staffs and porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
- Down jackets-sleeping bags and comprehensive medical kits.
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staffs.
- Inclusive of government tax.
- Official expenses.
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
- Sagarmatha National Park permits fee.
- All meals (lunch and dinner) in City or the Capital.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory)
- International airfares and airport departure tax.
- Visa fees.
- Alcoholic, cold and hot drinks, chocolate and laundry.
- Wifi and battery charge.
- Personal trekking types of equipment.
- Certain sightseeing/monument entrance fees.
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the above section.
- Tips for trekking staffs and driver. (Note: Tipping is expected)