Gokyo Lake Trek - Emerging Nepal

Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo-Lake-Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek is positioned at the start of the Dudh Koshi Valley, offering a huge substitution of renowned Everest Base Camp Trek. Gokyo Lake Trek is supposed as the serene trek all the way through the Sherpa settlement which gives abundant time to get used to with an easy opening. So, taking pleasure in the mountain vistas from stunning Alpine campsites attracts the concentration of trekkers. Gokyo Lake Trek covers 5,350 meter as a maximum altitude. Ascending to Gokyo Ri Trek is thus an interesting part of the trek. On or after the high point Gokyo Lake Trek bestows the fine outlook of Everest with further 8,000 meters peaks.  

Now, let’s move into the highlighting features of Gokyo Lake Trek which encompasses dazzling observations of Mount Everest and its surrounding, Sherpa tradition, busy Namche Bazaar, popular Tengboche monastery, trek entirely based on camping, visiting Gokyo Lakes, ascending Gokyo Ri and Mountain Flight are the things which will come forward during this unique trekking package. In additional, trekkers can view several panoramic vistas all along the holy sites. As trekkers are trekking in the Everest Region they will surely get a prospect of taking photographs.

Gokyo Lake Trek begins with the Mountain Flight of just 35 minutes whose initial setting is Kathmandu. The trek goes after the route through Namche Bazaar by passing the Cho La Pas (5,330m) into the Base Camp of world’s elevated Mountain. On the other hand Gokyo Lake Trek does not go behind the complete trail. By the side of the way to Gokyo Lake Trek, trekkers have to cross the graze arrangement of Yak before arrive at Gokyo Lakes and then, they will soar up to the Gokyo Ri Peak for viewing the panoramic landscapes. Gokyo Lake Trek is comparatively less packed out trek package than other treks which are available in Everest Region. The trek merely takes 12 to 14 days in order to accomplish it. Similarly, the trek grade may switch between moderate to difficult. Moving into the activities trekkers will focused on trekking and see the sights of Gokyo Lake so, an appropriate time to finish the trek is from March to May and from September to December.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. 
Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek until Phakding
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Rest day in Namche for acclimatization
Day 06: Trek to Dole
Day 07: Trek to Machhermo 
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo 
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo Ri and trek to Machhermo 
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar 
Day 11: Trek to Lukla 
Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu. 
Day 13: Sightseeing around Kathmandu 
Day 14: Departure from TIA, Farewell!
 
Costs included in the price:
1. Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus
2. Accommodation in Kathmandu as mentioned in the itinerary. 
3. Guided city tours (if applicable by private car / van / bus)- depending on the number of tourists.
4. All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
5. Local licensed English and other language speaking guides. (We have guides for different language including Russian, etc.)
6. Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu
7. Local staffs and porters to carry your luggage during the trek
8. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staffs
9. Inclusive of government tax. 
10. Official expenses
11. Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) 
12. Sagarmatha National Park permits fee.

Costs excluded in the price:
1. All meals (lunch and dinner) in City or the Capital.
2. Your travel insurance (compulsory)
3. International airfares and airport departure tax
4. Visa fees
5. Alcoholic, cold and hot drinks, laundry
6. Personal trekking equipments
7. Tips for trekking staffs and driver. (Note: Tipping is expected)
8. Certain sightseeing/monument entrance fees
9. Any others expenses which are not mentioned in above section.
Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
Our team members will welcome you at the Airport and you will be then ushered to the Hotel. Our travel representatives will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the Kathmandu, you will be preparing for the trek while enjoying sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Several world heritage sites including the Basantapur Durbar, Swayambhunath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple are the places you will visit on the second day. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek until Phakding (2610m)
On the third morning, you will board a flight to Lukla Airport, also commonly known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. It is a wonderful mountain flight and the flight itself can be no less than an adventure as the airport is enlisted as the most dangerous airport in the world, given the location, altitude and topography. In less than 30 minutes, you will reach Lukla while enjoying the breathtaking views of the mountains during the flight. After landing at Lukla, we take light breakfast and embark on our trek. In around 3 hours, we reach Phakding village where we will be staying overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 hrs On the fourth morning, we continue our trek and follow the trail along the Dudh Kosi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Doedar Cedar forests to the ultimate destination, that of popular village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche 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 Bazzar.

Day 05: A day of rest in Namche for acclimatization
This is the first acclimatization which you will get in the whole trek. Acclimatization is very important during high altitude trekking in Nepal as it helps to acquaint you with the high and the changing altitude and conditions. On this day, you can also side trek to the twin villages of Khumjung and Khude where you will have lunch for the day. There are lots of good bakery shops in Khumjung. After that you will trek until the Everest View Hotel from where you can enjoy the views of the mountains including the Everest. It will be around five hours of side trek after which you will return back to Namche. Stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4190m) 5 hrs
After acclimatizing for a day in Namche, we resume our trek on the sixth morning. The trail is easy initially as we cross valleys along the rhododendron, juniper and large coniferous forests. During spring the forests are great to see as that is the time when rhododendrons bloom and the fragnance lingers on your nose for many days. We also see Sherpas bringing their herds of Yaks for grazing on the green pastures. After almost five hours of trek, we reach Dole, the destination for the sixth day. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4470m) 5 hrs
The trail now steadily becomes difficult as the trekkers will have to negotiate thick forests, 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 Khumbhu region. Sherpas believe that the region of Machhermo is the home for Yeti, mythical snow man. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4790m) 4 hrs
On the eighth day, we climb just around 300 meters and reach Gokyo Valley, the 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. Fiver mountain peaks more than 8000 meters of altitude—Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Lhotse—are visible from Gokyo. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 09: Trek to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and trek to Machhermo (4470m) 8hrs 
The next day we further trek to Gokyo Ri or the Gokyo Peak. Gokyo Ri is a mountain peak in the Khumbu region of Everest. It’s altitude is 5357 meters. Gokyo Ri is mostly popular for the panoramic views of several mountain summits in the Khumbhu region including the Mount Everest. After observing the fascinating view from the Gokyo Ri, we descend back to Machhermo. Overnight stay a guesthouse .

Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar 6hrs
Journey back to Namche 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 Bazzar.

Day 11: Trek to Lukla 7 hrs
The trek continues further downhill as we reach Lukla after almost seven hours of trek. You will be staying in Lukla for the rest of the day and prepare yourself to board a flight back to Kathmandu the next day.

Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu
The next day, you will board a flight back to Kathmandu while enjoining the 30-minutes of exhilarating mountain flight. The rest of the time in Kathmandu, you will be shopping and buying souvenirs to your loved ones. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Sightseeing and shopping around Kathmandu 
On the penultimate day of the tour, you will be sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley and also shopping around the places like Thamel, New Road, Durbar Marg, etc. in the Capital city. There are plenty of world heritage sites and temples in Kathmandu that will occupy the tourists for the day. You could also buy some mementos to your loved ones from Kathmandu as a token of love from the land of gods and temples. Overnight stay at a hotel.
 
Day 14: Departure to TIA, “Farewell!"
On the 14th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the International Airport in Kathmandu. 

Trip Facts

Duration: 14 Days
Accomodation: Hotel, Lodge
Altitude Height: 5,357m.
Seasons: February-June, September-December
Level: Moderate to challenging
Trip Departure: Kathmandu
No. of Pax: 1-30 people
Activities: Trekking
Mode of Travel: Domestic flight

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