Gokyo Lake Trekking
Gokyo Lake Trekking is one of Nepal most famous trek, set amongst breath-taking high mountain scenery, through the Khumbu - Sherpa country. The new itinerary through the Renjo (5345m), Cho La (5420m) and Kongma La (5535m) Passes accentuates the alpine aspect of the trek.
Gokyo Lake Trekking provides the opportunity to trek less frequented routes. After a magnificent mountain flight to Lukla we follow the Dudh Kosi valley to Namche Bazaar. The Renjo Pass (5345 m) route is off the usual beaten track. At the pass, a great view of the Gokyo lakes on one side, the Rermo Pokhari lakes on the other side, and a myriad of snowy peaks in the background provides this incredible atmosphere. From Gokyo village we climb Gokyo Peak (5480m) and enjoy stunning summit mountain scenery including Everest, Makalu and Cho Oyo.
Trekking and Hiking
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1 to 12 persons
Sep to Nov and Mar to May
Outline Trekking Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrival and transfer to hotel accommodation.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation
We tour four UNESCO World Heritage Sites today. These include Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and another Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath).
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m) trek to Phakding
We leave for Lukla on an early morning flight. It will be an adventurous ride as the Tenzing/Hillary airport is a steep airstrip that is actually hanging off the side of a mountain. After reaching Lukla, we meet the rest of our trekking staff and begin trekking to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
After breakfast we start our trekking via Dudh Koshi River. During the trek we cross several suspension bridges and pass several villages, monasteries and chortens. We can enjoy a good view of Mt. Thamserku from Benkar village. Our trekking permits will be checked at Monjo as we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. A descent and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: acclimatization
Acclimatization is important for us to adjust to the gradual change in environment. It will also help us to prevent catching Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Today we hike to Khumjung villages, enjoy the Himalayan vista from Syangboche or tour the quaint streets of Namche Bazaar. We can also visit the Tourist Visitor Center where we can see a variety of things related to the first Everest ascenders and Sherpa culture.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phorse (3810 m)
After breakfast we leave Namche Bazaar on a trail with gradual ups and downs. On the way we are likely to spot Himalayan pheasants, musk deer and Himalayan Thars. We then begin descending to Kyanjuma. From Sansa, we follow the Gokyo trails and from Mong we get a glimpse of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Khumbila mountains. Our trail descends to Dudhkoshi Khola after which it is an uphill climb through rhododendron forests before reaching Phorse
Day 07: Phorse Village to Machhermo-(4,470 m)
After crossing a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we are likely to come face to face with local wildlife like pheasants, mountain goats, and musk deer. Our trail passes through forests, waterfalls and bridges before reaching Dole. We climb on a steady trail through a scenic ridge with views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku mountains. We ascend from Luza village and walk above the Dudh Koshi River. We continue walking through small villages and sandy trails before reaching Machhermo.
Day 08: Machharmo to Gokyo (4800 m)
We ascend on a hill and enjoy views of the Dudh Koshi valley and Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains. Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Phangga. We descend to the river bank before climbing up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier on a steep trail. We pass through Longpongo, Raboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari before reaching Gokyo.
Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m)
We spend another day in Gokyo to acclimatize to the high altitude. If the weather is good, we climb Gokyo Ri today. From the top of Gokyo Ri we admire the Himalayan vista and the tranquil Gokyo lakes. We also hike to the fourth and the fifth Gokyo lakes. From here remarkable views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here - the spot is called Scoundrel's Viewpoint.
Day 10: Gokyo to Dole
We descend on a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and pass the first Gokyo lakes. On the way we also enjoy views of the Cholatse and Taboche peaks. Our trail descends before climbing a hill.
Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazaar
We descend on a steep trail to Phortse Thanga admiring rhododendrons, wildflowers and waterfalls. We also come across mountain goats, musk deer, pheasants, etc. From Mong, we can admire a good view of Khumbila peak. On our way to Namche the view of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtega mountains are ours to admire.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
We descend on a rocky trail and cross several suspension bridges before walking on a leveled trail. The air is warmer as we walk on the same trail to reach Lukla.
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu
We fly back to Kathmandu on the earliest possible flight. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest.
Day 14: Final departure
A Everest Hiking representative will pick us up from our hotel and drop us off at the Tribhuwan International Airport three hours before our scheduled flight.
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