Gokyo Lakes Trek

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11-24 Apr 2020 | 14 Days

INR 1,08,000 + 5% GST

Highest Altitude: 4800 M

Difficulty: DemandingHiking and trekking to elevations exceeding 4000-5000 meters, away from vehicular access, over multiple days. Encompasses demanding whitewater with Class IV rapids.

Group Size: 8-16 persons

Ever since the days of early climbing expeditions, the highest point on Earth has had a lure of its own, drawing climbers and trekkers to it like a magnet. Naturally, the trail to the base of Everest has become one of the most popular trekking routes in the world, attracting more than 400 people on the trail per day during season. 

The 15 day Gokyo Lakes trek gives great views of Mt Everest (8848 m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 m) without the bustling crowds of Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp. The village of Gokyo, is much more beautiful than GorakShep. Gokyo, the lake is truly stunning with its emerald green lakes and herds of yaks wandering freely.

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek

DAYS 1-4

  • Day 1: Kathmandu Airport – Hotel (1550 M)

Arrive Kathmandu. Check in, relax. Last minute shopping at Thamel, sleep and hydrate.

  • Day 2: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2562 M)

Your journey begins with the exciting 40 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. If you can, sit on the left side of the plane, which affords the best views of the Himalaya.Here, you will meet your Nepali guides and porters who are all Sherpas and Buddhists, adding to your insight of their customs and culture. We begin, bizarrely, by walking downhill! This is a short day to Phakding.

  • Day 3: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3400 M)

From Phakding it is a steep walk to the largest village in the area: Namche Bazaar. En route you get your first views of Mount Everest, if the weather is kind. Namche has a unique atmosphere which you will have plenty of time to enjoy as you will have an acclimatization day here.

  • Day 4: Namche Bazaar (3400 M)

We use the acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar to walk to either Khunde or Khumjung (3800m). We return to Namche for the night.

DAYS 5-9

  • Day 5: Namche Bazaar – Phortse Thanga (3680 M)

From Namche the trail heads north towards Sanasa, but just before this there is a viewpoint which provides you with your first view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche Peak, Kangtega and Thamserku. At Sanasa a quiet side path leaves the main trekking route to Everest Base Camp and crosses the slopes of Khumbila. Sherpas worship this mountain as it is the home of the patron god of the Khumbu region and is never climbed out of respect. We continue on this path to Phortse Thanga where we spend the night.

  • Day 6: Phortse Thanga – Machhermo (4410 M)

The walk to Machhermo via Dole is a steep one and so it is advisable to slow down the pace and enjoy the breathtaking views of Cho Oyo, Thamserku and Kangtega.

  • Day 7: Machhermo – Gokyo (4800 M)

Trekking towards Gokyo, the excitement mounts as one leaves the foothills and enters the tundra of the high mountains. Gokyo has a magical setting with its beautiful lake and jagged peaks behind.

  • Day 8: Gokyo Exploration (4800 M)

Exploration Day, but with options!As the clouds can roll in by late morning, the first option is an early ascent of Gokyo Ri (4 hour round trip – 5357 M). Spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche Peak, to name but a few! The second possibility is “The Sacred Lakes” walk (5 hour round trip) it gains very little altitude but the views are great, easy optional walk to Scoundrel’s Peak.

  • Day 9: Gokyo – Dole (3500 M)

We retrace our route, and descend steeply down to Machermo. The route gets gradual after Machermo until we reach the village of Dole which offers different views.

DAYS 10-14

  • Day 10: Dole – Namche Bazaar (3450 M)

From here it’s an easy stroll to the village of PhortseTenga through Rhododendron forests. You emerge from this forest to climb the last big ascent of the trip to reach Mong. From Mong, the route is a gradual downhill to Namche. 

  • Day 11: Namche Bazar – Lukla (2860 M)

The final day’s walking returns you to Lukla for your early morning flight back to Kathmandu the next day.

  • Day 12: Buffer Day

Extra day incase of weather delays.

  • Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu (1550 M)

Fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel in Thamel.

  • Day 14: Kathmandu – Kathmandu Airport

Transfer to Kathmandu Airport and onwards to your destination!

Inclusions:
  • All travel from Kathmandu airport to Kathmandu Airport by road/air as applicable in a non-AC vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Kathmandu – Lukla fight included in the above mentioned cost
  • All arrangements for staying while on trip
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tea houses / hotel
  • All meals at tea houses & safe drinking water as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Hot and cold drinks at the Teahouse where the stay is
  • All trekking arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
  • Professional guide fee
  • Porterage upto 12kg/person
  • One shower/day/person where possible
  • Peak fee/sanctuary fee/royalty/permits where applicable
Exclusions:
  • Reaching Kathmandu flight not included in the above-mentioned cost
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Sleeping bag/bottled water/hot drinking water/wifi (rates increase the further you get from Kathmandu)
  • Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu
  • Showers more than once a day
  • Porterage above 12kg chargeable at INR 1500/day
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
  • Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – personal choice
  • Travel & cancellation insurance

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