The sparkling, pristine blue and green waters of the Gokyo Lakes are one of Nepal’s most memorable sights. They comprise the highest freshwater lake system in the world, at around 5,000 meters. The Gokyo Lakes trek is ideal for people who want to trek in the Everest region, but who want more variety of views and fewer nights spent at very high altitude.
Everest Base Camp:
This high-altitude trek through Sherpa country brings you to the base of the world’s tallest peak. You’ll pass hilltop monasteries, Himalayan market towns, and craggy peaks as you follow in the footsteps of famous mountaineers—eventually making your way to the iconic starting point for all Everest expeditions.
1. Stand at the shores of a chain of six turquoise, glacial-fed lakes
2. Hike along Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalaya
3. Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) for spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu
4. Watch the sun set on Mt. Everest & Lhotse from Kala Patthar viewpoint
5. Experience and learn about Sherpa culture, who have made this region their home
6. Sip tea or coffee at one of the world’s highest markets, Namche Bazaar
7. Experience ground zero for all Everest expeditions at the foot of the Khumbu Ice Fall
Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Community Trek will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. We can use this time to ask any questions about our trip to the management and trek leader.
We tour Swayambhunath stupa; is also known as the Monkey Temple. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip.
The day starts with an early morning fly from Kathmandu to the tine airstrip of Lukla. The scenic flight duration is just above 40 minutes so don’t forget to take your cameras, although you’ll have a second chance of taking beautiful snaps on the way back to Katmandu. Upon landing, while the guides and porters will divide the baggage you can have a good look around, take pictures and get prepared for adventure. Depending upon the time we land at Lukla, we might have our lunch there. From Lukla, we will walk to Phakding village. The walk is fairly easy and we will stay overnight in Phakding. We can spend our evening strolling around the village.
Our day’s hike will start after having breakfast. We will start by walking along the banks of Dudh Koshi River and we will have to cross this river twice in the same day. We will then arrive at a small village called Monjo. Monjo is the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. After entering the National Park, we will descend to Bhote Koshi River upon which we arrive at Jorsalle village. We will walk further from there heading off to Namche Bazaar, a prosperous trade hub in the lap of the Himalayas which is also the capital of the Khumbu region. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Namche Bazaar.
After having ascended an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft), we will use the day for acclimatization. It is very important to have our body prepared for further ascending. You will have the day at your disposal and you can choose to do whatever you wish. One option can be to walk up to the Everest View Point Hotel and enjoy the view it offers. You can also choose to have a walk around Namche Bazaar and observe the local proceedings and lifestyle. If it is Saturday, there will be the traditional “Saturday Market” which is a wonderful experience and a great market to explore. There is also Sherpa Museum in Namche which would be the place to visit if you are interested into Sherpa’s culture and history.
The trek continues on a well maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path climbs to a different valley leaving the traditional Everest Trail and crosses Mong La and drops down to Phortse Tenga. With the disappearing views of Taboche peak (6501 meters) and Chola Tse (6440 meters), the trail slowly climbs and reaches Dole.
Leaving the tree line behind, the day starts with a brief climb followed by another, but more gradual climb for the rest of day. The trail passes through a couple of tea shops at Luza and finally reaches Machhermo with Cho Oyu (8201 meters) appearing to the north.
The trail moves up into the valley on an easy terrain and starts getting steeper near the lakes of the Gokyo Valley. After passing two smaller lakes, the trail leads to the third lake commonly known as the Gokyo Lake with Cho Oyo (8201 meters) towering in the background.
We spend another day in Gokyo to acclimatize to the high altitude. An early morning climb to Gokyo Ri (3 hours approximately) offers stunning views of Cho Oyo (8201 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters) and Everest (884 8meters); four of the top ten highest points on the planet. Apart from these, many more mountains of the Khumbu region can be enjoyed from Gokyo Ri, making it a popular viewpoint in the region. Breakfast at Gokyo is followed by a return to the trail crosses the longest glacier of Nepal, Ngozumpa Glacier. Thangna is located under a huge rock face, across the Ngozumpa Glacier.
Another early start to the day leads to a steep climb to the top of the pass. A steep drop follows a brief walk on the glacier into a new valley with Cho La Tse (6440 meters) towering to the southeast and Ama Dablam (6812 meters) appearing towards east. The terrain starts to get easier and finally reaches Dzong Lha. This day is both the thoughest and the longest day of the trek and the most basic accommodation of the whole trek at Dzong Lha does not help neither.
The trail undulates in the morning but slowly starts to get gradually straight later in the day. The terrain feels easier compared to the previous day and joins the traditional Everest trail as we get closer to the end of the day. Once on the main trail, a short gradual climb leads to Lobuche.
For those of you who are doing the Everest Base Camp Trek for the first time, the day starts with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Today you will be hiking up to the Everest Base Camp. This wil be the most challenging day of the trek and at the same time the most fulfilling as well. The base camp is situated above 5,000m (16,000ft).
We start off by hiking to Gorak Shep first. It is a small village sitting on the top a small frozen lake buried under sand. We will have our lunch there and hike further following the trails of the Khumbu Glacier. On the way you will catch the glimpse of an intimidating black rock the world knows by the name of Mt. Everest. The way will lead us to the Everest Base Camp. Have you ever heard or read that Mt. Everest cannot be seen from the Everest Base Camp? You will find the answer yourself. We will spend quality time exploring the base camp and surrounding areas before returning back to Gorak Shep and spend the night there.
Our first destination for the day will be Kala Patthar. We will start especially early and your guide will arrange everything for the early departure. The reason behind leaving that early is to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise. Kala Patthar provides the most wonderful sight for a sunrise contemplation over Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks such as Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori. You would definitely not want to miss that. It will take a couple of hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep. We will take our time, enjoying what Kala Patthar has to offer before heading down to Gorak Shep and then to Pheriche to stay overnight there.
From now onward, it’s all about descending. So our pace will be faster than earlier and the walks will be easier. The beauty of the Himalayan terrain will never leave us along the way. We will spend the night in Tyangbuche with one best views of Everest Himalayan Range.
Tt’s a easy day for us with short down and up hill walking with the last view of Mt. Everest. We will spend the night in Namche Bazar where you can enjoying your won evening with Bakery and Music in our way.
We will walk the downhill trails to reach Monju and stay overnight in Phakding.
You can walk at your own pace today as we head back to Lukla, which is from where we started our adventure. There will be mixed feelings today. You will feel delighted that you have successfully completed the trek and experience the thrills and beauty of it. But in the same time you will also feel sad that you have to leave this beautiful adventure behind. But, there is always a next time, adventure will already be waiting for you. The evening and the night will be marked with celebrations that will include a lot of singing and dancing. We will spend the night at a hotel in Lukla.
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.
01. Pick up and drop from international airport.
02. Kathmandu accommodation (3 nights in star-level tourist standard hotel with twin sharing basis room)
03. All land transfer as per given itinerary
04. Sagarmatha National Park Conservation entry permit fees and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
05. Food & Accommodation during the Trek (twin sharing basis room)
06. Experienced English speaking guide/leader, necessary experience local helpers
07. Both way Kathmandu-Lukla Airlines Tickets.
08. Wages, food, accommodation, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs
09. Guide Airfare for Lukla -Kathmandu return trip
01: Visa Fee.
02: Travel insurance / Medical evacuation in case of emergency (Compulsory)
03: Meals in Kathmandu
05: Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
06. Personal trekking Equipment.
08. Tips Equipment staff and driver.
09. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
10: Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
You must bring the following items:
1. Hiking boots
3. Trekking trousers / pants
4. Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
5. Baselayer shirts
6. Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
7. Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
8. Waterproof jacket
10. Warm hat
12. Thermal gloves
13. Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
14. Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
15. Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
16. Water bottles 1 L.
17. Antibacterial handwash
18. Small towel
19. Daypack, 25/30Litres
20. Trekking poles
21. Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
22. Warm jacket (down)*
Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite) and Glucose tablets.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.
Because of bad weather we could face problems with domestic flights to/from Lukla (Delayed or even canceled). It is very rare, but it could happen even in best trekking season. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night/s in Kathmandu after your trek if that is possible for you (just in case). If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, white water rafting, wildlife activities, shopping, during the extra days.
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