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Gokyo Lake Trekking

The Gokyo Lake Trekking is one of the most favorite trekking destinations in the Everest region for its wide ranges of scenic views all along the ways.  Trekking in the Everest region is a life time dream of passionate trekkers as the quest provides an opportunity to witness Mt. Everest from a close range. The trials to the enthralling place are comprised of climbs and descend that traverse lush low land, alpine forests, glaciers, rivers, Buddhist monasteries, temples, and authentic Sherpa Villages. The Gokyo Lake trekking is the ultimate way to explore Goyko, situated at the base of Gokyo Ri, a gorgeous high altitude valley which is loaded with incredible blue lakes close to the base camp of the Cho Oyu (8216m). The routes of the trek are loaded with the panoramic views of majestic mountains adding glitters to the splendid beauty of the region.

The delightful Gokyo Lake Trekking starts with a Trans-Himalayan flight to the mountain airstrip of Lukla also known as the entry point to Everest base camp trekking. The trek starts from Lukla to Phakding towards Namche bazaar based at an elevation 3,436m, also known as the gateway of the Everest base camp trekking.  Also during the quest, trekkers can get indulged with the rare sight of alpine lakes, Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest in the Nepal Himalayas beautiful trails, floras-faunas, etc. within a certain geographical boundary. The expedition gets more diverse as it goes past rhododendron forests through small yak grazing settlements before reaching to Gokyo lakes in the Khumbu region.  The route is well known for providing views of tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m) located in the Khumbu region. After reaching to the Gokyo Lake situated at an altitude of 4800m, trekkers can get enthralled with the impressive sights of natural beauties mingled in such an elevated place.  Gokyo Lake Trekking is the dream of every trekking fonder who want to explore the great Himalayas.

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Trip Highlights

  • Magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks on the cards while flying across Nepal’s sky, and excitement level proliferates as the plane cuts through different hills to land on the Kathmandu Valley
  • Sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural heritage sites
  • Terrific Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu  flight known for mind-blowing sceneries
  • Sight of ancient traditional Nepali bazaars in Kathmandu, Lukla, and Namche Bazaar
  • Explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar, a busy Sherpa settlement at the altitude of 3440m, also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest
  • Pass through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
  • Explore Gokyo Lake along with other high altitude lakes and glittering icy glaciers.
  • Experience authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style villages where inhabitants follow different traditional ways of livings

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Lukla (flight- 40 min) to Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hours

Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours

Day 05 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours

Day 06 : Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3500m) 5-6 hours

Day 07 : Phortse Thanga to Dole (4200m) 5-6 hours

Day 08 : Dole to Machhermo (4410m) 5-6 hours

Day 09 : Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) 5-6 hours

Day 10 : Acclimatization day in Gokyo

Day 11 : Gokyo to Phortse Thanga 5-6 hours

Day 12 : Phortse to Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours

Day 13 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m) 5-6 hours

Day 14 : Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 40 min

Day 15 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip flight fare.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Sagarmatha National park entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if needed
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels.  If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. O/N at Hotel

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening.  After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. O/N at Hotel

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Lukla (flight- 40 min) to Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hours

You will have to wake up early as the flight to Lukla leaves in the morning. The super scenic flight takes around 40 minutes to touch down in Lukla. You will have a whale of a time in the brisk flight as you can see the most amazing natural views from the airplane window.  After landing in Lukla, the trek to Phakding will start after lunch.  You will reach Phakding before sunset where you will get ample time to stroll around the village.  O/N at Lodge

Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours

From Phakding, the route gets a head start by crossing suspension bridges on the Dudh Koshi River towards Namche Bazaar.  On the way, you will pass by the Sagarmatha National Park where you could see varieties of floras and faunas. Soon, you will have to make a descent towards Jorsalle village crossing Bhote- Koshi River through a suspension bridge. You will reach Namche Bazaar, the main trading town also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest in the Khumbu Region before sunset.  O/N at Lodge

Day 05 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours

Getting acclimatized is very important while embarking on the high altitude trek. For the purpose, the day is reserved for the acclimatization process where you will spend a full day to get used to the altitude and the environment of higher altitude places. After lunch, you will be taken for a short hike towards Everest view hotel. From the hotel premises you can see the panoramic view of the Everest region. O/N at Lodge

Day 06 : Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3500m) 5-6 hours

The day will start with a climb on a hill to Khumjung. On the route, you will pass through different choretns.  After few hours of walk, the trails start descending towards Khumbila. Crossing Dudh Koshi River, you will leap your steps forwards for Phortse Thanga which will be covered by evening.  O/N at Lodge

Day 07 : Phortse Thanga to Dole (4200m) 5-6 hours

Crossing some valleys through aromatic rhododendron forests, on the day, you will proceed towards Dole. It is a high altitude village in the Everest region.  O/N at Lodge

Day 08 : Dole to Machhermo (4410m) 5-6 hours

Hiking on sandy spurs, on the day, you will embark on the toughest trails towards Machhermo. You will reach Machhermo before sunset.  O/N at Lodge

Day 09 : Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) 5-6 hours

The trekking trails does not fall on the easier side as you will have to trek on steep rocky areas known as Nilibuk towards Gokyo valley. Likewise, the trails get tougher as you come across glaciers at Cho La.  After some strenuous trekking for few hours, you will come across Dudh Pokheri, whose bank will lead you towards Gokyo settlement known for offering magnificent views of summits like Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang.  O/N at Camp

Day 10 : Acclimatization day in Gokyo

This is going be a relaxing day to overcome tiredness, and to get acclimatized in such a higher altitude place.  However, later in the day, you can opt to go for a brisk climb to Gokyo Ri, the small peak above the lake or to relax at the camp premises. From the peak, you can embrace the picturesque views of Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. O/N at Camp

Day 11 : Gokyo to Phortse Thanga 5-6 hours

On the day, you will make a descent towards Phortse. This is the same village which you have explored on day 6.  O/N at Lodge

Day 12 : Phortse to Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours

From Phortse, you will head towards Namche Bazaar. You will reach Namche Bazaar, the main trading town also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest in the Khumbu Region before sunset.  O/N at Lodge

Day 13 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m) 5-6 hours

This is the final day of the trek as you prepare yourself to hike to Lukla following the lower altitude trail in the Everest region. Traversing various Sherpa settlements, and hiking past some dense forest area covered by beautiful rhododendron and pine trees, you will slowly proceed towards Lukla. On the way, you will also see few monasteries that resemble unique Buddhist culture and tradition. You will reach Lukla before sunset.  O/N at Lodge

Day 14 : Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 40 min

You have completed your trekking as you wait to board a Kathmandu bound flight from Lukla. You excitement level will proliferate as the plane flies between hills before it reaches to a required elevation. The 40 minutes flight will also give you a bird’s eye view of glorious Kathmandu city by the time it prepares to land. After landing at the Tribhuvan airport, the company representative will transfer you to you designated hotels.  The remaining day in the capital city will be all yours. You can do whatever you like.  You can relax at the hotel or visit markets for the final day shopping. O/N at Hotel

Day 15 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

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Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 15 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Challenginng

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: Feb - May and Oct - Nov

Max Altitude: 4750m

Daily Walking: 5 - 6 hours each day

Transportation: Private vehicles & Flights

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort in Kathmandu, Lodge/Guest house during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge to Lodge Trek

Starts/Ends: Lukla

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

Price start from US$ 1350.00 per person on twin sharing basis

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