Everest Gokyo Lake Trek13 Days
Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking offers more beautiful way of exploring popular Khumbu region as we get an exclusive opportunity to witness best of turquoise lakes, highest Himalayas, Sherpa cultures and most importantly it gives us chance to create wonderful memories around foothills of Highest Himalayas. However, visit to Gokyo lakes and magical panoramic views from Gokyo Ri marks as the major highlights of this Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking.
Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking initiates as you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport followed by short flight to Lukla airstrip. Initially, following the river banks of Dudhkoshi River, slowly and steadily we head towards Phakding entering Sherpa inhabited village of Namche Bazar. Then we will get ready for our first acclimatization of the trip as we make our body adapt the high altitude conditions by taking short excursion towards Syangboche. In this way, leave behind Namche, follow the trails of Gokyo lakes via Dole and Machhermo. After arriving at Gokyo valley, the picturesque views of turquoise colored Gokyo lakes, the most beautiful panoramas of Everest Himlayas from top of Gokyo Ri actually immerse us in its natural beauty. In fact, it is the only place from where you can observe Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu and Makalu (four eight thousanders) at once. With all these glorious Himalayan memories, we trace our steps back towards Dole, Namche Bazar, Phakding, Lukla and board a flight back to Kathmandu.
Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is quite challenging adventure at Everest region; however anyone who are physically fit and possess tremendous passion towards exploring the best of Himalayan nature and culture can join this trip. Due to extreme cold in winter and obstruction due to rain on rainy season, except on those, this trip can be joined during any time of the year in the months of March, April, May, September, October and November. Choose the professionals of Classic Himalaya as your travel partner and make Everest Gokyo Lake Trek once in a lifetime of adventure.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu.
Namaste! And welcome to Nepal. As you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be met and greeted by one of our office representative at airport terminals and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla, 45 minutes . Then trek to Phakding, 3hours walking.
Today after having our breakfast, we get ready for our early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airstrip enjoying spectacular views of great Himalayas including Everest. Lukla is the starting point of our trekking activity from where we will be making our way following the river banks of Dudh koshi river, beautiful surroundings, forest walks and arrive at Phakding. We will be staying at local mountain lodge for overnight stay.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446 m), 6hours walking.
Today we trek through beautiful forests following the trails of Everest Gokyo Lake Trek crossing the river on beautiful suspension bridges leaving behind Monjo, being our permits being checked at entrance of Sagarmatha National Park and hike all the way following the riverbanks of Dudhkoshi river. We will have a quick timeout at Jorsale to catch our breath and capture some beautiful pictures from there. And finally at the end of the day, we reach at popular Sherpa village of Namche Bazar. Overnight stay at local mountain lodge in Namche Bazar.
Day 04: Acclimatization day – Namche Bazar. Excursion to Namche Bazaar and Syangboche.
Even though it is called as rest day it will be all fun and active day while exploring culturally affluent Sherpa village of Namche Bazar. You will find restaurants, hotels, internet cafes and ATM with local market(on Saturdays) where you can have all blended feeling of being at modern and rural world. We enjoy day excursion towards Khumjung and visit many popular local attractions with awesome Himalayan views so that our body gets perfectly adapted with increasing altitudes. Second night overnight stay at local mountain lodge in Namche Bazar.
Day 05: Trek from Namche bazaar to Dole (4200 m), 7hours walking.
Today it will be a gradually descending day as we head towards beautiful small settlements, acrossing slope towards river stream. Then we again climb up towards Dole, trek through beautiful rhododendron forests with striking waterfalls and finally arrive at Dole where we will be staying overnight at local lodge before we head towards Machhermo next day.
Day 06: Trek from Dole to Machchhermo (4470 m). 4hours walking.
While trekking from Dole to Machhermo, we get plenty of opportunity to witness the insightful cultural influence of Tibetan Buddhism. Today we pass over Luza village, witness prayer flags, prayer wheels and chortens along the way and mostly walk alongside Dudhkosi river trails of our Everest Gokyo Lake Trek.
Day 07: Trek from Machchhermo to Gokyo (4790m). 5hours walking.
Today we start our day and continue our Everest Gokyo Lake Trek by ascending through ridge from the top of which offers spectacular panoramic views of snow capped mountains. Then we will be trekking downhill towards the river stream before making our way up to Ngozumpa Glacier. As we crossover the bridge, first lake we will witness is Longpongo lake followed by second one Taboche Tso with third one, most popular Dudh Pokhari. In this way, we enter the mesmerizing Gokyo valley at heart of world’s highest peaks. Overnight stay at local mountain lodge in Gokyo.
Day 08: Excursion around Gokyo Lake climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m).
It will be an acclimatization day and the most important day of our trek today, as we make our way towards the fifth Gokyo lake and even ascend at the top of Gokyo ri that offers probably the best views of four snow capped Himalayan giant peaks above 8000m(Cho-Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu) along with other neighboring peaks. Also see the crystal clear turquoise Gokyo lakes from top with View of Ngozumba gladier. Don’t miss out to click plenty of pictures and create the memories that last forever. We stay overnight at local mountain lodge in Gokyo.
Day 09: Trek from Gokyo to Dole (4200 m). 5hours walking.
From now onwards, enjoy gradual downhill trekking alongside the river streams emerging from Ngojumpa glacier. We leave behind the spectacular Gokyo village behind and slowy trace our steps at lower altitudes trekking alongside beautiful forests with quite a few ascends and descends. In this way, we return towards Dole today for night halt at local mountain lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar (3446m), 5hours walking.
While returning down from Dole to Namche, we enjoy much of flora fauna and overall surroundings with beautiful rhododendron forests, waterfalls and have different perspective on beautiful views of Amadablam, Thamserku and other surrounding peaks. We stay overnight at Namche Bazar in local mountain lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, 5-7 hours walking. O/n at mountain Lodge.
Today will be our final trekking day on Everest Gokyo Lake Trek that leads us form Namche Bazar to Phakding and finally towards Lukla. We are trekking gradually downwards on the same trail, but we will have varied impressions on this way. If its during spring, the you will be blessed with awesome walking experience through blooming rhododendron forests, however it will always be an rewarding experience while trekking at Everest. Upon arrival at Lukla we do lil celebrations and recall those wonderful memories of last few fays. Overnight at local mountain lodge in Lukla.
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu. Souvenir and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
And after having our breakfast, we fly from Lukla to Kathmandu in a scenic mountain flight. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, relax at hotel or stroll around Kathmandu streets for souvenir, shopping and enjoy farewell evening dinner with our Classic Himalaya Team. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Final departure.
Finally, our Everest Gokyo Lake Trek in Nepal concludes today and after you get ready for your flight we will drop to International Airport. Farewell.