Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek-13 days

  •   Destination: Gokyo
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu
  •  Group size: 1-10
  •  Best Seasons: Sept - Nov and March - May
  •   Accomodation: 3-Star Hotel and Teahouses
  •   Transportation: Walking

Trip Introduction

Gokyo Ri meaning Gokyo peak is home to one of the most resilient human tribe in the world “The Sherpa”. Being the highest human settlement and the furthermost frontier of modern day human civilization Gokyo Ri incites a sense of adventure in every traveler’s heart. The highlight of the treks includes a beautiful view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu from the Gokyo Valley, Ngozumpa glacier the longest glacier in Himalaya. As much as this trek is about traveling to an exotic place and enjoying the scenic beauty, It is also a great learning experience. Being in remote mountain villages of Nepal and living among nomads whose lives are so humble will give you a fresh appreciation for the life you have back home. Venturing into this challenging journey will get you out of your comfort zone and you will be surprised to know how capable you are and by the time we will complete this journey you will have the understanding about yourself and the world around you that you can never learn by reading a textbook or watching television.

This trek will bring you closer to nature, mesmerize you with its beauty and also teach us how fragile it is and needs our protection. The word “global warming” is something we read about in books, watch documentary about or put up a post on our timeline on Earth’s day, It never affects us in our day to day lives  but it will have deeper meaning when we are in the villages of Gokyo valley that is under a constant threat of flooding from Gokyo lakes as the Ngozumpa glacier is melting away and breaking down each year adding to the risk of glacier lake outburst floods.

The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After one day hike, the trail takes us to Namche where we will stay for two days to acclimatize ourselves and prevent altitude sickness. People from all around the region come to Namche to trade wares and crafts, a perfect place to pick up some souvenir to remind you of this wonderful trip. During our stay here we will also visit Sherpa museum that exhibits the history of the expedition to Mount Everest and the stories of the pioneer mountaineers like Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who stayed at this same place before their journey to make history. We will make our way through dense alpine forests, pass by yak herds, try local cottage cheese and traditional yak milk tea, Trade stories and listen to folklores about yeti and other cryptids in the region along the way. The trails follow Dudh Koshi River to its source, The Ngozumpa glacier. We will continue our trek through Machermo village to Gokyo valley that welcomes us with a mesmerizing sight of Gokyo lakes, world’s highest lake system that comprises of six main lakes. The freshwater lakes are so pristine and clear that we can see the bed from the shore. After spending the whole day enjoying the splendid view of the mountains and glaciers along the shore of the Gokyo lakes, we will begin our journey back the next day.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]

Day 02: Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla [2,800 m/9,184 ft

Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

Day 06: Namche Bazzar – Phorse Village-[3810 m/ 12,496 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

Day 07: Phorse Village – Machhermo-[4,470 m/ 14,663 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

Day 08: Machharmo – Gokyo [4800 m/15,744 ft]: 5 – 6 hours

Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri [5357 m/17,570 ft] and hike to fifth lakes: 5 – 6 hrs

Day 10: Gokyo to Dole: 3 – 4 hrs

Day 11: Dole – Namche: 4 – 5 hrs

Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla: 6 – 8 hrs

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

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What is included?

  •  All national transportations as mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals in standard hotels/teahouses during the trek
  • Excellent English speaking trek leader, guides and porters to carry luggage
  • All local/governmental taxes, permits and registrations
  • A portable medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

What is not included?

  • Visa processing fees
  • Rescue and travel insurances
  • Extra stay in Nepal other than mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Private vehicles, meals, shopping and other personal expenses

Best Time to Travel

Winter season and rainy season in Nepal are not favorable for trekking and traveling as you might expect rain and leeches during the summer monsoon season and severe cold and closed passes during the winter months. The best time for trekking in Gokyo is autumn, from mid-September until end November and spring, from the beginning of March until the mid-May.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 
our representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu.
Briefing and preparation for the trek, half day site seeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day 03:  Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding 
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (30 minutes). Lukla is a small town with few shops, general stores and hotel. We will start our hike from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside along the bank of the Dudh Koshi river. Nupla peak atop the kongde ridge  can be seen in the distance on the opposite side of the river. We then descend the path that merges into Everest trail. We pass along a Mani wall (Stone wall inscribed with tibetean prayers) and arrive at Ghat teahouse. We continue along a small path following Dudh Koshi river to Phakding.

Day 04-05: Phakding – Namche Bazaar 
We continue our four and half hour trek from Phakding to Namche. On the way we cross the river on high suspension bridges and reach the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which is home to some of the most rare and endangered species like snow leopard, red panda, musk deer etc. We then ascend down to Namche bazzar. On a clear day  we can catch see Mount Everest and other mountain peaks like Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache in the distance. We will stay for 2 days in Namche to acclimatization; during our stay we can visit the local monasteries, museum and national park center.

Day 06:  Namche Bazaar – Khumjung 
we trek out of the Namche and following a narrow and steep trail above the Dudh Kosi River, behind us to the west, we can see the ridge of Nupla and Kwangde Himal ,Across the valley to the south,we can see  Thamserku range and to the east of the valley, we can see the Lhotse and Nuptse surrounding the valley . Everest, king of the mountains towers above the ridge of the other mountain range. The monastery of Thyangboche can be seen far along the ridge, a tiny structure against the gigantic backdrop of mountain range. We then descend to Khumjung,a small isolated village of Sherpa where we rest for the day.

Day 07: Khumjung – Phortse Thanghka
Early morning , we descend to the down the valley towards to the Dudh Kosi River and continue towards The Gokyo route at north, The yak trail is mostly frequented by people travelling to Everest Base Camp. The trail descends down a sandy slope to the Dudh Koshi and reach Phortse where we’ll be spend the night for our journey next day.

Day 08: Phortse Thanghka – Dole

After breakfast we start our journey to Dole. The trails climb steeply out of the valley through beautiful rhododendron forest that paints the whole canopy of forest with different shades of red with its flowers. Along the way we can see many kharkas, Temporary summer settlements built by sherpa when they bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pasture lands. The route passes through small villages like Tongba and Gyele to Dole where we will rest till next day.

Day 09: Dole – Machhermo
From Dole the trail climbs to Lambara and Luza. The tails is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub junipers. The trails continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo. There are rumors of yeti sightings in Machhermo. Local believes yeti to be real creature that attacks yaks and abducts humans.

Day 10: Machhermo – Gokyo
The trail climbs a ridge that widens as the trail passes through Pangka then descends to the river bank and continues along the Ngozumpa Glacier. It’s a steep climb up the moraine, alongside the stream to the first small lake, The trail gets easier as it levels as we approach Gokyo

Day 11: Gokyo
After breakfast, we trek to the highlight of our trip the Gokyo Peak, From the peak we can have a  panoramic view of entire Gokyo region and surrounding mountain peaks – Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Twachees.

Day 12: Gokyo – Dole
Breakfast served in the morning and follow a similar trail back to Dole.

Day 13: Dole – Namche Bazaar
Following the trail through a coniferous forest of rhododendron and fir . After lunch at Shanasa we make our way back to Namche Bazar.

Day 14: Namche Bazaar – Phakding
Following a steep descent passing the Bhote Kosi, crossing the river, follow the bank to Jorsale, then to Monjo for overnight.

Day 15: Phakding – Lukla
After breakfast, you will depart from Phakding and continue your descent along the Dudh Kosi, before making a final ascent to reach the Lukla plateau by afternoon where we will rest and celebrate the completion of your trek.

Day 16: Lukla – Kathmandu
This morning you will be transferred to Lukla Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we have pre arrangements to be taken to hotel.

Day 17: Departure

Farewell program and transport to airport

 

Date And Costs

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Status Prices
March 5, 2018 March 18, 2018 Available $1850 Book Now

What is included?

  •  All national transportations as mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals in standard hotels/teahouses during the trek
  • Excellent English speaking trek leader, guides and porters to carry luggage
  • All local/governmental taxes, permits and registrations
  • A portable medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

What is not included?

  • Visa processing fees
  • Rescue and travel insurances
  • Extra stay in Nepal other than mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Private vehicles, meals, shopping and other personal expenses

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  •   Destination: Gokyo
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival in: Kathmandu
  •  Group size: 1-10
  •  Best Seasons: Sept - Nov and March - May
  •   Accomodation: 3-Star Hotel and Teahouses
  •   Transportation: Walking

Trip Introduction

Gokyo Ri meaning Gokyo peak is home to one of the most resilient human tribe in the world “The Sherpa”. Being the highest human settlement and the furthermost frontier of modern day human civilization Gokyo Ri incites a sense of adventure in every traveler’s heart. The highlight of the treks includes a beautiful view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu from the Gokyo Valley, Ngozumpa glacier the longest glacier in Himalaya. As much as this trek is about traveling to an exotic place and enjoying the scenic beauty, It is also a great learning experience. Being in remote mountain villages of Nepal and living among nomads whose lives are so humble will give you a fresh appreciation for the life you have back home. Venturing into this challenging journey will get you out of your comfort zone and you will be surprised to know how capable you are and by the time we will complete this journey you will have the understanding about yourself and the world around you that you can never learn by reading a textbook or watching television.

This trek will bring you closer to nature, mesmerize you with its beauty and also teach us how fragile it is and needs our protection. The word “global warming” is something we read about in books, watch documentary about or put up a post on our timeline on Earth’s day, It never affects us in our day to day lives  but it will have deeper meaning when we are in the villages of Gokyo valley that is under a constant threat of flooding from Gokyo lakes as the Ngozumpa glacier is melting away and breaking down each year adding to the risk of glacier lake outburst floods.

The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After one day hike, the trail takes us to Namche where we will stay for two days to acclimatize ourselves and prevent altitude sickness. People from all around the region come to Namche to trade wares and crafts, a perfect place to pick up some souvenir to remind you of this wonderful trip. During our stay here we will also visit Sherpa museum that exhibits the history of the expedition to Mount Everest and the stories of the pioneer mountaineers like Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who stayed at this same place before their journey to make history. We will make our way through dense alpine forests, pass by yak herds, try local cottage cheese and traditional yak milk tea, Trade stories and listen to folklores about yeti and other cryptids in the region along the way. The trails follow Dudh Koshi River to its source, The Ngozumpa glacier. We will continue our trek through Machermo village to Gokyo valley that welcomes us with a mesmerizing sight of Gokyo lakes, world’s highest lake system that comprises of six main lakes. The freshwater lakes are so pristine and clear that we can see the bed from the shore. After spending the whole day enjoying the splendid view of the mountains and glaciers along the shore of the Gokyo lakes, we will begin our journey back the next day.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]

Day 02: Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla [2,800 m/9,184 ft

Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

Day 06: Namche Bazzar – Phorse Village-[3810 m/ 12,496 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

Day 07: Phorse Village – Machhermo-[4,470 m/ 14,663 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

Day 08: Machharmo – Gokyo [4800 m/15,744 ft]: 5 – 6 hours

Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri [5357 m/17,570 ft] and hike to fifth lakes: 5 – 6 hrs

Day 10: Gokyo to Dole: 3 – 4 hrs

Day 11: Dole – Namche: 4 – 5 hrs

Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla: 6 – 8 hrs

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 
our representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu.
Briefing and preparation for the trek, half day site seeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day 03:  Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding 
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (30 minutes). Lukla is a small town with few shops, general stores and hotel. We will start our hike from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside along the bank of the Dudh Koshi river. Nupla peak atop the kongde ridge  can be seen in the distance on the opposite side of the river. We then descend the path that merges into Everest trail. We pass along a Mani wall (Stone wall inscribed with tibetean prayers) and arrive at Ghat teahouse. We continue along a small path following Dudh Koshi river to Phakding.

Day 04-05: Phakding – Namche Bazaar 
We continue our four and half hour trek from Phakding to Namche. On the way we cross the river on high suspension bridges and reach the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which is home to some of the most rare and endangered species like snow leopard, red panda, musk deer etc. We then ascend down to Namche bazzar. On a clear day  we can catch see Mount Everest and other mountain peaks like Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache in the distance. We will stay for 2 days in Namche to acclimatization; during our stay we can visit the local monasteries, museum and national park center.

Day 06:  Namche Bazaar – Khumjung 
we trek out of the Namche and following a narrow and steep trail above the Dudh Kosi River, behind us to the west, we can see the ridge of Nupla and Kwangde Himal ,Across the valley to the south,we can see  Thamserku range and to the east of the valley, we can see the Lhotse and Nuptse surrounding the valley . Everest, king of the mountains towers above the ridge of the other mountain range. The monastery of Thyangboche can be seen far along the ridge, a tiny structure against the gigantic backdrop of mountain range. We then descend to Khumjung,a small isolated village of Sherpa where we rest for the day.

Day 07: Khumjung – Phortse Thanghka
Early morning , we descend to the down the valley towards to the Dudh Kosi River and continue towards The Gokyo route at north, The yak trail is mostly frequented by people travelling to Everest Base Camp. The trail descends down a sandy slope to the Dudh Koshi and reach Phortse where we’ll be spend the night for our journey next day.

Day 08: Phortse Thanghka – Dole

After breakfast we start our journey to Dole. The trails climb steeply out of the valley through beautiful rhododendron forest that paints the whole canopy of forest with different shades of red with its flowers. Along the way we can see many kharkas, Temporary summer settlements built by sherpa when they bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pasture lands. The route passes through small villages like Tongba and Gyele to Dole where we will rest till next day.

Day 09: Dole – Machhermo
From Dole the trail climbs to Lambara and Luza. The tails is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub junipers. The trails continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo. There are rumors of yeti sightings in Machhermo. Local believes yeti to be real creature that attacks yaks and abducts humans.

Day 10: Machhermo – Gokyo
The trail climbs a ridge that widens as the trail passes through Pangka then descends to the river bank and continues along the Ngozumpa Glacier. It’s a steep climb up the moraine, alongside the stream to the first small lake, The trail gets easier as it levels as we approach Gokyo

Day 11: Gokyo
After breakfast, we trek to the highlight of our trip the Gokyo Peak, From the peak we can have a  panoramic view of entire Gokyo region and surrounding mountain peaks – Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Twachees.

Day 12: Gokyo – Dole
Breakfast served in the morning and follow a similar trail back to Dole.

Day 13: Dole – Namche Bazaar
Following the trail through a coniferous forest of rhododendron and fir . After lunch at Shanasa we make our way back to Namche Bazar.

Day 14: Namche Bazaar – Phakding
Following a steep descent passing the Bhote Kosi, crossing the river, follow the bank to Jorsale, then to Monjo for overnight.

Day 15: Phakding – Lukla
After breakfast, you will depart from Phakding and continue your descent along the Dudh Kosi, before making a final ascent to reach the Lukla plateau by afternoon where we will rest and celebrate the completion of your trek.

Day 16: Lukla – Kathmandu
This morning you will be transferred to Lukla Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we have pre arrangements to be taken to hotel.

Day 17: Departure

Farewell program and transport to airport

 

What is included?

  •  All national transportations as mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals in standard hotels/teahouses during the trek
  • Excellent English speaking trek leader, guides and porters to carry luggage
  • All local/governmental taxes, permits and registrations
  • A portable medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

What is not included?

  • Visa processing fees
  • Rescue and travel insurances
  • Extra stay in Nepal other than mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Private vehicles, meals, shopping and other personal expenses

Best Time to Travel

Winter season and rainy season in Nepal are not favorable for trekking and traveling as you might expect rain and leeches during the summer monsoon season and severe cold and closed passes during the winter months. The best time for trekking in Gokyo is autumn, from mid-September until end November and spring, from the beginning of March until the mid-May.