Gokyo Lake trekking is one the most exciting adventure trekking in the Himalayan region of this magical country. Gokyo Lake Trekking is considered as an alternative trek to the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek that offers an excellent views of the beautiful Himalayas along with mighty Everest. The trail is quite smooth those simplifies your trekking experience and avoid physical stress. The Gokyo Valley has lot more do discover along with beautiful lakes, glaciers and snowy mountains. The Gokyo Valley is one of the most luring attractions of the Khumbu region. The view from Gokyo is something that really leaves your eyes wide open.
Breakfree Adventures’s sixteen days Gokyo Lake Trekking is specially designed for those passionate trekkers who are eager to experience the stress free trekking adventure while enjoying the magnificence of the Everest range.
Gokyo Lake Trekking begins with sightseeing in Kathmandu that includes a visit to various cultural and historical monuments of the city. The scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu is another interesting part of the expedition that lets you fly over the beautiful mountains. We trek all the way to Phakding from Lukla. The next day we will trek to Namche Bazaar a junction for numerous trekkers and traders of the Khumbu region. We will pass through Phortse village and Machhermo discovering the scenic views of the mountains and the Himalayan range. We will also have a close look to the cultures, traditions and lifestyles of the people living in the high altitude.
The trail to Gokyo (4750m) also allows you to explore Ngozumpa Glacier which is the source of Dudh Koshi and of course the largest glacier of the region. We will see a small settlement of local farmers and dwellers at Gokyo that gives an insight of lifestyle of people living in the higher Himalayan region. Four of the highest mountains (above 8000m) namely, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu can been seen more vividly from Gokyo along with the view of tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (7922m). You will have lots of options for additional adventure along with high altitude walking, crossing Cho La (5420m) pass or hiking to Gokyo Ri (5357m).
Breakfree Adventures makes your adventure trekking to Gokyo more exciting and vibrant with its ideal route plan and well designed itinerary.
Highlights of Gokyo Lake Trekking
- Sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu
- Magnificent flight to Lukla from Kathmandu (Enjoy the view of Himalayan range from the flight)
- Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
- Trekking in Sagarmatha National Park (Listed in UNESCO world heritage natural site)
- Discover numerous Buddhist monasteries and other cultural monuments.
- Variety of floras and faunas to witness
- Explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar, a busy Sherpa settlement at the altitude of 3440m
- Discover rich Buddhist and Tibetan culture and traditions
- Eye-popping view of world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest
- Visit to Sir Edmund Hillary School in Khumjung
- Explore Gokyo Valley along with it magnificent lakes
- Panoramic views of Cho Oyu , Gyachung Kang , Lhotse , Makalu , Cholaste and Tawachee.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours of trekking]
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) [6 hours]
Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche (3420m)
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3500m) [5-6 hours]
Day 07: Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4470m) [6 hours]
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4800m) [5-6 hours]
Day 09: Acclimatization and Explore Gokyo
Day 10: Gokyo to Dole (4110m) [6 hours)
Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazaar [5-6 hours]
Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (6 hours)
Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]
Day 14: Leisure Day in Kathmandu
Day 15: Transfer to airport for your onward destination.
After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later escort you to the hotel. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel. O/N you stay at the hotel.
Today after breakfast we will set out for a guided city tour where you get to discover several historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. You will be seeing the world heritage sites like historical Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of lord Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists), Boudhanath Shrine and many more cultural and natural monuments. The Kathmandu City tour will more or less familiarize you with Nepalese urban lifestyle. Later we will have a discussion session where we discuss about our trek plan and preparation. Our trek leader would be obliged to brief you about our expedition and answer your queries. O/N you stay at the hotel.
After breakfast you will be escorted to the domestic terminal of the Kathmandu airport to board a flight to Lukla, a gateway for our trekking expedition. The scenic flight to Lukla is surely going to be a once in a lifetime experience for you. The air route to Lukla is one the most beautiful air route in the world. The 40 minutes flight above the majestic mountains will land you at Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla we start our trek until we reach Phakding. The trail to Phakding lets you discover the green landscape with a scenic view of Kusum Kangraru. 0/N we stay in a guest house.
Today we take a stiff walk through a beautiful pine forest that leads us along the Dudh Koshi River and Hillary Suspension bridge to reach the check post and the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. Walking further we reach chautra where we have the first glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Two hours of more walk eventually lands us in Namche Bazaar(3440m) which is a gateway to Mt. Everest and trading point for many Sherpa people and Tibetan merchants. Namche Bazaar is an ideal market for visitors to purchase traditional crafts and other mementos. We will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization and visit local markets and traditions of the people living in the Himalayas. O/N we stay in a guest house.
We have set this day for acclimatization. We have all the options today whether go for hiking to Thame or visit Khunde or relax and explore Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the center of the Khumbu region and it has government offices, internet cafes, Shops, restaurants and colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. A few hundred vertical feet of trekking will really us to properly acclimatize. Our guide will take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO world natural heritage site) where you can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. A day full of hangout at the Namche Bazaar lets you discover the Himalayan beauty of the Khumbu region. O/N we stay in a guest house.
After a lovely morning breakfast at Namche we gear up our expedition to reach Phortse Thanga. We start our trek enjoying the scenic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Muptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and a close up view of Mt. Thamserku. The trail takes few ups and downs but still the magnificent view of the Himalayas makes our trekking a worthy one. We will also spot wild lives like colorful pheasant, musk deer and Himalayan Thar on our way. The trail ascends via Kayangjuma and reaches Sansa which is a major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. We trek further ascending through Mongla Pass (3975m) that offers a great view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Tawache and Mt. Khumbila (Mt. Khumbila is considered sacred by the Sherpas). We will then descend down to Dudh Koshi River (3250M0, cross a bridge and further ascend via rhododendron forest to finally reach Phortse Thanga. The Phortse Thanga resides under the peaks of Tawache and Cholaste. Overnight, we stay in Phortse at a guest house.
Today we will be trekking from Phortse Thanga to Machhemo. It will take us approximately six hours to reach Machhermo from Phortse Thanga. We will start our expedition after the breakfast in the morning. The trail to Machhermo begins by ascending steeply through the forest filled with Rhododendron and fir trees. We will pass Tongba (3950 and Gyele (3960m) and reach Dole (4110m). From Dole we will cross a small river and ascend to Lhaparma (4330m) and Luza (4340). Trekking further we will enter the beautiful village of Machhermo. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Machhermo.
We gear up for our expedition to reach Gokyo today. We climb through a ridge Chorten that offers a fabulous view of Mt. Kangtega, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. Cho Oyu. The trail further passes through the Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480m). Phangka is the place where a deadly avalanche killed forty people in 1995. We pass through the bank of river and ascend the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. Walking further we will have our glimpse of the first lake of the valley. Ahead is the second lake that offers a mesmerizing view of sparkling blue water. Little ahead of the second lake we see the third lake, the two lakes are linked by a stream. Upon reaching Gokyo that stands by the third lake, we will be amazed to enjoy the scenic view of Cho Oyu. We will also explore around the third lakes, Dudh Pokhari. Gokyo has lot more to be explored along with its natural beauty. Overnight, we stay in a guest house.
Today is an acclimatization day. Few hours of walk even during the rest day is ideal for trekkers. We take a chance to climb Gokyo Ri which is the best viewpoint of the Everest region. The mesmerizing view that it offers is really luring and leaves your eyes wide open. We will take as many photographs as we like. Gokyo is rather famous for its awesome lakes that have added more beauty to this region. We will visit the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and Fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). Thonak Tsho the fourth lake lies approximately 3 KM north of Gokyo. The trail further continues to Ngozuma Tsho the fifth lake. We may choose to climb a hill at the edge of the lakes to enjoy the scenic view of rising peaks like Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. The view point is called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. We can also see the base camp of Cho Oyu from the northern part of the fifth lake. The view of the world’s biggest glacier; the Ngazumpa glacier is yet another attraction of our trip. You may also choose to trek further for the astonishing view of the sixth lake depending upon the availability of time. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse.
Today we will descend down to Dole from Gokyo. It will take us approximately six hours to reach Dole. We will start our expedition after the breakfast and the trail mostly descend down to Dole. On our way back we will enjoy the magnificent view of the Himalayas and natural beauty of the region. As we descend we will pass through beautiful forests and traditional villages while enjoying the magical aura or the Himalayan region. Upon reaching Dole, you many choose to hang around the village for some time and interact with the local Sherpa people. Overnight, we stay at a guest house.
We would be gradually concluding our trekking expedition. Today we will be walking approximately 5-6 hours to reach Namche Bazaar. The trail descends to Phunki Thanga and further ascends to the ridge towards Namche Bazaar. Upon arrival at Namche Bazaar you may choose to hang around the market and buy some mementos for your near and dear ones. Overnight, we stay in a guest house.
We will be wrapping up our trekking expedition today. Leaving Namche Bazaar behind we descend down the rocky trail crossing suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. As we walk the trail becomes more smooth and easy. We find the environment really warm and cozy compared to previous days of our expedition. We can feel the fresh air blowing from Himalayas that makes our expedition more energetic and vibrant. We pass through beautiful forest filled with Rhododendron, pine trees and different natural vegetations. We get to snap beautiful mountains and the panoramic views on our way. We will be pleased passing through Sherpa villages that offer a unique blend of Sherpa culture and tradition. Upon arrival at Lukla we conclude our long expedition and have a relaxing time with our friends and crew members. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Lukla.
We will wave our final goodbye to the beautiful mountains today. The flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for the morning because the windy afternoon may cause difficulties flying the aircraft. The early morning scenic flight over the Himalayas drops us at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport from where you will be escorted to the hotel. Today we have the whole day to relax at the hotel or hang around in the city for buying gifts to your near and dear ones. O/N at the Hotel.
Today you have relaxing day in Kathmandu. You have all the day to hang around the streets and bazaar of Kathmandu. You may spend time in buying gifts and mementos for your friends and family. If you are interested you may choose to have a guided city tour to explore Kathmandu and its vicinity. You will be joining a special farewell dinner in a cozy traditional Nepali restaurant hosted by Breakfree Adventures and its team in the evening. Overnight, at the hotel.
Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the wonderful trekking adventure. 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!