Gokyo Lakes Trek
The stunning Gokyo Ri Trek offers a wonderful alternative to the classic Everest Base Camp Trek and is a great choice for people who want to experience the magnificence of Everest without the crowds. This trek takes you to the attractive Gokyo Valley where tranquil turquoise lakes are surrounded by snowy peaks and Nepal’s biggest glacier. The views of Everest from Gokyo are exceptional.
Begin your journey in Kathmandu where there is time for sightseeing before flying to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Follow the Dudh Koshi River to the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, before continuing to Dole and Machermo. Reach Gokyo enjoying the breath-taking beauty of Ngozumba Glacier, the largest of its kind in the Nepal Himalayas. The small herding settlement of Gokyo (4,750 m) lies on the banks of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes.
On the ridge above Gokyo four peaks above 8,000m, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu expose themselves. If that is not enough have a look at the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (7,922 m), considered one of the most dramatic panoramas in the Khumbu region. Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) for unparalleled mountain views before returning to Gokyo and onto Dzongla via the Chola Pass at 5,420 m. Continue towards Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep and Kalapattar. The return trail descends through picturesque Sherpa villages to Namche and onwards to Lukla for your flight back to Kathmandu.
18 NIGHT TOUR WITH 14 NIGHT TREK
Maximum elevation: 5,540 m
Level of difficulty: Medium to hard
Availability: March to May & September to November
* Price based on twin share accommodation. Single room supplement available subject to availability
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International airfare to Nepal
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Meals in Kathmandu
Alcoholic or soft drinks, including bottled water (we recommend using filters or supporting safe drinking water programme)
Tips for trekking porters
Return domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla
All meals on the trek
4 nights accommodation in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu
14 nights tea house lodge accommodation during the trek in twin/triple sharing and occasionally dormitory style
English speaking guide
Guide and porters on the trek
Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and walk to Phakding. Altitude: 2,610 m.
Climb from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. Altitude: 3,440 m.
Rest day in Namche Bazaar.
Trek from Namche to Dole. Altitude: 3,800 m.
Trek from Dole to Machermo. Altitude: 4,200 m.
Trek Machermo to Gokyo. Altitude: 4,900 m.
Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5,360m) and back to Thangnak. Altitude: 4,700 m.
Trek from Thangnak over Chola Pass (5,420m) to Dzongla. Altitude: 4,830 m.
Trek from Dzongla to Gorakshep. Altitude: 5,100 m.
Trek Gorakshep to Everest base camp to Gorakshep.
Climb Kala Pattar (5,540 m) for views of Everest and return to Lobuche. Altitude: 4,940 m.
Trek from Lobuche to Pangboche. Altitude: 3,900 m.
Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar. Altitude: 3,440 m.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. Altitude: 2,860 m.
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.