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 where we rest before continuing to Dole and Machermo. We 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 (4,750m/15,584ft) 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 (26,246ft), 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 (7,922m/25,991ft), considered one of the most dramatic panoramas in the Khumbu region. Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m/19,216ft) for unparalleled mountain views before returning to Gokyo and onto Dzongla via the Chola Pass at 5,420m. 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.


US$2,200*

18 NIGHT TOUR WITH 14 NIGHT TREK
DEPARTS: KATHMANDU

Maximum elevation: 5,357m
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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TRIP EXCLUSIONS

  • International airfare to Nepal
  • Nepal tourist visa
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.  Click here for an insurance quote.
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Alcoholic or soft drinks, including bottled water (we recommend using filters or supporting safe drinking water programme)
  • Laundry
  • Tips for trekking porters

Trip Inclusions

  • 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.
  • Trekking permits
  • English speaking guide
  • Guide and porters on the trek

 

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1

Arrive Kathmandu

DAY 2

Explore Kathmandu

DAY 3

Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and walk to Phakding.

DAY 4

Climb from Phakding to Namche Bazaar.  Altitude: 3,440 m.

DAY 5 

Rest day in Namche Bazaar.

DAY 6

Trek from Namche to Dole.  Altitude: 3,800 m.

DAY 7

Trek from Dole to Machermo.  Altitude: 4,200 m.

DAY 8

Trek Machermo to Gokyo.  Altitude: 4,900 m.

DAY 9

Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri ( 5,360m) and back to Thangnak.                                 Altitude: 4,700 m.

DAY 10

Trek fromThangnak over Chola pass (5,420m) to Dzongla.  Altitude: 4,830 m.

DAY 11

Trek from Dzongla to Gorakshep.  Altitude: 5,100 m.

DAY 12

Trek Gorakshep to Everest base camp to Gorakshep.

DAY 13

Climb Kalapatter (Altitude: 5,550 m) for views of Everest and return to  Lobuche.  Altitude: 4,940 m.

DAY 14

Trek from Lobuche to Pangboche.  Altitude: 3,900 m.

DAY 15

Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar. Altitude: 3,440 m.

DAY 16

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. Altitude: 2,860 m.

DAY 17

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.

DAY 18

Kathmandu.

DAY 19

Depart Kathmandu.