Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max Elevation:5,357M
  • Total Duration:14 days
  • Best Time:March to May and Sep to Dec
  • Group Size:Minimum 1 pax

About Gokyo Lake Trek

 A string of turquoise lakes is the biggest glacier on Nepal. In addition, astounding view of mystic snow capped mountains of Nepal makes Gokyo the most attractive valley in the Khumbu Region. Its proposed as an alternative to the classical treks in Khumbu region. So, Our Gokyo Lakes trek has been specially designed for the travelers seeking the experience of the magnificence of the Everest range. Under minimal physical and mental stress. Therefore, Gokyo Lake Trek is the amazing journey to the high altitude lakes of the Everest Region.

The Valley encircles the grandiose mountain peaks accommodates six lakes. This includes Longpongo, Taboche Tsho, Dudh Pokhari, Thonak Tsho and Ngozuma and the biggest glacier. Ngozumba which makes it one of the most irresistible sites amidst the great Himalayas. Apart from these biggest glaciers lakes with the pure water presents the enthralling experience of the Himalayan beauty. In addition, Gokyo Lake trek offers the enchanting experience of the Himalayan Lakes and surrounding civilization of the Sherpa community.

It is the tranquil lakes and majestic mountains that make Gokyo Valley irresistible. This also offers the opportunity of observing the Sherpa villages, cultural and religious practices. Diverse wildlife and plantation, museums and monasteries with prayer flags are awesome. Especially, memorial grounds up close which adds up to the temptation of the trek. Book the amazing trekking in Nepal package in Everest region Trek with Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. Hence, We are renown for the amazing and impeccable hospitality while taking trekkers for the Gokyo Lake Trek.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
  • Day 02: Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla [2,800 m/9,184 ft] – Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft): 3 – 4 hrs
  • Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
  • Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Phorse Village [3,810 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 the fifth lake: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 10: Gokyo to Dole: 3 – 4 hrs
  • Day 11: Dole – Namche Bazaar: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla: 6 – 8 hrs
  • Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 14: Farewell Friend

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

A representative of Bharal Adventure escorts the guests to their hotel from the airport. A stroll along the streets of Thamel could be arranged for the afternoon. Dinner is hosted by the company where it aims to introduce the guests to authentic Nepali cuisine.

Day 02: Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

A guided tour around the historically and spiritually significant landmarks in Kathmandu will be scheduled after breakfast. These landmarks constitute of Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath – the Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the afternoon, a pre-trip discussion session will be arranged to enable the interaction between trek leader, crew and the guests.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla [2,800 m/9,184 ft] – Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft): 3 – 4 hrs

A 40-minute flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla will be taken from Kathmandu airport after breakfast. Meeting with other crew members and preparation for the trek will begin here. To assist in acclimatization, a short hike from Lukla to Phakding will be set. A side trip to nearby monastery could also be organized.

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

Hiking through the villages of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, and Jorsale, the team disembarks the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. After passing the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers, followed by a final steep ascent of about two hours, the team is rewarded with the first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge from where it takes an hour and a half hike to reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

This acclimatization day is spent with a day’s hike to Thame or Khunde. If not, exploration of Namche Bazaar itself could be arranged where the travelers will have a chance to discover and learn about the Sherpa culture, biodiversity of the Everest region and variety of things related to the first Everest ascenders. Also, a few hours’ side trip to Khumjung Valley could be arranged.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Phorse Village [3,810 m/ 12,496 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

The trek from Namche Bazaar begins after breakfast. The trek traces the gradual trail with few ups and down overlooking the fascinating Himalayan views and goes down up to Kayangjuma until it reaches Sansa, the major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. Now the ascent commences through Mong-La Pass (3,975m) gradually descending to Dudh Koshi Khola (3,250m) until the walled fields of Phrase get nearer to sight.

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

The trail navigates through forests, waterfalls, and bridges up until Dole, a small place with few teahouses. From here, steady climb up through the scenic ridge above Dole and trail via Lhabarma takes the team through many summer settlements and the ancient hamlet of Luza (4,360m). Ascend from Luza traces the trail to Machhermo, the last settlement on the way up to Gokyo and also the place of first sighting of Yeti in 1974. The middle of the village serves as the conduit of a beautiful stream flowing down from Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche mountains gradually draining into the Dudh Koshi.

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

The team hikes along a ridge Chorten through Pangka (4480m) to the terminal of Ngozamba Glacier towards Lake Longpongo on the bank of which is consigned the Lama footprints on a stone, passing through Taboche Tsho where by side of the third lake Gokyo Village is settled. A quick lunch and an amusing saunter along the third lake – Dudh Pokhari – could be arranged.

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

A trek to Gokyo Ri will be arranged on this day with the exciting prospect of visiting the other three mesmerizing lakes of the Gokyo Valley. Thonak Tsho and Ngozuma Tsho are the fourth and fifth lakes beyond which the base camp of Mt. Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang being in close proximity. The further exploration to the sixth lake shall depend upon the interest of the team and the availability of time.

Day 10: Gokyo to Dole: 3 – 4 hrs

An easy downhill walk from Gokyo along the Dudh Koshi River emerging out of the Ngozumpa Glacier passes through the lakes until the arrival of Phangka village. From Phangka, the trail descends below across a level terrace on the slope climb to the far side of the hill until it reaches the village of Macchermo from where it requires few hours to reach Dole.

Day 11: Dole – Namche Bazaar: 4 – 5 hrs

The steep descent to Phortse Tenga passing through Mong –La, Sansa, and Kyangjuma, the trail reaches Namche Bazaar where the days of exhaustion is relieved with hot shower and rest in the comfortable lodge.

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

The steep downward trail is traced by wobbly legs tired from continuously battling the rocky terrain. The team follows the same trail as before. The team by now shall be warmed up and whatever sickness or sore throats they had been feeling shall pass by now. The final trek of the expedition ends after arriving at Lukla.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

The flight back to Kathmandu arrives early giving the guest time for planning a short excursion in and around the city or spending the day taking respite in their comfortable hotel rooms. In the evening, the last supper of the expedition is hosted by Bharal Adventure to cherish the successful closing of the journey.

Day 14: Farewell Friend

The journey of a lifetime along the Himalayas comes to an end on this day. The guests are accompanied to the airport by one of the representatives of Bharal Adventure approximately three hours before their scheduled flight takes off.

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Please use this checklist as a guideline for getting information on the required equipment to carry on a trekking. Adjustments could be made to the list according to your needs, interest and duration and season of the trip among other factors. Variety of these gears could be hired or bought in Kathmandu. Since the majority of these gears found in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured, they are a lot cheaper. Also some gears are imported from China which are of better quality.

If you have enough money, you can buy very high quality branded gears too, in some of the famous stores in Nepal. It is advised that you keep your luggage as light as possible. You extra luggage could be left back in your hotel in Kathmandu which you can claim back at your return. We normally provide one porter for two trekkers to carry the luggage and the limitation of the weight is approximately 25 kg from two people.

Please go through the checklist below to learn what equipments you require during the trek:

General

  • Duffel or rucksack bag: Although Bharal Adventure will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffle/kit bag, one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items that will be left at the hotel
  • Daypack of approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches
  • Down jacket (in case you don’t bring one, you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure which you have to return at completion of the trek)
  • 4 seasons’ sleeping bag (you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure if you forget to bring one, although it is strongly recommended for you to bring one)

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • With a waterproof shell outer

Lower body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries

  • Tooth brush/paste
  • Multipurpose soap
  • Nail cutter
  • Small mirror

Personal hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e., cards

Cost Includes

Cost includes following:

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English/French/Chinese/German-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (5trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Bharal Adventure’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, Cap and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost does not includes following:

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Cost Excludes

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Paris, France

An Amazing Trekking Company

I came to know Bharal Adventure (BA) by chance with my previous trekking to Everest Base Camp Short Trek at the end of last year and This was my second time with Sujan (Founder of BA) for organising such a wonderful trip to Everest base camp short with my friends and it was truly amazing, enjoyable trip, it leaves us a profound experience with spectacular view of some highest peak in the Himalayan range and beauty of vast wildness.

Trekking in Himalayan range can be strenuous, but with our guide, Nirajan help us every step of the way in which make the trip a complete hassle free, we are very thankful for his service and would recommend to anyone coming to Nepal for Trekking.

Once again, thank you for all to make our trekking trip an unforgettable event to us And we are definitely coming back to Nepal again.

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Cahors, France