Gokyo Ri & Gokyo Lake Trek

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  • Total Duration : 12 Days
  • Transportation : Domestic Flights & Tourist Vehicles
  • Max Elevation : 5357m
  • Trek Grading : Difficult
  • Best Seasons : Spring & Autumn
  • Journey Starts/Ends : Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Accommodation : Hotel & Lodges

Tour Highlight

  • Awe-inspiring turquoise lakes
  • Breathtaking mountain views
  • Outlook on authentic Sherpa culture and tradition

Introduction

This trek features the unbelievable scenery of the remote Gokyo Valley and its festival of beautiful turquoise lakes, moonscape-like glaciers, and stunning mountain vistas that include Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu – four of the eight highest peaks on earth. The 360-degree view from Gokyo -Ri is the best in the Khumbu Region.

The beginning of this trek is the same as hiking to Everest Base Camp. On the way, we’ll stay two nights in the village of Namche Bazar to acclimatize. Namche Bazar allows us to peak into the lifestyles of the Sherpa inhabitants and Buddhist communities. Namche is considered as the trading center for the Khumbu region, and people walk from as far away as Tibet every Saturday to sell their wares here. This is also the hub onto which each trail converges, so yaks and people compete for space in this amphitheater style city.

After visiting Namche, we will head up to the valley leaving the usual Everest trail and following the rivers run off from the Ngozumpa glacier. After two days we will stop again in the village of Machhermo for another rest day and the chance to hike up to Machhermo -Ri. Our next stop will be the Gokyo Valley.

Your arrival into this high mountain valley called Gokyo is welcomed by a string of cobalt blue lakes that continue for the 3-hour hike to Gokyo Village, which sits at the foot of Gokyo-Ri (5357 meters) a huge black mound of rock and dirt. The next morning, you are invited to take the 3-hour hike to the summit of this black, rocky mound to witness the 360-degree Himalayan view offered only from this vantage point. The Himalayas stand like giants guarding the border into Tibet. From Gokyo -Ri you’ll see much more than Mount Everest views, as there will be magnificent panoramas of many of the other 8000-meter peaks as well.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m) and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Catch a morning flight to Lukla (2,850m) and after taking a good rest, trek to Phakding (2,610m).

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,450m).

Day 04: The entire day is for acclimatizing in Namche Bazar. Those who wish to hike can do an optional trekking to Syangboche airstrip (3,750m) and Khumjung (3,800m).

Day 05: Trek to Dole (4,050m).

Day 06: Trek to Machhermo (4,470m).

Day 07: Today, early morning trek to Gokyo Lake (4,750m) for pristine views.

Day 08: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,360m) and descend back to Machhermo.

Day 09: Today, return to Namche Bazar.

Day 10: Descend back to Lukla.

Day 11: Catch a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Day 12: Transfer to hotel or drive to airport for final departure.

Date and Price

Note Regarding Dates:

Although this trip is currently unscheduled, Richa Tours is keen to prepare the necessary arrangements for the group or yourself. Feel free to contact us. The best months to travel this destination are between March to May and October to November.

Note Regarding Price:

Contact us with your needs and we will put forward the best feasible price for you.


Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m) and transfer to Hotel.

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. Be received by our staff that will help in assisting you to get transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu with BB Plan.

Day 02: Catch a morning flight to Lukla (2,850m) and after taking a good rest, trek to Phakding (2,610m).

After an early morning breakfast, we fly to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding. (2610meters). We walk for 3-4 hours. Overnight stay at guesthouse or lodge.

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,450m).

Today is a more arduous day since we trek to Namche Bazar (3450metres), walking approximately for 5-6 hours. Overnight stay at guesthouse or lodge.

Day 04: The entire day is for acclimatizing in Namche Bazar. Those who wish to hike can do an optional trekking to Syangboche airstrip (3,750m) and Khumjung (3,800m).

The whole day is spent acclimatizing at Namche Bazar. Today, we have an optional hiking to Syangboche airstrip & Khumjung green village where walking takes approximately 4-5 hours and then, back to Namche Bazar. Overnight stay at guesthouse or lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Dole (4,050m).

After Breakfast, we trek to Dole (4050m) and walk approximately for 5-6 hours. Overnight stay at guesthouse or lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Machhermo (4,470m).

After Breakfast, we trek to Machhermo (4470meters) where we walk for 3-4 hours. Overnight stay at guesthouse or lodge.

Day 07: Today, early morning trek to Gokyo Lake (4,750m) for pristine views.

Today we trek to Gokyo Lake via first lake & second lake (4750meters). Walking takes approximately 5-6 hours. Overnight stay at guesthouse or lodge.

Day 08: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,360m) and descend back to Machhermo.

After Breakfast, hike up-to Gokyo RI (5360meters) and trek down to Machhermo (4480meters) where walking generally takes 7-8 hours. Overnight stay at guesthouse or lodge.

Day 09: Today, return to Namche Bazar.

After breakfast, trek to Namche Bazar (3440meters) where walking approximately takes 5-6 hours. Overnight stay at guesthouse or lodge.

Day 10: Descend back to Lukla.

After Breakfast, we trek down to Lukla Airport (2804meters) where we walk approximately for 6-8 hours. Overnight stay at guesthouse or lodge.

Day 11: Catch a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

After breakfast, we fly back to Kathmandu. Flying time from Lukla to Kathmandu is approximately 30 minutes. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu with BB Plan.

Day 12: Transfer to hotel or drive to airport for final departure.

Transfer to airport for International departure or the above itinerary can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer one. We will follow accordingly.

Service Include and Exclude

Includes

  • Airport-hotel-airport pick-up and drop by tourist vehicles
  • Hotel & Guest house accommodation
  • Local Sherpa license holder English speaking trekking guide
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek
  • Insurance for all trekking staff
  • Everest National Park permits & TIMS
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag on hire & returnable basis
  • Airfare from Kathmandu–Lukla-Kathmandu, including taxes
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu
  • All Government taxes

Excludes

  • Your travel insurance during tour & trek
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure
  • Alcoholic, cold and hot drinks
  • Laundry & telephone bill
  • Extra Meals during the tour & trek
  • Tips for tour guide, driver & trekking staff
  • Any other personal expenses