Mt. Everest is an aspiration for people to trek in the Himalayas. Gokyo lake is an isolated beauty in the Everest region that has equally amazing adventures to offer as any other trek in the Everest trek.
The Everest-Gokyo Lake Trekking region features the incredibly beautiful Gokyo Valley. From here, you can experience the incredible beauty of the snow capped peaks like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Cho Oyu (8153 m), Makalu (8,475 m), Gyachung Kang (7,922 m) and Lhotse (8,511 m).
Many people sadly miss the Gokyo Lake region because they want to get directly to Everest Base Camp. But you do not get to see the roof of the world without all of the tourists unless you are in Gokyo. In this trek, you will go through the beautiful Sherpa Villages, pass the incredible glaciers and finally reach the breathtakingly beautiful Gokyo Valley.
Gokyo Lake is a sacred lake, with the white snow capped peaks reflecting in its calm blue surface. There are hidden monasteries along the way, and you will definitely not be disappointed in what your eyes will witness. No other place on Earth will reveal as many of the 8,000m plus peaks as in this region.
While the tour is a total of 16 days, there will be 12 days of actual trekking. We also assign three rest days in order to allow you acclimatisation at high elevations. One of the days will be a climb to Mt. Gokyo-Ri (elev. 5483 m) for the most impressive views of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks of the Himalayas.
Gokyo-Ri is considered to be a “trekking peak” and has a comparatively less travelled trail. No special equipment is required to climb this peak. The view from the top is an undefeatable beauty and it should be an inspiration for you if you plan to take on this challenging trek. Only factor to be considered for this trek is your physical condition and obviously your passion.
It will be a trek concerning high altitudes but you can trust Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks as we do not compromise on your safety and comfortability. Make sure to talk to your representative at Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks about this incredible trip. Our experienced and qualified guides will assist you on your excellent adventure.
The following program can be tailor made as per your request. We can adjust the program as per your time and interest. Activities such as Rafting, visit to Chitwan National Park, Paragliding in Pokhara, Jeep flyer, Mountain flight in Kathmandu, etc can be customised in your trip. We can use the morning 8 am flight to Pokhara, which only takes 30 minutes and we can make a short trip to Pokhara after the Everest Trekking. Please do not hesitate to write to us about your interests and concerns; we will make the itinerary to fit your needs.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative at the airport and then s/he will usher you to the hotel. You will be briefly described about your tour and checked into the Hotel. You will have the rest of the day to yourself and overnight at the hotel.
From Kathmandu, you will take an early flight in the morning to Lukla (2827m.). You can get a close view of massive mountains adjacent to Nepal and China (Tibet) in the 40 minutes flight. The same afternoon, you begin your trek by moving down from Lukla to Dudh Kosi River and take the main track to Namche Bazaar, located just over Chaurikharka (2713m.). The trail will be a moderate descent. After you reach the tiny village of Ghat (2550m.), you have a short walk to Phakding. On your way, you will come across beautiful monasteries and stone carved prayer walls. Today will be about a 3 hour walk. Overnight in Phakding.
From Phakding, you start off with a small climb to Jorsale. You advance through a waterfall, from where the path is filled with splendid rhododendron forests, giant firs and magnolia trees. You trek to Namche coming across a few bridges and then go up quite a few hundred metres, a vertical descent and another steeper climb through the forest. Today, you trek for about 4 hours and stay the night at trekkers lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Today, you stay in Namche Bazaar to become accustomed to the altitude. Namche Bazaar is a bustling village located in a large sheltered hollow. After breakfast, you can go for a walk towards Thami (3810m.) over the Bhote Khola River Valley. You can also go to the National Park Headquarters to watch the amazing sunrise and sunset views. You can observe the Sherpa lifestyle and cultures too. The place offers you a beautiful panorama including scenery of the Khumbu peaks and arresting views of the Everest. You can take a healing break before your trek tomorrow.
Today, you will depart from Namche Bazaar to Dole. You will be accompanied by the captivating scenery as you follow the major track in the North out of Namche. The path to Everest moves down the hill and ascends to traverse the Mon La before arriving at Phortse Tenga, past the rhododendron and birch forest ornamented with hanging lichens and mosses. Moving ahead, the path ascends abruptly to Dole. It will be a 5 hour trek and you stay the night at a lodge in Dole.
Fom Dole, you gradually climb along the valley with the increasing elevation. You get an outstanding view of Mt. Cho You ahead and the gorges between peaks of Kantega and Thamserku behind you. It will be a 4 hours walk; you can also take it slow while adapting to the altitude. Your destination for today will be a lodge in Machhermo.
You have an acclimatisation day in Machhermo. You can go around Machhermo village. Just on top of the village, you can get an outstanding panoramic view of Mt. Cho Oyu (8210m.) and the peak which borders the Ngozumpa Glacier. Tonight in Machhermo village.
Today, leaving Machhermo, you head to Gokyo. You will come across stunning glacier lakes, the melt-water rivers which pour down the west part of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You traverse the three attractive lakes and come across the third lake known as Dudh Pokhari. On the East shore lies the settlement of Gokyo. Walking beside the lake, you will see the vista of glorious summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. You trek for 3 hours today and stay at Trekkers Lodge.
Today, you start your trek early in the morning to witness a captivating sunrise sight with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Nuptse and many more ranges of Himalayas. It will be a challenging, short trek of 2 hours to Gokyo Ri. you have the rest of the day in Gokyo peak for acclimatisation to the altitude. Overnight at a lodge in Gokyo.
Today, you trek down back to the southern valley to Phortse. You will come across many wooden bridges over streams and rivers. On your way, you will encounter the beautiful view of Thamserku and further move to Tawache Peak. You trek for 5 hours on a rocky and steepy trail before you reach Phortse . You will stay the night at a lodge in Phortse.
Today, you trek downhill from Phortse to Tengboche. You cross the bridge of Dudh Koshi River. Then, move uphill to visit the popular Tengboche Monastery. It will be a 4 hours trek before you reach Tengboche. You stay the night in a lodge there.
From Tengboche, after ascending all the birch and rhododendron forest, you move down to the bridge above the Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga. Then, you come back to Namche. It will be a trek of about 5 hours into the bustling town. Tonight at Namche.
From Namche, you follow the Dudh Koshi river and arrive at Lukla after about 6 hours of trekking. You will stay the night at a lodge in Lukla.
Today, you fly back to Kathmandu by morning flight. On onset in Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel. You will have the afternoon to yourself, you can go hang around the city. Overnight at the hotel.
Today is the last day of your stay in Nepal. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Airport. We, Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks, wish you a safe journey back home.
Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.
Certain basic trekking equipment are essential on all the routes that we have described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is the list of some recommended equipment required for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots; If it is brand new, “walk them in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
2. Track shoes
A pair of track shoes; To wear in the camp or when the boot is wet.
A warm jacket; Fibre fills or down should be adequate. This is essential during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
4. Shirt and Sweaters
Woollen shirts and thick sweaters; these are essential during the winter season (December to February). Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. A lightweight long sleeved t-shirt is suitable for avoiding sunburn.
A pair of trousers; Jeans are not suitable to wear on treks. Cheap, loose, cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof or waterproof trousers are required on all treks going above 10.0 ft.
A tracksuit is comfortable to wear in camp and in the tent. You want to add at least two pairs of loose fitting long shorts or skirts.
Thermal underwear is the best for sleeping during the winter.
8. Sun Hat, SunCream/Block & Lip Salve
Choose a high factor sun cream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection. A sunhat having a wide brim should be used which covers your face and neck. A woollen hat is a must during winter.
9. Glove/ Sandal/ Socks
A pair of gloves; Leather with lining and woollen are best, 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in the camp and about 4 pairs of thin and 4 pairs of thick woollen socks are required accordingly.
10. Sleeping Bag
As you do not carry sleeping bags yourself, this can be either synthetic or down but it is a must for all 4 seasons. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there.)
11. Personal First Aid Kit
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhoea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
Equipments and Accessories :
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirements for the day. e.g. toiletries, camera, film towel, soap, boots etc.
c) Water bottle
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage
g) Wallet or money belt with compartment for coins
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be bought in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) Candles and lighter to burn toilet paper
k) Snow gaiters required during winter
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful as a sunshade and when it rains.
m) Trekking map, adequate number of passport photographs
Optionals: rubber bands, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars, a small pillow or headrest, thermoses, an inflatable sleeping mat, etc.