Gokyo Lakes trek gives an alternative to the traditional Everest base camp trekking. Gokyo Lake Trekking also starts from Lukla after half an hour mountain flight from Kathmandu following up the Dudh Koshi River towards Namche, the gateway of Khumbu region.
Gokyo Lakes trek gives an alternative to the traditional Everest base camp trekking. The trek starts from Lukla after half an hour mountain flight from Kathmandu following up the Dudh Koshi River towards Namche, the gateway of Khumbu region. After Namche, you branch off from the main busy trail towards the sleepy village of Phortse Tenga, Dole, and Machhermo. The Machhermo village situated at 4465 m/14645 ft. The village partially sheltered from the wind by steep hillside spurs to north and south and with a tremendous view of the rocky amphitheater that blocks the glen to the west. The lodge is basic but enough comfortable. In the village, the community building porters shelter and health post.
Gokyo Lakes trek from Machhermo the view is dramatically landscape changing to broad pastures, narrow clefts with steeply climbing trails an icy stream to cross stony wastes and the banks of turns and first lake of the trail continuous to way up stone steps to the third Lake to Dudh Pokhari turquoise in color and reflecting the white face of Cho Oyu (8153 m/26741 ft) seen ahead and finally reach your ultimate destination Gokyo Lake(4750m/15580 ft) where few tea houses are available for overnight.
Gokyo Lakes trek highlights are to climb Gokyo Ri (5357m/17571 ft) From summit can observe great Himalayan views of Mt.Everest (8848m/29029ft) and other three 8000 meter peaks (Mt. Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu). From here you can also see the largest glacier in Nepal named Ngozumpa. Apart from them, the view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang (7922m/25984ft) is one of the most dramatic panoramas of Gokyo Lake Trekking. From Gokyo Lake, there are many options for high altitude walking including the crossing of Cho La pass and Rengo La pass however you will not cross those passes. Rather you return back to Namche and Lukla via the same previous route. This Gokyo Lake trekking is indeed a less crowded than the Everest Base Camp trekking.
After arrival in Kathmandu International airport, meet our officer. He will assist you to transfer your hotel. At the hotel, our officer gives you the orientation of the overall trip. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.
Early morning transfer to Kathmandu airport domestic terminal to catch the flight to Lukla (2810m/9216ft).The flight duration is approximately 45 minutes. Have a tea and coffee in Lukla. One hour rest at Lukla in mountain Lodge. Then your trekking starts from Lukla. The trail contour through the Sherpa village and yak pasture land. Have a lunch in Thado Koshi (2591m/8498ft) with a stunning view of Kum Kangaru(6370m/20893ft). You will see the painted Mani wall in Ghat (chhuthawa) village. In the late afternoon, you arrive at Phakding. O/n at the mountain lodge.
Your trekking starts after breakfast at the mountain lodge. You cross the long suspension bridge over the Dhudh Koshi River which is originated from Khumbu glacier. Today you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo village. You have lunch in Jorsale(2740m/8987ft).The trail goes ahead along the Dudhakoshi river. You cross another suspension bridge in Larja Dobhan(2830m/9282ft). From here the trail moves to steep staircase through pine forest. After half and hour steep walking you will see Mt Everest (8848m/29029ft). The trail ascends until Namche Bazaar through the alpine forest. You will be delighted to see Namche Bazaar. The Namche bazaar is gateway of the Everest base camp trekking. Enjoy staying two nights here. O/n at the mountain lodge.
Rest day in Namche Bazaar is especially for acclimatization with altitude. On this day you can walk around Namche Bazaar. Here you can get many facilities such as bank, internet, bakery and shopping. After the breakfast One and half hour steep walking to Syangboche (3880m/12726ft). From Syangboche you can see Mt. Everest(8848m/29029ft), Lhotse(8516m/27932ft), Ama Dablam(6814m/22350ft), Thamserku(6618m/21707ft) and more mountains. Have a tea and coffee in Everest view hotel. The trail descends half an hour to the Khumjung village (3780m/12398ft), the village of Sherpas, the worldly renowned climbers. In Khumjung village you can visit Kumjung Hillary School and Kumjung Gompa. After lunch hike back to the Namche Bazaar. O/n at mountain lodge.
The trek starts steep stone staircase over the Namche. After the top, the trail becomes easier and trail contour the Dhudhkosi valley. By walking you can see incredible Khumbu valley with world highest mountains and Tengboche Monastery. After nearly 2 hours of walking, you reach to Sanasa(3600m). Here have a few minutes rest before the hard steep 2h climb to Mong Danda (3973m).From here you will see the magnificent views of Mt. Ama Sablam, Mt. Kangtaga and Mt. Thamserku with Dudhkosi valley. Have a lunch break. After lunch, the trail descends 45m to Phortse Tanga (Phortse Village) (3643). O/n at the mountain lodge.
The trail climbs away from the Phortse Tenga passing through the Rhododendron and pine forest. After 20m steep climb first appears Cho Oyu. You will cross the beautiful waterfall and yak pasture. The views of Khumbila and Tawachee (6542m) are tremendous from the trail. O/n at the mountain lodge.
Today is easy day and better view of in your past days. From Dole the trail descends to stream than cross the wooden bridge. You will cross the few teahouses, the trail ascends one hour to top the hill. You can take time here for the picture. You will reach in Luza(4390m/14399ft) after 1 hour 50 minutes walk from Dole. Here you can take rest and tea. From Luza trail becomes ups along the side of the valley than cross the more high pastureland and chorten with prayers flags. Many writers saying yeti killed the Sherpa women and Yak here. From this hill enchanting view of eastern part Gokyo valley, Mt. Taboche and Mt. Cholatse. Then walk down to Machhermo valley. O/n at mountain Lodge.
The trail climbs the ridge of valley excellent view of Kantaga and big Mountain Cho-oyu. The trail becomes more ups to Kharka. Here few stone houses, then trail will be easier to Pangka at 4380m. In November 1995 big avalanche came here and killed trekking group and villagers. From here the trail will be narrow and steep climb close to the Ngozumpa glacier. The end of hard ascends cross the bridge over the stream which flows from Gokyo Lake. This is the first small lake of Gokyo. From here the trail almost in level appears the second lake at 4720m/15481ft. It called Taujun Lake. Finally, your will climb to the last lake of Dudha Pokhari at 4750m/15580ft in Gokyo Lake (4790m/15711ft). O/n at mountain Lodge.
Have a breakfast early in morning. Before climbing make sure you have water, some snacks and plenty of warm clothes. The trail climb steep ups directly above the Gokyo lake.2h and half hour hard climb to Gokyo-Ri at 5340m/17515ft. From the top great Himalayan views of world highest mountain with Makalu range better than Kala Pattar above the Gorkhashep. After taking the picture all the way downhill to Gokyo Lake. Have lunch and rest two hours. If you’re feeling good you can hike to the oldest and longest glaciers of Khumbu valley. O/n at mountain Lodge.
You should pack up early in the morning. Then have a breakfast and hike down to Lukla airstrip. Take a flight to Kathmandu. The rest of your day is free in Kathmandu. In evening you can stroll around Thamel, the major tourist destination of Kathmandu. You can do some last minute shopping for souvenirs for your family and relatives. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Today is your the last day in Nepal. Our officer will come to meet you at your hotel to escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight home.