Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek – 14 Days

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Go for Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek around most popular Everest region of Nepal. Trekking around Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri indulges you its beauty while walking through exciting valleys, crystal clear turquoise lakes, Nepal’s biggest Ngozumpa Glacier and witnessing phenomenal views of snow capped mountain peaks including Mt. Everest while summiting Gokyo Ri at an altitude of 2330 meters. Trek through stunning Gokyo valley in Everest region and don’t miss this opportunity to view magical display around Everest in comfortable way without considerable amount of effort.

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek starts after you arrive at Kathmandu airport, go for cultural sightseeing around world heritage sites in capital city. Very next day, board short domestic flight to Lukla airstrip followed by trek to Phakding. Arrive at Namche bazaar, the gateway to Everest region and pass through Dole, Macchermo and Gokyo in couple of days. While we are on Gokyo lakes trek we also get an insight into local Sherpa’s culture, tradition and lifestyle. As we head further along witnessing the magnificence of Nepal’s biggest glacier formation, Ngozumpa glacier we arrive at Gokyo, the magical place at the lap of mountains and glacial lakes. We will be viewing four eight thousanders Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse and mighty Mt. Everest all at single go which is another major specialty of Go for this walk. After experiencing heavenly trekking on earth around Everest region of Nepal Himalayas, we trace back our steps to Lukla and return Kathmandu by air.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Lukla - Phakding (2652m) 3 Hrs
  • Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m) 6 Hrs
  • Day 04: Acclimatization day in Namche bazaar – Hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours
  • Day 05: Trek to Dole (4200m) 5 Hrs
  • Day 06: Trek to Machhermo (4400m) 5 Hrs. Overnight at guest house
  • Day 07: Trek to Gokyo Lake (4700m) 4 Hrs
  • Day 08: Hike to Gokyo RI – Trek back to Dole (5360m) 4 Hrs.
  • Day 09: Trek to Namche Bazar (4200m) 5 Hrs
  • Day 10: Namche Bazaar - Lukla: 6 - 8 hrs
  • Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu (1310m) 30 Min.
  • Day 12: Leisure day in Kathmandu, in case of bad weather in the mountain.
  • Day 13: Final Departure from Nepal to your onward destination. “Farewell”

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

Welcome to beautiful city of Kathmandu. Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, meet our office representative at airport arrivals. He will meet and greet you and transfer to your pre booked hotel. After checking in, you can either relax or stroll around the streets of culturally affluent capital city. Don’t miss the Thakali thali and a plate of momo along with Tibetan beer. Meet our trekking guide at later afternoon who will give briefing on your Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo ri trek ensuring every trekking gears and equipments are packed and locked. Later over night stay at hotel in Kathmandu. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 02: Kathmandu Lukla - Phakding (2652m) 3 Hrs

We have our breakfast early at hotel in Kathmandu and get ready to board a scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airstrip that takes us to heart of Everest region. This popular Tenjing Hillary airport is named after the legendary mountaineers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenjing Norgay Sherpa. After landing at Lukla, we meet our porter team and will carry your baggage loads. In this way we start our trekking activity walking along the river banks of Dudhkoshi river. After couple of hours of walk we reach at Phakding where we will stay overnight at local teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m) 6 Hrs

If the weather is clear we get an exclusive opportunity to see the first glimpse of Everest along with excellent view of Thamserku mountain. We make our way through the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at small village of Monjo and further cross the river on popular Hillary suspension bridge. In the mid afternoon, we take a quick rest at chautara and continue hiking until we reach our tea house at Namche Bazar. We stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Acclimatization day in Namche bazaar – Hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours

Today will be our acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar where we will spend another one night to get familiar with mountain surroundings. Proper acclimatization is important to avoid altitude sickness and complete the trek successfully. Therefore, we go for short exciting day hike to Khumjung or Everest view hotel that offers magnificent views of Everest Himalayan range. At Khumjung, visit to local Tenjing Hillary School,  Khunde hospital, monasteries, enjoy the pastries at local bakery or simply make your day an active one. We stay overnight at same tea house today. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Trek to Dole (4200m) 5 Hrs

We start our day after having our early meal. We head towards north east of the major EBC trail. Walk though beautiful dense forests, that blooms during the spring, enjoying the natural views with rivers, forests and landscapes. Witness the grazing Yaks at Yak grazing area or locally known as kharka and continue our journey to Gokyo ri via Gele that finally leads us towards Dole. Our day involves around 5 hours of walk today. We stay overnight at local teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Trek to Machhermo (4400m) 5 Hrs. Overnight at guest house

With plenty of uphill and downhill walks, it will be more of ascends today. The trail passes through Lambarma along with Luja hamlet. We climb the steep trails, and arrive at flat kharka. In this way, we make our way through the side of valley at a place called Machhermo. It is also believed that in 1974, Yeti killed Yaks and local woman. Get to know more of stories, news like this enjoying the beautiful views of Everest Himalayas today. We stay overnight at local guest house in Machhermo. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 07: Trek to Gokyo Lake (4700m) 4 Hrs

We start our uphill walk to Gokyo valley. We have our quick stop at a local village of Punga to observe great scenery of Cholatse Mountain. Today we will be near 4700m altitude and very close to Ngozumba glacier. The surroundings will be more of rocks, boulders and walking through the glacier, be encounter the highlights of our trip, Gokyo lakes Longpo, Tboche Tso. Further ascending through lateral moraine, we have our lunch and enjoy the excellence of Gokyo Lakes. It will be around 4 hours of walking today. We stay overnight at local teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 08: Hike to Gokyo RI – Trek back to Dole (5360m) 4 Hrs.

It is the most important day of our Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo ri trek and we start it quite early in the morning. Gradually we ascend towards the top of Gokyo ri view point that offers exclusive panoramic views of highest 8 thousanders  like Makalu, Lhotse, Cho oyu including top of the world Everest and other neighboring peaks. After experiencing the magic, we descend towards Gokyo valley and back to Dole. It will be most rewarding day, challenging day and memorable day of our adventure. We stay overnight at local guest house in Dole. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 09: Trek to Namche Bazar (4200m) 5 Hrs

We will start missing everything from beautiful views to adventurous experiences as we head towards Namche Bazar today. As most of the trail will be descending, we gradually trek downhill watching our shaky legs and enjoy the same route down from the different perspective. We enjoy more of the local flora fauna, and cultural aspects visiting the monasteries to say final goodbye to Everest region. As we head down, the views of Himalayas becomes more and more distant, we can even see the Tengboche monastery from MOngla. We keep turning back, click lots of pictures and finally arrive at Namche Bazar for overnight stay. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10: Namche Bazaar - Lukla: 6 - 8 hrs

Today is the final trekking day of our Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo ri trek. Walking down steeply through the trails, crossing the suspension bridges, forest walks, waterfalls, birds chirping and plenty of cultural insights, from flattering prayer flags to spinning prayer wheels, from stone carved rocks to chortens and monasteries, we reach at Lukla after walking nearly 6 to 8 hours with couple of breaks in between. We stay overnight at local guest house in Lukla. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu (1310m) 30 Min.

After getting ready, having our breakfast and with last glimpse of Everest region, saying bye to local Sherpas, we fly back to Kathmandu via Lukla airport. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, free activities until end of the day.  Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. Included meal: Breakfast

Day 12: Leisure day in Kathmandu, in case of bad weather in the mountain.

This particular day is a leisure day if everything goes according to plan. And very important contingency day if your domestic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu gets delayed or cancelled. Weather changes very fast at the Himalayas and there are frequent rescheduling of flight at the Himalayas. So, we highly recommend you to plan at least one extra day in your itinerary. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. Included meal: Breakfast

Day 13: Final Departure from Nepal to your onward destination. “Farewell”

Your Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo ri trek concludes today. After all packing and international flight preparation is done, our office representative will transfer you to Tribhuwan International Airport. Get in your flight in time and farewell friend. We look forward to serve you with many more Nepal trekking adventures in coming days. Included meal: Breakfast

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