Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is an incredible trip with superb attractions. The trek is renowned as the alternative EBC trekking due to the remarkable natural sceneries, Lakes and glaciers and the hidden Sherpa valleys. Trek to the Gokyo valley is strenuous due to the altitude it gains and the route we follow. Trekkers should always feel that acclimatization is necessary for the Gokyo trek.
The Gokyo Lake Trek begins from the Lukla airstrip and head above the Dudh Koshi Valley. Some steel bridges should be crossed over the River and gorge before entering to the Sagarmatha National Park. It is a home of endangered flora and fauna. Reaching Namche Bazaar, you take a side trip to the Khumjung valley. Namche Bazaar is a market centre for the people of the Khumbu region. Khumjung valley represents the features of the Sherpa people that has monasteries and chhortens. Walking to Phortse, you continually climb to the Gokyo valley passing the Longpongo Tso and Ramboche Tso. Gokyo valley is beautifully situated beside the Dodh Pokhari. You also hike to the Gokyo Ri, from where you can get the perfect views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung, Lhotse, Nuptse and others along with the longest glacier of Nepal- the Ngozumba glacier. If it becomes possible, you can trek to the fifth and sixth lake as well.
The Vertex Holiday organizes Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking with the professional Everest guides and porters. Our given itinerary can be customized as per your planning. We strongly imply the way of acclimatization to make your Gokyo Lake trek more safer. Please, contact us for more details.
Namaste and welcome to Nepal. As you arrive Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed, we give you a short briefing and orientation by out trekking leaders. The evening is wonderful with a dinner with the Nepali cultural program. Overnight at hotel.
After the breakfast at the hotel, set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, these include UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and mediaeval arts and architectures. There are Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu. However, there are in total seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. Returning back from sightseeing tour, you get a short trip briefing. Overnight at hotel.
Having breakfast, drive to the domestic airport of Kathmandu and fly to Lukla enjoying the picturesque Everest region Himalayas. Landing at Lukla, you meet the rest of the crew who accompanies us during the trekking. Then the trek starts smoothly through the easy trail and you can see the tiny settlements along with their potato fields. Crossing the steel bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach to Phakding. Overnight at lodge.
After the delicious breakfast, we begin our trek, which is ascending high. Crossing bridges, we reach to the entry gate of Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsalle. Now the trail is steep high. The charming view of Everest can be seen for the first time of the trek. We walk continually till we reach to the horseshoe shaped Namche Bazaar, which is one of the busiest settlements in the Everest region. Overnight at lodge/tea house.
Today is an acclimatization and exploration day. To avoid the mountain sickness, it is necessary when we walk over 2700 meters. So, we go on exploring this amazing town along with its neighbouring parts as Khumjung and Everest view hotel. There are almost all the facilities and markets of all the goods. Basic facilities are available at the health post/hospital, school, trade centers and others. Hillary school is located there. The exploration hiking is also wonderful to understand the Sherpa culture and traditions, spirituality and hospitality. Back to lodge and rest. Overnight at hotel.
We commence through the fine and gradual up hill trail. The mountain views come in front of your eyes that are really incredible. Also the wild animals including Himalayan thar and musk deer. The national bird Danphe dances beside the trail. Descending to Kyanjuma, we climb up steadily through the rhododendron forest and reach to Phortse under the shadow of Tawoche. Overnight at lodge.
Heading for the Phortse village we cross the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and continue walking through the forest region. We see the biological diversities. It means the perfect combination of flora and fauna. The cascading waterfalls are amazing that can be seen during the trekking. We reach to Luza, pass the village, walk through the sandy trail and reach to the Machhermo village. Nearby the village, the Himalayan Rescue Center lies, which is a place to treat the people having altitude problems. Overnight at lodge.
Enjoying the view of the Dudh Koshi valley, we begin to trek higher with a destination of Gokyo today. Thamserku peeps from the near horizon. From Phanga, we trek down to the Riverside and climb again through the Ngozumba glacier. Reaching up to the Gokyo valley or Dudh Pokhari, we pass Lonpongo and Ramboche Tso. Gokyo valley is located at 4800 meters. You may find it tough to deal the alpine altitude, but the following day it becomes normal as we go over 5300 meters. Overnight at lodge.
It is an exploration day. After having breakfast, we ascend to the Gokyo Ri. Or we hike to the 4th and 5th Lake. The views of Everest, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makulu can be explored from the Gokyo top. The longest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumba glacier can be seen from there. Exploring the natural wonders, we trek down to the Gokyo valley and rest. Overnight at lodge.
The wonderful sunrise view over the snowy peaks is stunning, but we have to leave after the breakfast. Over the Dudh Koshi River. Beside, the fabulous Taboche and Cholatse smile at you. Even Thamserku and Cho Oyu can be seen as you reach to the ridge. Then we descend gradually passing Machhermo and Luza village and finally reach to Dole. Overnight at lodge.
After the breakfast, we begin to descend to Phortse Thanka through the astonishing rhododendron forest. We can see the cascading waterfalls and beautiful wild flowers from the trail. Some of the wild animals are other attractions of the trekking. The spectacular Everest region peaks energize you to walk in this beautiful landscape. After having lunch, we trek further to the Namche Bazaar and rest. Overnight at lodge.
This is the last trekking day. We have a breakfast and begin the excursion through the steep trail from Namche Bazaar. Checking out from the national park counter, we reach to Monju and head further crossing the suspension bridges. Passing Phakding, the normal route begins. We gradually reach to our concluding point at Lukla. We celebrate our successful trek with all the team members. It is the last day of the trek for our crew. Overnight at lodge.
It’s time to bid farewell to this Himalayan town and fly back to Kathmandu. The Himalayan peaks that became familiar to us can be explored for the last time if the weather is clear. Landing in Kathmandu, you transfer to the hotel and take a rest. Overnight at hotel.
This is a great day to explore the ancient town- Bhaktapur. It is a half day trip. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an old Newari town, where mediaeval architectures, pagoda style temples, pottery square and various other attractions lie there. After the tour, drive back to Kathmandu and join the dinner in the evening at typical Nepali restaurant. We have a special moment. Overnight at hotel.
Note: in case the flight gets cancelled, today is the reserve day for that. Weather change is normal in the mountainous region.
Having a good memory with Vertex Holiday our representative drops you at the airport for your final departure.
As two young girls arriving in Nepal we were concerned about finding a trek company that could give us peace of mind along with the trek we wanted. Amrit the manager was amazing and totally accommodated our needs and understood that we were students so not wanting to spend a crazy amount. We did the Everest Region trek, and it was the best experience of my life. Our guide Prakash made the whole experience for us, not only was he very knowledgable and helpful, but a great person who really tailored our trek for us both. As two young girls they put our mind at rest about safety. Could not recommend them enough to anyone wanting a short to long or cheap to expensive track. They have it all, and will accommodate in the best way for all.