Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is an incredible hiking trip with superb attractions which include towering mountain peaks, glacial lakes, glaciers, and the hidden Sherpa villages. This trekking trip is an alternative trekking trip for Everest Base Camp because of the beauty and the attractions it holds. This trek is of a challenging grade for the altitude and the terrain of the route. The Gokyo Trek begins from the Lukla airstrip and heads above the Dudh Koshi River Valley. Some suspension bridges should be crossed over the River and gorge before entering the Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to many flora and fauna including some endangered species like the Red Panda, Musk Deer, and Snow leopard. On reaching Namche Bazaar, you’ll have to take a side trip to the Khumjung valley for acclimatization purposes. Namche Bazaar is a market center for the people of the Khumbu region. Khumjung valley represents the features of the Sherpa people that have monasteries and Chhortens. Walking to Phortse, you continually climb to the Gokyo valley passing the glacial lakes Longpongo Tso and Ramboche Tso. Gokyo valley is beautifully situated beside the Dudh Pokhari. You also hike to the Gokyo Ri, from where you can get the perfect view of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung, Lhotse, Nuptse, and others along with the longest Himalayan glacier in the world - the Ngozumba glacier. If the time and the situation is favorable then you might be able to visit the fifth and the sixth lakes. The Vertex Holiday organizes Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking with professional guides and porters. Our given itinerary can be customized as per your interest. Contact us for more details about this trip and other similar exciting trips.
Due to the extreme nature of the trek , we advise you to seek a professional guidance for taking this trek. Even if you want to complete this trek with out any professional assistance we advise you to join a group of solo trekkers in case something goes wrong.
Namaste and welcome to Nepal. As you arrive Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative will receive you at the airport and assist you to the hotel. After getting refreshed, a short briefing and orientation will be held by our trekking leaders. In the evening will be dinner program at a Nepalese restaurant with cultural music and dance . Overnight at the hotel.
After 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 medieval arts and architecture. Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu are the major attractions . However, there are in total seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. Returning back from the sightseeing tour, a short trip briefing will be conducted by our trekking leader. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, drive to the domestic airport of Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla. During the flight the picturesque Himalayan range is visible. Landing at Lukla, you"ll meet the rest of the crew who will accompany us during the trekking. Then the hike begins smoothly through the easy trail with the smell of the Yak dungs with the chirping of the birds. The trail goes through several small settlements and eventually crossing suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phakding . Overnight at lodge.
After the delicious breakfast, we begin our trek, which is a bit tougher today. Crossing bridges, we reach to the entry gate of Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsalle. Then the route starts to get tougher as it ascends uphill. The prayers carved on the large stone walls are intriguing . 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.
The town of Namche Bazaar is equipped with all sorts of cafes, bars, clothing and equipment stores, and many other places. Basic facilities are available at the health post/hospital, school, trade centers, and others. It is even known as the gateway to Everest. Today is an acclimatization and exploration day. So, we'll hike exploring the amazing town of Namche along with its neighboring parts of Khumjung and Everest view hotel. The Sherpa Culture museum is an optional place to explore. Back to lodge and rest. Overnight at the hotel.
Our trek continues climbing the stone steps of the town . Reaching the top, incredible mountain view appear in front of our eyes. The chances of seeing the wild animals including Himalayan Thar, Musk deer and the national bird Danphe are high. After some easy plain trail with a descend to Kyanjuma, we climb up steadily through the rhododendron forest and reach to Phortse which lies under the shadow of Mt.Taboche. Overnight at lodge.
After the Phortse village , the trail continues crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and continue walking through the forest region. We will be witnessing the biodiversity of the region. The cascading waterfalls are one amazing experience of the day. We'll stop at Luza for a tea break then continue through the sandy trail to reach the Machhermo village. Nearby the village, the Himalayan Rescue Center lies, which is 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. Mt.Thamserku peeps from the near horizon. From Phanga, we trek down to the Riverside and climb again through the Ngozumba glacier to reach to the Gokyo or Dudh Pokhari . Gokyo lake is situated at an altitude of 4800 meters with a small settlement beside the lake. You may find it tough to deal with the alpine altitude, but the following day it will become normal as we go over 5300 meters. Overnight at lodge.
It is an exploration day. Early in the morning , we hike to the Gokyo Ri in order to catch the glimpse of sunrise . The view of Everest, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makulu and other smaller peaks can be seen from the Gokyo Ri . Then we come down for lunch at the lodge. Then we can visit the fifth and the sixth lake. 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 breakfast. Besides, the fabulous Mt.Taboche and Mt.Cholatse will shed their smile at you. Even Mt.Thamserku and Mt.Cho Oyu can be seen as you reach the ridge. Then we descend gradually passing Machhermo and Luza village and finally reach to Dole. Overnight at lodge.
After breakfast, we begin to descend to Phortse Thanka through the astonishing rhododendron forest. We can see the cascading waterfalls and beautiful wildflowers 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 breakfast and begin the excursion through the steep trail from Namche Bazaar. Checking out from the national park counter, we reach to Monjo 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 will be assisted to the hotel and take a rest. Overnight at the 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 medieval 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 a typical Nepali restaurant. We have a special moment. Overnight at the hotel.
Note: in case the flight gets canceled, today is the reserve day for that. Weather change is normal in the mountainous region.
Having a good memorable trekking experience with Vertex Holiday our representative will drop you at the airport for your final departure.