Everest Region – Gokyo Lakes

September – November, March – April


Description:

The Gokyo Lake  region is one of the beautiful treats of the Khumbu.  The journey here leads you off the main path to Everest Base Camp, and thus it is less crowded.  The Gokyo Lakes are considered sacred by both Buddhist and Hindus drawing locals into the mountains, usually in August for th Janai Purnima festival where they bath in the sacred waters.  The lakes are fed from the Renjo-la pass to the northeast, and the Ngozumpa glacier in the east.  The Nogzumpa glacier is the largest in Nepal and possibly in the Himalayas.   It reveals some of the most stunning lakes in the region with a day hike up a trekking peak, Gokyo Ri (5,357 m, 17,575 ft) nearby to soak in the wide expanse of mountains with views of the worlds highest peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu, and Makalu, which are all over 8000M.

If one is short on vacation time, trekking just to the Gokyo lakes and returning and can a great way to have an amazing adventure in the Himalayas in less time.  If more time is available there are many options available to you.  A great option is to start lower in Jiri and hike into the Khumbu instead of flying into Lukla.  The lower trek in lush and so full of culture, animals, and the sweetest people you have ever met.  This adds a week to the trek, but it is well worth the experience.  See the other treks we have listed like the trek over the Renjo la pass that continues over the Cho La pass as well.   And if one is really adventurous it is nice to continue west into the Rawaling valley and make a loop that way where comparatively few tourist have ventured.

Itinerary

Day 1 – 3:

Depart home & arrive at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel, briefing about trip.

Day 4:

Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley to the Swayambhu – “monkey temple”, Pashupatinath – Hindu temple, and Bodnath stupa: gear check and prepare for the trek; Welcome dinner

Day 5:

Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding 2610m (3hrs)

Day 6:

Phakding to Namche Bazar 3440m (6hrs)

Day 7:

Namche is rest day for acclimatization

Day 8:

Trek to Phortse Thenga

Day 9:

Trek to Dole

Day 10:

Trek to Macherma

Day 11:

Acclimitization day in Macherma

Day 12:

Trek to Gokyo Lake

Day 11:

Climb Gokyo Ri peak early in the morning for fabulous views of Everest and Lhotse

Day 12:

Trek down to Phortse village

Day 13:

Trek to Namche

Day 14:

Trek to Lukla

Day 15:

Fly Kathmandu

Day 16:

Fly home

 

Price:

2-4 people $3000

4+ people $2000

Deposit of 50% due 2 months prior to trip and payment in full 30 days before the start of the trip.

Includes:

  • Pick up at Airport and transfer to your hotel
  • A night’s accommodation both before and after your climb
  • All trekking costs, including salaries, food, park fees, permits, insurance for porters, etc  (please note that this does not include tips for the porters or guides)
  • In country flight to Lukla
  • Lodging on the trek
  • Transfers back to airport for your return flights

Does not Include:

  • Flight from your home country to Nepal, Kathmandu
  • Visa ($40 for 30 days, purchased at airport on arrival with US cash only)
  • Tips for your mountain staff
  • Additional nights beyond the standard two hotel nights included
  • Hotel upgrade costs if you request an alternative hotel outside of the standard hotels
  • Items considered to be non-essential, such as soft drink, snacks, bottled water,
  • Donations to monasteries
  • Showers on the trek, laundry service on the trek, etc.
  • Travel Insurance