Gokyo- Lakes Walking holidays 15 Days

The trek to Gokyo Lakes provides an excellent opportunity to see an eyeful view of the Mt. Everest at close range. There are a number of lakes in this valley but the famous ones are Dudh Pokhari, Taboche Tsho, Longpongo are the ones we visit. Thonak Tsho, Ngozumba Tsho, Guazumba Tsho are far away from our camp and can be seen from the Gokyo Peak. There are other many small and big lakes in the Gokyo Valley emerged from the various glaciers like Ngozumba Glacier, Gyazumba Glacier etc. This trek is to be considered as an alternative trek to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek that offers splendid view of several mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest in the Nepal Himalayas. The picture of this region is associated with the soaring view of the most popular mountains in Nepal, at an altitude of 8000m including Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri (5360m.) above Gokyo Lake.
One of the most noteworthy features of this trek is the view of incredible ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m) located in Khumbu region. This extraordinary trek through the company, Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition, is also worthy in a sense that it offers plentiful opportunity to explore the amazing destination and its impressive sight, which is beyond human imagination.
If we happened to be in this place during Janai Purnima festival, the full moon day that falls in the month of August, we see many local people gather here for the special fair that takes place here. We can get opportunity to watch typical cultural activities of the local people especially from the Buddhist society, at that time. The people gather here for making business too, selling and buying local and imported products from far and near.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337)
Day 03: Kathmandu-Lukla (flight) 2840m – Phakding (2610 meters)
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
Day 05: Namche Bazaar Rest/ Acclimatization day
Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Phorse Village-(3810m)
Day 07: Phorse Village – Machhermo(4,470m)
Day 08: Machharmo – Gokyo (4810m)
Day 09: Gokyo Valley Rest/ Climb Gokyo Peak (5360m)
Day 10: Gokyo to Dole (4200m)
Day 11: Dole – Namche Bazaar (3440 meters)
Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla Bazaar (2840m)
Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu (1350 meters) Flight
Day 14: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur (1401) Sightseeing 3-4hours
Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu (1337)

Important Information:
Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. Make sure that the trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is found necessary due to unfavorable circumstances that may occur during the trek. However, the effort will be made to keep to the above planned itinerary. Unfavorable weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can force to bring the changes in the itinerary. The leader will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly according to the plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337)
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337)
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.
Day 03: Kathmandu-Lukla (flight) 2840m – Phakding (2610 m)
We are going to have exciting and adventurous flight from Kathmandu to Lukla today. We can compare this flight with the Moutain Flight. The flight is supposed to be exciting due to the climatic conditions; especially visibility and wind that affect our flight most may cause to delay.  In a little turboprop with the capacity of about 14 passengers, we fly in the altitude up to 3500 meters to Lukla. If the day is clear we are lucky to view in the north the ranges of snow peaks of the huge mountains bordering with Tibet. And to the south we can view the beautiful small villages and terraces of the fertile lands. After landing in Lukla, we walk downhill upto Chheplung then we walk uphill along the Dudhkoshi River to Phakding. Wooden and suspension bridges in the several points welcome us to cross the river. We rest in Phakding this day. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440 meters)
The path goes uphill and downhill to Namche Bazar. We reach Monjo, a village which is the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park too. This point is very popular place so the trekkers don’t miss the chance to take some pictures over here. This is the point where our permit and TIMS cards are checked. Then we walk downhill to Dudh Khosi. We walk along the Dudh Koshi crossing wooden and suspension bridges in several points. After we cross Larja Bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we can view the panoramic glance of Mt. Everest in about one and half an hour’s walk. We head to Namche Bazar, the very famous village in the Everest Region. We can hire horse if wish/need in this point. We have a camp here. Especially the Friday and Saturday markets are very famous here.  People from far and near come to make their business. Various things (local and imported) are displayed for sale. Especially people from Khumbu area (upper Namche Bazzar) come for shopping here on those market days.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar Rest/ Acclimatization day
Since we are in the Everest Region Trek, we can view the Mt Everest almost from everywhere. We rest in Namche Bazaar today especially for the acclimatization. The tribes living in Namche Bazzar are the Sherpas in majority. We can experience somehow the life style of Sherpas who has close culture with the Tibetan. We can visit to the museum about the Himalayan people. This is the place with army camp, health post, school, police check post, bakeries, internet cafes, disco theque, bars, snooker, pool, foreign money exchanger etc. We can have a taste of local wine, alcohol, food etc. Number of shops and lodges welcome the tourists over here. Many trekkers stay here at least one or for several days for acclimatization. Especially the Friday and Saturday markets are very famous here.  People from far and near come to make their business. Various things (local and imported) are displayed for sale. Especially people from Khumbu area (upper Namche Bazzar) come for shopping here on those market days.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Phorse Village-(3810m)
Today we start our trek enjoying marvelous view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. The path goes through several ups and downs. Along the way, we can see pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The path goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. Then we head to Sansa, a beautiful mountain village which is the main trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. We trek gradually up through Mongla pass (3975 m) from where we get glimpse of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Mt. Khumbila. Sherpas regard Mt. Khumbila as sacred mountain of the patron God of the Khumbu area. Descending to Dudhkosi Khola (3250m), we cross a bridge and again trek up through the rhododendron forest, a host for Himalayan wild deer and musk deer. Ultimately, we arrive to Phorse village where we spend the night.

Day 07: Phorse Village – Machhermo(4,470m)
Today in the in the beginning we walk back the same path up to Phorse Thanga because the alternative path from Phorse village is not so good. So we re-cross the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. We walk through forests, viewing waterfalls and bridges. We reach Dole; a small place with few teahouses. Further, we climb steadily up through a scenic ridge above Dole and the path climbs via Lhabarma. Offering us good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku the path takes us through many summer settlements and a charming village of Luza (4360 m). After climbing from Luza, we will be in the Dudh Koshi valley. Walking along the hill side above roaring Dudkoshi, passing through some small and beautiful villages and through sandy spurs, we reach Machhermo. Machhermo is the last main settlement on the way up to Gokyo. The beautiful stream flowing down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche mountains runs through the middle of village before draining into the Dudh Koshi. It is the place where Khumbu people got first sight of Yeti in 1974 and the skull of the Yeti is kept safely in Khumjung Gompa even today. We visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital for a lecture regarding the altitude sickness, its precaution, and primary treatment. We stay overnight in Machhermo.
Day 08: Machharmo – Gokyo (4810m)
Today, we climb through a ridge of Chadoten (5065m) from where we can see fabulous view of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Chadoten and reaches Pangka (4480m) after some gentle walk. Pangka is the palace where an avalanche in 1995 killed 40 people. We descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. Upon crossing an iron bridge over a stream, the trial levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m. At this juncture, we get chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho we become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight here. After lunch, we explore around the third Lakes, Dudh Pokhari. We spend night in a teahouse with comfortable bedrooms. We spend overnight at Gokyo.
Day 09: Gokyo Valley Rest/ Climb Gokyo Peak (5360m)
Today we rest here for acclimatization. But if the weather is fine, we grab the opportunity to climb Gokyo Peak today, and enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Or, we may go to visit some famous lakes of the Gokyo valley. Definitely we would not miss the opportunity to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The path continues to fifth lake. If interested, we can climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astonishing views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here – the spot is called Scoundrel’s View point. Beyond the fifth Lakes is the Cho Oyu Base Camp. Northern part of the fifth lake provides magnificent views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the Ngozumpa glacier. Moved by the charm, we may even try to go sixth lake too but depends upon our own interest and time. If we are in this place during Janai Purnima festival, the full moon day that falls in the month of August, we see many local people gather here for the special fair. We can get opportunity to watch typical cultural activities of the local people especially from the Buddhist society, at that time. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today.
Day 10: Gokyo to Dole (4200m)
Now the way back from Gokyo is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River that emerges out of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Passing by the second and then the first Gokyo Lakes, we come to cross a small garrulous stream through an iron bridge. We see the small village of Pangga ahead. Cholatse and Taboche peaks rear up on the right of us. The path descends below Pangga, and across a level terrace on the slope to climb a rib on the far side of the hill side. Upon reaching the Chadoten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega. We slowly walk down to sprawling village of Machhermo. Again, crossing the delightful villages of Luza and Lhafarma we reach Dole. We stay overnight at Dole.
Day 11: Dole – Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

Taking last inspection back to Cho Oyu range, we start steep descent to Phortse Tenga. Our hike today is mostly down hills. The most outstanding feature of the trail is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. We might spot faunas like mountain goats, musk deers, pheasants, etc. Waterfalls are also today`s attraction. Upon reaching MongLa, we woll be greeted by a very wonderfully located lovely place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. We take revised look at Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, and a distant view of Tengboche. After a bit of long distance walk, we reach an intersection where the steep path up from Sanasa meets our trail. Now, path to Namche clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. Upon coming to Namche army camp hill, we look back to see Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche for one last time. About a kilometer from here is Namche. We take hot shower and let rest our tired muscles at a comfortable lodge in Namche.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla Bazaar (2840m)
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky land. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. By today, we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound. We stay overnight in Lukla. Every Thursday the local people around Lukla gather here for weekly fair for their marketing/business and get together.

Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu (1337 m) Flight

Today we wait for the plane to fly Kathmandu. who knows, we will come back to this region again or not in our life. So we may have look around for the last view of the Everest region. The flight depends on the weather condition. Flight delay or cancellation for the day is common phenomenon in this region. So, we may have to pay extra charge US $ 250-350 for the plane charter so that we will not miss our flight to our home country from Kathmandu.

Day 14: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu or  Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing 3-4 hours 

This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged.  The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.