Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the famous and adventurous destinations. Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Trek offers the best opportunity to gain the Himalayan experience Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp trek visits all of the high valleys surrounding Everest culminating with the ascent of Kala Pattar and the walk to Everest Base Camp. We have extra time at Gokyo to explore the upper valley, providing the most extensive view of Everest in the whole of Khumbu. With time to explore villages and monasteries and sample the Sherpa people's incredible hospitality, this trek is unbeatable. Gokyo to Everest Base Camp Trek is a unique trek that goes through Lukla, Namche bazaar, and to Gokyo, Chola Pass, Kalapattar, and Everest Base Camp.
Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Trek begins with a lovely dramatic flight to Lukla. The trail follows many farm villages with beautiful views of the high snow-capped peaks of the world. To the famous viewpoint, Gokyo Ri and higher pass Cho La with the highest spot at Kalapathar for the outstanding breathe taking panoramic view of glacier lakes, many higher mountains including Mt. Everest. To visit the Everest Base camp, glaciers and lakes figuring in different shapes make you overwhelmed and glacier cracking sound makes you fear love.
Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp trek is considered to be an alternative to traditional trails to the Everest base camp. Gokyo Ri is one of the excellent viewpoints that lies in this region. The trekking to Gokyo Lake starts from Lukla, and then the trails follow along the bank of Dudh Koshi River. After having one night stay for acclimatization at Namche, the beautiful Sherpa village you will enjoy great hospitality and good accommodation during the trek, you will finally reach Gokyo Lake. From Gokyo Lake, you will have views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Makalu, and other neighbouring Himalayas lying around Everest Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier. We will then climb Kala Pattar (5545m), which offers fabulous close-up views of Everest.
For Travellers to Gokyo Lake Everest base camp trek of 18 days, we can modify the days according to the option and concerns of the travellers. If you have unlimited or limited time, then the Gokyo Lake Trek the Everest view Trekking 12days, or the Everest Three Pass Trek would be a suitable alternative for your vacation.
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with the Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check-in, if time allows, you will visit the MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
Early morning transfer to airport for Lukla flight. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at high evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters! Trek to Phakding with green landscape & view of Kusum Kangaru. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
We follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending through Himalayan pine and Deodar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat, and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike, we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
We do require an acclimatization day at this altitude to adopt a high altitude before heading up to high elevation so today will be our first acclimatization day in this trek. You will have a full day of leisure or visit Everest View Point hotel for a wonderful panoramic view or take a short hike to Syngboche village or stroll around the market as per your wish. If this is a Saturday; one can see the lively & colorful market of Namche as Saturday used to be a typical day for people for shopping, exchange, and sail their goods. Also, you can visit Sherpa Museum as well a great place to learn about Sherpa culture and the history of mountaineering, and stroll back to the hotel. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
After strolling around the Namche area, today we refreshed, and fairly easy to walk further on. Our walk follows on the gradual trail with a few short up and downs overlooking magnificent views of the great giant snow peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kwangde peak after a pleasant walk of two hours to a small place at Shanasa, from here and trek ascents the left side to Mongla hill and continue down to Phortse Thanga for the overnight stay. We serve our lunch here. Enjoy the walking and further few hours walk ascending will reach Dole. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
Trek from Dole to Machhermo you will climb gradually along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu (8201m) while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega (6783m) and Thamserku (6623m). You are walking through Lhabarma (4330m), Luza (4340m) and finally reach Machhermo (4410m). (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kangtega and up towards to Cho-Oyu (8201m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390m then descends to the river bank before beginning the climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first small lake Longponga (4650m) where a family of Brahmin ducks has resided for many years. After the first lake, the trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake known as Tanjung (4710m) and continues to trek to Gokyo Lake (4750m). (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
Early this morning we hike up to Gokyo Ri (5496 m) for superb views of the entire mountain chain from the Nangpa La to Makalu and beyond, including four of the World's highest peaks - Cho Oyu (8168 m), Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8526 m) and Makalu (8496 m), this will be unforgettable lifetime memories and enjoy around the top. It takes about 2 hours to get to the top and an hour to get back to Gokyo for breakfast and trek down to Nha, situated at the foot of the Ngozumpa Glacier, 2 hours down the valley from Gokyo. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
Now we descend the opposite side of the Dudh Kosi Valley to the village of Phortse. The descent is straightforward following the east side of the valley providing different views of the Khumbu peaks. Enter Phortse at the upper part of the village. Phortse is a magnificently situated village, beneath steep hills and overlooking the junction of the Dudh Kosi and Imja Khola rivers by downhill to a lower altitude, we are allowing our bodies to recover from the exertions at Gokyo and are following the correct procedures for acclimatizing. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
From Phortse the trail climbs and contours around the West side of the Imja Khola Valley providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall, and Everest. The trail initially has some steep drops but the paths are good. We enter upper Pangboche and after lunch visit the monastery, the oldest in the Khumbu. From Pangboche we walk through alpine grazing land passing several yak herders' huts. The first village we come to is Shomare owned by the villages of Pangboche and used for growing potatoes. Our route passes lower than the towering Ama Dablam and after crossing the Lobuche Khola on a wooden bridge we follow the Imja Khola to Dingboche, the highest permanently inhabited village in the Khumbu is Dingboche. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
We climb the ridge and cross the flat plain above the Pheriche Valley. The trail leads to the bridge crossing a small stream immediately before Duglha. After passing the village of Duglha we climb higher onto the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier, passing a row of stone monuments built-in memory of Sherpas and some foreign climbers who have died on mountaineering expeditions in the area. From here the trail climbs gently and follows the west side of the valley to Lobuche. Lobuche is set on the slopes of an ablation valley and the moraine towards Nuptse offers excellent views, the sunset on Nuptse from here can be quite spectacular. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
We continue our trek along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalapathar and Pumori. You have good chances for the best view of Mt. Nuptse a front of you walking along the Gorekshep. The trail up to the Gorakshep is rocky and windy but it offers a good view of Pumori and there are beautiful views of the Everest Base camp and glacier with scenic Mountain views. We enjoy the night at Gorakshep the higher elevation. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
Early morning our journey continue to climb to the top of the famous viewpoint Kalapatthar (5545m). After reaching the top, you will feel happy as you achieve the moment that you have been dreaming, of since the beginning of the journey. Kalapathar is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori and the view from here is beyond imagination as Everest looks amazing. You can also see the Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of the Khumbu glacier and a lot of picturesque scenery. After enjoying the panoramic views stroll back to Gorakshep for the breakfast and go down to Lobuche. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
Downhill most of the ways, descending to Dughla and Pheriche, the Himalayan Rescue Association has a trekker's aid post here and it is quite interesting to have a look around and maybe have a chat with the doctors running the post. From Pheriche, we cross the Lobuche Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche where we stay overnight. We are only half an hour from Thyangboche but the water supply is much cleaner and more reliable here than at Thyangboche. The views up the valley to the Nuptse-Lhotse wall with Everest behind are fantastic from Pangboche. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
From Pangboche it is just 30 minutes of climbing through birch and rhododendron forest to the ridge where Thyangboche monastery is located. We spend time visiting the monastery before descending through the forest to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phungki where there are water-driven prayer wheels. We then climb and contour around the hillside to Sanasa and on to Namche Bazaar. This is a lovely day's walk, the descent is easy and relaxed with the hard work behind us and our return journey provides different views of the mountains and villages that we passed on our ascent. We continue descending from Namche to the Dudh Kosi Valley and on to Monjo. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
The last day of this great trek will be one of the good walks to Lukla, you can walk at your special normal speed, leisurely, and enjoy the lush green scenery around. Apart from a few short uphills, the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approx 45 minutes from a place called Chop's lung or from the old big oak tree on reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day's great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members for a memorable trip. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
If the weather is good, early in the morning you fly back to Kathmandu after your long mountain journey. After 30 min you will arrive at the domestic airport in Kathmandu. We will send a private Car/van/bus to pick up you at the hotel then you can rest and relax throughout the day in the hotel if you don't have any necessary things to do. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
Today is the last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying goodbye to the mountains as the journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.
(Useful Info: - Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to bad weather conditions. Such conditions may happen even in the best seasons. Therefore, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits both at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We do our extreme to avoid such delays and fix you on the next flight. Still, we suggest you be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. We also organize Heli rescue in such conditions, if it's available and upon request by our clients. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla)
Altitude sickness (also known as acute mountain sickness) is an unfavorable health condition that strikes our body when we are at a high altitude (above 2500m (about 1.55 mi)). If any symptoms are seen during the trek, firstly we will have a primary treatment to cure the sickness. First, we will walk down to a minimum of 150m (about 492.13 ft) from the location where the symptoms are seen, and walk down again if the symptoms are not improved. If the victim is unable to walk down on his/her own, we can hire a horse, or we can request our porter to carry the person. Warm water and ginger juice are also served to cure sickness. If these treatments are unable to cure the patient, rescue can be done by helicopter. The highest point during the Gokyo Lake Trek is 5480m(Gokyo Peak) so some people may suffer from Altitude Sickness during the trek.
The Everest Gokyo Lake Trail is one of the top 5 trekking destinations in the Khumbu region, and it is also the most picturesque. You can reach the lovely Gokyo Lake on your walk, which is situated next to the Ngozumpa glacier (the longest Himalayan glacier) and Gokyo settlement . The entire community of Gokyo is surrounded on all sides by enormous mountain peaks.
Gokyo Lake along with Gokyo Ri peak offers a breathtaking aerial views of Everest region. Numerous lakes are associated along with Gokyo Lake and theyinclude (Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari), Thonak Cho, Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho, Ngojumba Cho and Kyajumba Cho). Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri's vantage point is also well-known for its views of the dawn and sunset.
Everest Base Camp Trek through Gokyo Lake is one of the longest and challenging route within Everest region. For adventurous soul this is quite fascinating but for novice it can be little exhausting. If the visitors prefer to trek through this adventurous rout, it is definately possible to reach Everest Base Camp via Gokyo - Chola Pass- EBC.
This route offers series of beautiful turquoise lakes in the Gokyo Valley and the famous Cho La Pass, takes us through Khumbu region along with the residence of Friendly Sherpa people, stone stairs, monasteries, Sagarmatha National Park and to the foot of Mt. Everest. The hike offers the breathtaking views from popular viewpoints like Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar.
Gokyo lake is situated at the elevation of 4700m to the northwest of Everest. Gokyo is a glasical lake and the temperature during summer is 2-3 degree C, whereas in winter the temperature reches -15 degree C. If you are interested in swiming in Gokyo Lake you need to think twice, as it can be life threatening.
Despite, Gokyo being a glasical lake, some attempts have been made to set records. In 2010 a British swimmer named Lewis Pugh set a record swimming in Everest glasical lake. This glasical lake is probably Gosainkunda. But in 2019, three Nepali school students were found dead while swimming in Gokyo Lake.
If you are planning to trek Gokyo you have to cover the maximum distance of 110 km. This includes your journey to Gokyo from Lukla and your return to Lukla from Gokyo. The travellers will only walk 5-6 hours an cover the distance of 8-10 km each day. This helps your body to adjust the altitude and atmosphere in Everest region.
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