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Everest Gokyo Trek

Everest Gokyo Trek

Gokyo Lake trekking is alternative to Everest base camp Trekking. This trek gives an ample opportunity to explore the everest region thoroughly. It provide the possibility to walk through some of the most dramatic landscapes through Khumbu Himal, gokyo Valley and pass. A half an hour flight from Kathmandu will take us to lukla. The route follows the Dudh Koshi to its sources near the Gokyo lake to the west of the everest base camp. Trekkers have an opportunity to climb gokyo peak (5483m) which offers an excellent view of cho-Oyo, Everest, Makalu and many other Peaks. After crossing the Chyugima La pass (5420m), the route circles via Gokyo Ri, Dole, Machhermo and Lukla. 

These Everest Gokyo Lake-14 Days trek start with short scenic flight to Lukla, gateway to Everest Region. Then, trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Jorsale, where the trail officially enters the Sagarmatha National Park. You will take rest day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatise. This town, the hub of Sherpa society, is the administrative centre of the Khumbu region where we can also visit to a bank, several shops selling items of every description and a proliferation of Sherpa inns. Leaving the main trail to Mt. Everest, we climb high on a ridge to 4000m past a large chorten at the village of Mong, said to be the birthplace of the saint Lama Sange Dorje, the reincarnate lama of Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet who introduced Buddhism to the Khumbu. We reach to Gokyo, these is your first real day at high altitude and the trekking, may be described as moderate to difficult. Climb a ridge from where the valley opens wide as the trail passes through Pangkha. Mt. Cho Oyu 8153 m dominates the skyline to the north as we climb the moraine on the left flank of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Next Day, we have leisurely trek to allow you to acclimatise to the altitude. In the morning there is a steep but beautiful climb through conifer and rhododendron forests to Gokyo Ri. There are kharkas wherever there is a flat spot and the slightest hint of water. Tea houses and lodges will be the best choice for food and accommodation along the route as well as the porters and yaks will be there to carry your equipments. With these we take out of Lukla and end our Nepal Everest Gokyo lake treks.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport. Transfer to Hotel and Evening welcom Dinner.
After arrival and customs clearance in kathmandu airport. You’ll be met by the Plan Nepal tour representative at airport terminal who will be holding Plan Nepal Travel and Tours signboard with your name.  we would offer you a warm Nepalese welcome and transferred to Hotel. In evening there will be welcome dinner hosted by Plan Nepal tour. we offer you a welcome dinner in one of the finest cultural restaurant in nepal which will introduce you to the country's food. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft): Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
After breakfast we start a guided tour to several medieval and historical sites in Kathmandu valley. we will explore the historical place Bhaktapur the best cultural and historical place. later on, we will explore boudhanath, the largest stupa in south Asia.The Bouddha area is a visual feast. Colorful thangkas, jewellery, hand-woven carpets, and khukuri knives are sold in the surrounding stalls. Pashupatinath temple one of the best hindu temple and Swoyambhunath. Later after sightseeing tour, we will introduce you with your trekking guide and have a small pre-trip meeting. You can also take this opportunity to hire or buy any trekking equipment or bargain for your souvenirs at market. Overnight in hotel. 

Day 03: Early morning fly to Lukla (2800m) and then trek to Phakding (2640m) Walking 3 hours. Overnight at Guest House (B, L, D)
During  40-minute adventurous flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (9,186ft), we enjoy highest peak of the world and other hillside.  At the place of Lukla, trail leads north from the airstrip to the edge of Lukla Plateau. Upon arrival at Lukla, take skme rest while crew member finish packing. we start our trek through the prosperous local sherpa village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. Enjoy the pretty Sherpa villages, pine tree forests, the Dudh Koshi river as you walk and also have a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila a sacred mountain which has never been climbed.  To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short trekking time, however if you wish you can take a hike to a nearby monastery. Overnight at phakding.

Day 04 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft). walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house. (B, L, D)
After Breakfast, The trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Jorsale, where the trail officially enters the Sagarmatha National Park . Continue along the trail, cross the Bhote Kosi River and climb steeply to Namche Bazaar 3500 m. Remember to look out for glimpses of Mt. Everest early on the trail. Overnight at Guest House in Namche.  

Day 05 : Acclimatization day at Namche Bazzar. walking 5 hours, Overnight at guest house. (B, L, D)
Acclimatisation day. A rest day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatise. This town, the hub of Sherpa society, is the administrative centre of the Khumbu region and has a police checkpost (we must all register there), the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park, a bank, several shops selling items of every description and a proliferation of Sherpa inns. Overnight at guest house in Namche Bazzar.

Day 06 : Trek to Dole (4,110 m) 6 hours Overnight at Guest House (B,L,D)
Leaving the main trail to Mt. Everest, climb high on a ridge to 4000m past a large chorten at the village of Mong, said to be the birthplace of the saint Lama Sange Dorje, the reincarnate lama of Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet who introduced Buddhism to the Khumbu. From there descend to the village of Phortse Tenga by the Dudh Kosi (river). From Phortse the trail climbs steeply through forests of rhododendrons and then stands of juniper and large conifers as the altitude increases. You will pass through Sherpa kharkas (high pasture summer settlements used by Sherpas to graze their herds of yaks allowing their lower winter pastures to recover) and the villages of Tongba 3950m and Gyele 3960m to Dole. You have great views of Khumbila and Tawachee peaks throughout the day. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 07 :Trek to Machhermo (4,470 m) 6 hours Overnight at Guest House. (B,L,D)
Today you have a short and fairly leisurely trek to allow you to acclimatise to the altitude. In the morning there is a steep but beautiful climb through conifer and rhododendron forests and stands of juniper to Lhabarma 4220m and Luza 4360m. There are kharkas wherever there is a flat spot and the slightest hint of water. Continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river to Machhermo 4410 m. Overnight at Machherm.

Day 08 : Trek to Gokyo Lake (4,790 ) 6 hours Overnight at Guest House. (B,L,D)
This is your first real day at high altitude and the trekking today may be described as moderate to difficult. Climb a ridge from where the valley opens wide as the trail passes through Pangkha. Mt. Cho Oyu 8153 m dominates the skyline to the north as we climb the moraine on the left flank of the Ngozumpa Glacier. The climb is steep to the first of the four lakes that lie in the Gokyo area but the trail levels off towards the second lake, Longponga at 4690m. Finally ascend a path past the largest of the lakes Dudh Pokhari to Gokyo at 4750m. Gokyo is a typical kharka with stone houses and stone walled pastures. For enthusiasts a rigorous hike up Gokyo Ri 5360m, the small peak above Gokyo provides spectacular views of the Everest trinity, Nuptse 7879m, Lhotse 8511m, and Everest 8848m, as well as Makalu 8463m looming to the east, Cho Oyu 8153m to the north and the smaller but closer peaks of Cholatse and Tawachee to the south. There is a wonderful view of Gokyo and Dudh Pokhari spread out below. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 09 : Early  morning climb  to Gokyo-Ri (5,357m) then trek down to Na Village. 7 hours OverNight at Guest House. (B,L,D)
Today you have a fairly leisurely trek to allow you to acclimatise to the altitude. In the morning there is a steep but beautiful climb through conifer and rhododendron forests to Gokyo Ri. There are kharkas wherever there is a flat spot and the slightest hint of water. Continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river to Machhermo 44808 m. There is plenty to do here for this day though. For enthusiasts a rigorous hike up Gokyo Ri 5360m, and the really fit can climb to the top of a nameless peak 5800m overlooking the two lakes. Overnight at guest house in Na Village.

Day 10 : Trek back to Phortse (3,810 m) overnight Guest House. (B,L,D)

Day 11 : Trek  to Namche (3,440 m) 7 hours Overnight at Guest House. (B,L,D)
From phortse the trail drops sharply down to the Dudh Kosi and the village of Phunki, where you cross the river, and up toward Namche Bazaar, winding high above the river with views north towards Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. Overnight at Namche Bazar.

Day 12 : Trek to Lukla (2,827m) 5 hours Overnight at Guest House.  (B,L,D)
After Breakfast, We begin our trek to Lukla from Namchebazar. Today we will trek mostly a downhill, on a trail alongside the Dudh Koshi River. We cross several bridges, monasteries and villages before reaching Lukla. walking distance is about 6 hours. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 13: Early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, free day on your own.
After having breakfast it is time to board our flight back to Kathmandu, upon arrival pick up at the airport and back to Kathamndu hotel. we can help you with shopping or to stroll at thamel street. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate successful completion of our Everest Gokyo Trekking. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 14 : Final Depature or Extend your trip.
We will exchange our good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories and unforgettable Experience. We know and hope that you will always remember this Everest Mini treks and after return home tell stories of your amazing experiences in Nepal with Plan Nepal. we will provide a ride to International airport for final depature as per your flight schedule. Or if you prefer, you can stay longer for any kind of other activities such as at Jungle Safari, rafting, Sightseeing, mountain biking, Bungee jump, paragliding etc or even other destination like Chitwan pokhara, Lumbini, Brandipur etc.

Trip Profile Description
Duration : 14 Days
Grade : Easy
Maximum Elevation : 5,554
Seasons : All Year, Summer, Autumn, Spring
Route : Kathmandu - Kathmandu

we provide you with a list of the required trekking equipment for your trek in nepal, as well as clothing you need to bring to bring in the days. While trekking during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended, it's always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some dry warmer clothing with you. For the cold nights, thermal, a warm jacket and a down jacket will help to keep you warm.
We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears are also provided by Plan Nepal Tours and the gear which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured or imported from China. Very high quality branded gears can also be bought in some stores in Kathmandu. We can guide you if you wish. This list should be considered as an essential summary and, it might be incomplete. 

1. Trekking Equipment

  • 3-4 season sleeping bag (Optional. we can provide if you do not have your own and it is to be returned after the trek ).
  •  Duffel or main bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters on whole trekking duration.
  • Daypack for yourself to carry water bottles, camera, lunch & extra clothing
  • Water bottles with a wide mouth
  • A pair adjustable trekking poles
  • Light weight Running shoes or sandals-to used in lodge or camp (optional)
  • A pair light to medium weight water proof hiking or trekking boots if walking through deep snow or on wet ground.
  • Woolen Socks-heavy weight to be worn over the liner socks
  • High quality sunglasses with 100% UV protectionDust mask
  • Casual wears before after the trek
  • Good quality mittens or gloves
  •  Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  •  Light weight thermal tops.

2. Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox or Acetylzolamide as Anti-altitude sickness pills
  • 1 set of earplugs (optional)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Diamox 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
  • Cough and/or cold medicine

3. Miscellaneous but Important

  •  Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport for visa.
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines.
  • Lip balm. SPF 20, 2 sticks is recommended.
  • Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
  • Reading & writing materials, ipod and cards
  • Insurance certificate copy
  • Pocket knife.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletries bag for toilet paper, soap, saving items, tooth paste & toothbrush etc
Cost Included
  •  Pick up & drop off at arrival and departure to/from Kathmandu Airport.
  • Welcome dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurants with traditional dance.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • An experienced, government-licensed treking Guide.
  • Four season sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag( bag pack) and walking stick to use for trekking, if necessary.
  •  Trekking Entry permit
  •  All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  •  Breakfast, lunch & dinner during trek
  •  Tea House Accommodation during the trek
  • Twin sharing comfortable and private room in trekking
  •  Flight for you and guide to Kathmandu-Lukla- Kathmandu
  •  Road transportation
  •  Emergency rescue arrangement (Makes sure your insurance will cover it).
  •  First aid kit
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
  • Farewell Dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurants with traditional dance.
  • All Government and local taxes
Cost Excluded
  •  Meals in Kathmandu.
  •  Alcohol and any drinks on trek.
  •  Tips for guide and porter.
  •  All expenses of a personal nature e.g. toilet paper, medicines, confectionery etc.
  •  Nepal entry visa fee.

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