4 days in Kathmandu, 12 days Trekking, 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu, Total 16 days trip Magnificent view of Himalayas, Sherpa villages and Monasteries, Sagarmatha National Park, Syangboche Airstrip , Everest mountain view
The Everest Gokyo Lake Trek provides magnificent views of Himalayas, Sagarmatha National Park, Sherpa Villages and monasteries, Syangboche Runway and the Everest Mountain View. These landscapes are just enduring to watch. Also, if you are an extrovert, it is an optional but interesting part of the trek to get into the lives of the local Sherpa people and interact with these ever-smiling and friendly people to get to know about their lifestyle and cultures.
The Gokyo Lake is the heart of this trek. The name to the trek is given from this lake. The breath-taking Gokyo Valley is situated just adjacent to Khumbu. The Gokyo Valley is known as the land of high altitude lakes. Several lakes are found in this high altitude area. From here, we can have magnificent views of the highest peaks, which range from east to west, like Mt. Gyachung Kang [7,922m], Mt. Everest [8,848m], Mt Cho Yu [8,153m], Mt. Lhotse [8,501m] and other smaller peaks too. On the way to destination, we can capture the descent view of Gokyo Lake.
Initially in this trek, we take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla from where we start trekking to the lands of Sherpas. We go through Sagarmatha National Park. And our primary destination "Namche Bazaar", which is the gateway of the Khumbu Region
The Gokyo Lake Trek is both tea-house and camping trek. In some places tea houses are available for lodging but due to absence of lodging in some places we need camp at those sites. This trek is a moderate one. Not so easy and not so difficult to walk through. The highest altitude we get in this trek is 4,572m, the Ama Dablam Base Camp. The Sherpa inhabitants cover most of the settlers in this area
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264ft]
Upon arrival you will be warmly greeted by our representatives. After completion of official formalities we pick our luggage and seek for our company's representatives who will be awaiting for us holding a hoarding board. We then move out from the airport and head towards a 4 star or 5 star category hotel where you will be transferred to stay overnight. We will organize a welcome dinner in the evening with typical Nepalese items.
Day 02: Full day Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparations.
With an early breakfast we move out of the hotel for full day sightseeing and visits to some of the major places of the city such as Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Boudha Gumba. These places have been declared as World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. We get back to the hotel in the late evening and stay overnight followed by dinner.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla [2,848m/9,344ft]; 35 minutes – Phakding [2,652m/8,700ft]; 3 - 4 hours
We take a short scenic of 35 minutes from Kathmandu to Lukla. The journey offers you superb opportunities to watch some of the glorious snow-capped mountain peaks down below. Upon arrival in Lukla airstrip, we complete our formalities in the airport and exit. We come to the starting point of our trekking part, we make a medium walk of 3 – 4 hours that will take us to Phakding. Teahouse overnight
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar [3,440m/11,280ft]; 5 - 6 hours
The morning rays of sunlight clues for a beautiful day. We leave the spot and make our way through remote settlements until Namche Bazaar. This place is a paradise for tourists as well as mountaineers particular. It is the gateway to the Everest Himalaya Region of Khumbu region in Nepal. Teahouse overnight
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche
We spend this valuable day with rest. Acclimatization is very important in certain intervals of days. This idea prevents us from getting victimized by Acute Altitude Sickness that can cause serious problems to our health.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Phorse Village [3,810m/ 12,496ft]; 5 - 6 hours
You must have enjoyed the previous night for sure in this awesome place. However, no matter what, we need to make our way through the gradual ups and downs ahead. While trekking, you can enjoy superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. After 5 – 6 hours of trekking, we arrive at Phorse Village where we stay for this night
Day 07: Phorse Village – Machermo [4,470m/14,663ft]; 5 – 6 hours
Dew drops of the morning reflect the beauty of nature. We move towards our destination making it closer day by day. Crossing through numerous suspension bridges, we try to make our trip more comfortable by commenting on the nature. Wild lives such as pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer seem more innocent than they really are. We stay this night in Machermo either in a teahouse or camp.
Day 08: Machermo – Gokyo [4,800m/15,744ft]; 5 – 6 hours
This day will take you to one of the most beautiful places in the country. We cross by a ridge named Chorten which is a perfect viewpoint for gaining views of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu. Our curiosity ends as we arrive at Gokyo and watch the nature around. Teahouse overnight
Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo RI [5,357m/17,570ft] and hike to fifth lake; 5 – 6 hours
We climb the Gokyo valley above today. The day is actually meant for acclimatization but, it is not safe to stay idle for the entire day. So we make a short as easy sightseeing by climbing Gokyo RI. Then we hike to the fifth lake.
Day 10: Gokyo – Dole; 3 - 4 hours
It feels energized after a rest day. As a warm up, we trek for only 3 – 4 hours this day that takes us to Dole. Camp overnight
Day 11: Dole – Namche [3,440m/11,280ft]; 4 – 5 hours
The trek today is mostly downwards making steep descents. Prime attractions today are beautiful vegetation, abundance of animals and birds and lush forests of Rhododendron. After trekking for 4 – 5 hours, we would surely get exhausted. So we stay at lodge in Namche and take a shower and get relaxed in most possible ways.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla; 6 – 8 hours
We make our first move in Namche and make our destination to Lukla. The route is mostly steep downwards this day. Crossing through suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, the trail seem more convenient and vegetated. As soon as we arrive in Lukla, we stretch our sore legs and take a complete rest for some time. Teahouse overnight
Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
We are very close to the end of this trek now. As we took a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla during the initial part of the trip, in the similar way, we fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu. Hotel overnight
Day 14: Free day in Kathmandu
You will be provided with a free leisure day in your own. You can optionally go for a short sightseeing tour or go for shopping. Back to hotel in the late evening and enjoy farewell dinner along with a cultural show. Stay overnight
Day 15: Final Departure
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Himalayan Glacier representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. (B)