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Gokyo Lake Trek

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Duration: 11 nights and 12 days.
Destination: Khumbu/Everest regoin.
Trek start/end: Fly in and out at Lukla Airport.
Trek grade: Difficulty due to high alititude.
Trek-style: Teahouse/lodge.
Trek season: Middle of September to middle of June.
Highest elevation: Gokyo Ri 5357m.
Ethnic group: Majority of Sharpa community.
Villages: Phakding, Namche, Khumjung and Khunde etc.
Views points: Mong La and Gokyo Ri.
Culture: Buddisum.
Himalayan scenery: Kwangde, Thamserku, Tabuche, Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Nutpse, Lhotse, Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Machhermo Peak, Gechungkan and Kyajo Ri etc.
Glacier: Nagozumba glacier.
Gokyo Lakes: 1st to 6th Lakes into the Gokyo valley.

Gokyo Lake Trek is in the Sagarmatha National Park in the Everest region. It is scenic trekking into the Gokyo valley and Gokyo Ri. When we hike up to the Gokyo valley, there are opportunities to explore the bright turquoise – Gokyo Lakes (1st to 6th) and the largest Nagozumba glacier in the Himalaya and also ascends to Gokyo Ri (5357m) for snapping superb view of four above 8000m peaks: Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

The journey begins with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The first part of the journey from Lukla to Namche Bazaar and a side trip to Everest view Hotel, Khumjung, and Khunde villages where can see the rich culture of Sherpas. Then, we head up to Mong La, Dole, Machhermo, and Gokyo Lakes on the less crowded trail compared to Everest Base Camp. The Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar (mountain wild goats), and Pheasant (Nepali national bird might see en-route of Gokyo valley trek. We come back to Lukla via the same route when we are descending.

Gokyo Lakes:

Gokyo Lakes is located at an elevation of 4700m to 5000m in the Everest region. This is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. Gokyo Lake (3rd Lake – Dudh Pokhari) is the main attraction in this region covering an area of 42.9 ha (106 acres) which is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. The pilgrims visit the Lake in the Janai Purnima festival full moon August. There are six Lakes in the valley, north along the Nagozumba glacier to Mt. Cho Oyu Base Camp. There are teahouses at Gokyo Lakeside (third Lake). There are splendid views of Mt. Cho Oyu and Gyachungkang from 4th Lake (Thonak Tsho). There is a viewpoint on the top of some moraines right above the Gokyo fifth Lake (Nagozumba Tsho) that gives splendid views of the biggest mountains including Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu. Our guide leads you till the fifth or sixth Lakes (Gyazumba Tsho) to the end of Gokyo valley or base of Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m).

Day to day itinerary:

Our company representative helps you transfer to the Hotel from the Kathmandu International Airport.

All include:- Airport pickups, bed, and breakfast.
We brief about day by day trek schedule and necessary gears for the Gokyo Lake Trek. Then, visit Sawayambunath (monkey temple) in the afternoon.

All include:- bed, and breakfast.
We fly to Lukla in the morning. We follow the trails to Phakding village 2610m by descending to the Dudh Kosi River and pass many stones, boulders carved with Tibetan Buddhist prayer inscriptions. We continue to walk along Dudh Kosi green valley and stop at Manju 20840m village.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
Soon, we pass the Sagarmatha National Park check post at Manju. Then, we descent to Jhorsale village. There is a steep climb to the high bridge (Hillary bridge). We continue ascending to Top Danda where we get the first glimpse of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. Then, we walk into the pine and Rhododendrons trees to get up Namche Bazaar.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
We do a day hike to Everest View Hotel, Khumjung school (Hillary school), visit the monastery to see Yeti skull, and then continue walking to Khunde village and hospital before we are descending to Namche for a second night.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
On leaving Namche, we can take an easy way to Kyangjungma which has a fabulous view of Khumbu valley, Mt. Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, and Peak 38, etc. There is an uphill walk to Mong from Kyangjungma. Mong La is on the hilltop where was born Lama Sange Dorje who introduced Buddhism in the Khumbu valley. We can see Sunset on Mt. Ama Dablam if it is clear weather.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
Soon, we descend to Photse Thanga for an hour. Then, we climb up through Pine and Rhododendrons trees to get up Dole village. We might see Musk deer and Himalayan Thar (mountain goats) in this trail.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
We do hike to Lapharma, a steep climb up about 45 minutes. Then, there comes an easy way to Luza and Mechhermo village where we get an amazing view of Mt. Cho Oyu, Tabuche, Kangtenga, and Thamserku, Kyajo Ri and Machhermo Peak, etc. Sherpas believe that Yeti is hiding around Machhermo. The Yak was killed and a young Sherpa girl was pushed by Yeti about 40 years ago.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
We hike above the tree-line along the Dudh Kosi River that is originated from Gokyo Lake and Nagozumba glacier. The continuous journey takes us to witness the first, second, and third Gokyo Lakes. There are teahouses at Gokyo Lakeside (3rd Lake). Gokyo valley is dominated by Cho Oyu (8201m) which we see from Gokyo Lakeside.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
We do a day hike to 4th, 5th, and 6th Lake on the remote upper part of the Gokyo valley. There are splendid views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Nagozumba glacier, etc. This is an adventurous walking in the high altitude.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
We hike up to Gokyo Ri (5357m) in the morning. It is even more adventurous for 3 hours. We can witness dramatic views of four above 8000m peaks: Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, and heavenly Gokyo Lake and Nagozumba glacier from Gokyo Ri. It is one of the best Himalayan viewpoints on the Earth.

We back to the teahouse and pack the bag and descend to Dole bypassing Lakes and Machhermo village.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
We descend to Phortse Thanga and then, climb up to Mong La. We do a tea break at Mong with its fantastic views of Ama Dablam and Khumbu valley. Then, we continue walking to Namche Bazaar.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
We do a downhill hike through Rhododendrons and Pine trees to Jhorsale. Half an hour uphill walk leads to Manju where National Park is the exit. We continue walking to Lukla bypassing Bangker, Phakding, Ghat, and Chaurikharka villages along the Dudh Kosi valley.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
We fly to Kathmandu in the morning. It is half an hour's scenic flight. We arrange to transfer to Hotel from Airport.

All include:- Airport pick up, breakfast, and accommodation in Kathmandu.
We arrange a guide on your request if you are interested in a guided sightseeing tour to Boudhanath and Pashupatinath (buffer day for Lukla flight).

All include:- B & B at the Hotel.
We arrange a guide on your request if you are interested in a guided sightseeing tour to Patan and Bhaktapur (buffer day for Lukla flight).

All include:- B & B at the Hotel.
We arrange an International Airport transfers.

Include:- Breakfast and Airport transfer.
The itinerary can be changed for an interesting side trip and additional acclimatization days if needed while on the trek.

Do you have any questions regarding Gokyo Lake Trek? Or would you like to see how it can be customized to your needs? Please DM us.

The following cost and dates are per person for online booking. If the Gokyo Lake Trek departure dates do not match for you, please DM us and we will happily customize your trip on the date that you need.

If you are in the group (2 to 15 persons), we offer a discount on the package.

Gokyo Lake Trek
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Cost includes:
  • International & domestic Airport pick up and departure.
  • 2 nights accommodation (standard twin bed room with breakfast) at 2** Hotel in Kathmandu. Note:- The accommodation in Kathmandu can arrange/book according to client choice Hotel type. The clients have to pay differences if needed.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest/Khumbu) National Park hiking passes.
  • Khumbu (Everest) local Govt. Tax.
  • Round trip Lukla flight tickets for clients and guide.
  • Teahouse meals for clients: 12 Breakfasts, 11 Luches and 11 Dinners with tea/coffee etc. Meals can be selected from menu and will have enough daily.
  • Normal room with twin beds and sharing bathroom at teahouse.
  • Trekking staffs: an experienced guide and porters.
  • Salary and meals for guide and porters.
  • Inusrance of guide and porters.
Cost does not include:
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal trekking equipment of clients.
  • Mineral water, bolied water, coke, fanta, sprite, fresh or can juice, buscuit, sprite, beer and whiskey etc.
  • Personal Insurance of clients (medical and emergency evacuation covered).
  • Private bathroom during the trekking days. If the clients want private bathroom, there have to pay differences between common and private bathroom.
  • Horse/Yak renting while on the trek.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan etc. Note:- Tour guide and transpotration can be arranged on client's request.
  • International flight tickets and Nepal tourist visa (you can obtain tourist visa upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport.

More info for extra cost:

Please read carefully cost includes and does not include the above. All the meals are included with tea/coffee while on the trek. We do not include drinking water or boil water which you can buy at the lodge; this is $1 to 3 per liter. You can take water purifying tablets or Seripen for a cheaper solution. Wi-Fi, battery charges, and hot showers are not included. Wi-Fi is $20 for 10GM and $30 for 20 GB for per card. The battery charge is $3 to 10 per device (you can take a power bank for a cheaper solution) full charge. The gas shower is USD3 to 7 per head.

In case the Lukla flight is canceled due to weather conditions, you are responsible for extra hotel nights and meals in Kathmandu and Lukla for any extra days. Do not require an extra payment for rescheduling Lukla flight due to the canceling of weather. But, there can be less priority for flight cancel passengers on the following day. If there are unexpected circumstances such as flight cancellations due to weather conditions, we offer you an alternative trip.

We do insure for trekking staff and provide warm enough equipment. We do our best for your safety. Although we suggest you buy comprehensive travel insurance that can cover flight cancellation, medical treatment, and Helicopter rescue emergency evacuation. Please buy the policy that can cover trekking activity up to 5550m for the days you will actually be trekking.


    Trekking gears packing list:
    • Comfortable hiking boot. Three pairs of socks. Sandals.
    • A down jacket, fleece jacket, three T-shirts, two trekking trousers, two drip-dry T-shirts, one long underwear, a woolen/fleece hat, glove, water/windproof jacket and trouser, Sunglass, lip balm, Sun screem (50+), Sun hat, a light scarf, soap/shampoo and trekking towel etc.
    • Sleeping bag (-20 degree centigrade) with hood.
    • Water purifier tablets, 2L water bottle, hiking poles, medical kit and tourch light with spare batteries etc.
    • A few interesting books and a pack of cards.
    • Snow gaiters and micro-spikes for the winter trip.
    • Plastic bag for waste and toiltet papers.
    • A padlock.
    • A day bag (25 to 35L) or rucksack large enough (65 to 75L) size.

    Note:- we have a down jacket and sleeping bag renting facilities for our clients. It is per day USD1 per sleeping bag and down jacket.

    The following are the reasons for trip booking with us.
    • We are registered on the Department of Nepal Tourism and have the authority to operate trek and climb in the Himalayas of Nepal. We are the taxpayer to Nepal Govt. We are a healthy and up-to-date local trekking agency based in Kathmandu.
    • You can book the trip on the minimal advance in money and can pay the balance rest of the trip amount upon arrival in Kathmandu.

      Pay method:

      Please read carefully the terms and conditions to book a package trip. Once you agree with terms and conditions; payment is an unavoidable part of the agreement. The following are different methods of trip booking advance payments for your convince.

      1) American Dollar Account:

      Name of the Bank:- Everest Bank Limited, Thamel Branch.
      Name of Account Holder:- High Camp Trekking Pvt. Ltd.
      Account No:- 03500105200138.
      Swift Code No:- EVBLNPKA.

      2) If you like to transfer the deposit b Western Union, MoneyGram, and IME, you can use our company owner/manager name:- Norsang Lama.

      Note:- please pay any amount charged to you by the bank or Western Union, MoneyGram, or IME for transferring the booking advance in money to us.
    • Once you book the trip with us, trip departure is guaranteed. In case you want to postpone the trip departure date, do not need to pay an extra fee. We never let you down after we received payment. We do hard work for every single dollar.
    • We organize group joining basis trips. Our package is with all-inclusive prices (no hidden cost). We customize the trip itinerary based on your interesting side trip, holiday length, and activities as you need. Lets us know your holidays' length.
    • Our experienced, trained, and professional guide takes good care of the clients. Our guide never tired of your questions about plants, people, and animals and, of course, the mountains. You can feel the difference between having a great trekking guide through our agency.
    • We respond to every email/inquiry in less than 24 hours. You can call us anytime at +977-9841876395 (24 hours support team).

    Note:- There are more similar to our names of other agencies. Please remember that we are at High Camp Trekking.

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