Gokyo Lake Trek - 17 Days

Trip Introduction
The Gokyo Valley is perhaps the most spectacular of the valleys in the Everest region and while the trail to Everest Base Camp gets close to the world's highest mountain there are those who suggest the view from Gokyo Peak offers the best panoramic view in the region. The trail to Gokyo has a network of small lodges which have recently seen big improvements in food and accommodation facilities.

This now makes the programme ideally suited to lodge-based trekking. The highlights are many, the sensational Ngozumpa Glacier, one of the largest in the Nepal Himalaya, the lakes at Gokyo, and the side trek to the top of Gokyo Kang (5360m) where the views are the amongst the most spectacular in Nepal including four 8,000-metre peaks: Cho-Oyo (8153m), Makalu (8475m), Lhotse (8511m) and, of course, Mount Everest (8848m).

After a magnificent mountain flight to Lukla we start the trek by following the Dudh Kosi river valley to Namche Bazaar. We trek at a steady pace allowing ample time for acclimatization and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the renowned Sherpa hospitality. The trail to Gokyo is a gradual ascent up the valley passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer can sometimes be seen. The mountain views are impressive as we head through small yak grazing settlements to the Gokyo Lakes.

Here we stop for two nights for exploration, which will include the straightforward climb to Gokyo peak. Our return route crosses to the opposite side of the valley and passes through the village of Phortse and on to Thyangboche monastery, a most magnificent location where we rest and savour the incredible scenery, including magnificent views of Everest, Ama Dablam (6856m), Kantega (6809m), Kwangde (6194m), Nuptse (7879m), and Lhotse (8511m) to name but a few. Our return route heads back to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be met by our Airport Representative, and transfer to   hotel. Overnight at hotel .
Day 02: Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley ( Pashupatinath Temple , Boudhanath , Swayambhu , and Kathmandu durbar  square ). Overnight at hotel .
Day 03: Morning drive to Tribhuwan International Airport and 30 minutes flight to Lukla(2804 mtrs.) and trek to Phakding   (2610 mtrs.). Overnight at Guest House.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazar (3535 mtrs.). Overnight at Guest House.
Day 05: Namche Bazar - Acclimatization day. Overnight at Guest House.
 Today we hike up the Syanboche Airport, and around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of  the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise or sunset over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 06: Trek to Phorste Drengka (3675m). Overnight at Guest House.
Day 07: Trek to Machherma (4470m). Overnight at Guest House.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4790m). Overnight at Guest House.
Day 09: This day early in the morning we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m) ample rewards to one attempts   this trip. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu  (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) can be seen. Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded. This day we  have for acclimatization and after noon back to the camp. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 10: Day trip to 4th Lake (4843m) & 5th lake - 4998m (north of Gokyo Valley), and back to Gokyo Lake. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 11: Trek back to Dole. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 12: Trek to Khumjung village, big settlement of Sherpa people.
Day 13: Trek back to Phakding.
Day 14: Trek back to Lukla. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 15: Morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Overnight at hotel .
Day 16: Leisure day in Kathmandu (it's also spare day incase of bad weather in Lukla).
Day 17: Transfer to Airport for your home departure.

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