Everest Gokyo lakes Trek - Detailed itinerary
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by one of our team leaders. You will be escorted to your hotel. Rest of the time will be yours. One of our leaders will take you out for a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the meal and the leader will brief you on your trip to Everest Gokyo lakes. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Trip preparation day.
The day entirely for your trip preparation. However, if you are interested in sightseeing around Kathmandu City then you can let one of our representatives know. Our tour guide will give you a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m) | Trek to Pakdhing (2640m) | 3 to 4 hrs trek.
Early morning transfer to the domestic airport where we will catch a flight to Lukla, which is a small and a very happening town. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores you can visit. We begin our trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) can be seen within a few distance. At the opposite bank, is a peak atop the KongdeRidge. We descend to a mountainside path that merges into a route to Everest, with views to a valley to our right and Mt. KusumKangaru (6367m.) at its far end. Dudh Koshi approaches as we pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. We continue along a small path and eventually descend, following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
We now trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800 m) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the mountain environment. We then ascend through steep trails to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch the first glimpse of Mt Everest which will be seen in a far distance. We can also enjoy the view of Mt. KusumKangaru, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Konde-Ri and Mt. Tawache peak. We can visit some of the village monasteries on the way to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. A meeting place is set up for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans, that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight at hotel or guest house.
Day 05: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization | Hike to Everest View Hotel.
Namche has tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu region and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend the rest of the day for acclimatization before heading off towards Tengboche. For the acclimatization, we walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary or have an hour walk up to the Tengboche (3800 m). Tengboche has Everest View Hotel situated above Namche for an outstanding view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt.Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. KusumKangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m) via Khumjung (3800m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
From Namche bazaar the route heads up all the way to Khumjung, a charming village which also has its own Gompa at the top end of the town. Here we can get excellent views of Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kantega and Mt. Ama Dablam. Soon after leaving Khumjung, the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, which is said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards Sanasa, and then the trail ascends up to Mongla (4000 m). We can see startling panoramic views of various mountains from here. We trek through steep descend passing through PhortseTenga and from there, the trail steeply climbs to Dole passing through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. We can then enjoy a delicious meal at PhortseTenga (3650 m). Overnight at guest house.
Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
From Dole, we climb steadily 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 us are outstanding views of Mt. Cho Oyu while back down the valley are the peaks of Mt. Kantega and Mt. Thamserku. This is a short day and we will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at guest house.
Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) | 5 hrs trek.
Today we head for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly following one of the melt-water rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky trail which inclines into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Mt. Cho La (5420 m). This will be our route to Lobuche and Everest later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari (the milk lake) and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflecting in its emerald green waters. Overnight at the tea house.
Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley.
Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated beside the Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. We can make this day an extra side trip to Fifth Lake via Forth Lake. Overnight stay at the tea house.
Day 10: Climb/trek to Gokyo Ri (5480m) back to Machhermo via Gokyo village | 6 hrs trek.
Gokyo RI appears above the village on the northern edge of the lake. We leave the camp early morning, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo RI itself is one of the finest in the Everest region. It is also claimed to be better than Kala Patthar. After lunch, it is a short walk to the village of Machhermo. Overnight stay at the tea house.
Day 11: Trek from Machhermo (4150m) to Namche Bazaar | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to PhotseTenga (3650m), passing through pleasant rhododendron forests. Then the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently inclines up to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following small ups and down to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at hotel or guest house.
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
The last day of our trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant except for few short uphill climbs and downhill walks to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla for our overnight stay. We will stay at a hotel or a guest house.
Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu | 35 minutes.
We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. In the evening, you will be attending a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by one of our team leaders. Enjoy the local drink, meal and live culture show. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Final departure.
After breakfast, one of our team members will drop you to the international airport for your flight back home. Wish you have a safe and sound journey. See you again in the future.
Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.