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Gokyo Lake Trek

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Destination

Everest

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Duration

13 Days

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Grade

High Advance

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Max Altitude

5,420m

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Group Size

2-18 Pax

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Meal

All Inclusive

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Activity

4-6 hrs

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Accommodation

Hotel/Teahouse

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Season

Autumn/spring

Description

Gokyo lake trek

If you’re up for an adventure that’s a bit off the beaten path but full of breathtaking sights, the Gokyo Valley trek might just be your thing. While it’s not as crowded as the typical route to Everest Base Camp, it’s just as stunning, if not more so. As you start off, the trail looks familiar, following the well-trodden path toward Everest until you reach Sanasa, close to Kangjuma, not far from Namche Bazar.

From there, things get interesting. Instead of heading straight to Everest, the trail veers left, hugging the Dudh Koshi River until it leads you to a place of sheer beauty – the source of several lakes and the Ngozumpa Glacier. Gokyo village sits amidst this wonderland, surrounded by yaks and authenticity that’s hard to find elsewhere. And the highlight? Gokyo Ri, standing tall at 5360m, treating you to jaw-dropping panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and a trio of mesmerizing lakes – Dudh Pokhari, Tanjung Tso, and Longpongma.

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But it’s not just about the views. It’s about immersing yourself in the lives of the locals, witnessing the rush of glacial rivers, marveling at remnants of glaciers, and being captivated by the hues of Gokyo Lakes. Speaking of which, did you know they’re the highest freshwater lakes globally, sitting pretty between 4,700 to 5,000m within Sagarmatha National Park? They’re not just beautiful; they’re historically significant, considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists, and recognized as important wetlands.

Lonely Planet writers even rave about this place, calling it the most spectacular in the Khumbu region. Imagine adding an extra day to explore the 5th and 6th lakes, nestled at the base of Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth-highest mountain. The trek might take around 5 hours, getting steeper as you ascend, but the reward at Gokyo Ri is unparalleled – views that will etch themselves into your memory forever.

Before heading up to Gokyo Ri and the valley, taking some time in Namche Bazar helps you acclimate to the higher altitudes. And hey, while you’re there, you can swing by Khumjung Village, home to a school backed by the legendary Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first conquerors of Mount Everest.

Descend To Lukla Same Way:

Yes, We descend to lukla is all the way down and The trek from Gokyo Lake to Lukla is a mesmerizing journey through the heart of the Everest region in Nepal. Starting at the turquoise Gokyo Lakes, surrounded by towering peaks, the trail weaves through remote valleys and charming Sherpa villages. Trekkers traverse high mountain passes, including the challenging Cho La Pass, offering breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.

Descending from the heights of the Khumbu region, the path winds through lush rhododendron forests and picturesque hamlets, providing glimpses into the Sherpa way of life. En route, ancient monasteries and prayer flags add a spiritual touch to the landscape.

The final stretch leading back to Lukla offers a mix of nostalgia and accomplishment, as trekkers reflect on the challenges overcome and the beauty witnessed during their Himalayan adventure. The vibrant Lukla, with its bustling atmosphere, marks the end of this epic trek, leaving trekkers with lasting memories of the majestic Everest region.

Flight Information;

The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is a thrilling yet scenic experience that encapsulates the essence of Himalayan adventure. Lukla Airport, famously dubbed one of the most challenging airports in the world, sets the stage for this memorable journey. As the small aircraft takes off from Lukla’s short and sloping runway, passengers are immediately greeted by the majestic peaks of the Everest region.

The flight navigates through narrow mountain valleys, offering jaw-dropping views of snow-capped peaks, including Everest itself. Flying over picturesque Sherpa villages, terraced fields, and deep river valleys, passengers witness the dramatic transition from the rugged high-altitude terrain to the foothills of the Himalayas.

As the aircraft approaches Kathmandu, the landscape transforms into a patchwork of urban and rural scenes, providing a contrast to the solitude of the mountains. The descent into Tribhuvan International Airport allows travelers to reflect on the incredible adventure they’ve had, from the remote and serene landscapes of the Everest region to the bustling city life of Kathmandu, creating a vivid conclusion to an unforgettable Himalayan journey.

 
 

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, guests are warmly welcomed by an Alliance Trekking representative. After completing necessary customs formalities, including visa procedures, guests will be transferred to Hotel Manang or a similar establishment. The evening will be highlighted by a traditional Nepalese “Welcome Dinner” at a renowned local restaurant, offering a glimpse into Nepalese culture through captivating performances.

The day begins with a hearty breakfast at the hotel, followed by a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. Guests will visit iconic landmarks such as the Bouddha Nath Stupa, Pasupatinath temple, and Patan Durbar Square. The evening will feature a briefing session at the Alliance Trekking head office, where guests will receive trekking documents and be introduced to their trekking guide.

An early morning flight takes guests to Lukla, the starting point of the trek. The journey continues with a picturesque trek to Phakding, allowing ample time for acclimatization. The day concludes with an overnight stay in Phakding.

The trek proceeds through scenic landscapes, crossing suspension bridges and passing through quaint villages. As guests approach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest region, they are greeted with captivating views of the majestic Mt. Everest. The day culminates with an overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

Dedicated to acclimatization, this day allows guests to explore Namche Bazaar and its surroundings. Activities may include a visit to the Tourist Visitor Center, a hike to Khumjung, or a leisurely stroll through the bustling local market. The day ends with an overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

The trek continues towards Dole, offering panoramic views of the Himalayan landscape. The day’s journey is characterized by diverse terrains and unique cultural encounters, culminating in an overnight stay in Dole.

As guests ascend further, the landscape transforms, revealing a myriad of natural beauty. The day’s trek to Machermo offers a blend of challenging terrains and serene environments, with an overnight stay in Machermo.

Guests embark on an exploration of the Gokyo Valley, a pristine region renowned for its breathtaking beauty. The day’s activities may include hiking, sightseeing, and immersing oneself in the unique culture of the region.

An early morning hike to Gokyo Ri promises unparalleled views of the sunrise over the Himalayas. After soaking in the panoramic vistas, guests trek back to Machermo, retracing their steps through the enchanting landscapes.

The return journey to Namche Bazaar offers a chance to revisit familiar trails and landscapes, providing a different perspective on the journey. The day concludes with an overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

The final leg of the trek takes guests back to Lukla, where it all began. The day’s trek is marked by reflections on the journey and anticipation of the adventures ahead.

A short, scenic flight transports guests from Lukla back to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is free for relaxation or exploration of the vibrant city.

Guests bid farewell to the enchanting land of Nepal as they are transferred to Kathmandu International Airport for their onward journey, cherishing memories of a lifetime.

 

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Essential Gear Checklist

Clothing:
  • Comfortable Daypack with a waterproof bag cover
  • Comfortable Trekking Boots
  • Comfortable Sports/Light Shoes
  • Several pairs of comfortable T-shirts
  • Sandals
  • 3-4 pairs of normal and warm socks
  • Comfortable Trekking Pants
  • Thin layers for comfort
  • Warm layers for insulation
  • Waterproof jacket and pants for comfort
  • Warm hat and sun cap
  • Thin and warm gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
Gear Provided (to be returned after the trip):
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Down jacket for warmth
  • Trekking poles for support
  • Trekking Duffel Bag
  • Water bottle for hydration
  • Water purification tablets

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