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Gokyo Lakes Trek

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Gokyo Lakes Trek

2019 & 2020 - March 4 to 21, March 11 to 29, March 25 to April 12, April 1 to 19, April 14 to May 1, October 3 to 21, October 7 to November 5, November 7 to 25, November 14 to December 2, December 7 to 25

The trek to Gokyo Lakes gives you the opportunity to view many of the major peaks in the Himalaya range. Walking through Sherpa villages we climb to the major town in the district Namche Bazaar. It is above this town we catch our first views of Everest as we meander through the pine and rhododendron forest. Each night we will camp in lodges. The walk takes you near the border of Tibet near Cho Oyu, where you can explore the Gokyo lakes and climb Gokyo Ri. This region offers a memorable experience with incredible scenery all around us. We would be pleased to have you along on this adventure and to introduce you to our country and way of life while you travel as part of my extended family.

Ang Tshering Sherpa

 

Ang Tshering Shepa,

Family business woner/manager
Keep Walking Nepal

 

Trip Summary

Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu: meet and greet
Day 2 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3 – Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (approx 3-4hrs)
Day 4 – Trek to Monjo (approx. 3-4hrs)
Day 5 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (approx 4-5hrs)
Day 6 – Rest day at Namche Bazaar
Day 7 – Trek to Phortse Tenga (approx. 5-6hrs)
Day 8 – Trek to Dole (approx 3-4hrs)
Day 9 – Trek to Machermo (approx. 4-5hrs)
Day 10 – Trek to Gokyo (approx 4-5hrs)
Day 11 – Rest day at Gokyo, ascend to Gokyo Ri
Day 12 – Trek to Dole (approx 5-6hrs)
Day 13 – Trek to Tengboche (approx 3-4hrs)
Day 14 – Trek to Khumjung (approx 5-6hrs)
Day 15 – Trek to Monjo Or bengkar (approx 5-6hrs)
Day 16 – Trek to Lukla (approx 4-5hrs)
Day 17 – Fly to Kathmandu, rest of day at leisure
Day 18 – Trip concludes

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Cost: US $2,200 (joining Kathmandu)
Includes:
• Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
• Accommodation in Kathmandu at hotel including breakfast on twin sharing
• Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer, entrance fees & professional English speaking tour guide.
• Around trip domestic flight fare from Kathmandu –Lukla –Kathmandu includes. Airport tax.
• Accommodation during the trek at Teahouse s/lodges on twin sharing.
• Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek.
• Highly experienced a local trek leader and necessary Sherpa porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance.
• Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS).
• Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Permit and fees.
• First Aid medical kit
• Duffle Bag
• Sleeping bag
• Down Jacket

Single Supplement: additional US $165

18 day Lodge based trek.
Moderate to challenging level trek: good level of fitness required.

Daily Movements


Days Avtivities
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu - Your group leader will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel where there will be a short arrival briefing and then trek briefing at 5 pm at this time your group leader will distribute sleeping bag, down jacket and kit bag. Evening meal with the keep walking family.
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Half day sightseeing tour of the 2 major attractions in Kathmandu. You will visit Boudha (the second largest Buddhist stupa in the world) and Pashupatinath (one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati river). Afternoon at leisure for last minute shopping or you may like to explore Durbar Square or the extensive handicraft shops in Thamel.
Day 3 Fly to Lukla (2800m), trek to Phakding (2610m). Walk approx. 4 hours - An early start flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, it takes 35 minute to land at Lukla airstrip. This is the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to serve the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. We begin our trek to Ghat for lunch and then continue further to Phakding for overnight stay.
Day 4 Trek to Manju (2850m). Walk approx. 4 hours - Today we cross and re-cross the glacial river, named “Dudh” (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour, whilst walking through pine forest and terraced fields growing a variety of crops. It is one of the main trading trails and we will see small groups of donkeys, dzopko and yaks carrying supplies. A dzopko is a yak-cow crossbreed while a yak is a full-blood long haired male, (nak being the female) more commonly used at higher altitudes. We see our first Mani walls today. These stone structures are made from many stone tablets, each with the inscription “Om Mani Padme Hum” which translates to “Hail to the jewel in the lotus”, and is mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists. Buddhists will walk to the left of these mani walls and chortens, but many who have no knowledge of Buddhism will do the same. Overnight at Monjo. This is a short day to allow you to acclimatize.
Day 5 Trek to Namche (3440m). Walk approx. 6-7 hours - Today we cross and re-cross the glacial river, named “Dudh” (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour, whilst trekking through pine forest and terraced fields growing a variety of crops. It is one of the main trading trails and we will see small groups of donkeys, dzopko and yaks carrying supplies. A dzopko is a yak-cow crossbreed while a yak is a full-blood long haired male, (nak being the female) more commonly used at higher altitudes. We see our first Mani walls today. These stone structures are made from many stone tablets, each with the inscription “Om Mani Padme Hum” which translates to “Hail to the jewel in the lotus”, and is mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists. Buddhists walk to the left of these Mani walls and chortens, but many who have no knowledge of Buddhism do the same. We pass through the gates of the Sagamartha National Park. We follow the river to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi, crossing a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Nepal. It is a tough climb but we have our first view of Mt Everest today. Namche is a prosperous village spread in a horse-shoe shape around the valley. Following lunch, you may like to spend time looking through the shops in search of a bargain. Overnight at lodge.
Day 6 Rest day Namche Bazaar - Those who are fit and acclimatizing well may wish to take the optional walk to the Everest View Hotel (2-3hrs) where spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam may be seen. Around us also as we walk are Thamserku (6618m), Kantega (6783m), Ama Dablam (6814m), Nuptse (7864m) and Lhotse (8516m) and the greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848m). As we sit looking at the magnificent view from the hotel balcony we will share with you some of the technical aspects of scaling some of the peaks we have climbed. Ama Dablam whilst not as high as Mt Everest is technically more difficult and therefore is challenging. We have climbed most of the major peaks in the Himalayan range. Overnight at lodge.
Day 7 Trek to Phortse Tenga (3680m). Walk approx. 5-6 hours - We start out today following the main trail to Thyangboche before branching off across yak pastures as we ascend to Mon La. Stunning views are had back down the valley. We can see the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and Imja Khola. As we continue we will pass stupas draped with prayer flags, viewing the newly erected memorial chorten before descending down through pine and rhododendron forest to the Dudh Kosi and then on to Phortse Tenga, our overnight lodge.
Day 8 Trek to Dole (4210m). Walk approx. 3-4 hours - We start the day with a short climb to the trail to Gokyo. Today we walk through red birch, fir and dwarf rhododendron forest that surround yak pastures as we climb steadily towards Gokyo. Keep your camera out today as we pass numerous waterfalls and view the glacier flows from Taweche and Cholatse. A short day to help with our acclimatisation.
Day 9 Trek to Machermo (4410m). Walk approx. 4-5 hours - Today is a steady, constant climb to the small village of Machermo. We will take our time to help our acclimatization as we prepare for the higher altitudes in the days to come. The views are stunning with Cho Oyu looming in front of us, today is one of the best on the trek. You may like to visit the Machermo Porter Shelter and Rescue Post after lunch, or just sit back and enjoy the view. Machermo is the name of a local female goddess.
Day 10 Trek to Gokyo (4790m). Walk approx. 4-5 hours - To Gokyo (4790m). Walk approx. 4-5 hours. Today is lake-day as we ascend to Gokyo. Excellent views of Cholatse can be seen. We trek across the moraine and rock from Ngozumpa Glacier as we take in the views of Kantega to the south and Cho Oyu to the north. The path levels at the snout of the glacier and we pass our first lake, Longpongo, and then Taoche Lake before reaching our lodge for the night.
Day 11 At Gokyo - We leave early in the morning to ascend Gokyo Ri (5357m) for stunning views of the superb Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the Himalayas – Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. The ascent to Gokyo Ri is unrelenting but not a race, we will take our time so you can reach the summit to enjoy the spectacular view of the mountains and the lakes below.
Day 12 To Dole (4080m) walk approx. 5-6 hours - Today we walk down on same trail as we did before. You will see things and view which you haven’t seen on the way up overnight at lodge.
Day 13 Trek to Tengboche (3860m). Walk approx. 5-6 hours. - Today’s walk we descend to Phortsetenga and steep ascend to Phortse village for about 1 hour to Phortse village where we stop for lunch and after lunch descend down to Imja River and once we cross have a steep ascent through the forest where you may see musk deer. The bridge across the river is a great viewing point to see the river roaring across the rapids. Continuing our climb enjoy the views of Everest along the trail as we walk to the Tengboche monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community. We will have the chance to visit the monastery. The views of Everest, as well as all the other major peaks of the area (Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam) are breathtaking. The monastery buildings stand on a knoll and provide a grandstand for the finest mountain scenery. Tengboche is considered the gateway to Mt Everest.
Day 14 Trek to Khumjung(3780m), walk approx. 5-6 hours - Khumjung village is home to the only high school in the Khumbu region. Also, known as Hillary School, its founder in 1961 Sir Edmund Hillary, cater for over 300 pupils from grades 1 to 10. A monastery in the village is purported to house a yeti scalp.
Day 15 Trek to Bengkar or Phakding (2630m), walk approx. 6-7 hours - Today we head downhill through Namche Bazaar stopping to enjoy the view of Everest before we cross the Dudh Koshi river. Today’s walk is easy and mostly downhill but you need to take your time and enjoy the views, still there is lot to see. We pass the Sagamartha National Park and villages, overnight at Benkar.
Day 16 Trek to Lukla (2800m) Walk approx. 4-5 hours - Today is the last day of our mountain trekking adventure. We gradually descend and walk along the Dudh Koshi river banks. Tonight, our last evening of the trek is a good opportunity for a small party with all the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here. Appreciation in the form of tips may be expressed at that time to these people who make the trip such and enjoyable adventure.
Day 17 Fly to Kathmandu (1300m) - This morning we fly to Kathmandu. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. We will meet again for dinner.
Day 18 Trip concludes Kathmandu - Journey formally concludes after breakfast with transportation to the airport, unless other arrangements have been made.

 

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