Gokyo ri lakes trek
This trek takes place in the Everest region of Nepal through pine and rhododendron forests. The highlight of this trek is the six turquoise glacial-fed Gokyo lakes. Enjoy the magnificent views of Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m) and Cho Oyu (8,201m) from Mt. Gokyo Ri at 5,357m. You will also hike along the Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas situated under the majestic Mt. Cho Oyu. Trek through Renjo La pass (5,340m), one of Nepal’s most striking passes, on your way back. Visit Khumjung Town, home for the Sherpas and the skull of the mysterious creature, the Yeti.
Kathmandu is an enchanting city with packed markets lining the bustling streets. This exotic city is spotted with vibrant temples and pagodas and brims with rich history and culture. After being transferred to your hotel, you will have the whole day to explore this charming city. You will be briefed about the trek that you will commence on leaving you spare time to do some necessary shopping in the city.
Today you will have the whole day to explore Kathmandu city. You will be visiting UNESCO’s world heritage sites such as the Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, the Hanuman Durbar Square and more. After this short tour, you will be briefed about the trek that you will commence on. This will leave you spare time to do some necessary shopping in the city for the trek. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
25 minutes | 3 hours, Camp alt. 2652 m
You will take a domestic flight to Lukla which entails a picturesque journey, with breathtaking scenes of mountains and forests beneath your feet, and land dramatically on the Tenzing-Hillary Airport nestled between high mountain peaks. After getting sorted after the flight you will slowly start your trek through Lukla village until you reach Phakding. You will also have the option to hike up to a Monastery to aid in acclimatization. Overnight at a guesthouse in Phakding.
6 hours, 788 m ascent, Camp alt. 3440 m
Today you will walk on undulating trails with several crossing of the Dudh Koshi river. As you get to Benkar Village you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6608m). After crossing a couple of bridges you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo. Before getting to Namche Bazaar, you will come across a small village called Jorsale. You will finally arrive Namche Bazaar after crossing the Hillary Suspension bridge, from where the views of Kwangde Peak, Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Tawache mountains can be seen. Namche Bazaar is a vibrant village and considered the gateway to the Khumbu region. overnight at Guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.
Today is a “rest” day at Namche Bazaar. Today you will stay active by day hiking to Thame, or paying a visit to Khunde, or exploring Namche Bazaar to acclimatize your body to the altitude. Namche Bazaar is the central hub of the Khumbu (Everest) region. Overnight at lodge.
5 hours, 760 m ascent, Camp alt 4200 m
A steep climb from Namche Bazaar to Kyangjuma village will be rewarded with spectacular views of Thamserku, Katenga, and Ama Dablam. You will hike up to Mong La pass perched on Mt. Khumbila from where you can see amazing scenes of the surrounding snow-capped mountains with your lunch. Along the trek today you might spot pheasants, mountain goats, and musk deers. After passing through some forests, crossing bridges and waterfalls you will reach Dole. Overnight at a teahouse in Dole.
5 hours, 200 m ascent, Camp alt. 4400m
The trail climbs through a ridge through Lhabarma (4220 m) to Luza (4360 m). Throughout the trail, you will be able to see Mt. Cho You, Kantga and Thamserku. The trail will then bring you to the small village of Luza. From Luza you will ascend along the hillsides of the Dudh Koshi valley towards Maccherma which is the only large settlement you will come across onwards till Gokyo. Overnight in Maccherma.
4 hours, 300 m ascent, Camp alt. 4700 m
As we climb through another ridge you will get breathtaking views of Mt. Cho you (8153 m), Kantega and Thamserku. As you continue on the valley opens up to reach Pangka (4420m). The trail descends down towards the river before a steep hike up to the moraine of Ngozumpa glacier. You have to cross an iron bridge over a stream towards the first lake of Longpongo at 4690m. Here you will get to see the footprints of a Lama on a stone. Moving on, you will come across the second lake, the Taboche Tsho, turquoise lake sparkling as the sun hits the surface. As you continue walking further you will reach the third lake. The village of Gokyo rests by this lake with Mt Cho Oyu as the backdrop. You will get the chance to explore the area around the third lake, Dudh Pokhari. Overnight at a teahouse.
Today is another acclimatization day in Gokyo valley. If the weather allows you will climb up to Gokyo Ri (5360 m), famous for its six lakes and the best viewpoint of the Everest region. You will visit the fourth lake Thonak Tsho and the fifth lake Ngozumpa Tsho. If interested you can climb further up to get magnificent views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Nuptse, and Makalu. If time permits and if you are interested, you can continue on to visit the sixth lake. Return to Gokyo village for the night.
4-5 hours, 600 m descent, Camp alt. 4750 m
If the hike to Gokyo Ri was not completed yesterday we will do so today. After completing the trek, we will head on down to Thaknak. Overnight stay here.
600 m ascent and 400 descent, Camp alt. 4940 m
The hike today is through steep terrain where you have to cross a glacier traverse. The trail climbs up from Phedi via rocky trails which are often times icy. As we get higher the view gets even more amazing. You will trek alongside a frozen lake climbing up towards Cho La pass at 5367 m. Kyajo Ri, Tengkangpoche, Numbur, Kangchung are some of the familiar mountains you will see on your trek. You will be surrounded by Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lobuche and Baruntse peaks on all sides. You will then gradually arrive Dzongla pass, another beautiful place to view the towering Mt. Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche, and the Pheriche village below. Overnight at Lobuche.
2-3 hours, 230 m ascent, Camp alt. 5170 m
To get to Gorak Shep today you will have to walk through the horizontal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Continue on the trail to catch a short glimpse of Mt. Everest and Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and more. As you climb up you will reach Thangma Riju, another great viewpoint of the Himalayas. A steep climb to the top via the Changri glacier you will be able to get a glimpse of Kala Patthar perched beneath Mt. Pumori. Gorak Shep is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, and after lunch, you will continue on the Everest Base camp trail passing by the Gorak Shep lake. As you keep walking onward you will come across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorial. After a moment of silence, continue on to Gorak Shep. Overnight stay in Gorak Shep.
7-8 hours, 380 m ascent and 1200 m descent, Camp alt. 4280 m
Today you will journey to Kala Patthar to witness the sunrise over Mount Everest. Lingtern, Khumbutse, Changtse, and Nupse along with Mt. Everest start to reveal themselves as you continue your trek. The trail to Kala Patthar is dotted with several spectacular viewpoints where you can stop to catch your breath and also snap pictures of the alluring scenery. After a few more hours hiking you will arrive Kala Patthar, where you can rest and take in as much of the enchanting Himalayan vista as possible. When you have done so to your hearts ‘ content you will head on down to Pheriche for breakfast. Overnight at Pheriche.
5 hours, 800 m descent, Camp alt. 3440 m
The walk today is easier as you descend to the lower altitudes. You will descend through the same route, through the moraines of Dughla and the valley of Khumbu Khola. You will pass by Sherpa settlements of Pheriche, Orsho, and Shomare. You can either decide to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche or just take the direct route to Pangboche. From Imja Khola to the forests of Debuche, you will retrace your steps. If the trek happens on a full moon night in the month of November or December you will get the opportunity to attend the Mani Rimdu festival in Tengboche Monastery. Travel through rhododendron and juniper forests, cross the Dudh Koshi River and into pine forests to reach Sansa. Mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful peasants and more are some common sights of this trip. As you continue on you will reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. Relax and overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
6 hours, 1000 m descent, Camp alt. 2860 m
Today you will be walking on rocky terrain on a consistently descending trail. After crossing a few suspension bridges hanging over the Dudh Koshi river the trail flattens out. You will travel through open plains, pine and rhododendron forests with snow-capped peaks over the horizon. Sherpa villages are frequent here with Buddhist faith intertwined with their culture. This is the last leg of your trek and Lukla marks the end.
Today you will take the domestic flight back to Kathmandu. You can spend the rest of your day at your own pace and explore the city or do some souvenir shopping. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Depart from Kathmandu International airport to your destination.