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Gokyo Lakes Trek, 13-day hike to Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake

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Join a certified mountain guide for this scenic, fun and exciting 13-day Gokyo Lakes trek in the heart of the Himalayas. Spend nearly two weeks hiking through Sagarmatha National Park enjoying phenomenal views of Everest and visiting traditional villages en route.

Group

Himalaya

13 Days

All year

High

Intermediate


Highlights

* Enjoy the stunning scenery of Nepal.

* Watch a sublime sunrise over the Himalayas.

* Visit the main UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu.

Description

Get off the beaten path and discover some of the lesser traveled reaches of Nepal on our 13-day Gokyo Lakes Trek!

Over the course of nearly two weeks, we will hike through verdant valleys, pass through thick forests and traverse rugged ridge lines as well as imposing glaciers.

The adventure begins after we transfer from Kathmandu to Lukla. From here, we begin ascending steeply into the Himalayan foothills and up to Phakding and on to the famed Sherpa outpost of Namche Bazaar.

Our second stop on the trek is certain to whet your appetite for adventure as it provides us with our first incredible views of Mount Everest and many other iconic Himalayan peaks.

As we continue ascending from Namche, the landscape begins to change dramatically. A combination of rock and snow will replace the alpine meadows and high forests.

Eventually, we will reach our target, arriving at the blue waters of Gokyo Lake. From here, we will be nearly at 5,000 meters and have plenty of incredible views of Everest as well as many other peaks.

The climax of the trip begins with a pre-dawn ascent of Gokyo Ri. As we arrive at the summit, we will witness a sublime sunrise over Mount Everest. Afterwards, we will begin to head back to Kathmandu.

As we hike out through the sparsely populated Himalayan wilderness, you will already be planning your next trip back.

Once we've arrived back in the capital, we will head on a sightseeing tour, visiting the capital's three UNESCO Word Heritage sites: Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Durbar Square.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this unforgettable 13-day Gokyo Lakes Trek through the Himalayan wilderness!

If you like the look of this trip then we think you may also enjoy our 13-day guided Mardi Himal trek, also in Nepal!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Transportation start and back

- Permit and entrance fees

- Personal porters

- Local flights

Price details

The trip's price includes all three meals during the trekking days and hotel breakfasts. All other meals are not.

Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight ticket included


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

You will fly into Tribhuvan International Airport and meet a representative there. From here, we will transfer to the hotel and go over the plan for the trip as well as finish any outstanding formalities.

Meals not included.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (2610m)

In the morning, we will transfer to Lukla by plane. From here, we will drive to the trailhead and hike for 3 to 4 hours to Phakding village. As we go, we will cross the Dudh Koshi River and pass underneath the sacred Khumbila mountain (5751m) en route to Phakding.

From Phakding village, we can have a sight of Kusum Kangraru Mountain. The town in the north valley of Lukla has several quality lodges, hotels and guest houses for tourist and trekkers. We will stay there for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3: Phakding to Namche (3440m)

After breakfast, we will start heading towards Namche Bazaar. On the way, we will pass along some lovely pine forests and revealed land and cross a steel suspension bridge up above the glacial river, Dudh Koshi. We will also trek along theBhote Koshi River. As we move forward, mountains like Mt. Nupla (5885m), Kongde Ri (6093m) rise to give us a beautiful sight. Furthermore, we will cross Kusum Khola and witness Mt. Kusum Kangraru to the east, head of the valley.

We will also enjoy the sight of Mt. Thamserku (6808m), cross the Monjo pass and enter the Sagarmatha National Park, where we can look forward to rich vegetation and wildlife like red pandas, yaks, etc. Then we will start our ascent to the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar. If the weather allows it and we are lucky enough, we might catch our first glimpse of Mt. Everest. Finally, we will take rest, relax, and stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4: Acclimatization in Namche

On this acclimatization day, we can visit the museum and learn about traditional Sherpa life. We can also trek up to Syangboche and the Everest View Hotel, which is located on the highest altitude in the world. It provides with a glimpse of mountains like Everest and many others.
Similarly, if we hike along Sagarmatha National Park, we can catch a sunrise view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more. We can also find a panoramic view of the Namche village from up the hill from Syangboche. In the evening, we can roam around the colorful Namche Bazaar to catch a bargain. Tea or coffee here is considered the most important thing to do, so we set the morning and evening cups with us.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 5: Trek to Dole

After breakfast in the lodge, we will climb stony staircases for the first half an hour and then trek on the flat trails for two hours with closer views of the mountains. Finally, we will arrive at Sanasa, where we can enjoy a cup of tea. Then, we will continue on a ascending trail to Mong La danda for 2 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Trek to Machhermo

We will spend 5 to 6 hours steadily ascending through the valley and on to Machhermo, where we enjoy the views of Kangtega, Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 7: Trek to Gokyo

With the views of Kanga and Mountain Cho-Oyu, the trail will lead us to Then, the trail steeps up  until Ngozumpa Glacier and we will cross a wooden bridge to arrive at the lake. After walking for some time, we will reach the second lake at 4720m and Dudh Pokhari at 4750m, which is very close to the Gokyo (4780m) where we will spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 8: Trek to Dole

We will get up at 3 am and hike to the summit of Gokyo Ri in time to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas (2-3 hours). From here, we will descend back the way we came and spend the rest of the day hiking downhill to Dole (5 hours).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 9: Trek to Namche

We will spend the day continuing our descent back to Lukla. First, we will arrive at Mong la Danda , where we will have tea and contemplate amazing views, before continuing on to Namche. On the way back to Sanasa, we will meet many trekkers from EBC. We will continue to Namche and then celebrate after arrival when we come back from Gokyo Ri Trek.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10: Return to Lukla

We will descend out of Sagamartha National Park and on to the trailhead. From here, we will return to Lukla, where we will have the rest of the day free.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 11: Lukla to Kathmandu

We will fly back to Kathmandu and you will have the rest of the day free.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Kathmandu sightseeing tour

We will spend the day on a Kathmandu sightseeing tour, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the capital.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 13: Departure

We will take you to the airport and say our goodbyes.

Meals: Breakfast.

 

Details

More info

Daily departures. Please contact us for a complete equipment list.

Meeting point

Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)

Equipment you will need to bring

Water bottle

Backpack

Sunglasses

hiking boots


FAQs

What is the average distance and altitude gain that we will hike each day?

The average distance you will hike each day is about 10 km (6.2 miles). The altitude gain each day will vary, but you can expect to gain an average of 300-500 meters (984-1640 feet) in altitude per day. Some days will be more challenging than others in terms of altitude gain and distance covered. For example, the hike from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche involves a significant altitude gain of around 600 meters (1968 feet) and covers a distance of about 10 km (6.2 miles).

It's important to note that the Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging trek that requires a good level of fitness and acclimatization. It's recommended to take your time and allow for rest days to help your body adjust to the altitude.

What experience do I need to have? How fit do I need to be? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

The Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging trek that requires a good level of fitness and some prior hiking experience. Here are some things to consider:

Experience:

Prior hiking experience is not required, but it is recommended. It's a good idea to have some experience with multi-day hiking and be comfortable hiking for several hours each day.
Some sections of the trail can be steep and narrow, so it's important to have some experience with this type of terrain.

Fitness:

You should be in good physical shape and able to hike for several hours each day with a daypack.
Regular exercise, such as hiking, running, or cycling, can help prepare you for the trek.
It's also important to be mentally prepared for the challenge of the trek.

Children and older people:

The trek is suitable for children who are physically fit and able to hike for several hours each day. However, it's important to keep in mind that the trek can be challenging and the altitude can be a factor for children. Children under the age of 12 are generally not recommended to do this trek.
Older people can do this trek as long as they are physically fit and have acclimatized properly. It is recommended that people over the age of 60 consult with a doctor before attempting the trek.

Overall, the Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging but rewarding adventure that requires some preparation and training. It's important to assess your own physical and mental abilities and consult with a doctor if you have any concerns about your ability to complete the trek.

How can I get to the trailhead/meeting point?

Peregrine Treks will provide airport transfer service. We will pick you up from Kathmandu airport and drop off you there.

How will accommodation and meals be handled during the trek?

Peregrine Treks arrange accommodation and meals during the Everest Base Camp trek. Here's what you can expect:

Accommodation:

Along the trail, you'll stay in tea houses or lodges, which are basic guesthouses that offer rooms with twin beds and shared bathrooms. Some tea houses may also have hot showers available for an additional fee.
The accommodations are simple, but clean and comfortable. You'll need to bring your own sleeping bag and possibly a sleeping pad, depending on your trekking company's policy.
During peak trekking seasons, the tea houses can get crowded, so it's a good idea to book your accommodations in advance.

Meals:

Most tea houses along the trail offer a variety of meals, including traditional Nepali dishes like dal bhat (rice, lentil soup, and vegetables) and momos (steamed dumplings), as well as western dishes like pasta and pizza.
The meals are typically hearty and filling, and designed to provide you with the energy you need for the trek.
Your trekking company or guide will typically arrange your meals for you and make sure that you are eating enough to sustain you throughout the trek.
You should also bring some snacks with you, such as energy bars, nuts, or dried fruit, to supplement your meals and provide you with extra energy.

It's important to note that the quality and availability of accommodation and meals can vary depending on the specific tea house and the season. During peak trekking seasons, the tea houses can get crowded and the amenities may be more basic. However, your trekking company or guide will do their best to ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that I need to consider before the tour?

Yes, there are several special requirements that you need to consider before embarking on the Everest Base Camp trek. These include permits, insurance, and vaccinations. Here's what you need to know:

Permits:

To trek to Everest Base Camp, you will need two permits: the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit.
These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or in Lukla before starting the trek.
Your trekking company or guide will typically arrange the permits for you, but it's important to make sure that you have the necessary permits before starting the trek.

Insurance:

Trekking in the Himalayas can be risky, so it's important to have travel insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation, trip cancellation, and other potential risks.
Your insurance should also cover high altitude trekking, as some policies have altitude limits.
You should bring a copy of your insurance policy with you on the trek and make sure that your trekking company or guide knows how to contact your insurance provider in case of an emergency.

Vaccinations:

Before traveling to Nepal, it's a good idea to consult with a travel medicine specialist or your doctor to make sure that you are up-to-date on routine vaccinations, such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis.
You may also need vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and yellow fever, depending on your travel plans and medical history.
Additionally, it's important to take precautions to prevent altitude sickness, which can be a serious health risk at high elevations. Your trekking company or guide will typically have a plan in place to help prevent and manage altitude sickness.

Overall, it's important to do your research and make sure that you have all the necessary permits, insurance, and vaccinations before embarking on the Everest Base Camp trek. This will help ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.

What is the best time of the year for this hike?

The best time of year to do the Everest Base Camp trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these seasons, the weather is generally clear and dry, making for good trekking conditions.

Here's what you can expect during these seasons:

Spring (March to May):

This is the peak trekking season in Nepal, and for good reason. The weather is mild and sunny, with daytime temperatures averaging around 15-20°C (59-68°F) at lower elevations.
The skies are generally clear, making for excellent views of the mountains.
The rhododendron flowers are in bloom, adding a splash of color to the forests along the trail.
The downside of trekking during the spring season is that the trails can get crowded, and the tea houses can get fully booked, so it's important to plan and book in advance.

Autumn (September to November):

This is another popular trekking season in Nepal, with clear skies, mild temperatures, and generally dry weather.
The temperatures are similar to those in the spring, with daytime temperatures averaging around 15-20°C (59-68°F) at lower elevations.
The skies are generally clear, making for excellent views of the mountains.
The tea houses are less crowded than in the spring, but still popular, so it's a good idea to book in advance.

Both the spring and autumn seasons offer great trekking conditions, and the choice between the two will depend on your personal preference for trekking in cooler (spring) or warmer (autumn) temperatures, and your availability to travel.

Can I join a group?

Yes, you can join a group for the Everest Base Camp trek. Joining a group is a great way to meet other trekkers, share the cost of a guide, and have a more social experience on the trek.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable and can change quickly. In the event of bad weather, your trekking company or guide will have a plan in place to keep you safe and comfortable. Here's what you can expect:

Delay or cancellation of flights: If you are flying to Lukla to start the trek, flights can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. In this case, your trekking company or guide will make alternative arrangements, such as changing the itinerary or booking alternative transportation.
Rest days: It's common to include rest days in the trekking itinerary to allow for acclimatization and to account for potential bad weather. If bad weather strikes, you may spend an extra day at a tea house or lodge to wait for better conditions.
Alternative routes: If bad weather makes it unsafe to trek on the planned route, your guide may suggest an alternative route that is safer and still allows you to see the sights and reach your destination.
Emergency shelter: In the event of extreme weather conditions, such as heavy snowfall or high winds, your guide may arrange for emergency shelter, such as staying in a tea house or lodge, until conditions improve.

It's important to follow the advice of your guide in the event of bad weather, as they have experience and knowledge of the local conditions and terrain. Safety is the top priority, and your guide will make decisions with your safety in mind.

About the guide

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Peregrine Treks and Expedition

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Welcome to Peregrine Nepal-formed in 2002, the home of mountain adventure, stunning views, peace and bliss, adrenaline-charged excitement, and deep satisfaction. We are the planner of your leisure vacation, and we plan for your trekking & adventure by delivering meticulously planned, carefully curated, and safely executed adventure trips to various corners of the Himalaya & beyond.

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