The Gokyo Lake Trek takes adventurous trekkers to fabulous Gokyo Valley, source of grand Dudh Koshi River and the celebrated view points of Gokyo Ri. Obviously the trek further traverses through the landmarks of Everest region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries and prayer flags, the Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and many more. Gokyo, a hidden valley with gorgeous blue lakes in the lap of Himalaya has its own reputation among the adventurous souls. The entire area is blessed with abounding natural beauty of shimmering Lakes. Beyond peace of mind at the tranquil appearance of the glacial lakes, we can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of four above 8000 m massifs and other mountain ranges from the best view point of Everest Region, the Gokyo Ri – because panorama from here is more spectacular than that from Kala Patthar viewpoint. This is graded as a difficult and challenging trek suitable only for physically fit and experienced hikers who love the challenge.
Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight may be delayed by few hours or even cancelled due to bad weather condition. You should be prepared for such flight delays or cancellations. We will do our best to avoid such conditions.
In case of flight cancellation, we will try to get you on the flight for the next day. Getting early flight for the next day may be not possible during the high season. We can arrange flight by helicopter as well with extra cost. If we have a group of 4- 5 people, we can charter helicopter for you to fly from Kathmandu – Lukla or vice versa.
It will be advisable to have extra days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking. We can arrange you cultural / adventure tours (such as sightseeing tours, rafting, jungle safari,) with extra cost if the extra days are not used for the flight conditions to Lukla and back.
If the flight is delayed and cancelled for several days which could disturb your onward journey, you are free to choose trekking in Annapurna, Langtang and other regions and Ang Rita Trek & Expedition will arrange the alternative trek for you as soon as possible.
After clearing the immigrations and collecting your bags, you will need to come out and look for the sign Ice fall Adventures. Our representative will greet you and take you to the hotel. In the evening, we will take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant for welcome dinner.
You will spend the second day sightseeing around Kathmandu – there’s the monkey temple, the Boudhanath Stupa and some ancient heritages of Nepal to be visited. In the latter half of the afternoon our guides will brief you and help you sort out all the equipment for the trip.
The flight to Lukla is one adventurous ride that you’re never going to forget. The flight is only 25 minutes long and you get so immersed in the view outside the airplane window that the flight will seem too short. However, do expect occasional bumps during your flight and sit tight when you’re about to land in the world’s most dangerous airport. The first trekking day is comparatively easy and the walk between Lukla and Phakding takes only 3 hours if you are a really good hiker. Since it is your first day trekking, you can walk leisurely and enjoy the scenery around you.
The strenuous part of the trek begins today and the trail is mostly uphill after you cross Jorsale. The ascent never stops until you reach Namche after climbing a tiring 700 meters! The hike to Namche is in fact one of the more difficult trekking days during the entire trek.
This day is acclimatization day. We will hike up to Everest View Hotel, the first luxurious hotel build in the region for Japanese people. We will enjoy the view of Everest and Amadablam as we walk towards Khumjung. We will visit the Hilary school, Khumjung village and go to Khunde. We will then walk back to Namche.
From Namche, the trail ascends gently to Dole and the walk is quite pleasant, as you pass forests of rhododendron and small settlements.
The landscape starts changing and it becomes more barren and dusty.
You mostly have to follow the stone trail up to Gokyo lake. You can see the three beautiful lakes with amazing views.
Wake up early morning and head-up to see the sunrise on the mountains from Gokyo Ri and you can see over 8000m peaks from here. Mount Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho-you and many more other peaks.
Wake up early morning and head up to cross Chola pass and it takes 4 hours to get on the top. The trail goes all the way up with rocks. After crossing Chola pass and it take 2 hours to reach Dzongla.
From Gorakshep, we will walk towards the base camp of Mount. Everest. The trekking to this region will be splendidly fantastic as every step will guide us nearer to the Everest peak. The round trip of Gorakshep to Everest base camp and then to Gorakshep may require about 6 to 7 hours.
The hike up to Kalapathar is difficult because of the vertical gain in altitude and decreasing oxygen levels. However, if you’re well acclimatized the ascent is not more than two hours and the descent is quite easy. You can choose to climb this hill early morning before sunrise, or, after lunch when it is warmer.
An early start makes you head down further to Namche. A long day of descent can be quite tiresome and hard on the knees.
More downhill walking and some ascents will take you to Lukla, where you can celebrate your successful trek, get a chilled beer in one of the pubs or treat yourself to something sweet at the German bakery outside the airport.
An early morning flight will take you to Kathmandu and you have the entire day for yourself.
Again our representatives will be there to transfer you to the airport and bid you farewell.
BEST TIME TO CLIMB
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although Island Peak can be climbed during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
This trip will take you high into the Himalayas and into the heartland of the Everest region with a chance to visit the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. You will have the opportunity to get up close not only with the snow-clad mountains and rugged terrain of the Khumbu region of Nepal, but also with the lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa people, whose name rings synonymous with the Himalayas itself. In order for you to maximize your opportunity and get the best out of this trip, it is only pertinent that you become familiar with the timing of your trip.