Youin’s Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri(peak) Trek is a beautiful journey to the enticing Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri which is one of the most amazing viewpoints for Mt Everest and other Himalayas. Your 14-day trip begins in Kathmandu where we start our day by visiting UNESCO world heritage sites which highlight Nepal’s beautiful culture and religious heritage and finish our day preparing for the trek ahead.
Our Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is an alternative to classical treks in the Everest region and is one of the most adventurous treks in Nepal which leads you through the glacier valleys and high mountains. It is the perfect package for those travellers who want to enjoy the beauty of Himalayas.
You-in’s Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek is for those who would like to walk in the Everest region without the physical stress of reaching the base camp of Mt.Everest or crossing high passes in the vicinity. It is instead for travellers who wish to try something different in the Everest region.
The main destination of the trek is the sight of Gokyo Lakes, which resides in the Eastern region and is the home of the most noteworthy slope of the world – Gokyo Ri, and a few other of the Himalayan Lakes close by. Gokyo Lakes offers you the most crystal clear and blue waters that are bound to leave you speechless.
Gokyo is located in the valley immediately west of the Khumbu Valley and is far less crowded than its better-known neighbour to the East. Gokyo valley has only one traditional permanent settlement; the rest being summer pastures now catering to the passing trekkers.
This trek takes us to the turquoise Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri which provides exceptional views of Everest and the Himalayas. We also get to marvel at the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and the Gokyo Valley from Gokyo Ri.
Going through the Khumbu on the way, you can observe the scenic views of the towering mountains. Our Trekking team will cover many important places in terms of glamour like Namche Bazaar, Ngozumpa glacier, and Lukla.
From Gokyo RI, you can also get the best view of Mt.Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.
For those who wish to visit Everest Base Camp for the closer view, you can extend your trip to include Everest Base Camp, please contact our team for more information on [email protected]
As you arrive at the International airport in Kathmandu, our representative will be waiting with the placard of your name. We shall welcome and then drive you to the hotel. During the 30 minutes drive, you can enjoy the views of Kathmandu Valley. Once you reach the hotel, you get some time to enjoy the comfort of the hotel. Then, we will have an informal Group Meeting where we will brief you about the trek. After that, we will collect your necessary details. In the evening, we will enjoy a complimentary traditional Nepalese welcome dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu
In the morning, enjoy your breakfast at your hotel. Thereafter, our team will pick you from the gate to proceed with day-long sightseeing tours. Kathmandu (also known as the city of Temples) has many UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. We shall explore them during our trip. We will proceed from the hotel towards Swyambhunath. Also known as the Monkey Temple, this is an ancient religious complex suited to the top of the hill in the Kathmandu valley. From the premises, the Kathmandu valley is visible below your feet. The monkeys running up and down in the stupa will keep you entertained. After then, we drive towards the holy Hindu temple known as Pasupatinath. This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the biggest Hindu shrine located on the bank of the Bagmati River. You can take your time to explore the exotic wood and metal crafts in the premises. After, we drive to visit Boudhanath stupa. It is one of the holiest sites for Buddhist around the world. The colourful lights, prayer flags, and the rotating wheels make the region extremely beautiful. You can see the Tibetan monks chanting their prayers. Then, we will head towards the final destination of the day, Kathmandu Durbar Square. Also known as Basantapur, this is the centre of the culture and history of Nepal. During your trip, you will visit the home of Kumari - Living goddess, Kasthmandap (a temple constructed by the branch of a single tree), Kalo Bhairaw temple, and Seto Bhairawa. After a beautiful sightseeing day, we drive back to the hotel. You can complete the last-minute shopping. Your guide can assist you with the shopping of any last-minute trekking equipment. You can spend the rest of the evening strolling around the streets of Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu
After early morning preparations and flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), the trekking starts. It will be an adventurous start to the day as the Tenzing/Hillary airport is a steep airstrip that is hanging off the side of a mountain and is one of the most famous airports worldwide, and sits at an altitude of 2,800m. The flight to Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. From Lukla, you’ll pass Chaurikharka village and make a descent towards the Dudhkosi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkosi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) is reached. Overnight at Phakding
During the trek today we cross several suspension bridges and pass several villages and monasteries. Our trekking permits will be checked at Monjo as we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. A descent and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable as we pass through a river bed and we reach the Hillary Suspension Bridge. As we climb up towards Namche Bazaar, the magnificent sights of Kwangde Peak, Kusum peak, Kangaru peak, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other fabulous mountains greet us. Overnight at Namche bazaar
This is the first of your scheduled rest days which will help us acclimatise to the high altitude. Experts believe that it is better to stay active even during rest days for a better trekking experience, and for this reason, we are going to spend the day enjoying small hikes in and around Namche Bazaar. You can spend it taking a day hike to Thame, visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself which is known as the gateway to Mt. Everest. Our guide can also take us to the Tourist Visitor Centre near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe a variety of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life in the Everest region. Overnight at Namche bazaar
Today we start our walk to reach altitudes of over 4000m, we leave early in the morning to get clear views of mountain ranges including Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. A glorious view of Everest and Lhotse can be viewed after a little climb to the ridge top out of Namche. Passing Kayangjuma after a downhill section, we reach the junction to EBC(Everest Base Camp) and Gokyo Valley which lies considerably high all above the Dudh Koshi. From here, we climb to Mong La pass where the sacred Khumbila is a charming presence. Passing Mong La, Rhododendron forests and wildflowers get more abundant, and so does animal life. All through the trail, you can witness vendors selling Tibetan handwork and you will be able to experience the unique cretinism of Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhism. Passing a few waterfalls and bridges, we reach the small village of Dole which offers you with a spectacular view of Khumbila and Tawache (6,542m). Overnight at Dole
Today is one of the most scenic days as we start early and make our way towards Machermo. Most of the way you will follow the melt river waters from the Ngozumba glacier Straight ahead during the trek you will amazing views of the Cho Oyu and Cholaste peaks. Todays walk is gentle with a slow altitude gain until you reach the shoreline of the first of the five Holy Lakes which starts with a steep rocky incline. Passing two of the five lakes, as we approach the 3rd lake you will arrive at Gokyo Village. Overnight at Gokyo
This is the last of your scheduled rest days and we spend another day in Gokyo to acclimatise to the high altitude. If the weather is good, we climb Gokyo Ri(peak) today. From the top of Gokyo Ri, we admire the Himalayan vista and the tranquil Gokyo Lakes. We also hike to the fourth and the fifth Gokyo Lakes. The 4th lake is only about 3km north of Gokyo. It is marked by high cliffs and Himalayan peaks rising above it. We continue walking a little further and reach the 5th lake. We climb up a nearby hill called Scoundrels viewpoint that will guarantee us(weather permitting) remarkable views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. From the northern part of the 5th lake, we see the Cho Oyu base camp and Ngazumpa Glacier which is the biggest glacier the world. We walk back to Gokyo to spend the night. Overnight at Gokyo
We descend on a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and pass the first Gokyo Lake. On the way, we also enjoy views of the Cholatse and Taboche peaks. Our trail descends before climbing a hill. After reaching the Chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega mountains. We walk further on to reach Machhermo, Overnight at Machhermo
We descend further down in altitude on a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and enjoy the rising oxygen levels. Your lungs will start to feel the increase and you will automatically start feeling better as you descend. The traditional village of Khumjung is just above Namche. This town with rock walls dividing stony fields has beautiful vistas on all sides. Khumjung is the largest village in the Khumbu at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. Another place to visit is Khumjung School which is the original Hillary School established in 1960. Overnight at Khumjung
Today we continue our descend of approx 1,200m in altitude to Phakding Village. Our trek descends via Namche Bazar along the Dudh Koshi River and you will have plenty of time to enjoy the views along the trail and take to scenic photos as your trek comes to the end. We will cross some suspension bridges today after some rocky trails before the trail levels out. We will exit the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo before arriving at Phakding. Overnight at Phakding
Our penultimate day continues with a short trek retracing our steps back to Lukla. Our trek takes us via Ghat where we can see several mani walls and boulders engraved with Buddhist prayers. At Lukla, you will have time to relax and unwind, stretch our your sole legs while having a celebratory drink reminiscing about your achievements of your time on the mountain. Overnight at Lukla
After an early morning flight back to Kathmandu, you will be collected from the airport and taken to your hotel. After reaching Kathmandu Hotel, you will have the rest of the day off to rest by the pool, do some laundry or last shopping in the city. There will be a complimentary farewell dinner to enjoy with your trek leader and fellow trekkers to mark the end of our trip in Nepal Overnight in Kathmandu
This is your last day in this amazing land of Himalayan wonders. In the morning, you can enjoy your last breakfast in Kathmandu. If the flight is scheduled in the evening, you can explore the area. You can visit the Garden of Dreams- a classic Nepalese garden. Our staff will drive you to the airport, three hours before the flight time. After waving a final goodbye to each other, our journey ends here. We wish a safe journey towards homeward
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