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14 Days Gokyo Ri Treks

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The settlement of Gokyo is located between a lake and the lateral moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier and was no more than a summer yak pasture until several lodges was built to cater for trekkers. Gokyo Ri lies at the northern edge of Dudh Pokhari lake. It is reached by following a zig zag path up the hillside. The walk is technically very straightforward but can be pretty tough if you are still in the process of acclimatising to altitude. Just go slowly, take your time and you will enjoy it. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into view and from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself (5360m.), you have one of the finest views of Everest to be had in the Khumbu. At your feet the massive Ngozumpa Glacier (the largest glacier in Nepal) stretches from the foot of Cho Oyu, an 8200m summit to the north almost to the slopes of Cholatse.
If the afternoon is clear (unfortunately it often clouds over) seize the opportunity (and a head torch) and go up Gokyo Ri to watch the sun setting on Everest and Makalu, respectively the highest and fifth highest summits in the world. This is a sight that you will not forget. Beyond Gokyo and walking north there are two more lakes and another interesting set of hills that can be climbed (or scrambled up) called Nameless Towers. These offer even more spectacular views of Cho Oyu. It is also really worth your while going up to the ridge of the lateral moraine just above the settlement of Gokyo. The views of the glacier are breathtaking but be very careful not to go too close to the very crumbly edge of the moraine.

Trip Highlights

Duration 14 Days Country Nepal
Trip Name Gokyo Ri Region Everest
Best Time Sep-Nov, Mar-Jun Walking Hour 6/7 hours per day
Culture Tibetan Buddhist Max Altitude 5550m
Min Group Size 2 pax Max Group Size 15 pax
Meal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accomodations Guest House, Tea House
Transportation Van/ Car/ Bus/ Flight Trip Grade Moderate
Trip Start Point Lukla Trip end Point Lukla

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft), trek to Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft): 3 – 4 hours

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): 5 – 6 hours

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: acclimatization

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phorse (3810 m/ 12,496 ft): 5 – 6 hours

Day 07: Phorse Village to Machhermo-(4,470 m/ 14,663 ft): 5 – 6 hours

Day 08: Machharmo to Gokyo (4800 m/15,744 ft): 5 – 6 hours

Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft) and hike to fifth lakes: 5 – 6 hours

Day 10: Gokyo to Dole: 3 – 4 hours

Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazaar: 4 – 5 hours

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6 – 8 hours

Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu

Day 14: Final departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft)

A Himalayan Glacier representative will pick us up after we land at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Afterwards, we will be dropped off at our hotel where we can take a rest. Later in the evening, we will have a welcome dinner hosted by Free fun tours which will introduce us to Nepalese cuisine.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation

We tour four UNESCO World Heritage Sites today. These include Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and another Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath). These heritage sites hold immense cultural, religious, architectural and historical value for the Nepalese people. Later we gather at Himalayan Glacier to get better acquainted with our travel plans and fellow trekkers.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft), trek to Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft): 3 – 4 hours

We leave for Lukla on an early morning flight. It will be an adventurous ride as the Tenzing/Hillary airport is a steep airstrip that is actually hanging off the side of a mountain.  After reaching Lukla, we meet the rest of our trekking staff and begin trekking to Phakding.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): 5 – 6 hours

Our trail moves forward alongside the Dudh Koshi River. During the trek we cross several suspension bridges and pass several villages, monasteries and chortens. We can enjoy a good view of Mt. Thamserku from Benkar village. 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 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.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: acclimatization

Acclimatization is important for us to adjust to the gradual change in environment. It will also help us to prevent catching Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).  Today we hike to Khumjung villages, enjoy the Himalayan vista from Syangboche or tour the quaint streets of Namche Bazaar. We can also visit the Tourist Visitor Center where we can see a variety of things related to the first Everest ascenders and Sherpa culture. This visit will also get us acquainted with various plant and animal life of the Everest region. In Khumjung we can even visit a monastery that houses a yeti scalp! We also climb up to the airstrip above Syangboche and enjoy incredible views of Kongde, Thamserku and Khumbila mountains. We walk back to Namche Bazaar to spend the night.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phorse (3810 m/ 12,496 ft): 5 – 6 hours

We leave Namche Bazaar on a trail with gradual ups and downs. On the way we are likely to spot Himalayan pheasants, musk deer and Himalayan Thars. We then begin descending to Kyanjuma. From Sansa, we follow the Gokyo trails and from Mong we get a glimpse of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Khumbila mountains. Our trail descends to Dudhkoshi Khola after which it is an uphill climb through rhododendron forests before reaching Phorse. From here we get good views of Tawache and Cholaste mountains.

Day 07: Phorse Village to Machhermo-(4,470 m/ 14,663 ft): 5 – 6 hours

After crossing a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we are likely to come face to face with local wildlife like pheasants, mountain goats, and musk deer. Our trail passes through forests, waterfalls and bridges before reaching Dole. We climb on a steady trail through a scenic ridge with views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku mountains. We ascend from Luza village and walk above the Dudh Koshi River. We continue walking through small villages and sandy trails before reaching Machhermo. We can visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital for a lecture regarding altitude sickness, its precaution, and primary treatment

Day 08: Machharmo to Gokyo (4800 m/15,744 ft): 5 – 6 hours

We ascend on a hill and enjoy views of the Dudh Koshi valley and Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains. Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Phangga. We descend to the river bank before climbing up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier on a steep trail. We pass through Longpongo, Raboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari before reaching Gokyo. On the trail next to the first lake, we see what is believed to be the footprints of a Lama (Buddhist priest). We explore Dudh Pokhari before calling it a night.

Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft) and hike to fifth lakes: 5 – 6 hours

We spend another day in Gokyo to acclimatize to the high altitude. If the weather is good, we climb Gokyo Ri 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 to walking a little further and reach the 5th lake. A climb up a nearby hill will guarantee us remarkable views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here – the spot is called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. 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.

Day 10: Gokyo to Dole: 3 – 4 hours

We descend on a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and pass  the first Gokyo lakes. 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 past Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarma villages before reaching Dole.

Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazaar: 4 – 5 hours

We descend on a steep trail to Phortse Thanga admiring rhododendrons, wildflowers and waterfalls. We also come across mountain goats, musk deer, pheasants, etc. From Mong, we can admire a good view of Khumbila peak. On our way to Namche the view of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtega mountains are ours to admire. After walking for a while, we reach an intersection where the trail from Sanasa meets our trail. We walk on a trail that clings to a forested slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. After reaching Namche army camp hill, we look back to see Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche for one last time. About a kilometer from here is Namche Bazaar.

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6 – 8 hours

We descend on a rocky trail and cross several suspension bridges before walking on a leveled trail. The air is warmer as we walk on the same trail to reach Lukla. Our trek in the mountain ends after we reach Lukla. We spend our time reminiscing about our time spent in the mountain

Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu

We fly back to Kathmandu on the earliest possible flight. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to enjoy with our trek leader and a few Himalayan Glacier staff to mark the end of our trip in Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Final departure

A Free Fun Tours  representative will pick us up from our hotel and drop us off at the Tribhuwan International Airport three hours before our scheduled flight.

Cost Details

Cost Includes
For this trip Cost USD 1735 Per/Person

  •  Transportation system along with pick up and drop service from airport to hotel and vice versa
  •  Accommodation according to the requirement two in sharing
  •  3 or 4 star hotel in Kathmandu
  •   Fly ticket kathmandu/lukla/kathmandu
  •  Food facilities during the trip i.e breakfast,lunch,dinner (along with tea and coffee)
  •  All necessary staffs which includes experienced English preferred guide by the side if need any sort of help and information
  •  Cook, tent and other supplies if you wish for camping trip
  •  Porters (2 trekkers =1 porter) and if you wish for tea house trek 1 porters carries 25 kg only
  •  All necessary paper works, trekking permits,tims ,guide and porter insurance and so on.
  •  If you forget to bring sleeping bags, down jackets then you can hire
  •  Welcome and farewell dinner
  •  Exclusive Medical Kit Bag (first aid)
  •  All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  •  Nepal Visa fee (you must have your own accurate USD cash along with two passport sized photo)
  •  International airfare charges
  •  Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, you will have to pay yourself)
  •  Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival.
  •  Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  •  Travel and rescue insurance
  •  Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge,
  •   Extra porters bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Tips for Guide and porter

 

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