Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

15 Days 14 Night
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Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is a classical trekking in Khumbu region. Gokyo valley trek or Gokyo Lake view trek ultimately takes you to the mesmerizing Gokyo Valley where trekkers find themselves truly blessed with nature. The calm and tranquil Gokyo lake is at the centre of the highlight of this trek. Situating in the most popular region, Khumbu region. Everest Gokyo Lake And Gokyo Ri Trekking let the travellers experience the inexperienced in their life. Besides that, this trek not only lets you witness the enthralling serene lakes in Gokyo but also the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains above 8000 meters.

Hence the Valley and  Everest Gokyo Lake Trek offer probably the most astonishing views of the mountains. So the mountains like the world’s tallest majestic mountain giants Mt. Everest, Mount Cho Oyu, Mount Makalu, and Mount Lhotse and even more mountain view in the panorama.

Namche Bazar, the gateway of Khumbu region is considered a tourist hub. And it is Tibetan trade market where acclimatization takes place. The day you will spend to have sightseeing around the Bazar. Especially, this day you will spend to experience the local culture and capturing mountain views.

Hence After the accomplishment of Everest Gokyo Lake Trek, some adventure enthusiasts venture to Chola Pass and ultimately they will get to EBC and Kalapathar and some like to follow the same track to come back to Lukla.

Himalayan flora and faunas, Sherpa people and their unique culture, serene lakes in the lap of Himalayas, breath-taking views of the mountain above 8000 meters above are the major highlights of this trekking.

Commencing at Lukla, Gokyo valley trekking wraps at the same point. The veterans of Magic Expedition and Tour is always there to cater a world-class trekking package to Gokyo Valley.


‘Be a Part of the Heavenly Blessed valley with Serene Lake Encircled by awe-inspiring Mountain Giants’ 


 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel

This the very first day that you step in Nepal for the trip. You will be received by our representative in the airport. Our representative will be at the arrival holding placard with your and our company name (Magic Expedition. And then, you will be transferred to the hotel. It is around 30 mins drive from the airport to the hotel. There may some hassles like offering taxi or hotel or something like that. Do go with them. And sometimes, in international flight, your luggage may be missing. Be very careful. We hope it will not disturb your trip.

After your arrival at the hotel, you will get refreshed and we will have a short orientation meeting regarding the trip. We will introduce a guide or trip leader. For this, be with   4 pieces of recent pp sized photographs, a copy of passport and copy of travel insurance-Overnight in Hotel-

Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

This is the day for valley sightseeing to visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple. Normally, the tour commences after your breakfast, you will have the lunch during your visit, and the tour ends at around 4 in the afternoon. Then, you will prepare for the next day’s trip to the mountain.

Day 03: Kathmandu Lukla - Phakding (2652m) 3 hrs.

The flight to Lukla takes early in the morning. Sometimes the flight to Lukla may get disturbed due to unfavourable weather condition. First, the guide will come to receive you at the hotel and take you to the airport for the flight. It is 35 minutes scenic flight to Tenzing- Hillary airport located into the lap of mountains. After you get Lukla, you begin to trek down to Phakding. The trekking offers the first views of astonishing mountains. Finally, you will get Phakding. Overnight at Phakding

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m) 6 hrs.

After your breakfast at Phakding, today’s trekking to Namche begins via Manjo and Jorsalle. The trails take you along the Dudh Koshi river. Monjo is the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park. Further, trekking will take you to Jorsalle and the trail will go all the way up until you get Namche Bazaar 3441m, one of the tourist hub in Everest region and the gateway to Everest region. Namche offers you a beautiful view of Thamserkhu mountain and some others too. Overnight at the guest house at Namche.

Day 05: Acclimatization day – Hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hrs.     

This is the rest day for acclimatization. The day will be for hiking to  Syangboche airport 3700m, climbing up to Mt. Everest view hotel. Everest view hotel is a vantage point from where you will witness great panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache and many more. We also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and experience their culture-Overnight in the guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4200m) 5 hrs.

After breakfast, you begin your hiking today. The trails are easier in the starting up to Kyangjung and you start to climb steep hill through rhododendron, juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases. If you trek in spring, the entire hill will be blanketed with flowering rhododendron. Further trekking up takes you to Kharkas, pasturelands for yaks. There are not so many hotels in Dole. Especially, the views of Khumbila and Tawache (6542m) will be alluring throughout the day!! -Overnight in Lodge in Dole.

Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4400m) 5 hrs.

Today’s trekking offers you to view highland pastures, Kaharkas along with beautiful mountain view in the skylineThere are two climbs to Lambara at (4220m) and Luza at (4360m). Mostly, the trail is steep but pleasant climb through junipers.  Finally, you will get Machhermo at (4410m). Overnight in Lodge-

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Lake (4700m) 4 hrs.

We continue climbing up for more than 2 hours and descend to the riverbank before we climb to moraine of  Ngozumpa Glacier. Then, the trail today begins to offer you glaciers, mountain giants and beautiful serene lakes. The more you trek, the more numbers of lakes you will view in the valley. Ultimately, you will get Gokyo. Overnight in Lodge-

Day 09: Hike to Gokyo RI (5360m) 4 hrs.

The climb up to Gokyo Ri will offer you for a panoramic view of the Mahalangur Himalayan range. It is around 2 hours climb to get Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri is one of the most popular vantage points for mountain view from where one will witness enthralling views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawache & a great looking of Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal. Sometimes, it may be windy at the top of Gokyo Ri. For this, prepare accordingly. Finally, you descend down to Gokyo and enjoy your day.

Day 10: Trek to Dole (4200m) 5 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals

We catch on a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and pass the major Gokyo lakes. In transit, we additionally appreciate the views of the Cholatse and Taboche tops. In the wake of coming to the Chorten at the edge, we see incredible views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega mountains. We further trek and past Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarma towns before getting  Dole. Overnight in Dole.

Day 11: Trek to Khumjung (3900) 5 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals

Descend down through Himalayan flora and fauna witnessing traditional settlements. Of course, mountain views are still dominant highlights of today’s trekking till you get Khumjung village inhibited by Sherpa people.

Day 12: Trek to Jorsale (2740m) 6 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals

Descend down via Namche Bazaar to Jorsalle. Today’s trekking will be more pleasing experiencing Tibetan market at Namche and further down to Jorsalle. Overnight at Jorsalle.

Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2800m) 5 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals

Today, you are wrapping up your trip. You begin to trek from Jorsalle until you get Lukla. The trail descends till you get Phakding and then ascends until you get Lukla. However, it is a pleasant hiking in the Himalayas. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu (1310m) 35 min.Leisure Time For Shopping. overnight at the hotel, inclusive of breakfast

You catch an early flight to Kathmandu. It is 35 mins scenic flight. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, our representative will receive you and we will transfer you to the hotel. we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Farewell and Departure

According to your flight schedule, we will drop to the airport for the onward flight towards your country or next destination.


SERVICE INCLUDES

  1. Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by private car / van
  2. Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  3. Kathmandu city tours, include tour guide and private car / van
  4. Full board meals with tea or coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  5. Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
  6. One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
  7. Round trip flight to/from Kathmandu inclusive domestic departure tax
  8. First aid medical kit
  9. Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
  10. TIMS Fee- Trekkers Information Management System
  11. Government taxes & office service charge

SERVICE EXCLUDES

  1. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  2. Travel insurance
  3. Tour entry fee
  4. International airfare
  5. Nepal entry visa– you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  6. Drinks (cold and alcoholic)
  7. Hot and cold showers during the trek
  8. Personal shopping and laundry
  9. Personal trekking equipment
  10. Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

Different travellers have different minds; it means different perspectives on travelling. Accordingly, considering such different preferences of travelling according to their budget and timeframe, this trip program also can be customized.


The environment in the Everest region

The mountain of the Khumbu is so Large that they create their own local climate. As you climb through the hills, mixed deciduous forest and scattered rice terraces give way to pine forest, then rhododendrons, then scrub junipers, before finally, the only vegetation is low alpine shrubs and grasses. As you walk, scan the skies and the undergrowth for golden eagle and the spectacular Himalayan Monal ( Damphe or impeyan pheasant ) with its regal, shimmering green blue and purple plumage.

In the forested area around Namche Bazaar, Thame, Phortse, and Tengboche keep your eye peeled for Himalayan tahr and musk deer often spotted beside trails early in the morning. You may also hear the strange, hoarse call of the muntjak or barking deer. The predators of the Himalaya are rarely seen but they are out there – the Khumbu is home to both leopards and snow leopards.


When to trek?

It is theoretically possible to trek in the Khumbu year round, but flights are frequently cancelled in winter and during the monsoon because of the poor visibility at the lucky airport. The best weather is in autumn when the skies are clear and temperature at higher altitude are more bearable. However, the competition for the seat on planes and bed space in lodges can be intense. Spring is a calmer time to visit though cloud and rain become more frequent in the build-up to the monsoon. The most serious obstacle to trekking in winter is the cold. Days can be perfectly comfortable, but the mercury plummets as soon as the sun sinks behind the mountain. At some time during the season from October to March, there is certain to be a storm or two that will blanket the countryside with snow.


Permits and Regulation

You must take two kinds of permit for regular trekking in Everest region. One permit is for Loyalty of  Sagarmatha National Park. We must take it from the Tourism board of Nepal for the sector of regular trekking in Everest region. Another permit is TIMS ( Travel Information Management System). That is to records all the trekker profile by the tourism board of Nepal.


Gateways

There are two ways for the trekking in the Everest region. One way is to directly fly from Kathmandu to The luckla and start your trek from Lukla. So When you fly from Lukla you can complete Everest Base camp within 14 Days. And another way is Take a bus to Kathmandu to Bandar and start trekking from the Jiri / Bandar. If you follow this route you can complete Everest Base Camp in 18 to 19 Days.


Altitude sickness?

The more you ascend to higher altitude, the more oxygen will be less. Normally, no traveller will be suffered from altitude sickness below 4ooo m. high. But this is not the case always. Those who lack good stamina, physical fitness, those who drink a lot and smoke will likely to suffer altitude sickness.
Mild and common symptoms include headaches (also a symptom of dehydration), low appetite, and restless sleep. More moderate symptoms include vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhoea. Many compare altitude sickness to the sensations of having a hangover. Severe symptoms include blue lips and fingernails, severe difficulty breathing, poor coordination, fatigue, and drowsiness. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend you to descend down to the lower altitude, hydrate sufficiently and maintain nutrition. In case you have these above-mentioned symptoms, inform to our guide since he will be far more experienced than you.


Travel insurance?

It is required to have travel insurance that covers your rescue in case you have suffered any kind of sickness in high altitude including altitude sickness. We hope everything will be fine during the trekking days but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may occur. Many standards policy cover you for trekking to high altitudes, such as on the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it is very important to check this before you go. Here is a list of insurance companies that we have collected information on (however it is your responsibility to confirm that the information on our website correct):
We recommend companies such as Ensure and Go, Virgin Money, and The Post office, as they currently cover the altitudes of all our treks.
For more information please see our information section.


Teahouse trekking?

Teahouse trekking takes you to the mountain where you stay every overnight at guest house. Food and accommodations are provided according to your choice at the guest house.


Carrying my stuff when trekking?

We will employ our porters to carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. This is included in the price of each trek. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance with the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general, 12kg is more than sufficient. If you have unnecessary stuff that is not required during the trekking days in the mountain, you can leave at the hotel till you come back. They will store it safely.
Normally each porter will carry 2 peoples rucksacks and he will simply tie them together using rope (this does not harm any of the rucksacks). If you are trekking with a friend or loved one, and there is space in one rucksack for both your possessions, then please feel free to share the same rucksack but please ensure that it weighs less than 24kg.
It is helpful if you do not put things that you may need during the day in your large rucksack as you will not be walking with your porter at all times.


Can I drink the tap water?

We don’t recommend you to drink the tap water in the mountains since it is not safe. To help prevent contamination of the environment, we discourage tourists from drinking from plastic bottles especially when in the mountains. Non-plastic bottle options include:

1) Drinking boiled water from teahouses.
2) Drinking ginger and lemon tea to reduce the need for water consumption.
3) Purifying tap/river water using a chloride pump, iodine, or chlorine tablets. The taste of the tablets is not appetising, so it is recommendable to use a dissolvable vitamin tablet to add flavour.


How old does a trekker have to be to go trekking?

All trekkers under 18 must be accompanied by a friend/family member who is over 18 years of age.
Moderate to strenuous treks: minimum age is 14
Easy treks: minimum age is 12-11


Festivals In Solu Khumbu.

Along with the connection of Tibetan Buddhism and the Lunar Calendar of the Tibetan, there is four major festival in Solu Khumbu.

  1. Tibetan New Year or Gyalpo Losar: This festival is usually held in the late February or early March which is celebrated with the masked dance performances at the end of the 12th month of the Tibetan Calendar.
  2. Buddha Jayanti: The festival falls normally in May on the full moon of the fourth Tibetan month. This Buddha Jayanti is also known as Saga Dawa and it celebrates the birthday of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha with parades stupas and Gompas and the lighting of butter lamps at sacred sites.
  3. Mani Rimdu: This a famous Sherpa festival which is celebrated normally in October and November at the monasteries of Tengboche, at Thame in May and at Chiwang or near Phaplu at November or December. During the festival, monks don elaborate mask and costumes and perform ritualistic charm dances that symbolize the triumph of Buddhism over Bon. The ancient animistic religion of Tibet. At this festival sherpas from all over the Khumbu flock to attend the spectacle and the final evening turns into the Sherpa equivalent of an all-night rave.
  4. Dumje: This festival largely celebrates at Namche Bazaar, Pangboche, Khumjung and Thame for the birth of Guru Rinpoche who introduced Buddhism to Tibet.

Supplies and Equipment :

If you forgot anything like cell batteries, sun-creams, film, memory cards, sleeping bags, down jacket, Trekking shoes, sunglasses, to bring you can buy or rent in Kathmandu and in Namche Bazaar. It will be cost depending on the quality you will buy or rent.

What To Take During Trek?

Footwear

Clothing

Optional

  • Trekking Boot: one Pair
  • Down or Fiber filled water and windproof jacket and trouser: 1
  • NoteBook and Pen
  • Socks: 4
  • Fleece Jacket / Pullover: 1
  • Toilet articles
  • Light socks : 3
  • Warm cotton trousers: 2
  • Toilet Roll
  • Sandle: 1
  • Shirt and T-shirts: 4
  • Laundry soap

Other equipment 

  • Lightweight cotton long  trouser :3
  • Pocket Knife
  • Down Jacket: 1
  • Long underwear: 2
  • Towel
  • Day Pack at least 25 kg: 1
  • Short underwear: 4
  • Sewing Kit, Camera, Film, Cards and Personal Medical Kit.
  • Water Bottle : 1
  • Sun hat / Scarft/ Woolen hat :1
  • Sun cream: 1
  • Lightweight gloves: 1
  • Sun Glasses: 1
  • Raincoat:1
  • Flashlight with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof: 1

Please note That the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu gets delayed due to the weather condition and may even be cancelled for one, two, or more days. Such a condition can arise in every season. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared and must be flexible for long waits both at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We do our best to avoid such delays and fix you on next flight. Still, we suggest you be prepared for possible delays/cancellation, and if possible to come with some extra more days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. We also organise heli rescue in such conditions, if it's available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 4000 and it can lift 3 persons per flight. If everything runs smoothly and if you are interested, you can also enjoy other activities like sightseeing, rafting, wildlife activities, shopping, etc during your remaining days.


In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your ahead travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund if you lose your time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you with accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/c cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc) included in the package that you would not use later.


Important Note :

Your safety is of more important concern while travelling with Magic Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is considered in a specified way due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure necessitates travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that if Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

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