Duration:13 days

Difficulty Level:Strenuous

Price:US$ 000

Group Size:5 adults more/less

Gokyo Lake Trekking

Gokyo Lake Trekking

Season: March to May, September to December
Trekking around Gokyo valley is considered a traditional trek that offers wonderful views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest in Nepal's Himalayas. The image of this region is associated with the soaring views of the most popular mountains in Nepal, at an altitude of 8000m such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake. One of the most remarkable features is the views of the wonderful ice point between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m) located in Khumbu region.
After a half an hour flight from Kathmandu to Lukla’s airstrip, the adventure really begins.  Everything is prepared in conjunction guides. Along the trek we will pass Buddhist monasteries with the views of Everest and other snow towering mountains getting closer. We will have rest days in the villages of Namche bazaar that will allow us to explore the region and acclimatize, which is very important. After trekking to Gokyo Ri (5483 meters), we return at a leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu
Arriving Kathmandu from your homeport, where Mosaic Adventure representative meets you at the airport, transfer you to the hotel nearby Thamel as per your requirement. Great food from all over the world, fabulous shopping and Durbar square with its several temples and markets are nearby Thamel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02- Fly to Lukla (2804 meters) trek to Phakding (2610 meters)
We take a breathtaking fly from Tribhuan International Airport (TIA) on a twin-engine Otter to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, targeting the Sherpa village of Lukla (2804 meters), where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. During this perched fly in between the mountain, you can see the amazing view, which include dramatic view of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan massives. After lunch we will hike for around three hours to reach Phakding (2610 meters). During three our hike to Phakding are Mani stone walls, sacred for Buddhist, made from hundreds of stone tablets and giant carved boulders, brilliantly decorated with brightly colored paints.  Overnight at teahouse.

Day 03- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters)
From Phakding we continue hiking for around five hours along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, through stands of pine and oak trees, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges loaded with prayer flags. Trail starts to rise and rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir trees prevail, with breathtaking view of Namche Bazar (3441 mtrs) – the gateway to the Everest region or the Sherpa Capital. Namche Bazar is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Day 04- Namche Bazaar acclimatization day.
We will take extra day for rest and acclimatization. During this day, an early hike above town, before the clouds move in, reward climbers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. One room highlights the Sherpa traditions and in another presents Sherpa high altitude climbers’. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 05- Trek to Phorste Thanga (3680 meters)
We begin with a climb to the hill to Khumjung and then descend to the east of the village down the broad Valley leading to the Dudh Koshi. The Gokyo route turns north, climbing above the more frequented route to Tengboche and Everest base camp. The two trails soon join and continue towards a large chorten on the ridge top at 3973m. This ridge descends from Khumbila. Again from Mong the trail descends in steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Koshi. The trail to Everest drops down the hill but we turn off here and climb to cross the Mon La before reaching Phortse Thanga.

Day 06- Trek to Machherma (4470 meters).
Our hiking trail climbs steeply through rhododendron forests, passing many Kharkas on its way to Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) and then reaches Dole. From Dole we will cross a small river and continue ascending to Lhaparma (4330m) and Luza (4340m) and finally reach Machermo. The trail will take about 6 hours to reach Machermo(4470m) where the mountain views are superb.

Day 07- Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters)
Today the trail will ascend to Gokyo. We will climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first and second of the holy lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La - our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is breathtaking with the summits of Cho- Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.

Day 08- Trek to Gokyo Ri (5483 meters) and then Back to Gokyo.
We start early in the morning with a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo RI (5480m) plentiful rewards to ones that attempt this trip. Stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu mountains range, such giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) are what we get from this place. Explore around and back to the Gokyo in the afternoon

Day 09- Trek to Phorste Thanga (3680 meters) 6 hours.
The trail continues to the east side of valley. It is a series of ascents and descents along the Dudh Kosi river. The route to Phortse retraces the upward journey to Pangka, then turns east and climbs across the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier to Na (4,400m), the only year round settlement in the valley. The trail makes a few ups and downs where landslides and streams have carve side valley, eventually entering Phortse Village (3810m).  Phortse village is a beautiful in Everest region trekking.

Day 10- Trek to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village (3780meters)
After breakfast a steep ascent for 2 hours gets us to Mani Danda. A gradual climb after lunch will see us at the village of Khumjung (4790m). Walk down to Namche via Shyangboche for night stop. Every Saturday, if you are lucky enough to be in Namche on Saturday, people from the surrounding areas bring their goods to sell at ‘Haat Bazaar’ where you can see local and traditional products on sale.

Day 11- Trek to Lukla (2804 meters.)
Trek back to Lukla along the same trail, although it always looks different coming from the opposite direction on arrival in Lukla (2840m) you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek.

Day 12- Morning flight to Kathmandu & half day sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
Scenic flight of approximately 30 minutes from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning. Free day for sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel

Day 13- Departure to destination country
Farewell and transfer to airport for flight back to destination country.