Gokyo Lake & Everest Area Trek

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Annapurna Encounter offers trekking around high valleys of Khumbu in the Everest region, journey to Gokyo Lake & Everest Area in the world’s highest country in between towering high peaks of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,460 m, Nuptse 7,145 m, Cho- Oyu 8,201 m, Kwangde 6,160 m, Kangtenga 6,320 m, Tharmasarkhu 6,145 m, Mt. Pumori 7,125 m and the majestic Mt. Ama Dablam 6,645 meters, never ending views of these snow capped mountains throughout this trip to Gokyo Lake & Everest Area.

Gokyo Lake & & Everest Area journey starts with a short scenic flight to Lukla town, the door to Everest area from Lukla begins the real trekking passing several traditional Sherpa villages with their rich old culture and custom with awe inspiring scenery on the walk following the glacial Dudh Kosi river upstream and reaching the famous Sherpa’s capital at Namche Bazaar, with all kinds of modern facilities, hotels, lodge, restaurants, bakery, Cyber café, post office and banks.

From Namche heading higher slowly to quaint villages of Khunde and Khumjung on the glacial wide valley and beneath the holy Khumbi-la mountain “The Patron God” of Khumbu region and the heading towards Gokyo Lake through beautiful serene woodlands of rhododendron, birch, pines and firs tree lines with tremendous views of high snow capped mountain during the walk every day, after Dole leaving the tree lines behind for few days to barren moon like landscapes and reaching at Gokyo Lake and to the highest point of this trip at Gokyo Ri 5,357 meters with awesome panorama from Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Mt. Makalu towards east and other adjoining mountain range, after a grand time here heading down to a quiet Phortse village on the least trekked area by other trekkers and towards famous Tengboche monastery surrounded by high mountains and after an enjoyable and memorable time at Gokyo Lake & Everest Area heading back to Lukla for the sweeping scenic flight back to Kathmandu with great service of Annapurna Encounter.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Hotels & Lodge basis
  • Total Trip : 15 /16 days
  • Higest Point : 5, 357 meters at Gokyo Ri top
  • Trip Grade : Moderate to High Hills climb
  • Season : All season except July and August
  • Trekking : 12 nights 13 days (Lukla to Lukla)

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding 30 minutes flight 03 hrs walk.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m -06 hrs.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization..
Day 05: Trek to Khunde and Khumjung village 3,730 m - 04 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Dole 4,200m - 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Machermo 4,410m -04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo 4,760m -04hrs.
Day 09: Morning hike to Gokyo-Ri and trek to Nha 4,600m -04 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Phortse village 3,800 m -04 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Tengboche 3,867m -05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Monjo 2,830m -06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla -04 hrs.
Day 14: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 15: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Day 16: Transfer to airport for international departure.

In Kathmandu optional activities and extension to other interesting places:
Para Gliding- Rafting at – Bhote Kosi, Trisuli River - Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport our AE staff will receive with a transfer to hotel in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting place with shops, stores, international standard restaurants. Our guide will meet and inform you with details of the hotels and trekking to Gokyo Lake & Everest Area and more.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding 30 minutes flight- 03 hrs walk.
Early morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for the super scenic flight on smaller aircraft Dornier or Twin otter to Lukla with awesome panorama views array of snow capped mountains from Ganesh-Langtang-Jugal Himal, Gaurishanker, Numbur and Mt. Everest with Nuptse, Lhotse, after half an hour reaching at Lukla at 2,820 meters the starting point of Everest trekking and mountaineering expeditions begins from this busy town of Lukla, after a break and rest, starting the first day walk through Lukla bazaar with shops, stores, restaurants and number of well built lodge and hotels, and then on downhill walk for an hour with gradual winding trail with few ups and down passing many smaller villages and farm fields with view of Kusum kanguru and Kwangde peaks going around clockwise on Buddhist mani (prayer) walls and monument to reach at Phakding village for the first overnight in Khumbu area. Phakding located by the glacial Dudh Kosi River.

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m -06 hrs.
Starting the fresh morning walk with pleasant uphill following the Dudh Kosi River and re-crossing the same river few times as the walk progress to reach at a nice Monjo village with views of Tharmasarkhu peak and the sacred peak of Khumbila at 5,865m (the patron God of Khumbu area) from here heading down to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park after registration of Park & TIMS permits (Trekking Information Management System) which all trekkers must have to travel in the Nepal Himalayan region, here with information centre which is interesting to learn of the Khumbu area and its mountains and culture.
From here leading to cross a bridge over Dudh Kosi and arriving at Jorsalle the last village before Namche Bazaar of 2-3 hrs walking distance, stopping here probably for lunch break, afternoon walk leads on the river valley for sometime on reaching the last high bridge an uphill climb for 1-2 hours to reach our overnight destination at Namche, walking on the winding uphill through nice pines, firs and rhododendron woodland, chances of seeing some wildlife like Impeyan pheasant Danfe (Lopoforous) a colorful big bird which is Nepal national bird.
After a tiring climb finally reaching at Namche Bazaar with colored roofs houses set in huge U shaped with views of Kwangde Himal and Tharmasarkhu peak, here check into nice clean comfortable and cozy lodge for overnight stop for 2 nights.

Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.
A full rest day here for acclimatization at this high altitude of 3,440 meters before heading higher destination, Namche bazaar full of shops, stores, pubs and restaurants, post office, banks, cyber café with fresh bakery, this place is flooded with locals for shopping fresh supplies in Saturday market. Namche offers places for short or day hike to neighboring scenic areas up to Syangboche small airstrip and towards famous Everest View Hotel, Khunde and Khumjung village on the wide glacial valley beneath Mt. Khumbila or long hike to Tamo and Thame towards west, but the best thing is to 30 minutes climb the top ridge of Namche for aerial view of Namche bazaar and the surrounding mountain panorama with first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and the majestic peak of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Tharmasarkhu, Kwangde and Pachermo towards west, here visit the museum with information on flora / fauna, Sherpa traditions, culture and of mountaineering history of Khumbu area.

Day 05: Trek to Khunde and Khumjung village 3,730 m - 04 hrs.
From Namche climbing to Syangboche ridge with a small airstrip and then with a gentle up to Khunde which is on the little higher side of wide glacial valley here visiting the only hospital of Khumbu area which was also built by Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, catching the beautiful panorama of high snow capped mountains from here an hour walk downhill to Khumjung village a nice traditional and a large village with the only High School of Khumbu area (built by Hillary Foundation) and an old monastery of more than 500 years which has a Yeti scalp believed to be of Yeti (believe it or not) as Solu & Khumbu and in the Himalaya story of Yeti exist although it has not been seen for many decades but the story continues which is almost a legend at present, on reaching Khumjung check into a nice homely lodge with time to visit the monastery and villages around.

Day 06: Trek to Dole 4,200m - 05 hrs.
After a nice time at Khumjung village a gentle downhill to near Shanasa a small settlements with few houses, here chances of seeing some wildlife as this area if full of colourful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) National bird of Nepal and elusive musk deer, Himalayan Thar (mountain goat).

From here our route diverts to Gokyo Lake leaving the main busy trial of Namche and Everest base camp, walk leads to a steep climb to Mong hill top at 3,973 meters with great views of surrounding landscapes and mountains, from here downhill to Phortse Thanghka by Dudh Kosi River, journey continues with a gradual climb into thin forest of pines, birch and rhododendron and passing Tongba 3,950m and Gyele 3,960 m a small farm areas to reach at Dole for overnight stop with great views of Khumbila and Tawache peaks.

Day 07: Trek to Machermo 4,410m - 04 hrs.
Morning walk leads to a short steep climb to a ridge and then a gradual walk with smooth up on this half day walk to Machermo, after an hour reaching Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m and Luza small place at 4,390m; from here another good walk leads to the top of a hill overlooking view of world’s 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu and of Machermo down below, after a nice break here heading down to overnight stop and for lunch at Machermo a small place with grand comfortable cozy Lodge and Guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo 4,760m - 04 hrs.
Today towards our destination and the highlights of this wonderful trip, morning walk leads to a steep climb on reaching the hill top with awesome views of surrounding hills landscapes and of snow clad peaks, then a slowly heading towards Gokyo lake at first reaching the 1st and 2nd lake and finally walk leads to Gokyo and its 3rd lake called also as Dudh Pokhari. At Gokyo with nice cozy lodge for overnight stop and lunch, afternoon at leisure for short walk to the beautiful lake side with views of Mt. Cho-Oyu and other line of peaks.

Day 09: A hike to Gokyo ri and trek to Nha 4, 600m - 04 hrs.
Starting very early to catch the stunning sunrise over the high mountain range from the top of Gokyo Ri at 5,357 m the highest spot of this fabulous journey, walk leads to a long hard climb, but worth the view in the end after reaching the top of Gokyo ri with awesome panorama of world’s tallest peaks from Cho-Oyu, Mt.Everest, Lhotse and of Mt. Makalu in the eastern horizon including array of other smaller snow capped peaks, after a mesmerizing stop heading back to Gokyo for breakfast and rest till lunch time, afternoon a short walk to a small farm Nha village at the end of Ngozumba glacier.

Day 10: Trek to Phortse village 3,800 m -04 hrs.
After an awesome time reaching our goal and main highlight of this great trip, walk leads on the downhill slope with few short ups looking at Machermo and other village on the opposite side of this valley across the Dudh Kosi River and then reaching a quaint Phortse village for overnight halt and probably for lunch, with afternoon to explore this nice quiet village which is less disturb than other area of busy trekking trail.

Day 11: Trek to Tengboche 3,867m - 05 hrs.
From this nice Phortse village morning walk leads to upper Pangboche village near its old Monastery after trekking on the winding trail with few ups and downs and then on the good gradual trail overlooking grand views of surrounding hills and mountains and of Tengboche with the monastery on the opposite of this ridge separated by Imjatse River gorge, after few hours of good walk reaching at Pangboche for lunch near the monastery, afternoon on the downhill walk to the river Imjatse and then crossing the bridge back to green vegetation and beautiful tree lines of rhododendron, birch and pines, an hour climb to reach our overnight, at Tengboche, after being her in this great scenic place, afternoon visit the monastery with monks and Lama prayer chanting in this peaceful environment, Tengboche offers fabulous views of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Kwangde and Mt. Everest, this place regarded as holy place where the head lama (Rinpoche) resides in this monastery teaching student monks.

Day 12: Trek to Monjo village 2,830 m - 06 hrs.
After a nice and enjoyable time at Tengboche walk leads downhill to Phungetenga a small place in the gorge surrounded by thick woodlands, from here after crossing the Imjatse River an uphill walk for an hour or more reaching at Shanasa, a familiar place which waso on route Gokyo several days ago, from here walk leads on the pleasant trail with great scenery and then on losing more altitude reaching at Namche Bazaar, after a rest here continue walk downhill to river bed and after crossing two bridges back at Monjo for overnight stop.

Day 13: Trek to Lukla - 05 hrs with afternoon free at leisure.
Today the last leg of the trek with pleasant walk on the winding trail passing several villages of Benkar, Toc-toc and Phakding and then Ghat, from Choplong village where the trail from Jiri joins with the last climb for an hour or more to reach at Lukla for last dinner and overnight with the guides and porters.

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu rest day free for individual activities.
As per the flight time to Kathmandu, a short walk to Lukla airport terminal in the early morning, on boarding the smaller plane 30 minutes of sweeping flight with parallel views of mountains all the way to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu transfer to hotel after a short drive around Thamel area, with whole day free as per the time of return flight from Lukla.

Day 15: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay due to bad weather as the Himalayan weather are unpredictable sometimes if all goes well as per the planned itinerary, morning guided sightseeing tour at places of interest. Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley steeped with history, culture. Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites with old Temples, Monasteries, Stupas, Royal Courtyard and Palaces, afternoon free at leisure for souvenirs shopping.

Day 16: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in Nepal with memorable moment and awesome experience and good time with Annapurna Encounter services, as per the international flight time our AE staff will transfer you to airport for the flight back home or to respective countries.

In the world’s highest valley of Mt. Everest with scenic Khumbu area
visiting Khumbu Sherpa’s village enriched with old tradition and culture
pristine forest of rhododendron, pines, firs and birch trees with flora & fauna
rich Buddhist culture, religion, monasteries in the shade of snow capped peaks
emerald Gokyo Lake with views of world’s 6th highest Cho-Oyo and Gokyo Ri