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Everest Gokyo Lake / Ri Trek - 15 Days

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake & Ri Trek to Gokyo Lake provides you an opportunity to observe the tallest and stunning mountains like: Cho you (8153m\26748ft.), Gyachung Kang (7955m\26099ft.), Everest (8848m\29028ft.), Lhotse (8501m\27890ft.) and many more in Everest region . Here the trek provides you the biggest Sherpa village and monasteries where you can explore the famous Sherpa culture, their tradition, rituals and beliefs. The main attraction of this trek is enchanting Gokyo Lake and world’s biggest glacier, Ngozumpa Glacier. Trek to Gokyo provides you unforgettable moments of your life.

Everest Gokyo Lake / Ri Trek is most fascinating trek which is situated in 5350m above sea level. It’s attractive journey passing through Goki Ri and Goko lake to go to Everest base camp. In Gokyo Lake Trekking we get to enjoy the true scenery of Nepal including the tallest mountains like Cho you (8153m), Gyachung Kang (7955m), Everest (8848), Lhotse (8501m) etc. One of the breathtaking moments is when you can enjoy the up close view of  Himalayas. First fly to Lukla and passing through the hills and valleys, visit monasteries, Sherpa villages savour the stunning the beautiful Gokyo lakes and to know the people lives style and culture are the major attraction of the  Gokyo cholla pass trek. We can see the better views of the Everest and surrounding Himalays from Gokyo Ri and fascinating glaciers are the next famous fascinating place to explore. It’s also a bit difficult and adventure trail to go to Everest base camp with conquering the high passes. Gokyo Lake trek is a similar height as Everest base camp but conquering the glaciers and lakes from trail.

Visiting the biggest Sherpa village – Khumjung village, nice rivers is another attraction during the trek because we can see the village and visit exotic monasteries, the Hillary School and finally return to Namche for overnight stay, then back to Lukla and fly to Kathmandu. Gokyo Lake trekking is one of the best trekking in Nepal to explore great glaciers.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft - Welcome to Kathmandu, our Sunrise Adventure Trek airport representative will welcome you in the airport then transfer to hotel and will give shortly brief further details of the trip program. Overnight stay in hotel

Day 2
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast visit World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley which includes Swayambhunath Stupa / Monkey Temple, Bauddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight stay in Hotel breakfast included

Day 3
Kathmandu – Lukla Flight (40-45 min) & Lukla – Phakding Trek (866ft., 2640m.): 3 - 4 hours

You can meet Sherpas’s here and porters before heading off towards Phakding. The porters’ loads are organized here, in Lukla. Journey passes through Dudh Koshi (“Milk River”), and finally reaching to Phakding.

Day 4
Phakding – Namche Bazaar trek (3440m., 11319ft.): 5 – 6 hours

Namche Bazaar is the main administrative and trading centre for the Khumbu region. With the inclusive of magnificent forests of blue pine, fir, juniper and rhododendron as well as first view of Everest, it helps you to control the anticipation of the thrilling journey.

Day 5
Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

To adopt with the altitude and new surrounding we acclimatize in Namche Bazaar. We spend the day by enjoying the scenes of mountains and sunrise and sunset in Khumbu Peak.

Day 6
Trek to Phorste Thanga (3680 meters) - 5 hours

Passing through the path full of rhododendrons and Yak kharkas, we begin to gain altitude and pass through the coniferous forest along with juniper trees before we reach to Phortse Thangs.

Day 7
Trek to Machherma (4470 meters) -5 hours

This 5 hour trek leads uphill to Cho Oyo, from here we can see beautiful Kengtega valley. After that descend to river and climb steep to the moraine of Ngozumpa glacier

Day 8
Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters) -5.30 hours

Following the lama foothprints, we trek to Gokyo which is surrounded by Mountains. We cross the second lake Longponga (4690m) and arrive to Gokyo after crossing a boulder-strewn path at the edge of third lake.

Day 9
Trek to Gokyo Ri (5483m.) and then Back to Gokyo -5 hours

At the elevation of 5483m., there’s Gokyo Ri. And, early in the morning we steeply trek up there. This place truly is rewarding as we can get super great view of Gokyo Valley and Khumbu Himalays such as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang

Day 10
Trek to Dole (4200 meters) 6 hour

We return through the same route of Rhoodendrons and Yak kharkas to give continuity to our trip. Passing through the village of Gyele and Tongba we finally will arrive at our today’s destination; Dole

Day 11
Trek to Dole (4200 meters) 6 hour

This day we trek to namche Bazaar following the route of Khumjung village. Again we get to refresh our memory and once again visualize the scenery once we had left behind.

Day 12
Trek to Lukla (2804 meters) 6 hours

This will be our last trek and today we will be trekking to Lukla to catch our flight to Kathmandu. We will spend the day by sightseeing around Lukla.

Day 13
Morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla -35 min

In the morning we take flight back to Kathmandu and once again enjoy the scenic valleys and terrains full of beautiful mountains view and locations.

Day 14
Leisure day in Kathmandu

You can visit around Kathmandu and take a day off to enjoy the historic city.

Day 15
Transfer for your final flight and departure.

Transfer to international airport for next flight to your designation.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Accommodation in lodge and full board meals during the trekking
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • All fees for TIMS card and Trekking Permit
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket & necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight ticket & your personal expenses
  • Major meals in cities cold & alcoholic drinks
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter and your insurance

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Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Everest region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Gokyo lake trekking is considered a moderate and difficult for some. This trek is suitable for those who can hike for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however, our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Gokyo Lake. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide traveling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the traveling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of the same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during Gokyo Lake trekking. They can enjoy the wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, and Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise Adventure Trek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel/lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, a set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges/hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physical fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly especially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Gokyo Lake trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers to need to give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason, you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T-shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long lightweight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants/nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat/woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Daypack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the daytime ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking Poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush/paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sunblock for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Everest region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge of culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek an enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porter's rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, footwear, and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If the needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of the severing condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Everest region are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (mid-Sept. – mid-Dec.). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against a blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February. G

  • 1. How difficult is trek to Everest Gokyo Lake and how can we prepare?

    Trekking to Gokyo Lake is an easy trek as compared to others. And our company also provides well skilled guides and potters to help you during the trek. People with weak ankles, lungs, hearts problems may suffer more difficulty on trekking. Well preparation is needed for every trek.

  • 2. What about safety measurements and altitude sickness do the guides and porters have their insurance in Everest Base Camp trek?

    Worrying for safety measurements?  Our guides having long experience are much professional for handling such issues with various means of safety measurements. For common health issues like: headache, common cold, diarrhea, vomiting, we provide you first aid medicines. In case of being sick in the mountain, Sunrise Adventure Trek will make proper arrangements rescue by helicopter, for this you should have better travel insurance. If our guide and porters may suffer from sickness, they have also travel and medical insurance and we will also rescue by helicopter.

  • 3. What about guide & porter, do they have well training?

    Guides and potters provided to our guests had complete accomplishment of several trainings required for their professions by the Ministry of Nepal Tourism. Having well experience in tourism sector as a guide or potter, make easy to explain all the information required for trekking and can create very familiar environment to the guests.

  • 4. What about communication system during trek?

    As all the porters and guides are well certified by the Ministry of Nepal tourism they can easily understand and speak English languages during the trek. On the other hand, we can also provide you guides and potters according to your own understanding languages.

  • 5. Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?

    It’s difficult to mention about tipping which is up to your happiness, but guides and potters do expect the tips at the end of the trip. However, normally people can give minimum 10% of their total payment to the guide and porter.

  • 6. What kind of food, drinking water and accommodation do we have on Everest Gokyo Lake trek?

    Trek to Everest Base Camp with Sunrise Adventure Trek includes trekking lodges or guest houses as accommodation with twin bed sharing room, if you are in a group and if you are solo traveler, you have private room.  Regarding meals, we will have some options to choose like: continental foods, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. For drinking water, you can buy the mineral bottles or safe drinking water from hotel either you can bring water tablets.

  • 7. How many hours should I walk per day and what happened if I am a slow walker in the group?

    Normally, we have to walk around 5 to 7 hours per day, if you are slow in walk the team leader will professionally manage to you walking with our assistance guide and potter.

  • 8. What about the weather conditions and Lukla flight?

    Firstly, we have to take a flight to Lukla in the morning then we start trek from Lukla but sometimes due to the air traffic and weather problems, the flight may be delayed or canceled. Due to uncertainty of Lukla weather, we are not sure about untimed flight. If there will be frequent weather problem, we do arrange a flight by helicopter chopper and for this you have to pay additionally.

  • 9. What is the limitation of weight to Lukla flight and where do I store my extra bags?

    You can carry 10 kg luggage plus 5 kg handbag and if you want to carry more than the limit you have to pay extra charges. You can keep your extra bags in your hotel or in the office in Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts

  • Sightseeing, Himalayan views, culure
  • Nepal
  • 5355 m
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Difficult
  • 4-6 Hours
  • September- December and March - May
  • Flight, Bus & private vehicle

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