Gokyo Lake Trek is an alternative route to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek. This route is less busy and less crowded. Despite the fact, trekkers can enjoy the sights of local Sherpa villages, snow-capped mountains, glacier debris and the sparkling turquoise waters of Gokyo Lakes.
Gokyo Lake is located at an altitude between 4,700–5,000 m above sea level. These lakes are considered the world’s highest freshwater lake encompass six main lakes, of which Thonak Lake is the largest. Gokyo Lakes and its associated wetlands of 7,770 ha (30.0 sq mi) have been designated a Ramsar sites. The Lakes are sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists from a religious point of view. The Lonely Planet Guide Book quotes, “ the Gokyo Valley is the most spectacular and important in the Khumbu area. Spending one additional day in the Gokyo Valley, trekkers can visit the 5th and 6th lakes. Both these lakes are carved as a bowl-shaped , high up on the mountain at the foot of Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest mountain.
Trekkers must walk around 5 hours a day, with a steep climb up Gokyo RI (5,357m) to enjoy the view of Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. Also, one can explore the largest glacier in Nepal called Ngozumpa and ice ridges. At the foot of Gokyo Ri, we explore a small hamlet made up of a few stone houses which are considered one of the highest settlements in the world. Taking photographs from Gokyo RI of the unspoiled Gokyo valley and the soaring views of Mt Everest Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Mt Cho Oyu and other peaks would be an extra attraction of the trekking.
Trekking journey to Goyko Lake begins from the Lukla after 35min. mountain flight. Then we follow the route that brings us to the beautiful village of Namche Bazaar which is full of striking views of Amadablam and the Cholatse- Nuptse face. The trek takes you through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park with pine and rhododendron blooms observing diverse wildlife making your journey a worthwhile experience.
Arrive at the Tribhuvan international airport where you will be welcomed by Adventure Blossom Treks & Expedition ( Pvt,) Ltd representative and transferred to your hotel. This day is simply an arrival day and there will be no organized activities. So, you will have some free time to relax or walk around for local sights. A pre-departure meeting will be held early evening and you will be introduced with your trekking guide. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Today after breakfast, we start guided sightseeing to major historical and religious sites in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites that include the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddhanath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
An early morning wake up and after breakfast transfer to the domestic airport to board the flight to Lukla. We take off to our destination-Lukla- on a 35 min scenic mountain flight. After a cup of tea at local Lodge in Lukla, we will tread on the legendary “Everest Highway” which heads downwards through the alpine valley following the “Dudh Kosi” or milk river (named after its milky color from glacial silt). We reach Phakding after 3hrs walk and end our first-day trek here. Overnight at lodge.
Today we walk mostly uphill through the alpine valleys. We cross Dudh Kosi River a few times before we reach Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu region. On a clear day, you get panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Kusum Kangru, Kwangde and Taweche on the way to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at lodge.
Acclimatization is important before proceeding to higher altitudes. This is the first acclimatization day in Namche bazaar that everyone should make into their Everest region trekking itinerary. You can explore around and relax. Overnight at lodge.
After hot Breakfast, we will start a trek up to Namche. From the top of Namche the trails till Sanasa via Kyanjuma is pretty flat. From Sanasa, we will leave the regular trails towards E.B.C. and start continues heading uphill to Mong danda, a small place on a ridge top facing magnificent views of peaks. From here downhill to Dudh Koshi River near Phunki Thanga for lunch within the shade of tall alpine woodland, and the continue walk for another few hours with a climb into serene alpine forest filled with rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines-juniper and fir tree lines with views of many peaks. Overnight in lodge at Dole.
From Dole after breakfast our trek starts with a climb. The trees like Rhododendron, Juniper are seems like bushes due to higher altitude. We will get Machhermo via Lhabarma Kharka and Luza. On the way, we could have super views of Cho-Oyu world 6th highest peak at 8,201 m high. As today is short day of trek, we catch Machhermo(a small Sherpa settlement) for Lunch where we stay overnight. Afternoon short walks, enjoy the views and relax..
From Machhermo another short hike to reach at Gokyo Lake. Gokyo Lake is known as Third Lake and Dudh Pokhari too. Before we catch the Gokyo lake, on the way we will encounter First and Second Lake. Check in logde for overnight stay. Lunch with mesmerizing views of Gokyo Lake and snow capped Mountains.
Early wake up and hike uphill for 2/3 hrs at Gokyo Ri for stunning sunrise views over world's highest mountains including Mt. Everest(8,848m.), Lhotse(8,516) Makalu (8,481m.), Cho Oyu(8,201m) and many more series of peaks, Gokyo lake and Ngozumba Glacier from the way and top of Gokyo Ri. After spending precious and worthy time up there, descend back to Gokyo for breakfast and lunch with afternoon free to relax or chill-out around the lake.
Today by leaving that Heavenly place on back we are going to descend towards Dole. We will start our trek down late. If you would like, you may make a circuit of the Lake early morning or Leisure in the morning, having late breakfast (If you want you could start after Lunch too. Trek back to Dole. Overnight stay at tea house.
Our destinations today is Namche Bazar. From Dole downhill to Phunki Tenga, crossing a wooden bridge stairs up to Mong Dada, from where take a brilliant shots of snow capped mountains before heading towards Kyanjuma. From here the trails is pretty flat till Namche. On the way, there is huge possibility to encounter some wild life like Himalayan Thar, Musk deer and the colorful Danphe; national bird of Nepal.
On this final day's trek we reach Lukla. This 7 to 8-hour trek takes us through the villages of Jorsale, Monjo, Phakding, Ghat, Thado Koshi, and Cheplung. On arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek.
This morning we will transfer you to Lukla airstrip for your flight back to Kathmandu. The 35-minute flight to Kathmandu usually leaves early from Lukla but this depends on the weather. Transfer to Hotel.
We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your safe journey.