Everest Region

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek - 11 Days

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NPR 46,999

Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

INCLUSIONS Both way Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla Trekking Guide from Lukla Accommodation in twin sharing basis Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 2 liters hot water/day Permits ADD ONS Porter from Lukla: NPR 1,800 per day

INR 45,999

Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

INCLUSIONS Both way Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla Trekking Guide from Kathmandu Accommodation in twin sharing basis Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 2 liter hot water/day Permits First Aid Kit ADD ONS Porter from Lukla: NPR 1,800 per day

USD 1,049

Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

INCLUSIONS Both way Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla Trekking Guide from Kathmandu Room with private bathroom (where available) Breakfast Permits Porter from Lukla First Aid Kit

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • See, Gokyo, the most beautiful lake in the world and see her change colors throughout the day.
  • See a more textured view of Mount Everest from Gokyo Ri, and also get to see Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain.
  • Walk along the longest glacier in the world, the Ngozumba Glacier, to the fifth lake.
  • Walk through a valley that is rich in biodiversity, and get a chance to see Musk Deer, Danfe, Himalaya Tahr, and Blood Pheasant.
  • Walk along trails that are more pristine and quieter than the Everest Base Camp trail.

QUICK FACTS

  • Difficulty Level
    Moderate
  • Total Length
    80 km
  • Highest Altitude
    5,357 meters
  • Elevation Profile
  • Start location
    Lukla (2,850m)
  • Finish location
    Lukla (2,850m)
  • Permits
    Sagarmatha NP Permit, Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit (only for non-Nepalis)
  • Best Season
    March to June. September to December.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

DESCRIPTION

A trek to Gokyo Lakes is for those who are willing to sacrifice the brand value of Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar for a quieter and more varied experience. In one single trek, you will see some absolutely beautiful lakes, walk past mystical forests teeming with wildlife, and also see a highly underrated view of Mount Everest from Gokyo Ri.

This trek is also one day shorter than the Everest Base Camp Trek, and has less high altitude exposure. For those who are caught between choosing the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Lakes trek, it is also possible to combine these two in a single trek.

One thing with this trek is that the days can feel a bit short with just 3-4 hour walking. This is because terrain here is steeper and hence you gain altitude much faster. Hence, even though you might finish the day lunch, it is important that you do not go ahead to reduce the chances of Acute Mountain Sickness.

DAY 1 ~ Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (25 min). ~ Walk for around 3 hours through villages, forests, and some long ass bridges to reach Phakding for lunch. ~ Walk for another 3 hours to settle for the night at Monjo.

DAY 2 ~ Get your Sagarmatha National Park permits at Jorsalle. ~ Walk uphill for around two to three hours to reach Namche Bazaar for lunch. ~ Stroll around Namche and enjoy the sunset from the National Park View Point.

DAY 3 ~ After breakfast at Namche, walk to Hotel Everest View to enjoy amazingly stunning mountain views. ~ Play the grand piano at 3,880 meters. ~ Return to Namche through the twin Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde (2 hours).

DAY 4 ~ Walk past some beautiful mountain views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega to reach Mong for lunch. (3.5 hours) ~ Watch out for Himalaya Tahr and Himalaya Monals on the first section. ~ Descent to Phortse Tenga and then reach Dole to settle in for the night. (2.5 hours)

DAY 5 ~ Short 3 to 4 hours steady climb to Machhermo for lunch and overnight stay. The reason we have a short day is to give our body the time to acclimatize. ~ Take a evening walk to the ridge behind Luza if you feel like it.

DAY 6 ~ Walk past two small lakes and beside the moraines of the mighty Ngozumba Glacier for around 4 hours to reach Gokyo for lunch. ~ Take an evening hike to Gokyo Ri and come back down to Gokyo to settle in for the night. Or if you are feeling like it you can also do the Gokyo Ri the next day.

DAY 7 ~ After breakfast, we walk to the fourth lake and time and interest permitting, we can also go to the fifth lake. ~ After we are back in Gokyo, if we haven't already done so, we can walk up to Gokyo Ri in the evening. We highly recommend to do the Gokyo Ri hike in the evening as the views are much better then. You can thank us later.

DAY 8 ~ Walk back down to Dole, after having lunch at Machhermo.

DAY 9 ~ Walk down to Kyangjuma for lunch and then spend the night at Namche.

DAY 10 ~ Walk down from Namche to Lukla. (7-8 hours)

DAY 11 ~ Fly back to Kathmandu. (25 minutes)

Please note that we will be more than happy to assist you to tweak this tour to your liking. However, we will not entertain requests to shorten this trek as we like our trekkers to come back smiling rather than in a rescue helicopter. Some possible changes are: ~ Book a trekking guide / porter-guide / porter. - NPR 2,000 / 1,800 / 1,800 per day. ~ Room with attached bathroom where possible.

In case you have any questions, feel free to Call / WhatsApp / Email Ashish at +977-9841370673.

INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS Includes ~ Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla ~ Trekking Guide ~ Accommodation on twin sharing basis ~ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Only breakfast is included for non-Nepalis and non-Indians) ~ Oxygen Support available at extra cost ~ Permits Learn more. ~ Porter (only for non-Nepalis and non-Indians)

Excludes ~ Tips for guides and porters (15% of wages is considered fair) ~ Battery Charging. (NPR 100-500 per hour from Deboche onwards) ~ Extra Hot Water. (NPR 100-300 per liter from Deboche onwards) ~ Hot Shower. (NPR 300-500) ~ Everest Link WiFi Cards. (NPR 600 for 600MB) ~ Drinks, Travel Insurance, and anything else not mentioned in Inclusions.


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FAQS

Traveling to the mountains poses some inherent risks. As such, the best strategy is to prepare for the worst and then hope for the best.

PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

The first thing to keep in mind is to see if you have pre-existing conditions that could cause complications at high altitudes. Specifically, suppose you have sickle cell disease, pulmonary hypertension, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, or congenital heart problems. In that case, we highly recommend you consult with a qualified physician before planning a trip to the mountains. Read more.

ALTITUDE-ILLNESS

Given the low amount of oxygen at high altitudes, a sensible ascent is essential to give your body the time to acclimate to the thin air. Failure to do so can lead to your lungs or brain filling up with water leading to death in some cases. The key is not to climb more than 500 meters in one day once you pass the 2,500 meters mark. Read more.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

Given the extreme weather in the high mountains, proper gear and regimen must have a safe and comfortable tour. The three most important things that you have to prepare for are cold, snow, and radiation. As such, invest in the right sunglasses, sunscreen, boots, and clothing. Read more.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We highly recommend everyone get travel insurance covering high altitude evacuation before leaving on a trek to the high mountains. Global Rescue and World Nomads are both highly recommended. For Nepali travelers, please note that insurance that covers helicopter rescue is not available as of now. As such, please be careful while planning your tour and only work with companies that can provide timely evacuation service if needed.

RESCUE AND EMERGENCY

As health facilities are limited in the mountains, a helicopter's evacuation is usually the only option during an emergency. As such, the right insurance provider is essential. If you are not buying insurance for some reason, please ensure that there is someone in Kathmandu who can coordinate payments for a helicopter rescue. Here are some other contacts that might come in handy during an emergency. If you still have questions, please feel free to call / whatsapp us at +977-9803759639 or email Ashish at busybee@honeyguideapps.com

HOW DO I MAKE A PAYMENT?

To confirm your tour, you will have to make complete payment either through one of your integrated payment gateways or transfer the funds to the following bank accounts:

For Nepali citizens:
Account Name:: HoneyGuide Pvt. Ltd. Beneficiary Bank: Himalayan Bank, Patan Branch Account Number: 00606903770018
For Indian Citizens:
For USD transfers
Account Name: HoneyGuide Apps, Inc. Bank Name: Silicon Valley Bank Account Number: 3302225311 Swift Code: SVBKUS6S ABA Routing Number: 121140399

BOOKING A TOUR

Deposit Required for Reservation: 50 percent of total tour cost Deadline for Full Payment: 2 weeks before the tour begins

CHANGING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No extra charge 1 to 2 weeks before tour date: 10% additional charge Two days to 1 week between tour date: 20% additional charge Within two days of tour date: Above 30% (variable)

CANCELLING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No charge (transaction charges may apply) One to two weeks before tour date: 20% Cancellation Charge Two days to one week between tour date: 50% Cancellation Charge Within two days of tour date: No Refund.

DELAYS AND CHANGES DURING THE TOUR

In case of flight delays/cancellations due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, HoneyGuide will change the dates at no additional costs. However, any extra cost incurred, including but not limited to accommodation and food, will be the responsibility of the traveler.
In case of changes due to the trekker's health issues, HoneyGuide will make all the changes without any additional cost. However, any extra charge because of the changes will be the responsibility of the traveler.

While Nepal's mountains see six seasons, the best period to go to the mountains is from March-May and September-December. However, every season has its quirk, just like people. So keep reading to find your match.
For those going to Everest Region, do check out the Best time to go to Everest post.

January/February (Winter)

January/February is a good time for trekkers willing to brave the cold and snow for empty trails, fantastic mountain views, and wildlife sightings.

March/April (Spring)

This is a period that offers a little bit of everything: a little bit of mountain view, a little bit of warm weather, a little bit of flowers, a little bit of crowd, and a whole lot of fun.

May/June (Summer)

This is the best time for those into nature. The flowers are quite something this time of the year, and the bird activity is fantastic. The monsoon hasn't started, and as such, mornings are still clear with beautiful mountain views.

July/August (Monsoon)

Only for hardcore trekkers who are willing to put up with the elements for an authentic cultural experience and high altitude flowers. Also, flight disruptions are very likely, and chances of mountain views are close to zero.

September/October (Fall)

This period is everyone's darling, and the trails are as crowded as they can be. The mountain views are something to write home about, and the temperature is just perfect.

November/December (Pre-Winter)

Another popular period among trekkers and the driest two months in the calendar. Indeed it has gotten a bit nippy during the mornings and evenings, but it is still manageable. Count on a lot of sunshine and crystal clear mountain views.

The difficult thing with gear is to make sure you have enough without carrying too much. Whether you are walking or taking the helicopter, the most important thing is to layer up. As such inner thermals, shirts, fleece, a down jacket, and trousers are essential. A warm hat and a buff are beneficial. As for shoes, feel free to make your pick depending on the weather and altitude. Given the amount of UV up there, good sunscreen and sunglasses are also essential. Read more.

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    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes
    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes