The Gokyo Lakes, EBC Trekking
Many of the mountain lovers are looking for excellent opportunity to view eyeful scene of the Mt. Everest famous as the Roof of the World and experience the culture of typical indigenous Sherpa community of Nepal in Himalayan Region. The Gokyo Lakes Trekking is one of the best offers of our well-organized and recently emerging trekking agency, Snowy Horizon Treks and Expedition.
The Gokyo lakes Trekking is the alternative and exception of the traditional Everest Base Camp Trekking that offers magnificent view of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest one in the Nepal Himalayas. From the route of this famous trail of Trekking in Nepal, you can experience the most popular mountains like Mt. Cho-Oyo (8201m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8501m), Mt. Makalu (8463m) etc. which are clearly visible in a panorama from Gokyo Ri (5483m) above Gokyo Lake.
This extraordinary trek is also worthy in a sense that it offers an ample opportunity to explore the amazing destination and its impressive sight, which is beyond human imagination. The most remarkable features of the Gokyo Lake Trek is, the view of tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (7922m) located in Khumbu region. Gokyo valley is a magnificent place once a yak pasture situated near the Gokyo Lake with the view of Himalaya and you can encounter with its wild nature.
Gokyo Lakes Trekking of Khumbu or Everest region is not only the sightseeing and expedition of Himalayan giants but also offers you to interact with the natives of Khumbu region known as Sherpa. Sherpas are famous for their unique culture and Nepalese mountain climbers. Only small lodge or teahouses are available within the entire route of this trek and less crowded than the Everest base camp trekking. Gokyo Lakes Trekking keeps your mind at peace, which makes the place worth to visit. The Gokyo Lake Trek starts from Lukla after 35 minutes scenic flight from Kathmandu, following the Dudh Koshi river valley towards Namche Bazaar and other main villages of Khumbu, Thame and Khumjung.
After Khumjung Valley, we sift off from the main busy trail of traditional Everest Base Camp Trekking toward the sleepy village of Phortse Tenga and finally reaching to our ultimate destination at Gokyo valley blessed with two beautiful high lakes. Since the opening of the Gokyo Lakes trekking route in Trekking in Nepal, the trekking agencies had arranged numerous trekking activities in this region. Snowy Horizon is keeping no of stones to explore this route and make you visit such wonderland of Nepal making your trip unforgettable lifetime experience. We welcome you to join with our scheduled Gokyo Lakes Trekking packages as per your timeframe round the year.
Outline Itinerary of Gokyo lakes trekking
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m) Transfer to the Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) from Kathmandu and Trek to Phakding (2,652m)
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440)
Day 05: Explore Namche Bazaar and Acclimatization
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazzar to Dole-(4,110m)
Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machherma (4,470 m)
Day 08: Trek from Machharma to Gokyo (4800m)
Day 09: Explore Gokyo Valley and Acclimatization
Day 10: Hike to Gokyo RI (5357m) and trek to Thaknak (4750m)
Day 11: Trek from Thaknak via Cho-la Pass (5367m) to Lobuche (4940m)
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep [5170m] and Explore Everest Base Camp [5364m]
Day 13: Experience Kala Patthar (5554m) and trek to Pheriche 
Day 14: Trek from Pheriche via Pangboche and Tengboche to Namche Bazzar
Day 15: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final Departure to your port of Destination
Face of the Trip
Trek Name: Gokyo Lakes Trek
Best season: spring (September to December) autumn (March to May).
Trek Grade: fairly Strenuous
Transportation: By tourist bus / private.
Accommodation: Tea house /camping
Highest access : 5357m
Mode of Travel: Flight ( Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu )
Himalayan sights: Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and more
Trek Duration: 17 Days
Group Size: Min.1 to Max 15Pax
Trekking Question / Answers
What is Trekking?
Trekking is an adventure activity involving multiday walk on village trails, National Park trails and climber’s trails often on reasonably steep terrain and snow at higher altitudes often crossing high passes in the range of 5500m/18000ft.
How difficult are the treks?
It depends on the location and choice of trekkers. Both difficult as well as easy treks are available.
Is there any age limit for trekking in Himalaya?
In Nepal children below 18 years of age are required to trek accompanied by their parent or guardian.
Is trekking permit required?
Depending on trekking area you may require a special trekking permit while other areas would require only conservation/national park entry permit and Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
What is the general duration of the trek?
In General treks vary in duration from 2 to 4 weeks;average one would trek between 4 to 6 hours per day.
What are the sources of drinking water supply during trekking?
On most established treks bottled water is ubiquitously availableas well as locally purified drinking water is available in many villages along the trek. Otherwise, you can use boiled water supplied by the teahouse or camping crew.
Where do we eat our meals?
On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you withcontinental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone.
What type of shoes or boots should I wear?
You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths
What problems can arise on altitude?
At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain the insurance?
You need to obtain travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover rescue insurance and it should allow the expense of helicopter supported medevac. Nowadays such policies are readily available through many airfare booking agents. Try ihi.com if you cannot find your insurance.
How safe traveling alone women with your company?
We ensure travel safety for all our guests’ women or men travelling with our company. Nepal is generally very safe and welcoming to foreign tourists. We have very good relationships with lodges we use and our guides aware all the time of whereabouts of every guest on the trek. Our groups are small and we ensure continues visual contact.
How much money should I bring for the trek?
On the trek we provide all accommodation, food and we cover park fees, so you need to take only small amount of money to purchase water, small snack and tea outside meals, localsouvenirs, tips or donations to monasteries if you wish to donate small change. $20 per day should be sufficient to cover such expenses
What accommodation will look like during trek?
Majority of trekking is done with lodge/guesthouse accommodation unless you prearranged camping based trip. There are very few trekking areas where lodge accommodation is unavailable and we will offer there a tent accommodation only.
What is tea house trekking?
Teahouse trekking is a trekking where your accommodation and meal are arranged in a local lodge/house with full board services.
What is camping trekking?
Camping trekking is a trekking where we provideyou with tent accommodation and full board with meals to be cooked by professional trekking cook in a mobile camp equipped with akitchen and with adequate support staff of kitchen helpers, guides and porters.
How much a porter carries?
It depends on trekking route and altitude; typically a trekking porter would carry load of 15kg to 25kgand camping porter would carry load up to 40kg.
Is tipping compulsory?
In Nepal it is not customaryto tip but porters and guides would expect and appreciate a small tip. Your tip will go long way to help their families.
Is trekking for me?
Trekking is for you and everyone who is patient and physically fit and enjoys outdoors.
What should be the criteria for physical fitness to trek in Nepal?
You should have a general good level of physical fitness, general hiking experience, do not have any chronic or acute issues with your leg functions andbementally comfortable withmulti-day hikes, than you are ready for trekking.
Can I trek in the Himalayas of Nepal without prior trekking experience?
In principle if you have trekking experience anywhere in the world and you are currently fit for trekking, there is nothing to stop you from Himalayan trekking in Nepal. You just need to increase your cardiovascular capacityto be able to cope with high elevation, where the oxygen density is much lower.
What is the best season to trek in Nepal?
Post-monsoon period from September to December and pre-monsoon season from February to May are the best period for trekking in Nepal. In winter, December till February, at high elevation is very cold and heavy snowfalls may impede crossing of high passes but trekking in low elevations below 3000m is accessible all year round. In summer, June till August is a monsoon season and trekking is very wet, however in rain shadow areas such as Upper Mustang trekking in monsoon season is feasible and pleasant.
What shall I have to bring while trekking in Nepal?
It all depends on the time and altitude of your trek. You may require Down Jacket, warm fleece jacket, warm thermal underwear, trekking pants and shorts, sleeping bag, trekking boots and a backpack, camera and your personal medication. Consult lists of cloth and equipment on our website as a guide and use a common sense to pack enough but not too much at the same time.
Is it necessary to use guide while on trek in Nepal?
We highly recommend having a guide with you. You will travel in wilderness areas and at high elevations so from safety aspect you should not be alone. Travelling through villages there are many trails and if you took wrong path accidently it may be difficult to communicate with locals to get back on the right path or to secure food or accommodation. They will be unlikely to speak English
How will you help me if I suffer from altitude sickness or accident?
You will be taken immediately to the lower altitude first and will be provided first aid as the immediate treatment and then if necessary the guide will call the rescue helicopter tofly you down to Kathmandu or Pokharausing your rescue insurance.
How farwill we walk per day while on trek?
Anywhere from 5km to 15km depending on condition of trekking trail and the altitude of the trekking route.
What is your cancellation policy and terms or conditions?
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