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THE 14 DAYS GOKYO LAKE TREKKING

Everest, the World’s highest mountain, rises in the eastern part of Nepal, in the Solu-Khumbu region, an area inhabited by the famous Sherpa people. The Sherpas started to become well known in the 1950s when the Tibet border closed following the occupation of Tibet. The trade between Nepal and Tibet stopped then, and the Sherpas, in search of a new means of livelihood, began to act as guides for foreign expeditions. Previously the Sherpas had never climbed mountains that are regarded by them as the abode of their gods.

The northern part of the district, the Khumbu, is encompassed in Everest National Park. To the east of Everest National Park is Makalu Barun National Park, a remote and wild stretch of mountain peaks and deep and densely forested valleys. To the west is the Rolwaling valley, a well-protected microcosm of cultures and ecology. The southern part of the district, Solu, is much less frequented by tourists, and consequently has retained much more traditional characteristics. The Peekye trek and the Dudh Kunda trek are two of the most beautiful destinations.

In this region, there are various established trekking routes one can optionally take a scenic walk of a week to 3 weeks. The significant passes that cross from one valley to another through some of its panoramas filed hill saddles are Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La, which are also known as the three passes of Everest Region.

The Trekking to Gokyo valley enables one to experience one of the undisturbed panoramas of Khumbu region, much more complete than from the Kalapathar in above the Everest Basecamp.

Trip Highlights

  • See the rows of World's highest mountains from your hand reaching distance
  • Visit the villages with Sherpa people and experience their culture, religion and life
  • Visit the Gokyo, a worldly know valley for its natural beauty.
  • See the largest glacier from its rim and enjoy seeing several beautiful mountain lakes
  • Experience a life time trekking In the Everest region in the shortest period.

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 14 days from arrival to the day of departure
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites
  • Road transport mode: Car / Hiace Van
  • Trek starting point: Lukla
  • Trek ending point: Lukla
  • A domestic flight out: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu (Both way flight)
  • Highest elevation achievement: 5,416 metres Thorang-La
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, Teahouse (Lodge) on full board basis on the trek, tentedcamp on full board basis while in Chulu West expedition.
  • Meals: An open menu for each meal to be chosen by clients.
  • Trip Grade: Moderate to strenuous
  • Best season to Trek: from the first week of March to end of May and from first week of October to mid of December.

Short Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350m)

DAY 2: KATHMANDU / MANTHALI / LUKLA (2866m) / PHAKDINGMA (2652m)

DAY 3: PHAKDINGMA / NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M)

DAY 4: NAMCHE / KHUMJUNG (3,790M)

DAY 5: KHUMJUNG / DOLE (4,084M)

DAY 6: DOLE / MACHHERMO (4,465M)

DAY 7: MACHERMO / GOKYO (4,750M)

Day 8: DAY HIKE TO FIFTH LAKE (4,980M)

Day 9: EXCURSION TO GOKYO-RI (5,483M) / TREK TO PHORTSE VILLAGE (3,840M)

Day 10: PHORTSE TO JORSALLE

Day 11: JORSALLE TO LUKLA 2,866m

DAY 12: FLY TO MANTHALI AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU

DAY 13: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

DAY 14: DEPARTURE

Detail Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350m)

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 2: KATHMANDU / MANTHALI / LUKLA (2866m) / PHAKDINGMA (2652m)

Early in the morning, at 03:00 a.m., we take a drive of 132 kilometres in 4-hours to Manthali Airport, to the east of Kathmandu, to board the domestic flight to Lukla. The Airport, at an altitude of 474m, is located in the Tamakoshi River Valley and is the district headquarters of Ramechhap district. From where it is a 15-minute short flight to Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, you'll meet the porters and Sherpa staff. After a short tour of Lukla village, we'll set out on a trek of about 3 hours to Phakdingma, where we'll lodge for the night.
  • Estimated phase duration is 40-minutes flight and 3h trek.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 3: PHAKDINGMA / NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M)

Today's trek goes through the villages of Toktok and Jorsalle and on to Namche. The entire route is scenic and full of nature. The surrounding hills covered with dense forest and beyond them are mountaintops capped with snow. After a lunch stop in Jorsalle, we continue to Namche Bazaar. Along the way, we climb to a vantage point called Topdanda, near Namche Bazaar. From there, weather permitting, one can see Mt. Everest and the Tengboche valley and its famed monastery. Half an hour later and you are at Namche Bazaar, the "capital of the Khumbu valley". Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all direction, is the commercial centre of the Khumbu region. If you arrive on a Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day, when local people converge from the surrounding area. In the Khumbu Valley, it is forbidden to kill any animals so people from lower valleys come on Saturdays to sell meat and everyday supplies and the local people and hotel/lodge operator from around to buy.
  • Estimated phase duration is 5h trek.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 4: NAMCHE / KHUMJUNG (3,790M)

Today, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum. Instead of staying all day in Namche, we move to the village of Khumjung. After lunch, we make a scenic Namche to Khumjung trek. The trail leads through the nose-ridge above Namche to Syangboche, a short landing field for Pilatus porter plane. The higher we go, the scenarios are more open. The Dudhkoshi Valley, Kongde Himal, Khumbila, Tawoche, Everest, Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru are some of the great masses of mountains in the world surrounding us from all directions. Going to Khumjung, there are several trails. Still, we take the going through the Everest View Hotel, the only five-star hotel situated at the highest place in the world, at an elevation of 3880 meters above sea level. The hotel has a spectacular view of Mount Everest, 8,848m., from every room. The hotel offers a panoramic view of Everest and many other high peaks, including the most imposing Amadablam (6,812m.), described by many as the most beautiful mountain they have ever seen. At this hotel will surely make a stop for a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy the most magnificent panorama that the place offers.Then we descend to the village of Khumjung where we can optionally visit Khumjung monastery and its village.
  • Estimated phase duration is 2h trek.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 5: KHUMJUNG / DOLE (4,084M)

The trek starts with magnificent views of Amadablam and Thamserku. The trail exits east and then begin a direct climb, till Mongla, through a narrow gully on the cliff, which brings us above a barren hill with fantastic panoramas toward Tengboche and Everest. A hilltop called Mongla with some house is a small resting place on a hill ridge with exceptional views of Phortse village, Tengboche monastery and lower valley, and the summits of the Khantega and Thamserku. Then the trail descends to Phortse Tenga, where we will meet the river that follows from Gokyo valley, a paradise valley to marvel at up to Gokyo. A gentle climb from Phortse Tenga offers a startling view of the tip of Mt. Cho-Oyu, which rests like a smiling baby. The path then enters summer pastureland. Huge mountains surround the entire valley. Our destination, Dole, is a beautiful place with an enchanting view of Mt. Amadablam.
  • Estimated phase duration is 5h. trek.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 6: DOLE / MACHHERMO (4,465M)

The trail leads up a gentle incline and along an open ridge. It offers stunning views of the mountains including Kang Thega, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Tawu Che, Cho Lhatse and Macchermo Che. Machhermo lies watching over a small valley, which looks out east onto a fine panorama.
  • Estimated phase duration is 3h trek.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 7: MACHERMO / GOKYO (4,750M)

The trail first passes along a cliff and crosses a rushing glacial river. Finally, we reach the first lake of Gokyo; one can often see colourful mountain ducks paddling on it and enjoying the harmony of the serene valley. Then it's on to the second and third lakes of Gokyo. Gokyo itself is a most impressive place of blue lakes, dazzling views of giant mountains and a breath-taking glacier.
  • Estimated phase duration is 2h 30m trek.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in Lodge.

Day 8: DAY HIKE TO FIFTH LAKE (4,980M)

Today we take a day hike to the fifth lake to the north of Gokyo. In about 2.30 hours walking we reach to the fourth lake known as Thonak Tsho (4,840m) and further continuing, we arrive at the fifth lake known as Ngozumpa Tso (4,980m). On the edge of the moraine to the east of the lake, there is a small hill adorned with Buddhist prayer flags from where one will get to see the beautiful views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Ngozumpa glacier, Everest, Nuptse Lhotse and Makalu. In the afternoon, we retrace the trail down to Gokyo (4,750m).
  • Estimated phase duration is a 6-7h excursion.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in Lodge.

Day 9: EXCURSION TO GOKYO-RI (5,483M) / TREK TO PHORTSE VILLAGE (3,840M)

The foot of Gokyo Ri lies five minutes away from the stream that feeds the Gokyo Lake. After an hour steady and panoramic going up, one reaches the summit of Gokyo Peak. Your effort to reach this summit will be rewarded with Everest (8848m), showing more of its northern flank than from Kalapatthar, Makalu (8475m) further to the east and Cho Oyu (8153m), just in hand reaching distance. After spending a wonderful break at the summit, taking the essential photograph or whatever one wishes, return to Gokyo for a hearty breakfast. Then we continue a pleasant trek to Phortse village. The trail retraces till the first lake and then gradually goes down following the river and traverses to the Phortse village. This part of the path less frequented by local and trekkers, provide peaceful sanctuary to the wildlife and birds, and we may enjoy seeing some of them. The magnificent mountain sceneries are in every direction. At Phortse village we check into the lodge. This village is one of the typical Sherpa villages of Khumbu region and offers an excellent panorama containing Mount Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru and Tengboche Monastery.
  • Estimated phase duration is a 6-7h trek.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in Lodge.

Day 10: PHORTSE TO JORSALLE

We go down to Phortse Tenga and cross the river that flows from the Gokyo Valley, and then begin a steep climb to the hilltop to Mongla. There we take tea-brake and enjoy the magnificent panorama once again. The trail further descends to Sanasa, below the Khumjung village, where we will make our lunch stop or one may continue further thirty-five minutes to Namche. From Namche, the trail directly drops to the Dudh Koshi River. We are getting back again to "European" altitudes as we descend towards the entrance to Everest National Park at Jorsalle, a pleasant place to spend a night after several days in height.
  • Estimated phase duration is 5hrs trek.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in Lodge.

Day 11: JORSALLE TO LUKLA 2,866m

From Jorsalle the trail mostly follows the river. We retrace through some small Sherpa villages and arrive at Lukla. In Lukla, we spend our last night in the Khumbu Valley. This evening is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a two days' trek and one-day bus ride to Kathmandu or stay at Lukla to continue another trek back to Everest basecamp!
  • Estimated phase duration is a 5-6h trek.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 12: FLY TO MANTHALI AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU

We'll board an early morning flight to Manthali and take a 4 hours' drive to Kathmandu. We will arrive in Kathmandu at around 14:00 hour. The rest of the day is free.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 13: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

DAY 14: DEPARTURE

Breakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time our office representative and vehicle arrive at your Hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport see off formalities and departure.
  • Breakfast.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
1 Person 1897$ 2100$
2 - 3 Persons 1411$ 1500$
4 - 5 Persons 1347$ 1437$
6 - 7 Persons 1319$ 1409$
8- 10 Persons 1298$ 1388$
Single room supplement 140$ 230$

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure service as per itinerary
  • 4-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Category selectable)
  • Kathmandu / Manthali / Kathmandu transportation by a private vehicle
  • Manthali to Lukla and Manthali Airfare (Tax included)
  • Trekking period on full board basis (tea house lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis)
  • 1 Guide in the group and one porter, between every two members, for the entire trek
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff
  • National Park entry and other regional permits / A Trekking Map in group / A good sleeping bag to each member / A pair of a trekking pole to each member
  • A trekking map and duffel bag / A small Medial kit box for first add medical purpose.
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call)

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
  • International air tickets
  • Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
  • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in above price include section.

Best Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its richness. During rainy month the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.

During these month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).

End of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February are winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European country and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

NOTE
The best months to take this itinerary is from the first week of March to end of May and from first week of October to mid of December.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.

Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

Will I be affected by altitude?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.

Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation

  • To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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