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Everest - A Trek to Gokyo Lakes

Trip length 16 days
Category Trekking
Price $

AU$1299 (2390).

Promotion code 60AC.

Per person on twin share. Single supp: A$280.

Departure

19th Mar 23 Apr 14th May 24th Sep 1st Oct 8th Oct 15th Oct 22nd Oct 29th oct 5th Nov 12th Nov 19th Nov 26th Nov 3rd Dec and 10th Dec.

Max. no of travellers 12
Status of the Program
Best Season Mid Mar - Mid May & Mid Sep - Mid Dec

Description

This 16 day Gokyo lakes trek from Australia in Everest region Nepal takes you through the Gokyo Lakes not very far from Everest basecamp making it possible to extend this tour to include the basecamp trek and update to a Gokyo and Everest basecamp circuit trek. The Gokyo trek less busy than the Everest Basecamp Trek, and boasts a 360-degree view of the Himalayan range which is not possible at the basecamp of Everest. From an ultimate Himalayan vantage point at an altitude of 5,360 metres, you will access stunning mountain vistas featuring four of the world’s highest mountains standing like gargantuan beasts such as Mount Everest guarding the border into Tibet in addition to a series of beautiful turquoise lakes and a majestic glacier which will take your breath away.

 

The local Nepalese experts in Australia will help plan your 16 day trekking trip to Gokyo lakes, which lies in the Gokyo valley. The Gokyo Valley lies to the west of the traditional trekking routes to Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp (you can make this a circuit trek by combining Gokyo lakes with Everest basecamp). After a scenic flight to the Everest region, trekking commences at Lukla with gorgeous views. The first few days of this trek is the same as that of the hike to Everest Base Camp. Along the route we will pass Buddhist monasteries as the views of Everest and other towering mountains grow more impressive by the day.

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This Package

We have designed this fully-inclusive tour package for people who want peace of mind and great value. All transportation and accommodation is organised by us, as is all support necessary for a comfortable trekking experience. Meals on trek are not included in this value package to give you flexibility. We want you to relax and enjoy your Himalayan experience in utmost comfort, both in Kathmandu City and during the trek itself. We have carefully selected lodgings along the route to ensure that you always have a wonderful rest, a hearty meal and a comfortable place to stay throughout the journey.

 

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Current Offer

If you book this trip by 30th April, 2014, you will receive a $100 gift card which can be used to purchase goods at a local adventure gear shop in Australia.

 

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 By booking this trip, you will be supporting local economy and child education in rural Nepal.

 

 

Testimonials

1. Shannon Bartier - 

"Just wanted to say thank you for a fabulous time we had on our trek to Everest Base Camp and Chitwan Jungle Adventure (November 2012). I bought vouchers ...and not knowing what to expect, I was blown away by the standard of accommodation we received, both in Kathmandu and Chitwan. The local guides were so friendly and helpful...I wouldn't have made Base Camp without Bimal's help! I have been raving to everyone since returning home about how fantastic our 'holiday' was. Thank you again!".

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Day To Day Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrival to Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel (overnight in hotel).

You may have free time during the day depending on what time you arrive. A briefing will be given by our trekking leader in the late afternoon. He will discuss our trekking program in detail. The evening is free, but usually our tour leader will ask if the travellers want to have a group dinner (optional and at the traveller's own expense) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.

DAY 02: Fly to Lukla (2840m/9318ft) and trek to Phakding (2610m/8563ft). Total Walking Time 3 hrs; Total Ascent 120m; Total Descent 250m.

After breakfast, we head to the domestic airport for a scenic flight to Lukla. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Hillary Airport at Lukla. Here we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek. We take it easy on the first day to accllimatise.

DAY 03: Trek from Phakding (2610m/8563ft) to Namchey (3440m/11286ft). Total Walking Time 5-6 hrs; Total Ascent 1150m; Total Descent 100m.

We follow the Bhote Koshi through the beautiful pine forest and pasture land, along the valley with small Sherpa settlements. We cross the Bhote Koshi and climb steeply switching back trail to get to the large Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. It is the Sherpa people’s capital spread in the shape of a horse-shoe and the gateway to the Everest. The trading market of the village has changed since the early days to cater for tourists more than the historical salt trade from Tibet. Village is culturally rich with Sherpas in Tibetan life style and prevailing Buddhist religion. On the way, view of Everest (8848 m) and Lhotse (8511 m) come into sight. Mt. Thamserku ( 6648 m) and Kwangde Ri (6624 m) loom along the east and west of the village. The sacred mountain Khumbila (5707 m) dominates the skyline along the west. You get to experience the thrill of walking on many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge.

DAY 04: Rest in Namchey (3440m/11286ft) for acclimatisation. Options available to hike in the area. Total Walking Time 5-6 hrs; Total Ascent 550m; Total Descent 150m.

This is the first of the two scheduled days for acclimatization. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest days instead of being idle. One option is to trek to Thame (3800m) for view and Sherpa village/culture. In Namche, you find ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday.

DAY 05: Trek to Khumjung (3780m/12402ft). Total Walking 4-5 hrs; Total Ascent 450m; Total Descent 850m.

Today's journey starts with a climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. Trekking up for about 2 hours and then leveling off until we reach the village of Khumjung. The Khumjung valley surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kondge and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. Another set of busy and colorful monasteries, lined with prayer flags and prayer wheels, are braced along the slopes high above this traditional village.

DAY 06: Trek from Khumjung (3780m/12402ft) to Tangboche (3860m/12664ft). Total Walking Time 5-6 hrs; Total Ascent 650m; Total Descent 650m.

There is a famous monastery here. It was re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. The most notable peaks seen from here are Kantega, Ama Dablam (perhaps the most beautiful peak in the region) and, of course, Mount Everest.

DAY 07: Trek from Tangboche (3860m/12664ft) to Pangboche (3930m/12894ft). Total Walking Time 6-7 hrs; Total Ascent 650m; Total Descent 520m.

We continue our journey today with beautiful view of Mt. Ama Dablam and few monasteries before reaching Pangboche. Pangboche is the highest year-round inhabited village. It also has an old gompa, rich in history.

DAY 08: Trek from Pangboche (3930m/12894ft) to Dole (4200m/13780ft). Total Walking Time 6-7 hrs; Total Ascent 520m; Total Descent 250m.

We continue to get outstanding view of Ama Dablam on our way to Dole which is a charming Sherpa village.

DAY 09: Trek from Dole (4200m/13780ft) to Machermo (4470m/14665ft). Total Walking Time 4.5 hrs; Total Ascent 270m.

Today, we start by climbing steadily along the side of the valley, where small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku.

DAY 10: Trek from Machermo (4470m/14665ft) to Gokyo lake (4790m/15715ft). Total Walking Time 4 hrs; Total Ascent 340m.

Today we head for the holy lakes at Gokyo following a very scenic path to Pangka from where we descend slightly, following one of the meltwater rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumba Glacier. The walk offers spectacular views of the incredible ice face of Cholatse and is easy until we reach a steep rocky incline into the ablation valley by the side of the glacier and get to the first of the holy lakes. Then the trail flattens out and we soon arrive at the second of the lakes. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its east shore is the summer settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.

DAY 11: Trek in the morning to Gokyo Ridge (5360/17585ft). Upon return, have breakfast and trek to Machermo or Luza. Total Walking Time 8 hrs; Total Ascent 610m; Total Descent 1010m.

This day early in the morning we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo RI. There are stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu mountains range, such giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang.

DAY 12: Trek from Machermo ( 4470m/14665ft) to Namchey (3440m/11286ft). Total Walking Time 7 hrs; Total Ascent 400m; Total Descent 110m.

DAY 13: Trek from Namchey (3440m/11286ft) to Lukla (2840m/9318ft). Total Walking Time 7 hrs; Total Ascent 320m; Total Descent 1050m.

The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast following Dud Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We feel the Sherpa villages' impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we have plenty of time to relax, stretch those sore legs, and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Its a celebration time of a fantastic trek and a safe one.

DAY 14: Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon free for sightseeing and shopping.

DAY 15: Free day for sightseeing and shopping.

DAY 16: Final Departure.

What is Included

Summary of accommodation, transportation, meals and equipments

Transport

A private vehicle is provided for all relevant land transfers. Domestic flights to and from Lukla are covered by us.

Accomodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu is at a centrally located 5-star hotel. Accommodation for the duration of the trek is provided in comfortable lodges.

Meals

Breakfasts are included during the hotel stay in Kathmandu and three meals a day are included for the duration of the trek.

Equipment

A sleeping bag and an inner sleeping sheet are provided upon request at the time of booking. However, it is advisable that you bring your own sleeping bag and inner sleeping sheet if possible, simply due to the feeling of comfort and warmth you get from your own personal items.

 

Any other items necessary for the trip, including personal items, need to be provided by you. A recommended list of items will be included in the trip note which will be provided at the time of booking.

Complimentary

A complimentary farewell dinner on the night before departure from Kathmandu will be provided.

Not Included

International flights, airport departure taxes, visas, insurance, meals not listed, any optional tours and activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, personal medical supplies, personal trekking equipment, drinking water supplies on the trek, hot water supplies on the trek, showers on the trek (if available), bar bills, laundry charges, tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature are not covered by us.

 

Any extra costs incurred due to unforeseen events or circumstances beyond the control of our agents or representatives, such as 'Nepal bandh' (strikes and closures), natural calamities, flight delays and flight cancellations, will not be covered.

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Sherpa Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd. Lic# TA-0033126, VIC.