Everest Gokyl Lake is considered a traditional trek that offers magnificent views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest in the Nepal Himalayas. The image of this region is associated with the soaring views of the most popular Trekking in Nepal, at an altitude of 8000m such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake. One of the most remarkable features is the view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m) located in Khumbu region.
After a Forty five minute flight from Kathmandu landing at Lukla’s tiny airstrip, the adventure really begins. We spend the next few days trekking and interacting amongst the mountain people also known as Sherpa’s we stay at local lodges and trek into the heartland of their villages. Everything is organized in conjunction with local Sherpa guides. Along the trek we will pass Buddhist monasteries with the views of Everest and other snow towering mountains getting closer by the day. We will have rest days in the villages of Namche bazaar that will allow us to explore the region and to acclimatize, which is very important. After trekking to Gokyo Ri (5483 meters), we return at a leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (2651m./87,00ft.) 3-4 hrs.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3340m/11280ft.) 5-6 hrs.
Day 04: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Namche to Dole (4000m.) 5-6 hrs.
Day 06: Dole to Machhermo (4470m.) 4-6 hrs.
Day 07: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4800m/15,744ft.) 4-5 hrs.
Day 08: Early Morning Hike Gokyo ri and Return to Machhermo 7-8 hrs.
Day 09: Machhermo to Namche 6-7 hrs.
Day 10: Namche to Lukla 6-7 hrs.
Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu 45 Menutes
Day 12: Final International Departure
According to our official Itinerary schedule, if any things exchanges instead of actual packages as Helicopter, Reserve Car or Van, Donation extra days and any things else the cost will be adding on your full board packages
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu), our representatives from Adventure Mountain Guide Team will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) to Phakding (2610m): 4 hours
After the breakfast in the morning, we will transfer you to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for the scenic flight to Lukla which is the gateway destination from where our trek starts. After a dramatic 40 minutes of flight above beautiful mountains, we reach the Lukla airport. After meeting our crew members at Lukla, we start trekking to Phakding and stay overnight there.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3400m/11283ft): 5-6 hours
Today, after taking our morning breakfast, we walk through the pine forest along the Dudh Koshi River. On the way, we enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Thamserku. We come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park via the settlements of Benkar and Monjo. Passing through the village of Jorsale, we finally reach at Namche which is the gateway to Mount Everest. We stay overnight at Namche.
Day 04: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
Today will be our first day of acclimatization. You are suggested to stay active and moving during rest days. So, we either spend a taking a day’s hike to Thame village of Khunde. We can explore Namche bazaar itself either. Namche Bazaar is the main center of Everest Region has many government offices, Banks, ATMs, restaurants, Internet Cafes and many more. We stay overnight in the hotel at Namche.
Day 05: Namche bazaar to Dole 4110m. From Namche bazaar,
the trail goes steeply towards the Kyangjuma village from where we can have a splendid view of mountains ranges all around us. We will have our lunch on the way to Dole. The admirable view around the trail will surely mesmerizes us. The way to Dole goes with the combination of Mountain View along with some beautiful scene of waterfalls and forests. We will stay the night at Dole.[Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge]
Day 06: Dole to Machherma From Dole,
at first the path goes steeply to the Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. The trail will offers us many glittering view of Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku. While trekking at this place we need to acclimatize ourselves with the increasing altitudes. After a incredible walk of about 4 to 5 hours, we will be able to reach at Machherma at 4410m.[Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge]
Day 07: Machherma to Gokyo Early morning,
we will trek towards the Gokyo from Machherma. The trail descends to the river and then begins to climb over to Ngozumpa glacier. Viewing the panoramic scenery around the region, we will move forwards through the main trail. We can explore around the lakes of Gokyo if we got some leisure time. The night will be spectacular a Gokyo at 4794m.[Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge]
Day 08: Gokyo rest day Today can be taken as rest day.
But we will explore around the place later of the day. We will climb up to the peak of Gokyo from where we will get the splendid view of other mountain ranges all around us. After viewing some incredible view from the peak, we will descend back to Gokyo where we will spend the night again.[Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge]
Day 09: Gokyo to Dole. From Gokyo,
we will hike towards the Gokyo Ri to the altitude of 5496m from where we can get the splendid view of mountain ranges including the highest peak of the world. A hike for about 2 hours will take us to the top. We will return back to Gokyo and trek towards Dole the same day and the night will be at 4110m.[Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge]
Day 10: Trek from Namche to Lukla: 7-8 hours We descend steeply downward today.
After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi, our trail becomes more level. Walking through the forests and Sherpa villages, we arrive in Lukla after approx. 7 hours. We stay overnight at Lukla.
Day 11: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu Today,
we will fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla. We will again have a dramatic 40-minutes flight over the high Himalayas. Upon reaching at Kathmandu, you can take the time for exploring the city or you can go for last minute shopping. We celebrate the farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 12: Final Departure You are saying good bye to the Kathmandu as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We will transfer you to the airport for your returning flight.
This is my second trip with Rabin and I am already looking forward to a third trip with him soon. That show how much I value his services, his extensive experiences with the treks, his honesty and of course, the great supporting staffs he have. I feel safe and well taken care of with Rabin as my guide. He is a man with integrity and deal in a most honest way with us. This is unlike lots of horror stories you read about guides and tea-house owners collaborating to fleece hikers. We pay exactly what we consumed at the tea-houses based on the published menu prices, no more and no less. With Rabin, there is no hidden cost.
With more than 20 years of trekking experiences, he gave good advises on the route and safety measures to take. For example, he insisted that we started off early on a particular day so that we will reach a section with ice-sheet before the ice started to melt and traversing the ice-sheet becomes dangerous and difficult. We have a large team of porters and assistant guides to take care of our team of 12 hikers and everyone on Rabin's team have been extremely helpful and friendly. My teenage son enjoyed playing Uno and sliding down the ABC icy slope with a teenage porter, a fellow hiker who has walking difficulties was supported all the way by assistant guides and porters and our meals were all ordered in advance so the group don't have to wait long for food to be served.
If you feel tl;dr, please skip to the last line. My name is Patibut Preeyawongsakul. I have been trekking since 2012. I do either individual trekking or going with mountain guide. I was with Rabin on Annapurna Trekking in Dec 2015. Not only on the mountains, but also roaming around in the city. I was with him for totally 15 days. By 4 years of my trekking around Asia (and a little hiking in US), Rabin is the best mountain guide so far. Rabin knows how to take care any kind of trekkers from slow ladies to teenagers. Luckily we didn't need his first aid kit which he always carry it in his backpack. He's expert in almost mountains' information in Nepal (including sometimes Tibet). He can calculate trip's timing very precisely.
We could change itinerary on the way we walk without affecting flight schedule (we had one more day on the base camp last time.) Though, His skill still not matches his humbleness and hospitality. I had been seriously discussing with him for 6 months with nothing guarantee I'd go with him, but he happily helped me decide which route to take. He frankly showed the cost breakdown before we make final decision. He welcomed us at the airport, and all of my team had his souvenirs on the day we flew back to our home country. If you want a short review, Hire this guy. 10/10 would go with him again.