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GOKYO LAKES TREK

GOKYO LAKES TREK

The Gokyo Lakes are simply a stunning sight; remote, silent and constantly changing colour with the light.

Few people tread this path making it a journey of peace and tranquility.

Highlights

  • Beautiful sight of the Gokyo Lakes
  • Quiet area of the Everest region to relax and enjoy the magnificent surroundings
  • View Everest’s summit from Gokyo Ri (best at sunset)
  • Exhilarating flight to Lukla

This trek follows the legendary ‘Everest Trail’ from the airstrip in Lukla for a few days before reaching Namche Bazaar, the biggest village in the area and where your early acclimatisation takes place. Once through here, you will quickly branch off towards Gokyo. The trail goes silent! Following the Ngozumpa Glacier you eventually reach Gokyo and the mesmerising turquoise glacial Lakes.

There is a full day here (2 nights) to allow full appreciation of the beauty of this place and whilst optional, a side trip up the Gokyo Ri (5357m) has to be done as if offers that superb orange like view of Everest’s summit at sunset. It is without doubt the best and closest view of Everest.

The return to Lukla is a slightly faster affair and on your return to Kathmandu, you have an extra day to rest, recuperate and enjoy what Kathmandu has to offer before boarding your flight home.

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2110
Land Only, from £1360
Trip Duration 15 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 10 Days
Max Altitude 5357m (Gokyo Ri)
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, Tea Houses
All meals on trek, B'fast hotels

The Gokyo Lakes are simply a stunning sight; remote, silent and constantly changing colour with the light.

Few people tread this path making it a journey of peace and tranquility.

Highlights

  • Beautiful sight of the Gokyo Lakes
  • Quiet area of the Everest region to relax and enjoy the magnificent surroundings
  • View Everest’s summit from Gokyo Ri (best at sunset)
  • Exhilarating flight to Lukla

This trek follows the Everest trail, through Namche Bazaar, before eventually branching off towards Gokyo following the Ngozumpa Glacier. By this time the trail has gone quiet!

There is a full day in Gokyo (2 nights), sufficient to enjoy the mesmerising turquoise glacial lakes. To fully appreciation of the beauty of this place, a side trip up the Gokyo Ri (5357m) has to be done (optional) as if offers that superb orange like view of Everest’s summit at sunset. It is without doubt the best and closest view of Everest.

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2110
Land Only, from £1360
Trip Duration 15 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 10 Days
Max Altitude 5357m (Gokyo Ri)
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, Tea Houses
All meals on trek, B'fast hotels

Gokyo Lakes – Stunning sight

No Compulsory Single Supplement

FREE 90l holdall

Domestic Flights
Included

Hotels/Tea Houses

ATOL Protected

Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1 – Depart UK, Arrive Kathmandu

Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, settle in

Day 3 – Domestic flight to Lukla – Trek to Monjo 2835m

Day 4/5 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3500m) + Acclimatisation

Day 6 – Namche Bazaar – Dole (4085m)

Day 7 – Dole – Machhermo (4410m)

Day 8 – Machhermo – Gokyo (4750m)

Day 9 – Gokyo, Rest Day

Day 10 – Gokyo – Dole

Day 11 – Dole – Namche

Day 12 – Namche – Lukla

Day 13 – Lukla – Kathmandu

Day 14 – Kathmandu – Free/spare day, B

Day 15 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal

Day 1/2 – Depart UK, Arrive Kathmandu
Fly from London, bound for Kathmandu.
On arrival you will be collected by our Representative and transferred to the hotel (25 mins). Our friendly staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance as you settle in and explore your surroundings. Meet your trekking Guide for a brief and timings for tomorrow.

Day 3 – Domestic flight to Lukla – Trek to Monjo 2835m
An early start for your domestic flight to Lukla. Maybe enjoy a late ‘second’ breakfast in Lukla whilst watching the flights come and go from this unique mountain airstrip.
Begin trekking, Lukla (2840m) – Monjo (2835m). Today is an easy 5 – 6hrs of trekking through the village of Phakding en route to Monjo where you will stay the night. BLD

Day 4/5 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3500m) + Acclimatisation
Having cleared the entrance to the National Park on the outskirts of Monjo, it’s a steady hour following the river before you cross the final of 7 suspension bridges and begin the 90 min steep ascent up to Namche. This is the first of the ‘big’ hills so take it steady. You will catch your first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance from a rest point.
Namche Bazaar is by far the biggest village in the region with shops and even internet cafes.
Expect to arrive at lunchtime. 4 hrs.

Day 5 is an Acclimatisation Day. Your Guide will take you out on a trek to a variety of places in the local region to gain some additional altitude and assist your body in its acclimatisation process. BLD

Day 6 – Namche Bazaar – Dole (4085m)
A beautiful days walk out of Namche, initially contouring for about 60 – 90 mins until you reach Kenjoma. Some groups stop here for coffee (you can see Tengbouche across the valley; you will descend through this village). Just around the corner, the route towards Gokyo splits from the EBC route . You will descend rapidly to Phortse Tenga before re-ascending for 2 – 2 1/2 hrs to your resting place of Dole. BLD

Day 7 – Dole – Machhermo (4410m)
A short day (just 2 1/2 hrs) but due to the altitude, very necessary. Take your time and enjoy the relatively easy day. BLD

Day 8 – Machhermo – Gokyo (4750m)
Day 8 is another short day at 3 1/2 hrs. You will ascend to Pangka (4548m), where the front end of the Ngozumpa glacier comes into view. Beyond here lies Gokyo, passing several very small lakes prior to the bigger ones. You will spend two nights here. If the energy is there, after you have settled in to your tea house in Gokyo and rested, you could trek further up the glacier towards the fourth and fifth lakes further north. Even fewer people go here and well worth the trip. BLD.

Day 9 – Gokyo, Rest Day
During your rest day, a side trip up to the Gokyo Ri is almost compulsory! The ‘orange’ glow you often see on photos of Mt Everest are taken at sunset (as opposed to sunrise) and often taken from Gokyo Ri. Take the rest of the day to relax and take in your superb surroundings; beautiful lakes, high mountains and a glacier right next to you. This is a photographer’s dream with patience and good luck with the weather. BLD

Day 10 – Gokyo – Dole
A straight forward descent down the valley to the village of Dole. Approx 4hrs, BLD

Day 11 – Dole – Namche
A steep descent to the hamlet of Phortse Tenga before eventually re-joining the Everest trail back to Namche. Approx 5hrs, BLD

Day 12 – Namche – Lukla
The final day’s trekking, back out of Namche, down the big hill to Monjo and along to Phakding, probably for lunch. The final stretch is about 3 hrs back up to Lukla. The total trekking time is around 7 hrs, BLD

Day 13 – Lukla – Kathmandu
An early start to have breakfast and be ready for your flight back down to Kathmandu. You should reach your hotel by midday; plenty of time to enjoy the facilities that Thamel has to offer. You can continue with any sightseeing, have a post trek massage (very inexpensive in Nepal), shop ‘till you drop or simply relax in one of the many cafes, restaurants and bars soaking up the atmosphere. BLD

Day 14 – Kathmandu – Free/spare day, B

Day 15 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
24 Mar - 7 Apr 2018 £2110 £1360
14 - 28 Apr 2018 £2110 £1360
28 Apr - 11 May 2018 £2110 £1360
29 Sep - 13 Oct 2018 £2145 £1395
27 Oct - 10 Nov 2018 £2145 £1395

Deposit – £250
Group Size – 2 – 12.

The above prices are for an overall group size of 4. We can tailor make trips for group sizes of 2 or 3 pax for an additional fee of just £30 pp.

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

What the Price Includes

  • International flights London – Kathmandu, return, economy (regional airport departures are possible)
  • Return airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Return domestic flights Kathmandu – Lukla, including transfers and airport departure taxes
  • 3 nights hotel Kathmandu, twin share, B&B basis*
  • 10 nights lodge accommodation, twin share
  • All meals on trek, B&B in hotels (see itinerary for full meal plan)
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall and route map
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek.

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Drinking water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging

What the Price Includes

  • Return airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Return domestic flights Kathmandu – Lukla, including transfers and airport departure taxes
  • 3 nights hotel Kathmandu, twin share, B&B basis*
  • 10 nights lodge accommodation, twin share
  • All meals on trek, B&B in hotels (see itinerary for full meal plan)
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall and route map
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek.

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Drinking water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging

The sole occupation charge is only payable if you request the service. If requested – £90.

The fee covers sole occupation for:
3 hotel nights in Kathmandu

It does NOT cover sole occupation for accommodation on trek as this cannot be guaranteed. You may request it from the Guide who will manage this with the local accommodation on a night by night basis. The chances are, it will be available. A small fee will be payable.

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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It’s All In The Detail

Passport – Must be valid for at least 6 months when you apply for your visa. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Nepal.

Visa – A tourist visa is required for Nepal. Included as part of your confirmation is a document explaining the options for obtaining your visa.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

You will be walking between 5 – 7 hours per day, occasionally longer if it is necessary (unusual on this trek). Distances in mountainous terrain is measured in hours, not distance.

Temperatures during the day (sun up) will vary between 15°C and 25°C and the night temperatures will drop to below zero. Remember, Gokyo is situated in a valley surrounded by very high peaks and you are located along side a glacier. It will be cold at times so please make sure you are well equipped.

This trek is not necessarily physically challenging but due to the high altitude, it can take its toll. Gokyo (4750m) is more than high enough to cause altitude issues. As a minimum, we would recommend a good level of fitness.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days (comfortably), over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

High Altitude Trekkingmore information >>

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, eggs, etc.. plus a hot drink.
  • There is a tea/coffee/biscuits break mid morning.
  • Lunch is usually light such as sandwich or mixed rice.
  • Evening meal is two courses; starter + main meal or mail meal + desert. Hot drink.

Accommodation

  • Hotels – twin share basis, same sex.
  • On trek – twin share basis, same sex.
  • Declared couples (ie married) will be paired together.
  • If there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.
  • If sole occupation is preferred in the hills, that can be done en route and night by night basis (pay as you go) as it cannot be guaranteed.

International Flights – Our default flights are London Heathrow (LHR) – Kathmandu (KTM). We use a variety of high quality airlines using one stop (there are no direct flights to KTM from London). Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg but more commonly 23 – 30kg.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible, such as Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

Domestic Flights – Included as part of this trip is a one way domestic flight from Pokhara (POK) to Kathmandu (KTM) after your trek has been completed.
The flight takes approx 25- 30 mins in a light aircraft, twin engines prop and they have a capacity of about 30 – 40 pax.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations for Nepal:

  • Usually advised for Nepal: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid
  • Consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Rabies
  • Yellow Fever – consult the website below
  • Information source – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/nepal.aspx
  • Malaria – very much depends where you go in Nepal. Generally speaking if you going onto Nepal’s southern border with India (the Terai), then you may need anti-malarials. If you just going into the mountains, then the risk is very low. Consult the fitfortravel website above for a malaria map coverage.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

We recommend budgeting approx £300 for miscellaneous expenses during your trip. This includes meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, supplementary snacks and tips etc. but this amount does depend on your personal spending habits and your wish to buy souvenirs.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter (credit card) should always be carried for emergencies.

Nepal’s currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). The currency is not on the open market and therefore you will not be able to obtain any prior to arrival.

We recommend that you do change your cash into NPR as local purchases will be much cheaper. Most major currencies are acceptable for exchange in Nepal (cash) including Sterling, US Dollars and Euros. Traveller’s Cheques are not accepted in Nepal. Note that you will exchange a fair amount of your money soon after arrival and if you prefer not to carry all your money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card, although be aware that they can be unreliable.

There are money exchanges at the airport (both before and after immigration), however you will get far better rates in local exchanges in Thamel. There is no commission charge on exchanges and you will find rates to be similar in the area.

During the trek, you will be able to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and even beer on most days. You will also be able to charge mobile phones and other batteries in tea houses for a small fee as well as pay for showers. Be aware that tea houses may struggle to change larger denomination notes in the hills so collect smaller notes during your first few days in Kathmandu.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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