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Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek – 15 days

Trip Highlight

  • Sightseeing tour of Historical, Cultural, and religious UNESCO Heritages sites of Kathmandu city Potential Altitude & flight hassle
  • The Ultimate Challenge Climbing of Gokyo Peak
  • Icefalls and Ngozumpa Glaciers, Crossing over Chola Pass,
  • People & Cultures, religions & Lifestyle Buddhists, Private vehicle and aero plane will be upon our service.

Trip Overview

Everest Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek -15 days  is an hiking adventure for trekkers who want to see great lakes, glaciers and great views without walking up to Everest Base Camp trek.

Participate in our Gokyo Lakes Hike designed allowing ample time for acclimatization to explore its highlights –the Ngozumpa Glacier, the biggest glacier in Nepal which is source of Dudkoshi River and the next highlight is the summit of Gokyo Ri that is 5330 m from where we gain superb views of Mt. Everest as well as its neighboring mountains peaks –Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Baruntse and Mt. Cho Oyu is seen as if its only a stone’s throw away from us. Many trekkers claim that Gokyo Ri gives finest views of Everest Himalayan Range with the gigantic Everest dominating the skyline. Come, walk with us on our Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek and be flabbergasted by views of grand Himalayas.

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek Route:

We take adventurous 40 minutes flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and begin our Everest Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri hiking. Upon reaching Namche Bazzar, we deviate from the Everest base camp route and take the less crowded route. It takes ys through Thame, Monjo, Machhermo, and finally reach the beautiful Gokyo Valley. It seems like the valley is smiling to welcome us together with its shimmering lakes.

We take opportunity to explore four or five among the six of the Gokyo Lakes- the third lake Dudh Pokhari, the fourth lake Thonak Tsho and the fifth lake Nagazumpa Tsho are the main attraction of Gokyo Valley. Likewise we climb up to Gokyo Ri and get mesmerized on the finest Himalayan views, we explore Nagazumpa Glacier as well as walk around listening one of our crew telling us story about the bigfoot Yeti. After making ourselves believe that paradise in earth is possible and its in the Himalayas, we return back the same route and fly back to Kathmandu.

If you have average fitness and strong physical body, you can join on our Gokyo trekking adventure.

 

Common Queries On Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek – 15 days

This trek is less crowded compared to other popular Everest region treks like EBC trek and you will get an opportunity to immerse in excellent views of highest Himalayas above 8000 meters (Everest Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu) along with Ngozumba glacier views and other snow capped Himalayas. Other magical things that you will explore are the magical turquoise colored Gokyo lakes; all of which are once in a lifetime of memories.

First and foremost, you need to be physically fit and strong enough to walk 5 hours daily in average without respiratory and cardiac illness. Consult your doctor for detailed medical information while we recommend you need to have passion towards adventure too to complete this trek successfully.

Previous trekking experience is not mandatory but you need to be strong physically and mentally. To maintain your fitness, get yourself involved in cardio exercises that increases your stamina, join gym, go for cycling, swimming or short hike on free time. Then you will be quite ready to embark in this trip.

There is no any age restriction for any trekking activities, but you need to be at least 18 before attempting any climbing peak above 6000m. Therefore you can join this Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek with all your kids and elderly too.

Another prerequisite is that you need to obtain TIMS card and Sagarmatha National Park entry permits, both of which will be arranged by us. Permit costs are included in the total cost.

Best time for Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Lakes trek comes twice a year during autumn months of late September, October and early November and spring months of March, April and May. It is not recommended to join this trek during winter due to heavy snowfall at higher altitudes. So, now is the best time to plan for your next Nepal trekking adventure. Act now, contact us, we will make it happen.

Travel insurance is mandatory and you can get it easily via online travel insurance providers like world nomads and travel guard etc. The choice is yours, and both your insurance company and you should understand the policy terms and conditions. For this trek, you need to have a travel insurance policy with helicopter rescue operation upto 6000m.

Teahouses with standard facilities i.e. rooms with twin sharing beds, one large dining hall, attached or shared toilets. Have a quick look around if there are shared toilets or attached ones. And all tea houses at higher regions don’t have western style toilets, they have squat ones because of altitude issues (flush mechanism).

You will be offered with full board meals i.e. hygienic breakfast, lunch and dinner mostly a Nepali food items along with Chinese and continental dishes. From noodles, eggs, rice lentil and soups to pancakes and porridges there are quite a few varieties.

You are recommended to get couple of packets of cashew nuts, raisin and other dry fruits with chocolate bars for quick glucose energy boosts.

Drinking pure water is must. Therefore, while you are in Kathmandu, you can buy mineral water bottles at local supermarkets around Thamel and do check the seal before consuming and dispose properly then after.

While trekking at Himalayas, always drink boiled water supplied by your (nearby) teahouse and store it in your water bladder or jar. Or else, you can use the tap water at tea house and purify with steripen or chlorine tablets. It is recommended that you drink at least 3 liters a day. And especially during colder times at night, drink purified luke warm water that saves your throat from illness. And never drink unpurified water directly from open source even if you see others drinking it. First thing you don’t want is to become sick during the trek.

Well, the most essentials are two thin layers clothing with down jacket, trekking shoes, sun block cream, glasses and preferably a drinking water bladder along with other gears. Also sleeping bag, mats or airbags, woolen gloves/mittens is recommended to bring along if you have one. Or else, our company can easily arrange) hire or buy at reasonable cost either at Kathmandu or at Everest region.

Yes, but you need to pay extra for charging batters at tea houses above Namche Bazar where the charging plugs are only made available at dining room. So, if you have extra batteries it is recommended to bring along if you want to avoid paying extra amount. And you can get the compatible plugs (connectors) at less than 100 rupees at any electric store or supermarket in Kathmandu.

Another tip is that keep your batteries warm at cold places in higher altitudes inside your sleeping bag or your down jacket. This helps batteries lasts long.

It’s true to some extent especially at the higher altitudes but you don’t need to race while trekking with professional guide from reputed trekking company. Trekking guides will pre-book via phone; our porter will move ahead the trails. However, during peak seasons if you need to sleep at dining room, it’s not that bad thing to experience; after all it will be something memorable and can be taken with a positive note.

Everest region in Nepal is home to best of the best trekking destinations and there are quite a few alternatives to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo ri trek. Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek is the best alternate while EBC trek, High passes trek and EBC trek with island peak climbing are to name the few.

Price Includes

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Four nights twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including temple/monument entry fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek (we provide rooms with private bathrooms and hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla)
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers : 1 assistant guide)  and porters (2 trekkers : 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla– Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
  • Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • TIMS, National Park Permits
  • All government taxes & office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • Alcoholic drinks and cold drinks
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc)
  • Personal equipments and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek – 15 days Day to day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft)

Welcome to Kathmandu! As you land at Kathmandu airport (Tribhuvan International Airport), reclaim your luggage and finish your custom formalities (visa, etc.) and get to the airport waiting terminal, you will find our representative waiting to greet you. He/she will be holding Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours signboard with your name. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private vehicle. You can rest at your hotel to recover from jet lag or if you have plenty of time you can visit Thamel market for any lacking gears for your Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek -19 days. Accommodation: City Hotel
Note: If you arrive before 4 PM, pre trip meeting would be done today either at our office or at your hotel.  If you arrive after 4pm, pre-trip meeting and trip briefing would be done by our airport representative/guide tomorrow (Day 02) after sightseeing activities. During pre trip meeting we would introduce you to your leader/guide and other members of the trekking group. Please take this opportunity to ask questions you may have about your Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek or as a whole your Nepal trip related things. We will also provide you with down jacket, map, T-shirt, Duffel Bag in which you can pack your things. At the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to these four medieval and spiritual sites in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
Durbar Square: Durbar Square is a complex of historic palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the Royal palace compound of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. Interesting pieces here to see are 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace, Taleju temple-tallest of all structures built by king Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D. , Jagannath temple- built in the 16th century, known for fascinating erotic figures carving I the wooden struts eaves, Kal Bhairav- one of the largest stone idol in Kathmandu representing the terrorizing aspects of Shiva, Statue of King Pratap Malla in praying gesture to Digu Taleju the royal family deity right across,  Kumari Ghar- 17th century Kumari temple, Kasthamandap- built from the timber of a single tree, Kathmandu derives its name from Kasthamandap. The entire Palace Complex is also known as Hanuman Dhoka named after a monkey god called Hanuman. One can see a huge stone statue of Hanuman painted all red right next to the main entrance (the golden gate) of the palace. Hanuman here is regarded as a powerful protector of the entire Durbar Square.
Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world located on the bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two tiered pagoda temple built on a single tier plinth which is famous all over the world. Although entrance into the temple complex is allowed to Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. Besides being a place of worship, the bank of Bagmati River alongside Pashupatinath Temple is the most important cremation site for the Hindus in Nepal.
Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath, a Buddhist shrine in unique octagonal Mandala design with hundreds of prayer wheels and the 108 images of the Buddha set into the niches around the huge structure.  Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the large Stupas in the world.  Bouddhanath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan monasteries, thus the area is also known as ‘Little Tibet’. You can join the locals to circumambulate the Stupa, bargain for handicrafts in the shops or sit on a rooftop restaurant and absorb the atmosphere.
Swoyambhunath: Popularly known as Monkey temple due to profusion of monkey found in the shrine area, Swoyambhunath is a 2000 years ancient Stupa situated on a small hill. It is world’s most celebrated Buddhist shrine and its main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.
Accommodation: City Hotel. Included Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft)

Wake up at dawn and be ready for the adventure. We will escort you to domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight. After an adventurous 35 minutes flight above the array of beautiful green and white mountains, we arrive at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), an entry town from where your trek begins. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world concluding in a dramatic landing site on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. In Lukla, we meet our additional crew members and do some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla, descend to Chaurikharka, head up the Dudhkoshi valley until we reach Phakding. As we just land at the altitude of almost 3000m today, to assist in acclimatization, we only have a short walk today. Yet, if you are interested in additional activities you can take a side trip to a nearby monastery.
Walking time 3 -4 hrs, Accommodation: Mountain Lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440 m/11,283 ft)

We start our walk soon after breakfast. Today’s trek is exciting not only due to first glimpse of Everest (if weather is clear) but also because of crossing and re-crossings of Dudh Koshi River and magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) from the Benkar village. We get our trekking permits checked at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. We tumble down and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable through the river bed and we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. As we climb up towards Namche Bazzar, superb sight of Kwangde Peak, Kusum peak, Kangaru peak, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other magnificent mountains greet us. We break at the Chautara to admire the view. Finally, we reach the colorful village of Namche Bazzar, the main Sherpa town and trading station in the Khumbu situated spectacularly in a cwm on the mountainside. Walking Time: 6 – 7 hrs, Accommodation: Mountain Lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 05: Acclimatization Day in Namche bazaar – Hike to Everest View Hotel

To facilitate acclimatization today is a rest day at Namche Bazzar, which is an ideal altitude to spend a rest day to acclimatize before heading off towards higher elevation. It is recommend staying active and mobile during the acclimatization day instead of resting in your lodge. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us properly acclimatize. We can either spend the day exploring Namche Bazzar or take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung, Syangboche airstrip and Everest View Hotel, a Japanese build deluxe hotel which offers you great views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and others. Surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the scared peak Khumbila there is a pretty village namely Khumjung. In Khumjung there is a school namely “Schoolhouse In the Clouds” built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the famed Khunde hospital is also close by. You can visit the hospital, school and monastery. You can take a hike to Thame or Khunde if you have time and interest. Tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu, Namche Bazzar is centre of Everest region and has plenty of lodges, tea shops, souvenir shops, money exchangers, government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, restaurants, bakeries, etc. You can also even enjoy colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. You can visit Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where you can observe an assortment of things allied to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park. Walking Time: 6 – 7 hrs, Accommodation: Mountain Lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4,200 m/ 13,780 ft)

We first follow north-east through the main Everest base camp trail and upon reaching Kyangjuma, we leave the main trail and climb steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests, which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases. We reach MongLa and below us we see the confluence of Dudh Koshi River and Imja Khola River. This part of trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. The trail passes many Kharkas, summer settlements used when Sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. The route passes further north through the settlement of Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) to Dole where there are few hotels. The views of Khumbila and Tawache (6542m) are incredible throughout the day  today. Walking Time: 5 – 6 hrs, Accommodation: Mountain Lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 07: Trek to Machhermo(4,470 m/ 14,663 ft)

Trail climbs to Lhabarma (4220m) and pleasant hamlet of Luza (4360m). The trail is steep in most places as it climbs through brush junipers. While ascending from Luza, the Dudh Koshi valley is deep like a canyon with its steep sides. There are Kharkas whenever there is a flat spot and the slightest hint of water. The trails continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo at (4410m). Machhermo is the place where in 1974 that Yeti killed three yaks and attacked a Sherpa woman. This is the most discussed yeti incident ever reported. We enjoy good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku and many summer settlements and charming hamlets along the trail today.  Walking Time: 4 – 5 hrs, Accommodation: Teahouse, Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4800 m/15,744 ft)

We begin the ascent to Gokyo Valley. We can stop to enjoy excellent views of Cholatse at the village of Pangga. We are now in high alpine area and as we approach the Ngozumba Glacier and we trek onto the  moraine and rock that extends down from it. We enjoy excellent views of Kantenga to the south and Cho Oyu to the north. Once we have ascended the muzzle of the glacier, the path flattens. We pass the first of the Gokyo lakes, Longpongo, before reaching the second, Taboche Tsho at 4740 m, a larger one where green Brainy ducks are often seen swimming in the freezing waters. As we walk up the valley our path parallels the Ngozumpa Glacier and separating us from the glacier is the massive lateral moraine. Little ahead of the second lake is the third lake, the two linked by a stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight at this juncture.  After lunch, we can take time to explore around the third Gokyo Lake, Dudh Pokhari. Walking Time: 5 – 6 hrs, Accommodation: Teahouse, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day –4th and 5th Gokyo Lakes Hike

For acclimatization and Himalayan views we trek up to fourth Gokyo Lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth Gokyo Lake (Ngozuma Tsho) and this hike aids in our acclimatization process too. With high cliffs and peaks rising beside it, forth Gokyo Lake is about 3 km north of Gokyo Village. The trail continues to fifth lake. We climb on a hill called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint to catch astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. Northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of Nepal- the Ngozumpa glacier.  Stirred by the Himalayan charisma, we may even go sixth lake too but depends upon our own interest and time.   If you want, you can further navigate to sixth lakes, almost at Cho Oyu Base Camp. View of Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Gyachung Kang is awe-inspiring from sixth lake as they seem just a stone’s throw away. (Note: You may opt to do Gokyo Ri today and fourth and fifth Gokyo Lakes next day)
Walking Time: 5 – 6 hrs, Accommodation: Mountain Lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: Hike Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft) and trek back to Dole

Today we trek up to Gokyo Ri. Early start is best for the opportunities that the early morning views offer. The continuous and grueling ascent of Gokyo Ri will take three or even more hours, depending on your level of fitness and acclimatization. It is not a race, and you can take more time too. You will be thrilled when you reach the summit with spectacular view it offers. Many people consider the view from Gokyo Ri as most prevalent view of 8,000 meters peaks, and view from Gokyo Ri to be best Himalayan view. Adjacent to us are Cho Oyu (8153 m), Gyangchung Kang (7922m), Lhotse (8501m), Makalu (8475 m), Cholatse (6440m), Taweche (6542m), Kantega (6685m), Thamserku (6808m), Lobuche (6145m) and Mt. Everest (8848m). Hundreds of other unnamed peaks fill the scene, whilst below us the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in Nepal, stretches through the valley. The beautiful Gokyo Lakes below complete the picture. We get back to Gokyo village and after breakfast we start our trek back to Dole. We see great views of Thamserku , Cho Oyu, and Kangtega while on the way to Dole. We slowly walk down to the village of Machhermo and again, through the appealing settlement of Luza and Lhabarma we reach Dole. We see the slopes of Cholatse and Taweche from Dole. We enjoy excellent views of Kyajo Ri (6186 m) and the mountains and glaciers of the range.
Walking Time: 5 – 6 hrs, Accommodation: Mountain Lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazzar

Today’s trek is mostly down hills. We take last look to Cho-Oyu and start our trek. While walking down today we enjoy waterfalls, abundance of flora and fauna including mountain goats, musk deers, pheasants, etc. Depending upon season we see wildflowers and rhododendrons blooming along the slope of mountains. We take revised look at Taweche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, and a distant view of Tengboche from the top of MongLa, a very wonderfully located charming place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila.  Further after a long walk, we reach a junction where the steep path up from Sanasa meets our track. Winding through several bends we are almost near Namche. Upon coming to Namche army camp hill, we look back to see Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche for last time. After half an hour’s walk from here we reach Namche. On reaching our lodge at Namche, we take a nice hot shower that will help relief our tired muscles. You will have a very relaxed sleep in one of the room with private restroom in Namche Bazaar.

Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla

Today the trail goes steeply downwards, so we need to walk carefully having control over our trembling legs. After again multiple crossings over the prayer flags festooned suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. The more we trek downwards the more we feel easier to breathe as the air gets denser. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today. Although we are following the same route down, we feel completely different views with open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We inspect the impressive Sherpa and their Buddhist culture advised by the ancient monasteries, chhortens, mani stones, and prayer flags swathed in Sherpa homes, villages, bridges and the trails which are believed to spread goodwill and compassion in the space with their fluttering. Upon arrival in Lukla, stretch those sore legs and summon up the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We celebrate our successful and safe trek with the crew.
Walking Time: 6–7 hrs, Accommodation: Mountain Lodge, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 13: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

A morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. Flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning because wind can create problem to fly the aircraft after noon. But sometimes the flight can be delayed and even canceled due to bad weather and other reasons that are beyond our control. You will be transferred to hotel in Kathmandu after arrival in Kathmandu. You can rest in your hotel, could do some last minute shopping and packing, or stroll around Thamel.
Flying Time: 35 minutes, Accommodation: City Hotel, Included Meal: B

Day 14: Contingency Day

Mountain weather becomes unexpectedly bad sometimes that can affect the Lukla-Kathmandu flight to be delayed and even canceled. An extra day would help you to be in safe side from missing your flight back home. If everything went smooth as planned, you can use this day for sightseeing around Kathmandu, the UNESCO World Heritage sites or as a free exploration day on your own. Accommodation: City Hotel, Included Meals: B, D

Day 15: Final Departure

Today your Gokyo Lakes & Everest Base Camp Trekking trip comes to an end. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours will take you to the airport for your flight back home. We are sure our service and the Nepal Himalayas has captivated you to come back again! Included Meals: B

Trip In More Detail

Trekking Group

On Everest Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek – 15 days, the number of crew looking after you will depend on the size of your group. There will be one leader, assistant guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters as carriers (2 trekkers: 1 porter) to make sure that if anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours runs the this trip for any group size. But generally we do not exceed more than 10 people if it is an internationally mixed group, as we have found this to be the optimum size for a successful trek. But if you would like to make booking for a group of more than 10 people together, we can arrange that too. We can even organize private trip for one/two or more person as per request.

Accommodation during trip

During our Gokyo lakes hike, we provide three times meals (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with tea/coffee. Most teahouses (lodges) in this trip cook a variety of mostly vegetarian food. Please do not expect as much variety and taste as in cities– we will be in a remote area where access to supplies is not easy. In higher altitudes near the base camps of the mountains, you get fewer varieties than in the lower altitudes. However, plenty of cuisines like Nepali, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian {Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes can be enjoyed}. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization; you are suggested to have garlic soup every day. . If you are doing high altitude treks like the this one do not consume alcohols ( you get beers and whisky even in mountains) until you reach your destination. Alcohol consumption may increase the chances of altitude sickness. You are allowed to choose the food you like but it is wiser not to order different dishes for each individual as cooking so many dishes takes a long time, especially at lunch. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu, however while going up eating meat is not so health friendly. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you stayed at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination. A farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served in Kathmandu. Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance.

Water: You can buy bottled water in the mountains but we suggest you to bring filter, water purifying tablets, Steripen, etc., and avoid bottled water. Water bottles are major source of pollution in the mountains. If you are planning to treat the water with tablets you would need a couple of liter bottles as well as you may would like it to use water flavor enhancers to cover up the unpleasant taste of the tablets.

Food and Dietary Restriction

While walking up to Gokyo lakes, we provide three times meals (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with tea/coffee. Most teahouses (lodges) in Gokyo Ri Trek cook a variety of mostly vegetarian food. Please do not expect as much variety and taste as in cities– we will be in a remote area where access to supplies is not easy. In higher altitudes near the base camps of the mountains, you get fewer varieties than in the lower altitudes. However, plenty of cuisines like Nepali, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian {Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes can be enjoyed}. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization; you are suggested to have garlic soup every day. . If you are doing high altitude treks like the Everest Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek, do not consume alcohols ( you get beers and whisky even in mountains) until you reach your destination. Alcohol consumption may increase the chances of altitude sickness. You are allowed to choose the food you like but it is wiser not to order different dishes for each individual as cooking so many dishes takes a long time, especially at lunch. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu, however while going up eating meat is not so health friendly. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you stayed at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination. A farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served in Kathmandu. Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance.

Water: You can buy bottled water in the mountains but we suggest you to bring filter, water purifying tablets, Steripen, etc., and avoid bottled water. Water bottles are major source of pollution in the mountains. If you are planning to treat the water with tablets you would need a couple of liter bottles as well as you may would like it to use water flavor enhancers to cover up the unpleasant taste of the tablets.

Altitude Acclimatization

Anyone who travels to altitudes of over 2500m is at risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS). Normally it does not become noticeable until you have been at that altitude for a few hours. Almost anyone can get altitude illness if they go too high, too quickly. Continuing to higher altitudes without proper acclimatization can lead to potentially serious, even life-threatening illnesses. Because of the individual differences; a preventive rate of ascent for one person may be too slow or fast for another. Altitude acclimatization is the key to avoiding altitude sickness and improving altitude performance. There are ways to optimize your adjustment to altitude and improve your chances of not getting altitude illness. Slow ascent to altitude is the key to acclimatizing well. Go up slowly, take it easy, and give your body time to get used to the altitude. Drinking plenty of liquid is another preventative measure. Garlic soup is considered to do good defense with altitude sickness. So please have garlic soup during your altitude trek at least twice a day. However, you could consider taking a drug called acetazolamide (also known as Diamox) that helps you to breathe faster to give more oxygen to your body. The body has an amazing ability to acclimatize to altitude, but it needs time. For instance, it takes about a week to adapt to an altitude of 5000m. Our trip itineraries are designed keeping in mind that the trekker/adventurer has adequate time for altitude acclimatization. However, if possible if you have booked high altitude treks or mountaineering, we suggest you for training in the attitude to make your body familiar to altitude. Please click here for more on AMS and altitude acclimatization.

A typical day on Everest Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek

Most of the days in your Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri hike starts early in the morning to avoid too much bustle in the midday heat, or, most importantly to catch the clearest weather and the best views. If you are passing through villages its also usually the best time to learn about local life too as families in villages go about their daily chores. You wake up at around 6 am. A cup of hot tea will be brought to your room, followed by hot water for washing / shaving. You are responsible for packing your own gear into your duffel bag that your porter will carry.  A hearty breakfast is served at the dining hall of the lodge. After breakfast, the trekkers start to walk usually 2 – 3 hours or longer (depending on the trek) until reaching the lunch spot for more stunning views of the Himalayas. You can set your own pace, stopping to talk to villagers, take photographs, or to study the flora or fauna, or linger happily hypnotized by a jaw-dropping view without worrying that you are holding anyone up. Or push yourself on if you are in the mood for a challenge. However, it is always advisable to be in sight of one of the support crew.

Lunch is usually taken on the way from where you can please your eyes with best possible views while pleasing your stomach. After lunch, we continue walking and aim to reach our teahouse/lodge by 4 PM. Upon arrival at our lodge, we have tea/coffee with cookies that is well deserved while resting! After checking in, you might take time to read, chat with fellow trekkers, support crew or you can even explore village, temples/monasteries, or have a side walk nearby. After dinner in cozy dining hall your trekking guide will brief on next day’s program. You can spend time reading, playing cards, listening to the Sherpas the myths of mountains before climbing up into your sleeping bag…

Local Trekking Leaders and Support Crew

The most substantial thing that makes your hiking to Everest Gokyo lakes trek enjoyable, successful and unforgettable is the professional, experienced, well-mannered and helpful trek leader and the crew members who have the ability of operating your days in the mountain efficiently. Your trek will be led by the best and most professional Nepalese leaders. Your trek support crew is made up of local trekking guides and porters. The local Nepalese guides know the local area well, and is a great source of knowledge about local customs, lifestyles, culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history of the area. We select our leaders on the basis of experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, leadership skills, experience, professionalism, sense of humor and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. Plus we only employ the leaders who have undergone following trainings:

  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

We pride ourselves on our staff: trekker ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety. You are in very safe hands with Icicles Adventure leader. Visit Guide Profile Page to know more about our guide team.

Porter Care

Porters are most important on your trek because they are the ones taking all the necessary implements to make your tour as pleasant as possible. Sadly, many tour operators don’t give them the importance they deserve, NOT providing them with adequate clothing for their jobs, overloading them, not providing special gear for carrying things, paying them very low salaries. Icicles Adventure has a strict porter protection policy and support the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG). We make sure that all our porters are well paid and well regarded. Our porters are insured. Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours provides the level of shelter, clothing and footwear the harsh Himalayan environments demand. We do not overload them. For the safety of the porters we always ask our trekkers to keep their luggage weight under 15kgs/33 lbs. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members.

Trip Safety

Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with cell phones, even emergency satellite phones, extensive medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. You are all time connected to our Kathmandu office. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing For The Challenge

Terrain

The terrain in Everest Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is very varied as the route passes through valleys, forest and mountain slopes above the tree line; paths on the whole are good but are very steep in places and with many steps to both walk up and down. Terrain can be slippery in wet conditions. You should have a good level of fitness to enjoy the trek to the utmost. The trek takes you as high as 5357m and some people may experience symptoms of altitude sickness despite of precautions. Because of the varied terrain and lack of accurate maps, it’s impossible to give accurate daily distances. It’s also much more useful when training to think about the hours you need to walk for, and the terrain involved, rather than the actual distance! We are always happy to talk through the trip in more detail with you if you are worried about your fitness at any stage.

Weather

Nepal has cool, clear winters, pleasant moist springs, hot wet summers and fantastic mostly clear autumns. Thus best time to do most of the popular treks including Everest Base camp trekking is spring (March to mid June) and autumn (September to December). But you can also trek during winter being well prepared for the severe cold conditions. Click here to know more on Climate, Weather, and temperature chart.

Clothing and Equipment

You are travelling through remote mountains where you could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be prepared for all weathers and temperatures. Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. We provide a rucksack for your luggage that is carried by porters during the trek. You will also need a day pack in which water, clothing for a day, knickknacks and camera goes in and that will be carried by you. We also provide sleeping bag and down jacket for you to use during the trek. Please click here for the recommended equipment list for Everest Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek.

Fitness Level

Fitness required varies from trek to trek but for this particular one you should be reasonably fit, used to some regular exercise. It is most important that you know you enjoy walking in the great outdoors but you certainly don’t need to be an experienced hiker for Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek. For some people this is their first real trek. Understand that you trek with a day pack with water, spare clothing, knickknacks and camera; porters or animals carry your sleeping bag and other gear you don’t need during the day in a kitbag. So in theory your day pack will be light and you can skip along the trail – except that you are at altitude and this really does make a difference, and we are walking easy days but day after day they still build up so that you feel like you really are getting fit and really do have to push your body more than you might think. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. The older you are the more important prior fitness and training is. We design our trips such a way that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones.

Vaccinations

There is no need to present inoculation/immunization certificates to enter Nepal. However, vaccination for diseases such as Malaria, Small Pox, Typhoid, Tetanus, Meningitis, Rabies, Hepatitis and Polio are recommended before you commence your travel to Nepal to be on the safe side. We advise you to consult your doctor before beginning your travel and also to carry necessary health certificates (immunization certificates), should they be required in any case.

Buy Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Icicles Adventure trekking and mountaineering trips you must have adequate insurance that covers comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance. You are welcome to source your own travel insurance and provide us with proof of this prior to 15 days of your trip departure date.

Passport and Visa

All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu airport (Tribhuvan International airport). If getting the visa at the airport, be prepared for long queues (30 minutes), but this is still the easiest way to go. You will need to provide one passport-sized photo and fees in US dollars or equivalent convertible currency: multiple entry visa valid for 30 days – US$40. Please note regulations and costs for visas change frequently so it’s advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate. More on passport and visa

Environmental Care and Sustainable Tourism

We have designed our trips to ensure they make minimum impact on the environment. Our viewpoint is to leave the incredible Himalayan nature the way we found it, unspoiled, clean and well preserved so future generations will have a chance to enjoy this just as we do with our clients. We also understand that our industry depends completely on the conservation of the fragile nature and with increased tourism comes our responsibility to make sure our customers can explore with peace of mind, making sure that they are not doing any harm along the way. All tourism, even simply walking, can make some damage to nature if care is not taken. We evade the harm by carefully designing our itineraries, educating guides and having an active practical environmental policy which is persistently reviewed. Our guides are committed to following our environmental policy and illustrate how to “leave no trace” and encourage our guests to help us preserve the Himalayan nature.  See more on our Environmental policy:

Transport:

Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours chooses fuel efficient and low emission vehicles whenever possible. Our drivers are instructed on eco friendly driving tactics and to keep fuel usage to a minimum to reduce emission. We also use public transport when possible to reduce emission per passenger and to support the local economy.

Garbage management:
All debris on our trips is disposed at suitable recycling facilities. On trips where no recycling and debris service is available all waste is stored until a garbage disposal facility is reached. We also endeavor to select re-usable products and environment friendly products such as bio degradable cleaning agents, toilet paper etc. In our office also the waste is separated for recycling and we promote our staff to minimize waste.

Overcrowding:
We realize the fact that certain areas in the Himalayan region are very famous and are already at jeopardy for environmental damage because of being overcrowded. To facilitate such areas with the break they need we either offer suitable alternatives to our customers, or suggest visiting the most famous areas at times when they are less crowded. These is evidently better for the environment and also endow with a better experience for our customers.

Purchasing and local products:
We use local products as much as possible to keep away from avoidable transport around the world. We also use local food and products on trips where possible. This helps lessen emission and also supports the local economy.

Paper and printing:                                                   
We keep the use of paper and printing to least by using electronic business processes and encourage our clients to do the same. All paper and printer toner we use is eco friendly and we recycle all printed materials.
Sustainable Tourism
As a Responsible tourism company, we really care that our challenges are ethical, sustainable and responsible. We work very closely with the local communities through which we pass and in return we get lots of love and support from the local community as well as our clients. Usually the guides, cooks, porters and drivers etc. employed for our trips come from the local villages where our particular trip is operated. During trekking and mountaineering trips, we use accommodations owned by the locals where possible to support local economy.
We are committed to leave positive impact on the local communities we pass through.  We actively support several community projects in the locality we run our trips.  In Kathmandu itself, we have links with Nepal Deaf people organization and support them. We also financially support some health posts in the outskirts of Kathmandu valley. We also give some part of our profit to some orphanages. We always ensure that our help goes to worthwhile and needy, long-term project and is managed fairly and with sustainable development in mind. As well as our own help, whether that’s in the form of money, goods, practical help or raising awareness, we encourage many of our customers to bring stationeries, clothing, unwanted books, etc., to be distributed to our porters, orphanages, schools if they wish to do so. Please contact us if you are interested to know more.

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Max. Altitude : 5360m Group Size : min-1 max-15 Best Season : Jan-May, Sep-Dec Activities : Trekking, Tours Transportation : car, plane Starts From : Kathmandu Ends In : Kathmandu