Tourism License No. 1791

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek – 15 days

Trip Highlight

  • Sightseeing tour of historical, cultural, and religious UNESCO Heritages sites of Kathmandu city.
  • The ultimate challenge of climbing Gokyo Peak.
  • Observing grandiose mountain vistas with icefalls and Ngozumpa Glaciers.
  • Crossing over the formidable Chola Pass.
  • People & cultures, religions & Lifestyle Buddhists, private vehicle and flight will be upon our service.

Trip Overview

“Join our Everest Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek today and go on a heart pounding adventurous trekking journey with us.”

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 Dudh Koshi River and the next highlight is the summit of Gokyo Ri. From here we can get superb views of Mt. Everest as well as its neighboring mountains peaks –Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. 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 Mt. Everest dominating the skyline. Therefore, this is truly a journey of a lifetime! 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 Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri hiking. Upon reaching Namche Bazaar, we deviate from the Everest Base Camp route and take the less crowded route. It takes us through various village settlements of 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 Ngozumpa 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 Ngozumpa 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, then you can join on our Gokyo trekking adventure. Just contact, Icicles Adventure today to book this trip!

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by jiyelee on Blank Business Name
Gokyo Ri trek + Chitwan safari

I did trekking to Gokyo Ri in the Everest region. I am a female traveling alone and I wanted to travel with a female guide. I saw many female solo trekkers traveling with male guides and I think it is perfectly safe to trek with a male guide, but I thought I would feel more comfortable during my trip with a female guide. Fortunately Icicle Adventure was able to organize Gokyo Ri trek for me with an awesome female guide Chola.Everything in my trip was smooth. Although I decided to travel to Nepal about 5 days before my departure date, they were able to organize everything in a very timely manner.I highly recommend the Gokyo Ri trek. The view at the top of Gokyo Ri was probably the best scenery that I have ever seen. Also there were fewer people on the trek since most people go to EBC and I could feel some solitude on the trails. My guide and I even went up to Gokyo Ri twice. We first hiked up in the afternoon and it became cloudy around the time we almost reached the top, so we came down. We tried again very early morning (5am) at the next day and the weather was perfect! We hang around at the top for about an hour to enjoy the panorama of the highest mountains in the world.Fortunately all my Lukla flights took off without delays and I had two nights left after we came back from trekking. Since I already have done a Kathmandu tour from my previous Nepal trip I wanted to do Chitwan safari. Again Icicles Adventure was able to organize my Chitwan trip in an hour after I landed at Kathmandu. Chitwan safari was a lot of fun too. I saw rhinos in my elephant safari.

by Dave Newman (and Sian, George , Martin and Charles) on Blank Business Name

Hello Indira and Hari. Just a quick email to say you provided us with a great trip on our recent trek To Gokyo. The five of us couldn't thin of anything that could have been improved - how good is that?! I have put a 5 star review on Trip Advisor - which is the very least you deserve......Well done - keep up the good work.Regards,

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 deluxe Kathmandu Suite Home or similar 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)

Today, your plans of Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek comes into action as your international flight lands at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After all your customs and visa formalities are completed, meet our office representative at arrival terminals waiting for you carrying a display board with your name printed on it. He will welcome you with garland, khada and transfer to your prebooked hotel in Kathmandu in a private vehicle. After you grab keys of your room, we suggest you to take rest and feel fresh avoiding the jet lag. Relax or simply take a short walk around busy streets of Kathmandu. You will be today staying our first overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Your first sunrise in Nepal shall bring you the warmth of sunrays along with which our tour guide will take you for insightful sightseeing around UNESCO world heritage sites around Kathmandu valley. From taking a short hike to Swoyambhunath Stupa hill to strolling around Kathmandu durbar square, drive to Boudhanath stupa and nearby Pashupatinath temple. It shall be a chance to see, explore and enjoy Buddhism, Hinduism religious activities along with cultural and traditional attractions. Later in the afternoon after completion of our sightseeing program we shall have pre trip meeting with our trekking guide who will give you briefing about how all this Gokyo adventure is going to happen, what things to consider , take along and what to avoid. Later stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Meal includes breakfast.

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

We board a morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla that lands us on heart of Himalayas, Everest region between two mountains. It shall be more or less 27 minutes of scenic flight on which if you sit at left hand side, great eye level views of snow capped peaks are visible. The flight to Lukla is more of dramatic rather than dangerous as  landing on Himalayas is always a challenging task. At Lukla airstrip, we meet our further porter crew who will first arrange our baggage and carry them all along the way with us. Our Gokyo trek officially begins as we grab our pair of trekking poles and start hiking through Pasang Lhamu gate. Walking gradually for couple of hours takes us to Thado Koshi where we shall have lunch or we shall further stretch to Phakding for overnight stay. In an average we shall have 3 to 4 hours of walking activity today. Meal includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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

We shall begin our walk after having our early meal today. It shall be full of excitement as we will be getting the first view of Everest today if weather remains clear. Today we also get an opportunity to see many confluences of Dudh Koshi river along with Thamserku view early in the morning from Benkar village. Today we also do get our permits checked at Sagarmatha National Park at local site in Monjo. We find huge mani stone today, and it shall be more of descend through refreshing rhododendron trees that takes us to our lunch site at Jorsale. Here at Dudh Koshi river bed, after having our lunch, we ascend towards Namche Bazaar crossing the popular Hillary bridge. At Chautara we take a quick stop before arriving at popular Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. We shall walk for 6 to 7 hours today with overnight stay at local lode and meal that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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

We will have our first acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar and this is an ideal site to spend a rest day before pushing ourselves towards higher altitude. Although it is called a rest day, we shall make it more of an active day today. Which means that we won’t be ideally simply staying at lodges. Instead, we will take couple of meters hike at higher altitude to Sherpa museum, then climb to Syangboche airport, and finally stretch upto Hotel Everest view for lunch or we return from there to our lodge for lunch.

Today will be the best view day so far, as we get to see many Himalayan peaks all surrounding us from office of Sagarmatha National park including distant view of Everest at backdrop. Amadablam and Thamserku will be however at close distance and as we see more of these Himalayan views, in coming days, we will encounter even more amazing and stunning panoramas. It shall be late afternoon while we return to our local lodge for lunch. Then it shall be free activities by exploring this beautiful Bazaar until end of the day. There are many restaurants, shops and even temple along with local monastery to visit. All together we shall walk for 6 to 7 hours today. We stay overnight at local lodge with breakfast, lunch and dinner included in meal.

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

Gokyo trail separates today from main route to Everest base camp. We can clearly see the direction board that shows us the way to Kyanjuma instead of Phunki Thenga. This part of the trail is mostly jungle walk in between beautiful rhododendron, pine and Juniper trees. We get an opportunity to see the confluence of Dudh Koshi river and Imja Khola flowing from Himalayas and melting glaciers. There are many pasture lands here that are locally called as Kharkas where Yak grazes around in summer. Our Gokyo Ri and Gokyo lakes trekking route then takes us at beautiful culturally rich Sherpa village of Tongba, Gyele and finally we stay overnight at one of the teahouse in Dole. North western Himalayas of Everest Himalayas like Khumbila and Tawache is seen more beautifully today. It shall be waking hours of 5 to 6 hours today. Meal includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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

From Dole, our Gokyo trekking trail further ascends to Lhabarma where we get to see a Luza hamlet. At most of the trails are steep and need careful walk. At this point we have crossed the 4000 m altitude, so we can see bushes and junipers. Altitude also may have affect our body, so gradual ascent while drinking plenty of water is recommended. Climb from Luza takes us to Yak grazing areas, a pasture lands and further we enter Dudh Koshi valley, above the river, we cross sandy spurs and finally arrive at destination of the day at Machhermo. There is a local story that once Yeti was spotted here that took life of Yaks and injured Sherpas too. However there is no such evidence to prove it. With similar interesting stories, we do get spectacular views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu and other surrounding peaks from Machhermo. It shall be 4 to 5 hours walking day today with overnight stay at teahouse. Meal includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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

It shall be the most important day of our trip while we enjoy great landscapes of local Himalayan settlements at Cholatse, Pangaa. As now we approach near 5000 meters of altitude, there will be many opportunities when we will be surrounded by snow capped peaks, glacier moraines and rocky Himalayan environment. Gokyo can be considered as the best place for viewing Himalayan surroundings. We will then leave behind the Gokyo lake named Longpongo and arrive at second lake called as Taboche Tso which is a bigger one than first one and where we can see Himalayan duck swimming in the freezing lake. Further pushing ourselves forwards takes us quite at similar elevation of Ngozumpa glacier passing the third lake from where the Gokyo village amazes us with excellent sceneries from high elevation lakes at third lake named as Dudh Pokhari. Today we shall walk for 5 to 6 hours with accommodation at local teahouse and meal includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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

It is an acclimatization day today surrounding numerous Lakes, and then we shall traverse a top of Scoundrel’s viewpoint to catch astounding views of grand Himalayan peaks, Nuptse, Makalu along with Lhotse and other snow capped peaks like Cho-Oyu and Gyachung Kang. From further northern side of glacier moraine, spectacular views of Cho Oyu base camp and largest Ngozumpa glacier is seen. After successful completion of hiking upto Gokyo fifth lake, we do have an option to ascend towards sixth lake too, but it shall only be possible if you are interested and we have adequate time today. Consult our professional and experienced trekking leader; he will lead the group taking correct steps. As a quick note what we can recommend is that you can walk up towards Gokyo Ri hike today and push ourselves to fifth day tomorrow. It shall be 5 to 6 hours walking day today. We stay overnight at local lodge. Meal includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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

Our trek begins early in the morning today as morning offers more spectacular views than on afternoon. It shall be continuous and challenging ascent of Gokyo Ri that takes three to four hours that depends on your physical status. What we must understand is that proper acclimatization is the key to complete any trek. Get awesome views from Gokyo Ri that includes snow capped peaks like Mt. Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8153m), Makalu (8475m), Lhotse (8501m) along with other peaks like Thamserku (6808m) and other surrounding ones. It is believed that spectacular views of four 8000m peaks are available from this viewpoint. Turquoise colored crystal clear lakes along with the Gokyo villages takes us towards Dole via Machhermo. It shall be walking hours from 5 to 6 hours . Overnight stay at local lodge that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazzar

The Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek then follows downhill as we take a look behind towards Cho Oyu. We walk down today enjoying great waterfalls, enjoying interaction with local Himalayan flora, fauna and rhododendron trees beautifully blooming at spring season of the year. While descending down the valley, there come the chances when we get an dual opportunities towards reviewing the snow capped Himalayan views of Amadablam, Tawache, Thamserku and other peaks along with far view of Tengboche too from Mongla. Carrying on our journey, we descend towards Sansa that connects us to the main Everest trail taking us at Namche Bazaar. After arriving at Namche Bazaar, we take a complete rest, enjoy free shower at hotel and relax at your overnight stay quality hotel in Namche. We shall walk for 5 to 6 hours today and meal includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla

We shall have our Everest souvenir shopping while we are at Namche Bazaar. Every Saturday large marketplace takes place here where various goods and gears specially trekking and climbing related are traded between sellers and buyers. From Namche, we take the same route downwards which had taken our breath away about a week ago while ascending. Crossing the Dudh Koshi river multiple times over suspension bridge, we get to ground level of Himalayas at Jorsale. Surrounding around us becomes more greener and denser as we are now at descending to lower elevations. The breathing process becomes more easier and easier. Leaving behind another checkpoint while exiting from Sagarmatha National Park gate, we also cross Phakding and after couple of hours walks with few quick stops along the route, we finally arrive at Lukla. We give a stretch to our sore legs and celebrate successful completion of Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri adventure at Everest region of Nepal. It shall be walking hours from 6 to 7 with accommodation at local lodge that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner in meals.

Day 13: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

We take a morning domestic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu that concludes our main objective of trekking. Usually these domestic flights are scheduled for morning due to clear weather condition in early time of the day. After 27 minutes of flight to Kathmandu, we assist you in checking in your hotel and then after enjoy you are invited in our farewell dinner at one of the cultural restaurant nearby Thamel. Stay overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast and farewell dinner included as meals of the day.

Day 14: Contingency Day

Planning a contingency or an extra day is a smart way to travel specially at Everest region. As weather conditions are very unpredictable at Himalayas, usually flight to Lukla might get delayed or even cancelled for next day departure. Therefore if you plan one extra contingency day, there shall not be any problem in scheduling your international flight back home. Or else if there is no any unforeseen obstruction, you can always enjoy a extended day sightseeing around Kathmandu valley, or choose other option that suits you. If you are at Kathmandu, accommodation will be at hotel with meal that includes breakfast.

Day 15: Final Departure

Eventually, our 15 days of Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trekking concludes with your time to leave towards your onward destination. Our office representative will assist you in transferring you to International airport in Kathmandu 3 hours prior your scheduled international flight. With warm greeting from Icicles, we hope to see you again soon in near future and you give us another chance to organize adventurous trips in days to come. Farewell! Today meal includes breakfast.

Trip In More Detail

Trekking Group

On 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 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 trek, 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 does 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 take 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.

Food and Dietary Restriction

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 then you must avoid consuming 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 take 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 the trek

Most of the days in our trek 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 it’s 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 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 approach ability, 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 training:

  •     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 our 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 traveling 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 this 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 our 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 our final destination. 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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Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek – 15 days Reviews

Gokyo Ri trek + Chitwan safari

I did trekking to Gokyo Ri in the Everest region. I am a female traveling alone and I wanted to travel with a female guide. I saw many female solo trekkers traveling with male guides and I think it is perfectly safe to trek with a male guide, but I thought I would feel more comfortable during my trip with a female guide. Fortunately Icicle Adventure was able to organize Gokyo Ri trek for me with an awesome female guide Chola.

Everything in my trip was smooth. Although I decided to travel to Nepal about 5 days before my departure date, they were able to organize everything in a very timely manner.

I highly recommend the Gokyo Ri trek. The view at the top of Gokyo Ri was probably the best scenery that I have ever seen. Also there were fewer people on the trek since most people go to EBC and I could feel some solitude on the trails. My guide and I even went up to Gokyo Ri twice. We first hiked up in the afternoon and it became cloudy around the time we almost reached the top, so we came down. We tried again very early morning (5am) at the next day and the weather was perfect! We hang around at the top for about an hour to enjoy the panorama of the highest mountains in the world.

Fortunately all my Lukla flights took off without delays and I had two nights left after we came back from trekking. Since I already have done a Kathmandu tour from my previous Nepal trip I wanted to do Chitwan safari. Again Icicles Adventure was able to organize my Chitwan trip in an hour after I landed at Kathmandu. Chitwan safari was a lot of fun too. I saw rhinos in my elephant safari.

"jiyelee"

Posted On TripAdvisor.

Hello Indira and Hari. Just a quick email to say you provided us with a great trip on our recent trek To Gokyo. The five of us couldn’t thin of anything that could have been improved – how good is that?! I have put a 5 star review on Trip Advisor – which is the very least you deserve……Well done – keep up the good work.

Regards,

"Dave Newman (and Sian, George , Martin and Charles)"

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Gokyo Ri trek + Chitwan safari

I did trekking to Gokyo Ri in the Everest region. I am a female traveling alone and I wanted to travel with a female guide. I saw many female solo trekkers traveling with male guides and I think it is perfectly safe to trek with a male guide, but I thought I would feel more comfortable during my trip with a female guide. Fortunately Icicle Adventure was able to organize Gokyo Ri trek for me with an awesome female guide Chola.Everything in my trip was smooth. Although I decided to travel to Nepal about 5 days before my departure date, they were able to organize everything in a very timely manner.I highly recommend the Gokyo Ri trek. The view at the top of Gokyo Ri was probably the best scenery that I have ever seen. Also there were fewer people on the trek since most people go to EBC and I could feel some solitude on the trails. My guide and I even went up to Gokyo Ri twice. We first hiked up in the afternoon and it became cloudy around the time we almost reached the top, so we came down. We tried again very early morning (5am) at the next day and the weather was perfect! We hang around at the top for about an hour to enjoy the panorama of the highest mountains in the world.Fortunately all my Lukla flights took off without delays and I had two nights left after we came back from trekking. Since I already have done a Kathmandu tour from my previous Nepal trip I wanted to do Chitwan safari. Again Icicles Adventure was able to organize my Chitwan trip in an hour after I landed at Kathmandu. Chitwan safari was a lot of fun too. I saw rhinos in my elephant safari.

by Dave Newman (and Sian, George , Martin and Charles) on Blank Business Name

Hello Indira and Hari. Just a quick email to say you provided us with a great trip on our recent trek To Gokyo. The five of us couldn't thin of anything that could have been improved - how good is that?! I have put a 5 star review on Trip Advisor - which is the very least you deserve......Well done - keep up the good work.Regards,

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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