Gokyo Lake Everest Panorama Trek

Gokyo Lake Everest Panorama Trek (12 days)

Gokyo Lake Everest Panorama Trek is another popular trails for trekkers. Gokyo Peak (5357 m, 17 575 ft above sea level) is a peak in the Khumbu region of the Himalayas. It is located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the largest glacier in Nepal, and reputed to be the largest in the whole Himalayas. Gokyo (4750 m, 15 583 ft above sea level), at the base of Gokyo Ri, is a small hamlet of a few stone houses and one of the highest settlements in the world. From Gokyo Ri it is possible to see five 8,000 metre peaks - Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kangchenjunga, and Cho Oyu. The Gokyo Lakes are in the area.

Gokyo Lakes are oligotrophic lakes in Nepal's Sagarmatha National Park, located at an altitude of 4,700–5,000 m (15,400–16,000 ft) above sea level. These lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system comprising six main lakes, of which Thonak Lake is the largest. In September 2007, Gokyo and associated wetlands of 7,770 ha (30.0 sq mi) have been designated a Ramsar site.

The Gokyo trek is a fairly popular trekking route. The route itself ends at Gokyo Ri, and trekkers typically turn around at this point and retrace their steps back to the trailhead. There is an alternative mountaineering route that begins near the southern tip of Ngozumpa Glacier and just south of Taujun Lake. This alternative route leads east over the Cho La, a pass at 5420 m (17 782 ft), where it meets with the main Everest Base Camp trek.

On the way you can experience the unique Sherpa cultures, hospitalities, visiting ancient monasteries and learning about Buddhism and its impact upon Sherpa life are the memorable and unforgettable experiences you will get while traveling this region. While walking round the lake you will attracted by the amazing views of stunning and snow mountains ranges.

It offers excellent and rewarding views of Mount Everest in the adjacent range including lovely valleys, lush rivers and friendly people in quaint villages. From Gokyo village, you can see clearly Mount Everest from a slightly greater distance. The views in the Gokyo region are tremendous. During this trip you will observe the romantic villages of stone houses and walled pastures on the shores of Gokyo Lake. It offers you the chance to observe the local peoples way of life and also you may encounter yaks. While trekking to Gokyo Lake you will be astounded by the ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung located in Khumbu region. Gokyo Lake trekking provides panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholaste and Tawachee.

Trekking among the highest mountains of the world, walking on the heaven of the world.


General Itinerary

Day 01: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek to Phadking (2700m)
Day 02: Phadking to Namche Bazaar (3420m)
Day 03: Acclimatization in Namche (3420)
Day 04: Namche to Phortse Thanga (3500m)
Day 05: Phortse Thanga to Dole (4200m)
Day 06: Dole to Machhermo (4410m)
Day 07: Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m)
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Gokyo
Day 09: Gokyo to Phortse
Day 10: Phortse to Namche Bazaar
Day 11: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 12: Lukla flight back to Kathmandu 



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Day 01: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek to Phadking (2700m)
You have a scenic flight of 35 minutes to Lukla (2800m) from Kathmandu. In Lukla you can see the airline office and numerous lodges. The trail from Lukla leads you to Chablung (2700) and it descends steeply to the Tharo Kosi which is also known as Kusum Kangru Khola (river). Beyond the Tharo Kosi Bridge, the trail climbs to Ghat (2590) and again climbs to Phadking. In Phadking you can climb to the gompa to see your first view of the high peaks. Now you will really feeling like you have arrived in the Himalayan Kingdom. O/N at Phadking.

Day 02:  Phadking to Namche Bazaar (3420m)
From Phadking the trail follows the Dudh Koshi River and reaches Zamphuti. From here you can see excellent views of Thamserku peak. Then the trail climbs to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project, an interesting place to have a look around and gain an insight into the farming way of life of these people. From Chomoa, the trail again climbs to Monjo (2840m) and enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park (1148sq km, established in 1976). Walking some distance up hill you will be at Jorsale (2830m) and after a long climb with views of Mt. Everest peeking over the ridge of Nuptse (7879m) the trail reaches the street of Namche Bazaar. O/N at Namche Bazaar (3420m).

Day 03: Acclimatization in Namche (3420)
After having breakfast take some sightseeing around Namche Bazaar. Then you can hike to the Everest View Hotel, the ideal place to overview some of the outstanding mountains such as Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. Make sure you have your camera to capture this moment. You can walk around the Khumjung valley, Hillery School and Khunde Hospital and then return back to Namche. In the centre of Namche you can visit the mountaineering museum and visit the Sagarmata Pollution Control Committee (SPCC). In Namche Bazaar you can spend some time interacting with the fun-loving Sherpa and Rai people. In Namche above the police check post you will see Sagarmatha National Park headquarters and if you want to look at the visitor centre it is open from 8am to 4pm except Saturdays and holidays. O/N at Namche.

Day 04: Namche to Phortse Thanga (3500m)
Climbing the hill to Khumjung, turning the north Gokyo route you can reach to Mong (Mohang) which is known as the birth place of the Saint Lama Sanga Dorje, the reincarnation lama of Rongbuk Monastery. The trail descends to the Dudh Koshi and enters at Phortse Thanga. O/N at Phortse Thanga.

Day 05: Phortse Thanga to Dole (4200m)
The trail climbs steeply through rhododendron forests, passing many Kharkas on its way to Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) and finally Dole. O/N at Dole.

Day 06: Dole to Machhermo (4410m)
The trail climbs through a huge rock at Lhabarma (4330m) and carries on to Luza (4340m).From Luza the trail continues to climb to Machhermo (4410m) where you can have good views of the mountains. O/N at Machhermo.

Day 07:  Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m)
Passing through Machhermo the trail climbs and reaches Pangka (4390m). Beyond Pangka the trail drops and again climbs steeply. From there you can see the massive Ngozmpa Glacier and finally you arrive at Gokyo. O/N at Gokyo.

Day 08: Acclimatization day in Gokyo
After having breakfast you can take a look around Gokyo valley. If you want to observe the best view you have to climb Gokyo RI (5357m) which is also called Kala Pattar but not the Kala Pattar above Gorakshep. From here you have panoramic views of Cho Oyu (8201m), Gyachung Kang (7922m), Everest, Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (4063m), Cholaste and Tawachee. O/N at Gokyo.

Day 09: Gokyo to Phortse
From Gokyo the trail descends to Phortse, climbing across the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier to Na (4400m) and making afew ups and downs the trail enters Phortse. O/N at Phortse.

Day 10: Phortse to Namche Bazaar
The trail descends from Phortse to the bridge at Phortse thanga and rejoins the original route from Khumjung and then brings you to Namche Bazaar. O/N at Namche Bazaar.

Day 11: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Trek back to Lukla. O/N at Lukla.

Day 12: Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu. Hotel, B.B. O/N at Kathmandu.

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