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Trip FactTrip name: GOKYO LAKES
Duration: 16 days
Max. Altitude: 5340m
Best time to Travel : April, May, Oct, Nov
Level 14/20 13 days trekking with a maximum altitude of 5543m. Stages average 4 to 6hours except for Gokyo peak and Kala Pattar ascent. Khumbu climate is cold and dry.
Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Pumori, Ama Dablam…mythical Khumbu mountain names within reach! This 13 days trekking allows a true discover of the Khumbu massif and the Sherpa culture in a very high mountain environment. The route goes up the Dudh Kosi Valley till Namche Bazar, capital city of Sherpa people before entering the Gokyo Valley till its vibrant turquoise color lakes amidst nestling in a snow and ice bower. Gokyo Peak ascent offers a splendid panorama of the world highest mountains by an easy trail: close by Cho Oyu is so impressive! In order to avoid going back on the same valley we follow another trail crossing the Renjo pass (5340m) before descending to Thame, a valley still protected from modernity
|Day2||Fly to Lukla, hike to Phakding|
|Day3||Hike to Namche|
|Day4||Acclimatization in Namche|
|Day5-13||Trek to Gokyo lakes and return to Lukla|
|Day14||Fly to Kathmandu|
Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel by private vehicle.
Day 02 Flight Kathmandu – Lukla (2800m).
Trek to Phakding (2600m). 3h [100m ascent – 290m descent]
After a 40mn morning Twin Otter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the gate of Khumbu. We meet our local staff at the airport and walk till the end of the village. The trail goes down steeply to cross a river with Kusum Kangaru at the back. The path climbs a bit, then contours around a ridge to Ghat on the bank of the Dudh Kosi. Then it makes some ups and downs before reaching Phakding.
Day 03 Phakding – Namche Bazar (3440m). 6h [815mascent - 35mdescent]
The trail continues north of the Dudh Kosi valley, climbing through fields to Benkar with its huge mani stone in the centre of the trail. Then the trail climbs up through magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. Soon, Thamserku peak is on sight and the trail enters the Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsale. After crossing on a suspension bridge high over the Dudh kosi and Bhote Kosi confluence the trail makes a long climb till a ridge where there are first views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. The trail climbs steadily through forest to Namche, a town lying in a natural amphitheater protected from the weather and blessed with a major natural spring.
Day 04 Around Namche for acclimatization. 5 to 6h.
Because of the gain of elevation we need to stop one day there to walk around in order to well acclimatize. After breakfast we can climb up to Shyangboche and Kunde hospital and back to Namche for a visit of the town.
Day 05 Namche Bazar – Phortse (3500M) [505m ascent – 365mdescent]
The path climbs up the Khumjung hill and descends to the west of the village down the broad valley
leading to the Dudh Kosi. There are two trails: a gently one and a steep-staircase like one which reach a large chorten on the top of a ridge at 3973m. From there the trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Kosi. Due to rapid increase of altitude we will stay at Phortse.
Day 06 Phortse – Dole (4000m) [500m ascent]
Today we have another easy day to aid our acclimatization to the altitude. The trail climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases, a beautiful portion during spring. The trail passes through many kharkas and reaches Dole. All the day the views of Khumbila and Tawache are tremendous.
Day 07 Dole –Machermo (4410m) [280m ascent]
The trail climbs steeply through scrub junipers and kharkas to Lhabarma and Luza at 4360m on a bank of a large stream. It continues to climb high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machermo.
Day 08 Machermo – Gokyo (4750m) [340mascent]
Beyond Machermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kangtega and up towards Cho Oyu. Beyond the ridge, the valley widens and the trail passes through Pangka, then descends to the riverbank before beginning the climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, with many switchbacks alongside the stream to the first small lake. Then the path becomes almost level past the second lake to reach Gokyo.
Day 09 Gokyo Ri (5280m) - Gokyo lake (4750m) [610mascent -610mdescent]
The views in the region are tremendous and for the best view, we climb the Gokyo Peak, a small peak above the lake. It is a two hour climb to the top, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawache. The view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang is one of the most dramatic panorama in Khumbu.
Day 10 Gokyo – Renjo Pass (5340m) – Lengden (4380m)
From Gokyo the trail climbs gradually on grassy slopes then becomes steeper now on rocky and scree-covered slope. Just before the top of the pass the trail becomes hard and requires caution. Our efforts are rewarded by a tremendous panorama of from west to east: Tengi Ragi Tau, Rolwaling Himal, Rermo lake, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Gokyo lakes. The trail descends easily through pastures till Lengden.
Day 11 Lengden – Thame (3800m)
The trail continues descending along the Bhote Kosi river through pastures and passes Marulung at 4210m and crosses the river to go on west bank. The trail continues going down and crosses an affluent before reaching Taranga. About 1km further down the path crosses another affluent and still on the west bank arrives at Thame. This is the trail used by Sherpas to go to Nangpa La, the pass to enter Tibet and there are many yaks caravans on it.
Day 12 Thame – Namche (34400m) 4h
Leaving Thame the trail descends to a bridge, crosses the Bhote Kosi and goes gradually up to Samde. Along the eastern bank of the river the path descends to Thamo at 3440m. After crossing over another bridge at Thesho the path continues above the river till Phurte. Overnight in Namche.
Day 13 Namche – Lukla (2800m)
On the same way we walked at the beginning we descend slowly to Ghat, cross the river enjoying views of Kusum Kangguru then we remember the descent of our first day trekking, but now it becomes an ascent till Lukla, end of this beautiful walk through Khumbu area and we enjoy a last comfortable stay at Lukla.
Day 14 Flight Lukla – Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Early flight back to Kathmandu by Twin Otter and transfer to our hotel.
Day 15 Free day at Kathmandu or sightseeing.
We will discover the multi riches of the Kathmandu Valley with the medieval city of Bhaktapur, then after lunch the holiest Hindu temple of Pashupatinath before ending our day visit by the huge white Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath.
Day 16 Transfer to airport for return flight.