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This is one of the more adventurous treks in the Everest Himalayas, following the high route pass of Cho La (5330m) into the Base Camp of Mount Everest. This ascent follows the Dudh Koshi and Khumbu valleys from the homeland of the Sherpa people to the Gokyo valley, which provides breath-taking views of four 8,000m peaks; Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu and the largest glacier in Nepal, the Ngozumpa glacier. We visit the turquoise Gokyo lakes before following the high route pass of Cho La (5330m) into the Base Camp of Mount Everest. Following the Dudh Koshi river valley brings you towards the bustling market town of Namche Bazaar which has a great atmosphere, perfect for soaking up the magnificent mountain scenery. Awe-inspiring views of some of the biggest mountains in the world provide a dramatic backdrop as you venture further into the Khumbu valley. After trekking to Gokyo, the return follows the route through Everest Base Camp, an ascent of Kalar Pattar for close-up views of Everest, down to the stunning Tengboche Monastery, Khumjung village, Namche Bazaar and finally back to Lukla. Kathmandu is at an approximate altitude of 1400m and the flight to Lukla will take you up to a height of 2866m. With Gokyo Ri standing at 5483m, Everest Base Camp standing at 5360m and Kala Patthar at 5545m, the Gokyo Lakes trek gains a total of 2679 metres from Lukla and 4145 metres from Kathmandu. The Gokyo Lakes trek is a 17 day journey in total. From Kathmandu there is a short flight to Lukla, but you can choose to walk in from a lower altitude which will add a further 5 days. You can trek to Gokyo Lakes from March to June, and September to November. Private trips are welcomed and available for groups like schools or charities. We have our own office and guesthouse ready and waiting for any dates you may prefer. WHAT TO PACK FOR GOKYO LAKES TREK The basic idea of the kit we will take is to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night. You will be given a detailed kit list after booking, but the main points to cover are as follows:- BAGS - Rucksack or duffle bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you SHELL - Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain LAYERS - Shirts, trousers, shorts, Tshirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves BASELAYER - Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings FEET - Comfortable boots with a good sole and ankle support. Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings. SLEEPING - Warm sleeping bag (3 or 4 season) to get a good nights sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets) DRINKING - Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles. WASHING & MEDICAL - wash kit, towel, first aid kit SUN CARE - sunglasses, sunhat TREKKING - trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags PERSONAL ITEMS - cameras, books, musicInternational flight to Kathmandu Meals and drinks in Kathmandu Personal costs like drinks, laundry, hot showers, bottled water Trip Insurance Vis Tips Sightseeing Tours

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Day wise Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu

    Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel or Adventure Alternative guesthouse

  • Day 2 : Kathmandu

    Rest day and acclimatisation to jetlag. There is also the possibilty of Kathmandu city sightseeing. Trek briefing will follow.

  • Day 3 : Kathmandu

    Flight* from Kathmandu into the mountains and the town of Lukla. From there a gentle downhill walk to Phakding or Jorsale along the edge of the Dudh Kosi River. Easy, well-used, busy path of porters and yaks, surrounded by forest on the sides of the valley.

  • Day 4 : Sherpa

    Uphill to the Sherpa capital in the heart of the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. Initially follow the valley to Monjo where you enter the National Park, then criss-cross the river a few times and start a long unrelenting path uphill, with spectacular bridges spanning deep gorges. Leave the coniferous forest behind, and arrive at a huge natural amphitheatre with the blue-roofed houses spread around the sides. Namche is the major trading centre of the Khumbu, with Tibetans crossing the high Nangpa La Pass to reach the bustling Saturday morning market. Nowadays there are also many equipment shops, internet, bank, post office, cafes, bars, lodges and hire shops. Rest here for a day and take the chance to visit the Everest Museum.

  • Day 5 : Sherpa

    Uphill to the Sherpa capital in the heart of the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. Initially follow the valley to Monjo where you enter the National Park, then criss-cross the river a few times and start a long unrelenting path uphill, with spectacular bridges spanning deep gorges. Leave the coniferous forest behind, and arrive at a huge natural amphitheatre with the blue-roofed houses spread around the sides. Namche is the major trading centre of the Khumbu, with Tibetans crossing the high Nangpa La Pass to reach the bustling Saturday morning market. Nowadays there are also many equipment shops, internet, bank, post office, cafes, bars, lodges and hire shops. Rest here for a day and take the chance to visit the Everest Museum.

  • Day 6 : Walk to Dole

    Walk to Dole (4210m), via an easy path to Sangnasha. Climb uphill until Mong La, where we have lunch. After lunch it is downhill to Phorche Tanga. A pleasant walk through some forest then brings us to Dole, where we stop for the night.

  • Day 7 : Today We Head to Machermo

    Today we head to Machermo, following a quite easy grassy path. You are provided with views of Cho Oyu (8200m) as we climb gradually moving up the river valley passing Lhabarma and Luza to reach our destination of Macherma (4470m).

  • Day 8 : Gokyo

    There is quite a steep climb to kick us off, and due to the increase in altitude we spend two nights at the lakes to enjoy the views. On day 9 it is an early start, around 3am to climb Gokyo Ri (5483m) for sunrise. It takes around 2 ½ hrs to reach the summit, and you are rewarded with spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama dablam, Pumori, Thambersku, Khangteka, Tensum Khang Gunnel and Cho La Che before returning to Gokyo Lakes for the remainder of the day.

  • Day 9 : Gokyo

    There is quite a steep climb to kick us off, and due to the increase in altitude we spend two nights at the lakes to enjoy the views. On day 9 it is an early start, around 3am to climb Gokyo Ri (5483m) for sunrise. It takes around 2 ½ hrs to reach the summit, and you are rewarded with spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama dablam, Pumori, Thambersku, Khangteka, Tensum Khang Gunnel and Cho La Che before returning to Gokyo Lakes for the remainder of the day.

  • Day 10 : Gokyo

    Cross the Gokyo glacier and stay in Thangna at the foot of the Cho-La Pass for the night.

  • Day 11 : Chola La Pass (5330m). from Here There is a 2 Hour Descent to Zongla

    Today is another early start, around 3am for a 2 hour climb towards the Chola La Pass (5330m). From here there is a 2 hour descent to ZongLa, with stunning views to accompany you.

  • Day 12 : Labouche

    An easy day with about 3hrs walking on relatively flat terrain, to Labouche, which is alongside the huge Khumbu Glacier. There are many stupas erected in memory of Sherpas who have died on expeditions. Few plants live up here and it will be much colder in the evenings. It is important to walk slowly and listen to your body. Fatigue from lack of oxygen to your muscles is common, but some people may feel nauseous and suffer from headaches. Drink lots of liquid and keep warm, give your body maximum opportunity to recover.

  • Day 13 : Gorak Shep

    From Labouche hike on the glacial moraine to the final settlement of Gorak Shep. The views here are spectacular. Nuptse dominates the other side of the valley, behind which the black triangular peak of Everest is just visible. The giant wall of ice ahead is the border with Tibet. Gorak Shep is the last outpost, a small collection of huts just below a hill called Kala Patthar which is traditionally the finest viewing point for Everest itself.

  • Day 14 : Trek to Everest Base Camp

    Trek to Everest Base Camp along the lateral moraine and finally on the glacier itself. Sometimes this route is impassable. Arriving at the small tented city where climbers congregate to climb the mountain is a surreal experience. There is a network of ‘roads’ between the camps, a bakery, and a chance to have a chat with people. Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, which does an amazing job of looking after climbers.

  • Day 15 : Early Morning Climb

    Early morning climb to the summit of Kala Patthar to see sun rise behind the peak of Everest. The climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, into the Western Cwm and up the Lhotse Face to the South Col is clearly visible, with the SE ridge to the top on the right hand skyline side of the summit block. This is a tough walk in the cold and not to be underestimated. Take warm clothing. Back at the lodge for breakfast and a walk back to Lobuje and further if the team wishes.

  • Day 16 : Namche Bazaar

    Over three days a descent via Namche Bazaar all the way to Lukla with various options for accommodation. It is possible to stay in different villages, for example Pheriche, Khumjung, Monjo, but the route is the same as the way up.

  • Day 17 : Namche Bazaar

    Over three days a descent via Namche Bazaar all the way to Lukla with various options for accommodation. It is possible to stay in different villages, for example Pheriche, Khumjung, Monjo, but the route is the same as the way up.

  • Day 18 : Namche Bazaar

    Over three days a descent via Namche Bazaar all the way to Lukla with various options for accommodation. It is possible to stay in different villages, for example Pheriche, Khumjung, Monjo, but the route is the same as the way up.

  • Day 19 : Lukla Flight* to Arrive in Kathmandu

    Lukla flight* to arrive in Kathmandu in the morning and transfer to hotel. Day rest and sightseeing.

  • Day 20 : Depart Kathmandu

    Depart Kathmandu. If you leave in the morning it is possible to arrive in London the same day.

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Inclusions

  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in lodges/tea houses (twin rooms with beds and mattresses)
  • Three meals per day during the trek with a hot drink (e.g tea, coffee, juices)
  • Sagamartha National Park Fees
  • Sherpa guides (English speaking, trained in first aid)
  • Porters (carries about 15kgs)
  • Staff food, insurance and equipment

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Exclusions

  • International flight to Kathmandu
  • Meals and drinks in Kathmandu
  • Personal costs like drinks, laundry, hot showers, bottled water
  • Trip Insurance
  • Vis
  • Tips
  • Sightseeing Tours

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Payment Terms & Methods :
* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
* Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.

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