Dates 20 Oct '12 to 5 Nov '12
Flexible? Yeah, sure
Est. Cost 1,430 - 1,600 USD (USD United States Dollars)
Type Tour Participants Wanted
Name Gokyo Explore Trek
Trekking around Gokyo Valley is considered a traditional trek that offers magnificent views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest in the Nepal Himalayas.
The image of this region is associated with the soaring views of the most popular mountains in Nepal, at an altitude of 8000m such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake. One of the most remarkable features is the view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m) located in Khumbu region.
After a thirty five minute flight from Kathmandu landing at Lukla’s tiny airstrip, the adventure really begins. We spend the next few days trekking and interacting amongst the mountain people also known as Sherpa’s we stay at local lodges and trek into the heartland of their villages. Everything is organized in conjunction with local Sherpa guides.
Along the trek we will pass Buddhist monasteries with the views of Everest and other snow towering mountains getting closer by the day. We will have rest days in the villages of Namche bazaar that will allow us to explore the region and to acclimatize, which is very important. After trekking to Gokyo Ri (5483 meters), we return at a leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.
Day to Day Itinerary of Gokyp Explore Trek.
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be met by our Airport Representative, and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel. B. B.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhu, and Kathmandu durbar square). Overnight at hotel. B.B.
Day 03: We have an early start today for a 15 to 30 minute drive to Tribhuwan International Airport and a scenic flight of 30 to 45 minutes to Lukla (9197’-2804 m.). Start the trek with three hours of easy walking to the town of Phakding (8560’-2610 m). This is day one of 10 days of trekking. . vernight at Guest House. B.L D.
All elevations are in feet and metres and a conversion factor of 3.28 is used.
All accommodation will be in “tea houses” on beds, usually two to a room and all meals are provided.
Going to high altitude can cause problems for some people, and there is no way of determining this in advance. If you are in good health and physically fit (aerobically), you maximize your chances of success.
We try to “climb high, and camp low”, so your body adapts to the changes. In Vancouver, one has a 100% oxygen rate, at Calgary 88%, at Lobuche 53% and at Kala Pattar, 50%. We attempt to sleep about 300 metres (1,000’) higher each night, so the red blood cells can increase fast enough to make oxygen useful to breathing and activity. Some headaches will result in spite of our efforts. More information will be circulated about altitude related problems of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMA), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).
Day 04: Phakding trek to enter Sagamartha National Park and then up to Namche Bazaar (11,595’-3535 m.). This is 13 metres or 41 feet lower than the top of Mt. Temple at Lake Louise! Overnight at Guest House. B.L D.
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. A day to hike around the valley to adjust to the thin air. We will go up to Khumjung and Khunde where you can see the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. Namche Bazaar is known as the gateway to the Everest region. In addition to a fine view of Everest, other mountains can be viewed from this place. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar trek to Dole (13,480’ - 4110m). The trek gradually goes up to Mong Danda (13,031’ - 3973m) and then down Phorste Tenga (12,070’ - 3680m) then slowly up to Dole. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.
Day 07: Dole trek gradually up to Machhermo ( 14,464’ - 4410 m) via crossing Kele and Luza . Overnight at Guest House. B L.D.
Day 08: Short trek to Gokyo Lake (15,711’ - 4790 m.) with crossing 2 lakes and rest. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.
Day 09: Explore the Gokyo valley with morning hike up to Gokyo Ri (17,580’ - 5360m) for panoramic Mountain view including 4 major peaks which is over 8000 mtrs such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Nuptse. Then the day hike up to 5th Lake and climb no name peak on return over night stay will be at Gokyo. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.
Day 10: Gokyo trek back to Dole. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.
Day 11: Dole Trek continue to Monjo via Namche bazaar. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.
Day 12: Monjo Trek back to Lukla. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.
Day 13: Morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Overnight at hotel. B B.
Day 14: Leisure day in Kathmandu (it's also spare day incase of bad weather in Lukla). Overnight at hotel. B.B.
Day 15: Transfer to Airport for your home departure.
Note: B.B> Bed and Breakfast, B.L.D> Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Gokyo Explore Trek
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