Gokyo Trek and Lhasa Tour

Trip Overview Gokyo Trek and Lhasa Tour

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 5,420 m (17,782 ft), where it meets with the main Everest Base Camp trek.
Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu arrival
Day 02: Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly From Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) and Trek to Phakding (2640m)
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 05: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m) via Khumjung
Day 07: Trek from Dole to Gokyo (4750m)
Day 08: Rest day at Gokyo and excursion
Day 09: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) & back to Machhermo (4150m)
Day 10: Trek from Machhermo to Namche Bazaar
Day 11: Free day In Namche Bazaar
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 14: Kathmandu Free
Day 15: Drive from Kathmandu to Zhangmu / Nyalam
Day 16: Drive from Zhangmu / Nyalam to Tingri/ Lhatse
Day 17: Drive from Tingri/ Lhatse to Xigatse (3900M)
Day 18: Drive from Xigatse to Gantse (3950M)
Day 19: Drive from Gyantse to Lhasa (3600M)
Day 20-21: Two Full day Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 22: Fly from Lhasa   to Kathmandu
Day 23: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
Day 24: Free Day
Day 25: Final Departure

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival.
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the Adventure Himalayan representatives will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. After refreshment, you will be briefed in short about your tour by our guide or tour leader.  If you have any questions or doubts about your trip then they should be asked and clarified at this time. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02:    Kathmandu  
Extra day on this you day you will prepare for the trek, shop around the tourist hubs in Kathmandu and can also go for sightseeing tour in the Capital. In the evening you will return to the Hotel and stay overnight there.

Day 03: Fly From Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) and Trek to Phakding (2640m)
On this day, you will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) which will take approximately 30 minutes and then you will trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640m.) which takes three hours. Lukla is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Koshi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)     
On the fourth day, you will be trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch the first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak along the way. You can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 05: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization     
On this day, you will be resting in Namche Bazar for acclimatization purpose and excursion around the places. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at the high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. In the afternoon, you can walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or an hour walk up to the Tengboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m) via Khumjung     
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.) via Khumjung on the sixth day takes about six hours. From Namche the route heads up all the way to Khumjung, a picturesque village which also has its own Gompa at the top end of town. Here you can have excellent views of mountains like Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Soon after leaving Khumjung, the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734 m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then the trail ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, the trekkers can see panoramic views of various mountains. You trek steeply descends passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forests. You can enjoy delicious meal at Phortse Tenga (3650m.). Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 07: Trek from Dole to Gokyo (4750m) 
Trek from Dole to Gokyo [4750m] takes about six hours on the seventh day. From Dole you will climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you lie excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and you will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. After that, you will then head for the lakes in Gokyo region. You will follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.) -your route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 08: Rest day at Gokyo and excursion 
The day is meant for rest at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. On this day, you can also make a side trip to the Fifth Lake via Fourth Lake. Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 09: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) & back to Machhermo (4150m)
On this day you will be trekking from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri [5483m] & trek back to Machhermo (4150m.) via Gokyo village and it takes about four and half hours for the entire trip. Gokyo Ri or the peak looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region. After lunch, you will go on a short walk to the village of Machhermo.

Day 10: Trek from Machhermo to Namche Bazaar
On this day, you will be walking from Machhermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which takes about five hours. The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga (3650m.) passing through rhododendron forests. Then the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and then gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following small ups and downs to the destination. Overnight stay in Trekking Lodges.

Day 11: Free day In Namche Bazaar
Extra  Day trekking This will be a free day in Namche Bazaar.

Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla     
The next you will trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) and it takes about six hours. The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is quite enduring with few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote Koshi River crossing it three times. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chhang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience. Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
On this day, you will catch a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes around 30 minutes. After arriving in Kathmandu, you will then be transferred to the Hotel where you will stay overnight at a Hotel.

Day 14: Kathmandu Free    
Extra Day This will be a free day in Kathmandu as you will prepare for the trek that follows.

Day 15: Drive from Kathmandu to Zhangmu / Nyalam
Early morning next day, you will embark on a scenic drive to Kodari (Nepal-Tibet border) through the beautiful Nepalese countryside and after necessary border formalities at the Nepalese immigration, an hour long adventurous uphill drive by bus and jeep to Chinese immigration will take you to Zhangmu / Nyalam (3700M). Overnight stay in Guest house.

Day 16: Drive from Zhangmu / Nyalam to Tingri/ Lhatse    
You will day drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world crossing over Lalungla (5050M), from where, weather permitting, breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges are available including Mt. Chou Oyu (8201M) and Mt. Sishapangma (8012M). From Tingri (4300M), one can enjoy the magnificence of Mt. Everest (8848M). Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 17: Drive from Tingri/ Lhatse to Xigatse (3900M)    
You will continue scenic drive crossing over Ghatchu la (5,22oM), the highest pass, en route to Lhastse from where a road goes to Mt. Kailash to the west. Overnight stay at a Hotel.

Day 18: Drive from Xigatse to Gantse (3950M)    
In the morning, you will go for sightseeing to the Panchen Lamas Tashilhupu Monastery. Also you will drive to Gyantse and visit to the Kumbum Stupa and Phalkor Monastery. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 19: Drive from Gyantse to Lhasa (3600M)
Two full days of picturesque drive crossing over Karola (5010m), Kambala(4794M), colorful Yamdrok Lake and the Tibetan lifeline River Brahma Putra(Yarlung Tsangpo) will bring us to Lhasa, the Capital of  Tibet, on the next day. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 20-21: Two Full day Sightseeing in Lhasa    
There will be two full days sightseeing tour in Lhasa during which you visit the temples, monuments and places like Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Monastery,etc. Overnight at hotel.

Day 22: Fly from Lhasa   to Kathmandu    
After breakfast early in the morning, you will then drive to Gongar airport for departure flight to Kathmandu.

Day 23:    Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour 
After breakfast, we will start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Being escorted by an English speaking guide (can be provided any language speaking guide on request), you will get a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (Monkey temple) and Kathmandu Durbar square, among other temples and monuments.
Pashupatinath, Dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.
Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 24:    Free Day    
Extra day.

Day 25: Final Departure
After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure. All too soon it's time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure Himalaya.
Cost Include
  • Airport Pick up & Drop of Transportation by private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in budget hotels with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide, private vehicle
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu Flight tickets
  • Accommodation in tea house during trek with all Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • National Park fees & TIMS
  • Government licensed holder - English Speaking guide and one Porter between each 2 members while on trek
  • Chinese visa and Tibet travel permits{US$ 175 for the US nationals and US$ 95 for other nationals (visa fee is subject to change without prior notice)
  • Kathmandu – Kodari ( Nepal – Tibet Border Drop as per package  Car/ Jeep / Coach)
  • Basic twins sharing accommodation with breakfast in Tibet.
  • Transportation by as per package  Jeep or coach in Tibet.
  • Sightseeing tour with Tibetan English Speaking guide
  • All Monastery Entrance fees as per itinerary in Tibet
  • All applicable taxes and service charges in Tibet
  • Flight ticket to  (Lhasa /Kathmandu )

Cost Exclude
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and Tibet.
  • Medical evacuation (helicopter) in case of emergency
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • All Soft, hard, cold and Hot drinks
  • Your travel insurance
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee (US $ 40 per person)
  • Entrance (Monument)  fees in Kathmandu
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver.
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual