Gokyo Lake Trekking

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With Gokyo lake, Our goal is Everest Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier with the chance to climb iconic Kala Pattar (5545m), which offers fabulous close-up views of Mount Everest.

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Gokyo Lake Trekking

If you already been to  Everest Base Camp or want to go to Everest base camp, you combine Gokyo trek in your itinerary, altho its depends how many days you have in your hand. Some people have already visited Everest base camp and want to do unique Himalayan trek then this is good choice for you.

Gokyo trekking also called the valley of the six sacred lakes. And climb up the Gokyo Ri  To view beauty of the Mt. Everest and other glorious peaks is the main aim of this trek, but walking through Khumbu region and Sagarmatha National Park is also one of the highlights of this trip.

Beyond the largest glacier of the Himalayan kingdom and in the alpine valley of six lovely lakes, there is a small peak known far and wide as the Gokyo Ri (5357m), from the summit of which you can catch the most exquisite panorama of the snow giants, especially that of Mt Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8188m), Lhotse (8414m), Makalu (8463m), Nuptse and Thamserku, standing gracefully behind the shimmering turquoise water surface of the Sacred Lakes.

It’s like a piece of paradise on Earth. All the same, Gokyo Ri trekking is favoured more than the traditional Everest Base Camp trail (of course, we won’t be hiking to the base camp since standing on the Gokyo Ri itself will make you feel like you are already on the roof of the world. Thats why many people want to go to Gokyo to experiance Himalayan alpine climbing. 

 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Your international flight to Nepal will be a scenic one, allowing you to enjoy the magnificent vista of the majestic Himalayas from a bird’s viewpoint. You will be landing in Kathmandu, where our team representative shall shower you with a warm welcome and then escort you to your hotel room. Leisure for the remainder of the day.

Day 2: Sightseeing and Shopping in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is a traveler’s dream, and we have reserved this day to acquaint you with the city’s world heritage sites like the Durbar Square, the Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath, and innumerable such other religious monuments which express the excellence of Nepali art and culture. And, of course, you may also wish to go shopping and buy souvenirs befitting the image of Nepal.

Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Provided that you don’t take a nap on your 40-minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you will catch a spectacular view of the snowcapped Himalayan peaks dazzling beautifully under the light of the morning sun. Then, after landing on the soil of Lukla, we will begin our first hike to Phakding. It’s only about 3 hours further. Just stick to the path alongside the Dudh Koshi river, make some ups and downs over the hillside, cross over suspension bridges whenever the path turns too difficult, and in a while you will ultimately reach Phakding.

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Now we march off to the prosperous Sherpa settlement known widely as the Namche Bazaar. It’s actually a marketplace, the main trading hub of the Khumbu region (no wonder, it’s always teeming with native traders and yak caravans of Tibetan merchants).

The path from Phakding, as we head upstream by Dudh Koshi, is lined with pretty rhododendron flowers and blue pine forest. A short climb will bring us to the Benkar village (great spot to check out the majestic Mt. Thamserku, 6,608m), then to Monjo (an awesome place to lodge at) and at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park (where our trekking permits will be checked). Further up, there’s the Jorsale (2830m) village, beyond which is our destination for the night – the Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Rest and acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

Altitude sickness can ruin our trek. Hence, we dedicate this day for you to acclimatize yourself with the Himalayan terrain. You can witness the lifestyle of the mountain people, check out the infrastructures here and pay a visit to the Tourist Visitor Center to gain some knowledge of the Everest region.

We will even make a short trek to the nearby Khumjung valley or we can also climb up to Syangboche (the famous airstrip), and make way to Everest View Hotel so as to capture some stunning pictures of Mt Everest and other exotic peaks, like Mt Ama Dablam and Lhotse. Linger a while to catch the sunset over these majestic Khumbu peaks, and then return to your guesthouse at Namche Bazaar.

Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole

We will make a pleasant hike through the lovely Khumjung village, admiring the incredible views of Mt. Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Kantega peaks. After passing the village, the trail moves up to towards the large Buddhist shrine (a Chorten) standing on the top of a ridge, which descents down from the sacred Khumbila peak (5734m) – where the patron deity of the Khumbu-ians is supposed to have its abode.

Next comes a descent through Kayangjuma to Sanasa, then an ascent up to Mongla Pass (with awesome views of My Khumbila, Ama Dablam, Tawoche and Thamserku). Descent down to Dudh Koshi river, cross over a bridge, and make way across a thick rhododendron & birch forest (watch out for lichens as well as for exotic wildlife like the musk deer, Himalayan Thar or the lovely pheasant). In a while, you will reach the Phorse Tenga and then a little bit further up is Dole (lodge at a teahouse).

Day 7: Trek from Dole to Machchhermo

There’s a ridge above Dole, and it’s through that scenic ridge that we will make our way to Lhabarma, and then pass numerous summer settlements on our way to Luza, enjoying the grand vistas of the Mt Cho Oyu, Thamserku and Kantega peak. Further up is the Dudh Koshi valley, and we walk through the hillside, walking across little lovely villages and sandy paths, towards Machchhermo.

A stream, originating from Phari Lapche abd Kyajo Ri peaks, runs through the middle of this beautiful Machchhermo village. More over, this hamlet is even famous as the place where the Yeti was first sighted at in 1974.

Day 8: Trek from Machchhermo to Gokyo

First, a steady climb through this ridge with a Chorten/Buddhist Shrine on it, then walking a bit further on, we will come up at Pangka (the infamous spot where an avalanche swept by and took the lives of 40 people). Next, we make our way across the steep moraine of Ngozamba Glacier, which opens up to Gokyo valley. The first holy lake, Longpongo, will welcome you into Gokyo, and you might stumble upon the Lama footprints carved in the stone. Further up is Taboche Tsho, the second lake that is connected to the third lake by a stream.

It’s on the shore of Dudh Pokhari, the third lake that the charming hamlet of Gokyo dwells (it’s nothing more than a cluster of weather-beaten lodges). Ready your camera as you lay your eyes on the turquoise lake, made even prettier by the Cho Oyu peak looming behind it and the sun hanging above them (the view is incredible especially during sunset and sunrise). For the moment, you will rest for a while in the village, drinking in the beauty of the lake and the exquisite landscape surrounding it.

Day 9: Climb Gokyo Ri and trek to Luza

Rise up early to climb to the Gokyo Ri, which hangs above the Gokyo village at the northern edge of the lake. From this spot, you will catch the most exquisite view ever of the Himalayas, especially that of the Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Cho Oyu and other neighboring snow peaks. Later on, we can hike up to the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint, exploring the fourth, fifth and even the sixth lake of Gokyo if time permits. After Gokyo, it’s around 3 hours hike back through Pangka and Machcchermo village on your way to the lovely settlement at Luza.

Day 10: Trek from Luza to Khumjung

From Luza, then we descend back to the beautiful Khumjung valley surrounded by exotic peaks. Next we follow the Dudh Koshi river, streaming down from Ngozamba Glacier, and then walk through the rhododendron forests all the way back to Khumjung village.

Day 11: Trek from Khumjung to Phakding

Today we hike back to the familiar neighborhood of Namche Bazaar, and then make way back through rhododendron and birch forests to Phakding.

Day 12: Trek from Phakding to Lukla

Retrace the way alongside the Dudh Koshi river to the small town of Lukla. You can explore the area if you like or just rest for the day replaying the beautiful vistas of the snow peaks and the turquoise lakes of Gokyo in your mind.

Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Board a domestic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, enjoying the incredible sight of the Himalayas from the air. Land on the soil of Kathmandu, the city of temples, and then you may go on to catch your international flight back to your home country. Namaste!

Day 14 – 16

This day is left open and you can choose from several additional activities such as Sightseeing, rafting, tour to Chitwan National Park or Pokhara.

Day 17 – 18

Fly back home or Tour another part of Nepal or India with us.

Price Includes
  • All airport pickup/drops
  • 3 Days Accommodation in Kathmandu in 3 star hotel
  • Plane tickets to Kathmandu-Lukla-kathmandu
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Required Document (TIMS)
  • All Government and Local Taxes
  • Experienced Trek Leader
  • All food during the trekking
Price Excludes
  • Visa Fee
  • Airport Departure Tax
  • Accommodation for extra days
  • Travel insurances
  • Extra activities than those listed

Testimonials

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Just come back from Bhutan and India, had the most amazing time. Mohan looked after us well and always made our travels easy, taking care of everyones needs. I experienced some amazing sights which I do not think I would have on any average tour, we really did see the real India. I am now planning my next trip. Can not recommend them enough.

Julie J

Bhutan and India

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I first heard of Mohan and Namaste Nomad 2 years ago and since then I have been on 3 amazing trips with them. The first one was in March 2018 when I went to Langtang in Nepal. My first time there I was excited but more than a little apprehensive. I needn’t have worried. Mohan and his team of sherpas were absolutely wonderful. Everything was taken care of, tickets, transfers, all accommodation, most meals, money exchange and advice on where and what to eat and drink. We had been told that it would be completely vegetarian and dairy free on the trek. I had no problem at all with the vegetarian part of it but thought the dairy free might be tough. It wasn’t at all. We ate the most delicious food all prepared by our sherpas using fresh mostly locally sourced ingredients. The dal boat was to die for. We were constantly reminded to drink water, use sunscreen, wear a hat etc. The scenery in langtang was spectacular, towering snow capped mountains and deep valleys with raging rivers. It was an area which had been badly hit by the recent earthquake and there were sad reminders of the damage which had been done. Overall a very good and memorable experience. June 2018 I headed off to the Picos in Spain with Mohan again. For anyone who might be reluctant to travel too far , but wants amazing scenery I would totally recommend the Picos. Somewhat similar to the Himalayas I thought, one area known as the gorge stood out for me anyway. It was breathtaking. We stayed in the most beautiful little villages, ate delicious food and drank lovely local wine. Just a little as we had to remember we were walking in the morning! In April of this year I went back again to Nepal this time to do Annapurna base camp ( usually just known as ABC). A totally different area but no less lovely. It had a lot of forest and was very fertile. As well as being our guide Mohan was a great source of information about the local people and their way of life. I never stopped asking questions!. Again great walking , lots of steps this time but we kept going and finally on Easter Sunday morning at around 8 local time we arrived into ABC. We were told that the morning was the time to see it at its best . The rising sun in such a blue sky , the snow capped Annapurna range all combined to made it such a highlight. It was so well worth it. I think the fact that I did 3 trips with mohan and his team in such a short space of time says it all and I’m certainly not finished yet. For anyone who wants a trek with a difference but at a good price I don’t think you could do much better.

Roisin McDaid

My treks with Namaste Nomad

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Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or just first time adventurer you'll notice when you search on line for somewhere to visit that there are plenty of web sites and travel companies that seem to offer very similar packages, similar routes, similar landscapes all promising the same experience. This is my second time to Himalayas, first time to Everest base camp (with a different Irish Company). I recently travelled to Island Peak with Mohan and Namaste Nomad team. No matter how much research you do regarding a trek the experience will be a unique and personal journey for you, there are a lot of variables to consider. I enjoyed my first experience, however when I compare both treks covering similar routes albeit different destinations I cannot stress how impressed I am with the leadership, professionalism, sincerity, and uniqueness that is offered by Namaste Nomad. From the outset there is trust, honesty, and a deep motivation by Mohan and his team to understand and satisfy your reason for joining an adventure with them. Whether you travel alone (like me), as a couple, or a group of friends you will soon feel part of a wonderful group with the necessary time to oneself and others yet the room to feel like you’re on holiday although you have a mission. They offer great advice from well seasoned experienced staff, your safety and well being are always monitored and cared for, food and accommodation is lovely and varied. The people you meet, the guides and helpers, and the places you visit and stay along the way are easily passed by other tour companies. With our 2018 trek to Island Peak plans had to change due to weather conditions and our itinerary was altered and managed seamlessly by Mohan and his team with coordination with Kathmandu. This unplanned adjustment offered a window to a successful summit for the majority of our party, although we met groups who failed either side of our new summit day including a group of 19 who were left so disappointed. I am a seasoned hiker but this was my first time using ropes and having to complete some technical mountaineering, the training and equipment was provided by Mohan and his team including Dawa J Sherpa (5 time Everest summiteer) all helping to micro manage each group member on the day. The uniqueness offered by Namaste Nomad is that they genuinely care that you get the most from the adventure you choose. Other companies testify to the same but sometimes really it is left up to you to make the most of what they offer, they're running a business however to Mohan and Namaste Nomad it is more than just a business, one experience and you'll understand what I mean. They have set a real benchmark for me.

ronandelaney

Whatever your reason for adventure Namaste Nomad holds it

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Best company and personal guided trekking in Himalayas. I been to NEPAL few times and I have done trek in Annapurna circuit with travel company from Dublin ( not fair to say name?) That company collaborate with Nepali local company. This time I choose Namaste Nomad after friend of mine recommend Mohan from donegal ( he is nepali origin Irish citizen and previously worked in Himalayas as #sherpa and guide) I checked the website and see the cost of EBC, compare to other company from Ireland he was very cheap but his itinerary and service looks similar. It was bit hard design to take after seeing price as don't know why he is very cheap and rest are expansive. But now I can say it was the best design. After my #ebc trek with Mohan and Dawa I understand that they deal direct and no middle man. They have oxygen, emergency satellite phone, madicle kit, and we were guided by 5 time Everest summiter one of the humble guy Dawa Sherpa. I am so thankful that I made it to Everest Base Camp. Going up all food was dairy free and no meat, it was hard but great vegetrain food for healthy body and its safe and no sickness. In high altitude Mohan says meat and dairy dosent digest properly that's why many people are tummy sick and get altitude sickness in high places. Many big company doesn't care this much in details , probably no experience in field. Mohan and Dawa have great knowledge and so much caring. Mohan have great links with domestic Air and hotels and markets in Kathmandu also along the trek in tea houses it makes trip very flexible, he was able to change few places in itinerary in our demands. Instead of staying in Namche 2 night we travel to #khumjung like that didn't happen in last trip. Arrival dinner in Kathmandu was free and very well organise evening. Well breafing pre trek. Early flights in and out from lukla. No hassel at all. Luggage store in Kathmandu, Hotel moonlight is best place to stay just back of thamel and 1 minute from Everest Irish Pub 😁. Great rooms and nice beer garden in back. Sightseen was include in trip as well. Overall it was the best adventure holiday so far. I am already decided to do Meera peak with Mohan and Namaste Nomad next year. I fully recommend this small but amizing company for you epic trip to Himalayas.

Trek H

Everest Base camp

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October 2016 Everest Base Camp... I went with Namaste Nomad having looked at other companies based in Ireland doing the same trek. Mohan was always available to answer questions. He himself has trekked to EBC lots of times which is reflected in his knowledge and experience. He employs Sherpa's (and pays them a fair wage !) whom are also very experienced trekkers and some have summited Everest !! they are very in-tuned into the needs (inc health needs, signs & symptoms of altitude sickness), informing us of the different peaks and opening to talking about their experiences summiting mount Everest. The weather was not in our favour for part of the trek. One morning...at 4am the cloud finally lifted; Mohan came and woke us all to share our first glance of mount Everest it was amazing. It is a well worn track to EBC and the key is to take it slowly and enjoy...live in the moment! Mohan always ensured we ate well, drank plenty of clean water & paid attention to everyone on the trek to ensure we remained healthy & safe in order to reach EBC. Mohan had arrange some touristy stuff in Kathmandu before our departure to Lukla...which was great and an opportunity to meet and get to know the group. I would recommend Mohan and his company Namaste Nomad !! I have subsequently booked a trip to Bhutan with Namaste Nomad :)

annekavanagh30

Trek to Everest Base Camp

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Himalayas, they are beautiful, intimidating and challenging. You might think they are perhaps to hard for you? Well, they are hard, but in our everyday life we are often very comfortable. We need to be challenged from time to time to remind ourselves that we are more than our houses, jobs and what others think of us. I needed that break and challenge two years ago. I joined Mohan and his team on the journey to Everest Basecamp. And lets get the boring (but important) stuff out the way. The team is as professional as it gets. We had the nicest food, best accommodation and best guides. Mohan created atmosphere of community and support. I often looked at other groups (that probably payed 2 or 3 times as we did), and they did not had the service and the fun that we did. But apart from all of the pragmatic stuff, they are the Himalayas themselves. My choice was to abandon the internet altogether (its there if you need it) and enjoy being there. For two weeks, the world forgot about me as i forgot about it. All i cared about was walking. It was like a meditation, an it was simple. Just one foot after another until we reached the destination. Mohan does expeditions the way they should be done. He cares about your spirit, what you eat, what you drink, how you sleep. He knows that those things will get you there and help you with the altitude. His team is supportive, and very experienced. I will be a repeat customer one day, and not once.

Jarek M

Everest Basecamp 2016

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The trip with namaste nomad to Everest Base Camp was truly amazing. The group I was with were also a great bunch of people and it made the trip a lot more enjoyable. The professionalism that mohan and his team of Sherpas provide is exceptional. We did see some other groups on the trip and unfortunately we could clearly see that a lot of things were not provided for them. Travelling with mohan, everything is taken care of from food to the bed you sleep in. It’s almost like you have a group of babysitters because the only thing you have to worry about is the walking !. Mohan and his team provide a safe friendly and thoroughly enjoyable journey even when you hit some hard points. I would highly recommend Namaste nomad for any trip you might want to do. From start to finish the trip was amazing !

Stephen D

Life changing !

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I have just returned from the most remarkable trip of a lifetime to Everest Basecamp. I don’t usually write reviews however on this occasion I feel the need to share my experiences which I hope will inspire others to travel and to book a trip with Namaste Nomad. I booked this trip in Jan 18 after meeting with Mohan. After my initial meeting I had no doubts in travelling with Mohan and his team. Mohan is an exceptional person who is so passionate about his business and works so hard to ensure everyone meets their goal and has an amazing trip. Everest Basecamp was everything I imagined and much more. The views are breathtaking and the sense of achievement on arriving at Basecamp is so hard to put into words. The trip is a life changing experience as you learn so much about yourself and indeed about others. It really was a journey from the time of booking until we returned home from the Himalayas. I found it very challenging physically, mentally and emotionally but that’s what made it so very special. Throughout the trek Mohan was so attentive to our every need, every decision he made was the right one and his motivation and encouragement ensured we all made it successfully to Basecamp. Mohan’s knowledge of Nepal and the Himalayas is exceptional. Everything from planning the food to gauging the weather to recognising signs when some of us weren’t too well was spot on If you are considering a trek then I can honestly say that you will not get anyone better to travel with than Namaste Nomad. The team of Sherpas and Porters are incredible and the bond made with the Sherpas is one I will never forget, it really was incredible. As for value for money you will not get a more competitive price as I priced several others which were significantly more costly than Namaste Nomad Overall if you want a challenging and life changing experience then I encourage you to make that adventure with Namaste Nomad and I guarantee you will not regret it Thanks to Mohan and his team for everything, I will never forget it. Xx

Nomad92320

Everest Basecamp

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I had the pleasure of recently being part of another wonderful trip to the Himalayas - Annapurna Base Camp - with Namaste Nomad - a wonderful small business. There are so many reasons I would always choose Namaste Nomad over any other company. Most importantly it is a true Eco friendly organisation, everything is accounted for along the treks - food, water and waste. They are also Animal friendly and only use porters for transport. This is better as it is providing more jobs for locals, and removes any animal cruelty that can occur only the trek due to pushing yaks or donkeys too hard, too far and without adequate food or water. The food during my trips was phenomenal! If you listen to Mohan and the rest of the guides you are guaranteed success at altitude. Vegetarian, local and fresh food are on the menu. Everyone can live without meat for a couple of weeks...you most definitely don't want to be eating meat in a country that doesn't do health and safety and the food has to be transported on some ones back and could be 4 or 5 days before reaching its end destination - your plate. I have never felt safer on a trip in a foreign country than with Namaste Nomad. The sherpas, porters and guides are all local and have been with the company for a long time. They are all courteous, respectful, friendly and extremely knowledgeable - many of them having submitted Everest and other Himalayan peaks many times over. Everything is taken care of from your first interaction with Mohan. Flights, hotels, transport food, etc. The cost is the best value I have seen - even better value than most as the experience you are getting is unbelievable. As if that wasnt enough, Namaste Nomad also helps out small, local people and communities around Nepal with fundraising and charity works. If you want to raise money to give back to some of the communities you know that it is going directly to where it is needed and not into the pockets of charity CEOs. Don't listen to me any more, just book a trip with Mohan and see for yourself!

Kate F

Another incredible trip with an amazing company

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I couldn't recommend this trip enough, I highly recommend Mohan as a guide. Trip was so enjoyable. I can't wait to go on another . From scenery to accommodation , everything was top class.

S C

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