Gokyo Lake (Valley) Trek offers nice view of Mt. Gokyo Ri with native Sherpa culture and tradition in Khubmu Region. Also Gokyo Lake is main attraction of that area. Gokyo Lake trek is one of the popular trekking in Everest Region. Trekkers would be able to familiar with Sherpa people and its communities, culture, sherpa villages and natural gift of Gokyo lake is very nice icy Lake which give trekker enjoy and relax. Also the main aim of trek is to see beautiful snow capped mountains like Gokyo Ri, Gaurishanker Himalaya, Nuptse Himalaya, Everest Himalaya and other many more.
Gokyo Lake Trek, firstly fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and starts walking from Phakding. Then day to day go up to Gokyo valley and Lake. On the way of this route trekker follows the Dudh Koshi River valley towards Namche and other main villages of Khumbu, Thame & Khumjung. After Khumjung Valley, Gokyo reaching to our ultimate destination at Gokyo. Gokyo Lake was once a yak pasture is blessed with two beautiful high lakes.
Gokyo Lake Trek provides mountain views which are more spectacular, the Ngozumpa Glacier is the largest in the Nepal Himalaya and from a ridge above Gokyo, and for 8000m peaks (Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu) are visible at once. The view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang (7922m) is one of the most dramatic panoramas in Khumbu. Gokyo Lake Trek has many options for additional exploration and high-altitude walking, including the crossing of Cho La, a 5420m-high pass into Khumbu however we will not cross this pass in this trek. Gokyo Lake Trek will come back to Lukla almost a same Trail.
Best Season: March, April, May, September, October and November
Trek Days: 17 days
Trek Style: Tea House or Lodge Trek
Trekking Altitude: 4800 meters
Trek Grade: Moderate
Group Size: Minimum onr or two
Attractions: Kathmandu city, Patan Durbar Square, Monastery, Stupa and Temple, Gokyo Lake, Gokyo Ri Glacier, Gokyo Ri Himal, Mount Everest. Sherpa Village, Sherpa Culture and tradition.
Trek Activities: Tour and Trekking
Gokyo Lake Trek Destination: Kathmandu, Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Gokyo Valley Trek
Trek Ends: Kathmandu
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley or Trekking preparation.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar.
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Dole.
Day 08: Trek from Dole to Machhermo.
Day 09: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo.
Day 10: Trek to Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak) Excursion return to Gokyo Valley.
Day 11: Trekking from Gokyo to Dole.
Day 12: Trekking from Dole to Namche Bazaar.
Day 13: Trek from Namche bazaar to Lukla.
Day 14: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and Pick at aiport to Hotel.
Day 15: Bhaktapur City and Patan Durbar Square sightseeing.
Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or relax
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu to onward destination.
Airport Transfers - Car/Van/Bus/Jeep
Accommodation on B/B basis in Kathmandu
All entrance Fees of Temple, Monastery, Museum, Durbar Square, Monuments and cultural program at evening.
Arrangements and transportation expenses during the tour/trekking
Arrangements and fees for trekking/hiking permits and national parks
Arrangements and expenses for local Tour Guide/Trekking Guide/Trekking Porter like as insurance, meals and allowance.
Arrangements of TIMS(Trekking information management system)Card.
Any unexpected costs that occur due to:
Weather, Trail, Road Blockage, River conditions,
Due to circumstances such as:
Sickness, Government action, flight delays,
Insurance and Emergency Rescue.
Major changes in the itinerary
Personal and free-time expenses
Cold drinks or alcohol
Extra hotel expenses
Excess baggage charges
Entry visas to Nepal
Sony Travels/Nepal Jang Treks and Expedition organizes trekking for our clients on their own choices date.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Hiking shorts (2)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
Water bottles (2)
Small wash towel
Books (Highly Recommended)
Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
Fleece trousers or silhouette
Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
Alpine climbing harness.
2 x tape slings
2 x screwgate karabiners
In Nepal Government has made a system to need a permit to visit in some particular interior regions in the remote trekking area and Nepal’s national park, wildlife preserve. All visitors have to pay a certain amount which government has made a rate to visit those regions. It means called trekking permit which is available in the department of immigration in Kathmandu, regional office in Pokhara.
To apply for permit, it requires two photos and application form which is available in the department of immigration. You can get a permit same day within an hour. Visitor has to take a separate permit for separate regions.
The fee for a Trekking Permit is as follows:
Kanchenjunga and Lower Dolpo, - US$ 10 per week for the first four weeks and US$ 20 per week thereafter;
Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo - US$ 700 for the first 10 days and US$ 70 per day thereafter;
Manaslu - US$ 90 per week for trekking during September-November and US$ 75 per week during December-August;
Humla (Simikot-Yari) - US$ 90 for the first seven days and US$ 15 per day thereafter;
Trekking permit is not essential for the general trekking areas such as the Annapurna, the Everest and the Langtang
Nepal, aptly, has been called 'a Trekkers' Paradise'. Its high standing mountains, scenic hills and the luxuriant Terai offers some of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world. Passing through the diverse culture and nature, trekking in Nepal is a life-time experience which involves a certain degree of physical risks owing to the rugged topography.
With the distinction of Nepal as a trekking destination and its growing charm, a provision of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented to control illegal trekking operations and ensure safety and security of the trekkers in general trekking areas through the mechanism of Prompt Information Service as and when required.
The past experiences have shown that difficulties have been faced while carrying out rescue operations promptly during the times of accidents and natural calamities. Because of lack of proper record system of trekkers, their exact whereabouts and the information about trekking routes, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting the trekkers missing.
In Nepal best trekking seasons are autumn and spring.
Autumn Seasons mean September to November and spring seasons mean March to May.
Normally, trekking can organize around the year but in rainy season most of the time is raining and road and trails are disturbance by some times land sliding and road blockage. In winter, most of the trekking route will be blocked by snowing and glacier with so colds. Weather can not be permitted some remote area flights. The best time for trekking
in Nepal is during spring (February through May) and autumn (September through November). Warm days and clear skies make this season favorable for trekking. Though December and January is also ideal for trekking, the air can be quite cold at high altitudes.
The monsoon season lasts for three months, i.e. June, July and August. During this period, trekking is possible in the rain-shadow regions north of the Himalaya – like Mustang, Dolpo, Humla and the Jumla-Rara Lake regions of Nepal and of course the regions of Tibet.
In Nepal, particularly we operate two types of Trek. One is Lodge trek and other is camping trek. In trekking, trekker will learn about the varied cultures, people and natural beauty of Nepal with panoramic mountain views. It is free to choose our client their route and areas. Our other service is to provide trekking guide and porter too. If clients want to hire only guide or porter, we are able to do that as per client’s demand.
Since last 10 years, Sony travels and trek has organizing camping trek in Nepal. In camping trek, we provide all necessary trekking equipments, foods and manpower to handle the trekking. Trekkers have to bring their personal gears only.
In this trek, trekking gears include like as two men camping tent, sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen tent, all kitchen equipments, hygienic foods(breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea, coffee, chocolate etc)
For the man power, Trekking Sirdar, Guide, Sherpa, Cook, Kitchen boy and Porters will be included.
In Nepal, some popular trekking areas are developed and built Lodges, hotels and guest houses. So for those regions we operate tea house or lodge trek.
In this trek we arrange accommodation, guide, porter and all meals for trekkers. They don’t have to be worried about lodging and fooding during the trek.
Easy: Easy trek means, this is easily accessible place which is not higher than 2500 meters. This trek is especially for beginners, old ages trekker and trekking with kids. Every day, clients have to be walking 3 to 4 hours in average. Trails are neither too steep nor too up.
Moderate: The trails on these treks go up to 4000 meters height. Walking will be about 5-6 hours a day. Trekker’s health should be physically fit. This trek suits all ages people.
Demanding: This trek is operating in far remote areas and altitude also will be more than 5000 meters height. All have to be physically and mentally strong and fit. Before start the trek, we advise those interested trekkers to check up their health problems and physical fitness. If all are good, there is no objection to start trip for them.
GROUP SIZE ON FIXED DEPARTURE TRIP
If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 2 the maximum is 15 people.
Altitude Sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is particularly a important medical consideration while trekking in Nepal. Altitude Sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3,000 meters. The initial symptoms of AMS are as following:
Loss of appetite
Insomnia / sleeplessness
Dizziness, light headedness, confusion,
Disorientation, drunken gait
Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs
Slight swelling of hand and face
Breathlessness and Breathing irregularity
Reduced urine output
These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of appearance of any of the above symptoms any further ascent should be reconsidered otherwise more serious problems can occur which can even cause death sometimes within a few hours, the only cure for the Altitude Sickness is to descend to a lower elevations immediately. Acclimatization by ascending to no more than 300 to 500 meters per day above 3,000 meters and the proper amount of rest are the best methods for preventions of AMS.
Literatures and pamphlet published by Himalayan Rescue Association consists of detailed information on AMS. The Central Immigration Office and all trekking agencies in Kathmandu distribute this pamphlet free of Cost. Since these medical also give information on the list of suggested documents supplies for trekkers it is a compulsory item for every trekkers' medical kit.
As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio.
The main health consideration in high altitude is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and to handle the low oxygen rate. For your service, we carry a medical kit with standard prescribed medicines along with a users’ manual which you can use upon your own risk. We do not take any medical liability since our staffs are not qualified to prescribe medicines.
If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for trekking in high altitude areas before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly be of help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.
RESCUE / EVACUATIONS
In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. There are good hospitals in Kathmandu where you can get good care.
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