Nepal April 2020
G O K Y O L A K E S T R E K April 20 to May 5, 2020
Trip Cost $2,800
16 days, 15 nights
After thoroughly exploring Kathmandu, we head into the Himalayas on a short flight to the tiny airstrip of Lukla. From here we begin trekking through the homeland of the native Sherpa people, hiking through their villages, visiting their homes and Buddhist monasteries. As we gain altitude, we take in spectacular views of Mt. Everest and neighboring peaks such as Ama Dablam. Everest and Lhotse, the world's 1st and 4th tallest mountains, and many other white capped Himalayan peaks are also in the vicinity.
This trek begins along the classic route that mountaineers and trekkers hike to Everest base camp. Along the way we will stop in Namche Bazaar, the prosperous market town in the heart of Sherpa country. From here we veer away from the Everest route, heading west and upward toward Gokyo. While absorbing the magnificent Himalayan scenery, we trek along the mighty Dudh Koshi (Milk River) to a high valley below Everest.
At our high point, we hike to the top of Gokyo Ri (17,575ft/5,357m) where we shall be rewarded with dramatic vistas, awesome landscapes, beautiful views of Gokyo's five turquoise glacial lakes, as well as the incredible feeling of being up close and personal with and surrounded by the world's highest Himalayan peaks. Ngozumpa glacier, too, is a marvel of nature. One of the largest in the world, this miles-long glacier lies below, originating to the north at the base of the world's 6th tallest mountain, Cho Oyo.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)
Day 2: Kathmandu city tour
Day 3: Flight Kathmandu to Lukla, trek to Phakding (8,563ft/2,610m)
Day 4: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11,286ft/3,440m)
Day 5: Rest Day in Namche Bazaar, acclimatization hike to Khumjung (12,434ft/3,790m)
Day 6: Trek Namche Bazzar to Phortse Village (12,496ft/3,810m)
Day 7: Trek Phortse Village to Machhermo (14,663ft/4,470 m)
Day 8: Trek Machharmo to Gokyo (15,744ft/4,800m)
Day 9: Hike Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (17,575ft/5,357m)
Day 10-11: Descend to Khumjung via Dole (13,248ft/4,038m)
Day 12: Descend Khumjung to Phakding (8563ft/2,610m)
Day 13: Descend Phakding to Lukla (2,860m/9,383ft)
Day 14: Extra day to allow for acclimatization if needed.
Day 15: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 16: Departure Kathmandu
Option 1: Two night visit to Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal for elephant safari in search of rhinos, tigers and other exotic wildlife.
Option 2: Pokhara two night visit, short day hike, Devi Falls and cave, Peace Pagoda, boating in Phewa Lake, parasailing or other excursion(s)
Option 3: Lumbini perhaps - the birthplace of Buddha
We will discuss.
» Airport/hotel transfers
» Three nights accommodations in hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
» Teahouse Lodge accommodations during the trek
» Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley, including tour guide and entrance fees
» Roundtrip Kathmandu-Lukla domestic flight and airport departure tax
» An experienced English-speaking trekking guide
» Porters to carry luggage during the trek, porter salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food & lodging
» Any paper work and permits (national park permit, trekking permits)
» Pre-departure planning, organizing, packing help, health/trek information, cultural orientation, etc.
additional expenses to consider
» Nepal visa fee ~$40
» International airfare to and from Kathmandu $1,500-2,000
» Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
» All meals and personal expenses during the trek
» Travel immunizations, trip, baggage, health and evacuation/rescue insurance $40-$200
» Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, showers)
» Tips for guides and porters
Please contact ME if you are interested in this trip. I look forward to discussing the details with you.