18-day/17-night Gokyo Lakes & Ama Dablam Escorted Trek

Gokyo Lakes & Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

A magnificent trek to the beautiful lakes of the Gokyo Valley with the opportunity to enjoy extraordinary views of Mt. Everest and a side trek to the region’s most stunning peak - Ama Dablam.

ESCORTED GROUP TREK - APRIL 16 - MAY 3, 2017

TRIP LENGTH: 18 days/17 nights - GROUP SIZE: Max 12  

 MEALS: 3 Breakfasts (in Kathmandu) - TRIP GRADE: Moderate-Challenging - ACCOMMODATION: Kathmandu 4-star hotel & Trekking Lodges -  TRIP TYPE: Escorted plus Local Trek Leader

PRICES FROM: US$2,050 per person, twin share.  Regional Flight: From US$365pp (subject to change)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: US$ 520 DEPOSIT: AU$ 600


DAY BY DAY HIGHLIGHTS

DAY 1 – KATHMANDU (1360m) April 16, 2017

You will be greeted at Kathmandu airport by our team in Nepal. It is only a short drive to your hotel, located in the heart of the city. After checking into your room there will be some free time before your trek leader gives you a detailed briefing on the program ahead. The evening is at leisure.

DAY 2 – KATHMANDU (1360m) April 17, 2017

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu today. Visit Bodhnath Stupa, a Tibetan Buddhist shrine that pilgrims circumnavigate as they chant their prayers. Then head to the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you’ll see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Return to your hotel around lunchtime, with the afternoon free for further sightseeing or maybe some shopping in Thamel, the main tourist area of the city. Late in the afternoon you will be provided with your sleeping bag, high altitude trek jacket and kitbag for use on trek. Your guide will also update you with plans for the following day.


Day 3 – PHAKDING (2650m) April 18, 2017

Trekking: approx 3 hours 

The early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2830m) is spectacular, with sensational views of the Himalayan range. The Lukla airstrip was built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid 1960’s and after landing with your guide your local porters will sort and load your trekking equipment before you start trekking towards the Dudh Kosi River. Here you join the main trading trail to Namche Bazaar, at Chaunrikharka (2720m).  The walking is delightfully easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat you cross the river to your overnight lodge at Phakding (2650m).

Day 4 – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440m) April 19, 2017

Trekking: approx 4 hours

You walk through pine and rhododendron forest to Benkar where you have beautiful views of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2840m). In the afternoon you enter the National Park, where permits are checked, and then pass through the village of Jorsale (2805m). The trail leads to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi, from where you start the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. After crossing the high suspension bridge we suggest you walk at a slow and steady pace and make the most of the fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7879m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time.


Day 5 – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440m) April 20, 2017 

Acclimatization

To aid acclimatisation your guide will organise a morning walk to the cultural museum above the village. You then ascend to the airstrip at Shyangboche andthe Everest View Hotel for stunning views of Everest and Ama Dablam over a cup of tea or hot chocolate. You return to Namche for lunch and the afternoon is free to relax or shop in the bazaar. It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see either the sunrise or sunset views from the National Park Headquarters above the village. The view is stunning.

Day 6 – MONGLA (3970m) April 21, 2017 

Trekking: approx 4 hours

In the morning you climb out of the village to ascend to the airstrip at Shyangboche and then to Khumjung - the largest village in the region. The holy peak of Khumbilya (5761m) looms above and you follow the trail that contours around its lower slopes, passing through beautiful birch forest and then climbing on open grassy slopes to Mongla located on top of a rocky ridge. From the lodge there are superb views of the surrounding mountains and the village of Phortse, seen across the valley amid a patchwork of stone-walled fields.

Day 7 – DOLE (4040m) April 22, 2016 

Trekking: approx 4 hours

Passing the Buddhist stupa shrine on the ridge and you commence the steep 300 metre descent into the Dudh Kosi Valley. At Phortse Bridge you ascend steeply through forest and then contour high above the valley, enjoying dramatic views of Kantega, Thamserku and Ama Dablam (6856m). Your first view of Cho-Oyo (8153m), at the head of the valley, is enjoyed about an hour beyond Phortse Bridge as you emerge above the tree line. The trail is easy to follow, and well defined, with impressive rock faces and waterfalls lining the route. You pass the small yak herding settlements of Tongba (4015m) and Gyele (4050m) and from here it’s a short descent to Dole (4084m), After lunch you can explore the upper Dole Valley, for beautiful views of Cho-Oyo and Gyachung Kang (7922m) at the head of the valley. The imposing peaks of Taweche (6542m) and Cholatse (6440m) lie across the valley to the east.

Day 8 – MACHHERMO (4460m) April 23, 2017

Trekking: approx 3 hours

The trek up the Gokyo Valley ascends gently but it is essential you acclimatise properly so today is another short walk. You begin with a short but steep climb to regain the main Dudh Kosi Valley. You will feel the altitude so take your time to enjoy the view and rest as often as you wish. The barren and open alpine scenery is particularly spectacular and after two hours you arrive at Luza (4360m) for a welcome tea break. Frrom here it is only a further hour’s walk to your lodge at Machhermo (4460m) where you spend the night. In the afternoon it is worthwhile heading up the valley and ascending the ridge line below Kyajo Ri (6168m) and Machhermo Peak (6073m). Machhermo is famously known for Yeti sightings in 1974.


Day 9 – GOKYO (4760m) April 24, 2017

Trekking: approx 4 hours

You leave the lodge at Machhermo by climbing out of the valley to follow Dudh Kosi Valley northwards. Tibetan snow cocks are often found in this area where the valley widens at Pangka (4390m). The jumbled, terminal moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier (the largest in Nepal) can be seen ahead and the trail follows the left side of the glacial moraines. The route is well defined as you pick your way through a maze of boulders to reach the first of the Gokyo lakes followed by a second lake at Longponga (4690m). The trail then ascends gently to the third lake at Gokyo (4750m). Gokyo itself consists of a number of lodges and stone walled paddocks and yaks can be seen grazing on the surrounding hillsides. After lunch it is recommended that you take it easy due to the altitude, but if you are feeling up to it, take a short walk to the ridge at the back of Gokyo for views down to the huge Ngozumpa Glacier.

Day 10 – MACHHERMO (4460m) April 25, 2017

Trekking: approx 5 hours

For the best views you rise early to ascend Gokyo Peak (5360m). The two hour walk is demanding due to the altitude but the reward is one of the best panoramas in the Everest area. From the top, four 8000-metre peaks can be seen - Everest (8848m), Cho-Oyo (8153m), Lhotse (8511m) and Makalu (8481m) as well as many more Himalayan giants in this amazing panorama of summits. Looking down, the village of Gokyo looks like a mere speck and the turquoise blue waters of the lake shimmers in the sunlight. The huge Ngozumpa Glacier is awesomely impressive due to its sheer size. You head back to Gokyo for brunch and then retrace your steps back down the valley to Machhermo.


Day 11 – PHORTSE (3820m) April 26, 2017

Trekking: approx 5 hours

From Machhermo you retrace your steps down the valley to Dole, where you rejoin the forested trail that descends to the river at Phortse Bridge. Musk deer are often seen on this section of the trail so keep your eyes open for this beautiful animal. You can take lunch at the village and then branch off the main trail to Namche to cross the Dudh Kosi and ascend to the village of Phortse. Phortse is one of the more traditional Sherpa villages in the Khumbu region, and surprisingly few trekkers stop here on their Everest trek.

Day 12 – PANGBOCHE (4360m) April 27, 2017

Trekking: approx 6 hours

From Phortse the trail ascends on an exposed trail, with views across to the monastery at Thyangboche. After descending to the Imja Khola, you follow the main trail to Everest to the village of Pangboche, where the peak of Ama Dablam towers above the skyline.  We check into our lodge and after lunch visit the beautiful monastery that once housed the legendary Yeti scalp. If you are still feeling energetic a short climb above the village offers fine views of Everest and the Lhotse ridge and arguably the regions most spectacular mountain, Ama Dablam.


Day 13 - PANGBOCHE - excursion to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4020M) April 28, 2017

Trekking 6 hours

Today’s walk takes you away from the main trail to Everest to Ama Dablam Base Camp to enjoy spectacular mountain scenery not seen by most trekkers to the region. From your lodge you descend to the Imja Khola river and begin the ascent on open alpine slopes to Lhabarma. The mountain looms directly above as you trek to the base camp located at an open yak pasture at an altitude of 4,560m. The standard climbing route on Ama Dablam follows the south west ridge so if you look towards the right hand skyline you may see climbers on the mountain. There are also excellent views of Kantega (6,783m), Thamserku (6,618m) and Tawoche (6,542m. After enjoying a packed lunch you return to your lodge in Pangboche.

Day 14 – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440m) April 29, 2017

Trekking: approx 5 hours

You make a leisurely start from Pangboche descending down the valley with the peaks of Ama Dablam and Taweche looming majestically above the trail. After crossing the Imja River you ascend through rhododendron and birch forest to Thyangboche where you take lunch and explore the monastery. In the afternoon it is a steep descent through forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga where you cross the Dudh Kosi river and ascend to the small village of Trashinga. From here the walking becomes easier as the trail contours high above the valley through Sanasa and on to your overnight halt at Namche Bazaar.


Day 15 – PHAKDING (2650m) April 30, 2017 

Trekking: approx 4 hours

There is a final opportunity to visit the shops in the bazaar and maybe send an email before you descend steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. Back at lower altitudes, fit and well acclimatised, the walking is now easy as you follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where you can take lunch. In the afternoon you take a leisurely stroll down the valley through Benkar and back to your lodge in Phakding.

Day 16 – LUKLA (2800m) May 1, 2017

Trekking: approx 3 hours 

It is only a few hours walking to the airstrip in Lukla. The first part of the walk follows the valley before making a gradual ascent passing through Chaunrikharka to your hotel located close to the airport. In the evening enjoy a quiet a celebration.

DAY 17 – LUKLA-KATHMANDU May 2, 2017

Depart from Lukla  for the return flight to Kathmandu. On arrival you  transferred back to your hotel and the rest of the day is free to do souvenir shopping or further sightseeing. Enjoy a final evening out tonight with your guide.


DAY 18 – DEPARTURE May 3, 2017

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Wandering the World hope you have had a journey of a lifetime and welcome your choice to wander with us again. 

Included:

Experienced trek leader and porters.  Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and lodge accommodation on trek. Trek Permits. Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Meals as indicated. Trek Pack. Portable Altitude Chamber.

Not Included:

International flights. Travel insurance (which is mandatory). Other meals in Kathmandu. Meals on trek. Crew tips (allow approx. $5 per trekking day).  Items of a personal nature, such as laundry, drinks, souvenirs.


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