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Gokyo Circuit Trek

The best alternative to regular Everest base camp trek

Overview

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    Trip Type High Pass Trek
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    Duration 15 Days
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    Trip Grade Moderate
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    Group Size Min.1,Max.12
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    Max. Altitude 5360m
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    Destination Nepal

Trip Speciality/ Highlights

  • Trek to Renjo Pass, the best view point in Everest region
  • Trek to turquoise lake of Gokyo
  • Trek to Gokyo fifth lake for close view of Cho Oyu
  • Comfortable quality lodge trek
  • Less crowded trekking trail

The Gokyo Circuit Trek is designed as the best alternative to the regular Everest Base Camp Trek. This trek takes you through the typical sherpa settlements such as the Thame village, the homeland of Sherpa climber including that of the legendary Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and to the top of Renjo La Pass which is the best view point in whole Everest region. Furthermore, this trek includes stay beside the famous Gokyo lake and a hike to the fifth lake from where you lay face to face with Cho Oyu and other beautiful peaks. Compared to the regular Everest Base Camp Trek this trail is less crowded and offers an amazing experience. It is even suitable for those who have previously done trek to the base camp.

Itinerary

Day: 1

Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel

One of our staff, usually your trek guide, awaits your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After a warm welcome, upon your arrival, we will transfer you to hotel, followed by a welcome dinner in the evening and an informal briefing about the days ahead.

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    Destination Kathmandu
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    Accommodation Hotel
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    Meals Dinner
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    Altitude: 1300m

Day: 2

Sightseeing to Cultural Heritage sites of Kathmandu

Apart from being the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is originally a place rich in cultural heritage sites. On this day, we take you on a half-day tour to visit the holy and precious stupas of Boudhanath and the Swoyambunath.  Swoyambunath Stupa is also popularly known as the Monkey Temple, due to the fact that its premises are also a home to monkeys. We also utilize some time checking up your gears and assist you do some last minute shopping – if necessary.

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    Destination Kathmandu
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    Accommodation Hotel
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    Meals Breakfast
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    Altitude: 1300m
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    Time: 4 hours

Day: 3

Fly to Lukla, then trek to Phakding

Early morning pick up at your hotel then transfer to domestic airport in Kathmandu for a 35 minutes adventurous flight to Lukla. Upon arrival in Lukla, we introduce you to rest of our trek staff, then we begin the trek to Phakding, which is short and pleasant. Gentle walk along the Dudhkoshi river and passing small sherpa settlement of Chuplung, Thado koshi and Ghat before arriving in Phakding.

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    Destination Phakding
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 2600m
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    Time: 35 min. flight, 3 hours walk

Day: 4

Trek to Namche Bazaar

Our trek, today, begins on the gentle trail that goes through pine jungle, suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river and pass by Monjo village. We continue our trek and we stop at the Sagarmatha National Park Entry point at Jorsalle. After completing check-post formalities we continue northward and cross over the gushing Dudh Koshi river using the spectacular suspension bridge, the Hillary Bridge. Then we ascend the steep trail all the way up to the Namche Bazaar. Given its fine geographic location Namche Bazaar was popular as the main local trade market in old days. Today it has developed with modern facilities of a town and is widely known as the sherpa capital of khumbu region.

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    Destination Namche Bazaar
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 3440m
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    Time: 6 hours

Day: 5

Morning hike to Hotel Everest View and descend back for acclimatization

We stay one more day at Namche for acclimatization. In the morning, we hike steep up the Syangboche, take tea break at Hotel Everest View while enjoying panaromic view of Everest and then walk down to our lodge in Namche. In the afternoon, just take rest or explore around Namche.

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    Destination Namche Bazaar
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 3440m
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    Time: 4 hours

Day: 6

Trek to Thame

From Namche, we walk northwest direction on the gently sloped trail leading to the Thame village. Thame is a home to legendary Everest climbers and significant number of high altitude mountaineering workforce comes from Thame. At Thame, the Dechenling Monastery also called the Thame Monastery is a place one must visit.

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    Destination Thame
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 3800m
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    Time: 4 hours

Day: 7

Trek to Lungden

From Thame we trek northwards through the old trade and caravan route that leads to Nangpa la pass. Passing by potato and private grass fields we arrive at Lungden. Although we arrive here in just around four hours it is the best way to proceed in higher altitude.

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    Destination Lungden
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 4300m
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    Time: 4 hours

Day: 8

Cross Renjo La Pass 5360m and arrive in Gokyo

Today is going to be an exciting and bit challenging part of this trek. We continue our walk higher on the steeper trail all the way up to the Renjo La pass, which is undoubtedly the best scenic view point in the Everest region. Then we descend down to our lodge beside the Gokyo lake.

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    Destination Gokyo
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 4790m
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    Time: 6 hours

Day: 9

Hike to Gokyo Fourth & Fifth Lake 4980m

There are five lake in the Gokyo area. The well known Gokyo lake is the third one of these. These lakes are spiritually important for the native Sherpas. Today we hike to the Fourth and Fifth lake, situated north of the main Gokyo lake. The trail is gentle and we walk on the flat grasslands. Upon arriving in the fifth lake we see the ChoOyu and Gyachung Khang at a very close distance.

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    Destination Gokyo
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 4790m
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    Time: 4 hours

Day: 10

Trek to Dole 4090m

The trail from Gokyo to Dole is a gentle down-hill walk along the Dudh Koshi River. We pass through the villages of Machermo , Luza and lhabarma before arriving at our lodge in Dole.

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    Destination Dole
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 4090m
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    Time: 6 hours

Day: 11

Trek to Namche Bazaar

From Dole we continue down – hill trek until we reach  Sherpa settlement of Phortse Thenga. Afterwards we take slightly steeper trail and passing via Mongla and Kyanjuma we arrive in Namche.

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    Destination Namche Bazaar
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 3440m
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    Time: 6 hours

Day: 12

Trek to Lukla

The trek back to Lukla is also the same trail as before. Celebrate successful trip in the evening!

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    Destination Lukla
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 2800m
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    Time: 6-7 hours

Day: 13

Fly back to Kathmandu

We take a flight back to Kathmandu and you have free time to relax and recover.

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    Destination Kathmandu
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast
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    Altitude: 1300m
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    Time: 35 min. flight

Day: 14

Half-day sightseeing

Today, we take you on a half-day sightseeing to one of the world heritage sites, either the Pashupatinath Temple or Patan Durbar Square or Bhaktapur Durbar Square. And you have the remaining time to do shopping or explore around Thamel.

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    Destination Kathmandu
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast
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    Altitude: 1300m
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    Time: 4 hours

Day: 15

Transfer to Airport for homebound departure

Depending on your flight timing we transfer you to the Tribuvan International Airport, Kathmandu approximately 2-3 hours before the flight.

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    Destination Departure
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast
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    Altitude: 1300m

Trip Map

Altitude Graph

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