Gokyo trek feb 2013- feasable?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 18, 2012 12:34 PM Last Post By: scoodly
Oct 17, 2012 12:44 PM
Gokyo trek feb 2013- feasable?Hallo,
I plan to do the Gokyo trek from Lukla to gokyo and back in Feb 2013 and I have a few questions
-is the trek feasable at that time of the year? Wil it be cold or extremelwy cold?
-Any reliable agency in Katmandu to organise it ( plane to Lukla guide and porters)
-is it better to organise everything in KTM before flying to nepal?
Thx for answer
Oct 17, 2012 1:25 PM
Trekking this route in February is feasible.
February gets relatively little precipitation (see here) but that does not it will not snow of course. There can be heavy snowfalls. At lower altitudes it will be cold and higher up, extremely cold but decent gear will deal with this.
In short, there is noreason not to trek to Gokyo in February.
Oct 17, 2012 4:23 PM
2And because it is 'off season' there will be plenty of trek agencies to choose from once you arrive in Nepal. You can do some email contacts if you want before arrival but be sure to meet and check out any agencies and personnel prior to committing....if you have read posts over the last couple of weeks people have written on the comparative virtures of independent trekking and hiring a guide or guide/porter and have made some recommedations regarding same.
Review all threads for the last few weeks that seem even remotely germain and see the responses....this is some of the best research anyone can do in preparation for coming to Nepal. Usable info does not start with 'your' posting but has likely been covered (time and again) in previous postings with the last few weeks...and anyone can use the search function too.....
Good luck and happy research....
Oct 17, 2012 5:18 PM
3Good info from ##1 and 2.
I'm going to repeat what roger_ray said, only to reassure you. Make contact via email with a few trekkiing agencies in Kathmandu. That way you'll gather the basic info that you need. When you arrive to Ktm meet them, discuss details and get their offers. Meeting them in person will bring best results, both for your trekking schedule/details and the price,.
You might consider doing EBC including Gokyo which would take 16-19 days, depending on weather.
Oct 18, 2012 12:44 AM
4Here is a post about my experiences of trekking in mid winter trekking, which included going much higher than Gokyo (I did the 3 high passes twice). My treks were in Dec - Jan, so it will be a little less cold at night in Feb. You should be OK, though as Scoodly has said, there are no guarantees re the weather when doing outdoor activities. My post: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2212271
You can hire guides, porters etc directly and on a daily rate basis - this gives you maximum flexibility (and is what I now do), and you can put together a very bespoke trek that best suits you re pace, where you stop etc. PM me if you want the contact details for the guide I now trek with (he is very experienced with high altitude, winter trekking, and general trekking).
Oct 18, 2012 5:02 AM
Oct 18, 2012 5:51 AM
6Excellent info already provided and all I can add is that I also trekked EBC and Gokyo in January / February a few years ago and had a wonderful trek – yes it was cold – Extremely Cold – But as long as your kit is up to it then you should also have a cracking trek.
Trekking Agencies, several people including some that who have already replied use the same agent as I have done for the last 18 years and 9 trips to Nepal, so I am sure that by now someone will have given you the name
Good Luck and Happy Safe Trekking
Oct 18, 2012 12:34 PM
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