Gokyo Lake Trek

14 Days

The Gokyo Lake Trek is a thrilling and awe-inspiring journey that takes you deep into the heart of the Himalayas. This trek offers a captivating alternative to the classic Everest Base Camp trek, providing stunning views of towering peaks, pristine glacial lakes, and peaceful valleys. In this comprehensive description, we will delve into the main features and essential information regarding the Gokyo Lake Trek.

The adventure commences with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a trek through picturesque Sherpa villages and lush forests. One of the highlights of this expedition is the ascent of Gokyo Ri, a breathtaking viewpoint that offers panoramic vistas of the entire Everest region. Standing atop Gokyo Ri, you will be rewarded with a mesmerizing view of majestic peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. As you descend from Gokyo Ri, you will pass by the pristine Gokyo Lakes, a series of turquoise-colored glacial lakes that beautifully reflect the surrounding mountains.

For those seeking an even more challenging adventure, the Gokyo Lake Trek can be combined with the classic Everest Base Camp Trek. This alternative route takes you through the Gokyo Lakes before joining the traditional trail to Everest Base Camp. By traversing the Gokyo Lakes, you will not only witness the unparalleled beauty of the lakes but also experience a less crowded path, allowing for a more serene and intimate connection with nature.

The cost of the Gokyo Lake Trek varies depending on the duration, inclusions, and services provided by trekking agencies. Generally, the cost covers permits, domestic flights, accommodation, meals, and the assistance of experienced guides and porters. We recommend comparing prices from different agencies to find the best package that suits your preferences and budget.

The Gokyo Lake Trek typically lasts for 12 to 14 days, allowing for acclimatization and ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience. However, the itinerary can be tailored to accommodate shorter or longer durations based on your preferences.

The best time to undertake the Gokyo Lake Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods offer stable weather conditions with clear skies and excellent visibility. In spring, you can witness vibrant rhododendron blooms, while autumn showcases stunning landscapes with colorful foliage. It is not recommended to trek during the monsoon season (June to August) due to heavy rainfall and potential hazards.

The Gokyo Lake Trek follows a well-defined route that takes you through various key points. Starting from Lukla, you will head towards Namche Bazaar, the lively Sherpa hub of the Khumbu region. From there, the trail leads to the tranquil Dudh Koshi River Valley, guiding you to the picturesque villages of Dole, Machhermo, and Gokyo. After exploring the Gokyo Lakes and conquering Gokyo Ri, the trek retraces its steps and joins the main trail towards Everest Base Camp. Along the way, you will pass through scenic villages like Pangboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche. The journey culminates with a visit to the iconic Everest Base Camp, where you can witness the world’s highest peak up close.

The Gokyo Lake Trek offers an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Himalayas, discover hidden gems like the Gokyo Lakes, and witness the legendary Everest region from a unique perspective. Whether you choose to trek solely to Gokyo Ri or combine it with Everest Base Camp, this adventure guarantees a life-changing experience that will create unforgettable memories. So, prepare yourself, embrace the challenge, and embark on this extraordinary journey into the heart of the Himalayas.

Trip Info

  • Autumn & Spring
  • Some Places
  • 5545m
  • 5-7 hours/day
  • Thamel Kathmandu
  • Everest Region
  • 16

Overview

Gokyo Lake Trek Overview
  • Destination: Gokyo Lake
  • Starting Point: Kathmandu
  • Ending point: Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude: 5360m
  • No of Days: 14 days
  • Best Season: Spring
  • Group size: 1-15 max
Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu  (1400 m)
  • Day 02: Sightseeing Day in Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport (2840m) & trek to Monjo (2830m)  5-6 Hrs Trek
  • Day 04:Trek from Monjo to Namche Bazaar (3440m)  4-5  Hrs Trek
  • Day 05:Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazar
  • Day 06:Trek from Namche Bazar to Dhole (4110m)  5-6 Hrs trek
  • Day 07:Trek from Dhole to Machhermo (4470m)  4-5  Hrs Trek
  • Day 08:Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4750m)  4-5  Hrs Trek
  • Day 09: Early Morning Hike to Gokyo Ri (5360 m) for a sunrise View and Explore Gokyo Lake (4790 m)
  • Day 10:Trek from Gokyo to Dhole (4200m)  5-6  Hrs Trek
  • Day 11: Trek from Dhole to Namche Bazaar (3440m)  5-6 Hrs Trek
  • Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar  to Lukla  (2840 m)  6-7  Hrs Trek
  • Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 14: Departure

Highlights

  • Visit the Capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu.
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site situated inside the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Experience the scenery flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Experience the most popular trekking routes in Nepal, the Gokyo Lake trek.
  • Observe a beautiful, sleepy& peaceful village, PhortseTenga, Dhole, and Machhermo.
  • Experience a great alternative to walking to Everest base camp.
  • The breathtaking landscape of the beautiful valley throughout the trip.
  • Witness the speculator views of various mountains such as Mount Makalu, Mount Cho-Oyu, Mount Everest, and Mount Lhotse.
  • Enjoy the route to Gokyo Lakes, with snowcapped mountains throughout the journey.
  • Witness the tranquil lake, Sherpa village, Sherpa culture.
  • Witness the rhododendrons forest, a rare animal throughout the journey.

Itinerary

Maximum Altitude:1,350m/4,428 ft.

Meals: Dinner

As soon as you land at TIA, you will witness that one of our representatives will be at the airport for your welcome. He will then take you to the Hotel in Kathmandu. You can take a shower and take a rest for a while in your room.

Kathmandu is a beautiful city to visit. You can see the different places nearby the hotel in the evening. We will also take you to the Thamel area in the evening, which looks more beautiful in the evening time. You can taste different cuisines and enjoy the evening.

As you return to the Hotel, you will be provided with the trip’s detailed itinerary by one of our representatives.

You will stay overnight in the Hotel of Kathmandu.

Trip duration: A whole day (Around 9 hours)

Maximum Altitude: Kathmandu(1350m/4428ft)

Meals: Breakfast

Today you will have an extra day in Kathmandu. Therefore, you can prepare for your trip. Moreover, you can also purchase some trekking gear and other requirements for the journey.

As per our itinerary today, you will be visiting the UNESCO world heritage site located inside the valley. At first, we will be visiting the Pasupatinath temple.

Our representative will be at your place in the early morning and take you to the Pasupatinath temple first. Then he will take you to the Bouddhanath temple.

You can taste different food in Kathmandu. For example, you can taste typical Newari Food in Kathmandu, which is one of the famous cuisines in Kathmandu.

You will stay overnight in the Hotel of Kathmandu.

Kilometers: Kathmandu to Lukla (135-140km)

Flight duration: Kathmandu to Lukla (20- minutes flights)

Trek Duration: (Lukla to Monjo 6 hrs.)

Maximum Altitude: Lukla (2800m/9,184ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will be heading to the Tribhuvan International Airport early in the morning after breakfast.

You will be heading toward the Lukla Airport from Kathmandu. The duration of the flight will be around 20- minutes. You will witness the beautiful view of the mountains during the flight. Trekkers are coming closer and closer to the naturally gifted Khumbu region with each passing minute.

As you will land in the Lukla, you can rest for a while in the Village of Lukla. After sometimes you will be heading towards the Monjo. The trek duration will be of 6 hours. After the long day hike, we will be exploring the monastery and the village of Monjo for an acclimatization purpose.

Overnight in the village of Monjo.

Kilometers: Monjo – Namche (5.5km)

Trek duration: 5 hours.

Maximum Altitude: Namche Bazar (3440m/11283ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A few more stages of our adventure keep us entertained, and you are now waking up to the Himalayan Pyrenees. When you wake up, we will serve you a beautiful meal to ensure you have the energy to accomplish the entire walk without becoming exhausted.

While crossing the Dudh Koshi river on many suspension bridges, Mt. Thamserku will be a spectacular treat for our eyes. Finally, we’ll arrive at the Sagarmatha National Park’s entry, where you’ll need to check your trekking permits.

The trail goes along the steep climb up to the ridge. Then, finally, we arrive at Namche Bazaar’s lively, crescent-shaped town, where we will spend the night and eat dinner.

You will stay overnight in the Namche Bazar.

Maximum Altitude: Namche Bazar (3440m/11283ft)

Trek duration: 1- 2 hrs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Acclimatization day is one of the most crucial things for the long-duration trek. Especially in the hike to the mountainous region, travelers need to adjust to the environment that will help them to prevent altitude sickness.

Today you can also visit the nearby places of the Namche Bazar. You may travel to the Everest View Hotel, which is a great spot to see Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and other stunning mountains.

You can return to Namche from Everest view hotel after walking through Khumjung Valley, Khunde Hospital, and Hillary College. In Namche Bazaar, you spend time with the jovial Sherpa and Rai people.

You will stay overnight in Namche.

Kilometers:Namche – Dhole (11.5km)

Trip duration: 5-6 hours

Maximum Altitude: Dhole ( 4200m/ 133779ft )

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today our destination will be towards the Dhole from Namche Bazar. Today after breakfast, our paths will lead us towards the Dhole. The trek duration will be of 5- 6 hours.

We stroll above the Dudh Koshi River on a lovely trail beneath soaring peaks to Thamserku and farther down, with a spectacular view of the enormous, prominent snow peaks in the distance.

You will stay overnight in Dhole.

Kilometers: Dhole – Machhermo (7km)

Trip duration: 4 -5 Hours

Maximum Altitude:Machhermo (4410m/ 14460.50ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Again after breakfast, we will be heading towards the Machhermo from Dhole. Today the trek duration will be off 4-5 hours.

While moving towards the Machharmo, the trail continues up alongside a valley high above the river, traversing many sandy spurs. This village is a Sherpa pasture community as well as todays’ trekking destination. We can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association after arriving.

You will stay overnight in the Machhermo

Kilometers: Machhermo – Gokyo ( 6.8km)

Trek duration: 5-6 hours.

Maximum Altitude:Gokyo (4790m/ 15715.22ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will be heading to Gokyo Lake. We will leave Machhermo early in the morning. After the 5-6 hours of hike, we will be at the Gokyo lake, the final destination of today’s trek.

The Gokyo Lakes are one of the world’s highest freshwater lakes. Trek to Dudh Koshi, also known as Gokyo Cho, over the rugged slope of the Ngozumpa glacier (Himalaya’s longest glacier).

We go through the riverbank before commencing our ascent to the Ngazumpa glacier’s terminal moraine, where we will begin our ascent to the first lake. Next, the trail goes the hill to the second lake view, and then we will arrive at Gokyo on the edge of the third lake after an hour’s walk.

You will stay overnight at Gokyo.

Kilometers: Gokyo – Gokyo Ri ( 4Km)

Trip duration: 2-3 hours

Maximum Altitude:Gokyo Ri (5360m/ 17585.30)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We’ll trek up to the Gokyo Ri this morning for amazing sights and a magnificent sunrise. The trek duration will be only two to a maximum of three hours. Today’s hike will be one of the memorable hikes. Visitors can view the world’s four tallest peaks, including

Everest (8,848m),
Cho-Oyu (8,153m),
Lhotse (8,516m), and
Makalu (8,463m),

Similarly, visitors will be able to see the numerous other snow-capped peaks. From Gokyo Ri, you will be returning to the Gokyo. You will stay overnight in Gokyo.

Kilometers: Gokyo – Dhole (14km)

Trip duration: 5-6 hours

Maximum Altitude: Dhole ( 4200m/ 133779ft )

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Those who wish to take a different route to Phorche Village may do so. The majority of the walk descends gradually to Dhole after exploring Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes. It then heads east, climbing across the Ngazumpa Glaciers. You still have the opportunity to see a variety of mountain views along the trip.

You will stay overnight in Dhole.

Kilometers: Dhole – Namche Bazar (12km)

Trip duration: 4-6 hours

Maximum Altitude: Namche Bazar (3440m/11283ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will be returning to Namche Bazar from Dhole.

Today we shall pass through dense forests and a variety of ecosystems on our way there. There are ups and downs as well. Its magnificent scenery, abundant vegetation, and fauna, nevertheless, inspire you. After a long day of walking, we will arrive in Namche. Namche is the largest Sherpa settlement in the Everest region.

You will stay overnight in Namche.

Kilometers: Monjo – Lukla (7.8 km )

Trip duration: 6 hours

Maximum Altitude: Lukla (2800m/9,184ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today the trail descends following the same route as before to Lukla. Today you will give a farewell to all the mountain views left behind. Then 5 to 6 hours of trek will take you to Lukla which is the end of the trek.

When you arrive in Lukla, you rest in a small lodge and spend the rest of your time sampling local cuisine before retiring for the night.

Kilometers: Lukla – Kathmandu ( 130- 140 km)

FlightDuration: 20-minutes

Maximum Altitude: Kathmandu (1350m/4428ft)

Meals: Dinner

Early in the morning, after breakfast, our representatives will transfer you to the Lukla Airport. After the 40-minutes of flight, you will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Then, our representative will again transfer you to the Hotel in Kathmandu. After this long trip, you can take a rest in your room.

If you want, then you can also visit the nearby places in Kathmandu. Finally, in the evening, we will serve you a delicious farewell dinner.

You will stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 14 :
Departure

Meals: Breakfast

Before the departure time, our representative will be at your place to pick you from the Hotel. Then, he will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport. Before the departure flight, you can also do so to taste exceptional cuisine in Kathmandu.

We would love to see you again!

Includes/Excludes

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up & final departure by private vehicle.
  • Welcome & farewell cultural dinner.
  • A full Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseen Tour with local tour guide and Private vehicle
  • Kathmandu Lukla , Lukla Kathmandu Flight
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • A day three meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) on your choice from the menu during the treks.
  • An excellent government licensed holder guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • A strong porter (2:1) one porter carrying two member’s bags including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets provided and to be returned after the trip is complete.
  • All needed permit & national park fees.
  • First aid kid box including oximeter & pulse meter checker.
  • Trekking route map.
  • Standard tea house during the treks.
  • Seasonal fruits.
  • An emergency helicopter rescue services, if in case.
  • An achievement certificate.
  • Government tax & service charge.

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses as like the phone & camera charging, hot shower, wifi
  • Tips to guide & porter
  • Extra an activities, in case if you have an extra day on your holidays.
  • All kind of drinks as like mineral water, beer, tea, coffee, juice, Coke, Fanta, and hard drinks.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, in case if you return earlier from the treks.
  • UNESCO entrance fee
  • Lunch & dinner during stay in city.

FAQ's

Is there any kind of difficulties that trekkers face in this path?

Trek is a kind of modest level of trekking. The route has modulated flats and extreme ascents; however, it usually is possible with minimal hiking expertise for hikers of any age. The trekker must, however, be fit to the body. However, training should be undertaken to accommodate high-level sickness before embarking on this EBC tour.

Can I plan the Gokyo lake trek alone?

Trekking alone, on the other hand, is never a good idea. As a result, we propose that you pick the top trekking services to provide you with the best trekking experiences.

What are the required documents that I need to carry on this trip?

While traveling to the Everest regions, you might need various documents of your information. Hence be careful about your documents while traveling to the Everest regions. Some of the essential documents are:

  • Your Passports
  • TIMs cards
  • Your ATM

What kind of accommodation service will be available in this region?

We will present you with the most excellent lodging options in Kathmandu. We will provide you with lodging in the Everest region at the “Everest View Hotel.” In addition, we will give you accommodation in this area’s tea.

Can I ask for any extra service beyond the itinerary package?

You may ask, yes. Yes. We will do our best to give you the best service. You can provide us the requirements you wish to include in your package of tours. However, the additional benefit you receive must pay an extra payment.

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Gokyo Lake Trek
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