Gokyo Lake Trek

Price $1498

USD 1256

Trip Duration

13 days

Trip Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

5,357 M

Accommodation

Tea house/Hotel/Lodge

Transportation

Private Vechicle and Tourist Bus

Group Size

Minimum 2 persons

Best Season

March-May, Sept-Nov

Gokyo Lake Trek Brief Insight

Gokyo lake Trek is perfect for those who like to explore the Everest region without any physical stress of reaching the Everest Base Camp or crossing high passes in the vicinity.

The travelers who have an inclination to try something new and bona fide in the Everest region can surely undertake this trekking adventure.

To reach Gokyo valley, you will be walking through the peaceful, off-beaten paths of the Everest region exploring the Ngozumpa glacier. It is one of the biggest glaciers in the Khumbu region.

It is basically an alternative to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek while still providing the trekker with plenty of stunning views of Everest and other mountain peaks.

Spending an overnight in the iconic town of Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu Region is also a highlight of this trek.

The trek starts by half an hour in mountain flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. You can enjoy the scenic view of the dramatic landscapes during your flight. From Lukla, our trek will begin to Namche Bazaar crossing Dudhkoshi (Milky) River valley.

It follows the route via high pass of Cho La Pass at 5330meters into the Everest Base Camp Trek, of Mount Everest, however, this Gokyo Trek package does not follow the whole trail.

Along the way of Gokyo Valley Trek, you will be passing grazing settlement of Yak to reach the Gokyo lakes and we climb the Gokyo Ri peak for the Panoramic views. You will get an opportunity to observe the stunning scenery of Mt. Everest, Makalu and Cho Oyo (8021m) Mt Everest  8848 m and many more other surrounding peaks.

The route is comparatively less busy. But still affords the trekker with an insight into the lifestyle of the local people of the village, profound views of icy rivers and stones, glacier debris, snow-capped mountains, and of course the dazzling aquamarine waters of Gokyo Lakes themselves.

Gokyo Valley Trekking includes the visits to Namche Bazar and Gokyo valley and adds an incredible hike around the Gokyo Lake. Gokyo trek offers to view the giant peaks of Mount Everest.

The area of Gokyo Lake is surrounded by various mountainous valleys, alpine lakes, and numerous glaciers. It is less crowded than others in the Everest region and it takes between 12 to 14 days to complete including travel to and from Kathmandu.

These lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system. They have also been designated as a Ramsar site (wetlands of international importance) and a sacred place sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Go and see it for yourself. You will certainly never forget the beauty this trek offers.

The moderate to difficult trek reaches a high of the superb hidden Himalayan valley. We provide the most exciting trek of the season in the Annapurna Region. Check out our trekking package of Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Annapurna Region.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft)

Highest Altitude :

1,300m/4,264 ft

Highlights: Thamel bazaar, restaurants and bars.

Activities: Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed by our tour operator and be transferred to your hotel in Thamel in a private vehicle as per the agreed package services. After checking in at the hotel, you can either take a rest or hang around in the city.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla Scenic Flight and short trek to Phakding.

Highest Altitude :

2,652m/8,700ft

Trek Duration :

3 to 4 hrs Walk

Meals :

Food: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Difficulty: Easy. Flats and Downhill. A well-developed path.

Activities: After our breakfast in the Hotel, we will catch a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. It is an adventurous scenic 45-minute flight where you’ll get to see breathtaking green hills and snow-capped mountains. After reaching Lukla, we will move towards Phakding where we are going to spend our overnight. It is a 3-4 hour walk following the thick rhododendron, Magnola trees, and pine forests. You can take a side trip to a nearby monastery after reaching Phakding. Dinner and overnight at Phakding

Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar Trek (Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft Time Travel: 5 to 6 hrs Walk)

Highest Altitude :

3,440m/11,283ft 

Trek Duration :

5 to 6 hrs Walk

Meals :

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Difficulty: Moderate. Easy uphill and downhill, a well-developed path.

Activities: We will start our trek after early morning breakfast in our Lodge. Passing through multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and a pleasant walk over short uphill and downhill we will reach Toktak and Benkar valley. You can see a spectacular view of Mt. Thamserku from the Benkar village. We will have to check our permits once we reach Sagarmatha National Park. After that, we will continue our trek and reach Namche Bazaar which is the gateway of Mt. Everest and the main trading center of Khumbu region. Overnight and dinner at a tea house.

Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Day 04: Rest day for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Highest Altitude :

3,940m/13,283ft

Trek Duration :

5 to 6 hrs Walk

Meals :

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Difficulty: Moderate, flat and uphill

Activities: This is the first day of acclimatization. Adjust your body well to the climate and the altitude. Go for short trekking to the Everest Viewpoint. Make sure you have your cameras ready to capture the exquisite view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7879m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), etc. Explore Namche Bazaar and the Sherpa museum, Hillary School and Buddhist Monastery. Overnight and Dinner at the lodge.

Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Day 05: Trek to Dhole.(Altitude: 4200m/ 13779ft. Time Travel: 5 to 6 hrs Walk)

Highest Altitude :

4200m/ 13779ft.

Trek Duration :

5 to 6 hrs

Meals :

 Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Difficulty: Moderate, flat and uphill

Activities: We will slightly climb up to Namche Bazaar and walk through Kyangjuma village from where you will get to see the same splendid views of the mountains as the previous day. The trail today follows plant and animal vegetation. After reaching Mongola dada we will descend in steep bends trail to Phortse Thanga (3680m). From Phortse Thanga the trial is steep through rhododendron and juniper forests until we reach Dhole. Overnight at Dhole.

Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Day 06: Trek to Machharmo (Altitude: 4470 m/ 14665 ft. Time Travel: 4 to 5 hrs Walk)

Highest Altitude :

4470 m/ 14665 ft.

Trek Duration :

 4 to 5 hrs

Meals :

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Difficulty: Moderate, flat and uphill

Activities: Breakfast at the Lodge and we will continue our trekking. At the starting, we will steadily climb up through a scenic ridge above Dole. The trail climbs through Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. You will pass through the steep path and small thorny bushes as the altitude increases and get to see yaks grazing in the pasture. Following the hillside path above thundering Dudh Koshi that passes through some small hamlets and through sandy spurs, we will reach Machhermo. Overnight at Machhermo.

Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Day 07: Trek to Gokyo (Altitude: 4790 m/ 15715 ft. Time Travel: 5 to 6 hrs Walk)

Highest Altitude :

4790 m/ 15715 ft.

Trek Duration :

5 to 6 hrs

Meals :

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Difficulty: Moderate, flat and uphill

Activities: On our seventh day, we will climb through a ridge Chorten. You can see a splendid view of the valley and the Himalayas from the Chorten. After a gentle walk form Chorten, we will reach Pangka (4480m). Then we will climb up to Ngozamba Glacier through a terminal moraine. You will get a chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone after passing Longpongo at 4690m which is the first lake. You will be awestruck by the sparkling water dazzling in the sun once you get the sight of the second lake. Walking a bit further we will reach the third lake where Gokyo village stands by. From here, you will get to see a spectacular view of Mt. Cho-Oyu. Overnight at Gokyo.

Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Day 08: Rest Day at Gokyo, hike to Gokyo Ri, Fifth Lake, and its surroundings

Highest Altitude :

4790 m/ 15715 ft.

Trek Duration :

5 to 6 hrs

Meals :

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Difficulty: Moderate, and uphill

Activities: Today we will take a rest at the Gokyo valley and climb Gokyo Ri, our main destination of the journey, from where you will get the sight of the incredible panoramic view of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu. You will also get to see the grand view of six lakes from Gokyo Ri. After exploring for a while, we will return back to our Lodge in Gokyo. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Day 09: Gokyo Lake to Dole (4000meters, 5-6 hrs walk)

Highest Altitude :

4000meters

Trek Duration :

Walking time: 5-6 hrs

Meals :

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Difficulty: Moderate, flat and downhill

Activities: Breakfast at the lodge and we will descend to Dole following the same tracks as while ascending to Gokyo Ri. It is an easy downhill walk along the banks of Dudh Koshi river. The spectacular views of the mountain massifs will keep you mesmerized throughout the trek. Take pictures of the views of the Himalayas and capture your moments of the exciting journey. Walking down through Machhermo, Luza, and Lhabarma, we will finally reach Dole. Dinner and overnight at Dole.

Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Day 10: Dole (4000meters) - Namche Bazar( 3440m, 5-6 hrs walk)

Highest Altitude :

4000m-3440m

Trek Duration :

5-6 hrs

Meals :

Food: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Difficulty: Moderate, flat and downhill

Activities: After having breakfast at the Lodge, we will trek downhill to Namche Bazaar. The trial follows the same Rhododendron, plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers. Walking down you will see the background view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, etc. enjoy the fabulous view from the viewpoint and we will return back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Day 11: Namche Bazar to Lukla, (5-6 hrs walk)

Highest Altitude :

2840 m

Trek Duration :

5-6 hrs walk

Meals :

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Difficulty: Moderate

Activities: Today is our last day of the trek. We will descend to Lukla after our breakfast at the Lodge. The trial becomes easier after we cross the suspension bridge following through the banks of Dukh Koshi river. Walk slowly under control as your legs will shake continuously while walking through the rocky terrain. We will walk through Sherpa villages, Buddhist monasteries decorated by colorful prayer flags around. Take some rest after reaching Lukla and get freshen up. This is the final night you will be spending in a mountainous region. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Day 12: By Plane: Lukla – Kathmandu (30-40 min, transfer to hotel)

Activities: Today we will take a return 40 minutes flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. Enjoy the dramatic views of the hills and mountains from above while you’re in flight. After reaching the airport in Kathmandu, our private vehicle will transfer you to your hotel. Take rest or roam around the Thamel area for shopping in the evening. We have arranged a traditional Nepali farewell dinner for you. The dinner is followed by a cultural performance. Enjoy your last night at Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel Holy Himalaya or same category

Food:  Breakfast, and Farewell Dinner

Day 13: Transfer to Airport for Final Departure from Kathmandu.

What is included in Gokyo Lake Trek

  • Pickup and drop at Airport
  • Hotel stay in Kathmandu (2 nights) as per itinerary
  • Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking period
  • Air fair for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Best available accommodations during the trek
  • A government license holder guide
  • Porter to carry your baggage
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation and local tax for guides and porters
  • Ground Transportation Charge as per itinerary
  • TIMS card(Trekker’s Information Management System)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Entry Fees wherever required
  • Trekking maps
  • Trekking Permits needed for Restricted Area Trekking
  • All government taxes and service charges
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Farewell dinner prior to departure

What is Excluded

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare and Airport Departure Tax
  • Tips for trekking staffs
  • Drinks (hot/soft/cold) and liquors
  • Personal shopping and laundry, Personal trekking equipment, Gifts, and souvenirs
  • All items not listed in Cost included the section

Notes: Costs are prone to change in itinerary. So costs will be recalculated if the trekking days get modified.

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