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Everest Region TreksNepal

Gokyo Lake Trek – 14 Days

Duration

14 days

Activity level

Grade: Moderate

Includes

Meal, Acommadation and Transportation

Group Size

Min 2-10 Max People days

Max Altitude

5360 m/17585 ft

Arrival/Departure:

Kathmandu, Nepal

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

1.Exploring the beautiful sacred Hindu Lakes of Gokyo
2.Hike to Gokyo RI to catch amazing sights of Everest ranges
3.Spending nights in Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Lukla, Phakding
4.Common view of ancient Buddhist monasteries, agriculture farms and Sherpa prayer flags
5.Amazing panoramic view of mountain peaks including Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp
6.Spotting endangered animals and birds protected by Sagarmatha National Park

TRIP INTRODUCTION

Gokyo Lakes are situated in Khumbu/Everest region and considered as most sacred by both Hindus and Buddhist religions. Gokyo is very famous among tourists and expedition lovers and making the way towards Everest Base Camp. During Gokyo Lake Trek, you will have the 360-degree view of beautiful mountain peaks.

Gokyo Lake is situated at the altitude of 4700 M to 5000 M above the sea level. This lake lies in Khumjung village of Solukhumbu district. The Gokyo Lake is sacred for both Hindus and Buddhists. Gokyo valley is one of the most beautiful landmark present in Khumbu area. In the Gokyo valley you will find Nepal’s largest Glacier “Ngozumba” and many other magnificent glacial lakes. From Gokyo you can capture the breathtaking view of beautiful mountain peaks like Mount Everest (8,848 M), Cho-Oyu (8,201 M), Lhotse (8,516 M) and Makalu (8,481 M) and much more. This 14 days of trek will give you the feeling of being in the top of the world.

Gokyo Lake Trek starts with an amazing fly to Lukla from Kathmandu. Lukla is the first step towards our beautiful journey. From Lukla we will start our impressive journey towards marvelous Himalayas of Everest region.

Some people say Gokyo Lake  is most beautiful and peaceful than Everest Base Camp. On the way you will encounter ancient buddhist monasteries, Sherpa localities and their traditional agriculture farms and of course the Yaks - means of transportation in Everest region. Gokyo Lake trekking is designed by taking consideration of very beginner trekkers. The route is prepared with full acclimatization duration by our widely experienced guides. Please feel free to contact us or chat with us for full information regarding the prepared route alternative paths.

Trip Route  : Kathmandu-Lukla-Namche Bazzar- Dole- Gokyo Lake -Namche-Lukla-Kathmandu

Best Month: September to December and March to May

 

Important Notes and Safety Concerns

If your flight is cancelled we will attempt to get you on a chartered helicopter but you are responsible for the extra costs which can range from $200-$600 or more depending on the number of people on the flight.

We suggest you to add a couple of extra days at the end (never at the start) of your trip in case of any delays.

Trekking is not just walking. Some of our trips are extremely adventurous. We kindly request you to come well prepared before these extreme treks. Buying proper and reliable insurance coverage with Helicopter Evacuation on emergency is the most important thing before starting the adventures. On serious injuries or sickness Helicopters can be the only means of evacuation.

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 01:  Pickup from the Airport and placement to the respective Hotels in Kathmandu ( 1300m)
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
    Maximum Altitude: 1300m
    5.5 km/Time: 30 min

    Our representative will be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Once you land on Kathmandu, our representative will transport you to your respective Hotel. Once you reach your Hotel you can spend your time as per your interest. We will meet you at the evening and will be greeting you with our local delicious Nepali food. With the good food, you can enjoy the fantastic Nepali culture dance presentation.

  • Day 02: Preparation of the trip, explore the town
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
    Maximum Altitude: 1300m
    5.5 km/Time: 30 min

    Today will be the rest day for you. You can spend your day exploring the streets of Kathmandu. You can take the help of your guide for strolling around the beautiful Kathmandu valley. At the end of the day, your guide will be briefing you about your further journey and necessary equipment to pack.

  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
    Maximum Altitude: 2,850 mt. / 9,350FT
    136 km/Time: 2-3 hours

    In the morning, we will fly towards very beautiful place Lukla which takes around 30 minutes by air. Lukla will be our first step towards Khumbu region and there you will meet your porter waiting for you (only if you booked from the beginning).Lukla is the most developed town in Khumbu region. As the time allocated you will be having your breakfast/lunch in the tea house of Lukla. Then we will be preparing for Phakding which takes around 2-3 hours of trekking. The trek to Phakding is flat and easy to cover. On the way, you will be seeing the very first views of Everest regions. We will be walking through local villages of Sherpa and their traditional agriculture farms. The Yak will be common on the route as they are the means of transportation in Everest region. First, we will follow the trails of Dudh Koshi river and the ahead we will encounter Thado Khola. On the way, you can see the very clear view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru.

  • Day 04:  Trek to Namche Bazaar
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
    Maximum Altitude: 3,440 mt. / 11286FT
    13.5 km/Time: 4-5hours

    From Phakding the trail goes up to the Rhododendron and Pine forest along the trails of Dudh Koshi river. We will be crossing the famous Hillary and many other high suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi river. On the way, you will see Mt.Thamserku right in front of your eyes. After we pass the paths of Benkar, Chumao and Monjo village we will be right in front to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. The Park has been actively working on the conservation of endangered species and flora in Everest region. In the entrance, your trekking permit will be verified. Right after we reach the Namche Bazaar, we will encounter the cozy village called Jorsale. Once we reach the Namche Bazaar, you will be able to see the first view of Mt. Everest. Namche Bazaar is the most developed town in Everest region. It is also considered as the main trading center of Khumbu region and also the gateway to Mt. Everest.

  • Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar, explore around
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
    Maximum Altitude: 3,440 m

    Today is the day to rest and acclimatize our body with the altitude for further journey. Instead of being idle in your Hotel room we suggest you roam around the village. Namche is popular in having all the modern facilities like ATM corner, supermarkets, Internet cafes and government offices. Or you can make a short hike to Everest View Point Hotel to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of mountain peaks including Mt. Everest. There is also a local Sherpa museum where you can learn information about Sherpa cultures and traditions

  • Day 06: Trek to Dole
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
    Maximum Altitude: 4100 mt. / 13,451FT
    6.9 km/Time: 4-5hours

    We will make our way in the morning after having a breakfast. The trail is full of very stunning views of mountain peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam and many other beautiful peaks. After leaving the Namche behind we will find a junction from where we will be taking the route to Gokyo Lake, leaving the route to Everest Base Camp. From here we will follow the left side to reach Mong La, which is the beautiful hill station present in Everest region. On the way moving downward we will have our lunch in a place called Phortse Tanga. And then the uphill trail will start leading toward the jungle full of Rhododendron and Pine trees. The beautiful small and big waterfall are common on this route. We will reach Dole and spend our night there and will be preparing for next day journey

  • Day 07: Trek to Machhermo
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
    Maximum Altitude: 4,430 mt. / 14,534FT
    6.8 km/Time: 3-4hours

    Again we will be crossing Dudh Koshi river through high suspension bridges going over it. Our route includes the route through villages named Lhabarma [4,200 M] and Luza [4,400 M]. The path continues by the side of rivers to reach Machhermo. In 1974 AD, it was recorded that the first sight of Yeti was seen in Machhermo.The trek to reach Machhermo is quite short compared to other days. At the time of good weather and path, we can reach Machhermo by the time of lunch. Machhermo is a small village consisting very few number of facilities and lodges for trekkers. We will reach Machhermo and spend the night there and prepare for the next day trek to Gokyo Lake.

  • Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Lake
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
    Maximum Altitude: 4,750 mt. / 15,583FT
    6.8 km/Time: 3-4hours

    As we move forward the valley of Dudh Koshi starts to widen.On the way to Gokyo, we will be having a numerous view of snow capped mountains like Gokyo Peak, Thamserku, Kangtega, and Cho Oyu etc. The trail is easy to cover along with entertaining and relaxing. We will be walking through the routes of villages named Pangram at [4,400 M.] and Longponga at [4,700 M] etc. In Longponga, you can see the footprints of Lama in old mud plastered stupa. Then will have our difficult trail as we will have to take the uphill trail to the moraine of Ngazumpa Glacier. Before reaching Gokyo Lake, we will encounter small three holy lakes of Gokyo. Finally, we will have our relaxing night at Gokyo. The lodges available in Gokyo is very few.

  • Day 09:  Hike to Gokyo Ri
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
    Maximum Altitude: 5,400 mt. / 17,716FT
    6.8 km/Time: 3-4hours

    To view the beauty of mountains like Mt. Everest, Cho – Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Kangtega, Bancharo Peak, Gokyo Peak, Cholatse etc. we will have to move in the morning. Gokyo RI is one of the most excellent place to trek. From the top, you will see the breathtaking view of the sunrise over white mountains which is just spectacular. The few time you spend in this top will be a moment to cherish in your whole life. Then we will trek back to Gokyo. You can spend your day as per you want but we suggest you stroll around the locality of Gokyo. Please let your guide about anything about your unwell health. Silence can make the situation even worse.

  • Day 10: Trek back to Dole
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
    Maximum Altitude: 4100 mt. / 13,451FT
    10.3 km/Time: 6-7 hours

    Today, we will take our step down towards Dole through the same routes we have taken to go up to Gokyo Lake. We move downwards through the steps Ngozumba of Glacier. Now you can re-sight the view of all the mountains you saw when moving up. We will spend our night at Dole and prepare for the next day journey to Monjo.

  • Day 11:  Trek to Monjo
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
    Maximum Altitude :2,835 mt. / 9,301FT
    7km/Time: 6-7 hours

    After having a breakfast at the lodge we will start our walk to Monjo. We will take the paths of Fortse Tanga to move down and ascend up to Mong La. On the way you can re-sight the view of same mountain peaks and wonderful nature. We will have a short rest on the way and will stop in Namche for lunch. After that, we will continue our journey towards Monjo for the overnight stay.

  • Day 12:  Trek to Lukla
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
    Maximum Altitude :2,850 mt. / 9,350FT]
    9.5 km /Time: 6-7 hours

    Today you will be saying goodbye to the mountains and Sherpa villages for the last time. We will continue our trek to Lukla via Phakding village. We will be following the same trails as we took in our very first and second day of the trek. Once you reach Lukla your guide will already make the arrangements for your stay and air ticket back to Kathmandu. This day will be last day with your porter so have a proper goodbye with them and for gratitude, you can offer them anything as per you want.

  • Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
    Maximum Altitude: 1300 m
    138 km /Time: 6-7 hours

    Finally, the day to fly back to Kathmandu. Early in the morning, we will be catching a flight back. The flight will be same as you experience it before. Once you reach the Kathmandu, you will be transported back to your respective Hotel.

  • Day 14: Departure or extend your trip
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge

    Today you will be heading back to your home will unforgettable memories of Himalaya region. If we got time before taking you to the Airport you can shop some souvenirs for your loved ones

Inclusion

Transportation

By Bus and Jeeb

Accommodations

Hotel and Lodge

Food

Breakfast , Dinner

Read in details what’s included and what’s not included.

What's Includes
  • Pickup-Drop from/to airport in private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu accommodation. Complimentary breakfast.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu air ticket.
  • All domestic airfare taxes.
  • Trekking permits and necessary documents.
  • Full day meal plan consisting of 3 meals and 3 cups of hot drinks per day.
  • Seasonal fruits after night meal.
  • Accommodation in lodge during trekking.
  • Well trained English speaking guides (including their salary, accommodation, meal, transportation and insurance).
  • For groups over 6 people – assistant guide (including their salary, accommodation, meal, tramsportation and insurance).
  • Porters throughout the trek – 1 porter will carry 2 trekker’s baggage. (Including salary, food, accommodation, and transportation).
  • Basic equipment for trekking such as down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag and Ambition Himalaya t-shirt ( Duffel Bag, down jacket and sleeping bag must be returned after trek).
  • First aid kit.
  • Expedition taxes, paper works, and company service charges for the trek.
  • A complimentary traditional Nepali dinner on arrival..
  • Certificate of achievement can be prepared with the signature of company director and your local guide (only if requested).
What's Excludes
  • Overseas airfare and visa fees ($25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days ).
  • Travel, emergency rescue charge and insurance.
  • Food other than mentioned above, telephone bills, laundry charges and hot shower fees.
  • Wi-Fi charger and battery charging bill during the trek.
  • Extra porter and activities outside itinerary.
  • Lunch & dinner costs during Kathmandu stay.
  • Extra costs caused by natural disaster, flight delay, early arrival etc.
  • Extra incentives such as tips and gifts for the guides and porters.
  • Any benefits not mentioned in ‘cost includes’ section unless indicated on booking.

Want to change this itinerary and create your own private experience? We will help you customize your holiday.

Expert Help

s with most treks in the region, it is best to avoid the peak of summer when the monsoon season is at its zenith by trekking in the shoulder months either side of it. During these months, the weather tends to be stable and dry – making for good trekking and sightseeing conditions.

The pre-monsoon months of February to May are a popular time when the mountain is at its greenest. September to October are considered the best months to trek on the other side of summer.

Trekking during peak season should not be much of an issue on the Gokyo Lakes to Everest Base Camp trek as the route avoids the crowds of people tackling the classic trek.

If the classic Everest trek is considered an easy trek, then the Gokyo Lakes variation may be considered moderate. While no previous trekking experience is required, the trek does involve 5-7 hours of trekking per day on hilly/rocky terrain at high altitudes. Much of the trek is spent above 4,000m and altitudes of over 5,500m are reached when traversing passes and trekking peaks.

We do recommend training a few weeks to months beforehand so that you will be comfortable walking similar distances on the trek

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Floppy
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awesome to be with you gus and miss you all. i think i was more lucky to visit Gokyo lake with you guys.

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