Gokyo Lake Trek
Trek in the Everest region is always a most amazing for great views of Everest and other Himalayas. Gokyo Lake Trek is known as an alternative to the classical Everest base camp trekking. Along the way of Gokyo Lake Trek you will be passing grazing settlement of Yak to reach the Gokyo lakes and we climb the Gokyo Ri peak (5483 m) for the Panoramic veiws. You will get an opportunity to observe the stunning scenery of Mt. Everest, Makalu and Cho Oyo (8021m) Mt Everest (8848 m) including the largest glacier in Nepal named Ngozumpa and many more other surrounding peaks. This trek is better one for those who like to explore in the Everest region without physical stress.
The trek starts from Lukla, when you reach the gateway of Khumbu region Namche, we branch off from the main busy trail towards the sleepy village of phortse Tenga, Dole and Machhermo. The trail from Machhermo start to change in to broad pastures, narrow clefts with steeply climbing trails an icy stream to cross stony wastes and the banks of tarns and first lake of the trail continuous to way up stone steps to the third Lake to Dudh Pokhari turquoise in color and reflecting the white face of Cho Oyu (8153m) seen ahead and finally reach to your ultimate destination Gokyo Lake. There are few tea houses available for overnight which are basic but enough comfortable.
From Gokyo Lake there are many options for high altitude walking including crossing of Cho La pass and Rengo La pass however you will not cross those passes. Rather you return back to Lukla via the same previous route. This Gokyo Lake trekking is indeed a less crowded than the Everest Base Camp trekking. Lets feel the adventure yourself, intrested can contact us.
- Scenic flights to/from Lukla
- Sherpa culture & Monasteries
- View of Gokyo lake.
- Everest Base camp and view from Gokyo lake.
- 3 nights in Kathmandu Hotel
- 13 nights at Trekking tea houses
- Guided trekking trip to EBC
- Max. Elevation 5545m.
At a glance
Diffculties and Safety
Trekking to Gokyo Lake Trek is not an easy thing with lots of uphill, downhill and high altitude. Average fitness is required not to be in the pain make sure you have enough walking experience to enjoy the trek. Most of the days include 4-7 hours walking. Altitude can be the problem too so drinking lots of fluids and going slowly is important to avoid altitude sickness.
Your safety is of our major concern. Your Trekking guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Itinerary Details ( Click on the days to see the extended form. )
One of our representatives will receive you at the airport. Afterwards, you will be dropped off at hotel where you will get full briefing about your whole program. Take a rest, later preparation shopping for the trek. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Fly to Lukla in the early morning. Adventurous flight offers great scenic view of mountains. After we reach Lukla, we meet the rest of our trekking staff and begin trekking to Phakding. Overnight at hotel in Phakding.
We start our trek after breakfast. We follow the trail that goes alongside the Dudh Koshi River. We can enjoy a good view of many Mountains close by you after crossing several suspension bridge, villages and monasteries. Overnight at hotel in Namche Bazar.
Today we stock in Namche Bazar for acclimatization which is important to adjust to the gradual change in environment. It will also help us to prevent catching Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Today we can visit around and explore the Tourist Visitor Center, variety of thingsrelated to the first Everest ascenders and Sherpa culture. Spend night in Namche Bazar.
We start trek in the early morning after breakfast. We continue our trek through the path where is possible to see Himalayan pheasants, musk deer and Himalayan Thars. While we descend towards Dudhkoshi River we will get the glimpse of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Khumbila Mountain. After crossing rhododendron forests we will reach Phorse. We stop here for overnight stay.
Today also the path goes as usual, where is possible to see pheasants, mountain goats and musk deer. We walk through forests, waterfalls and bridges before reaching Dole. Here we will see the Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku mountains. We continue walking through small villages and sandy trails before reaching Machhermo. We can visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital for a lecture regarding altitude sickness, its precaution, and primary treatment. Overnight in Machhermo.
Today we ascend on a hill and enjoy the view of Dudh Koshi valley, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains. We descend to the river bank before climbing up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier on a steep trail. We pass through Longpongo, Raboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari before reaching Gokyo. Overnight in hotel at Gokyo.
Today we explore around the Gokyo Valley if the weather is clear. If somebody want, they can climb up to Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri offers many remarkable views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. Its also possible to see the biggest glacier of the world Ngazumpa from here. We spend the night in Gokyo Valley.
We start to descend on a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and pass the first Gokyo lakes. On the way we enjoy mountain views. After reaching the chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega mountains. We walk past Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarma villages before reaching Dole, where we spend night.
Same as previous day we descend on a steep trail to Phortse Thanga admiring rhododendrons, wildflowers and waterfalls. From Mong, we can admire a good view of Khumbila peak. On our way to Namche the view of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtega mountains are ours to admire. After walking for a while, we reach an intersection where the trail from Sanasa meets our trail. Just after a kilometer from here is Namche Bazaar. We stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
We continue to descend on a rocky trail and cross several suspension bridges before walking on a leveled trail. The trek will over after we reach Lukla. We spend our time reminiscing about our time spent in the mountain. Overnight at hotel in Lukla.
In the early morning flight we fly back to Kathmandu. We will have rest day in Kathmandu. In the late day time you may walk around the street of Thamel. Have the food of your choice. Overnight in hotel.
This is the day to say good bye Nepal. Your guide will come to receive you at your hotel for the airport.
- Airport Pick up and drop off
- All domestic land and air transportation
- All Accommodation
- 3 main course meals a day while trekking
- Guide and porters
- Trekking permits and TIMS
- Mountain World Treks t-shirt and trekking map
- A comprehensive medical kit
What's not included
- Flights To/From Nepal
- Tourist Visa
- Travel insurance
- Meals while not on the trek
- Personal expenses such as snacks, gear, drinks, laundry, phone calls, wifi, charging devices, hot shower etc.
- Tips for the guide, porters and driver
- Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
This trip can be possible to customize as you want and you may extension your Nepal trip as well. Here are the few options what you may do.
1. Kathmandu sightseeing tour.
2. Chitwan jungle safari tour.
3. White water Rafting.
4. Bungee Jumping.
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Accommodation & Food details
We will provide tourist standard accommodations in Kathmandu and this is possible to upgrade in your choice. All the accommodation in the cities and trekking will provided on twin sharing basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra.
During Gokyo Lake Trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food (Dal Bhat) as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). 3 main course meals will be provided during trekking and only breakfast is included while you are in Kathmandu.
Best Time To Visit
Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons to do Gokyo Lake Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec- Feb) could also be an another great option.
However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests and there chance to get snow too. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.
You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this link as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.
We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.