Gokyo Lake Trek

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Gokyo Lake, Khumjung, Nepal
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Duration

11 Days 10 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Gokyo Lake Trek is a captivating journey that takes you to the heart of the Everest region in Nepal. This trek offers an alternative route to the popular Everest Base Camp trek, taking you through picturesque valleys, Sherpa villages, and the stunning Gokyo Lakes.

The trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, where you’ll embark on a trail that leads you through charming Sherpa settlements like Namche Bazaar, Dhole, and Machhermo. Along the way, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of towering Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

The highlight of the trek is the exploration of the beautiful Gokyo Lakes, a series of glacial lakes with crystal-clear waters. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, the lakes create a tranquil and awe-inspiring atmosphere that is simply unforgettable.

To enhance your experience, you’ll have the opportunity to hike to Gokyo Ri, a viewpoint that offers panoramic vistas of the entire Everest region. From here, you can witness the sunrise or sunset casting a golden glow upon the majestic Himalayas.

Essential Tips for a Successful Gokyo Lake Trek

  • Ensure proper acclimatization by ascending gradually and including rest days in your itinerary.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the trek.
  • Pack appropriate clothing layers and gear to adapt to changing weather conditions.
  • Train and prepare physically before the trek to build endurance and stamina.
  • Hire a local guide or join a guided trek for safety and navigation expertise.
  • Obtain the necessary permits, including the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and TIMS Card.
  • Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and take necessary precautions.
  • Respect the local culture and customs, and be mindful of environmental conservation.
  • Carry basic first aid supplies and medications for common ailments.
  • Stay connected with your trekking group and communicate any concerns or issues promptly.

Gokyo Lake Trek Safety Considerations

  • Acclimatize properly to the high altitude by following a gradual ascent and taking rest days.
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
  • Follow the instructions and guidance of your guide or trekking agency.
  • Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and notify your guide if you experience any discomfort.
  • Listen to your body and take breaks as needed during the trek.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and carry necessary gear, including warm clothing, a rain jacket, and sturdy hiking boots.
  • Carry a comprehensive first aid kit and any personal medications you may require.
  • Avoid drinking untreated water and opt for purified or bottled water.
  • Respect local customs, traditions, and wildlife. Follow guidelines for waste management and environmental conservation.
  • Stay on designated trails and avoid taking unnecessary risks.
  • Maintain a good level of physical fitness and consult a healthcare professional before undertaking the trek.
  • Stay updated on weather conditions and be prepared for changes in the mountain environment.
  • Purchase travel insurance that covers trekking activities and emergency medical evacuation if needed.
  • Communicate any concerns or issues to your guide or trekking agency promptly.

About Gokyo Lake And Gokyo Ri

Gokyo Lakes are six beautiful glacial lakes in the Nepalese Himalayas, specifically in the Solu-Khumbu region. These lakes are very high up and surrounded by big mountains, like Cho Oyu. The lakes are a peaceful and amazing place for people who love trekking and nature. There’s also a special spot called Gokyo Ri View Point nearby, where you can see a wide and beautiful view of the area. Gokyo Ri is like a high hill that lets you look down at the Gokyo Lakes and the mountains all around. People who go there not only get to enjoy an exciting trek but also see the stunning nature from this high spot. You can see how the sunlight creates patterns on the calm lakes and how big and majestic the peaks are on the horizon. The journey to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri is a mix of exploring nature and having an adventure.

Best time for Gokyo Lake Trek

The best time for the Gokyo Lake Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. Specifically, the ideal months for this trek are:

  1. Spring (Pre-Monsoon): March to May
    • During spring, the weather is relatively stable, with mild temperatures.
    • The trail is adorned with blooming rhododendron flowers, adding color to the landscape.
    • Clear skies offer excellent visibility of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
  2. Autumn (Post-Monsoon): September to November
    • Autumn is another optimal time for the Gokyo Lake Trek, featuring stable weather conditions.
    • The skies are generally clear, providing stunning views of the mountains.
    • Moderate temperatures during the day make trekking comfortable.

Both of these seasons offer favorable conditions for trekking, with less chance of precipitation and better visibility. Winter (December to February) brings extremely cold temperatures, snow, and challenging trekking conditions, while the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall, making trails slippery and challenging. It’s crucial to plan your trek during the recommended seasons to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Gokyo Lake Trek Cost

In planning for the Gokyo Lake Trek, understanding the cost breakdown is essential. In General this trek cost you around USD 1200$ – USD 1400$ per person include most of the service. Our Company typically offer packages ranging from basic to more comprehensive options. The Package total cost covers services like a knowledgeable guide to navigate the trail, assistance from porters to carry equipment, accommodations in tea houses along the route, and meals. Additionally,Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu, permits such as the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and the TIMS card are also included. However, trekkers should be aware of potential additional costs, including fees for travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances, international flights to and from Nepal, tips for guides and porters, and personal expenses. We recommended to communicate openly with our trekking agency to clarify what is included in the cost and what may incur extra charges. This communication ensures a smoother and more transparent trekking experience.

 

Highlights

  • Breathtaking views of the Everest region, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and other magnificent peaks.
  • Gokyo Lakes, a series of stunning glacial lakes with turquoise blue waters, set against a backdrop of snowy mountains.
  • Gokyo Ri, a panoramic viewpoint offering a 360-degree view of the Himalayan range and the Gokyo Lakes below.
  • Exploring the traditional Sherpa villages of Namche Bazaar, Dhole, and Machhermo, experiencing the rich Sherpa culture and hospitality.
  • Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing diverse flora, fauna, and alpine landscapes.
  • The vibrant town of Namche Bazaar, a bustling hub of trade and culture in the Everest region.
  • Walking along the Dudh Koshi River, passing through rhododendron forests, suspension bridges, and charming Sherpa settlements.
  • Opportunities for wildlife sightings, including Himalayan Thar, musk deer, colorful birds, and elusive snow leopards.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Kathmandu Lukla , Lukla Kathmandu Flight.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a scenic mountain flight.
  • Meet your trekking crew in Lukla and start the trek.
  • Trek through picturesque Sherpa villages, lush forests, and suspension bridges.
  • Reach Monjo, a small village near the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Overnight stay in Monjo.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.
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  • Enter Sagarmatha National Park and trek along the Dudh Koshi River.
  • Cross suspension bridges and ascend gradually to Namche Bazaar.
  • Enjoy the stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and other surrounding peaks.
  • Explore Namche Bazaar, the vibrant trading hub of the Everest region.
  • Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.
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  • Rest and acclimatize to the high altitude in Namche Bazaar.
  • Take a short hike to Everest View Hotel or explore the surrounding areas.
  • Visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum and learn about the local Sherpa culture.
  • Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.
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  • Resume the trek and follow the trail towards Dhole.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and other peaks along the way.
  • Trek through rhododendron forests and pass through the villages of Sanasa and Mongla.
  • Reach Dhole, a small settlement surrounded by stunning mountain vistas.
  • Overnight stay in Dhole.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.
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  • Continue the trek through alpine landscapes and gradual ascents.
  • Pass through scenic ridges and enjoy views of the Himalayan peaks.
  • Arrive in Machhermo, a small village nestled in the mountains.
  • Learn about the Yeti legends associated with this area.
  • Overnight stay in Machhermo.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.
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  • Trek alongside the Dudh Koshi River and ascend towards Gokyo.
  • Pass by stunning glacial lakes and enjoy the pristine mountain scenery.
  • Reach Gokyo, a beautiful lakeside village with panoramic views of Cho Oyu and other peaks.
  • Overnight stay in Gokyo.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.
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  • Start early in the morning for the hike to Gokyo Ri.
  • Witness a breathtaking sunrise view over the Everest region from the summit.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and other peaks.
  • Descend back to Gokyo and explore the turquoise Gokyo Lake.
  • Overnight stay in Gokyo.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.
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  • Descend from Gokyo and retrace your steps towards Dhole.
  • Enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.
  • Pass through Machhermo and continue trekking to Dhole.
  • Overnight stay in Dhole.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.
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  • Trek back to Namche Bazaar through familiar trails.
  • Descend through rhododendron forests and Sherpa villages.
  • Arrive in Namche Bazaar and spend the evening exploring the town.
  • Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.
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  • Begin the final day of trekking, descending from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
  • Pass through Phakding and enjoy the last views of the Everest region.
  • Reach Lukla and celebrate the successful completion of your trek.
  • Overnight stay in Lukla.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.
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  • Take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Rest and relax or explore the vibrant city.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.
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Durations

11 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

While prior trekking experience is not mandatory, it is recommended to have some level of hiking experience, especially at high altitudes. Adequate physical fitness, preparation, and acclimatization are crucial for a successful and enjoyable trek.

The highest point reached during the Gokyo Lake Trek is the summit of Gokyo Ri, which stands at an altitude of 5,360 meters (17,585 feet).

The Gokyo Lake Trek is considered a moderately challenging trek. It involves several days of trekking at high altitude, with some steep ascents and descents. Good physical fitness and prior hiking experience are recommended.

The best time to do the Gokyo Lake Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making for comfortable trekking conditions.

Yes, you will need to obtain permits for the Gokyo Lake Trek. This includes the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card. Your trekking agency can assist you in obtaining these permits.

While it is not mandatory, it is highly recommended to hire a guide for the Gokyo Lake Trek. A guide can provide valuable assistance, navigate the trail, offer insights into the local culture, and ensure your safety throughout the trek.

Accommodation during the trek is in teahouses or lodges along the trail. These basic yet comfortable accommodations offer private or shared rooms with twin beds, blankets, and simple toilet facilities. Please note that the higher you go, the more basic the facilities may become.

Meals during the trek are provided at teahouses and lodges along the trail. The menu typically includes a variety of Nepali, Tibetan, and international dishes. It is recommended to consume bottled or purified water to prevent any waterborne illnesses.

It is not recommended to drink water directly from streams or rivers during the trek. It is best to carry a water purification method or purchase bottled water from teahouses along the trail.

Tour's Location

Gokyo Lake, Khumjung, Nepal

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