Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek

It is a beautiful journey to the enticing Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri which is one of the most amazing viewpoints for great views of Everest and other Himalayas within the Everest region. The 14-day trip begins from Kathmandu visiting heritage sites and reaches Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri and then comes to end after returning back to Kathmandu.This Trek is an alternative to classical treks in the Everest region. It heads towards the turquoise Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri which provides exceptional views of  Everest and the adjescent Himalayas. A marvellous view of the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and the Gokyo valley can be also observed from Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek is for those travelers who like to walk in the Everest region without physical stress of reaching the Everest base camp or crossing high passes in the vicinity and wish try something new in the Everest region.

Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet and greet at the international airport and transfer to hotel. Short briefing of trip. Check in to hotel and rest for refreshment .Overnight at Hotel, Kathmandu.

After breakfast, pick up from hotel and head towards the Kathmandu sightseeing tour especially UNESCO World cultural heritage Sites which includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and another Buddhist shrine, Bouddhanath. These heritage sites hold immense cultural, religious, architectural and historical value of  the medieval era of  Nepal. After tour, drop off to hotel and make a preparation for Gokyo Lake Trek, including all permits and equipment. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.

After breakfast, pick from hotel and transfer to domestic airport terminal for the flight to Lukla which is 30 minutes long and scenic passes above green and snow capped mountains.It is an adventurous flight as the Tenzing Hillary airport is a steep airstrip that is actually hanging off the side of a mountain. After landing in Lukla, meet the rest of the trekking staff and start trekking to Phakding. Overnight at hotel, Phakding.

After breakfast, start the trekking to Namche Bazaar.The trail moves forward along the Dudh Koshi River, crosses several suspension bridges and passes several villages, monasteries and chortens. A glimpse of Mt. Thamserku can be enjoyed from Benkar village.Trekking permits are checked at Monjo as the trail enter the Sagarmatha National Park. A descent and a gradual walk reaches Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The trek is enjoyable through a river bed and reaches the Hillary Suspension Bridge. As the trial ascends towards Namche Bazaar, the magnificent sights of Kwangde Peak, Kusum peak, Kangaru peak, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other fabulous mountains greet travelers. Overnight at hotel, Namche Bazaar.

Rest day for acclimatization. It is important to adjust the body to the gradual change in environment. It will also help to prevent from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Make a hiking to Khumjung villages, enjoy the Himalayan vista from Syangboche or tour the quaint streets of Namche Bazaar.Visit the Tourist Visitor Center where a variety of things related to the first Everest ascenders and Sherpa culture can be observed. This visit will also acquaint with various plant and animal life of the Everest region. In Khumjung, visit a monastery that houses a yeti scalp! Climb up to the airstrip above Syangboche and enjoy incredible views of Kongde, Thamserku and Khumbila mountains. Hike back to Namche Bazaar.Overnight at hotel, Namche bazaar.

After breakfast, start the trekking to phorse. The trail goes along the mountain forest following gradual ups and downs. On the way, Himalayan pheasants, musk deer and Himalayan Thars can be spotted.Then, the trek begins descending to Kyanjuma. From Sansa, the trek follows the Gokyo trail and from Monjo, get a glimpse of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Khumbila mountains. The trail descends down to Dudhkoshi Khola then after ascends uphill through rhododendron forests before reaching Phorse. From here, good views of Tawache and Cholaste mountains can be observed. Overnight in hotel, Phorse.

After breakfast, start the trek to Machhermo. After crossing a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River,might be encounter with local wildlife like pheasants, mountain goats, and musk deer. The trail passes through forests, waterfalls and bridges before reaching Dole.The trek climbs up steady trail through a scenic ridge with views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku mountains.

The trek ascends from Luza village and goes above the Dudh Koshi River through small villages and sandy trails before reaching Machhermo.Visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital for a lecture regarding altitude sickness, its precaution, and primary treatment. Overnight hotel, Machhermo.

After breakfast, ascend up a hill and enjoy the views of the Dudh Koshi valley and Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains. Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Phangga. The trek descends down to the river bank before climbing the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier on a steep trail and then passes through Longpongo, Raboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari before reaching Gokyo. Explore Dudh Pokhari before calling it a night. Overnight at hotel, Gokyo.

Rest day in Gokyo, to acclimatize to the high altitude climate. If the weather is good, climb Gokyo Ri. From the top of Gokyo Ri, enjoy the breathtaking view of Himalayan vista and the tranquil Gokyo lakes. Make a hiking also to the fourth and the fifth Gokyo lakes. The 4th lake is only about 3km north of Gokyo. It is marked by high cliffs and Himalayan peaks rising above it. Keep it on trekking a little further and reach the 5th lake. Climb up a nearby hill that will guarantee a remarkable views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. The spot is called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. From the northern part of the 5th lake, the Cho Oyu base camp and Ngazumpa Glacier can be seen that is the biggest glacier in the world.Hike back to Gokyo.Overnight at hotel,Gokyo.

After breakfast, start the trek to Dole. At first, the trek descends down a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and passes the first Gokyo lakes, enjoy the views of Cholatse and Taboche peaks.Then, the trek again descends down before climbing a hill. After reaching the chorten at the edge, observe the great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega mountains then the trek passes through Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarma villages before reaching Dole. Overnight at hotel, Dole.

After breakfast, start the trek to Namche Bazaar retracing the previous trail. The trek descends on a steep trail to Phortse Thanga admiring rhododendrons, wildflowers and waterfalls spotting mountain goats, musk deer, pheasants etc. From Monjo, a good view of Khumbila peak can be observed. On the way to Namche the view of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtega mountains are admirable. After walking for a while, the trek reaches an intersection where the trail from Sanasa meets this trail and follows a trail that clings to a forested slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. After reaching Namche army camp hill, take a look back for the last view of Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche. Trek further about 01 km to reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight at hotel, Namche Bazaar.

After breakfast, trek back to Lukla. The trail is descent rocky and crosses several suspension bridges before trekking on a leveled trail. The air will be warmer as the trek follows the same trail to reach Lukla.The trek in the mountain ends after reaching Lukla. Overnight at hotel, Lukla.

After breakfast, fly back to Kathmandu on the earliest possible flight. After reaching Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel and rest for refreshment.Enjoy the free time by shopping at souvenir shops or hanging around Thamel(tourism hub city). In the evening, Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with authentic Nepali cuisine and cultural dance performance to mark the end of the trip in Nepal. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.

Leisure time until departure.Transfer to International Airport to board the flight.

Gokyo Lake Trek Cost

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • Welcome drinks (non-alcoholic) and farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance show.
  • All accommodation in 3-star category hotels on bed and breakfast basis in Kathmandu whilst Tea House accommodation on full board basis (all meals) during the trek.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle and Tour guide.
  • All sightseeing monuments entrance fees.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu air transportation by flight.
  • All the necessary permit charges for trekking (National Park + TIMS), official service charges, government and local taxes.
  • Highly experienced, friendly, government license holder guide and porter with salary, accommodation, food, transportation and insurance.
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and trekking poles (To be returned after the completion of trekking).
  • Medical supplies (First aid kit carried by Trekking leader).
  • Arrangement of helicopter service (for the rescue of emergency situation), which will be paid by your travel insurance company.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • International airfare.
  • Trekking, medical and travel insurance (Compulsory).
  • Lunches and Dinners not mentioned above.
  • All personal expenses (phone calls,laundry,bar bills,battery recharge,extra porters,bottle or boiled water,shower etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Extra night accommodation in Lukla and Kathmandu,early arrival or late departure,early return or late return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (tips is expected).

Gokyo Lake Trek Trip Map
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Gokyo Lake Trek

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