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Gokyo Lake Trek - 14 Days

Gokyo Lake Trek

Trip Facts

Country: Nepal

Area: Gokyo Lake

Activities: Trekking

Accommodation: Lodge

Starting and ending points: Lukla to Lukla

Maximum altitude of Trekking: 5,340mt

Duration of the Trekking: 11 Days

Duration of the Trip: 14 Days

Grade: Strenuous

Group size: 1 - 12 persons

Best season: October - December and March - May

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Equipment Check List

Gokyo Lake Trek is one of most popular trekking destination in Everest Region. Gokyo lake trekking is known as Gokyo valley trekking included Gokyo lake , Gokyo Ri . We can see scenic views all along the ways.  Gokyo lake Trek  offers fantastic Himalayan views of four above 8000m mountain including top of the world Mt. Everest 8,848m, Mt. Lhotse 8,516m, Mt. Makalu 8,463m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8,201 and many more snowy capped mountains of Everest Himalayan range,  The trials to the enthralling place are comprised of climbs and descend that traverse lush low land, alpine forests, glaciers, rivers, Buddhist monasteries, temples, and authentic Sherpa Villages and Sherpa cultural. Gokyo lake is one of the beautiful lake in Everest trekking trail where we can see incredible blue lakes located at 4750m and Gokyo Ri 5360m is highest point of this trekking.  For the Gokyo Lake Trekking required good physical fitness . Spring and Autumn season is best time trekking in Gokyo valley but Gokyo valley trek is moderate strenuous trail in Everest region trekking and required minimum two weeks holidays for Gokyo Lake Trek.

Gokyo Lake Trek will be start after 35 min flight to the lukla airport, known as the gate way to Everest. Then we will head to Namche alongside the tourists of Everest Base Camp trek through the valley of the Dudh Koshi River. You will have whole acclimation day in Namche and we will continue our trip passing through engrossing Sherpa Villages and alluring landscape. We reach pristine Gokyo Lake with its tremendously amazing scenery, Next morning we will climb Gokyo-Ri for spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Cho-yu, Lhotse and Makalu and the big Ngozumpa glacier. Tea houses and lodges will be the best choice for food and accommodation along the route as well as the porters and yaks will be available at reasonable price to carry your belongings and packs should you choose. This trek has an alternative way from Gokyo by crossing through Renjo –la pass but it avoids tracing and back to the same route. When we descend via Thame valley to Lukla with Renjo –la pass is included in this trek.

Outline Itinerary of Gokyo Lake Trekking

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2810m). Trek to Phakding (2652m)

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446m)

Day 4: Rest in Namche Bazaar/ Excursion Namche Bazaar and Syangboche(3880m). Back to Namche Bazaar

Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Village (3643m)

Day 6: Phortse Village to Dole (4200m)

Day 7: Dole to Machhermo (4470m) 

Day 8: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4790m)

Day 9: Morning climb to Gokyo - Ri (5340m) / Afternoon walk around the Gokyo Lake

Day 10: Gokyo to Dole (4200m). 5h walking

Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazaar (3446mt). 5h walking

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m). 7h walking

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 14: Transfer to the airport for your onward journey

Some Related Information

The Trekking Day

While you are on trekking in Gokyo Lake Trekking you will stay in Tea House, You will have nice Tea House During the Trek for Gokyo Lake Trekking, before you departure to Trekking you will need to pack up your trekking bag before your breakfast in Tea House, as porters will set off early. After breakfast we need to walk approximately 3-4 hours for lunch time, some time in some places it takes 4-5 hrs. After a relaxing your lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trail before reaching your stopping point. Throughout the day, you will take frequent rest breaks and take time to admire the fascinating mountains views. You take plenty of pictures of yourself with incredibly panoramic mountains of Everest Region, rivers, landscapes, Buddhist prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, monasteries, etc. Once you arrive at your tea house, you take a rest and Dinner is generally around 7pm. After your dinner our guide will take your breakfast order for tomorrow and he will give you briefing for tomorrow trip.

What you carry in your day pack bag

You need to carry your day pack for your personal items like your water bottle, your money, and some others medicine, camera etc.Your guide will let you know each evening of any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable day pack you load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable.

Food

In Kathmandu part we provide breakfast but during the trek we have three meal (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), Every Tea House have their own menu so you can order menu food item but if you have big group like 20 pax guide will choose the food for you.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu we will provide you deluxe room with private facilities on Breakfast basic. During the Trekking you will have Tea House and is of a basic (normal) standard. Twin Rooms or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities. Hot Showers are available in some places but they will charge directly to client when they ask for hot shower. and if you wish to book tented camp (Camping trekking) instead of tea house Himalaya Trekking Team will provide two men tent for two people to share the accommodation on tent camp.

Transportation

Transportation within Kathmandu valley is done with Cars or Jeeps, Van, Hiace, Coaster bus, Mini bus, Coaches depending upon the group size. In trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases Yaks / horses and donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters .

Trekking Staff

The Guide is in overall charge of the trek and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. All our guides are well trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high altitude medicine, and first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its peoples.

Porters

Transport your Trekking Bag – one porter for every two trekkers in Tea house trekking and camping (Tented camp) trekking it is depend on luggage /equipment that we need for your camping trekking.

Trek Grading

Remember Gokyo Lake Trek is Adventure Trekking in Nepal so you should have well fitness level and well prepared, before you come to Gokyo Trekking its much better to go Swimming, Cycling or walk every day 4 km. Remember that no trek in the Himalaya is a stroll as all involve going up and down at altitude and that altitude affects everyone differently.

Money

It should be better to bring the USD in Nepal. Because you can change everywhere easily.

You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu. You can find the money exchange counters near your hotel also can get in trekking trails but they will take more commission.

Tipping

Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price but who will working for you they are expect the tips so you can give tips directly to them at end of your trekking / tours and tipping is not any limitation so you can give tips as much you like if they will make you happy.

Insurance

It is main important part of the trip. Your Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. is included trekking crews' against personal accident.

Health

There are no specific health requirements for travel into Nepal. However, for the trekking in Himalayas, you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish this trek successfully but you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal. Some part of trekking have a small health post for emergency treatment with limited equipment, limited health workers and medication. Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarial, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.

Please be aware that you will be in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

High Altitude Sickness

AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide's decision on this matter is final. When you are planning to trek above 3,000 meters we recommend not walks faster. If you will get altitude sickness please consult with your guide to go down at least 500 meters to recover.

Nepal Visa

Multiple entry visas are available on arrival at Kathmandu airport and all land borders except the citizens of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Palestine, Afghanistan. Multiple entry visas can be obtained from the immigration points costing US Dollars 25 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visas, US Dollars 40 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent there to for 30 days multiple entry visa, US Dollars 100 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa.

Important Note:

If not really satisfied with above itinerary, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences. Also bad weather at Lukla can result into cancellations of flights. We would like to strongly suggest you to have some spare days at the end of the trek and also a travel insurance that partially or fully covers the sum of emergency evacuation to catch up the international flights

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Representatives from Himalaya Trekking Team will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival. Then they will transfer you to the hotel for one overnight stay.

Day 2: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2810m). Trek to Phakding (2652m)

Early morning transfer to Kathmandu airport domestic terminal to catch flight to Lukla (2810m/9216ft).The flight duration is approximately 45 minutes. Have a tea and coffee in Lukla. We will meet our another Trekking staff from Himalaya Trekking Team then packing your bag. One hour rest at Lukla in mountain Lodge. Then your trekking starts from Lukla. The trail contour through the Sherpa village and yak pasture land. Have a lunch in Thado Koshi (2591m) with stunning view of Kum Kangaru(6370m). You will see the painted Mani wall in Ghat (chhuthawa) village. In the late afternoon you arrive to Phakding.

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446m)

Today we trek through beautiful forests following the trails of Everest Gokyo Lake Trek crossing the river on beautiful suspension bridges leaving behind Monjo, being our permits being checked at entrance of Sagarmatha National Park and hike all the way following the riverbanks of Dudhkoshi river. We will have a quick timeout at Jorsale to catch our breath and capture some beautiful pictures from there. And finally at the end of the day, we reach at popular Sherpa village of Namche Bazar. Overnight in Namche.

Day 4: Rest in Namche Bazaar/ Excursion Namche Bazaar and Syangboche(3880m). Back to Namche Bazaar

Rest day in Namche Bazaar is especially for acclimatization with altitude. On this day you can walk around Namche Bazaar. Here you can get many facilities such as bank, internet, bakery and shopping. After the breakfast One and half hour steep walking to Syangboche (3880m). From Syangboche you can see Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Ama Dablam (6814m), Thamserku (6618m) and more mountains. Have a tea and coffee in Everest view hotel. The trail descends half an hour to the Khumjung village (3780m), the village of Sherpas, the worldly renowned climbers. In Khumjung village you can visit Kumjung Hillary School and Kumjung Gompa. After lunch hike back to the Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Namche.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Village (3643m)

The trek starts steep stone staircase over the Namche. After the top the trail becomes easier and trail contour the Dhudhkosi valley. By walking you can see incredible Khumbu valley with world highest mountains and Tengboche Monastery. After nearly 2 hours of walking you reach to Sanasa(3600m). Here have a few minutes rest before hard steep 2h climb to Mong Danda (3973m).From here you will see the magnificent views of Mt. Ama Sablam, Mt. Kangtaga and Mt. Thamserku with Dudhkosi valley. Have a lunch break. After lunch the trail descend 45m to Phortse Tanga (Phortse Village). Overnight at Phortse.

Day 6: Phortse Village to Dole (4200m)

The trail climbs away from the Phortse Tenga passing through the Rhododendron and pine forest. After 20m steep climb first appears Cho Oyu. You will cross the beautiful water fall and yak pasture. The views of Khumbila and Tawachee (6542m) are tremendous from the trail. Overnight at Dole.

Day 7: Dole to Machhermo (4470m) 

Today is easy day and better view of in your past days. From Dole the trail descend to stream than cross the wooden bridge. You will cross the few teahouses, the trail ascend one hour to top hill. You can take time here for picture. You will reach in Luza (4390m) after 1 hour 50 minutes walk from Dole. Here you can take rest and tea. From Luza trail becomes a ups along the side of valley than cross the more high pastureland and chorten with prayers flags. Many writers saying yeti killed the Sherpa women and Yak here. Form this hill enchanting view of eastern part Gokyo valley, Mt. Taboche and Mt. Cholatse. Then walk down to Machhermo valley. Overnight at Machhermo.

Day 8: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4790m)

We ascend on a hill and enjoy 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. 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. On the trail next to the first lake, we see what is believed to be the footprints of a Lama (Buddhist priest). We explore Dudh Pokhari before calling it a night. Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 9: Morning climb to Gokyo - Ri (5340m) / Afternoon walk around the Gokyo Lake

Have a breakfast early in morning. Before climbing make sure you have water, some snacks and plenty of warm clothes. The trail climb steep ups directly above the Gokyo lake.2h and half hour hard climb to Gokyo-ri at 5340m/17515ft. From the top great Himalayan views of world highest mountain with Makalu range better than Kala Pattar above the Gorkhashep. After taking picture all the way downhill to Gokyo Lake. Have lunch and rest two hours. If you’re feeling good you can hike to the oldest and longest glaciers of Khumbu valley. Overnight at Gokyo.

Day 10: Gokyo to Dole (4200m). 5h walking

We descend on a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and pass  the first Gokyo lakes. On the way we also enjoy views of the Cholatse and Taboche peaks. Our trail descends before climbing a hill. 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. Overnight in Dole.

Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazaar (3446mt). 5h walking

We descend on a steep trail to Phortse Thanga admiring rhododendrons, wildflowers and waterfalls. We also come across mountain goats, musk deer, pheasants, etc. 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. We walk on a trail that clings to a forested slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. After reaching Namche army camp hill, we look back to see Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche for one last time. About a kilometer from here is Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m). 7h walking

We descend on a rocky trail and cross several suspension bridges before walking on a leveled trail. The air is warmer as we walk on the same trail to reach Lukla. Our trek in the mountain ends after we reach Lukla. We spend our time reminiscing about our time spent in the mountain. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

We fly back to Kathmandu on the earliest possible flight. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to enjoy with our trek leader and a few Himalaya Trekking Team staff to mark the end of our trip in Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Transfer to the airport for your onward journey

A representative from the Himalaya Trekking Team will assist you to the airport for departure. You will know we have done everything we can to give you with an unforgettable experience in Nepal. We hope you will return.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop transport as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 Night 3 star level hotel in Kathmandu on BB
  • Accommodation and three meals, tea or coffee a day during the trekking
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu round way Flight Ticket
  • Trekking guide and porters and his entire salary
  • National parks’ fees, TIMS card and government royalties
  • Insurance of our trekking staff members
  • Trekking and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
  • Sleeping bags
  • Trekking map
  • First Aid Kit
  • Achievement certificate after finished the trip
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

  • International air ticket, airport tax and Nepal visa fees
  • Your Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bar Bills and items of personal natural such as mineral water, chocolates, cold drinks, laundry etc.
  • Travel insurance and the cost of medical service
  • All kinds of cloth and personal trekking equipment
  • Other personal expenses and tips
  • Charted helicopter, plane and other transports in case of emergency
  • Any extending trip

Clothing

• Sun hat or scarf
• Fleece jacket with wind-Stopper
• Waterproof shell jacket
• Down vest and/or jacket (can hire here in Nepal also)
• Lightweight gloves
• Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
• Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
• Fleece or wool pants
• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
• Thick, warm wool hiking socks
• Hiking boots with spare laces
• Sunglasses with UV protection

Accessories

• Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees Fahrenheit
• Trekking poles (sticks)
• Headlamp
• Trek bag-pack
• Basic First Aid Kit
• Daypack (approximately 2,500 to 3,000 cubic inches)
• Thermo-rest sleeping pad
• Water bottles
• Small wash towel

Toiletries

• Quick drying towel (medium sized)
• Soap (preferably biodegradable)
• Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
• Deodorants
• Face and body moisturizer
• Nail clippers
• Small mirror
• Tissue paper/ toilet roll
• Anti bacterial Hand wash

Extras

• Trail Map/Guide book
• Binocular
• Reading book
• Journal & Pen
• Pencils and small notebooks

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