Gokyo Lake Trek 11 days

Gokyo Lake Trek 11 days

Start Point

Kathmandu

End Point

Kathmandu

Duration

10N/11D

Grade

Moderate

Max Altitude

5000 m.

Meals

Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

No. of Person

Min. 02 Pax

Highlights

  • See, Gokyo, the most beautiful lake in the world and see her change colors throughout the day.
  • Get spellbound with the jaw-dropping beauty of the sacred and tranquil turquoise lakes of Gokyo, the world’s highest freshwater lake system.
  • Acquaint yourself with the culture and traditions of the friendly Sherpa people
  • Namche Bazaar (3440m)-(Himalayan Town) crossing the villages Manjo and Jorsalle
  • Gokyo Lakes Trek is one of the hidden gems of the Everest Region
  • The worlds highest freshwater lake system involves six principal lakes.
  • Trek along the trail of Everest Base Camp Trek until Namche Bazaar.
  • Wonderful Himalayan view of Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Mt Cho Oyu, etc.
  • Trek through Sagarmatha National Park Where you can come across Wildlife.
  • You are wandering into the Everest region’s less crowded and off-the-beaten trails.

Gokyo Lake Trek Overview

The Gokyo Lake Trek presents an alternative to the traditional Everest Base Camp route, offering trekkers stunning views of Everest and overnight stays in the iconic town of Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu Region.

This less-traveled path to Gokyo Lakes provides a quieter but equally rewarding journey, granting trekkers a glimpse into local village life, impressive vistas of icy rivers, rocky glacier debris, snow-capped mountains, and, of course, the enchanting turquoise waters of Gokyo Lakes. Comprising six bodies of water, these lakes are situated at an altitude of 4700 to 5000m in the Gokyo Valley, falling within the Sagarmatha National Park area.

Recognized as the world’s highest freshwater lake system, the Gokyo Lakes are designated as a Ramsar site, holding international wetlands importance and carrying sacred significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Lonely Planet emphasizes the spectacular beauty of the Gokyo Valley, dubbing it the most stunning in the Khumbu.

Extending your stay in the Gokyo Valley allows you to explore the 5th and 6th lakes in a high alpine bowl at the base of Cho Oyu, the world’s 6th highest mountain. Anticipate walking approximately 5 hours a day, including a challenging ascent to Gokyo Ri (5,357m), offering panoramic views of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. The largest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa, and its ice ridges are also on display. For those who prefer a less strenuous option, consider a helicopter tour to witness the pristine beauty of Gokyo Lake.

To acclimatize before tackling Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Valley, spending time in Namche Bazaar provides the opportunity to trek to the nearby Khumjung Village, home to the school established by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to successfully summit Mount Everest alongside Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Over the years, Namche Bazaar has transformed into a vibrant market town, bustling with climbers and trekkers sharing tales of their adventures.

Here are some of the other popular trekking trails in the Everest region:

Everest View Trek: This trek offers stunning views of Mount Everest without having to go all the way to Base Camp.

3 High Passes Trek: This challenging trek passes through three high passes, including the Kongma La Pass, which is over 5,500 meters high.

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek: This trek combines the Everest Base Camp Trek with a visit to the beautiful Gokyo Lakes.

Tyangboche Trek: This trek takes you to the Tengboche Monastery, one of the most important monasteries in the Khumbu region.

Everest Base Camp Trek: This is the classic Everest Base Camp Trek, following the same route that has been used by trekkers for decades.

Namche Bazaar Trek: This trek takes you to the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, which is the gateway to the Everest region.

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek: This trek is a longer and more challenging alternative to the standard Everest Base Camp Trek. It starts in the town of Jiri and follows a less-traveled route to Base Camp.

Detail Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Meet your friendly tour agency representative at the arrival hall. Enjoy a comfortable private transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. Check in to your hotel and freshen up.

Meet with your tour guide for a briefing about your upcoming trek. This will be a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about the trek, gear, and itinerary.

The drive from Kathmandu to Manthali is about 130 kilometers and takes about 3 hours and 50 minutes via Mid-Hill High Way.

The drive starts early in the morning, around 2 or 3 am, so you can expect to arrive in Manthali just in time for your 6:30 or 7 am flight to Lukla.
We meet the rest of our crew, arrange our baggages, have breakfast, and embark on a journey to Monjo, passing exciting suspension bridges and tiny village settlements following the Dudh Koshi river.

Morning:

National Park Headquarters: Start your day early with a visit to the National Park Headquarters at the top of the village for stunning mountain views. This will be a great way to acclimatize and start your day with a dose of fresh air and breathtaking scenery.
Khumjung and Khunde: If you’re feeling energetic, consider a short hike to the picturesque twin villages of Khumjung and Khunde. These villages offer charming traditional architecture, historic monasteries, and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
Afternoon:

Nauche Gumba: Explore the historic Nauche Gumba, a monastery located at the western edge of the village. Learn about the monastery’s history and significance, and enjoy the serene atmosphere and peaceful surroundings.
Shopping: Namche Bazaar offers a variety of shops selling trekking equipment and souvenirs. If you need any gear or want to pick up some unique gifts, this is the perfect time to do so.
Farmer’s Market: If it’s Saturday, be sure to check out the vibrant farmer’s market. Sample local produce, interact with friendly vendors, and experience the local culture.
Relaxation: Spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere of Namche Bazaar. Take a stroll through the village, grab a coffee at a local cafe, or simply unwind in your hotel.
Evening:

Enjoy the nightlife: Namche Bazaar offers a variety of lively bars and restaurants. Enjoy a delicious meal, socialize with fellow travelers, and experience the unique nightlife scene of this mountain village.

The trail climbs up from Namche Bazaar and then contours around the hillside, offering great views including Everest and Khumjung. It then ascends along the lower slopes of Khumbila, branching northwest of the Everest trail and continuing up the Dudh Koshi Valley. It climbs steeply to the tiny village of Mong La (built around an ancient chorten), then drops to Phortse Thenga before climbing through a pine and rhododendron forest and on up to Dole – from where there are marvellous views of snow capped peaks. Look out for spotted deer, Himalayan Tahrs and birds – including the colourful (male) Danphe pheasant (Nepal’s national bird).

The total distance of the trek is approximately 11 kilometers and it should take about 5-6 hours to complete. The trail is well-maintained and there are no technical sections, but it is important to be in good physical condition as there is a significant amount of elevation gain.

The trek from Dole to Machhermo is a gradual uphill climb, following the Dudh Koshi River valley. The path is mostly grassy and easy to follow, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Cho Oyu. Along the way, you will pass through the villages of Lhabarma and Luza.

The total distance of the trek is approximately 12 kilometers and it should take about 5-6 hours to complete. The trail is well-maintained but can be challenging in some sections, especially due to the altitude. Be sure to acclimatize properly before attempting the trek and to bring plenty of water, snacks, and warm clothing.

This day you will embark on the final leg of your journey to Gokyo Village, a scenic and relatively easy trek with breathtaking views.

Morning:

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your lodge in Machhermo.
Start your trek around 7:00 AM, following the well-maintained trail towards Gokyo.
The path gradually ascends, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Cho Oyu, Cholatse, and other Himalayan peaks.
As you ascend, the landscape changes, with high-altitude wetlands and wildflowers appearing.
Take in the breathtaking views of Gokyo Valley, dominated by the Ngozumpa Glacier and the glistening Gokyo Lakes.
Afternoon:

Arrive at Gokyo Village, a small settlement located at the edge of one of the Gokyo Lakes.
Check into your lodge and enjoy a well-deserved lunch.
Spend the afternoon exploring the village and its surroundings.
Take a short hike to one of the nearby viewpoints for panoramic views of the valley and the majestic Himalayas.
Relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of Gokyo Village.
Evening:

Enjoy a delicious dinner at your lodge, sharing stories and experiences with fellow trekkers.
Stargaze at night, as the high altitude provides an unobstructed view of the Milky Way and countless stars.
Prepare for an exciting day tomorrow, as you will be climbing Gokyo Ri for sunrise views.

This day’s trek takes you through picturesque villages, stunning landscapes, and offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

Morning:

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Start your trek early, around 7:00 AM, following the trail towards Machhermo.
The trail initially climbs steadily, offering beautiful views of Namche Bazaar and the surrounding valley.
As you ascend, the landscape changes, becoming more rugged and mountainous.
Soon, you will reach the village of Lhabarma, a small settlement with traditional houses and friendly residents.
Continue your trek to Luza, another village with summer settlements used by locals for grazing their animals.
Throughout the walk, you will be mesmerized by the majestic peaks of Kantega, Cho Oyu, and Thamserku.
Take breaks to enjoy the stunning scenery and capture photographs.
Afternoon:

The trail continues along a scenic hillside, offering breathtaking views of the deep Dudh Koshi valley.
After a few hours of walking, you will arrive at Machhermo, a beautiful village nestled amidst the mountains.
Check into your lodge and enjoy a delicious lunch.
Spend the afternoon exploring the village and interacting with the locals.
Listen to stories about the first sighting of Yeti, a legendary creature said to inhabit the Himalayas.
Relax and take in the serene atmosphere of Machhermo.
Evening:

Enjoy a warm dinner at your lodge, sharing stories and experiences with fellow trekkers.
Stargaze at night, as the clear sky offers an incredible view of the Milky Way and countless stars.
Prepare for the next day’s adventure, as you will be heading to Gokyo Valley.

This day offers a leisurely downhill journey back to Namche Bazaar, allowing you to soak in the stunning scenery and vibrant atmosphere of the Khumbu region.

Morning:

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your lodge in Machhermo, preparing for the downhill trek.
Start your walk after breakfast, retracing the same path you took earlier towards Namche Bazaar.
The downhill route provides a different perspective of the landscape, allowing you to appreciate the lush forests and cascading waterfalls.
As you descend, you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, including Everest, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.
Afternoon:

As you approach Namche Bazaar, the vibrant town comes into view, with its bustling streets and colorful houses.
Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the bustling market area. Browse through the shops selling souvenirs, local handicrafts, and trekking gear.
Interact with the friendly locals and learn more about their culture and traditions.
Savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, sampling the unique flavors of the Khumbu region.
Evening:

Check into your guesthouse in Namche Bazaar and unwind after a day of trekking.
Take a leisurely stroll through the town, absorbing the vibrant atmosphere and enjoying the mountain scenery.
Share stories and experiences with your fellow trekkers over a warm dinner at a local restaurant.
Spend the evening relaxing at your guesthouse, reflecting on the incredible journey through the Himalayas.

Today’s trek involves a long descent from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, taking approximately 6-7 hours. Prepare for a day filled with beautiful scenery, diverse landscapes, and the excitement of reaching your final destination.

Morning:

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your lodge in Namche Bazaar, fueling up for the long trek ahead.
Start your journey early, around 7:00 AM, following the trail through the Sagarmatha National Park.
The initial part of the trek offers pleasant landscape views, including lush forests and cascading waterfalls.
Enjoy the fresh mountain air and the serene atmosphere of the national park.
After approximately two hours, you will cross the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge, a thrilling experience with breathtaking views of the Dudh Koshi River confluence.
Afternoon:

Continue your descent, following the Dudh Koshi River towards Jorsale.
The trail ascends for a while to Manjo Gate, offering a chance to catch your breath and admire the surrounding scenery.
As you descend further, you will pass through the villages of Phakding, Ghat, and Chheplung, each with its unique charm and friendly locals.
The final stretch of the trek involves an ascent above the Caurikharka village, culminating in your arrival in Lukla.
Evening:

Upon reaching Lukla, check into your pre-booked guesthouse and relax after a long day of trekking.
Your guide will take care of reconfirming your flight tickets at the airline office counter, ensuring a smooth departure.
Enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, celebrating the completion of your incredible journey.
Spend the evening reminiscing about your adventures in the Himalayas and preparing for your flight back to Kathmandu.

Today marks the final day of your incredible Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek. Prepare to say goodbye to the breathtaking Himalayas and return to the bustling city of Kathmandu.

Morning:

Enjoy a farewell breakfast at your guesthouse, savoring your last meal in the mountains.
Take some time to pack your belongings and ensure you haven’t left anything behind.
Check out of your guesthouse and walk the short distance to Lukla Airport.
Depending on the season and availability, you will either take a direct flight to Kathmandu or fly to Ramechhap and then drive to the city.
Direct Flight to Kathmandu (40 minutes):

Board your flight and enjoy the final aerial views of the majestic Himalayas.
After a short and scenic flight, you will land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
Flight to Ramechhap and Drive to Kathmandu (4 hours):

Board your flight to Ramechhap, enjoying the picturesque landscapes below.
Upon arrival in Ramechhap, a comfortable car will be waiting to take you on a scenic drive to Kathmandu.
The drive will offer stunning views of the countryside and villages, providing a glimpse into Nepali life.
Afternoon:

Once you reach Kathmandu, your guide will drop you off at your pre-booked hotel.
Take some time to freshen up and relax after your journey.
Enjoy the rest of your day in Kathmandu, exploring the city at your own pace.
Visit historical landmarks such as Boudhanath Stupa, Durbar Square, and Pashupatinath Temple.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and enjoy the delicious local cuisine.
Evening:

Enjoy a farewell dinner with your guide, sharing stories and memories of your Everest Base Camp adventure.
Reflect on the incredible experiences you have had and the personal growth you have achieved.
Bid farewell to your guide and express your gratitude for their expertise and support throughout the trek.

Your Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek has reached its final chapter, and it’s time to say goodbye to Nepal. But before you embark on your journey home, there are a few more details to attend to.

Airport Transfer:

On the day of your departure, a team member will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
The transfer will be comfortable and efficient, ensuring you arrive at the airport with ample time for your flight.
Final Departure:

Check-in for your flight and bid farewell to the friendly staff at the airport.
As you board the plane, take a final moment to cherish the memories you have made in Nepal.
Reflect on the breathtaking scenery, the challenging treks, and the warm hospitality you have experienced.
Look forward to sharing your stories and photos with loved ones back home.

FAQS

The Gokyo Lakes Trek is considered a moderately difficult trek. The main challenge is the altitude, as you will trek to over 5,000 meters (16,404 feet). It is important to be in good physical condition and to acclimatize properly to the altitude.

The best time to do the Gokyo Lakes Trek is in the spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November). The weather is usually clear and dry during these times, and the trails are not too crowded.

The Gokyo Lakes Trek typically takes 10-12 days. However, it is possible to do the trek in a shorter or longer time, depending on your fitness level and how much time you want to spend exploring the area.

You will stay in teahouses and lodges along the trail. These are basic accommodations, but they are clean and comfortable. They typically have twin beds, a shared bathroom, and a dining area. Some lodges also have hot showers and Wi-Fi.

The food on the trek is simple, but it is nutritious and filling. You can expect to eat dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soup, and vegetables. You can also buy snacks and drinks at the teahouses.

You will need a Trekkers Permit (TIMS) and a Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Fee to do the Gokyo Lakes Trek. You can obtain these permits from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.

You will need good hiking boots, warm clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a head torch, and a water bottle. You may also want to bring trekking poles, a raincoat, and a first-aid kit.

Altitude sickness is a serious condition that can occur when you travel to high altitudes. Symptoms of altitude sickness include headache, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. It is important to ascend slowly and to acclimatize properly to the altitude to reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

The Gokyo Lakes Trek is located in a sensitive ecosystem. It is important to be respectful of the environment and to leave no trace. This means disposing of your garbage properly, not littering, and not camping in unauthorized areas.

The cost of the Gokyo Lakes Trek depends on a number of factors, such as the length of your trek, the size of your group, and the level of service you choose. However, you can expect to spend around $1,000-$2,000 per person.

Cost Details

  • What is Included
  • Airport transfers for international and domestic flights
  • Accommodation with Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis or Common bed room
  • Meal Plan - AP - Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast during the Trek
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla (Ramechhap transport if needed)
  • Certified trekking guide and his/her expenses
  • Porters and their expenses (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • Khumbu Rural Municipality permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park permit
  • All government and local permits
  • What is Excluded
  • International flights
  • Visa fee for Nepal
  • Mandatory travel insurance that includes helicopter evacuation
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Soda, tea/coffee and alcoholic beverages
  • Hot shower (except in Lukla and Namche)
  • Phone/camera charging and cell phone credit
  • Any item not mentioned in Price Includes
  • Cost incurred by changes in the tour due to any reason
  • Cost of evacuation and medical support in case of any mishap
  • Tips for Guide or Porter and driver (not mandatory)
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    Gokyo Lakes Trek Travel Tips:

    1. Permits:

    Khumbu Entrance Permit: Obtain in Lukla or Monjo, costs 2000 NPR.
    Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Permit: Available in Kathmandu or Monjo, costs 3400 NPR.
    TIMS Card: Previously required, but not checked in Everest region from 2018. Check current regulations.
    2. Need for a Guide:

    The Gokyo Lakes trek is moderately difficult and can be done without a guide.
    For safety or if less experienced, consider joining a guided trek or hiring a guide, porter, or porter guide.
    Consider organizations like Adventure Land Nepal for female guides.
    Update (April 2023): Trekking without a guide is not permitted from April 1, 2023, onwards. Check local regulations for enforcement.

    3. Accommodation:

    Lodges are better than on some other treks in Nepal, with options to book in Namche.
    Prices are cheap, sometimes free, but expect to order meals at the lodge.
    4. Food:

    Stick to Nepali cuisine for the best experience.
    Try local dishes like Dahl Bath, Tibetan bread, Thukpa, and Momo’s.
    5. Best Time to Hike:

    Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are optimal.
    Monsoon (June to August) brings rain and leeches.
    December and January can be cold and foggy.
    6. Altitude Sickness:

    Gokyo Lakes trek has a high risk of altitude sickness.
    Ascend slowly, acclimatize properly, and stay hydrated.
    Watch for symptoms, and in severe cases, descend to lower altitudes.
    7. Books and Guides:

    Cicerone, Trailblazer, and Lonely Planet offer comprehensive guides for treks in Nepal.
    8. Packing List:

    Sun protection (sunscreen, hat), rain protection (poncho), sturdy shoes, hiking socks, layers, backpack, reusable water bottle, and a water filter.
    9. Sustainable Travel:

    Support local communities by purchasing local goods and services.
    Stay in locally-owned guesthouses or homestays.
    Follow the “Leave No Trace” principle, avoid single-use plastics, and use eco-friendly products.
    Respect local culture, dress modestly, learn basic phrases in Nepali, and seek permission before taking photos.
    10. Respect the Environment:

    Stick to designated trails to protect the alpine ecosystem.
    Carry all trash back and dispose of it responsibly.
    Choose reusable items to minimize waste.

    Note: Always check for the latest updates on regulations, permits, and local guidelines before embarking on the trek.

    Reviews

    Pietro Castano

    Pietro Castano - Italy

    High Himalayan Lake in the World is Gokyo Lake

    We Completed on the “11 Days Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek” with Adventure Land Nepal, and it was truly a memorable experience.

    Chij’s professionalism was evident throughout. He promptly addressed all our inquiries even before our trip was confirmed. Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, he briefed us thoroughly to ensure we were well-prepared for the hike. After the trek, he took the time to pick us up and sincerely listened to our feedback and impressions.

    Ram Lama served as our excellent guide. Knowledgeable, friendly, humorous, and incredibly patient, he maintained a suitable pace for us throughout the trek. Ram was adaptable, tailoring the journey to our preferences, and ensuring we had ample time for acclimatization.

    It was evident that both Chij and Ram have a deep love for Nepal, trekking, and the mountains.

    As for the trek itself, the beauty of the sights, the warmth of the people, the delicious food, and the stunning nature are beyond words. The Gokyo Lakes provided a fantastic alternative to the often crowded EBC trek.

    Our route took us from Kathmandu to Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machermo, Gokyo, and back. We stayed overnight in various lodges and tea houses, with three meals included each day (drinks at our own expense). Interestingly, the accommodations at higher altitudes, though described as more “basic,” were surprisingly comfortable and clean, with fewer occupants compared to those at lower elevations like Namche Bazaar.

    Barbara Matamoros Pichs

    Barbara Matamoros Pichs - USA

    Beautiful Gokyo lakes and Great Views of Himalayas

    The Gokyo Lakes region truly sounds like a breathtaking destination, offering unparalleled views of majestic mountain peaks and pristine lakes. At an altitude of 4790m, the lakes are nestled amidst stunning mountains, providing a serene and awe-inspiring atmosphere.

    The opportunity to witness iconic peaks such as Thamserku and Cho Oyu while gazing upon the tranquil waters of the lakes must be an unforgettable experience. And climbing further to Gokyo Ri, while challenging, undoubtedly rewards trekkers with panoramic vistas that include the crown jewel of mountains, Mount Everest.

    The difficulty of the climb only adds to the sense of accomplishment and the sheer magnificence of the scenery makes every step worthwhile. It’s destinations like these that leave a lasting impression on adventurers and draw them back time and time again to explore the beauty of nature at its most grandiose.

    Thank you for sharing this glimpse into the wonders of the Gokyo Lakes region! It’s certainly a place that captures the imagination and beckons those with a spirit of adventure.

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