Gokyo Lakes Trek

| 13 days

Gokyo Lakes Trek, the trekking around Gokyo valley is one of the best treks in Everest region of Nepal that unveils exclusive beauty of Mother Nature. The famous author Jules Renard said, “On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” Gokyo valley is definitely one of those pieces. Gokyo valley is a picturesque valley famous for its crystal clear turquoise lakes called Gokyo Lakes. Trek through highs and lows, enjoy the outstanding view of Himalayan peaks including mighty Everest and explore naturally gifted Gokyo valley along its beautiful lakes with Gokyo valley Trek. With Gokyo trek, adventure lovers get the chance to pass through stunning Himalayan landscapes through forests and to be at the top of Gokyo peak exploring the pristine turquoise lakes in the valley.

Gokyo trek starts after our arrival at the Lukla airport from Kathmandu. The trekking initiates from Phakding and continues to Namche, Phortse Tenga, Machhermo and finally at Gokyo where the world’s highest fresh water lake system (comprising six main lakes) is situated. Also considered the famous pilgrimage site in Everest region, Gokyo lakes carry religious significance to both Hindus and Buddhists. Further exploring the Gokyo valley, Gokyo Ri peak nearby Himalaya’s longest Ngozumpa glacier exhibits outstanding views of Everest and Lhotse. Gokyo Ri trek further lets us visit ancient monasteries on Tengboche which gives an insight to local arts, culture and tradition. Tracing our steps back towards Namche and Lukla, we board a flight back to Kathmandu which concludes our Gokyo trek of 13 days in Everest region.

 

Best season

Like with most of the other treks in Nepal, the best seasons for Gokyo Lakes Trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) considering weather, temperature and unobstructed views. During those times, sky is clear and daytime temperature is warm. However, you can do this trek in the summer (monsoon) and winter seasons too if you prepared well for difficult conditions and some extreme temperatures.

 

Difficulty

Gokyo Lake Trek is graded as a ‘moderate’ trek with maximum altitude of 5,360m at the summit of Gokyo Ri. Although the summit of Gokyo Ri is at around the same altitude as Everest Base Camp (EBC), it is considered less problematic than EBC as you won’t sleep at the maximum height of the trek (only fewer nights spent above 4000m). The trek is not very demanding as it does not require technical skills. However, a good cardiovascular fitness is required and one should be able to walk for around 5-6 hrs each day.

Price Includes

  • Hotel / Domestic Airport / Hotel transfer by private Vehicle.
  • Airfare Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in Normal lodges with Full board during trek.
  • 13 Days trek as per program with English Speaking Sherpa Guide and Porter.
  • TIMS Card and park entrance fees.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • International Arrival and Departure transfer in Kathmandu.
  • Any Beverage expense during trek.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Airport departure Taxes.
  • Any cost occurred due to landslide, political disorder or natural calamities, flight cancellation or any unforeseen reason, etc.
  • Any services not included in cost include section.

Day to Day itinerary

    Day 01 : Breakfast followed by a short early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2850 m AMSL) and a trek to Phakding (2640 m AMSL)
  • A short 35 minutes of flight to the air-strip at Lukla actually opens all doors to possibilities and prospects of Himalayan exploration and adventure. The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla was coined collectively after Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary, the first human step to successfully scale Mount Everest, in 1998. Attracting many well-experienced to novice mountaineers from all around the world and willing to pay substantial sums for a successful expedition, the Tenzing-Hillary Airport is the gateway to the Khumbu region, and ultimately to Mount Everest. Due to the unpredictable weather in the Khumbu region, almost all flights are concentrated in early mornings.
    After catching up with the trek crew in the airport and getting updates on various details, the journey continues towards the highest peak of the world. After an hour of walk on a straight trail, a small village of Chaplung is encountered. This is where the main trail from the west meets the trail from Lukla on approach to Mount Everest. The walk continues for another two hours to reach Ghat, and it finally ends at Phakding after an hour more. The day comes to a halt after reaching Phakding and an overnight stay in a local lodge accompanied by great local cuisine, imported and local spirits and hospitality on offer makes you forget the tiredness of the trip for the rest of the day.

  • Day 02 : Trek from Phakding to Namche (3450 m AMSL)
  • Day two of the trip begins shortly after breakfast, with some catching up with the trekking crew. Trailing down towards the Bhotekoshi River and crossing a long suspension bridge over the Bhotekoshi River, Jorsele is the next destination after crossing the bridge and a walk of about two hours along the straight trail, passing a forest and few villages. Everest National Park check post, located at Jorsele welcomes you to the Khumbu Region and the national park permits are checked. Beyond this point, no firewood is allowed. Following the trail, the path drops steeply, and reaches a long suspension bridge to cross the Dudh Koshi River. Continuing on the straight trail for an hour more, the terrain becomes a bit steep. Going through various difficult terrains, a forest and several other Sherpa villages for almost two hours, the team reaches Namche Bazaar. Namche is a great spot for the first close glimpse of the mesmerizing beauty of Mount Everest.
    The day comes to an end with a warm and hospitable welcome to a guest house by the local Sherpas, and the aroma of local cuisine, imported and local spirits, and a bountiful dinner.

  • Day 03 : Rest Day at Namche
  • Looking at the effort put in by all in the team, this day marks the day of rest, the acclimatization day. Due to change in weather, altitude and the rigorous exercise of walking terrains, a day is taken off the schedule for the guests to rest and enjoy, or then to have a picturesque excursion to Khumjung village. The major aim of this day is to prevent any possible AMS signs, which may hamper the rest of the trip.
    The day ends in a local guest house with hospitable welcome, good food, great spirits and plenty of rest.

  • Day 04 : Trek from Namche to Phorste Tenga
  • Shortly after breakfast, the fourth day of the trip begins with an interesting walk towards Gokyo. Upon the gentle ascent towards Sanasa for two hours, you would trail towards Mong, marked by a Chorten and is in effect a small pass. It is famous amongst the local Sherpa community as the birth place of Lama Sangwa Dorje. The trek from the pass towards Phortse Tenga is rather steep, demanding arduous climb. But this steep ascent also has on offer the great views towards Phortse, a spectacular river gorge, and an inaccessible natural rock bridge.

  • Day 05 : Trek from Phorste Tenga to Machherma.
  • Day five begins with a gentle climb towards the Dole National Park Check Post, where documentation is checked for the entry into the National Park. A forest trail is on offer after passing the army post at the entrance. Also on offer is the view of some colourful pheasants and shy deer, which leads to you reaching the village of Dole after about an hour of an uphill trek. The trail continues to climb after Dole, to reach out a planar, pleasant traverse with beautiful views. The trip finally reaches Lhapharma, offering snow-capped mountainous views from almost all directions, up, down and across the valley.
    Luza is an hour trek from Dole and has several pleasant dwellings on offer. After crossing the stream beyond Luza and continuing through the lush fields, you would reach Machherma with tantalizing views.

  • Day 06 : Trip from Maccherma to Gokyo.
  • This day marks the visit to the Gokyo Lakes at an altitude of 4,750 meters. The trail ascends towards a ridge with amazing views of Mount Kantega across the valley and Mount Cho Oyo, far north. The trail passes through Pangka to a river crossing before beginning the ascent along the moraine of Ngozumpa. At this stage wou will pass the first of the three lakes to Gokyo.

  • Day 07 : Trek to Gokyo Ri and Nala (17,580' / 5,360m).
  • Trekking across the Dudhkoshi River, the next step is to climb the ridge at Tengboche. Tengboche is home to an internationally renowned Buddhist monastery which supports up to 60 monks. If time grants, a visit to the monastery may be worth a consideration. Tengboche is also a popular viewing platform with spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lohtse and Everest standing tall far up north. Immediately east of the camp is the view of Mt. Kantega, standing at 6,685 m. Towards the south are Mt. Thanserku (6,808 m), Mt. Nupla (5,885 m), Mt. Kongde Ri (6,187 m), Mt. Khumbi La (5,761 m), Mt. Tawack (6,808 m), Mt. Nuptse (5,885 m), Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,501 m), and Mt. Ama Dablam (6,856 m) in a full circular swing.

  • Day 08 : Trek from Phortse via Nah La.
  • The quickest route from Gokyo to Phortse is backtracking via Dole and Machhermo, but there’s also an alternative route on the eastern valley wall leading directly to Phortse via Nah La. Aiming for the small bridge, you will head towards a narrow trail, barely visible from the other side of the valley, but it’s visible when you reach there. Following the faint trail, a short climb leads to a Chorten (4278 m) with magnificent views. Following the Chorten on the path is Konar, which is used as a large hay growing area in summer. All trails around the corner from Konar lead to Phortse.

  • Day 09 : Trek from Phortse to Tengboche.
  • Following the trail dropping from the southern corner of the Phortse village is a small bridge, accommodating to the pathway for the steep climb towards Tengboche.

  • Day 10 : Trek from Tengboche to Namche.
  • This trek is about three hours long and one may get the best glimpse of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and Kangi Tenga, and an opportunity to spot local animals including colourful pheasants, Tahr and Deer in the region. The end of the descent is heralded by a Kani, an arched entrance with ceiling paintings of deities and forms of Lord Buddha, which is believed to cleanse people of the many feared spirits before entering the sacred region in the Himalayas. The trip leads towards the Kyanjuma foundation and Choi Gang after the suspension bridge across the Dudhkoshi River is crossed and finally reach Namche at the end of the day’s trip.

  • Day 11 : Trek from Namche to Phakding
  • Yet another four hour trek from Namche to Phakding via the Everest National Park check post at Jorsele and crossing the Bhotekoshi River yet again. The day ends in a guest house in Phakding.

  • Day 12 : Trek from Phakding to Lukla
  • This trip marks the end of the trekking trip on return to Lukla and takes about four hours. Going across Ghat again, you will walk across the trekking route intersection at Chaplung, and reach Lukla to end the day’s trip in a guest house.

  • Day 13 : Flight From Lukla
  • Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, and transfer service to the hotel upon arrival at the airport. The rest of the day is off for leisure.