Gokyo Lakes Trek

Gokyo Lakes Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Country visited: Nepal
  • Trip starts from: Kathmandu
  • Trip End in: Kathmandu
  • Max. Altitude: 5483m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Trip Grade:
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Guest House
  • Transpotation: Car, Bus, Plane
  • Group size: 2 - 21 people pax
  • Activity Per Day: Daily Walking - 5 to 6 Hrs

Trip Highlights

  • Spectacular view of Himalayan peaks including Everest.
  • Hike along the longest glacier in the Himalaya, Ngozumpa.
  • Adventurous climb of Gokyo Ri (5357m) for awe-inspiring views of Himalayas and Gokyo valley.
  • Avoid the overcrowded classic trail of Everest region to enjoy more diverse natural views.
  • Explore the magnificent turquoise glacial-fed lakes.
  • Pass villages of Sherpa and insights into Sherpa culture.

“Every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.”

Gokyo Lakes Trek is one of the best treks of Nepal which offers spectacular Himalayan scenery and exquisite cultural insights of the local Sherpa people. Taking trekkers on a once in a lifetime journey towards the phenomenal tranquil Gokyo Lakes, this trek unveils the exclusive beauty of Mother Nature and helps trekker to explore the hidden trails within Everest region in just one trip. Adding to that is the picturesque Gokyo valley which fascinates every traveler who visits its stunning lakes and pathways.

Starting with a 30-minute flight to Lukla airport from Kathmandu, the trek initiates from Phakding and then continues further ahead to Namche Bazaar. Heading forward, trekkers make their way towards Gokyo Lakes via PhortseTenga, Machhermo. Eventually after arriving at Gokyo valley, a mesmerizing sight of Gokyo Lakes captivate the eyes of trekkers and lets them inside the vast wilderness of the world’s highest fresh water lake system – Gokyo Lakes. Furthermore, the lakes are religiously significant for both Hindus and Buddhists due to which the lakes are considered a famous pilgrimage site within the Everest region. Last but not the least, a hike up to the top of Gokyo Ri presents trekkers with an unforgettable Himalayan view of the snow capped mountains together with the spellbinding Gokyo Lakes.

Contact Euro-Asia Treks right now to join our 13-day Gokyo Lakes Trek and enjoy the outstanding view of the Himalayan peaks including mighty Mt. Everest while exploring the naturally gifted Gokyo Valley.

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 prepare well accordingly to cope with the problematic weather conditions and extreme temperatures.

Difficulty

This 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 difficult than EBC as you won’t have to sleep at a high elevation. Additionally, the trek itself is not very demanding & does not require any kind of technical skills. However, a good cardiovascular fitness level with an ability to walk continuously for 4 to 5 hours a day can be very advantageous during the trek.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 01: Arrival
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2850 m AMSL) and a trek to Phakding (2640 m AMSL)
  • Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3450 m AMSL)
  • Day 05: Rest Day at Namche
  • Day 06: Trek from Namche to Phorste Tenga
  • Day 07: Trek from Phorste Tenga to Machherma
  • Day 08: Trip from Maccherma to Gokyo
  • Day 09: Trek to Gokyo Ri and Nala (17,580ft / 5,360m)
  • Day 10: Trek from Phortse via Nah La
  • Day 11: Trek from Phortse to Tengboche
  • Day 12: Trek from Tengboche to Namche
  • Day 13: Trek from Namche to Phakding
  • Day 14: Trek from Phakding to Lukla
  • Day 15: Flight From Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Day 16: Departure

Day to Day itinerary

    Day 01: Arrival
  • Welcome by our representative at the airport, transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. In evening welcome dinner.

    Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • After breakfast we are going to do some sightseeing activities today. As planned, we are going to explore some of the most iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu city: Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Patan City, Kumari Temple and lastly Tibetan Refugee Camp evening drive back to hotel.

    Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

  • Day 03: 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.

    Stay overnight at Phakding.

  • Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3450 m AMSL)
  • Day fourth 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 Sherpa’s, and the aroma of local cuisine, imported and local spirits, and a beautiful dinner.

    Stay overnight at Namche.

  • Day 05: 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.

    Stay overnight at Namche.

  • Day 06: Trek from Namche to Phorste Tenga
  • Shortly after breakfast, the sixth 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.

    Stay overnight at Phorste Tenga.

  • Day 07: Trek from Phorste Tenga to Machherma
  • Day seven 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 colorful 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.

    Stay overnight at Machherma.

  • Day 08: 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 you will pass the first of the three lakes to Gokyo.

    Stay overnight at Gokyo.

  • Day 09: Trek to Gokyo Ri and Nala (17,580ft / 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.

    Stay overnight at Nala.

  • Day 10: 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.

    Stay overnight at Phortse.

  • Day 11: 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.

    Stay overnight at Tengboche.

  • Day 12: 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 colorful 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.

    Stay overnight at Namche.

  • Day 13: 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.

    Stay overnight at Phakding.

  • Day 14: 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.

    Stay overnight at Lukla.

  • Day 15: Flight From Lukla to Kathmandu
  • 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.

    In Evening Farewell Dinner.

    Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

  • Day 16: Departure
  • After breakfast transfer to the airport to fly to onward destination.

Price Includes

  • All 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.
  • International Arrival and Departure transfer in Kathmandu.
  • 03 Nights Accommodation in Kathmandu with daily breakfast.
  • Full day Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with guide and entrance fee.
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner.
  • Duffel Bag, Sleeping Bag and T-shirt.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Any Beverage expense during trek.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu(Except Farewell Dinner and Welcome Dinner)
  • Personal Travel Insurance.
  • 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.