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Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek

view of Beautiful Gokyo Lake during Gokyo Lake Trek with Nepal Guide Team

Overview

Trip Highlights;
  • Excursion of turquoise Lake Gokyo formed with other 5 different glacial lakes.
  • Morning hike to the viewpoint of Gokyo Ri at 5340 meters for striking views of Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Makalu 8481m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m and several other mountains within Everest region.
  • Explore the Sherpa villages and experience their authentic culture, tradition, and lifestyle.
  • Scenic Mountain Flight: Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu.
Trip Introduction;
Gokyo Lake Trek is a wonderful opportunity for trekkers who want to explore beautiful Gokyo valley in the heart of the Everest region. Gokyo Valley comprises of series of crystal clear glacial lakes which draws attention of trekkers from all around the globe. The major highlight of Gokyo Lake Trek includes a hike up to one of the best viewpoint - Gokyo Ri at 5340 meters for enjoying the stunning sunrise view over the world’s towering mountains and the Gokyo valley below us. The stunning views of world's highest mountain ranges including Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Lhotse 8515m, Mt. Makalu 8481m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m, Mt. Baruntse 7129m, Mt. Pumori 7161m, Mt. Amadablam 6812m, and many other snow capped mountains surely provides an unforgettable experience for keen and interested trekkers during Gokyo lake trekking adventure.

Gokyo Lake Trek with Nepal Guide Treks starts with a scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Lukla is the gateway to Khumbu and entire Everest region of Nepal. After landing at Lukla, we begin our trek following a rather easy gradient to Phakding. From Phakding our trail heads up through dense rhododendron forests to arrive at Namche Bazaar - The Sherpa Capital. Namche Bazaar is an extensive market town where there is always something to see and places to explore. We will spend a day’s rest at Namche Bazaar for exploration and acclimatization.

From Namche Bazaar our trail is a gradual ascent to Dole. From Dole, we continue our trek that passes through Machhermo and heads towards Gokyo. Gokyo valley comprises of series of glacial lakes with the reflection of high surrounding peaks. A day’s rest at Gokyo will allow us to explore the high mountains valleys, impressive glaciers, and azure lakes. We will also accomplish an early morning hike up to Gokyo Ri 5483m for enjoying the striking views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and other surrounding snow-topped peaks. After spending quality time at Gokyo we will retrace our steps back to Lukla. The wonderful lifetime experience during Gokyo Lake Trek with Nepal Guide Treks ends with a scenic flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing around world heritage sites of Kathmandu  
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla [2800m/9184ft] & Trek to Phakding [2640m/8659ft] [45 min flight & 3-4 Hrs Trek]   
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3440m/11283ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek]
Day 05: Rest at Namche Bazar [4040m/13251ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek]
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole [4040m/13251ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek]  
Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo [4410m/13578ft] [3-4 Hrs Trek] 
Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo Lake [4750m/15580ft] [4-5 Hrs Trek] 
Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley. 
Day 10: Hike to Gokyo Ri [5340m/17515ft] & trek back to Machhermo [4150m/13612ft]
Day 11: Trek from Machhermo [4150m/13612ft] to Namche Bazaar [3440m/11283ft] [5 Hrs Trek] 
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla [2800m/9184ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek] 
Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu  
Day 14: Free day at Leisure 
Day 15: Departure from Katmandu towards own destination

Note: The above itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement 

Additional Information

Accommodation:
In our Gokyo Lake Trek package, while in Kathmandu – your accommodation is arranged in the three star rated hotel. Your accommodation status can be easily upgraded in Kathmandu without any problems. However, your accommodation during the trekking days will be arranged in the comfort tea houses. All accommodation will be provided in single, double, triple or twin sharing as per your requirements. Attached toilets may not be available in all the tea houses. In such places, you will have to use the public toilet outside your rooms.
 
Meals: 
Our organized package trip of Gokyo Lake Trek includes the cost of BB Plan in Kathmandu and all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the entire trekking days. Wide varieties of food will be made available for you in the menu. Another thing to keep in mind is that we will take our dinner and breakfast in the same tea house that we spent the overnight. After breakfast, we pack our gear and continue our trek. En-route we will make a short stop for lunch before heading for the next destination.

Physical Conditions and Experience Required:
Gokyo Lake Trek is a moderate trek which is suitable for motivated trekkers with ability to trek for five to six hours a day. Gokyo Lake Trekking includes trekking in high altitude reaching up to 5000 meters above the sea level. So a good level of physical fitness that has been gained through a long period of training (at least one hour a day) is highly recommended. Slow and steady will be highly beneficial in order to avoid unexpected altitude sickness during the entire Gokyo Lake Trek.

Best Season for Gokyo Lake Trek:
3 months in Spring (March, April, and May) & 3 months in Autumn(September, October, November). Above mentioned 6 months are considered as the best season for Gokyo Lake Trek. Around this time the weather is clear that allows trekkers to get the most out of what Gokyo valley and Everest region has to offer to its visitors. For trekkers who prefer trekking in a more calm environment with less crowd – December, January, and February is a good time for trekking around Gokyo. June, July, and August mark the monsoon season with no good trekking and heavy rainfall.   

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & Transfer to Hotel
Our representative will meet you at Tribhuwan International Airport on your arrival schedule. Then you will be transferred to hotel and our staff will help you until check-in procedure ends at Hotel. You can either have rest at Hotel or visit NGT’s office for gathering additional info about the trek. In the evening, join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition Team.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner.

Day 02: Sightseeing around world heritage sites of Kathmandu 
Click here for detail info about World Heritage of UNESCO in Nepal
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla [2800m/9184ft] [45 min flight] Trek from Lukla to Phakding [2640m/8659ft] [3 hrs trek]
We take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, that takes around 45 minutes. From Lukla our trek starts following a gentle climb through left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. The Dudh Kosi approaches as we pass along mani walls and arrive at a Ghat teahouse. The route continues along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3440m/11283ft] [5-6 hrs trek]
The trail from Phakding starts by crossing a stream and climbing up the terraced hill until we arrive at Bengar. We continue along the path with many ups and downs, we make a stop at the National Park Service where the park entrance fee is collected. As the mountain path zigzags uphill, we emerge at a ridge top rest area that offers excellent views high mountains. Our climb eases somewhat as the path goes along the pine forest to reach Namche Bazaar.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places.
Namche Bazaar has abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at the high altitude before heading off towards Thame. For the acclimatization you walk upto Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Syangboche at 3800 meters for enjoying outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole [4040m/13251ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek]
From Namche the route heads up all the way to Kumjung, a picturesque village which also has its own gompa at the top end of town. Here we have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. We trek along a steep downhill passing through Phortse Tenga and from there our trail climbs steeply towards Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo [4410m/13578ft] [3-4 Hrs Trek]
From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us lies an excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and we will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo Lake [4750m/15580ft] [4-5 Hrs Trek]
Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. We begin to descend following the melt-water rivers of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We continue to climb a steep rocky incline into the valley, passing the first of the holy lakes. Soon we arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La at 5420 meters. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley.
Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier of Nepal. This day you can make a side trip to Fifth Lake via Forth Lake.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge 
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Hike to Gokyo Ri [5340m/17515ft] & trek back to Machhermo [4150m/13612ft]
Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. After lunch it is a short walk to the village of Machhermo.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 11: Trek from Machhermo [4150m/13612ft] to Namche Bazaar [3440m/11283ft] [5 Hrs Trek]
The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga as we pass through dense rhododendron forests. Then the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda and gently descends up to Kyanjoma. From there our trail follow small ups and down until we arrive back to Namche Bazaar for our overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla [2800m/9184ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek]
The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Today we take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Enjoy the scenic mountain flight after the wonderful trekking experience with Nepal Guide Treks. After landing at Kathmandu you will be transferred to the hotel. The world heritage sites inside Kathmandu, if not visited on the second day of the trip can be visited on this day.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 14: Free Day at Leisure
You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. Also, walking around the shopping area of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will have a final meal together in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 15: Departure from Katmandu towards own destination
Our representative will drop you at the International airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

Check our assured departure schedules given bellow:

Start Date End Date Price in USD Availability Booking
September 25, 2017 October 9, 2017 $ 1350 OPEN Book Now !
October 2, 2017 October 16, 2017 $ 1350 LIMITED Book Now !
October 12, 2017 October 26, 2017 $ 1350 OPEN Book Now !

Avabillity Options

OPEN: This date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!

GUARANTEED: Guaranteed departure. Seat Available.

LIMITED: Guaranteed departure, Limited seat. You can send booking request for availability.

FULL:This date is currently unavailable. Please contact us if you are interested in traveling on this date.

Your Program Duration = 15 Days

All the Prices are in USD Per Person basis.

Service includes

  • Airport Arrival and departure transfer 
  • 4 nights stay in Kathmandu with BB Plan
  • Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including Private Vehicle, City Guide and entry fees 
  • Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu flight 
  • All meals [B/F, Lunch & Dinner] During Trekking period 
  • Tea House Lodges accommodation during Trekking
  • TIMS [Trekkers information Manual System] permit and Sagarmatha National Park fee
  • Highly experienced Trekking guide for entire trek
  • Required Number of Porters 
  • Staffs food, clothing salary & Insurance.
  • General First aid Kids
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners in Kathmandu 
  • All tax, vats and necessary paper works

Service does not includes

  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Useful Info

Accommodation:
In our Gokyo Lake Trek package, while in Kathmandu – your accommodation is arranged in the three star rated hotel. Your accommodation status can be easily upgraded in Kathmandu without any problems. However, your accommodation during the trekking days will be arranged in the comfort tea houses. All accommodation will be provided in single, double, triple or twin sharing as per your requirements. Attached toilets may not be available in all the tea houses. In such places, you will have to use the public toilet outside your rooms.
 
Meals: 
Our organized package trip of Gokyo Lake Trek includes the cost of BB Plan in Kathmandu and all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the entire trekking days. Wide varieties of food will be made available for you in the menu. Another thing to keep in mind is that we will take our dinner and breakfast in the same tea house that we spent the overnight. After breakfast, we pack our gear and continue our trek. En-route we will make a short stop for lunch before heading for the next destination.

Physical Conditions and Experience Required:
Gokyo Lake Trek is a moderate trek which is suitable for motivated trekkers with ability to trek for five to six hours a day. Gokyo Lake Trekking includes trekking in high altitude reaching up to 5000 meters above the sea level. So a good level of physical fitness that has been gained through a long period of training (at least one hour a day) is highly recommended. Slow and steady will be highly beneficial in order to avoid unexpected altitude sickness during the entire Gokyo Lake Trek.

Best Season for Gokyo Lake Trek:
3 months in Spring (March, April, and May) & 3 months in Autumn(September, October, November). Above mentioned 6 months are considered as the best season for Gokyo Lake Trek. Around this time the weather is clear that allows trekkers to get the most out of what Gokyo valley and Everest region has to offer to its visitors. For trekkers who prefer trekking in a more calm environment with less crowd – December, January, and February is a good time for trekking around Gokyo. June, July, and August mark the monsoon season with no good trekking and heavy rainfall.   

Reviews

Explore Gokyo Lake

Namaste!!!! My Girlfriend and me from Netherlands confirmed Nepal trip with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition after getting brief information and knowledge from Prakash Devkota via email. We went Nepal for 2 weeks holiday and back with lifetime memory from amazing place. We felt 100% safe during our whole trip. 

I am sure I will back again for wonderful trekking experience, highly recommended Nepal Guide Treks. 

Memorable Gokyo Lake Trek with Family

When I was preparing for Nepal Trip, I did not have any idea about where to begin, how to go there, what is the process, best season etc. One of my friend suggested me to use Nepal Guide Treks for my Nepal Trip. Our dream really fulfilled by Nepal Guide, me, my wife and my son enjoyed a lot from Gokyo Lake Trek. On the way, I saw very careless, non-professional trekking staffs from various organizations and I realized we are very lucky to get wonderful service from Nepal Guide Treks with good service, well skilled trekking team and fair trip cost. 

I am planning to do Annapurna Base Vamp Trek next year with Nepal Guide. 

Visited October 2013
James and Family


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