Gokyo Lakes Trek

Gokyo Lakes Trek

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  • Majestic view towering peaks - Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and more 
  • A delightful tour of alpine lakes of Gokyo 
  • Close view of world’s largest Himalayan glacier - Ngozumpa Glacier 
  • Close insight to Sherpa’s culture and lifestyle 
  • Tantalizing sunrise view from Gokyo Ri 
  • A scenic hike to the less-visited part of Everest (Khumbu) region

Gokyo Lakes Trek - A super alternative to Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC). 

Trekkers may not get “as close” to the towering peaks as on Everest Base Camp Trek but they are compensated with the enthralling wilderness and less-crowds. 

We all know that Khumbu region is full of insanely towering peaks, wild valleys and steep rock faces but do you know there are collections of alluring lakes and stunning glaciers. Join 14 days Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary to enjoy the beauty of the Everest region from a different perspective. 

Gokyo Lakes Trek is one of the most scenic and picturesque less-trodden trekking route in the Khumbu region. Often dubbed as the best alternative to classic EBC Trek, this trek is perfect for those who wish to avoid the crowds and enjoy the untouched valleys, pristine lakes, gigantic glaciers and parades of majestic peaks together. 

Gokyo Lakes are the collection of sparkling, pristine blue and green waters which are one of the highest located mountain lakes in the world. Beside its bewildering beauty, Gokyo Lake is an equally auspicious sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhist. During the Janai Purnima Festival, you can see the flocks of Hindu pilgrims making a hike to Gokyo Lakes to perform holy bath and religious activities. 

Another major highlight of Gokyo Lakes Trek is the stiff yet scenic climb up to the Gokyo Ri viewpoint. Gokyo Ri summit offers an excellent view of towering peaks like Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu. Moreover, you will get the stunning view of Ngozumpa Glacier stretching below the Cho Oyu Himla - the largest glacier in the world (36km). 

Gokyo Lakes Trek Route 

Gokyo Lakes Trek starts with an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla: make sure to take a left hand side seat for your first glimpse of Everest region. After getting your baggage and crew organized, you will start the trek through Sherpa village with well-cultivated fields. The first day is quite easy as the majority of the trek concerns downhill walk but day two is really tedious with a long challenging climb to Namche Bazaar. Namche is a surprisingly large town offering modern restaurants, bakeries, cafes and more. You will stay one more night here to acclimatize your body to a thin atmosphere. 

After Namche, you will leave the main trail and head up to the Dudh Kosi Valley through the sleepy village of Dole and Machhermo before finally emerging into the Gokyo valley. Here you will discover the 5 turquoise lakes originated from the peaks and glaciers above. Beside alluring lakes, the highlight of Gokyo Lakes Trek is a short climb to Gokyo Ri, just above the village which offers an excellent view of Cho Oyu and Everest peaks.

It takes three easy downhill walks back to Lukla to conclude the trek. 

Gokyo Lakes Trek Difficulty 

With the given elevation and remoteness, the Gokyo Lakes Trek may seem daunting but it is not the exclusive domain of experienced trekkers. With some preparation and strength, almost anyone can do it. 

You have to walk 5 - 6 hours covering 10 - 15 km distance per day. Although the trekking route of Gokyo is less traveled, the trail is easily navigable with signposts through the trek . 

Altitude is the major factor to consider during the trek. You will need to stay few nights above 4,000m so there is a high possibility of suffering from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Thus we suggest you not rush while hiking on the upper reaches of the trek and consider taking few acclimatization stops during the trek. 

Outline Itinerary

DayDay Acitivity
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) and trek to Phakding
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest and acclimatization
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse
Day 07: Trek from Phortse to Machhermo
Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo
Day 09: Gokyo Valley: climb Gokyo Ri and hike to 5th fifth lake
Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Dole
Day 11: Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 14: Final Departure

After completion of passport, immigration and visa procedures, our airport representative will receive you outside the terminal hall and transfer you to the pre-booked hotel. Look out for your name on placard. After hotel check-in, take your time to rest and refresh. Evening: enjoy a welcome dinner, introduction to your trek leader and a briefing on trek with a check on necessities.

AccomodationOvernight in Kathmandu
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
After breakfast, you will take a tour to four UNESCO world heritage sites - Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Kathmandu Durbar Square is an ancient royal seat of Nepal, Pashupatinath is sacred Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva, Swayambhunath is 2,000 years old hilltop stupa and Boudhanath is the largest Tibetan Stupa in the world. These ancient heritage sites carry great cultural, religious and historical values for local people. Later, we make a brief meeting at a hotel lobby or at office to get acquainted with travel plans and fellow trekkers.
AccomodationOvernight in Kathmandu
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Today you will drive to Tribhuvan domestic airport to catch an early morning flight to Lukla. Here you will meet your local porters and start an adventurous trekking along the Dudh Koshi valley to Cheplung (2,700m) and Ghat (2,530m). Another hour's hike from here will take you to Phakding.
AccomodationOvernight in Phakding
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration3 - 4 hours
After breakfast, you will walk to the first suspension bridge of the trail and continue with an easy uphill climb through the farming village of Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo (the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park). Between the village of Phakding and Monjo, you can explore the small teahouse and shops. After getting your permit checked, the trail drops down steeply to the long suspension bridge built across the Dudh Koshi River. Then you will cross another suspension bridge and continue to walk to the high Hillary Suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge, you will climb steeply through lush rhododendron forest to the largest township of the region - Namche Bazaar. The uphill trail offers the first glimpse of Mt. Everest hidden behind Lhotse - Nuptse and other peaks like Mt. Kusum Khangru.
AccomodationOvernight in Namche Bazaar
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5 - 6 hours
Today is set aside as acclimatization period for your trek. You will embark for an acclimatization hike in the morning, climbing out of Namche past the world highest airstrip at Syangboche to the Everest view hotel. Everest view hotel is the highest located hotel in the world and it commands the superb view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Thamserku, Ama Dablam and more peaks. You will then descend back to Syangboche airstrip to the National Park headquarters where there is a statue of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa - one of the first person to climb Mt. Everest. You will spend some time to explore this stunning place. Finally, you will retrace back to Namche Bazaar and here you will explore around the village and ancient monasteries. Overnight in Namche Bazaar
AccomodationOvernight in Namche Bazaar
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Today, you will walk to the edge of Namche Bazaar and contour on a hillside to Sansa. From Sansa, you will follow the Gokyo trail and as you reach Mong, you will be awarded with the remarkable views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Khumbula peaks. The trail then drop down to Dudh Koshi River and then make an uphill climb through rhododendron forest before finally reaching Phortse. Phortse commands superb view of Tawache and Cholaste mountains.
AccomodationOvernight in Phortse
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5 - 6 hours
Today you will cross the Dudh Koshi River and continue through forest where you can encounter the local wildlife - Pheasants, mountain goats and musk deer. Further, you will continue through the forests, waterfalls and bridges before reaching the village of Dole. Next, you will climb from Luza village and walk above the Dudh Koshi River before continuing through small and sleepy villages to reaches Machhermo. At Machhermo, you can visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital to learn about the altitude sickness, its precaution and primary treatment.
AccomodationOvernight in Machhermo
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5 - 6 hours
Today you will climb on a ridge and admire the views of the Dudh Koshi valley and Himalayan peaks - Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-oyu mountains. As you climb past the ridge, the valley opens up and the trail continues through a Chorten and reaches Phangga. Further descending down to the river bank, you will climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier on a steep trail. Further continuing through the snout of the Ngozumpa glacier, you will walk past the Longpongo, Raboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari before reaching Gokyo village. Gokyo village is located at the edge of the third lake on a glacial moraine.
AccomodationOvernight in Gokyo
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5 - 6 hours
Today is scheduled as a rest and exploration day in Gokyo valley. Gokyo offers two exploration options: the first one is Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,586ft) which starts via the northern side of the lake, opposite the village. You will start pre-dawn to avoid mid-morning clouds. You will make a stiff two hour climb to the summit. The flag bedkoned summit offers a dramatic view of broad, rubble covered Ngozumpa Glacier - the longest Himalayan glacier in the world. It also affords the remarkable views of Cho Oyu and Ghyachung Kang, the northern face of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cholatse, Taboche, Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Kangru and more.

Another attractions let you explore the fourth to sixth lakes located to the north of the village. These lakes along with melt water from the glacier are the major source of Dudh Koshi which you have followed from Lukla.

Afternoon, you will simply relax in Gokyo village and lake.

AccomodationOvernight in Gokyo
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Today you will climb down along the Dudh Koshi River and walk past the first lake of Gokyo. En route, you will get to enjoy the great views of Cholatse and Taboche peaks. First you will descend down and then climb on a hill which commands the superb view of Thamserku, Cho Oyu and Kangtega mountains. Walking past the Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarma village, you will finally reach the village of Dole.
AccomodationOvernight in Dole
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration 3 - 4 hours
After breakfast, you will climb down on a steep trail to Phortse Thanga through thick rhododendron forests, wildflowers and waterfalls. Look out for exotic wildlife - mountain goats, musk deer, pheasant etc. On the way to Namche, you will be rewarded with the view of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtega mountains. As you reach the juncture point of Sansa, you will continue through a forested slope beyond Kuangjuma and wind through snaky route to Namche.
AccomodationOvernight in Namche Bazaar
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration 4 - 5 hours
After breakfast, you will climb down on a rocky trail and cross several suspension bridges before reaching the gentle trail. Walking past the village of Monjo, Phakding and Cheplung, you will finally make a 45 min final climb to Lukla. Your trek in the mountain concludes after you reach Lukla and your local crew will take a leave here.
AccomodationOvernight in Lukla
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration 6 - 8 hours
Today you will fly back to Kathmandu on the earliest possible flight. Once in Kathmandu, you will be transferred back to the hotel where you will take a well-deserved rest. Evening: you will join a farewell dinner to enjoy the successful completion of the trip.
AccomodationOvernight in Kathmandu
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Your adventure vacation in Nepal comes to an end today. Our airport representative will pick you from the hotel and transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport right on scheduled time.



Cost Include

  • All the airport and hotel transfers
  • Star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B & B basis 
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner 
  • Full day Kathmandu Valley sightseeing tour on private vehicle 
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu 
  • Guided city tour guide in Kathmandu via private vehicle 
  • All the meals (B, L & D) during the trek
  • All the necessary paper works, permits and TIMS required for the trek
  • An English speaking gov. Licensed and experienced trek guide, assistant guide and porter (4 trekkers: 1 guide and 2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All the mountain accommodation during the trek on a comfortable room with a shared bathroom 
  • Safe drinking water 
  • A comprehensive medical kit 
  • All the governmental and local taxes 
  • Hot drinks (Tea & Coffee)

Cost Exclude

  • Kathmandu city monumental entry fee 
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (except welcome and farewell dinner)
  • All the personal nature expenses - alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone calls and more 
  • Travel Insurance and emergency evacuation 
  • Wifi 
  • Tipping 
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee 
  • International Flight 

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