Gokyo Lake Trek
Trekking out of the ordinary in the Khumbu region is the Gokyo Lake Trek. This trek, although challenging, leads to some of the highest points of the Khumbu region. And on offer is a visit to the Gokyo lakes, some of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. Similarly, the Gokyo lake Trek obviously incorporates climbing the Gokyo Ri (5360m) which offers a majestic panorama of snow-capped Himalayas. Complementing the entire journey; the Sherpa villages guarantee a cultural experience as well.
The trip starts as we catch a plane from Kathmandu to the town of Lukla in the Khumbu Region. As we take on a tourist-packed trail to Phakding; feast on the views of Mount Kusum Khangkaru (6367m) and Thamserku (6608m). Consecutively, a trek to Namche and arrival at this Sherpa town will be an enticing affair across the Dudh Koshi river valley. While at Namche, first-hand view of the Mount Everest (8848m) from Hotel Everest view is mesmerizing. The trail then takes us darting towards the exotic Himalayas as we cross Himalayan settlements at Dhole and Machhermo. This eventually leads to the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in Nepal which stretches across a vast landscape.
We head further to Gokyo village which rewards us with great views of glacial lakes, six of them in total, turquoise and serene. The next day we hike up the Gokyo Ri (5360m), a peak by the village, which is at the same altitude as the Everest Base Camp. Although distant, the summit of Gokyo Ri is a viewpoint for some of the highest peaks-mostly 8000’ers namely Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Makalu (8463m), and Cho Oyu (8188m). We wrap up our trek of the Himalayas and retrace our trail back to Lukla before heading back to Kathmandu. This is a challenging trek, however, you have to go an altitude of 5,360 meters. This is trek is suitable for Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
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- Hike up the Gokyo Ri (5360m) and enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas including the Mt. Everest(8848m).
- Visit the bustling Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar.
- Explore the Sagarmatha National Park and its biodiversity.
- Enjoy the Sherpa culture and lifestyle on the trek trails.
- Relish the tranquility and views in the vicinity of the five Gokyo Lakes.
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
Land at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative from Danphe Adventure Treks will pick you up and transfer to the trip hotel of your choice. For the remainder of the day, you can head out to explore the valley. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu..
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour and Trek Preparation
Today, you explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square, all within Kathmandu Valley. All of these are UNESCO world heritage sites and have played a crucial role to recognize Kathmandu as a city prosperous with cultural and religious heritage. You can also prepare for the trek including obtaining trekking permits, equipment, and accessories. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)| 30 mins flight, 3 hrs.
Fly northeast from Kathmandu to the Khumbu region. A 30-min flight with views of the Himalayas will conclude in spectacular fashion as we land at Lukla airport. You start the trek from Lukla to Phakding after meeting the trek leader and rest of the team. The trek will include an ascent past sub-tropical forest and crossing rivers over suspension bridges.
Overnight stay at Phakding.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)| 4 hrs.
Hike along the Dudh Koshi River heading upstream. The trail takes you through the lush green forest of rhododendron and juniper. Past Monjo, you enter the Sagarmatha National Park. Views of Ama Dablam (6856m) and Thamserku (6608m) appear. The final stretch of this trail involves an ascent to Namche Bazaar. Arrive at this world-renowned Sherpa town and a trading hub in the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at Namche.
Day 05: Rest/Acclimatization in Namche 3 hrs
Wake up to the grand views of Mount Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8414m). An acclimatization day is to adapt to a higher altitude so, you take light hiking sessions to adapt yourself. You head up to the Hotel Everest View for an unobstructed view of Mount Everest (8848m). An excursion to Khumjung and Khunde villages will take you on a circuit around the area. Back in Namche, visit the Sherpa museum for insight on their culture and lifestyle. Overnight stay at Namche.
Day 06: Trek to Dhole (4200m)| 5 hrs.
You begin the day with a trek up above the flat trail from Namche. Dudh Koshi River gushes terrifyingly below the trail as views of Kangtega (6782m) and Ama Dablam (6856m) make a gorgeous backdrop. You cross the beautiful village of Kyangjuma and divert from the Everest base camp trek to take the trail to Gokyo. A steep trek takes you to Phortse Tenga followed by Dhole. Overnight stay at Dhole.
Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4470m)| 5 hrs.
Taking the barren and sparsely crowded trail we head for Machhermo. Trek along the side of a valley with views of Cho Oyu (8188m). The terrain is barren with scrub juniper and low lying bushes that complement the landscape. Machhermo like Dhole is perched by the hills with snow-covered peaks placed aptly in the backdrop. Overnight stay at Machhermo.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Lake (4700m) | 4 hrs
The highlight day of Gokyo Ri Trek, a 4-hour hike along the Gokyo valley starts from Machhermo. You meet a river that trickles from the Ngozumpa glacier, the largest in Nepal. Climbing along the rocky hill by the glacier, you get a glimpse of the first of a string of lakes. Continue on to the second lake while enjoying magnificent views of Cho Oyu (8188m). Overnight stay at Gokyo.
Day 09: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5360m)| 4 hrs. Trek back to Dhole (4200m) | 4-5 hrs
A day away from the trails, take the time to hike up the Gokyo Ri. As you start the day, explore the Gokyo valley on your way up. Not much of a trail, you tread through snow and boulders to the top. Scintillating views of the Himalayan range stretches across the horizon with Gokyo lakes provide euphoric moments atop the peak. On your way down, you explore the fourth and fifth lakes around 3km away. Wrapping up the excursion of Gokyo, head back along the same trail to Machhermo and then to Dhole. Overnight stay at Dhole.
Day 10: Trek from Dhole to Namche (3440m) | 6-7 hrs
Retracing our trail, we head for Namche starting our descent to Phortse Tenga. Khumbila, Taboche, Ama Dablam, and Kangtega ranges appear at a touching distance as the stairway to heaven reappears; only this time, we climb down these stairs. We will cross Sanasa and Kyangjuma before we reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Day 11: Trek to Lukla (2810m) | 5 hrs.
You take the same trail back along the Dudh Koshi River, this time downstream. Cross over a suspension bridge to arrive in Jorsalle and then trek past the forest to Phakding. Catch your breath and enjoy the magnificent panorama of tall hills and an occasional glimpse of the mountains as you first ascend the trail and then firmly descend onto Lukla. Overnight stay at Lukla.
Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu (1300m) | 30 min
Take the mountain flight back from Lukla airport to Kathmandu. Enjoy parting views of snow-capped peaks from the air as you head back to the capital city. Landing in Kathmandu a company representative will receive you and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Spare Day (In case of Bad weather) and Farewell dinner
This day is sanctioned to a reserve day if the trip gets interrupted due to bad weather in the Himalayas. If the trek does not come across any unexpected circumstances, you can explore the Kathmandu Valley. Enjoy the historical expedition of Narayanhiti Palace Museum or head out to Bhaktapur city. Join us for a farewell dinner as we share memories from the trip and exchanged mementos. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Departure to Airport for your onward destination
- Airport Pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
- Hotel in Kathmandu and with breakfast as per the Itinerary.
- Cultural tour at Kathmandu with Guide in private vehicle.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
- All Ground and Air Transportation during the Trek.
- An experienced, English speaking, and friendly guide and Porter (1 Porter 2 trekkers).
- Salary for the staff including their food, drinks, accommodation, and transportation.
- All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, and TIMS card.
- An arrangement for emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance.
- Sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking map, if necessary,( to be returned after the trek)
- All government taxes, vat, and local taxes.
- Nepal entry visa fee. (You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport (Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos & 25 USD.
- International airfare.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory).
- Meals in Kathmandu
- Entry fees for cultural tours.
- Personal expenses (alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks bar bills, battery charge, extra porter, boiled water shower, etc.).
- Tips for guide, porter and driver
List of Equipments required for Gokyo Lake Trek:
- One Warm winter hat/beanie
- One Sun hat
- 1 Headband/buff
- 1 Sunglasses with UV protection
- One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries
- Two pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
- Two pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
- Three pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
- One pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
- One pair of trekking shorts
- A pair of trekking trousers
- One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
- One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
- One pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
- One pair of lightweight warm gloves
- A pair of poly-liner glove
- One pair of trekking boots
- A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
- One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
- Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
- Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
- Gaiters (only in winter)
- One Sleeping Bag
- 12 1 Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- 1 pair of trekking poles
- Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
- 1 quick drying towel
What are the visa requirements?
Currently, all the foreign nationalities (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu’s Airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the $50 USD fee for 30 days.
What are the physical requirements for Gokyo lake Trek?
Gokyo lake Trek requires you to trek at an altitude of a maximum of 5360m and up to 5- 8 hours per day, with a small 5-7kg bag. We recommended you to train with long hikes and/or a sport of your choice (e.g. jogging).
How old do I need to be?
There is no age restriction for doing this trip, but if you are under 16 it will better to trek with your parents. You must be health-conscious during the trek.
What is included?
- Guides and Porters
- Transportation (including airport transfers)
- Permits & national park fees
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- All meal during the trek
- Seasonal fruits
- International flights to Kathmandu
- Food – (while you are in City)
- Showers on Trek
- Visa fees (typically $50 USD)
- Personal travel/rescue insurance
Can I use a helicopter if I need to?
To be sure that you make your trek, or return from it, it may be necessary to make the flight to/from Lukla by a chartered helicopter. Helicopters can operate in some weather that aircraft cannot. Should a helicopter be needed, it will be at the expense of the travelers. Please seek further advice about this from your insurance provider.
Hopefully, weather delays will not occur, or if they do it will be for a limited time. Should the delays stretch into days and neither helicopter nor flight are a viable option, a collective decision will be made by the group on how to proceed.
What is the accommodation like?
You will stay in the Hotel while you are in the city of Kathmandu, which is like a 3-star category. The hotel has access to showers and intermittent internet.
But while you are in trekking Tea House/lodges are the place where you spend the night during the trek, which is very basic. The room is pretty small with twin sharing and a common washroom. Some places have squat style toilets, whilst others have a western style. Shower does not always offer warm water and most teahouses will charge you for use of a hot shower.
Which meals are included?
Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse/lodges. Where you can find a variety of dishes like Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Continental, etc, to choose. Tea, coffee, bakery items, snacks, bars eggs, etc can also be found easily.
What currency should I take?
The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees (NPR). You are unable to get NPR outside of Nepal and therefore you will need to exchange money in Kathmandu. The easiest currency to exchange is USD and Euro. You can also withdraw NPR from the ATM but check with your bank about the relevant charges to do this.
Is there any Bank or ATM facility during Gokyo Lake Trek?
What kind of problems can arise at a higher altitude during Gokyo Lake Trek?
There is a huge change of AMS problem i.e. Acute Mountain Sickness problem. It may cause some problems as you trek higher above 3500-meter altitude (11,482 ft.). But don’t worry about that. We have carefully designed our Gokyo lake trek itinerary with sufficient time for acclimatization and less walking time each day. And our experienced trek guide will be helping you with it.
Do I need insurance before the Gokyo Lake Trek?
What should I pack?
- Travel insurance details
- 2 passport photos
- Cash USD
- Credit/Debit Card
One Warm winter hat/beanie.
One Sun hat
1 Sunglasses with UV protection.
One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries.
2 pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
2 pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
3 pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
1 pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
One pair of trekking shorts
A pair of trekking trousers
One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
Two pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
A pair of lightweight warm gloves
A pair of poly-liner glove
One pair of trekking boots
A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
Gaiters (only in winter)
One Sleeping Bag
One Sleeping bag liner (optional)
A pair of trekking poles
Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
One quick-drying towel
What is the best time of year for Gokyo Lake Trek?
Gokyo Ri Trek is possible for the whole year, but the best time to doing this trek is spring season (March to May) and autumn season (September to November).
However trekking in winter season to chance to see snowfall with magnificent views of mountain, and in monsoon time you will see waterfalls.
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