Gokyo Lake Trek – 12 days

Gokyo Lake Trek is a great alternative to Everest Base Camp. It begins with a half an hour flight from Kathmandu, over the mountains to Lukla 2840m in the Solukhumbu district. We follow the trails to Phakding village 2610m by descending to the Dudh Kosi River and pass many stone, boulders carved with Tibetan Buddhist prayer inscriptions.

Gokyo Ri

Mt. Everest view from Gokyo Ri

The Sagarmatha National Park entry points are at Manju, North of Dudh Kosi valley. This is where you can get a first glimpse of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. Then there is a steep down climb to Namche 3440m. A two nights at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization offers an opportunity to know the local people, place and culture. This stay follows with a short hike up to Everest View Hotel 3880m, Khumjung (Hillary school and monastery), Khunde villages etc and again a decent to Namche.

On leaving Namche you can take an easy way to Kyangjungma which has a fabulous view of Khumbu valley, Mt. Ama Dablam 6812m, Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Peak 38 etc. This is where you come across Mong La 4000m, the birth place of Lama Sange Dorje (who introduced Tibetan Buddhism in Khumbu valley) and finally to Dole 4200m.

A next day includes a hike to Lapharma, a steep climb of about 45 minutes. Following this adventurous hike is an easy way to Luza and Mechhermo, where you can get an amazing view of Mt. Cho Oyu 8210m, Tauche, Kangtenga and Thamserku etc. Sherpas believe that Yeti still lives hiding somewhere around Machhermo. The famous story in the locality is that a yak and girl was killed by Yeti some 40 years ago.

Two nights at Machhermo 4410m for acclimatization gives you ample time to know the place and people living there. After your two days stay in Machhermo, the early morning calls for a short hike up to the Everest view point. Here you attend for the ‘Altitude Talk’ at Machhermo rescue post in the afternoon at 3 P.M. The volunteering Doctors talk about High Altitude Sickness, its symptoms and the prevention. The doctors ares available from October-November and April-May.

The next day is a hike to Gokyo Lake side 4800m, which is around 5 hours walk. You walk along side the famous Dudh Kosi river that originates from Gokyo Lakes and Nagazumba glacier. The continuous journey takes us to witness the beautiful Gokyo Lake. The Gokyo valley is dominated by Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m. The Nagazumba glacier (the biggest glacier in Nepal Himalaya) originates from Mt. Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. This is where you are done for the day.

The next day is even more adventurous! The worth 3 hours steep steep climbing of Gokyo Ri 5357m will land you at the Ri (panoramic view point). You can witness dramatic views of mountains that are all above 8000m like Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and the heavenly Gokyo Lakes and glaciers. All this fun ends with a decent to Lukla via Machhermo, Dole, Namche and a flight back to Kathmandu in the next morning.

Gokyo Lakes:

Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake

Gokyo Lakes is the oligotrophic lakes located at an altitude of 4700 – 5000 meters above sea level in Sagarmatha National Park. This is one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. It is located in Gokyo Valley in Khumbu District of the Mt. Everest zone. Gokyo is the main Lake in his region covering an area of 42.9 ha (106 acres). This lake is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus take a holy bath in the lake every year, during the Janai Purnima festival in Nepal, in the month of August. Gokyo Valley is one of the most scenic trekking destinations in the Everest region. There are six Lakes in the valley, north along the Nagozumba glacier to Mt. Cho Oyo Base Camp. There are teahouses at Gokyo Lakeside (third Lake) end of the village. There comes fourth Lake – Thonak Tsho, gradually climbing up in the valley. You will reach the fifth Lake an hour walk from fourth Lake with views of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Gechung Kang and Nagozumba glacier etc. There is a view point on top of the some moraines right above the Gokyo fifth Lake that gives splendid views of the biggest mountains in the world including Everest, Lhotse and Cho Oyo. Our guide can lead you till fifth or sixth Lakes into the Gokyo Valley. It is long day walk round trip 5 – 6hrs from Gokyo Lakeside but doable someone who has average fitness level in high altitude.

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Highlight of Gokyo Lake Trek:
Duration : 11 Nights/12 Days from Kathmandu.
Trek start/end : Fly in/out at Lukla Airport in the Khumbu region.
Grade : Difficulty due to high altitude.
Trek style : Teahouse/Lodge Trek.
Trek season : September to June.
Highest elevation : Gokyo Ri 5357m high.
Ethnic group : Majority of Sherpa community.
Culture : Tibetan Buddhist.
Himalayan Scenery : Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Kwangde, Tabuche, Ama Dablam,Kangtenga,Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest, Cho Oyo, Makalu, Gechungkang and Nagajumba glacier etc.
Note: Please inquiry for trekking map.

Gokyo Lake Trek itinerary :
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Trek briefing, preparation and visit Kathmandu in the afternoon.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla in the morning and trek to Manju 2800m/4-5hrs.
Day 4: To Namche 3440m/3-4hrs.
Day 5: Day hiking to Everest view Hotel, Khumjung Hilary School, Monastery and Khunde village and decent to Namche.
Day 6: To Dole 4100m/6hrs via Mong La 4000m (Birth place of Lama Sange Dorje and good view of the Mt. Ama Dablam and Khumbu valley).
Day 7: To Machhermo 4410m/4hrs.
Day 8: Acclimatizing training: Go high and sleep low.
Day 9: To Gokyo Lake 4850m/5hrs and explore Lake in the afternoon.
Day 10: A day hiking to fourth 4900m, fifth Lake 5000m and Everest view point 5215m end of the Gokyo Valley.
Day 11: To Gokyo Ri 5357m/3hrs early in the morning to see view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Nagajumba glacier. Then, decent to Gokyo Lake to Dole 5hrs.
Day 12: To Namche 3440m/5hrs.
Day 13: To Lukla 2840m/7hrs.
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu in the morning.
Note:- Day to day itinerary can be changed on client's request for interested side trip and extra days for acclimatization if needed.

We offer teahouse package organize trek to make safe and hassle free trip in Nepal. Please inquiry for cost.
Cost includes :
1) International Airport pick up and departure in Kathmandu.
2) Two nights accommodation (Standard double or twin bed room with breakfast) at 2** Hotel in Kathmandu. Note:- The accommodation in Kathmandu can arrange/book according to client choice Hotel type. The clients have to pay differences if needed.
3) Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Trekking permit fee.
4) Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) cards (Trekking permit).
6) Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu (round trip) Lukla flight tickets for clients and guide.
7) Domestic Airport pick up and departure for Lukla flight.
8) Teahouse meals for clients: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with tea/coffee during the trekking days. Our clients will be able to order what they want for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All are included in the package cost.
9) Accommodation during the trekking days. Our clients will stay in clean and comfortable lodges during the trek.
8) Trekking Staffs: An experience guide and necessary porter.
9) Three times meals and daily salary for guide and porter.
10) Insurance of guide and porter.
Cost does not include :
1) Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
2) Personal trekking equipment of clients.
3) Snack, Juice, Coca, Fanta, Sprite, Beer, Whisky, Boil and Mineral water during the trekking days.
4) Personal Insurance of clients such as medical treatment and emergency evacuation for helicopter rescue (USD8000-10000) etc.
5) Expenses for personal nature: Hot showers, laundry, donations, museum entry fee, movie/film watching, postage, telephone calls and email/Internet etc.
6) Attach bath room during the trekking days. If the clients want attach bathroom where is possible, there have to pay differences between common and attach bathroom.
7) Horse or Yak renting while on trek.
7) Tips for guide and porter.
8) Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan etc. (City tour guide and transportation can arrange on request of clients).
Note:- We offer comprehensive service included on teahouse package organize trek, please inquiry for more details information. If someone would like to know information regarding Travel Insurance to help with your planning, please contact us.

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Trekking gears packing list for Gokyo Lake Trek:
1) Strong, comfortable hiking boot. Three pairs socks. Sandals or sport shoes.
2) Two pairs trousers, a fleece and down jacket, three T-shirts, two drip-dry T-shirts, long underwear, a woolen/fleece hat, glove, water/windproof jacket and trouser, sun glass, lip balm, Sun scream (50+), Sun hat, a light scarf, soap/shampoo and trekking towels etc.
3) A strong and warm sleeping bag (-20 degree centigrade).
4) Water purified medicine, 2L water bottle, hiking poles, medical kit and torch light with spare batteries etc.
5) A few interesting books and pack of cards.
6) Snow gaiters and micro-spikes for winter trip.
7) Plastic bag for waste. Toilet paper.
8) A duffel bag or rucksack large enough (65 to 75L) size.
Note: If you do not have any idea for trekking medicine, we will be sent some information upon trip booking.

We have down jacket and sleeping bag renting felicities for our clients. It is cost USD1 per sleeping bag and down jacket per day.

Upcoming Trip Departure for Gokyo Lake Trek:
Trip Departure Date: Every day.
Trip Booking Available: Book this trip now as spaces are available. An experience local guide will lead you while on trek.