Gokyo Lake Trek

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  • Trip Duration:14 Days
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

The Gokyo Lake Trek is one of the famous trekking areas in Nepal. Locating in the Everest Region, it considers as an alternative section of Everest Base Camp.  The Gokyo Lakes with turquoise water and the viewpoint, Gokyo Ri, enrich the location. One should not miss it at least once in a lifetime.

Relatively, the Gokyo Trek is less busy than the Everest Base Camp. However, it offers similar, maybe better, opportunities in experiencing the Everest region. The route competes with other regions as nature fascinates the Gokyo valley and surrounding mountains.

The Gokyo Lakes have a religious significance, considered as the sacred site, among Hindus and Buddhists. Pilgrims visit these lakes to offer a “Snan” bathing and worshiping on the occasion of Janai Purnima. They believed that the almighty gods “Shiva” and “Vishnu” roam around these lakes.

Beyond Gokyo lakes, there is a number of things that others do not revel in. The gigantic mountains’ views, formidable Nogzungpa glacier and the vistas of low elevation become an additional feed.

In terms of the cultural aspect, Gokyo Lake Trek provides a great opportunity in which we can’t find any parts of another world. Yes, they are Sherpas, culturally rich people. The Sherpas are famous, friendly, helpful, and known as “snow leopards”.   Influencing for Buddhism, they have a unique culture and practices. Along the trail, at any stops, we will have time to observe closely their lifestyle and livelihood.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m), trek to Phakding (2,652 m): 3 – 4 hours
  • Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m): 5 – 6 hours
  • Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization
  • Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3,680m): 6km, 5-6 hours
  • Day 07: Trek from Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4,470m): 10km, 4-5 hours.
  • Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m): 7km, 4-5 hours
  • Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m) and hike to fifth lakes: 5 – 6 hours
  • Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Dole: 3 – 4 hours
  • Day 11: Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar: 4 – 5 hours
  • Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6 – 8 hours
  • Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Day 14: Final departure

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Go Trek Nepal staff member will come pick you up at the airport with holding our official sign. After freshen, you will have time to get explore around touristy hub, Thamel. In evening, Go Trek Nepal organizes a dinner party, which we take as ice-break, informal talk program as well as answering questions of valued clients.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation

The city tour starts, after taking breakfast at the hotel. Our tour leader will escorts to Temple and heritage sites around Kathmandu. Basically, we go to explore monkey temple, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupati Nath and Bauddha Nath. By finishing, our day tour we will have free time for shopping if something leftover to buy and pack up for tomorrows trekking.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m), trek to Phakding (2,652 m): 3 – 4 hours

We will catch first flight to Lukla, likely at 6 to 7, for 35 minutes. Upon arrival in Lukla, more crew members, assists us to carry our baggage until finishing trekking. We move forward to our today’s destination Phakding by following down trail for couple of hours. After crossing suspension bridge over Dudhkoshi River we reach at Phakding and spending overnight here.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m): 5 – 6 hours

after having mountainous breakfast, the trail leads us through pine forest and crossing again Dudkoshi River. During our trail, may beautiful villages, chhortens, bridge and forests are spotted. While ascending uphill we will arrive at the checking point of Savamatha National Park. By showing permits and legal documents, we will head uphill trail towards Namche Bazaar, gateway of Everest, a fascinating biggest settlement of Shepas.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization

As our trek arrived at quite high altitude, we will use this day as an acclimatization to cope with forthcoming high elevation in upcoming days. The day will help us to adjust with high altitude and mountainous environment. Today, we hike to Khumjung villages, enjoy mountainous views from Syangboche the spectacular views Kongde, Thamseku, Khumbila, Everest and more. We can also use this day to explore touristy attraction center suchlike Museum, Monasteries and breath taking landscape on the Namche Bazaar. The visit also gets us acquainted with various farms, nature, plants and animal life of the Everest region. After day tour, we will back to Namche Bazaar and use additional time to send post cards to friends and family back home to get them know we are excellent in Everest Region, and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3,680m): 6km, 5-6 hours

The trail starts with a steep stone staircase over Namche Bazaar, heads to Khumjung Hill. After crossing the hill, it descend down gradually toward Dhudkoshi valley from where we can view world highest, spiky mountains, landscape and, of course majestic Monastery for Tengboche. During trail, Chhorten, exhilarating Mountain Views and awesome landscape spotted on the way. We cross some villages, accumulated houses for tea house purpose for trekkers, like Sanasa and Mong Danda etc. Of course, our trek leader will give us time to have short breaks at any view points and picturesque village for photo snaps and bottle water. The trail takes us down towards Dhudhkoshi River bank where our overnight camp, Phortse Thanga, located. For having a pleasant overnight, we will be stopping at Phortse Thanga.

Day 07: Trek from Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4,470m): 10km, 4-5 hours.

After having wonderful breakfast, our team will move uphill climbing to today’s destination, Machhermo. The trail takes us through a lush forest of rhododendron and a beautiful water fall. All along today’s trail and more than half of tomorrow’s trail, follows outright parallel manner with Dudhkoshi River until Gokyo Lakes. We cross some villages like Tongba, Dole, Labarma and Luza; however, gorgeous views of mountains and splendid nature provide us with ample feed. Succeeding 4 to 5 hours today’s journey, we will arrive in pre-scheduled destination, Machhermo, there is a mith and and we will have overnight.

Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m): 7km, 4-5 hours

Walking will get pretty strenuous as the elevation getting higher, 47470M, and the air pressure get low; however, we will be well equipped and follow safety majors by our trained Trek leader. With spectacular view, the trail leads us to Pangkha and slightly descends down trail by following an icy melting river in Ngazumpa Glacier. By passing steep rocky trail, on the side a glacier, we will cross first Lake, Logpongo, at 4690M, and then we will arrive at second lake. Having some snaps alongside the lake bank, we will arrive at third lake, Gokyo, known as Dhud Pokharai. After having delicious lunch, we will go to explore the beautiful lake in order to explore exhilarating views and photo snaps around the lake, then stay overnight in a lodge nearby Lake.

Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m) and hike to fifth lakes: 5 – 6 hours

Early morning, likely at 7, we go to hike up to Gokyo Ri mountain view point. We will have a spectacular scene around at 360 Degree angle, known as one of the best view point, and explorer says that Gokyo Ri view point even better views than Kalpatthar, the view point near Everest Base Camp. From the top, many exhilarating mountains view likely Cho-Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Gyachung Kang, and Makalu can be viewed. After having good time at the view point, we will descend down to visit other lakes. During our lakes visit, we will have breathtaking views around the lake and go to explore Ngozumpa Glacier, claimed to be the biggest glacier in Nepal. After day exploration, we will come back to lodge for overnight stay.

Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Dole: 3 – 4 hours

The trail takes us downhill alongside Dudh Koshi River, pass the Gokyo lakes, on the way back, we will have time to enjoy Cholatse and Toboche peaks. Furthermore, more mountains like Cho Oyu, Thamserku, and Kangatega mountains will give us time to time feed. As the trail follows down, the hiking intensity gets faster itself. We cross Machhermo, Luza and Lhararma villages then arrive at Dole. We will be staying overnight at Dole.

Day 11: Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar: 4 – 5 hours

We descend by following steep down trail towards Phortse Thanga through lush forest of rhododendron, pine and wildflowers and water fall. Similarly, from Mong, we will have opportunities to see preserved wild lives such like mountain goats, musk deer and birds; Pheasants etc. Moreover, spectacular views of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangatega mountains.

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6 – 8 hours

After breakfast, we will descend towards Lukla through pine forest, rocky hill and many suspension bridges. All the way back from Namche to Lukla is familier, as we came up through this way to trek. The air will get thicker and warmer. Today, it is our last day of trekking in the mountain. Upon arrival at Lukla, we will say good bye to our fellow trekking crews who assisted us during last weeks. We will over night stay at Lukla.

Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

We will fly back to Kathmandu as early as possible. After safely landing in Kathmandu, we will check in a hotel and have a rest day. Also, we will have time to buy souvenir for friends and family back home. Go Trek Nepal organize a farewell dinner party which we can use sharing ever last ending trekking experience with Go Trek Nepal Team.

Day 14: Final departure

As per flight schedule, Go Trek Nepal drops off to airport. Tour Ends.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the Langtang Valley trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea house lodge) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Emergency evacuation such as chopper and ambulance lifting
  • International flights
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