Gokyo Lakes Trek

Gokyo Lakes Trek takes you on a journey you will never forget. With its sparkling pristine beauty, Gokyo Lakes Trek is no doubt the best trekking route in the world. The Gokyo Lakes Trek is a less-known gem in the Everest region providing the best experience combined with the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek.

The Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek is an ultimate adventure trekking in Sagarmatha National Park. A hike to Gokyo Ri provides the best possible view of Mount Cho Oyu (8,188 meters) and other dominant mountains in the Khumbu region. We avoid the regular crowdy track leading to Everest Base Camp and follow the side route through the Sherpa settlements of Dole and Machhermo to reach Gokyo Valley. Gokyo provides a breathtaking view of 8000+ meter mountains like Everest, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. Explore the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal.

Gokyo valley (4,790 meters) situated in the lap of Mount Cho Oyu is the highest settlement in the world. This small settlement of stone houses beneath Gokyo Peak is well known for its most beautiful lake system. The Lake system consists of 19 lakes covering an area of 485 acres. All lakes lie between 4,600 meters – 5,100 meters, making them the highest freshwater lake. Gokyo Cho (locally known as Dudh Pokharai) is considered the main lake.

Similarly, Thonak Cho is the largest of all. The primary source of water in Gokyo Lakes is Ngozumpa Glacier and the stream coming down from Renjo La Pass. Gokyo Lakes are considered a holy lake by Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus believe Nag Devata ‘snake god’ resides in this lake. There is a big festival during Janai Purnima (July-August).

Gokyo Ri also known as Gokyo Peak (5,357 meters) is one of the main highlights of this trip. Located on the west of Ngozumpa Glacier. Gokyo Ri offers one of the most fascinating beauties of four mountains above 8000 meters, i.e. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Later we will traverse our route to Dzongla (4,840 meters) crossing the famous Cho La Pass (5,420 meters).

We continue our journey to Everest Base camp (5,360 meters) and Kalapatthar (5,545 meters). Our Gokyo Lakes Trek is meticulously designed allowing you to acclimatize properly and enjoy the fullest of your trip to mighty Everest. The trek gives us the fascinating opportunity to view Mount Everest and other prominent mountains in Everest and Makalu region.

What is the best season for Gokyo Lakes Trek?

Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September- November) is considered the best time to visit Gokyo Lakes. These months’ weather is most likely to be excellent and clear, giving us the best view. It is also possible to trek to Gokyo Lakes Trek in the monsoon and winter seasons. However, the weather might affect your trip in various ways.

How to get to Gokyo Lakes Trek?

By Flight: The trek to Gokyo Lakes starts with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Continue the same route going to Everest Base Camp until Namche. From Namche, we traverse our path to Dole and Machhermo and to Gokyo Valley. We cross the famous Cho La pass to get to the regular Everest Base Camp Trek route.

Overland journey: If you wish to make this trek more exotic, we have the very best option for you. We drive from Kathmandu to Jiri and continue trekking through the lower Solu region to reach Phakding. From Phakding we will continue the same route as we have discussed above. This classic Everest Base Camp route was used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa to climb mount Everest.

If you are exhausted and don’t want to trek, you can consider a Helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp or Trek till EBC and fly back to Kathmandu by Heli.

How difficult is Gokyo Lakes Trek?

Gokyo Lakes Trek is considered tougher than the regular Everest Base Camp Trek. It includes crossing high passes. If you have some previous trekking experience helps a lot. However, this trek can be best for those looking for a more strenuous trek than Everest Base Camp Trek.

Gokyo Lakes Trek Highlights:

  • Explore the beauty of the highest-altitude freshwater lake system.
  • The majestic mountain views from Gokyo Ri & Kala Patthat, including four 8000+ meter mountains like, Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.
  • Cross the famous and strenuous Cho La Pass (5,420 meters).
  • Trek to the base camp of Mount Everest.
  • Explore Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier in the Khumbu region.
    Pass through several legendary Sherpa settlements, and witness the culture and tradition.

Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be welcomed by your trekking guide at the airport and transferred to Hotel. Final preparation for your treks with
a complete pre-trip meeting. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Early morning drive to the domestic airport to board your onward flight to Lukla. Arrive at Lukla, you will be served a hot meal for the rest of the journey which is an easy trail to Phakding. You will meet your experienced porters at Lukla and continue to Phakding for an overnight stay.
(Note: Due to ongoing renovation work at the domestic airport in Kathmandu, it is likely your flight will be operated from Manthali Airport (130kms/ 4hrs drive from Kathmandu). You will have to drive at night to be seated on an early flight to Lukla which takes 20 mins approx.

After breakfast continues your trial to Namche Bazaar. Enter Sagarmatha National and continue to Namche bazaar. Namche Bazaar, also known as the gateway to Everest is the largest Sherpa settlement in the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Today is a free day for acclimatization purposes. A short hike to Syangboche airstrip and Everest view hotel is worth a try. Or just simply relax at your guest house or explore the village.

After breakfast starts our trekking with a short climb to a ridge and following the main trial until the crossroads above Dudh Koshi River. We leave the trail to EBC and continue our trekking. Cross Mon La Pass to reach Phortse Tenga. Continue the trial on a steep ascent to reach Dole. Overnight stay at Dole.

From Dole, we climb the steep trail alongside the valley. Pass through several temporary settlements of yak herders who come to graze their yaks. You will get the most fascinating view of Cho Oyu, Kangtega, and Thamserku. Overnight stay at Machermo.

As we are at 4,500 meters we need good acclimatization. We will take this day as free to acclimatize our bodies. Explore the surroundings or just stay at your guest house and read, it's your day.

After breakfast start your journey to Laks at Gokyo. Continue through the scenic trail to Pangka. We will then descend slightly. We will follow the route on a steep rocky incline leading us into the valley aside from the glacier. You will cross 1st and 2nd lakes and cross the path which leads us to Chola pass. We will continue our journey to Gokyo, with the mesmerizing view of Cho Oyu and Gyachung following you. After reaching Gokyo explore the remaining lakes. Overnight at Goyo.

Early morning hike to Gokyo Ri for the 360-degree view of prominent mountains in the Khumbu region like Cho Oyu Everest, Khumbu, and Lhotse. The view of Everest from Gokyo Ri is considered better than from Kalapatthar. Return to hotel and after lunch trek to Thagnak where we stay overnight.

We will start our trek early today. Continue trekking up and then cross a ridge to reach the rocky moraine to Pass. The trekking is strenuous, however, you will be mesmerized by the excellent beauty of Rolwaling valley in the west and Mount Ama Dablam in the southeast. From the top start a long descent through the straightforward glacier. While going down the view of Ama Dablam and Cholatse feels even more beautiful.

Start your trek uphill through a ridge above Pheriche village to reach Thukla danda where you will find the memorials of climbers who died in this region. Continue to Lobuche village, where we will stay overnight.

Today is an important day of the trek as we are finally reaching Everest Base Camp. After breakfast trek to the beautiful village of Gorakshep through the rocky moraine of Khumbu glacier. Leave your backpack here and continue the hike to Everest Base Camp. Cherish the moment at EBC, take photographs, and later return to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.

Get ready early morning for a hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) from where we are going to see the astonishing beauty of the sunrise over Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks. Return to Gorakshep for breakfast and trek back to Pheriche where we will stay overnight.

Take a tight breakfast as we will have a long day retracing our trail back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Trek to Lukla via the same villages we have left before. Upon your arrival at Lukla, explore and enjoy your last moments on the Khumbu region. Stay overnight at Lukla.

Fly back to Kathmandu. Be transferred to your hotel and relax. Nothing to do today, take your time.

Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu city awaits you. Explore the real essence of Kathmandu with a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city consisting of
Kathmandu Durbar Square (City of Temple), Swoyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Patan City (City of fine arts). Evening you will be transferred to a Nepalese restaurant
for Authentic Nepalese cuisine with a cultural show.

Your trip ends. After breakfast, you will be transferred to International Airport to board your flight to your next destination.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival/ departure transfers, sightseeing tour as mentioned above using private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Three nights' twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu using a 3-star category hotel with breakfast.
  • Fourteen nights' twin sharing failing dormitory accommodation in the best available guesthouse lodges while on trekking.
  • Three-time meals a day with tea/coffee on trekking.
  • A complimentary farewell dinner after your trek completes with a cultural show.
  • Experienced local English-speaking guide throughout the trek with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance.
  • A required number of porters to carry your luggage with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance. (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Necessary trekking permits, detailed pre-trip meeting, and comprehensive first-aid kit.

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare and visa fees.
  • Lunch and dinner wishlist in Kathmandu.
  • Personal trekking gear, personal expenses, bar bills, telephone, wifi in lodges, hot water, hot shower, and beverages.
  • Any kind of extra expenses occur due to unforeseen situations like flight cancellation, natural calamities, or political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking crew (not mandatory but highly appreciated)
What kind of accommodation can I expect in this trip?

We will provide a nice 3-star centrally located hotel for your accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast included. While trekking, we use the best possible teahouse lodges providing basic accommodation and meals. We will provide single/ double rooms, occasionally dormitory rooms. We suggest bringing your own sleeping bag for trekking.

What kind of meals is available during our trek?

Nowadays food menus in teahouse lodges have developed and provided a wide range of eateries to hungry trekkers. The local items as Dal, Bhat (lentils, rice, curry, pickle), momos (Tibetan-style dumplings filled with veg, chicken, buff, or cheese), noodle soup, American-style breakfast with tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot beverages, and much more.

What is new Covid-19 policy for travelling to Nepal?

Nepal is fully open without any restrictions. Nepal Government has issued a new advisory regarding travel restrictions on 01 March 2022 rescinding all previously issued restrictions. No need for quarantine to enter Nepal. The following criteria should have to be followed while traveling to Nepal:
1) Travelers must show documents regarding the last dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to Nepal’s arrival. If you are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must bring a negative PCR/RT result, checked not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival.
2) The government of Nepal has removed the compulsion of PCR tests while traveling to Nepal, however, re-confirm with any other country you enter for transit.
3) You need a Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination (CCMC) generated QR Code. You can either print the bar code or take a screenshot, and keep it safe while traveling to Nepal.

Can I get on arrival visa in Nepal?

On-arrival visa also called tourist visas facilitates multiple entries. One can get Tourist visas (On arrival visas) at TIA or any surface Entry/Exit Points established under the Department of Immigration.

Is this trip for me? How fit do I have to be for this trek?

This trek is suitable for every traveler with average health conditions. You need to be moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required for this trek. Lightweight training like swimming, jogging, cycling, etc comes very handy. It is recommended to hike at least 2 hours a day can really build stamina and increase the lung capacity which you are going to need while hiking at a higher altitude. Also, we suggest you consult with your physician before traveling if you have any medical conditions.

What extra documents do I need?

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your passport.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, a professional and experienced representative from High Altitude Nomads will be at the airport. He/she will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

Is it a problem, if I am a vegeterian?

Mostly the teahouse serves vegetarian meals, which is also good for you while trekking in the mountain. We recommend consuming vegetarian foods to avoid food poisoning.

What about safety and security while trekking?

One has to take proper care of their belongings and ensure every personal possession is secure. It is important to secure your belongings, especially when you are sharing a room with another trekker.

What mode of transportation is used in this tour?

We use comfortable, private air-conditioned tourist vehicles for our entire tours. We have an exciting range of fleets for the transportation of our valued guests. We are just starting our initiative of sustainable tourism by using electric vehicles where able it is possible.
Domestic flight is used to travel from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla and back.

What is the usual group size for this tour ?

We believe in a small group tour. Every group consists of a minimum of 2 and not more than 10.

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best times to travel to Nepal for any kind of tour are Spring (March to June) and Autumn (September to November). The clear skies and sunny day with the best mountain view makes this time most favorable for all kind of tours, trekking, and expeditions-related programs.

Is your staff insured?

Yes, all our trekking crew including guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters are well insured.

Is Altitude Sickness a risk in Nepal?

According to Medical News Today – Altitude sickness occurs when a person travels to a high altitude without gradually acclimatizing. It is most prevalent at 8,000 feet or higher and results from a shortage of oxygen.

The risk of Altitude sickness in Nepal depends on where you are going. Most of the cultural and historical sites in Nepal lie between 800-1600 meters and the National park in the terai region is even lower. This means you are not going to get any Altitude sickness in this area.

The possibility of altitude sickness arises if you are trekking to mountains above 2000-2500 meters. Even though good preparations, enough acclimatizations, proper diet, and moving gently can be really effective.

What if I fall sick while trekking?

Your safety is our foremost priority. Our professional guides will be at your disposal 24/7 throughout your trip. Our every trekking staff are well trained in emergencies in mountains. Our staff will be well equipped with the necessary first-aid kit. In any emergencies, our guide will keep us updated and if needed we shall arrange an emergency evacuation as soon as possible.

Can I charge my gadgets in the trek?

You can get this facility at guesthouse lodges by paying an extra charge.

How long do we walk each day trekking?

Most of the trekking days in the Himalayas need 6-7 hours of walking. It includes a number of breaks and stopping for lunch somewhere along your trekking route. Our itinerary is designed to make your daily walk shorter as the altitude rises, helping your body to acclimatize.

On the major day of trekking or while crossing high-mountain passes, we might need to walk for 10-12 hours depending on our speed of walking.

Do I have to carry my own luggage on trekking?

Normally our cost includes a porter to carry your luggage. Porters typically carry 20-25 kg on teahouse trekking and 25-30 kg on a camping trek. We recommend you to carry your most needed items, fragile items yourself. For shorter treks (2-3 days), you can take the most necessary items in your backpack (carry yourself) and just have a guide.

What is the ratio of guides and porters in each group?

Normally we use one guide for guests up to 5 pax. For more than 5, there will be an assistant guide at your disposal. For every two people, there will be 1 porter, and the ratio of trekkers and porters be 2 trekkers:1 porter.

How cold does it get during trekking?

The mountain weather is very hard to predict. Normally night time colder than the daytime. In winter except for the frosting night but the days are warm and beautiful. Average temperatures in Nepal drop 6°C for every 1,000 m you gain in altitude.

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Gokyo Lakes Trek