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Gokyo Lakes Trek

Gokyo Lakes Trek

Trip Facts

Duration:

13 Days

Group Size:

20+

Location:

Everest Region, Nepal

Grade:

Moderate / Adventure

Best season:

Spring (March to May), Autumn (September to November)

Culture:

Sherpa Nepali Culture

Transportation:

Private Vehicle / Flight

Accommodation:

Hotel / Tea House

Meals:

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner +Tea or Coffee

Arrival:

Lord Buddha's Country, Nepal

Departure:

TIA, Kathmandu Nepal

Gokyo Lakes Trek Description

Welcome to the Gokyo Lakes Trek, an extraordinary journey into the heart of the Himalayas that promises unparalleled natural beauty, cultural experiences, and breathtaking landscapes. This trek is a hidden gem, offering a quieter yet equally awe-inspiring alternative to the more popular Everest Base Camp route. 

Gokyo Lake Trek is an extraordinary journey that promises unparalleled natural beauty and cultural experiences. With the right preparations, permits, and timing, you can embark on this adventure of a lifetime in the Himalayas, taking in the serene beauty of the Gokyo Lakes and the surrounding majestic peaks.

Why Gokyo Lakes Trek?

1. Scenic Splendor:Explore six stunning glacial lakes with turquoise waters, surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

2. Peaceful Journey:Experience tranquility with fewer crowds compared to the Everest Base Camp route.

3. Gokyo Ri Summit:Ascend to Gokyo Ri for panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and more.

4. Sherpa Culture:Immerse in Sherpa hospitality, visiting Namche Bazaar and picturesque villages.

5. Adventure Option - Cho La Pass:Add excitement with a challenging crossing of Cho La Pass.

Gokyo Lakes Trek Outline Itinerary

Day Itinerary
1 Arrive In Mt. Everest Nepal TIA Kathmandu (1400m).
2 Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding(2,610m)
3 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3,446m)
4 Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar(3,880m)
5 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole(4,200m)
6 Trek from Dole to Machchhermo(4,470m)
7 Trek from Machchhermo to Gokyo(4,790m)
8 Trek for Gokyo Ri Summit(5,357m)
9 Trek from Gokyo to Dole(4,200m)
10 Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar(3,446m)
11 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2,860m)
12 Fly Back to Kathmandu(1,400m)
13 Final Departure Day

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 : Join in Mt. Everest Nepal Kathmandu (1350m)

Food Breakfast
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 1350
Day Activity Meeting / Preparation

After your arrival in Tribhuvan International Aiport, our representative will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. After check In, you will have free time to discuss about the trip. Overnight you will stay in hotel.

Day 2 : Fly to Lukla, commence trek to Phakding

Food Breakfast / Lunch/ and Dinner
Accomodation Tea House
Elevation 2610
Day Activity Trekking / Sightseeing

After having breakfast in the hotel, you will drive to the airport for 45 minutes Lukla flight. You will enjoy this mountain flight and landed at Lukla airport. You will start trekking to Phakding. Overnight you will stay in lodge at Phakding.

Day 3 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446m). 6h walking. O/n at mountain Lodge.

Food Breakfast / Lunch/ and Dinner
Accomodation Tea House
Elevation 3446
Day Activity Trekking / Sightseeing

On the third day of our trek, we will cover a distance of 3446m to reach the famous Namche Bazaar, recognized as the starting point for Mount Everest expeditions and a prosperous market of the town to supply everything, including climbing and trekking equipments.

Day 4 : Day for acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. Excursion to Namche Bazaar and Syangboche. O/n at mountain Lodge.

Food Breakfast / Lunch/ and Dinner
Accomodation Tea House

Today, we will have our rest and acclimatization in the Namche Bazaar. Being its location on the slope consisting of mountains in an arch shape, exploration in the area lets us to oversee various sites containing various glorious mountain peaks across the valley during both daytime and nighttime. Especially, we will visit at the top of the Namche Bazaar to view Syanboche lies in the lap of the famous Khumbila.

Day 6 : Dole to Machchhermo (4470m). 4h walking. O/n at mountain Lodge.

Food Breakfast / Lunch/ and Dinner
Accomodation Tea House
Elevation 4470
Day Activity Trekking / Sightseeing

Our team will walk for about 4 hours to reach Machchhermo heighted at 4470m.

Day 7 : Machchhermo to Gokyo (4790m). 5h walking. O/n at mountain Lodge.

Food Breakfast / Lunch/ and Dinner
Accomodation Tea House
Elevation 4790
Day Activity Trekking / Sightseeing

Today, we will follow a bit steep path and in slow pace to reach the Gokyo Village at the elevation of about 4790 meters above from the level of the sea.

Day 8 : Excursion around Gokyo Lake climb Gokyo Ri (5357m). O/n at mountain Lodge.

Food Breakfast / Lunch/ and Dinner
Accomodation Tea House
Elevation 5357
Day Activity Trekking / Sightseeing

Our team will experience the excursion across the Gokyo Lakes recognized as the biggest freshwater lake system across the world. Trekking through this lake will take you to view enthralling sights and a chance to view famous monasteries of Buddhists and various snow covered high mountains.

Later on, we will climb to Gokyo Ri, a high mountain peak of the Khumbu region located at the height of 5357m in the Nepal Himalaya region. Along with this, climb to the Gokyo Ri Mountain will allow you to view the biggest glacier of Nepal named Ngozumpa Glacier.

Day 9 : Gokyo to Dole (4200m). 5h walking. O/n at mountain Lodge.

Food Breakfast / Lunch/ and Dinner
Accomodation Tea House
Elevation 4200
Day Activity Trekking / Sightseeing

Now, we will start with our return journey by walking for 5 hours to reach at Dole.

Day 10 : Dole to Namche Bazaar (3446m). 5h walking. O/n at mountain Lodge.

Food Breakfast / Lunch/ and Dinner
Accomodation Tea House
Elevation 3446
Day Activity Trekking / Sightseeing

Our team will follow the same route to return to the Namche Bazaar at the height of about 3446meters.

Day 11 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m). 3h walking. O/n at mountain Lodge.

Food Breakfast / Lunch/ and Dinner
Accomodation Tea House
Elevation 2840
Day Activity Trekking / Sightseeing

On the eleventh day of our trip, we will reach at Lukla by walking for 3 hours to wind up our trek journey.

Day 12 : Fly back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day free. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.

Food Breakfast
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 1400

From Lukla, we will take a flight to reach the capital city of Nepal i.e. Kathmandu. We will experience sightseeing there and rest in the respective hotel.

Day 13 : Transfer to the Kathmandu International airport for your onward Journey

Our team will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, so that you may proceed for your further journey.

What are included in my Package?

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu for three nights
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
  • 3 meals a day during trekking
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
  • Kathmandu-Lukla flight and airport departure tax
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Sleeping bags and Duffel bags for trekking
  • All government and local taxes

What are Excluded from my Package?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Anything other not mention in cost include section

Best Time for Gokyo Lakes Visit:

Spring (March to May)

- Clear skies and moderate temperatures.

- Blooming flora and vibrant landscapes.

- Ideal trekking conditions.


Autumn (September to November)

- Stable weather and clear views.

- Comfortable temperatures.

- Perfect for a serene Gokyo Lakes experience.

Choose spring for blossoms or autumn for clear vistas, ensuring an optimal and enjoyable visit to the mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes.


 

Gokyo Lakes Trek Difficulty: Moderate

  • Terrain: Varied terrain with some steep ascents and descents.
  • Altitude: Moderate altitude, acclimatization days included.
  • Distance: Moderate daily trekking distances.
  • Experience: Suitable for trekkers with some prior experience.
  • Challenges: High altitude may pose challenges; gradual ascent recommended.
  • Preparation: Cardiovascular fitness and strength training advised.

While considered moderately challenging, the trek offers rewarding views and experiences, making it accessible to trekkers with proper preparation and a sense of adventure.


Travel Services for Gokyo Lakes Trek:

  • Gokyo Lakes Trek Packages
  • Experienced Local Guides
  • Lodge Accommodations
  • Permit Assistance
  • Airport Transfers
  • Customized Itineraries
  • Safety and First Aid

 

Guides and Porters Service for Your Gokyo Lakes Trek

Guides:

  • Experienced local guides for insightful trek commentary.
  • Knowledgeable about the region's culture and terrain.
  • Ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Porters:

  • Strong and reliable porters to carry trekking gear.
  • Contribute to the local economy by hiring locally.
  • Enhance your trekking experience with their assistance.

Choose a worry-free trek with our dedicated guides and porters, We will trying to making your Gokyo Lakes adventure memorable and enjoyable.


 

Transportation and Accommodations services during the trek

Transportation Services:

Relax and enjoy the journey! Our reliable transportation service ensures a comfortable and scenic ride from Kathmandu to the starting point of your Gokyo Lakes Trek in Lukla. We prioritize your safety and convenience to make your adventure stress-free.


Accommodations Services:

Rest easy after each day's adventure! Our cozy lodges along the Gokyo Lakes Trek route provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Himalayas, knowing a comfortable bed and friendly hospitality await you.

Embark on a journey where transportation and accommodations blend seamlessly, ensuring a delightful experience throughout your Gokyo Lakes Trek!


 

Everything You Need to Know Before Your Gokyo Lakes Trek

Pre-Trek Briefing: Attend a pre-trek briefing for an overview of the itinerary, safety guidelines, and essential information.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance covering medical emergencies and evacuation.

Permits: Obtain necessary permits - Sagarmatha National Park Permit and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card.

Physical Preparation: Enhance cardiovascular fitness and strength through regular exercise.

Altitude Consideration: Be aware of altitude-related challenges and acclimatization needs. The itinerary includes rest days for adjustment.

Packing Essentials: Pack suitable clothing, trekking gear, and personal items. Refer to the provided checklist.

Guides and Porters: Meet your local guides and porters, and discuss expectations and any specific requirements.


Weather Conditions: Check the weather forecast for the trekking period and pack accordingly.

Communication: Share emergency contacts with the trekking agency and keep communication devices charged.

Trek Itinerary: Familiarize yourself with the trek itinerary, including daily distances and highlights.

Health and Safety: Follow safety guidelines, stay hydrated, and notify guides of any health concerns.

Cultural Respect: Respect local customs and traditions. Learn basic Nepali phrases for a cultural exchange.

Emergency Procedures: Know emergency procedures, including evacuation plans and contact information.

Leave No Trace: Follow the principles of Leave No Trace to minimize environmental impact.

Enjoy the Journey: Embrace the adventure, connect with fellow trekkers, and savor the breathtaking landscapes.

By being well-prepared and informed, you set the stage for a safe, enjoyable, and memorable Gokyo Lakes Trek. Safe travels! NAMASKAR


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FAQs

Gokyo Lakes Trek offers a quieter alternative to Everest Base Camp, with stunning turquoise lakes, panoramic views from Gokyo Ri, and a chance to explore Sherpa culture.

The best times are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) for stable weather, clear skies, and comfortable temperatures.

It's considered moderate. Adequate preparation, including cardiovascular fitness and acclimatization, is key. The itinerary includes rest days for adjustment.

Yes, you need the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card. They can be obtained in Kathmandu.

Yes, the adventurous can extend the trek to include a challenging crossing of Cho La Pass for added excitement.

Gokyo Ri, the highest point, is at an altitude of 5,357 meters.

Yes, the itinerary includes acclimatization days in Namche Bazaar and Gokyo to help trekkers adjust to higher altitudes.

While some trekking experience is beneficial, beginners with good fitness levels and a sense of adventure can successfully complete the Gokyo Lakes Trek.

Accommodations are typically in tea houses or lodges along the route, providing basic amenities. Rooms may vary in comfort.

The trek usually begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, providing breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

Pack essentials, including warm clothing, sturdy trekking boots, a backpack, water bottles, sunscreen, and a first aid kit. A detailed packing list is advisable.

Yes, comprehensive travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation and medical expenses is highly recommended for your safety.

Charging facilities are available in tea houses and lodges, but it's advisable to carry a power bank and extra batteries.

You can book the trek through reputable trekking agencies in Kathmandu or online platforms. Ensure the agency is licensed and experienced.

Yes, hiring a local guide and/or porter is common and can enhance your trekking experience by providing local insights and assistance with heavy loads.

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