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Gokyo Lake Trek, Everest Region, Nepal

Gokyo Lake Trek

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Facts of Trip

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 13 Days

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Trip Destination: Everest Region

Group Size: 1 - 14

Best Season: March - May & October - November

Max. Altitude: 5483 meters

Transportation: Car and flight

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic mountain flight to Lukla
  • Sherpa home down
  • Namche Bazar, the gateway to Mt. Everest
  • Amazing view of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu
  • Hiking to Gokyo Lake
  • Crystal Gokyo Lake

The trek to Gokyo provides an excellent opportunity to see an eyeful view of the Mt. Everest at close range.

This trek is to be considered as an alternative trek to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek that offers magnificent view of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest in the Nepal Himalayas.

The image of of this region is associated with the soaring view of the most popular mountains in Nepal, at an altitude of 8000m including Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri (5483m.) above Gokyo Lake.

One of the most remarkable feature of the trek is the view of tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m) located in Khumbu region.

This extraordinary trek is also worthy in a sense that it offers an ample opportunity to explore the amazing destination and its impressive sight, which is beyond human imagination.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]

Day 02 : Kathmandu-Lukla [2840 m/9320] - Phakding [2,652m/8,700ft]: 40 minutes flight, 3-4 hrs trek (time generally required to go from one destination to the other on the trail)

Day 03 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3440m.] which takes about 5 to 6 hours at your pace.

Day 04 : Namche Bazaar: Rest day…hike to Everest view point

Day 05 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole [4, 110m] 5-6 hours trek

Day 06 : Trek from Dole to Machhermo [4410m] we reckon this takes about 5 hours.

Day 07 : Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo [4, 800m] 4-5 hours trek

Day 08 : Hike to Gokyo RI [5,330m] & trek back to Machhermo [4410m]- 6-7 hours trek

Day 09 : Return back to Namche [3440m] - 6 - 7 hours trek

Day 10 : Return back to Lukla [2840m] - 6 - 7 hours trek

Day 11 : Return to Kathmandu (30 minutes flight)

Day 12 : Kathmandu

Day 13 : Departure

Cost Include

  • Pick up and transfer by private car as per the programme.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Guest houses during the trek, inclusive of breakfast, lunch.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at 2-3 star hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
  • 1 highly experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter among 2 members), their food, accommodation, salary, equipments, insurance
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back with airport taxes
  • First Aid Medicine (clients are advised to bring their own as well)
  • National Park and TIMS permit.
  • Duffle bag to each client (if required only)
  • Government taxes
  • Office service charge

Cost Exclude

  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Trekking equipments including sleeping bag and down jacket
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold and hot drinks, laundry, phone call, internet
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver..

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]Upon your arrival in the International airport at Kathmandu, after completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc), pick up your luggage and look for our representative with an Accessible Adventure Travels & Tours Trekking display board at the arrival gate. You will be transferred to a hotel of your choice. After check in, you can take rest, hang around in the city, or go for a stroll to get familiar with your surroundings; it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Your first overnight in the ancient city of temples & cows, probably the most in the world.

Day 02Kathmandu-Lukla [2840 m/9320] - Phakding [2,652m/8,700ft]: 40 minutes flight, 3-4 hrs trek (time generally required to go from one destination to the other on the trail) After breakfast, we get transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway to the destination from where our trek starts. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Here we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding

Day 03Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3440m.] which takes about 5 to 6 hours at your pace. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend pretty steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. You can also visit some of the village monasteries on your trails to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04Namche Bazaar: Rest day…hike to Everest view point This is the first of the three scheduled "acclimatization" days. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest days instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting the Everest view point or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides will take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole [4, 110m] 5-6 hours trek We climb steeply out of Namche Bazaar up to Kyangjuma Village from where; we can enjoy outstanding views of Thamserku, Kantenga, and Ama Dablam. Most strenuous ascent of the day is obviously to pass the Mong La, a very charming place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. An ancient historical Chorten stands at the centre of the settlement of Mong La. We stop at the top of Mong La to admire the grandstand views of surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys while we have our lunch & rest the body. The most outstanding feature of the trail today is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. Spotting wild animals like pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer while on the way is not unusual. Through forests, some water falls and bridges, we reach Dole; a small pert place with few teahouses. We bunk out for an overnight in Dole.

Day 06Trek from Dole to Machhermo [4410m] we reckon this takes about 5 hours. From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley you can view the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. It’s just great. Stay overnight at your lodge.

Day 07Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo [4, 800m] 4-5 hours trek Today you head for wonder lakes of Gokyo. As you hike, you follow a scenic trail to Pangkha & then descend slightly, following one of the melting-water Rivers which flow down from the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky path inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m) - your route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore lays the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, your eyes take in the scenery which is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 08Hike to Gokyo RI [5,330m] & trek back to Machhermo [4410m]- 6-7 hours trek Early morning you go for hiking to Gokyo Ri (maximum 2 hours) that overs incredible view of Goky lake, massive Ngozumpa Glacier and Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m). After enjoying the the views at the Gokyo Peak, trek back to Gokyo Lake to have a hot breakfast. Then trek to Machhermo, the same trail route you came through yesterday. Stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 09Return back to Namche [3440m] - 6 - 7 hours trek Trek down to Namche Bazar following the same route of Dole. Stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 10Return back to Lukla [2840m] - 6 - 7 hours trek Trek down to Lukla following the Dudh Koshi river via Monjo and Phakding. Stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 11Return to Kathmandu (30 minutes flight) After breakfast take a 30 minutes exciting flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12Kathmandu Spare day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay in Lukla. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13Departure Transfer to Airport to board your flight back home. Or extend your holiday in Nepal or Tibet or Bhutan.

Please bring:

  • Down Sleeping Bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Jumper or fleecy jacket
  • T - shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Polypropylene/wool socks
  • Light cotton socks for under wool sock
  • Rucksack
  • Sun hat
  • Woolen hat
  • Gloves
  • Sun block for lips
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Long underwea
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon windbreaker
  • Nylon wind pants
  • Water bottle
  • Sewing kit
  • Medical & first aid kit
  • Flash light
  • Batteries and bulbs
  • Swiss army knife
  • Towel and toiletries

When is the best time for this trek? Mid October through mid December and March through May are considered the best time for this trek.

Do you operate the trek based on our time schedule? Yes, please choose your own convenient depature date from Check out dates and prices or Book Now button. 

Do you accept booking for solo trekker? Yes, we do.

Can I extend my trek? Yes, the trek can be extended as your wish if you are doing this trek privately (without joining group).

Can I upgrade my accommodation to 4 - 5 star hotel in Kathmandu? Yes, you can by paying extra charge.

Is it possible to rent sleeping bag? in case of be possible, how much it costs? Yes, it is possible, and it costs USD 1.00 per day.

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