• Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek

Trip Overview

Gokyo Lake has been one of the most enticing places in the Everest Region for most of the travelers from around the world. While this trek does not involve the crossing of high passes unlike in other challenging treks like High passes trek, any travelers of any age group above 8 years can enjoy this trek. The crossing of Renjo La high pass is also an option for those who are willing to experience great views from the top of the high pass.

Highlights

  • Great views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Pumori
  • Visit local Sherpas and experience their authentic culture & food
  • Climb Gokyo Ri for the picturesque view of Everest, Lhotse and Cho Oyu
  • Spectacular view of Gokyo Lakes and Ngozumpa glacier (the largest glacier in the Himalayas)

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Welcome to Kathmandu. You will be received by one of our office representatives at the TIA exit section and escort you to your hotel afterward.

Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to stroll around the places nearby your hotel on your own.

  Hotel

Day 02: Permits preparation and trip briefing day.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the cultural tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.

In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding (2652m)

You will be picked up by your guide 1.5 hours prior to your flight time to make sure you will reach the domestic airport on time. Make sure you already have your breakfast by the time your guide reach your hotel lobby.

After a scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla, your guide will arrange local porters there to help you with your luggage throughout the trip. Today is the first day of the trek. So, intentionally you will be having a short trek today to get used to the altitude. You will be descending to Chaurikharka first and then head up the Dudh Koshi Valley to Phakding where you will be staying overnight.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m)

After breakfast in Phakding, you will continue north following the Dudh Koshi River towards Monjo and Jorsale. From here you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park area. Here your guide will complete the check-post work whereas you can enjoy some time clicking pictures. After lunch here, you will get to cross two rivers viz. Imja River and Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Koshi) River followed by a steep climb to Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar is the main village in Khumbu area and is renowned for a central market area of this region. It is an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market locally known as "Haat Bazaar". 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Restday in Namche.

Today is the first acclimatization day of your trek. So, you can rest and relax in your lodge. Optionally, you can choose to hike to Kunde Hospital set up by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966 A.D in Kunde Village located at an altitude of 3840m. This hospital serves approximately 8000 people of Khumbu area and carries significant importance in this area. 

Or to speed up the acclimatization process, you can hike for an hour to reach Hotel Everest View, located in Khumjung village at an altitude of 3880m. This place is quite popular for a great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mt. Lhotse. If you have time, you can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum which in houses traditional Sherpa household, old artefacts, and everyday objects. It is the perfect place to get a sense of Sherpa life through the ages.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Namche to Dole (4200m)

After breakfast in Namche, set out to a beautiful route to Dole, the north trail out of Namche. You will be able to witness some wonderful views of Everest and Lhotse after a short climb. Heading up a nice, easy trail that overlooks the snow peaks of Shanasa - the small village of Mong, you will ascend the Mong La Hill on its left side  and then head down to Phortse Thanga.

You will follow the path upwards through the woods of blooming Rhododendron with a perfect view of Cho Oyu. It is a relatively simple walk to Dole, a small village with a handful of tea houses which previously used to be Yak pastures.

 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4470m)

Today's hike is short and pleasant. The day starts with a climb over Dole via a scenic ridge. Crossing yak pastures and tiny villages of stones huts, you'll reach Luza. Following the trail along a valley high over the river, you will cross sandy spurs and pastures bordered with a Chorten and prayer flags to gain Machhermo by midday with enough time to get some well-needed rest.

 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m)

After breakfast, start your day with fantastic views of the valley to Kangtega and the northern part of Cho Oyu from over the ridge. It's another relatively short climbing day, with steep trails making up for fewer hours. You’ll descend towards the river bank and then begin the climb towards the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier through an ablation valley formed by melting ice. A succession of cairns now marks the route through a stony landscape, with a small tarn -Mountain Lake- on the left. The valley now broadens and the trail reaches a second larger tarn Taboche Tsho. Beyond this point, the trail passes through a narrower section of the ablation valley and comes to a third tarn Dudh Pokhari, with prayer flags on its eastern shore. Take some time to appreciate the view before trekking another hour to the village of Gokyo, located on the edge of the third lake.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Restday at Gokyo. Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m) or visit the fourth and fifth lakes.

The final rest day of your trip will be today at the Gokyo Valley. You can either choose to rest to conserve your energy for the following day's Renjo La pass crossing or opt to make your day more worthy by either hiking to Gokyo Ri or visiting the 4th and 5th lakes.

Gokyo Ri is a small peak located in the Gokyo Valley which provides fantastic views of entire Khumbu valley. The trail is easy toward this peak and if you have some more extra time, you can take a hike up to the fourth lake of the valley which is located just 3 km north of the Gokyo Village.

Continuing further to the 5th lake, Ngozumpa Tsho, will take some more time to reach. Hence, it's recommended to hike to Gokyo Ri and the fourth lake OR hike to 4th and 5th lake so that you won't get much tired and will have time to rest for next big day.

To adding a note, hike to the 5th lake will depend on your health condition and your speed of walking. The guide will see your walking speed and health condition and advise you if it's recommended to hike up to the 5th lake for you or not. But if you are fit for this trip, you will find that the view from ‘Scoundrel's Viewpoint’, located at the edge of the 5th lake, is astonishing. Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu mountains and the huge Ngozumba Glacier are the main centers of attraction. Trek back to Gokyo to spend the night.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Dole (4200m)

After breakfast in Gokyo, you will descend the trail along the Dudh Koshi river passing the first Gokyo Lakes. You will get to see the Cholatse and Taboche peaks smiling with the snow-capped peak at far away. Wich short descend and then climbing a hill, you will reach a chorten at the edge from where you can see the great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega. Passing through Machhermo, Luza, and Lhafarma village, you will reach Dole.

 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Dole to Namche (3440m)

Today you will be descending towards Phortse Thanga admiring Rhododendron, wildflowers, and waterfalls. You will also get to see mountain goats grazing in the field and even musk deer and pheasants if you are lucky. The views of Khumbila peak, Thamserku and Kangtega are truly eye-catching while you walk towards Namche.

 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2800m)

Today is the last day of your trekking day. You will cross several bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River. Following the same trail which you used before to climb up to Namche, you will reach Lukla in about 6 to 7 hours.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Today is the return day from Lukla. Your guide will finish all the airport formalities while you are having breakfast at the lodge. The porters will manage your luggage to be transported from your lodge to the airport. Once the guide get news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, you will be called to see how the airplane gets landed in the small strip of Lukla airport. Afterward, you will get to the airport to get into the plan for flight back to Kathmandu.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel. After lunch, the day is free. You can opt to enjoy some scenic cultural tours or relax during the day.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 14: Freeday in Kathmandu. Buffer day for return flight contingency.

Today is an extra day kept as a buffer day in case the flight back to Kathmandu gets disturbed due to any weather contingencies. However, if you succeeded in landing Kathmandu on the previous day, you can enjoy short day tour or have some shopping in the market to purchase a token of memory from Nepal to your home.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 15: Departure day.

You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours prior to your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!

  Breakfast

Commencing this trip

The trip starts with a short half an hour flight to Lukla (2800m), which is the starting point for most of the trekking in the Everest region. The first-day trek will be a short warm-up trek with just 3 hours walk up to Phakding. From Namche, you will be directly moving to step up ahead to the beautiful turquoise Gokyo Lake, the ultimate destination of your trip, via Dole and Machhermo. Retracing the same way back, you will reach to Namche and finally to Lukla from where you will be returning back to Kathmandu via small aircraft.

Elongating the trip with including at least one high pass is also an option to be considered if you are interested in a slightly more challenging trip.

Best time to do this trip

Everest region can be visited year-round but the most recommended time to visit for the trek will be between March-May for spring and Mid-September  – Mid-December for autumn. Other months can have the high possibility of the flight getting delayed by uncertain days or canceled due to bad weather conditions in Lukla which is frequently faced during off-season time.

If you want to experience pleasant weather with a good chance to catch a glimpse of Everest and other Himalayan giants, springtime is the best time to go.  The top winter month will freeze this lake.

Fixed Departures

  • Trip start: 1st October, 2019
  • Trip end: 15th October, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,505
  • Trip start: 12th October, 2019
  • Trip end: 26th October, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,505
  • Trip start: 25th October, 2019
  • Trip end: 8th November, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,505
  • Trip start: 5th November, 2019
  • Trip end: 19th November, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,505
  • Trip start: 15th November, 2019
  • Trip end: 29th November, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,505
  • Trip start: 28th November, 2019
  • Trip end: 12th December, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,505
  • Trip start: 10th March, 2020
  • Trip end: 24th March, 2020
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,505
  • Trip start: 18th March, 2020
  • Trip end: 1st April, 2020
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,505
  • Trip start: 6th April, 2020
  • Trip end: 20th April, 2020
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,505
  • Trip start: 15th April, 2020
  • Trip end: 29th April, 2020
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,505
  • Trip start: 23rd April, 2020
  • Trip end: 7th May, 2020
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,505
  • Trip start: 3rd May, 2020
  • Trip end: 17th May, 2020
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,505
  • Trip start: 15th May, 2020
  • Trip end: 29th May, 2020
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,505
  • Trip start: 21st May, 2020
  • Trip end: 4th June, 2020
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,505

What is included?

  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  • 10 nights accommodation in standard tea house during the trek on a full board twin sharing basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee).
  • Experienced English speaking trek guide and porter/s for the trek (1 porter assigned for 2 travelers).
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and return airfares.
  • Trek Guide's airfares.
  • 4 International and domestic airport transfers in private vehicle.
  • All permit fees required for the trek.
  • Equipment allowances, salary, and insurance for the trekking staff.
  • Kit bags/duffle bags for the trek (size 55L).
  • A first aid kit with basic supplies for staff.
  • All government taxes.

What is not included?

  • Single room supplement charges.
  • Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu.
  • Additional airport transfers besides mentioned in the 'included' section.
  • Soft Drinks and Alcoholic beverages like Coke, Beer, etc. and cigarettes.
  • Any sort of guided/ unguided city tours and transfers for the same.
  • Entrance fees for monasteries and museums (if any).
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Hot shower and hot drinking water during the trek.
  • Your personal trekking gears and equipment like the sleeping bag, trekking poles, down jackets, etc.
  • Personal nature expenses related to the phone, wifi, gadget charging, laundry, gratitude/ Tips, snack expenses, extra meals, tea, and coffees, etc.
  • Your travel insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if any.
  • Any activities or services not mentioned in "Service included section"

Important points to be noted:

  • Mentioned trip price is per person price for an open trek* based on a minimum four travelers basis. The trip price will vary depending on the size of the group and is guaranteed to run once the minimum group size of 4 travelers is confirmed.
  • The Single Room Supplement charge will be USD 120.00 net added above given price for the traveler willing to use a single room for 4 nights stay in Kathmandu Hotel.
  • Single rooms will not be available in the tea houses during the trek due to the limited number of lodges on the trail. In the case of availability, traveler need to pay supplement charges (if any) directly to the lodge owner
  • Domestic airfares are subject to change without prior notice.

*Open trek refers to the trek opened for all interested travelers from around the world to join.

15 days

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Moderate
  •    Destination: Everest Region
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Hotel, Tea Houses
  •    Meals: City (B), Trek (B,L,D)
  •    Group size: 2-15
  •    Best Season: March - May/ October - November

Similar Trip

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lake Trek
21 Days 20 Nights
Langtang Valley & Gosaikunda Lake Trek
16 Days 15 Nights
Everest Three High Passes Trek
22 Days 21 Nights