Gokyo Lake Trek - 13 Days

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Gokyo Lake Trek - 13 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 1325
  • Duration:
    13 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Everest
  • Seson:
    Spring and Autumn
  • Difficulty Level:
    Strenuous
  • Max Altitude:
    5545 m

Highlight

  • Scenic flight en route to Lukla.
  • Feel the thrill of landing at Lukla airport, an adventure that starts even before we hit the ground running.
  • Immerse yourself in the evergreen culture, tradition, and history of the Sherpa community.
  • Picturesque nature and abodes en route 
  • Explore the Gokyo Lakes and climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters)
  • The Largest glacier in the Himalayas, Ngozumpa glacier

Overview

A lake village in the Khumbu region, Gokyo is a serene gem awaiting adventurous souls. A small village situated at the foot of Gokyo Ri and on the eastern shore of the third Gokyo Lake, Dudh Pokhari. The village is located at an elevation of 4,750 m (15,584 ft), making it one of the highest settlements in Nepal and in the world. The rugged terrain to the Gokyo Lake, located north of Khumjung, presents a trekking experience unlike any other, with towering massifs such as Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Gyachung Kang (7,522m) dominating the skyline. Surrounding summits create a mesmerizing panorama, making it an ideal destination for adventurous trekkers seeking to delve into the Khumbu region's allure.

 

The Gokyo Lake trek stands as a timeless and revered adventure, celebrated for its awe-inspiring vistas of towering peaks and the majestic Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest expanse of ice in Nepal's Himalayas. The route begins on the banks of the Dudh Koshi River and continues via Sagarmatha National Park and Namche Bazaar. Throughout the trek, we'll traverse through verdant forests of rhododendrons, rugged paths, and encounter vibrant gompas and monasteries living amidst towering peaks. You'll find yourself staying in some of the world's loftiest villages, where you can deeply engage with the Sherpa community's culture and traditions.

 

Itinerary (Plan)

Time : NA
Max Altitude : 1400 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : 40 mins flight from ktm, 5-6 hrs drive & 20 mins flight from Manthali, & 3-4 hrs trek
Max Altitude : 2860 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Captivating aerial views of the Himalayas en route to Lukla.
  • Upon arrival, we meet our Sherpas and we go through entry permit verification for the Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Surprisingly, the EBC trek begins by descending to the Dudh Koshi river at Phakding.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 3440 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • After breakfast, we start our trek to Namche Bazaar. 
  • Around halfway up the hill, a break in the trees provides us with the first glimpse of Everest. On clear days, the summit of the South-West Face becomes visible, peeking behind the extensive Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. 
  • As we journey on, we climb a steep path, savoring awe-inspiring vistas of the magnificent Himalayas, flowing glacial rivers, colorful prayer flags, and sacred Mani Stones. We then arrive in the delightful Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar by early evening.

Time : 2 to 3 hours
Max Altitude : 3,780m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

An acclimatization day, we trek from Namche to a lesser known village of Kumjung just 3 kilometers away from Namche.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 3840 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin your trek towards Phortse Thanga, departing from Khumjung.
  • As you ascend steeply out of the valley, immerse yourself in the beauty of the rhododendron forest and juniper trees that line the trail.
  • Take breaks along the way to admire the panoramic views of Taboche and Khumbu Yui Lha.
  • Arrive at Dole in the early evening and check into your accommodation for the night. Explore the area around Dole, taking in the sights and sounds of the mountain environment.

Time : 3 to 4 hours
Max Altitude : 4,470 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin trekking, climbing a ridge to enjoy excellent views down the valley to Kengtega and ascend towards Cho Oyu.
  • Descend to a river before ascending steeply to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier.
  • The Dudh Koshi River lies far below. Hiking on towards the tiny teahouse settlement of Machhermo, the trail comes to a ridge above the village with stunning views of Thamserku.
  • Take in the magnificent scenery along the way as you make your way towards Machhermo. Explore the surroundings of Machhermo or take a short hike to nearby viewpoints.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 4,750 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We start early after breakfast in Machhermo and set out on the trail to Gokyo.
  • Walk up a ridge, taking in the marvelous views of Thamserku, Kangtega and Cho Oyu as the valley opens up before us.
  • Navigate some steep climbs as you make your way towards the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier.
  • As we enter the Gokyo region, we are greeted by the beautiful lakes that dot the landscapes.
  • If weather permits, we’ll hike up to Gokyo Ri and soak in the breathtaking views of the Everest region.
  • Overnight in Gokyo.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 4,790 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Rise early and prepare for a challenging ascent to the summit of Gokyo Ri, which stands tall at an impressive 5,360 meters
  • Upon reaching the summit, we will be rewarded with breathtaking views that make the effort worthwhile.
  • Ngozumpa Glacier, one of the longest in the Himalayas, stretches out before you. But the true prize is the awe-inspiring panoramic vista that unveils the entire Khumbu Himalayan range.
  • From this lofty vantage point, feast your eyes on the majestic peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, and Gychung Kang.
  • Spend time soaking in this once-in-a-lifetime mountain vista, etching the incredible scenery into your memories forever.

Time : 7 to 8 hours
Max Altitude : 3840 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Enjoy breakfast in Gokyo Village, bidding farewell to the serene beauty of the Gokyo Lakes.
  • Begin the descent from Gokyo Village towards Phortse, passing through dense forests adorned with blooming rhododendrons. Keep an eye out for Lophophorus flying amidst the foliage.
  • Reach Phortse, completing the descent within a day, covering a distance that took two days during the ascent.
  • Overnight in Phortse.

Time : 7 to 8 hours
Max Altitude : 3440 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin your trek, traversing through the scenic landscapes that characterize the route from Phortse. Let the mountain air and breathtaking views invigorate your journey.
  • En route, take a short detour to visit the ancient Pangboche Monastery. Explore its cultural and spiritual significance, surrounded by the Himalayan grandeur.
  • We cross a suspension bridge and enter the forest trail, hiking until we arrive in Namche Bazaar.
  • Reach Namche Bazaar in the late afternoon and take some time to explore the vibrant market, where we can find some local crafts and souvenirs.
  • Enjoy a well-deserved dinner at one of Namche Bazaar's cozy teahouses or restaurants.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 2860 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • The thrilling odyssey of trekking to the Gokyo region and EBC concludes today as we make our way to Lukla, bidding farewell to Namche Bazaar after a delightful breakfast.
  • Traverse through the quaint village of Phakding, nestled along the Dudh Kosi River. Enjoy the scenic views and the rhythmic sound of the river as we stop for a lunch, savoring a meal amidst the serene surroundings of the Khumbu region.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner in Lukla, celebrating the successful completion of your trek. Share stories and experiences with fellow trekkers, guides, and locals.

Time : NA
Max Altitude : 1400 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Another chance to enjoy this great flight and savor the final glance of the majestic Himalayas.
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel.
  • You will be served a farewell dinner in a fine restaurant.

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Max Altitude : NA
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The grand finale of our adventure in the Khumbu region has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 13-day trek to Gokyo Lakes. Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home.

 

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 10-night trek in the Everest Region.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu/Manthali and Lukla.
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Sagarmatha/Everest National Park and TIMS - Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • Filtered water during included meals
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • 1 duffle or kit bag, trekking map and a trip completion certificate.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides and porters.

Additional Information

Physical Fitness

  • Gokyo Lake trek is physically demanding, involving long hours of walking at high altitudes. Prioritize cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance in your training routine.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

 

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (acute mountain sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

 

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily twin-sharing with attached bathrooms up until Namche; as we keep ascending, it will be on a shared basis.

 

Connectivity

  • Be aware that internet connectivity is limited, and you may not have access to it in certain areas.
  • Mobile Networks are unreliable.

 

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

 

Weather Condition

  • The best times for this trek in the Everest Region are autumn (mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). Temperature varies from 4°C (39°F) to -12°C (10.4°F) during March and early June to 8°C (46.4°F) average during the peak seasons of September and November.
  • Trek in the favorable seasons and keep away from the rainy season (July and August). In the cold months of January and February, the temperature can drop to -20°C (-4°F) and be a little harsh in the mountains.
  • Traveling during bad weather conditions is the worst scenario possible, so always read the weather forecast or travel during peak seasons.

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit - USD 20 (For Everyone)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit - USD 15 (SAARC), USD 30 (Foreign Nationals)

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

 

Trek Distance, Length and Elevation

Trek Distance

  • The typical Gokyo Lake trek from Lukla, is around 140 km long both ways.

Trek Length

  • 10 Days 
  • 2 Nights at Kathmandu

Elevations

The elevation factor poses a significant challenge throughout the trek, beginning at Lukla airport with an altitude exceeding 2,800m. Since most individuals aren't accustomed to such heights, the journey incorporates acclimatization days. The ascent to Gokyo and  is deliberately slow to allow for acclimatization and prioritize safety over speed.

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Equipments

For the Gokyo Lake trek, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:
 

Please note: We provide a Sleeping Bag containing sleeping bag liners which are graded to be used up to Camp 2 of Everest. We additionally provide a 75 liters Duffle Bag and Trekking Poles to use for the trek.

 

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment or Vaseline Petroleum Jelly 
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

 

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions of the Everest region.

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Mountain Tiger is renowned for its adept leadership on treks, boasting experienced guides and attentive staff who cater to every aspect of your journey for nearly two decades. As a certified sustainable travel operator, we wholeheartedly support the concept of community contribution, engaging in diverse philanthropic endeavors.

The most common way to start this trek is by flying to Lukla Airport from Kathmandu and then trekking through the Khumbu Valley. The trek typically takes around 13 days, passing through Namche Bazaar and other picturesque villages.

The best time to trek to Gokyo is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need two main permits: the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit. Additionally, if you are flying to Lukla, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

The trek is challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training are recommended to prepare for the altitude and the demanding terrain.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (50°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

Mountain Tiger Nepal has cancellation and refund policies. Please visit our terms and conditions page for more information.

Reviews And Rating

  • 2024-02-14 11:28:18

    Jessica Davis

    In addition to the wildlife sightings, the safari experience also offered ample opportunities to immerse myself in the rich cultural heritage of the region. Visits to traditional Tharu villages, guided nature walks through lush forest trails, and insightful interactions with local communities provided invaluable insights into the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature in this pristine wilderness.

  • 2024-02-14 11:31:25

    Michael Williams

    Embarking on the Gokyo Lake Trek for 13 days was an awe-inspiring journey through the heart of the Himalayas, where every step revealed new vistas of natural beauty and cultural richness. This trek was a captivating blend of adventure, spirituality, and exploration that left an indelible mark on my soul.

  • 2024-02-14 11:32:32

    San Antonio

    From the moment we set foot on the trail, the breathtaking scenery captivated my senses. Towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, and lush valleys unfolded before us, painting a picture of raw, untamed beauty. Each day brought new challenges and rewards as we ascended higher into the mountains, overcoming steep trails and high passes with determination and awe.

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