Gokyo Lake Trekking

Duration: 14 Days Trip Difficulty: Moderate

  • Trip Duration 14 Days

  • Destination Nepal

  • Group Size 2-12 People

  • Accomodation Hotel and Tea house

  • Altitude5357m

Highlights of Gokyo Lake Trekking

  • Series of Gokyo Lakes
  • View of Mt Everest with Everest Himalaya range.
  • Sagarmatha National Park a world heritage site
  • The largest Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Climbing of Gokyo Ri Peak with views of 4 highest peaks of the world
  • Crossing Renjo-La-Pass
  • Namche Bazaar and the Sherpa settlements and their immense faith on Buddhism
  • Scoundrel’s Viewpoint

Overview of Gokyo Lake Trekking

Gokyo Lake Trek is an alternate trekking route to those people who wish to avoid the crowd of the traditional route and explore the Himalayas less traveled by with the shining, untouched blue and green water of the Gokyo Lakes that comprise the highest freshwater lake system of series of six lakes in the world at around 5,000m altitude. The views of the four highest peaks of the world out of ten those crossing an altitude of 8,000m namely the Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Cho Oyu among other numerous mountains snatch your attention and make you feel saturated divinely.

Apart from the pristine Gokyo Lakes and the views of glorious, giant and spellbinding snow capped Himalayas, the largest glacier of Nepal-Ngozumpa Glacier and an insight of indigenous Sherpa settlements with there devotion and faith on Buddhism, their simplicity and smiling face, sacred mantras murmuring nuns and monks in several monasteries decorated with colorful flags flapping with the cool and fresh cold air certainly allure you and make your trek one of the most memorable one that you proudly share throughout your life. Hence, we suggest you not to miss this excellent opportunity to be there as it is one of the best treks of trekking in Nepal where as Everest Base Camp Trek is most famous one and the Gokyo Lake Treks the best one is.

Gokyo Lake trek begins with your arrival in Nepal. Kathmandu valley sightseeing is the first day exploration after your arrival and then a short flight to Lukla with a thrilling mountain flight experience in one of the shortest runways of the world and the first view of the snowcapped mountains in the horizon and amidst of them is our final destination. From there we will head towards our destination to Namche Bazaar through the valley of Dudhkoshi River greeting with the other trekkers alongside completed ones and of the other routes. The whole day in Namche Bazaar is for acclimatization taking a small elevation and return back having alluring landscapes and the first view of the roof of the world. We continue our journey to Gokyo Lake passing through many Sherpa settlements, monasteries and beautiful landscapes; we reach at pristine Gokyo Lake with its wonderful scenery and hike for the other series. The next day is hiking the Gokyo Peak from where the 360-degree panoramic views of some of the top mountains of the world and the Everest along with the largest Ngozumpa glacier of Nepal are just paramount and the trek is just more than worthy to visit.

Accommodations and Meals

A standard 3 star hotel facilities is provided on the arrival at Kathmandu and the same is upon the completion of the trek back to Kathmandu while on the trekking routes teahouse/lodge facility is provided with what the maximum is available compulsory included the breakfast, lunch and dinner. The facility available at Kathmandu and the mountain base varies though the best available at the menu of teahouse/lodge normally serve Nepali typical food Dal Bhat and Tarkari they also provide Indian, Tibetan and some normal continental foods is provided along with the farewell dinner upon the completion of the trek.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is graded as a moderate trek. This trekking route is relatively easier if you are used to walking on high altitude and for the fresh trekker with an ability to walk for 6-7 hours a day carrying a light backpack having good health and normal physical fitness with high motivation, strong desire and self confidence can easily make this trek. We request to all of the participants for regular jogging and exercising 2-3 months prior the expedition date. If you are suffering from any diseases relating to heart, lungs and blood should inform to Graceful Adventure before booking the trek.

Best Time to Travel

The best time for this trek is between September to November and March to May as the sky remains clear and the views are marvelous in these two seasons.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport, Nepal (Altitude: 1360m)
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and Trek to Phakding (Altitude: 2,800m and 2652m)
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (Altitude: 3,440m)
Day 05: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar (Altitude: 3,440m)
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazar  to Phorse (Altitude: 3,810m)
Day 07: Trek from Phorse to Machhermo (Altitude: 4,470m)
Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (Altitude: 4,800m)
Day 09: Explore Gokoy Valley and Climb Gokyo Ri Peak (Altitude: 5357m)
Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Dole (Altitude: 4,090m)
Day 11: Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar (Altitude: 3,440m)
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (Altitude: 2,840m)
Day 13: Take a Flight to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1,360m)
Day 14: Final Departure

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Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport, Nepal (Altitude: 1360m)

Accommodation: Three Star Hotel

Meals: Dinner

Your trekking days start with your arrival at Nepal. One of our officials will be at the airport and will receive you then transfers you to the hotel.  We will have a combined meeting for the trekking information and the equipments needed so that you can manage them before the actual hiking starts. If you arrive at night the same will be in the next day. Overnight stay at Kathmandu and have rest.

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Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

Accommodation: Three Star Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Kathmandu valley is the center for historical arts, cultures and traditions. We will visit some of the UNESCO world heritage enlisted sites. Pashupatinath is the most famous Hindu religious temple devoted to Lord Siva. Apart from its arts and architecture of medieval era you can see the death ritual performing on the bank of holy Bagmati River. The biggest Buddhist Stupa Bouddhanath, the monkey temple Swyambhunath, Durbar Squares among others takes you to the ancient medieval era of Nepal that strongly holds the enormous cultural, religious, architectural and historical value for the Nepalese people.

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Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and Trek to Phakding (Altitude: 2,800m and 2652m)

Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 3-4 Hours

The day starts very early in the morning to take a flight to Lukla as the weather normally remain clear in the morning. A short mountain flight normally takes around 35 minutes with the views of changing topography form hills to the foot of Himalayas. A short gentle up climbing walk of around 3-4 hours after you land on one of the shortest runways of the world with a thrilling experience we reach Phakding through Dudhkoshi River having views of some of the mountains namely Mt. Nupala, Kusum Kangaru and the Mt. Kswngde Range. Stay overnight at Phakding.

Important Note: The weather in Lukla cannot be predicted hence resulting in the cancellation of the flight. Returning to hotel and lodging and fooding cost is not included. We will take our flight the next day if the weather remains clear. There is another option of hiring a helicopter for Lukla that also demands the additional cost.

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Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (Altitude: 3,440m)

Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 5-6 Hours

 The day begins with the early breakfast at Phakding and follows the route through Dudhkoshi valley crossing several suspension bridges; one of them is Hillary Bridge that give access from one hill to another and reach at Monjo where our permits are checked and registered and we enter officially the Sagarmatha National Park one of the UNESO enlisted natural site preserving many endangered flora and faunas. The series of rhododendron, Mangolia and colossal firs forest and the villages of Sherpa settlements are unique. The trek is easy and enjoyable with the views of natural vegetations, landscapes, rivers, waterfalls and the first view of the world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest along with the magnificent views of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku and Nuptse. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar; well known as the Khumbu Region Capital, Gate way to Mt. Everest and the junction of all the Everest Region Trekkers and climbers.

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Day 05: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar (Altitude: 3,440m)

Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 3-4 Hours

Namche Bazaar is one of the most attractive Sherpa settlements in the Khumbu Region. It is the proper place for taking rest and acclimatization. Acclimatization is very important if you are travelling to mountainous region where altitude gradually changes and higher the altitude lowers the temperature and thinners the oxygen hence resulting with altitude sickness. There are various options to keep our body either visiting the Khumjung a Sherpa village or Syangboche or the Sagarmatha National Park. Besides visiting one of these places we still have time to explore the quaint streets Namche Bazaar, specially the Sherpa museum.

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Day 06: Hiking up to Phorse (Altitude: 3,810m)

Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 5-6 Hours

Our trek follows the Phorse route on the gradual ups and downs with the greetings of the magnificent Himalayas. If lucky, we may encounter with the wild lives like Himalayan thar, musk deer and Himalayan pheasants among others. The trail goes through Kyanjuma and Sansa from where the Gokyo trail is followed. The most beautiful mountain of the Khumbu Region Mt. Ama Dablam can be seen from Mong alongwith Mt. Thamaserku, Tawoche and Khumbila. The trail then descends down up to Dudhkoshi River and then an uphill climb with the views of rhododendron forest alongside. Finally we arrive at Phorse from where we get the glorious views of the mountains like Tawache and Cholatse.

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Day 07: Hiking up to Machhermo (Altitude: 4,470m)

Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 5-6 Hours

The trekking trail goes steeply up to Dole alongside of the rhododendron and brich forest where we will be likely to encounter face to face with the local wild lives like pheasants, Himalayan Thar and musk deer. Our trail then passes through rivers, forests, waterfalls, bridges and many summer settlements with the amazing offerings of the Himalayas like Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku. We continue walking through small hamlets across rocky terrain with small and thorny bushes signaling us we are in high altitude.  The trek then follows the hillside above roaring Dudhkoshi River and finally reaches to Machhermo. We can visit Himalayan Rescue Hospital for the information regarding the altitude, its possible impacts, precaution and primary treatment.

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Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (Altitude: 4,800m)

Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 5-6 Hours

We are stepping in Gokyo valley today and will have the views of some of the Gokyo Lakes, so the day is significantly important for you. The trail today ascends to a hill from where we can observe the outstanding views of Cho-Oyu, Kangtega, Thamserku mountains and the Dudhkoshi valley. The valley widens as the trail passes through chorten and reaches Phangka. The trail then goes down to the river shore and then we climb the terminal moraine of the largest Ngozumpa Glacier on a steep trail. After crossing a suspension bridge over a stream we come to the first lake known as Longpongo at an altitude of 4,690m. Next to the first lake, we see the footprints on a stone which is believed to be a Buddhist Priest (Lama in Local Language).  We explore the second and third lakes Taboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari. The pristine blue sheet of lake water gleaming in the sunlight surely snatches your eyes. The fantabulous panoramic views of towering mountains Cho Oyu, Makalu, Tawache, Cholatse, Lhotse Gyachung Kang and many others can be observed from above the lake. Tonight stay at Gokyo.

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Day 09: Explore Gokoy Valley and Climb Gokyo Ri Peak (Altitude: 5357m)

Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 6-7 Hours

Another day in Gokyo exploring the 4th and 5th lakes and climbing the Gokyo Ri Peaks hence helping our body to acclimatized. It is steep uphill climbing of around 3 hours to reach Gokyo Ri peak. The up close views of the snowcapped mountains and the tranquil Gokyo Lakes are so amazing. You can see the Himalayas all the directions including some of the highest mountains of the world namely the highest Mt. Everest (8,848m), 4th highest Mt. Lhotse (8,501m), 6th highest Mt. Cho Oyu (8,153m), Mt. Gyachung Kang (7,922m) and further way the 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463m). Observing the nature on its best, we climb back to Gokyo village and head towards 4th Lake Thonak Tsho which is just 3 km north of Gokyo and continually walking further takes us to the fifth lake Ngozuma Tsho. A climb up a nearby hill from the fifth lake takes us to the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint and assures us the magnificent views of the highest mountains chain spreading east to west at the north, the Cho Oyu base camp and the view of the biggest glacier Ngozumpa Glacier. Walk back to Gokyo for overnight stay.

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Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Dole (Altitude: 4,090m)

Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 3-4 Hours

The trail now onwards normally descends down. We follow the trail through the Dudhkoshi River and cross the first Gokyo Lake. We then climb a hill and again descend. After reaching the chorten ath the edge, we see the astonishing views of the Cho Oyu, Thamserku and Kangtega Himalayas. The trail then passes many villages like Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarma and then we reach at Dole. If it is spring, you can have splendid views of numerous flowers blooming at Dole. Stay overnight at Dole.

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Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazaar (Altitude: 3,440m)

Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 4-5 Hours

 The trail first descends steeply up to Phortse crossing over suspension bridge alongside the rhododendron, wildflower and waterfalls. We may come to cross the mountain wild lives Himalayan Thar, musk deer, Himalayan bear and pheasants etc. The gorgeous Himalayas keep on following us on our backdrop and we keep on walking admiring them. Our trail goes descending through forested slope, winding numerous bends we reach at Namche army camp hill from where we look back towards the towering mountains to give a last glimpse and then head to Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight at Namche.

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Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (Altitude: 2,840m)

Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 6-7 Hours

This is the last day amidst the Himalayas. The trail descends on a rocky trail and crosses series of suspension bridges. The trail is little bit tough until we arrive at the leveled trail and feel warmer as we climbed down the lower altitude. Walking on the same trail on leveled land we reach Lukla. Stay overnight at Lukla and recall our time in the lakes and mountains.

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Day 13: Take a Flight to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1,360m)

Accommodation: Three Star Hotel at Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We take our flight on the earliest if the weather is clear. Once again an exciting mountain flight to Kathmandu. You can see the White Mountains last time from the plane. After you arrive at Kathmandu, you will be transported to a hotel with hot shower facility. Take a rest and explore the Thamel Bazaar a hub of tourists and buy some gifts to your beloved. There will be a gathering at the evening for the evaluation of the trekking, your precise feedbacks and a farewell dinner.

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Day 14: Departure

One of our representatives picks you up from the hotel and drops you at the airport. You should be ready at the hotel 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight.

Cost Includes

Airport pick up and drop off service
Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight fare of Guest and guide
Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, tea or coffee) during trek
3* Hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan
Trekking guide and porters (one guide for a group and 1 porter for each two)
Sagarmatha National Park entry permit
TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)
All government taxes
Food, accommodation, insurance, salary for the trekking guide /porters
Farewell dinner in Nepali culture resturent.


Cost Excludes

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Your travel insurance
International flight and departure tax
Any expense of personal nature
Bar Bill (water, Beer, Tea, coffee)
Nepal entry visa fee US 30 (Duration 60 days from date of issue)
Your personal nature expenses such as bar bill, laundry, beverages
Not mention above including cost

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