Gokyo Lake Trek 13- Days

Duration: 13 Days   |   Based on 3 Reviews
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Difficult
  • Trip Style: Hikking and Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Food: Full Board Plan
  • Accommodation: Hotel And Guest House
  • Group Size: 1+10
  • Max Elevation: 5,400 m./17715 ft.

Gokyo Lakes Trek-An impeccable blend of towering mountains and emerald lakes 

Gokyo Lakes Trek is one of the most sought-after trekking routes in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The trek leads you to Gokyo Lakes, the world's highest freshwater lake system encompassing main six awe-inspiring, dazzling turquoise lakes. Gokyo Lakes Trek involves a walk through the off-the-beaten paths of the Khumbu region amid snow-clad mountainous terrains and astounding wilderness. It is a fun-filled walking journey in the Solukhumbu district of Sagarmatha Zone in north-eastern Nepal. The trek is an amalgamation of adventure, exploration, and celestial natural beauty that'll surely leave you with a heightened feeling of fulfillment and pleasure. This could be the best alternative trekking trail for the Everest base camp trekking.

Gokyo LakesTrek highlights

  • Explore the charm of six pristine blue glacial lakes situated at an altitude of between 4,700 m and 5,000 m. (namely Gokyo Tsho, Thonak Tsho, Kyajumba Tsho, Ngozumba Tsho, Tanjung Tsho, and Gyazumpa Tsho,) An exclusive opportunity to witness the splendid beauty of Gokyo Valley surrounded by giant snow-capped mountains
  • Experience the diversity of the ecosystem in a short period as you come across the high Himalayan Mountains, huge glaciers, cold streams, serene lakes, wilderness, etc.
  • Get the astounding 360-degree view of Everest massif-Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu
  • Hike along Ngozumpa Glacier and explore its eternal elegance
  • Admire the unique and traditional artistic works of Sherpa ethnic tribes on the trail and learn about their hospital nature and vibrant culture.

The impeccably clean, emerald-green lakes owe their striking color to runoff from surrounding glaciers. These are freshwater wetlands lying at an elevation of 4,700-5,000 m. that feed on high-altitude glaciers. Gokyo Lakes Trek delivers a great sense of the vastness of nature and a sense of calm and clarity to soothe your soul. The idyllic views of glistening lakes in the lap of gigantic, glorious mountain ranges are a pleasant sight to behold.

We, Global Adventure Trekking, offer you a 13-day Gokyo Lakes Trek package. In this 13-day trek, you'll delve into the peaceful serenity of calm-glacial lakes and relish captivating views of the world's highest mountains. You'll be awestruck at the sheer size and authenticity of these sparkling alpine lakes in Gokyo Valley. The background of majestic white snow-filled mountains adds to the allure of freshwater allure and refines your Himalaya experience.

Beyond the astounding Himalaya aura, you'll also feel the strong influence of Hinduism and Buddhism in the Gokyo area as the place is highly believed to be sacred. Get spiritual healing and a sense of rest from overstimulation in this serene and religious atmosphere.

Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Ri

Gokyo Valley, home to oligotrophic freshwater lakes, lies within the Sagarmatha National Park area at the base of Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri (5,357 m.) is the vantage point that overlooks the  Mt. Everest Massif range and provides a mesmerizing view of four 8000 m peaks along with turquoise-colored Gokyo Lakes. Explore the raw appeal of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu (8,201 m.) from the summit of Gokyo Ri with your naked eyes. Besides, it is also possible to possible to observe the divine beauty of Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas from the top of Gokyo Peak. The 3.6 km long glacier lies below the sixth-highest mountain Cho Oyu and feeds a high-altitude freshwater lake system.

Gokyo Lakes Trek details

Gokyo Lakes Trek is an alternative route to the utterly commercial trekking path of the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek and a slightly off route while visiting EBC. You'll be able to explore the uncongested Gokyo trail amongst a few crowds and interact with locals freely.

The Gokyo Lakes Trek follows the classic EBC trail until Namche and then traverses Sagarmatha National Park while diverting towards Machhermo. You'll walk through one of the most picturesque off-the-beat routes in the Everest region, crossing patches of birch and rhododendron forests. The trek involves a gradual ascent up the valley along varied and verdant landscapes to finally lead you toward the hidden gem of mountains in the form of lakes.

In the valley, you'll hike up approximately 4 hours to summit Gokyo Ri for a rewarding sunrise view. The Gokyo Trek route ends with a steep climb up to Gokyo Ri at an altitude of 5,357 meters. As the trek is in and out, you'll have to retrace the step back to the trailhead once you've reached the endpoint.

After savoring the magnificent beauty of Gokyo Lakes in their enchanting attire and the alluring backdrop of gratifying mountains in Gokyo Ri, you descend to Namche Bazaar. You'll spend the concluding days of adventure in a delightful Sherpa village to sample their wonderful hospitality and get an insight into their way of life.

How difficult is the Gokyo Lake Trek?

Gokyo Lakes Trek is an adventurous and extreme experience; a challenging feat that requires at least 5 hours of walking in a day. As you trek up the trail in high-altitude mountain surroundings, you'll encounter rugged terrains and uninhabited areas. It's a bit of a struggle to spend several days in the mountain wilderness, far from the comforts of modern life. It requires a great deal of motivation enthusiasm a general stamina level to accomplish the trek.

The Gokyo Lakes Trek involves multiple steep climbing sections and the ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung can be challenging. As you are about to embark on a trek that reaches as high as 5,357 m, there is a possibility of getting altitude-related sickness. If everything is well you may choose to Renjola pass trek to Thame and Namche Bazaar.

Fret not Û our itinerary of the Gokyo Lakes 13-day Trek includes an acclimatization day to let your body adjust to high altitude. The number of nights spent above 4000m on this trek is less than on the Everest Base Camp trek. Besides, you have experienced leaders and Sherpa porters to guide you throughout the journey and ensure your safety.

Stay fit and prepare yourself mentally for the trek. The frequent elevation gain can be physically and mentally exhausting, but once you reach the top and taste the incredible mountain essence, you'll realize that it is worth the effort.

Best season to do the Gokyo Lakes Trek

As with the majority of treks in high-altitude regions of Nepal, the best season to undertake the Gokyo Lakes Valley trek is March-May (Spring) and Mid-September to November (Autumn). Although Gokyo Valley receives visitors throughout the year, the weather is not quite stable during the monsoon and winter seasons. The warm and humid conditions, messy trails, and considerable rain make monsoon season an unfavorable time to undertake the Gokyo Lakes Trek.

Similarly, the winter season is characterized by significant temperature drops, a high chance of snowfall, and foggy weather in the valley. But the trail is less days crowded and has a super nice view in this season, allowing to you trek into the peaceful environment in your spirits.

Gokyo Lake Trek preparation:

Surely, the Gokyo Valley trek is a stunning trekking route in Sagarmatha National Park of the Everest region, offering breathtaking views of unparalleled landscapes, the mighty Himalayas, and serene lakes. Here a some guidelines on how to prepare for a trip to the Gokyo Lakes.

Physical Fitness and Exercise for Gokyo Valley Trek:

Start a regular fitness routine at least 2-3 months before the trek. Focus on cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and endurance activities.

Practice daily walking and hiking with a 5 kg. loaded backpack to make trekking conditions easier.

Permits and Necessary Papers and Flight Tickets:

Obtain a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card through a legal trekking company like Global Adventure Trekking to get a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit. Make your trek booking on time which allows us to make the Lukla flight tickets as early as possible. Get a Local Rural Municipality permit 

Proper Packing list:

Pack lightweight trekking clothing.

Bring a good quality of trekking boots with comfortable socks.

Pack a warm 4 season sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures.

Carry a personal first aid kit, water purification tablets, and personal medications, do not forget extra skin plaster.

Trousers, a down jacket, gloves, and a woolen hat to stay warm at night in higher altitudes.

Remember to pack a headlamp, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a water bottle.

Acclimatization in the mountain:

Make sure your travel company Plans your itinerary with acclimatization days.

Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and caffeine while trekking in Mountian.

Be familiar with your guide and get to know about the symptoms of high altitude

Trekking Daily Itinerary:

We researched and proposed Gokyo Lakes trek takes 11-13 days. Make sure your guide and porter are insured and certified.

Budgeting and Accommodation:

If you are going solo individual then work on daily expenditure. Going with Global Adventure might cost you 5 to 10 USD per day for your expenses.

Teahouses and Guesthouse are the most common accommodation options while Gokyo Valley Trek. Carry-only cash ATMs not be available in remote areas.

Responsible Trekking:

Respect local customs, Culture, and traditions. Learning a few basic phrases in Nepali will make your journey enjoyable. Pack out all your trash and dispose of it properly. Travel locally and Experience Luxury.

Travel Insurance:

Insurance is mandatory for high-altitude treks, purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities and emergency evacuation costs.

Weather and Best Time to Gokyo Trek:

The best time for Gokyo Valley is during the pre-monsoon season (March to May) and post-monsoon season (September to November) when the weather is relatively stable. Winter season November and December are best for visibility.

Happy Journey:

Be positive, think positive, and enjoy the stunning Mountain view with diverse flora and fauna!

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to Hotel 1,400 m./4,00 ft.

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, our dedicated airport representative warmly welcomes you and assists you to your Hotel for your fruitful overnight.

  • No meals
  • Hotel
  • 1,400 m./4,600 ft.

In the early morning, we will transfer to the domestic airport. Please note that flights may experience delays due to inclement weather conditions. However, it's worth noting that this flight offers a breathtaking view of the mountains, making it a truly magnificent experience.

Upon landing at Lukla airport, our journey begins with our first-day trek to Phakding, passing through picturesque Sherpa villages along the way. The trail is gradually flat and easy, allowing us to enjoy the surrounding beauty as we make our way to Phakding.

Note-Please be aware that during the peak tourist season, flights may be redirected to Ramechap due to air traffic congestion. Rest assured, we will promptly inform you of any changes once you reach out to us. Your comfort and safety are our utmost concern. 

  • Full Board
  • Guest House/Tea House
  • 2,620 m./8,593 ft.

Today's trek covers approximately 800 meters of walking, passing through several small settlements along the way. As you walk you'll have the exhilarating experience of crossing suspension bridges, which may be a bit daunting but offer stunning views.

You'll also enter the Sagarmatha National Park and stop to check in at Jorsalle. After crossing the Dudh Koshi River, you'll begin ascending towards Namche Bazaar. The trail leads through lush pine and juniper forests, providing a serene backdrop as you marvel at the majestic peaks of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and more. It's a day filled with both natural beauty and awe-inspiring vistas.

  • Full Board
  • Guest House/Tea House
  • 3,440 m./11,283 ft.

Since today is your acclimatization day, you can afford to sleep in a bit longer in the morning and enjoy with a breakfast. Afterward, we'll walk on a hike up to Khumjung village via Everest View Hotel. This ascent will take us approximately 500 meters higher.

Upon reaching Khumjung village, we'll take a break for lunch and then have some time to explore the area before heading back to Namche Bazaar. It's a day designed to allow your body to adjust to the altitude while still offering the opportunity to experience the charm and beauty of the surrounding villages and landscapes.

  • Full Board
  • Guest House/Tea House
  • 3,440 m./11,283 ft

Trek begins very easily first part then the trail goes uphill to Mongla Danda which is on the top of the Hill. The views are amazing! Descend 300 m to Phortse and easy uphill to Dole through pine and Rhododendron forest. Spend the night at Dole

  • Full Board
  • Guest House/Tea House
  • 4,040 m./13,251 ft.

Facing the dramatically rising peak through the old alpine and moss-covered Rhododendron in the first part. Machermo lies in the Dudh Koshi river north of Dole and South of Gokyo Lake at an altitude of 4,470m. The path is well-maintained and easy.

  • Full Board
  • Guest House/Tea House
  • 4,470 m./14,586 ft.

The landscapes and views of the surrounding are  mesmerizing, and makes a charming start to the day. From phanga descend to the river and climb steeply to the first lake. The second and third lake are not far from each other. 

  • Full Board
  • Guest House
  • 4,750 m./15,580 ft.

Hike up to Gokyo Ri 5,410 m. takes about 2.5 hrs. This is the most remarkable viewpoint in Khumbu village. The view offer Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and many more Mountain ranges. Hike back to the lodge and trek to Panga overnight.

  • Full Board
  • Guest House/Guest House
  • 4,700 m./15,416 ft.

Hiked down to Machhermo and Dole as the descent is more easy and faster and easily you can do it. Khumjung is another hidden valley in the Everest region. Visit the Monastery and Hillary School in the morning.  

  • Full Board
  • Guest House/Tea House
  • 3,790 m./12,431 ft.

Path goes mostly descending through the alpine forest. Once pass Phortse Thanga the path goes steep uphill to Mohan Danda then easy path to Namche through the ridge. 

  • Full Board
  • Guest House/Guest House
  • 2,820 m./9,250 ft.

After the breakfast, Gradually downhill walk through the Sherpa village and few times cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi and reach Lukla about 2 PM.

  • Full Board
  • Guest House/Tea House
  • 2,620 m./

One of the most exciting and iconic flight to Kathmandu. It is just half an hour flight. Once you landed to domestic airport in Kathmadu, transfer to Hotel. Afternoon is free time for your last minute shopping. Evening farewell dinner at the typical Nepalese restaurant. 

  • Breakfast+Dinner
  • Hotel
  • 1,350 m./4,428 ft.

Global Adventure Trekking is always at your door for the best available services, we will manage your airport transfer as per your seclude for your next destination. Farewell greetings and wishing your safe journey.

  • Breakfast

What's included

  • International Airport picks up and drops off by private vehicle
  • Two-night hotel in Kathmandu (2** category Hotel) including breakfast
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • Kathmandu- Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets including 15 kg luggage.
  • An Experienced English-speaking, Government approved Sherpa Guide with equipment.
  • 10-night Guesthouse accommodation in twin sharing.
  • 3-times meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  •  Including all food and lodging, Insurance, and salary of the Sherpa Guide
  •  Insurance of Nepalese Staff.
  • Farewell dinner in a Nepalese typical restaurant.
  • Government Tax and Company Services Charge.
  • Nepalese visa fee, Visa can be obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Visa costs 30 USD, 50 USD, and 125 USD for 15, 30, and 90 days respectively
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, or early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights Tickets
  • Travel and Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s)
  • All kinds of drinks (Hot and Cold Drinks and Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, Chocolate, Pudding and sweets)

Price & Dates

Trip Dates Availability Price  
18 Jul, 2024 - 30 Jul, 2024 Guaranteed US$1099
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Useful Info

Day 1 means arrival day in Kathmandu. The Gokyo Lake trek can be done in fewer days but is not recommended because of altitude sickness. You should be well-acclimatized to go up to the top.

Flight Note: All the Lukla sector flights are going to operate from Manthali Airport (Ramechhap) due to the air traffic in Kathmandu. It is about 127 km east of Kathmandu and is 5 hour's drive. None of the air companies are going to operate from KTM. Effective from 25th March 2023 till 31st May 2023.

Accommodations during the trek:

We seek to offer our clients comfortable and clean private accommodations. We always make sure that you can sleep well. We always provide you with the best available lodge/tea house during the trek. Most nights, there will be a warm dining room with comfortable chairs. Normally, you will have electricity throughout the trip, but there may be a few nights when there is no running hot shower or electricity. The electrical outlet is not available in the room you have to charge your camera/Phone in the dining room. A bucket of hot water will be offered for an additional cost.

Hotel in Kathmandu- A clean and comfortable hotel in a quiet location beside Thame. There are 24-hour hot and cold showers with a TV. Air-conditioned, Telephone in the room with private balcony. Kathmandu we provide you with a 2/3 star category hotel. However, if you would like to upgrade the hotel in Kathmandu, please let us know. We will upgrade the hotel for an additional cost.

Travel transport: As you are going for your Adventure activities on the Gokyo Lake trek, We provide private transport to and from the airport. Ktm-Manthali airport by bus and fly to Lukla and back the same.

Sample food in the mountains to avoid sickness:

Breakfast- Toast, Any style of eggs, Tibetan bread, Pancakes Chapattis, Muesli, Oat porridge, Tea and coffee,

Lunch-Fried noodles/Chowmin, Fried rice, Fried potatoes, Noodle soup, Dal Bhat, Thukpa, Sherpa stew, Mo.Mo.

Dinner-Macaroni, Spaghetti, Pizza, Dal Bhat, Spring rolls, Fingers chips, etc

These are the most served food in the Himalayas. Still, there are many more….

Altitude sickness:

Altitude sickness is a hazard, including on the Annapurna, Langtang, and Everest Base Camp treks and more... Please make sure you familiarize yourself with signs and symptoms before you leave and observe your own health during your trek.

Altitude sickness is a life-threatening fetal disease. Higher than 2,500m are at a risk of altitude sickness even though they are physically fit. It is important to be aware of these symptoms you may encounter.

Periods of sleeplessness, Occasional loss of appetite, Vivid, wild dreams at around 2,500-3,800m in altitude, Unexpected momentary shortness of breath day and night, Periodic breathing that wakes you occasionally, Blocked nose, Dry cough, Mild headache, and Vomiting …

If you are feeling nauseous, dizzy, or experiencing other symptoms please share with your group and guide for the necessary evacuation.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is compulsory for our Everest Region Trek. Make sure your insurance covers you for your planned activities, including travel and trekking above 3000m if this is included on your itinerary, mountain rescue services, and helicopter evacuation costs.

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