Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek - 10 Days

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Know before you go
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season Mar - May and Mid-Sep - Mid-Dec
  • Trip Area Khumbu Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5360m.|17585ft.

Highlights

  • Exciting and breathtaking flight to Lukla, one of the best Himalayan experience 
  • Peaceful and isolated trekking trail, offering a fresh and unique adventure.
  • Marvel at the pristine beauty of Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri
  • The lush Himalayan landscapes all around
  • Witness the close-up and distant view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and many more. 
  • An exploration of the Himalayan culture and tradition of the Sherpa community. 
  • Divine experience from the base to the summit, creating lasting memories at every step.

The Gokyo Lake trek stands out among the various trekking routes in the Everest region, as it is a less frequented destination with fewer trekkers. The trail to Gokyo Lakes follows the opposite route against the regular Everest base camp route. The Nepal Nirvana Trails offers this promising 10-day trek for those who want to experience a trekking tour on a fresh, less-trodden adventure.

Embarking on the Gokyo Lake trek is like stepping into a poetic journey, where each day brings a new opportunity to fall in love with the surroundings, except for the return journey. The Gokyo Lakes, situated at an impressive altitude of 4730 meters, are among the most enchanting lakes, and the trekking tour provides the opportunity to create lasting memories against the backdrop of the breathtaking Himalayan vistas. The trek provides an unforgettable experience, allowing you to witness charismatic views of the mountains that were once only imaginable.

The trek to Gokyo Lakes starts from the Kathmandu-Lukla flight, a brief yet captivating flight offering mesmerizing views of the Himalayas through the northern side windows. Renowned as one of the world's most adventurous airports, Lukla Airport marks the starting point for our 10-day trek to Gokyo Lakes, concluding with a return to Kathmandu on the tenth day. Nepal Nirvana Trails has especially created the Gokyo Lake Trek itinerary for adventure-seeking individuals who want a more tranquil and exotic trekking experience.

Throughout the trek, we'll be treated to majestic views of various mountains, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and more. We will pass through the lush rhododendron forest inside the premises of Sagarmatha National Park and get a sight of different Himalayan fauna and avifauna like Lophophorus, Red Panda, Himalayan Tahr, and many more. 

The major attraction of this trek is undoubtedly Gokyo Lake, recognized as the highest freshwater reserve in the world. Gokyo Lakes comprise six different lakes above 4790 meters from the sea level. These lakes stay frozen for almost 9 months in a year and the ice melts partially in March, April, and May. 

The Gokyo Lake trek exemplifies the blend of emotional moments and stunning beauty. At each resting point along our journey, breathtaking vistas of towering majestic mountains and snow-covered hills, dotted sparsely with settlements, will unfold. Every stoppage will stun you with the sheer joy of beholding these magnificent mountains.

Why Choose the Gokyo Lake Trek?

Being a substitute route for Everest Base Camp, the Gokyo Lakes trek is quite an underrated trail for its offerings. From the pristine and beautiful views at regular intervals to the highest lakes in the world, this trail has everything to amuse the trekkers with their whole hearts. Also, as mentioned above, this underrated trekking route will have a smaller crowd compared to the regular Everest base Camp route so peace-loving people will love to allure and appreciate the nature of the Gokyo region. The culture of Sherpa Community can be closely observed as there will be fewer visitors and it will be easy for the hosts to introduce their culture to everyone in detail. Nepal Nirvana Trails is happy to serve you with this one-of-a-kind trekking plan. 

Gokyo Lake Trek: An Alternative to Everest Base Camp 

Everest Base Camp is the most preferred trekking destination in the Khumbu region. However, not many can achieve the optimum destination of Everest Base Camp, EBC is physically and mentally draining and demanding, that is the sole region some people might want to escape Everest Base Camp but reach almost the same altitude and get the same viewshapes during the trek. 

The scenic diversity of the Gokyo Lake trek is more diverse and pristine than Everest Base Camp. We will cover the alpine forest for an adventurous trekking experience. The trail will lead us toward the highest freshwater reserves in the world and the mesmerizing Gokyo Ri. Along with the diverse landscape offered the crowd will be fewer than that of Everest Base Camp’s route. So, you will get more time and less hassle to enjoy the diversity of nature en route. 

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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Our trek starts early as the guide picks you up from the hotel and takes you to Kathmandu's domestic airport. A scenic flight to Lukla awaits, marking the exciting beginning of the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek. Note: In the major trekking season, flight can be diverted to Manthali. We will drive from Kathmandu at 2/3 am according to the flight schedule and catch up with the Lukla Flight. Upon arrival at Lukla, you will be captivated by the majestic alpine landscape and the awe-inspiring mountains and the trek kicks off with a gradual descent to Cheplung village, offering breathtaking views. Follow the Dudh Kosi River's bank to reach Phakding, where we will stay overnight as our first day in the mountain lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2651m.|8700ft.

After having breakfast with a mountain view, your journey to Namche Bazaar begins. You'll walk through a pine forest and climb up the Benkar valley. Crossing the Dudh Koshi River and Monjo, you'll reach Jorsale for a possible lunch break. Afterward, you'll pass through Hillary Bridges, facing a challenging ascent to Namche Bazaar, the largest settlement in the Everest region. A pleasant walk through forests brings you to this beautiful Sherpa village, offering stunning mountain views.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3438m.|11280ft.

Before heading towards the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo-Ri Trek, we will take a break and get used to the altitude in Namche. Namche Bazaar, a lively town in the Khumbu region, offers various amenities like bakeries, restaurants, ATMs, and Internet cafés. You can visit the Tourist Visitor Center to learn about Sherpa culture and Everest climbers. You can also hike to the Everest View Hotel for a stunning panorama of mountains like Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse. After exploring, return to Namche in the evening.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, we will be starting our walk with the clear views of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. The trail winds through beautiful vegetation, and you might spot animals like musk deer and Himalayan Thar during our walk to Dole. After descending to Kayangjuma, we reach the junction of the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo valley. Climbing to Mong La pass, where Khumbila stands, we encounter lush Rhododendron forests, wildflowers, and diverse wildlife. Passing waterfalls and bridges, we finally reach the small village of Dole for an overnight stay.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4110m.|13485ft.

Follow the Gokyo Valley Trek Map from Dole to Maccharmo, and you'll notice changes in vegetation and landscapes. After climbing a ridge, we will pass through the villages like Lhabarma and Luza, enjoying views of Kantega, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, and the Ngozumpa glacier. The trek offers glimpses of the Dudh Koshi valley during your hillside stroll. We will reach Machhermo after couple hours of walk, where a charming stream starts from Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche, marking the end of your journey through peaks and valleys.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4470m.|14662ft.

Today's hike will bring you to the stunning Gokyo Valley, the last stop of the trek. Following the path, we will reach Phanga and after walking through the trail for a while , we will cross an iron bridge leading to Longpongo Lake and trek through rough terrain over Ngozumpa Glaciers. Gokyo Valley unfolds in majestic beauty, adorned with mighty mountains, icy glaciers, and pristine lakes. When you reach the village, take a moment to absorb the beauty of Gokyo lakes and the Himalayas. You will stay overnight at the Gokyo Valley.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4790m.|15711ft.

Today, you're starting an early hike to reach the top of Gokyo Ri for a breathtaking sunrise. The path is tough with rocks and boulders, and the thin air might tire you out. Take it slow, drink water, and the challenging climb will be rewarded with stunning views of the Himalayas, Gokyo lakes, and glaciers. You'll see Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu.
We will return to Gokyo village, and pack our backpacks to head back to Machhermo. We will have a good rest before another long hike tomorrow.
Note that side trips to Gokyo's 4th and 5th lakes are optional, requiring an extra day in the itinerary.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5360m.|17580ft.

We'll be following the same route track on the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek back to Namche Bazaar from Machhermo, but there's still a long day of hiking ahead. Descending from Machhermo, we'll cross the Dudh Koshi River and pass through a pine and fir forest. After lunch in Dole, we'll skip Khumjung and reach Namche Bazaar in about six or seven hours. The rest of the day is free to explore Namche, a historic trading town where you can find souvenirs. After a hearty dinner, we'll stay overnight in Namche.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3438m.|11280ft.

Today is your last day on the Everest trail before heading back to Kathmandu. The trek is mostly downhill from Namche to Phakding. Along the way, you'll see beautiful chortens, prayer flags, and mani walls. You'll pass through small villages, and narrow forests, and cross suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. After a pleasant walk through Benkar, you'll reach Phakding. Continuing your hike, you'll come to the small village of Toktok, which offers a unique view of some splendid mountains in the Everest region. Enjoying the natural beauty, you'll proceed towards Lukla for an overnight stay.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2840m.|9318ft.

Start your day with breakfast, then head to Lukla airport for an early flight to Kathmandu.
Note: As mentioned previously, in the major trekking season flights can be diverted to Manthali. So, your flight ticket can be issued to Manthali instead of Kathmandu. In that case, the guide will manage the transport for the way back to Kathmandu from Manthali.
Once you're in Kathmandu, you have the rest of the day to relax. In the evening, explore the main city area and try Nepalese food with live music at a restaurant in Thamel. You can also do some souvenir shopping before spending the night in Kathmandu.

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    What's Included

    • Airport transfer services during local flight schedule
    • Accommodations during the treks twin sharing basis
    • Meals (B/L/D) during the trek
    • Experienced English-speaking government Licensed trekking guide 
    • Guide salary, food, equipment, and insurance 
    • All applicable National park TIMS and Local permits
    • Flight tickets from Manthali to Lukla and Lukla to Manthali (Note: If you want via helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla we will book for you as sharing with others it cost extra)
    • Trekking map and Water purifications tablet
    • Official expenses and government tax/vat.

    What's Excluded

    • International flight tickets
    • Nepal entry visa
    • Accommodation and food in Kathmandu
    • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations
    • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (if you would like to take a porter to carry your stuff it will cost you USD 200 each porter, who can carry maximum 25 KG)
    • Expenses during the trekking such as hot shower, all kind of drinks, extra meals, Wi-Fi or data, battery charging, upgraded accommodation etc.
    • Tips for treks guide (it is appreciated)

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    Useful Info

    Altitude Sickness during the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek

    During the time of high altitude treks like the Gokyo Lake trek, the chances and risks of getting caught by altitude sickness are high. Nepal Nirvana Trails requests all of its invaluable customers to be well aware of the consequences of high altitude trek. In the past, many trekkers have found the Gokyo Lake trek difficult to escape altitude sickness. According to our Gokyo Lake Trek itinerary, we have an acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar so that the trekkers can have a rest day as well and they will get adapted to the high altitude. Also, our experienced guides will always be assisting you in case any emergency occurs. Nepal Nirvana Trails guarantees to have you pleased and assured of the best possible service by all of our team during your Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek. 

    Accommodations during the Gokyo Lake trek

    The accommodation during the Gokyo Lake trek will be moderate. You will have a twin-sharing room. The room will have a basic lodging facility, and the bathroom will be shared with other trekkers, outside of the room. You will be provided with warm blankets to save yourself from cold. We suggest carrying sleeping bags while trekking in the high season and cold temperatures.

    Food and drinking water facilities 

    The food facility during the Gokyo Lake trek is of a wide range. In the Everest region trekking, you can have food choices from the local foods to the western foods during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food will contribute a huge amount of carbs and protein. Rice, potatoes, lentils, and green vegetables will be provided with non-veg options for those who take non-veg. We usually suggest skipping the non-veg options as sometimes those foods can lead to food poison. You will have the freedom to escape some ingredients from your food if you do not want to consume them. 

    There will be a drinking water facility at every stoppage. You can choose to drink the running tap water or boiled water. We suggest taking the water purification tablets while consuming the tap water. The tap water will be free of cost, but the boiled water might cost you a few rupees. The water will be safe to drink directly and will not contain any preservatives in it. 

    Expectations during the Gokyo Lake trek

    You can expect the most beautiful and alluring views during your trek to the Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri provides jaw-dropping views from its lap to you as it will be the highest point you will walk to during the Gokyo Lake package trek. You can see the best view of Mt. Everest from the Gokyo Ri, which you cannot see from the Kalapathar during the regular Everest Base Camp Trek. Nepal Nirvana Trails assures you the best services so you will not have any difficulties during your trekking experiences. 

    Permits and costs required for Gokyo Lake Trek 

    • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit costs: NPR 2000, per person
    • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit costs: NPR 3000, per person

    Nepal Nirvana Trails will arrange all the permits for your convenience and you shouldn't worry about them at all. 

    Best Season to trek to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri

    The experience of the trek becomes more aesthetic and beautiful when you trek into the greatest weather. The most amazing weather for the trek is a moderate temperature, clear sky, no precipitation or rain, and easy accessibility. To trek to the higher altitudes like Gokyo Lakes, the weather will be a key part of having a successful trek. 

    Nepal Nirvana Trails strongly suggests to plan your trip to the Gokyo region during these seasons in particular:

    Autumn (Mid - Sep - Mid - Dec):

    The Autumn Season is also known as the “season of happiness” in Nepal. Because the summer is over and winter is still far away, the weather becomes beautiful to watch far away from you. Also, this is a festive season in Nepal and also the holiday season. Everything aligns with tourism so this is also the best tourism season in Nepal. You can see the stunning view of the mountains over the sparkling bluish water of Gokyo Lake during this season. There is less chance of rain which makes the trekking more safe and secure. We suggest you plan your trek in this season as there are a lot of advantages during this season that you might not get in other seasons. 

    Spring (Mar-May): 

    The spring season is another great season to be a part of the Gokyo Lakes Trek. The season is full of blooming flowers and singing birds when you walk under the woods. The rhododendron will be blooming so that the chilling rhododendron trees will be pleasing on your trek. The season is similar to the autumn season in temperature and weather conditions but the perk is this is not a holiday season in Nepal. But the Lohsar falls in the season, so you can get festival vibes in the Khumbu region. You can even experience the festival with the local community. Along with that, the days are longer and the temperature is in the rising phase. The higher the temperature, the higher the chance of getting to see melted ice turned into water in Gokyo Lakes. So, the aesthetically pleasing Gokyo Lakes can be seen in its true form in the season. 

    Packing list for Everest Gokyo Lakes trek 

    Here is the list of everything you need to carry before heading to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri 10-day trek: 

    • Down Jackets (can be rented)
    • Shorts 
    • Cotton Trousers 
    • Joggers 
    • Down feather Jackets (suitable for all seasons: can be rented)
    • Cotton Blacava or Woolen Balaclava (suitable for all seasons)
    • Water Proof Jackets and Trousers or Water Proof Track Suit (Suitable for Monsoon and Snowfall)
    • Woolen Facemask
    • Woolen Cap can cover the head and ears (suitable for all seasons)
    • Sun Hats
    • Sun Glasses and Quality Sunscreens (to get protected from UV rays)
    • Altitude Cream
    • Lip Balms 
    • Sun hats and Scarfs 
    • Water Bottle(bigger is better)
    • Head Torches or Hand Torches(Durable battery or charged)
    • Woollen anti-cold thick jackets and Trousers 
    • Innerwear and Underwear 
    • Trekking Sticks
    • Camera Gears (for photography)
    • Mobile Phones (for photography and communication)

    Physical Fitness Required for Gokyo Lakes Trek 

    Gokyo Lake trek can get extremely difficult for trekkers without much preparation as we will be reaching the high Himalayan altitudes of over 5000 meters from the sea level. You will need to have a strong physical state but even better mental state as well. Nepal Nirvana Trails honestly urges its valuable trekkers to be physically and mentally prepared for the Gokyo Lakes trek if they want the best experience of the trek. We request you follow the simple tips for getting yourself ready for the Gokyo Lake trek:

    • By exercising your cardiovascular system with cardiovascular activities like hiking, running, or cycling, you may prepare your body for the physical demands of the trek.
    • To prepare for steep ascents and descents, develop your leg muscles through training.
    • If high-altitude training is an option, do it to prepare for the trek's altitude.
    • During the trek, ascend gradually to give your body time to adjust to the increasing altitude.
    •  Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated during trekking or hiking. 
    • It will be better if you consume protein-rich fruits and veggies and avoid alcohol and tobacco during your trail to high altitudes.

    Travel Tips

    ATMs: There will not be any ATMs available to withdraw money from Namche Bazar. So, the essential thing for you will be to carry cash with you when you trek to Gokyo Lake. The cash will be absolutely important during the trek to get extra food, buy souvenirs, and provide tips to the trekking teams. 

    Travel Insurance: During any trek, there are probabilities of uncertain mishaps. In case of mishaps or accidents, there is a possibility of getting injured and ending up in a hospital with the support of helicopter evacuation. The helicopter evacuation and hospital bill will be very hefty to pay. So, to avoid those hefty hospital bills you mandatorily buy travel insurance. We hope the best for you and strongly recommend you buy travel insurance. 

    Tipping: Providing tips for guides and porters is not compulsory. However, the trekkers appreciate the contribution of trekking guides and porters for their successful trekking with gratitude.

    Everest Gokyo Lake Trek Booking Procedure

    Nepal Nirvana Trails, an authorized trekking and adventure company in Nepal, is delighted to invite adventure enthusiasts to secure a spot on our Everest Gokyo Trek for 2024/2025 and join our close-knit family. Booking your Gokyo Lake trek with us has been made seamless and efficient, requiring only a 10% advance payment of the total trip cost. This ensures the confirmation of all reservations, encompassing accommodations, a trekking guide, flights, and various other services. Upon your arrival, settling the remaining balance can be conveniently done in cash or via credit card.

    To facilitate a smooth booking process, we kindly request the submission of essential documents, including passport copies and travel insurance policies, at the time of booking. For inquiries and reservations, feel free to reach out to Nepal Nirvana Trails on WhatsApp at +977 9841380469 or drop us a direct message on our social media platforms. Rest assured, prompt and efficient service and communication are guaranteed when you choose Nepal Nirvana Trails for your adventure experience.

    Last Minute Booking for the Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek

    Nepal Nirvana Trails offers trekkers willing to do the Gokyo Lake Trek either advance or last-minute booking services for a convenient and swift booking process. Nepal Nirvana Trails fondly provides you the services of any kind regarding trekking. We accept the reservation up to 4 days ahead of the scheduled departure time. Furthermore, you can discuss and plan any other trek or tour available on our website to your preferences. 

    FAQs

    • You need to have light cardiovascular training in the gym to prepare for the trek. It will be even better if you do short hikes to the hillsides or mountains in your country to get better preparation. You must have to be mentally prepared before preparing physically for high-altitude treks like this. 

    • There is a slight chance of injuries and illness due to the rough way up and down and the high-altitude terrain. However, no major injuries or illness have been recorded in the history of Nepal Nirvana Trails for its Gokyo Lake trek so far as our experienced guides and the management team has been working for the betterment of the trekkers.

    • The cost varies according to the services and facilities you take during your trip. You expect it to be as much as affordable and worthy of payment. Nepal Nirvana Trails will assure you the best service for the amount you pay for the trek. 

    • Travel Insurance is a handy thing to have when you travel to an unknown country or region. In case of injury or illness, travel insurance helps you to cover the loss caused by hefty hospital bills and the heli evacuation from the mountains. We strongly recommend you to have travel insurance which provides the best returns on your plans to travel to Nepal and any other country. 

    Client Reviews

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      BellAustraliaJanuary 16, 2024

      Our Magical Trip of a Lifetime into the Beautiful Khumbu Region and to the Summit of Gokyo Ri with Nepal Nirvana.

      I want to wish KP and everyone else at Nepal Nirvana an enormous thank you for setting us up on the adventure of our lives towards to summit of Gokyo Ri with stunning Everest, Makalu, Lhotse views and more. KP provided great service and looked after us from the moment we arrived in Kathmandu and until the moment we left. Thank you brother 🙏
      I also want to thank our tour guide Raju, who was exceptional, super friendly and experienced and he taught us how to play Dumbal (a Nepalese card game)! Together we picked up 12 bags of rubbish off the trails in the mountains and a lot of this work was due to Raju’s commitment to keeping his country beautiful. Lots of great memories made between us.

      Dear Bell, Namaste!
      Thank you for sharing an incredible review of your experience of the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trekking with the Nirvana Trails team! We are always pleased to guide you with better services. We are glad your experience was wonderful with our guide, Raju. Good luck with your future endeavors and I wish to see you again for more adventures.
      Best Regards,
      Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
      WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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