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Gokyo Lakes Trek (14 Days)

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Gokyo Lakes Trek (14 Days)
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A trek to the Gokyo Lakes is an easier, less crowded alternative to an Everest Base Camp trek. The scenery is magnificent and, from a high point above Gokyo, includes: Cho Oyu, a dramatic view of the northwest face of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu: five 8 000m peaks at the turn of a head! Below is an extensive view of the kilometre wide Ngozumpa Glacier as well as the ice fields from which it flows.

After the short flight to Lukla, walk for two days to Namche Bazaar – for a rest and acclimatisation day. Walk to Khumjung: to experience the lifestyle, culture and beliefs of the friendly Sherpa people.

The Gokyo trail follows the tranquil Dudh Koshi Valley west of the Everest Trail. Walk up to the snout of the Ngozumpa Glacier (Nepal’s longest) beneath impressive peaks. Follow its moraine past two lakes to the summer grazing hamlet of Gokyo – on the side of the moraine overlooking the blue-green Dudh Pokhari (lake).

The village is surrounded by towering peaks, with Cho Oyu visible to the north. During the short growing season, selected crops are grown whilst yaks freely graze. Spend two nights here.

A stiff, rewarding climb up Gokyo Ri offers soaring views of the 8 000m peaks, set amongst other giants. A gentle walk further up the valley – to two more lakes – is also possible.
The return journey requires three days: staying at different villages.

Day 01: Arrival   Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport (1 300m/4 260ft). We will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 02: In the City Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour OR a free day. Trek preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2 800m/9 190ft) – Phakding (2 610m/8 560ft), 35min flight, 3-4 hrs trek.

Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3 440m/11 290ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest and acclimatization day

Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Dole (4 100m/13 450ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Dole – Machhermo (4 400m/14 440ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 08: Machhermo – Gokyo (4 750m/15 580ft), 3-4 hrs

Day 09: Gokyo: Exploration of Gokyo Valley

Day 10: Gokyo – Phortse (3 810m/12 500ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 11: Phortse – Monjo (2 840m/9 320ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 12: Monjo – Lukla (2 800m/9 190ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,300m/4 260ft), 35 min flight. Return to hotel. Rest of day free.

Day 14: Final Departure: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your onward destination

NB: Cloud and turbulent weather along the mountain ranges is common and may lead to internal mountain flight delays or cancellations. We suggest you add at least one extra day after your trek before flying out of Nepal.

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1 300m/4 260ft)

After completing passport, immigration and visa requirements, we will meet you outside the terminal building (look for your name board) and transfer you to your hotel: afternoon free.  Evening: a welcome dinner, introduction to your guide and a briefing on the trek with a check on necessities.  Overnight at hotel. 

Day 02: In the City  Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing   OR   A Day at Leisure 

Take a day tour to five of the Kathmandu Valley’s cultural world heritage sites: Swayambhunath, the famed “monkey temple;” the city’s historical Durbar Square with ancient temples, unique art, architecture, and the chance to see the Kumari (living goddess); Patan’s Durbar Square; the Hindu temple Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath, the world’s largest stupa.
A car and driver will take you to each site-entrance and wait for you. (Entry tickets and lunch are not included.)

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2 800m/9 190ft) – Phakding (2 610m/8 560ft), 35 min flight, 3-4 hrs trek

After breakfast, drive to the Domestic Airport for the flight to Lukla in the Khumbu region – south of Everest. Meet your local porters and begin the discovery by trekking into the Dudh Koshi Valley: to Cheplung (2 700m) and Ghat (2 530m). Another hour’s walk takes you to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding

Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3 440m/11 290ft), 5-6 hrs.

Walk through pine forests along the Dudh Koshi, crossing tributaries, to the Sherpa villages of Benkar (2 710m), Chumoa (2 820m), Monjo (2 840m) and Jorsale (2 830m). This is the gateway and permit checkpoint to the Sagarmatha National Park. Thamserku (6 618m) glistens east of the village. Follow the river to its confluence with the Bhote Koshi: the major rivers draining the Khumbu District. Climb steadily, crossing the high Tenzing- Hilary Bridge, to the first glimpses of Everest and the Nuptse-Lhotse ridge. A further 3hr forested climb leads to the region’s administrative and trade centre at Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization and exploration day.

This is the first scheduled acclimatization day. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) experts recommend at least a 24 hr rest period. Keep active: climb high and sleep low is the acclimatisation advice.

Only Namche offers ATMs, cyber cafés, restaurants and bakeries, plus a colourful market each Friday evening and Saturday morning. The Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Visitor’s Centre has informative displays on Sherpa culture, local flora and fauna.

The village of Khumjung (3 780m) will present a more traditional view of Sherpa life than Namche. Spend a morning walking up to the village. A circular trail is possible. At very least visit the closer Everest View Hotel (3 880m).

A more adventurous five hour trek west to Thame (3 820m): below the impressive Kongde Ri Ridge (6 187m), offers panoramic Himalayan landscapes not visible from the Gokyo or Everest trails.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Dole (4 100m/13 450ft), 5-6 hrs

From the top of Namche, the trail contours around a hill to Sanasa (3 600m); and a trail fork: NW to Gokyo, NE to Everest. Look for Himalayan tahrs on high ground, shy spotted deer, and birds – including the colourful (male) national bird: the Danphe pheasant. Turn NW along the slopes of Khumbila (5 761m) into the Dudh Khosi Valley and head up to Mong La (3 975m, with a central chorten). Descend to Phortse Thenga (3 680m) through pine and rhododendron forest before rising to Dole: and great snow-capped views.

Day 07: Dole – Machhermo (4 400m/14 440ft), 4-5 hrs

Scrub vegetation confirms the altitude; trek slowly to minimise AMS risks. Climb to scenic ridges overlooking the valley’s summer grazing kharkas: snowy Cho Oyu appears ahead; Kangtega and Thamserku stand south of the valley. Machhermo lies in a broad valley below the moraine. Dwellings are spaced within stone walled fields.  Overnight in Machhermo.

Day 08: Machhermo – Gokyo (4 750m/15 580ft), 3-4 hrs

Walk from the basin to a ridge; where the south face of the mighty Cho Oyu – Ghyachung Kang glacier field starts to come into view. Ahead is the snout of the glacier from those fields. The trail gradually descends to the river.  At Pangka (4 390m) a second path from the south joins the trail before it ascends the side of the moraine.

There are six small lakes on the western side of the moraine. A bridge crosses the edge of the first; the Longponga Tsho (4 690m). Next is the Taboche Tsho (4 710m, just after a trail onto the glacier – to Tagnag and the Cho La). A final 30 min strenuous walk leads to the Dudh Pokhari, set in a horseshoe of high peaks.

Gokyo village is perched above it on the side of the glacial moraine. The last three lakes lie further up the valley towards the huge ice wall: which is partially visible above ridges from the village. Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 09: Gokyo: Acclimatisation and exploration day

Gokyo offers two exploration options. A lower 3km trail north of the village explores the route past the remaining lakes. They, together with melt water from the glacier are the source of the Dudh Koshi that was followed from Lukla. Aim for Thonak Tsho (4 870m), Ngozumpa Tsho (4 980m) and Scoundrel’s viewpoint (5 000m) on a low hill. From here there are tremendous close-up views of Cho-Oyu, the ice wall and Ghyachung Kang plus Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. Allow ~2h to return to Gokyo. The Cho-Oyu Base Camp at the northern end of the sixth, Gyazumba Tsho (4 990m), is too far for a day’s walk. Return to Gokyo for the night.

The trail to the Gokyo Ri viewpoint (5 360m/17 590ft), begins after a short walk around the lake. Set out early to avoid mid-morning cloud: for the two hour climb to its summit. Below is the broad, rubble-covered Ngozumpa Glacier, Nepal’s longest, gouged from the wall of towering peaks on its eastern flank. Above is the unforgettable vista of the Mahalangur Himal that includes Cho-Oyu (8 201m) the ice wall and Ghyachung Kang (7 952m), the north face of Everest (8 848m/29 028ft), Lhotse (8 516m), Nuptse (7 861m), and Makalu (8 463m). To the south Cholatse, Taboche, Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Kangru and many more, all over 6 300m, some unnamed, rear their peaks.  

Day 10: Gokyo – Phortse (3 810m/12 500ft), 5-6 hrs

If time permits, walk up and onto the glacier from the path just below the second lake. At Pangka branch onto the eastern, warmer, trail: with better views of Khumbila. This is “game country” including musk deer. Overnight in Phortse.

Day 11: Phortse – Monjo (2 840m/9 320ft), 4-5 hrs

Continue south, through Mong La (3 975m) to Sanasa (3 600m). Then follow the wider trail back to Namche before descending into the greener valley and Jorsale (2 830m). Exit the National Park and walk down to Monjo; at a more comfortable altitude. Overnight in Monjo.

Day 12: Monjo – Lukla (2 800m/8 850ft):  5-6 hrs

Follow the Dudh Koshi, through the farming villages to Phakding (2 610m). Cross the suspension bridge at Thado Koshi and walk to Cheplung (2 700m). Descend and then climb steeply back to Lukla: where your porters will take their leave. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 35 min flight

After an early breakfast, take the return flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel. Rest of day free.

Day 14: Final Departure

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.

NB: Cloud and turbulent weather along the mountain ranges is common and may lead to internal mountain flight delays or cancellations. We suggest you allow at least one extra day after your trek before flying out of Nepal.

Cost Include

  • All the airport/ Hotel transfers
  • Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu, Thamel for 3 night with the  bed and  breakfast
  • Well come and farewell dinner
  • Full day Kathmandu city tour on  private car/Van/ Bus
  • Professional govt. registered tour Guide
  • Domestic flight ( Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Full meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the treks
  • All necessary paper work permit and TIMS ( National Park Permit and TIMS)
  • An English speaking professional govt. registered trekking Guide and porter ( 2 trekkers 1 Porter ) above the 4 trekkers 1 assistant Guide
  • Hot drinks ( tea and coffee)
  • Safe drinking water ( Chlorine/ Iodine water)
  • All the Mountain accommodations
  • 4 nights' accommodations with the independent bathroom/ hot shower which is very good after many days trekking
  • Rest of the night comfortable private room with sharing toilet and Bathroom
  • Guide and Porter salary, meals, accommodations, insurance, flight and equipment
  • All the government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking equipment four season sleeping bag down jacket rain coat walking poll many more as per necessary

Cost Exclude

  • Kathmandu city tour monument fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell dinner
  • All the soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Boiled water
  • Personal  expenses
  • Hot shower except 4 night
  • Travel insurance and evacuation
  • Tip ( not compulsory but expected)

Route Map:

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes

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Been planning this adventure for a few months, after emailed over dozens of trekking companies, I came across Landmark Discovery Treks. Prem (owner) was very quick to response to all my inquiries and the price was very reasonable. Prem is also very accommodating, he was happy to follow my itineraries and weeks leading to the start of the trekking, I wanted to change the trekking dates, with no question asked, Prem rearranged everything for me. I was well looked after from the arrival to departure in Kathmandu.

During the trek, I was well looked after by my guide, Mahesh. He always made sure I have enough to eat and always there to give me advices as what to eat to help reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Accommodation was basic but very cleaned and sometimes with bathroom attached so that was a bonus! I have to thank Mahesh for helping me carried extra things when I really struggled.

So thank you Prem and Mahesh for the amazing trip.

I highly recommend Landmark Discovery Treks to anyone for their excellent services and reasonable pricing.

Source: Tripadvisor

Address: melbourne
Published on: 2017-12-12

Trip Facts

Trip Name: Gokyo Lake trek

Duration: 14 days

Trek Days: 11 days

Country: Nepal

Region: Everest Region

Altitude: 5360m (Gokyo RI)

Difficulty: Medium

Highlights: Mountain Views of Mt. Everest and other Himalayas, Sherpa Culture

Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing,

Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House

Transportation: Private Car/ Van/ Bus in Kathmandu / Flight Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu

Best month: February-May/ September- December

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Cost:  Ask the Landmark Discovery Treks

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