Gokyo Lake Trek

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  • 14 Days
  • USD 1200
  • 4750m
  • Everest Region , Nepal
Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek - 14 Days

Trip At Glance

Duration

14 days

Trek Days

11 days

Altitude

5360m (Gokyo RI)

Difficulty

Medium

Activities

Trekking, Sightseeing,

Accommodation

Hotel/Guest House

Transportation

Private Car/Flight

Best month

Feb-May/ Sept- Dec

Meals

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Group Size

Min-2 Max -10

Cost

USD 1200 per person

Note

If you are single, we can manage this trekking for you with additional USD 150 cost.

Overview And Highlights

Gokyo Lake Trek is one of picturesque less crowded alternative to an Everest Base Camp trek. The trek unveils the fascinating scenery of solitary valleys, turquoise-tinted lakes, wonderful glaciers and in particular, a parade of glistering peaks.

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 8000m peaks at the turn of a head! Moreover, below is an extensive view of the kilometer wide Ngozumpa Glacier as well as the ice fields from which it flows.

How to get to Gokyo Lake?

Gokyo Lake Trek starts after the short flight to Lukla, walk for two days to Namche Bazaar – for a rest and acclimatization day. And then, we walk to Khumjung valley to experience the lifestyle, culture and beliefs of the friendly Sherpa people. There, we explore several Buddhist monasteries and memorials along the trail and at same time enjoy incredible backdrops.

The Gokyo lake trekking trail follows the tranquil Dudh Koshi Valley west of the Everest Trail. From there we leave the main Everest trekking trail and walk across sleepy village of Dole and Machhermo. Afterwards, we 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. It is a valley filled with exotic glacial lake. Gokyo Lake Trekking route is less trodden and sees very less number of trekkers, so you can enjoy the vacation without disturbance. During the short growing season, selected crops are grown whilst yaks freely graze. Beside tourism, people herd yak for their livelihood. Spend two nights here and explore the glacial lakes, surrounding landscapes and at a same time perceive the local culture and tradition.

The return journey requires three days: staying at different villages.

You can look Gokyo Lake Trek Map for more information about the Gokyo Lake trekking route.

Gokyo Village in Everest

Gokyo is small settlement located in the heart of Kumbu region of Nepal, at the foot of Gokyo Ri and to the eastern shore of the third Gokyo Lake, Dukh Pokhari. Located at an elevation of 4,750m, Gokyo village is one of the highest settlement in Himalaya. Almost every house in the village serves as a tea-house.

Gokyo Lake is sparkling, pristine blue and green waters which is one of highest mountain lakes in the world. The Gokyo Lake system of 19 lakes is spread over area of 485 acres and locates at an average altitude of 4,700m. The distance from Kathmandu to Gokyo Lake is approx. 136km.

Beside its natural magnificence, Gokyo Lake is equally famous as sacred sites for both Hindus and Buddhist. During Janai Purnima festival, flocks of Hindu pilgrims makes Gokyo Lake Trek to perform holy bath and religious activities.

A stiff yet rewarding climb up Gokyo Ri at 5360m, the major highlights of Gokyo Lake Trek, offers soaring views of the 8 000m peaks, set amongst other giants. Gokyo Ri summit features the grand view of soaring peaks such as Mt. Cho-Oyu (8201m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8501m) and Mt. Makalu (8463m). In addition to mountain peaks, trekkers get to witness the the Ngozumpa glacier below the Cho Oyu Himal, the longest glacier in the world (36 km).  Moreover, a gentle walk further up the valley – to two more lakes – is also possible.

Best Season and Difficulty of Gokyo Lake Trek

The best season for Gokyo Lake trip is during autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). During these seasons, the sky remains clear and the view are excellent. Furthermore, the weather is moderate and receives no rain which is very suitable for trekking. Trekkers can enjoy the verdant and lush vegetation coupled with excellent mountain views.

Gokyo Lake trekking trip is moderate trek and offers same degree of difficulty as EBC trek. The biggest potential problem is that the people run to complete the trek as soon as possible.

It is suitable for anyone seeking to trek in less-trodden trail of Khumbu region. Most importantly, this trek suits those passionate walkers who have ability to walk for around 5-6 hours a day with light rucksack. The trek might be easy for those who have high altitude experience.

Please consider reading Gokyo Trek Blog for more information about the trek.

 

Gokyo Lake Trek Permits

Sagarmatha National Park Permit

NRS. 3000 ($30) per person

Khumbuu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality 

NRS. 2000 ($ 16)  Per Person 

Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card

NRS. 1000 ($10) for organized trekkers

NRS. 2000 ($20) for independent trekkers

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Arrival Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (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. 

Elevation 1300

Day 2 : 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 3 : Kathmandu – Lukla (2 800m/9 190ft) – Phakding (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

Elevation 2610

Day 4 : Phakding – Namche Bazaar (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.

Elevation 3440

Day 5 : 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 6 : Namche Bazaar – Dole (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.

Elevation 4100

Day 7 : Dole – Machhermo (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.

 

Elevation 4400

Day 8 : Machhermo – Gokyo (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.

Elevation 4750

Day 9 : 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 (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.

Elevation 3810

Day 11 : Phortse – Monjo (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.

Elevation 2840

Day 12 : Monjo – Lukla (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.

Elevation 2800

Day 13 : Lukla – Kathmandu (4 260ft), 35 min flight

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

Elevation 1300

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.

What Is Included ?

  • 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) Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality 
  • 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.

What Is Excluded?

  • 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
  • Wi Fi
  • Electronic devise re charge 
  • Personal  expenses
  • Hot shower except 4 night
  • Travel insurance and evacuation
  • Tip ( not compulsory but expected)

Altitude Graph

Route Map

Additional Information

If you are single, we can manage this trekking for you with additional USD 150 cost.

Trip Reviews (1)

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.

 

thuyisahappysunshine

25th Apr, 2022


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