Gokyo Lake Trek with Renjo La Pass
5 USD 1420 Per Person
TRIP DURATION
16 Days
MAX. ALTITUDE
5555 meters
TRIP GRADE
Moderate
LODGING
Tea house
BEST SEASON
12 months a year
MEALS
Breakfast lunch dinner
COMMUNICATION
Local sim card
PER DAY WALK
5 to 6 hours

Gokyo Lake Trek with Renjo La Pass

Everybody has imagined returning to Everest for a rejuvenating hike. But have you ever considered what might be on the other side of the magnificent Mount Everest? Have you ever thought there might be a better view than the one from Everest Base Camp? If you haven’t, please take a moment to read this article, and you cannot resist booking the Himalayan master’s Gokyo Lake trek.

The Gokyo Valley has five sparkling, pristine green water lakes at a height of about 5,000 meters. Placed right before the beautiful mountains and the semi-arid Himalayan landscape, these glacier lakes represent the most beautiful creation of Mother Nature. This trek is the most wholesome experience you will ever have.

Everest base camp trek with Gokyo Lake combined will create the most unforgettable views of your life. The Gokyo Valley trek starts with an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After landing at Lukla, we follow the classic trail to the Namche Bazaar. Moving further north from Namche, we follow a recently opened trail via Dole to Machhermo and reach Gokyo on the 8th day.

Walking along the alpine grasslands of Everest, we will soon reach Gokyo. Exploring one of the highest settlements in the world and an incredible panorama from Gokyo-Ri is a blessing. But the adventure is yet to come.

Returning a few more steps on the same route, we get to Namche. A short walk takes us to the Lukla airport on a classic Everest Base Camp route. Finally, flying back to Kathmandu, an extraordinary journey to the Gokyo Lake Trek ends.

Highlights Of Gokyo Lake Trek

Witness the spectacular views of all the lakes of Gokyo Valley, namely Gokyo Cho, Phonak Cho, Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho, and Ngojumba Cho. Skip the crowds of the Everest Base Camp while witnessing an even better and more exciting view within the solitude of nature.

  • A very challenging climb to the high passes of Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) and Renjo La (5,340 m).
  • A very thrilling flight to Lukla Airport, one of the highest-altitude airports in the world.
  • Witness the rich biodiversity of flora and fauna within the Sagarmatha National Park.
  • A glimpse into the rich Tibetan Buddhism of the Sherpa people on Everest.
  • View of five pristine lakes of Gokyo Valley.
  • View of Mount Everest, Makalu, Lotshe, Nuptshe, Cho Yu and much more.

Want an easier trek on Everest? Look for the Everest View trek instead.

Where Are Gokyo Lakes?

Gokyo Lakes is the glacier lake formed by Cho You Mountain at the Khumjung Village, which lies in the east-north of Nepal in Solukhumbu District. Gokyo Lake is about 17 km away from the famous Everest base camp track and about 10.6 km away (aerial distance) from the Namche Bazaar. From Namche, you can hike to Gokyo Lake Trek in just two days. From Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, Gokyo is about 136 km away.

Gokyo Lake Trek Nepal
Gokyo Lake Nepal

Where is the route to Gokyo?

To reach the Gokyo Lake Trek, you follow the traditional route of the EBC trek from Lukla to Namche. Then, you head north towards Dole and climb to Machhermo before hiking to Gokyo. On the west, you can find another route separating from Monjo. From Monjo, you need to go to Thame, Lungden, and Renjo La Pass before getting to Gokyo Ri. If you want to include the Everest Base camp trek on the same journey, then there is another route from Lobuche to Dzongla and then Thangnak that takes you to Gokyo Lake Trek.

We will discuss the full Gokyo Lake Trek itinerary below.

ITINERAY

Day 01: Arrival

Altitude: 1400 m

The representative of the Himalayan master picks you up from the airport and transfers you to the hotel in Thamel. Or, we shall pick you up from any other places around Kathmandu Valley. After recovering from the Jet lag, you can visit the places around Thamel. After a briefing session in the evening, it’s time to gather for the farewell dinner and some exciting gossip about Gokyo Lake Trek.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Accomodation : 3-star hotel

Walking / Driving : 30mins drive

Day 02: Sightseeing and trek preparation

Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital is an ideal tourist destination. It is famous as the City of Temples and houses different UNESCO world heritage sites. Sightseeing in this historical city helps to comprehend the cultural and historical values of this tiny country.

We visited Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, your Everest guide helps you with shopping or renting the trekking gear and packing the bags. We are all set for the Gokyo-Ri lake trek.

Gokyo Lake Trek
sightseeing at Kathmandu.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Meal : Breakfast

Accomodation : 3-star hotel

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Altitude: 2,651m

Duration: 25-minute flight/ 3-5-hour trek

In the morning, a private car picks us up from the hotel gate and drives us to the airport. Soon, we will fly above the lush hills beyond Kathmandu Valley. Flying above the beautiful valley of Jiri, the plane heads to the Lukla airport. After landing, we met the rest of the crew and handed our bags to the porter.

About Lukla: Lukla is a small village where our Everest or Gokyo Lake trek begins. With the high number of Sherpa communities in the area, there are around 50-60 houses of local Sherpa people. Most of the people are engaged in trekking and guiding.

After some stops here, we slowly moved along the Dudh Koshi River. After a few hours of upward and downward walking, we will reach our destination for the day i.e. Phakding. This will be your first tea house experience during the Gokyo EBC trek.

About Phakding: Phakding is also a small village which is located at a lower altitude than Lukla. Around 150-200 people reside in the area. Phakding consists of a health post, a school, and even several monasteries.

Teahouses at Phakding:

Consists of 20-30 teahouses with basic services like wifi, electricity and charging, hot showers, etc. You will find warm and cozy beds on Phakding.

Overnight in Phakding

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 30mins flight/ 4 hours trek

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Altitude: 3,438m

Distance: 5-6 hours

Leaving Phakding, we head further north. Walking closer to the mountains along the river bank is very relaxing. Our highlight of the day is crossing several suspension bridges, including the Hillary Suspension Bridge.

Moving to the classic village of Monjo, we stopped to get our permits checked. This is the entry point of the Sagarmatha National Park. From Jorsale, we take a steep ascent directly to the Namche Bazaar. The beauty and lights of Namche will surely captivate you.

About Namche: Namche Bazar is also known as the major trade center of the Everest region. On Thursday and Friday, you can find street markets in Namche.

Teahouses at Namche:

You will find various kinds of teahouses in Namche. From luxury guesthouses to basic guesthouses you will find of all kinds. While the luxury ones will charge you more than the basic ones. They all have the facilities of a Hot shower, WIFI, a single bedroom, an attached bathroom, and even a spa.

Gokyo Lake Trek
View of Namche Bazar.

Overnight in Namche Bazaar

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Guest house

Walking / Driving : 5 to 6 hours

Day 05: Rest day in Namche

Namche Bazaar Trek

Our plan for the day is to relax in the mountains and let our souls feel peace before we succeed in Gokyo Chola’s pass. If you are feeling excited, you can hike to the Everest view hotel for the awesome panorama of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, Kwangde Peak, Kusum peak, Kangaru peak, and other peaks. Or, you can just stay in your hotel and visit the Namche Village in the evening. There’s a local museum, school, classic village, and a large market you can visit in the daytime.

Overnight at Namche

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Guest house

Day 06: Trek to Dole

Altitude: 4,200 meters

Distance: 5–6 hours

Climbing beyond Namche, we first reach the lower slopes of Khumbila. Further moving deep into the Khumbu region, our next stop will be Mong La. Climbing along with the occasional colorful prayer flags and the beautiful forest of pine and Rhododendrons, we reach Dole before sunset. The beautiful view of the mountains and the glacier lakes keeps on joining us towards Gokyo village.

About Dole: Dole is a small village en route to Gokyo Lake. Most of the people that reside in the area are Sherpa. Around 12-15 houses of local people are in the area. The area consists of the local people but it is more like a business area for running teahouses.

Teahouses at Dole:

The area Dole consists of around 7-8 teahouses with comfortable teahouses. The teahouse has facilities with Wi-Fi, a hot shower, a single room, and an attached bathroom. Local sim NTC network also works in the region.

Overnight in Dole

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 6 to 7 hours

Day 07: Trek to Machhermo

Altitude: 4410m

Duration: 3 hours

From Dole, we plan to reach Machhermo before lunch. Today’s short walk to Machhermo helps us acclimatize before we enter the highlands of Gokyo. The tiny village has new lodges that remain empty most of the year. The people of Khumjung and Khunde often use the land of Machhermo to graze their cattle. In the summer, you can see many yaks and sheep in these highlands.

Teahouses at Macchermo:

There are around 8-9 teahouses in the area. The services and facilities provided by the teahouses are the same as those provided by Dole. For the extra facilities like a hot shower, wifi all you have to pay an extra charge for it.

Overnight in Machhermo

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 6 to 7 Hours

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo

Altitude: 4,800m

Distance: 3hours

This is going to be a short and relaxing day in the mountains. First, we hike up via the thorny alpine vegetation. Above the village, we can see Cho-Oyo, Kangtega, Tabuche, Chola Che, and Thamserku smiling down at us. Here, we see the first glimpse of the Ngozumpa Glacier before ensuring the long walks to Gokyo. You can find small streams and some mane walls along the way.

With the prodigious blue-green Dudh Pokhari before us, we stop at one of the small tea houses in Gokyo. There are 5 lakes in the Gokyo Lake area. We will see the 3 lakes while trekking up to Gokyo Lake.Gokyo Lake Trek

Teahouses at Gokyo Lake:

In the Gokyo Valley region, you will find different ranges of teahouses. You can even find a luxury teahouse in the area. Besides the luxury teahouses, the basic teahouses also provide cozy and warm hospitality services.

There are around 10-12 teahouses on the Gokyo lake. The cost of services are little expensive as compared to the other areas.

Overnight in Gokyo

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 7 to 8 hours

Day 09: Hike to Gokyo- Ri

We plan to start the day with the Gokyo Ri Lake trek. The steep walk to the Gokyo Ri isn’t ever easy, but the tranquil Gokyo Lakes make it all worth it. We can see the beautiful Makalu (8485 meters), Cho Oyu (8201 meters), and Lhotse (8516 meters). Everest looks magical. This hilltop at 5,357m is going to be one of the highest points of our trek. After an awesome view from the top, we get back to Gokyo.

The total walk will be around 4 hours. You will hike up to Gokyo Ri Lake trek and then return to Gokyo for lunch as far as possible.

Overnight in Gokyo

Trek to Gokyo Lakes
Trek to Gokyo Lakes

If you don’t want such long trek just to see the lakes, we have Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour that can take you to Gokyo Lakes Also.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 5 hours

Day 10: Hike to fifth lake

Today, we hike to the 4th and 5th Gokyo Lakes. Gokyo You is almost 3km from central Gokyo. After that, we will hike to the 5th lake called Ngozumpa Glacier. Gokyo Ri lake are just magnificent. For a more distinct view, you can also hike to Scoundrel’s viewpoint. After all the visits, we will go back to Gokyo for the night.

Overnight in Gokyo

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 5 hours

Day 11: Trek to Lungden via renjo la pass

Altitude: 4380m

Distance: 7-8 hours

This is going to be another long day in the mountains. We start the trek early in the morning and initially walk to the Renjo La Pass. This can be an exciting walk to the high pass at approx 5360m. From the top, the entire view of the Everest region looks more beautiful. You can also see Cho Yu, Lotshe, Nuptshe, Pumori, and Ama Dablam.

On this day we will try to reach Lungden for lunch, if anyway we cannot reach Lungden before lunch then we will have to pack our lunch. On the way we will find some streams. However, instead of heading to Everest from Gokyo-Ri lake, we descend steeply into the northern valley. We can see the Tibetan Valleys beyond the border quite close to your eyes. After a couple of hours from Renjo La, we crashed at the tea house of Lungden.

Teahouses at Lungden:

Sherpa and Rai people run the teahouses in this area. There are around 4 teahouses in the area. These all teahouses provide basic services.

Overnight in Lungden

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 6 to 7 hours

Day 12: Trek to Thame

Altitude: 3800m

Distance: 5 hours

As we head downwards, we plan to walk slowly without any rush. We start the trek late in the morning and descend to the gorge of Thame. As we plan to have our lunch at Thame, we will wake up early, at around 6, and begin our trek. The path has a gradual ascent, and we can encounter monasteries, stupas, and rivers along the way.

About Thame: Thame a beautiful Sherpa settlement will be a great time to learn about the unique mountain culture. The village will be even more vibrant during the season of festivals and celebrations. There are around 30-40 local houses in the area.

Teahouses at Thame:

Thame is an area with around 20-25 teahouses. You will be staying at a comfortable teahouse with WIFI, electricity charging, and a private and attached bathroom.

Overnight in Thame

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 6 to 7 hours

Day 13: Trek to Monjo

Altitude: 2850 meters

Duration: 5-6 hours

Instead of taking the classic route where we stop at Namche, this Itinerary directly takes us to Monjo. We leave the Thame after breakfast and start heading to the south. With a satisfying expedition to Namche, we stop here for lunch. You will come across Hillary Bridge, checkpoints, the Sagarmatha National Park area, and various stupas. If you want to celebrate in the restaurant and bars of Namche, we can also end the day here. Otherwise, we plan to stop at the traditional village of Namche.

About Monjo: Monjo is also a village area along with the teahouses. Around 30 local houses are in the area. Most of the people are Sherpa and only a few Rai people are in Monjo. Most of the people in the area are engaged in raising cattle and trekking, guiding, and pottering.

Teahouses at Monjo:

Monjo has around 15 teahouses with comfortable and basic facilities in the area. The cost for extra services can be a bit cheaper than at high altitudes.

Overnight in Monjo

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Walking / Driving : 4 to 5 hours

Day 14: Trek to Lukla

Flight to Lukla For Everest Base Camp Trek
Flight to Lukla For Everest Base Camp Trek

Altitude: 2860m

Distance: 5 to 6 hours

On a familiar path downwards from the Dudh Kosi valley, we walk from Monjo to Lukla. Here, we cross multiple suspension bridges and walk beyond the village of Phakding. However, This is our last day of trekking during the Gokyo Lake trek. Reaching Lukla, we shall all gather for the celebration of victory over Gokyo Ri Lakes. Since most of the Himalayan master’s crew are from the Everest region, you are likely to see them for the last time here.

Overnight in Lukla

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Guest House

Walking / Driving : 5 to 6 hours

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu

The stunning morning flight from Lukla is prodigious. Flying parallel to the Himalayas, we see a final glimpse of the mountain from our window plan. Then, we soon see the sub-tropical forest and the small houses of Kathmandu.

moreover, In less than 30-mins, we landed at Kathmandu airport. Here, a driver takes you to the hotel. Back at the hotel, you have some time for souvenir shopping and visiting the places around Thamel. Later, you can enjoy the nighttime and colourful streets of Thamel.

Overnight in Kathmandu

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Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch

Accomodation : 3-star hotel

Walking / Driving : 30 mins flight

Day 16: Departure

As per your flight schedule, we will check out from the hotel and move toward the airport. We shall drop you at the airport three hours before your schedule. Here, we will save you a final goodbye as you fly to your new destination.

Meal : Breakfast

Accomodation : 3-star hotel

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Trip Cost Includes

    1. International and Domestic Airport pickup and drop-off by private vehicle
    2. Three nights at a Three-star hotel in Kathamndu (2 nights before the trek and one night after the trek)
    3. Kathmandu or Ramchechap to Lukla to Kathmandu airfare
    4. A Professional English-speaking Trekking Guide for 10 Days
    5. 1 set breakfast, 1 set lunch, and 1 set dinner with tea and coffee during trekking days
    6. 3 cups of hot drinks a day
    7. The best available private room accommodation during the trek We provide private bathrooms with hot showers in Phakding, Namche, and Lukla.
    8. In the Namche, three nights of accommodation with electricity blankets
    9. Sagarmatha National Park fees
    10. Khumbu municipality area permits
    11. Guide and Porter Insurance
    12. Khumbu municipality permits
    13. All government taxes and company service charges

    Complementary services from Himalayan Masters

    1. A 25-degree sleeping bag during the trip.
    2. A 20-degree down jacket during your trip
    3. Check your spo2 and bpm with a pulse oximeter at high altitudes.
    4. Water bottles and purification tablets by Himalayan Masters
    5. first aid kit box.
    6. Seasonal fruits for dessert.
    7.  Himalayan Masters Brand Duffle Bag for the Trip (Porter will carry the duffel bags)
    8. Himalayan Masters Brand Trekking T-Shirt and Cap

    Trip Cost Excludes

    • International Flight Ticket
    • Nepal visa fee
    • One trekking porter for 13 days, USD 286 (optional)
    • Tips for guide and potters

    useful info

    Gokyo Lake Trek difficulty

    Gokyo Lake Trek difficulty is considered moderate to difficult. Gokyo Lakes Trek Nepal is a 16-day trek in tough mountain terrain, where you have to hike for 6 to 8 hours a day, protecting a distance of 12 to 18 km. Nevertheless, the Gokyo Ri climb is not technical, and you do not need any previous high-altitude climbing skills or mountain gear. A beginner trekker with decent physical strength and prepared well can reach the Gokyo Lakes safely. Gokyo Valley to Gokyo Ri lake is simply a mile of a soothing uphill hike; hence, there is no need to worry about it.

    Trip Grade: The fitness level, medical and health

    The Gokyo Lake trek is relatively moderate in terms of difficulty, and average trekkers with good fitness levels can enjoy it. The daily exposure is to journey for 5-7 hours, most of the time on uneven and elevated landforms. To ensure a successful Gokyo Lake Trekking Nepal, it’s crucial to prepare well in advance. Regular exercises, such as jogging, hiking, or cardio workouts, for several months before the trek will empower you to conquer the challenges of the Gokyo Lake trek. 

    The major point is that health and medical issues are vital to this Gokyo Lake Trekking Nepal, and no one can debate this. The altitude of the high mounts can cause uneasiness and illness. Therefore, a good sun exposure habit or sun protection is vital. Enjoy a walk at the park, rest throughout the day, and don’t try to hurry it all up. Above that, there is also a medical kit for the usual symptoms. People suffering from diseases before going on the course should make sure to get the advice of a doctor before starting the trek. 

    Altitude Sickness

    The main trouble of the Gokyo Lake trek is altitude sickness since height is reached high due to the high altitudes. The hike is initiated at Lukla (2,860 meters) and Gokyo (4,750 meters), which comes a bit later as we gradually gain height. Therefore, as you move higher in the atmosphere, the air gets thinner, and so your body is unable to breathe the oxygen it requires. Symptoms of mountain sickness include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and considerably reduced ability to breathe. It is important to take immediate action on the identified signs and make sure the business stays on track.

    Acclimatization is the best of all solutions by far. Gokyo trek Nepal will have day-long trips where you rest, like in the town of Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters), to let your body adjust to the high altitude. The major constituents are the rules, such as having a proper way of walking, drinking water, and eating healthily. Do not drink, and smoking becomes a bad influence on the condition. For situations of extreme high altitude, there is no other way to get out of it except gently descent to that lower altitude.

    Gokyo Lake Trek
    Green view of Gokyo Lake.

    Trekking Experience

    The Gokyo Lake trek is a unique trekking experience that combines the excitement of adventure, the beauty of nature and the cultural heritage. The beginning of the trail is in Lukla, where trekkers go through the jungle, villages of Sherpa, and towns like Namche Bazaar, where they have a market. As you get higher, the surroundings become more spectacular, with panoramic views of the mountain ranges such as Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu. The Gokyo trek Nepal is famous for the stunning glacial lakes, above all, the Gokyo Lakes, which are the epitome of natural beauty, offering a wonderful reflection of the surrounding mountain ranges.

    The journey consists of an uphill walk to the peak of Gokyo Ri Nepal (5,357 meters), which allows the passengers to enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the Himalayas. During the hike, you will meet the friendly locals and monastic complexes and be immersed in the Sherpa culture. The best of the natural wonders and cultural encounters is the Gokyo Lake trek, which is a kind of adventure with a combination of physical challenges and unparalleled scenic beauty. Therefore, it is an unforgettable experience.

    Emergency and Evacuation 

    In case of emergencies during the Gokyo Lake trek, there are options for evacuation and medical assistance. Most trekking agencies provide guides trained in basic first aid and altitude sickness management. They can assist with minor injuries and illnesses. For more serious cases, helicopters can be called to evacuate hospitals in Kathmandu or nearby towns. It’s necessary to have travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation and medical expenses. Trekkers should carry a copy of their insurance policy and emergency contact numbers. In an emergency, notify your guide immediately and follow their instructions. Being prepared and informed about emergency procedures ensures a safer trekking experience.

    Kit and equipment

    Clothing

    • Base Layers
    • Insulating Layers
    • Outer Layers
    • Trekking Pants
    • T-shirts and Long-Sleeve Shirts
    • Warm Hat and Gloves
    • Sun Hat and Sunglasses
    • Buff or Scarf

    Footwear  

    • Trekking Boots with ankle support
    • Trekking Socks
    • Gaiters
    • Camp Shoes

    Equipment

    • Backpack (A 40-50-litre pack)
    • Daypack
    • Sleeping Bag (minus degree rated) (complimentary by Himalayan Masters) 
    • Trekking Poles  
    • Water Bottles (complimentary by Himalayan Masters)
    • Water Purification tablets (complimentary by Himalayan Masters)
    • First Aid Kit
    • Multi-tool or Knife
    • Gokyo Lake Trek map  and Compass

    Miscellaneous

    • Sunscreen and Lip Balm
    • Toiletries
    • Towel
    • Snacks
    • Cash 
    • Camera or Smartphone

    Optional

    • Portable Charger
    • Sleeping Bag Liner
    • Binoculars  
    • Travel Pillow

    Special training

    Special training for the Gokyo Lake Trek Nepal is not essential, yet cardio exercises and weight lifting are valuable to get the body ready for the physical strains of the trek. Increase endurance, leg strength, and stamina through hiking, jogging, riding a bicycle, and going up and down. Besides, take a couple of walks with a loaded backpack in order to adapt to the trekking conditions. Adaption and adequate hydration are essential; therefore, learn about the specific hazards and acclimatization of high-altitude hiking.

    Best Time for Gokyo Treks Nepal

    Favourable weather climates will contribute to a memorable travel experience you are having. Numerous travellers and agencies advocate traveling at the following time: between March and April and between October and December. During these months, before and after the monsoon season, you’ll enjoy good weather with a clear sky full of dry and delightful paths to your hiking route.

    In autumn, we celebrate mountain festivals like Mani Rumdi, and Kathmandu districts celebrate Dashain/Tihar. Therefore, if you are looking to blend different cultures in a single trekking experience, this will be the best time of year for trekking in Nepal. However, the blooming of the Rhododendron in the spring is the very picture of the forest, especially its arrangement and hues. The most important thing is that this national flower of Nepal will be the cherry on top of the beauty of the trekking trail. To sum up, the landscape of the Mountains in autumn is clearer as the trail is in the best shape in spring.

    Gokyo Lake Trek
    Amazing mountain view.

    Weather Information

    The weather in the region of Gokyo Lake is diverse from the point of view of a season. During the period of spring season, which is between (March and May), the weather is mostly gentle and is rarely cloudy, with blossoming flowers flanked close. Temperatures are variable; temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius at midday and -5 degrees Celsius at night are the extremes. In the late autumn (September to November), the weather is definitely better, with mild, warm days and cool nights. The mean temperature in the daytime ranges from 10-15 degrees Celsius, but at nighttime, it can reach -10 degrees Celsius. It is actually very important to pack appropriately and be ready for sudden weather shifts, but the higher the altitude you are planning to scale, the more important it becomes.

    Permits for Gokyo Lake Nepal

    For the Gokyo Lake trek, you will need two permits: permits for the Sagarmatha National Park Entry and the Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek, which are now issued in electronic form. The permit entree fee for Sagarmatha National Park is approximately USD 30 per individual; it is obtained in Kathmandu or Monjo. Khumjung is where you buy the Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek Permit, which costs around 20 dollars per person. It is perfectly necessary that you have the permits with you during the whole hike because they will be controlled on the checks of the trail’s intervals.

    Accommodation and food during the trip

    Teahouses in this trek can be as simple as basic accommodation and as luxurious as comfortable beds. Tearooms are basic dorm-style accommodations that may come with a bed with simple linen. Toilet facilities and maybe even washbasins are usually shared. Lodges offer way more comfort in the secluded rooms and even with an attached bathroom in some places. The accommodation Gokyo Lake cost differ from USD 5 to USD 20 per good night, depending on where you’re staying.

    It is so that the trail food options are small in number, with a typical teahouse offering a menu that is quite similar to many of its neighbouring teahouses. Regular meals usually contain rice, noodles, soup and Tibetan bread, as well as tea or coffee. Others may carry the flavour of foreign attractions as they offer selections of international dishes. It’s good advice that you try to stick with vegetarian dishes and also rather avoid eating meat to reduce the risk of foodborne disease. Bottled water and other beverages for sale are placed on the path to quench your thirst while you are on your journey. Though the accommodation and food choices are not luxurious in any of these places, they are the essentials trekkers need to get through the trip.

    Electricity and battery recharge, water during the trek

    The majority of the teahouses along the Gokyo Lake trek have electricity. Generally, it is provided either through solar power or hydroelectricity. Nevertheless, one should mind having a USB charger or power bank to charge out the devices in the event of an electricity outage. It might cost extra for charging.

    Trekkers should carry water in along the way, so, boil the water and filter after, before they drink the water to prevent waterborne illnesses. Filtered water or drops of water purification is good for making water be safe for drinking. The bottled water, available for purchase in teahouses, is not recommended, especially if you want to minimize plastic waste. So, it is wise to use refillable water bottles and refill those with purified water.

    With Himalayan Masters

    Booking/ airport pickup

    Himalayan Masters go a long way in making the booking of your Gokyo Lake trek an orderly process. The website puts you in the position to choose your trekking package of preference together with the dates anytime, and you can even personalize your itinerary. After all the formalities of booking are done, Himalayan Masters will be able to assist you and give clear guidance on how to meet your guide. 

    As part of the first service, a team will be awaiting you at the Airport to accompany you to your hotel with a transfer. Additionally, they brief hikers so that they are aware of the trek schedule and can also get straight answers for any questions.

    Support team

    Do not worry; from day one, the Himalayan Masters team has trained its staff to ensure your safety and comfort all through. An experienced guide leads the hike and is an attendant on the trail to provide direction and tell us about the region. Furthermore, the porters are also willing to carry your things, which leaves you more time to take in the beautiful scenery and relax without lugging heavy backpacks.

    Gokyo Lake Trek
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    Starting point/ ending point

    Himalayan Masters offer us a starting point at Lukla, small village with the Airport that are link between the Everest region and the World. From Kathmandu, you will then fly to Lukla and complete a trek to Phakding and then onwards to Namche Bazaar and finally to gain heights at Gokyo Lake. The stretch concludes on the same route, where you go back Lukla, to catch your return flight to Kathmandu.

    A typical day on the Gokyo Lake Trek

    An average day of the Gokyo Lake trek usually begins in the early morning, signalling the start of the day at the cozy tea house or lodge where you stayed the night prior. After finishing the breakfast, you start for the day’s trip, and your guide is leading you. Along the trail, natural scenery ranging from rich forests to picturesque villages can be observed. Moreover, a little encounter with rugged terrain may occur near the countryside. 

    As you go by, there are short breaks along the way to rest, taking in the scenery and sipping water for hydration. As it is moved toward altitude, the air becomes thinner, making the climb more difficult. You’ll find the teahouse en route for a well-deserved warm meal here. Altogether, you have about more hours of the trip and reach your goal: go to a teahouse or lodge to spend the night. Here, you can relax, have a hot dinner, and enjoy an amazing day before settling for sleep.

    Gokyo Lake Trek cost

    The trekking to Gokyo Lake trek cost is around $1,400, and upon its inclusion, the Everest base camp trek will cost $200 per trip. Here comes the reward that you deserve and the reason for all – trek to the Gokyo Ri and EBC (including). You will spend approximately $50 per day on food and accommodation, $40 on Porter/guide, $50 on everything that needs to be permitted, and about $400 on that flight. Travelling together in a larger group, you can affordably share the Gokyo lake trek cost of the accommodation of porters and guides. Thus, your journey itself will not be quite expensive.

    Insurance 

    As far as talking about insurance, it is imperative to have travel insurance yourself. The additional expenses that make up the case for taking an insurance plan for yourself can be either medical attention or emergency evacuation, though it may cost extra. Most advanced features of the insurance are intended to cover such situations. The need for a travel insurance policy from a very respectable and credible firm is high. 

    Additional Costs

    Further expenses for trekking towards Gokyo Lake trek cost may include permits, accommodation expenses, dining charges, some drinking and snack bills, trekking gear for rent, tips for guides and porters, and personal expenses. The price you will pay for the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit is approximately USD 30 per person, and around USD 20 per person, you will have to pay for the Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek Permit. The rates of accommodation tend to differ but usually range from USD 5 to USD 20 on a daily basis. 

    Meals and drinks depend on your pocket, which amounts to more or less USD 20 to USD 30 a day. Charges for a set of Trekking gears, as can be assumed, are somewhere between 1 dollar and 5 dollars per item per day. Let’s not forget tipping, one of Nepal’s few conventions. Also, visitors should add money for souvenirs and internet usage among the expenses they should have in their budget. In summary, USD50 to USD100 a day falls into an acceptable budget equal to Gokyo Lake in particular.

    ATMs in Gokyo Trek Nepal

    Namche Bazar is the only ATM at the last point on the Gokyo Lake trek. So please make sure to carry enough cash for the trek. The teahouses and villages also accept cards, but sometimes, due to an internet issue, the card might not work. Some places only accept Nepali cash. Make sure that you have enough Nepali cash for the Gokyo Lake trek. 

    Which One Would You Prefer?

    That being said, we cannot miss the perks of the summer and winter trek in Nepal. Yes, the summer trek is relatively hard due to the slippery trail and leeches all over. But it’s also the warmest and greenest month in the mountains. If you have a pretty flexible Itinerary, trekking in Gokyo in June/ August is also possible. On the other hand, we have the beautiful months of winter.

    Many claim that winter is not the best time for the Gokyo trek, but the truth is, the thick layers of snow in the mountains and the frozen lakes make everything heavenly. The winter trek takes the trill to a new level if you pack the right gear and travel with great determination. We, Himalayan, can help you with the rightful preparation for the off-season Gokyo Lake trek in Nepal.

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    How long is Gokyo Lake Trek?

    As per the Himalayan Master’s Itinerary designed by the experts, this Gokyo Lake trek is 16 days long. If you add some rest days, it might extend up to three weeks. However, if you skip the trek to Everest Base Camp and directly head down from Gokyo Valley, the overall trek can be completed in less than 12 days (Similar to Manaslu Circuit Trek). The answer to how long the Gokyo Lake trek also depends on your physical strength and walking capacity.

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