Gokyo Lake Trek - 16 Days

gokyo lake trek - A must trek you need

We have all dreamed of a rejuvenating trek to Everest. But have you ever thought about what could lie beyond the majestic Mt. Everest? Have you ever thought that there might be a view better than the ones 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 houses six 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.

And combined with the Everest Base Camp trek, you will surely 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 awesome panorama from Gokyo-Ri is itself a blessing. But the adventure is yet to come.

Taking a few more steps on the same route back, we then get to Namche. On a classic Everest Base Camp route, a short walk brings us to the Lukla airport. Finally, flying back to Kathmandu, a great journey to Gokyo Lake Trek comes to an end. 

Highlights Of Gokyo Lake Trek

Witness the spectacular views of all lakes of Gokyo valley namely Gokyo Cho, Phonak Cho, Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho, and Ngojumba Cho. Skip the crowd of the Everest Base Camp while getting to witness 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 pass (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.

Best Time For Gokyo Lake Trek

best time for gokyo lake trek

What we must say is that each Gokyo trekking season has different perks and excitement for the trekkers. However, pleasing weather conditions will enhance your travel experience. Many travellers and agencies recommend travelling between March and April and October and December.

These months before and after the monsoon marks a more transparent sky and dry trekking path, making a pleasing experience. Autumn is the month for festivals such as Mani Rumdi in the mountains and Dashain/ Tihar in Kathmandu. So, if you want a beautiful blend of cultures in your trekking experience, this is the best season for trekking in Nepal.

On the other hand, spring is famous for the beautiful hues of Rhododendron that enhance the entire forest. This national flower of Nepal takes the beauty of the trekking trail to a whole new level. In short, the views of the Mountains are clearer in autumn, and the trekking trail is at its best in spring.

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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Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary 

Day 1: 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

Day 2: 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 trek.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Altitude: 2,651m

Duration: 25min flight/ 3-5 hrs 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.

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

Overnight in Phakding

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Altitude: 3,438m

Distance: 5-6 hours

Leaving Phakding we further head towards the north. Walking closer to the mountains along the river bank is itself 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 stop 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. 

Overnight in Namche Bazaar

Day 5: Rest day in Namche

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

Day 6: 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 shall be Mong La. Climbing along with the occasional colourful prayer flags and the beautiful forest of pine and Rhododendron, we reach Dole before sunset. The beautiful view of the mountains and the glacier lakes keeps on joining us towards Gokyo village.

Overnight in Dole

Day 7: 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. People of Khumjung and Khunde often use the land of Machhermo for grazing their cattle. In the summer, you can see many yaks and sheep in these highlands.

Overnight in Machhermo

Day 8: 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, and Thamserku smiling down at us. Here, we see the first glimpse of the Ngozumpa Glacier before ensuring the long walks to Gokyo. With the prodigious blue-green Dudh Pokhari before us, we stop at one of the small tea houses in Gokyo

Overnight in Gokyo

Day 9: Hike to Gokyo- Ri

We plan to start the day with the Gokyo Ri hike. The steep walk to the Gokyo Ri isn’t ever easy, however, 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.

Overnight in Gokyo

Day 10: Hike to Gokyo Lake

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

Overnight in Gokyo

Day 11: Trek to Lungden

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.

However, instead of heading to Everest from Gokyo-Ri, 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.

Overnight in Lungden

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. This 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.

 Overnight in Thame

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. 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.

Overnight in Monjo

Day 14: Trek to Lukla

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

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 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions about gokyo lake Trek

 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. The answer to how long the Gokyo Lake trek also depends on your physical strength and walking capacity. 

How hard is Gokyo Lake Trek?

The rough mountain terrain and the long trekking days in a remote valley of Nepal are not a piece of cake. Moreover, this Itinerary with the two highest passes in the Everest region i.e. Gokyo- Ri (5,357 m), and Renjo La pass (5,340 m) makes it very challenging. The trek distance is above 100kms (covered in 14 days) and needs very good physical fitness.

However, there’s no need for mountaineering skills and gears. With some regular cardio exercises, you can easily succeed in the journey. Technically, Gokyo Lake Trek is ranked “moderate”. With our short Gokyo Trek Itinerary, we only cover a short distance per day, making it easier for the newbie.

How do I get to Gokyo Lake?

As mentioned above, you need to fly to Lukla and then trek to Namche before hiking to Gokyo. Some people also get a public bus to Jiri and hike to Namche for about six days before taking the route to Gokyo. This route extends your trip by about a week. On the way back, you can directly walk down to Machhermo or walk to Everest base camp and then to Namche.

Is there internet in the Everest region?

Everest region and Gokyo have almost every gold internet connection almost throughout the trial. Many tea houses up to Namche provide an Internet connection for free. Beyond that, only a few places have Wi-Fi connections, and that costs you some amount ($1 to $3). Furthermore, if you have been issued a local SIM card in Kathmandu, you can use the mobile internet. 

What kind of food do you get in the Everest region?

The Agency itself provides all food on the Gokyo trek. On the journey, we will be having our breakfast, lunch, and dinner over the tea houses. The owner prepares the food as per your order from the items on the menu. You might be surprised that the locals have managed to keep an impressive variety on Menu even in such remote Himalayas.

You can enjoy oats, pancakes, muesli, and bread. Tea/ coffee/ milk is also available. For dinner and lunch, you can have Nepalese Dal/Bhat, which has an unlimited supply. Other options like Noodles, Thukpa, spring roll, momos, and spaghetti are also popular.

So, when do you plan to conquer Everest and make this Gokyo Lake trek journey a reality? Let us know when you will be arriving and we shall make all arrangements to create a wonderful journey for you. 

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival

Day 2
Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 3
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Day 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 5
Rest day in Namche

Day 6
Trek to Dole

Day 7
Trek to Machhermo

Day 8
Trek to Gokyo

Day 9
Hike to Gokyo- Ri

Day 10
Hike to Gokyo Lake

Day 11
Trek to Lungden

Day 12
Trek to Thame

Day 13
Trek to Monjo

Day 14
Trek to Lukla

Day 15
Fly to Kathmandu

Day 16
Departure

The cost includes

  • All ground Transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfer.
  • 3- Night accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast (Hotel Arushi Boutique or similar)
  • Kathmandu city tour including all entry fees and private transportation
  • (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with Tea coffee during the trek.
  • 11 nights Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
  • Round trip Flight (Kathmandu-Lukla/Lukla-Kathmandu Including departure taxes.
  • Trekking guide for 11 days.
  • Sagarmatha National park permits fee.
  • Tims fee- ( Trekkers information management system permits for the trek)

The cost excludes

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

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Gokyo Lake Trek
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