Gokyo Lakes Trek
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Gokyo Lakes Trek

An spectacular journey to the beautiful Gokyo valley

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The Gokyo Lakes Trek in the Everest Region of Nepal is an extraordinary journey known for its diverse features and minimal crowds, minimizing human impact on the environment. Offering stunning views of the mountain range, notably the majestic Mt. Everest, it also provides insights into the cultural heritage of the Sherpa people. Along the route, you can admire the beauty of glacial-fed blue and green lakes.

Additionally, this Gokyo Lakes Trek explores Nepal’s largest glacier, the Ngozumpa glacier. The appeal of this trek lies in its diverse range of experiences, from witnessing turquoise lakes to experiencing a reduced human footprint, allowing for a shorter duration while still fostering an intimate connection with the natural allure of the Everest region.

This Gokyo Lakes Trek is a fantastic alternative to the classic Everest Base Camp Trek. Situated in the Everest region of Nepal, this trek takes you through breathtaking landscapes offering stunning views of some of the world’s highest peaks. Moreover, Gokyo Ri, at an altitude of 5,357 provides an awe-inspiring panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu, among other peaks.

Many trekkers regard the vistas from Gokyo Ri to be equally or even more impressive than those from Everest Base Camp. The Gokyo Lakes Trek trail is relatively less crowded an offer a quieter and more serene trekking experience while still providing a diverse range of landscapes including high-altitude lakes, glaciers, and valleys.

The Gokyo Lakes Trek commences with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, offering breathtaking aerial vistas of the Himalayas. Starting from Lukla, the trek follows the Dudh Koshi valley, meandering through charming villages such as Phakding and Namche Bazaar.

Initially, the trail aligns with the traditional route to Everest Base Camp until reaching Namche Bazaar, a pivotal acclimatization point for all treks in the Everest region. Spending a couple of nights in Namche aids trekkers in acclimatizing to the higher altitude before continuing the journey.

Beyond Namche Bazaar, the trail deviates from the classic Everest Base Camp route, ascending through picturesque villages such as Hilltop, Dole, and Machermo . It follows the path alongside the Ngozumba Glacier, Nepal’s largest glacier, eventually reaching the stunning Gokyo Valley. Two days are dedicated to explore the wonders of Gokyo Valley before retracing the steps back, descending through Dole, Namche Bazaar, and finally returning to Lukla.

The Gokyo Lakes Trek stands as an extraordinary adventure encapsulating natural splendor, cultural immersion, and an adventurous spirit amid the Himalayas. This trek holds immense appeal for individuals in search of a less congested yet profoundly fulfilling hiking experience in Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: In Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Lukla-Trek to Phakding
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 5. Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
Day 6: Trek to Dole
Day 7: Trek to Machhermo
Day 8: Trek to Gokyo
Day 9: Gokyo Exploration
Day 10. Trek to Dole
Day 11. Trek to Namche
Day 12. Trek to Lukla.
Day 13. Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 14. Free day in Kathmandu
Day 15. Departure

Overview

trekking Trip Type Trekking
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Trekking
Accommodation Accommodation 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu and basic village lodge/guest house during the trek
Meal Meal Only breakfast in Kathmandu, while three standard meals during the trek
Best Seasons Best Seasons Best during the spring and fall
Route Route Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche-Dole-Macherma-Gokyo-Dole-Namche-Lukla-Kathmandu
  Best Months Best Months March, April, May, October, November

Good Months Good Months February, September

Lean Months Lean Months June, July, August

Not Recommended Months Not Recommended Months January, December

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal.
  • Avoid the crowds of the classic EBC route, but enjoy a great selection of views.
  • Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) for a spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Yu.
  • Enjoy the 360° panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks from the summit of Gokyo Ri.
  • Explore the traditional Sherpa villages along the route and learn more about their unique culture.
  • Visit Buddhist monasteries along the way.

Cost Information

Included

  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu.
  • 10 nights’ accommodation in a tea house during the trek with an attached bathroom where possible.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu.
  • Three standard meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) and fresh seasonal fruits after dinner on the trek.
  • 3 hot drinks (coffee/tea) after every meal during the trek.
  • One welcome dinner with a cultural performance in Kathmandu.
  • 1 full day guided city tour in Kathmandu.
  • English-speaking licensed trekking guide along with a porter (1 porter for every two trekkers).
  • Roundtrip Kathmandu/Manthali-Lukla-Kathmandu/Manthali airfare
  • 1 hour sauna and steam along with 1 hour massage after the completion of the trek.
  • First aid kit, duffel bag, and trekking map.
  • Trekking staff accommodation, wages, meals, trekking gears, and insurance.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits for the trek (TIMS/National Park Fee/Rural Municipal Fee).
  • All government tax and service charges.

Not included

  • Nepal Visa(available at the airport on arrival)
  • International airfare.
  • Meals other than listed (lunch and dinner in Kathmandu).
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, bar, beverages).
  • Bottled/boiled water, battery recharge, Wi-Fi and hot showers during the trek.
  • Tips and gratuities to Guide, Porter and driver.
  • Travel medical insurance covering rescue and emergency evacuation.
  • Personal trekking gears and equipment’s.
  • Trip cancellation cost due to your health, weather condition, political situation, and any other unforeseen events.
  • Any other expenses other than the listed above.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, a Wind Horse representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure until the evening. Later in the evening, there will be a briefing followed by dinner, along with a cultural performance, at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu

MEALS:
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 1350m
Day 2:

In Kathmandu

Today you will visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the Kathmandu Valley: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple.

Your exploration begins at Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you’ll immerse yourselves in the area surrounding the former palace of the Nepalese kings, admiring various temples and monuments.

Subsequently, you’ll journey to Boudhanath Stupa, Nepal’s largest Buddhist stupa, engaging in the act of circumambulation alongside pilgrims and exploring the nearby monasteries.

Lastly, you’ll head to Pashupatinath Temple, revered as Nepal’s holiest Hindu temple. Following these visits, the evening remains free, offering an opportunity for last-minute shopping to acquire any necessary supplies for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Altitude Altitude: 1350m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs
Day 3:

Fly to Lukla- Begin trek to Phakding

The mountain flight into Lukla is spectacular, and the landing is an exciting experience. One end of the runway is 60 meters higher than the other. The flight is typically on a small Dornier or Twin Otter aircraft, with a duration of around 25–30 minutes.

Upon arrival at Lukla (2800m), you will meet your guides and porters before commencing the trek towards Phakding. Begin the trek by descending gradually for about 2 hours to Thado Koshi, then gradually ascend, crossing several suspension bridges, passing through villages, and finally arriving at Phakding (2610m). Overnight in Phakding.

Please be advised that during the high season (March, April, May, October, and November), flights to Lukla are routed through Ramechhap (Manthali) airport, approximately a 4-5 hours’ drive away from Kathmandu. To accommodate this, you must start early (several hours before dawn around 2 am).

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2610m
Duration Duration: 3-4hrs, Approx. 8kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 4:

Trek to Namche Bazaar

Following the Dudh Koshi River, the trail traverses through Sherpa settlements such as Bengkar and Chumao, and then enters the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. Crossing over the Hillary Hanging Bridge, continue with a steep uphill climb to Chautara, where you get the first glimpse of Everest through the trees.

Continue the ascent to reach the vibrant Namche Bazaar (3440m), the pulsating heart of the Sherpa community, offering accommodations, cafes, and stores vending souvenirs and trekking essentials. Namche Bazaar serves as an ideal location to procure any forgotten items and acclimatize to the altitude for the remainder of the day. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3440m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs, Approx. 11kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 5:

Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

Today is set as an acclimatization day, you will embark on a short hike to Syangboche Hotel Everest View, situated at 3880m, which takes about 1-2hrs. This location is renowned as one of the best vantage points, offering breathtaking views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other peaks.

After relishing at the panoramic scenery, a brief descent on the other side leads you to the large village of Khumjung, home to Hillary’s School. Following the visit, you will descend back to Namche, where you have the rest of the afternoon to relax or explore on your own. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

 

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3440m
Duration Duration: 4-5hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 6:

Trek to Dole

The trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole traverses through diverse terrains with stunning views. The hike is over a relatively accessible path that presents incredible views while ascending along the Dudh Koshi valley.

At Sanasa, the trail diverges: one path continues toward Everest Base Camp, while the other heads toward the Gokyo Valley. Leaving the Everest Base Camp route, you will turn left, and proceed toward Mong La. Though the ascent is steep, the pass rewards you with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Crossing over Mong La, the trail descends sharply towards Phortse Tenga. Departing from Phortse Tenga, the trail ascends amidst enchanting rhododendron forests, guiding your way toward the picturesque village of Dole. Overnight in Dole.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 4038m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs, Approx. 12kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 7:

Trek to Machhermo

Today’s hike alongside the Dudh Koshi River, that offer a captivating view as you head towards Machhermo. Machhermo serves as a summer pastoral settlement and an essential stopover for trekkers heading towards the Gokyo Valley.

The trail from Dole to Machhermo is relatively straightforward, featuring a gradual incline. Throughout the journey, you’ll traverse villages such as Labarma and Luza, each offering unique glimpses into the local culture amidst the beautiful natural surrounding. Overnight in Machhermo.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 4470m
Duration Duration: 3-4hrs, 6kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 8:

Trek To Gokyo

Departing from Machhermo, the trail initially climbs up to a ridge, presenting breathtaking views of Kangtega, and then meanders through open country towards Gokyo. As you climb higher, the landscape changes to rockier, drier terrain, offering unparalleled views of Cho Oyu, Cholatse, and the neighboring peaks.

The trail then descends to the Dudh Koshi valley, and a steep ascent will take you along the Ngozumpa glacier, passing by the first and second lakes before reaching the third lake. Gokyo village rests by this serene lake, framed by the towering presence of Gokyo Peak in the backdrop. Overnight in Gokyo.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 4790m
Duration Duration: 4-5 hrs, Approx. 7kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 9:

Exploration day in Gokyo

Hiking up to Gokyo Ri at an altitude of 5,330 meters is an extraordinary adventure that offers panoramic vistas of some of the world’s tallest peaks such as Mount Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Pumori, Nuptse, and others.

Begin your hike early in the morning to make the most of the daylight and to witness the sunrise over the Himalayas. Once at the summit of Gokyo Ri, take your time to absorb the incredible vistas. The view of the mountains and the surrounding Gokyo Valley is truly captivating. Soak in the beauty, and appreciate the natural magnificence of the Himalayas before descending to your lodge at Gokyo.

After lunch, depending on your energy levels and available time, you can take a walk around the 4th or 5th Gokyo Lakes. These locations provide different vantage points and perspectives of the surrounding mountains. Overnight in Gokyo.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: Gokyo Ri at 5330/Gokyo at 4790m
Duration Duration: 3-4hrs (round trip Gokyo Ri), Approx. 4kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 10:

Trek to Dole

Today the hike goes alongside the Dudh Koshi river with the breathtaking views of the Gokyo lakes along with the towering peaks of Taboche and Cholatse. You will come across several charming villages such as Machhermo, Lhabarma, and Luza, each offering a distinct peek into the rich local culture and Sherpa way of life. Overnight in Dole.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 4038m
Duration Duration: 6-7kms, Approx. 14kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 11:

Trek to Namche Bazaar

Descending from Phortse Tenga, you will navigate a steep pathway that winds through forests with rhododendron and pine trees. This serene village nestled in a river valley offers a perfect and scenic location for a well-deserved rest.

Continuing onward from Phortse Tenga, the trail gradually ascends towards Mongla, presenting panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains. Further along, the path descends towards Sanasa, intersecting with the classic Everest trekking route. From Sanasa, the journey follows the iconic Everest route, leading you toward the vibrant and bustling hub of Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3440m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs, Approx. 11kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 12:

Trek to Lukla

Your final day of the trek drops you back down to the Dudh Koshi River, crossing numerous suspension bridges and retracing your route past Jorsale, Monjo, Bengkar, Phakding, Ghat, and Choplung, before arriving back at Lukla. The last section from Ghat to Phakding is a steep climb of approximately 3 kilometers. Overnight in Lukla.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2860m
Duration Duration: 6-7hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 13:

Fly to Kathmandu

Board an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, proceed to transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, allowing you to relax and unwind. Overnight in Kathmandu.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Altitude Altitude: 1350m
Duration Duration: 30min
Day 14:

Free day in Kathmandu

Today has been set aside as a contingency day to accommodate any potential flight cancellations from Lukla due to the unpredictable mountain weather, which often happens. However, if the flight proceeds as planned, you have the freedom to utilize this day as you desire. You could consider exploring souvenir shopping options or, upon request, we can organize a sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley for you. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

MEALS:
Breakfast
Altitude Altitude: 1350m
Day 15:

Departure

Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight to your next destination.

MEALS:
Breakfast

Guides

Overview

trekking Trip Type Trekking
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Trekking
Accommodation Accommodation 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu and basic village lodge/guest house during the trek
Meals Meals Only breakfast in Kathmandu, while three standard meals during the trek
Route Route Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche-Dole-Macherma-Gokyo-Dole-Namche-Lukla-Kathmandu
Max Group Size Max Group Size 2-8
Best Seasons Best Seasons Best during the spring and fall
Best Months Best Months March, April, May, October, November

Good Months Good Months February, September

Lean Months Lean Months June, July, August

 Not Recommended Months Not Recommended Months January, December

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