Gokyo Treks in Nepal
Gokyo Lakes Trek, the trekking around Gokyo valley is one of the best treks in Everest region of Nepal that unveils exclusive beauty of Mother Nature. The famous author Jules Renard said, “On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” Gokyo valley is definitely one of those pieces. Gokyo valley is a picturesque valley famous for its crystal clear turquoise lakes called Gokyo Lakes. Trek through highs and lows, enjoy the outstanding view of Himalayan peaks including mighty Everest and explore naturally gifted Gokyo valley along its beautiful lakes with Gokyo valley Trek. With Gokyo trek, adventure lovers get the chance to pass through stunning Himalayan landscapes through forests and to be at the top of Gokyo peak exploring the pristine turquoise lakes in the valley.
Gokyo trek starts after our arrival at the Lukla airport from Kathmandu. The trekking initiates from Phakding and continues to Namche, Phortse Tenga, Machhermo and finally at Gokyo where the world’s highest fresh water lake system (comprising six main lakes) is situated. Also considered the famous pilgrimage site in Everest region, Gokyo lakes carry religious significance to both Hindus and Buddhists. Further exploring the Gokyo valley, Gokyo Ri peak nearby Himalaya’s longest Ngozumpa glacier exhibits outstanding views of Everest and Lhotse. Gokyo Ri trek further lets us visit ancient monasteries on Tengboche which gives an insight to local arts, culture and tradition. Tracing our steps back towards Namche and Lukla, we board a flight back to Kathmandu which concludes our Gokyo trek of 13 days in Everest region.
Like with most of the other treks in Nepal, the best seasons for Gokyo Lakes Trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) considering weather, temperature and unobstructed views. During those times, sky is clear and daytime temperature is warm. However, you can do this trek in the summer (monsoon) and winter seasons too if you prepared well for difficult conditions and some extreme temperatures.
Gokyo Lake Trek is graded as a ‘moderate’ trek with maximum altitude of 5,360m at the summit of Gokyo Ri. Although the summit of Gokyo Ri is at around the same altitude as Everest Base Camp (EBC), it is considered less problematic than EBC as you won’t sleep at the maximum height of the trek (only fewer nights spent above 4000m). The trek is not very demanding as it does not require technical skills. However, a good cardiovascular fitness is required and one should be able to walk for around 5-6 hrs each day.
Day 01: Arrival – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
Arrival in kathmandu then transfer to hotel. Briefing about program in Evening time with dinner.
Day 02 : Trek Preparation Day – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
Optional sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 : Breakfast followed by a short early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2850 m AMSL) and a trek to Phakding (2640 m AMSL) – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
- A short 35 minutes of flight to the air-strip at Lukla actually opens all doors to possibilities and prospects of Himalayan exploration and adventure. The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla was coined collectively after Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary, the first human step to successfully scale Mount Everest, in 1998. Attracting many well-experienced to novice mountaineers from all around the world and willing to pay substantial sums for a successful expedition, the Tenzing-Hillary Airport is the gateway to the Khumbu region, and ultimately to Mount Everest. Due to the unpredictable weather in the Khumbu region, almost all flights are concentrated in early mornings.
After catching up with the trek crew in the airport and getting updates on various details, the journey continues towards the highest peak of the world. After an hour of walk on a straight trail, a small village of Chaplung is encountered. This is where the main trail from the west meets the trail from Lukla on approach to Mount Everest. The walk continues for another two hours to reach Ghat, and it finally ends at Phakding after an hour more. The day comes to a halt after reaching Phakding and an overnight stay in a local lodge accompanied by great local cuisine, imported and local spirits and hospitality on offer makes you forget the tiredness of the trip for the rest of the day.
Day 04 : Trek from Phakding to Namche (3450 m AMSL) – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
- Day two of the trip begins shortly after breakfast, with some catching up with the trekking crew. Trailing down towards the Bhotekoshi River and crossing a long suspension bridge over the Bhotekoshi River, Jorsele is the next destination after crossing the bridge and a walk of about two hours along the straight trail, passing a forest and few villages. Everest National Park check post, located at Jorsele welcomes you to the Khumbu Region and the national park permits are checked. Beyond this point, no firewood is allowed. Following the trail, the path drops steeply, and reaches a long suspension bridge to cross the Dudh Koshi River. Continuing on the straight trail for an hour more, the terrain becomes a bit steep. Going through various difficult terrains, a forest and several other Sherpa villages for almost two hours, the team reaches Namche Bazaar. Namche is a great spot for the first close glimpse of the mesmerizing beauty of Mount Everest.
The day comes to an end with a warm and hospitable welcome to a guest house by the local Sherpas, and the aroma of local cuisine, imported and local spirits, and a bountiful dinner.
Day 05 : Rest Day at Namche – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
- Looking at the effort put in by all in the team, this day marks the day of rest, the acclimatization day. Due to change in weather, altitude and the rigorous exercise of walking terrains, a day is taken off the schedule for the guests to rest and enjoy, or then to have a picturesque excursion to Khumjung village. The major aim of this day is to prevent any possible AMS signs, which may hamper the rest of the trip.
The day ends in a local guest house with hospitable welcome, good food, great spirits and plenty of rest.
Day 06 : Trek from Namche to Phorste Tenga – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
- Shortly after breakfast, the fourth day of the trip begins with an interesting walk towards Gokyo. Upon the gentle ascent towards Sanasa for two hours, you would trail towards Mong, marked by a Chorten and is in effect a small pass. It is famous amongst the local Sherpa community as the birth place of Lama Sangwa Dorje. The trek from the pass towards Phortse Tenga is rather steep, demanding arduous climb. But this steep ascent also has on offer the great views towards Phortse, a spectacular river gorge, and an inaccessible natural rock bridge.
Day 07 : Trek from Phorste Tenga to Machherma – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
- Day five begins with a gentle climb towards the Dole National Park Check Post, where documentation is checked for the entry into the National Park. A forest trail is on offer after passing the army post at the entrance. Also on offer is the view of some colourful pheasants and shy deer, which leads to you reaching the village of Dole after about an hour of an uphill trek. The trail continues to climb after Dole, to reach out a planar, pleasant traverse with beautiful views. The trip finally reaches Lhapharma, offering snow-capped mountainous views from almost all directions, up, down and across the valley.
Luza is an hour trek from Dole and has several pleasant dwellings on offer. After crossing the stream beyond Luza and continuing through the lush fields, you would reach Machherma with tantalizing views.
Day 08 : Trip from Maccherma to Gokyo – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
- This day marks the visit to the Gokyo Lakes at an altitude of 4,750 meters. The trail ascends towards a ridge with amazing views of Mount Kantega across the valley and Mount Cho Oyo, far north. The trail passes through Pangka to a river crossing before beginning the ascent along the moraine of Ngozumpa. At this stage wou will pass the first of the three lakes to Gokyo.
Day 09 : Trek to Gokyo Ri then After breakfast to Machherma – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
- After Breakfast you will move to Machherma. Till mungdada you will have wonderful view of Amadamlam,kusumkhangru,Thmaserku,Nuptse,lotse and many more.
Day 10 : Trek from machherma to Phortse – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
- The quickest route from Gokyo to Phortse is backtracking via Dole and Machhermo, but there’s also an alternative route on the eastern valley wall leading directly to Phortse via Nah La. Aiming for the small bridge, you will head towards a narrow trail, barely visible from the other side of the valley, but it’s visible when you reach there. Following the faint trail, a short climb leads to a Chorten (4278 m) with magnificent views. Following the Chorten on the path is Konar, which is used as a large hay growing area in summer. All trails around the corner from Konar lead to Phortse.
Day 11 : Trek from Phortse to Tengboche – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
- Following the trail dropping from the southern corner of the Phortse village is a small bridge, accommodating to the pathway for the steep climb towards Tengboche.
Day 12 : Trek from Tengboche to Namche – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
- This trek is about three hours long and one may get the best glimpse of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and Kangi Tenga, and an opportunity to spot local animals including colourful pheasants, Tahr and Deer in the region. The end of the descent is heralded by a Kani, an arched entrance with ceiling paintings of deities and forms of Lord Buddha, which is believed to cleanse people of the many feared spirits before entering the sacred region in the Himalayas. The trip leads towards the Kyanjuma foundation and Choi Gang after the suspension bridge across the Dudhkoshi River is crossed and finally reach Namche at the end of the day’s trip.
Day 13 : Trek from Namche to Phakding – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
- Yet another four hour trek from Namche to Phakding via the Everest National Park check post at Jorsele and crossing the Bhotekoshi River yet again. The day ends in a guest house in Phakding.
Day 14 : Trek from Phakding to Lukla – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
- This trip marks the end of the trekking trip on return to Lukla and takes about four hours. Going across Ghat again, you will walk across the trekking route intersection at Chaplung, and reach Lukla to end the day’s trip in a guest house.
Day 15 : Flight From Lukla – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
- Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, and transfer service to the hotel upon arrival at the airport. The rest of the day is off for leisure.
Day 16: Departure – B&B Plan (Bed and Breakfast)
- All Transportation
- Deluxe rooms with Breakfast in Kathmandu Hotel
- Accommodation in Normal lodges with Bed and Breakfast (B&B Plan)
- English speaking guide and porters
- TIMS Card and park entrance fees.
- Sagarmatha National Park fee.
- Insurance coverage for guide and porters.
- Nepal entry visa.
- Any Beverage expense during trek.
- Any expense of personal nature.
- Any cost occurred due to landslide, political disorder or natural calamities, flight cancellation or any unforeseen reason, etc.
- Rescue Coverage
- Lunch and Dinner
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The equipment and clothing you require depends on where and when you trek. Of course, you will not need the same equipment for going up to the Everest Base Camp in the middle of winter and doing a short, low altitude trek.
- One backpack to be carried by the porter with a large plastic bag to put inside the backpack in case of rain
- One light day pack
- One warm sleeping bag, especially if you camp. In tea houses, there is no heating in the rooms
- One pair of waterproof broken in trekking shoes
- Three pairs of socks
- One rain coat
- One down-jacket
- One pair of long pants and one pair of short pants
- Three T-shirts, long and short sleeves
- One sweater
- Three pairs of underwear
- One bathing suit (there may be hot springs along the trek)
- One pair of gloves
- One warm hat / one sun hat
- One pair of sunglasses, with good eye protection if you intend to climb glaciers
- And also: head torch with extra batteries, multi-purpose knife, sun tan lotion, towel, soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, a large reusable water bottle, purification drops/tablets to treat the water, medicine (band-aids, blister pads, painkillers, stomach pills, anti-diarrhea tablets, antibiotic, sterile plain and crepe bandages, tube of antiseptic cream, decongestants/antihistamines, throat lozenges, paracetamol or aspirin, camera equipment, binoculars, walking stick
Remember that all this equipment can also be bought or rented in Kathmandu
For Peak Climbing
In Addition To The Equipment Above Referenced, You Will Also Need:
- Climbing boots
- Ice axe
- Ice screws
- Snow bars
- Rock pegs
- Helmet (crash hat)
- Warm climbing trousers
- Waterproof climbing jacket
- Lightweight thermal/ insulated ski gloves
- Down high altitude sleeping bag
- Climbing sunglasses
- Lightweight fleece
- Fleece/wool for climbing
A typical trekking day
A typical day’s walk lasts from five to seven hours and involves a number of ascents and descents. It is rare to spend much time at the same level. On an organized camping trek, the day is run to a remarkably tight schedule: up at 6 am with a cup of tea, pack the gear before breakfast, start walking at 7 am, stop for lunch around 12 o’clock for about half an hour, start after lunch at noon and stop walking at about 3 pm. The dinner is served around 6.30 pm and followed by a briefing for the next trekking day and then it is time to go to sleep.
Please be aware that this time table may be adjusted according to weather conditions, availability of camp sites, water supply etc.
To ensure you will fully enjoy your trek and make the most of it, we also advise you about the following points which should seriously be taken into account:
Food and Water
Lodges and tea houses are carefully chosen by our staff all along the trek. We will make sure that excellent food will be provided to you and that water is boiled or adequately treated, as this is one of the basic rules for healthy trekking. On a camping trek, your only concern with food is sitting down to eat it! The porters carry all the food along with them and there will be a cook with assistants who can turn out meals of often stunning complexity, like baking a cake
Acclimatization is very important for trekking above 3500m. Our trekking schedules have been carefully designed to maximize your ability to acclimatize safely. We ascend slowly and ensure an adequate number of rest days.
However, it is still possible for mountain sickness and your guide will be watching for symptoms with an experienced eye throughout the trip. These symptoms are commonly headache, nausea, lethargy and sometimes breathlessness. If you or any of the group members display any of these symptoms, we will be able to provide informed advice and ensure a proper course of action.
Please make sure that your medical insurance policy will cover a helicopter evacuation if needed since the fee for such an evacuation can amount to US$ 2000.00 per rescue. Please also check the maximum altitude to which you are covered. Sometimes, you have to subscribe a complementary insurance above 4000 m.
First aid kit
Although a first aid kit is provided, we strongly recommend that you take with you the medicine we listed in the equipment check-list as well as your personal medicines as prescribed by your physician
A valid permit is required for certain areas. In order to obtain it (upon your arrival), two working days and two passports size photographs are required.
Everything is included in the price of the trek, except for the purchase of water and soft / hard drinks so we advise you to always carry Nepalese rupees during your trek. The amount to be carried depends on the area and the duration of the trek.
Be A Responsible Trekker And Minimize Your Impact
- Although trekking in the Himalayas plays a vital role in the economy of many mountain areas, it also may have a negative impact which has become a major concern.
- From an ecological point of view, always carry your rubbish with you, drink treated water instead of mineral water in order to reduce the use of plastic bottles.
- Be respectful of the flora and the fauna.
- From a human point of view, please respect Nepalese culture and traditions. It is a good thing before leaving for the trek to have a look at the “Do and Don’t” since an inappropriate behavior, though considered normal in Western countries, could severely shock or hurt local people.
- Do not “steal” pictures and always ask permission from the person before photographing them.
- Please do not give money or sweets to the children directly on your trip, as this encourages them to beg and may contribute to dental problems. If you would like to give something back, you can assist with our charity work by volunteering or giving a donation.
- Cost: € 1095
- Duration: 16 Day
- Country Visited: Nepal
- Trip starts in: Kathmandu
- Trip ends in: Kathmandu
- Max Altitude: 5653
- Activity: Trekking
- Trip grade:
- Accomodation: Hotel, Guest House
- Transportation: Car, Bus, Plane
- Group size: 1-12 pax
- Activity per day: Daily Walking - 5 to 6 Hrs