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    Gokyo Lakes Trek

    Gokyo Lakes Trek

    • Destination
    • Durations
      15 days
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
      Adventure Trekking
    • Accommodation
      Tea House
    • Meals
      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Vehicle
      Private Transport
    • Max. People


    Exceptional panorama of the world’s four highest mountains from high Gokyo-Ri hilltop within scenic Gokyo lakes trek enclosed by high mountains. Similarly,enjoy beautiful walks with daily views of snow-clad peaks in the shade of Mt. Everest(you may read: Where is mount Everest located?). Trek into delightful scenery within fascinating traditional villages of High-Lander Sherpa in Golyo lake trek. Likewise, walk and explore impressive Sherpa villages of great interest and its monasteries through Gokyo lake trekking in Nepal. Moreover, walk into Sagarmatha National Park, with its enchanting green forest listed as a world heritage site. Adding on, sweeping panorama on walks and short flights with ever-present Mt. Everest. To see more, visit ancient cultural villages and impressive Buddhist colorful monasteries on walks through Everest Gokyo lake treks”.

    Gokyo Lakes Trek 15 days

    Gokyo Lake trekking is different from other adventures in the high Khumbu and Everest areas. So, this walks leads you away from mainstream trekking trails. It drives travelers toward hidden corners of Everest at Gokyo valley and its emerald-colored lakes.

    Gokyo lakes trek Nepal is one of the prettiest and most scenic sections of Everest and the high Khumbu valley.  In the early days, before commercial trekking began, it was a summer settlement of Yak herders. This still exists, and the walk leads you past several shades and pasture land through trekking to Gokyo Lakes.

    Starting Everest Gokyo lakes trek adventure from Kathmandu; we take a short flight to Lukla.  Then your trek leads to nice and pretty villages with farmlands before heading into a gorge and valley of the Dudh-Kosi River.

    Therefore, Gokyo lakes Everest trek route leads past several Sherpa villages encountering many prayer symbols and monuments of the Buddhist religion.

    The Gokyo lakes trek route takes to a higher country past Sagarmatha National Park, the entrance point to reach the famous Namche Bazaar. Namche, where acclimatization days are set with a rest day for a short hike to viewpoints to support against AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).

    At Namche, one can explore and witness the great Sherpa culture of the age-old heritage of Buddhist and Tibetan origin. So, it is an attractive large village or town where a busy and colorful Saturday market is held once a week.

    From Namche, our real adventure to the Gokyo lakes trek route diverts from the main Everest base camp trekking trail. Thus, walks lead to a climb above Mong-Dole, a place with lovely woodland and scenic views of peaks facing Everest-Amadablam and other mountain ranges.

    Slowly tree lines disappear for short alpine bushes entering into a well-exposed country. As the mountains get closed, the walk continues to beautiful Gokyo valley and its beautiful  Gokyo lake.

    Then at Gokyo, head towards a high scenic hill Gokyo-Ri with a mind-blowing panorama of mountains. As a result, one can witness four 8000 meters high peaks at once glance.

    After a mesmerizing and wonderful around picturesque of Gokyo valley, our return journey leads on the same trail. Uniformly, the trail provides you more opportunities to immerse within its scenic scenery of mountains and picturesque lovely Sherpa villages.

    Finally, walks end at Lukla for a short panoramic flight back to Kathmandu. And, here comes the place to conclude one of the most incredible and fabulous adventures on Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek. If you'd want to trek your way to the Everest Base Camp, you can choose our package- Short Everest Base Camp Trek which is relatively shorter than the Everest Base Camp Trek that usually takes about 14 - 16 days. 

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    Best Season for Gokyo Lakes Trek

    Nearly all months of the year except the monsoon, wet months from mid-June to mid-September.  But Gokyo lakes trek best time is from March to May for clear views because wildflowers are in bloom with fantastic views of the mountains.

    A pleasant day starts with a cooler morning and nighttime. Similarly, October to December is another best time for the Gokyo Lakes Trek for clear views of peaks. Accordingly, short sunlight days can be cold in the morning and nighttime depending on the altitude and overnight stop.

    • Day01

      Reach Kathmandu via various international airline and transfer to hotel.

      On arrival, received by our staff and guide, transfer to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu. After checking into your lovely rooms, get refreshed from jet-leg. And join other members of the Gokyo lakes trek.

      Our guide/leader will brief us with information about the hotels-including detail of trekking. These include a local lodge, walks, views, history, and culture.

      At the same time, a few critical do’s and don’ts will be included while you are with us having enjoyable times.

      The evening includes a nice dinner(traditional Nepalese foods) in a pleasant Nepalese restaurant with local cultural programs. Interestingly, these programs are from all parts of the country to enlighten the environment along with your dinner.

    • Day02

      Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour and preparation for the trek.

      A free day to prepare for the upcoming treks to high Khumbu. In the morning, you can go for an optional sightseeing tour at places of great interest. Thus, exploring Kathmandu world heritage sites for a few hours and back at the hotel.

      Afternoon at leisure, one can do their activities. And then prepare to pack for the next day's early morning flight to Lukla for the Gokyo lake treks.

    • Day03

      Transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for flight to Lukla 2,820 m and trek to Phakdingma 2,657 m – 04 hrs.

      Morning at the earliest before or after quick breakfast/carry pack breakfast to save time, reach at Kathmandu domestic airport terminal. From there a short scenic flight of 35 minutes reaches you at Lukla.

      Lukla is a gateway Sherpa town at the height of 2,820 m high. This faces views of Kongde peak and Naulekh Himal.

      With refreshing stop at Lukla then follow our lead guide after adjusting baggage with porters .

      As walk leads past Lukla town heading down to Choplung small village and then around Dudh-Kosi River valley. In like manners, head toward gorge which is our first overnight stop at Phakdingma village by the raging glacial Dudh-Kosi River.

      Phakdingma also called as Phakding for short, used the proper and correct words in respect for its name sake.

    • Day04

      Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.

      Starting with a gradual walk in the morning from Phakdingma, follow the river upstream past several Sherpa nice villages with short ups and down.

      Then cross a long suspension bridge to Monjo village, where Sagarmatha National Park starts. Consequently, enter into park areas past Jorsalle, the last village before Namche Bazaar.

      From Jorsalle, cross the bridge and move into serene woodland of tall pines and rhododendron trees. Next, climb on a winding trail facing views of Kongde, Kusum Khanguru, and Tharmasakru peaks.

      Afterward, the walk brings you into the famous Namche Bazaar. This is more of a town rather than a village with many good restaurants, hotels, and lodges having a number of shops and stores, including a Bank and Post-Office.

      At Namche, enjoy the comfort of a nice cozy lodge, with time to marvel at the views of snow-capped peaks.

    • Day05

      In Namche, rest to support acclimatization with short hike and excursion.

      A free and rest day to support with acclimatization in Namche before heading higher ground. Short walks to view point  towards Everest View Hotel takes nearly 3-4 hours both ways. Which offers excellent panorama of mountains with Everest and magnificent Amadablam.

      In Namche, visit museum where you can gain knowledge of Khumbu Sherpa, culture, flora-fauna as well of mountaineering expedition history with rest of the afternoon at leisure.

    • Day06

      Similarly, Trek to Dole 4,110 m past Phortse Tenga – 06 hrs.

      After a nice pleasant overnight in Namche Bazaar, scenic walks leads you to good walk with Mountain views.

      Then morning trek takes you with short climb, and then on winding trail. At the same time, the route diverse to a climb for few hours to reach a high hill at Mong. This offers excellent views of Everest with magnificent Amadablam.

      After short break, downhill within cool shade of woodland to reach Phortse Tenga, a village on a valley and gorge of Dudh Kosi River. From here slow climb takes you at Dole for overnight stop having few nice lodges to stay.

    • Day07

      Trek to Machherma 4,470 m – 04 hrs.

      Morning leads towards higher terrain but walk is pleasant after a short climb up to a ridge.The leaving tree lines stops for short alpine bushes of juniper and Burberry, after steep and short ups from Dole.

      Similarly,walk gets better on nice scenic trails with grand views of Mt. Cho-Oyu and then on downhill to a lovely valley Machherma. Furthermore, Machherma is a small settlement located with nice good lodges to stay on route Gokyo Lake.

    • Day08

      As before, Trek to Gokyo Lake 4,800 m- 04 hrs.

      A short day walk starts from Machherma, with a short climb to a hill top and then on pleasant path overlooking views of Taboche, Cho-Oyu and Cholatse mountains. Similarly, walk takes to a climb reaching first lake and then second lakes of Gokyo valley.

      After walking past the lake side of Gokyo, coming at last towards third and main lakes of Gokyo. Where nice lodge  is situated above the lake side, the lake is also known as Dudh Pokhari (Milky Pond) considered as holy by both Hindu and Buddhist religions.

      At Gokyo, retire in a nice cozy lodge for lunch and overnight stop, with afternoon free to marvel the scenic views of surroundings peaks. These peaks includes world 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu that straddles the border with Nepal and Tibet.

    • Day09

      At Gokyo Lake, hike to high scenic Gokyo-Ri 5,356 m.

      A perfect place for rest day where early morning hike leads you atop Gokyo-Ri the highest point of the adventure at above 5,356 m.  As a result,strenuous climb rewards you with world’s four highest mountains with first highest Mt. Everest (8,848 m), 4th highest Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), 5th high Mt. Makalu (8,463 m) and 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu (8,201 m) with range of lesser peaks that surrounds on this scenic top.

      Afterwards of a great moment overlooking outstanding panorama with stunning sunrise descend back to Gokyo.  In that day, rest of the afternoon, enjoy leisure afternoon within this lovely spot at Gokyo Lake and its scenic valley.

    • Day10

      Walk back to Dole 4,410 m – 06 hrs.

      Enjoying lovely time at Gokyo valley and its simmering glacial lakes return journey leads to a long descend past main lakes of Gokyo. This includes walking close beneath Ngozumba glacier and walks leads to reach at Machherma.

      Afternoon hike leads to a climb on a ridge, and then on winding scenic path to reach back at Dole. Just walking past nice areas and settlement of Luza. On reaching at Dole  stop for overnight after a good scenic day walks.

      After Namche, long descend to reach at Dudh Kosi river valley. As walk leads on good path to Sagarmatha National Park entrance and exit. And then a short walk to Monjo, a nice moderate size village, stop for overnight before Lukla.

    • Day11

      Trek to Namche Bazaar – 06 hrs.

      From Dole,walk leads you to main trekking trails of Namche Bazaar on leaving the Gokyo areas after Everest Gokyo Lakes Trekking.Then walk follows to Phortse Tenga with climb up to Mong and on downhill towards Namche on same trails. At Namche enjoy the afternoon relaxing and browsing around its interesting stores and shops.

    • Day12

      Trek to Lukla – 06 hrs.

      Eventually, our last day of final treks, reach at Lukla.  The morning starts with long downhill towards a high bridge to reach Dudh Kosi River valley. Next, head towards Sagarmatha national park entrance and exit point to Monjo village.

      Crossing a long suspension bridge, head towards Phakdingma. After that walk leads to last short climb to Lukla. Finally, this is the last overnight stop around Everest and Khumbu area before flying back to Kathmandu.

    • Day13

      Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel with free afternoon at leisure.

      Depending upon flight time for Kathmandu, we take our last breakfast at Lukla and then, transfer to air terminal. This terminal is named after the World famous Tenzing and Hillary, the first to conquer Mt. Everest in 1953.

      As per flight schedule, board in a smaller aircraft for sweeping short air journey to reach Kathmandu airport. And then transfer back to your respective hotels.

    • Day14

      Reserve and contingency day in Kathmandu with individual activities.

      We have reserved an extra day in Kathmandu if in case of flight problem due to bad unfavorable weather condition at Lukla or in the beginning. So, this extra day allows you have time for yourself  to join tour . Or just relax after a great adventure on high Khumbu and Everest base camp.

    • Day15

      Depart Kathmandu for international departure homeward bound.

      Finally, all good things must come to an end. After a glorious memories and fantastic walks on Gokyo lakes trekking , it comes the last final day in Nepal. On this day, our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your flight home or to respective countries.

    Cost Details

    What's Included in Gokyo Lakes Trek

    • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
    • Three nights standard twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
    • Three meals a day(Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner)during the trek.
    • Trekking lodge (Tea House)accommodations throughout the trek.
    • All necessary paper works Sagarmatha National park Entry permit and Trekker’s  Information Management System(TIMS) permit.
    • Kathamandu-Lukla-kathmandu-flight with private airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
    • A highly experience,helpful knowledgeable, friendly, Englsh speaking well trained, Government License holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
    • Comprehensive medical supplies(first aid kit will be available)
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service(paid by your Travel Insurance  Company).
    • Use of sleeping bag,down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles(if you don’t have your own,need to return after trip completed).
    • Eco Holidays Nepal T-shirt and cap.
    • Government taxes and official  expenses.
    • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private vehicle.
    • Gokyo lake trekking route map.
    • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
    • Assistant guide group size above 6 + person.

    What's Excluded in Gokyo Lakes Trek

    • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
    • Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
    • Your Personal Expenses.
    • Porter needed ($220)
    • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses).
    • All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
    • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
    • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected)
    • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees($30 USD per person).
    • Excess baggage more than 15kg for Lukla flight.

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