About Gokyo Lake Trek - 12 days

Gokyo Lake Trek in Nepal is probably the trip to a fairyland place up in the mountains. Imagine yourself at the shores of a blue turquoise lake gazing at the blue sky beyond lofty snowcapped mountains. It is indeed the best place to spend a memorable walking holiday. 

There are numerous trekking trails in the Everest region. In fact, the Everest region of Nepal is the home of the world’s tallest mountains like Everest, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse. Therefore, the place is a jewel in the Nepal Trekking scene. The name of Gokyo Lake is for the third lake within the Lake System of the area. The place is also listed under the Ramsar Site. Therefore, it holds a special place among the Khumbu people. Moreover, the third lake represents the god among people. Every year people celebrate the festival in Lake Shores. 

There are five lakes in Gokyo. It is believed that all the lakes are connected underground too. However, there is no proof of this myth. Among these five lakes, the third lake is where most of the people visit or trek. However, during the Gokyo Lake Trek trekkers trek all these lakes. Gokyo Trek follows the same route as Everest Base Camp Trek until Kyangjuma. Everest Base Camp Trek trekkers take the route of Tengboche while the Gokyo trekkers take the route of Mongla Danda. The trail is through the narrow valley behind mountains like Choaltse and Taboche.

However, trekkers of Everest Base Camp get the view of these mountains on their left but Assertive here they view these mountains on the right side. The sight of Mt. Choyou in the far distant straight ahead keeps on motivating the trekkers. There is not much uphill and downhill to walk on the trail.

However, if you want to climb the Gokyo Ri, you will have to walk uphill having an inclination of almost 75 degrees. 

How hard is Gokyo Lake Trek?

The difficulty level of Gokyo Lake Trek is easy to moderate. It is not as hard as three high passes trek but it is also not an easy trekking route. Once trekkers reach the first lake, altitude sickness might be the problem. However, in comparison to Everest Base Camp Trek, it is an easier trail to trek on. 

Despite it being a short trekking route, trekkers need to take precautions on every trekking trip journey in the Everest region. The major challenges on the trek are high altitude and thin air

Vegetation & Landscape

Landscape and Vegetation during trekking are more rewarding than Everest Base Camp Trek. Trekkers are able to trek in a narrow valley, green lush forests, river banks, and lake shores. They can experience temperate to alpine forests along the way. The trail is also the best route to trek on if you want to encounter wild goats, dance, and other wild animals. 

Gokyo Ri

This is the famous hill located on the shores of Gokyo Lake. The top of the hill is famous for both sunrise and sunset views. Moreover, it is an ideal place to look into the four top 10 mountains of the world (Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu). 360-degree views of mountains and picturesque Lake View from the top make this hill a paradise for photographers. 

Why Gokyo Lake Trek?

It is the short trekking route among trekking routes in the Everest region. You can finish the trek in less than a week. There are diverse attractions on the trail. Lakes, rivers, waterfalls, monasteries, Sherpa villages, narrow valleys, moraines, and vantage points (Gokyo RI) make this place a must-visit place. 

Gokyo Lake also falls during Three High Passes Trek as well as during Chola Pass EBC Trek. Therefore, you can extend your trek too once you reach the Gokyo. 

Book this trek with us. Relish the stupendous and momentous journey of your life. Explore blue turquoise lake and Sherpa hamlets as well as beautiful mountains in less than a week. It is indeed the must-to-do trekking route in Nepal. 
 

 

Itinerary

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Day 1: Pick up from airport transfer to the Hotel

 Our airport representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The agency will host the welcome dinner and complete the trekking formalities (documents & trip payments). You can do light shopping if you need anything for your trekking around Thamel. You can also relax as you will have to wake up early in the morning for the flight to Lukla tomorrow. Overnight at hotel

  • Accommodation3 Star category hotel
  • MealsUp to your choose
  • PlaceKathmandu
  • Max. Altitude1375 m

Early in the morning, we will head to the domestic airport for the flight to Lukla. The flight is an adventure to experience in itself. The mountain vistas and the cascading hills make the entire flying experience a scenic affair. However, you might feel slight nervousness during the landing at Tenzing Hillary Airport Lukla. In fact, it is the most extreme airport in the world.

We will gather at a teahouse before heading to Phakding. You will meet your porters and the rest of the other trekking crew members. As we walk through the Pasang Lhamu Gate in Lukla, the trekking begins. Today we will walk gently towards Phakding. The trail is easy. You can see many mani walls, monasteries, and pagodas along the way. Overnight at Teahouse

  • AccommodationTea house
  • Mealsmenu
  • PlacePhakding
  • Max. Altitude2610 m

Today after breakfast we will start our trekking. We will have to walk for about 6-7 hours today. This is also the day when we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park. All documents are checked in the Manjo at the park entrance. The highlight of today’s trekking is the crossing of suspension bridges. The final bridge in this section is the crossing of Hillary Twin Bridge at the foothill of Namche Bazaar. It is so scenic and marvelous. Moreover, a few meters before reaching Namche Bazaar, you will have your first sight of Mt. Everest (8848.86 m).

After checking in at the teahouse, you can stroll around the marketplace of Namche Bazaar. This place is indeed the best place to hang out. It is the highest altitude town too with many eateries, shops, bars, and banks. You can shop for supplies and gear if you need any in this town. Overnight at Teahouse

  • AccommodationTea house
  • Mealsmenu
  • PlaceNamche Bazar
  • Max. Altitude3440 m

We will do some acclimatization activities on this day. The mantra of acclimatization is to trek higher and rest at lower altitude places. Therefore, we will hike to Everest View Hotel. The scenery of mountains like Cholatse, Tabuche, Thamserku, Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Everest make your day. If time permits we will also visit the Khumjung Village or mountain museum located at the top of Namche Bazaar. After hiking, we will again trek back to the teahouse for overnight sleep. 

  • AccommodationTea house
  • Mealsmenu
  • PlaceNamche Bazar
  • Max. Altitude3440 m

After breakfast in the teahouse, we will walk uphill for about 15-20 minutes before walking on a gentle flat up to Kyangjuma. We will leave the Everest Base Camp Trek route from this place and head left towards Dole via Mongla danda.

The trail is both uphill and downhill. You will have to trek downhill up to Phortse Thanga and uphill to Dole. The trail goes through green lush forests and some beautiful waterfalls. Overnight at Teahouse

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsMenu
  • PlaceDole
  • Max. Altitude4200 m

We will walk on the ridge line in the narrow valley. There are huge hills on the left side of the trail and a line of mountains on the right side. The mountains seen in this section are Cholatse and Tabuche.

Please heed the instructions of the trekking guide in order to avoid altitude sickness. From this place onwards we will have to walk in the high altitude as well in the moraine of the glacier. Overnight at teahouse

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsMenu
  • PlaceMachhermo
  • Max. Altitude4470 m

We will walk on the bank of a river in a narrow valley at the ridge of a hill. Therefore, be careful of falling stones from the hill as wild goats often graze on the hill. Moreover, the sight of Mt. Choyou in the far distant straight ahead keeps on motivating you.

After crossing the bridge at the edge of the first lake the trail goes through the moraine of Ngozumpa glacier. We will finally reach the third lake also known famously as Gokyo Lake after passing by the second lake. The small hamlet of Sherpa people and a few teahouses make your stay in Gokyo Lake tranquil and serene.

If time permits, you can visit the fourth and fifth lakes too. However, it takes approximately 4 hours for the round trip from Gokyo to Fifth Lake and back to Gokyo. Or, just relax in your teahouse gazing at the view of the lake, Gokyo Ri and mountains. Overnight at teahouse

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsMenu
  • PlaceGokyo
  • Max. Altitude4750 m

Early in the morning we will hike the Gokyo Ri for the sunrise view. The sun rising through the casement of mountains as seen from Gokyo is splendid. Moreover, you can see a plethora of mountains from the top including four top ten mountains of the world (Choyou, Makalu, Lhotse, and Everest).

After returning back to the teahouse, we will take breakfast and trek to Dole. 

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsMenu
  • PlaceDole
  • Max. Altitude4200 m

We will retrace the same route back to Namche Bazaar via Phortse Thanga and Mongla Danda. Relax at Namche Bazaar. By this time your body will have been adjusted fully to the altitude. Therefore, the return trip is more enjoyable than the uphill trip. Overnight at Teahouse

  • AccommodationTea house
  • Mealsmenu
  • PlaceNamche Bazar
  • Max. Altitude3440 m

We will again trek along the Dudhkoshi River towards Lukla via Manjo and Phakding. Enjoy with the locals and trekking crew members in a teahouse at Lukla. This is the last day of trekking. Therefore, you can enjoy your successful trip to Gokyo Valley. Overnight at Teahouse

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsMenu
  • PlaceLukla
  • Max. Altitude2800 m

You will take the flight to Kathmandu and you will be transferred to hotel. The agency will hold the farewell dinner and review the trip. Overnight at Hotel

  • Accommodation3 Star category hotel
  • MealsUp to your choose
  • PlaceKthmandu
  • Max. Altitude1375 m

Our airport representative and guide will take you to the airport for the farewell.