Gokyo Lakes Trekking - 14 Days

Overview

Gokyo lake trek is one of the most popular trekking trails in the Everest region. There are five different beautiful lakes situated in the highest place in the world in Gokyo Region. The trekking to this area is primarily for having a tour around the mountain valley and Gokyo lake that is located at the height of 4,750m above sea level, that also shares the tremendous Himalayan views including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku and others. Besides these magnificent Himalayan views, you also can enjoy a different blend of the culture and tradition of Sherpa ethnic communities living in the high land. Gokyo Lake and Gokyo valley trek lie in the east of the Everest base camp. The trekking to this trail offers an excellent view of mountains lying on the Everest Himalayan range.

Gokyo lake trek is considered to be an alternative to traditional trails to the Everest base camp trek. Gokyo Ri is one of the excellent viewpoints that lies in this region.

Trip Highlights

  • Stand at the shores of a chain of six turquoise, glacial-fed lakes
  • Trek through the Sherpa town of Khumjung, home of a ‘real’ yeti skull
  • Set your foot on homeland of Sherpas in Namche Bazaar
  • Experience the rich Sherpa culture and amazing wildlife of Everest
  • Hike along Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalaya

Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Arrive at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel

    Our representative will meet at the arrival gate with a signboard for Mandala Holidays. Then you will be escorted to your selected hotel. The rest of the day can be spent at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 2:
    Sightseeing of cultural UNESCO world heritage sites around Kathmandu

    Today is the auspicious day of our tour. We visit some of the cultural UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. Swayambhu, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudha, and Pashupatinath would be our touring destinations today. These heritages are the live reflector of the religious integrity and architectural wealth of Nepal. After the time you will get brief about the tour. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 3:
    Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,850 m) and Trek to Monjo (2,820 m)

    Today our representative will escort you to the Airport for your flight to Lukla. It will be a 25-minute flight more like a mountain flight with a view of many mesmerizing mountains. Upon arrival in Lukla, it is a 4 hours trek along the Dudh Kosi Valley. The trail, lined with blue pine forest, follows the river valley and is especially spectacular in spring when the rhododendron flowers are bright in bloom. Cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, and look way up above 6,000 meters to see the peaks of snow-capped Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). Press on to Monjo (2835m) where you will rest for the night.

  • Day 4:
    Trek from Monjo to Namche Bazaar (3,640 m)

    On this day, You will be starting your trek after breakfast continuing along the Dudh Kosi (river), you will enter Sagarmatha National Park (showing or buying your entrance ticket and registering your TIMS card). You will have your first altitude jump so you need to take it easy. The walk starts to get a little tougher, with a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar where you will get the first view of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse from Toop dada. Your accommodation will be at Namche for the night.

  • Day 5:
    Namche Acclimatization day (3,640 m)

    Today is your acclimatization day at Namche, you will hike up to Syangboche Airport (3,748 m) and Hotel Everest View (3,880 m) from where you will get the view of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse with some good Coffee. You can also visit the Sherpa Museum at Namche. Rest day at Namche.

  • Day 6:
    Trek from Namche to Dole (4,050 m)

    Today, the trail climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharka and summer settlements. The views of Khumbu La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day. Overnight at Tea House.

  • Day 7:
    Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4,410 m)

    Continuing a steady but constant climb, we reach the “village” of Machhermo for lunch. Like the few small villages in this valley, Machhermo has only a few buildings and these are empty much of the year. Villagers in Khumjung and Khunde generally own land here high up the valley, where they graze yaks in the summer months. This is a valuable acclimatization day as we prepare for our ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m). We take things easy but this afternoon you may wish to stretch your legs and take a walk up the ridge behind Luza for a view of the Gokyo Valley. Overnight in a Tea House.

  • Day 8:
    Acclimatization day at Machhermo

    We are now approaching 4500m, so we will stay at Machermo for an extra day to acclimatize. There are plenty of possibilities for exploration around the camp and just above the village, there is an excellent view encompassing Cho Oyu (8210m) and the mountains which flank the Ngozumpa Glacier. Overnight at Tea House.

  • Day 9:
    Trek to Gokyo

    We now head for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is breathtaking with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Overnight at Tea House.

  • Day 10:
    Trek from Gokyo to Machhermo

    Get up early for a couple of hours climb up to Gokyo Peak, which has one of the best panoramas in the Khumbu region. It’s a straightforward but steep climb, and it can be tiring due to the altitude. View four 8,000 meter-plus peaks – Everest (8848m), Cho-Oyo (8153m), Lhotse (8511m), and Makalu (8481m) – and spot countless other towering peaks including Gyachung Kang (7922m) to the east of Cho-Oyo, Cholatse (6440m), Taweche (6542m) and Kangchung (6103m). There’s also a bird’s eye view of the Gokyo lakes and the huge creaking Ngozumpa Glacier, now cutting halfway across the world and snaking its way down the valley far beneath. You’ll descend back to Gokyo for a late breakfast and then retrace your steps back to the snout of the glacier and continue down the valley back to Machhermo. You might be surprised easily and quickly you’ll cover the return route . Overnight at Tea House.

  • Day 11:
    Trek from Machhermo to Namche Bazaar

    This day, we’ll eventually trek downhill to Phortse Thanga via an abrupt trail that traverses rhododendron woodland. Afterward, the trail quickly ascends abruptly to Mongla Danda then makes a descent to Khumjung Village (3,790m). Confronting some rise and falls along the trail, we ultimately reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Tea House.

  • Day 12:
    Trek from Namche to Lukla

    Today is the last day of your trek. After having breakfast you will start your trek towards Namche. We will be having our lunch at Phakding. Also, the very last glimpse of Mount Everest can be seen from Toph Danda. You will be walking for 6-7 hours today. Upon reaching Lukla you can enjoy and explore the Bazar area of Lukla and buy some Souvenirs. Overnight at Lukla

  • Day 13:
    Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, you will be getting ready for your flight towards Kathmandu. You can bid your final farewell to the Khumbu region. After finishing the departure formalities you will board the flight. The flight will take you to Kathmandu in 25-30 minutes. Upon reaching Kathmandu you will be escorted to your Hotel. Our office representative will come to pick you at your hotel for your Farewell Gala Dinner at a Nepali restaurant in the evening. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 14:
    Final Departue from Kathmandu

    Our office representative will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your International Departure. If you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as jungle safari at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, etc.

Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Arrival and Departure Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing Transfers
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • English speaking professional Tour guide
  • Entry fee to monumental sites
  • Two-way flight between Kathmandu & Lukla
  • 3-nights accommodation in Kathmandu on BB Basis
  • English speaking professional Trek guide and Porter
  • 10 nights accommodation in Tea House during the trek on AP Basis
  • Farewell Dinner
  • First Aid Kit
  • Permit fee and TIMS card
  • Salary, Insurance of Trek Guide and Porter
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and Company Service Charge

Exclusions

  • Lunch and Dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry Visa Cost
  • Trekking Gears and Equipments
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue (It is necessary in case of emergency)
  • Extended Stay due to any natural disaster or any other circumstances
  • Anything not included in inclusions

Gear Lists

  • TREKKING GEAR

    1. Ruck sack bag with rain cover. 

    2. Day Pack Bag – Recommended for treks with summit day

    3. Head Torch with spare batteries. 

    4. U V protection sunglasses. 

    5. Water Bottles: 2 bottles of 1 liter each

    FOOTWEAR

    1. Non-skid, deep treaded, high-ankle trekking shoes 

    2. Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals 

    CLOTHING

    1. Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants. 

    2. Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts. 

    3. Pair of thick woolen socks. 1 pair for every two days of trekking

    4. Thermal Body warmer Upper & Lower. 

    5. Undergarments. Qty – 1 for every day of trekking

    6. Warm jacket closed at wrist & neck.

    7. Full sleeves sweater. 

    8. Rainwear ( Jacket & Pants ).

    9. Pair of waterproof, warm gloves. 

    10. Woolen cap. 

    11. Sun shielding Hat. 

    TOILETRIES

    1. Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, Bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, etc.)

    2. Sun screen lotion small pack. 

    3. Lip Balm small pack. Qty-1

     

    MISCELLANEOUS

    1. Camera (Optional) 

    2. Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment. Consult your doctor before joining the trek.

    3. Dry fruits, Nuts, Chocolate bars (Optional

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Gokyo Lakes Trekking

Trip Facts

  • Bus/Jeep/Car and KTM-LUA-KTM flight
  • Min 2 pax
  • Tea House
  • Mid-March to Mid-May and Mid-September to mid-November
  • Tea House Trek
  • TIMS card and Sagarmatha national Park Permit
  • Hard
  • 4750 m