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Nepal Environmental Trek
Nepal Environmental
Treks & Expedition

Gokyo Lake Trek

Duration
11 days
Max. Elevation
5545m
Group size
Min 1
Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Flight
Best Season
Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV, Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
Accomodation
2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu. Lodge Accomodation during Trek
Meals
3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Starts at/ Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Trip Route
{ Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding - Namche Bazaar - Khumjung - Dole - Machermo - Gokyo - Gokyo Ri - Machermo - Namche Bazaar - Lukla - Kathmandu }

Highlights

Overview

Gokyo Lake Trek takes you to the world famous Everest region. The trek offers you a rare experience of knowing Sherpa culture, traversing highest passes, and catching spectacular glimpses world’s highest mountains including Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6812m) among others. 
 
This trek gives you the grand tour of the famous Khumbu valley. This is a strenuous trek leading to Gokyo Lake and over the Cho La at 5,430m making a circuit of Tawache (6,367m.) and Cholatse (6,440m). Emerging into the Khumbu valley above Lobuje, the trail continues up to Kalapatthar and then back to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche Bazaar. The small herding settlement of Gokyo (4750m) lies on the banks of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes. From the ridge above Gokyo, you can see the four peaks above 8000m, namely Cho You, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. In addition to this you can also see the amzing ice ridge between Cho You and Gyachung (7922m), considered one of the most dramatic panoramas in the Khumbu region. There are many options for additional exploration and high-altitude walking, including the crossing of Cho La, a 5420m-high pass into Khumbu and a hike to Gokyo Ri.
 
Breathtaking mountain vistas are complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries offering you an insight into the quiet but culturally vibrant Sherpa way of life.
 
The best seasons to do Gokyo Lake trek is either during Spring  (March, April , May) or Autumn (September, October, November). 

Important Note

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

Trip Itinerary

On your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be greeted with flower garlands/Khadas. Our representative will then take you to your hotel. If time prevails, you will visit office for paperwork.

Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Hotel
Today, you will visit popular world heritage monuments in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and Pashupatinath. Alternatively, you can choose Bhakatapur and Patan sightseeing.  By late afternoon you will drive back to your hotel.

Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast
After early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the domestic airport terminal. Receive your boarding pass and fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) that takes about 35 minutes. The flight offers you up close views of the Himalayas and romantic landscapes of hills, farms and rivers.

On arrival to Lukla, you will begin 3 hours trek to Phakding (2640 m.). You start your trek from Lukla with a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Mt. Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in the distance is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a wonderful valley to your right; and Mt. Kusum Kang (6367m.) to the far end.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

2886m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) takes about 5 hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Kongde-Ri and Tawoche peak. You can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.).

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

3440m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization you walk up to Khunde hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary or a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

3440m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.) via Khumjung, takes about six hours. From Namche the route heads up all the way to Khumjung, a picturesque village which also has its own Gompa at the top end of town. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then trail ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, you can see panoramic views of various mountains. You trek steeply descending the pass through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

4040m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek from Dole to Machermo (4410m) takes about 3 hours. From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley you can view the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and you will arrive at Machermo in time for lunch.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

4410m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek from Machermo to Gokyo (4750m) which takes about 4 hours. Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. You follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky path inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.) - your route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo.

Stay overnight at lodge. 

Max. altitude

4750m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley.
Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can make a side trip to Fifth Lake via Forth Lake. Or you can trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

4750m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and then trek back to Machermo (4150m.) via. Gokyo village takes about four and half hours.
Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. After lunch it is a short walk to the village of Machermo.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Max. altitude

5483m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek from Machermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) takes about five hours. The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Phortse Tenga (3650m.) passing through rhododendron forests. Then, the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following small up and down trail to your next destination.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Max. altitude

3440m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) takes about six hours. The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

2886m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.

Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.

Max. altitude

1400m

Meals

Breakfast
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Includes

    Kathmandu:

    • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
    • 3 night hotel accommodation with breakfast at 3 star standards hotel
    • One day city sightseeing with an English speaking tour guide and private vehicle
    • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
    • Souvenirs

    Trekking:

    • One trekking guide (if there are 10 or more participants, we will provide 2 trekking guides)
    • One porter for every 2 trekking participants (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
    • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
    • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
    • Trekking equipments: Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking poles
    • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
    • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
    • Local government entrance fee
    • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
    • Insurance and equipments for the guides and porters
    • First aid kit
    • Tax, VAT and our service charge
    • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)

Doesn't Include

    • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips for involved staffs
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary)

My First Visit To Nepal And It Was Wonderful !

This was my first visit to Nepal and it was wonderful ! We did a 9 day trek to Gokyo Lake, and it was an incredible journey worth telling. We experienced rain, hail, snowstorm and lots of sun, but it was a great journey and well worth trekking for. Our guide Dinesh ad porter was excellent and professional, I would love to come back and do it again!

C
Claire

An Amazing Tour To Gokyo.

It was an amazing tour to Gokyo. Thanks for my good guide Kaji. He shows me a lot about culture, mountain and nature. I'm happy ? coming back soon !

A
Andrea
Swaziland

We Have A Wonderful Trek

We have a wonderful trek with Ratna and porter from ‘Environmental treks’. We spent 15 days in Everest region. We did Gokyo Ri, Chhukung Ri,and Ama Dablam Base Camp. We are very greatful for having the best guide – Ratna and nice weathe(!).

S
Sebastian and Anna
Poland

We Had A Wonderful Trek To Gokyo

We had a wonderful trek to Gokyo. Great wether everything went smoothly. Our guide; Ramesh was very attentive and helpful. It was nice to have everything arranged at the end of a long day. Thanks to Ramesh and environmental treks.

K
Kiely and Moose
United States

Great Organization !!!

The trip was fantastic! Fulfilled one of my long time dreams. Great organization and quick, effective handling of all challenges that came up-in spite of unpredictable mountain weather we completed the Gokyo trek! And I am leaving for home with lifetime of memories!

L
Lukas Prochazka
Canada

Great Arrangement!

Thank you Nava for arranging the trek to Gokyo(fabulous) and Bardiya National Park-Lumbini-Pokhara. We enjoyed out 6 weeks in Nepal, with your assistance.

J
Jim LeMaistre, Maureen Collier
Canada

Equipment List

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking.

General Items

Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff  

Sun-worn Items

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets

Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries), 

Liquid/Snacks

Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials

First Aid Kit

Optional

Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc

Additional items for camping trek

Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price.

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