The view of Gokyo lakes from Gokyo Ri (5340m)
Sunset view over Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and other peaks in Khumbu.
The monastery and mountain views from Tengboche, Khumbu, Nepal

Gokyo Lake Trek

Trip Code
BNTNP-008
Starting From
USD 1645
Duration
17 days
Group Size
02-15 Person
Max. Altitude
5360m (Gokyo Ri)
Trek starting point
Lukla
Trek ending point
Lukla
Accommodation
3 star hotels and lodges
Meals
All meals during the trek
Transportation
Private vehicles and flights
Challenge
Difficult
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The Gokyo Valley trek is perhaps the most spectacular area in the Everest region and pilgrimage to visit the holy lakes on the lap of Mt. Cho-oyu(8201m). The valley is considered as a traditional trek that offers the magnificent view of the mountains and Ngozumba glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalaya. The trail to Gokyo has a groups of well managed lodges and good camping spots, which have been serving the international tourists in the area since the tourism started. While the trail get to the top of Gokyo Ri (5360m) where the views are the amongst the most spectacular in Nepal including four 8,000 meter himalayan peaks, Cho-Oyo (8201m), Makalu (8463m), Lhotse (8501m) and of course the Mt. Everest (8850m).

After short flight to Lukla; an adventure begins by following the Dudh Koshi river valley to Namche Bazaar. We trek at a steady pace allowing sufficient time for acclimatization and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the renowned Sherpa hospitality. The trail to Gokyo is an ongoing ascent up the valley passing through the rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer can be seen. The mountain views are impressive as we head through small yak grazing settlements to the Gokyo Lakes . Here we stop for two nights for exploration, which will include the straight forward climb to Gokyo peak. Our return route crosses glacier to Thagnak, to the opposite side of the valley passes through the prosperous Sherpa village of Phortse including Tengboche monastery, a most magnificent location where we savor the incredible scenery, including magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam (6812m), Kangtega (6809m), Kwangde peak (6194m), Nuptse (7879m), Lhotse (8501m) and many other peaks. We return back to Lukla through Namche Bazaar for our flight back to Kathmandu.

 

What's Included?

  • Airport transfers to/from by private vehicles.
  • Transportation Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu by regularly scheduled or chartered flight, airport taxes and surcharges.
  • Accommodations in best available local lodges, 3 times meals and all kind of hot drinks (Tea/Coffee/Hot chocolate) during the trek .
  • Sagarmatha national park permit fee.
  • TIMS (Trekker’s information management system) card arrangements.
  • Service of Guide and porter during the trek and also their wages, foods, insurance and lodging.
  • Airfare cost for Guide.
  • Sleeping bag and Duffel bags for the use of trek.
  • 2 night accommodation 3 star hotel in Kathmandu (Twin sharing deluxe room) including breakfast and all govt. taxes.
  • Agency service charges and government applicable fees.

What's not Included?

  • Meals(Lunch, dinner) during staying in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal visa fee US$ 25 per person.
  • Air travels to and from Nepal, visa fees.
  • All personal expenses, travel insurance, rescue charge in emergency.
  • Extra cost due to flight cancellation/road conditions.
  • Purchases of bottled water while on the trek, gifts and alcohols.
  • All personal clothing and equipments.
  • Any tipping and donations.

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel(1340M)

We will meet you at the airport and then transfer to the Hotel which is close to the multitude of shopping centers and restaurant

Day 02 Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2650m) 3-4 hours walking.

Early morning drive to domestic airport. After checking baggages you will take the short mountain flight to Lukla with the breath taking view of mountains on the northern side. Once you arrive at Lukla, get ready for the hike through the town passing, descending to the beautiful Sherpa village of ChauriKharka. This is very busy trail, passing yak trains, trekkers, locals and porters.Once you reach this area, the land of the Sherpas and everything in it are fresh and new. This area represents the Tibetan buddhism as you will pass through beautiful Stupa, Mane walls and Monasteries along the trail. We cross 2 suspension bridges before ThadoKoshi and the first view of Kusum Kangaru Mountain appears here. The trail gradually climbs up now along the Ghat village where we can see very beautifully painted Mani walls, Stupas. We continue the walk with small ups and down until it comes Phakding village where we stay overnight.

Day 03 Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450m) 5-7 hours walking.

From Phakding, start early walking following the nice gentle path through natural forests of pines and cedars crossing several small streams along the right bank of the DudhKoshi River. Far up the valley, the snowy peak of Mt. Thamserku (6608m) can be seen. You cross the suspension bridge over the DudhKoshi River after Benkar village then climb up little, passing beautiful Sherpa villages of Chhumoa and Monjo. There comes the entrance of the Sagarmatha national park. When you cross a long suspension bridge and take the road along the left bank, Jorsale lies ahead. Soon as you pass Jorsale, there comes another suspension bridge we will cross and then walk along the bank of Dudh Koshi river bank. After crossing the high bridge over the DudhKoshi River, the trail zigzags uphill, you emerge to a ridge, offers an excellent view of the Mt. Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m). The climb eases somewhat and Namche Bazaar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pine forests. Namche bazaar is surrounded by Mountains in 3 sides and open facing to Bhotekoshi on the south. It is biggest town in the Khumbu valley is a central hub.Overnight stay in Lodge at Namche Bazaar.

Day 04 Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

Today we visit to the view point at National park headquarter in the morning  to see the view of Mt. Everest(8848m), Lhotse(8516m), Nuptse(7856m), Amadablam(6856m) and many other snowy mountains as well visiting the National park museum. Also you can make a day hike up to Everest View Hotel.

Day 05 Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (3790M) 3 hours walking.

Walk through the Namche village, passing Mani walls and Mani stones. Start climbing steeply zigzag trail through the alpine forests up and reach to Syangboche. There is an airport at 3800m high place but only the cargo flights flies in. Continue climb the ridges through Juniper forests pass by the chortens and descend to Khumjung village. The village is situated below the sacred mountain KhumbiYulha, Big Sherpa village with a famous school funded by late sir Edmund Hillary. Afternoon visiting Monastery and school.   

Day 06 Khumjung to Dole (4040M) 6-7 hours walking.

Walk through the village and take the left mountainside trail, the path ascends up to Mongla. This is a good place for taking tea break and catches the views of the surroundings. Then continue descend on zigzag trails down to the Phortse Tenga where we take the lunch. The path climbs again steeply through the pine and Birch forest, passing rocky trails and waterfalls. We will reach at Dole and stay in the Lodge overnight.

Day 07 Dole to Machhermo (4410M) 4 hours walking.

After a short climb from here, you pass the teahouses of Lhabarma and travel a level path on a gentle sloping mountainside to Luza. The trail climbs up following the yak pastures and once you reach at the ridge, you see Machhermo spreading out in the valley below. 

 

Day 08 Acclimatization day at Machhermo

Day hike to the mountains above the Machhermo in the morning and return back to the hotel.

 

Day 09 Machhermo to Gokyo (4750M) 4-5 hours walking.

Climb the mountain side from Machhermo to the tip of the ridge; a view of Cho-oyu and the mountains surroundings opens up before you. There is a level path passing Fang and gentle climbing on the mountainside. once you get closer to the Ngozumba glacier and the DudhKoshi river, you should climb a steep rocky incline. You come to a first lake of the Gokyo and come to the second lake at the junction with the path that goes over Chola pass. Going pass two lakes finally you arrive on the third lake (Dudh Pokhari) at last we arrive at Gokyo.

 

Day 10 Hiking to Gokyo 5th Lake (5000M) 5-6 hours walk

The trail follows the valley with gentle climbing to 4th Lake, which is the biggest lake in the valley. Afterwards it is steep climbing higher up to 5th Lake where we can see the view of the glaciers, Mt. Cho-oyu and Mt. Everest. Return back same way to Gokyo village.

 

Day 11 Hiking up to Gokyo Ri(5360M) and trek to Thagnak(4700M) 5-6 hour walking.

Today we will climb the Gokyo peak and from there we can see the north-west face of the Mt. Everest(8850m), Lhotse(8516m), Cho-oyu(8201m) and Makalu(8463m)four 8000m peaks and many of other high mountains including Gyachungkang(7992m), Pumori, Cholatse, Tawache, Nireka peak. We will get back to Gokyo and trek along the Ngozumba glacier to Thagnak.

 

Day 12 Trek to Phortse village (3800M) 5-6 hrs walking.

Today we descend along the other side of the valley passing through yak pastures with great view of the valley we came up. Lunch at Thore and walk along the khonar valley where we can see many wild animals, then descend to prosperous Sherpa village of Phortse.

 

Day 13 Phortse to Tengboche (3867M) 3 hours walking.

The trail descends to the Imja Khola and starts climbing steeply through the blue pine and Rhododendron forests. Continue climb the Mountain diagonally until come to the ridge, to arrive at Tengboche. It is a large plateau and in front is the splendid monastery, where we stay in the Guesthouse. Tengboche is the biggest monastery in this Khumbu area about 50 monks and one of the best places for the view of the mountains including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, thamserku and Amadablam. 

 

Day 14 Tengboche to Monjo (2850M) 6-7 hours walking.

Trek down to Phunki Tenga, then climbs back through pine forests along the small villages and reach to Sanasa and kyangjuma. The trail walking along the hill side with several ups and down to Namche bazaar. Then continue walk down to Monjo.

 

Day 15 Monjo to Lukla(2810m) 4-5 hrs walking.

Today the trail descends all the way down to Dudhkoshi River and after there we walk through Monjo, Benkar to Phakding.Lunch at Phakding and resume the walk back to Lukla. Overnight in Lodge at Lukla.

 

Day 16 Lukla to Kathmandu

Early morning, you will take short flight back to Kathmandu. Soon as arriving in Kathmandu, transfer to the Hotel.Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu.

 

Day 17 Departure back to home

Today is the last day of your trip in Himalaya, as we will transfer you to the international airport. We trust that you will cherish this inspiring experience and the deep, newly formed friendships in the years to come.

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01. Sleeping bag (down), rated to -10 degree centigrade (If you don’t have them it can rent in Kathmandu for your trek period)
02. Sleeping bag liner (optional)
03. Hiking boots should be light weight to medium weight leather or Gore-Tex. Your boots should fit well and be completely broken in prior to your trek
04. Sneakers or sandals for camp and town
05. Socks, thin liners (polypro or silk), thick outer socks (wool or polypro). Bring 3 changes of socks
06. Thermal underwear, polypropylene or other synthetic (No cotton)
07. Lightweight hiking pants, Insulating pants (fleece or equivalent), Rain pant
08. Several t-shirts, both long and short sleeved
09. Shirts long sleeved
10. Rain jacket/poncho(Gore-Tex) or equivalent is ideal
11. Down jacket
12. Fleece Jackets
13. Warm hat
14. Hat for sun protection
15. Gloves or mittens
16. Quality sunglasses with 100% UV and IV protection. (It is also recommended to bring a spare pair)
17. If you wear prescription glasses or contacts, bring spares
18. Two (2) good quality 1 liter water bottles
19. Trekking poles. (optional, and can be purchased in Kathmandu)
20. Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
21. Reading/writing materials
22. Pictures of where you live, your family, and what you do. (to share with people along the way)
23. Camera and spare batteries
24. Special snack items in zip lock bags
25. Ear plugs (for travel)
26. Particle masks (for dust)
27. Toilet kit with towel, washcloth, bandanna, scrub brush, short clothes line, safety pins, mesh laundry bag, biodegradable soap, toilet paper, pre-moistened towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
28. Women: bring extra sanitary supplies and zip lock bags to pack out used materials
29. Personal medical/first aid kit with aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen, nasal/throat decongestant, topical antiseptic, band-aids/bandages, sunscreen and lip balm, laxative, anti-diarrhea medicines, antacid, water purification tablets (or filter), moleskin, bug repellent, and any personal prescriptions or medical items.

Nepal Entry Visa

Foreigners who intend to visit Nepal must hold valid Passport(6 months) or any travel documents equivalent to passport issued by the government for visiting a foreign country. You can obtain the Nepal visa up on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, Kathmandu. Also you can apply the Nepal visa online now. The application for the tourist visa has to be filled and submitted through this link of Nepal Immigration, http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa. Please bring the printed copy and show them at the immigration in Kathmandu with the visa fees and 2 copies of passport sized photos. US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days multiple entry visa, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days multiple entry visa. We suggest you to take cash in hand. If you haven’t applied online visa then visa form will be provided during your flight to Nepal.
Note: Free Visa for Chinese citizens including HKSAR Passport holders.

Trekking Season

The two most pleasant seasons for trekking in Nepal are spring and autumn. The spring season is considered to be March to May. During the spring months flowers are in bloom in the forests so it can be quite beautiful though it can also be bit cloudy, especially in the afternoon.  Autumn season is considered September through November. In autumn season you will get the best mountain views, with clear skies usually all day long. The fall season is slightly cooler with average temperatures. December is also generally the driest month of the year. Trekking in Nepal is possible at any time of the year. It is worth remembering that we will get 75 percent of annual rainfall from the mid June through the August. This period is considered as the monsoon season. Winter in Nepal is considered December through February. These months are the coldest in temperatures depending on where you are. At higher altitudes in the Himalayas temperatures will drop below freezing and it can be extremely cold at night.

 A typical day of trekking

The trekking day begins early at around 6.30AM in the morning with a cup of wake up tea. Before breakfast, pack your duffel bag which is carried by porters by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually starting the good morning walk. After 3-4 hrs walking, we stop for lunch. Allowing about 1 - 2 hours for lunch break then we continue the walk to the destination where we stay overnight. We reach the teahouse/ camp by afternoon, as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Check in the room and having afternoon tea, side trips or other activities are generally organized. You can spend the afternoon as you wish then meet for the dinner around 7PM and sleep.

Geography of Nepal

Nepal covers the land area of 147,181 sqkm, stretching 800km from east to west and 90 to 230km from north to south. Nepal is land-locked between China (including the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet) and India. Nepal has three geographic regions; the mountainous Himalayan belt (including 8 of the 14 highest mountain peaks in the world), the hill region and the plains region. Nepal contains the greatest altitude variation on earth, from the lowland Terai, at almost sea-level to Mount Everest at 8848 metres. Nepal is divided into five development regions and seventy-five districts. Where as high Himalayas occupy 16% of the total land area of Nepal with elevation ranging from 4,000m to above 8,848m. This region accommodates the eight of the highest peaks in the world; Mt. Everest (8848m), Kanchanjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), Manaslu (8163m) and Annapurna I (8091m).

Currency in Nepal

Nepali Rupee notes come in Rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rs. 1, 2 and 5 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. Banks are usually open from 09.30 am to 3.00 pm Sundays through Thursdays and from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm on Fridays. Saturdays are closed.

Credit Cards

All major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 4% mark-up on top of the price.

Climate change

Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries in South Asia to climate change, yet it has limited capacity to address impacts of climate change or to take advantage of the opportunities. It has a highly variable climate and fragile ecosystems. The Himalayan glaciers are retreating faster than any other major body of ice. With climate change, climate variability, a driver of poverty in a country where 60% of the population is reliant on agriculture, will only increase. The monsoon rains are already more intense, but of shorter duration, and are arriving later, which has a devastating impact on the rice fields. The Greater Himalaya region is the water tower of Asia. Nepal sits at a strategic point, in the headwaters of the Ganges basin. 500 million people live in this basin, which is one of the most flood prone in the world. Currently Nepals Himalayan Rivers supply 70% of the dry season water in the Ganges and 30% of the peak flood waters. Nepals potential for hydropower is 100 times its existing energy use. Current development of rivers are sub-optimal, focusing solely on hydro rather than also storing water in the summer to use for irrigation during the rest of the year and reduce flooding.

Clothing in Nepal

From April to the end of September, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for travelling purpose should be comfortable and light weight. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather-friendly. In the months of October to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like down jackets, sweaters, trousers etc to stay protected from the cold. In accordance to Nepali weather you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Kathmandu.

Health issues/Altitude sickness

Those in good health should have no difficulty traveling to Nepal. But people with health conditions including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy and cardiac problems should seek a doctor’s approval before planning a trip to Nepal. Trekking and Climbing in Nepal involves high altitude and can be strenuous.Simple headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Altitude sickness, if not treated when symptoms first appear, can lead to death. Often known as AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness, it can ruin a Treks and Climbings and should be treated very seriously. The Himalayan Mountains begin where other mountain ranges end.  As altitude increases, specially above 3,000 metres, the air becomes thinner, creating certain difficulties for the human body. Youth, strength and fitness make no difference here. The only prevention is to give ones body time to adjust to high altitude. Those who go too high too fast are liable to be victims of Acute Mountain Sickness.  To minimize its threat, we recommend following these advice:
01. Drink adequate fluids.  At 4,300 metres for example, the body requires 3 to 4 litres of liquid a day.  At low altitudes try to drink at least 1 litre a day.
02. Accept the fact that you cannot go very high if your time is short.
03. Learn to recognize the symptoms of AMS: headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, fluid retention and/or swelling of the body.  The cure is to climb no higher until the symptoms have disappeared.
04. Do not expect everyone in your group to acclimatize at the same rate.  If you experience such discomforts, tell the accompanying travel High Solu facilitators immediately.
05. For the sake of safety, if the trek leader deems it necessary to ask a participant who is suffering from AMS to descend, he will have the authority to do so even though it may go against the will of that participant.

People and Religions of Nepal

Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups, the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Since 2008AD, Nepal has been declared a secular country. The Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Herald of Peace, The Light of Asia. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians live together in harmony. And other nature worshippers, too, exist here. Ethnic diversity and custom of Nepal make Nepal the most fascinating tourist destination in the world. Official statistics indicates that Nepali population of around 35 millions includes more than 90 ethnic groups speaking 100 different languages and dialects.

History of Nepal

Nepal has witnessed many rulers and dynasties play contributing roles in moulding Nepal to present day’s Modern Nepal. Kirantis ruled Nepal from 9th century B.C. to 1st century A.D. Later Lichchhavis took over Kiranti from 3rd to 13th century and then were followed by Thakuri belonging to Malla dynasty. Then Shah Dynasty held the reign. Prithvi Narayan Shah is solely responsible for today’s modern day Nepal for he is the one who united different kingdoms into one single nation in 1769. In 1846, the Kot massacre led by Junga Bahadur Rana backseated the power of monarchy and made Rana regime more powerful. In 1950 Tribhuvan with the support from India restored monarchy. A coalition government comprising the Nepali congress party and the Ranas was thereafter installed with the promise of free elections in 1952. In 1960, Mahendra, son of Tribhuvan tactically established Panchayat system, meaning ‘five councils system’, by engineering a coup, declaring a new constitution, imprisoning all the leaders of the then government and enforcing a ban on all political activities. People’s movement of 1990 opened up a new chapter for a decade of democracy in Nepal which led to multiparty democracy with constitutional monarchy. Democracy came with heavy price leading to incompetent political leaders, political conflicts, Maoist insurgency,corruptions and downfall in national economy. Royal family massacre in 2001 left whole world in complete shock. Gynendra was crowned Nepal’s king after his brother, Birendra’s assassination. With the advent of 2006 all major political parties committed to reform their past mistakes and Maoist rebels came together with the support from Nepali people and jointly went on several days strikes to restore democracy. Finally,Gynendra handed over the political power to Nepali people and democracy was once again restored in Nepal.Then maoists has been the biggest political party of Nepal 2008 election. Nepal recently(September 2015) declared the new constitution for the country.

Shopping in Nepal

In the major cities of Nepal, like Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, you will find well resourced shopping malls. From clothes, shoes, accessories, sports wear, electronic goods, cosmetics, food and decoration items to kitchen wares you can purchase any goods. In Nepal shopping of both local and imported goods are possible. Most shops and clothing stores have fixed price tagged along their goods. But in case of small shops, you can bargain the prices for purchasing goods. While shopping in Nepal it is advisable to carry Nepali currency in cash as most of the shops only accept cash. In Kathmandu, Thamel, Newroad and DurbarMarg are the most popular Shopping centers.

Foods in Nepal

Kathmandu is a paradise for food lovers.Besides Nepali food Nepal restaurants here serve varieties of hygienic delicacies from Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Russian, Korean, Mexican,Thai etc to continental at remarkably reasonable price. If you desire to lead a Nepali lifestyle during your stay in Nepal, then there are also some restaurants serving pure Nepali cuisine (Dal Bhat) which comprises of steamed rice, lentil soup and varieties of vegetable/ non vegetable curries. Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, is well known for many excellent restaurants, cafés and pubs. Pokhara also have numerous restaurants that serve every kind of delicacies complementing your taste. The foods in the mountains(trekking routes) also fresh, hygenic and delicious.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation (including helicopter rescue) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover trip cancellation and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Hotels in Nepal

Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotel in Nepal gives you the high quality services. Whatever your requirements are, Nepal hotels can meet them all. 

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Challenges

Generally short treks of duration not more than 10 days with average walking of 4-6 hours a day with maximum altitude gain of 3500m. Suitable for those people who do not have any previous trekking experience, but still want to see the country side, himalayan scenery, meet and interact with local culture.
The treks covering altitude of 4500m with some longer and shorter walks of 6-7 hrs a day. Moderate treks are with duration of 10 days to 2 weeks in the mountains, suits for people of all ages with good physical fitness.
The trek involves some steep ascents and descents, throughout high passes and involving glacier crossings. Usually you will trek 6 to 8 hours a day. The highest elevation reached is around 5500m & trekking duration can be 2-3 weeks.
This grade will involves the altitude ranges above 5500m to 6000m plus with 7 hrs of walking a day. It covering very remote areas, walking over snow covered high passes with the need of climbing equipment.

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