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Introduction

Gokyo Lake Trekking must rank as one of the world’s finest trekking destinations. Amazing bluish glacial lakes facing the towering Himalayas make Gokyo Lake Trek an amazing route. For trekkers looking for a moderately challenging route in Khumbu valley, Gokyo Lake Trek is the best alternative to Everest Base Camp. Gokyo Lake Trek is an amazing walk-in Khumbu valley with stunning views of the Everest Himalayan range. This trek is quieter than the Everest Base Camp trek, hence making it more suitable for trekkers looking for a relaxing trek in a peaceful environment.

The lakes in Gokyo valley are simply amazing and calm, and the views from the top of Gokyo RI are not comparable with anywhere else. From the summit of Gokyo Ri, we gain stunning views of major 8,000 meters peaks including Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu in Tibet including beautiful Mt. Everest itself. Gokyo Lake Trekking is the moderately challenging route as we are heading to Renjo La Pass. Himalayan Leisure, Inc. designed Gokyo valley trekking for trekkers looking for an equally fascinating alternative to Everest Base Camp Trek. Legendary peaks, peaceful glacial lakes, Himalayan birds following your track, and smiling Sherpa settlements will make your trek a golden memory. The route gives less mental and physical pressure to trekkers.

Gokyo lakes are the origin of Dudh Koshi river. The fascinating views of the great Himalayas from here are guaranteed to satisfy any trekker visiting this region. Many trekkers argue that the views of Gokyo Ri are more stunning than the views from Kalapatthar. Gokyo Ri Trek is a more serene route through Khumbu valley that gives sufficient time for proper acclimatization with opportunities to get some rest on the feet of the towering Himalayas. Every single day in Gokyo Lake Trekking offers stunning views that will take your breath away and the small lakes in the middle of the high Himalayas are simply spectacular.

On this beautiful trek, trekkers also have the option to cross through the amazing Renjo La Pass. A major part of our adventure; Renjo La pass gives absolutely stunning views of the Everest Himalayan range is simply astounding and worthwhile. Gokyo Lake is breathtaking especially in the morning when the water is calm and the mountains are reflected on the lake canvas. Another major attraction of the trek is Ngozumpa Glacier which is considered the biggest glacier in Nepal. Come and be a part of the magnificent Himalayan trek.

Tour Highlights

  • One of the famous trekking routes in Everest Region
  • Beautiful Sherpa culture and hospitality and an opportunity to experience it
  • Visit to Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo RI, Everest View Hotel and Namche Bazaar
  • 10 Night 11 Days fully guided trek through the Himalayas, crossing of Renjo La Pass over 5000 meters
  • Breathtaking flight to Lukla, one of the top 10 most dangerous airports in the world
  • Valleys, villages in the cliffs, rich culture, thundering rivers and towering Himalayas

Tour Price Based on Group Size

(Smaller the group higher the price. The price displayed here is without any discounts or coupons if exists / if available)
No of People Price
01 Person USD 1554 / per person
02 – 05 Person USD 1219 / per person
06 – 09 Person USD 1156 / per person
10 Person Above USD 1109 / per person
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of the Himalayas. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a name card written your name. We will transfer you to the hotel. We will introduce you to the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour.

Day 02Fly to Lukla (2860M / 30 minutes), trek to Phakding

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas on your flight to Lukla. It’s one of the most adventurous flights rated by top-rated websites and travel magazines. The flight takes approximately 30 minutes. Try to get your seat on the left side of the plane.
Once we commence our trek, we will pass through Chaurikharka, Chheplung, Ghat, Phakding, etc. Phakding is a small town with the majority of houses made for accommodation.

Day 03Trek to Namche Bazaar, gateway of Everest

The trail starts with gentle ascending before we reach Monjo. We will stop in Jorsalle for our lunch and continue further to Hilary Bridge through beautiful pine forests. Once we cross the bridge, the trail passes through steep ascending towards Namche Bazaar.
Namche is considered the gateway of the Khumbu / Everest region. It is a beautiful town with numerous activities available for trekkers. Pool House, Nescafe Coffee, Bakery, Modern Lodges, Internet, Telephone, Laundry, Bank, Money Changer, Equipment shop, etc., it got everything.

Day 04Rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar, acclimatization hikes

Today is our rest and acclimatization day. We will do acclimatization hikes to nearby places. The leader will give you different options such as Khumjung and Khunde hike, Everest View Hotel Hike, Thame Hike or National Park headquarter visit. The evening will be free for exploring Namche Bazaar.

Day 05Trek to Dole

We will start the hike with steep climbing to National Park headquarters then follow the gentle ascending to Kyanjuma. We will stop in Kyanjuma for a short tea break in front of this beautiful Amadablam Peak. The trail to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes separates from here. We will start ascending towards Mongla top and start descending to Phortse Tenga for lunch. We will start ascending towards Dole for an overnight stop. It’s a beautiful walk through the beautiful forests of pine and oaks.

Day 06Trek to Machhermo

The trail from Dole to Machhermo is pretty comfortable and it’s a short day hike. We will start the day with some ascending and follow the gentle climbing towards our destination. We will pass through Lhabarma and Luza village. Machhermo is the last settlement before we reach Gokyo valley on the following day. Machherma is also the place where people in the Khumbu region made their first sight of Yeti in 1974 AD.

Day 07Trek to Gokyo Lakes

Gokyo Lakes are known for several fabulous high-altitude lakes. These lakes are also the origin of the Dudh Koshi river that goes all the way to Lukla and further down. The trail starts with an almost flat trail and follows steep ascending to Gokyo lakes.

The route passes through Phang (4,550M / 14,927) where at least 40 people were killed by an avalanche in 1995 AD. There are 5 lakes in Gokyo valley. It’s an excellent place for spending an overnight!

Day 08Climb to Gokyo Ri (5403M) early in the morning, exploration day around Gokyo

Gokyo Ri (5,403M / 17,726FT) is known for its amazing views of most mountains in the Everest region. Hiking to this viewpoint for sunrise or sunset is undoubtedly magnificent. Gokyo Ri with no doubt gives us unforgettable memories for a lifetime. It is one of the most spectacular or indescribable places of our adventure. The walk is about 3/4 hours from Gokyo Lakes. Count as many as peaks you like but you will never finish counting.

Once we descend, we will wait for our lunch or we can visit the 4th and 5th lakes for further spectacular Himalayan views. Please consult with the guide. Or it’s a good idea to take a rest as we have a big day tomorrow.

Day 09Cross Renjo La (5,340M / 17,519FT) Pass and trek to Lungden

Today is one of the biggest days of our journey. It’s going to be a difficult walk to the top of the pass. The trail from Gokyo starts will gentle climbing and comes with steeping climbing before we reach the top of Renjo La. Renjo La pass offers some excellent views of Gokyo valley and a memorable view of several Himalayan peaks including Mount Everest. Lungden is the first village once we cross the Renjola Pass.

Day 10Trek to Namche Bazaar

The trail from Lungden to Namche is mostly downhill. We will walk via Marulung village (4,210M) before reaching Thame (3,820M). Thame is one of the popular villages of this region. This village also got a centuries-old Buddhist monastery. This is a beautiful Sherpa village hosting world famous mountaineers situated on the west of Khumbu region. From here we may have some good views of Rolwaling Himalayan peaks. Continuing our trek further we will reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 11Trek to Lukla, last night in the Himalayas

We will take steep descending to Jorsalle village and continue further to Phakding for our lunch breakfast. We are coming towards the end of our 11 night 12 days trek. Once we reach Lukla, we will conclude our walking and prepare for the flight to Kathmandu next day. Say goodbye to your porters.

Day 12Fly back to Kathmandu, drive to Hotel

We will go to the airport in the morning to catch our adventurous flight to Kathmandu. It’s going to be a breathtaking flight and an adventurous experience. It’s recommended seating on the right side of the airplane for some beautiful views of the Himalayas. Upon landing in Kathmandu, we will collect our luggage and head towards our hotel. Free afternoon to rest and relax.

Day 13Rest and buffer day in Kathmandu

We have a free day in Kathmandu before catching our international flight. Lukla flight often gets weather issues and flight cancellations / delays and this day is used on potential problems. You have a free day for shopping for gifts for your friends and families.

Day 14Drive to airport, departure from Kathmandu

We will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. The airport is small and has only 1 terminal. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again!

Costing

What is included in the tour price?

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek(4 airport transfers, 2 for domestic flights and 2 for international flights.)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley for 3 nights with complimentary breakfast(Hotel Thamel Park or similar)
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu domestic airline tickets including for the guide(15 KG / 33 Pounds baggage included including hand carry)
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek(13 Breakfast, 10 Lunch, 11 Dinner)
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses / lodges as per the itinerary during the trek(Twin sharing accommodation, private toilet in Lukla, Phakding and Namche)
  • Everest National Park Entry Permit / Local Area Entry Permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(Our guides are minimum 7 years experienced)
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(1 porter will carry maximum 25 kilos in total even if shared by 2 or more people)
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(Down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter(Ax Oximeter will help to find Oxygen saturation level in your body, it's important to find with altitude sickness)
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges(No hidden fees, no surprising prices)
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional](1 complementary dinner in Kathmandu will be provided either before or after the trek as per your choice)

What is not included in the tour price?

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation(Nepal via fees; 15 days - USD 30, 30 Days - USD 50, 90 Days - USD 125 | Visa extension - USD 3 per day, Late fine - USD 5 per day)
  • Personal nature expenses(All alcoholic and non-alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower - USD 5 - 8 / per shower, WiFi, battery charging, tidbits etc)
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (weather problems, airline issues, unforseen circumstances)(Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu(It is not included also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary whether it's voluntarily or due to unforeseen circumstances))
  • Tipping / gratis for guides / porters / assistant guides(Tipping is expected at the end of the tour)
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section(Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
ALTITUDE CHART
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Meals and Accommodation: Gokyo Lake trek will be based on the lodges / tea houses. So, we eat and sleep at them. In Kathmandu, we provide accommodation with only breakfast. Accommodation on the trek will be a private room however bathrooms and toilets will be shared with other rooms.

The meals on the trek will be locally and mostly prepared using ingredients from local areas most of the time, but Kathmandu offers a wide variety of basic to high-quality luxury burgers. On the trek, only a limited number of locally prepared meals are available.

Best Season for the Trek: Trekking to Gokyo Lakes can be done throughout the year however spring and autumn are considered better. The best time to trek to Gokyo Lakes is usually during the dry season, from October to May. In the spring, there is a chance of snow on some of the high-altitude passes and the passes may even close, while rainfall can make parts of the trail impassable in monsoon. Autumn ensures a clear and dry high-mountain pass with a good chance of a clear view of Mt. Everest and other peaks.

There are three optimal seasons for trekking to Gokyo Lakes: Spring, Fall, and Winter. The Spring Season begins in March and runs until May, while the Fall season runs from September through November. The main reason for having a narrow window is that the mountains on each side of the valley will be filled with snow and ice and can prove treacherous for trekkers.

This trekking route is one of the most popular treks in the world and many people flock to do it each year. It has been designated as a “significant cultural property” by the UNESCO World Heritage Center, which has called it “the jewel of Nepal.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

The prices are different based on the number of people traveling together. The larger the group size, the lower the price will be. For example, the price for 1 person will be higher than the price per person based on 2 people. Similarly, comparing to the prices per person for 2 – 5 people traveling together will be higher than the prices per person for 6 – 9 people traveling together. However, the prices you will see at the time of the booking will be final regardless of price changes in the future.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

We accept all major currencies such as USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, SGD, MYR, GBP, THB, CHF, JPY, HKD, etc. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.

When is the best time to travel? What is the best season?

March-May, and September–December are considered the best months for trekking in Nepal. Trekking is doable throughout the year however some months are better than others. June – August is monsoon season so there might be some rain showers in these months. January – February is the winter months and it’s usually much cold in higher areas. However, the trek is doable throughout the year.

What is the cancellation policy?

The trek has free cancellation 60 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 60 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees of the total tour price.

How are the meals and accommodation on the trek?

We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 2 to Day 11). We will fly to Kathmandu on day 12. Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwiches, burgers, etc. are available. Meat is available in few places and it’s highly recommended to avoid it due to hygiene reasons.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room or twin sharing rooms however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).

Do I need to be physically fit?

Very good question. Usually, a person with previous multiday hiking experiences is welcome to join our treks. If you do not have previous hiking experiences but still if you are able to walk for 6-7 hours every day, then we are happy to take you on board. The Renjo La Pass is considered a difficult part of the route but it can be avoided if you don’t want to cross. Additionally, the trail itself is not difficult but thin air at the high altitude makes it difficult for most people.

Can I / we do this trek with kids?

The original itinerary of the trek is not suitable for the kids however a slight modification in the trekking itinerary can make the trek suitable for children as well. To alter the itinerary to make it suitable for kids, we need to avoid Renjo La Pass and have to return back from Gokyo Lakes the same way.

Are the guides experienced? Are they licensed?

We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are the Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by the Nepal Government.

Gear List
  • Waterproof trekking boots / Flip Flops
  • Socks / Undergarments
  • Shorts
  • Trekking pants
  • Quick dry T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Fleece (Lower / Upper)
  • Rain / wind jacket
  • Down jackets
  • Backpack / Day Pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottles or camel bag / purification
  • Sunscreen / moisturizer
  • Hat or balaclava
  • Trekking poles
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper / Tissue paper
  • Quick dry towel
  • Soap / Shampoo
  • Headlight / Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Light / heavy gloves
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Shampoo / Soap or Bath gel
  • Female hygiene products
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Annonymous

Group Traveller

“It was my longtime dream to go on a trek to Himalaya and see the highest mountain in the world, Mt.Everest as well as other Himalayan mountains.
Although it was challenging to climb up and down at the high altitude especially for crossing Chola Pass, beautiful mountains enjoyed my eyes and got rid of fatigue.

24 November, 2018
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