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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 is 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 of 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. May trekker argue that the views of Gokyo Ri are more stunning than the views from Kalapatthar. Gokyo Ri Trek is more serene routes through Khumbu valley that gives sufficient time for proper acclimatization with opportunities to get some rest on the feet of 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 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.
Gokyo Lake Trek is known as one of the best alternatives of the popular Everest Base Camp Trek. Every day, we will be walking for about 6-7 hours. There are 2 rest and acclimatization days. We will be doing acclimatization hikes during the rest days.
This is a tea house trekking. We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges. The highest altitude slightly less than 4800 meters. For some people without previous high altitude experience, it can be a bit difficult to adjust. Our leaders will do the best to accommodate you and make you comfortable while on the journey.
Welcome to the city of temples and the country of 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 with the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas on your flight to Lukla. It’s one of the most adventurous flight 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 as the gateway of the Khumbu / Everest region. It is a beautiful town with numerous activities available for trekkers. Pool House, Nescafe Cofee, Bakery, Modern Lodges, Internet, Telephone, Laundry, Bank, Money Changer, Equipment shop, etc., it got everything. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 overnight. It’s a beautiful walk through the beautiful forests of pine and oaks. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This is our second rest and acclimatization day on this trek. We will take late breakfast and do a short acclimatization hike to the top of the hill from where we will witness magnificent views of Himalayas. The hike to the top of the ridge above the village for stunning views of the Himalayas including Everest is breathtaking. In the afternoon we can also go to Himalayan Rescue Association aid post to attend altitude sickness lecture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Gokyo Lakes are known for several fabulous high altitude lakes in the region. 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 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! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 the 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 4th and 5th lakes for further spectacular Himalayan views. Please consult with the guide. Or it’s a good idea to take rest as we have a big day tomorrow. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 on the next morning. Say goodbye to your porters.
We will go to the airport in the morning to catch our adventurous flight to Kathmandu. It’s going to be the breathtaking flight and adventurous experience. It’s worth to seat 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.
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 gifts for your friends and families and rest and spend last hours in 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!
Our prices are different based on a number of people. The prices are set based on a number of people traveling together. For example, the price for 1 person and the total price for 2 people is different. So, the price you see at the time of making the reservation is the final. We do not charge an additional amount for the single traveler.
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.
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 winter months and it’s usually much cold in higher areas.
The trek is doable throughout the year.
The trek has free cancellation 60 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 60 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees.
We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 2 to Day 12). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwich, burgers, etc. are available.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).
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 have no problem walking for 6-7 hours every day, then we are happy to take you on board.
If you are average fit then most of our treks are doable by you. If you are not sure whether you are fit or not then please consult with our travel experts.
We take bookings for this trek for people over 6 years old. The trek is doable with kids as well and we have previous experiences of organizing family tours.
We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by Nepal Government.
This is completely tea house based trek hence we will be sleeping and eating in the lodges. In Kathmandu, we provide 3 start category hotel accommodation with breakfast and it will be standard lodges while on the trek. The lodges on the trek will be mostly shared bathroom / shared toilet while in 1/2 places we may provide you rooms with private toilet.
The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time. Kathmandu offers a wide selection of meals in basic to high standard luxury lounges. On the trek, the number of meal items will be limited to a small number.
The Gokyo Valley trek is a high altitude trekking route in Khumbu region. This trekking can be done throughout the year however March to May and September to December are better months comparing to other months i.e. June, July, August, January, February, etc. During best months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are breathtaking and the weather is lovely as well. March to April is the months of blossoming season of rhododendron and many other flowers which looks very beautiful lush of green forests. From October to December you will see more green forests in the area. Everest Base Camp Trekking is best during spring and autumn season. As this is the ultimate adventure of your life we recommend you to plan the trek properly and during best months though Himalayan Leisure, Inc. will be able to arrange your trip throughout the year.
Head: Sun hat or scarf – Light balaclava or warm fleece hat – Sunglasses with UV protection
Lower Body: Under Garments – Hiking shorts – Lightweight cotton long pants – Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms – Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) – Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet: Thin, lightweight inner socks – Thick, warm wool hiking socks – Hiking boots with spare laces – Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
Upper Body: T-shirts – Light and expedition weight thermal tops – Fleece jacket or pullover – Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) – Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket – Down vest and/or jacket*
Hands: Lightweight gloves – Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
Accessories: Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade * – Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries – Trekking Bags/Duffel bag * – Basic First Aid Kit – Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag – Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) – Trekking Poles – Water bottle (2) or camel bag – Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) – Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
Toiletries: 1 medium sized quick drying towel – Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable) – Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) – Deodorants – Nail clippers – Face and body moisturizer – Personal / Feminine hygiene products – Small mirror
Extras/Luxuries: Binoculars – Reading book – Trail Map/Guide book – Journal & Pen – Walkman – Pencils and small notebooks – Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble – Swimming customs (Kathmandu and Trek)