Gokyo Lake Trek
The sparkling, pristine blue and green waters of the Gokyo Lakes are one of Nepal’s most memorable sights. They comprise the highest freshwater lake system in the world, at around 5,000 meters. The Gokyo Lakes trek is ideal for people who want to trek in the Everest region, but who want more variety of views and fewer nights spent at very high altitude.
Departure/Return LocationKathmandu, Nepal
Departure TimeEarly in the morning
Return TimeApproximately afternoon
Day 01: Arrival
Day 02: Rest & short sightseeing
- Kathmandu: After Breakfast sightseeing in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath).
- We drive with a private vehicle towards our three sightseeing points.
- We visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the bank of the holy River Bagmati. Here, we visit Hindu holy men (Sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats.
- After Pashupatinath, we visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa.
- We take a lunch break in front of the Stupa. After a lunch break, we visit another point Swayambhunath.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2691m)
- After breakfast, we get transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla.
- Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) and it takes about 30 minutes. Our guide briefs you about the trail and introduces our porters.
- Lukla is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks.
- You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River.
- Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge.
- You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to reccerest, with views to a valley to your right, and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m). The Dudh Koshi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat tea house.
- You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding Overnight at Teahouse.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3340m): 5/6hrs
- Walking through a beautiful fine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6180m).
- Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park.
- We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bassar.
- The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers.
- After a final steep ascent of about two hours, we get first sight of Mt.Everest earing over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge.
- We Stop at Chautara to admire the view.
- We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt.Everest and main trading center of this region.
- We stay over in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Namche Bazzar- Acclimitazation day at Namche Bazzar
- Namche Bazaar is known as the “Gateway to Everest” we will spend today here in order to acclimatize and adjust to thinning air. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle.
- Namche Bazaar is the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize.
- We climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche.
- The Khumjung valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, hosts a well-known monastery that houses a yeti scalp.
- We will also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, we walk back down to Namche Bazaar.
- Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Namche to Phortse Thanga (3680m)(4hours)
- Leave Namche along the direction of the gompa and turn right after the large rocks engraved with Buddhist images.
- The Gokyo route turns north, climbing above the more frequented route to Tengboche and Everest Base Camp.
- The two trails soon join and continue towards a large Chorten on the ridge top at 3973m.
- The trek climbs the hill to Khumjung and descends to the Valley of Dudhkoshi and arrives at Phortse Thanga which offers superb views of Thamserku (6608m), Khangtega.
Day 07: Phortse Thangna to Dole (4200m)(4hours).
- In aid of acclimatization, the time spends trekking today is short.
- The trail first climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests, which give away to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers.
- The part of the trek especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming.
- We pass a herder hut at Tongba (3950m) and then climb gently to Dole.
- From here the views of Khumbila and Tawachee are tremendous throughout the day, and it is possible to climb a ridge behind Dole for an even border view up and down the valley.
Day 08: Dole to Machherma (4410m)(4hours).
- 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 increase.
- The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months.
- Ahead of you are an excellent view of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku.
Day 09: Machherma to Gokyo (4790m) 4hrs
- Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and upwards to Cho Oyu.
- Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail reaches the small village of Pangka (4390m).
- After passing Pangka the trail drops briefly, then climbs to a large cave known as Nilibuk.
- After Nilibuk we climb steeply along a narrow, newly crafted staircase trail.
- Atop the staircase, the trail crosses a simple wooden bridge to the first small lake, Longponga, at 4650m.
- The trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Taujun, at 4710m and finally up a boulder-strewn path to Gokyo.
- Gokyo is a collection of stone houses and walled pastures on the shores of a large lake known as Dudh Pokhari.
Day 10: Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5360m) and back to Gokyo (4hours).
- We start early in the morning with a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo RI (5480m) plentiful rewards to ones that attempt this trip.
- 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.
- Stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu mountains range, such giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) are what we get from this place.
- Explore around and back to the Gokyo in the afternoon.
Day 11: Gokyo to Panch Tal
- Gokyo to Five (Panch Tal) Lakes and back to Gokyo(6hours).
- Gokyo region has various glacier lakes such as Gokyo Lake is the third lake it is the biggest lake among the five lakes.
- Fist Lake, Second Lake, Third Lake, Fourth Lake & Fifth Lake.
- The views from fifth lake area are wonderful & hiking in Gokyo RI gives an experience of lifetime.
Day 12: Gokyo to Thangna (4700m)(4hours).
Day 13: Thangna to Chola-Pass (5330m) and to Dzongla (4620m)(5hours).
- Today the trail descends again and leads you across the moraine, to the glacier which you must cross and a long trek starting before sunrise at 4/5 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect our journey.
- We cross over at an altitude of 5300 meters we can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late.
- We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow.
- However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow.It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow.
- As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view; we then descend to the Dzongla at noon.
Day 14: Dzongla to Lobuche (4930m) (3hours).
Day 15: Lobuche to Kala Patthar (5550m) and to Gorakshep (5150m) 6hrs
- From Lobuche, the trail is pretty flat initially with a gradual increase in several small rises and falls in elevation to lead us to Gorak Shep in about 2 hours time.
- At Gorak Shep, the trail leads to Kalapattar (5,545m).
- Kalapattar affords some of the most beautiful sights one will ever imagine of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Ama Dablam (6,856m), Thamserku (6,608m), Nuptse (7,879m), and Lhotse (8,383m).
- We will back to Gorak Shep and overnight there.
Day 16: Gorak Shep to EBC and back to Gorak Shep (6hours).
- We ready for our adventure to the targeted destination and we continue our trek towards the Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall.
- The path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp.
- Everest Base Camp is lively with commotion during the high expedition season.
Day 17: Gorak Shep to Dingboche (4410m)(5hours).
- We trek down to Dingboche, retracing our steps to Duglha, then straight up the hill from the bridge to reach an upper trail.
- Staying high above the valley floor, we pass the yak pasture at Dusa to a Chorten at the head of the Imja valley.
- Dingboche is the only place in Khumbu where barley is grown.
Day 18: Dingboche to Chhukhung (4730m) and Tenbboche (3860m)(7hours).
- The trail from Dingboche descends the Imja Khola valley then crosses the Khumbu River.
- Following the trail downhill, it is easy to make a detour and visit the upper part of Pangboche and its gompa.
- Continue to Tengboche for the overnight stay.
- This offers more spectacular scenery and a chance to visit the famous monastery with many lamas praying there after 3 pm.
Day 19: Tengboche to Namche Bazzar (3446m)(4hours).
- The route steeply descends to Phunki Thangka through the pine and Rhododendron forest then ascends the ridge passing some small village including Sanasa and Kyanjuma.
- A further 2 hours walk through pleasantly, scenery path leads you to Namche Bazaar.
Day 20: Namche Bazzar to Lukla (2800m)(7hours).
- It’s a long downhill walk to Phakding crossing many suspension bridges.
- After lunch in Phakding, we trek up to Lukla village and stay overnight at Hotel.
- Later in the afternoon, you have time to explore the local market and village and later enjoy final dinner in the mountains.
Day 21: Lukla to Kathmandu (1350m)
- Early in the morning after a quick breakfast, we check in to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu enjoying the wonderful scenery on the way.
- When we reach Kathmandu you will be transferred to your Hotel.
- At evening complimentry dinner from Advenzee.
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- Himalayan Glacier’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepalese visa fee
- Excess baggage charge(s)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- International flights
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)