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Named after the serene glacial lake valley, Gokyo Lake Trek is a variant of Everest region trekking. Although it can be connected with Everest Base Camp trek, Nepal Trekking Routes has designed it differently.
You get to see the aerial view of the snow capped mountains from Manaslu (8,163 m) region to Solukhumbu region. The Sherpa culture and tradition including ancient monasteries, chortens and mani walls are seen during this trek.
The diverse flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park add to the charm of this trekking. It is one of the highest placed conservation areas in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage List has enlisted this site under natural site.
You can see the Himalayan animals like musk deer, red panda, etc. while walking along the rugged trails. The pine, oak and rhododendron forests of this region are the assets to promote the Nepalese tourism.
The wonderful biodiversity is always calling the national and international tourists all times of the year. If you make Gokyo Lake trek in spring, the entire national park is embellished by colourful rhododendron flowers.
Namche Bazaar acclimatization day is quite important moment in the trekkers’ life. You get to hike to Everest View Hotel (3,880 m), the world’s highest placed hotel. Likewise, the Sherpa Museum is another beauty of this rest day.
Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) is the best vantage point of the entire Everest region trekking. From the top of the peak, you can have the breathtaking vistas of the snowy peaks including the Great Himalayas.
Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m) are seen from the top of Gokyo Ri. Other prominent peaks like Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, etc. also come into your sight.
Gokyo Valley Trek Route
This trek traverses along three valleys of the world’s highest peak region. They are the Dudh Koshi River Valley, Chhukung Valley and Gokyo Lakes Valley. Gokyo valley is the prime location of this trekking in Nepal.
Trekking to Gokyo Lake trek is begun from Lukla, Tenzing Hillary Airport. It is also called the gateway to Everest Base Camp trek. All the variants of Everest region trekking starts right from this Himalayan Sherpa town.
Moving along the Dudh Koshi Valley, you reach Phakding and Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is called the Sherpa Capital as it is the main trading centre of Khumbu region. You spend a spare day over here to adjust with the high altitude.
You follow the trail of Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass trek right from Mong La Pass (3,610 m). Going past Dole and Machhermo villages of Chhukung Valley, you enter into Gokyo Valley. Although some sections of the trail are challenging, the scenery you see keeps on pushing you further.
Exploring the group of six glacial lakes called Gokyo Lakes and climbing Gokyo Ri, you begin the retreat journey. As it takes shorter to cover the downhill trail, you arrive at Lukla. Finally, you fly back to Kathmandu enjoying the astounding view of the Himalayas, green forests and lush valleys.
We also organize Gokyo Lake trek 10 days’ itinerary as well. You can do this trek within 10 days as well. But, the difficulty level rises a little as you have to walk a few hours more every day.
Gokyo Lake Trek Difficulty
There are a few factors responsible for determining difficulty of trekking in Nepal. The altitude you gain, the trails, trekking duration and acclimatization days are some of them. Talking about Gokyo Lake Trek difficulty, it is a moderately challenging trek.
As soon as you reach the place above 2,500 m, there is a possibility of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). The trails and stops of Gokyo Lake Trek are all above 2,500 m. Therefore, you must be careful to avoid such health challenges.
Drinking enough water, having hygienic food items and walking slowly are the top measures to minimize the risk of AMS. In addition to these, you should take enough rest while walking in the higher altitude.
Keeping medicines like Diamox Oral also plays an important role to keep your mental strength high up. And as soon as, you feel uneasy, you need to tell it to the team leader. The common symptoms of AMS are shortness of breath, exhaustion or dehydration.
Next factor responsible for Gokyo Lake Trek difficulty is trekking duration. You have to walk at least 5 hours along the rugged trails. Whether you climb up or down through the steep rocky trails, it is always challenging.
However, as there are two days separated for acclimatization, the challenge can be minimized. You have a rest day at Namche Bazaar, which helps you get adjusted in the climate of more than 3,000 m.
Finally, you have Gokyo Valley acclimatization day as the second chance. This rest day enables you to cope with the altitude above 4,000 m. Therefore, next day you can do Gokyo Ri climbing for the lifelong memory of the breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas.
Gokyo Ri Trek Permits
Gokyo Lake trek is the most scenic trekking package of Everest region. As there is not any restricted area, Free Individual Trekking (FIT) is allowed here. Even solo trekking to Gokyo Lake is possible.
But we highly recommend you to hire a professional guide or porter for this trek. Although the guide cost is a little higher, you won’t have to worry about anything. In case of AMS or missing of the right trekking trails, they can help you.
You can make Gokyo Lake Trek by carrying the specified permits issued by the respective authorities. You need only two trekking permits for this amazing trekking package. TIMS Card and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit are required for this.
If you book an organized trek to Gokyo Lake, you have to pay only USD 10 for the TIMS Card. It is managed by the local tour operator you book the package with. And for a solo trekker to Gokyo Lake, they have to pay USD 20 per person.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit cost is USD 30 per person per entry. 13% VAT is added to the given cost. This permit can be obtained from Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. Or, you can also get it from Monjo nearby Namche Bazaar as well.
Once you arrive at the Kathmandu International Airport in Nepal, our team welcomes you and takes you to the nearby hotel.
Before commencing your trek, you will get the opportunity to view worldwide heritage monuments, such as Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath and various others.
Today, we will take an early flight to reach Lukla i.e. the gateway to the Mount Everest. We will start our trekking to reach at Phakding.
Today’s trail will leave Phakding by moving parallel to Dudhkoshi River across the forested hills. By crossing the suspension bridge above Dudhkoshi and Bhotekoshi rivers, you will get the first glimpse of the Mount Everest and other nearby peaks, while your last segment is the trek to reach at Namche Bazaar.
We will have an acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar or hike to the Everest View Hotel to get panoramic views of Mahalangur Himalayan mountains, which include Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Choaltse and many more, while return to reach at Namche again.
After having breakfast, you walk along the easy trail up to Mong La Pass (3,610m). From here, you leave the traditional route to EBC and divert towards Dole.
By walking through the rugged and dusty trails alongside the dense forests, you move further. The amazing scenery of the Himalayas of Everest region inspires you to move ahead.
Following Gokyo Lake trek route, you ascend towards Machhermo. As the trail is steep uphill, you should walk slowly to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
The trip continues with the amazing view of the Great Himalayas of the surrounding. Finally, you reach the destination where you spend the night at a lodge. As the trekking duration is short, you had better walk around the village for acclimatization.
Today, you will enter into Gokyo Lakes Valley by leaving the Chhukung Valley behind. As the trail is steep and a little bit challenging, be careful about altitude sickness.
You should have enough water, hygienic food and sound sleep to prevent from this AMS. By relishing the stunning Himalayan views, you move further. After walking for about 5 hours, you reach Gokyo Lakes Valley.
Gokyo Valley is a must-visit place in Everest region. It has six glacial lakes interconnected naturally. In addition, other 19 such lakes are connected with the group. Gokyo Village is the largest human settlement area of this valley.
Today, you will experience a quick climb to Gokyo Ri at about 5350meters and explore the entire Gokyo lake region to get stunning views of Mount Cho Oyu, Mount Lhotse, Mount Gyachung Kang, Mount Makalu, Mount Tawache and Mount Cholatse and other mountain peaks.
You begin the retreat journey after having breakfast. You follow the trail that was used a couple of days earlier. You will enjoy the same scenery of the Himalayas, green forests and Sherpa villages. Walking past Machhermo Village, you arrive at Dole for the night station.
Walking along the trail that runs through the dense forests of pine, oak and rhododendron, you begin the journey. You will also have the glimpses of the Himalayan birds and animals as well.
As the downhill trail is slippery, you need to walk carefully to avoid any accident. When you arrive at Namche Bazaar, you can take a short walk around this wonderful Himalayan town.
Walking across the dense forests of Sagarmatha National Park and the Dudh Koshi Valley, you continue the trip. You will walk past some suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River as well.
Walking leisurely for about 7 hours across a few Sherpa ethnic villages, you get to Lukla at the end of the day. As this is the last trekking day, try to make it more memorable by enjoying the Himalayas, nature and culture.
After breakfast, you fly back to Kathmandu from the Everest region. It takes around 30 minutes to arrive in Kathmandu. Then, the representative of our agency relocates you to the hotel.
When you are fresh, you can go outing to visit around Thamel. Similarly, you can also purchase some relics, garments and handcrafted items. I hope, your people back in the home country love them as well.
In the evening, we cordially invite you to farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant around Thamel. You will really enjoy the typical cuisines and cultural shows while having your lot.
Our team will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu for your final departure from Nepal.
- Airport pick-up and drop off service ,
- Trekking Guide and Trekking porter (Two participant=1 porter =Maximum 25 kg of luggage )
- Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner & accommodation during the trekking,
- Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required,
- Trekking permit of National park,
- TIMS(Trekking Information Management System )
- Flight fare Kathmandu to lukla and lukla to kathmandu
- Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
- First aid kit
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program in typical Traditional nepali resturant
- Personal expenses
- Drinks, beverages, hot shower,
- Travel insurance
- Tips for guide and porter
- Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (with out itinerary )
Surely, you can. Gokyo Lake trek is a popular trekking in Everest region. It is moderately challenging trek that needs a good deal of preparation. Anyone can do this if they have certain qualifications.
A habit of regular exercise or walking and good physical condition is the first and foremost condition. The previous trekking experience is an added qualification. If you hire a professional trekking guide, it is really possible.
As there is not any high pass, it is not a big deal even for the beginners. What they have to do is to follow the instructions given by the team leader. You should try to avoid AMS like altitude sickness to successfully do with this trek.
You can do Gokyo Lake trek throughout the year. However, Gokyo Ri climbing is not possible in winter as it snows heavily then. You can do this trek in monsoon season as well. Although the weather is unpredictable, the visibility is good in this time.
The best time for this trek is spring and autumn season. In this time, the weather is find with proper visibility. You can have the 360-degree panorama of the Great Himalayas of Everest region.
Undoubtedly, you can. You can either add or deduct the duration of this trek. There are a few more variants of Gokyo Lake Trek. Everest Gokyo Cho La Pass trek, Gokyo Valley Everest Base Camp trek, Everest Gokyo Lakes trek, Everest Three High Passes Trek, etc. are some of them.
As Gokyo Lake trek is customizable, you can settle the cost by consulting with Nepal Trekking Routes. You can extend the proposed itinerary by connecting to other locations of the same region. Alternatively, we are always flexible to cut short this itinerary. You can book Gokyo Lake trek 10 days as well. So, to know more about itinerary and cost, visit www.nepaltrekkingroutes.com.
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