Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek - 14 Days

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Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek - 14 Days

Trip At Glance

Duration:

14 days

Accommodation:

3 star Hotel in Kathmandu Best Available Lodge in Trekking

Meals:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Activities:

Active walking flight to Lukla Kathmandu sightseeing explore Sherpa culture

Group size

2-16

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu

Best Time

March to May/September to November

Walking Hours

7-8 hours

Overview

Discover the Himalayas' hidden gem with the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek! This breathtaking journey takes you to the heart of Nepal's Khumbu region, where turquoise alpine lakes glisten like jewels amidst snow-capped peaks.

Immerse yourself in local culture, savor Sherpa hospitality, and witness the enchanting Himalayan landscape. Our expert guides ensure a safe and unforgettable experience, catering to trekkers of all skill levels.

Embark on this once-in-a-lifetime journey and create memories that will last a lifetime. Join us on the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek and let the Himalayas take your breath away!

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek - An Epic Himalayan Adventure

Introduction

The Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is a journey of a lifetime, offering natural beauty, cultural immersion, and an incredible sense of accomplishment. The breathtaking landscapes, from the shimmering Gokyo Lakes to the awe-inspiring view from Gokyo Ri, will leave you spellbound. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into what this trek entails, its cost, highlights, itinerary, overall distance, difficulties, and more. Explore the remarkable world of Gokyo and be prepared to be captivated.

While it presents challenges, the rewards are immeasurable, making it a must for any adventurous traveler.

What the "Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek" Offers:

Spectacular Lakes:

The trek revolves around the mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes, a series of stunning, pristine, high-altitude glacial lakes. The turquoise waters against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks make for an awe-inspiring sight.

Panoramic Views:

The crowning jewel of this trek is Gokyo Ri, a vantage point that offers an unrivaled 360-degree view of the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.

Rich Culture:

Immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Sherpa people, who call this region home. Visit charming Sherpa villages, interact with the locals, and savor their warm hospitality.

Varied Terrain:

The trail takes you through lush rhododendron forests, high-altitude meadows, and rocky terrain, providing a diverse and ever-changing landscape.

Wildlife Encounters:

Keep an eye out for Himalayan wildlife, including musk deer, Himalayan tahr, and a variety of avian species.

Trekking Expenses: Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri

The cost of the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek can vary depending on a range of factors, such as the trekking company you choose, the duration of your trek, inclusions like accommodation, permits, meals, and whether you opt for a guided trek. On average, you can expect the cost to range from $1,200 to $2,000 per person. This typically covers permits, guides, accommodation, meals, and other essential trekking expenses.

Trek Highlights

  • Gokyo Lakes: The stunning, pristine lakes are a visual treat, and the journey around them is a highlight in itself.

  • Gokyo Ri Summit: The breathtaking panoramic view from Gokyo Ri is an unforgettable moment.

  • Everest Base Camp: You have the opportunity to combine the Gokyo Lakes trek with a visit to Everest Base Camp for a truly epic adventure.

  • Sherpa Culture: The trek provides insights into the unique culture of the Sherpa people, with visits to their villages and monasteries.

  • Wildlife: Encounters with Himalayan wildlife add to the adventure and excitement.

Adventure Unveiled: Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek Itinerary

The Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek typically spans 12 to 16 days, we have scheduled 14 days itinerary including arrival and departure 

  • Day 1: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345 m), Transfer to a                      hotel. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2860 m: 30 min of flight) and trek to Phakding (2610 m: 4-5 hours),                          Overnight stay in Phakding.
  • Day 3:Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m: 5-6 hours trek). Overnight stay in                     Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 4: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
  • Day 5:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3650 m: 5-6 hours trek). Overnight stay                in Phorse Thanga.
  • Day 6: Trek from Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4470 m: 4-5 hours). Overnight stay in                          Machhermo.
  • Day 7: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo  Valley (4750 m: 4-5 hours of Trek). Overnight stay in                Gokyo.
  • Day 8: Hike to Gokyo ri, Explore Gokyo Lake Trial, Gokyo Lake V,and Return to Gokyo Valley                (5357 m: 6-7 hours of trek). Overnight stay in Gokyo valley.
  • Day 9: Trek from Gokyo valley to Machhermo (4470 m: 4-5 hours of trek). Overnight stay in                    Machhermo.
  • Day 10: Trek from Machhermo to Khumjung Village (3790 m: 6-7 hours of trek). Overnight stay                 in Khumjung Village.
  • Day 11: Trek from Khumjung to Namche Bazaar (3440 m; 4-5 hours of trek). Overnight stay in                 Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2860 m:6-7 hours of trek), Overnight stay in Lukla.
  • Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1345 m: 30 mins of flight), Explore Historic City                              Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
  • Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu.

Measuring the Journey: Total Distance of the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek

The total distance covered during the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is approximately 80 to 90 miles (130-145 kilometers). This distance is spread over the course of the trek, and daily distances may vary.

 

What challenges can trekkers expect to encounter during the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek, and how can they be overcome to fully enjoy the experience?

The Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is considered moderately challenging. Trekkers should be prepared for the following challenges:

  • High Altitude: You will trek at high altitudes, which can lead to altitude sickness. Proper acclimatization and slow, steady progress are crucial.

  • Varied Terrain: The terrain varies from well-trodden paths to rocky, uneven terrain, so sturdy hiking boots are essential.

  • Weather: Weather conditions in the Himalayas can change rapidly, so you must be prepared for cold temperatures and possible snow.

  • Long Days: Trekking days can be long, ranging from 5 to 8 hours of walking.

To overcome challenges and fully savor the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek, trekkers should prioritize proper acclimatization by taking it slow and allowing their bodies to adapt to high altitudes. Staying well-hydrated, maintaining a nutritious diet, and listening to their guide's advice is crucial. Adequate rest and preparation are key to tackling steep ascents and unpredictable weather. Carrying essential gear and clothing, and being mentally prepared for the adventure, will enhance the overall experience and ensure safety while enjoying the stunning landscapes and unique culture of the region.

Scaling Heights: Duration to Conquer Gokyo Ri

Reaching the summit of Gokyo Ri is typically a half-day activity. It involves a steep ascent and descent, with most trekkers taking about 3 to 4 hours to reach the summit. The duration may vary depending on your fitness and acclimatization.

Swift Ascent: The Shortest Trek to Gokyo Ri

The shortest trek to Gokyo Ri that includes a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla can typically be completed in around 12 days. This condensed itinerary minimizes extra days for acclimatization, making it a more challenging option.

Perfect Timing: When to Embark on the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Adventure

The ideal times for embarking on the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek are spring (from March to May) and autumn (from September to November). These seasons provide the most favorable weather conditions, characterized by clear skies and mild temperatures. During these months, the trekking trails are at their prime, adorned with vibrant flora and offering spectacular mountain vistas. To truly savor the extraordinary experience this journey has to offer, it is advisable to schedule your adventure for these periods to maximize your exposure to the breathtaking landscapes and comfortable climate. 

 

Embark on this Himalayan odyssey to create lasting memories and connect with the awe-inspiring grandeur of the world's highest peaks. Plan your Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek today, and let the Himalayas take your breath away!

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Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel/ lodge
Elevation
1345

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (1,345 m):

Your adventure starts as you land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The airport is the primary gateway to Nepal and is named after King Tribhuvan. The excitement of beginning your trip in this beautiful country is palpable as you disembark from your flight.

Immigration and Customs:

After landing, you'll proceed through immigration. Ensure you have all your travel documents ready, including your passport, visa, and any necessary permits. The airport staff are generally friendly and helpful if you have any questions or need assistance.

Baggage Claim:

Head to the baggage claim area to collect your luggage. Make sure to double-check that you have all your belongings with you.

Transfer to a Hotel:

Upon exiting the airport, you will be met by a representative from Everest Base Camp Trek & Tours or a pre-arranged transfer service. They will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu, where you can relax and freshen up after your journey.

Document Preparation:

Once you've settled into your hotel, you can begin preparing any necessary documents for your upcoming adventures. This may include rechecking your itinerary, permits, and tickets. Ensure you have a photocopy of your passport and important documents, and store them separately from the originals.

Last-Minute Briefing:

Your guide or tour operator may schedule a last-minute briefing to provide you with essential information about your upcoming activities. They'll likely go over your itinerary, safety guidelines, and any specific details regarding the tour you're embarking on. This is an excellent time to ask any questions you may have and clarify any concerns.

Free Time:

Depending on the time of your arrival, you might have some free time to explore Kathmandu. You can visit local markets, try authentic Nepali cuisine, or simply take a leisurely walk around the neighborhood. Just be sure to rest and acclimatize, as you'll soon be heading to higher altitudes.

Overnight at a Hotel:

Your overnight accommodation in Kathmandu is likely to be at a comfortable hotel, where you can get a good night's rest before the adventures that await you in Nepal.

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Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
2610

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Morning Flight to Lukla (2,860 m):

Your second day begins early in the morning with a scenic flight from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. The short, thrilling flight offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range, including Mount Everest, and the stunning landscape below. Lukla is the gateway to the Everest region and the starting point for your trek.

Arrival in Lukla:

After landing at Lukla's Tenzing-Hillary Airport, you'll have a brief moment to gather your belongings and get ready for your trek. Lukla is a small and picturesque town nestled in the mountains, surrounded by lush green hills.At the airport,  a guide, porter(s), and other staff, will be waiting for you. They will assist you with any luggage and help you get organized for the trek.

 

Start Trekking to Phakding (2,610 m):

The trekking adventure officially begins as you leave Lukla and start the trail towards Phakding. The route is well-marked and follows the Dudh Koshi River, with several suspension bridges that add an element of thrill to your journey.

Keep an eye out for your first views of snow-capped peaks, including Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. The fresh mountain air and the serene surroundings make the trek to Phakding a delightful experience.

Arrival in Phakding:

After approximately 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you'll reach the charming village of Phakding. This peaceful village is located on the banks of the Dudh Koshi River and provides a warm and cozy atmosphere. Your accommodation for the night is likely to be in a teahouse, offering you a taste of local hospitality.

Overnight Stay in Phakding:

Once you arrive in Phakding, you can relax and unwind at your teahouse. Enjoy a hot meal, maybe try some local Nepali dishes, and get a good night's rest to prepare for the following day's adventure.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
3440

Morning in Phakding (2,610 m):

Your day begins in the tranquil village of Phakding. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the teahouse while taking in the serene surroundings.

Start of the Trek:

After breakfast, you'll set out on your trek towards Namche Bazaar. This day's trek involves both ascents and descents and is crucial for your acclimatization. As you continue along the trail, you may pass by small monasteries and Buddhist mani walls adorned with prayer wheels and colorful prayer flags. These are an integral part of the region's spiritual and cultural heritage.

Jorsale (2,740 m):

About 2-3 hours into your trek, you'll reach the village of Jorsale. It's a common lunch stop for trekkers. You can savor a hot meal and rest for a while to recharge your energy.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry:

Beyond Jorsale, you'll enter Sagarmatha National Park. You'll need to show your permits and possibly register at the park entrance. The park is home to diverse flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard.

Ascend to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m):

The most challenging part of the day is the steep ascent that leads you to Namche Bazaar. You'll climb a zigzagging path known as the "Namche Hill" or the "Hillary Step." As you ascend, the views of the Himalayan peaks, including Thamserku and Kangtega, become more prominent and awe-inspiring.

Arrival in Namche Bazaar:

After 5 to 6 hours of trekking, you'll finally reach Namche Bazaar. This bustling mountain town is a hub for trekkers and climbers, with numerous shops, teahouses, and facilities. You'll be captivated by the spectacular views of peaks like Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam from various vantage points around the town.

Overnight Stay in Namche Bazaar:

You'll spend the night in Namche Bazaar. The teahouses here offer a cozy and warm atmosphere. Enjoy a delicious dinner, and perhaps engage with fellow trekkers to share stories and experiences.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
3440

After the physically demanding trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, it's essential to have a rest day for acclimatization. Namche Bazaar is a perfect place for acclimatization due to its relatively lower altitude compared to higher points on your trek, and there are several activities to keep you engaged.

Sleep In:

Use the opportunity to catch up on sleep and allow your body to recover from the previous day's efforts. A good night's rest is essential for acclimatization.

Breakfast with a View:

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your teahouse while gazing at the stunning mountain views, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The crisp mountain air and serene atmosphere make for a delightful start to the day.

Exploring Namche Bazaar:

Namche Bazaar is a vibrant town with numerous shops, cafes, bakeries, and even a Saturday market. Spend some time exploring the local culture, interact with the Sherpa people, and perhaps purchase some souvenirs or trekking gear if needed.

Visit the Sherpa Museum:

The Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar is an excellent place to learn about the culture, history, and mountaineering heritage of the Everest region. It provides valuable insights into the lives of the local Sherpa people and their connection with the mountains.

Hike to the Everest View Hotel:

A popular activity for acclimatization is a short hike to the Everest View Hotel, located a little above Namche Bazaar. This hike provides more stunning panoramic views of the mountains and is a great way to gain a little elevation without exerting too much effort.

Acclimatization Walk:

You can also take a short acclimatization walk to a nearby viewpoint or simply wander around Namche to get used to the higher altitude.

Rest and Hydration:

A rest day is an ideal opportunity to drink plenty of water and stay well-hydrated. This is crucial for acclimatization and helps reduce the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

Lunch and Dinner:

Enjoy delicious meals at your teahouse or explore some of the local eateries in Namche Bazaar. Sherpa cuisine and international dishes are widely available.

Staying Warm:

The evenings in the mountains can be chilly, so ensure you have warm clothing and a good night's sleep to prepare for the trek ahead.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
3650

Morning Start:

After a good night's rest in Namche Bazaar, you'll start your trek early in the morning. Ensure you've had a nourishing breakfast to fuel your journey.

Descend to the Dudh Koshi River:

The trail initially descends from Namche, leading you back down to the Dudh Koshi River. You'll cross a suspension bridge to the opposite bank, and from there, the path begins to ascend once again.

As you climb higher, you'll be treated to spectacular views of Mount Everest and the iconic Ama Dablam. The scenery is breathtaking, and it provides a constant source of motivation throughout your trek.

Tengboche Monastery (3,867 m):

After around 2-3 hours of trekking, you'll reach Tengboche, which is home to the famous Tengboche Monastery, one of the most significant monasteries in the Khumbu region. This is a good place to take a break, visit the monastery, and enjoy the serene surroundings.

Phortse Thanga (3,650 m):

From Tengboche, the trail descends to the Dudh Koshi River once more before ascending to the village of Phortse Thanga. The path may be steep at times, and you'll be trekking through lush rhododendron and pine forests.

After about 5-6 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in the charming village of Phortse Thanga. This is a relatively small and less-visited village compared to other stops along the Everest Base Camp trek, which adds to its tranquility. It's an ideal place for a peaceful overnight stay.

Overnight Stay in Phortse:

You'll spend the night in a teahouse in Phortse Thanga. Enjoy a warm meal, relax by the fireplace if available, and get a good night's rest.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
4470

Morning Departure:

As with previous days, you'll start your trek early in the morning. Properly fuel your body with a substantial breakfast at your teahouse in Phortse Thanga.

Start of trek:

The trail ascends gradually, taking you through serene forests, lush landscapes, and occasional clearings that provide glimpses of the surrounding peaks. You'll be gaining altitude steadily throughout the day.

As you hike through the trail, you may come across the picturesque village of Phortse. This Sherpa village, often less crowded than the more popular ones along the trail, provides a glimpse into the traditional mountain lifestyle.

Lunch Stop:

Around midday, you'll find a suitable spot or teahouse to stop for lunch. Enjoy a hot meal and take some time to rest.

After lunch, you'll continue your ascent, encountering rocky terrain and steep sections along the way. The higher you go, the thinner the air becomes, and you'll need to take your time and breathe steadily.

Dole (4,200 m):

Dole is a small village along the trail where you can rest and hydrate. This is a crucial stop for acclimatization, and you may even visit a teahouse or lodge to have a cup of tea.

Final Stretch to Machhermo:

From Dole, the trail continues to climb, and you'll soon reach Machhermo. This is your destination for the day, and it's situated at an altitude of 4,470 meters (14,665 feet). The landscapes are striking, with rocky terrain and dramatic mountain views.

Machhermo (4,470 m):

Upon your arrival in Machhermo, you'll be welcomed by the serene beauty of the high-altitude landscape. The village is nestled among the mountains and is a common stop for trekkers heading towards Gokyo and Everest Base Camp.

Overnight Stay in Machhermo:

You'll spend the night at a teahouse in Machhermo. The teahouses at higher altitudes may be more basic but are still comfortable. Rest and relax, take the time to hydrate, and enjoy a hearty meal as you prepare for the next day's trek.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
4750

Morning Departure:

After a restful night in Machhermo, you'll begin your trek to Gokyo Valley. As always, start your day early to take advantage of the best weather and make the most of your trek.

The trail takes you through increasingly rugged terrain as you ascend towards the Gokyo Valley. The mountain vistas become even more spectacular, with views of Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest peak in the world.

First Lake (4,650 m):

After a few hours of trekking, you'll reach the first of the Gokyo Lakes, known as Longponga Tsho. The glacial-fed lakes are a vibrant turquoise color and provide stunning reflections of the surrounding peaks. Take some time to soak in the beauty of this natural wonder.

Second Lake (4,785 m):

You'll continue your ascent towards the second Gokyo Lake, Taujung Tsho. This lake is equally captivating, with the towering peaks in the backdrop creating a postcard-worthy scene.

Gokyo Village (4,750 m):

After around 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you'll arrive at the Gokyo Village, perched on the shores of the third and largest lake in the Gokyo Valley, Dudh Pokhari. Gokyo is a peaceful and scenic Sherpa settlement, and the views of the surrounding mountains are jaw-dropping. You'll be at an altitude of 4,750 meters (15,583 feet) at this point.

Overnight Stay in Gokyo:

You'll spend the night in a teahouse in Gokyo. The teahouses here may be more basic, given the high altitude, but they offer warm hospitality. After settling in, make sure to hydrate, relax, and enjoy a well-deserved meal.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
5357

 

Early Morning Ascent to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m):

To catch the sunrise and the best possible views, you'll begin your hike to Gokyo Ri very early in the morning. Gokyo Ri is a prominent peak located just above Gokyo Village. The ascent is steep and demanding, but the reward is absolutely worth the effort.

Gokyo Ri Summit:

As you reach the summit of Gokyo Ri, the world unfolds before you. The vistas include some of the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and numerous others. The mountains glow with the first rays of the sun, creating a truly magical experience. Don't forget to capture this extraordinary moment with your camera.

Descent from Gokyo Ri:

After taking in the unforgettable views from Gokyo Ri and spending some quality time at the summit, you'll begin your descent back to Gokyo Village.

Breakfast:

Return to Gokyo Village for a well-deserved breakfast at your teahouse. This is a perfect time to refuel and rest before continuing your day.

Explore Gokyo Lakes:

After breakfast, you'll have the opportunity to explore the beautiful Gokyo Lakes. There are five lakes in total, each with its own unique beauty and tranquility. Take your time to wander around the lakes, relax by the shores, and savor the peaceful atmosphere.

Gokyo Lake V (4,960 m):

In particular, the fifth lake, Thonak Tsho, is a must-visit. This is one of the larger lakes and is situated at an elevation of 4,960 meters. It's known for its crystal-clear waters and the breathtaking backdrop of the surrounding peaks.

Return to Gokyo Valley:

After a full day of exploration and taking in the natural beauty, you'll return to Gokyo Valley. The trek back may be less strenuous, as you're descending to a lower altitude.

Overnight Stay in Gokyo Valley:

You'll spend another night in Gokyo Village, and the sense of accomplishment from your ascent of Gokyo Ri will make the evening even more enjoyable. Reflect on the day's experiences and enjoy a hearty meal.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
4470

 

Leaving the serene Gokyo Valley, your trek continues back towards Machhermo.

Morning Start:

Begin your trek early in the morning to make the most of the day's trekking. After a good night's rest in Gokyo Village, you'll have breakfast at your teahouse and prepare for your descent.

Descend from Gokyo Valley:

The trek begins with a descent from Gokyo Valley. The trail leads you through the same stunning landscapes you enjoyed on the way up, but with a different perspective.

Stop at Gokyo Village:

As you descend, you'll reach Gokyo Village, where you can take a break, perhaps have a hot drink, and rest before continuing your journey.

Dudh Pokhari Lake:

As you continue your descent, you'll pass by the third Gokyo Lake, Dudh Pokhari, with its shimmering blue waters. The beauty of the lakes remains captivating, and you can savor the peaceful environment.

Longponga Tsho:

Further along the trail, you'll come across the first Gokyo Lake, Longponga Tsho. It's a great spot to take in your last views of the Gokyo Lakes and the surrounding peaks.

Dole (4,200 m):

You'll arrive at Dole, a small village, and it's a good place to stop for lunch and a brief rest. This also serves as an acclimatization point.

Final Stretch to Machhermo:

The trail continues to descend, leading you back to Machhermo. You'll encounter rocky terrain and forests as you make your way down.

Machhermo (4,470 m):

After 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you'll return to the village of Machhermo, located at an altitude of 4,470 meters (14,665 feet). This peaceful village is familiar to you from your earlier visit, and you can enjoy the familiar hospitality.

Overnight Stay in Machhermo:

You'll spend the night in a teahouse in Machhermo. Revisit the teahouse where you stayed previously or explore a new one. Rest, relax, and enjoy a hot meal as you reminisce about your trek through the Gokyo Valley.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
3790

Morning Start:

As always, begin your trek early in the morning to make the most of the day. Breakfast at your teahouse in Machhermo will prepare you for the journey ahead.

Trail Ascent:

The trail ascends gradually, leading you through a mix of landscapes, including rhododendron and juniper forests, alpine meadows, and yak pastures.

Lunch Break:

Around midday, find a suitable spot to take a lunch break and rest. This is a great time to recharge and enjoy a hot meal.

Views of Cho Oyu:

Throughout your trek, you'll have spectacular views of Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest peak in the world, which is a constant presence in the background.

Dzongla (4,830 m):

You'll pass by the village of Dzongla, known for its stunning location and views of the surrounding peaks. It's a picturesque village to explore if you have time.

The Descent:

After Dzongla, the trail begins to descend, taking you into the valley below. The change in terrain and surroundings is noticeable as you leave the alpine region.

Khumjung Village (3,790 m):

After approximately 6-7 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in the scenic village of Khumjung. The village is located at an elevation of 3,790 meters and is known for its rich Sherpa culture and stunning mountain views.

Khumjung Monastery:

A highlight of Khumjung is the Khumjung Monastery, where you can visit and explore. It's famous for housing a purported Yeti scalp, adding an element of mystery to your visit.

Overnight Stay in Khumjung:

You'll spend the night in a teahouse in Khumjung Village. The teahouses here offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Rest and enjoy a delicious meal while absorbing the local culture.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
3440

Morning Start:

Begin your trek early in the morning after breakfast in Khumjung. It's time to say goodbye to this charming village and continue your journey.

The trail initially descends as you make your way back towards Sanasa. You'll pass through beautiful forests and meadows, with the sounds of the Dudh Koshi River in the background.

Upon reaching Sanasa, you can take a short break and perhaps enjoy a hot beverage at one of the teahouses. It's a junction where several trails meet, and you're on the path leading back to Namche Bazaar.

Lunch Stop:

Around midday, you'll find a suitable spot for lunch. Enjoy a nourishing meal to refuel for the remainder of the trek.

As you approach Namche Bazaar, you'll have a view of the town perched on the mountainside. This familiar sight is a welcoming sign that you're nearing your destination.

Namche Bazaar (3,440 m):

After 4-5 hours of trekking, you'll arrive back in Namche Bazaar. You're now at a lower altitude, which should make the evening more comfortable.

Overnight Stay in Namche Bazaar:

You'll spend the night in a teahouse in Namche Bazaar. It's a great place to relax, shop for souvenirs, and enjoy a variety of dining options.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
2860

Early Morning Start:

Begin your trek early in the morning from Namche Bazaar. The early start ensures you have ample time to reach Lukla and complete your journey.

Descent to Lukla :

The initial part of the trek involves descending from Namche Bazaar to the Dudh Koshi River. The trail may be steep and rocky in places, but you'll soon be back in familiar territory.

As you make your way down, you'll encounter several suspension bridges that you crossed on your way up. These bridges provide a thrilling aspect to your trek.

Phakding (2,610 m):

After a few hours of trekking, you'll reach Phakding, a familiar village where you stayed earlier in your journey. This is an excellent place for a lunch stop to refuel.

Jorsale (2,740 m):

Continuing on from Phakding, you'll trek through Jorsale, which is near the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. You may have to stop here to complete any necessary park permit formalities.

Final Ascent to Lukla:

After Jorsale, you'll face a steep ascent as you make your way back up to Lukla. This is the final ascent of your trek, and while it can be challenging, the knowledge that you're close to the end can provide motivation.

Arrival in Lukla (2,860 m):

After approximately 6-7 hours of trekking, you'll arrive back in Lukla. The town is a welcome sight, and the familiarity of the place marks the successful completion of your trek.

Overnight Stay in Lukla:

You'll spend the night in a teahouse in Lukla. This is a time to celebrate your achievement and reflect on your journey. Enjoy a warm meal and perhaps even share your experiences with fellow trekkers.

Food
all meals during trek including tea and coffee 
Accomodation
Trek Lodge
Elevation
1345

Morning in Lukla:

Begin your day in Lukla, where you'll have breakfast and prepare for your flight back to Kathmandu. Ensure you have all your belongings in order and are ready to head to the airport.

Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu:

You'll take a short and scenic flight from Lukla to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The flight typically takes around 30 minutes, and it offers stunning views of the Himalayas as you make your way back to the capital city.

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345 m):

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you'll be greeted by the sights and sounds of the vibrant city of Kathmandu. You'll be back at a much lower altitude compared to the mountainous terrain you've been in, and the difference in atmosphere is striking.

Transfer to Your Hotel:

You'll be met by your guide or a transportation service, who will transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can use this time to freshen up, rest, and relax after the trek.

Explore Historic Kathmandu:

In the afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to explore the historic and culturally rich city of Kathmandu. Some of the must-visit places include:

Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple): Visit this iconic stupa with its captivating views of the Kathmandu Valley and the lively monkeys that inhabit the site.

Pashupatinath Temple: Explore the sacred temple complex on the Bagmati River's banks and experience the unique blend of spirituality and daily life.

Boudhanath Stupa: Visit one of the world's largest stupas, where you can experience the peaceful atmosphere and observe the traditional rituals of Buddhist pilgrims.

Durbar Square: Explore one of the historic Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, or Patan Durbar Square, each with its own unique charm and historical significance.

Overnight Stay in Kathmandu:

After a day of exploring Kathmandu, you'll return to your hotel for a comfortable night's rest.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1345

Your departure day from Kathmandu marks the end of your Everest Base Camp adventure.

Final Morning in Kathmandu:

Begin your day with breakfast at your hotel. Take your time to pack your belongings and ensure you have everything you need for your journey home.

Last-Minute Souvenir Shopping:

If there are any souvenirs or gifts you'd like to purchase, you may have some time for last-minute shopping. Thamel, in particular, is a popular area for shopping and is filled with shops selling handicrafts, clothing, and other items.

Hotel Check-Out:

Check out of your hotel in accordance with its policies. You can leave your luggage at the hotel if your flight is later in the day.

Airport Transfer:

Your transportation service will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure flight. Be sure to arrive at the airport well in advance of your departure time.

Flight Check-In:

At the airport, check in for your flight home. International flights often require you to be at the airport a few hours before departure.

Farewell to Nepal:

As you board your flight, take a moment to reflect on your incredible journey through the Everest region. Bid farewell to the beautiful country of Nepal and the majestic Himalayas.

Your departure from Kathmandu concludes your Everest Base Camp adventure. The memories and experiences from this remarkable journey will stay with you for a lifetime. Whether you're heading home or continuing on to other destinations, the spirit of adventure and the magic of the Himalayas will always be a part of you.

What Is Included ?

• Pick up and drop facilities from Airport-Hotel-Airport (by private car)

• Full day city tour by private vehicle.

• Welcome and farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with live cultural program.

• Stays in 3 star standard hotels or clean lodge/guest houses during the trek. (as per availability)

• Every meals during the trek.( breakfast, lunch, dinner, including tea and coffees)

• Seasonable fresh fruit.

• Experienced, well trained, English speaking guide with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period.(4:1)

• One porter for each two member in a group (with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period)

• Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per itinerary.

• Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)

• Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

• All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (national Park Permit, TIMS)

• Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)

• All government and local taxes.

 

What Is Excluded?

• Tips for guides porters and drivers

• Nepalese visa fee.

• Extra night accommodation due to any reason in Kathmandu.

• Extra luggage charge.

• Person expenses not included in the itinerary

• International flights.

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Route Map

FAQs

The cost for the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, the level of services included, and the chosen tour operator. On average, the cost for a 14-day trek can range from $1,500 to $2,500 per person. This price typically covers permits, guides, accommodation, meals, transportation within Nepal, and necessary arrangements for the trek. However, it's important to note that these prices are approximate and subject to change, so it's recommended to research and consult with reputable tour operators to get the most accurate and up-to-date pricing information based on your specific requirements and preferences.

During the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek, food and accommodation options are available along the trail. Tea houses and lodges are scattered throughout the villages, offering basic yet comfortable accommodations. These tea houses typically provide clean rooms with twin beds or dormitory-style accommodation, shared bathrooms (sometimes with hot showers at an additional cost), and communal dining areas where meals are served. The food options in tea houses include a variety of dishes ranging from traditional Nepali cuisine to international dishes like pasta, soups, and sandwiches. While the menus may be slightly more limited compared to urban areas, the tea houses generally provide sufficient meals to refuel trekkers. It's important to note that as you gain altitude, the availability of certain food items may become limited, and prices may increase due to the challenges of transportation and logistics in the remote mountain region.

The Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek poses altitude sickness risks due to its high-altitude locations, with elevations surpassing 3,000 meters (9,800 feet). At these heights, oxygen levels decrease, and it's essential to recognize symptoms like headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. To mitigate these risks, the trek is structured with gradual ascents and rest days to facilitate acclimatization. Pay close attention to your body's signals, maintain proper hydration, and ascend slowly to reduce the likelihood of altitude sickness. Consulting seasoned guides, adhering to their guidance, and carrying recommended medications like acetazolamide, prescribed by a healthcare professional, is prudent. By taking these precautions and allowing your body to adapt, you can minimize the threat of altitude sickness and ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.

 

During your trek to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri, it's crucial to bear in mind that the region is remote and lacks modern infrastructure. This means that the use of credit cards for transactions may be extremely limited or altogether impractical. The trekking path primarily traverses remote trails, small villages, and basic teahouses that are not equipped with electronic payment systems. To ensure smooth financial transactions, it is highly recommended to carry an ample amount of local currency, Nepalese Rupees, to cover your expenses throughout the trek.

Moreover, prudent planning is essential. It's advisable to withdraw cash in advance in Kathmandu or Lukla, which serves as the starting point for the trek, as ATMs become scarce or unreliable once you venture beyond these areas.

The best months for the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek in Nepal are generally considered to be March to May and September to November. During these periods, the weather is relatively stable, and the visibility is excellent, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and the turquoise Gokyo Lakes. Spring (March to May) offers pleasant temperatures, blooming rhododendron forests, and vibrant landscapes. Autumn (September to November) showcases clear skies, mild temperatures, and the added bonus of post-monsoon greenery. However, it's important to note that weather conditions can vary, and it's always recommended to check the latest weather forecasts and consult with local trekking agencies for the most up-to-date information before planning your trip.

If you wish to stay extra days during the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek, you would need to make necessary arrangements in advance. Once you reach Gokyo, communicate with the teahouse or lodge where you are staying and inform them about your intention to extend your stay. Keep in mind that accommodation in the region is limited, so it's important to inquire about availability. If there are no issues with accommodation, you can negotiate the additional nights directly with the lodge owner or manager. Note that staying extra days allows you to explore the stunning surroundings, acclimatize properly, and potentially undertake side trips to nearby attractions like Gokyo Ri, the Fifth Lake, or the Cho La Pass.

Additional Information

  • Sturdy hiking boots and comfortable socks
  • Layered clothing (base layers, mid-layers, outer shell)
  • Warm hat, gloves, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • Reliable backpack
  • Water bottle and water purification system
  • Headlamp
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Trekking poles
  • Good quality sleeping bag
  • Camera
  • Sufficient snacks and energy bars
  • Cash in Nepalese Rupees
  • Permits (Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and TIMS card)

 

Actual Adventure has a track record of 100% Everest trek success. We are a Destination Management Company (DMC) where travellers from different countries benefit from our premium tours and trekking services.

We operate the Everest base camp trek on fixed departures where we set the best guide, porters, and number of people for this trekking. We have fixed departures for Everest trekking this Spring and coming Autumn months.

Learn more about availability and departures of Gokyo Lakes and GokyoRi Trek . Contact our tour manager Mr. Kedar Neupane

You can also contact to our manager Mr. Kedar Neupane at +977 9851012358 or

E-mail at info@actual-adventure.com and adventure.actual@gmail.com.

. Contact our tour manager Mr. Kedar Neupane

You can also contact to our manager Mr. Kedar Neupane at +977 9851012358 or

E-mail at info@actual-adventure.com and adventure.actual@gmail.com.

While it is not mandatory to have a guide or porter for the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek, it can be highly beneficial and recommended for several reasons. Hiring a guide provides valuable local knowledge, assistance with navigation, and ensures your safety throughout the trek. They are familiar with the route, weather conditions, and potential challenges. Additionally, a guide can offer insights into the local culture, history, and flora/fauna, enhancing your overall experience. A porter can be hired to carry your heavy backpack, relieving you of the physical strain and allowing you to enjoy the trek more comfortably. Having a guide or porter also supports the local economy and provides employment opportunities for the local community. Ultimately, the decision to hire a guide or porter depends on your experience, fitness level, and personal preferences.

Trip Reviews (5)

Amazing Experience!

My guide Pasang is one of the best guides one could ever ask for. He was very helpful during the entire trek. The views were amazing and the services were fine in spite of trekking to an isolated area. Had an amazing experience. 

 

Address: Austria

Julius M. Drew

16th Jun, 2022


Wonderful trekking experience.

For me the Gokyo lakes and Gokyo RI trek was hours of walk to a fairy tale land with lots of stunning views. The walk was totally worth and thank you to the amazing team members of Everest Base Camp Trekking Tours. 

 

Address: Sydney, Australia

Kiely Wynn

16th Jun, 2022


Beautiful Experience!

It was a wonderful trek and the services were mind-blowing. I don’t have any comments regarding their services. Even at such high altitude the services were very fine and exceeded all my expectations. The views were heavenly. 

 

Address: Norway

Aurora Jensen

16th Jun, 2022


Stunning views, Amazing Experience!

I just returned from Nepal after doing 14 Days Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo RI trek. It was a fantastic trek.  The mountains, lakes and valleys were amusing and Everest Base Camp Trekking Tours were great. I suggest this trek at least once in a lifetime for everyone. 

 

 

Address: Turkey

Rueben Pouwell

16th Jun, 2022


Wonderful trekking experience.

14 Days Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo RI Trek was one of the most outstanding destinations I’ve been so far. The spectacular views of the mountains, lakes, rivers, valleys and the warm hospitality of the locals were the main attraction of the place. Along with that my guide Hari and porter Shyam made my trek even more wonderful. I thank everyone who had been a part of this wonderful journey and assure to come back very soon. 

 

Address: USA

Fisher Eiliott

16th Jun, 2022


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