Gokyo Lakes Trek

Gokyo Lakes Trek is an amazing trek to the sparkling pristine blue freshwater lakes and Gokyo Ri which is one of the most amazing viewpoints for great views of Everest and other Himalayas. After Kathmandu sightseeing visiting old palace square, and Buddhist and Hindu temples all of whom are UNESCO Listed World Heritage Sites, we fly to Lukla, the entry point for Everest Region trekking. From Namche we take a different trail, than the regular Everest Base Camp Trekking. We trek to sacred freshwater 5th and 6th lakes, and reach at highest altitude of 5,360 meters at Gokyo Ri on day 10. We have 2 rest days in between the itinerary for acclimatization. Gokyo Ri provides exceptional views of Everest and the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and the Gokyo valley. The Gokyo Lakes trek is ideal for those who want to trek in Everest Region spending fewer nights in high altitude and with variety of views.

Highlights:

  •        Scenic flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu 
  •        11 days trekking from 3-8 hours per day walking past the Sherpa villages 
  •        Gokyo Ri, 5th and 6th Lakes and massive Ngozumpa Glacierare the major attractions in this trek
  •        Panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche with the Ngozumpa Glacier from Gokyo Ri 
  •        The Hight altitude we reach in this trip is  5,360 meters at Gokyo Ri
  •        2 rest days in between the itinerary for acclimatization 

Trip Cost Includes:

  •  All ground transportation in private vehicles.
  •  Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu in a star hotel (3 Nights)
  •  Best available lodges and guesthouses during the trekking days (11 Nights)
  •  Lodges and Guesthouses accommodation during the trek will be twin sharing and occasionally dormitory rooms
  •  14 Breakfast, 11 Lunch, 12 Dinner
  •  Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu including airport departure tax at Kathmandu and Lukla airport. 
  •  An English Speaking Licensed Tour Guide for Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour on Day 2
  •  An English Speaking Licensed and Well Experienced Trekking Guide
  •  The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign 1 porter for 2 guests).
  •  Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  •  Sagarmatha National Park Permit, TIMS permit and Local Government Tax for trekking
  •  Medical Kit carried by Trekking Guide
  •  All government and local taxes

Trip Cost Excludes:

  •  International Flights and Nepal Visa (bring 2 passport size photographs and accurate USD)
  •  Extra Night Accommodation/Extra Meals or any other costs incurred due to early arrival, late departure, early return from   mountain (due to any reason), flight cancellation etc, other than the scheduled itinerary
  •  Excess baggage charges. Arline charges USD 1-1.5 per extra kg if you carry more than 10kg luggage
  •  Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu other than mentioned in the itinerary
  •  Alcoholic drinks and hot and cold drinks
  •  Personal expenses (Laundry,phone,beverages,battery recharge,bottle water,shower etc)
  •  Tips for trekking staff and drivers (Tipping is expected)

Day 01 ARRIVE  KATHMANDU (1300 meters)
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. 
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

 

Day 02 KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING (1300 meters)

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city and just a few hundred meters from the end of the runway at Tribhuwan International Airport. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the main temple, but you can view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

BoudhnathStupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth,  the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.

Patan Durbar Square: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, on the southern side of the Bagmati River, Patan is one of the three royal cities in the valley. A paradise of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. The city of Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty. It was expanded by Lichhavis in the 6th century A.D. and again by the Mallas in medieval period. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast
 

Day 03 FLY TO LUKLA (2800m); TREK TO PHAKDING (2652m/8700ft ~3-4hrs)
We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi. We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.
Overnight: Lodge in Phakding

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 04 TREK FROM PHAKDING TO NAMCHE (3450m/) 5-6 hrs
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, you get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Day 05 REST DAY IN NAMCHE (3450m)
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you can do a strenuous day walk to a higher altitude, coming back down to Namche for sleep. For this you can walk west to Thame for 6-7 hours of round trip.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 06 TREK FROM NAMCHE TO PHORTSE THENGA (3680m/12074ft ) 5 hours
Today, the trail climbs steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharka and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day.

Overnight: Lodge in Phortse Thenga

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 07 TREK FROM PHORTSE TO  MACHHERMO (4410m/14469ft) 5 hours
The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kangtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. We reach at Machherma by early noon.

Overnight: Lodge in Machhermo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Day 08 TREK FROM MACHHERMO TO GOKYO (4750m/15585ft) 5 hours
Today the trek takes us at one of our final destination, Gokyo. We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will have couple of hiking and sightseeing trips around Gokyo.

Overnight: Lodge in Gokyo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 09 REST DAY/EXPLORE AROUND GOKYO
We spend this day in Gokyo strolling around the lake and hike north to other sacred lakes and return back to Gokyo for night stay.

Overnight: Lodge in Gokyo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10 TREK TO GOKYO RI (5360m/17586ft) & BACK TO GOKYO 5 hours
Gokyo Ri is the highlight of the Gokyo valley Trek and is an epic vantage point for the mountain views. We start the climb early in the morning. The path to the peak crosses the stream at the north end of the village and climbs for two hours to a cat’s cradle of prayer flags at the top of the hill. From the summit, there are panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche, with the Ngozumpa Glacier cutting across in front like a massive tear in the landscape. We walk down to Goky for the night stay.

Overnight: Lodge in Gokyo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11 TREK BACK TO DOLE (4090m/13419ft) 6 hours
Following the same trail down, we make a descent to Dole.

Overnight: Lodge in Dole

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12 TREK FROM DOLE TO NAMCHE via KHUMJUNG 5 hours
Descend to Namche Bazaar via typical Sherpa village of Khumjung. Leaving the mountains behind our descent continues back to the town of Namche Bazaar.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 13 TREK FROM NAMCHE TO LUKLA (2800m) 6-8 hrs
Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chang (home made wine), try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.

Overnight: Lodge in Lukla

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 14 FLY BACK FROM LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
Early morning you take off from Lukla airstrip for a spectacular mountain flight back to Kathmandu. After being met at the domestic airport terminal and transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore this wonderful city; shopping for souvenirs, trying out the various restaurants in Thamel or simply relaxing.
You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
 

Day 15 AIRPORT TRANSFER
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Meals: Breakfast

 

IS THIS NOT WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ? DESIGN YOUR OWN TRIP

You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.

Given below are the fixed departure dates for online booking.  If the given departure dates are not suitable for you, please email us or call us at +977 9841414582 and we will happily customize your trip on the date more appropriate for you.

2019

Start date End date Availability No of pax Total price  
28th Aug 11th Sep Available USD 1868
2nd Sep 16th Sep Available USD 1868
6th Sep 20th Sep Available USD 1868
11th Sep 25th Sep Available USD 1868
16th Sep 30th Sep Available USD 1868
20th Sep 4th Oct Available USD 1868
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11th Oct 25th Oct Available USD 1868
16th Oct 30th Oct Available USD 1868
21st Oct 4th Nov Available USD 1868
25th Oct 8th Nov Available USD 1868
30th Oct 13th Nov Available USD 1868
4th Nov 18th Nov Available USD 1868
8th Nov 22nd Nov Available USD 1868
13th Nov 27th Nov Available USD 1868
18th Nov 2nd Dec Available USD 1868
22nd Nov 6th Dec Available USD 1868
27th Nov 11th Dec Available USD 1868

2020

Start date End date Availability No of pax Total price  
26th Feb 11th Mar Available USD 1988
4th Mar 18th Mar Available USD 1988
9th Mar 23rd Mar Available USD 1988
13th Mar 27th Mar Available USD 1988
18th Mar 1st Apr Available USD 1988
25th Mar 8th Apr Available USD 1988
30th Mar 13th Apr Available USD 1988
3rd Apr 17th Apr Available USD 1988
8th Apr 22nd Apr Available USD 1988
13th Apr 27th Apr Available USD 1988
17th Apr 1st May Available USD 1988
22nd Apr 6th May Available USD 1988
27th Apr 11th May Available USD 1988
1st May 15th May Available USD 1988
6th May 20th May Available USD 1988
11th May 25th May Available USD 1988
15th May 29th May Available USD 1988
20th May 3rd Jun Available USD 1988
25th May 8th Jun Available USD 1988

Best Months for Gokyo Valley Trekking
The springtime from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Gokyo Valley Trekking.


Maximum Altitude in Gokyo Valley Trekking: 5360m at Gokyo Ri

 

Disclaimer

Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays. Please note that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather conditions, health condition of team member, unexpected natural disasters and delay or cancellation of flights can affect the itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Please be aware that Kathmandu- Lukla - Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airport, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both. We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities or shopping etc which can be arranged by Eve Holidays upon request. 

In case the flight delay/cancellation that happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund.

 

Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.

15 days - US $ 30.00 for 15 days single/multiple entry.
30 days - US $ 50.00 for 30 days single/multiple entry.
90 days - US $ 125.00 for 90 days single/multiple entry.
 
For more information please visit Department of Immigration of Nepal

 

Weather

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Spring season ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November ) is considered the best months for Everest Base Camp Trekking. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a good choice for botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.


Experience Required

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.

 

Acclimatization

All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.

 

Important Documents and Items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars or Pounds in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

 

Packing  List

It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.

To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack.  Around base camp you will need your down jacket. Here is the guideline of Equipment and Packing List


Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides have received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).


Accommodation

We use standard rooms at a hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses and lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis.Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional USD 200. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.


Meals

While on trekking, meals are provided at Guesthouses and Lodges on the way in Kathmandu breakfast is provided in the hotel where you will stay. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.


Means of Transportation

We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing in Kathmandu and all land transportation. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs. For Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight we use domestic airlines. 


Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform us.


Communication while trekking

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made you can pay to the guide


Insurance Coverage

One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss). We don't arrange or sell insurance.

 

Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.


Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at  +977 9841414582

We had a fabulous experience of Nepal. Our company Eve Holidays made changes in the itinerary according to my schedule in very short notice. I with my friend trekked to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri from where the view of mountain panorama was stunning. I would like to be back to Nepal again and do with them the Upper Mustang Trek. Hopefully soon.

Elaine Stamateris, USA

Eve Holidays was extremely organised and helpful in arranging our Gokyo Valley Trek  via email from New Zealand. Thanks to Eve for making our trek an incredible experience that was made ideal in every way by our guide who was extremely knowledgable, capable, friendly and caring during the entire trek

Steven & Kelly