Gokyo Lake Trek

4 reviewsEverest Gokyo lake trek
Trip Fact:
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • DestinationNepal
  • Max Altitude5,357m / 17575 ft
  • AccommodationHotels in Kathmandu and Guest houses during trekking
  • MealsBreakfast in Kathmandu and All meals during trekking
  • Trip Start/EndLukla
  • Group Size1-30 pax
  • Best SeasonMarch, April, May, September, October and November are the best months.

What to Expect:

  • Breathtaking panoramic views of world's highest peaks such as Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.
  • Series of pristine Gokyo Lakes, considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Challenging ascent to Gokyo Ri, offering a rewarding 360-degree Himalayan vista.
  • Encounter with the massive Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal.
  • Unique insight into Sherpa culture and opportunity to visit ancient monasteries.
  • Exploration of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to diverse flora and fauna.
  • Magnificent views of the dramatic Gokyo Valley, Renjo La Pass, and Everest Base Camp.
  • Chance to spot Himalayan wildlife including snow leopards, red pandas, and Himalayan Tahr.
  • Night skies at Gokyo offer incredible stargazing experiences due to the remote location and clear, unpolluted skies.

The Gokyo Lake Trek offers a refreshing route different from the typical Everest Base Camp journey. You'll get breathtaking views of Everest and get to stay in the famous Namche Bazaar, the entrance to the Khumbu Region.

Although this path towards Gokyo Lakes is less crowded, trekkers can still experience local village culture, see icy rivers, glacier-covered landscapes, snow-topped mountains, and the vivid blue Gokyo Lakes.

These lakes, six in total, are situated between 4700 to 5000m in the Gokyo Valley, which is part of the Sagarmatha National Park. Recognized as the world's highest freshwater lake system, they are significant international wetlands and are revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. Lonely Planet even mentions that the Gokyo Valley is perhaps the most magnificent in the Khumbu region.

By spending an extra day there, you can see the 5th and 6th lakes near Cho Oyu, the world’s 6th tallest mountain.

Typically, the trek involves around 5-6 hours of walking daily. A memorable part of the journey includes climbing Gokyo RI (5,357m) for views of notable peaks like Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. You'll also witness Nepal’s biggest glacier, Ngozumpa. If you're not up for the trek, you can opt for a helicopter tour of Gokyo lake.

Before heading towards Gokyo Ri and the valley, you'll acclimatize in Namche Bazaar. This town not only serves as a resting point but also offers a rich history and vibrant local culture.

You can venture to the nearby Khumjung Village, where you'll find a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the pioneering climbers to reach Mount Everest's peak. Over the decades, Namche Bazaar has evolved into a dynamic market hub, drawing in numerous trekkers and mountaineers. This bustling town provides a unique backdrop for visitors to exchange exciting trekking experiences and stories.

With all these elements combined, this journey promises to be the best trip of a lifetime.

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, we will be there to greet you. We will provide transportation to your designated hotel. After settling in, a briefing program will be conducted to ensure you are well-prepared for your upcoming trekking adventure. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • 1400m/4593ft

Start your day with a satisfying breakfast before embarking on a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Upon landing in Lukla, the trek begins towards Phakding, which typically takes around 3-4 hours. Along the way, be prepared to be captivated by the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kangaru (6367m), and the majestic Mount Kwangde Range. Spend the night at a comfortable Tea house in Phakding.

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2640 m/8661 ft

Today's trail takes you through charming Sherpa villages and magnificent forests as you cross the Dudh Koshi valley. Throughout the journey, you will be treated to breathtaking vistas of Kusum Kangru (6369m), Thamserku (6608m), Everest (8848m), and Nuptse (7879m). Arrive at Namche Bazaar, a vibrant Sherpa town nestled amidst the mountains. Rest and rejuvenate at a comfortable tea house in Namche.

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3440m/11286 ft

Take advantage of a well-deserved rest day in Namche Bazaar. You are free to explore this bustling town, visit the vibrant market, and immerse yourself in the Sherpa culture. Additionally, embark on a short hike to Khumjung, where you can witness the natural beauty and behold the majestic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Kwangde. Return to your hotel in Namche for an overnight stay.

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3440m/11286 ft

After a nourishing breakfast in Namche, the trek resumes. Today's trail presents a steep ascent, veering away from the path to Everest Base Camp, leading you towards Phorste Thanga. Traverse through enchanting oak and rhododendron forests, relishing the splendid views of the Everest Himalayas. Continue the trek until reaching Phorste Thanga, where you will spend the night.

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3680m/12074 ft

Embark on an adventure-filled day as the trail climbs up a ridge, offering magnificent panoramic views. Descend through stunning landscapes, taking in the beauty of Kangtega and the ascending view towards Cho Oyu. Cross a stream and then ascend steeply towards the Ngozumpa Glacier, a vast and enduring body of ice, until reaching Machhermo.

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4470 m/14665 ft

Following a nourishing breakfast, we commence our day with a picturesque trek towards the captivating Gokyo valley. We maintain a steady pace, ensuring proper hydration along the way. This day marks a highlight of our entire journey, as we arrive at the awe-inspiring Gokyo. After taking a well-deserved rest, we explore the enchanting Gokyo valley, concluding the day with a serene ambiance. Overnight accommodation awaits us in Gokyo Lake.

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4790 m/ 15715 ft

Prepare for an enthralling experience as we wake up early to witness the mesmerizing sunrise from Gokyo Ri. Ascending to an elevation of 5357 meters, Gokyo Ri offers the most sought-after viewpoint in the Everest region. From its summit, we are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Everest Himalayas and the resplendent Gokyo Lake itself.

After immersing ourselves in the unforgettable beauty of Gokyo Ri, we descend to our hotel in Gokyo Lake for breakfast. Subsequently, we trek back to Machhermo, where we will spend the night at a comfortable guesthouse.

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4470 m/14665 ft

With an early start, we enjoy a hearty breakfast before embarking on our trek to Namche Bazaar. The journey takes approximately 6-7 hours as we traverse captivating landscapes and gradually descend to the vibrant Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar. Rest and unwind at a comfortable lodge or guesthouse in Namche for the evening.

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3440m/ 11286 ft

As our Everest Gokyo Lake trek nears its conclusion, we savor a delicious breakfast before embarking on our journey to Lukla. The trekking path descends steeply, following the meandering Dudh Kosi stream, until we reach Lukla. Enjoy an overnight stay at a hotel in Lukla, reflecting upon the remarkable adventure.

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2810 m / 9219 ft

In the early morning, we board a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, with a flight duration of approximately 35 minutes. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we escort you to your hotel, allowing you to relax and unwind after the rewarding mountain expedition.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m/4593 ft

Today marks the conclusion of your journey as you prepare to depart for your home or onward destination. We arrange your transfer to the airport, ensuring you reach there three hours prior to your scheduled flight. We sincerely hope you had a remarkable experience with us and wish you a pleasant journey ahead.

  • Breakfast

Trip Map

Gokyo Lake Trek map

Cost Details

Includes

  • Airport transfers ( pickup and drop)
  • 2-night stay in Kathmandu with breakfast ( 3 star hotel)
  • Round trip flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • All trek lodging and meals in the mountain ( as per itinerary)
  • Experienced, licensed, and insured English-speaking trekking guide
  • Trekking porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) with all their expenses covered
  • All required paperwork, trekking permits, TIMS card
  • A comprehensive medical kit, trekking equipment for the staff, and all taxes

Dates & Price

Trip DatePriceAvailability 
Start DateFridayApril 26, 2024End DateTuesdayMay 07, 2024StatusStatusLimitedPricePriceUS $1375
Start DateTuesdayApril 30, 2024End DateSaturdayMay 11, 2024StatusStatusGuaranteedPricePriceUS $1375

Good to Know

Why choose us for Your Gokyo Lake Trek?

When it comes to planning and executing the perfect trekking experience, Dream Heaven Adventure is an industry leader. Here's why choosing us for your Gokyo Lake Trek is an excellent decision:

Expert Guidance: We employ experienced and licensed local guides who have an intimate knowledge of the Everest Region and the Gokyo Lake Trek. Our guides prioritize your safety and comfort and are trained to handle emergencies. They'll not only lead the way but also enrich your journey with insights about the local culture, flora, fauna, and the majestic Himalayan range.

Comprehensive Planning: Dream Heaven Adventure handles all the logistics to ensure a hassle-free experience for you. We take care of all necessary permits, the TIMS card, and provide round-trip transportation from Kathmandu to the trailhead. Our goal is to let you focus on the trek itself and fully enjoy the mesmerizing landscapes of the Himalayas.

Comfortable Accommodations and Delicious Meals: Throughout the trek, we arrange comfortable lodgings that allow you to rest and recharge for the next day. Our meals are not only delicious but also tailored to provide the nutrition needed for high-altitude trekking.

Customizable Packages: We understand that every trekker has unique needs and preferences. Therefore, we offer customizable packages that allow you to tailor your Gokyo Lake Trek experience to fit your physical abilities and personal interests.

Sustainable Practices: At Dream Heaven Adventure, we believe in responsible tourism. We adhere to sustainable practices to minimize our impact on the delicate ecosystem of the Everest Region. We promote the ‘Leave No Trace’ principle and contribute to local communities, ensuring our treks are as beneficial to the environment and local people as they are to our trekkers.

Excellent Customer Service: Our dedicated team provides excellent pre-trek and on-trek customer service. We're always here to answer your queries, provide necessary information, and ensure you have the best possible trekking experience.

Choosing Dream Heaven Adventure for your Gokyo Lake Trek means choosing a trusted partner who cares about your trekking experience as much as you do. Join us and let's conquer the Himalayas together!

Accommodation during the Gokyo Lakes Trek

During the Gokyo Lakes Trek, our accommodations will primarily consist of tea houses. These tea houses, located along the trekking route to the Gokyo valley, offer satisfactory lodging facilities. The meals provided at these tea houses are both nourishing and hygienic. If you have any dietary allergies or specific requirements, we kindly request that you inform our tour operator prior to embarking on the Gokyo Valley and Lakes trek. Additionally, upon request, we can arrange camping-style accommodation at Gokyo. However, please be aware that there are certain limitations associated with camping.

Best Time for the Gokyo Lakes Trek

The most favorable seasons for trekking in Nepal are spring and autumn. Similarly, the Gokyo trek is best experienced during the months of March, April, and May. Another ideal window for this trek is from September to November.

During these periods, the weather is pleasantly mild, rainfall is minimal, and the visibility is excellent, allowing for uninterrupted sightseeing from Gokyo Ri. The stunning peaks of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche, Kongde, Kusum Kanguru, and Cho La Tse truly dazzle on the clear days of spring and autumn.

Travel Insurance for the Gokyo Lakes Trek

For the Gokyo Lakes Trek, we kindly request that all our esteemed clients obtain travel insurance. This insurance should cover expenses related to helicopter evacuations, medical bills, and other health issues that may arise during the trek.

At Dream Heaven Adventure, we ensure that travel insurance is procured for our Gokyo Valley trek guides and porters.

Safety Recommendations for the Gokyo Lake Trek

Optimize the Timing

Prior to embarking on the Gokyo Lake trek, it is imperative to conduct thorough research on the prevailing seasons, as they play a crucial role in ensuring the success of the journey. Spring and Autumn are considered the most suitable seasons for undertaking the Gokyo Lake trek.

Selecting the appropriate time enables you to enjoy clear blue skies and mild temperatures, facilitating exploration of the region. Therefore, choosing a favorable trekking period is instrumental in mitigating adverse climatic conditions.

However, it is advisable to avoid months characterized by wet trails and heavy snowfall, as these conditions can make the trek uncomfortable. Opt for a time when the views are unobstructed, offering optimal opportunities for capturing scenic photographs.

Prepare Mentally

The Gokyo Lake trek is a renowned destination encompassing moderate to challenging routes. Consequently, it is crucial to possess a high level of physical fitness coupled with mental resilience.

Enhancing your physical strength and mental well-being before embarking on the trek will significantly contribute to a smoother experience. This preparation will enable you to have a clear understanding of the trek's purpose and allow you to focus on it.

Developing patience and meticulous planning will facilitate a more enjoyable trekking experience, free from unnecessary concerns.

Prioritize Pre-Trek Training

Individuals with diverse physical abilities and age groups can undertake the Gokyo Lake trek. However, to ensure greater comfort during the journey, it is essential to be in good physical condition.

While an exceptional level of fitness is not required, adequate endurance and stamina are necessary to complete the trek comfortably. Consequently, engaging in pre-trek training is crucial, particularly for acclimatizing to higher altitudes.

Training activities can include strength and endurance exercises to bolster muscle power, as well as elevation training to enhance altitude tolerance. Recommended training activities encompass long walks or hikes in uneven or hilly terrains, treadmill walking, gentle incline walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, and other similar exercises.

It is possible to undertake self-directed training and prepare for the trek without the need for a personal trainer, starting approximately two weeks before the actual trek.

Adhere to Luggage Weight Limits

Considering that the Gokyo Lake trek extends over several days, it becomes necessary to carry essential items throughout the journey. However, it is essential to exercise caution and avoid overpacking and carrying unnecessary items.

Strict weight limitations exist, and it is crucial to adhere to these luggage restrictions. While baggage porters are available to assist with carrying bags, their capacity is typically limited to 10 to 15 kilograms. Overloading your bags will burden the porters or make self-carriage challenging, thus compromising the trek's overall experience.

Therefore, it is advisable to pack only essential items, ensuring compliance with the prescribed weight limits.

Consume Hygienic Food

Undertaking a trek in mountainous regions necessitates prioritizing personal health and well-being. During the trek, it is advisable to avoid consuming junk food and opt for hygienic dietary choices instead.

Consuming clean and nutritious food will provide the required sustenance to endure the climb effectively. Specifically, while trekking in Gokyo Lake, it is recommended to abstain from consuming alcohol, smoking, and consuming meat.

Dry meat is transported to Lukla and subsequently transferred to tea houses, resulting in potential health issues due to its lack of freshness. It is therefore preferable to consume locally grown organic vegetables.

Maintain Hydration

Maintaining adequate hydration levels during the Gokyo Lake trek is crucial, despite the colder temperatures prevalent in the trekking area. Walking at higher altitudes can have a notable impact on the body's hydration requirements.

Since trekkers typically spend 6 to 8 hours traversing rugged terrains daily, significant perspiration occurs, necessitating frequent hydration. It is recommended to consume between 2 to 4 liters of water each day.

Even if the desire to drink is diminished, taking regular sips of water is essential to prevent dehydration. Carrying flavored water, electrolyte tablets, or herbal teas can be helpful for individuals who struggle with consuming plain water.

Carrying a water bottle and water purification tablets is essential for the trek. While bottled water can be purchased along the way, it tends to be expensive, and availability may be limited. Carrying a personal water bottle allows for refilling from natural water sources or reservoirs.

Water purification tablets ensure the elimination of harmful bacteria present in water from unknown sources, guaranteeing safe consumption. This precautionary measure is particularly relevant for individuals unaccustomed to natural water sources, as it helps prevent diarrhea and other waterborne illnesses.

Carry Sufficient Cash

Many parts of the Himalayas are still underdeveloped, resulting in limited availability of online transactions. Additionally, finding banks and ATMs in higher altitudes can be challenging. The last ATM is typically found in Namche Bazaar during this trek.

As a result, it is essential to carry an adequate amount of cash to meet additional needs throughout the trek. It is advisable to carry the local currency, as dollars, pounds, and other foreign currencies are generally not accepted.

Money exchange facilities are available in lower regions, as there are no currency exchange centers in the higher areas. Therefore, it is crucial to exchange currency before ascending to higher altitudes.

FAQs

  • Q1. What is the climate condition at Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri?

    Weather in the mountains often varies from season to season. Most of the reason the mountain region remains cold. Trekking in the off-season is even more challenging for trekkers. In addition, during summer monsoon seasons there are high chances of landslides and avalanches. In peak seasons the climate becomes less harsh and more comfortable for trekking and outdoor activities. Hence, proper acclimatization and planning prior to the trek can help us to avoid some possibility of climate risk.

  • Gokyo Lakes can be explored throughout the year with some prior preparation. March and April are the best months for marvelous views and stunning weather, where travelers are greeted with various wildflowers, colorful forests, and glorious mountain views. Spring (March-May) and autumn(August-oct) offer photogenic views and make travel easier. These months are suitable for all types of travelers.

  • The pristine Lake of Gokyo not only offers extraordinary views but also accepts solo travelers who are willing to feel the solitude in the wilderness of mountains. Mountain weather is often unpredictable, we advise you to have all the necessary equipment and guidance to accomplish your solo trip successfully.

    Our team ensures with the necessary guidance before planning the trip, pre-explain the challenges you might face during your trek to Gokyo. Online assistance during your trek will be provided and our connection with sherpa people in the Gokyo region can be a plus point for both of us to accomplish your trek. Proper guidance and a trekking plan will help you to accomplish the journey to your desired destination while overcoming the challenges.

  • The standard Gokyo Lakes trek is 14 days long. It includes a day of acclimation at Namche and Gokyo Valley. But, the Gokyo Lakes trek is highly customizable. Trekkers also extend their Gokyo trip to further anticlockwise hikes to Everest Base Camp.

  • Gokyo Lake Trek is a moderate-grade trek. For first-time trekkers, it's arduous to trek to Gokyo. But, experienced trekkers find the Gokyo trekking route comfortable to hike. The long hiking hours each day are tiring. Also, there's a risk of altitude sickness that might decrease the pace of the hike.

  • Typically, crampons are not essential for the Gokyo Lake Trek, especially if you undertake the trek during the regular season. However, if you plan to embark on the trek in the midst of winter or during the monsoon season, the use of crampons may become necessary. It is difficult to predict the exact trail conditions beforehand, so it is advisable to carry crampons with you as a precautionary measure. It is always better to be prepared with the appropriate gear and not need it, rather than finding yourself in need of crampons without having them at your disposal if the situation demands.

  • The need for supplemental oxygen during the trek is generally not necessary. Our carefully designed itinerary allows for sufficient acclimatization, reducing the likelihood of altitude-related health issues. As a precautionary measure, we provide Diamox, a medication that helps mitigate symptoms of altitude sickness, right from the beginning of the trek. However, should severe altitude sickness occur, our response will involve an immediate descent to a lower altitude to ensure your safety and well-being.

  • To prevent altitude sickness during the Gokyo lake and Gokyo Ri trek, there are several important measures you can take. Firstly, it is crucial to have a slow ascent, allowing your body to acclimatize properly and taking enough rest along the way. Staying hydrated is essential, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the trek. Maintaining a balanced diet with sufficient food intake is also important for energy and overall well-being. It is advised to avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and tobacco during the entire trek, as they can exacerbate altitude-related issues. Being mentally prepared and determined is key, as the trek can be physically and mentally challenging. Additionally, it is beneficial to train your body for uphill hikes through cardio exercises or gym workouts at least three months prior to the start of the trek. By following these guidelines, you can increase your chances of preventing altitude sickness during the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek.

  • In order to undertake the Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek, it is necessary to obtain two trekking permits. These permits include the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit. Acquiring both permits is mandatory for participation in this trek.

Client Reviews

  • Tom W
    Tom WGermany |April 02, 2023
    TripAdvisor

    Gokyo Ri Trek and Dream Heaven Adventure 10/10

    We took the Gokyo Ri Trek and it was amazing. We were fully supported and got all informations beforehand of our contact Suman. This was very helpful. On the Trek we were with Shambhu, who was a great guide. He had so many information and managed everything so great. He did everything so we could get the best of our Trek. Also the Gokyo Ri Trek and the experience was a 10/10. We can really recommend. Dream Heaven Adventure was a great contact for our trekking experience and a perfect choice.

  • Yow Sim
    Yow SimSingapore |May 21, 2018
    TripAdvisor

    Excellent customer services

    Very good experience with Suman and Team of DHA. They have been very helpful since our arrival to departure. Our guide Huparaj is very kind person, who took care of us in our entire trip to ebc. The price they gave us is very reasonable. Will definately comeback for our next trip.

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    Jamie LefrakUnited States |April 15, 2016
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    Short everest trek

    I have been stayed in Kathmandu for my private concern. I found Dream Heaven Adventure which has best schemes to give me my feel. They arranged a great trip to Everest. It was an excellent overall experience. Very helpful people and great company,Don’t forget to explore Himalayan beauty guys!!

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    Mohammad KUnited Arab Emirates |November 24, 2014
    TripAdvisor

    Excellent Everest Trip

    It was excellent experience with Dream Heaven Adventure Pvt. Ltd. The Company is great. Director Suman, the young man is very friendly and has a good eye for detail in his service. The service was extremely professional, and the staffs were terrific. Thanks for all who make our holiday memorable!

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