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Gokyo Lake Trek 13 Days
Gokyo Lake Trek 13 Days
Gokyo Lake Trek 13 Days
Gokyo Lake Trek 13 Days
Gokyo Lake Trek 13 Days

Gokyo Lake Trek 13 Days

Duration

13 days

Group size

2-10

Activities

All Trekking

Country

Nepal

Region

Everest Region

Destination

Lukla, Namche, Phakding, Gokyo, Thame
Start/End point

Start/End point

Kathmandu
Meals

Meals

Included
Activity

Activity

5-6 hrs
Gokyo Lake Trek
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Trip Highlights
  • Gokyo Lake System: The trek takes you to the mesmerizing Gokyo Lake system, a series of six stunning glacial lakes located at varying altitudes. The turquoise-colored lakes against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks create a surreal and breathtaking sight.
  • Gokyo Ri Viewpoint: Hike up to Gokyo Ri, a scenic viewpoint situated at an elevation of 5,357 meters. From here, you can enjoy panoramic views of some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and others.
  • Ngozumpa Glacier: Witness the largest glacier in the Himalayas, the Ngozumpa Glacier, as you trek through the Gokyo Valley. This massive ice formation presents a dramatic landscape and provides an opportunity to observe the effects of glacial movement.
  • Renjo La Pass: Cross the Renjo La Pass at an altitude of 5,360 meters, offering awe-inspiring views of Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and other surrounding peaks. The pass is known for its stunning vistas and provides a thrilling experience for trekkers.
  • Sherpa Culture and Traditions: Encounter the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people and immerse yourself in their rich culture and traditions. Visit local monasteries, interact with the friendly locals, and gain insights into their way of life.
  • Himalayan Wildlife: Spot various species of wildlife along the trail, including Himalayan thar, musk deer, and different bird species. Keep an eye out for the elusive snow leopard, which is known to inhabit the region.
  • Sagarmatha National Park: Traverse through the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is home to diverse flora and fauna. The park's pristine landscapes, alpine forests, and rhododendron-filled valleys add to the trekking experience.
  • Tranquil and Serene Environment: Enjoy the tranquility and peacefulness of the Gokyo Valley, away from the crowds of the Everest Base Camp route. The relatively quieter trails offer a more serene and intimate trekking experience.
  • Traditional Sherpa Villages: Pass through traditional Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, and Dole, experiencing their unique way of life and traditional architecture. Interact with the locals, visit monasteries, and learn about Sherpa culture.
  • Adventure and Personal Achievement: The Gokyo Lake trek presents a challenging but rewarding adventure, allowing you to test your physical and mental limits. Reaching the lakes and crossing high mountain passes gives a sense of personal achievement and fulfillment.

The Gokyo Lake Trek is a mesmerizing adventure that takes you to the beautiful Gokyo Valley in the Everest region of Nepal. This trek offers a unique opportunity to explore pristine glacial lakes, marvel at towering Himalayan peaks, and experience the rich Sherpa culture and traditions.

The journey begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the starting point of the trek. From Lukla, you'll follow a trail that meanders through lush forests, charming Sherpa villages, and terraced fields. As you ascend higher, you'll be captivated by the ever-changing landscapes and panoramic views of snow-capped mountains.

The highlight of the Gokyo Lake Trek is the Gokyo Valley, known for its breathtaking turquoise lakes. The trek takes you to a series of stunning glacial lakes, including the renowned Gokyo Lakes, which are among the highest freshwater lakes in the world. The shimmering blue waters of the lakes against the backdrop of majestic peaks like Cho Oyu and Everest create a truly magical and serene setting.

Ascending Gokyo Ri, a nearby peak standing at an elevation of 5,357 meters (17,575 feet), is another highlight of the trek. From the summit of Gokyo Ri, you'll be rewarded with awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Everest massif, including Everest itself, Lhotse, Makalu, and many other Himalayan giants. The sunrise or sunset view from Gokyo Ri is particularly breathtaking and offers a photographer's paradise.

The Gokyo Lake Trek also provides a chance to explore the unique Sherpa culture and traditions of the Khumbu region. You'll have opportunities to visit ancient monasteries, interact with the friendly locals, and gain insights into their way of life. The Sherpa people are known for their warm hospitality, and you'll be welcomed into their homes and tea houses along the way.

Throughout the trek, you'll be accompanied by experienced guides and Sherpas who will ensure your safety, provide valuable insights, and share their knowledge of the local culture and environment. They will take care of all logistical arrangements, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Gokyo Valley.

The Gokyo Lake Trek is considered a moderate trek suitable for trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness. The trekking trails are well-established, and the pace allows for proper acclimatization. However, it is still important to be prepared physically and mentally for the challenges of trekking at high altitudes.

By undertaking the Gokyo Lake Trek, you'll embark on an unforgettable adventure that combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a sense of tranquility. The pristine lakes, towering peaks, and Sherpa hospitality will leave a lasting impression and create memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1:

Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Master Himalaya will greet you and transfer you to a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. After checking in, you'll have a brief orientation session, followed by a leisurely day to rest or explore the vibrant streets of Thamel.

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Day 2:

Fly to Lukla (2,840 m) from Kathmandu – 35 minutes or drive to Manthali – 4 to 6 hours and take – 25 minutes flight to Lukla, and then trek to Phakding (2,610 m), – 3 to 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Early morning, you'll fly to Lukla, where your trek to Phakding begins. Your porters will be introduced, and after handing over your luggage, you'll embark on a pleasant trek alongside the Dudh Koshi River. This short trek serves as a warm welcome to the Everest region.

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Day 3:

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse

Start the day early with a trek to Namche Bazaar, walking alongside the Dudhkoshi River through suspension bridges and forests. After lunch in the Monjo Valley, continue through beautiful forests and uphill ascents to reach Namche Bazaar, a bustling hub of porters, travelers, and local Sherpas.

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Day 4:

Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day. Overnight at a Guesthouse

Take a day for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar. Enjoy sunrise views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and more. Optionally, explore Syangboche airport, visit Hotel Everest View, or hike along the Dudh Koshi River.

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Day 5:

Trek to Phorste Thanga (3,680 m) – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse

Rise early in Namche and embrace the trail towards Phorste Thanga at 4,470m. The journey unfolds through picturesque landscapes, crossing rocky terrain and alpine meadows. As you ascend, the air becomes crisper, and panoramic views of the Himalayas surround you. Engage in the rhythmic trek, taking in the beauty of Cho Oyu and Everest. Reach Phorste Thanga, a tranquil haven at a high altitude. Settle in, enjoy a hearty meal, and soak in the mountain ambiance. Rest well for the adventures that lie ahead.

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Day 6:

Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse

After an early breakfast in Phorste, trek to Machhermo through gentle uphill slopes, offering amazing views of Mt. Taboche, Cholatse, Cho Oyu, and Everest.

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Day 7:

Trek to Gokyo (4,800 m) – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse

Descend to the riverbank and climb to the Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas. Reach Gokyo Village, passing the first, second, and third Gokyo Lakes.

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Day 8:

Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and Back to Gokyo – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse

Trek to Gokyo Ri for a mesmerizing sunrise view of Makalu, Everest, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, and more. Explore the 4th and 5th Gokyo Lakes in the afternoon.

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Day 9:

Trek to Dole (4,200 m) – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse

Embark on a scenic descent from Gokyo, retracing your steps through the breathtaking landscapes. As you leave the serene Gokyo Village behind, descend towards Dole, a charming settlement amidst the Himalayan beauty. The trail weaves through varied terrain, offering glimpses of the awe-inspiring mountains. Traverse through rocky paths and lush greenery, appreciating the ever-changing scenery. Arrive in Dole, a peaceful haven nestled in the mountains, where you'll spend the night. Reflect on the day's journey and anticipate the adventures awaiting you on the trek.

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Day 10:

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) via Khumjung village (3,780 m) – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse

Embark on a picturesque descent from Dole, traversing through the captivating landscapes of the Everest region. The trail leads you through lush forests, charming Sherpa villages, and scenic mountain views. As you descend, relish the changing scenery and the Himalayan vistas that accompany your journey. Pass through charming hamlets and vibrant prayer-flag-adorned paths, immersing yourself in the rich Sherpa culture. Eventually, arrive back in Namche Bazaar, the bustling heart of the Khumbu region. Spend the night in this vibrant town, reminiscing about the trek and soaking in the lively atmosphere.

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Day 11:

Trek to Lukla (2,840 m) – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse

Descend through rocky terrains to Lukla. Spend the day exploring Lukla or visiting the school established by Sir Edmund Hillary.

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Day 12:

Fly to Kathmandu – 35 minutes or Manthali – 25 minutes from Lukla (2,840 m) and same-day drive to Kathmandu – 4 to 6 hours. Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at a Hotel.

Fly back to Kathmandu, and spend the day exploring Thamel. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner.

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Day 13:

Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure

Master Himalaya will transfer you to the airport for your international flight, marking the end of your Gokyo Lake Trek. Depart with cherished memories of the Himalayas.

Costing Details
What is Included In cost?
  • Pickups and drop from the airport and hotels
  •  Accommodations in Teahouse/lodge and three meals a day during the trek
  •  Experience trekking guide
  •  First Aid Kit
  • All the necessary paperwork and Sagarmatha entry permits
  • All government taxes and other service charges
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Trekking porter/ Sherpa to carry your bags during the trek, one porter shares between 2 trekkers
  • Domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and back
What is Excluded in cost ?
  • Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu
  • Tips for Porters/ tour guides
  •  All kinds of drinks during trips, hot showers in the tea house, and other extra services
  •  Personal trekking equipment
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan international Airport – Kathmandu ($25 USD for 15 days visa)
  • Hot Shower and battery charging on the tea house.
  • Excess baggage more than 15 kg for lukla flight
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