Trip Overview of Gokyo Lake Trek
Gokyo lake trek is also named an oligotrophic lake. it is at an altitude of 4700 m-5000 m above sea level. The lake has fresh water with six other lakes, among which Thonak is one of the largest lakes. located in the northeastern location of Nepal. Gokyo Lake lies in Khumjung village and it is so far the best trekking adventure, among others. Gokyo lake trek is a brief trek that leads you to the stunning valley of Gokyo. Gokyo lakes trek offers impressive views of excellent mountains.
We will See the Ngozumpa Glacier, Gokyo RI, The high lush valleys of Khumbu with rural civilization, and colorful monasteries. With the improbable kindness of Sherpa society, prayer flags, Namche Bazar. Sagarmatha national park and lots extra might be one of the enchanting recollections of your experience.
It is one of the most beautiful places in our country. It’s a small village in the Himalayan region at the foothills of the stunning Gokyo RI. Thus, the village is an isolated settlement at an altitude of 4,750 m/15,580 ft. being one of the highest hamlets on Earth. The top of the Gokyo RI offers its visitors surreal views of the Ngozumpa glacier and some of the highly shiny mountain peaks such as Cho Oyu [8,201 m/26,096 ft.], Everest [8,848/29,029 ft], Lhotse [8,516 m/27,940 ft.], and also Makalu [8,481 m/27,825 ft].
Highlights of the Gokyo lakes trek
Scenic flight over the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lukla and back.
Visit the Gokyo Ri, the Panoramic view, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.
Hike along Ngozumpa Glacier, which is considered one of the largest glaciers in the Himalayas.
Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) for spectacular views including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu as well as, Cho Oyu.
Trek through the Sherpa town of Khumjung.
Avoid the crowd and walk through the peaceful as well as off-the-beaten paths.
Gokyo Lake trek itinerary
The itinerary of the Gokyo lakes trek goes with Kathmandu and takes a flight to Lukla to Phakding, Monjo, Namche Bazaar, Phortse Thanga, and finally Gokyo lake. After visiting this famous lake we trek back to Lukla. Apart from them, you can also gain a sensational view of the ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung located in the region.
However, the best is always the same the course runs through the Khumbu mountain region. The itinerary provides its visitor’s panoramic mountain vistas on Earth, including Everest, including several others. It’s no scam that Nepal isn’t one of the loveliest destinations for mountain lovers and the Gokyo lakes trek adds to this.
The internet says it all or you may browse through our testimonial section for our Gokyo lake trek. See what our previous visitors have mentioned about the itinerary and route map. Get into the Gokyo Valley trek and build a noble relationship. Nature also tastes the unique blend of Tibetan and Nepali cultures and traditions. You will be overwhelmed as you find the local natives utterly friendly and welcoming.
These people find it very fascinating when tourists from a long way come to visit their places. The indigenous Sherpa people might not believe themselves unique. The itinerary is certain to see them through that perspective. A short lake trek around the valley reveals a lot about the country, its beauty, and the cultures too. Meanwhile, as you walk around the place, eccentric views of the surrounding environment will amuse you whenever you look around.
The Nepal Gokyo lake trek is moderate to the difficult level of the trek. Trekkers often choose this itinerary to enjoy the less crowded trails. It is an excellent choice for both experienced trekkers as well as novice travelers. Trekkers who are physically fit can do this trek easily. Beginners without any hiking experience also can join this trek. Our Gokyo lake trek does not involve any pass so no climbing skills and gear are required. It requires you to walk through steep uphills and downhills in the rough terrains of the Himalayas.
You need to be in good shape and stamina for this trek as it requires walking for about 5 to 6 hours, excluding the acclimation days. During the trek, we will sleep around 4000m and will trek up to 5300 m so the air here is thin. Altitude sickness can affect many individuals.
The trek starts from From Lukla (2860m), the trek continues through Phakding (2610m) Namche Bazaar (3438 m) – Dole (3680 m), Macchermo (4470 m), Gokyo valley (4800 m), and finally to the Gokyo Ri (5357 m). Every day you will trek around 9 to 10km and 5 to 6 hours. Walking 5 to 6 hours is not a big task but you will feel quite hard in high altitude.
Why Gokyo lake trek
If you are looking to avoid the busier trails in the Everest region and still want to get the best view of Mount Everest. We will continue trekking through the Sherpa village and yak pasture emerging into the stunning Gokyo valley and its beautiful lake. While you are ascending the Gokyo Ri you will enjoy the finest views of Everest and the surrounding peaks including Cho Oyu in Tibet. You can trek to the trekking to the six glacial-fed Gokyo Lakes, trekkers can include climb to the top of Gokyo Ri, which is at the same altitude as Everest Base Camp.
The Gokyo lake trekking trail is naturally fascinating. We will start the trekking from lowlands, lush jungles, and green hills to the alpine landscapes with dwarf trees, and to the snow-covered arid landscapes. The trail is a varying topography. Enjoy your trekking by Walking across amazing views of the giant Himalayas is heart soothing. From Gokyo Ri you can see four 8,000-meter peaks: Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu, and the Gokyo Lakes are in the area.
Get the best sunrise view from Gokyo Ri
Gokyo Ri trekking is getting more popular these days. This is also the more Beautiful Alternative to the famous EBC trek route. You can enjoy the magnificent Himalaya Vista Of mountains As Well As The Gokyo Glacial Lakes.
The journey to Gokyo Ri is an exceptionally surprising alternative which is also found to be more rewarding. Trekking in the Dudh Koshi in the down part with its greatest secret and reveals it slowly to only those who reach Gokyo Ri. On the way to the route passes by Sherpa villages, tea houses, lodges, and rhododendron forests. It also goes along the Dudh Koshi river and gradually ascends through thin air into the Gokyo valley.
From the top of Gokyo Ri, We can see the North Face of Mount Everest view also the Lhotse, Makalu, and if we see in the north the great mass of Cho Oyu.
The turquoise Gokyo Lakes trek that sits serenely below these icy giants makes for the most stunning panoramic view. If you like to enjoy the sunrise view over Khumbu you can dare to start their climb to Gokyo Ri in the very early hours. This airy viewpoint can believe even better than from Kala Pathar.
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Gokyo Lake Trek Cost
Gokyo lake trek’s cost on the full board package is USD 1298. The cost depends on the level of the guest house, the group size, the guide, and the porter. The full board package cost includes a guide, porter, meals, accommodation, all taxes, and a permit.
Gokyo lakes trek cost involves Lukla flight, guide, and porter your trekking and local Everest permit. We offer you the full board package cost, you can get the guide and porter service also. the flight cost is USD 390 for a round trip to Lukla, the Everest permit cost is NPR 300 and the local village permit cost NPR 2000. you need extra money for the battery charging, hot shower, and wifi cost. We have a full board package for the trek, contact us for a discounted cost for this trek.
Essentially, the six Gokyo lakes trek started as glaciers millennia ago and so the remaining body of water is ancient. It’s fascinating from a hydrological perspective because this system of lakes is a deep source of permanent freshwater fed by streams and glaciers from the surrounding mountains.
The lakes are Sitting at an altitude of 4,700 – 5,000m, which has the world’s highest freshwater system. Gokyo Ri is also known for its formidable views of the turquoise blue lakes, and it’s a sight to behold. Some trekkers also make the extension trip after their Everest base camp visit which is about 4 days extra.
For a walk to the Gokyo lake trek, the weather is the most important thing to keep in mind. Since the weather in this area is so erratic, you must schedule your trek to the Everest region at the appropriate time.
Winter (November through December) is when the region around Gokyo lake has its first snowfalls and becomes more difficult to walk through. However, considering the wonderful days in November, you may go hiking. The mountains are beautiful when the skies are clear, but when December begins in earnest, the temperatures drop. The evenings may be chilly, with lows of -10 degrees Celsius. The hiking areas are often cold in January and February because of snowfall. As the temperature drops, there is a lot of snow falling in the mountains.
The day will be pleasant and clear with high temperatures, but the night will be freezing. Although the trek may be difficult, you will be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of mountains and hills covered in snow.
Spring (March to April)
It is the best time to visit the Gokyo lake trek. It is moderate to the difficul level of trekking with beautiful mountain scenery. You may see breathtaking views of Mount Everest and the surrounding mountains,
Because of the wonderful weather. Since mid-March, when temperatures begin to rise, many trekkers prefer to travel to the Gokyo lake trek region. The lush, thick bamboo, rhododendron blooms, and birch woods provide beauty and add new dimensions to the whole trek.
Similarly, May to June, just before the monsoon, is an excellent time for hiking. In Nepal, the rainy season starts in the Mid of June and lasts until mid-August. The walk is considerably more fun in the spring and summer.
July through August is considered the peak of the rainy season. You will frequently see clouds, which will most likely block your view of the mountains. Even so, there is a good chance that the
paths will get a little slippery. There is a high chance of Lukla’s flight cancelation at this time. This is not a good time for trekking in the Gokyo area. You should take caution since the monsoon season might result in leech bites.
Autumn Mid September and October, and November
These are the best time for the Gokyo lake trek. The monsoon is progressively stopping at this time, creating the ideal terrain for hiking. Since the sky is clear and the mountains are visible, most hikers choose to journey during these months. Particularly between mid-September and the end, we heartily suggest this period for the Gokyo Ri trip. These months also coincide with Dashain and Tihar, the two greatest festivals in Nepal.
Enjoy your day in Gokyo Ri
It is known to almost everybody that Nepal is one of the countries with the best trekking options with unique advantages to attract thousands of tourists. Among all the well-known trek routes in Nepal, the Gokyo lakes trek is one of the best. from Gokyo Ri, we can see the best view of four mountain ranges of 8000m. when we have a full day can make hiking at other small lakes and visit the Gokyo Ri 5380m.
Enjoy the best photography from this best vantage point of the Gokyo region. Besides this, you will be offered multiple sceneries and landscapes traveling through different routes.
Sometimes it is fun to take a different route so that you could enjoy the scenic beauty of that trail. However, all the trekking routes aim to take you to the top of the Camp. It’s all your choice upon which EBC route to choose. You are recommended to download Maps. me app on your phone and download the Nepal map for offline navigation. They possess the trail map. It’s entirely accurate, and you can get quickly to your destination.
Gokyo Lake Trek necessary gear and equipment
Gokyo lake trek goes up to 5000 meters, the trek follows a hard, upward route. so it needs careful planning and preparation. You must bring the essential supplies and gear for this trek. You can only bring the bare minimum of clothes and equipment for this trek. You can prepare for your journey by using the list that follows.
A sun hat or scarf
A winter hat, an insulating hat, or a wide-brimmed hat
Headlight with extra batteries
Sunglasses with UV protection
Wet tissue or face wipes
Woolen winter gloves
hooded rain jacket
Lightweight cotton pants
Underwear (4-5 pairs)
Waterproof jacket and pants
Thick wool socks (2-3 pairs)
Comfortable trekking sports shoes
Backpack or daypack
Sleeping bag (-20 degrees is best for high-altitude trekking)
Medium-size drying towel
Biodegradable bar soap
First aid kit
Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport
Gokyo Lake Trek - Trip Info
Duration: 10 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Max. Altitude: Gokyo Ri (5350m)
Best time to visit: February to May, and September – Mid December are the best seasons. During the winter months from December to Mid February, it is cold and can be snow on the trail, July & August are rainy times, trekking can be done, but visibility can be poor due to rain.
Trekking dates: We can offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 2 to 12 people.
Trek Grade: Moderate to Difficult
While you are in Gokyo lake trekking you need to pack wisely for the cold weather in the mountain. The Kathmandu to Lukla flight operates an absolutely strict weight limit. They allowed you a maximum limit of 10 kg of luggage and a maximum of 5 kg of your day pack. So including your day pack, you can only take a maximum of 15 kg of luggage. We suggest you weigh your bag before you leave your hotel for the trek. Most hotels in Kathmandu have a weighing scale.
If you have overweight you can take out the items and you can leave the item at your hotel or in our office. Most of the small daily needed things you can buy at Lukla and Namche like toilet rolls, snickers bars. You can get the water in Lukla so no need to get it from Kathmandu. The porter will take your main bag and for your day bag, you can only take water, one small jacket, some chocolates, and bars. Please package all your items in your main equipment bag.
You can get the chlorine/Iodine tablets with you for the trek. You can buy water purification tablets in the Thamel trekking store or medical store. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers at an additional cost. We don’t give you the advice to purchase Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek. Plastic bottles are difficult to dispose of and have become an environmental problem. For normal water, you will get free and you can use your Chlorine/Iodine tablets to drink it. To make it easier you can bring 2 water bottles as you can drink 3 liters of water per day for your Gokyo lake trek.
Shorten the trek by flying back by helicopter.
Using a helicopter to fly back may be a remarkable way to end the journey. You may take a helicopter back from Gokyo lake to Lukla or to Kathmandu after the Trek. From the helicopter, you can view a number of mountains, including Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Everest, and Lhotse. The Gokyo lake trek will be cut a few days if you are returning to Lukla or Kathmandu via this amazing flight, just like the heli journey.
Safety and satisfaction
Our company’s first priority is the safety of our guests. We want every one of our customers to get to their destination without any issues. As a result, one of the knowledgeable and experienced Sherpas who are native to Nepal’s mountainous area will accompany you on this journey.
The guide will be carrying all the necessary gear and a first aid kit for safety. However, we ask that you bring some of your own personal meditation with you on this Gokyo lake trek. In an emergency, if any of our customers experience problems due to altitude sickness or other unexpected circumstances, we will always be prepared to deploy a rescue helicopter to return them to Kathmandu or a lower altitude.
While trekking to the Gokyo lake trekkers may experience altitude sickness. Although trekkers frequently experience altitude sickness, major altitude sickness needs rapid attention and should not be ignored. Our trip directors and guides have a strong background in first aid and comprehensive training. We implore you to alert your group leader and guide you as soon as you see any indications or symptoms.
The trek guide will advise you on ways to prevent altitude sickness. The easiest method to avoid altitude sickness when hiking is to take your time and drink lots of water (at least 3–4 liters per day). The only treatment for severe cases of altitude sickness is to quickly descend.
Please be aware that, depending on your health, your group leader may decide to stop your journey. Please remember that some people are more prone to becoming sick from being at high altitudes than others.
You need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of AMS in order to recognize it. They are-
Nausea and vomiting
Loss of appetite
elevated heart rate
You need to take prompt preventive action if you experience any of the symptoms, such as:
Decent at a lower altitude (if possible).
Don’t climb up the hill until 48 hours
Rest solely until you feel better.
Have proper acclimatization.
Don’t work out or exercise.
Having garlic soup or hot ginger tea can be helpful.
Take in a lot of water.
Take more oxygen if required.
Take medication to prevent illness.
If the symptoms worsen, take Diamox as directed by your doctor.
Please Note: You will need to be carried to Kathmandu on a helicopter for deportation if your health doesn’t improve further over the following 48 hours. Therefore, be sure to obtain insurance that will cover the expense of reusing your helicopters.
Average Group Size
So, what size groups would you join if you went on the Gokyo Lake trek? We do keep our groups quite small, with the exception of the Himalayan trek. Unless it’s a really large private group on your own. As you are aware, our trekking groups typically consist of six to eight people. From our perspective, this keeps things more private.
There have been some really large groups on the Everest base camp short trek, but they only have one guide. However, we believe that a smaller group is more personal, and you get to know your guides better since they are wonderful people. More personal interactions occur in smaller groups. And what we discover is that reaching the Gokyo lake trek requires teamwork, and getting it is difficult.
It’s wonderful to have a team to assist you in getting back up on your bad days when you’re feeling a little off and, you know, getting a little down in the house. The closer your team is, the more likely you are to reach the Gokyo lake journey.
However, since it is your journey, you are free to select the people you go with. You may go on a trek with your friends, coworkers, or family and have a great time.
While we have an excellent program for trekking to the Gokyo lake trek, and your guides have years of expertise in bringing people in and out safely, it’s always necessary for us to have evacuation procedures. We want to make sure that our guest is comfortable on the journey. If they become ill or are unable to continue the journey, it is necessary that they be safely taken to a lower altitude or back to Kathmandu, or they can continue traveling if they choose.
Therefore, before beginning the walk, we suggest that you get trustworthy travel insurance. Therefore, before beginning the walk, we suggest that you get trustworthy travel insurance. An insurance coverage called travel insurance can support you if you are evacuated.
On the Gokyo Lake trek, there might be a risk of getting injured due to a twisted ankle, a high altitude issue, or even the fact that your body is not adjusting to the altitude well. We take every precaution and go forward safely with a very high success rate, but we want to ensure that if we do, people are evacuated as soon as possible. Your travel insurance will cover the expenses associated with the accident that occurred during the trek and will also arrange for a helicopter rescue.