● Thrilling flight to Lukla.
● Walk along the banks of the beautiful Dudh Koshi river through Sagarmatha National Park and reach Namche Bazar.
● Get to experience ancient culture and tradition of Sherpas.
● Explore stunning Gokyo Lakes.
● Hike up to Gokyo Ri.
● Interact with the locals in Machhermo and Dole.
● Walking past several chortens, mani walls, and gumbas.
● Observe surreal views of snowy mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Bruntse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Kongde, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, etc.
Gokyo Lake trek
The Gokyo Lakes are oligotrophic lakes located in Nepal's Sagarmatha National Park at an elevation of 4,700–5,000 m (15,400–16,400 ft) above sea level. With six main lakes including Thonak Lake these lakes are the world's highest freshwater lake system. In September 2007, Gokyo and its surrounding wetlands were recognized as a Ramsar site. The Gokyo Lakes are located in Nepal's north-eastern Sagarmatha Zone. The main lake, Gokyo Cho, also known as Dudh Pokhari, is 42.9 hectares (106 acres) in size, with the Gokyo hamlet on the eastern shore. Thonak Cho is the biggest lake with 65.07 hectares (160.8 acres). Amongst the other lakes are Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho and Ngojumba Cho. They are important as permanent freshwater sources.
Source of water The drinking water comes from the Ngozumpa glacier, a stream running from Renjo La pass in the north-west, and another stream from the Ngozumpa glacier in the east. The Taujon and Longabanga lakes lead into the Dudh Kosi River. These lakes are deeper than previously imagined by experts. Thonak Cho is the deepest lake (62.4), followed by Gokyo Lake, at 43 meters deep. Although there is no direct connection between Gokyo Lake and the upper Thonak Cho or Ngozumpa Cho, it is possible that underground water connects these lakes. The Gokyo lake system is naturally vulnerable due to its location in an environmentally sensitive and rather unstable zone.
Gokyo Lake Trekking route
Flying to Lukla is the most common way to start the trek to Gokyo Lakes. Lukla airport, at 2,800 meters above sea level, is one of the world's most dangerous - but also the most spectacular - airports. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes approximately 40 minutes. However, keep in mind that flight delays may occur because of unforeseen weather conditions. As flight cancellations are common in Lukla, it is always good to have a plan B – or let us take care and arrange the best solution for you. Driving from Kathmandu to Jiri and then trekking to Lukla is an option to avoid the Lukla flight. It’s a beautiful trek through traditional villages where you can explore the old route that was used by trekkers before Lukla airport was built. If you opt to go to Gokyo Lakes from Jiri, you need 1 more week (1 way). For a shortcut on your way back, you can fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Pay Attention to your body
Listen to your body. If you feel you need a rest, take it. Be aware of the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness – and most importantly, let other people know if you don’t feel well. Tell your friends, guide or porter, and pause when needed. It is always better to go slowly but steadily, instead of rushing and eventually not being able to reach your goal because you started out too fast.
Challenges on Gokyo Lake trek The Gokyo Lake trek is moderate to difficult. Good physical condition and stamina are essential, because you need to walk for 5 to 6 hours a day – and that for many days in a row. The terrain gets more challenging in higher altitudes, with uneven, steep, snow-covered and rocky trails. Since you will be staying at elevations higher than 3500 m for several days, the altitude could become an issue. The air is thin up here, which means that breathing will become more difficult, even if you are very fit. The long trekking days and cold temperatures add to the challenge. But be assured – if you are well prepared, walk at a steady pace and listen to your guide’s advice, you can reach your goal safely. The weather is another risk to take into account as it might be unpredictable, especially in higher altitudes. Prepare for sudden weather changes, just in case. Even though rain and extremely cold temperatures are less common in fall and spring, always bring waterproof and warm clothes.
How is the accommodation on Gokyo Lakes trek?
On your trek to Gokyo Lakes, you will stay in small hotels called tea houses. They offer a basic level of comfort. The tea houses are a place to recharge with home-cooked meals, a fire place and a (simple) bed. They are run by local families who have opened their homes to trekkers passing by. They are not a 5 star resort, but a welcoming place with friendly locals who will do their best to take care of you and be part of your big adventure.
What should I bring on my Gokyo trek?
In the mountains, the right gear is critical. Having the proper equipment makes the difference between a great time and a stressful experience. From warm clothes to broken in hiking boots, poles and gloves… Make sure you have everything you need and don’t make any compromise. Up in the mountains, every little detail matters. Don’t let a heavy bag, too thin socks or the wrong shoes spoil your adventure. Below is a basic packing list for any trek in Nepal, including the Gokyo Lakes trek: Travel Duffel Bag or backpack, daypack with rain cover, hiking boots, extra pair of shoes or sandals, trekking socks, poles, inner socks, baselayer thermal, T-shirts, fleece jacket, lightweight thermal tops, a waterproof jacket, women's sports bra, trekking shorts and pants, warm gloves and hat, scarf, waterproof pants, water purifier, medical kit, power bank and batteries.
When is the best time to go to Gokyo Lakes?
To enjoy the best weather conditions, we recommend to trek to Gokyo Lakes in autumn (September to November) or spring (March to May). The weather is bright and sunny during these times, with mild daytime temperatures. Nature is fully alive, and the blue sky is splendid. During spring season, Nepal has a rather pleasant climate. Rhododendron, orchids and other flowers bloom in bright colors. Autumn is Nepal's most beautiful season. The weather is fantastic even at higher altitudes. The days are clear, offering spectacular mountain vistas. In winter, the Himalayas are much colder (December to January). During that time, snowfall is the main source of precipitation. Rainfall occurs only in rare instances during the winter months.
Highlights of Gokyo Lakes trek
The Gokyo Lakes trek is an alternative to the Everest Base Camp Trek. If you have time, it can be combined with the EBC trek. The Gokyo lakes trek takes you to the settlement of Gokyo and the sacred lakes on the moraine near the Ngozumpa glacier. You will, on some parts of the trail, walk along the Dudhkoshi River until you reach its source, the emerald green Gokyo lakes. The Sherpa settlement of Gokyo is situated near the largest of these lakes. This beautiful two-weeks trek which is nearly as high as the Everest Base Camp Trek offers breathtaking views of Everest. At the same time, it is less crowded and quieter. On the way, you'll discover traditional Sherpa communities and local cuisine. Both Hindus and Buddhists regard the Gokyo Lakes as sacred. During the Janai Purnima festival, which takes place in August, over 500 Hindus take a ceremonial dip in the lakes.
Why are Gokyo Lakes so popular?
Each year, around 7,000 people visit Gokyo Lakes, which is said to be the home of the serpent god Nag Devata. A temple dedicated to the Hindu gods Vishnu and Shiva is located on the lake's western bank. Birds and other wildlife are precious, hence measures to protect them have been implemented. At 4,790 meters above sea level, the town of Gokyo is also an important regional center.
Health benefits of trekking:
Trekking offers a lot of benefits to our health, such as a lower risk of heart disease, higher endurance and, last but not least, weight control. In fact, a nice side effect of trekking is that we can lose weight while we are doing what we love most. On top of that, trekking offers great benefits for our mental health and wellbeing: Walking through amazing landscapes, surrounded by majestic peaks, immersing ourselves into the heart of nature, we can clear our mind and feel refreshed.
● Make sure to carry insect repellents and table salts.
● Collect enough information on the weather and temperature.
● Get yourself a nice map.
● Maintain body hydration- drink plenty of water daily.
● Walk slow and safely.
● Carry hand cash as there will be no atm on the way.
● Pack light.
● Do not get obsessed over network and internet; spend time in nature.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
After your arrival at the international airport, you will complete all paperwork. One of the delegates from Peak Explorer will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel. You can rest for the day. In the evening, you will stroll on the vibrant streets of Thamel, and have a delicious traditional welcome dinner.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,820 m) and walk to Phakding (2,640 m); 4 hrs
Today, you will fly to one of the most extreme airports in the world, Lukla airport. The flight will give you first view of snow-capped mountains. Upon landing at Lukla airport, you will get freshen up and meet other crew members. After some time, you will begin gradually descending towards Phakding village through the forested trail. The trail then goes along the Dudh Koshi River and take you to this village from where a superb view of Kusum Kanguru Peak can be seen.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m); 5 hrs walks
Following an uphill trail, you will reach Monjo. From here, Sagarmatha National Park begins, and you will trek through the national park. The trail will include several ascend & descends through dense forests crossing several streams and rivers. Passing by little settlement areas, you will reach Jorsale where you will cross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and climb to Namche Bazar.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike
Today is your day of rest day in beautiful Namche Bazar. You will spend this day exploring around. In the morning, you will go on a short excursion to Syangboche Airstrip or Everest View Hotel to observe excellent views of Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Kongde Ri, etc. After the short tour, you will come back to Namche Bazar, and visit the Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum.
Day 05: Trek to Dole (4,200 m); 6 hrs
Leaving Namche Behind, you will begin trekking on a nice path enjoying wonderful views of high Himalayan mountains like Taboche Peak (6,501 m) and Chola Tse (6,440). The trail will take you to Kyangjuma and ascend towards Mong La Pass. From here, you will descend and reach Phortse Tenga, and again ascend towards Dole.
Day 06: Trek to Machhermo (4,470 m); 4 hrs
After having a warm breakfast, you will slowly begin ascending towards Machhermo. You will reach Luza where the trail passes by a couple of tea shops. From here, the trail will take you to Machhermo village that will welcome you with a fantastic view of Mt. Cho Oyu in the north.
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo Lake (4,790 m); 4 hrs
The trail ascends to a ridge from where stunning views of Mt. Kangtega and Mt. Cho Oyu can be seen. From here, you will trek and pass by Pangka (4,390 m). Further, you will descend to a river and climb uphill to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. The climb will be on a steep path, therefore be careful while ascending. You will then pass by first lake Longponga (4,650 m) and second lake Taujung (4,710 m), you will reach Gokyo village.
Day 08: At Gokyo hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m), afternoon free to relax and enjoy the views
Today is your day of rest day for acclimatization. You will go on a short hike to Gokyo Ri from where you will see breath-taking views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and several other mountains. After spending some time at the top, you will descend back to Gokyo village for night stay.
Day 09: Morning at leisure and walk to Nha (4,750 m); 4 hrs
After having breakfast, you will drop down to Nha, which is located at the foot of Ngozumpa Glacier. Here, you will see the fourth lake, Thonak Thso Lake and the fifth lake, Ngozuma Thso Lake. After exploring around, you will trek back to Gokyo village for night stay.
Day 10: Trek to Phortse village (3,810 m); 4 hrs
Descending along the opposite side of Dudh Kosi Valley in the east, you will reach Phortse village. On the way, you will get to see views of different snow-capped mountains. The trek will be short, and you will have enough time to rest today.
Day 11: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery (3,867 m) via Pangboche; 5 hrs
The trail passes by several small villages and lush forest. You will reach Pangboche. From here, you will walk a little more and reach Thyangboche Monastery.
Day 12: Trek to Monjo (2,880 m); 6 hrs
After having breakfast, you will slowly descend and reach Namche Bazar. Here, you will take a short lunch break and descend further down to Monjo via Sagarmatha National Park.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla; 4 hrs
Leaving Monjo behind, you will descend and reach Phakding village. From here, you will begin trekking along the Dudh Koshi River and then ascend through the forested trail to reach Lukla. You will be retracing the same path as before.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel
An early morning flight will take you back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be moved to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to explore the nearby market and do shopping. Later, in the late evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.
Day 15: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound
This is your last day in Kathmandu. You will get transferred to the airport as per your flight time by one of our team members.
Airport Pickups and drops.
Twin sharing accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 nights).
All your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), 1 cup tea / coffee per day in the trek (one menu item).
Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (11 nights Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style) .
Licensed English speaking guide.
The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
Rescue service arrangement only (covered by your travel insurance).
Air travel to/from Nepal.
Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature.
Tips for guide and porter.
Personal clothing, insurance against accidental, medical and emergency rescue evacuations.
Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.
Emergency helicopter rescue evacuation arrangements will be covered by travel insurance.
● T-shirts and Pants (Innerwear)
● Thermal Wears
● Lightweight woolen jumper/sweater
● Down jacket or down vest
● Fleece or wool trousers
● Breathable Underwears
● Trekking Pants/Shoes/Socks
● Casual Sandals
● Insulating Jacket
● Rain jacket
● Sleeping bag
● Trekking Pole
● Toiletries (sunscreen, Multipurpose Soap, Shampoo, Hand sanitizer, Toilet Paper, Sanitary pads, Lip guard, moisturizers, etc)
● Miscellaneous (Binoculars, eye mask, camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
● Documents (passport, visa, travel insurance, voucher, passport-sized photos)
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Berakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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Spring and Autumn
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