Gokyo Lake Trekking is a trek which begins at the mountain airstrip in Lukla. It is a one-hour flight from Kathmandu. Our destination is the high-altitude lakes of Gokyo at over 4200 meters. Less frequented than the E.B.C. route the trek provides some tremendous high-altitude trekking and a visit to the second largest glacier in the world. From the top of Gokyo Ri is some spectacular mountain views including Everest. Trekking among the highest mountains of the world, you will feel like walking on the heaven of the world. If you are interested in the eye-catching scenery of the gorgeous Everest region rather than a tiring walk to Base Camp then the Gokyo trekking route is the right trekking package for you. Furthermore, during your trip, you will have a chance to see 4 mountains above 8000 m which are Mount Everest, Nuptse, Makalu & Choyu from the top of Gokyo Ri elevation with 5360 m.
On the way, you can experience the unique Sherpa cultures, hospitalities, visit ancient monasteries and learning about Buddhism and its impact upon Sherpa life are the memorable and unforgettable experiences you will get while traveling this region. You will also be amazed by the stunning views of snowcapped mountains while trekking around this trail. It offers excellent and rewarding views of Mount Everest in the adjacent range including lovely valleys, lush rivers and friendly people in quaint villages. From Gokyo village, you can see clearly Mount Everest from a slightly greater distance. The views in the Gokyo region are tremendous.
Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel along with trek preparation.
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840 m) & trek to Phakding (2652 m) around 3/ 4hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) around 5/ 6 hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m). Overnight at guesthouse.
Trek from Namche Bazzar to Phorche Village (3810 m) around 5/ hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Trek from Phorche village to Machhermo (4470 m) around 5/ 6hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4790 m) around 4hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Exploration day at Gokyo valley. Overnight at guesthouse.
Early morning hike up to Gokyo Ri (5320 m) & trek to Dole (4200 m) around 6/ 7hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Trek from Dole to Manjo (2836 m) around 5/ 6hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Trek from Manjo to Lukla (2840 m) around 5/ 6hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and free day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
- Trekking Guide
- Trek Briefing
- Permit Fee
- Additional Luxury Expenses
How difficult is the Gokyo Lake Trek?
No ropes needed and no ice picks needed. There is no vertical climbing involved. The ground is rough, rocky and gravel strewn. Most of the trek involves long paths that go up and then down. People with weak ankles should take caution.
How fit do I need to be to go trekking to Gokyo Lake Trek?
A certain level of fitness is required. For trekking to Gokyo Lake Trek, you’ll need to consider the enough number of days for trekking. Most days include 4-7 hours of slow hiking. Altitude is the biggest problem. Going slowly is essential to avoid sickness.
When should I go to Gokyo Lake Trek?
October to November is the start of the dry season and is the most popular time to visit Nepal as the monsoon has recently finished, leaving a green and lush countryside, fresh and clean air, and clear views of the Himalayan. From December to February the temperature is very cold but visibility is still good. With fewer tourists on the trails, this can be the preferred time to visit. However, the cold can make high altitude treks more strenuous than normal. Some treks will be closed due to snow. March to May is the second most popular time to visit. The weather is warmer and the visibility is still good, though not as crystal clear as between October to November. Nepal’s flowers, however, come alive at this time of year. June to September is the monsoon season. While you can still trek during this time, the options are limited due to the rains and heat.
What kind of Gear do I need?
Essential Items: -Warm Jacket -Waterproof jacket or poncho -Mid-weight fleece or sweater -2-3 Hiking shirts -1-2 pair Hiking pants -2-3 Non-hiking shirts -1 Long-sleeve shirt -1-2 Pairs non-hiking pants, shorts or skirts -2-3 Pairs warm socks -Warm hat -Sun hat -Long underwear (for high altitude) -Gloves (for high altitude) -Towel (preferably quick dry) -Day pack -Hiking shoes -Sandals -Sunglasses -Water bladder or bottle -Headlamp or flashlight -Sun screen -Lip balm -Personal medications -Camera Non-Essential Items: -Sleeping bag (can rent in Kathmandu) -Trekking poles (can buy or rent in Kathmandu) -Rain pants.
Will I get altitude sickness on the Trek?
It is possible. There is no way to tell beforehand how you will be affected by the altitude. It is usually only above 3500 meters when people start to feel symptoms.
- How difficult is the Gokyo Lake Trek?
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