Gokyo Lakes Trek is the best alternative to the classic Everest Base Camp Trek. It is a spectacular lodge-to-lodge hike that leads us to some of the breathtakingly beautiful lands of the Khumbu region of the Solukhumbu district. Trekkers will amaze seeing the glacial lakes systems of Gokyo lakes consisting mainly of six lakes: Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari), Thonak Cho, Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho, Ngojumba Cho, and Kyajumba Cho. Standing at Gokyo Ri (5357m / 17570ft), trekkers will witness the most amazing views of panoramic mountain views, including four of the six tallest peaks of the world: Mt. Everest (8848m) –the tallest peak, Mt Lhotse (8516m) – fourth tallest, Mt. Makalu (8485m) – fifth-tallest, and Mt. Cho Oyu (8188m) –sixth-tallest, and numerous other peaks of the Everest region, and entire Gokyo valley.
Exploration of Sherpa ethnic culture getting warm hospitality from the ever-smiling locals is another part of the trek. The religious shrines (monasteries, chortens, alleys, and mane walls), cultural monuments (museum), and the way of living exhibit that people are preserving the centuries-old cultures and traditions.
Inside the Sagarmatha National Park (the highest elevated national park of the world that extends from 2835 m to 8848.86 m above sea level.), we can see diverse Himalayan wildlife, including Himalayas Tahr, Ghoral, Musk deer, Pikka (mouse hare), Weasel and occasionally Jackal. On the other hand, Himalayan Black bears, Wolf, Lynx, and Snow Leopard have rarely seen animals here.
A short but scenic flight to and from Lukla, villages of Lukla, Phakding, Monjo, Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Dole, Machherma, and Gokyo valley are some of the most popular towns to explore in this 15 days' Gokyo Lakes walk, which will be a blend of adventure and delight.
Gokyo lakes, the uppermost pristine water lakes, elevate around 5,000m above sea level. Glaciers surround these lakes, passes, and the snowcapped Himalayas situated at the Khumjung area of Solukhumbu district of northeast Nepal.
Gokyo lakes combine five holy lakes where Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari) is the main lake, Thonak Cho is the largest lake, and Ngojumba Cho is the smallest one.
Not only the natural, Gokyo lakes carry religious significance as well. On the special commemoration of the Janai Purnima festival.
During this, hundreds of Hindus reach Gokyo to bathe in the ancient waters of the sanctified lakes. People worship the Nag Devata (snake god) and have built a temple for the Hindu deities Vishnu and Shiva.
This trek leads to the less crowded and quieter valley, one of the perfect alternatives to Everest Base Camp Trek. Then, following the Dudh Koshi river, the journey ascends to its source Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari). Then, walking along Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas, trekkers get an unforgettable experience.
Enjoying the gleaming, primeval, and blue waters of the Gokyo Lakes, trekkers can capture 360-degree panoramic mountain views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Cholatse, Taboche several other peaks.
Along with the sunrise and sunset over giant peaks, trekkers explore diverse flora and fauna in the journey. Reconnoitering the Sherpa culture, lifestyle, festivals, and living is another affirmative aspect of this journey.
We kick-start our journey to Gokyo Lakes begins with an enthralling morning flight to Lukla(2840m) from Kathmandu (1350m) airport. It takes approximately 40 minutes to land Lukla from Kathmandu, and the flight goes between the hills, snow-capped peaks, valleys with the magnified view of the Himalayas. On the same day, we take a short hike to Phakding (2610m). Phakding is a small village with numerous hotels, teahouses, and small teashops.
On the next day's trip, we ascend to Namche Bazaar, a village with numerous surprises. Famous as a gateway to Everest, Namche Bazaar is a tourist hub where every nitty-gritty needed for the trek is available. Gear shops, restaurants, cafes, banks, ATMs, bakeries are commonly found throughout.
Before ascending further to Dole, Maccherma (commonly known as Macchermo), and Gokyo Valley, we halt at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization purposes. We finally landed at Gokyo (4790m/15715ft), our ultimate destination. We travel around the Gokyo valley and immerse ourselves in the beauty of it. Beautiful snowcapped lands surround the Gokyo Lakes. The melting snow forms the pristine waters of the lakes.
The following day, awaking early, we hike to a challenging yet rewarding ascend to Gokyo Ri (5350m / 17562 ft), the highest point of the entire trek. Gokyo Ri is famous for its unobstructed views. The closest possible view of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks look breathtaking. Likewise, the Gokyo Lakes, the entire Gokyo valley, Ngozumpa glacier, and the icy surroundings look awe from this point.
Exploring all, we hike back to Lukla using the same way of ascent. From Lukla, we take a morning flight to Kathmandu and conclude our epic travel to Gokyo Lakes.
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|Day 1||Arrive Kathmandu (1350m / 4429ft)||Kathmandu|
|Day 2||Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour||Kathmandu|
|Day 3||Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)||Phakding|
|Day 4||Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,283ft)||Namche Bazar|
|Day 5||Acclimatization Day in Namche bazaar – Hike to Everest View Hotel||Namche Bazar|
|Day 6||Trek to Dole (4,200m/ 13,780ft)||Dole|
|Day 7||Trek to Machhermo (4,470m/ 14,663ft)||Machhermo|
|Day 8||Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800m/15,744ft)||Gokyo|
|Day 9||Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day –4th and 5th Gokyo Lakes Hike||Gokyo|
|Day 10||Hike Gokyo Ri (5,357m/17,570ft) and trek back to Dole||Dole|
|Day 11||Dole to Namche Bazaar||Namche Bazaar|
|Day 12||Namche Bazaar to Lukla||Lukla|
|Day 13||Fly Lukla to Kathmandu||Kathmandu|
|Day 14||Contingency Day|
|Day 15||Final Departure|
Hello!! Warm greeting!! Brace yourself for the excitement you are about to experience in this Himalayan nation of Nepal. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport; we’ll meet, exchange goodwill with each other then you’ll be escorted to your hotel via a private vehicle.
Here, you can take a break and loosen up your stressed muscles after a tiresome flight. In the evening, you may wander around the delightful Thamel market. There you can feel a unique aroma in its atmosphere while observing its vibrant colors.
Today, you’ll be invited to our workplace where we’ll discuss your upcoming adventure. At the very moment, you’ll be introduced to your trekking guide with whom you can exchange views about the trek you are about to initiate.
After that, we’ll set off for a guided sightseeing tour and explore magnificent buildings and monuments which are declared a UNESCO world heritage sites located around Kathmandu Valley. At the beginning of the sightseeing tour; we’ll visit the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.
Devoted to the mighty Hindu deity Lord Shiva, the Pashupatinath Temple is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River. You can feel an essence of spirituality and peace in your mind within its vicinity.
Then, you’ll explore the Buddhist stupas of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, which are considered ancient architectural marvels. Adorned with prayer flags, the surroundings of these two grand stupas will bestow you a sense of tranquillity.
At the end of the day, you’ll drop round to see spectacular Patan Durbar Square. The durbar square complex comprises a royal palace and many temples within its premises that flaunt imposing fine arts through sculptures as well as carvings in wood and stone.
We’ll board a scenic flight today, which utilizes about 30 minutes to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. En route, we’ll be greeted by the aerial view of irresistible snow-clad mountains within the Himalayan range.
Once, we set our foot on land, we pursue the trail that advances the mountainside positioned on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi river.
Along the way, we come across the settlement of Chaurikharka then to Chhelpung, where we can gaze Mt. Khumbu-Yul-Iha (5761m), which the local Sherpas believe to be resident of God of Khumbu. Subsequently, we proceed to Ghat (2,530m).
The Ghat Village comprises Mani walls, small Gompa, man-sized prayer wheels, and a jungle of prayer flags. Eventually, we make it to Phakding (2,652m).
With the break of day, we’ll commence our trek on the trail progressing across Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge. Thereafter, the trail makes its way beyond the enchanting woodland of rhododendron and fir to Monjo.
Shortly, we’ll arrive at the entry point of the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979A.D.), where we are required to show our trekking permits. Succeeding the check of the permits, we move along the trekking trail to Jorsale.
On the way, we catch the sight of beautiful Mani walls. Finally, we now ascend 600m uphill to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu region.
Generally, the initial sight of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,861m), and Lhotse (8,414m) can be spotted upon arriving at Toap Hill.
Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges; the Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar opens out towards Dudh Koshi River, and functions as a center of commercial as well as the administrative activity of the entire region.
Namche Bazaar bestows the window of opportunity to observe the sublime vistas, chiefly. Today is our first acclimatization day.
We accommodate our bodies according to higher elevations where the surroundings contain a lower level of life-saving oxygen. In order to acclimatize properly and speedily, we hike along a path beyond the hill to Everest View Hotel.
On the way, we may get a glance of Himalayan Tahr grazing nearby. Here, we can witness the awe-inspiring view of the Everest range.
Afterward, we return to Namche Bazaar and explore the National Park Museum that renders the facts relating to the Himalayas, traditions of Sherpas, and the native flora and fauna.
This very day, we make our way to Khumjung Village (3,790m) renowned for the monastery with a purported Yeti scalp. Then, we continue to follow the trail which now descends out of the valley across rhododendron woodland.
Thereupon, the trekking trail advances to Sanasa and ascends to Mongla Danda (3,975m). From here, the trail plummets to Phortse Thanga.
Climbing uphill past the alluring forest of rhododendron, we trek past a handful of summer settlements utilized by Sherpas and end up at Dole (4,200m).
From this village, we can take pleasure from the wonderful vistas highlighting Mt. Khumbila (5,761m) and Mt. Tawache (6,542m) throughout the clear day.
It’s day seven of our journey and we resume our trekking journey. We now make a climb along the side of the valley and stay on the trail, which progresses across summer settlements of Sherpas such as Lhabarma (4,330m) and Luza (4,390m).
Along the trail, we can witness the striking outlook comprising Dudh Koshi valley alongside some villages on the horizon. Adjacent to that, we can also take pleasure in the snow-capped mountaintops such as Cho Oyu (8,818m), Kantega (6,782m), and Thamserku (6,608m) functioning as the backdrop.
Utilizing just a few hours; today’s trek is relatively short and pleasant. Therefore, we reach the village of Machhermo (4,150m) in the middle of the day.
In order to make use of our remaining time, we visit the Himalayan Rescue Association aid post situated in the village.
This aid post specializes in cases related to altitude sickness and volunteer doctors stationed here extend professional lectures and advice related to Acute Altitude Sickness (AMS).
Accompanied by the alluring outlooks of snow-covered Kangtega and Thamserku mountains above the lovely valleys; today, we’ll make an ascent to the higher elevations.
Along the trekking trail, we can observe Mt. Cho Oyu and its majesty from a close distance. Also, we can catch a glimpse of Himalayan snow pheasant and other high Himalayan birds. The trail now proceeds through the settlement of Phang (4,550m).
From this point onwards, few stretches of trail harbor multiple layers of ice; thus, it’s highly recommended to be cautious of this hazard.
Subsequently, we progress beyond the various lakes of the Gokyo Lake System and make it to Gokyo Village i.e. positioned on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier: the largest glacier in the Himalayas.
With the Gokyo Ri above, Gokyo Village showcases jaw-dropping Himalayan panoramas that trekkers and travel enthusiasts cannot have enough of in their entire lifetime.
It’s the second acclimatization day and we adapt to the surroundings while watching spell-binding vistas. On top of that, to speed up the acclimatization process and see more of the Gokyo Lake System, we hike to the 4th and 5th Gokyo Lakes located to the north of Gokyo Village.
After a hike of nearly 2 hours, we arrive at 4th Gokyo Lake aka Thonak Tsho (4,840m). Eventually, we continue our hike to 5th Gokyo Lake known as Ngozumpa Tso (4,980m). A small hill adorned with prayer flags is situated on verge of the moraine to the east of this very lake.
From this point, breathtaking vistas including snow-clad peaks like Everest, Nuptse Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, and Ngozumpa glacier can be sighted. After gazing at nature’s splendor, we trek down to Gokyo (4,800m).
This morning, we go ahead with our trek to Gokyo Ri (5,357m), which overlooks Gokyo Village situated eastern shore of the Dudh Pokhari (third Gokyo Lake).
It takes about three hours to conquer the summit where we can lay our eyes on the grandeur of snow-covered massifs. This phenomenal vista embraces the more of Everest gracefully surrounded by Makalu (8,485m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Cho Oyu (8,188m).
Besides these, you can also spot other magnificent peaks like Nuptse (7,861m), Changtse (7,543m), and many more. Few speculate that the finest Everest view observed from here is even better than that from Kala Patthar.
Eventually, we climb down to Goyko then continue down to the Machhermo. At the end of the day, we arrive in Dole village (4,200m).
This day, we’ll eventually trek downhill to Phortse Thanga via an abrupt trail that traverses rhododendron woodland.
Afterward, the trail quickly ascends abruptly to Mongla Danda then makes a descent to Khumjung Village (3,790m). Confronting some rise and falls along the trail, we ultimately reach Namche Bazaar.
Today is the last day of our Gokyo trekking. We tighten our shoelaces and commence our journey back to Lukla. Other than some bumpy stretches, the trekking trail is smooth and the trek on this section is pleasant.
Following this, we trek beyond Bhote Koshi River multiple times through suspension bridges. Finally, we’ll make a final descent to Lukla.
This time, we’ll fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla. The 30 minutes quaint flight takes you beyond the Himalayas, above the limitless sky; thus extending prepossessing aerial views of the amazing snowscapes.
At Kathmandu, you can make use of your remaining time by visiting the other landmarks of the city. Or, you can perform some last-minute shopping for souvenirs for your family and loved ones. If you had enough action, you may rest and relax in your hotel room.
As the weather condition in the Himalayan region is unforeseeable, the domestic Kathmandu-Lukla flight can be canceled or delayed with/without prior notice due to poor weather conditions.
Therefore, we had added this day in case that any such hold-up could not set you back behind the schedule. If everything goes well then you will have a free day in Kathmandu, which you may utilize accordingly or you can pick one of our tour packages and enjoy!
Day fifteen marks the end of your entire adventure. We hope you are happy and fully satisfied with our services and expertise. Either you may choose the next package and initiate a new escapade or you can fly back home.
We’ll drop you at the Kathmandu Airport; three hours prior to flight time so that, you don’t have to confront any troubles during your final moments in Nepal.
Gokyo lakes trek is a high elevated trek where trekkers should pass some high passes, rugged terrains, and steeper trials in a few areas. Autumn (September – November) and Spring (March-May) welcome most of the trekkers in Nepal, and so does Gokyo.
In winter, the upper part of the journey is fully covered with the snow heaps, and the trekking trail is blocked in a few areas. Next, trekkers should encounter the subzero atmosphere, which is riskier. Finally, in the monsoon season (June-August), rain may affect the trek. The trail becomes muddy, and there are chances of a flood, the landslide in this season.
Therefore, trekking in Autumn and Spring, trekkers can trek more contentedly. As the skies are more precise, the mountains are uncovered, which offer breathtaking, spectacular views. The landscapes are magnificent and fewer chances of flight cancelation trekkers broaden their trip more comfortable.
Each day, trekkers will taste new experiences of trekking; from the bustling city of Kathmandu to Sherpa town Namche and further pristine lakes of Gokyo, exploring multi-cultural, multi-religious shrines of Kathmandu valley to the Tibetan monasteries, chortens, mane walls, and prayer flags, hurried lifestyle of the city to the traditional way of living in the Himalayas, blacktopped roads with numerous vehicles to peaceful trekking trails with occasional view of Himalayan fauna. What a wonderful vacation!
During your Gokyo Lakes expedition, you will be accompanied by a well-experienced, ever-smiling, kind, hospitable, and qualified trekking leader of Holy Mountain Treks and other supporting crews. You will have a porter to carry your duffle bags (usually a porter for two trekkers). You will take only your essential items (such as passport, photos, money, etc.) in your day pack.
The day breaks with a sip of tea/coffee at your hotel/lodge/teahouse. Then, with the beautiful first rays of the sun, you will pack your bag and proceed for breakfast. Generally, between 7 – 8 am, you begin your hike depending on the distance, duration, and nature of the day’s walk.
After the three to four hours’ walk, lunch will be served at around midday. Then, getting rest for a while, you will continue your tour for your daily destination. Upon reaching the desired place, you will check in, get refreshed with some drinks. Now, you will have free time to explore the shrines nearby. Finally, visit religious, historical, and ethnic monuments of the Everest region before dusk.
Dinner will be ready somewhere around 6–7 pm. After dinner, your trip leader will explain a further plan for an upcoming day. After this briefing, you can enjoy board games like chess, cards, read books or watch available mountaineering documentaries before heading off to bed.
There are two ways to use the internet during your Gokyo Lakes expedition; one purchases a data pack through SIM cards, and another uses direct internet services (WIFI) at lodges. Mobile data through SIM cards are the most convenient way of using the internet where they can choose the volume of data according to their needs.
Travelers can buy SIM cards from nearby shops. The SIM cards provided by Nepal Telecom (Namaste) and Axiata (NCELL) are used throughout. While trekking to the Everest region, both SIM cards work correctly. Personally saying, NCELL is faster and easier for this trek. To obtain a SIM, you need to have:
In the shop, you need to fill a form provided by telecommunication keeping your detail. Then the shopkeeper gives you a SIM card, and it will be activated after half an hour. After adding the amount to the respective number, you can buy the desired data pack.
Next, most of the lodges now are facilitated with WIFI. Some of them offer it free, and some charge a certain amount to use it. The speed of the internet in the Himalayas is not as fast as in the cities, but they are helpful to communicate, share your stories, and be updated.
During your Gokyo Trek, most of the lodges have electricity (either hydroelectricity or solar electricity) to recharge your camera and other electronics. They may charge a certain amount of the recharge. In some areas especially in the lower areas, charging ports are kept in every room and they are completely free.
Our Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek package completes in 15 days, including arrival and departure dates. Trekkers will spend 11 days on the trek, a day in Kathmandu (for sightseeing, tour preparation, and acclimatization), a day is scheduled as contingency day (this is because the flight to and from Lukla might get delayed or even canceled due to the weather conditions), two days for International arrival and departure.
In Kathmandu, we will offer you hotel accommodation (four nights including contingency day) (in Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or similar). During the trek, we use the best available lodge and teahouses for accommodation. During five nights at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar (three nights), we will offer you rooms with a private attached bathroom, five nights in standard twin sharing rooms at Dole (two nights) Machhermo and Gokyo valley (two nights).
Note: Extra night accommodations in the hotels of Kathmandu (if trekkers wish to extend their trip), luxurious accommodations during the trek (Luxury lodges are available in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar) is excluded in the package.
Gokyo Lakes trek, a journey to high elevations, leads you to near the world's highest peaks, and your body demands enough nutrition, carbohydrate, protein, and other food fuel for the body to ascend on such Himalayan lands. Food is sufficiently available throughout the trek, but you may not find varieties as in cities. 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 12 dinners will be provided for this trek.
Some of the popular menu items include:-
Breakfast: The most popular breakfast items are toast with jam/butter/honey, Tibetan bread or Chapati, local tsampa porridge, egg items (boiled, fried, omelet (plain, vegetable), scrambled, sunny side up), pancakes, noodles, muesli, seasonable fruits, vegetable (grilled), rice pudding, oat porridge, potato items (steamed, fried, chips), etc.
Lunch: Dal Bhat (a set of rice, lentils, vegetables, pickles – the most popular food item), Tibetan bread / local chapatti, momo (dumplings), spring roll, spaghetti, macaroni, cake items, sandwiches, burgers, potato dishes, noodles items (soup, fried), thukpa, pasta, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), rice pudding, porridges and more.
Dinner: Dal Bhat Tarkari (a set of rice, lentils, vegetables, pickles, and salads), various soup items (noodle, chicken, tomato, egg drop, potato, daal, onion, garlic (highly recommended), mixed vegetable), pizza (mushroom cheese, tomato cheese, and mixed), noodle items (soup, fried), spaghetti, salad items, Thukpa, rice puddings, apple pie, pancakes, Korean Raman and many more.
The menu is set, combining the traditional, local, national, and international cuisines. However, as we go up (higher elevations above Namche Bazaar), the menu list will be shortened.
Note: Although the meat items are available even in the Gokyo valley, we highly recommend avoiding them. The meat in the higher elevations is not guaranteed to be fresh, healthy, and hygienic. We also encourage you to get rid of dairy and cheesy items while trekking. Smoking or consuming tobacco items are strongly suggested not to drink.
Water is the best liquid for drinking. You should drink at least 4-5 liters of water every day. You should consume if you are not thirsty. Dehydration is the leading cause of altitude sickness. Purified drinking water bottles are available in the small teashops, teahouses throughout the trek. Boiled water is open in the teahouses at extra costs. But, it is ideal for carrying water purification tablets/systems and a refillable water bottle. You can refill (from the taps or streams) and purify water whenever you are thirsty.
Green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, soup items (tomato, mushroom, mixed vegetables, garlic soup (highly advised)), ginger tea are other drinking items for your Gokyo trek.
Note: Highly caffeinated items (strong coffee), hot chocolates, alcoholic drinks, cold drinks are not recommended while in the trek. They help to cause Altitude Sickness.
Gokyo Lakes trekking is a high-altitude trek where trekkers should reach above 5,000m sea level a couple of times. This trek comes under the moderately complex walk, which passes uneven trails, steep terrains, and high passes in some places.
With good physical and mental preparation, trekkers need to walk about 5 to 6 hours per day. As trekkers need to stay above 3,000m for some days, Acute Mountain Sickness can be a threat.
However, following the proper instruction of your trekking leader, if you trekked maintaining a comfortable pace, you can afford this trek. You must acclimatize properly in different places to be adjusted in the environment therearound.
Most of the trekkers stop in Namche Bazzar and Gokyo Valley for a day before marching ahead. Trekkers can practice cardio-oriented activities like hiking, swimming, cycling to escape the hazards above.
Graded as Moderate to Demanding, Gokyo Lakes Trek is a challenging yet rewarding journey. Trekkers need to walk 5-7 hours each day (depending on the destination) following the Himalayan trekking trail, with the regular breaks witnessing the giant mountain vistas, amazing landscapes, glacial lakes, torrential rivers, and waterfalls, pocket-sized small but gorgeous settlements, diverse flora and fauna inside the Sagarmatha National Park.
There are long and steep climbs and descents, rocky paths, and forested routes before reaching our ultimate destination – Gokyo Valley. The fitter the trek is, the more comfortable and enjoyable the expedition will be for such a trek. Trekkers having previous hiking experience will be advantageous. However, advanced technical climbing skill is not required for this trek. Trekkers having good physical conditions and mental preparation can complete this trek efficiently.
Note: Trekkers suffering from acute medical conditions such as heart and lung are not recommended for this trek.
Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri trip is a high elevated trek that takes you to the 5357 m / 17570 ft above sea level. Being high altitude trek, there might be the potential risk of high altitude sickness or any other unforeseen events due to sudden climate changes, landslides, avalanches, etc. Therefore, travelers must have an insurance policy covering medical and emergency helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes (up to 6000m) for trekking members.
Travelers must send a copy of insurance with other details while booking “THE GOKYO LAKES TREK.” In case of emergency, we will use the insurance policy and other informational documents you sent us to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, shift to the hospital for emergency medical support, etc. So please be sure that your insurance company includes the cost spent for mountain rescue at the highest elevation of the trek.
Every foreigner except Indian nationals must obtain a Visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport). Travelers can also consider getting Visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad before their arrival. For Visa, one must have a passport having at least six months validity, a passport-sized photo, and cash. The fee for On Arrival Visa is US$ 30 for 15 days, US$ 50 for 30 days, and US$ 125 for 90 days. The visa fee must be paid in cash on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. However, SAARC citizens (expect Afghans) and Chinese people get a free visas.
The nationals of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, and the Refugees with travel documents are requested to acquire visas before they arrive from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of Nepal Government.
Gokyo Lakes sit in the Gokyo valley, the upper part of Solukhumbu district, province no 1, eastern Nepal. The chain of Gokyo Lakes has 19 lakes but there are six major ones; Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari), Thonak Cho, Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho, Ngojumba Cho, and Kyajumba Cho.
Our Gokyo Lakes Trek completes in 15 days including arrival and departure days. If trekkers wished to extend their journey to Everest Base Camp, it takes 19 days to be completed. Trekkers can expand their trip days if they wished to explore more the Khumbu region.
Spring – February to mid-June
Spring is the busiest season in Nepal for trekking in Gokyo Lakes. The colorful hill with the rhododendron blooms, favorable weather conditions, and the magnificent views of the Himalayas makes this journey special. The temperature during this season is 10-15°C as lowest and with a maximum of 18-25°C during sunny days, Minimum of -15°C in the morning and at night normally for areas above 4000 meters.
Autumn – Mid September to Mid-December
Autumn is the second busiest month for trekking Gokyo Lakes trek. A stable weather atmosphere with occasional chances of precipitation may affect the journey in the early days. However, the greatest festivals, lustrous landscapes or greeneries, clear mountain views, and stable weather conditions attract visitors to Gokyo Lakes.
The temperature during the fall is 15°C with a maximum temp of 20°C during sunny days and a minimum of 05°C in the morning and at night. The Autumn season is the best trekking season in Gokyo Lakes Region.
Winter – December to February and Monsoon season
The temperature during the winter is freezing cold during the morning and the nights to -15°C but the temperature during the sunny day might be 10°C. The views are magnificent during winter. In the higher elevations, trekking may be affected by the heavy snowfall. The rainy season will be a lot of raining and the trails are slippery, muddy, and sometimes landslide too.
In the Gokyo Lakes trek, you normally get fresh and hygienic local cuisine with some western menus. Increasing the altitude may reduce the choices of food. Nepalese Dal Bhat, egg items, Tibetan bread, and pancakes are easily available. You can see different types of cuisines but local food is recommended and fresh. Our guide will help you to serve fresh food and drinks.
Yes, it is possible to buy a bottle of mineral water during the trek. At every stop, there are some teashops that sell bottled water, snacks, chocolates, etc. However, the price of everything goes on increasing with the increase in height.
Even if you don’t want to buy the water; there are abundant sources of water on the trail and tea houses where you can fill up your bottles and drink after purification. You can even fill your bottles from water filters or boiled water from the lodge which is safe to drink.
Yes, Trekking insurance is obligatory before trekking Gokyo Lakes. During booking your trip, we may ask for a copy of your insurance to make your journey secure and comfortable. It would be great to trek an adventure without having any risk.
You should purchase medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up to 5500m. We admire you to buy an insurance policy in your country make sure that your insurance cover helicopter evacuation and medical services in case when you are on the trek up to 5500m.
Normally as per our itinerary, we walk about 6-7 hours a day. But it all depends on the destination to cover, fitness level, it can be change this expected walking hour. Walking downhill is much easier at high altitudes. Above the height of 4000m is always tough and your pace will be slower than expected than lower height.
Yes, hot showers are available in most of the places; somewhere free of cost and some teahouses take a minimal charge. However, taking shower in the high altitudes (especially above 4500m) should be careful as you might get caught a cold or get sick.
Well, Gokyo Lakes Trek is a long trek that leads you up to 5,357m/17,570ft above the sea level spending 15-19 days. You would better to have a standard fitness level with some hiking or other cardiovascular activities beforehand. Cycling, swimming, walking with backpacks, or joining fitness classes ahead of time makes your journey enjoyable and comfortable.
Trekkers can choose both teahouse and camping trek to reach Gokyo. As plenty of the lodges and accommodation facilities are available, the teahouse trek is most popular in this trek. Teahouses on the way offer you a twin sharing bedroom, a blanket, pillowcase, and a mattress. Bathrooms are in common and toilets are mostly squatty. Camping trek is a bit costly and it needs a lot of preparations but is enjoyable.
Most of the teahouses offer WIFI services connecting with Everest Link. In certain places like Namche Bazaar, you will find some internet cafes as well. You can buy a sim card in Kathmandu or Lukla and purchase different packages according to your requirement. Nepal Telecom and NCELL have widely used sim cards in Nepal.
They are widely available in the different shops of Kathmandu, Lukla, and even in Namche Bazaar. After filling your form and giving 2 photos and a copy of your passport, you can receive a sim card easily.
If you are walking with a porter, you need not carry anything except your daypack with personal belongings. Otherwise, you need to carry all the gear, clothing, and other equipment yourself. Trekking in the higher elevations with your backpack may increase difficulties.
An effect of high altitude-Altitude sickness is caused by hypoxia (low oxygen) at high elevation. It happens most often when people who are not used to high altitudes go quickly from lower altitudes to 8,000 feet or higher. Symptoms may include fatigue, headaches, problem sleeping, and giddiness. Acute mountain sickness can progress to high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) which can be life-threatening.
You can avoid altitude-related problems following these instructions;
As you already are in the higher elevations, you should be careful enough. Stay calm but immediately inform your trip leader or friends. Do not ascend, take plenty of water, and get rest wherever you are. If the condition worsens, please descend immediately. If you are unable to hike downward, you can use a horse. Then inform your company and they will process for helicopter evacuation.
Well, you are recommended to carry Nepalese currency to pay the bills of bar, accommodation, and eateries. Most of the currencies are exchanged in the exchange counters situating in the airport, Thamel, Pokhara, and other major cities.
You can book your trip a few months ago before your journey. According to your booking, we need to manage other necessaries as transport, trekking guides, hotel bookings, and other our field staffs. You can book in the last hour as well but it becomes a bit rustic. So we highly recommend the earliest is the best possible
In advance, you need to pay at least 25% of your total trip cost to be confirmed about the trip. The remaining amount of the payments can be paid after landing in Kathmandu.
If you trek Gokyo Lakes trek on full board, should pay for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, a hot shower, and tipping only. So, you need to consider it accordingly. Nepali currency can be withdrawn in the ATM lounges in Kathmandu.
Well, tips are expected Guide and porters but are not mandatory. It is also a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will accompany you during the trek as well as prove invaluable services to you. Just for an idea, we suggest you to tip 15% of the total trip cost would be okay.
Pristine lakes, fresh waters, beautiful views of the Himalayan peaks, less awash trail, the heavenly site made our journey special. I and my four other friends booked this trip after some queries with Ram. We began our journey from Lukla airstrip where our guide Krishna was leading us with a complacent pace. Upon reaching Gokyo valley, we passed several rhododendron woodlands, assorted landscapes, and more... Standing at Gokyo Ri-5,357m/17,570ft, we could see mind-boggling views of Everest and its adjacent peaks. All of them were pointed and described by Ram. The views of the 4th and 5th lakes were magnificent. How can I forget the caring, devoting, and responsible behavior of the whole team? Extremely recommended.
We were eagerly searching for an alternative trial of EBC. Then we found this trek is perfect for us. Me and my husband completed this trek with Puja, a guide, and Jay, a porter. We completed this trip in two weeks which became a lifetime experience. Unforgettable views of valleys, icing lakes, and Everest from Gokyo-Ri made our journey special. Puja informed all about the peaks, and surroundings confidently. Trekkers who want a less crowded journey, beautiful sceneries, perfect mountain views are highly recommended.
This April, I completed 11 days of Gokyo Lakes Trek organized by Holy Mountain Treks. My guide Krishna was very cooperative and caring who checked me in every 2 hours if I was okay. The flight to Lukla was a thrilling experience and hiking to Gokyo Ri was magnificent. The views from the top were marvelous. Although only a limited number of teahouses were in operation due to the covid-19, Krishna chose the best one for me. The views of pristine Gokyo Lakes were breathtaking. Surrounded by the mighty peaks and snow heaps, the lakes were half-opened. I recommend all to Holy Mountain Treks for your next trip to Nepal.