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Gokyo Lake Trekking

Exploring the high and above Khumbu valley to picturesque Gokyo lakes .

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Gokyo Lake Trekking is one of the most picturesque countries to experience a scenic walk for more than a week duration. Takes you away far above from the main popular route of Everest, where few groups of trekkers seldom venture.An adventure visiting its beautiful emerald-colored glacial lakes, within Gokyo valley with five main lakes. The first, second, and third lakes are within the main trails as you walk towards the main third lake at Gokyo. The fourth and fifth are located off the main routes beyond Gokyo towards the north close to the base of Mt. Cho-Oyu.The world’s 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu towers at 8,201 / 26,906 feet and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet / China. As seen from Gokyo valley and the third lake, as well as from the high Gokyo-Ri.Gokyo Lake Trekking areas, once a summer pasture for grazing Yaks and other cattle of the Khumbu villagers. Due to its scenic high land, visitors began to explore this lovely country with two famous high passes. Where adventurers and trekkers can enjoy the thrill either crossing over Cho-La pass towards Everest base camp. The other route from Renjo-La leads to the western side of Khumbu to Thame village, as Gokyo lies in between. Which makes the Gokyo area a vantage point for adventurers due to accessibility to reach both sides of Khumbu. Gokyo Lake is also famous for its longest Ngozumpa glacier in Nepal Himalayas stretches at 36 k.m. or 22 miles. Starts from Mt. Cho-Oyo towards Gokyo Lakes which feeds the Dudh Koshi River downstream.Gokyo Lake Trekking begins from Lukla on the main trail to Namche Bazaar, after Namche Bazaar the route diverts. On leaving the popular and busy trail of Everest base camp, where the climb leads north. As walk follows the upper Dudh Koshi River upstream to its near glacial source at Gokyo valley.

At Gokyo Lake, enjoy the scenic surroundings in the comfort of a nice cozy lodge. Early morning, a hike of a few hours with a steep climb to Gokyo-Ri top, for every hard effort rewards with alluring scenery.Facing a grand panorama of the world’s four highest peaks from Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu to Mt. Cho-Oyu. Includes an array of peaks that encircles the Gokyo-Ri view top, the highest point of the adventure Overlooking fantastic views of Gokyo valley and the lakes with Ngozumpa glacier way down from the top where you stand.After a delightful moment, the adventure continues for the return journey back to Namche Bazaar, taking an alternative route via Phortse village.From Namche onwards walking down to Dudh Koshi past several lovely villages then end the trek on reaching Lukla. The next morning a panoramic short flight reaches you at Kathmandu, then completing the wonderful adventure on Gokyo Lake Trekking.


Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On first arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport received by our guide and staff with traditional greetings. Taking care of your baggage, and then a short drive to the hotel, located in the heart of a city near the exciting areas at Thamel. Check into your lovely rooms, after getting refreshed from the Jet-Lag, join in with other members for group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, offering information regarding the trek, hotels, local lodge.As well of local culture with do’s and don’ts, evening a group welcome dinner in a nice authentic Nepali Restaurants. Entertains the environment with folk cultural program as introduction to Nepalese heritage and culture.

Day 2Tour of Kathmandu heritage sites of great interest.

Morning after breakfast, at given time our city and cultural guide will receives you at the hotel. A short drive to the hub of Kathmandu city, for exciting tour of old Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard. The area is teemed with life and activities, a great way to soak into Nepalese cultures. Visiting historical and religious monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites most of the ancient buildings.After an interesting time at Durbar Square, a short drive to Nepal’s most important landmark, the Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,600 years old history. A Buddhist monument tucked on a hill top west of the city, from here visit the Hindu holy temple of Pashupatinath. The tour continues to large dome Stupa of Bouddhanath, as well known as ‘Little Tibet’. A great place to enjoy the tour of the world’s largest Stupa with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.Enjoying the day tour, transfer back to hotel rest of the afternoon preparation for the trekking and packing the right gear.

Day 3Fly to Lukla 2, 846 m and trek to Phakding 2,645 m - 04 hrs.  

Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic air-terminal for early flight to Lukla, as time to board in a small aircraft. The plane heads east facing superb panorama of Himalaya range of peaks with Mt. Everest, then landing at Lukla airport.A moderate town, where walk starts heading down to Dudh Koshi River valley through several Sherpa villages. Festooned with prayer flags, Buddhist monument and prayer wall then reaching our first overnight stop at Phakding village.

Day 4Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m / 11, 350 feet - 06 hrs.

Today’s walk to Namche Bazaar, morning having nice breakfast the trail leads up and down to Benkar village. Cross over a long bridge to Monjo village to enter Sagarmatha National Park, as walk leads to cross another bridge. Then reaching Jorsalle for lunch stop, the last village before Namche Bazaar, afternoon walk following a river bed. As climb starts on crossing the last high bridge, an exciting long winding uphill within forested path to Namche Bazaar.On reaching Namche transfer to a nice lovely lodge for overnight stops, facing views of Kwangde and Tharmasarku peaks.

Day 5At Namche for acclimatization and a short scenic hike.

A perfect place and right altitude for rest day as well for acclimatization, morning take a short hike. The top of Namche high ridge offers grand views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse with Ama Dablam. Includes series of peaks, visit the park museum nearby, an interesting place to get information of the Khumbu areas.For energetic people, enjoy few hours steep climb up to Everest View Hotel for glorious view of Mt. Everest. The first deluxe and luxury hotel of Khumbu and Everest region at 3,880 m high. Afternoon relax or take a stroll around the streets of Namche Bazaar lined with shops and many nice restaurants.

Day 6Trek to Dole 4,110 m- 06 hrs.

From Namche on the high trails, after few hours of pleasant walk our route diverts from main trail. Heading for a steep climb of an hour or more to a top ridge of Mong Hill. A place with few small shops and tea-house facing grand panorama of snow peaks, walk down to Dudh Koshi River. Reaching lunch spot at Phortse Tenga, located on a river gorges within forest surroundings.Afternoon walk climb into a gorge within forest path for some hours and then reaching wide open area at Dole. A nice small settlement with few good lodges to stay for overnights.

Day 7Trek to Machhermo 4, 470 m - 04 hrs.

Today a short walk for few hours to Machhermo, walk leads to a short steep climb, on leaving the gorge. Heading high on an open exposed country, walk leads on a ridge to Luza, another nice small settlement. As trail follows above the Dudh Koshi reaching on top of Machhermo, facing views of Mt. Cho-Oyu.
Walk downhill into a small river gorge within a shade of willow and Populus trees and the short climb to Machhermo for lunch and overnight stop.A lovely spot with number of lodges, facing views of Machhermo peak, afternoon relax and enjoy short walks.

Day 8Trek to Gokyo Lake 4,800 m - 04 hrs.

Another short day walk to our main highlight and destination at Gokyo Lake, start the morning with short steep climb. Reaching on top facing superb views of surrounding mountain range, as walk follows a ridgeline to a small place at Panga.From here into small area of vegetation and climb up reaching the first lake of Gokyo. Walk on pleasant path and soon coming across second lake and then at main third Gokyo Lake. Where all lodges located above the shore from the Gokyo third lake, facing views of Mt. Cho-Oyu towards north.After checking into your rooms, afternoon at leisure for short walk around and explore the lake surrounding.

Day 9At Gokyo climb of Gokyo-Ri, rest of the afternoon free at leisure.

At Gokyo for another scenic day, rise early morning for few hours hike with steep climb to Gokyo-Ri. Climb start on reaching south side of the lake, a strenuous haul for two hours. Then reach on Gokyo-Ri the highest point of the adventure rewards with stunning panorama of world four tallest peaks. Enjoy the view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu with Mt. Cho-Oyu, includes an array of peaks. A grand look of Gokyo valley and the lakes with Nepal longest Ngozumpa glacier, and probably in while Himalaya range.After a glorious morning down to Gokyo for breakfast and lunch and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 10Trek to Phortse village 3,880 m - 07 hrs.

Return journey on the same downhill past Machhermo and Dole, just before Phortse Tenga cross over a bridge. A short climb brings you at a quant and sleepy village at Phortse, a nice quit place. Well hidden away from the main trail, check into a small simple lodge, and explore the village and its farm life.

Day 11Trek to Monjo 2,860 m via Namche Bazaar -07 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight in a sleepy and quaint village of Phortse, facing view of Snow Mountains. Walk leads on gradual path with short ups and down to Namche Bazaar for possible lunch stop. Afternoon head down to Dudh-Koshi River and then short up to Sagarmatha National Park. Walk through the park entry and exit post, then reaching a lovely village of Monjo for overnight halt.

Day 12Trek to Lukla 2, 846 m - 04 hours.

Last day of the adventure, enjoy the morning walk with short down and ups to Phakding. From Phakding on the same trail with hour climb to Lukla for final overnight halt around Khumbu and Everest region. At Lukla for lunch and overnight stop, with time to browse the town of Lukla.

Day 13Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu with afternoon free at leisure.

An early breakfast, with short walk to Tenzing & Hillary airport terminal in Lukla, as plane arrive from Kathmandu. Board on the small aircraft for swift short flight back to Kathmandu, and then transfer to the hotels.Rest of the day at leisure and for individual activities and shopping souvenirs of Nepal.

Day 14Free day as contingency and for individual activities.

Reserved as contingency day, in case of flight delay or cancelation in Lukla due to unfavorable weather condition. Might occurs sometime, if all goes well as per the itinerary enjoy the full day in Kathmandu relaxing and recalling the memories of wonderful scenic Gokyo Lake trekking. As well join in for another tour to Patan and Bhaktapur, worth a visit.

Day 15International departure for homeward bound.

Your last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, as per your international flight time our staff transfer you to the airport. Then bid farewell to guide and staff as you enter the airport terminal for homeward bound flight, after a marvelous adventure to
Gokyo Lake Trekking.

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The flight to Lukla and back to Kathmandu, where flight can be delayed or might get postponed for next morning. Due to unfavorable weather conditions around mountainous region of Himalayas, can happen sometimes even in best time of the season. If the situation arise please bear with us, the company will try its best within our limit and control.


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      Major Highlights

      1. Adventure beyond the main trails of Everest to high and scenic Gokyo Lakes .
      2. Fascinating views of giant snow peaks and dramatic landscapes on daily walks .
      3. From green lovely forest to arid and barren at picturesque Gokyo high valley .
      4. Enjoy the trek on least ventured region of Everest to beautiful Gokyo areas .
      5. Super mountain panorama of world’s four highest peaks from high Gokyo-Ri .


      Short Trek Profile

      Trekking Mode

      Tourist standard to *** Hotels in Kathmandu and in best available lodges on treks.

      Trekking Grade

      Moderate to Adventurous walks.

      Highest Spot

      On top Gokyo-Ri at 5,357 m / 17, 575 feet high.


      Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, exciting flights, scenic and cultural walks.

      Trek duration

      10 Nights & 11 Days from Lukla to Lukla.

      Starting Point

      At Lukla after landing after a short flight .

      Ending Point

      In Lukla for last overnight stop.

      Trekking Routes

      Lukla-Phakding-Namche-Dole-Machhermo-Gokyo- Phortse and back to Lukla.

      Total Trip

      14 Nights & 15 Days from arrival to departure.

      Best Seasons

      The best seasons for Gokyo Lake Trekking are in spring and autumn/fall however one can visit nearly all year round, except for the wet monsoon time of July and August. The main flow and high season are spring starting from March to May, where days are longer with enough sun-light hours. The right season is when wildflowers are in seasonal bloom, especially the rhododendron of various species from tall trees to shorter bushes.Morning and late afternoon till night time is cold from 3,000 m above, chances of light rain and snow-fall sometimes.

      The next best season is autumn/fall, the high time for trekking around the Himalayas. Most days are crystal clear for scenic walks and best views, but short days due to sun-light hours. Can be much colder from late afternoon till the next morning before the sun hits the area. Chances of snow-fall sometimes from
      3,000 m high.

      What to Expect

      Nepal is a country of the world’s highest mountain range known as the Himalayas, where 80 % of landscapes are covered by hills. As well as greater ridges and mountains, where one can expect walking ups and downhill.The only flat land of the country is located south, which extends from the Far East to the Far West of Nepal. The low land is known as the Terai belt, of sub-tropical climate, the country with most mid and high hills.The people around the hills, especially around the high Khumbu, Gokyo and Everest region populated by the highlanders of the Himalayas.The Sherpa of Everest, interwoven with Buddhism religions and heritage culture, is similar to their Tibetan predecessors. Every house is adorned with prayer flags and villages have religious monuments and prayer walls.The hills are lined with beautiful forests lined with rhododendron, oaks, hemlocks, pines, and fir trees. Higher up with Juniper and Birch trees, but soon gives away for short bushes and shrubs within rocky and windswept terrains.

      Explore the lovely Sherpa villages on this trek on route Gokyo Lake. From Namche onward, other places on the route are temporary settlements to cater travelers with fine good lodges.Nepal has more than 60 ethnic groups and 70 native spoken languages, with a blend of Hindu and Buddhism religions.On this trek expect more uphill climbs with downhill walks, but with constant views of snow-capped peaks. Overlooking Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho-Oyu and Ama Dablam with an array of snow peak ranges.

      Extension trips

      People with enough time in Nepal, can join in for various adventure sports activities. Paragliding, Ultra-Light Flight, Bungee Jumping, Zip Flyer,White water or scenic float Rafting. Other extension program is Mountain Biking for few days, and trip to Chitwan National Park for Wild-Life Safari.
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