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Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek

 Gokyo Lake Trek Highlights

  • Peaceful and off-the-beaten-path in the Everest region
  • Sunrise and Sunset view
  • Stunning photographs can be captured
  • Dazzling glacial lakes with an awesome view of Himalayas
  • Ngozumpa glacier-one of the biggest glaciers in the Khumbu region.

Overview of Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek is the best destination in the Everest region where you will be enjoying the awesome view of glorious mountains, glacier lakes, rhododendron forests, and so on. Also, you can observe the iconic town and the gateway of the Khumbu region-Namche Bazar.
The trekking trails to the Gokyo Lake are less busy but still affords to attract the tourists with its local village life, amazing views of icy rivers, glacier, snow-capped mountains, and crystal clear dazzling water and fresh air. Actually, this lake is made up of six factors of water and a lake which is situated at the elevation of 4,700 to 5,000m. Sagarmatha National Park also includes Gokyo Valley.

Likewise, Gokyo lake trek  is also known as the highest freshwater lake system in the world. This lake is designed as a Ramsar site and also important for Hindus and Buddhists. As if you spend extra days in Gokyo Valley, you can also explore 5th and 6th lakes which lie in the high altitude at the foot of Cho Oyu which is the 6th highest mountain in the world.

Following the same, having climb up to Gokyo RI (5,357 meters) offers you the amazing view of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. Along with mountain views, you can also observe the biggest glaciers in this region, Ngozumpa, and ice ridges. Also, amazing sunrise and sunset from the top of the hill is breath-taking.

In order to acclimatize before starting your journey to Gokyo lake Trek valley, you will stay in Namche Bazar. Namche Bazar offers you to have to trek nearby Khumbu and also you can also hike to Hillary School which was made by Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first person to summit the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest for the first time in the history.

Food and Accommodation

Everyone is well known about the foods and accommodation is not free at higher altitudes. Tea Houses and Lodges in the Everest region are basic. Yet, you are provided healthy and hygienic food and drinks every day.

The cost of Food and Accommodation depends upon the altitudes. In lower altitudes, food and accommodation cost less but at a higher elevation, it is difficult for the supply of food. People themselves, donkey and the yaks are the means of transportation for supplying food. Well, on average a single meal costs you $4-$6. Also, price depends upon the variety which you’ve ordered.

In the case of accommodation, you will be staying in the Tea House. This route is known as the teahouse trek route. The facilities that you get will depend upon the altitude variation. In the lower region, you can find luxury and basic accommodation. But as the altitude increase accommodation will be basic. Staying in a Teahouse will cost nearly $3-$6 per person. Getting a single room at a higher altitude is rare. You will be provided rooms in twin sharing basic.

You are provided two single comfortable bed with a pillow and a warm blanket. It is better to carry your sleeping bag with you for making yourself warmer. You will not provide an extra blanket during the peak season. There is less chance of getting the attached bathroom at a higher altitude. And also you will not find toilet paper so better to carry yourself.

Trekking Equipment and Gears

For trekking in any region, you need to have high knowledge of trekking equipment and gears. If you are trekking for the first time then you need to buy a lot of things. This trek is not included in climbing sectors so that you just need to buy suitable clothing, snacks, backpack, trekking boots, and trekking equipment like trekking poles and so on.
Buying all the necessary equipment will cost more than excepted. In case if you are planning to visit Nepal again then it is better to buy new equipment rather than taking in rent. If it’s not your plan to visit Nepal again or in case of a low budget, you can take trekking equipment in rent from Thamel. The costs of each renting the trekking equipment vary from $1-$15 per day. So, it is better to buy a new one. But make sure that don’t take trekking boot in rent.

Guide and Porter

While hiking in Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo, taking a guide and porter with you is the best choice. This trek is difficult so that better hire a guide and porter. Approximately, you need to hike 5-6 hours per day while the trails are steep and slopy which is dangerous.
A guide is a person who leads you to your destination providing you a lot of entertainment and help to share your burden while you’re in trekking. A guide will always take care of you making sure that you’re safe. He/She will be always there for you in case of any difficulties or emergencies. A well experienced and government license guide will charge $30-$40 per day.

Similarly, a porter is someone who carries all your luggage safe and sound in trekking. You can be free and should not worry about your luggage. You can let him carry freely. An experienced porter will also charge $15-$20 per day.

Be sure about the rules for guide and porter. Suppose you got ill in the middle of the trekking and could not complete it for any reason. In that case, you have to pay the full amount that owes for the whole trek. But if the guide got ill then you should pay only up to that pay or can exchange the guide.

Permits required for Gokyo Lake Trek

Trekking in any trekking route in Nepal requires permits. There is no chance of exploring the entire route without the trekking route. Likewise, you need to carry two different permits for having Gokyo Lake Trek. They are:

  • Local Area Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

Local Area Permit
Basically, this permit works as TIMS. This is the permit that is issued by the local government in the Khumbu region for the conservation of this region. The cost of Local Area Permit is $20 per person including 13% VAT.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
While trekking in the Everest region, you have to pass through Sagarmatha National Park whichever route you follow. For that, having Sagarmatha National Park Permit is necessary whenever you explore this region. Permits are checked in every checkpoint. The cost of Sagarmatha National Park permit is $30 per person including 13% VAT.

Permits are very necessary documents for exploring any region of Nepal. It is checked in every checkpoint throughout the trekking trails. This is because of your safety. If you are found trekking in this region without permits then you will be given punishment according to the law and should pay an extra charge. Necessary Permits are available in:

  • Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu (Both permits are available)
  • Pasang Lambhu Municipality, Lukla (Local Area Permit)
  • Monjo Village (National Park Permit)

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu 1400 m / 4593 ft

As you land at Kathmandu airport, we will escort you from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 2
Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding 2651 m / 8697 ft 3 - 4 hr

On this day, you gonna fly from Kathmandu to Lukla on a domestic plane. The morning flight will be best, you can witness stunning views of the wonderful Himalayas from the plane window.
After reaching the Lukla, you will be trekking towards Phakding. Your destination for the night will be Phakding.

Day 3
Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3438 m / 11279 ft 5 - 6 hr

Your journey starts from Phakding, you will trek a trail through Everest towards Namche Bazar. Namche is known as the popular name in the Everest region. The route will be long and tiring, yet rewarding. You will witness small villages like Monjo and Jhorsale to Namche. You will spend the night in Namche tower.

Day 4
Acclimatization day 3700 m / 12139 ft 5 hr

Acclimatization day is the day when you will trek to higher altitudes. Most of the trekkers hike to the famous hotel called Hotel Everest View. There, you can enjoy your breakfast with stunning views of Everest and some other Himalayas.

Day 5
Namche Bazaar to Dole 3680 m / 12073 ft 5 - 6 hr

The trek starts from Namche Bazaar to Dole with full energy and excitement. The trail will be easy up to Mong La pass. Through that checkpoint, the trail gets separates to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake. The trail will not be easy as before, it will be rugged and dusty. You will witness amazing views of the Himalayas which will keep you energizing. Your shelter will be at the teahouse in Dole.

Day 6
Dole to Machhermo 4470 m / 14665 ft 4 hr

The trek starts from the Gokyo lake trekking trail to MAcchermo. The trail will not be easy and the route is an uphill trail. You need to be hydrated so drink plenty of water. When you reach above 4500 meters the air becomes thin so, you need to be conscious about your health. Overnight at a lodge in Macchermo.

Day 7
Machhermo to Gokyo 4800 m / 15748 ft 4 hr

You will start trekking from Gokyo valley. The trail will be exiting with a stunning view of mountains and hills. You will witness beautiful Himalayan Vistas and amazing local people. Gokyo village is a lovely and warm welcoming village. There are few lodges and teahouse and you will be staying a night over there.

Day 8
Morning trip to Gokyo Ri 5,357 m / 17575 ft 4 hr

Gokyo Ri is a peak known as the famous viewpoint in Gokyo Valley trek. Early sunrise, you will be trekking to Gokyo Ri. Through the peak, you will see an amazing sunrise view over the great snowy peaks. And also witness the blue Gokyo lakes and the Gokyo village as well. You will stay in the teahouse or lodge of Gokyo village.

Day 9
Gokyo to Dole 4110 m / 13484 ft 6 - 7 hr

After spending time over Gokyo village, you will pack your bags and get ready to trek back to Dole. Trekking back will be easy than before and under the beautiful nature, it gives you enjoyment. Overnight in Dole.

Day 10
Dole to Namche Bazaar 3438 m / 11279 ft 5 - 6hr

Dole to Namche Bazaar will be a longer trail. To keep up you need to during water to be hydrated. You will witness the incredible Himalayan vistas around while you trek back. At Namche Bazaar, you don’t feel to stay in the hotel room because of the beauty of the town(3,450 meters). So, enjoy the town and explore the market. You will be staying the night in the hotel of Namche Bazaar.

Day 11
Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2860 m / 9383 ft 7 - 8 hr

As you know the trail is too long to reach Lukla. You need to start trekking early so it will be much easier in trails. During your trek, the trail will be not so crowded and porters will not be waiting for you on the trail. You can have your launch at any place you want while trekking back.
After trekking the whole day, Lukla will be a pleasant place to rest. Lukla may be a small town but, you will still find amazing hotels, cafes and shops to get the necessary goods.

Day 12
Lukla to Kathmandu 1380 m / 4527 ft 40 min

It is the final day in Everest. If the weather is good, you will catch your flight early morning and get back to Kathmandu. Some times with bad weather your flight may be delayed as well. After you landed at Kathmandu, we will escort you to the hotel in a private vehicle.

Day 13
Departure

Today is the last day of the trek in Nepal. You will have breakfast early morning and we will help you to drive to the airport for departure.

Trip Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop by a private vehicle
  • 2 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at (3* Hotel) with breakfast Welcome dinner or farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
  • Trekking permits, National Park entrance fee and TIMS (Trekkers Security Card) permits
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets and departure tax
  • Accommodations on a trek (Lodge/ Tea house)
  • 5 Hot showers (Attached bathroom) on a trek
  • All breakfast and 1 special dinners in Kathmandu
  • Three meals (Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast) a day during the trek
  • Purified drinking water (Medicated proof & safe)
  • Fresh fruits after every dinner (During the trek)
  • Licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
  • A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
  • Insurance of Guide and Porters
  • All required local tax and Gov tax
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (Rental basis)
  • Official Trekking T- Shirt, Official duffel bag &Trekking Route Map (As a souvenir) Nepal Adventure Pilgrimage certificate (after completion the trek)
  • xi-meter: To check , heart rating and oxygen saturation to Everest Base Camp and return
  • First Aid Service (Basic)

Excludes

  • Nepal visa fee: Nepal entry visa : US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days
  • International Airfare
  • Entrance fee during the sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Travel & Health Insurance – Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Any alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, boiled & mineral water, beverages etc during the trek.
  • Tips for trekking & other employed staffs.
  • Hot shower, battery charges (available in trek with extra cost or free in some lodges).
  • Any other cost, which is not mentioned in cost includes items as above

Nepal Trekking FAQ’s

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How can I get a visa for Nepal?

You can easily get your visa at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. You need to have a passport size photo along with the original passport.

Is it safe in Nepal?

Yes, it is safe in Nepal. Over the past 10 years, Nepal has become the top traveling destinations in the world.

What is the best season in Nepal?

Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Nepal. According to data, Lots of travelers want to visit Nepal in September, October, March, and April

What Kind of accommodation do I get during my trek?

It depends upon the routes that you are traveling. Tea house has commonly used accommodation during the trek.

How often will I get a shower during the trek?

You can get the shower services but you have to pay. So, it’s up to your choice how many times you want.

What type of food do I get during the trek?

Dal and Bhat is a commonly used food that Nepalese used. Besides that, you can find basic restaurant items like Momo, Chowmin, Noodle, and fried rice.

Can I get a guide and porter for my trek?

Yes, you can hire a guide and porter for your trek. An experienced guide can charge a high amount of cost for their service.

Are there communication facilities during the trek?

You can get communication facilities in lots of places during the trek. You can get wi fi services for enjoyment.

What is the language that a guide can speak?

Our guide can speak English, Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, and many more

Do you arrange a private trip?

Yes, we serve both private and join the trip for Nepal

Do I need to bring my sleeping bag?

Yes, you must carry your sleeping bag. You can buy or hire a sleeping bag in Kathmandu as well.

Do I need to have insurance?

You must have insurance. if you get sick, accidents, loss of your bags or luggage even missing flights it will help to recover.

How can I book my trip

You can book your trip by consulting one of our tour operators through email. S/He will help you for further process.

What language do they speak in Nepal?

The mother language of Nepal is Nepali. However, they can speak English and Hindi.

check list

  • Reading/writing material
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Health requirements arranged
  • Money: cash/credit card
  • Down Sleeping bag provided by Nepal Adventure Pilgrimage  Trek in Kathmandu
  • Light weight Towel
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight – headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle – Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat
  • Sunhat/bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves – wool or fleeced and gore tex
  • Scarf
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by Nepal adventure Pilgrimage  in Kathmandu)
  • Sewing Kit
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination – ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months.
  • T Shirts 2 or 3
  • Shirt – Long Sleeved
  • Pants – lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
  • Thermals upper and lower
  • Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing – thermals.

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Trip Facts

  • All ground transportation & Domestic Flight
  • 2-10
  • 5363 M
  • We will be staying at 3 *** Hotel in Kathmandu, and Normal Hotel during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meal During a Gokyo lake Trek
  • Lukla
  • Moderate
  • Nepal
  • During spring season (March to May) and autumn season (September to November).
  • Every Hotel During The Trek
  • Kathmandu