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