Short Gokyo Lake Trek 2024-2025

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Overview

  • Duration 10 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5357m.
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Everest Region
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn

Highlights

  • Spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks like Everest, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse, as well as some of the world's highest freshwater lakes.
  • Visit Gokyo Ri highly popular trekking destination in Nepal.
  • A day hike between Dole and Machhermo, which offers views of five stunning Himalayan peaks
  • Explore the unique Sherpa culture of the Khumbu region and visit some of their most sacred monasteries
  • See lots of different things like forests with rhododendrons, open meadows, and glacial valleys.
  • Opportunity to experience a rare glimpse of high-altitude wildlife, including snow leopards and blue sheep.
  • Enjoy delicious local dishes throughout the journey.

Gokyo Lake is a really cool trek in Nepal. The primary trek site ranges between 4,700 and 5,400 meters. You can see some of the tallest mountains like Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse from there. Trekking here will be an experience you will never forget!

The trek starts in Lukla, Nepal. You will pass through some of the most beautiful valleys and forests. You can see glaciers and high-altitude lakes, like Gokyo Lake which is special to both Hindus and Buddhists. The best part of the trek is Gokyo Ri (5,357 m). From there you can see four 8,000-meter mountains! You can also visit the highest monastery in the world at Gokyo and explore Ngozumpa Glacier - it's the biggest glacier in Nepal.

You will walk through Sherpa villages, forests, and icy glaciers. In the end, you will reach a beautiful lake called Gokyo. On the way, one can witness some of the most amazing mountain views like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu.

Along with a great trekking experience, this trip offers unique cultural insights into the Sherpa life. Additionally, visitors also get to explore several remote monasteries that are scattered throughout the region.

The maximum altitude reached during this trek is 5357 meters at Gokyo Ri and it requires around 11-14 days to complete. September to November and March to May are regarded as the best months for visiting the place. For trekkers who are looking for an alternative to the Everest Base Camp Trek, this can become the best choice.

When you go on the trek, some days will have hills that are hard to climb. Some days will have hills that are hard to go down. But, a well-planned itinerary, proper acclimatization, and fitness are key to having a successful trek.

Gokyo Lake Trek is a great experience to explore Nepal's mountains and culture. You can see different landscapes, learn about the culture, and get amazing views. There is something for everyone - even if you have never hiked before or are an experienced climber.

Best Time To Visit Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri

The best time to visit Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri is from September to November and March to May. These months offer clear skies and excellent visibility, making it easier for trekkers to enjoy the magnificent views.

The trek can be done throughout the year, however, trekking in winter (December to February) can be difficult due to snow and low temperatures. During the monsoon (June to August) the region receives a lot of rainfall, making it difficult to enjoy the views of the lake and Gokyo Ri. It is therefore best to plan your trip at either end of the season.

Trekkers need to choose the right time to visit to avoid adverse weather conditions and ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. It is also important to plan the trek carefully, being aware of the altitude and terrain. A good knowledge of the local weather conditions and packing suitable clothing will also go a long way towards ensuring a successful trip. With careful planning and preparation, you can enjoy an amazing journey in Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri.

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Attractions of Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri

While trekking on this route, you can experience several aspects of the Khumbu region along with the scenery. You will never forget the hospitality you get from the Sherpa people from this region while you might want to stick in the place forever.

Scenarist Beauty

The whole of the Khumbu region offers stunning views of the Himalayas and its surrounding landscapes. Trekkers can enjoy panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. The trek passes through traditional Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar and Khumjung, offering a glimpse into the local culture.

Along the trail, trekkers can witness beautiful forests of rhododendron and pine trees.

The turquoise-colored Gokyo Lakes surrounded by snow-capped peaks provide a breathtaking sight. The fifth lake is considered sacred by the locals.

The Renjo La Pass offers a spectacular view of the Everest region. The Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas, can also be seen on the trek. The trek offers a diverse range of scenery, from lush forests to rocky terrain, providing trekkers with an unforgettable experience.

Sherpa Culture

This trek offers trekkers the opportunity to experience the Sherpa culture. Sherpas are a community of mountaineers who live in the Himalayan region and are known for their expertise in high-altitude climbing.

During the trek, you can visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum in Namche Bazaar, which provides information on various aspects of Sherpa culture. Additionally, you can also interact with local Sherpa people, taste their cuisine, and learn about their way of life.

Is the Gokyo Lake trek right for me?

This trekking is a physically demanding trek that involves high altitudes and challenging terrains. It may not be suitable for children, seniors, or people with disabilities. However, if you are physically fit and have some trekking experience, you may be able to undertake this trek.

It's essential to consult with a medical professional before embarking on the trek and to ensure that you are adequately prepared physically and mentally. Himalayan Scenery Treks can help assess your capabilities and recommend alternative treks that may be more suitable for you.There are also several shorter trekking options available in the region that can be less physically demanding. It's essential to consider your personal capabilities and limitations before deciding to undertake any trekking. With the right preparation and guidance, you can have an enjoyable and rewarding experience trekking in the beautiful Himalayan region.

Preparing for Gokyo Lake Trek

Before embarking on the Gokyo Lakes trekking, it's important to focus on physical fitness by engaging in regular exercise and training. Learning the local language and cultural values can also enhance the trekking experience.

Acclimatization is essential to prevent altitude sickness, and trekkers should allow time for their bodies to adjust to the higher altitudes. Himalayan Scenery Treks can provide personalized guidance for a successful trek by offering information about the trek and the necessary equipment.

Trekkers should also pack appropriate clothing, footwear, and gear for the trek, and carry sufficient water and snacks. It's essential to stay hydrated and nourished during the trek to maintain energy levels.

With proper preparation and guidance, trekkers can have an enjoyable and rewarding experience while trekking to the beautiful Gokyo Lakes.

Trekking Options

There are several variations of the Gokyo Ri trek, including the different routes. Trekkers can choose the variation that best suits their fitness level and time constraints. There are also alternative trekking routes, such as the Bupsa-Salleri route, that can be taken to reach Gokyo Lake.

Why choose Himalayan Scenery Treks for Gokyo Lake Trek?

We, at Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, are a company in Nepal that takes people on exciting adventures. For the past 17 years, we have always prioritized our clients’ safety, comfort, and satisfaction. This service is the reason why we have a huge number of our clients.

To date, we have completed over 1000 tours of the Everest base camp. More than 8000 trekkers from all over the world have completed the trek with us. We are proud to say that we have amazing 5.0-star reviews on Trip Advisor.

Itinerary

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The journey to the stunning Gokyo region starts with a scenic flight to Lukla. Our team will take you to the TIA. The 45-minute flight offers spectacular views of the Himalayas and lush green hills.

Once we arrive at Tenzing-Hillary Airport, we'll meet other members of our trekking group and hike to Phakding on the same day.

We begin our trekking in this region with a gradual descent to Cheplung village. This village offers a beautiful view of Khumbila Mountain, a sacred mountain that gives its name to the entire region.

We continue along the trail, descending gradually through the settlement of Phakding. We pass through pine and rhododendron forests and cross a couple of suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River to reach Monjo, the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park.

We then cross another suspension bridge to pass through the village of Jorsale before walking along a steep trail up towards the Sherpa hub of Namche Bazaar. We can see the first view of Everest from Larja Dobhan and the view of Everest and Lhotse before reaching Namche.

We will stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Today, we have a free day for acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, a culturally rich city popular with trekkers and mountaineers. This bustling city offers a range of government offices, bars, cafes, restaurants, shops, and colorful markets for trekkers to explore.

Trekkers can visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum to learn about various aspects of Sherpa culture and the Everest Summit or opt for a day trek to Khumjung, Kunde, and the Everest View Hotel.

The day trek offers panoramic views of other mountains such as Everest and Ama Dablam and also allows for exploring ancient monasteries, Hillary schools, and hospitals in Khumjung.

Apart from exploring the city, trekkers can also enjoy observing the flora and fauna at various altitudes during the hike. In Namche Bazaar we will spend the night.

As we leave Namche, the trail offers stunning views of mountains such as Ama Dablam, Everest, and Thamserku while passing by stupas.

The trail then descends into pine and rhododendron forests, and at the fork, we take the left route leading to Gokyo Lakes. Along the way, we pass through Mong village, known for its breathtaking views of Tengboche and surrounding areas.

We enjoy waterfalls, rhododendrons, and the challenge of stone stairs before reaching Dole for the night.

The trail on this day is a steep ascent, leading through scrub juniper.

After leaving Dole, there is a gradual climb, with a steeper section at the beginning. The trail affords stunning views of the Dudh Koshi River below and Thamserku as you approach the small village of Machhermo.

This is actually a day hike of around 7 to 8 hours.

After half an hour of the journey’s beginning, the gradient becomes gentle, leading to the ridge above the village of Machhermo. From there, hikers can admire the stunning views of Thamserku while walking through a narrow valley that gradually widens.

Though there are a few short steep sections, the trail isn't too tiring overall. After descending to the Dudh Koshi River, the first Gokyo Lake and Ngozumpa Glacier come into view.

Once we reach the Gokyo Valley we will take a rest here and prepare for a beautiful day tomorrow.

Today, early in the morning we will continue toward the North and see the second Gokyo Lake.

As we move further, the third lake and a cluster of teahouses come into sight.

From here you can see the Gokyo Ri, a viewpoint that offers a panoramic view of the mountains above and the lakes and glaciers below.

After lunch here, we will return back to Machhermo, which will take around 7 hours to complete.

Leaving early in the morning, start trekking towards Namche Bazaar.

The lively atmosphere and bustling streets of Namche are a welcome contrast to the tranquility of smaller villages.

Spend the last night of the trek in Namche Bazaar before heading back to Kathmandu the next day.

Follow the Dudh Koshi River, cross the suspension bridges you crossed at the beginning of your trek, and you will reach Lukla. Here, we will spend the night and wait for our flight back to Kathmandu early the next morning.

This day wrapping all memories with you of Gokyo, you fly back to Kathmandu.

Rest in your hotel, if you’re not tired then just roam the alleys of the city.

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Trip Map

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Cost Details

Included

  • Pick up from your respective Hotel/ given Location
  • Comfortable private vehicles for ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Your meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin-sharing room for lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Domestic flights (Ramechhap(Manthali) - Lukla – Ramechhap(Manthali) or Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Trekking Guide-One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment.
  • Accident insurance for all staff
  • Himalayan Scenery Brand Cap, Duffel bag & trip achievement certificate (Upon completion of the trek)
  • First aid kit, oximeter for checking pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate at higher altitude
  • Entry Permit for Sagarmatha National Park and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card Fee (Required: 2 passport size photos)
  • $20 - Local Government Tax
  • Assistance with rescue and evacuation (Insurance is required for evacuation)

Excluded

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Kathmandu city tours, tour guide, and private transportation (Day 2)
  • International airfare
  • Visa Fee: (Available upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu)
  • Snacks/drinks and other personal expenses
  • Single Supplement Fee- $200
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Gratuity for team members

Useful Info

Trekkers should be aware of the potential safety risks associated such as altitude sickness and hypothermia. It’s important to hire a knowledgeable guide, be properly equipped for the trek, conduct adequate research before your journey, and make sure you understand the environment and climate of the area. By being prepared and taking the necessary precautions you can enjoy this unique trek without any worries.

It is also important to note that the Khumbu is a conservation area and therefore, trekkers need to obtain permits before starting the trek. The permits are relatively easy to obtain and the cost is minimal.

Difficulty of Gokyo Lake Trek

The route is moderately challenging with risks like altitude sickness, hypothermia, and snow. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are much important otherwise might result in difficult conditions.

The trek involves a gradual ascent to higher altitudes. Altitude sickness can affect anyone in the mountains, even if they are physically fit. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, and fatigue.

Hypothermia can occur due to cold temperatures at higher elevations. Snow-covered paths can make trekking more challenging. The trek requires an average of 6-7 hours of walking per day.

The trail is rocky and steep at several points. Trekking poles can be helpful for stability. Overall, the trek to Gokyo Lakes requires good physical fitness, proper acclimatization, and careful planning to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Guide requirement for Gokyo Lake Trek

Guides are required during the trek to Gokyo Lakes due to the government's regulation to promote tourism and ensure the safety of trekkers. Unlicensed guides are not allowed to work as they can mislead trekkers or put their lives at risk.

The guides are trained and experienced in handling potential risks such as altitude sickness and changing weather conditions.

Himalayan Scenery Treks provides experienced and friendly guides who have been praised by previous trekkers. Our guides are knowledgeable about the trek and the local culture, making the trek more meaningful. They also ensure that the trek is enjoyable and safe for the trekkers.

Our guides are cost-friendly, making it an affordable option for trekkers. By hiring our guides, trekkers can avoid any legal complications and fully enjoy the trek. With the help of our guides, trekkers can experience the beauty of the Gokyo Lakes and the surrounding Himalayan landscape without any worries.

Permits needed for Gokyo Lake Trek

Foreigners need a Sagarmatha National Park permit and a TIMS card, costing around USD 40-50. Permits ensure proper tracking and safety measures, and Himalayan Scenery Treks can always assist in obtaining them.

Gokyo Lake Trek Safety

The trek to Gokyo can be safe if proper precautions are taken. These include having travel insurance to cover any medical emergencies, acclimatizing to the altitude, and hiring local guides.

Additionally, swimming in the Gokyo Lake is not recommended due to its freezing temperatures, which can cause hypothermia.

In the past, there have been accidents reported in Gokyo Lake due to swimming. In 2018, a trekker drowned in the lake while attempting to swim. Therefore, it is essential to follow the guidelines and avoid taking unnecessary risks during the trek.

Trekkers should also be prepared for changing weather conditions, carry adequate gear, and stay hydrated. The trail can be slippery and rocky, so it's crucial to be cautious while trekking. By taking the necessary safety measures, trekkers can have a safe and enjoyable experience while exploring the beautiful Gokyo Lakes.

Foods and Accommodation during Gokyo Lake Trek

During your walks, you can find teahouses with meals like dal bhat and momos. Western options like pasta and sandwiches are available too. Food options become limited at higher altitudes. Bring snacks for supplementation.

It is important to note that the food options can become more limited as you ascend higher in altitude. At higher altitudes, it can be more challenging to transport food, and some items may become more expensive. Therefore, it is advisable to bring some snacks like energy bars or nuts to supplement your meals.

As for accommodation, teahouses are available along the route. These are basic lodges with simple amenities like a bed, blanket, and pillow. The rooms are usually shared, and the bathrooms are mostly communal, but they are clean and adequate for trekking needs.

Accommodation becomes more basic at higher altitudes. Food and accommodation are basic but adequate. Resources are limited in remote areas. Be flexible and open-minded about food and accommodation options.

FAQs

  • Q1. How long is Gokyo Lake Trek?

    The Gokyo Trek is typically completed in about 11 days. This will cover a total distance of around 44 miles (71 kilometers).

  • The Gokyo Lake Trek is considered to be moderately difficult, with a mix of uphill and downhill terrain, as well as altitude-related challenges.

  • Gokyo Ri, which is the highest point of the trek, can be quite challenging due to its steep ascent and high altitude. However, it is generally considered achievable with proper acclimatization and preparation.

  • The best time to do the Gokyo Lake Trek is during the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods offer clear skies, comfortable temperatures, and great views of the surrounding mountains.

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