- View from Gokyo Ri
- Gokyo Valley
- On the way to Gokyo Ri
- Thamserku view form everest view hotel
Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek
- Duration : 14 Days
- Primary activity : Trekking and hiking
- Secondary activity: Nature and Culture
- Group size : Min. 2 Pax
- Max-Altitude : 5357 m/17,570 ft
- Country: Nepal
- Transportation: Private Vehicle and Domestic Flight
- Trip starts from: Kathmandu
- Ends in: Kathmandu
- Meals: Nepali and Continental
- Type: Alpine
- Accomodation: Hotel and lodge
- Trip Route: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazzar-Dole-Machharmo-Gokyo Valley-Gokyo Ri-fifth lakes-Gokyo-Dole-Namche Bazaar–Lukla -Kathmandu
Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek with its beautiful glacial valley, pristine turquoise lakes, huge icy glaciers, ridges and the best panoramic views of the highest snow capped mountains, Gokyo is regarded as the most stunning place in the Everest Region. Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek provides an alternative to the famous Everest Base camp trek. This Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is an ideal option for those who want to get stunning panoramic views of the Everest region Himalayas, glacial lakes and valleys without too much physical challenge.
After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and cultural sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley, we board a scenic mountain flight to Lukla and start our trekking activity towards Phakding. Trekking through forests we head up to Namche Bazaar. We rest a day at Namche for acclimatization. And over the next couple of days we make our way to Dole and then Machhermo where we get even closer to the Himalayas. We arrive at Gokyo while viewing the largest glacier of Nepal, Ngozumba glacier. At Gokyo we can view the great scenes of pristine turquoise lakes and the top of Gokyo Ri offers stunning panoramas of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Finally we end our Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek as we make a descent through Dole to Lukla to catch a flight back to capital Kathmandu.
Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is a moderate level adventure in Everest region that requires reasonable amount of fitness and positive attitude towards walking, hiking and viewing the best panorama of world’s highest Himalayas including Everest. Join Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek during autumn months of mid September to mid December and during spring months of March to May. Whereas in the June, July months, the trails are not packed and you can have the natural highlights. Make this Gokyo Lakes and GokyoRi Trek come true with Nepal Mountain Trekkers for amazing an Everest holiday in Nepal.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]
Day 02: Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla [2,800 m/9,184 ft] – Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft): 3 – 4 hrs
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
Day 06: Namche Bazzar – Dole-[4,200m/13,780 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Day 07: Dole – Machhermo-[4,470 m/ 14,663 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
Day 08: Machharmo – Gokyo [4800 m/15,744 ft]: 5 – 6 hours
Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri [5357 m/17,570 ft] and hike to fifth lakes: 7-8 hrs
Day 10: Gokyo to Dole [4,200m/13,780 ft]: 4-5 hrs
Day 11: Dole – Namche [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla [2,800 m/9,184 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 14: Farewell Dinner
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]:
Welcome to Nepal, the Land of Himalayas, home to Lord Buddha and land of Diversity. As you land to the Tribhuwan International Airport and complete the necessary formalities you will be greeted by our representatives and transferred to the respective hotel of your stay. Depending upon your convenience, you may get your jetlagged body some rest or later may explore the busy streets in and around the place of your stay. You may also go for shopping the missing gears and equipment for your trekking expedition. Thamel and Durbar square are some of the nearby preferred place to hang on. Enjoy Nepalese cuisines at the hotel and the hospitality of the hotel staffs. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation:
Today we shall wander to the heritages that are historically, cultural and architecturally brilliant and holds special place among the Nepalese. We shall explore the landmarks listed as the World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. These sites include the sacred Hindu temple with masterpiece architecture, the Pashupatinath Temple, Buddhist shrines of Boudhanath Stupa and another landmark of Swayambhunath Temple also known as the Monkey Temple. While the octagonal Mandala design of Boudhanath mesmerizes the visitors, the ‘seeing eyes of Buddha’ painted on four sides of Monkey Temple adorn this 2000 years old stupa. We shall also meet with the guide for our trip and get necessary information along with our queries being clarified by our guide. Get ready for the adventure beginning from the following day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla [2,800 m/9,184 ft] – Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft): 3 – 4 hrs:
Today we shall leave Kathmandu to begin the trekking expedition in the beautiful Gokyo region. After around 35 minutes of flight above the breathtaking green hills and glittering majestic mountains, we reach to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. After the exciting flight, we shall meet the remaining members of our trekking team at the airport, make some further arrangements and packing and begin our trekking experience. We shall have a short trek today for the purpose of acclimatization. We shall be accompanied by the Dudh Koshi River all along the trail through the prosperous Lukla village to the destination of Phakding. We shall descend to the Chaurikharka and gradually climb up the Dudh Koshi valley to reach our destination for today. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs:
We shall traverse through the dense forests dominated by pine groves, awesome view of the Himalayas seen above the tree line along the way, beautiful gorges, suspension bridges and torrential rivers decorate this section of the trail. We trek along the torrential Dudh Koshi River and cross it couple of times and also have the view of Mt Thamserku from Benkar village. After having our permits checked at Monjo, the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park, we gradually reach to the village of Jorsale. Crossing through the breathtaking suspension bridge in the last leg of our today’s trail, we reach Namche after couple of hours’ climb on a wide switchback trail. Intermittently, we shall also have the view of mountains including the mighty Everest, Kusum peak, Lhotse, Kangaru peak and others. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day:
Today is the day set aside for acclimatization so that our body gets adapted to the climatic conditions of the region. An ideal place for acclimatization in terms of altitude, Namche Bazaar provides many options for exploration as well. As recommended by health experts, being active during the day is preferred over resting all day in the hotel room. Side-trip to the Everest View Hotel provides you with the fabulous views of Mount Everst, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and other peaks. Another hiking to the nearby Khumjung village, provides you with the chance to explore the Khunde Hospital and school (also known as the ‘Schoolhouse in the clouds’) built by Sir Edmund Hillary. Surrounded by snowy peaks of Kongde, Thamserku and the sacred Khumbila peak, Khumjung also has a monastery with the skull of Yeti. Another hike to Thame and Khunde is also viable option for the trekkers. The vibrant Namche Bazaar has traditional shops and markets, souvenir shops, museums, cafes and restaurants among the others. Visitor centre near headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park provides information about Sherpa culture, floral and faunal diversity along with observation of things associated with Everest climbers. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Dole-[4,200m/13,780 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs:
A longer day awaits for us today. We start from the ascend up to the small village of Kyangjuma from Namche Bazaar that provides us with the views of Ama Dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6808m) and Katenga (6685m). Gradually we climb up the trail that shall lead us to the village of Mongla that has the collection of teahouses as well as the amazing and panoramic views of snow-clad mountains all around the village. Further we descend along the Dudh Koshi River and as the trail gains altitude we pass through the dense forests that have rhododendron, fir and birch in it. We trek ahead in the trail to reach the settlement of Dole that provides the magnificent views of Kantega and Thamserku Mountain, through the settlements of Tongba and Gyele. Overnight at Dole.
Day 07: Dole – Machhermo-[4,470 m/ 14,663 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs:
Today we have a relatively shorter trek as compared to the previous day. To reach the overnight destination of Machhermo we pass through the settlements of Lhabarma and the beautiful Luza. We ascend gradually on the initial phase of today’s trek traversing through the scenic ridge above Dole and climb to Lhabarma. Further along the trail we have the opportunity to explore through the summer settlements and striking Luza village. Ascending ahead in the trail, we pass through the small communities and sandy spurs we reach to our destination of Machhermo. The confluence of streams originating from Kyajo Ri and Pari Lapche mountains along with the views of several of the mountains are the highlights of today’s trek. Overnight at Machhermo.
Day 08: Machharmo – Gokyo [4800 m/15,744 ft]: 5 – 6 hours:
Today we shall end our trekking to the vicinity of Gokyo Ri as we shall get prepared for the ascend to the higher altitudes of Gokyo valley and Gokyo Ri on the following day. We shall have an ascend from Machharmo initially and reach to the settlement of Phangka. Further, the valley starts to open up and we shall climb down towards the river followed by a steep climb to the terminal moraine formed by the Ngozamba Glacier. Crossing the moraines we shall be welcomed by the iron bridge that marks the starting of Gokyo Lake valley. The first lake, Longpongo on a gentle trail leads us to the other lake of the region called by the name Taboche Tso connected through a stream to the third lake called Dudh Pokhari. The village of Gokyo lies on the ban of the third lake. Our destination is reached. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri [5357 m/17,570 ft] and hike to fifth lakes: 7-8 hrs:
The most awaited day of this entire expedition awaits today. We shall ascend the Gokyo Ri and view the alpine lakes along with the marvelous glacier and Himalayas. We have a continuous and strenuous ascend to the summit of Gokyo Ri. We shall have a slow and steady climb to the summit. From the top of the summit we have the breathtaking view of several peaks above 8000 meters including the Cho Oyu (8153m), Lhotse (8501m), Makalu (8475m), Thamserku (6808m), Louche (6145m) and Mount Everest (8848m) among others. Below us lie the marvelous Ngozumba glacier and the Gokyo lakes. We shall also hike to the fourth lake, Thonak Tsho, that lies about 3 km north of Gokyo and further on the trail Is the fifth lake called Ngozuma Tsho. Depending on the ground circumstances, we can also hike to the Scoundrel’s viewpoint. After the awesome experience we trek back to the Gokyo village. Overnight at Gokyo.
Day 10: Gokyo to Dole [4,200m/13,780 ft]: 4-5 hrs:
The day onward shall mark the ending phase of our trekking expedition as we trail back the path traced earlier on our trek to the Gokyo valley. We shall have a slower and gradual descend from Gokyo village. We pass through the settlements of Machhermo and the attractive village of Luza and Lhabarma before we reach the village of Dole. Along the trail we shall have the beautiful view ofThamserku, Cho Oyu and Kangtega, pass through the chortens, iron bridge and terraces. Overnight at Dole.
Day 11: Dole – Namche [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs:
Another beautiful trekking section waits for us. We shall have a sharp slope to Phortse Tenga and other sections also has descends in the trail. We shall be marveled by the richness of biodiversity including the wildflowers and rhododendron, wild animals such as pheasants, mountain goats, and musk deer along with others. View of the mountain peaks such as Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega and Cho Oyu range along with others, the enchanting waterfalls and beautifully winding trails leads us to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar past the army camp hill. We put our tired body to rest in Namche and take time for re-energizing for further trekking expedition sections. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla [2,800 m/9,184 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs:
Today shall be one of the longer trekking days of the entire expedition as we take enough time to descend down to Lukla due to the strenuous trekking up in the regions of Gokyo. We trail back along the mighty Dudh Koshi River and through the rich forests as the trail becomes easier as we move towards the Lukla. The trail, though already visited some days back, provides the same magic and amusements that we had experienced few days back on the initial days of our trekking expedition. Buddhist prayer stones and prayer flags, monasteries and chortens, tranquil yet lively villages are the other highlights of the trail back to Lukla, our initial point in the mountainous region for starting the trekking expedition. Marvelous views of mountains are an ever-present companion of this section of trekking as in the other sections of this trek in the Everest region. The completion of a beautiful and memorable trekking experience is further enhanced by the safety of the fellow trekkers. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu:
After a long yet beautiful journey to the mountains of Everest region comes to an end as we fly back to the medieval city of Kathmandu. The remaining day is upon the trekkers who can either have a full day complete rest at the hotel or do some shopping for gifts and souvenirs to the near and dear ones back in their respective place. A farewell dinner to the guests shall mark the official end of the trekking expedition. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Farewell Dinner:
This is it! We have marked an end to an extraordinarily amazing trekking experience. What was a decent beginning has already turned into a marvelous experience and created some wonderful memories to the trekkers. Today you have nothing to do except arrange photographs and have last minute sharing with the fellow trekking companions. You shall be transferred to the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) for your flight to the respective destinations at least 3 hours prior to the time of the scheduled flight. Hope you have enough reasons to plan another trekking expedition, tour or other activities in this beautiful nation with warm and excellent hospitality combined with natural, cultural and bio diversity.
- Airport pickup and drop service
- 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
- All lodging and fooding during the trek (B,L,D included)
- Transportation costs: Domestic flight in (Kathmandu – Lukla- Kathmandu).
- Professionally trained and highly experienced English speaking trekking guide, assistant trekking guide and porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers with max load of 30kg) along with their salary, lodging, fooding and insurance
- Trekking permits: TIMS card and Sagarmatha National Park fees
- First aid medical box
- Trekking gears like sleeping bag and down jacket made available on rent
- 13% VAT and 10% service charge
- Farewell Dinner
- Visa fee to enter Nepal(Visa Information)
- International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
- Food in Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in scheduled itinerary
- Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
- All personal expenses
- Tip for guides and porters
Complimentary items offered by Nepal Mountain Trekkers
- Nepal Mountain Trekker t-Shirt and duffel bag with comprehensive trekking map
- Spa treatment for mind and body in Kathmandu after completion of trek
- Farewell treat