Gokyo Lakes is situated at the altitude of 4700 M to 5000 M above the sea level. This lake lies in Khumjung village of Solukhumbu district. The Gokyo Lake is sacred for both Hindus and Buddhists. Gokyo Valley is one of the most beautiful in Khumbu area. Gokyo Lakes is very famous among tourists and expedition lovers and making the way towards Everest base camp. From the top of Gokyo, you will have the 360-degree view of beautiful mountain peaks.
Gokyo Lakes Trek is a beautiful journey to the enticing Gokyo Lake which is one of the most amazing viewpoints for great views of Everest and other Himalayas. The 14 day trip begins in Kathmandu where we visit several heritage sites. There you will find Nepal's largest Glacier "Ngozumba" and many other magnificent glacial lakes. From Gokyo you can capture the breathtaking view of beautiful mountain peaks like Mount Everest (8,848 M), Cho-oyu (8,201 M), Lhotse (8,516 M) and Makalu (8,481 M) and much more. These 14 days of trek will give you the feeling of being in the top of the world.
Gokyo Lake Trek is most beautiful and peaceful than Everest base camp. On the way you will experience ancient Buddhist monasteries, Sherpa localities and their traditional agriculture farms and the Yaks. The route is prepared with full adaptations duration by our widely experienced guides.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Our tour officer will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. Afterwards, you will be dropped off at hotel where you can take a rest. We will meet you at the evening and will be greeting you with our local delicious Nepali food.
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trip preparation
We tour world heritage sites which hold vast cultural, religious and historical for Nepalese people. The amazing sites include Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'monkey Temple'(Swayambhunath) and Bouddhanath. At the end of the day, your guide will be briefing you about your further journey and necessary equipment to pack.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft), trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700 ft): 3-4 hours
In the morning, we will fly towards very beautiful place Lukla. It will be an adventurous ride as the Tenzing/Hillary airport is a steep airstrip that is actually hanging off the side of a mountain. After reaching Lukla, you meet the rest of your trekking staff and begin trekking to Phakding which takes around 2-3 hours of trekking. The trek to Phakding is flat and easy to cover .Overnight in Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours
From Phakding the trail goes up to the Rhododendron and Pine forest along the trails of Dudh Koshi River. We will be crossing the famous Hillary and many other high suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi River. On the way, you will see Mt.Thamserku right in front of your eyes. Our trekking permits will be checked at Monjo as we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. . Right after we reach the Namche Bazaar, we will encounter the cozy village called Jorsale. Once we reach the Namche Bazaar, you will be able to see the first view of Mt. Everest. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization
Today is the day to rest and acclimatize our body with the altitude for further journey because it is important to adjust to the gradual change in environment. Today we hike up the khumjung villages, enjoy the Himalayan vista from Syangbochen or tour the streets of Namche Bazaar. We cross grass airstrip at Shyangboche and walk towards the Everest View Hotel, the highest hotel in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. From here you can have a good view of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks. Here is also a local Sherpa museum where you can learn information about Sherpa cultures and traditions. We walk back to the Namche Bazaar to spend the night.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phorse (3810m/12496t): 5-6 hours
We leave Namche Bazaar and you follow the path by the giant mani in Chhorkung and trek north around the long ridge .On the way we are likely to spot Himalayan Pheasants, musk deer and Himalayan Thars. Then trail reaches Kyangjuma. After short walk, it takes to trail junction at Sanasa. From Sansa, we follow the Gokyo trails and from Mong we get a glimpse of Ama Dablam, Tawoche and Khumbila mountains. Locals say village nearby this pass is the birthplace of Lama Sange Dorje, the saint who introduced Buddhism to the Everest region. Crossing Mong La the path drops down to Dudh Koshi through pine forests and it arrives at Phortse Thanga. Overnight in Phorse.
Day 07: Phorse Village to Machhermo-(4,470m/14,663ft):5-6 hours
After crossing Dudh Koshi River, we are likely to come closer with local wildlife like musk deer, mountain goats, and pheasants. We follow the trail passes through forests, waterfall and bridges before reaching Dole. The path continues by the side of rivers to reach Machhermo. The trek to reach Machhermo is quite short compared to other days. Machhermo is a small village consisting very few numbers of facilities and lodges for trekkers. Overnight at Machhermo.
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4800m/15,774 ft): 5-6 hours
We move upwards on a hill and enjoy views of Dudh Koshi valley and will be having a numerous view of snow capped mountains like Thamserku, Kangtega and Cho-Oyu. Then we will come to a small settlement of phangga. Then will have difficult trail as we will have totake the uphill trail to moraine of Ngozumba Glacier. On the trail next to the first lake, we see what is believed to be the footprints of a Lama (Buddhist Priest).Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 09: Gokyo valley: climb Gokyo Ri(5357m/17,570ft) and hike to fifth lakes: 5-6 hours
To view the beauty of mountains like Mt. Everest, Cho – Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Kangtega, Bancharo Peak, Gokyo Peak, Cholatse etc. We will have to move in the morning. Gokyo RI is one of the most excellent places to trek. From the top of Gokyo RI we admire the Himalayan vista and the Gokyo lakes. From here we see the Gokyo village is a tiny dot on the side of the moraine and the Gokyo Lake is a giant green pond. We walk back to Gokyo to spend the night.
Day 10: Gokyo to Dole: 3-4 hour
We will take our step downward along the Dudh Koshi River and pass the first Gokyo Lakes. We can re-sight the view of all the mountains which includes Thamserku, Cho Oyu and Kangtega mountains. Then we will slowly walk down to the village of Machhermo. Continue walking pass through Luza and Lhafarna villages before reaching Dole. Overnight in Dole.
Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours
Our trek starts to drop down Phortse Thenga where we can enjoy on watching wildflowers and Rhododendrons. We may face mountain goats, musk deer, and pheasants. From Mong, you have chance of a beautiful view of Mt. Khumbila. Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega. After a while, we reach Sanasa, the junction of trails. We follow the path of Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-8 hours
From Namche Bazaar, we follow the steeply downward path and cross the high suspension bridge. The trek in the mountain ends after we reach Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu
Finally, the day to fly back to Kathmandu. Early in the morning, we will be catching the earliest possible flight. We take a rest and freshen up. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Final departure
The trip concludes today. Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Namche Bazaar which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude thus resulting in a successful trip.
For Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo RI Trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
A Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo RI Trek 14 day is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Annapurna trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo RI Valley should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo RI Trek is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min. 2 Pax)