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“Gokyo Lakes Trek: Unveiling the Majestic Beauty of the Gokyo Valley in Nepal’s Himalaya”

Gokyo Valley Trek
Entering into the Gokyo Valley on the Gokyo Trek

The Gokyo Lakes Trek, in the awe-inspiring realm of the Nepal Himalayas, beckons adventurers with its captivating beauty and thrilling challenges. This trek, also known as the Gokyo Valley Trek or simply the Gokyo Trek, takes you through the secluded Gokyo Valley, immersing you in the pristine wilderness of the Nepal Himalayas.

As you venture deeper into the Gokyo Valley and ascend to the breathtaking heights of the Gokyo Ri, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic vistas of the world’s highest peaks, including Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu, creating a dramatic amphitheater of rugged views. The valley floor is adorned with the glistening blue waters of the five enchanting Gokyo Lakes, each one a sight to behold.

Gokyo Lakes Trek
View of the Gokyo Village and the Gokyo Lakes with the Nzogumpa Glacier in the Background on the Gokyo Lakes Trek  from Gokyo Ri

But the allure of the Gokyo Lakes Trek goes beyond their natural beauty. This remarkable trek in Nepal rewards you with awe-inspiring vistas. It’s a visual masterpiece that will leave you in awe.

While the Gokyo Lakes Trek does present some challenges, including steep climbs and traversing mountains and high passes, the experience is well worth the effort. Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature as you embark on this unforgettable adventure in Nepal.

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Everest from Gokyo Ri

Getting Around

The Gokyo Lakes Trek begins with a quick 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and concludes with another 30-minute flight back to Kathmandu.

Along the trail to Gokyo Valley, you will traverse the beautiful Dudh Koshi River and immerse yourself in the lush, vibrant forests of rhododendron and pine. As you make your way up, you will encounter charming traditional villages, providing a glimpse into the rich local culture and way of life. One of the highlights of the trek is reaching Gokyo Ri, a challenging yet rewarding ascent that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Gokyo Valley and the Everest Range.

Highlights of the Gokyo Trek

The Gokyo Lakes Trek offers incredible experiences, with one of the main highlights being the ascent of Gokyo Ri. This small hill, located above Gokyo Village, provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a breathtaking mountain view at sunrise.

As you stand on the summit, you’ll be greeted by the majestic presence of the world’s four highest peaks—Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu—beautifully painting the horizon. Below, the five emerald-green Gokyo Lakes and the flowing Ngozumpa Glacier create a humbling sight that will leave you in awe.

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Looking down into the Gokyo Valley from Rinzula Pass with Alain Geoffrey Bates & Debbie on 26th.November 2023

Take a Day Hike 

From Gokyo Village, take a day hike along the Gokyo valley floor and discover the sacred five Gokyo lakes. Altogether, there are six lakes, and these are the highest freshwater lakes in the world.

Enjoy great views of Everest, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, and a host of smaller mountains, along with the 4th. and 5th. Gokyo Lakes, especially from Ngozumba Tse, also known as Knobby View Point (5550 m) north of the 5th lake.

The five Gokyo Lakes and their features

The Gokyo Lakes are a series of five pristine glacial lakes located at an altitude of 4,700–5,000 m in the Gokyo Valley. Each lake has its own unique features and beauty.

The first lake, Langponga Tsho, boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters.

The second lake, Taujung Tsho, is known for its emerald green color and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

Gokyo Cho, also called Dudh Pokhari, the third Gokyo lake, is the main lake with an area of 106 acres, and the Gokyo village lies on its eastern shore. Dudh Pokhari is also sacred to Hindus and Buddhists and is believed to have healing properties.

Thonak Cho, the fourth lake, is the largest, with an area of 160.8 acres, but equally stunning, with its mirror-like surface reflecting the surrounding mountains.

Follwed by the fifth lake, Ngozumpa Cho, with an area of 35.6 acres, is the highest freshwater lake system in the world and offers a unique perspective of the Himalayas.

Fourth Lake (Thonak Cho) is the deepest lake (62.4 m), followed by Gokyo Lake, which is 43 m deep.

Everest Three Passes Trek
A Day Hike to the 5th.Gokyo Lake with Cho Oyu in the Back Ground

How long is the trek?

The Gokyo Lakes Trek is a captivating 12- to 14-day trek in the Gokyo Valley of the Nepal Himalayas, offering a moderate to strenuous challenge with six to seven hours of trekking per day.

Trek Grade

The Gokyo Lakes Trek is a moderately strenuous trek in Nepal and ventures into high altitudes; it presents an ideal choice for those seeking a less crowded trail. Compared to its popular counterpart, the regular Everest Base Camp Trek, the Gokyo Trek offers a serene and less commercialized experience.

Type of Trek 

This is a teahouse trek with accommodation provided in lodges run by local families, though the lodges are few and basic as compared to the lodges on the regular Everest Base Camp Trek.

Participants carry their day pack only with their personal items in it. The main baggage will be carried by the porters. The baggage of each person should not weigh more than 15 kilograms.

Best time

April–May is the best time to trek to Gokyo Valley when the climate is just right. October to November is another good season to go on the Gokyo Lakes Trek when the skies are clear for the spectacular mountain views.

Trek Facts:

  • Starting Point: Lukla.
  • Ending Point: Lukla.
  • Trek duration: 12 days.
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous.
  • Maximum altitude: Gokyo Ri (5357m).
  • Maximum Sleeping Altitude: Gokyo (4750m).
  • Minimum group size: 2 people.
  • Trek style: Tea House/Lodge Trek.

Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek to Phakding (2835 m, 3 hours). Overnight Lodge. 

Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/5-6 hours). Overnight Lodge. 

Day 03: Rest and acclimatization day with optional hikes around Namche. Overnight Lodge. 

Day 04:Trek to Dole (4200 m/5-6 hours). Overnight Lodge. 

The trail starts with a gentle uphill trail  to a viewpoint that offers spectacular views of Thamserku and Amadablam above Namche Bazaar. Slowly trek down to the fields of Dole, a small village.

Day 05: Trek to Machermo (4470 m/5 hours). Overnight Lodge. 

The trek to Machermo is a gentle and steady climb above the tree line that follows the Dudh Kosi River.

Day 06: Trek to Gokyo (4750 m/4 hours). Overnight Lodge. 

The trek to Gokyo is a gentle one, arriving just in time for lunch in one of the most scenic villages in the entire Gokyo Valley.

Day 07: Climb Gokyo Ri Peak (5357 m/3-4 hours). Overnight Lodge. Early in the morning, climb atop the hill at Gokyo Ri for spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu, four of the highest peaks in the world.

The view from Gokyo Ri is mesmerising, with the horizon filled with jagged snow-clad mountains and below the sight of the Nzogumpa Glacier and the Gokyo Lakes. After breakfast, trek along the Gokyo Valley to the fifth lake.

Day 08: Trek to Renjo-La Pass (5360 m/2 hours) to Lumdeng (4380 m/7-8 hours). Overnight Lodge. 

A strenuous day of trekking beside the Dudh Pokhri River takes two hours to reach Renjo-La Pass. Enjoy the stunning views of the Everest Range and Gokyo Valley from the Pass. From here, the route dips down through the Upper Nangpa Valley to the small village of Lumdeng.

Day 09: Trek to Thame (3440 m/5 hours).  Overnight Lodge. 

An hour’s trek downhill takes us to Marlung (4249m) on the east bank of Bhote Koshi, which is the largest village in Thame Valley. Marlung is a common stoppage with a few tea shops on the Gokyo Trek. Another four hours of trekking takes us to our stop for the night at Thame Village.

Day 10:Trek Thame to Monjo. (2835 m/5-6 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Day 11: Trek to Lukla. Overnight Lodge

Day 12: Fly Back to Kathmandu. End of Gokyo Lake Trek  

  • Gokyo Lakes Trek Cost : US$ 950 per person
  • Cost for Indians : Request for quotes in Indian Rupee
  • Ramechap – Lukla-Ramechap Airfare : US$328 per person
  • Ramechap – Lukla-Ramechap Airfare for Indian Nationals : IRs. 13,000/Person
  • Airfare is extra as applicable & is subject to change without prior notice.
  • Transport: Kathmandu-Ramechap-Kathmandu by private car: US$250 (a car can accommodate four people).

TREK COST INCLUDES:

  • Trek guide and porters to carry luggage.
  • Lodge accommodation (twin share rooms).
  • Breakfast & dinner during the entire period of the trek.
  • Trek permit fees.
  • Khumbu Trekking Fees.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fees.
  • Contribution to guide transport.
  • Guide/porter insurance costs.

TREK COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Hotel Stays in Kathmandu.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lulkla-Kathamandu ).
  • Sleeping bag (which can be hired in Kathmandu).
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Tips.
  • Client insurance of any kind.
  • Cost of evacuation (if any) in case of emergency.
  • Bottled/alcoholic drinks.
  • Snacks/desserts.
  • Tea or coffee other than at breakfast.
  • Airport taxes;
  • Expenses of personal nature

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NEPAL TOURIST VISA

  • Nepal visas are readily available on arrival at the International Airport in Kathmandu and at all other entry points to Nepal.
  • Two passport photos will be required.
  • Single-entry visa: US$30 per visa (valid for 60 days).
  • Multiple entry visa: US$ 80 per visa (valid for 150 days).
  • Nepal visas are also available at all Nepalese embassies and consulates.
  • No Visa is required for Indian Citizens to Travel in Nepal

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Recommendation: The Gokyo Trek is relatively strenuous and demands top physical form. A physical fitness check-up is a must. Even the experienced trekker should prepare for 2-3 months prior to the trek.

Note: The above-given Trek itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors, such as weather, road conditions, the physical abilities of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort, and general well-being.

(All relevant terms and conditions apply.).

 

  • Gokyo Trek Cost : US$ 950 per person
  • Kathmandu – Lukla-Kathmandu Airfare : US$328 per person
  • Kathmandu – Lukla-Kathmandu Airfare for Indian Nationals : IRs. 13,000/Person
  • Airfare is extra as applicable & is subject to change without prior notice.
  • Indian nationals, kindly inquire within for quotes in Indian rupees.

TREK COST INCLUDES:

  • Trek guide and porters to carry luggage.
  • Lodge accommodation (twin share rooms).
  • Breakfast & dinner during the entire period of the trek.
  • Trek permit fees.
  • Khumbu Trekking Fees.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fees.
  • Contribution to guide transport.
  • Guide/porter insurance costs.

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Hotel Stays in Kathmandu.
  • Domestic flights cost extra as applicable (Kathmandu- Lukla – Kathamandu ).
  • Sleeping bag (which can be hired in Kathmandu).
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Tips.
  • Client insurance of any kind.
  • Cost of evacuation (if any) in case of emergency.
  • Bottled/alcoholic drinks.
  • Snacks/desserts.
  • Tea/coffee, other than at breakfast.
  • Airport taxes;
  • Expenses of personal nature

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Our trek price includes basic rooms in local lodges, which have simple 2-bedded rooms with common toilets and showers. Lately, most of the places have newly upgraded lodges with rooms with attached toilets and showers, but this will cost extra (about US$ 20–30 per room per night). Some lodges now offer even better rooms, but they can cost even more.

(All relevant terms and conditions apply.).

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