Gokyo lake trek is the perfect destination in Everest region for those who detest crowds and expecting for jaw dropping scenery.
Gokyo lake trek is the Second Most popular destination in Everest Region which offers an alternative to the traditional trek to Everest base camp. The view in the Gokyo region is incredible. The trekking trail follows the Everest base camp route till Sanasa, next to tea house place from Kangjuma after leaving Namche Bazar. Then the trail continuously goes through the left side of the Dudh Koshi River to its source, couple of lakes and Ngozumpa Glacier. Gokyo village (4750m)
is more satisfying destination than Gorak Shep, a proper Sherpa village with a huge herd of Yaks. Gokyo Ri (5360m)
is sometimes also called Kala Pattar because it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and mesmerizing three sacred lakes (Dudh Pokhari, Tanjung Tso and Longpongma so).
Most of the trekkers want to include Gokyo Lake in their itineraries whether they are trekking to Everest base camp or doing three passes because of its amazing scenery.
Highlights of Gokyo Valley Trek
- Gokyo Ri features the panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche, with the Ngozumpa Glacier.
- The sacred lake of six languid pools that surround Gokyo.
- You will see the herd of yak and mountain goat grazing over the hills and mountain.
Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking members will welcome you at the Airport and you will be then ushered to the Hotel. Our travel representatives will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek until Phakding (2610m)
On the third morning, you will board a flight to Lukla Airport, also commonly known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. It is a wonderful mountain flight and the flight itself can be no less than an adventure as the airport is enlisted as the most dangerous airport in the world, given the location, altitude, and topography. In less than 30 minutes, you will reach Lukla while enjoying the breathtaking views of the mountains during the flight. After landing at Lukla, we take light breakfast and embark on our trek. In around 3 hours, we reach Phakding village where we will be staying overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 hrs
On the fourth morning, we continue our trek and follow the trail along the Dudh Kosi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Deodar Cedar forests to the ultimate destination, that of the popular village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche has remained a historic trading point for the Nepalese and Tibetan traders who exchange salt, dried meat and other consumable and textile items. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazar.
Day 04: A day of rest in Namche for acclimatization
This is the first acclimatization which you will get in the whole trek. Acclimatization is very important during high altitude trekking in Nepal as it helps to acquaint you with the high and the changing altitude and conditions. On this day, you can also side trek to the twin villages of Khumjung and Khude where you will have lunch for the day. There are lots of good bakery shops in Khumjung. After that, you will trek until the Everest View Hotel from where you can enjoy the views of the mountains including the Everest. It will be around five hours of side trek after which you will return back to Namche. Stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek to Dole (4190m) 5 hrs
After acclimatizing for a day in Namche, we resume our trek on the sixth morning. The trail is easy initially as we cross valleys along the rhododendron, juniper, and large coniferous forests. During spring the forests are great to see as that is the time when rhododendrons bloom and the fragrance lingers on your nose for many days. We also see Sherpas bringing their herds of Yaks for grazing on the green pastures. After almost five hours of trek, we reach Dole, the destination for the sixth day. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek to Machhermo (4470m) 5 hrs
The trail now steadily becomes difficult as the trekkers will have to negotiate thick forests, the increasing altitude and the lack of settlement areas. The trail continues to climb up along the side of the valley until it reaches Machhermo, a small and beautiful village in the Khumbu region. Sherpas believe that the region of Machhermo is the home for Yeti, mythical snowman. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo (4790m) 4 hrs
On the eighth day, we climb just around 300 meters and reach Gokyo Valley, the destination of our trek. Gokyo is a small settlement area on the base of Gokyo peak. Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas, lies in Gokyo. Fiver mountain peaks more than 8000 meters of altitude—Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse—are visible from Gokyo. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and trek to Machhermo (4470m) 8hrs
The next day we further trek to Gokyo Ri or the Gokyo Peak. Gokyo Ri is a mountain peak in the Khumbu region of Everest. Its altitude is 5357 meters. Gokyo Ri is mostly popular for the panoramic views of several mountain summits in the Khumbhu region including the Mount Everest. After observing the fascinating view from the Gokyo Ri, we descend back to Machhermo. Overnight stay a guesthouse.
Day 09: Trek to Namche Bazaar 6hrs
Journey back to Namche from Machhermo can be long but the trail is quite easy and comfortable as it traverses through several Sherpa settlement areas and villages. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazar.
Day 10: Trek to Lukla 7 hrs
The trek continues further downhill as we reach Lukla after almost seven hours of trek. You will be staying in Lukla for the rest of the day and prepare yourself to board a flight back to Kathmandu the next day.
Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenirs shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the climbers’ successful summit of the Island peak. Overnight in Kathmandu.
: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 12: Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking
will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
- Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
- A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- A warmer hat that covers the ears
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
- Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
- A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
- Warmer shell gloves and liner
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
- windproof and waterproof trousers
- warmer trouser
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Extra casual sport pants
- A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
- Pair of sandals
- 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
- Socks liner
- Light shoes and sneaker
First Aid Kits and Medicines
- Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
- Blister treatment
- Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
- Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
- Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
- Warps, splints, and a wound coverings butterfly bandage
- Water purifying pills
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
Miscellaneous, but must useable
- 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
- Water bottle & filter
- Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
- Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
- Comfortable trekking poles
- Best energy dry foods (up to you)
- Power Bank and music players
- Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
Sherpa Expedition & Trekking Pvt. Ltd information about Himalayas of Nepal Everest Region Trekking.
Doing treks in Himalayas of Nepal is the distinct culture and environment. Trekkers need to consider on following do’s and don’ts.
- Do smile and greet the local people by saying “Namaste” and “Tashidelek” to show respect.
- Do walk in a group or keep a distance that you could see your front and behind fellow.
- Do consult with your trekking guide before trying anything new during the trek.
- Do ask a question to the guide for the next day trekking necessity, so that you could pack in your small backpack because rest baggage will carry by a porter and will get only in the evening.
- Do give a donation to the monastery in the trekking area where they don’t collect tickets from the visitors but there is a donation box.
- Do inform your trekking guide if you are not comfortable with your health while approaching higher altitude.
- Don’t underestimate the local culture and belief even if you find uncomfortable with it.
- Don’t take a picture of the people without their permission during the trek because some individual doesn’t like that.
- Don’t be strange if local people stare at you because they are surprised to see you, not with a bad intention.
- Don’t expect too many facilities in the trekking areas, most places provide you only the basic facilities.
- Don’t harm wild animals, birds, and plants during the trek and take a global responsibility to save the environment.
- Don’t give money to the children and the beggars; it encourages them to beg from the visitors.
Note regarding itineraries.
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan; their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa expedition & trekking Pvt. Ltd. Walkers have led till now. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.