Gokyo Lakes Trek 12 Days

12 Days
12 Days
12 Days


Gokyo Lakes Trek is the adventure of a life time experience, as the walk leads beneath the towering world highest Mt. Everest and 6th Mt. Cho-Oyu. Gokyo Lakes Trek to Gokyo Lake leads to World highest Heritage Sites “The Sagarmatha National Park” (Sagarmatha for Mount Everest in Nepali meaning Great Mother), the national park was added to World Heritage Sites in 1979.

Gokyo Lakes Trek is an adventure trip in Everest Khumbu region of Nepal.  The 13-day trip begins in Kathmandu where we visit several heritage sites. The Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is an alternative to classical treks in the Everest region. It takes us to the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri which provides panoramic views of Everest and the other Himalayas. We also get to watch the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and the Gokyo valley from Gokyo Ri.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
  2. Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 03 hrs.
  3. Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
  4. Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
  5. Day 05: Trek to Dole 4,110 m – 05 hrs.
  6. Day 06: Trek to Machhermo 4,470 m – 05 hrs.
  7. Day 07: Trek to Gokyo 4,800 m – 04 hrs.
  8. Day 08 : Hike to Gokyo RI 5330m early in the morning and trek to Dole 4110m – 07 hrs.
  9. Day 09: Dole to Namche Bazaar – 06-07 hrs.
  10. Day 10: Namche Bazaar to Lukla – 06-07 hrs.
  11. Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
  12. Day 12: International departure for home ward bound.

What Is Included in Trip:

  1. Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation at Tourist standard Hotel/Guest-House in Kathmandu with breakfast. (Unless booking for single supplement at extra cost)
  3. Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu).
  4. Experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  5. Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  6. Applicable Trekking-National Park and Conservation Fees.
  7. Entrance fees for sightseeing visits as per the itinerary
  8. Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip)
  9. Comprehensive medical kit and service of guide and porters.
  10. Trekking on Teahouse / Lodge basis includes meals and accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  11. Destination Holidays Duffel Bag & T-Shirt

What Is Not Included in Trip

  1. Nepalese visa fee, Travel and Medical Insurance, airport tax.
  2. Meals in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, expenses of personal nature and gratitude.
  3. Emergency evacuation by any means of transport and personal medical kit.
  4. Excess baggage charge(s)
  5. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  6. International flights
  7. Private transportation
  8. Travel and rescue insurance
  9. Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  10. Tips for guide(s) and porter(s) and driver(s)

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

From the moment on landing at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will receive you with a warm welcome and transfer you to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. After refresh join the other group member for trip orientation and briefing by our guide/leader regarding Trek, hotels, do and don’ts along with evening group dinner.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,886m & trek to Phakding 2,640m – 04 hrs

Early morning depart from the hotel for the flight to Lukla in a small plane Dornier, Twin Otter or similar type, during airborne great views of snow capped peaks with Mt. Everest, this scenic flight takes 30 mins, on landing at Lukla, meet our other trekking staff and porters, with time rest and to refresh before starting the trek to Phakding for overnight stop, walk leads through several wonderful villages and farm lands with great views of hills and valleys then reaching at Phakding village for the night halt by the Dudh Kosi (river)

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.

Today, walk will be long heading to Namche at 3,440 m high on the uphill path, starting the morning on crossing few bridges over Dudh Kosi River, then reaching at Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo.From here walk leads on the bank of a river, after last bridge an uphill haul for few hours all the way to Namche Bazaar, here with 2 nights in this large prosperous trading town –village as well the main centre and capital of Khumbu area with facilities of ATMs, Cyber cafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery with busy colorful interesting Saturday market.

Day 04:  Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

A perfect place for rest day with acclimatization, morning a short hike up to park museum, information on mountaineering, flora – fauna and Sherpa culture and religions, this scenic beautiful place offers a grand vista of high snow capped mountains including Mt. Everest and majestic Amadablam, options a hike to Everest View Hotel for beautiful scenery of mountains above old Syangboche air strip. For energetic people can take a walk of few hours visiting the sleepy Khumjung and Khunde located on a glacial valley beneath the majestic holy peak of Khumbila the patron god of Khumbu.

Day 05: Trek to Dole 4,200m – 06 hrs.

After a nice time at Namche a gentle uphill to Shanasa a small settlements with few houses, here chances of seeing some wildlife as this area if full of colorful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) National bird of Nepal and elusive musk deer, Himalayan Thar (mountain goat).From here route diverts to Gokyo Lake leaving the main trial o, leading to a steep climb to Mong hill at 3,973 m with grand views of landscapes and mountains, from here downhill to Phortse Thanghka by Dudh Kosi River, journey continues with a gradual climb into forest of pines, birch and rhododendron and passing Tongba 3,950m and Gyele 3,960 m a small farm areas to reach at Dole for overnight stop with great views of Khumbila and Tawache peaks.

Day 06: Trek to Machermo 4,410m – 04 hrs.

Morning walk leads to a short steep climb on a ridge and then on the pleasant trail to Machermo, after Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m and Luza a small place at 4,390m; with view of world’s 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu.

Day 07: Trek to Gokyo 4,760m – 04 hrs.

Morning trek leads to a steep climb on reaching a hill top with awesome views of surrounding hills landscapes and of snow clad peaks, then a slowly heading towards Gokyo lake reaching the 1st and 2nd lake and finally walk end at Gokyo 3rd lake also named Dudh Pokhari. At Gokyo with nice cozy lodge for overnight stop and lunch, afternoon on leisure for short walk around beautiful lake side with views of Mt. Cho-Oyu and other line of peaks.

Day 08: A hike to Gokyo ri (5330 m) early in morning and trek to dole(4110 m) -07 hrs

Today we begin early,hiking up for 2.5 hrs we arrive to gokyo ri. From the top of gokyo ri we see panaromic views of four 8000ers of Himalayas that include Everest,Lhotse,Cho-oyu and Makalu.Then our trail descend toward Dole.On the trail ,we also enjoy the views of Cholatse and Taboche peaks.We walk past Machhermo, Luza and Lhaforma village before reaching Dole.Overnight in Dole.

Day 09: Dole to Namche   06-07hrs

Wedescend our journey watching Rhododendrons, waterfalls and other animal like mountain goat,musk deer e.t.c. On our way to Namche the view of taboche ,Ana Dablam, Thanserka and Kangtega mountains are ours to admire.Then we arrive in bustling Khumbu Toen Namche Bazaar.Overnight in Namche bazaar.

Day 10: Trek to Lukla – 05 hrs.

Today, last of this super adventure ending at Lukla, morning walk leads on the gradual winding path to reach at Lukla, after a last final climb of 45 minutes, in Lukla reaching for lunch and overnight stop, a free afternoon to organize gratitude and farewell dinner with fellow staff and porters.

Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

From Lukla daily flight operates early morning to Kathmandu, sometimes the flight time can get delayed due to unfavorable bad weather, as per the flight time board in a small plane for short scenic flight back to Kathmandu, on reaching at Katmandu domestic terminal transfer back to respective hotels.

Day 12: International departure for home ward bound.

Today, last day in Nepal with great memories and amazing experience trekking Gokyo Lake & Everest Base Camp, our staff transfers you to Kathmandu

Duration = 12 Days
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Hotel Accommodation

It all depends on the client’s requirement. However, We will be staying at 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Guesthouse/tea houses during the trek. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost additional charges We will have rooms with attached restrooms in most parts of the trek but this is not possible in a few remote locations. Also understand that single rooms are not easily available in higher elevations like they are in Kathmandu and the lower elevation regions. In Kathmandu for our clients as these hotels are conveniently located in the center of the popular Thamel area.

Best Seasons:

Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature, then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan and Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the summer or monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the summer trek could be a paradise for a keen botanist and naturalist.

Normal Trekking Day

Destination Holidays trekking involves for 4 to 7 hours of walking every day, depending on trails and altitude as per the trip selected, with some rest and acclimatization periods. The daily routine begins at around 6 a.m. with bed tea and washing water brought to your tent and rooms. Please get packed promptly so that the Sherpa guides can start taking down the tents and your baggage, while you are having breakfast. Take your day pack with you to breakfast. The morning walk will be about 3 hours and there is no need to hurry. The lunch stop lasts about 1 to 2 hours and is a good time to do your laundry and write your diary etc. Then walk for another 2 to 3 hours to our evening stop. Tea and biscuits awaits you and a few hours later dinner and evening reading, cards, drinking, etc.

Tipping Tax

Tipping though not compulsory however has become a customary in Nepal. 13 per cent VAT and 2.2 per cent Tourist Service Fee is usually included in your bill. Waiters, Bell boys and room maids would be happy to receive tips.

Trips Highlights:

  1. “Daily amazing views of high snow capped peaks range with Mount Everest.
  2. Visiting traditional cultural Sherpa villages with serene woodlands of rhododendron, birch, pines and fir trees, picturesque landscapes, on the the base of world’s highest Mt. Everest at 8,848 m.
  3. Around beautiful Turquoise Gokyo Lake with awesome mountain scenery, interesting old Buddhist monasteries enrich with ancient artifacts, fresco.
  4. In warm hospitality of the Sherpa people “The Highlanders of Himalaya
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