Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek
Activity
Trekking
Destination
Nepal
  • Max Altitude
    5360 m
  • Group Size
    Min. 1 Pax 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse 
  • Best Time
    March - May & Sept - Dec 
Top Seller
All Inclusive Price: $1,430USD

Trip Overview

Sitting in the heart of the Khumbu region, the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is one of the most spectacular trekking routes in Nepal. Less packed and comparatively simpler than the route to the Base Camp, this journey awards its trekkers with fantastic views and cultural encounters.

The Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is an excellent option if you are not up for the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek. It combines the best of the natural and cultural aspects of the Khumbu region. The breathtaking mountains, glistening rivers, high valleys, icy glaciers, pristine lakes, and the rural Sherpa lifestyle add to your adventure.

Beginning with a 35-minute flight to Lukla, this trek takes you across the cultural settlements and villages of the area. The trail passes through the popular Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machhermo, and others. Before you set off for the trek’s highest point at Gokyo Ri (5,360 meters), you’ll spend a night at the Gokyo Valley, located at the shore of the pristine Gokyo Lakes.

The route to Gokyo Lakes (a part of the Sagarmatha National Park) is a less busy trail compared to the standard Everest Trek. The pristine lake comprises six water bodies located at a high elevation of 4,700 to 5,000 meters. These lakes, classified as the Ramsar sites, are peaceful and equally pleasing to the senses. Each lake is classified as sacred, and it holds high importance for both Hindus and Buddhists.

After that, you’ll hike up to the popular Himalayan viewpoint of Gokyo Ri. From the summit, you’ll get to relish the panoramic range of the Mahalangur Himal, including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and so on. You can also glimpse the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas.

Having said that, the journey to the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is not an easy one. You’ll have to walk around 5 to 6 hours every day on the rugged trails. Likewise, the climb to Gokyo Ri is quite steep and rough. In a nutshell, this trail offers a perfect blend of adventure for those who want to visit both the mountains and lakes of the Khumbu valley.

Highlights of Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

  • Witness the beauty of the Khumbu region in the off-the-beaten trails of the Gokyo valley.
  • Be a part of the local Sherpa lifestyle and community.
  • Stand and relax at the shore of the world’s highest freshwater lakes in Gokyo valley.
  • Walk across the biggest glacier in the Khumbu region, the Ngozumpa Glacier.
  • Hike up to one of the Khumbu’s most popular viewpoints, Gokyo Ri, and watch the captivating sunrise.
  • Enjoy the panoramic sight of the Mahalangur Himal, including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, etc.
  • Begin your Everest Gokyo Lake Trek with one of the most adventurous 35-minute flights to Lulka.

Best Time for Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

The most favorable time to take on this adventure is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December). The skies remain clear, and the weather remains moderately warm between these months.

Unlike other seasons, spring and autumn allow you to enjoy the sight of mountains and landscapes of the Everest region to the fullest.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Duration: 3 hours

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hours

Day 05: Namche Bazar and Everest View Hotel

Day 06: Namche to Dole (4200m/13776ft) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 07: Dole to Machhermo (4400m/14432ft) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4700m/15416ft) Duration: 4 hrs

Day 09: Hike to Gokyo RI (5360m/17880ft) Duration: 4 hrs

Day 10: Trek back to Dole (4200m/13776ft)

Day 11: Trek back to Namche

Day 12: Trek back to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 7 hours

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 14: Leisure day

Day 15: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek; we provide private bathrooms with hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag for the trekking
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, fanta etc.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek except Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

  • Small Group Journey
  • Private Journey

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Reviews

Andreas Wuest, Germany

One of the best treks I’ve done, the Gokyo Lake Trek really is a more scenic trek than base camp trekking. The trek was done right at the first week of March and the weather was amazing. I arrived late at night and was met by the agency’s managing director- Mr. Ganga, and he also helped me get checked in. The next day consisted of a tour of the Kathmandu city, and a flight to Lukla officially began the trek. It is my first time trekking at a moderately difficult terrain and my mention of this also made my guide- Ram Hari, be concerned for me. He was very helpful and a great company to be around. At all the places, Ram Hari told me facts and showed me amazing locations. He was also the first to arrange everything at the guesthouses too- the food, the room and all else. Places like Namche, Machhermo and the Gokyo Lake itself were so beautiful. The trek was refreshing and inspiring. It is my advice to everyone to do treks in Nepal at least once because it is certainly worth it. Nepal Hiking Team was the best with services and arrangements. All was left on them to arrange and take care of, and that allowed me to not be worried about anything, leaving me to enjoy the trek in peace. Really like NHT’s way of doing things and their care for their customers. Would definitely give Nepal Hiking Team a full grade!

Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.
Nicola Ross, Australia The Annapurna circuit trek was one of the best treks I’ve ever experienced. I completed it with my sister (we are both in our early sixties) on a private tour in April 2022. It was very well organized by Nepal Hiking Team, a very professional organization. Nina provided wonderful advice on the trip initially. Our guide, Hari was experienced, attentive, capable, and kind. He made the trip a success for us, along with Nomoratz, our porter, who carried our gear with such good humour. The Himalayas are the most majestic mountain range in the world. The trek was very strenuous and challenging, (more for me than my sister) but was such a wonderful experience. We have learned so much about Hinduism and Buddhism and have developed a great affection and respect for the Nepalese people. They are wonderful hosts with a rich culture we have enjoyed learning about. I highly recommend this company, our guide, and porter if you are considering trekking in Nepal. This country offers real adventure, beauty, and cultural experiences to those who venture here. See this review on TripAdvisor (click here)