13 Days Gokyo Lake Trek13 Days Gokyo Lake Trek

13 Days Gokyo Lake Trek

Quick Facts
  • Trip Duration13 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude 5,357 m/17,575 ft (Gokyo Ri)
  • Activity Trek
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-16
  • Transportation Flights (Ktm-Lukla-Ktm)
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • Less crowded trekking route in the famous Everest region
  • Spend a couple of nights in the iconic town of Namche Bazaar
  • Experience local village life, witness the beautiful rushing rivers and the rugged beauty of glacier debris
  • Witness the gorgeous turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes, surrounded by snow-capped mountains
  • Hike to Gokyo Ri, from where you will get to see the stunning sunrise and one of the best views of Mt. Everest
  • Witness the largest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa, and its impressive ice ridges
  • Get to see the daily lifestyle of the locals and their rich cultural heritage
  • Come across lush flora and wildlife like Himalayan tahr, musk deer, and exotic birds during the trek
  • Get to see a diverse range of landscapes, from lowlands with lush jungles and green hills to alpine landscapes with dwarf trees and snow-covered peaks

"The Gokyo Lake trek is a breathtaking adventure that takes you on a journey through the stunning Himalayas of Nepal. This trek is not for the faint-hearted as it involves challenging hikes, steep climbs, and altitude sickness risks, but the reward of standing at the top of Gokyo Ri and gazing upon the magnificent Himalayan panorama is worth every step."

If you're looking for an alternative to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek, the Gokyo Lake trek is an excellent option. Despite being less crowded, it still offers breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft) and allows you to stay overnight in the iconic town of Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,290 ft), which serves as the gateway to the Khumbu Region. This trek is a perfect choice for those who want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas without enduring the crowds and physical demands of other popular treks.

Along the way to the Gokyo Lakes, you'll have the opportunity to experience local village life, witness the beautiful rushing rivers and the rugged beauty of glacier debris, all while surrounded by snow-capped mountains. And, of course, the main attraction of the Gokyo Lakes trek is the gorgeous turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes themselves.

Located in the Gokyo Valley at an altitude of 4,700 to 5,000 meters (15,400 ft to 16,400 ft) within the Sagarmatha National Park area, there are six lakes, making them the world's highest freshwater lake system. Not only are the Gokyo Lakes a breathtaking sight to behold, but they are also recognized as a Ramsar site, designated as wetlands of international importance. In addition, they are considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists, further emphasizing their significance.

During the acclimatization day at the Gokyo village, you will explore the 5th and 6th lakes, which are located in a high alpine bowl at the foot of Cho Oyu (8,188 m/26,864 ft), the world's 6th highest mountain. Along the Gokyo Lake trek route, you'll also have the opportunity to witness the largest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa, and its impressive ice ridges.

If 5 hours of walking per day seems challenging for you, don't worry. You can still experience the pristine beauty of the Gokyo Lakes by considering a Gokyo Lake helicopter tour.

Everest Gokyo Lake trekking allows you to explore the picturesque Sherpa villages in the Everest region. You will pass by Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machhermo, and Gokyo villages, experiencing the daily lifestyle of the locals and their rich cultural heritage. If you are lucky, the Gokyo trek also offers an opportunity to view rare Himalayan wildlife, including musk deer, Himalayan tahr, and snow leopard.

The Gokyo Lake trek is particularly stunning during the autumn and spring seasons when the weather is relatively stable & the skies are clear, offering unobstructed views of the towering Himalayas. Whether you're an experienced trekker or a first-timer, the Gokyo Lakes trek is an excellent choice to explore the natural beauty of Nepal and experience the cultural and traditional richness of the Sherpa community.

This trek offers a diverse range of landscapes, from lowlands with lush jungles and green hills to alpine landscapes with dwarf trees and snow-covered arid terrains. The topography of the trail varies, providing an exciting and rewarding experience. Climbing up Gokyo Ri (5,357 m/17,575 ft) offers some of the best views of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks, including Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Other mountains like Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft), Thamserku (6,608 m/21,680 ft), Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft), Nuptse (7,861 m/25,791 ft), Makalu (8,481 m/27,825 ft), Pumori (7,161 m/23,494 ft), Island Peak (6,160 m/20,210 ft), etc, are also seen during the trek.

A typical day on the Gokyo lake trek

Your day begins with a warm breakfast followed by a short briefing from the trek leader about the day. You will leave the lodge before 8:00 AM to reach the nest destination by 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. We will take multiple short 5-minute breaks throughout the trek and one long break for lunch.

Follow the lead of your guide as he explains the mountains and the villages. Upon reaching our destination of the day, we will rest and later have lunch with other trekkers and socialize before returning to our rooms. We will also order breakfast in the evening to make sure it is ready for time the next day.

Gokyo lake trek difficulty & altitude sickness

The Gokyo lake trek offers a unique and breathtaking experience, but it also requires proper preparation and a cautious approach to altitude sickness. With the right mindset and support from experienced guides and porters, anyone can successfully complete this trek.

The Gokyo lakes trek covers a distance of approximately 58 kilometers (36 miles) round trip. The trek takes you through varying terrain, including lush forests, rocky paths, and glacial moraines.

The terrain can be challenging, with steep ascents and descents. You can combine high-altitude passes like Cho La Pass (5,420 m/17,782 ft) and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft) in our Gokyo lake trek itinerary to make it more adventurous and challenging. These sections of the trek require a good level of physical fitness and endurance, so only recommended for trekking with previous experience.

Altitude sickness

The Gokyo lake trek is rated as moderate to challenging, with the altitude posing the biggest challenge. The highest elevation reached during the trek is at Gokyo Ri, which stands at 5,357 meters (17,575 ft). Altitude sickness is a risk on this trek and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness level.

To prevent altitude sickness, it is essential to take sufficient time to acclimatize and drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Some common symptoms of altitude sickness include headache, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, inform your guide immediately.

Gokyo lake trek preparation

The 13 days Gokyo lake trek is a moderate to challenging level trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance. Therefore, it is essential to prepare yourself physically before embarking on this trek.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for the Gokyo lake trek in Nepal:

  1. Start by building your stamina with regular cardio exercises like running, cycling, or swimming. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day and gradually increase the duration and intensity of your workouts.
  2. Add strength training exercises to your routine to build your muscles and improve your overall fitness. Focus on exercises that target your legs, core, and back muscles, as they will be heavily used during the trek.
  3. Go on regular walks with a backpack weighing 5 kg.

Best Gokyo lake package 2024 spring & autumn

Embark on an unforgettable journey with our 13-day Gokyo lake trek, carefully crafted to provide the perfect balance of adventure and acclimatization. You can choose to join us on our spring or autumn departure in 2024 by simply clicking the booking button on the package orcontacting us.

Looking for an adventure in 2024? We are now accepting pre-bookings for our Gokyo lake trek 2024 departure. We understand that budget can be a concern for some, which is why we also offer a budget-friendly Goko lakes trek option.

Simply share your requirements with our team, and we will ensure you receive the best service at a reasonable cost. Come trek with us and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Alternative treks in Nepal for beginners and experienced trekkers

These are some popular treks for experienced trekkers in Nepal-Annapurna base camp trek, Annapurna circuit trek, Manaslu circuit trek, Langtang Gosaikunda trek, Upper Mustang trek, and Kanchenjunga circuit trek.

Likewise, beginner trekkers can check out these packages- Everest view trek, Langtang valley trek, Khopra Danda trek, and Ghorepani Poon hill trek. We also have a range of day tours and cultural tour packages in Nepal.

*Note: You can customize any itinerary with us as per your requirements.

Benefits of Gokyo lake trek with Nature Excursion

At Nature Excursion, we take pride in offering a remarkable trekking experience to Gokyo lake. Our trekking company is well-known for its expertise in organizing guided treks in Nepal. With our transparent pricing policy, you can be assured that you are getting the best value for your money.

Our team of highly skilled individuals will assist you in every aspect of your journey, from pre-arranging all the necessary arrangements to providing you with top-notch support throughout your Gokyo lake trek.

Below we have mentioned some of the benefits that you get from joining Gokyo lake trekking us:

  • Free airport service as per our itinerary
  • Tailored itineraries
  • 24/7 support
  • Complimentary welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu
  • Down jacket and duffel for the trek (you have to return it at the end of the trek)
  • Free company t-shirt and trek certificate
  • Native mountain guides and porters
13 Days Gokyo Lake Trek pictures and video

Itinerary

Day1

Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport and do your visa obligations upon landing. You can meet our team around the terminal gate with your nameplate. They will welcome you and help you with the luggage. Once you are checked in to the hotel, get some rest and later explore your surroundings on your own. You will join us for a welcome dinner in the late evening. During that, we will also introduce you to your guide.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
Day2

Our Gokyo Lake trek begins with a short flight to Lukla followed by a around three hours trek to Phakding village. As the elevation gain from Kathmandu to Lukla is huge, we descend a couple of hundred meters to Phakding to avoid altitude sickness.

At Lukla airport, porters will join our group, and we will begin trekking gradually descending from Lukla. The trail drops down to Ghat village (2,530 m) and crosses many suspension bridges on the way to Phakding. We will follow the Dudh Koshi River and eventually reach Phakding. Later in our free time, we will visit the Rimishung monastery.

  • Max. Altitude:2,850 m/9,350 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:30 minutes flight & 3-4 hours trek
Day3

From Phakding, we trek to the iconic town of Namche Bazaar. The trail follows the Dudh Koshi river banks and crosses it numerous times along the way. The trail ascends to Monjo village. From here onwards, we will trek inside the Sagarmatha National Park. Trekking past Jorsale village, we will trek through dense forests of rhododendron and magnolia to Namche Bazaar. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar is steep.

  • Max. Altitude:3,440 m/11,285 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6 hours
Day4

We will spend an acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar, hiking to Hotel Everest View in the morning. We can also continue the hike to the ancient Khumjung monastery where we can see the scalp of Yeti. The hike offers stunning views of mountains like Thamserku, Khumbila, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. After the hike, return to Namche Bazaar and explore museums and the market. This rest day and hike are necessary to avoid the chances of altitude sickness.

  • Max. Altitude:3,880 m/13,000 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:3 hours
Day5

Leaving Namche Bazaar, we trek following a downhill trail and ascend to Mong La pass (3,957 m). From here, the trail goes to Phortse Thenga. We trek through lush forests, enjoying fantastic views of Ama Dablam and Khumbila. The trail gradually ascends to Dole, where we will spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude:4,200 m/13,270 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5 hours
Day6

From Dole, we trek past several shrines and prayer flags. The trail will lead us to Lapahrma, from where we can see an outstanding view of Mt. Cho Oyu, the fifth-highest mountain in the world. Further on the way, we also get to see beautiful views of Kangtega and Thamserku mountains. Trekking on a rough trail, we will pass by meadows and yak grazing sites. Before reaching Machhermo, we will walk through Luja village.

  • Max. Altitude:4,470 m/14,450 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:3-4 hours
Day7

Today, we will trek to the stunning Gokyo village. From Machhermo, we trek for an hour to Phanga, a landslide area. From here onwards, we cross an iron bridge and walk to Longpongo Lake (4,690 m). Further, we traverse the most interesting and adventurous section of our trek, Ngozumpa Glacier moraines. We can see the astonishing view of this glacier. The Gokyo village is located on the shore of Dudh Pokhari, the third Gokyo lake.

  • Max. Altitude:4,790 m/15,584 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:4 hours
Day8

We will spend the second rest of the day in this beautiful Gokyo village. In the morning, we will hike to Gokyo Ri, a hilltop known for breathtaking panoramas of the snow-capped mountains, including Everest. The hike will be tough, however the splendor of the Himalayas and a gorgeous sunrise make all the hard work worthwhile. Later, we will hike to the fourth and fifth lakes to witness their wonder and come back to Gokyo village to spend the remaining day.

  • Max. Altitude:5,400 m/17,814ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:3-4 hours
Day9

From Gokyo village, we will retrace the path back to Dole. Navigating through the Ngozumpa Glacier moraine, we will trek past Longpongo Lake (4,690 m). We will cross a suspension bridge and trek via the landslide area to Machhermo. From here, we walk by meadows and yak grazing sites, relishing superb mountain panoramas. Further, we will trek past Lapahrma and many stupas before reaching Dole.

  • Max. Altitude:4,200 m/13,270 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5 hours
Day10

The trail descends from Dole, offering incredible views of Ama Dablam and Khumbila. We will trek through lush forests of rhododendron and pine to Phortse Thenga. From here, the trail ascends to Mong La pass (3,957 m) and continues to Namche Bazaar, where we will spend the night. We will have a lot of time to rest in Namche Bazaar today.

  • Max. Altitude:3,440 m/11,285 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5 hours
Day11

This is our last day of the trek. It is mostly a downhill walk to Phakding village. The trail crosses many bridges on the Dudh Kosi River and goes through forests of rhododendron and magnolia. We will trek via small villages. From Phakding, the trail ascends to Lukla via Ghat village. The trail is forested and crosses multiple suspension bridges. Upon reaching Lukla, we will have a celebratory dinner in the early evening.

  • Max. Altitude:2,850 m/9,350 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:7 hours
Day12

Today, we will fly back to Kathmandu. The trek ends here, and you have one full day in Kathmandu to explore and shop. Our team will drop you at the hotel. Spend the remaining day as you desire, and meet us in the late evening for a farewell dinner. We also give trek certificates during the dinner.

  • Max. Altitude:1,400 m/4,593 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:30 minutes flight
Day13

It is time to say goodbye to each other. Our representatives will drop you at the airport as per your flight departure. Hope you had a good time in Nepal, and see you soon. Our team will bid you the last goodbye.

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Cost Details
Includes
  • Airport pickup and drop off services during arrival and departure date, from and to the TIA
  • Both way domestic flight tickets including guide (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu), with airport departure taxes
  • 10 nights’ accommodation during the trek,( 5 nights private room with attached bathroom, 5 nights standard room (no attached bathroom)
  • All healthy meals during the trek (11 breakfast, 10 lunches and 10 dinner)
  • Government licensed well English speaking Nature Excursion's trek guide. You will get an assistant guide group of 6 or more trekkers
  • Strong porter to help your luggage (luggage weight limit is 10 kg per trekkers), 1 porter can share for two trekkers
  • 2 nights Hotel in kathmandu including breakfast before and after the trek, and you can store non- essential items in your hotel or Nature Excursion store.
  • Guide and porter cost: meals, wages, transportation, insurance and other necessary expenses covered by the company.
  • For safe drinking water: Nature Excursion provides water purification tablets.
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruit every evening as per the availability.
  • Khumbu, Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees Rs.2000
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fees Rs.3000
  • All government, local taxes and official expenses
  • First aid Kit with Diamox (preventative measures to avoid altitude sickness) carried by the guide. Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen level in your body.
  • We can provide sleeping bag and down jacket as per your request. Has to return after the trek.
  • Appreciation certificate after the completion of trek.
  • Either farewell or welcome dinner (complimentary) at the nepali cultural restaurant
  • Assisting, if any emergency evacuation or rescue due to uncertainty or any serious health condition (incur charges should be covered by your travel insurance).
Excludes
  • Nepal entry visa fees depending how much time you want to spend in Nepal ($25-15 days, $40-50 for 30 days and $100-110 for 90 days.)
  • Excess luggage for lukla flight.
  • Your foods and accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure or in case early return from the trek.
  • Your personal clothing and gear.
  • Personal nature expenses like energy bars, hot and cold drinks, laundry, internet, hot shower, etc.
  • Your travel insurance which covers your emergency evacuation.
  • Tips for your guide and porter.

Clients Reviews

  • Andre Bogdanow

    We had an awesome experience with Nature Excursion. Karan did a perfect job, so many explanetions and a lot of fun during the hike. In the evening we sat togehter, had some ginger tea and he tough us a local cardgame.
    If we come back we will go on an other trek with Karan and Nature Excursion!

    The best experience we had!
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Last-minute booking Everest Gokyo Lake trekking

To do last-minute Gokyo lake trek booking, fill out the form and do the full payment. Our team will get in touch with you as soon as we receive your booking request. We do not refund any money if you fail to join the trip after booking at the last minute. For more information, get in touch with us.

Best time to trek to Gokyo Lakes

The Gokyo Lake trek, like many treks in Nepal, is best done during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) months. During these months, the weather is typically clear & the daytime temperatures are warm, making it a perfect time for trekking. However, it's worth noting that the Khumbu region is known for its cold and dry weather, and trekkers often develop the 'Khumbu cough' due to the dry dust.

Gokyo Lake trek in spring (March to May)

Mid-March marks the beginning of the spring season when the temperatures start to rise, and the lush, thick bamboo, rhododendron blooms, and birch woods add new textures to the trail. This is an excellent time to hike the Gokyo Lake region, with moderate temperatures and clear skies.

Gokyo Lake in summer/monsoon (June to August)

June through August is considered the peak of the monsoon season in Nepal, and it's not the best time for trekking in the Gokyo area. The weather is generally wet and cloudy, with a high chance of Lukla's flight cancellation. The paths can also get slippery, and leech bites are common during this time, so caution is advised. Trekking during this season may not provide the clear views of the mountains that are typically seen during the spring and autumn months.

Gokyo Lake trek in autumn (September to November)

The best time to embark on the Gokyo lake trek is during the months of September to November. During this time, the monsoon season is coming to an end, creating ideal hiking conditions. The skies are clear & the mountains are visible, making it the perfect time for trekking.

In particular, we highly recommend embarking on the Gokyo Ri trip between mid-September and the end of November. These months also coincide with two of the greatest festivals in Nepal, Dashain & Tihar. These festivals are celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm, and the trekking routes are filled with vibrant colors and traditional festivities.

The weather during this time is mild and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius. The days are usually warm and sunny, with cool and crisp evenings. The trails are dry, and the views of the mountains are breathtaking.

Gokyo Lake trek in winter (December to February)

During the winter months of November and December, the Gokyo Lake region experiences its first snowfalls, which can make hiking more difficult. However, if you plan your trip carefully, you can still enjoy the wonderful days of November and go on a hike. The mountains look especially beautiful when the skies are clear, but as December progresses, the temperatures drop, and the evenings can be chilly, with lows of around -10 degrees Celsius.

In January and February, the hiking areas around Gokyo Lake are often covered in snow, making the trek more challenging. The temperatures drop even further during this time, with cold and frosty conditions prevalent throughout the day and night. Despite these challenges, the trek is still worth it for the stunning views of snow-covered mountains and hills.

Accommodation during the Gokyo Lakes trek

The lodges and teahouses on the Gokyo Lakes trek route offer a comfortable stay and a wide range of choices when it comes to accommodation. You can find budget lodges as well as luxury lodges with modern amenities like hot showers and electric blankets. However, keep in mind that not all types of accommodation are available in every settlement, especially in the smaller ones.

During the trek, you will be staying a night in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche (2 N) in rooms with a private attached bathroom. These lodges are well-equipped and comfortable, offering a range of amenities such as hot showers and free Wi-Fi.

Similarly, you will be spending four nights in standard rooms at Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo (2 N), and Phortse. These lodges are also comfortable, with basic facilities and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

What kind of food is available during the Gokyo Lake trekking?

The food in the lodges and teahouses is generally satisfying after a long day of trekking. You can expect to find a variety of options like rice and curry, noodles, momos, soup, porridge, roti, veggies, and Tibetan-style bread. Potatoes are a staple food in the Khumbu region. You will find them on the menu more frequently than other fresh vegetables.

As you ascend higher, the availability of fresh food decreases, and the prices may increase due to the difficulty in transportation. Nevertheless, you will not go hungry on the Gokyo Lakes trek with us. Similarly, boiled drinking water is also available everywhere to refill your bottle. For additional safety, you can use a water purification tablet.

Gokyo Lake trek safety with Nature Excursion

Our guides are experienced in leading trekking groups and will ensure everyone is walking at a comfortable pace. They will also make sure you stay on the designated trails and do not wander off alone.

We take security seriously and provide a secure environment for all of our clients. Our guides are trained to handle any security concerns that may arise during the trek. We also recommend you purchase travel insurance which covers all aspects of your trip, including medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and trip cancellation.

At Nature Excursion, we are committed to providing our clients with a satisfactory trekking experience. We work hard to ensure that your needs are met & you have an enjoyable time. If there are any issues during the trek, our guides and staff will do their best to resolve them promptly.

Gokyo Lake trek permits

The Gokyo lake trek 13 days requires two permits & both of them are covered in our package cost. You will need the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality permit, which costs about US$ 18 per person & the Sagarmatha National Park permit, which costs USD 27 per person.

Travel visas

The process of obtaining a Nepali travel visa is relatively straightforward and can be done online or upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. Visitors from most countries can obtain a 15-day, 30-day, or 90-day visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The visa fees vary based on the length of stay and nationality of the visitor.

*Note:
i) Visa fee can only be paid for in cash in US dollars or Nepalese rupees.
ii) Citizens of some countries cannot obtain an on-arrival visa in Nepal, so do check your country's eligibility.

For those who prefer to obtain their visa online, the application can be completed through the official website of the Department of Immigration of Nepal. The online visa process requires applicants to fill out an online form and upload a passport photo and a scan of their passport. Once the application is submitted, payment can be made online via credit or debit card. The e-visa is usually processed within three working days.

Things you should know about our 13 days Gokyo Lake trek in Nepal

  • Airport Pickup/Drop: We have free airport pick-up and drop-off service in our Gokyo lake trek package. Our airport team will assist you with luggage and commute as per the itinerary. If you need any additional airport service, let us know. We will arrange the driver and a car at the best price.
  • Charging: The lodges along the Gokyo lake trek route offer paid-to-charge facilities. Every lodge has a separate charging station, where you can charge your device for USD 2 to USD 3. A power bank or spare batteries will come in very handy.
  • Communication/Internet: You will get paid WiFi service in villages like Phakding and Namche Bazaar. From Dole onwards, you may or may not get WiFi. Likewise, the cellular network and WiFi might not be stable all the time. Be ready to disconnect from the world and get lost in nature.
  • Luggage: If you are left with any additional luggage, you can store it in our office or your hotel's locker room free of cost. Make sure to lock it properly. During the Gokyo lake trekking, we will be using a duffel bag. Every trekker can pack up to 10 kg in a duffel bag and 5 kg in a day pack.
  • Tip: Our Gokyo lake trek package does not include tips for the driver, guide, and porter. We recommend you tip as per your wish. If you are trekking in a group, each member can contribute a small amount and collectively tip our on-field team members for their hard work.
  • Travel Insurance: You travel in a remote area during the Everest Gokyo lake trek. The Everest region is not well connected to the developed part of the country, and the trekking route has no good health facilities. So, in the event of a major injury, accident, altitude sickness, or any medical emergency that needs more than first-aid, we have to air evacuate you to a hospital in Kathmandu. And for that, we will need travel insurance that covers the rescue charge and medical bills.
  • ATM: There is an ATM on the Gokyo lake trek route. It is in Namche Bazaar. So, you can withdraw some Nepali cash to use during the trek for personal expenses. Or, you can use any ATM in Kathmandu to withdraw money. The ATM charges a small fee for the transaction.

Gokyo Lake trek cost

The cost of the Gokyo Lake trek in Nepal can vary depending on several factors, such as the duration of the trek, the season, the type of accommodation, and the services included in the package.

On average, a 13-day Gokyo Lake trek can cost around $1,200 to $2,000 per person. This typically includes permits, transportation, accommodation, meals, guide and porter services, and other miscellaneous expenses.

However, keep in mind that this is just an estimate, and the actual cost may vary based on your preferences and requirements. Additionally, you should also consider other expenses such as flights to/from Nepal, travel insurance, visa fees, and any additional activities or gear you may need for the trek that is not covered in our Gokyo lake trek cost.

Equipments

HEAD

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra battery

FACE

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face and body wipes
     

HANDS

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight winter gloves

BODYY

  • Hiking shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pant

FOOTWEAR

  • Hiking boots
  • Thick wool shocks (take an extra pair of thick wool shocks)

ESSENTIAL GEARS

  • Backpack or day back (size depends on whether you take a porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-20 degreis sleeping bag is best in high altitude trekking)

TOILETORIES

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers

PERSONAL ACCESSORIES

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

EXTRA ITEMS

  • First aid kit
  • Extra password photos and photocopies of password
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

13 Days Gokyo Lake Trek FAQs

  • The Gokyo lake trek is usually 13 to 15 days long, depending on the itinerary you choose. You can also combine the EBC trek if you have time to explore. We have the best Gokyo lake trek itinerary, which is 13 days long and has two acclimatization days.

  • The Gokyo lake trek is difficult as the trail is steep and trodden. The tourist infrastructure on the Gokyo lake trail is also limited to the mainstream trail to EBC. And the high elevation adds up to the difficulty. This trek is for someone who has some kind of previous hiking or high-altitude experience.

  • Yes, hiking to Gokyo Ri is a bit difficult because of the offbeat terrain. Likewise, you will be walking about 5,000 meters, which makes it more challenging because of the thin air. With the right support, you can reach Gokyo Ri without any issues.

  • The best time to do the Gokyo lake trek is from March to May and September to November. These months have the ideal weather and climate to trek in the Khumbu region.

  • The best view of Mount Everest during the Gokyo lake trekking is from Gokyo Ri. This viewpoint also offers a stunning view of Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Island Peak, Makalu, and many others.

  • The Cho La pass connects Gokyo Valley with Everest main trail. It is a challenging pass that trekkers navigate during the Cho La pass trek or the Three Pass trek.

  • From Kathmandu, you have to fly to Lukla and trek for five days to reach Gokyo lakes. Or, you can opt for a helicopter flight from Kathmandu or Lukla to Gokyo lakes.

  • The Gokyo lake trek goes above 5,000 meters. The Gokyo lakes range from 4,700–5,000 m (15,400–16,400 ft) above sea level. Whereas the highest point of the trek is Gokyo Ri, which is located at 5,400 meters (17,814 ft).

  • Yes, you will need a guide for the Gokyo lake trekking. You can no longer do this trek solo because solo trekking is banned in Nepal from 1st April 2023. We provide the best mountain guides to assist you during the Gokyo trek.

  • Yes, the Gokyo lake trek is 100% worth it. It is an adventurous trek in the Everest region that takes trekkers to stunning alpine lakes and also explores the fine mountain villages. The trek offers jaw-dropping mountain views and diverse landscapes. The Gokyo lake trek is both culturally and naturally enriching, which makes it very special.

  • On the way to Gokyo lakes, we will come across the Ngozumpa glacier. It is the largest glacier in Nepal. We have to navigate through its moraine to reach Gkoyo village.

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