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The Gokyo Lake Trek offers an alternative route to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek, still providing breathtaking views of Everest and stays in the renowned town of Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu Region.

This path to the Gokyo Lakes is less crowded but provides trekkers with a glimpse into local village life, impressive sights of icy rivers and rocky, glacier remnants, snow-covered peaks, and of course, the mesmerizing turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes.

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The Gokyo Lake Trek offers an alternative route to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek, still providing breathtaking views of Everest and stays in the renowned town of Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu Region.

This path to the Gokyo Lakes is less crowded but provides trekkers with a glimpse into local village life, impressive sights of icy rivers and rocky, glacier remnants, snow-covered peaks, and of course, the mesmerizing turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes.

Comprising six bodies of water, the Gokyo Lakes are situated at an altitude of 4700 to 5000m in the Gokyo Valley, falling within the Sagarmatha National Park area.

These lakes hold the distinction of being the world’s highest freshwater lake system and are recognized as a Ramsar site, indicating their international wetland importance. They also hold sacred significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Lonely Planet even lauds the Gokyo Valley as the most spectacular in the Khumbu.

By dedicating an additional day in the Gokyo Valley, you can explore the 5th and 6th lakes nestled in a high alpine bowl at the base of Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest peak.

Anticipate walking about 5 hours daily, including a notable steep ascent to Gokyo RI (5,357m) for panoramic views of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. Additionally, you’ll be treated to the sight of Nepal’s largest glacier, Ngozumpa, and its ice ridges. If covering this distance daily is a challenge, and you still desire to witness the pristine beauty of Gokyo Lake, a helicopter tour is an option.

To acclimate before venturing towards Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Valley, spending time in Namche Bazaar allows you the chance to trek to nearby Khumjung Village and visit the school established by Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first individuals, along with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, to successfully summit Mount Everest.

Since then, Namche Bazaar has evolved into a bustling market town, abuzz with activity, where you can exchange trekking tales with fellow travelers from various groups.

 

1. Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
– Altitude: Kathmandu – 1,300 m / 4,265 ft

2. Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding
– Altitude: Phakding – 2,651 m / 8,697 ft
– Duration: 3 hours

3. Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
– Altitude: Namche Bazaar – 3,438 m / 11,279 ft
– Duration: 5 to 6 hours

4. Day 4: Acclimatization day
– Altitude: Namche Bazaar – 3,438 m / 11,279 ft
– Duration: 5 to 6 hours

5. Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Dole
– Altitude: Dole – 3,680 m / 12,073 ft
– Duration: 6 hours

6. Day 6: Dole to Machhermo
– Altitude: Machhermo – 3,870 m / 12,696 ft
– Duration: 4 hours

7. Day 7: Machhermo to Gokyo (Afternoon hike to Gokyo RI)
– Altitude: Gokyo – 4,800 m / 15,748 ft
– Duration: 4 hours

8. Day 8: Gokyo to Machhermo (Morning hike to Gokyo 4th Lake)
– Altitude: Gokyo Ri – 5,357 m / 17,575 ft
– Duration: 4 hours

9. Day 9: Machhermo to Namche Bazaar
– Altitude: Namche Bazaar – 3,438 m / 11,279 ft
– Duration: 8 hours

10. Day 10: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
– Altitude: Lukla – 2,860 m / 93,83 ft
– Duration: 7 hours

11. Day 11: Lukla to Kathmandu flight
– Altitude: Kathmandu – 1,300 m / 42,65 ft
– Duration: 35 minutes

12. Day 12: Final Departure

 

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will be there to greet you and escort you to your hotel.

Your accommodation is situated in the heart of the city, in the lively and culturally rich district of Thamel. This area is renowned for its diverse array of restaurants, bars, and shops offering distinctive Nepali handcrafted goods and trekking equipment, making it a fascinating place to explore in the afternoon.

Today, you’ll also have the chance to meet with your guide. This is an excellent opportunity to address any remaining questions or concerns you may have about your upcoming journey to Everest Base Camp.

Day 2Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding

The journey begins with an early morning flight to Lukla, renowned as one of the world’s highest airports. The scenery during this flight is truly breathtaking, especially as you approach the heartland of the Sherpas. As you step off the plane, the crisp, pure mountain air greets you, further enhancing the awe-inspiring views.

From Lukla, a roughly 3-hour hike leads to Phakding, where we’ll spend our inaugural night amidst the mountains. Along the way, you’ll traverse a suspension bridge, pass by a monastery, and perhaps encounter your first mani (prayer) wall, marking some of the memorable highlights of the day.

Day 3Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Following breakfast, embark on a day of varied terrains as you make your way to the bustling market town of Namche Bazaar. Along the route, you officially enter Sagarmatha National Park, encountering a series of suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, and strolling through enchanting rhododendron forests.

As you near Namche, a sense of anticipation and excitement grows. The town is a hub where numerous trekkers and climbing expeditions converge, each set on their own unique adventures. It’s a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere that sets the stage for the journeys ahead.

Day 4Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

Today is designated for acclimatization to the high altitude, an essential step as you venture even higher. Staying active is key to successful acclimatization, and fortunately, there are several walks around Namche that you can undertake.

A highly recommended option is heading towards the Everest View Hotel, which offers unparalleled vistas of Everest. The views are so extraordinary that some people opt to arrive by helicopter for breakfast – an experience of enjoying the most remarkable view in the world over a morning meal.

Continuing from the hotel, make your way to Khumjung village, where you’ll find a host of intriguing sights. The Khunde Hospital, established by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966 and presently supported by the Himalayan Trust, stands as a testament to his enduring legacy. Equally significant is the Khumjung School, also founded by Sir Edmund, which has grown from two classrooms to hosting over 350 students today.

Lastly, the Khumjung Monastery holds centuries of history, though it underwent reconstruction following the 2015 earthquake. This spiritual and cultural hub of the Sherpa community was restored through collective efforts. Inside the monastery, you might be intrigued to glimpse a purported Yeti scalp, though it’s worth noting this claim lacks scientific confirmation.

After a day of exploration around Namche, make sure to stock up on any essentials or mementos from the abundant shops before embarking on the next phase of your trek.

Day 5Namche Bazaar to Dole

Leaving Namche, the journey unfolds through a remarkably picturesque route along the Dudh Koshi valley. Along the way, you’ll pass by stupas and be treated to spectacular vistas of Ama Dablam, Everest, Thamserku, and a host of other breathtaking peaks.

As the trail descends into the embrace of pine and rhododendron forests, it eventually forks. To continue towards Gokyo Lakes, you’ll veer left. En route, you’ll come upon the quaint Mong village. While small in size, it offers a picturesque setting, perched on a ridge with panoramic views extending towards Tengboche and beyond. The path also features delightful waterfalls and vibrant rhododendron blooms, though you may find the stone stairs a bit challenging!

Finally arriving at the village of Dole, you’ll settle in for the night, relishing the enchanting views that surround you. It’s a serene stopover to recharge for the adventures ahead.

Day 6 Dole to Machhermo

Embarking on this stunningly scenic trail, you’ll face a steep ascent through scrub juniper. Departing from Dole, the initial half-hour involves a relatively intense uphill climb, followed by a more gradual incline for the remainder of the journey.

Below, the Dudh Koshi River flows far beneath. Continuing on towards the petite teahouse hamlet of Machhermo, the trail eventually leads to a ridge overlooking the village, treating you to breathtaking vistas of Thamserku. It’s a vantage point that offers a truly awe-inspiring perspective of the landscape.

Day 7Machhermo to Gokyo (Afternoon hike to Gokyo, RI)

Leaving Machhermo, the trail ascends towards another picturesque ridge, offering splendid views of Kangtega. It then winds through a narrow valley, eventually opening up into a broader expanse. Overall, today’s trail isn’t overly strenuous, with just one or two brief steep segments. The path eventually leads down to the Dudh Koshi River.

From there, a steep climb awaits, taking you up to the Ngozumpa Glacier and the initial Gokyo lake. Continuing north, the second lake comes into view. Unlike the compact first lake, this one stretches quite a distance, running parallel to the hiking trail. Further along, you’ll reach the third lake, where a cluster of teahouses awaits. (It’s worth noting that there are actually six lakes in total, all collectively known as Gokyo Lake.)

This is where we pause for lunch before embarking on the ascent to Gokyo Ri. The climb takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. Gokyo Ri stands tall at a lofty 5,357 meters, providing a magnificent panoramic view of towering mountains above and the glistening lakes and glaciers below. The sunset vista is particularly breathtaking and highly recommended for those seeking an awe-inspiring experience.

Day 8Gokyo to Machhermo (Morning hike to Gokyo 4th Lake)

The morning hike to the fourth Gokyo Lake offers a relatively level trail and is expected to take around 45 minutes to an hour. Take your time to admire the serene beauty of the lake. Following this, head back to Gokyo for breakfast before continuing on to Machhermo.

Day 9Machhermo to Namche Bazaar

Following an early breakfast, begin your journey towards Namche Bazaar. As you arrive, you’ll notice a marked increase in activity and liveliness compared to the quieter ambiance of smaller villages. This is where you’ll spend the final night of your trek, making it a fitting conclusion to your adventure.

Day 10Namche Bazaar to Lukla

You’ll trace your steps along the Dudh Koshi River, passing over the familiar suspension bridges that marked the beginning of your trek. Eventually, you’ll arrive back in Lukla, where you’ll spend the night, preparing for your early morning flight back to Kathmandu. It’s a fitting conclusion to your remarkable journey through the Everest region.

Day 11Lukla to Kathmandu flight

A brief flight brings you back to the country’s capital. Upon arrival, your hotel is ready to welcome you. You’ll have some time to explore a bit of the city or perhaps indulge in some gift shopping. It’s a great opportunity to soak in the cultural richness of Kathmandu before departing.

Day 12Departure

We’ll ensure you’re accompanied to the airport for your departure. If you’re extending your stay in Nepal, we wish you an excellent continued journey, and should you desire, we can also help organize your next adventure. Safe travels!

Includes
  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flight x 2
  • Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu Flight
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and Local Entry Permits
  • Guide for 11 days
  • Porter for 10 days
  • 2 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Bodhi Boutique or similar)
  • 10 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff
  • 11 x set breakfast, 10 x set lunch and 10 x set dinner while on trek.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personnel expenses of any kind and travel insurance
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