The ever eminent landscapes of the sapphire Gokyo Lakes and the exuberant valley are sure to leave you absolutely captivated during the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek. The trek has the inclusion of trekking at the tranquility of the Gokyo RI which is mesmerizing; along with sights of the stunning vistas of the giant peaks like Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Mount Lhotse and Mount Cho Oyu among many others- all stunning in their snowy quiddity. You will also explore the various Sherpa settlements all along your trail and will have the opportunity to experience their unique culture and follow their traditions and have a taste of their lifestyle in the Himalayas.
The Everest Gokyo Lake Trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This short flight in itself is filled with dainty sceneries of the mountains and vibrant emerald hills. As you get closer to Lukla, the metropolitan of Kathmandu gets farther behind, and the sight of the city is replaced with lush forests and silver serpentine rivers. From Lukla, you would hike through the quintessence of harlequin woods and cross rivers of blithe to reach Phakding. The Everest Gokyo Lake Trek also lets you trudge through Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo Village, where you can experience the jocose of pine forestry to reach Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is a famous hub of the Khumbu region and is called “The Gateway to Everest”. Being a rendezvous point for Tibetan and Nepali traders and merchants, Namche presents astounding views of the vistas of Mount Everest and its many surrounding peaks. As an acclimatization process, you will hike to the Everest View Hotel where magnificent sights of cerulean mountains like Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse breaks into the continuous chrome of the cyan sky.
During the trekking journey of the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek, you will pass by the picturesque valleys of Dole and Machhermo before reaching the crystalline Gokyo lakes. The presentation of the lake comes into our perspective in a manner of continuous synchrony. The first lake that you will come across is the Longpongo, followed by the Toboche Tsho and thirdly, the Dudh Pokhari. Observing these sequential lakes in the crisp snowy environment of the Himalaya is a remarkable experience. You will also come across the dangerous Ngozumpa Glacier while on the trail; it is the biggest Glacier in the world. The charming village of Gokyo next to the Dudh Pokhari is utterly winsome. The captivating views of the panorama of the Himalayas like Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and Nuptse from the vantage point at the Gokyo Lake and the area atop the Gokyo RI is downright enthralling, it hypnotizes you with its ensnare!
The Everest Gokyo Lake Trek by Escape Himalaya is a moderate level trek, the package incorporated with excellent services and assistance of trustworthy staff members. We make sure that you have the best of experience while on the trek and that you are provided with optimal trekking services and requirements, so that you experience the trekking aspects of the Everest region in an extremely prodigious manner. So, come join Escape Himalaya to undergo the phenomenal Everest Gokyo Lake Trek with us! We also have alternate trekking options for the Everest region, like our Everest Base Camp Trek where you would be trekking to the foot of the summit of Mount Everest. The Everest Chola Pass Trek also allows you to pass along the high moraines and passes of the mountains. The Everest Panorama Trek lets you enjoy the panoramic vistas of the Everest Region in the most beautiful of ways. You can also opt for a customizable itinerary as well if you wish to do so. The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is another one where you can experience the natural pulchritude of the destinations while undergoing the most beautiful trekking journey.
- Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft), Duration: 3 hours
- Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 6 hours
- Day 04: Namche Bazar and Everest View Hotel
- Day 05: Namche to Dole (4200m/13776ft), Duration: 5 hours
- Day 06: Dole to Machhermo (4400m/14432ft), Duration: 5 hours
- Day 07: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4700m/15416ft), Duration: 4 hours
- Day 08: Hike to Gokyo RI (5360m/17880ft), Duration: 4 hours
- Day 09: Trek back to Dole (4200m/13776ft), Duration: 5 hours.
- Day 10: Trek back to Namche (3440/11283ftm), Duration: 6 hours.
- Day 11: Trek back to Lukla (2800m/9184ft), Duration: 7 hours
- Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu
- Day 13: Leisure day
- Day 14: Farewell
- All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Three 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
- Escape Himalaya Duffle bag for the trekking
- Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
- Escape Himalaya 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
- 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 driver
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
You will meet our airport representative as soon as you reach Tribhuwan International Airport. And, you will be then transferred to your hotel. You will prepare for the trek and relax in the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft), Duration: 3 hours
We will, on this day, fly to Lukla from Kathmandu. This is the day when our trek begins. On this day, we will move down gradually, passing the large village- Chaurikharka, set at the height of 2680m and pass through some villages as well as wooded areas. We will also traverse along the Dudh Koshi before reaching Phakding. Overnight at guest house, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 6 hours
We will begin trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar on this day, which takes about 6 hours. We will also traverse along a suspension bridge above the Dudh Koshi River. We will enter the Sagarmatha National Park lying at Monjo village. After that, we will walk beside the Dudh Koshi River and traverse through another suspension bridge, from where the path moves to vertical staircases all the way through pine woods. Then, we will finally ascend to Namche Bazaar emerging through the alpine forest. Namche Bazaar is the administrative center of Everest Region where you can enjoy several facilities. Overnight at guest house, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04: Namche Bazar and Everest View Hotel
We will acclimatize at Namche Bazaar for a day to stay away from altitude sickness. We will also make way up to the Everest View Hotel with a short hike. The Everest View Hotel offers magnificent panorama of Everest, Ama Dablam and several more peaks. We will also leisurely walk to the Khumjung village, where we can go around the monastery. We will then return to Namche again. Overnight at guest house, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05: Namche to Dole (4200m/13776ft), Duration: 5 hours
From Namche Bazaar, we will walk to Dole lying at 4200m. On the way, we will pass through rhododendron and pine jungles, blossoming ethereally. We will also notice beautiful cascades of water bodies and yak pastures during our walk. Beautiful vistas of Mount Khumbila and the Tawache (6542m) will also greet us on the way. Overnight at guest house, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06: Dole to Machhermo (4400m/14432ft), Duration: 5 hours
We will have an easy day and walk down to streams, traversing through them via wooden bridges. After walking for an hour, we will reach Luza (4390m). From Luza, the track moves up along the side of the valley and moves across more elevated grazing lands and passes by chortens adorned with prayers flags. We will also see enchanting views of the eastern section Gokyo valley, and discover peak views of Toboche and Cholatse before getting to Machhermo Valley. Overnight at guest house, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4700m/15416ft), Duration: 4 hours
We will, on this day, ascend to a ridge for an exceptional view of the valley of Kangtaiga; and we will walk down to the river shore before ascending to the risky Ngozumpa Glacier, the biggest glacier in the world. We will also traverse a bridge over a river and pass Longpongo, the first lake among the Gokyo Lake series lying at the altitude of 4690 m. Walking further on, we will see the second lake, Toboche Tsho. To look at the third lake, we will move further and then Dudh Pokhari appears. The hypnotic effect of the turquoise blue waters increases with the rays of the sun shimmering coyly on the lake. We will additionally see Gokyo village set next to the third lake. Overnight at guest house, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08: Hike to Gokyo RI (5360m/17880ft), Duration: 4 hours
We will have another rest day at Gokyo Village. We can also walk to Gokyo RI today. The Himalayan vista and the views of the serene Gokyo lakes from the top of the Gokyo RI are quite enthralling. We can also trek to the fourth and the fifth Gokyo lakes. The hike not just presents the stunning views of Gokyo Lakes, but also presents the views of Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and Nuptse as well. We will then walk back to Gokyo Village. Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09: Trek back to Dole (4200m/13776ft), Duration: 5 hours.
We will descend on a track all along the Dudh Koshi River and get ahead to the first Gokyo lakes. The beautiful view of the Cholatse and Toboche peaks are captivating and are sure to mesmerize. Our track descends before ascending to a hill. We will carry on trekking through the sets like Machhermo, Lhafarma and Luza before reaching Dole. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10: Trek back to Namche (3440/11283ftm), Duration: 6 hours.
We will, on this day, trek to Namche Bazaar from Dole, which takes roughly 6 hours. You will also pass through the Khumjung village while traveling to Namche Bazaar. We will walk next to the superb views of Ama Dablam and then to conclude for the day, reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11: Trek back to Lukla (2800m/9184ft), Duration: 7 hours
We will walk further on from Namche and pass through the Dudh Koshi River. After that, we will stroll to Monjo. Trekking further on from Namche Bazaar, we will get to Phakding and keep on walking to Lukla. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu
After experiencing awesome moments of Everest Gokyo Lake Trek, we will fly back to Kathmandu on this day. Overnight at a Hotel, breakfast included.
Day 13: Leisure day
This is a day to relax in Kathmandu. You can walk around Kathmandu or go for shopping. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.
Day 14: Farewell
Today, Escape Himalaya’s representative will drop you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. And, you will leave Nepal, hopefully with beautiful memories.
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Ravishing Gokyo Lakes in the Himalayas!
My friends and I booked the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek with Escape Himalaya recently. A pretty good trip commenced and the time spent in the mountains was astoundingly filled with natural beauties and wonderful sights of the mountains. The lakes at the crevasse in the tall mountains were the highlights of the trek for us. Travelling on the dirt trail along the river for the first days of the trek, we did not see snow. But the temperature certainly dropped gradually as we gained more elevation grounds. The first small lodge we stayed at had good meal and we enjoyed delicious dishes of rice with potato curry and lentils. I liked how there was the choice for both vegetarian and non vegetarian meals for us, I think this is a good option even if it seems a bit miniscule. Nevertheless, as we carried on further, travelling over hanging suspension bridges over gushing rivers, we finally reached Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar was beautiful and the views of the mountains from here were beguiling! We visited the Sherpa Culture Museum and the National Art Gallery as well here. We were taken to the Everest View Hotel as well and the wide larger-than-life sight of Everest in the distance felt like we could just reach out and touch it! The beautiful Yak pastures were soothing to look at and the vegetation of rice and potatoes on the cultivated fields that were scattered throughout the trail provided the sense of being in a snow globe! Hiking from Machhermo to the Gokyo Lakes, the sights changed from open spaces to trails that were enclosed with hills and mountains. The synchronic lakes came into view one after another and it was so adoringly beautiful that we stopped for several minutes just to sit and gawk at the beauty of it all. It was like we had entered an actual postcard!
Escape Himalaya did an amazing job with the arrangements of our trek and the way everything was handled was proficient and done with expert professionalism. Our transportations, accommodations and planning of the routes were scheduled brilliantly and their efficiency with services was top notch. Much gratitude to Escape Himalaya and all of its staff for making one of the best trekking dreams into a pleasurable reality for us!