Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is the next exciting trekking in Gokyo valley after Everest Base Camp trekking. Gokyo Peak offers the best panoramic view in the region. The trail to Gokyo has a network of small lodges which have recently seen big improvements in food and accommodation facilities.
The highlights are many, the sensational Ngozumpa Glacier, one of the largest in the Nepal Himalaya, the lakes at Gokyo, and the side trek to the top of Gokyo Kang (5360m) where the views are the amongst the most spectacular in Nepal including four 8,000-metre peaks: Cho-Oyo (8153m), Makalu (8475m), Lhotse (8511m) and, of course, Mount Everest (8848m).
After a magnificent mountain flight to Lukla we start the trek by following the Dudh Kosi river valley to Namche Bazaar. We trek at a steady pace allowing ample time for acclimatization and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the renowned Sherpa hospitality. The trail to Gokyo is a gradual ascent up the valley passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer can sometimes be seen. The mountain views are impressive as we head through small yak grazing settlements to the Gokyo Lakes.
Here we stop for two nights for exploration, which will include the straightforward climb to Gokyo peak. Our return route crosses to the opposite side of the valley and passes through the village of Phortse and on to Thyangboche monastery, a most magnificent location where we rest and savour the incredible scenery, including magnificent views of Everest, Ama Dablam (6856m), Kantega (6809m), Kwangde (6194m), Nuptse (7879m), and Lhotse (8511m) to name but a few. Our return route heads back to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.
|Total Days||11 Days|
|Max Elevation||5360 Meters – Gokyo Ri|
|Trekking Region||Everest Trekking|
|Best Season||September, October, November, March, April, May|
|Accommodation Type||Mid Hotel in Kathmandu & Tea House/Lodge During the Trekking,|
|Trip Starts From||Kathmandu|
Day 01 : Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m) – 30 minutes/ Trek to Phakding (2650) – 4 hours:
We will transfer you to domestic airport early morning then fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. After getting at Lukla we start first days walk through forests and small villages. You will descend slightly, following the Duhd Kosi River, passing scatted houses.The final leg climbs a staircase up to Phakding.
Day 02 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 hours:
Follow the Bhote Koshi through forest and pasture land, along a valley dotted with small Sherpa settlements. Cross the Bhote Koshi and climb steeply along switch-backing trail to large Sherpa village, views of Everest (8848m) and Lhoste (8511m) come into sight. This prosperous town is the largest Khumbu. A traditional trading center, the Bazaar is held every Saturday. The goods on display are available. Thamserku (21886’/ 6648m) and Kwangde RI (6224m) become visible to the east and west, and the sacred mountain Khumbila (5707m) dominates the skyline to the north behind the village. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 03 : Rest and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar & Namche Bazaar Explore:
A pleasant day can be spent exploring the village, talking to the Sherpas and marveling at the incredible scenery. A hike to the Everest view hotel for excellent lunch with Everest view. The rest day is intended for acclimatization purpose. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 04 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4200m) – 7 hours:
You can get clear views of snowy peaks, mountains and vegetations. You can observe their living style and culture. People over here irrigate the crops for their needs and earn their income. Farming and lodging are the main occupation of Dole people. Overnight at guest house or lodge in Dole.
Day 05 : Trek from Dole to Mochermo (4470m) – 6 hours:
Crossing Dole, you will be headed for Mochermo which is the way to Gokyo and you can have an excellent view of the valleys. We have to climb the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. Ngozumpa Glacier is one of the major places of attraction because of its appearance in the world’s second largest glaciers. Overnight at guest house or lodge in Mochermo.
Day 06 : Mochermo Trek to Gokyo (4770m) – 4 hours.
Your nearest way to the wonderful village Gokyo begins here. At morning, you will be starting trekking towards Gokyo. Gokyo village is our main destination to be reached. You have to trek via Ngozumpa Glacier where the trail selects its zigzagged path. You can take the close views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Thamserkum, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Kusum Khagaru, Mt. Kongde and so many on the way to Gokyo. Gokyo village is situated on the northern shore of Dudh Pokhari which looks amazingly outstanding. Although it is far from the urban city but it doesn’t lack any facilities for its customer. This village is the main attraction of the trek. Gokyo valley trekking is an alternative route to traditional trails to the Everest Base Camp. Overnight at guest house or lodge Gokyo.
Day 07 : Hike up to Gokyo Ri (5360 meters) early in the morning then Back to Gokyo – 4 hours:
Today is the day for acclimatization in Gokyo. But if you are interested then you can go for hiking up to Gokyo Ri early in the morning to see the amazing views of Gokyo village. Gokyo Ri is an excellent view point in Everest Region. You have to hike up 4 hours to reach Gokyo Ri. Get the memorable views and descend back to Gokyo. Overnight at Guest House in Gokyo.
Day 08 : Trek back from Gokyo to Dole (4130 meters) – 6 hours:
After the 2 nights stay at Gokyo, we trek back to Dole. Our adventure to Gokyo ends here. The trail passes accross the Ngozumpa Glacier through Dudh Koshi River. On the way to Dole you can get beautiful and close views of Cho Oyu, Tharmserku, Kangtega and many other peaks. We trek down to Machhermo where the trail becomes easy to walk. Overnight at guest house or lodge in Dole.
Day 09 : Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar (3480 meters) – 5 hours:
After 6 hours trekking, we reach to the beautiful Sherpa village- Namche Bazaar. Sherpa is one of the major castes of Nepal. Overnight at guest house or lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 10 : Trek from Namche to Lukla (2795 meters) – 6 hours:
Today morning you will leave Namche Bazaar and trek towards Lukla. You will move your steps being touched with suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and passing the rhododendron forest, snowy mountains and peaks, and the pine forest. You can see the Sherpa people’s lifestyle and their cultures, Gompas and monasteries over here. This is the ending place of your trekking. You will stay here for one night. You can get beautiful natural views on the way to Lukla where you enjoy your 6 hours trekking being touched with nature. Overnight at guest house or lodge in Lukla.
Day 11 : Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu – 30 minutes :
The last day of your trekking ends here. In the morning, you will fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. During flight, you can enjoy the amazing views of mountains and Himalayas, valleys, rivers and even the dense forests. After arriving airport, we will meet & pick up you from the airport then transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.