16 DAYS
Duration

Gokyo Lake trek is one of the fascinating treks consisting the famous Everest base camp trekking. Basically, the trek starts from Lukla bazaar, after an hour mountain flight from Kathmandu. After landing at Lukla airport, the trek follows the Dudh Koshi river towards Namche bazaar, which is famously known a gateway to Khumbu region. Starting from Namche, you will be trekking through the famous everest trail towards village of Phortse tenga, Dole and Machhermo. Machhermo valley is situated at 4465 m with steep hillside having spectacular  geological scenes.

The trail from Machhermo consist of the most diverse landscapes from broad pastures, narrow gorge, steepy trail and icy stream. Which leads you to the lake of Dudh Pokhari having unique turquoise in colour reflecting image of Cho Oyu at 8153 m. Leading the way from Dudh Pokhari you will reach your ultimate destination Gokyo Lake at altitude of 4750 m.

This trek highlights Gokyo Ri climb, from where you can experience the fabulous view of Mt. Everest  and other three 8000 meters peaks Mt. Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Maklu. You will also observe the Ngozumpa ,largest glacier of Nepal.

Enjoy this trek with our insightful guides while staying in the best lodges in the region.

Gokyo Lakes are a series of six spectacular glacial lakes. The lakes are at altitudes of between 4,700m and 5,000m, making them some of the world’s highest freshwater lakes. The lakes are situated in the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park, which is also home to Mount Everest. Trekkers often visit Gokyo Lakes as a side trip on the popular Mount Everest Base Camp trek.

The Gokyo Lakes side trip is also a rewarding extra challenge. Climbing Gokyo Ri and crossing the Cho La Pass are two of the hardest things we have ever done, but we were so proud of ourselves once we had done it. You will have to push yourself, but you will also be rewarded for your efforts.

Day 1 – 2600m – Fly to Lukla, then trek Lukla to Phakding

Day 2 – 3440m – Phakding to Namchee

Day 3 – 3440m – Rest in Namchee

Day 4 – 4100m – Namchee to Dole

Day 5 – 4470m – Dole to Machermo

Day 6 – 4470m – Rest in Machermo

Day 7 – 4750m – Machermo to Gokyo

Day 8 – 4750m – Walk to fifth Lake and back to Gokyo

Day 9 – 5360/4750m – Climb Gokyo Ri

Day 10 – 5400m/4370m – Gokyo to Lungde via Renjo La

Day 11 – 3800m – Lungde to Thame

Day 12 – 3440m – Thame to Namchee

Day 13 – 2600m – Namchee to Phakding

Day 14 – 2800m – Phakding to Lukla

Day 15 – Fly to Kathmadu

Itinerary

Day 1  2600m – Fly to Lukla, then trek Lukla to Phakding

We start early morning with breakfast in Kathmandu and we will fly for Lukla from Kathmandu domestic airport. It is a fascinating 35 minutes of mountain flight with stunning views of snowy mountain peaks, green vegetation and unique landscapes. Landing in Tenzing – Hillary Airport at Lukla is considered itself an adventurous act.  Your trek starts from beautiful village Lukla to Phakding with takes about 3-4 hours. We will be camping in Phakding overnight.

Day 2 – 3440m – Phakding to Namchee

Again, we start early morning with breakfast. Today we walk about 4-6 hours. It is relatively pleasant trek with some brief uphill and downhill. We cross Dudh Koshi river multiple times. View of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m) from Benkar village is regarded as awesome and magnificent.   After crossing multiple bridges, we enter into the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. Your trekking permits are checked at the place. After a gentle descent and descent walk we reach at Jorsale. This is the only rest station till Namche Bazaar. We walk along in riverside and cross Hillary Suspension Bridge. After crossing the bridge we climb uphill and reach Namche Bazaar. It is a lively mountain town. From where you can see the magnificent Kwangde Peak, Kusum Kangaru , Mt Everest, Lhotse, Tawache and others. Overnight at Namche Bazaar. It is also known as gate way to Khumbu region.

Day 3 – 3440m – Rest in Namchee

Next day we take rest, it is an acclimatization day of your trek. You do your final preparations. You will have a short hike to Thame and explore Amache Bazaar. You will have everything such as ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants etc. overnight in Namchee.

Day 4 – 4100m – Namchee to Dole

Next day we start with breakfast and we climb steeply up to Kyangjuma village. It is a spot to see Thamserku, Katenga, and Ama Dablam. Then you will get ready for the Mong La (Pass), it is some kind exhaust for you. But it gives you a pleasant view of Mt. Khumbila. Again we take a rest at Mong la at the top and observe some peaks around and have lunch there. You might experience amazing vegetation such as Rhododendrons and other wild flowers, pheasants, mountain goats and if you lucky musk deer along the way. There are some waterfalls and bridges, we reach in Dole in about 5-6 hours. We stay overnight at Dole.

Day 5 – 4470m – Dole to Machermo

Again after breakfast we start climbing above the Dole and climbs towards Lhabarma and Luza. The trail is steep in most of the places till Lhabarma with busy thorns vegetation.  You will see Mt. Cho Oyo, Kantega and Thmserku. We ascend from Luza we reach to the Dudh Koshi valley. After crossing Dudh Koshi valley you pass through sandy spurs, we reach Machherma. this is the major station on this trek. We camp at this place. Overnight at Machherma.

Day 6 – 4470m – Rest in Machermo

Acclimatization at Machermo. Get ready for trip to Gokyo.

Day 7 – 4750m – Machermo to Gokyo

Early start with breakfast,we climb towards Chorten, you can see Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku and northern part of Cho-oyo.After passing Chorten, you will reach at Pangka at 4480 meters altitude. We climb down to the river bank right after we start climbing up tothe Ngozmba Glacier. It is a quite tough climb. Before passing the first lake you cross an iron bridge over a creak. You will spot the first lake at Longpongo at 4690m. Your exciting trip start from here, where you see the second lake Taboche Tsho with sparkling turquoise blue water. There is a third lake little ahead. We reach at Gokyo village and explore the Dhudh Pokhari. Over night at Gokyo village.

Day 8 – 4750m – Walk to fifth Lake and back to Gokyo

This day is your acclimatization day. But checking the weather we try to climb Gokyo RI and have fascinating view of Everest Region. The main feature of this trek is visit of fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and Fifth lake ( Ngozuma Tsho). Back to Gokyo village for overnight

Day 9 – 5360/4750m – Climb Gokyo Ri

Next day early morning we hike up to Goyo RI Peak. It is quite tough hike with steep trial and could take about 3 to 4 hours to reach at the top. You will have the stunning experience of Nogzumpa Glacier. The panaromic view of Mt. Kususm Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse and Pumori can clearly seen from this spot. We trek down to Gokyo for overnight stay.

Day 10 – 5400m/4370m – Gokyo to Lungde via Renjo La

This day we start early morning at about 4-5 am. It is the toughest day of the entire trek. We have walk around 8-10 hours . The trek involves steep trail with many glacier on the way. We need to be extra cautious because of the steep and slippery trial. We continuous climb up through stony trail from Phedi. As we trek along the glacier lake and reach to the top of the Pass, you will have stunning view of Kyaji RI, Tengkangpoche, Numbur, Kangchung. The amazing scenery of Ama Dablam, Cholatse on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse are the highlights of this RI. After passing through crevasses before Dzongla we will have a tremendous view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche Peak and Pheriche village. We head towards the Lobuche for Overnight stay.

Day 11Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep [5170m] and Explore Everest Base Camp [5364m] 

Early start with breakfast for Gorak Shep, we head towards Khumbu Glacier. Passing through pyramid sign post, on the trail we see Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse etc. A short climb to Thangma Riju from where we have 360 degree of snowy mountains.Ascending to a steeply trail to top through the Changri glacier we will have a glance of Kala Pathhar which is a grayish green structure just benith the Mt. Pumari. As we reach Gorak Shep, you will be overwhelmed with the surrounding of snow-capped mountains including the Mt Everest. Overnight at Gorak Shep.

Day 12 -Experience Kala Patthar (5554m) and trek to Pheriche [4280]

We start early morning, to see the sunrise in Kala Patthar, which is quite spectacular. You will be witness the very first sun shine on Mount Everest. The early morning temperature could drop to -10 to -14 degree with the early morning cold breeze. On the way you will have a great view of Lingtren, Khumbutse and Changtse tower and Mt Everest starts to show its glimpse gradually.

After some hours of ascent, we reach to Kala Pathhar and climbing the rocky and steeply trail we reached at the top of Kala Pathhar. This is the real spot to witness the amazing Himalayan Panorama. After a brief stay at Kala Patthar we head back to Gorak Shep and had short rest having breakfast we head down to Pheriche for overnight stay.

Day 13 – Trek from Pheriche via Pangboche and Tengboche to Namche Bazzar

This day is much easier than previous days. Now we start to descend from Pheriche. We follow the same trail back to the Dughla and the wide valley of Khumba Khola. We pass through the villages such Pheriche, Orsho, and Shomare. We will visit to Gompa in Upper Pangboche . From Pangboche we back to Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche and reached to Tengboche and have lunch there. Then we head down via rhododendron and juniper forest and reached the Dudh Koshi River and follow the Dudh Koshi gorge descending with some pace through pine forests. We finally reach to Sansa. If you are lucky you might have encounter with wildlife such a mountain goats, snow leopards, peasants etc. We reach at Namche Bazaar after crossing the Chorten. Overnight at Namchhe Bazzar.

Day 14 – Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Again early start with breakfast, this part of descend is quite tricky with more rocky trail. We need to pay extra attention during the descend. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, we start to feel the rise in temperature. This is the best trail after long hard fort trekking with very nice smell in the air.  We pass through some Sherpa villages and finally reach Lukla. We stay in a lodge and have rest and summarize/ memorize the entire trip.  Overnight at Lukla.

Day 15– Fly back to Kathmandu

Normally all the flights back to Kathmandu scheduled for morning because of the afternoon wind create problem while landing/ take up .

 

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