Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek
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Facts About Gokyo Lake Trek

Grade

Strenuous

Max Size

1-10

Altitude

5360m

Transportation

Privet Jeep/ Plane

Accomodation

Lodge

Major Activity

Trekking

Himalayan Sights

Everest

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu

Duration:

12 Days

Trip Overview

Gokyo Lake trek is one of the popular trekking package around Gokyo valley that offers the beautiful turquoise lakes and ascent of Gokyo Ri for the superb view of Mount Everest andmany other peaks. Life Dream Adventure has a depth experience to arrange the trip in relevant area of Gokyo valley since the opening of this trail. The Gokyo Valley provides a great alternative to the popular Everest Base Camp trek as this trek offers an excellent opportunity to observe the highest mountain of the world at close range. The Gokyo Lake trek begins with mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at about 45 minute. We then trek towards Namche, and other villages of Khumbu, Thame & Khumjung passing the bank of Dudh Koshi River. After Khumjung Valley cross, we branch off from the main busy trail towards the sleepy village of Phortse Tenga and finally reaching to our final destination at Gokyo. Gokyo is a beautiful valley gifted with two beautiful high lakes and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in the Nepal Himalaya. Mountains above 8000m peaks like Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu are visible at once from the ridge above Gokyo. We make the climb above the glittering lakes to capture sunset over one of the most awesome spectacles the Nepal Himalaya. The main attraction of this trek is the view of the fantastifc ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang at an elevation of 7922m. Gokyo lake trekking is an extraordinary trek that it offers an ample opportunity to explore the wonderful destination and its astounding sight, which is beyond imagination.

Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu where you will welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program and preparation for trek.

Day 2 : Fly Kathmandu - Lukla than trek to Phakding
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2652

Fly Kathmandu - Lukla than trek to Phakding (2652m) 4 Hrs.

Day 3 : Trek to Namche Bazar
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m) 6 Hrs.

Day 4 : Acclimatization day in Namche bazaar
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

Acclimatization day in Namche bazaar – Hike to Khumgung village then back to Hotel in Namche.

Day 5 : Trek to Dole
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4200

Trek to Dole (4200m) 5 Hrs.

Day 6 : Trek to Machhermo
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4400

Trek to Machhermo (4400m) 5 Hrs.

Day 7 : Trek to Gokyo Lake
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4700

Trek to Gokyo Lake (4700m) 4 Hrs.

Day 8 : Hike to Gokyo RI then return to Dole
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4200

Early morning hike to Gokyo RI (5360m) after breakfast trek to Dole (4200m) 5 Hrs.

Day 9 : Trek to Namche Bazaar
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6hrs

Day 10 : Trek to Lukla
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2652

Trek to Lukla (2652m) 7hrs

Day 11 : Fly to Kathmandu Rest and relaxing day.
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Fly to Kathmandu Rest and relaxing day.

Day 12 : Our representative will drop you to the International Airport
Food
Breakfast

Our representative will drop you to the International Airport (TIA) to assist you for your final departure to your destination or alternatively the next destination.

Please Note:

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu 3star categories hotel.
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Domestic flights Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu and airport departure taxes
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader or guide and Sherpa porters to carry including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper work TIMS card and trekking permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Altitude Graph

Route Map

Fequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

How does the Gokyo Lake Trek starts?

The Gokyo Lake trek begins with mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at about 45 minute. We then trek towards Namche, and other villages of Khumbu, Thame & Khumjung passing the bank of Dudh Koshi River. After Khumjung Valley cross, we branch off from the main busy trail towards the sleepy village of Phortse Tenga and finally reaching to our final destination at Gokyo.

How difficult is Gokyo Lake Trek?

The hike to Gokyo Lake is a little challenging. For this journey, which demands walking for 5 to 6 hours total, omitting acclimatization days, you must be in decent physical and mental form. The difficult terrain, steep slopes, and high passes prove to be more taxing.

Do i need a guide for Gokyo Lake Trek?

Yes, everyone trekking for Gokyo Lake trek requires an well-experienced guide so that the traveller can have the safe journey without misjudging the pathway to the destination.
Also, with a proper guide, you will be more comfortable in staying at a proper lodge and have proper fooding. Furthermore, you get to know more about the trail and history of the place.

Do i need a travel insurance for Gokyo Lake Trek?

Yes, I suggest you to purchase a travel insurance that protects you up to 6000 meters above sea level. In most cases, insurance does not provide coverage over 3,000 meters. Therefore, confirm that your insurance will pay for your trek to Gokyo Lake. It is better to be ready than, sorry.

How can i be safe from Altitude sickness in the Trek?

To avoid from getting altitude sickness:
● Drink a lot of water
● Avoid dramatic altitude gain in a single day
● You can take medications for altitude sickness
● Eat more and listen to your body

What is the best season for the Gokyo Lake Trek?

The best season for an expedition is typically either spring (March to May) or autumn
(September to November), when the weather is most stable. But even then, conditions can be unpredictable and dangerous.

What kind of fooding do I get in the trek?

The food on an Gokyo Lake trek will be basic but nutritious, as it needs to be light enough to carry but filling enough to sustain you during long days of trekking. The majority of teahouses and guesthouses serve a cooked breakfast that includes toast, eggs, local potatoes, porridge, muesli, bread, pancakes, tea, and coffee.

What kind of accommodations do I get in the trek?

There are a few different alternatives available in terms of lodging. Either set up camp at the peaks base or reserve a room at one of the local inns. You w'll need to bring your own camping supplies, such as a tent, sleeping bag, and stove, if you decide to set up camp.

Do I need a permits for this trek?

Yes, a permit is necessary to all the trekkers for this trek as the permit is required to enter
Sagarmatha National Park for hikers. Each individual will have to pay $30 USD to enter the refuge. For SAARC nationals, a trekking permit costs just $15, which is less than it does for tourists.

Can I hire a personal porter to carry my bags?

With a weight allocation for personal gear, we provide porters for group equipment. Any weight in excess of that must be carried by you or a separate porter. On the majority of journeys, we may make arrangements to hire a porter for your personal belongings; however, the fee is not included in the trip price.

Is there Wi-Fi availability during the trek?

Wi-Fi is not available at every locations during the trek but, it might be available on some of the hotels but, it will cost you around $1 to $2 for the use of Wi-Fi.

Is there network availability during the trek?

Due to the high altitude zone and very few civilization, there is not available of proper network in all the routes specially during the forest trail. However, once you get to the teahouses or hotels, you can have access to a proper network.

Can I bring children in this trek?

Yes, you can bring your children in this trek but it is always preferred to have kids above 10 years.

How many hours should I walk per day?

During this trek, you might have to walk around 6 to 7 hours per day as per the length of the destination.

Can i charge my electric devices throughout the trek?

Yes, you can charge your electric devices throughout the trek but it might also cost you around $2 to $5 per hours as per the hotels. The higher altitude you reach, the more expensive it gets.

Can I have a solo trek?

No, it is not recommended to have a solo trek without hiring a guide because the high altitude area is completely unpredictable and several people got lost on their trail because of solo trek as well.

How much money do I need to carry for this trek?

We advise you to carry around $ 20 to $ 25 every day to cover the costs of Wi-Fi, bottled water, and charging cameras and cell phones. So, you can plan accordingly on how long the trip would be. It is always better to bring more for backup.

What kind of clothes do I need to carry for this trek?

Depending on the season you're trekking in. However, as the trek lies in high altitude, make sure to have warm clothes as during the night time, temperature falls down to zero or minus. You can also pack light clothing and a windproof jacket for the moderate fall and spring weather to prevent becoming too chilly.

Can I get rented trekking gears in Kathmandu?

Yes, you can rent your trekking gears including sleeping bags, tents, trekking poles, etc at
Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Can I buy snacks during my trek?

On the road to Gokyo Lake, there are several stores that are happy to sell hikers chips, bars, and snacks. Food goods must, however, be carried from the city due to the geography and transportation issues. They become considerably more expensive as a result.

Is hot shower available during the Khumbu Icefall Trek?

Yes, there are plenty of hotels you can find during the Khumbu Icefall Trek that provides a hot shower bath. But, all the showers are available by solar power, so, during cloudy or raining days, you might not get hot water for a shower.

How often does I encounter tea houses or hotels during the trek?

You can find several tea houses throughout the trek. Tea houses are located in every 2-3 hours of trekking.

Do I need to carry a water bottle?

Yes, keeping yourself hydrated is the number one rule that everyone should follow in every trekking. So, make sure that you bring water bottle and water purifier if possible.

How crowded is the trekking route during the peak season?

In the spring, the Gokyo Lake trek may get rather congested. On the paths, you'll see a lot of people because there will be large groups of trekkers, porters, yak herders, and mountaineers. There will still be occasions, though, when you stroll for hours without running across someone.

What equipments do I need for this trek?

A sleeping bag certified for cold weather, a tent, and climbing gear like an walking poles are some important pieces of gear for an Gokyo Lake trek. Again, this may vary based on your specific needs and the route you are taking.

How do I prepare for an Gokyo Lake Trek?

Your degree of fitness and experience will determine the best way to prepare for an Gokyo Lake trek. The best way to prepare for this trip, though, is to engage in regular strength- and aerobic- training exercises and hone your climbing skills by doing so on smaller peaks first.

What happens in case of Emergency?

In case of Emergency, you will be rescued by a rescue helicopter and delivered directly to the safer zone or a hospital if required. That’s why it is required for a travel insurance which will recover the cost of helicopter.

Additional Information

What are some of the main attractions of the Gokyo Lake Trek?

The Gokyo Lake Trek is known for its stunning glacial lakes, including the famous Gokyo Lakes, which are a series of six emerald green lakes located at high altitude. The trek also offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and other peaks. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to experience the culture and lifestyle of the local Sherpa people and visit monasteries and traditional villages.

What is the route of the Gokyo Lake Trek?

The trek starts in Lukla and follows the Dudh Koshi River, passing through several villages and forests, until reaching Namche Bazaar. From there, the trek continues to Machhermo and then to Gokyo. After exploring the Gokyo Valley and the lakes, the trek usually returns to Lukla via the same route.

What is the level of altitude on the Gokyo Lake Trek?

The trek reaches a maximum altitude of 5,357 meters (17,575 feet) at Gokyo Ri, which offers panoramic views of the Himalayas and the Gokyo Lakes. It is important to properly acclimatize and follow a proper itinerary to avoid altitude sickness.

What is the cost of the Gokyo Lake Trek?

The cost of the trek can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, the size of the group, and the level of accommodation. However, it is generally around $1000-$1500 USD per person.

Can I combine the Gokyo Lake Trek with other treks or activities?

Yes, there are several options for combining the trek with other activities, such as the Everest Base Camp Trek or the Three Passes Trek. You can also explore the nearby town of Namche Bazaar or visit the Tengboche Monastery.

What is the weather like on the Gokyo Lake Trek?

The weather can vary depending on the season, but generally, the daytime temperatures range from 10-20°C (50-68°F) in lower altitudes and can drop to -10°C (14°F) at higher altitudes. It is important to bring warm clothing and be prepared for changing weather conditions.

Do I need travel insurance for the Gokyo Lake Trek?

Yes, it is highly recommended to have travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes, emergency medical assistance, and evacuation. It is important to check with your insurance provider to ensure that you are covered for these activities.

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