The Gokyo Lake trek is becoming an alternative trip to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek due to its serenity and diverse landscape. This trek starts after landing at Lukla airstrip reached by 35 minutes hair-raising flight. Then we spend a full day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.
We also pay an excursion to the surrounding legendary Sherpa villages before setting off the Gokyo Lake. One of the highlights of Gokyo trek is due to the Lake situated at the west of Everest Base Camp in the Gokyo Valley. Therefore, the Gokyo Lake trek is a popular classic adventure holiday in the Everest region.
|01||Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding||2,610m/8,563ft||Fly: 35 minutes
Trek: 3-4 hours
|02||Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar||3,446m/11,306ft||Trek: 5-6 hours|
|03||Rest and acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar||3,446m/11,306ft||Free time|
|04||Trek Namche Bazaar to Dole||4,200m/13,780ft||Trek: 5-6 hours|
|05||Trek Dole to Machhermo||4,470m/14,666ft||Trek: 3-4 hours|
|06||Trek Machhermo to Gokyo||4,790m/15,716ft||Trek: 3-4 hours|
|07||Climb at Gokyo Ri and return trek to Machhermo||5,360m/17,586ft||Trek: 5-6 hours|
|08||Return trek Machhermo to Namche Bazaar||3,446m/11,306ft||Trek: 6-7 hours|
|09||Return trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla||2,840m/9,318ft||Trek: 6-7 hours|
|10||Fly Lukla to Kathmandu||1,350m/4,430ft||Fly: 35 minutes|
The Gokyo Lake is the source of Dudh Koshi River. The Gokyo Lake trekking provides an excellent opportunity to see the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,028ft) and the 6th highest peak, Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,907ft) at a closer distance. An excursion to the fourth and fifth lakes would be an extra attraction from Gokyo.
The trek to Gokyo Ri provides a lifetime memory from where the 360 degree panoramic views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu is complemented. Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,586ft) is the best view point in the entire Everest Region for more spectacular sights. People say that the views are more remarkable than that from the Kalapatthar.
How difficult is Gokyo Valley Trekking?
Gokyo Lake trek is a moderate level of adventure and becomes challenging together with the Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri lies at 5,360 meters and people with average physical fitness can reach the summit without any problems.
No technical skill is essential for this trek but any previous hiking experience would be a great asset. This trek is a great alternative for those who are looking for less crowded, softer and scenic trails in the Everest region.
Altitude and Acclimatization
Our Everest Gokyo Lake trekking itinerary allows sufficient time for your body to acclimatize with the changing altitude. It is a process of adjustment to the decreasing level of oxygen at higher elevations in order to avoid altitude sickness. The best way to avoid altitude problems is to do everything slowly, walk at a gentle steady pace and drink plenty of water.
Best Time to Travel to Gokyo Lakes
It is best to travel to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri during spring (March to mid June) and autumn (September to November) seasons. However, pre and post winter seasons are also good to trek to Gokyo Valley at favourable weather conditions. Trekking in summer is especially good who are more interested in biological tours. Animals become more active during summer.
Equipment and Packing List
We provide a detailed equipment list while booking the Gokyo Lake trek. Also understand that the items listed will vary according to the season and duration of a trek. Specialist items such as a 4 season sleeping bag and a down jacket can be hired or purchased in Kathmandu. It is important to have proper trekking equipment for a smooth trek.
- The Gokyo valley with the blue Gokyo Lake
- The spectacular views from Gokyo Ri
- Magnificent views of Mt. Everest Himalayan range
- Ngozumpa Glacier
- Scenic mountain flight to/from Lukla
- The gateway of Mount Everest Base Camp and Sherpa hometown, Namche Bazaar