Gokyo Lake Trek

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal
Total Days: 15
Trekking Days: 11
Hotel in Kathmandu: 4 nights
Trip Grade: Moderate / Strenuous
Max Elevation: 5360m (Gokyo-Ri)
Trip Type: Lodge
Best Season: Spring / Autumn
Walking Time: 4-7 hours each day

Gokyo Lake Trek

The Everest region of Nepal is one of the most well-known and admired trekking destinations in the world. Trek to Gokyo offer expanded views of some of the highest peaks in the world as well as beautiful landscapes at lower elevations, Buddhist monasteries and charming Sherpa villages. Visiting local villages gives trekkers the opportunity to explore the lifestyle of Himalayan people, their religion, customs and traditions. The Gokyo trek is situated in Sagarmatha National park (1148 sq. km) which was established in 1976 and was added to the list of world heritage sites in 1979. There are a vast number of flora and fauna in the area. Himalayan wildlife commonly seen includes mountain goats, musk deer and rare species of red panda and snow leopard. Native flora includes pine trees, birch trees and colorful rhododendron flowers.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath & Patan
Day 03: Flight Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding
Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche
Day 06: Trek Namche to Phortse Thanga
Day 07: Trek Phortse Thanga to Machhermo
Day 08: Trek Machhermo to Gokyo
Day 09: Trek Gokyo to Nala (Morning hike to Gokyo-Ri)
Day 10: Trek Nala to Tengboche
Day 11: Trek Tengboche to Jorsale
Day 12: Trek Jorsale to Lukla
Day 13: Flight Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 14: Visit Bhaktapur
Day 15: Departure

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel Marshyangdi www.hotelmarshyangdi.com or similar
Elevation: 1334m

Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath and Patan: start our tour visiting a magnificent Buddhist stupa Swoyambunath followed by a visit of Patan, a true open air museum with its pagodas, temples, and monasteries.
Overnight: Hotel Marshyangdi www.hotelmarshyangdi.com or similar
Elevation: 1334m

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2650m): A scenic flight to Lukla (2865m) where we start our trek to Phakding which takes about 3 hours. We trek via Cheplung (2700m), Thado Koshi and Ghat (2590m) villages. Phakding is a small charming place with some comfortable lodges.
Overnight: Lodge
Flight Time: 40 minutes
Walking Time: 3 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 1531m

Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche (3440m): The busy trail follows Dudh Koshi River and reaches Zamphuti where you can observe the beautiful view of Thamserku Peak then continue to Chomoa. We continue our trek again and climb to Monjo 2850m). Monjo is entry point of Sagarmatha National Park so we should complete our trekking permit and National park entry formalities before we enter the park. The trek again continues to Jorsale where we start our ascent to Namche Bazaar after crossing the large suspension bridge. Along the way you get the first proper glimpse of Mt. Everest and other surrounding peaks. Namche bazaar is known as the gateway to Everest and has some modern facilities including some very good lodges, several monasteries, shops, bakeries, an army camp, Sagarmatha National Park quarter, museum etc.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: +790m

Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m): Today we hike to nearby Everest View Hotel where you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Mt. Everest and surrounding mountains. You may also be interested to visit Sherpa Museum which is a great place to learn Sherpa culture and the history of mountaineering in the region.
Overnight: Lodge

Day 06: Trek Namche to Phortse Thanga (3680m): The trek starts with a flat trail to Shanasa for about one and half hour. From here the trail ascends to Mongla hill for two hours. Then the trail continues on steep downhill to Phortse Thanga for about one and half hour where we spend the night. The views of Khumbila, Tawache peak, Mt. Amadablam, Thamserku peaks are highlight of the day.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 240m

Day 07: Trek Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4470m): The trail begins by ascending steeply through rhododendron forests, passing many Kharkas on its way to Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) and then reaches Dole. From Dole we cross a small River and continue ascending to Lhaparma (4330m), and Luza (4340m) and finally we reach Machermo. The Mountain View from this area is superb.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: +660m

Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4790m): Start our trek on a gradual uphill and trail stays similar all the way to Gokyo. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes and soon arrive at the second lake, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking along the edge of the lake the scenery is breathtaking: the summits of Cho- Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflect beautifully in its emerald green water.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 4 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 320m

Day 09: Trek Gokyo to Nala (4385m): Early morning hike to Gokyo –Ri (5360m) for the wonderful mountain scenery including Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Twache and other peaks. This is the highest point of this trek and creates unforgettable lifetime memories for you to enjoy. Then we retrace our steps to Gokyo and after breakfast we continue our trek for about five hours descending to Nala.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 405m

Day 10: Trek Nala to Tengboche (3860m): The trail begins gently descending to Phortse a small beautiful Sherpa settlement where we stop for the lunch. After lunch the trail again steeply descends to Imja Khola followed by steep ascend to Tengboche. Tengboche is a very renowned tourist destination in Nepal because of its well known Buddhist monastery and superb mountain views. We visit the monastery in the evening.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 525m

Day 11: Trek Tengboche to Jorsale (2810m): We continue our trek from Tengboche descending steeply through a stunning forest of rhododendron, blue pine and silver fir to Phunkithanga a small settlement with couple of tea houses. The trail ascends to Trashinga crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River continuing through juniper and pine forest, on an easy trail to Namche Bazaar. After lunch in Namche the trail steeply descends before crossing the suspension bridge and continues to Jorsalle following Dudh Koshi River.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Difference in Elevation: -1050m

Day 12: Trek Jorsale to Lukla (2865m): On our final days’ trek to reach Lukla we cross Phakding, Ghat, Thado Koshi, and Cheplung taking about 4-5 hours to complete.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 4-5 hours
Difference in Elevation: +55m

Day 13: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1334m): early morning scenic flight back to Kathmandu. The flight usually leaves early from Lukla and takes about 40 minutes to Kathmandu.
Overnight: Bairoling Monastery
Flight Time: 40 minutes
Difference in Elevation: - 1531m

Day 14: Visit Bhakapur: We drive for about an hour to visit an ancient city, Bhaktapur. It is one of the oldest cities of Kathmandu valley.
Overnight: Hotel Marshyangdi www.hotelmarshyangdi.com or similar

Day 15: Transfer to the airport and departure.

Cost Includes

  • Transfers airport/hotel/airport
  • Hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis
  • Transport, guided visits and entry of the monuments in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight tickets Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
  • Domestic airport taxes
  • Trekking permit /TIMS, and National park entry fee
  • A professional English speaking tour / trekking guide and porter
  • Meals Full board during trek
  • Drinks (Tea and Coffee only)
  • Accommodation in Lodge during the trek
  • Your international flight re-confirmation
  • All necessary documents and government tax
  • Insurance for all staff (including guide, porter)

Cost Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident/repatriation helicopter/medical care)
  • Alternative / additional transportation (flights / vehicles), Food and Accommodation in case of bad weather, landslide, strike, road blockade, flight cancellation etc
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone, Hot shower etc
  • Emergency evacuation rescue charge, if needed
  • Tips for tour/trekking staff

Price per person - 2018

2-3 people 4-7 people 8-9 people 10-15 people
US$ 2095 PP US$ 1995 PP US$ 1895 PP US$ 1795 PP

Single Supplement - US$ 110 per person

Note: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.

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