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Gokyo Lake Trekking

The Gokyo Lake Trekking is one of the most favorite trekking destinations in the Everest region for its wide ranges of scenic views all along the ways.  Trekking in the Everest region is a life time dream of passionate trekkers as the quest provides an opportunity to witness Mt. Everest from a close range. The trials to the enthralling place are comprised of climbs and descend that traverse lush low land, alpine forests, glaciers, rivers, Buddhist monasteries, temples, and authentic Sherpa Villages. The Gokyo Lake trekking is the ultimate way to explore Goyko, situated at the base of Gokyo Ri, a gorgeous high altitude valley which is loaded with incredible blue lakes close to the base camp of the Cho Oyu (8216m). The routes of the trek are loaded with the panoramic views of majestic mountains adding glitters to the splendid beauty of the region.

The delightful Gokyo Lake Trekking starts with a Trans-Himalayan flight to the mountain airstrip of Lukla also known as the entry point to Everest base camp trekking. The trek starts from Lukla to Phakding towards Namche bazaar based at an elevation 3,436m, also known as the gateway of the Everest base camp trekking.  Also during the quest, trekkers can get indulged with the rare sight of alpine lakes, Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest in the Nepal Himalayas beautiful trails, floras-faunas, etc. within a certain geographical boundary. The expedition gets more diverse as it goes past rhododendron forests through small yak grazing settlements before reaching to Gokyo lakes in the Khumbu region.  The route is well known for providing views of tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m) located in the Khumbu region. After reaching to the Gokyo Lake situated at an altitude of 4800m, trekkers can get enthralled with the impressive sights of natural beauties mingled in such an elevated place.  Gokyo Lake Trekking is the dream of every trekking fonder who want to explore the great Himalayas.

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks on the cards while flying across Nepal’s sky, and excitement level proliferates as the plane cuts through different hills to land on the Kathmandu Valley
  • Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural heritage sites
  • Board terrific Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu  flight known for mind-blowing sceneries
  • Enjoy sight of ancient traditional Nepali bazaars in Kathmandu, Lukla, and Namche Bazaar
  • Explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar, a busy Sherpa settlement at the altitude of 3440m, also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest
  • Pass through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
  • Explore Gokyo Lake along with other high altitude lakes and glittering icy glaciers.
  • Experience authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style villages where inhabitants follow different traditional ways of livings

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Lukla (flight- 40 min) to Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hours

Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours

Day 05 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours

Day 06 : Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3500m) 5-6 hours

Day 07 : Phortse Thanga to Dole (4200m) 5-6 hours

Day 08 : Dole to Machhermo (4410m) 5-6 hours

Day 09 : Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) 5-6 hours

Day 10 : Acclimatization day in Gokyo

Day 11 : Gokyo to Phortse Thanga 5-6 hours

Day 12 : Phortse to Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours

Day 13 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m) 5-6 hours

Day 14 : Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 40 min

Day 15 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip flight fare.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Sagarmatha National park entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if needed
  • Nepal entry Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, the internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels.  If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. O/N at Hotel

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening.  After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. O/N at Hotel

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Lukla (flight- 40 min) to Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hours

You will have to wake up early as the flight to Lukla leaves in the morning. The super scenic flight takes around 40 minutes to touch down in Lukla. You will have a whale of a time in the brisk flight as you can see the most amazing natural views from the airplane window.  After landing in Lukla, the trek to Phakding will start after lunch.  You will reach Phakding before sunset where you will get ample time to stroll around the village.  O/N at Lodge

Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours

From Phakding, the route gets a head start by crossing suspension bridges on the Dudh Koshi River towards Namche Bazaar.  On the way, you will pass by the Sagarmatha National Park where you could see varieties of floras and faunas. Soon, you will have to make a descent towards Jorsalle village crossing Bhote- Koshi River through a suspension bridge. You will reach Namche Bazaar, the main trading town also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest in the Khumbu Region before sunset.  O/N at Lodge

Day 05 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours

Getting acclimatized is very important while embarking on the high altitude trek. For the purpose, the day is reserved for the acclimatization process where you will spend a full day to get used to the altitude and the environment of higher altitude places. After lunch, you will be taken for a short hike towards Everest view hotel. From the hotel premises you can see the panoramic view of the Everest region. O/N at Lodge

Day 06 : Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3500m) 5-6 hours

The day will start with a climb on a hill to Khumjung. On the route, you will pass through different choretns.  After few hours of walk, the trails start descending towards Khumbila. Crossing Dudh Koshi River, you will leap your steps forwards for Phortse Thanga which will be covered by evening.  O/N at Lodge

Day 07 : Phortse Thanga to Dole (4200m) 5-6 hours

Crossing some valleys through aromatic rhododendron forests, on the day, you will proceed towards Dole. It is a high altitude village in the Everest region.  O/N at Lodge

Day 08 : Dole to Machhermo (4410m) 5-6 hours

Hiking on sandy spurs, on the day, you will embark on the toughest trails towards Machhermo. You will reach Machhermo before sunset.  O/N at Lodge

Day 09 : Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) 5-6 hours

The trekking trails does not fall on the easier side as you will have to trek on steep rocky areas known as Nilibuk towards Gokyo valley. Likewise, the trails get tougher as you come across glaciers at Cho La.  After some strenuous trekking for few hours, you will come across Dudh Pokheri, whose bank will lead you towards Gokyo settlement known for offering magnificent views of summits like Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang.  O/N at Camp

Day 10 : Acclimatization day in Gokyo

This is going be a relaxing day to overcome tiredness, and to get acclimatized in such a higher altitude place.  However, later in the day, you can opt to go for a brisk climb to Gokyo Ri, the small peak above the lake or to relax at the camp premises. From the peak, you can embrace the picturesque views of Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. O/N at Camp

Day 11 : Gokyo to Phortse Thanga 5-6 hours

On the day, you will make a descent towards Phortse. This is the same village which you have explored on day 6.  O/N at Lodge

Day 12 : Phortse to Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours

From Phortse, you will head towards Namche Bazaar. You will reach Namche Bazaar, the main trading town also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest in the Khumbu Region before sunset.  O/N at Lodge

Day 13 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m) 5-6 hours

This is the final day of the trek as you prepare yourself to hike to Lukla following the lower altitude trail in the Everest region. Traversing various Sherpa settlements, and hiking past some dense forest area covered by beautiful rhododendron and pine trees, you will slowly proceed towards Lukla. On the way, you will also see few monasteries that resemble unique Buddhist culture and tradition. You will reach Lukla before sunset.  O/N at Lodge

Day 14 : Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 40 min

You have completed your trekking as you wait to board a Kathmandu bound flight from Lukla. You excitement level will proliferate as the plane flies between hills before it reaches to a required elevation. The 40 minutes flight will also give you a bird’s eye view of glorious Kathmandu city by the time it prepares to land. After landing at the Tribhuvan airport, the company representative will transfer you to you designated hotels.  The remaining day in the capital city will be all yours. You can do whatever you like.  You can relax at the hotel or visit markets for the final day shopping. O/N at Hotel

Day 15 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.
 
When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Gokyo Lake Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Gokyo Lake Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
 
Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.
 
Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Gokyo Lake Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
 
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Gokyo Lake Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
 
Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 15 days Gokyo Lake Trekking Trekking is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 15 days Gokyo Lake Trekking Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
 
The Trekking Group:
For the Gokyo Lake Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Jiri to Gokyo EBC Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than sixteen people together, we can arrange this too.
 
Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Jiri to Gokyo EBC Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
 
  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
 
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
 
Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
 
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but  days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
 
Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.
 
Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.
 
Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.
What is the best season for Everest Base Camp trek?
The best season is from pre-monsoon springtime (February, March, April, May) and post-monsoon fall (September, October, November). December and January is the winter and is colder and June, July, August is the summer/monsoon, so rain might be an issue.
 
What kinds of clothing are required for the trek?
We suggest warm clothes that includes down jackets, thermal longs & tops, comfortable trekking shoes, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, gloves. Thamel, the main tourist hub, in Kathmandu has lots of trekking shops with both local and branded where you can also buy these clothing.
 
What kind of meals do we get during the Everest Base Camp trek? Is it organic, hygienic?
Lodges in the Everest trail serves organic and hygienic meals and mostly a typical meal includes daal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetables and egg/chicken/meat dishes. Some desserts like apple pies, pancakes can also be found. Breakfast includes porridge, muesli and toasts with peanut butter and honey.
 
Is there any mountain sickness problems?
To avoid any AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) problems our itineraries are carefully designed. AMS normally occurs from 3,600 meters/11,808 feet and above. During the trek you gently and slowly gain altitude with day’s rest for better acclimatizing. Most people will feel some affect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly light headed which is fairly common. Our experienced guide will be with you who shall advise you how to avoid AMS. Drinking more water, walking slowly, not skipping the acclimatization days is suggested to avoid AMS.
 
How fit I have to be to participate in this trek?
The trek is good for any average people who are moderately fit enough and no previous experience as such is required. Though running, swimming, hiking are recommended before your join your trek. For preparation, you should start training at least two to three months before your trek. The best will be hiking in relatively steep ascents and descents.
 
What is the maximum group-size?
The maximum group-size for this trek is 14 people as this group size makes a perfect team with the trek guide can also give attention to each individual time and again.
 
What kind of accommodation is expected while trekking?
We use lodges/teahouses which are clean and having basic facilities, and they also provide quilt or blankets. The toilets in the lodges have essential and basic facilities and always outside the room.
 
What‘s the weather will be like in the mountains?
Himalayan weathers are rather hard to predict. Generally nights are colder than the days. 
 
In winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is colder but days are beautiful with clear skies. A bit of snowfall is expected in winter.
 
In spring (Mar-Jun) the average temperature is 17 degrees C with a maximum of 25 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.
 
In monsoon (Jun-Aug) the maximum temperature averages to 25 degrees C during sunny days with a minimum -15 degrees C in the morning and night at areas above 4000 meters. The average temperature tends to be around a comfortable 18 degrees C.
 
In autumn (Sep-Nov), the average temperature during the fall is 15 degrees C with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters altitude.
 
How about my trekking guide?
We have experienced trek guides who have been in the field for a long time and know the area where you will be trekking. They are also government recognized trek guides and well trained in mountain first-aid plus friendly and helpful individuals. They are also insured during the trek.
 
Where can I store my luggage before trek?
You can store your luggage in your hotel for free. Take along the essential items for your trek and the rest can be left at the hotel, later on claim after returning back from trek.
 
Do I get to shower while on trek?
Major places like Lukla/Namche has hot shower and other areas have hot water in a bucket. The cost comes to US$3-4 per shower.
 
Can I use credit card while trekking?
In the cities like Kathmandu, yes, but during trekking only cash is accepted. Please change into Nepali rupees before heading for trek.
 
Are there ATMs in the Everest area?
ATMs are available only in Namche and Lukla but it’s service might not work or may be out of cash. So changing into rupees before trek is suggested.
 
What if I have to call home, friends, families?
Landline telephones are available in most of the villages along the trek route from which you can make international calls. Mobile phone services are available and even at the Everest Base Camp but the reception quality varies depending upon the locations. Internet facilities can be found but is expensive.
 
How about charging batteries?
Charging your cameras etc comes to about Nepali rupees 200-1000 approx.
 
Will I need insurance for Everest Base Camp trek?
While trekking in the Himalayas insurance is highly recommend covering both medical and evacuation. You should also be careful of the insurance policy while buying the insurance as some insurance companies may have special exception of evacuation from certain altitude only.
 
How about drinking water while on the trek?
Boiled water is available at the lodges. Bottled water will cost US$2 at lower places and US$4 at higher places per liter. If you have brought purifying aid you can use them in normal tap or spring water.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 15 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Challenginng

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: Feb - May and Oct - Nov

Max Altitude: 4750m

Daily Walking: 5 - 6 hours each day

Transportation: Private vehicles & Flights

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort in Kathmandu, Lodge/Guest house during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge to Lodge Trek

Starts/Ends: Lukla

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

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