Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek

Duration 11 Days Difficulty5,360m

Gokyo Lake Trek, also known as Cho La Pass Trek or Gokyo Valley Trek, is an excellent trekking route in the Sagarmatha National Park. It is certainly one of the most challenging and adventurous treks that you can do in the Himalayas.

For the most part, it follows the popular Everest Base Camp Trek. We pass through the colorful Namche Bazaar and the monastery of Tyangboche. Moreover, we will also witness a spectacular view from Kaala Patthar. After leaving behind the base camp, we then head out to the Cho La Pass. The pass itself is at a stunning 5330 meters. Then, after walking through some rocky trails and steep inclines, we reach the sacred fresh-water system of lakes dubbed as Gokyo Lake.

The Grandeur of Gokyo Lakes

Gokyo Lake is not a single lake but a collection of lakes that are situated between the heights of 4700 meters to 5000 meters. There are six major lakes comprising the Gokyo Lake. These include are Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari), Thonak Cho, Ngojumba Cho, Tanjung Cho, Longbanga Cho, and Gyazumpa Cho. These lakes have high hydrological value as they are permanent sources of fresh water. Gokyo lakes mostly feed on the waters from glaciers nearby such as Ngozumpa glacier.

Among these lakes, Gokyo Cho is arguably the most significant one. Not merely a heavenly destination for trekkers, it also has considerable religious significance among Hindus and Buddhists as well. On the occasion of Janai Purnima, Hindus take a holy bath in the lake. Also, the place is worshipped and revered as the residing place of Naag Devata (Snake God). Moreover, there is also a temple of Lord Vishnu and Shiva near the lake. Religious traditions also stop anyone from harming the wildlife that exists here.

A Distinctively Adventurous Trail

Fewer tourists go on the Gokyo Valley Trek compared to the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek. However, this is arguably a better choice for a number of reasons:

  • The trail has more variation as you traverse through different landscapes.
  • The lakes of Gokyo are astoundingly beautiful to see.
  • You can see a stunning view of Ngozumpa glacier; the longest glacier in the Himalayas.
  • You will witness the more spectacular and grander sight of Everest.

The best time to do the Gokyo Lake Trek is during autumn and spring. We make sure that your trek will be adventurous as well as fulfilling. Moreover, we also ensure that you get high-quality service at the best price.


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TRIP DETAILS
  • Duration 11 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Pickup Point Kathmandu
  • Best time to visit Dec, Jan, Feb,
  • Max-Altitude 5,360m
  • Difficulty Tough
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private and group tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

After arriving at Tribhuwan International Airport, our representative will greet you and welcome you. After briefing about the trek, we go to our hotels.

After having breakfast, we start our guided tour of Kathmandu sightseeing. We will visit many of the World Heritage Sites, including Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, and Durbar Squares. These places are of vital historical and cultural significance. The temples are sacred sites for Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Similarly, the durbar square areas represent the various kings and rulers throughout Nepal’s rich history. We will have lunch during the day along with dinner in the evening before returning to our hotel.

We take an early morning flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. We fly across some lush mountain views and verdant hills. After the 40-minute flight, we finally reach Lukla. Our trek begins from here. We only walk for about 3 hours to Phakding.

We will hike to the commercial site of Khumbu, which is Namche Bazaar. We mostly walk alongside the Dudh Koshi River and walk along rhododendron forest. Moreover, we walk across several suspension bridges. After 6 to 7 hours of walk, we reach Namche Bazaar.

We will spend the fourth day acclimatizing. However, we will not sit still as we will hike to the Syangboche Airport and Everest Hotel. Syangboche Airport is the highest airport in the world. On the other hand, Everest Hotel offers some splendid views of mountains like Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, etc. We will also visit a museum and a photo gallery.

After leaving Namche, we follow the Dudh Koshi further ascend on a trail filled with prayer flags. We pass through small monasteries and Sherpa villages.

We hike along a narrow path with a continuous view of snow-clad peaks like Cho Oyu, Toboche, Cholatse, and Everest, among others. After ascending from the valley and passing through human settlements at Kele and Luza, we finally reach Machhermo.

We will reach our ultimate destination today, which is the Gokyo Valley. We ascend further along the banks of Dudh Koshi and pass through monasteries and chortens along the way. We then arrive at the first Gokyo Lake. After hiking along the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier, we arrive at the second lake. After walking further, we finally reach the third lake. There is an ancient Sherpa settlement of Gokyo near the lake where we will spend the night.

We will spend this day entirely near Gokyo. We can stroll around and explore the village. However, a better alternative will be to hike up to Gokyo Ri from where we can witness some mind-blowing vistas of Everest and Cho Oyu. In that case, we will trek back to Gokyo village for the night.

We now start our way back. We trace back our steps through the Gokyo Lakes and pass through the settlements in Phanga, Luza, Machhermo, and Kele to finally arrive in Dhole.

We head back to the vibrant village of Namche Bazaar. We pass through Phortse to join the Everest Base Camp trail. Walking further, we then reach Namche Bazaar in about 4 hours.

We trace our steps from Namche to Lukla, passing through the same rhododendron forests and Sherpa villages. As the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu only takes place in the morning, we spend the night in Lukla.

We board the plane early in the morning, which will bring us back to Kathmandu. However, we will enjoy the flight back as we look over the mountains and feel satisfied for completing the trek. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will head to your hotel. Additionally, you can explore different sites of Kathmandu valley during the day.

We will drop you at the airport and bid you farewell.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

 

  • All permits such as National park, TIMS Permit.
  • All nights lodge accommodations on the mountain.
  • 3 times meals day such as Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trekking.
  • Trekking gear duffel bag for your trekking stuff.
  • Sleeping Bag, Trekking pole ( Return after trekking)
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip. Eco trained English Speaking professionals guide.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu flight tickets.
  • Domestic airport Tax.
  • Farewell dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with Nepali culture dance program.
  • Staffs insurance, well- paid salary, equipment, foods & Hotel Rescue Arrangements off course not the rescue bills!
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International airfare & Nepal visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal Insurance & personal expenses.
  • Tips for Guide and Porter (it is expected).

FAQs

  • Mesmerizing Gokyo lake, Tengboche Monastery, and Gokyo Ri
  • pass (5,350m).
  • Superb views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Chholatse peak, Cho Oyu, Khumbila and many other peaks.
  • Observe Sherpa’s Culture.
  • Beautiful Gojumpa Glacier (Largest glacier of Nepal).

The suitable time for this trekking is spring and autumn.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of a visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek. Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  toothpaste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters, and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, a tip is an accepted and honored way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- the trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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