Gokyo Valley Lake Trek - 14 Days

A Trek that goes to Gokyo Valley, Lake and Gokyo Ri
Gokyo Valley Lake Trek
What to see & doSpecific information about Gokyo Valley Lake Trek - 14 Days
  • Duration14 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max Altitude 5360m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Private Vehicles and Flights
  • Best Season March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov

Gokyo Valley Trek is an amazing venture in the Everest region that leads to the picturesque Gokyo village and gleaming Gokyo Lakes while letting you observe the vibrant culture of Sherpa and breath-taking Himalayan landscape.

Gokyo Valley Trek is an adventurous journey to the hidden village in the stunning Gokyo Valley, where only a handful of trekkers reach. The views you will see here is unbelievable. High Himalayan Mountains, huge glaciers, icefall, cold streams, and glistening lakes present surreal scenery.

Ancient stupas and colorful prayer flags add a splash of color into this frozen region. Gokyo trek offers a chance to witness the land of the Sherpa and visit stately Buddhist monasteries along with occasional sightings of rare wildlife including musk deer, Himalayan Tahr, snow leopard, pheasants, and snow cocks.

The most fascinating thing about this trek is Yeti. Yes, the so-called mysterious Yeti is believed to be found in this part of the Khumbu region. We are glad to present to you our Gokyo Valley Trek itinerary and fixed departure date. You can be part of one of our departures or get in touch with us to craft your itinerary.

Some things you will get to see & experience during the Gokyo Valley Trek

Best Features of the Gokyo Valley Lake Trek

  • Have scenic mountain flight to and from Lukla.
  • Visit Namche Bazaar and Khumjung.
  • Visit Gokyo lakes.
  • Climb Gokyo Ri.
  • Great views of Everest and many other Himalayas.
  • Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.

Thrilling flight to Lukla

Flying to Lukla is a lifetime experience that you will not get anywhere else. A short 35 minutes flight takes you to the starting point of the trek, Lukla. The flight will present scenic views of the Himalayan Mountains and outstanding landscape.

Trek through Sagarmatha National Park

From Monjo onwards, the trail passes through Sagarmatha National Park, which is also enlisted in UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites. The park is home to numerous wildlife and vegetation. From here, you will trek through the national park up to Namche Bazar. The trail includes many steep ascends, bridges over streams, and dense forests.

Explore Namche Bazar

The tourist hub of the Khumbu region and the biggest Sherpa settlement area, Namche Bazar is the most famous place in the Khumbu region. This village has the most modern facilities from WiFi to delicious croissants. Generally, trekkers spend a rest day in Namche Bazar. You can visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Moreover, there is also an option to go on short hikes.

Spend the night in beautiful Gokyo village

Tucked amidst gorgeous snow-capped mountains, Gokyo village is a picturesque village. Here, you will get to see the unique lifestyle and culture of the people from different ethnic groups. Usually, trekkers hike up tp to Gokyo Ri to acclimatize and observe breath-taking views scenery.

Visit Gokyo Lake

There are six different Gokyo Lakes stretching from 4,700 m to 5,000 m. These are the world's highest freshwater lake system. As a matter of fact, these lakes have religious values for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Experience rich culture and tradition of Sherpa

During the Gokyo Valley Trek, you will get to spend time with Sherpa and other people. On the way, you will come across many stupas, monasteries, and chortens decorated with prayer flags. You will get to experience the lifestyle of the locals and get to interact with them.

Witness panoramic views of Himalayan Mountains

Throughout the trek, you will get to see outstanding views of the Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), Mt. Lobuche (6,119 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), Mt. Kongde (6,187 m), and many others. Along with that, this trek presents the most gorgeous scenery, glaciers, lakes, and picturesque valleys.

Things you should know before going on Gokyo Valley Trek

Gokyo Valley lake Trek itinerary

Gokyo Valley Trek begins with a thrilling flight to Lukla, the starting point of the trek. You then follow a steep river valley to Namche Bazaar, the gateway of the Khumbu Region. The settlement is located in a natural arena overlooking the valley with the astonishing beauty of the surrounding mountains. You take a day of rest in Namche to get accustomed to the altitude with the chance to explore the surrounding area and villages of Kunde and Khumjung.

The Gokyo trekking continues further and follows north ups the Dudh Kosi valley, with beautiful peaks surrounding the glorious setting. The comfortable lodge is next to the shorelines of the breathtaking, third lake. You enjoy this extraordinary atmosphere, and follow it up with a hike to Gokyo Ri viewpoint, before eventually beginning a peaceful journey back to Namche Bazaar and a flight from Lukla.

Gokyo Valley Trek difficulty

Gokyo Valley Lake Trek is a difficult trek. You will be trekking in the remote region on the rough trail through hillsides, dense forests, glaciers, over splashing rivers, etc. You are supposed to walk 5 to 6 hours a day on average. The trail is also not lively as lower parts and involves many ascends and descends. Likewise, the increase in altitude makes the journey more tiring and tough.

If you have previous trekking experience that you can easily go on Gokyo Trekking, however, if you are a beginner trekker then we advise you to go on short hikes and increase your muscle power as well as stamina before the trek.

Best time to go on Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Valley Trekking

Autumn (October to November) and spring (March to May) are the peak time of the year to go on Gokyo Valley Trek. The weather is mostly stable and moderate. There will be slightly cold during the morning and night time, however, the day will be more warm and lovely.

Food & Accommodation during the trek

You will be staying in either lodge or teahouse during the Gokyo Valley Trekking. Lodge has much better rooms in comparison to the tea house. Still, on average, both offer nothing lavish. You get a basic room with a few pieces of furniture, bed, blanket, and pillows. Usually, rooms are on a twin-sharing basis.

The meals will be served as per the menu of lodge/teahouse. In the lower villages, you get a good variety of food, however, in the higher altitude, the food gets limited with high in price. Especially in Namche Bazar, you can find dishes like sandwiches, pizza, momo, pasta, noodles, dal bhat, veggies, meat, curries, pastries, coffee, tea, etc.

Gokyo Valley Trek map

With our precisely designed Gokyo Valley Trek map, you can have an illustrated overview of the trail. This will help you understand the trail and the route you follow during the trek. The map shows the villages, you are supposed to stop at for spending the night

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

One of our team representatives will pick you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and move you to the hotel. You can take your time for the day to settle in and relax, as the day is free for you.

    Wake up early with a delicious breakfast and get ready to go on a guided sightseeing tour. As you will be visiting different monuments, you get to know Nepali culture and history closely. Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swayambhunath are the places you visit during the tour.

      A short 35 minutes flight and you reach Lukla airport. The flight offers great aerial views of Himalayas. Upon landing at Lukla, you meet with other team members and begin trekking towards Phakding village following the left bank of Dudh Koshi River.

        Continue following the Dudh Koshi River valley and reach Jorsale. Here, you will have a small lunch break and move towards Namche Bazar. The trail will be a little steep and rugged.

        Namche Bazar is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.

          Today, you rest and explore the village. This day is very important, as it will help you to acclimate your body with increased altitude. You will go on a short hike to Khumjung village, where, in one of the monasteries, you can see the head of the yeti. Or, you can also hike up to the Everest View Hotel to enjoy stunning views of the Himalayan Mountains. Don't forget to look around the local market and visit the Sherpa Culture Museum as well as Everest Photo Gallery.

            The trail moves towards Dole following the same route to Base camp until Sanasa. From here, you ascend to Mongla (4,000 m) and steeply descend through Phortse Tenga. Further, you ascend steeply through birch and rhododendron forests to Dole.

              Leaving Dole behind, you ascend alongside the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. Passing through many summer settlements and descend to Machhermo enjoying superb views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku.

                Today, it's going to be a very beautiful day. Following a scenic path to Pangka, the trail descends, and further, continues along a glacial river. You then ascend on a steep rocky path into the valley passing by the first lake. After that, you come across the second lake and the third lake. From here, you walk alongside Gokyo Lake, the fourth lake and reach Gokyo village.

                  You will go on a short excursion after having breakfast. The trail above the village on the northern edge of the lake to Gokyo Ri. As you will move towards Gokyo Ri, you get to see excellent views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Everest, and Mt. Makalu. Later, in the day, you will trek back to Machhermo.

                    From here onwards, the trail gradually descends to Dole and then to Phortse Tenga. From here, you trek through lush rhododendron forests and ascend on a steep path to Mongla Danda. The trail then drops down to Kyanjoma (3,500 m) and leads to Namche Bazar.

                      After having breakfast, you trek back to Luka. The route will be the same as before. Upon reaching Lukla, you celebrate the success of the trip with your team members.

                        An early morning flight and you fly back to Kathmandu enjoying last views of Himalayas. Move to the hotel after reaching Kathmandu. Remaining day is free for you to rest.

                          This is an extra day in Kathmandu. If there will be no delay at Lukla while returning then you get this day to explore Kathmandu. This extra day is kept aside in case of flight delays or cancellation due to bad weather.

                            You get transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home. One of our team members will assist you at the airport.

                            If you want to take other tours in Nepal such as Chitwan Jungle Safari, Bardia Jungle Safari, Pokhara Tour or Lumbini tour then you can start from today and do let us know if you want to take any tour as we also arrange those tours.

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                              Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
                              What's Included
                              • Airport transfers.
                              • 4 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
                              • A day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
                              • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek.
                              • Accommodations in lodges on trek.
                              • A guide & porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers and a porter carry about 20-22 KG from 2 of you).
                              • Paper works, National park entry permits, & TIMS permit.
                              • Flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu with airport tax.
                              • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
                              • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if Necessary (return after the trek).
                              What's not Included
                              • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu).
                              • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
                              • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu).
                              • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills.
                              • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge.
                              • Entrances fees while visiting Kathmandu on second day.
                              • Tips for the guide and porters.
                              • Anything not mentioned in included section.
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                              • We have set date to departure the Gokyo trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
                              • If your preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
                              • We have listed the price for up to 12 people only so, if you are more than 12 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
                              • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
                              • Single persons are welcome to join the trek and single people have single room in Kathmandu and have to share room in the mountain lodge on trek cause of the less number of lodge and rooms available on remote mountain lodges.
                              • Guaranteed dates are guaranteed to departure and we already have people booked for date.
                              • Available dates are available to book and become guaranteed once you book for that date.
                              • Closed dates are closed and not bookable on that date however if you are available only on that date then contact us as we may have some other alternatives.
                              • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
                              Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
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                                CheerioMalaysia,September 25, 2019
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                                Great trek to Gokyo Valley

                                Last week of November and December 1, 2018: grand route to the Valley of Gokyo until Gokyo Ri mt. 5,400. Perfect organization Outfitter Nepal, I would say "Swiss"! Accurate, timely, extremely available, competent and flexible in satisfying customer demands.

                                Diligent in responding to every need, even trivial. For me it is the second trek in Nepal, both with Outfitter Nepal, both perfect.

                                From driving Bhim, bearer Dan, from the owner of the agency Arjun, the last of the drivers, they are all extremely available and courteous, always ready to lend a hand and make you feel welcomed and surrounded by friends.

                                Outfitter Nepal is a guarantee!

                                Thank you!

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