The sparkling, pristine blue and green waters of the Gokyo Lakes are one of Nepal’s most memorable sights. They comprise the highest freshwater lake system in the world, at around 5,000 meters. The Gokyo Lakes Trek is ideal for people who want to trek in the Everest region, but who want more variety of views and fewer nights spent at very high altitude.
Gokyo Lakes are a series of six spectacular glacial lakes. The lakes are at altitudes of between 4,700m and 5,000m, making them some of the world’s highest freshwater lakes. The Gokyo lakes are situated in the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park, which is also home to Mount Everest.
You will also get the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri, the mountain overlooking the small village Gokyo. This Gokyo Ri Climb offers some of the most incredible views of Mt Everest and Cho Oyu you will find. The views are arguably even better than Kalapathar, which is the most popular viewpoint along the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek route.
Highlights of Gokyo Lakes Trek.
Stand at the shores of a chain of six turquoise, glacial-fed lakes
Hike along Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalaya
Avoid the Everest crowds, but enjoy the selection of great views
Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) for spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu
Return via Renjo La pass (5,340 m), over one of Nepal’s most beautiful passes
Trek through the Sherpa town of Khumjung, home of a ‘real’ yeti skull
From ‘Scoundrel’s viewpoint’ near the fifth lake, peer over a wasteland of rock and ice that is the vast Ngozumpa Glacier
12 Days Gokyo Ri Trek is for those who like to walk in the Everest region without the physical stress of reaching the base camp of Everest or crossing high passes in the vicinity. It is instead for travelers who wish to try something new in the Everest region.
Gokyo Lakes Trek Difficulty.
The Gokyo Lakes trek itinerary differs according to the travel agency but the most common duration is about 15 days. Each day you will be trekking for about 5 to 6-hours and cover an average distance of 10 km. The Gokyo Lake trek may be a bit challenging if you haven’t trekked before due to the long trekking hours. You will have resting days and that is sure to be a big help to get rid of the exhaustion. Longer trekking packages mean more rests and easier trips. You can win over the Gokyo Ri Trek Difficulty by opting for longer packages.
Best time to go Gokyo Lake Trek.
The best time for a perfect Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is during seasons of Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). One can have the most amazing views throughout the trip due to moderate temperatures. You can hike during winter months and monsoon season too. Though the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone in the winter and during monsoon, it rains in the lower altitudes and the views are not so pleasant due to foggy and hazy weather.
Gokyo Ri Trek Altitude.
If trekking a route that ascends Gokyo Ri, the highest altitude that will be reached is the summit, at around 5,400 meters. The summit of Gokyo Ri is itself at around the same altitude as Everest Base Camp, making this trek generally easier in terms of altitude.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,562m/8,700ft): 35min flight, : 8km, 3-4 hrs trek
Day 03: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280ft): 10km, 6-7 hrs
Day 04: Namche Bazaar: Rest and acclimatization day
Day 05: Namche Bazaar – Dole (4,110m/13,152ft): 11km, 5-6 hrs
Day 06: Dole – Machhermo (4,470m/14,663ft): 9km, 4-5 hrs
Day 07: Machhermo – Gokyo (4,800m/15,744ft): 7km, 3-4 hrs
Day 08: Visit Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,586ft) – trek to Machhermo (4,470m/14,663ft): 10 km, 6-7 hrs
Day 09: Machhermo – Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,280ft):13km, 6-7 hrs
Day 10: Namche – Lukla (2,880m/9,175ft): 18km, 7-8 hrs
Day 11: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft): 35 min flight.
Day 12: Final Departure | Once is not enough.
Airport pick ups and drops in private vehicle
Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
Guided Kathmandu City Tour in private vehicle including tour guide
Your meals main course (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the Gokyo Lake Trekking.
Guide Domestic Flight Ticket (KTM-LUK-KTM) /
All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
Domestic Flight Ticket (KTM-LUK-KTM) / domestic airport Tax.
All accommodations in lodges/Tea Houses During the Gokyo Lakes Trek.
National Park Entry Permits, Local Fees
An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
Porter, Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the
Medical Supplies (First aid kit will be Available).
Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
Adventure Connexion’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
Our service charge and government tax
Airport pick up and drop service
All kind of drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks).
Your personal equipment.
Personal travel and medical insurance.
Any kind of personal expense.
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Tips for trekking staff, driver.