Gokyo Lake Trek
Gokyo Lake Trek Overview
Gokyo Lakes are located at an altitude of 4700-5000m in, Solukhumbu district, Sagarmatha Zone. Comprising the 6 main lakes, these lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake. Gokyo Cho which is also known as Dudh Pokhari is the main lake with an area of 106 acres while Thonak Cho Lake is the largest among all with an area of 160.8 acres. Besides them, the other lakes are Gyazumpa Cho Lake (72 acres), Tanjung Cho (41.9 acres), Ngojumba Cho (35.6 acres), and Kyajumba cho. Gokyo Lakes is highly believed to be a sacred lake for both Hindus and Buddhists. Every year at Janai Purnima Festival, about 500 Hindus take a holy bath in this lake. There is also a temple of Hindu deities Vishnu and Shiva located at the western corner of the lake making this place the holiest. The trail passes through Sagarmatha National park where you can see many endangered animals like red panda, Himalayan Tahr, snow leopard, wild boar, etc. There is no doubt, Gokyo Lakes are a very popular destination leading towards the Sagarmatha base camp. Gokyo village at 4790m, is another major attraction of this trek which includes climbing Gokyo Ri.
Route 2 (via Jiri)
|Day 1- Kathmandu- Jiri||9-10 hours drive|
|Day 2- Jiri- Deurali||6 hours walk|
|Day 3- Deurali- Sete||5-6 hours walk|
|Day 4- Sete- Junbesi||6-7 hours walk|
|Day 5- Junbesi- Nunthala||5-6 hours walk|
|Day 6- Nunthala- Puyan||5-6 hours walk|
|Day 7- Puyan- Phakding||6 hours walk|
|Day 8- Phakding- Namche Bazar||4 hours walk|
|Day 9- Namche Bazar- Dole||4 hours walk|
|Day 10- Dole- Macchermo||4 hours walk|
|Day 11- Macchermo- Gokyo Lakes||4-5 hours walk|
|Day 12- Gokyo Lakes- Na|
|Day 13- Na- Phortse|
|Day 14- Phortse- Tyangboche|
|Day 15- Tyangboche-Namche Bazar|
|Day 16- Namche Bazar-Lukla||8-9 hours walk|
|Day 17- Lukla-Kathmandu||40 minutes flight|
This is the longer route and takes around 20/21 days. it cost around 1500$ including transportation, insurance, permits, clothing, food and accommodation etc.
Highlights of Gokyo Lake Trek
- Climbing Gokyo Ri and crossing the challenging Cho La pass
- Walk through the Ngojumba glacier, one of the longest glaciers in the Himalayas.
- Diverse flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National park.
- Trek through one of the less explored areas with off-beaten trails.
- Ancient Buddhist monasteries, monuments, and prayer walls.
- Explore the beautiful Gokyo valley.
- Day 1- Kathmandu-Lukla- Phakding 40 minutes flight, 4 hours walk
- Day 2- Phakding- Namche Bazar 6 hours walk
- Day 3- Namche Bazar- Dole 4 hours walk
- Day 4- Dole- Macchermo 4 hours walk
- Day 5- Macchermo- Gokyo 4-5 hours walk
- Day 6- Gokyo- Gokyo Ri, back to Macchermo 5-6 hours walk
- Day 7- Macchermo-Namche 7 hours walk
- Day 8- Namche- Lukla 8-9 hours walk
- Day 9- Lukla- Kathmandu 40 minutes flight
Best season to visit
The best time to visit Gokyo Lakes is autumn between September and November and in spring between March and May. Monsoon is just over and you can see beautiful greenery and different crops. The skies are very clear and blue and you can enjoy the view of the mountains. During the winter season, there is huge snowfall at Gokyo Lake which might block all your way. During summer, also called the Monsoon season in Nepal the trails are slippery and muddy due to heavy rainfall.
Travel Insurance- trekking to such altitudes can be very risky. Sometimes trekkers need to be evacuated due to some medical emergencies. In such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Travel insurance has become part of trekking requirements. Since insurance depends on the details you have provided earlier you need to mention the maximum height, places you will be reaching.
Visa/passports – all foreigners except Indians are required to have valid visas and passports to enter Nepal. The visa application will need the passport having a minimum of 6 months of validation along with your passport size photo. You will receive your visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan international airports
Clothing and equipment
|Sleeping bags||Down jackets|
|Duffel bags||Fleece jackets|
|Warm shirts and T shirts||Hiking boots|
|Water proof pants||Hiking shocks|
|Water proof jackets||Slippers|
|Beanies and gloves||Sunglasses|
|Wash kit||Hand sanitizers|
|Safety kit||Tissue papers and trash bags|
|Water bottles and water purifier||Medicines|
|Camera||Thermal tops and bottoms|
|Charger/adapter||Passports and few passport sized photos|
|Power bank||Torch lights|
|Pads and tampons||Summer winter hats|