Gokyo Lake Trek

Trip Duration

9 days

Trip Grade

Challenging

Highest Altitude

5,400 m

Accommodation

Tea House

Transportation

Flight/Private Vehicle

Group Size

2-9 max

Best Season

Spring/Fall

Gokyo Lake Trek Overview

Gokyo Lake Trek is a popular trekking route in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It is notable for its pristine views, cultural diversity, and proximity to Mount Everest. Trekkers will pass through remote communities, woodlands, and high-altitude lakes along the way, including the iconic Gokyo Lakes, a chain of blue glacial lakes encircled by soaring peaks.

 

Gokyo Lake is 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 lakes. Gokyo Cho, 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. It is 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 is a very popular destination leading toward the Everest base camp. Gokyo village at 4790m, is another major attraction of this trek which includes climbing Gokyo Ri.

 

Additionally, the Gokyo Lake trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, as well as other peaks like Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and more.

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

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Best Season to Visit

The best time to visit the Gokyo Lake trek is in 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.

Other Requirements

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory thing before traveling anywhere. Don’t forget to mention the maximum altitude you will be reaching since the insurance depends on it. You can contact your travel agencies or the insurance company itself for the insurance.

 

If you in any case will be needing medical emergencies your travel insurance will be bearing for it. You need to say the details clearly before traveling. Travel insurance generally costs you 150$ and lasts for 30 days.

 

Visa/passports

If you are a foreigner you might already know that valid visas and passports are compulsory in Nepal. Only Indians are not required to have visas.

 

You can have your Nepalese visa at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. You need to also bring a few passport-size photographs in case you need them.

Packing List

Clothing and equipment

Sleeping bags Down jackets
Duffel bags Fleece jackets
Backpack Trekking trousers
Trekking pole Raincoats 
Money/cash Trekking shorts
Warm shirts and T-shirts Hiking boots
Waterproof pants  Hiking shocks
Waterproof jackets Slippers
Beanies and gloves Sunglasses
Travel towel Underwear
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

Payment and Cancellation

Policy regarding Payment and Cancellation Payment:

Payment:

1) To confirm a reservation, a deposit equal to 30% of the total price is required.
2) If the payment is made online, the remaining balance is due 10 days before the Tour, Trekking, Peak Climbing, or Expedition begins. If the payment is made in cash, it can be made after arrival.
3) If the booking is made within 30 days of the expedition beginning, full payment must be made at the time of booking.

 

Cancellation:

1) A full refund of the deposit will be given if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled more than 60 days before the start date.
2) The deposit will not be refunded if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled within 30 days of its start date.
3) A tour, trek, peak climbing, or expedition will not be refunded if it is canceled prior to or on the start date.
4) All participants should strongly consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations or other occurrences.

 

Note: We reserve the right to modify or cancel any trek in the event of a natural disaster, political unrest, or any other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, a full refund or an alternative option will be provided.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Temperature and Weather
The average daytime temperature in high altitudes or in Gokyo lakes is 25 degrees Celsius. It reaches -20 degrees Celsius or lowers during the nighttime. In the autumn season (September-November) which is the very peak season for the trek, the average temperature reaches from 4 to 8 degrees Celsius during the daytime and reaches around 2 degrees Celsius at night time.
Food and accommodation
Like other places in the Khumbu region, teahouses in Gokyo lakes are well-developed. They have a room with twin sharing beds, warm blankets, and clean bedsheets. Some teahouses also have electric blankets and also offer hot water for the shower. In some teahouses, toilets and bathrooms have to be shared. Food- there are enough options for food. Traditional dal, Bhat, and vegetables are commonly served. Besides this, noodles, momos, soups, fried rice are available. Tea, coffee, soft drinks are also available in this area.
Transportation
The best way of getting onto the trail is flying to Lukla from Kathmandu. It takes around 40 minutes and costs you approx. 15000NRS. The alternate route is through jiri, which passes beneath Lukla. This route lengthens the journey by adding extra 7 days.
Electronics and communication
Facilities like internet and electricity are available in the teahouses. You can charge your phones or electronics by paying extra money to the owner. Mobile coverage is available throughout the journey. You can also use the telephones in the teahouses.
Permits and fees
Sagarmatha National Park- this permit costs 3000 NRS to every foreigner besides SAARC countries. It only costs 1500 NRS to SAARC countries. TIMs- this permit costs 1000NRS per person and is mandatory for every trekker.
Guides and porters
Gokyo lakes are comparatively less explored and it is not so common to meet many people on the way. This is why hiring a guide is important. Guides usually charge 25-30 $ per day. Porters are more than happy to serve you by carrying all your belongings. They may charge you 20-23 $ per day. If you don’t have many belongings you will not need a porter or you can share your porter with someone.
Safety and fitness
Being one of the moderately difficult trek destinations it is very important to be physically and mentally fit before you start your journey. Walking 5-6 hours per day is definitely some serious thing to think of. Doing some preparations by running, jogging and light exercise is always necessary. You have to build your muscle, knee, and ankle strength to be capable of this journey. You can still travel if you are mildly sick with your physician’s permission. You need to have previous ideas about trekking and hiking to avoid basic problems. Since it lies at a very high altitude, altitude sickness is another problem for trekkers. You need to carry handheld oximetry and check your oxygen level from time to time. If you ever experience any shortness of breath, nausea, and any weakness in your body you should definitely talk to your travel guide or friends. To avoid these problems you can have some precautions like staying hydrated all the time, eating healthy and nutritional food, and avoiding meat and alcoholic drinks.

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