How do I get to the Gokyo Lakes?
In this trekking package we will go to Everest Base Camp(EBC) and Cho La Pass to get to gokyo lakes. There are two ways to do the itinerary. You can either go to the Gokyo lakes first and then cross Cho La to get to EBC, or you can go the reverse route and head to EBC first before crossing Cho La to Gokyo.
Gokyo lake is one of the most visited trekking lakes in Nepal, with two high passes leading out of the Gokyo valley - the Cho La Pass being the most trekked, connecting with the Khumbu valley near Lobuche while the other is Renjo La pass that joins the trail between Thame and Nangpa La Pass. Crossing high passes can be a strenuous and will require good physical health/stamina. Being able to complete a high pass is an achievement in and of itself.
If someone wanted to avoid going through any high passes and still do both EBC and Gokyo, that would be doable. However, this specific package would suggest that you go to EBC first, backtrack and then go to Gokyo through Dole. It would be a longer route but would avoid the high pass. Please contact us for a custom itinerary if you would like to go this route.
For those who would enjoy the challenge of a high pass on their trek, this specific package would suggest that you trek to EBC first, and cross the Cho La Pass (5420 m) to get to scenic lake valley. This trek will lead you to EBC, Kala Pattar (one of the most scenic places to see Mount Everest up close and personal) and also the Gokyo lakes, where you will have another opportunity to see Mount Everest from a distance, as well as the beautiful pristine glacial lakes of Gokyo.
The scenery of the trek
Being the world's highest freshwater interconnected lakes, Gokyo is a beautiful blue gem in Nepal's Everest trekking region, located at Solukhumbu, the north most part of Sagarmatha National park at an altitude range of 4,600–5,100 m (15,400–16,400 ft). Situated at the base of the sixth highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyu (8188m), Gokyo Valley is a must see place. The view from the top of Gokyo Ri(5370meters) is incredible, (Gokyo Peak) has breathtaking mountain view of 100s of towering mountains including Everest (8,848m), Cho You (8,156m), Lhotse (8,501m), Makalu (8,470m). As you will walk in the classical trail of EBC on your ascend; none of the wildlife, flora, fauna and river valley will be missed. Crowded trail of EBC will get quiet and peaceful once your route to Chola Pass splits after trekking down from Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar hike (20 minutes after Lobuche village).
How is Chola pass?
Villages like Zongla & Thangnak will have less people and a more rugged feel than the EBC trail. There will also be fewer tea houses along your path with more opportunities to see Nepal in its natural glory. Do not forget to capture photos of Khumbu valley with majestic Mt. Amadablam seen just before the top of Cho La Pass. View of Mt. Makalu from the top of Chola pass is mesmerizing, this scenery worth walking on the ice with spikes. Walking over the Nagjumba glacier coming straight from Mt. Cho yu is amazing experience. 2 hours gentle walk on the glacier from Thangnak, you will get to 3rd lake (among 6 lakes) that is where Gokyo village will be waiting you.
For a must go place as Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake, Nepalgram Adventure suggests you the itinerary as designed below; but we are always with you to customize your trip.
Day 01: On Arrival at Kathmandu, we will transfer you to Hotel by our representative.
Welcome to the land of natural beauty and diverse geography, our representative will assist you transferring to your hotel. Today you just relax and treat yourself in new land and rest well as tomorrow is your sightseeing tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for the Trek.
Government licence holder guide will take you around Kathmandu city in four different places in A/C car. Tour includes, cremation place, Swyambhunath Temple, Boudhanatha stupa and Kathmandu durbar square. These four destinations are suitable for anyone who wants to know Nepal from close. One doing this tour will know hindu, Buddhist and historic prospect of Nepal. Enjoy your tour during the day and evening will be your trek meet up and brief introduction about the trail and gears you forgot to buy. Overnight at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03 – Flight to Lukla (2880m/9446ft).(Lukla is a airstrip village in Tenjing Hillary airport) & trek to Phakding(a small town).
From domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport you will fly to Luckla through the beautiful mountains. It takes like 30 minutes to get to Luckla from Kathmandu. Once you get near to Luckla you can Everest for the first time, and other surrounding mountains are awesome during the entire flight. This must be a smallest plane you ever flew with. Once you get to luckla; your trekking guide will brief you about the trail in short and you will start walking for 3 hours towards Phakding for the first day. Phakding is small and riverside village which is inside the river valley. Your first night at Everest region will be at altitude of 2600 meters in a tea house at Phakding.
Day 04 – Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m/11283ft).
(Amazing curvilinear valley facing Mt. Tamserku, Mt. Kusumkangeu and Mt. Khongde on the right of the Namchhe Bazzar). Todays walk is nice and it changes the view from jungle to bushes and once we get to the village Namche you will be stonned with the size and mountains you see around. Walk from Phakding to Namche is long in distance but it is uphill walking to the end but more than half of the distance is easy and flat. Overnight at Teahouse in Namche.
Day 05 – Rest day in Namche (3440m/11283ft).
Todays’ time is more for acclimatization for us, and the theory of acclimatizing is to go high and sleep low. We do the same this day, there are plenty of options to hike for the entire day; your guide will brief about what you are doing next day. At the beginning of the hike if you go the National park museum you will witness Everest Mountain range view for the first time. (Explore Everest View hotel, Sagarmatha National park & Khumjung/Khunde Village or Hidden Valley Called Thame). Overnight at the same tea house as you are acclimatizing.
Day 06 – Trek to Thyangboche (3870m/12694ft) (Here you will see region’s old monastery)
Thyangboche is a small village just with 5 tea houses and a huge monastery. Landscape is nice, it is on the end of the ridge and monastery is to the very end of the ridge. Walk for today is short but to the end of the day you are climbing for two hours or more. But this climbing part is after lunch break, thus you will be allright and walking through rhododendron forest is picturesque. Once you get to the top of Thyangboche Everest will come even closer and Mt. Amadablam will be really beautiful. Do not miss to watch stars during the night. Overnight at local teahouse at Thyangboche.
Day 07 – Trek from Thyangboche to Dingboche [4350m/14268ft]
Six hours hike for today is mostly walking around beautiful mountain Amadablam. Once you start walking from Thyangboche you will be Infront of Amadablam and once you get to Dingboche you will be behind the same mountain. Apart from Amadablam you will see lot other mountains like, Kangtega, Thamsherku, Lotse, Lhotse shaar, Island Peak, Taboche, Pumori and many other. Hike is easy and interesting as you will start walking through Rhododendron forest and get to no tree line. Feel the absence of tall trees today; overnight at local tea house at Dingboche.
Day 08 – Rest day in Dingboche [4350m/14268ft] and acclimatization hike up to Nangkarsng Peak (5080m/16662ft).
As we come to the height above 4000meters we need another acclimatization day; we take break for an extra day here and make sure we hike high and sleep low. Nangkarsang peak is right on the nose of Dingboche valley; we start early on the morning to climb this hill ridge. Dingboche is a mountain valley and you don’t see that much of the mountains, but when you start walking higher up you will see more mountians and you get closer to them. To the north you will see a glacial lake called Chola Lake; and three eight thousand meter high peaks; Lhotse, Lhotse Shaar and Makalu to the Far end. Overnight at the same tea house we stayed last night.
Day 09 – Trek to Lobuche (4930m/16170ft) making Everest more near but we don’t see Everest. (Still View of Mt. Nuptse is Nice)
Todays hike is tough in comparison to other days as you will walk above tree line with less oxygen. It is 5 hours hike today but everybody will walk in slower pace and make sure they feel good. Go slow save your energy to get to the base camp. Todays we pass through bunch of memorials of those people who died on Everest expedition, this place is right after a small village called Thukla. From Thukla you will walk straight uphill for 200 meters and get to the top to see those memorials, walk around and find memorials of Rob Hall, Scott Fisher, BabuChiri Sherpa and many other climbers. Once you get to Lobuche it is a small village right infront of Mt. Nuptse. Do not miss to check into Worlds heighest bakery at Lobuche. Tonight at local tea house at Lobuche.
Day 10 – Trek to Gorak Shep [5180m/16990ft] and hike up to Kalapatthar/EBC for Sunset view. (awaited destination of whole trekking)
Lobuche to Ghorakshep is just 3 hours hike but todays is long as we are doing hill top hike Kalapatthar 5545meters. Walking to Ghorakshep is walking through the Glacier and on the side of worlds longest glacier “Khumbu Glacier”. Todays scenery is unbelievably nice and bad thing is altitude will be so high that you say many people suffering. To meet people coughing is normal; so make sure you are warm and your guide is taking your care. Overnight at Teahouse at Ghorakshep.
Day 11 – Trek to Everest Base Camp [5364m/17594ft]/ climb Kalapatthar (5545meters), and stay for few hours.(your wish!) and get back to Gorak Shep and continue trekking from Goraksheo to Zongla Village.
It takes around 3 hours to Everest base camp and 2 hours to come back to Ghorakeshep. Todays hike is on the side of Khumbu Glacier so you will be walking on the top of big boulders most of the time. Once you get back to Ghorakshep celebrate your achievement and relax before we head down to Zongla village.
Descend starts to the base of Cho la pass around 9am in the morning. View of Pheriche river valley will be eye catching for today’s hike to Zongla. Trekkers from EBC classic trail will split their way down to pheriche after 20 minutes walk from Lobuche village and you will be with Cho la pass crew. Once you take right turn to the Gokyo trail all you see will be people heading towards Chola pass. Today you walk around Lobuche East peak, so walking on the edge of the hill demands your wind stoppers. Use buff, wind stopper and drink lot to get ready for next days early hike over the pass.
Day 12 – Cross the Cho La Pass and stay overnight at Thangnak Village; 5420meters; 8-10 hours
You will start your trek with early breakfast in a teahouse Zongla at around 5 am in the morning. You will have to carry pack lunch for the pass, do not forget to get enough water for whole day hike, as there is no any water point before you get to the final destination. Start your early morning hike with warm gears, go slow and constant. Do not go short of breath but it is suggested top get to the top before noon, because afternoons are windy in the top.
Day 13 – Trekking from Thanknak to Gokyo Village; 3 hours
Trekking over the Nagjumba Glacier is nice with the 360 degree view of the surrounding mountain with Mt. Cho Yu (8205meters). After walking about 3 hours on rocks and pebbles you will get to 3rd lake of Gokyo, the village on the side of this Lake is your destination for today. We would suggest you to go for sunset in the same day if weather forecast is good, if not there is option of side trip to walk to 5th lake or walk around 3rd lake or just chill after big day you had yesterday.
Day 14 – Sunrise hike to Gokyo peak (Gokyo Ri; 5370 meters) and trek down to Machermo
It takes 2 hours 30 minutes to get to the top of Gokyo Ri, but the scenery is nice even from the height of 4900 meters itself. You will make it to the top before the sun rise and head back to same guest house to have your breakfast and we head to Machermo peak at 9am approx. Hike to Machermo from Gokyo village is around 5 hours and is mostly downhill.
Day 15 – Trek down to Namche
You will trek back to Namche, most of the trekkers will be waiting to have shower as soon as they get back to this place, this is because most of you do not choose to take shower higher than Namche. So, clean your an weeks sweat and get a chilled beer. 6-8 hours of walk to Namche is mostly on the river valley and you will get back to Jungle once you reach Dole village. Apart from an hour uphill from Portse Tanga to Mong; most of the trail is downhill.
Day 16 – Trek to Lukla
Last day of the trek to Lukla is usually mixed with feeling of detachment and tiredness, celebrate your last night with your team at Lukla and talk about your successful trekking with guides, porters and friends you have earned during the trek. Trekking would take 8-10 hours, mostly downhill; it is same trail that you have walked the very 1st and 2nd day while ascending. I bet it is way easier than that way up and you will love to see yourself completing what you have dreamed.
Day 17 – Fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu
Taking off of the small plane from Lukla airport is easy and safe, but you might have to wait for the first plane to Land at the airport. The flight is about 30 minutes, do not forget to take the video of the trip, a adventure that you have accomplished. Once you get back to Kathmandu we will receive you at the airport.
Cost of Everest base camp Gokyo lake Trek
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Note - Price displayed is for one person, Saying that, more people makes the price low.
Everest base camp Gokyo lake trekking tour Cost Includes:
- Airport pickup and drop by private car for domestic and international flights as in the itinerary.
- Three nights Standard Hotel at Kathmandu, B/B (bed and breakfast)
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trekking and fresh fruit every night after dinner.
- All accommodation during the trek.
- All necessary paper works, entry permit & Sagarmatha national park entrance fee.
- Fluent English speaking and trained, Government licensed guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking and tour.
- A helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
- Medical supplies (first aid kit) with regular oxygen saturation check up with oxymeter, we will keep the record.
- All government taxes and office expenses.
- Guided city tour of Kathmandu; includes 4 destination
Everest base camp Gokyo lake trekking tour Cost Exclude:
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $50 USD dollar.
- Your Travel and medical insurance for emergency, we assist you for the arrangement
- International airfare.
- All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
- Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fees, if applicable.
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- Activity ⇒ Trek/Walk
- Activity Level ⇒Exceptional
- Accommodation ⇒Teahouse/Lodge
- Group Size ⇒2 to 5
- Service level ⇒Basic
- Trip Code ⇒ABCT14
- Travel Style ⇒ Guided Tour
- Max Altitude ⇒4130 m
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