Gokyo Ri Trek - 11 days
The gokyo lake trek is the perfect trekking package for those who are looking for best view of Everest with short trekking days. It's also a great path to take if you want to avoid the heavy tourist crowds of EBC. This journey will take you to high altitudes of around 4500-5000m above the sea level within the Sagarmatha National Park. The highlight of the trip will be the exceptional view of the Himalayan ranges - mountains over 8000m altitude, such as Mount Everest (top of the world), Mount Makalu (5th highest), Lhotse(4th highest) , Cho Oyu(6th highest), and the largest glacier in Nepal himalayas - the Ngozumpa glacier - along the Gokyo Ri trek.
GOKYO LAKE TREKKING VS EVEREST BASE CAMP
In comparison of Everest Base camp trek, the Gokyo Lake Trek is an easier trek and an introduction to the region for those who choose or want an easy trek without much need for adjustment or more time at high altitudes. That being said, you should still be relatively fit and healthy in order to make the most of the trek. We recommend only those who are comfortable and prepared to walk 6-8 hours a day embark on this trek.
The highlight and toughest part of this trek will require you to climb to an altitude of 4000-5000m, about 500m less than the highest point of 5500m for Everest Base Camp, where you will be at one of the best vantage points to view Mount Everest, Gokyo Lake, Ngozumpa glacier and the many other 8000+ mountains in the area. The view is spectacular and not to be missed!
Gokyo lake Trekking can be done in a recommended 11 days in comparison to Everest Base Camp Trekking where a minimum of 12 days is recommended to acclimatize to the high altitudes.
Gokyo Lake is well known among trekkers as one of the few trails that feature glacial lakes! There are 6 lakes at Gokyo Valley, each with pristine clear water, and all of them interconnected to each other. They are vital the livelihood of the sherpa people who live in the mountains, as well as the surrounding wildlife. The view of lakes and mountains provides a lush backdrop for trekking. Apart from the Gokyo lakes there are many other lakes in nearby glaciers of Everest region by Gokyo valley trek.
Apart from lakes, Gokyo Ri provides one of the best vantage points to see Mount Everest. It is a controversial topic on whether Kala Pattar or Gokyo has the best view! Although Kala Pattar is closer to Everest and provides a close-up of the mountain, Gokyo is in many ways more scenic because you are able to take in the surrounding himalayan ranges, lakes, glaciers and the village in the distance below!
For this reason, many trekkers often will make Gokyo a stop in their EBC treks, adding a few more days to cross over Cho-La Pass to see the spectacular beauty of the glacial lakes in Gokyo Ri. Gokyo is also a well-trodden destination in the 3 Passes Trek.
Daily Activity of Everest Gokyo Lake trek
Day 01- Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (flight-30 minutes / Trek-3hours)
Phakding is at 2600meters and the height of lukla is 2800meters, so you can guess the trail is mostly downhill. The trek by the side of the dudhkoshi river is beautiful and easy. Today is a warm up hike of Gokyo ri trek.
Day 02- Trek to Namche (trek duration – 8 hours)
From Phakding to namche the trek goes along the river and cross the suspension bridges several times. The interesting part of 2nd days Gokyo trek is that, we cross the same river for 5 times and after the last bridge it will be time to see Everest.
From 2 hours away from Namche you will be able to Mt Everest on your 2nd day of trek to Gokyo ri trek itself.
Day 03- Rest and acclimatization at Namche (hike duration 3 hours)
Namche is a 3440 meters above the sea level, so getting AMS while trekking in this height might be an issued for trekkers. Considering this situation we do a rest day at Namche.
Apart from Acclimatization hike, this rest option will make trekkers refreshed and gives ample of time to adjust with altitude and cold of Everest. Activity that we do in this day will add more interesting facts on Gokyo Lake trek.
Activities to do in Rest or acclimatization day:
-Visit Sherpa Museum or Sagarmatha national park museum
-Hike uphill to gain height and view the entire range of Everest and Mt Everest heerslef from Everest view hotel at 3880 meter
-Visit Syagboche airport (airstripe on the heighest altitude of world)
-Optional or instantaneous trek to khumjung village and visit khumjung monastery to see scalp of Yeti.
Day 04-Trek to Dole at altitude at 3200 meters
Trek till Mong village is gradual uphill but after that the trek is easy. We will walk through the jungle and end at bushes. This place of Everest Dole is at near to no tree line zone. View of mtThamsherku, Mt Kangtega and the river valley is outstanding.
Day 05- Trek to Machhermo at height of 3440 meters
In high altitude it is not recommended to change height more than 500 meters a day for the reason of AMS. Among HACE and HAPE either of them mightattck and takes ones life easily from altitude sickness. So it is highly recommended to follow the itinerary.
Dueration of walk from Dole to Machhermo is 4 hours but there are hikes on the ridge to see everst. In the remaining time our guide will take you to Pachermo peak base camp or everst view point above machhermo village.
Day 06- Trek to Gokyo Lakes
Trek duration to Gokyolake from Machhermo is 7 hours. The trek passes through a village of everst region by the side of the river. Trekking to Gokyo valley is beautiful today. The contrast of Mountains and the reflection of those White Mountains on blue/green water of glacial lake is mesmerizing.
We pass by 1stgokyo lakes and then the 2ndgokyo lakes. By the time we get to 3rd lake of gokyo valley that is where we will stay overnight, called gokyo village. By this time we will already see gokyo ri trail. Among 6 lakes of Gokyo valley 3rd lake (which we sleep by the village) is the largest and beautiful lake.
Day 07- Day trip to 5th lake and trek to choyu base camp
To get to coyu base camp we need to walk 6 hours and we will trek by 4th lake of gokyo along with 5th and finally to the 6th lake of gokyo. Choyu base camp has great view of Everest and the surrounding mountains.
You will love the peace and silence of 5th lake area in gokyo ri trek. The trek to choyu base camp is too much isolated and it is a pristine peace we can encounter in the himlaya of Everest.
Day 08- Climb gokyo ri and trek to Machermo
In the morning we climb gokyo ri and get the brilliant view of hundreds of mountains, glacier and the Everest. Everest from the top is goyori is far in distance but it is clear than the view of Everest from the top of kalapathhar.
Get to the top of Gokyo ri from Gokyo valley village. People go to the top of gokyo ri for sunrise as well as sunset. Both of them are nice. gokyo lake altitude is 4800 meters above the sea level, where as gokyo ri altitude takes you all the way up to 5360 meters above the sea level.
Trekking down from gokyo ri to gokyo village is 1 hours downhill. The view of village, lake, glacier and the entire mountains all around your eyesight, awesome than you can imagine.
Day 09- Trek to Namche
Trekking back to namche is on the same trail with all the memories from gokyo lakes, cho you base camp and gokyo ri. Trek duration from Machhermo to Namche is about 8 hours. We will have lunch at Phunkitanga in general.
Day 10- Trek back to Lukla
Today we cover 1st and 2nd days of trekking trail in a day so the walking duration back to lukla is 9 hours – it is a final get back to civilization.
Day 11- Fly Back to Kathmandu
A short flight in a small plane from lukla to Kathmandu is nice. If you sit on the right side of the plane while flyng from lukla to kalthmandu, you will get Mountain View flight.
#OPTIONAL Gokyo Lake Trek tour plan 13 days
Day 01- Arrival
Day 02- Fly to Lukla airport
Day 03- Trek to Namche
Day 04- Rest day at Namche to explore the beauty of Everest
Day 05- Trek to Dole
Day 06- Trek to Machhermo
Day 07- Trek to Gokyo
Day 08 - Trek up to Gokyo ri and trek down to Machhermo
Day 09 - Trek to Namche
Day 10 - Trek back to Lukla
Day 11 - Fly to Kathmandu in the morning and Kathmandu spiritual tour at the evening
Day 12 - Kathmandu sightseeing tour
Day 13 – Departure
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Cost of Gokyo Ri Trek
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Note - Price displayed is for one person, Saying that, more people makes the price low.
Includes for Gokyo Ri trek package:
- Kathmandu - Lukla 2 way flight
- Airport pick up and drop for domestic flight
- All food (Breakfast with tea, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking – any food from Menu
- Accommodations during the trek – best available.
- All necessary paper works, Local entry permit & Sagarmatha national park entrance fee.
- Cost of all Staff - including their salary, insurance, necessary equipment, domestic airfare & transportation expenses, food & accommodation
- Fluent English speaking and trained, Government license holder guide
- A helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
- Added Value - (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap - to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination
Excludes for Gokyo Ri trek package:
- 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
- Your Personnel Expenses (Bar, snacks, Deserts etc)
- Anything not stated in Inclusion
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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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