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13

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Moderate

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Gokyo Lake Trek takes you through the valley of sparkling emerald green lakes that has taken people’s breath away. An excellent trek by all means, shadowed by the base camp and the Kala Patthar, Gokyo Lake treks receives half of the people that Everest base camp trek sees in a year. Besides the Yaks and the sherpa culture witnessed in the mainstream trail, you will witness the magnificent lakes. You will climb a peak which requires no climbing permits. You will see the striking views that not everyone is destined to. Gokyo Lake Treks takes you to one of the highest man walkable passes where resides one of the highest settlements on the planet. This is the most beautiful and highly recommended trek in the entire Everest region.

What makes Gokyo Lake trek so special?

Gokyo Lake first and foremost is famous for the five emerald green lakes that lies in the valley. The lake ranges from 4000 meter in elevation to 5200 meters from the sea level. It is also off the beaten trail so you will see much lesser amount of people in the region. Gokyo lake trek offers climbing Gokyo Ri, a peak which requires no additional climbing permits and offers excellent views of the surrounding and specially Mt. Everest dominating the horizon. Also, you will cross the valley of Gokyo to the mainstream trail via one of the highest man walkable passes.

All in all Gokyo will give you the sherpa experience as well as Everest experience and also the teahouse experience and that as well avoiding the crowd. You will not regret any moment trekking in the Gokyo region, in fact, you will more that what a regular trail to Everest Base camp has to offer. Join this trek today and trek off the beaten trek to the base camp of Everest!

trip overview

Trip Code: BT-104 Total Duration: 13 days
Destination: Everest Region Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec
Trip Grade: Moderate Group Size: Min. 2 Pax
Max Elevation: 5360 m

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You could be already in Kathmandu or you may be arriving on this very day and whatever it is we welcome you to Nepal! Thank you for choosing Gokyo lake trek with budget trekking. On this first day we transfer you to your hotel/hostel. You will not do much except observing the ambiance around you and get acquainted with the country.

Accommodation
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

This is an important day because today is the day when you will meet with your guide. The guide or one of our team members will brief you about the trek about more or less everything you need to know. After briefing we would thoroughly go through the trekking gear that we have. Furthermore, if there is anything that is not according to the trekking standard we will do last minute shopping of the trekking gears. On the other hand one of our backend office staff will get busy preparing required permits and logistics.

Accommodation
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast only

After taking an early morning flight to the most adventurous airports in the world of Lukla we walk just for warmup. We trek for only 200 meters descent and 50 meters of ascent in around 2 and half hours. If weather permits you will get the glimpse of mountains right from the airport. You will hear and see Dudh koshi roaring down from different places. Overnight in Phakding.

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

This is one of the most difficult sections of the trek. Within around 6 - 7 hours we cover 1000 meters in ascent and 100 meters in descent. You will come across beautiful villages in between and small yet amazing waterfalls. On this very day you will see the first glimpse of Mt. Thamserku. In between Phakding and Namche is Monjo, from where we enter in the Sagarmatha national park. Right before monjo you may enjoy a notable forest of pine, fir and Rhododendron. Beyond Jorsale and from the confluence of Dudh koshi and Bhote Koshi is the most difficult 2 hours of trek on this day. Overnight in Namche.

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Despite a day off, we take side trips to Khumjung and on the way we as well stop by at Syangboche. On this day we hike to Syangboche airport; one of the high altitude, non commercial air strip. We also take the opportunity to visit Khunde and Khumjung where we see the school built by Sir. Edmund Hillary and a monastery that claims to home yeti’s scalp. We get back to Namche and rest and enjoy the view. Overnight in Namche.

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

There are two option from here to reach our next destination and we choose the one via Kyanjuma. With the views of snow dusted, soaring Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse we make sheer ascent through barren ridges. After the ascent we reach Mong La also known as Mond Danda, where we sit for lunch. After reviving we now descend to the root of the hill and banks of Dudh Koshi river to Phortse Thanga.A place which is at the foot of the mountains, dark and damp. From Phortse our trek continues to Dole which takes around 2 hours. Overnight in Dole.

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

We walk short but strenuous and sheer uphill through the forest of Rhododendron, a beautiful trail and playground of musk deer. Keep an eye for Golden eagle and dramatically soaring mountains of Everest region. The trail is comparatively easy from Dole and the only vegetation we come across is tundra grass and dotted scrub Juniper. It is advised to hydrate as much as possible due to remarkable change in altitude over a short period of time. We limit our ascent within 3 hours to Machhermo and call it a day to avoid altitude sickness. Overnight in Machhermo.

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

The villages we see from Machhermo onwards are all temporary villages and only inhabited at certain time of the year. With the beautiful view of Kantega and Cho Oyu, we follow the Dudh Koshi river for almost an hour, until we reach the first lake which is at around of sheer uphill we come across the 1st lake at 4600m, and further down the trail 2nd lake called Taboche Tsho and finally the third lake by the village Gokyo, known as the Gokyo lake itself. We can further travel to the 5th and 6th lakes which is around 1 and ½ hour hike up down.Overnight in Gokyo.

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Trekking to 5th lake and back takes around 4-6 hours with easy pace. Since it is almost full day walk we will keep it on the activity day, which is today’s day. We get back on the same trail out and and not go towards Gokyo Ri but stick to the same trail. In around one and half hours we arrive at the 4th lake and further in around 2 hours we arrive at the 5th lake. The views of peak from the 5th lake is very rewarding. Cho Oyu is the most significant mountain seen from the Gokyos. After all day excursion to the 5th lake and back we call it a night in Gokyo.

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

After acclimatizing in Gokyo and enjoying the views of Cho Oyu and the 5th lake, we spend another day to visit Gokyo Ri (5346m). One of the most appreciated, nearby viewpoints. We can witness an unparalleled, picturesque view of Everest (8848m), Nuptse 7861 m, Makalu 8481 m, Cholatse (6440m), Taboche (6495 m), Ama Dablam 6856 m, Kantega 6685 m, Thamserku (6608 m). The view of Everest however is the best from the peak of Gokyo Ri. The entire trip takes about 4 to 5 hours but we descend further down to Dole and that would take around another 4 hours. Overnight in Dole.

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

We trace our way back to Namche on the same trail and call it a night in Namche.

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Walking downhill to Lukla takes around 7-8 hours. Overnight in Lukla.

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

We take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Once we get back in the capital city and transfer you to your hotel/hostel and hence our Gokyo Lake trek comes to end.

Accommodation
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast only

cost includes

  • All government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking Guide
  • All accommodations on the trails and  3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu )
  • 3 Cups Tea while on the Trail ( in most of the places where applicable)
  • Best available local lodges / Teahouse  in mountain
  • 2 way flight ( to and from Lukla)
  • Taxi to and from airport
  • Certificate of trek Completion
  • Porters

cost excluded

  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water  etc)
  • Additional food
  • Tips for guide
  • Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included

Important Notes

  • The trip begins from Kathmandu
  • You need to arrive at least 2 days prior to your scheduled trek initiation date
  • You will begin your trip from day 2 of your arrival and only after signing necessary formalities
  • You need to bring along at least 2 passport sized pictures and hand it to the company on day 2.
  • In case of trek cancellation or trek forfeit due to unseen circumstances, we shall compensate with an alternate itinerary or activities.
  • You need to bring along at least 500 dollars additional in cash. The funds will help you in case of delayed flights or unseen circumstances
  • You need to aware of the company of any medical conditions developed recently
  • You need to be of age 15 and above to join this trip
  • You are advised to have at least 3-4 days towards the end of the trip. This is because of uncertainty of flights from Lukla.

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Trekking to Gokyo Ri

Gokyo Lakes is a beautiful scenery on the way up to the summit of Gokyo Ri. I can highly recommend Budget Trekking they help me to make my trip to Nepal awesome. During trekking the guide and the porter were  very friendly, good food, good service. I highly recommend Budget Trekking for this trek.

by helene o on Blank Business Name
gokyo circuit

I just came back from the Gokyo trek, views are astonishing but too much people. Views of the Everest from Gokyo Ri is much better. If i had to do it again , I will definitely go with Budget Trekking.

by Istanbul on Blank Business Name
Gokyo Lakes Region

Gokyo lakes one of the wonders in himalayas and should be part of the Everest Base Camp trekking. Gokyo lakes and Gokyo RI peak gives breath taking landscapes including Cho Oyu, Everest mountains. The trekking trail is also less crowded than main EBC trail. Must see place or activity for the trekers. Thank you Budget Trekking and the team for arranging everything.

by leemilan on Blank Business Name
Gokyo Lake

Being in around the Gokyo lakes and hike up to Gokyo Ri is one of the best experience of my life. The fascinating views of the world highest mountains and the lake far below is damn awesome... Thank you Budget Trekking for recommending me this trip.

by Lesley J on Blank Business Name
Trek to Gokyo Lakes

Our experience with Budget Trekking was awesome. My daughter and I just finished the Gokyo lake trek and we were really well looked after. Starting with the booking and communication with Sameer, he was so helpful and responded quickly to all our email inquiries. We were more than satisfied with all the transportation and accommodations that Sameer organized and everywhere, we were met promptly with smiling friendly faces.Surya our city guide, was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. We learnt so much about the history, culture, religions and politics of Nepal. We really enjoyed a very pleasant day with Surya on the city tour.Our trekking porter Hari, was very kind, careful and conscientious.Our guide Dawa , was wonderful. He really looked after us and was always very safety conscious. We got to know Dawa quite well over the ten days and he taught us a lot about the mountains and life in Nepal. We always felt comfortable, our experience was more than we had hoped for and we were quite sad to say goodbye.I hope that I can go back one day to do another trek with Budget Trekking and especially with Dawa.I would definitely recommend Budget Trekking.

by YEN-PI L on Blank Business Name
Fabulous Gokyo - Once is not enough

I did Gokyo Trekking with Budget Trekking after visiting Mardi Himal Trekking on November 1st this year. I fell in love with the area at first glance. My group planned to walk along the glacier to see more lakes that afternoon. But it was foggy and chilly cold so we went back to the lodge shortly after departure. Luckily, the next morning was sunny and the sky was clear - ideal weather to climb Gokyo Ri. When we finally got to the top of Gokyo Ri, I was totally moved by the snow-covered mountains, gorgeous glacier and beautiful alpine lakes. The spectacular scenery has been carved into my mind and I've decided going back to Gokyo someday in the future.Besides, I'm grateful for our guides (from Budget Trekking ): Dev Kumar, for your accompany and lovely song; Gayne, for carrying my backpack for 20 minutes and your interesting stories. If anyone who plans to climb Gokyo Ri., please take your time and adjust your breath, because the height gap is more than 500m (from 4,800m to 5,360m), and it'll be dangerous to walk too fast in such high altitude.To those who love nature, I would suggest Gokyo without hesitation.  No matter which way you choose, just enjoy the spectacular view.

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