Many of the mountain lovers are looking for excellent opportunity to view eyeful scene of the Mt. Everest famous as the Roof of the World and experience the culture of typical indigenous Sherpa community of Nepal in Himalayan Region. The Gokyo Lakes Trekking is one of the best offers of our well-organized and recently emerging trekking agency, Snowy Horizon Treks and Expedition.
The Gokyo lakes Trekking is the alternative and exception of the traditional Everest Base Camp Trekking that offers magnificent view of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest one in the Nepal Himalayas. From the route of this famous trail of Trekking in Nepal, you can experience the most popular mountains like Mt. Cho-Oyo (8201m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8501m), Mt. Makalu (8463m) etc. which are clearly visible in a panorama from Gokyo Ri (5483m) above Gokyo Lake.
This extraordinary trek is also worthy in a sense that it offers an ample opportunity to explore the amazing destination and its impressive sight, which is beyond human imagination. The most remarkable features of the Gokyo Lake Trek is, the view of tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (7922m) located in Khumbu region. Gokyo valley is a magnificent place once a yak pasture situated near the Gokyo Lake with the view of Himalaya and you can encounter with its wild nature.
Gokyo Lakes Trekking of Khumbu or Everest region is not only the sightseeing and expedition of Himalayan giants but also offers you to interact with the natives of Khumbu region known as Sherpa. Sherpas are famous for their unique culture and Nepalese mountain climbers. Only small lodge or teahouses are available within the entire route of this trek and less crowded than the Everest base camp trekking. Gokyo Lakes Trekking keeps your mind at peace, which makes the place worth to visit. The Gokyo Lake Trek starts from Lukla after 35 minutes scenic flight from Kathmandu, following the Dudh Koshi river valley towards Namche Bazaar and other main villages of Khumbu, Thame and Khumjung.
After Khumjung Valley, we sift off from the main busy trail of traditional Everest Base Camp Trekking toward the sleepy village of Phortse Tenga and finally reaching to our ultimate destination at Gokyo valley blessed with two beautiful high lakes. Since the opening of the Gokyo Lakes trekking route in Trekking in Nepal, the trekking agencies had arranged numerous trekking activities in this region. Snowy Horizon is keeping no of stones to explore this route and make you visit such wonderland of Nepal making your trip unforgettable lifetime experience. We welcome you to join with our scheduled Gokyo Lakes Trekking packages as per your timeframe round the year.
The Gokyo Lakes Trekking Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m) Transfer to the Hotel
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by Snowy Horizon representative and will be transferred to the confirmed Hotel for overnight BB Plan accommodation as per agreed category. After check in, you can either take a rest, hang around in the city, visit our office; it all depends upon your interests and condition.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swoyambhunath) and Buddhists shrine Bouddhanath the large Stupa within the world. Briefing regarding the trek with two way question answer with the trip leader (The Guide). The overnight accommodation is in the same hotel BB Plan.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) from Kathmandu and Trek to Phakding (2,652m)
Early morning, after breakfast we get transferred to domestic airport to fly to Lukla. After an adventurous 35 minutes scenic flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. At the airport, we meet our other crew members. We get time to stroll around while the guide divides and manages baggage to be carried by porters. We start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding takes about 3-4 hours. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Your overnight full board (B, L, D) accommodation is arranged at a teahouse or Guest House in Phakding.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440)
Trek starts in the morning after breakfast. The walk today about 5-6 hours is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m) from the Benkar village. We cross more bridges and reach entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked in order to keep record of trekkers and local trekking staffs as well. A descend and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable through the river bed and we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. Now, as we climb up hill towards Namche Bazaar, closer and magnificent sight of Kwangde Peak, its sister peaks, Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other fabulous mountains are viewed closer, we stop at the Chautara here to admire the view. Finally, we reach the colorful village of Namche Bazaar, the main gateway of Khumbu region. Your overnight full board (B, L, D) accommodation is arranged at a teahouse or Guest House in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Explore Namche Bazaar and Acclimatization
This is first scheduled 'acclimatization' day for this trek. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or carry out relaxed exploration of Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Overnight accommodation is set at same Teahouse/Lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazzar to Dole-(4,110m)
We climb steeply out of Namche Bazzar up to Kyangjuma Village from where we can enjoy outstanding views of Thamserku, Katenga, and Ama Dablam. Most exhausting ascent of the day is obviously to pass the Mong La, a very charming place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. An ancient historical Chorten stands at the centre of the settlement of Mong La. We stop at the top of Mong La to admire the grandstand views of surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys while we have our lunch. The most outstanding feature of the trail today is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. Spotting wild lives like pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer while on the way is not unusual. Through forests, some waterfalls and bridges, we reach Dole within 5-6 hours; a small place with few teahouses for our overnight full board accommodation (B, L, D).
Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machherma (4,470 m)
Firstly, we climb steadily up through a scenic ridge above the Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. The path is steep in most places as we pass through thorny bushes up to Lhabarma. Offering us good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku the trail takes us through many summer settlements and a charming hamlet of Luza. While we ascend from Luza, the Dudh Koshi valley is deep like a canyon with its sheer sides. Walking along the hill side above thundering Dudh Koshi passing through some small hamlets and through sandy spurs, we reach Machherma. Machherma is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. We visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital here for a lecture regarding the altitude sickness, its precaution, and primary treatment. Our overnight full board accommodation (B, L, D) is set in Machherma.
Day 08: Trek from Machharma to Gokyo (4800m)
Today, we climb through a ridge Chorten from where we can see fabulous view of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480m) after some gentle walk. We descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. After crossing an iron bridge over an stream the trial levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m, where we get chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho we become fascinated by the sparkling turquoise blue sheet of water dazzling in the sun. Little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight here. After lunch, we explore around the third Lakes, Dudh Pokhari. We spend night in a teahouse with comfortable bedrooms in full board basis.
Day 09:Explore Gokyo Valley and Acclimatization
Today is full day rest or an acclimatization day but we know we should not stay idle. If the weather is good, we grasp the opportunity to climb Gokyo RI today instead of next day to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Or, as we know Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Certainly we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues to fifth lake. If interested, we climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get outstanding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. Moved by the charm, we may even try to go sixth lake too but depends upon our own interest and time. We will be back at Gokyo Village for overnight as usual.
Day 10: Hike to Gokyo RI (5357m) and trek to Thaknak (4750m)
If Gokyo RI has not been done the day before, we do this today. Gokyo RI is the highlight of this trip. Early morning, we hike up to the Gokyo RI (Gokyo Peak). Climb to Gokyo RI is obviously strenuous as it is steep up and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top, but even from the trial scenery of Gokyo village on the edge of third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier are mind blowing. We feel like we are surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. Sight of sunrays kissing the Everest that towers over all surrounding peaks is unlike from Kala Patthar (from Kala Patthar Nuptse seems taller). Our Gokyo RI visit will be unforgettable life time memories. We trek down to Gokyo and after breakfast we trek to Thaknak for overnight being by the second Lakes and the Nogzumpa Glacier.
Day 11: Trek from Thaknak via Cho-la Pass (5367m) to Lobuche (4940m)
Cho La Pass is also another show up of this trip. Today is the toughest day and we need to start early (4-6 am) compared to other days on the trip to walk about 8-10 hours in total. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glassy by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail we climb up continuously up from Phedi. As we gain height, the view gets increasingly enchanting before us. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. Prominent mountains we get sight of during the trail on the Pass and from the top are Kyajo RI, Tengkangpoche, Numbur, Kangchung etc. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soar on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below. Depending upon our own condition and interest, we might take overnight at Dzongla or simply go ahead to Lobuche for overnight, we suggest for Lobuche.
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep [5170m] and Explore Everest Base Camp [5364m]
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass though the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Everest actually is not visible from here. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip. We then walk back to Gorak Shep for overnight accommodation.
Day 13: Experience Kala Patthar (5554m) and trek to Pheriche 
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of an ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From here we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks our eyes taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can with our camera and take the in view with our mind's eye to last lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and trek down to Pheriche for another overnight.
Day 14: Trek from Pheriche via Pangboche and Tengboche to Namche Bazzar
Today is much easier walk down to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back to the terminal moraines at Dughla and the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Pheriche, Orsho, and Shomare. We might take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche or take the regular trial to reach Pangboche. From Pangboche we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche or if interested, we might visit nuns at the Debuche monastery. If we are trekking during the full moon of November or December, we might get and opportunity to witness the Mani Rimdu festival in the monastery at Tengboche. After having lunch at Tengboche, we continuing through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's spring, the surrounding adored by pink and red rhododendron flowers is dazzling. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful peasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We want to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here. On reaching our lodge, we take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar.
Day 15: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
The 6-8 hours trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on their faces! Lukla is our last stop in the trekking itinerary.
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu
Flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning because wind can create problem to fly the aircraft in the afternoon but sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason that are beyond our command. We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel or holding around the city for shopping. At the evening Snowy Horizon offers you the typical cultural farewell dinner at a real Nepalese food restaurant.
Day 17: Final Departure to your port of Destination
We are saying good bye as your journey to Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3-4 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Snowy Horizon will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
What is Included in the Cost
- All arrival and departure transport
- All ground transport during trek
- Twine sharing basis accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
- Double sharing room in Lodge with three meals a day during the trekking
- Trekking guide and 2 person 1 porter for Lodge trek
- Cook and Sardar in the case of camping trek
- National park, TIMS permit fees and government royalties
- Medical insurance of trekking staff
- Domestic air ticket
What is Excluded in the Cost
- International air ticket and Nepal visa fees
- All kinds of drink during trekking
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance and cost of medical services of client
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips for supporting staff (Tips is expected)
- Charted helicopter, plane and other transports in case of emergency
Trip to Humla was wonderful
John19th June, 2017
Trip to Humla was wonderful. chembal Lama thank you so much