Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek-13 days

  •   Destination: Gokyo
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu
  •  Group size: 1-10
  •  Best Seasons: Sept - Nov and March - May
  •   Accomodation: 3-Star Hotel and Teahouses
  •   Transportation: Walking

Trip Introduction

Gokyo Ri meaning Gokyo peak is home to one of the most resilient human tribe in the world “The Sherpa”. Being the highest human settlement and the furthermost frontier of modern day human civilization Gokyo Ri incites a sense of adventure in every traveler’s heart. The highlight of the treks includes a beautiful view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu from the Gokyo Valley, Ngozumpa glacier the longest glacier in Himalaya. As much as this trek is about traveling to an exotic place and enjoying the scenic beauty, It is also a great learning experience. Being in remote mountain villages of Nepal and living among nomads whose lives are so humble will give you a fresh appreciation for the life you have back home. Venturing into this challenging journey will get you out of your comfort zone and you will be surprised to know how capable you are and by the time we will complete this journey you will have the understanding about yourself and the world around you that you can never learn by reading a textbook or watching television.

This trek will bring you closer to nature, mesmerize you with its beauty and also teach us how fragile it is and needs our protection. The word “global warming” is something we read about in books, watch documentary about or put up a post on our timeline on Earth’s day, It never affects us in our day to day lives  but it will have deeper meaning when we are in the villages of Gokyo valley that is under a constant threat of flooding from Gokyo lakes as the Ngozumpa glacier is melting away and breaking down each year adding to the risk of glacier lake outburst floods.

The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After one day hike, the trail takes us to Namche where we will stay for two days to acclimatize ourselves and prevent altitude sickness. People from all around the region come to Namche to trade wares and crafts, a perfect place to pick up some souvenir to remind you of this wonderful trip. During our stay here we will also visit Sherpa museum that exhibits the history of the expedition to Mount Everest and the stories of the pioneer mountaineers like Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who stayed at this same place before their journey to make history. We will make our way through dense alpine forests, pass by yak herds, try local cottage cheese and traditional yak milk tea, Trade stories and listen to folklores about yeti and other cryptids in the region along the way. The trails follow Dudh Koshi River to its source, The Ngozumpa glacier. We will continue our trek through Machermo village to Gokyo valley that welcomes us with a mesmerizing sight of Gokyo lakes, world’s highest lake system that comprises of six main lakes. The freshwater lakes are so pristine and clear that we can see the bed from the shore. After spending the whole day enjoying the splendid view of the mountains and glaciers along the shore of the Gokyo lakes, we will begin our journey back the next day.

 

Itinerary

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek perfectly resembles what Nepal offers to the travel fanatics all over the world. It is one of the most cherishable journeys which furnishes with the amazing views of Mount Everest and the other Himalayas.  The 10-11 day trek towards the sparkling and pristine blue and green waters of the Gokyo Lakes starts with a flight over Lukla from the capital city.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (3-4 hours)

The journey gets underway with a chilling and thrilling flight over Lukla Airport (2,800 m/9,184 ft) from Kathmandu. You can have a sight of the dangerous but beautiful landscape of the Tenzing/Hillary airport which hangs in between beautiful hills. Following that, our journey will take us to Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft).

Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazar (5-6 hours)

With the spectacular views of suspension bridges, beautiful villages and monasteries on our side, our trail leads us alongside the Dudh Koshi River towards Monjo and the Sagarmatha National Park. Besides, the trekkers can enjoy a perfect view of Mt. Thamserku on the way. Finally, we get through Jorsale and hang in our trekking boots in Namche Bazar (3,440 m/11,283 ft). The journey will feast us with the amazing sights of Kwangde Peak, Kusum Peak, Kangaru Peak, Mt. Everest, Tawache and Lhotse.

Day 3: Acclimatization and Exploration of Namche Bazar

Getting accustomed to the conditions before moving to the higher elevation is the important part of every trek and trip. The acclimatization day in Namche will help you to prevent catching Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). While getting adjusted to the conditions, you can explore the beautiful landscapes of Namche. You can trek to Khumjung villages and also visit the Tourist Visitor Center. Besides, you can get acquainted with the various plants and animals that are found around the Everest region.

Day 4: Namche Bazar to Phorse (5-6 hours)

After getting a day off in Namche, our journey gets resumed with gradual ups and downs towards Phorse village (3,810 m/12,496 ft). The trail follows to Kyanjuma towards Sansa and leads to the Gokyo. Besides, you can get a glimpse of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Khumbila mountains from Mong. Finally, the uphill climb through rhododendron forests from Dudh Koshi Khola gets us to Phorse.

Day 5: Phorse to Machhermo (5-6 hours)

Following a night stay in Phorse, we get a move on the next day with the face to face interactions with mountain goats and musk deer on the way. The trail which passes through forests, waterfalls, and bridges leads us to Dole. Thereon, you can climb to steady trail enjoying the views of Cho Oyu, Kangtega, and Thamserku mountains. Finally, ascending from Luza village and walking above the Dudh Koshi River will take us to Machhermo (4,470 m/14,663 ft).

Day 6: Macchermo to Gokyo (5-6 hours)

The moving day of the trek will see us ascending on a hill with the mesmerizing views of the Dudh Koshi Valley and Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains. Following that, the trail widens through Chorten and reaches Phangnga. Our way then follows to the river bank and we climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier through Longpongo, Raboche Tsho, and Dudh Pokhari. Finally, we reach our destination as in Gokyo (4,800 m/15,744 ft), where we can explore Dudh Pokhari.

Day 7: Gokyo Valley Trek: Climbing Gokyo Ri and Hiking to Fifth Lakes (5-6 hours)

If the weather is on our sides, we get to climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m/17,570 ft). From the top, you can have a close dig at the admirable Himalayan vista and tranquil Gokyo lakes. Besides, a 3km north trail from Gokyo leads us to the fourth lake and a further walk takes us towards the fifth lake. Apart from that, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Everest, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu from the nearby hills. In addition, the amazing view of the world’s biggest glacier, Ngazumpa Glacier is possible from the fifth lake.

Day 8: Gokyo to Dole (3-4 hours)

After exploring Gokyo Ri and Gokyo lakes for a whole day, we move towards Dole for the returning part of our trip. On the way, we get past Dudh Koshi River and the first Gokyo lakes. Besides, we can also enjoy the views of the Cholatse and Taboche peaks.

Day 9: Dole to Namche Bazar (4-5 hours)

With the views of rhododendrons, wildflowers, and waterfalls in our sight, we head back to Namche Bazar. Besides, the journey feats us with the views of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega mountains.

Day 10: Namche Bazar to Lukla (6-8 hours)

Some rocky trail passing through several suspension bridges will get us to the Lukla Airport.

Day 11: Lukla to Kathmandu

A flight back to the capital city puts a remarkable journey to a promising end.

 

Food and Accommodation

The beautiful and pleasant destination offers travelers with varieties of food and accommodation facilities. You can enjoy rice and curry, noodles, momos, soup and Tibetan-style bread for getting a proper appetite.

Besides, you can have a fully productive rest with the availability of multiple 3-star hotels accompanied by modern facilities. The trekkers can get benefits of hot showers and electric blankets on the bed.

 

Difficulties

As the trek to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri comes up with walking in high altitude, there is always a risk of getting caught to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). However, as you get the chance to get accustomed to the conditions well, the altitude-related issues won’t become more problematic. Besides, if you are not used to with the long-haul hiking and trekking, this trip could be the one you want to get away from as it involves walking up-hill and down-hill for a longer period of time.

 

Important Tips to Know

The Gokyo trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty. As this trip involves a walk over higher altitude, you must make sure to carry on warm clothes and proper gears with you. Besides, do not forget to take warm foods like ginger, popcorn and sugar cubes which get you preserved from the chilling cold.

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What is included?

  •  All national transportations as mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals in standard hotels/teahouses during the trek
  • Excellent English speaking trek leader, guides and porters to carry luggage
  • All local/governmental taxes, permits and registrations
  • A portable medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

What is not included?

  • Visa processing fees
  • Rescue and travel insurances
  • Extra stay in Nepal other than mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Private vehicles, meals, shopping and other personal expenses

Best Time to Travel

Mostly, Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) are the two best seasons considered favorable for Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri trek. During this time, the sky is clear which offers with the mesmerizing views of the beautiful Gokyo Valley.

Besides, the winter and monsoon seasons could bring greater difficulties in the trip as the climate could go very perverse with little but no clear views.

Day 01: Reach  Kathmandu 
our representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu.
Briefing and preparation for the trek, half day site seeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day 03:  Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding 
Take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (30 minutes). Lukla is a small settlement with few shops, general stores and hotel. We will start our hike from Lukla climbing along  the mountainside along the side of the Dudh Koshi river. Nupla peak atop the kongde ridge that follows in the distance on the opposite side of the river. We then descend to a path that joins the  Everest trail. We pass along a Mani wall (Stone wall inscribed with tibetean prayers) to arrive at Ghat. We continue with a small path following Dudh Koshi river to Phakding.

Day 04-05: Phakding – Namche
We continue our four and half hour journey from Phakding village to Namche. On the way we cross the river on high suspension bridge and reach the Sagarmatha National Park which is home to some of the rarest and endangered species like snow leopard, red panda, musk deer etc. We then ascend down to Namche bazzar. On a clear day  we can catch see Mount Everest and other mountain peaks like Kusum Kangaru, Konde-Ri Thamserku, and Tawache in the distance. We will stay for 2 days in Namche to acclimatization; during our stay we can visit the local monasteries, museum and national park center.

Day 06:  Namche – Khumjung village
we continue our journey from Namche and following a narrow and steep trail leaving Dudh Kosi, behind us towards the west, we can see the edge of Kwangde and Nupla mountains, Across the valley towards the south,we can see  Thamserku range and to the east of the valley, we can have a beautiful view of Lhotse and Nuptse surrounding the valley . Everest, king of the mountains towers above the ridge of the other mountain range. The Thyangboche monastery can be seen far along the ridge, a tiny structure against a huge backdrop of mountain range. We then climb down to Khumjung,a small isolated village of Sherpa where we rest for the day.

Day 07: Khumjung village – Phortse Thanghka
Early morning , we climb down to the valley and head towards the Dudh Kosi and continue to our route to Gokyo route at north, The yak trail is mostly frequented by people travelling to Everest Base Camp. The trail descends down to the bank of  Dudh Koshi and reach Phortse where we’ll be spend the night for our journey next day.

Day 08: Phortse Thanghka – Dole

After breakfast we begin our journey to Dole. The trails are very steep that takes us through beautiful rhododendron forest that paints the whole canopy of forest with different shades of red with its flowers. Along the way we can see many kharkas, Temporary summer settlements built by sherpa when they bring yaks herds to graze in these high pasture lands. The route takes us to small villages like Tongba and Gyele to Dole where we will rest till next day.

Day 09: Dole – Machhermo
From Dole we hike to Lambara and Luza. The tails starts to steep in most places as it climbs through the forests. The trails continue with climb along the valley side, far from the river, crossing sandy trails to Machhermo. There are rumors of yeti sightings in Machhermo. Local believes yeti to be real creature that attacks yaks and abducts humans.

Day 10: Machhermo – Gokyo
The trail continues along a ridge that widens as the trail passes through Pangka then descends to the river bank and continues along the Ngozumpa Glacier. It’s a steep climb up from the moraine, along the stream to the first small lake, The trail gets easier as it levels as we approach Gokyo

Day 11: Gokyo
After breakfast, we trek to the highlight of our trip the Gokyo Peak, From the peak we can have a  beautiful view of entire Gokyo region and surrounding mountain peaks – Gyachung Kang, Cho Oyu, Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cholatse and Twachees.

Day 12: Gokyo – Dole
After morning breakfast we follow the same trail back to Dole.

Day 13: Dole – Namche Bazaar
Following the trail through a coniferous forest of rhododendron and fir . We take a break for lunch at Shanasa and continue to  we make our way to Namche Bazar.

Day 14: Namche Bazaar – Phakding
Following a steep downwards trek to Bhote Kosi, We cross the river, follow along the bank of bhokt koshi  to reach Jorsale, then Monjo.

Day 15: Phakding – Lukla
After breakfast, we will leave Phakding and continue your journey back along the Dudh Kosi, then make a final descent to reach the Lukla by afternoon where we will rest and celebrate the completion of your journey.

Day 16: Lukla – Kathmandu
In the morning we will take a flight from  Lukla Airport back to Kathmandu. Once arrived at  Kathmandu, we have pre arrangements to be taken to hotel.

Day 17: Departure

Farewell program and transport to airport

Date And Costs

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Status Prices
March 5, 2018 March 18, 2018 Available $1850 Book Now

What is included?

  •  All national transportations as mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals in standard hotels/teahouses during the trek
  • Excellent English speaking trek leader, guides and porters to carry luggage
  • All local/governmental taxes, permits and registrations
  • A portable medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

What is not included?

  • Visa processing fees
  • Rescue and travel insurances
  • Extra stay in Nepal other than mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Private vehicles, meals, shopping and other personal expenses

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  •   Destination: Gokyo
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival in: Kathmandu
  •  Group size: 1-10
  •  Best Seasons: Sept - Nov and March - May
  •   Accomodation: 3-Star Hotel and Teahouses
  •   Transportation: Walking

Trip Introduction

Gokyo Ri meaning Gokyo peak is home to one of the most resilient human tribe in the world “The Sherpa”. Being the highest human settlement and the furthermost frontier of modern day human civilization Gokyo Ri incites a sense of adventure in every traveler’s heart. The highlight of the treks includes a beautiful view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu from the Gokyo Valley, Ngozumpa glacier the longest glacier in Himalaya. As much as this trek is about traveling to an exotic place and enjoying the scenic beauty, It is also a great learning experience. Being in remote mountain villages of Nepal and living among nomads whose lives are so humble will give you a fresh appreciation for the life you have back home. Venturing into this challenging journey will get you out of your comfort zone and you will be surprised to know how capable you are and by the time we will complete this journey you will have the understanding about yourself and the world around you that you can never learn by reading a textbook or watching television.

This trek will bring you closer to nature, mesmerize you with its beauty and also teach us how fragile it is and needs our protection. The word “global warming” is something we read about in books, watch documentary about or put up a post on our timeline on Earth’s day, It never affects us in our day to day lives  but it will have deeper meaning when we are in the villages of Gokyo valley that is under a constant threat of flooding from Gokyo lakes as the Ngozumpa glacier is melting away and breaking down each year adding to the risk of glacier lake outburst floods.

The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After one day hike, the trail takes us to Namche where we will stay for two days to acclimatize ourselves and prevent altitude sickness. People from all around the region come to Namche to trade wares and crafts, a perfect place to pick up some souvenir to remind you of this wonderful trip. During our stay here we will also visit Sherpa museum that exhibits the history of the expedition to Mount Everest and the stories of the pioneer mountaineers like Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who stayed at this same place before their journey to make history. We will make our way through dense alpine forests, pass by yak herds, try local cottage cheese and traditional yak milk tea, Trade stories and listen to folklores about yeti and other cryptids in the region along the way. The trails follow Dudh Koshi River to its source, The Ngozumpa glacier. We will continue our trek through Machermo village to Gokyo valley that welcomes us with a mesmerizing sight of Gokyo lakes, world’s highest lake system that comprises of six main lakes. The freshwater lakes are so pristine and clear that we can see the bed from the shore. After spending the whole day enjoying the splendid view of the mountains and glaciers along the shore of the Gokyo lakes, we will begin our journey back the next day.

 

Itinerary

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek perfectly resembles what Nepal offers to the travel fanatics all over the world. It is one of the most cherishable journeys which furnishes with the amazing views of Mount Everest and the other Himalayas.  The 10-11 day trek towards the sparkling and pristine blue and green waters of the Gokyo Lakes starts with a flight over Lukla from the capital city.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (3-4 hours)

The journey gets underway with a chilling and thrilling flight over Lukla Airport (2,800 m/9,184 ft) from Kathmandu. You can have a sight of the dangerous but beautiful landscape of the Tenzing/Hillary airport which hangs in between beautiful hills. Following that, our journey will take us to Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft).

Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazar (5-6 hours)

With the spectacular views of suspension bridges, beautiful villages and monasteries on our side, our trail leads us alongside the Dudh Koshi River towards Monjo and the Sagarmatha National Park. Besides, the trekkers can enjoy a perfect view of Mt. Thamserku on the way. Finally, we get through Jorsale and hang in our trekking boots in Namche Bazar (3,440 m/11,283 ft). The journey will feast us with the amazing sights of Kwangde Peak, Kusum Peak, Kangaru Peak, Mt. Everest, Tawache and Lhotse.

Day 3: Acclimatization and Exploration of Namche Bazar

Getting accustomed to the conditions before moving to the higher elevation is the important part of every trek and trip. The acclimatization day in Namche will help you to prevent catching Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). While getting adjusted to the conditions, you can explore the beautiful landscapes of Namche. You can trek to Khumjung villages and also visit the Tourist Visitor Center. Besides, you can get acquainted with the various plants and animals that are found around the Everest region.

Day 4: Namche Bazar to Phorse (5-6 hours)

After getting a day off in Namche, our journey gets resumed with gradual ups and downs towards Phorse village (3,810 m/12,496 ft). The trail follows to Kyanjuma towards Sansa and leads to the Gokyo. Besides, you can get a glimpse of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Khumbila mountains from Mong. Finally, the uphill climb through rhododendron forests from Dudh Koshi Khola gets us to Phorse.

Day 5: Phorse to Machhermo (5-6 hours)

Following a night stay in Phorse, we get a move on the next day with the face to face interactions with mountain goats and musk deer on the way. The trail which passes through forests, waterfalls, and bridges leads us to Dole. Thereon, you can climb to steady trail enjoying the views of Cho Oyu, Kangtega, and Thamserku mountains. Finally, ascending from Luza village and walking above the Dudh Koshi River will take us to Machhermo (4,470 m/14,663 ft).

Day 6: Macchermo to Gokyo (5-6 hours)

The moving day of the trek will see us ascending on a hill with the mesmerizing views of the Dudh Koshi Valley and Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains. Following that, the trail widens through Chorten and reaches Phangnga. Our way then follows to the river bank and we climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier through Longpongo, Raboche Tsho, and Dudh Pokhari. Finally, we reach our destination as in Gokyo (4,800 m/15,744 ft), where we can explore Dudh Pokhari.

Day 7: Gokyo Valley Trek: Climbing Gokyo Ri and Hiking to Fifth Lakes (5-6 hours)

If the weather is on our sides, we get to climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m/17,570 ft). From the top, you can have a close dig at the admirable Himalayan vista and tranquil Gokyo lakes. Besides, a 3km north trail from Gokyo leads us to the fourth lake and a further walk takes us towards the fifth lake. Apart from that, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Everest, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu from the nearby hills. In addition, the amazing view of the world’s biggest glacier, Ngazumpa Glacier is possible from the fifth lake.

Day 8: Gokyo to Dole (3-4 hours)

After exploring Gokyo Ri and Gokyo lakes for a whole day, we move towards Dole for the returning part of our trip. On the way, we get past Dudh Koshi River and the first Gokyo lakes. Besides, we can also enjoy the views of the Cholatse and Taboche peaks.

Day 9: Dole to Namche Bazar (4-5 hours)

With the views of rhododendrons, wildflowers, and waterfalls in our sight, we head back to Namche Bazar. Besides, the journey feats us with the views of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega mountains.

Day 10: Namche Bazar to Lukla (6-8 hours)

Some rocky trail passing through several suspension bridges will get us to the Lukla Airport.

Day 11: Lukla to Kathmandu

A flight back to the capital city puts a remarkable journey to a promising end.

 

Food and Accommodation

The beautiful and pleasant destination offers travelers with varieties of food and accommodation facilities. You can enjoy rice and curry, noodles, momos, soup and Tibetan-style bread for getting a proper appetite.

Besides, you can have a fully productive rest with the availability of multiple 3-star hotels accompanied by modern facilities. The trekkers can get benefits of hot showers and electric blankets on the bed.

 

Difficulties

As the trek to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri comes up with walking in high altitude, there is always a risk of getting caught to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). However, as you get the chance to get accustomed to the conditions well, the altitude-related issues won’t become more problematic. Besides, if you are not used to with the long-haul hiking and trekking, this trip could be the one you want to get away from as it involves walking up-hill and down-hill for a longer period of time.

 

Important Tips to Know

The Gokyo trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty. As this trip involves a walk over higher altitude, you must make sure to carry on warm clothes and proper gears with you. Besides, do not forget to take warm foods like ginger, popcorn and sugar cubes which get you preserved from the chilling cold.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Reach  Kathmandu 
our representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu.
Briefing and preparation for the trek, half day site seeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day 03:  Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding 
Take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (30 minutes). Lukla is a small settlement with few shops, general stores and hotel. We will start our hike from Lukla climbing along  the mountainside along the side of the Dudh Koshi river. Nupla peak atop the kongde ridge that follows in the distance on the opposite side of the river. We then descend to a path that joins the  Everest trail. We pass along a Mani wall (Stone wall inscribed with tibetean prayers) to arrive at Ghat. We continue with a small path following Dudh Koshi river to Phakding.

Day 04-05: Phakding – Namche
We continue our four and half hour journey from Phakding village to Namche. On the way we cross the river on high suspension bridge and reach the Sagarmatha National Park which is home to some of the rarest and endangered species like snow leopard, red panda, musk deer etc. We then ascend down to Namche bazzar. On a clear day  we can catch see Mount Everest and other mountain peaks like Kusum Kangaru, Konde-Ri Thamserku, and Tawache in the distance. We will stay for 2 days in Namche to acclimatization; during our stay we can visit the local monasteries, museum and national park center.

Day 06:  Namche – Khumjung village
we continue our journey from Namche and following a narrow and steep trail leaving Dudh Kosi, behind us towards the west, we can see the edge of Kwangde and Nupla mountains, Across the valley towards the south,we can see  Thamserku range and to the east of the valley, we can have a beautiful view of Lhotse and Nuptse surrounding the valley . Everest, king of the mountains towers above the ridge of the other mountain range. The Thyangboche monastery can be seen far along the ridge, a tiny structure against a huge backdrop of mountain range. We then climb down to Khumjung,a small isolated village of Sherpa where we rest for the day.

Day 07: Khumjung village – Phortse Thanghka
Early morning , we climb down to the valley and head towards the Dudh Kosi and continue to our route to Gokyo route at north, The yak trail is mostly frequented by people travelling to Everest Base Camp. The trail descends down to the bank of  Dudh Koshi and reach Phortse where we’ll be spend the night for our journey next day.

Day 08: Phortse Thanghka – Dole

After breakfast we begin our journey to Dole. The trails are very steep that takes us through beautiful rhododendron forest that paints the whole canopy of forest with different shades of red with its flowers. Along the way we can see many kharkas, Temporary summer settlements built by sherpa when they bring yaks herds to graze in these high pasture lands. The route takes us to small villages like Tongba and Gyele to Dole where we will rest till next day.

Day 09: Dole – Machhermo
From Dole we hike to Lambara and Luza. The tails starts to steep in most places as it climbs through the forests. The trails continue with climb along the valley side, far from the river, crossing sandy trails to Machhermo. There are rumors of yeti sightings in Machhermo. Local believes yeti to be real creature that attacks yaks and abducts humans.

Day 10: Machhermo – Gokyo
The trail continues along a ridge that widens as the trail passes through Pangka then descends to the river bank and continues along the Ngozumpa Glacier. It’s a steep climb up from the moraine, along the stream to the first small lake, The trail gets easier as it levels as we approach Gokyo

Day 11: Gokyo
After breakfast, we trek to the highlight of our trip the Gokyo Peak, From the peak we can have a  beautiful view of entire Gokyo region and surrounding mountain peaks – Gyachung Kang, Cho Oyu, Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cholatse and Twachees.

Day 12: Gokyo – Dole
After morning breakfast we follow the same trail back to Dole.

Day 13: Dole – Namche Bazaar
Following the trail through a coniferous forest of rhododendron and fir . We take a break for lunch at Shanasa and continue to  we make our way to Namche Bazar.

Day 14: Namche Bazaar – Phakding
Following a steep downwards trek to Bhote Kosi, We cross the river, follow along the bank of bhokt koshi  to reach Jorsale, then Monjo.

Day 15: Phakding – Lukla
After breakfast, we will leave Phakding and continue your journey back along the Dudh Kosi, then make a final descent to reach the Lukla by afternoon where we will rest and celebrate the completion of your journey.

Day 16: Lukla – Kathmandu
In the morning we will take a flight from  Lukla Airport back to Kathmandu. Once arrived at  Kathmandu, we have pre arrangements to be taken to hotel.

Day 17: Departure

Farewell program and transport to airport

What is included?

  •  All national transportations as mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals in standard hotels/teahouses during the trek
  • Excellent English speaking trek leader, guides and porters to carry luggage
  • All local/governmental taxes, permits and registrations
  • A portable medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

What is not included?

  • Visa processing fees
  • Rescue and travel insurances
  • Extra stay in Nepal other than mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Private vehicles, meals, shopping and other personal expenses

Best Time to Travel

Mostly, Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) are the two best seasons considered favorable for Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri trek. During this time, the sky is clear which offers with the mesmerizing views of the beautiful Gokyo Valley.

Besides, the winter and monsoon seasons could bring greater difficulties in the trip as the climate could go very perverse with little but no clear views.