13 days Gokyo Lakes Trek Package- Cost & Itinerary
Gokyo Lakes Trek in 2024 with NepTrek can be an ideal trek for you for various wholesome reasons. First, Gokyo Valley is home to 19 freshwater Gokyo Lakes, most turquoise blue with an elegant panorama. Second, you’ll trek to Gokyo Ri, a 5,357 meters viewpoint, from where you’ll get an unobstructed glimpse of Mt. Everest’s north face, Mt. Cho Oyu, the longest glacier in the Himalayas, Ngozumpa Glacier, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and the entire Gokyo Valley. Furthermore, you’ll trek along the least crowded trekking trail adorned with dancing waterfalls, Yak pastureland, and panoramic mountains.
The stirring 13-day Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek starts from Kathmandu with a flight to Lukla airport. From Lukla, you’ll trek along beautiful Sherpa villages, cross several high suspension bridges over the cascading Dudh Koshi River, and acclimate at Namche Bazaar. Moreover, you’ll scale diverse panoramic landscapes, settle in at the best tea houses, and reward yourself with this wholesome trek experience.
Here, we highlight a few wholesome topics regarding this trek and the place. However, if you want to learn more, we have a separate Gokyo Lakes Trek Blog. It highlights why it’s among the best treks in the Everest region.
Gokyo Lakes Trek- Highlights
- Morning hike to Gokyo Ri, a 5357-meter-tall vantage point.
- Panoramic glimpse of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Cholatse, Machhermo, etc.
- An awe-inspiring glimpse of turquoise Gokyo lakes from the Gokyo Ri and window of your tea house.
- Peaceful trekking throughout, with significantly fewer trekkers en route.
- Entire on-board trek with a licensed guide, 100% safety, and utmost flexibility with our handpicked itinerary.
- Beautiful photos and videos of yours from the trek as a souvenir from us.
- Fixed departures groups with fixed-sized groups.
- No hidden cost is included in the trek fee.
Gokyo: A true beauty in Everest Region
Once you embark on a 13 days Gokyo Lakes Trek, you’ll realize that the Everest region trek is not-all-about catching the highest mountains. Trust us: the trail that leads to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri is entirely different from the Everest Base Camp Trek route.
Once you cross Mong-La and ascend to Dole, you’ll get the snippet of the beauty that awaits. The trekking trail here is more scenic and serene than that in the base camp route. The dancing waterfalls of alpine meadows till Dole, green yak pasturelands of Machhermo, panoramic Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kantega, and Mt. Cholatse keeps you in awe before stepping in at Gokyo. Mt. Cho Oyu greets you with open arms as you walk along the east shore of Dudh Cho, the prominent member lakes of the Gokyo system.
The Gokyo Ri vantage point at 5,357 meters is the highest altitude viewpoint in the region. Interestingly, it offers a more panoramic glimpse of mountains and lakes, even that of Mt. Everest, than from Kala Patthar.
Oligotrophic Gokyo Lakes- Jewel of Gokyo Valley
There are 19 freshwater lakes in Gokyo, collectively known as the Gokyo Lakes system. Most of these lakes are the world’s highest-altitude seated freshwater systems. Among 19, only six lakes are famous. Thonak Cho is the area’s largest and most visited lake. Furthermore, the most famous lake is Gokyo Cho, also called Dudh Pokhari, which faces your tea house in front.
Adjacent to these lakes is the largest glacier in the Himalayas, Ngozumpa Glacier. The seepage from this glacier is the prominent water feeder to these lakes. Also, a stream of seepage from Renjo La Pass feeds multiple lakes.
Whether you glimpse these lakes from the window of your bedroom in a tea house or from the Gokyo Ri viewpoint, the utter beauty of these lakes leaves you in awe everytime. Moreover, the turquoise-blue colour of these lakes makes the entire landscape look magical. With blue sky above, few spots of white clouds, ever-shining mountains, brown terrain, and turquoise blue lakes, oh! Viewing this vivid scenery with every blink of your eye makes you feel like you’re in a wonderland of natural elegance.
Crowd-free trails: Ideal for a peaceful trek
Trekkers in the Everest region prefer Everest Base Camp Trek to a great extent to Gokyo Lakes Trek. With more trekkers heading to base camp, only a few trekkers trekked to Gokyo. And with fewer trekkers, you’ll get a peaceful trek all day.
With fewer trekkers en route, you’ll get an amazing opportunity to embrace the surreal beauty in peace. Also, you don’t have to stop for passing mules and trekkers, literally free from the traffic of trekkers and mules.
Also, with fewer trekkers at photographic places, you’ll get plenty of time for photographs before one asks for the spot.
13 days Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you'll get airport pickup service as a complimentary from us. Our representative will transfer you to the hotel in a private vehicle. You'll get a trek briefing from our trek manager and guide during the evening. Also, if you've some gear to purchase, your trek guide will take you to the trekking gear stores in Thamel.
Note: You must fill out the arrival visa form at the immigration office at the airport.
You'll get the hotel to the airport and drop off in a private vehicle to start the trek. Once you reach the airport, you'll have your luggage checked. Following, you'll board a flight to Lukla.
It takes 30 minutes for a flight to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. The flight is scenic, with a panorama of mountains, hilltops, valleys, and clouds.
You'll stop for lunch at Lukla. And after lunch, you'll prepare for the trek to Phakding.
Lukla to Phakding is a beautiful section with multiple Sherpa hamlets, pine forests, and cascading Dudh Koshi River. Also, the trail to Phakding is stone-paved for a comfortable trek.
You'll settle at a tea house in Phakding for overnight.
You'll start the trek at 8 am after breakfast at a tea house in Phakding. You'll trek to TokTok, Benkar, Monjo, and Jorsale before you stop for lunch. At Jorsale, you'll stop for Everest Region Trek Permit checks.
After lunch at Jorsale, you'll trek to Larcha Dovan, cross Hillary Bridge, and trek to Namche Bazaar. It's a complete uphill walk past Hillary Bridge, which is tiring.
You'll settle in at a tea house in Namche overnight.
It's a rest day at Namche Bazaar. The purpose of a rest day is to get proper acclimatization.
You'll trek to Hotel Everest View at Syangboche as an acclimatization hike. It's the world's highest-altitude seated hotel. Alongside the acclimatization hike, on this day, you'll also see the first glimpse of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kongde Ri, Thamserku, Khumbila, Taboche, and many beautiful mountains of the region.
After the hotel visit, you'll trek down to Namche, where you'll visit the Sagarmatha National Park area and Sherpa Museum.
Finally, you'll trek back to the tea house for lunch, a whole day's rest, dinner, and overnight accommodation.
You'll leave Namche after breakfast at a tea house. You'll trek to Sanasa and take the left route to Gokyo. From Sanasa, you'll trek for two hours to Mong Danda top and stop for lunch. Mong is a beautiful hilltop with a great panorama of Mt. Thamserku and Ama Dablam.
From Mong, you'll descend for 40 minutes to Phortse.
However, past Phortse, the route to Dole is an uphill walk. This section can tire you. But the road is full of waterfalls, colourful trees, and rhododendron trees.
You'll settle in at the best available tea house at Dole.
It's a short day trek but is most important for acclimatization. Trekkers can reach Gokyo from Dole on a single day. However, it exposes trekkers to the risk of altitude sickness.
After breakfast at the tea house in Dole, you'll prepare for the trek. For the first section, you'll cross a mini stream and trek uphill for 1 hour. After that, the trail to Machhermo is almost flat. Also, this section is scenic with yak pasturelands, potato farmlands, Mt. Thamserku, and colourful juniper bushes.
You'll have your lunch, dinner, and overnight settle in at Machhermo.
You'll start your trek after breakfast at Machhermo and reach Gokyo before lunchtime. The 7th day on Gokyo Lake Trek sees you getting Gokyo with utmost comfort.
Almost all the routes between Gokyo and Machhermo are easy to trek.
The panorama of Mt. Thamserku, Cholatse, and Cho Oyu makes your morning trek wholesome. Also, you'll trek along two small but beautiful Gokyo Lakes before reaching the main lake.
Once you reach Gokyo, you'll settle in at a tea house for lunch. During the afternoon, you can stroll around the valley.
Overnight accommodation at the tea house at Gokyo.
To view the sunrise and best panorama of Gokyo Valley, you'll wake up at 4 am and start the Gokyo Ri hike at 4:30 am. You'll reach the top just in time to view the beautiful sunrise over mountains like Mt. Machhermo, Cholatse, Taboche, Thamserku, and more.
The Gokyo Ri hike is a complete uphill hike. The distance is short, only 2 km. However, the low oxygen makes it difficult for you to trek faster.
After photographs and sightseeing from Gokyo Ri, you'll trek to the tea house for breakfast. After breakfast, you can sleep or stroll around Gokyo Lakes.
For the rest of the day, you'll stop at Gokyo.
Overnight at the same tea house.
You'll return to Dole after having breakfast at a tea house in Gokyo. The trek is easy as you'll descend to Dole. The trail is scenic, with a fantastic panorama of mountains and pasturelands.
You'll have lunch options at Machhermo or Dole, as Dole is just 2 hours away from Machhermo.
Overnight at a tea house in Dole.
You'll trek to Namche from Dole, retracing the same route you took while trekking to Dole from Namche. Most of the sections are downhill walks. However, the climb from Phortse to Mong Danda is very tiring.
You'll stop for lunch at a tea house at Mong Danda.
From Mong, you'll trek down to Sanasa. Past Sanasa, the walk on the route to Namche will be easy.
Settle in at a tea house at Namche for overnight accommodation.
Trek from Namche to Lukla takes an entire day. You'll start the trek after breakfast at Namche and stop for lunch at TokTok. You'll need to check out at the trekker's check post at Monjo.
Also, you'll check out at the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality office before entering Lukla from Chaurikharka.
A bit of trek success celebrations with the trek guide and porters with a few drinks at Lukla.
Settle in at a tea house for overnight accommodation.
Day 12: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu/Ramechhap (25 minutes). Drive to Kathmandu (if landed in Ramechhap, 6 hours)
With breakfast at Lukla, you'll take the flight to Kathmandu. However, during the peak trekking period, almost every flight operates Lukla-Ramechhap-Lukla.
If you land at Ramechhap, you'll get a private vehicle transfer to Kathmandu. However, you'll get a hotel transfer upon landing at Kathmandu airport.
You'll get a complimentary Kathmandu sightseeing tour from us on the 13th day. You'll visit three of these places of your choice:
- Patan Durbar Square
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square
- Pashupatinath Temple
- Swoyambu Nath Stupa
- Boudhanath Stupa
You'll get a complimentary farewell dinner from us on this day. Lunch, however, will be on yours. Also, your Kathmandu sightseeing tour will be on a private vehicle.
Note: You have to pay for the heritage site entry permits.
Gokyo lakes Trek- Trip Guide
Accommodations and Meals during the trek
Sophisticated tea houses from Lukla to Gokyo Lakes offer the utmost comfort during overnight accommodation. You’ll get a twin-sharing room with attached bathrooms at every place available. However, hot water showers, wifi, and hot drinking water cost several hundred Nepali rupees each.
During 13 days trek, you’ll get 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 11 dinners. You’ll get a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. You’ll get three daily meals during the trek: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
You’ll get a meal of your choice at every tea house. They’ll serve your favourite apple pie, cappuccino, and French toast. Moreover, you’ll get fresh pizza with yak cheese, sandwiches with fries, noodle soups and more. Order it for your lunch/dinner; you’ll get almost anything.
Check out our Meals and Accommodation on Everest Base Camp Trek Blog for complete information on meals and accommodation.
Upon arrival and departure, you’ll get to the airport at the hotel, and the airport transfer is on a private vehicle. Also, you’ll get hotel-airport and airport-hotel transfer service during the trek. Furthermore, if your flight is from Manthali airport, you’ll get to Kathmandu to Manthali and Manthali to Kathmandu transfer.
The 13-day Gokyo Lakes Trek cost includes two-way flight tickets from Kathmandu/Manthali to/from Lukla. However, if you wish to take a helicopter while returning, you must pay for a helicopter. We’ll manage the aircraft on time whenever required.
Gokyo Lake Trek Permit
Gokyo Valley sits in the Everest region inside the Sagarmatha National Park area. Hence, trekkers on Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek must have two essential Everest region trek permits. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Trek Permit and Sagarmatha National Park entry permit are two permits you must have for this trek.
Every entry permit is on the trek cost you pay us. We’ll purchase every essential trek permit for you. However, we require the following documents from you.
- Valid Passport
- Nepal Travel Visa
- One contact detail of your family back home to contact during emergencies
Please note that all these permits are available at the Lukla entry point and Jorsale. Hence, you’ll get these permits at entry points after flying to Lukla. Oftentimes, trekkers lose these permits during the trek and purchase them again with expensive fees. Thus, your trek guide keeps these permits for the rest of the trek to keep them safe.
Travel Insurance: A must
After booking this trek with us, you must submit your valid international travel insurance. If you fail to present us with proof of your travel insurance, we hold every right to exclude you from the trek departure group.
Travel insurance compensates your medical emergency costs, helicopter evacuation fee, and hospitalisation cost. But you have to purchase the insurance policy with emergency helicopter coverage up to an altitude of 6000 meters.
Furthermore, travel insurance compensates for losing and damaging personal belongings, trek gear, and gadgets.
Gokyo Lake Trek Difficulty
It’s among the easy-to-trek Everest region trekking. Even if you have not gained prior trek experience, you can efficiently complete this trek in a 13-day itinerary. The easy to moderate-grade trek route ensures utmost comfort while trekking. Also, the short-distance camps, 4-5 hours walk each day, and not-so-high altitude of this region make it an easy trek.
Risk of Altitude Sickness
You’re unlikely to get altitude sickness while trekking to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri. With proper physical fitness and acclimatization, you’ll complete this trek without getting affected by mountain sickness. However, it’s not guaranteed.
Following are the signs and symptoms you may experience upon getting altitude sickness:
- Headache and dizziness
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breathing
These are the primary symptoms. If you get two of these symptoms at once, you must report it to your trek guide.
Few practices can help you prevent altitude sickness. Note that these practices are applicable before you get altitude sickness. Once you get altitude sickness, there are no other options than trekking down to lower altitudes.
Some of the preventive measures are:
- Frequent rehydration: Daily on the trek, drink 3 litres of water (with Oral Rehydration Solution).
- Consume adequate meals each day.
- Avoid smoking, alcohol, and caffeinated drinks.
- Trek is slow at a constant pace.
- Cover your head, neck, and chest with woollen beanies and neck buffs.
Fixed departure group size
Our Gokyo Lakes Trek fixed departure groups run with fixed group sizes. We don’t run groups of more than 10. Likewise, we make the departure group of a similar age group.
With limiting group size, our guide can look after everyone. Also, with fewer trekkers in the group, everyone gets proper trek experience.
Weather, Temperature, and Best Time for Gokyo Lakes Trek
You can trek to Gokyo almost any time of the year. However, for the best viewing experience, panoramic mountains, cheerful weather, and gentle temperature, autumn and spring are only the two best times of the year.
Spring, Autumn, and Winter weather become favourable for all-day sightseeing. You’ll barely see any spots of clouds during these times. If you’re a photography geek, these months are ideal for landscape photography in the Everest region.
Early spring and late autumn remain cold in Gokyo. However, April, May, September, and October become pretty warm. The nighttime temperature in higher regions averages around freezing. However, the daytime temperature remains warm. The daytime temperature at Gokyo Valley in Spring and Autumn averages 6-7˚C. Also, the nighttime temperature during these months averages to -5˚C.
Winter remains frozen throughout. Even Gokyo Lakes freezes during January and February.