Gokyo Lakes Trek

15 Days
  • 15 Days
  • Streneous
  • 12 People max
  • Spring and Autumn

Overview

Gokyo Lakes Trek rewards you with beautiful views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier- one of the largest in the world and also guarantees the most remarkable views of some of the infamous “eight-thousanders” including Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri (5360 meters / 17585 feet). An unforgettable moment on this Gokyo Lakes Trek route is the view of the spectacular ice point between Cho Oyu (8201m) and Gyachung Kang (7952m) in the Khumbu region.

Hiding high up in the mighty Himalayas, there is a system of fresh water lakes known as the Gokyo lakes, they are immensely sacred and hold important significance in the Hindu and Buddhist religions.

Gokyo Lakes Trek starts with a breath taking flight between the mountains to Tenzing/Hillary airport at Lukla and then follows the Everest Base Camp Trek route for some time before leaving the other trekkers behind and heading out to the Gokyo Valley. There are many challenging aspects to this route as we walk through Sherpa land where the Buddhist religion dominates, Buddhist prayer flags adorn huge suspension bridges and we will pass mani stone walls and chortens, Buddhist memorial sites, as we go.

We aspire to reach Gokyo Ri and the world’s highest fresh water lake system, an amazing route in a beautiful region where the hustle and bustle of modern society is nowhere to be seen.

Gokyo Lakes Trek brief itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m/4412ft), meet us at airport; transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Pre-trek meeting and sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 3: Short flight to Lukla (2840m/9320ft)–Trek to Phakding (2610m/8560ft)–approximately 3.5 hours

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11290ft) – Approximately 6 hrs

Day 5: Acclimatization day trip around Namche Bazaar.

Day 6: Trek to Phortse Ghanga (3680m/12073ft) – Approximately 4 hours

Day 7: Trek to Machherma (4470m/14300ft) – Approx. 5 hrs

Day 8: Trek to Gokyo (4790m/ ) – Approx 5 hours.

Day 9: Trek to Gokyo Ri and back to Gokyo (5360m/) – Approx 8 hours.

Day 10: Trek to Dole (4110m) – Approx. 7 hours.

Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11290ft) – Approx 6 hours.

Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2840m/9320ft) – Approx. 6 hrs.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.

Day 14: Rest/buffer day – leisurely on your own.

Day 15: Departure, or extend your tour for other activities in Nepal.

Important information about re-routing of Lukla flight
Civil Aviation authority of Nepal issued a notice instructing all airlines to divert Lukla flights to Manthali airport which is situated in Ramechap. Manthali Airport is situated in Ramechap District, about 145kms/4hrs drive from Kathmandu. The airport started operation since 2019 spring season when our airport was closed temporarily. Because of the successful operation from Manthali airport and to reduced traffic of Kathmandu airport, Civil Aviation authority has diverted all Lukla flights to Manthali airport. Until further notice, there will be 4 hours drive each way while traveling to/from Lukla; this means you will drive (starting at 230am-300am) about 4 hours to catch flight to Lukla and 4 hours on return to Kathmandu after flight from Lukla. This may change in future as per airport conditions. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused.

Itinerary

Activities: We will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel, just relax for the rest of the day to recover from your long journey.

Highlights: Bustling Thamel, an array of restaurants, bars and shops.

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Highlights: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square, cultural and historical sights of the Kathmandu Valley.

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Hours of walking: 3.

Difficulty: Easy.

Elevation reached: 2840m in Lukla and 2610me in Phakding.

Terrain: Flat and downhill, well developed paths, stone steps.

Views on offer: Amazing Himalayan views on approach to Lukla.

Highlights: The breathtaking flight between the mountains.

What’s to see?: The traditional Sherpa people and Buddhist shrines

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3440m.

Terrain: Rocky and dirt tracks, stone steps, mostly uphill, gradual with some steep inclines.

Views on offer: Spectacular approaching views of Namche Bazaar, snow capped peaks and the river valley.

Highlights: The colourful Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar – the gateway to the high Himalaya and crossing some impressive suspension bridges over the river valley.

What’s to see?: The milky waters of the Dudh Kosi River, thick rhododendron, magnolia and fir tree forests, herds of yaks carrying supplies.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Hours walking: 4.

Difficulty: Easy – moderate.

Elevation reached: 3962m at Mountain View Hotel, 3790m at Khumkung.

Terrain: Hilly, grassy trails, some steep inclines and flat tracks.

Views on offer: Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Taboche Peak and Ama Dablam.

Highlights: Your first sight of Everest!

What’s to see?: Khumjung Edmund Hillary School, Sherpa museum, shops and markets around Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Hours of walking: 4

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3680m.

Terrain: A mountain pass (Mong La), ridge trail and some rocky inclines.

Views on offer: Snow capped peaks, the Dudh Kosi Valley.

Highlights: Khumjung village and school.

What’s to see?: Mani stone walls and chortens.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 07 :
Machherma.

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 4470m.

Terrain: Steep inclines, forest paths.

Views on offer: Colorful rhododendron trees and distant mountain peaks.

Highlights: Walking through lush kharkas. (Meadows.)

What’s to see?: The villages of Dole, Lhabarma and Luza.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 08 :
Gokyo.

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 4790m.

Terrain: Some steep inclines and rocky tracks.

Views on offer: Cho- Oyu and Gyachung Kang amongst other Himalayan giants.

Highlights: Exploring the sacred lakes.

What’s to see?: The reflection of Cho-Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in the glistening waters of the lakes, The dudh Pokhari/Khunda. (The third lake.)

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Hours of walking: 8.

Difficulty: Difficult/strenuous.

Elevation reached: 5360m.

Terrain: Uneven, ridge tracks, rocky, uphill and flat trails.

Views on offer: Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse Shar (8400m), Nuptse (7855m), Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang. (7922m.)

Highlights: Conquering Gokyo Ri.

What’s to see?: The Ngozumpa Glacier, the Gokyo valley and a ton of towering mountains!

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 10 :
Dole

Hours of walking: 7.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 4110m.

Terrain: Glacial paths and steep descents.

Views on offer: The first (Longpongo) and second (Tajung Tso) of the Gokyo Lakes.

Highlights: Returning to lower altitudes! Walking alongside the Nagozumpa glacier.

What’s to see: The villages of Machermo and Luzo.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate.

Elevation reached: 3440m.

Terrain: Descents through forest paths.

Views on offer: Thick forests and a magnificent mountain backdrop.

Highlights: Soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of Namche Bazaar with its array of bars, cafes and restaurants.

What’s to see: Rhododemdron and fir trees, wild mountain goats and the lophophorus bird which is the national bird of Nepal.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 12 :
Lukla.

Hours of walking: 7.

Difficulty: moderate.

Elevation reached: 2840m.

Terrain: By the banks of the river, stone steps and some descents and last ascents up to Lukla.

Views on offer: The glistening river amidst a mountain backdrop.

Highlights: Last day of walking in the Khumbu region. Well done, you completed your trip!

What’s to see: Thick forests, an array of birds and some final views of the mountains.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Highlights: Another breathtaking airplane ride on a twin-engine otter amidst the mighty Himalayas.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 14 :
Free time!

Highlights: Time to shop, relax, get a massage.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15 :
Departure.

Goodbye and farewell from Nepal!

The Cost Include(s)

  • International airport arrival/departure transfers.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Guided Kathmandu heritages day tour.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • English speaking guide and required number of porters during the trek; their wages, insurance etc.
  • Kathmandu Lukla return flight with airport transfers/
  • Required trekking area entry permits.
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket and duffel bag to use during the trek (on request)
  • Government imposed taxes

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, etc.
  • All kind of beverages.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
  • Tipping (expected by guides and porters but not mandatory)
  • Any expenses arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Mosaic Adventure control.
Overall Trip Rating:
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  1. Great Trek
    By Anna Li January 13, 2024
    In December 2023, I booked the Gokyo Ri trek with Mosaic Adventure. It turned out to be one of my most memorable treks yet, with everything arranged flawlessly at a reasonable cost. When I had to change my plans suddenly, Raj from Mosaic Adventure was quick to respond and sorted everything out efficiently. My guide Pralhad, was outstanding in every aspect. He ensured that the trek was not only perfect but also enjoyable, sharing his knowledge about local culture and religion along the way. Over 11 days of walking together, we had a fantastic time. Pralhad proved to be an expert guide whom you can trust completely. I wouldn't hesitate to trek in Nepal again with Mosaic Adventure and of course, with Pralhad.
  2. Amazing service and hospitality
    By Dori Salcido September 23, 2023
    My boyfriend and I went on our first trek in the Himalayas to Gokyo lakes and these guys made it an unforgettable experience. They took care of everything from the moment we arrived at the airport to reaching the top of Gokyo Ri. They sorted out all the transportation, places to stay, flights to Lukla and everything we needed on the mountain including places to stay, guide, porter, permits etc. Our mountain guide, Purna, was fantastic. He was very careful, friendly and looked after us well. I would recommend them to anyone and I'll definitely choose Mosaic Adventure again if I ever come back. I'm so grateful I booked with them, it was the best decision I made.
  3. Trekking to Gokyo Lakes
    By Lynn Hetsler May 7, 2023
    In April, we did wonderful trek to Gokyo Lakes. Mosaic Adventure arranged our tour well and offered a good price. Sonam, the guide who accompanied us on the trek, was very welcoming and interesting. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with him. Overall, we are very pleased with our trek and we can wholeheartedly recommend the company to others.
  4. Trekking to Gokyo Lakes
    By Melanie Dawne April 15, 2023
    Trekking to Gokyo lakes with Mosaic Adventure was undoubtedly the best decision to experience the adventure of a lifetime. Raj, the owner, proved exceptional, offering assistance from careful planning to helping in our gears shopping needs. Rudra, our guide, shows great expertise, while our porter offered invaluable support throughout. My companions and I enjoyed good accommodations and good food. Their dedication to ensuring such service amidst the remoteness truly stood out. Mosaic Adventure undoubtedly surpasses expectations, earning my highest recommendation!
  5. Thanking you all
    By David Durbin December 19, 2019
    I wanted to write you a note thanking you, your team and especially Ramesh for the quality of our Gokyo Lake Trekking trip and the professionalism you treated us with. Yvonne and I have done several similar trips together and I can easily say that your organization was the best we have dealt with. In particular, I deeply appreciated the way Ramesh and you helped me once I got sick -- it was above and beyond the normal service levels. I am recovering quickly and Yvonne and I are already discussing possible future adventures.

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