Gokyo Lake Trek Guidance
Gokyo Lake trekking is one of the famous and adventurous treks in Nepal, which offers gigantic Himalayan range over 8000m, striking Ngozumpa Glacier, Sagarmatha National Park, Gokyo Valley, and many to explore. Stunning view of the Himalaya including Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, and its vicinity of Gokyo Valley is able to allure travelers throughout the world. This trek is amazing for those outdoor lovers who can enjoy rarely and endanger flora and fauna. Gokyo Valley is overloaded with the magnificent glaciers, uncountable lakes, Dudh Pokhari, stoned houses and meadows on the shore of a great lake, and many more. Getting involved with the local folk’s an encounter and exchange their interesting cultures, traditions, living styles, languages and everyday existence is really amazing. The cost of Gokyo Lake trek depends on the different factors.
After the exploration of the major World UNESCO Heritage Sites of Kathmandu, the capital city, we will take an amazing scenic flight for Lukla. We will be introducing with the crew members and trekking guide of Bharal Adventure and continue our journey by following beautiful Dudh Koshi River. We will continue trek ahead until we reach Namche Bazaar, where we will acclimatize. After following several villages and days trek we will finally reach our destination.
Short Itinerary of Gokyo Lake
- Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft).
- Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation.
- Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft), trek to Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft): 3 – 4 hours.
- Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): 5 – 6 hours.
- Day 05: Namche Bazaar: acclimatization.
- Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phorse (3810 m/ 12,496 ft): 5 – 6 hours.
- Day 07: Phorse Village to Machhermo-(4,470 m/ 14,663 ft): 5 – 6 hours.
- Day 08: Machharmo to Gokyo (4800 m/15,744 ft): 5 – 6 hours.
- Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft) and hike to fifth lakes: 5 – 6 hours.
- Day 10: Gokyo to Dole: 3 – 4 hours.
- Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazaar: 4 – 5 hours.
- Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6 – 8 hours.
- Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu.
- Day 14: Final departure.
Trek through the peaceful, off-the-beaten-paths of the Everest region.
Stunning view of the sunrise/sunset and Himalayas view.
The Himalayas including Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, and its vicinity from Gokyo Ri (5357 meters).
Take amazing photographs of the unspoiled and crisp Gokyo valley.
Delve into the serenity of the dazzling glacial lakes and uncountable beautiful rivers.
Explore Ngozumpa glacier, one of the biggest glaciers in the Khumbu region.
Explore UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kathmandu including Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Royal Kathmandu Durbar Square
Essential Gokyo Lake Trekking Gears
Before going for any trek, it is very essential to know what equipment should I bring for trekking in Nepal. Although the trekking Equipment Gear List depends on the types of trek, It will be better to know before going. Bharal Adventure will provide you kit bag to put your possession. You can see below as we mention the necessary items.
General Trekking Gear:
Lightweight treks boots, 2-3 Synthetic tee shirts, long-sleeve shirts, 1-2 Synthetic hiking pants, Zip-off pants, Fleece or sweatshirt for cool night temperatures, Rain jacket or poncho (Gore-tex or equivalent), Rain pants (Gore-tex or equivalent), Thick wool socks, thin synthetic liner socks to prevent blisters, Synthetic Underwear, Sun hat, and many more.
1-2 Water bottles – 2 liters, Iodine to purify water (Can be purchased in cities), Sunglasses and strap, Trekking Poles, Toilet paper and cigarette lighter (Toilet paper can be bought in cities), Small headlamp/flashlight/torch with spare batteries, Personal medical supplies, Pocket knife, Sunscreen, Small daypack – 25 liters, Personal snacks from home (Candy bars, Protein bars, granola, nuts, etc.), and many more.
For Winter Treks or Peak Climbing (In addition to above)
Warm Puffy down-filled jacket (Synthetic or Natural feathers),Synthetic mid-layer (Fleece, wool, or lightweight down sweater), Softshell or insulated ski pants, Sleeping bag to -15C, Thermal underwear/base layer, Beanie with ear flaps (Wool or fleece), Balaclava or face mask, A pair of winter gloves/mitts (Waterproof), A pair of lightweight gloves (Fleece or synthetic materials), Ski goggles or glacier glasses (polarized), Gaiters (To cover boots and lower leg)
Sandals or slip-on shoes for walking around tea houses or camp, biodegradable soap and/or shampoo, Spare boot laces, Large plastic bag to line backpack, daypack from wet conditions, and a small bag of dirty clothes, Small Towel, and many more.
Traveling over 5000 meters is not a simple thing that every traveler can easily complete. Gokyo Lake trek also needs reliable travel insurance, which will cover for the emergency evacuation over 5000 meters. Normally, travel insurance will cost USD 120 per person, but it depends upon the duration of the insurance and its policies. Travel insurance covers accidental events, altitude sickness, loss of goods, emergency and medical services. So it is better to have traveler insurance during Gokyo Lake trek in Nepal.
Trekking guide or Porter
For Gokyo Lake trek in Nepal, hiring a guide or porter is a good choice because the trek is quite difficult. The trekking trail of Gokyo Lake trek is steep and sloppy where travelers have to trek around 5 to 6 hours every day. A guide or porter will be there for your safety and helps in the risks or difficulties. A porter will carry your baggage, which will make you free and safe during your trek of Gokyo Lake. Normally, hiring a guide for Gokyo Lake will cost USD 20 to 30 per day, while the cost of hiring porter is quite less than the guide. It may charge USD 15 to 20 per day.
Is training essential?
While talking about the training, it is necessary if you are novice trekkers but if you have lots of experience of trekking in the high altitude, then you can accomplish Gokyo Lake trek without any training. Taking training will boost your physical and mental endurance. During trekking, dealing with the thrilling altitude, wild remote trails, amazing Sherpa settlements, and the variable weather and temperatures what makes its amazing and special trek experience.
Food, drinking water and accommodation of Gokyo Lake
In the Everest region of Nepal, there are so many teahouses and lodges, where trekkers will find a healthy and hygienic meal every day. Basically, trekkers will get three-time a meal that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Tea and coffee will available at any time in the lodges and teahouse and its cost vary according to location. As you reach a higher altitude the cost of food and tea is quite expensive. In the high altitude, it is difficult to find every good and also difficult to transport it. That is why the cost of everything at a high altitude is quite expensive. Regarding accommodation, it is also the same as you are in the lower altitude, you will find all the facilitated accommodation but as you reach a higher altitude, you will find shared accommodation. Basically, the cost of a single meal may cost around USD 5 to 6 dollars per person. There is no problem with the drinking water, but the cost of bottled water differs on the trail. The higher you go, the more will it cost. So, it will be better to carry a refillable water bottle and the water purifying tablets.
Snacks you need to carry during the trek
Our trek to Gokyo Lake, you can carry snacks that may be Candy bars, Protein bars, granola, nuts, chocolates and many more.
Weather and temperature of Gokyo Lake (Seasons Wise)
Everest Trekkers want to trek in the right weather and temperature. In Nepal, Spring and Autumn are two seasons to make Gokyo Lake trek in Nepal. Although different seasons have their own special features, it is significant to trek in the fine season to reduce its difficulty level.
Autumn season consists of October, September and November month which are the best time for trekking in Gokyo valley. In this season at Everest region, there will be rare chances of rainfall, snow, and bad weather and it is the best time to have a clear view of the astonishing Himalayas and its surroundings.
Spring season consists of March, April, and May month in Nepal, which is considered as a wonderful time to trek in every location of Nepal. In this season, the weather is stable and offers the best fragrance of wildflowers blooming along the trails. Due to stable weather, trekkers can have great visibility of mesmerizing surroundings.
Winter season consists of December, January, and February month and the Summer season consist the June, July, and August month, which are normally off-seasons to trek in Nepal. In the winter season, there will be cold unbearable and, in the monsoon, the trekking trail will hassle and makes it difficult.
Trekking permit requirements
Every trekker needs trekking permits to trek in Nepal. For Gokyo lake trek, you need two types of trek permits that include:
Local Area Permit
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
Normally, the local area permit costs USD 20 per person while the cost of Sagarmatha National Park entry permit is USD 30. These costs include VAT. One can obtain these permits at the Monjo village in Khumbu. If you are trekking with us, we will hire a guide or a porter, s/he will get your permits.
Trekking in the Gokyo Lake in Nepal means trekking in the high altitude through the glacier valley, the turquoise-colored azure lakes, and high rough vegetation and make wonderful experience. Following different routes with the cherish the natural beauty of glaciers of Gokyo Valley is really amazing. So, don’t miss it.