Everest base camp is no doubt one of the most adventurous trekking in Nepal. Taking the trails of Gokyo lake to the same will definitely impart new vigor to one’s mind. Gokyo trek not only includes walking on the trails of the world’s highest mountains but also highest oligotrophic or fresh water lakes. These Lakes are located at an elevation of 4000 plus meters to mid 5000 meters. The main source of these lakes is the meltdown from glaciers and snow from the passes. Gokyo trek is all about high mountains, rich sherpa culture and undoubtedly the fresh water lakes.
Compared to the other trails that leads to Everest base camp, Gokyo trek is considered as off the beaten trail and in a very natural state. These crystal clear turquoise colored fresh water Lakes are not just magneting tourists but also pilgrims for it own religious beliefs. Several followers of both religion trek to Gokyo, especially on the month of August to take a holy bath and it is some scene you may not want to miss.
Gokyo trek is none other than the same Everest base camp via Gokyo lakes in a budget price. Furthermore, this trek would also take you to one of the three passes in the Everest region. These passes are well known, panoramic vantage points for the mountains in the surrounding. We guarantee to showcase all the attractions of Gokyo trek without having to break your back. The price offered by budget trekking will be the lowest guaranteed price and the best value for money.
Arrival in Kathmandu
You could be already in Kathmandu or you may be arriving on this very day and whatever it is we welcome you to Nepal! Thank you for choosing Gokyo lake trek with budget trekking. On this first day we transfer you to your hotel/hostel. You will not do much except observing the ambiance around you and get acquainted with the country. Meal Plan N/A
Trek preparation and shopping
This is an important day because today is the day when you will meet with your guide. The guide or one of our team members will brief you about the trek about more or less everything you need to know. After briefing we would thoroughly go through the trekking gear that we have. Furthermore, if there is anything that is not according to the trekking standard we will do last minute shopping of the trekking gears. On the other hand one of our backend office staff will get busy preparing required permits and logistics. Meal plan – N/A
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (200m descend – 50m descend)
After taking an early morning flight to the most adventurous airports in the world of Lukla we walk just for warmup. We trek for only 200 meters descent and 50 meters of ascent in around 2 and half hours. If weather permits you will get the glimpse of mountains right from the airport. You will hear and see Dudh koshi roaring down from different places. Overnight in Phakding. Meal plan B,L,D.
Phakding – Namche bazaar (1000m ascent – 100m descend)
This is one of the most difficult sections of the trek. Within around 6 – 7 hours we cover 1000 meters in ascent and 100 meters in descent. You will come across beautiful villages in between and small yet amazing waterfalls. On this very day you will see the first glimpse of Mt. Thamserku. In between Phakding and Namche is Monjo, from where we enter in the Sagarmatha national park. Right before monjo you may enjoy a notable forest of pine, fir and Rhododendron. Beyond Jorsale and from the confluence of Dudh koshi and Bhote Koshi is the most difficult 2 hours of trek on this day. Overnight in Namche. Meal plan B,L,D.
Despite a day off, we take side trips to Khumjung and on the way we as well stop by at Syangboche. On this day we hike to Syangboche airport; one of the high altitude, non commercial air strip. We also take the opportunity to visit Khunde and Khumjung where we see the school built by Sir. Edmund Hillary and a monastery that claims to home yeti’s scalp. We get back to Namche and rest and enjoy the view. Overnight in Namche. Meal plan B,L,D.
Namche – Dole (590m ascent)
There are two option from here to reach our next destination and we choose the one via Kyanjuma. With the views of snow dusted, soaring Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse we make sheer ascent through barren ridges. After the ascent we reach Mong La also known as Mond Danda, where we sit for lunch. After reviving we now descend to the root of the hill and banks of Dudh Koshi river to Phortse Thanga.A place which is at the foot of the mountains, dark and damp. From Phortse our trek continues to Dole which takes around 2 hours. Overnight in Dole. Meal plan B,L,D.
Dole – Machhermo (ascent – 650m)
We walk short but strenuous and sheer uphill through the forest of Rhododendron, a beautiful trail and playground of musk deer. Keep an eye for Golden eagle and dramatically soaring mountains of Everest region. The trail is comparatively easy from Dole and the only vegetation we come across is tundra grass and dotted scrub Juniper. It is advised to hydrate as much as possible due to remarkable change in altitude over a short period of time. We limit our ascent within 3 hours to Machhermo and call it a day to avoid altitude sickness. Overnight in Machhermo. Meal plan B,L,D.
Machhermo – Gokyo (ascent – 350m)
The villages we see from Machhermo onwards are all temporary villages and only inhabited at certain time of the year. With the beautiful view of Kantega and Cho Oyu, we follow the Dudh Koshi river for almost an hour, until we reach the first lake which is at around of sheer uphill we come across the 1st lake at 4600m, and further down the trail 2nd lake called Taboche Tsho and finally the third lake by the village Gokyo, known as the Gokyo lake itself. We can further travel to the 5th and 6th lakes which is around 1 and ½ hour hike up down.Overnight in Gokyo. Meal plan B,L,D.
Gokyo Acclimatization to 5th lake (570m ascent – 570m descend) (5th lake)
Trekking to 5th lake and back takes around 4-6 hours with easy pace. Since it is almost full day walk we will keep it on the activity day, which is today’s day. We get back on the same trail out and and not go towards Gokyo Ri but stick to the same trail. In around one and half hours we arrive at the 4th lake and further in around 2 hours we arrive at the 5th lake. The views of peak from the 5th lake is very rewarding. Cho Oyu is the most significant mountain seen from the Gokyos. After all day excursion to the 5th lake and back we call it a night in Gokyo. Meal plan B,L,D.
Gokyo to Gokyo Ri to Dole
After acclimatizing in Gokyo and enjoying the views of Cho Oyu and the 5th lake, we spend another day to visit Gokyo Ri (5346m). One of the most appreciated, nearby viewpoints. We can witness an unparalleled, picturesque view of Everest (8848m), Nuptse 7861 m, Makalu 8481 m, Cholatse (6440m), Taboche (6495 m), Ama Dablam 6856 m, Kantega 6685 m, Thamserku (6608 m). The view of Everest however is the best from the peak of Gokyo Ri. The entire trip takes about 4 to 5 hours but we descend further down to Dole and that would take around another 4 hours. Overnight in Dole. Meal plan B,L,D.
Dole to Namche
We trace our way back to Namche on the same trail and call it a night in Namche. Meal plan B,L,D.
Namche to Lukla
Walking downhill to Lukla takes around 7-8 hours. Overnight in Lukla. Meal plan B,L,D.
Lukla to Kathmandu
We take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Once we get back in the capital city and transfer you to your hotel/hostel and hence our Gokyo Lake trek comes to end. Meal plan B.