Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.
Gokyo lake trek takes you on the bank of the six glaciated lake at the altitude of about 5000 meters along with foothills of the world highest peak Mount Everest. Gokyo lake trek is an additional trek to Gokyo Lake during the popular Everest Base Camp trek leaving the busy trail of Everest base camp for extra more days to immerse on the beauty of the Gokyo lake sparkling with the reflections of the above 8000 meters snowy peaks and enveloped by the lush Sagarmatha national park; world heritage site rich on flora and fauna and sanctuary for diverse animal and bird species including elusive Himali Bear.
Apart from the shimmering beauty of the bluish water of the glaciated lake on summer season Gokyo trek rewards with the spellbinding vision of the four of the eight highest mountains like Mount Everest, Cho-Oyu, Makalu, and Lhotse from the vantage point of Gokyo Ri for which short hike from Gokyo Lake is mandatory.
Gokyo lake trek start after the hair-raising flight to Lukla airstrip then leads to Namche; gateway of Everest and hub for the trekkers where you will be accompanied by the numerous fellow trekkers either venturing for the Everest Base Camp trek as well as Gokyo trek or returning after the successful trek sharing their experience of the trek with encircling other trekkers who are on the trek and listening their successful trek stories with hilarious joke and pictures of the trek with curiosity.
A Lantang Ri Trekking & Expedition representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. When you are ready you will be collected from your hotel lobby and driven to our Thamel office where you will be formally introduced to your Trekking Guide. We will go through all your trek itinerary and arrangements with you an ensure every detail is in place. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details so that we can organize any permits required for your trek and the region you will be exploring.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar square.
Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is a Buddhist religious complex with a history dating back over 500 years. Located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu it is now a site of great pilgrimage for Buddhist followers who circle its massive stupa, spin its many prayer wheels and visit its beautiful monastery. The main feature of Boudhanath is its huge hemispherical white stupa with central golden tower and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Visitors should circle the stupa in a clockwise direction and spin prayer wheels for good fortune and a good life. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the Thangka painting school within the complex to see highly skilled artists at work on religious mandala paintings.
Pashupatinath: Hindu Temple is a very large and complex and focal point for the Hindu religion. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. This has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated here through the year.
Swayambhunath: You will first visit the Swayambhunath temple complex that sits atop a high hill overlooking Kathmandu and the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. It consists of a very large white stupa with the all-seeing-eye of Lord Buddha plus many small stupa and beautifully carved stone shrines. This is a wonderful place to catch your breath and start to understand and appreciate the deep importance of Buddhist belief to the people of Nepal and the Himalaya region. Make sure you ring the many bells to awaken the gods and let them know you are in Nepal. Take the time to enjoy the view over Kathmandu and have your guide point the many other highlights of the city. In the far distance to the east you may also be able to see the hills of Nagarkot where your hotel for tonight is located. If you feel energetic you might also like to try some or all of the 350 steps that lead all the way from Kathmandu city up to your Swayambhunath temple vantage point.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: The next stop today is the beautiful Kathmandu Durbar Square, or the royal palace square of the ancient Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley. This square and all its architectural treasures are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While some damage to buildings occurred in the 2015 earthquake the site still contains many stunning architectural gems. The original royal palace courtyards are open to visitors and you will marvel at the intricate timber carving and beautifully crafted brickwork of the palace. The open square outside the palace has many beautiful multi-storey pagodas and temples with ornate carving and carpentry artwork that tells some of the story of the ancient kings and their mystical time and beliefs. The square also contains many important Hindu temples and statues such as to Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Durbar Square also contains the unique and intriguing Kumari Chok. This is an ancient and ornate house where resides the Raj Kumari – the Living Goddess. She is a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you are in the courtyard of the home at the right time in the afternoon you may see a brief glimpse of the Goddess at her window.
We will transfer you from your hotel to the domestic airport to catch the very scenic flight to Lukla, just south of the entrance to the Sagarmartha National Park and the Mount Everest region. The flight is brief and takes only about thirty minutes to complete. Once in Lukla and all your packs and equipment are organised you will start your trek with the walk northwards along the Dudh Kosi River valley to the village of Phakdings and its impressive suspension bridge over the river far below. At this stage the scenery is a well vegetated and impressively large river valley with glimpses to the north of the towering snow-capped Himalayan peaks that await you.
The first stage of the walk takes you across the river and to the village of Monjo and the actual entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. Your guide will handle all the formalities of ensuring you are carrying the necessary permit to enter the national park. All necessary permits will have been arranged for you following your visit to our head office a day or two earlier. The second stage takes you upwards from 3,440m altitude Namche Bazaar – so a very substantial altitude gain of over 1,600m is achieved in this stage – so just take it slow and steady up the many steps to Namche Bazaar and enjoy the scenery and beautiful mountain summit vistas deeper in the national park.
Since you will now be at quite a significant altitude you must let your physiology adapt the the thinner atmosphere and reduced oxygen levels. We will be taking a hike for 4 - 5 hours. This is an essential step in the proper management of the risk of altitude sickness. We will be elevating to a max altitude of 3880m from Namche. Your guide will personally instruct you on what to do during the day and how best to acclimatize and how to identify any early symptoms of altitude sickness. There is plenty to see and do in Namche Bazaar itself and in the immediate surrounding area. So taking a rest day can be an interesting and fun day too. Talk with your guide about visiting places such as the famous Edmond Hillary School established to assist the Sherpa community and residents of the region. Or perhaps pay a visit to the beautiful Everest View Hotel – the view of the Mount Everest summit can be inspiring for the next days of your trek.
You will be walking for around 5 hours today, it begins relatively easily with fantastic views of Ama Dablam a very scenic peak. Once through Phortse Tenga you begin to climb through pretty woodland, it is especially beautiful around here in spring when the Rhododendrons are in bloom.
It takes about five hours from Dole, you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku.
Today you climb steadily along the valley of the Dudh Kosi River coming out above the tree line now the vegetation adapting to the altitude itself is more scrub and low juniper bushes. You will pass through several summer pastures used by yak herders. As you make your way up to Gokyo your views of Cho Oyu head improve but the immediate local scenery is very pretty across the valley, looking up you will see evidence of Glacial lakes and very colourful valley sides. Behind you are views of Kantega and Thamserku. Passing the dramatic Machermo (4410m) Valley and on to the small settlement of Panka. Eventually you find yourself walking close to the banks of the river and climbing to the top of a small ridge which then leads you into the first lake. You soon arrive at the larger, second lake and not far is the third on the banks of which is Gokyo. The scenery here is magnificent with the mountain scenery reflected in the emerald green water.
A good day trip today is to head out to the 4th (2 hours, one way) and 5th lakes, both following the valley floor or climbing to the ridge above the glacier on the right hand side make great routes.
Climbing to the top of Gokyo Ri (4150m) is a must. It will take you a few hours and you will find your breathing is laboured but the views from the top make it all worth while, it is spectacular with Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu in clear view amongst many other snow capped peaks, it is breathtaking particularly if you make it for sunrise. After breakfast back at your lodge you will begin your descent to Machhermo, followed by Phorse Thanga and accending to Mong La.
Today After breakfast, we trek downwards to Monjoo. We pass Kyang Joma viewing amazing mountains and the Pilgrimages along the way. We also go through Namche where we were at day 5 and continue to Monjoo and stay here for the night calling it a day.
A 4 - 5 hour walk today enjoying the view once again and taking amall breaks while doing so. Today we trek back to Lukla.
You will be on an early flight back this morning, on arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and taken to your hotel. This evening you will also have a farewell dinner and share your experience. We will collect you from your hotel and take you to one of the many bustling and fun restaurants of Kathmandu.
Enjoy a day exploring some of the quieter streets of Kathmandu and stocking up on souvenirs and presents for friends and family.
At the evening we will escort you to the airport and wave you farewell.
Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacket
Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.
Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.
Other equipment: Sleeping bag (5 seasons), lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
Other items: Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.
angtang Ri trekking rocks! We were unfortunately scheduled to start our trek just days after the major earthquake hit Kathmandu. Langtang Ri trekking was understanding and honest about the whole situa...View More
Just completed a wonderful 13-Day trip to Gokyo Lake - my fourth trip travelling with the wonderful people at Langtang Ri, to visit their amazingly beautiful country that is Nepal. Was awestruck with ...View More
Very nice trek with a variety of landscapes, ideal for a first trek. Good accommodation and food. Lots of cute yaks! Friendly and helpful guide.
Duration: 16 days
Best Time to go: Sep – Nov, Mar – May
Max. Altitude: 5483m
Group Size: Min 2 pax
Transportation: Private vehicle / Domestic flight