Gokyo Lake Trek

  • Trip Duration: 14 days
  • Trek Duration: 10
  • Trip Code: SHTT-103
  • Trip Cost: $$.....
  • Primary Activity: Trekking & Hiking
  • Secondary Activity: Sightseeing and cultural trek;,ritual festival,yoga trek etc
  • Max. Group Size: 15 PAX
  • Min. Group Size: 1PAX
  • Starts Point: Kathmandu
  • Ends Point: Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max. Height: 5545m
  • Trip Mode: Lodge Trek&Camping terk
  • Accommodation: Good hotel in Kathmandu, and teahouses during the trek. (or as you desire)
  • Season: The best season for Gokyo Lake Trek is autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May).

Trip Information

This trek crosses three high passes in the Khumbu region. These are Renjola pass (5435), Chola pass (5420m) and Kongma-la Pass (5535m). It allows us to traverse the area of four out of six of the world's tallest peaks namely, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho oyu.

The geographical and cultural features of this region cast a magical spell on every traveller that visits. The towering snowcapped mountains and the spectacular scenes will make the journey worth the hard walks. To complete this trail takes at least 19 days but we suggest taking some extra 'rest' days to recuperate and enjoy the local hospitality and incredible surroundings.

The trekking trail passes through Sherpa villages, where trekkers can experience the life style of Sherpa mountain people. Like other treks of the Everest region this trek starts from Lukla after a 35 minute flight from Kathmandu. The first part of the trek follows the route that leads to Namche Bazaar, the main junction for all Everest trekkers. From Namche Bazaar we take the path north-west to Thame village and from there we walk north to Lungdhen. The next morning we cross the first pass Renjola. Crossing Renjola brings us down to the beautiful mountain lake Gokyo. We sleep in the mountain lodge nearby Gokyo Lake. Next morning we climb Gokyo Ri for magnificent views of Mt. Everest and the Gokyo lake and glacier below. After lunch we take the path to Chola pass. Crossing Chola pass we trek to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. Then crossing the third and last pass Kongmala we take one rest day in the Chhukung valley.

What is a tea house trek?
You will encounter many tea houses on your trek. A tea house is a lodge operated by the locals of a village to support their family and community. During the evenings and night the teahouses offer you beverages, food, warmth, and a chance to chat with other trekkers and locals. Teahouses are not five star hotels, but basic accommodation including breakfast, lunch, and dinner at a very affordable price. Many teahouses offer hot showers where you have to a small fee (usually around $2). Wifi and battery charge is also offered with a small fee.

What is a camping trek?
As the name suggests, a camping trek is camping, in which you will have to accommodate yourself and your companions along with the staff in tents. The tents will consist of kitchens and bedrooms. All the tedious and cumbersome tasks will be done by our staff. These kinds of treks are said to be really adventurous and fun.

Are you (Soul Himalaya Treks &Tours) authorized by the government?
Yes, we are fully authorized by the government to conduct any kinds of activities relating to trekking and traveling. All of our guides are licensed and experienced mountain guides.

Should I obtain insurance for the trek?
Yes, we insist you to take out insurance. You should have yourself insured before your arrival to Nepal and it should cover all expenses. If you need help, please don’t hesitate to ask us. Many of our trekkers have been happy with dog tag insurance. https://www.dogtag.com/

Is tipping the guides and porters compulsory?
It is not compulsory. However, it has been a common trait and the guides and porters will be expecting a small amount of tips from you. A small amount to you can hold a great essence in their life and can go a long way to help them and their families. Feel free to ask us for a suggested standard amount.

Are there any kinds of age limit for trekking in the Himalayas?
No. People under 18 should be accompanied by their parents or guardian and should have the required health ability to trek in the Himalayas.

How do I get to Nepal?
It is a really easy procedure. You will get a visa upon arrival at the international airport in Nepal. It is best to bring cash to the airport. There are times where the credit card machine is down, and this can cause travelers a huge headache. We have a completely independent article providing you with all the information you need for traveling to Nepal. Please, take a look.

Are the trekking personnel fluent in talking English?
Yes, all of our guides are fluent in English. We only provide jobs to trekking guides who have impeccable speaking skills in English and experience in the mountains. Please feel free to ask them about the environment and the Sherpa culture which you will encounter on your trek.

How long should we walk every day?
In average you will walk at least 5 hours but no more than 7 hours. It is common to begin early in the morning, have an hour rest for a lunch, and arrive at a teahouse well before sunset.

What is the best season to schedule our trek to Nepal?
Frankly speaking, Nepal is a place where you will enjoy your time throughout the year. There are no such restraints in traveling and enjoying Nepal any time in the year. However, as a whole, March-May and September-November are mostly preferred by the trekkers and travelers in Nepal.

What kind of foods will we be served during our trek?
You will be astounded with all the local and international food items you will get to choose in tea house during the trek. A typical teahouse will serve items such as rice, potatoes, curry, vegetables, dumplings, pasta, soup, and lots of local tea. All the food you will be served will be highly fresh, hygienic, energetic and organic.

Can I travel alone?
Yes, definitely. But, we suggest you to take at least one guide with you in the case of something happening. Our guides are first aid trained and are quick to recognize symptoms of possible altitude sickness and trained to prevent it from getting worse.

Can we hire trekking equipments from you?
Unfortunately, that’s a ‘no’. But, you surely can hire it from Kathmandu and we will help you. You will find equipment in Kathmandu to be much more affordable than your home countries.

What to do during any emergencies?
We understand the possibilities of any kind of emergencies and we ensure that we will do the utmost of our abilities to assist you. Everything, however, is not in our hands and there are some legal constraints too. We assure you that we will always stand besides you and help you in any possible way.

How should I dress for the trek?
Dress codes vary according to altitude of travel and duration of the trek too. Come with clothing you feel comfortable in and could wear for long periods of time. For more information please contact us, and we can provide with a gear list. We will be more than happy to assist you.

What is the maximum weight allowed on domestic flights?
The normal weight limit for domestic flights is 15 kg. If you would like to carry more than 15 kg there will be a fee.

Are all the trekking routes facilitated with efficient communication facilities?
Almost, but some parts of some trek are deprived of effective communication facilities. We ensure you that you won’t have to go 3 days without Internet or communication facilities.

What If I get sick during the trek?
Our trekking guides have attended various kinds of first aid training programs and will provide you with some general medications. If the case becomes serious, you will be taken to a local hospital or maybe back Kathmandu for treatment. Prior to the trek, please notify us with any allergies that you may have so we can best assist you.
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Walking  t-shirt  -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is  quick dry.
Sleeping t-shirt -1 it is can be cotton 
Thermal base layers top -1mid weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester ,capilene or polartec power dry 
Insulating layers -1mid wight fleece that can be worm over other layers 
Fleece vest  optional -advisable for those who feel cold 
Rain jacket -1 essential 
Down jacket -1 essential its very  cold  up high or depend how high are you going.

Underwear - enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)
Hiking trousers -2 quick dry and light wight trousers no cotton but zip offs are good.
Sleeping trousers 1 light wight yoga style evening sleeping but no jeans.
Trekking shorts -1 if no zips off trousers . below the knee for ladies.
Rain pants -1 advisable 
Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping.

Duffle bag pack 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. but SHTT provides duffel bags for the duration of trek these are easier for the potters to cary.
Day pack with rain cover -1for cary your personal items during the treks eg  camera and chocolate water.
Sleeping bags -1 3season (4season oct-feb).
Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags.

Trekking boots -1 must be well worm and  comfortable with ankle support.
Socks -3  good and worm enough 
Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light wight for evening use.

Water bottles -2 one or two liters nalgene or sig style or a bladder as you like.
Water purification drops -1 it is cheep and easy to buy in kathmandu (piyous).
Lip balm -1 with SPF factors.
Sunglass -1  essential good uv protection. 
Suncream we recommend SPF 30 greater. 
Bandana -1 this useful for a variety of purposes. 
Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking. 
Worm woolen head -1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.
Flash light or head torch -1head light is best as it leaves your hand free and extra batteries. 
Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).
Travel towel -1 light wight and compact. 
Wash kit -1 travel itms for the trek. 
Instant hand sanitizer -enough for trek and alcohol based for keeping your hand clean. 
Camera with charge and enough batteries for your treks 
Book or journal as you like.
Pack of cadrs for evening fun. 
Trekking snacks enough for trekking and good selection available in kathmandu. 
Toilet roll and rubbish bag it is very important we don't leave rubbish in mountain. 
Trekking poles optional advisable for anyone with knee issues.
Gloves worm enough. 
Nack wormer \Buff. 

All of above the equipment you can  get cheaply in kathmandu.If you have any queries please feel free to ask.
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Cost Include

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Good hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Farewell dinners.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • soul himalaya trek  bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes
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Cost Exclude

  • Personal equipment for trekking
  • Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation
  • Personal expenses  like  hot shower during the trek and internet 
  • Tipping (Tips) for guide & porter
  • Bar & Beverage bills

Trip Itinerary

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Altitude: 1,350m 
After the arrival of you're at Tribhuwan International Airport, our customer receiving member will greet with attractive preparations and will drive you up to the booked hotel from the means of your comfort. If your arrival is accurate as planned then, we will also take you to well-hygienic restaurant along with opportunity to take a short glimpse over the taste of foods, entertaining dances, etc. of different ethnic castes of Nepal and if the arrival is late then we may do this in next day. Next day morning, you will be taken to the head office and you will be told about your trekking routes, activities, destinations and their time periods briefly. Then, we will introduce you to your trekking guide.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek Preparation: 1,350m
in day second , you will taken to a full day tour of Kathmandu city after your breakfast where you will be briefly told about each destination centers like about their history, area, founder, time of establishment, etc. and also your extra curiosities on certain sectors by trekking guide. You will be taken to places that are included in world heritage sites by UNESCO like Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, etc. After finishing the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, jacket and trekking boots). We will actually be spending nights also in Kathmandu

 Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla -2840m—35 minutes, and trek to Phakding: 2610m 3 hours\  
After breakfast, we will take a domestic flight to Lukla airport in domestic airlines. This is the point from which we start our trek. The flight will take an estimated 45 minutes. The best 45 minutes of your life is accompanied by mind staggering views of Mighty Himalayas, Mt. Everest, Mt/ Kanchanjunga III, Mt. Makalu, etc. After we land in the Lukla Airport, we begin our trek. We will head towards Phakding(2610m). The trek takes about 3 hours to complete and we will stay at a local lodge in Phakding.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche: 3446m / 5 hours
This day, we will have an early start. We follow the trail provided by the Dudh Koshi river as we ascend throught the steeps and to the Namche Bazaar the headquarter of the Solukhumbu district, which is a perfect example of dream land for tourists. We will also cross the Hillary suspension bridge in our way. Along the way, we will be accompanied by high mountains, interesting Buddhist culture of the local Sherpa People, natural beauty and many more. We will stay at a local lodge or guest house in the Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar: 3440m
Since you and your body might have never experienced such a high altitude environment till now, you have to give your body the chance to adapt with the new environment. So, we spend this day acclimatizing to the higher elevation as altitude sickness can sometimes be quite serious and dangerous. The day will not be spent just lying around (unless you want to), but we will hike to Everest Viewpoint for a magnificent view of Mt. Everest. From here, you will see the spectacular peaks of Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse and many more. It is only a two hour hike to Everest Viewpoint and we will spend a few hours there enjoying the view as well as having lunch. We will return to Namche Bazaar where you can spend the afternoon exploring this delightful village. There is a lot to see here. We will spend the night in our local guest house.

Day 06: namche to Dole.:4110m/5/6 hours
Dole is small hotel area where countable numbers of hotels are running mainly for business purpose. Mong La our lunch place is stunningly beautiful with view of high Himalaya on entire side. It is steep down from Mong La before we hike up again for overnight stay in Dole. It will takes around three and half hour from Mong La, so depending on time schedule we might hike up around forty minute near Dole for acclimatization.

Day 07: Dole to Machhermo :4470m/5/6 hours 
The trail from Dole continues to climbs steadily up through a scenic ridge, which gives us good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku before coming to Machhermo, the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. 6 hour trek to Machhermo

Day 08:Machhermo to Gokyo : 4800m 5/6 hours
Walking out of Machhermo today we are presented with fabulous views down the Gokyo valley and of Kangtega  and Thamserku .The valley widens as our trail reaches Pangka, the location of an avalanche in 1995, which killed 40 people. From Pangka we descend to the river bank before climbing back up to near the Ngozamba Glacier. After crossing an iron bridge the trail levels out and we pass the first lake, known as Longpongo and thereafter come upon Taboche Tsho lake, which emits a bright turquoise reflection sparkling in the sun.A small distance ahead we reach the third lake, Dudh Pokhari, which is connected with Taboche Tsho by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu mountain (8201m) provides a stunning backdrop. After lunch, we explore the area around Dudh Pokhari before overnighting in the local guesthouse.

Day 09 :Gokyo valley: Climb Gokyo Ri-:5457m /4800m
The main purpose of today is to give ourselves some more time to acclimatise to the altitude and take some rest if needed. Energy permitting however, we can take the opportunity to trek up the nearby Gokyo Ri (5457m), which offers on the best viewpoints of Everest in the region. We can also explore the spectacular fourth and fifth lakes in the area, Thonak Tsho and Ngozuma Tsho.
The northern part of Ngozuma Tsho provides fantastic views of Cho-Oyu base camp and the biggest glacier of the world, the Ngazumpa glacier. 6 hour round trip trek up to Gokyo Ri and 4/5th lake, before returning to Gokyo village.

Day 10: Gokyo to Dole :3780m. 4 hour
We leave the Gokyo valley behind by descending downhill a gentle path alongside the Dudh Koshi River that emerges out of the Ngozumpa Glacier.We pass back by the first two Gokyo lakes again, Longpongo and Taboche Tsho and through the villages of Machhermo and Luza as the peaks of Cholatse and Taboche rear up on the right until we reach Dole

Day 11:Dole to Namche :3440m 5 hours
As the Cho Oyu range disappears behind us we start the steep descend to Phortse Tenga. We can enjoy views of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, and Tengboche and after a long walk we reach the village of Sanasa, the intersection between the Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp treks.From Sanasa the trail brings us gradually to Namche again where we can take a well-earned rest and enjoy a hot shower. 

Day 12: Namche to Lukla: 2800m./ 8 hour
Today is the final day of our trek and it brings the conflicting feelings of relief and sadness as we retrace our steps along the trail above the Dudh Kosi. Descending steeply out of Namche we cross the suspension bridge below and get our last views of Everest for now.After lunch at Phakding we continue down the path, before turning off the main Jiri route and arriving back to Lukla

Day 13: Flight back to Kathmandu – 35 minutes
We will fly early morning to Kathmandu where you will have a free day to explore the city, do some shopping for your relatives or just have some rest from the trek.

Day 14: Departure
Our office representatives will escort you to the airport for your connecting flight home. It's been wonderful meeting you & knowing you all of these weeks. We are sure you've had the vacation of a lifetime & we hope you will pass on your experiences to the generations to come. We will remember you & also hope you will remember us in the days ahead. Take care!!! You can place any of your complaints, recommendations or suggestions regarding any matter.