Gokyo Ri trek - 13 DaysGokyo Ri trek - 13 Days

Everest Gokyo Ri Trek - 13 Days

  • Duration13 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate Trek
  • Maximum Altitude 5483m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Group Size 2-16
  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Best Season March-May and Septembet to December
Overview of Everest Gokyo Ri Trek - 13 Days

The Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is a unique and remarkable journey that not only unveils breathtaking mountain vistas but also takes you to the enchanting shores of six turquoise glacial lakes collectively known as Gokyo Lakes. These lakes are situated at altitudes ranging from 4,700 meters to 5,000 meters. Starting from Tengboche village, the trail diverges to the Gokyo Lakes path, offering a distinct trekking experience compared to the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek. Our 14-day itinerary for the Gokyo Lake Trek provides an escape from the crowds of the Khumbu region, guiding you through tranquil paths to the Gokyo Valley.

Referred to as the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek, this journey reaches its pinnacle at Gokyo Ri, the highest point of the trek located at an altitude of 5,357 meters. The 14-day itinerary for the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is designed as a moderate trek, encompassing gradual ascents and descents. This trek is suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers exploring the Everest region.

The route of the Gokyo Lake Trek leads you through charming Sherpa villages, verdant rhododendron forests, and pastures where yaks graze. Along the way, you'll encounter icy rivers, thrilling suspension bridges, vibrant prayer flags, and remnants of glaciers, adding to the allure of the trek. The impressive trekking route promises to leave you awe-inspired and captivated by its beauty.

Routes of Gokyo Lakes Trek

The Gokyo Lakes Trek begins at Lukla, a charming town in the Khumbu region often referred to as the gateway to the Himalayas. The trek's initial stages involve a gradual acclimatization process. After starting the journey, you'll trek to Phakding, which serves as an ideal acclimatization point. The acclimatization process continues as you reach Namche Bazar, a bustling Sherpa hub known for its beautifully roofed houses and vibrant local culture. All Nepal Hiking Treks recognizes the importance of acclimatization due to the steep and challenging terrain of the region. As part of your preparation for the Gokyo Lakes trek, you'll visit the Everest View Hotel, situated at the highest altitude of any hotel in the world. This hike provides an opportunity to soak in stunning views of snow-capped mountains and the surrounding landscape, leaving you in awe of the natural beauty that awaits you on the Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek.

After acclimatizing in Namche, the trek continues towards Gokyo Ri, passing through places like Dole and Machhermo. As you ascend to an elevation of about 4,790 meters, the sight of the five pristine glacial lakes unfolds before you, reminiscent of a scene from a fairy tale. These lakes are situated beside the towering Mount Everest (8,848 meters), creating a breathtaking backdrop. The clarity and purity of the lake waters contribute to the enchanting atmosphere, evoking feelings of romance and creativity even in those who may not typically consider themselves to be romantic or artistic.

All the challenges and efforts encountered on the journey to the Gokyo Lakes become cherished memories as you reach these stunning bodies of water. The experience of standing in the foothills of Mount Everest and enjoying a moment of tranquility by the lakeside is priceless, etching an indelible memory in your heart and soul. Therefore, seize the adventure and excitement of the Gokyo Valley Trek, guided by the experienced team at Peregrine Treks. Allow the beauty of this pristine land to leave an everlasting impression on your spirit, creating a memory that will endure throughout your lifetime.

How Hard Is Everest Gokyo Ri Trek - 13 Days?

The Everest Gokyo Ri Trek - 13 Days presents a challenging and rugged route. The trail encompasses a series of ascents and descents through dense forests and along cliffside paths. Trekkers must be capable of walking 6 to 7 hours daily and relinquishing modern comforts during the trek. Reaching an altitude of 5,357 meters at Gokyo Ri, altitude sickness becomes a potential concern. Any symptoms should be treated with caution, and a descent to a lower altitude is advisable without delay.

Given its length and remoteness, this trek can prove difficult for individuals unaccustomed to extended and isolated journeys. Daily walking durations average around 5 to 6 hours, necessitating muscle preparation through training and exercises prior to embarking. Higher altitudes expedite dehydration, potentially leading to altitude sickness. To mitigate this, maintaining hydration by frequently sipping water during the trek is crucial. Scheduled water breaks are recommended to counteract this effect. Uncomfortable hiking shoes could result in blisters. Hence, obtaining well-fitting hiking boots is imperative. Prior to the actual trek, practicing short hikes in these boots is advisable.

While Gokyo Lake Trekking doesn't mandate an exceptionally high level of fitness, participants must possess stamina and the ability to walk steadily. Moreover, the trek requires adaptability to the limited services available along the route. Engaging in the Gokyo Lake Trek serves as a test of endurance and an opportunity for self-challenge. You can now partake in our Gokyo Lake Trek in 2023 and 2024 at your convenience.

Best Time for Everest Gokyo Ri Trek

The monsoon season introduces hazards such as avalanches and landslides, rendering the trail slippery. Nepal experiences heavy rainfall during the summer, while winter brings extreme cold that even seasoned trekkers may find challenging. It's advisable to avoid these periods for safety considerations.

The best time for the Gokyo Ri Trek is during the Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) seasons. These periods offer favorable weather conditions and ideal trekking circumstances. Spring welcomes vibrant wildflowers, particularly the red hues of Rhododendron that adorn the hills. The skies remain clear, granting unobstructed vistas of snow-clad peaks that awe-inspire. The weather is pleasantly mild, rendering daytime temperatures perfect for trekking.

Useful Info

Additional Nights in Kathmandu Should you arrive in Nepal ahead of the scheduled date or choose to extend your stay, any expenses related to the extra nights will be your responsibility. The company will not cover these costs. You can estimate a cost of USD 55.00 per night for accommodation in a decent tourist-standard hotel, including breakfast.

Preventing Altitude Sickness To prevent altitude sickness during the Gokyo Lake Trekking, it's crucial to stay well-hydrated and avoid ascending more than 500 meters in a single day. Your itinerary should include rest days and brief hikes to higher altitudes while spending nights at lower points.

No need to fret; altitude sickness is a common ailment resulting from the abrupt changes in air pressure at higher elevations. While trekking with us, we ensure your body acclimatizes properly to the changing altitude.

Gokyo Lake Trek Solo/Group Options If you wish to embark on the Gokyo Lake Trek solo, kindly inform us, and we will provide you with the relevant pricing. Alternatively, solo travelers can join our Gokyo Lake Trek on fixed departure dates, trekking alongside fellow adventurers from various parts of the world.

Gokyo Lake Trek Permits For the Gokyo Lake Trek, you are required to obtain both the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and the Local Area entry permit. The fees for these permits are included in the overall cost of our Gokyo Lake Trek package.

Sagarmatha National Park permit fee: USD 30 per person Local Area Entry permit fee: USD 20 per person

Travel Insurance: Gokyo Valley Trek is a remote trek with underlying risks of altitude sickness. Not only that, even in any medical emergency, we might end up rescuing you to the nearest hospital in Kathmandu. So, we need travel insurance that covers medical bills and emergency evacuation to offer medical assistance promptly. 

Tipping: Trekkers tip guides and drivers at the end of the trek as their gratitude. Tip whatever you feel like, and no need to feel bad if you can't tip.

  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan, as well as the remarkable Gokyo Valley and going up the Cho La pass
  • A breathtaking 35-minute fly from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • A glimpse into the lives of the "mountain people" who live in the heart of the Himalayas.
  • Amazing views of the Khumbu Icefall from the slopes of Mt. Everest.
  • The majestic panorama of the surrounding mountain peaks Gokyo Lake and a great  8000 mtrs peak including Everest, Lothse, Makalu, Sisapangma.

Welcome to Nepal! You will be received at Kathmandu Airport and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu, which is at an elevation of 1,345 meters.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:40 min drive from airport

Today, you will have a pre-trip meeting where you will meet your trekking guide and fellow trekkers. The conference will provide important information about the trek and any necessary preparations.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast

An early morning flight from Kathmandu takes you to Lukla, a small town situated at an altitude of 2,804 meters. The flight offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas. From Lukla, you will begin your trek to Phakding, located at 2,610 meters. The trek takes approximately 3 hours, and you will pass through picturesque landscapes, Sherpa villages, and suspension bridges along the Dudh Koshi River.

  • Max. Altitude:2,610m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:about 30 minutes flight and 3 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today's trek takes you to Namche Bazaar, a vibrant and bustling Sherpa town situated at an altitude of 3,441 meters. The trek lasts around 5.5 hours and involves ascending uphill through dense forests, crossing suspension bridges, and enjoying panoramic views of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.

  • Max. Altitude:3,441m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:2 hours.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This day is dedicated to acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. Acclimatization is crucial for adapting to high altitudes and reducing the risk of altitude sickness. You can explore the town, visit the Sherpa Museum, or hike to nearby viewpoints for stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continuing the trek, you will head towards Phorste Thanga at an elevation of 3,680 meters. The trail takes you through rhododendron forests, crossing rivers, and passing through small settlements. The trek duration is approximately 5 hours.

  • Max. Altitude:3,680m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5-6 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today's destination is Machherma, located at an altitude of 4,470 meters. The trek offers spectacular views of the Dudh Koshi Valley and the snowy peaks of Cho Oyu. The trail takes you alongside the river and through alpine landscapes, taking around 5 hours to complete.

  • Max. Altitude:4,470m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trek leads you to Gokyo, situated at an altitude of 4,790 meters. Gokyo is a scenic village located near the turquoise Gokyo Lakes. The trek duration is approximately 5.5 hours, and you will pass through moraines, and glaciers, and enjoy mesmerizing views of the Himalayan peaks.

  • Max. Altitude:4,790m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:3 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you will embark on a hike to Gokyo Ri, a viewpoint at 5,483 meters. You will be rewarded from the summit with awe-inspiring panoramic views of Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and other neighboring peaks. After enjoying the view, you will descend back to Gokyo, completing the hike in about 5 hours.

  • Max. Altitude:5,483m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trek continues as you descend to Dole, located at an altitude of 4,200 meters. The trail takes you through rhododendron and juniper forests, offering glimpses of wildlife and scenic landscapes. The trek duration is approximately 6 hours.

  • Max. Altitude:4,200m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5-6 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you will trek back to Namche Bazaar via the picturesque Khumjung village, situated at an altitude of 3,780 meters. Khumjung is known for its Sherpa culture and the famous Khumjung Monastery, which houses the alleged Yeti scalp. The trek takes around 5 hours.

  • Max. Altitude:3,780m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This day marks the final stretch of your trek as you descend to Lukla. The trail retraces your steps through lush forests, Sherpa settlements, and suspension bridges. You will spend around 6 hours trekking to Lukla.

  • Max. Altitude:2,804m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:8 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, you will catch a flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu, providing you with a scenic view of the mountains and the valleys. Once in Kathmandu, you can take some time to rest or explore the city at your leisure.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This day is a leisure day in Kathmandu. You can use this time to visit additional cultural sites, shop for souvenirs, or relax. In the evening, a farewell dinner will be organized to celebrate the successful completion of your trek.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Dinner

On the final day of your itinerary, you will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport for your departure flight. This marks the end of your Nepal adventure.

  • Meals:Breakfast

Notes: The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is redirected to Ramechhap due to traffic congestion and a high influx of tourists during the high season. The high tourist season in Nepal is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). In the season of tourism, there are many international and domestic flights operating in different sectors which is more than capacities of the small Tribhuban international airport. Due to this reason, there is the problem with air traffic and delays in Lukla flights too. Lukla flights are only in the morning time and it does not fly during day time due to heavy wind and foggy weather on the way to Lukla. If the flights are from Ramechaap, there is no issue of air traffic and flight duration is also less than from Kathmandu. Flight to Ramechhap will add 5 hours approx. to your journey. It seems like an added inconvenience but let’s see the brighter side

Cost Details
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu
  • Farewell dinner
  • All accommodations and meals during the trek
  • A full-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley including tour guide and entrance fees
  • Pickup and drop to start your trek and from the ending point to your Hotel In Kathmandu or your destination
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, All Nepal Hiking duffel bag, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit, TIMS)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel Insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks and water, soft drinks, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is respected but it is not obligatory)
  • Though you can see a few non-vegetarian items on the menu of the tea houses. We strongly recommend staying on a vegetarian diet throughout the trek. Fresh meat aren't available at the trekking region. 

  • Trekking is the combination of the two trekking routes: Gokyo and EBC.

    So, the length of this trekking is longer than these two individual treks. 
    The length from Lukla to EBC is 65 km while hiking to EBC via Gokyo Lake is approximately 130 km. 

  • EBC Via Gokyo Lake trekking takes a longer time than average trekking. It covers the two separate trekking destinations, Gokyo and Everest Base Camp.

    The different agency offers different time for this trek. It may vary between 16 days and 24 days. The standard time of the trek is 21 days.

    You can choose the days provided by different agencies as you see fit. All Nepal Hiking provides the customization of days you want. However, we recommend you the standard 19 days trekking in the route. There are other several aspects that can decide the cost of trekking to Everest Base Camp. All Nepal Hiking provides a special package at just $1499 per person.

  • Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake Trekking is comparatively considered tougher than EBC Trek only. But it is less difficult than Island Peak Climbing and Mera Peak Climbing.

    You will pass through the Cho La Pass which roads are challenging but rewarding.

  • When to do it?

    The best time to do this trekking is Spring and Fall which avoid the monsoon season. The Spring months include March, April, and May while post-monsoon aka Fall includes October, November, and December.

    The weather during this time is the best as well as you can enjoy a clearer view of the mountains.

    When not to do?

    Though you can go there in Winter and Monsoon, it is not recommended as the weather will be more challenging. In winter, from December to February, it is extremely cold but you can enjoy the clear skies and mountains too.

    And during the monsoon, from June to August, there is a high chance of landslides and muddy roads.

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