Serene Gokyo Lakes: Immerse yourself in the surreal beauty of the Gokyo Lakes, a cluster of glacial gems reflecting the Himalayan peaks.
Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventure: Choose the road less taken as you trek through diverse landscapes, away from the crowds of the Everest Base Camp route.
Panoramic Vistas from Gokyo Ri: Reach new heights at Gokyo Ri, where a 360-degree spectacle of Everest and neighboring giants awaits, a reward for your trekking efforts.
Sherpa Culture and Hospitality: Engage with the warm Sherpa communities, staying in traditional tea houses and gaining insights into their rich culture and way of life.
Charming Villages like Namche Bazaar: Traverse through vibrant Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazaar, where you’ll witness the intersection of tradition and trekking.
Unforgettable Memories: Conquer challenges posed by altitude and weather to make memories that blend natural wonders, cultural connections, and personal achievement.
The Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is a hidden gem among Nepal’s trekking routes, offering a distinctive and less-crowded adventure for nature and culture enthusiasts. Departing from Lukla, a heart-pounding flight away from Kathmandu, trekkers embark on a captivating journey that traverses a variety of landscapes. From lush rhododendron forests that burst with color during the right season to rocky terrains that challenge even the most seasoned hikers, the trek gradually leads adventurers toward the mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes.
Unlike the more frequented Everest Base Camp trail, the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek veers towards the enchanting turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes. These high-altitude glacial lakes, a cluster of six pristine bodies of water, are a sight to behold. The largest among them, the Third Lake, is particularly renowned for its breathtaking beauty. The crystal-clear waters of the lakes mirror the towering peaks that surround them, creating a surreal and awe-inspiring vista that seems almost otherworldly.
The cultural aspect of the trek is equally captivating. As trekkers progress through charming Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar, they have the chance to engage with the local communities and immerse themselves in Sherpa culture. Staying in traditional tea houses and interacting with the Sherpa people offers a unique opportunity to learn about their way of life, traditions, and warm hospitality.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Your adventure begins with your arrival in Kathmandu, a city steeped in history and culture. Wander through ancient temples, bustling markets, and vibrant streets. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and prepare for the trek ahead.
Day 2: Flight to Lukla, Trek to Phakding
Catch an early morning flight to Lukla, a thrilling experience as the plane navigates through the mountains. Start your trek towards Phakding, passing through charming villages and enjoying your first taste of the Himalayan landscapes.
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Crossing suspension bridges and following the Dudh Koshi River, you’ll ascend towards Namche Bazaar. The Sherpa town welcomes you with a blend of traditional and modern aspects, making it a vital hub for trekkers.
Day 4: Acclimatization in Namche
Acclimatize by exploring Namche Bazaar’s surroundings. Hike to Everest View Hotel for panoramic mountain vistas or visit the local market and museums to learn about Sherpa culture and the Himalayan region.
Day 5: Trek to Dole
Embark on a scenic trail that leads you through rhododendron forests and into higher altitudes. Arrive at Dole, a quieter village surrounded by stunning views of the mountains.
Day 6: Trek to Machhermo
As you continue upwards, the landscape opens up to reveal expansive views. Reach Machhermo, a serene village nestled against the mountainside, offering a perfect place to unwind.
Day 7: Trek to Gokyo
The anticipation builds as you approach the highlight of your trek, the Gokyo Lakes. The azure waters of the lakes surrounded by snow-capped peaks create a truly magical sight.
Day 8: Gokyo Ri Ascent
An early morning hike takes you to the summit of Gokyo Ri. Witness the sunrise casting its golden glow upon the world’s tallest peaks – an experience that words fail to capture.
Day 9: Rest Day at Gokyo
Take a day to rest, soak in the beauty, and perhaps explore the Fifth Lake. Reflect on your journey and share stories with fellow trekkers in this awe-inspiring setting.
Day 10: Trek to Dole
Begin your descent, retracing your steps towards Dole. As you bid farewell to the Gokyo Lakes, you’ll gain a fresh perspective on the scenery you passed earlier.
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Continue your descent, arriving back in Namche Bazaar. The familiar sights of the town now hold deeper meaning after your transformative trekking experience.
Day 12: Trek to Lukla
The final day of trekking takes you back to Lukla. Celebrate your accomplishment with your trekking companions and guides, sharing the memories you’ve made.
Day 13: Flight to Kathmandu
Board a scenic flight back to Kathmandu, where you have the opportunity to reflect on your journey and explore the city’s diverse offerings. From bustling markets to serene temples, the city’s contrasts mirror the richness of your trekking experience.
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Protection against intense mountain sun and snow glare
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What is the highest point of the trek?
The highest point of the Gokyo Lake trek is Gokyo Ri, which stands at an elevation of 5,357 meters (17,575 feet). It offers spectacular panoramic views of the Everest region, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.
Do our guides and porters have insurance?
Yes, Shivalaya Holidays ensure that guides and porters are properly insured for the duration of the trek. This includes coverage for emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses, and accidents that may occur during the trek.
This is my first trek; can I make it to Everest Base Camp?
While prior trekking experience is beneficial, it is possible for first-time trekkers to successfully complete the Everest Base Camp trek. It is important to have a good level of physical fitness, acclimatize properly, and follow the guidance of experienced guides. Trekking at a moderate pace, taking regular breaks, and listening to your body will help increase your chances of successfully reaching Everest Base Camp.
Do we need any permits for our trekking to Everest?
Yes, you will need to obtain two permits for trekking in the Everest region: the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. These permits can be obtained through your trekking agency or at the respective permit counters in Kathmandu or Monjo, the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park.
How long do we need to walk per day on our trek?
The average walking duration per day during the Gokyo Lake trek can range from 4 to 8 hours, depending on the distance and altitude gain. The daily walking time will vary based on individual fitness levels, acclimatization needs, and the specific itinerary designed by your trekking agency.
Will someone come to pick me up at the airport?
Yes, upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Our representative from Shivalaya Holidays will be there to receive and welcome you. They will transfer you to your respective hotel in Kathmandu.
How fit do I need to be?
The Gokyo Lake trek is a moderate to challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness. You should be prepared for several hours of walking each day on varied terrain and at higher altitudes. Prior physical fitness preparation and regular exercise are recommended before undertaking the trek.
Do we need to carry our own medicines?
It is advisable to carry your own basic personal medications, such as painkillers, altitude sickness medication (if prescribed by your doctor), personal prescriptions, and any other specific medications you may require. It’s always recommended to consult with your healthcare professional before the trek.
Can we buy trekking gear in Nepal?
Yes, you can purchase or rent trekking gear in Kathmandu or other major cities in Nepal. There are plenty of shops and stores that offer a wide range of trekking equipment, clothing, and accessories. However, it’s recommended to bring your essential gear and equipment to ensure proper fit and comfort.
What is the best season for trekking in the Everest region?
The best seasons for trekking in the Everest region are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions. However, with proper preparation and gear, trekking can also be done during the winter and monsoon seasons.
Are there any laundry and hot shower services on the trek?
Yes, most tea houses and lodges along the trekking route offer laundry services for a fee. Hot shower facilities are also available at an additional cost, but the availability of hot water may vary depending on the altitude and region.
Can I carry and change my currency in Nepal?
Yes, you can carry your currency to Nepal, preferably in major international currencies such as US Dollars or Euros. Exchange counters and ATMs are available in Kathmandu and other major cities where you can convert your currency to Nepalese Rupees.
Can I get the internet and shower on the trek?
Internet and shower facilities are available in most tea houses and lodges during the trek. However, please note that the quality and reliability of internet connections may vary, especially at higher altitudes. Hot showers are usually available for an additional cost.
Can we get an arrival visa in Nepal – “On Arrival Visa
yes, you can obtain a visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The visa process is relatively straightforward, and you will need to fill out a visa application form, provide a valid passport with at least six months of validity, and pay the visa fee in the preferred currency (USD, EUR, GBP, etc.). It’s advisable to carry a few passport-sized photographs for the visa application as well. Please check with the Embassy or Consulate of Nepal in your country for the most up-to-date visa requirements and fees.
Do we need travel insurance to trek in Everest?
Yes, having travel insurance is highly recommended for trekking in the Everest region. Your travel insurance should cover emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses, trip cancellation, and other potential risks and emergencies that may occur during the trek. Make sure to carefully review your insurance policy to ensure it provides adequate coverage for trekking activities at high altitudes.
Is this trekking safe for solo female travelers?
Yes, the Everest Base Camp trek and Gokyo Lake trek are generally safe for solo female travelers. However, it’s always advisable to trek with a reputable trekking agency, use experienced guides, and follow recommended safety precautions. Traveling in a group or with a guide provides an added level of safety and support during the trek.
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