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    Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek

    5.00/5 from 17 reviews

    At a Glance

    • Destination
      Nepal
    • Duration
      14 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Difficult
    • Activities
      Tour and Trek
    • Accommodation
      3 star Standard Hotel in cities & Standard Guest House during the trekking
    • Meals
      BB on Kathmandu and Bed only during Trekking
    • Vehicle
      Private Luxury Tourist Vehicles and Aeroplane
    • Max. People
      14
    Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri TrekMap
    • StartsKathmandu, Nepal
    • EndsKathmandu, Nepal

    About - Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek

    The Gokyo Valley Trek takes you through one of the most beautiful valleys in Nepal, nestled in the foothills of the world's highest mountains. This mystical valley is located west of the well-known Khumbu region. Gokyo valley trek is also known for its one-of-a-kind paths, diversified nature and cultures, picturesque valleys and hills, and so on. In this Gokyo lake trek, the vast meadows for yaks to graze during the summer and the vivid blue lakes are truly breathtaking. Trekking to Gokyo valley entails discovering a hidden jewel of the Himalayas as well as acclimating to the Everest region's natural splendors. By adding four or five days to the itinerary, Gokyo Valley can be explored after or before the classic trekking trail at Everest Base Camp.

    The trek to Gokyo Valley begins with a 30-minute dramatic and spectacular flight from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla Airport, the world's most severe airport. Following that, you'll enter Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you'll find peace and wilderness. Then you'll arrive in Namche, the Khumbu region's most popular tourist and economic center, also known as the Sherpa capital. The traditional Tibetan market, Sherpa cultural museum, Everest View Point, and the cuisines at modern hotels and restaurants would make you thrilled at Namche Bazar. The route only goes as far as the tea houses at Kenjoma because Gokyo valley is our primary target. 

    From here, the trail ascends to the Mongla pass before descending steeply to the Imja River's bank in a typical Everest base camp trail. The path leads to the lovely villages of Dole and Machhermo through rhododendron, oak, and pine forest, as well as breathtaking waterfalls. The last ascent to Gokyo passes through a few teahouses and along the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier, Nepal's largest glacier. Finally, you'll reach the top of the moraine, where you'll be able to see the crystal-clear blue freshwater lakes. This trek is also an excellent opportunity to learn about Himalayan cultures and traditions. You reach the Himalayan settlements, interact with the people and acknowledge the lifestyle of the Mountain people. You are mesmerized when you are treated very well by those kind people.

    Major Highlights of Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek

    Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri

    Gokyo valley, in comparison to other valleys in the Khumbu region, offers significantly more on this three-high-pass trek. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and contains lakes, a viewpoint, and glaciers. This blue lake is the Himalayas' hidden beauty, as well as the region's charm and heart. Gokyo Valley features six separate lakes (ranging in height from 4,700m to 5,000m) that are among the highest-elevation freshwater lakes. Gokyo Ri is the world's most famous and well-known viewpoint, as well as the kingdom of trekking. This vantage point provides 360-degree views of massive snow-capped mountains, lakes, glaciers, and the magnificent Himalayan range.You can experience the breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, and many neighboring mountains. Experiencing sunset and sunrise over those mountains from the top of these two viewpoints are the most precious moments for a travel enthusiast.

    Sherpa Culture & Tibetan Buddhism

    Trekkers will get a fascinating insight into unique sherpa traditions, cultures, and lifestyles. Everest region is the home of the Sherpa people and their practices, tradition, and uniqueness are simply the best things to explore on this trip. Prayers flags, stone walls, monasteries, chortens, mani walls, and small stupas are the correspondence of living Tibetan Buddhism. You will encounter the oldest and most popular Buddhist monastery in Tengboche and getting a blessing from the Lama Rinpoche adds more spiritual energy to your trip.

    Exploration of UNESCO Site, Sagarmatha National Park

    Everest Region is the home of numerous exotic flora and fauna. Colorful flowers, pine trees, grassland, and forest with colorful rhododendron flowers are the most glamorous part of the Everest region. Besides this, mountain goats, musk deer, snow leopards, red panda, and colorful Danphe (national bird) glorify this trip. Protection of Sherpa culture, Himalayan correspondence, and tradition of this region are the extraordinary things of Sagarmatha national park.

    More Highlights of Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek

    • UNESCO World Heritage Site Excursions in Kathmandu such as Pashupatinath Temple, Sywambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Square.
    • Thrilling and scenic flight to Lukla, one of the most extreme airports in the world.
    • Experience Sherpa culture and learn more about Tibetan Buddhism and its practices.
    • Acclimatization in Namche and explore the fanciest and classy sherpa and in Nepal.
    • Encounter Yaks, Donkeys, Dzhos, and horses while hiking.
    • Walking on the longest glacier - Ngozumpa glacier in the Himalayas.
    • Witnessing sunset and sunrise from the famous viewpoint - Gokyo Ri
    • Exploration of the world’s highest freshwater lake system- Gokyo lakes.
    • Hike to the world’s highest-star hotel, Everest View Hotel, and witness the panoramic views of the highest mountains.

    Best time for Gokyo Lakes Trek

    The best timeframe for Everest is the time between April and June. During this timeframe, the weather conditions are more clear and more apparent, and the biodiversity of the Everest district becomes animated, it's when nature shines up. The thick timberland around the locale is vivid, waking down those trails during such a timeframe is a snapshot of the experience. The Spring and Autumn are extensively hotter than winter and the greater part of the journeying is probably going to happen during this timeframe.

    Along the journey, you will relish the wonderful trek, support the local economy, explore your hidden strengths, and make both friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

    You will use normal teahouse accommodation during the trekking days in the mountain. During peak season (Autumn- Sep-Nov) and (Spring- March-May) the teahouses and the trail are crowded. Since Autumn and Spring is the best season or best time of the year to trek to the Everest Region. However, Luxury Holidays Nepal's experienced and professional team is always there to ensure your safety and services all around the year. We offer a farewell cultural dinner at the end of the trip. If you want some other options in Everest Region, you can also go with this package for the Everest Experience as a Short EBC trek by helicopter, Everest Base Camp Trek, Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek, and a Luxury EBC trek.

    For the Complete Guide to Gokyo lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek, please click here.

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    Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek Itinerary

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    Inclusions

    What's Included

    • ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE:
      All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport and hotel transfers
    • HOTEL ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU:
      Three nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • PERMITS:
      All necessary paper works: Sagarmatha National Park permit, Tims Card, Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry permit, and fees.
    • INSURANCE:
      Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
    • TREKKING EQUIPMENT:
      Luxury Holidays Nepal’s duffel, sleeping bag, T-shirt and trekking map - if necessary
    • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS:
      Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla and while returning Lukla - Kathmandu, as per itinerary.
    • TRANSPORTATION:
      All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
    • LUGGAGE:
      Up to 15 Kg per member as personal baggage during the trek to be carried by porters.
    • FOOD & LODGING:
      Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
    • GUIDE:
      Government-licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
    • PORTER:
      Porters as required (2 Trekkers: 1 Porter) to and from Basecamp.
    • STAFF SALARY AND ALLOWANCE:
      All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
    • VALLEY SIGHTSEEING:
      Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley by private vehicle and a professional guide.
    • MEDICAL KIT:
      Comprehensive medical kit.
    • FAREWELL DINNER:
      Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance performance in the evening.
    • GOVERNMENT TAXES:
      All government taxes and official expenses.

    What's Excluded

    • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE:
      International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
    • NEPAL ENTRY VISA FEE:
      Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page)
    • LUNCH & DINNER:
      Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu and all meals during trekking days
    • HOTEL UPGRADE AND ADD-ON:
      Optional Add-on for Meals and Hotel upgrade in Kathmandu
    • EXTRA NIGHT IN KATHMANDU:
      Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking, domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
    • INSURANCE POLICY:
      Insurance covering both medical and high-altitude evacuation costs (for the trip cancellation, interruption, high altitude rescue & air evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)
    • PERSONAL EXPENSES:
      Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages.
    • PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:
      Clothing, Packing Items, Bags, Personal Medical Kit, and all kinds of Personal Trekking Gear.
    • TOILETRIES:
      Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
    • FILMING:
      Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
    • SIGHTSEEING FEES IN KATHMANDU:
      City sightseeing and entrance fees(NPR 2600 ∼ US $ 22 per person )
    • FOR PRIVATE AND CUSTOMIZE TRIP
      Please contact us
    • Group and Family Discounts
      Please contact us or send us an email at [email protected]
    • INTERNET SERVICE:
      Not included during the trek.
    • TIPS:
      Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected).
    • EXTRA:
      Any other services, activities or personal expenses, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and other items not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.

    For the complete Nepal Travel Guide, please click here.

    Dates & Availability

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      - Excellent
      Ms. Kiara
      Australia, Perth

      Wonderful guidance by the Guide

      I recently completed a trek with 4 mates through Luxury Holiday Nepal. We Flew into Lukla and trekked from there to Gokyo (climbing Gokyo Ri)and up the valley to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. The organization of the trek was very good, and the assistance we received from our guide. They were meticulous in preparing us for the altitude we had to face. Our acclimatization was very carefully managed for climbing Gokyo Ri, and Kala Patthar and their attention summit day was excellent and an effort in getting us out of EBC at the end of our trek. The guide did everything possible to ensure that we arrived back in Kathmandu for our international flights. Next time I travel to Nepal I will be arranging my trek through Luxury Holiday Nepal and requesting the same guide.

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      Mr. Charlie Smith
      United States of America (the), Los Angeles

      “Perfectly organized tour with Luxury Holidays Nepal”

      From the moment we arrived to the time we left we were looked after by The Luxury holidays Nepal exceptionally well. Everyone that we met during the Luxury holidays in Nepal was friendly, helpful and very professional.
      Rajan our guide made our journey ever so more special. He became part of our family. From Nabaraj our driver in Kathmandu to our Sherpa’s, Sandip and Ramu on our trek to Ganesh our guide in Kathmandu everyone made our Nepal experience even more special.
      We have fond memories of our trip and wish to thank all who contributed to making it so special. When we return to Nepal we will most definitely be using The Luxury holidays Nepal.

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      Ms. Henrique Maia
      United States of America (the), Dallas

      A place you must have seen before you die

      This was my first trip to Nepal and the first time trekking in the Himalayas, and Luxury Holidays Nepal made it the best trip! From the booking to the trekking and traveling, LHN was there at every step with information, and easy communication.Ram Lamichhane at LHN is a spectacular guide! He was knowledgeable, friendly, and worked incredibly hard to make the experience amazing (and he succeeded!). I had an incredible time there. Everything was arranged beforehand, and I did not have to worry about anything from our stay to the places we visited. Amazing experience and an amazing guide.

      Thank you, Ram and LHN for the trip of a lifetime!

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    Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek FAQs

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    Essential Information

    Trekking Grade for Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek:
    The Everest base camp trip is a fairly challenging journey. It is moderately long trekking that goes into the country's most elevated mountain. So travelers require more energy and the trip is actually tiring which includes 5-8 hrs. (approx.) of walking per day on the rocky edges. It doesn't require previous experience, but you must be physically healthy and better if you do regular exercise. If you love walking at high altitudes, then this trip is for you. (Click here for more information)

    Accommodation During Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek: 
    Luxury Holidays Nepal provides accommodation in the 3-Star category hotels in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar) and standard Lodges throughout the journey. Teahouse and lodge have rooms with just the basics, normally with a bed, blanket, and pillows. If you want luxury accommodation of 4/5 stars in Kathmandu, please contact us for cost detail.

    Foods during Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek: 
    Travelers take their breakfast and dinner at the tea house where they stay and lunch is taken during the trailing in the local lodge. Meals are not included during the trekking days.

    To learn more about food in Everest Region, please click here.

    Drinking Water during Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek
    The water quality in Nepal isn’t the greatest so it is better to use a water filtration or purification tablet. You can also drink boiled water if you like. Make sure to drink a lot of water during the trekking as your body requires more at a higher altitude. (Click here for more information)

    Transportation and Flights on Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek: 
    Luxury Holidays Nepal will offer you a private vehicle for an airport transfer, sightseeing tours, and flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.

    Luggage during Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek:
    Throughout the trip of Mountain Trekking, your luggage is carried and moved by the porters. You should carry a water bottle, sunscreen, camera, spare jacket, etc. Your main luggage will be your trekking bag and you can carry a small lockable bag that will provide safety. You are provided with a free locker room in the hotel of Kathmandu. The weight allowance in domestic airlines of Nepal is up to 15kg and for more weight, you have to pay US$1 per/kg depending on the area.

    Group Leader during the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek: 
    Luxury Holidays Nepal will facilitate you with the trained traveling guide in your group. There will be a single porter for a couple of people. (Click here to see the Guide Profiles

    Vouchers:
    If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to the availability of spots. Also, please send us your redemption code and voucher number through this link (Voucher Redemption).

    Nepal Visa for Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek:
    You can get a visa at Kathmandu airport upon arrival. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the queue for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy.

    On Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points
    15 Days – 30 USD
    30 Days – 50 USD
    90 Days – 125 USD

    For more details please click here.

    Book your international flight for Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek:
    If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites.
    makemytrip.com, www.kayak.com, www.vayama.com
    They usually have good offers.

    When and where should you arrive for Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek?
    Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport. The tour starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour and ends after the scheduled trip after breakfast.

    You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal by representatives holding a "Luxury Holidays Nepal" sign card and he will escort you to the Hotel. 
    If you plan to arrive early or depart late, please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected]
    After you purchase your international air ticket, please contact us to give your flight details.

    Currencies accepted during Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek: 
    There is good access to ATMs anywhere in most city areas, however, you will find it hard in rural areas. Different banks have their maximum withdrawal amount limit. Most hotels, restaurants, airlines, and travel agents accept cards as well. It is more important to have enough cash as there will be very limited or no ATM access in trekking areas and also some reserve cash for emergencies. USD is selectively acceptable in Nepal but still, you need to make sure you have Nepalese currency on hand during the trekking. (Click here for more information)

    Safety
    Nepal is a heaven for adventures and is comparatively a safe destination for those adventures. There is a low rate of serious crime however you should still take sensible safety measures. Keep an eye on pick-pocketers and snatchers in buses and tourist areas. You can avoid walking with a large amount of cash on your own. Always let your guide know if you’re going out during the trip. (Click here for more information)

    Internet and SIM Card on Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek:
    Most cities have extensive access to the internet, also hotels, restaurants, and cafes that offer free WIFI. But outside the cities, in the remote trekking areas, it’s fair to non-existent. You can easily purchase a SIM card at an affordable cost. You can use the data package using the SIM card as well. (Click here for more information)

    Vaccinations & Immunization for Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek:
    Before traveling to Nepal, please consult your travel clinic for updated information on vaccinations and immunizations. The commonly recommended vaccinations are Chickenpox, Diphtheria-Tetanus, Polio, Shingles, Covid-19, Hepatitis A & B, Encephalitis, Malaria, Measles, Rabies, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever. (Click here for more information)

    Health Issues for Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek:
    We advise you to visit your doctor at least 60 days earlier before beginning your journey to Everest Base Camp. Altitude sickness (AMS) is the main health issue. You may feel mild altitude sicknesses like nausea, lethargy, and headache but they will get less in a couple of days. To be protected from (AMS) you can take Diamox pills or you can consult the doctor and use medicine as referred and purchase them from Kathmandu. For your information, your traveling guide will also have pills for (AMS) and other basic medicine, but we suggest you carry your own medicine. We recommend you take pills for diarrhea, cold, fever, and nausea.

    Insurance/Evacuation and Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek
    We do not hope that there may arise any serious problems for you in your journey, but if you get caught by a serious illness, then we will do our best to take you to the nearest hospital possible. But you will be responsible for all the expenses that take place during the evacuation process. So, it is good for you to have insurance that will cover your cost. Be Insured. (See the travel insurance page)

    Trip Extensions: 
    If you like our service and you want to extend your trip, then we can further organize your trip to India, Bhutan, and Tibet. And other trekking and activities of Nepal like the Annapurna trek, Langtang Trek, Manaslu Trek, Peak Climbing, Tours, etc.

    Tipping for Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek
    There is no significant rule about tipping your guide or porter but it has been more common in Nepal. It is on you to decide whether to thank the guide and porter with tips or not. But in most cases, guides and porters expect tips from you though they don’t ask for tips verbally.

    To See 10 Tips for Successful Trek to Everest Region, please click here.

    For more information about Nepal, please click here.

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