Gokyo Lake Trek

  • 14 Days
  • Everest Region , Nepal

Trip At Glance

Group Size: 1 – 12 People
Max-Altitude: 5,357 m
Fitness Level: Moderate
Destination: Nepal
Transport: Car/Plane
Arrival On: Kathmandu, Nepal

Overview And Highlights

the Gokyo Lake Trek is a great Himalayan experience in the Everest region, the Everest Gokyo Lake trek is one of the best treks in the upper reaches of the Khumbu region. It is said to be an option to the well-known Everest Base Camp Trek which most backpackers begin with when planning trips in the Everest region.

One of the attractive hiking routes in the Everest region is the Gokyo Lake Trek. This popular trekking trip, also known as Gokyo Ri Trekking, is just as high as the Everest Base Camp Trek and has equally breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu, the world's first, fourth, fifth, and sixth-tallest mountains. As a result, many trekkers choose to make this journey instead of the one to Everest Base Camp.

The beautiful Himalayan Lake Gokyo is a magnificent high point of this hike. 106 acres of this incredible lagoon have been spread out beneath the Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas, amid a basin of snow-capped peaks. The Gokyo Lake is separated from the peak known as Gokyo Ri, which rises 5357 meters (17575 feet) above sea level. Views of the four 8000-meter summits mentioned above can be had by ascending this peak. 

The trek is a stage to witness magnificent Himalayan views over 8,00m including Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and Ngozumpa Glacier – the largest glacier in Nepalese Himalaya. The turquoise-tinted and pristine green water of the Gokyo Lakes are also one of the memorable sights to witness during the trek.

With a trek to six glacial-fed Gokyo Lakes, trekkers can include a hike to the summit of Gokyo Ri, which is almost at the same height as Everest Base Camp. From the summit: one can witness the great views of Everest, soaring peaks, and glaciers.

Gokyo Lake Trek itinerary takes you through the natural habitat of Himalayan wildlife and emerges deep into Sagarmatha National Park (a world heritage site) which encompasses almost the entire Everest region. The park is home to a variety of rare Himalayan floral and faunal species including mountain goats, pheasant, monal, musk deer, and Pheasant (Danphe) – the national bird of Nepal. Highly endangered Himalayan species like red panda and elusive snow leopard are also habitant of this park. One can witness abundant Pine and birch cluster in the forest as well as colorful rhododendron flowers. this all will provide a great value to your Gokyo lake trek cost.

Several ornate and age-old monasteries are located along the Gokyo lake trek route This helps you to get the in-depth knowledge of local culture and tradition firsthand. During the trek, you will explore the Sherpa village which adds extra nuggets to your Himalayan adventure.

Everest Gokyo Lake trek follows the most picturesque less-trodden trail in the Everest region and unveils the solitary valleys, lakes, stunning glaciers, and parade of snowy peaks together. This trek is for those who wish to trek in the Everest region without enduring the Physical stress of getting to the base camp or crossing high passes.

Kathmandu to Gokyo lake distance follows approximately 136 Km which is a distance of 11 days Trail itinerary. Gokyo Lake area covers 196 ha as per Wikipedia. 

Highlights of Gokyo Lake Trek 

Breathtaking mountain flight between Lukla and Kathmandu
Trek through Khumjung, a Sherpa town
Sherpa culture and tradition 
Ngozumpa Glacier
Visit Gokyo Ri for a panoramic view that includes Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and Mount Everest
Rhododendron forest and different flora and fauna 
Suspension bridges, waterfalls, rivers
Gokyo lake and Gokyo valley
Best time to trek the Gokyo Lake 

Hiking to the Everest base camp is advisable in April, May, October, and November. Mountain winters can be extremely chilly. The mountains and valleys are very dry and the temperature goes below the freezing point. While the cold is tolerable at lower elevations, there will be substantial snowfall at higher elevations. The outside temperature ranges from -17°C to 20°C. The morning and evening are really cold. Up to 40 km/hr of wind speed is present. You will be able to enjoy the foggy and cloudy weather in December, and the cloudy sky will be there for your enjoyment, but you might not be able to see the snow-capped mountains clearly.

 
Spring season ( March-May) 

Early March marks the beginning of the warming trend that welcomes in the lovely spring season when temperatures range from 15 °C to -10°C. The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is in the spring. Other treks that you might do during the spring in the Everest region are the Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek, the Pikey Peak Trek, and the Everest 3 Pass Trek. The average increase in wind speed during this season is 14 km/h. Low humidity from the change of season makes the day warmer. The lovely weather will cause nature to begin to bloom. You should take this opportunity to discover the natural treasures of the world. The lovely weather will cause nature to begin to bloom. You should take this opportunity to discover the natural treasures of the world. You will benefit from enhanced vision thanks to the moderate temperature and lower humidity. The ideal time for you to visit the area around Everest Base Camp is right now. The days get shorter and it starts to get warmer throughout this month. 

The greatest month for hiking is April since it is more convenient and the hills will seem more wonderful with the pinkest flowering rhododendron blooms covering the entire forest with numerous lovely wildflowers. During these months, you can obtain a clear, expansive, and a commanding view of Mount Everest. The temperature ranges from -5°C to 10°C, which is moderate.

 
The spring season ends in May when the days are pleasant and sunny. The range of temperatures is 0°C to 15°C. It is the month that climbers like the most. You will have the chance to meet lots of climbers who are making their way to the peak.

 Monsoon season ( June- August)

Between June and mid-September, the monsoon season occurs. The monsoon rains started in the summer, and with the most rainfall, the lower portions of the trials will become muddy and treacherous. The mountains are shrouded in cloud, fog, or mist as a result of the nonstop rain. We do not advise you to visit a mountain location during this season. The temperature ranges from 5 to 17 C. Additionally, the wind speed is likely to pick up to 16 KM/hr. The monsoon season often begins in June due to the weather. The temperature ranges from -1°C to 16°C this month. This month represents both the peaceful and the giving-up journey. 

July is the ensuing summer month. More heat and humidity than in June began to prevail. If you wish to escape crowds, this month is ideal for you because the number of tourists is significantly lower during this season. This season, the temperature ranges from 2 °C to 15 °C.

 
In August, the monsoon season comes to an end. These months are the wettest around the mountain range, but the mountain views are also obscured by fog and mist. It ranges from 2 to 16 degrees Celsius.

 Autumn season ( September- November)

It is the peak climbing season in the Everest region. As thousands of mountain climbers begin their journeys, Most mountain climbers begin their ascents of Mt. Everest around this time. For those at a higher elevation, the weather is dry and ideal. Although the temperature in this area ranges from -10 to 20 degrees Celsius, a frigid night is possible. The wind speed is at least 15 km per hour. The weather and wind speed will be ideal for mountain climbing. The autumnal season begins in September. This was the season when the temperature started to fall. Temperatures range from 2°C to 15°C during the day.

The greatest month for the autumn season is October, which is the next month. Clean and dry weather is present. Over the course of these months, The Mountain View has become more apparent. The weather is just right for fricking in the Everest base camp right now—neither it's too hot nor too chilly. The outside temperature ranges from -6 to -20 degrees Celsius. During this time of year, most tourist attractions are busy. If you decide to travel to Everest's location this month, be aware that this session will be busier than usual.

November marks the final month of the fall season. The days are sunny and bright throughout this season, and you may enjoy the breathtaking mountain view. This month, the temperature ranges from 6 to -12 degrees Celsius. You must be ready for the walk because the weather will start to turn chilly, and a sleeping bag is a must during this time of year.

Winter season ( December- February)

The last month of this year is December. where winter weather will prevail. The mountains and valleys enjoy pretty stunning days despite the chilly winter. In Everest Base Camp, especially at night, the temperature falls below freezing. In the winter, the temperature atop Everest ranges from 4°C to -14°C. You might hardly see the snow-capped mountains clearly because of the harsh winter.

After December, January will get started in full force. The most breathtaking view will be experienced with the most captivating natural beauty. The mountains and surrounding countryside are stunning, and the sky is brilliant blue. In this region, the overnight lows range from -17°C to 4°C, while the morning lows are below zero. In Nepal, the winter season comes to an end in February. It is between -15°C and 4°C outside. In the evening, it may be below zero. You can travel to a lower elevation location during this time while the temperature is humid.

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport), a representative from Nepal Horizon Treks & Expedition will receive you and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, trip discussion with the management and trek leaders. In the evening, enjoy welcome dinner hosted by Nepal Horizon Treks & Expedition in typical Nepali restaurant with cultural shows.

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Dinner
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Hotel
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Today, your trek leader will introduce you to the city tour expert who guides you to the most revered Hindu and Buddhist religious sites that are listed in the world heritage sites.

Here are the list of cultural and religious sites that you will be visiting during the city tour:

Pashupatinath (UNESCO World Heritage Site):

Pashupatinath is one of the most significant Hindu temple in the world. It is located along the back of sacred Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu city, close to Kathmandu airport. While the entrance to the main Pashupatinath temple is strictly forbidden to non-Hindus, there’s quite a bit to explore and discover around the rest of the area. Ritual activity are conducted on daily basis and one can observe the Hindu cremations on the bank of the river. You can discover mystic Sadhus to nearby temples and stupas. A vantage point located opposite to the temple, across the river offers the clear look of the main Pashupatinath temple.

Boudhanath (UNESCO World Heritage Site):

Located 7 km north of mid Kathmandu city, Boudhanath is one of the largest and oldest stupa in the world- dating back to 5th century. It is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet and Tibetan merchant rested here and offer prayers for centuries. When Tibetan refugee entered Nepal in 1950, many of then decided to live around Boudhanath. They established many Gompas and celebrate Tibetan tradition and since then “Little Tibet” of Nepal was born.

The stupa is surrounded by beautiful stupas that houses many Gompas and traditional shops selling singing bowls, thankas, prayer wheels and more. You can also find few cafes and guesthouses in the immediate area.
Boudhanath was partially affected by earthquake in 2015 but the repartition was carried out throughout 2016.

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) (UNESCO World Heritage Site):

Swayambhunath, revered Buddhist stupa, is located within walking distance (3km) west of Thamel in Kathmandu on a hillock. Swayambhunath is commonly known as “Monkey Temple” due to the large number of rhesus primates living there. Travelers need to climb 365 stone steps to reach the main Stupa complex (can be tiring and slippery if raining). This stupa is believed to date back to 5th century. The large dome shaped stupa, two big Buddha eye and surrounding small shrines and temples are the major attraction of the temple. This hilltop temple offers the 360 degree view of Kathmandu city. This significant heritage site holds immense cultural, religious, architectural and historical values for Nepalese people.
After exploration, we gather to Nepal Horizon Treks & Expedition to get better acquainted with our travel plans and fellow trekkers.

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Early morning transfer to the Domestic Airport and catch short Trans-Himalayan flight to Lukla: gateway to Everest region. You will be introduced to your rest of trekking crew. Start your trek with an easy hike through Chaurikharka village and drop off towards Dudhkoshi Ghat (2530m/8300ft). Follow the bank of Dudhkoshi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), where you stay overnight to acclimatize. Enjoy your leisure time in Phakding, a famous stopping point.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Lodge
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Follow the beautiful forest of pine and take the north trail that leads up to the valley of Benkar. Then, cross Dudh Koshi River and walk across the village of Chumao and Monjo, the entrance to the Everest National Park. Next, cross the suspension bridge and walk across Jorsale village. Further, follow the tail the goes alongside of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. A steep ascend takes us to the heartland of Khumbu region – Namche Bazaar. En route – enjoy the excellent view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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At Namche Bazaar, we take a well-deserved break! There are plenty of things to do around Namche Bazaar and we spend a day here acclimatizing the body at lofty altitude. Namche Bazaar is the major hub of Khumbu region and houses government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants and colorful markets. Our guides helps you explore the real charm of this fascinating town.

Hike to Sangarmatha Nation Park to enjoy the fabulous view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. If you wise, you can take part in a day hike to Khumjung village – a beautiful Sherpa village.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Lodge
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After breakfast, we leave Namche Bazaar behind and walk with gradual ups and downs. En route - Look out for exotic wildlife like Pheasants, Musk Deer and Himalayan Thars. The train descends to Kyanjuma and finally to Sansa. From here, we follow the main Gokyo trail and as we reach Moong, we get the excellent view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Khumbila mountains. Further, the trail descends to Dudh Koshi Khola and start ascending uphill through the forested route of rhododendron before reaching Phorse. Here we can catch the fascinating view of Tawache and Cholaste mountains.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Lodge
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Today we follow the trail that crosses the bridge over Dudh Koshi River and now onwards, we are likely to come face to face with highland wildlife like Pheasants, mountain goats and musk deer. We climb through the forested route and walk across the waterfalls and bridges before reaching the village of Dole. We ascend on a scenic ridge with view of lofty Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku mountains. Further, we climb from Luza village and walk above the Dudh Koshi River to reach the Machhermo village. Here we visit Himalayan Rescue Hospital to learn about altitude sickness, its precaution and primary treatment.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Lodge
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After breakfast, we ascend on a hill and enjoy the fascinating view of Dudh Koshi Valley and Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains. The valley starts to open up and passes through a Chorten and reaches Phangga. Descending to the river bank and climbing up to the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier, we reach the trail route that leads us to Gokyo Lake. We walk across Longpongo, Raboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari before reaching Gokyo.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Lodge
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Another acclimatization day is scheduled to protect against AMS. Gokyo valley offers to major viewpoints:

The first is Gokyo Ri (5,357m) which is located to the northern side of the lake, opposite of the village. The Gokyo Ri hike starts very early in the morning and involves two hours of scramble to its summit. The summit features the best view of broad, rubble-covered Ngozumpa Glaicer – Nepal largest Glacier. Furthermore, it commands the surreal view of incredible Himalayan chain that includes Cho-Ouy, Ghyachung Kang, north face of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cholatse, Taboche, Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Kangru and more (all over 6300m).

The second highlight is the fourth, fifth and the sixth lake that is located to the north of the village. These lakes along with the melt of glaciers are the major source of Dudh Koshi River, which we followed from Lukla.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Lodge
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Today, we climb down to join a trail of Dudh Koshi River and walk across the first Gokyo Lake. En route – we get the astounding view of Cholatse and Tabohce Peak. Next, we descend first and climb a hill to follow the trail that leads us to Machhermo, Luza, Lhafarma and finally to Dole village.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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After breakfast, we climb down through the steep terrain to Phortse Thange via the thick cluster of rhododendron. Admiring the exotic Pheasant, Musk Deer and Mountain Goats and walking across the waterfalls, we reach Mong. From here, we get the great view of Khumbila Peak. After walking for a while, we reach a confluence point of Sansa. From here, we take a trail that clings to the forested slopes and negotiate several uphill and downhill terrain to reach Namche Bazaar.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Hotel
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Today is the last day of our trek. The trail drops downwards steeply so we need to walk carefully as our tired legs continuously battel the rocky terrain. Upon arrival at Lukla, we stretch those legs and rest overnight.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Today we catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, we drive back to the hotel and take a rest day off. In the evening, we will reunite again for farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant in town, where we will be eager to hear the feedback of your trip.

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It’s your last day in Nepal! Take some breakfast and if your wish, you can catch last-minute shopping Kathmandu. Our airport representative will transfer you to airport with plenty time before your flight home.
Farewell!!

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Breakfast

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Teahouse accommodations and meals (breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary in cozy vehicle
  • Round flight (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English speaking and government licensed trekking guide and assistant guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All the trekking staffs salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down Jacked and Sleeping Bag (to be returned after the completion of the trip)
  • EBC trekking route map
  • All the necessary trekking permits and paper works
  • All the governmental and local taxes
  • Medial kit (carried by your trek leader)

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International Flight fare
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal nature expenses – Phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guides, porters and drivers

Route Map

Altitude Graph

FAQs

No Gokyo lake trek is not difficult if your body is physically fit and fine.

It's crucial to be in good physical condition before hiking. The Gokyo Lake journey requires both physical and mental fitness. You'll need to mentally get ready for this adventure. When a surprising issue comes up while hiking, it is possible to address it patiently and quietly. However, prior to this trek's first five months, engage in daily swimming, basic exercise, and yoga.

This hike will begin in Kathmandu, which is 1400 meters above sea level. Gokyo Lake, at a height of 4790 meters, is the highest point of this hike. You will be gradually increasing your altitude throughout this walk.

You will require one of two types of permits to hike to Gokyo Lakes. The first permit required for trekking in any Himalayan region of Nepal is the TIMS permit. The second permit you'll need before visiting Sagarmatha National Park is the one for Sagarmatha National Park.

You have to walk at least 4-6 hours per day.

Yes, you can carry your children during the Gokyo Lake trek.

No. Normally, oxygen is not needed on the trek because our schedule is set up to allow for adequate acclimatization. In order to prevent altitude sickness, we also provide Diamox, a drug that suppresses the symptoms, right away. However, we will quickly descend to a lower altitude in the event of severe altitude sickness.

On a paid basis, electricity is provided during your walk to recharge your phones, laptops, and iPads using micro-hydropower and solar panels. After Namche, there are no Wi-Fi sites along the trekking track.

Additional Information

A teahouse hike is the Gokyo Lake Trek. You'll be staying in hotels and teahouses while on the walk. Depending on the altitude, the teahouses' amenities will vary. The teahouses become more primitive as you ascend. You don't have to pay for your lodging while trekking with a travel agency company. The price of the Gokyo Lake Trek includes lodging expenses. Spending the night at a teahouse while trekking in Gokyo will run you between $3 and $5 per person. There is not a single room available for you. They provide twin-sharing accommodation.

Due to the open kitchens, the teahouses have a communal eating room, which is typically smoke-filled. The dining hall is kept comfortable by the heaters. The dining room is where hikers spend most of their time. Some people use WiFi, some people play cards, and some people engage in gossip and discussion. Two single beds in a bedroom, each with a cushion and cozy blankets. Bring a sleeping bag with you. It will be beneficial on chilly nights. You won't need to request additional blankets. (that actually might not be available during busy times. Most teahouses in Namche and above have public restrooms outside. There is no toilet paper present. You ought to bring your own.

The cost of the Gokyo Lake trek per person starts at around USD 1400. It includes your travel expenses, a permit, transportation, lodging, a guide, a porter, etc. 

However, the price varies according to the time of year you travel and the excursions you plan on taking. Additionally, we can adjust your price and itinerary according to your budget and time. 

The Gokyo Lake Trek offers breathtaking views of the secluded Gokyo Valley. It is a turquoise glacial valley. It provides breathtaking mountain vistas of mountains such as Mount Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Everest.

Clothing

Summer hat/ Winter hat 

Hiking skirt/ hiking trousers

Beanie 

Neckband

Light breathable trousers 

Full sleeve T-shirt or shirt

Woollen sweater 

Socks 2/3 pairs

Down jacket

Waterproof jackets and pants

Hiking boots or sports shoes. 

Hiking gear 

Hiking backpack 

Bottle 

Water purification pills

Trekking map

Trekking pole 

Compass

Sleeping bag

Camping equipment

Scissors 

lighters/matchsticks

Rope 

Personal equipment 

Soap

Shampoo

Tissue paper

Toilet paper

Towel 

Hanky

Nail cutter

Lip Guard  

Sunscreen 

Moisturiser 

Toothbrush

Toothpaste 

Deodorant/perfume 

Optional equipment

Watch 

Camera 

Phone 

Notebook 

Selfie stick

Documents 

Passport size photo

Photocopy of passport and passport

Visa

Permit

Citizenship

Medicine and first aid kit 

Diamox 250mg (altitude sickness)

Paracetamol (painkiller)

Imodium (diarrhoea)

Clotrimazole cream (skin infections)

Crocin (fever)

Zintac (acidity)

Disprin (Headache)

Bandages 

Handiplasts

Adhesive Tapes

Crocin

Dettol

Nepal Horizon Treks is among Nepal's most reputable trekking and tour agencies. Adventure trips and Trekking are two of our services. Local skills and people with tourism experience in Nepal operate the company. Because the safety of our clients is our priority, we are willing to be flexible with our activities to improve Nepal's tourist quality through Helicopter to Everest Base Camp.

We are a trekking and tour organization that specializes in helicopter trips to unique destinations around Nepal and beyond featuring Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. Nepal Horizon Treks is dedicated to offering the most incredible helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp experience possible while always keeping our clients' safety and pleasure in mind. Our staff has flown to practically every site in Nepal since the company's inception, allowing them to manoeuvre to varied destinations without difficulty.

The vacation packages offered by Nepal Horizon Treks are excellent value for money. Our tours are all reasonably priced. We are providing organizations to serve with the best possible hospitality in required budget plans. Here we discussed some of the common and basic facilities that we provided to you 

Free pick and drop off from the airport to your hotel

Own hotel service with clean and hygienic food and facilities 

Easy booking and reservation online

24-hour available for your concern 

Different social media Instagram, Viber, We chat, Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter

Easy payment system through VISA, Mastercard, wire transfer and PayPal.   

Availability of Oximeter at the time of high altitude area

Medical kits in case of an emergency 

Provide sleeping bags and down jackets, if you don't have your own.

Duffle back

Nepal Horizon Trek T-shirts

Duration 

Depending on the trek package you select, you can reduce or lengthen the Gokyo Lakes journey. Trekkers must trek for 5 to 6 hours, covering an average of 10 kilometres per day. If you lack prior expertise or fitness level, the length and number of hours of the trek may provide a difficulty. To deal with weariness and altitude sickness, you will have an acclimatization and resting period.

As the trekkers receive more rest, trekking packages that allow for lots of acclimatization make the trek more comfortable. Less acclimatization results in shorter, more strenuous trekking programs that might be extremely chaotic.

Distance  

You will need to walk 92 kilometers in total. However, it takes more than 15 days to finish this walk, including the days for acclimatization. If you're used to walking, this won't seem like a big deal because you'll typically cover 6 kilometers every day, which is manageable. The difficulty increases if you also want to visit Everest Base Camp because of the increased distance. On the journey to Gokyo Lake (in the Everest region), there is never a set amount of time to walk because it totally depends on how much height you gain each day. The more altitude you acquire, the shorter the time you walk. But on average, it can be 5 to 6 hours per day.

Altitude sickness 

The Gokyo Lakes Trek has significant obstacles due to altitude and its effects. At 5,357 above sea level, Gokyo Lake is the highest elevation at which to ascend. You must climb to a height of 5,545 meters to access Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp, which might be exhausting.

From Lukla, 2,860 meters up, the adventure to the Gokyo Lakes begins. This is sufficient for some hikers to experience altitude sickness. Continue your journey to Gokyo Valley (4,800 m), Namche Bazaar (3,438 m), Dole (3,680 m), Macchermo (4,470 m), and lastly, the Gokyo Ri (5,357 m). Anyone can get altitude sickness; there are no restrictions on age, physical fitness, or gender. Some of the symptoms of altitude sickness are headaches, dizziness, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, lack of sleep, and so on. If any symptoms are noticed, the hiker should halt right away and take a break; if the illness worsens, they should continue hiking downward.

Weather 

The trek to the Gokyo lakes begins at comparatively lower heights, like Lukla, where the climate is generally mild. However, as you ascend higher, the winds become frigid and frozen. Additionally, there is a higher chance of developing frostbite in such bitterly cold conditions.

Trekkers must be well-prepared if they intend to walk above 4000m. Your body's temperature will be preserved if you use down jackets and other cold-blocking apparel.

Temperature 

The climate is generally pleasant in places like Lukla and Namche, which are relatively lower elevations, but as you ascend higher, the winds become frigid and frozen. Additionally, the risk of developing frostbite is higher in such bitterly cold conditions. Walking will help you warm up, so even though it's chilly outside, it might not be as dangerous. Additionally, your body temperature will be preserved thanks to the down jackets and other cold-blocking apparel. The Gokyo Lakes walk is just marginally challenging, or you could even call it simple, given the temperature and potential dangers.

Packing list 

Your weight-related burden on the Gokyo Lakes Trek is one of the main obstacles. The trails are challenging, long, and occasionally steep. It's difficult to picture enjoying a walk while carrying a big load on your back. 

Avoid trying to overpack your bags with superfluous and cumbersome stuff because the Gokyo Lakes Trek is a long, high-elevation excursion. By hiring a porter, you can greatly lessen the difficulties of the walk caused by your heavy luggage and stop worrying about it. Dont pack your bags more than 15 kilograms.

Season 

It gets quite wet during the monsoon season, making the trail quite slick. Avalanches and landslides are also a possibility in the high alpine area. The Gokyo Lakes hike is therefore particularly challenging to do during the monsoon.

Even the summer is not a favorable time to travel to Nepal because the season combines with the rain. However, if you continue on the trail, the difficulties will overwhelm you. The winter months are frigid. Therefore, during the winter, the temperature can be an obstacle. Trekking in Gokyo or Everest during the winter is therefore highly discouraged. Gokyo Lakes trekking is most enjoyable in the spring and fall. These times of year have a good climate that makes it easier for you to adapt to your surroundings.

Food and Accommodation 

Services for food and lodging are essential on any trek. Keep your body in shape for the walk the next day with the right nutrition and a restful night's sleep. The trekkers, porters, and climbers, among other employees, may cause the teahouses to become crowded during the busiest months. Sometimes it's challenging to locate a room in a resort. Fewer options are available as the elevations rise. While travelling, however, it is easy to find Nepali Dal Bhat (a collection of rice, lentil, and vegetable pickles), egg products, tea or coffee, Tibetan bread, noodles, and soup. Always keep a water bottle on you, preferably one with a water filter.

Suggest bringing along a certified guide and porter if this is your first trip. In this way, you won't have any trouble traveling the unknown pathways, and carrying your luggage while walking also becomes unnecessary.

If you're a beginner hiker, it's advised that you pick a good time of year. The skies are clear, the weather is good, and the temperature is good during these months.

Take enough time on your journey to acclimatize. You become used to the environmental elements as a result, which lowers your risk of developing AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).

Don't pack extra items in your luggage. Your endurance will be reduced, and you will experience unwanted fatigue. 

Before the trip, engage in some physical activities. Your muscles become more flexible and adaptable, and you are able to complete the journey with noticeably higher proficiency.

In this difficult walk, a healthy diet is crucial for your health, fitness, and ability to combat altitude sickness. Long-distance trekking will cause you to expend more calories than usual, so you'll also need to boost your calorie intake.

Trekkers should practise cardiovascular exercises like cycling, jogging, swimming, and hiking.

A vital component of the hike is mental preparation. You should maintain a positive attitude to keep yourself inspired to finish this walk at all times. One of the most crucial components of the walk is your mental preparation, which will keep you steady.

The journey can easily be altered by including extra days for rest and acclimatization. As a result, the Gokyo Lake trek will be considerably easier. You will benefit from having an extra day in case of weather-related travel delays.

You will begin your trip to Gokyo Lake by taking a beautiful flight, which takes about 45 minutes, from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to Lukla. There are numerous hotels, restaurants, and teahouses in the small tourist town of Lukla. We will begin our adventure toward Phaking, where we will spend the night, after arriving at the airport.

We will then continue our walk the following day to Namche Bazaar, a stunning hamlet that serves as the Khumbu region's commercial centre. To adjust and combat altitude sickness, you will need to relax and acclimate at higher altitudes. To learn more about the area's culture, customs, and traditions, you can explore the area and go to the Sherpa museum.

Hikers can also travel to Syangboche to see the spectacular vistas of Mount Everest and other snow-capped mountains. The early sunrise may be seen well from there as well. After taking a day off, you can travel to Dole by ascending steep stairs, from where you will then travel over flat routes to reach a forest. To get there from the forest, you must make a brief ascent and trek for a few hours. It takes about 6 hours to hike from Dole to Machhermo, where you will spend the night in a motel. From there, you will go to Fifth Lake, where you can explore the surroundings, before hiking back to Gokyo.

After spending the night at a teahouse, hikers will get up early the next morning to summit Gokyo Ri, a well-known trekking peak. You'll get stunning views of Mount Everest and other snow-covered summits from this vantage point. You walk down to Dole along the same path you took earlier, after soaking in the scene and taking photos.

As you go from Dole to Namche Bazaar, you will take in the picturesque ambience and numerous eateries, cafes, bars, pubs, and other businesses. Additionally, you can purchase gifts for your relatives back home. The next day, you will hike to Lukla before taking a magnificent mountain flight back to Kathmandu. Before returning to Lukla through Periche and Tengboche, you might prolong your journey to Everest Base Camp.

Duration 

Depending on the trek package you select, you can reduce or lengthen the Gokyo Lakes journey. Trekkers must trek for 5 to 6 hours, covering an average of 10 kilometres per day. If you lack prior expertise or fitness level, the length and number of hours of the trek may provide a difficulty. To deal with weariness and altitude sickness, you will have an acclimatization and resting period.

 

As the trekkers receive more rest, trekking packages that allow for lots of acclimatization make the trek more comfortable. Less acclimatization results in shorter, more strenuous trekking programs that might be extremely chaotic.

Distance  

You will need to walk 92 kilometers in total. However, it takes more than 15 days to finish this walk, including the days for acclimatization. If you're used to walking, this won't seem like a big deal because you'll typically cover 6 kilometers every day, which is manageable. The difficulty increases if you also want to visit Everest Base Camp because of the increased distance. On the journey to Gokyo Lake (in the Everest region), there is never a set amount of time to walk because it totally depends on how much height you gain each day. The more altitude you acquire, the shorter the time you walk. But on average, it can be 5 to 6 hours per day.

Altitude sickness 

The Gokyo Lakes Trek has significant obstacles due to altitude and its effects. At 5,357 above sea level, Gokyo Lake is the highest elevation at which to ascend. You must climb to a height of 5,545 meters to access Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp, which might be exhausting.

 

From Lukla, 2,860 meters up, the adventure to the Gokyo Lakes begins. This is sufficient for some hikers to experience altitude sickness. Continue your journey to Gokyo Valley (4,800 m), Namche Bazaar (3,438 m), Dole (3,680 m), Macchermo (4,470 m), and lastly, the Gokyo Ri (5,357 m). Anyone can get altitude sickness; there are no restrictions on age, physical fitness, or gender. Some of the symptoms of altitude sickness are headaches, dizziness, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, lack of sleep, and so on. If any symptoms are noticed, the hiker should halt right away and take a break; if the illness worsens, they should continue hiking downward.

Weather 

The trek to the Gokyo lakes begins at comparatively lower heights, like Lukla, where the climate is generally mild. However, as you ascend higher, the winds become frigid and frozen. Additionally, there is a higher chance of developing frostbite in such bitterly cold conditions.

Trekkers must be well-prepared if they intend to walk above 4000m. Your body's temperature will be preserved if you use down jackets and other cold-blocking apparel.

Temperature 

The climate is generally pleasant in places like Lukla and Namche, which are relatively lower elevations, but as you ascend higher, the winds become frigid and frozen. Additionally, the risk of developing frostbite is higher in such bitterly cold conditions. Walking will help you warm up, so even though it's chilly outside, it might not be as dangerous. Additionally, your body temperature will be preserved thanks to the down jackets and other cold-blocking apparel. The Gokyo Lakes walk is just marginally challenging, or you could even call it simple, given the temperature and potential dangers.

Packing list 

Your weight-related burden on the Gokyo Lakes Trek is one of the main obstacles. The trails are challenging, long, and occasionally steep. It's difficult to picture enjoying a walk while carrying a big load on your back.

Avoid trying to overpack your bags with superfluous and cumbersome stuff because the Gokyo Lakes Trek is a long, high-elevation excursion. By hiring a porter, you can greatly lessen the difficulties of the walk caused by your heavy luggage and stop worrying about it. Dont pack your bags more than 15 kilograms.

Season 

It gets quite wet during the monsoon season, making the trail quite slick. Avalanches and landslides are also a possibility in the high alpine area. The Gokyo Lakes hike is therefore particularly challenging to do during the monsoon.

 

Even the summer is not a favorable time to travel to Nepal because the season combines with the rain. However, if you continue on the trail, the difficulties will overwhelm you. The winter months are frigid. Therefore, during the winter, the temperature can be an obstacle. Trekking in Gokyo or Everest during the winter is therefore highly discouraged. Gokyo Lakes trekking is most enjoyable in the spring and fall. These times of year have a good climate that makes it easier for you to adapt to your surroundings.

Food and Accommodation 

Services for food and lodging are essential on any trek. Keep your body in shape for the walk the next day with the right nutrition and a restful night's sleep. The trekkers, porters, and climbers, among other employees, may cause the teahouses to become crowded during the busiest months. Sometimes it's challenging to locate a room in a resort. Fewer options are available as the elevations rise. While travelling, however, it is easy to find Nepali Dal Bhat (a collection of rice, lentil, and vegetable pickles), egg products, tea or coffee, Tibetan bread, noodles, and soup. Always keep a water bottle on you, preferably one with a water filter.

  • Suggest bringing along a certified guide and porter if this is your first trip. In this way, you won't have any trouble traveling the unknown pathways, and carrying your luggage while walking also becomes unnecessary.

  • If you're a beginner hiker, it's advised that you pick a good time of year. The skies are clear, the weather is good, and the temperature is good during these months.

  • Take enough time on your journey to acclimatize. You become used to the environmental elements as a result, which lowers your risk of developing AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).

  • Don't pack extra items in your luggage. Your endurance will be reduced, and you will experience unwanted fatigue. 

  • Before the trip, engage in some physical activities. Your muscles become more flexible and adaptable, and you are able to complete the journey with noticeably higher proficiency.

  • In this difficult walk, a healthy diet is crucial for your health, fitness, and ability to combat altitude sickness. Long-distance trekking will cause you to expend more calories than usual, so you'll also need to boost your calorie intake.

  • Trekkers should practise cardiovascular exercises like cycling, jogging, swimming, and hiking.

  • A vital component of the hike is mental preparation. You should maintain a positive attitude to keep yourself inspired to finish this walk at all times. One of the most crucial components of the walk is your mental preparation, which will keep you steady.

  • The journey can easily be altered by including extra days for rest and acclimatization. As a result, the Gokyo Lake trek will be considerably easier. You will benefit from having an extra day in case of weather-related travel delays.

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