Everest Gokyo Lakes TrekEverest Gokyo Lakes Trek

Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek

  • Duration12 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 4900m
  • Group Size 2-10+
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Activity Day Tour & Trekking
  • Best Season Sep - Dec and Mar - May

Gokyo Lakes Trek offers a less crowded and serene trekking experience in Nepal's Khumbu region. With winding trails, Sherpa villages, and alpine viewpoints, you can immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the area. Witness grazing yaks, explore charming villages, and marvel at the northwest face of Everest. This 12-day itinerary ensures you experience the best of the region without the crowds. Enjoy the tranquility and natural beauty of the Khumbu region on this alternative trek.

Make sure you seize the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring view of Mt. Everest from the edge of the peak, located at an altitude of 4,700 to 5,000 meters. The sight of this majestic mountain will leave you speechless.

  • During your trek in the Everest region, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of experiences and witness breathtaking natural wonders. From the Syangboche Airport, one of the highest airports in the world, to the cultural insights gained by exploring the lifestyles of the local Sherpa people, the region offers a myriad of fascinating attractions.
  • The towering presence of majestic mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Mt. Makalu will leave you awe-inspired as their snow-capped peaks dominate the skyline. These iconic Himalayan giants serve as a constant reminder of the immense grandeur and beauty of nature.
  • As you venture through the Sagarmatha National Park, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will have the opportunity to witness its diverse flora and fauna. The park is home to a wide range of plant species, including colorful rhododendrons, and provides habitats for various wildlife such as musk deer, pheasants, elusive snow leopards, and Himalayan tahr.
  • Throughout your journey, you will encounter cultural elements that define the region, such as prayer wheels, colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, and intricate mani stones inscribed with sacred mantras. The high-suspension bridges that span across deep gorges add an element of adventure to your trekking experience.
  • The Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes, situated at altitudes ranging from 4,700m to 5,000m, offer a serene and picturesque setting. The tranquil lakes, surrounded by stone houses and meadows, create a captivating landscape that will leave a lasting impression.
  • To capture the best panoramic views of the region, you will ascend Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,350m. From this vantage point, you will be rewarded with astounding vistas of the surrounding mountains, lakes, and glaciers, offering a sense of tranquility and a profound connection to the natural world.
  • Your journey will also take you to Khumjung Monastery, believed to house a yeti-scalp, adding a touch of mystery and intrigue to your exploration.
  • Overall, the Everest region offers an unforgettable blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and unique experiences that will leave an indelible mark on your journey.

Unique Alternative to the Everest Base Camp

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek offers a unique alternative to the popular Everest Base Camp trek. With stunning views of Mount Everest and overnight stays in Namche Bazaar, it provides an authentic experience of the Khumbu Region. The trek takes you through local villages, icy rivers, glacier debris, and snow-capped mountains, leading you to the dazzling turquoise Gokyo Lakes. These lakes, situated at high altitudes, are the world's highest freshwater lake system and hold great cultural and ecological significance. Spending an extra day in the Gokyo Valley allows you to explore the additional lakes and enjoy panoramic views of Cho Oyu. A highlight of the trek is the climb up to Gokyo RI, offering breathtaking views of Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu, along with the impressive Ngozumpa Glacier. To acclimatize, a visit to Khumjung Village and the Hillary School in Namche Bazaar is recommended. It's a vibrant town where trekkers can share stories and experiences with fellow adventurers.

What Trekkers Expect from Gokyo Ri Trek

The Gokyo Ri Trek in Sagarmatha National Park offers a unique and adventurous journey through rugged landscapes, dense forests, and high-altitude settlements. The trail encompasses breathtaking views of the turquoise Gokyo lakes, the immense Ngozumpa Glacier, and some of the world's highest peaks, including Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. This trek is particularly appealing for those who have already completed the classic Everest treks and are looking for a new and exciting experience. It provides a fresh perspective on the region and allows trekkers to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and grandeur of the Himalayas.

Gokyo Ri Sagarmatha Trek Route

Gokyo Lakes Trek offers stunning views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu, along with peaceful monasteries, diverse cultures, and beautiful flora and fauna. The trek begins with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a hike to Phakding for acclimatization. The journey continues to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest, where you'll spend a day acclimatizing. From there, you'll trek to Dole, enjoying views of Mount Amadablam and Khumbila. The trail from Dole to Macchermo is adorned with prayer flags and meadows where yaks graze. Gokyo village is reached on the sixth day, and an extra day is spent exploring Gokyo Lakes. The highlight is the ascent to Gokyo Ri, offering close-up views of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Mount Makalu. After descending to Phortse and Namche Bazaar, the trek concludes with a return to Lukla. The journey ends with a flight back to Kathmandu, leaving you with lasting memories of the trek.

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek Difficulty

While prior trekking experience is not required for the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek, it is important to note that this is a moderately difficult hiking trail with challenging terrain and high altitudes, reaching over 5,000 meters. Each day involves approximately six to seven hours of walking, with significant ascents and descents through side valleys and mountain passes.

To fully enjoy and successfully complete the trek, it is recommended that you be in good health and have a reasonable level of physical fitness. Engaging in activities such as walking, running, and cardiovascular exercises prior to the trek can help you prepare for the demands of hiking at high altitudes.

To ensure your safety and provide guidance throughout the journey, an experienced guide from Nepal Nomad will accompany you from Lukla to Gokyo and back. They will closely monitor your progress, assess your condition, and ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Best time to Embark on the Gokyo Lakes Trek

The best time to embark on the Gokyo Lakes Trek aligns with the optimal seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Nepal's weather is known for its variability, and the trekking seasons are largely influenced by the arrival of the summer monsoon.

For those aiming to avoid the wettest conditions, the spring season from February to March is often preferred. During this time, you can witness vibrant wildflowers in bloom, and temperatures are generally comfortable.

Alternatively, many trekkers choose to undertake the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek in the autumn season, spanning from September to November. This period offers clear mountain views and pleasant, crisp days, making it a popular choice.

Winter treks are also feasible, though they come with colder temperatures and snowy trails. However, some trekkers find the allure of experiencing the majestic Khumbu region without large crowds to be highly appealing. We generally advise against hiking the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek during the summer due to the monsoon rains. If your schedule restricts you from visiting Nepal during the summer, Nepal Nomad can arrange alternative routes to ensure you have a proper Himalayan adventure.

Additional Offers and Benefits of Gokyo Trek

If the 12-day Everest Gokyo Lake Trek doesn't suit your preferences, Nepal Nomad offers various alternative options for Everest trekking in the Khumbu region. Our 17-day Everest Base Camp Trek is a classic and highly popular choice among trekkers, providing a comprehensive experience. For those seeking a shorter trek, we have a 10-day alternative option that covers the essential highlights of the region. Each trek has its own unique itinerary and attractions, allowing you to select the one that best aligns with your interests and available time.


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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our support team will be waiting for you, holding a nameplate with your name for a warm greeting. They will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to your designated hotel. The journey from the airport to the popular tourist hub of Thamel usually takes around 15 to 20 minutes.

Once you have settled into the hotel, our team will provide you with a short briefing about the upcoming meetings and trip plans. This will give you an overview of what to expect during your trekking adventure. You will have some free time to relax and explore on your own before the welcome dinner in the evening.

Before you begin your trek, there will be a pre-trek briefing where you will receive detailed information about the trekking program. This is an important session where you can ask any remaining questions and make any last-minute arrangements. It will ensure that you are well-prepared and have a clear understanding of the trek ahead.

After the briefing, you will have the evening to enjoy a welcome dinner, where you can savor delicious Nepali cuisine and get to know your fellow trekkers and guides. You will then return to your hotel to rest and recharge for the start of your trekking adventure the following day.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Welcome Dinner

The adventure begins with a scenic 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small mountain airstrip. From Lukla, we commence our trek by heading towards the Chaurikharka village. As we descend, we pass through lush forests and catch glimpses of the beautiful Dudh Koshi River. The trail then takes us to Dudh Koshi Ghat, located at an elevation of 2,530 meters. Crossing the suspension bridge over the river, we continue our trek, immersing ourselves in the stunning landscapes of the Everest region.

After a rewarding day of trekking, we finally reach Phakding, situated at an altitude of 2,650 meters. Phakding serves as the starting point for the iconic Everest Base Camp trek. This small village offers various amenities, including gear and lodging shops, cafes, and restaurants, catering to the needs of trekkers. It's an ideal place to rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitude.

During your free time in Phakding, you have the option to visit the renowned Rimishung Monastery. This monastery is an important spiritual site and offers insights into the rich cultural heritage of the region. Take the opportunity to explore the monastery and witness its unique architecture and tranquil ambiance.

Phakding sets the stage for the adventure ahead, providing a taste of the natural beauty and cultural richness that awaits you on the Everest trek.

  • Max. Altitude:2652m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:3 hours
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea

Embarking on a full day of trekking, we set off from Phakding and continue our journey along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. The trail leads us through picturesque landscapes, crossing several suspension bridges adorned with vibrant prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze. Each step of the way offers a thrilling and awe-inspiring experience, immersing you in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

After trekking for a few hours, we arrive at the charming village of Monjo. Beyond Monjo lies the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, we register our trekking permits and begin our ascent through a lush forested trail. As we climb higher, we are rewarded with our first captivating views of the majestic Mount Everest and its neighboring peaks.

Continuing through the enchanting woods and along stone-paved pathways, we make our way to Namche Bazaar. This bustling Sherpa market town is nestled amidst the mountains and serves as a hub for trekkers and climbers in the Everest region. It is a vibrant and lively place, offering a range of amenities such as shops, cafes, and lodges. After a long and fulfilling day of trekking, we settle in Namche Bazaar for a well-deserved rest, enjoying the hospitality and comfort of the local accommodations.

Namche Bazaar marks an important milestone in our journey, providing an opportunity to acclimatize to the increasing altitude and soak in the unique atmosphere of the Sherpa culture. It is a perfect place to unwind, interact with fellow trekkers, and prepare for the adventures that lie ahead in the Everest region.

  • Max. Altitude:3446m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:6 hrs
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea

Today is a rest day dedicated to acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. Although we will be taking it easy, it doesn't mean you'll be sitting still. Instead, you'll have the opportunity to explore the vibrant alleys of Namche and allow your body to adjust to the increasing altitude. It's a great chance to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this Sherpa market town.

During your time in Namche, we recommend indulging in the delectable treats from the renowned bakeries that dot the town. Savor the flavors of freshly baked goods, such as pastries and bread, which are a popular delight among trekkers.

In addition to strolling through Namche, you will embark on a hike to Sagarmatha National Park and Khumjung, located at an elevation of 3,790 meters. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to visit Khumjung Monastery, which is believed to house a scalp believed to be from a mythical creature known as the yeti. The monastery is steeped in local legends and offers an intriguing glimpse into the Sherpa culture.

As you continue your hike, you will also come across Hillary's School, named after Sir Edmund Hillary, and several ancient monasteries that hold spiritual significance for the local community. The trek to Khumjung can be extended to Khunde, where you can explore further and gain insights into the Sherpa way of life.

Another highlight of the day is a visit to Syangboche Airport, one of the highest airports in the world, located at an altitude of 3,780 meters. Witness the remarkable feat of engineering that allows planes to land and take off amidst the challenging terrain of the Himalayas.

For those seeking more panoramic views of Everest, you have the option to trek to Everest View Hotel, which offers breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains, including the majestic Everest itself.

Take your time to soak in the natural beauty, cultural richness, and remarkable landmarks as you explore Namche Bazaar and its surroundings. This rest day not only helps with acclimatization but also offers unique experiences and insights into the Everest region.

  • Max. Altitude:3446m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:4 Hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea

The trail from Namche Bazaar to Dole presents a mix of uphill and downhill sections, offering a varied and exciting trekking experience. As you set off from Namche, you will initially descend until you reach the picturesque Mong La Pass at an elevation of 3,957 meters. This scenic spot provides a fantastic vantage point to admire the surrounding landscape.

Continuing on the trail, you will make your way toward Phortse Thenga, crossing through enchanting pine forests teeming with diverse flora and fauna. The vibrant vegetation adds to the beauty of the surroundings, creating a serene and captivating atmosphere. Along the way, you will be treated to awe-inspiring views of iconic peaks such as Mount Amadablam (6,812m) and Mount Khumbila (5,761m), which add a touch of grandeur to the trek.

After Phortse Thenga 3650m, the path will lead you further up, gradually ascending towards Dole. As you approach your destination, the scenery becomes increasingly breathtaking, with magnificent vistas unfolding before your eyes. The towering peaks, pristine valleys, and dramatic landscapes create an unforgettable visual spectacle that will leave you in awe.

Embrace the challenges and rewards of the trail as you make your way towards Dole, immersing yourself in the natural wonders of the Everest region and relishing the stunning views that accompany your journey.

  • Max. Altitude:4,200m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:7 Hour
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea

On this day of the trek, we embark on a climb towards the picturesque ridge above Dole, immersing ourselves in the beauty of the surrounding landscape. As we continue our ascent, the trail leads us to the village of Luza, situated at an elevation of 4,360 meters. En route, we pass through the village of Lhabarma at 4,220 meters, soaking in the unique cultural and natural features of the region.

The trail continues to wind its way up along a valley, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Crossing several sandy spurs, we eventually reach the village of Machhermo at 4,410 meters. This village holds an intriguing tale - in 1974, a Sherpa woman's three yaks were reportedly killed by the legendary Yeti, a mythical creature said to inhabit the Himalayan region. This incident marked one of the first reported sightings of the Yeti in the Khumbu area, adding to the allure and mystique of the region.

After reaching Machhermo and taking a well-deserved break, we have the opportunity to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association. This organization plays a crucial role in providing medical assistance and rescue operations in the Everest region, offering valuable support to trekkers and climbers in need.

As the day comes to a close, we settle into our accommodations for the night, reflecting on the day's adventures and embracing the tranquility of the Himalayan surroundings. The enchanting beauty and intriguing stories of the region leave an indelible impression, reminding us of the extraordinary nature of the Khumbu Valley.

  • Max. Altitude:4,470m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea

After days of ascending through the rugged terrain, we finally reach our much-anticipated destination - Gokyo Village. Starting from Machhermo, we embark on a one-hour walk that leads us to Phanga. Here, we come across an area dedicated to commemorating the lives lost in the devastating landslides that have occurred in the region.

Continuing our journey, we cross an iron bridge that takes us to the mesmerizing Longpongo Lake, situated at an altitude of 4,690 meters. This serene lake serves as a prelude to the remarkable sights that await us. As we venture forward, we navigate through the challenging and chaotic moraines of the Ngozumpa Glacier. The rugged landscape gradually unfolds, revealing a breathtaking sequence of Gokyo lakes adorned with unparalleled beauty. The vibrant colors of these lakes, set against the backdrop of majestic Himalayan peaks, create a scene that defies description.

Finally, we arrive at Gokyo Village, where we will spend the night. Nestled amidst mountains, glaciers, and pristine lakes, Gokyo Village is a true gem of nature. The tranquility and natural splendor of this place provide a much-needed respite and an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Himalayas.

  • Max. Altitude:4720m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea

Recognizing the allure and magnificence of Gokyo Ri, we have set aside an additional day to fully immerse ourselves in the natural wonders of this village.

Our day begins with an invigorating hike to the summit of Gokyo Ri, standing tall at an elevation of 5,430 meters. From this vantage point, we are treated to a truly remarkable sight: panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including a breathtaking glimpse of the majestic Mount Everest. The scenery is nothing short of awe-inspiring, with the juxtaposition of the towering mountains, shimmering turquoise lakes, and sprawling glaciers creating a truly unforgettable experience.

After relishing in the breathtaking views and capturing memories that will last a lifetime, we descend back to the village for a nourishing lunch. With our energy replenished, the rest of the day is yours to explore and discover the charm of Gokyo and its neighboring villages. Immerse yourself in the serenity and tranquility of this extraordinary landscape, allowing yourself to be captivated by its unique allure.

Whether it's strolling through the village, interacting with the friendly locals, or simply basking in the natural beauty that surrounds you, this day in Gokyo offers a precious opportunity to connect with the essence of the Himalayas in a way that is both tranquil and transformative.

  • Max. Altitude:4720m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea

As our time in the mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes comes to an end, it is time to bid farewell and begin our return journey. After taking in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Gokyo Valley and its pristine lakes, we start our descent towards Dole.

The trail from Gokyo to Dole gently descends, allowing us to gradually make our way down while still enjoying the captivating mountain views that surround us. For those seeking an alternative route, there is an option to take a detour towards Phorche Village. This path leads east and takes us across the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier, offering unique vistas along the way.

Whether we choose the alternative route or stick to the main trail, we are guaranteed to be treated to breathtaking mountain views throughout the journey. The Himalayan peaks stand tall and majestic, providing a constant reminder of the grandeur of nature.

Finally, we reach Dole, a serene and picturesque village nestled amidst the mountains. Here, we can unwind, relax, and reflect on the incredible experiences we have had during our trek. The tranquility of Dole and its natural surroundings offer the perfect setting for a peaceful overnight stay, as we prepare for the next leg of our adventure.

  • Max. Altitude:4690m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:5 hours
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea

After a satisfying breakfast, we resume our trek back along the familiar path towards Phorche Thanga. The trail takes us through enchanting rhododendron and pine forests, providing a refreshing and picturesque backdrop. As we descend further, the vibrant colors of the flora and the soothing scent of the forest invigorate our senses.

Continuing our journey, we ascend towards Mongla Hill, where we are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. From this vantage point, we can soak in the beauty of the Everest region one last time before embarking on a gradual descent toward Sanasa.

Sanasa marks the intersection of various trails, including the main route leading to Everest Base Camp. Here, we join the bustling flow of trekkers and climbers making their way to the base camp. The lively atmosphere and the shared sense of adventure create a vibrant energy that accompanies us as we head toward our next destination.

Our final stop for the day is Namche Bazaar, a vibrant Sherpa town nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. Namche Bazaar offers a perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional Sherpa culture, making it a delightful place to rest and rejuvenate. We settle in for the night, reminiscing about the incredible journey we have undertaken and savoring the unique charm of Namche Bazaar.

  • Max. Altitude:3446m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:6 hrs
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea

On this day, our trek takes us on the final leg of our journey, offering us captivating views of the majestic mountains that have accompanied us throughout. The trail from Namche Bazaar to Phakding predominantly descends, taking us through charming small villages, enchanting forests, and exhilarating suspension bridges that add a touch of adventure to our trek.

As we make our way through the picturesque landscapes, we pass by the quaint village of Benkar, soaking in its tranquil ambiance. The trail continues, revealing breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks that stand tall against the azure sky.

Moving forward, we arrive at Toktok, a small village that presents us with unique perspectives of the surrounding mountains. The sight of these majestic peaks is sure to leave us awe-inspired, serving as a fitting finale to our mountainous adventure.

Finally, we reach Lukla, where we will spend our last night on the trail. Lukla is a vibrant and bustling town, serving as a gateway to the Everest region. Here, we can reflect on the incredible experiences we've had, cherish the memories we've made, and celebrate the successful completion of our trek. It's a time to relax, enjoy the company of fellow trekkers, and savor the final moments of our Himalayan journey.

  • Max. Altitude:2800m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:7 hours
  • Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with coffee/tea

After a fulfilling breakfast in Lukla, you will embark on an early morning flight back to Kathmandu, marking the end of your adventurous trek. The flight offers a peaceful and scenic journey, allowing you to relax and reflect on the incredible memories you have created during your time in the Everest region.

Upon landing in Kathmandu, you will have the entire day at your disposal to explore the vibrant capital city. If you wish, our team can arrange a city tour for you, providing an opportunity to delve deeper into the rich cultural heritage and history of Kathmandu. From ancient temples and palaces to bustling markets and traditional neighborhoods, the city tour will unveil the captivating charm of this cultural hub.

As you stroll through the bustling streets, you will encounter a tapestry of colors, aromas, and sounds that epitomize the essence of Kathmandu. Immerse yourself in the local traditions, indulge in delicious Nepali cuisine, and engage with the warm-hearted locals who are always eager to share their stories and experiences.

The city tour will serve as a perfect finale to your Himalayan adventure, offering a glimpse into the vibrant tapestry of Nepal's cultural and historical treasures. Take this opportunity to absorb the beauty and charm of Kathmandu before bidding farewell to this enchanting country.

After an eventful day exploring the city, you can relax and unwind at your hotel, cherishing the memories of your trek and reflecting on the awe-inspiring experiences you've had in the mountains.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:1 breakfast and 1 lunch with coffee/tea
What's Included
  • Domestic flight costs: The package covers the cost of round-trip domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu. It also includes airport departure taxes.
  • Accommodation: You will have a total of 10 nights of accommodation during the trek. This includes five nights each in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche, where you will have rooms with private attached bathrooms. Additionally, you will spend five nights in standard twin-sharing rooms in Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo (2 nights), and Phortse.
  • Meals: You will be provided with standard meals throughout the trek, including 11 lunches, 10 dinners, and 11 breakfasts. The meals will be prepared using local ingredients and will cater to the dietary requirements of trekkers.
  • Trekking staff: Your trek will be led by a government-licensed English-speaking trek leader from Discovery World Trekking. For groups of 12 or more, an assistant guide will also be provided. Additionally, there will be one porter for every two trekkers. The trekking staff's costs, meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and necessary equipment are included in the package.
  • Permits and fees: The package covers the fees for Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality and the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit. These permits are required to access the Everest region.
  • Snacks and fruits: You will be provided with snacks such as cookies and seasonal fresh fruits every day during the trek to keep you energized and refreshed.
  • Taxes and official expenses: All government and local taxes, as well as other official expenses, are included in the package cost.
  • Nepal Nomad appreciation certificate: At the end of the trek, you will receive a Nepal Nomad appreciation certificate as a token of recognition for completing the trek.
  • Farewell dinner: A farewell dinner will be arranged for you at the end of the trek, where you can celebrate the successful completion of your journey with the trekking staff and fellow trekkers.
  • These inclusions ensure that you have a hassle-free and enjoyable trekking experience in the Everest region, with all necessary arrangements taken care of by Discovery World Trekking.
What's not Included
  • International flight costs: The package does not cover the cost of international flights to and from Nepal. You will need to arrange and bear the expenses of your international airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fees: The package does not include the fees for the Nepal entry visa, which you will need to obtain upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Excess luggage charges: The trek package includes a luggage weight limit of 9kg per trekker. If your luggage exceeds this limit, you may incur excess luggage charges, which will be an additional expense.
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu: The package covers accommodation and meals only during the trek. Any accommodation and meals in Kathmandu before and after the trek will be your responsibility and additional expenses.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu: If you arrive in Kathmandu earlier or depart later than the scheduled trek dates, or if there are any unforeseen circumstances that require an additional night's stay in Kathmandu, the cost of the extra night's accommodation will be an additional expense.
  • Alcoholic, cold, and hot drinks: The package does not cover the cost of alcoholic beverages or hot and cold drinks, such as tea or coffee, during the trek. These expenses will be additional and should be covered by you.
  • Personal clothing and gear: You are responsible for bringing your own personal clothing and trekking gear, such as trekking boots, jackets, sleeping bags, and other equipment necessary for the trek.
  • Travel insurance: It is mandatory to have travel insurance that covers emergency high-altitude helicopter rescue and evacuation. The cost of travel insurance is not included in the package and should be arranged separately.
  • Tips for guide and porters: Gratuities for the trekking staff, such as the guide and porters, are not included in the package cost. Tips are a personal gesture of appreciation and should be given based on your satisfaction with the services provided.
  • Additional costs due to unforeseen circumstances: Any additional costs incurred due to circumstances beyond the trek organizer's control, such as landslides, bad weather, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, or other unforeseen events, will be your responsibility and additional expenses.

It is important to review the inclusions and exclusions of the trek package carefully and make the necessary arrangements and budget for the items not included in the package.

Good to Know

Experience and Insurance for Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek

Having prior trekking and hiking experience in mountainous regions can be a valuable asset during the Gokyo Lake Trek. Familiarity with the terrain, weather conditions, and physical demands of trekking can contribute to a more enjoyable and successful experience.

However, even if you don't have previous trekking experience, it is still possible to participate in the Gokyo Lake Trek. It is essential, though, that you are medically sound and physically fit to handle the challenges that may arise during the trek. The Gokyo Lake Trek involves walking for several hours each day, often in varying terrain and at high altitudes.

Before embarking on the trek, it is advisable to consult with your healthcare provider to ensure you are in good health and able to undertake the physical exertion of trekking. Regular exercise and physical preparation leading up to the trek can help improve your fitness level and stamina.

It is important to note that trekking at high altitudes can pose certain risks, including altitude sickness. Being physically fit does not guarantee immunity to altitude-related issues. It is crucial to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and listen to the guidance of your trek leader to minimize the risks associated with high altitude. Overall, a combination of trekking experience, good physical fitness, and adherence to safety guidelines will contribute to a more enjoyable and successful Gokyo Lake Trek.

Pre-Trip Meet for Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek

As part of the preparations for the Gokyo Lake Trek, you are expected to attend a pre-trip briefing. This briefing typically takes place in the Kathmandu office of the trekking company or organization you have chosen. It is usually scheduled between the first and second day of your itinerary before you embark on the actual trekking adventure.

During the pre-trip briefing, you will receive important information about the trekking program, itinerary, and any necessary preparations. The trek leader or representative will provide detailed instructions regarding the trek, including the route, accommodation, meals, safety precautions, and other essential details.

This is also an opportunity for you to ask any last-minute questions, clarify any concerns, and ensure that you are fully prepared for the journey ahead. The briefing allows you to familiarize yourself with the logistics and expectations of the trek, ensuring a smoother and more enjoyable experience.

Attending the pre-trip briefing is crucial to gather all the necessary information and ensure that everyone is on the same page before starting the trek. It is recommended to pay close attention to the details provided during the briefing and follow any instructions or guidelines provided by the trek leader. By attending the pre-trip briefing, you can ensure a well-informed and organized start to your Gokyo Lake Trek, setting the stage for a memorable and successful adventure in the Himalayas.

A Day for Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek

Each day of the trek begins with an early wake-up call, allowing you to start your day fresh and energized. After waking up, you will have breakfast, accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee, according to your preference. This meal provides you with the necessary fuel to sustain your energy levels throughout the day.

Following breakfast, you will prepare your backpack, ensuring you have all the essential items for the day's trekking or hiking. This includes packing appropriate clothing, water, snacks, and any personal equipment you may need.

Once your backpack is ready, you will set off on your trekking adventure. The route will lead you through scenic landscapes, charming villages, and breathtaking mountain views. You will follow the designated trail, guided by your trek leader or guide.

During the day, you will have a break for lunch at a suitable and comfortable location along the route. This allows you to rest, refuel, and recharge before continuing your trek. Lunch is typically a chance to enjoy a delicious meal, comprising local or packed food, and to take in the natural beauty of your surroundings.

After lunch, you will resume your trekking journey, making progress toward your overnight destination. The duration and distance covered each day may vary, depending on the specific itinerary of the Gokyo Lake Trek. Your trek leader will ensure that the pace is suitable for the group and that you have ample time to enjoy the scenery along the way.

Upon reaching the designated overnight stop, you will settle into your accommodation for the night. This could be a teahouse, lodge, or guesthouse, depending on the availability and the trekking route. You can rest, freshen up, and relax, reflecting on the day's adventures and preparing for the next day's trek. This routine of waking up early, having breakfast, trekking or hiking to the next destination, enjoying lunch along the way, and arriving at the overnight stop will be repeated throughout most days of the Gokyo Lake Trek. It allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Himalayas, connect with nature, and experience the sense of accomplishment that comes with each day's journey.

Food and Accommodation for Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek

During the Gokyo Lake Trek, it is important to keep in mind that the lodging facilities along the route are limited and operated by local families. As a result, the accommodations are basic and may not provide a luxurious environment. It is common to share bathrooms with other trekkers, and there may be instances where shower facilities are not available. However, the hospitality of the local families and the cozy warmth of the fireplace create a unique and memorable experience.

Despite the simplicity of the accommodations, you will be provided with three meals a day throughout the trek. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served, taking into consideration your taste preferences and the availability of ingredients. Lunchtime is scheduled during the trekking hours when a suitable resting place is found. Breakfast and dinner will be enjoyed at the accommodation where you end your day's trek.

The meals provided during the trek are prepared with care, offering a combination of local and international dishes. While the menu options may vary, you can expect nourishing and tasty meals to replenish your energy after a day of trekking. It is important to note that due to the remote location and limited resources, the menu options may be more limited compared to urban areas.

During mealtime, you will have the opportunity to interact with fellow trekkers and share your experiences. It's a great time to connect with like-minded adventurers, exchange stories, and create lasting memories. While the accommodations and meals may be simple, they contribute to the authentic trekking experience in the Himalayas. Embrace the rustic charm, embrace the simplicity, and enjoy the warm hospitality of the local families along the trail.

Responsible Travel and Transportation for Gokyo Trek

Acting with responsibility towards the environment and the surrounding areas is essential for practicing responsible travel during the Jiri Everest Trek. Here are some ways you can contribute to the preservation and sustainability of the region:

  • Follow the Leave No Trace principles: Minimize your impact on the environment by packing out all your trash, disposing of waste properly, and leaving natural and cultural sites undisturbed.
  • Respect local culture and customs: Familiarize yourself with the local customs and traditions of the communities you encounter along the trek. Dress modestly and appropriately, be mindful of your behavior, and seek permission before taking photographs of individuals or religious sites.
  • Conserve water and energy: Water sources can be limited in the trekking region, so use water sparingly. Opt for quick showers or consider using wet wipes for personal hygiene. Save energy by using only the necessary lighting and turning off electrical devices when not in use.
  • Support local businesses and communities: Choose local teahouses, lodges, and shops for your accommodations, meals, and supplies. This helps to directly benefit the local economy and promotes sustainable tourism practices.
  • Carry a refillable water bottle: Instead of purchasing single-use plastic water bottles, bring a reusable water bottle and use water purification methods or refill stations along the trail. This reduces plastic waste and supports a more sustainable approach.
  • Stay on designated trails: Stick to established trails and paths to avoid causing damage to fragile ecosystems and vegetation. Straying off the trail can lead to erosion and disruption of wildlife habitats.
  • Engage in responsible trekking practices: Hire local guides and porters who are knowledgeable about the area and follow ethical practices. Ensure that porters are provided with fair wages and proper equipment.

By acting responsibly and being mindful of your actions, you can contribute to the preservation of the environment and support the local communities during your Jiri Everest Trek. Let's strive to leave a positive impact and enjoy the beauty of the region in a sustainable manner.

Altitude Symptoms for Gokyo Lake Trek

Altitude sickness is a significant challenge in high trekking regions and can pose a threat to adventurers. It has three major stages: Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). To prevent altitude sickness, proper acclimatization is crucial, and our itinerary includes acclimatization stops at various points. If someone experiences symptoms, they are immediately taken to a lower altitude for care. In severe cases, an emergency evacuation may be necessary.