Everest Gokyo lakes Trek - 14 Days Gokyo Lake in Nepal

Everest Gokyo lakes trek provides us an opportunity to experience the amazing high alpine yak pasture, Sherpa culture and sparkling glacial lakes in the lap of Everest. Everest Gokyo Lakes trek is considered a traditional trekking that offers magnificent views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas. The image of this region is associated with the towering views of the most popular mountains in Nepal, at an altitude of above 8000m such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake. One of the most remarkable features is the view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung located in Khumbu region.

Everest Gokyo lakes Trek

Everest Gokyo lakes trek starts after a 35 minute flight from Kathmandu landing at Lukla (2860m) tiny airstrip, where the adventure really begins. We spend the next few days trekking and interacting amongst the mountain people also known as Sherpas, we stay at local lodges and trek into the heartland of their villages. Everything is organized in combination with Sherpa people and its culture. Along the trek we will pass the legendary Buddhist monasteries with the views of Everest, Ama Dabalam and many other snow towering mountain peaks getting closer by the day. We will have rest days in the villages of Namche bazaar and Gokyo valley that will allow us to explore the regions and to acclimatize, which is very essential too. After climbing to Gokyo Ri (5480 meters), we return at a leisurely pace back to Namche bazaar and Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.

Everest trekking attractions:

Sherpa people:
Sherpas: Sherpa means "easterner" because they came from the Kham in eastern Tibet. One of the first persons to come to Khumbu came by way of the Rolwaling valley and Tashi Lhapcha pass. He opened this valley so other people could come to settle. Later many families came from Tibet over the Nangpa La (pass). He came to Khumbu from Kham Salmo-Gang (east of Tibet). His clan was called Thimi. When he came to Tibet, the people asked where he came from – “the cast part of Kham”. That is how the name Sher-pa, meaning east people, came to be.... See more.

For 600 years, people have migrated from Tibet to these mountain valleys in Nepal. There was a time of great unrest in Tibet when many Lamas, their families and followers left their homes looking for new places to live. They settled in the mountain valleys of northern Nepal. These places came to be called Yolmo (Helambu), Langtang, and Khumbu. Now they live in the Solu-Khumbu district, Sagarmatha zone of Nepal. They live in the highest places. In the Khumbu, they number about 9500 with a total of roughly 55,000 living in all of Nepal. The Sherpa language (a dialect of Tibetan), literature, history and Philosophy came from old Tibetan religious books.

Today approximately 55,000 Sherpas live in Nepal and around 9500 of them live in the Khumbu region on the south side of Everest. Since the 1950s, tourism has become the dominant source of employment and income in the area. Many Sherpas, as well as people from other ethnic groups, work as part of the climbing and tourism industry. While the Sherpa people retain their Buddhist religion and many of their traditional practices, this shift in the local economy and way of life has necessarily meant changes in the Sherpa culture. Among these, there has been a shift from regarding climbing the mountain as blasphemous, to regarding it as a source of economic opportunity and pride. Sherpas hold many impressive Everest records, including most times summitted for men and women, quickest ascent, without oxygen ascent, quickest descent, and most time spent on top and youngest climbers to reach the summit.

Sherpa Religion and Culture
In Solu-Khumbu the most common sect of Tibetan Buddhism is the Nyingmapa, the oldest tradition. Sherpa and Tibetan lamas taught this religion to the people and organized the communities.  These Sherpa and Tibetan Ngakpa (lay lamas) brought teaching from Tibet to Khumbu that were from Books hidden by the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rinpoche. Lamas called tertons are incarnations of Guru Rinpoche who rediscovered these hidden teachings. Ter means “spiritual treasure” in Tibetan. A lama named Rigdzin Godem found some of these books, the Chang-ter, hidden in northern Tibet. The other lama, Nyatak – Nyung, found the Lho-ter in southern Tibet. The terton, Terdak Lingpa found the books and wrote the texts used in the Sherpa’s Pujahs, religious rituals.

As more people came to Khumbu, traditions started that helped to unite the villagers and to project the valley. Daily life revolves around each village Gompa/Stupa (temple). Closely tied to Buddhist beliefs are their daily activates of farming, herding and trading. Since the 1950s they have worked for tourists and earned fame on climbing expeditions.  

Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park:
Most of the part of Everest trekking is within the boundary of Sagarmatha( Everest) National Park.  This national park is spread in an area of 1148 square kilometers in Himalayan ecological zone in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park was established on July 19, 1976 and was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1979. The Park includes the upper catchments areas of the Dudhkoshi and Bhotehoshi Rivers and is largely composed of rugged terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas, ranging from 2,860m at Lukla to the top of the world's highest Mountain - Everest at 8,848meters above the sea level. Other peaks above 6,000m are Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam and Pumori. In this national park barren land above 5,000 m (16,400 ft) comprises 69% of the park while 28% is grazing land and the remaining 3% is forested.

Flora:
In Everest region you will find varieties of flora and fauna. In the lower forested zone, birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo and rhododendron grow. Above this zone all vegetation are found to be dwarf or shrubs. As the altitude increases, plant life is restricted to lichens and mosses. Plants stop to grow at about 5,750 meters (18,860 ft), because this is the permanent snow line in the Himalayas.

Fauna:
The forests of Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park provide habitat to at least 118 species of birds, including Himalayan Monal, Blood pheasant, Red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. This Park is also home to a number of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda. Himalayan thars, langur monkeys, martens and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.

Tengboche monastery:
Tengboche Monastery is a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Tengboche village in Khumjung. This monastery is also known as Dawa Choling Gompa. Situated at 3,860 meters (12,687 ft), the monastery is also the largest Gompa in this region. The monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. However, in 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1989, it was destroyed for a second time by a fire and then rebuilt with the help of volunteers and international assistance. In the background of this monastery there is good view of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Lhotse and others. In Everest trekking area apart from Tengboche monastery, Thame, Khumjung and Pangboche are some other famous monasteries.

Everest Gokyo lakes Trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Day 02:
Trip preparation day.
Day 03:
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m), trek to Pakdhing (2640m), 3 to 4 hrs trek.   
Day 04:
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 05:
Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and hike to Everest view hotel.
Day 06:
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m) via Khumjung (3800m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 08:
Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m), 5 hrs trek.
Day 09:
Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley.
Day 10:
Climb/trek to Gokyo Ri (5480m) back to Machhermo via Gokyo village, 6 hrs trek. 
Day 11:
Trek from Machhermo (4150m) to Namche Bazaar, 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 12:
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 13:
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.
Day 14:
Final departure.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Everest Gokyo lakes Trek - itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greets by one of our team leaders and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be on your own. In the evening, join a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant host by one of our leaders. Enjoy the meal having a great conservation about your adventure Everest Gokyo lakes trek. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 02: Trip preparation day.
The day for your trip preparation or if you are interested in sightseeing trip then let us know our tour guide will give you a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m), trek to Pakdhing (2640m), 3 to 4 hrs trek.    
Early morning transfer to the domestic airport for a flight to Lukla which is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. We begin our trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. We descend a mountainside path that merges into a route to Everest, with views to a valley to our right; and at its far end, Kusum Kangaru (6367m.). The Dudh Kosi approaches as we pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. We continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Overnight at guest house.  

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
 This day we trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. We can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. We can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight at hotel or guest house.

Day 05: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and hike to Everest view hotel.
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at the high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. For the acclimatization we walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or an hour walk up to the Tengboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m) via Khumjung (3800m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
From Namche bazaar the route heads up all the way to Khumjung, a picturesque village which also has its own Gompa at the top end of town. Here we can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then trail ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, we can see panoramic views of various mountains. We trek steeply descend passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. We can enjoy delicious meal at Phortse Tenga (3650m.). Overnight at guest house.  

Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
From Dole we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and we will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Overnight at guest house.  

Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m), 5 hrs trek.
Today we head for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.), our route to Lobuche and Everest and later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari (the milk lake) and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Overnight at tea house.

Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley.
Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day we can make a side trip to Fifth Lake via Forth Lake. Overnight at tea house.

Day 10: Climb/trek to Gokyo Ri (5480m) back to Machhermo via Gokyo village, 6 hrs trek.  
Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. After lunch it is a short walk to the village of Machhermo. Overnight at tea house.

Day 11: Trek from Machhermo (4150m) to Namche Bazaar, 5 to 6 hrs trek.
 The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga (3650m) passing through rhododendron forests. Then the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following small ups and down to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at hotel or guest house.

Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
 The last day of our trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla for our overnight stay. Overnight at hotel or guest house.

Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.
We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. In the evening, join a fare well dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant host by one of our team leaders. Enjoy the local drink, meal and live culture show. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 14: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. Wish you have a safe and sound journey. See you again in the future.

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Everest Gokyo lakes trek Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Gokyo lake

Trip Duration: 14 days

Max. Altitude: 5480 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.15

Best Season: February to June, September to December.

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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