Gokyo Valley Trek - 13 Days

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Gokyo Valley Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration13 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 5483 M
  • Group Size Up to 10 Pax
  • Starts Kathmandu Airport
  • Ends Kathmandu Airport

The Gokyo Valley Trek is one of the most mesmerizing Journeys in the Everest region. Embark on this 13-day Gokyo Lakes Trek, which takes you through the picturesque route of the Khumbu region, showcasing stunning landscapes and the unique Sherpa culture. 

The adventure begins with a short flight to Lukla, leading to Phakding and UNESCO-listed Sagarmatha National Park before you make it to the commercial hub of the region, Namche Bazaar. Along the trail, you'll encounter lush forests, open pastures, and charming villages, providing a glimpse into the Sherpa way of life.

The highlight of this trek is the breathtaking Gokyo Valley, which is home to the pristine Gokyo Lakes nestled at the foot of Cho Oyu (8188m), the world's sixth-highest mountain. The turquoise blue waters of the lakes radiate a peaceful atmosphere, adding to the natural beauty. 

Furthermore, the route also takes you to the Gokyo Ri (5360m) viewpoint rewarding you with magnificent sunrise and sunset views over the panoramic vistas of Cho Oyu, Chamar, Everest, Lhotse, and more. The view also contains the magnificent Gokyo Lakes and the massive Ngozumpa Glacier.

Perfect for those who want to switch the way from the mainstreamed trail of the Everest region and want to take the off-beaten path, the Gokyo Valley marks itself as the best option. Including everything from natural beauty, scenic views, cultural richness and rich ecosystem to the serene environment, you are ensured to have the best time during the 13 days of the Gokyo Lakes trek

Join Himalayan Recreation for a spectacular 13 days trip to the Everest Gokyo Ri trekking and make memories for a lifetime. With over a decade of expertise, our professional team ensures you a memorable and eventful journey through Nepal's stunning landscapes. Don't miss out on this incredible adventure and book the trip now for 2024 and 2025. 

Major highlights of the Gokyo Lakes trek

  • Explore the off-the-beaten path of the Everest region.
  • Get a mesmerizing view of the mystical Gokyo lakes.
  • Witness a 360-degree view of giant peaks along with Mount Everest.
  • Experience the traditional Sherpa culture and traditions.
  • Discover a diverse range of flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park. 

Things to Look Forward to on the Gokyo Valley Trek

The Gokyo Valley trek is filled with a natural and cultural richness that you will get to witness and experience during this 13 days Itinerary. Promising an overload of memorable experiences. You can look forward to breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu, from the vantage point of Gokyo Ri during the trek.

The turquoise-blue Gokyo lakes further create a serene environment amidst the mountains. As you head to this sacred lake, along the route, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique Sherpa culture and explore traditional mountain villages.

As you will also be trekking inside the area of the Sagarmatha National Park, the journey offers encounters with diverse flora and fauna, making the trip more fun. 

Is the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek Fit for You?

The Everest Gokyo Ri trek is suitable for trekkers with a moderate level of fitness with the ability to walk for 5 to 6 hours each day. It is beneficial if you have previous trekking experience, however, it is not essential, as long as you are physically ready for daily walks of 5-6 hours. 

The Gokyo Ri Trekking is a must-fit for trekkers who are seeking to walk on a less crowded route of the Khumbu region and have a passion for adventure and nature. During the 13 days of the trip, you can get the best of nature, culture, and ecosystem. 

It is also essential to acclimatize well to the increasing altitudes during the trek. Keep in mind that the terrain may be challenging with steep ascents and descents. However, the sight of the Himalayan beauty and reaching the Gokyo Ri viewpoint are truly worth the effort.

Gokyo Valley Trek Difficulty level

The Gokyo Valley trek is moderately difficult Trekking. This level of trekking generally includes treks of one to two weeks long and requires previous trekking or hiking experience. 

You need to be in good shape and have the stamina for this trek as it requires walking for about 5 to 6 hours each day. The trek also involves a walk above 4000 m uphill and downhill on rugged terrain. The trek is suitable for trekkers looking for a new and unique adventure in the Himalayas.

As the Itinerary involves walking at a high altitude, there are chances of altitude sickness which adds up to the difficulty level of the journey. However, with proper preparation, the trek can be completed by anyone who is in good physical condition. 

Acclimatization and safety in Gokyo Lakes Trek

Acclimatization and safety are crucial aspects of the Gokyo Lakes trek due to the significant altitude gain during the Trekking. Keeping that in consideration, acclimatization days are included in our itinerary to help you adjust to the high altitudes and minimize the risk of altitude sickness. 

We further recommend and highly encourage you to follow the guide's instructions, stay hydrated, and take rest breaks when needed to have a safe and enjoyable Trip. You should also familiarize yourself with the symptoms of altitude sickness to better prepare for the journey. 

Furthermore, you should be aware of weather conditions and be prepared for sudden changes in the mountains. You should familiarize yourself with the use of proper trekking gear, including sturdy footwear and warm clothing, which is vital for safety and comfort during the trek. 

If you face any kind of challenge during the trek make sure to inform your guide immediately. You will be taken down to the lower altitude by our team in case of altitude sickness or any other health-related concerns. 

How to Get Ready for the Journey to the Gokyo Lakes Trek?

Getting ready and preparing yourself for any trip to the Himalayas is very crucial. For the Gokyo Lakes trek, you need to be fit physically and prepare yourself according. There are a few elements that you can focus on while preparing yourself for this adventure. 

First and foremost, focus on building your cardiovascular endurance through regular exercise and hiking practice. You can start doing daily physical exercise and also go for short hikes and treks before the trip. 

Acclimatization is also crucial, so plan for gradual altitude gain in the days and make sure to pack appropriate clothing and gear, including warm layers, comfortable trekking shoes, and a sturdy backpack. Above all, a positive mindset for the Himalayan adventure is required that will make your Gokyo Lakes trek truly memorable.

A Day in the Life During the Gokyo Valley Trekking

Each day on the Gokyo Valley trekking is filled with new and exciting experiences. The day begins as you wake up to the mountain air and enjoy a hearty breakfast on the teahouse or lodge before setting off on the trail. 

The Gokyo Lakes Route then takes you through lush forests, vibrant villages, and river valleys, along the way as you enjoy breathtaking mountain vistas at every turn. 

You will have short breaks to rest and relish the natural beauty in between the walks where you will also have lunch. After reaching the guesthouse for the night, you can relax, interact with fellow trekkers, and enjoy a delicious dinner. 

Major attractions of the Gokyo Lakes trekking

Gokyo Lakes

The main attraction of the Gokyo Lakes trekking is the pristine Gokyo Lakes, which is a series of stunning glacial lakes nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. 

The turquoise-blue waters of the lakes with the backdrop of giant peaks reflect the surrounding snow-capped peaks, creating a panoramic and serene atmosphere that captivates you into its beauty.

Gokyo Ri Viewpoint

The ascent to Gokyo Ri (5360m) offers breathtaking panoramic views of some of the world's highest mountains, including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. 

Gokyo Ri is the best to witness the sunrise or sunset which is a truly awe-inspiring experience, providing you with an exceptional vista of the Himalayan giants.

Gokyo Valley and Sherpa Culture

Another main attraction of this trek is the route that winds through the culturally rich Gokyo Valley, where you have the opportunity to immerse in the unique Sherpa culture. 

Interaction with the local Sherpa communities allows you to learn about their traditions, festivals, and way of life amidst the challenging mountain environment.

Sagarmatha National Park

The Gokyo Lakes trekking takes you through the UNESCO-listed Sagarmatha National Park, a natural wonderland presenting diverse flora and fauna. 

There is a chance of spotting various Himalayan species, including the elusive snow leopard and colorful Himalayan monal, amidst the lush forests and alpine meadows during the trip. 

Ngozumpa Glacier

Another major attraction of the Gokyo Lakes trekking is the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal. You will get a chance to witness the awe-inspiring huge glaciers as you trek alongside its edge. 

The glacial landscape and ice formations present a fascinating sight and add to the trek's adventurous experience.

Benefits of choosing us for the Trekking to Gokyo Ri

  • We have trained and knowledgeable guides with years of experience in leading the trip to the Gokyo.
  • We have a safety-focused approach, always keeping our client's safety at the top.
  • All of our itinerary can be customized according to each trekker's time and preference.
  • We focus on small group sizes for personalized attention.
  • We have strong local connections to provide you with an authentic trekking experience.
  • We give high emphasis on sustainable travel practices and environmental sustainability.
  • We have competitive costs and provide value for money.
  • We offer 24/7 customer support during the trek.
  • We give Pre-trip online and offline briefings.

Itinerary

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  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representative will pick you up. You will then be transferred to the hotel so that you can have some rest after such a long, tiring journey.  Then in the evening, you will meet with your guide for further discussion regarding the trek. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Max Altitude:2840m/2610m
  • Time:3-4 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will have an early morning flight to Lukla today. The thrilling 35-minute flight rewards you with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains and lush green hills. Upon reaching Lukla, you will start the trek to Phakding. 

You will be walking through small villages with a beautiful view of prayer flags on the way to Phakding. It is a short walk of around 3 to 4 hours, and you can get a few glimpses of the mountains along the way. Overnight at the hotel in Phakding.

  • Max Altitude:3440m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Leaving Phakding, today you will trace your steps toward the Namche Bazaar. You will be walking along the side of Dudh Koshi River towards Namche Bazaar. Walking through the dense rhododendron and pine forests, you will first arrive in Monjo, which is the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. 

After crossing the suspension bridge and walking ahead for a while, you will arrive in the famous Sherpa town named Namche Bazaar. It takes a total walk of around 5 to 6 hours to reach Namche Bazaar from Phakding. Overnight at the hotel in Namche Bazaar.

  • Max Altitude:3800m/3440m
  • Time:3-4 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today will be spent in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. This is the first acclimatization day of your trip. The Namche Bazaar town is also amazing for experiencing the Sherpa culture, and you can also visit the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum here. 

Moreover, as an optional hike to acclimatize better to the changing altitude, you can hike to the Everest View Hotel from where you can get an amazing view of snow-capped mountains, including Everest (8848m). You can also take a leisurely hike to Syangboche Airstrip which is located above Namche. Stay overnight at the guesthouse in Namche Bazaar. 

  • Max Altitude:4200m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

From Namche Bazaar, today the trail continues steadily towards Dhole. You will first head to Khyangjuma as you walk through amazing rhododendron forests. 

The trail ahead passes many pastures and summer settlements used by Sherpas. The route also passes through the settlements of Tongba and Tangwa Kharka to finally reach Dhole. 

The views of Mount Khumbila (5761m) and Taboche Peak (6367m) are incredible throughout the journey. After a walk of around 5 to 6 hours, you will finally arrive in the village of Dhole from where you will get to witness the majestic sights of the peaks. Overnight at guesthouse in Dhole.

  • Max Altitude:4470m
  • Time:4-5 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The trekking trail today takes you to Machhermo from Dhole. The trail continues steeply upward to the settlement of Kele and Luza. You will then climb along the side of the Dudh Koshi River, crossing rocky hills along the way. 

It is comparatively a short walk of around 4 to 5 hours until you finally arrive in Machhermo village. On reaching Machhermo, you will have some rest and then roam around the village. You can visit some of the small Buddhist stupas which are beautifully decorated with prayer flags. Overnight stay at the guesthouse in Machhermo.

  • Max Altitude:4790m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

It is finally the day to head toward Gokyo Valley. Today, you will begin the walk with a climb on a steep ridge above Machhermo from where you will get a beautiful view of Cholatse (6335m) and Toboche (6367m). 

Then you will walk ahead towards Phangga with the beautiful view of Cho Oyu (8188m). The trail continues to ascend towards the moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. Moving ahead, you will continue walking towards the first Gokyo Lake, Longponga (4710m), and the second Lake, Taujung Tsho (4740m), and finally arrive at the third lake named Dudh Pokhari, beside which the old village of Gokyo is situated. 

It is a serene walk of around 5 to 6 hours until you arrive in the village where you will be spending the night.

  • Max Altitude:5360m/4790m
  • Time:3-4 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This is the second rest day of your trip. It is also the highlight day of the trek as you'll be hiking to Gokyo Ri which is the highest point of the trek. You will take a short hike to Gokyo Ri (5360m), which is a popular viewpoint from where you will have an excellent view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), and other mountains, along with all of the Gokyo Lakes and the massive Ngozumpa Glacier. 

After relishing the spectacular views and staying at the viewpoint for a while, you will return to Gokyo village and enjoy the beautiful view of the turquoise Dudh Pokhari. Overnight stay in Gokyo Valley.

  • Max Altitude:4200m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After spending tranquil time at the Gokyo Valley, today you will trek back to Dhole. You will take a similar route back, and make your way back to Dhole. 

It is mostly a downward trail, which takes you under the shadowy mountains along the beautiful landscape. You will pass by the small, picturesque villages of Machhermo, Luza, and Kele, along the way. You can enjoy the scenic view of the mountains until you finally arrive in Dhole after 5 to 6 hours of walking. Overnight stay in Dhole.

  • Max Altitude:3440m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking slowly back towards the Dudh Koshi River Valley, you will trek down to Namche Bazaar today. Following the trail through the hills, you will be trekking on paths passing by Sherpa caravans along the way. 

The trek down to Namche is quite beautiful, and since you will be making your way back, the journey also seems relatively easy as it is mostly downhill. It is an easy and scenic walk of around 5 to 6 hours. Upon reaching Namche, you can just relax. Overnight stay in Namche.

  • Max Altitude:2840m
  • Time:7-8 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

From Namche, you will retrace your trail along the Imja River all the way to Phakding today. The captivating landscape and the majestic Himalayas make the journey back even more pleasant. 

You will pass by several villages that tend to be lively with people, and you can witness them working on their terrace farms of barley and potatoes all along the route. Crossing suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, you will then make your way back to Lukla. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Lukla.

  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Time:35 Minutes
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast and Dinner

After saying goodbye to the mountains, you will take a morning flight back to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you can spend your time at your convenience. You can enjoy a fun day on the vibrant streets and bustling restaurants of Thamel. or go souvenir shopping. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner with the team. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Meals:Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight back home.

Route Map

Gokyo Valley Trek - 13 Days map

Cost Details

Cost Includes
  • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Two nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. We provide private bathrooms with hot showers in Lukla, Phakding and Namche.
  • 3 standard meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners) during the trek
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Domestic flights (From Kathmandu - Lukla or Manthali - Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu or Lukla to Manthali) including airport departure tax and transfers. (Note: If you want to take a shared helicopter, it will cost you an extra amount.)
  • Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the Gokyo trip.
  • Porter services (1 porter = 2 trekkers).
  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.
  • Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Required Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee and TIMS Fee
  • First aid medicine Kit
  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.
  • Government taxes & office service charge
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Personal Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal trekking equipment or expenses
  • Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.

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Know Before You Go

13 Days Gokyo Valley Trek Itinerary

Our 13 days Gokyo Lakes itinerary is planned with thorough research and planning to provide you with the best experience. The trip takes you through traditionally rich villages and leads you to the sacred serene Gokyo lakes. You also get to hike to the viewpoint of the Gokyo Ri during the trek which further provides you with spectacular views of the giant peaks. 

The 13 days itinerary however can be customized according to your time and preference. You can choose to increase or decrease the days or also add other destinations to the itinerary that you further wish to explore. 

Our team is always ready and on standby to provide you with the best service and plan the trip to cater to your personal preferences and needs. 

Best season to trek Gokyo Valley

Spring (March to May)
Spring, from March to May, is one of the best seasons to trek the Gokyo Valley. The weather during this time is delightful, with clear skies and moderate temperatures, making the trekking experience comfortable and enjoyable. 

The landscape comes to life with a burst of colors as various plants and flowers bloom, including the vibrant rhododendrons that create a picturesque setting along the trail. 

The views of the Himalayan peaks are stunning, offering trekkers the opportunity to capture breathtaking photographs. Spring is also a great time to witness the Sherpa culture and festivals, adding cultural richness to the trekking journey.

Autumn Season (September to November)
The autumn season, from September to November, is another perfect time to embark on the Gokyo Ri trek. The weather during autumn is characterized by clear skies, mild temperatures, and stable weather conditions, providing excellent visibility of the surrounding mountains. 

The trekking trails are well-defined, and the landscapes are at their best, allowing you to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Everest region. The favorable weather makes it possible to explore the Gokyo Lakes and ascend Gokyo Ri, offering panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu.

Winter Season ( December to February)
Winter, from December to February, offers a unique and challenging trekking experience in the Gokyo Valley. While the temperatures can be quite cold, and the days are shorter, the trails are less crowded, providing you with a sense of solitude and tranquility amidst the snowy landscapes.

The crystal-clear skies during winter offer breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains. However, you should be well-prepared for the colder conditions, and it's essential to have proper gear and clothing to stay warm and safe during the trek.

Monsoon Season (June to August)
The monsoon season, from June to August, brings heavy rainfall and challenging trekking conditions in the Gokyo Valley. The trails can be muddy and slippery, and the visibility of the mountains may be limited due to clouds and mist. 

However, for those seeking a unique experience amidst lush greenery and blooming vegetation, the monsoon trek offers a different perspective of the region. You should be cautious of leeches and potential landslides during this time and ensure you have proper rain gear and precautions in place for a safe and enjoyable trek.

Lukla's flight delay and Cancellation Information

One of the major highlights of trekking in Gokyo Lake, is the thrilling flight to Lukla. The trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla's Tenzing-Hillary Airport, which is a small single-landing strip airport surrounded by high Himalayas.

However, flight delays and cancellations can be typical in Lukla due to unpredictable weather and visibility problems. Weather changes rapidly, especially during the monsoon season (late May to early September), which can affect flight schedules. 

In such cases, airlines prioritize safety and may reschedule or cancel flights. In the case of a flight delay, you can wait and take the soonest available flight or you can also choose to go with a helicopter ride. 

As for the flight cancellation, it is out of our control. Thus, it is highly advised to add at least two extra days to your trip for flexibility. This ensures that you have plenty of time to adjust your plans in case of any Lukla flight disruptions.

Weight limit during the flight to and from Lukla

On the flights to and from Lukla, you are allowed to have 15 kg of baggage. The weight limit is 15 kg per person, which includes both your duffle bag and the day pack. 

Food during Gokyo Valley Trek

As the Gokyo Valley trek lies in the Everest region which is one of the developed trekking regions of Nepal. You can enjoy the menu with a wide range of foods at the beginning of the trek in lower elevations. But as you move to the higher elevation, the choice gets limited. 

The menu generally includes traditional village foods that consist of traditional bread, eggs, potatoes, and soup for breakfast, while lunch and dinner items include Dal Bhat (lentil soup, rice, and veggies), fried rice, noodles, etc depending on the lodge and destination. 

You can further carry snacks like chocolate bars, nuts, etc to keep you filled during the Tour. 

Drinking water during the Gokyo Lake Trekking

Drinking water is an important factor during any trip to the mountains and during the Gojyo lake trekking, you can get access to the tap water very easily. As tap water is not always safe to consume directly, we recommend you go for other options. 

One of the options is having mineral bottled water, however, it has negative impacts on the environment. Thus, the best choices are using a filter water bottle or purifying tablets to ensure safe drinking water during the Gokyo trekking

Accommodation options during Gokyo Ri Trekking

In the first few days of the Gokyo Valley trek, you can enjoy the hotel rooms with in-room showers, western-style flush toilets, a Free WIFI connection, and in-room plugs to charge your stuff. 

However, as you ascend to a higher elevation, electricity is scarce and there won't be the availability of Wifi connections and hot water showers or you'll have to pay extra for these services. The rooms in higher elevations come with general facilities like warm Beds and washrooms, etc. 

Also, keep in mind that the level of accommodation you have during the trekking also depends on the cost you are willing to spend. 

Permits required for the Everest Gokyo Ri Trekking

There are two different permits needed for the trek which are explained below;

  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit 

Guides/Porter for the Gokyo Valley Trek

For the Gokyo Valley trek, you will be guided by our professional knowledgeable, and experienced guide who will provide you with valuable insights into the culture, traditions, and history of the region. 

The guides will also ensure your safety and navigate the trails, allowing you to focus on enjoying the journey. As your safety is our top priority, and you will be guided throughout the journey to ensure the best possible experience. 

If you experience any challenges or problems during the trek, our guides will be there to assist and support you. Also, porters are essential for carrying your heavy backpack, freeing you to enjoy scenic beauty without the burden of extra weight. 

Also, hiring a porter is highly recommended for a more convenient trekking experience. The standard weight limit is around 20 to 25 kg per porter in the Everest region. 

Gokyo Valley Trek Cost Details 

The Gokyo Valley Trek Cost depends on several factors such as the route you choose, itinerary, level of service, number of days and trekkers, etc. In general, the cost for the 13 days itinerary can range from $1000 to $1500 depending on the mentioned factors. 

The overall cost usually covers all the facilities of accommodation, transportation, guide, porter, three meals, and flight charge for the trek. Keep in mind that the cost is subject to change depending on any customizations you make for your trip. 

It is furthermore recommended that you carry extra cash in case of emergencies and for miscellaneous expenses like extra food, drinks, and tips during the trek.  

Group Trip
We offer 100% guaranteed departure for group trips of the Gokyo Lakes trek. Joining a group trek to Gokyo Ri is a cost-effective option as expenses are shared among the participants. 

We suggest you go on a group trip if you want to experience trekking with other like-minded people from around the world. We also offer certain discounts depending on the number of trekkers in the group. 

Private Trip
If you want to have a more personalized trekking experience with your partner, friends or family then, a private trip is the best choice. Opting for a private trip provides you with a more personalized and flexible experience. 

You get to customize the itinerary, pace, and activities according to your preferences. While a private trip may have a slightly higher cost compared to a group trip, it offers the advantage of individual attention, tailor-made services, and the freedom to trek at your own pace.

Solo Trip
If you're an adventurous and independent traveler and want to have a solo trip to Gokyo Ri, we have got you covered as we also offer guided solo trips. 

Solo trips offer you complete freedom to choose your schedule and make spontaneous decisions during the trek. However, it is necessary to note that the overall cost of the solo trip can cost a lot higher than others as you will be having all the services and facilities to yourself. 

Female Trip
A female-only trek to Gokyo Lakes provides a supportive and empowering environment for women trekkers. We have female-only trips led by female guides ensuring your safety and comfort. 

The cost for the female trip can vary according to the type of trip you choose which is either private or group. This is a great opportunity to trek in the company of other inspiring women. 

Travel insurance for the Gokyo Lakes Trek

Travel insurance is one of the crucial elements while embarking on any trip in the Himalayas. As the Everest Gokyo ri trek is challenging and includes the risks of high altitude, potential altitude sickness, and other unexpected possibilities, having travel insurance is important and is compulsory for the trek. 

During the booking process, all the trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate, which should cover all medical and emergency repatriation. The policy should further cover helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes. 

Packing list and essential for 13 Days of Gokyo Lakes Trekking

Here we have prepared the list of all necessary trekking equipment for Gokyo Lakes Trekking, Most of the equipment can be purchased easily in Kathmandu. You can either buy or rent the equipment & gear. Here is the packing list for Trek.

  • Clothing -Baselayer -Insulation layer -Third layer 
  • General Trekking gear -Trekking trousers & shirts -Trekking shorts -Waterproof shell jacket & trousers -Underwear 
  • Headwear -Hat -Beanie -Neck gaiter 
  • Handwear & Footwear -Inner Gloves -Outer insulated gloves -Hiking boots -Trekking shoes/sandals -Hiking socks -Warm thermal socks -Gaiters 
  • Bag & backpackers -Duffel bag -Backpack -Day back -Raincover -Drybag 
  • Sleeping gear -Sleeping bag -Liner -Earplugs 
  • Poles & Headgear -Trekking poles -Sunglasses -Headlight 
  • Important accessories -Water bottle/Hydration bladder -Towel -Pee funnel -Lock -Waterproof bag 
  • Extra accessories -Camera -Portable charger -Books -Cards -Passport, Money 
  • Medications & Toiletries: Water purification tablet, Isotonic powder, Diamox, Common Medications, First aid kit, Sunscreen, Baby wipes, Toiletries, Plasters, Oximeter, Hand sanitizer. 

Tipping during the Gokyo Ri Trek

Tipping during Gokyo trekking in Nepal is a very common practice. Guides, porters, and other service providers are usually tipped by the trekkers for the service they provide. 

To show gratitude and thankfulness, trekkers tip guides, porters, and other service providers where the amount of tips is determined by the trekkers themselves. It is not mandatory to tip but is considered best to show gratitude for the service and support provided throughout the journey. 

Alternatives for the Everest Gokyo ri Trek

For trekkers seeking diverse experiences in the Everest region, there are several alternatives to the Gokyo Ri trek available. The Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass Trek is the first option that combines the beauty of Gokyo Lakes with a challenging traverse of the high-altitude Cho La Pass. 

For those seeking a classic Trekking, you can go for a popular Everest base camp trek. And for more adventurous journeys, the Everest Three High Passes Trek is the best choice.

If you are looking for a more short and leisurely option then, you can go with the Everest view trek or Everest helicopter tour for an even more luxurious experience. 

Useful info and tips for the Everest Gokyo ri Trek

  • Acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness and take rest days to adjust to higher altitudes.
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the trek.
  • Dress in layers to adjust varying temperatures, and pack warm clothing for higher altitudes.
  • Carry essential trekking gear, including a sturdy backpack, trekking poles, and comfortable hiking shoes.
  • Choose the right time and season to have more fun and convenient trekking experience. 
  • Walk at your own pace and inform your guide immediately in case of any problems. 
  • Carry extra snacks and energy bars for quick energy during long trekking days.
  • Respect the local culture and traditions and ask for permission before taking photographs of people.
  • Purchase travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and emergency evacuations.
  • Prepare physically by engaging in regular cardio and strength training exercises before the trek.
  • Be environmentally conscious and avoid littering and stick to responsible trekking practices.
  • Do not forget to carry a portable power bank to keep your electronic devices charged.

Practice sustainable tourism with Himalayan Recreation

We, Himalayan Recreation is committed to promoting sustainable and responsible tourism in the Everest Gokyo Ri trek. Our top priority is minimizing the effect on the ecosystem and supporting local communities. 

By partnering with local guides and communities, we ensure environmentally responsible trekking experiences. During the 13 days Gokyo Ri trek, we encourage our clients to practice responsible travel by following "Leave No Trace" regulations. 

This includes leaving the environment as we found it, disposing of waste properly, and respecting the Himalayan ecosystem. As part of our sustainable tourism efforts, we encourage you to purchase souvenirs from local crafters, supporting their livelihoods and contributing to the local economy. 

Additionally, we prioritize cultural respect, encouraging our clients to engage with local communities respectfully and learn about their traditions and customs.

Book your trip to the Gokyo Lakes for the 2023 and 2024 season and have the best time of your life while trekking responsibly with us. Together, we can make a positive impact on the environment and support the well-being of the local communities in the Everest region.

Last-minute booking with Himalayan Recreation

It is best to book your Gokyo treks in advance for an easy and hassle-free process. However, if you cannot book in advance for any reason, we, Himalayan Recreation offer last-minute booking as well. 

In the case of last-minute booking, you must provide us with the 100% trip payment 24 hours before the trek departs. Also, keep in mind that for last-minute bookings there might be certain circumstances out of our control. 

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