Why to go
- Gokyo Lake Trek is meant for trekkers who prefer routes that have astounding views and are less popular among trekkers
- You get the chance to see the highest freshwater system in the world, the Ngozumpa Glacier being the largest in the Himalayas.
- Interact with members of the Sherpa community and learn about their way of life in what is assuredly one of the most rugged landscapes in the world.
- You get panoramic views of four of the fourteen eight-thousanders (peaks of more than 8000m in height) – Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu
- Experienced guides and a well-structured trek with acclimatization hikes and rest days ensures you have a safe and enjoyable trip
What to know
- It’s a lodge to lodge trek so you can be rest assured of spending your days in adequately comfortable accommodations after a hard day of trekking. All the guest houses on the route are basic but comfortable. All of them have toilets and some of them even provide gas fired hot showers
- Altitude sickness affects even the young and healthy people. It is extremely important to do your acclimatization hikes to adjust to the altitude. Taking a course of Diamox before starting the trek also helps
- Gokyo Lake Trek is a little easier than Everest Base Camp Trek as you spend fewer nights above 4000mts. And unlike EBC, it is a circuit trek - meaning you follow a different return trail.
- The trek is suitable for everyone in good shape. The trail does consist of a few strenuous climbs and keep in mind that you will be trekking for 6 to 8 hours every day at high altitudes .
- Buying a local SIM card at Kathmandu airport is advisable. However, connections are patchy throughout the route
- You only need to carry your day pack on the trek. Your main pack (maximum 12 kgs) is carried for you by porters
Ideal for :
Difficulty Level :
What to do
- It is advisable to start a regimen involving cardiovascular exercises and jogging/hiking on steep slopes in preparation for the terrain.
- During the trek, take time out to interact with people you meet along the way, get a glimpse into the sherpa’s way of life.
- Share a cup of rakshi, the local tea, with your porters. More often than not, they have many interesting tales to relay.
- With every swivel of the head, you are certain to come across scenery that leaves you stumped for words, be sure to have a camera on you so that you can capture in a picture what you can’t with words.
- At Khumjung don’t forget to visit a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary. Khumjung is also home to the only known yeti skull in the world.
- All airport transfers
- Return Flight Ticket for Kathmandu – Lukla
- Twin Sharing Accommodation in a Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu
- Twin Sharing Accommodation in Lodges during the Trek
- 3 Meals + 3 Tea/ Coffee each day during the Trek
- Sagarmatha Conservation Area Fee and TIMS Card
- Trekking Guide, One Porter for two Trekkers (Maximum 12kg duffel bag per trekker will be carried)
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu, including Guide, Vehicle and Entry Fees to World Heritage Centres
- Tips for Guides and Porters or Staff
- Emergency Rescue Insurance (This is mandatory and will cost approx INR 9000)
- International Flight Ticket, Airport Fees for Nepal, etc
- Expenses of Personal Nature (laundry, communication, shopping, etc), Personal Items and Travel Insurance
- Trekking Gear including Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Walking Stick, etc (these can be hired on a per day basis in Kathmandu)
- Meals in Kathmandu, except Welcome Dinner in an ethnic Nepali Restaurant in Kathmandu
- Bottled Beverages (Soft Drinks, Alcoholic Drinks, etc), Bottled/ Boiled Water during the Trek and in Kathmandu
Food and Cuisines
- Wear layered clothing so that you add or remove a layer as you trek
- Heavy duty Trekking Shoes and another pair of light shoes/ floaters
- Full sleeves T-Shirts and Dry Fits (3 to 4) each
- Windproof Track Pants (at least 3)
- Fleece jacket or woolen sweater and outer windproof shell
- Thermal inners (3 pairs), cotton and woolen socks (keep as many pairs as the number of days of trek)
- Snow proof gloves, neck warmer and poncho
- Broad brimmed hat or cap, bandana, balaclava / monkey cap.
- Heavy fleece or down jacket (this can be hired at Kathmandu)
- Fleece/ woolen sleepwear (at least 2 pairs)
- Water Bottle (Stainless Steel or Grade One Plastic Bottle)
- Sunglasses - 100% UV protected (Mandatory)
- Trekking Poles (this can be hired at Kathmandu)
- Sleeping Bag - for -20 to -25) (this can be hired at Kathmandu)
- Head Torch with extra batteries
- Sun Block (50 SPF), Lip Balm and Cold cream
- Toiletries, Toilet Paper (2 rolls), Sanitizer, Anti-Fungal Powder and a light Towel
- Battery Charger or Spare Batteries
- Passport (Original + Photocopies), Passport size photographs ( 4 to 5)
- Personal Medication, Diamox, Pain Relievers, Anti Cold. Your Medical history note (if any) and Emergency numbers
- Credit Card/ Debit Card / Spare Cash for emergencies
- Chocolates and Protein Bars
- Wearing gold and other ornaments
- Carrying unnecessary items, this will make your rucksack heavy.
Bus : Bus services are also available to Kathmandu through Gorakhpur
Air : The best way to travel is to take a direct flight to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. All the further travel to the destination will be taken care of.