The Gokyo Lakes Trek
Price GPB 1,550
This trek is an excellent alternative to the Everest Base Camp trip. It is far less traveled and therefore has significantly fewer trekkers, whilst offering scenery that is arguably even more spectacular than Everest Base Camp.
The highlight of this trip is reaching the summit of Gokyo Ri at 5357 metres. From the top you get an unbeatable view of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu: the 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th highest mountains in the world. You will also have the experience of seeing one of the Khumbu’s most dramatic panoramas – the ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang.
The trek takes us past the aqua-marine Gokyo lakes, regarded as sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. The village of Gokyo itself is sat on the edge of a particularly beautiful lake surrounded by yaks grazing on the hills.
“What an amazing trip! The scenery, the atmosphere and the sense of achievement is something I will never forget. It was tough but with such an amazing leader and support crew I was determined to reach the top – I honestly don’t think I would have made it with any other leader!”
Days: 17 (12 days of trekking)
Daily walking time: 4 to 8 hours
Grade: Moderate – hard
Max group size: 10
Who suits this trek: Anyone’s welcome on this trek, but you’ll need to be reasonably fit, just keep in mind that some of the walking days can be long. The most important thing you’ll need is a positive mental attitude!
Itinerary See Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 Arriving in Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the vibrant capital of Nepal, jam packed with temples, taxis and tea-stalls. See our city guide for more info: See Kathmandu Guide >
Day 2 Fly to Lukla
A short but spectacular flight over the mountains takes us to Lukla (2840m). Where we set off to Phakding
Day 3 Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is a Nepalese trading town and the capital of the Sherpa people. Here you will have a final opportunity to buy any missing items.
Day 4 1st Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar
This day will give your body an opportunity to adapt to the high altitude. There is also the option of a day hike to Thami, a traditional Sherpa village with outstanding mountain views.
Day 5 2nd Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar
Given the altitude gain of the Gokyo trek, it’s essential to spend an additional day in Namche Bazaar. We’ll take a trek to the villages of Khundi and Khumjung, with beautiful views of Mount Everest and Mt Ama Dablam.
Day 6 Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3680m)
After a brief climb out of Namche Bazaar, we’ll traverse the mountain-side with wide views over the valley and Ama Dablam ahead. The path climbs steeply to the tiny village of Mong and descends into Phortse Thanga.
Day 7 Phortse Thanga to Dole (4090m)
Our trail climbs steeply out of a valley to Dole where you can relax with magnificent views of Mt Khumbila and Mt Tawoche to keep you company.
Day 8 Dole to Machhermo (4410m)
A steep climb and a traverse along the mountain-side takes us towards Mt Machhermo. The Dudh Koshi river roars below and mountains tower over the trail.
Day 9 Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m)
Along the Ngozumba Glacier we’ll reach the magnificent sacred lakes. Passing 3 lakes the trail ends in Gokyo, a small settlement of lodges on the shore of the incredible aqua lake – ‘Dudh Pokhari’.
Day 10 Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5357m)
Next to Gokyo lies Gokyo Ri hill, well worth climbing for a jaw-dropping panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.
Day 11 Gokyo Ri to Portse (3800m)
A winding path leads over the Ngozumba Glacier past mounds of rubble and creaking pools of ice to the opposite side and onto Portse.
Day 12 Portse to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
We’ll be re-joining our original path and retracing our steps, mostly heading down in altitude.
Day 13 Namche Bazaar to Lukla
We’ll be retracing our steps back down to Lukla, where hot showers and good food await!
Day 14 Lukla to Kathmandu
After flying back to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, you’ll be free for the rest of the day to rest and recuperate or explore the city.
Day 15 ½ day guided tour of Kathmandu
We’ll be offering an included half-day tour of Kathmandu, led by a local English speaking guide – don’t forget your camera!
Day 16 Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 17 Fly home
The Fitways Adventures goal is to provide you with a stress & hassle free trip a cut above the rest. We go the extra mile to organize everything using quality sources so you can sit back and enjoy the trip. We don’t want to be one of the companies guiding trains of people up the mountain, so we limit our group size to 10, giving you a more personal service. We also include hidden trip costs in our prices so there aren’t any nasty surprises. Feedback from clients going on other trips concluded that they were frustrated at having to continually pay out additional money. Many companies don’t provide meals for example, and these can prove expensive at altitude. We have supplied an inclusive price so nothing can spoil your trip.
The only additional costs to you are your international flights, travel insurance and the visa required for entering Nepal (£25 for a 30 day visa – processed on entry)
- Local guides with good English and a good knowledge of local flora & fauna.
- First-aid qualified Western guide (most trekking companies don’t provide this)
- Porters to carry equipment – each person will have a 10kg weight allowance – our porters are professionally kitted out and fully insured.
- Oxygen – we take safety extremely seriously and as a precaution we carry a spare oxygen tank and mask for use in emergencies.
- Hyperbaric chamber – this is for use in emergencies and gives you peace of mind. These are extremely effective for dealing with cases of altitude-induced mountain sickness.
- Pick-up from Kathmandu airport
- 4 nights’ food & accommodation in a smart, modern hotel in Kathmandu
- 12 nights’ food & accommodation in teahouses – these are basic but clean and you will usually be sharing a twin room
- All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Morning tea with breakfast, along with one or two tea breaks and snacks during the day.
- Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, including domestic taxes
- All Permits on the mountain
- Water (due to environmental considerations, we don’t buy bottled water on the hill, we purify our own)
- Porter & Guide tips – it’s customary to tip guides and porters in Nepal, and we’ve made a provision for this within the price.
- A half-day guided tour to see the sights of Kathmandu when you return from the trek.
- Up to 3 hot showers while on the mountain – subject to availability
What’s Not Included:
- International flights
- Arrival Visa in Nepal
- Travel Insurance – please ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for delays, repatriation and emergency rescue.
- Equipment – although we will assist you if you need buy/hire any items prior to the start of your trek (See our Kit List)
- Any additional meals and drinks you may decide to purchase
- There is a single room supplement of £105 if you want your own room whilst in Kathmandu, as opposed to a twin/double.
Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices
Note – There needs to be a minimum of 6 people booked for this trip to run
Want to do it your way?
If you have a group size of 4 or more people, and have ideas for a different itinerary just get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to discuss possibilities.
Don’t want to leave?
You book your flights so you can set the dates, if you want to extend your trip feel free.
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