Gokyo Ri - Gokyo Lake Trek - 11 Days

DESTINATION
Nepal
REGION
EVEREST REGION TREK
DURATION
11 Days
NATURE OF TREK
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
MAX ALTITUDE
5,430m Gokyo Ri
GROUP SIZE
2 - 14 People
START/END POINT
Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
ACTIVITY
Everest Trek
SEASON
Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
MEAL
All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel/Lodge/ Tea House during the trek
TRANSPORTATION
Domestic flight (lukla-Ktm-Lukla) and private vehicle (Transportation)

About the Trip

Reaching one of the highest-situated settlements in the world accompanied by beautiful lakes and rivers, majestic mountains (Gokyo Ri), dense forests, the trail to Gokyo lakes is a package of phenomenal bliss. Gokyo lakes trek constitutes a view of the magnificent Mount Everest(8,848m) along with mountains above 8000m like Cho Oyu(8,201m), Mount Lhotse(8,516m) and Mount Makalu(8,463m). The enchanting turquoise Gokyo lakes supplements to the abstract beauty of Gokyo Valley. Adding up to beauty, we can also witness the longest glacier- Ngozumpa Glacier. An incredible view of stone houses and meadows on the shore of Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari) is the best part of the trek. With such a spectacular landscape and the warm hospitality of the people, this trail offers us a new wonder every day. This 11-days trek is a blend of adventure and delight. An alternative to the classic Everest Base Camp Trek, the secluded beauty of Gokyo Valley will make this trip a very remarkable one.

  Highlights

  • World’s highest airport in Syangboche
  • Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people
  • The exquisiteness of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m)
  • View of other peaks such as Mt. Lhotse(8,516m), Cho Oyu(8,201m) and Mt.Makalu (8,463m)
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Prayer wheels, colourful flags, Mani stones, high suspension bridges
  • The wide range of Flora and Fauna
  • Wildlife like musk deer, colourful pheasants, snow leopard and Himalayan Thar
  • Mystic Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes
  • Stone houses and meadows around Gokyo Valley
  • Astounding panoramic view from Gokyo Ri

 Overview

For those who want to try something new in the Everest region, Gokyo Lakes trek is the one! A walk around the Gokyo Ri Sagarmatha national park without the physical stress of reaching the base camp of Everest or traversing high passes, it presents us with a whole new viewpoint of the Himalayas. The trail provides perfect views of four of the highest mountains in the world. The beauty of Gokyo Lakes wrapped by the phenomenal Himalayas ( Gokyo Ri ), this trek rewards trekkers with many other exceptional views. The monasteries, the culture, and floras and faunas, there is just so much more to see passing through this trail. This trek grabs on to higher altitude quickly, which is why a slow and steady pace helps win the race.

We start our journey with a blissful 40 minutes of flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Flying between the mountains and hills, or emotion intensifies as we see the magnified view of the Himalayas. Moving further, we prepare our body with a short hike from Lukla(2,850m) to Phakding(2,650m). A small village with a bunch of surprises, Phakding is one of the significant places to acclimatize with the increasing altitude. Next, we follow the remarkable trail to Namche Bazar(3,440m). Also known as the gateway to Everest, Namche Bazar is a tourist hub with everything available; from gears for your trek to restaurants with pools. We halt at Namche to adjust with the thinning air and then further continue the next day to Dole(4,045m). Embellished by vibrant prayer flags, the path to Macchermo(4,470m) from Dole is very pleasing. We finally land to Gokyo(4,790m), our ultimate destination. We travel around the Gokyo Village and immerse in the beauty of Gokyo Lakes. With a challenging yet rewarding ascend to Gokyo Ri(5,357m), we will witness the exquisite beauty of the Himalayas. We will enjoy a close-up view of four of the highest peaks: Mount Everest(8,848m), Cho Oyu(8,201m), Mount Lhotse(8,516m) and Mount Makalu(8,463m).

We descend straight back to Phortse(3,950m) which is situated lower than Dole. While we took it two days to reach Gokyo from Dole, we will cover the distance in one day while descending back. We walk back through Namche Bazar to Phakding and then take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. A fusion of the Himalayas and the glittering lakes, we conclude this wondrous trek with a final glimpse of mountains from Lukla.

In these 11 days Gokyo Lake trek, we will enjoy glancing the spell-binding turquoise lakes, picturesque view of Mount Everest and the divine landscape around the world's highest peaks. Like the ocean waves, this trail has a genuinely amusing walking trail that goes up and down. Gokyo Lakes comprises a sequence of six of the world's highest freshwater lakes. Along with the rustic beauty, these lakes have religious significance as well.

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal would like to recommend all our valuable clients to arrive Kathmandu a day before our '11 Days Gokyo Lake Trek'. Make sure to attend our official briefing a day before the trek. The primary motive for the meeting is to give you proper guidance and vital information about the trek. Secondarily, we recheck all the equipment for your comfortable journey. We ensure that you have all the supplies needed for the trek. This pre-meeting will give a clear idea about the necessary supplies and challenges you may face during the trek. It will be a kind of motivational seminar for you to be outfitted and energised about the trek. Additionally, it is recommended to put a margin of 1 or 2 days extra. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla or from Lukla to Kathmandu is unpredictable and might be cancelled or delayed due to bad weather.

  Day To Day Itinerary

Days 1 -Flight from Kathmandu (1,400 m / 4,593 ft) to Lukla (2,850m/9,350 ft) 40 minutes, Trek to Phakding ( 2650 m/ 8562 ft ) - Walking Distance (6.2km/3.8 miles) - 3 hours

We start with a 40-minute flight to Lukla and 3 hours walk to Phakding. We walk from Chaurikharka village and descend towards Dudh Koshi Ghat(2,530m). Passing through the Dudh Koshi River and gorgeous landscapes, we reach Phakding(2,650m). The short and refreshing day is beneficial in acclimatizing with the increasing altitude. Phakding is the starting point for the Everest trek as of which it has everything from gears and lodging to pool and restaurants. With plenty of spare time, we can visit the famous local monastery in the village(Rimishung Monastery).

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 2 -Trek from Phakding ( 2,650 m/ 8,562 ft ) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285 ft)- Walking Distance (7.4 km/4.6 miles) - 6 hours

Continuing along the Dudh Koshi River, we begin the actual hike from this day. With suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags, it contributes to a splendid view of the trail. The thrilling yet marvellous path makes our walk very delightful. After a few hours of exceptional walk, we reach Monjo Village. Sagarmatha National Park begins from here, where we will have our permit to enter the region registered. We slowly ascend further through a challenging trail and get a glimpse of the mighty Mount Everest. As the view intensifies, the enthusiasm guarantees to make us forget all the steps that we’ve climbed. Through the woods and stone-paved way, we finally reach Namche Bazar. We rest here for the night and enjoy the specialities of Namche. With a tiring walk, we can end our day indulging in the famous bakeries of this region. We rest and eagerly prepare for what has to come the next day.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 3 -Rest day to acclimatize at Namche Bazaar

Today, we will take a break and acclimatize with the thinning air. Despite the claim of the title, we will not just be sitting idle today. We wander through the alleys of Namche while we adjust ourselves to the altitude. Furthermore, we can hike to Sagarmatha National Park and including a hike to Khumjung(3,790m). As they say, “Hike high, sleep low”. It is an optional but recommended part of the trek. We visit Hillary school and old monasteries on the way to Khumjung and can also further hike to Khunde. Namche, without a doubt, carries a lot of wonders. A must-not-miss place is the Syangboche airport(3,780m), the highest airport in the world, and hike to Everest View Hotel from where the view of Mount Everest is excellent. A single day may prove to be insufficient to cover all the phenomena of this place. We spend the night at Namche and brace ourselves for the next day.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 4 -Trek from Namche (3,440m/11,285 ft) to Dole (4,200m/13,270 ft) - walking Distance (11 km/ 6.8 miles)- 5 hrs.

The trail towards Dole consists of many uphill and downhill walk. We descend till Mong La Pass(3,957m) before reaching Phortse Thenga. Continuing our trek, we will be passing through many pine forests, where we will see fascinating floras and faunas. As we walk past the trail, the view of Mount Amadablam(6,812m) and Mount Khumbila(5,761m) emerges. Moving further on from Phortse Tenga, we ascend to reach Dole. As we get closer to our destination, the view amplifies and, so does our excitement.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 5 -Trek from Dole (4,200m/13,270 ft) to Machhermo (4,470 m/14,450 ft) - Walking Distance- (7 km/4.3 miles) 5-6 hrs.

Passing by the trailside shrine and lots of prayer flags, we reach Lapahrma. From here, we get an outstanding view of Mount Cho Oyu(8,201m), the world's fifth highest mountain. Additionally, Mount Kantega(6,782m) and Thamserku(6,623m) will not fail to mesmerize us. As we walk past the trail, we will encounter beautiful meadows with grazing yaks. With such picturesque views, we walk through Luja Valley to reach Machhermo. Walking alongside the beautiful river accompanied by a blanket of the Himalayas, we halt at this amazingly beautiful village of Machhermo before our final ascent.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 6 -Trek from Machhermo (4,470 m/14,450 ft) to Gokyo (4,790m/15,584ft) - Walking Distance (5.7 km/3.5 miles) - 4 hrs.

After days of ascending with joy and enthusiasm, we finally reach our destination: Gokyo Village. We head to our destination with an hour walk to reach Phanga. Phanga has an area dedicated to the people who lost their lives in the landslides. As we move ahead, we come across an iron bridge over a stream that leads to a lake. Well-known as Longpongo(4,690m), this lake is a trailer of what has to come next. We traverse through the messy and risky moraines of the famous Ngozumpa Glacier. Ahead of this, we witness the sequence of Gokyo lakes such beautiful that we'll forget the entire world. The vibrant colour combination of lakes and the Himalayas is unexplainable. We stay overnight at Gokyo Village amidst nature. Gokyo, to be explained in words, is an absolute marvel. A blend of the mountains, glaciers and lakes, Gokyo is a one-in-all package.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 7 -Rest day to acclimatize at Gokyo. early morning summit of Gokyo Ri, (5,400 m/ 17,814 ft ) - walking Distance (1.5 km / o.9 miles) -1 & ½ hrs.

One day at this enigmatic village is not going to be enough. So we do our best today to cover all the beauty of this village. We hike to Gokyo Ri(5,430m) to see the excellent panoramic view along with an astonishing glimpse of Mount Everest. The scenery is unquestionably stunning. Unlike the Everest Base Camp trek, we will witness the Himalayas along with beautiful turquoise lakes and glaciers. After a nutritious lunch, we will further walk around the village to see the lakes. We will spend the rest of the day surrounded by the exceptional landscape in tranquillity.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 8 -Trek from Gokyo (4,790m/15,584ft) to Phortse(3,950m/12,959ft) - Walking Distance (15.5 km/9.6 miles) - 6 hrs.

Today we descend back after a brief yet exciting journey to Gokyo Lakes. We bid goodbye to Gokyo Village as we head back to Phortse. As we head back, we walk past the dense forest with rhododendrons blooming and pheasant flying all around. The trail that we covered in two days while ascending, we will cover that in one day. As we walk back, we will be reminiscing various sights and spots that we passed before. We slowly lose the view of the Himalayas, but the ambience is such a beautiful and pure that we will enjoy our walk to the fullest. Accompanied by Yaks and beautiful rivers, this hike back down is utterly incredible.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 9 -Trek from Phortse (3,950m/12,959ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285ft) - Walking Distance (9.1 km/5.6 miles) - 6 hrs.

As we conclude our journey to Gokyo Lakes, we head back to Namche from Phortse. As we walk past through the dense forest, we may occasionally spot animals like musk deer and mountain goats. The trail back is a steep downhill as of which your pace increases but puts pressure on your knees and ankles. While enjoying the final view of Mount Everest, we bid farewell to the place and walk past many Stupas decorated with prayer flags. One of the best parts of the trek is these prayer flags, which make the entire route very lively and picturesque. We rest in Namche and enjoy all the indulgence offered by Namche. With still a little bit of the journey left, we relax our muscles and enjoy the charm of the place.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 10 -Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285 ft) to Lukla 2,850 m/9,350 ft) - walking distance (13.5 km/8.3 miles)- 6-7 hrs.

Today we will have a final up-close view of majestic mountains on the horizon. The trail is mostly downhill from Namche to Phakding. Through small villages and narrow forests, we pass through the thrilling suspension bridges on our way back. We will finally reach Phakding after a gentle walk through Benkar. As we move ahead on to Lukla, we further reach a small village. At the intersection, we can take a left turn up towards the trees. The route through the village leads down to the main trail connecting at the side stream before Toktok. The different perspective in view will surely impress us. Eventually, we reach Lukla following the path where we stay overnight. It is a great day to spoil oneself with all the luxury as offered by the town of Lukla.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 11 -Fly back to Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593 ft) from Lukla (2,850m/9,350 ft) - 40 minutes.

The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu will be a relaxing one with no more hills to climb but a heart-filled with memories. We have a final chance to enjoy the marvellous scenarios of the snow-capped mountains. We will escort you back to your hotel after reaching Kathmandu. We can manage a tour around the city as per your request. You can visit several world heritage sites around the city. As beautiful as the mountains, the culture around the city is a must-see before you call it an end to your vacation.

  • Include meal (Breakfast).

  Includes:

  • Domestic Flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) Tickets and airport departure taxes.
  • Five nights at Lukla, Phakding and Namche (3 N), room with private attached bathroom, Five nights in a standard room at Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo (2 N), Phortse,(twin sharing room ) - 10 Nights.
  • All Standard Meals (11 Lunches, 10 Dinners and 11 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Government License holder English Speaking Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal experienced and qualified trek leader,(12 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porters "9 kg per trekker max limit").
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment.
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fees.
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day.
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses.
  • Provide pulse oximeter for the blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude. It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • The arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance).
  • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek.
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek.

  Excludes:

  • International flight airfare.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuwan Internationa Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110).
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person).
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory.
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture).
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes.

  Equipments Checklists:

Equipment lists for Gokyo Lakes Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each). Equipment can be bought in Kathmandu at a reasonable price.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra Items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

 Trip Information

The beginning of a journey towards Gokyo Lake

You will arrive in Nepal, Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival which is not included in the package. Then the next day, in the early morning we will take a domestic flight to Lukla, approximately 40 minutes.

Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu Flights included in the package!

Don't worry, we'll pick you!

When you're new to any place, it's really hard to find places and many tourists have complained about the expensive taxi fare so, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal provides free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for Gokyo Ri-Gokyo lake Trek package. You will be received from our representative crew from Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal regardless of the flight you take holding a pamphlet of your name and our company name with a warm-hearted welcome with either a khada or a marigold garland and you’ll be escorted to your hotel with all comfort possible.

Accommodation

The Trek is an 11 days long trek with includes 10 nights lodge to lodge stay at a mountain where we use the best available lodge and select the best accommodation in Everest. Six nights at Lukla, Phakding and Namche (3 N), room with private attached bathroom, Four nights in a standard room at Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo (2 N), Phortse,(twin sharing room )

For solo trekker -a single private room with attached bathroom at Lukla, Namche and Phakding, single private accommodation at Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo (2 N), Phortse,

Two nights Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required which is not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotel for all budgets and your interest. We prefer your choice.

Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.

The Meals

Our trek is all over high elevations near the world’s highest peak which means your body needs enough carbohydrate, protein, nutrition as food is fuel for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal on this trek is very convenient but not as in cities.
There will be 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunch and 11 Dinners will be provided in the trek.

Some of the popular menu items are-

Twelve breakfasts - ( Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets) Pancakes Muesli Breads Fruits and Vegetables Hot drinks like varieties of teas and coffees Hot chocolates etc).

Twelve lunch - (Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari (Dal Bhat power 24 hours) Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snakes (Papad, Prawn) Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc).

Eleven dinners -( Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snacks (Papad, Prawn) Korean Raman Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.)are available on the menu during the trek. The best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list will be shorted.

We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude and also the fresh vegetable items for health benefit. Tho plenty of non-veg item will be available we won’t recommend any of them because the meat in such places is not hygienic and healthy during the trek. We highly encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume Alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates as experts suggest to avoid such items during such high elevation treks. Note - All Personal Bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea house/ Lodges or in cafe except Standard Meals(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from Package.

All Personal Bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea house/ Lodges or in cafe except Standard Meals(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from Package.

Best time to Trek

The weather is one of the most important factors to look at when deciding to trek to Gokyo Lake Trek (Gokyo Ri) cause no one is beyond nature. Tho live forecast of Everest Region can be gain here, it’s yet very hard to predict being 100% sure. People trek 12 months of the year up to Everest base camp trek but certainly, there is ups and downs in every season, It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn as the sky is crystal clear from dusk till dawn, the rainy weather stops and thick sun-blocking clouds also fades. The Magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas. With added those breathtaking views, the temperature is also exquisite with sunlight being warm and the environment after delving of the sun is not as cold as other months. Tho during the winters and monsoon, it becomes a bit challenging to trek due to heavy snowfall, cold temperature but that’s what excites many trekkers.

January to February

This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. This when there is heavy snowfall in the mountain and can result in extreme cold temperature. Though the daytime may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the night time would be extremely cold but it’s perfectly fine to trek in these months as discovery world trekking make sure of every possible safety during the trek but if you are allergic to extreme cold, you shouldn’t be trekking at these month or else people trek 12 months of the year and leave their footprints around the world’s highest peaks.

Temperature: Temperatures ranges from 15°C to -15°C.

March to April

This is one of the best time of the season to hike in the Everest Base Camp. The weather is very favourable this month. Stunning views of the Himalaya ranges and glaciers will be seen. March being beginning of the Spring season, The weather starts to warm up during these months.  During these months, all flora and fauna dormant throughout the winter back to life feeding and breeding in the sun-kissed temperatures. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition at this time.

Temperature: Around 18 °C. At night, the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -12 °C.

May to  June

This is also the perfect time for trekking right before the rainfall. Nepal starts its rainfall from the end of June till mid of August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.

Temperature: Around 25°C. At daylight and it drops down to around -5°C.

July to August

The rainfall hits at its peak during this time, below 3500 meters. Due to heavy rainfall, Flights to Lukla may get cancelled at beginning or end of the trek but trekkers are seen in that month too trekking towards Everest base camp, it’s challenging but not impossible if you choose to trek in these months Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will take care of your safety at its fullest as it does in every month but as the way is not that favourable it's not highly recommended to trek in these months but  The rainfall also provides spectacular views of the waterfall and avoid the crowds like other months.

Temperature: Around 27°C at daylights to 5°C

September to October

This is also one of the perfect seasons for the EBC Trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favourable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees during the night time. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it’s the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek, usually from mid-September to end. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.

Temperature: Temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees

November to December

As winter slowly begins, snow falls begin in the Himalaya region and it eventually gets tough to trek. Nights get very colder. November is the busy season people all over the world come at these months as its the clearest month with sparkling days and amazing views of humongous mountains. The daytime temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. From December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow like diamonds in the sky.

Temperature- Temperature goes up to 18 degrees in the day time and falls down to -10 degrees

The weather in the Himalaya is so unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day tonight.

Trip grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health

The Gokyo Ri-Lakes trek is a challenging yet rewarding trek. The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day depending on the destination, taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well. To go on such treks, the fitter, the more comfortable and enjoyable the journey will be. If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease.

Trekking group/single

We organize a group as well as a private trek. The price of group discount is applied with having your own paxes at your group and price will be the same whether group joining or private touring. We are able to lead and handle any size of the participants in a group. There will be a group leader Guide, a porter for every two trekkers and an assistant guide for a group of 12 or above trekking members.

A typical day on Trek

Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing enjoying the scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items. The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy onboard games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication

On the Gokyo Lakes Trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone for safety proposes. We'll communicate all our valuable clients through our leader to at least once in a day to make sure you're fine, safe, feel right and have everything up there.
You'll always be connected to Kathmandu's KTAN office for any kind of help during the trek. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be the signal but not very strong before the high altitude. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card (Most of the places have wifi service available with an extra cost) for good access to connect.

Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.

Extra personal expenses on Trekking

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients themselves as all kind of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) can be booked easily online or even we can do it for on request. All our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of meals and accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here cause during the trek only Nepalese currency is accepted.

Electricity, battery recharge and water on the Trek

Throughout the lodges at Gokyo lakes trek, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available with an extra cost in all lodges. Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shop or filling boiled water at an extra cost. A water purification pill is will be provided to make water drinkable.

Travel Insurance

This trip grade is ranked the challenging difficult as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events including sudden climate changes. Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Everest base camp trek. All the members of trekking must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude (up to 6000m) for trekking members. We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don’t directly get involved in the sale of the insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy. Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.

Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say in their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.

Passport and Visa

All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is the US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash on arrival on Tribhuvan International Airport. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive a free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan)that may not receive the visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money Exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.

(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).

We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.

The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.

Despite having security advantage of traveller's cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite a several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card.

If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four per cent or more depending upon the bank.

During the trek, there are no banks and money exchange services so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu only, depending on how much personal expense you require as in Himalayan region people only accept Nepalese Currency.

Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Luggage

The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. but a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what is essentials, You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal store for free and it'll be completely safe.

We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc) in our briefing before we start our journey in our Office.

Safety

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal guarantee our valuable clients safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trekker to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.

Responsible Travel

We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. Furthermore, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travellers and communities.

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal Team

During the Everest Gokyo lakes Trek, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well-experienced guides/sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained licensed with a prior experience they have spent years trekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage. Two people will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us, they are well paid and we take care of their insurance, clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with the sleeping gear we also provided them with food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing

Tipping

Most importantly, tipping is at travellers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honoured way of saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

Booking and payment process

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 1982138/075/076. We are a member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 per cent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. The number of domestic flights for Lukla is limited but being very busy during the trekking seasons. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union and online payment directly from our website. The remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Last-minute booking

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal have offered the special provision of last-minute booking with regard to The Everest Base Camp trek. Under this condition, the last-minute booking with 100% per cent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted.

Trip Extension

After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.

Feedback

After completing the Everest Gokyo lakes trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will provide you with a digitally printed company certificate of trek achievement. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliment, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performance as we always strive to be better.

Useful Information

Please be advised: We highly recommend our clients to add extra days in your trip to Nepal as a safety margin for your return flight. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu may get behind the schedule due to air traffic and may cause delays. In such cases, we always try our best to reschedule the flights to and from Lukla. However, we would like to inform you about the possibility of postponements or cancellations of flights. We would like to suggest our clients to schedule 2 days extra to avoid any problems with the international flight. Upon our client's request we can arrange a helicopter at the cost of approximately USD 500-1000 depending on the demand and capacity. It is very likely that there will be no delays but if any such case happens, we can help arrange additional activities with your extra time in Nepal.

Please Note: The Everest Gokyo lakes trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and can be fitted to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review our designated departure dates for this trek and if they do not suit your timeframe, then let us know how we can arrange a trek that is convenient for you. The itinerary listed above is a general guideline; please be advised that it might be necessary to modify it due to external factors beyond our means including and not limited to the following: unstable weather, accessibility and availability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen governmental, trail and ecological conditions and other circumstances beyond our control. Although it is unlikely that changes will occur that would significantly alter the original itinerary, we cannot be held accountable for the results of delays or changes beyond our control. In the event of an Itinerary adjustment or need to redirect to other trails and areas, the Leader Guide will ultimately make the final choice on the best rerouting after consulting with the group members and keeping in mind the interests of the party as a whole. If an alteration is necessary, then we will certainly do everything we can to diminish the effects.

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