Everest Gokyo Lake trekking

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The Everest Gokyo Lake trekking is one of the beautiful and the fascinating trekking in the Khumbu region of Nepal. it takes you through the beautiful trail of the rugged landscapes, the off-beaten path through the handing, Namche and many more into the Gokyo Valley.

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake trekking Difficulty is one of the popular trekking destinations in Nepal which offers you the unrivalled views of the world highest mountain Mt Everest, it's other surrounding peaks, glacier and many more. During this trek, you will also go through the hike to Gokyo Ri at the altitude of 5340 meters which offer you the incredible vies of the Mt Everest (8848 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), Makalu (8481 meters), Cho Oyu (8201 meters and other snow-capped mountains which at more than the altitude of 8000 meters. You will also vie the Ngozumba glacier – the longest glacier of the Himalayan in Nepal.

During the Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking (Difficulty) you will also enjoy the Tibetan-influenced Buddhist culture of the Sherpa people when you stay in their traditional village. The adventure trek to Gokyo lake starts after a shot, adventurous and scenic flight from the Kathmandu to Lukla, it about 35 minutes mountain flight which offer you the breath-taking views of the mountain, as well as natural vegetation and flora and fauna. The adventure hike begins from the Lukla to reach the Namche Bazaar crossing the small village of Pakding, where you will enjoy the spare day and might for the acclimatization. During the spare day in the Namche Bazaar, you will hike to the Everest view hotel to enjoy the fabulous views of the Mt Everest, Mt Makalu, Mt Lhotse and other surrounding peaks. Hiking several days, you will reach to the Gokyo valley, which is also base to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Everest, Gokyo lakes and glacier.

Gokyo valley is the home of the gorgeous Gokyo Lake. The trekking paths to the Gokyo also offer you the fantastic views of the Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and many other surrounding peaks. Though it is a high altitude trek, Everest Gokyo Lake Difficulty is moderate.

You can also enjoy the Everest base camp trek by extending some days in the Gokyo lake trekking. For trekking in the Everest region. We recommend that you add some extra day into your schedule for flight delay, cancellation of the Lukla airport, which can occur during the bad weather condition.

So if you are planning to trek the Everest Gokyo lake, you must be quite aware of the challenging and difficulties that come with it. Just keep in the mind about the fit and having the good stamina is a must. Walking the long trek with the difficulties can be challenging and the hectic at times. So it is better if you start doing the light hiking and many other physical exercises focusing on your arms and legs before starting your long hike.

Summing up, the Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking is an experience of the lifetimes. The beautiful lakes, the snow-capped mountains and the diverse Himalayn flora and fauna sure give you a memorable experience. if you live hiking around the lake, World highest mountains and wants to enjoy the long journey then Everest Gokyo lake Trekking is only for you

Table of Content

Table of contents

  • The trip fact of the trek
  • Highlights of the trek
  • Major Factor which contributes to the Everest Gokyo Lake Difficulty
  • Duration
  • Weather and Temperature
  • Altitude Sickness
  • Physical Stamina
  • Distance
  • Luggage and Weight
  • How to overcome Gokyo Lake Trek Difficulty
  • Everest Gokyo lake trekking detail itinerary
  • The top reason why should you trek Everest Gokyo lake trekking
  • Conclusion

Trip Facts of the Everest  Gokyo Lake Trekking

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Activities: trekking
  • Trip Duration: 14 days
  • Minimum altitude: 2850 meters
  • Maximum altitude: 5883 metes
  • Transportation: flight/private vehicle
  • Walking hours: approximately 6-7 hours each day

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Some highlights of the Everest  Gokyo Lake trekking (Difficulty) are:

  • A short, scenic and adventurous mountain flight to Lukla.
  • A beautiful walk through the rhododendron, pine forest walk through the terraced green farm, crossing many scattered villages with the amazing views of the highest and it's other surrounding snow-capped peaks.
  • Hike to the Gokyo Ri (5340 meters)- one of the attractive viewpoints to enjoy the panoramic views of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and other surrounding peaks.
  • Climb along the Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest glacier of the Khumbu region.
  • Very beautiful, peaceful and less crowded with the incredible views of all the selection of the mountains.
  • Views of the Renjo La pass- one of the beautiful mountain passes in the Khumbu, Everest region.
  • Explore the Khumjung village- a famous Sherpa village and also the home of the Real Yeti Skull.

Factors which contributes to the Everest Gokyo Lake difficulty

Duration

Duration is one of the major factors which contributes to the trek's difficulty. The itineraries having the more trek days is much easier to trek then the others as in the manage itineraries you'll need to walk the fewer hours day and you also get the more acclimatization days.

The most common packages you will get for the Everest Gokyo lake Trek is the 15 days trekking packages, but if it is your first and the major trek or if you are not confident about trekking in such duration, then you can have the Customized itineration. You can both increase or decrease the number of days according to your conditions.

If you plan to choose the shorter days trekking itineraries then keep in the mind that Shorter days mean more walking hours days and fewer acclimatization days. These can be a little harsh. So choosing the more extended packages over the short one can help you to collect the best experience and overcome the Gokyo lake trek Difficulties with the easy way.

Weather and Temperature

The weather in the mountains region changes unpredictably without any warning. Every hour you can notice the change in the weather and climatic conditions. The ever-changing without warning weather can add more difficulty in your trek.

Rain and snowfall can also occur without giving the sign. Sometimes the snow-covered trail can cause navigating issues and can add more difficulty in your trek, especially if you are travelling without your guide.

Not only the weather can make your adventure difficulties but also he temperature can also add the difficulties in the trek, the temperature in the high altitude can rapidly fall in the high elevated area and it usually caused in the winter, because in these periods of the time the weather becomes freezing.

So choosing the best season for Everest Gokyo lake trekking helps you to overcome these all problems. The best time to takes this beautiful trek is during the spring and the autumn time. They fall around April and October months.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness also a major factor that makes Everest Gokyo lake Trek difficult. Altitude sickness is also known as the mountain sickness and is a condition that affects the people when they are hiking to a high altitude with less air pressure and oxygen level. Altitude sickness is a condition that affects everybody like the people of a different gender or the age group. It is very difficult to justify that anyone is safe from it.

Since we will trek at the very high altitude in this trek which takes you above the 500 meters, altitude sickness is bound to create the problem. You may cause the shortness of the breath, fatigue and many more when trekking.

Some symptoms of the altitude sickness are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Problem in Sleeping
  • Heard ache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fainting
  • Vomiting

If you find any of these symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), it is best to stop where you are and go to the lower altitude where you fell more comfortable. Continuing to trek after finding these symptoms can create big issuers such as respiratory failure, coma or even death.

So rest for a day or two. If the symptoms worsen then sadly, you have to end your trek. some people also get severe symptoms such as confusion, difficulty breathing or losing consciousness. So if you get these symptoms they must be immediately transferred to the medical institution and takes yo the lower altitude of height.

To prevent altitude sickness, you should take the following precaution.

  • Don't rust hurriedly, climb slowly because your body needs two or three days of time of slowly hiking and moving ahead in order to adjust the atmospheric pressure of that altitude.
  • Carry the chocolates bar and candy because while hiking in the higher altitude, your body requires more calories so carry the healthy snacks continuing carbohydrates.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol, cigarettes, and medications like sleeping pills while trekking as it can make altitude sickness too worse.
  • Drink plenty of water around 4-5 litre per day because staying hydrated is very important in preventing altitude sickness.
  • If you feel a headache or feel sick or difficulty breathing then stop and rest where you are, take the appropriate medication and inform your guide immediately so that he can provide you with some immediate treatment.
  • To travel the Long Everest Gokyo Lake trekking with ease at this altitude its is better if you acclimatize to the climate taking a few resting days during the trek. it lowers the chance of being a victim to the altitude sickness also carrying some Diamox tablets can help you relive the mountain sickness but only at the lower altitude but it will get hare in the higher altitude. So lastly staying hydrated and avoid alcohol can help to lower the chances of altitude sickness.
  • Beyond these, it is better to consult your physician or doctor about the altitude sickness and its prevention before starting the trek.

Physical stamina

The hiking and walk in the Everest Base Camp trek is through the rugged paths and the steep terrain, you need to hike at least 5 hours per day, so they meet the requirement stamina is needed must. You will be trekking to the elevation above the 5000 meters with thin air and tough terrains. So it can be quite challenging for you, this you need the good physical and mental strength to complete the trek.

Therefore the training before the trek is very beneficial as well as necessary too. If you are physically perpetrating for the Everest Gokyo Lake trekking, the trek becomes much easier and faster than it would generally be.

Hiking, cycling, jogging, bicycles, summing or walking or even sprinting down the stairs can be fruitful for your trek, they help to increase your stamina and get the help you lost in your trek. you can also strengthen your legs by doing some home squats, skipping and many more.

Another and the major factor that helps you to increase your stamina and efficiency is flexibility. So practice some basic stretches at the home of performing some yoga. These activities will help your muscles to relax and be more flexible, which provides you with great strength during the trek.

Distance

The Everest Gokyo lake trek covers the total distance of around 92 Km in totals and takes around 15-18 days of time to complete the trek. but some people can complete it in fewer days, it all depends on your strength and stamina.

The Everest Gokyo Lake trekking starts from the Lukla, from where you will be travelling along the less-travelled path, the trail could be quite challenging and difficult too but the terrain paths are not the same around the journey. Somedays you might get the chance to walk in the smooth paths.

However, at the higher altitude, the steep trail and the high landscapes can make your trek challenging even if you are an experienced hiker or trekker.

Weight and Luggage

Carrying the heavy luggage can create you trouble on the longer trek like Everest Gokyo lake trek. Since you will be travelling many hours every hour every day for a long duration, heavy bags might put you in difficulty, make your stamina down and drain you. So you will need to pack all the essential equipment and gear only but make sure to choose the necessary and important ones and it would be good if that is all lightweight.

Some of the important and necessary things you should carry are:

Travelling bags

  • Day pack
  •  Duffer bags
  • And Puck bags with waterproof covers

Head

  •  Sunglasses
  •  Woollen hat
  •  Sun Hat
  •  Scarf
  •  Headlight

Upper body

  •  Light T-shirt
  •  Waterproof jackets
  •  Thermal Vest
  •  Lightweight thermal tops
  •  Fleece Jackets
  •  Pullover
  •  Women sports bra, synthetic

Lower body

  •  Fleece pants
  •  Waterproof shell pants
  •  Lightweight walking pants
  •  Hiking short
  •  Undergarments

Handwear

  •  Lightweight fleece gloves
  •  Heavyweight gloves
  •  Water and windproof gloves

Footwear

  •  Hiking boots
  •  Camp sandals
  •  Pair of walking poles
  •  Thick warm wool hiking socks
  •  The inner socks

Other accessories

  •  Sunscreen
  •  First Kids
  •  Sleeping bags
  •  Pillowcase and other night accessories
  •  Water purifiers
  •  Hand sanitizers
  •  Towel
  •  Wet wipes
  •  toiletries

Best season to trek Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking (difficulty)

Autumn season (September, October, and November) is the best season to trek the Everest Gokyo Lake trekking. During the Autumn, you can trek to the Gokyo lake cause the weather is very favourable and the temperature is also moderate. Also, the surrounding views of the mountains are also very beautiful.

Spring season (March, April, and May) is the second-best time of the year to trek the long and adventure trek in Nepal. During this time, the weather will also remain stable. Along with that, the temperature at the higher altitude will also remain favourable for adventure trekking.

But winter and the summer season are the off-season to enjoy the adventure trekking in Nepal. These time are less popular because of the weather in the Everest keep changing these times. If you plan to do the Everest Gokyo lake trekking then you should be prepared hard. So plan the trek investing your time on research.

Everest Gokyo Lake trekking detailed itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival

Nepal Hiking Trek representative will pick up you after you land at the Tribhuvan International Airpot. After a formal greeting, you will be dropped off at your hotel where you can take a rest. After taking the hot shower and rest for a while. Later in the evening, you can explore around the Thamel. Enjoy the Nepalese Cuisine.

  • Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Included meal: Dinner

Day 02: City tour of a free day to explore and shop on your own

On the second day of your adventure trek, you will tour the Four UNESCO world heritage sites. These include Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous Monkey Temple, Swayambhunath and the other Buddhist Shrine Boudhnath. These heritages sites hold the ancient culture, religions, architectural and historical value for the Nepalese people. Or you can also spend your spare day by doing the shopping around the Thamel or in the Kathmandu valley, you can buy the necessary gear and equipment. Later we will gather and discuss your trekking plans and fellow trekkers.

  • Overnight at Kathmandu
  • Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 03 Fly to Lukla (2800 meters) and trek to Phakding (2652 meters).

After having the early breakfast, we leave for the Lukla on an early morning flight. the flight will be adventurous and scenic with the beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains as the Tenzing/Hillary airport is a steep airstrip which is actually hanging off the side of the mountains so this flight is quite challenging and adventurous. After reaching Lukla, you will meet the rest of your trekking staff, from here you real adventure hiking start and begin the trekking to the beautiful village Phakding.

  • Overnight in Phakding

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 04: Trek to Namche bazaar

Today we will move forward alongside the Dudh Koshi rivers leaving the Phakding village back, during the walk you will cross the several suspension bridges and pass the several villages, monasteries, and Chortens. You will also get a chance to enjoy the beautiful views of Mt Thamserku from the Benkar village. Our trekking permits will be checked at the Monjo as we enter the Sagarmatha National park an adventure descent and a gradual walk takes you to Jorsale, the last village you call cross to reach the Namche Bazaar. The walk is very enjoyable through the Hillary Suspension Bridge. As we claim up towards Namche Bazaar, which offers the magnificent sights of Kwangde Peak, Kusum peak, Kangaru peak, Mt Everest, Lhotse, and many other fabulous villages greet us.

After 5-6 hours from speaking, you will reach to Namche Bazaar. Enjoy the leisure time exploring the villages.

  • Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
  • Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Days 05: Namche Bazaar, Rest and Acclimatization

Acclimatization is the most important for every trekker to adjust the presence of atmospheric pressure of that altitude or to a gradual change in the environment. It will also help to prevent the catching of the Altitude or Acute mountain sickness (AMS). Today you will hike to the Khumjung village, enjoy the snow-capped mountains from the Syangboche or enjoy the short tour around the Namche Bazaar. In this rest day, you can also visit the Tourist Visitors centre where you can see a variety of things. This visit also helps you to enjoy and know the various plants and the animal life of the Everest region. In the Khumjung village, you can also visit the beautiful monasteries that kept the yeti scalp. After enjoying the Khumjung village you will also climb to the Syanboche, which offers the incredible views of the Kongde, Thamserku and the Khumbila mountain. Then after spending some time here enjoying the views of the snow-capped mountain, you will back to Namche Bazaar.

  • Overnight at Namche Bazaar
  • Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Dole

  • After having the early breakfast you will leave the Namche Bazaar starting with the graf=dual walk through the up and down. On the way to the Dole, you will like to see and shot the Himalayan pleasants, mush deer and the Himalayan Thar. Then we will begin to descend to the beautiful Kyanjuma and from Sansa, you will follow the beautiful Gokyo trails from the Mong which offer the beautiful glimpse of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Khumbu mountains. Then after enjoying the views, our trail will descend to the Dudhkoshi after which you will climb uphill through the rhododendrons forest before reaching Dorse. From here you can see the good views of the Tawacche mountains.
  • Overnight in Dole.
  • Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 07: Dole to Machhermo

After crossing a bridge over the Dudh Koshi river, you are likely to see wildlife like Himalayan pheasant, mountain goats, and musk deer. Our trail passes through the forest and the beautiful waterfalls, and the ridge. You will also climb steady trail through a scenic ridge with views of the Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku mountains. Today you will enjoy the up and down walking, you will ascend down to the Luza village and walk through the Dudh Koshi river. You will continue walking through the small village and sandy trails before reaching Machhermo, today you will also visit the Himalayan rescue Hospital to know more about the altitude sickness, its symptoms and its precaution.

  • Overnight in Machhermo
  • Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo lake

Today you will ascend on a hill and enjoy the beautiful views of the Dudh Koshi valley and enjoy the beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains including Thamserku, Cho Oyu and many other snow-capped mountains. Beyond the ridge, you will also pass through the Chorten and reaches Phangnga. We descend to the rivers the bank before climbing to the Ngozamba Glacier on a steep trail. We also pass through Longpongo, Raboche Tso and Dudh Pokhari before reaching Gokyo. On the trail, you will also see the footprints of a lama.

We explore the Dudh Pokhari if you have the spare time.

  • Overnight in Gokyo.
  • Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 09: Hike to Gokyo Ri, return to Gokyo Lake

On the ninth day of your trek, you will spend another day in the Gokyo to acclimatize to the high altitude. If the weather is good, then you can climb to the Gokyo Ri to enjoy the gorgeous mountain views. After climbing the Gokyo Ri from the top here you can see the beautiful Himalayan vista and the wonderful Gokyo Ri. you can also hike to the fourth and the fifth of the Gokyo lakes. The distance between the 4th lakes is only around 3 km north to the Gokyo and offer you the amazing views of the rising peaks, continuing walking from it you will reach to the 5th lakes and give you the remarkable views of the Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu. You can see a lot more from here. From the north of the 5th Gokyo lake yo can see the incredible views of the Cho Oyu and the Ngazumpa Glacier which is the biggest glacier in the world then after enjoying the mind-blowing view you will walk back to the Gokyo.

  • Overnight at Gokyo
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Gokyo to Dole

After enjoying the beautiful views of the lakes today we will start descending to our initial places along the Dudh Koshi rivers and pass the wonderful first Gokyo Lake. On the way we will enjoy the beautiful views of the Cholatse and the Taboche peaks we will descend down the hill, after reaching the Chorten at the ridge, you can enjoy the final views of the Thamserku, Cho Oyu and Kangtega mountains and many other surrounding views of the snow-capped mountains. Then you will walk through the Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarma village before reaching Dole. Here you can finally explore the village enjoy their hospitality, culture and tradition.

  • Overnight in Dole
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 11: Dole to Jorsale

Continuing descending on a steep trail crossing the blooms rhododendrons, wildflower, and waterfalls. You will also come across mountain goats, musk deer, pheasant, etc during the walk you will admire a beautiful view of Khumbila peak. On your way to Jorsale, you will also enjoy the gorgeous views of Taboche, ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kang Tega mountains to admire. Walk and continuing descending through the dense forest of oak and bamboo you will reach to Jorsale. Enjoy your leisure time enjoy the beauty of this village.

  • Overnight in Jorsale
  • Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 12: Jorsale to Lukla

From the Jorsale you will descend on a rocky trail and cross the several bridges before walking on a beautiful trail. The air is thick and warmer as you walk on the same trail to reach Lukla. Our adventure walk in the mountains ends after you reach Lukla. You will spend some time exploring the place.

  • Overnight in Lukla
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

Today we will fly back to the Kathmandu valley in the early morning. After reaching you can have the rest of the day to rest. Enjoy exploring the city and Thamel. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner host by the Nepal Hiking Trek to enjoy with your trek leader and with Nepal Hiking Trek staff for the beautiful success of your trek.

  • Overnight at Kathmandu.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 14: Departure

A Nepal Hiking Trek representative will pick up from your hotel and drop you at the Tribhuvan International airport three hours before your flight with the final goodbye. Have a safe journey!!

  • Included meals: breakfast

Top reasons to trek the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trekking (Difficulty)

Budget-friendly trip

One of the best reasons to enjoy the adventure trek in Nepal is that Nepal is one of the most economical; a destination where you can enjoy all the places at the certain, cheap and reasonable prices and also could be the most exciting one. Gokyo lake trekking is quite economical friendly with the incredible views of the snow-capped mountains and also be fun to do. There you can see many places to explore in the Gokyo.

A quite stable climate

The climates in Nepal is quite stable and no extremes trekking in any season. There are mainly four seasons in Nepal, they are: winters (from December to February), pre-monsoon season or spring season (March to Mid June) monsoon or rainy, summer (from mid-June to Mid September) are post-monsoon or Autumn (Mid-September to November). The peak season to trek in the Everest Gokyo is from March to May during the pre-monsoon season and from September to November that is during the Post monsoon or Autumn to enjoy the clear crystal views of the Milky mountain without any disturbance by the weather and others.

Ngozumpa Glacier

Ngozumpa Glacier is one of the highest glaciers of the Himalayans, just trekking along it offer the gorgeous views of the snow-capped mountains and also views of other glaciers of that region.

Khumjung

Khumjung is the beautiful village and also a famous rest sport along the trail of the Everest Gokyo lake trekking. This village is also known as the home of the real Yeti Skull. This village gives you the beautiful opportunity to explore the architecture and beauty of this village, can explore the remote lifestyle, enjoy arts, explore their culture tradition with the backdrop views of the beautiful snow-capped mountains.

Gokyo Ri

Gokyo Ri is one of the beautiful mountain ranges of the Himalayan standing at an altitude of 5375 meters which is quite the same altitude as the altitude of the Everest Base Camp. trekking and climbing to the Gokyo Ri offer you the stunning views of the surrounding mountain including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Nuptse, Mt Cho Oyu, and other surrounding peak peaks.

Renjo La Pass

Renjo La Pass is one of the stunning mountain passes in Nepal which is situated at the altitude of the 5340 meters. This pass comes after the Gokyo Ri pass so after climbing and collecting some adventure experience you will trek and climb to Renjo La Pass to enjoy the majestic views of the milky mountains including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Cho Oyu and other surrounding peaks with a height of more than 8000 meters.

Conclusion

If you haven’t trek to the Everest Gokyo lake and haven’t seen the Gokyo valley and Gokyo lakes then you haven\t seen the heaven, it doesn't matter whether you are from any part of the world so you should trek Gokyo trekking once in your lifetimes. To trek the long and altitude trek then you should have the previous trekking experience at the altitude is good for you and if you are the first trekkers there\s not worry about. Good planning and preparation will always lead to beautiful success. But you have to confident in yourself and choose to do the Everest Gokyo lake trek.

Gokyo lake Trekking is the legendary and classic trek which offer you plenty of natural and cultural beauty of the places without any disturbance of the crowd and weather. Overall views you will collect from the trek gives you the unique experience and memory for your lifetime with the unforgettable Sherpa culture and tradition. In the very short periods of the time, you can reach to the base of the world iconic mountains. Enjoy the beautiful trek with Nepal Hiking Trek to enjoy every step of your journey.

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