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Trip Overview

The Gokyo Lakes trek is a 20 day holiday (21 including return travel to Nepal) of which 17 days of the journey are trekking. From Kathmandu there is a short flight to Lukla, but you can choose to walk in from a lower altitude if you prefer (please contact us for details and options). The short flight from Kathmandu (1400m) to Lukla (2866m) takes about 45 minutes. We then follow the Dudh Koshi river valley towards the bustling market town of Namche Bazaar which has a great atmosphere, perfect for soaking up the magnificent mountain scenery.  Awe-inspiring views of some of the biggest mountains in the world provide a dramatic backdrop as you venture further into the Khumbu valley. After trekking to Gokyo, the return follows the route through Everest Base Camp, an ascent of Kalar Pattar for close-up views of Everest, down to the stunning Tengboche Monastery, Khumjung village, Namche Bazaar and finally back to Lukla.

With Gokyo Ri standing at 5483m, the Cho La Pass at 5330m, Everest Base Camp at 5360m and Kala Patthar at 5545m, the Gokyo Lakes trek gains a total of 2679 metres from Lukla and 4145 metres from Kathmandu.

You can trek to Gokyo Lakes from March to June, and September to November. Private trips are welcomed and available for groups like families, corporate events, schools or charities. We have our own office and guesthouse ready and waiting for any dates you may prefer.

Days 1 & 2 : Arrival and preparation/rest day/ sightseeing in Kathmandu
Days 3 - 13 : Fly to Lukla and trek up to Gokyo, cross the Cho La pass and drop into Everest Base Camp
Days 12 - 15 : Climb Kala Pathar and start trek back down to Lukla
Days 16 - 17 : Fly back down to Kathmandu & depart
Day 18 : Additional weather day
Day 19 : Fly to Kathmandu
Day 20 : Depart for Home (or go on another Nepal adventure)

GOKYO LAKES TREK ROUTE MAP

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GOKYO LAKES TREK LENGTH AND TERRAIN

The trek is on a well trodden path all the way though this can be rocky and uneven in parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or ‘mountaineering’ which requires equipment. It is a walk all the way, although some of the hills can be steep and never-ending! If the weather is bad then the Cho La pass can be slippy and some simple pull on boot spikes (not crampons) can be a handy thing to have in your pack.

Poles are useful, depending on conditions and especially so if you have problems with knees and if you have a personal preference for using them. Higher up, the open slopes and moraine may give you added reassurance with a pole, but again the path is quite easy to follow.

The treks highest ascent to Gokyo Ri, is not difficult but occasionally slippery underfoot.

Lightweight hiking boots with a high ankle are recommended for the Gokyo Lakes trek, to protect you against possibly going over on an ankle, but heavy boots will be hot and heavy and cumbersome. Cross trainers are popular, but cold in the morning up high.

GOKYO LAKES TREK ALTITUDE PROFILE

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ACCOMMODATION ON THE GOKYO LAKES AND EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

Accommodation throughout the trek is in lodge (formerly known as tea houses) which are run by Sherpa families. Each lodge has a central communal area with a large stove that provides heat and a cosy atmosphere. There are books to read and plenty of people to chat to. The bedrooms are unheated and generally have two beds with mattresses, pillows and a blanket. You will need to bring a sleeping bag (3 season is normally enough) and we'd recommend a pillow case. 

The lodges generally have showers which are powered by gas and they mostly use sit down flush toilets, though some lodges do also have squat toilets. Food on the trek is very good quality, and a mixture of local Nepali / Sherpa food and western recipes. Burgers and chips are a common meal, as is dal bhat with rice. You will find everything from fresh pastries to beer, stir fries to deep fried Mars bars available in the lodges. And there are many shops selling all types of drinks and snacks, sweets and chocolate. The biggest challenge will be avoiding all the unhealthy foods and sticking to a simple diet of rice and dal!

PACKING LIST FOR GOKYO LAKES TREK

The basic idea of the kit that you need to take is to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and at night.

You will be given a detailed kit list after booking, but the main points to cover are as follows:-

  • BAGS - Rucksack or duffle bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you
  • SHELL - Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain
  • LAYERS - Shirts, trousers, shorts, Tshirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves
  • BASELAYER - Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings
  • FEET - Comfortable boots with a good sole and ankle support. Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings.
  • SLEEPING - Warm sleeping bag (3 or 4 season) to get a good nights sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
  • DRINKING - Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles.
  • WASHING & MEDICAL - wash kit, towel, first aid kit
  • SUN CARE - sunglasses, sunhat
  • TREKKING - trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags
  • PERSONAL ITEMS - cameras, books, music

We also hire lot's of equipment which can be seen in the 'Extras' tab. If you look at the 'More Information' section you will find in-depth details covering .In Kathmandu has an area called Thamel which is full of hundreds of equipment shops, each one an emporium of new, used, quality and fake equipment all very reasonably priced for rental and buying. You can buy almost anything needed for any trek.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) FOR TREKKING TO EVEREST BASE CAMP VIA GOKYO LAKES

Below are a few commonly asked questions but do also check out our Related Blogs section and also the 'More Information' section also on this page which covers every question you may have for trekking to the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp! 

WHAT EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED TO TREK TO THE GOKYO LAKES AND EVEREST BASE CAMP?

The trek is not a forced march and the pace is always slow, the days generally being shorter than a day hike at home. You can't train for altitude and previous experience of it is not needed as our approach is slow and our itinerary allows for good and gradual ascent to high altitude; this gives you the best chances of enjoying the trek without any or major affect.

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE TO TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP VIA THE GOKYO LAKES?

We do recommend that you embark on a good fitness programme at least 6 weeks prior to your trip, and one that builds up general stamina and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a rucksack to train, so the best advice is to get out into the hills as often as you can. You are likely to carry about 5 kilos in your day sack so this is a good weight to work with.

If you are going to be using the gym then concentrate on step machines which work on the thigh and calf muscles, and try to build your heart rate up to 50% above resting rate. Any cardiovascular activity is good, but remember that swimming will not train the correct muscle groups so it must be added to other exercises to be effective. Exercise groups like bodypump, Pilates and aerobic are all excellent preparation for a trek like this, especially those which work on core strength, balance and stability.

 

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