The Gokyo Lakes region at the head of the Dudh Kosi Valley provides a great alternative to the popular Everest Base Camp trek. It is a more tranquil trek through the Sherpa heartland that affords ample time for acclimatization with opportunities to savor mountain panoramas.
The highlight of the trek is the ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m). From the summit at over 5000m we gain superb views of Everest as well as the 8000m peaks of Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu in Tibet. Many trekkers will argue that this is one of the finest views in the Himalaya, with the awesome bulk of Everest dominating the skyline. Late afternoon is a fine time to make the climb above the shimmering lakes to capture a sunset over one of the most awesome spectacles the Nepal Himalaya has to offer.
Read out why Gokyo Lake Trek could be your priority travel destination from here; Why Gokyo Trek Should Be Your Top Priority?
Joining Arrangements & Transfers
All Clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a TTG representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Please look our logo at the arrival gate.
While in Kathmandu the group will stay in a mentioned hotel or hotels with similar categories as on itinerary. We choose hotels not to far from the main downtown. Most of our hotels will be in central Thamel so that you can shop, eat and go anywhere easily.
Whilst on trek we spend in lodges/tea houses. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals. Most of these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. Bedrooms tend to be quite basic and are unheated with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $5 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour 1-2$). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals. Most accommodation is arranged on a twin sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself you will room with another single traveller of the same sex. Please note, however, that at several of the places we stay near the passes, there is a limited choice of accommodation and some of the lodges we use will have only multi-bedded rooms. Where this is the case, the group will be split amongst the available rooms and this could be unsegregated male/female. Hotel nights in Kathmandu single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. One the trek only sharing rooms.
Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes and some international cuisine from pizza and chips. However as a responsible tour operator we encourage you to eat local food whenever possible because this will help the local economic and these local foods are always fresh.
We order meals in advance and your trip leader will suggest you what is safe and good to eat there. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread, lunch will be a simple meal with a like noodle, rice, and dinner will be 2 courses consisting of soup, main meal. All drinks, desert & beverages are extra. In Kathmandu breakfast is included. If you are vegetarian is great if not we still recommend you to stay vegetarian especially during the trek.
A Typical Day
Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your kitbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the dining room we will be served breakfast from the lodge kitchen before setting off on the day’s trek. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid-day after around 3 or 4 hours of trekking. Lunch is taken at tea houses along the route. This is normally a leisurely affair and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Our porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and then are well on their way to the evening’s stop by the time we set off again. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at the lodge the trek leader will organise everyone’s room. After checking in to your room you may wish to relax with a beer on the terrace of your lodge before taking dinner. Dinner is taken in the dining room which normally has some form of heating. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9.00pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by 10.pm the whole lodge will be asleep.
Group Leader & Support Staff
The group will be led by an experienced English-speaking local leader, and on trek will have the services of porters to carry luggage.
Approximately US$500-600 (or equivalent Australian dollars, Euros etc.) changed into local currency, should be sufficient for miscellaneous personal expenses including tips for guide/porters, drinks & meals in the city. It is not necessary to obtain local currency (Nepali rupees) prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money (rupees only) from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, tea, coffee, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.
Guidance on Tipping
Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group rather than from individuals. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The level of tipping should be determined by the group as a whole with everyone contributing an equal amount that all are comfortable with. As a rough guide, we recommend about 10% of your trip. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Shepa crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your local trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.
Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 13kg. For the Lukla flight the limit of the weight is 10+5KG. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 5500m metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. When we plan an itinerary we consider this very carefully and plan our holiday.
Here you can find further information about Altitude Sickness.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 13 kgs for the porter.
You must bring the following items:
The following items are optional:
Find more details about Equipment Checklist.
The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.
Passport & Visas
A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.
All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. Please bring 4 passport size photos for different permits.
Trekking Permits – what do we need from you?
We need your passport details and we need to send through to Nepal ahead of your departure a scan of a passport-style photograph of yourself. Please make sure we have this one month ahead of your trip.
Health & Vaccinations
You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up.
Know more about how you can stay healthy in Nepal: Staying Healthy in Nepal.
The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. We can change this money in Kathmandu which has better rate than hotels and Airports. Guides will show you the place after arrival.
Electricity Supply & Plug
We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:
Preparing For Your Trip
It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Note that you will encounter a lot of steps on the trail while ascending and you might wish to tailor your exercise to take this into account. Whatever your preparation you should make time to spend at least a few days prior to your trip making long walks in hilly country. It is also a good idea to do some reading about the country and the culture of the local people before you embark on an adventure holiday.
October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking. Pre-monsoon is the best time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres, and approximately -3ºC at Everest Base Camp. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this but at night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet and you can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing anywhere above 3000 metres. In the Everest Base Camp, Gokyo or Chola pass - the night time temperatures may reach –10ºC or exceptionally, below this. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur.
Everest Base Camp. 1:50,000. Nepal Maps
A good scale map with contour interval at 40 meters. This is the definitive map for the Gokyo Trek.
Not to forget?!
Please do not forget to come with a positive attitude, flexibility, a sense of humor and appetite of adventure and discovery.
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You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. Like your personal architect creating your one-of- a-kind home, our Travel Specialists will execute the trip of a lifetime. It's all up to you - logistics, pace, budget, dates, performances, visits, explorations, meals and lodging are hammered out down to the finest customized detail. Please fill in our tailor-made request form.
If you do not want to join a group then you can also make this a private trip with your friends and family one at your own schedule. Considering this, Trekking Team Group organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. A traditional warm welcome by our airport representative. Short briefing about the package in the hotel. Typical welcome dinner in the evening.
Your first day will begin with breakfast at your Hotel. You will be taken for sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley to explore color and contrast of the vibrant city. Drive to famous Buddhist Stupa "Swayambunath" or known as Monkey temple on the hill of Kathmandu Valley where you can see stunning view of mountains and Kathmandu. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from round the world. Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles and from all sides of the valley.
Then you will be taken to pashupatinath Temple. Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple dedicated to god Shiva. Every year this temple attracts hundreds of elderly followers of Hinduism. This is also the cremation center. After exploring this temple you will visit fascinating sights of Patan Durbar Square, one of the most glorious examples of traditional Nepalese architecture, full of century’s old temples and palaces
You will take stunning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Upon arrival meet the trekking crew and after short tea break trek northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi. Descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trek is very easy and short today, however the altitude difference between Kathmandu and this place can make a people a bit difficult. After lunch trek north down towards Phakding. The trail crosses several tributary streams and you will have some tantalizing views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2638m), where you will spend your first night.
Hike through fields and villages from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. Heading out of Phakding you will follow the Dudh Kosi northwards. This day's walk takes you through magnificent forests of rhododendron, giant fir and magnolia trees. You will cross the west fork of the river, the Bhote Kosi, and start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the largest Sherpa village and has long been the primary staging area for major Himalayan expeditions. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa village and an important trading center with a weekly market selling fresh foodstuffs brought up from lower villages.
You will take a rest day in Namcha and explore the village Thamo or synboche. Make fit yourself for the further journey. This day is for acclimatization. Physiologically prepare yourself for adaptation to changes in climate or environment. We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is better than being idle while on a trekking journey
Your day will begin with breakfast at your Hotel. You will start trekking to Portse Tenga today. Heading North-East you initially follow the main trail to Thyangboche as it contours around the hills, before you branch off on a short climb on the flanks of the sacred peak of Khumblia (5761 m). You will traverse for some time across yak pastures as the trail gradually ascends to Mon La. Below you is the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and Imja Khola and across the valley Thyangboche monastery is framed by Ama Dablam and Kantega. You will reach a stupa draped with prayer flags atop a ridge at 3992 metres and then descend steeply through forest to the Dudh Koshi. Following the trail and walking up to the ridge will bring you the village of Portse. Overnight in Portse Tenga.
Retracing our steps back to Dole. The views during the return have a different point. The trail meanders around the constantly changing obstacles and affords great views of Cho Oyu and Cholatse. You will be crossing Machhermo and reach your destination at Dole. You will see the slopes of Cholatse and Taweche. You can enjoy excellent views of Kyajo Ri (6186 m) and the mountains and glaciers of the range. Overnight at Dole.
Today, after breakfast continuing a steady but constant climb, you will reach the village of Machhermo. Short time lunch break. You can visit the local villages and interact with local villagers about their lifestyle and culture. This afternoon can be spent relaxing or you may wish to stretch your legs and take a walk up the ridge behind Luza for a view of the Gokyo Valley. Overnight in the lodge of Machhermo.
This day you will climb through a ridge chorten from where you can see fabulous view of both down the valley and the Mt.Kangtega, Thamserku and northern part to the Cho Oyu. After some gentle walk you will reach Phanga. Continuing the path you descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. The trail follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tso and then you will reach the third lake Dudh Koshi, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake. Dinner and night stay in the Gokyo.
You will be woken up early to climb to the Gokyo Ri, which hangs above the Gokyo village at the northern edge of the lake. From this spot, you will catch the most exquisite view ever of the Himalayas especially that of the Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Cho Oyu and other neighboring snow peaks. Later on, you can hike up to the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint, exploring the fourth, fifth and even the sixth lake of Gokyo if time permits. In the evening dinner and night stay in the lodge of Gokyo.
Today after breakfast you will trek to Thare. Walk approximately five hour to reach your destination. Thare is the place where you can explore Thare monastery and beautiful village. You can know the people living there including their life style, culture and costumes. Overnight in the lodge of Thare.
Trek to Tengbuche and visit the famous monastery. You will descend the Pheriche valley with spectacular views of Ama Dablam and join the main Imja Khola Valley, which you follow down to Pangboche with superb views looking back to the great ridge of Lhotse-Nuptse. Pangboche, at 3985m is the highest permanent settlement on the approach to Everest. Dropping down to the rushing Imja Khola you then walk through rhododendron forests to Thyangboche at 3867m.
An easy trail contours round the hillsides back to Namche Bazaar. From here you will drop down to the river and retrace your path through Monjo. Monjo is a small village in the Khumbu region. It lies in the dudh Kosi River just north of Phakding and south of jorsale on the edge of the Sagarmatha National Park. You will visit Buddhist Monastery and explore surrounding and enjoy natural beauty of Monjo.
Retrace the way alongside the Dudh Koshi River to the small town of Lukla. You’ll have a long and leisurely trek back to Lukla. You can explore the area if you like or just rest for the day.
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, Enjoy panoramic mountain views and spend the rest of the day sightseeing, exploring, shopping or just relaxing in Kathmandu’s numerous cafés and roof-top restaurants before spending the evening celebrating your achievements!
It’s a leisure time in Kathmandu, where the rest of the day is free for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing. This is an extra day in case of bad weather. Free time to explore Kathmandu before transferring to the airport for flight back.
Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day to you to do as you choose. Many people take the time to shop, others enjoy exploring the cultural side of the city. Our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area. Final Farewells! Our airport representative will travel with you to the airport.
Sep 29 2018
I booked with TTG a trek to the Gokyo lakes, returning via Renjo La. The package had me in their care from landing to take off in Kathmandu. I'm a returning client, following a booking for the whole family to Mustang + surround Annapurna trek.
As in the past, I was very satisfied with the care and personal attention of Shreehari, the company's director, and with the professional level of Birman, the guide.
The company is dedicated to provide value to the client, while promoting safe and responsible trekking, as well as connecting you with Nepali heritage and traditions.
I will certainly make my next booking in Nepal with TTG.
Sep 23 2016
I have visited Gokyo lake many times by taking my trekking groups from many countries. Every time I found different views of Nature. Sometimes blooming all the Himalayan alpine flower and Yak grazing in high meadow. I saw must endanger spices Musk dear and Himalayan Thar walking around the bushes. Gokyo is only trekking in the Himalayas where you can see six turquoise mountain lakes with 4 over 8000 m mountain including Mt. Everest (8850m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m) ,Cho-Oyo (8201m).
The summit of Gokyo Ri (5360m) provides 360 degree panoramic views of mountain including of Ngozumba Glacier, the largest of its kind in the Himalayas.This valley is listed on Nepal wetland Zone and one of the main part of Sagarmatha National Park area. You can trek many direction from Gokyo like just Gokyo Valley, Renjo pass, Chola Pass to Everest base camp.
This is my one of the best recommended trekking destination in the Nepal Himalayas and Trekking Team Group is my Kathmandu based operator who has been operating trip since 1991. Do not hesitate to work with them; they are expert operating trip in the Himalaya.
May 12 2016
We did Gokyo, Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar trekking in the late November. It was really great time on Himalaya!!! We were 9 members in our group and it was operated by Trekking Team Group. This leading Adventure Company is very professional and provided us very good service during our 17 days trekking
At first we did Kathmandu sightseeing tour. Next day we flew around half hour to Lukla and started our trekking up to Gokyo Lake through Tyangboche Monastery, Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar. Mr Krishna was our guide, he was very excellent and always helpful and there were other 5 porters who were very responsible. When we were at Gokyo the weather was wonderful and offering the amazing views of Himalayas. The entire trip was perfect, experience and Valuable on Himalaya. So we would like to thanks for Krishna and Trekking Team Group who operated us very good and unforgettable trip. As well we would like to recommend this company who is planning to visit Nepal at first time with group, single, children, couple etc.
This is ADVENTURE travel, and many of the trip destinations in this site are remote areas, within under developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas and, despite painstaking planning and organization, our adventure trips can never be taken for granted like regular trips. Many of the places that we visit do not have the same quality of emergency health and safety services that you are used to in the developed world. Internal flights can be canceled, road transport is generally uncomfortable and unreliable, and hotels often do not approach the standards of the West.
IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH US. This unpredictability also means that the itineraries that we put forward for each of our trips should be seen as statements of intent, rather than as contractual obligations. A variety of factors, including weather, transport difficulties and political instability, might dictate that we change any itinerary. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary, after consultation with the group. Only rarely will such changes be significant, and we will always do everything within our powers to minimize the effects of the enforced changes. We cannot be held responsible for the results of changes or delays, irrespective of how they are caused.
Trekking Team Group is the major supporter of Ambe Foundation, an apolitical and not-for-profit organisation. We contribute our support for the development of some community schools in remote villages in Nuwakot district. We have been supporting Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School, both community-based educational institutions, through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.
Trekking Team Group donates one percentage of its total business profits to the foundation on yearly basis. The donated amount supports the ongoing maintenance of Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School in Nuwakot.
One of the major activities of Ambe Foundation is the children sponsorship programme. It is conducted in full collaboration with Trekking Team Group.
Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Ambe Volunteer Programme, organised by Ambe Foundation and Trekking Team Group, aims to mobilise teams of experts and interested individuals effectively for education, health and community development in Nuwakot district.