Gokyo Ri Trek - 11 Days

Trip Facts
DestinationNepal
ActivityEverest Treks
AccommodationHotel/Lodge/Tea House during the trek
RegionEverest Region
Distancelukla-Gokyo-lukla(92km/57Miles)
Start / End pointKathmandu / Kathmandu
Duration11 Days
Max. Altitude5,430m Gokyo Ri
Meals IncludedAll Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Group size2-30
Nature of TrekLodge to Lodge Trekking
Best SeasonFeb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Trip CodeDWTKO15
Activity Per DayApproximately 4-6 hrs walking
TransportationDomestic flight (lukla-Ktm-Lukla) and private vehicle (Transportation)
GradeChallenging

Gokyo Ri Sagarmatha Overview

This trek in the Sagarmatha National Park takes you to Gokyo Ri mountain (5,350m/17,562ft) on a rough path passing desolate jungles, high-altitude settlements, and several suspension bridges. It is especially famous for the views of turquoise Gokyo lakes, the world's largest glacier - Ngozumpa Glacier, and some of the world's tallest mountains - including Everest (8,848m/29,028ft), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Mount Lhotse (8,516m), and Mount Makalu (8,463m). If you have completed classic Everest Treks, this trek should provide you with a different experience.

Highlights of Gokyo Lakes Trek

  • One of the world’s highest airports in Syangboche (3,780m)
  • Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people
  • Mt. Everest (8,848m) Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Mt.Makalu (8,463m)
  • Explore Sagarmatha national park - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Prayer wheels, colorful flags, mani stones, high suspension bridges
  • Wide range of flora and fauna
  • Wildlife like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopard, and Himalayan tahr
  • Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes (4,700–5,000m)
  • Khumjung Monastery- said to house a yeti-scalp
  • Stone houses and meadows around Gokyo Valley
  • Astounding panoramic views from Gokyo Ri (5,350m/17,562ft)

Benefits of Gokyo Ri Trek with Discovery World Trekking

  • Free pick up & drop off from airport to hotel and vice versa in a private vehicle. 
  • Online trip briefing after booking confirmation
  • Oximeter for monitoring the blood oxygen saturation level at high altitudes. It detects early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical Kits - that might be required in certain situations.
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom) 
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system. 
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.
  • Free excess luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking store during the trek
  • Duffle bag for porters

Online Trip Briefing

The online briefing will clear all your doubts about the trek, including things to bring (equipment checklist) for the hike, the itinerary details, and what you can expect on the trails. As soon as you complete the booking, we will email you the available dates and times for the trek briefing, and once we receive your essential documents, we will conduct the online trek briefing.

Gokyo Ri Sagarmatha National Park Trek Route

You start your Gokyo Ri trek with a blissful 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla - the gateway to the Everest region. Flying above the high mountains and hills provides a bird’s eye view of the majestic Himalayas and mountainous Nepal.

Once you reach Lukla, you will take a short hike to Phakding (2,650m). This day's trek will help you to acclimatize. The following day, you will leave Phakding for Namche Bazaar(3,440m) - the gateway to Everest. On the way to Namche, after entering the Sagarmatha National Park, you can get the first glimpses of Mt. Everest.

Namche Bazar is a throbbing tourist hub full of shops, hotels, restaurants, and cafes specially geared to serve tourists. You will spend a day at Namche acclimatizing.

After a day at Namche, you will continue to Dole while enjoying the views of Mount Amadablam (6,812m) and Khumbila (5,761m). Dole lies a little head of Phortse Tenga.

The trek from Dole to Macchermo will be very pleasing as you will be trekking on a route filled with vibrant prayer flags. In the right season, you can see yaks grazing on meadows on your way.

On the sixth day of your trek, you will leave Macchermo and reach Gokyo village. On the way, you will pass Phanga - a place dedicated to people lost in landslides. Gokyo looks marvelous, adorned by mountains, glaciers, and oligotrophic lakes. Since it will not be enough to appreciate all the views of Gokyo, you will be spending one extra day at Gokyo village.

You will travel around the Gokyo Village and immerse yourself in the beauty of Gokyo Lakes. Gokyo Lakes comprise a sequence of six of the world's highest freshwater lakes. With a challenging yet rewarding ascend to Gokyo Ri mountain (5,350m/17,562ft), you will witness the exquisite beauty of the Himalayas. You will enjoy close-up views of four of the highest peaks - Mount Everest (8,848m/29,028ft), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Mount Makalu (8,463m). Along with the rustic beauty, these lakes have religious significance as well.

After a day at Gokyo, you will descend to Phortse (3,950m). Though we took two days to reach Gokyo from Dole, you will cover this distance in one day while returning. This is possible as you will be descending. Your descent continues from Phortse to Namche Bazaar through a dense forest alive with musk deer and mountain goats.

On your tenth day, you will return from Namche Bazaar through Phakding to Lukla. This will be the last day on the trails. Just before reaching Lukla, you will pass a remarkable village called Toktok, known for its unique views of the snow-capped mountains. You will spend your last night in the trek region at Lukla.

The following morning, you will fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. We hope that your flight will be relaxing and that you will find yourself flooded with memories created during the trek.

Who is this Gokyo Ri Trek for?

For those who want to try something new in the Sagarmatha National Park, the Gokyo Ri trek can be their best choice. A walk around the Sagarmatha National Park provides different views of the Himalayas. This trek is also easier than EBC treks.

What will be my experience like during the Gokyo Ri Trek?

The Gokyo Ri hike trail provides perfect views of four of the highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Gokyo Lake regions lie wrapped up by the humongous Himalayas and look stunning. The trek rewards trekkers with peaceful monasteries, diverse cultures and traditions, and varied floras & faunas. There is just so much more to see. This trek elevates quickly, so a slow and steady pace helps win the race.

Discovery World Trekking recommends all our valuable clients taking part in Gokyo Ri Trek arrive in Kathmandu by three pm at least a day before the trek departure date for last-minute preparations. If in case you missed the online trip briefing, it will allow us time to conduct an in-person briefing. Additionally, we recommend you add 1 or 2 days extra for the trek to account for chances of flight delays to and out of Lukka due to bad weather. It will ensure that you will not miss your international flight back home.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day1

    Flight from Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft) Trek to Phakding (2650m/ 8562ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6.2km / 3.8miles
    Flight Hours 40-minute
    Highest Altitude 2,850m / 9,350ft
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    We start with a 40-minute flight to Lukla, followed by a 3-hour walk to Phakding. From Lukla, we trek to Chaurikharka village and descend to Dudh Koshi Ghat (2,530m). After crossing the Dudh Koshi River and trekking through gorgeous landscapes, you will reach Phakding (2,650m). The short and refreshing day allows you to acclimatize at an increased altitude. Phakding is the starting point for the Everest trek, and it has everything from gear and lodging shops to cafes and restaurants. In your spare time, you can visit the famous Rimishung Monastery.

    • Overnight stay at Khumbu Travel Lodge (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  2. day2

    Trek from Phakding (2,650m / 8,562ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 7.4km / 4.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    A full day of trekking begins as we hike along the Dudh Koshi River banks crossing several suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. The thrilling yet marvelous path will make your trek very delightful. After walking for a few hours, you will reach Monjo Village. Little ahead lies Sagarmatha National Park, where we register our permit and climb up the forest. From here, you will be able to get your first glimpses of Mount Everest. Through the woods and stone-paved way, you will finally reach Namche Bazaar, where you will rest for the night.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day3

    Rest day to acclimatize at Namche Bazaar

    Today, we will take a break and acclimatize to the thinning air. However, you will not just be sitting idle. You will be wandering through the alleys of Namche as your body adjusts to the altitude. We suggest you treat yourself to bakery items from the famous bakeries in Namche.

    You will also hike to Sagarmatha National Park and Khumjung (3,790m). People believe that the Khumjung monastery houses a yeti scalp. You will also be visiting Hillary's School and several old monasteries on your way to Khumjung. If you wish, you can hike to Khunde as well. As you return from Kunde, you will also be visiting the local yak farm.

    A must-not-miss place is the Syangboche Airport (3,780m) - one of the highest airports in the world. If you want to see Everest some more, you can trek to Everest View Hotel. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day4

    Trek from Namche (3,440m /11,285ft) to Dole (4,200m / 13,270ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance
    Highest Altitude 4,200m / 13,270ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    The trail to Dole consists of many uphills and downhills. We descend till Mong La Pass (3,957m) before reaching Phortse Thenga. After Phortse, you will be passing through pine forests full of fascinating floras and faunas. As you trek forward, views of Mount Amadablam (6,812m) and Mount Khumbila (5,761m) emerge. Then we ascend to reach Dole. As you get closer to the destination, the views get stunning. 

    • Overnight stay at Alpine Cottage Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day5

    Trek from Dole (4,200m / 13,270ft) to Machhermo (4,470m / 14,450ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 7km / 4.3miles
    Highest Altitude 4,470m / 14,450ft)
    Trek Duration 5-6 hrs

    You will be passing by several trailside shrines and lots of prayer flags until Lapahrma. From Lapahrma, you can get an outstanding view of Mount Cho Oyu (8,201m) - the world's fifth highest mountain. Additionally, the views of Mount Kantega (6,782m) and Thamserku (6,623m) will not fail to mesmerize you. 

    Along the way, you will encounter beautiful meadows with grazing yaks - at the right season. While enjoying the picturesque views, you will walk through Luja Valley to reach the beautiful village of Machhermo. 

    • Overnight stay at Lodge in Machhermo
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day6

    Trek from Machhermo (4,470m / 14,450ft) to Gokyo (4,790m / 15,584ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 5.7km / 3.5miles
    Highest Altitude 4,790m / 15,584ft
    Trek Duration 4 hrs

    After days of ascending, we finally reach our destination - Gokyo Village. From Machhermo, we need to walk for about an hour to reach Phanga. Phanga has an area dedicated to the people who lost their lives in the landslides. 

    As you move ahead, you come across an iron bridge that leads to Longpongo (4,690m) lake. This lake indicates what is to come next. You will continue to traverse through the messy Ngozumpa Glacier moraines. Little ahead, you will witness a sequence of Gokyo lakes with unsurpassed beauty. The vibrant color combination of lakes and the Himalayas is beyond description. We stay overnight at Gokyo Village. With its blend of mountains, glaciers, and lakes, Gokyo village is nature's prized treasure. 

    • Overnight stay at Thanka Inn
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day7

    Rest day to acclimatize at Gokyo. Early morning summit of Gokyo Ri (5,400m / 17,814ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 1.5km / 0.9miles
    Highest Altitude 5,400m / 17,814ft
    Trek Duration 1 & ½ hrs

    One day in this enigmatic village of Gokyo Ri is not enough. So we have allocated one more day to soak in and marvel at the natural beauty of this village.

    You will be hiking to Gokyo Ri (5,430m) to see the excellent panoramic views - including an astonishing glimpse of Mount Everest. The scenery is unquestionably stunning. Unlike the Everest Base Camp Trek, from Gokyo Ri, you can witness the mighty Himalayas and beautiful turquoise lakes and glaciers at once. After a nutritious lunch, you can explore in and around Gokyo villages. You will spend the rest of the day surrounded by the exceptional landscape in complete tranquillity.

    • Overnight stay at Gokyo Namaste Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day8

    Trek from Gokyo (4,790m / 15,584ft) to Phortse (3,950m / 12,959ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 15.5km / 9.6miles
    Highest Altitude 4,790m / 15,584ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    After an exciting journey to Gokyo Lakes, it is time to return. We bid goodbye to Gokyo Village and trek back to Phortse, past the dense forests full of rhododendrons blooming and pheasants flying according to season. 

    The descent is easier. So within a day, we will cover a distance that took us two days during the ascent. As you walk back, you will be reminiscing about various sights and spots that you passed before. We slowly lose the view of the Himalayas, but the ambiance is such beautiful and pure that you will enjoy our walk to the fullest. 

    • Overnight stay at the best possible lodge/hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day9

    Trek from Phortse (3,950m / 12,959ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.1km / 5.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,950m / 12,959ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    As we conclude our journey to Gokyo Lakes, we head back to Namche from Phortse. You will be walking past the dense forests alive with animals like musk deer and mountain goats. The trail back is steep downhill, and your pace increases. From the path, you will enjoy the final views of Mount Everest while bidding farewell to the trek region. You will be resting at Namche on this day. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day10

    Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 13.5km / 8.3miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    Today you will be getting final up-close views of majestic mountains looming on the horizon. The trail is mostly downhill from Namche to Phakding. Our trek passes through small villages, narrow forests, and thrilling suspension bridges. We will finally reach Phakding after a gentle walk through Benkar. As we move ahead to Lukla, we further reach a small village called Toktok. Toktok provides unique views of the snow-capped mountains near it. Eventually, you will get to Lukla, where you will be staying overnight. 

    • Overnight stay at Comfort Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day11

    Fly back to Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40 minutes

    After breakfast, you will be taking an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Your flight from Lukla to Kathmandu will be a relaxing one as you rest your tired muscles. You will most likely be flooded with memories you created during the trek. Your trek ends in Kathmandu, and you will have an entire day to spend freely. If you want, we can organize a city tour of Kathmandu. As beautiful as the mountains, the culture around the city is a must-see before you call it an end to your vacation.

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)
What is included in Gokyo Lake Trek package?
  • Domestic flight costs (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) and airport departure taxes
  • Total 10 nights at trek regions. Five nights at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche (3N), room with private attached bathroom. Five nights in standard rooms at Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo (2 N), Phortse (twin sharing room)
  • Standard meals (11 Lunches, 10 Dinners, and 11 Breakfasts) during the trek
  • Government licensed English Speaking Discovery World Trekking trek leader. One assistant guide for a group of 12 or more. One porter for every two trekkers. The luggage weight limit per trekker is 9kg.
  • Guide and porters' costs, their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight costs, and other necessary equipment.
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and other official expenses
  • Rescue operation arrangement in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - company's T-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking Trek appreciation certificate
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek
What is excluded?
  • International flight costs
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Excess luggage charges (limit is 9kg per trekker)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek
  • Alcoholic, cold, hot (tea/coffee) drinks
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude heli -rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our control, for example, landslides, bad weather, illness, change in government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in "What is included in Gokyo Lake Trek Package?" are counted as excludes

Gokyo Ri Sagarmatha National Park Trek Map

Equipment list for Gokyo Ri & Gokyo Lakes Trek

We recommend you to bring only the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. Though porters will carry your main luggage, we expect you to carry a small backpack for your valuables. Please note that the luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg. Although individual preferences may differ, here is an equipment list to help you pack for this trek. 

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 for 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 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 passport photocopies
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Gokyo Lake Sagarmatha National Park Trek Info

Gokyo Lakes trek in Nepal

You will arrive in Nepal, Kathmandu, at Tribhuvan International Airport. We recommend you make it to Kathmandu by 3 pm, at least a day before the trip departure date. It will ensure you have enough time for last-minute preparations. If in case you missed the online trip briefing, it will allow us time to conduct an in-person briefing. You may require an overnight hotel stay in Kathmandu, but this package does not include this package. On the trip departure date, we will take you to Kathmandu airport for a flight to Lukla.

This package includes Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight costs.

Free airport pickup

Discovery World Trekking provides free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for the Gokyo lake Trek package. On your arrival, you will find our company representative at the airport holding a pamphlet with your name on it. They will present you with a marigold garland as a welcome gesture and then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle

Gokyo Ri Sagarmatha National Park Accommodation

Gokyo Ri Sagarmatha National park trek is an 11-day trek that includes ten-night lodge stays at the best available lodges in the trek regions.

You will be staying six nights at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche (3 N) in rooms with a private attached bathroom. Similarly, you will be spending four nights in standard rooms at Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo (2 N), and Phortse. 

You will require two nights of hotel stays in Kathmandu before and after the trek, but it is not included in this package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and your interest.

Gokyo Lakes trek package - food

Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Lakes trek takes place in high elevations near the world’s highest peaks. So, you will require plentiful hygienic nutrient-rich food. You will get enough nutritious food, but as you climb up, your choices get limited. 

We will provide you with 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 10 dinners during the trek.

Some of the popular menu items are-

Eleven breakfasts  -Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French Toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan Bread or Chapati, Hashed Brown Eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets), Local Tsampa Porridge, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Fruits and Vegetables, Hot Drinks - varieties of Teas, Coffees, Hot Chocolates, etc.

Eleven lunches - Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soup Items, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potatoes, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (Dumplings), Macaroni Dishes, Salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Dessert Items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Ten dinners - Dal (lentils), Bhat (Rice) & Tarkari (Curry), Tibetan Bread, Various Soup Items, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Vegetables, Salads, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni Dishes, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potato Items, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks, Papad, Prawn, Korean Ramen, Dessert Items (Rice Pudding, Apple Pie), etc

The menu includes mostly local, Asian, and Western cuisine, but as you go up, the menu gets shorter.

At high altitudes, we recommend liquids - green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, garlic soup(must), etc - along with fresh vegetables for health benefits.

Though plenty of non-veg items are available in trek regions, we won’t recommend them because the meat in the trek regions may not be hygienic. 

We highly encourage you to avoid dairy items, alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, and hot chocolates at high elevations.

All personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/ lodges or cafes except standard meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best Time To Gokyo Ri - Gokyo lakes trek

Weather is the most important factor to consider when deciding Gokyo Ri trek. People trek to Gokyo Ri throughout the year, but there are some favorable seasons. During spring and autumn, days are clear, there is no rain, and the temperature is just right, making the treks very enjoyable. 

The summer season in Nepal coincides with the monsoon, making the trails wet and slippery. Still, some trekkers, who love waterfalls, trek to Gokyo Ri during summer. Similarly, the trek regions receive heavy snowfall in winter, but a different breed of trekkers love challenging treks in winter. 

Discovery World Trekking organizes treks to Gokyo Ri throughout the year. 

Here is a month-by-month weather condition at high elevations of the Gokyo Ri trek.

January to February

This is the coldest period, especially from early January to early February. There is heavy snowfall in the mountains, resulting in freezing temperatures. Though the daytime may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the nighttime is extremely cold. If you want to trek Gokyo Ri during this time, Discovery World Trekking will conduct safe treks during these months as well. However, if you are allergic to colds, you should not trek to Gokyo Ri during these months.

Temperature: 15°C to -15°C.

March to April

It is one of the best times to hike to Gokyo Ri. With favorable weather, you will get stunning views of the Himalayas and glaciers. March is the beginning of the spring season, the weather starts to warm up. During these months, all flora and fauna dormant throughout the winter come 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 look stunning. Many trekkers prefer to trek to Gokyo Ri during these months. 

Temperature: 18 °C to-12 °C. 

May to June

Just before the rainfall starts, the weather is favorable for the treks.

Monsoon starts in Nepal from the end of June and lasts until the mid of August. The fusion of spring and summer seasons makes the treks much more enjoyable at this time.

Temperature:  25°C to -5°C. 

July to August

The monsoon hits its peak at elevations below 3500 meters. Due to heavy rainfall, flights to Lukla may get canceled at the beginning or end of the trek. However, trekkers trek to Gokyo Ri during these months. 

Treks are challenging but not impossible. If you choose to trek in these months, Discovery world trekking will conduct safe hikes to Gokyo Ri for you. Due to rainfall, you can enjoy great views of waterfalls while avoiding crowded paths. 

Temperature:  27°C to 5°C

September to October

It is one of the perfect seasons for the Gokyo Ri treks - hundreds of tourists hike to Gokyo Ri in these months. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking season begins. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5 degrees at night. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most with clear skies and amazing views of mountains. We recommend Gokyo Ri treks during this time, usually from mid-September to the end. If you choose to trek during this period, you will also get to enjoy the festive mood in Nepal as two of the main festivals - Tihar and Dashain - fall during these months. 

Temperature:  20°C to 5°C

November to December

As winter slowly sets in, snowfalls begin in the Himalayas, and it eventually gets tough to trek. Nights are frigid. November treks are possible with sparkling days allowing you to get amazing views of the high mountains. The daytime temperatures are very stable and constant. From December, the temperature dips, and it begins to snow heavily.

Temperature- 18°C to -10°C

 

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes quickly.

Gokyo Ri Trip Grade: Fitness level and Health

The Gokyo Lakes trek in Sagarmatha National Park 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 forward trails in rocky paths and dense forests. A normal fit person can complete this trek.

However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the trek. If you have trek experience, it will help, but it is not required. We do not recommend this trek to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lung disease.

Trekking Solo or in Group

We organize the group as well as private treks. If you have your group, you will get discounts based on the size of your group. However, you are not eligible for discounts for groups we assemble. 

We can lead and handle any group size. Each group will have a group leader/ guide and porters. We add an assistant guide for a group of 12 or more. Porters will carry your main luggage. For every two trekkers, we assign a porter. 

A typical day on the Gokyo Ri | Gokyo Lakes Trek

Every day you will be rewarded with a unique trekking experience, climbing, enjoying the scenery, taking photos, and exploring the local villages and traditional food. 

During the expedition, our qualified expert guide/Sherpas will accompany you. They will also be sharing information about the places you will be visiting. Porters will be carrying your luggage. However, you will also carry a small regular-day backpack with essential items.

The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After a wholesome breakfast, you will set off on the day’s walk around 7 to 8 am, depending on the duration and nature of the walk. 

After trekking for three to four hours, we will serve you lunch around midday on the route to the next destination. You will get an hour to rest after lunch before restarting the trek. The afternoon trek will be shorter. Once you reach the destination, you can snack on dietary food. Then you can use the remaining tie to explore nearby places. 

We will serve you dinner around 6 to 7 pm.

After dinner and before going to bed, you can indulge in friendly conversations. Your trek leader/guide will brief you about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, you can read books, enjoy onboard games like monopoly and cards, or watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of the Nepalese language from our crew.

How to Communicate during Trekking in Nepal?

During the Gokyo Lakes Trek, you can use internet service at the lodges for a small fee. At high altitudes, we will be using phones to communicate. Discovery World Trekking remains in contact with all the trek groups at least once a day via trek lead to ensure that everyone is safe and comfortable.

If you want, you can buy a local sim in Kathmandu, however, depending on the network, the signal might not be strong enough.

You can use Wi-Fi in the lodges you will be staying in for a small fee.

Extra personal expenses during the trek

Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our valuable clients themselves. Kathmandu has all kinds of hotels/lodges - both luxury & budget- to cater to all tastes. Further, you need to bring personal spending money to cover costs of meals and accommodations in Kathmandu, visa processing fees, travel insurance policy purchase, snacks, alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, and tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs, etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) and exchanging them in Kathmandu. Trek regions only honor Nepali Rupees.

Electricity and battery recharge, water on trekking

Throughout the trails to the Gokyo Ri, electricity for the camera and mobile recharge is available at an extra cost in all lodges. During the hike, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shops or fill your water bottle with boiled water from the lodges/teahouses for some extra cost. We can provide water purification pills to make water drinkable. 

We strongly advise you against drinking water from the rivers, taps, and wells in trek regions because the water may not be drinkable.

Gokyo Ri Travel insurance

This trek grade is challenging. So it comes with slight risks associated with high-altitude trekking, such as altitude sickness, bad weather, etc. 
 
So, travel insurance is compulsory. All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking before starting the trek. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation - including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at the highest trek altitudes (up to 6000m). 

We can recommend insurance companies to help you based on the experience of our previous clients, but we do not sell insurance policies.

We request our valuable clients to send their detailed insurance information within a week of booking the trek. In case of emergencies, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help, etc. 

Before buying travel insurance, call them and recheck if they have heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m. Don't just believe what they say on their website.

Nepal Tourist Visa Information

All foreigners, except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Citizens from most countries get an on-arrival Visa at Tribhuvan International Airport. To apply for a visa, you will need a passport with at least six months of validity, a passport-size photo, and a visa fee. The current visa fee is USD 50 for 30 days, which you can pay in cash (dollars) at the airport. 

Citizens from SAARC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Maldives) receive free visas.

Citizens from certain countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan - may not get an on-arrival visa. If you are a citizen from any one of these countries, contact your local Nepali embassy.

The Nepal government can change visa policies without notice. For the latest information, please visit - https://www.immigration.gov.np/.

Currency Exchange USD to NPR

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

(1 USD = ~ Rs.120 NPR Approx)

You can exchange most foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Legal money exchanges display the current ongoing exchange rates publicly. If you have Indian Rupees (INR), only INR notes of 100 and 2,000 are legal in Nepal. 

Despite the security advantage of a traveler's cheque, we recommend cash exchange to avoid hassles like lengthy processes and a 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. Several of these ATMs 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, they will charge a service fee of four percent or more.

Trek regions do not have banks and money exchanges, so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu, depending on your expense estimates. Please note people in trek regions only honor Nepali currency.

Most established Asian banks only accept new and clean notes, so make sure your notes (bills) are not old, torn, or faded.

How much luggage can I bring to Gokyo Lakes Trek?

The luggage weight limit is 9 kg per trekker. We assign a porter for every two trekkers, and we do not allow porters to carry loads over 18kg. You will also be carrying a small backpack for your valuables and things that come in handy often, such as a water bottle. We advise you to carry only the essentials. You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or Discovery World Trekking store for free.

Gokyo Ri Trek Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees client safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost concern for us. In order to face any situation, we will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have completed extensive first aid training. 

If a trek member catches altitude sickness, your trek leader has the authority to decide whether to continue the trek or descend immediately. In case of emergency, we deploy a helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation (funded by insurance). During the trek, you will be traveling as a group. 

Responsible Travel during Gokyo Lakes Trek

We strongly believe we need to protect the environment from the adverse effects of tourism. So Discovery World Trekking works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips that meet the expectation of both travelers and local trek communities.

Discovery World Trekking Hiking Team

During the Gokyo Ri Trek, our well-experienced and trained guides/Sherpas will accompany you throughout your trek to make your trip comfortable and memorable. They will also share information about the places you will be visiting. 

Porters will carry your luggage. We assign a porter for every two trekkers, and the luggage weight limit per trekker is 9kg. We add an assistant guide for a group of 12 or more. 

Our crew members are locals from remote high Himalayas, and their physical endurance allows them to live easily and comfortably at high altitudes. 

All our staff members are valuable to us. We pay them well and take care of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging throughout the expedition. They receive medical care when ill or injured. 

We always keep our employees happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy. Our trek expert leads have:

  • Completed intensive wilderness first aid training
  • Government-authorized Trekking Guide Training certificate
  • Fluency in speaking English and other major languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity training
  • Rock climbing experience

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping and views it as social proof of providing quality service. However, tipping is at the traveler's discretion and should reflect the quality of service received. We encourage you to tip at the end of the trek and do so collectively. 

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, licensed, and bonded trekking and touring operator in Nepal. We have been conducting trek and tour services for over a decade. 

Discovery World Trekking is a member of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). So, you can book treks with us in confidence.

We require 10 percent as advance payment to confirm the trip booking. You can pay through bank transfer, western union, or online through our site. You can pay the remaining amount after arriving at Kathmandu in cash, using a bank transfer, western union, or credit card. 

We will also email you payment details - including the available modes of payment. 
 
Please send us your documents - passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight details within a week of booking the trip. The number of domestic flights to Lukla is limited. The airport remains very busy. So, it is in your best interest to send your essential documents as early as possible. 

Last minute booking in Nepal

Though we prefer advance trip booking, we have a provision for last-minute Gokyo Ri trip booking. To take advantage of this package, you need to pay 100% of the trek cost 24 hours before the intended trek departure date. Please note, though we will try our best to conduct hikes at any time, in case of last-minute booking, there is a chance of trek delay due to circumstances beyond our control like bad weather, landslides, or unavailability of lodges. 

Trip extension

After completing your trek, if you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal, we can arrange fun activities for you. You will have several options such as sightseeing places in and around Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing, etc. Kathmandu Valley is home to seven world heritage sites. It is like a microcosm of the entire country. 

Feedback

Discovery World Trekking will organize a farewell dinner after your Gokyo Ri trek. After the dinner, we will present you with a trek completion certificate. It is also a good time to provide your feedback concerning your journey with our team. 

USEFUL INFO

We recommend our clients allocate one or two days extra to your trip to Nepal as a safety margin for your return flight. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu can get behind schedule due to air traffic and bad weather. 

If you request, we can arrange a helicopter. However, it will cost anywhere between USD 500 to 1000 depending on the demand and capacity. 

Please note: The Everest Gokyo lakes trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu, but we can accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review your designated departure dates, and if they do not suit you, let us know how we can arrange a trek at your convenience.

The itinerary listed above is a general guideline. It might be necessary to modify it due to external factors beyond our control such as unstable weather, inaccessibility, unavailability of lodging, unforeseen governmental decrees, etc. Although it is unlikely that changes that would significantly alter the original itinerary will occur, we cannot be held accountable for the results of delays or the consequences due to such delays.

In the event of an itinerary adjustment or the need to redirect to other trails and areas, your guide will ultimately make the final choice on the best rerouting after consulting with the group members and keeping in mind the interests of all group members. If an alteration is necessary, we will do our best to diminish the effects.

Trip Departure Dates

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Based on the opinion of at least 1204 people.

5 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand

Edward B

Written Mar 14 , 2023

This was my second time with Paul and Discovery World Trekking.  Compared to other companies I’ve seen online, DWT provides a better price. 

 

Paul is in touch with our guide daily to ensure we are not only safe but enjoying ourselves.  There are many reasons I will always use DWT when I’m in Nepal for an adventure, but the biggest reason is his crew of guides.

 

They are truly the best guides you can find in Nepal. I can’t recommend Simbir enough, not only is he the best guide, but he’s also an incredible guy to spend a few weeks with in the Himalayas. If he’s available, use him on your trek. He’s the best!

Amy F

Written Jun 13 , 2023

After the EBC trek, my Gokyo Ri Trek with Discovery World Trekking was again an absolute delight! It was a different experience than I had in Everest.  The mesmerizing beauty of the Gokyo and the surroundings left me speechless. 

 

As always, Paul's well-organized itinerary allowed us to explore the region at a comfortable pace, and his guides made the journey even more enjoyable. I highly recommend Discovery World Trekking for anyone seeking a remarkable adventure in the Gokyo region.

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Jasmine

Jan 30 , 2024

Words can hardly do justice to the magic of the Gokyo Ri Trek. I was skeptical at first but Paul, the CEO of Discovery World Trekking, reassured me that this is a good trip and he was definitely right. I had a lot of fun during this trip.

Our guide was not just a guide; they were a guardian angel, leading us through the twists and turns of the trail with unwavering patience and wisdom. And let's not forget the warmth of the teahouses and lodges that welcomed us each night. Despite the cold mountain air outside, these cozy havens felt like home. Indeed an 11/10 journey.

Javier

Feb 29 , 2024

The Gokyo Ri Trek was hands down one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Glad I choose Discovery World Trekking for my journey. Their itinerary plans were just what I was looking for. I started my journey with 2 of my friends. The trek was like a rollercoaster of emotions and adventure. I never thought it would be that good.

My heart was pounding like crazy as I climbed higher and higher. But my guide kept me calm and relaxed. Not only did they keep us safe and sound, but they also shared all these cool stories about the area. It really added that extra spark to the journey. I can't recommend this trip enough. Trust me, you won't regret it.

4.9

Based on the opinion of at least 182 people in the Travel & Vacation Category.

4.9 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand

Tim J

US

Mar 13, 2023

If you're looking for an extraordinary adventure, look no further than Discovery World Trekking. Their team of experts knows how to deliver an unforgettable experience. From the well-planned routes to the cozy accommodations, everything was exceptional.

 

The guides were not only knowledgeable but also went the extra mile to ensure our comfort and enjoyment. The entire journey was filled with breathtaking scenery and cultural immersion. Discovery World Trekking exceeded my expectations and I can't wait to join them again.

Elina Franklin

US

May 17, 2023

11/10 trekking experience with Discovery World Trekking. Nothing is more exciting than having to just enjoy the view and beauty while the guides take care of everything including your health. I was having a hard time trekking but my guide really supported me in each and every corner and finally completed the trek with full satisfaction. I cannot wish for more. DWT fulfilled my wish. I would recommend this company to everyone.

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