Gokyo Ri Trek
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Gokyo Ri Trek Summary
- Gokyo Trek Duration: 10 Nights 11 Days
- Gokyo Ri Altitude: 5,357m/17,576 feet
- Trekking Hour: 6 Hours daily
- Trip Mode: Lodge Basis
- Group-Size: 1 – 15 People
- Best Time to Hike: March, April, May, October, November and December
- Foods on Trekking: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- Transportation: Car/Plane
The Gokyo Ri Trek is a popular trekking route in the Himalayas that offers breathtaking views of the mountains and glaciers in the Everest region of Nepal. Gokyo Ridge is the highest point of this trek which stands at 5,357m above the Gokyo lakes.
Hike to Gokyo passes through the Sherpa villages, and you’ll have the opportunity to experience the unique culture and mountain lifestyle. Additionally, traveler’s can see stunning views of the Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu mountains including many other smaller summits.
Gokyo is a glacial lake, a holy pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhists and the Gokyo valley is inhabited by a solitary Tibetan-Buddhist civilization of Sherpa with antique establishments centuries years old.
The Ngozumpa glacier, situated at the foothills of Cho Oyu mountain, the sixth-highest mountain in the world. It’s 36 kilometers (22 miles), is the longest glacier in the Himalayas in Nepal. Lakes at Gokyo are formed by a freshwater system, collectively known as Gokyo Lakes that are situated above 16,000 feet.
Usually Gokyo valley trek takes around 10-12 days to complete to covers a distance of 70km approximately. Lukla airport is a starting point and the trek finishes in the same place. Traverses through delightful valleys, and crystal clear blue and green pristine lakes, the world’s biggest ice glacier is dominated by the nearest Everest mountains range. Acclimatization is essential during the trek, and it’s important to take your time and ascend gradually to avoid altitude sickness.
Overall, the Gokyo Ri Trek is a challenging but rewarding experience that offers stunning views of the mountains and a chance to immerse yourself in the culture of the Everest region.
How much is the Gokyo Ri Trek Package Cost?
The cost of Gokyo Ri trek package with a Gokyo Treks local agency ranges between US$ 998 to US$ 1435. Trek to Gokyo ri cost depends upon the service you choose. The given package price includes Lukla flights, transportation, a guide/porters, hotels, food, accommodation, and hiking permits.
We have also discount deals for hiking group leaders. For example, if you could bring 10+ travelers (except you) on your trip, you are treated as a group leader. So you can hike to Gokyo ri at a 50% discounting price.
However, we basically arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private hiking tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.
It is the standard trip package price for 11 days of trekking in Everest. If you are 2 people Gokyo Ri trek cost US$ 1175 for 11 days trek as per the above plan. We can modify the trek route and the price as per your wish. Here is the price list for the Gokyo ri hike.
Price Per Person for 11 days hikes in the Gokyo Ridge Territory.
|Number of Tourist||Price Per Person|
|1 Person||US$ 1435|
|2 Person||US$ 1175|
|3 Person||US$ 1175|
|4 to 6 person||US$ 1125|
|7 to 9 Person||US$ 1075|
|10 and more than 10 Person||US$ 998|
Basically the price covers your trekking permits, transportation, food and accommodation, guide, porter, and so on. If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded from this trip price, kindly check on the Gokyo Trek cost given on a tab button.
Gokyo RI trek itinerary details.
Gokyo ri trek 12 days itinerary compared to most walks in Everest region leading up to the Ngozumpa glacier glacial lakes. The particular route is designed for novice and professional trekkers who wish to hike the Gokyo summit of the spectacular mountain but are in a restricted time-wise.
Travelers who wish to reach Gokyo peak in a more relaxed manner can try this itinerary however if this itinerary doesn’t suit you then request us for a tailor-made itinerary.01 Day Landing in the Kathmandu valley (1,350m/4,429 feet). Transfer to Hotel
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you in a private vehicle and move you to the hotel in Kathmandu. Our representative will brief Gokyo trek information and further travel plan.
Take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport (distance from Kathmandu to Lukla airport is 138 kilometers) that takes 35 minutes of flight. . However if you plan to hike in the high season then there will be flight to Lukla via Manthali Airport, Ramechap. The reason to move all Lukla flights via Manthali airport is to avoid huge air traffic hold in Kathmndu airport. Additionally flying via Manthali airport to Lukla airport is much safer as you fly over the river valley.
Upon arrival at Lukla, you can take breakfast in the hotel until that time, the hiking crew will prepare your luggage to ties with rope and get ready to move with you. Staying a few hours in Lukla hotel helps you to acclimatize your body before you commence the journey to Phakding village.
Phakding is a big settlement located at an altitude of 2,640 meters with around 50 lodges. We trek following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi river. We pass several Sherpa villages such as Ghat and Phakding guest houses.
We continue along the trail with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village Monjo. We come to the Sagarmatha National Park office where a park entrance fee is paid. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this valley where the major river meets each other.
Cross the Hillary bridge and walk a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. On the way, we have excellent views of Everest (8,848m) and Lhotse (8,516m.). Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, Namche Bazaar – 3,440 meters is a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears , and other necessary goods.
We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Sengboche airstrip where we slowly ascent towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments) and hill station. Hike the multiple hill station to have an excellent view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde, and many other snow-capped mountains at 360 deg angles.
We walk further to Khumjung village which is the largest village in Khumbu, at the foothill of the sacred peak of Khumbila. Visit Khumjung school or Edmund Hillary School which is supported by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust in 1961. We can also visit the Khumjung monastery if time permits.
Khumjung is an old settlement of the Sherpa community. Mountain Sherpa at Khumjung is the first Everest summiteer in climbing history because they were born and grew up above 13,000 feet in the hidden Himalayas. have in mind that if you wish to 2 nights in Namche Bazaar then descend to Namche Bazaar to stay overnight.
We continue our Dole hikes with the same direction to basecamp until Sanasa trail ascends up to Mongla hill (4,000m). Mong la hill offers a terrific view and stays 3 lodges. From here, you will see comprehensive views of various mountains and beautiful Shangri-La.
Walk downhill at Phortse Tenga for lunch. Furthermore, the trail rises steeply to Dhole, through rhododendron and birch forests decorated with hanging mosses and lichens.
After Dhole, the trek leads steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases.
The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku.
The Gokyo trek leads over a very scenic path to Pangka and descend slightly. Continue to follow one of the melt-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacial moraine. Climb a steep rocky sloping into the Gokyo glacier valley and pass the first holy lakes.
Cross the path and soon we arrive at the second glacial lake that heads across the glacier to Cho La. The third lake known as Dudh Pokhari will appear and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo resorts.
Walk on the bank of the glacial Gokyo lakes, and we reach our final destination Gokyo lodges. The whole Gokyo valley hiking represents a Gokyo trek in Everest territory. It is a small settlement that serves tourists and normally closes in winter due to extreme cold, ice, and snowfall.
Everest Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to guests. Gokyo 5th lake is situated with Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier in Nepal. Today, we walk around the glacial lakes to the fifth lake.
An optional trip will be to discover the 5th lake on your day trip but if you are only physically fit. Ngozumpa glacier excursion is not an easy-to-reach 5th lake although it is the best glacier hike in Nepal. Reaching out to the 5th lake is another most beautiful part of the journey like the iceberg lake glacier.
Gokyo Ri hike looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. About 90% of hikers make their plan to reach the Gokyo ridge summit to achieve impressive sunlight over the mystical glacier lakes. Sightseers can get an almost outstanding sunrise view from Gokyo hill.
In addition, the Gokyo Ri summit offers the highest Cho Oyu mountains, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu ..etc. Likewise, the jaw-dropping view from Gokyo Ri additionally includes several other tallest peaks in a line.
The view of Mount Everest is much better from Gokyo ridge comparing Kala Patthar hill. After photography, we return to the Gokyo guesthouse for breakfast. Roughly we take Lunch at Machermo and continue to walk to Lhabarma to stay overnight or walk even further down to Dhole to stay overnight. The journey after Machermo lodge to Dole is an easier grassy trail that takes tourists about two hours.
Gokyo valley trail gently descends to Photse Tenga at 11,975 feet passing across rhododendron forests. The path immediately ascends to the Mongla hilltop at 4,000 meters. Mong La is a great place to get a glimpse of the tallest Himalayas together with the Mount Everest range including Cho Oyu.
The hill station is a trekker’s paradise, so the climber can have a short break seeing the Everest view on the right and Gokyo valley on the left. Gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3,500m.) following small ups and down to Namche Bazaar, the backpackers’ paradise.
Lunch at Name Bazaar and continue our footsteps walk downhill to Hillary Bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. Cross the river and walk along the riverbed to Joresalle. Joresalle offers nice lodges with comfortable bedrooms and super delicious food.
Stay at Joresalle or walk 20/30 minutes further to Monjo village. Monjo village is situated at an altitude of 2,835 meters has nice terraces and is a good place to view the entire valley.
After an adventurous trek through the Gokyo valley, we make our way back to Lukla following the familiar trail we took on our ascent. Today marks the final day of our unforgettable journey.
Upon reaching Lukla, we settle into our comfortable hotel near the airport, where you can relax and unwind. Alternatively, you have the option to explore the charming shops in the vicinity, offering a variety of souvenirs for you to cherish the memories of this remarkable trip.
In the evening, a special occasion awaits as you invite for delicious dinner with your porters and guide. As a gesture of appreciation for their support throughout the journey, we kindly cover their expenses for this dinner. It’s a time for camaraderie and reflection on the incredible experiences we’ve had together, making it a truly memorable final night of our trekking adventure.
We board our early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, our representative will help you to arrange a transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, go shopping or request us to discover Kathmandu as a guided trip at an additional cost. Trip finish !
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How much does the Gokyo Ri trek package price?
Everest Gokyo valley trekking package price US$ 1175 per person is a standard price on double occupancy basis. However, for the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-5 star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu with breakfast. And comfortable bedroom with attached toilet/bathroom in the possible places along the journey. WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TREK AND PACKAGE PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.
Nepal Gokyo ridge trek package price includes:-
- Kathmandu international airport (TIA) pick up on your arrival time with a private Car.
- 1-night double bedroom accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Thamel Kathmandu valley.
- Kathmandu to Lukla flight and return round trip airfare with applicable domestic airport tax.
- 11 Breakfast set, 10 Lunch, and 10 Dinner [main course] serve with a cup of tea/coffee at Gokyo valley trek in the mountains.
- 10 Nights Lodge accommodation with a common toilet basis during the Gokyo trekking.
- License holder Professional Mountain Trekking Guide for Gokyo valley trek.
- An assistant guide will provide for 7 plus group tourists.
- Required number of porters during the trek (one porter = two guest basis) because our porter can carry maximum of 24 kilos of tourist bag pack.
- Well-paid salary, food, accommodation, and insurance of Nepalese Guide and porter.
- Sagarmatha National Park entrance permit for Gokyo hike.
- Khumbu Pasang Lamu municipality entrance permit fees
- Agency’s duffel bag (50 liters capacity) and trekking poles if Necessary – return after a trip.
- Trek completion certificate and Gokyo Ri trek map – keep them as a souvenir.
- First Aid kit bag including fingertip Pulse Oximeter every day to monitor oxygen level and pulse rate to prepare for high altitude risk.
- In a worst case, help with all Rescue and evacuation arrangements (but not the rescue bills).
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.
Gokyo ridge package trek price excludes:-
- Lunch and Dinner on your stay in Kathmandu city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers on Gokyo valley trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Kathmandu city tour guide, entrance fee, and a private car transfer if you wish to add on tour.
- Private nature expenses, all types of drinks, desserts, and bar bills.
- Travel Insurance to cover emergency Rescue and Evacuation in case of an emergency.
- Any donation and monument entrance fees.
- Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
So, pack up your hiking gear, from your down jacket to your sleeping bag, and explore the vivid trekking circuits in Nepal. We can organize a private trek to Gokyo Ri trekking starting on any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information and the lowest deal.
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Question: Do I need experience in Gokyo Valley trekking?
Answer: It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight day pack. For this trekking – yes, you need to have experience in high altitude – somehow about 3000 meters above sea level.
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight details and request to pick you up from Kathmandu international AIRPORT. Our representative will pick up you from Kathmandu international airport to your hotel in Thamel.
Question: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office for free.
Question: Is Gokyo valley trekking Safe for the Solo Female Trekkers?
Answer: Absolutely yes. Nepal is a safe country to travel to for solo travelers; this trek is perfectly safe for solo female trekkers. We have been organizing the trek even for solo women travelers since its establishment.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on trek route?
Answer: We provide you with the tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. The rooms along the routes are clean with cozy beds with nice mattresses and blankets. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can we get on Gokyo valley trek?
Answer: Along the gokyo valley trekking route, they have attached restaurants. They cook a delicious range of vegetarian meals such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, veg curry rice, bread, and soups. Likewise, Dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be served on the way to the next place where you hike.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower?.
Answer: Along the express Gokyo Valley trek, every lodges they have a shower which you can get on extra cost perhaps US$ 3-5 Per shower per person.
Question: How do I get drinking water on Gokyo Ri trekking?.
Answer: During the Gokyo Valley trek route there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water to drink. But, we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, tourist can buy boiled water or bring aqua tablets to purify the normal water. The normal water is available at the campsite or on local taps along the way.
Question: What should my insurance policy cover during the Gokyo trek?.
Answer: Travel insurance is mandatory before joining any trips with us, and you need to get your travel insurance policy before joining your trips to Nepal. Your travel insurance must cover the helicopter rescue up to 6000m altitude. It comes in handy during medical emergencies and contingency situations. It is recommended to get it from your home country. In case you haven’t bought travel insurance after arriving in Kathmandu; we can help you get one.
Question: How to prevent altitude sickness during Gokyo valley lodge trekking?.
Answer: You should never walk too quickly or too high ignoring your body’s symptoms. Proper altitude acclimatization is the best way to prevent altitude sickness . Listen to your body, trek gradually enjoying the best of culture and nature while giving sufficient time for your body to adapt to the changing atmosphere. Drink a lot of fluid & keep your body hydrated. If symptoms like a headache, difficulty in breathing, and others occur descend to a lower altitude and we take them to the hospital. If the condition worsened you will be airlifted to a hospital in Kathmandu.
Question: What happens if my schedule flight Kathmandu – Lukla- Kathmandu route gets delayed or canceled?.
Answer: Weather in the Himalayas is uncertain which we cannot predict. Therefore, the rate of fight delay and cancellation is high at Lukla. If this happens, you will board the early flight tomorrow and you have to spend an extra night at Lukla (if you are returning to Kathmandu) at Kathmandu (if you are going to Lukla). Rescue helicopter flights can also use, depending on the situation. So, we recommend you allocate a couple of extra days after your trek so that you will not miss the return international flight.
Question: Are there any alternates instead from Kathmandu to Lukla airport flight?.
Answer: The best-recommended way to go for any Everest trek is to board a Kathmandu to Lukla airport of 35 minutes scenic mountain flight. Another available option is to drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu (a 12-hour drive) and trek for 2 days to reach Lukla. In the present day, there is also a regular jeep service from Kathmandu to Salleri.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?.
Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you take extra batteries along with you.
Question: Are there any communication facilities on Gokyo treks?.
Answer: Everest Link is an internet service provider founded in 2014 that provides high-speed internet and Wi-Fi in the Everest Region. It is the only internet provider on the Gokyo Ri trail, making it the world’s tallest internet service.
If you wish to stay connected with better WIFI then we suggest you buy Everest Link internet. It’s better than other NETWORK connections and the Everest link card is possible to buy everywhere in the Everest area.
Question: Can I use credit cards?
Answer: No! So, for the Gokyo valley trekking routes, you should take cash Nepali rupees with you to maintain your daily expenses which are not including in the package plan. But if you wish to stay in comfort hotels en route or shop either in Namche or in Lukla then take a credit card along with you.
Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?.
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 15% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on Gokyo treks?.
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, every porter carry a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12 kilos luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I need to hike every day?
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk for roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking poles for quick Gokyo treks?.
Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.
Question: By the way, is there any possibility just to rent a Sherpa guide for the Gokyo trek?. or how to book a local Sherpa guide?
Answer: Yes of course. If you donot have a wish to book a Gokyo Ri trek full board package trip, you can hire our expert guide to make your Gokyo lake trek safer. However, visit a guide and porter hire or email us for your detailed travel inquiry.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 12 for lunch/dinner in Kathmandu. It depends on choosing a meal menu but the cost is depending upon your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day is enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.
Gokyo Ri trek difficulty
Gokyo ri trek difficulty level starts from easy to moderate that takes some of the high passes, tough landscapes, and more extreme preliminaries in a couple of regions. Although the trek does not require technical climbing skills. As it is a long day hiking, you need to prepare roughly to walk for about 6 hours every day.
Likewise, Gokyo lakes are often not frozen with turquoise waters and are a gateway to exploring the Everest base camp and Kala Pathar routes. Tourists who have planned to Everest base camp after or before visiting Gokyo lakes should cross over Chola Pass which is a tough activity and not easy for everyone.
Therefore, only professional trekkers can cross Cho la to get to Everest base camp and Kala Patthar or vice versa. Moreover, Gokyo ri trek solo is also possible with hiring a private trekking guide but we recommend you travel within a group to find easy accommodation.
The best Gokyo ri trek highlights and side trips
Although the Gokyo valley trek goes all the way up to Gokyo peak, there are several things to see located nearby the main trail. Some of them are very popular sight trips for tourists to go.
- Lukla airport is popular as a Tenjin Hillary airport which is top thing to experience on your journey on a flight.
- Namche Bazaar is a gateway to discover several things like to get a beautiful loop of Mountains, hotels, museums, and Nagpa La at 5,716m to Tibet.
- Sengboche Hill at 13,000 feet altitude Everest view Hotel offers a top amazing view of the highest Mountains including Everest itself.
- Khumjung village is 12,434 feet, making it one of the highest settlements in Nepal and in the world.
- Discover the best Himalayan view at 360 deg angles from top viewpoints (Sengboche, Mongla, and Gokyo peaks).
- Journey across the impressive glacial lakes 4th lake and 5th lake.
- The Ngozumpa glacier, below the sixth-highest mountain in the world Cho Oyu in Nepal, at 36 kilometers (22 miles), is the longest glacier in the Himalayas.
- Stunning view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, and many other mountains
- Sherpa Buddhism, tallest monastery, Local sherpa, and their lifestyles.
Mount Everest Base Camp vs Gokyo RI with Everest Trek
The journey along with the Gokyo Lakes Cho La Pass is tough and adventurous because of the thin air. Everest Base Camp vs Gokyo lakes significance is mostly about altitude variation and difficulty level.
While both treks reach an elevation of 5,380 meters at the peak of Gokyo ridge, Everest Base Camp plus Gokyo Lakes is possibly more difficult in terms of crossing Chola pass. Not only is it slightly longer trekking over the high Himalayan rocky trail, but the Cho La pass, a glistening ice trail, is possible with tough challenges and adventure.
Gokyo trekking with the fifth lake offers a better view rather than just Gokyo ridge. Trek to Gokyo Valley route is possible to visit in all months throughout the year.
How do you get to Gokyo Ridge?
The journey at Gokyo Ridge is idle for all age tourists to visit black mountain hill station hikes in a less crowded route. Gokyo Ridge is a popular trekking destination located in the Sagarmatha National Park of Nepal. Here are the general steps to get to Gokyo Ridge:
Fly to Lukla:
A trek to Gokyo Ridge usually starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport. Lukla is a small town in the Khumbu region of Nepal and serves as the gateway to the Everest region.
Acclimatize in Namche Bazaar:
From Lukla, you will trek to Namche Bazaar, which is the main trading center and gateway to the Khumbu region. It is important to acclimatize properly in Namche Bazaar to avoid altitude sickness. Spend a day or two in Namche Bazaar to explore the town and get used to the altitude.
Trek to Gokyo:
From Namche Bazaar, you will trek to Gokyo via the villages of Phortse Thanga, Machhermo, and Dragnag. The trek takes around 4-5 days and offers stunning views of the Himalayas.
Trek to Gokyo Ri:
Once you reach Gokyo, you can trek to Gokyo Ri, which is a viewpoint offering panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest.
Day trip to Gokyo 5th lakes versus the top of Renjo La Pass?
Around 60% of Everest visitors are doing the Everest Circuit anti-clockwise and intend to do Gokyo Ri after lunch on the day reaching Gokyo Lodges. No droughts and the extremely surprising views from Gokyo Ri are first-class.
And it’s a good choice to be up in the afternoon because there will be fewer people and the sun is behind you. So the mountains are not outlined as they are in the morning. Cloud cover is more common at midday though, I hope it cooperates. It’s likely that there are fewer trekkers up there in the afternoon too.
I personally can’t compare the Gokyo Ri and Renjo La but others will. The views heading up the valley and from the five-six lakes are different – and still impressive, and shocking. Professional hikers can visit Cho Oyu base camp is even more worth it. The total distance from Gokyo resort to the Cho Oyu base camp trek is 39 kilometers (24 miles) and it takes some for campers. Hike from Gokyo to Cho Oyu base camp is a full camping trek basis and the cost is extra.
It’s a full-day hike to the 5th or 6th lakes and back at Gokyo lodge, many adventure backpackers visit both. Hike a gradual uphill walk with a few short ascents, I would not say it’s strenuous just long. You need to trail fit and acclimatized going to EBC first so I am sure it will not difficult. Visit the fifth and sixth lakes are totally quiet.
Around 2% of trekkers hike to 5th lakes to get a better experience. Additionally, special wayfarers can make a plan to go even far from Gokyo lake to Cho Oyu base camp hikes in a single day. Rare tourists make a plan to reach it although it is the best long-distance hike in the world. So it can be a respite from the crowds on the main trails especially if you are trekking in the busiest months (October, April). The routes to Gokyo Ri and up the valley are different and going to Gokyo ridge and six lakes in one day would be very long.
Best time for Hike to Gokyo Ri
The best time to hike to Gokyo Ri in the Everest region is during the pre-monsoon season and post monsoon season. During these months, the weather is dry and clear, and the views of the mountains are spectacular.
In March and April, the weather is still relatively cold, especially above Mong La at the higher elevations. Thriving Rhododendrons makes the trails more charming. Hike to Gokyo valley especially in March and April is crowded rather than hike in May month. Trek to Gokyo in May is also consider as a peak season for trekking in the Everest region, and the trail is not much busier but the weather is generally warmer and drier.
A journey into the Gokyo valley in the monsoon time is also feasible, but it’s important to prepare well for certain challenges. Monsoon starting from June to August brings heavy rainfall and can lead to muddy and slippery trails, and occasional flight cancellations to and from Lukla due to weather conditions.
However, the landscape is lush and the crowds are thinner, offering a unique experience. Proper gear, flexible plans, and caution are essential if you choose to trek during this season.
Likewise, post-monsoon season trekking starts from September to November. Generally, the weather is stable and dry, and the skies are clear, providing excellent views of the mountains. The temperatures are also soft that makes more comfortable time to trek. Likewise, the sceneries are sublime and have less chance of flight cancellation trekkers to broaden their trip more comfortable.
Similarly, it’s also possible to trek to Gokyo valley during the winter months (December to February), but it comes with certain difficulties. Certainly, the climate is cold, especially from Namche to Gokyo lakes might have snow, making the trails more difficult to navigate. However, if you’re well-prepare with suitable gears and have some experience of high and altitude trekking in winter conditions, it can be a fruitful. We provide the local guide that can provide valuable insights and support to ensure a safe and enjoyable winter trek in the Gokyo Valley.
Note for Gokyo ri visitors!
We wish to notify you that during the peak season for trekking, which typically falls in October, November, March, April, and sometimes extends until early May, there will not be direct flights available from Kathmandu to Lukla. This inconvenience arises due to the significant air traffic congestion in the skies over Kathmandu.
In response to this challenge, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has taken the decision to reroute all flights bound for Lukla through Manthali Airport, situated in the Ramechap district. Manthali Airport is approximately 5 hours away from Kathmandu’s international airport.
This measure has been implemented to ensure a smoother and safer travel experience for all passengers heading to Lukla during the high trekking season. While the alternative route may add some additional travel time, it is a necessary step to address the air traffic situation and enhance overall aviation safety. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
Likewise, tourists can visit Gokyo Ri and Glacial Lakes even if they are traveling within a week’s time. They can hike to Gokyo Lakes in 5-6 days and also possible to return from Gokyo lakes to Lukla by helicopter flight (extra cost) and catch a regular airplane back to Kathmandu. Yet, this option is possible at all times on request.
Although, the information stated above Gokyo trek is just a guide and standard template. However, the trip is possible to modify at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.
It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. When a change does happen, we perform everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
What makes Gokyo Ri trek special?
Opportunities for challenging Himalayan glacier trekking adventure are scatters all over this planet however you just need to know where to find the right place that suits your vacation. Gokyo Ridge trekking stands out as a captivating adventure that combines nature’s grandeur, cultural exploration, and personal achievement. It leaves every tourist with lasting memories of an enchanting and spiritually enriching journey amidst the world’s highest peaks.
We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. First safety and success satisfaction is our prime concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well-trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination better. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local society and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.
Gokyo Ri Trek Review
Great, relaxing trip with Gokyotreks
We had a super experience in Nepal as organised by Ammar. The communication was clear and easy, while the trip itself was quite flexible – we could decide from one day to the other what we want to do, including taking astrophotography, one of our primary goals there.
Our guide, Som, is an exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable person that made sure not only that our trip is absolutely stressing free, but also creating a very positive atmosphere through his personality. The porter chosen by the guide (Buddhi) was always on time, super friendly and with a huge smile on his face at all times.
We can only fully recommend using the services of Gokyotreks and also that you try to go off-season when the trails are nearly empty and you can more fully enjoy the trek.
Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal
Thank you Alex for your amazing feedback.
Our guide was exceptional
Gokyo Treks and Expeditions was exceptional. My friend and I went on a 14 day trek of Gokyo and EBC, and hired a guide through the company. Our guide Kamal made our trip incredible (request Kamal if you can, he’s the best!). He was so warm, caring, and knowledgeable. We learned so much from him about the mountains, Nepali culture, etc.
He went out of his way to take great care of us by making sure we got nicer rooms at lower rates. When my friend was having some altitude sickness symptoms, he knew exactly what to do and immediately took care of him. I don’t think our trip would have been nearly as rewarding and stress-free if not for Kamal!
Because we were not part of a big tour group, we could be flexible with our itinerary. This allowed us to spend more time in some places and keep going in others.
The booking process was also very smooth thanks to the owner, Ammar. He could be easily reached by WhatsApp any time we had a question during the booking/planning process.
Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal
Dear Kailash Raman,
Your wonderful review is deeply appreciated. We are thrilled that you had a fantastic experience with us. Your satisfaction is our utmost priority, and we cannot wait to have the pleasure of serving you on another remarkable trip to the Himalayas very soon.
Thank you once again, and we eagerly anticipate your return.
Gokyo Ri Trek Review
Wir waren zu zweit im Oktober mit dem Guide Raj und einem Träger unterwegs von Lukla bis zum Gokyo und wieder zurück.
Doch der Reihe nach: Via Internet haben wir bereits vor Monaten mit dem Geschäftsführer von Gokyo Treks & Expeditions, Ammar, Kontakt aufgenommen. Er hat uns schnell, präzise und immer geduldig Antworten gegeben, so dass wir gerne bereit waren, einen kleinen Teil der vereinbarten Summe als Anzahlung zu überweisen. Die Planung war professionell und geschah zu einem wirklich sehr fairen Preis.
Leider konnten wir nicht von Kathmandu aus nach Lukla fliegen, was aber außerhalb des Einflussbereichs von Gokyo Treks & Expeditions liegt, da nahezu alle Trekker mittlerweile zunächst per Kleinbus ins 140km entfernte Ramechap fahren müssen. Dies bedeutete, dass man etwa gegen 1 Uhr nachts aus KTM losfährt, um einen der ersten Flieger zu bekommen, um auf dem berüchtigten Flughafen von Lukla zu landen – eine echte Strapaze.
Unser Treffen mit unserem Guide geschah dann am Flugplatz und von dort an kümmerte sich Raj wirklich hervorragend um all unsere Belange. Da wir bereits zum zweiten Mal in Nepal waren, kann ich wirklich fundiert behaupten, dass dieser Guide (zusammen mit seinem Porter) wirklich alles in seiner Macht stehende getan hat, damit wir ein einmaliges Trekking-Erlebnis hatten. Auf unserer ig. 10tägigen Tour war Raj stehts an unserer Seite und hat sich über das normale Maß hinaus sehr um uns und unsere Belange gekümmert. Dafür 5 Sterne!
Der Trek war insgesamt sehr anstrengend, die Ausblicke toll und die Lodges sind wirklich sehr sehr einfach. Wichtig ist es, dass man unbedingt warme und regenabweisende Kleidung mit sich trägt; ein paar Feuchttücher müssen gelegentlich die fehlenden Waschmöglichkeiten ersetzen. Beim Essen empfiehlt es sich, auf rohe und ungekochte Dinge zu verzichten. Wasser gibt es überall zu kaufen. Europäer fühlen sich evtl. sicherer, wenn sie ihr Bett vor der Benutzung desinfizieren. Wenn man das alles weiß und sich darauf einlässt, kann man wirklich wundervolle Trekking-Tage erleben. Ach ja: bei der Höhe bitte langsam akklimatisieren (am besten nicht mehr als 500m pro Tag) und ggf. ein Mittel gegen Höhenkrankheit z.B. Diamox mitnehmen. Und überhaupt empfiehlt es sich, eine kleine Auswahl an Medikamenten mit sich zu führen, damit der Trek ein Erfolg wird. Übrigens gehen geschätzt 90% zum EBC, von daher ist der Gokyo-Trek eine echt empfehlenswerte Alternative. Den Hinweg haben wir in ca. 5-6 Tagen erwandert, den Rückweg haben wir in 3 Tagen bewältigt.
Insgesamt bleibt zu konstatieren, dass Gokyo Treks & Expeditions eine wirklich toll geführte Company ist, die zu einem günstigen Preis tolle Gegenleistung bringt. Ammar hilft geduldig, wo und wie er kann, bleibt auch während des Treks immer per WhatsApp in Verbindung und ist auch bereit, spontane Bedürfnisse nach Hoteländerung usw. zu erfüllen ohne sich daran auch nur im geringsten zu bereichern. Im Gegenteil: Ammar setzt sich für die Bildung seiner Landsleute ein – ein wirklich vorbildliche Firma, der man nur weiterhin alles Gute wünschen kann!
Für uns steht also fest: falls wir jemals wieder eine Tour in Nepal machen sollten:
Gokyo Treks & Expeditions ist hier die allererste Adresse!
Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal
Thank you so much for the great feedback.
Three of us friends used Gokyo Treks for our trip to Nepal. Our guide, Kamal, was absolutely fantastic. We did the Gokyo lake and gokyo ri trek and he ensured our needs were met 24/7. He was patient when we were tired, and motivating when we needed an extra boost of energy. I highly recommend this company, especially Kamal khatri, for your Nepal adventure!
Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal
Dear Guest Wasserman B, California, USA
Greetings from Gokyo Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd, Nepal. Thanks a lot for your excellent review about Gokyo lakes and Gokyo ri trek 5,380 meters above the sea level in Nepal with our guide Kamal kc and porters. So, we are very much pleased that you are highly satisfied and writing us an excellent experience exploring Nepal. Be in touch as we are looking forward to serve you again for your other holidays in Nepal Himalayas!
With best regards,
Ammar Raj Guni
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