Nepal – Gokyo Lakes Trek

29 Sep 18

Nepal – Gokyo Lakes Trek

The pristine blue and green Gokyo Lakes  (4800m) are one of the Himalayas' most magnificent sight. They formed the world’s highest freshwater lake system at slightly below 5000m. There are 6 main lakes, of which Thonak Lake is the largest. The spectacular trek through the less trodden Gokyo Valley to the lakes is perfect for those who wish to avoid the crowd on the classic Everest Base Camp Trek  and still gain stunning views of Mt Everest. A trek to the lakes often include an ascent to Gokyo Ri (5357m) where the panoramic view of the Himalayas, including Mt Everest and the lakes can be seen.

For those with more time and stamina to spare, it is well worth to include Gokyo Lakes, Cho La Pass and Everest Base Camp for a Everest Circuit Trek. This circular trek combines all the significant places in the Everest region into one trek.

About The Trek

Our Gokyo Lakes Trek is a circuit  trek that will bring you to Gokyo Valley and Bhote Koshi Valley with Renjo Pass crossing and a climb up to Gokyo Ri. Both Renjo Pass and Gokyo Ri offer one of the best view points of some of the most majestic 8000m peaks (Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Mt Everest) in the Everest region.

The trek starts with a flight to Lukla, followed by a trek on the classic Everest Base Camp's trail up to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Namche Bazaar is the unofficial Sherpa capital in the Everest region. Namche Bazzar with its diverse and colorful mix of people, Sherpa museum, monastery and busy market stalls full of local products and Tibetan artifacts is a bustling town at 3500m. Leaving the popular Everest Base Camp trail behind from Namche Bazzar, continue to trek up to the serene Gokyo Valley, passing Khumjung (3780m), Dole (4040m) and Machhermo (4410m).  At Gokyo Valley, you will have a chance to ascend Gokyo Ri (5483m) in the crisp early sunrise, for an incredible awe-inspiring 360 degree view of many of the world’s highest peaks  – Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nupste and Makalu and the massive Nagozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier in Nepal). After exploring Gokyo Valley, we head to Lungden crossing  Rinjo La. Rinjo-La, which links the stunning Gokyo Valley to remote Bhote Koshi Valley, offers another magnificent view point of the towering 8000m Himalayan peaks. For the descend of the trek, head down to Thame, a small Sherpa village near the border of Tibet, then to Namche Bazaar. From Namche Bazaar,  retrace the classic Everest Base Camp's trail back to Lukla to end the Gokyo Lakes Trek.

Trekking Seasons

There are four main seasons in Nepal. The best seasons to visit Nepal are spring, autumn and winter. Trekkers can trek from March to early June in spring. The next trekking season starts in mid-September and goes up till March. During this period, the visibility is good and it does not rain usually. You can get excellent views of landscapes and mountain ranges in this season. After November the temperature in higher altitudes becomes very low and snowfall starts

Autumn (September to November): Autumn season is considered the best time for trekking in Nepal. It offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.

Winter (December - February): Winter is when snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas is a common occurrence. Though it gets colder in night, it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively less trekkers on the trail. However, not all treks are suitable to be done in winter especially those involving climbing and crossing high passes.

Spring (March - May): Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside a wild flowers  paradise during the spring season. The temperature is warmer as compared to autumn and winter.

Experience Required

You should have above 4000m trekking experience. You will be trekking from 2800m to above 5000m in undulating mountain terrain with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg for multiple days. Days are filled with long hours of walking, going up and down the mountain route, through villages and cross many swinging bridges. You will also be crossing the rugged high pass of Renjo La (5388m) and climbing up a 5000m peak - Gokyo Ri (5483m).

Equipment and Gear

You will need thermal base layers, a fleece jacket and an outer shell jacket. When at the teahouse and after sundown, a down jacket will help keep you warm. A  down sleeping bag is also needed and provided.

A packing list will be provided to all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to learn about the layering system and choose the right gear/equipment for your trek.

Available Dates Price Qty*
Free Ticket $0.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
29 Sep-19 Oct 2018 $2,730.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
6-26 Oct 2018 $2,730.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
10-31 Mar 2019 $2,780.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
31 Mar - 20 Apr 2019 $2,780.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
6-26 Apr 2019 $2,780.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
14 Apr-4 May 2019 $2,780.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
21 Apr-11 May 2019 $2,780.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
5-25 May 2019 $2,780.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
20 Oct-9 Nov 2018 $2,780.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
3 - 23 Nov 2018 $2,780.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
1- 21 Dec 2018 $2,780.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
21 Sep-11 Oct 2019 $2,780.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
18 Apr-5 May 2020 $2,450.00 (SGD)  / person  
2-19 May 2020 $2,450.00 (SGD)  / person  
3-20 Oct 2020 $2,450.00 (SGD)  / person  

* You can register up to 12 participants in one go.


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  • Dates listed are for open international group
  • You can also form a private group. For enquiry, send an email to us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

DayItineraryMealsAltitude At Rest Point
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu. -/-/-1330m
Day 2 Half day city tour. Trek briefing & preparation. Welcome dinner.B/-/D1330m
Day 3Flight to Lukla. Trek to Phakding.B/L/D2600m
Day 4-5Trek to Namche Bazaar. Acclimatisation & rest day in Namche BazaarB/L/D3440m
Day 6-8For the next 3 days, trek to Gokyo Valley via Khumjung, Dole and Machhermo B/L/DKhumjung - 3780m
Dole - 4040m
Machhermo - 4410m
Day 9Gokyo Valley B/L/D4754m
Day 10Morning climb to Gokyo Ri (5483m). Trek back to DoleB/L/D4040m
Day 11Trek to Lungden crossing Rinjo La (5388m)B/L/D4380m
Day 12-13For the next 2 days, descend to Namche Bazaar on a different route via ThameB/L/DThame - 3750m
Namche Bazaar - 3440m
Day 14-15Retrace back to Lukla via PhakdingB/L/DPhakding - 2600m
Lukla - 2800m
Day 16-17Lukla to Kathmandu. Contingency day.B/L/D. (Only breakfast in hotel is included in Kathmandu if contingency day is not used on trek)1330m
Day 18Depart Kathmandu. B/-/-

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfer in Kathmandu
  • Return domestic KTM-Luka airfare (max 15kg check in baggage)
  • All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
  • Half day city tour in Kathmandu
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Kathmandu and in teahouse during trek
  • Trek gear: Sleeping mats, sleeping bags, down jacket and duffel bags
  • Trek support: Climbing guide, assistant climbing guide and porters (1 porter to 1 trekker)
  • Boiled drinking water, tea and coffee during meals on trek
  • Permits & fees: Trekking permit (TIMS) fee; Sagarmatha National Park entry fee
  • Portable oxygen cylinder and comprehensive first aid kit.

Exclusions

  • International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa Fee
  • Single Supplement
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • All tipping (Budget around 10-15% of the package fee per trekker for the tip for the trekking crew)
  • Personal porters
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 6000m)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • Personal services during trek like hot shower, WIFI usage and charging of electronic appliances etc
  • Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
  • Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  • Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
  • Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay

Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions

We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the trek:
1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)

We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local partner is the top 10 companies out of around 2000 trekking companies in Nepal, awarded by the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in all regions in Nepal, possess  intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in wilderness 1st aid and emergency rescue. They carry a portable oxygen cylinder, pulse oximeter and comprehensive first aid kit for emergency purpose.

Fair Treatment to Porters

Our porter to trekker ratio is 1:1. This is to ensure fair treatment to the porters that each porter does not carry an excessive heavy load for the duration of the trek. The 1:1 ration also helps to create more jobs for the locals who work as porters for a living.

Grading: 2C

Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a trekking or mountain climbing trip.

Pure cardiovascular fitness is NOT enough.

Focus your training effort in the following areas, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:

  1. Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
  2. Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
  3. Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
  4. Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises

A good four months of training would be a good preparation for this trek.

A recommended training guide specific to the trek or climb will be given to you upon signing up.

Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trek.

Refer to our Training Guide for tips on trekking and mountain climbing training.