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The Gokyo Ri Trek is a popular trekking route that visits the Gokyo Lakes and hike upto the Gokyo Ri. It offers incomparable views of Mount Everest and serveral other peaks including the Gokyo valley for the top of the Gokyo Ri.
It takes hikers through beautiful landscapes, including glaciers, lakes, and high-altitude passes by reaching the summit of Gokyo Ri, a peak that offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Everest.
The trek starts in Lukla and follows the Dudh Kosi river before reaching Namche Bazaar, the largest town in the region. From Namche, hikers continue on to Dole and Machherma before arriving at Gokyo village, the base for the ascent of Gokyo Ri. The trek then heads back down to Lukla, with a detour to the Tengboche Monastery, a famous Buddhist monastery in the region.
The Gokyo Ri Trek is a moderate to challenging trek, with daily hikes ranging from 5-8 hours and a maximum altitude of 5,360 meters at Gokyo Ri. It is best to do this trek in the spring or fall when the weather is generally clear and the views are at their best. Hikers should be in good physical condition and should be prepared for high altitudes and cold temperatures.
Overall, the Gokyo Ri Trek is a unique and rewarding trek that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas and an opportunity to experience the culture and traditions of the Sherpa people.
Breathtaking mountain views - Gokyo Ri Trek offers stunning views of some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.
Beautiful high-altitude lakes - The trek takes you to the Gokyo Lakes, a series of serene, turquoise-colored lakes set amidst the rugged Himalayan landscape.
Experiencing the culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa people - The Gokyo Ri Trek takes you through the heart of the Solu-Khumbu region, home to the Sherpa people. You' ll have the chance to learn about their culture, traditions, and way of life.
Exploring the Sagarmatha National Park - The trek passes through the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its rich biodiversity and natural beauty.
Hiking through diverse terrain - The Gokyo Ri Trek offers a mix of challenging and easy trails, ranging from rocky paths to grassy meadows.
Camping in the wilderness - The trek requires you to spend several nights in tents, giving you a chance to immerse yourself in the wild and peaceful surroundings of the Himalayas.
Relaxing at Namche Bazaar - Namche Bazaar is a popular stop on the Gokyo Ri Trek, offering a range of amenities and a chance to rest and relax before continuing on the journey.
Visiting Tengboche Monastery - Tengboche Monastery is a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on the trek, offering a peaceful respite and a chance to learn about Tibetan Buddhism.
Crossing the Cho La Pass - The Cho La Pass is a challenging but rewarding part of the Gokyo Ri Trek, offering breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment for those who conquer it.
Reaching the summit of Gokyo Ri - The main highlight of the Gokyo Ri Trek is reaching the summit of Gokyo Ri, a stunning viewpoint that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
After breakfast, we will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early
morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After
an adventurous 40-minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we will
reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla.
This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world, culminating in a dramatic landing on a
hillside surrounded by high mountain peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet our other crew
members and after some packing and planning, we will start our trek through the prosperous
village of Lukla, until we reach Phakding.
To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional
activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight at Phakding.
Upon breakfast, we will start a pleasant trek. The walk today will have a few short uphills and
downhill routes, with multiple crossings over the Dudh Koshi River, and a magnificent view of
Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) when we reach Benkar village.
We will then cross more bridges before reaching the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at
Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked in order to keep a record of trekkers. A descent
and gradual walk will then bring us to Jorsale, the last village before Namche Bazaar. The walk
is enjoyable as we pass along the river bed and reach the Hillary Suspension Bridge.
As we climb up towards Namche Bazaar, we will be treated to a magnificent sight of Kwangde
Peak, Kusum peak, Kangaru peak, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Tawache, along with many other
fabulous mountains. We will break at the Chautara to admire the view before finally reaching the
colorful village of Namche Bazaar: the main gateway to the Khumbu region.
This is the first of the two days set aside for “acclimatization”. Health experts recommend
staying active and moving during the rest day so we can either spend the day taking a hike to
Thame, visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself.
Namche Bazaar is the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices,
ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery, and a colorful market each Friday evening
and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us properly
acclimatize so our guides will take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the
Sagarmatha National Park, where we can observe an assortment of things threats to the first
Everest ascenders and Sherpa culture, and learn about the various plant and animal life of the
We can also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung and climb up to the famous airstrip at
Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a deluxe hotel with great views
of the highest mountains on Earth.
The Khumjung valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku, and the
sacred peak Khumbila, and hosts a well-known monastery. We will also pay a visit to ‘Hillary
School’ which is located at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in
Khumjung, we walked back down to Namche Bazaar.
After breakfast in Namche, we will start our trek, enjoying superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse,
Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and a close-up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows the gradual trail, with
a few ups and downs overlooking the magnificent view of the great Himalayas. Along the way,
we can spot wildlife such as pheasant, musk deer, and Himalayan Thar.
The trail then gradually descends before climbing up to Kayangjuma, and eventually reaches
Sansa – the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. We will then trek
gradually up through the Mongla pass (3975 m) from where we can glimpse Ama Dablam,
Thamserku, Tawoche, and Mt. Khumbila. Sherpas regard Mt. Khumbila as the sacred mountain
of the patron God of the Khumbu area.
Descending to Dudhkosi Khola (3250 m), we will cross a bridge and again trek up through a
rhododendron forest full of Musk and Himalayan wild deer Finally, we’ll arrive at the walled fields
of Phorse, just under the snow-dusted peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste. From here, a short trek
leads to Phorse village.
We will return back from the previous day’s trail up to Phorse. Upon crossing the bridge on the
Dudh Koshi River, we will spot wildlife including pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive
musk deer. Through forests and waterfalls, we reach Dole; a small place with a handful of
Further on, we will climb steadily up through a scenic ridge above Dole as the trail climbs via
Lhabarma. Offering us good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku, the trail takes us
through many summer settlements and the charming hamlet of Luza (4360 m). While ascending
from Luza, we will reach the Dudh Koshi valley before walking along the hillside above the
thundering Dudkoshi, passing through some small hamlets and sandy spurs until we reach
Machhermo is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. The beautiful stream flowing
down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche mountains runs through the middle of the village
before draining into the Dudh Koshi. It is the place where the Khumbu people got their first
sighting of a yeti in 1974. We will then visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital for an informative
lecture regarding altitude sickness.
Today, we climbed through a ridge Chorten from where we can see fabulous views both down
the valley and of Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and the northern part of the Cho-Oyu (8153m).
Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Chorten and reaches Pangka
We’ll then descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the
Ngozumpa Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine and upon crossing an iron bridge over a
stream, the trail levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo
(4690m). At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho we will be mesmerized by the
shimmering blue water sparkling in the sun.
A little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream.
Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain acts as a spectacular backdrop.
After lunch, we explore the area around the third Lake, Dudh Pokhari, and spend the night in a
teahouse with comfortable bedrooms.
Today is an acclimatization day. If the weather is good, we will grasp the opportunity to climb
Gokyo Ri and enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint in the Everest Region. Or, as we know
Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view but also for the six lakes that it hosts, so we can
also, take this chance to observe the fourth (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho).
About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake, with high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail
continues on to the fifth lake and if interested, we can climb up a hill on the edge of the Lakes to
achieve astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu –
at ‘The Scoundrel’s Viewpoint’. Beyond the fifth Lake is the Cho Oyu Base Camp.
The Northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and the
biggest glacier in the world- the Ngazumpa glacier. Depending on the time and energy of the
group, we also have the option to go to the sixth lake before returning back to Gokyo village.
The way back from Gokyo is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River, which emerges
out of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Passing by the second and then the first Gokyo Lakes, we come
to a small gushing stream over an iron bridge and the hamlet of Phangka ahead.
Cholatse and Taboche peaks rear up on the right of us as the trail descends below Phangka,
and across a level terrace on the slope leading us to climb a rib on the far side of the hill.
Upon reaching the Chorten at the edge, we will see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and
Kangtega before slowly walking down to the sprawling village of Machhermo. Again, through the
charming hamlet of Luza and Lhafarm, we reach Dole.
The trail descends steeply downward so we will need to walk slowly as we battle the rocky
terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast-flowing Dudh Koshi and its
tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural.
Although we are traveling the same route down, we will experience completely different views,
including a mixture of open plains and rhododendron and pine forests. We will walk through the
Sherpa villages’ noticing the Buddhist culture of prayer stones and flags. On arrival in Lukla, we will recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks.
Following downhill through stone paved steps, passing Manjo and Pakhding village, you will
come Lukla. The long journey come to the rest point with all beautiful events as memory. It
takes around 6 hours to reach on Lukla.
The suspension bridge, Monastery, Chorten, rhododendron forest, mane, bank of Dudhkoshi,
and the Himalayan screen turn off as you finish your trekking. Night stay on Lukla
We will fly back to Kathmandu after a long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us
in Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some
exploring. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner
in the evening
The Gokyo Ri Trek typically takes 7-10 days, depending on the pace and route chosen by the trekker.
The Gokyo Ri Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek, with some steep and strenuous sections. It is recommended for trekkers with some prior trekking experience or in good physical shape.
The best time to do the Gokyo Ri Trek is during the autumn season (September-November) and spring season (March-May) when the weather is clear and the views are optimal. The winter season (December-February) can also be a good time to trek, but the weather can be cold and the trails may be icy.
The maximum altitude reached on the Gokyo Ri Trek is 5,360 meters (17,590 feet) at Gokyo Ri. Can I get a permit for the Gokyo Ri Trek? Yes, a permit is required for the Gokyo Ri Trek. The cost of the permit is $30 per person for a group of 2-10 people and $50 per person for a solo trekker.
It is not required to have a guide for the Gokyo Ri Trek, but it is recommended to hire a guide or porter to help with navigation and to provide information about the local culture and history.
Some essential items to bring on the Gokyo Ri Trek include warm and waterproof clothing, hiking boots, sun protection, a first aid kit, and a water bottle. It is also recommended to bring snacks and energy bars for the trek.
Yes, the Gokyo Ri Trek includes several acclimatization days to help trekkers adjust to the high altitude. It is important to listen to your body and take breaks if needed to prevent altitude sickness.
The best seasons for the Gokyo Ri Trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to
During these seasons, the weather is clear and sunny, providing stunning views of the Himalayan mountain range. The temperatures are also comfortable, ranging from 10-20 degrees Celsius during the day and dropping to 0-10 degrees Celsius at night.
Summer (June to August) is also a good time to go on the Gokyo Ri Trek, as the monsoon rains
have not yet arrived and the temperatures are warm. However, there may be more chances of
clouds and fog, which could obstruct the views of the mountains. Winter (December to February) is not recommended for the Gokyo Ri Trek as the temperatures can drop below freezing and the trails may be covered in snow and ice.
Foods during the Gokyo Ri Trek:
Dal Bhat: This is a traditional Nepali dish that consists of rice, lentil soup, and vegetables. It is a staple food in Nepal and is commonly found in most trekking areas.
Momos: These are steamed dumplings that are filled with either vegetables or meat. They are a popular snack in Nepal and are commonly found in tea houses during the trek.
Soups: There are various types of soups available during the trek, including vegetable, chicken, and potato. These are a great option for those looking for something warm and comforting after
a long day of trekking.
Snacks: Snacks such as nuts, energy bars, and dried fruit are a great way to keep your energy levels up during the trek.
Drinks: Tea and coffee are common drinks found in tea houses during the trek, as well as bottled water and soft drinks.
Accommodations during the Gokyo Ri Trek:
Tea Houses: These are small guest houses found along the trekking route. They offer basic accommodation with shared bathrooms and meals.
Tents: Some trekkers prefer to bring their own tents and camp along the route. There are designated campsites available in most areas.
Lodges: These are larger guest houses found in the larger villages along the trek. They offer more comfortable accommodation with private rooms and bathrooms, as well as meals.
The Gokyo Ri Trek requires a number of permits to be obtained in order to complete the trek legally and safely. These permits include:
Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) Card: This card is issued by the Nepal Tourism Board and is mandatory for all trekkers in Nepal. It helps to track and manage trekker movement in the country and ensure their safety.
Sagarmatha National Park Permit: This permit is required to enter the Sagarmatha National Park, which covers the Gokyo Ri Trek route. It is issued by the Department of National Parksb and Wildlife Conservation and costs NPR 3,000 for foreign trekkers.
Local Area Permit: This permit is required for all trekkers visiting the Solu-Khumbu region and is issued by the District Administration Office (DAO). It costs NPR 2,000 for foreign trekkers. Gokyo Ri Peak Climbing Permit: If you plan to climb Gokyo Ri peak, you will need to obtain a peak climbing permit. This permit is issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association and costs NPR 3,000 for foreign trekkers.
It is important to note that these permits must be obtained before starting the trek, as they cannot be obtained on the trail. It is recommended to obtain these permits through a trekking agency or tour operator to ensure that all necessary paperwork is completed properly.
Guides and porters are an essential part of any trek, especially on the Gokyo Ri trek. These
individuals provide valuable services such as route navigation, language translation, and
carrying your gear and supplies.
Guides are experienced trekkers who have a deep understanding of the local culture, language,
and geography. They are trained in emergency first aid and can provide valuable information
about the flora and fauna of the region. They also serve as a cultural ambassador, helping you
to understand and respect the local customs and traditions.
Porters are essential to the smooth operation of the trek. They carry your gear and supplies,
freeing you up to enjoy the trek without the burden of a heavy backpack. Porters are essential to
the local economy and are typically paid a fair wage for their hard work.
When hiring a guide or porter, it is important to do your research and choose a reputable
company. Make sure that they are licensed and insured, and that they have a good reputation
among past clients. It is also important to remember to treat your guide and porter with respect
and appreciation, as they are an integral part of your trekking experience.
There are several costs and expenses that you may incur during your Gokyo Ri trek, including:
Trekking permits: You will need to purchase a TIMS card (Trekker's Information Management
System) and a Sagarmatha National Park permit, which costs around NPR 3,000.
Transportation: You will need to pay for transportation to and from the starting point of the trek
(Lukla) and to and from the Gokyo Ri trailhead. The cost of a one-way flight from Kathmandu to
Lukla is around NPR 18,000.
Accommodation: You will need to pay for accommodation during the trek, either in guesthouses or tents. The cost of accommodation ranges from NPR 500 to NPR 1,500 per
Food: You will need to pay for your meals during the trek, which will cost around NPR 500 to NPR 1,500 per day.
Guide and porter fees: If you hire a guide and porter, you will need to pay their fees, which typically range from NPR 3,000 to NPR 4,000 per day for a guide and NPR 2,500 to NPR 3,000 per day for a porter.
Equipment rental: If you don't have your own trekking equipment, you will need to rent items such as a sleeping bag, down jacket, and trekking poles, which will cost around NPR 500 to NPR 1,000 per day.
Emergency medical and evacuation insurance: It is highly recommended that you purchase emergency medical and evacuation insurance for your trek, which will cost around NPR 1,500 to
NPR 3,000 depending on the coverage and duration.
Backpack - You will need a sturdy, comfortable backpack to carry all your gear during the trek.
Aim for one with a capacity of around 40-50 liters.
Sleeping bag - Make sure to bring a warm sleeping bag that is rated for freezing temperatures.
Trekking poles - Trekking poles will help to take some of the weight off your legs and provide
balance while traversing rocky terrain.
Water bottle - Bring at least one large water bottle to stay hydrated during the trek.
Water filter or purification tablets - It is important to have a way to purify water while on the
trek, as the water sources may not be safe to drink.
Headlamp - A headlamp is essential for navigating in the dark and finding your way around
Warm clothing - Make sure to bring warm layers, including a fleece, insulated jacket, and hat
and gloves, as the temperatures can drop significantly at higher elevations.
Sun protection - Don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect
yourself from the strong UV rays at high altitude.
First aid kit - Pack a basic first aid kit including band-aids, blister pads, pain medication, and
While on the Gokyo-ri trek, it's essential to ensure your safety and security. This is a very high-altitude trek, and there are many dangers to be aware of, including landslides, avalanches, and high altitude sickness. For this reason, you should have travel insurance that includes medical evacuation at high altitude.
It's important to remember that the weather in the mountains is unpredictable, so be prepared for it. Even experienced trekkers can suffer from high-altitude sickness, so make sure you have the appropriate protection. The best way to prevent such a condition is to drink plenty of water. Also, remember to bring a down jacket and sleeping bag.
Gokyo-ri is possible for solo trekkers, but make sure you have the proper trekking equipment and permits for the trek. Gokyo lakes are usually not frozen, making them the perfect gateway to the Everest base camp and Kala Pathar routes. You'll also have to cross the Chola pass, which is a very difficult activity, and only professional trekkers should attempt this.
As with any high-altitude trek, it's important to be well prepared for the trek and to avoid drinking alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and cold beverages. You'll need to prepare physically and mentally for the trek, as the Gokyo-ri Lakes trek is moderately difficult. You'll pass over uneven trails, steep terrain, and high mountain passes. You'll be walking up to six hours a day, so make sure you're in good physical and mental shape before you start your journey.
Gokyo-ri trekking is a difficult, challenging trek that takes you up to 2,000 feet in elevation. While the journey is not easy, it is still doable for most people. There are some things to consider when planning your trip. While the terrain is mostly sandy, there are some rocks on the main paths.
When booking your trip, be sure to purchase travel insurance before leaving home. Travel insurance will help you avoid the financial burden of a canceled flight or expensive emergency medical bills. Many policies also cover the cost of lost luggage or documents. In addition, some plans cover medical expenses, lost passports, and pre-trip travel advice.
When planning a trek, hire a guide or porter to assist with navigation and identify landmarks. A guide will also help you with safety issues. The cost of a porter can range from US$15 to US$20 per day, and you can split the costs between multiple members of your group.
Travel insurance is especially important for those who plan to hike in the Himalayas. Although most travel insurance policies cover you up to 2,000 meters, there are risks associated with higher altitudes. Buying an extra travel insurance policy will protect you in case of emergency and help you find the appropriate medical care.
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