Gokyo Lake Trek - 13 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 13 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy to Moderate
  • Starts/Ends koshi
  • Group Size 1-10
  • Max. Altitude 5360
  • Best Season September, October, November, March, April and May

Highlights

  • Awe-inspiring flights to and from Lukla served as the starting and ending points of the trek to the Everest region.
  • Be at the best of the natural and cultural charm of Sagarmatha National Park by walking through the less crowded, more adventurous route to the magical blue gem of the region, Gokyo Lake.
  • Get to cross several adventurist suspension bridges while walking past several tiny yet beautiful traditional settlements.
  • Experience the Everest region's rich biodiversity in a short time, encountering some of the greatest natural formations, including high-altitude snow-capped peaks, massive glaciers, cold and serene streams, tranquil lakes, and raw Himalayan wilderness.
  • The everlasting ethereal views of Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and the top of the world itself, Mt. Everest (8,848 m).
  • Relish the simply enriching lifestyle of Sherpas and other mountain locals from different ethnic communities while passing by notable chortens, stupas, and vibrant prayer flags.
  • Discover the unique aura and majesty of at least six turquoise-water glacial lakes (Gokyo Tsho, Thonank Tsho, Kyjumba Tsho, Ngozumba Tsho, Tanjung Tsho, and Gyamzumpa Tsho) and their nearby valleys amidst the eternal elegance of the towering Himalayas.
  • Hike to the highly elevated scenic vantage point of Gokyo Ri and mark your victory at the thirling Renjo La Pass, etc.

The Gokyo Lake Trek is one of the less traveled routes in the Everest region that leads you to the impeccably clean, emerald-like group of six hidden lakes. The trekking trail to these freshwater wetlands is comparatively more off-beaten alpine rambling than that of Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, as well as several other Himalayan jaunts such as that to Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit Trek, and others.

Lying at an elevation ranging from an altitude of about 4,700 to 5,000 m above sea level, Gokyo Lakes are fed by the high-altitude glaciers that deliver a great sense of the wonderful creation of nature and the ultimate satisfaction of stillness, clarity, and tranquility that soothe your soul upon finally ascending to the glistening Gokyo Lakes in the lap of gigantic snow-capped peaks.

Although initially the Gokyo Lake Trek follows the classic route to the Everest Base Camp Trekking in the Khumbu region of Nepal, it takes you through a relatively less traversed trackway right on Namche Bazaar onward to see the serene turquoise lakes, the beauty of the Himalayas, and allure of the longest glacier in the Nepalese Himalayas, Ngozumpa Glacier, most preferred by true expeditors seeking mostly empty and unspoiled Himalayan beauty to explore and appreciate.

Starting from Lukla following the Dudh Koshi River Valley, passing via numerous picturesque Sherpa villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar (the bustling trade hub of the Khumbu region), Dole, and Macchermo, allocating a day of acclimatization in Namche means you get to adjust to the high altitude with a low level of oxygen; hence, the trek to Gokyo Lake offers a balanced challenge that you can overcome, rewarding you equally.

Throughout the voyage to the Gokyo Lake, you will be in the almighty presence of Mt. Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu while you notice the transformative landscape ascending through dense woodland of rhododendron, oak, and pine to the major highlight of reaching the Gokyo Lakes, Valleys, and Gokyo Ri, the lovely vantage point with an expansive 360-degree view of the surrounding snow-capped peaks, making it at least once a must-do adventure that also crosses one of the major high mountain passes called Renjo La Pass at 5,360 m.

What makes the Gokyo Lake Trek special?

There are several compelling factors to expect during the Gokyo Lake Odyssey, combining the gorgeous natural beauty, quiet trails, demanding adventure, rich cultural encounters, and diverse landscapes. No wonder the trek to the Gokyo Lake is an unforgettable journey through the center of the Everest region begins with an exhilarating flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.

The trail to this special trekking destination, Gokyo Lake, diverges from the more trodden path to Everest Base Camp and moves forth to the less crowded route, passing by mesmerizingly vibrant rhododendron forests, suspension bridges, and walking alongside yak caravans following the footstep of a local guide for a more enhanced and memorable journey in the Everest region. Here are some of the major features that make Gokyo Lake truly a unique place to be on Earth:

Fly over to the smallest yet adventuresome Himalayan airport in Nepal, Lukla

The flight to Lukla, a strategic starting point for many treks in the Everest region, including the epic Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass, Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes with Two High Passes, and Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes with Three High Passes, is an adventure in itself even during the Gokyo Lake Trek.

Elevated at an altitude of 2,860 m, the Lukla Airport is often referred to as the gateway to adventure as it welcomes you grandly with the vibrant and bustling atmosphere leading you to the heart of the Himalayas in the outskirts of the enthralling largest mountain range on the planet, Mt. Everest, be it for trekking, summiting, hiking, nature excursions, or any cultural and natural exploration.

The other name of Lukla airport is Tenzing-Hillary Airport, named in honor of two legendary mountaineers who first scaled the top of the world, Mt. Everest, in fact, it is the smallest domestic airport in the country itself, making landing here a remarkable achievement navigating through the magnificent Himalayan range, providing you with an out-of-this-world aerial scenery of the snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and winding rivers below on departing from Kathmandu.

Hence, for a usually approximately 30-minute flight to Lukla airport stretches only 527 m long and is perched on a hillside during the Gokyo Lake Trek from Kathamandu, highly experienced and qualified pilots and flying authorities are required for a safe landing. We atAdventure Himalayan Travels and Treks (AHT&T) stand on the edge for such seamless helicopter tours as theEverest Base Camp and back to Lukla by helicopter trek and several other Himalayan journeys. So, contact us now for a safer, merrier, and more affordable holiday experience in the Nepalese Himalayas to grab a discounted price happening in 2024 and 2025.

Namche Bazar in the Everest region, the Sherpa Capital

Located in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal within the Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazar, perched at an altitude of 3,440 m/11,286 ft, is a crucial stop for trekkers and climbers making their way to Mount Everest, other Himalayan peaks, and several trekking routes within the Everest region, including the Gokyo Lake.

Largely inhabited by the Sherpa people, the ethnic communities native to the mountainous region of Nepal, precisely in the Solu-Khumbu district, Namche hence serves as the major cultural heritage of the region that lets you explore the daily lives of these locals from the Himalayas who are renowned around the globe for their extraordinary mountaineering skills, making them integral guides and porters for westerners attempting to summit the top of the world.

On the way to Gokyo Lake, like any other jaunt in the Everest region, you will get the opportunity to be part of the Sherpa culture by staying at one of the tea houses or local lodges in the Namche area, as they bear resemblance to Tibet, which is believed to have migrated from Tibet to Nepal around 600 years ago, and hence Namche is renowned as the Sherpa capital.

Similarly, nearby Namche are several high-altitude vantage points such as Khumjung, Kongde, and Everest View Hotel, assuring more expansive views of the surrounding snow-capped Himalayas. Hiking to these from Namche is found to be more effective for altitude acclimatization, making it an essential acclimatization point that helps adventurers adjust to the high altitude before they ascend further, even during the Odyssey to Gokyo Lake.

The awe-inspiring natural amphitheater of the Gokyo Lake, Ri, and Valley

As the main trek highlight of the Himalayan journey to the Everest Nepalese Himalayas, Gokyo Lakes are among the most stunning pristine glacial lakes, with the third lake, Dudh Pokhari, being the largest and most famous for its milk-like appearance of water reflecting the surrounding snow-capped peaks on the crystal clear water, adding much to the ethereal beauty of the area and creating a surreal and tranquil setting.

Likewise, at the outskirts of this group of six serene lakes in Everest, Gokyo is the Gokyo Valleys, a dramatic landscape of rugged Himalayan beauty, featuring striking glacial moraines, highly elevated meadows, and rocky terrain, which are the parts of the longest glacier in the Nepalese Himalayas, Ngozumpa Glacier, enhancing the preexisting impressive and raw beauty of the region.

The trails to these Gokyo Lakes and valley offer expeditors, trekkers, and climbers the greatest sense of isolation and tranquility untouched by any modernity in the Everest region, while the nearby peak called Gokyo Ri, standing at an altitude of 5,357 m, offers one of the most spectacular, often described as the best sweeping vistas of mountains, glaciers, and lakes. Summiting here is therefore going to be challenging and immensely fruitful, with a 360-degree panorama including four of the earth’s six highest snow-capped peaks: Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

The sunrise and sunset from this, Gokyo Ri, is also one of the notable features of the trek to observe the magical changing of light casting a golden glow over the mountain ranges, valleys, and hills, creating a powerful sense of scale and majesty when coming together with Gokyo lakes and valleys during the Gokyo Lake expedition. Serving as one of the best photographers, nature lovers, and every adventurer haven for sure.

The sensational natural beauty of the Everest Trekking region

The Gokyo Lake Trek takes place in the Everest region, under the Sagarmatha National Park, named after the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest/Sagarmatha (8,848 m), renowned for its breathtakingly diverse landscapes featuring a series of pristine, turquoise lakes, streams, and cascading waterfalls that are set against the stark contrast of the backdrop of sky-dominating peaks along with a vast array of flora and fauna, attracting adventurers, nature enthusiasts, photographers, and trekkers alike across the world.

The region is home to elusive wildlife such as the snow leopard, Himalaya Tahr, and various species of birds; ionic peaks like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam offer panoramic sights to behold; and the Sagarmatha National Park, which is also listed under UNESCO's (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) World’s Natural Heritage Site for its unparalleled grandeur.

Trekkers on the way to Gokyo Lake can enjoy these dramatic landscapes, rich biodiversity, and high-altitude environments, particularly around Gokyo Lakes and major peaks such as Gokyo Ri, offering a serene and mystical setting that creates an otherworldly ambiance perfect for individual reflection, meditation, and rejuvenation while visiting them during this not only naturally but also culturally pilgrimage to the Gokyo Lake.

One of the most happening off-the-beaten Himalayan Path in the Everest region, Gokyo Lake

Unlike some busier Everest treks, the Gokyo Lake Trek offers a quieter and more isolated, peaceful, and intimate trekking experience, allowing trekkers to enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of the region without the hustle and bustle of larger trekking groups. It is an opportunity to take yourself on that unique and fulfilling journey that stands out as a must-do for those individuals seeking a serene and more intimate Himalayan journey equivalent to any other longer and shorter expedition to the Himalayas, including the Upper Mustang Valley Trek, the Langtang Valley Voyage, or the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass alpine rambling.

The feeling of solitude in the availability of excellent tea houses, fabulous views, expert local Sherpa guides, and insight into the traditional lifestyle of various Himalayan Indigenous communities predominated by Sherpa is in the upper region, which hence grants you the never-before-heard-before Himalayan experience where one must be extremely conscious of every step you take due to several steep ascents and descents in remote highlands with relatively low availability of modern amenities.

The 13-Day best itinerary and route to the Go For Gokyo Lake Trek

The 13-day trip to the Gokyo Lakes begins in Kathmandu; however, you will start trekking only from Lukla onwards after an exhilarating mountain flight. The journey becomes more than just a visit to the six beautiful glacial lakes in the ultimate serenity of the Himalayas as you get to pass by the abundance of culture and nature of the Everest region, rambling rhythmically along the Dudh Koshi River through several traditional mountain villages such as Phakding, Namche Bazar, Dole, Maccheroma, and finally to the Gokyo Lakes.

Upon reaching Gokyo Lakes, you will definitely not miss visiting its valley and prominent peak in proximity called Gokyo Ri, which also denotes the beginning of retracing the route back to Kathmandu. The view from Gokyo Peak is as majestic as you can ever imagine, making each effort worth a shot, traversing deep through the longest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa Glacier.

This 19-day itinerary trek to Gokyo Lake is of medium duration, having included a whole one-day acclimatization at Namche Bazar, allowing a great pace, thorough exploration, and discovery of the most mysterious and common highlights of the Everest region. It is hence considered the best route as well for those seeking an intimate trekking experience following the less frequented trails.

Furthermore, this itinerary and trekking route to Gokyo Lake can be upgraded and customized as per the needs and preferences of trekkers at Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks. Contact us now for more personalized services and trekking experiences to the beautiful corners of the Himalayas during the holidays, as we are offering a special group discount for any trip you do with us, be it the short Himalayan hikes to Ghorpani Poon Hill, Langtang Valley Trek, or the extremely adventurous Annapurna Circuit Half Moutain Biking, Annapurna Circuit Moutain Biking, and others.

Cost for 13 day Trek to Gokyo Lake

The standard package cost to go for Gokyo Lake Trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks is USD 1,375 per person, which can vary depending upon the level of comfort and luxury you are looking for, the group size, and the season you have decided to traverse the Everest region leading you to Gokyo Lake. Which usually is:

  • USD 1,575 for 1 pax
  • USD 1,375 for 2-3 pax
  • USD 1,325 for 4-6 pax
  • USD 1,275 for 7-10 pax

This package cost to Gokyo Lake mostly covers the expense of trek essentials like food, accommodation, transportation, guides, porters, and permit fees.

Itinerary
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Upon landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal, you will receive a warm greeting from an airport representative of Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, who will also be driving you to your hotel.

In the evening, after refreshments, it would be lovely to meet your trek mates and mountain guide, who will brief you on your upcoming journey to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake with three high passes.

  • AccommodationThree-Star-Hotel
  • Max. Altitude1,400m

The combined trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake with three high passes begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, viewing spectacular airsights of the majestic mountain ranges along with Mt.Everest.

From the legendary Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla begins the official hiking to the Everest region, which calls for a day at the mountainous lodge called Phakding, passing by numerous typical mountain villages all through the Dudh Koshi River past Nupla and Kusum Kang

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,886m

On the third day, you will move forward to the treading and cultural hub of the Everest Trekking region, also referred to as the Sherpa capital of the country, Namche Bazaar, after crossing the tributaries of the Dudh Koshi River via several suspension bridges.

Before you finally make it to the tea house in Namche for the night, en route, you will register your permit to visit the Sagarmatha National Park, which grants you surreal views of Mt. Everest, Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Kondge-Ri, Tawache Peak, and others

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,440m

Although it hasn’t been long since you began the trek to the Everest region, the altitude gain is significant, and hence it becomes necessary to let yourself adapt to the mountain environment in Namche, which is ideal for rest and acclimatization, catering to the interests of almost every trekker and traveler.

On a lovely day, it would be adventurous to climb some adventurous vantage points nearby or stroll around the village filled with Buddhist monasteries and gompas to get culturally enlightened, followed by everlasting views of Ama Dablam and Mt.Everest

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch- Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,440m

The day has come when you will leave Namche behind and follow the trail cutting across the slopes high above the Dudh Koshi River, capturing the great views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest.

The overall jaunting of the day is a gradual climb to a small village on a hilltop where you will stop for lunch and thereafter descend through rhododendron forests toward the river, gradually ascending to Dole.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,110M

It is a fairly short trek day through the highland in the countryside above the tree line with the greatest views of Machermo Peak to the west and Cholatse to the east, so you will get to maintain your pace for better acclimatization.

Far up the canyon, Cho Oyu’s sight adds much to the excitement of finally calling it a day at one of the tea houses in Macchermo.

  • AccommodationTea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,470m

It is one of the notable days when you will finally get to discover the mystery of Gokyo Lakes and equally beautiful Gokyo Valleys, beginning with a thrilling ridge climb from Macchermo to the valley of Kangtaiga with the majestic sight of Cho Oyu. Later on, you will pass through Phangka and descend the riverbanks back and forth before climbing a steep terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier.

Almost at the end of the day trek, you will cross an iron bridge over a stream and a leveled-up trail leading you to the first lake, Longpongo, and eventually to the third lake and its valley with the sparkling backdrop of Cho Oyu, where you can spend the night watching the starry sky and stars.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch- dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,800m

You will go to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above Gokyo village, in the morning to savor the fantastic sunrise and view of the entire Khumbu region.

The more you ascend, the more fascinating the view becomes of the highest peaks of Nepal: Everest, Makalu Barun, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse.

Upon reaching the fourth lake, Thonak Tsho, you will get the pleasure of the serene lake and retrace the trail to the third lake.

In addition, you can hike up to the fifth lake, the longest glacier in the Himalayas, Ngozumba Glacier, if the permits and physical fitness support the expedition, and return to Gokyo for a night.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,357m

If you were not favored to summit Gokyo Peak the previous day, it is also a day to go for it, which is a total of 3–4 hours, slightly more demanding than the trek days, offering a striking look out at the lovely Gokyo Village and the third lake dominated by Cholatse and Nogzumpa glaciers amidst the mythical presence of Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Toboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. over night at hotel in Dole. 

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,800m

Today is a relatively long hike but it's a good trail and all downhill. The lower elevation makes things easier as well. The trek spends most of the day going down the Gokyo Valley with some good views of the peaks before you intersect back with the main route up to Everest Base Camp and head back to Namche. Will spend the night in Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationComfortable-Local-Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,110m

Today, the trail dips sharply before crossing the Dudh Koshi River via the suspension bridge, from where the route flattens, passing through the woods of pine, rhododendrons, and a distant glimpse of snow-capped peaks.

After having lunch at Phakding, the trek continues to Lukla to spend the memorable last night with the trekking crew in the Khumbu region at a locally furnished teahouse.

  • AccommodationComfortable-Local-Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,440m

The time has come when you will appreciate the hardworking porters who eased your journey to the Everest Base Camp before taking a flight back to Kathmandu, usually in the morning, to avoid the afternoon weather wrath.

By midday, you would have already made it to your hotel in Kathmandu. Stroll around the lively city of Thamel, get some souvenirs, and enjoy the celebration meal hosted by Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks

  • AccommodationThree-Star-Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,800m

We will transport you to the airport.  Thanks for trekking with Adventure Himalayan travels.  We look forward to seeing you again!

  • MealsBreakfast

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What's Included
Includes
  • 10 nights and 11 days of food and accommodation during trek (local lodge)
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu airfare
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters( porter carry maximum 20 k.g and one porter between two person)
  • Sagarmatha National Park fees
  • Pasang lamu Entrance fees
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Two nights’ accommodation at three star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
  • Airport transfers and escort
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Adventure Travels Duffle/Kit Bag.
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs
  • Equipment (sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter etc.)
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Trekking achievement certificate
  • Adventure HImalayan Tshirt
Excludes
  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 30 days - USD 50  (Details in Visa Page)
  • International flight fare
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
  • Extra accomodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
Dates and Prices
Date PriceAvailability 
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 01, 2024End DateEnds: SaturdayJul 13, 2024PricePriceUS$1375StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 08, 2024End DateEnds: SaturdayJul 20, 2024PricePriceUS$1375StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 15, 2024End DateEnds: SaturdayJul 27, 2024PricePriceUS$1375StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 22, 2024End DateEnds: SaturdayAug 03, 2024PricePriceUS$1375StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 29, 2024End DateEnds: SaturdayAug 10, 2024PricePriceUS$1375StatusStatusAvailable
Useful Info

Which are the best months of the year to travel to the Gokyo Lakes?

March to May, spring, and September to November are taken as the best months to visit Gokyo Lake in the Everest region. The pre-monsoon and post-monsoon periods offer the most favorable weather conditions, clear visibility with blue skies, and unobstructed views of the surroundings, including snow-capped peaks with mild trekking temperatures.

In the meantime, although the monsoon, summer, and winter months are not considered ideal times for the Himalayan trip to Gokyo Lake due to heavy rainfall in the summer and harsh freezing weather conditions in the winter, it is still possible to go and see the unique beauty of the Gokyo Lake and make it to the fullest of the trek by being well acclimatized, geared, and packed along with the selection of quality hiking equipment.

Do you need a TIMS card for Trekking to Gokyo Lake?

No, you might not need a Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS) card for visit Gokyo Lake in the Everest region, as the local authorities have regulated their own local permit called the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality instead, while the Sagarmatha National Park Permit is essential nonetheless.

These permits are usually managed by your trekking agency and companies on your behalf, or you can obtain them from the Kathmandu Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) or the Nepal Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) before starting your trek to the Everest realm, including that to Gokyo Lake, which will be checked at various points along the trekking trail.

Food and accommodation during the Gokyo Lake Trek

Undoubtedly, the journey to Gokyo Lake is arguably one of the best raw Himalayan wildernesses in the Everest Trekking region, which also facilitates numerous tea houses (small lodges) along the entire hiking route, providing basic accommodation that typically comes with twin beds and bedding, while the common areas usually have a wood or yak dung stove for heating and meals such as typical Nepali fare (Dal Bhat), international cuisine (pasta, noodles, pancakes), and other wide variety in the lower region.

These teahouses on the way to Gokyo Lake also offer electricity and device charging facilities at some additional charge, followed by WiFi services whose connection can be slow and unreliable when approaching certain high altitudes, so it is advisable to get local Ncell or NTC SIM cards from Kathmandu and get some data to connect with your loved ones whenever you receive a stable network.

What if spot acute mountain sickness or altitude sickness on the way to the Gokyo Lakes?

Despite the Gokyo Lake Trek being regarded as an easy to moderately difficult Himalayan hike, it still involves several days of jaunting to a high-altitude area that has several steep ascents and descents, rugged terrain, and glacial sections with a potential risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness.

Although it is a normal occurrence on the upperland tour in the Himalayas, if not taken care of at the right time, it can get fatal even during the alpine rambling to the Gokyo Lakes. Here’s what you can do to prevent the altitude sickness and stop it from getting more severe:

  • Ascent slowly and gradually to let your body acclimate well to the low oxygen level in the arduous Himalayan environment, and remember, “Climb high, sleep low.”.
  • Include acclimatization day specifically after gaining significant altitude.
  • Make sure you drink plenty of water and fluids to stay hydrated; however, try avoiding excessive alcohol and caffeine.
  • Consume plenty of high-carbohydrate foods to maintain the energy levels required for a high-altitude trek.
  • Avoid heavy exercise and exertion during the acclimatization days.
  • When spotting mild symptoms, it is crucial to stop ascending and rest where you are.
  • If the symptoms worsen and do not improve, it is essential to immediately descend to a lower altitude.
  • In severe cases or symptoms, seeking help from a medical professional is crucial, etc.

Why hire guides and porters for the odyssey to the Gokyo Lake?

Along with the free individual trekkers (FITS) ban in the country of the Himalayas, Nepal, since April 1st, 2023, guides are a must to ensure your safe, comfortable, responsible, and fulfilling traversing to Gokyo Lake in the encompassment of the top of the world, Mt. Everest (8,848 m).

While porters carry the heavy backpacks for you, the government-licensed guides trained for high-altitude treks climbs, and expeditions, including the potential concern of acute mountain sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness, ensure your well-being in what could be potentially unfamiliar rugged terrain for you in the higher altitude miles away from everyday urban facilities in a comparatively remote and untouched part of the country.

Further, local guides and porters from any reputable travel, tour, and trekking agency are well guided by ecotourism such as that from Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, so hiring them is also a way to support and promote eco-friendly odyssey while also contributing to uplifting the living standards of the local communities and their economies along the trekking route to Gokyo Lake.

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