Gokyo Lakes Cho Oyu Base Camp Trek is considered one of the amazing treks that offer breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks and Ngozumpa Glacier - the largest glacier in Nepal’s Himalayas. Five marvelous alpine lakes linked with the awe-inspiring eight-thousander Cho Oyu stand right in front of you at Gokyo.
Gokyo Lakes Cho Oyu Base Camp Trek Highlights.
Trekking to Gokyo Valley is considered one of the amazing treks that offer breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks and Ngozumpa Glacier - the largest glacier in Nepal’s Himalayas. Five marvelous alpine lakes linked with the awe-inspiring eight-thousander Cho Oyu stand right in front of you at Gokyo. Gokyo Ri viewpoint is located elevation of 5357 meters just on top of pristine Gokyo Lake. Gokyo Ri viewpoint provided superb views of the 8,000-meter peaks of Mount Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.
Another attractive part of the trip is the day hikes to Cho Oyu Base Camp following the Ngozumpa Glacier's remarkable views of Mount Cho Oyu, the alpine glacier's fourth and fifth lake among the five lakes. Once arrive at Cho Oyu Base Camp massif Mount Cho Oyu standing just in front with nearly a hug and views of the breathtaking Himalayan vista and the largest Ngozumpa glacier you will never forget your life.
Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu Basecamp Trekking Route;
After a 30-minute scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu landing at Tenzing Hillary (Lukla) airstrip, our journey begins. Along the trek, we will pass Sherpa villages, Buddhist monasteries, Mani walls, and prayer flags with breathtaking views of Mount Everest and other snowcapped peaks getting closer each day. Visit Himalaya Treks designed Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu basecamp trek itinerary very carefully adding with acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar elevation of 3400 meters and Machhermo altitude of 4440 meters.
Namche Bazaar is known as the Sherpa town gateway to the top of the world. Having a rest day at Namche Bazaar is very important because that will allow us to explore around like the Sherpa Museum located at the top of the Namche Bazaar, Syangboche airport, Everest View Hotel, and the hidden village of Khunde and Khumjung. On acclimatization day at Machhermo, we climb the hill ridge above Machhermo about 4900 meters, from this hill superb views of Everest can be seen.
Another highlight of the trip is we will trek through the Sagarmatha National Park country’s first national park established in 1976. Sagarmatha National Park is home to birds like the Himalayan monal, blood pheasant, red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. It is also home to a number of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, and Himalayan black bear. Himalayan thars, langur monkeys, martens, and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.
Besides Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu Basecamp Trek is less crowded then popular Everest base camp Trek on the other hand provides stunning views with a full trekking experience. Trek can be done without Camping staying at Tea House / Lodges involving warm Sherpa hospitality and their rich culture. The best time to trek Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu base is the end of September to mid-December in the autumn season and March to May is another perfect time to trek in the spring season.
You don’t need to be a mountain runner to do Himalayan treks in Nepal, normally if you could walk each day for 4 to 7 hours including a break then you could do it, however, if you are an experienced traveler looking for more challenging trip then, Visit Himalaya Treks offers Gokyo Lakes Chola Pass Everest Base Camp trek which is much more demanding one. After the summit our goal is to reach the viewpoint of Gokyo Ri (5357 meters) and Cho Oyu base camp we trek back to following the same trail we climbed earlier via Namche, Lukla, and flight back to Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Airport and the runways are shared by both domestic and international flights. Can be quite busy in the high tourism seasons, where Lukla flights will be in the peak time. To avoid the busy air traffic and landing on the runways can be a problem.
Completing the flights and making sure all travelers are in Lukla and Outing from Lukla on time. The Lukla Flight operates from Manthali (Ramechhap) Airport during the peak season. The months of October and November are in the autumn season and the months of March to May are in the Spring season Lukla flights operate from Manthali (Ramechhap Airport).
During this period (October and November in the autumn season and March to May in the Spring season) there is no flight available KTM – LUKLA and LUKLA – KTM.
During peak tourism season, October and November in the Autumn season and March to May in the Spring season Lukla flights operate only from Manthali (Ramechhap Airport).
Gokyo Lakes Cho Oyu Base Camp Trek itinerary,
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing and trip preparation.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 03 hours.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hours.
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar – 06 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Dole 4,200m - 06 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Machhermo. (4440 meters) – 04 hours.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Machhermo. (4440 meters)
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters) – 4 hours.
Day 10: Day Hike to Fifth Lake Cho Oyu Base Camp (5419 meters) – 6 hours.
Day 11: Early morning hike to Gokyo Ri (5357 meters) – about 3 hours and back to Gokyo. After lunch trek back to Machhermo – 6 hours.
Day 12: Trek back to Namche. 6-7 hours.
Day 13: Trek back to Lukla. 6-7 hours.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Leisure day in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel.
After Breakfast sightseeing tour around Kathmandu you will be engrossed at places of interest on this day for 4-5 hours of enjoyable and impressive tour visiting world heritage sites of temples-monasteries-Stupas.
Morning flight to Lukla with mountain views including Everest, on reaching Lukla with time for rest, then start first day trekking to Phakding village. Walk leads past farm villages with few short ups and down, beautiful views along the walk to Phakding.
After overnight at Phakding, morning trek leads over Dudh Kosi River and then past interesting villages of Tok-Tok, Bhenkar and Monjo to reach at Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate.
From here walk on riverbanks for few hours, on crossing last bridge with climb to Sherpa town Namche Bazaar.
After breakfast hike to Sagarmatha National Park museum just top of the Namche Bazaar. After exploring this historical museum walk to the twin village of Khunde (3840 meters) and Khumjung (3780 meters) through the Syangboche Airport (3720 meters) and Everest View Hotel is considered as one of the interesting days of the trek. With the benefit of gain in altitude, this day trip also offers a chance to visit a hospital and school started by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Lohtse (8414 meters) and Ama Dablam (6856 meters) are also an added incentive for the day hike.
The trek continues on a well maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path climbs to a different valley leaving the traditional Everest Trail and crosses Mong La and drops down to Phortse Tenga. With the disappearing views of Taboche (6367 meters) and Chola Tse (6335 meters), the path leads into rhododendron forest; slowly climbs and reaches Dole.
Leaving the tree line behind, a brief climb starts the day and a gradual climb follows for the rest of day. The trail passes through a couple of tea shops at Luza and finally reaches Machhermo with Cho Oyu (8201 meters) appearing to the north.
A climb to the ridge above Machhermo rewards with view of Cho Oyu & Everest and the trail into the valley for the next few days. Lecture on altitude at the nearby health post is an option for the afternoon. According to legends, Machhermo was the last place of sightings of the mythical creature of the Himalayas, the Yeti.
The trail moves up into the valley on an easy terrain and starts getting steeper near the first lake of the Gokyo Valley. After passing two smaller lakes, the trail leads to the third lake commonly known as the Gokyo Lake with Mount Cho Oyo towering in the background.
A walk further into the valley on an easier terrain leads to the fourth and fifth lakes of the valley. These lakes are considered to be sacred and holy to the people of the Khumbu region. Walking shape of the biggest glacier Ngozumpa glacier toward to Cho Oyu Oyu base camp. Reaching at Cho Oyu base camp provided inspiring views of the mount Cho Oyu, Everest and Gyachung Kang and fifteen highest peaks in the world and back to following the same trail just walked before.
Today we begin early. Hiking up for about 3 hrs we arrive to Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri caters 360 degree panorama of four 8000ers of the Himalayas that include Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu. We slide down back to the hotel, which is pretty easy walk about 1 hour downhill. Have a breakfast/ Lunch and begin to trek along the retracing trail back towards Machhermo.
Treading along the retracing trail the trek today arrives at the bustling Khumbu Town Namche. Treading along the knwon trail in Everest at time allows an opportunity to spot something we have really liked on the way upwards. So the walking is always fun, even on the retracing trails during treks in Everest Region.
After the breakfast, we hike down a trail steeply descends to the Suspension Bridge and then continue walking over several local villages and most of walking is through Dudh Koshi River valley and surroundings toward to Lukla.
A 30 minutes flight to Kathmandu. After thrilling trek to Gokyo Lake Cho Oyu base camp you will have free relaxing day at Kathmandu.
This will be a spare day in Kathmandu. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure etc.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.
Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.
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We always try to be flexible to design the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced as our suggested itinerary then off-course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.
Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.
An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.
Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in remote areas as well.
There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain most of the tea houses/lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide will take care at the time of cooking and on a camping trek, our cook and staffs will care all about the food section.
Most of the lodges in the mountains are basic like a guest house or tea house style. In a few major settlements Lodges are upgraded, where are the possibilities we provide you with the best accommodation! Also, it depends upon the service packages.
Lately, most of the teahouses have electricity supply even with solar panels. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. But charging your battery you should have to pay an additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx. per hour.), in order to get your gadgets to be charged.
Now a day’s most of the major village has a cell phone network connection. However, in a remote area where cell phone does not work, and even if there is not any other communication access then we send satellite phone along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.
Yes, either you can store at the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilograms. A trekking helper (porter) carries the baggage of fewer than 20 kilograms. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.