Magnificent view of mountains including Everest and Cho -Oyu, Gokyo lake, Sherpa settlements, and a Hike to Gokyo Ri 5360m.

Gokyo Lake Trek

GRADE Strenuous
BEST SEASON March to May & Sep. to Dec.
Maximum Altitude 5,360 Meter

The Trek

Gokyo Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Everest region. Gokyo lake trek has a lot to offer. Gokyo is home to Gokyo-Ri ridge and five glacial lakes. The particular aspects that make this such a unique trek include; views of Nepal’s biggest glacier; Ngozumpa and the Mountain, Cho Oyu.

On this trek, you will experience the combined trekking routes of Gokyo Lake trek and Gokyo-Ri Trek. The classic Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the busiest routes in the Khumbu region, but you will find that the Gokyo Lake Trek is a great alternative.

There will be views of Everest without too much stress. Gokyo-Ri is considered among the finest viewpoints of Everest, and it also allows close-up views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, Everest, Amadablam, and other peaks of the mountains around. Gokyo-Ri is said to offer even more clear views than from Kalapattar.

The Gokyo Lake trek route follows the least crowded areas. We will leave the main trekking trail towards Everest Base Camp from Sanasa and proceed through Dole to Machhermo. We will enjoy views of Machhermo peak and visit Machhermo village which is said to be the land of the abominable snowman or Yeti. We will visit a local monastery and you will see the skull of a yeti before continuing the journey to Gokyo Valley. Here you will experience high-altitude, with the views of the Lakes and glaciers; before returning to Lukla from where we will catch a flight back to Kathmandu. Autumn (September to December) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Gokyo trek. You will never forget your experience with Gokyo Trek.



You will arrive in Kathmandu where you will be greeted and 3* hotel accommodation will be provided. On the trek, the accommodation will Lodges or what is known as a teahouse (Mountain hut). All accommodation is on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and at an additional cost. Lodges in most places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, please note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevations but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Regarding the budget, the hotel accommodation can be upgraded and downgraded in Kathmandu.


On your trek, you will experience authentic Nepalese cuisine as well as more common international food (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) Breakfast and dinner will be served in the Lodge where we spend the night and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided while trekking while only breakfast in Kathmandu.

Electricity facilities in trekking lodge:

Some villages will have hydropower lines but most commonly there will be a solar power system. There are likely to be battery charging facilities in most of the Lodges but for these facilities, there may be a separate charge (a cost of about 1USD for 1hour of charge).

Outline itinerary:

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1300m)
On disembarking at Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu, and once you have been through customs formalities, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel in a private car. After refreshments, you will meet with Hari for a briefing on your Gokyo Lake Trek itinerary. There will be an overnight stay in a three-star category hotel.

Day 02: Flight: Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m), Trek to Phakding (2610m). 3 hours.
We will catch an early morning flight from Tribhuvan Airport, from the domestic terminal in Kathmandu to Lukla. It takes 30 minutes to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. You will be able to enjoy views of majestic mountains and green hills throughout the flight. Once we arrive at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, we will assemble the crew and begin our trek to Phakding. Lukla is taken as a gateway to the Everest Khumbu region. The trail from Lukla to Phakding continues through mani rocks. We will visit a local monastery in Phakding and stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 03: Phakding to Namche (3440m). 6 hours.
Leaving Phakding, we will trek along Dudhkoshi River and pass through the pine forests. Crossing many enromous suspension bridges, we will reach the small village of Zapute. Passing through the tiny settlements of Benkar and Chumoa, we will arrive at Monjo, which is the Gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. After fulfilling the necessary formalities with customs posts, we will enter the park and descend to the river. Crossing the Hillary Bridge, the trail then climbs to Namche. Along the way, there will be refreshing views of Everest from the Everest viewpoint before Namche. We will reach Namche Bazaar, wherefrom we will get an exhilarating view of the majestic Kongde peak. Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

Day 04: Acclimatization in Namche.
Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest region. It is also the land of legendary Sherpa. The market place in Namche has long served as the trade center between locals and the neighboring Tibetans. We will visit the marketplace in the morning and after lunch, we will make a side trip to nearby Khumjung village. We will visit the local monastery. We will learn about local culture and lifestyle and then return to Namche where we will stay overnight.

Day 05: Namche to Dole (4200m). 6 hours.
Walking through the pretty Khumjung village, we will follow the scenic path that allows views of Thamserku, Amadablam, and Kantegamountains. Exiting from Khumjung, we will
Follow the ascending trail toward a huge Buddhist shrine which is locally known as a Chorten. We will enjoy the view of the sacred Khumbila Peak and descend to Kayangjuma. Moving through the small village of Sanasa, we will reach Mongla Pass from where we will lower down to DudhKoshi River. The trail continues through rhododendron forest that is rich in wildlife. We will arrive at PhorseTenga. A bit further from PhorseTenga is Dole where we will stay overnight.

Day 06: Dole to Machhermo (4470m). 4 hours.
Leaving Dole early in the morning, we will climb the ridge and proceed to Lhabarma. The trail takes us through several summer settlements to Luza. The path is scenic with views of Majestic Cho Oyu mountain,  Thamserku mountain, and Kantega peak. Climbing further, we will reach DudhKoshi valley. Our journey continues passing through a few tiny villages to Machchhermo. A river originating from KyajoRi peak divides Machhermo into two halves. Macchermo is also popular as an abode of a mythical abominable snowman or Yeti. Stay overnight in Machhermo.

Day 07: Acclimatization in Machhermo
Machhermo is a very exciting place to take a rest. After lunch, we will take a casual stroll in Machhermo village. The ridge above Machhermo allows spectacular views of Kantega and Thamserku mountains. We will visit the monastery where there is supposed to be the head of Yeti. Staying overnight in Machhermo.

Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4790m). 4 hours.
After an early breakfast, we will climb the ridge above Machhermo for views of Kangtega, Thamserku, and Cho Oyu mountains. Following the wide valley, we will pass through chortentoPangka (53600m). We descend to the river from where the trail escalates through the moraine of Ngozamba Glacier. Crossing an iron bridge, we will reach the first Lake named Longpongo (4720m). Moving further, we will see the second lake named TabocheTsho. We will explore the third Lake (DudhPokhari) before making it to the nearby Gokyo village which will greet us with a spectacular view of majestic Cho-Oyu Mountain. Staying overnight in Gokyo.

Day 09: Hike to GokyoRi (5360m), Back to Guest House. 4 hours.
We will take a short trek to Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri is one of the finest vantage points in the Everest region along with Kalapattar and Everest Base Camp. Gokyo Ri is located above the village towards the northern corner of the lake. There is a scenic path with views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu Mountains. We will climb to the top of GokyoRifor’s breathtaking mountain view before returning back for an overnight stay.

Day 10: Hike to 5th lake (4990m) towards Mt. Cho Oyu. 6 hours.
Along with the high Gokyo Ri, Gokyo Valley holds as many as six lakes. The trek begins with a walk up to the fourth lake which is called ThonakTsho. Further on is the fifth lake named NgozumaTsho. The fourth lake is located 3 km to the north of Gokyo.At the fifth lake which is where Cho Oyu Base Camp is situated Ngazumpa glacier will be in view as will Cho Oyu Mountain.

Day 11: Gokyo to Dole (4200m). 5 hours.
The return trail begins today. We descend to Gokyo and follow the gushing DudhKoshi River which emerges from Ngozumpa Glacier. We will move along the second and first Gokyo Lakes to reach the iron bridge above the river. We will enjoy the views of stunning Phangka village and Cholatse and Taboche peaks. Going down from Phangka, we will follow the level path to a Chorten. From here there are views of Thamserku mountain, Cho Oyu Mountain, and Kangtega peak before reaching Machhermo. After taking a rest for a while, we will proceed through the tiny villages of Luza and Lhafarmato Dole, here we will stay overnight.

Day 12: Dole to Namche (3440m). 5 hours.
Leaving Dole early in the morning, we will take sharp descent to PhortseTenga. This is going to be an easy day as we will follow a descending trail for most of the day. We will pass through forest to reach MongLa. The pass greets us with a close-up view of Khumbila Mountain. We will also enjoy the views of Taboche peak, AmaDablam and Kangtega peak before arriving at Sansa village. From Sansa, we will proceed further to Namche where we will stay overnight.

Day 13: Namche to Lukla (2800m).
Leaving Namche, we will follow the descending trail and walk through rocks and boulders to the suspension bridge over DudhKoshi River. We will reach Lukla where we will stay overnight.

Day 14: Flight: Lukla to Kathmandu (1300m)
We will take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to the hotel from the airport. You can take a rest from the long and tiring trek. If you are interested, we can also take you sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Sightseeing.
You can either enjoy a day of rest or go shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items like Nepali Handicrafts products. If you like, we can also arrange for sightseeing in Kathmandu. After breakfast, we will provide you with a guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO sites in Kathmandu such as Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swoyambhunath. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 16: Rest day in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Fly Back to Home.
You will leave for your home or next destination on this day. Our representative will transfer you to the airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Have a safe journey. We hope to see you soon.


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