Trip Facts

  • Total Days:15
  • Trekking Days: 11
  • Hotel in Kathmandu: 4 Nights
  • Trek Grade: Moderate/strenuous
  • Altitude Maximum: 5360m (Gokyo-Ri)
  • Type of Trek: Lodge
  • Best season: March–May and September-November
  • Walking Time: 4-7 hours each day

Gokyo Lake Trek, Also known by other names as the Gokyo Ri Trek and the Gokyo Valley Trek in the Everest region.  it begins from Lukla after a flight from Kathmandu. Thereafter, you will be led to a beautiful small market town Namche Bazaar which is famous for its local products, especially homemade cheese and butter from yaks.

You can also find daily essentials as well as trekking and expedition equipment. With this, the Gokyo trek starts getting more exciting revealing its extravagance to you. Though the trail initially coincides with that of the Everest Base Camp Trek, later it splits taking you to the Gokyo Lake. Residing in the Khumbu region, the Gokyo Valley is incontrovertibly beautiful and beguiling cocktail natural opulence—dainty and delightful villages, lovely lakes, gorgeous glaciers.

The Gokyo Ri peak and the Ngozumpa glacier are a couple of major attractions in cutthroat with the Gokyo Lake.
In the Gokyo Valley, the villages are some of the highest settlements in Nepal at an elevation of 4750 m.
Strange but true—nearly all the buildings are the guest houses for the trekkers. And the Gokyo Lakes, situated in the Sagarmatha National Park, constitute one of the the world’s highest freshwater lake systems.

These glossy and glassy lakes will fill you awe with their brilliantly blue and turquoise appearance. Spread over an area of 485 acres, the Gokyo Lake system comprises of 19 lakes lying between 4600 m and 5100 m.

On the way, the first lake you will be greeted by is the Longpongo at an altitude of 4690 m, followed by the second, the Taboche Tsho whose aquamarine visual will effortlessly allure you. The series of lakes will keep pleasing you.

On top of that, the views of the Mt. Everest, the Mt. Makalu, the Mt. Lhotse, and the Mt. Cho Oyu, which are over 8000 m, can easily give you goosebumps. In addition, the other contenders, like Ama Dblam, the Thamserku won’t lag behind to bewitch you.

One you ascend atop the Gokyo Ri at 5357 m, you can have a close magical view of the Mt. Everest. What’s more, the view of the 27 different snow-capped peaks will be extraordinarily thrilling. An advantage of this trek over the Everest Base Camp Trek is that it is easier and less crowded.

Apart from its natural grandeur, the cultural and religious elements are pervasive for all the good reasons. The region is special for the Hindus and the Buddhists alike—there are not only the monasteries but also the temples of the Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Hence, people here honest, kind and treat guests as gods. Their goodwill and grace will apparently be the best of the things you will fall for.
There is a lot you will discover during the trek. The Gokyo Valley is eagerly awaiting you, and so are we to help you with this.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath & Patan
Day 03: Flight Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding
Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche
Day 06: Trek Namche to Phortse Thanga
Day 07: Trek Phortse Thanga to Machhermo
Day 08: Trek Machhermo to Gokyo
Day 09: Trek Gokyo to Nala (Morning hike to Gokyo-Ri)
Day 10: Trek Nala to Tengboche
Day 11: Trek Tengboche to Jorsale
Day 12: Trek Jorsale to Lukla
Day 13: Flight Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 14: Visit Bhaktapur
Day 15: Departure

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the  Nepali Traditional restaurants in Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath and Patan: start our tour visiting a magnificent Buddhist stupa Swoyambunath followed by a visit of Patan, a true open air museum with its pagodas, temples, and monasteries.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2650m): A scenic flight to Lukla (2865m) where we start our trek to Phakding which takes about 3 hours. We trek via Cheplung (2700m), Thado Koshi and Ghat (2590m) villages. Phakding is a small charming place with some comfortable lodges.
Overnight: Lodge
Flight Time: 40 minutes
Walking Time: 3 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 1531m

Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche (3440m): The busy trail follows Dudh Koshi River and reaches Zamphuti where you can observe the beautiful view of Thamserku Peak then continue to Chomoa. We continue our trek again and climb to Monjo 2850m). Monjo is entry point of Sagarmatha National Park so we should complete our trekking permit and National park entry formalities before we enter the park. The trek again continues to Jorsale where we start our ascent to Namche Bazaar after crossing the large suspension bridge. Along the way you get the first proper glimpse of Mt. Everest and other surrounding peaks. Namche bazaar is known as the gateway to Everest and has some modern facilities including  some very good lodges, several monasteries, shops, bakeries, an army camp, Sagarmatha National Park quarter, museum etc.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: +790m

Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m): Today we hike to nearby Everest View Hotel where you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Mt. Everest and surrounding mountains. You may also be interested to visit Sherpa Museum which is a great place to learn Sherpa culture and the history of mountaineering in the region.
Overnight: Lodge

Day 06: Trek Namche to Phortse Thanga (3680m): The trek starts with a flat trail to Shanasa for about one and half hour. From here the trail ascends to Mongla hill for two hours. Then the trail continues on steep downhill to Phortse Thanga for about one and half hour where we spend the night. The views of Khumbila, Tawache peak, Mt. Amadablam, Thamserku peaks are highlight of the day.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 240m

Day 07: Trek Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4470m): The trail begins by ascending steeply through rhododendron forests, passing many Kharkas on its way to Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) and then reaches Dole. From Dole we cross a small River and continue ascending to Lhaparma (4330m), and Luza (4340m) and finally we reach Machermo. The Mountain View from this area is superb.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: +660m

Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4790m): Start our trek on a gradual uphill and trail stays similar all the way to Gokyo. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes and soon arrive at the second lake, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking along the edge of the lake the scenery is breathtaking: the summits of Cho- Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflect beautifully in its emerald green water.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 4 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 320m

Day 09: Trek Gokyo to Nala (4385m): Early morning hike to Gokyo –Ri (5360m) for the wonderful mountain scenery including Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Twache and other peaks. This is the highest point of this trek and creates unforgettable lifetime memories for you to enjoy. Then we retrace our steps to Gokyo and after breakfast we continue our trek for about five hours descending to Nala.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 405m

Day 10: Trek Nala to Tengboche (3860m): The trail begins gently descending to Phortse a small beautiful Sherpa settlement where we stop for the lunch. After lunch the trail again steeply descends to Imja Khola followed by steep ascend to Tengboche. Tengboche is a very renowned tourist destination in Nepal because of its well known Buddhist monastery and superb mountain views. We visit the monastery in the evening.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 525m

Day 11: Trek Tengboche to Jorsale (2810m): We continue our trek from Tengboche descending steeply through a stunning forest of rhododendron, blue pine and silver fir to Phunkithanga a small settlement with couple of tea houses. The trail ascends to Trashinga crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River continuing through juniper and pine forest, on an easy trail to Namche Bazaar. After lunch in Namche the trail steeply descends before crossing the suspension bridge and continues to Jorsalle following Dudh Koshi River.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Difference in Elevation: -1050m

Day 12: Trek Jorsale to Lukla (2865m): On our final days’ trek to reach Lukla we cross Phakding, Ghat, Thado Koshi, and Cheplung taking about 4-5 hours to complete.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 4-5 hours
Difference in Elevation: +55m

Day 13: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1334m): early morning scenic flight back to Kathmandu. The flight usually leaves early from Lukla and takes about 40 minutes to Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Flight Time: 40 minutes
Difference in Elevation: - 1531m

Day 14: Visit Bhakapur: We drive for about an hour to visit an ancient city, Bhaktapur. It is one of the oldest cities of Kathmandu valley.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 15: Transfer to the airport and departure.

Cost Includes

  • Transfers airport/hotel/airport
  • Hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis
  • Transport, guided visits and entry of the monuments in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight tickets Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
  • Domestic airport taxes
  • Trekking permit /TIMS, and National park entry fee
  • A professional English speaking tour / trekking guide and porter
  • Meals Full board during trek
  • Drinks (Tea and Coffee only)
  • Accommodation in Lodge during the trek
  • Your international flight re-confirmation
  • All necessary documents and government tax
  • Insurance for all staff (including guide, porter)

cost Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident/repatriation helicopter/medical care)
  • Alternative transportation (flights / vehicles), Accommodation in case of bad weather, flood, landslide, heavy rain, strike, road blockade etc
  • Personal expenses such as cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone, Hot shower etc
  • Emergency evacuation rescue charge, if needed
  • Tips for tour/trekking staff

Note: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.

Trekking Gear:





01 Day back-pack


02 Gore-Tex Jacket


03 Down Jacket


04 Fleece Jacket


05 Micro Fleece


06 Trekking pants(Trousers)


07 Hiking shoes (Boots)


08 Runners (sport shoes)


09 Trekking Socks


10 Rain poncho


11 Sun-glasses


12 Water bottles


13 Thermal underwear(long)


14 T- shirts


15 Sunscreen/lotion


16 Flip flop (sandal)


17 Towel


18 Hat(Baseball cap)


19 Pristine drops (Water purifier)


20 Head light/flash light


21 Sleeping Bag


22 Gloves


23 Wind Proof Trouser (s)


24 Personal medical kid


25 Toiletries


Weather Report

Nepal Climate

From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.

Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year.  Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer.  Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C.  Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.

The summer/monsoon period: It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.

Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.

In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.

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