Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo ValleyGokyo valley is considered a traditional trek that offers wonderful views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest in Nepal's Himalayas. The image of this region is associated with the soaring views of the most popular mountains in Nepal, at an altitude of 8000m such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake. One of the most remarkable features is the views of the wonderful ice point between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m) located in Khumbu region.

You can flight from Kathmandu to Lukla’s airstrip, the adventure really begins.  Everything is prepared in conjunction guides. Along the trek we will pass Buddhist monasteries with the views of Everest and other snow towering mountains getting closer. We will have rest days in the villages of Namche bazaar that will allow us to explore the region and acclimatize, which is very important. After trekking to Gokyo Ri (5483 meters), we return at a leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.


Trip Facts

Trekking Destination: Gokyo Lake (Khumbu Region)
High altitude: Gokyo Ri 5483 meters
Grade: Fairly Strenuous
Activities: Trekking
Season: March to May, September to December 
Trekking hour: 5-6 hours each day
Duration: 14 Days

Gokyo Lake Trekking Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu /Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Trip arrangements, meeting with staff and sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Guided sight seeing tour Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square. Rest of the time you can use for travelling around Thamel and shopping of needed equipment and other necessaries / Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m), start trek to Phakding (2610m) / Overnight at teahouse lodge

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters)
Trail starts to rise and rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir trees prevail, with breathtaking view of Namche Bazar (3441 mtrs) – the gateway to the Everest region. Namche Bazar is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains / Overnight at teahouse lodge

Day 05: Namche Bazaar acclimatization day.
During this day, an early hike above town, before the clouds move in, reward climbers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam / Overnight at teahouse lodge

Day 06: Trek to Phorste Thanga (3680 meters)
We begin with a climb to the hill to Khumjung and then descend to the east of the village down the broad Valley leading to the Dudh Koshi. The Gokyo route turns north, climbing above the more frequented route to Tengboche and Everest base camp. The two trails soon join and continue towards a large chorten on the ridge top at 3973m / Overnight at teahouse lodge

Day 07: Trek to Machherma (4470 meters)
Trail climbs steeply through rhododendron forests, passing many Kharkas on its way to Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) and then reaches Dole. From Dole we will cross a small river and continue ascending to Lhaparma (4330m) and Luza (4340m) and finally reach Machermo. / Overnight at teahouse lodge

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters)
You will climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first and second of the holy lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La - our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is breathtaking with the summits of Cho- Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters / Overnight at teahouse lodge

Day 09: Trek to Gokyo Ri (5483 meters)
Gokyo RI (5480m) plentiful rewards to ones that attempt this trip. Stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu mountains range, such giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) are what we get from this place. Explore around and back to the Gokyo in the afternoon / Overnight at teahouse lodge

Day 10: Trek to Phorste Thanga (3680 meters)
The trail continues to the east side of valley. It is a series of ascents and descents along the Dudh Kosi river. The route to Phortse retraces the upward journey to Pangka, then turns east and climbs across the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier to Na (4,400m), the only year round settlement in the valley. / Overnight at teahouse lodge

Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village (3780 meters)
Khumjung (4790m) village Walk down to Namche via Shyangboche for night stop. Every Saturday, if you are lucky enough to be in Namche on Saturday, people from the surrounding areas bring their goods to sell at ‘Haat Bazaar’ where you can see local and traditional products on sale / Overnight at teahouse lodge

Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2804 meters)
Trek back to Lukla along the same trail, although it always looks different coming from the opposite direction on arrival in Lukla (2840m) you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek / Overnight at teahouse lodge

Day 13: Early in the morning, transfer to airport and fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu / Overnight at hotel

Day 14: Free day in Kathmandu for personal activities or join onward program or final departure.

Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Cost

Please find this trip cost as per your group size.

Minimum 2 Pax 4 to 6 Pax 7 to 15 Pax 15 Above Pax
USD 1395.00 USD 1345.00 USD 1299.00 USD 1265.00

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up & transfer by private car / van
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • lodge accommodation and three times Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance for the guide and porters
  • All surface transfer to/from Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System and Annapurna conservation permit
  • Domestic Air fare ( Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • Government taxes & office service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, juice, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal shopping and laundry
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)