Everest Gokyo Lake Trek - 13 Days

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is a wonderful journey to the alluring Gokyo lakes. It is one of the most amazing viewpoints for great mountain views including Mt. Everest and other surrounding peaks.

Moreover, it is for those who wish to explore something new in the Everest region. This Everest Gokyo Lake trek is an alternative, less crowded trail to popular Everest Base Camp Trek. This short and beautiful trek offer a fabulous view of Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes.

This wonderful trek begins at the mountain airstrip at Lukla 45-minute flight from Kathmandu. The trekking start from Lukla to Phakding and trail follow forests trail and head up to Namche Bazaar.

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek passes via the fascinating valleys, magnificent river, pristine lakes, and world’s biggest glacier called Ngozumpa glacier.

On the trail, you’ll pass via Dole, Machhermo village and finally reach Gokyo valley. This beautiful valley stands on the foot of Gokyo ridge along the Gokyo lakes. This valley offers a great scene of pristine turquoise lakes. Likewise, Gokyo lakes are one of the holy pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Gokyo Ri is the major highlight of this trip. It is the highest hill station located at an altitude of 5,380 m. The top of the Gokyo Ri peak offers panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Makalu- four of the eight highest peaks on the earth.

This trail is one of the best trail to trek over the Khumbu region. You’ll get plenty of opportunities to indulge in Nepal’s internal beauty.

Everest Gokyo Valley trek is suitable for trekkers of all ages, and you don’t need any previous trekking experience. If you are reasonably fit and can walk about 5 hours daily, you can complete this trek without any obstacle.

Though the best time for this adventurous trek is spring and autumn; it is doable throughout the year.

We assure that you’ll create a lot of unforgettable memories during this adventurous trip.

Nonetheless, if you want to explore the base of the world’s highest mountain and high pass then we have Gokyo-Chola Pass-Everest Base Camp Trek.

Highlights

  • Explore UNESCO listed world heritage sites including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Enjoy the breathtaking mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Walk via Sagarmatha National Park and witness some rare wildlife including Red Panda and Snow Leopard
  • Experience the unique culture, religion, and lifestyle of Himalayan Sherpa People
  • Visit Namche Bazaar- a gateway of Khumbu region
  • Close up views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, and other surrounding peaks
  • Explore one of the world’s largest glacier- Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Explore the Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lake
  • Hike to Gokyo Ri- one of the best vantage point for beautiful mountain vistas
DaysItineraryTime
Day 01Arrival to Kathmandu (1,338 m)-
Day 02Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,804 m)3 hrs
Day 03Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m)5.5 hrs
Day 04Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day (3,962 m)5 hrs
Day 05Trek to Dole (4,200 m)5 hrs
Day 06Trek to Machherma (4,470 m)5 hrs
Day 07Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m)5 hrs
Day 08Gokyo - Acclimatization-
Day 09Trek to Gokyo Ri and back to Machhermo (5,483 m)5 hrs
Day 10Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m)7 hrs
Day 11Trek to Lukla (2,804 m)6 hrs
Day 12Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening45 min flight
Day 13Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure-
Day 1
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Max Elevation: 1338 m, Kathmandu

After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will receive and transfer you to the hotel. After check in and having some refreshments, our guide will brief you about Everest Gokyo Lake Trek.

After attending this small meeting, you can go to nearby places to get familiar with the culture. In the evening, you’ll join the welcome dinner hosted by Nepal Osho Vision where you’ll get an opportunity to taste traditional Nepali cuisines.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight

Trek Duration: 3 hours

Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla

Early in the morning, we’ll head towards the domestic terminal of an international airport for the mountain flight to Lukla. It will be an adventurous flight as the Hillary airport is one of the dangerous airports in the world. It is the steep airstrip which is hanging off the side of a mountain.

After reaching Lukla, you’ll meet our rest of the trekking staff and begin the trek towards Phakding. Then following the well-marked trail, you’ll head up the Dudh Koshi Valley. After walking for a while, you’ll reach Ghat and then soon you’ll arrive at Phakding.

Overnight at Phakding.

Day 3
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 5.5 hours

Max Elevation: 3441 m, Namche Bazaar

After having breakfast in Phakding, you’ll start your trek towards Namche. You’ll continue your trek, enjoying the superb view of Mt. Thamserku from the Benkar village.

Crossing some bridges, you’ll reach the main entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. Here the local authorities will check your trekking permits to keep a record of trekkers and local trekking staff as well.

After enjoying the pleasant walk with a few short and downhill, you’ll reach Hillary Suspension bridge. Now, after climbing uphill towards Namche Bazaar, you’ll get a close and magnificent sight of Kwangde Peak, and its sister peaks, Kusum Kanguru. Finally, you’ll reach the colorful Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

Day 4
Day 04: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 3,962 m, Everest View Hotel

During the high altitude trek, altitude sickness can affect anyone. So, it is necessary to take a day off, and Namche Bazaar is popular and first place for acclimatization during the most of the Everest region treks.

You can go for a short hike to Everest View Hotel that offers fabulous views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Ama Dablam.

However, there are a lot of other options for short day hikes like you can explore the twin villages of Khumjung and Khunde. Both of these villages offer a close insight into Sherpa culture. You can also visit the Khumjung monastery where there is scalp of Yeti.

After a short hike around these villages, you can walk down to Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Dole

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 4, 200 m

Early in the morning, you’ll trek downhill and climb to pass via the Monj La Pass before reaching Phortse Tenga. The trail also passes via the rhododendron and birch forest where you’ll see a variety of shrubs and flowers. While walking via forests trail, you’ll spot musk deer and blue mountain sheep.

Heading towards Phortse Tenga, you will ascend to Dole, a beautiful small village.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Dole.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Machherma

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 4,470 m

After breakfast early in the morning, you’ll follow the trail that offers a panoramic views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku. Along the trail, you’ll pass several villages and ascend some rocky terrain.

Following the path above the Dudh Koshi river takes you to Luza village from where the steep ascent begins. On the left side, you’ll get an amazing view of Kyajo glacier. Further, continuing the trek, you’ll reach Machherma village. Here we’ll visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital where you can learn about the Acute Mountain Sickness (altitude sickness).

You’ll spend a night at a teahouse of Machherma.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo

Trek Duration: 5.5 hours

Max Elevation: 4,790 m

Early in the morning, after breakfast at Machhermo, you’ll head towards “Gokyo valley”. As you move higher, you’ll get the outstanding view of Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), world 6th highest mountain, in the north side and Kangtega (6,685 m) in the south side.

Following the scenic path to Pangkha and descend for a while and again ascend until you reach Langponga. From here you’ll start to get breathtaking views of first and second lakes.

You continue our trek onward and reach on the ridge of mesmerizing cyan Dudh Pokhari, one of the most beautiful Gokyo Lakes. On the eastern bank of the third lake, there is a beautiful settlement of Gokyo. You’ll have an amazing time around the lakes enjoying the wonders of nature. You’ll spend a night at a teahouse of Gokyo valley.

Day 8
Day 08: Gokyo: Acclimatization Day

Today is the second acclimatization day of this Everest Gokyo Lake Trek. Gokyo valley is on the side of Ngozumpa glacier, one of the biggest glaciers in the world.

You have a whole day to explore around the glacial lakes. You’ll explore the Gokyo valleys’ fourth and fifth lakes.

The fourth lake lies 3 km north of Gokyo. Here you can notice high cliffs and Himalayan peak rising above it. We continue our walk a little further and reach the fifth lake. You’ll climb a nearby hill to get a mesmerizing view of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Makalu.

Further, from the northern side of the fifth lake, you’ll see a fantastic view of Cho Oyu base camp and Ngozumpa glacier. After exploring the lakes, walking by the side of the lake, you’ll go back to Gokyo valley for an overnight stay.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo Ri and Back to Machhermo

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 5,483 m. Gokyo Ri

Gokyo Ri is the main attraction of this trip. Early in the morning, you’ll hike up to the Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak). Climbing to the summit of Gokyo Ri is strenuous as you’ve to climb steep up for 3-4 hours to reach the top.

However, the summit of Gokyo Ri offers a jaw-dropping view of the world’s tallest mountain including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam, Thamserku. Cholatse, and Kusum Kanguru. Along with the outstanding mountain vistas, you’ll also get an amazing view of Ngozumpa glacier and beautiful Gokyo valley.

Your visit to Gokyo Ri will be unforgettable lifetime memories!

After enjoying the panoramic beauty from Gokyo Ri, you’ll retrace back from Gokyo valley to Machhermo. Starting from the third lake and following the trail along the second and first lake, the trail leads towards the Dudh Koshi river emerging out of Ngozumpa glacier.

Once again, crossing over the iron bridge, we’ll pass via the Phangka settlement. Continuing the trail via the several villages, you’ll reach Machhermo for an overnight stay.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Max Elevation: 3,441 m

After breakfast, you’ll continue the trek and gently descend to Dole via Phortse Tenga. Following the forest trail, you’ll ascend steeply to Monga Danda and descend down to Kyanjoma.

After a few hours of the up and downhill climb, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar. Along the trail, with the impressive views of giant Himalayas, your trekking journey will be easy. You’ll spend a night at a teahouse in Namche Bazaar.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Lukla

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,804 m, Lukla

After having breakfast in Namche, you start your trek on a rocky trail. You’ll pass via several villages including Benkar, Monjo, Phakding, and Champlung before reaching the hill town of Lukla. Several hours of walk brings us back to the starting point of our Everest Gokyo Lake Trek.

It is the last day of your trek. Upon arrival at Lukla, you will freshen up and take rest. Overnight at Lukla.

Day 12
Day 12: Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner in the Evening

Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight

Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla

After your long mountain journey, now you’ll fly back to Kathmandu. An early morning flight will take you in Kathmandu. You can take rest and relax throughout the day at the hotel. If you want to take some gifts (typical Nepalese goods) home from Nepal for your closed one, then you can visit the nearby shop in Thamel.

In the evening, to celebrate the successful completion of the trek, you’ll have a farewell dinner.

You’ll spend an overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 13
Day 13: Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure

Finally, the journey with the mountains of Nepal comes to an end! If you want to explore the other trekking region of Nepal or tours in India, Bhutan, and Tibet we’ve various trekking packages.

If you want to customize this trip, then feel free to contact us.

Cost Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in tea houses during the days in a trek
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu half day sightseeing
  • During sightseeing tours guide
  • Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry and TIMS card fee
  • A professional English speaking guide
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charges
  • First aid kit box

Cost Excluded

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal gear for trekking
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Gratitudes to the guide and porter

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Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

Trip Facts

  • Everest Region
  • 5,483 m, Gokyo Ri
  • 13 Days
  • 9 Days
  • 2 to 10 persons
  • Strenuous
  • 5-6 hours
  • Spring and Autumn Season
  • Kathmandu
  • Lukla

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