Gokyo Lake and Gokyo-Ri Trek - 14 Days

Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri Trek is best for those interested in exploring Everest region. That too without any physical stress of reaching the base camp or crossing the high passes.

This adventurous journey begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trek begins from Lukla following the same classic Everest Base Camp Trek route till Namche Bazaar. From Namche, you’ll move towards Dole, Machherma, and eventually Gokyo valley.

During this wonderful trek, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to capture a beautiful moment. Along with outstanding photographic opportunities, you’ll also get a chance to experience the unique Sherpa cultures, traditions, and their hospitality.

You’ll also visit the ancient monasteries and learn about the ancient Buddhist practices.

Further, on the trail, the amazing views of snow-capped mountains surrounds you. The trail offers excellent and rewarding views of Mt. Everest with lush green forests, roaring streams, and friendly people in quaint villages.

Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri trek is a moderate level trek in the Everest region. So, with a reasonable amount of fitness and a positive attitude you can join this trek with us. Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-October) are the best seasons for this trek.

This trip will be your lifetime memorable trip!

Furthermore, if you’re looking for a more challenging trek in the Everest trekking region, try Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo valley and Chola Pass.

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites- Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Explore Namche Bazaar a famous hub of Everest trekking region
  • Walk via Sagarmatha National Park- one of the highest national park in the world
  • Gokyo Valley-one of the most beautiful valley in the Khumbu region of Nepal
  • Gokyo Lakes- the freshwater lake situated at an altitude of 4,700-5.000 m above the sea level
  • Ngozumpa Glacier- the longest glacier in the Himalayas
  • Opportunity to view four of the ten highest peaks in the world, Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,481 m), and Cho Oyu (8,210 m).
  • Enjoy the stunning sunrise views over the beautiful snow-capped mountains from one of the best viewpoints- Gokyo Ri (5,340 m)
  • Enjoy the peaceful yet adventurous wall throughout the trip
  • Witness the pristine settlement, lifestyle, culture and the hospitality of native Sherpa people
DaysItineraryTime
Day 01Arrival to Kathmandu (1,338 m)-
Day 02Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley-
Day 03Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,804 m)3 hrs
Day 04Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m)5.5 hrs
Day 05Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day (3,962 m)5 hrs
Day 06Trek to Phorse (3,680 m)5 hrs
Day 07Trek to Machherma (4,470 m)5 hrs
Day 08Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m)5 hrs
Day 09Trek to Gokyo Ri and hike to the fifth lake (5,483 m)5 hrs
Day 10Trek to Dole (4,500 m)4 hrs
Day 11Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m)7 hrs
Day 12Trek to Lukla (2,804 m)6 hrs
Day 13Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening45 min flight
Day 14Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure-
Day 1
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Max Elevation: 1338 m, Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Osho Vision Travel will receive you and transfer to the respective hotel. After checking into the hotel, you can either take rest or visit our office.

In the evening, we host a welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepali restaurants. Here you can taste excellent Nepalese cuisines. You’ll spend a night at one of the three-star hotels in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02: Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

On this day, after breakfast, you’ll start sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. Today you’ll visit UNESCO World Heritage sites including Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. All these heritage sites hold immense cultural, religious, historical, and architectural value.

Later we’ll have a small team meeting with fellow trekkers to get better acquainted with our future travel plans.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 3
Day 03: 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, you’ll transfer to the domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to fly to Lukla. From the airport, you’ll board a plane and fly to Lukla. The flight time is 45 minutes which allows you to enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape on clear days.

After reaching Lukla, you’ll get introduced with your porters, who will accompany you during this trek. Following the narrow trail through Lukla, past various shops, cafe, and chortens you’ll come across different Sherpa settlements. Some are Cheplung, Thado Koshigaon, Thalsharoa, and Chuuthawa.

On the trail you’ll come across Mani stones, prayer flags, and prayer wheels and all these things will help you to get the spiritual feel of the land of Sherpas. After 4-hour downhill trek from Lukla, you’ll reach Phakding for an overnight stay.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 5.5 hours

Max Elevation: 3441 m, Namche Bazaar

From Phakding, you’ll move forward to Namche Bazaar. It is the central village of Sherpa settlement in Khumbu region. Namche is full of lodges, stores, restaurant, pub, bakery cafe, internet cafe, money exchange centre, and banks.

Today’s walk is quite pleasant with few ups and downs. The trek starts by crossing the suspension bridges of the Dudh Koshi river. Enroute you’ll have astonishing views of Mt. Thamserku.

After crossing the bridge, you’ll reach the main entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. This is the checkpoint where the local authorities will check your trekking permits. While walking via the National park, you may spot some wildlife including pheasant, Himalayan Thar, etc.

Along the trail, you’ll get rewarded with the magnificent view of Mt. Kusum Kanguru.

Day 5
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 3,962 m, Everest View Hotel

For this trek, this is the first acclimatisation day. Many trekkers and health experts suggest to stay active instead of being idle. You can either hike to Thame or visit Khunde or explore Namche Bazaar itself.

Namche Bazaar is the main trading centre of the Everest region. It is full of a restaurant, bakery shops, internet cafes, banks, ATMs, and government offices.

If you go for a short hike, it’ll help you to acclimatise with thin air at high altitude properly. So, you can also take a side trip to Khumjung village or hike to the famous airstrip at Syangboche.

Just above the airstrip, there is Everest View Hotel. From the top of this deluxe hotel, you’ll get a great view of the highest mountain on Earth. The Khumjung valley hosts different snowy peaks of Kongde, Thamserku, and Khumbila.

You can also visit the Khumjung monastery and Hillary School. After exploring Khumjung village, you’ll walk down to Namche for an overnight stay.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Phortse

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 3,680 m

On this day, you’ll follow the trail from Namche Bazaar to the hilltop and reach to the Mongla.

The trail offers the beautiful vistas of Dudh Koshi river and Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Kangtega.

Along the trail, you’ll spot wildlife like pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer. Passing via forests, you’ll also have to cross some bridge. From Mong la, you’ll descend steeply down to reach the Phortse Thanga.

Phortse village lies in the base of snow-covered peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste. You’ll spend a night at a teahouse in Phortse village.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Machherma

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 4,470 m

Early in the morning, after breakfast, you’ll start the trek by crossing a bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. Passing via forest trail and after 2 hours of steep climbing, you’ll reach Dole.

Further you’ll climb up via a scenic ridge above Dole the trail passes via Lhabarma to Luza. Enroute you’ll get an eye-catching view of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Kantega, and Mt.Thamserku.

Walking via the hillside above Dudh Koshi river you’ll reach Machhermo. As you reach this village, you’ll notice the beautiful stream flowing down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapcha mountains via the middle of the village.

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

Day 8
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo

Trek Duration: 5.5 hours

Max Elevation: 4,790 m

On this day, you’ll head towards Gokyo valley, the main highlight of this trip. You need to prepare yourself to ascend the higher altitudes of Gokyo valley and Gokyo Ri on the following day.

Gradually, you’ll ascend from Machharmo and reach to the beautiful settlement of Phangka. Further, the trails open up, and you’ll follow a steep trail formed by the terminal moraine formed by the Ngozumpa Glacier.

After crossing the moraines, you’ll reach the iron bridges which marks the starting point of Gokyo valley. You’ll spend a night at a teahouse in Gokyo valley.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo Ri and Hike to Fifth Lakes

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 5,483 m. Gokyo Ri

On this day, you’ll get an opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri one of the best vantage points of the Everest region. From the top of the summit, you’ll catch the breathtaking views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Makalu.

Gokyo valley is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Ri, but also for the pristine glacial lakes. So, you would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho).

On the north side of Gokyo, the fourth lake sits on the lap of peaks rising above it. The trail continues to the fifth lake. You can climb the hill at the edge of lakes to get the fabulous views of surrounding peaks.

From the north side of the fifth lake, you’ll get an amazing view of Cho Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the Ngozumpa glacier. After exploring the fifth lake, you’ll hike back to Gokyo village for an overnight stay.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek to Dole

Trek Duration: 4 hours

Max Elevation: 4,500 m

In the morning, after enjoying the breakfast you’ll trek down to Dole. The way back to Dole is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi river which starts from the Ngozumpa Glacier. After crossing the second and the first Gokyo lakes, you’ll reach Phangnga. On the right-hand side, you’ll get a glimpse of Cholatse and Taboche peak.

Along the trail, you’ll witness a great view of Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Kangtega. Gradually you’ll descend to Dole via the beautiful Luza and Lhabarma. You’ll spend a night at a teahouse in Dole.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Max Elevation: 3,441 m

On this day, you’ll head towards Namche Bazaar from Dole which will take about 5 hours. Today’s hike is mostly downhills. At first, you’ll descend to Phortse Tenga. Enjoying the diverse nature of flora and fauna, you’ll reach Mong La from where you’ll see the great view of Mt. Khumbila, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, and Thamserku.

Further, you’ll descend to Sansa and reach at the main intersection point from where two paths to Gokyo and Everest Base Camp separates. Following the trail, via small Kyanjuma village, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

Day 12
Day 12: Trek to Lukla

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,804 m, Lukla

On this day, you’ll walk on the downhill trail and cross suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi river. You’ll pass via the highest bridge, Larja Dobhan (confluence of two rivers), Jorsalle, Benkar, Monjo and Phakding village.

Further, enjoying the last glimpse of Mt. Everest and Lhotse, you’ll continue your trek until you arrive at Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, you can take rest. You’ll spend a night at a teahouse in Lukla.

Day 13
Day 13: Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner in the Evening

Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight

Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla

On this day, early in the morning, you’ll fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will receive you and transfer to the hotel. After taking a short rest, you can stroll nearby streets and do some shopping.

In the evening, we’ll host farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant for completing the trek. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 14
Day 14: Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure

Finally, your adventure trip to the majestic Himalayan country of Nepal comes to an end! Our one of the representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back home.

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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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Gokyo Lake and Gokyo-Ri Trek

Trip Facts

  • Everest Region
  • 5,483 m, Gokyo Ri
  • 14 Days
  • 10 Days
  • 2 to 10 persons
  • Strenuous
  • 6-7 hours
  • Spring and Autumn Season
  • Kathmandu
  • Lukla

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