Overview

Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri Trek are one of the most sought out trek routes in the Everest region. The trek offers you the chance to enjoy the high altitude environment and the Himalayan beauties. Also, you will get the opportunity to experience the rich Sherpa culture and their lifestyle firsthand. The stunning views of Himalayan giants like the Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Everest, among many others, will contribute to making your trip an unforgettable experience. 

The journey starts with exploring the Kathmandu Valley. You will get to witness the gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage sites around Kathmandu Valley. However, the trip to the Everest region begins with a scenic flight to Lukla. The flight brings you closer to the majestic Himalayas of Nepal. From Lukla, we will make our way to the famed mountain town of Namche. Here, you can buy trekking gears if you need, or you can just enjoy the vibrant atmosphere with one of the warmest peoples of Nepal.  

The Gokyo lake and Gokyo Ri trek is an alternative to classical treks in the Everest region. However, the beauty of this trek does not lose to that of the classic Everest region treks. This trek takes us to the turquoise Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri from where we can get incredible views of the Everest Himalayas. Likewise, we will get to enjoy the huge Ngozumpa Glacier and the Gokyo Valley from Gokyo RI. 

Moreover, we will visit the highest national park- Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the alpine flora and fauna. Besides, wildly raging Dudhkoshi river, several waterfalls, gorgeous monasteries, Sherpa settlements, deep forests, etc. are a few of the major highlights of this trek.

Gokyo lake trek is for those who want to enjoy the less-traveled route in the Everest region and relish the view of both the mountains and gorgeous glacial valleys with the experience of Himalayan culture and traditions. 

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Airport transfer
  • Four nights’ accommodation on a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu
  • Three daily meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Kathmandu city tours, including all entry fees, tour guide, and private transportation
  • Finest twin sharing lodge for lodging during the trek, we provide you attached bathroom with hot shower at Lukla, Phakding and Namche
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • A highly experienced, supportive, well-informed, pleasant, well-trained Government License holder guide who speaks English fluently with all his salry, food and drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance paid for
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek, if required (to be returned after the trip)
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • T-shirt, Trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medicine kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring two passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

What's excluded?

  • Travel insurance
  • Snacks and other personal expenses like Wifi, phone calls unless it is free
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Beverages including water
  • Hot showers during the trek (unless free)
  • Trekking equipment (Personal)
  • Tips and gratuities

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Arrival Kathmandu

Our airport representative will receive you after you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer you to the hotel. Today, you will meet the trekking crew; then, you can simply rest at the hotel.

Day Two:

Kathmandu Sightseeing and trekking preparation

We will go for a guided tour of Kathmandu Valley after breakfast. We will tour around some of the major attractions of Kathmandu Valley. We will mostly be visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will visit places like Kathmandu Durbar Square located at Basantapur, Pashupatinath, Taleju Vawani, Kumari Temple, Hanuman Dhoka Museum, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, etc. in Kathmandu. After Kathmandu, we visit the attractions of Bhaktapur. Here, we will tour Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Newari museums, and see many traditional houses. Then, we will go towards Lalitpur to visit its many attractions.

Day Three:

Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2652m)

Today, we fly early morning to Lukla. Lukla is where our trek begins. The flight is around 35 minutes long, and this flight itself is an adventure. You will get an enchanting view of many snowcapped mountain peaks, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and many more. The view of lush green landscape and snowcovered mountains can be mesmerizing. After arriving at Phakding, we meet our crew and prepare for the trek. As this is the first day of the trek, we will be walking only for a few hours. We will get views of many Himalayan giants along the way.

Day Four:

Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450m)

We cross the river and move through blue pine and rhododendron forests. The rhododendron forests bloom fully during the spring season, giving the magical sight, and the sweet fragrance of the rhododendrons makes the whole forest scented. Moreover, we get to enjoy the spectacular sight of the snowcapped mountains like Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku. From here, Monjo is within a short walk; we will reach there by lunchtime. The walk from Monjo village gets a bit challenging, with the steep climb up to the famed Namche bazaar. on our way to the Namche bazaar, we will stop at the entrance of the national park to check our permit before moving through the steep path to cross Dudh Koshi to Jorsale. The trek continues upstream on a mostly flat surface to the intersection point of the Bhotekoshi and the Dudhkoshi river. Crossing through the huge suspension bridge high above the river, we ascend on a steep way to the village of Namche Bazaar. Due to the tough path, we will be moving steadily in these sections. The place is perfect for getting great sceneries, and you will get lots of photographic opportunities as the Himalayan giants like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Taweche come into sight for the first time. With the walk of about seven hours, we reach Namche, where we will be spending the night. 

Day Five:

Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

This day is for you to get accustomed to the high altitude environment. This day also allows you to explore this beautiful town and its surroundings fully. Namche is a bustling village situated at an altitude of 3450 meters. The village was also the traditional trading route of Nepali and Tibetan traders. The sunset and sunrise both look gorgeous from the national park headquarters from the village. The panorama becomes beautiful with the Khumbu peaks accompanied by the grandiose Everest. 

Today, we will visit places like Syangboche Airport, one of the highest airports in the world. Then, visit the Everest View Hotel that boasts about the view of Everest from its every window. We can also get beautiful views of other mountains like Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache, etc. We will also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum, Everest Photo Gallery, Hillary School, and Khunde Hospital.

Day Six:

Namche Bazaar to Phortse (3810m)

We will begin the trek right after breakfast. The trek begins with the climb to Khumjung, then turning to the north Gokyo, we will reach the place called Mong which is popular as the birthplace of the saint Lama Sange Dorje, the reincarnation Lama of Rongbuk Monastery. We can get the stunning views of the Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and many more Himalayan giants from here. Then, we will be descending towards the Dudhkoshi river to enter Phortse. 

Day Seven:

Phortse to Machhermo (4470m)

From Phortse, we will pass over the Dudhkoshi River through the suspension bridge. After crossing the river, we might encounter some local wildlife like pheasant, mountain goats, and musk deer. Then, we will be passing through forests, waterfalls, and bridges before reaching Dole. On the way, we will climb through a scenic ridge from where we can enjoy the views of Cho Oyu, Thamserku, and Kantega mountains. Slowly, we will climb from Luza village and walk over the Dudhkoshi river. Before reaching Machhermo, we will continue walking through small villages and sandy trails. Here, we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital to learn more about the altitude sickness. 

Day Eight :

Machhermo to Gokyo (4800m)

Climbing up the hill, we move towards the Dudhkoshi valley and enjoy the views of the valley accompanied by Kangtega, Thamserku, and Cho Oyu mountain peaks. The valley widens as the path moves towards a chortens and arrive at Phangnga. From here, we descend to the river bank before rising to the terminal moraine of the largest glacier in the world- Ngazumpa Glacier. Moving through Longpongo, Rabocho Tso, and Dudh Pokhari, we will finally reach Gokyo. Then, we will get to see the footprints of a Lama on the next trail to the first lake. Before finishing the trek for the day, we will explore the gorgeous Dudh Pokhari.

Day Nine:

Climb Gokyo RI(5357m) and hike to the fifth lake

Today, we will be climbing to the famous Gokyo Ri. The top of the Gokyo RI offers you the gorgeous view of the Himalayan vista and the tranquil Gokyo lakes. Also, we will hike to the fourth and the fifth Gokyo Lakes. The fourth lake is only 3km far from Gokyo. From here, we will continue walking to reach the fifth lake. Ascending a nearby hill, we will get to witness an outstanding vies of the Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu among lots of others. The spot is also famous as Scoundrel’s viewpoint. The northern part of the fifth lake offers us the view of the Cho Oyu base camp and the gorgeous Ngazumpa glacier, the biggest glacier in the world.

Day Ten:

Gokyo to Dole

From Gokyo, we descend on a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and pass the first Gokyo Lake. En Route, we will get to enjoy the views of the Cholatse and Taboche mountain peaks. Before climbing a hill, we need to descend for a bit. After a short climb, we will reach the chorten at the ridge from where we will get some great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega mountain peaks. Then, we will walk past the Macchermo, Luza, and Lhafarma villages to reach the village of Dole.

Day Eleven:

Dole to Namche Bazaar

Admiring the fragrant rhododendrons, wildflowers, and waterfalls, we descend on a steep trail to Phortse Thanga. We might also encounter a few mountain goats, musk deer, pheasant, etc. On the way to Namche Bazaar, we will get to see the majestic Khumbila peak with other giants like Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kantega. After a short walk, we will reach an intersection where the trail from Sanasa meets the trail we will take. We will also be passing through winding trails, then through a forest before reaching the Namche Bazaar.

Day Twelve:

Namche Bazaar to Lukla

We start our trek from the early morning. We will climb down a rocky trail and cross few suspension bridges before walking on a flat trail. The air gets relatively warmer as we walk the trail to Lukla. Lukla is the last stop at the Everest region, so you can spend time shopping around or enjoying the gorgeous view around.

Day Thirteen:

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

From Lukla, we will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Today, you will bid Lukla goodbye with a thirty-minute beautiful scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Upon return, we will transfer you to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the day shopping, or visiting other attractions of the city.

Day Fourteen:

Trip Concludes

We will drive you to the airport around three hours before your scheduled flight.

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