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Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trekking

Gokyo Lake Trek: Overview

Gokyo lake trek is one of the most popular trekking trails in Everest region. There are five different beautiful lakes situated in the highest place in the world in Gokyo Region. The trekking to this area is primarily for having tour around the mountain valley and Gokyo lake that is located at the height of 4,750m above the sea level, that also shares the tremendous Himalayan views including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku and others. Besides these magnificent Himalayan views, you also can enjoy a different blend of the culture and tradition of Sherpa ethnic communities living in the high land. Gokyo Lake and Gokyo valley trek lie in the east of the Everest base camp. The trekking to this trail offers an excellent view of mountains lying on the Everest Himalayan range.

Gokyo lake trek is considered to be an alternative to traditional trails to the Everest base camp trek. Gokyo Ri is one of the excellent viewpoints that lies in this region. The trek to the Gokyo Lakes starts from Lukla. Lukla Airport ( Tenzing-Hillary Airport ) which is also considered as one of the dangerous airports in the world, then the trail follows along the bank of Dudh Koshi River. After having one night stay for acclimatization at Namche, the beautiful Sherpa village, you finally reach at Gokyo Lake and have the view of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Makalu, and other neighboring Himalayas lying around and making all around trip, you return back to Lukla from same route and finally to Kathmandu.

For Travelers to gokyo lake trekking, we can modify the days according to the option and concern of the travelers. If you have more time, then the gokyo lake chola pass everest base camp trekking-18days would be a suitable option for your vacation.

Gokyo Lake Trek: Altitude Information

Here is a graph representing the information about altitude throughout the Gokyo Lake Trek. The final Destination of our Trek is Gokyo Ri and we will return back through the same way.

Gokyo Lake Trek | Altitude Information

Gokyo Lake Trek: Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the best time for Gokyo Lake Trek ?

March to May and September to December are the two best seasons for Gokyo Lake trek. This time offers the best possible view of Mountains and Nature. Weather is also moderate in this season, so it is highly preferred by most of the travelers. Photogenic travelers will surely fall in love with this season as this season favors capturing photos and videos. 

Q. What kind of accomodation is served during trek ?

  • Tourist standard hotel in tea-houses during trek and Deluxe hotels in City areas
  • Hot Shower and standard clean room with attached bathroom
  • Free WiFi 
  • Battery charge
  • Western and Nepali food during trek

Q. What types of Culture can I experience during the trek ?     

The main culture you can see and experience during your trek is Sherpa Culture.

Q. How professional the guides and porters are ?

  • Government issued License holder trekking guides 
  • Highly experienced guides with English speaking skills.
  • 1 trekking guide for 6 travelers ( can be more upon your request )
  • 1 porters for 2 trekkers who can carry upto 20kg ( number of porters can be more upon your request )
  • Guide can be available for specified language

Q. What are the possibilities of Altitude sickness and what are the safety measures?

Altitude sickness (also known as acute mountain sickness) is unfavorable health condition which strikes our body when we are at high altitude (basically above 2500m). If any symptoms are seen during the trek, firstly we will have a primary treatment to cure the sickness. First of all, we will walk down to minimum 150m from the location where the symptoms are seen, and walk down again if the symptoms are not improved. If the victim is unable to walk down on his/her own, we can hire a horse, or we can request our porter to carry the person. Warm water and ginger juice are also served to cure the sickness. If these treatments are unable to cure the patient, rescue can be done by helicopter.

The highest point during the Gokyo Lake Trek is 5480m(Gokyo Peak) so some people may suffer from Altitude Sickness during the trek.



Gokyo Lake Trek / 14 Days - Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2800m) - 40 min. and trek to Phakding (2610m) 3-4 hours

Day 03: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 5-6 hours

Day 04: Acclimatization Namche to Khumjung Hiking and return back to Namche Bazaar

Day 05: Namche Bazaar trek to Dole (4090m) 5-6 hrs

Day 06: Trek Dole to Machhermo (4410m) 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Trek Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) 4-5 hrs

Day 08: Day Hike to Gokyo Ri (5365m) and visiting different beautiful Lakes, 6-7 hrs

Day 09: Trek Gokyo to Dole (4090m) 5-6 hrs

Day 10: Trek Dole to Namche (3440m) 5-6 hrs

Day 11: Trek Namche to Lukla (2800m) 6-7 hrs

Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu (1337m) 30 min.

Day 13: Leisure day in Kathmandu

Day 14: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination)

Gokyo Lake Trek / 14 Days - Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m)
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, if time allows, you will visit MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 02: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2610m) 3-4 hrs. 
Early morning transfer to airport for Lukla flight. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at high evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters! Trek to Phakding with green landscape & view of Kusum Kangraru. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 03: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hrs. 
We follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending through Himalayan pine and Doedar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 04: Acclimatization Namche to Khumjung Hiking and return back to Namche Bazaar 
This day is reserved for acclimatization and a very slow descent into thin air. After breakfast you will start the ascent towards Khumjung. The trail ascends above Namche Bazar and passes through Syangboche (3720m) – this is where the local airport is located. From a hill top above the airport, you will get your first views of Taboche Peak (6 367m), Lhotse (8 414m), Peak- 38 and Ama Dablam (6856m). On arrival at Khumjung (3 780m), you could visit the Hillary School before stopping for lunch at one of the tea houses ‐ the walk takes about 3 hours. After lunch you will continue ascending the foot path to Khunde (3 840m), here you could visit the local hospital before the 2 hour ascent back to Namche Bazar. This day is physically demanding at times and you should be prepared as the weather is very unpredictable. Namche Bazaar is known as the gateway of the Everest Region, visit the local museum where you can see the traditional custom of the Sherpa peoples. You will spend a second night in Namche. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 05: Namche Bazaar trek to Dole (4090m) 5-6 hrs
After stroll around the Namche area, today we refreshed and fairly easy to walk further on. Our walk follows on the gradual trail with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak after a pleasant walk of two hours to a small place at Shanasa, from here and trek ascents the left side to Mongla hill and continue down to Phortse Thanga for the overnight stay. We serve our lunch at here. Enjoy the walking and further few hours walk ascending will reach at Dole. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 06: Trek Dole to Machhermo (4410m) 5-6 hrs
While trekking from Dole to Machhermo, you will climb gradually along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu (8201m) while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega (6783m) and Thamserku (6623m). You are walking through Lhabarma (4330m), Luza (4340m) and finally reach Machhermo (4410m). (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 07: Trek Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) 4-5 hrs
Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kangtega and up towards to Cho-Oyu (8201m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390m then descends to the river bank before beginning the climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, switchbacking alongside the stream to the first small lake Longponga (4650m) where a family of Brahmin ducks has resided for many years. After the first lake, the trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake known as Taujung (4710m) and continue trek to Gokyo Lake (4750m). (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 08: Day Hike to Gokyo Ri (5365m) and explore Gokyo Lakes, 6-7 hrs
This day early in the morning we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo RI (5357m). There are stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu mountains range, such giants as Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7879m), Makalu (8481m), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m) and Gychung Kang (7922m). After enjoying the beautiful views at Gokyo Ri then return to Gokyo (4750m). When you come back down, we will visit around Gokyo to observe the different beautiful lakes which are situated top place in the world. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 09: Trek Gokyo to Dole (4090m) 5-6 hrs
Today the trek back to Dole is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River that emerges out of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Passing by the second and then the first Gokyo Lakes and continue trek descends to Pangka (4390m). Along the trail, you will see the beautiful view of Cholaste (6335m) and Tabuche (6495m) peaks rear up on the right of us. The trail descends below Pangka, and across a level terrace on the slope to climb a rib on the far side of the hillside. Upon reaching the Chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega . We slowly walk down to the sprawling village of Machhermo. Again, through the charming hamlet of Luza and Lhabarma then finally reach at Dole (4090m). (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 10: Trek Dole to Namche (3440m) 5-6 hrs
The day taking the last inspection back to Cho Oyu range, we start steep descent to Phortse Tenga. Our hike today is mostly downhills. The most outstanding feature of the trail today is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. We might spot faunas like mountain goats, musk deers, pheasants, etc. Waterfalls are also today`s attraction. Upon reaching MongLa, a very wonderfully located lovely place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. We take revised look at Tabuche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, and a distant view of Tengboche. After a bit of long-distance walk, we reach an intersection where the steep path up from Sanasa meets our trail, now the trail to Namche clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. Upon coming to Namche army camp hill, we look back to see Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse Shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), peak- 38(7591m), Amadablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum Kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m), Khumbi La (5765m) and Kwangde Ri (6011m). After enjoying the beautiful view from viewpoint then trek downhill to Namche Bazaar (3440m). (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 11: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m) 6-7 hrs. 
After a long walk today we'll have long and last day trek back to Lukla, Firstly we descend the long way before crossing the bridge and further walk to Monju and ten Phakding for lunch. We trek back with enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village. After long walk 7-8 hrs, we arrive Lukla and you'll have time to stroll around the areas and guide will re-confirm your flight ticket and enjoy the last celebrate dinner with your crew member for a memorable trip. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 12: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu - 30 min. 
If the weather is good, early in the morning you fly back to Kathmandu after your long mountain journey. After 30 min you will arrive at the domestic airport at Kathmandu. We will send private Car/van/bus to pick up you to the hotel then you can rest and relax throughout the day in the hotel if you don't have any necessities things to do. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 13: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today is your leisure day, if interested you could buy some gifts from Nepal for your friends and relatives, you will visit some nearby shops or venture at Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If enthralled to explore some other areas of Kathmandu you could take some more time to do that today! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration "Farewell dinner" at traditional Nepalese restaurant with Mountain Guide Trek staffs for successful completion of the Gokyo Lake Trek! (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 14: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination) 
Today is the last day in Nepal for this trip. You are saying goodbye to the mountains as a journey in Nepal comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.

(Useful Info:- Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be cancelled for one, two, or more days due to bad weather conditions. Such conditions may happen even in the best seasons. Therefore, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits both at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We do our extreme to avoid such delays and fix you on next flight. Still, we suggest you to get prepared for possible delays/cancellation, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. We also organize Heli rescue in such conditions, if it's available and upon request by our clients. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla)

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • 2 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis
  • Guest house/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in 2 bed room) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic air ticket (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Domestic airport Tax
  • "Farewell dinner "before a day your departure from Nepal.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Down jacket, for seasonal sleeping bag, Mountain Guide treks & Expedition kit bag/duffel bag, trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • A comprehensive medical kit

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipment & clothing
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee
  • Tips for guides and porters

Note:- Cost includes and exclude section may give you better idea on how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested traveler and departure date we would get back to you with actual cost for the trip.


The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for Gokyo Lake Trekking Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we are feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


  • Light or warm fleece hat.
  • Watch with light & alarm
  • Sun hat and scrap
  • Sunglasses

Upper Body

  • T-shirts (4)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • Body lotion/Anti-sunlight cream


  • Playing cards
  • Lightweight gloves (water/wind proof)
  • Trail map and guide book
  • Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body

  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (4)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants


  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4-pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4-pairs)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)


  • Sleeping bag
  • Money belt
  • Head touch and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Optional Items

  • Swiss Knife
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Trekking map
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Reading books
  • Journal & pen
  • Photo's of home/family
  • Energy/protein bars (optional)
  • Walkman

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

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Our Grand Discount Offer For 2020/2021

  • 04 to 06 people in a group, there will be 10% discount in total cost.
  • 07 to 09 people in a group, there will be 15% discount in total cost.
  • 10 to 19 people in a group, there will be 15% discount in total cost and 1 group leader free of cost.
  • 20 & above people in a group, there will be special discount in total cost and + + member free of cost.
  • Winter Special Offer: If you travel in winter time (Dec / Jan / Feb), there will be 10% discount in total cost.
  • Summer Special Offer: If you travel in summer time (June / July / August), there will be 10% discount in total cost.
  • Early Booking Special Offer: If you Book a Trip before 6 months from the trip departure, there will be 10% discount in total cost.

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