Gokyo Lake Trek

Duration: 13 Days   |   Based on 3 Reviews
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Food: Full Board Plan
  • Accommodation: Hotel And Guest House
  • Group Size: 1+
  • Max Elevation: 5,410 m

Gokyo Lake Trek is for those who are aspiring for adventure in the high-altitude Himalayas. The trek offers a magnificent panorama of Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m) Peak 38, Cholatse, Lobuche, and Island Peak. The shining, pristine blue and green fresh waters lake of the Gokyo is one of Nepal’s most memorable sights in the Khumbu region.

Gokyo Lake trek route

Follow the Classical Everest Base camp trail until Namche Bazar. The entire trail starting from Lukla to Gokyo lake and back takes around 8-10 days and covers a distance of 60Km. The major highlights of this trek include a visit to five beautiful Gokyo Lakes including Gokyo Tsho and Angladumba Tsho (4,500m). You will also climb to the peak of Gokyo Ri set at an altitude of 5,315 m, which apparently is also the highest point of Gokyo Lake Trekking. From the top of Gokyo Ri, one can wonderfully set eyes on Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse, Cho Oyu (8,201 m), and Makalu. Another great extravagance of this trek is the exploration of the Ngozumba glacier which is the largest glacier in the Nepal Himalayas.

Along the Gokyo lake trail, you will stop at Namche to experience Sherpa culture and hospitality visiting Khumjung Monastery to learn about Tibetan Buddhism. The trail is part of Sagarmatha National Park and makes a rare sighting of wildlife. Your trek leader guide is very familiar with the Gokyo Lake trails and their environment.

The fitness level and the best time to visit the Gokyo Lake trek

Gokyo lake trek is the most well-known trekking destination in the Everest region trekking. The trek involves 5 hrs of walking in a day so travelers need to be moderately fit. Planing a trek to Gokyo lake! Start your morning jogging with a 5 kg backpack and run about one hour daily. This will help you a lot to accomplish your Gokyo lake trek. People do this throughout the year. However, March to May and mid-September to December are the best time to trek Gokyo Lake.

How difficult is the Gokyo Lake trek?

Gokyo Lake treks are fairly moderate treks however you will come across rugged terrains, and uninhabited areas. Particularly the ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung in the Everest region makes for an enduring run. Your experienced leaders and Sherpa porters who hold decades of experience in the mountains will help you for making your trip more safe and more pleasurable.


  • Experience Sherpa culture and hospitality
  • Visit Gokyo Lake & Angladumba lakes and Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Amazing view from Gokyo Ri
  • Stunning views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Peak 38, Cholatse, Tobuche and Island Peak
  • The Scenic Mountain flight to and from Lukla
  • Visit Namche Bazaar trans Himalayan trade center
  • Trek through Sagarmatha National Park- a World Natural Heritage Site

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport, our airport representative will welcome you and give you short info about Kathmandu and directly drive to Hotel.  

  • No meals
  • Hotel
  • 1350m

Morning flight to Lukla and start the trek through Sherpa village. The trail goes gradually flat and easy to Phakding. 

  • Full Board
  • Guest House
  • 2620m

You are approaching the Himalaya. Viewing all mountain and pine forest and following the yak trail takes you to Namche Bazar. On the way you will have the first encounter of Mount Everest, Amadablam, Themserku and many more. 

  • Full Board
  • Guest House
  • 3440m

Optional hike to Thame/Khumjung Monastery/Everest view Hotel. Over night at Guest house. 

  • Full Board
  • Guest House
  • 3440m

Trek begins very easily first part then trail goes up hill to Mongla Danda which is on the top of the Hill. From here the Buddhism was introduce into the Khumbu valley. Descend 300m to Phortse Thanga from Mongla Danda through the Bush forest. 

  • Full Board
  • Guest House
  • 3680m

Facing with the dramatically rising peak through the old alpine and moss covered Rhododendron in the first part. Then you will arrive at Tonga, which is abandon house and path goes gradually up to Dole. You are walking steep up out of the forest to an increasingly barren hillside cover with tundra grass land. 

  • Full Board
  • Guest House
  • 4100m

The ridge offers the shelter from the winds and goes through the rocky stone steps besides the small river. Along the way Cho Oyu (8201m) and many Himalayan range appears in front. Pass the first lake Lonponga Tsho, Taboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari arrive in Gokyo lake. 

  • Full Board
  • Guest House
  • 4750m

Hike up to Gokyo Ri 5410m takes about 2.5hrs. This is the most remarkable viewpoint in Khumbu. The view offer Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and many more Mountain range. Trek back to Phanga.

  • Full Board
  • Guest House
  • 4700m

Hiked down to Machhermo and Dole as the descent is more easy and faster and easily you can do it. Khumjung is another hidden valley in the Everest region. Visit the Monastery and Hillary School in the morning.  

  • Full Board
  • Guest House
  • 3790m

Path goes mostly descending through the alpine forest. Once pass Phortse Thanga the path goes steep uphill to Mohan Danda then easy path to Namche through the ridge. 

  • Full Board
  • Guest House
  • 2820m

After the breakfast, Gradually downhill walk through the Sherpa village and few times cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi and reach Lukla about 2 PM.

  • Full Board
  • Guest House
  • 2620m

Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon is free, Evening farewell dinner at the typical Nepalese restaurant. 

  • Breakfast+Dinner
  • Hotel
  • B

What's included

  • Sagarmatha National park Entry Permit.
  • Kathmandu- Lukla-Kathmandu regular flight ticket
  • An Experienced English Speaking Sherpa Guide with equipment.
  • Two-Night Hotel in Kathmandu (tourist category Hotel) with breakfast
  • 10-Night mountain accommodation with full board meals.
  • Airport picks up and drops off by private vehicle
  • All the food and lodging and salary of Sherpa Guide
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • Insurance of Nepalese Staff.
  • Farewell dinner in Nepalese typical restaurant.
  • Gov't tax and VAT
  • Nepalese visa fee, Visa can be obtained on your upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Visa cost 25 USD, 40 USD, 100 USD for 15, 30 and 90 days respectively
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights Tickets
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s)
  • Sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu (27 USD per person)
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Useful Info

Day 1 means arrival day in Kathmandu. Gokyo Lake trek can be done in fewer days but is not recommended because of the altitude sickness. You should be well acclimatized to go up to the top.

Accommodations during the trek:

We seek to offer our clients comfortable and clean private accommodations. We always make sure that you can sleep well. We always provide you with the best available lodge/tea-house during the trek. Most of the nights, there will be a warm dining room with comfortable chairs. Normally, you will have electricity throughout the trip, but there may be a few nights where there is no running hot shower and electricity. The electrical outlet is not available in the room you have to charge your camera/Phone in the dining room. A bucket of hot water will be offered for an additional cost.

Hotel in Kathmandu- A clean and comfortable hotel in a quiet location beside Thame. There is 24 hrs hot and cold shower with a TV. Air-conditioned, Telephone in the room with private balcony. Kathmandu we provide you with a 2/3 star category hotel. However, if you would like to upgrade the hotel in Kathmandu, please let us know. We will upgrade the hotel for an additional cost.

Travel transport: As you are going for your Adventure activities on the Gokyo lake trek, We provide private transport to and from the airport. Ktm-Manthali airport by bus and fly to Lukla and back the same.

Sample food in the mountains to avoid the sickness:

Breakfast- Toast, Any style of eggs, Tibetan bread, Pancakes Chapattis, Muesli, Oat porridge, Tea and coffee,

Lunch-Fried noodles/Chowmin, Fried rice, Fried potatoes, Noodle soup, Dal Bhat, Thukpa, Sherpa stew, Mo.Mo.

Dinner-Macaroni, Spaghetti, Pizza, Dal Bhat, Spring rolls, Fingers chips, etc

These are the most served food in the Himalayas. Still, there are many more….

Altitude sickness:

Altitude sickness is a hazard, including on the Annapurna, Langtang, and Everest Base Camp treks and more... Please make sure you familiarize yourself with signs and symptoms before you leave and observe your own health during your trek.

Altitude sickness is a life-threatening fetal disease. Higher than 2,500m are at a risk of altitude sickness even though they are physically fit. It is important to be aware of these symptoms you may encounter.

Periods of sleeplessness, Occasional loss of appetite, Vivid, wild dreams at around 2,500-3,800m in altitude, Unexpected momentary shortness of breath day and night, Periodic breathing that wakes you occasionally, Blocked nose, Dry cough, Mild headache, and Vomiting …

If you are feeling nauseous, dizzy, or experiencing other symptoms please share with your group and guide for the necessary evacuation.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is compulsory for our Everest region Trek. Make confident your insurance covers you for your planned activities, including travel and trekking above 3000m if this is included on your itinerary, mountain rescue services, and helicopter evacuation costs.

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