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Gokyo Lake Trek: 2-Week Journey to Heavenly Heights

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  • 12 Days 13 Nights
  • Max People : 20
  • Wifi Available
  • Every Day Departure
  • Age : No Age Limit
  • Pickup: Airpot

Trek Details

The Gokyo Lake Trek is a mesmerizing journey that takes trekkers deep into the heart of the Everest region of Nepal, offering a unique perspective of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest (8,848 meters). Situated in the Sagarmatha National Park, this trek is renowned for its pristine glacial lakes, towering peaks, and rich Sherpa culture.

Starting from the lively mountain town of Lukla, the trek follows a less traveled trail compared to the traditional Everest Base Camp route. As trekkers ascend higher into the Khumbu region, they pass through quaint Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, and Phortse, providing opportunities to experience the local culture and hospitality. Along the way, trekkers are treated to stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other towering peaks.

One of the highlights of the Gokyo Lake Trek is the series of turquoise glacial lakes known as the Gokyo Lakes. These pristine lakes are set in the backdrop of snow-capped peaks, creating an unreal and serene atmosphere. Trekkers can explore the shores of the lakes and hike to Gokyo Ri, a panoramic viewpoint that offers unparalleled vistas of Everest and the surrounding Himalayan giants.

Beyond Gokyo, the trek leads adventurers to the challenging Cho La Pass (5,420 meters), a high-altitude pass that connects the Gokyo Valley with the Everest Base Camp trail. Crossing the pass requires careful navigation and physical endurance but rewards trekkers with breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment. The journey concludes at the Everest Base Camp, where trekkers can marvel at the iconic Khumbu Icefall and immerse themselves in the rich history of mountaineering in the region. After soaking in the awe-inspiring scenery and capturing unforgettable memories, trekkers descend back to Lukla, concluding an unforgettable adventure in the shadow of the world’s highest peaks.

Departure & Return Location


Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • Twin sharing accommodation In Kathmandu
  • Sharing accommodation in the mountain
  • An English speaking guide and porters
  • All Transportation as mentioned in itinerary Including Lukla flight return tickets
  • Trekking Permits, Sleeping Bag, Duffle bag
  • 1 main course meals 3 times a day while on trekking and climbing with a cup of tea or coffee

Price Excludes

  • Flights To/From Nepal, Tourist Visa, and Travel insurance
  • Meals in the Cities
  • Personal expenses: Boiled and bottled water, hot shower, battery charging, Wi-Fi, snacks, drinks etc.
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Tips for your trekking staffs


  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

Gokyo Lake Trek is a rewarding adventure for those, seeking stunning mountain scenery, cultural immersion, and a challenging yet unforgettable trekking experience in the Himalayas.  Gokyo Valley offers breathtaking views of some of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Scenic Beauty: The Gokyo Lake Trek is renowned for its natural beauty. You'll trek through lush rhododendron forests, picturesque Sherpa villages, and alongside roaring rivers. The highlight of the trek is the series of pristine turquoise lakes known as the Gokyo Lakes, which are surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
  • Challenging Terrain: While the Gokyo Lake Trek is not as popular as the Everest Base Camp Trek, it still involves challenging terrain, including steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and potentially icy conditions, especially at higher altitudes. Proper physical conditioning and acclimatization are essential.
  • Altitude: The trek takes you to high altitudes, with the highest point being Gokyo Ri at 5,357 meters (17,575 feet). Altitude sickness is a risk, so it's important to acclimatize properly by taking rest days and ascending gradually.
  • Sherpa Culture: Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Sherpa culture. You'll pass through traditional Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar, Dole, and Machhermo, where you can interact with locals, visit monasteries, and learn about their way of life.
  • Spectacular Mountain Views: One of the main draws of the Gokyo Lake Trek is the stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and more. The sunrise from Gokyo Ri is particularly famous for its breathtaking vistas.
  • Remote and Serene Environment: Compared to the busier Everest Base Camp Trek route, the Gokyo Lake Trek offers a quieter and more serene trekking experience. You'll often find yourself surrounded by pristine wilderness and fewer fellow trekkers.
  • Food, Accommodation and Facilities: Accommodation along the trekking route ranges from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges. Facilities become more basic as you ascend higher, so be prepared for shared bathrooms and simple meals.
This itinerary provides a detailed outline of the Gokyo Lake trek, allowing you to experience the stunning beauty of the Everest region and the serene surroundings of the Gokyo Valley. If you want customize let us know, we are happy to organize trek as you want.

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu ( 1350)

  • Arrive in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.
  • Transfer to your hotel and rest after your journey.
  • Explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu if time permits.

Day 2Kathmandu to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

  • Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860m), an exciting and) scenic mountain flight.
  • Begin trekking from Lukla to Phakding (2,610m), following the Dudh Koshi River.
  • Approx. 8km, 3-4 hours hike, Overnight stay in Phakding.

Day 3Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

  • Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), the bustling Sherpa town.
  • Cross several suspension bridges and ascend through forests.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Everest and other peaks en route.
  • Approx. 12km,  5-6 hours hike, Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

Day 4Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar  (3440m)

  • Spend a day acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar.
  • Optional hike to Everest View Hotel for stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.
  • Explore the markets and monasteries of Namche Bazaar.

Day 5Namche Bazaar to Dole  (4,200m)

  • Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,200m), gradually ascending through rhododendron forests.
  • Pass through several Sherpa villages and enjoy panoramic mountain views.
  • Approx. 12km, 5-6 hours hike, Overnight stay in Dole.

Day 6Dole to Machermo (4,470m)

  • Trek from Dole to Machermo (4,470m), continuing to ascend gradually.
  • Enjoy views of Cho Oyu and other peaks along the way.
  • Approximately 10km Walking hours: 4-5 hours, Overnight stay in Machermo.

Day 7Machermo to Gokyo (4,790m)

  • Trek from Machermo to Gokyo (4,790m), passing through the stunning landscape of the Gokyo Valley.
  • Reach the beautiful Gokyo Lakes and settle into your accommodation.
  • Explore the area around the lakes and enjoy the serene surroundings.
  • Approx. 7km, 4-5 hours hike, Overnight stay in Gokyo

Day 8Hike to Gokyo Ri and Return to Gokyo (5,360m)

  • Acclimatization Day in Gokyo, Optional Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,360m)
  • Early morning hike to Gokyo Ri for breathtaking sunrise views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.
  • Descend back to Gokyo for breakfast and rest.
  • Spend the rest of the day exploring the Gokyo Lakes or relaxing.

Day 9Gokyo to Dole (4,200m)

  • Trek from Gokyo back to Dole, retracing your steps through the Gokyo Valley.
  • Descend gradually, enjoying the views of the surrounding mountains.

Day 10Dole to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

  • Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar, descending through the rhododendron forests.
  • Enjoy the final views of Everest and the surrounding peaks.

Day 11Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m)

  • Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, retracing your steps along the Dudh Koshi River
  • Celebrate the completion of your trek with your fellow trekkers.

Day 12Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

  • Take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu and enjoy a leisurely day.
  • Explore the markets or relax at your hotel.

Day 13Departure from Kathmandu or extend your stay in Nepal.

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey.


Gokyo lake Trek


How difficult is the Gokyo lake trek?

 The  Gokyo Lake  trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves walking for several hours each day over varied terrain and at high altitude. While no technical climbing is required, trekkers should be prepared for steep ascents, rocky trails, and changes in weather conditions.

What is the best time of year to trek to  Gokyo Lake?

 The best time to trek to  Gokyo Lake  is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to December. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.

Do I need to be physically fit to trek to Gokyo lake trek?

 While a good level of fitness is recommended, trekkers of varying fitness levels can undertake the Gokyo lake trek. Regular cardio exercise and hiking preparation are advisable to ensure physical fitness for the demands of the trek.

How do I prepare for altitude sickness during the Gokyo lake trek?

Sufficient acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. Trekkers should ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness. It’s recommended to include rest days in the itinerary for acclimatization and to descend if symptoms become severe.

What kind of food and accommodation is available during the  Gokyo Lake trek?

 Accommodation along the trek route ranges from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges with amenities such as hot showers and WiFi, especially in the lower elevations, but higher up, accommodation is more basic. Most of the trekkers find delicious food along the trail, with different meal options.  As the Gokyo lake trek is more commercial now food and accommodation facilities are getting better day by day to serve their guest in the mountains.

Can I trek to Gokyo lake without a guide or porter?

While it’s possible to trek independently, many trekkers opt to hire a guide or porter for added support, safety, and convenience. Guides can provide valuable insights and assistance, while porters can help carry trekking gear and luggage, reducing physical strain.

What should I pack for the Gokyo lake trek?

 Essential items to pack include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a first aid kit. It’s important to pack light but ensure you have all the necessary gear for the trek.

How much does the Gokyo lake trek cost?

 The cost of the Gokyo lake trek can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, accommodation preferences, and whether you choose to hire guides or porters. On average, trekkers can expect to budget between $1,000 to $2,000 for the entire trek, including permits, accommodation, meals, and incidental expenses.

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Best outdoor adventure of our lives
Saligram was a brilliant guide and tour operator. Really looked after us on our trek to Gokyo Ri, Chitwan and Pokhara. He has really good knowledge of the Himalyan area and provided much entertainment, laughter and joy during our epic journey.

Definately recommend Mountain World Treks to anyone looking for a reliable, friendly and knowledgable guide and adventure in this beautiful country. Azoor Sali Bhai

December 20, 2018