Everest Gokyo Lake Trek
“Gokyo Lake Trek – Journey to the blue turquoise lake of Everest region”
- Adventure within high Khumbu valley around beautiful Gokyo Lakes with amazing views.
- Exploring high altitude Sherpa villages enriched with ancient culture of the Buddhist religion.
- Walking into lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and junipers trees.
- Visiting old monasteries of great interest in the backdrop of giant snowcapped peaks.
- Scenic and panoramic flight both ways from Kathmandu and Lukla with amazing views.
Eddie Max the famous Khumbu expert said that Gokyo Valley of Everest Region is the place where god wishes to stay. Gokyo Lake Trek is probably the most astounding and beautiful trekking route of the entire Everest region.
The lake surrounded by the high mountains and hills accompanied by the solemn hamlet of Sherpa people is definitely wonderland. Everest Gokyo Lake Trek takes trekkers to the five amazing lakes with Mt. Choyou on the backdrop. The trek is worthwhile as trekkers get the glimpse of Mt. Everest from a different angle. Including these two mountains one can observe another two 8 thousand meter height mountains Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu.
Lakes of Gokyo Valley are listed as Ramsar Conservation Site. The trail is easy and mountain sickness avoiding itinerary helps in the cause of trekkers. Everest Gokyo Lake Trek follows the itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek until the acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar. You can check out the details of the trekking in our Everest Base Camp Trekking page.
The voyage gets separated from EBC Trek from Kyangjuma. Trekkers on Gokyo Lake Trek take the route of Mongla Danda instead of Tengboche route. The sight of Mt. Tabuche and Choyou is ever present during the trek. The grassy meadows, high hills, waterfalls, green lush forests and captivating perspective of mountains are the highlights of Everest Gokyo Lake Trek.
Apart from the sightseeing around the five lakes of the valley trekkers will also hike the Gokyo Ri for the sunrise or sunset. This is the best place to observe the panoramic view of the mountains as far as Mt. Makalu. Therefore, the trip is full on the worth of every penny spent.
If you would like to visit the Everest Base Camp you can extend your trek as well. Once you cross the Chola Pass, you can catch the Everest Base Camp Trek route. Contact our travel planners to create the best itinerary of Gokyo Lake Trek.
We vow to make your journey towards the Khumbu region of Nepal momentous.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 07 hrs.
Day 04: Acclimatization and excursion day.
Day 05: Trek to Khunde 3,880 m and Khumjung villages 3, 730 m – 04 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Dole 4,110 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Machhermo 4,470m- 04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo 4,790m -04 hrs.
Day 09: At Gokyo hike to Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Dole 4,200m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Monjo 2,860m – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels
Day 15: International departure for homeward bound.
NOTE: During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can bring changes in the itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Your first impression of arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport is an experience in itself. But don’t be worried by the apparent confusion as your airport representative will be waiting to welcome you with your name written on a placard. Depending on traffic, you will be at your hotel within 20 minutes or so.
You have time to relax and enjoy the ambiance and comfort of the hotel until your evening Group Meeting. This is when we collect your details and discuss how the trip will run for the coming days. After the meeting, we go for our first group dinner. Your tour leader will take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant in Thamel.
(M Hotel or equivalent)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.
Mornings, flight to Lukla with views of mountain range including Mt. Everest, after 30 mins of great flight reaching at Lukla with its unique airstrip a gateway Sherpa town to Everest base camp and other adventure destination.
From Lukla walk to Phakding village for overnight stop leading past Sherpa farm villages, a nice and pleasant walk with few short ups overlooking beautiful views along the walk to Phakding village located by Dudh Kosi a glacial River.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 07 hrs.
After breakfast, we commence our trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). The trail goes along the right bank of Dudh Koshi. Thamserku is standing majestically skyward on the opposite bank. We then reach Bengkar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. We continue along the trail with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village Monjo. We then come to Sagarmatha National Park Service where a park entrance fee is to be deposited. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this valley where the major river meets each other. Crossing over the Hillary bridge, trek begins the steep ascent to Namche Bazar. On the way, we would have excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.). Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, Namche Bazar (3440m) is a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods
Day 04: Acclimatization and excursion day.
Namche Bazaar is at 3,440m, this level is above the mountain sickness threshold. Today will be spent resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. Go high and sleep low is the best way to acclimatize,best acclimatization hike for the day we recommend is to Everest view hotel, a perfect place for proper speed acclimatization before heading higher area, morning hike to Everest View Hotel which is about 2 hrs uphill walk, great spot for magnificent view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam and adjoining peaks of the Khumbu Himalayan panorama.
Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the locals’ marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment
Day 05:Trek to Khumjung village 3, 730 m - 04 hrs.
After a great time at Namche, our route leads on the high ridge of Namche to reach at Syangboche with bird eye views of Namche below, Syangboche with an old short airstrip which is sometimes used for helicopters and smaller aircraft. From here walk is pleasant to Khunde and Khumjung the largest Sherpa villages around Khumbu area, Khunde and Khumjung villages located on a glacial valley beneath the sacred peak of Khumbila at 5,761m (a patron god of Khumbu).
A quiet gentle walk brings you at Khumjung via Khunde for an overnight stop, when in Khunde visit one and only Khunde hospital built by Sir Edmund Hillary's Foundation and in afternoon visit Khumjung old Monastery, the only place with a Yeti scalp. Khumjung also has a High School built with the help of Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation.
Day 06: Trek to Dole 4,110 m - 06 hrs.
After a nice stop on the glacial valley at Khumjung with eye catching views, morning walk leads downhill to join the main trail at near Shanasa village. From this spot, our route diverts away from the main Namche-Everest base camp trail towards quiet areas towards Gokyo Lake. The path climbs with a steep climb to reach a Mong 3,973 meters with amazing views and then downhill walk to Dudh Kosi River at Phortse Thanghka for lunch.
After Phortse, continue to walk to Dole as the trail climbs steeply out of the valley through a patch of rhododendron forest which gives way to juniper and conifers trees. In the springtime, this place will be magic with wildflowers in full bloom. This path passes summer Yak pastures. The trek leads past Tongba and Gyele villages to reach at Dole with a super view of Khumbila and Tawache 6,542m.
Day 07: Trek to Machhermo 4,470 m - 04 hrs.
Morning walk from Dole climbs along the side of the valley, where rhododendron forest stops, giving way to smaller bushes of juniper as you gain altitude slowly. Finally, walk leads on the level path for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka and to Luza at 4,390m, and then skirting around a ridge with downhill to Macherma village. Arriving at Macherma for lunch and overnight stop with time in the afternoon for a short walk or just relax.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo 4,790m - 04 hrs.
From this small settlement, our walks continue to Gokyo 3rd Lake, following a scenic path to Pangka small area and then descend slightly, following one of the glacial fed rivers which flow from Ngozumba Glacier of high world 6th highest Cho-Oyu and other adjoining peaks. The walk leads to a climb by the side of a glacier, passing first lake and the second lake, crossing the path to reach at a third lake known as Dudh Pokhari or Gokyo Lake a summer settlement with fantastic views of Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang that reflects on emerald green waters of Gokyo Lake.
Day 09: Morning hike to Gokyo-Ri and back at Gokyo.
Morning hike uphill to Gokyo Ri one of the highlights of this trip, a small peak above the lake, Gokyo Ri at 5,357m offers a panorama of Mt. Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and far as to Mt. Makalu. After a wonderful stop at Gokyo Ri, head downhill to Gokyo for lunch and rest, afternoon at leisure to enjoy the views and short walks around the lake.
Day 10: Trek to Dole - 06 hrs.
After a grand and scenic with pleasant time at Gokyo Lake, walk today is quite long but easier on the downhill trail heading back into green vegetation and tree lines, as the altitude loose every hour of walk downhill facing amazing views of peaks till Dole is reached for an overnight stop around Gokyo route.
Day 11: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.
Leaving Dole with super views walk on gradual path uphill to reach the main trail which leads you up towards Thyangboche Monastery, on reaching the Imjatse River and crossing over a bridge few hours climb brings you at scenic Thyangboche Monastery, located on a small plateau with marvelous views of mountains including Mt. Everest and majestic Amadablam surrounded with pristine rhododendron-pines-oaks and birch tree woodland. An afternoon with time for a tour of the monastery, which was burnt by an accidental fire in 1991 at present back into normal form, where you can witness young monks and elderly priest and Lama on evening prayer.
Day 12: Trek to Monjo 2,860m - 06 hrs.
After a great time descend to Imjatse River, with a steep climb for an hour to Sanasa, from here on the gradual path with short ups and downs to Namche Bazaar, a break here and then walk back to Dudh Kosi river valley and to Monjo for an overnight stop.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs.
Morning walk reaching at Phakding from here retrace the journey back to Lukla with the last climb, on reaching Lukla celebrate last night dinner with fellow trekkers and staff.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
From Lukla taking an early morning flight back to Kathmandu with views of mountains, at Kathmandu domestic airport our staff transfers you back to respective hotels with rest of the day free at leisure.
Day 15: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal in the land of Himalayan wonders, after wonderful experience and fond memories of Gokyo Lake and Everest Panorama trekking, our staff transfer you to airport as per your time for international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.
- Airport pick up and transfer.
- Two nights standard accommodation in Kathmandu on BB plan.
- Flights Kathmandu–Lukla–Kathmandu (Weight limit:10 kg main baggage and 5 kg hand per passenger/flight)
- Necessary paperwork and permits.
- An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage.
- Guide & porter salary, insurance, equipment, transport, food and lodging.
- Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek.
- Hot drinks.
- All mountain accommodation soft comfortable private twin sharing room
- Medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Trekking equipment such as down-filled sleeping bag, and duffel bag
- Meals, accommodation and transportation Kathmandu
- City tour guide
- City entrance fee
- All bottled drinks in Mountain
- All kinds of electronic device re-charge
- Hot Shower and boiled water
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance & evacuation
- Tip to the staffs
Trips Notes & Information while joining for the trip with us:
After booking the trip with Awesome Nepal Treks there are few points that one should bear with us. Where Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes with sudden change in freak weather conditions, and as well health and fitness factor of the member while on trek or just before trip departure times. Might compel us to change or reroute the itinerary to other similar destinations for the benefit and satisfaction of the clients.
Our main concern is clients and staff safety and to provide full satisfaction while you are with us on any treks and tours, and we assure you that Awesome Nepal Treks will provide best team of staff and guides with well-planned logistics, professional services to make your trip enjoyable and mesmerizing experience that will last for lifetime while holidaying with us.
Also note that our trip leader and head guide deserves final decision if the trip has to be amended, change of route or cancellation due to the extreme conditions beyond our control and as well for safety precaution. However, we will try our best to ensure that the trip runs accordingly as per our standard itinerary with some flexibility where necessary.
Experience & Fitness Required:
Trek to Everest Gokyo Lake is not difficult or technical, where no previous trekking and outdoor experience required, if you are a sports person or have done outdoor activities and physical fitness training it will be a great advantage and plus point.
On this trek to Everest Gokyo Lake, one should be aware that you are walking into world’s highest areas of Everest where maximum elevation rises above 5,364 meters at base camp.
With optional climb to high and scenic Kalapathar which is at 5,545 m offers you with spectacular panorama of peaks with Everest at close distance, most of the walks within Everest and other parts of Himalaya involves lots of ups and downs. Somedays can be tiring and exhausting, but rewards you with scenic views with glimpse of local colorful culture with refreshing stops in between and walking into nice lovely villages.
Around Everest mid hills where you will be walking through farm lands, well-tended terraces, where route follows on the bank of a river crossing suspension bridges with duration of minimum 4 hours, and maximum of 6 hours walks on this wonderful Everest Base Camp Treks.
All members should be physical fit with sound health to join in this marvelous walking journey on Everest base camp treks, and we strongly suggest all clients to consult with your medical doctor before travelling and joining for the trip with us.
Where doctors can provide you with advice on disease and AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and the symptoms if it happens while on treks, for health and fitness, participant must be have positive attitude and strong determination to enjoy and making the trip a great success.
Passport & Visa Information:
Nepal Visa is easy to obtain; you may obtain from the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or Mission offices in your home country, if it’s not possible abroad one
can obtain on arrival at Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. Where you need to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months validity from the starting of the trip.
SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal, as per the rule and regulation and Indian nationals do not require visa.
Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following border.
• Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
• Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
• Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
• Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
• Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
• Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid-Western Nepal)
• Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
• Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,
Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
In Everest Gokyo Lake Trek, minimum group size would be two persons and maximum group size of ten persons for more on above Ten on request.
We also organize private trip for single person on single supplement cost, or join in join our estimated group departure dates available online or contact us with your traveling and arrival dates.
Our Guides, Trip & Safety:
Treks in Nepal and at Everest Gokyo Lake takes you to remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with experienced and qualified guides or group leader for safe and successful trip.
Awesome Nepal provides native trekking guide and staff who are trained and qualified for these type of trips. Our guides are fully trained and licensed from Nepal Government Tourism Department, certified from TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association.
All our Trekking and Climbing Guides are professional with decades of experience in this fields of adventure. They are trained specially for specified and various trips, to cater flexible requirement of our clients from different nationalities, this will assure you that your trip will be enjoyable and in safe hands of professional experts.
On every trip, will be one Trek leader and an assistance leader on each additional 2 peoples in the group on treks, this arrangement would ensure that even if any of our guide/ assistance guides gets sick or clients may get sick and need to be evacuated or staying behind from the walks, it wills still works smoothly and there would non-impact with our original trek plan.
Each two trekkers will have one Sherpa helper for carrying your trekking bags.
Meals and Accommodations:
While in Kathmandu, your accommodation is at 2 star deluxe hotel or similar (if one has to upgrade please inform us) with all modern amenities to ensure your comfortable stay and while on trek, your accommodation is at best local Lodge and Guest Houses where available. The Mountain local Lodges are clean and have comfortable beds. Our entire accommodation is on twin sharing basis unless required for single supplement accommodation at extra trip cost.
While in Kathmandu and at Pokhara or some any city in Nepal, based on bed and breakfast, while on trek it will be on full board includes all 3 times meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, with Tea- Coffee). We provide meals from local Lodge on route trekking. Breakfast and dinner will be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house on overnights stops, where lunch will be on-route day walks.
Foods provided in the local lodges, depends entirely on availability and season, you can have Nepalese meals (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various types of soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, pastas and even pizza! So, over all you have a different choice of foods on trek.
Two best seasons for the trek to Everest Base Camp. As this trip is an adventurous walks, we suggest you to join in at the right time of the year as far as possible.
Spring: - (March, April and May) – Warm days with Rhododendron in flowering times includes clear views of mountains, pleasant Temperature, warmest weather of the year.
Autumn:- (Mid-September, October and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Time to Trek
Winter Months: - (December, January and February) also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. It is up to your plan for trek in the cold months.
Summer: - Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid-June, July to August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek.
There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time at the right altitude. Being in good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness. This itinerary is designed with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in mind and to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure trek in the Himalayas with much acclimatization days to cope with pre-caution for altitude sickness. Staying well hydrated and getting plenty of rest may help.
The maximum elevation of the trek will Gokyo Ri at 5,370 m above sea level. We will be walking from the mid-range at Lukla with 2,820 m and altitude range gradually with enough days for rest in each high altitude with overnight stops.
Travel Insurance & Vaccination:
On this trip you must obtain personal travel insurance to join with us in all our Himalayan trips. You must obtain travel insurance which covers helicopter rescue and immediate evacuation, trip cancellation and medical expenses.
We suggested that you buy your insurance policy from you home country before joining with us, where it is difficult buying local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal.
Vaccination is required to plan to your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information of vaccination you would require to the country you will be traveling.
Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for traveling to Nepal.
Our porter are fully equipped and insured on each trip with us. As you know that we are very sincere and polite, while on trek thus we make sure that our porter are fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and benefit for trekking porters.
The maximum load carried by our porter minimum 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag is not more than the above figure.
Once you choose the trip and would like to book, write us with information or by phone using our proper phone number for the trip booking confirmation.
We have online trip booking option, you may go on that link, choose your trip and date and follow the instruction with information required and summit us.
Once you choose the trip, we will suggest you with the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip. Non-refundable deposit of 20% (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure.
Please do not hesitate to contact us in relation to any questions you may have regarding our trip booking Process.
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.
Buff headwear /neckwear
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
• Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
• Fleece jacket
• Waterproof/windproof jacket
• Down filled jacket
• Lightweight cotton pants (long)
• Waterproof Pants
• Thin inner socks
• Thick and warm wool hiking socks
• Comfortable Hiking boots
• Gore-tex gloves
• Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C
• Trekking bags/duffel bag
• Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
• Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
• Water bottle or camel bag