Gokyo Lakes Trek - 11 Days

Duration: 11 Days   |   Based on 2 Reviews
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge to Lodge
  • Group Size: 2+
  • Max Altitude: 5420m

Trek to Gokyo Ri 11 Days

The Gokyo Lakes Trek is a dazzling adventure into a lesser populated area of the Everest region – Gokyo Valley. For many people, the Everest Base Camp Trek is too commercialized and overcrowded with trekkers. If you share this idea, the alternative of hiking to Gokyo Lakes is a perfect choice. Most trekkers who take the Gokyo Lakes say that they feel a closer bond to the natural landscape than on the typical Everest Base Camp Trek.

Lying on the moraine next to the Ngozumpa Glacier are five sacred lakes. We guarantee that you will not see anything like the Gokyo Lakes throughout your lifetime. These turquoise-colored natural wonders will make your jaw drop in awe. Not to mention, the lakes are enveloped by a ring of jagged snow-covered mountains.

Why Should You Choose Gokyo Lakes Trek?

This incredible trek will take you to some of the best views in Nepal, and you will have the chance to cross the most famous glacier in the Khumbu region. You will be blown away by the views from Gokyo Lakes.

The Gokyo Lakes are a great choice for those exploring the lesser-known parts of the Everest region. The trail winds past lush rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, and glaciers, eventually leading to the top of the Gokyo Ri. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

Along the way, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience the local Sherpa culture and lifestyle. The Sherpa people are incredibly welcoming and hospitable, and you’ll have many chances to learn more about their customs and traditions. You’ll also get to explore some of the local villages and monasteries, offering a glimpse into their unique way of life.

The Gokyo Lakes offer an unparalleled experience in the Himalayas. You’ll be surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world, and you’ll get to walk across the biggest glacier in the region. You’ll also get to experience the local Sherpa culture and lifestyle, making this the perfect trek for those who are looking for an unforgettable adventure.

Route, Map & Trail to Gokyo Lakes

The trail follows the Everest Base Camp path up until Namche Bazaar. First, take a wild flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It is wild in the sense that the mountain views are tremendous, and you might feel slightly uneasy during the journey. Then, the trail follows to Namche Bazaar. Namche is certainly worth visiting during any Khumbu region trek. Though it thrives on tourism, you must experience the legendary place.

Above Namche, the trail becomes sparsely populated by tourists. A couple of days pass, as we stay in Sherpa villages, and we soon arrive at Gokyo village – the highlight of our journey. Either that evening or the next morning (or both), we head to Gokyo Ri (5,360 meters).

Some of the most iconic images of the Everest region are shot from the peak of Gokyo Ri. Most make the climb for the sunrise, though if you are gung ho about it, the glowing sunset is just as breathtaking. The contrast of purples and oranges to the emerald green waters is a striking sight to behold. From the top of Gokyo Ri, see four of the 8 tallest peaks in the world: Mount Everest (8,848m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Makalu (8,481m).

From here, we begin our descent back to Lukla. The trail is just as glorious going down as it was going up. With a grin on your face, take in the scenery with a new perspective.

The Gokyo Lakes are considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. Hundreds of Hindus bathe in the lakes during Janai Purnima, a festival that occurs each year in the month of August. If you would like to witness this festival, we can arrange for that! Also, our Gokyo Lakes can be combined with other Everest region treks. Ask us for more information.

Best Time for Gokyo Lakes

The best time to take the trek is during the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) seasons, when the weather is at its best and the skies are crystal clear. During the spring, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking display of alpine flowers, such as rhododendron, and it’s the perfect time to get up close and personal with the natural beauty of the region. 

The trek is also a great way to get away from it all, as you’ll be surrounded by mountains, glaciers, and pristine lakes. You’ll have plenty of time to soak in the views and will also have plenty of opportunities to explore the local culture. From visiting traditional Buddhist monasteries to sampling some local delicacies, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy throughout your trek. 

No matter when you plan your Gokyo Lakes, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable experience. The views, the culture, and the sense of adventure will make it a trip you’ll never forget. So don’t wait any longer, and make sure you experience the Gokyo Lakes in all its glory.

Highlights

  • Experience the local Sherpa lifestyle and culture
  • Hike to one of the best viewpoint of Nepal Gokyo Ri
  • Walk across the biggest glkaciaer in Khumbu Ngozompa
  • Hike to the less beaten track with stunning view

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 Fly to Lukla (2,804m/9,198ft) - 45minues and Trek to Phakding - 4 hours.

    Early in the morning our guide with vehicle will pick you up for the Airport to fly to Lukla. During the flight you will enjoy the mind blowing scenery of Everest and Rolwaling region. After reaching Lukla it will take some to arrange baggage then head to Phakding. On the way you will face natural diversity like Sherpa village, Jungle, Glacier River, Suspension bridge etc.

    • Max. Altitude: 2652m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Phakding
  • Day 02 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar about 6 hours.

    After our breakfast the trek begins following the bank of Dudhkoshi River till Jorsalle then crossing suspension bridge we head to Namche through the Jungle which is all the way up. Namche is a gateway of Everest and the biggest bazaar of the region.

    • Max. Altitude: 3440m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Day 03 Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.

    Namche bazaar is known as capital of Khumbu region as well as gateway of Mt Everest. Perhaps Namche is a highest mountain city which is modernize and facilitated city like pub, bank, hospital, and bar all available. Today we do some side hiking trip by hiking to Everest view point Hotel (3,880m) from where we can see spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Mt Lhotse, Nuptse, Mt Ama Dablam and many more.

    • Max. Altitude: 3440m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Namche Bazzar
  • Day 04 Trek from Namche to Phortseabout 6 hours.

    Today after breakfast we climb the hill to Khumjung, turning the north gokyo we will reach Mong the place called also birth place of the saint Lama Sange Dorje,the reincarnation Lama of Rongbuk Monastery. From where we could see gorgeous view of Nuptse,Lhotse , AmaDablam and close to Thamserku. Then the trails descend to the Dudh koshi and enter to the Phortse, a big inhabitant reside here.

    • Max. Altitude: 3810m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Phortse
  • Day 05 Trek from Phortse to Machhermo about 7 hours.

    Today the trails climb steeply through Rhododendron forest, passing many kharkas (Temporary settlement for yaks) to Dole. Then the trails climb through a huge rock at Lhabarma (4,330m) and carries on to Luza (4,340m). From Luza we continue to climb up till Machhermo the last major settlement of Gokyo valley.

    • Max. Altitude: 4470m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Machhermo
  • Day 06 Machhermo to Gokyo about 6 hours.

    After breakfast we climb through Chorten to and reach Pangka (4,390m). Beyond Pankha the trail drop down first and start to climb steeply. Once we climbing up to the Gokyo we could see the massive view of Ngozmpa glacier and other small lakes on the way and finally reach Gokyo.

    • Max. Altitude: 4650m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Gokyo
  • Day 07 Hike to Gokyo ri (5,420m/17,778ft) and stay again Gokyo about 5 hours.

    The views around Gokyo are tremendous. For the best views we will climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m) today. From here we will have a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung Kang, Everest, Lothse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. After we enjoy the view we will return back to Gokyo village for the night.

    • Max. Altitude: 4650m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Gokyo
  • Day 08 Trek from Gokyo to Dole about 6 hours.

    After breakfast at lodge, we way back from Gokyo is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River passing by Ngozumpa Glacier. We could see the Cholatse and Taboche peaks rear up on the right of us. The trail descends below Phangka, and across a level terrace on the slope to climb a rib on the far side of the hill side. Upon reaching the Chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku , Cho Oyu, and Kangtega. We slowly walk down to sprawling village of Machhermo.Then head toward to Dole.

    • Max. Altitude: 4200m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Dole
  • Day 09 Trek from Dole to Namche bazaar about 5 hours.

    Our hike today is mostly downhill. On the trail we could see some animals like mountain goat, musk deer, pheasant as well as more plants and vegetation including rhododendron forest. Finally an easy walk leads you to the Namche Bazzar for overnight where you will have really hot shower which is the best after few days having no shower.

    • Max. Altitude: 3440m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Day 10 Trek down from Namche bazaar to Lukla 7 hours.

    Same way we trek down to Lukla while we going up for the trekking. Lukla where we take our flight back to Kathmandu for next day

    • Max. Altitude: 2860m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Lukla
  • Day 11 Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla 45 min.

    Today after breakfast we proceed to the Airport for the flight back to Kathmandu. Once you arrive you will be driven to the hotel. Whole day you have time to rest shop and have good food.

    • Max. Altitude: 1340m
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Food: Breakfast
    • Place: Kathmandu

Inclusion

  • All transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers as per itinerary.
  • During the trek, three daily meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • Best available tea houses lodge during the trek including a private bathroom in Lukla. Phakding and Namche.
  • A highly Experienced professional trekking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 pax) with their food, accommodation, salary, and insurance.
  • Flight fare Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag (to be returned).
  • Trekking map for a group and trekking achievement certificate.
  • First aid medical Kit.
  • All required permits for trekking.
  • Government tax/vat and office service charge.
  • International Airfare.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Kathmandu Hotel and food.
  • Nepal entry visa fee is 15 days 25$, 30 days 40$ and 90 days 100$.
  • Soft drinks, hard drinks, and water.
  • Entry fees of Kathmandu world heritage sites.
  • Personal trekking equipment and expenses.
  • Hot shower, Battery charge, Wi-Fi during the trekking period.
  • Tips and gratitude for the staffs.
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