Gokyo Lake Trek

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Starts at: Lukla Ends at: Lukla
Trek Region: Everest Transport: Flight
Duration: 13 Days Trip Grade: Moderate
Max Altitude: 5,357 m/ 1632 ft (Gokyo Ri) Accomodation: Teahouse

Gokyo Lake Trek Highlights

  • Walk through the peaceful, off the beaten-paths of the Everest region to reach Gokyo valley
  • View the sunrise/sunset view at Mount Everest and other peaks from Gokyo Ri (5357 meters)
  • Click awesome photographs of the unspoiled and crisp Gokyo valley
  • Delve into the serenity of the dazzling glacial lakes, especially during the afternoon
  • Explore one of the biggest glaciers in the Khumbu region- Ngozumpa glacier

The Gokyo Lake Trek is an alternative to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek while still providing the trekker with plenty of stunning views of Everest as well as overnight stays in the iconic town of Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu Region.

The route to the Gokyo Lakes is less busy but still affords the trekker with an insight into local village life, impressive views of icy rivers and stony, glacier debris, snow-capped mountains, and of course the dazzling turquoise waters of Gokyo Lakes themselves.

The Gokyo Lakes are actually made up of six bodies of water, or lakes, located at an altitude of 4700 to 5000m in the Gokyo Valley. Gokyo Valley falls within the Sagarmatha National Park area.

The lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system and have been designated as a Ramsar site (wetlands of international importance) as well as being sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. And if you need any more testaments to the beauty and importance of this area, the Lonely Planet states, “for our money the Gokyo Valley is the most spectacular in the Khumbu”.

By spending an extra day in the Gokyo Valley, you can visit the 5th and 6th lakes which sit in a high alpine bowl at the foot of Cho Oyu, the world’s 6th highest mountain.

You should expect to walk around 5 hours a day, with one of the highlights being a steep climb up Gokyo RI (5,357m) to view Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. Also on display is the largest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa, and ice ridges.

In order to acclimatize before setting off for the Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Valley, time spent in Namche Bazaar offers trekkers the opportunity to trek to nearby Khumjung Village to visit the school set up by Sir Edmund Hillary, who, along with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, was the first person to successfully summit Mount Everest.

Since that time dozens of climbing expeditions and thousands of trekkers have made Namche Bazaar a vibrant, bustling market town where it is possible to swap trekking stories with members of other groups.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding

Phakding – 2651 m / 8697 ft – 3 hrs

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar – 3438 m / 11279 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 4: Acclimatization day

Namche Bazaar – 3438 m / 11279 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Dole

Dole – 3680 m / 12073 ft – 6 hrs

Day 6: Dole to Machhermo

Machhermo – 3870 m / 12696 ft – 4 hrs

Day 7: Machhermo to Gokyo (Afternoon hike to Gokyo RI)

Gokyo – 4800 m / 15748 ft – 4 hrs

Day 8: Gokyo to Machhermo (Morning hike to Gokyo 4th Lake)

Gokyo Ri – 5357 m / 17575 ft – 4 hrs

Day 9: Gokyo to Dole

Dole – 1380 m / 4527 ft – 7 hrs

Day 10: Dole to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar – 3438 m / 11279 ft – 7 hrs

Day 11: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Lukla – 2860 m / 9383 ft – 7 hrs

Day 12: Lukla to Kathmandu

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft

Day 13: Departure


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  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flight x 2
  • Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu Flight
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and Local Entry Permits
  • Guide for 11 days
  • Porter for 10 days
  • 2 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Bodhi Boutique or similar)
  • 10 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff
  • 11 x set breakfast, 10 x set lunch and 10 x set dinner while on trek.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personnel expenses of any kind and travel insurance

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