Gokyo Lake Trek

Overview

Trips Fact

  • Duration 14
  • Max-Altitude: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge
  • Best Season: Spring (Feb-May) & Autumn (Sep-Dec)
  • Departure From: Lukla
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu
  • Group Size: 02 Minimum -10 Maximum
  • Breakfast: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Diffculty: Moderate to Strenuous
Gokyo Lake Trek

The Gokyo Late Trek is a much more scenic, slightly easier and less crowded route to Everest Base Camp Trek. This Trek offers you a melodramatic sight of the northwest face of Mt. Everest as well as other massive mountains. The Gokyo Valley (one of Nepal’s most beautiful valleys) is located west of the more well-known Khumbu Himalayan region.

With a 30-35 minutes short scenic mountain flight to Lukla from Kathmandu, your Everest Base Camp Trip via Gokyo Lake starts officially. After two days of the trek, you reach Namche Bazaar, acclimatize and rest here. At Namche, you explore the Sherpa villages of the Khumjung Region, observe their lifestyle, and enjoy their culture/beliefs.

From Namche, the trail climbs steadily to Mong La Pass, and then you drop to the Dudh Koshi River‘s banks. After that, the trail passes through rhododendron and oak forests, as well as ice waterfalls. After a few hours’ walk on this rustic trail, you’ll arrive in Dole, where you’ll spend the night in a teahouse. The Cho La pass, which leads on to the Khumbu valley at Lobuche, is the most visited of the two high passes that lead out of the Gokyo Valley; the other is Renjo La Pass, which connects the trail between Thame and Nangpa La Pass.

You get with the Himalayan forests, birds and animals, trails, gorges, valleys, rivers, frozen lakes, glaciers, cliffs and mountains views which make you feel outstanding, energetic and give heavenly pleasure.

What an unforgettable trip!

 

Book your Gokyo Lake Trek with Lonely Nepal Trek. We promise you to provide the best quality trekking services, security and proper guidance plus assistance. Be ready to collect the most beautiful memories, natural-thrilling moments and life-changing activities.


  • Trek to Gokyo Valley – one of the most scenic valleys and lies towards the west of the famous Khumbu Region in Nepal.
  • Broad pasture for yaks and unspoiled turquoise lake
  • Offers amazing scenery and views
  • Rhododendron/oak forest and waterfalls
  • Pass through the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier – the largest glacier in Nepal
  • Cho Oyu (8,153m), one of the eight-thousanders
  • Enjoy an outstanding panoramic view extending from Cho Oyu and Everest to Lhotse to Makalu.
  • Cross two high-passes leading to Gokyo Valley – the Cho La & Renjo La
  • Fly between giant mountains – heart-pounding moments landing at Lukla airport
  • Acute mountain sickness friendly itinerary
  • Sherpa villages, culture, tradition and hospitality
  • Kathmandu Valley Tour – the city full of World Heritage Sites, Nepali culture and many more to explore

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Itinerary

When you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will greet you and transport you to our luxury hotel/guesthouse and assist you to check-in. So, look for someone holding a placard with your name or our company’s name – Lonely Nepal – waiting for you.

On this day, you simply relax at Hotel/Guesthouse overnight and restore your energy to accomplish your upcoming adventurous trip.

Our company organizes a short introductory meeting in the evening. You will meet your trekking guide, and our trekking expert will provide you with all the detailed information about the trek.

  • Hikking Info: 14
  • Max: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge

On this day, you are going to enjoy the Kathmandu Valley Tour – the city full of World Heritage Sites, Nepali culture and many more to explore.

At dawn, we offer you a warm breakfast and your sightseeing starts with our city guide. At first, you visit Pashupatinath Temple – the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, then move to Boudhanath Stupa – the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world. After that, we drive you to Patan Durbar Square. In addition, we take you to Swayambhunath Stupa – the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hilltop also nick-named as monkey temple. In the end, we come to Kathmandu Durbar Square, observe Kumari Temple (living goddess temple), Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak streets and more.

Your city tour ends in the evening. You take a delicate dinner and take a rest restoring energy for the upcoming adventure.

  • Hikking Info: 14
  • Max: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge

Today, your actual adventurous trip to Everest Base Camp begins.

We take an early morning flight (30-40 minutes) from Kathmandu to Lukla. As the plane passes between towering mountains, the flight offers you the heart-pounding experience of the turbulence and tranquil picturesque of the Himalayan range. Finally, you land at Lukla airport – the gateway to the Everest Region.

How would you feel landing on the airport with just a single runway on a cliff? You will get surprised. Right? Lukla airport is one of the most dangerous airports in the world.

At Lukla, you get to rest for some time, meet your local porters and arrange the luggage.

From Lukla, after showing your Trekking Permit at the Lukla checkpoint, your footsteps head towards Phakding – a Sherpa village renowned for the 500 years old monastery.  You follow the trails down to Thalsaroa, and then to Cheplung. Then, the trail traces along Dudh Koshi valley enjoying the introductory view of Mt. Khumbila (5,761m/18901ft). You continue your pace for a few hours and reach Ghat (2,520m/8,350ft). Further a short walk from Ghat, we reach Phakding – our today’s destination. Enjoy the best hotel, hygienic cuisine, and friendly hospitality with superb service at Phakding.

  • Hikking Info: 14
  • Max: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge

On this day, we trek from Phakding to Namche – the largest tourism hub in the Everest region.

Passing through the dense fir, alpine and rhododendron forest along Dudh Koshi River, we go up to Benkar. From Benkar, we further walk through dense forest and cross suspension bridges which take us to Chhumuwa and Monjo.

At Monjo, you must register your trekking permit at the check-post, and then trek inside the Sagarmatha National Park. You feel completely enthusiastic about the wonderful environment of the park. Also, you may encounter wild animals and several species of vegetation. Watch them out!

Ahead, we cross the Tenzing-Hillary suspension bridge over Dudh-Koshi River, ascend via the pine and fir forest to the ridge.

On the trail toward the ridge, we have the first glimpse of Mt. Everest.  Enjoy it.

Continue your pace uphill pace for a couple of hours; finally, you arrive at Namche Bazaar. Enjoy the rest of your time at Namche – standard lodging and modern facilities like ATMs, internet, cyber cafes, pubs, and restaurants.

  • Hikking Info: 14
  • Max: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge

Today, we acclimate, explore, and rest in Namche.

As a part of acclimatization, after taking breakfast, we walk towards the Sagarmatha National Park museum. Enjoy and learn about the Sherpa culture, local flora and fauna of this region.

After leaving the museum, we head towards the Everest view hotel – one of the world’s highest hotels. You find yourself speechless when you see the panoramic view of snow-capped mountains such as Mt. Khumbila (5,761m/18,901ft), Mt. Thamserku (6,623m/21,729ft), Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft) and AmaDablam (6,812m/22,349ft) mirroring and shining in front of you.

There are also other places to explore – Khumjung and Kunde villages with Hillary school, Hillary Hospital, and Syangboche Airstrip.

In the end, you come down to Namche Bazaar. We take a rest or explore the beautiful tourist hub, and enjoy other facilities at Namche Bazaar.

  • Hikking Info: 14
  • Max: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge

On this 6th day of your trek, we hike up to the slope from Namche loving outstanding views of Everest and Khumjung. After that, we continue up the Dudh Koshi Valley, branching northwest of the Everest trail and climbing the lower slopes of Khumbila. Then, we ascend steeply to Mong La (a small village built around an ancient chorten), then lowers to Phortse Thenga before climbing through a pine and rhododendron woodland and on up to Dole. From Dole, you can observe spectacular views of snow-capped peaks. Look for spotted deer, Himalayan Tahrs, and a variety of birds, including the Danphe (Nepal’s national bird).

  • Hikking Info: 14
  • Max: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge

Today is the perfect day for a leisurely stroll along this high trail. It ascends to picturesque peaks above the river, passing through thorny alpine scrub. Relish the magnificent vistas of Cho-Oyo, Thamserku, and Kangtega contrast with delightful views into the valley below. We pass summer-grazing settlements like Luza on our way up to Machhermo. Before draining into the Dudh Koshi, the Machhermo Khola passes through the villages of Kyajo Ri and Pharilapche. This is the final settlement before Gokyo, and it houses an HRA assistance station for AMS victims.

  • Hikking Info: 14
  • Max: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge

The trail slowly ascends from the settlement to a ridge that provides the first views of Cho-Oyo’s north face (8,210m/26,907ft), plus the views of Kangtega and Thamserku. Ahead in the valley, you ace the snout of the Ngozumpa Glacier, and the trail returns to the river. It joins an alternative route from the south near the hamlet of Pangka before climbing onto the moraine’s side. We cross a metal bridge and reach Longponga Tsho (4,690m/15,383ft), the first of the Dudh Koshi’s six sacred lakes.

A trail leads up onto the glacier — and the Cho La – just before Taboche Tsho. After a tough half-hour hike beyond the lake, we reach the summer settlement of Gokyo, perched on the slope of the moraine and overlooking the blue-green Dudh Pokhari, nestle in a semi-circle of high hills at the foot of Gokyo Ri. Behind ridges, Cho-Oyo and the ice ridge to Ghyachung Kang, from where the Ngozumpa glacier flows, can be seen.

  • Hikking Info: 14
  • Max: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge

To guard against AMS, another scheduled rest day is required. Gokyo offers two major viewpoints. The first is Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,586ft), which starts on the northern side of the lake. To enjoy its breathtaking scenery, we need a two-hour climb to the summit. It looks out over Nepal’s longest glacier; the Ngozumpa Glacier carved out beneath a wall of towering peaks on its south-eastern slope. The view of the Himalayan chain from the flag-draped peak includes Cho-Oyu and Ghyachung Kang, the north face of Everest, and Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cholatse, Taboche, Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Kangru (all over 6,300m/20,670ft).

The second attractions that you explore are the fourth to sixth lakes. These lakes, along with glacial melt-=water, are the source of the Dudh Koshi, River. Relax in Gokyo and roam around Gokyo Lake in the afternoon.

  • Hikking Info: 14
  • Max: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge

Gokyo Ri, the region’s second important viewpoint, begins on the northern side of the lake, directly across from the settlement. Its breathtaking scenery necessitates an early start and a two-hour climb to the summit. It looks out over Nepal’s longest glacier, the Ngozumpa Glacier, which has been carved out beneath a wall of towering peaks on its south-eastern slope.

The view of the Himalayan chain from the flag-draped peak includes Cho-Oyu and Ghyachung Kang, the north face of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cholatse, Taboche, Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Kangru (all over 6,300m/20,670ft) and many others, some unidentified. You return to Gokyo and take an afternoon stroll around Gokyo Lake before relaxing at the hotel.

  • Hikking Info: 14
  • Max: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge

From Phortse, a slick trail descends to Phortse Thenga’s bridge, where it rejoins the original route from Khumjung. First, you reach Namche Bazaar and then descend to the Dudh Koshi for spending a night at Monjo.

  • Hikking Info: 14
  • Max: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge

On this 12th day, we keep on retracing back. From Monjo, we catch the trails down to Dudh Koshi River, and reach Phakding. Further, we trek passing by various Sherpa settlements and cross a suspension bridge above Thado Koshi. Ultimately, after ascending for about 45 minutes, we reach Lukla.  You are thankful that you have accomplished Everest Panorama Trek successfully. Reconfirm your flight Ticket and say goodbye to the hard-working local porters.

In the evening, you can participate in a farewell ceremony; and thank your hard-working and ever-smiling local porters. And, take ample rest.

  • Hikking Info: 14
  • Max: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge

On this second last day of your trek, we fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Restore your memories in the plane flying between giant mountains.  After landing at TIA, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Relax!

Also, you can explore local markets nearby, taste Nepali and other continental cuisines at various restaurants and observe the hustle-bustle lifestyle in Kathmandu.

  • Hikking Info: 14
  • Max: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge

On this final day, offering you a delicate breakfast, we transfer to the Tribhuvan International airport via our private transportation. We bid a happy ‘Goodbye’ to you and wish you a safe flight

  • Hikking Info: 14
  • Max: 5,350M/17551ft Gokyo Ridge

What's Included


  • All airport transfers 
  • Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu for two nights with breakfast 
  • Flights Kathmandu–Lukla–Kathmandu
  • All airport taxes
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park permit and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner of your choice
  • Supplementary snacks: energy  bar and cookies
  • Seasonal fresh fruits desert every day 
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water
  • Accommodation:  Lodge
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit
  • Oxi-meter: To check heart rating and oxygen saturation to Everest Base Camp and return
  • All government and local taxes
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles, and duffel bag
  • Souvenir: Trekking Route map printed T-Shirts 

What's Excluded


  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Hot  and bottled drinks  
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Hot shower 
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation
  • Tipping

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