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Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake trek is one of the most popular treks in the Khumbu region in Nepal. There’s a good reason why it’s so popular.

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    Trip Duration 12 Days

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    Max, Altitude 5370 Meters

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    Type Trekking

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    Best Season Sept - May

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    Meals Included

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    Accommodation Guest House

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    Activity Trekking

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    Difficulty Moderate

  • Scenic Flight to and from Lukla
  • Experience the Sherpa Culture and Sherpa Mountain Life
  • Walking on the street of Namche Bazaar
  • Stunning views of Mount Everest and Gokyo Lakes from Gokyo ri

The Gokyo Lakes Trek comprise six main lakes, with Thonak Lake being the largest and Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari) serving as the primary lake. Situated in Nepal’s northeastern Sagarmatha Zone, within the Solukhumbu District‘s Khumjung Village Development Committee, these lakes boast stunning mountain surroundings that perfectly frame both the lakes and the iconic peaks.  

Join us for an amazing journey to the captivating Gokyo Lake Trek. With over 20 years of trekking experience, we, Himalayan Trekking Pvt. Ltd., march forward to enhance your journey to the heart of the Everest region.


Best Time for the Gokyo Lake Trek:

The most ideal times to go on the Gokyo Lake Trek are in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). During these seasons, you can expect beautiful weather with clear skies and pleasant temperatures. This makes the Gokyo Lake Trek much more enjoyable compared to other times of the year.


Trek Permits for the Gokyo Lake Trek:

  1. Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
    For Gokyo Lake Trek, one requires Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. For people from non-SAARC countries, Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
    costs about $30. If you’re from a SAARC country, it’s even cheaper, around $15.
  2. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality permit
    For Gokyo Lake Trek, one requires the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality permit too. The permit cost for the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality is around $20 per person for the first four weeks
    If you plan to stay longer than four weeks, the cost increases to $25 per person

Trek Difficulty:

The Gokyo Lake Trek is considered a moderate to challenging journey due to its high-altitude terrain. This trek is recommended for those with a good fitness level.

Our experienced guides are committed to your safety and will provide continuous support during the expedition, ensuring a reliable travel companion throughout your adventure.


Join us for the mind-blowing Gokyo Lake Trek to experience Everest’s natural beauty and Sherpa culture. Let shimmering lakes and majestic peaks leave their mark. Explore Nepal’s alpine paradise with Himalayan Trekking Pvt. Ltd., the best trekking agency in Nepal.

Your journey to the Gokyo Lake Trek begins now.


Itinerary of Gokyo Lake Trek

Short Itinerary Detailed Itinerary

After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be picked up by our representative who will drop you off at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Our journey starts with a scenic flight to Lukla. There, we will meet up with rest of the team and begin our trek. We descend towards the Cheplung village. The view ofMt. Khumbila from Chplung is truly outstanding. Mount Khumbila (5761m)also known as “God of Khumbu” sacred mountain which has never been climbed. Our journey then continues towardsPhakding. Overnight in Phakding.

This is a big day as we’ll be covering a height of over 800 meters and that too mostly on the last part of the trail. Also, we will be crossing through loads of long suspension bridges over the Dudhkoshi river.

The first part of trail is easy, we cross the Dudkoshi and walk along the path west of the river. We pass through pine forests and small villages along the way. We continue up north the Benkar valley, we cross the Dudhkoshi again and continue forwards passing through the Chumoa and Monjo villages.

At Jorsalle, we find ourselves at the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Parkwhere all the climbing passes are checked and verified. Here, you will start seeing more sights of the snow-clad mountains ahead. The last parts of the trek get tougher. We must climb a steep incline to reach the Hillary bridge.

The Hillary bridge is the last one on today’s journey, it is also the longest and the highest. We then continue hiking up a steep path leading up to Namche Bazaar.Namche Bazaar is a famous town in the region.

It is the starting point for all expeditions in the Everest region. It is a historic town with markets selling everything from Tibetan artefacts to trekking and climbing equipment. There you will get good views of the mighty snow-clad peaks in the region. It is rich in history and culture, so there’s a lot more to see. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

This day is primarily meant for an acclimatization trek to a higher altitudeand then back to Namche to sleep one more night at the current altitude. In a span of around 48 hours you will have had climbed up to 11,290 ft / 3,440 m at Namche from 4,600 ft / 1,400 m at Kathmandu, therefore it is very necessary for you properly acclimatize.

We will be hiking up to Khumjung village. It is a small but vibrant Sherpa village. There we will be visiting the Hillary School and the Khumjung Gompathat has a scalp on display, which the monastery claims that it belongs to the mythical Yeti.

This is a good opportunity to learn more about the Sherpa culture, taste local cuisines, and observe the never-tiring views of the Himalayas. After our day of exploration, we make our way back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

On today’s trek we have a high chance spotting the Himalayan pheasants, musk deer and Himalayan Thars as we go sometimes up and sometimes down moving through different places. We descend on our way to Kyanjuma. As we reach Sansa we follow the Gokyo trails.

Once we reach Mongwe see amazng views of AmaDablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Khumbila mountains.

During the last phases of our journey for today we first descend to Dudh koshi Khola and then climb up going through rhododendron forests to reach Phorse. Phorse is a good sight for spectacular vistas ofTawache and Cholaste mountains. Overnight in Phorse.

Today we embark on a journey into the wild, we are most likely to spot pheasants, mountain goats, and musk deer. We first cross a bridge over the DudhKoshi River to enter forests, waterfalls and bridges before reaching Dole.

Expect stunning views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku mountains on the journey. Once we reachLuza village, we start a climb walking above the DudhKoshi River. We continue through small villages and sandy trails to reachMachhermo.

At Machhermo, we will make a visit to the Himalayan Rescue Hospital to get valuable info aboutAcute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Machhermo.

Today, just like any other day on this expedition, we sometimes go up and then sometimes down, but the difference is, today, we get mind boggling views of the DudhKoshi valley and Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains. On the first part of the trail we ascend a hill with views as mentioned before. On the first part of the trail we ascend a hill.

We continue going beyond the ridge, soon the valley starts widening as our trail passes through a Chorten to reachPhangga. Now we descend to the river bank from where we head upwards on a steep trail towards the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier.

Before we make it to Gokyo, we spend some time admiring the spectacular lakes of Longpongo, RabocheTsho and DudhPokhari.You can spot what allegedly are footprints of a Lama (Buddhist priest) at Longpongo. Overnight in Gokyo.

This is going to be an exciting day- there’s going to be loads of hiking, mouthwatering views, and a sense of complete satisfaction.On this day we shall make some climbs to reach the fourth and fifth lakes of Gokyo, we head towards a viewpoint called the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint and if the weather fits we will alsoclimb theGokyo Ri, the views of the Gokyo lakes and the surrounding mountains is breathtaking from the top at Gokyo Ri. Expect marvelous views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse,Makulu, andNgazumpa Glacier- the largest glacier is the world. Overnight in Gokyo.

Today we retrace our steps, it is as simple as that. We first descend on a path along the DudhKoshi River. As we make it through the first of the Gokyo lakes we marvel at the great views of Cholatse and Taboche peaks. We descend further and then ascend, as we reach a chorten, we start seeing the Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega mountains. After this we just follow the same steps we took before strolling past the villages of Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarmato reach Dole. Overnight in Dole.

Our journeys back to Namche are great opportunities to get those views we might have missed as we huffed and puffed our way up to Gokyo. So, lookout for wonderful views of mountains, rhododendrons, wildflowers and waterfalls as we make our journey back to Namche. Expect great views of Taboche, AmaDablam, Thamserku,Kangtega, Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche for one last time before reaching Namche. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

It’s again all downhill from here. Enjoy the views and reflect upon what you just achieved in these last two weeks. It is a wonderful time to fully look back at the entire journey. After passing some rocky path, it is just a quick descent, crossing several suspensions bridges on the way until we reach our destination. We will also be passing by many monasteries, too. And finally, we make it back to Lukla. This will be the last day in the mountains! Time to rest, reflect and relax! Overnight in Lukla.

We will catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu, where we can do some last-minute souvenir shopping and some celebration!You can also check out some other places in Kathmandu, we will be assisting you with that as well. A farewell dinner is arranged to celebrate your success. Overnight in Kathmandu

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What is Included

  • ll the transportation between airport and hotel
  • An experienced English speaking guide and  his daily wage, meal, accommodation, and Insurance
  • One porter for 2 persons each of the group (Note- We do not provide porter for a single person, We will provide porter-guide who will carry your backpack and guide you throughout  the journey)

What is Included

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu  with breakfast
  • Twin Sharing standard lodges/tea houses during the trek
  • 3 Courses Meal ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  • A cup of tea or coffee in each meal during the trek
  • All accommodation during the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking guide and  his daily wage, meal, accommodation, and Insurance
  • One porter for 2 persons each of the group (Note- We do not provide porter for a single person, We will provide porter-guide who will carry your backpack and guide you throughout  the journey)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • Farewell Dinner after the trek
  • All government and local taxes

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