Everest Gokyo Lake Trek - 14 Days

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  • Duration 14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Type Lodge Based Trekking
  • Best Season Spring (March - May) & Autumn (Sept - Nov)
  • Group Size 16
  • Maximum Altitude 5,357 m

Highlights

  • Explore the shores of stunning turquoise glacial lakes called Gokyo Lakes 
  • Trek through Sherpa villages and have a glimpse of the local's lifestyle
  • Follow an adventurous trekking route in the Khumbu region that presents tranquil walking
  • Visit the biggest monastery of Khumbu region, Tengboche village
  • Get to see
  • Witness breathtaking views eight-thousanders like Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu
  • Get to see a tempting view of the Ngozumpa glacier and ice ridges

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is a very special trek that not only offers some of the best mountain panoramas but also leads you to the shores of six stunning turquoise glacial lakes called Gokyo Lakes (stretched from 4,700 m to 5,000 m) collectively. From Tengboche village, the trail joins the Gokyo Lakes route and offers a different trekking experience than the classic Everest Base Camp Trek. Our Gokyo Lake Trek 14 Days Itinerary leaves the crowd of the Khumbu region and rather explores the serene trails to Gokyo valley. 

Have you ever wondered what a lake at 5,000 meters looks like? Well, our Gokyo Lake Trek 14 days itinerary allows trekkers to explore the holy Gokyo Lakes and its underrated beauty.

This popular trekking in Everest region is also known as Everest Gokyo Ri Trek, so do not get confused. Gokyo Ri is the highest point of Gokyo Lake Trek situated at 5,357 m. Everest Gokyo Lake Trek 14 Days Itinerary is a moderate trek with decent ascents & descents. This trek is recommended to both new and experienced trekkers in the Everest region. 

The Gokyo Lake Trek route gradually ascends through beautiful Sherpa village, lush forests of rhododendron, and yak pastures. Icy rivers, thrilling suspension bridges, colorful prayer flags, and glacier debris are other parts of the Gokyo Lake Trekking. The trekking route is very impressive and will leave you spellbound.

Views during the Gokyo Lake Trek

One of the major attractions of Gokyo Lake Trekking is the stunning Gokyo Lakes surrounded by gleaming white snow-covered mountains. Likewise, the trail offers breathtaking views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Island Peak (6,160 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), and numerous others. 

The landscapes are sensational and the six freshwater lakes make it even more tempting. You also get to see the phenomenal views of the Ngozumpa glacier and ice ridges. Not any other trek in the Khumbu region offers views like Gokyo Lake Trek. 

Gokyo Lake Trek Nepal is more than natural beauty. You get rewarded with the cultural richness of the region. The friendly locals and their heartwarming welcome enrich the journey. And there are stupas and chortens everywhere along the way. 

How hard is Gokyo Trek?

The Gokyo Lake Trek route is rugged and steep. The trail passes through a series of ups & downs through lush forests and along cliffsides. The trekkers have to be able to walk 6 to 7 hours a day and leave modern comforts behind while trekking. 

Gokyo Lake Trekking does not demand a very fit body but the stamina and walking capability of the participants is a must. Likewise, you must be able to adjust to the available limited services. 

Gokyo Lake Trek is a good way to test your endurance and challenge yourself. You can now join our Gokyo Lake Trek 2022 & 2023 anytime. 

What do we offer?

We are a local trekking company with a great history of organizing treks and expeditions in the Himalayas. Our company members are professionals and experts in what they do. In combination, we offer decades of trekking experience, which assure safety, service quality, and a rewarding journey. 

You may like some other similar trekking packages: Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek, and Tilicho Lake Trek.

Itinerary

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Our Gokyo Lake trek package includes pickups and drops to the airport as per the itinerary. You can see our team members at the airport with your name card. He will load your luggage and escort you to the hotel. Later, meet with the rest of the team members in the evening, then spend a couple of hours preparing for the trek.

  • AccommodationHotel

Today, we leave Kathmandu early in the morning and fly to Lukla. The flight is fantastic, with a landing unlike any other. At Lukla, we meet with the porters, load the luggage, and begin descending towards Phakding village. The trail goes through the forested path.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,840 m

It's an exciting day ahead. This part of the trail is very adventurous. We will be crossing streams and suspension bridges numerous times. The route goes through dense forests and small remote villages. Before reaching Namche Bazaar, we come across a steep uphill climb.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,441 m

The Sherpa village, Namche Bazaar has a lot of things to look around and many short hiking options. We spent the morning part of the day hiking to the Hotel Everest View. It is a famous hotel and holds a position in Guiness World Record Book. You can see the view of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, etc from all of its windows. Later in the day, we can visit museums and shops in Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,800 m

Leaving Namche behind, the trail ascends towards the hamlet of Tengboche. The village with the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. We trek, enjoying stunning views of snow-capped mountains. The trail winds through lush forests of rhododendron.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,860 m

The trail ascends and descends through lush forests. We soon reach pastures and walk slowly towards Phortse. It's a relatively short trekking day, so we will get lots of time to relax.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,880 m

From Phortse, it is an uphill walk. We trek through small settlement areas and stop for lunch before trekking towards Dole. Along the way, we may come across Yak herders. Keep in mind, always walk on the cliffside while passing by yaks or mules.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,010 m

Begin trekking relishing wonderful views of the Himalayas. The trail gradually ascends to Gokyo Valley. After a handful of continuous ascends & descends, we reach Machhermo village.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,410 m

After breakfast, we continue trekking, following an impressive trail that finally leads to the Gokyo Valley. The trail passes by a few lakes before we reach the beautiful Gokyo village. Located far away in the middle of literally nowhere, Gokyo village is one of the most gorgeous villages you have ever seen.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,780 m

We wake up early in the morning and hike to Gokyo Ri. It's the highest point of the Gokyo Valley Trek. The trail from Gokyo village steeply climbs following rocky terrain to Gokyo Ri. From the top, we get to see a glorious sunrise and breathtaking panorama of mountains. We then visit the holy lakes and begin descending back to Dole.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5,357 m

From Dole, we follow the same trail back to Namche Bazaar. The trail ascends & descends through remote villages and lush forests. The landscapes along the way are excellent. It's our last day in Namche Bazaar, so we'll be spending the night celebrating.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,900 m

The trail steeply drops down through dense forests. We cross numerous suspension bridges again and pass small villages to Phakding. From here, we walk uphill along a stream to Lukla.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,840 m

An early morning flight takes us back to Kathmandu. We drop you to the hotel. The remaining day you can enjoy shopping and visiting the local market. Don't forget, there's a complimentary farewell dinner in the late evening with the team.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Farewell dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

You will be flying home today. Our team will drop you at the airport as per your flight departure time in a private vehicle.

  • MealsBreakfast

This is our standard and recommended itinerary. If this itinerary doesn’t suit to you, we customize your holiday as per your requirements. Customize Trip

Includes

  • All grounded transportation as per itinerary
  • Two nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast
  • Round flight ticket (Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu) inclusive domestic airport taxes
  • Three times meal (Breakfast/lunch/dinner) and accommodations during the trekking
  • One highly experience English speaking & friendly trekking guide and required porter including their expenses
  • Sagarmatha National Park permit and TIMS card
  • Gokyo Lake Trekking map
  • Nepal Gateway Company T-shirt and achievement certificate
  • Local fresh fruit
  • First aid kit
  • Evacuation assist if needed
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa quickly upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa suitable for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 50 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 135. Please bring two passport-size photos.
  • Your international flight ticket to/from Kathmandu
  • Your personal nature expenses, equipment and medical kit
  • All kinds of hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverage in trekking
  • Hot shower, internet and phone call unless it is free
  • Tipping to field staffs (Tipping is not mandatory but expected)

Dates & Price

Date StatusPrice 
Start DateStart: SaturdayDecember 10, 2022End DateEnd: FridayDecember 23, 2022StatusAvailablePriceUS$1300
Start DateStart: WednesdayDecember 14, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayDecember 27, 2022StatusAvailablePriceUS$1300
Start DateStart: WednesdayDecember 21, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayJanuary 03, 2023StatusAvailablePriceUS$1300
Start DateStart: WednesdayDecember 28, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayJanuary 10, 2023StatusAvailablePriceUS$1300

This is our set fixed departure date. The arrival and departure date to/from Kathmandu, Nepal. The date and price are specified for group joining. 
For Private Trip 

Useful Info

Extra nights in Kathmandu

If you happen to arrive in Nepal earlier than the fixed date or decide to stay a few extra days, you have to bear your expenses of additional stay. The company will not be liable for it. You can calculate USD 55.00 per night to get a decent tourist standard hotel with breakfast. 

Altitude Sickness

To not get altitude sickness during the Gokyo Lake Trekking, you have to keep yourself hydrated and do not ascend more than 500 meters in a day. Your itinerary should have rest days and short hikes to higher points with spending the nights in the lower point. 

First thing, do not worry. Altitude sickness is a common illness that trekkers face because of drastic changes in air pressure on their bodies. We make sure, while trekking with us, your body properly adjusts with the elevation. 

Gokyo Lake Trek Solo/Group

To do Gokyo Lake Trek solo, we request you to let us know. We will send you the price of the solo Gokyo Lake Trek according to your requirements. Likewise, you can join our Gokyo Lake Trek fixed departure dates and trek with other fellow trekkers from around the world if you are a solo traveler. 

Gokyo Lake Trek Permit

You have to get the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and the Local Area entry permit for Gokyo Lake Trek. The fees of both permits are included in our Gokyo Lake Trek cost.

Sagarmatha National Park permit fee: USD 30 per person

Local Area Entry permit fee: USD 20 per person

Best time to do Gokyo Lake Trek

The best time to trek to Gokyo Lakes is March to April & October to November. The flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are mostly on time because of stable weather, so you'll be on the itinerary. The pleasing climate and clear sky are all you need to enjoy the trek to the fullest. 

The views are fantastic, and the trail bloomed with seasonal vegetation. Recently, skaters trek or take a helicopter ride to Gokyo Lake to skate on one of the highest ice skating rinks in the world in the winter season. 

Travel Tips 

Accommodation: There are lodges available on the way to Gokyo Lakes. Lodges are runned by the locals. The rooms are twin-shared with a common washroom.

Food: Meals during the trek are given as per the menu of the lodges. You can choose what suits your taste. Dal bhat is the most nutritious & delicious one. You can add curry or chapati too.

ATM: The last ATM is in Namche Bazaar. You may need Nepali cash to buy services like hot showers, charging, internet, etc, while trekking. 

Charging: Charging stations are available in all lodges. You can charge your camera and phone battery. Due to lack of electricity, the lodge owners may ask you for a few extra bucks for the service. 

Luggage: The luggage weight limit is 10 kgs per head. The heavy duffel bags are carried by our porters. Store extra clothing and suitcases in the hotel's locker room free of cost. 

Personal Expenses: Some things like extra drinks, meals in the city, shopping, travel insurance, tipping, etc, are not covered by our Gokyo Valley trek package cost. We recommend you make a daily budget of USD 12 to USD 15 at least.

Travel Insurance: Gokyo Valley Trek is a remote trek with underlying risks of altitude sickness. Not only that, even in any medical emergency, we might end up rescuing you to the nearest hospital in Kathmandu. So, we need travel insurance that covers medical bills and emergency evacuation to offer medical assistance promptly. 

Tipping: Trekkers tip guides and drivers at the end of the trek as their gratitude. Tip whatever you feel like, and no need to feel bad if you can't tip.

FAQs

  • Q1. How long is Gokyo Trek?

    Our Gokyo Lake itinerary is 14 days long. You can do this trek in 10 to 12 days or cut the day shorter to a week by adding helicopter return. 

  • You can reach Gokyo Lake by flying to Lukla and trekking for 6 to 7 days from there. Or, there is an alternative option to reach Gokyo valley by a quick helicopter ride.

  • There are altogether 19 lakes in the Gokyo Lake system ranging from 4,700 meters to 5,000 meters. Among them, six are the main lakes. Thonak Cho is the largest one, and Dudh Pokhari is the main lake. The other four are Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho, Ngojumba Cho, and Gokyo Lake.

  • Gokyo Peak or Gokyo Ri is 5,357 meters above sea level. It is the highest point of our Gokyo Lake Trek, located above picturesque Gokyo village.

  • Yes, Dudh Koshi is a real place. It is a river in easter Nepal.

  • You can book the Gokyo Lake Trek through our site. Once we receive your booking inquiry, we will get in touch with you and answer all your queries as well as begin the easy booking process.

  • Yes, you take a helicopter ride from Kathmandu or Lukla to Gokyo Lakes. There is also the possibility to trek to Gokyo Lakes and return in a helicopter. You can easily upgrade to a helicopter ride with us at a reasonable price. For more information contact us.

  • Gokyo Lake Trek is easier than the Gokyo Cho La pass trek because you will not be crossing a high challenging pass. And because of this reason, Gokyo Lake Trekking is recommended to beginner trekkers, but Gokyo Cho La pass trek is not.

Client Reviews

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  • Trekking to Gokyo Lake

    This past December, I had the chance to go to Nepal with my dad for his 50th birthday. Upon arrival at the Kathmandu international airport, we were greeted by our guide DB. He was not only our guide he was also are doctor, chef, comedian, ... and our friend. When we arrived at Lukla the well-known airport 😯 we met our new friend and porter Sujan. If you ever meet him don’t hesitate to ask him about his waterproof shoes and the techniques to sliding in the Himalayan(😂😂). Throughout our trek, DB explains the cultural elements of the Nepal people but he also entertains us with dancing at Gokyo lake, jokes around the fire at night, sliding in the Himalayas with a garbage bag, the names of all the high peaks, and much more. Unfortunately, when we got to Phadking I was all stuffed up but DB had a trick up his sleeve he gave me his local medicine which helped a lot. DB showed us the way to Gokyo and we had incredible views of Everest, the biggest glacier of the Himalayas, and the lakes. When we got back to Kathmandu we had a week left in Nepal so my dad and I decided we wanted to do the Poonhil trek. We had a pretty special bus ride to Pokhara with the traffic and sharp turns. The Poonhill sunrise was beautiful. When we finished our trek we went back to Pokhara and celebrated New Year with DB, his Uncle, and the thousands of Nepal people. We had a great time. Throughout our trip, DB made sure we were not hungry, cold and made sure we had fun. Thanks again DB and Sujanfor the trip of a lifetime! Thank you Raj and Ram for ensuring the logistics of our trip was flawless! Can’t wait to be back in a few years to complete the four passes! See you again DB...

    Anthony Wanner
    Anthony WannerCanada, Travel Date: 03/03/2020
  • Gokyo Ri Trek April 2015

    We went trekking with Ram and company this April with 3 other friends. It was our first trip to Nepal and loved it. Second trip for our friends with Ram. Even though I was a bit unsure at first, Ram was very helpful, caring, and thoughtful. At all times we were his main concern, I would highly recommend this company for their attentive service, knowledge, and great company. We did not get to Gokyo Ri as we were snowed in at Dole for 2 days, but we still had the best adventure going to other villages as suggested by Ram. We will b returning in 2018 to finish our trip but adding Everest Base Camp and the men want to climb Island Peak I think, not me. Nepal gets under your skin, the views, people, food, and most of all the Yaks. I just love them as our friends and Ram will tell you, so peaceful there. We only made it to Bangkok 2 days before the Quake. Not our time thank god.
    I wish the people a quick recovery from this awful Quake and may they keep their beautiful nature and great faith. Thank you Ram for introducing us to Nepal and your great work in helping your people through this horrible time. Namaste.

    Annette Williamson
    Annette WilliamsonAustralia, Travel Date: 29/05/2015

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