Gokyo Lake Trek

14 Days

Want to explore a lake in the Everest region?  The Gokyo Lake Trek offers lakes above 4000m and hiking above 5000m in an alternative route to the Everest base camp. Trek to Gokyo Lakes to explore high land Lakes, Gokyo Ri, and all the mountains of Khumbu region  Nepal.

  • Private Car/Flight
  • Advance

Gokyo Lake Trek route parts with the classic Everest Base Camp Trek at Namche Bazaar. Heading from west of the Dudh Koshi valley towards Gokyo Lakes we will reach the trekking pinnacle of Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri. Expect calm trails that enable you to concentrate on the sheer regular magnificence of your encompasses – a considerably more shifted and verdant scene than on the exemplary trek.

On account of the course’s round nature, you won’t need to follow your strides on the arrival leg of the outing as you would have done on the standard base camp trek. Subsequent to investing some energy unwinding at the turquoise cold lakes you will summit Gokyo Ri just to be overwhelmed by the absolute most shocking perspectives on Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m) and Cho Oyu (8,201m).

From that point, you will rise one of the notorious ‘Three Passes’ in the district – Cho La pass – over which you will re-unite with the fundamental trek up to Gorak Shep. You will have the chance to visit the trekker’s photograph point at Everest Base Camp before setting out on the trek up Kala Patthar the following day – another notable perspective in the Region.

For those who wish to go on an even more adventurous trip to Everest, Regions do check out our Everest panorama Trek, Lobuche peak with EBC, Island peak climbing, Three pass trek  

Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary

1Arrival in Kathmandu
2fly to Lukla (2840m), trek to Phakding (2610m)4 hrs
3Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m)6 hrs
4rest day in Namche
5trek to Dole (4230m)7.5 hrs
6Trek to Macherma (4470m)4 hrs
7Trek to Gokyo (4790m)4 hrs
8Hike to Gokyo Ri (5330m)3 hrs
9Trek to Phortse (3950m)3 hrs
10Trek to Manjo (2835m)3 hrs
11Trek to Lukla (2840m)4 hrs


Here is a detailed Gokyo Lake trekking route map including the place name and its elevation.

gokyo cho la pass trek map photo

Price Includes in Gokyo Lake Trek package

  • Airport pickup and drop by private car/Van/Bus
  • Two night **star Category accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed n breakfast
  • Flight the Domestic flight To Lukla and to Kathmandu.
  • Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
  • All accommodations during the trek. (Toilet will be outside your room)
  • All necessary paper works the Everest National Park entry permit
  • All the Trekking permit
  • A helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, well-English-speaking trained, government license holder guide and porter With all his salary, food, drinks, and insurance.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Trekking route map
  • Domestic Airport tax
  • Filling a water bottle and purification table. (Eco-Tourism)

Price doesn’t Include

  • Nepal entry visa fee is $40
  • International airfare/Your Travel insurance
  • Lunch/ Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Mineral water/bottles drinks/Sweets things during the trek.
  • Hot shower/Battery charge /WI-FI for the camera during the trek
  •  Tips for guide and porter.

Trip Highlights

  • The world’s highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848m above mean sea level)
  • Combination of Nature beauty and Sherpa culture.
  • Can see two other peaks Lhotse, and ch oyo higher than 8,000m from Trail.
  • Explore Sherpa village  khumjung, Namche.
  • Snow, Musk Deer, Red Panda, and Himalayan Monal.
  • Monastery ( Phorste and Khumjung)
  • Gokyo lake and other lakes.


After your arrival at Tribhuvan international airport, our company member will welcome you and drop you at the hotel. In the evening you will meet your guide and get a briefing and have dinner in the cultural restaurant.

Depending on flight time, you will reach the airport for the Lukla flight with the entire trekking team. The thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes around 35 minutes. You can enjoy the spectacular views of the Himalayas.
After landing at Tenzing-Hilary airport you will meet your porter for carrying your luggage. Passing a Kani (ceremonial gatehouse) before the trail descends you will reach Kyangma village with its large gompa (monastery) and school.
The trial continues to Cheplung village through the community forest within sight of the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the suspension bridge, viewing the complex of Mani walls, Chortens, and prayer wheel you will reach Phakding.

Leaving Phakding behind, you’ll trek north on a path leading to Monjo. This small town serves as the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park.
Passing Tok Tok and Jorsale, crossing the suspension bridge, and pine trial, and enjoying the diversity of Sagarmatha national park you will reach the unofficial capital of the Khumbu region: Namche Bazaar.

Today is reserved for acclimatization. As you ascend to higher elevations, it’s important to let your body adapt to low atmospheric pressure in higher elevations.
Fortunately, there’s a lot to see and do in the colorful commercial hub of Namche Bazaar with a view of Thamserku and Kongde. Namche viewpoint offers magnificent views of Mt Everest, Amadablam, Tabuchi, Lhotse, Cholache, and Kusumkhangaru.
You will visit Syangboche Airport for stunning photographs of Namche Bazaar and the surrounding Himalayas. Then hike to the Everest view hotel as it is the highest hotel in the world with a great view of Mt Everest.

After having breakfast you will ascend to Dudh Koshi valley and select a different route than the Everest base camp. Passing the rhododendron forest, steep staircases, and Mong village you will reach the bank of Dudhkosh and ascend uphills. The Himalayan view, cold breeze, and entire Khumbu region is blessing resembling Heaven. You will reach Dole enjoying the beauty of the Gokyo Ri trek.

Leaving Dole village you will ascend towards Machhermo. View of Cho Oyu, vegetation above the tree line, peaceful environment make your day good. Small bushes covering the hills, dry path takes you to Machermo valley after 4 hours.

After having breakfast we will trek towards Gokyo lakes. The enormous beauty of places as you go uphill and gain 320m from Machhermo. Walk through the snow, a bank of the river, and a rocky path you will reach Gokyo lake. The amazing lakes with clean water on 4790m is a miracle.

You will hike to Gokyo Ri before sunrise. The amazing view of Gokyo lakes, Mount Everest, and associated mountains from 5330m altitude with sunrise is best part of Gokyo lake and Gokyo Ri trek.
You will return back to Gokyo lake, enjoy the view of Gokyo lakes and rest there.

After having breakfast we will descend down to Phortse valley. Crossing rivers and bridges, carefully walking in steep path we will descend downwards in our own pace. Having lunch in Dole and taking rest we will again descend to Phortse. It takes around 9 hours to reach Phortse from Gokyo which is quite challenging.

After having breakfast we will leave Phortse and start the walk. Passing Monglapass, Kanjuma, and Namche we will descend the pine trial and reach the beautiful village of Manjo. We will enjoy the sherpa culture, and diversity of the place and take a rest.

Saying goodbye to Manjo in Sagarmatha national park we will descend to Phakding. After having lunch in Phakding we will return to Lukla the last point of the Gokyo lake trek route.
After reaching Lukla the celebration of completing the Gokyo lake trek occurs.

After our 11-day trek, we take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, you can take a rest or do the shopping your desire.
You will have a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant along with a traditional cultural dance show with company members.

Depending on your flight time we will drop you at International airport Kathmandu. The Gokyo lake trekking Nepal completes after your departure from Nepal.

How long is Gokyo Lakes trek?

Gokyo lakes trek is 14 days long trek including arrival day, departure day, acclimatization in Namche bazzar and resting day in Kathmandu.

How hard is the Gokyo Lake trek?

Gokyo Lake trek is moderate trek in Everest region. You should walk through uphills, downhills, moraines and ice during the trek. Gokyo lake trekking route is common to the Everest base camp trekking route up to Namche but it twists towards Dole after Namche. You will climb Gokyo ri to the elevation of 5330m which gives great adventure in Everest region trekking.

Which season is best for Gokyo Lake trek?

Spring and autumn are the best seasons for Gokyo Lake trek. The months of March, April, May, Sep, Oct and Nov are the best months with pleasant weather, clear sky and moderate temperature. You can get best view, enough tea houses, no rain cover during these months but sometime unfortunately you may face raincover, foggy weather in these months as well. It may be the effect of global warming.

How much does it cost to go to Gokyo Ri trek?

It costs 1400$ per person to go to Gokyo Ri trek. If you are in group then we will provide discount depending on the number of trekkers. The cost will change depending on services you demand during the trek.

How long does it take to climb Gokyo Ri?

It takes around three hours to climb Gokyo Ri. You will wake up early in the morning and climb Gokyo Ri before sunrise. The amazing view of sunrise and the surrounding peaks with Everest base camp, Gokyo lakes, glaciers and Everest region landscape.

How many days is the Gokyo Lake trek?

Gokyo lake trek is 14 days trek.

How to do Gokyo Lake trekking Nepal?

You can do Gokyo Lake trekking Nepal by booking the trek with local company and arriving Nepal with at least 15 days visa. After you arrival company members will pick up you and you can do the as according to Gokyo lake trek itinerary.

Where is Gokyo lake location?

Gokyo Lake location is in Khumjung village development committee, Solukhumbu district, Sagarmatha zone, Province 1, north eastern Nepal.

How to get to Gokyo lakes from Kathmandu?

You can get to Gokyo lakes from Kathmandu by taking flight to Lukla and trekking to Phakding, Lukla, Namche, Dole, Macherma and Gokyo. It takes around seven days to reach Gokyo from Kathmandu.
If you don’t want to do trekking then you can take Heli from Kathmandu to Gokyo lake. It takes around 1.5 hour to reach Gokyo from Kathmandu.
You can get to Gokyo lakes from Kathmandu by taking flight to Lukla and trekking to Phakding, Lukla, Namche, Dole, Macherma and Gokyo. It takes around seven days to reach Gokyo from Kathmandu.
If you don’t want to do trekking then you can take Heli from Kathmandu to Gokyo lake. It takes around 1.5 hour to reach Gokyo from Kathmandu.

What is the elevaton of Gokyo ri?

The Elevation of Gokyo Ri is 5330m/ 17486.88ft above from sea level.

Is it possible to do Gokyo lake and everest base camp trek together?

Yes, it is possible to do Gokyp lake and Everest base camp trek together. You can do EBC trek first and go to Gokyo lake in further days. Gokyo cho la pass trek is the best choice to combine Gokyo lake and Everest base camp.

Can you swim in Gokyo Lake?

Yes, you can swim in Gokyo lake but we don’t suggest you to swim in Gokyo lakes due to extremely cold water and risk of being sick and depth of Lake.

How long is Gokyo lake itinerary?

Gokyo lake itinerary is 14 days long including arrival, departure, resting and acclimatizing days.

What is Lukla to Gokyo lake distance?

Lukla to Gokyo lake distance is 32.5 km.

What is gokyo lake altitude?

Gokyo lake altitude is 4,750m.

What is Kathmandu to Gokyo lake distance?

Kathmandu to Gokyo lake distance is 136km.

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Gokyo Lake trek is 14 days of moderate trekking in the Everest region of Nepal. You will spend the full 10 days in the Everest region to get the Gokyo Lake trek location and three days in Kathmandu.  The 14th day or the last day is for departure from Nepal. Following the Gokyo lake trek route different than route to the Everest base camp, you will reach Gokyo lake on the seventh day of your trek. Entering Lukla on the second day of Gokyo lake trekking via Lukla flight you will trek to Phakding, Namche bazzar, Dole, and Macherma and explore Gokyo. The next day you will climb Gokyo Ri and trek down to Phortse. Following the trial to Manjo and Lukla, you will return to Kathmandu.

Information on the Gokyo Lake trek


You need 15 days visa for Gokyo lake trekking. Depending on your holiday duration you can take visa of your choice. Nepal visa on arrival can be obtained from Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu. Also you can get a Tourist visa from your nearby Nepal embassy.


You will get the best hotel for night stay in Kathmandu. During the trekking time teahouses with clean room and best hospitality will be available. Attached room are available in Phakding, Namche and Lukla. In higher elevation like Dole (4230m), Macherma (4470m), Gokyo (4790m) and Phortse (3840m) you will get bathroom outside the bedroom.


Gokyo lake trekking package provides three meals per day. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner. In breakfast you will get tea/coffee, bread items, potato, jam/butter, egg items, or porridge. Lunch and dinner items varies in tea houses. Generally you will get Nepali thali (dal, rice, curry, pickles, pappad), momo, chowmein, noodles, pizza and macroni in Lunch and dinner.

Trek preparation

You should be well prepared to reach the highest elevation Gokyo Peak (5330m) during Gokyo Lake trekking. You can follow given steps to prepare for Gokyo trekking:

  • Regular physical exercises, squats, training, and walking for 2, to 3 hours a day before two months of trekking.
  • Short hiking in the mountains to know the mountain trail and acclimatize your body.
  • Cycling, swimming to make your muscles strong
  • Packing all the essentials required for trekking

Internet and network

You will get internet and network throughout the trek except for Macherma and Gokyo.  You should buy either Ncell or Ntc sim card for the network or data card for the Internet. You can get Wi-Fi in teahouses but you should give an extra charge for using the internet service.

Drinking water

Always use mineral water or hot water during the trek. You should have water bottle with you so that you can fill bottle before leaving the tea house. Never use water from spring and river, you may become sick due to unsafe water.


You should use warm clothes in the Everest region trekking in both spring and autumn seasons. Even though both spring and autumn are best seasons for trekking in the Everest region but you should have warm clothings for night. If weather changes and rainfall or snowfall occurs then the temperature falls below 0 Degrees celcius. The required clothings for Gokyo lake trek are listed below.

  • Warm jacket – down jacket,
  • Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
  • Long sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Hat, a pair of gloves and a scarf.
  • Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
  • Shorts and trousers, or a skirt.
  • 2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks.
  • 2 pairs of running socks or liner socks.
  • Proper hiking boots.
  • Running shoes and flip-flops.
  • 2-3 T-shirts.
  • Water bottle.

Altitude Sickness

Gokyo lake trek covers 5330m altitude and bears high chance of altitude sickness. It is necessary to know about the altitude sickness before starting the trek.

Altitude sickness is a kind of illness that is caused by ascent to high altitudes. The symptoms will occur within 6 to 24 hours of achieving a high altitude. Altitude sickness is fatal and can result in death if not treated in time. You need to stay alert to any of the symptoms that occur.

Symptoms of Altitude sickness

  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Upset stomach
  • Feeling unsteady
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased heart rate
  • Difficulty sleeping

An effective measure to recover from early AMS

If you happen to notice any of the symptoms, follow the guideline mentioned below-

  • Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  • Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  • Take complete rest until you feel well
  • Do not exercise
  • Do not smoke
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  • Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no improvement in your health within 48 hours, you will have to be immediately deported to the city for medical support.

Preventive Measures

There is no way to train your body prior to trekking so as to adapt to the high altitude. Some ways in which you can prevent it are as follows:

  • Take plenty of rest
  • Ascend slowly and gradually as you reach higher
  • keep yourself hydrated
  • Eat high-calorie food
  • Do not smoke, drink or consume tranquilizing medicines


You may face emergencies during the Gokyo lake trek. In case of emergencies like acute altitude sickness or a natural calamity, you might have to be immediately deported in a helicopter. The cost of such deportation is covered by travel insurance that needs to be purchased before you start the trek.

Trekking option

  • Solo trekking with a private guide and porter.
  • Trekking with the Only Guide.
  • Trekking with Guide cum porter.
  • Trekking with Group with guide & Porter.

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