Gokyo Lake Trek 11 days


  • Duration11 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate 
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • ActivityTours, Hiking, Discovery
  • Group Size8 People Maximum
  • Max Altitude5,360m

About Gokyo Lake Trek

The Gokyo Lake Trek 11 days is a wonderful journey to the pleasing Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri which is one of the most extraordinary viewpoints for great views of Everest and other Himalayas.

Gokyo Lakes Trek is an alternative to classic Everest Base Camp trek. Instead, it takes us to the turquoise Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri, offering exceptional views of Everest and the Himalayas. As well as the less crowded trekking destination in the Everest region, this trek offers an amazing six glacial Gokyo lakes and the highest mountains.

Gokyo Lake Trek is for those who like to walk in the Everest region without the physical stress of reaching the Everest Base Camp or passing high passes in the region. It's for travelers who like to try something new in the Everest region.

How Difficult is the Gokyo Lake Trek

For a trek of this length at such a high altitude, this trek is considered 'moderate.' The summit, at around 5,400 meters, will be reached if trekking a route that ascends Gokyo Ri. The summit of Gokyo Ri is around the same height as Everest Base Camp, making this trek likely easier in terms of altitude.

You will not be sleeping at this altitude at any point during the trek, and there are few nights spent above 4,000 meters than the Everest Base Camp trek, making it less difficult in terms of potential altitude-related concerns.


  • Take a thrilling flight to Lukla, one of the most challenging airports in the world.
  • Enjoy yourself in the fantastic view of the Himalayas, including Everest from Gokyo Ri.
  • Wonderful Himalayan view of Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Mt Cho Oyu, etc.
  • Walk through the landscapes, wilderness, icefalls, glacier, and the unique Sherpa villages.


  1. Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

    You will be met at the Kathmandu Airport by our staff or representative who will take you to your hotel.

    Meanwhile, you can take your time to stroll around Thamel, the heart of the traveler’s hub in Kathmandu with its cafes, bars, shops and restaurants. This is a great place to buy souvenirs or snacks for your trip. In the evening you will meet your guide.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:No
    • Maximum Altitude:1,400m
    • Time:Rest day
  2. The Gokyo Lake trek starts on the second day with a scenic flight from Manthali airport to Lukla Tenzing Hillary airport (2,804 m).

    Update: Kathmandu to Lukla flight has been shifted to Manthali airport, Ramechhap. During peak seasons spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) due to increased traffic as well as renovation in Kathmandu airport since March 2019. Manthali airport can be reached within 4 to 5 hour drive from Kathmandu.

    This means you need to wake up very early in the morning around 2:30 am to go for a drive and catch your early morning Lukla flight from Manthali. Night travel is required as there are only few hotels available in Mathali and the flights to Lukla all leave in the morning.

    The flight itself is a spectacular and thrilling 20-minutes journey over the Himalayas. On arrival in Lukla, we start our trek to Phakding village, which will take about 3 hours.

    Note: if you wish to avoid the night road journey to Manthali talk to us about taking a helicopter directly from Kathmandu to Lukla.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2,651m
    • Time:3 hours
  3. Our trail continues along the Dudh Koshi River. During the trek, we cross several suspension bridges and pass through several villages, monasteries and chortens. From Benker village, we can enjoy a good view of Mt. Thamserku.

    Our trekking permits will be checked at Monjo as we enter the Sagarmata National Park. A descent and a gradual walk take us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. It's a nice walk through a river bed and we're heading to the Hillary Suspension Bridge.

    As we ascend towards Namche Bazaar, the impressive sights of Kwangde Peak, Kusum peak, Kangaru peak, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other splendid mountains greet us.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,450m
    • Time:5 - 6 hours
  4. Acclimatization is important for us to adjust to the gradual changes in the environment. It will also help us prevent Acute Mountain Sickness from catching (AMS). Today we walk to Khumjung village, enjoy the Himalayan view from Syangboche, or visit the picturesque streets of Namche Bazaar.

    We can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum where we can see a variety of things related to the first Everest ascenders and the Sherpa cultur. This visit will also get us to know the different plant and animal life in the Everest region.

    We can even visit a monastery in Khumjung that houses a yeti scalp! We also hike up to the airstrip above Syangboche and enjoy the incredible views of the Kongde, Thamserku and Khumbila Mountains.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,450m
    • Time:5 - 6 hours
  5. The trail climbs steeply out of the valley through the Rhododendron forest, the juniper and the large conifers begin to appear as the elevation increases, making trekking very pristine in spring time. The route passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Khumbila and Tawache peak are outstanding throughout the day.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,200m
    • Time:5 hours
  6. We ascend a ridge for an awesome view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again ascends steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. We'll reach Machherma by noon.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,470m
    • Time:3 hours
  7. After breakfast, we'll continue along the ridge trail for more exotic views. Majestic Cho Oyu will stand in front of you. Below is the magnificent view of the gorge of Khantega and more.

    The valley continues beyond the edge as the trail goes side by side to Pangram at 4,390m. Before we ascend up to the fetal glacial of the Ngozumpa glacier, we will go down towards the riverside. After a slightly higher ascent, we'll get to Gokyo for a night stay.

    After lunch, we'll visit and enjoy the magnetic view of Fourth and Fifth Lake for a close view of Mount Everest and the other mountains. After a while, we will walk back to Gokyo.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,790m
    • Time:3 hours
  8. Today, early in the morning, we will summit Gokyo Ri, from where you can admire Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, among others. Likewise, you have a great opportunity to discover the world's largest and deepest Nagzumba glacier. We will then descend to Dole.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,470m
    • Time:6 hours
  9. We will continue our trek through the Sherpa village Khumjung, leaving the mountains behind. We will hike to the village of Namche bazaar, the epitome of Sherpa culture, where we will spend the night.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,450m
    • Time:5 hours
  10. It's about 6-hour walk downhill to Lukla. This day, our time at the exotic Sagarmatha National Park is coming to an end. The next day, we'll board a plane to the capital. You will say goodbye to this trek with a memorable hike down to Lukla.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2,850m
    • Time:6 hours
  11. Early morning flight to Kathmandu. Don't forget to pick a seat to the right, to see again the insatiable mountains. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, we will take you back to your hotel.

    In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with culture show.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:Breakfast, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:1,400m
    • Time:20 minutes
  12. Today is rest and relax throughout the day or say goodbye to Nepal. Enjoy your final moments in Kathmandu with a city stroll or souvenir shopping.

    In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with culture show.

    Our representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the Airport for your return flight home.

    What's Included


    • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
    • Airfare both ways (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu).
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • All accommodations during the trek.
    • English speaking Sherpa trek guide.
    • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staffs.
    • Everest National park entry permit and local entry permits.
    • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
    • Magical Summits duffel bag.
    • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
    • Trek map.
    • Farewell dinner including a cultural show.

    Not Included

    • International airfares and Nepal visa.
    • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur.
    • International Travel insurance which included rescue.
    • Tips for the guide & porter(tipping is expected).
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the ‘Included’ section.

    Our published dates are guaranteed departures. If the dates don't match with your travel plans, we are more than happy to create your desired date.

    Useful Information


    Accommodations are provided on the twin-sharing basis. If you are a solo traveler, a single supplement will be served. Accommodations during the trek in the Himalayas, you will be staying at basic mountain lodges where you'll have a nice and clean room with the warm blankets, pillows, and comfortable matrices (matrices may not be very thick size but they’re comfortable).


    During the trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking, there will also be farewell dinner.

    Best Time to Visit

    The best time to visit Himalayas is between September to December and March to May, when the skies are a clear blue and the views spectacular. The weather remains dry until about May, with temperatures varying between regions.

    Nepal is good for trekking throughout the year. Autumn and spring seasons are the most famous trekking seasons in the Himalayan region of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. It has beautiful, cool, blue skies, clear weather conditions and amazing views of the white mountains and the countryside.

    During the spring season, this time of year offers a breathtaking view of the Rhododendron flowers and lush forests.


    1. How to Reach Gokyo Lake?

    There are a few ways to reach Gokyo lake. You can either choose to take a flight or helicopter to Lukla or take a bus ride from Kathmandu to Jiri/Bhandar, then walk to Gokyo Lake.

    Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to mid-December) are the best time to trek Gokyo lake. During this time, the weather is clear and the temperature is warm. Spring is a time for wild flowers to blossom, and autumn is a time for festivals. So, you will have a good time during these months.

    You can even go trek to Gokyo lake during the summer or winter seasons, but you need the right trekking gears, an experienced guideand a good preparation.

    Gokyo Lake trek graded as moderate trek, this means that you will need a good level of physical fitness. Trekking in Nepal is mostly uphill and downhill, and the high altitude makes it more complicated, but generally manageable for trekkers of any age with little trekking experience.

    But the trekker has to be physically fit. However, it is recommended that you have some training before hiking to EBC trek in order to adjust to high altitude sickness.

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