Gokyo Lake Trekking



15 Days


Hiking & Trekking

Best Season

March, April, May, September, October and November



Group Size



Flight / Private Vehicle



Tea Houses

Gokyo Lake is the best alternate trekking trail to Everest regions, grants extraordinary Himalayan view with frozen glaciers and Lakes. Gokyo Lake is a temperate trek located in high Himalayan part of Everest region. This trekking trail have less crowded tourists instead of having commercial and congested route of Everest Base Camp. This is an exceptional choice for experienced mountain lovers as well as beginner trekkers. 

Gokyo Lake Trek offers amazing view of sunrise panorama, including four 8000 meters Himalaya such as Mt. Everest (8,848m), Makalu (8475m), Cho-Oyu (8,153m), and Lhotse (8,511m). Similarly, on the trail we can also have magnificent Himalayan view of Thamserku (6,623m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Nuptse (7,861m), Kangtega (6,782m), Taboche (6,542m), Cholatse (6,440m) and more silvery mountains with massive Ngozumpa glacier. This trekking route presents adventure journey to roof of the world also have great opportunity to take photograph with encountering classical Sherpa culture and lifestyle. Trekkers not only explore adventure activities of Himalaya but also encounter distinctive Tibetan culture, their warm hospitality, ancient monasteries and prehistoric trail of yeti. So, trekkers can have life time unforgettable memory after visiting Gokyo Lake.

The adventure trip to Gokyo Lake begins after having 40 minutes beautiful scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu with an elevation of 2800m and even it ends in Lukla after you will complete trekking. We need Sagarmatha National Park Permit and Khumbu Pasang Lamu Rural Municipality permit to entry Gokyo Lake. These permits either you can get in Kathmandu or directly can also have in Monjo village which is the permit check-point of Everest region. The best time to hike Gokyo Lake is in spring (March-May) and autumn season (September –November). During this time, the temperature becomes moderately warm and stable which is the best time for trekking; also having blue sky, good weather, less snow and breathtaking view of white Himalayan Peaks.

Gokyo Lake trek is challenging trek, need proper physical exercise without any requirement of technical skills. We will have 5-6 hours daily walk starting from Lukla and head up to Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo Lake, Gokyo Ri and same way down back to Lukla. High altitude is the most important issue that trekkers need to consider while hiking to Gokyo Ri.  We have to sleep in above 4000 meters 2-3 nights so need proper drinking water for avoiding Acute Mountain Sickness. 




  1. Cultural and historical tour of Kathmandu 
  2. Embark scenic mountain flight to Lukla
  3. Encounter breathtaking Himalayan view of Everest Region 
  4. Adventure Gokyo Ri climbing, Frozen Glacier and silent Gokyo Lake
  5. Explore classical Sherpa settlement and their life style
  6. Old Buddhist Monastery, Chortens, Mani Wall 
  7. Suspension bridge of Jhorsalle, 
  8. Amazing residence of Namche Bazzar 


Outline Itinerary 


  1. Arrival at Kathmandu Airport, Transfer to Hotel, Overnight
  2. Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation, Overnight at Hotel 
  3. Kathmandu-Lukla Flight (35 minute), Trek to Phakding (2652m 3 hrs walk) Overnight at Tea-House 
  4. Phakding- Namche Bazaar (3440m, 6 hrs walk) Overnight at Tea-House 
  5. Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (Explore Around) Overnight at Tea-House
  6. Namche Bazaar - Dole (4110m 6 hrs walk) Overnight at Tea House
  7. Dole - Machhermo (4470 m 5 hrs walk) Overnight at Tea House
  8. Machhermo- Gokyo Lake (4800m 5 hrs walk) Overnight at Tea House
  9. Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m 3 hrs hike) Back to Gokyo (4800m) Overnight at Tea House
  10. Gokyo –Dole (4110m 7 hrs walk) Overnight at Tea House
  11. Dole- Namche Bazaar (3440m 6 hrs walk) Overnight at Tea House
  12. Namche Bazaar-Lukla (2800m 7 hrs walk0 Overnight at Tea House 
  13. Lukla-Kathmandu flight, Transfer to Hotel, Overnight at Hotel
  14. Free day / Shopping Day in Kathmandu, Overnight at Hotel
  15. Departure to Respective Destination


Your adventure and cultural trip to Nepal begins after your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu. After you will land, get your hand bag and go to immigration office where you can get your Nepal visa. There must be many people; need fill form before apply for visa and get down to 1st floor where you will wait your suitcase. After getting suitcase, go outside where our office member shows your Name in white paper sheet and transfer to Hotel. We have booked your hotel in Thamel which is the touristic hub of Nepal.

After breakfast, your cultural tour begins where our Guide will brief to you about whole Nepal including history, culture, people, religion, geography and living standard of People. You will visit popular world Heritage sites of Nepal such as Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple) - Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site, Patan Durbar Square – Old King Palace with Beautiful Temples and Houses, Pashupatinath Temple - popular Hindu temple of South Asia and Boudhanath Stupa – biggest Buddhist stupa with monastery around. It is full day guided city tour where you will learn most important historical and cultural things of Nepal. After you will return back to Hotel from sightseeing, meet with your Trekking Guide and brief about trekking program.

Early morning, our guide comes in your hotel and be ready your bag pack and transfer to airport; have 35 minutes scenic mountain flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla. Our Guide will arrange porters here so you can take first mountain tea/ coffee in local lodges. Today, you have very short and easy trekking trail to Phakding from Lukla having picturesque images of suspension bridges, Chortens, Mani Wall, prayer flags and Dudh Koshi River. You will hike through local Sherpa villages till reach to Phakding where some terraced potato field can be seen on the route. Today is your first day, so you feel relax and comfortable downhill walk to Phakding from Lukla with first mountain scenery called Kusum Kagaru.

You will start your trek after having breakfast in Tea House with pleasurable walk alongside the Dudh Khoshi River towards Monjo which is the permit check-Point of Sagarmatha National Park. The trekking trail goes through pine, rhododendron, Magnolia, Giant fir, Himalayan Pine forests, crossing many suspension bridge via the Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo and Jhorsalle. After your permit is checked by national park office, go little down along with Dudh Koshi River and cross amazing Tenzing Hillary suspension bridge from where the trail is slightly strenuous with a steep uphill to Namche Bazaar by inspiring first Mt. Everest View. Today you are very tired due to nearly 900 meters climb from Phakding. Namche bazaar is the commercial and administrative center of entire Khumbu region from where one can explore amazing Himalayan view.

Today is acclimatization day but you are not staying at Tea House rather our Guide will help you to encounter around Namche Bazaar. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and health proficient suggest to stop for one extra night here due to keeping body strong and balance. So be active and roam around than sleep and rest; climb high, sleep low and drink more water which is the theory of acclimatization in Himalaya. That is why, you hike to Japanese build Everest View hotel from where can have magnificent view of Himalaya such as Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Thamserku (6,623m), Cholatse (6,440m), Taboche (6,542m), and many mountain peaks. Also visit the Khumjung village where you can encounter head of yeti inside ancient monastery. Namche Bazaar is a beautiful Sherpa Village full of Tea houses, Lodges, markets, Café, Bakeries, ancient culture and lively atmosphere. You can also have pleasurable walk around this Sherpa settlement.

After having unforgettable stay at Namche Bazaar, you will ascent to Dole provides vivid Mountain View on the trekking trail walking through flora and fauna and some local Sherpa villages by leaving main route of Everest Base Camp. From Kyangjuma, we turn left and ascend to Mong La hill with breathtaking view of Tengboche monastery and Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m). After taking rest here, we descend through Pine, rhododendron and giant fir forest till to Phortse and all the way climb up to Dole having view of hanging lichens and mosses on the trees and rocks. We will sleep in Dole village today.

Today, you begin your trekking after having mountain breakfast at Tea House; steep ascent through bushes surrounding the path, infertile Yak grazed land and leads the trekking trail to beautiful hamlet of Luza via Lhabarma. Knowingly, the fascinating vistas of Cho Oyu (8,201m), Thamserku (6,623m), Kangtega 6,782m), and Cholatse (6,440m) elaborate the backdrop throughout the whole day. We walk along with Dudh Koshi River and reach Machhermo village in the middle of the day. After checking Tea House, you can visit Himalayan Rescue Association aid post who help to trekkers if they are suffering from high altitude sickness. The volunteer doctors stationed here to check for altitude victims.

The trekking trail to Gokyo Lake is most significant and awesome due to beautiful view of Dudh Koshi Valley, Cho Oyu (8,201m), Kangtega (6,782m), Thamserku (6,623m) and more Himalayan peaks. The trail first descent to the riverbanks and ascent through the terminal of Ngozumpa Glacier; the longest Himalayan glacier. Then cross the challenging path of moraine and reach first Lake of Gokyo Valley known as Longpongo. Also cross the second lake known as Taboche Tasho and a little straight walk to third main Gokyo Lake where there is situated your Tea house. The Gokyo Valley views on the soundless Gokyo Lake, Gokyo Ri, and Cho Oyu is standing magnificently in the backdrop.

Early morning our guide knocks your door to have adventure Gokyo Ri climbing, takes 3 hour to reach on the top. Gokyo Ri views the wonderful Himalayan sights such as Everest (8,848m), Makalu (8,481m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,861m), Cholatse (6,440m), Taboche (6542m), Kangtega (6,782m) Thamserku (6,623m) and Ngozumpa Glacier. Today is the main highlights of your whole trek to Gokyo Lake. After having amazing trip to Gokyo Ri, we climb down to Gokyo valley.

After exploring Gokyo valley, trek down to Dole via three Lakes, stone chortens, on a trail along with Dudh Koshi River and reach to Machhermo where we had slept one night before climb to Gokyo Lake. We will enjoy the Mountain View of Cholatse (6,440m) and Taboche (6,542m). We will cross Machhermo, Luza, and Lhafarma before reaching to Dole. You will also accompanied by the view of Thamserku (6,623m).

The trekking trail today begins steep downhill to Phortse approving rhododendrons, wildflowers, and waterfalls. Then, ascend steep towards Mong La hill from Phortse with admiring Ama Dablam (6,812m), Taboche (6,542m), and Thamserku (6,623m). Additionally, the path descends to Kyangjuma and straight walk to Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar.

Today, is your last day trekking in Khumbu region where you will hike down to Lukla from Namche Bazaar. We will hike through many suspension bridges, Sherpa villages, terraced potato fields, and local forests along with Dudh Koshi River. Your permit of Sagarmatha Natonal Park is exit in Monjo and hike down to Lukla for your next day flight to Kathmandu. You feel warmer today due to low elevation. In Lukla, you can have last night dinner with your trekking Guide and porter. You can have some tipping to porter saying Thank you to him.

Today, you will leave Khumbu region, feel long memory of your adventure trekking. Early morning, you will fly to Kathmandu with your Trekking Guide having scenic Himalayan view. From airport, drive to Hotel tell good bye to your Guide. You are totally free today and have good rest in Hotel. In the evening our director will invite to you having typical Nepali food with cultural local dance in Thamel. Enjoy your Nepali meal with folk song and dance with our director and also discuss about your trekking experience.

After completing, Gokyo Lake Trekking, you are free in Kathmandu or you can have shopping as gift of Nepal to your family and friends. You must be very tired after trekking, can also have good body massage in Spa center. You will feel free and explore local markets and also enjoy your time in good restaurant in Thamel.

Our staff help your departure to Tribhuvan International Airport for your respective destination. Hopefully, we will wait your recommendation and suggestion and also review about your trek to Gokyo Lake. Our Guide and Porters can wait for your next adventure journey to Nepal Himalaya. See you again and goodbye.


    • Airport Pickup and drop in Private Transport 
    • Kathmandu Sightseeing with Cultural Tour Guide, Entrance Fees of Hindu/Buddhist Temple
    • 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu with Twin Share including breakfast only 
    • Kathmandu to Lukla Flight Ticket (Before Trek), Lukla to Kathmandu flight Ticket ( After Trek) 
    • Guide flight Ticket Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu (Both way) 
    • English Speaking Trekking Guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, Food and Accommodation 
    • Strong Trekking Porter including his salary, insurance, equipment, Food and Accommodation
    • Twin share Tea House Accommodation  with Breakfast only during Gokyo Lake Trekking 
    • Everest/ Sagarmatha National Park Permit, Khumbu Pasang Lamu Rural municipality entrance Fee 
    • Nepal Government Taxes and Office Service Charge 


    • Lunch & Dinner During Kathmandu
    • Lunch & Dinner during Gokyo Lake Trekking 
    • Nepal Visa Fee (30$ for 15 Days and 50$ for 30 Days) 
    • International Flight Ticket
    • Personal Trekking /Travel Insurance 
    • Personal Trekking equipment and Clothes 
    • Hot Shower, Wi-Fi in mountain, Battery Charge and all personal expenses during Trekking 
    • Tips for Guide & Porter
    • Any other things not mentioned


Additional Information

Lukla flight 

Lukla airport is one of the most exciting airport in the world where in peak seasons, the airport becomes very busy with many flights from Kathmandu. Sometime due to unexpected weather the flight can be delay and cancellation of the flight is common here. If there will be uncertainty Lukla flight, also can have helicopter charter from Kathmandu which will be little expensive than regular aero plane flight. Even sometimes weather will change suddenly, so we suggest to have one more night in Kathmandu after finishing Gokyo Lake Trekking.

Trekking Difficulty 

Is it difficult to trek to Gokyo Lake?  You do not need to be a good Football player or Olympic athlete to success Gokyo Lake trek. Sometime, we have many experience of young people failing to reach Gokyo and older people succeeding. So, anyone who is mentally and physically fit can easily completer the journey to Everest Base Camp. Walking slowly, drink plenty of water, enjoying nature, avoiding cold, eating a balanced died and mentally daring to reach Gokyo with happy mood are the hallmarks of your successful journey to destination. Though, Gokyo Lake is challenging trekking trail having steep hills with zigzagged path, sometime with ice but there will be no need any technical equipment or skill. 

High Altitude Sickness 

If the trekkers have symptoms of headache, loss of appetite, diarrhea, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, rapid pulse with sleeping problem, he/she is suffered by high altitude sickness.  The other factors such as changing weather, cold, sun, wind, low oxygen and bad foods are the key component of high altitude sickness. So trekkers need to warm while trekking EBC with proper clothes and equipment. It can affect people of any age, sex and physical conditions. So, we suggest our clients, do not drink alcohol and smoke, drink plenty of water while hiking to EBC, train your body and strength up before trekking, eat energy food, and mentally be happy during your journey. The most common medicine for preventing high altitude sickness is Diamox or Acetazolamide. Even our guide takes Diamox on the route which is easily purchased in Kathmandu and Namche Bazaar. Ascending down is the solution to avoid high altitude as the altitude sickness affects people from the elevation of 2600 meters above sea level. For normal high altitude sickness our guide helps to control by providing medicine and good food and he takes to medication center where available. If the trekkers feel bad, we send private helicopter for rescue, which is covered by your personal travel insurance. So, individual insurance is necessary while trekking to Everest Base Camp. 

Best Time to Go 

If you are looking for trek to Gokyo Lake, must know the best time to visit such as weather and circumstances with other factors that affects in your trip. The best time to visit Everest Base Camp is March – May and Sep – Nov due to clear sky and pleasant temperature.  Spring and autumn is considered as the best season to trek Everest Base Camp. In spring, the days are warmer and longer whereas the autumn has short days. October and April is the peak touristic months having more crowd but the weather is fantastic and amazing.

Pre-monsoon is called spring season that covers the month of March, April and May whereas the lower region of Everest, rhododendron and flower blooms with warm temperature. In higher route, there will be more chance of problematic snowfall with sunny weather. 

Post-monsoon is called autumn season that covers the month of September, October and November whereas the Himalaya is full of blue sky, pleasant atmosphere, moderate temperature with less chance of problematic snowfall. As for the climate, it is neither warmer at day or not freezing cold at night. The Tea houses, cafes are full of tourist and visitors in autumn season. 


During the trekking trail to Gokyo Lake, trekkers sleep and eat in Tea houses. Tea houses provide tea and food which is the best possible accommodation available on the route. Tea houses offer very basic accommodation facilities having bed and blanket inside the room and some places attached bathroom too. The tea houses looks very basic and normal but it is neat and clean. For luxury trekkers, even there are best lodges in lower part such as in Lukla, Monjo, Phakding and Namche Bazaar with cost per night 100$ above. In our program, we provide simple/normal lodge for trekkers and according of their choice and interest also can provide luxury lodge where available. Though, tea houses provide us the blanket but it is not enough to reduce cold. That is why, we suggest to bring sleeping bag own self to make warm and safety night. 

Food and water 

Food and water is very important things during the trekking to Gokyo Lake. Tea houses provide breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/coffee. Trekkers can choose the food from Menu list what they like to eat such as Nepali food (Dal Bhat), soups, snakcs, momos, fried Rice, continental and American breakfast, porridge, Bread with Jam and honey, Eggs, noodles, spaghetti, spring roll, fried potatoes, and steak. We recommend to have vegetarian food during trek due to porter and yaks carry meat from lower region which is not refrigerated that may cause stomach problem. Therefore, we would highly recommend to avoid meat dishes on the route with exception of tinned fish and preserved items. So, no need to carry food except chocolates, such as Diary milk, Snickers, Mars and so on. 

Do not drink water from river or water fall; local people can easily drink the running water that is not fit for foreigners as they do not have habit before. So, we recommend to drink bottle water or boiled water for good health that keeps our body safe. Even, trekkers keep purification tablet inside water, kills 99.9% of bacteria, virus and protozoa. Because of the altitude, it is recommend to drink 2-3 liters per day. 

Hire a Guide 

A person having license from Nepal government, who guides visitor, interprets the cultural and nature, leads the right track to the Himalaya having responsible work recognized by the appropriate authority is known as trekking guide. Guide not only led the way rather he is the ambassador of country explaining People, history, geography, religion and make successful attempt for visitors. 

Trekking guide is also knows as Trek Leader who makes easy access in Himalayan region to book Tea houses, order food for visitors, manage porters, and lead the right trail to destination. During trekking, Guide is a good friend, makes entertainment with fun and laughter too. So, Trekking guides has very important role who not only make enjoyable trip but also educate the visitors through interpretation and contribute sustainability of local environment. The trekking agency should choose appropriate guide by providing suitable training time and again though they are government license holder. Guides expected to work to a high level of customer service keeping good reputation of the company and clients. 

That is why our Guide has good communication skill, immediately solve the problem, decision making with self-motivation having physically strong and fit. Either the visitor go to Everest region trek, Annapurna region trek, Upper Mustang trek or other trekking trail, our guide makes successful effort to complete the trip. 

Hire a Porter 

Trekking porters are those people who carry the gear of trekkers from one place to other, lives in village especially from Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung and Rai, community. They are very innocent, kind, pleasant and smiling having broken English will be together from beginning to the end of the trip. During Everest Base Camp, Treking, Guide will fly with the visitors from Kathmandu and he manages the porters who are waiting out of airport for at Lukla airport. During Everest region trek, porters is not living with you rather they stay at porter house, comes early morning to receive the luggage at Visitor's Tea house and in the evening same, they depart to own porter house after completing their effort. Porters are the backbone of the trekking without them it will be incomplete. A trekking porter carries 25 kg to 30 kg of gears who are very fit from mountain altitude. Porters are the transport of the visitors so must be good relationship with Guide and trekkers. During the end of the trek at Lukla, we suggest for visitor to have TIP to porters for their support and cooperation. 

Telephone and Internet 

The internet, telephone and mobile phone is available all the way to Gokyo Lake. There are multiple option for Internet such as Everest Link, with mobile network such as NTC and NCELL. Sometimes internet becomes poor during the time of bad weather or snow. Everest Link internet works all the way to EBC can purchase Wi-Fi cards too but comparatively NCELL and NTC are cheaper that works during trekking trail as well as Kathmandu too. But for trekking route, Everest Link is better due to its speed and capacity. Even the guest houses have WI-FI during the lower region such as Lukla, Phakding and Namche which is not free, may charge to you. But In Gokyo Lake, personal mobile phone, such as NCELL and NTC does now work so for emergency can use the phone from local tea house. 

Due to the exciting geography and sometime bad weather conditions the mobile network has not access in all parts of the trial but the network such as NCELL and NTC works most of the places. The both NTC and NCELL Sim Cards can purchase at Tribhuvan Interantional Airport, Kathmandu or in the street of touristic town Thamel. 

Toilet and Shower 

Wherever travel in the Himalaya, must know the circumstances of toilet and shower before depart to the destination. During the trekking to Everest Base Camp, in higher route, toilet should be shared by all trekkers due to common Tea houses only with normal beds in the room. But in Lower part such as Lukla, Phakding and Namche Bazaar, there are attached bath room with toilet and shower inside. Bucket Shower is possible in high altitude such as in Lobuche and Gorakshep due to no running water. But during the time of bad weather for example if heavy snow at that time it is hard to get shower above 4500 meters. We suggest to bring toilet paper during the trail due to very cold water for your safety and protection. 

Trek Insurance 

Trek insurance is very important component during the trek to Gokyo Lake. We suggest trekkers to make plan to be covered up to 5400 meters. Due to unexpected event or emergency evacuation, if the trekkers feel uncomfortable to walk in Himalaya, Helicopter rescue is necessary along with administration in hospital. So, need insurance for your safety and protection. There are so many insurance companies, you may find in internet and make strong insurance for your security. There may occur so many causes such as altitude sickness, accidents, physical illness, flight cancellation, that is why need to make insurance before you fly to Nepal for Everest Base Camp Trek. 

Trek Permit 

Trek permit is required for Gokyo Lake Trek such as Everest National Park Permit, which is also known as Sagarmatha National Park Permit. This permit can purchased in Nepal Tourism Board of Kathmandu or in Everest National Park entrance gate of Monjo. The cost of Everest National Park Permit is 30$ per person. 

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance permit is also mandatory that cost 20$ per person. This permit can obtained at Monjo village of Everest region which was imposed from 1st October 2018 replacing an existing TIMS Card. There is no need Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) Card right now.

Trek Equipment List 

While trekking to Gokyo Lake, need to sufficient trekking gears for your protection and safety. Trekking gears not only make protection for your body, it makes successful trip to Gokyo Lake. The trekking gears also have benefit to remove high altitude sickness and make easy access to destination. The following gears are mandatory towards Gokyo Lake Trek. 

  • Sleeping Bag (-20) 
  • Trekking poles 
  • Waterproof hiking boot
  • Waterproof warm Gloves
  • Sport shoes 
  • Waterproof hiking Pant
  • Fleece pant
  • Comfortable underwear
  • Warm and thin socks 
  • Duffel Bag, 90L
  • Hand carry bag 
  • Water bottle 
  • Hiking Shorts 
  • Down Jacket
  • Warm Cap & Sun Cap 
  • Sun Glass
  • Sun Cream
  • Lip care 
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Neck Gaiter  
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • Waterproof jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
  • Raincoat 
  • Travel Towel 
  • Camera
  • Personal first Aid Kit (Though our guide also have First Aid Kit)


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