Gokyo Lake Trekking   |  17 Days

scenic walks to Gokyo Lakes and climb on top Gokyo Ri with views of Mt. Everest

Gokyo Lake Trekking, where adventure leads you to picturesque areas of high Khumbu valley at scenic Gokyo with its simmering glacial lakes in the shade of world 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu (8,201 m) and Mt. number one Everest (8,848 m) with array of peaks that surrounds this beautiful valley and lakes of Gokyo.

Fascinating walks with daily views of stunning Khumbu Himalaya which consist from high above 8,000 m to lower 7,000 m and 6,000 m range of peaks includes from Everest-Lhotse-Cho Oyu-Nuptse-Ama Dablam-Kangtenga-Kongde-Thamasarku and Kusum Khanguru including many smaller peaks.

Walking into Sagarmatha National Park the highest as well listed in World Heritage Sites which makes the journey to Gokyo Lake Trekking more interesting within forest of blue pines-silver firs-rhododendron and magnolia trees which disappear as our route leads much higher into arid and barren beautiful country at Gokyo Lake areas.

Truly a great adventure of moderate grade walks with touch of high altitude as our journey continues with rest days for acclimatization and side trips to amazing view points to catch magnificent panorama of Everest with other range of mountains.

Starting with gradual pleasant walk from Lukla after a flight from Kathmandu and then heading higher past nice Sherpa villages Phakding-Monjo and at famed Namche Bazaar an interesting place for rest and excursion, and then our route leads away from main trail heading towards tranquil path with awesome views to reach at scenic and picturesque Gokyo Lake.
At Gokyo climb to the highest spot of the adventure on top Gokyo Ri at above 5,357 m offering super panorama of worlds four highest mountains from Everest-Lhotse-Cho Oyu with Makalu towards east with array of peaks.

After an enjoyable walk around Gokyo Lake heading back to Lukla taking another scenic trail to famous and beautiful Thyangboche Monastery situated within green woodland facing grand views of peaks and slowly heading downhill to reach at Lukla for short panoramic flight to Kathmandu with overwhelming adventure on Goko Lake Trekking

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning, scenic walk to Gokyo Lake with glorious mountain panorama and views of Everest
  • Daily views of high Khumbu Himal with Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, Makalu and Lhotse peaks
  • Exploring Sherpa traditional farm villages in the country of famous highlanders of Everest
  • A scenic adventure in the shade of towering Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho-Oyu with array of giant mountains
  • Within Sagarmatha National Park listed as World Heritage Sites and highest park in Himalaya
  • Beginning and ending with super exciting flight to and from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu


  • 1 Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be warmly received by our guide and staff and then transfer you to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. First check into your hotel rooms on getting refreshed from the flight and with Jet-Lag, then join with other members of Gokyo Lake trekking for group briefing, where our expert guides will inform regarding your stay in Nepal, hotels, trekking, local lodge and overland drives with do’s and don’ts information, evening welcome group dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs to entertain you during your meals.

  • 2 Day 2: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour around world heritage sites.Morning after breakfast leave the hotel for exciting guided sightseeing around Kathmandu where our city guide will lead you to places of interest, Kathmandu a metropolitan city still retains its ancient heritage and varied ancient culture where you will visit world heritage sites around Kathmandu for half day or full day. After an interesting and wonderful tour of ancient historical and religious sites around Kathmandu, with afternoon free preparation for next day flight to Lukla for Gokyo Lake trek.
  • 3 Day 3: Fly to Lukla 2,820m (35 min) and trek to Phakding 2,657 m - 03 hrs.Morning depart from the hotel to Kathmandu domestic airport for exciting and scenic flight of 35 minutes to land at Lukla, a Sherpa town where all treks and adventure starts and ends around Everest and high Khumbu region. From Lukla a gradual walks to begin with short downs and ups and then on winding trail past nice farm villages of Sherpa enriched with Buddhism religion and culture as you encounter rows of Mani (prayer) monuments and large spinning bells. Slowly our pleasant first day walks completes reaching at Phakding a moderate size village with many Good lodges for overnight stop by the bank of glacial Dudh Kosi River.
  • 4 Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.Today walk leads to famous Namche Bazaar where altitude gains as walk progress, morning walk starts following the river and crossing several times to reach at Monjo village near Sagarmatha National Park entrance, from here walking on river valley and gorge covered within nice woodland of tall rhododendron-pines and fir trees. After crossing a high last bridge with few hours climb to Namche Bazaar with stunning views of Everest-Lhotse and Kongde peaks. Namche Bazaar at 4,440 m high an ideal place for rest day to acclimatize, the main town / village of Khumbu where colorful and exciting Saturday market takes place once a week.
  • 5 Day 5: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.Rest day for acclimatization before heading higher terrain, morning after breakfast with options for hike to Everest View Hotel or walk on top of Namche, where you can catch super landscapes scenery with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam with series of high peaks, here enjoy visiting National Park Museum provides you with much information of Khumbu region, Sherpa history-culture-flora and fauna including detail on mountaineering.
  • 6 Day 6: Trek to Khumjung 3,730 m via Khunde 3,880 m - 04 hrs walks.A short day of few hours as morning walks leads to a climb for an hour to Syangboche a place with old small airstrip, often used for STOL aircraft and Helicopters, facing views of Everest and majestic Ama Dablam, from here taking a route first visiting Khunde village, located on scenic glacial valley beneath sacred peak Khumbi-la (holy and patron god of Khumbu Sherpa). Here at Khunde visit its only hospital built by late Edmund Hillary Trust & Foundation and a short walk downhill to its adjoining village at Khumjung for lunch and overnight stop. Khumjung one of the largest Sherpa villages around Khumbu area, with time to visit its old Monastery, the only place that treasures a scalp believed to be of Yeti kept in a glass box where you can witness with some donations.
  • 7 Day 7: Trek to Dole 4,110 m - 06 hrs.From Khumjung walk leads on gradual scenic path with uphill to reach at Mong Hill with few houses serving as Tea-House and Lodge with fantastic views of peaks, from here downhill to Phortse Tenga near Dudh Kosi within forested area. With possible lunch stop, afternoon walk leads to a climb into rhododendron, pines, fir forest with grand views of snowcapped peaks. After few hours climb reaching at Dole at 4,110 m high a moderate size settlement with good lodges to stay.
  • 8 Day 8: Trek to Machherma 4,470m - 04 hrs.After Dole, walk on high trail for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m and Luza at 4,390m; then skirting around a ridge with views of Machherma, situated below on a small valley, walk downhill to Machherma for lunch and overnight stop. Here after lunch rest of the afternoon free for acclimatization and short hike with views of Mt. Cho Oyo 8,210m and other mountains flanking above Ngozumba Glacier.
  • 9 Day 9: Trek to Gokyo 4,800m -04 hrs.Morning walk leads to Gokyo Lake following a scenic trail to Pangka 4,545m, then climb on rocky path into ablation valley passing first lake and then second lakes, to reach a third lake called Dudh Pokhari or Gokyo Lake. This beautiful area within Gokyo at 4,790 meters high, after lunch short walk around lake with views of Mt. Cho Oyo world’s 06th highest and Gyachung Kang that reflects on emerald Gokyo Lake.
  • 10 Day 10: Hike to Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m free afternoon walk to Na 4,630 m or further - 04 hrs.Morning a climb of few hours to reach our highest point of the adventure on top scenic Gokyo Ri at 5,357 m high offering tremendous panorama from Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse and of Mt. Makalu covering four world highest mountains at one glance with series of smaller peaks. Enjoying the views head down to Gokyo for lunch with easy short afternoon walks to Na a small settlement located beneath massive Ngozumba Glacier.
  • 11 Day 11: Trek to Phortse village 3,860 m - 04 hrs.After a wonderful and exciting time around Gokyo valley and the lake, morning an easier walk downhill to reach at a sleepy and quaint Phortse village, where few trekkers seldom pass this way an interesting Sherpa village away from main stream trekking trails. At Phortse with ample time for short walks around the village and viewpoints which is above Dudh Kosi River.
  • 12 Day 12: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m - 05 hrs.Enjoying pleasant time at Phortse, morning walk leads to scenic and gradual walks overlooking Everest and other giant peaks, as our route leads to high Pangboche village and its old monastery, here with time to visit the monastery and then downhill to Imjatse river. From here uphill into enchanting alpine forest to reach a beautiful surrounding at Thyangboche Monastery offering grand panorama of mountains with Everest and Amadablam at close distance, here with time for tour into monastery and witness monks and priest on prayer. Thyangboche also holds colorful festival ‘Mani-Rimdu’ monks with mask dancing wading evil spirits which falls in the month of October as per Buddhist lunar calendar.
  • 13 Day 13: Trek to Monjo 2,860 m via Namche Bazaar - 05 hrs.After a pleasant morning with super views of Everest and adjoining peaks, a nice walk leads you at Namche with time for lunch break and stroll around its bazaar with stores and shops, afternoon walk downhill to Dudh Kosi River to reach at Monjo village for overnight stop before Lukla.
  • 14 Day 14: Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs with afternoon at leisure.Our last walk of the adventure a short trek of few hours following on the same trail back to Lukla past Phakding and Ghat villages crossing few times over Dudh Kosi, with last final climb to reach Lukla town For last overnight stop around high scenic Khumbu and Everest region.
  • 15 Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels.Morning transfer to Lukla Tenzing and Hillary airport for sweeping short flight to Kathmandu facing scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields with nice villages and towns as flight lands at Kathmandu airport and then back to your hotel, with free afternoon to relax of great memorable time around Gokyo Lake Trekking.
  • 16 Day 16: In Kathmandu spare and contingency day with optional tour.A free day in Kathmandu reserved as contingency in case of flight delay and cancellation at Lukla, which can occur sometimes as Himalayan weather pattern can be unpredictable with bad unfavorable day for flights. Just to be in the safe side if all goes perfect as per the itinerary days, one can enjoy the rest day for individual activities and relaxing or join in for another exciting sightseeing tour around Kathmandu-Patan or Bhaktapur.
  • 17 Day 17: Depart for international flight home ward bound or to respective countries.Your last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful experience on Gokyo Lake trekking with great service of Explorer Adventure, and as per your international flight then transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.

Cost Includes:

    • Sagarmatha National Park permits fees
    • Domestic flights fare as per the itinerary from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.
    • In all your arrival and departure private transportation
    • Three night hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis  in standard hotels on bed and breakfast basis.     
    • Full board trekking includes all meals with twin sharing rooms in local lodge on route trekking,
    • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System
    • Accompanied by our expert guides and field staff with their wages-transportation and insurance            
    • Half Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
    • Hire sleeping bag and down jacket for the trekking.,
    • Government taxes and official expense
    • Welcome Dinner.

Cost Excludes:

    • Nepal entry visa personal travel and medical insurances.
    • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu as well gratitude (tips).
    • Emergency  evacuation by any means of transport including Helicopter and personal medical kit.
    • Lunch and Dinner whilst in Kathmandu

Our itineraries of any trips are based on our leading experience in the Himalayas. But, we also organize the trips according to your special requests or your personally given itinerary. Please, feel free to contact us for your questions and queries.

  • Trip Duration 17 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Trekking
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