Overview

Gokyo lake trek leads you right into Gokyo Valley, one of the highest settlements in Nepal. It is an adventurous journey in through, pristine Khumbu region. The flora and fauna in the Sagarmatha National Park provide a memorable path to Gokyo Valley. The hike to Gokyo Ri (5340m), or Gokyo Peak, is the most exciting part of the trek, where you will enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime Himalayan mountain, lake, and glacier sceneries. We can see a couple of the marvelous blue-green, glacier-fedGokyo Lakes, including Thonak Lake, the largest of the bunch. 

Our Gokyo Lake Trek is an extraordinary hike on a rugged trail that allows you to explore unbelievable Everest alpine sceneries. Because the trek does not include a visit to Everest Base Camp, it is a little more peaceful. The Gokyo Lake Trek begins from Lukla, which is considered the gateway to Everest region trekking. The trail passes through Phakding, Namche Bazaar and continues to the Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes. The emerald green lakes along the route to Ngozumpa Glacier are truly unique. Ngozumpa Glacier is the longest glacier in Nepal.

Throughout the trek, you will be able to see the Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle of the local people.  Buddhist monasteries, Chhortens and Sherpa culture, and traditions are visible along the trek. The views when you arrive in Gokyo Valley show the massive snowy peaks of the Everest Region, including some of the world-renowned 8000-meter peaks. The hike up to the Gokyo Ri (5360m) offers an even more stunning panorama of the Everest Himalayan range and a breathtaking sunrise view. The picturesque view when you arrive at Gokyo Ri is one that will stick with you forever.  Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and the surrounding peaks can be seen. Finally, the trail descends all the way down to Lukla and we will fly back to Kathmandu.

Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  The Everest Gokyo Lake Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Trip Highlights

The magnificent views from Gokyo Ri

Ngozumpa Glacier

Emerald-green Gokyo Lakes

Sherpa culture and hospitality

Views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and the surrounding peaks

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2860m), trek to Phakding (2610m) – 30-minute flight, 2-3 hours trek
  • Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) – 6-7 hours
  • Day 05: Acclimatization and exploration day in Namche Bazaar
  • Day 06: Trek from Namche to Dole (4038m)– 5 hours
  • Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4470m) – 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo Village (4750m) – 4 hours
  • Day 09: Trek from Gokyo village to Gokyo Ri (5357m), then back down to Machhermo –6-7 hours
  • Day 10: Trek from Machhermo to Namche Bazaar –5 hours
  • Day 11: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla –6-7 hours
  • Day 12: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning – 30-minute flight
  • Day 13: Transport from hotel to Tribhuvan Airport for departure from Nepal

Trip note

Accommodation

Gokyo Lakes Trekking package includes accommodation in the cost. This accommodation is included during the set itinerary.  While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2-3 Star hotel for you.  During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay in based on their experience as well as room availability. All the accommodations will be a twin-shared basis. In the mountain, Shower and toilet will be on Sharing basis. During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group. 

Food

Everest region has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs.  If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time.  During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included.  Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own.  On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  For teahouse treks, we can order typical Nepali food, continental, Italian, Tibetan and Indian at teahouses.  While camping, we will prepare the meals for you.  After our trek, we will have a celebration/pre-departure traditional Nepali meal in Thamel. 

Guide & Porters

A government-licensed guide will lead the trek.  All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry.  Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one.  If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it.  Your safety is our number one priority.  For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers.  For camping treks, we will need more porters in order to carry the food, kitchen equipment, tents, etc.   

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude.  Our treks have acclimatization days built into the itinerary.  It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness.  The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek.  On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial.  Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness.  More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek. 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek.  We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control.  In case of medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.  You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country.  Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains. 

Best Time to Travel

The peak seasons for traveling in Nepal are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).  These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course they are a little more crowded than the off-season.  It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures.  It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.

Note:

Please be assured that Breeze Adventure manage our treks to the highest standards. Your safety and satisfaction are our priority. We will support you to the best of our abilities with any issues that may arise. We will work with you to ensure you get the most from your trek and visit Nepal

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
    A representative from Breeze Adventure will welcome you at Tribhuvan Airport and take you to your hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    Have breakfast and start sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle. We will see several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will learn about each site’s historical, religious, and cultural significance. Overnight at hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2860m), trek to Phakding (2610m) – 30-minute flight, 2-3 hours trek
    Early in the morning, we catch a flight to Lukla from the Kathmandu domestic airport. The views from the plane build our anticipation and excitement for the trek. After landing, we are welcomed by our crew and the cool Himalayan breeze. We pass beautiful Sherpa villages, their agricultural fields, and many mani stones and prayer wheels. We see a spectacular view of Kusum Kanguru as we reach to Phakding. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Phakding
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 2860m
  • Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) – 6-7 hours
    After breakfast, we begin to head to Namche Bazaar. We cross several suspension bridges, enjoying views of Thamserku. Following the Dudh Koshi River bank, we pass other small Sherpa villages, reaching Monjo and officially entering Sagarmatha National Park. We stop at Jorsalle village for lunch and continue along the riverbank through pine forests. We cross the highest suspension bridge of the Everest region, and trek upwards. We catch our first glimpse of Mt. Everest and continue to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 3440m
  • Day 05: Acclimatization and exploration day in Namche Bazaar
    Wake up with a pleasant view of Mt. Kongde Ri as we have our breakfast. Today is our acclimatization day. In higher altitude, there is less oxygen in the air. We must take time to let our bodies adjust to the difference. To help acclimatize, we take a short day hike up to Sagarmatha National Park Museum and Khumjung Village. The supposed Yeti scalp at the monastery and the Everest Viewpoint are memorable moments of the hike. Also, from the museum, we can see a perfect view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more pristine peaks. On the way up, we can stop at the famous Everest hotel and enjoy a cup of tea. Afterward, we explore Khumjung village and stop for lunch. After lunch, we head to Namche Bazaar. Namche is a major trade center in the Khumbu region and is densely populated by the Sherpa people. The city is bustling with trekkers who have finished or are preparing for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Bakeries, cafes, equipment stores, jewelry shops, and restaurants line the streets of Namche Bazaar. Overnight in the guest house.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 3880m
  • Day 06: Trek from Namche to Dole (4038m)– 5 hours
    After breakfast, we ascend for 25 minutes to the top of Namche Bazaar for a nice view of Kongde Ri.The gentle trail from here to Kyanjuma was built by Pasang Sherpa from donations given by trekkers. Soon, a junction appears, dividing the Gokyo Lakes Trek and the Everest Base Camp Trek. Taking the Gokyo Lakes Trek path, we headup to Mong La Danda. The view of Mt. Ama Dablam and Thamserku is amazing. After taking some photos, we descend to Phortse Thanga and stop for lunch.Between here and Dole,we have the best chance to see the rare, majestic Musk Deer. Ascend another couple of hours through birch and juniper forests until Dole, a beautiful little villagewith gorgeous views of Thamserku.Overnight at guest house.
    • Dole
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 4038m
  • Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4470m) – 4 to 5 hours
    Dole to Machhermo takes about 4 hours on a gradual uphill path. We can see Mt. Cho Oyu after ascending 15 min from Dole. There are two smallvillages (Lafarma and Luza) between Dole and Machhermo that we can take a rest in.By the time we reach Machhermo, we are above the tree line, and the scenery is extraordinary.Machhermo is very quiet village located near a river. After having lunch, we can go to visit the river and explore the rest of the village. Overnight at guest house.
    • Machhermo
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 4470m
  • Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo Village (4750m) – 4 hours
    Today, we are going to see the beautiful Gokyo Lakes, a highlight of our trek. We stop at a village on the way to have some tea and take in the surrounding beauty. About an hour after our tea break, we reach the first lake. After another hour of hiking, we can see the first lake. The second lake is nearby. Both lakes are mesmerizing with their blue-green hue. We hike for another hour and arrive at the third lake. The views of Mt. Cho Oyufrom here makes the experience even more special. Our eyes are wide as we observe the beautiful, tranquil lake. We have our lunch here, and then walk up to Ngozumpa Glacier. It is the longest glacier in the Himalayas, though it is melting rapidly because of climate change, so we are privileged to see it before it is gone. We continue to Gokyo Village. Overnight at guest house.
    • Gokyo Village
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 4780m
  • Day 09: Trek from Gokyo village to Gokyo Ri (5357m), then back down to Machhermo –6-7 hours
    Again, we get an early start. However, you’ll feel well rested from getting lots of sleep last night. The goal is to reach Gokyo Ri before the sun rises, which provides a spectacular viewpoint to see the glowing peaks. It’s a steep 600 meter climb, where we see four 8,000 meter peaks before our eyes – Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. We head back to Gokyo village for breakfast and then head to Machhermo, which we reach just in time for lunch. Overnight at guest house.
    • Machhermo
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 5357m
  • Day 10: Trek from Machhermo to Namche Bazaar –5 hours
    After breakfast, we head down to Namche Bazaar,passing through Dole.The trail is mostly downhill except for a 40 minute climbfrom Phortse Thanga to Mong La Danda.After that, the trail is relatively easy, passing down through Kyanjuma. We stop at Namche Bazaar.Take some time to explore and buy any souvenirs before leaving the Everest region! Overnight at guest house.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 3440m
  • Day 11: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla –6-7 hours
    After having breakfast with gorgeous mountain views, we start head down to Lukla. We head down for half an hour while enjoying the last view of Mt. Everest and say bye to the mountains. We will cross six suspension bridges and pass several Sherpa villages today before arriving in Lukla. After crossing the highest bridge, we walk another 3 hours to Phakding and stop for lunch. We arrive in Lukla after 2.5 hours of walking the beautiful trail through Sherpa settlements. Time to enjoy the last night of the Himalaya in Lukla!
    • Lukla
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 2860m
  • Day 12: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning – 30-minute flight
    Have breakfast and then walk to Tenzing-Hillary airport and fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city. Overnight in hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • Guest House
    • 1400m
  • Day 13: Transport from hotel to Tribhuvan Airport for departure from Nepal
    Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Breeze Adventure as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
    • Breakfast

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.

Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.

All transportation for the trek, including flights to and from Lukla.

Local guest house accommodation in the mountain.

Government-authorized experienced guide and porters

Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters

Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.

All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)

First Aid Kit

Maps

Service charge and government taxes

Sagarmatha National Park entry fee

Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes:

International airfare

Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)

Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.

Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek

Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee

Tips for guide and porter

Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary