Overview

Trekking to Gokyo Ri and Gokyo lakes are one of the most beautiful activities in the Everest region. There are thousands of trekkers who visit Nepal for Gokyo Ri and Gokyo lakes trekking. Some trekkers might have a lesser number of days and still, want to trek to Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lakes lakes. For such trekkers, we’ve summarized the trek into Short Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek.

This trek is a remarkable experience. Every time in Everest, every trek in Everest is a lifetime adventure. This trek offers numerous remarkable moments and memories. Beginning with the scenic flight with thrilling land at Lukla, Short Gokyo Lakes Trek will take up to Gokyo Ri, 5357 meters.

This trek is an opportunity to witness the highland Himalayas and the highland wetlands at the same time. The five Gokyo lakes are beautiful, beyond your imagination. They are calm and are enchanting! In Short Gokyo Lakes Trek, you will also see the longest glacier, the Ngozumpa glacier.

This trek also combines nature with culture. During this trek, you can witness the diverse culture of the Sherpas in the Everest region. You can witness their unique way of life, how quiet and cheerful they are. You’ll surely love the way they greet you and serve warm heart filling hospitality.

In this trek, you can complete your Gokyo Ri and Gokyo lakes trek in only including your day of arrival. This trek does not have any rest or acclimatization days. Thus, this Short Gokyo Lakes Trek is most suitable for those who already have several high altitude trekking experiences.

If you are a beginner trekker, there are several other treks you can do. Also, you can do the standard Gokyo lake trekking that includes sufficient acclimatization and rest.

If you want to go on a Short trek to Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lakes, contact us. We will be happy to organize the best trek for you.

Best Time for Gokyo Lake Trekking

If you wish to see the blue skies, mesmerizing white Himalayas reflecting inside the tranquil Gokyo lakes, autumn is the best time. If you are looking forward to the trails covered in colorful petals of Rhododendron blossoms, you must go in Spring.

Autumn (September, October, and November) is the most popular time for Short Gokyo LakesTrekking. This is the post-monsoon period. Hence, you can rejoice the best visibility. The Himalayas, Gokyo Lakes, and surrounding will be at their best in this season. Also, there are very few chances of rainfall and snow.

Spring (March, April, and May) is the time of nature lovers. This is the time when nature regains its beautiful form after the ruthless winter. With Spring, sprouts of grasses peep out through the ground and buds start developing into alluring flowers. You will see colorful Rhododendron blossoms along the trekking trails in lower regions. Also, you will see tiny wildflowers smiling on the ground. Also, the weather remains stable.  Likewise, the temperature is moderate to trek.

Winter and Monsoon are less popular seasons to trek. The uncertain weather poses a different level of risk and difficulties while trekking in these seasons. So, you must be ready with a strong mindset, good physique, and proper planning and gearing.

Difficulties During Short Gokyo Lakes Trek

Altitude is a major difficulty. This Short Gokyo Lakes Trek has no acclimatization days. If you are a beginner trekker on high altitudes, this trek will be very tough. Instead, you can take some time and do Gokyo lake trek with acclimatization days.

There are some long days on the trek. Walking for long trekking hours over the rugged trails is truly a challenge but worth it!

Trip Highlights

Short, scenic, and thrilling two-way Kathmandu to Lukla flight.

Viewing the mesmerizing Gokyo lakes.

An Amazing view of Gokyo village with Mt. Choyu.

Beautiful view of Ngozumpa glacier.

Morning Sunrise from Gokyo Ri.

Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Khumbu region.

Impressive sunrise view from Gokyo Ri.

Astounding Himalayan vistas of Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Cholatse, and many others.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Fly to Lukla (2860m) 30 min, trek to Phakding (2610m), 2-3 hours.
  • Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 03: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole 4040m, 6 hours.
  • Day 04: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4200m), 3-4 hours.
  • Day 05: Trek from Mechhermo to Gokyo Lakes Village (4790m), 4 hours.
  • Day 06: Hike up to Gokyo Ri and Trek to Namche Bazar, 09-10 hours.
  • Day 07: Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla, 7 hours.
  • Day 08: Fly to Kathmandu

Trip note

Fitness/Experience

This trek is designed for the well-experienced trekkers. As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude. It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness.  The level of fitness necessary for our Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lakes 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 a 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.  

Domestic Flights

Sometimes Flights to and from Lukla can be delayed due to weather conditions and delays may last up to several days. If flights go smoothly, we will help arrange activities for you during your margin days.  In the case that you have a tight schedule and the flights out of Lukla are delayed, it is possible to take a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu for an additional cost.  Again, we recommend added an extra day to your departure dates to prevent any problems.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Fly to Lukla (2860m) 30 min, trek to Phakding (2610m), 2-3 hours.
    From Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, we will take a morning flight to Lukla. If the weather is clear, you will see mesmerizing views of the amazing valleys, hills, mountains, and many others from the plane. The left raw is recommended for the better view of the mountains on KTM to Lukla flight.
    This short flight, along with being scenic is thrilling as well. You will experience a thrill at the time of landing. The runway at Lukla airport is short, 527 meters and the airport is at an altitude of 2845 meters.
    After landing in Lukla, we will meet and gather will all our trekking crew. Now, we will start to trek from Lukla to Phakding. It is quite amazing that the high altitude trek begins with a trail that descends down to lower altitude, 2610 meters at Phakding.
    The trail is beautiful. We will be walking under the shades of Rhododendron trees. The trail passes along the river. You will be crossing the river and trekking through the scenic trails. We will reach Ghat and walking further from there will take us to Phakding.
    Phakding is our destination for today. Phakding is a small and beautiful village with some teahouses. After having dinner, we will stay overnight at the teahouse.
    • Phakding
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2860m
  • Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 6-7 hours.
    Today is your second day of our adventure. We will eat a nice breakfast at the teahouse and will start to trek. Walking through the settlement in Phakding, we will see some locals and the herds of mules and Jokpeys. We will leave the settlement in Phakding and will descend down to meet the Dudh Kosi river.
    There is a suspension bridge that we will cross. After crossing the river, we will follow the trail along the river bank. The trail makes gradual ascend through the dusty and rugged trail. En route, we will see a beautiful waterfall. We will continue walking over the combined stone stairs and flat trails.
    We will walk across the Tok Tok village. Enjoying the scenic trail, we will walk and will cross the several suspension bridges on the trail. We will have lunch at a lodge in Jorsale or in Monjo. After having lunch, we will continue to trek.
    The trekking trail passes through several ups and downs before you reach the Hilary suspension bridge. The Hilary Suspension bridge is the highest and longest en route. Crossing the bridge is a thrilling experience.
    After crossing the bridge, there is a steep ascent to Namche Bazar. This ascent is difficult. The route is very dusty and you will meet with numerous herds of animals that are porting the goods. You must be careful not to stand towards the open edge of the trail while the animals are near. Stand towards the wall and wait until they pass ahead.
    After climbing the uphill for nearly 2 hours, there is a public toilet. You will meet a few vendors (1 or 2) selling water, fruits, and some snacks there. After walking further for nearly 30 minutes from there, we will meet a flat trail. There is a checkpoint where you will have to verify your permit. From there, you will see some houses.
    Walking ahead for nearly 10 minutes, you will see Namche. Namche is a beautiful place with clustered houses. At Namche, we will check into a hotel. Overnight at a teahouse.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3440m
  • Day 03: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole 4040m, 6 hours.
    We will begin to trek from Namche at nearly 7 am in the morning. Climbing the few stone stairs, we will meet the flat trail above Namche. From there, Namche looks beautiful with the white Himalayas on the background. We will walk along the flat trail.
    After walking for nearly 20 minutes, we will start seeing the mesmerizing Himalayas in front of our eyes. We will see the towering peak of Mt. Thamserku. Along with it, we will gradually see Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and others.
    After walking for some time, we will get the first sight of Mt. Everest far ahead. On the trail, we will meet with an old couple who make donation appeals. We will walk further enjoying the beautiful scenery around. Everything is beautiful, the trail, landscapes, Himalayas, everything.
    On the trail, you will meet with lots of trekkers who trek to Everest Base Camp. The trail is same but diverges Sanasa. We will take left at the forking trail and will continue our journey. The trail is beautiful. We will trek over a steep hill towards Mong la. At the hilltop in Mong La, we will have lunch.
    From there, we will descend down towards the village in Phortse Tanga for around 15 minutes. The trail is exciting. We will walk over the beautiful trail until we reach Dole. Dole is a small village with good views of the surrounding. Overnight at a lodge in Dole.
    • Dole
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4040m
  • Day 04: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4200m), 3-4 hours.
    We will have a good breakfast in Dole and will start to trek at 7 am. Today is a short and easy day. The trek route from Dole to Machhermo is fairly straightforward with gentle climbs. This short three-hour trek is technically not as difficult as of yesterday. But you must be careful watching out for the symptoms of altitude sickness.
    This day is a short day. It is more like a rest day and also an acclimatization day. The trekking trail is fabulous with the sceneries getting better and better. You will see the best views of Mt. Cho Oyu, the fifth highest peak in the world.
    After reaching Macchermo, we will have our lunch. We can spend the rest of the day resting. Machhermo is a beautiful place. From there, you will see an astounding peak rising above. This place is a popular summer settlement popular for cattle grazing.
    Overnight in a lodge at Macchermo.
    • Machhermo
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4200m
  • Day 05: Trek from Mechhermo to Gokyo Lakes Village (4790m), 4 hours.
    From Macchermo, we will begin to trek at around 7 am. Today is the day when we will trek to the Gokyo village. We will trek through the easy and scenic trail from Macchermo to Gokyo lake. Along the trail, you will get the best and clear views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Cholatse, and many other Himalayas.
    As you trek towards the Gokyo lake, you will begin seeing the high-altitude wetlands. The lakes are amazing. The Gokyo valley is astounding. Above the valley, you will see the sparkling glacier rising to make wonderful scenery. The Ngozumpa glacier and the Gokyo lakes are amazing.
    The Gokyo village is a small beautiful village that sits at the edge of one of the Gokyo lakes. There are few lodges in the village where we will be staying overnight.
    • Gokyo Village
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4790m
  • Day 06: Hike up to Gokyo Ri and Trek to Namche Bazar, 09-10 hours.
    On this day, we will start early in the morning. We will hike to Gokyo Ri for the sunrise view. Be careful while walking. We will start to walk at around 4 am in the morning. If you have brought a hand or head torch with you, you can use it. Gokyo Ri is the best viewpoint of the Gokyo lakes. This place is also popular for its sunrise view.
    From Gokyo Ri, you will see the best view of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Nuptse, and others. You will see the best view when the sun shines upon the white glistening peaks. Also, the mesmerizing view of tranquil Gokyo lakes is to die for.
    After viewing the sunrise, we will get back to the Gokyo village. From there, we will set off on the trekking trail towards Namche Bazar. Descending down through the downhill trail, we will walk to Dole. The trail is beautiful. It will take you nearly 5 hours to reach Dole.
    At Dole, we will have lunch. From there, we will trek back to Phortse Tenga following the downhill trail. From Phortse Tenga, the trail climbs up to Mong La Danda. Enjoy the mesmerizing Himalayan vistas from Mong La. From there, we will walk through splendid and easy downhills to Namche Bazaar.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3440m
  • Day 07: Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla, 7 hours.
    Early in the morning, we will have breakfast at the hotel in Namche Bazaar. We will start to trek at about 7 am. The trail from Namche to the Hilary suspension bridge is a steeply descending one. This trail is dusty and is rugged. You will meet with the herds of animals going down from Namche to lower altitudes.
    After completing the downhill trail, we will cross the highest and longest suspension bridge in Khumbu, the Hillary bridge. Crossing the bridge is a thrilling experience. After crossing the bridge, we will take an ascent that will gradually descend after some time. After the descent, there is another suspension bridge.
    We will walk along the trail breathing the fresh air. En route, we will meet a few locals selling products like fruits (Apples, Oranges, and local Bananas) and also the bottled water. If you are trekking in Spring, you will see lots of Rhododendrons today.
    We will walk past several villages including Monjo, Jorsale, and Toktok. We will have our lunch at any of these villages. We will reach Lukla after several hours of walking. Overnight in Lukla.
    • Lukla
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2860m
  • Day 08: Fly to Kathmandu
    After completing the short trek to Gokyo lakes, we will fly from the Lukla airport to Kathmandu. The early morning flight is highly scenic. You will see the beautiful Himalayas outside your windows. Observe the views of the Himalayas going farther and the crowded valley of Kathmandu getting closer. Overnight in Kathmandu.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.

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

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

Local guest house accommodation in 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

Gokyo Ri and Lakes Trek 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.