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  • Duration14 Days / 13 Nights
  • Price from$1435/ person
  • Difficulty LevelModerate
  • Max Altitude5,400 M (17,717 ft)

Our Gokyo Valley Lake Trek is an adventurous journey leading to some of the most prized treasures of the Khumbu region. The path takes us into Gokyo Valley, one of the highest settlements in Nepal.  You’ll see all of the massive snowy peaks that are characteristic of the Everest region, including some of the world's renowned 8000-meter peaks.  But the real gem of this trek comes when you reach the glacial Gokyo Lakes. During our exploration day in Gokyo Valley, we hike to Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak), a most exciting part of the trek. You will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime view of glaciers, peaks, and the jaw-dropping turquoise, shimmering Gokyo Lakes.

The trek to Gokyo Valley is a pleasant walk on a rugged trail while being constantly surrounded by the Everest alpine sceneries. The Gokyo Lake Trek begins from Lukla, which is considered the gateway to Everest region trekking. The trail goes through Phakding, Namche Bazaar and continues into Gokyo Valley. The emerald green lakes along the route to Ngozumpa Glacier are truly unique.  It is as if these beautiful lakes came out of nowhere. The hike up to the Gokyo Ri (5360m) offers a stunning panorama of the Everest Himalayan range, especially amazing if you can make it for the sunrise. Mt, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and the surrounding peaks can be seen from here.

It is not just the natural beauty that makes this trek so special. Throughout, you will be able to see the Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle of the local people. Buddhist monasteries, chhortens and other fascinations of the Sherpa people are visible along the trek. Finally, the trail descends all the way down to Lukla and head back to Kathmandu.

When is the best time to Trek to Gokyo Lake?

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 Gokyo Lake Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Rugged Trails Nepal arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Optional Tour Plan, Tricks and Helpful links.

  • 18 Days Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek (Covers Gokyo Lakes)
  • Classic Everest Base Camp Trek (16 Days).
  • Helpful Tips for Gokyo Lake Trek
  • Trekking gear list to Trek in Nepal
  • Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trek

What makes this tour very interesting

  • Exploring on the world's best trekking trails Khumbu.
  • Home of Sherpas, Snow leopard.
  • Tibetan Sherpa Cultures / Monastery.
  • Amazing Landscapes / Diversity. 
  • Cultures, World Heritage Sites, Food, and Lifestyle. 
  • Moderate trail and wonderful landscape
  • Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and other Himalayan views
  • Alpine Rhododendron forest
  • Emerald green glacial lakes
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Happiest Moment in Nepal

If you ask me when and which is your happiest moment in Nepal? I would say being on top of Gokyo Ri! This place is nowhere like on this planet and not even at Everest Base Camp. You will forget everything just go Nepal Gokyo Ri to see ...

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Itinerary

  • Day: 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu.

    Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Rugged Trails Nepal who will take to your hotel. Welcome drinks upon arrival at the hotel, free time until 6 pm. Evening welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant with authentic Nepali cuisine and cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.

    • Hotel
    • NA
    • Dinner
    • 1300 M
    • Kathmandu
  • Day: 2
    Sightseeing around Kathmandu.

    After breakfast proceeds our short guided sightseeing tour at the Swayambhunath Temple. After Swayambhunath temple, we will visit another UNESCO World Heritage sites Patan Durbar Square, and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world.

    After sightseeing drives back to the hotel and briefing of the rest of the trip plan. At the same time if you have to buy any trekking gear or things for the rest of the days Guide will help take you to the trekking equipment store in Thamel.

    • Hotel
    • 2 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast
    • 1300 M
    • Kathmandu
  • Day: 3
    Kathmandu - Manthali Fly to Lukla Trek To Phakding.

    Wake Up early morning to take a flight to Lukla, you will receive a packed breakfast. Wake up around 3 in the morning and drive to Manthali Airport. 25 -30 minutes flight to Lukla (9,186ft) from Manthali Airport. Enjoy one of the most beautiful air routes in the world on a hillside surrounded by mountainous peaks. We will meet the rest of our crew members at the Lukla airport, a gateway destination from where our trek begins. A gentle walk to Phakding village through Chaurikharkha village, Mt. Khumbila, and monastery.

    • Hotel
    • 4 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 2610 M
    • Phakding
  • Day: 4
    Phakding Namche Bazaar.

    This is the day that you hear the most is the trek into Namche Bazaar, walking through a beautiful pine forest Dudh Koshi River and go on passing Chumoa to Monjo, and the entrance to Everest National Park. Then after crossing a suspension bridge, we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. The path to Namche is very well-traveled so you'll continually come across locals, other tourists and then continue traffic of Yaks and porter. It is infamous for its long consistent steep inclines uphill brings us to the prime heartland of Sherpa village - Namche Bazaar. At one hour’s distance to reaching Namche Bazaar, we can view the sights of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

    • Hotel
    • 6-7 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3440 M
    • Namche
  • Day: 5
    Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar.

    There are plenty of things to do around Namche Bazaar, we wake up to another spectacular morning and view from our room and sun rose of the breathtaking mountains. Let us make you clear something up that is a big misunderstanding about the Acclimatization day. Acclimatization day is not a rest day, it is something completely different so don’t think that after the huge climb of getting into Namche Bazaar you’ll spend today lazing around the lodges or shopping in local stores. Our team will take you to explore the real charm of Namche Bazaar. So after breakfast, we will start the gentle hike up to Everest view hotel where we can see the views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. Day hike up to 3,700 m (12,139 ft)

    • Hotel
    • 3 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3440 M
    • Namchee
  • Day: 6
    Namche Bazaar - Phortse Thanga.

    We climb the trails steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through yak Kharkas and the Khumjung hill. We visit Mohang, the birthplace of the re-incarnated Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet who is believed to have introduced Buddhism in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The views of KhumbiLa and Tawache peak are magnificent throughout the day. Overnight in Phortse Thanga.

    • Lodge
    • 6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3950 M
    • Phortse Thanga
  • Day: 7
    Phortse Thanga - Machhermo.

    The trail climbs uphill to Machhermo with a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descent to a river and again climbs steeply to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumoz glacier. On the trail alongside a rhododendron forest and pass through a waterfall before reaching Tongba Village. The long mountain valleys here will provide an excellent source of inspiration for our photographer to teach about compositional rules during this day. Overnight in Machhermo.

    • Lodge
    • 5 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 4470 M
    • Machhermo
  • Day: 8
    Machhermo - Gokyo.

    We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, to the riverbank before climbing onto the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier on a steep trail. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We get a chance to observe lama footprints on a stone. We soon arrive at the second lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. Taboche Tsho, we become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is breathtaking with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.

    • Tea House
    • 5 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 4750 M
    • Gokyo
  • Day: 9
    Gokyo Valley Acclimatisation Day - Hike to Gokyo Ri (viewpoint) 5,400 M (17,717 ft).

    After the morning yoga session and breakfast, we will climb Gokyo Ri, a popular viewpoint to enjoy stunning views of the mountain vista. From the viewpoint, which is located at the edge of the 5thlake, we get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu mountains. We will also get a chance to see the biggest glacier in the world- the Ngozumba Glacier. This breathtaking location will be the perfect chance for our Photographer to lead you through his first full photoshoot- an opportunity to observe and absorb photographic skills as he captures human subjects amidst the beauty that will surround us. Overnight at Gokyo Valley.

    • Tea House
    • 3 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 4750 M
    • Gokyo Valley
  • Day: 10
    Gokyo Trek to Dole.
    • Lodge
    • 6-7 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 4038 M
    • Dole
  • Day: 11
    Dole Trek to Namche.
    • Hotel
    • 5 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3440 M
    • Namche
  • Day: 12
    Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m).

    We will be walking all the way back where we had trekked on day 02 from Phakding to Namche. We need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. The trail becomes more normal once we cross the suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. And finally, we will get a chance to stretch our legs, and today is the last night where you can thank, greet and give some tips for our crew who joined from Lukla.

    • Hotel
    • 6-7 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 2860 M
    • Lukla
  • Day: 13
    Fly to Kathmandu.

    Here we say bye to Khumbu region and fly back to Kathmandu. Check-in at the hotel and free time for shopping or exploring around Thamel. Evening Farewell dinner will be organized by rugged trails Nepal team. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    • Hotel
    • NA
    • Breakfast and Dinner
    • 1300 m
    • Kathmandu
  • Day: 14
    Final departure.

    Transferred to the international airport on your flight schedule and if some have extra days in Nepal they can continue with other activities. If any help is needed for further plans feel free to contact Rugged trails Nepal team.

    • NA
    • NA
    • Breakfast
    • NA
    • NA

What's Included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
  • Domestic Airfare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • Accommodation during the trek (local lodge).
  • The government registered English speaking local expert guides, porters.
  • Sagarmatha National park fees, TIMS Card, Khumbu Entrance Fees.
  • Guided Tour in the city with the expert tour guide.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in the city
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staff.
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Private transportation for arrival, departure, and sightseeing.
  • First Aid Kit for Gokyo Valley Trek
  • Gokyo Valley Trekking Map.
  • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff including porters

What’s Excluded

  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 30 days - USD 40
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/roadblock due to any reason.
  • Table drinks, snacks while walking.
  • Personal insurance, medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Service other than mentioned above.
  • International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges.
  • Hot shower, battery charge (during the trek), telephone, etc….
  • Items of personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water.
  • Entrance fees during the sightseeing in the city

Useful Information

Rugged Trails Nepal is not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will manage and support you to the best of our abilities with any problem that may arise.  Flights to and from Lukla can be delayed due to weather conditions and delays may last up to several days.  It is best to book flights to and from Kathmandu with a several day margin to avoid missing a flight back to your home country.  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.