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  • Duration 12 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Max. Altitude 5360m/17585ft

What To Expect

  • Wonderful alpine landscape
  • 360-degree Himalayas view
  • Typical Sherpa village
  • Khumjung Monastery (You can observe Yeti scarf too)
  • Forest of Rhododendron
  • View of the frozen lake

Staying in the lap of Giant Mount Everest, the beautiful Gokyo Lake is the most celebrated trekking destination for one. The beautiful Gokyo lakes are considered to be the world's highest freshwater lake system. Despite being so thrilling the trek is oh-so rewarding with the most spectacular treks in the Everest region. 
Gokyo is a tiny village in the Himalayas region of Nepal. It is located 4750 meters above sea level. Its residence is considered one of the highest settlements in Nepal and even in the world.
It can be a wonderful option to go to Gokyo Trek for spending your worthy holidays in the Everest Zone. The trail offers splendid views of Everest giants and glaciated Gokyo Lakes as well as the valley.
The Gokyo Ri trek is another best offering of the Gokyo Valley Trek. Passing through the alley of the crafted house of the Gokyo valley, the trek will take you to Gokyo Peak, from where you can witness the breathtaking views of four 8,000m peaks: Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse. This Peak is situated at an elevation of 5357 meters.
Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek starts from the Hillary Airport of Lukla after a short flight from Kathmandu. It is the main gateway to the Everest region trekking. In the beginning, Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary joins the Everest Base Camp Trek route as well as the Cho La Pass Trekking, It is a long day trekking trail. It presents the stunning mountain views. However, it separates from Namche Bazaar.
Namche is a beautiful place with lots of facilities like city areas. Sherpas are the major residents of this Bazaar. Consequently, Namche Bazaar is best for spending the acclimatization day. Besides, you get the chance to explore it very closely like Sherpa cultures, their lifestyles, and the Buddhist monasteries too.
The Gokyo Ri Trek continues through the forests of rhododendron, juniper, and other floras. You cross and pass the suspension bridges and many other Sherpa Highlands in a very curious way. In almost all Everest Gokyo Lake Trek routes, you are welcomed by the stunning mountain ranges.
Your second last destination is Gokyo Valley. It is a very cute place. The Gokyo Valley Trek reaches thereby crossing its very beautiful lakes in chronological order. These lakes are sacred places for Hindus and Buddhists. Phonak Lake is the largest lake. It is a very outstanding day.
From the Valley, you go for a hike to the Gokyo Ri. It is the final destination of the Gokyo Ri Treks and expedition. The views of the peaks are wonderstruck. Then you descend through the second Gokyo Lake and come back to Lukla to leave for Kathmandu.
Gokyo Trek accommodation is based on Tea-houses. It is just like the small lodges. Clean toilets are available on a sharing basis. The trekkers need to pay some amount for a hot water bath, but the cold water is free. Similarly, to charge your mobile, you have to pay the charging fees as well. These things happen only in the settlement of higher altitudes.
However, in the lower elevation, the trekkers can stay at star-level hotels according to their financial capacity. But the Tea-houses are also full of basic facilities. You do not need to pay extra for hot water and mobile charging there.
September to November and March to May are the Gokyo lake trek Best Seasons. During these times, the sky is clear and the views are superb. The weather is also fine as rain does not happen during these seasons.
Gokyo Valley Trek is an exertion trekking trail. This trek has been operated by Rising Adventure for a long time. For more details, you can contact us at any time.

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Gokyo Trek Itinerary

Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary joins the Everest Base Camp Trek route as well as the Cho La Pass Trekking. It is a long day trekking trail. It presents stunning views of Gokyo Lakes. The Gokyo Ri hiking is another beautiful complement for looking at the mountain views.

Though the Gokyo Valley Trek Itinerary is longer, we can customize it according to the requirements of our valued guests.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude1350 m

After your landing at Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be welcomed by the delegate from Rising Adventure at the appearance entryway and moved to the lodging.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2652 m

Early in the morning, you will have around 35 minutes of flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which lies at around 2800 m in the Khumbu valley of Nepal. While in the Aeroplane you can have outstanding mountain views and the stream valleys. After the appearance in Lukla, our guide will provide the porter if you wish to have one or if your excursion incorporates. From that point, your trek goes to Phakding at essentially 2652 m.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3440m

After having a morning meal, your trekking starts. This is the day for strolling along with the greenery of the Sagarmatha National Park. The trek closes at Namche bazaar. It is one of the significant Sherpa habitants.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3440m

This is the first acclimatization day at Namache Bazaar. You can spend a day by roaming around it and exploring the Sherpa culture. You can even go for a hike to the Everest View Hotel and see the views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and others.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3810 m

Your trail will go ahead to Phorse. On the way, you will pass the Mongla Pass, from where you can see the beautiful views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, etc. Then you will descend to Dudhkoshi River at 3250m through the forest of rhododendron along the suspension bridge. Besides, you may have the chance to encounter the Himalayan wild animals. 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4470 m

Today your trail will follow the last day’s route until the Dudh Koshi River. Then you will reach Dole through the forest, waterfalls, and bridges. Afterward, you will have a trek for almost 4 hours and reach Machherma. During your trekking, you will enjoy the beautiful views of Cho Oyu, Thamserku, and so on.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4790 m

Your path will proceed climbing the edge of Chorten which is a vantage point for looking at the fascinating perspectives on both down the valley of Kangtaiga and upward Cho Oyu. Your walk will pass Pangkha, a castle where an avalanche in 1995 died 40 individuals. Then you will go down and get into Gokyo land, the main lake through the metal extension. After right around 30 minutes' your trail will take you to the second lake and after around 45 minutes you will arrive at the third pool of Gokyo.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4790 m

Today you will have a climb to Gokyo Ri. So, you will climb promptly in the first part of the day. You will go up to Gokyo Ri and reach inside very nearly 3 hours. After reaching there, you will see the fascinating perspectives on the four most elevated pinnacles of Nepal out of Eight, for example, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Thus, you may get yourself near the Himalayas. After spending some time over there, you will return to Gokyo Valley and eat breakfast. Then you will proceed with your trek to Thaknak via the second Gokyo Lake and the Ngazumpa ice sheet.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4200 m

You will retrace the route and reach Dole.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3440 m

Your trek will go ahead from Namche to Tengboche along with the magnificent views of the varieties of mountains. After reaching Tengboche, you will see the splendid views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kwangde, and the beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monastery, known as Tengboche Monastery. Besides, you can also observe the lifestyle of local Sherpas as well as their monasteries. Then your trail will continue to Khumjung through the fir forest along the Dudhkoshi River. Finally, you will reach Khumjung, a valley surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kondge a Thamserku and the sacred Khumbila Peak. In Khumjung, you will visit the Hillary School as well and trek to Namche Bazaar. 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2800 m

Today after having breakfast, your trek down to Phakding and finally to Lukla retracing the route.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1350 m

In the early morning, you will have just about 35 minutes of departure from Lukla to Kathmandu. While on the plane, you can have extraordinary views of the mountains and stream valleys. After your appearance in Kathmandu, You will be transferred to the lodging.

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Cost Includes
  • Airport picks up and drops by private vehicle
  • Accommodation during the treks
  • Domestic Flight tickets (Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu)
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking period
  • Seasonal Fruits
  • Permit and TIMS cards for trekking
  • Local community fees
  • Authentic licensed, English-speaking trekking guide
  • Nepali SIM card
  • Government taxes
  • Farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurants with a traditional dance

Note: A porter and hotel in Kathmandu can also be organized by Rising Adventure.

Cost Excludes
  • Nepal arrival visa fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • All kinds of drinks
  • Tips for guide
  • Porter
  • Other expenses which are not mentioned in "Cost includes"


Things to Know

Food on Everest Gokyo trek

Rising Adventure provides three times meals during the Gokyo lake trek. It is breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Every tea house provides a menu with plenty of veg and non-veg items. They are as follows;
Breakfast: Cheese Chapati, oats, corn flakes, toast and butter, pancakes, boiled or fried eggs, porridge, milk, Tibetan bread, muesli, vegetable items, black tea, milk tea, lemon tea, coffee, verities of fruit and can juice, and others.
Lunch and Dinner: Nepalese local food, momos, bread, thukpa, spaghetti, macaroni, soups, steaks, sherpa stew, potatoes items, pizza, sandwiches, rice, curry, spring rolls, yak steak, burgers,  and others.
Desserts: rice pudding, apple pie, cake, pastries, fruit snicker, chocolates, etc.
Regarding the non-veg items, we strongly suggest not eating the meat items because may not be fresh in all the tea houses.


Drinking plenty of water reduces the risk of getting high altitude sickness. Besides, there are lots of small shops in the trekking area of the Everest region, where you can buy mineral bottled water. But the cost will be raised as you reach a higher elevation. You can get boiled water as well but it costs extra, especially in the upper altitude places. 
So, it is advisable to get a reusable bottle and take a water purified medicine because you can refill your water bottle everywhere from the stream during walking at free of cost and purify it by using the purification pill. Then it would be safer as well as cheaper.


Tea houses are used as the Everest Gokyo Lake trek accommodation. These Tea Houses are like small lodges in city areas. These lodges provide a room with a warm blanket, pillow, and a single bed. A room is provided on a twin-sharing basis. But a private room is also accessible in the lower elevated places.
Besides, a restroom lies outside the room and it is also based on a shared basis. 

Best Time to do Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

Nepal celebrates five different seasons, such as spring, summer, monsoon, winter, and autumn. Among them, spring and autumn are considered the preferable time for trekking to Gokyo Valley. 
During these periods, the weather remains stable. The sun shines brightly. The days are longer. The sky looks clear. As a result, the mountain views are crystal clear even from a far distance. The trekking routes are also wet due to not having rainfall. The flora blossoms very beautifully.
Travel Insurance
Rising Adventure does not do any kind of insurance policy, but we want your travel insurance before starting any trekking or climbing activities in Nepal. Because travel insurance helps you if you get into some uncommon circumstances accidentally. It covers your medical treatment as well as the helicopter rescue expenses in case of emergency while traveling in Nepal through Rising Adventure.
So, having travel insurance saves you from any kind of loss like your personal belongings or even your health.

Lists of Packing

The Packing list for the Gokyo trek is as follows;
Clothes: Thermal tops, fleece jackets, waterproof windcheater, down jackets, fleece trousers, trekking pants, warm gloves and socks, warm t-shirts, underwear, etc.
Accessories: sun hat, sunglass, scarf, sunscreen, lip balm, water bottle, headlamp, towel, etc.
Trekking gears: Trekking poles
Medicine: Diomox and First Aid Kit
Though you get a warm blanket from the tea houses, it is advisable to take your own sleeping bag. It would be beneficial in case of too much coldness and a blanket does not cover such cold. Keeping a water purification medicine is also worthwhile as is already mentioned in the drinking water section of Everest Gokyo Lake Trek.
Transportations during trekking
Rising Adventure provides airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle. Then you will have two ways airplane service for going to Lukla and coming back to Kathmandu. You will walk for the rest of the day.
At last, we arrange any kind of vehicle if you require it during your trip to Nepal with us. Such as the Kathmandu sightseeing tour, Nagarkot tour, Pokhara and Chitwan tour, etc.

Gokyo Lake Trek Difficulty

The difficulty level of any trekking destination can be measured on the basis of walking hours, trekking route, and elevation. Concerning these factors, it can be said that the Gokyo trek is moderately strenuous trekking. Because you need to walk only for 5-6 hours per day. 
While talking about the route, it includes the ascending and descending pathways as well as the labeled trail along the mountain passes. In the same way, the maximum altitude of the Gokyo lake trek is over 5000 meters above sea level.
In order to cope with these difficulties, you must be healthy and fit physically. Daily walking and running exercises would be beneficial for making your body habituated to trekking. Drinking plenty of water, fluids, soup, and other powerful and hygienic meals reduces the risk of altitude difficulties.

Gokyo Trek FAQs
  • Gokyo Lakes is a freshwater lake system located in the Gokyo valley. The lake consists mainly lakes: Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari) Thonak Cho, Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho, Ngojumba Cho, and Kyajumba Cho. Thonak Cho is the largest lake among them and it covers an area of 65.07 ha (160.8 acres). Following the Thonak the Gyazumpa Cho covers an area of 29 ha (72 acres) in size. After that, Tanjung Cho with an area of 16.95 ha (41.9 acres), and Ngojumba Cho with an area of 14.39 ha (35.6 acres) respectively. Apart from that the beautiful village of Gokyo lies on its eastern shore. 

  • As we said before the Gokyo lakes consist of several lakes, among all of these lake Fourth Lake named Thonak Cho is the deepest one. The lake is 62.4 m deepest while the second one is Gokyo Lake which is 43 m. However, these lakes are said to be much deeper than previously assumed by the researchers. 

  • Generally, spring and autumn are considered to be the best season to travel to any place in Nepal. The spring season lasts from March to May while the autumn season last from September to November. During this month the temperature is likely to be warm and not that cold. Similarly, the weather is also clear and the views are more visible. However, this time the crowd of national and international tourists is high. Not only that the Khumbu region is especially known to be cold and dry, thus many trekkers develop the ‘Khumbu cough’ due to the dry dust.

  • Without a permit travel to any part of Nepal, it is illegal. In the same way, the Gokyo lakes are in Sagarmatha National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Thus, to travel or trek around the park, you’ll need a TIMS and Sagarmatha National Park permit. The TIMS permit cost you around USD 10 per person while the Sagarmatha National Park permits cost you around USD 30 per person. The permits are available in Kathmandu and your Sagarmatha National Park permits are in Monjo. In case you are traveling with the agency then they will provide you with it.

  • So the answer to your question is yes! There is Wi-Fi service at Gokyo trek. Most of the tea houses and lodges offer you the internet although it can be spotty. Not only that cell phone networks can be found on the trek. Most of the places get cell phone coverage either by NCell or NTC networks. You can buy a Nepalese SIM card at the airport when you arrive. As in Nepal, your country’s SIM doesn’t work. Likewise, you can buy Wi-Fi cards for the adventure trek in Nepal.

  • Talking about the difficulty of the Gokyo trek, the trek is considered to be moderate. The trekking route that ascends to Gokyo Ri, the highest altitude that will be stretched is the summit, at around 5,400 meters. Compared to the Everest base camp the summit of Gokyo RI is itself at around the same altitude, making this trek generally easier in terms of altitude. The trek offers a beautiful scenario, adequate scenic beauty, and so on.
    The main challenging factor on this trek is the number of walking days on uneven terrains for several hours each day and a little exposure to altitude, otherwise, the trek is a moderate and pleasant walk. Similarly, sometimes the rugged trails, steep terrains, and high passes prove to be more burdensome. Thus, to trek around Gokyo Lake, one must have to be in good shape and stamina for this trek.

  • Despite being so challenging the Gokyo Lake is so rewarding. During the month of October and November, the sky remains clear and days are clear and sunny and the sights of the mountains are mesmerizing. Definitely, it is worth the effort to climb Gokyo Ri 5380m. From there you can see 360 degrees of the Everest Range, Cho Oyo and the Gokyo lakes, and the huge Ngozumpa glacier. 
    Not only that the Gokyo Village is the home of the Sherpa. Walking through the alley of the village you will get a chance to know a unique culture, language, and stone-made house. Hence, the Gokyo Lakes trek is ideal for people who want to trek in the Everest region, but who want more diversity of views and fewer nights spent at very high altitudes.

  • The question might hit you as you are traveling in a new place. There are several helicopter rescues during the Gokyo lake trek who need emergency. Similarly, the travel insurance policies that you made before the trek will be a great help. If you are traveling with the agency they will provide it for you. So no need to worry. 

  • Gokyo Lake trek is a prominent place for trekkers. Situate on the west side of the Everest region, the Gokyo Valley and lakes are known for their striking landscapes and pristine lakes. Not only that the Gokyo has several significant highlights that can easily drag trekkers to it. That can be yaks grazing over the vast pastures, mountains from here, six freshwater lakes, and many more. 
    Nevertheless, to reach there one must have to trek for around 14 days. The journey generally starts from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Kathmandu is popular among tourists because of its various heritage sites. 

  • Yes! While traveling through the Goyko lake trek you will get to see the 360 views of the Khumbu region that include Mount Everest as well. The hike will take you to the Gokyo Ri, at 5,357 meters / 17,575 feet high. After climbing there you will see beautiful snow-capped Mount Everest. Similarly, you will also get to see the Ngozumpa Glacier, the Gokyo Lakes, and other well-known mountains such as Cho Oyu will be in view.

  • Like elsewhere in the Khumbu region, teahouses on the Gokyo Lakes trek are well-developed and very common. The region is covered with a lot of variety of hotels, from ultra-budget hotels to hotels of quality. Most of the hotels are attached with hot showers and electric blankets on the beds. However, not all grades of accommodation may be available in all settlements, particularly the smaller ones.

  • They said the food is a way to win someone’s heart. Maybe they are not wrong, but the food around the Khumbu region will make your visit twice in your lifetime. The variety of Tibetan food and Nepali thakali food will make your heart happy and lick your hands. Similarly, there are several other foods including rice and curry, noodles, momos, soup, Tibetan-style bread, potatoes, and so on. 

  • From Kathmandu, you must have to take a flight to reach Gokyo Lakes. The flight is direct from Kathmandu to Tenzin Hillary airport Lukla. From there you must have to walk until you can reach EBC (Everest Base Camp) to trek to Gokyo Lakes. Lukla is not connected by any highway thus you cannot reach there by four-wheeler. 

  • Many of you might get into a dilemma about the stuff that you carried from your hometown. While traveling to this place you might not need extra luggage that you have carried, in this case, you can store them at the hotel, where you are staying. Similarly, make sure that your bag is lockable. 

  • Trekking toward the Himalayan region will strongly need essential packings like layered jackets, both light, and heavy woolens, sunglass, waterproof overalls/ponchos/raincoats, and so on. Thus, while traveling to Gokyo lake make sure that the following things are with you;

    ⦁ Clothing, T-shirts (short/long sleeved) that can dry quickly

    ⦁ Hiking pants, thermals, pairs of underwear, quick-drying towel

    ⦁ Trekking boots, light & thick socks, gloves (light/warm)

    ⦁ Jacket (Fleece and Down)

    ⦁ Required documents

    ⦁ Toiletries & skin care products 

    ⦁ A day backpack, Raincoat, sleeping bag

    ⦁ Hat

  • Well, as we mentioned above Gokyo Lake Trek has everything that trekkers seek. In case you want to learn more, here is a few lists: 
    ⦁    Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas
    ⦁    Gokyo Ri
    ⦁    Sherpa people and their culture
    ⦁    Unique Food
    ⦁    Spectacular view of the world’s tallest Mount Everest and other peaks
    ⦁    Gokyo lakes itself

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    Fabulous trek to Gokyo Lake

    Yuka, JapanTrip Date: January 26, 2023

    Rising Adventure provides all the information in an easy-to-understand format. The trek itself was made very enjoyable by a professional guide who made sure all needs were met without issue. Mr. Chandan provided plenty of advice and guidance relating to trekking to Gokyo lake in the Everest region.

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