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Gokyo Lake Trek - 12 Days

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Trip Facts
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Group Size 2 to 15
  • Max. Elevation 5360m/ 17585ft.
  • Start/End Lukla to Lukla
  • Best Time Sep to Dec and Mar to May


  • Tremendous Gokyo Lakes, 10 days of perfect trekking
  • They have five lakes, all of which are gorgeous.
  • Embark at the top of Gokyo Ri, 5360m (17585 ft).
  • Splendid view of Mt. Everest, 8848 m/29029 ft, and Mt. Cho Oyu, 8201 m/26907 ft
  • Attractions include the crystal-clear Mountain View.
  • A huge Glacier view of Ngozumpa
  • exploring the Sherpa’s lifestyle, culture, customs, and religion.
  • Crossing many beautiful villages such as Lukla and Namche Bazaar.
  • You will see wildlife, flora, and fauna.
  • Yaks, mountain goats, musk deer, snow leopards, red pandas,
  • The national bird of Nepal is the Danfe, Monal (Lophophorus).
  • Fine trekking trail; must walk 6 to 7 hours. Each day.
  • A well-managed tea house facilitates

Overview of Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek explores tremendous lakes made by huge glaciers, viewing Mt. Everest at 8848m and Mt. Cho Oyu at 8201m. It is a perfect 12-day itinerary, and if you are willing, you may cross Renjo La Pass (5360m), visit Thame Thamo village, and join in Namche Bazaar. Gokyo Valley has different landscapes: Yak pastures, an open valley, and the huge Ngozumpa glacier. In the area, most of the people are Sherpa's, and they have their own lifestyles, cultures, customs, and traditions. It is not the hardest trekking trail; we can say it is a medium adventure or fine trekking trail. It is situated in the Everest region, Solukhumbu district, and Sagarmatha National Park. You should obtain some entry permits before visiting here. You will see many white snow peaks, including Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and many more. It is such a wonderful trip and makes so much sense.

Gokyo Lake has 5 lakes, all are tremendous, gorgeous and staying camp is in front of 3rd lake. It is near Everest base camp. Gokyo Ri (5360m) is a magnificent viewpoint of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and many white snow-capped peaks. Wilderness beauty, huge Ngozumpa glacier. Exploring Sherpa people's lifestyle, culture, customs, and religion. Crossing many beautiful villages and suspension bridges. Seems Wildlife animals, Yaks, Mountain’s goats, Musk deer, Some birds, and flora and faunas.

Gokyo Lake Trekking starts with first landing at Kathmandu Airport, staying overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu, and then flying the next day to Lukla. It is a short 35-minute flight in a 19-seat Dornier small aircraft. Same-day trekking to the beautiful village of Phakding It takes 4–5 hours to walk along the Dudh Koshi riverside. On day 2, you will arrive at the capital city of the Khumbu Valley, called Namche Bazar, whose altitude is 3440m. Monjo village is the entry gate to the Khumbu region; there is a permit check post. You need to issue a Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and a Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit. Before arriving at Namche Bazaar, one must cross the longest and deepest suspension bridge and then ascend for a couple of hours upstairs. It is training for climbing Gokyo Ri.

We recommend a rest day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization but need to do a day excursion to Khumjung Khunde village or Everest View Hotel to see Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and many more. Namche Bazaar has many bakery cafés, trekking shops, and pubs. You can enjoy it here with some drinks. The trek will continue towards Gokyo Lake along Dole, Machhermo, and Gokyo Ri (5360 m) with thrilling views of Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Cho Oyo, lakes, and glaciers. Sherpa people are rich culturally and very religious. They are Buddhist, and most of the village has big or small, old or new monasteries. There are many Buddhist monuments, such as stupas, Mani walls, tsorten, monasteries, etc.

It is a splendid viewpoint; it seems like a crystal-clear, white-snow Mountain View. After remarking on Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri, trekking will continue downwards on the same trail or optional route, crossing Renjo La Pass (5360 m) along Lunde, Marlung, Thame, and Thamo before joining Namche Bazaar. Another route is Cho La Pass (5420 m), then visit Everest Base Camp and descend to Lobuche, Pheriche, Pangboche, and Tengboche, then join Namche Bazar. It is a naturally and culturally beautiful trek. 12 days is a perfect itinerary with a reasonable price; we provide excellent services and make a successful trip. We customize your trip according to your requirements. Please feel free.

How about Lodging Fooding in Gokyo Lake Trek?

There are well-managed lodges with comfortable rooms and neat and clean beds. They provide organic, hygienic food with warm hospitality. They respect tourists and are very friendly.

People, their culture, customs and religion in Gokyo trek:

Most of the people are Sherpa; a few are Rai. They have their own culture, traditions, customs, language, and dress. They have many festivals and celebrate them in their own style. Furthermore, they are very religious about Buddhism. There are many Buddhist monuments, such as Monasteries’, Mani walls, prayer wheels, stupas, and Tsortens. Sherpa's are very rich in cultures and religions.

Wildlife, flora and faunas in Everest region:

It is a beautiful wilderness. There is no dense forest and less vegetation up to 4000m. We can see many kinds of wild animals, such as Yaks, Mountain goats, blue sheep, deer, musk deer, and some national birds, such as Danfe and Monal (Lophophorus).

Attractions Mountains View from Gokyo Ri 5360m / 17585ft:

Thrilling viewing of white snow peaks as below-mentioned.

  • Mt. Everest 8848m/ 29029ft.
  • Lhotse 8516m/ 27940ft.
  • Cho Oyu 8201m / 26907ft
  • Nupse sar 7861m / 25790ft
  • Peak 38- 7590m / 24902ft.
  • Ama Dablam 6812m / 22350ft.
  • Thamserku 6608m / 21680ft.
  • Taboche Peak 6495m / 21310ft.
  • Cholatse Peak 6640m / 21785ft.
  • Kongde Peak 6187m / 20299ft.

Lakes and River in Gokyo Trek

There are 5 Gokyo lakes, Huge Ngazumpa glacier, Dudhkoshi river.

Crossing popular villages in Gokyo lake trekking:

Here are many popular villages to cross: Lukla, Phakding, Monjo, Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Dole, Machhermo, and Gokyo. All the village residents are very friendly, and they respect tourists.

How about Transportation’s to get Gokyo lake trek?

Most people travel from Kathmandu to Lukla and return from Lukla to Kathmandu by flight. It is a 35-minute flight, but there are vehicle services as well. It is a longer, off-road drive. You can go by sharing a local public jeep or local bus. If you would like to take a private jeep, it is possible via Phaplu, Nunthala, Kharikhola, and Bupsa. The best option is a flight. We arrange it according to your preferences. Please feel free to thank me.

When is the best time to visit Gokyo lake trek?

The best time to visit Gokyo Lake is in the autumn (half of September, October, November, and December) and in the spring (March, April, and May). Those months' weather is always clear, with a good temperature, good visibility, and fantastic, crystal-clear mountain views.

The winter and Monsoon seasons are also not bad. In winter, it is snowing and very freezing cold, and in the monsoon, it is most of the time raining, cloudy, and there is no clear visibility. If you like to trek in the monsoon or winter, it is possible. We arrange it safely and successfully.

  • Autumn Season: September, October, November, and December.
  • Winter Season: Late December, January, and February.
  • Spring Season: March, April, and May.
  • Monsoon Season: June, July, and August.

Do We Need Any Permit for Gokyo Lake Trek?

Yes, you must issue some permits to visit the Gokyo Valley Trek. It lies in Sagarmatha National Park. You must issue the entry permits as below-mentioned. If you don't issue the permits, they don't allow you to visit there. There are many checkpoints. On the first and second days, they check it in Lukla and Monjo villages. The National Park Service, Army, and Police will check it. But don't worry, we are here; we will help to issue it, and our guide will arrange everything for trekking. At the end of your trek, he will give it to you.

  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry fees Nrs. 3000/-
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Nrs. 2000/-
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Nrs. 1000/


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12 Days of the Perfect Itinerary of the Gokyo Lake Trek There is an optional route as well, crossing Renjo La Pass (5360 m) or Cho La Pass (5420 m) and visiting Everest base camp. I want to tell you to plan a day extra due to bad weather or any other cause to easily recover for an international flight. At least put one extra day in Kathmandu just in case. Please contact me if you require any additional information. Thank you…

You will land at Kathmandu airport, a representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Treks someone will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to a Hotel in Kathmandu by private vehicle. It will be a short briefing about trekking, preparing, and staying at a nice Hotel.

  • Nice Hotel
  • 20 Minutes Drive
  • 1300m / 4265ft.

Kathmandu to Lukla, early in the morning, will be a 35-minute flight. Land at Hillary Airport in Lukla (2820m). same-day trek to Phakding (2610 m/8563 ft.) along many beautiful villages such as Chaurikharka, Ghat, and Thadokoshi. Lunch could be on the way, or you can get to Phakding in the afternoon. It is short and beautiful to walk in the morning. Stay overnight at a comfortable lodge.

  • Comfortable Lodge
  • 4/5 hrs. Walking
  • 2820m / 9252ft.

Trekking will start after you take your breakfast around 7 o'clock. Before lunch, the trail headed smoothly, crossing many suspension bridges and many villages, such as Ghatte Khola, Benkar, and Monjo village entry gates of Sagarmatha national park. Here is a big checkpoint; you should issue a National Park entry permit here. Then, lunch will be in the next village, Jorsalle. Lunch will be a bit early, but you should take it here because there is no lunch sport between Namche. The adventure starts after taking lunch, crossing a couple of suspension bridges, and ascending uphill to Namche Bazaar. It is great training for further Gokyo Ri adventures. Namche is a beautiful village; when you arrive here, all tiredness goes away automatically. Stay at a nice and comfortable Lodge.

  • Comfortable Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs. Walking
  • 3440m / 11286ft.

Today is a rest day, but we recommend a day excursion to explore Hillary School and Hospital or hike to Everest View Hotel and Syangboche Airstrip. Khunde village has a hospital; Khumjung village has a Hillary school and an old monastery; and there is a Yeti scull in the monastery. Or take an optional hike to the Everest View Hotel and watch the splendid view of Everest and many other mountains. Namche to Khumjung Khunde and the hotel are 400m up; it will be great acclimatization. After exploring that, return to Namche and take lunch.

Namche is the capital city of the Sherpa people of the Khumbu Valley. Here are many facilities, such as the Yummy Mountain bakery, pub, and trekking shops. You get some time to chill out here. Stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 3/4 hrs Day Excursion
  • 3800m / 12468ft.

the first hour, smoothly gradual with crystal-clear white snow peaks including Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, and many more. Another hour slops uphill till Mongla Top, an amazing viewpoint. Then downhill to Phortse Tanga. After taking lunch all the way upstairs, adventure ascends with lush forestry. It is a tough day, but you will arrive easily in Dole. Stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Lodge
  • 7/8 hrs Adventure walking
  • 4200m / 13780ft

It is such a beautiful walk along sloping hills, but the altitude means you need to walk slowly. It is 4/5 hours. Walking. Lunch will be at the same place in Machhermo. It is a lovely place in an open valley. Stay at a nice lodge.

  • Comfort Lodge
  • 4/5 hrs. Short Walking
  • 4470m / 14665ft

It is smooth walking along a wonderful view and open part. The trail is fine, with not much uphill. You will come into contact with the first lake, the second lake, and the lodge in front of the third lake. It is a huge, beautiful lake. You will arrive at lunchtime. There are many lodges, so stay at a nice and comfortable lodge. You can hike around the Ngozumpa glacier side for a little bit of acclimatization. It is fantastic to walk and stay in front of the lake.

  • Comfortable Lodge
  • 4/5 hrs. Short Walking
  • 4790m / 15715ft.

It is the main destination for trekking, GOKYO RI (5360 m).Splendid view of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, many crystal-clear mountain views, Gokyo Lakes, and Ngozunmpa glacier. Early in the morning, the weather is fantastic and not too windy, and the sun shines for magical views. Click on some pictures, then return to the lodge.

Take breakfast, backpack, then trek downwards to Machhermo or Dole walking (4/5 hrs.) Stay overnight at a nice lodge. It is a tough day, but going down is easy.

  • Comfort Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs. Journey
  • 5360m / 17585ft.

It is such a beautiful drop-down on the same trail from Dole to Phortse Thanga. Ascend last uphill for an hour till Mongla Danda, then easily slop down and gradually till Namche. You will stay again one night here in Namche.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs. Walking
  • 3440m / 11286ft.

It is the last day of walking; the first part is Namche to the riverside downhill, cross suspension bridges and many beautiful villages such as Jorsalle, Monjo, Phakding, and Chaurikharka, and arrive at Lukla at 2820m. It is long walking, but downhill, gradual, and sloping up. You can have fun, small celebrate with your trekking crew as guide porters because last night with them and share your happiness as tipping, giving something. It will be a wonderful gesture of respect to the trekking crew. Have a lovely dinner and stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Comfort Lodge
  • 7/8 hrs Walking
  • 2820m / 9252ft

You will fly early in the morning. It is a 35-minute flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Then, your guide will bring you to the hotel by vehicle. You will have some time to explore Kathmandu, go shopping, or relax. Stay at a nice Hotel.

  • Nice Hotel
  • 35 minutes fly and 20 minutes drive
  • 1300m / 4265ft

It is the last day; we don’t say bye-bye; we just say, Have a safe flight, and see you again. A representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Treks will drop you at the airport by private vehicle; we arrange it. You should leave before 3 hrs. of your flight.

  • Final Departure
  • 20 minutes drive
  • 1300m / 4265ft

Trip Map

Gokyo Lake Trek - 12 Days map

Cost Details

What's Included

  • Airport pickup and drop-off by private vehicle
  • Two nights in a Kathmandu hotel with breakfast
  • All meals during the trek (lunch, dinner, breakfast)
  • Accommodation in comfortable lodges
  • One English-speaking government-trained license holder and a well-informed, experienced trekking guide.
  • One porter for two people to carry luggage
  • All expenses for guides and porters: meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation (buses or flights), etc.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu return flight tickets
  • Needed Permits as below-mentioned
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entrance fees
  • TIMS card fees (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Local Government of Khumbu Municipality.
  • Government and local area taxes, where applicable.
  • Snacks, cookies, and some nuts
  • Seasonal Fruits such as Apples, Bananas, etc.
  • First Aid kit bag.

What's Excluded

  • Nepalese entry visa fee You will obtain it at the airport and pay for it directly.
  • Travel insurance. Do the best you can for emergency rescue and medical treatment coverage.
  • Hot and Cold drinks such as tea, Coffee, Coke, Fanta, Mineral water, and any alcoholic drinks such as Beer, rum, Whiskey, etc.
  • Snacks: Chocolate, biscuits, desserts, etc.
  • Hot water, a hot shower, a heater charge, a battery charge, phone calls, and laundry service
  • Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
  • Hire equipment and other personal items (sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots, camera, toilet paper, etc.).
  • In the case of natural calamities, i.e., political unrest, cancellation of flights due to weather, landslides, etc., the extra charge will be borne by the travelers themselves.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Tips for guides and porters and personal expenses

Good to Know

Packing List of Gokyo Lake Trekking

It is a packing list for Gokyo Lake Trekking, Plz prepare it according to below-mentioned for safety, warm and success in your trip. If you don’t have something, you can buy or rent it in Kathmandu.


  • Headlight with extra batteries
  • Sun hat, insulating hat
  • Warm hat, Scarf-Beany


  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


  • Hand sanitizer
  • Light gloves
  • Warm gloves
  • Windproof gloves

Clothing for Trekking

  • Warm enough Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Trekking T-shirts Few pairs
  • A couple of Trekking paints
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Polypropylene underwear’s
  • Under long fleece
  • Breathable underwear
  • Thermal layer
  • Gore Text Windproof Jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

Clothing for City

  • You can pack any clothes that you prefer to wear in the city.


  • Trekking Boots
  • Sports shoes/Sandals
  • Thin & Thick Woolen socks
  • Trekking socks
  • Gaiter and crampons


  • Duffel bag
  • Day pack
  • Rucksack
  • Rain cover

Essential Gear

  • 2-liter water bottle
  • Water purification as tables or drops or stereo pen
  • Trekking pole
  • Swiss knife
  • Warm enough Sleeping bag around -15
  • Watch or Alarm clock
  • Cellphone and charging cables


  • Quick dry towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable Shampoo and soap
  • Deodorants
  • Female hygiene products
  • Moisturizer
  • Dental floss
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Toilet paper

Personal Accessories

  • Money
  • Camera
  • Passport, photocopy
  • PP size Photos

Extra items

  • Notebook and pen
  • Ear plugs
  • Energy/Protein bar
  • First aid kit

Client Reviews

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  • Angela
    AngelaUnited States,June 24, 2022

    Gokyo Ri trip

    This was our second trip with Jay and his team, and this one was even better than the last. Previously we had done the Phu Nar Valley with him, and after Covid we wanted to do another trek. It was myself (38), my husband (40) and my father (78). Jay arranged everything for us, including making us feel confident my father can make it all the way up to Gokyo Ri (17,500 feet). Jay did an excellent job of making the experience seamless. He arranged all of our transport, meals and lodging as well as a few extra days we had in Kathmandu. If you want a trip that is tailored to you and your needs at a very reasonable trip, work with Jay. He and his team are great trip leaders.

  • Aaron
    AaronUnited States,May 30, 2022

    Gokyo Lakes Trek

    We recently completed our 2nd trek with Jay and Unique Nepal Adventure Treks & Expedition. Just like our first trip, Jay made this trek an amazing and unforgettable experience. I would highly recommend Unique Nepal Adventure Treks and will definitely be contacting Jay the next time we plan a trip to Nepal.


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