Key Information

  • Destination:
  • Accommodation:
    3 Star Hotel + Tea House Lodge
  • Trip Style:
    Trekking and Hiking
  • Foods:
    Breakfast in City + BLD in Trek
  • Transportation:
    Private Vehicle + Domestic Flight
  • Min Person:

About Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek is the second most famous Everest Region treks. Similar to all other treks in the Everest region, Gokyo Lake Trek offers outstanding views of Himalayas, gives an opportunity to explore the culture of people residing there, fills your trek with feelings of a great adventure. Additionally, it also offers the awe-inspiring beauty of turquoise green lakes. Five lakes collectively known as Gokyo lakes are the part of the highest freshwater lake system in the world.

Unlike Everest Base Camp trek, this trek takes only 13 days to complete is less crowded even in peak seasons. The difficulty of this trek is similar to Everest Base Camp and you have to be physically prepared for some steep uphill climbing, long walks and cold weather. However, the unique trail in this region that takes you Gokyo valley providing gorgeous views of majestic lakes and mountains like Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m) Mt, Makalu (8463m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Nuptse (7855m), Mt. Pumori (7145m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6856m), Mt. Thamserku (6723m), etc.which makes this trek rewarding and once in a lifetime experience.

One of the major attractions of this trek is Gokyo Ri, the highest place you will get to during the Gokyo Lakes trek. Climbing up to its top chasing sunrise is truly an adventure. This also serves as a viewpoint to get clearer views of the Everest and surrounding peaks.

Apart from the adventure and beautiful sights, this trek is also an amazing opportunity to learn about and emerge in the beautifully preserved culture of Sherpas. Sherpas have been residing within the area of Sagarmatha National Park and are heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Our team will help you communicate with them.



  • A 35-minute scenic flight over the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lukla and back
  • Trek inside the natural heritage site of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Explore the tradition and culture of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Walk past rhododendron, oak and pine forests with an opportunity to see various exotic animals
  • Breathtaking views of mountains like Tawache, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and Thamserku
  • Visit Gokyo village and turquoise colored Gokyo lakes with major religious significance and awe-inspiring beauty
  • Hike up to Gokyo Ri to get an amazing view of  sunrise over the Himalayas
  • Get the splendid views of Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier of the Himalayas


What to Expect:

1. Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

To start the journey towards the Gokyo lakes, trekkers must first get to Lukla. While reaching Lukla airport, also known as Tenzing-Hillary airport by a flight, you get to enjoy an aerial view of Kathmandu valley in the beginning. By the time you've reached Lukla, you will have seen the outstanding beauty of Himalayas. This though depends on how clear the weather is. This is a 35 minutes domestic flight.

2. Food and accommodation:

After your arrival in Kathmandu and after returning from your trek, you will stay at a 3-star hotel providing bed and breakfast. Other meals are not included in the package as you might want to try the variety of food you can find in different styles of restaurants and cafes.

During the trek, you will stay at tea houses run by Sherpas. This is also a good moment to learn about their ways and lifestyle. These tea houses provide basic but clean and sufficient services. You can get hot water and wifi on demand while they have heaters on their dining halls. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided which may include fried rice, pasta, noodles, soup, Dal Bhat, eggs, potatoes, vegetables, cheese, etc.

3. The Sherpas, tradition, and culture

Isolated from the rest of the world are Sherpas, enjoying their Himalayan lives and following their traditions with great enthusiasm. During the days you spend in the Everest region, you will encounter these amazing people in the form of tea house owners, guides or villagers busy on their day to day lives. Monasteries, Gompas and Kanis are also places you can visit to learn about their traditions, different festivals, rituals or their architecture.

4. Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park is an amazing place to be in as it is home to the highest peak Mt. Everest as well as other high peaks, Gokyo lakes and other visually stunning sites providing great trekking adventures. You will enter this region with a permit and have the chance to see various animals like musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda along the way. During the trek, forests, rivers, vegetation and settlements can be seen. Our trail showcases some amazing Sherpa villages, pine, rhododendron and juniper forests eventually leading to the stunning Gokyo lakes.

5. Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri

Gokyo lakes are some of the most beautiful lakes in the high altitude regions of Everest. The turquoise blue waters of these lakes are mesmerizing. In addition, the views of the surrounding mountains including Everest from 5th lake are awesome. Gokyo lakes also have high religious significance to both Hindu and Buddhist. Pilgrims visit there at Janai Purnima to worship Nag Devata. Gokyo Ri is as high as Everest Base Camp and is an amazing viewpoint. Ascending its peak, beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the lakes can be seen.

6. Glorious views of Himalayas and Landscapes

During the trek, views of mountains like Makalu, Everest, Choyou, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Makalu, Amadablam, Cholatse, and Kwangde can be seen. The landscape is full of these mountains, forests and settlements. Though settlements and forests start to thin as you get close to the destination, views of mountains get closer and clearer. The picturesque sights of sunrises and sunsets are what keeps you motivated throughout the trek. Another breathtaking view you can get is of the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the world.


If you want to see Everest but you do not have enough time or can't walk for long days, we have  Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The helicopter will land at different places to explore the Everest region.  

Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary & Map

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Pick you up at the airport and transfer you to a hotel
  • Stroll around the streets of Thamel
  • Shopping for the trekking and shout briefing of the trek

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, our representatives will come to pick you up at Tribhuwan international airport with your name on a board. You will be transferred to a 3-star hotel where you will be taking rest for a while. After having lunch you can go for shopping for your trekking journey or stroll around the streets of Thamel and explore things. You will be given a short tour briefing of the tour. You can explore the cafes and restaurants around in the evening.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected temperature: (3.1 - 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m

DAY 02: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
  • Early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Trek along the almost plain terrain by the Dudh Koshi river to get to Phakding
  • Introduction to your porters

You will have your breakfast early in the morning and set off for the flight to Lukla. In around 35 minutes of flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you will get a plethora of scenic views. You will catch a glimpse of the panorama of the Himalayas, bird’s eye view of the beautiful landscapes, forests and rivers.

Upon your arrival at Lukla airport, you will be introduced to your porters. Your trekking journey begins from here. You will walk for a few hours to get to Phakding. As the trail is fairly straight and you won’t have to ascend the altitude as Phakding is almost at the same altitude as Lukla. Few hours of trekking to Phakding can be taken as a warm-up for your trek journey. You will spend your night in Phakding at a teahouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected temperature: (-1.7 - 19.6) °C
Elevation: 2610 m
Duration: 3-4 hours approx.

[If the flight to Lukla gets delayed due to bad weather or other technical issues and you want to get there at your scheduled time, you can book a helicopter with an extra 500 USD per person]

Note: Kathmandu International Airport will remain closed until December 2019 due to maintenance. Therefore any flights to/from Lukla has to be performed from Manthali Airport, Ramechhap. We can help you book a bus/car to get to Manthali.


DAY 03: Trek to Namche Bazar
  • Trek to Namche bazaar crossing the beautiful rivers and suspension bridges.
  • You can do shopping at Namche Bazaar as it is your last chance to buy things you need during trekking

You will get up early in the morning and walk towards Namche Bazaar. On the first half of the day, you will be walking alongside the Dudhkoshi river. You will cross many of the suspension bridges, and forests. After walking for a few hours, you will reach Monjo valley where you will have your lunch. You will enter to Sagarmatha National Park from here. You cross some beautiful forests and ascend uphill to get to Namche Bazaar. You may encounter the porters and Yak carrying goods for Namche Bazaar.  You will spend your Night at Namche Bazaar at guesthouses.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected temperature: (-7.9 -  16) °C
Elevation: 3440 m
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.


DAY 04: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization
  • Explore the Namche city to make the best of your acclimatization day
  • Hike to the Mountain Hotel VIew to get the splendid panorama of the Himalayan range
  • visit the Khumjung Edmund Hillary School and a museum in Khumjung.

Our body needs time to adapt to the rapidly changing altitude. To prevent the altitude sickness you will have to take acclimatization breaks while trekking on Everest region. As your first acclimatization rest, you will be staying at Namche Bazaar. However, you can trek around the village. You can hike up to Syangboche airport, go to Everest View Hotel, you can trek along the Dudh Koshi river as well. You can enjoy the spectacular sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas. You can hike over the Namche village. You will enjoy the views of Mt. Ama Dambal, Cho Oyu, etc.

As Namche Bazaar is the trade hub for the Himalayas, you can shop the missing gears and equipment for your trekking. Besides, you can explore the peoples and their lifestyles, foods etc while you stay at Namche Bazaar.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected temperature: (-7.9 -  16) °C
Elevation: 3440 m


DAY 05: Trek to Dole
  • Walk through Pine forests of Kyangjuma and trek uphill towards Mongla Hill
  • Follow Cho Oyu mountain at a distance and Cholatse on the right-hand side

From Namche Bazaar, you will trek along with the pine and oak forests crossing the settlement of Kyangjuma. You will deviate from Everest Base camp trek route and walk uphill from the left towards the Mongla hill. The trek is quite steep and challenging and it follows the Cho Oyu mountain. You get to see mountains like Everest, Ama Dablam and Lhotse. You will also see a hamlet of Kyangjuma. You will walk a narrow and thrilling trail to reach Dhole. You will spend your night in Dhole at a teahouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (- 13.9 - 14.6) °C
Elevation: 4200 m
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours approx.


DAY 06: Trek to Machhermo
  • Pass through oak and pine forests to rich Machhermo

You will have your breakfast early in the morning at Dole and set out for Machheromo. You will walk along with the pine and Oak forests along the way. You will be walking gentle uphill slope so it will not be as difficult as the previous day. You can catch a glimpse of peaks such as Taboche, Cholatse, Cho Oyu and Everest along the way.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected temperature : (-15.9 - 12.1) °C
Elevation: 4470 m
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours approx.


DAY 07: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo
  • Walk through the rocky trails to get to beautiful Gokyo village
  • Walk on the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Enjoy the beautiful views of Mountains
  • Explore the Gokyo village

From Macchermo you will descend to the river bank. Then you will climb to the Ngozumpa glacier and reach the first Gokyo Lake. Then you will follow the terrain of the first mountain and reach the second and third Gokyo Lake. You will spend your night in Gokyo village at a teahouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-17.1 - 12.5) °C
Elevation: 4790 m
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours approx.


DAY 08: Trek to Gokyo Ri and 5th Lake
  • Early Morning hike to Gokyo RI to have a mesmerizing panoramic view of the Himalayas
  • Trek to the fifth lake of Gokyo
  • Explore the lifestyle of people residing in Gokyo village

Gokyo is the final destination of your trekking journey. This day will be trekking to the highest elevation so far (Gokyo Ri 5357 m). You will trek to Gokyo Ri to witness the mesmerizing view of the sunrise. You can get a panoramic view of mountains like Makalu, Everest, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Pumori, Makalu, Amadablam, Cholatse and Kwangde from Gokyo Ri.

After returning back to the village and having lunch, you will head out to the fourth and fifth Gokyo Lakes. They are almost about 2 miles north from Gokyo. You can see Ngozumpa glacier and Cho Oyu Base Camp from the northern part of the 5th Gokyo Lake. You can hike up to Scoundrel’s Hill which is a beautiful vantage point for sightseeing Himalayas.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-17.1 - 12.5) °C
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours approx.


DAY 09: Gokyo to Dole
  • Enjoy the Himalayas from a different perspective while returning back
  • Walk through the narrow trails, cross many of the rhododendron, pine and oak forests to get to Dole

You will have your breakfast early in the morning at Gokyo village, descend down the moraine valley to the bank of a river. Then you will ascend up to get to Machhermo. You will have your lunch at Machhermo and take a rest for a while and descend for Dole. You need to be extra careful while crossing this rocky and steep trail. You will reach Dole at the end of the day and rest at a teahouse there.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (- 13.9 - 14.6) °C
Elevation: 4200 m
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours approx.


DAY 09: Dole to Namche Bazaar
  • Enjoy the beautiful view of the peaks Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega along the way
  • Cross many of the Pine and Oak forests along the way
  • Stroll around Namche Bazaar and explore food and people

You will set out for Namche Bazaar early in the morning after having breakfast at Dole. You will descend down to Phrotse  Thanga on the first half of the day. The trail is steep and full of beautiful forests and waterfalls. You will catch a glimpse of mountains such as Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtega. Upon your arrival at Namche,  you can stroll around the Namche Bazaar exploring things, places and people.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected temperature: (-7.9 -  16) °C
Elevation: 3440 m
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.


DAY 11: Namche to Lukla airport (2804 meters)
  • Walk down the rocky terrains to book a flight to Kathmandu
  • You can visit the School and the hospital established by Sir Edmund Hillary
  • Relieve yourself from the fatigue of the long journey of trekking

You will walk down the rocky terrains to book a flight to Lukla enjoying the mesmerizing landscapes and Himalayas along the way. You will spend your day at Lukla strolling around and relaxing. You can visit the School established by Sir Edmund Hillary. You will spend your night at Lukla waiting to get back to Kathmandu the next day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-2.8- 18.7) °C
Elevation: 2860 m
Trek Duration: 6 hours approx.


DAY 12: Flight to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner
  • Catch a flight to Kathmandu
  • You can roam around and explore Thamel
  • Chill in the restaurants, spa and bars
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner which is offered by Sublime Trails Pvt. Ltd.

You will have early morning plane flight from Lukla to Kathmandu full of Scenic views. However, whether in the Himalayas is unpredictable. So there is always a possibility of flight delay. Once you get to Kathmandu, you can roam around the streets of Thamel and explore souvenirs, or go for shopping, etc. You can explore the cafes and restaurants around.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected temperature: (3.1 - 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m


DAY 13: Departure
  • Transferring you to the local airport and bidding you farewell

We will drive you to the airport and bid you a warm farewell. You will return your home this day with all these beautiful and thrilling memories in your heart.

Meals: Breakfast (Veg/Non-veg)

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  • All the airport pick up and drops
  • Kathmandu hotel for 3 nights around 3-star category
  • Lodge accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return to Kathmandu
  • Well experienced guide, assistant guide and porter for the trekking (One assistant guide between 6 people and 1 porter for two people Porter can carry up to 30 Kg)
  • Down jacket, a Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after trip completion 
  • National park entrance fees, TIMS card fee
  • Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
  • All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
  • All the necessary bus, car and jeep service for the trip
  • First Aid service in case of minor injuries
  • Salary, foods, and accommodation for guides and porters
  • Emergency evacuation assistance service (Helicopter/necessary transport and hospital cost should be paid by clients themselves or insurance company)
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fee to monuments
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain or due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • All the chocolate and dessert items
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

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Gokyo Lake Trek Reviews

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Everybody would just say and say how beautiful their Nepal trip was and I had to go for myself and see if this was true. Nepal has surprised me in many levels, I almost got scared by the traffic they have in Kathmandu and by their bumpy roads. To be honest, at first I was skeptical but as Gokyo lake trekking started, everything was heavenly. I dont know what to say. This isn't my first international trip but in Nepal I had come for the first time. Nepal outside of Kathmandu is completely different that what you see there. The people dress differently, there are farmlands, the houses are different and the landscape is something I would die for. People are so kind and welcoming, even the children are amazing. They are shy at first but as you become more familiar, they will love you. Trust your guides if you are travelling in Nepal because they know everything. If they tell you not to do something then don't do it. hahahha I learnt it the hard way. 

Highly recommended. My travel to Nepal is one of the most incredible memories I bring in my hearth. Nature is outstanding and the mountains are so powerful. Ram was a great guide, highly organised, flexible and really competent. Can't desire any better. Really an outstanding experience.

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