Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek
  • Max Altitude
    5360 m
  • Group Size
    Min. 1 Pax 
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Best Time
    March - May & Sept - Dec 
Top Seller
All Inclusive Price: $1,430USD

Trip Overview

Sitting in the heart of the Khumbu region, the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is one of the most spectacular trekking routes in Nepal. Less packed and comparatively simpler than the route to the Base Camp, this journey awards its trekkers with fantastic views and cultural encounters.

The Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is an excellent option if you are not up for the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek. It combines the best of the natural and cultural aspects of the Khumbu region. The breathtaking mountains, glistening rivers, high valleys, icy glaciers, pristine lakes, and the rural Sherpa lifestyle add to your adventure.

Beginning with a 35-minute flight to Lukla, this trek takes you across the cultural settlements and villages of the area. The trail passes through the popular Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machhermo, and others. Before you set off for the trek’s highest point at Gokyo Ri (5,360 meters), you’ll spend a night at the Gokyo Valley, located at the shore of the pristine Gokyo Lakes.

The route to Gokyo Lakes (a part of the Sagarmatha National Park) is a less busy trail compared to the standard Everest Trek. The pristine lake comprises six water bodies located at a high elevation of 4,700 to 5,000 meters. These lakes, classified as the Ramsar sites, are peaceful and equally pleasing to the senses. Each lake is classified as sacred, and it holds high importance for both Hindus and Buddhists.

After that, you’ll hike up to the popular Himalayan viewpoint of Gokyo Ri. From the summit, you’ll get to relish the panoramic range of the Mahalangur Himal, including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and so on. You can also glimpse the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas.

Having said that, the journey to the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is not an easy one. You’ll have to walk around 5 to 6 hours every day on the rugged trails. Likewise, the climb to Gokyo Ri is quite steep and rough. In a nutshell, this trail offers a perfect blend of adventure for those who want to visit both the mountains and lakes of the Khumbu valley.

Highlights of Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

  • Witness the beauty of the Khumbu region in the off-the-beaten trails of the Gokyo valley.
  • Be a part of the local Sherpa lifestyle and community.
  • Stand and relax at the shore of the world’s highest freshwater lakes in Gokyo valley.
  • Walk across the biggest glacier in the Khumbu region, the Ngozumpa Glacier.
  • Hike up to one of the Khumbu’s most popular viewpoints, Gokyo Ri, and watch the captivating sunrise.
  • Enjoy the panoramic sight of the Mahalangur Himal, including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, etc.
  • Begin your Everest Gokyo Lake Trek with one of the most adventurous 35-minute flights to Lulka.

Best Time for Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

The most favorable time to take on this adventure is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December). The skies remain clear, and the weather remains moderately warm between these months.

Unlike other seasons, spring and autumn allow you to enjoy the sight of mountains and landscapes of the Everest region to the fullest.


Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Duration: 3 hours

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hours

Day 05: Namche Bazar and Everest View Hotel

Day 06: Namche to Dole (4200m/13776ft) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 07: Dole to Machhermo (4400m/14432ft) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4700m/15416ft) Duration: 4 hrs

Day 09: Hike to Gokyo RI (5360m/17880ft) Duration: 4 hrs

Day 10: Trek back to Dole (4200m/13776ft)

Day 11: Trek back to Namche

Day 12: Trek back to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 7 hours

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 14: Leisure day

Day 15: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek; we provide private bathrooms with hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag for the trekking
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, fanta etc.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek except Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

  • Small Group Journey
  • Private Journey

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Andreas WuestGermany

One of the best treks I’ve done, the Gokyo Lake Trek really is a more scenic trek than base camp trekking. The trek was done right at the first week of March and the weather was amazing. I arrived late at night and was met by the agency’s managing

Rachel and MeganUSA

We had an unbelievable adventure completing the Mardi Himal Trek in January 2023. Our guide Rajendra (Raj), and porter Rajesh  were professional, fun, energetic, and knowledgeable about not only the trek we were on but about many others in the area.

Tamar NitzanUSA

I'm so happy I went with Nepal Hiking Team. From the moment I arrived at the hotel, I knew I made the right choice. The hotel was in a great area. Bars, restaurants, clubs, shops were all within a 10 minute or less walk from the hotel.

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I completed the 14 day Annapurna Circuit early December 2022, thank you so much to Surya and Rabin, who both went out of their way to make this trip, that I'd been planning so long,and  memorable. They were always checking in with me during the hike

Rick BelliveauPortland Oregon USA

Namaste! I highly recommend Nepal Hiking Team for your trekking adventure in the beautiful Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. This was my first trip to Nepal and additionally my first ever muli-day trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trek became a dream of mine about