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Everest Trekking - Gokyo Lake

Everest Trekking - Gokyo Lake

Everest Trekking – Gokyo Lake

12 Days into the Everest Trek less traveled


Seeing Mt. Everest is everyone’s dream in coming to Nepal. People come to experience the awesomeness of the Mighty Himalayas that rise majestically into the cobalt blue skies. But for those who want to visit this enchanting land without all of the tourists, some have begun to discover the isolated beauty of the Gokyo Lake.

The Everest Trekking – Gokyo Lake region features the incredibly beautiful Gokyo Valley. From here, you can experience the incredible beauty of the snowcapped peaks of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Cho Oyo (8153 m), Makalu (8,475 m), Gyachung Kang (7,922 m) and Lhotse (8,511 m).

Many people sadly miss the Gokyo Lake region because they want to get directly to Everest Base Camp. But from what they miss is a real blessing for you, because you will see the roof of the world without all of the tourists. Instead, you will trek through beautiful Sherpa Villages, pass incredible glaciers and finally reach the breathtakingly beautiful Gokyo Valley.

Gokyo Lake is a sacred lake, which reflects the white snowcapped peaks in its calm blue surface.  You will pass by large glaciers on this route. There are hidden monasteries along the way, and everywhere you look will be impressive views of the mighty Himalayas.  No other place on earth will reveal as many of the 8,000+ meter peaks as in the Everest region.

While the tour is a total of 16 days, there are only 12 days of actual trekking. We also build into this trek three rest days in order to allow acclimatization at these high elevations. On one day, you will even have an opportunity to climb Mt. Gokyo-Ri (elev. 5483 m) for the most impressive views of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks of the Himalayas.

Gokyo-Ri is considered to be what is called “a trekking peak”. No special equipment is required to climb this peak, but the view from on top is hard to rival unless you decide to try and climb one of the climbing peaks of the Himalayas.

The Everest Trekking – Gokyo Lake trek is a bit more difficult than some of the other treks into the Everest region, but if you have average physical condition and enjoy an adventure, you can handle this impressive trek.

The Everest Trekking – Gokyo Lake trek takes you into some of the most beautiful country of the Khumbu region. Here you can avoid the crowd of tourists while enjoying the fascinating local culture of Mt. Everest, the roof of the world.

 Be sure to talk to your representative at Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks about doing this awesome trek into this beautiful place. If you like to take the trail less traveled as well as being inspired with the  local culture and scenery, then this is the ideal trek for you. Ask your representative at Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks about this trek, as well as our many other treks in Nepal, Tibet and beyond. 

Everest Trekking - Gokyo Lake - Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2656m.)
Day 03: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m.)
Day 04: Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Day 3440m.)
Day 05: Namche Bazaar - Dole (4084m.)
Day 06: Dole - Machhermo (4410m.)
Day 07: Machhermo Rest Day
Day 08: Machhermo - Gokyo (4750m.)
Day 09: Rest day – Ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m.)
Day 10: Gokyo - Phortse (3600m.)
Day 11: Phortse - Tengboche (3900m.)
Day 12: Tengboche - Namche (3440)
Day 13: Namche - Lukla (2800m.)
Day 14: Lukla - Kathmandu (Fly)
Day 15: Departure

The above program can be tailor made as per your request, We can adjust the program as per the time and interest such as we can add Rafting, Chitwan National Park, Paragliding in Pokhara, jeep flyer, Mountain flight in Kathmandu and many more. We can use morning 8 am flight to Pokhara, which is only 30 minutes flight so we can make short trip to Pokhara also after the Everest Trekking. Please do not hesitate to write us your interest; we will make the itinerary to suites your needs.

Everest Trekking - Gokyo Lake - Cost Included

Accommodation as per Different standard of your choice in City and simple lodge or Tented Camp at Trekking. English Speaking Trekking Guide & porter. All the ground transportation as per Group Size & standard of Tour/Trek starting to end of Tour or Trek. Every day 3Meals Trekking portion. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner), Camping Trek Our Cook prepare & Tea House Trek will provide on local Lodge. All fees on Trek.

Cost Excludes

Travel Insurance, All the expenses of personal nature, drinks, lunch and dinner city portion, tipping, all the Delay due to weather, situation beyond our control Nepal Visa, (USD30 for 15days) and Airport Tax etc.

Everest Trekking-Gokyo Lake - Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu
After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be brought to your hotel in around twenty minutes. Where you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight.

Day 02: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2656m.)
You take a picturesque flight from Kathmandu early in the morning to Lukla (2827m.), you fly for 40 minutes. Arriving at Lukla, in the afternoon, you start your walk by moving down to the Dudh Koshi River and take the key track to Namche Bazaar, sited just over Chaunrikharka (2713m.). The track is easy and after coming across the tiny village of Ghat (2550m.)  you have a short walk to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.

Day 03: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m.)
Today you trek for 4 hours from Phakding,  you move ahead with a minor climb to Jorsale you get ahead of a waterfall. Now, the lane villages are merged with marvelous forest of rhododendron, huge firs and magnolia trees. Subsequently, you walk to Namche coming across few bridges and then go up quite a few hundred meters, a vertical descent and another steeper climb through the forest. Overnight at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 04: Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Day 3440m.)
You have a rest day today to become accustomed at a high altitude in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a popular village located in a great sheltered hollow. On top of the village, there lies the national park headquarters where one can take the opportunity to view both the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views. The amazing panorama includes superb scenery of the Khumbu peaks and arresting views of Everest. After breakfast, optionally you can either go for a walk towards Thami (3810m.) over the eye-catching Bhote Khola River Valley or go to the national park headquarters to view the unique Sherpa lifestyle and culture.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar - Dole (4084m.)
You head off from Namche Bazaar after having a day rest. You will have a glimpse of fascinating scenery as you follow the main track north of Namche. The lane to Everest moves down the hill, you turn here and go up to cross the Mon La before reaching Phortse Tenga passing via the rhododendron and birch forest ornamented with hanging lichens and mosses. Moving ahead from Phortse Tenga, the path ascends abruptly to Dole. Walking for around 5 hours, you stay at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 06: Dole - Machhermo (4410m.)
Today you climb gradually all along the side of the gorge, where we can see the rhododendron making way to scrub juniper as the height raises. Tremendous views of Cho Oyu, at the same time, back and downward the valley lays the summits of Thamserku and Kantega. This is a short day trek and you will reach at Machhermo trekking for 4 hours. Overnight at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 07: Machhermo Rest Day
Today, you take a rest at Machhermo for an extra day to accustom ourselves with the environment. There are abundance of possibilities for exploration around the camp and just above the village there is a tremendous view encircling Cho Oyu (8210m.) and the mountains which edge the Ngozumpa Glacier. Tonight in Machhermo.

Day 08: Machhermo - Gokyo (4750m.)
Today, moving ahead from Machhermo, you continue for witnessing the lakes at Gokyo which pours down the west part of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You go across the three eye-catching Lakes and across the third lake known as Dudh Pokhari and on the East shore lays the settlement of Gokyo. Walking alongside the lake, you will identify the panorama of glorious summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. You trek for 3 hours today and stay at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 09: Rest day – Ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m.)
You start trekking early in the morning taking two hour to reach Gokyo Ri for sunrise view over Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Nuptse and other different ranges of huge peaks. And the view visible from here is enhanced than the scene from Kala Pattar. Overnight in Gokyo at tea house.

Day 10: Gokyo - Phortse (3600m.)
From Gokyo you trek down back to southern valley where will observe the view of Thamserku and further move to Tawache Peak. You trek for 5 hours on a rocky route. Overnight at Trekkers Lodge in Phortse.

Day 11: Phortse - Tengboche (3900m.)
Today you move ahead from Phortse and trek downhill then cross the bridge of Dudh Koshi River. Then move uphill to visit popular Tengboche Monastery.  You trek around  for 4 hours then stay tonight at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 12: Tengboche - Namche (3440)
From, Tengboche after ascending all the way up through birch and rhododendron forest, now you move down to the bridge above the Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga and then you come back to Namche.  Today you trek for around 5 hours tonight at Namche.

Day 13: Namche - Lukla (2800m.)
Today from Namche, you will follow the Dudh Koshi and arrive at Lukla. You take around 6 hours to trek today. Stay at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 14: Lukla - Kathmandu (Fly)
You wake up early in the morning to be all set for the arrival of your airplane for the flight back to Kathmandu. On onset in Kathmandu you are transferred back to your hotel.

Day 15: Departure
Our airport representative will transfer you to the airport for your way back home.


Trip Duration: 16 days including Kathmandu
Country: Nepal (Everest region)
Trip Start from: Kathmandu
Trip Ends at: Kathmandu
Total Nights in Kathmandu: 3 nights
Trip Grade: moderate
Per day walking/Hiking: 4- 7 hrs
Minimum Group Size: from 1 Person & above
Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Cultural and religious Tour
Maximum High Altitude: 5483m Gokyo Ri
Meals during Trip:  Breakfast in City & all meals during Trekking
Accommodation during Trip: Hotels in Cities, Lodges/Guest Houses in trek
Mode of Transportation:  Private Comfortable Car/van/Hiace & domestic Flights
Best Travel season: March - June, September - December
Trip Route: Kathmandu- Lukla-Namche- Dole - Machermo-  Gokyo- Phortse- Tengboche- Namche- Lukla- Kathmandu

Clothing and equipments

Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.


1. Boots

Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.

2. Track shoes

A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.

3. Jacket

Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.

4. Shirt and Sweaters

Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.

5. Trousers

A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.

6. Underwear

Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.

7. Tracksuit

A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.

8. Sleeping Bag

As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)

9. Sun Hat, SunCream/Block & Lip Salve

Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.

10. Personal First Aid Kit

You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)

11. Hat/ Glove/ Sandle/ Shocks/ Underwear

a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.

Equipments and Accessories

a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph

Trip Photos

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