- Gokyo Lake Trek
- Max Elevation
- 5,357m at Gokyo Ri
- Trip Duration
- 15 Days
- Trip Grade
- Easy to Moderate
- Eco Lodges Trek
- full board on Trekking and BB plan on city
- Private vehicle & flight
- Group Size
- Minimum 2
- Best Season
- Spring and Autumn
- Per Day Walk
- Approx. 4 - 6 hours
Gokyo Lake Trek is one of the most epic mountain treks in Nepal. It’s an absolute favorite of many hikers, given the easy trails with roundabouts. Known as a hidden gem of Nepal, Gokyo Lake is otherworldly beauty with religious significance.
It’s sacred to Hindus and Buddhists, with devotees from around the country visiting it every year. Located in the Khumjung village in north-eastern Nepal, Gokyo Lake is the highest freshwater lake at 4,700 to 5000 meters.
It’s a moderate hike with less challenging trails. But, depending on the elevation gained, you’ll have to prepare yourselves. Trekkers will also have to stay fit to hike Gokyo Lake as it’s quite long and narrow.
The journey begins from Lukla as trekkers make their way through several villages and towns. They follow the trail along the river bank and into the tropical forests full of rhododendron, birch, and fir.
Along the trail, you can many lodges and guesthouses willing to host the travelers. This will give you plenty of options to relax and grab a bite to eat. The trail will take you through small villages and towns before making a long and difficult climb to Gokyo Lake.
Highlights of Gokyo Lake Trek
- Aerial view of Lukla, Phakding, and Namche
- Visit the Namche Bazaar, a famous Sherpa capital
- Explore Sagarmatha National Park and its unique flora and fauna
- Discover hidden Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Valley
- Cross the Hillary Suspension Bridge
- Spin the prayer wheels and visit medieval Tibetan monasteries
- Learn new cultures, traditions, and values
Day 01: Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Visit UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek from Lukla to Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Acclimatization Day and explore the area.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Dole.
Day 07: Dole to Machhermo.
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake.
Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo, Explore Gokyo Valley.
Day 10: Trek to Gokyo Ri and trek back to Machhermo.
Day 11: Machhermo to Namche Bazaar.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
Day 13: Take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Enjoy a leisure day in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Departure from Katmandu towards own destination
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & Transfer to the Hotel
Soon upon your arrival, our representative will meet you at the airport. They’ll give you warm reception and a free pick up to your hotel, where you can take a rest. You can also go out and walk around the city to spend time.
Day 02: Sightseeing around world heritage sites of Kathmandu
We begin our adventure with a short drive to Pashupatinath, a popular tourist site and a religious embodiment. It’s a sacred Hindu pilgrimage along the bank of the Bagmati River, which has great significance. The temple is also an architectural gem with a tiered towered design, wood carving, and statues.
After visiting the temple, we’ll head to Boudhanath, another must-visit religious place in the northeastern outskirt of Kathmandu. Only a 5-minute drive away from Pashupati, the stupa is a Buddhist pilgrimage, so you can see lots of prayer flags and mani wheels during your visit here.
Another center of attraction and a historical site to visit is Kathmandu Durbar Square. Built during the Shah dynasty, it’s one of the most iconic places to learn about history. You can see a lot of premedieval statues, courtyards, and temples in the square. After finishing the exploration, we’ll return back to our hotel and take the day off.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla [2800m/9184ft] [45 min flight] and trek from Lukla to Phakding [2640m/8659ft] [3 hrs trek]
Phakding Altitude: 2,610m /
Time Taken: 2-3 hrs
Overnight at: a hotel
After a full-day tour of Kathmandu, it’s time for us to leave the city and take the first step on the trek. So, without further delay, we’ll transfer you to the Tribhuvan airport early in the morning. After checking in at the airport, you’ll board the flight and spend another half an hour extolling the scenic view.
At Lukla, we’ll meet our crew and have breakfast before setting off on a journey to Phakding. The trail starts with a gentle ascent from the mountainside along the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River, providing a stunning view.
It runs through Chaurikharka village and descends to Dudhkoshi Ghat before climbing up the hill. The trek from Lukla to Phakding shall take us anywhere from 2 to 3 hours going on a slow and steady. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3440m/11283ft] [5-6 hrs trek]
Namche Bazaar Altitude: 3,440m / 11,285 ft
Time Taken: 6 hrs
Overnight at: a hotel
The trek from Phakding starts easy, following the north bank of Dudh Koshi River and above. The trail climbs the steep stairs and runs through the rhododendron forest before crossing the Hillary suspension bridge.
After passing several villages, we’ll arrive at Sagarmatha National Park, where our permits will be registered. From there, the trail heads to Jorsale and makes a final ascent to Namche. This journey will take almost 2 to 3 hours due to the steep climb. Upon arriving at the town, we’ll watch the surrounding view of the mountains and head to our hotel to get a rest.
Day 05: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places.
We plan to spend a day at Namche before the trail gains an elevation. It’s your first acclimatization so we won’t be hard on you. Instead, we’ll just walk through the nearby villages and enjoy a short side trek to Syangboche. We’ll start climbing the trail before the day and finish it in about two to three hours. After returning, we’ll explore Namche Bazaar and visit the Sherpa museum. Overnight stay in the same hotel.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Dole [4040m/13251ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek]
After a day’s off, we’ll again return to the trail heading to Khumjung. Passing the beautiful Tibetan monasteries along the view of Thamserku and Ama Dablam, we drift apart from the village. From here, the trail runs up the ridge to a large chorten and makes a quick drop, passing through Phortse Tenga. After gently climbing up the trail, we’ll finish at Dole, a beautiful village. Overnight stay at the teahouse.
Day 07: Dole to Machhermo [4410m/13578ft] [3-4 Hrs Trek]
Once the breakfast is done, we’ll leave Dole and get on our next journey to Machhermo. The trek begins with a slow ascent past the meadows and yak pastries. You’ll see numerous religious shrines and fluttering prayer flags on the way.
The trail ahead opens the marvelous view of Mt Cho Oyu, Kangtega, and Thamserku. It also provides spectacular glimpses of sweeping hills and rivers as it heads to Lapahrma village. Soon the trail winds at Machhermo, passing Luja village in Khumbu.
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake [4750m/15580ft] [4-5 Hrs Trek]
Leaving behind Machhermo, we’ll make the most significant climb of the entire trek. Without wasting much time, we’ll have our breakfast and start to roll on the trail that crosses yak pastures and reach Phanga. Along the way, you can see memorials built in the memory of climbers who lost their lives.
As we gain elevation, the trail becomes narrower, passing the first Gokyo Lake. Walking the rugged trail at a farther distance will take us to the second Gokyo Lake and, finally, to the village lying on the eastern shore. You can see the other lakes and Gokyo Ri from there, so enjoy the view. Get some sleep, and we’ll further continue our journey tomorrow.
Day 09: Gokyo Tour and excursion in and around Gokyo valley.
After a long and intense journey to Gokyo Lake, it’s fair for you to spend the day at the Gokyo and soak in its beauty. You can just look through the window to see the tranquil lake at the base of Gokyo Ri and other surroundings.
The view outside the teahouses is also magical, with surrounding mountains and glaciers. The valley has many side treks which you can walk the rest of the day. Enjoy the time, and we’ll be back in the hotel in the evening.
Day 10: Hike to Gokyo Ri [5340m/17515ft] & trek back to Machhermo [4150m/13612ft]
We’ll hike Gokyo Ri early this morning to make the adventure even more exciting. After breakfast, we’ll leave our hotel and start walking the rugged trail along the Ngozumpa Glacier and up the slope crossing the stream.
After a steady climb of one and a half hours, we’ll arrive at Gokyo Ri to capture the beauty of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. We’ll spend some time at the summit admiring the scenic view, then descend the trail to Machhermo. It isn’t much walk, but you still have to be prudent as the trails are mostly downhill.
Day 11: Machhermo [4150m/13612ft] to Namche Bazaar [3440m/11283ft] [5 Hrs Trek]
With the trek almost ending, it’s time for us to retrace our steps and return to Namche. The trek begins with an easy descent along the Dudh Koshi River and into Dole. We’ll further trek downhill to Phortse Tenga and then take the steep course ending at Mongla Danda.
The trail will take us through the rhododendron and pine forest, which provides a lovely view. After a short break, we’ll descend the trail to Kyanjoma with a few ups and down. This section of the trek will take us about an hour or so. After arriving at Namche, we’ll head to our hotel and take rest.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla [2800m/9184ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek]
After breakfast, we’ll leave Namche and follow the trail along the bank of the Dudh Koshi River. There are few crossings along the route, after which we enter the forest heading to Phakding. From here, we descend further down the Dudh Koshi River Valley and climb uphill to the Kusume stream. Soon we follow the trail to the west and to the Toktok before ending up at Lukla.
Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
After waving goodbye to this beautiful town, we’ll head to the airport to get our flight. The flight duration from Lukla to Kathmandu from Lukla is just half an hour, so it won’t be too dreary. Instead, you’d enjoy it as the view through the window anytime is a sight to see. After landing at the airport, our staff will usher you to our shuttle and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 14: Enjoy Leisure Day at Kathmandu
Today’s the last day of your stay here in Kathmandu, so enjoy visiting the remaining tourist sites. You can also go shopping to get souvenirs for your friends and family. On the side options, you can go out for dinner or a musical show that gives you a taste of Nepalese culture.
Day 15: Departure from Katmandu towards own destination
With final goodbyes, you will be heading towards your home. Our representatives of Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule. You need to get into the airport 3 hours prior to your flight. Nepal Guide will bid a memorable fare well to you.
- Airport pick-up and drop
- Four-night stay in Kathmandu with BB plan
- A day out in Kathamndu
- A domestic flight to and fro Lukla
- Accommodation in lodges and teahouses
- Three-time meals (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Highly experienced Trekking guide for an entire trek
- Required Number of Porters
- Staffs food, clothing salary & Insurance.
- First aid-kit
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
- Tax, vat, and other documents
- Extra tip to guides and porter
- Personal travel insurance
- Medical treatment and evacuation
- Drinks and beverages
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When is the best time to trek Gokyo Lakes?
Gokyo Trek is usually done in two distinct seasons, one in Spring and another in autumn. They are the times when the weather favors hikers, offering them a warm and tropical climate. Spring makes the absolute time to trek Gokyo Lakes as it sees the temperature warming up.
Its longer sunny days with more daylight hours make trekking easier and more relaxing. Unlike summer, it doesn’t have oppressive heat and humidity, which makes it easy to ascend the trail. Its warm weather with clear skies removes the stress from hikers and makes the trip more enjoyable.
The time from March to May delights you with an incredible view and a sight to behold. You’ll get nice and spectacular scenery with full-bloom wildflowers and rhododendron. There’s also more greenery in spring as the season awakes forests and turns the leaf to deep green.
Another absolute time for the Gokyo trek is between September and November, when the summer has just faded. It has low temperatures throughout the season, but earlier, it’s quite warm and predictable.
The summer heat continues into September, but once it turns October, the temperature falls sharply. The weather starts to become more unpredictable from early November. The higher region in Khumbu starts to experience cold weather with breezy nights. But even it sees the day warm with an average temperature of 4 to 8 degrees Celsius.
Despite that, Autumn still is the best time for Gokyo Trek as it brings the temperature down until it’s cool and calm. It has fresh air with a great atmosphere and vibrancy, making the hike more relaxing. The season guarantees the best visibility with clear blue skies and warm sunshine. It also delights trekkers with colorful fall foliage that brightens the entire national park.
The Goko Lake is a well-marked hiking route that’s easy to navigate. It passes through several remote villages over its length, providing trekkers with numerous options to relax, get a bite to eat, have a drink, or find accommodation. Expect to encounter many teahouses, lodges, and hotels along the trail.
It also gains an extreme altitude and loss en route, with the starting point at Lukla and the highest point at Gokyo Ri. The trek is a slow but steady climb with many twists and turns. It takes you through valleys and forests, crossing many rivers and hills.
Although it depends on your personal preference and ability to navigate the way, hiring a guide is a better option as they’re more experienced and know the route very well. They’ll ensure your safety and also keep you company all along the way.
They’ll offer you other services like finding the best places to stay and eat, providing insightful information, and helping you blend in with the locals. A trekking guide can keep you off from difficult situations and make the trekking smoother.
The trek to Gokyo Lake is a long and multi-day hike, so it requires a lot of gear to keep you warm and comfortable. Depending on the season, you’ll have to pack your clothes and other essentials. Those who have booked the hike with a travel agency may get a few supplies, and those who haven’t can simply consult their guide for a packing list. The peak trekking season – Spring and Autumn usually have warm weather with rising temperatures. The days are typically hot, while the nights are cold and breezy, so you surely want to dress in layers.
The Nepal Government requires trekkers to have a permit to trek the Gokyo Lake. You’ll need a permit to enter Sagaramatha National Park, which costs US$30 per person. Besides, a Khumbu Rural municipality permit is also needed to trek the Gokyo Lake.
Trekking Gokyo Lake comes with inherent risks and challenges. So, trekkers must have travel insurance before setting out on the adventure. It protects them against financial losses and covers their medical expenses if needed. Travel insurance can help you get medical treatment or evacuation during the hike.
GLIMPSES OF Gokyo Lake Trek
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