Gokyo Lake Trekking

Gokyo Valley is directly west of the classic Everest trekking route encompassed by the Khumbu region, with Gokyo Ri (5,357m) on the west side of Ngozumpa, reputed to be the largest glacier in the Himalayas. Trekking in Gokyo weaves and wanders through a number of glaciers, glaciated lakes, high mountain passes, the oldest and most superb of ancient Buddhist architecture and one of the highest hamlets in the world, which is composed of a few stone houses at the base of Gokyo Ri. The supreme 8000m plus peaks will be our constant companions through the valley and beyond, never more than heads turn away. Some trekkers even believe that the views here surpass that of Gorak Shep, the uppermost village perch high upon the path to Everest.

The Gokyo valley winds through a number of small mountain villages, beautiful pastures of grazing yaks and crystalline turquoise lakes whose colors captivate the imagination and inspire the artist. After a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla we will be trekking to the tea houses of Kenjoma, where the trail from Khumjung joins the main trail. The next step is to make our way to Mong La pass with a steep drop down onto the banks of the Dudh Kashi River. Great oak forests and steep waterfalls abound in this area. The cascading waters are often frozen and after a few hours along this trail you may feel as if time itself is standing still. The final stretch before Climbing Gokyo Ri take us past the tea houses at Pangkha and acends through Ngozumpa opening into the first of the glacial lakes of which Gokyo is so renowned.

There are multiple high passes zigzagging out of Gokyo valley, the most popular being Cho La which connects to the Khumbu Valley near to Lobuche; the path less travelled is the high pass of Renjo La, joining the trails of Thame and Nangpa La pass. The Gokyo valley trek is a wonderful trek in its own right or as an extension of the Everest base camp trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 :Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

Day 02 :Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley

Day 03 :Fly to Lukla (2804 meters) trek to Phakding (2610 meters) 3 hours.

Day 04 :Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours.

Day 05 :Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.

Day 06 : Trek to Phorste Thanga (3680meters) 5 hours.

Day 07 :Trek to Machherma (4470 meters). 5 hours.

Day 08 :Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters) 5.30 hours

Day 09 : Trek to Gokyo Ri (5483 meters) and then Back to Gokyo. 5 hours.

Day 10 : Trek to Dole (4200meters) 6 hours.

Day 11 :Trek to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village (3780meters) 5 hours.

Day 12 :Trek to Lukla (2804 meters.) 6 hours

Day 13 : Morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla

Day 14 : Leisure day in Kathmandu.

Day 15 :Transfer for your final flight departure.

What is Included

  • Private pick up and transfer as per the programmed itinerary.
  • 2 nights pre–trek and 1 night post–trek accommodation in Kathmandu at 2-3 Star hotel (or as agreed), with breakfast.
  • Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley (as per the itinerary), with private transport, local guide and all entrance fees.
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, teas and coffees) for the duration of the trek.
  • Twin share accommodation at best available guest house for the duration of the trek.
  • 1 experienced, fully trained, government licensed and English-speaking Senior Trekking Guide for the trek duration.
  • Assistant Guides to offer support for the trek duration, as per the group size.  (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide).
  • Sherpa porters to carry your luggage for the trek duration, as per the group size. (2 trekkers : 1 porter).
  • Coverage of all expenses for the guide(s) and porters, i.e. food, accommodation, salary, equipment and transportation, plus insurance for all staff (as per state law).
  • Return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla inclusive of all airport taxes.
  • Access to comprehensive first aid medical kit for the trip duration. (Clients are advised to bring their own personal medical supplies as well).
  • Sagarmatha National Park permits and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) permit.
  • 1 Asia Adventure Nepal T-shirt, per person.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepali restaurant.
  • All applicable government taxes.


What is Not Included

  •  Entry Visa fees – 25USD for 15 day visa, 40USD for 30 day visa and 100USD for 3 month visa on entry into Nepal (correct at time of writing)
  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast (and in the case of early return from the mountain other than scheduled).
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks and laundry.
  • Personal medical and travel insurance and medical bills.
  • International air fares/ flights. (Fares and flights can be arranged upon request).
  • Hot shower during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing.
  • Insurance to cover emergency helicopter evacuation.
  • Tips for guide, porters and drivers. (Tipping is expected, but not mandatory).


It is important to consider that internal flights to/from Lukla can be subject to disruption. Due to bad weather, flights can sometimes be delayed or even cancelled. Although such disruption is rare, we should be prepared for every eventuality, any time of the year, even in the peak trekking season. In case of flight cancellation it is therefore advised to bring extra money to cover costs of additional nights in Kathmandu, as this expense will not be included in your package. If you have to stay in Kathmandu longer than planned, you can of course enjoy other activities like cultural tours, rafting or shopping as you wish, and we can help to arrange this for you. For those travellers on a schedule that cannot be compromised, in case of flight disruption which is very rare, we can arrange an alternative trek to suit personal needs and time constraints.

Trip Facts

Duration: 15 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Trip Cost: On request

Destination: Nepal

Best time: Autumn & Spring

Maximum Altitude : 5483m Gokyo Ri

Group Size: Min 1 person, Maximum 14

Type of Trek : Tea house

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