Trek Highlights

  • Ascend Gokyo Ri (5357m/17571 ft) and witness great Himalayan views of  Mt.Everest (8848m/29029ft) and other three 8000 meter peaks (Mt. Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu). From here you can also see the largest glacier in Nepal named Ngozumpa.
  • The dramatic panoramas of the marvelous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang (7922m/25984ft) is breathtaking.
  • You get to walk through the peaceful, off-the-beaten-paths of the Everest region to reach Gokyo valley.
  • Pass villages of Sherpa and insights into Sherpa culture. it is inhabited by Sherpas who migrated from Tibet in 13 century around according to epic, myth, legendary.

Trek Overview

Experience the cordiality of the local Sherpa culture in the most marvelous Khumbu region with Gokyo Lake trekking journey in the world.”

Nestled in a hidden valley of the Khumbu region, Gokyo village is one of the Himalayas’ unsung gems. The experience of trekking through the tranquil trail with the enthusiasm of exploring the hidden treasure of the mountains in the form of lakes is an unmatchable experience.

Gokyo Trek is a most attractive and beautiful trek with admiring the turquoise lake, secluded valley and the pinnacles of soaring embedded peaks. The enjoyable, exciting adventure on high and picturesque Khumbu valley, within Mt. Everest region with splendid vistas, mesmerizes you in our marvelous Gokyo Lake Trek.

The trek is a wonderful combination of fascinating Sherpa Buddhist culture and trekking within the high mid-East Himalaya around the world highest area of gorgeous Khumbu and Everest region. A marvelous journey on Gokyo Lake Trek always offers Everest Panorama view. As this trek has everything, a challenging trail, spectacular emerald Gokyo lakes, and reflections of towering peaks on its waters, and massive glaciers.

Gokyo Lake Trek is a perfect combination, on the best scenic areas of Khumbu valley, where scenery of beautiful mountains that never cease from the beginning to an end of the journey.

Your trek will take you over the meandering path between forgotten valleys, winding around serene lakes, and picturesque hamlets. You’ll also come across with the gems of the Gokyo Lakes: Gokyo Ri, and the Fifth Lake – the splendor of which overlooks a spectacular backdrop of majestic Everest.

The Gokyo Lakes trek follows the legendary ‘Everest Trail’ from the airstrip in Lukla. Further, following up the Dudh Koshi River towards Namche, the gateway of the Khumbu region. Namche Bazaar, the biggest village in the area and where your early acclimatization takes place. After Namche, you leave from the main busy trail towards the tranquil hamlets of Phortse Tenga, Dole, and Machhermo.

The trail from Machhermo to Gokyo Lakes is spectacular!  You can witness the dramatic change of landscape to wide meadows, narrow clefts with steeply ascending trails a  frozen rivulet to traverse stony wastes and the banks of turns and the first lake of the trail continues to way up to stone steps to the third Lake to Dudh Pokhari turquoise and reflecting the white face of Cho Oyu (8153 m/26,741 ft.) seen ahead and finally reach your ultimate destination Gokyo Lake(4,750 m/15,580 ft. ) where a few tea houses are available for overnight.

The route to the Gokyo Lakes is less busy but still affords the trekker with an insight into local village life, impressive views of icy rivers and stony, glacier debris, snow-capped mountains, and of course the dazzling turquoise waters of Gokyo Lakes themselves. From this area, it seems that the valley is smiling to welcome us together with its shimmering lakes. we continue our journey of Gokyo lake trek, we will go through a section of red birch, fir, and dwarf rhododendron forest

Following the Ngozumpa Glacier, you eventually reach Gokyo and the fascinating turquoise glacial Lakes. The sight of these glaciers and Ice Falls are really huge and jaw-dropping

You will be spending two days in Gokyo to allow full appreciation of the beauty of this place and whilst optional, a side trip up the Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) has to be done as it offers that superb view of Everest’s summit at sunset. It is, without doubt, the best and closest view of Everest on this trek.

Enjoy this revitalizing, memorable journey with the support of our trained, experienced trekking guides and porters assisting you each step of the way! Enjoy picturesque tea house lodging and the company of the friendly, welcoming mountain locals. Your trip is fully customized – we love helping you make the memories of a lifetime.

The best seasons for Gokyo Lakes Trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) considering weather, temperature, and clear views. During those times, the sky is clear and the daytime temperature is warm. However, you can do this trek in the summer (monsoon) and winter seasons too if you prepare well accordingly to cope with the problematic weather conditions and extreme temperatures.

Gokyo Lake Trek

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Note: Below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for the general idea only. 




  1. Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to welcome with Nepal Sanctuary Treks placard. You will be then escorted and transfer to hotel. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. Stay overnight in Hotel.


  2. Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

    Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and popularly known as “City of temples”. After having hearty breakfast, we will explore a vibrant and culturally rich Kathmandu valley. A guided cultural tour will be conducted inside the valley.

    We will start off visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, the traditional heart of Kathmandu and an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards and shrines. You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist songs “om mani paddle hum” resound everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe, and we can turn the enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.

    Next, is Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras.

    Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.

    After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.

    Trip Highlights:

    Visit Heritage sites i.e. Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath

  3. Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft), –Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft) 4 – 5hrs hike

    After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your 35 mins. Spectacular scenic flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla. Lukla is Nepal’s busiest domestic airport and, for trekker’s intent on seeing Mt. Everest, flying here is an essential part of the adventure.

    During flight, you get to see the world’s soaring mountains including  Cho Oyu (8,153m), Lhotse (8,516m), Gauri Shankar (7,145m), Menlungtse (7,181m).

    After an exhilarating landing at Lukla, you will meet the trekking crew and set off the hike to Phakding. We follow the ridge on the bank of milky Dudh Koshi River to the village of Phakding. Dudh Kosi, or Milk River, named for its chalky color that emerges from all the glaciers up above. You will follow this river the rest of the day, passing through picturesque hamlets filled with tea houses, suspension bridges, and shops, carved mani stones, prayer wheels, and packed animals.

    After passing through the small villages like Chaurikharka and Ghat we arrive at the Phadking which is located right next to the Dudh Kosi River.


    • Trek through the milky river (Dudhkoshi), originate from Everest Base camp   Scenic flight by twin-otter plane to Lukla airport at the altitude of 2,840m.
    • You can see the string of vibrant prayer flags wave in the wind  as we pass along the trail. Prayer flags add a touching and spiritual element to the trails. It is said that the wind carries prayers and blows prayer flags to spread peace, strength, wisdom and compassion
    • Along the way you can see several gompas, Tibetan scriptures carved into stone blocks along the trail.
    • The snow-capped mountain like Kusumkang, Kongde offers a spectacular backdrop to the small town of Lukla..
    • Traverse swing suspension bridge


  4. Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3,445m/11,302ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

    Leaving Phakding behind, we will start today’s trek by climbing up to the traditional town of Namche Bazar which is also known as ‘gateway to Everest ‘and the town of Sherpa ethnicity. Nestled in the Himalayas, Namche is considered as a centuries-old trading center between Nepal and Tibet.

    After a hearty breakfast, we set out our trek following the trail continues north up the glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi River and through zigzag ascent through a forest of pine trees. Further, the trail is dominated by rolling terrain, traditional houses, and cultivated fields. We also cross suspension bridges by following crystal blue white water river Dudh Koshi.

    About halfway up the hill, you can see the first glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse A few hours of walking will lead you to the Sherpa capital village of Namche Bazaar crossing path surrounded by pines.

    Namche is the largest town in the Khumbu region, surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Dudh Koshi. It is a beautiful mountain village with plenty of teahouses, restaurants, cafés, bars, and shops, and even mountain climbing equipment can be purchased here.

    In addition, you can see yaks roaming around the streets with magical sounds of their bells. You can enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Lhotse from the top of the hillside town.


    •    First glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse
    •  Stay at Namche Bazaar, a vibrant, diverse, historical, and a vibrant stopping point on the journey.
    • Crossing of 4 high suspension bridges which is exhilarating when it’s windy.
    • You can see yaks roam on the streets of Namche
    • Scenic beauty, deep canyon and sky-high cliffs at the backdrop is phenomenal.
  5. Day 05: Acclimatization, rest and explore Namche

    Today we take a rest day as a part of acclimatization. There are ample of things to do in and around. We can take a short walk above the town to see the backdrop of Everest. You can also view the beautiful scenery of the national park center and museum just above the town. You can visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and get back to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you can either relax or explore the Bazaar.


    • Enjoy the serene view of Everest
    • Visit Sherpa Cultural Museum where you get information on history mountaineering, culture, and tradition, flora and fauna of the surrounding region
    • You are likely to see yaks roam on the streets of Namche
    • Encounter with Mountain goat, Lophophorus, musk deer, Himalayan Thar
    • On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and a close look at the locals’ marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment.
  6. Day 06: Namche Bazar – Phortse Thanga (3,601m/11,814ft)- 6 – 7 hrs hike

    We start our morning with hearty breakfast at the lodge. Then begin to take a  stiff ascent through Namche Bazaar before the trail levels out and you are then walking more or less on the level path for the next hour or so as far as Sanasa. From Sanasa we head towards Mong la (and Gokyo lake) marked by a chorten on the top of a ridge at 3972m

    . We stop at the top of Mong La to admire the grandest views of surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys

    Further, we take to descend to Dudhkoshi Khola after which it is an uphill ascend through beautiful forests of rhododendron trees before reaching Phortse Thenga. It is a small village with few teahouses and an excellent camping spot near the river (Thenga means ‘Riverside’). It is an isolated village with only about 60 houses. From here we can enjoy the splendid views of Tawache and Cholaste mountains. We stay overnight in Phortse.


    • View of Amadablam, Everest, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse, Lhotse I and II, Kangtega and other peaks from Mong la pass
    • On the way, we are likely to spot Himalayan pheasants, musk deer and Himalayan Tahr and mountain goat.
    • Descend down toward Dhudkoshi valley from where we can see the world highest, spiky mountains, landscape and, obviously majestic Monastery for Tengboche
  7. Day 07: Phortse Thenga – Dole (4,040m/13,256ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

    Today’s trail climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases.

    This trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. The route passes through the settlement of Tongba and Gyele to Dole. From a ridge behind Dole, an even border view up and down the valley can be seen. Traversing through forests, some waterfalls and bridges, we reach at Dole, a small village lies in the Dudh Koshi river valley. Stay overnight in a teahouse with the magnificent view of Khumbila and Tawache peaks.


    • Come across with Musk deer, Mountain goat, Lophophorous
    • View of Thamserku, Tawache, Cholatse, Lhotse I and II, Katanga and other peaks along the way
    • Walk through rhododendron, juniper confers trees during the trek
    • We pass through many kharkas, summer settlements used by the Sherpas to graze their yaks, before coming to Dole
  8. Day 08: Dole – Machhermo (4,465m/14,649ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

    After breakfast, we take to descend to stream and traverse the wooden bridge. Then climb uphill for one hour. You will arrive at Luza (4,390m/14,399ft) after 1 hour 50 minutes’ walk from Dole. From Luza trail becomes ups along the side of the valley then traverses the meadow and chorten. From here you can enjoy mesmerizing vistas of Gokyo valley, Mt. Taboche and Mt. Cholatse. Further, take a short descent to Machhermo. Stay overnight in Machhermo.


    • Encounter with mountain and Yaks
    • View of Machhermo peaks, Taboche, Cholatse
    • Beautiful pastureland and chorten with colorful prayer flags
  9. Day 09: Machhermo – Gokyo (4,750m/15,584) 3 – 4hrs hike

    After breakfast, we follow the trail ascending the ridge of the valley where you can see the superb backdrops of Kantenga and Cho-Oyu. The trail becomes more ups to Kharka. The trail to Pangka (4,380m) is an easy and pleasant walk. Further, the trail will be narrow and steep climb close to the Ngozumpa glacier. The end of hard climb traverses the bridge over the stream which flows from Gokyo Lake. This is the first small lake of Gokyo. From here the trail almost in level emerges the second lake at 4,720m/15,481ft. Lastly, take ascend to the last Lake of Dudha Pokhari at 4,750m/15,580ft in Gokyo Lake (4,790m/15,711ft). Stay overnight in Gokyo.


    • Passes several teashops, stone houses, and beautiful pastureland
    • You are likely to see Tibetan snow cock, winter wren, golden duck, Soras
    • Splendid backdrops of Kantenga and Cho-Oyu
    • Observe beautiful lakes and glacier
  10. Day 10: Trek to Gokyo Ri Peak (5,357m/19,216ft)

    After breakfast, we will trek around Gokyo; the views in the Gokyo region are tremendous. For the best view we will climb to Gokyo Ri, the small peak above the lake. This peak is at the elevation of 5,318m/17,477ft, which takes 2 hours to reach at the top of the peak. The peak offers a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche.

    After this, those with more energy can trek to further lakes as there’re several small peaks in this region that offer vantage points for the surrounding peaks. We will return to Gokyo for overnight.


    • Views of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Taboche, Pumari from the peak at 5318m/17477ft
    • Come across with Tibetan snow cock, winter wren, golden duck, Soras
  11. Day 11: Gokyo – Phortse Village (3,796m/12,453ft) 7 – 8hrs hike

    After an early breakfast we will start to trek descending to Phortse .The route to Phortse retraces the upward journey back to Pangka. Further we walk few ups and downs all the way to famous village in Khumbu, Phortse. Stay overnight in Phortse.


    • Pass through beautiful village
  12. Day 12: Phortse village – Monjo (2,850m/9,351ft) 6 – 7hrs hike

    Leaving Phortse behind, we descend steeply through birch and rhododendron forest to the Dudh Koshi, the trail is slippery to the bridge at Phortse Tenga. After crossing the river there is a steady walk up to the Mong La pass from where we descend to the main Base Camp trail again. We will reach Namche within few hours and descend further to Monjo Village.


    • Walk through birch and rhododendron forest to the Dudh Koshi
    • On the way we are likely to spot Himalayan pheasants, musk deer and Himalayan Tahr and mountain goat
  13. Day 13: Monjo – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft)-6hrs hike

    After having breakfast, we start our trek walking through pleasant trail; Return trek to Lukla follows the isolated trail so as to avoid trekking the same trail through Phakding again.

    Keeping to a trail high above, on the other side of the Dudh Koshi, we visit the old Gumila monastery before descending down to the main trail. Taking a meal break at Thada Kosi we again continue descending and within 2 hours we will be inbounding Lukla for overnight.


    • Visit the old Gumila monastery
  14. Day 14: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,302m/4,270ft) 35mins flight

     We will have an early breakfast and fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. You will then be accompanied to your hotel and have time to take rest and relax after a long amazing trek.


    • Exhilarating flight over forests, fields and villages with the Himalayas at the background
  15. Day 15: Leisure day in Kathmandu

    It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we could not fly on scheduled date and time or we can organize you a guided day tour in or around Kathmandu. You can spend your leisure time by shopping souvenir for your beloved ones or simply relax after exhausting but momentous adventure.

  16. Day 16: Fly Back Home

    It is time to fly back to home keeping all the terrifying experiences of Nepal in mind.

    The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport where you should check-in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.


Fast Facts

  • Trekking the six glacial-fed Gokyo Lakes
  • Incredible views of Everest and other very high mountains and glaciers.
  • Backdrops of the bright turquoise high-altitude lakes, Ngozumpa glacier (the largest glacier in the Himalayas).
  • Walk through birch and rhododendron forest and musk deer can sometimes be seen.
  • Gokyo Ri (5330m/17487 feet) is considered as the best viewpoint in the Everest Region.
  • Gokyo Ri, Panoramic view including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu others
  • Experience Sherpa culture and lifestyle


Two week trekking trip with Nepal sanctuary Trek’s was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

We did loop trek in the Khumbu valley going up to Gokyo lakes before heading through the Cho la pass to Everest base camp and then heading back down.

Our guide Arjun was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and kept us safe. The itinerary created for us made sure that our altitude profile was completely safe and we had a good chance to acclimatize properly to make the most of our trip.

None of our party became unwell and we made it to all our planned destinations with the help of our guide and porters.

Nepal sanctuary is special in that they make great efforts to ensure that their Porter’s are well cared for, and lift reasonable loads, not the massive loads that you see other Porter’s having to lift. They make sure that Porter’s are well equipped with appropriate clothing and footwear.

We will definitely be going back to Nepal and Nepal sanctuary will be our trekking company of choice. Highly recommend for a safe, enjoyable and unforgettable experience.

Roy C, New Zealand

Nepal Sanctuary Treks are outstanding! Our entire trek went unbelievably smoothly. Flights, accommodation, tour guides, and service were excellent. I would highly recommend Nepal Sanctuary Treks to any organization. Our guides Denish, Mangal and Chhiring were simply brilliant. The care and service were wonderful. Thank you to Tulsi for his excellent coordination. Can’t wait to come back!!!

Noosa , Australia