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Gokyo Lake Trek

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    Trip Highlights

  • Scenic flights to/from Lukla
  • Sherpa culture & Monasteries
  • View of Gokyo lake.
  • Everest Base camp and view from Gokyo lake.

    At a glance

  • 3 nights in Kathmandu Hotel
  • 13 nights at Trekking tea houses
  • Guided trekking trip to EBC
  • Max. Elevation 5545m.

Diffculties and Safety

Trekking to Gokyo Lake Trek is not an easy thing with lots of uphill, downhill and high altitude. Average fitness is required not to be in the pain make sure you have enough walking experience to enjoy the trek. Most of the days include 4-7 hours walking. Altitude can be the problem too so  drinking lots of fluids and going slowly is important to avoid altitude sickness.
Your safety is of our major concern. Your Trekking guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Itinerary Details ( Click on the days to see the extended form. )

  • One of our representatives will receive you at the airport. Afterwards, you will be dropped off at hotel where you will get full briefing about your whole program. Take a rest, later preparation shopping for the trek. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Fly to Lukla in the early morning. Adventurous flight offers great scenic view of mountains. After we reach Lukla, we meet the rest of our trekking staff and begin trekking to Phakding. Overnight at hotel in Phakding.

  • We start our trek after breakfast. We follow the trail that goes alongside the Dudh Koshi River. We can enjoy a good view of many Mountains close by you after crossing several suspension bridge, villages and monasteries. Overnight at hotel in Namche Bazar.

  • Today we stock in Namche Bazar for acclimatization which is important to adjust to the gradual change in environment. It will also help us to prevent catching Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Today we can visit around and explore the Tourist Visitor Center, variety of thingsrelated to the first Everest ascenders and Sherpa culture. Spend night in Namche Bazar.

  • We start trek in the early morning after breakfast. We continue our trek through the path where is possible to see Himalayan pheasants, musk deer and Himalayan Thars. While we descend towards Dudhkoshi River we will get the glimpse of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Khumbila Mountain. After crossing rhododendron forests we will reach Phorse. We stop here for overnight stay.

  • Today also the path goes as usual, where is possible to see pheasants, mountain goats and musk deer. We walk through forests, waterfalls and bridges before reaching Dole. Here we will see the Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku mountains. We continue walking through small villages and sandy trails before reaching Machhermo. We can visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital for a lecture regarding altitude sickness, its precaution, and primary treatment. Overnight in Machhermo.

  • Today we ascend on a hill and enjoy the view of Dudh Koshi valley, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains. We descend to the river bank before climbing up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier on a steep trail. We pass through Longpongo, Raboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari before reaching Gokyo. Overnight in hotel at Gokyo.

  • Today we explore around the Gokyo Valley if the weather is clear. If somebody want, they can climb up to Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri offers many remarkable views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. Its also possible to see the biggest glacier of the world Ngazumpa from here. We spend the night in Gokyo Valley.

  • We start to descend on a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and pass  the first Gokyo lakes. On the way we enjoy mountain views. After reaching the chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega mountains. We walk past Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarma villages before reaching Dole, where we spend night.

  • Same as previous day we descend on a steep trail to Phortse Thanga admiring rhododendrons, wildflowers and waterfalls. From Mong, we can admire a good view of Khumbila peak. On our way to Namche the view of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtega mountains are ours to admire. After walking for a while, we reach an intersection where the trail from Sanasa meets our trail. Just after a kilometer from here is Namche Bazaar. We stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • We continue to descend on a rocky trail and cross several suspension bridges before walking on a leveled trail. The trek will over after we reach Lukla. We spend our time reminiscing about our time spent in the mountain. Overnight at hotel in Lukla.

  • In the early morning flight we fly back to Kathmandu. We will have rest day in Kathmandu. In the late day time you may walk around the street of Thamel. Have the food of your choice. Overnight in hotel.

  • This is the day to say good bye Nepal. Your guide will come to receive you at your hotel for the airport.

What's included

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • All domestic land and air transportation
  • All Accommodation
  • 3 main course meals a day while trekking
  • Guide and porters
  • Trekking permits and TIMS
  • Mountain World Treks t-shirt and trekking map
  • A comprehensive medical kit

What's not included

  • Flights To/From Nepal
  • Tourist Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals while not on the trek
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, gear, drinks, laundry, phone calls, wifi, charging devices, hot shower etc.
  • Tips for the guide, porters and driver
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
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Trip Extention

This trip can be possible to customize as you want and you may extension your Nepal trip as well. Here are the few options what you may do.


1. Kathmandu sightseeing tour.

2. Chitwan jungle safari tour.

3. White water Rafting.

4. Bungee Jumping.


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Accommodation & Food details

We will provide tourist standard accommodations in Kathmandu and this is possible to upgrade in your choice.  All the accommodation in the cities and trekking will provided on twin sharing basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra.


During Gokyo Lake Trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food (Dal Bhat) as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). 3 main course meals will be provided during trekking and only breakfast is included while you are in Kathmandu.

Best Time To Visit

Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons to do Gokyo Lake Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec- Feb) could also be an another great option.

However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests and there chance to get snow too. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Equipment Details

    You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this link as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.

    We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.

Questions about your trip

No ropes needed and no ice picks needed. There is no vertical climbing involved. The ground is rough, rocky and gravel strewn. Most of the trek involves long paths that go up and then down. People with weak ankles should take caution. Depending on the time of year you go there can also be snow and ice in the trails. There are some boulders that need climbing, but you can also walk around many. The Khumbu Glacier can be tricky to walk on due to potholes, rocks and unsettled ground. Use caution or seek the expertise of a guide.
A certain level of fitness is required. For trekking to Gokyo Lake Trek, you'll need to consider the enough amount of days for trekking. Most days include 4-7 hours of slow hiking. Altitude is the biggest problem . Going slowly is essential to avoid sickness. Do read about altitude sickness in Everest region. Many people from all walks of life, ages and fitness levels have trekked to Everest Base Camp. In the peak season there's nothing much to worry about in terms of cold or extreme weather. "Generally speaking, the slower you trek, the easier it is."
No problem. Many of our customers are traveling solo. It may also be an option to join a small group or another solo traveler, let us know if this interest you. Yes, there is a supplemental cost if you are traveling alone, please contact us to find out more.
October to November is the start of the dry season and is the most popular time to visit Nepal as the monsoon has recently finished, leaving a green and lush countryside, fresh and clean air, and clear views of the Himalayan. From December to February the temperature is very cold but visibility is still good. With fewer tourists on the trails, this can be the preferred time to visit. However, the cold can make high altitude treks more strenuous than normal. Some treks will be closed due to snow. March to May is the second most popular time to visit. The weather is warmer and the visibility is still good, though not as crystal clear as between October to November. Nepal's flowers, however, come alive at this time of year. June to September is the monsoon season. While you can still trek during this time, the options are limited due to the rains and heat.
Essential Items: -Warm Jacket -Waterproof jacket or poncho -Mid-weight fleece or sweater -2-3 Hiking shirts -1-2 pair Hiking pants -2-3 Non-hiking shirts -1 Long-sleeve shirt -1-2 Pairs non-hiking pants, shorts or skirts -2-3 Pairs warm socks -Warm hat -Sun hat -Long underwear (for high altitude) -Gloves (for high altitude) -Towel (preferably quick dry) -Day pack -Hiking shoes -Sandals -Sunglasses -Water bladder or bottle -Headlamp or flashlight -Sun screen -Lip balm -Personal medications -Camera Non-Essential Items: -Sleeping bag (can rent in Kathmandu) -Trekking poles (can buy or rent in Kathmandu) -Rain pants For more information Contact us.
Yes. Most trips run smoothly, but once in awhile something unexpected can happen, that’s why we highly recommend and to join one of our trips you must have travel insurance. Please see our travel insurance section for more information.
It is possible. There is no way to tell beforehand how you will be affected by the altitude. It is usually only above 3500 meters when people start to feel symptoms. Please see our page on altitude sickness for detailed information.
Yes some of the place you will be able to use Internet if there in not any technical probem. eg; Lukla, Namche Bazzar, Pheriche and Gorakshep.
Yes you can charge batteries but you'll be charged by the hour and you'll have to bring your own charger. Charges vary between 100 and 300 rupees per hour.
Cell phones work at most of the places on Everest region trek, depending on your mobile provider. There are also phone services almost everywhere we go if you need to reach home.
We can tailor the accommodation to meet your requests. While in Kathmandu we generally stay in very nice 3-4 star hotels. During the treks, we will be staying in local guesthouses along the trail. The guesthouses vary, but overall are clean, charming and meet all of your needs.
The tap and mountain water in Nepal are generally not safe to drink for tourists. Bottled water, boiling water or using water purification tablets are your best options. Tea and coffee are okay to drink. Yes, the food is safe in Nepal. And delicious!
Basically our guide will sort out the things what to do. If it is not too bad you may go down by walking, however in the event of an emergency there usually is access to a telephone line or satellite phone for an evacuation via helicopter. This is another reason to be sure you are covered with adequate travel insurance!
Mountain World Treks hires guiding professionals with a love and passion for outdoor travel and adventure. Our guides have been with us for many years and know the trails well. They all speak English very well and know how to take good care of the clients. Please see our About Us page for more information on our guides.
No, unless you request to. Our porters will carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. All you need to carry are your essential items for the day. The porter fee is included in the price of your trip. We plan for 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance to the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general 12kg is more than sufficient. For more information Please Contact us.
Email us at: info@mountainworldtreks.com

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2  Reviews on Gokyo Lake Trek

2015-03-03 09:57:55

Andrew Scott,

“Gokyo-Ri Trekking.”

Did this trek with Saligram and porter Bodhra in a February a few years ago now. Everything went well, the weather was very cold and we had to contend with snow and ice but it all gave the himalayas a great setting especially for our camera shots. We were well looked after by Saligram and it was an interesting experience staying in near empty lodg...[ View More ]

Did this trek with Saligram and porter Bodhra in a February a few years ago now. Everything went well, the weather was very cold and we had to contend with snow and ice but it all gave the himalayas a great setting especially for our camera shots. We were well looked after by Saligram and it was an interesting experience staying in near empty lodges. All my other treks have been in October/November and the contrast is obvious.I would recommend Saligram, he has a good friendly nature and is well organised.[ Back ]

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