Gokyo Lake Trek - 12 Days

Gokyo Lake Trek is a trek to the five lakes of the Everest Region resting on the foot of the 5537 meters’ peak of Gokyo RI. The trek to the Gokyo Lakes also offers a view of the largest glacier of Nepal, the Ngozumpa Glacier.

Besides, the Gokyo Lake Trek takes its visitors to the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint with great views of four of the eight-thousanders. Also, enjoy the Tibetan-influenced Sherpa lifestyle and traditions.

Trip Highlights

  • Everest Region / Khumbu Region
  • Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, and other peaks of the Mahalangur Mountain Range
  • Sherpa culture, tradition, and lifestyle
  • Tenzing and Hilary Airport
  • Sagarmatha National Park
  • Khumbu Glacier
  • Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo RI
  • Scoundrel’s Viewpoint
  • Ngozumpa Glacier, largest glacial body of Nepal

Trip Overview

“Five distinct lakes with their trademark bluish color and the 5537-meters peak, all in the Gokyo package”

Gokyo Lake Trek is the major destination for those who want to experience the bluish and sometimes, frozen lake with the added attraction of the great viewpoints. A great hike in the Everest Region without the physically tiring walks.

As the country is rich in diverse geographical locations, we will have to climb up and down the ridges before arriving at the Gokyo Lakes. The last part of the climb will be a bit harder than the other trek days as we will have to climb up the sandy and rocky path to reach the top of the Gokyo RI. The trek to the Gokyo Lakes starts with a flight to the dangerous airport of Nepal, the Tenzing and Hilary Airport. After arriving at Lukla, we will cover the same trip as the EBC trekkers to the Namche Bazaar until the 3rd day and after that, you will have a totally different experience. Explore the Sherpa culture, tradition, values, norms and the lifestyle influenced by the Tibetan people. Also, have a view of the 4 eight-thousanders, Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and the Lhotse from the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. We will also have a chance to see the largest glacial body of Nepal, the Ngozumpa Glacier.

Join hand with us in this 12-days expedition to climb the Gokyo RI peak and explore all of the five lakes of the Gokyo Village. A fairly fit person can complete this trek but, it is important for a trekker to be able to walk at least 4 hours a day. Contact us in case of professional expertise and a tailored trip.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m) to Phakding (2610m)

Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 03: Acclimatization Day

Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3675m)

Day 05: Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4470m)

Day 06: Machhermo to Gokyo (4790m)

Day 07: Gokyo RI (5537m) hike

Day 08: 4th Gokyo Lake (4843m) and 5th Gokyo Lake (4998m)

Day 09: Gokyo to Dole (4200m)

Day 10: Dole to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 11: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2860m)

Day 12: Lukla to Kathmandu (1440m)

Day 1
Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m) to Phakding (2610m)

Get up early to catch a flight to the most dangerous airport in Nepal, the Tenzing and Hilary Airport. Enjoy the great views of the eastern Himalayas from the window of the airplane. With our arrival at the Lukla airstrip, we will sort out the most important things and then, let the remaining bags get carried by the porters. Lukla stays the major place for the start of the trekking to the Everest Region. From there, it is an easy walk along the Dudh Koshi river to get to the village of Phakding.

Day 2
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

We will enter the Sagarmatha National Park today and get to the Sherpa village. Hike uphill in a steep slope to cross several high suspension bridges to get to the entry point of the Sagarmatha National Park located at the village of Monjo. An ascent up the rhododendron and pine forest will take us to the village of Namche Bazaar. This village is the major trading center for the people living in the high altitude. We can buy Tibetan artifacts and climbing equipment in this region, but the price of the equipment will have a much higher price. From the village, we will have landscape views of the Mt Everest (8848m) and Thamserku (6623m) peaks.

Day 3
Acclimatization Day

It is an important factor for trekkers to adapt to the changing weather. In case the body fails to adapt, the trekker will suffer from the AMS. So, to be safe, we take an extra day off to get proper acclimatization. Hike up to the Everest View Point to have panoramic views of the Everest, Thamserku, Nuptse (7863m) and several other high peaks. Follow the path down to the Bazaar and rest for the time being. You can either explore the Sherpa culture or have your time at the internet cafes around the town.

Day 4
Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3675m)

Get on the National Park trail and walk back to the village of Kenjuma. Enjoy the views of the sacred peak of Khumbila and the shiny peak of Amadablam. Walk on an even path until we arrive at the Sansa village. From Sansa, we will climb up a ridge to get to the Mong village. Then, descend to the Dudh Koshi river for a short uphill climb through the rhododendron forest to arrive at the village of Phortse Thanga. During the day, we will have peeks of the Mt. Khumbila, Amadablam, Cholatse and the Tawache peaks.

Day 5
Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4470m)

If you are an animal lover, then today you will get lucky. We will fill our bellies with delicious cuisine and start our hike with an uphill climb out the village of Phortse Thanga. Cross a couple of suspension bridges before arriving at the village of Dole. Along the way, we might get to see the local wildlife come to life with pheasants and mountain goats on the run. From Dole, the path to Machhermo is easy even though, it is all uphill climb. Leave the Dudh Koshi below and climb higher above the smaller settlements and sandy trails to arrive at the village of Machhermo. If you are unsure about the Altitude Mountain Sickness, you can visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital for more details and lectures about the sickness.

Day 6
Machhermo to Gokyo (4790m)

Enjoy the views of the Thamserku, Kangtega (6782m) and the Cho Oyu (8201m) peaks on our way up the snowy trail. Hike up the narrow path along the ridge which after a couple of hours widens. After hiking beyond the ridge, we will come to the village of Phangga. Then, a short descent with a hike up the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier will take us to the village of Gokyo. Along the trail, we will be able to enjoy the Longpongo, and Raboche Tso peaks with the added attraction of the 3rd Gokyo Lake, the Dudh Pokhari. We will explore the 3rd lake today.

Day 7
Gokyo RI (5537m) hike

Today, we conquer the peak of Gokyo RI. We will wake up as early as 5 am and then start our walk up the sandy ridge along the rocky boulders to get to the top of the Gokyo RI peak. As we reach the top, we will find the sunrise hitting the Everest with its bright yellow light and turning it into a shiny golden peak. The view of the Gokyo lakes from the village will surely take your breath away. Get back down to the Gokyo Lake for breakfast. We will end the day spending our idle time strolling around the village.

Day 8
4th Gokyo Lake (4843m) and 5th Gokyo Lake (4998m)

Another day in the Gokyo village! Wake up to the cold breeze of the Everest and enjoy the morning meal. Today, we will hike up to the 4th and 5th lakes of the Gokyo. The 4th lake, Thonak Cho is the deepest and largest of the Gokyo Lakes and the 5th lake, Gyazumpa Cho is the second largest of the Gokyo Lakes. Also, hike a little further than the 5th lake to arrive at a viewpoint famously known as the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. The viewpoint sits on the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier of Nepal and faces the 4 eight-thousanders of the eastern Himalayas. Enjoy the clear views of the Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and the Cho Oyu peaks. After we are done exploring the lakes and the viewpoint, we get back down to the village of Gokyo and end the day.

Day 9
Gokyo to Dole (4200m)

Today, we will tear our way through the same path we used to get to Gokyo. First, we will descend down until we arrive at the village of Machhermo. Stop for lunch here and again, hike down in an easy trail for a couple of hours to get to the village of Dole. Along the way, we will have great landscape views of the Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and the Kangtega peaks.

Day 10
Dole to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Back on the original trekking route. We will end up our day at the same old Namche Bazaar. Our arrival at the village completes our one loop around the Everest Region. Wander around the town looking at the Tibetan artifacts and communicating with the Sherpa people. Take the rest of the day off if you just want to feel the cool mountain breeze from the Himalayas.

Day 11
Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2860m)

Did you hear the mountains stopping you from going? Well, it’s just your imagination. It’s you not wanting to leave this magical place. But, we have to leave so, descend through the forest of pine and rhododendron to arrive first at the village of Monjo. Then, keep following the river to arrive at the village of Phakding. With an easy walk along the Dudh Koshi, we will finally arrive at Lukla, where we see-off our porters. Enjoy your last meal in the region!

Day 12
Lukla to Kathmandu (1440m)

Enjoy our last day in the Everest Region. Wake up early to board the plane and fly above the peaks for one last time. Upon our arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, we will guide you to your hotel room and with that, we put the adventures to rest.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • AD-08
  • Nepal
  • Lukla
  • Lukla
  • 5,537m/18,166ft
  • 1-12
  • March to June, September to December