• Duration: 16 Days
  • Diffculty: Strenuous 
  • Best Time: October-May
  • Max. Altitude: 5,360 m

Gokyo Lakes Trek - Less Trodden Hiking in Everest

The Gokyo Lakes Trek is one the most picturesque of the beaten route in the Everest region. This Everest Gokyo RI Trek climbs up the Gokyo Ri and crosses the Renjo La pass to make a circle of hiking on Everest. Probably the best alternative to classic trekking to the Everest base camp if you wish to trek a relatively less trodden section in the Everest region. Undoubtedly this trek exhibits solitary valleys, pristine turquoise lakes, stunning glaciers,s and a parade of snowy peaks together. We have designed this Everest Gokyo Ri trek itinerary with the hike to the Gokyo Ri, crossing the Renjo La pass to explore both Gokyo and Bhote Koshi valleys in the Everest region. Arguably the Renjo la pass offers the best vantage point in the Everest region. Notably, four of the eight highest peaks of Lhotse, Makalu, Cho - Oyu, and Everest hover on the horizon with sparkling lakes. Thus it makes a circuit trekking rather than retracing the same way as most of the classic Gokyo Renjo pass trek programs.

Gokyo lakes  Trek - an exploration of the high alpine yak pasture, Sherpa culture and sparkling glacial lakes next to the Everest.

Obviously, during our Everest Gokyo lakes trek, we will enjoy and explore the Sherpa hospitality. Besides that, we ascend through the rhododendron and conifer forest to the yak herders' settlements of sacred lakes in Gokyo valley. Trekkers' paradise valley of vibrant turquoise lakes set among like jewels midst the highest snowy peaks. Spectacular but challenging traverse onto the Renjo la to the dramatic solitary Bhote Koshi valley. This  Everest Gokyo Ri trekking route puts you on the historical trade route between Nepal and Tibet. Expect to encounter the native Tibetan traders in this section. An exploration hike of Thame valley unveils the unspoiled Himalayan vistas at their best as we descend to Lukla to end the adventure journey to Gokyo lakes and Renjo la pass in Everest.

Gokyo Ri Trek route in Everest

Safety of trek members and crew on top agenda. Above all, we carry the Oxygen cylinder on your trip to the Gokyo lakes trek on Everest as a safety backup at a very competitive cost. We choose the different and less trodden trekking route and map to complete this Everest Gokyo Renjo pass trek.

Besides this Gokyo Lakes Trek, we also offer a curated trip to Everest Base Camp Trek and Everest Circuit Trek, which combines hiking to Gokyo lakes with the Everest base camp hike crossing the challenging hike to Chola pass in Nepal.

Trip in Nutshell

  • Hike to the less-trodden pristine Gokyo lakes
  • The best alternative for the EBC trek
  • View Mt Everest and explore the Sherpa culture
  • Great view from the Gokyo Ri
  • Full board meals and drinking water on the trek
  • Medically trained trek guide with a comprehensive first aid kit
  • Lukla flight and trek permits
  • Trek gear for the use and Complimentary trek Duffle bag, T-shirt

Trip map

Gokyo Lakes Trek map


Your designated Group Leader will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Relax and take pleasure in the fun of driving through unfamiliar roads.

  • Short preliminary briefing after transferring you to the hotel.
  • Arriving early allows you to explore Kathmandu.
  • Welcome dinner and get to know each other.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Diner
  • Altitude1340 m

Today would be the most exhilarating day when your leader introduces you to our city tour expert, who guides you to the holiest Hindu and Buddhist religious places listed in the world heritage sites and elucidates the entire mysticism of its existence.

  • Breakfast and meet-up for the thrilling tour.
  • Visit Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath.
  • Lunch on your preference.
  • Trek briefing as per the time given by your leader.
  • Distribution of Mountain Monarch trek gear.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

This 3 – 4 hours easy walk on the legendary trekking trail through the cultured Sherpa villages with its exceptional beauty and the spectacular view of the stunning Dudh Koshi gorge, landscape, and deep valley is unique.

  • Fly in a twin-otter plane to a small Lukla airport at 2,840m.
  • A beautiful walk through the series of stunning settlements.
  • The scenic beauty, deep gorge, and farming terraces at the backdrop are phenomenal.
  • Overnight stay at stunning Phakding, fabulous dinner, and briefing by your leader along with some captivating narratives.
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsB, L, D with Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude2600 m

One great adventure of a lifetime. Although long hours walk, it's far more than just trekking. Give time to adapt your body to thin air. It's not a matter of proving your physical strength, and it's more about taking pleasure with steady ascend.

  • Wake up call as set by your leader.
  • Three hours gentle walk through a series of pleasant villages to Jorsale for lunch.
  • The crossing of 5 high suspension bridges is daring.
  • The scenic beauty, deep gorge, and soaring cliffs at the backdrop are phenomenal.
  • Great view of Kusum Kangroo, Thamserku, and Holy Khumbiyela mountain
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D with Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude3440 m

A short and relaxing walk to the “Valley inside the Clouds,” Khumjung, situated at the base of the holy mountain Khumbiyela is exceptionally sensational.

  • 2:30 hours easy walk.
  • Visit yak farm, a school built by Edmund Hillary, and Khumjung Monastery to witness the scalp of the yeti is another legendary quest.
  • Free afternoon to give yourself a break for some activities.
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsB, L, D with Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude3780 m

One of the best trails leads you to the valley of Gokyo.

  • Beautiful ascending trail taking you to the ridge of Mong La, a village with the oldest Stupa.
  • Breathtaking view of the towering mountain to your right.
  • First view of the 6th highest mountain in the world, Cho-Oyu.
  • Despite Dole being a small settlement and it is simply fabulous.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D with Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude4040 m

Trek to Machhermo is another easy and short day.

  • You would witness the legends of the Yeti incident around the 70s.
  • Despite going higher away from the tree-line area, it is purely marvelous.
  • New peaks like Kyojo Ri (6,168 m) and Machhermo Peak (6,073 m) shoot up, which is stunning.
  • You have a free afternoon to explore or join the activities prompted by your leader.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D with Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude4410 m

Next fabulous day that offers you outstanding mountain views together with a dazzling series of turquoise-blue glacial lakes.

  • Effortless walk, but the altitude makes a difference, with a more comprehensive trail and stunning views.
  • The beauty of witnessing the blue lakes is simply out of this world.
  • Gokyo is situated by the side of the third big lake, and Cho Oyu at the backdrop is very comforting.
  • The contentment of being there is worthwhile.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D with Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude4754 m

A very challenging day to summit Gokyo Ri for the most exceptional view of Everest and its neighboring peaks.

  • If you could reach the top for sunrise, it's magnificent.
  • This rewarding morning will indeed comprehend why it's the ultimate holiday.
  • After breakfast tracking back to Dole is entertaining, and you see things you missed while ascending.
  • Accommodationtea house
  • MealsB, L, D with Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude4754 m

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D with Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude3850 m

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D with Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude3440 m

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D with Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude2850 m

  • Accommodationhotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

  • MealsBreakfast

Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary

Detail daily trekking route info on this Gokyo Ri Trek in the Everest region of Nepal.

What's Included
  • Customize arrival and departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Welcome dinner with a cultural program as listed in the Gokyo Lakes trek itinerary.
  • Half-day guided city tour with entrance fees as listed in the itinerary.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed- and- breakfast basis per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation at a lodge or Teahouse on twin shared basis on the trek
  • Full board meals ( breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, tea, coffee
  • All Domestic flights and airport taxes as listed in this Gokyo Everest trek
  • Free use of quality trekking gear - sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, down jacket on Gokyo lakes trek.
  • Supplementary Oxygen cylinder with the comprehensive medical kit as a safety backup on the trek
  • Professional local trekking group leader well trained in Wilderness First Aid and supporting crew with their wages, food, accommodation, proper insurance, and required gear.
  • Complimentary trek Duffle bag along with company T-shirts and trek map
  • VDC Trekking permit, Everest national park entry fees for the Gokyo trek.
What's Excluded
  • Nepal entry Visa fees
  • International Airfare
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips and Items of personal nature like a phone call, hot shower, internet, drinks and laundry

Dates & Availability

April Departure
Start DateStart DateApril 01, 2023End DateEnd DateApril 16, 2023StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS$1690
Start DateStart DateApril 22, 2023End DateEnd DateMay 07, 2023StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS$1690

Customer Reviews

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    Paula Walsh 5.0AustraliaNovember 02, 2014logo

    Company was very professional and very helpful

    I highly recommend Mountain Monarch for trekking in the Himalayas. The company was very professional, and Pradip was very helpful before the trek by answering questions via email promptly and organizing further travel plans after the trek. The sleeping bags and down jackets provided were super warm (and I am from North Queensland, where it is summer all year round). The guides and porters were fantastic, always putting safety first and very knowledgeable about the local area. A very friendly team that I will use again for my next Himalayan Adventure.

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    Dan Walters 5.0AustraliaOctober 16, 2014logo

    Great memories of this awesome trip

    “My partner and I spent 3 weeks trekking in the Khumbu region of Nepal, guided by Mountain Monarch Adventures. From start to finish, Pradip and the team at MMA exceeded our expectations throughout the trip, and every aspect was organized and handled with the utmost professionalism, efficiency, and expertise. Our experienced lead guide Dipen Rai was exceptional, ensuring that we arrived at our target, acclimatized, happy, safe, and well. Likewise, our assistant guide Gyan and porters worked tirelessly throughout.
    My partner and I will have nothing but great memories of this fantastic trip. We highly recommend the services of Mountain Monarch Adventures to anyone considering a guided trek in Nepal” Pradip, Dipen, and the MMA team, thanks for everything!! Dan & Karen Oct 2014.

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    Ethel 5.0United StatesOctober 17, 2013logo

    Enjoyable Experience

    We recently completed a trip with MM and, despite the unusually challenging snow conditions, had a delightful experience. Our guide Nima was very knowledgeable and patient while we took endless photos of the beautiful scenery. He was always available for any assistance we may have needed, including during the night. He also carried an oxygen cylinder in his rucksack in case we needed extra help. Our two porters, MJ & JB, were always cheery and happy to help.
    We also had a birthday celebration on top of Gokyo Ri with hot chocolate and cookies!
    We would have no hesitation in using MM again and would recommend anyone looking to arrange a trekking/climbing adventure in the area to look no further than MM.

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