• 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 Gokyo Lake Trek climbs up the Gokyo Ri and crosses the Renjo La pass to make a circle hiking in Everest. Probably the best alternative of classic trekking to the Everest base camp who wish to trek relatively less trodden section in Everest region. Undoubtedly this trek exhibits the solitary valleys, pristine turquoise lakes, stunning glaciers,s and parade of snowy peaks together. We have designed this Gokyo Lakes trek itinerary with the hike to the Gokyo Ri, cross the Renjo La pass to explore both Gokyo and Bhote Koshi valleys in the Everest region. Arguable the Renjo la pass offers the best vantage point in the entire Everest region. Notably four of the eight highest peaks of Lhotse, Makalu, Cho - Oyu, Everest hovering on the horizon with sparkling lakes. Thus it makes a circuit trekking rather than retrace the same way as most of the classic Gokyo Ri trek program.

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

Obviously, during our Gokyo lakes trek, we explore and enjoy the Sherpa hospitality. Besides that, we ascend through the rhododendron and conifer forest to the yak herders' settlements of sacred lakes in Gokyo valley. In fact trekkers' paradise valley of vibrant turquoise lakes which are 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 route put 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 and Renjo la Pass Trek in Everest

As on others in the Himalayas, we follow the responsible trekking policy to have 1 trekker:1 Porter. Safety of trek member and crew on top agenda. Above all, we carry the Oxygen cylinder on your trip to Everest Rejnjo la Pass trek with the exploration of Gokyo lakes as a safety backup.

Besides this Gokyo Lakes Trek, we also offer the curated trip to Everest Base Camp Trek and Everest Circuit Trek which is the combination of hiking to Gokyo lakes with Everest base camp hike crossing the challenging hike to Chola pass

Trip in Nutshell

  • Hike to the less trodden pristine Gokyo lakes
  • Best alternative of 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
  • Medical trained trek guide with comprehensive first aid kit
  • Lukla flight and trek permits
  • Trek gear for the use and Complimentary trek Duffle bag, T-shirt


Your designated Group Leader will be there to greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Simply 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 getting to know each other.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Diner
  • Altitude1340 m

Today would be the most exhilarating day where your leader introduces you to our city tour expert who guides you to the most pious Hindu and Buddhist religious places that are listed in the world heritage sites and elucidates to you the entire mysticism over its existence.

  • Breakfast and meet-up for the thrilling tour.
  • Visit Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath.
  • Lunch on your preference.
  • Getting together for 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 view of stunning Dudh Koshi gorge, landscape, and the deep valley is unique.

  • Flying in a twin-otter plane to a small Lukla airport at the elevation of 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 alluring narratives.
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsB, L, D with Tea, Coffee & Drinking Water
  • Altitude2600 m

One great adventure of a lifetime. Despite 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, it's more about taking pleasure with steady ascend.

  • Wake up call as set by your leader.
  • 3 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 & Drinking Water
  • 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 & Drinking Water
  • Altitude3780 m

One of the best trails leading 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 of the world Cho-Oyu.
  • Despite Dole is a small settlement and it is simply fabulous.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D with Tea, Coffee & Drinking Water
  • Altitude4040 m

Trek to Machhermo is another easy and short day.

  • You would witness the legends of the Yeti incident that took place 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) shoots 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 & Drinking Water
  • 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 wider trail and stunning views.
  • The beauty to witness 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 & Drinking Water
  • 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 surely comprehend why it’s the ultimate holiday.
  • After breakfast tracking back to Dole is entertaining and see things that you missed while ascending.
  • Accommodationtea house
  • MealsB, L, D with Tea, Coffee & Drinking Water
  • Altitude4754 m

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

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

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

  • Accommodationhotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

  • MealsBreakfast
What's Included
  • Customize arrival and departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program as listed in the 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 as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in comfortable lodge or Teahouse on twin share basis on the trek
  • Full board meals ( breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, tea, coffee, and drinking water) while on Gokyo lakes trekking.
  • Responsible trekking of 01 porter to each trekker
  • All Domestic flights and airport taxes as listed in the itinerary.
  • 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 and laundry

Dates & Availability

March Departure
Start DateStart DateMarch 19, 2022End DateEnd DateApril 03, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePriceUS$1690

Customer Reviews

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    Paula Walsh 5.0AustraliaPublished November 02, 2014

    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 in answering questions via email promptly and in 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 were very knowledgeable of the local area. A very friendly team that I will use again for my next Himalayan Adventure.

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    Dan Walters 5.0AustraliaPublished October 16, 2014

    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. Our assistant guide Gyan and porters worked tirelessly throughout.
    My partner and I will have nothing but great memories of this awesome trip and 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 StatesPublished October 17, 2013

    Enjoyable Experience

    We recently completed a trip with MM and despite the unusual challenging snow conditions had a very enjoyable experience. Our guide Nima was very knowledgeable and patient while we took endless photos of the wonderful 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 a bit of extra help. Our 2 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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