Gokyo Lakes Trek

Less Trodden Picturesque Trek in Everest region
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Gokyo Lakes Trek
hiking to Gokyo Lakes
Everest from Gokyo Ri
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At a Glance
Duration16 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
Maximum Altitude5,360 m
Best TimeSept - May

Gokyo Lakes Trek: Less Trodden Journey in Everest 

The Gokyo Lakes Trek is a thrilling adventure hike in the Everest region. This Gokyo Lakes route in the Everest region is a less-trodden, unique journey that takes you to the sanctum of stunning peaks, massive glaciers, and serene lakes. This circular route connects serene Gokyo lakes to the hidden valley of Bhotekoshi Valley via the challenging Renjo La pass. Explore the hidden valleys and stunning blue lakes that sparkle like a precious gem amid the jaw-dropping mountains. This Gokyo Lakes Trekking is one of Nepal’s best alternatives to Everest base camp trips.

Gokyo Valley to Bhote Koshi via Renjo Pass

The Everest Gokyo Lakes trekking itinerary is appropriately designed. Your journey to Gokyo Lakes starts with a thrilling flight to Lukla from the Ramechap airport close to Kathmandu. Ascending along the Dudh Koshi River, you get to Namche Bazaar for acclimations and exploration. The exhilarating journey continues to break, taking Gokyo Lakes, passing through Dole and Machermmo villages, and lust forests of rhododendron and conifer. The pristine three lakes of Gokyo Valley were formerly home to yak herders. Your hike to Goyky Ri and travels over the Renjo la Pass reward with an incomparable view of the Himalayan vista of serene lakes, massive glaciers, and parades of stunning peaks. The majestic 8000-meter mountains of Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, and Everest sour high above the shimmering lakes and glaciers. What a fest for the eyes! It is a thrilling adventure experience and a memory of a lifetime. You get to Thame village in Bhote Koshi Valley after the Renjo La pass on our way back to Namche. This valley is a trading route between Nepal and Tibet, where you might encounter Tibetan vendors.

Safety, Food, and Places to Stay on the journey to Gokyo

Safety on an epic journey to Gokyo Lakes is at the top of the agenda. We carry a supplementary Oxygen tank with a medical kit to ensure your safety on this mesmerizing adventure to Gokyo Renjo La in the Everest region. In addition, you will be guided on the entire Odyssey by a reliable and medically trained guide and trek crew. The trek guide ensures delicious and safe meals at the cozy teahouses. You can join the group adventure on any of the departure dates in spring and fall or reach out to us for a tailored trip plan.

Tour PlanExpand All
Day 1-2

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.
  • Cultural city tour and trek gear checking before flying to Lukla
Day 3-5

We hiked to Phakding for 3 hours once we landed at Lukla. A 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 a tea house at Phakding. 

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.
  • A three-hour 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
Day 6-8

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

One of the best trails leads you Dole 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, it is simply fabulous.

Trek to Machhermo is another easy and short day via Dole. 

  • 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.
Day 9-10

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

  • It is an 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.

The next morning is 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 explain why it's the ultimate holiday.
Day 11-14
  • Hiking over the Rinjo la pass is challenging, but it offers a breathtaking view of tantalizing Gokyo Lakes amid the parades of mountains.
  • We trek down the different and less trodden Bhote Koshi Vally back to Namche.
  • Explore the Lungden and Thame villages in route to Lukla to end the Gokyo Lakes trek  in the Everest region
Day 15-16
  • Enjoy and experience the exciting take-off flight from Luka
  • A night stay before we customise the airport transfer for your onward flight.
Cost Details
  • Airport Pickup as per the trip plan.
  • Group welcome dinner - local cuisine
  • Half-day City tour in Kathmandu
  • 03 Nights Standard hotel on twin share with Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Ta house on twin share private room on the trek
  • Full board meals (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 
  • All Domestic flights and airport taxes are on the trek plan.
  • Free use of quality trekking gear - sleeping bag, down jacket, etc.
  • Oxygen cylinder with medical kit for safety on the trek.
  • Trek guide and porters with required equipment and insurance.
  • Complimentary trek Duffle bag, T-shirts, and trek map
  • VDC Trekking permit, Everest National Park entry fees.
  • Nepal Visa fees
  • Flight ex Kathmandu.
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Beverage Drinks on a trek
  • Tips to the trek crew
  • Phone calls, hot shower, internet, laundry, etc.
Dates & Availability
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Start DateSeptember 22, 2024
End DateOctober 07, 2024
Route Map
Gokyo Lakes Trek map
Altitude Chart
altitude chart of Gokyo Lakes Trek