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Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek

Enjoy the magnificent views, explore the high alpine yak pasture, Sherpa culture and the sparkling glacial lakes in the lap of Everest.

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14 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5480 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.15
  • Best Time: Feb - June, Sep - Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

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Strenuous Level

Among the hardest available treks in Nepal, but still these treks are in reach of most people however one must be fit.

Everest Gokyo lakes trek presents an exceptional opportunity to explore and experience the beautiful high alpine yak pasture, encounter highland Sherpa people's lifestyle and sparkling glacial lakes in the lap of Everest. Everest Gokyo Lakes trek is considered as a traditional trekking that offers magnificent views of different mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas. The image of this region is associated with the towering views of the most popular mountains in Nepal which is at an altitude above 8000m such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. These mountains are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri above the Gokyo Lake. One of the most remarkable features of this trek is the view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung located in Khumbu region.

Everest Gokyo lakes trek starts after a 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m). We spent the next few days trekking and interacting with the mountain people, also known as the Sherpa people. We spend the night at local lodges and trek into the heartland of their villages. Everything we do and see has a blend of Sherpa people and their culture. Along the trekking trail, we will pass the legendary Buddhist monasteries which have a splendid view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dabalam and many other snow towering mountain peaks which seem to be getting closer by the day. We will have rest days in the villages of Namche bazaar and Gokyo valley that will allow us to explore the regions and to acclimatize, which is essential too. After climbing to Gokyo Ri (5480 meters), we return back to Namche bazaar with easy and gentle steps. We will then catch a flight from Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu. The best season to go for Gokyo Lake trek is September to December and February to June and you will be accommodating at the lodge during the trek.

Everest Gokyo lakes trek - Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Day 02:
Trip preparation day.
Day 03:
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m), trek to Pakdhing (2640m), 3 to 4 hrs trek.   
Day 04:
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 05:
Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and hike to Everest view hotel.
Day 06:
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m) via Khumjung (3800m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 08:
Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m), 5 hrs trek.
Day 09:
Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley.
Day 10:
Climb/trek to Gokyo Ri (5480m) back to Machhermo via Gokyo village, 6 hrs trek. 
Day 11:
Trek from Machhermo (4150m) to Namche Bazaar, 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 12:
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 13:
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.
Day 14:
Final departure.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Everest Gokyo lakes Trek - Detailed itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by one of our team leaders. You will be escorted to your hotel. Rest of the time will be yours. One of our leaders will take you out for a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the meal and the leader will brief you on your trip to Everest Gokyo lakes. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Trip preparation day.
The day entirely for your trip preparation. However, if you are interested in sightseeing around Kathmandu City then you can let one of our representatives know. Our tour guide will give you a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m) | Trek to Pakdhing (2640m) | 3 to 4 hrs trek.   
Early morning transfer to the domestic airport where we will catch a flight to Lukla, which is a small and a very happening town. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores you can visit. We begin our trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) can be seen within a few distance. At the opposite bank, is a peak atop the KongdeRidge. We descend to a mountainside path that merges into a route to Everest, with views to a valley to our right and Mt. KusumKangaru (6367m.) at its far end. Dudh Koshi approaches as we pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. We continue along a small path and eventually descend, following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Overnight at guest house. 

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
We now trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800 m) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the mountain environment. We then ascend through steep trails to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch the first glimpse of Mt Everest which will be seen in a far distance. We can also enjoy the view of Mt. KusumKangaru, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Konde-Ri and Mt. Tawache peak. We can visit some of the village monasteries on the way to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. A meeting place is set up for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans, that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight at hotel or guest house.

Day 05: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization | Hike to Everest View Hotel.
Namche has tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu region and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend the rest of the day for acclimatization before heading off towards Tengboche. For the acclimatization, we walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary or have an hour walk up to the Tengboche (3800 m). Tengboche has Everest View Hotel situated above Namche for an outstanding view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt.Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. KusumKangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m) via Khumjung (3800m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
From Namche bazaar the route heads up all the way to Khumjung, a charming village which also has its own Gompa at the top end of the town. Here we can get excellent views of Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kantega and Mt. Ama Dablam. Soon after leaving Khumjung, the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, which is said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards Sanasa, and then the trail ascends up to Mongla (4000 m). We can see startling panoramic views of various mountains from here. We trek through steep descend passing through PhortseTenga and from there, the trail steeply climbs to Dole passing through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. We can then enjoy a delicious meal at PhortseTenga (3650 m). Overnight at guest house. 

Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
From Dole, we climb steadily along the side of the valley where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are outstanding views of Mt. Cho Oyu while back down the valley are the peaks of Mt. Kantega and Mt. Thamserku. This is a short day and we will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at guest house. 

Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) | 5 hrs trek.
Today we head for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly following one of the melt-water rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky trail which inclines into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Mt. Cho La (5420 m). This will be our route to Lobuche and Everest later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari (the milk lake) and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflecting in its emerald green waters. Overnight at the tea house.

Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley.
Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated beside the Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. We can make this day an extra side trip to Fifth Lake via Forth Lake. Overnight stay at the tea house.

Day 10: Climb/trek to Gokyo Ri (5480m) back to Machhermo via Gokyo village | 6 hrs trek. 
Gokyo RI appears above the village on the northern edge of the lake. We leave the camp early morning, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo RI itself is one of the finest in the Everest region. It is also claimed to be better than Kala Patthar. After lunch, it is a short walk to the village of Machhermo. Overnight stay at the tea house.

Day 11: Trek from Machhermo (4150m) to Namche Bazaar | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to PhotseTenga (3650m), passing through pleasant rhododendron forests. Then the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently inclines up to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following small ups and down to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at hotel or guest house.

Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
The last day of our trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant except for few short uphill climbs and downhill walks to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla for our overnight stay. We will stay at a hotel or a guest house.

Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu | 35 minutes.
We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. In the evening, you will be attending a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by one of our team leaders. Enjoy the local drink, meal and live culture show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Final departure.
After breakfast, one of our team members will drop you to the international airport for your flight back home. Wish you have a safe and sound journey. See you again in the future.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Lukla return trips.
  • Everest National park fee with trekking permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek:

How can I book Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Everest Gokyo lakes trek?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging with stunning views of Mt. Everest region. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Everest Gokyo lakes trek?
Mid Feb to June and Mid September early December is the best season. However, July, August and Jan are also okay and trekking can be done.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Everest Gokyo lakes Trek. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Everest Gokyo Lakes trek is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 5480m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, one of our team leaders will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

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Equipments & Packing List for Everest Gokyo lakes trek.

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).


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