Gokyo Lake (4,750) in the Everest region is the highest freshwater lake also called Frozen Lake. The unspoiled blue and green water of the Gokyo Lake is one of the most memorial sights of Nepal and a famous trekking destination. Explore Gokyo Lake Trekking and other small lakes around, climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m) to have the best view of Himalayan peaks including Mount Everest, the biggest glaciers and valley. Gokyo Lake Trekking is suitable for viewing more verities of views and spend a few nights at high altitudes around fresh Lake.
Our 14 days trip itinerary includes one full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley that takes major sights of culture, ancient art and architecture. We take a tiny aircraft flight to Lukla (35 minutes) from Kathmandu on our third day of the trip and trek to Phakding the same day. Lukla is only one small airport which is also the entrance of Everest Base Camp Trekking and other trekking in the Everest region. One more night staying and hiking till Everest's viewpoint from Namche (3,440m) help to get enough acclimatization. Cross another two major villages Dole and Marchhemo and reach Gokyo Lake. Stay overnight at a local tea house near the lake. One extra exploration day is to climb Gokyo Ri and walk up to the fifth lake. Our trekking returns with the same way back to Lukla and flies back Kathmandu again.
Gokyo Lake Trekking does not need previous trekking experience but anyone should physically and mentally fit. You also can customize our itinerary adding other sights of the Everest region. Including Renjo La pass (5,340m) in the itinerary, Everest base camp with Chola pass (5,420m) or include all three highest passes in the Everest region with Everest Base Camp and Chhukung valley. Nepal Highland Treks is flexible with your itinerary as per your timeframe and interest in your private trip. Our group joining trek is with a fixed itinerary
Day 01:Arrival at TIA airport of Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and Overnight 1350m
Day 02:Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing and trip preparation. overnight at Hotel
Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2,860m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m) 3/4 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 04:Trek Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 05:Acclimatization at Namche. Hike to Everest view hotel (3,880m) and back to Namche for overnight
Day 06:Trek Namche to Dole (4,200m) 5/6 Hours. overnight at tea house
Day 07:Trek Dole to Machchhermo (4470m) 6 Hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 08:Trek Machchhermo to Gokyo (4,750m) 5/6 Hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 09:Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and walking to Fifth Lake. Overnight at Tea house
Day 10:Trek back to Dole. Overnight at tea house
Day 11:Trek back to Namche. Overnight at tea house
Day 12:Trek Namche to Lukla (2860m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 13:Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. Rest
Day 14:Departure and farewell friends
Nepal Highland Treks made standard and suitable itinerary of Everest Gokyo Lake although you have choice to customize you trip itinerary. You also can add Everest Base Camp via Chola Pass. Including short activities after your trip is possible to add. White water rafting, more visiting in Kathmandu valley. You also can add multi country tours Tibet and Bhutan with us.
Day 1Arrival at TIA airport of Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and Overnight 1350mRepresentative from Nepal Highland Treks pick up you from International airport and transfer to Hotel. If you get time, we will discuss about your trip and check your trekking gears. Overnight at Hotel
Day 2Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing and trip preparation. overnight at Hotel After your breakfast in Hotel, our tour guide will lead you to sightseeing at UNESCO heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Squire (Old King palace with arts and architecture), Bauddhanath Stupa (Biggest Buddhist Stupa) and Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple). Come back to hotel and final preparation of your trekking.
Day 3Fly to Lukla (2,860m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m) 3/4 hours. Overnight at tea house Early in the morning we drive to domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. It is early morning flight about 35 minutes. Scenic flight with tiny aircraft takes off you at Hillary airport (Lukla). Introduce with your porter. After managing your luggage, start walking toward Phakding. The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River. Easy and flat walking takes only around 4 hours.
Day 4Trek Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house After your breakfast start trekking to Namche Bazar (Biggest town in Everest region). We pass big suspension bring at the beginning. Than our trail become slightly up hills. Route is passing through alpine forest along with Dudhkoshi River. We also pass Benkar village, Monjo village and jorsalle on the way. After having our lunch, we start tough up hills walking and reach Namche.
Day 5Acclimatization at Namche. Hike to Everest view hotel (3,880m) and back to Namche for overnight It is acclimatization day and we take hiking tour around. Hike to Everest view hotel and Khumjung village. Visit local monasteries and Hillary school. It is pleasant day to have your lunch at Khumjung village with front view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Amadablam and others. Come back to Namche. Walking around in Namche get more refresh
Day 6Trek Namche to Dole (4,200m) 5/6 Hours. overnight at tea house We will make a pleasant hike through the lovely Khumjung village, appreciative incredible views of Mt. Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Kantega peaks. Trek starting with minor uphill from Namche and reach flat trail til Sanasa village. Next trail comes a descent till Dudhkoshi River and ascent again. Trail crosses thick Rhododendron forest inside wildlife like the musk deer, Himalayan Thar. In a while, you will reach the Phorse Tenga and then a little bit further up is Dole.
Day 7Trek Dole to Machchhermo (4470m) 6 Hours. Overnight at tea house We trek through that scenic ridge that we will make our way to Lhabarma, and then pass numerous summer settlements on our way to Luza with enjoying the grand vistas of the Mt Cho Oyu, Thamserku and Kantega peak. Further up is the Dudh Koshi valley, and we walk through the hillside, walking across little lovely villages and sandy paths, towards Machchhermo. Machchhermo, where mountain yeti was first sighted.
Day 8Trek Machchhermo to Gokyo (4,750m) 5/6 Hours. Overnight at tea house It is day to reach at main destination today. We start our trekking from steady climb through many Buddhist Chortern. We than reach first Lake of Gokyo valley named Longpongo. After another walking reach second Lake of Gokyo named Taboche Tsho than continue trekking reach at Third Lake. The main Lake (Dudh Pokhari) with several tea houses around. Enjoy beautiful landscape with surrounding mountain and fresh Lake.
Day 9Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and walking to Fifth Lake. Overnight at Tea house Early in the morning steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,357m. You get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. Come back to lodge and have warm breakfast. Day hiking up to fifth Lake, Base camp of Choyo. Back to Lodge and overnight
Day 10Trek back to Dole. Overnight at tea house The same way back to Dole from Gokiyo Ri. Pleasant walk with panoramic views of Himalayas in between beautiful Sherpa villages of Khumbu.
Day 11Trek back to Namche. Overnight at tea house Same way trekking back to Namche. Pleasant walking with Himalayan views and villages. we also can trek little further today to make your trekking time shorter for net day. Option to reach either to Jorsalle or Phakding.
Day 12Trek Namche to Lukla (2860m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house Today is quite long walking down and flat land. It is same way back as we crossed Jorsalle, Manjo, Benkar, Phakding and other small villages on the way. From Jorsalle we cross area of Everest National park. Enjoy your walking with several suspension bring over Dhudhkoshi river
Day 13Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. Rest Fly early in the morning from Lukla to Kathmandu. You can view Scenic Mountain and green hills from tiny flight. Drive from Kathmandu domestic airport and check in hotel. Nepal Highland Treks invite you to have together dinner in typical Nepali cultural restaurant. Share your experience of Everest Base camp trekking
Day 14Departure and farewell friends It is normally to be at International airport 3 hours before your flight time. It only takes 20 minutes drive to reach Airport from Thamel. We manage transportation for your final departure
Accommodation in the trip
Our package is including 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu. It is 3 star category hotels with breakfast and twin sharing. Accommodation in entire trekking is in local tea houses (Local guest house) on twin sharing. You will get rooms with inside toilet in Lukla, Phakding and in Namche. Rest of the overnights are room without toilet inside. All the tea houses are providing common toilets outside your room. Trekking region may have over flow of trekkers in peak season, in that situation, you may share common room with other trekkers. It may happen in Gokyo only.
Foods in the trip
Kathmandu has lots of restaurants to choose for your Lunch and Dinner. Breakfast is including in the package that is provided by same hotel you are staying. During your trekking, same tea houses you are going to stay provide you breakfast and Dinner. Lunch is on the way at suitable place. All the foods during trekking is including in the packages. Hotel and restaurants provide you international standard foods in entire Everest Gokyo Trekking. It is suggest choosing vegetarian foods. Meats are not fresh in the region since it should carried from out the of the region.
Guide and Porter
Your guide to trekking is from Kathmandu. He is the one who will be our regular guide more responsible, friendly, helpful and English speaking. You will meet him in Kathmandu before starting your trek. Porters are from Lukla airport. Usually there will be 1 porter for every two trekkers. He is able to carry total 25 kilogram. Both guide and porters are fully equipped, insured and package including their foods, accommodation on the way. Trekking guides are those who can communicate with you and local peoples and having enough knowledge of local places, peoples, their cultures and having knowledge of high altitude sickness.
Drinking Water during Trekking
Drinking water is extra cost from package. During the trek it is available bottled mineral water, boiled water fill in your own bottle from every tea houses or can use even normal water from Tap. Bottled mineral water is available in every guest houses, shops in entire Everest Gokyo region. As you hike high altitude, cost of bottled mineral water and boil filtered water increase. Water from local taps can be also used as drinking water by purification with purification tablet and filter it yourself. Most of the trekkers are drinking bottled mineral water and boiled filtered water. Trekkers are using local tap water rarely.
You do not need to bring whole equipments from your home country. Good trekking equipments with reasonable cost are available in Kathmandu. We can suggest you to buy those after we check it in hotel before starting of trekking. Representative from Nepal Highland Treks or your guide can provide you good suggestion. Our itinerary has enough time to be prepared with your proper equipment.
Round cap to protect from sun during sunny day
Warm head cover cap
Muff to cover mouth from heavy wind and cold
2 pairs warm inner thermal and inner trouser
1 pair warm outer trouser
1 pair warm wind proof warm outer trouser
One pair light and warm jacket or sweeter
One pair down jacket
One pair wind proof jacket
2 pairs light shocks
2 pair warm shocks
1 pair light shoe or sandal
1 pair warm water proof trekking shoes
2 pairs light trouser or half paint for walking during day and hot temperature
3 to 4 pairs of light t-shirt
Rain coat (cover body and backpack)
20 litter polar bag for trekking, carrying yourself (Trekking bag pack)
Duffel bag or big polar bag to hand over with your goods to our Porter *
Down Sleeping bag with its Inner * (* = Nepal Highland Treks provide in returnable based)
Head lamp with enough battery
Camera and its battery
Phone and charger
Hand wash lotion
Thoth brush add paste
Washing shop and bath shampoo
Quick dry towel
First Aid Kit Medicines
In every trekking package, our guide will carry first aid kit box containing medicines of anti altitude, anti Diarrhea, pain relief, Antibiotic, anti cold, anti vomiting, anti headache, fever, bandages, handplast and anti septic lotion . If you are taking any regular medicine that is compulsory to bring yourself.
Some Dos and Dont’s during Gokyo LakeTrekking
Trekking route of Everest Gokyo region is unspoiled and exotic land which is sensitive. Treat the land and local peoples with care and respect. Try your best to keep environment clean and show appreciation for culture and traditional religious beliefs.
Make Everest Gokyo region litter free: Do not through any litter; put it in dustbin fixed by national park or in local tea houses. Sanitary napkins and tampons should be wrapped properly and through it right place. Take batteries back to your home country for safe disposal or reuse.
Respect local cultures, custom and peoples: Route of Everest Gokyo region is combination of different cultural ethnic group of local peoples. Their culture, customs, living style and any function is typical and it is important for them. So respect all these while you are there. You can involve respectfully in those function.
Take your guide with you in every hiking and climbing: our guide will be always with your while trekking every days. You are trekking and hiking in remote areas with maximum altitude. Few days in the itinerary are as acclimatization day and hiking around for recovering stamina. Take your guide with you in all these activities. It is Himalaya and do not be more exited, take advice from guide to take any decision and do not stay longer at the top of high passes.
Do not through foods after order: Foods are all carried by helicopter or flight from Kathmandu. It takes a week time to reach all the foods in base camp site. It is not with any other transportation but carried by peoples or donkey. It is important that you order only sufficient food which you can finish. Do not waste any foods in the region. Meet items are not fresh in Everest Region. The land is out of scarifies any animals, and meets are all carried from out of region. This is the reason meets are not fresh.