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Gokyo lake trek is the perfect destination in Everest region for those who detest crowds and expecting for jaw dropping scenery.

Gokyo lake trek is the Second Most popular destination in Everest Region which offers an alternative to the traditional trek to Everest base camp. The view in the Gokyo region is incredible. The trekking trail follows the Everest base camp route till Sanasa, next to tea house place from Kangjuma after leaving Namche Bazar. Then the trail continuously goes through the left side of the Dudh Koshi River to its source, couple of lakes and Ngozumpa Glacier. Gokyo village (4750m) is more satisfying destination than Gorak Shep, a proper Sherpa village with a huge herd of Yaks. Gokyo Ri (5360m) is sometimes also called Kala Pattar because it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and mesmerizing three sacred lakes (Dudh Pokhari, Tanjung Tso and Longpongma so).

Most of the trekkers want to include Gokyo Lake in their itineraries whether they are trekking to Everest base camp or doing three passes because of its amazing scenery.

Highlights of Gokyo Valley Trek

  • Gokyo Ri features the panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche, with the Ngozumpa Glacier.
  • The sacred lake of six languid pools that surround Gokyo.
  • You will see the herd of yak and mountain goat grazing over the hills and mountain. 

Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking members will welcome you at the Airport and you will be then ushered to the Hotel. A company representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast Included

Day 02: Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

Today we have to program for seeing central and cultural pilgrim’s valley. So that's after a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:
Monkey Temple:
Find peace and prayers on the little hillock of Swaymbhunath in the Kathmandu valley of the northwest point. Also known as the "Monkey Temple" among visitors from abroad, Swayambhunath sits atop its hill, overlooking most parts of the valley. This is a good place to catch panoramic views of the city. The site itself has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries. The glory of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started from this point. As seeing the great point.
Boudhanath Stupa:
Bodnath was probably built in the 14th century after the Mughal invasions; various interesting legends are told regarding the reasons for its construction. After the arrival of thousands of Tibetans following the 1959 Chinese invasion, the temple has become one of the most important centers of Tibetan Buddhism. Today it remains an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists and local Nepalis, as well as a popular tourist site. Boudhanath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going around the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Pashupatinath Temple:
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, a famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials.
Breakfast included.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m)

Early in the morning, we will board a flight to Lukla Airport, also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. It is an amazing mountain flight and the flight itself can be no less than an adventure as the airport is denoted as the most dangerous airport in the world. In less than 35 minutes, you will reach Lukla while enjoying the breathtaking views of the mountains during the flight. Upon reaching Lukla, we take light breakfast and embark on our trek. In around 3 hours of trek, we reach Phakding village where we will be staying. overnight at a guesthouse.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 hrs

We commence our trek following the trail along the Dudh Kosi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Deodar Cedar forests to the ultimate destination, that of the popular village of Namche Bazaar. The biggest sherpa village has remained a historic trading point for the Nepalese and Tibetan traders who exchange salt, dried meat and other consumable and textile items. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazar.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Day 05: A rest day in Namche

Every trekker should plan to take a rest day in Namche in order to acclimatize. Acclimatization is very important while trekking in the higher elevation as it helps to acquaint you with the high and the changing altitude and conditions. On this day, you can also hike to the twin villages of Khumjung and Khude where you will have lunch for the day. You can find lots of good bakery shops in Khumjung. Around 5 hours of side trek to Everest View Hotel offers you the stunning views of mountains including Everest. Back to Namche. Stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4190m) 5 hrs

After a pleasant morning at Namche, we resume our trek to Dole (4190m). The trail is easy initially as we cross valleys along the rhododendron, juniper, and large coniferous forests. The forest is great to see during the spring season as rhododendrons bloom and the fragrance lingers on your nose for many days. We can also see local people bringing their herds of Yaks for grazing on the green pastures. After almost five hours of trek, we reach our destination, Dole. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4470m) 5 hrs

The trail now steadily becomes difficult as the trekkers will have to pass through the dense forest, the increasing altitude and the lack of settlement areas. The trail continues to climb up along the side of the valley until it reaches Machhermo, a small and beautiful village in the Khumbu region. Sherpas believe that the region of Machhermo is the home for Yeti, mythical snowman. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4790m) 4 hrs

On this day, we climb just around 300 meters and reach Gokyo Valley, the main destination of our trek. Gokyo is a small settlement area on the base of Gokyo peak. Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas, lies in Gokyo. From Gokyo, mountain peaks more than 8000 meters of altitude—Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse—are visible. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Day 09: Trek to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and trek to Machhermo (4470m) 8hrs 

We further trek to Gokyo Ri or the Gokyo Peak on this day. Gokyo Ri is a mountain peak in the Khumbu region of Everest standing on the altitude of 5357 meters. Gokyo Ri is mostly popular for the breathtaking views of several mountain summits in the Khumbhu region including the Mount Everest. After observing the fascinating view, we descend back to Machhermo. Overnight stay a guesthouse.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar 6hrs

Journey back to the largest Sherpa village. Trek from Machhermo can be long but the trail is quite easy and comfortable as it traverses through several Sherpa settlement areas and villages. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazar.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Day 11: Trek to Lukla 7 hrs

The trek continues further downhill to Lukla after almost seven hours of trek, back to place where we begin our trek. You will be staying in Lukla for the rest of the day and can explore the areas nearby.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu

We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu so we can have a rest day to explore around Kathmandu or can just relax. Our guides can assist you with some shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening.  Overnight in Kathmandu. 
Breakfast and Dinner included

Day 13: Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport.

Your beautiful journey comes to an end today! A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.
Breakfast included 

What is Included

  • Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off by private car / van / bus.
  •  Accommodation in Kathmandu as mentioned in the itinerary. 
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Local licensed English and other language speaking guides. (We have guides for different language including Russian, etc.)
  •  Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.
  •  Local staffs and porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Down jackets-sleeping bags and comprehensive medical kits.
  •  Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staffs.
  •  Inclusive of government tax. 
  • Official expenses.
  •  Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) 
  •  Sagarmatha National Park permits fee.

What is Excluded

  •  All meals (lunch and dinner) in City or the Capital.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory)
  • International airfares and airport departure tax.
  •  Visa fees.
  • Alcoholic, cold and hot drinks, chocolate and laundry.
  • Wifi and battery charge.
  •  Personal trekking types of equipment.
  • Certain sightseeing/monument entrance fees.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the above section.
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver. (Note: Tipping is expected)

The Following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the bag pack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are:


  • Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
  •  Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neck warmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries


  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Center Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal Tops
  • wool Jackets or pullover
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body 

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trouser
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants


  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Socks liner
  • Light shoes and sneaker

First Aid Kits and Medicines

  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment
  • Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and a wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to  bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous, but must useable

  • 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Best energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power Bank and music players 
  • Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

You will be accommodating in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be using lodge/ teahouses. You may find comfortable and well- developed teahouses having attached bathroom until Namche as it is the most happening place where thousands of tourist love to spend their holiday. However, not all grade accommodation are available in higher elevation, normally rooms are basic with just a bed and blankets.

Meals during trek
You will be served BB plan in Kathmandu whereas all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of Khumbu region are potatoes, oats, buckwheat, it is known that Sherpas’ started farming potato when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. That is why we have limited choices of food in higher elevation except the dishes made from potatoes.

Best season to travel
Gokyo Valley Trek is usually done in autumn (Sept. to November) and spring (March to May) seasons, you are much more likely to get to see the clear view of mountains and can also enjoy lush vegetation on the lower regions of the trail particularly during the spring season.

​​​​​​We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop. We don’t have to use public transportation or local bus during the trek. Only the flight takes place from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.

13 Days
Everest region
6-7 Hrs
Detail itenary
Detail Itineary