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Gokyo Lake Trekking - 15 Days

Gokyo Lake trekking is one the most exciting adventure trekking in the Himalayan region of this magical country. Gokyo Lake Trekking is considered as an alternative trek to the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek that offers an excellent views of the beautiful Himalayas along with mighty Everest. The trail is quite smooth those simplifies your trekking experience and avoid physical stress. The Gokyo Valley has lot more do discover along with beautiful lakes, glaciers and snowy mountains. The Gokyo Valley is one of the most luring attractions of the Khumbu region. The view from Gokyo is something that really leaves your eyes wide open.

Breakfree Adventures’s sixteen days Gokyo Lake Trekking is specially designed for those passionate trekkers who are eager to experience the stress free trekking adventure while enjoying the magnificence of the Everest range.

Gokyo Lake Trekking begins with sightseeing in Kathmandu that includes a visit to various cultural and historical monuments of the city. The scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu is another interesting part of the expedition that lets you fly over the beautiful mountains. We trek all the way to Phakding from Lukla. The next day we will trek to Namche Bazaar a junction for numerous trekkers and traders of the Khumbu region. We will pass through Phortse village and Machhermo discovering the scenic views of the mountains and the Himalayan range. We will also have a close look to the cultures, traditions and lifestyles of the people living in the high altitude.

The trail to Gokyo (4750m) also allows you to explore Ngozumpa Glacier which is the source of Dudh Koshi and of course the largest glacier of the region. We will see a small settlement of local farmers and dwellers at Gokyo that gives an insight of lifestyle of people living in the higher Himalayan region. Four of the highest mountains (above 8000m) namely, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu can been seen more vividly from Gokyo along with the view of tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (7922m). You will have lots of options for additional adventure along with high altitude walking, crossing Cho La (5420m) pass or hiking to Gokyo Ri (5357m).

Breakfree Adventures makes your adventure trekking to Gokyo more exciting and vibrant with its ideal route plan and well designed itinerary.

Highlights of Gokyo Lake Trekking

  • Sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Magnificent flight to Lukla from Kathmandu (Enjoy the view of Himalayan range from the flight)
  • Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
  • Trekking in Sagarmatha National Park (Listed in UNESCO world heritage natural site)
  • Discover numerous Buddhist monasteries and other cultural monuments.
  • Variety of floras and faunas to witness
  • Explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar, a busy Sherpa settlement at the altitude of 3440m
  • Discover rich Buddhist and Tibetan culture and traditions
  • Eye-popping view of world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest
  • Visit to Sir Edmund Hillary School in Khumjung
  • Explore Gokyo Valley along with it magnificent lakes
  • Panoramic views of Cho Oyu , Gyachung Kang , Lhotse , Makalu , Cholaste and Tawachee.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours of trekking]

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) [6 hours]

Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche (3420m)

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3500m) [5-6 hours]

Day 07: Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4470m) [6 hours]

Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4800m) [5-6 hours]

Day 09: Acclimatization and Explore Gokyo

Day 10: Gokyo to Dole (4110m) [6 hours)

Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazaar [5-6 hours]

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (6 hours)

Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]

Day 14: Leisure Day in Kathmandu

Day 15: Transfer to airport for your onward destination.

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu

After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later escort you to the hotel. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel. O/N you stay at the hotel.

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Today after breakfast we will set out for a guided city tour where you get to discover several historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. You will be seeing the world heritage sites like historical Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of lord Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists), Boudhanath Shrine and many more cultural and natural monuments. The Kathmandu City tour will more or less familiarize you with Nepalese urban lifestyle. Later we will have a discussion session where we discuss about our trek plan and preparation. Our trek leader would be obliged to brief you about our expedition and answer your queries. O/N you stay at the hotel.

Day 3
Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours of trekking]

After breakfast you will be escorted to the domestic terminal of the Kathmandu airport to board a flight to Lukla, a gateway for our trekking expedition. The scenic flight to Lukla is surely going to be a once in a lifetime experience for you. The air route to Lukla is one the most beautiful air route in the world. The 40 minutes flight above the majestic mountains will land you at Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla we start our trek until we reach Phakding. The trail to Phakding lets you discover the green landscape with a scenic view of Kusum Kangraru. 0/N we stay in a guest house.

Day 4
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) [6 hours]

Today we take a stiff walk through a beautiful pine forest that leads us along the Dudh Koshi River and Hillary Suspension bridge to reach the check post and the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. Walking further we reach chautra where we have the first glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Two hours of more walk eventually lands us in Namche Bazaar(3440m) which is a gateway to Mt. Everest and trading point for many Sherpa people and Tibetan merchants. Namche Bazaar is an ideal market for visitors to purchase traditional crafts and other mementos. We will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization and visit local markets and traditions of the people living in the Himalayas. O/N we stay in a guest house.

Day 5
Acclimatization in Namche (3420m)

We have set this day for acclimatization. We have all the options today whether go for hiking to Thame or visit Khunde or relax and explore Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the center of the Khumbu region and it has government offices, internet cafes, Shops, restaurants and colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. A few hundred vertical feet of trekking will really us to properly acclimatize. Our guide will take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO world natural heritage site) where you can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. A day full of hangout at the Namche Bazaar lets you discover the Himalayan beauty of the Khumbu region. O/N we stay in a guest house.

Day 6
Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3500m) [5-6 Hours]

After a lovely morning breakfast at Namche we gear up our expedition to reach Phortse Thanga. We start our trek enjoying the scenic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Muptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and a close up view of Mt. Thamserku. The trail takes few ups and downs but still the magnificent view of the Himalayas makes our trekking a worthy one. We will also spot wild lives like colorful pheasant, musk deer and Himalayan Thar on our way. The trail ascends via Kayangjuma and reaches Sansa which is a major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. We trek further ascending through Mongla Pass (3975m) that offers a great view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Tawache and Mt. Khumbila (Mt. Khumbila is considered sacred by the Sherpas). We will then descend down to Dudh Koshi River (3250M0, cross a bridge and further ascend via rhododendron forest to finally reach Phortse Thanga. The Phortse Thanga resides under the peaks of Tawache and Cholaste. Overnight, we stay in Phortse at a guest house.

Day 7
Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4470m) [6 Hours]

Today we will be trekking from Phortse Thanga to Machhemo. It will take us approximately six hours to reach Machhermo from Phortse Thanga. We will start our expedition after the breakfast in the morning. The trail to Machhermo begins by ascending steeply through the forest filled with Rhododendron and fir trees. We will pass Tongba (3950 and Gyele (3960m) and reach Dole (4110m). From Dole we will cross a small river and ascend to Lhaparma (4330m) and Luza (4340). Trekking further we will enter the beautiful village of Machhermo. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Machhermo.

Day 8
Machhermo to Gokyo (4800m) [5-6 Hours]

We gear up for our expedition to reach Gokyo today. We climb through a ridge Chorten that offers a fabulous view of Mt. Kangtega, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. Cho Oyu. The trail further passes through the Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480m). Phangka is the place where a deadly avalanche killed forty people in 1995. We pass through the bank of river and ascend the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. Walking further we will have our glimpse of the first lake of the valley. Ahead is the second lake that offers a mesmerizing view of sparkling blue water. Little ahead of the second lake we see the third lake, the two lakes are linked by a stream. Upon reaching Gokyo that stands by the third lake, we will be amazed to enjoy the scenic view of Cho Oyu. We will also explore around the third lakes, Dudh Pokhari. Gokyo has lot more to be explored along with its natural beauty. Overnight, we stay in a guest house.

Day 9
Acclimatization and Explore Gokyo

Today is an acclimatization day. Few hours of walk even during the rest day is ideal for trekkers. We take a chance to climb Gokyo Ri which is the best viewpoint of the Everest region. The mesmerizing view that it offers is really luring and leaves your eyes wide open. We will take as many photographs as we like. Gokyo is rather famous for its awesome lakes that have added more beauty to this region. We will visit the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and Fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). Thonak Tsho the fourth lake lies approximately 3 KM north of Gokyo. The trail further continues to Ngozuma Tsho the fifth lake. We may choose to climb a hill at the edge of the lakes to enjoy the scenic view of rising peaks like Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. The view point is called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. We can also see the base camp of Cho Oyu from the northern part of the fifth lake. The view of the world’s biggest glacier; the Ngazumpa glacier is yet another attraction of our trip. You may also choose to trek further for the astonishing view of the sixth lake depending upon the availability of time. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse.

Day 10
Gokyo to Dole (4110m) [6 hours)

Today we will descend down to Dole from Gokyo. It will take us approximately six hours to reach Dole. We will start our expedition after the breakfast and the trail mostly descend down to Dole. On our way back we will enjoy the magnificent view of the Himalayas and natural beauty of the region. As we descend we will pass through beautiful forests and traditional villages while enjoying the magical aura or the Himalayan region. Upon reaching Dole, you many choose to hang around the village for some time and interact with the local Sherpa people. Overnight, we stay at a guest house.

Day 11
Dole to Namche Bazaar [5-6 Hours]

We would be gradually concluding our trekking expedition. Today we will be walking approximately 5-6 hours to reach Namche Bazaar. The trail descends to Phunki Thanga and further ascends to the ridge towards Namche Bazaar. Upon arrival at Namche Bazaar you may choose to hang around the market and buy some mementos for your near and dear ones. Overnight, we stay in a guest house.

Day 12
Namche Bazaar to Lukla (6 hours)

We will be wrapping up our trekking expedition today. Leaving Namche Bazaar behind we descend down the rocky trail crossing suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. As we walk the trail becomes more smooth and easy. We find the environment really warm and cozy compared to previous days of our expedition. We can feel the fresh air blowing from Himalayas that makes our expedition more energetic and vibrant. We pass through beautiful forest filled with Rhododendron, pine trees and different natural vegetations. We get to snap beautiful mountains and the panoramic views on our way. We will be pleased passing through Sherpa villages that offer a unique blend of Sherpa culture and tradition. Upon arrival at Lukla we conclude our long expedition and have a relaxing time with our friends and crew members. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Lukla.

Day 13
Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]

We will wave our final goodbye to the beautiful mountains today. The flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for the morning because the windy afternoon may cause difficulties flying the aircraft. The early morning scenic flight over the Himalayas drops us at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport from where you will be escorted to the hotel. Today we have the whole day to relax at the hotel or hang around in the city for buying gifts to your near and dear ones. O/N at the Hotel.

Day 14
Leisure Day in Kathmandu

Today you have relaxing day in Kathmandu. You have all the day to hang around the streets and bazaar of Kathmandu. You may spend time in buying gifts and mementos for your friends and family. If you are interested you may choose to have a guided city tour to explore Kathmandu and its vicinity. You will be joining a special farewell dinner in a cozy traditional Nepali restaurant hosted by Breakfree Adventures and its team in the evening. Overnight, at the hotel.

Day 15
Transfer to airport for your onward destination.

Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the wonderful trekking adventure. We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

Cost Includes

  • Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
  • Round trip flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Domestic airport tax
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
  • A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters (two trekkers, one porter) during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance coverage
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Sagarmatha National Park entrance Permit with entry fees
  • First Aid/Medical Kit
  • Duffle Bag
  • Welcome dinner with Nepali Cultural show
  • Government taxes
  • Service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Any meals other than the breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Monuments entrance fees
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects.
  • We strongly advise buy a travel insurance policy
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

The Trekking Group

For Gokyo Lake Trekking we allocate one guide, an assistant guide (6 trekkers: 1assistant guide) and porters for carrying the luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). We make sure that the trek expedition will still go ahead as planned if any of the group members falls sick. We operate the Gokyo Lake Trekking for any group size but generally a largest group consists of sixteen people. We also make customized group size as per your requirement.

A Typical day in the trail

Our day begins with a cup of tea or coffee in the morning. After freshening up we have our breakfast and gear up for our expedition. The Gokyo Lake Trekking requires a minimum of 4-7 hours of walk everyday so we have to plan our daily itinerary accordingly. After 2-3 hours of trekking we take a break for lunch somewhere in the trail (restaurants if available). We take frequent rest en route to rejuvenate our expedition. We also halt in many places to capture the scenic view of the Himalayas, beautiful rivers, landscapes, monasteries, cairns etc in our cameras. Our day’s trek ends once we reach our destination as planned in the itinerary. Once we arrive at the guest house, we take a brief rest, take shower and enjoy a light snacks with tea or coffee. We may choose to hang around the local village and community if we have a leisure time. We would be delighted to witness the culture and traditions of the people living in the Himalayas. We will have ample time to chat with our crew members before going to bed. Dinner is usually followed by a next day’s itinerary briefings by our trek leader. You have all the good reasons to drink available locally made liquors. Finally you can catch up your bed for a good night sleep.

When to go (Best Season to Travel)

Autumn (Mid September-Mid December) and spring (March-May) are the best season for the Gokyo Lake Trekking. The weather during the season is sunny and warm during the day that offers you to enjoy the magnificent view of the Himalayan range whereas the nights are chilling and cold and can fall to freezing in the higher elevations. Trekking during summer will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon of a keen botanist as the vegetations bloom in this reason. The trekking routes are always busy with trekkers during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and crowded and you can have a great journey enjoying the scenic views.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended for trekkers who plan their trekking in the Himalayas. Gokyo Lake Trekking is usually a safe expedition but it is always better to stay in a safe side. Travel insurance is mandatory while going for trekking, hiking etc in Nepal. Please make sure that your insurance policy covers personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that your policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered by your policy. You must carry proof of insurance (i.e. your insurance certificate) with you during your expedition.

Meals and Accommodation

We will arrange three or four star hotel for your accommodation (Upgradable upon request) in Kathmandu. During the Gokyo Lake Trekking we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house/Lodge. Tea Houses are like hotels that serve with hot showers, western foods and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guest houses are ordinary guest house with shared washing and toilet facilities and comparatively cheap in price. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with one of the group member with same sex. If you wish to stay single in a room then you have to let us know in advance and some surcharges are applicable in such arrangement. Please be noted that there are several guest houses that do not allow a single accommodation during the peak season so sharing the room with somebody becomes a compulsion. We will arrange your dinner and early breakfast in the guest house itself but the lunches will be arranged in some restaurants en route or sometime you need to have your breakfast on the way. Your stay at a local guest house helps you to be more familiar with local culture and traditions.

Breakfree Adventures is highly concerned about the standard of food and hygiene. We make sure that sufficient food is provided to our guest. A special menu will be offered so that you could choose the kind of food you like to eat. A cup of tea or coffee would be included in your meal menu. Our guide will always be there to assist you while choosing the food from the menu. The menu comes with comparatively high price due to the availability of food items and spices and extreme locations. Most of the tea houses serve you with delicious local cuisines along with international foods. You can get food items like biscuits, chocolates, cold drinks, soft drinks and seasonal fruits and veggies. Bottled water is always available in the tea house and restaurants or shops en route. You may ask your guide to fill the bottle with boiled water from the lodges and purify them with purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required

Our sixteen days Gokyo Lake Trekking is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate trekkers who have the ability to walk at least four to seven hours a day. Walking in higher altitude is rather challenging and it requires a lot of physical caliber. A good physique, positive altitude, self confidence and strong determination are the keys to success to successfully accomplish the Gokyo Lake Trekking. Prior preparation like walking or jogging few hours a day before starting your trek is beneficial and it simplifies your expedition. Past hiking experience would be an asset but not mandatory for Gokyo Lake Trekking. Participants with chronic illness, physical disorder, heart, blood and respiratory disease are strongly advised to inform Breakfree Adventures before booking the trek. Consultation with a medical professional is highly recommended before starting your trekking adventure.


Breakfree Adventures’s sixteen days Gokyo Lake Trekking is planned with high degree of awareness about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Trekking in the higher altitude too fast might cause a medical condition serious enough to cause death. The level of oxygen fluctuates as the height increases. For example, on the summit of Gokyo Ri (5357m/19,216ft), there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Our body requires many days to adapt the less-oxygen environment so the itinerary should be planned accordingly. Our itinerary is planned in such a way that it provides sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible trek plan is therefore very crucial to minimize the risk of AMS. Breakfree Adventures highly advises specially the person with known heart, blood or respiratory diseases to consult their medical professional before travelling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Our leaders are well trained to administer the AMS. Breakfree Adventures’s itineraries are designed to avert the risk of AMS as much as possible.

Trekking Guides and Staff

Trekking guides and staff plays a vital role in making a trek a successful one. We allocate trained, experienced, courteous and expert guides and crew members for every trekking endeavor. The staff and guide we deploy during the trekking have the utmost ability of operating your days in the mountains. The team will be lead by the best and professional guide from the industry. Our guides and staffs are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, expertise, guiding skills and aptitude. We deploy the guides and crew member who are familiar with the local culture and community and geographical distribution. Trekking guides of Breakfree Adventures are trained with the following trainings so that to enhance their potentials on medical issues, biodiversity, environmental issues and English language proficiency.

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Government’s Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language – KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our trekking guides speak English (Some may have the potentials to speak other foreign language like French, Spanish etc) adequate enough for the smooth communication but please consider that English is not our mother tongue. Our guides and porters know the routes and trails and are well aware of local culture and traditions.

Safety and Security

We do not compromise on safety and security of our guests. We highly prioritize safety and security measures during the Gokyo Lake Trekking. We have to understand that there are certain risks while travelling in higher altitude which you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and trekking trail and they would cancel or re-route a trip if they feel any destination is unsafe to travel.

Responsible Travel

Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel professionals who are always passionate to make your stay in Nepal a memorable one. Our team adopts social philosophies that highly value the responsibility for their clients, local people and the environment we work in. We admire the natural environment and social, cultural and traditional aspect of this majestic country. We always opt to assist our guests in discovering the beauty and culture in the best possible way we can. Responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism in the environment while opening employment opportunities and generating income for local communities. Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving environment and we keep a close watch to ensure the environmental protection. As a responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local people and community through which we travel. While trekking to different destination, we choose environment friendly lodges that ensure high level of guest care. During the treks and other expeditions we follow a zero garbage policy (Pack in, Pack out) and leave nothing behind in the campsites and travel areas. We would appreciate your feedback and suggestions regarding the responsible travel.

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Gokyo Lake Trekking

Trip Facts

  • Private vehicle as per itinerary, Kathmanduto Lukla to Kathmandu flight
  • 15 Days
  • Feb - May and Sept - Nov
  • 4800m
  • 5 - 7 hours each day
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
  • 3 star in Kathmandu and lodge/teahouse during the trek (Upgrade on request)
  • Trekking & walking, city sightseeing tour, scenic flight
  • Lodge/teahouse trek (Camping on request)
  • Minimum 1

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