Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek -15 Days

Gokyo Valley
Gokyo Valley

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is a beautiful journey to the enticing Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri which is one of the most amazing viewpoints for great views of Everest and other Himalayas. The 15-day trip begins in Kathmandu. The Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is an alternative to classical treks in the Everest region. Instead, it takes us to the turquoise Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri which provides exceptional views of Everest and the Himalayas. We also get to marvel at the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and the Gokyo valley from Gokyo Ri.

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek is for those who like to walk in the Everest region without the physical stress of reaching the base camp of Everest or crossing high passes in the vicinity. It is instead for travelers who wish to try something new in the Everest region.


  • Stand at the shores of a chain of six turquoise, glacial-fed lakes
  • Hike along Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalaya
  • Avoid the Everest crowds, but enjoy the selection of great views
  • Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m) for spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, & Cho Oyu
  • Return via Renjo La pass (5340m), over one of Nepal’s most beautiful passes
  • Trek through the Sherpa town of Khumjung, home of a ‘real’ yeti skull
  • From ‘Scoundrel’s viewpoint’ near the fifth lake, peer over a wasteland of rock and ice that is the vast Ngozumpa Glacier
Day Itinerary Walking Hours(approx)
01 Arrival in Kathmandu  
02 Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla(2,800m/9,186 ft) Trek to Phakding 35 minutes flight & 3 hrs walk
03 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar 6 hrs
04 Namche Bazar acclimatization day 3-4 hrs
05 Trek from Namche Bazar to Dole 6 hrs
06 Trek from Dole to Machherma 6 hrs
07 Trek from to Machherma to Gokyo 5 hrs
08 Trek from Gokyo to Nah via GokyoRi 7 hrs
09 Trek to Nah to Photse 5 hrs
10 Trek from Phortse to Tengboche 6hrs
11 Trek from Tengboche to Monzo 7 hrs
12 Trek from Monzo to Lukla 5 hrs
13 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu 35 min flight
14 Leisure day in Kathmandu  
15 Departure from Nepal  
Fast facts
Duration 14 days
Max. elevation 5400m (Gokyo Ri)
Start/finish Lukla/Lukla
Difficulty Challenging
Best season Spring/Fall
Trek style Teahouse

Best season

As with most other treks in Nepal, the best times to do it are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). In these months the weather is likely to be clear, and daytime temperatures warm. The Khumbu region, however, is known to be particularly cold and dry, and many trekkers develop the ‘Khumbu cough’ due to the dry dust.

It is usually possible to trek in the summer/monsoon and winter seasons, but greater preparation for difficult conditions is required, and you may not get clear views.


This trek is generally considered ‘moderate’ for a trek of this length at high altitude. If trekking a route that ascends Gokyo Ri, the highest altitude that will be reached is the summit, at around 5,400 meters. The summit of Gokyo Ri is itself at around the same altitude as Everest Base Camp, making this trek generally easier in terms of altitude. You won’t be sleeping at this height at any point along the trek though, and there are fewer nights spent above 4000 meters than the Everest Base Camp trek, making it less problematic in terms of potential altitude-related problems.

Day by Day Detail Itinerary 

Day 1- Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m/4413ft)
Arrive Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our representative. Please look for signage of Natraj Trekking with your name once you come out of Arrival Terminal Hall after collecting your luggage. You will be escorted by our representative to the hotel.
Welcome to Kathmandu, capital of the ancient Mountain Kingdom of Nepal, has the air of a medieval city with a maze of narrow streets, wooden temples and beautifully decorated palaces.
Upon arrival at the hotel, guest will be provided welcome drinks along with the room key.
Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: No

Day 2- Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m/9186ft) Trek to Phakding(2,610m/8,563 ft)
Early in the morning, after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in Kathmandu for a scenic 30-minute flight to Lukla. The airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610m). There will be some time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sorts and loads trekking equipment and baggage. The trek starts with a descent to DudhKosi River, from where the wider trail leads us to the village of Ghat (2,550m), and then to Phakding on an easy-paced walk.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286 ft)
Walking along the shores of DudhKosi, we get to cross the serene river many times on exhilarating suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. A little further, we enter Sagarmatha National Park from where the trail climbs steeply with picturesque sights. After trekking for a few hours, we reach Namche Bazaar, known as the Gateway of Everest.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Namche Bazaar acclimatization day
In order to acclimatize to the altitude gained and thinner air, we spend a day in Namche Bazaar. There are several quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries at this town, also the largest in the Everest region. We pay a visit to the museum nearby known for its traditional artifacts that showcase the Sherpa culture. We also hike to Syangboche Airport from where we can see rewarding vistas of stunning sunrise and sunset over the Himalayan panorama.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Trek from Namche Bazar to Dole (3,680m/12,073 ft)
The trail climbs steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking very pristine in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Trek from PhortseThanga to Machherma (4,470m/14,665 ft)
We climb a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. We will reach Machherma by early noon.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Trek from Machherma to Gokyo (4,790m/15,715 ft)
The trek today takes us at one of our main destinations, Gokyo (4,790m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will have couple of sightseeing and hiking trips around Gokyo.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8- Trek from Gokyo to Nah via GokyoRi (5,438m/17,841 ft)
The view from Gokyo is stunning, especially from atop the ridge to the northwest. Some trekkers consider the panorama from Gokyo Kang better than from Kalapather. Those who are well acclimatized can make this summit in three hours and will be rewarded by a stunning view from Cho Oyu via Gyachung Kang, Kangchung, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and JoboLhaptshan to Tawache etc. Descend to Gokyo and follow along a trail on the east side of the Gokyo valley to trek down on the warmer side of the valley to Nah.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9- Trek from Nah to Phortse (3,680m/12,073 ft)
Continue our descent of the valley through summer pastures and the settlement of Konar to Phorste.
Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 10- Trek from Phortse to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664 ft)
The trail we follow now offers fine views of Kangtega, Thamserku and AmaDablam, as we make our way to the attractive village of Pangboche. Its monastery is the oldest in the Khumbu region. After lunch we descend past some marvelously carved Mani stones to the ImjaKhola. Cross the wooden bridge and ascend through the few houses of Milinggo and past the Nunnery at Deboche through thick rhododendron forest to Tengboche, the biggest monastery of the area.
Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 11 – Trek from Tengboche to Monzo (2,825m/9,268 ft)
A steep descend through rhododendron and pine forest to PhunkiTenga, cross the river and a steep ascend brings us to Tashinga. Himalayan Thar (wild blue sheep) can be seen on the way to Namche. We pass Namche and descend to Monzo.
Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 12 – Trek from Monzo to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft)
We follow the DudhKoshi River downstream until after Ghat, when we start to come up the side of the valley to reach Lukla.
Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 13 – Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)
Today we fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla, and during your flight you can enjoy some last-minute glimpses of the mountains. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you can rest, relax and go sightseeing throughout the day.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14 – Leisure day in Kathmandu
This is a leisure and free day in Kathmandu for exploration. You are free to go souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city, or extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, mountain biking etc.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15 – Departure from Nepal
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us and we expect that you plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal again.
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight time, a representative from Natraj Trekking will transfer you to the airport.
Meals included: Breakfast


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