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Gokyo Lakes Trek, 13-day hike to Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake

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Join a certified mountain guide for this scenic, fun and exciting 13-day Gokyo Lakes trek in the heart of the Himalayas. Spend nearly two weeks hiking through Sagarmatha National Park enjoying phenomenal views of Everest and visiting traditional villages en route.



13 Days

All year




  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of Nepal.
  • Watch a sublime sunrise over the Himalayas.
  • Visit the main UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu.


Get off the beaten path and discover some of the lesser traveled reaches of Nepal on our 13-day Gokyo Lakes Trek!

Over the course of nearly two weeks, we will hike through verdant valleys, pass through thick forests and traverse rugged ridge lines as well as imposing glaciers.

The adventure begins after we transfer from Kathmandu to Lukla. From here, we begin ascending steeply into the Himalayan foothills and up to Phakding and on to the famed Sherpa outpost of Namche Bazaar.

Our second stop on the trek is certain to whet your appetite for adventure as it provides us with our first incredible views of Mount Everest and many other iconic Himalayan peaks.

As we continue ascending from Namche, the landscape begins to change dramatically. A combination of rock and snow will replace the alpine meadows and high forests.

Eventually, we will reach our target, arriving at the blue waters of Gokyo Lake. From here, we will be nearly at 5,000 meters and have plenty of incredible views of Everest as well as many other peaks.

The climax of the trip begins with a pre-dawn ascent of Gokyo Ri. As we arrive at the summit, we will witness a sublime sunrise over Mount Everest. Afterwards, we will begin to head back to Kathmandu.

As we hike out through the sparsely populated Himalayan wilderness, you will already be planning your next trip back.

Once we've arrived back in the capital, we will head on a sightseeing tour, visiting the capital's three UNESCO Word Heritage sites: Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Durbar Square.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this unforgettable 13-day Gokyo Lakes Trek through the Himalayan wilderness!

If you like the look of this trip then we think you may also enjoy our 13-day guided Mardi Himal trek, also in Nepal!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Local flights

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Personal porters

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

The trip's price includes all three meals during the trekking days and hotel breakfasts. All other meals are not.

Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight ticket included


Day 1: Arrival

You will fly into Tribhuvan International Airport and meet a representative there. From here, we will transfer to the hotel and go over the plan for the trip as well as finish any outstanding formalities.

Meals not included.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (2610m)

In the morning, we will transfer to Lukla by plane. From here, we will drive to the trailhead and hike for 3 to 4 hours to Phakding village. As we go, we will cross the Dudh Koshi River and pass underneath the sacred Khumbila mountain (5751m) en route to Phakding.

From Phakding village, we can have a sight of Kusum Kangraru Mountain. The town in the north valley of Lukla has several quality lodges, hotels and guest houses for tourist and trekkers. We will stay there for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3: Phakding to Namche (3440m)

After breakfast, we will start heading towards Namche Bazaar. On the way, we will pass along some lovely pine forests and revealed land and cross a steel suspension bridge up above the glacial river, Dudh Koshi. We will also trek along theBhote Koshi River. As we move forward, mountains like Mt. Nupla (5885m), Kongde Ri (6093m) rise to give us a beautiful sight. Furthermore, we will cross Kusum Khola and witness Mt. Kusum Kangraru to the east, head of the valley.

We will also enjoy the sight of Mt. Thamserku (6808m), cross the Monjo pass and enter the Sagarmatha National Park, where we can look forward to rich vegetation and wildlife like red pandas, yaks, etc. Then we will start our ascent to the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar. If the weather allows it and we are lucky enough, we might catch our first glimpse of Mt. Everest. Finally, we will take rest, relax, and stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4: Acclimatization in Namche

On this acclimatization day, we can visit the museum and learn about traditional Sherpa life. We can also trek up to Syangboche and the Everest View Hotel, which is located on the highest altitude in the world. It provides with a glimpse of mountains like Everest and many others.
Similarly, if we hike along Sagarmatha National Park, we can catch a sunrise view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more. We can also find a panoramic view of the Namche village from up the hill from Syangboche. In the evening, we can roam around the colorful Namche Bazaar to catch a bargain. Tea or coffee here is considered the most important thing to do, so we set the morning and evening cups with us.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 5: Trek to Dole

After breakfast in the lodge, we will climb stony staircases for the first half an hour and then trek on the flat trails for two hours with closer views of the mountains. Finally, we will arrive at Sanasa, where we can enjoy a cup of tea. Then, we will continue on a ascending trail to Mong La danda for 2 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Trek to Machhermo

We will spend 5 to 6 hours steadily ascending through the valley and on to Machhermo, where we enjoy the views of Kangtega, Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 7: Trek to Gokyo

With the views of Kanga and Mountain Cho-Oyu, the trail will lead us to Then, the trail steeps up  until Ngozumpa Glacier and we will cross a wooden bridge to arrive at the lake. After walking for some time, we will reach the second lake at 4720m and Dudh Pokhari at 4750m, which is very close to the Gokyo (4780m) where we will spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 8: Trek to Dole

We will get up at 3 am and hike to the summit of Gokyo Ri in time to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas (2-3 hours). From here, we will descend back the way we came and spend the rest of the day hiking downhill to Dole (5 hours).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 9: Trek to Namche

We will spend the day continuing our descent back to Lukla. First, we will arrive at Mong la Danda , where we will have tea and contemplate amazing views, before continuing on to Namche. On the way back to Sanasa, we will meet many trekkers from EBC. We will continue to Namche and then celebrate after arrival when we come back from Gokyo Ri Trek.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10: Return to Lukla

We will descend out of Sagamartha National Park and on to the trailhead. From here, we will return to Lukla, where we will have the rest of the day free.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 11: Lukla to Kathmandu

We will fly back to Kathmandu and you will have the rest of the day free.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Kathmandu sightseeing tour

We will spend the day on a Kathmandu sightseeing tour, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the capital.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 13: Departure

We will take you to the airport and say our goodbyes.

Meals: Breakfast.




Tea houses and lodges.

More info

Daily departures. Please contact us for a complete equipment list.

Meeting point

Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)

Equipment you will need to bring



Watter bottle

Other gear: hiking boots

Frequently Asked Questions

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About the guide

Welcome to Peregrine Nepal-formed in 2002, the home of mountain adventure, stunning views, peace and bliss, adrenaline-charged excitement, and deep satisfaction. We are the planner of your leisure vacation, and we plan for your trekking & adventure by delivering meticulously planned, carefully curated, and safely executed adventure trips to various corners of the Himalaya & beyond.



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