Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek

Gokyo valley trek is one of the most picturesque valleys in the foothill of the world’s highest mountains. This magical valley lies towards the west of the most famous Khumbu region. Gokyo valley trek is also famous for its unique and distinctive trails, diverse nature and cultures, beautiful valley and the hills, etc. the extensive pastures for yaks to graze during summer and the pristine turquoise lakes are simply breathtaking in this Gokyo lake trek. Trekking to Gokyo valley means exploration of the hidden gem of the Himalayas and the adaptation of the beauties of the Everest region. Gokyo valley can be visited after or before the famous trekking trail Everest Base Camp by adding another four or five days to the itinerary.  

Trek to Gokyo valley starts from 30min dramatic and scenic flight from Kathmandu/Manthali to the world’s most extreme airport - Lukla Airport. Afterward, you will begin to experience serenity and wilderness in Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, you will arrive at Namche, the most popular tourist and trade hub in the Khumbu region, which is also called the Sherpa capital.  The traditional Tibetan market, Sherpa cultural museum, Everest View Point, and the cuisines at modern hotels and restaurants will make you delighted at Namche Bazar. Since Gokyo valley is our main destination, the trail goes up the Everest trail only as far as the teahouses at Kenjoma. From this point, the trail goes up towards the Mongla pass before dropping steeply back down to the bank of Imja River in a normal Everest base camp trail. The path passes through the rhododendron, oak, and pine forest along with stunning waterfalls leads you to the beautiful village Dole and Machhermo. The final step up to Gokyo goes a few teahouses and up the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is also considered the largest glacier in Nepal. Finally, you will reach above the moraine and you can experience the crystal clear freshwater lakes. This trek is also great for exploring the Himalayan cultures and traditions. You reach the Himalayan settlements, interact with the peoples and acknowledge the lifestyle of the Mountain peoples. You are mesmerized when you are treated very well by those kind peoples. 

Highlights of Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri 

In this three high pass trek, Gokyo valley offers much more as compared to other valleys in the Khumbu region. It has lakes, a viewpoint, and glaciers which are surrounded by snow-capped mountains. This turquoise lake is the hidden gem of the Himalayas and the charm and heart of the region. Gokyo Valley has six different lakes (from 4,700m to 5,000m elevation variation) which are among those freshwater lakes in the highest elevation. Gokyo Ri is the most popular and famous viewpoint in the world as well as in the kingdom of trekking. This viewpoint offers 360-degree panoramic views of giant snow-capped mountains, lakes, glaciers, and an amazing Himalayan range. You can experience the breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, and many neighboring mountains. Experiencing sunset and sunrise over those mountains from the top of these two viewpoints are the most precious moments for a travel enthusiast. 

Sherpa Culture & Tibetian Buddhism

Trekkers will get a fascinating insight into unique sherpa traditions, cultures, and lifestyles. Everest region is the home of the Sherpa people and their practices, tradition, and uniqueness are simply the best things to explore on this trip. Prayers flags, stone walls, monasteries, chortens, mani walls, and small stupas are the correspondence of living Tibetian Buddhism. You will encounter the oldest and most popular Buddhist monastery in Tengboche and getting a blessing from the Lama Rinpoche adds more spiritual energy to your trip. 

Exploration of UNESCO Site, Sagarmatha National Park

Everest Region is the home of numerous exotic flora and fauna. Colorful flowers, pine trees, grassland, forest with colorful rhododendron flowers are the most glamorous part of the Everest region. Besides this, mountain goats, musk deer, snow leopard, red panda, and colorful Danphe (national bird) glorify this trip. Protection of Sherpa culture, Himalayan correspondence, and tradition of this region are the extraordinary things of Sagarmatha national park.

More Highlights of Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Excursion in Kathmandu such as Pashupatinath Temple, Sywambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Square. 
  • Thrilling and scenic flight to Lukla, one of the most extreme airports in the world. 
  • Experience Sherpa culture and learn more about Tibetian Buddhism and its practices. 
  • Acclimatization in Namche and explore the fanciest and classy sherpa and in Nepal. 
  • Encounter with Yaks, Donkeys, Dzhos, and horses while hiking.
  • Walking on the longest glacier - Ngozumpa glacier in the Himalayas. 
  • Witnessing sunset and sunrise from the famous viewpoint - Gokyo Ri 
  • Exploration of the world’s highest freshwater lake system- Gokyo lakes. 
  •  Hike to the world’s highest start hotel, Everest View Hotel, and witness the panoramic views of the highest mountains. 

During this trip, Luxury Holidays Nepal serves you the best quality service. You are in the 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu with a B&B plan, well furnished standard guesthouse or lodge in the Everest Region, luxury vehicle to pick up and drop you. You are driven in the Kathmandu valley for sightseeing in Luxury Cars. If you are looking for other similar Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek, we also offer Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek, Three High Pass Trek and Short Everest Trek, and many more.

Read more about the Gokyo valley trek in our complete guide for Gokyo Valley Trek. Contact us for the amazing trekking and travel packages of Nepal. 

Trip Facts

  • Trip CodeLHN115
  • Duration14 Days
  • Pricefrom US$1698 / person
  • GradeModerate
  • DestinationNepal
  • Min Pax01-15 pax
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Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and Pre-trip meeting.

A representative from Luxury Holidays Nepal will pick you up from the airport as soon as you arrive and take to the hotel as per the booked itinerary. After a few hours of rest in the hotel, the representative of LHN and the Tour and trek guide will meet you and describe the whole trip how it will be going. Interact with the Representatives and Guides so you become the more prepared for the trip! However, if you arrive late at night the meeting will be held the next day after the Kathmandu city Tour. At the meeting, we fulfill our all remaining booking and payment processes as well. For the verification, Tourist Infomation, and documentation process, we required Copy of Passport, PP Size Photos 3 pics, and copy of traveler insurance. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation: Timber House Nepal
  • Max. Altitude: 1300 m/4265 ft

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What's Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private luxury vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (Timber House Nepal) for three nights on twin/double sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • All accommodations in standard lodges during the treks on the twin sharing basis.
  • Farewell dinner with cultural program.
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service
  • Staff costs, including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Luxury Holidays Nepal’s duffel, sleeping bag, T-shirt and trekking map.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government taxes and official expenses.

What's Excluded

Trip Map

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek Trip Map

Cost included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private luxury vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (Timber House Nepal) for three nights on twin/double sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • All accommodations in standard lodges during the treks on the twin sharing basis.
  • Farewell dinner with cultural program.
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service
  • Staff costs, including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Luxury Holidays Nepal’s duffel, sleeping bag, T-shirt and trekking map.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government taxes and official expenses.

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Rated 5 based on 7 reviews

Astounding Snowfall

Astounding Snowfall

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Hi everyone,

I am so excited to sharing my experience of my last trekking. This December I was in Nepal  with my husband for Trekking. As I found trekking in Nepal is so amazing and more to that Gokyo and Gokyo Ri trek is more wonderful, we booked private trek with Luxury Holidays Nepal. They had arranged everything very nice. Hotels in kathmandu, tea houses in Everest, everything was so nice. We had one trekking Guide and one Sherpa. Both of them was very helpful with us. Guide was so experienced and professional and Sherpa was also so strong. When we were in the trekking , there was a snowfall. We were so lucky that we got a chance to enjoy the Everest snowfall.

All credit to the Luxury Holidays Nepal and the trek operation team who had operated that trip very well. I would like to thanks Luxury holidays Nepal and the team for making our trekking in Everest region such a superb one.

Thank you!

, United States

Stunned with the giant views of the Mt. Everest

Stunned with the giant views of the Mt. Everest

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Thank you   Luxury Holidays Nepal and team!

I am so happy that your team was there to make my Nepal trekking so wonderful. The Guide was so nice. He had assisted us very well all during the trekking.  He had lots of things to share with us and lots of experience and survival tricks that were so useful while we were in high altitude. The porter was also very good. he helped and supported us in carrying our luggage and backpacks.  

Despite the crowd and mass visitors, we had nice rooms and guesthouses in Everest Region. from cars for sightseeing to hotels and guesthouses, everything was very nice. the most beautiful part of our Gokyo Trek was the amazing view of Mt. Everest and other neighboring colossal peaks. Overall the trip was excellent and all efforts deserve the 5 out of 5 rating. 

Once again I would like to thanks the luxury holidays Nepal, its team and the staff who made my trekking in Everest Region an incredible. 

, United Kingdom

Stunning beauty and nature

Stunning beauty and nature

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We had a great time in Nepal with fabulous memories for the lifetime. It’s our pleasure to visit such a beautiful destination in the whole world. I felt I had been to heaven when I reach Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri because that place was amazing with a peaceful environment around with stunning beauty and view from there. The view of the mountains, lakes, forests, villages was like wow. I wish to live there for my whole life looking at such beautiful places and the environment. Seriously Nepal is the living heaven and I will again visit Nepal and the same place from LHN as they had suggested us that package and we loved that. Thank you so much Luxury Holidays Nepal.

, Australia

Best Company

Best Company

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We had an amazing trek experience with the Luxury Holidays Nepal and their team. They are fabulous with their work with a very good response. The communication we made before our departure was amazing with full satisfaction. They are very responsive because they had answered each and every question and had cleared my every doubt that I had. They had managed our trip very beautifully and provide us comfortable accommodation throughout the trek. They were with us in the entire trek through the different communication mediums and asked every time about our health and services that had provided for us. They are really very fantastic so we would recommend Luxury Holidays Nepal to everyone who is interested to travel through Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri.

, France

Comfortable and warm welcome

Comfortable and warm welcome

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I had visited Nepal with my family to make our holidays memorable. For this, we google for the luxury trek services and we found Luxury Holidays Nepal. I had made lots of inquiries and make a booking of the package Gokyo Lake with Gokyo Ri trek. We were warmly welcomed in Nepal from the airport and transferred to the Luxury Hotel with great facilities there. We were also offered a welcome dinner with great love and care. They provide us a fantastic guide who was with us through the entire trek. We had great support and help from him and also from the company. They provide us really good accommodation services, transportation, guide, porter, everything that we desire for our trek. We had an amazing holiday ever in our life. I am really thankful to the LHN for being with us and for making our trip the best trip of the lifetime. Thank you so much, Guys.

, New Zealand

Perfect guide

Perfect guide

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For the beautiful trek to Gokyo lake via Gokyo Ri trek was the fabulous trekking experience I had ever in my life with the LHN. We were provided with the fantastic guide, Mr. Ram. He was very co-operative throughout the whole trek. He was very flexible and had to make our trip perfect and exactly what we wanted. Having Mr. Ram in our whole trek was the plus point to add our happiness and satisfaction as he had made everything very easy of all obstacles throughout the trek. Overall we like the tea houses which were great and the foods were really very delicious. Luxury Holidays Nepal is the best company there in Nepal to make your holidays memorable. Thanks for all your help and support for making a trip of a lifetime.

, Canada

Gorgeous trek

Gorgeous trek

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We had a gorgeous and amazing trek in the Everest region and we had lots of fun and it was an amazing experience to visit through such dynamic Namche bazaar, Gokyo Lake, Gokyo Ri. The trek was best, stunning, peaceful observing such beautiful landscape, the scenery around the places. It was very pleasant to visit and view the stunning vision of the mountains, lakes, forest, lifestyle of the local people and many more. We found this region spectacular and best among all the trek I had made earlier. We had lots of memorable moments there during the whole trek. It was perfect and I will again plan my next trip to Nepal with the Luxury Holidays Nepal. Because LHN had played an important role to make my trip fantastic.

, Germany

Trekking Grade:
The Gokyo and Gokyo Ri is a fairly challenging journey. It is moderately long trekking which goes into the country's most elevated mountain. So travelers require more energy and the trip is actually tiring which includes 5-8 hrs. (approx.) of walking per day on the rocky edges. It doesn't require previous experience, but you must be physically healthy and better if you do regular exercise. If you love walking at high altitude, then this trip is for you.

Food on the way (Journey):
Your breakfast included in Kathmandu. Travelers take their breakfast and dinner at the tea house where they stay and lunch is taken during the trial in the local lodge.

Accommodation
Luxury Holidays Nepal provides you Timber House Nepal in Kathmandu and Guesthouse/Lodge throughout the journey. Teahouse and lodge have the rooms with just the basics, normally with a bed, blanket and pillows. Some rooms have an electric lighting system and every teahouse/lodge has a capacious dining room and lounge. We will provide you and your group at the lodge which is locally available every day (In some places rooms cannot be booked in advance). If you want the luxury accommodation of 4/5 stars in Kathmandu then contact us for cost detail.

Transportation on Journey: 
Luxury Holidays Nepal will offer you a private luxury vehicle for airport transferal, sightseeing tour and flight from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.

Luggage:
Throughout the trip of Mountain Trekking, your luggage is carried and moved by the porters. You should carry the water bottle, sunscreen, camera, spare jacket, etc. Your main luggage will be your trekking bag and you can carry a small lockable bag that will provide safety. You are provided with a free locker room in the hotel of Kathmandu. The weight allowance in domestic airlines of Nepal is up to 15kg and for more weight you have to pay US$1 per/kg depending on the area.

Group Leader during the journey: 
Luxury Holidays Nepal will facilitate you with the trained traveling guide in your group. There will be a single porter for a couple of people.

Payment of the Due Balance:
The rest amount of your trip can be paid in our office after your arrival or via online payment before your arrival in Nepal (Online payment). If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. There is no handling charge for payment by bank transfer.

Vouchers:
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to the availability of spots. Also, please send us your redemption code and voucher number through this link (Voucher Redemption).

Visa:
You can get a visa at Kathmandu airport upon arrival. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the queue for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy.

Tourist Visa Fee Details

Days

Updated Tourist Visa Fees

15 Days (Multiple Entry)

USD 30

30 Days (Multiple Entry)

USD 50

90 Days (Multiple Entry)

USD 125

Visa Extension (Within Valid Visa Period)

USD 3 per day

Visa Extension (With Multiple Entry)

Additional USD 25

Visa Extension (After Visa Expiration)

Late fee USD 5 per day

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Booking your international flight:
If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites.
makemytrip.comwww.kayak.comwww.vayama.com
They usually have good offers.
For more details: (See the international flights page)

When and where should you arrive?
Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport. The tour starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour and ends on after the scheduled trip after breakfast.

You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal by representatives holding a "Luxury Holidays Nepal" sign card and he will escort you to the Hotel. 
If you plan to arrive early or depart late, please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting at [email protected]
After you purchase your international air ticket, please contact us to give your flight details.

Currencies accepted in Nepal: 
Some major currencies (USD, AUD, and EURO) are accepted for both VISA and in general. There are plenty of ATMs in Kathmandu and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Health Issues:
We advise you to visit your doctor at least 60 days earlier before beginning your journey to Everest Base Camp. Altitude sickness (AMS) is the main health issue. You may feel mild altitude sickness like nausea, lethargy, and headache but they will get less in a couple of days or. To be protected from (AMS) you can take Diamox pills or you can consult the doctor and use medicine as referred and purchase them from Kathmandu. For your information, your traveling guide will also have pills for (AMS) and other basic medicine, but we suggest you carry your own medicine. We recommend you take pills for diarrhea, cold, fever and nausea.

Insurance/Evacuation: 
We do not hope that there may arise any serious problem for you in your journey, but if you get caught by serious illness, then we will do our best to take you to the nearest hospital possible. But you will be responsible for all the expenses that take place in the evacuation process. So, it is good for you to have insurance which will cover your cost. Be Insured. (See the travel insurance page)

Trip Extensions/ Add on trips
If you like our service and you want to extend your trip, then we can further organize your trip to IndiaBhutan and Tibet. And other trekking and activities of Nepal like Annapurna trekLangtang TrekManaslu TrekBunjee JumpingRaftingPeak ClimbingTours, etc.

Tips:
A general rule of thumb for tipping is from USD 40 to USD 70 per Traveler, depending on the length of the trek. Porters do appreciate a personal tip, although it is not uncommon for the Guide and his Porters to pool the tips they have collected before splitting it amongst themselves, with the Guide is getting a little more for overseeing the welfare and safety of both the Travelers and Porters as a whole. That said, this is just a guide and you may tip however much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trip a memorable one.

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Note:
1. Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have extra days then you may even engage yourself in optional activities which can be arranged by Luxury Holidays Nepal upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc.

In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund if you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transportation, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.

2. During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or other factors, which are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide what the best alternative is taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect.

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek FAQs

  • Where is Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lakes are?

Gokyo valley, towards the west of the most popular Khumbu Region, is one most picturesque valley in Nepal. Gokyo lakes and the Gokyo Ri are the main attraction of Gokyo Valley Trek. This place is the source and starting point of River Dudh Koshi.

  • What is the maximum Elevation of the Gokyo valley trek?

The highest altitude of Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri trek is the 5357m at Gokyo Ri or Gokyo Peak which is the most iconic and rewarding viewpoints.

  • How many days does it take to reach Gokyo Valley from Lukla?

As per the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Trek, with 6 days of gradual trekking, Gokyo can be reached from Lukla. Remember that necessary Acclimatization day(s) are included.

  • Is it possible to go to Everest Base Camp trek from Gokyo Valley?

Yes, off course! Without any doubt, you can reach Everest Base Camp from Gokyo Valley with 2 days of trekking via Cho La Pass. Luxury Holidays has Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek package which allows the trekkers to conquer both Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp.

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