Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek

Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek

Few places epitomize a haven house and nature’s sole piece of art on the earth like Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake. They are the ethereal beauty with the coolest neighbors like Nuptse and Cho Oyu. The combo of base camp and Gokyo Lake is a fantasy with the most spectacular scenery.

Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek leave trekkers at the forefront of dazzling snow peaks, sweeping landscapes, and glaciers. Blessed with unique geographical features, the base camp and Gokyo even offers tranquil lakes and moraine to watch.

Hikers on Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek scrambles seemingly endless heights from Lukla. It walks past traditional villages, ascends over hills, and boulders to get to camp. Meanwhile, visitors are free to roam within the village and interact with locals unless they have no language problem.

They are also allowed to explore medieval monasteries, old museums, and Chortens carrying rich history and art. The easy stroll into the sanctuary provides the chance to spot unique flora and eye-catching birds found in Himalaya.

Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek – In a Nutshell

Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek is a combined trip of base camp and five serene lakes of Gokyo Ri including the main lake Dudh Pokhari. The entire walk takes around 2 weeks passing the old villages and through the woods before scrambling above the valley.

You also have plenty of suspension bridges to cross over which provides the wonderful view of gushing water. On the way to base camp, you’ll stop at many villages including Namche Bazaar and Lobuche. The locals are very warm and welcoming as they make the guest feel at home.

After reaching the base camp and sighting the mesmeric view of landscapes and glaciers, you’ll incline towards Dzongla. The trails are bumpy and steep from here so you have to be a bit careful while walking. However, things get a little easier and overwhelming after you cross Cho La Pass.

Climbing above, you’ll reach Gokyo Lake which offers an incredible view of. You’ll get to explore as many as five turquoise lakes including Gyazumpa Cho and Thonak Cho. Once the sightseeing is done, we’ll retrace our steps back to Namche via Dole. From there, the trail leads off to Lukla where you’ll catch your flight back to Kathmandu.

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Highlights of Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek

  • A pristine view of Mt. Everest and placid Gokyo lakes
  • Visit the oldest Buddhist temple Tengboche Monastery
  • Explore the rolling hills and beautiful landscapes
  • Meander through the fascinating villages of Khumbu valley
  • Insight into Sherpa culture and lifestyle of people in the Himalayas
  • Watch rare wild animals and birds inhabiting in Sagarmatha National Park

Best Time for Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek

5 days everest Base Camp Trek

The naive charm of Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake is timeless and unparalleled. They are pleasantly inviting and a feast for the eyes anytime you walk the region. However, the best time to get the most of the trip is during Autumn.

Autumn makes everyone nostalgic with its fine weather and fall color throughout the forest. The atmosphere is so refreshing in autumn that you’ll never get tired of walking the trails. The cold breeze, birds chirping, brimming rivers, and waterfall makes the season absolutely perfect.

As a cooling down month between scorching summer and frigid winter, Autumn offers cold mornings and warm days. The temperature usually ranges from 6-22 Degree Celsius causing the region to be toasty in October and icy cold by late November.

Another season that sets your mind at rest during Everest and Gokyo Lakes trek is Spring. Like autumn, it too has lovely weather with clear blue sky, anti-dust air, and high visibility. You can clearly see the glistening mountains as well as the charming valleys and landscapes from miles away.

Prompted by winter, March is a bit cold compared to the succeeding months with temperatures dropping as low as -12 Degree Celsius. Mornings and nights are chilly while days are mild in spring, giving a good reason to navigate the trail.

In case you miss two seasons, it all comes down to winter and monsoon. The weather is not so great in winter but mediocre with amazing views. Trails and beautiful rooftops are covered in snow, providing spectacular views.

The weather is sub-zero during winter so carry woolen clothes and high-insulated mountaineering boots that prevent water from getting in. Monsoon causes trails to be slippery and has you drench in rain, therefore, take a windproof jacket.

Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek – Detailed Itinerary:

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

On this day, our officials will pick you from the airport as per the flight scheduled. They will be waiting for you at the arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. After the brief encounter, they will transfer you to the hotel at the very heart of the city, Thamel. Our staff will accompany you to the counter to help check-in. From here on, you can either relax in your room and enjoy the service or take a stroll on the lovely streets of Thamel.

Day 02: Flight to Lukla, Trek to Phakding

Maximum Altitude: 2,610 meters

Flight Distance: 138 km

Flight Duration: 40 minutes

Trek Distance: 9 km

Trek Duration: 3 hours

On the second day of Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek, we’ll take a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. It will take us around 40 minutes to reach the airstrip, flying over the gorgeous valley, highland, and snow-capped mountains.

At Lukla, we’ll meet our porters-trek guide and enjoy brunch before leaving for the trail to Phakding. Since the trek route is uphill, it’ll take us between 3 to 4 hours to reach the village, going on a steady pace.

Walking from the left bank of Dudh Koshi River and a time-worn path, we’ll reach this small settlement in the Khumbu region. A lot of painted mani walls and stones can be witnessed in the village. Overnight stay at a lodge in Phakding.

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Maximum Altitude: 3,440 meters

Trek Distance: 7.4 km

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

The trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar is nerve-racking with the trail as long as 5 miles. The trek starts off with a gentle climb through the Dudh Koshi river valley and above. Walking past the rhododendron forest and a terrace field until Bengar, we’ll arrive at Sagarmatha National Park.

After paying the entrance fee, we’ll make our way through the sanctuary and walk the meandering trail up the ridge. We’ll also cross a few suspension bridges and ramble into the forest filled with rhododendron and pine. After continuously hiking upward from Jorsalle, we’ll finally get to the Sherpa town, Namche. We’ll spend the night in a lodge at Namche.

Day 04: Trek to Tengboche

Maximum Altitude: 3,860 meters

Trek Distance: 9.2 km

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

After breakfast along with the marvelous view of Taboche, we’ll head towards the trail that descends through Trashinga, a small village. We shall make a long climb to reach Tangboche, passing the mani walls and meadows.

Most of the trails are steep in the beginning and take a lot of time. But after that, it gets moderate traversing on a well-marked track through forests. We’ll find our pace increased after coming above the ground level.

As we walk ahead, the view of Ama Dablam becomes more and more evident. Passing the densely forested area and stone gate, we’ll eventually arrive at Tengboche. As we just made it before the evening prayers at the Tengboche monastery, it’s better to visit the pilgrimage now. Tonight we’ll stay at one of the teahouses in Tengboche.

Day 05: Trek to Dingboche


Maximum Altitude: 4,260 meters

Trek Distance: 10.5 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Getting up to watch the beautiful morning of Tengboche and beaming Ama Dablam, we’ll have breakfast and trek downhill to Pheriche village. From here, the trail gets nasty with an endless climb on a steep hill at the mountainside.

As the trail stretches 6.5 miles from Tengboche, we’ll get to have a glimpse of a mesmerizing view of Kantega and Ama Dablam on the opposite bank. The path continues to rise above, coming across myriad Chortens and stone walls of Pangboche.

We’ll make a short walk from here traversing mani stupa. Out of here, the trek is easy all the way to Dingboche. As for the night, we’ll stay at a teahouse in Tengboche.

Day 06: Trek to Lobuche

Maximum Altitude: 4,930 meters

Trek Distance: 10.7 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we move towards the trail, sloping downward to Pheriche village. Since the first section is a bit tough, it will take us about 2 hours to reach Dugla at 4,595 meters. Crossing an old wooden bridge over the river drained off Khumbu Glacier, we’ll arrive at Dugla.

After a quick lunch break at the village, our journey to uphill continues for almost an hour. Throughout the trek, we’ll get to watch the astounding view of Mt. Pumori and the west face of Everest. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Dingboche.

Day 07: Trek to Everest Base Camp, Hike to Gorak Shep

Maximum Altitude: 5,364 meters

Trek Distance: 7.5 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

The trek from Lobuche to Base Camp may not belong but it’s surely tiring with rocks and boulders throughout the path. Hence, we’ll continuously pave our way through the rocky moraine and ice sheets of Khumbu Glacier.

After walking the last dunes, we’ll rove downhill to Gorak Shep. There are few local tea houses here where we’ll stop at and have lunch before heading towards Everest Base Camp. The trek lasts nearly 1 to 2 hours depending on our speed and the effect of altitude.

Upon reaching the base camp, we’ll explore the astonishing landscapes, glance at Mt. Everest and Khumbu Icefall. As soon as the sightseeing is over, we’ll retrace our steps back to Gorak Shep. We’ll spend the night at a tea house

Day 08: Hike to Kala Patthar, Trek to Dzongla

Maximum Altitude: 5,420 meters

Trek Distance: 10.7 km

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Early in the morning, we’ll take a short uphill walk to Kala Patthar at 5,545 meters to clap eyes on sunrise over Everest. The trek is nearly 2 to 3 hours long on a rough surface with rocks and lake beds.

After watching the breathtaking view, we’ll proceed towards Dzongla through a rocky trail. Along with the heart-warming view of Cholaste and Makalu, we’ll continue navigating the steep trail to Dzongla.

Sitting at the top of the cliff between Cho La Pass and Lobuche, Dzongla is a small hamlet with a few family-run teahouses. Since it’s impossible to trek ahead, we’ll spend the night at Dzongla.

Day 09: Trek to Thangnak via Cross Chola Pass

Maximum Altitude: 5,420 meters

Trek Distance: 16 km

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

After waking up to the chilly morning of Dzongla, we’ll start our day with a warm breakfast and creep towards the trail. We continue our trekking through the landslide area where there are greater possibilities of rockfall. Passing the steep trail, we’ll follow a small lake to the top where there are many prayer flags.

Scrambling from the side of a rock-strewn trail, we’ll arrive at Cho-La Phedi. From here the path is a bit slippery so you need to be a little bit careful while steering. Finally, after walking for nearly 6 hours on a winding trail, we’ll reach Thangnak. Overnight in a lodge at Thangnak.

Day 10: Trek to Gokyo

Maximum Altitude: 5,357 meters

Trek Distance: 3.7 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Since the trek is a bit long and strenuous, we’ll start early today and follow the path with a few twists and turns. The path from Thangnak to Gokyo is steep with an uphill walk in the beginning. But after reaching the moraine, the trail gets less gruesome with easy descends.

Watching some of the best sceneries on the trail alongside gigantic peaks like Lhotse and Cholatse, we’ll keep coursing the route on the eastern glacial moraine. Nearly after a 4 hours trek, our trail will take us off to Gokyo Ri from where the view is astonishing.

Here, you can take a glimpse of the turquoise lake fed by Ngozumpa Glacier coming from Renjo La Pass. After you’re done with exploring the landscapes and gaping at the serene lake, we’ll head back to the village and spend the night there.

Day 11: Hike to Gokyo Ri, Trek to Dole

Maximum Altitude: 4,470 meters

Trek Distance: 14 km

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

After a wonderful day at Gokyo Ri, we shall now shove off from the village and begin walking the trail to Namche Bazaar. Unlike previous, the trek is relatively comfortable this time with too many descents.

However, you still need to be cautious while traversing the trails as they’re quite slippery. The path moving from Gokyo climbs down to Dole passing sweeping rivers and forests before arriving at the village located in the Khumbu region.

There are lots of beautiful guest houses in the village where we’ll spend the night. As we have also got some spare time, we’ll use it to explore the village and also interact with locals who are kind to every visitor.

Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar

7 day Everest Base Camp Trek Namche Bazaar

Maximum Altitude: 3,428 meters

Trek Distance: 11.5 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

On the 12th day of Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek, we’ll make a long haul to Namche Bazaar. As soon as you’re done having breakfast, we’re back on the trail that climbs up and down on rocky foothills. After walking for almost 2 hours, we’ll be at the top of Mong La Pass at 12,982 feet.

From the acme, we can see the breathtaking view of Mt Khumbila and the shimmering Ama Dablam. Taking slow steps, we climb down the trail and rove through the forest to arrive at Phortse Tenga. After a short break, we’ll continue our trek through the woods full of pine forests and rhododendron.

Taking a gradual uphill walk, we’ll come closer to Kyangjuma. It’s comforting to navigate the trail from here following the terrific views of glistening mountains, green hills, and Chortens. As a part of the hike, we’ll walk steep hills to arrive at the town. Overnight stay at a lodge in Namche.

Day 13: Trek to Lukla

Maximum Altitude: 2,860 meters

Trek Distance: 13 km

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

It’s the last day of our Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek as we’re all prepared to head our way back to Lukla. Scrambling down the hills and through the dense forest, we’ll reach Monjo, a small village nestled in Dudh Koshi River valley at 2,835 meters.

Enjoying the pleasant walk and incredible scenery, we’ll move towards Bhote Koshi River. After crossing the suspension bridge, our trail now starts scrambling through steep hills and through the valley to get to Lukla. Tonight, we’ll stay at a lodge.

Day 14: Flight to Kathmandu

After the incredible experience on Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek, it’s time to head to Lukla airstrip and board the flight. Since it’s early in the morning, the views are fabulous with no dust and mist. You can sneak a look at the series of Himalayan ranges including Nupla and Ama Dablam while on the way to Kathmandu. Throughout the trip, we can see cascading waterfalls, lush green forests, and towering cliffs. After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, our officials will drop you to the hotel.

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1. Altitude Sickness

Trekkers of Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek are highly susceptible to altitude sickness due to low atmospheric pressure at high altitudes. Provided that they have to walk up to 5,364 meters height, the possibilities of altitude sickness increases abruptly.

Climbers normally show mild symptoms like dizziness and fatigue before altitude sickness takes an extreme turnout. Hence, you mustn’t ignore the early signs and get help as soon as possible.

Gaining altitude without acclimatization is the primary cause behind altitude sickness. So, every hiker must get proper rest before ascending the trail. You must travel the altitudes slowly to avoid medical emergencies and also impede climbing more than 500 meters per day.

2. Weather and Temperature

Weather and Temperature is another trek barrier of Everest and Gokyo Lakes. It’s incredibly hard to walk the trail of base camp at certain times of the year. Winters are especially cold at base camp with a temperature falling below -10 Degree Celsius.

Mornings and nights are awfully painful with odds of frostbite and hypothermia. Many trekkers even suffer from swelling and trench foot after being exposed to cold for a very long time.

Wherefore, if you’re ascending a high altitude like that of Base Camp, lookout for the best time. Unless it’s not urgent, don’t traverse the region in monsoon as you won’t get a clear view and even the trails are slippery.

3. Weight and Luggage

If you’re planning to bring all the supplies as per convenience, then forgo the idea right now. The maximum weight a porter can carry at Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek is just 30 kg which means every trekker will get the help of 15 kg.

In case the weight exceeds the limit, you’ll have to pay an extra amount to porters or convince or induce a fellow hiker to get rid of a few of his goodies. The trails of Everest and Gokyo Lakes Trek are rugged and steep which makes it too hard to carry fat load and traverse.

It is thus for your own interest, bring only those stuff that is essential and will help you get to the destination. Ditch the items that merely create trouble as the trail to base camp is rugged and steep.

4. Length of Trail

It’s a long walk to Everest and Gokyo Lakes with approx. 80 miles distance from Lukla. Trekkers will have to come across many remote settlements, ramble into woods and ascend cliffs to reach Gokyo Lakes. Most of the sections are rough and rocky which is quite difficult to travel. The trek also involves scaling steep stairs, withstanding muddy tracks, and rocks.

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