Highlights of Everest Gokyo Ri Lake Trek

Grade Duration Trek Style Best Time Group
4 15 Days Tea House Trek Mar-Jun / Sep – Nov SGL / GRP / FM / STU

SGL = Single, GRP =Grouping, FM= Family, STU = Students

Trip Introduction

Everest Gokyo Ri Lake Trek is a popular trekking route. This route ends at Gokyo Ri. There is an alternative mountaineering trekking route that begins near southern tip of Ngozumpa Glacier & just south of Taujun Lake. This alternative trekking route leads east over the Cho La, a pass at 5,420 m (17,782 ft)

The fascinating Everest Gokyo Ri Lake Trek climbs up from Lukla towards a tranquil glacial lake below the huge Ngojumba glacier, the source of Dudh koshi River. Being few trekkers in comparison to Everest Base Camp, you can enjoy the pleasant views of mountains, birds and wildlife peacefully. The views of different summits over 8000m from Gokyo Peak (5200m) are stunning. The visible summits over 8000m includes Everest, Lhotse Shar, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu as well as the Ngojumba Glacier (the largest in Nepal), moraine and lakes.

Royal Mountain trekking offers several packages for Mount Everest Region Makalu Base camp Trek, Mount Everest View Trek, Everest Gokyo Ri Lake Trek, Central Tibet with Everest Base Camp Trek.

Short Itinerary

1ArrivalTribhuwan International Airport (TIA)
2TourKathmandu Valley Tour
3FlyKATHMANDU – LUKLA (2840m) 2840m
TrekPHAKDING 2610m4 hrs
4TrekPHAKDING – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440m, 6 hrs)PHAKDING – (3440m, 6 hrs)
5Rest day & ExcursionNAMCHE BAZAAR 3440m3 hrs
6TrekNAMCHE BAZAAR – DOLE4200m 6 hrs
7TrekDOLE - MACHHERMO4410m4 hrs
8TrekMACHHERMO – GOKYO 4790m 4 hrs
10TrekGOKYO TO DOLE 4200m7 hrs
11TrekDOLE - KHUMJUNG (LODGE))3780m6hrs
12TrekKHUMJUNG – PHAKDING (LODGE)2610m, 6 hrs
13TrekPHAKDING – LUKLA (LODGE)2840m4 hrs
14FlyLUKLA – KATHMANDU1300m45 min

Trip Map

Trip Information  for Everest Gokyo Ri Lake Trek

Trekking part:

Basic lodge accommodation on trek

2 nights 3 star hotel accommodation in Pokhara – on twin sharing with breakfast

Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) as per above program during the trekking

All domestic transport as listed in itinerary by tourist bus and taxi

Annapurna conservation entrance fees

Trekking permit (TIMS)

Porter to carry personal gear

15kg luggage allowance while on trek

English speaking trekking guide

The Cost Does Not Include:

Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary.

Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head

Cost for Insurance.

Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Payment for service provided on a personal request.

Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.

Lunch and dinner in Pokhara


Price  for Everest Gokyo Ri Lake Trek:

  • The given price is in US dollars. Do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Visa Information for Everest Gokyo Ri Lake Trek:

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

Insurance for Everest Gokyo Ri Lake Trek:

Guide / Porters  : RMT (Royal Mountain Trekking) provides insurance facility to our guides and porters as per state law.

Additional information

Day 1

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Our airport representative will welcome you and explain the program further. There are no planned activities for the day, so check into the hotel. Enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2

Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour

Kathmandu is a small city enriched with 7 world heritage site declared by UNESCO. Some of these man-made marvels are as old as 2500 years. This day we will visit some UNESCO sites.

The Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath is one of the holiest shrines of all Hindus. It is located in the eastern part of Kathmandu valley on the bank of Bagmati River. Two tire magnificent golden temple has four triple silver doorways is a unique example of Nepalese temple architecture. Having the area of approx. 2.5 kilometers it is one of the largest Hindu temples in South-Asia.

The main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva which is believed to be 2000 years old. Also hundreds of ancient lingam, shrines, icons and statues of different Hindu Gods and Goddesses can be seen in the temple.

The Boudhanath stupa

It is one of the largest and oldest monuments of Nepal, standing 36m high. Surrounded by many private colorful houses Boudhanath Stupa is considered as Mecca for Tibetan Buddhists.

The Stupa is built in mandals style having three levels of platform. There is no written document about who and when the stupa was built. Yet according to the legend it is believed that it was built by a poor lady with her four sons in fifth century AD.

Kathmandu Durbar square

Popularly known as Hanuman Dhoka Palace -an ancient seat of Nepalese Royalty lies in the heart of capital city. It is a complex of tremendous variety of temples, courtyards and palaces like Hanumandhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple (used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Durbar Square, a UNESCO world Heritage Site, is still a focal point for social and religious ceremonies. Till date, all major state and social ceremonies are celebrated here.

Day 3

KATHMANDU – LUKLA (2840m) – PHAKDING (2610m, 4 hrs)

Our representative will pick you from hotel to start our trip with a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla. The landing in a runway is an exciting experience whose one end is 60 meters higher than the other. We start our trek through pine and cedar woods to Pakding, along with the Dudh Koshi.We arrive at Pakding encounter with first yak caravans carrying supplies and trekking equipments, including ours, to the base camp.The features of trekking in Everest region are the wonderful beasts blocking roads and virtual avalanches on downhill.
Day 4


Todays trail continues to Namche Bazar, the administrative capital of the region. Historically, it was staging point for traders and expedition to Tibet. During the trek we climb slightly to Jorsalle and come across a waterfall. Villages, at this part of the trail offer the magnificent forest of Rhododendron, Mangoliya, and Giant Firs. On Saturday, market brings important products for traders from villages which are week’s walk away.
Day 5


We can spend time on the hillside overlooking the large valley and picturesque gompa. Its path is marked intricately by curved mani stones. Also an excursion to Thame is always available.
Day 6

NAMCHE BAZAAR – DOLE (4200m, 6 hrs)

The chorten mark path extends from Namche Bazaar and shortly the twin peaks of Thamserku soar into the sky at the east. Well known legend of Yeti is still alive here along with the Yeti-scalp preserved in Khumjung’s red-walled gompa. Ahead, we descend to reach Kumbila after a large chorten marking to the top of the ridge. Khumbila (5761) is the abode of the patron god of the Khumbu region close to the settlement believed to be the birth place of the lama who introduced Buddhism to the area.

The trek continues descending from Phortse Tenga on the bank of Dudh Koshi. The trail then follows the river passing rhododendron, birch forest and Cho Oyu becomes visible through the blooms before reaching the Dole.

Day 7

DOLE – MACHHERMO (4410m, 4 hrs)

Allowing us for enough time for acclimatization and enjoy the marvelous views we have short distance trek to Machhermo. We pass through summer yak pastures, small settlements and following the valley side far above the river. Machhermo, in khumbu, is renowned site for most credible yeti incident, Sherpa woman being attacked and 3 yaks killed in 1974. We have almost half day rest for acclimatization.
Day 8

MACHHERMO – GOKYO (4790m, 4 hrs)

The largest glacier in Nepal is few hours away after a pleasant climb towards the moraine of the Ngojumba Glacier. Further passing few beautiful small lakes to the tiny kharka of Gokyo we have an amazing view of the Cho Oyu along with the other snowy peaks.
Day 9


The highlight in the trek is the panoramic view of Gokyo Peak. It looks impressive not less than that from KalaPatthar, close to Base Camp. Other peaks like Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, and Tawachee are too visible along with the increadable ice ridge between Cho Oyu, Ngojumba I and II and Gyachung Khang. It is one of the most mystic sights like a folding screen of ice, snow and rock in Khumbu region. Additionally, Ngojumba Glacier and serene glacial lakes lies below.
Day 10

GOKYO TO DOLE (4200m, 7 hrs)

We trek back the same falling route to Dole for overnight stay.
Day 11

DOLE TO KHUMJUNG (3780m, 6hrs (LODGE))

Further,descend to Phunki Tenga and ascend till Khumjng, one of the largest Sherpa villages of the region. It also offers mystifying views of Amadablam. Finally, we make side excursion via a local Sherpa village to Hillary hospital and Hillary school.
Day 12

KHUMJUNG – PHAKDING (2610m, 6 hrs (LODGE))

Today, we have an easy way down to the Phakding village via Namche Bazaar for Lodge stay.
Day 13

PHAKDING – LUKLA (2840m,4 hrs (LODGE))

This day is the last day of our terrific trek ending with an easy way down to Lukla. Our representative will make necessary arrangements for your next day flight to Kathmandu in the afternoon.
Day 14

FLY LUKLA – KATHMANDU (1300m, 45 minutes)

30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel, breakfast included.
Day 15


The very morning after breakfast our representative will guide you to airport to board on the flight for Kathmandu. From Kathmandu airport we will take you to the hotel.
Annapurna Base camp Trekking

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