Gyoko Lake Trekking

A Journey tothe Roof of the World: Everest Base Camp Trekking Adventure


Gokyo Lake Trek offers a captivating alternative to the classic Everest Base Camp route, ensuring trekkers still enjoy breathtaking views of Everest and stay overnight in Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu Region.

This less crowded route takes trekkers through local villages, showcasing village life, impressive icy rivers, glacier debris, snow-capped mountains, and the stunning turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes. Comprising six lakes at altitudes ranging from 4700m to 5000m in the Gokyo Valley within Sagarmatha National Park, these lakes hold significance as the world’s highest freshwater lake system and are designated as a Ramsar site and sacred to Hindus and Buddhists.

Lonely Planet describes the Gokyo Valley as the most spectacular in the Khumbu region. A highlight of this trek is visiting the 5th and 6th lakes nestled in a high alpine bowl at the base of Cho Oyu, the world’s 6th highest mountain. Trekkers typically cover about 5 hours of walking per day, including a challenging ascent to Gokyo RI (5,357m) for panoramic views of Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Ngozumpa Glacier, and ice ridges.

For those preferring a shorter trek, helicopter tours are an option to experience Gokyo Lake’s pristine beauty. Acclimatization days in Namche Bazaar allow visits to nearby Khumjung Village, home to the school established by Sir Edmund Hillary, adding cultural and historical richness to the trek. Namche Bazaar’s vibrant atmosphere, with its bustling market and diverse mix of trekkers and climbers, provides ample opportunities for sharing stories and experiences with fellow adventurers.

Detail Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, our team will warmly greet you and ensure a seamless transfer to your hotel. Once you've checked in, take some time to relax and rejuvenate. In the evening, join us for a delightful welcome dinner hosted by Touching Mountain Treks. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow travelers and kick off your Nepal journey on a memorable note. Enjoy your overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Today, we'll start our day with a delightful breakfast before delving into a guided tour of Kathmandu's rich historical and spiritual landmarks. Our itinerary includes visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the iconic Durbar Square, the revered Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), and the impressive Bouddhanath Buddhist shrine, renowned as one of the largest stupas globally.

At noon, we'll gather for a pre-trip discussion where we'll meet our trek leader and fellow team members. Touching Mountain Treks will provide us with a detailed briefing about our upcoming trek, giving us the opportunity to ask any questions and ensuring we're fully prepared for the adventure ahead. We'll spend the night in Kathmandu, ready to kickstart our trekking journey.

Itinerary Facts: Trek Distance, 6.2km / 3.8miles, Flight Hours: 40/20 Minutes, Highest Altitude: 2,850m / 9,350ft, Trek Duration: 3 hours

Your trip's start may vary depending on the trekking season. During March, April, May, September, October, and November, flights from Kathmandu to Lukla might be redirected to Manthali Airport. To catch an early morning flight from Manthali to Lukla, we'll pick you up from your hotel around 12:30 am for a 5-hour drive to Manthali Airport. The flight from Manthali to Lukla takes about 20 minutes. In other months (December, January, February, June, July, and August), you will fly directly from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Alternatively, you can book a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla, avoiding the long drive to Manthali. The cost for a helicopter, when split among five people, is approximately 550 USD per person.

Once you land at Lukla Airport, we will gather and start our trek to Phakding, passing through Chaurikharka Village. This initial short trek helps with acclimatization. In Phakding, we will visit local monasteries, including the Rimishung Monastery.

Itinerary Facts: Trek Distance: 7.4km / 4.6 miles, Highest Altitude: 3,440m / 11,285ft, Trek Duration:6 hrs

We will continue our trek along the northern side of the Dudh Koshi River, enjoying breathtaking views along the way. Crossing numerous suspension bridges, including the iconic Hillary Suspension Bridge, we will feel deeply immersed in the natural surroundings. Our path will take us to Sagarmatha National Park, where we'll register our permits before heading into the dense forest. Here, we'll catch our first glimpses of Mt. Everest. Our destination for the day is Namche Bazaar, famously known as the gateway to Everest.

To ensure proper acclimatization to the altitude, we will spend some time at Namche Bazaar. Although we won’t be trekking during this period, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained.

Namche Bazaar is home to many Wi-Fi-equipped hotels, restaurants, and cafes. You can explore shops stocked with trekking gear and souvenirs. Additionally, we can visit noteworthy sites such as Hillary School, Sherpa settlements, Syangboche Airport, Yak farms, and the Everest View Hotel, which offers stunning views of Mount Everest, Mt Amadablam and more.

Itinerary Facts: Trek Distance, 9.2km / 5.7miles, Highest Altitude: 3,855m / 12,850ft, Trek Duration:5 hrs

Our trek begins in Namche, with Tengboche as our final destination. Along the way, we will be treated to breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The trail is demanding, featuring numerous ascents and descents, but the effort is well worth it for the spectacular scenery and glimpses of high-altitude wildlife such as musk deer, pheasants, and Himalayan Thar. Before arriving at Tengboche, we will pass through the charming village of Phunki Thenga. The trail then continues to Tengboche, where we will visit the renowned Tengboche Monastery. The atmosphere here is serene and spiritually enriching.

Facts: Trek Distance, 12km / 7.45miles, Highest Altitude: 4,360m / 14,290ft, Trek Duration: 5 hrs

Today, we will journey from Tengboche to Dingboche. Along the way, we'll encounter chortens, mani walls, and charming small villages, with the striking view of Ama Dablam standing out as a highlight. Our route follows the Lobuche River as we make our way into the Imja Valley, culminating in a steep ascent to Dingboche. Once in Dingboche, you'll notice fields surrounded by stone walls, built to shield crops from the harsh climate.

Upon arriving in Dingboche, you'll have reached a significant altitude, making it essential to acclimatize. We will dedicate this day to climbing the ridge above Dingboche, where we can enjoy breathtaking, close-up views of the snow-covered peaks, including Lhotse, the backside of Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. To the north of Dingboche, the majestic Himalayan peaks rise above the Khumbu Khola valley. Dingboche village itself feels like an untouched piece of earth, as if frozen in time.

 Facts: Trek Distance: 8.5km / 5.2miles, Highest Altitude: 4,930m / 16,175ft, Trek Duration: 5 hours

Our trek begins with a brief ascent from Dingboche. We will cross a glacial moraine and pass by a small cluster of lodges. As we climb higher, the mountain views become increasingly impressive. The trail takes us to Thukla Pass, where memorial statues honor climbers who didn't make it. Overall, the trek is very enjoyable, and once we reach Lobuche, we'll stop to rest and spend the night there.

 Facts: Trek Distance: 15km / 9.32miles, Highest Altitude: 5,364m / 17,598ft, Trek Duration: 6-8 hours

On this day, you'll reach your final destination. The trek begins in Lobuche and follows the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier until you arrive at Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of some of the world's tallest mountains. After dropping off your belongings, you'll continue on to Everest Base Camp. This is the highest point you can reach without specialized equipment. It's a significant accomplishment, a testament to your courage and determination. This moment of triumph is one you'll likely cherish and remember for the rest of your life.

Facts: Trek Distance: 9.6km / 6miles, Highest Altitude: 5,555m / 18,208ft, Trek Duration: 5 hours

On the ninth day, we reach the highlight of our journey. We'll rise early to visit Kala Patthar, renowned for its spectacular sunrise views of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks. This spot offers breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Himalayas. After soaking in the scenery, we'll head back down to Gorak Shep for breakfast and a bit of rest. Following that, we'll continue our trek to Periche, our destination for the day.

Facts: Trek Distance: 14.3km / 8.8miles, Highest Altitude: 4,250m / 13,945ft, Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs.

After continuous ascent, it's now time to descend. We'll start our day at Periche, have breakfast, and trace our route along the Dudh Koshi River until we reach Namche Bazaar, where we'll stay overnight.

Facts: Trek Distance: 13.5km / 8.3 miles, Highest Altitude: 3,440m / 11,285ft, Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

On our last day of trekking, we'll head back to Lukla through the Dudh Kosi valley, offering a fresh perspective with new views along the way. Upon reaching Lukla, we'll spend the night there in anticipation of our flight back to Kathmandu the following day.

Embark on a guided city tour in Kathmandu after breakfast, visiting iconic landmarks such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Patan city, and Swayambhunath. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the city before retiring for the night at the hotel on a Bed and Breakfast plan.


Today is the culmination of our amazing adventure in Nepal! A knowledgeable guide from Touching Mountain Treks will accompany you to the airport, ensuring we arrive about three hours before your flight. During our journey back home, we'll have ample time to reflect on our unforgettable experiences and begin dreaming about our next adventure in this captivating country of Nepal.

What is Include?

  • All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation in hotel for 3 nights in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the trek for 11 nights in the Everest Region.
  • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), with a cup of tea.
  • Experienced, first-aid trained, government licensed, English-speaking trekking guide.
  • Permits for Everest National Park and village community fee.
  • Porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 clients).
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu/Manthali and Lukla.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.

what is Excludes?

  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu
  • International flight fare
  • Any kind of hot drinks, soft drinks and hard drinks
  • Battery charging, shower
  • Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
  • Tips totrekking staff and driver
  • PersonalTrekking gear and equipment
  • Any expenses otherthan the Price Include section

Checking List

General Gears

  • Four-season (zero degree) sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Puffy down jacket
  • Daypack (35-45 liters recommended) with rain cover

Upper_body Gears

  • Sun hat or cap
  • Scarf/Neck Gaiter
  • Headlight
  • Sunglasses


  • Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
  • Technical fabric short (2) and long sleeve (2) shirts
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Fleece jacket or pullover

Lower Body

  • Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
  • Hiking pants (2)
  • Comfortable pants for inside the teahouses
  • Hiking shorts

Hand Gears

  • Wool or technical fabric liner gloves
  • Hard-shell outer gloves (insulated for colder months)

Feet Gears

  • Wool or technical fabric warm socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks (optional such as silk)
  • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
  • Casual shoes
  • Gaiters (lightweight for dust or heavy for snow in colder months)

Undergarments Gears

        Note: The quantity of each article of clothing can be adjusted to suit the preferences of each

  •  Technical fabric/quick drying is best for underwear
  • Sports bras (women)
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes

First Aid Kits and Medications

       (Note: Our Company Guides carry medications and first aid kits during the trip. However,
                  personal kits and medications are highly recommended.)

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • ointment
  • Cough Syrup (recommend for Khumbu Cough)
  • Mosquito repellent cream (for Kathmandu and Phakding)

Other Essentials

  • Passport
  • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toiletry kits
  • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
  • Hydration bladder
  • Towel
  • Pillowcase
  • Toilet paper
  • High protein snacks (such as protein bars or nuts)
  • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying important documents and money
  • Airline tickets (Please leave a copy at our office in Kathmandu. This can be useful if there is a
    change in the date of the flight.)


        Once you are in Nepal, you have the option to purchase supplies and gear for hiking if you have
          spare time. Our guide will assist you in buying the equipment..

  • Power bank or extra batteries
  • Cameras and mobile phone
  • Cards/book
  • Binoculars
  • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
  • Trekking poles
  • Whistle
  • Thermos for hot water


The trek is considered challenging due to high altitude, varying weather conditions, and the duration. However, with proper preparation and acclimatization, it is achievable for individuals with moderate fitness levels.

The best times are pre-monsoon (spring) from late April to early June and post-monsoon (autumn) from late September to early November when the weather is stable, and the skies are clear.

Temperatures can drop significantly, especially at higher altitudes. Nighttime temperatures can go below freezing, so adequate warm clothing is crucial.

While it's possible to trek independently, hiring a guide and/or porter is recommended for safety, navigation, and to ease the physical burden. Guides are familiar with the route, and porters can carry your heavy backpack.

Acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Trekking itineraries typically include rest days to allow your body to adjust. Stay hydrated, ascend gradually, and be aware of symptoms like headaches and nausea.

Costs vary based on factors such as the trekking agency,  duration, services included, and whether you hire a guide and porter. Budget for permits, accommodations, food, and miscellaneous expenses.

You will need a Sagarmatha National Park Permit and a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. Check the latest requirements, as regulations may change.

Pack layers for changing weather, a good pair of trekking boots, a quality sleeping bag, and essentials like a first aid kit, water purification tablets, and a refillable water bottle.

The trek typically takes around 12 to 14 days, depending on the route and acclimatization days.

Physical fitness is crucial. Cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and altitude simulation training are recommended. Consult a healthcare professional for advice, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

Acclimatization is crucial. Slow ascent, staying hydrated, and recognizing symptoms of altitude sickness are key. Diamox may be considered under the guidance of a medical professional.

While some lodges offer Wi-Fi (for a fee), it's unreliable. Local SIM cards may provide phone connectivity in certain areas, but be prepared for limited communication.

Charging facilities are available at tea houses, but they may charge a fee. It's advisable to bring a power bank and extra batteries.

Teahouses and lodges along the trail provide basic accommodation. Rooms may be shared, and amenities are basic. It's advisable to carry a sleeping bag for added comfort.

Yes, it's highly recommended to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking, medical emergencies, and evacuation.




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