Gokyo Trek

Nepal: Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri 5357m trek

  • Activity: Trekking
  • Country: Nepal
  • Level: F (Easy)
  • Season: April, May, October, November, December
  • Max guests: 7

The trip is provided by my partner "Birdtravel.RU". By clicking "Book on partner's website", you will be redirected to the partner's website. I will be your guide in this program!


The goal of our trek is to journey through the picturesque trails of Khumbu, to distance ourselves from the crowds of tourists heading to Everest Base Camp, to catch sight of the four 8,000-meter peaks from the summit of Gokyo Ri, and to return via the Renjo Pass at 5,350 meters. Honestly, I prefer circular and linear routes. I don't enjoy retracing the same path back.

The journey will take place at altitudes ranging from 3,000 to 5,350 meters. Daily hikes will last for 4-8 hours. Nights will be spent in "lodges" with Nepalese hospitality and comfort.

The Gokyo Lakes are situated within the pocket of moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier, which flows from beneath the 8,201-meter Cho Oyu peak. There are a total of 5 lakes. In our travel plans, we intend to visit at least 3 of them, with the 4th being optional, and the 5th requiring a separate expedition. Although for the particularly determined, even that can be arranged!

Including in price

  • Guide's fee
  • Transfers to and from Kathmandu Airport
  • Transfers to and from Ramechhap Airport
  • Local flight between Ramechhap and Lukla
  • Accompanied by a professional Russian-speaking guide with IFMGA certification.
  • Accompanied by a local English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (3 nights) at Nomad Hotel (including breakfast)
  • Accommodation in guesthouses during the trek (double rooms)
  • Permit for entry into Sagarmatha National Park
  • TIMS-card
  • Permit for entry into Khumbu Pasang Lhamu National Park
  • 1 porter for 2 guests (personal luggage, 25 kg per porter)

Not including in price

  • Personal equipment rent
  • International flight tickets
  • Visa for Nepal (50$)
  • Meals in Kathmandu and during the trek (30$/day, total 480$)
  • Insurance for high altitude trekking with helicopter rescue included (200$)
  • Porter tips (70-80$ per 2 guests) and guide's tips (100-200$ per group)
  • Botteled water, douche and battery charging

To know

Khumbu is a region in Nepal that encompasses the well-known Mount Everest. In this area, the local population consists of "Sherpas." The capital is the village of Namche Bazaar, situated at an elevation of 3,440 meters. The Sherpas are predominantly Buddhists, and nearly every village has a monastery. We will definitely visit some of these monasteries as part of our journey and attend their services.

We will be surrounded by peaks such as Kusum Kanguru, Kantega, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Kongde, Teng Kang Poche, Kiazori, and many other breathtaking summits exceeding 6,000 meters in height. The renowned Nuptse, towering at 7,861 meters, and of course, Everest (8,848 meters), Lhotse (8,516 meters), Makalu (8,481 meters), and Cho Oyu (8,201 meters) will also be part of the stunning landscape.

We will be gaining altitude gradually, spending each night 500-600 meters higher than the previous one. In Namche Bazaar, we'll have a traditional rest day with walks around the area, mainly for acclimatization purposes. Get your cameras ready - it's going to be incredibly beautiful.


  • We will visit the most famous and popular mountain region of Nepal.
  • The route has been designed to avoid tourist crowds.
  • You will get to see renowned glacial lakes.
  • The wilderness of nature and mountains. Breathtaking panoramas during sunrise.


Kathmandu (1440) - Ramechhap (474) — Lukla (2860) — Phakding (2652) — Namchebazar (3440) — Kumjung (3790) — Taingboche (3860) - Dhole (4050) — Machhermo (4440) — Gokyo (4750) — Gokyo Ri (5357) — Renjo Pass (5355) — Landkhen (4370) — Thame (3840) — Monjo (2850) — Lukla (2860) — Ramechhap (474) - Kathmandu (1440)


Day 1. Arriving in Kathmandu (1440).

Airport transfer. Check-in at the hotel. Rest after a long flight. Group introduction. Procurement of necessary supplies and equipment.

Day 2. Transfer to Ramechhap (474 м) and flight to Lukla (2860).

Early wake-up, transfer to Ramechhap Airport. Short flight to Lukla and the start of the trek. Hike to Phakding.

Timing: 4-5 hours by car, 1 hour flight + 3 hours hike.

Day 3. Hike to Namchebazaar (3440).

A fairly long day with the first extended ascent. A gain of 900 meters in altitude. Along the way, we enter the national park where our permits will be checked. Before the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, we'll cross a picturesque suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River.

There's a resting platform midway up the ascent. Hospitable local residents sell mandarins there, and on clear days, you can catch a glimpse of Everest.

Timing: 5-6 hours. Uphill 900 m.

Day 4. Rest and acclimatization day (3440).

An excursion around the vicinity of Namche Bazaar. Visiting the Japanese hotel has become a sort of tradition, and then passing through the village of Khumjung before returning to the lodge. Lunch on the way.

Timing: 3-4 hrs. Uphill 500 m, downhill 500 m.

Day 5. Hike to Tengboche (3860).

From Namche Bazaar along the EBC (Everest Base Camp) highway. The trail descends to the river, and from there, a climb of 500 meters to reach Tengboche. Monastery and incredible views await!

Timing: 4 hrs. Uphill 700 m. Downhill 400 m.

Day 6. Hike to Dhole (4050).

We'll continue along the main EBC trail after reaching the bridge. Taking the adjacent ridge of the valley, we return to the village of Pheriche, then descend to the river and finally ascend to Dole. It's going to be a long day.

Timing: 6-7 hrs. Uphill 800 m. Downhill 200 m.

Day 7. Hike to Machhermo (4440).

A shorter day ahead. We're ascending above the tree line now. Alpine meadows, grand mountains. Yaks grazing around. Lunch on the way.

Timing: 4 hrs. Uphill 500 m. Downhill 100 m.

Day 8. Hike to Gokyo (4750).

We're gaining the final meters to the lakes. There are a couple of lodges along the way for lunch. The first lake is small, the second is considerably larger. The third lake has a settlement on its shores where we'll be staying. In the evening, we'll take a stroll around the lake.

Timing: 5 hrs. Uphill 400 m.

Day 9. Gokyo Ri ascent (5357).

We'll start early, around 3-4 am, to reach the summit at sunrise. It will be cold, but the sunrise will be worth it. Essentially, all the warm clothing will be necessary here. The rest of the day can be spent recovering or taking a walk to the fourth lake.

Timing: 5 hrs. Uphill 600 m.

Day 10. Crossing Renjo Pass (5355) and hike to Landkhen (4370).

We follow the lake and ascend towards the pass, winding our way along ledges until unexpectedly emerging onto the pass. The descent begins with man-made steps, leading to a small lake, and then a long gradual descent to the lodges.

Timing: 6-7 hrs. Uphill 600 m. Downhill 1000 m.

Day 11. Hike to Thame (3800).

A relatively flat hike, with some descent, but covering a big distance. We'll also visit the Thame Monastery along the way.

Timing: 5 hrs. Uphill 100 m. Downhill 600 m.

Day 12. Hike to Namchebazaar (3440) and then to Monjo (2850).

Crossing a bridge adorned with ancient Rinpoche images, we descend through a busier trail into the forested area, eventually arriving back in Namche Bazaar. After lunch, another 2 hours of trekking will take us to Monjo. There's also a monastery here, and you could attend the morning service if you like.

Timing: 6 hrs. Uphill 100 m. Downhill 1100 m.

Day 13. Hike to Lukla (2850 m).

Once again, we're on the main trail with all its familiar aspects. However, in certain spots, you can enjoy delicious coffee and indulge in some excellent baked goods. By evening, we'll reach Lukla.

Timing: 4 hrs. Uphill 300 m. Downhill 300 m.

Day 14. Flight to Ramechhap (474) and transfer to Kathmanu (1440).

Early in the morning, we'll take a flight to Ramechhap and then embark on a lengthy transfer back to Kathmandu by car.

Timing: 1 hour flight, 5-6 hrs by car.

Day 15. Extra day.

We'll have a chance to enjoy some meals and shop for souvenirs.

Day 16. Flying back home.

According to the tickets, we'll arrange a transfer to the airport.


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