Gokyo Lake

17 Days | 16 Nights


Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Pumori, Ama Dablam…mythical Khumbu mountain names within reach! This 13 days trekking allows a true discover of the Khumbu massif and the Sherpa culture in a very high mountain environment. The route goes up the Dudh Kosi Valley till Namche Bazar, capital city of Sherpa people before entering the Gokyo Valley till its vibrant turquoise color lakes amidst nestling in a snow and ice bower. Gokyo Peak ascent offers a splendid panorama of the world highest mountains by an easy trail: close by Cho Oyu is so impressive! In order to avoid going back on the same valley we follow another trail crossing the Renjo pass (5340m) before descending to Thame, a valley still protected from modernity. Kongde lodge, a place not much frequented, will offer another breathtaking panorama from its terrace.

Short Itineraries

  • DAY 1:
    Arrive in Kathmandu
  • DAY 2:
    Fly Kathmandu To Lukla. Trek To Phakding
  • DAY 3:
    Trek To Namche
  • DAY 4:
    In Namche. Acclimatize
  • DAY 5:
    Trek To Phortse
  • DAY 6:
    Trek To Dole
  • DAY 7:
    Trek To Machermo
  • DAY 8:
    Trek To Gokyo
  • DAY 9:
    Gokyo Ri
  • DAY 10:
    Trek To Lengden
  • DAY 11:
    Trek To Thame
  • DAY 12:
    Trek To Kongde
  • DAY 13:
    Trek To Phakding
  • DAY 14:
    Trek To Lukla
  • DAY 15:
    Fly To Kathmandu.
  • DAY 16:
    In Kathmandu
  • DAY 17:

Detailed Itineraries


It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from Yeti Adventure will meet you at the airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you check into hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Meals: None
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

After a morning Twin Otter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the gate of Khumbu. We meet our local staff at the airport and walk till the end of the village. The trail goes down steeply to cross a river with Kusum Kangaru at the back. The path climbs a bit, then contours around a ridge to Ghat on the bank of the Dudh Kosi. Then it makes some ups and downs before reaching Phakding.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lodge

Namche:The trail continues north of the Dudh Kosi valley, climbing through fields to Benkar with its huge mani stone in the centre of the trail. Then the trail climbs up through magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. Soon, Thamserku peak is on sight and the trail enters the Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsale. After crossing on a suspension bridge high over the Dudh kosi and Bhote Kosi confluence the trail makes a long climb till a ridge where there are first views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. The trail climbs steadily through forest to Namche, a town lying in a natural amphitheater protected from the weather and blessed with a major natural spring.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lodge

Because of the gain of elevation we need to stop one day there to walk around in order to well acclimatize. After breakfast we can climb up to Shyangboche and Kunde hospital and back to Namche for a visit of the town.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lodge

The path climbs up the Khumjung hill and descends to the west of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Kosi. There are two trails: a gently one and a steep-staircase like one which reach a large chorten on the top of a ridge at 3973m. From there the trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Kosi. Due to rapid increase of altitude we will stay at Phortse.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lodge

Today we have another easy day to aid our acclimatization to the altitude. The trail climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases, a beautiful portion during spring. The trail passes through many kharkas and reaches Dole. All the day the views of Khumbila and Tawache are tremendous.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lodge

The trail climbs steeply through scrub junipers and kharkas to Lhabarma and Luza at 4360m on a bank of a large stream. It continues to climb high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machermo.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lodge

Beyond Machermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kangtega and up towards Cho Oyu. Beyond the ridge, the valley widens and the trail passes through Pangka, then descends to the riverbank before beginning the climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, with many switchbacks alongside the stream to the first small lake. Then the path becomes almost level past the second lake to reach Gokyo.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lodge

The views in the region are tremendous and for the best view, we climb the Gokyo Peak, a small peak above the lake. It is a two hour climb to the top, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawache. The view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang is one of the most dramatic panoramas in Khumbu.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lodge
DAY 10: GOKYO – RENJO PASS (5340M) – LENGDEN (4380M)

From Gokyo the trail climbs gradually on grassy slopes then becomes steeper now on rocky and screen-covered slope. Just before the top of the pass the trail becomes hard and requires caution. Our efforts are rewarded by a tremendous panorama of from west to east: Tengi Ragi Tau, Rolwaling Himal, Rermo Lake, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Gokyo lakes. The trail descends easily through pastures till Lengden.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lodge

The trail continues descending along the Bhote Kosi river through pastures and passes Marulung at 4210m and crosses the river to go on west bank. The trail continues going down and crosses an affluent before reaching Taranga. About 1km further down the path crosses another affluent and still on the west bank arrives at Thame. This is the trail used by Sherpas to go to Nangpa La, the pass to enter Tibet and there are many yaks caravans on it.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lodge
DAY 12: THAME – KONGDE (4250M)

The trail follows the west bank of the Bhote Kosi passing by the KBCpower house before reaching Pare. The path leaves the bottom of the valley to climb gradually to a spur facing Namche Bazar. Our efforts are rewarded with a tremendous panorama of Ama Dalam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Thamserku.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lodge

After breakfast we still enjoy the tremendous views of the highest mountains in the world and after our lunch with regret we have to leave that high ridge comfortable lodge to start our way down toward Phakding. It’s a steep descent to the Dudh kosi valley to Taktok (2760m) where we meet the main route to Lukla. We stay at the same comfortable lodge we used during our way up to Namche.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lodge

On the same way we walked at the beginning we descend slowly to Ghat, cross the river enjoying views of Kusum Kangguru then we remember the descent of our first day trekking, but now it becomes an ascent till Lukla, end of this beautiful walk through Khumbu area and we enjoy a last comfortable stay at Lukla.

Meals:- Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Lodge

Early fly back to Kathmandu by Twin Otter and transfer to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

After breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur city, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.

Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon): Also known as city of devotees, Bhaktapur is the home of medieval art and architecture. Lying 14 kilometers/9 miles east of Kathmandu City, this place was founded in the 9th Century and is shaped like a conch shell. The city is at the height of 4,600 ft. above sea level. In Bhadgaon, you will visit the Durbar Square with the Palace of 55 windows built by King Bhupatindra Malla. The famous five-storied Nyatapol temple on the terraces of which stands a pair of figures - two goddesses, two strong men, two elephants, two lions and two griffins is the tallest temple in the valley and was also built by King Bhupatindra Malla. It is one of the best examples of Pagoda styled temples.

Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath Temple dating back to 400 A.D. is one of the oldest Hindu Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is for the Hindus what Mecca is for the Muslims. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in Pagoda Style with gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. You’ll also be able to see cremation grounds that lie on the bank of Bagmati behind the temple.

Boudhanath Stupa: One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal; Boudhanath is one of the holiest structures imposing a height of 36 meters with three massive level Mandala style platforms. It is surrounded by colourful buildings housing families creating a friendly enclosure. The Stupa is visited every year by tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.

Meals:- Breakfast
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

We ensure that that you will leave Kathmandu with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime. Our representative will drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home.

Meals: - Breakfast

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