Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo lake


Gokyo lake trek is an alternative to classical treks in the Khumbu region. It’s especially designed for travellers who are eager to experience the magnificent view of the Everest range. Gokyo lake is third highest lake in the world. A few stone made houses are located at the lake area making Gokyo one of the highest settlements in the world.

The trekking trail follows the Everest Base Camp trail up to Sanasa, then the trail follows Dudh Koshi river. We also get chance to explore the lifestyle of the high altitude dwellers. At Gokyo-Ri we can see five over 8000 meters high mountain peaks: Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga.

Gokyo lake

Mount Everest on the Gokyo lake trek
Both pictures by Wojciech Zwierzynski


Day Place Altitude Duration
1. Kathmandu to Lukla (flight), then trek to Phakding 2700m 3h
2. Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m 6h
3. Rest day at Namche Bazaar, day trek to the Everest view hotel - -
4. Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tenga 3680m 6h
5. Phortse Tenga to Dole 4110m 5h
6. Dole to Machhermo 4480m 6h
7. Machhermo to Gokyo 4790m 5h
8. Morning view to Gokyo-Ri (5357 m) then back to Machhermo 4480m 7h
9. Machhermo to Phortse Tenga 3680m 5h
10. Phortse Tenga to Khumjung 3780m 6h
11. Khumjung to Namche Bazaar 3440m 4h
12. Namche Bazaar to Phakding 2700m 3h
13. Phakding to Lukla 2800m 4h
14. Lukla to Kathmandu 1100m 45min