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Gokyo valley and Gokyo Lake and Himalayas view from Gokyo Ri

19 Oct 2023 Himalaya Trip

Gokyo Lakes Trek Overview

Gokyo region in the Everest region is the second best choice among trekkers after the renowned Everest base Camp trek. Gokyo is one of the freshwater lakes created from the glacial remains flowing down from these mountains. This turquoise Gokyo Lake has a chain of six glacial lakes in its surroundings which is mesmerizing. Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari), Thonak Cho, Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho, Ngojumba Cho, and Kyajumba Cho are 6 oligotrophic lakes. Gokyo Lakes Trek is a challenging yet adventurous trek and the best alternative for adventurous trekkers.

This 11-day Gokyo Lakes trek offers phenomenal panoramic vistas of surrounding snow-capped peaks. The amazing trekking experience in the vicinity of breathtaking landscapes, and serene lakes, with a blend of geological wonders and cultural experiences, is surreal. Ascend Gokyo Ri (5357m) and witness impressive views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Khumbila, Kwande, Pumori, Nuptse, Gokyo Valley, and lakes. Traverse the challenging Renjo La (5360m) and trek along the longest Ngozumpa glacier. Complete this phenomenal journey navigating through diverse flora and fauna in the Sagarmatha National Park, attractive villages in Gokyo, lush green forest, changing landscapes, and experiencing Sherpa culture, lifestyle, and hospitality. Come and experience the wholesome adventure in the mountains, in nature.

Highlights of the trek 

  • Sagarmatha National Park and its diverse flora and fauna
  • Explore the oldest Thame monastery, Buddhist Monasteries, stupas, Mane Walls
  • Sherpa culture, lifestyle, and hospitality
  • Trek along the longest Ngozumpa Glacier 
  • Turquoise Gokyo Lake and its chain of six glacial lakes 
  • Ascend Gokyo Ri (5357 m) and witness impressive views of Gokyo Valley, Lakes and snow-capped peaks
  • Traversing the challenging Renjo La Pass (5360 m)
  • Impressive views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Khumbila, Kwande, Pumori, and Nuptse from Renjo La and Gokyo Ri

11 Days Gokyo Lakes Trek Map

11 Days Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

Day 02: Trek Phakding – Namche

Day 03: Acclimatization day

Day 04: Trek Namche – Mong La

Day 05: Trek Mong La – Machherma

Day 06: Trek Machherma – Gokyo

Day 07: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5330m) and 5th Lake

Day 08: Trek Gokyo – Renjo La (5360m) – Lungdhen

Day 09: Trek Lungdhen – Thame – Namche

Day 10: Trek Namche – Phakding – Lukla

Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu

Trekking permits for Gokyo Lakes Trek

1. Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit

For Foreigners: NPR 2000 (Approx. USD 20)

For SAARC Nationals: NPR 1000 (Approx. USD 10)

2. Sagarmatha National Park (SNP)

For Foreigners: NPR 3000 (Approx. USD 30)

For SAARC Nationals: NPR 1500 (Approx. USD 15)

3. Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)

For Foreigners: NRS. 2000 (Approx. USD 20)

For SAARC Nationals: NRS. 1000 (Approx. USD 10)

Best time to visit Gokyo Lakes Trek

Throughout the year, we organize treks but the best times for Gokyo Renjo La Pass Treks are:

Spring (March-May): 

Perfect season, Moderate Temperature, Awesome stable weather, Panoramic Vistas, Lush Greenery, Comfortable Trails, Blooming Seasonal Flowers, Availability of Teahouses

Autumn (September-November): 

Second-best season, Clear weather and skies, warm temperature with comfy trekking trails, wonderful scenic views, and availability of teahouses

Winter (December-February): 

Not suitable, very cold, unpredictable weather and temperature, snowy and slippery trails, limited views, high chances of flight cancelations, and less availability of teahouses with limited amenities

Summer (June-August): 

Monsoon season in Nepal, Heavy rainfall, cloudy and cold weather, unstable temperatures, slippery trails, high chances of flight cancelations, less availability of teahouses with limited facilities, unfavorable 

Preparation and fitness for Gokyo Lakes trek

The Gokyo Lake trek’s highest point is Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5330m followed by 5th Lake at an elevation of 4990m. Traversing Renjo La Pass at an elevation of 5360m along with the high elevation is the challenging part. It demands an excellent level of preparation and fitness. We suggest trekkers prepare well in advance by participating in physical cardio exercises, cycling, jogging, swimming, and short hikes to build stamina. Eat a balanced diet and avoid unhealthy foods and drinks. Consult a doctor and do necessary check-ups if necessary before venturing into this Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek.

Accommodation and Internet facilities for Gokyo Lakes Trek

Locally operated teahouses or lodges are accommodation types that offer one twin-bed private common room for 2 people. Western toilets are very rare and prepared to share toilets and bathrooms. Pay an additional amount for the use of the shower, hot water, Wi-Fi, laundry, boiled water, charging electronic devices, and other services. Everest Link’s Wi-Fi serves as an internet provider throughout the trek. Networks are stable in lower regions.

Meals for Gokyo Lakes Trek

Lodges have meal options where trekkers can select their choices. Meal choices are limited but hygienic. Mostly veg foods are served and non-veg foods are not recommended. Full-board meals are served from teahouses that include options such as Nepali Dal-Bhat, vegetables, noodles, soup, eggs, tea, coffee, etc.

everest view from renjo la pass
everest view from renjo la pass

Drinking water

Drinking water options during the Gokyo treks are natural spring water and bottled water. Always carry a water purification kit for pure water treatment. Stay hydrated and always carry a water bottle.

How to get to Gokyo Lakes trek?

A flight to Lukla from Kathmandu is the quickest and easiest option to get to Gokyo. From Lukla, commence the trek following the itinerary schedule.

Note: In the months of April, May, October, and November due to air traffic in Kathmandu, flight schedules are operated from Ramechhap. Take a 4-hour drive from 

Kathmandu to Ramechhap and then take a flight to Lukla during peak seasons.

What to do in case of Flight cancelations from Kathmandu to Lukla?

There is an alternative option of Kathmandu to Lukla by helicopter which costs around USD 500 per person in case of flight cancelations from Kathmandu to Lukla.

How hard is the Gokyo Lakes trek?

Gokyo trek’s highest point is Gokyo Ri (5330m) and 5th Lake (4990m). The difficulty level for this trek is graded 4 which means it is very hard. Traversing Renjo La Pass at an elevation of 5360 m is very arduous. The high elevations, the challenging pass, the unconventional trail routes, the high steep ascend and low steep descend, the changing temperature and weather, altitude sickness, and the limited availability of teahouses and amenities can be challenging factors during this trek.

Packing List

  • Trekking boots (If new boots are purchased, “break them in” to avoid blisters) and spare laces
  • Hat (Warm), scarf and gloves
  • Trousers (Warm trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.
  • Running shoes, sandals, or thongs (To wear in the camp at night or when your boots are wet).
  • Shorts and trousers
  • Wool-blend socks, liner socks, and underwear (three pairs)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece jacket
  • T-shirts (two or three) and a long-sleeved shirt with a collar (a long-sleeved – shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sunburn.)
  • Laundry soap powder or bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen (SPF 20+) and lip guard
  • Sunglasses
  • Pocket knife
  • Iodine, water-purification tablets, or filter
  • Insect repellent (for lower elevation)
  • Stuff Sacks
  • Earplugs
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping back and silk liner
  • Water bottle
  • Torch (flashlight), spare batteries and bulbs
  • Duffle bag
  • Crampon
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Camera, memory card, and battery charger (spare batteries)
  • Books and magazines
  • Trekking Poles
  • Quick-drying camp towel
  • Daypack (This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirements for the day e.g. toilet items, cameras, towel, soap, chocolate bar, etc.)
  • 2-4 large plastic bags: to separate clean clothes from dirty ones
  • Personal medical supplies


Gokyo Lakes trek treats trekkers with scenic panoramic mountain vistas, and beautiful changing landscapes, along with turquoise lakes in its vicinity. Traversing through the longest Ngozumpa Glacier, challenging Renjo La Pass, and ascending Gokyo Ri are major highlights of this trek. Gokyo Lake and its 6 chain lakes are enchanting. A trek full of adventure provides trekkers with new beautiful insights, picturesque scenery, and impressive views of snow-capped peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, etc. Indeed this trek is a rewarding and memorable experience for all trekkers.

Gokyo Lakes Trek FAQs

Is prior trekking experience necessary for the Gokyo Lakes Trek?

Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek is a Grade 4 trek which means it is very challenging. Hence, prior trekking experience is necessary for a smooth and fruitful trekking experience.

Is there an age restriction for Gokyo Lakes trek?

There is no age restriction for this trek but it demands both physical and mental fitness to accomplish it.

Is Gokyo Lakes trek suitable for you?

This trek is suitable for you if you can adjust to the high elevations, are physically and mentally fit, and have a strong determination to complete this trek.

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