Gokyo Lakes Trek - See The Emerald Lakes Of Gokyo

Gokyo Lakes Trek – See The Emerald Lakes Of Gokyo


On this page you will find a comprehensive and impartial guide to the Gokyo Lakes Trek.

As this is a very long and detailed article on the Gokyo Lakes Trek, we recommend using the quicklinks below to navigate to the sections that interest you most. Alternatively, bookmark this page for future reference.


Route Overview

The Gokyo Lakes lies at the head of the Dudh Kosi Valley and provides an excellent alternative to the classic Everest Base Camp trek. The trek is especially good if you have a little more time on your hands as it takes in all the highlights of the classic Everest trek with the added bonus of seeing the beautiful Gokyo Lakes!

The trek itself is far more tranquil than the EBC trek as there are much less trekkers on the route. Another added bonus of the trek is that it is a circular trek in which there is no backtracking like you find on the classic EBC trek.

The highlight of this trek is the ascent of Gokyo Ri. Standing at over 5000m, the views from the summit are simply breathtaking. The peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu can be seen! The view is often considered one of the best in Nepal and it is easy to see why.  Climbing to the summit in the afternoon is a beautiful time as you will see sunset over the glimmering Gokyo Lakes.

The trek begins in Lukla after your flight from Kathmandu. For the first three days, the trail follows the traditional Everest Base Cam trek trek itinerary for the first three days up to Namchee Bazaar. Just after Namchee the trail veers off to the North-west via the towns of Dole and Machemo, and then onto the stunningly gorgeous Goyko Lakes. You then ascend Goyko Ri (5,357 meters) and traverses Cho La Pass (5,420 meters) before joining up again with the classic Everest Base Camp trek at Lobuche.

Regional Map

Gokyo, in the Everest region, is on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest. Lonely Planet ranked the Everest Region as the sixth best area in the world to travel to.


Recommended Map


The Gokyo Lakes trail does not receive anywhere near the same footfall as the classic Everest Base Camp trek and the paths can often be confused with smaller yak trails.

Therefore, we recommend taking a detailed trekking map of the region. The area is sparse and it is quite possible to get lost in the warren of valleys that lie either side of the main trail. The most up to date and recent map is Everest and Gokyo by NepaMaps


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Accommodation will be in lodges. Here is a general itinerary for a standard 16 day version of the Gokyo Lakes trek. Please note that there are several Gokyo Lake itineraries that can be completed. If you want to make your own way to Lukla then you could no doubt organise this with your operator or guide.

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Video Overview

A great video overview of the Gokyo Lakes Trek by Joey Paine. It’s just over 9 minutes long.

Recommended Guidebook


Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons’s have produced a great guide book – A Trekking Guide to Everest.

For a more general guide to Nepal trekking you may want to consider the Nepal Lonely Planet Trekking Guide.

We also highly recommend Everest: A Trekker’s Guide – Trekking Routes in Nepal and Tibet by Cicerone Guides.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is altitude sickness a risk?

What gear do I need?

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Insurance Information

Trekking insurance is vital in Nepal. This is particularly true on the Gokyo Lakes trek which is quite remote and goes to high altitude. If an accident should occur that requires medical assistance and evacuation you will certainly want adequate trekking insurance that can cover the costs of air ambulance and treatment.

Make sure to have insurance that covers you for any travel related risks, like lost, damaged, stolen or delayed baggage; flight delays and interruptions; and tour operators default.

This article on travel and trekking insuranceprovides great information on what type of insurance you need, as well as provides an easy quote calculator from a leading travel operator.

Other Routes


Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular and iconic treks in Nepal. Trekkers get to retrace the early footsteps taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on their historic Everest expedition in 1953. Discover the Everest Base Camp Trek.


Langtang Valley Trek

The Langtang Valley Trek is a relatively easy trek and is often far less busy than other popular treks in the Everest and Annapurna region. The trek can be done in seven days, however, it usually takes 10 to 12 days. Discover the Langtang Valley Trek.


Manaslu Circuit Trek

Robin Boustead, author of Nepal Trekking & the Great Himalaya Trail: A route and planning guide, pronounced, “Many would argue that the Manaslu Circuit trail is the best general trek in the country.” Discover the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

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