A breathtaking view of Gokyo-Ri with Gokyo Lake in the foreground, surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains. A line of colorful player flags flutters in the breeze, adding to the beauty of the scene.
Namche Bazzar, a mountain village and trading center in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal with colourful roofs and green forest.
 A stunning view from Namche of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest, along with its neighboring peaks Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.
A view of Sherpa Guide Lodge in Phakding, surrounded by lush green trees and vegetation. Several trekkers are seen getting ready for their hike, with backpacks and trekking poles in hand.
Lukla Airport, a small mountain airport with an airplane ready for take-off on a clear day, providing access to the trekking routes to Mount Everest.

Gokyo-Ri Trek: A 15-Day Adventure in the Everest Region.


  • Best view of Mt. Everest from Gokyo-Ri.
  • Conquer high passes and glaciers.
  • Visit Sherpa villages and meet local
  • Visit the fresh glacier Gokyo Lake.
  • Visit Hindu & Buddhist Temples, Monasteries. 
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
  • Trip Type:


  • Group Size:

    2-12 Trekkers

  • Best Season:

    Spring & Autumn

  • Max Altitude:

    5,357 meters
    17,575 feet

  • Start-End:


  • Daily Activity:

    Approx 6-7 hrs hike


Sagarmatha National Park, Solukhumbu, Nepal

  • Fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)

              We’re here to help: 
Call (734) 997-7229 or  E-mail.


Starting with a classic route of mountaineers and trekkers to Everest base camp, you will experience the vibrant ambiance of Namche Bazaar, a prosperous market town nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. From here, the trail veers off towards Gokyo, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain scenery. Trekking along the mighty Imtse Khola, you will pass through typical Sherpa villages, and Buddhist stupas adorned with colorful prayer flags, exploring the unique spiritual traditions of Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayas. The Trek culminates at Gokyo Lake, where you will see some of the most spectacular views in the world.

The Gokyo-Ri, standing tall at an elevation of 17,575 ft. (5,357 m.), offers panoramic views of the world's tallest mountains, including Everest, Lhotse, and other towering Himalayan peaks. The Gokyo Lakes and the Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier in the world, can be seen from Gokyo Lake, lying at the base of the world's 6th tallest mountain, Cho Oyo. The breathtaking spectacle of the sunrise and sunset at Gokyo Lake is an experience to be noticed. The 16 days Gokyo Lake trek promises an unforgettable adventure through the unparalleled natural beauty of the Himalayas, coupled with a unique cultural experience of the Sherpa people and their way of life.




Schedule your flight as your itinerary of Trek. One of the team members will pick you up and drop you at the hotel. She/he will brief you about your next day's schedule.

Accommodation: Hotel Tibet  
Meals included: Dinner


According to the plan, our guide will pick up for city sightseeing. Three major Kathmandu heritage sites, Baudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Kathmandu Durbar-Square, are scheduled for this day after the sightseeing trekking guide checks your trekking equipment and recommends necessary gear items to add to the list and briefs about the next day's activities. 

Accommodation: Hotel Tibet   
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner



According to the briefing trekking guide will pick you up from the Hotel and drive to the airport. Lukla's flight is around 20-30 minutes if the flight takes up as per schedule. In Lukla, we have tea and meet with our other trekking Sherpa (guide assistant) and porter. After a short tea break, we start our Trek toward Phakding. We pass through beautiful sherpa villages and Choplung, Thado Koshi, and Ghat tea houses. A few large prayer wheels and stupa are at the trail's end. Phakding is pretty close now.

Accommodation: Tea House  
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

(Note: if the flight cancel due to weather or any causes, we will try by helicopter, which adds an extra cost of around $500 per person. 


From Phakding, the trails climb on the west side of the river through pine forests. Crossing the few bridges over Dudh Koshi, the check-in national park trail drops steeply down, and crossing the suspension bridge now, we are in Jorsale (2740m) last tea house before Namche. Here we stop to fuel up and then continue upstream. Tenzing Hillary bridge is best for short rest and a view of the last high bridge of the day. From here, the trail climbs up through the pine forest for around 3 hours and climbs the capital of Sherpa Namche, waiting to welcome you. Here we spend a couple of days acclimatizing.

Accommodation: Tea House  
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

DAY- 5: Acclimatization walks to Everest View, Khumjung, and back to Namche.

Today is an easy day, and best to explore the Namche and sherpa villages. If you miss some equipment while departing, you can find the necessary trekking equipment here. After breakfast, take only your day backpack and leave the other stuff in the Hotel. First, we climb up 20-30mins to the museums and viewpoint. Usually, the view is clear in the morning. Everest, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Taboche, and other peaks are seen from the viewpoint. Everest View Hotel (3800m) is best for a tea break and a close-up mountain view. After 20 minute walk from the Hotel, you can get to Khumjung village.

Accommodation: Tea House  
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day- 6: Trek Namche to Dole (4200 m.): Approx. 10 Km.

The walk until the Khyangjuma is straight through the hill and ascent steep to Mong. After a short descent  to Phortse Tenga, we stopped for an hour for Lunch and tea and continued climbing to Dole

Accommodation: Tea House  
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day- 7: Trek Dole to Machhermo (4470 m.) – Approx. 6 Km.

Today is a short hike for acclimatization, around 4-5 hours of walking. Machhermo is a small settlement and primary medical facility run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. After Lunch, we can take a short walk and rest in H0tel.

Accommodation: Tea House  
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner


Day- 8: Trek Machhermo to Gokyo (4800 m.) – Approx. 6 Km.

Today we approach our final destination Gokyo Lake; after 3-4 hours of walking, we approach the first lake of Gokyo and the originating point of Dudh Koshi river. We walked side by the side of Gokyo lake and finally arrived in Gokyo, a small settlement on the east side of Gokyo third lake.

Accommodation: Tea House  
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day- 9: Hike to Gokyo-Ri (5360 m.) and rest day in Goky0.

Gokyo-Ri is best for sunrise on surrounding peaks and Cho-Oyu (8188m). start to climb up early morning, around four clocks. Reaching Gokyo-Ri's top takes 2-3 hours of a strenuous climb. Standing between high mountains, Gokyo-Ri offers a magnificent view of four eight thousand mountains Cho-Oyu, Everest,  Lhotse, Makalu, and other beautiful peaks. It also provides the best view of Nepal's biggest glacier, Gokyo  Lakes, and Gokyo valley. Leave behind a stunning viewpoint; we back down to Lodge. 

Accommodation: Tea House  
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day- 10: Trek Gokyo to Dhole (4100 m.): approx. 12 Km.

We are returning to Dole after breakfast, following the Dudh Koshi river and staying overnight in Dhole.

Accommodation: Tea House  
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day- 11: Descend Namche Bazaar form Dhole.

After breakfast, we follow the Dudh Koshi river southwards, passing through the pine and rhododendron trees. One-hour walk down leads trail to the small village of Phortse Thanga, from where the trail begins to 1-hour short climb up to Mong. Mong is the best viewpoint of Ama Dablam, Thamserku peaks, and a short tea break. Climb down from Mong trail to connect to the main route of Everest base camp in Khyanguma. Following the route northwest, we finally get back to Namche.

Accommodation: Tea House  
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day- 12: Descend Namche to Lukla (2840m/9318ft) - 19 Km.

After breakfast and necessary backpacking, we continue to descend to Monjo. Check-out national park and follow the southwards of Dudh Koshi river; we stop in Phakding for Lunch. Around 3 hour walk from Phakding, we check in at Lukla and join dinner with porters in the evening.

Accommodation: Tea House  
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day- 13: Fly to Kathmandu.

Early morning short flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, approximately 20-30 mins. Check-in hotel, rest, and shop. Your guide will update you about the next day's schedule.

Accommodation: Hotel Tibet
Meals included: Breakfast


DAY- 14: Free Day in Kathmandu.

Today is a rest day in Kathmandu after your long adventure in the Himalayas. You can spend time in Hotel or walk around Thamel streets for shopping. You can ask your guide if you want to visit some other place.

Accommodation: Hotel Tibet  
Meals included: Breakfast/Dinner.



Our office staff will drop you at the airport 3 hours before the flight schedule.

Meals included: Breakfast




✅ Airport/hotel transfers

✅ Three nights accommodations in a 3-4 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast

✅ Welcome and farewell dinner

✅ Teahouse Lodge accommodations during the trek

✅ Full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley, including tour guide and entrance fees

✅ Roundtrip Kathmandu-Lukla domestic flight and airport departure tax

✅ An experienced English-speaking trekking guide

✅ Porters (2:1) to carry luggage, including porters' salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging

✅ Necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit, trekking permit)


❎ Nepal visa fee.

❎ International airfare to and from Kathmandu.

❎ Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.

❎ Travel, health, and evacuation/rescue insurance.

❎ Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, showers, etc.).

❎ Tips for guides and porters.

❎Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.



Once you book  this trek you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list


How do I sign up for a Gokyo Lake trip?

Booking a trip is easy. Call us at 734-997-7229 or  303-834-5512, or Email us at info@imperialexpedition.com.
Online bookings are made via the ‘Book Now button on each trip page. Once we confirm your booking, we’ll send you comprehensive information regarding visas, vaccinations, gear, clothing, and arrival details to ensure you are fully prepared for your Gokyo Lake adventure.

What is the fitness level to trek Gokyo lake in Nepal?

You should be moderately fit, exercise regularly, and enjoy active vacations, walking, and hiking in mountainous terrain.  For the Gokyo Lake trek, you should be able to run for an hour without stopping at any speed and still feel good to continue – OR – walk for 5-6 hours in a day with rests.  Trekking is an endurance sport.  Mostly you need a good attitude, which will go a long way toward the success of reaching your goal.

When is the best time to trek gokyo lake?

  • Fall (September-November):  Fall is considered the best time for trekking in Nepal.  The weather is excellent at this time, allowing for clear blue skies and tantalizing mountain views.  Temperatures are moderate.  Occasional short storms may bring snow to higher altitudes.

  • Winter (December-February):  Winter brings heavy snowfall mostly at higher altitudes.  This can be a good time for cultural tours and trekking at lower elevations.

  • Spring (March-May):  Spring is a good time for trekking in Gokyo Lake. The rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal, make the hillsides a colorful paradise during the spring.  It is mildly warm at lower elevations, and at higher elevations, the mountain views are excellent while the temperature is quite moderate.  If you trek to Everest base camp in the spring, you will have the opportunity to meet world-renowned climbers, as several Everest expeditions will be assembled there.

  • Summer/Monsoon (June-August):  The monsoon during the summer months can make travel in Nepal wet, muddy, warm, and often humid.  Strong monsoon rains don’t usually last long and often end with large and wonderful rainbows.  However, the streets in Kathmandu can be muddy, and landslides sometimes occur in the mountains.  It is recommended to carry insect repellent when trekking during these months.

What sort of experience do your guides have?

Our guides are dependable, competent, and highly qualified with more than ten years of trekking experience, leading trips, treks, climbs, and expeditions in the Himalayas.  Our guides speak English and the local language.  We are trained in first aid and CPR. Most importantly, our guides are friendly and enjoyable and are passionate about sharing the rich cultures, traditions, and natural beauty of Nepal.

What is the routine on the gokyo lake trek?

Most trekkers normally start their day early around 7:30 to 8:30 am after a hot breakfast.  The morning sun offers nice mountain views.  You will carry a light pack for your camera, water, a jacket, and a wind layer.  Around noon we will reach the lunch stop where we will spend time drinking tea, resting, and having lunch.  After lunch, we normally walk for 2 to 3 more hours before arriving where we will stop for the evening.  Here at the lodge we will have hot tea and relax for the rest of the day.  Our day ends with dinner and then off to bed in single or double rooms in the trekking lodge.

What type of shoes or boots should I wear?

The proper footwear depends on the trek and on the trekker.  Most hikes can be done in comfortable running shoes while longer more strenuous treks may require sturdy but lightweight hiking boots.  It is best if you purchase shoes and boots long before arriving in Nepal.  We advise that you wear your boots prior to the trek to break them in – in order to prevent blisters, which can be debilitating on the trail.

How big will the group be?

We try to bring together a small group of like-minded people.  Our trekking groups are generally from 6 to a maximum of 12 members, although we can accommodate smaller groups and solo trekkers as well.

Do you arrange a private or family trip for the gokyo lake trek?

Yes, if you would like to travel independently or with friends, family or colleagues, you are invited to choose the trip that best suits your group and the trip dates according to your schedule.  We are happy to consider any number of trekkers.  Our maximum is not more than 50 at a time.  The cost per person for private trips is negotiated on the basis of group size, trek area, and duration.

How long do we walk each day during the gokyo lake trek?

Our trips are classified into three categories according to the level of difficulty.  Easy adventure treks are about a week to 10 days in duration.  They generally don’t go above 13,000 feet (4,000m).  You can expect to be hiking/walking for around 4-5 hours a day.  Moderate to fairly challenging treks are longer treks that go into a high mountain country above 13,000 feet (4,000m).  Physically these trips are more demanding and tiring and may involve 6-8 hours of trekking along rocky trails in high Himalayan terrain.  Strenuous treks are longer treks that go beyond the normal activities of trekkers and tourists.  These include ice climbing and mountaineering expeditions.  Physically challenging, these trips may involve 7-9 hours of trekking in a day and are likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities.  Some level of experience may be required for these trips.

What type of food is served during a trek?

In general, while trekking breakfast may include a choice of porridge, muesli, omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread.  Lunch and dinner are generally pasta, potatoes, or rice with or without cooked veggies and/or eggs.  Meat is also available, however, it is recommended to adopt a vegetarian diet.  As long as the meat is stored and cooked properly, meat dishes are also safe.  Tea, coffee, and hot chocolate are available at all meals.  Your guide will do his/her best to make sure all food is well cooked.  At some restaurants in Kathmandu, the vegetables are soaked in iodine and thus fresh salads are safe to eat.  While trekking it is best to avoid raw vegetables unless you can peel them yourself.  The rule is:  cooked, peeled, boiled – or forget it!  During the trek, you can choose what you like from the menu in the lodge.  There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, popcorn, candy bars, and soft drinks.  In some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season.

What if I have to cancel?

If you decide to cancel your trip, the following fees apply and are due to Imperial Expedition prior to departure when we receive written notice of your cancellation. Cancellation Fee Schedule for tours and treks:

  • 90-81 days prior to departure You forfeit half the deposit
  • 80-60 days prior to departure You forfeit the deposit
  • 59-31 days prior to departure You forfeit 50% of the total amount
  • 30 or fewer days prior to departure You forfeit the entire cost of the trip

Cancellation Fee Schedule for Climbing Trips and Expeditions:

  • 180-150 days prior to departure You forfeit
  • 149-89 days prior to departure You forfeit 50% of the total amount
  • 90 or fewer days prior to departure You forfeit the entire cost of the trip

What are the overnight accommodations like?

In cities, you will be staying in hotels and guesthouses that are similar to those in the US with private bathrooms, showers, TV, phone, AC, etc.  If you prefer luxury hotels we can make those arrangements as well.  While trekking in the mountains the accommodations will depend on whether you are camping or teahouse trekking.  If you are on a camping trek, then you will be sleeping in a tent.  The trekking lodges or teahouses are simple shelters.  There is no central heat.  In the dining room where meals are served, there is often a wood-burning stove that heats that room only.  The guest rooms are not heated so you will need a good quality sleeping bag, which can be rented in Kathmandu.  The guest rooms are usually small and sleep one or two trekkers.  The walls are thin so earplugs are a good idea for light sleepers.  The bathrooms are down the hall or outside.  Nowadays, there are also a few ‘luxury’ establishments along the popular trekking routes.  If you are interested to upgrade, let us know and we can make those arrangements. 

What happens in case of an emergency?

In the case of a serious illness or a life-threatening emergency during your trek, a helicopter rescue will be initiated.  You are responsible for all the expenses incurred in such an evacuation.  It is required that you have insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation throughout your trip.  However unlikely, we are prepared for emergencies, and your guide will respond quickly to get any necessary medical help.  We aim to avoid such circumstances with education and a large dose of preventative medicine.

Can I get a Nepal visa on arrival?

Yes! A Nepal visa is easily available upon arrival at the entry places. Make the process easier by downloading & completing the application form, having the correct USD cash, and two passport photographs.Visa FacilityDurationFee

Multiple entry15 daysUS$ 25 or equivalent Nepali currency

Multiple entry30 daysUS$ 40 or equivalent Nepali currency

Multiple entry90 daysUS$ 100 or equivalent Nepali currency

Custom Declaration on Kathmandu, Nepal Arrival (For Foreign Nationals)

1. Travelers are required to declare goods in excess of permitted personal effects
and duty-exempted consumable goods and restricted/prohibited goods and commercial
goods at the red channel. Travelers possessing such goods may use the green channel.
2. Export or import of narcotics, arms and explosives, wildlife and its products, and
commercial goods are restricted/prohibited. Attempt to import or export such goods
may lead to confiscation of goods, penalty, and arrest resulting in prosecution.
3. Travelers are required to declare foreign currency at the red channel if the sum exceeds
US$2000 or equivalent.
4. Permitted used personal effects are as follows in condition to return back at the time
of departure:
1. Binocular one set.
2. Video Camera and still camera one set each.
3. Portable music system one set recorded media 10 pcs.
4. Cloths and goods of day-to-day use.
5. Perambulator and tricycle one set each.
6. Bicycle one set.
7. Watch one piece.
8. Cellular mobile phone one set
9. Professional hand tools are one set for professional personnel.
5. Duty-exempted consumable goods are as follows:
1. Whiskey/wine not exceeding 1.15 liters or beer up to 12 cans.
2. Cigarettes 200 sticks, cigar 50 sticks, tobacco 250 grams.
3. Camera film up to 15 pcs and movie film 12 reels.
4. Readymade and can foods not exceeding NRs.1000.00.
5. Medicine not exceeding Nrs.1000.00.
6. Fresh fruits not exceeding NRs.1000.00

Is it possible to deviate from the itinerary?

Our specific itineraries are custom crafted with you in mind.  Once we agree on a plan, we can always make minor changes and adjustments while en route.  The itinerary acts as a general plan for the trip.  However, there are often local events, festivals, or happenings that may capture our attention.  As long as everyone in the group agrees on these changes, that is fine.  Major changes to the itinerary may be made if there are political or environmental concerns.  Your guide will help to make any necessary adjustments.  Our trips are adventures that may take you into remote regions where unforeseen circumstances may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary.

Any suggestions on what to do and what not to do with respect to the Nepalese culture?

Nepal has many diverse ethnic groups, traditions, and religions.  There are numerous cultural practices that may appear unusual to a person on his/her first visit to the country.

  • The most common greeting in Nepal is “Namaste” which is performed by placing the palms together and bowing as if praying.
  • Before entering a Nepalese home, temple or monastery remember to remove your shoes and place them neatly side-by-side.
  • Be careful not to use your spoon, fork, or hands to touch another person’s food, plate, cooking utensils, or even the serving dish.  Do not eat from other people’s plates and do not drink from other people’s water bottles or glasses.  This is considered to be impure by the Nepalese.
  • Never touch anything with your feet.  The feet and the floor are considered dirty.
  • While traveling, dress appropriately.  Women should avoid short skirts and sleeveless shirts.
  • Seek permission before entering a Hindu temple.  Many Hindu temples do not allow non-Hindus to enter.
  • Leather is prohibited inside temples because cows are considered sacred and are not used for slaughter.
  • Walking around temples or Buddhist stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
  • Be sure to ask before taking photographs of the locals.  Some people believe part of the soul is taken when a picture is snapped.
  • Public displays of affection between a man and a woman are frowned upon and are not generally accepted.
  • When the Nepalese shake their head from left to right, they may mean, “Yes”.
  • Develop a genuine interest in Nepal and meet and talk to the Nepalese people.  Do your best to respect their local customs and traditions.

Payment methods.

For your convenience, we have different methods of payment as mentioned below. You can choose any of these methods:

1. Bank Transfer (ask for account info) 

2. Mail a check made out to 'Imperial Expedition' to Imperial Expedition  218 S. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI. 48104

3.  You can also pay by credit card, over the phone or online

What about transferring trips?

Tours and trekking trips may be transferred to the next year or to another date, however, the transfer must be made 90 days or more prior to departure.  Otherwise, if the transfer is made 90 days or less prior to departure, you must pay the cancellation fees as outlined above.  There are no fees for transferring trips more than 90 days prior to departure.  However, for climbing trips and expeditions, if you would like to transfer your trip to the next year or to different dates, there is an automatic transfer fee of $1,000 that must be paid to Imperial Expedition.

Should I purchase trip cancellation insurance?

If you must cancel your trip due to illness, injury, or death of yourself or an immediate family member, trip cancellation insurance protects all your deposits and payments for both air and land costs.  It is recommended that you buy trip cancellation insurance but not required.


What if Of Imperial Expedition cancels my trip?

Imperial Expedition reserves the right to cancel all or a portion of a trip due to political or environmental circumstances, which may hinder trip operations or for any other reasons beyond our control.  In the event of such a cancellation, we will give a full refund for the cost of the trip.  However, Imperial Expedition is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by you in preparing for the trip, visa fees, gear, insurance, or medical expenses prior to the trip.  If international air tickets have been purchased, the airline’s refund policy applies.

What other expenses should I consider for the gokyo lake trek?

Medical advice and inoculations, health and travel insurance, travel and trekking gear, international airfare, Nepali visas, airport tax, spending money, and most meals are not included in the cost of your trip.

How much should I budget for tipping?

Your support team will work hard to please you during your trip.  They will appreciate receiving a tip at the end of their service.  The amount you give depends on you and your appreciation of their work.  We recommend giving from $200 – $300 total in tips to your porters. 


Electricity in Nepal.

Residential electrical outlets in some countries including the United States use 110-120 volts of electricity and accept very specific shaped plugs. Many other countries including Nepal use other voltages, 220-240 volts to power their appliances, as well as different plugs. If you try to plug an American appliance such as a shaver or hair dryer into an outlet of a different voltage, you may destroy the appliance and cause yourself injury. There are a few things you should know about other countries (here Nepal) before you travel.

Contact Us.

We are always available to answer your questions.  Please let us know what’s on your mind.  Good communication is important for a safe and fulfilling trip!  Send us a note or call us directly:

Name:  Pem Dorjee Sherpa
Phone:  303-834-5512
Email:  info@imperialexpedition.com


Hotel Tibet International

Hotel Tibet International


Walking distance from the UNESCO Heritage Site of Boudhanath Stupa, Hotel Tibet International is a 4-star standard boutique hotel that showcases the Tibetan-Buddhist culture and heritage in Kathmandu. Inspired and decorated in Tibetan style.

Namche Bazaar

Local Guest House 


Tea houses are accommodations along trekking routes in Nepal that offer basic lodging and meals. All tea houses own and operate by local families. Every tea house has one large communal dining area with a wood-burning stove in the center. It’s a great spot to meet other trekkers, swap stories, warm up, and sip tea while you watch the sunset over the mountains.

These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.