Alpine Explore Nepal
Himalayan of Nepal

Gokyo lakes via Tengboche monastery

gokyolake, tangboche monasteryEverest region is certainly one of the most stunning mountain areas on earth. This short route enables trekkers who have a limited time to discover the most famous beauties of Nepal. Set amongst breath-taking high mountain scenery, the route heads through the Khumbu - Sherpa country. The trail to Gokyo is a gradual ascent up the valley passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer can sometimes be seen. Through small yak-grazing settlements, we reach the Gokyo lakes. The Gokyo Peak (5480 m) ascent is the one of the highlight of this circuit, we rest here to savor the incredible scenery, including magnificent views of Everest (8848 m), Makalu, Cho Oyo (8153 m) and Lhotse (8511m), to name but a few. The Renjo Pass route is off the usual beaten tracks. At the pass, a great vista of Gokyo lakes on one side and Rermo Pokhari lake on the other side, and the myriad snowy peaks in the background brings up a fascinating atmosphere. The route bis is much easier. From Gokyo, the trail descends along the opposite bank of the Dudh Koshi.

Level of difficulty * * ,Maximum altitude: 5480 m, Best season: Spring and autumn.

Gokyo lakes via Tengboche monastery 16 days


Day 01: Kathmandu. Airport - hotel transfer.

Day 02: Kathmandu. Day at leisure.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla (2800 m)
By plane then trek to Phakding (2600 m) in 3h. Great sight of the Kusum Kangru (6369 m).

Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440 m),
Sherpa capital of the region, in 6 h. Climb up on the right bank of the Dudh Koshi, surrounded by summits rising above 6000 m.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar.
Acclimatization day, which gives us time for a sightseeing tour or an excursion towards the village of Thame or Khumjung.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar - Phortse Thanga (3600 m)
in 5 h. Beautiful view of the Tengpoche monastery and the verdant Phortse plateau on east. Stunning vistas of the Thamserku (6608 m) and Kang Taïga (6685 m) on southeast and the Taboche (6367 m) on northeast.

Day 07: Phortse Thanga - Dole (4040 m)
Machhermo (4410 m) in 5 h. Rhododendrons forests give way to junipers and tall conifers. After Dole the landscape gets rocky and only a few trees are left. First sights of the Cho Oyu (8153 m).

Day 08: Machhermo - Gokyo (4750 m)
in 4 h. We follow the immense frontal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier to the Gokyo lakes. Climbing up we will discover one by one those emerald drops lost into black rocks and snow.

Day 09: Gokyo lakes. Optional ascent of the Gokyo Peak (5480 m)
in 5 h. A breathtaking 360 º view with Lhotse, Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, four of the fourteen 8000 m on earth, dominating the myriad lesser peaks.

Day 10: Gokyo - Phortse (3840 m)
in 6 h. The trail takes the east side of the valley. All the way, it is a succession of ascents and descents along the Dudh Koshi.

Day 11: Phortse - Pangboche (3985 m)
Tengpoche (3870 m) in 5 h. We follow a U shape trail, overlooking Pangboche, which shelters the most ancient monastery in the Khumbu. We follow on to Tengpoche monastery, situated in a glade surrounded by dwarf fir trees and rhododendrons, and considered as the main Buddhist center of Khumbu. Up there, the panorama is breathtaking; Ama Dablam, Everest and Lhotse rise high above.

Day 12: Tengpoche - Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
in 4 h. We cross the Dudh Koshi river and retrace our steps to Namche Bazaar. This is a pleasant and easy walk, via a panoramic trail.

Day 13: Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2800 m)
in 6 h. numerous ascents and descents through the forest, among rocky cliffs and sheer drops overlooking the river.

Day 14: Lukla - Kathmandu by plane.

Day 15: Kathmandu. Day at leisure. Safety day for your international flight.

Day 16: Kathmandu. Hotel - airport transfer.

 The following information will allow you to better plan your budget for tours or treks. A range of costs is given. These costs are dependant on:
  • The mix of Touring and/or general Trekking,
  • The remoteness of the areas visited,
  • The number of guides or porters required,
  • The standard of accommodation required (if there is a choice), 
  • The type of ground transport used,
  • The length of your visit, and
  • The size of your group.

Depending on group size the costs of treks and tours range from:
1 to 3 pax     US$ 88 to 163  P/p per night.
4 to 8 pax     US$ 78 to 148  P/p per night
9 to 14 pax.  US$ 75 to 135 P/p per night.
15 to 20 and above US$ 60 to 110 P/p per night
Single supplement US$ 40 to 70 per night.

Note: The itinerary and cost for Peak climbing, Mountaineering, Tibet, Bhutan and India tours and trek are conditional apply.

Notwithstanding the costs shown above, we can tailor tours to suit almost any budget. Feel free to email us for more information.
Note: One tour leader will be free of cost for tours with 15 or more paying guests only. 

Children's bellow three years is free if sharing with their parents. And need to pay if they are participating on the trekking, and above three to nine year children half of the price.

Cost Includes: Accommodation in 3 to 4 star hotels in the cites as your choice, basic accommodation in a lodge or tea house or camping (depending on your itinerary and choice) during treks, guides and porters on treks, all land transfers by private vehicle, 3 meals a day on treks, all jungle safaris, all sightseeing tours as per itinerary and all necessary entry fees, permits and airport transfers.
Cost Excludes: Personal expenses, domestic air tickets, airport tax, drinks (soft drink, mineral water and alcoholic beverages and hot-shower on the trek), personal insurance, and extra cost due to natural calamities or accidents outside of our control.

Remarks: The cost of the trip determines with the services included during the trip so that it might be varies with the services, hotel and transfer of your wish.

Please note that our guides speak the following English languages and if required we will provide your language spiking guide on extra cost.

Note: Please contact for more information and prices


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Alpine Explore Nepal
P.O. Box: 4546, Kathmandu, Nepal
+977 1 4700714 / 4700175 / 4701974
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18 April 2000

This was my third trek in Nepal, having visited the Annapurna Region in 1995 and with Bharat and Dave in the beautiful and wildlife-filled Langstang Valley in1998. Bharat's company "Explore Alpine Adventure"....
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