Everest and Gokyo Lakes Photography Tour in Nepal - 15 Days


Join us on this unique Everest and Gokyo Lakes photography tour in Nepal to experience this country through the eyes of a photographer.

Nepal, a land of pristine beauty offers unique opportunities for photographers interested in travel and landscape photography. We explore both a rich local culture with spectacular vistas of the Himalayas.

“ I felt the daily critiques helped me not only take better photos but also look at my subject in different ways.” Participant

The workshop traverses lands inhabited by the Sherpa people, known for their hospitality and incredible strength in high altitudes. We begin the workshop in Kathmandu visiting a number of the UNESCO world heritage destinations. We then take a spectacular mountain flight to the town of Lukla where our adventure truly begins.

As we make our way high into the mountainous terrain of Solu Khumbu, Everest, we climb west to the village of Gokyo and the five sacred lakes on the moraine beside the Ngozumpa Glacier where we will witness some of the highest mountains in the world all while taking in the magnificence of the place with our cameras.

This trek includes daily photographic sessions, group and one-on-one instruction, demonstrations, and critiques of your work. Instead of formal lectures, our workshop will be focused on providing support in the field to develop your photographic technique, skill, and voice. Some of the topics we will cover are: using your camera to its full potential, capturing unique landscapes and natural portraits of local life.

Our small group size allows personalized attention, with the goal of developing your technique, composition, and storytelling skills. This unforgettable experience is perfect for those who predominantly wish to go trekking but, at the same time,  learn and improve their photography skills.

This workshop is for beginner to intermediate photographers who are looking for a trek of moderate difficulty.

Everest and Gokyo Lakes photography tour/workshop focus are on capturing the story and experience of being in Nepal rather than a snapshot record of it. And most importantly, we’ll have lots of fun and laughs along the way.

Workshop Highlights

  • Accompanied by a professional photographer
  • The student to teacher ratio 8:1
  • Small group with personalized attention
  • Short hiking days allowing for plenty of photography time
  • Daily critique of your photography
  • Explore and immerse in both culture and landscapes of Nepal
  • Stunning views of Himalayas mountains
  • Experience the tradition of the market in Namche Bazaar
  • Ascending Gokyo Ri and incredible panorama views of the world’s highest mountains including Everest
  • Climbing the remote valley trail to Gokyo and its sacred glacial lakes
  • In Kathmandu – Boudhanath Stupa and Monkey Temple


Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu/Sightseeing

You will be met by a Mosaic Adventure representative at the Kathmandu airport and transferred to your hotel. You’ll get settled in first and in the afternoon we’ll go explore the street life of Kathmandu and all it’s chaos and wonder. Also a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members. We’ll end the day in Durbar Square before we return to the hotel. The group will have dinner and then there will be a full workshop briefing.
• Street life
• The magic of Durbar Square

Overnight Hotel: included Meals: Dinner. Alt: 1350m.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

An early morning start to Boudhanath Stupa. The group will be shuttled to Boudhanath where we’ll experience one of the most important Buddhist sites in Nepal. The magic happens here before sunrise and the best opportunity for photography is during this time. In the afternoon we’ll head to Swayambhunath, known as the Monkey Temple, another important Buddhist temple high atop a hill overlooking the Kathmandu valley. The rest of the day you’re free to explore and prepare for the trek.
• Boudhanath Stupa
• Monkey Temple
Overnight Hotel. Included meals: breakfast. Alt: 1350m.

Day 3
Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

An exciting morning flight to Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla takes just 45 minute. You’ll see spectacular views of the eastern Himalaya during the flight. The airstrip in Lukla was build by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to reach the top of Mount Everest. From Lukla we begin our trek northward on the meandering, but well-marked trail into the Khumbu – land of the Sherpa people. On route we’ll pass through the village Ghat along the east bank of the Dudh Kosi (Milk River). A gentle climb brings us to our first overnight stop in the village of Phakding. If the weather is clear we’ll have great views of Kusum Kanguru (6367m).
• Fight into Lukla
• Village life
• Bridge crossings
Overnight Lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner. Alt. 2840m.Trek. 4.5 hours.

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Day 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar

Continuing along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, the trail climbs through forests of rhododendrons and giant pines. We reach Monjo and pass through the gates to the Sagamartha National Park where our trekking permits are checked. After completing check post formalities, we cross the Dudh Kosi suspension bridge to start a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. Weather permitting, we encounter our first sight of Everest and Lhotse. Namche Bazaar, also know as the ‘Sherpa Capital’, is situated in a crescent amphitheater that towers above two great valleys – Dudh Kosi and Bhote Kosi, offering a stunning view of the mountains across the valley. Historically, Namche was one of the most important trading village in the region. We’ll settle in for the night in a comfortable Lodge overlooking the village.
• Namche village life
• Namche and surrounding mountains
• Sunset and sunrise
• River crossings
Overnight Lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner. Alt. 3440m. Trek. 5 hours

Day 5
Rest day in Namche Bazaar / optional hike to surrounding villages

Today is an acclimatization day to allow us to adjust to the higher altitude. We’ll use this day to explore and experience Namche’s local market bazaar as well as visit the local cultural museum. For those feeling well acclimatized, an optional excursion to the village of Thamo is possible. The trail here is on the traditional route to Tibet, so we may come across caravans of yaks led by Tibetan merchants. We return to our lodge in Namche for the night.
• Surrounding mountains
• Sherpa museum
• Thamo nunnery
• Kongde Ri at sunrise
• Sunset
Overnight Lodge. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 3440m.

Day 6
Trek to Phortse Tenga

Leaving Namche, the trail climbs steeply to the village of Kenjoma. Along the way our first views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse appear. There is a steep descent taking us through a forest towards the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. Crossing the river, the trail once again climbs through a rhododendron forest where we are likely to encounter musk deer and colourful peacocks. In the spring, the flowers here are in full bloom and offer an array of colour providing a spectacular scene against the mountain backdrop. Another climb again to the Mong La where we’ll stop for lunch and admire the stunning views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. The trail then drops back down to the river where we reach the village of Phortse Tenga, our stop for the night.
• Mong La pass chorten
• Shoreline at Phortse Tenga
• On the trail
Overnight Lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner. Alt. 4,200m. Trek. 4 hours.

Day 7
Trek to Lhabarma

A short day today so we’ll take our time taking lots of photographs along the way. We are still following the Dudh Kosi towards it’s source, the Ngozumpa Glacier. A steep climb on the left side of the Dudh Kosi brings us to Dole, where we see close-up views of Cholatse (6335m) and Taboche (6367m). The landscape here really changes from the lush forest we’ve been walking through the past few days to the more desolate landscape of the upper Khumbu. The trees are now gone. What’s left are low lying shrubs and plants. From Dole, we follow along the ridge line arriving to Lhabarma. Here we’ll have lunch and settle in for the night. We’ll have the entire afternoon to photography the surrounding mountains and landscape. Our first evening above the 4000m barrier.
• Yak pasture
• Mountains
• Khumbu desolate landscape
• Village life
• Sunset
Overnight Lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner. Alt. 4,330m. Trek. 3 hours.

Day 8
Trek to Machhermo

Another short day as we move further up the Gokyo valley. The arid trail ascends gently to Luza as the magnificent Mount Cho Oyu, one of the fourteen great eight-thousanders, looms before us. High above the river we gently ascend and descend for the remaining part of the trail. On passing the sand spurs we reach Machhermo. Local legends has it that a Yeti attacked a Sherpa girl and killed three yaks here! From Machhermo the views of Cholatse (6335m) are stunning. There is an optional climb of a small peak offering incredible views. Machhermo is also known for it’s international volunteer run Porter Shelter and Rescue Post. Every afternoon they lecture on the dangers of altitude sickness, its precaution and treatment.
• Yak pasture
• mountains
• Khumbu desolate landscape
• Village life
Overnight Lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner. Alt. 4470m. Trek. 3 hours.

Day 9
Trek to Gokyo

The day begins with a climb to a ridge above Machhermo for tremendous views down the valley to Kangtaiga and up towards Cho Oyu. Beyond here the valley widens and the trail varies between gradual climbing and flat paths. An ascent up a staircase, which is carved into the trail, leads to a wooden bridge at the top. We reach First Lake, the smallest of the Gokyo lakes. The Second Lake, directly behind it is a 6017m snow capped peak, Pharilapche – the snow capped peak combined with the turquoise waters of the lake composes truly breathtaking scenery; beyond here along a flat trail beside a small stream brings us to Third Lake where Gokyo village, a small settlement, lies on its shores. The Himalayan mountain scenery today is the most impressive we have witnessed so far. We settle in, have lunch, and go on a short excursion to the see the Ngozumpa Glacier.
• Ngozumpa Glacier
• Surrounding mountains
• Sunset/sunrise
Overnight Lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner. Alt. 4790m. Trek. 4.5 hours.

Day 10
Gokyo Ri and Third Lake

Mountains always appear most spectacular when they are graced by dawn and dusk. With this in mind, we start early this morning to ascend Gokyo Ri (5360m), a small peak above Gokyo village. The views on the way up are incredible but in no way prepares you for the 360 degree view at the summit. It’s one of the best views in the world, and some would say the best in Nepal. In front of you are Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8501m), Makalu (8475 m) and Cho Oyu (8153 m), four of the fourteen 8000 meter peaks in Nepal, dominating the myriad of ‘smaller’ peaks. Looking down we see Ngozumpa Glacier stretching down the valley below. As we pull ourselves away from this outstanding natural beauty we retrace our steps to the village. We return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon walk up to Third Lake and the surrounding glaciers.
• Gokyo Ri
• Everest/Lhotse
• Ngozumpa Glacier
• Sunset/sunrise
Overnight Lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner. Alt. 4790m. Trek. 3 hours.

Day 11
Trek to Phortse

We spend the morning in Gokyo photographing the sunrise of the surrounding peaks as they are lit up by the first morning glow. After reaching the top of Gokyo Ri the previous morning, we are now ready to begin our descent back to Lukla. Instead of retracing our steps, we’ll cross the river at the village of Nha and continue down on the eastern banks of the Dudh Koshi valley. Here the trail is mostly unused and the only people we’ll come across are locals going on about their daily chores – a throwback to an earlier time in Nepal. We’ll have a clear expansive view of the entire Dudh Koshi valley. Our final destination is the village of Phortse – a traditional Sherpa village and farming community. It’s also know for the Khumbu Climbing Center where Westerners teach the necessary mountaineering skills to local Sherpa people.
• Gokyo
• Ngozumpa Glacier
• Sunrise
Overnight Lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner. Alt. 3810m. Trek. 6-7 hours.

Day 12
Trek to Namche Bazaar

On our descent today we’ll stop in the village of Kumjung to visit the Hillary School and then visit the local 500 year old monastery. A short but steep descent takes us first to Syangboche – home to the world’s highest airstrip – before we reach the village of Namche. A hot meal and cold drink awaits as we settle in once again in this ancient village.
• Everest
• Surrounding mountains
• Along the trail
• Sunrise
Overnight Lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner. Alt. 3440m. Trek. 4 hours.

Day 13
Trek to Lukla

Our final day on the trail as we retrace our steps to Lukla. Time to relax and reflect on a truly magnificent workshop in the awe-inspiring Himalayas. We’ll have a lunch stop in the village of Phakding before moving on to Lukla.
Overnight Lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner. Alt. 2840m. Trek. 6-7 hours.

Day 14
Flight Lukla to Kathmandu

A morning flight back to Kathmandu. Departure time is subject to weather conditions. On your return to Kathmandu your time is free to further explore the city and its shops or simply chill out. A final celebratory dinner with the group that evening.
Overnight Hotel. Included meals breakfast. Alt. 1350m.

Day 15
Bye bye from Nepal

Transfer to airport and depart Kathmandu until your next adventure.

What's Included

  • 14 nights hotel / teahouse
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing
  • Flight between Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Airport transfers
  • First night welcome dinner, last night farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • 3 meals a day while trekking (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and 3 cup of tea or coffee every day.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing lodges/guesthouses
  • Professional English speaking guide and porters (1 between 2 participants) to carry all personal and group equipment
  • Trek permit fees & National Park entrance fees.
  • Porters insurance
  • All applicable taxes.

What's not included

  • International airfare to/from Nepal
  • Lunch and dinner prior/after the trek
  • Meals at airport and while in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry Visa fees
  • Personal Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, theft expenses
  • Drinks: both alcoholic and bottled other than Sterilized/treated drinking water; and extra tea/coffee.
  • Personal gear, camera gear and expenses
  • Extra: wifi, battery charging, laundry, hot water etc.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

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Everest and Gokyo Lakes Photography Tour in Nepal

Trip Facts

  • 8
  • Moderate to Challenging
  • 14 nights 15 days
  • 5360 meters

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