Gokyo Valley Trek

Duration: 16 days

Height: 5360 m

Grading: Advanced

Gokyo Valley Trek

Nepal Excursion Treks

The cost is inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and transfer from the airport
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in a hotel of preferred category in a twin sharing room including breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Private transport for airport transfers, sightseeing
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets
  • One duffel bag each to transport luggage during the trek
  • Teahouse accommodation and meals as mentioned in the itinerary during trek
  • Trekking permits- Everest National Park and TIMS card ( Trekkers Information Management System)
  • English speaking local guide, his insurance, equipment and remuneration
  • One porter for two people, max. luggage weight 25 kg, his insurance, equipment and remuneration
  • City guide and sightseeing entrance fees during the sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Nepal government tax and Nepal Excursion Treks service charge

The cost is exclusive of:

  • International flight tickets
  • Nepal visa fees
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner apart from welcome and farewell dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses such as drinks and bar bills, travel insurance, laundry, battery charging service etc.
  • Emergency evacuation and medical expenses if any
  • Any extra costs due to changes in the itinerary beyond the control of Nepal Excursion Treks such as natural disasters, flight cancellation, early or delayed arrival or departure etc.
  • Other services not mentioned as included in the price

 Gokyo Valley

Hiking in the Mount Everest region

The Gokyo Valley Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the Everest Region. Most of the trail to Gokyo Valley is the same as the route of the Everest Base Camp Trek until Sanasa. The scared lake Gokyo is probably the largest lake at such an altitude. During this trip there is higher possibility of getting high altitude mountain sickness compared to the Everest Base Camp trek because you will spend only a few nights above 4000 m and of course you can enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains and a beautiful sunrise from Gokyo Ri.

Gokyo Ri

Lookout at Cho Oyu and Mount Everest

Gokyo Ri is the viewpoint from where you can see one of the most beautiful views in the Himalayas: Mt. Cho You, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and many other beautiful seven- and six-thousand-metre peaks. The trail and the teahouses are less crowded in the Gokyo Valley Trek. Although the trail is quite demanding, it is easier than the Everest Base Camp Trek. It covers most of the major attractions of the Everest Region. There is also a way to the Everest Base Camp via the Chola Pass if you are keen to see the Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar (5550 m) or a way back via the Renjola Pass. Our itinerary can be customized depending on your interests.

Trip at a glance:

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A trekking plan


01 Day

Arrival in Kathmandu

(1350 m), pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel, welcome dinner and trip briefing in the evening (D)

Nepal Excursion Treks Pvt. Ltd. service starts after your landing in Kathmandu airport for the Gokyo Valley Trek and sightseeing. After you are landed in Kathmandu airport, you have to take the Nepal Visa and passes the immigration gate towards luggage claim desk. After the luggage being received than take the exit though arrival hall. Our airport representative is waiting you there with Nepal Excursion Treks display board so it’s easy to identify you in the mass of people who are waiting to greet for their guests. Once you are bring greeted and welcome by flower garland we will drive back to hotel, finish the administration formalities of the trip and we will meet in the evening for the welcome dinner organized in typical Nepal cuisine restaurant with cultural dance and music

02 Day

Fly to Lukla

(2840 m, 25 minutes) and trek to Phakding (2610 m, 3-4 hrs) (B, L, D)

We will drive to the domestic airport early in the morning for the flight to lukla. We may take the pack breakfast or take our breakfast in Lukla after half an hour flight. The flight to Lukla is scenic with amazing view of Himalayas including Mt. Everest and diverse landscapes. Lukla is a nice Sherpa town surrounded by hills and Mt. Kongde is staying just on the opposite site. It’s a Buddhist town with many stupa’s, monastery and prayer flags. We will take a short break in Luka and continue out walk to Phakding. Today we have short and easy walk passing though small Sherpa villages. Along the trail there are few Buddhist monuments like Mane wall, stupa and monasteries. Our trail today is mostly gradual descending and with some short part ascending as well.

03 Day

Trek to Namche Bazar

(3440 m, 6-7 hrs) (B, L, D)

It is considered as one of the tough day with nice view of Himalaya and gaining the altitude more than 800 meters. We start our day after breakfast in the tea house where we stayed. The trail is gradual ascending and descending till the edge of Dudh Koshi River which is just below the Hillary Bridge and afterward all the way is up hill till we reach to Namche Bazar. We will be walking on side of Dudh Koshi River passing few villages like Bemkar, Monjo and Jorsalle. Jorsalle is the last village before we reach to Namche Bazar and here we have to stop for a while for National Park Permit and lunch. We have to take enough drinking water for about 3-4 h hours before leaving the Jorsalle village. Today we can see the first view of Mt. Everest on the trek after about an hour of ascending from Hillary Bridge. Namche Bazar is very commercialized and wealthy Sherpa town surrounded by Himalaya and hills. Shops, ATM, café, bars everything you can find in Namche Bazar.

04 Day

Acclimatization day

at Namche Bazar, excursion to Everest View Point, visit to the Khumjung village, monasteries, Everest National Park museum (B, L, D)

Today we will we will to National Park View Point from where we can see the Mt. Everest and many other stunning peaks. After spending some time at National Park View Point we will also visit National Park Museum to know more about the flora and fauna of this region. We will then hike up to Everest View Point Hotel even for the better view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhoste, Mt. Lhoste Shar, Mt. Ama Dablam, Thamserku , Mt. Kongde etc.  During the acclimatization walk we can also see the typical Sherpa residence village Khumjung, Khunde and Phortse. We can also visit the monastery at Khunjung village. The walk is filled with interesting natural attractions and it is definitely very helpful to acclimatize our body too. While descending back to hotel we can also visit the Sherpa Cultural museum where we can see the traditional house hold goods used by Sherpa people long time ago and Sonam Photo gallery museum for the unique captions of mountains and cultural rituals of Sherpa people. We will have half an hour slight show presentation of Khumbu region in Sonam Photo Gallery Museum and we can know more about the Everest Region Mountains and Sherpa culture/ tradition.

05 Day

Trek to Phorste Thanga

(3680 m, 5-6 hrs) (B, L, D)

 The trail from Namche Bazar to Phortse Thanga is up hill in the beginning and steep descending at the end. During the walk we will see the stunning view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. Phortse Thanga is small village with few teahouse situated along the river side. After we finish the day and sometime of rest we can take a short walk to Phortse Village and back. We will be passing Kanjuma village and Mongla Danda on our day to Phortse Thanga. Just after few minutes of walk from Kanjuma there are two trails one on the right is heading to Everest Base Camp and another on the left is towards Gokyo Valley Trek. We will follow the left side trail and stop at Mongla Danda for lunch. After Lunch the trail is steep descending to Phortse Thanga though pine and rhododendron forest for an hour.

06 Day

Trek to Dole

(4110 m, 4-5 hrs) (B, L, D)

Our destination for today is one of the short day and the trail is gradual and steep up ascending. Dole is small Sherpa village with few tea houses staying on side of Glacier River. Once we finished the day we will take a short hike over the nearby hill to prepare our body on gaining altitude. As high as we go, we will have the better and better view of Himalayas. During the spring and monsoon season time we can see several seasonal flower blooming in-route to Dole and higher up to Gokyo.

07 Day

Trek to Machhermo

(4470 m, 4-5 hrs) (B, L, D)

Today as well we have the short day with gradual ascending trail to Machhermo. The day is beautiful with nice scenery of mountain and landscapes. We will be above the tree lines today and onward our next ascending days toward Gokyo. Machhermo is also small Sherpa village with few tea houses. After the day is over we will be taking a short side trip which is going to be a nice excursion and help our body to adjust with gaining altitude.

08 Day

Trek to Gokyo

(4790 m, 4-5 hrs) (B, L, D)

Though every day in trek has its own charm, now the most fascinating part of the trip will be taking place on our journey. We will have gradual ascending on the day to Gokyo and the scenery along the trail is better and better as we are closer to the final destination of the trek.We will be passing two small lakes along our way and when you see the third lake on ascending it is the Gokyo Lake and on side of lake there are tea houses and we will be spending the overnight there. We will take short excursion and the amazed scenery will welcome your efforts of being there. The longest glacier Ngozumba Glacier and Mt. Cho Oyu are very well visible from Gokyo. The Gokyo lake is sacred lake for both Hindus and Buddhist people.

09 Day

Hike to Gokyo Ri

(5360 m, 4 hrs) and descend to Dole (4410 m, 4-5 hrs) (B, L, D)

Gokyo Ri is the most scenic view point of this trip and the view of Mountains and peaks are just stunning. We can see three mountains above eight thousand meter that is the highest peak of the world Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu the fourth highest peak of the world and Mt. Cho Oyu the sixth highest peak of the world including the massive peaks are seen from Gokyo Ri. Our trail is very steep ascending and altitude makes us quite challenging while heading up to the top of Gokyo Ri view point but once you are there and these views will just make you realize how worthy it is. We spend some time to enjoy the scenery and then we will descend down our day to Dole

10 Day

Trek to Manjo

(2800 m, 6-7 hrs) (B, L, D)

All the descending trail till Lukla is the same we took while ascending. First part of the trail till Phorse Thanga is steep descending and onward till Mongla Danda for about an hour steep up ascending. After the Mongla Danda all the trail are steep and gradual descending mostly. Once we are closer the the National Park about 30 minutes steep ascending will finally takes us to our destination Monjo. The descending is much easier than ascending in terms of altitude.

11 Day

Trek to Lukla

(2840 m, 5-6 hrs) (B, L, D)

We will start our last day of trek after breakfast in Monjo. Today our trail is mostly gradual descending and ascending to Lukla. We continue our day to Lukla which we took on the first day of our trek passing though small villages, suspension bridges. Once we finish our day we will hang around the town.  We have to reconfirm our next day flight to Kathmandu from the local airlines office in Lukla which remain opened from 3-5 pm

12 Day

Fly back to Kathmandu,

free afternoon for rest or shopping (B)

About an hour before the flight time we have to be in airport for the flight to Kathmandu. The short flight is still nice and we can enjoy the mountain and landscapes from flight. After we are in Kathmandu then we will drive to  the hotel and the rest of the day is free for rest which you can use for shopping or just relax. You can also visit the garden of dreams in Thamel and is nice place for resting

13 Day

Guided sightseeing tour

in the UNESCO world heritage sites- Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath (B)

Now your sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu will give you difference experience than what you have experienced in trek. Mostly you will see the historical palaces built in 16-17 century that are listed in UNESCO world heritage site. It is an opportunity to see the ancient carving and archaeology facts of Nepal. These places are surrounded by Hindus and Buddhist monuments. Our city guide will explain you more about the places and its historical importance once you are in the sightseeing spot. For the reference you check out in brief to our page Day Tours

14 Day

Guided sightseeing tour

in the UNESCO world heritage sites- Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square (B)

The interesting and historical both cities Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square have ancient palaces built with antique carving and many Hindus temples are staying surrounding. During your sightseeing here you can also see the typical Newari culture. There is a pottery square in Bhaktapur and we can see how the household clay pots are prepared. Patan is more popular for producing antique handcraft products and metal statues. Both cities Bhaktapur and Patan are less crowded city than Kathmandu. For the brief information about the sightseeing places you can visit our page Day Tours

15 Day

Leisure day in Kathmandu,

farewell dinner in the evening and interaction about trip feedback. (B, D)

Here you have free and easy day. You may just rest or go for shopping. Upon request we can provide you mountain flight over Himalayas or some side trips. In the evening we meet for farewell dinner and we will discuss about your feedback on the service we provide.

16 Day

Departure day,

transfer to International airport (B)

Departure day! The end of the Gokyo Valley Trek trip. Our representative will drop you at international airport according to your flight time. Usually you have to leave from the hotel to airport about three hours prior than flight time