Gokyo Valley Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Trek to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri
  • Visiting all of the Hifh Valleys of the Khumbu with extra time.
  • Soaring views of the most popular Mountains in Nepal.
  • Cultural wonders of Everest region
  • Peaceful yet adventurous walk all throughout the trip
  • Cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

Gokyo valley to Everest base camp trekking is a high altitude trekking that goes through the glacial valleys and glacial moraine trail in the Everest region. Cho La pass section of this trekking is more steep ascendant and descend through the technical route, which has been a major challenge for the trekkers who want to success Everest base camp trekking via Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass. You should allow sufficient time for acclimatization to explore the Himalayan wilderness and pristine Lakes.

Basically defined as a classical trekking in the Khumbu area, Everest base camp in the Gokyo valley offers you an iconic trip with the breathtaking white peaks. The trail is dotted with the tiny settlements of the Himalayan leader, Sherpa people. Some of the villages are isolated and remote enough to get the basic logistics. Heading through the enticing route to the Sagarmatha national park, the trail conjugates the Sherpa capital and eye catching Everest Himalayas. Passing the colorful monasteries and Chhortens, it leads you to the Gokyo Lake and Gokyo RI, one of the best viewpoints of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse and the vicinity. Climbing up to the Cho La top and descend takes your breath away, which demands your physical strength and acclimatization. Crossing the legendary route, you trek to the Everest base camp and the striking dot of the sunrise at Kalapatthar.

For a lifelong adventurous experience of trekking to Everest base camp via Gokyo lake, join our trip with fully safety equipment and the accompany of our professional Everest guides. Feel free to contact us for further details. 

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m

Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will see Mountain Delights’ representative waiting for you just outside the arrival deck. You will see either our company signboard or a placard with your name printed on it. You will be taken to the trip hotel where you check in and relax for some time. Later we will take you for a short tour of Thamel, the main tourist hub in Kathmandu, to show you some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need to go. We go back to hotel after the tour and talk about the trip in details. If your arrival is late today, we will do this tour and trip briefing tomorrow before we start for the tour.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour - B

We will take you for a historical and heritage tour of Kathmandu valley today after breakfast. A full day sightseeing today in Kathmandu takes you to the amazing heritage sites of Boudhanath is considered as the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world which lies in the middle of a beautiful square. The giant Buddhist shrine is a very important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhist people. The stupa is considered to have been built in 4th/5th centuries and carries some interesting stories behind its establishment. A stupa is basically a relic monument considered as a sacred shrine in Buddhism but there are several other types of stupas other than relic stupas. A stupa symbolizes the journey of a human being from material world to the world of enlightenment.

Pashupatinath is a Hindu Temple area where you can see a very unique cremation culture for the Hindu dead people. The temple which is considered as the most important Shiva temple in Nepal is open for Hindus only thus non-Hindu people have to stay outside the temple premises observing the Hindu death rites and rituals. We can encounter some Sadhus, the holy men, around who look so fascinating for photographs. The place is a rich spiritual and cultural source to have an insight on Nepali life and rituals.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla 2860m – Phakding 2610m 3 hrs

Take an early morning flight to Lukla, the gateway town to the Everest trek. Flying for about 45 minutes enjoying spectacularly beautiful view of the middle hills and mountains of Nepal, we land at the airstrip of Lukla. We, then, meet our complete trekking crew at Lukla and proceed on our trek for the day towards Phakding. After a four hours’ trek on a gradual downhill trail, we reach the small village of Phakding on the bank of beautiful Dudh Koshi River. Stay overnight at a teahouse.

Day 04: Phakding – Namche 3,440m 5-6 hrs

The trek for the day today that starts after breakfast at the teahouse goes mostly uphill to Namche. We come across several suspension bridges that allow us to connect from one mountain to the other across rivers and gorges. The effort of the trek is rewarded by the spectacular beauty of Namche bazar and the view of the Himalayan peaks from here. The stunning mountain peaks seen from this homeland of the famous Sherpas are… This homeland of famous climbing tribe Sherpa, who have the roots centuries back into Tibet, has become the ethnic Sherpa town for ages now when they migrated to the Everest region crossing the Himalayas.

Development of tourism activities in the Everest region has brought a significant change in the social and economic lives of Sherpa community as they have been the most preferred climbing assistants and trekking guides. All local Sherpa households of Namche bazar have been benefitted from the tourism industry as they have been able to run hotels at their own hometown. Stay overnight at Namche Bazar.

Day 05: Acclimatization Day

We spend an extra night here at Namche Bazar as part of the acclimatization to the high altitude climate. We will take a day hiking trip to one of the hiking destinations in the area. We come back to Namche bazar for the overnight stay.

Day 06: Namche – Dole 4038m 4-5 hrs

We trek to Dole today after breakfast at our lodge at Namche. About six hours of walk through pine and rhododendron forested area via Tengboche takes us to Dole. On the way, when we reach Tengboche, we will stop for some exploration of a monastery there and surrounding. During our trek, we will be able to enjoy the view of the fascinating mountain views, serene forest, cultural and spiritual vibrations. When we reach Dole, we check into a guest house and relax.

Day 07: Dole – Machhermo 4470m 4-5 hrs

The walk today to Machhermo brings us some magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks of Thamserku, Kangtenga, Cho Oyu, Tawache etc. Comparatively a short walk of about four hours takes us to Machhermo which is situated north of Dole and south of Gokyo. We will reach Macchhermo early in the afternoon leaving us with plenty of time to enjoy the magical beauty of the place and explore around. Stay overnight at a guest in Machhermo.

Day 08: Machhermo – Gokyo 4750m 3-4 hrs

The trek for today takes us to a wonderful place called Gokyo. The very first section of the trek takes us on an uphill walk through a ridge enjoying the Himalayan view. Our walk also passes through a glacial moraine, first lake before reaching the beautiful Gokyo village on the bank of a serene lake. We will have some time in the afternoon to explore around the village as we reach there after a walk of about four hours. Stay overnight at Gokyo.

Day 09: Gokyo lake Exploration Day

This may have full day rest at Gokyo or have chance to explore up to the fifth lake passing another forth lake and enjoy the view. We take our day to explore the majestic beauty of Gokyo village and surrounding wonders. This is great place and an opportunity to view full part of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu. You can see the Northern part of cho-oyu base camp and biggest glacier of the world Ngazumpa glacier. After spending an incredible day in and around Gokyo, we spend overnight here at Gokyo itself.

Day 10: Gokyo – Phorste Thanga (3680 m) 5-6 hrs

Early in the morning we hike up to Gokyo Ri for the breathtaking view of the splash a sunrise top of the mountain including Mt. Everest view and many more Himalayan scenery. This will be unforgettable life time memories and enjoy around the top. We have a great memories and stroll back an hour to Gokyo for breakfast. After breakfast walk back through the same valley down than cross the river to the right valley up hills to the Phorste village for overnight. Phorste Village is interesting as it is situated at the middle of the hills above the river valley with pine and Rhododendron forest surrounding. At here you will also have change to see the Himalayan pleasant and few others Himalayan animals. Stay overnight at Phorste Thanga.

Day 11: Phorste – Monjo via Namche 2835m 5-6 hrs

We descend all the way to Khumjung after breakfast at the lodge. Khumjung is a beautiful village on the Everest region. A small yet beautiful settlement, Khumjung offers a wonderful view of iconic mountain peaks and spectacular landscape. We trek all the way down to Monjo via Namche Bazar. We make a stop at Namche bazar for the lunch. We continue the walk further down to Monjo. The trail descends steeply to Monjo where we stay overnight today.

Day 12: Monjo – Lukla 2840m 4-5 hrs

We are going to complete a round trip at Lukla today. Traversing the trail down towards the Dudh Koshi River and walking along side it, we eventually reach Lukla trekking past Phakding and several other beautiful places. Once we reach Lukla, we say thank you and good bye to our amazing crew members who made a wonderfully successful trip possible. Whatever we do is not enough to express our gratitude towards them but we are highly thankful to them. Stay overnight at Lukla.

Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu 1400m 35 min fly

We take another beautiful morning flight back to Kathmandu by a fixed winged aircraft. Saying a heartfelt good bye to the majestic mountains after so many days of wonderful moments amongst them is quite difficult but we have to do it anyway. We finally land at Kathmandu airport to feel the city air after so many days of wonderful and fresh mountain air. We are transferred to our hotel and left on our own to enjoy and relax.

Day 14: Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden places in Kathmandu and Durbar square)

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to experience the local life and culture. If you are looking for the theme-based walking tour in the center of the Kathmandu valley, the tour lets you a great opportunity to experience historical, cultural and spiritual affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour bequeaths you an opportunity to capture the snaps of the centuries old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city. On this walking tour, we explore the Local market of Ason, glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupa etc.

After exploring these hidden charms of Kathmandu, we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for its unique historical, cultural and religious traditions. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of living goddess “Kumari”. Durbar square walking tour will be a perfect mixture of culture, history, art, architecture and traditional values prevalent in Kathmandu valley.

Day 15: Departure Day

We will drive you to airport for the departure flight three prior to your flight schedule.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop off service on your arrival and departure flights
  • Hotel with BB plan in Kathmandu.
  • All food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during trek.
  • Hot drinks (Tea and coffee) 3 times a day.
  • Guide and Helpers (porters) assistance, according to the group size.
  • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipments, all transport for guide, and porters.
  • All land transportation.
  • Flight to Lukla and back to Kathmandu
  • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card.
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit.
  • Sightseeing with guide, transport and monument entry fees.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag.
  • All government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for Guide and Porter (Tips are not compulsory but expected).
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Any other personal expenses

General

1.    4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be
       returned after the trek)
2.    Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it
       but is to be returned after the trek)
3.    Daypack
4.    Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.    Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and
       then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping
       the sun off your ears and neck.
2.    Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
3.    Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
4.    Glacier glasses-
5.    Headlamp
6.    Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket
       should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
7.    A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

1.    1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside
       other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
2.    1 pair warm gloves
3.    Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek.
       Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

1.    T-shirts (2).
2.    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
3.    Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.    2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
7.    Long shirts(2)

Lower Body – Legs

1.    2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
6.    1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
       Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots
       without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
7.    1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
8.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture
       resistant plastic bags.

Feet

1.    2-4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
2.    2-3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
3.    1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
4.    1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with
       layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it
       (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
5.    1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
6.    1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

1.    Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.    Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.    Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.    Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
       Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.    1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids,
       some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive
       medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous

1.    Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.    Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM
       just in case if you need to change the date of your).
3.    Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.    Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your
       neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you
       from having to stop and look for it.
5.    Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses
       its' effectiveness over time.
6.    Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.    Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.    Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes,
       and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.    2 bandanas.

Optional

1.    1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great
       assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees,
       ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
2.    Favorite snack foods
3.    Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
       Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function.
       Remember, keep these items light weight
4.    Binoculars
5.    1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep
       the batteries warm when not in use
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
7.    A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
       that chilly late night trip
8.    1 small stainless steel thermos

1 - 2 of 2 reviews

Thank you so much for a Lovely Trip
Thank you so much for a Lovely Trip
Guide and Porter were very nice and service minded, We had the best of weather and really good food and good tea houses, A bit cold in some places, Gokyo Valley, view of Everest and its surrounding mountains etc were fantastic.
Malin and Martin Gernill
October 21, 2014 at 04:49 am
Thanks for very pleasant and unforgettable trip !
Thanks for very pleasant and unforgettable trip !
Thanks for a good trekking, it was very pleasant and will never forget it. The trek is very good organized and also the staff, We also did a lot of joy with our guide Bhim, He is a funny guy, We also never forget the two porters Brawa and Buddha, The trekking to Gokyo was also wonderful, every where we went were friendly people.

We love Nepal and we do hope to come back . If we do a new trekking, we do it again with you. Good luck to you all and keep up the good work.
Andy and Martine, Sweden
November 13, 2009 at 05:07 am

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