Gokyo Valley Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Fantastic trek, visiting all of the high valleys of the Khumbu with extra time at Gokyo to explore the upper valley.
  • Our camp at Gorakshep provides the opportunity to ascend to Kalapathar 5,545m for more spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, including the black rocky ramparts of Everest's southwest face.
  • Soaring views of the most popular mountains in Nepal, at an altitude of 8000m such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake.

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: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Our office staff with car & driver will welcome, greet you at International Airport on Arrival. Please look after your Printed Name and Our Company Signboard and follow them. Meet our Staff and then they will transfer to you at your hotel. Free day for relax or explore around the city yourself.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
After Breakfast your day will start for sightseeing tour of 4 Popular UNESCO Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley. Our first destination is Swoyambhunath. This place offers a majestic view of the entire Kathmandu valley. Stupa of Swoyambhunath epitomizes Buddhism. Your guide will enlighten you with detailed historical and cultural information about the place. After this you will visit Living goddess home and Kathmandu Durbar square. Locally this, Old royal palace area is called Basantapur Area or Hanuman dhoka Durbar Square. Our next sightseeing will be at Buddha nath (the biggest & Largest Buddhist Stupa in the World). In this Area, you will visit Buddhist Monastery and stop for lunch Break. If weather is clear you can see nearest Mountain of Kathmandu- Ganesh Himal from top of Restaurant.
After Lunch, we will visit Hindus temple Pasupatinath and tour for today is finished. It normally takes 5-6 hours tour to visit all these 4 monuments within Kathmandu city. After sightseeing company manager will meet you with your guide and will provide detailed plans and briefing about the trip. Balance trip payment should clear if any etc.  Rest of the time packing for trek and getting ready.

Day 03: Kathmandu- lukla (2,800m/9,186ft)- phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Early morning you will be picked up by your guide to go to the Kathmandu airport, from where we will take the airplane to Lukla, which will take us about 30 minutes of flight time. At Lukla we will be meet our porters and will head north from the airstrip to Chablung (2700m). Here we will cross the Tharo Kosi river on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge we can see the peak of Kusum Kangru (6367m), which is the most difficult of the so-called “trekking peaks”. Beyond the Tharo Kosi the trail climbs a bit towards Ghat (2590m), we will cross a ridge marked with painted mani stones and climb to Phakding where we will stay overnight (4 hrs).

Day 04: Phakding- namche bazaar
From Phakding we follow the valley of the Dudh Kosi river, staying on the west bank of the river. We climb steeply over a rocky ridge towards Benkar (2710m). From here the trail continues alongside the river. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it a beautiful walk. We cross the Kyashar Khola river and climb out of the valley to Monjo (2840m). Just beyond Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, which was established in 1976 to protect a 1148 sq km area surrounding Mt Everest. Beyond the national park entrance station, the trail makes a steep rocky descent and crosses the Dhud Kosi river on a 120m-long suspension bridge towards Jorsale (2830m). After crossing this river a few times while climbing our way up the valley we will reach Namche Bazaar (3420m). Namche Bazaar is the main trading centre in this region and features numerous shops, hotels and restaurants (6 hrs).

Day 05: Namche bazaar(3440m )
Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher. Today we will take a day hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung. We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Shyangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will slowly ascent towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde we follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. After enjoying lunch here we will follow a steep switchbacking trail descending to Chhorkung (3540m). From here it is a quick descent back to Namche Bazaar (5 hrs).

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4200m/13,776ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After stroll around the Namche area, we follow on the gradual trail with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks at Shanasa. Our trek ascents the left side to Mongla hill and continue down to Phortse Thanga. After lunch further few hours walk ascending will reach at Dole for overnight. A small place with few teahouses and enjoy your night at Dole.

Day 07: Portse tanga- macchermo (4470m/ 14,663ft), 4-5 hrs walk
In aid of acclimatisation the time spend trekking today is short. The trail first climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests, which give away to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers. This part of the trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. We pass a herders’ hut at Tongba (3950m) and then climb gently to Dole.
The trail starts today by climbing steeply through scrub junipers to a single lodge at Lhabarma (4330m). We pass the small settlement of Luza (4340m) and continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river to Machhermo. It was here that a yeti supposedly killed three yaks and attacked a Sherpa woman. This is the most credible yeti incident ever reported, so be watchful as we visit this region (5 hrs)

Day 08: Macchermo- gokyo (4800m/15,744ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and upwards to Cho Oyu. Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail reaches the small village of Pangka (4390m). After passing Pangka the trail drops briefly, then climbs to a large cave known as Nilibuk. After Nilibuk we climb steeply along a narrow, newly crafted staircase trail. Atop the staircase the trail crosses a simple wooden bridge to the first small lake, Longponga, at 4650m. The trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Taujun, at 4710m and finally up a boulder strewn path to Gokyo. Gokyo is a collection of stone houses and walled pastures on the shores of a large lake known as Dudh Pokhari (4 hrs).

Day 09: Explore day at Gokyo
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. 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; and stroll back to hotel for overnight.

Day 10: Gokyo to Phorse Village/ Phorste Thanga (3680 m), 5 to 6 hrs walk
Early in this morning we hike up to Gokyo Ri for the breathtaking view of 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 hours to Gokyo for breakfast. After breakfast walk back through the same valley down (minimum for 3 and half hours) then cross the river to the right valley up hills to the Phorse village for overnight. Phorse Village is interesting as it is situated at the middle of the hills above the river valley with pine and Rhododendron forest surroundings. At here, you will also have change to see the Himalayan pheasant and few others Himalayan animals. O/N at Mt. lodge

Day 11: Phortse to Tyangboche (3,867m/12684ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast at Phortse, we will mostly hike down hills, following the narrow trail to reach to the river valley, then we will have a gradual/ steep walk up hills through the forested hills of pine and rhododendron reach to Tyangboche which is situated at the top of the hill. On the way you have opportunity to see the Himalayan pheasant and musk deer etc.
Tyangboche is a very little place with only few tea houses, it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery called Tyangboche Monastery which is one of the prime interests to see. Evening, the monastery has a monks praying ceremony which is really interesting and you could be a part of this wonderful praying ceremony. Monastery itself is big and it has a wonderful colorful, and Buddhist painted walls, stupa which is great. From Tyangboche you can see Mt. Ama Dablam & Thamserku is just in front across the valley, definitely it offers the great view of the Mt. Ama Dablam. Additionally, Tyangboche offer the great views of Mt. Everest top with Nuptse and its high top, it is very impressive. O/N at Mt. Lodge.

Day 12: Tyangboche to Namche via Khumjung(3,790m/12,431ft), 6 - 7 hours walk
After breakfast the trail lead you down to the forested hills to the bottom of the hills called Phungithanka, across the Dudh Koshi River cross with local suspension bridge, then prepare to walk long hill up again to the Kyanjuma the junction of the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village and Namche Bazzar. Another 30-40 minute gradual walk brings you to the Khumjung Valley. After noon visit to the Khumjung surroundings, visit to Khunde Hospital running by Sir Edmund Hillary of Canadian foundation, which is the biggest hospital in Khumbu region, additionally visit to Hillary school and the old Monastery with the legendry Yeti scalps and enjoy the beauty with Sherpa people and enjoy with the mountains panorama with sunrise, breakfast then come over to the Syangboche airstrip which is situated at the altitude of 3700m which is known as the highest elevation airport of the world. If it happens to the best weather and great visibility, you may also see the Pilatus aircraft flying over to this airstrip. Further walk down brings you to Namche for overnight.

Day 13: Trek back to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 4-5 hrs walk
It is a pretty easy walking back to Lukla. However having said that, hike involves little up and down hills; follow the same way we trekked at the 1st day. It will approx take 4 to 5 hours walks to reach Lukla. While you will refresh up with warm hot shower, the guide will re-confirm the flights to Kathmandu for the following day.
Celebrate your success of the trek and enjoy the Lukla hotels and Tea houses surroundings. Lukla also have nice bars, restaurants and pubs etc. O/ N at Lukla.

Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
After an early morning flight to Kathmandu our guide transfer you to your hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel with ending your Himalayan trip with us. Evening, we meet again for listen your trip feedback and we will host your trek success celebration.O/N at Kathmandu hotel.

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

Cost Includes

1.    Airport pick up & Drop.
2.    Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters and other necessary staffs.
3.    All food (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
4.    Accommodation. (Tent & 2 night local house)
5.    All Camping Gear( Two men tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, down jacket, sleeping bag, matrices,
       torch light, water bottle etc)
6.    Hot & Cold drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate & Juice.).
7.    All transportation.
8.    Trekking permit.
9.    Four nights Hotel with break fast in Kathmandu.
10.  Sight seeing in Kathmandu valley.
11.  All temples Entry Permit in kathamndu.
12.  All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear,
        transport etc for Nepalese staff.
13.  All taxes.

Cost Excludes

1.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance,
       and any kind of unforeseen & personal expenses
2.    Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.

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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