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Gokyo Valley Trek

Trip code
Package name Gokyo Valley Trek
Duration 14
Max. elevation 5357 m
Level Difficult
Transportation Domestic flight and all ground transportation as per itinerary
Accomodation 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge / Tea House during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at
Trip route Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche - Dole - Machermo - Gokyo Lake - Gokyo Ri - Phortse - Monjo - Lukla - Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,390 per person



GOKYO VALLEY TREK  an adventure amidst towering giant peaks and scenic glacial lakes
Gokyo Valley Trek with a well-planned itinerary of Himalayan Forever Treks takes you to the picturesque hidden valley. Enclosed by spectacular views of surrounding giant snow-capped peaks within close to the world's 6th Highest Mt. Cho-Oyu at 8,201 m. Gokyo is known as the valley of lakes, fed by the glacier of Mt. Cho-Oyu and Gyachung Khang peaks.
Around Gokyo valley with the longest Ngozumpa glacier in the Himalayan region, it extends to 36 km or 22 miles. Which is the main source of Dudh Koshi River, our route follows upstream to its glacial source at Gokyo Valley. 
An enjoyable and exciting adventure facing constant views of dramatic landscapes and high peaks on daily walks. Gokyo valley is bounded by two main passes of Chola in the east that leads to Everest base camp. The other Renjo-La pass is situated southwest of Gokyo valley and its third emerald-colored lake. 
The main highlight of the Gokyo valley trek is the climb to the high Gokyo-Ri at 5,357 m / 17, 575 feet. A scenic hill offers a breathtaking panorama of a snow mountain range that encircles the top of Gokyo-Ri. Facing the world’s four highest peaks namely Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, and 
Mt. Makalu in the east direction. Includes fascinating views of Gokyo valley, its turquoise lakes, and the Ngozumpa glacier from the high ridge of Gokyo-Ri.
Gokyo Valley Trek begins after a short flight from Kathmandu or Ramechap to land at Lukla Tenzing & Hillary Airport. The walk starts heading end of Lukla's busy town down to Dudh Koshi River, following a gentle winding trail. 
The route passes through nice traditional Sherpa villages festooned with impressive Buddhist monuments of prayer walls and spinning wheels.
As the adventure progresses reaching the high trail up to Namche Bazaar, the capital of Khumbu Sherpa. Where once a week, a busy and colorful Saturday market takes place, hence the name Namche Bazaar. A nice and interesting place for a rest day as well to support acclimatization, before heading towards high Gokyo Valley. 
From Namche Bazaar our route diverts, heading due north towards Gokyo Valley following Dudh Koshi River gorge. Climbing leads through dense tree lines past Dole's small settlement, as the trail follows to enter a wide open ridge. Facing views of Mt. Cho-Oyu and Machermo peaks, then slowly walk heads higher coming across the first and second lakes. Then finally reach Gokyo's third main lake also called Dudh Pokhari, where the nice lodges and settlements of Gokyo are situated.
Enjoy the relaxing moments marveling at the grand scenery of surrounding giant peaks. The next morning a steep climb on top Gokyo-Ri for stunning sunrise views overlooking a chain of Himalayan peaks. Stand on the highest spot of the adventure facing the magnificent panorama of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest.
After a wonderful and exciting climb of Gokyo-Ri facing outstanding views, return journey on an alternative route. Leaving the beautiful Gokyo Valley, downhill to the small villages of Na and Phortse and then back on the main trail. 
The adventure continues from Namche Bazaar heading down to Dudh Koshi River, then retracing the scenic trail to Lukla. For the last overnight stop around the most scenic areas of high Khumbu and Everest region. A short swift flight brings you back to Kathmandu, after a great marvelous adventure on Gokyo Valley Trek.

How challenging is Gokyo Valley Trek?
The Gokyo Valley Trek is not extremely tough like some other treks in the Himalayas. It offers paths that are moderately challenging and can be managed by most hikers, including beginners who are in good shape. However, the trek does have its share of ups and downs, which can be tiring. Trekkers might encounter rocky steps and steep slopes, as well as streams and loose rocks that make the journey more demanding. The section around Ngozumpa Glacier is considered the toughest part of the trek, with snowy trails making hiking a bit tricky. Overall, though, with proper preparation and care, the Gokyo Valley Trek can be completed without major difficulties.

When is the Ideal Time for Gokyo Valley Trek?
Choosing the ideal time for the Gokyo Valley Trek is crucial for a rewarding experience. The best seasons are pre-monsoon (spring) from March to May and post-monsoon (autumn) from September to November. During these periods, the weather is stable, skies are clear, and the landscapes come alive with blooming flora or autumnal hues.

Difficulty Factors in the Trek to Gokyo Valley
The trek to Gokyo Valley presents several difficulties for travelers. Firstly, the itinerary involves remote and less-traveled trails compared to the regular Everest Base Camp trek. This means that trekkers need to be extra cautious while navigating these terrains.

Another challenge is the terrain itself, which includes numerous uphill and downhill sections, making the trek physically demanding.

Accommodation along the trek route consists of local tea houses, which may not offer luxurious amenities. Adjusting to these basic facilities can be challenging for some travelers. Additionally, the limited availability of food options in remote areas means that trekkers must adapt to a more restricted diet.

The weather in high-altitude regions like Gokyo Valley is unpredictable, with conditions changing rapidly from sunshine to overcast or even snow. Trekkers need to be prepared with waterproof clothing and stay updated on weather forecasts to avoid getting caught in unfavorable conditions.

Overall, these challenges, including rugged terrain, basic accommodations, limited food choices, and unpredictable weather, must be addressed to successfully complete the trek to Gokyo Valley.

Food and Accommodation in Gokyo Valley Trek
Teahouses along the Gokyo Valley route offer a blend of local hospitality and basic amenities. Accommodations are cozy, with shared facilities, providing a comfortable resting place amidst the mountains. Enjoy hearty meals ranging from local specialties to international dishes, ensuring trekkers are well-nourished for the adventure ahead.

Why go on the Gokyo Valley Trek?
The Gokyo Valley Trek offers a unique perspective of the Everest region. Trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu from the vantage point of Gokyo Ri. The trek also explores the pristine Gokyo Lakes, a series of turquoise gems nestled amid towering peaks, adding a touch of serenity to the Himalayan adventure.

Trek Route
The trek follows a circular route, commencing with a flight to Lukla and a trek through Namche Bazaar. The trail diverges towards the Gokyo Valley, passing through charming villages like Dole and Machermo. After reaching Gokyo, trekkers ascend Gokyo Ri for panoramic mountain views before descending through Dzongla and rejoining the classic Everest Base Camp route.

Preparation for Gokyo Valley Trek
Effective preparation ensures a smooth Gokyo Valley Trek experience. Prioritize cardiovascular exercises and strength training to enhance overall fitness. Acclimatization days in Namche Bazaar and Gokyo are crucial. Packing essentials like layered clothing, a reliable backpack, and a refillable water bottle ensures trekkers are well-equipped for the journey.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1,320 m and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport our guide and staff will meet you with traditional welcome. After knowing the staff of Himalayan Forever Treks, a short drive to your hotels. Located in the heart of a city within an exciting Thamel area, an interesting place where most good hotels and restaurants situated. Reaching at the hotel, check your lovely rooms, after getting refreshed join in for group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, offers useful and important information of the trek, hotels and local lodge. 

Includes details of the local culture with do’s and don’ts, evening a group welcome dinner in a nice Nepali Restaurants. 

Day 2 : Morning tour of Kathmandu heritage sites

Morning after breakfast, our city and cultural guide meets the group at the hotel for exciting tour. The drive leads in the heart of Kathmandu city, where interesting historical Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard located. The right spot to observe Nepalese cultures. Tour of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, next tour takes you to old Swyambhunath Stupa of more than 2,600 years history.  A Buddhist monument situated on a hillock west of Kathmandu city outskirt, the famous landmark of the country.

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Located at the heart of the city, Kathmandu Durbar Square serves as a living museum of Nepal's royal history. Surrounded by ancient palaces, courtyards, and temples, the square boasts a captivating blend of Malla and Shah architecture. The Hanuman Dhoka Palace, with its intricately carved wooden windows and doors, stands as a testament to the city's regal past.

The Kumari Ghar, an integral part of the square, is the residence of the Kumari, a young living goddess revered by locals. Visitors may catch a glimpse of her during scheduled appearances, adding an air of mystique to the historical ambiance. The square's narrow alleys are lined with hidden courtyards, shrines, and bustling vendors, creating a vibrant atmosphere that reflects the cultural richness of Kathmandu.

Pashupati Nath:

A short distance from the city center lies Pashupati Nath, a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated on the banks of the Bagmati River, the temple complex exudes spirituality and tranquility. The main temple, adorned with intricate wood carvings and golden spires, attracts pilgrims and tourists alike.

The eastern bank of the Bagmati River provides a vantage point for observing the religious rituals and ceremonies performed by devotees. The site is also home to wandering sadhus, adding to the spiritual aura. Pashupati Nath not only serves as a religious center but also showcases Nepal's architectural heritage through ancient statues, shrines, and ghats along the river.


Heading northeast, the journey culminates at Boudha, home to the majestic Boudha Stupa. This UNESCO World Heritage Site stands as a profound symbol of Buddhism. The colossal white dome, adorned with the Buddha's all-seeing eyes, creates a serene and contemplative atmosphere.

Surrounding the stupa is a bustling market where vendors offer an array of Tibetan artifacts, prayer flags, and traditional handicrafts. The rhythmic chants of prayers, the spinning of prayer wheels, and the fluttering of colorful flags contribute to the spiritual ambiance. Pilgrims circumambulate the stupa, engaging in prayer and ritual, while nearby monasteries house monks immersed in their daily practices.

As the day progresses, the stupa is illuminated, casting a peaceful glow that enhances the spiritual experience. Boudha encapsulates the essence of Buddhist culture and serves as a haven for those seeking a connection to Nepal's spiritual roots. From here back to hotel for lunch.

Day 3 : Drive to Manthali, Fly to Lukla 2, 846 m and trek to Phakding 2,645 m - 04 hrs.

Morning transfer to Manthali town small airport for panoramic flight to Lukla, board in a small aircraft. The flight heads east with stunning views of Himalayan peaks facing Mt. Everest, as the plane makes a smooth exciting landing at Lukla Tenzing & Hillary Airport.

A moderate town, where walk starts heading down to Dudh Koshi River valley through several Sherpa villages. Festooned with prayer flags, Buddhist monument and prayer wall then reaching our first overnight stop at Phakding village.

Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m / 11, 350 feet - 06 hrs.

A long today’s walk to Namche Bazaar, morning after breakfast the trail follows on moderate path. Walking short down and ups crossing a long bridge to reach a nice village of Monjo. The enter Sagarmatha National Park; (Sagarmatha a name for Everest in Nepal, while the native Sherpa calls as Chomolungma of Tibetan origin language). From the park entrance cross another bridge over the same river Dudh Koshi to Jorsalle, the last settlement before Namche Bazaar. Stopping for lunch, afternoon walk on river bed amidst lovely forest, then starts the climb on crossing a high bridge. A steep winding for few hours reaches Namche Bazaar for two overnight halt in the comfort of nice lodge.

Day 5 : At Namche for acclimatization and a short scenic hike.

An ideal spot Namche Bazaar for rest day to support acclimatization and short hike to view-points. Morning having breakfast facing views of Kwangde and Thamersarkhu peaks, while at Namche there are several side hikes.

Suggested scenic places for hikes around Namche and beyond:Visit the park museum on top of Namche Bazaar, offers interesting information of the Khumbu Sherpa’s cultures. Along with panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamersarkhu and Kantega with Kwangde peaks. 

Hike to Everest View Hotel at above 3,880 m high a refreshing spot for views of Mt. Everest, while having warm cup of hot drinks. For energetic people can enjoy longer hike to Khumjung and Khunde villages, located on a glacial valley.

Rest of the day enjoy leisure afternoon browsing the streets of Namche Bazaar full of shops, stores, restaurants and fresh bakeries. 

Day 6 : Trek to Dole 4,110 m- 06 hrs.

On leaving Namche Bazaar following the major trail, the after few hours our route diverts away from the main path. As climb leads on steep trail for few hours to the top of Mong Hill. A small place on a high ridge facing superb views of snow peaks. Enjoying the views the trail heads down to Dudh Koshi River reaching a quiet area at Phortse Tenga for lunch stop. Located on a river gorges amidst forest surroundings.

After lunch climb into a narrow covered in dense tree lines, then finally the day ends reaching Dole. A nice small settlement with several good lodges for overnight halt.

Day 7 : Trek to Machermo 4, 470 m - 04 hrs.

Enjoying the comfort of a nice homely type lodge, having breakfast walk starts with short climb above Dole. Today is a short day walk of few hours to Machermo, from the high ridge with river down below. The high trail follows along the high ridgeline reaching a small settlement of Luza. As walk continues above Dudh Koshi River, a nice pleasant trek facing views of surrounding snow peaks. Overlooking grand views of Mt. Cho-Oyu towards North, standing on a high ridge facing Machermo settlement down below. A gentle downhill walk to a small river gorge and short climb to Machermo for lunch and overnight stop.

A nice place with several good lodges with views of Machermo peak, afternoon relax and enjoy short walks around the high view-points.

Day 8 : Trek to Gokyo Lake 4,800 m - 04 hrs.

Enjoy the breakfast, and get ready for another half day walk to Gokyo Valley.Our main destinations and highlights of the trip, a short climb to a high ridge. As walk follows on the gradual trail to a small isolated place at Panga with few small lodges. From here climb towards Gokyo valley reaching first lake and then coming across second lake. Then reach the main third lakes of Gokyo our final destination for lunch and overnight halt.

Most all nice lodges, situated high above the Gokyo Lake, facing charming views of Mt. Cho-Oyu in the north direction. Getting organized in a nice small rooms of the lodge, having breakfast. Afternoon free at leisure for short hike around the lake and its scenic surrounding.

Day 9 : Morning at Gokyo climb Gokyo-Ri, afternoon to Na or beyond-04 hrs.

Rise early morning for exciting hike to the top of Gokyo-Ri. A steep climb after a few minutes easy walk, the uphill begins walking from the southern bank of the lake. The climb on grassy and rocky slope sided hill, as walk continues reaching on top of Gokyo-Ri. The highest point of the adventure, catch the striking sunrise as it hits the world’s highest peaks. Includes glorious panorama of giant snow-capped mountain range with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu and Mt. Makalu towards east. Staying for an hour enjoying the views of Gokyo scenic valley and its emerald colored lakes. Includes grand views of Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glaciers of Nepal and whole Himalayan range. After a grand vista from Gokyo-Ri, walk down back to the lodge for breakfast and lunch.

Afternoon a leisure walk of few hours heading south east past the lakes to Na.The walk follows little further reaching a small isolated settlement for overnight stop in the comfort of a nice small lodge.

Day 10 : Trek to Phortse village 3,880 m - 07 hrs.

Return journey on an alternative trail opposite from the early trail of Machermo and Dole. Slowly the walk comes across green vegetation and tall tree lines on reaching a sleepy Phortse village. A nice lovely quiet place with many farm houses and few good lodges for trekkers. On time for lunch and overnight stop, with ample time to explore the village and witness the local impressive cultures.

Day 11 : Trek to Monjo 2,880 m via Namche Bazaar- 05 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight at Phortse, enjoy the morning views of high snow-capped peaks. Walk down to cross a bridge above Dudh Koshi River to Phortse Tenga. A short winding climb to Mong Hill, having rest enjoying grand panorama of surrounding peaks. A long descent reaching the main trail to Namche Bazaar, from the junction of Khumjung, Gokyo and Everest base camp route.

Walk heads down past a small place of Kyang-Jima, then an hour walk to Namche Bazaar. Having time at Namche Bazaar as well for lunch stop, afternoon down to Dudh Koshi River. On reaching the river bank a slow short climb to enter the park entrance and exit. Then ending the wonderful day reaching a lovely small village at Monjo for overnight halt.

Day 12 : Trek to Lukla 2, 846 m - 04 hours.

Last day trek of the adventure, enjoy the walk with few short down and ups to Phakding. From Phakding retracing the same route with last final climb to Lukla for lunch and overnight stop. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the Lukla town lined with shops, restaurants and stores.

Day 13 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu with afternoon free at leisure.

Having early breakfast, a short walk to Lukla’s Tenzing & Hillary airport as plane reach from Ramechap or Kathmandu. Board on the small aircraft for swift short flight back to land at Manthali small airstrip. A pleasant and exciting drive brings you back at Kathmandu, rest of the day at leisure and for individual activities and shopping souvenirs of Nepal. 

Day 14 : International departure for homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward bound flight, after a wonderful experience and adventure on Gokyo Valley.


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