Gokyo Valley Trek, Everest – 13 DAYS


Gokyo Lake and Yaks
Gokyo Lake and Yaks

Gokyo valley Trek, Everest lies towards the west of the Khumbu region. In this serene valley, there are abundant pastures for yaks to graze during summer and the pristine turquoise lakes are breathtaking. Gokyo can be visited after trekking up to Everest Base Camp by adding another five days to the itinerary.

From Gokyo, the eight-thousander Cho Oyu (8,153m) is seen towards the north. There are many great views around the valley. The most popular of them is seen by ascending a ridge for 2-3 hours to the northwest to reach a small summit. From here the view is a stupendous panorama extending from Cho Oyu and Everest to Lhotse, and all the way to Makalu. This view is arguably better than the one above Gorak Shep.

Namche Bazzar Photos
Namche Bazar 3440m.

» Highlights of Gokyo Valley Trek Everest :

1. Stand at the shores of a chain of six turquoise, glacial-fed lakes
2. Avoid the Everest crowds, but enjoy the selection of great views
3. Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) for spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu
4. Trek through the Sherpa town of Khumjung, home of a ‘real’ yeti skull



Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu drop to Hotel(1350m/4428ft)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2800m.) & trek to Phakding (2652m), 30m-3h.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 5-6h
Day 04: Acclimatization day in Namche
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,200m),5-6h.
Day 06: Dole to Machhermo (4,470m), 5-6h.
Day 07: Machharmo to Gokyo (4800m), 5-6h.
Day 08: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m),5-6h.
Day 09: Gokyo to Dole(4,200m), 4-5h.
Day 10: Dole to Namche Bazaar(3440m), 4-5h.
Day 11: Namche to Lukla (2800m), 8h.
Day 12: Lukla to Kathmandu flight (1,300m)
Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu

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» Cost Inclusive in Gokyo Valley Trek Everest:

1. 2 nights Standard Hotel in Kathmandu in twin sharing basis
2. All transfers according to the above Itinerary.
3. Airfare Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
4. Full meals of your choice; Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
5. All mountain basic accommodations with sharing toilets in twin sharing basis.
6. All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit and TIMS)
7. Guide and porters salaries and insurance
8. Hot drinks (Tea and Coffee)
9. All government and local taxes
10. 1 porter (Max. 20kg) for 2 people
11. Sleeping Bags if needed.
12. Community Trek’s Duffle Bags.

» Cost Exclusive:

1. Meals in Kathmandu
2. Mineral water in the bottle
3. Boiled water
4. Electronic device re-charge
5. Hot shower
6. WiFi
7. Personal expenses
8. Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
9. Tip for guide & porter


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Full Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu. And your guide then your Trekking guide briefs you regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

    (Airport Pick up by private transport) (1350 m. ) (Hotel)
  • Day 02

    Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding

    The day starts with an early morning flight from Kathmandu to the tiny airstrip of Lukla. The scenic flight duration is just above 40 minutes so don’t forget to take your cameras, although you’ll have a second chance of taking beautiful snaps on the way back to Katmandu. Upon landing, while the guides and porters will divide the baggage you can have a good look around, take pictures and get prepared for adventure. Depending upon the time we land at Lukla, we might have our lunch there. From Lukla, we will walk to Phakding village. The walk is fairly easy and we will stay overnight in Phakding. We can spend our evening strolling around the village.
    (2,800m.) (3 - 4 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 03

    Phakding to Namche Bazaar

    Our day’s hike will start after having breakfast. We will start by walking along the banks of Dudh Koshi River and we will have to cross this river twice in the same day. We will then arrive at a small village called Monjo. Monjo is the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. After entering the National Park, we will descend to Bhote Koshi River upon which we arrive at Jorsalle village. We will walk further from there heading off to Namche Bazaar, a prosperous trade hub in the lap of the Himalayas which is also the capital of the Khumbu region. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Namche Bazaar.

    (3440 m.) (5-6 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 04

    Acclimatization day in Namche

    After having ascended an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft), we will use the day for acclimatization. It is very important to have our body prepared for further ascending. You will have the day at your disposal and you can choose to do whatever you wish. One option can be to walk up to the Everest View Point Hotel and enjoy the view it offers. You can also choose to have a walk around Namche Bazaar and observe the local proceedings and lifestyle. If it is Saturday, there will be the traditional “Saturday Market” which is a wonderful experience and a great market to explore. There is also Sherpa Museum in Namche which would be the place to visit if you are interested into Sherpa’s culture and history.

    (3,440 m.) (Lodge)
  • Day 05

    Namche Bazaar to Dole

    The trek continues on a well maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path climbs to a different valley leaving the traditional Everest Trail and crosses Mong La and drops down to Phortse Tenga. With the disappearing views of Taboche peak (6501 meters) and Chola Tse (6440 meters), the trail slowly climbs and reaches Dole.

    (4,200 m) (4 - 5 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 06

    Dole to Machhermo

    Leaving the tree line behind, the day starts with a brief climb followed by another, but more gradual climb for the rest of day. The trail passes through a couple of tea shops at Luza and finally reaches Machhermo with Cho Oyu (8201 meters) appearing to the north.

    (4,470 m. ) (5 - 6 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 07

    Machharmo to Gokyo

    We ascend on a hill and enjoy views of the Dudh Koshi valley and Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains. Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Phangga. We descend to the river bank before climbing up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier on a steep trail. We pass through Longpongo, Raboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari before reaching Gokyo. On the trail next to the first lake, we see what is believed to be the footprints of a Lama (Buddhist priest). We explore Dudh Pokhari before calling it a night. Overnight in Gokyo.

    (4,800 m. ) (5 - 6 hours) (Teahouse)
  • Day 08

    Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri

    Another short day today starting with a climb out of the small Dole Valley before ascending more gradually up the Dudh Koshi Valley, high above the river. The trail passes many summer settlements, used when Yaks are taken to these pastures for breeding and grazing in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu while back down the valley are peaks of Kang Taiga and Thamserku. This is a short day, essential for acclimatization and we will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. It was here in 1974 that a Yeti was reported to have attacked a Sherpani and killed two Yaks. There is time in the afternoon for acclimatization walks in the surrounding hills for even better views of the surrounding mountains.

    ( 5357m.) (5 - 6 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 09

    Gokyo to Dole

    We descend on a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and pass  the first Gokyo lakes. On the way we also enjoy views of the Cholatse and Taboche peaks. Our trail descends before climbing a hill. After reaching the chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega mountains. We walk past Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarma villages before reaching Dole. Overnight in Dole.

    (4 - 5 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 10

    Dole to Namche Bazaar

    We descend on a steep trail to Phortse Thanga admiring rhododendrons, wildflowers and waterfalls. We also come across mountain goats, musk deer, pheasants, etc. From Mong, we can admire a good view of Khumbila peak. On our way to Namche the view of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtega mountains are ours to admire. After walking for a while, we reach an intersection where the trail from Sanasa meets our trail. We walk on a trail that clings to a forested slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. After reaching Namche army camp hill, we look back to see Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche for one last time. About a kilometer from here is Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

    (4-5 hours) (Lodge )
  • Day 11

    Namche to Lukla

    After having breakfast you will be a trek back to Lukla which contains approximately 8 hours walk. You will be staying at Mountain lodge in Lukla. On the way to Lukla, you will enjoy the vegetation, natural beauty, glaciers, rivers, and different animals of the Himalayan region.

    (8-9 Hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 12

    Lukla to Kathmandu flight

    We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    (Car, Jeep, Bus) (1,300m.) (Hotel)
  • Day 13

    Departure from Kathmandu

    Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

    (Airport drop by private transport)
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Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  13 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Group Size:  2 - 12 Pax
  •  Price:  From 1550 US $ PP
  •  Trip Style:  Teahouse
  •  Diffculty:  Hard
  •  Best Season:  Mar - May & Sept - Nov
  •  Transport:  Car, Jeep, Bus

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