Trip Overview

The Gokyo valley Trek is an alternative to the classic Everest Base Camp Trek. The Gokyo valley lies towards the west of the popular Khumbu region of Nepal. Though a less-traveled route yet, it provides spectacular views of glacial rivers, snow-capped peaks, and pristine Lakes. The view from Gokyo Ri is stunning and offers more of the fabulous mountain views than from Kalapatthar. This trek is designed for those who are eager to experience the magnificence of the Everest range. Without actually taking the physical stress of trekking to Everest Base Camp.

This trek also provides an alternative option for a hike to the 5th and 6th lakes. There is also the option to hike to the Cho Oyu Base Camp as well. This route offers magnificent views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier. The largest glacier in the Himalayas of Nepal. The most remarkable feature is the view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. Furthermore, Gokyo Ri offers outstanding views of the most popular mountains in Nepal. Such as the Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.

The trek begins with a scenic flight to Lukla. From Lukla, proceed towards Phakding. From Phakding the trail continues further to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the cultural hub of the Sherpa people. Likewise, it is also a junction for trekkers and climbers. From Namche, the trail follows the traditional Everest Base Camp route until Sanasa. Thereafter, the trail crosses over Mong La Pass and descends to the Dudh Koshi valley. Then, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi river towards Hilltop, Dole, Machermo. Finally, cross over the Ngozumpa glacier and reach Gokyo village (4750m). 

3rd Gokyo lake

Trek Highlights

⇒Scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
⇒Explore the Everest National Park including diverse flora and fauna.
⇒Walk around the bustling Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar.
⇒Observe Sherpa culture and village lifestyle in the heart of the Himalayas.
⇒Unique Sherpa culture and their generous hospitality.
⇒Everest panoramic view from Syangboche & Gokyo Ri.
⇒360° panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks from the summit of Gokyo Ri.
⇒Pristine mountain pastures with yaks and goats grazing.
⇒Sparkling cerulean Gokyo Lakes with Cho Oyu in the background.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-220
  • TRIP NAME: Gokyo Valley Trek
  • DURATION: 16 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • BEST SEASON: February, March, April, May, September, October, November,
  • MAX ALTITUDE 5357m(Gokyo Ri)
  • ACCOMMODATION 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and in trekkers lodge/tea house while on trek
  • WALKING HOUR 5-6 hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Syangboche-Phortse-Dole-Machermo-Gokyo-Dole-Namche Bazaar-Lukla-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, you have the option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek preparation

    After breakfast, we shall start our sightseeing tour covering some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. This may include the Pashupatinath temple, one of the Hindu’s holiest pilgrimage sites, and the Boudanath stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage site. In the evening, we will have a short briefing regarding the planning and preparation of the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 3: Fly to Lukla-Trek to Phakding(2652m)

    After breakfast, transfer to the domestic airport to board a flight to Lukla (2810m). The flight to Lukla would be a lifetime experience. Upon arrival, we shall gather our gears and head towards Phakding. The trail passes through the beautiful village of Chaurikharka and arrive at Phakding in about three hours. The trek to Phakding lets you discover the green landscape with a scenic view of Kusum Kanguru. Overnight in Phakding.

  • Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3440m/6hrs)

    After breakfast, we shall start trekking through a beautiful pine forest along the Dudh Koshi River and Hillary Suspension Bridge to reach the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail goes across several suspension bridges over the Dudhkosi river (milky river). Furthermore, it goes past green landscape with the view of Kusum Kanguru and arrives at Bengkar village (2630m), and then continues further to Monjo village (2835). The trail further continues past few Suspension bridges, Jorsalle village (2740m), the Dudh Koshi, Bhote Koshi river, and reach Chautara. From where we get our first glimpse of Mt. Everest. From Chautara, we shall continue to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazar is one of the popular trading posts for the Sherpa people. It is also an ideal market for visitors to purchase traditional crafts. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • Day 5: Acclimatization Day

    Today is for acclimatization and altitude adaptation. There are several options for how you wish to spend the day. We can suggest you for a short hike up to Everest View Hotel past Syangboche airstrip. Everest View Hotel provides panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache, and many more. We shall visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery on the way to Syangboche. And later, we shall hike to Khumjung village and interact with locals, and learn about their culture, tradition, and lifestyle. After the visit, return to Namche overnight. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • Day 6: Namche Bazaar – Phortse(3810m/5-6hrs)

    We shall climb steeply out of Namche Bazaar up to the hilltop and follow the uphill path to Mongla with an outstanding view of Thamserku, Kangtega, and Ama Dablam on the way. From Mongla descend to Phortse Thanga, lunch at Phortse Thanga, and after lunch descend to the Dudhkoshi river. Cross over the Dudhkoshi River and trek uphill through rhododendron forest and finally reach Phortse. Phortse lies just under the snow-covered peaks of Tawoche and Cholatse. Overnight in Phortse.

  • Day 7: Dole–Machhermo(4,470m/4-5hrs)

    The most outstanding feature of the trail today is the abundance of animals and plants, including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. After breakfast, cross over the Dudh Koshi river and trek towards Dole. It takes about 2 hrs of a steep uphill climb to reach Dole. From Dole, the trail climbs up via Lhabarma to Luza with a good view of Cho Oyu, Kangtega, Thamserku through several summer settlements to Luza, and then finally to Machermo. Machhermo is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. The beautiful stream flowing down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche mountains runs through the village and meets the Dudh Koshi river. Overnight at Machhermo.

  • Day 8: Machhermo-Gokyo(4790m/4hrs)

    Today, we climb along a ridge from where we can have a spectacular view of the valley below with views of Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and the northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480 m) after some gentle walk. It is a steep climb up before we reach Gokyo. Follow the valley passing the first lake, known as Longpongo (4690m), where we get a chance to observe the footprints of a lama on a stone. We pass the second lake and reach the third Lake. A surging stream in Gokyo valley links the two lakes. Gokyo village is situated by the end of the third lake and Cho Oyu Mountain in the background sets an amazing spectacular view. Overnight in Gokyo

  • Day 9: Excursion to the 5th and 6th lake & Cho Oyu Base Camp

    This day is set aside for rest and acclimatization. Depending on the interest and the situation we will take the opportunity to explore the 4th and 5th Lakes. The fourth lake is situated, about a distance of 3kms to the north of Gokyo with high cliffs and peaks rising above it. From here the trail then continues to the fifth lake. We shall climb on to the hilltop at the edge of the lake to get astonishing views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. The northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and the Ngozumpa glacier. Passing along the 5th lake we reach Cho Oyu Base Camp(5200m). Spend some time enjoying the spectacular mountain view and return to Gokyo. Overnight in Gokyo.

  • Day 10: Trek to Gokyo Ri(5357 m/4-5hrs)

    Start early in the morning for Gokyo Ri(5357m). The climb is a steep uphill and takes about 2-3 hrs through winding trial. The summit provides spellbinding views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Cho Oyo, glacial moraine, and Gokyo village below. Our Gokyo Ri visit will be the most unforgettable lifetime memories. Return to Gokyo, and the rest of the day is to relax and rest. Overnight in Gokyo.

  • Day 11: Gokyo to Dole(4038m/3-4hrs)

    After breakfast, we shall descend to Dole. The trail from Gokyo is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing the second and the first Gokyo Lakes we arrive at Phanga (4480m). Cholatse and Taboche peaks rear up on the right-hand side. The trail further descends and arrives at Mochermo(4470m). On the way, we will have great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega. We then gradually descend to Dole (4200) through the charming settlement of Luza and Lhabarma. Overnight in Dole.

  • Day 12: Dole – Namche(3440m/4-5hrs)

    After breakfast, we shall start our trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar. It takes about 5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar. The hike today is mostly downhill until Mongla with views of Mt. Khumbila, Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, and the distant view of Tengboche village. From here, we descend to Sansa and reach an intersection. We follow the trail to Namche and arrive at Namche past Kyangjuma village. Overnight in Namche.

  • Day 13: Namche Bazaar – Lukla(2860m/6-7 hrs)

    Today the trail descends steeply down to the Dudh Koshi. We shall cross over the Dudh Koshi and trek past Dovan, Jorsalle(2740), Monjo(2835m), Benker, and finally arrive at Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.

  • Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu

    We shall take the early morning flight to Kathmandu, on arrival check in to your hotel, and the rest of the day is to rest and relax. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 15: In Kathmandu

    Free or leisure day in Kathmandu. (flights from Lukla are often canceled due to unpredictable mountain weather, therefore we have planned for this extra contingent day).

  • Day 16: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

What's Included
  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • Half day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local city guide as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation in listed or similar(3-4*) hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges/tea house during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu with one welcome/farewell dinner, 3 standard meals during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide along with porter(one porter for every two member) during the trek.
  • Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
  • Round trip domestic flight to and from Lukla.
  • All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ Everest National Park permit)
  • All Government taxes and service charges.
What's Not Included
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance(covering rescue and evacuation strongly recommended).
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.

Review

EDhan
EDhan

10th November, 2015

My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.

The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.

Margo Boston
Margo Boston

14th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.

We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.

Lori
Lori

7th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.

Palm
Palm

12th August, 2015

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on. There are lots of places to see and open for the tourist. The people here are very friendly, all the staffs of Sixth Sense including tour guide and the management and coordination were perfect.

What I like this country is that the culture and diversity of landscape. Besides this Nepal is very vibrant country and colourful country. In the future, I would like to make more trips in Nepal with Sixth Sense spending more time in Kathmandu and it’s surrounding areas and countryside. For the tourist, I would recommend please do visit Nepal with Sixth Sense. Tour Guide and company which was responsible for everything to organise this trip, everything was taken care of all the arrangements were first class. We loved the Trip plan, the selected hotels, the knowledge of tour guide and the entire team was absolutely perfect and highly recommended for future travellers.

Irfan
Irfan

27th December, 2019

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on.