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 Khumbu region of Nepal. Though a less-traveled route, it provides spectacular views of glacial rivers, snow-capped peaks, and pristine Lakes. The view from Gokyo Ri is stunning and offers more fabulous mountain views than from Kalapatthar. This trekking route is suitable for them, eager to experience the magnificence of the Everest range. Without actually taking the physical stress of trekking to Everest Base Camp.

The Gokyo Valley Trek 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. 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 mountains in Nepal. Such as the Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.

This journey begins with a scenic flight to Lukla. From Lukla, we head 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. Subsequently, the trail crosses the Mong La Pass and descends to the Dudh Koshi valley.
Following the Dudh Koshi river, the trail goes past Hilltop, Dole, and Machermo. And finally, cross over the Ngozumpa glacier and reach Gokyo village (4750m).

3rd Gokyo lake

Trek Highlights

  • Enjoy a 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 UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will visit the Pashupatinath temple, Boudanath stupa, and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. 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 arrives 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 begin our second day's trek through a beautiful pine forest along the Dudh Koshi River and Hillary Suspension Bridge to reach the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail goes over several suspension bridges over the Dudhkosi river. Furthermore, it goes past the green landscape with the view of Kusum Kanguru, passing by Bengkar and Monjo. The trail continues past 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 on how you wish to spend the day. We would suggest for a short hike up to Everest View Hotel. 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, interact with locals, and learn about their culture, tradition, and lifestyle. After the visit, return to Namche Bazaar. 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. After lunch, we will climb down 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: Phortse-Dole–Machhermo(4,470m/4-5hrs)

    The most outstanding feature of the trail is the abundance of animals and plants, including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. After breakfast, cross over the Dudh Koshi river and trek towards Dole. It is a 2 hrs uphill hike from Phortse to Dole. From Dole, the trail climbs up via Lhabarma to Luza with a good view of Cho Oyu, Kangtega, and 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 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 a view of Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and the northern part of the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Pangka(4480 m). It is a steep climb up before we get to Gokyo. Follow the valley past the first lake, Longpongo (4690m), where we get a chance to observe the footprints of a lama on a stone. We pass the second lake along the way and reach the third lake. A surging stream in Gokyo valley links the two lakes. Gokyo village lies at the end of the third lake, with Cho Oyu Mountain in the background. 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 lies about 3kms north of Gokyo, with high cliffs and peaks rising above it. From here, the trail then continues to the fifth lake. We shall climb onto 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)

    We shall start early in the morning for Gokyo Ri(5357m). It is a steep uphill climb for about 3 hrs to reach Gokyo Ri. 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)

    Today, we shall descend to Dole. It is an easy downhill hike 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 to 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)

    Leaving Dole,  we shall start our trek to Namche Bazaar. The hike 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 river and hike 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

    Today we have a free day in Kathmandu(flights from Lukla gets often canceled due to unpredictable mountain weather). Therefore we have planned for this extra contingent day. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • 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.
  • Round trip domestic flight to and from Lukla.
  • All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ Everest National Park fee)
  • 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 (America)

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 (America)

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 (America)

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.