Everest Gokyo Valley Trek

Everest Gokyo Valley Trek

Trip Fact

Duration: 19 Days

Grade: Moderate

Accomodation: tea House / Lodge

Best Time: Spring / Autumn

Highest Access: 5545m.

Gokyo Valley trekking is one of the popular and adventurous treks in the higher Himalaya of Khumbu valley. Popularly known as "The Ultimate Trek," Everest Base Camp Gokyo ri trek includes all that the Khumbu has to offer including the fascinating villages and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and the culture and hospitality of the Sherpa people, who will surely win your hearts. Everest Chola pass Gokyo ri trekking offers a unique opportunity to discover the route to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Peak, the famous Cho La pass, and Kala Patthar. It’s a rich landscape that can only be called an ‘adventure paradise’ with stunning mountain vistas that include Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu - four of the eight highest peaks on earth.

We take splendid mountain flight to Lukla and then go to Namche Bazaar through Dudh Koshi River arriving at Phortse Thanga. Working through rhododendron forest and juniper and large conifers path offers view of Cho you peak (8,153m) to Machermo. A few lakes appear on the trail and finally reach to Gokyo (4,750m). A two-hour climbing on Everest Gokyo Ri (5350m), the small peak above the lake provides panoramic views of high Himalayans. The trek through Everest Cho La Pass (5,330m) requires some mountaineering experience and well equipped. Lobuche follows the grassy ablation valley with great views of Pumori and crosses tributary glaciers to reach the dry lake bed of Gorakshep and then visit Everest Base camp. At Kalapatthar, we will be rewarded the 360 degree dramatic panorama views of Mt Everest and surroundings mountains. Trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees via villages of Pangboche, Tengboche and Phakding to Lukla for the retuning flight.

Everest Gokyo trail is marvelous, scene of snow capped chain of mountain ranges to all sides and many more thrilling fun and pleasure that gives you the full satisfactions.  The Himalayan rare species wildlife musk dear, Panda, Snow Leopard, mountain goat “Jharal”, colorful “Pheasants” national birds of Nepal, are another attraction of the Everest Gokyo ri Cho La Pass trekking for the visitors. Pine and juniper are the common forest of here as well as colorful rhododendron and magnolia flowers welcome you during the spring. Everest Gokyo ri trekking in Nepal is an exceptional trek visiting the high lush valleys of the Khumbu with occurrence to travel roughly rural civilization, Gokyo lakes, monasteries and to instance the unbelievable kindness of the Sherpa society.

Trekking Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu international airport
Our representative will meet you at Tribhuwan International airport Kathmandu and transferred by private coach to the Hotel. After you will be freshening up, we will go through the equipment checking and arrangement for trekking permits. If you will arrive at night, meet you at next morning. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley (1320m)
After breakfast we will leave for the cultural tour of Kathmandu valley. We will visit popular places like Pashupatinath the biggest Hindus Pilgrimages Temple, the Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the 2000-year old Monkey Temple at Swyambhunath. If time permit and you will wanted to more we will take you to the Patan another city of fine art and architecture. By the evening return to the hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2652m) about 4 hrs trek to Phakding (2,652m)
Early morning we will head to domestic airport for our scenic flight to Lukla (Tensing Hillary Airport). Have fantastic views of the mountains, including Mt Everest as we enter deep gorge of the Dudh Kosi valley. On arrival Lukla Airport you will meet our local porters and head to Phkading after having breakfast or lunch. On the way you will be rewarded by best view of Mt Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kangaru (6367m) and Mt Kwangde range. After few hours walking we will reach the village of Phakding where we stop for the overnight stay.

Day 04: Phakding Trek to Namche (3440m) 5-6 hrs
We will start the journey by crossing the Dudh Koshi River by a long suspension bridge and continue following the river northwards. We get our first good views of the mountains when Thamserku (6608m) appears at the head of a narrow valley. The path crosses back to the other side of the river and passes through the Sagarmatha National Park gates at Monjo where we will be required to show our Trekking permits. The trail continues from here along the riverside and climb up to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a local lodge.

Day 05: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Today we will have an acclimatization day to acclimatize well in the high altitude. We will have few hours hiking up to Syangboche Air strip walk to Everest View Hotel for the very close of view of Mount Everest. For more hours hiking we can visit Khumjung Village also. It is worth to seeing the Everest Museum also here.

Day 06:Namche bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3500m)
On the journey from Namche Bazaar to Phortse, we get to see plenty of rhododendrons, pheasant's mountain goats and musk deer. We trek gradual up through reach Mongla pass (3975 m) from where we glimpse Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Mt. Khumbila. After crossing river on a suspension bridge we arrive in Phortse Thanga (3 hrs).

Day 07: Phortse Thanga to Machermo: (4410m)
The trail first climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests, which give away to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers. A gradual ascent through birch woods with fine views of kangtega and the distant yak pastures of Gyele. Machermo is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo.

Day 08: Machermo to Gokyo Lakes
The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. A few lakes appear on the trail and finally reach to Gokyo (4,750m), which is a collection of stone houses and walled pastures on the shores of large lake. A two-hour climbing on Gokyo Ri (5350m), the small peak above the lake provides panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Makalu, cholatse and Tawache.

Day 09: Gokyo Lake explores and trek down to Thangnak (4700m)
The mountain views in the Gokyo region are spectacular. The massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) can be seen. After having breakfast we return to Thangnak.

Day 10: Thangnak to Cho La crossing- Dzongla
Today is the toughest day and we need to start early (4-6 am) compared to other days on the trip. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views. By the evening you will be at hotel in Dzongla.

Day 11: Dzongla to Lobuche (4910m)
We will take easy and short trekking route. We climb down from Dzongla and cross a bridge and then transverse through grassy trail. Overnight stay at Lobuche.

Day 12: Lobuche- visit Everest Base Camp (5500m) and back to Gorakshep (5140m)
There are the glaciers and cairns and the trail is so excited coming closer to the highest point on earth. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the  world.  We walk to Everest Base Camp and explore the area famous for so many climbing expeditions to Mt Everest. Trek back to Gorakshep.

Day 13: Gorakshep trek to Kala Patthar (5545m) and back to Pheriche (4280 m) 7-8 hrs
We start early in the morning as mornings are usually sparkling and clear and best time to climb the Kalapatthar, this is the highlight of the trekking. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast followed by a gradual descend down to Pheriche for a good night's rest. Overnight in Pheriche.

Day 14: Pheriche Trekking to Namche Bazaar via Pangboche and Tengboche: 6-7 hour
If it's spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings from Tengboche the trail goes down to Phunki Thanga, from here mostly the trail goes through the pine forests and have chance to see the wild life like mountain goats, snow leopard and colorful pheasants, finally we will arrive at Namche for overnight stay.

Day 15: Namche Bazaar trekking back to Phakding (2652m) 4-5 hour
Today the trail descends steeply downward before crossing the suspension bridges on Dudh Koshi River. From here the trail becomes more level and natural. We will work though rhododendron and pine forests with the view of distance snow covered peak and arrive at Phakding.

Day 16: Phakding trekking back to Lukla: 3/4 hours
Today is an easy and beautiful walk through the blue pine and rhododendron forests with the views of Kusum Kangaru and Mt Kwangde range. It is wise to arrive earlier as we can confirm our flight ticket and have good hot shower and look around the small town of Lukla. You can explore the town by visiting the local “Thangka Painting School” and watch the beautiful religious paintings also. This is the last night with your trekking crews and you can enjoy the good farewell dinner together.

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu
Early morning we will have exciting about 40 minute's flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. You will enjoy a free time with good hot showers and rest in the hotels gardens.

Day 18: Kathmandu Spare and Free Day.
This is a free last day in Kathmandu. It's also spare day in case of bad weather at Lukla. In the evening you will join a typical Nepali cultural dinner show and have greetings exchange with Nepalese people.

Day 19: Kathmandu Final - departure
We will take you to the Airport for your return flight back to home or other destination.  

Price For The Trip:

The total cost for the trek or tour you decide you want to do will depend on several different factors. The type of accommodation you prefer in Kathmandu will make a difference to the overall cost (budget to 5 star accommodation). The mode of transport you prefer will also affect the cost of your package, for example prices vary greatly between flying versus private car/van, tourist or local buses. The number of guides and/or porters required will also affect the total cost of your trek. For these reasons the same trek/tour can vary in price quite substantially.

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Cost Include:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
  • Round Trip flight ticket for Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu.
  • Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals chosen from the Menu   (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Sagarmatha National Park fees.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Special Gifts (T shirt, Pashmina shawl, Trekking certificates and others)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Cost Exclude:

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.