- Hike along Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal.
- Avoid the crowds of the classic EBC route.
- Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) for spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu.
- Enjoy the 360° panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks from the summit of Gokyo Ri.
- Explore the traditional Sherpa villages along the way and learn more about their unique culture.
- Visit Buddhist monasteries along the way.
The Gokyo Valley Trek is one of the excellent routes available through Sagarmatha National Park. Gokyo valley trek is the second most traveled route in the Everest region. It is an alternative to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek and is less crowded and quieter than other routes in this area. The Gokyo Valley Trek offers a superb opportunity to visit one of the most remote and beautiful valleys. The natural beauty and the grand setting of Gokyo Valley and its crystalline lakes, and the unparalleled panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and other peaks from Gokyo Ri (5360m) is simply outstanding. Gokyo Valley is one of the most picturesque valleys in Nepal. Gokyo valley lies to the west of the Khumbu region of Nepal.
The journey begins with a typical flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trek starts from Lukla it follows the same path as the route to Everest Base camp through historic Namche Bazaar. From Namche, the journey goes up the Everest trail only as far as the teahouses at Kyanjuma. From this point on, the journey leads towards Mong La. And then, finally drops down to the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. The trail then goes past rhododendron and oak forests and waterfalls for a couple of hours and arrives at Dole. From Dole, the trial further continues past the tea house at Pangkha and the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal. And finally, arrive at beautiful Gokyo valley with the Gokyo village sitting at the end of the third lake with the Cho Oyu Mountain towering in the background.
There is also the option to extend the trip to Everest Base Camp by crossing over Chola Pass to Dzongla and then trek to Lobuche and join the classic Everest Base Camp route.
Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at the airport, meet our representative/guide and transfer to the hotel. As there are no activities planned for today, you may either enjoy the evening at leisure or take a self-guided tour to familiarize yourself with the city. Evening dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 2. In Kathmandu (trek preparation).
Today in the first half, we will visit some of the major UNESCO heritage sites. We shall visit Boudhnath stupa, one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world. We shall also pay a visit to Pashupatinath temple, the most sacred Hindu temple in the country. Next, we will drive to Bhaktapur and visit the famous Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The Durbar Square houses a collection of pagoda and shikhara–style temples strategically placed around a 55 window palace constructed of brick and timber. Later in the afternoon, we shall plan and prepare for the trek. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 3. Fly to Lukla-Trek to Phakding(2652m/3hrs)
Early morning, we will take a 30-minute flight to Lukla Airport - also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. The flight offers a stunning view of some of the highest peaks on earth. Upon arrival, we will gather our gears and begin our trek for about 3 hours to Phakding. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.
Day 4. Phakding – Namche Bazaar(3440m/6hrs)
We begin our journey through a beautiful pine forest. We follow the trail north along the Dudh Koshi River up the valley of Benkar. We then cross the Dudh Koshi River and continue past Monjo and Jorsalle village and then finally ascend 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 trekkers lodge.
Day 5. In Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is the center of the Sherpa community and an important trading center in the Everest region. The purpose of staying at Namche Bazaar is to acclimatize. There are several options to do this. We can either hike to the Everest View Hotel past Syangboche airstrip. Everest View Hotel provides a stunning view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse. These hikes help us to adjust and adapt to the altitude gain. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
Day 6. Namche Bazaar to Hilltop Sherpa Lodge(3-4hrs)
The trail from Namche is a beautiful one with the view of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Mt. Everest until the village of Kyanjuma. The wide path goes on a rocky mountain above the Dudh Kosi gorge. From Kyanjuma, the hike is over a reasonably flat trail until Sanasa. At Sanasa, the road bifurcates: one leads to the Everest Base Camp, and the other goes to the Gokyo lakes. We take the steep one to the left until we reach the Hilltop Sherpa Lodge, where we halt for the night. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
Day 7. Hilltop Sherpa Lodge to Dole(4038m/4-5hrs)
From the Hilltop lodge, the trail ascends towards the Mong La Pass and then descends into Khumbila. The path is relatively easy, crossing several valleys passing through rhododendron, juniper forests. The trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dush Koshi. Cross over the Dudhkoshi River and trek uphill through rhododendron forest and finally reach Phortse. We continue further through thick coniferous forests past yak pastures to Dole. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
Day 8. Dole to Machhermo(4470m/5hrs)
The trail from here on becomes increasingly difficult as we pass through dense forests and higher altitudes. It is a steep climb past the villages of Lhabarma and Luza with a good view of the Cho Oyu, Kantega, and the Thamserku all along the way. The trail continues to climb up along the side of the valley until we reach Machhermo. Machermo is the last major settlement on the way to Gokyo. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
Day 9. Machhermo to Gokyo(4790m/4-5hrs)
Today we climb to a ridge that offers an excellent view of Kangtega, Cho Oyu, and Thamserku. The valley widens as the trail passes through Phangkha. We then descend to the riverbank, and then it is a steep climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier. Upon crossing an iron bridge over a stream, the trail levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo. At this juncture, we get a chance to observe the footprints of a lama on a stone. We pass the second lake and reach the third Lake. Gokyo village is situated by the end of the third lake at the base of Gokyo peak. From Gokyo, there are spectacular views of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse. Overnight in trekker’s lodge.
Day 10. In Gokyo(Excursion to Gokyo Ri)
Early morning, we hike to Gokyo Ri(5357m). A small peak above Gokyo village to enjoy and experience the golden moment when the sun rises. The climb is a steep uphill ascend for about 2-3 hrs through a winding trail. The summit provides fantastic views of four of the seven highest peaks of Nepal, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. Return to Gokyo village for lunch. After lunch, we have the option to rest and relax or hike to the 4th and the 5th lake. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
Day 11. Gokyo to Dole(5hrs)
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 trekkers lodge.
Day 12. Dole to Namche(5hrs).
After breakfast, we shall start our trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar. The hike is mostly downhill until Mongla. The views of Mt. Khumbila, Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, and the distant Tengboche village can be seen along the way. 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 trekkers lodge.
Day 13. Namche to Lukla(7-8hrs)
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 a lodge.
Day 14. Fly to Kathmandu
Take the early morning flight to Kathmandu. On arrival, check in to your hotel, and rest and relax. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 15. Extra day in Kathmandu.
Today we have a free day in Kathmandu. (Flights from Lukla get often canceled due to unpredictable mountain weather, therefore we have planned this extra contingent day). Overnight in hotel.
Day 16. Departure
Transfer to the airport for your flight to your next destination.
MealsOnly breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals with 3 tea/coffee during the trek
Trip Accommodation3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and trekker's lodge/tea house during the trek
RouteKathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Hilltop-Dole-Machhermo-Gokyo-Dole_Namche Bazaar-Lukla-Kathmandu
Trip Type Trekking
Best MonthsMarch, April, May, September, October, November
Lean MonthsFebruary, June, July, August
Not RecommendJanuary, December
Prices & Dates
- All airport and hotel 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 houses during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu while all meals during the trek.
- One welcome/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
- English-speaking trekking guide along with porter(one porter for every two members) during the trek.
- Guide, porter, and trekking staff insurance.
- Round trip domestic flight to and from Lukla.
- All necessary paperwork and permit (TIMS/ Everest National Park permit)
- Hire of a sleeping bag(if required with minimal cleaning charges)
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- 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.
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to your health, natural condition, political situation, or early return from the trek.
- All other personal expenses are not listed in the included section.
3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and trekker’s lodge/tea house during the trek.