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Gokyo Valley Trek

Gokyo Lakes Trek




Trip highlights
  • 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 an excellent trekking route through the Sagarmatha National Park. It is the second most traveled route in the Everest region and is an alternative route to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek. Moreover, it is less crowded and quieter than other routes. The Gokyo Valley Trek offers a superb opportunity to visit one of the most remote and beautiful valleys.

Gokyo Valley is one of the most picturesque valleys in Nepal. Gokyo valley lies to the west of the Khumbu region of Nepal. The Gokyo valley and its crystal clear lakes and the panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and other peaks from Gokyo Ri are simply outstanding.

The trek starts from Lukla and continues on the same route as the Everest Base Camp Trek until Kyanjuma. The trail then heads towards Mong La and drops to the Dudh Koshi river. It further continues past forests of rhododendron and oak and waterfalls to Dole. The trail continues past the tea house at Pangkha and the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa glacier. Finally arrives at the beautiful Gokyo valley with the Gokyo village at the end of the third lake with the Cho Oyu Mountain in the background.

There is also the option to extend this trip to Everest Base Camp. From Gokyo, by crossing over the Chola pass to Dzongla and trek to Lobuche to join the classic Everest Base Camp route.

Detail Itinerary

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 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 UNESCO heritage sites. We shall visit Boudhnath stupa, one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world. We shall also visit the 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. The afternoon is for preparing and planning 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. On 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)
This morning, we begin our journey through a beautiful pine forest. We will follow the trail north along the Dudh Koshi River up the valley of Benkar. Hereafter, cross over the Dudh Koshi river and continue past Monjo and Jorsalle village 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 a 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 a 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 Hilltop lodge, the trail ascends towards Mong La Pass and then descends into Khumbila. The path is relatively easy, crossing several valleys and passing through rhododendron and juniper forests. The trail descends in 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 Pangkha. 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 at 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 a trekker’s lodge.

Day 10. In Gokyo(Excursion to Gokyo Ri)
Early morning, we hike up to Gokyo Ri(5357m) to experience the golden moment when the sun rises. It is a steep uphill climb for about 2-3 hours over a winding trail. The summit provides fantastic views of four of the seven highest peaks of Nepal, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. After enjoying the sunrise view, return to Gokyo village for lunch. After lunch, rest and relax at the Gokyo village or hike to see the 4th and the 5th lake. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 11. Gokyo to Dole(5hrs)
After breakfast, we 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 Pangkha (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 trekkers lodge.

Day 12. Dole to Namche(5hrs).
After breakfast, we leave Dole and hike 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. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 13. Namche to Lukla(7-8hrs)
Today the trail descends steeply down to the Dudh Koshi river. We shall cross over the Dudh Koshi and trek past Dovan, Jorsalle(2740), Monjo(2835m), Benker, and finally arrive at Lukla. Overnight in a trekkers 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 often get canceled due to unpredictable mountain weather. Therefore we have planned this extra contingent day).
Overnight in a hotel.

Day 16. Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

  • Group Size2-8

  • MealsOnly breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals 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

  • Trip SeasonsSpring and autumn

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, September, October, November

  • Lean MonthsFebruary, June, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, December

Prices & Dates

As to offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced depending on the number of participants:

  • 8 members = US$ 1305 per person
  • 6 members = US$ 1375 per person
  • 4 members = US$ 1475 per person
  • 2 members = US$ 1685 per person
  • Single-member = US$ 2365
  • Single room supplement = US$ 125


  • 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 are included 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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* category hotels in Kathmandu and the best available local village lodges during the trek.

Trip Guide/Leader

  • Hem Raj Bastola

    Hem Raj Bastola

  • Min Singh

    Min Singh

  • Vijaya Gyawali

    Vijaya Gyawali