• 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.
Gokyo Valley Trek is an alternative to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek, this trek suitable for those who like to experience the magnificence of the Everest region without taking the physical stress of reaching the Everest Base Camp. Gokyo valley trek provides insight into the local lifestyle, awe-inspiring views of glacial-fed rivers, glacial remnants, mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes along with the opportunity to witness the spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges including the highest Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse Makalu, and the Ngozumpa Glasier, the largest glacier in Nepal.
Technically the trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Then we proceed to Phakding and Namche Bazaar. We spend two nights in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization before proceeding further. From Namche, the trail follows the traditional Everest Base Camp route until Sanasa, near Kangjuma, from here the trail follows the Dudh Koshi river towards Hilltop, Dole, Machermo, and over the Ngozumpa glacier and reach Gokyo village (4750m). After exploring the Gokyo valley, descend back to Dole, Namche Bazar, Lukla, and fly to Kathmandu.
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 of the day we will visit some of the major UNESCO heritage sites, this may include the Swayambhunath temple, the oldest Buddhist monument in the valley, and Boudanath, the largest Stupa in Nepal. Next, we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square, situated at the heart of Kathmandu, full of ancient history, culture, and architecture. Later part of the day we will plan and prepare for the trek. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 3. Fly to Lukla-Trek to Phakding(2652m/3hrs)
This morning we will take a short spectacular 30-minute flight to Lukla, The flight offers a stunning view of some of the world's highest peaks. On arrival at Lukla gather our gears and head for Phakding(3hrs). The hike is mostly downhill and goes through scenic landscapes and local villages.
Overnight in a trekkers lodge.
Day 4. Phakding – Namche Bazaar(3440m/6hrs)
From Phakding, we continue further with quite an easy ascend through a beautiful pine forest along the bank of Dudh Koshi River past Monjo and Jorsalle village. Crossover the suspension bridge and begin our steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
Day 5. In Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is the center of the Sherpa community and the major trading hub in the Everest region. We reserve this day for acclimatization, as we ascend higher it is necessary to adapt our body to the surrounding environment. There are several options to do this. We can either hike to the Everest View Hotel past Syangboche airstrip which provides a stunning view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse. There is also the option to take a days’ hike to Khumjung or Thame village, 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 fairly flat trail until Sanasa, where the road divides, one leads to the Everest Base Camp and the other 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 trekker’s 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. From here the trail descends to the Dudh Koshi river and continues to Phortse Thenga and out of the valley through forests of rhododendron, Juniper, and coniferous forest past Yak pastures to Dole. Overnight in trekker’s lodge.
Day 8. Dole to Machhermo(4470m/5hrs)
The trail is a steep climb across Lhabarma and Luza with a good view of the Cho Oyu, Kantega, and the Thamserku all along the way. The trail goes along the side of the valley across a beautiful meadow until we reach Machermo. Machermo is the last major settlement on the way to Gokyo. Overnight in trekker's lodge.
Day 9. Machhermo to Gokyo(4790m/4-5hrs)
The trail ascends to a scenic ridge that provides beautiful views of Kangtega, Cho Oyu, and Thamserku. The trail traverse through the narrow valley down to the riverbank of the Dudh Koshi. From here is a steep climb over the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier past the first Gokyo lake and arrive at the beautiful Gokyo village. Overnight in trekker’s lodge.
Day 10. In Gokyo(Excursion to Gokyo Ri)
Start early in the morning for Gokyo Ri(5357m) to enjoy and experience the golden moment when the sun rises. 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, Gokyo lakes, and the Ngozumpa glacier. 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.
After breakfast, we shall retrace back to Machhermo and descend to Dole for overnight. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
Day 12. Dole to Namche.
Today’s hike is mostly downhill towards the Dudh Koshi passing through several villages with views of Thamserku, Amadablam, Lhotse, and Mt. Everest along the way. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
Day 13. Namche to Lukla
We descend the same trial that we have taken and arrive at Lukla. The rest of the time is free. 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.
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). Overnight in hotel.
Day 16. Departure
Departure transfer to the airport according to 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 with one welcome/farewell dinner, all meals during the trek.
• Experienced 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 incurred due to changing the itinerary, like an 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.