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12 Days Gokyo Valley Trekking

From US$ 1,148 per person
Based on 4 Reviews
  • Free Cancellation
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • Trekking, Historical and Cultural Excursion
  • Trekking in the Shadow of the world highest peak, Mt Everest and Sherpa Land
  • Best Everest view from Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake
Gokyo Valley Trekking is a legendary trek that encompasses grand views of Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8511m), Makalu (8463m) and Cho Oyo (8021m) which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake.

We will also see icefall off the Ngozumpa Glacier, which is the longest glacier in Nepal, mountain lake scenery and many more countless memorable views. One of the most remarkable features is the view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m) located in Khumbu region. This conventional trek truly is a blessing that offers the best of this region.

Gokyo Valley Trekking begins after a thirty five minute flight from Kathmandu landing at Lukla’s tiny airstrip. Then, the adventure really begins after following a trail along the bank of Dudh Koshi River and reaching Namche bazaar.

We will have rest days in the villages of Namche bazaar that will allow us to explore the region. Also at Namche we interact with the local Sherpas who are famous for mountain climbing. We acclimatize with these beautiful people and we stay at local lodges and trek into the heartland of their villages.

Everything is organized in conjunction with local Sherpa guides. Along the trek we will pass Buddhist monasteries with the views of Everest and other snow towering mountains getting closer by the day, which is very important. After trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483m), and having a close view of heart melting mountains we return at a leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.

Gokyo valley trekking is perhaps the most amazing trekking route, because, the trail follows closest to the Everest base camp. This is equally popular for the hospitality and the warmth offered by the local Sherpa people inhabiting this small mountain town.

Each stop in Gokyo Valley Trekking has its own charm and beauty. This trek truly highlights everything Khumbu and Everest have to offer and is an excellent trip for those seeking a wide range of views, nature and scenery during their expedition.
Day 1 Flight to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 35m and trek to Phakding 4 hours Guest house

Today an early morning transfer to the airport for 35min short but scenic fight to the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Everest region. The views from the plane are stunning, providing dramatic sights of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants.

After landing at Lukla airport, we walk for 3 hours to the town of Phakding with few up and downs along the Dudh Koshi River. Stay overnight at the guest house in Phakding.

Day 2 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 5-6 hours Guest house

After breakfast, we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, crossing this majestic river numerous times on exciting suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags.

After entering Sagamartha National Park, from Larja Dobhan the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest region. Stay overnight at a guest house In Namche Bazaar.

Day 3 Rest day at Namche Bazaar Guest house

Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

An early hike above town, before the clouds move in reward trekkers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, the beautiful Ama Dablam and many more.

On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. Stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 4 Trek to Phortse Tanga (3690m/12106ft) 4 hours Guest house

You will climb the Khumjung hill and descend to the east of the village down the broad valley leading the Dudh Koshi from where the route turns to the north. There is a chorten on the ridge top at 3973m which descends from Khumbila (5761m).

You will visit Mohang, the birthplace of re-incarnation Lama of Rongbuk monastery of Tibet who introduced Buddhism in Khumbu region. The trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dush Koshi. Stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 5 Trek to Dole (4200m/13780ft) 4 hours Guest house

You will climb steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests. The trail passes through many Kharkas-the summer settlements used to by Sherpas while bringing herds of yaks to graze. The route passes through the settlements of Tongba (3950m), Gyele (3960m). Stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 6 Trek to Machermo (4470m/14665ft) 4 hours Guest house

From Dole the trail climbs steadily along the side of the valley, rhododendron forest giving way to scrub Juniper as altitude increases you will pass through many summer settlements, used when Yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu while backing down the valley is peaks of Kantiaga and Thamsherku. This is a short day trek and we arrive at Macherma (4410m), around lunch time.

Day 7 Trek to Gokyo (4790m/15715ft) 5 hours Guest house

Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho-Oyu (8,153m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangram at 4,390m. The route descends to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine.

Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4,690m, where you can find the Lama Footprints . Then you move up a boulder-strewn path to Gokyo at 4,750m, on the edge of the third lake.

Gokyo a small settlement but slowly growing with about 6-8 lodges at present. Gokyo with its glacial lake and the surrounding high snow capped mountain certainly makes this place one of the gem of Khumbu region.

Stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 8 Full day/exploring day in Gokyo Guest house

Today at early morning your guide will take you to the Gokyo Ri (5463m/17923ft) for sunrise view. From here you will have a chance to get a view of the full face of Mt Everest and Mt. Choyu .

You can also see a lake in the valley and a big glacier which is named NaJumpa glacier. Back to hotel for breakfast and after breakfast in the afternoon you will have chance to explore up to the fifth lake to enjoy the view.

Stay over night at the guest house.

Day 9 Trek to Dole (4200m/13780ft) 5 hours Guest house

After wonderful time you re-trace back to Dole via Machhermo. Stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 10 Trek to Namche (3440m/11287ft) 5 hours Guest house

Today after breakfast, we'll follow the same trail with big descend till Phortse Tanga than ascend to the Mongla dada from where trail goes slow down all the way to Namche. Stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 11 Trek to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 6 hours Guest house

5-6 hrs walk Today after breakfast you will re-trace back to Lukla with few ups and downs. Stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 12 Fly back to Kathmandu(1350m/4430ft ) 5 hours Hotel

In the morning your guide will take you to the airport for short but scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel by our airport representative.

Stay overnight at the hotel.

what’s included
  • All airport pick-up & drop by private vehicle (international and domestic)
  • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight including airport tax
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS card)
  • English speaking, government licensed guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance
  • Twin/double sharing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek
  • First aid kit
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • Sleeping bag and down jackets (if you don't have your own), t-shirt, cap, duffel bags, city and trekking route maps
  • All necessery government taxes and service charges
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • porter
what’s excluded
  • Your Nepal visa fees and 2 passport size photos
  • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu
  • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and meals during the traveling time
  • Food and accomodations in case of early arrivals from the trek or late departures from airport
  • Your personal expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter etc)
  • Tips for the trekking crew
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Porter
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 12 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Maximum altitude 5463 meters
Trek difficulty Moderate
meeting/Start point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Kathmandu, Nepal
customer reviews
4.8 - Excellent Based on 4 reviews
Great Experience
Cherry At
5 - Excellent
“We visited Nepal in February 2017. Excellent 12 days Gokyo Valley Trekking trip with Nepal Trekking Planner. The Owner of this company Mr. Dipak was very fantastic. Overall, it was a good experience.”
Review of the Gokyo Ri trekking experience
Anonymous From Canada At
4 - Very Good
“Went from November 24-Dec 5, I thought it was a great time to go if you prefer less crowds. I chose Gokyo rather Than EBC for the same reason. The sky's were crisp and clear most of the time. The drawback is the Temperature is cold. Note: all tea houses have no heat other than a stove in the eating area which will only be lit for about 2 hours per day. Plan on dressing warm! The rooms were all good, My guide spoke good English, the porter was friendly, but almost no English. Trekking Planners took care of my airport pickup and should come through with the drop off when I leave after some extra days in he country. All was as promised and had a great trip! I'd recommend maybe instead of doing the direct return hike, take the alternate return. I didn't know about it, but maybe nice to have a different return walk... even if it may not be as picturesque. Of course the return on the same trail is a little different because the views are taken while looking the opposite direction.”
Gokyo Ri trekking
Anonymous From Russia At
5 - Excellent
“Everything was well organised. Nothing to complain. Also we did Kathmandu guided tour.”
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David Murray From United Kingdom UK At
5 - Excellent
“This is an excellent trek and a little different from ABC and EBC. Less busy but with great views changing all the time. The lakes, glacier and views of Everest are all highlights. If you make the top of Gokyo Ri the views 360 degrees are amazing. I am only an averagly fit walker and had no problems.”
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Good to know Suggested equipment list for this trip
• Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We will provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag but is to be returned after the trip)
• Trekking shoes.
• Sports shoes or sandal.
• Trekking stick.
• Sun Hat, cap Warm woolen cap.
• Trekking jacket
• Gore tax/ flees jacket.
• Pullover or warm sweeter.
• Raincoat.
• 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
• Hand gloves.
• 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
• 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
• 3/4 pairs of Underwear
• Eye glass
• Water bottle.
• 4 season’s Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trip)
• Flash or Torch light.
• Camera and batteries.
Cancellation Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
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