Overview for Everest Gokyo Valley Trek In Nepal
- Trip Code: CT-10010
- Package: Everest Gokyo Valley Trek In Nepal
- Duration: 13 Day(s)
- Max Alt.: 5,357 M/ 17,570 Ft.
- Trip Level:
ModerateRequires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
- Group Size: Min. 2- Max. 12
- Start At: Kathmandu
- Ends At: Kathmandu
- Transportation: Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
- Accommodation: Hotel | Guest House
- Best Season: March- April- May- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov.
- Trip Route: Lukla- Namche Bazzar- Dole- Machhermo - Gokyo Lake- Goyko Ri- Namche Bazzar- Lukla
- Thrilling and scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu
- Experience unique Sherpa community and their unique cultures
- Views of world's highest peaks with number one Mt. Mount Everest
- The Gokyo valley and its beautiful serene glacial turquoise Lakes.
- Climb Gokyo-Ri at 5, 483 m high, enjoy grand views of world’s 4 highest peaks.
- Grand views of Gokyo valley, and the lakes with Nepal’s longest Ngozumpa glacier.
One of the best adventure around Nepal Himalayas the Gokyo Valley Trek offers an amazing trekking experience. Walking within the Great Himalaya range, and facing views of Mount Everest with other world highest peaks. From a unique perspective on top of high Gokyo-Ri for scenic mountain panorama and dramatic landscapes. The Gokyo valley, nestled within a beautiful picturesque valley with glacial emerald colored lakes.
The main source of Dudh Koshi River that you will follow from the start to the end on this trek. Gokyo at 4,790 m high, offers more than a mountain views within its amazing country landscapes. The views of Mid-Eastern Himalayas with Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu and Makalu range are truly astounding from beautiful Gokyo Valley. The Everest range and adjoining giant peaks can be witnessed in its most refined form. This Himalayan trek is also special as travelers can witness four world’s highest peaks of above 8,000 meters high.
The highest peaks as seen from high Gokyo-Ri, the closest is Mt. Cho Oyu (8, 188 m).
Includes Mt. Everest (8, 848.86 m), Mt. Lhotse (8, 749 m), and Mt. Makalu (8, 485 m).
One of the most remarkable features of the Gokyo trekking adventure is the view of the tremendous ice ridge. Located between Cho Oyu and Gyachung within the high Khumbu valley of the Everest region. The most exciting moment that one can experience on this scenic Gokyo Valley trek, when wildflowers are in seasonal bloom.
All along the journey walking around the green meadows of Gokyo valley.
Which provides trekkers an illusion of walking across a textured and colorful carpets with tiny bed of flowers. The aroma while walking clears the minds and makes for a sweet slumber sleep during the night.
The Gokyo Valley trek is also famous for its cultural aspect. Especially regarding the Sherpa community who are well known as the guardians of the great Himalayas.
During the trek around high Khumbu of Everest region, travelers will walk through many traditional Sherpa villages. Festooned with age-old Buddhist heritage of impressive cultures, and its immense unique colorful tradition, custom foods. Which is equally impressive and fascinating along with close backdrop of snow peaks range, adds more to your experience. The Himalayan Yak and the Himalayan Thar can be seen along the trails and if lucky.
One might catch a glimpse of the Himalayan Monal also known as Danfe, a colorful pheasant with splendor and beauty. Which is also the national bird of Nepal, the area is rich in flora and fauna. The Khumbu area falls within Sagarmatha National Park, listed in world heritage sites, due to its unique landscapes. Where world highest mountains and valleys are located with exotic plants and mammals with various species of birds.
Our trek to Gokyo Valley starts from Kathmandu, taking a short scenic flight to Lukla.
The gateway Sherpa town to various adventure around Khumbu and Everest areas, from here scenic walk begins. The trail follows several Sherpa settlements of Phakding, Monjo and Namche Bazaar. After Namche Bazaar, our route diverts from the main trail towards Gokyo valley walking past Dole and Machhermo. Reaching Gokyo Valley and its serene glacial lakes, here one can achieve a mesmerizing experience of natural wonders.
A unique geographical phenomena, beautiful cross-cultural discovery, where Himalayan peaks touches the surface of calm emerald colored lakes.
Everest Gokyo Valley Trek In Nepal Itinerary
Arrival to Kathmandu
Our staff from Core Treks will receives you at the airport on arrival for short transfer to your hotel. The hotel accommodation of three-star standard or above based on the preference of the clients. We will have a short briefing session at our office or in the hotel lobby and meeting rooms, regarding the trip and travel details. Please feel free to ask questions during the briefing session. After a bit of walking around the streets of Thamel, we will wrap up for the day.
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and hike towards Phakding
This is one of the most dramatic and thrilling short flight experience in the world. The total flight duration of this scenic flight takes 35 minutes. After landing at Lukla, the trail opens out to reach towards first stop, after 3-4 hours of first day walk to Phakding village. Hike along Dudh Koshi River, flows from glacial source from Ngozumpa glaciers and various tributary of Everest and Gokyo Lake. A moderate walk with down and few short ups through several villages, then reaching Phakding for overnight stop. In the comfort of a nice cosy lodge with the sound of Dudh Kosi River, at Phakding village.
Important Note: Lukla flights have been diverted to Ramechap instead of Kathmandu according to the recent notice from Aviation Authority. The drive from Kathmandu to Ramechap is about 4 to 5 hours. (140 k.m) via B.P. Highway. Depart for Ramechap early in the morning to catch first flight to Lukla. Read more about Lukla flights diversion here.
Phakding to Namche Bazzar
After breakfast at Phakding, the trek begins towards a mountain town of Namche Bazaar.
Several small settlements and villages to cross on route to Namche Bazaar.
Crossing over suspension bridge built by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first mountaineers to conquer Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Walk leads through the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park and then climb up to Namche Bazaar. The main trading center around Khumbu and Everest region. Namche Bazaar offers good standard restaurants, pubs and internet cafes as well excellent lodges, hotels and resorts.
Namche Bazzar, Acclimatization Day
Namche Bazaar, a perfect altitude and great place for acclimatization. A short hike up to Syangboche (3, 720 m) is done after breakfast. The panoramic view of the great Himalayan ranges such as Mount Everest (8, 848.86 m), Mt Lhotse (8, 749 m), Nuptse (7, 861 m), Ama Dablam (6, 856 m), and Kongde with Tharmasarku peaks can be seen from here.
Further from Namche and Syangboche lies the Everest View Hotel, located at 3,880 m the highest luxury hotels in the world. A great place for refreshing drinks with the backdrop of
Mt. Everest and adjoining high peaks.
Namche Bazzar to Dole
From Namche Bazaar, after a pleasant rest and interesting time, adventure continues with morning short climb. Reaching atop Namche Bazaar, as walk gets gentle on gradual winding path to Kyanjima, a small settlement. From here our route diverts from the main busy trail with steep climb to Mong danda. A high ridge with few small lodges and tea houses facing grand panorama of snow-capped peaks. Enjoying the views down to Phortse Tenga for lunch on a shady area by the Dudh Koshi River gorge. The area covered in dense forest of pines and rhododendron trees. Afternoon walk up into a narrow gorge in the cool shade of forest reaching Dole for overnight stop. In the comfort of a nice lodge, located on a small plateau enclosed by high towering rocky cliff walls.
Dole to Machherma
After having breakfast, a short climb to a ridge, and then on gradual walk on an exposed high ridge line. After getting out of a deep gorge, walk follows on an arid and barren terrain.
Where tree lines fades for short juniper bushes reaching a nice settlement of Luza and then reaching a high ridge. Facing first grand views of Mt. Cho-Oyu, a short descent to Machhermo a place with few nice lodge. Located in a gorge facing above towering peaks of Machhermo and Cholatse in the far distance. At Machhermo arriving for lunch and overnight halt, rest of the afternoon at leisure for short hike.
Machhermo to Gokyo
Today reaching our prime destination at main Gokyo valley and its glacial lakes.
From Machhermo, morning starts with short climb reaching an open high ridge facing views of Cho-Oyu and series of peaks. Walk on gentle trail that winds uphill to a small isolated place with few small lodge. Having rest walk up reaching the first lake, where trail of Chola pass joins at Nha, from the first lake. Then head towards second lake, finally arriving at third main lakes of Gokyo, where all good lodges located. At Gokyo for lunch and overnight halt, with time to marvel the beautiful lake and snow peaks.
Gokyo valley is a beautiful nestled valley that is surrounded by mighty Himalayan ranges all around it. The calm lake and the mountains on the background makes this place one of the most spectacular place on earth. Staying at Gokyo for two nights with hike up to scenic view-point of Gokyo-Ri, the highest spot of the adventure.
Gokyo to Gokyo Ri to Gokyo
An early morning hike up to the summit of Gokyo Ri situated at an altitude of 5,357m is the first activity of the day from where the views of the Himalayas are just spectacular. The beauty of the scenery is as good as the view from Kala Patthar if not even better. We can observe 4 of the 14 tallest mountain peaks of the world, namely, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu from a very close range. We then head back towards the valley to our lodge for breakfast. After that we'll be sightseeing around the valley a bit and spend the rest of the day immersing ourselves into the beauty of the Himalayas.
Gokyo to Phorste Thanga
After an enjoyable and most exciting time at Gokyo and its beautiful lakes and picturesque surroundings. Morning walk towards Phorste Thanga, on leaving Gokyo on downhill to Machhermo, with short steep up. As walk follows on gradual trail to Dole, from here descent into a river gorge reaching Phortse Thanga. Overnight in one of its simple nice lodge with the sound of the river.
Phorste Thanga to Namche Bazzar
We will descend towards the village of Namche Bazzar on this day. The trail is much easier as we start going downhill. The decrease in elevation also helps regaining more energy and stamina. We will be reaching to Namche Bazzar after a long walk that will be all for the day as we ponder upon the amazing journey we've traveled and enjoy the night in the town of Namche Bazzar.
Namche to Lukla
Quite a long day walk from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, but easier on downhill trail as altitude gets much lower. Walk on the same trail with short climb to Jorsalle and then reaching the exit gate of Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows through Monjo, and crossing a long bridge to Benkar and reaching Phakding for possible lunch stop.
Walk follows ups and downhill path past Ghat and Thado Koshi and then an hour or less climb to Lukla. Enjoy the last final overnight in Lukla, and bidding farewell to porters.
Lukla to Kathmandu
The flight usually departs in the morning hours to Kathmandu or Ramechap, a short walk to Tenzing & Hillary airport. After checking in as the plane arrives board in a small aircraft for sweeping flight of 35 minutes to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu domestic airport transfer to your hotel, enjoying the scenic flight. In Kathmandu Core treks will host a last night farewell dinner in a nice traditional Nepali restaurant along with some cultural dance at the venue.
Rest of the day at leisure enjoy individual activities and shopping souvenirs on last day in Kathmandu.
The day has come to bid farewell to our guides and staff, as time for international flight Core Treks staff transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport at least 3 hours ahead before your international flight back homeward bound.
Everest Gokyo Valley Trek In Nepal Cost Mentions
- Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
- Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (2 Nights).
- Twin sharing accommodation during trek. (10 Nights).
- Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes.
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Trekking permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
- Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
- Personal care & attention.
- Local and government taxes.
- All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
- Travel and Rescue Insurance
- Tipping to crew.
- Personal mountaineering gears
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
- Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Everest Gokyo Valley Trek in Nepal is considered one of the moderately difficult treks. People of all ages and physical capabilities can complete the trek. No mountaineering skills are required to accomplish the trip. However, you must know that the route of the trek is longer comparatively. Feel free to speak to our travel experts to understand the stretch of the trek more efficiently.
Yes, it is. It’s completely safe to trek to the Everest Gokyo Valley in Nepal. Our team will guide you and take every safety precautionary measure in case of an emergency.
You can expect at least 5 hours of daily hiking to reach the famous Gokyo lakes combined by enchanting big glacial lakes. On your trip, you will also get a chance to scope out the Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu.
The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle). For the accommodation there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However, due easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided during the Everest Gokyo Valley trek.
To book the Everest Gokyo Valley trek in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:
- Online booking
- Wire transfer OR,
- Cash on arrival.
We recommend you to go through our booking policy (link it) before you head to the payment procedure. In case you need our assistance, please feel free to contact us.
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- Travel Insurance
- Trek Packing List
- Responsible Tourism
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CoreTreks is always striving for customer satisfaction and quality services. At the same time, we do not compromise on our responsibilities. We discourage any activities that harm the surroundings as well as the people. Nepal is a country of respect, hence we encourage travelers to greet people and show respect to the culture and traditions.
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may start once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain altitude rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go.
The itinerary includes acclimatization days to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please note that sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are some few extra preventions:
- Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust
- Drink more water, not less than 5 liters a day
- Eat more, eat often, and eat healthily
- Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms
- Do not skip acclimatization days
- Be prepared in case of an emergency
Safety and Security
A comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory while trekking with CoreTreks. However, there are a few measures that you can implement to ensure safety:
- Secure your belongings
- Do not flash cash or jewelry
- Have an emergency plan
- Do not trek alone
- Only choose authorized trekking agencies
CoreTreks will provide you with the essentials such as a Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffle bag, a t-shirt, a trekking map, a self-sufficient medical first aid kit, and more. These are to be returned after completion of the trek.
Personal mountaineering gears are not included but we will provide you with a list of equipment necessary for your trek.
On average, walking time per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day.
Hiring a Porter/Guide
An experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. The package also includes a porter for every 2 individuals.
All our guides are licensed and well-experienced. They have been guiding with CoreTreks for almost a decade. Guides come in handy whenever you need some quick information, and to enhance overall trekking experience.
Exceeded my expectations
From: Canada | On: 09 Aug, 2022
Absolutely exceeded my expectations. I never thought I could get this kind of amazing hospitality in Nepal. Plus the people are so cheerful and friendly.
This trip is definitely going to my memories album. Thanks to the CoreTreks team for the valuable information and being honest about their services. They did not give me a chance to complain and took care of me and my belongings. Love it!
Best destination on earth to travel
On: 12 Sep, 2019
I am a traveler and have been to many places in my lifetime. Nepal is the best destination for me by far. I have heard of the Himalayas before but actually experiencing the landscape and the lifestyle changed my whole perspective in Nepal.
This was a memorable trip as I got to experience the wilderness and the Himalayas from up close. Thanks to the team at CoreTreks for helping me choose the best package and on providing me the guidance and information that helped a lot too.
Best trip of my life
From: Virgin Islands (U.S.) | On: 11 Nov, 2018
If I’m being honest, this was hands down the best trip of my life. I love travelling and I have been to places but this trip was extraordinary.
Recommended to anyone travelling to Nepal. The team at CoreTreks are the best. They are friendly, polite and most importantly they do not hesitate to communicate at all.
A different experience
From: Australia | On: 05 Feb, 2015
I enjoyed the trekking. As an online professional, I need to be connected to internet literally all the time.
While the guiding team were brilliant and dedicated in their services, the connection was very poor during my trek. I missed some important work mails.
Besides that I recommend CoreTreks for their pricing and services. I would suggest one thing if you are looking to travel in local residence of Nepal, beware of the cellular connection.