Trekking and Walking

Gokyo Valley Trek

Nepal

Gokyo Valley Trek

Durtation: 14 Days

Price: US 1,199 All Inclusive

The Gokyo Valley Trek is the second most popular trek route in the Everest Region, after Everest Base Camp Trek. The Gokyo Valley, in Nepal's Khumbu region, is one of the most picturesque valleys in the region, offering trekkers an incredible blend of natural, cultural, and spiritual splendor.

This 14-day trek to the Gokyo Valley will take you to the majestic Gokyo Ri Peak (5,357 m/ 17,575 ft), with a maximum elevation gain of 5,340 m offering the view of the magnificent ice edge between Gyachang(2,922 m) and Mt Cho Oyu & Gokyo Lake in the Khumbu region is one of the trek's most impressive and memorable features. 

Gokyo Valley Trek provides us with a rare and unique opportunity to see amazing Himalayan ranges exceeding 8,000 meters, including Mt Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Ngozumpa Glacier — Nepal's largest glacier. 

The highest freshwater lake system in the world, Gokyo Valley, houses 19 lakes in total, both large and tiny. Six of them are particularly notable due to their size and scope.

Another attraction in the vicinity is Gokyo village (4,700 m), a charming village on the third Gokyo Lake's shore. The vista of Gokyo Valley, which features a collection of stoned buildings and meadows on the coast of the huge lake, Dudh Pokari, is particularly noteworthy. If you enjoy walking, the Gokyo Valley Trek is something you should not miss.

Those seeking unforgettable breathtaking vistas will not be disappointed in your hike to the Gokyo.

Environmental scientists, ecologists, photographers, and pilgrims all enjoy trekking in the Gokyo valley. Gokyo is the most traditional Sherpa settlement, with a large population of yaks and yak milk producers. Aside from the natural splendor, the Sherpa people's culture and traditions are fascinating and unique for the trekkers. 

The Gokyo Valley Trek starts from Lukla but Namche Bazaar has become a gathering point and a site where climbers relate their travels to some of the world's highest mountains, thanks to several expeditions and literally thousands of climbers.

The trek to Gokyo Lake is often included in trekkers' itineraries to Everest base camp and the Everest Three Passes because of its incredible scenery.

Gokyo Lake Trek Highlights

  • From the air, a magnificent vista
  • Sagarmatha National Park's multi-faceted wilderness Freshwater lakes in Gokyo
  • Gokyo Valley is encircled by the six holy lakes
  • Ngozumpa Glacier is a glacier in the Ngozumpa National Park (Nepal Largest of Nepal)
  • Historical Tengboche Monastery, Khumjung Monastery
  • Namche Bazar is a well-known market.
  • Panoramic views of Gokyo Ri, Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and other peaks are breathtaking.
  • The Everest Sherpa people are a group who live in the Everest region.
  • Gokyo valley's magnificent sceneries and Buddhist culture and tradition
  • Mountain goats and yaks can be seen grazing on the slopes and mountainsides.

Trek Route

In general, the package includes touring in architecturally rich and picturesque Kathmandu, including a historic pagoda temple and lively residents, as well as a morning flight to Lukla.

The journey begins with a descent to Phakding and a climb up to Namche, passing through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests as well as the banks of the Dudh Koshi River on the way to Namche Bazaar, Everest's front door. We stay there for the night, which is ideal since you can enjoy the gorgeous neighborhood while learning more about mountain climbing and the weather.

We also visit a local market, visit monasteries, and take a brief tour of the museum and schools in the area. We will go from Khumjung to Dole, exploring the Himalayan lifestyle, people, and nature after taking the necessary relaxation.

As you ascend to Dole, you'll notice a dramatic change in the atmosphere, greenery, and civilization, however, little tea houses will keep you company along the route. From Dole, we cross the river and travel steep, difficult trails to Machhermo, where we will have the opportunity to visit various glacial lakes including Ngozumpa, Cho La, Dudh Pokhari, and Gokyo Lake itself.

The Gokyo Valley Lakes are freshwater lakes at high elevations that have been recognized by being registered on the Ramsar site since 2007. It has five large lakes, the biggest of which is Thonak Cho (160.8 acres), followed by Gokyo Cho (160 hectares).

These lakes provide life for many, including nature, people, and flora, demonstrating their significance in every aspect, including as a religious, cultural, and ecological sanctuary (festival in August) and a means of survival. This tour has it all: lush green vegetation, clear azure water, icy glaciers, shining snow-covered mountains, and kind people.

Permits

While trekking in Khumbu Region, you will require some of the permits. But you don’t need the TIMS Card. Permits you need are given below:

  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit will cost- US$ 20
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit will cost - US$ 30 
  • If you wish to trek Gokyo via Jiri then you need to get Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project Permit as well.
  • Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project Permit will cost – US$ 30

All permits will be obtained by Himalayan Trekkers on your behalf.

Trek Difficulty

The trek to Gokyo valley is considered a moderately challenging trek of the Khumbu Region. Trekkers should be physically fit and have a high level of stamina, as the trek requires between 5 to 7 hours of trekking every day. The rough routes, steep terrains, and high passes become more difficult as the elevation climbs. 

Getting all the information such as climate, weather, altitude sickness, and surrounding atmosphere before starting the trek will be very beneficial. 

Best Season

While trekking in one of the most popular Khumbu Region will be amazing. And trekkers can do trekking every season they want. But most trekkers and travelers prefer Spring and Autumn to explore the Himalayan Region because the weather will be very pleasant and suitable for trekking, climbing, and hiking.

In this season trekkers can see the amazing view of crystalline peaks, green hills, blooming flowers in the trail, and the best shade of nature's beauty. The traveler might get to experience some of the festivals while trekking in Khumbu region because both seasons bring lots of festivals and celebrations along with them. 

In winter the snowcapped mountain peak looks really magical and worth seeing.  In winter, it is very chilly and you can see snow everywhere on the trail. It may be difficult to do trek because of the cold and snow but with good guidelines, warm clothes, and perfect winter trekking gear, you can do snow trekking in winter and enjoy the shining snow with a peaceful route. 

The climate will be very hot with heavy rain in the Summer and Monsoon season which makes trekking in Gokyo a bit challenging. Because of the heavy rain, the trail will be sloppy and muddy, which make difficult to do trekking in high altitude area.

The sunny day might get to some sunburn as well but the best part to do trekking in summer and monsoon is the water wash view of the mountain and the surrounding area after the rainfall stopped.

 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins

1,350 m

Enjoy the natural beauty and mountains of the region on your flight to Kathmandu before beginning your trek. Our company representative will welcome you transport you to your designated hotel, where you can recover from jet lag and freshen.

Later that evening, we'll host a welcome dinner at a fine Nepali restaurant, where you'll be treated to delectable Nepali cuisine.

Dinner

3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2

Full-day Kathmandu sightseeing

5-6 Hrs

1,350 m

After having our delicious morning breakfast, we will begin our Kathmandu city tour by visiting four UNESCO world heritage sites. We'll start with a visit to Kathmandu's iconic Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square, one of the historical palaces. 

Then we'll go to Nepal's Hindu holiest sanctuary, the Pashupatinath temple. After then we'll move towards the well-known Swayambhunath temple, also known as the monkey temple.

Following that, we'll visit the Buddhist pilgrimage destination of Bouddhanath stupa. This is also the world's largest stupa and a famous tourist attraction. After exploring and tasting various food, we’ll meet at our office later, possibly in the afternoon, to talk about the trip and introduce you to the other people who will be joining you during the trek including the trekking guide. We'll stay in Kathmandu for the night.

Breakfast

3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3

Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding

30 mins flight & 3-4 hrs trek

2,800 m

We will take an early flight to Lukla, which treat us with a spectacular vista of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, a blue sky with white clouds, and an amazing aerial view. When we arrive in Lukla, we'll meet up with the rest of the crew and begin our trek towards Phakding. Phakding will be our home for the night.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Teahouse/Lodge

Day 4

Phakding to Namche Bazaar

5-6 Hrs

3,440 m

Today we will be trekking alongside the Dudh Koshi River and come across abundant villages, chortens, monasteries and even cross the suspension bridge several times. On the way to Benkar village, we will get a picturesque view of the Himalayas including Mount Thamserku. At Monjo, our trekking permits will be checked and then we enter the Sagarmatha National Park.

After that, we will descend down and then trek for awhile & reach Jorsale and then to Namche Bazaar. We will enjoy walking via the river bed and cross the Hillary suspension bridge and then ascend to Namche Bazaar.

We will relish the breathtaking views of Kusum peak, Kwangde peak, Lhotse, Kangaru peak, Tawache and highest mountain Everest. We will spend our night at Namche Bazaar.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/Lodge

Day 5

Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar & explore

5-6 hrs

3,440 m

Today is the day for acclimatizing the altitude or to properly adapt the altitude to get rid of altitude sickness. Instead of staying idle - we will be hiking towards Khumjung village and enjoy the amazing view of the Himalayas.

We can also wander around Namche Bazaar to explore Sherpa culture and their traditions. In Khumjung, you will be visiting the Khumjung monastery where Yeti scalp are kept in this monastery. We will then ascend to Syangboche and from here we will enjoy the mind-blowing views of Thamserku, Khumbila, and Kongde peaks.

We will then hike back to Namche Bazaar. We will spend our night at Namche Bazaar. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/Lodge

Day 6

Namche Bazaar to Phorse

5-6 Hrs

3,810 m

Today we will leave Namche Bazaar on a path with steady up and down and on the way - we will spot several animals like musk deer, pheasants, Himalayan Thar and more. From here - we will descend down to Kyanjuma.

After that, we will follow the trails of Gokyo and on the way to Mong, we will get a slight view of Ama Dablam, Tawache, Khumbila and Thamserku mountains.

After that, we will be descending down towards Dudh Koshi River and then climb via rhododendron forests to reach Phorse. We get great views of Cholatse and Tawache peaks. We will spend our night at Phorse.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/Lodge

Day 7

Phorse Village to Machhermo

5-6 Hrs

4,470 m

Today we start our day crossing the Dudh Koshi River and on the way, we might also come across wildlife such as the Himalayan Pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats and more. We will be trekking via forests, cascading waterfall and bridge to reach Dole.

We will climb on a steady trail with a scenic view of Kantega, Thamserku, and Cho Oyu mountains. After that, we will climb towards Luza village and walk for a while over Dudh Koshi River. We will continue our trek through the tiny village and sandy path to reach Machhermo.

After reaching here, we will be visiting the Himalayan Rescue Hospital and attend altitude sickness class where you will be briefed about the precautions of altitude sickness. We will spend our night at Machhermo.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/Lodge

Day 8

Machharmo to Gokyo

5-6 Hrs

4,800 m

Today is the day you arrive at Gokyo Valley, your ultimate destination. You pass a few monasteries and chortens as you rise along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River with the views of Khumbu Himalayas before arriving at the first Gokyo Lake. 

Then you trek up the Ngozumpa Glacier moraines to the second lake, and then to the third lake, which is hidden behind the historic Sherpa village of Gokyo. Before arriving at Gokyo valley - we will be passing Long pongo, Dudh Pokhari, and Raboche Tscho. Gokyo village is where you'll spend the night.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/Lodge

Day 9

Gokyo Valley; Climb Gokyo Ri & hike to Fifth lake

5-6 Hrs

5,357 m

We'll acclimate to the altitude at Gokyo today, and if the weather cooperates, we'll trek towards Gokyo Ri. We can see the beautiful view of the Himalayas as well as the serene Gokyo Lakes after we reach the summit of the Gokyo Ri.

We'll also hike to the Gokyo Lakes. Then we'll climb near to the top of the slope, where we'll be rewarded with spectacular views of Mount Cho Oyu, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Gyachung Kang, and Makalu. We'll then retrace our steps back to Gokyo. We'll stay in Gokyo for the night.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/Lodge

Day 10

Gokyo to Dole

3-4 hrs

4,038 m

We will descend down on the trail alongside the Dudh Koshi River and then be passing the Gokyo lakes and on the way, we will be enjoying the great views of Taboche and Cholatse peaks. We will then climb up the hill and then descend down gradually.

We will then pass chorten and at the edge of this chorten, we will get the captivating views of Cho Oyu, Kangtega, and Thaserku mountains. We will then trek towards Machhermo, Lhafarma and Luza village and then reach Dole. We will spend our night at Dole.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/Lodge

Day 11

Dole to Namche Bazaar

4-5 hrs

3,440 m

We will descend down on the steep path towards Phortse Thanga through rhododendron and cascading waterfall. On the way, we might also come across Himalayan pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats and more. On the way to Mong, we will again get the amazing views of Mount Khumbila.

We will then head on the trail to Namche and can spot the amazing views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kantega and Taboche peaks. With a few hours of trekking - we reach Namche army camp and enjoy the last views of the mountains. After trekking for a while - we finally reach Namche Bazaar. We will spend our night at Namche Bazaar.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/Lodge

Day 12

Namche Bazaar to Lukla

6-8 hrs

2,800 m

Before trekking on a level trail - we will first descend on the rocky path and then be crossing the suspension bridge several times to reach Lukla. Today our trek finally comes to an end. We will spend our night at Lukla. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/Lodge

Day 13

Fly back to Kathmandu

30 mins

1,350 m

Our day will start with an early breakfast and will be on the Lukla airstrip. Finally, board our flight to Kathmandu. Kathmandu will be your stop for the night. You will be free to explore the city and interact with the locals before you board your final flight back home.

Breakfast

3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 14

Final Departure

30 mins

1,350 m

This is the departure day where you are transferred to the airport from the hotel. The day where you have to say Bye-bye to Nepal...I hope you have a great time with Himalayan Trekkers. Have a safe journey.

Airport Drop Off in a Private Vehicle

Breakfast

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All ground transfers in a private vehicle
  • 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • All meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • All accommodation during the trek on a twin-shared basis
  • English speaking certified tour guide
  • One porter for every two guests
  • Everest National Park permits and Trekkers' Information Management System fee
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports
  • Welcome or Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural program
  • All Government taxes, VAT, tourist service charges

Whats Not Included

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
  • Personal equipment
  • Tips
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Includes section

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing

Trip FAQ'S

How hard is Gokyo Lake Trek?

Gokyo Lake Trek is a moderately difficult trek. So, the trekkers must be physically fit and have strong stamina as the trek needs roughly 5 to 7 hours of walking per day. When the height rises, the rocky paths, steep terrains, and high passes become more difficult. 

Do I need to acclimatize en route to Gokyo Valley?

The maximum height you will encounter in this journey is 5,380 meters at Gokyo Ri. Thus, you need to get enough rest to reach that level of height without risks. 

To acclimate, you will spend an extra day at Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) and hike to Syanboche (3780 meters). Following the scheduled trekking route for acclimatization is also very important to prevent altitude sickness. 

How many hours of hike per day is required during this trek?

5-7 hours of average walk/trek is required for Gokyo Lake Trek but it depends on your speed and fellow members. 

Do I need to bring my sleeping bags, down jackets, and trekking poles for Gokyo Valley Trek?

You could bring your equipment if at all possible. Himalayan Trekkers, on the other hand, will offer you sleeping bags and down jackets.

The trek can be completed without the use of trekking poles but they'll come in handy, especially on the way down. And if you wish to bring trekking poles with you on your trek, you could either bring your own, purchase/rent one from one of the many shops in Kathmandu but Himalayan Trekkers will also provide you trekking poles free of cost if you require and we recommend you to take it from us as it saves money.

Is previous trekking experience required for this trek?

You do not need any prior experience for Gokyo Lake Trek because our approach is unhurried and our schedule allows for a nice and steady ascent to high altitude providing you the best chance of enjoying the journey. 

How fit I should be for Gokyo Lake Trek?

This journey may be completed without any additional training or expertise as long as you are generally fit, can walk for 5-6 hours per day, and can trek/hike a few uphill sections. You must be in good physical condition and maintain a positive mindset. We highly advise you to get involved in any sort of outdoor/physical activities before trekking like jogging, hiking, rock climbing, cycling, cardio, etc.