Gokyo Valley Trek

Package Details
  • Total Duration: 20 days
  • Trek Duration: 16 days
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous
  • Max Elevation: 5357m at Gokyo Ri
  • Mode of Trek: Teahouse
  • Trek Starts: Lukla
  • Trek Ends: Lukla

“GEM OF EVEREST – in the high valley, the serene forest, and traditional villages rich with Sherpa culture”

This trek to Gokyo offers a unique, rewarding alternative to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek. From Gokyo, the four 8000 m. peaks of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu are clearly visible.

This outstanding trek visits the deep, lush valleys of the Khumbu region, with time to explore villages and monasteries and to sample the incredible hospitality of the renowned Sherpa people. The adventure begins with a beautiful, scenic flight to Lukla. This is a popular destination, which provides a fascinating contrast to the high mountain views as you approach. You trek slowly to Phakding the first day; the next day you trek ahead to the Sherpa capital at Namche Bazaar. You will have the time to acclimatize yourself before following the quiet trail to Gokyo and Khumjung village in the high valley.

You will also take the opportunity to visit an ancient Buddhist monastery here. Then you will descend to Khumjung, where you will be stunned by the incredible view of Khangtiaga, Thamserku, and the Nuptsse – Lhotse wall, with Mt. Everest towering above. At Khumjung, you will set up overnight camp below Khumbila Peak, home of the patron god of the Khumbu area, after which you will make your way through lovely forests towards Pangboche and Thyangboche, the main highlights of the adventure. The views along the trail throughout are tremendous; it is a panorama of snow-capped chains of mountain ranges to all sides, with many other exciting sights on the way.

The Everest region is understandably one of the most popular and spectacular destinations for trekkers in Nepal and the world, and it offer fascinating and enjoyable trekking, with beautiful views of the highest peaks in the world. This trek reaches its highest point at Gokyo Ri, situated at 5,357 m., which provides outstanding, breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and their glaciers, including Mt. Everest.

Departure Dates

Spring/Autumn – 2014
20 March to 08 April
25 September to 14 October

Price

Budget accommodation in cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Teahouse lodge basis - -
Single supplement - -
Standard accommodation in cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Teahouse lodge basis - -
Single supplement - -
Deluxe accommodation in cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Teahouse/Lodge basis only - -
Single supplement

Outline itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 02 Full day guided sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 Fly to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 04 Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m)
Day 05 Rest day at Namche Bazar
Day 06 Trek to Thame (3800m)
Day 07 Trek to Khunde village (3800m)
Day 08 Trek to Phortse Tenga (3900m)
Day 09 Trek to Dole (4200m)
Day 10 Trek to Machermo (4410m)
Day 11 Trek to Gokyo (4760m)
Day 12 Rest day at Gokyo
Day 13 Trek to Na (4440m)
Day 14 Trek to Phortse (3800m)
Day 15 Trek to Tengboche (3865m)
Day 16 Trek to Monjo (2750m) via Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 17 Trek to Lukla (2800m) via Phakding (2652m)
Day 18 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 19 Free day in Kathmandu
Day 20 Final departure

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to hotel

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight in Hotel

Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight in Hotel

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m) 04 Hrs 

This morning you will be transferred from your hotel to the Kathmandu airport for the domestic flight to Lukla. The flight itself is awe-inspiring, as you fly parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibet/China. Flying time to Lukla is approximately 35 minutes. Upon arrival in Lukla, there will be time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load equipment. Lukla lies at an altitude of (2,850m.) and means “place of sheep.” From Lukla, you descend northwest on a wide trail to the village of Choblung in the Dudh Koshi Valley. The valley is covered with beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. The walking is easy as you follow the river’s course, passing through the village of Ghat. Your destination for today is a small village of Phakding, where accommodation is provided in a teahouse/lodge. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 04: Trek to Namche (3440m) 05 Hrs

After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi, the walk is pleasant, with a few short ups and downs, until you re-cross the Dudh Koshi from the village of Benkar, taking in the magnificent view of Thermasarkhu (6,608 m.). You then cross the long suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River to reach Monjo, situated below the spectacular peak of Thermasherkhu and a few minutes' walk from the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. At the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, your trekking permit (especially the park ticket) is checked, as the park keeps a record of all trekkers in the area. From here, a short descent brings you again to another suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River, after which you reach a bridge to Jorsalle village, the last village and the only place to shop until Namche Bazaar. The walk from Jorsalle village is pleasant, following the river until coming to the last bridge over the Imjatse River. The walk to Namche Bazaar traces a winding, uphill path, with a magnificent view of Kwangde Peak and its other sister peaks towards the east and with Kusum Kangru at your back. As you climb higher, you can view the Mt. Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse, and Taweche Peak, all the way up to Thop Danda, where there is a stone wall for porters and trekkers to rest on. From here, another 1-2 hour walk takes you to the destination of the day, the famed Namche Bazaar, where the colorful houses are situated in amphitheater style. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 05: Rest day in Namche / acclimatization day

Suggested activities include a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar, with breathtaking views of the surrounding snowcapped giants and the deep valleys way down below. There is also an interesting museum providing with various information on the history of the Himalayas, the geographic information of the area, cultural practices, mountaineering history, and flora and fauna of the region. You can spend the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 06: Trek to Namche to Thame (3800m) 04 Hrs

From Namche, the route leads west, following the contours of the hillside. After reaching the ridge above Namche, your walk follows a gradual, winding path as you head up the Bhote Koshi Valley, once a popular trading route into Tibet. This route is still quite often used by Tibetan traders today. Along the way, you pass many prayer flags and Mani stones, all indicative of the Tibetan Buddhist culture of this area. The trail passes through Gonglha and Drama and the village of Thomde, where you can make a detour and visit the monastery at Mende. After descending to the Bhote Koshi, the trail climbs steeply for 45 minutes to Thame village, where you stop for the overnight. Here at Thame, there are excellent views of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde; to the north is the Nangpa-la, a 5,710 m. pass leading to Tibet. Thame monastery is situated above, overlooking the valley, and is an important site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 07: Trek to Khunde Village (3800m) 06 Hrs

After a great time at Thame, you retrace your route down the Bhote Koshi Valley towards an area just above Namche. You follow the trail to Khunde and Khumjung, the largest of the Sherpa villages in the Khumbu area, before heading towards Syangboche, where there is a small airstrip. The first one and an half hour walk is uphill and quite strenuous, due to high altitude. However, from the trail, you have a magnificent view of Mt. Kwangde, Thermasherkhu, and other neighboring peaks, as well as an aerial view of Namche Bazaar down below. On reaching Syangboche, you take a short climb towards Khunde village, which situated in the same glacial valley as Khumjung village beneath the sacred Mt. Khumbila (5,761 m.). A quiet, gentle path brings you to the sleepy village of Khunde for the overnight stay. At Khunde, there is a hospital built with the help of Sir Edmund Hillary's foundation; you can visit this hospital, which is a mere15 minute walk from the campsite. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 08: Trek to Phortse Tenga (3900m) 04 Hrs

After yesterday’s wonderful, albeit challenging walk, you will be rewarded with a slow, gentle decent for an hour, leading you to the valley at Khumjung village, which you will have time to visit. You will see the old monastery, the one and only place that have a yeti scalp. Khumjung also has a high school, built with the help of Sir Edmund Hillary. From Khumjung, the trail leads you downhill for an hour before joining the busy main trail at Shanasha. In this area, there is a greater chance of spotting the beautiful, colorful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan pheasant), the national bird of Nepal, the elusive musk deer, and sometimes even a herd of Himalayan thar (mountain goat). From Shanasha, the Gokyo route diverts from the main trail towards the north. The path climbs gently on the steep rock steps embedded in a narrow cleft in a large boulder; the two trails soon join and continue towards a large Chorten on the top of the ridge at 3,973 m. This ridge descends from Khumbila, the 5,716 m. abode of the patron god Khumbu. From this ridge, the path meanders down a sandy slope to the Dudh Koshi at Phortse Tenga, where you will stay overnight. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 09: Trek to Dole (4200m) 04 Hrs

After Phortse Tenga, the trail climbs steeply out of the valley through a patch of rhododendron forest, which gives way to juniper and conifer trees. In the springtime, the forest will be vivid with the dazzling array of flowers in bloom. The trail passes many summer pastures where yak and other cattle graze. The trek winds through Tongba village at 3,950 m. and Gyele at 3,960 m., finally arriving at Dole. A superb view of Khumbila and Taweche (6542m) can be seen throughout the walk. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 10: Trek to Machermo (4410m) 04 Hrs

From Dole, after a steady climb along the side of the valley, you pass through a rhododendron forest, which gradually gives way to scrub juniper as you gain altitude. The trail climbs on a fairly level path for one hour to Lhabarma Karaka at 4,325 m. and further ahead an hour to Luza at 4,390 m. eventually, you skirt around a ridge to gain you first views of Machermo village spread out in the valley below. There is an excellent Swiss chalet-style lodge at Machermo. Machermo is an ideal place for rest and relaxation, although there are also plenty of possibilities for exploration above the camp. Just above the village there is a superb view encompassing Cho-Oyo at 8,210 m. and all the mountains that flank the Ngozumba glacier. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 11: Trek to Gokyo (4760m) 05 Hrs

Today, the trek heads for the holy lakes at Gokyo. You follow a very scenic trail to Pangka, situated at 4,545 m., and then descend slightly, following one of the glacial fed rivers that flow down the west of Ngozumba glacier. You then climb a steep, rocky incline into the ablation valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first lake. You soon arrive at the second lake, crossing the path, which heads across the glacier to the Cho -La pass (another tough route to Lobuche and beyond to Everest Base Camp). You will then walk to the third lake, known as Dudh Pokhari; on its eastern shore is the summer settlement of Gokyo, situated at 4,790 m. The walk by the side of the lake provides magnificent scenery, with the peaks of Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflected in the lake’s emerald green waters. You will be camping just by shore of the lake, depending upon the availability of the campsite. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 12: Rest day at Gokyo

A rest day free from packing and unpacking! After breakfast, you will take a hike to Gokyo RI, a small peak situated above the lake at 5,357 m. and one of the highlights of this trip. This offers breathtaking views, providing a panorama of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche, and as far as Mt. Makalu in the east. A two hour climb brings you to this wonderful spot. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 13: Trek to Na (4440m) 03 Hrs

You have a wonderful, leisurely morning, as today is a short walk of only 2-3 hours. You retrace the journey back for few hours, after which you turn east, descending to the village of Na, which is situated at the foot of the Ngozumba glacier. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 14: Trek to Phortse (3800m) 05 Hrs

The trail descends to the opposite side of the Dudh Koshi Valley to the village of Phortse.  The downhill walk is straight, following the east side of the valley and providing different views of the Khumbu peaks. You enter Phortse at the upper part of the village to camp amongst the potato fields. Phortse is a magnificent village, situated beneath steep hills and overlooking the junction of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja Khola. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 15: Trek to Thyangboche (3865m) 05 Hrs

After a great morning with the view of surrounding, snow-capped peaks, the trail climbs and hugs the contours of the west side of the Imjatse Khola Valley, providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall, and Everest. Initially, the trail has some steep drops, but is in good condition. You enter Pangboche and, after lunch, visit the monastery. From Pangboche, you head downhill again towards the Imjatse River; after crossing the wooden bridge, an easy, gradual walk brings you to Pangboche village. After Pangboche, an hour descent leads to another bridge over the whipping Imjatse River. From here, you head back into the green vegetation and a short, half-hour climb brings you to Debouche. The path then climbs for another half-hour to Thyangboche, for overnight camping in a wonderful spot near the Thyangboche Monastery. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 16: Trek to Monjo (2750m) via Namche Bazaar (3440m) 06 Hrs

An easy descent of one hour brings you to Phunge-Tenga. From here, you cross the bridge over the Imjatse River, after which you ascend for half an hour. The path again winds up for an hour, brining you to the familiar village of Shanasha. The walk then continues for another two hours on the twisting, scenic trail to Namche Bazaar. After a rejuvenating break here, you continue your journey on the same downhill slope to the river, again crossing three times before arriving at Monjo, situated just a few minutes from the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We spend overnight in Monjo. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2800m) via Phakding (2652m) 05 Hrs

Retrace the journey back to Phakding on the easy, winding downhill track, following the Dudh Koshi River downstream with only a few short ascents. The walk from Phakding will be very pleasant; except for the last 45 minute climb, it is more of a gentle stroll to Lukla for the last overnight stay of this memorable adventure. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu 45 min

The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. As we get hold of the boarding pass depending upon our flight time we make our way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 45 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, one of our Tour Officers will be waiting to receive and escort you back to the Hotel. Overnight in Hotel

Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu

Today it’s a free day in Kathmandu. Please let our staff know if you would like to go on another short  tour in and around the Kathmandu Valley or if you would like to extend your stay for few days and join in on one of our extension trips, including white-water rafting, paragliding, or bungee jumping. Overnight in Hotel

Day 20: Final departure

Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy! Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.
  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made 48 hours before departure and a 40% cancellation charge is approved besides tax, transportation and permit. See specific information below.
  • No refund will be given if the program ends before the provided itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for your early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feels it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues
  • The Company is not liable for an unconvinced or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in international flights being missed
  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal
  • Our staffs are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety, their conclusions regard safety are final and should you not follow their advice the Company cannot be held responsible for the outcome.
If you wish to cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of charges will apply:

Date of Cancellation Charge Incurred

2 months before departure Loss of deposit (40% of Total Trip Cost TTC)
29 days to 2 months before departure 50% of TTC
10 to 28 days before departure 70% of TTC
Less than 10 days before departure 100% of TTC