Gokyo Valley Trekking

  • Duration 14 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trek Style Trekking and Tour
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Transportation Coaches / Car / Flight
  • Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
More Facts Less Facts
Price USD 1255 (With Flight) | USD 955 (Exclude Flight.)

Nothing will work unless if you don't tell us, Not happy with price, dates & itinerary?

pay now
Tell us confused icon

Gokyo valley trekking is bit strenuous trekking trail compared to the popular Everest Base Camp classic route with two high passes: the Renjo La (5345m) and another Cho La (5420m). The trek will also take you to Namche Bazaar which is popular with trekkers. Mostly used for altitude acclimatization where people stay for a night or two to acclimatize themselves to the thinning oxygen levels in the air, this is also a getaway to most of the hike to Base Camp and other Expedition in this area. The town has a number of lodgings and store catering to the needs of visitors as well as a number of internet cafes, making it on few places in the region where trekkers can access the internet. The trek will also take you to Khumjung which is another famous village in this area. Khumjung village is located in the Khumbu region of Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site. It lies at the elevation of 3970m above sea level and situated near Mt. Khumbila (5761m.) which is believed to be a sacred mountain and thus no attempts to climb this mountain is made.
A monastery in Khumjung also boasts of having a Yeti scalp and is one of the attractions in this village. With communication such as internet and mobiles available, this village is one of the main attractions in this region. With Everest View Hotel which is the highest located hotel in the world and commands a spectacular view of Mt. Everest (8,848 m.)
Gokyo Valley Trekking can be perfect for those looking for some serious trekking but do not have much of technical knowledge in climbing. Renjo La is a high pass that lies at the elevation of 5300m. The view from Renjo La is one of its kind where far down you see Gokyo Valley with Gokyo lake with some lodges around. The panoramic view of Mt. Everest from this area is something where you can get from nowhere else in this region. Cho La is another high pass in this trek that is location 5420m above sea level that connects to the village of Dzongla (4830m) to the east and the village of Thangnak (4700m) to the west.
Passing through the two rugged high passes this trek is less traveled due to its strenuous nature of trek that takes us slowly through the Sherpa villages and Yak pastures before reaching Gokyo Valley via Renjo. The view of Everest from here is priceless and worth all the hard walks. The higher route of Cho La pass finally leads us to Machhermo from where we descend towards Lukla instead of the mainstream path that leads to Everest Base Camp Trek.

Helpful Links

Trip Highlights

  • Exploring on the world's best trekking trails Khumbu.
  • Stunning view of Mt. Everest and other world's tallest Mt. Peaks.
  • Home of Sherpas, Snow leopard.
  • Tibetan Cultures / Monastery.
  • Amazing Landscapes / Diversity. 
  • Cultures, World Heritage Sites, Food, and Lifestyle. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day01 Arrival in Kathmandu.
    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Dinner
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day02 Sightseeing around Kathmandu.
    • Walking Hour 3
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude 1350 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day03 Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding.
    • Walking Hour 4
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2652 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day04 Phakding Namche Bazaar.
    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3443 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day05 Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar.
    • Walking Hour 3
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3600 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day06 Namche Bazaar - Phortse Thanga.
    • Walking Hour 6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3680 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day07 Phortse Thanga - Machhermo.
    • Walking Hour 5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4470 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day08 Machhermo - Gokyo.
    • Walking Hour 5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4800 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day09 Gokyo Valley Acclimatization Day - Hike to Gokyo Ri (viewpoint).
    • Walking Hour 4
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 5555 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day10 Gokyo - Dole.
    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4200 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day11 Dole - Namche.
    • Walking Hour 5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3440 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day12 Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m).
    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2800 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day13 Fly to Kathmandu
    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Breakfast, Dinner
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day14 Final departure.
    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude N/A
    • Accommodation N/A
  • Day01 Arrival in Kathmandu.

    Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Rugged Trails Nepal who will take to your hotel. Welcome drinks upon arrival at the hotel, free time until 6 pm. Evening welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant with authentic Nepali cuisine and cultural program.Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.

    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Dinner
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day02 Sightseeing around Kathmandu.

    After breakfast proceeds our short guided sightseeing tour at the Swayambhunath Temple. After Swayambhunath temple, we will visit another UNESCO World Heritage sites Patan Durbar Square, and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world.
    After sightseeing drives back to hotel and briefing of our rest of trip plan. At the same time if you have to buy any trekking gears or things for the rest of the days Guide will help take you to the trekking equipment store in Thamel.

    • Walking Hour 3
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude 1350 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day03 Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding.

    Wake Up early morning to take a flight to Lukla, you will receive a packed breakfast. From the Kathmandu domestic airport, we will take 40 - 45 minutes flight to Lukla (9,186ft). Enjoy one of the most beautiful air routes in the world on a hillside surrounded by mountainous peaks. We will meet the rest of our crew members at the Lukla airport, a gateway destination from where our trek begins. A gentle walk to Phakding village through Chaurikharkha village, Mt. Khumbila, and monastery.

    • Walking Hour 4
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2652 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day04 Phakding Namche Bazaar.

    This is the day that you hear the most is the trek into Namche Bazaar, walking through a beautiful pine forest Dudh Koshi River and go on passing Chumoa to Monjo, and the entrance to Everest National Park. Then after crossing a suspension bridge, we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. The path to Namche is very well traveled so you'll continually come across locals, other tourists and then continue traffic of Yaks and porter. It is infamous for its long consistent steep inclines uphill brings us to the prime heartland of Sherpa village - Namche Bazaar. At one hour’s distance to reaching Namche Bazaar, we can view the sights of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3443 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day05 Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar.

    There are plenty of things to do around Namche Bazaar, we wake up to another spectacular morning and view from our room and sun rose of the breathtaking mountains. Let us make you clear something up that is a big misunderstanding about the Acclimatization day. Acclimatization day is not a rest day, it is something completely different so don’t think that after the huge climb of getting into Namche Bazaar you’ll spend today lazing around the lodges or shopping in local stores. Our team will take you to explore the real charm of Namche Bazaar. So after breakfast, we will start the gentle hike up to Everest view hotel where we can see the views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on.

    • Walking Hour 3
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3600 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day06 Namche Bazaar - Phortse Thanga.

    We climb the trails steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through yak Kharkas and the Khumjung hill. We visit Mohang, the birthplace of the re-incarnated Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet who is believed to have introduced Buddhism in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The views of KhumbiLa and Tawache peak are magnificent throughout the day. Overnight in Phortse Thanga.

    • Walking Hour 6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3680 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day07 Phortse Thanga - Machhermo.

    The trail climbs uphill to Machhermo with a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descent to a river and again climbs steeply to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumoz glacier. On the trail alongside a rhododendron forest and pass through a waterfall before reaching Tongba Village. The long mountain valleys here will provide an excellent source of inspiration for our photographer to teach about compositional rules during this day. Overnight in Machhermo.

    • Walking Hour 5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4470 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day08 Machhermo - Gokyo.

    We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, to the riverbank before climbing onto the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier on a steep trail. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We get a chance to observe llama footprints on a stone. We soon arrive at the second lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. Taboche Tsho, we become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is breathtaking with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.

    • Walking Hour 5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4800 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day09 Gokyo Valley Acclimatization Day - Hike to Gokyo Ri (viewpoint).

    After the morning yoga session and breakfast, we will climb Gokyo Ri, a popular viewpoint to enjoy stunning views of the mountain vista. From the viewpoint, which is located at the edge of the 5thlake, we get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu mountains. We will also get a chance to see the biggest glacier of the world- the Ngozumba Glacier. This breathtaking location will be the perfect chance for our Photographer to lead you through his first full photo shoot- an opportunity to observe and absorb photographic skills as he captures human subjects amidst the beauty that will surround us. Overnight at Gokyo Valley.

    • Walking Hour 4
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 5555 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day10 Gokyo - Dole.

    Hike same way back which we had hiked up to Gokyo.

    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4200 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day11 Dole - Namche.

    • Walking Hour 5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3440 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day12 Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m).

    We will be walking all the way back where we had trekked on day 02 from Phakding to Namche. We need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. The trail becomes more normal once we cross the suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. And finally we will get a chance to stretch our legs, and today is the last night where you can thank, greet and give some tips for our crew who joined from Lukla.

    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2800 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day13 Fly to Kathmandu

    Here we say bye to Khumbu region and fly back to Kathmandu. Check in at hotel and free time for shopping or exploring around Thamel. Evening Farewell dinner will be organized by rugged trails Nepal team. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Breakfast, Dinner
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day14 Final departure.

    Transferred to the international airport on your flight schedule and if some have extra days in Nepal they can continue with other activities. If any help is needed for further plans feel free to contact rugged trails Nepal team.

    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude N/A
    • Accommodation N/A

Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
  • Domestic Airfare as per itinerary
  • Accommodation during the trek (local lodge).
  • The government registered English speaking local expert guide, porters.
  • Sagarmatha National park fees, TIMS Card.
  • Guided Tour in the city with the expert tour guide.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in city
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs.
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Private transportation for arrival, departure, and sightseeing.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Gokyo Valley Trekking Map for Each Member
  • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff including porters

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 30 days - USD 40
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason.
  • Table drinks, snacks while walking.
  • Personal insurance, medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Service other than mentioned above.
  • International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges.
  • Hot shower, battery charge (during the trek), telephone etc….
  • Items of a personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water.
  • Entrance fees during the sightseeing in the city.

Trip Note

  • Flight can be a delay sometimes if flight canceled more than 3 days to Lukla we may change the itinerary of the trip.
  • Alternatively, we may charter a chopper/helicopter at extra cost.
  • Everest base camp trekking package can be customized.
  • We provide Guide / Porter on hire.
  • Traveling in Everest is an experience of a life time, it is very beautiful but of course bit tough and you must have to travel insurance.