Everest Gokyo Valley Trek - 13 Days

  • Duration:13 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max. Altitude: 5357 M.
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Best Time: March-May & September-November

Key highlights of Gokyo Valley Trek:

  •  Exciting and picturesque flight to Lukla
  • The serene environment of Gokyo Valley, with its stunning glacier lakes beloved by followers of both Buddhism and Hinduism.
  • Grab a close-up glimpse of majestic peaks like Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse,
  • and Cho Oyu.
  • Take a peaceful trekking route through the less-traveled areas of the Everest region.
  • Explore Sagarmatha National Park to see the rare wildlife.
  • Enjoy a challenging climb to the Gokyo Ri, which rises to a height of 5,357 meters.

Ever wanted to visit the Everest region yet you also crave tranquil paths? The Gokyo Valley Trek that you through a much more tranquil. The journey offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the stunning Gokyo Valley and the area's pristine lakes.

Gokyo Valley Trek also offers vistas of one of the world's tallest peaks. In addition to other Himalayan giants, the peaks that may be seen are Cho Oyu (8,188 m/26,864 ft), Makalu (8,481 m/ 27,825 ft), Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft), and of course Everest (8,848.86 m/29,032 ft).

The trek takes you to the trails less travels passing through mountains, green forests, hills, and alpine scenery. There is also the possibility to catch glimpses of the wildlife. Musk deer, red pandas, Himalayan pheasants, and even the elusive snow leopard are examples of wildlife.

Gokyo Valley Trek Route

The journey starts in Lukla and travels via Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo Valley, and eventually the difficult ascent of Gokyo Ri.  The trek's highest elevation is Gokyo Ri (5,357 m). You will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks and Gokyo Valley at Gokyo Ri.

Returning to Kathmandu, you will have to descend to Dhole, Namche Bazaar, and finally to Lukla to take a flight to Manthali (or Kathmandu) and finally arrive in Kathmandu after a 5-6 hours drive.

People and Culture in Gokyo Valley

Sherpa ethnic group, whose name has come to be associated with top mountaineers, lives in the area. They are also renowned for their wonderful hospitality and tendency of observing religious customs, in addition to their amazing feat.

This journey offers insight into their way of life and customs. Prayer flags, Buddhist stone inscriptions, Chortens, and stupas may all be seen along the way on the paths. This results in a spiritual encounter as well.

Best places to visit in Gokyo Valley

Several breathtaking attractions in Nepal's Gokyo Valley can be explored. The Gokyo Lakes, a chain of glacial lakes with mesmerizing blue waters, are the centerpiece.

A well-known viewpoint, Gokyo Ri, offers breathtaking panoramic views of Himalayan peaks including Mount Everest. Trekkers who are up for a challenge can take on the imposing Cho La Pass, while the Ngozumpa Glacier displays the unbridled might of nature.

The Sherpa settlements in the valley, such as Gokyo and Dole, also provide an opportunity to encounter the distinctive Sherpa way of life.

Likewise, Namche Bazaar an unofficial capital of the Everest Region provides a great introduction to Himalayan lives. It offers enchanting views of the Himalayan range and features cultural museums, medical plants museum, and many handicraft stalls.

Gokyo Valley Trek Tips for Beginners

As a beginner at Gokyo Valley Trek, you should make sure to pack the right clothing, train your body to take long hikes, make schedules that aren't too packed, and hire good guides.

It is essential to take good hiking boots and appropriate clothing. In severely cold temperatures, a nice sleeping bag will keep your body warm and allow you to have a good night's sleep.

Likewise, you should train your body with appropriate exercise routines such as cardiovascular conditioning and aerobics. Besides, accommodate your schedules with rest days and acclimatization even extra days should be considered to allow for a more pleasurable experience.


The adventure is finally afoot as now you have arrived in Kathmandu. Although it might be enticing to explore this exciting city be mindful to get enough rest as tomorrow you will start trekking. There is always time to explore the ancient city once your trek is complete.

  • Max. Altitude:1300
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast

Today you will finally start the trek. But before that, you need to take a 5-hour drive to Ramechap/Manthali and then take a 20 min flight to Lukla.

Previously, the flight could be taken right from Kathmandu but the increase in international flights at Kathmandu Airport caused a major increase in air traffic often delaying flights. Hence, this new route helps to relieve the high air traffic and a more secure travel itinerary follow-up is made possible by fewer flight cancellations at Lukla.

The brief flight to Lukla is a highlight in and of itself as it offers an exhilarating flight experience. You will start your hike to Phakding after arriving in Lukla by following the Dudh Koshi River. The trail passes multiple prayer flags, Mani walls, and suspension bridges. 

  • Max. Altitude:2610 m
  • Time:3-4 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

Today as well you will follow the Dudh Koshi River from Phakding to reach Namche. Once you arrive at the settlement of Monjo and cross into the Sagarmatha National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—you will have traveled through pine and cedar forests. An uphill climb will bring you to Namche Bazaar in the end.

  • Max. Altitude:3440 m
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

The purpose of today is to acclimate. Before beginning an ascent, Namche is a great site to spend a day getting used to the new weather. A spectacular view of the Kongde Ri Himal and Thamserku Peak can also be had from this vibrant settlement. Visit the Sherpa Culture Museum today as well as the Everest Photo Gallery. As an alternative, you can go to the Everest View Hotel and the Syangboche Airport, both of which are located above the town. The hotel in question is one of the highest hotels in the world. 

  • Max. Altitude:3440 m
  • Accommodation:teahouse

The trek today takes you to Kyangjuma Village and Mong La until you finally arrive at Dhole. It begins with a gradual ascent and beautiful views of Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft). Many beautiful monasteries are passed along the way providing you an opportunity to learn more about Buddhism and Sherpa's lives.

  • Max. Altitude:4200 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

You are hiking up a ridge that is located above Dole today. This is a hard ascent but you will eventually reach a small settlement called Luza. Today views of summits like Cho Oyu (8,188 m/26,864 ft), Cholatse (6,440 m/21,130 ft), Taboche (6367 m/20890 ft), and others will accompany you.

You will eventually arrive in Machhermo as you travel along the turbulent Dudh Koshi. Along the trip, you will cross several lovely rural villages.

  • Max. Altitude:4470 m
  • Time:4-5 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

There are ascents and descents in today's trek. You must first ascend a ridge located above Machhermo before descending to the tranquil Dudh Koshi's riverbanks. You will arrive at Gokyo Lakes after passing through many tranquil villages. Today will also be a spiritual experience for you as you pass by many monasteries.

  • Max. Altitude:4790 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

Today be prepared to be seduced by vistas of the vivid blue high-altitude lakes. Today you will reach the highest point of the trek at Gokyo-Ri (5,357 m). To reach Gokyo-Ri is a steep ascent but once you reach the top all struggles will fed away.

The expansive views of the Himalayan peaks, including Everest (8,848.86 m/29,032 ft), Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft), Makalu (8,481 m/27,825 ft)), and others will be a memory to cherish forever.

  • Max. Altitude:4790
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

From today, the trek takes a descent and first, it will pass through the settlement of Machhermo and then to Dole. The descent is rather steep so a slow pace is followed. Notable views include the ice ridge that lies between Gyachung and Cho Oyu.

  • Max. Altitude:4200 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

Today you trek down passing settlements such as Mongla before arriving in Namche Bazar. The day starts with a strenuous descent via Phortse Tenga, passing by a dense clump of rhododendrons. The settlement of Mongla is reached after a difficult ascent. After continuing to descend into Kyangjuma over slopes covered in forest, the trail arrives at Namche Bazar.

  • Max. Altitude:3440 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

Today, a trek back to Lukla is scheduled, going via Monjo and leaving the beautiful national park. Mountains nearby and climbing high makes for an easy hike. Enjoy local refreshments at local restaurants as you celebrate finishing the hike.

  • Max. Altitude:2840 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

You will board a flight back to Manthali from Lukla and then drive to Kathmandu. Today, take a tour of Kathmandu's past while dining at authentic Newari restaurants and visiting nearby cultural heritage sites. Seven sites listed under UNESCO’s world heritage site lie in Kathmandu. You can also roam around the lively Thamel area for any last-minute shopping. 

  • Max. Altitude:1300 m
  • Accommodation:Hotel

You'll come home today beaming from having completed an exciting trip in such a short amount of time. On your way home, you will undoubtedly start thinking about your upcoming trip to Nepal. Three hours before your flight departure, a member of our team will transport you to the airport.

    Route Map

    Everest Gokyo Valley Trek - 13 Days map
    Cost Details
    What is Included
    • Tribhuvan International Airport Pick up and drop By Private Vehicle
    • 3 Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu on BB plan
    • Domestic Airport Drop and Pick up by Private Vehicle
    • Kathmandu-Ramechap-Kathmandu by Private Vehicle
    • Ramechap-Lukla-Ramechap Domestic Flights For Gusts and Guide
    • Sagarmatha National Park Permits
    • Rular Municipality Entrance Fees
    • An experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide
    • Staff food, Accommodation, Salary & Insurance
    •  Farewell Dinner
    • All Governmental procedure
    What is not Included
    • Your Nepal visa Click here for Nepal Travel information
    • You will require 3 passport size photos
    • Your Travel Insurance
    • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
    • Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast whilst in Kathmandu and Trekking
    • Personal trekking Equipment
    • Tips for Trekking Crews
    • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the price include sections
    Useful Information

    Weather in Gokyo Valley

    The weather in the Gokyo Valley varies depending on the season. Spring brings mild temperatures and clear skies, with occasional snow or rain showers. The temperature range is -2.6 to -11.5 °C. Summer is characterized by heavy rainfall, cloudy skies, and high humidity. The temperature ranges from 1.5 to 4.4°C.

    Autumn offers stable weather, clear skies, and mild temperatures, making it the best time for trekking. The temperature ranges from -12 to 2.9 °C. Winter brings cold temperatures, snowfall, and icy trails. Temperature ranges around -18°C to 1°C.

    Accommodation for the Everest Gokyo Valley

    Gokyo Valley Trek features accommodation in teahouses. These have a cozy ambiance. The altitude affects the teahouses' amenities and quality.

    Lower altitude hotels typically offer comfortable accommodations with electricity, commodes, Wi-Fi, and hot showers. The accommodations deteriorate in quality as the ascent rises. The price of teahouses varies widely and is largely influenced by the amenities offered and the elevation of the teahouses.

    The rooms are set up for twin-sharing. The majority of teahouses offer twin bedrooms with some furniture. A pillow and cozy blanket is provided.

    The Everest region experiences chilly nights; therefore, blankets are a necessity. Overall, the amenities may be a little lacking but they are still more than adequate for a nice stay.

    The restrooms at the teahouses are simple squat-style facilities. The restrooms are rather rudimentary, and there is a tiny wooden shack outside the residence where you can relieve yourself.

    The bathroom is just a floor-mounted hole over a large pit. Toilet paper is not provided at the tea houses, so trekkers should pack their toiletries. Most lodges in lower altitudes use western commode-style toilets. Squat toilets may seem strange or difficult to use, but it only takes some getting used to.

    Food in Gokyo Valley

    To fuel your trekking trip, there are many different meal options available in the Gokyo Valley.

    In teahouses along the trekking trail, you may easily find local food like Dal Bhat (lentil soup, rice, and curry), momo (dumplings), and Sherpa stew.
    Western food including pasta, pizza, and sandwiches is also available.

    Tea, coffee, hot cocoa, and soft drinks can be enjoyed for refreshment while snacks like trail mix, chocolate bars, and cookies are available for short energy boosts.

    However, the higher the altitude lower is the variety of food options available but the higher the price.


    To reach the Gokyo Valley, you can take a domestic flight to Lukla which is the starting point for the trek. The flight takes around 20 minutes from Manthali.

    There are no roads directly to the Gokyo Valley, so trekking is the primary mode of transport. Along the trail, you'll find teahouses for accommodation.

    Porters and yaks are commonly used to transport supplies. It's important to plan, obtain necessary permits, and ensure you have the right equipment for the trek.

    Permits for Gokyo Valley

    You need a permit from the Khumbu local administration to enter the Everest region. It costs about USD 17 per person. You can get this permit at the Sagarmatha National Park Counter in Lukla or Phaplu.

    Additionally, needed is a National Park permit, which costs about USD 25. Children under the age of 10 are not charged.

    All permits must be paid for in local currency only and require passport information. The TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) permit is no longer valid for trekking in the Everest region.

    How to prepare for Gokyo Valley Trekking

    The Gokyo Valley trek is difficult as it features hard ascents and descents.

    The trekkers must therefore be in good physical shape to complete it. Every day, the trekkers must walk for 6 to 8 hours.

    Altitude sickness is a possibility, thus allowing for acclimation is essential. For the Gokyo Valley trek, cardiovascular conditioning, altitude training, and strength endurance training are all recommended.

    Although it is impossible to replicate the Gokyo Valley, aerobic exercise will enable the body to adapt to working hard on less oxygen. Muscles are made stronger by elevation training so they can manage height gains more effectively.

    Additionally, it helps prevent altitude sickness. It is essential to maximize acclimatization with the inclusion of rest days planned into your itinerary to prepare for especially the Gokyo Ri trek.

    Besides, Gokyo Valley lies in a remote region so, it is essential to be careful and stay calm during emergencies. You should listen to your guides who guide you through emergencies.

    It is crucial to bring the appropriate clothing, hiking boots, and sleeping bags. Investing early in the best trekking boots is also crucial. Before wearing them on the walk, break them in.

    A swollen foot will undoubtedly make the walk miserable. Treks at high altitudes also call for the right clothing. Cold weather necessitates the use of down jackets. If you don't already have it, you may also rent it at Thamel.

    It will also be much simpler to journey if you have a decent pair of lightweight zip-off pants. Trekking poles will also relieve some of the strain on your joints as the ascent or descent becomes steeper.

    Alternative Trekking Packages in Nepal

    Himalayan Nepal has many more different teahouse trekking routes that Ace Vision Treks recommended: Manaslu Circuit Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, and Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

    As well, the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, and Tsum Valley Trek, are the moderate-challenging level of trek roue in Nepal. 

    Client Reviews

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      Our journey with Ace Vision includes two memorable treks (Poonhill in 2016 and Gokyo Peak in 2023), and we're currently planning our third. As novices in trekking, we leaned heavily on Ganesh's detailed planning and preparation, leading to well-organized and enjoyable experiences.

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