Everest Gokyo Valley Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Sight-seeing around the Kathmandu Valley, ‘the city of temples’
  • Often dubbed ‘the most dangerous airport in the world’; Tenzing–Hillary Airport, also known as Lukla Airport, is a small airport that acts as a lifeline to the remote Khumbu Valley.
  • Superb and unfettered views of the Himalayas, including all the eight thousand of Nepal.
  • Tranquil teal of the Gokyo lake system, the world’s highest freshwater lake system, is composed of 6 lakes untouched by pollution and revered by both Hindus and Buddhists as the abode of ‘Nags’, the serpent kings.
  • Trek through the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Get a first-hand look into the lifestyle and culture of the tough Sherpa people, renowned worldwide as skilled mountaineers.
  • Centuries-old Buddhist monasteries echo the history and religious practices of a seemingly out-of-touch corner of the world.

Trip Overview

13-day Everest Gokyo Valley Trek in Nepal

Everest Gokyo Valley Trek can be described as a piece of Heaven on Earth. With the mesmerizing views of eons-old mountain peaks, lakes of tranquil turquoise glacier waters untouched by human hands till now, and tall towering trees amidst cliffs unfurled by the smooth mountain breeze.

Apart from this slice of Heaven, the Everest Gokyo Valley Trek offers you a chance to witness the wilderness of Nepal and a taste of the biodiversity as you travel from biomes from sub-tropical forests up to alpine scrublands.

Along the route, you will observe glaciers drifting ever so gracefully downwards as you walk through their moraines to reach your destinations. Marvel at the Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas, as you walk alongside it and get its aerial view. Feel the excitement as you touch down at one of the world’s most dangerous airports, the Tenzing-Hillary Airport.

Walking this mesmerizing land, you will be supported every step of the way by the equally hospitable inhabitants shaped by this rugged geography. You will be introduced to the hard lifestyle of the Sherpa, who have shaped and been shaped by this magnificent land into survival experts and mountaineers.

You will get a taste of the surprisingly peaceful religion of such rugged people as you visit the ancient Buddhist Tengboche monastery and stupas that dot the Khumbu valley. You will also get a glimpse of their culture if you attend the many festivals and rituals planned every so often.

Owing to the unpredictable and wild weather of the region, it is advised for all trekkers to plan for this trip between March to May and September to November. This Everest Gokyo Valley Trek lasts a total of 13 days.

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Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla Scenic Flight and short trek to Phakding.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar Trek
Day 04: Rest day for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Trek to Dhole
Day 06: Trek to Machhermo
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo Valley
Day 08: Rest Day at Gokyo, hike to Gokyo Ri, Fifth Lake, and its surroundings.
Day 09: Trek back to Dhole
Day 10: Trek to down Namche Bazaar
Day 11: Namche to Lukla via Phakding
Day 12: Fly Back to Kathmandu
Day 13: Fly Back to Home/Own destinations

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

The trip officially begins when you touch down in Kathmandu. Our employees will be there to receive you at the airport and will take you to your hotel room. Once you have checked in, you are free to spend the remaining day however you wish.

You may want to see around the capital and visit one of the many temples or gompas in and around the valley. If you want to warm up before your big trip, you can also organize a short hike to one of the many hills surrounding the valley.

If you only want to take a short stroll, maybe a bite to eat, and catch a live music session, Thamel is the place to be. Many venues are here to serve you, and you need only make up your mind. Or if you want to relax before your strenuous journey, you can do so in your hotel room. You can also visit a spa for some extra relaxation.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla Scenic Flight and short trek to Phakding.

Early in the morning, you catch a flight to Lukla, a lovely town in the foothill of the Himalayas. This is followed by a 30-minute flight where you will be privy to the glorious views of the mountains as you fly towards them.

Then you will land at Tenzing-Hillary Airport, the only airport in the Himalayas built atop a cliff. From here, the trek truly begins.

Today will be a light trek, perfect for getting acquainted with the trail as you travel downhill most of the day. After some time, you will hear the gurgling Dudh Koshi River down below. After crossing a few suspension bridges, you will finally set foot in Phakding.

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar Trek

Resuming your journey in the morning, your destination today is the famous town of Namche Bazaar. You walk along the Dudh Koshi, listening to its roiling waters from up the trail as you walk deeper into the Khumbu Valley.

You will pass through many settlements on your way, with Monjo being a memorable one as this is where you present your permits and officially enter Sagarmatha National Park.

Then you will continue on the trail, crossing suspension bridges and a steep section of the trail before finally setting foot at Namche Bazaar.

Day 04: Rest day for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Today is a designated acclimatization day that will help your body adjust to the thin air above. The best way to do this seems to be taking a short hike, and you have many to choose from. A popular one is a hike to Khumjung village.

If unsatisfied with this short hike, you can go further to Hotel Everest View (3880m). If you fill you are not ready to hike and want to have a cheat day, the town itself has many places worth visiting.

Many eateries and restaurants offering Western dishes have opened up to serve tourists. Some significant venues include the Sherpa Museum, Namche Monastery, and a spa to relax your aching body.

Day 05: Trek to Dhole

On this day, you will first walk towards the walls of the Khumbu valley. Stupas dot the trail that passes through verdant forests. You will mainly be walking on dirt trails with some rocky sections.

On this journey, you will be treated to the beckoning lights of the Himalayas, particularly of the Ama Dablam (6,812 m/ 22,349 ft).

After you reach the valley walls, you ascend them on winding paths. Eventually, the trail takes you to plain terrain, and you must descend back down after some time. The trails will start becoming rougher until you reach the Imja River. Crossing the suspension bridge over it, you will enter the village of Phunki Tenga.

After a short rest, you ascend the valley walls again on a steeply inclined path. Finally, you arrive at Tengboche (3,870/12,694ft). Then, you descend back down similar trails until you arrive at your destination of Dhole (4,200 m /13,755 ft).

Day 06: Trek to Machhermo

The trail starts with a steep climb at the end of the tree line, towards alpine grasslands perfect for a yak to graze upon. Down below, you can still hear the gurgling of the pearly white waters of the Dudh Koshi River.

After ascending for some time, you will hit the gently uphill section of the trail. All the while, you can see the clear views of the Himalayas, particularly of Mt. Cho Oyu (8,200 m / 26,895 ft). Finally, after hiking for some time, you will arrive at a ridge above the village you will descend from.

Day 07: Trek to Gokyo Valley

Today, you head back up the ridge to finally set foot at Gokyo, the main attraction of this trip. After you cross the bridge, you will climb some stone-covered stairs. From here, you will be walking on steep trails until you arrive at your destination.

After walking north for some time, you will arrive at the shores of Gokyo First Lake. Admiring its turquoise water from the shore, you march on, eventually reaching Gokyo Second Lake.

Hiking further, you will finally reach the Gokyo Third Lake, the largest of the six lakes clusters and your final destination. In the settlement of Gokyo at the shores of the Third Lake, you will stay overnight.

Day 08: Rest Day at Gokyo, hike to Gokyo Ri, Fifth Lake, and its surroundings.

Today, you will explore Gokyo and visit some of its many attractions. You will start your day crossing the many streams flowing from your destination as you ascend the steep trail to the viewpoint called Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) to catch the amber sun rays and paint the pristine white Himalayas golden.

From this amazing viewpoint, you will get a mesmerizing view of the Himalayas, particularly Everest (8,848.86 m/ 29,031.7 ft), Lhotse (8,516 m / 27,940 ft), Cho Oyu (8,200 m / 26,895 ft), Makalu (8,485 m / 27,838 ft) and many others.

From here, you descend to Gokyo fifth lake. It is about 3 km north of Gokyo and close to Gokyo Fourth Lake. After enjoying these peaceful parts, you head back to Gokyo overnight.

Day 09: Trek back to Dhole

The challenging journey up is repaid now as you sail down steeply declining trails along the moraines of the Ngozumpa glacier. After crossing the suspension bridge over the glacier, you descend the stone stairs and along the same paths, you ascended days before.

From here, you will climb the ridge over Machhermo and admire it from atop, as you will not be revisiting it. From the ridge, you descend to Dhole.

Day 10: Trek to down Namche Bazaar

On this day, you head back to Namche along the same route you ascended a few days ago. The journey begins by ascending the gradually increasing slopes of the trail till you arrive at Tengboche. From there, you descend to the village of Phunki Tenga and the Imja Khola River.

After crossing the suspension bridge on the river, you start ascending the walls of the Khumbu valley, watching the vegetation grow lush as you descend further. After you reach the top of the hill, descend back down until you reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 11: Namche to Lukla via Phakding

The trails you take are mostly dirt paths with some paved sections. Meandering across the terrain, passing through the various villages, you finally lose view of Mount Everest as the surrounding hills block it.

As you continue, you will hear the roiling waters of the Dudh Koshi. Once again, you start crossing the many suspension bridges over it as you walk on crisscrossing paths.

At Monjo village, you exit the Sagarmatha National Park. After traveling a bit, you arrive at Phakding Village. From here, you start ascending till you arrive at Lukla.

Day 12: Fly Back to Kathmandu

Say goodbye to Khumbu to make your way to the bustling streets of Kathmandu and hopefully return once again. After landing, you are free to pursue whatever activity you want. If you want to take a break or take a day trip to the valley, you can visit the tourist attractions in and around the valley.

Day 13: Fly Back to Home/Own destinations

Today, you return home on any flight at your convenience, or if you are up for it, another grand adventure.

What's Include

  • All ground transfers International Airport Pick up and drop By Private Vehicle
  • 3 Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast at Three-star (3***) hotel
  • Domestic Airport Drop and Pick up by Private Vehicle
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Domestic Flights For Gusts and Guide
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits
  • Rular Municipality Entrance Fees
  • An experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide
  • Porters to carry luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff food, Accommodation, Salary & Insurance
  • Welcome or farewell dinner
  • All governmental procedure

What's Exclude

  • Your Nepal visa Click here for Nepal Travel information
  • You will require 3 passport size photos
  • Your Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • 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

Equipment Lists

  • Your Nepal visa Click here for Nepal Travel information
  • You will require 4 passport size photos
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory)
  • 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

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Everest Gokyo Valley Trek

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  • USD 799
  • Medium
  • 13 Days
  • 5357 M.
  • B.L.D.
  • Hotel & Tea House
  • March-May & September-November

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